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Rafael Nadal Not Sure About Playing The US Open

Posted by Staff on June 4th, 2020 @ 8:16 pm

Speaking during a conference on his birthday yesterday, Rafael Nadal said he’s not so sure about travelling to New York for a possible US Open.

“If you (ask) me today, today I will say, ‘No,'” Nadal said with a shake of his head during a video conference call with The Associated Press and other wire services Thursday.

“In a couple of months? I don’t know. Hopefully, ‘Yes,'” he continued. “But we …

Summer Of Pro Tennis In The Balance, Decision Coming In Next Two Weeks

Posted by Staff on June 4th, 2020 @ 8:01 pm

A decision on if we’ll have an abbreviated summer hardcourt season is just around the corner. The ATP is still set to announce their intentions for August events in Washington, Cincinnati, Canada and Winston-Salem.

The WTA also has their late summer events.

But all eyes are on New York where the US Open is scrambling to try to hold some sort of event, potentially two.

The NY Times reported that the …

Rafael Nadal Turned 34 Today

Posted by Staff on June 3rd, 2020 @ 4:33 pm

The tennis tour is in suspension but life off the courts continues to go on, in some fashion.

June 2 is known in the tennis world as a marker for the middle portion of the French Open, but also the birthdate of Rafael Nadal.

The 19-time Grand Slam champion turns 34 today.

Chris Clarey of the New York Times compared Nadal with his rival Roger Federer on their 34th.

Federer at 34
17 Grand …

US Open Looking At Drastic Measures To Hold Event: Held In NYC, No Fans, Charter Flights For Players

Posted by Staff on June 1st, 2020 @ 10:44 am

Over the weekend, the Associated Press talked with US Open executives about plans for holding the event as scheduled on August 31.

Some of the ideas include:
* Charter flights for players from several cities in Europe, SA and Middle East
* Limit entourages
* Daily temperature checks
* Players must test negative for COVID before flying in
* Fewer on-court officials
* Ballkids (adults only) are OK
* Special housing for players
* No fans

“All of this …

Pro Tennis Suspension Extends Until August

Posted by Staff on May 15th, 2020 @ 11:51 am

The ITF and ATP officially extended the suspension of all events until August 1, that due to the coronavirus.

Events that will not take place as scheduled include Hamburg, Bastad, Newport, Los Cabos, Gstaad, Umag, Atlanta and Kitzbuhel. The WTA has suspended Bastad, Lausanne, Bucharest and Jurmala, also which were to be held in July but the July 20 Palermo event is still active.

Already, the Canadian Open women’s event in Montreal …

French Open May Move A Week Later In September; US Open November At Indian Wells?

Posted by Staff on May 6th, 2020 @ 3:34 pm

After their stunning announcement in March declaring a move to September, the French Open is mulling yet another calendar change.

According to a French Tennis Federation official, the tournament may move again, this time just week later from September 20 to September 27.

“We took the decision in mid-March to postpone Roland Garros from September 20 to October 4. Since then, we have been discussing with the international bodies of the …

Novak Djokovic An Anti-Vaxxer?

Posted by Staff on April 20th, 2020 @ 4:57 pm

Speaking during a Facebook chat Sunday, Novak Djokovic revealed he is not open to taken a vaccine.

“Personally, I am opposed to vaccination, and I wouldn’t want to be forced by someone to take a vaccine in order to be able to travel,” Djokovic stated.

Of course if the tour requires players to take a vaccine before return to play, what will Djokovic do?

“But if it becomes compulsory, what will happen?” he …

Nicolas Jarry Suspended 11 Months For Doping Violation

Posted by Staff on April 20th, 2020 @ 4:31 pm

While the tours may be suspended due to the coronavirus, tennis’s drug testing program hasn’t slowed down.

The ITF today announced that world No. 89 Nicolas Jarry has been given an 11-month doping suspension for failing a test during the Davis Cup finals last November.

“Mr. Jarry,” a statement from the ITF said, “provided a urine sample on 19 November 2019 in association with his participation in the Davis Cup Finals, held …

Laver Cup Cancelled For 2020, Will Be Held In Boston 2021

Posted by Staff on April 17th, 2020 @ 10:31 am

With the coronvavirus still spreading and the French Open having moved to its week, the Laver Cup officially announced the event will not be held this year as scheduled in Boston on September 25.

“We needed to make a decision now on our event,” Laver Cup Chairman and CEO of TEAM8 Tony Godsick said. “We know our passionate fans will be disappointed that they have to wait an extra year …

US Open To Make Decision On Event In June, Playing Without Fans Unlikely

Posted by Staff on April 16th, 2020 @ 1:45 pm

USTA head Mike Dowse announced today that a decision on the US Open will be made in June.

“In one sense we’re very fortunate that we’re the fourth Grand Slam to go, so time is on our side at this point,” Dowse said during a conference call Thursday. “Obviously our ambition is to run the tournament. It’s the engine that drives our organization, our governing body.

“The driving factor will be the …

Wimbledon Cancelled, Tours Suspended Through July 12, Season In Doubt

Posted by Sean Randall on April 1st, 2020 @ 4:26 pm

For the first time since World War II, there will be no Wimbledon. The venerable tournament made it official today announcing the 2020 Championships have been called off due to the coronavirus.

It is with great regret that the Main Board of the All England Club (AELTC) and the Committee of Management of The Championships have today decided that The Championships 2020 will be cancelled due to public health concerns …

Trick Shots At Home By Roger Federer [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on March 31st, 2020 @ 11:59 am

With the world locked down and the tennis tour in suspension, spend some time watching Roger Federer hit some trick shots against a wall.

Federer underwent a surprise surgery on his right knee after the Australian Open, and appears to back in pretty good shape, dancing around in the snow and the ice.

Federer picked a good time to have the procedure with no events scheduled at least until June when …

Novak Djokovic Posts Message Of Hope: We Need To Dig Deep Now, Regenerate On Every Level Of Our Beings

Posted by Staff on March 24th, 2020 @ 3:14 pm

Earlier this week, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic hit social media to offer up some encouragement and hope in these difficult times.

“I pray for the health and healing of you. May God heal any sickness you have physical, mental or spiritual. May he give you health, energy and joy today,” Djokovic posted.

“Very challenging times for everyone. I am sending support and prayers. Please stay at home in quarantine and help …

ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi: It’s Unknown When The Tour Will Resume

Posted by Staff on March 24th, 2020 @ 2:55 pm

It’s been a crazy indoctrination for new ATP head Andrea Gaudenzi who just started the job on January 1. The former Top 20 is now at the helm of one of the biggest stoppages ever in pro tennis due to the Coronavirus, and there’s no indication of when the tour will resume and how the calendar will change once it does.

“Our ability to address any supportive measures will be best …

Olympics And Tennis Competition Postponed Until 2021

Posted by Staff on March 24th, 2020 @ 2:42 pm

And big tournament will not be played this year due to the Coronavirus. Today, the Olympics made it officials cancelling the games which were to be held in late July in Tokyo. That also means no Olympic tennis this summer.

“In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII …