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REVISED ATP/WTA 2020 Calendars

Posted by Staff on July 2nd, 2020 @ 12:11 am

Due to the impact of the Coronavirus, both ATP and WTA schedules have been revised per below.

ATP
August 22 – Cincinnati (in NYC)
August 31 – US Open

September 8 – Kitzbuhel
September 14 – Rome
September 21 – Hamburg
September 27 – French Open

October 12 – St. Petersburg, Cologne, Sardinia
October 19 – Antwerp, Cologne
October 26 – Vienna, Nur-Sultan

November 2 – Paris Indoors
November 9 – Sofia
November 15 – London ATP Finals

WTA
August 3 – Palermo
August 10 – …

Tennis Players Testing Positive For Coronavirus

Posted by Staff on June 23rd, 2020 @ 9:36 am

A running list of those top tennis players to have officially tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) from the ATP/WTA Tours.

PLAYER (date of announcement)
ATP
Thiago Seyboth Wild (March 24)
Grigor Dimitrov (June 21)
Borna Coric (June 22)
Viktor Troicki (June 22)
Novak Djokovic (June 23)
Frances Tiafoe (July 4)
Kei Nishikori (August 16)
Benoit Paire (August 30)
Fernando Verdasco
Marcel Granollers
Bruno Soares
David Goffin (Oct 9)
Sam Querrey (Oct 14)
Fabio Fognini (Oct 14)
Juan Sebastian cabal

WTA
Alina Kalinskaya (July 23)
Viktoriya Tomova (Reported August 2)
Marketa Vondrousova
Simona …

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WTA Set To Rename Events In Alignment With ATP

Posted by Staff on November 28th, 2020 @ 4:30 pm

According to the Spanish sports paper Marca, the WTA is set to rename to event categories to align with those of the ATP.

Categories for next year on the women’s tour will change from Premier Mandatory, Premier 5, Premier, International and $125K to the ATP’s format of 1000s, 500s and 250s.

How they transfer and ensuing point system is unclear, but an official announcement from the WTA is expected next week.

With …

Australian Open Closer To Finalizing Dates

Posted by Staff on November 28th, 2020 @ 3:31 pm

The Australian Open is going to happen, it’s now a question of when. The biggest tennis event in the Pacific is still in negotiation with its government over the exact quarantine protocols.

Australian health officials require incoming visitors to quarantine 14 days, no exceptions. That’s the rule. And the players and tours are open to that. The problem is the players would like to practice while they are quarantining.

Playing best-of-5 in …

9 Things I Think I Thought About The 2020 ATP Finals And Daniil Medvedev

Posted by Sean Randall on November 24th, 2020 @ 12:25 am

The 2020 season is over, here are some closing thoughts on the ATP Finals and Daniil Medvedev’s big win.

1. MEDVEDEV’S NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER
I picked Daniil Medvedev at the start of the event only because he had won the Paris Masters. The guy had a lousy year to coming into November — 0 Top 10 wins, 0 tournament finals — but as we saw in 2019, when the …

Medvedev Overcomes Thiem For Biggest Career Title At ATP Finals

Posted by Staff on November 22nd, 2020 @ 9:49 pm

After a tough season, Daniil Medvedev caught fire this month and finished the year in style winning the biggest title of his career Sunday taking the ATP Finals trophy over Dominic Thiem from a set down 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-4.

”What a match. One of my best victories, two hours, 42 minutes, three sets against an amazing player,” Medvedev said following the longest 3-set final in tournament history. “Dominic, congratulations already for …

Djokovic, Nadal Out; Medvedev To Meet Thiem For ATP Finals Title, Who’s The Pick

Posted by Sean Randall on November 21st, 2020 @ 11:01 pm

What a way to end the 2020 season with the four best players in the world meeting this final weekend in London at the ATP Finals.

Today, the old guard Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal fell by the wayside to Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev, respectively.

Both Djokovic and Nadal were well in position to put away their younger foes and reach the final, but failed to finish the job.

In the first …

Djokovic Tops Zverev To Set Blockbuster SF Field At ATP Finals; Nadal v Medvedev

Posted by Staff on November 20th, 2020 @ 10:03 pm

For the first time since 2004, the Top 4 in the ATP Rankings have reached the semifinals at the ATP Finals. The last of the four spots was decided Friday on the final day of the round robin in London where Novak Djokovic played one on his best matches topping 2018 champion Alexander Zverev 6-3, 7-6(4).

Djokovic got a break thanks to an ill-timed double fault from Zverev early in the …

Nadal Returns To SFs After Eliminating Tsitsipas At ATP Finals; Djokovic, Zverev Meet For Last SF Spot

Posted by Staff on November 19th, 2020 @ 10:21 pm

Rafael Nadal served notice early then hung on to eliminate defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 Thursday evening at the ATP Finals.

Nadal, who outlasted the Greek a year ago in the round robin, was in full rhythm on serve the first 90 minutes or so of the match. The Spaniard snuck out a break mid-way in the first and continued to stay strong until late in the second when …

Medvedev Hammers Djokovic At ATP Finals; Nadal v Tsitsipas In Elimination Match

Posted by Staff on November 18th, 2020 @ 10:50 pm

Daniil Medvedev proved right (for now) the many forecasters picking him to do big things this week at the ATP Finals. After an 0-3 campaign last year, the Russian is 2-0 after blasting favorite Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-3 in the round robin on Wednesday.

Medvedev, who out-Djokovic’d Djokovic, broke through during a long seventh game of the first set, then cruised from there.

“I like to play Novak because he is one …

Thiem Tops Nadal, Tsitsipas Tsurvives At ATP Finals; Djokovic v Medvedev Wed.

Posted by Staff on November 17th, 2020 @ 9:21 pm

Dominic Thiem outlasted Rafael Nadal in yet another tight matchup at the ATP Finals on Tuesday. The two best claycourters in the world slugged it out for almost 2-and-a-half hours before Thiem prevailed 7-6(7), 7-6(4).

After a tight start to the opening set, it was Nadal jumping on top in the breaker 5-2. But Thiem clawed back in this, their first indoor meeting. The Australian took seven of the last nine …

14 Matches Was Enough For Ash Barty To Be Awarded WTA Year-End No. 1 For 2020

Posted by Staff on November 16th, 2020 @ 9:45 pm

Ash Barty won her second straight year-end No. 1 award, the WTA announced on Monday.

Despite playing just 14 matches, and NONE since March, the Australian was awarded the year-end No. 1 ranking.

Barty, who did win Adelaide in January, finished 11-3 on the year but because the ranking points were frozen, Barty did not lose her French Open and other title points from 2019. So she stayed on top just ahead …

Djokovic Dominates In ATP Finals Opener; Nadal Takes On Thiem Tues.

Posted by Staff on November 16th, 2020 @ 9:29 pm

Novak Djokovic begin his 13th ATP Finals campaign cruising to a 6=3-, 6-3 victory over tournament debutant Diego Schwartzman in his opening match of the round robin stage.

The 6-time champion was breaking early but other had little trouble against the Argentine who he has now beaten in all six of their meetings.

“The beginning of the match wasn’t that great for me,” Djokovic said. “He broke my serve in the third …

Nadal, Thiem Serve Notice On First Day At ATP Finals; Zverev v Medvedev Mon.

Posted by Staff on November 15th, 2020 @ 9:00 pm

Serving was the theme of opening day at the ATP Finals. Sunday winners Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem combined to drop serve once in five sets.

Thiem started the event against Stefanos Tsitsipas in a rematch of their 2019 ATP Finals title match thriller. And this time Thiem got his revenge on the Greek behind a 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3 victory.

Tsitsipas was in control of the tiebreak leading 4-1 and then 5-3 …

Sabalenka Downs Mertens For Linz Title

Posted by Staff on November 15th, 2020 @ 6:37 pm

Aryna Sabalenka closed 2020 on the highest of notes, winning her second straight title taking Linz over good friend Elise Mertens 7-5, 6-2.

“This is something amazing,” Sabalenka said. “I don’t want to say anything, and just cross my fingers so more wins come to me. This is the perfect end to my season, so I can be happy and relaxed for my holidays and pre-season. I’ll keep working to make …

Sinner A Winner In Sofia, Italian Beats Pospisil For First Career ATP Title

Posted by Staff on November 15th, 2020 @ 11:30 am

Jannik Sinner closed his 2020 season claiming his first career title Saturday in Sofia, beating Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(3).

Playing his first true tour final, the 19-year-old Sinner becomes the youngest champion on tour since 18-year-old Kei Nishikori won the 2008 Delray Beach event.

“It is always special when you win tournaments,” said Sinner afterward. “I felt well this week. It is special. Playing finals like this, 7-6 in the third.

“Is …

ATP Finals Preview: Youngsters Try To Keep Title From Favorites Djokovic, Nadal

Posted by Sean Randall on November 14th, 2020 @ 8:10 pm

An abbreviated 2020 season comes to a close this week at the ATP Finals which will be played in London for a last time.

Because of the rankings freeze, the field is not much different than last year with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal along with former champions Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev returning.

US Open champ Dominic Thiem and Paris winner Daniil Medvedev also are back.

Just two new faces …