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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)
Marcel Granollers
Bruno Soares

WTA
Alina Kalinskaya (July 23)
Viktoriya Tomova (Reported August 2)

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French Open Men’s Draw: Thiem Placed In Nadal Half, Who’s The Pick?

Posted by Sean Randall on September 24th, 2020 @ 10:59 pm

The only real intrigue to the French Open draw released today was in which half would World No. 3 Dominic Thiem land, with Rafael Nadal or with Novak Djokovic’s. He ended up with Nadal, so there will be no Nadal-Thiem final for a third straight year. However, they can still meet in the semifinals, and odds are they will.

The US Open champion is arguably the second favorite behind Nadal — …

Halep Wins First Rome Masters After Pliskova Retires

Posted by Staff on September 21st, 2020 @ 4:13 pm

The Rome women’s event came to a disappointing conclusion Monday when Karolina Pliskova retired from the final after being down 6-0, 2-1 to Simona Halep.

Pliskova, who won the Rome title last year, couldn’t finish due to a left thigh injury.

“Overnight, it started to really not feel good, and so I was thinking about whether I should play at all,” Pliskova said. “You want to go and try, though it probably …

Djokovic Reigns In Rome, Beats Schwartzman For Record 36th Masters Title

Posted by Staff on September 21st, 2020 @ 4:06 pm

Novak Djokovic grabbed his fifth Rome title and with it a record 36th Masters shield after beating Diego Schwartzman 7-5, 6-3 on Monday.

Djokovic overcame a 2-break hole 0-3 in the first set against Schwartzman who was appearing in his first Masters final after impressive wins over Rafael Nadal and Denis Shapovalov.

“It was a great week, a very challenging week,” said Djokovic. “I don’t think I played my best tennis throughout …

Halep Fights Past Muguruza, Will Meet Pliskova In Rome Final

Posted by Staff on September 20th, 2020 @ 9:06 pm

The showdown between French Open champion lived up the hype on Sunday in Rome. Simona Halep outlasted Garbine Muguruza 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to reach the final of the Rome Masters.

Halep, who has now won her last 13 matches following Dubai and Prague wins, lost four straight games toward the end of the second, but then regrouped in the third, building a 5-1 lead before hanging on — she broke Muguruza …

Djokovic To Face Schwartzman For Rome Masters Title

Posted by Staff on September 20th, 2020 @ 8:52 pm

Novak Djokovic will seek a record 36th career Masters title Monday against Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the Rome final.

Djokovic, a 4-time Rome champion, reached his 10th final cruising past surprise semifinalist Casper Ruud 7-5, 6-3.

Djokovic overcame multiple set points with Ruud serving 5-4, 40-15 in the first. From there, Djokovic ran off 9 of the next 12 games to deny to Norwegian who had never reached this far at a …

Nadal Stunned By Schwartzman In Rare Clay Loss At Rome; Djokovic Becomes The Favorite

Posted by Staff on September 19th, 2020 @ 9:41 pm

Rafael Nadal suffered a rare clay loss Saturday in the Rome Masters quarterfinals. The 9-time Rome champion fell for the first time in his career to Diego Schwartzman in convincing fashion 6-2, 7-5.

Schwartzman, who was 0-9 against Nadal coming in, was simply the better player from start to finish. Schartzman hung firm from the baseline, going strong off the ground. Nadal was on his best day, spraying errors which amounted …

Muguruza Too Strong For Azarenka, Battles Halep In Rome SFs

Posted by Staff on September 19th, 2020 @ 8:31 pm

In a battle of multi-Grand Slam champions, Garbine Muguruza stopped Victoria Azarenka coming from a set down to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Azarenka had won 14 of her last 15 coming in, but Muguruza was able to outlast the Belarussian in a tough three sets.

“I think it was a tough match. I knew it was going to be a tough match. She’s a good player, she’s playing good, she’s with a …

Nadal, Djokovic Power Into Rome QFs; Dimitrov v Shapovalov

Posted by Staff on September 18th, 2020 @ 11:08 pm

Tournament favorites Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic both powered into the Rome Masters quarterfinals on Friday.

With a potential Monday final looming between the two, Nadal jumped out quick then fought off Dusan Lajovic 6-1, 6-3. The Serb got a break back in the second but Rafa returned to a 15th Rome quarter.

“I played at I think a very positive level of tennis. Of course it needs to keep improving. I …

Favorites Halep, Muguruza, Svitolina Roll Into Rome QFs

Posted by Staff on September 18th, 2020 @ 10:56 pm

The top seeds at the Rome Masters rolled into the quarterfinals on Friday.

Seeds went 6-2 on the day led by former French Open winners Simona Halep and Garbine Muguruza.

Halep overcame a break deficit in the first to beat Ukrainian youngster Dayana Yastremska 7-5, 6-4.

“It was not easy against her because you don’t really have the rhythm,” said Halep. “She hits it very strong and it’s tough to return her …

Naomi Osaka Withdraws From French Open, Likely Done For The Year

Posted by Staff on September 18th, 2020 @ 4:04 pm

Just days after winning her second US Open title, Naomi Osaka opted out of the upcoming French Open citing her left hamstring.

“Unfortunately I won’t be able to play the French Open this year,” Osaka posted on social media. “My hamstring is still sore so I won’t have enough time to prepare for the clay – these 2 tournaments came too close to each other for me this time.”

Osaka, who …

Seeds Roughed Up In Rome; Nadal, Djokovic Return Fri.

Posted by Staff on September 17th, 2020 @ 11:25 pm

The lights went out and so did many seeds Thursday at the Rome Masters. Upsets were the norm as seeds went 2-4 plus Kei Nishikori was upset by 18-year-old Italian qualifier Lorenzo Musetti 6-3, 6-4.

A round after stunning Stan Wawrinka, Musetti knocked out another former Top 5.

“It was an incredible match,” said the 249th-ranked Musetti. “I think I played really smart, as he was playing close to the baseline. It …

Muguruza Overcomes Gauff In Rome, Azarenka Bakes Bagels

Posted by Staff on September 17th, 2020 @ 11:04 pm

Garbine Muguruza had to fight from a break down in the third to fend off teen Coco Gauff 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-3 in the second round at the Rome Masters.

Playing in her first WTA-level clay event, the 16-year-old Gauff led the former French champion 2-0 in the third set before the Spaniard won six of the last seven games.

“It was a tough match,” Muguruza said. “The first set was tight, it …

Azarenka Beats Another Williams, Halep Wins In Rome; Muguruza v Coco Thurs.

Posted by Staff on September 16th, 2020 @ 11:48 pm

For the second time in less than a week, Victoria Azarenka beat a Williams sister. Last Thursday, the Belarussian toppled Serena in the US Open semifinals, today she ousted elder sister Venus from the Rome Masters 7-6(7), 6-2. It was a quick but successful turnaround from hard courts on Saturday to clay on Wednesday for Azarenka.

“Different surface was definitely challenging, but I feel like I adapted very well,” Azarenka said. …

Nadal, Djokovic Win Easy Clay Openers; Tsitsipas Tossed In Sin Bin

Posted by Staff on September 16th, 2020 @ 11:33 pm

Tournament favorites Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic rolled in their Rome openers on Wednesday.

Nadal, a 9-time champion, blew away countryman and US Open semifinalist Pablo Carreno Busta 6-1, 6-1 in just 73 minutes. In his first match in 200 days, Nadal only lost 8 points on his serve.

“It’s good to be back on the Tour,” said Nadal on court. “I miss the crowds. I played a good match, maybe he …

Nadal, Djokovic Lead Rome Masters; King Of Clay Seeks 10th Title

Posted by Staff on September 14th, 2020 @ 10:45 am

There’s no time to catch your breath. After an incredibly unusual finish to the US Open yesterday, this truncated tour rolls on with the Rome Masters which begins today.

The field is led by Rafael Nadal who seeks his 10th Rome title. For Nadal, it’s his first event since Mexico back in February just before the shutdown.

Novak Djokovic, who thought he’d be playing yesterday in New York, is now the top …