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Djokovic, Nadal Resume Grand Slam Chase At Wimbledon; Berrettini In Nadal Half

Posted by Sean Randall on June 24th, 2022 @ 5:43 pm

There may not be points, but there’s still plenty on the line at Wimbledon. The biggest grass event in the world — and arguably the biggest tennis event in the world — unveiled the draws earlier today.

About the only intrigue in the men’s draw was on what half grass demon Matteo Berrettini would land, and it turns out he’s with Rafael Nadal. Which means we could get a rematch …

Djokovic, Nadal Hit Wimbledon Centre Court

Posted by Staff on June 23rd, 2022 @ 6:03 pm

For the first time Wimbledon is allowing players to practice on Centre Court ahead of the opening day Monday.

And two former champions — rivals and favorites Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal — took advantage of the new Wimbledon policy.

Nadal shook off any foot issues and concerns returning to Centre Court for the first time since 2019. With a shot at the Calendar Slam still in the picture, the 2-time champion …

ATP To Allow On-Court Coaching, Kyrgios Doesn’t Agree

Posted by Staff on June 23rd, 2022 @ 12:41 am

The ATP has giving up trying to police on-court coaching. With players getting verbal and hand singles constantly from the coaching box, the ATP will make it legal to do so on a trial basis during the second half of 2022 and at the US Open.

There will still be some restrictions, but for the most part it’s open season for coaches to help their players during a match:

* Coaches must …

Medvedev Bids For First Title Of 2022 In Mallorca Title Defense; Tsitsipas No. 2 Seed

Posted by Staff on June 19th, 2022 @ 6:52 pm

After back-to-back runner-ups, world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev will hope to get back in the win column in Mallorca where he won a year ago.

The Russian will be joined by No. 2 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, No. 3 and 2021 Wimbledon semifinalist Denis Shapovalov and Pablo Carreno Busta who is fourth.

Medvedev will open against former Australian Open semifinalist Aslan Karatsev who won his first match today.

While Shapovalov landed with …

Serena Set For Return At Eastbourne In Doubes; 5 Top 10s In Singles

Posted by Staff on June 19th, 2022 @ 6:27 pm

After nearly a year off the tour since her hamstring injury in the first round at Wimbledon last year, Serena Williams is set to make her return to tennis this upcoming week in Eastbourne.

The 40-year-old will not be playing singles, but instead doubles with partner and Berlin champion Ons Jabeur. They will open against Marie Bouzkova and Sara Sorribes Tormo is a tough opener.

The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion …

Jabeur Gets Retirement From Bencic In Berlin Final

Posted by Staff on June 19th, 2022 @ 6:05 pm

The Berlin title match ended early after Belinda Bencic injured her left ankle late in the first during her final against Ons Jabeur. Bencic eventually called it a day down 6-3, 2-1.

“I just slipped, not sure how. I feel it’s something in my ankle, achilles. I’m going to evaluate it with the doctors, go home and rest,” Bencic said.

“It was a very positive week. My tennis was great. I’m …

Berrettini Bombs His Way Past Krajinovic For Queen’s Title Defense

Posted by Staff on June 19th, 2022 @ 5:56 pm

Matteo Berrettini successfully defended his Queen’s title Sunday powering past Filip Krajinovic 7-5, 6-4 to claim his seventh ATP title and fourth on grass.

The 26-year-old Italian made the Wimbledon finals last year and has now won 20 of his last 21 matches on grass. He’s also a perfect 10-0 at Queen’s. He smacked 14 aces today during the win.

“There are so many emotions,” Berrettini said. “The last thing I expected …

Hurakcz Hands Medvedev Another Final Loss, Wins Halle

Posted by Staff on June 19th, 2022 @ 5:50 pm

Hubert Hurkacz stayed perfect in finals with an impressive 6-1, 6-4 win over Daniil Medvedev to collect his first career title on grass on Halle, Germany.

Hurkacz was in complete command early cruising in the first then breaking Medvedev again early in the second to pace his first win over the Russian.

“I’m super excited, I’ve been waiting a little bit for my first this year,” said Hurkacz of his first title …

Naomi Osaka Withdraws From Wimbledon

Posted by Staff on June 18th, 2022 @ 8:49 pm

Still fighting an achilles issue, 4-time Slam champion Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from Wimbledon.

“my Achilles still isn’t right so I’ll see you next time”, she wrote on twitter.

Then added on Instagram, “Trying to find the positives in a negative situation so all love. But there goes my grass dreams”.

Osaka has never been past the third round in three Wimbledons, and since her Miami final loss to Iga Swiatek, …

Bencic Battles Past Sakkari In Berlin, Will Face Jabeur In Final

Posted by Staff on June 18th, 2022 @ 8:41 pm

Belinda Bencic had to dig deep to get past Maria Sakkari needing just over three hours to put away Maria Sakkari 6-7(6), 6-4, 6-4 to return to the final in Berlin.

“I thought that was an incredible match,” Bencic said after the marathon. “We both kind of pushed really hard, we both didn’t give each other anything. I think it was high quality, of course we held our serves as much …

Berrettini, Krajinovic Reach Queen’s Club Final

Posted by Staff on June 18th, 2022 @ 8:28 pm

Matteo Berrettini continued his solid play on grass. The 2021 Wimbledon finalist rolled into the Queen’s Club final with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Botic van de Zandschulp.

The Italian has now won 19 of his last 20 matches on grass and is arguably only behind 3-time defending Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic on the surface. He’s a perfect 9-0 at the event.

“It was a really tough match. We stopped for the …

Medvedev Back Into Another Final; Hurkacz Halts Krygios In Halle

Posted by Staff on June 18th, 2022 @ 8:19 pm

Daniil Medvedev is making the most of his Wimbledon-less grass season so far, reaching the final of both events this grass season. But the World No. 1 will hope to do a step better than last week’s Den Bosch disappointment by winning in Halle over Hubert Hurkacz.

Medvedev cruised into his 25th career final defeating German Oscar Otte 7-6(3), 6-3. Like a week ago, the Russian hasn’t dropped a set en …

Rafael Nadal Plans To Play Wimbledon, Confirms He’ll Be A Father

Posted by Staff on June 17th, 2022 @ 9:06 am

Those reports that Rafael Nadal wasn’t playing Wimbledon from a few weeks ago turned out to be 100% false.

The now 14-time French Open champion held a press conference today confirming that his foot pain is subsiding and his plan is to play Wimbledon in 10 days.

“[Treatment] done in Barcelona is not a 100% immediate thing, but changes are noticeable,” Nadal said. “I have noticed them, strange sensations, my joint …

Serena Williams Is Back! Will Play Wimbledon Singles!

Posted by Staff on June 14th, 2022 @ 10:55 am

After a year off the tour and endless speculation over her future, Serena Williams announced today that she’s returning to the game, as early as next week.

“SW and SW19. It’s a date. 2022 See you there. Let’s Go #renasarmy” Serena posted on Instagram.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion will play doubles with Ons Jabeur at Eastbourne next week and then Wimbledon where the club has already confirmed a wildcard for her.

Now …

Djokovic Drops French Open Points; Big 3 Not In ATP Top 2 For First Time Since 2003

Posted by Staff on June 13th, 2022 @ 7:44 pm

History was made Monday when the ATP released their rankings and for the first time in over 18 years, the Big 3 of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic do not hold any spots in the Top 2.

Because of the late drop of the 2021 French Open, Novak Djokovic fell from No. 1 to No. 3 allowing Daniil Medvedev to return to No. 1 and the injured Alexander Zverev …