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Carlos Alcaraz Rolls Right Ankle In Scary Tumble In Rio [Video]

Posted by Staff on February 21st, 2024 @ 11:37 am

Carlos Alcaraz took a scary tumble just two points into his 2024 Rio appearance last night.

The 20-year-old former champion was facing Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro in the first round when he went over on his right ankle. Thankfully, it didn’t look too serious, but scans Wednesday will reveal more.

“Tomorrow I’ll have a test for my …

Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray Admit ATP Tour Is In Fact Scripted [Video]

Posted by Staff on February 8th, 2024 @ 7:54 pm

Well, the cat is out of the bag.

All you fans who thought the ATP Tour was really just a scripted reality show and that results were predetermined will finally have their day.

In a revealing video released earlier this week, the ATP Tour became the first pro sports organization to admit that their sports circuit …

Australian Open Men’s Final: Jannik Sinner v Daniil Medvedev

Posted by Staff on January 27th, 2024 @ 8:18 pm

For the first time in 19 years there are no Big 3 players in the men’s final of the Australian Open. That simply because Jannik Sinner put a stop to it, stunning Novak Djokovic in convincing fashion in four sets on Friday in the semifinals.

Sinner, who has lost just one set entering the finals, will now set his sights on Daniil Medvedev.

The Russian has returned to the Australian Open final …

Women’s Australian Open Final: Aryna Sabalenka v Qinwen Zheng

Posted by Staff on January 27th, 2024 @ 4:37 am

The first Grand Slam singles title of the 2024 season will be awarded tonight as Aryna Sabalenka takes on first-time Major finalist Qinwen Zheng.

Sabalenka comes into her third Grand Slam final winning her last 13 matches at the Australian Open. This year, while she lost in her warm-up event in Brisbane, she hasn’t dropped a set this set this and just avenged a US Open loss to Coco Gauff.

Sabalenka also …

Australian Open Men’s Semifinals: Djokovic v Sinner, Medvedev v Zverev

Posted by Staff on January 25th, 2024 @ 10:24 pm

The final weekend of the first Grand Slam of the 2024 tennis season gets underway this afternoon in Melbourne.

Three of the four are back in this semifinal stage while newcomer Jannik Sinner is making his Australian Open final four debut.

Sinner will have to do something that has never been done before: beat Djokovic in the semifinals at the Australian Open.

The 22-year-old Italian has won two of his last three against …

Djokovic v Fritz, Sinner v Rublev, Gauff And Sabalenka At Australian Open

Posted by Staff on January 23rd, 2024 @ 1:04 am

It’s a huge day of quarterfinal matches at the Australian Open with both US Open champions — Novak Djokovic and Coco Gauff — center stage on Rod Laver.

Gauff opens the day against 21-year-old Marta Kostyuk who arrives into her first Major quarterfinal. Gauff has won her last 11 matches in Slams and is a perfect 9-0 this season after winning Auckland.

Djokovic will try to reach his 48th career Grand Slam …

Alcaraz, Medvedev Seek QF Berths At Australian Open; Moms Azarenka, Svitolina Women’s Favorites

Posted by Staff on January 21st, 2024 @ 8:25 pm

The last of the quarterfinals puzzle will be fit Monday at the Australian Open.

Carlos Alcaraz will seek his first Australian Open quarterfinals — and complete the Grand Slam set at just 20 — and look to keep pace with Novak Djokovic. Alcaraz will meet a different Serb in Miomir Kecmanovic who’s saved match points to make the final 16.

”He needs to be aggressive,” Kecmanovic coach Ivan Cinkus told ATPTour.com. “If …

Djokovic During Day At Australian Open, De Minaur v Rublev; Coco, Sabalenka In Charge With Swiatek Out

Posted by Staff on January 20th, 2024 @ 8:35 pm

There are just 32 players remaining at the Australian Open. Iga Swiatek is not among them. In fact, just four TOp 16 women made the fourth round.

That leaves the last two hard court Grand Slam champions, Aryna Sabalenka and Coco Gauff, assuming the roles of the new tournament favorites in the women’s draw.

Today, Gauff takes on another Polish suprise in Magdalena Frech who has never had a moment like this …

Alcaraz Faces Someone Younger, Swiatek Streaking At Australian Open Saturday

Posted by Staff on January 19th, 2024 @ 9:08 pm

Carlos Alcaraz will enjoy a first Saturday afternoon at the Australian Open actually facing someone younger than himself for the first time in his pro tour-level career.

Alcaraz will take on the sensational 18-year-old Jerry Shang as both bid for a spot in their first Australian Open fourth round.

Shang just reached the Hong Kong semifinals.

“He’s one of the best players on tour. I’ve watched him the whole year. Basically in 2023 …

Djokovic, Sinner, Gauff v Parks Lead Third Round Play Friday At Australian Open

Posted by Staff on January 18th, 2024 @ 9:04 pm

The third round of play kicks off Friday at the Australian Open with defending champions Novak Djokovic and Aryna Sabalenka in action.

Djokovic has played two toughed-than-expected matches with four-set wins over Dino Prizmic and Alexei Popyrin. Tonight, the 10-time Australian Open champion take on the slugger from South America Tomas Martin Etcheverry. Djokovic has two straight set wins over the Argentine last year but the 24-year-old hasn’t dropped a set in two matches.

“He …

Defending Champions Djokovic, Sabalenka Face Teens On Opening Day At Australian Open

Posted by Staff on January 13th, 2024 @ 7:49 pm

A new Sunday start at the Australian Open welcomes the 2024 Grand Slam tennis season today in Melbourne. And to commemorate this first Sunday, the tournament has slated the two 2023 champions Novak Djokovic and Aryna Sabalenka to open play at night on Rod Laver Arena.

Djokovic, who has won his last 28 matches at the Australian Open, will take on French Open junior champion Dino Prizmic. Sabalenak will face German Ella Siedel. Both are …

Australian Open Women’s Preview: Swiatek, Gauff The Players To Beat?

Posted by Staff on January 13th, 2024 @ 7:08 pm

Is there a new Big Four in tennis? There could be, but it’s in women’s tennis with Iga Swiatek, Aryna Sabalenka, Elena Rybakina and Coco Gauff leading the charge.

The foursome are all Grand Slam title winners and currently playing at the top of their games going into the Australian Open.

The tournament favorite Swiatek hasn’t lost a match since October winning her last 16.

Sabalenka is the defending champion and has been …

Australian Open Men’s Preview: Can Anyone Stop Novak Djokovic?

Posted by Staff on January 13th, 2024 @ 6:44 pm

The Top 32 men are all assembled in Melbourne for the first Grand Slam of the 2024 tennis season. But after another incredible year, can anyone stop Novak Djokovic?

The 36-year-old world No. 1 lost just one match in Grand Slam play all of 2023, and his home away from home in Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne where Djokovic has won 28 straight matches, won the title the last four times …

This New Jannik Sinner Commercial Is Wild [Video]

Posted by Staff on January 8th, 2024 @ 12:11 pm

Italian telecom company Fastweb just released a new commercial spot featuring one of their brand ambassadors, Jannik Sinner. It’s wild.

Via translation of the description: “The road to the future? It is made up of continuous challenges. The everyday ones, the ones that make you grow. And those as big as your ambitions… even the …

Rafael Nadal Pulls Out Of Australian Open With “Micro Tear”

Posted by Staff on January 7th, 2024 @ 4:10 pm

The good news, Rafael Nadal has not retired and not re-injured his hip.

The bad news, Rafael Nadal will not be playing the Australian Open after suffering what he called a “micro tear” to a muscle in his upper left leg during a loss to Jordan Thompson Friday in Brisbane.

Nadal got evaluated and the he will now head back to Spain for further tests and treatment, with a goal to …