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Zverev Saves MPs, Rallies Germany Past Hurkacz, Swiatek And Poland For United Cup Title

Posted by Staff on January 7th, 2024 @ 3:55 pm

Alexander Zverev saved the day for Germany in the United Cup final, leading his country back from the brink to beat Poland 2-1 in a thrilling finish.

After Iga Swiatek rolled to her 16th straight match win to beat Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-0, Zverev took over.

Hurbert Hurkacz was poised to be the hero holding two championship points …

Dimitrov Ends Title Drought, Wins Brisbane Over Rune

Posted by Staff on January 7th, 2024 @ 3:36 pm

After over six years, Grigor Dimitrov is finally back in the win column after a terrific week in Brisbane capped by a 7-6(5), 6-4 Sunday over top seed Holger Rune. It was the 32-year-old’s first title since the 2017 ATP Finals, and he fell to the court in relief after the win.

“It’s been a …

Rublev Wins 15th Title, Takes Hong Kong Over Ruusuvuori

Posted by Staff on January 7th, 2024 @ 3:13 pm

Top seeded Andrey Rublev collected his 15th career title topping Emil Ruusuvuori 6-4, 6-4 to win Hong Kong.

The 26-year-old Rublev connected on five aces, lost just four points on second serve and saved the only break point he faced. The Russian broke for 4-3 in the first and 5-4 in the second, and then served …

Coco Gauff Wins Second Straight Auckland, Starts Hot With Win Over Svitolina

Posted by Staff on January 7th, 2024 @ 2:59 pm

After a torrid last half of 2023, Coco Gauff has started this season as good as possible with her first career title defense taking Auckland 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3 over Elina Svitolina.

Gauff had chances to close out the first but dominated in the second and got a late break in the third to take the match.

“I …

Rybakina Rocks Sabalenka To Win Brisbane, First Title Since Rome

Posted by Staff on January 7th, 2024 @ 2:49 pm

A year ago it was Aryna Sabalenka taking down Elena Rybakina to win the Australian Open. Last year, the two met again in a final in Australia and while it was no where near the level of a Grand Slam, Rybakina turned the tables rolling past Sabalenka 6-0, 6-3 to win the Brisbane title.

It was …

Rafael Nadal On Playing The Australian Open: It’s Still To Early To Say Anything

Posted by Staff on January 5th, 2024 @ 11:12 pm

After needing treatment on his left hip late in a loss to Jordan Thompson in Brisbane on Friday, Rafael Nadal gave a status up on instagram on the injury.

“Thank you Brisbane for your support,” Nadal wrote. “Today was a very difficult match that I could have won but all the credit to @jordanthompson2004 for the win. He played at a great level and did a lot of great things. Good for him and, …

Rafael Nadal Gets Treatment On Hip During Marathon Loss To Thompson In Brisbane

Posted by Staff on January 5th, 2024 @ 4:04 pm

Rafael Nadal’s left hip could be an problem yet again. The Spaniard played a marathon losing to Jordan Thompson 5-7, 7-6(6), 6-4 in the quarterfinals of Brisbane on Friday night.

Nadal held three match points in the third set with two coming in the breaker when he led 6-4. But after dropping the second, Nadal …

Novak Djokovic Hampered By Right Wrist In United Cup Loss To De Minaur

Posted by Staff on January 3rd, 2024 @ 4:53 pm

Novak Djokovic’s streak of 43 straight match wins in Australia came to an end Wednesday night in Perth at the United Cup where the world No. 1 was bounced by Alex de Minaur 6-4, 6-4.

For the second straight match, Djokovic needed treatment on his right wrist which seemed to impact the level of his play.

With the Australian Open now less than …

Novak Djokovic On Right Wrist Issue: “I Think It’s Not A Major Concern”

Posted by Staff on January 2nd, 2024 @ 3:36 pm

Last year, it was a hamstring, this year it might be a wrist issue for Novak Djokovic as he heads toward the Australian Open.

In a 3-set win yesterday over Jiri Lehecka at the United Cup, the world No. 1 needed treatment on his right wrist.

Djokovic brushed off any issues with the wrist after.

“It happened in the warmup today before the match,” Djokovic …

Rafael Nadal Makes Rousing Return To Tennis, Tops Thiem In Brisbane

Posted by Staff on January 2nd, 2024 @ 3:15 pm

Rafael Nadal look about as good as Rafael Nadal could after not having played for 11 months. Last night in Brisbane, the former No. 1 cruised past a man who he had lost to six times in Dominic Thiem 7-5, 6-1.

In his first match in 349 days since losing to Mackenzie McDonald at the 2023 Australian Open, Nadal

“Today is honestly an emotional and …

Healthy, Motivated Novak Djokovic Targets Olympics, More Slams, More Titles In 2024

Posted by Sean Randall on January 1st, 2024 @ 5:48 pm

Entering his 19th year on tour and at age 36, Novak Djokovic shows no signs of slowing down.

The world No. 1 collected three of the four Grand Slam titles last year, falling short of a full sweep by just a few games in the Wimbledon final.

Now the clear record holder for most Grand Slam men’s titles, Djokovic said he’s looking for more this …

Naomi Osaka Makes Winning Comeback In Brisbane, Beats Korpatsch

Posted by Staff on January 1st, 2024 @ 5:29 pm

Some 15 months away from tennis plus the birth of her daughter didn’t slow down Naomi Osaka.

The former No. 1 made a rousing return to tennis Monday in Brisbane knocking off Tamara Korpatsch 6-3, 7-6(9).

The 26-year-old lost a 5-3 break lead in the second but battled through in the breaker.

“I was super nervous, but I was really excited to be out there,” Osaka said after the win.

“I feel like the …

Rafael Nadal To Return Tuesday In Brisbane Against Dominic Thiem!

Posted by Staff on January 1st, 2024 @ 5:17 pm

Rafael Nadal will finally return to the singles court Tuesday in Brisbane. After 11 months away due to injury, the 37-year-old legend will take on Dominic Thiem in his first match back.

Thiem had to qualify into the event and then got drawn to play Nadal of all people. Nadal leads 9-6 winning the 2019 …

2024 Tennis Season Opens Friday With United Cup: De Minaur v Norrie Headlines

Posted by Staff on December 28th, 2023 @ 8:07 pm

Depending on where you are, it’s either opening day or opening night in a few hours for the 2024 pro tennis season.

After a full 12 days off, the pro tour gets revved up again for the United Cup which kicks off the new year.

The 18-team mixed event once against features some of the best players from both tours.

This year, the event will feature one men’s singles, one women’s singles and …

Karolina Muchova Withdraws From Australian Swing

Posted by Staff on December 28th, 2023 @ 7:54 pm

The first big injury news of 2024 belongs, unfortunately, to Karolina Muchova. The oft-injured Muchova announced earlier today on social media that an ongoing right wrist issue will keep her from travelling to Australia.

“Hi fans & friends. This isn’t my favorite thing to share especially at the start of a new season, but unfortunately the pain in a wrist came back in the middle of my tennis preparation.

“I therefore have …