Posted by Staff on March 8th, 2020 @ 11:02 pm
In one of the biggest tennis stories in recent memory, the Indian Wells Masters, which was to begin Monday, has officially been cancelled, the tournament announced a short while ago due to the Coronavirus.
The statement from the tournament:
The Riverside County Public Health Department has declared a public health emergency for the Coachella Valley after a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) locally. As a result, the 2020 BNP Paribas Open will …
Posted by Staff on March 8th, 2020 @ 8:50 pm
Another big name pulled out of Indian Wells Saturday when defending champion Bianca Andreescu withdrew due to her continued issues with her left knee.
The 19-year-old hasn’t played since injuring that knee during the WTA Finals last October.
“As many of you know, I’ve been working through an injury I suffered last year during the WTA Finals,” Andreescu said in a statement. “It’s been a long road to recovery and while I …
Posted by Staff on March 8th, 2020 @ 8:39 pm
Sofia Kenin won her second title of 2020 edging Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in the final of the indoor event in Lyon.
The 21-year-old Kenin had quite a harrowing road to the title, winning in three breakers to beat Alison Van Uytvanck in the semifinals, and saving a match point in her opener to newcomer Jaqueline Cristian.
“Every match was a close one and I had to really fight through, every …
Posted by Staff on March 8th, 2020 @ 8:29 pm
The field has been set for the year-end Davis Cup finals week in Madrid on November 23. A total of 18 teams will be in competition including 12 who qualified this weekend.
Team USA advanced over Uzbekistan 4-0 as the Bryan brothers played their final tie before they intend to retire at the US Open.
Fabio Fognini led Italy over South Korea 4-0 and Jiri Vesely won two matches to put …
Posted by Staff on March 7th, 2020 @ 11:52 am
Former champion Simona Halep withdrew from Indian Wells yesterday. The 2015 winner cited an ongoing foot issue.
“I’m incredibly disappointed to have to withdraw from the 2020 BNP Paribas Open. Unfortunately the foot injury that I picked up before Dubai is still causing me trouble and I will be unable to recover in time to travel to Indian Wells,” Halep said.
Halep had just won the Dubai title a few weeks …
Posted by Tom Gainey on March 5th, 2020 @ 11:01 pm
Andy Murray has updated his situation. After foregoing an surgery on his hip, Murray returned to practice last week and now says he’ll try to be back for the Miami Masters later this month.
The Scot, who hasn’t played since the Davis Cup last year, made the announcement during a interview with Amazon Prime.
“In the short, short term I’m training to try and get ready for Miami. I’ve done so …
Posted by Tom Gainey on March 4th, 2020 @ 10:54 am
Weeks ago Andy Murray was planning another surgery on his hip, but now the former No. 1 was back on the tennis courts earlier this week.
Murray, who underwent hip resurfacing surgery 13 months ago, hinted he might need another operation for a bone bruise which has kept him off tour since the Davis Cup.
Murray was hitting at the National Tennis Centre with Jay Clarke.
It is not known when …
Posted by Sean Randall on March 1st, 2020 @ 7:55 pm
Kim Clijsters continues her comeback to tennis this week in Monterrey which boasts three former US Open champions. In her second event after losing in her return to Garbine Muguruza, the draw was no easier in Mexico as the 36-year-old will meet the second-seeded Johanna Konta.
The slumping Sloane Stephens is also in the field along with Victoria Azarenka who will play her first event since the US Open. Stephens …
Posted by Staff on March 1st, 2020 @ 7:39 pm
With the Coronavirus now threatening events in Italy and France, among other places, American Sofia Kenin has made her way to France where she’ll be the top seed this upcoming week at the Lyon Indoors.
The Australian Open champion will be joined by a French-heavy field including No. 2 seed Kristina Mladenovic, No. 3 Caroline Garcia and fourth seed Alize Cornet.
Kenin will open against Russian Vitalia Diatchenko while Mladenovic meets her …
Posted by Staff on March 1st, 2020 @ 7:22 pm
Brazilian teen stunned the field in Santiago taking his first ATP title Sunday beating Casper Ruud 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.
The 19-year-old Seyboth Wild had just two career tour wins when he took a wildcard into Santiago. The youngster turned that chance into gold beating three seeded players including No. 1 Christian Garin and then the second-seeded Ruud today to become the first man born in the 2000s to win a title.
Posted by Staff on March 1st, 2020 @ 11:57 am
Heather Watson fought off teen Leylah Fernandez to take the Acapulco title 6-4, 6-7(8), 6-1. The Brit let slip five championship points in the second set, but was able to close out her fourth career title in three sets.
“I’m so happy to get my fourth title,” said Watson. “It’s been a few years, so I’m just really, really happy I came through that match.
“It was so up and down,” she …
Posted by Staff on March 1st, 2020 @ 11:43 am
Rafael Nadal picked up his first title of the new decade sweeping past Taylor Fritz 6-3, 6-2 in a 75-minute Acapulco final Saturday night.
It was Nadal’s third title in the Mexican city where he first won 15 years ago in 2005.
”I couldn’t be happier. I played a great event from the beginning to the end,” Nadal said. “Acapulco was the first big title that I won in my career, …
Posted by Staff on February 29th, 2020 @ 5:28 pm
Aryna Sabalenka won her biggest career title stunning former champion Petra Kvitova 6-3, 6-3 in the Doha Premier 5 final.
“It was a long journey here and I put everything on tennis,” said Sabalenka following the 74-minute win. “I was actually only playing tennis and focusing on tennis and nothing else. And I think I gave everything for tennis. And I just lost my dad in the pre-season and he was …
Posted by Staff on February 29th, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Novak Djokovic collected his fifth Dubai title Saturday turning away Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4.
Djokovic looked strong in the first but blew a second set break lead before coming back on the Greek.
“I was a break up in the second set. He [broke] right away,” said Djokovic. “I was comfortable from the back of the court playing with him. It seems like he did drop his intensity a little bit from …
Posted by Staff on February 29th, 2020 @ 10:33 am
Rafael Nadal returned to the Acapulco final for a fourth time after blitzing former Top 5 Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 6-2 Friday night in Mexico.
The 33-year-old Nadal is 13-1 against the Bulgarian in his career.
“I’m very happy. A great victory against one of the best players in the world and a good friend,” Nadal said. “I think I’ve increased my level during the match, so it’s positive for me.”
Nadal will seek …