Tsitsipas maintains UTS lead as Thiem pulls out

The Ultimate Tennis Showdown is nearing the knock-out stage but Dominic Thiem will play no part in it after the Austrian, who played just 2 of the 5 weekend’s play, decided to take a rest ahead of his new ‘Thiem 7’ tournament due to take place in Kitzbühel from on...

No fireworks for Wimbledon

The 4th July, American Independence Day, is very different this year, and with no Championships at Wimbledon due to the coronavirus pandemic, there will be no fireworks and fans must get their tennis fix virtually.

Zverev could be banned

It has been asked on many an occasion over the past few weeks – what punishment will be handed down on those who break the Covid-19 safety regulations at a tournament?

US and French Opens to allow spectators

The decision by the USTA and FFT to allow a limited number of spectators to their respective events comes as a bit of a surprise bearing in mind the disastrous Adria Tour mini-series where the Covid-19 spiked followed the disregard of safety protocols.

Wimbledon strawberries for NHS birthday celebrations

Ahead of the NHS’s 72nd birthday celebrations, the AELTC is saying thank you with a donation of 200 punnets of Wimbledon strawberries per day to NHS staff and frontline workers in London.

The men play for Wimbledon’s pineapple

They make their appearances over the final weekend of The Championships and are highly prized - the five Wimbledon Trophies, one of which proudly displays an unlikely pineapple on the top - but, sadly, will not be on show this year.

Serbian Prime Minister, Gomez and Tipsarevic enter the debate

The fall out of the Adria Tour continues as many struggle to find someone to lay the blame on. In the main that someone is Novak Djokovic who led the campaign for this mini circuit and as it has been repeatedly said, his intentions were good and it had the backing of...

Watson joins Progress Tour Women’s Championships field

Heather Watson has accepted a wildcard and will compete alongside GB Fed Cup teammates Harriet Dart and Katie Boulter at next month’s £30,000 Progress Tour Women’s Championships at the National Tennis Centre.

Wimbledon’s green grass of home

The courts at Wimbledon are lush and green but absent are the world’s best players, who should be completing the first round of matches today had The Championships not been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s the ‘doughnut’ versus the ‘rat’

Nick Kyrgios and Boris Becker have got themselves embroiled in a major bust-up over Alexander Zverev’s recent escapade, namely caught on video partying after the cancellation of the Adria Tour which left a number of players and staff testing positive for the Covid-19...
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Djokovic has been practising, in secret

Novak Djokovic has been keeping his eye on the ball over these past two months, practising every day on a private court in Marbella with his brother, Marco, as the coronavirus pandemic prevented him from returning to his homeland, but he kept his training quiet so as not to enrage other players or the general public.

Unlike many other players, I was able to train almost every day because we resided in a house with a tennis court. I refrained from posting clips on social networks because I didn't want to infuriate other players. Novak Djokovic

After the cancellation of the Masters events in Indian Wells and Miami, Djokovic flew to Marbella, where he quarantined with his family for two months before returning home last week.

The World No 1 is now back in Serbia and revealed the news at a press conference in Belgrade on Monday.

“Unlike many other players, I was able to train almost every day because we resided in a house with a tennis court,” he said.

“I refrained from posting clips on social networks because I didn’t want to infuriate other players.

“I was practicing on the hard court, lately on the clay court as well. I feel good. I have been working out a lot.

“I am fit and in good shape, so I am looking forward to the Adria Tour, which I am organising.

“It’s uncertain when we will again play but I’m taking this Tour seriously. World stars are coming and I want them to have a positive experience. I care a lot.”

The 17-time Grand Slam champion is set to host and play in the new Adria Tour next month, a series of unsanctioned exhibition matches to be played in the Balkan region.

Djokovic, who turned 33 last week, revealed that Alexander Zverev is the latest player who has committed to playing on the Adria Tour and play in the 13-14 June event in Belgrade and could also be on court in Zadar, Croatia a week later.

Although the matches in Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina have not yet been fully confirmed, the series has been arranged to raise money for humanitarian projects across the region as well as helping tennis players get back in shape during the ATP Tour suspension.

The Adria Tour, which will also feature Dominic Thiem and Grigor Dimitrov amongst other players, will take place from 13 June to 5 July.

Puddles cover the court during a rain delay at the UTR Pro Match Series in West Palm Beach, Florida

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Meanwhile, the final day of a women’s exhibition tournament in Florida featuring several WTA players was washed out by rainstorms on Sunday, organisers announced.

“It’s disappointing, but overall the team at UTR are so excited to bring back tennis and live sports across the world,” said Tournament Director Stephen Amritraj.

“We’ve gotten so much interest globally from people who love what we’re doing.”

Heavy downpours in the West Palm Beach area wiped out the final portion of a match between Danielle Collins and Ajla Tomljanovic.

The winner was scheduled to meet Alison Riske in Sunday’s UTR Pro Match Series final.

Sunday’s third-place consolation match was also called off.

All matches were played in a shortened format in which the first player to four games with a two-game lead wins the set.

The three-day, four-player exhibition tournament was billed by organisers as the first professional women’s tournament in the US since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in mid-March.

Riske, at 19th in the world, was the top-ranked player in the event.



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