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Donna Vekić goes down in history as the first player to win a tour-level match in the post-shutdown era when, 5 months after the last WTA tournament took place, the Palermo Open re-started the WTA Tour on Monday on the Italian island of Sicily, while the pandemic that...

It’s a welcome return with an uncertain future

While the return of professional tennis is more than welcome, it is a cautious one bearing in mind that the Washington event on the ATP Tour was cancelled a few weeks back and there is still uncertainty regarding the US Open.

The Lion is the UTS2 king

Alexander ‘The Lion’ Zverev needed Sudden Death to beat Felix ‘The Panther’ Auger-Aliassime and become king of the Ultimate Tennis Showdown jungle on Sunday.

WTA Tour resumes in Palermo

The 31st Ladies Open Palermo kicks off in Sicily on Monday, marking the resumption of the WTA Tour after five months suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic and the exhibition events that have peppered the calendar since March wrapped up at the weekend.

The British Bulldogs just edge it

As the organiser of the Battle of the Brits Team event, Jamie Murray couldn’t have been more delighted that, after a week’s highly competitive play, the final outcome of the event wasn’t settled until the last match.

New York Empire win World TeamTennis 2020

New York Empire defeated Chicago Smash, 21-20 in a supertiebreaker, to win the 2020 World Team Tennis season in a nail-biting finish at West Virginia’s Greenbrier Resort on Sunday, and hoist the King Trophy for the first time.

UTS Finals on BBC Sport

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New York upset Philadelphia to meet Chicago in WTT Final

The two top seeds failed to make the final of World TeamTennis on Saturday at The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia after the New York Empire upset favourites Philadelphia Freedoms, 22-18, and Chicago Smash took out Orlando Storm, 24-13.

Race to the line

Jamie Murray, the man behind the Battle of the Brit events, will be delighted that his team event has reached the final day with both teams sharing the points and the finishing line of 60, just ten matches away

US Open to go ahead

The USTA has confirmed that the US Open will go ahead as planned, alongside the Western & Southern Open tune-up event the week before, both with strict protocols in place.
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Cape Town | Federer sets new record with Nadal

It will go down as the greatest exhibition match ever with a record of 51,954 spectators cramming into the Cape Town Stadium to witness the exhibition match between two of the living All Time Greats and long-time rivals Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer, battling it out in South Africa’s legislative capital.

It's a lifetime experience playing in front of such an amazing crowd in an amazing stadium. It was a big pleasure for me to be part of it Rafa Nadal

The event, labelled ‘Match in Africa’ was a sell-out and the organisers believe some 200,000 application for tickets were made ever since the match was announced last year.

“It was an absolute pleasure to share the court with Rafa (Nadal) again, but the first time here in beautiful Cape Town in South Africa. It means so much more and … it really is very, very special on so many levels,” the Swiss player, whose mother is South African, said after the match organised to raise funds for his Foundation in support of early childhood education in six southern African counties.

“We tried our best as always,” Nadal, who dropped to world number two after the Australian Open, said following his 6-4 3-6 6-3 loss. “It’s a lifetime experience playing in front of such an amazing crowd in an amazing stadium. It was a big pleasure for me to be part of it.”


Find the Stars!

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The previous attendance record, 42,517, also set by Federer when he played Alexander Zverev in Mexico City last November, was smashed, as was the long-standing one of 30, 472 set by the ‘Battle of the Sexes’ between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs at the Houston Astrodome in 1973.

Helping out were the Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and the local Daily Show host Trevor Noah who played a one-set doubles with the tennis superstars – Federer partnered Gates to defeat Nadal and Noah 6-3.


A general view of the Match in Africa at Cape Town Stadium

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