Halep and Kontaveit advance in Romania

Top seed Simona Halep began her Transylvania Open campaign with a simple win over fellow-Romanian Elena-Gabriela Ruse in just over an hour in Cluj-Napoca, while second-seeded Anett Kontaveit, fresh off her title win in Moscow on Sunday, opened her’s with a straight...

Alcaraz outpowers Murray in Vienna

Disappointment for Andy Murray as the teenage Spanish prodigy, Carlos Alcaraz, prevailed in the second round of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna thereby avenging his earlier defeat at the hands of the Brit in Indian Wells.

Uncertainty still reigns in Australia

There is still great confusion as to who will be eligible to compete at the first grand slam of next year, the Australian Open, with the National Government at odds with the Regional Government in respect of Covid restrictions.

Raducanu breaks her duck in Romania

There is a collective sigh of relief that Britain’s fledgling star Emma Raducanu has won her first WTA Tour match since lifting the US Open trophy in September, fittingly so at the Transylvania Open in the land of her father’s birth, Romania.

Norrie gets his Vienna Challenge underway

Cameron Norrie, recently installed as British No.1 after winning the Indian Wells Masters, continued his hot winning streak as he opened his Erste Bank Open campaign in Vienna with a solid victory over Hungarian Marton Fucsovics after a wobbly star.

Teichmann tumbles out of Transylvania Open, Tomljanovic and Kalinina advance

Switzerland’s Jil Teichmann was the first seed to tumble out of the Transylvania Open, while Ajla Tomljanovic, the No 5 seed, and 8th-seeded Anhelina Kalinina made it safely into round two at Cluj-Napoca in Romania on Monday.

Murray overcomes Hurkacz

Once again Andy Murray faced a difficult draw for his opening match at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna which has a strong field for an ATP 500 tournament with many players chasing points not just in ranking terms, but in the Race for Turin.

Swiatek, Muguruza and Badosa confirmed for WTA Finals

When Ash Barty confirmed what many believed would be the case, that the World No 1 would not be defending her WTA Final title, Iga Swiatek, Garbiñe Muguruza and Paula Badosa secured their places next month, joining Aryna Sabalenka, Barbora Krejcikova, Karolina...

Pull-outs put Raducanu in Romania spotlight

Organisers of the Transylvania Open being held at the BT Arena in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, this week were disappointed when Garbiñe Muguruza and Paula Badosa both pulled out of the tournament, leaving just one Top 20 player in the main draw, home favourite Simona Halep,...

Li lands inaugural Tenerife Ladies Open with win over Osorio Serrano

American Ann Li landed her first WTA Tour title with a 6-1 6-4 win over 19-year-old Maria Camila Osorio Serrano from Colombia at the inaugural Tenerife Ladies Open on Sunday.
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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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