Nadal avenges Madrid loss

Up to the quarter-final stage of the Rome Masters, Rafa Nadal could be said to have had a fairly torrid time and when he faced Alexander Zverev for a place in the last four, many expected the German, last week’s Madrid Masters winner, to maintain his winning form over...

Pliskova to meet Ostapenko in Rome quarters

Karolina Pliskova is the sole seed in the lower half of the draw and takes on Jelena Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion, in the quarter-finals of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, while Petra Martic and Jessica Pegula will contest the last quarter on Friday.

Barty cruises, Gauff stuns Sabalenka and Svitolina swats Muguruza

World No 1 Ash Barty remains on track to add the Rome title to her expanding collection but must overcome Coco Gauff in the quarter-finals, who upset Aryna Sabalenka, the Madrid champion, at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia on Thursday, while Elina Svitolina took out...

Nadal one point from defeat

Rafa Nadal’s invincibility on clay is being tested more regularly than you would expect and makes his forthcoming challenge at Roland Garros in a few weeks’ time, the more intriguing.

Jo Konta and Venus Williams enter Nottingham

British No 1 Johanna Konta and 10-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams will headline this year’s Nottingham Open field, the first of the returning LTA summer grass court events.

Osaka leads march of seeds out of Rome

On a day of major upsets at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, the underdogs prevailed, seeing off seeds Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep, Sofia Kenin, Serena Williams, Petra Kvitova, and Maria Sakkari in a procession of upsets at the Foro Italico in Rome.

Nadal back on track

Rafa Nadal, playing his first match at the Foro Italico following his quarter-final loss to Alexander Zverev at last week’s Madrid Masters, declared himself happy with his performance in overcoming Jannik Sinner in straight sets, but not so with the scheduling by the...

Konta follows Bencic and Mertens out of Rome

Seeds started to tumble at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, with Belinda Bencic and Elise Mertens followed out of the draw by Jo Konta, while Garbiñe Muguruza and Angelique Kerber were among those to win through on Tuesday.

Kvitova, Brady, Swiatek and Sakkari open Rome accounts

The Internazionali BNL d’Italia got under way at the Foro Italico in Rome on Monday, with some of the seeds in action and coming through unscathed, although Petra Kvitova had to come from a set down against Magda Linette to advance, while Jennifer Brady won in...

Evans crashes out of Rome

Dan Evans excellent run on clay over the past few weeks came to an end in the first round of the Rome Masters when h suffered a very-bad tempered loss to Taylor Fritz.
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Draper upsets Norrie

Teenager Jack Draper, one of Britain’s future stars, showed his potential when he posted the best win of his career by defeating Cameron Norrie in straight sets on the second day of the Battle of the Brits exhibition series.

Draper, 18, and ranked 303rd in the world, triumphed 7-6(5) 7-6(4) over the world No71 Norrie and British No.3 on Monday at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton.

Meanwhile British No 1 Dan Evans recovered from his defeat on Sunday by Andy Murray to beat Jan Choinski 7-5 6-0 while Liam Broady was taken to three sets James Ward before securing his 3-6 7-6(0) 10-8, while Aidan McHugh defeated Anton Matusevich 6-4 2-6, 10-8.

On the women’s side Heather Watson eased past Jodie Burrage 6-1 6-4 and Emma Raducanu defeated Katy Dunne 6-1 6-4, Beth Grey won 6-2 6-2 against Naomi Broady, and Eden Silva beat Alicia Barnett 6-2 2-6 10-7.

The event, the original brainchild of Jamie Murray, has been organised by the Lawn Tennis Association to help British players prepare for the 2021 season with competitive matches after their schedules had been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

No ball girls or ball boys are being used at the event, although there are umpires and officials.

Tuesday’s schedule:

Court One: Eden Silva v Naomi Broady, Jack Draper v Jay Clarke, James Ward v Jan Choinski, Alicia Barnett v Katy Dunne.
Court Three: Jodie Burrage v Francesca Jones, Dan Evans v Liam Broady, Andy Murray v Cameron Norrie, Heather Watson v Emma Raducanu.



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