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

The Ultimate Tennis Showdown is an innovative competition organised by leading coach Patrick Mouratoglou at his academy in the south of France to help fill the void created by the suspension of the professional tours, and with matches split into quarters, a unique...

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.

Player tests positive at Palermo

The WTA’s woes continue as news broke of a player testing positive for coronavirus at the Palermo Open follows hot on the heels of the cancellation of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Japan.

Watson and Edmund are Friday’s standout players

The Battle of the Brits Team event at the NTC is certainly proving to be a very competitive competition with a great atmosphere despite here being no spectators.
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Edmund to meet Nadal

For the meagre three strong British contingent participating at the Rolex Monte Carlo Masters, it was unfortunate that two of them should be forced to meet on the opening day.

It will be a tough match, whatever the court. The flipside, he's not played me. Different game styles Dan Evans

The record now shows that Kyle Edmund beat his Davis Cup team-mate Dan Evans, in straight sets leaving Andy Murray, the top seed and current world number one to fly the flag over the next week.

Edmunds, who, unlike his compatriot has a liking for the clay of Europe, won 7-5 6-1, recovering from a poor start to progress into the second round where the nine-time Monte Carlo champion, Rafa Nadal awaits.

In what was only the second meeting of their career, Edmunds found himself trailing 1-4 in the first set before finding his range to sweep past his compatriot.

And the prospect of meeting the best-ever player on clay, doesnŠ—’t faze him. "I played Novak Djokovic three times, Andy Murray twice, Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic," he told the Guardian. Š—“I’ve been getting better on it over the past few days. It will be just a great experience.

"It will be a tough match, whatever the court. The flipside, he’s not played me. Different game styles. At the start of the match no one gets a head start just because of ranking or past wins. It’s 0-0, game on. That’s how I’ve got to approach it."

Berdych launches another bolt

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In other matches on the first day of the European clay court season, ninth seed Tomas Berdych was forced to fight hard in the last match on the main show court, to beat Russian qualifier Andrey Kuznetsov 4-6 6-3 6-4. Eventually, after two hours of close play, his broader experience saw him get past the world No78.

In another close match, Pablo Carreno Busta, seeded 13, secured a 7-6(0) 6-7(4) 6-3 victory over the strutting but inconsistent Italian peacock Fabio Fognini.

The 12th seed Roberto Bautista Agut recovered from a slow start to beat Nikoloz Basilashvili 1-6 6-3 7-5 and will now play the diminutive Diego Schwartzman, who knocked out Australia’s struggling Bernard Tomic 6-1 7-6(3) in 78 minutes.

Nicolas Almagro required two hours to get past Martin Klizan 4-6 6-3 6-1 and faces David Goffin next while 15th seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas, saved six break points before claiming a 6-2 6-3 victory over qualifier Renzo Olivo.

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez lost 1-6 6-3 6-4 to Adrian Mannarino, who now plays fellow Frenchman and seventh seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. In addition, Pablo Cuevas beat Viktor Troicki 6-3 6-0 and 20-year-old Alexander Zverev was untroubled by Andreas Seppi sweeping past him 6-1 6-2.



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