Wimbledon’s prize money payout

Prize money set aside for this year’s Championships at Wimbledon will be distributed to those players who were set to take part at this year’s cancelled tournament, the AELTC announced on Friday.

Wimbledon makes further donations

Marking what would have been the second week of The Championships, the AELTC is donating 70,000 Championships tennis balls and towels to the LTA for its ‘Play Your Way’ campaign as part of The Club’s contributions to the recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19)...

China cancels international events

The WTA’s plans to go ahead with the Asian swing of their tour was apparently scuppered when a press release from the Chinese press agency Xinhua on Thursday announced a decision by the General Administration of Sport of China to cancel all international events due to...

Murray unveils another event for top Brits

The success of the ‘Battle of the Brits’ recently played out behind closed doors in Roehampton, is to be repeated but this time featuring teams consisting of Britain’s best male and female players.

Thiem reaches semis in Austria but may miss US Open

Dominic Thiem is already guaranteed a semi-final slot at the THIEMs7 invitational tournament being held high in the Austrian Alps at Kitzbühel this week, having defeated both Casper Ruud and Jan-Lennard Struff in the round robin stages.

ITF to host virtual AGM

The ITF has announced that the 2020 ITF Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held virtually on Saturday 21 November 2020 following the ongoing restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Djokovic now claims he is the subject of a witch-hunt

Novak Djokovic has attacked his critics following his disastrous Adria Tour which has been one of the one of the major topics of discussion in recent weeks on the tennis front.

Revised ATP rankings give Djokovic a boost

The ATP has confirmed its rankings system will be adjusted due to the impact of coronavirus pandemic, once the Tour resumes, in a move that will greatly benefit Novak Djokovic and protect Roger Federer, but could well hurt Rafael Nadal.

No insurance for Wimbledon, or fans at the US Open

During the week that The Championships should have been building to its climax at Wimbledon this coming weekend, thoughts turn again to the next Grand Slam, the US Open, due to be played from 31 August in New York.

Should the US Open be cancelled?

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Ilkley | Jubb and Klein progress as Otte goes out in shock defeat

It was a slightly damp start to the 2019 Ilkley Trophy, but the crowd were still treated to a fantastic day of tennis.

It was a good start to the tournament for Brydan Klein, with the Brit beating Evgeny Karlovskiy 6-4, 1-6, 2-6. Fellow Brit Andrew Watson didn’t fare so well and was beaten by Croatian Viktor Galovic 6-4, 6-4. American Bjorn Fratangelo proved too much for Britain’s Ryan Peniston with a win of 7-5, 6-4. A thrilling match saw 19-year-old Paul Jubb from Yorkshire beat Belarusian Egor Gerasimov to huge cheers from the Ilkley crowd.

Over on court one, last year’s runner up Oscar Otte was one of the shocking losses of the day, with Australian Jason Kubler beating the German 6-4, 6-2. Japan’s Yuichi Sugita achieved a win of 1-6, 6-7 against Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and USA’s Marcos Giron won in straight sets over Italian Filippo Baldi. The game between Ilkley returnee Liam Broady and Stefano Nepolitano reached a tie break at 6-6 before being suspended due to poor weather and will continue tomorrow morning.

The tournament didn’t get off to the best start for Britain’s women, with Holly Fischer losing 4-6, 2-6 to Italian Martina Di Giuseppe. Alicia Barnett lost out to Greek Valentini Grammatikopoulou after a long game finished 6-7(6), 6-2, 7-10, while another Brit, Amelia Rajecki lost a tough game to Ukrainian Katarina Yavatska 1-6, 0-6. Russian Valeria Savinykh and Paraguayan Veronica Cepede Royg were also victorious on court five.

On court three, Slovakia’s Jana Cepelova beat Belgian Kimberley Zimmermann in straight sets, while German Anna Zaja beat Australian Arina Rodionova also in straight sets. Robin Anderson beat her fellow American Asia Muhammed, while Lesley Kerkhove of the Netherlands was victorious over Australian Zoe Hives.



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