Vekić strikes first ball back in Palermo

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

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.
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Indian Wells | Auger-Aliassime is set for stardom

For the second year running the BNP Paribas Open is the launch pad for the career of a new young star. Last year Naomi Osaka won her first WTA Tour title here and then went on to lift two of the next three Grand Slams in a run that saw her ascend to the world No.1 spot

Twelve months on it is the exciting young Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime who has captured the attention of the desert crowd. This young man has talent to burn.

After straightforward victories against Cameron Norrie and Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first two rounds, Auger-Aliassime faced a stern test today when he took on Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka in the intimate atmosphere of Stadium 2.

Unlike Norrie and Tsitsipas, Nishioka was able to cope with the young Canadian’s powerful first serve, and he chased down many of his heavy groundstrokes, too.

The result was a compelling spectacle, with the Japanese player surging to a 5-1 final set lead before Auger-Aliassime battled back to force a tie-break.

The eighteen-year old Canadian player took what looked like a decisive 5-3 lead but then his energy and inspiration ran out and it was Nishioka who closed out a 6-7(2) 6-3 7-6(5) win. The Japanese player went through to the next round, but it is Felix Auger-Aliassime who will surely make tennis headlines in the years to come.


Elsewhere seeds continued to tumble, with Germany’s much-fancied Sascha Zverez  losing 6-3 6-1to fellow countryman Jan Lennard Struff.




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