Bencic betters Vondrousova to land Swiss Gold

It could so easily have slipped though her fingers but Belinda Bencic prevailed over Marketa Vondrousova to land the Gold medal at Tokyo 2020 on Saturday after 2 hours 30 minutes of fluctuating but captivating tennis.

Djokovic leaves Tokyo empty-handed

Novak Djokovic has promised to “bounce back” in the 2024 Paris Olympics after failing to win his first Games medal.

Svitolina takes Bronze medal

Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina made history by winning the first ever tennis medal for her country on Saturday when the World No 6 prevailed over Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina, 1-6 7-6(5) 6-4, after a battle royal that took 2 hours 28 minutes to resolve and left her winning...

Bronze for Brazil

It was Brazil’s first Olympic Tennis medal ever, delivered by surprise losing semi-finalists Laura Pigossi & Luisa Stefani, who battled hard in the Bronze Medal Match to pip ROC’s Veronika Kudermetova & Elena Vesnina at the post, 4-6 6-4 [11-9], on...

The ROC fill the Mixed Doubles final

There was more disappointment for Novak Djokovic following his singles semi-final loss when he and his partner, Nina Stojanovic, failed to reach the mixed doubles final going out in straight tight sets, 7-6(5) 7-5, to Aslan Karatsev and Elena Vesnina playing under the...

Zverev foils Djokovic’s Golden dream

Alexander Zverev might just have finally signalled a changing of the guard when he ended Novak Djokovic’s dream of becoming the first male in the Open era of winning a Calendar Golden Slam by defeating him in the last four of the Tokyo Olympic singles.

The women waiting for Gold…

Belinda Bencic and Marketa Vondrousova have a day off to rest and reflect on the enormity of the task ahead of them - playing for Olympic Gold on Saturday.

A Djokovic Gold Double is on

With just a few days to go as far as tennis at the Tokyo Olympics are concerned the the big question now is whether anyone can stop Novak Djokovic collecting two Gold medals as he continues his quest of scoring a Grand Slam.

Going for Women’s Doubles Gold

Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic is on a high, having reach both the women's singles and doubles finals on Thursday, which guarantees her two medals as she bids for double gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Djokovic edges closer to Olympic Gold

Novak Djokovic is within one match of his first singles gold medal at the Olympics and warned: "My level of tennis is getting better and better"
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ITF pledges further relief fund support

Last week, the ITF Board approved a further packet of measures for stakeholders impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing suspension of sport through a relief fund worth more than £2 million.

Despite the significant challenges that have resulted from this pandemic, the ITF has been resolute in our desire to help as many of our stakeholders as possible. We do not have unlimited resources, so we have focused our efforts where they are most needed.  David Haggerty, ITF President

This includes £1.1 million in funding for National Associations to help facilitate the return to tennis through national and junior tournament grants, in addition to the £10.8 million in development funding already issued to National Associations in 2020.

A portion of the fund is set to enable eligible junior players to participate in regional events.

An additional £276,000 is also being made available to support players ranked 501 to 700 in singles or 176 to 300 in doubles in both the ATP and WTA rankings.

This funding will be distributed in the form of development grants to eligible players via their National Associations and is in addition to contribution the ITF previously made to the joint player relief programme for players inside the top 500.

The four Grand Slam tournaments and the ITF pledged more than £240,000 in financial support for wheelchair tennis last week, while a tournament support fund has been created to facilitate the return of beach tennis.

“Despite the significant challenges that have resulted from this pandemic, the ITF has been resolute in our desire to help as many of our stakeholders as possible,” said ITF President David Haggerty.

“We do not have unlimited resources, so we have focused our efforts where they are most needed.

“This has been a complex process, but I am pleased that we have been able to reach this point and I would like to thank the ITF Board of Directors for their support.

“There remains much uncertainty, but I am confident that as we continue to pull together and make the right decisions, tennis will make a strong recovery.”

Since professional tennis was suspended on 12 March, the ITF has seen more than 1,100 of its events cancelled or postponed.

A range of measures were implemented to protect the long-term viability of tennis, including savings on projects, a job retention scheme, salary reductions, and the utilisation of reserves.



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