Clijsters plays Chicago Fall Classic

The Chicago Fall Classic, a WTA 500 event, gets under way this week with a field headed by Elena Svitolina and Garbiñe Muguruza that also includes the return of Kim Clijsters at the age of 38.

Kontaveit stuns Sakkari to win Ostrava title

Anett Kontaveit denied Maria Sakkari her dream of taking the J&T Banka Ostrava Open title after a drought of two years, with a comprehensive 6-2 7-5 over the Greek 4th seed in Sunday’s final.

Europe crushes World

Considering the momentum which Team Europe had generated during the first two days of the Laver Cup to sweep into a 11-1 lead over Team World, it wasn’t surprising to see the visitors clinch overall victory with the first match played on the final day.

Hurkacz collects fourth title

Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz produced another impressive performance on Sunday when, as the top seed, he won the Moselle Open title in Metz, France, defeating the Tokyo bronze medallist and second seeded Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta in straight sets.

Kwon collects maiden ATP title

Soonwoo Kwon became a first time ATP champion in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan, when he won the Astana Open by defeating James Duckworth 7-6(6) 6-3 after 95-minutes in a final featuring two unseeded players.

Sakkari and Kontaveit, surprise Ostrava finalists

Maria Sakkari and Anett Kontaveit overturned the form books by taking out the two top seeds at the J&T Banka Ostrava Open on Saturday, upsetting Iga Swiatek and Petra Kvitova respectively, and they will now meet in Sunday’s final.

Mission impossible for Team World in Laver Cup

Team Europe have opened up a ten-point advantage over Team World following completion of the second day’s play of the Laver Cup at the TD Garden in Boston.

Swiatek to meet Sakkari as Kvitova faces Kontaveit in Ostrava semi-finals

Poland’s Iga Swiatek, the top seed at the J&T Banka Ostrava Open, came through another tough test from Elena Rybakina from Kazakstan to reach the semi-finals, where she will meet Maria Sakkari after the Greek took out home favourite Tereza Martincova.

Team Europe take 3-1 lead

Following a brief colourful opening ceremony the 2021 Laver Cup got underway at the TD Garden auditorium in Boston with the current champions Team Europe taking the majority of the points available to lead 3-1 into Day Two.

Murray succumbs to Hurkacz

Andy Murray’s Metz run was brought to an end by the top seeded Pole Hubert Hurkacz, who after a tight first set, eased himself into the Moselle Open semi-finals 7-6(4) 6-3.
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ITF seeks new host for BJK Finals

The ITF is said to be ‘surprised and disappointed’ after the Hungarian Tennis Association (HTA) withdrew as the host of this year’s Billie Jean King Cup Finals, electing to terminate the contract it held with Budapest and now looking for a new venue.

The ITF will do everything in its power — for the sport, the players, nations, and the fans — to ensure this landmark competition in tennis and women’s sports will be held as soon as it is reasonably practicable. David Haggerty, ITF President

Budapest was due to host the women’s national team tournament at the Laszlo Papp Arena later this year, but the HTA has stated concerns over staging the event safely amid Covid-19, particularly over the emergence of new variants.

“We have been working closely with the Hungarian Government and the Hungarian Tennis Association (HTA) to review all feasible options to reschedule this year’s Finals,” said ITF President Dave Haggerty, according to the Reuters news agency.

“After working together in good faith for the past year, we were surprised and disappointed to be informed that the HTA no longer considers it possible to hold the event in Budapest.

“Given the timing, the ITF has been left with no other option than to end the hosting agreement with Hungary and explore an alternative solution.”

After the Fed Cup was overhauled and renamed the Billie Jean King Cup Finals, Budapest was chosen to host the revamped finals in April 2020, but the event was postponed to 13-18 April this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, and then, the date was pushed back again in February due to health concerns.

At that time, the ITF said that extensive work had been undertaken to ensure the finals could take place in April in compliance with national health regulations and with strict Covid-19 protocols in place.

A number of scenarios were considered for the event, which features 60 athletes, plus coaches and support staff, including playing matches behind closed doors, but it was ultimately decided that it would be unfeasible to host an event of this scale indoors on the scheduled dates under the current circumstances.

A new date has yet to be set and now the ITF has been given an additional task of finding a new venue.

“The ITF will do everything in its power — for the sport, the players, nations, and the fans — to ensure this landmark competition in tennis and women’s sports will be held as soon as it is reasonably practicable,” Haggerty added.

Budapest is also scheduled to host games at this summer’s rescheduled Uefa Euro 2020, with organisers stating last month that they were aiming to host spectators at full capacity, subject to spectators fulfilling strict stadium entry requirements.

The Fed Cup was rebranded as the Billie Jean King Cup by BNP Paribas last September, as a tribute to the iconic female tennis player who helped the US win the inaugural tournament in 1963.

When announcing the rebrand, the ITF also unveiled new sponsorship deals with technology giant Microsoft and steel distributor Magellan Corporation.

BNP Paribas also extended its backing and retained its presence within the official tournament name, an arrangement that dates back to 2005.



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