NEW

Venus launches Happy Viking business

Venus Williams has added to her business interests by launching a new vegan food company called Happy Viking that is inspired by her own dietary regime, particularly her favourite post-workout shake recipe.

Federer recovers his RF logo

When Roger Federer parted ways with Nike just over two years ago, he also lost his prized RF logo, but now he has got it back and soon fans will be able to buy a Uniqlo cap with the famous motif on it.

WTA unveils comprehensive rebrand

Following the advance leaks of newly-named tournament tiers, the WTA unveiled a comprehensive new corporate identity on Wednesday that included a simplified numerical naming system for its Tour events.

Australian Open to be delayed by three weeks

Should reports in two newspapers, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, prove correct, the Australian Open will kick off on February 8, three weeks later than the original schedule of January 18.

Halep loses early benefactor

Corneliu Idu, the Constanta businessman who sponsored Simona Halep in her early career, has died after catching Covid-19 on the day the former World No 1's documentary aired in Romania.

Murrays champion women’s discrimination on Sky

Sir Andy Murray and his mother, Judy, are presenting presenting a new docu-series for Sky Sports, highlighting discrimination of women in sport that is entitled Driving Force, and the first two episodes are available to watch on demand via Sky and NOW TV while the...

Melzer dismisses Djokovic’s accusation

The reasons behind Novak Djokovic’s failure to re-join the ATP Player Council were put in perspective by the Austrian Jurgen Melzer who completely dismisses the reason’s Djokovic has given for the Councils actions.

Pliskova appoints Bajin as her new coach 

After announcing a parting of the ways with Dani Vallverdu, Karolina Pliskova has added Sascha Bajin to her team for the coming season, who coached Naomi Osaka to the US Open title in 2018, the year he was named WTA Coach of the Year.

Tennis gone digital

Both the WTA and the ATP have recently announced extended digital services partnerships, the former with Stats Perform, its Official WTA Data Supplier, and the latter with Infosys as the Global Technology Services Partner and Digital Innovation Partner of the ATP.

Is the WTA ringing in the changes?

If reports in the media that we are hearing prove to be correct, then the WTA is to be congratulated for taking an important step towards standardising the professional game in the eyes of the general public, the fans.
Tennis News, Tennis Results, Live Tennis Scores & Interviews

Koolhof & Mektic score first semi-final slot

In Tuesday’s round-robin doubles matches at the Nitto ATP Finals, 5th seeds Wesley Koolhof of The Netherlands & Nikola Mektic of Croatia upset the 2nd seeds, Rajeev Ram of the United States & Britain’s Joe Salisbury, 7-6(5) 6-0, to seal the first semi-final berth of the doubles competition, while the No 3 seeds Kevin Krawietz & Andreas Mies of Germany beat 8th seeds Lukasz Kubot of Poland & Marcelo Melo of Brazil, 6-2 7-6(5).

The first match was a very close one. It’s a good thing we played two tiebreaks in that one, so we were confident going into the tiebreak in this first set. Of course, the race is still open for that No 1 doubles spot. Let’s hope we’ll be on top at the end of the weekend. Wesley Koolhof

On their debut as a team at the year-end finals, Koolhof & Mektic accelerated past Ram & Salisbury, delivering a master class after successfully navigating through a tough opening set before soaring ahead to win in an hour and 21 minutes.

“I mean, no one expected it to be 6-0 [in the second set],” Mektic said in the on-court interview. “We played really well in the first set, so the only thing we wanted to do was keep the level.

“We were really pushing ourselves to do that. We had a good start in the second, and somehow [this score] happened.

“The first set was really close and then the second set… it’s not really realistic, but we’ll take it.”

Mektic previously competed at the 2018 edition of the Nitto ATP Finals in London, but it is Koolhof’s first appearance and he is bidding to become the 4th Dutchman to win the doubles title at the O2.

The win sent them into the semi-finals of the season-finale for the first time, after opening their campaign with a 6-7(3) 7-6(4), 10-7 victory over 3rd seeds Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies.

In addition to the title, they are one of the teams vying to end the year at the top of the FedEx ATP Doubles Team Rankings.

“[The nerves] feel good so far, I would say,” Koolhof said. “For me, it’s my debut year and so far things have been going great.

“The first match was a very close one. It’s a good thing we played two tiebreaks in that one, so we were confident going into the tiebreak in this first set.

“Of course, the race is still open for that No 1 doubles spot. Let’s hope we’ll be on top at the end of the weekend.”


Andreas Mies (L) & Kevin Krawietz scored a crucial straight sets win over Lukas Kubot & Marcelo Melo to keep them in with a chance to make the semi-finals

© Glyn Kirk/AFP via Getty Images

After a narrow loss in their opening match, Kevin Krawietz & Andreas Mies earned an impressive 6-2, 7-6(5) victory on Tuesday afternoon against Lukasz Kubot & Marcelo Melo.

The two-time Roland Garros champions converted 3 of their 4 break points to claim their first victory of the tournament and improved to 1-1 in Group Mike Bryan as the Germans, who ended their tournament debut at The O2 last year with a 1-2 record, attempt to qualify for the semi-finals in London for the first time.

“It was huge to win in two sets,” said Mies in an on-court interview. “We didn’t get off to a great start [in the] first match, two days ago… It was important to come back strong today and play much better.

“That happened and I am very proud of us, that we came back, bounced back and played a great match today. Winning in two sets in the round robin system is always very big.”

Krawietz & Mies gained revenge for a recent semi-final loss to Kubot & Melo at last month’s Erste Bank Open when Kubot & Melo recovered from a set down to lift the ATP 500 trophy in Vienna.

“In the round robin system we always have a chance, even if we lose the first match… We have nothing to lose,” said Krawietz. “We had to go for it, we had to be pumped and I think we played really well today.”

Krawietz & Mies began the match in top form, anticipating well and striking multiple return winners to break in 2 of their opening 3 return games.

After dropping serve at 4-1, the 3rd seeds struck another return winner to claim their 3rd break before serving out the set after 30 minutes.

In the second, both teams dominated behind their first serves to reach the breaker in which Krawietz closed the net effectively to earn 2 mini-breaks and the win after an hour and 23 minutes.

“It was a big advantage to get off to a good start today, because it was pretty painful to lose that match two days ago from a good position,” said Mies. “We had it in our hands and we let it slip because we didn’t go for it in the end.

“We were hoping for them to make errors and that was a big mistake.

“The key today was to come out, go for it, get the win ourselves and not wait for errors. That was very good and the start helped, for sure.”

Kubot & Melo drop to 0-2 in Group Mike Bryan, the 2017 finalists having fallen in 7 sets to Ram & Salisbury on Sunday.

The Polish/Brazilian team face Koolhof & Mektic in their final round robin match but cannot now qualify.

With Koolhof & Mektic already in the semis, the advancement scenarios in Group Mike Bryan now depend on Ram & Salisbury facing Krawietz & Mies, with the winners moving on to the final four.


Rajeev Ram (L) & Joe Salisbury must win their final round robin match to qualify for the semi-finals

© Glyn KIRK/AFP via Getty Images



Previous

Next

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.