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Obituary – David N. Dinkins

New York’s first African-American Mayor and a benefactor for tennis died on 23 November at the age of 93.

Medvedev makes a clean sweep at the final O2

Daniil Medvedev has earned the biggest title of his career by winning the Nitto ATP Finals at the O2 and hopes it will serve as a springboard to greater things over the next few years, as he attempts to follow his beaten rival to a Grand Slam triumph.

Mektic & Koolhof triumph in ATP doubles final

Croatia’s Wesley Koolhof & Nikola Mektic from the Netherlands won their first doubles title as a team at the Nitto ATP Finals on Sunday, sealing their maiden title together by defeating Austria’s Jurgen Melzer & France’s Edouard Roger Vasselin, 6-2 4-6 [10-5],...

Thiem and Medvedev spring two shocks to reach final

This year’s Nitto ATP Final title will be settled for the last time at The O2 in London on Sunday and will surprisingly, not feature either of the top two players in the world following their respective defeats at the semi-final stage.

Salisbury & Ram lose No 1 spot hope

Saturday proved a step too far for Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram, who led by a set and a break, and were 7-1 up in the match tiebreak, but lost 6-7(7) 6-3 [11-9] to Edouard Roger-Vasselin & Jurgen Melzer. and, in so doing, let the No 1 World ranking slip out of...

Djokovic makes up the final four

The finish line is within reach as the top four players in the world gather themselves for a final lunge to become the 2020 Nitto ATP Finals champion and not only bring this year’s convoluted season to an end, but also bring the curtain down on The O2’s involvement...

Salisbury & Ram on course for top spot

There is added drama attached to the semi-final doubles matches at the O2 Arena, where the Nitto ATP Finals are being staged for the last time and the conclusion of a decade of indoor tennis in London draws near to a close on Sunday.

Salisbury & Ram make semi-finals at the O2

With the year-end World No 1 spot up for grabs, Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram secured their semi-final berth at the Nitto ATP Finals after a thrilling marathon win over Germany’s Kevin Krawietz & Andreas Mies, 7-6(5) 6-7(4) [10-4], in 2 hours and 5 minutes, the...

Nadal trumps Tsitsipas

Rafa Nadal has got himself back on track to achieve his goal of winning the Nitto ATP Finals for the first time by eliminating the defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 4-6 6-2 and reach the semi-finals of the prestigious end-of-season event being played out at...

Australian Open still causing concern

As the 2020 season draws to an end, players and fans are looking ahead to next year with the hope of seeing the two tours settling down into their traditional calendars.
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Learning lessons for next season

There is still a feeling of uncertainty as the tours try to get back up and running following the five-month shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

We've got a lot of work to do logistically to make this all work. We need to make sure the players are safe. But I think they're going to be pretty hungry to want to play some tennis with some crowds by the time we get to January Craig Tiley

The Chinese leg of the tours have been cancelled completely for this year leaving the WTA with a huge gap in their calendars as well as in their finances.

The US Open continues to promise all will be well in New York as long as players adhere to their strict pandemic safety guidelines and sign a waiver absolving the organisers from any responsibility should they catch the dreaded disease!

We are still in the early stages of the restart and over the next month, more lessons will be learnt to make it safer for the players, the organisers and their staff, and hopefully allow spectators back in to watch properly.

Much, however, will depend on the quarantine arrangements some countries will be enforcing on travellers thereby restricting movement and perhaps restricting players to events within their own countries or neighbouring ones.

Craig Tilley, the Chief Executive of Tennis Australia, is very aware of the problems as he tries to firm up the calendar for the start of the 2021 season. He says he is in regular contact with the top players and understands their ‘guarded concerns’, especially about the travel.

“We’ve got to just talk them through their safety, what’s been done,” Tiley told Reuters. “But we’re also not forcing anyone to come, it’s ultimately their choice.

“We’re going to provide the best possible environment.

“If they get on the flight and come, we’ll ensure their safety. If they choose to stay at home for their safety, we will respect that as well.”

He is certainly making the trip attractive as TA confirms that the ATP Cup is still scheduled to go ahead in January in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney as a warm-up for the Australian Open, as are the women’s events in Adelaide, Brisbane and Hobart, despite the question marks which hover over them.

“We are talking a lot to the ATP every week. We both want to run it,” Tiley said.

“It was a great start-up event. It was massively successful. We are planning on having it in three cities and we’re working with those cities.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do logistically to make this all work. We need to make sure the players are safe. But I think they’re going to be pretty hungry to want to play some tennis with some crowds by the time we get to January.”

He is also confident that they will be running the Australian Open in its usual calendar slot with full prize money and spectators back in the stands.

Part of that plan is to establish five bio-security ‘bubbles’ in cities across Australia from early December, and as an added bonus, TA are looking at giving players who arrive early more tournament play opportunities to prepare for the first Grand Slam of the season.


The Murray brothers set off for New York

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Meanwhile the Murray brothers have jetted off to New York to prepare for the US Open which starts on the 31st August.

The flight was marked by Jamie Murray posting a video on Instagram revealing that the pair had boarded only for Andy to discover he had forgotten some essential travel gear.

“The only thing he remembered to bring was his mask” Jamie said chiding his younger brother for being disorganised.

The omissions meant that Andy Murray would have a boring eight-hour flight after forgetting his earphones and laptop charger.





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