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Halep hoists Italian Open trophy after Plíšková retires in final

Top-seeded Simona Halep accomplished her ambition of winning her first Italian Open title on Monday, when 2019 champion Karolína Plíšková retired midway through the final with a left thigh injury.

Novak Marches On

Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic has collected his 36th Masters 1000 title and can now reflect in the knowledge that he has surpassed his rivals at that particular level of competition and set a new record.

Djokovic and Schwartzman with plenty to play for

Novak Djokovic likes records and he is on the verge of winning his 36th Masters 1000 title if he is successful in the final of the Italian Open at the Foro Italica today, to edge him one ahead of Rada Nadal.

Top seeds Halep and Plíšková to meet in Rome Final

For the first time since 2016, the top two seeds in a WTA tournament will contest the final of of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia after both Simona Halep and Karolina Plíšková came through their respective semi-finals with wins over Garbiñe Muguruza and Marketa...

Nadal stunned by Schwartzman

Diego Schwartzman pulled off the biggest upsets of the Rome Masters when he toppled the nine-time champion Rafa Nadal in the quarterfinals, a feat he achieved in straight sets!

Plíšková passes Mertens test as Vondrousova swats Svitolina

No 2 seed Karolina Plíšková took another step toward her Rome title defence on Saturday after correcting a mid-match wobble to defeat No 11 seed Elise Mertens in the Internazionali BNL d’Italia quarter-finals; while 12th seed Marketa Vondrousova upset two-time winner...

Muguruza stops Azarenka to meet Halep in Rome semis

Garbiñe Muguruza stopped Victoria Azarenka’s outstanding run of 14 wins in the quarter-finals at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, coming from a set and a break down to reach her third semi-final in Rome where she will meet Simona Halep, who advanced into the last 4...

Muguruza downs Konta to face Azarenka

On a day of attrition and compassion in Rome, Friday’s play at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia saw Johanna Konta fall to Garbiñe Muguruza, Victoria Azarenka comfort an injured Daria Kasatkina after a nasty tumble, and top seeds Simona Halep and Karolina Plíšková...

Nadal not obsessed with records

The two tournament favourites draw closer to settling this year’s Rome Masters 1000 title as they successfully reached the last eight on opposing sides of the draw with the second seeded Rafa Nadal seemingly having the easier passage so far.

Musetti continues his Roman run

At four-all in the second set the lights went out during the Italian Open which could have disrupted the concentration of Italy’s emerging starlet, the 18-year-old Lorenzo Musetti, who was on his way to eliminating another top player from the Rome Masters listings.
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London | Fed Cup format undergoes change

The ITF have finally revealed the changes they are bringing about to freshen up the Fed Cup women’s international team event which is to become with a huge boost in prize money, a 12 nation, six day tournament played on clay out in Budapest for the next three years starting April (14-19).

The format respects the existing women's tennis calendar by reducing Fed Cup to two weeks of competition in existing Fed Cup weeks and supporting player health through the extension of the off season by moving the Finals from November to April David Haggerty

This year’s finalists, Australia and France, plus hosts Hungary, will be joined by a wildcard and the winners from eight qualifying matches to be held in February 2020.

A total prize fund of $18 million will be on offer with $12 million going to players and $6 million to the national tennis associations.

The finals will feature four groups of three teams, with the winners progressing to the semi-finals and final. All matches will consist of two singles and one doubles.

The move to reform the Fed Cup comes after a similar overhaul of the men’s Davis Cup that will see 18 teams compete for the title and $20m of prize money in the inaugural finals in Madrid this November.

“The launch of the Fed Cup Finals will create a festival of tennis that elevates this flagship women’s team competition to a new level, yet remains loyal to the historic core of the Fed Cup,” said ITF President David Haggerty.

The previous format, which saw the eight-team World Group decided over three ties separated over the course of the season, was criticised for being too strung out and not protecting player welfare which led many top players to stop representing their countries.

“The format respects the existing women’s tennis calendar by reducing Fed Cup to two weeks of competition in existing Fed Cup weeks and supporting player health through the extension of the off season by moving the Finals from November to April,” Haggerty added.

 

 






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