Coco climbs the rankings

Following the WTA’s last Premier event of the year in Ostrava, Coco Gauff is rewarded for battling through qualifying with an 8-place jump in the Rankings published tis week, while champion Aryna Sabalenka and finalist Victoria Azaranka are among the other risers.

In Vienna Thiem and Djokovic struggle and Evans progresses.

Defending champion Dominic Thiem seeded two at the Erste Bank Open, an ATP Tier 500 event, found himself struggling at first when he faced Vitaly Sachko of the Ukraine in his opening round in Vienna.

Ricci Bitti takes on 3rd ASOIF term as President

Former ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti is set to be re-elected for a third and final term as President of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) after being confirmed as unopposed for the role.

Melbourne lockdown easing

The good news is that after 3 months of strict lockdown due to a surge in coronavirus, Melbourne is reopening on Wednesday, paving the way for the easing of restrictions and, hopefully, the return of spectators to sport.

Mixed fortunes on opening day in Vienna, Shapovalov beaten by wildcard

In what is being described as the strongest field ever to be gathered for an ATP 500 event, Denis Shapovalov, the eighth seed from Canada, crashed out of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna, to the Austrian wildcard Jurij Rodionov in straight sets for the biggest win of his...

Sabalenka ousts Azarenka and wins Ostrava double

Aryna Sabalenka completed a remarkable transformation at the J&T Banka Ostrava Open on Sunday when she won both the singles and doubles titles, comprehensively out-striking compatriot Victoria Azarenka in the first all-Belarusian WTA Tour final in history.

Zverev does the Cologne double

Alexander Zverev won his 13th title by completing the Cologne double with a straightforward 6-2 6-1 victory over Diego Schwartzman to remain unbeaten this past fortnight at the consecutive ‘bett1HULKS Championships’ tournaments.

Humbert scores his best career win in Antwerp

In what was a battle between two future stars of the sport, Ugo Humbert of France produced an excellent performance to defeat his young Australian rival Alex de Minaur in just 97-minutes in the final of the European Open for his second title of the season.

Świątek in quarantine

On Friday, French Open champion Iga Świątek was awarded her country’s Golden Cross of Merit for remarkable sporting achievements and promotion of Poland by President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw, who has since tested positive for coronavirus, prompting the player to go into...

Evans beaten in tough semi-final

Dan Evans excellent run at the European Open came to an end against Ugo Humbert of France after failing to convert one of the four match points he held in the second set in Antwerp.
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Rankings are frozen

How tennis records are maintained during the lockdown has provided many with an excellent topic of discussion but that has now been resolved with the ATP and WTA deciding that rankings will be frozen during the weeks of inactivity.

When one element of ranking is Frozen everything is Frozen period! No argument! Sven Groenfeld

That means that Novak Djokovic, for instance, will remain as world number one but his time at the top of the table will be fixed at 282 weeks – as per the last time the rankings were published (March 16) – until the tours hopefully resume on July’13.

While the ATP have not confirmed this, the French sporting newspaper L’Equipe, has allegedly obtained a statement from them at the weekend confirming that the weeks of inactivity will not be counted for the record books.

In contrast the WTA confirmed their ranking freeze on Tuesday whilst adding that it would apply to what they call all ‘time-sensitive records’. Following that declaration, the ATP and the WTA issued a joint statement via WTA Insider that both organisations were basically working in tandem on this occasion.

As a consequence, Ashleigh Barty remains top of the WTA rankings on 34 weeks and Novak Djokovic on the ATP’s at 282, just four weeks behind Pete Sampras and 28 places behind the man at the top of that list, Roger Federer.

The decision has not been universally welcomed with Brad Glbert, former coach to Andre Agassi and Andy Murray, declaring that the rankings should be treated as if they would be during the off-season when the weeks are counted.

Sven Groenveld, who has worked with Maria Sharapova,Sloane Stephens, argues the opposite believing it is the only logical thing to do given the current circumstances.

“When one element of ranking is Frozen everything is Frozen period! No argument!” he said on Twitter.

Rafael Nadal is keen to show off his PlayStation talent

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Meanwhile Rafa Nadal is the latest player to join the lists for the virtual Mutua Madrid Open when players will swap rackets for PlayStation consoles to play the Tennis World Tour video game which has recreated the Manolo Santana Stadium at the Caja Magica.

“From isolation and with the strength and encouragement we are all giving each other, I’m happy to play in Madrid’s virtual tournament and, as always, I will be trying to give my all”, Nadal said. “I’m not sure how good I’ll be at it, but I hope to be with you all and feel your support as is always the case when I play at home – this time virtually”.

Nadal joins Andy Murray, Lucas Pouille, David Goffin, John Isner, Karen Khachanov, while Eugenie Bouchard, Kristina Mladenovic, Kiki Bertens and Angelique Kerber are lining up on the women’s side.

The final draws will see 16 players competing in the two draws.



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