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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LTA suffers online glitches

The LTA has experienced a series of unfortunate computer glitches over the past days as the web site for sales of tickets for the summer tournaments crashed, and roll-out of its planned ClubSpark log-in migration experienced issues when it went live, causing postponement.

We’re aware that you may have experienced problems buying tickets to our summer grass court tournaments. This is due to The Ticket Factory experiencing significant technical issues site-wide this morning across all of their events. We sincerely apologise for the frustrations this has caused, as we know many of you have spent so much time and effort to try and purchase tickets. LTA message to fans

An apology was made to LTA’s Advantage scheme members after their exclusive pre-sale opportunity to purchase tickets for Queen’s Club, Birmingham and Eastbourne developed technical issues on The Ticket Factory website, resulting in a large number of complaints.

The Ticket Factory website crashed under heavy demand at 10 am on Wednesday, prompting a lashing on social media after several users reportedly were kicked off after having waited for two hours in an online queue.

Visitors were advised that there would be a delay and sales would resume at 2pm but further technical issues saw users losing tickets from their baskets before being able to complete the purchase.

A spokesman for The Ticket Factory later claimed that ‘tickets were sold at an incredibly fast rate’ when the problems were eventually solved.

“We’re aware that you may have experienced problems buying tickets to our summer grass court tournaments,” an LTA message to fans read. “This is due to The Ticket Factory experiencing significant technical issues site-wide this morning across all of their events.

“We sincerely apologise for the frustrations this has caused, as we know many of you have spent so much time and effort to try and purchase tickets.”

It is estimated that 15,000 tickets should have been available on Wednesday morning.

LTA Advantage members pay £20 a year for early access to tickets amongst other benefits.

The online sale of about 80,000 Wimbledon tickets in June is run separately by the All England Club which, according to reports, has no intention of using The Ticket Factory.

The LTA has a new three-year partnership with ClubSpark providing time saving tools for LTA venues and coaches

© ClubSpark

Meanwhile, ClubSpark, which provides time saving tools for LTA venues and coaches, signalled in mid April that it was making a change to how clubs and their members’ login to the platform, which hitherto had had different methods for LTA members and others.

The aim was to migrate non-members to a single LTA login by either linking them to an existing account or creating a new free one via ‘a simple process that should take 2-3 minutes’.

From Tuesday, all ClubSpark users would be prompted to update their ClubSpark account, but within hours the LTA issued an email statement: “LTA/ClubSpark Login Migration Rollback – We have had to roll this back due to the unexpected issues many admins and users were experiencing when changing over their details.

“This was tested rigorously prior to being released, and unfortunately, unexpected issues arose when it went live.

“If you, or any of your members, updated your login then you will need to continue to use your newly created LTA login as your previous credentials are no longer within the system and no longer in use.

“We apologise for any inconvenience that this may have caused, and we hope to get the issues it caused resolved ASAP.”

On 20 April the LTA announced a new three-year partnership with ClubSpark to continue providing their online booking platform free of charge to all LTA registered venues and accredited coaches.

The deal continues the relationship between the national governing body for tennis in Great Britain and ClubSpark, and sees the platform re-branded as LTA ClubSpark.

ClubSpark is a simple and flexible online venue management system that is designed to make life easier for LTA Registered tennis venues and LTA Accredited coaches.

“This is a very positive step for us; it forms a key part of our work to boost engagement in our sport through digital technologies and to continue to support LTA registered coaches and venues to deliver tennis to as many people as possible,” Chris Pollard, LTA Digital & Events Director, said.

“We will be working closely with Sportlabs to continuously improve the platform and user experience for coaches and venues.

“We have seen an encouraging recent growth in participation and we are looking forward to working with Sportlabs over the next three years to continue that positive trajectory.”

Dave Vibert-Ward, ClubSpark Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are extremely committed to working in partnership with the LTA to continue to help to showcase tennis to more people.

“In the past 12 months we have seen significant growth in adoption of the ClubSpark platform, including doubling the number of venues offering online court bookings.

“Over the coming three years we will be working closely with the LTA, Clubs, Coaches, and other tennis providers to further increase the capabilities of the ClubSpark platform.”



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