NEW

Nadal back on track

Rafa Nadal, playing his first match at the Foro Italico following his quarter-final loss to Alexander Zverev at last week’s Madrid Masters, declared himself happy with his performance in overcoming Jannik Sinner in straight sets, but not so with the scheduling by the...

Konta follows Bencic and Mertens out of Rome

Seeds started to tumble at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, with Belinda Bencic and Elise Mertens followed out of the draw by Jo Konta, while Garbiñe Muguruza and Angelique Kerber were among those to win through on Tuesday.

Kvitova, Brady, Swiatek and Sakkari open Rome accounts

The Internazionali BNL d’Italia got under way at the Foro Italico in Rome on Monday, with some of the seeds in action and coming through unscathed, although Petra Kvitova had to come from a set down against Magda Linette to advance, while Jennifer Brady won in...

Evans crashes out of Rome

Dan Evans excellent run on clay over the past few weeks came to an end in the first round of the Rome Masters when h suffered a very-bad tempered loss to Taylor Fritz.

Roman Shorts…

As action starts at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome, here are some off-court snippets...

Zverev comes back to win second Madrid Masters

Alexander Zverev couldn’t have hoped for a better stay in the Spanish capital as he departs for Rome and the next stage on the ATP calendar with the Mutua Madrid Nasters trophy safely tucked into his racket bag.

Zverev avenges NY defeat

Having ended the local favourite’s title hopes in the previous round, Alexander Zverev took another firm step towards his second title at the Spanish capital when he reached the Mutua Madrid Masters final by defeating Dominic Thiem, the Austrian who stopped him...

Women’s Preview: Top players line-up in Rome

The WTA Tour hot-foots it from Madrid to Rome for Internazionali BNL d'Italia, which starts on Monday where the defending champion is Simona Halep and players will be making their last-minute preparations for the season’s second Grand Slam, at Roland Garros.

Sabalenka steals Madrid show with Barty win

Aryna Sabalenka stopped Ash Barty’s run to claim the Mutua Madrid Open title on Saturday, 6-0 3-6 6-4, and, in so doing, avenged this year’s three-set losses to the Australian in the Miami Open quarter-finals and the recent Stuttgart final.

Barty to meet Sabalenka in Madrid final

The Mutua Madrid Open women's final is much-anticipated, pitching Ash Barty and Aryna Sabalenka for their second consecutive trophy match as the two hottest clay court players on the WTA Tour at the moment.
Tennis News, Tennis Results, Live Tennis Scores & Interviews

Pique raises Davis Cup doubts, as does the Aussie Open

Gerard Pique is now pessimistic about the Davis Cup Finals which is due to be played out in Madrid next November.

I would say I am a bit pessimistic, because a Davis Cup without fans is difficult Gerard Pique

Speaking on behalf of the investment group Kosmos who signed a 25-year deal worth $3 billion with the ITF to revamp the Davis Cup as of last year, he now fears the possible cancellation of the 2020 event scheduled for the 23-29th November, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

“There is a lot of uncertainty, we try to be aware of what the government says regarding sports and to whether we can put spectators inside the Caja Magica,” Pique told Movistar television.

“I would say I am a bit pessimistic, because a Davis Cup without fans is difficult.

“I think that nobody at the moment has the certainty that we can put fans in or if it will have to be behind closed doors. As the days go by, I suppose we will have a little more clarity.”

Spain has been one of the worst affected countries and while it is currently implementing a four-stage plan to relax the confinement rules the government implemented last March, they are not sufficient enough to provide much hope for the Davis Cup.

Currently the plans will only allow 400 people to congregate for open-air events with just 50 being granted access to one indoors.

Currently all professional tennis events are suspended awaiting a review by the governing bodies on July 13.

The US Open is still being scheduled as planned for September as is the French Open which was postponed from May to late September or possible early October.

Doubts though still remain as to whether the two grand slams can be played, even behind closed doors, and those doubts now even extend to the Australian Open in January.

Despite being eight-months away, Tennis Australia are concerned at what restrictions might still be in place to limit travel, etc.

“We’ve certainly made no secret about the number of scenarios that we’re looking at,” a TA spokeswoman told AFP. “We’re hoping for the best but planning for everything.”

Possibilities range from cancellation to imposing quarantine on overseas players and allowing only Australian fans into the event.

“We have to look at all the angles because a lot of the decisions will be beyond our control and related to government guidelines and restrictions,” she said.

“We do need to have all the protocols in place to ensure everyone’s safety.”






Previous

Next

Leave a Reply

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