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The Lion is the UTS2 king

Alexander ‘The Lion’ Zverev needed Sudden Death to beat Felix ‘The Panther’ Auger-Aliassime and become king of the Ultimate Tennis Showdown jungle on Sunday.

WTA Tour resumes in Palermo

The 31st Ladies Open Palermo kicks off in Sicily on Monday, marking the resumption of the WTA Tour after five months suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic and the exhibition events that have peppered the calendar since March wrapped up at the weekend.

The British Bulldogs just edge it

As the organiser of the Battle of the Brits Team event, Jamie Murray couldn’t have been more delighted that, after a week’s highly competitive play, the final outcome of the event wasn’t settled until the last match.

New York Empire win World TeamTennis 2020

New York Empire defeated Chicago Smash, 21-20 in a supertiebreaker, to win the 2020 World Team Tennis season in a nail-biting finish at West Virginia’s Greenbrier Resort on Sunday, and hoist the King Trophy for the first time.

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New York upset Philadelphia to meet Chicago in WTT Final

The two top seeds failed to make the final of World TeamTennis on Saturday at The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia after the New York Empire upset favourites Philadelphia Freedoms, 22-18, and Chicago Smash took out Orlando Storm, 24-13.

Race to the line

Jamie Murray, the man behind the Battle of the Brit events, will be delighted that his team event has reached the final day with both teams sharing the points and the finishing line of 60, just ten matches away

US Open to go ahead

The USTA has confirmed that the US Open will go ahead as planned, alongside the Western & Southern Open tune-up event the week before, both with strict protocols in place.

Player tests positive at Palermo

The WTA’s woes continue as news broke of a player testing positive for coronavirus at the Palermo Open follows hot on the heels of the cancellation of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Japan.

Watson and Edmund are Friday’s standout players

The Battle of the Brits Team event at the NTC is certainly proving to be a very competitive competition with a great atmosphere despite here being no spectators.
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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.”






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