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Pospisil takes out compatriot in Vienna

Four matches Wednesday completed the first round of the Erste Bank Open, an ATP 500 tier event being contested in Vienna prior to the Paris Masters 1000 next week, which, in view of the latest restrictions imposed in France, could well be cancelled.

Coco climbs the rankings

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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

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Melbourne lockdown easing

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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...
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Melbourne | TA CEO Tiley looking ahead

While fans still wonder whether there will be any tennis this year, the Australian Open organisers are preparing for their 2021 edition by putting in place contingency plans of plying it behind closed doors.

There is just so much uncertainty as to what is going to happen in the next month let alone the next eight months Craig Tiley

With both Tours suspended until July 13 pending a review it meant Wimbledon was cancelled with the French Open announcing it would be staged late in September.

The US Open is still scheduled for its traditional date but its doubtful whether the USTA will go ahead with it as there is no guarantee that the ATP and WTA will reactivate their respective tours in July.

Tennis Australia CEO and Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley had previously conceded that it “is going to be tough” for tennis to “come back this year”.

As a result Tiley has now revealed that they are examining “many scenarios” for next year’s event just in case the sport is still struggling with the aftermath of Covid-19 at the start of the 2021 season.

“There is just so much uncertainty as to what is going to happen in the next month let alone the next eight months,” he said in a statement.

“These extraordinary times dictate a need for agility and extensive planning that explores a very wide range of options.

“We have to be prepared for a changed environment. We obviously hope that as a community, we are through Covid-19 as quickly and safely as is possible. But we don’t know which of the current measures being used to try and contain the spread of infection will still need to be in place for the medium to long term.

“For example, with such a high-dependency on international travel we are looking at what we might have to do if players need to be quarantined for any length of time before being allowed to freely move around Australia.

“Another example is if mass gatherings are still not allowed or severely restricted next year, we are looking at the possibility of running an event for broadcast. These are just two of many scenarios we have to examine.”

Coronavirus still has sport in its grip and it doesn’t look like it will ease up on it for some time yet.






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