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Musetti continues his Roman run

At four-all in the second set the lights went out during the Italian Open which could have disrupted the concentration of Italy’s emerging starlet, the 18-year-old Lorenzo Musetti, who was on his way to eliminating another top player from the Rome Masters listings.

ATP and WTA Kremlin Cup tournaments cancelled

The ATP and WTA jointly announced on Friday that the 2020 Kremlin Cup tournaments in Moscow have been cancelled by a mandate from health officials in the Russian capital, where there has been a surge in coronavirus infections.

Osaka withdraws from Paris, fans reduced

Japan’s Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the upcoming French Open with a hamstring injury, while the FFT is reducing the number of fans that will be allowed to attend Roland Garros due to the worsening coronavirus situation in the country.

On the day of the Bagel 

Bagels are pretty rare in pro tennis but in Rome on Thursday, Johanna Konta and Victoria Azarenka scored three between them - Konta taking one against clay-court specialist Irina-Camelia Begu, 6-0 6-4, while just five days after losing the US Open final, Azarenka...

Battling mental health issues to return to the court

In a short film released this week, the LTA follows 38-year-old tennis player Steven McCann from North London, as he shares his inspirational story of battling addiction to reignite his love and passion for the sport. The feature brings to life Steven’s journey to...

Fans to return in Paris

No one at the beginning of this Covid year could have predicted that we here at Tennis Threads would be writing the French Open in September, just a couple of weeks after the US Open had concluded!

Fed Cup rebrands as the Billie Jean King Cup

Tying in with the 50th Anniversary of the Fed Cup, the women’s team competition has been re-named the Billie Jean King Cup by the ITF, it was announced at a virtual press conference on Thursday.

Halep and Plíšková start Rome campaigns

Top seed Simona Halep overcame an early scare as she was broken 5 times by local wildcard Jasime Paolini in her opening match of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, but moved into the second round smoothly enough, 6-3 6-4, on Wednesday, while No 2 seed Karolina Plíšková...

Rafa and Novak back in action

The two players who have won the most Masters1000 titles between them were in action at the Rome stop for the first time having received byes in their opening matches.

Kerber falls as Muguruza kicks on in Rome

Falling victim to the quick transition from the slick fast hard courts of the US Open to the continental clay of Rome, No 15 seed Angelique Kerber was upset by Katerina Siniakova on Tuesday in straight sets, while Garbiñe Muguruza claimed the battle of Grand Slam...
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Melbourne | Andy Lapthorne finishes runner-up

At the end of a week that began with Britain’s Andy Lapthorne realising a ‘lifelong dream’, the 29-year-old focused on encouraging others to follow their own dreams on Saturday, in the wake of finishing runner-up in the Australian quad singles final for the third time since 2013.

One of four players on the LTA’s GB Wheelchair Tennis World Class Performance Programme to have reached or contested five title deciders from six events at Melbourne Park, Lapthorne became world No.1 in singles for the first time in his career last Monday.

While the reigning US Open champion’s hopes of back-to-back Grand Slam singles titles ended in a 6-0, 6-4 loss to Australian Dylan Alcott, Lapthorne chose focus on ‘the bigger picture’.

Speaking on Rod Laver Arena, the Australian Open’s centre court, he said:

I’ve been coming here for years and cheering on Andy Murray and hearing ‘Come on Andy’ on this court, so many times. For that Andy to be me today is honestly… you have no idea. I might have lost today, but that will stay with me forever.

If there’s one disabled person at home that’s watching this and wondering whether they should go for their dreams, we are proof down here that you should. I was up there (in the stands) the other night watching Nick Kyrgios and cheering on Nick and now I’m sitting on the court in front of this there’s this amazing crowd, so f there’s anyone out there, just go for it. Andy Lapthorne


Lapthorne took Alcott to deuce in five of the six games in the opening set of the quad singles final, but having beaten the Australian 6-1, 6-0 in last September’s US Open, he ensured that he got more than one game on the board himself in Alcott’s home city. A succession of winners saw Lapthorne take 3-2 and 4-3 second set leads, only for Alcott to come back for his sixth Australian Open title. Lapthorne added:

It’s always disappointing to lose, especially in a Slam final, but equally when you get to play on such a big court, in such a big occasion you also have to be happy about the fact you got yourself into the position to be able to be part of a moment like that. Andy Lapthorne


After heavy rain in Melbourne on Saturday, Reid and Kunieda’s title decider is now set to take place in the early hours of Sunday morning

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With Alfie Hewett, Gordon Reid, Jordanne Whiley and her Japanese partner Yui Kamiji having already won Friday’s men’s and women’s doubles titles, Reid’s bid for a second Australian Open men’s singles title has been rescheduled to Sunday.

After heavy rain in Melbourne on Saturday, Reid and Kunieda’s title decider is now set to take place in the early hours of Sunday morning, UK time, scheduled as the second match on Court 8 after a 11am start local time (12.00 Midnight) .




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