Muguruza downs Konta to face Azarenka

On a day of attrition and compassion in Rome, Friday’s play at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia saw Johanna Konta fall to Garbiñe Muguruza, Victoria Azarenka comfort an injured Daria Kasatkina after a nasty tumble, and top seeds Simona Halep and Karolina Plíšková...

Nadal not obsessed with records

The two tournament favourites draw closer to settling this year’s Rome Masters 1000 title as they successfully reached the last eight on opposing sides of the draw with the second seeded Rafa Nadal seemingly having the easier passage so far.

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Japan’s Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the upcoming French Open with a hamstring injury, while the FFT is reducing the number of fans that will be allowed to attend Roland Garros due to the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...
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Milan | Rublev recovers to win Next Gen opener

It was time to get the real show on the road following the dubious draw ceremony involving models and a catwalk with the new ATP Next Gen Finals in Milan launched into its ground-breaking format which includes the first-to-four games in each set, best-of-five-set matches, no-let rule on serves, no linesmen with HawkEye Live covering them, coach contact allowed via headset between sets, free movement of public during play and a stop-clock on court.

There was some ‘show-time’ with ironically, Alexander Zverev putting on an exhibition match during the break between the two sessions. Zverev, at 20, was eligible to compete in the event but having also qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals next week, elected to play just the O2.

The eight finalists were all under 21 and included a wildcard from Italy, Gianluigi Quinzi who provided the top seeded Andrey Rublev with a surprisingly tough first match.

Quinzi, ranked 306 on the main tour rankings and won Junior Wimbledon in 2013, took early control of the match and while Rublev, who reached the semi-finals at the US Open, levelled and went on to lead two-sets to one.

The Italian though fought back to the delight of the crowd o force a tie-break in the fifth where again his Russian opponent lifted his game to secure a 1-=4 4-0 4-3(3) 04 4-3(3) victory.

Earlier in the day the second seed and world No.45, Karen Khachanov was beaten 2-4 4-3(6) 4-3(3) 4-2 by fellow Russian Daniil Medvedev, the seventh seed.

In Tuesday’s other Group B fixture, fourth seed Borna Coric of Croatia coasted past Jared Donaldson in straight sets, defeating the American 4-3(2) 4-1 4-3(5).

In Group A, Hyeon Chung of South Korea remained patient and composed against the flamboyant third seed, the 18-year-old Denis Shapovalov who stormed into a lead only to be pulled back and be subjected to 1-4 4-3(5) 4-3(4) 4-1 loss.

Another slow start was produced by Borna Coric but the Croat recovered against American Jared Donaldson to dismiss him 4-3(2) 4-1 4-3(5) in 77-minutes.



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