Halep and Kontaveit advance in Romania

Top seed Simona Halep began her Transylvania Open campaign with a simple win over fellow-Romanian Elena-Gabriela Ruse in just over an hour in Cluj-Napoca, while second-seeded Anett Kontaveit, fresh off her title win in Moscow on Sunday, opened her’s with a straight...

Alcaraz outpowers Murray in Vienna

Disappointment for Andy Murray as the teenage Spanish prodigy, Carlos Alcaraz, prevailed in the second round of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna thereby avenging his earlier defeat at the hands of the Brit in Indian Wells.

Uncertainty still reigns in Australia

There is still great confusion as to who will be eligible to compete at the first grand slam of next year, the Australian Open, with the National Government at odds with the Regional Government in respect of Covid restrictions.

Raducanu breaks her duck in Romania

There is a collective sigh of relief that Britain’s fledgling star Emma Raducanu has won her first WTA Tour match since lifting the US Open trophy in September, fittingly so at the Transylvania Open in the land of her father’s birth, Romania.

Norrie gets his Vienna Challenge underway

Cameron Norrie, recently installed as British No.1 after winning the Indian Wells Masters, continued his hot winning streak as he opened his Erste Bank Open campaign in Vienna with a solid victory over Hungarian Marton Fucsovics after a wobbly star.

Teichmann tumbles out of Transylvania Open, Tomljanovic and Kalinina advance

Switzerland’s Jil Teichmann was the first seed to tumble out of the Transylvania Open, while Ajla Tomljanovic, the No 5 seed, and 8th-seeded Anhelina Kalinina made it safely into round two at Cluj-Napoca in Romania on Monday.

Murray overcomes Hurkacz

Once again Andy Murray faced a difficult draw for his opening match at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna which has a strong field for an ATP 500 tournament with many players chasing points not just in ranking terms, but in the Race for Turin.

Swiatek, Muguruza and Badosa confirmed for WTA Finals

When Ash Barty confirmed what many believed would be the case, that the World No 1 would not be defending her WTA Final title, Iga Swiatek, Garbiñe Muguruza and Paula Badosa secured their places next month, joining Aryna Sabalenka, Barbora Krejcikova, Karolina...

Pull-outs put Raducanu in Romania spotlight

Organisers of the Transylvania Open being held at the BT Arena in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, this week were disappointed when Garbiñe Muguruza and Paula Badosa both pulled out of the tournament, leaving just one Top 20 player in the main draw, home favourite Simona Halep,...

Li lands inaugural Tenerife Ladies Open with win over Osorio Serrano

American Ann Li landed her first WTA Tour title with a 6-1 6-4 win over 19-year-old Maria Camila Osorio Serrano from Colombia at the inaugural Tenerife Ladies Open on Sunday.
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Murray gets another tough draw

Andy Murray, who is currently being touted as a possible coach for Emma Raducanu, has been handed a tricky draw at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells as he could face Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz in the second round and the third seeded Alexander Zverev in round three.

The men’s draw stars on Thursday with Murray, who received a wildcard into the ATP Masters 1000 event, opens against the French world No 51 Adrian Mannarino on Friday.

If he progresses, he meets 18-year-old Alcaraz, who is playing in his first event since a leg injury ended his impressive run to the quarter-finals of the US Open.

Third seed Zverev awaits the winner of that match, with the seeded Italians Matteo Berrettini (5) and Jannik Sinner (10) also in Murray’s quarter of the draw.

Indian Wells is one of two Masters events, along with Monte Carlo that the former world No.1, who has just slipped down to 121, has not won.

Dan Evans, the British No 1, seeded 18, starts after a first round bye, against Japan’s Kei Nishikori or qualifier, Joao Sousa of Portugal with the 11th seed from Argentina, Diego Schwartzman a potential third-round opponent.

Cameron Norrie, the British No.2, seeded 21, also gets a first round bye before facing Brazilian Thiago Monteiro or Tennys Sandgren of the US in his opener and could then meet the Russian fourth seed Andrey Rublev (who Norrie beat in the semi-finals of the San Diego Open last week) in round four.

The top seed Daniil Medvedev, who can move to within 1000 points of Novak Djokovic in the Race to Turin standings, will open against either Mackenzie McDonald of the US or Aussie James Duckworth following a first round bye.

The Russian is then seeded to meet Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic in the third round and either American Reilly Opelka or Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round. Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz and Canadian Denis Shapovalov are also in his quarter.

The Greek Second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas appears to have a relatively kind section with Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime a potential quarter-final opponent.



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