The RFT sweep past Germany

The Davis Cup favourites, Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, representing the Russian Tennis Federation rather than their country as it is banned from international competition for state doping violations, cruised into the final at the Caja Magica in Madrid, after...

Darlene Hard dies at 85

Darlene Hard, winner of 21 major titles in the 1950s and 60s, has died at the age of 85 in Los Angeles on Thursday at the Northridge Hospital after a brief illness, according to Mona Cravens, Director of Student Publications at the University of Southern California,...

Croatia knock Serbia out

Novak Djokovic's dream of leading Serbia to a second Davis Cup title was shattered on Friday when neighbours, Croatia, twice former campions, knocked them out of this year’s competition at the semi-final stage.

China pushes back on WTA decision to suspend Chinese tournaments

The diplomacy war is hotting up over the Peng Shuai affair, with China objecting to the WTA politicising sport and the IOC maintaining its quiet approach under on-going criticism, while the ATP and ITF fail to follow the WTA’s lead.

The RFT slip into the DC semis

Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev as expected, led the Russian Tennis Federation – Russia itself has been banned from international competition for state doping – to the semi-finals of this year’s reformatted Davis Cup brushing Sweden aside 2-0.

WTA suspends business with China

The WTA is making good on its threat to pull its business out of China by announcing that it will suspend tournaments in both China and Hong Kong unless the Chinese authorities take steps to address Peng Shuai’s allegations of sexual abuse and concerns for her welfare...

Djokovic pulls Serbia through to semis

Serbia reached the reformatted Davis Cup semi-finals in Madrid with a 2-1 victory over Kazakhstan after the world No.1 Novak Djokovic came to the team’s rescue.

Konta retires

Former British No 1 Johanna Konta announced her retirement from competitive tennis at the age of 30 on Wednesday in London.

Why Peng Shuai remains of grave concern

The headlines may have died down, but Peng Shuai’s situation remains of grave concern as fears grow that the authorities in China are keeping the former Doubles World No 1 under wraps and preventing her from speaking freely.

Germany squeeze past Britain to reach Madrid.

In the second of the Davis Cup quarterfinals Germany upset Great Britain, squeezing past the favourites in Innsbruk 2-1 to make the Madrid semi-finals later in the week.
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Nadal pulls out of New York

Confirmation that Rafa Nadal will not be playing at this year’s US Open, is not unexpected, but the additional news that he will be hanging up his racket for the rest of the season, certainly is.

Honestly, I've been suffering a lot more than I should with my foot for a year and I need to take some time. Rafa Nadal

The Spanish icon cited his lingering foot injury as the reason behind his decision which he announced on Friday on social media as follows:

“Hello everyone, I wanted to inform you that unfortunately I have to end the 2021 season. Honestly, I’ve been suffering a lot more than I should with my foot for a year and I need to take some time.”

For Nadal that foot injury has a lot to answer for starting with the French Open where, as the 14-time champion, he lost to rival Novak Djokovic, in the semi-finals.

He then missed Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, making his return to the tour early August at the Washington DC tournament to start warming up for the final major of the season in New York, beginning 30th August.

But he lost to Lloyd Harris in the second round and pulled out of Toronto and Cincinnati, always citing his foot injury as being the problem.

Is this the start of his ‘retirement’?

Unlikely. He knows he has a few more years in the tank once he gets his foot back in operation and admitted as much when he said he intended to return once healthy, with hopes for a “couple of beautiful years” to finish his career.

Meanwhile Djokovic, who replaced him as French Open champion, is now hot favourite to claim the US Open and secure the Grand Slam of the 2021 season. If successful, he would be the first men’s singles player to complete that calendar Grand Slam since Rod Laver in 1969.

He was going for a ‘Golden Slam’ but failed to win the singles Olympic Gold medal and in fact, returned from Tokyo without a medal of any hue!

However, without the likes of Nadal, Roger Federer and the US Open defending champion Dominic Thiem playing New York, the Serbian is now carrying the weight of expectation to complete that slam.



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