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Kontaveit stuns Sakkari to win Ostrava title

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Europe crushes World

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Hurkacz collects fourth title

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Kwon collects maiden ATP title

Soonwoo Kwon became a first time ATP champion in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan, when he won the Astana Open by defeating James Duckworth 7-6(6) 6-3 after 95-minutes in a final featuring two unseeded players.

Sakkari and Kontaveit, surprise Ostrava finalists

Maria Sakkari and Anett Kontaveit overturned the form books by taking out the two top seeds at the J&T Banka Ostrava Open on Saturday, upsetting Iga Swiatek and Petra Kvitova respectively, and they will now meet in Sunday’s final.

Mission impossible for Team World in Laver Cup

Team Europe have opened up a ten-point advantage over Team World following completion of the second day’s play of the Laver Cup at the TD Garden in Boston.

Swiatek to meet Sakkari as Kvitova faces Kontaveit in Ostrava semi-finals

Poland’s Iga Swiatek, the top seed at the J&T Banka Ostrava Open, came through another tough test from Elena Rybakina from Kazakstan to reach the semi-finals, where she will meet Maria Sakkari after the Greek took out home favourite Tereza Martincova.

Team Europe take 3-1 lead

Following a brief colourful opening ceremony the 2021 Laver Cup got underway at the TD Garden auditorium in Boston with the current champions Team Europe taking the majority of the points available to lead 3-1 into Day Two.

Murray succumbs to Hurkacz

Andy Murray’s Metz run was brought to an end by the top seeded Pole Hubert Hurkacz, who after a tight first set, eased himself into the Moselle Open semi-finals 7-6(4) 6-3.
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Tributes flood in for ‘inspirational’ Cathie Sabin OBE

The first female president of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) Cathie Sabin, has died of cancer in a Shrewsbury hospice at the age of 73.

Quite simply, she will be sorely missed by all of us in tennis in Britain and beyond LTA

From Much Wenlock in Shropshire, she was a former PE teacher who rose through the county system to take over as president of the LTA in 2013, during which time Britain won the Davis Cup.

A keen player herself she was instrumental in promoting the game at grass roots level during her time in charge.

Following her death, the LTA stated: “It is impossible to do justice to quite what Cathie contributed to tennis since she first picked up a racket aged seven. But at the centre of it, lay a love of bringing more people into the sport and an incredible passion for recognising the people and volunteers from club to national level who help to grow tennis in Britain.”

The statement added: “Cathie had an infectious positive attitude and an ability to engage with people from all walks of life – qualities that were admired by all those who knew and worked with her.

“Quite simply, she will be sorely missed by all of us in tennis in Britain and beyond.”

Judy Murray described her as “an absolute tennis gem” and stated on twitter she was “incredibly warm, down to earth, [and a] special woman”.

In acknowledgement of her services to tennis she was appointed OBE in the 2016 New Year Honours. Prior to that, she had been Teacher of the Year (2000), the National Volunteer of the Year (2009) and subsequently received the top LTA award – the Carl Aarvold Award – in 2019.

She first became an LTA councillor for Shropshire in 2001 she joined and chaired various committees, subsequently retiring from teaching at Idsall School in Shifnal in 2005 to concentrate on her various duties and roles at Roehampton, the LTA’s national headquarters.

In 2007 she joined the LTA Board and in 2011was appointed deputy president before acceding to the presidency two years later. She represented the LTA on the Committee of Management of The Championships from 2010 and was a member of the ITF Olympic Committee form 2015.

In a final tribute the LTA said: “Cathie was a great friend to LTA colleagues. Her heart remained with county tennis and she considered clubs, schools and the county scene to be the bedrock of tennis and where the development of the game should be encouraged.”

Her passing is indeed sad news.



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