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Clijsters plays Chicago Fall Classic

The Chicago Fall Classic, a WTA 500 event, gets under way this week with a field headed by Elena Svitolina and Garbiñe Muguruza that also includes the return of Kim Clijsters at the age of 38.

Kontaveit stuns Sakkari to win Ostrava title

Anett Kontaveit denied Maria Sakkari her dream of taking the J&T Banka Ostrava Open title after a drought of two years, with a comprehensive 6-2 7-5 over the Greek 4th seed in Sunday’s final.

Europe crushes World

Considering the momentum which Team Europe had generated during the first two days of the Laver Cup to sweep into a 11-1 lead over Team World, it wasn’t surprising to see the visitors clinch overall victory with the first match played on the final day.

Hurkacz collects fourth title

Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz produced another impressive performance on Sunday when, as the top seed, he won the Moselle Open title in Metz, France, defeating the Tokyo bronze medallist and second seeded Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta in straight sets.

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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Olympic dreams fulfilled…

After Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova & Andrey Rublev won the Mixed Doubles at Tokyo 2020 by the narrowest of margins, the Olympic Tennis Event came to a close on Day 9.

Since I was a kid I was watching Olympics on TV, watching the different athletes winning a medal, watching winter games, summer games. I was not even thinking about winning a medal. I was hoping that one day I was going to compete. Now I’m here with a gold medal. After that shot, in one second all this time passing, all the tears, all the pain… it’s a release, you know. Another level. Andrei Rublev

Pavlyuchenkova & Rublev saved a match point in the mixed doubles final to win the Gold medal after an all-Russian affair in which they outlasted Elena Vesnina & Aslan Karatsev 6-3 6-7(5) [13-11].

They claimed 4 wins en route to securing Gold and each of them came in match tiebreaks.

“He [Rublev] always says that we’re lucky. It kind of makes me angry,” Pavlyuchenkova joked afterwards. “Of course there was always a bit of luck.

“Everything has to come together in a puzzle, but I think when it comes to these match tiebreaks, especially in such tight matches, it’s also mental. I think we were fighting like crazy in every match.”

Rublev achieved his childhood dream

“The feeling was unreal,” admitted Rublev. “[In that moment], you feel release of all your body that was coming since you were a kid.

“Since I was a kid I was watching Olympics on TV, watching the different athletes winning a medal, watching winter games, summer games.

“I was not even thinking about winning a medal. I was hoping that one day I was going to compete.

“Now I’m here with a gold medal. After that shot, in one second all this time passing, all the tears, all the pain… it’s a release, you know. Another level.”


Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo played host to the Olympic Tennis Event in, Japan

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The Olympic Tennis Event, which finished on Sunday after 9 days of thrilling action at the Ariake Tennis Park, is a unique occasion in the sport and is a dream for many players.

While these Games were like none that came before them, they still offered athletes from across the world the chance to represent their nations and compete for Olympic glory.

The event culminated with 5 exciting Gold Medal matches, with the champions in all 5 tennis events winning their first Olympic Gold medals.

Tennis returns to Tokyo in just over 3 weeks’ time, with the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis Event, which will see 104 players compete across men’s, women’s and quad wheelchair events, running from Friday 27 August to Saturday 4 September.

The competition has been enjoyed by sports fans around the world, with millions tuning in on TV and following online, while ITF social media accounts have provided comprehensive coverage of tennis at the Olympics since mid-July, resulting in 137 million impressions and 6.5 million engagements.

“We were delighted to see the world’s best tennis players represent their nations in search of Olympic glory, ITF President David Haggerty said. “Once again, the players have shown how much competing for an Olympic medal means to them and I would like to congratulate all the athletes who won medals in Tokyo.

“I would like to pay tribute to all the staff and volunteers who worked so hard to make to make the Olympic Tennis Event a success, as well as the Tokyo 2020 organising committee (TOCOG), the government of Japan and the IOC.

“We are already looking forward to Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis Event in Tokyo later this month.”


Gold medallist Germany's Alexander Zverev poses with his medal during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic men's singles tennis medal ceremony

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The ITF has published some of the key numbers and statistics from the event:

1 – Swiss woman to win Olympic gold in history following Belinda Bencic’s victory at Tokyo 2020

2 – former Youth Olympic Games medallists who won medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Event, with Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev becoming the first tennis players to win medals at the Youth Olympics and the Olympics

2 – gold medal matches contested by teams from the same nation, with an all-Croatian men’s doubles final and all-ROC mixed doubles final

3 – medals won by ROC, the most of any nation at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Event

3 – nations to win medals at the Olympic Tennis Event for the first time: Brazil, New Zealand and Ukraine

4 – tennis players who carried their nation’s flag at the Opening Ceremony: Veronica Cepede Royg, Petra Kvitova, Yen-Hsun Lu and Jelena Ostapenko

4 – match points saved by Laura Pigossi and Luisa Stefani in the match tiebreak in the women’s doubles bronze medal match before defeating Veronika Kudermetova & Elena Vesnina to win Brazil’s first-ever medal in tennis at the Olympics

5 – nations to win gold medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Event: Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, ROC and Switzerland

10 – nations to win medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Event overall

13 – nations to contest medal matches at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Event

29 – players who reached medal matches at Tokyo 2020, with Belinda Bencic, Novak Djokovic and Elena Vesnina reaching two medal matches each

30 – nations which have won Olympic medals in tennis since the sport returned to returned to the Games as a full medal sport at Seoul 1988

33 – years since Germany had won a gold medal in singles, with Alexander Zverev becoming the first German player to win Olympic singles gold since Steffi Graf at Seoul 1988

45 – nations who competed at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Event

190 – players who competed at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Event

203 – minutes that Marin Cilic’s and Joao Menezes’ men’s singles first round match lasted, the longest match at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Event

208 – matches that were played at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Event


Gold medallist Switzerland's Belinda Bencic poses with her medal at Tokyo 2020 after defeating Marketa Vondrousova in the final

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