The Lion is the UTS2 king

Alexander ‘The Lion’ Zverev needed Sudden Death to beat Felix ‘The Panther’ Auger-Aliassime and become king of the Ultimate Tennis Showdown jungle on Sunday.

WTA Tour resumes in Palermo

The 31st Ladies Open Palermo kicks off in Sicily on Monday, marking the resumption of the WTA Tour after five months suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic and the exhibition events that have peppered the calendar since March wrapped up at the weekend.

The British Bulldogs just edge it

As the organiser of the Battle of the Brits Team event, Jamie Murray couldn’t have been more delighted that, after a week’s highly competitive play, the final outcome of the event wasn’t settled until the last match.

New York Empire win World TeamTennis 2020

New York Empire defeated Chicago Smash, 21-20 in a supertiebreaker, to win the 2020 World Team Tennis season in a nail-biting finish at West Virginia’s Greenbrier Resort on Sunday, and hoist the King Trophy for the first time.

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New York upset Philadelphia to meet Chicago in WTT Final

The two top seeds failed to make the final of World TeamTennis on Saturday at The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia after the New York Empire upset favourites Philadelphia Freedoms, 22-18, and Chicago Smash took out Orlando Storm, 24-13.

Race to the line

Jamie Murray, the man behind the Battle of the Brit events, will be delighted that his team event has reached the final day with both teams sharing the points and the finishing line of 60, just ten matches away

US Open to go ahead

The USTA has confirmed that the US Open will go ahead as planned, alongside the Western & Southern Open tune-up event the week before, both with strict protocols in place.

Player tests positive at Palermo

The WTA’s woes continue as news broke of a player testing positive for coronavirus at the Palermo Open follows hot on the heels of the cancellation of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Japan.

Watson and Edmund are Friday’s standout players

The Battle of the Brits Team event at the NTC is certainly proving to be a very competitive competition with a great atmosphere despite here being no spectators.
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Paris | Federer withdraws and Norrie is beaten

The last Masters of this season has brought together all the big guns to Paris as well as the Pretenders to the crown.

I have to pace myself since I want to play as long as possible on the ATP Tour. I am sorry for my French fans who I will see next year at Roland Garros Roger Federer

But the big news to break first before any of that action took place, was the withdrawal of the world number three Roger Federer who, 24 hours earlier, had collected his 10th title in Basel to record the 103rd of his career, just 6 behind Jimmy Connors’ all-time record.

It was a surprise for all the fans but as he explained in his statement, it was a protective measure bearing in mind his age!

“I am extremely disappointed to have to pull out of the Paris Masters,” Federer said. “I have to pace myself since I want to play as long as possible on the ATP Tour. I am sorry for my French fans who I will see next year at Roland Garros.”

Speaking after his win on Sunday at the Swiss Indoor, he admitted he is getting older.

“It’s not a problem that the season is almost over. It’s more of a problem that I’m at the end of my career. I feel like everything happened so fast. That makes me a bit sad sometimes. But I know I’m gonna be OK when the moment comes. I know it could be over quickly: An injury, something happens to someone in my family.

“That’s why I need to have the perspective, the distance. I know it could be over any moment.”

So after his recuperation Federer will join the likes of Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Dominic Theim and Stefanos Tsitsipas in London at the O2 for their end-of-season extravaganza, the Nitto ATP Finals.

Two places sre stll up for grabs with the defending champion, Alexander Zverev lying in seventh place and Matteo Berrettini at eight. Both need to reach the Paris Masters final to ensure qualification and both are in the bottom half of the draw. And there four players who could spoil their hopes of joining the prestigious field.

The first day’s action at the AccordHotels Arena in Paris, saw Britain’s No.2 Cameron Norrie unsuccessfully take on the big serving Canadian Milos Raonic who won comfortably 6-3 6-2.

Norrie, ranked 57, who came through qualifying, found the world No. 32’s serving too hot to handle. Wit 14 aces blasted past him, and despite a 69% first serve success, 97% of them led to a winning point. Even his second serves produced an 87% conversion rate while on the receiving end, the 6’5” Canadian won 26 points as compared to the Briton’s 6.

It was Raonic’s first win in his second match since a two month lay-off with a back injury but his comeback may well be halted in the next round when he faces last week’s Vienna champion Dominic Thiem, the fifth seed.

In other first round matches, Marin Cilic dispatched Hubert Hurkacz in the first match of the day, 7-6(5) 6-4 and will take on Stan Wawrinka, the 16th seed in round two.

Also through is Radu Albot of Moldovia who avenged his loss in Shanghai with a 6-3 6-2 victory over Nikoloz Basilashvili to take on Andreas Seppi, the Lucky Loser who benefited from Federer’s withdrawal, in the next round.



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