NEW

Bencic betters Vondrousova to land Swiss Gold

It could so easily have slipped though her fingers but Belinda Bencic prevailed over Marketa Vondrousova to land the Gold medal at Tokyo 2020 on Saturday after 2 hours 30 minutes of fluctuating but captivating tennis.

Djokovic leaves Tokyo empty-handed

Novak Djokovic has promised to “bounce back” in the 2024 Paris Olympics after failing to win his first Games medal.

Svitolina takes Bronze medal

Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina made history by winning the first ever tennis medal for her country on Saturday when the World No 6 prevailed over Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina, 1-6 7-6(5) 6-4, after a battle royal that took 2 hours 28 minutes to resolve and left her winning...

Bronze for Brazil

It was Brazil’s first Olympic Tennis medal ever, delivered by surprise losing semi-finalists Laura Pigossi & Luisa Stefani, who battled hard in the Bronze Medal Match to pip ROC’s Veronika Kudermetova & Elena Vesnina at the post, 4-6 6-4 [11-9], on...

The ROC fill the Mixed Doubles final

There was more disappointment for Novak Djokovic following his singles semi-final loss when he and his partner, Nina Stojanovic, failed to reach the mixed doubles final going out in straight tight sets, 7-6(5) 7-5, to Aslan Karatsev and Elena Vesnina playing under the...

Zverev foils Djokovic’s Golden dream

Alexander Zverev might just have finally signalled a changing of the guard when he ended Novak Djokovic’s dream of becoming the first male in the Open era of winning a Calendar Golden Slam by defeating him in the last four of the Tokyo Olympic singles.

The women waiting for Gold…

Belinda Bencic and Marketa Vondrousova have a day off to rest and reflect on the enormity of the task ahead of them - playing for Olympic Gold on Saturday.

A Djokovic Gold Double is on

With just a few days to go as far as tennis at the Tokyo Olympics are concerned the the big question now is whether anyone can stop Novak Djokovic collecting two Gold medals as he continues his quest of scoring a Grand Slam.

Going for Women’s Doubles Gold

Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic is on a high, having reach both the women's singles and doubles finals on Thursday, which guarantees her two medals as she bids for double gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Djokovic edges closer to Olympic Gold

Novak Djokovic is within one match of his first singles gold medal at the Olympics and warned: "My level of tennis is getting better and better"
Tennis News, Tennis Results, Live Tennis Scores & Interviews

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.

The effectiveness of the protocols and related controls allowed us to intercept a positive case among the players who arrived in Palermo. The same player, awaiting the test results, had always remained in her hotel room. Professor Antonio Cascio, WTA Palermo Open's anti-COVID consultant.

The player was not named in the announcement, but was later reported by AFP as being 130th-ranked Bulgarian Viktoriya Tomova, who had been due to take part in qualifying and withdrew citing illness.

The player had no symptoms but pulled out just before qualifying started for the tournament after testing positive for COVID-19, and has now gone into quarantine.

The main draw of the event, scheduled to be the first after the WTA Tour shut down in March because of the pandemic, begins in Sicily on Monday 3 August.

It comes as a blow to organisers after Simona Halep, the World No 2, withdrew from the event earlier this week citing a rise in coronavirus cases in Romania and anxieties surrounding international air travel.

“The effectiveness of the protocols and related controls allowed us to intercept a positive case among the players who arrived in Palermo,” said Professor Antonio Cascio, the tournament’s anti-COVID consultant.

“The same player, awaiting the test results, had always remained in her hotel room.”

Organisers say the tournament will go ahead as planned in line with WTA protocols, so any individuals defined as a close contact of the affected player will undergo further testing.


Naomi Osaka won the 2019 edition of the Toray Pan Pacific Open

© Koji Watanabe/Getty Images

Toray Pan Pacific cancelled

Originally scheduled to be held at Tokyo’s Ariake Tennis Park in November, the Toray Pan Pacific Open is the last of 3 Japanese tournaments to get the axe over concerns surrounding the virus.

Previously scrapped were the Hana-Cupid Japan Women’s Open and the Rakuten Japan Open, with the latter being part of the men’s ATP Tour.

“The Executive Committee looked at every possible way to make this tournament happen, including the idea of holding matches without audiences or restricting admissions in order to prioritise the health and safety of everyone involved,” said the organisers in a statement.

“However, after a series of deliberations, the Executive Committee made a heartrending decision to rule out the postponement, and concluded that the cancellation of the tournament was the best decision in the interest of public health, especially in light of the concern about the second wave of infection spreading in Japan.”

A regular part of the Asian WTA calendar, the Pan Pacific Open has been held every year since its inauguration in 1984.

The hard court tournament is rated as a WTA Premier Tournament and had already been postponed from September to November after the ATP and WTA Tours were disrupted.

Naomi Osaka, Japan’s top player, won her 4th WTA title and first on home soil at last year’s Pan Pacific Open, in a 6-2 6-3 victory over Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

To date, there have been more than 30,900 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Japan, resulting in the deaths of 998 people, with daily cases recently hitting an all-time high in Tokyo.

Ariake Tennis Park is due to host the tennis events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which have been postponed until next year because of the virus.

The announcement followed the cancellation of 7 WTA and 4 ATP events in China, including the lucrative season-ending WTA Championships in which the women’s tour organisation is financially dependent.





Previous

Next

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.