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Dominic Thiem at 27-years of age, has decided to include the Tokyo Olympics in his 2021 schedule having opted out of representing Austria at the last two Games

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Training to be allowed as ATP Cup abandoned

The government of Victoria state have reportedly acquiesced and granted permission for players to train during their 14-day quarantine to prepare for the Australian Open, the first grand slam of next season scheduled to kick off on the 18th January

Madrid to become a two-week joint event

Next year’s Madrid Open, which is a joint ATP and WTA event, will become a two-week event and is scheduled from 27 April to 9 May, 2021.

Tennis still waits for AO decisions

Following weeks of discuss, it now seems likely that the Australian Open will be delayed by a week or two from its scheduled start date of 18 January, according to the Sports Minister for Victoria.

Becker leaves German Tennis

Six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker has decided to leave his post at the German Tennis Federation at the end of the year because he says he no longer has the time to fulfil his role there.

Konta reunites with Zavialoff

Britain’s No 1, Johanna Konta, has reunited with her former coach Dimitri Zavialoff ahead of the 2021 season after a brief trial with Thomas Hogstedt in the summer and ending her curtailed 2020 campaign with just her hitting partner, Dan Smethurst.

Murray calls for players to be vaccinated

Tennis Australia is still struggling to get agreement on Covid-19 safety regulations for the first grand slam of the 2021 season which is due to start January 18.

Obituary – David N. Dinkins

New York’s first African-American Mayor and a benefactor for tennis died on 23 November at the age of 93.

Medvedev makes a clean sweep at the final O2

Daniil Medvedev has earned the biggest title of his career by winning the Nitto ATP Finals at the O2 and hopes it will serve as a springboard to greater things over the next few years, as he attempts to follow his beaten rival to a Grand Slam triumph.
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Marbella | Norrie springs Davis Cup surprise

After a spirited effort by Great Britain’s Liam Broady as he went down 3-6, 4-6, 6-7 to Spain’s Albert Ramos Violas, 22-year old debutant Cameron Norrie registered one of the outstanding results in British Davis Cup history by coming back from two sets to love down to defeat world number 23 Roberto Bautista Agut  4-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. To win a live Davis Cup singles rubber on Spanish clay is a rare feat indeed, but for Norrie to do so having never played a five set match before and having zero clay court experience makes his achievement all the more remarkable.

Throughout the four-hour match Norrie matched Bautista Agut’s groundstrokes but was often one step ahead when it came to delivering the knockout blow. The Spanish player had treatment on his left thigh after losing the 4th set, but continued to fight all the way to the finish. Towards the end Norrie left the Spaniard flat-footed with a stream of forehand winners, and Bautista Agut’s puzzled glances across to Sergi Brugera spoke volumes, as did the Spanish captain’s shrugs of disbelief in reply. Norrie had quite simply produced a world-class performance which no-one could have foreseen.

With the tie now poised at 1-1, Saturday’s doubles takes on a whole new complexion. Whatever the eventual outcome of the tie, today’s play has proved beyond doubt the value of the best-of-five sets format.

 






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