NEW

Italians shine in Palermo

Two Italians, Sara Errani and Elisabetta Cocciaretto, have made it into the quarter-finals at the 31st Palermo Ladies Open, the first professional tournament to be played since both the women’s and men’s tours were suspended in March because of the coronavirus...

US Open announces prizemoney and suffers another withdrawal

The organisers of the US Open are adamant that the American leg of the grand slams will go ahead as planned at Queen’s in New York from August 31, despite the rise of coronavirus infections in the country and the possibility of more absenting themselves.

Nadal withdraws from US Open as Madrid Masters is cancelled

The news everyone was expecting was confirmed when Rafa Nadal announced he would not be competing at this years’ US Open and if that wasn’t bad enough at a time when the sport attempts to rebuild itself, the organisers of the Madrid Masters announced it was...

Martic advances, Vondrousova falls in Palermo

Amid slip-ups over coronavirus protocols, the two top seeds at the WTA Palermo Ladies Open met with mixed fortunes on Tuesday, as top seed Petra Martic advanced in straight sets but 2nd-seeded Marketa Vondrousova fell at the hands of a qualifier.

Vekić strikes first ball back in Palermo

Donna Vekić goes down in history as the first player to win a tour-level match in the post-shutdown era when, 5 months after the last WTA tournament took place, the Palermo Open re-started the WTA Tour on Monday on the Italian island of Sicily, while the pandemic that...

It’s a welcome return with an uncertain future

While the return of professional tennis is more than welcome, it is a cautious one bearing in mind that the Washington event on the ATP Tour was cancelled a few weeks back and there is still uncertainty regarding the US Open.

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.
Tennis News, Tennis Results, Live Tennis Scores & Interviews

Shanghai | Murray and Norrie lose out

Andy Murray was defeated by Fabio Fognini in what was an acrimonious second round clash between the two stars at the Shanghai Masters.

The sound came from him, which you're not allowed to do, it's against the rules, it's hindrance, you shouldn't do it Andy Murray

The Italian, seeded 10, won 7-6(4) 2-6 7-6(2) having, in the former world number one’s view, made a ‘noise’ during a critical point,

The result was disappointing for Murray served for the match twice. Nonetheless his performance showed that his rehabilitation from last January’s hip surgery is progressing fast with the Australian Open revealing earlier in the day that he would be competing in Melbourne in January.

But defeat on this occasion angered the Scot who accused Fognini of trying to put him off by shouting while he went for a volley; and, by the fact he had failed to serve out on both occasions he had the chance to settle the match.

The two players confronted one another at the net near the end exchanged viewsin a bad-tempered manner which Murray explained: “Someone made a noise, I didn’t know who made the noise, I looked in the direction of where the noise came from.

“He then told me, ‘Stop looking at me, what are you looking at me for?’

“I was like, ‘I was just about to hit a shot, and someone made a noise’. He then told me to stop looking at him.

“The sound came from him, which you’re not allowed to do, it’s against the rules, it’s hindrance, you shouldn’t do it.”

The three-time Grand Slam winner was also frustrated that the chair umpire failed to intervene during the three hour 9-minute contest.

“Fabio wanted to engage with me, I probably shouldn’t have done, but I am not having him talk to me like that on court,” Murray continued.

The former world number one was also annoyed he failed to serve out the match, twice.

“I want to say that’s the first time ever in my career that that’s happened,” Murray said.

“I think it’s the first time I served for a match twice and not won.”

He the concluded: “There is a lot of things that I need to get better at and I can do much better.

“I will go away, and I’ll work on those things and be in a better position next time I play against him.”

Murray will now return to Europe to compete in Antwerp which starts on Monday.

The last Briton in action in Shanghai was qualifier Cameron Norrie who suffered a quick 6-3 6-1 loss to the in-form Daniil Medvedev, seeded 3.

The Russian’s victory was his 55th win on the tour this year.

He said: “It’s never easy to play a qualifier [and it] was my first match here in Shanghai after few weeks without a tournament, so I was a little bit stressed about my level, but finally I managed to show a really good level, get out from there in less than one hour – really happy and looking forward.”

In other action Roger Federer seeded 2, and cheered on by his fans courtside, opened his account with a 6-2 7-6(5) win over Albert Ramos-Vinolas who he had defeated in Shanghai back in 2015, a fact he admitted he hadn’t forgotten.

“The truth, yeah, I was thinking about it, watched highlights,” the Swiss maestro admitted.

“Remember how it felt, I had my chances. I won many more points that time than I lost, so I should have actually won that match.”






Previous

Next

Leave a Reply

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