Halep hoists Italian Open trophy after Plíšková retires in final

Top-seeded Simona Halep accomplished her ambition of winning her first Italian Open title on Monday, when 2019 champion Karolína Plíšková retired midway through the final with a left thigh injury.

Novak Marches On

Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic has collected his 36th Masters 1000 title and can now reflect in the knowledge that he has surpassed his rivals at that particular level of competition and set a new record.

Djokovic and Schwartzman with plenty to play for

Novak Djokovic likes records and he is on the verge of winning his 36th Masters 1000 title if he is successful in the final of the Italian Open at the Foro Italica today, to edge him one ahead of Rada Nadal.

Top seeds Halep and Plíšková to meet in Rome Final

For the first time since 2016, the top two seeds in a WTA tournament will contest the final of of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia after both Simona Halep and Karolina Plíšková came through their respective semi-finals with wins over Garbiñe Muguruza and Marketa...

Nadal stunned by Schwartzman

Diego Schwartzman pulled off the biggest upsets of the Rome Masters when he toppled the nine-time champion Rafa Nadal in the quarterfinals, a feat he achieved in straight sets!

Plíšková passes Mertens test as Vondrousova swats Svitolina

No 2 seed Karolina Plíšková took another step toward her Rome title defence on Saturday after correcting a mid-match wobble to defeat No 11 seed Elise Mertens in the Internazionali BNL d’Italia quarter-finals; while 12th seed Marketa Vondrousova upset two-time winner...

Muguruza stops Azarenka to meet Halep in Rome semis

Garbiñe Muguruza stopped Victoria Azarenka’s outstanding run of 14 wins in the quarter-finals at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, coming from a set and a break down to reach her third semi-final in Rome where she will meet Simona Halep, who advanced into the last 4...

Muguruza downs Konta to face Azarenka

On a day of attrition and compassion in Rome, Friday’s play at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia saw Johanna Konta fall to Garbiñe Muguruza, Victoria Azarenka comfort an injured Daria Kasatkina after a nasty tumble, and top seeds Simona Halep and Karolina Plíšková...

Nadal not obsessed with records

The two tournament favourites draw closer to settling this year’s Rome Masters 1000 title as they successfully reached the last eight on opposing sides of the draw with the second seeded Rafa Nadal seemingly having the easier passage so far.

Musetti continues his Roman run

At four-all in the second set the lights went out during the Italian Open which could have disrupted the concentration of Italy’s emerging starlet, the 18-year-old Lorenzo Musetti, who was on his way to eliminating another top player from the Rome Masters listings.
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Tennis at home | Keep the family active with these fun tennis exercises

As people up and down the country adapt to spending more time at home, it is more important than ever for the family to keep active. Whilst many may feel more restricted at home, the truth is that there are plenty of exercises that you can do right from your own living room or garden and tennis is a fun way for everyone to get involved.

The LTA has pulled together 12 fun activities and exercises the whole family can play at home to practice your skills and get ready to become a champion on the court!

First up, why not try your hand at ‘Floor Tennis’? Grab yourself a partner, a racket and a ball and start passing the ball between you on the ground. Make sure you keep swapping hands and always stop the ball in front of you. See how many you can get up to.

Next, test your reactions with the ‘Switch Catch’. This is a great game that you can play indoors. Stand opposite your partner with a ball holding it out in front of you. On the count of 3 you’re both going to drop the ball and try and catch your partner’s after the bounce. This one’s definitely trickier than it looks…

‘Hand Ball Rally’ is a great way to practice your shot positioning, changing from side to side to hit the ball back to your partner using your hand. Always make sure to swap over after 5 shots, so both players have a turn at hitting and receiving.

Now let’s put these all together and get some rallies going with ‘High 5 Rallies’. With a partner, drop the ball and after the bounce, gently hit it in the air for the other player to catch on their racket – that’s a rally of 1. Then on the next go, see if you can get both hit it to each other before catching – that’s a rally of 2. Test yourself and see how many shots you can get in one rally.

Where to find more

If you’ve enjoyed these fun tennis exercises you can do at home, there are plenty more available at the LTA’s YouTube channel. Just visit here to find out more.

Stay active and stay safe! 

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