LTA Chief warns of community indoor tennis centres closures

The LTA has warned that at least a third of Community Indoor Tennis Centres (CITCs) could still face closure, despite the recent Government announcement of a £100m investment in public leisure facilities.

Bertens undergoes Achilles tendon surgery

World No 9 Kiki Bertens announced last week that she will miss the start of the 2021 season, including the Australian Open, and has undergone surgery on her troublesome Achilles.

Another Mom to be

Former World No 12 Yanina Wickmayer took to social media this week to announce that she and her husband, Jérôme Vanderzijl, are expecting their first child, soon to be joining the growing group of mothers on tour.

Pospisil takes out compatriot in Vienna

Four matches Wednesday completed the first round of the Erste Bank Open, an ATP 500 tier event being contested in Vienna prior to the Paris Masters 1000 next week, which, in view of the latest restrictions imposed in France, could well be cancelled.

Coco climbs the rankings

Following the WTA’s last Premier event of the year in Ostrava, Coco Gauff is rewarded for battling through qualifying with an 8-place jump in the Rankings published tis week, while champion Aryna Sabalenka and finalist Victoria Azaranka are among the other risers.

In Vienna Thiem and Djokovic struggle and Evans progresses.

Defending champion Dominic Thiem seeded two at the Erste Bank Open, an ATP Tier 500 event, found himself struggling at first when he faced Vitaly Sachko of the Ukraine in his opening round in Vienna.

Ricci Bitti takes on 3rd ASOIF term as President

Former ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti is set to be re-elected for a third and final term as President of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) after being confirmed as unopposed for the role.

Melbourne lockdown easing

The good news is that after 3 months of strict lockdown due to a surge in coronavirus, Melbourne is reopening on Wednesday, paving the way for the easing of restrictions and, hopefully, the return of spectators to sport.

Mixed fortunes on opening day in Vienna, Shapovalov beaten by wildcard

In what is being described as the strongest field ever to be gathered for an ATP 500 event, Denis Shapovalov, the eighth seed from Canada, crashed out of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna, to the Austrian wildcard Jurij Rodionov in straight sets for the biggest win of his...

Sabalenka ousts Azarenka and wins Ostrava double

Aryna Sabalenka completed a remarkable transformation at the J&T Banka Ostrava Open on Sunday when she won both the singles and doubles titles, comprehensively out-striking compatriot Victoria Azarenka in the first all-Belarusian WTA Tour final in history.
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The ‘BoB’ is set to kick-start British tennis in 10 days time

It may well be classified as an Exhibition Tournament with no ranking points, but the contestants lining up for Battle of Brits sponsored by Schroeders will be treating it very seriously for it not only gives the players a chance to step out of the numbness caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but bragging rights within the home game.

The main attraction on June 23 at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton, will be the return of Andy Murray who has not played competitive tennis since the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid last November due to a bruised pelvic bone.

The two-time Wimbledon champion had hoped to make his return last April but the emergence of Covid-19 ended that hope by causing the tour’s suspension until possibly, August.

Murray is set to face James Ward, Liam Broady and Kyle Edmund having been drawn into the Tim Henman Group while the Greg Rusedski Group features Dan Evans, the current British No.1 with Jay Clarke, Cameron Norrie and Jack Draper.

Jamie Murray, organiser of the event, on pulling Evan’s name out of the hat, immediately dubbed the group as the ‘Group of Death’ and his younger brother as the ‘One hip Wonder’.

In the doubles, Jamie Murray and partner Neal Skupski landed in the Paul Hutchins group where the pair will face Broady and Norrie as well as Evans and Lloyd Glasspool.

In the Cathie Sabin group, Edmund will team up with Draper to face Dom Inglot and Clarke, plus Joe Salisbury and Jonny O’Mara.

There will be no spectators but the action of the round robin groups, semi-finals and final can be followed on Amazon Prime.

The tournament, which is supported by the Lawn Tennis Association, kicks off a run of events at the National Tennis Centre, with the British Tour starting on July 3 and the women’s Progress Tour on the 13th July.



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