Kudermetova to meet Kovinic in Charleston final

15th-seeded Veronika Kudermetova made it into the Volvo Car Open trophy match in Charleston where she will meet unseeded Danka Kovinic, both unlikely and surprising finalists from a field that was led by World No 1 Ash Barty and 4th-ranked Sofia Kenin among 9 of the...

Pablo Carreno Busta makes Marbella final

The final of the Andalucia Open in Marbella will be fought out by Spaniards Pablo Carreno Busta, the top seed and the unseeded Jaume Munar who were well tested by two compatriots during their semi-final clashes on Saturday,

Tennis mourns HRH Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh

The All England Lawn Tennis Club led tributes to His Royal Highness Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh, who died at the age of 99 on Friday at Windsor Castle, conveying sincerest sympathies to the Royal Family on behalf of the tennis world.

Paris move is causing problems

There has been a bit of kick-back over the FFT’s decision to postpone the French Open by a week to 24 May, with tournaments on the ATP and WTA calendars affected, and players critical.

Badosa blitzes Barty to join Kudermetova, Kovonic and Jabeur in Charleston last 4

Spain’s Paula Badosa, ranked 71, stunned the World No 1 Ash Barty at the Volvo Car Open in Charleston on Friday night in straight sets to reach the biggest semi-final of her career at the WTA 500 event.

It’s an all Spanish semi-final line-up in Marbella

Not surprisingly perhaps, but the semi-finals of the Andalucia Open in Marbella is being filled by local talent but it is the first time in 17 years (Valencia) that four players from the same country have made it to the last four.

Barty battles on as Kvitova and Muguruza depart

Ash Barty came through a tough challenge from Shelby Rogers at the Volvo Car Open in Charleston to reach the quarter-finals, but Petra Kvitova and Garbiñe Muguruza, who were seeded to meet there, both bowed out.

Evans crashes out of Cagliari

The British No1, Dan Evans, the top seed at the Sardegna Open, was beaten after a two-hour and 10-minute three-set marathon, by Italian teenager Lorenzo Musetti.

French Open delayed by one week

The 2021 French Open, due to start on 23 May, is being delayed by one week and the main draw will now begin on Sunday 30 May, with qualifying rounds to be held from Monday 24 May.

Barty masters transition to Charleston clay

World No 1 Ash Barty made the quick transition from hard to clay courts with little difficulty on Wednesday when she dispatched Japan's Misaki Doi, 6-2 6-1, in the Volvo Car Open at Charleston, SC.
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‘Younger guys have not shown that they are particularly close’ says Murray in Montpelier.

Andy Murray is back in action at the Open Sud de France ATP 250 event being held in Montpelier when he faces Egor Gerasimov from Belarus in the opening round tonight (Tuesday).

I watched very little, I wanted to be there and it was a struggle, I stopped following all the tennis players I follow on social media because I just really didn’t want to see it Andy Murray

The former world number one, who has yet to recover fully from his hip surgery in January 2020 and pelvic problems suffered over the past year, was gutted that he as not able to compete at the Australian Open after failing to reach agreement with the authorities over a ‘working quarantine’ following a positive Covid test.

To avoid following the action, Murray played in second tier level challenger in northern Italy where he lost the final, and dramatically reduced his social media activities.

“I watched very little, I wanted to be there and it was a struggle,” the 33-year-old Murray said.

“I stopped following all the tennis players I follow on social media because I just really didn’t want to see it,” he added.

Nevertheless he hasn’t missed the fact that Daniil Medvedev failed to dethrone the reigning champion, Novak Djokovic in last weekend’s final when the Serb collected his 18th grand slam title of which nine have now been won in Melbourne.

And he wasn’t surprised.

“It’s different standing to return or to serve in a Grand Slam final, than a quarter-final or a semi-final, when you are coming up against someone who’s won 17 of them,” Murray pointed out.

“It’s pretty intimidating and the younger guys have not shown that they are particularly close. At the US Open, [Dominic] Thiem did what he had to do to win the event, but if Novak hadn’t put a ball through the line judge’s throat, it would have been the same outcome, I think,” he added.

Murray is of course referring to last year’s tournament in New York , where Djokovic defaulted after he hit a ball off the court in frustration and accidentally struck a line judge on the throat for which he was immediately disqualified.

Sebastian Korda progressed past Jo-Wilfried Konta in the opening round

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Meanwhile in Montpelier, three first-round matches were completed on Monday with Sebastian Korda, the world No.92 from the US, scoring a 6-4 6-2 victory over the home favourite, Jo-Wilfried Konta, ranked 66, who was playing his first match since the Australian Open in 2020.

“It was definitely special [to play Tsonga], I grew up watching him my whole life,” Korda said in his on-court interview following his victory.

“To get the chance to be able to play against him was an honour for me. I hope he can stay healthy and keep playing tennis… He’s such an incredible entertainer and an incredible person”

On the match he added: “I just tried to stay focussed and take care of my side of the court.

“I know he hasn’t played tennis in 14 months [or so], so it definitely wasn’t easy for him (but) I’m super happy with the way I played.”
Korda aces Italian seventh seed, Lorenzo Sonego, who beat Frenchman Hugo Gaston 6-3 6-7(7) 6-1.

Looking ahead to the match, Korda admits it will be a big challenge.

“He has a lot of firepower, so it’s going to be a fun match for sure. Hopefully we can put on a good show next time we play.”

Also through is the sixth seed, Frenchman Ugo Humbert, who defeated Norbert Gombos of Slovakia, 6-3 7-6(3).



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