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Glasgow ATP Challenger event renamed Murray Trophy

  • Posted: May 02, 2019

Jamie Murray says he is “honoured” the ATP Challenger event in Glasgow will be renamed the Murray Trophy as a tribute to his family’s contribution to tennis.

Brothers Jamie and Andy helped Great Britain win the Davis Cup for the first time in 79 years in 2015, and have won nine Grand Slam titles between them.

Their mother Judy is a coach and former GB Fed Cup captain.

In January, two-time Wimbledon champion Andy, 31, criticised British tennis’ failure to build on his success.

Jamie – the first British player to rank as world number one in the open era – has worked closely with the Lawn Tennis Association to develop the event.

“I’m excited to be working with the LTA and Glasgow Life on this event and honoured to have it named in recognition of my family’s achievements in the sport,” said six-time Grand Slam doubles champion Jamie, 33.

“I really hope we can use the Murray Trophy – Glasgow to increase awareness of tennis and create opportunities for more boys and girls to play, both in Scotland and Britain as a whole.”

The Murray Trophy will take place at Scotstoun Sports Campus from 16-22 September.

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Can You Pass The Mutua Madrid Open Quiz?

  • Posted: May 02, 2019

Can You Pass The Mutua Madrid Open Quiz?

Test your knowledge of the ATP Masters 1000 tennis tournament in Madrid

How much do you know about the Mutua Madrid Open, the fourth ATP Masters 1000 tennis tournament of the 2019 season?

You may be aware that Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are all former champions, but do you know which of these players has an undefeated record in Madrid finals? Do you know which three players have won the Madrid title on both hard and clay courts? We test your knowledge in this quiz! 

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Click here to stay informed all year with tennis news from the ATP Tour.

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Goffin Beats Defending Champion Sousa In Estoril

  • Posted: May 02, 2019

Goffin Beats Defending Champion Sousa In Estoril

Cuevas wins battle of lucky losers to reach the last eight

Joao Sousa made Portuguese history last year by winning the Millennium Estoril Open, his home tournament. But the defending champion will not retain his trophy, with fourth seed David Goffin ousting Sousa 6-3, 6-2 on Thursday.

The 2017 Nitto ATP Finals runner-up, competing in Estoril for the first time, is into his second ATP Tour quarter-final of the season (Marseille SF), where he will face Tunisian Malek Jaziri, who defeated Argentine Leonardo Mayer 7-6(2), 6-1.

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The former World No. 7 struggled in 2018 due to injury — a freak accident in Rotterdam leading to an eye injury, and an elbow injury at the end of the season — but the Belgian will take confidence from his performance against defending champion Sousa. Goffin won 51 per cent of first-serve return points and broke the Portuguese’s serve six times en route to his 80-minute victory.

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Goffin will look to avenge a three-set loss against Jaziri from Shenzhen in 2016, which is their only previous FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting. The winner could potentially face top seed and reigning Nitto ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas, who will play home favorite Joao Domingues in the last eight.

In a battle of lucky losers, Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas defeated Italian Filippo Baldi 6-2, 7-5 in one hour and 28 minutes. Cuevas will face the winner of eighth seed Frances Tiafoe and Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka.

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It is the second straight week on the ATP Tour that a player has lost in the final round of qualifying, beaten his same opponent in the first round of the main draw, and continued onto the quarter-finals. Cuevas lost to Italian Salvatore Caruso in Estoril qualifying before beating him and then Baldi. Last week in Barcelona, Nicolas Jarry lost to Marcel Granollers, avenged that defeat and reached the quarter-finals.

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Thiem, Nadal, Federer Feature In Five Of April's Most-Read Stories

  • Posted: May 02, 2019

Thiem, Nadal, Federer Feature In Five Of April’s Most-Read Stories

The month kicked off the main clay-court season, and plenty of action followed

Dominic Thiem won the biggest clay-court title of his career, Roger Federer climbed the ATP Race To London and the clay-court ATP Masters 1000 season kicked off at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, which brought plenty of surprises. remembers five of the most-read stories from the month of April.

1. Thiem Hands Nadal First-Ever Barcelona SF, 27 April
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Dominic Thiem stuck to his aggressive game plan against Rafael Nadal to beat the 11-time Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell champion 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday and reach the ATP 500 final.

It’s the fourth time in as many years Thiem has beaten Nadal on clay, and the first time Nadal has lost in the semi-finals or finals of his home tournament. The Spaniard had been 22-0 in matches and 46-1 in sets during Barcelona semi-finals and finals.

But Thiem, who was the only player to beat Nadal on clay in 2017 and 2018, played fearlessly once more against the top seed, pinning the Spaniard behind the baseline and pounding inside-out forehands. He joined Novak Djokovic as the only players to have beaten Nadal on clay four times.

“I’m always super proud if I beat him because he’s the best player ever on this surface, and it’s always very special to beat him here on clay. We always had great matches in the past, and also today was very good and I was more lucky today and I got the win,” Thiem said.

2. Federer Passes Djokovic For Lead In ATP Race To London, 1 April 
Age is just a number, right?

It certainly seems that way for 37-year-old Roger Federer. Thanks to his victory at the Miami Open presented by Itau, Federer now leads the ATP Race To London, taking a 55-point lead over second-placed Novak Djokovic.

Entering the ‘March Masters’ — the first two ATP Masters 1000 tournaments of the year in Indian Wells and Miami — Federer sat in ninth place in the Race with 680 points, having just moved up 39 spots thanks to his triumph at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, an ATP 500 event. The Swiss star has made a giant leap since, first earning 600 points for his runner-up showing in the California desert and then adding 1,000 points on Sunday after lifting his 28th Masters 1000 title in Miami.

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3. Fognini Beats Lajovic To Win Monte-Carlo Title, 21 April
Fabio Fognini became the first Italian to win an ATP Masters 1000 title on Sunday at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, defeating Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 38 minutes.

“I’m really, really happy. Nothing to say,” Fognini said. “I have to keep calm, maybe take a shower, relax, and think about this because it’s something incredible.”

The 13th seed converted four of five break points to become the lowest seeded player to lift the trophy since fellow No. 13 seed Gustavo Kuerten’s title run in 1999. Fognini will rise to a career-high No. 12 when the latest ATP Rankings are published on Monday.

“I just feel happy because I won a big tournament that was always my goal in my career,” Fognini said. “I think everybody, when you’re growing up and you start and you decide to play tennis, you are dreaming to win a big tournament. We are talking about a Masters [1000].”

4. Djokovic, Nadal Face Challenging Monte-Carlo Draws, 12 April
The old adage of “one match at a time” couldn’t apply more heavily to this year’s Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters draw. While some fans may be looking ahead to a championship clash between top seed Novak Djokovic and second seed Rafael Nadal, their draws have plenty of obstacles to clear once main draw action starts on Sunday in the first clay-court ATP Masters 1000 event of the year.

“This has always been a very special place for me,” said Nadal during the draw ceremony. “I watched all of the great champions here as a kid, so it was always a dream for me to be here.”

5. Federer, Djokovic React To ATP Finals Moving To Turin, 24 April
The announcement that Turin, Italy, will host the ATP Finals from 2021-2025 has been met with excitement from the biggest names in tennis. Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Kevin Anderson, Borna Coric and Fabio Fognini all expressed their support for the year-end championships moving to Pala Altipour Stadium, Italy’s biggest indoor sporting arena.

“Exciting new chapter for the ATP Tour,” wrote Federer on Facebook. Djokovic, World No. 1 and President of the ATP Player Council, said in a statement that the ATP Finals is “a tournament that has historically moved around and so I’m very excited to see it move to Turin from 2021. It’s still a few years away but I know that the players will be very excited to compete there, and I also hope to be part of what will be a very special event.”

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Johanna Konta through to Morocco Open semi-finals

  • Posted: May 02, 2019

British number one Johanna Konta reached a career-first clay-court semi-final with victory over Hsieh Su-wei at the Morocco Open.

World number 47 Konta came from a set down to beat the Taiwanese second seed 6-7 (1-7) 6-4 6-4 in two hours and 13 minutes.

The seventh seed, 27, hit 48 winners and two aces to progress in Rabat.

Konta will play Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic in the semi-finals for their third meeting of 2019.

Tomljanovic – fourth seed in Morocco – beat Konta in straight sets in Brisbane before the Briton won in three sets at the Australian Open later in January.

It is her first semi-final appearance since her defeat by Daria Kasatkina at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow in October 2018.

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Read & Watch: Best April Hot Shots: Nadal, Thiem, Djere, Lajovic

  • Posted: May 02, 2019

Read & Watch: Best April Hot Shots: Nadal, Thiem, Djere, Lajovic

Vote for your favourite hot shot from April

The month of April kicked off the main clay-court season, and with it, a flurry of hot shots. Who hit the best shot in April: Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Laslo Djere or Dusan Lajovic?

Watch them all above and vote now here.

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Nadal Ready To Pursue Sixth Madrid Title

  • Posted: May 02, 2019

Nadal Ready To Pursue Sixth Madrid Title

Spaniard arrives in Madrid on Thursday

Rafael Nadal has arrived at the Mutua Madrid Open, where he will aim to extend his record to six titles at the ATP Masters 1000 event.

The Caja Magica has long been a successful setting for the home favourite, who owns more match wins at the tournament, with 51, than any other player. Nadal has won a clay-court title in each of the past 15 seasons dating back to his first victory in Sopot in 2004, and he is trying to capture his first trophy of 2019 after semi-final showings in Monte-Carlo and Barcelona.

It will be a field full of superstars in Madrid featuring Nadal, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, who is competing on clay for the first time since 2016 Rome. Nadal owns a 10-5 record against Top 10 opponents in Madrid, and he will look to add to that total this year as the second seed.

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Bautista Agut, Pella Move Into Munich Quarter-finals

  • Posted: May 02, 2019

Bautista Agut, Pella Move Into Munich Quarter-finals

Khachanov, Kohlschreiber in action later today

Roberto Bautista Agut is one win away from reaching the BMW Open by FWU semi-finals for the third time (2015, 2017) in the past five years after he beat German wild card Rudolf Molleker in Munich on Thursday. The fourth-seeded Spaniard, who picked up his ninth ATP Tour title at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open (d. Berdych) in the first week of 2019, recovered from 2-4 down in the first set and won 27 of 31 first-service points to defeat Molleker 6-4, 6-2 in 77 minutes.

He will next play seventh-seeded Argentine Guido Pella, the Brasil Open champion (d. Garin) in February, who worked his way past Taro Daniel of Japan 6-1, 6-7(7), 6-3 in two hours and 19 minutes for a place in his fourth ATP Tour quarter-final of the season. Pella led by a set and 5-3, but could not convert a match point at 6/5 in the tie-break before No. 72-ranked Daniel forced a decider. Bautista Agut beat Pella 6-3, 6-1, 6-1 in the 2017 Australian Open first round.

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Later today, second-seed Russian Karen Khachanov takes on home favourite and three-time former champion Philipp Kohlschreiber, while American Denis Kudla meets last week’s Hungarian Open titlist Matteo Berrettini of Italy.

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Trungelliti's 'principled stand' finally backed by integrity unit

  • Posted: May 02, 2019

Marco Trungelliti has received support from the Tennis Integrity Unit more than two weeks after complaining of feeling abandoned after blowing the whistle on match-fixing in the sport.

The 29-year-old world number 130 acted as a witness in last year’s prosecution of three fellow Argentine players for gambling-related activities.

He said he was criticised for his actions, with his motives questioned.

But the TIU says he acted with “the best interests of the sport” in mind.

“His courageous and principled stand against those who seek to corrupt is to be admired and commended,” the organisation added in a statement.

The three tennis players sanctioned former world number 78 Nicolas Kicker, ex-world number 269 Patricio Heras and Federico Coria, whose career-high ranking is 223.

Last June, Kicker was banned for six years, with three of those suspended, while Heras was banned for five years, with two suspended. Coria was banned for eight months, with six months suspended.

Trungelliti, who famously drove all night from Barcelona to Paris to claim a place in the main draw of the 2018 French Open, subsequently found himself shunned by some of his fellow professionals and said he repeatedly asked without success for the TIU to support him.

The TIU explained in their statement why they had not publically defended Trungelliti earlier.

“As part of its confidentiality policy, the TIU’s intention is at all times to protect the identity of witnesses, and in line with that has not commented on or confirmed Mr Trungelliti’s involvement in these cases,” they said.

“However, the TIU understands that Mr Trungelliti has subsequently been subject to strong personal criticism and that his motives for co-operating with the TIU have been questioned.

“The TIU unreservedly condemns the treatment received by Mr Trungelliti and would like to place on record its appreciation of his support and full compliance with the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program.”

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Mutua Madrid Open: When Is The Draw & More

  • Posted: May 02, 2019

Mutua Madrid Open: When Is The Draw & More

All about the ATP Masters 1000 tennis tournament in Madrid

The Mutua Madrid Open, held at Caja Magica, is the second of three ATP Masters 1000 tournaments played on clay. Rafael Nadal, who made his tournament debut in 2003, has won a record five titles from eight Madrid finals.

Nadal will look to reclaim the Madrid trophy in 2019, and faces a field that includes a trio of former titlists – World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, defending champion Alexander Zverev, Roger Federer – as well as Dominic Thiem. Nadal lost to Thiem in the 2018 Madrid quarter-finals and last week in the Barcelona semi-finals.

Federer, a three-time champion in Madrid, is making his return to the European clay-clay swing for the first time since 2016. The 37-year-old Swiss is playing his first tournament since winning the Masters 1000 title at the Miami Open presented by Itau, and enters Madrid two victories shy of his 1200th match win. 

Here’s all you need to know about Madrid tennis tournament: when is the draw, what is the schedule, where to watch, who won and more. 

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Established: 2002

Tournament Dates: 5-12 May 2019

Tournament Director: Feliciano Lopez

Read: Lopez’s New Journey

Draw Ceremony: Friday, 3 May at 6:30pm

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Schedule (View On Official Website)
* Qualifying: starts Saturday at 11:00am
* Main draw: starts Sunday at 11:00am, Monday – Friday at 12:00pm and 8:00pm, Saturday at 1:30pm
* Doubles final: Sunday, 12 May at 3:30pm
* Singles final: Sunday, 12 May not before 6:30pm

How To Watch
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Venue: Caja Mágica
Main Court Seating: 12,500

Prize Money: € 6,536,160 (Total Financial Commitment: € 7,279,270)  

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View Who Is Playing, Past Champions, Seeds, Points & Prize Money Breakdown

Honour Roll (Open Era)
Most Titles, Singles: Rafael Nadal (5)
Most Titles, Doubles:
Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan, Daniel Nestor (5)
Oldest Champion: Andre Agassi, 32, in 2002
Youngest Champion: Rafael Nadal, 19, in 2005
Most Match Wins: Rafael Nadal (51)

2018 Finals
Singles: [2] Alexander Zverev (GER) d [5] Dominic Thiem (AUT) 64 64   Read & Watch
Doubles: Nikola Mektic (CRO) / Alexander Peya (AUT) d [2] Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) 53 ret. (B. Bryan – right hip)  Read & Watch

A Look Back: 2018 Madrid

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Did You Know…  From 2002-08, the Mutua Madrid Open was contested on indoor hard courts in the lead to the season finale, the Tennis Masters Cup. In 2009, the Madrid tournament transitioned to clay and became part of the European spring swing. Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray won the Madrid title on both surfaces. 

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