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Brown Upsets Istomin, Molleker Ousts Robredo At Roland Garros

  • Posted: May 20, 2019

Brown Upsets Istomin, Molleker Ousts Robredo At Roland Garros

Eight Frenchmen through on the first day of qualifying

Dustin Brown has not competed in a Grand Slam main draw since the 2018 Australian Open, but the always-entertaining German made a good start towards changing that on Monday, upsetting second seed Denis Istomin 7-6(5), 6-1 to reach the second round of Roland Garros qualifying.

The 34-year-old, who has climbed as high as No. 64 in the ATP Rankings, has not played a tour-level match this year. But the eight-time ATP Challenger Tour titlist did well to win the Mouratoglou Open, a Challenger event held in April at Sophia Antipolis, France.

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In the second round of qualifying. Brown will play Ecuador’s Emilio Gomez, who beat Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Taver 6-4, 6-1. Gomez claimed his first Challenger trophy in April, triumphing in Tallahassee, Florida, dropping just one set in six matches.

#NextGenATP German Rudolf Molleker ousted former World No. 5 Tommy Robredo 7-6(5), 6-3. The 18-year-old qualified for the Australian Open earlier this year, and he is trying to reach the main draw at Roland Garros in his first appearance.

Eight Frenchmen moved on during the first day of qualifying action on the Parisian terre battue. And one of those winners was Hugo Gaston, who defeated 25th seed Marco Trungelliti 6-4, 6-1. One year ago, Trungelliti gained notoriety after a 10-hour mad dash from Barcelona, where he resides, to take a lucky loser spot in the main draw in Paris.

#NextGenATP Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich-Fokina continued his strong form with a 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-1 win against Brit Jay Clarke. Davidovich-Fokina qualified at the Millennium Estoril Open and advanced to the semi-finals, ultimately falling in three sets against Pablo Cuevas.

The most emphatic victory of the day went to American Marcos Giron, who blitzed countryman Donald Young 6-0, 6-1.

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Humbert, With Eyes On Milan, Returns To Winning Ways In Lyon

  • Posted: May 20, 2019

Humbert, With Eyes On Milan, Returns To Winning Ways In Lyon

20-year-old will next face fellow #NextGenATP Shapovalov

There’s nothing like playing at home, especially if you’re #NextGenATP Frenchman Ugo Humbert during your first full season on the ATP Tour.

The 20-year-old left-hander made his first tour-level semi-final at the Open 13 Provence in Marseille in February, and on Monday, during his debut in Lyon, the Metz native broke a four-match losing streak to make the second round at the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Lyon, an ATP 250 event.

The Next Gen ATP Finals hopeful hit eight aces and converted six of nine break points to beat Brit No. 2 Cameron Norrie 6-1, 6-3.

“I stayed in my playing identity, which means hitting hard. I strike fast and play fast, so during the first rallies of the game, I knew what to do, and I’m happy for having played a complete game,” he said.

Humbert is also pleased to have started a new winning streak after such a strong start to his 2019. The left-hander qualified and beat six-time ATP Tour titlist Pablo Cuevas to make the second round at the ASB Classic in Auckland in January.

One month later, in Marseille, Humbert beat Latvian veteran Ernests Gulbis, then-No. 13 Borna Coric of Croatia for his first Top 20 win, and Germany’s Matthias Bachinger to make his first ATP Tour semi-final.

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“I think that I worked hard. It’s a moment in which everything starts to come together. It’s tough to explain with words. But my progress is rather good. And there is still plenty of room for improvement, which is great,” Humbert said.

Humbert struggled from there, however, losing his openers at the ATP Masters 1000 events in Indian Wells and Miami, and in Marrakech and Munich. But he’s pleased to be back in France and to be playing well.

Humbert needed only 66 minutes to beat Norrie, who’s playing at a career-high No. 41 after qualifying and making the second round at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, a Masters 1000 event.

“I’m very happy as it’s been a while since I played this well on clay. I know I can do it,” said Humbert, who celebrated his first clay-court win at tour-level. “I trained well last week with a lot of serenity and confidence. I felt really good on the court.”

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Humbert can find serenity on the court – and away from the clay. The Frenchman relaxes after a day of training by playing the piano 30 to 45 minutes every day.

He started when he was about five years old at the urging of his parents. Now he always travels with his keyboard, and the French Tennis Federation has a piano at his training facility in Paris.

“I try to play as often as I can,” Humbert said. “I really enjoy playing, and it is very relaxing. During those moments, I don’t think about anything else.”

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On the court, the left-hander has been working on playing more aggressively, the tactics that nearly carried him to the Next Gen ATP Finals last year.

“He is always positive. He knows what he wants, and he goes for it. He plays aggressively because he wants to win,” said Cedric Raynaud, who’s coached Humbert for the past five years. “He has improved because he has been working so hard. We have been working on keeping his positive mentality throughout training and matches.”

Humbert finished one spot away from making the second Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan last November. Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz won the ATP Challenger Tour event in Brest to surge into the final qualifying spot and book his spot in Milan, just edging Humbert in the final ATP Race To Milan standings.

But the 6’2” Humbert has one more year of eligibility, as he was born in 1998 and will turn 21 in June. This year, he’s determined to be one of the eight best 21-and-under players who compete in Milan from 5-9 November. Humbert is currently in eighth place in the Race. The top seven players on 28 October will qualify automatically, with the eighth place reserved for a wild card.

“It is one of my goals this year to participate and be one of the best young players,” Humbert said. “I will give everything in order to be there this year.”

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Nadal Claws Closer To Federer & Djokovic In Big Titles Race

  • Posted: May 20, 2019

Nadal Claws Closer To Federer & Djokovic In Big Titles Race

Spaniard lifts record 34th ATP Masters 1000 trophy in Rome

Rafael Nadal might have taken longer to win his first title in 2019 than he did in any season since 2004, the year he earned his maiden tour-level crown. But after an impressive performance against World No. 1 Novak Djokovic on Sunday to lift his ninth Rome trophy, Nadal left the Italian capital with not just another victory to his name, but a record 34th ATP Masters 1000 title.

With his triumph, Nadal clawed closer to Djokovic and Roger Federer in the race for the most Big Titles — a combination of Grand Slam, Nitto ATP Finals and Masters 1000 crowns. The 32-year-old Spaniard now has 51 of them, trailing Djokovic by two and Roger Federer by three.

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Roland Garros, the year’s second Grand Slam, is less than a week away. So Nadal has put himself in a position to turn up the heat on Federer and Djokovic, potentially moving to just one back of Djokovic and two behind Federer in Paris. Five players (excluding Nadal) have won at least 10 Big Titles overall (since 1990), and Nadal has lifted just the Roland Garros trophy 11 times.

Nadal has now won at least one Big Title in 14 of the past 15 years. And with his five victories at the Foro Italico last week compared to Federer’s two, the Spaniard is on the verge of surpassing the Swiss’ record for most Masters 1000 wins. Federer leads Nadal 378-377 entering Roland Garros.

Nadal also moved closer to Djokovic for the rate of Big Titles won record. The rivals have both played a combined 178 Grand Slams, Nitto ATP Finals and Masters 1000 tournaments. Djokovic has triumphed once per 3.4 tournaments at those levels, while Nadal has been victorious once per 3.5 events. Both players are well ahead of Federer in that category, as the 37-year-old has won once per 4.2 tournaments.

“What means most to me is this trophy,” Nadal said. “Rome is one of the most important tournaments of the year. Part of the history of our sport. To be able to win here again is the main thing.”

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Nadal has also turned up the heat on Djokovic in the race for the year-end No. 1 ATP Ranking. 

Current and Former Champions’ Big Titles Won (Records Since 1990)

Player Grand Slams Nitto ATP Finals 1000s Total (Avg)
Roger Federer 20/75 6/16 28/135 54/227 (4.2)
Novak Djokovic 15/56 5/11 33/111 53/178 (3.4)
Rafael Nadal 17/54 0/8 34/116 51/178 (3.5)
Pete Sampras 14/52 5/11 11/83 30/146 (4.9)
Andre Agassi 8/61 1/13 17/90 26/164 (6.3)
Andy Murray 3/47 1/8 14/96 18/151 (8.3)
Boris Becker* 2/26 2/6 5/51 9/83 (9.2)
Thomas Muster 1/29 0/4 8/53 9/86 (9.6)
Gustavo Kuerten 3/33 1/3 5/67 9/103 (11.4)
Jim Courier 4/38 0/4 5/71 9/113 (12.6)
Stefan Edberg** 3/28 0/4 1/24 4/56 (14)
Marcelo Rios 0/26 0/1 5/56 5/83 (16.6)
Michael Chang 1/50 0/6 7/86 8/142 (17.8)
Marat Safin 2/41 0/3 5/87 7/131 (18.7)
Andy Roddick 1/46 0/6 5/75 6/127 (21.2)

* Becker’s four other Grand Slam titles came before 1990.
** Edberg’s three other Grand Slam titles came before 1990.

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Clarke loses to Davidovich Fokina in French Open qualifying

  • Posted: May 20, 2019

Great Britain’s Jay Clarke and James Ward suffered defeats in the first qualifying round of the French Open.

GB number four Clarke served for the match before 19-year-old Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, ranked 26 places higher at 133, won 2-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-1.

Fifth-ranked Briton Ward, 169th in the world, lost 6-1 6-2 to German Oscar Otte, who is rated 24 places higher.

It leaves Kyle Edmund, Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans as the British men in the main competition.

Englishman Clarke, 20, made a fine start as he broke his opponent’s serve in both of his first two service games to dominate the opening set.

After fighting back from 4-1 down in the second, Clarke was serving for the match with a 6-5 second-set lead, but the Spaniard broke back and then won the tie-break to take it to a deciding set.

Davidovich Fokina, a winner of the Wimbledon juniors event in 2017, broke immediately in the third set and two further breaks saw him move into the next phase, needing to win two more matches to qualify for the tournament.

Meanwhile, Jamaican-German Dustin Brown, who famously beat Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2015, progressed into the second qualifying round with a 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 victory over Denis Istomin, the second seed in the qualifying tournament.

The 34-year-old will now face Ecuadorian Emilio Gomez.

Former world number five Tommy Robredo, at 37 the second oldest player in the event and a five-time Roland Garros quarter-finalist, lost 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 to German 18-year-old Rudolf Molleker.

A total of 128 qualifiers began on Monday battling for 16 places in the main draw.

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Tipsarevic Continues Comeback With Win In Geneva

  • Posted: May 20, 2019

Tipsarevic Continues Comeback With Win In Geneva

Fifth seed Albot also advances

Former World No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic got off to a good start at the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open on Monday, defeating German Peter Gojowczyk 7-5, 7-5 after one hour and 43 minutes.

The 34-year-old Serbian, who has undergone seven surgeries on his lower body over the years, is now 4-3 at tour-level this year. Tipsarevic began the season without an ATP Ranking, as the Australian Open was his first tournament since the 2017 US Open.

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The four-time ATP Tour titlist who now has 285 tour-level wins, will next face Hugo Dellien, the first Bolivian to win an ATP Tour match at Rio de Janeiro in February. Dellien knocked out the experienced eighth-seeded Italian Andreas Seppi 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 in one hour and 52 minutes.

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Fifth seed Radu Albot, this year’s Delray Beach champion, battled past Italian Lorenzo Sonego 7-6(6), 7-6(3) after one hour and 54 minutes, winning just two more points than his opponent in the match. The Moldovan will play Cordoba winner Juan Ignacio Londero, who advanced on Sunday, for a spot in the quarter-finals.

American Denis Kudla recorded just the fifth clay-court match win of his career in a 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 victory, which featured 24 break points, against Jordan Thompson of Australia over two hours and 33 minutes. Kudla now plays Chilean Nicolas Jarry, who ousted seventh-seeded Australian Matthew Ebden 6-2, 7-6(4).

Elsewhere, Japan’s Taro Daniel overcame Spanish qualifier Bernabe Zapata Miralles 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in one hour and 56 minutes to set up a second-round clash against Houston and Munich champion Cristian Garin.

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Gasquet Saves Two Match Points, 19 Break Points In Lyon Thriller

  • Posted: May 20, 2019

Gasquet Saves Two Match Points, 19 Break Points In Lyon Thriller

Seventh seed Herbert also moves on

Former World No. 7 Richard Gasquet saved two match points on Monday to reach the second round of the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Lyon, battling past his French countryman Maxime Janvier, a qualifier, 6-7(5), 6-2, 7-6(2) after two hours and 44 minutes. Gasquet saved 19 of the 22 break points he faced in the match.

“It was very tough. He’s a good player. He’s very powerful, he played well, he served good. So of course it was very tough for me,” Gasquet said. “But I tried my best. It’s only my fourth match in 2019 so of course it’s tough for me, but I’ll try to recover as soon as I can. And of course I tried my best and it’s great for me to win.”

The 32-year-old, who underwent groin surgery in January and only played three matches this year before his win against Janvier, will face American Taylor Fritz for a spot in the quarter-finals. Fritz didn’t face a break point in a 7-5, 7-6(3) win over qualifier Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic in one hour and 38 minutes.

“I’ll have to recover well and we will see,” Gasquet said. “Of course I’m a little bit tired now.”

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Seventh seed Pierre-Hugues Herbert continued his strong form on the spring European clay-court swing when he lost just five of his first-service points in a 6-2, 7-5 victory over fellow Frenchman Jeremy Chardy. 

Herbert, who advanced to the recent Hungarian Open semi-finals (l. to Krajinovic), will next play American Steve Johnson, who was a 6-2, 7-6(2) winner over South African lucky loser Lloyd Harris in just over 90 minutes. Harris gained his spot in the main draw when Slovakian Martin Klizan withdrew due to stomach problems.

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France’s Ugo Humbert, who is currently at a career-high No. 61 in the ATP Rankings, swept past last year’s semi-finalist Cameron Norrie 6-1, 6-3 in 66 minutes. He will next challenge third-seeded Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime.

French lucky loser Tristan Lamasine, who gained entry to the main draw when Mikhail Kukushkin withdrew due to right shoulder pain, took advantage of his opportunity by defeating #NextGenATP Italian Jannik Sinner, a 17-year-old, 6-0, 7-6(5). Canadian qualifier Steven Diez led Bernard Tomic 6-4, 4-1 when the Aussie retired due to illness.

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Lionel Messi, LeBron James and Serena Williams: The careers we wish would never end

  • Posted: May 20, 2019

It’s definitely a time for goodbyes.

For fantasy fans, life may never be quite the same after the end of Game of Thrones.

And if you’re a Manchester City supporter, there is a Vincent Kompany-shaped hole in your affections as he leaves the club after 11 years to become Anderlecht player-manager.

It’s hard to imagine the Belgian centre-back in any kit other than City’s sky blue, but all good things must come to an end.

With that in mind, here are the other sportspeople we definitely won’t be ready to say goodbye to when the time comes.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

You’re either ‘House’ Messi or ‘House’ Ronaldo, but let’s cast aside the ‘who’s better?’ debate for a minute and just imagine football without these two.

Messi, 31, has scored 602 goals in his 684 games for Barcelona, while Ronaldo, 34, has hit 600 goals in 804 games across his time at Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus.

That represents 0.75 goals per game for Ronaldo, and 0.88 for Messi – stats that leave the pair in a world of their own.

But what do we do after they retire?

Just sit watching reruns of Messi dropping Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng on his backside during a Champions League semi-final? How about Ronaldo, then at Manchester United, smashing a ‘knuckleball’ free-kick past a despairing David James?

They may not be ready to bow out any time soon, but football won’t be the same without them.

Serena Williams

With 23 Grand Slam singles titles to her name and having beaten 12 players who were ranked number one in the world – including her sister Venus, there is no doubt Williams is one of the greatest tennis players of all time.

She won the Australian Open while pregnant, then – after giving birth to daughter Alexis in September 2017 – returned to reach the Wimbledon final in 2018.

A pioneer for not only female athletes but black athletes as well, she has changed the landscape of tennis entirely.

In an article for she said: “Growing up, I was told I couldn’t accomplish my dreams because I was a woman and, more so, because of the colour of my skin. In every stage of my life, I’ve had to learn to stand up for myself and speak out.”

LeBron James

After scoring more than 32,500 points across 16 years, LA Lakers forward LeBron James is definitely a contender for the NBA iron throne.

Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant were all worthy protectors of the basketball realm, but James has a very strong argument as to why he may be the greatest ruler of all time – the GROAT?

With 8,662 assists, 7,140 free-throws made and 4,163 turnovers in 1,198 games for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Miami Heat and the Lakers, he has proved himself one of the most dominant athletes of his generation.

And it’s not just his on-court heroics that have established him as a great. His I Promise School houses 240 at-risk third and fourth-grade students in James’ hometown Akron, Ohio.

He may not have got the Lakers to the play-offs this season, but his legacy will live on well past his final game.


Brazilian striker Marta Vieira da Silva is a six-time winner of Best Fifa Women’s Player.

The 33-year-old has scored 110 goals in 133 games for Brazil, and 166 goals in 257 games in her time playing at Los Angeles Sol, Santos, FC Gold Pride, Western New York Flash, Tyreso FF, Rosengard and Orlando Pride.

In an interview with BBC Newsbeat, former England manager Hope Powell said: “Her longevity in the sport and what she’s done for it needs to be admired and respected.

“There are now opportunities for women to become professional footballers and earn a decent living from the game. There are lots of players that have made that pathway possible, and Marta is one of them.”

The striker will play in her fifth World Cup this summer in France.

Roger Federer

The Swiss maestro has won 101 career singles titles – just the second man (after Jimmy Connors) to reach a century and the first for 36 years.

Federer’s titles have come across 19 years, on all the sport’s surfaces, in 30 cities and 19 countries.

And, at 37, he’s still not letting up.

He pulled out of the recent Italian Open, but just six weeks earlier had told ESPN: “We’re not thinking about retirement because I feel like the more I think about it, then the more they’ll talk about it, the closer I am to it.”

There will come a time when all six of these sporting greats will no longer be playing, and hopefully it doesn’t leave a big Game of Thrones-size hole in our lives. But at least we can say we saw them at their best. After all, ‘what is dead may never die’.

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Filip's Great Escape: Krajinovic Claims Heilbronn Crown

  • Posted: May 20, 2019

Filip’s Great Escape: Krajinovic Claims Heilbronn Crown

Serbian’s eventful week culminates in a 10th Challenger title, Roland Garros berth

In just 48 hours, Filip Krajinovic experienced a full spectrum of emotions at the NECKARCUP in Heilbronn.

In Saturday’s semi-finals, the top-seeded Serbian trailed 1-6, 1-4 against Stefano Travaglia. Down a set and a double break, it was all but done and dusted. His Italian opponent was dialed in and he was struggling to find any rhythm. But Krajinovic would mount one of the greatest comebacks of the year, clawing back to force a decider and eventually book his spot in the championship.

Elated and relieved, Krajinovic entered Sunday’s final in search of a second title at the ATP Challenger Tour event. In 2017, he emerged victorious and history would repeat itself on a warm yet overcast afternoon. With the trophy on the line, he would concede an early break to Belgium’s Arthur De Greef, but streaked to the finish line from there. The Serbian reeled off 12 of the next 14 games to take the title 6-3, 6-1.

It was Krajinovic’s 10th Challenger title in total and first in two years. The 27-year-old is back in the Top 60 of the ATP Rankings, capping a dominant six-week stretch that also included a Challenger final in Sophia Antipolis and run to the title match at the ATP 250 in Budapest. He is 15-2 since the beginning of April.

But the drama was not finished after Krajinovic lifted the Heilbronn trophy. Sitting one spot out of the Roland Garros main draw cut and having missed the deadline to sign in for qualifying, anxiety was high in the Serbian’s camp. He needed one more withdrawal ahead of the 10am deadline on Monday (when qualifying begins) to punch his ticket to the second Grand Slam of the year. And with just hours to spare, Andrey Rublev would oblige, pulling out with a lingering back injury. Krajinovic’s dream week proved to be extra special.

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In other action, Joao Menezes became the 18th first-time winner this year, claiming his maiden Challenger title on the clay of Samarkand, Uzbekistan. He defeated Corentin Moutet 7-6(2), 7-6(7).

Jason Jung lifted a trophy for a fourth straight year, prevailing on the hard courts of Gwangju, South Korea, on Sunday. Jung defeated Dudi Sela 6-4, 6-2, capping an impressive week that saw him drop just one set.

And in Lisbon, Roberto Carballes Baena earned a second title of the season with a stunning comeback over Facundo Bagnis. Trailing by a set and a break, he fought back for a 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-1 win. Also the champion on home soil in Murcia, Spain, last month, he is now 7-3 in Challenger finals.

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Schwartzman Returns To Top 20, Mover Of The Week

  • Posted: May 20, 2019

Schwartzman Returns To Top 20, Mover Of The Week looks at the top Movers of the Week in the ATP Rankings, as of Monday, 20 May 2019

No. 20 Diego Schwartzman, +4
The Argentine did not drop a set en route to his maiden ATP Masters 1000 semi-final at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. Schwartzman defeated Yoshihito Nishioka, Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Matteo Berrettini, before shocking Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals. After falling to World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in three sets in the last four, the 26-year-old re-enters the Top 20 of the ATP Rankings, at No. 20, for the first time since 24 February.

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No. 6 (Career High) Stefanos Tsitsipas, +1
For the sixth time this season, Tsitsipas rises to a career-high ATP Ranking. After a runner-up finish at the Mutua Madrid Open (l. to Djokovic), the #NextGenATP Greek defeated home favourites Jannik Sinner and Fabio Fognini en route to the semi-finals in Rome. Tsitsipas did not manage to join Novak Djokovic (2011 Madrid & Rome) as the second man to defeat Rafael Nadal in back-to-back clay-court tournaments, but jumps one spot to No. 6 in the ATP Rankings.

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No. 26 Fernando Verdasco, +12
The 35-year-old reached his fourth quarter-final in Rome with three Top 30 victories. Verdasco outlasted Kyle Edmund, World No. 4 Dominic Thiem and Karen Khachanov in three sets, before a straight-sets loss to eventual champion Nadal. The Spaniard soars 12 positions to No. 26 in the ATP Rankings, his joint-highest position since 6 July 2014 (No. 24).

Other Notable Top 100 Movers
No. 56 Pablo Carreno Busta, -13
No. 60 Filip Krajinovic, +9
No. 63 (Career High) Casper Ruud, +13
No. 64 Matthew Ebden, -10
No. 74 Roberto Carballes Baena, +12
No. 96 Peter Gojowczyk, -14
No. 97 Aljaz Bedene, -20

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  • Posted: May 20, 2019


The first ATP Cup is set for 3-12 January 2020

What is the ATP Cup?
The ATP Cup is an annual 24-country team competition featuring US$15 million prize money and a maximum of 750 singles and 250 doubles ATP Rankings points. ATP is staging the event in partnership with Tennis Australia.

When and where will it be played?
The ATP Cup will begin the ATP Tour each season, starting on the Friday before Week 1. The tournament will be a 10-day event finishing on the final Sunday of Week 1. The inaugural event in 2020 will be held from Friday 3 – Sunday 12 January. The ATP Cup will be played alongside an ATP 250 event in Doha that will occupy Week 1 of the calendar. The group stages competition will be hosted across three Australian cities – Sydney, Brisbane and Perth – over six days. Immediately following the group stages will be the four-day knockout stage – quarter-finals over 2 days, semi-finals and final – all to be played on the Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney.

How does the tournament work?
The 24 teams are divided into six groups of four for group stage, round-robin play. The six winners of each group and the two best second-placed finishers across the groups emerge to contest the eight-country knockout stage.

What is the format?
Each tie will comprise two singles and one doubles match. The country winning two matches wins the tie. Every country will be guaranteed to play three ties in the group stages. Singles will be best-of-three tie-break sets. Doubles will feature No-Ad scoring and a Match Tie-break in lieu of a third set.

What is the order of play?
There is a day session and an evening session each day per venue. The first singles matches will be played at 10.30am local time, starting with the No. 2 players in each tie, followed by the No. 1 players, with the doubles to follow. All doubles matches will be played regardless of whether the tie is decided after the two singles matches.

How does a country qualify for the ATP Cup and which of its players get to play?
A minimum of three ATP ranked players, including two members with singles ATP Ranking points, are required for a country to be eligible to qualify. A country may have up to five players. If a team has five players, at least three must have an ATP Singles ranking. If less than five players, a team must have at least two players with an ATP Singles ranking.

How will entries work?
At the first entry deadline (13 September), a country will gain acceptance into the event based on the singles ATP Ranking of the country’s No. 1 singles player. The qualifying country’s second-highest-ranked singles player will gain acceptance at the same time. If either of the two accepted singles players drop outside their country’s top two ranked singles players at the second entry deadline (13 November), either player may withdraw from the event. Remaining team members (up to an additional three players) will gain acceptance at the 13 November entry deadline, based on the current ATP Rankings.

Rankings to be used for entries are the 52-week ATP Rankings. A Protected Ranking can be used to enter provided the player’s Protected Ranking is valid through the start of the competition; but it will not be used for team seeding.

At the second entry deadline (13 November), the remaining six teams (Nos. 19-24) will qualify and all qualified players from all teams will be committed.

When will the teams be announced?
The top 18 teams will be announced after the 13 September deadline. The remaining six teams will be announced at the 13 November deadline.

Will there be a Wild Card team?
A Wild Card will only be awarded to the host team (Australia) if it does not qualify by ATP Rankings at the first entry deadline inside the Top 18 teams. If the host team receives a wild card, it will be announced together, in addition to the top 18 teams after the first entry deadline and five (rather than six) additional teams will qualify at the second entry deadline.

What are the ATP Cup Standings?
The ATP Cup Standings is a provisional entry list for the ATP Cup, ordered by the ATP Ranking (or Protected Ranking) of a country’s highest-ranked singles player. ATP Cup Standings also show which players within each country would qualify for a place in their country’s team, subject to player entry rules.

What if a country’s top-ranked singles player does not commit to play the event at the time of the first entry deadline?
The country’s eligibility to qualify at the first entry deadline is determined by the singles ATP Ranking of its next-highest ranked entered singles player.

When will the seedings and draw be made?
The locations, seeds and groupings for the top 18 teams will be announced soon after the first entry deadline. At this stage, each of the six groups will have three teams. The remaining teams will be drawn and announced soon after the second entry deadline using the 11 November ATP Rankings, with each additional team drawn at random to a group.

Will a Team Captain be assigned?
Each team will have a captain, selected by the No. 1 singles player in consultation with their team members. The No. 1 singles player will be the captain should one not be selected. The captain must be of the same nationality and meet one of the following criteria: be a Division I ATP player member, an ATP coach member or a qualified coach of a national federation. If a captain is requested that does not fulfill either criteria requirement, a request for an exemption can be made.

Is on-court coaching allowed?
Yes. Coaching will be permitted by the team captain, the competing player’s individual coach or fellow player team members. The player may only receive coaching during changeovers and set breaks.

Can a player play singles and doubles?
Yes. The team captain decides who plays doubles. The on-site ATP Ranking order must be respected for singles matches. For example, the No. 1 ranked player on a team based on on-site ATP Rankings at the start of the competition cannot play No. 2 singles. Protected Ranking will be considered the official ranking for line-up position.


What is the maximum number of points a player can earn?
Singles: An undefeated player who plays and wins all possible singles matches could earn 750 ATP Rankings points. Doubles: An undefeated player who plays and wins all possible doubles matches will earn 250 ATP Rankings points.

Who can earn points at this event?
All players will have the opportunity to earn ATP Rankings points and prize money.

How will be the points for each player be awarded in a team competition?
Singles: ATP Rankings points are awarded for a match win in each round and the amount of rankings points depends on the ranking of the opponent and the round of the result. Doubles: ATP Doubles Rankings points are awarded for a match win in each round and do not depend on the ranking of the opponents or the round of the result.

How will the ATP Cup points work in a player’s ranking?
ATP Cup will count as an additional event in a player’s ranking breakdown.

How much is the prize money?
The total player prize money is US$15 million. There are three different components of total prize money awarded to players. This includes a participation fee, prize money for individual match wins and prize money for tie victories.

Prize Money (All figures in U.S. Dollars)
Total Prize Money: $15,000,000

Per Participation:


Entry Order Fee
1-3* $250,000
4-6* $225,000
7-12* $200,000
13-18* $150,000
19-24**^ $75,000

*Entry order (team) as of 13 September 2019
** Entry order (team) as of 13 November 2019
^ Top 20 player will receive $150,000


Ranking Fee
1-10 $200,000
11-20 $150,000
21-30 $75,000
31-50 $60,000
51-100 $45,000
101-200 $30,000
201-300 $20,000
301+ $15,000

Ranking as of date of entry of team


Doubles Ranking Fee
1-20 $30,000
21-50 $20,000
51-100 $12,500
101-150 $10,000
151+ $7,500
Singles Ranking Fee
1-100 $20,000
101-300 $12,500
301+ $7,500

Ranking as of November 11, 2019

Per Individual Wins:

   #1 Singles Win  #2 Singles Win  Doubles Win (per player)
 Final Win  $290,400  $204,000  $61,800
 Semi-final Win  $151,000  $106,000  $32,150
 Quarter-final Win  $78,350  $55,100  $16,700
 Group Stage Win  $39,400  $27,600  $8,375

Per Team Wins:

   Per Player
 Final Win  $48,760
 Semi-final Win $29,280
 Quarter-final Win  $17,620
 Group Stage Win  $9,850

All 3-5 players on the team (whether the player plays a match or not) earn the same amount for a team win.


ATP Ranking Points


 Opponent Ranking  1-10  11-25  26-50  51-100  101+
 Final  250 200 150  75  50
 Semi-final Win  180 140  105  50  35
 Quarter-final Win  120 100 75 35 25
 Group Win  75 65 50 25 20

Maximum 750 points for undefeated player

Singles Player Ranked 301+

 Opponent Ranking  1-100  101+
 Final  85  55
 Semi-final Win  55  35
 Quarter-final Win  35  25
 Group Win  25  15


   Win vs. Any Team
 Final Win  85
 Semi-final Win  55
 Quarter-final Win  35
 Group Stage Win  25

Maximum 250 points for undefeated doubles player.

*All the above information is subject to change by the ATP rules and regulations.

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