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Would You Answer Andy Murray’s Text At 2.30 A.M.?

  • Posted: Jun 24, 2019

Would You Answer Andy Murray’s Text At 2.30 A.M.?

Scot recalls funny exchange before second event back from hip surgery

What would you do if you got a text message from Andy Murray at 2:30 a.m.? In the case of his hip surgeon early Monday morning, she answered within five minutes.

During a pre-tournament press conference Monday at the Nature Valley International in Eastbourne, where he is playing doubles with Brazil’s Marcelo Melo, Murray was asked if he had spoken to his surgeon about how his hip held up during his title run at Queen’s. That led to this light-hearted exchange with reporters.

“She came to watch last week. Got some tickets for her on the day where I played the two matches, quarter-final, semi-final matches. And then messaged her yesterday when I got in, actually from when I got in from dinner at like 2:30 in the morning and she responded within five minutes,” Murray said. “I was, like, ‘God, she’s supposed to be operating tomorrow morning. I don’t want to be the first one on the list Monday’.”

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Murray returned from a January right hip surgery last week at the Fever-Tree Championships. But not only did the Scot play, he captured the doubles title alongside Feliciano Lopez at The Queen’s Club, where he previously won five singles trophies. The 32-year-old hasn’t heard his surgeon’s thoughts on how he looked, though.

“I haven’t actually asked her about that, because obviously when I had gone to see her for a checkup and to chat, obviously she sees you walking in, but she’s not seeing all of the training and things that you’re doing. So it’s just sort of going off what you’re saying and what your team is telling her,” Murray said. “But obviously she got a chance to watch a few days ago. I haven’t actually spoken to her since she’s seen me play. I think she’s just happy that my hip doesn’t hurt really anymore.”

It was Murray’s first ATP Tour doubles title since 2011 Tokyo, which he won with brother Jamie Murray. It was the former World No. 1’s first singles title since 2017 Dubai.

<a href=''>Andy Murray</a> and <a href=''>Feliciano Lopez</a> celebrate at Queen's Club 2019

“I went out for dinner with Feli the other night, because when I won that tournament in Dubai, I was trying to get my team to — I said before the week, ‘If I win the tournament, I want to do a skydive’,” Murray recalled. “All of my team rejected it and were, like, ‘No chance we’re doing that’. Obviously that turned out to be the last tournament that I won, and I had a lot of health problems after that, because I had the issue with my elbow straight afterwards in Indian Wells, and then I had the issues with my hip quite soon afterwards.

“I was saying to them, you’ll need to make sure you enjoy those moments, because you don’t know what’s around the corner and what might happen. And at the time you sometimes forget that winning a tournament like that is really, really special.”

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Preparing for Tuesday’s Eastbourne opener against top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah (whom Murray and Lopez defeated at The Queen’s Club), the Scot and Melo were able to practise for less than an hour Monday. “Me and Feli were playing quite conventional doubles, and he expects to play a bit more I-formation and a lot more of moving around at the net and stuff,” Murray said. “So that will be again a different sort of challenge tomorrow, but it can also be very effective if done well.

“He’s good fun, a pretty laid-back guy. Hopefully we’ll do well.”

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A reporter asked Murray whether he would bungee jump off Beachy Head, a chalk headland in the area, if he lifts the trophy again this week.

“I’d be up for it, but I’m not going to do it on my own,” Murray said. “I’d do it if all my team were up for it, although I don’t know if my hip surgeon would be particularly happy with me trying that.”

If in doubt, Murray knows he can always text her at 2:30 a.m. and ask.

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Fever-Tree Championships Honoured As ATP 500 Tournament Of The Year

  • Posted: Jun 24, 2019

Fever-Tree Championships Honoured As ATP 500 Tournament Of The Year

Queen’s Club tournament honoured for fifth time in ATP Awards

The Fever-Tree Championships celebrated its distinction as the ATP 500 Tournament of the Year on Saturday at The Queen’s Club, as Mark Philippoussis presented Tournament Director Stephen Farrow with the 2018 ATP Awards trophy.

Players selected the Fever-Tree Championships as a Tournament of the Year for a fifth time last season. The tournament previously won in the ATP World Tour 500 category in 2015-16 and the 250 category in 2013-14.

“The ATP-500 category is full of excellent tournaments, so for the players to vote the Fever-Tree Championships as their favourite event is immensely satisfying for everyone involved, particularly our tireless tournament team and The Queen’s Club grounds staff who maintain our magnificent grass courts year after year,” said Farrow. “I’d like to thank the players for voting for us, and our spectators, sponsors and media partners for their support.

“The Lawn Tennis Association has a vision to open up tennis in Britain to anyone with an interest, from players of all abilities and backgrounds to its millions of fans. As part of that vision, we want to entice people who have never experienced live tennis to come along to our tournaments and see it for themselves.”

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The grass-court event, staged for more than a century at The Queen’s Club in London, increased its centre court capacity by more than 30 per cent over the past two years. In 2018, the tournament welcomed Fever-Tree, the premium mixer drinks company, as its title sponsor.

The tournament awards, voted annually by ATP players, recognise the leading standards set across events on the ATP Tour. The BNP Paribas Open and Intrum Stockholm Open were named Tournament of the Year respectively in the Masters 1000 and 250 categories.

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#NextGenATP Popryrin Leads Aussie Assault In Wimbledon Qualifying

  • Posted: Jun 24, 2019

#NextGenATP Popryrin Leads Aussie Assault In Wimbledon Qualifying

All eight Aussies in action advance

#NextGenATP Aussie Alexei Popyrin made a good start to his pursuit of a Wimbledon main draw berth on Monday, defeating Argentine Federico Coria 6-2, 7-5 to reach the second round of qualifying.

Popyrin, currently in 11th place in the ATP Race To Milan, is trying to make a move to better his chances of qualifying for November’s Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan. Earlier this year, the 19-year-old advanced to the third round of the Australian Open, where he lost to eventual semi-finalist Lucas Pouille in five sets.

Popyrin wasn’t the only Aussie to make it through; all eight Aussie men in action Monday moved into the second round. Alex Bolt, who also reached the third round in Melbourne, outlasted #NextGenATP Italian Jannik Sinner 2-6, 7-5, 12-10 in two hours and 36 minutes. That was the longest third set, by games, of the day.

Bolt qualified for Wimbledon for the first time last year, losing to Kyle Edmund in the main draw. He will next play Austrian Dennis Novak.

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The other Aussies who battled on in the first round were James Duckworth, Andrew Harris, Jason Kubler, Marc Polmans, Akira Santillan and John-Patrick Smith.

German Dustin Brown, who advanced to the MercedesCup quarter-finals with a win against reigning Nitto ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev, beat China’s Zhe Li 7-6(2), 6-3 in one hour and 21 minutes. Brown has competed in the Wimbledon main draw seven times, and he defeated Rafael Nadal at the grass-court Grand Slam in 2015.

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Broady reaches Wimbledon qualifying second round

  • Posted: Jun 24, 2019
Wimbledon qualifying
Venue: Bank of England Sports Centre, London Dates: 24-27 June
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Liam Broady has advanced to the second round of Wimbledon qualifying, but last year’s Wimbledon boys’ singles runner-up Jack Draper was knocked out.

British number eight Broady, 25, beat Slovakia’s Andrej Martin 6-3 6-1.

Promising British 17-year-old Draper lost 6-4 7-6 (7-0) to Japanese world number 182 Yasutaka Uchiyama.

Broady, who has played in the singles main draw at the All England Club three times, will face the Netherlands’ Tallon Griekspoor in the second round.

However, Britain’s Jan Choinski, Evan Hoyt, Mark Whitehouse and Ryan Peniston also lost in the first round of qualifying.

The 16 players who make it through three rounds of qualifying will earn a place in the Wimbledon main draw.

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Verdasco Battles Back From The Brink In Eastbourne

  • Posted: Jun 24, 2019

Verdasco Battles Back From The Brink In Eastbourne

Three Americans advance to the second round

Fifth seed Fernando Verdasco was on the brink of defeat Monday in the first round the Nature Valley International, losing the first set against Aussie John Millman and dropping the first 10 points of the second set. But the Eastbourne crowd began urging him on, and things changed for the Spaniard.

Verdasco turned the tide on Millman, defeating the World No. 58 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-1 after two hours and 32 minutes. The veteran lefty saved 11 of the 12 break points in his first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting against the unseeded Aussie.

Millman took a 4-2 lead in the second set, moving to within just two service holds of victory. But Verdasco claimed 10 of the match’s final 11 games to set a second-round clash against wild card Jay Clarke or Argentine Leonardo Mayer.

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It was a successful day for the Americans in Eastbourne, with three men from the United States advancing on the grass. Taylor Fritz defeated British qualifier and this year’s NCAA singles champion, Paul Jubb, 6-2, 6-3 in exactly one hour.

The 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals qualifier struck 12 aces and won 50 per cent of his return points against the 19-year-old Jubb. Fritz is currently World No. 42, just two spots off his career-best ATP Ranking, and he will try to upset top seed Guido Pella in the second round.

Former World No. 11 Sam Querrey battled past Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 7-6(4) in one hour and 26 minutes. The victory came in the American’s first match since the second week of April in Houston, where he made the semi-finals. Querrey will next face fourth seed Dusan Lajovic.

Steve Johnson, the 2016 Eastbourne champion, won a battle of Americans against reigning New York Open champion Reilly Opelka, withstanding the 21-year-old’s 13 aces to triumph 7-6(4), 6-3 in one hour and 21 minutes.

Johnson is coached by Craig Boynton, who also coaches Hubert Hurkacz, Johnson’s next opponent. Hurkacz upset seventh seed Marco Cecchinato 6-4, 6-4 in 66 minutes.

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Defending Champion Dzumhur Makes Strong Start In Antalya

  • Posted: Jun 24, 2019

Defending Champion Dzumhur Makes Strong Start In Antalya

#NextGenATP Frenchman Humbert also advances

Defending champion Damir Dzumhur made a strong start to his Turkish Airlines Open Antalya campaign on Monday, defeating Australian Matthew Ebden 6-4, 7-5 to reach the second round. 

The fifth seed is trying to become the first player to retain the Antalya trophy. This is the third edition of the ATP 250 tournament, which was won by Yuichi Sugita in 2017. This was Dzumhur and Ebden’s first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting, and Dzumhur, despite winning just two more points overall in the match, converted three of the seven break points he earned to advance after one hour and 22 minutes. 

Dzumhur is trying to win an ATP Tour title for the third consecutive year. In 2017, he lifted his first two tour-level trophies, in St. Petersburg and Moscow, en route to reaching a career-high of No. 23 in the ATP Rankings. In the next round, the 27-year-old will face Turkish wild card Altug Celikbilek, who upset former World No. 10 Ernests Gulbis 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in one hour and 53 minutes. It was the first ATP Tour main draw match in World No. 443 Celikbilek’s career.

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#NextGenATP Frenchman Ugo Humbert also moved into the second round. The 20-year-old beat Argentine Federico Delbonis 6-3, 7-5 in 78 minutes. It is the sixth seed’s sixth tour-level victory of the year, and he entered 2019 with just two wins in his career. He will face another #NextGenATP player in 19-year-old Miomir Kecmanovic, who advanced on Sunday. Both men are currently inside the Top 10 in the ATP Race To Milan.

Indian Prajnesh Gunneswaran eliminated former World No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic 6-0, 7-6(6) to set a clash with Italian Lorenzo Sonego and Aussie Bernard Tomic eliminated seventh seed Andreas Seppi 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Tomic, who struck 24 aces — including six in the first game of the match — will next play German Peter Gojowczyk.

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Roland Garros Champions Eliminated
Jonathan Erlich and Artem Sitak beat Roland Garros champions Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies, the top seeds, 6-3, 7-6(3) to reach the second round. Krawietz and Mies also lost in the first round of last week’s NOVENTI OPEN.

Second seeds Marcelo Demoliner and Divij Sharan avoided the upset bug, defeating wild cards Tuna Altuna and Cem Ilkel 7-5, 6-2.

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Murray Set To Partner Melo Tuesday Afternoon In Eastbourne

  • Posted: Jun 24, 2019

Murray Set To Partner Melo Tuesday Afternoon In Eastbourne

Scottish star set to extend run of form on south coast of England

Andy Murray will continue his comeback from right hip resurfacing surgery on Tuesday in partnership with Marcelo Melo at the Nature Valley International in Eastbourne.

Murray will join forces with Melo on Tuesday against top-seeded Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah not before 4 p.m. local time on Centre Court at Devonshire Park, venue of the ATP 250 grass-court tournament.

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The 32-year-old teamed up with Feliciano Lopez last week at The Queen’s Club, winning the Fever-Tree Championships crown (d. Ram/Salisbury). It was Murray’s first team title since October 2011, when he partnered his brother, Jamie Murray, to the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships trophy.

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Murray announced last week that he plans to compete with Pierre-Hugues Herbert at Wimbledon, which begins on 1 July.

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World number one Barty withdraws from Eastbourne

  • Posted: Jun 24, 2019
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Venue: Devonshire Park, Eastbourne Dates: 23-29 June
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World number one Ashleigh Barty has withdrawn from the Nature Valley International tournament at Eastbourne with a right arm injury.

The 23-year-old Australian said she needs to “rest and recover” before Wimbledon begins on 1 July.

Barty won her first singles Grand Slam at the French Open earlier in June and became world number one after claiming the title in Birmingham on Sunday.

“It’s an injury we’ve had to manage since I was 16 years old,” she said.

“When I have a spike in load it comes up – it’s a bone stress injury and I need to look after it, particularly in these first few days. We know how to manage it but it’s important to get on top of it straight away.”

Barty, who beat Julia Gorges in the Birmingham final, was the top seed at Eastbourne in a women’s draw that still includes seven of the world’s top 10.

Gorges, a Wimbledon semi-finalist last year, and world number 12 Anastasija Sevastova have also withdrawn from the tournament.

British number one Johanna Konta won her first-round match against Ukrainian qualifier Dayana Yastremska on Sunday.

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Lopez Leaps 60 Spots In ATP Rankings, Mover Of The Week

  • Posted: Jun 24, 2019

Lopez Leaps 60 Spots In ATP Rankings, Mover Of The Week looks at the top Movers of the Week in the ATP Rankings, as of Monday, 24 June 2019

No. 53 Feliciano Lopez, +60
The 37-year-old became the oldest champion at the Fever-Tree Championships in the Open Era and the first wild card to lift the trophy at The Queen’s Club since Pete Sampras in 1999. Lopez claimed his second trophy at the grass-court ATP 500 tournament following wins against Marton Fucsovics, Milos Raonic, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Gilles Simon.

The Spaniard also became the first player since Mark Philippoussis in 1997 to win both titles in the same year, after lifting the doubles trophy alongside Andy Murray. Lopez jumps 60 positions in the ATP Rankings to No. 53, his highest position since spending his last day in the No. 37 spot exactly one year ago. Read More & Watch Queen’s Club Final Highlights.

No. 23 David Goffin, +10
The Belgian advanced to his first tour-level championship match in 19 months at the NOVENTI OPEN. Goffin ousted eighth seed Guido Pella, Radu Albot, second seed Alexander Zverev and MercedesCup champion Matteo Berrettini en route to the championship match, where he fell in straight sets to 10-time champion Roger Federer. The 2017 Nitto ATP Finals runner-up rises 10 spots to No. 23 in the ATP Rankings. Read More & Watch Halle Final Highlights.

No. 25 Gilles Simon, +13
The 34-year-old reached his first ATP Tour final of the season at the Fever-Tree Championships after four three-set victories at The Queen’s Club. Simon battled past James Ward, 2015 finalist Kevin Anderson, 2007 runner-up Nicolas Mahut and World No. 13 Daniil Medvedev, before a final-set tie-break loss to Lopez in the championship match. The Frenchman leaps 13 places to No. 25 in the ATP Rankings.

Other Notable Movers
No. 46 Richard Gasquet, +8
No. 56 Leonardo Mayer, -8
No. 57 Philipp Kohlschreiber, -7
No. 69 Steve Johnson, +7
No. 70 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, +7
No. 73 Robin Haase, -7
No. 79 Sam Querrey, -11
No. 81 Jeremy Chardy, -16
No. 91 Matthew Ebden, -11

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