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Tipsarevic Announces Retirement

  • Posted: Aug 20, 2019

Tipsarevic Announces Retirement

Former World No. 8 to retire later this year

Serbian Janko Tipsarevic, who reached No. 8 in the ATP Rankings and won four ATP Tour titles, will retire in November. The 35-year-old Belgrade native turned professional in 2002 and wrote in an Instagram post that it’s time for him to focus on other priorities in his life.

It has been a great 16 years. After a lot of soul searching and thinking what is important to me in this stage of my life and what does make me happy, I have decided to retire from professional tennis,” he wrote.

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Tipsarevic has seen limited action this year, going 5-8 from eight tour-level events. His best seasons came in 2011, when he won half of his ATP Tour titles and debuted at the Nitto ATP Finals, and in 2012, when Tipsarevic reached his best ATP Ranking and again qualified for the season-ending championships in London.

The right-hander first scaled to No. 8 in April 2012, following his quarter-final run at the Miami Open presented by Itau, an ATP Masters 1000 event. But the Serbian has also endured numerous injuries that have required seven surgeries.

He plans to play at next week’s US Open and a few ATP Tour tournaments before playing his final event at the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid.

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US Open 2019: Harriet Dart beats Jamie Loeb to move into second qualifying round

  • Posted: Aug 20, 2019
US Open 2019
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 26 Aug – 8 Sep
Coverage: Live text and radio commentary on selected matches on the BBC Sport website and app

Great Britain’s Harriet Dart has moved into the second qualifying round of the US Open by beating American Jamie Loeb 6-2 7-6 (7-3).

Dart, 23, reached the third round of Wimbledon in July and needs to win two more matches to qualify for the main draw of the US Open for the first time.

She plays another American, Hailey Baptiste, 17, next at Flushing Meadows.

However, fellow Britons Heather Watson, Katie Swan and Jay Clarke lost in the first round of qualifying in New York.

Watson, 27, had played in the first round proper every year since 2011, but will not be in the main draw this year after losing 6-4 6-2 to Georgia’s Mariam Bolkvadze, a player 101 places below her in the world rankings.

Swan, 20, was beaten 6-3 6-3 by American Katrina Scott while Clarke lost in men’s qualifying. He took the first set on a tie-break against another home player, Mitchell Krueger, before going down 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 6-4.

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Felix Makes Top 20, Featured In Vogue

  • Posted: Aug 20, 2019

Felix Makes Top 20, Featured In Vogue

#NextGenATP Canadian going for first US Open win next week

What a way to celebrate cracking the Top 20 of the ATP Rankings for the first time.

#NextGenATP Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime is featured in Vogue’s September 2019 issue, which is on newsstands throughout the U.S. starting Tuesday. The 19-year-old climbed to a new career-high of No. 19 on Monday when the new ATP Rankings were released.

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Auger-Aliassime has risen 89 spots since the start of the season and will go for his first US Open main-draw win next week when the season’s final Grand Slam begins on 26 August.

Below is an excerpt from the story, which is titled, “Félix Auger-Aliassime Is Taking Tennis by Storm”. The full story can be read here.

By Sarah Crompton/Vogue

Auger-Aliassime began playing tennis at the age of four at the suggestion of his father, Sam, a tennis coach, originally from Togo. (His mother, Marie, is a teacher, and his older sister Malika plays college tennis.) “He just transmitted his passion to us,” Auger-Aliassime says, grinning broadly, revealing the gap in his front teeth. “I don’t really have a memory of not playing. And at a very young age, I told him, ‘I want to be a professional tennis player.’ What I like most about the game is its competitive side. It’s a duel—like chess or like gladiators. It’s two players confronting each other and finding solutions, and I really like that.”

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Anisimova withdraws from US Open after father's death

  • Posted: Aug 20, 2019
US Open 2019
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 26 Aug – 8 Sep
Coverage: Live text and radio commentary on selected matches on the BBC Sport website and app

American Amanda Anisimova has withdrawn from the US Open after the death of her father and coach Konstantin.

Anisimova, 17, reached the semi-finals of the French Open in June.

The world number 24 was due to play at Flushing Meadows for a second time after losing in round one in 2018.

“The USTA [United States Tennis Association] and US Open send our deepest condolences to Amanada Anisimova on the passing of her father, Konstantin,” said a statement.

Anisimova beat Wimbledon champion Simona Halep on her way to the last four of the French Open, before losing in three sets to eventual winner Ashleigh Barty.

The US Open, the final Grand Slam of the year, starts on Monday.

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Former world number 230 Saez gets eight-year ban

  • Posted: Aug 20, 2019

Former world number 230 Juan Carlos Saez has been banned for eight years and fined £10,300 ($12,500) for breaching anti-corruption rules.

The Chilean, 28, was interviewed by the Tennis Integrity Unit after unusual betting patterns were highlighted during matches he played in.

He repeatedly failed to hand over his mobile phone for forensic analysis.

Saez separately admitted to receiving a corrupt approach at an ITF Futures tournament, which he did not report.

That is against anti-corruption rules.

Saez is 1,082nd in the ATP world rankings, having reached 230th in September 2015.

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Lee makes history as first deaf player to win ATP Tour main draw match

  • Posted: Aug 20, 2019

South Korea’s Lee Duck-hee has become the first deaf player to win a match in the main draw of a tournament on the ATP Tour.

The 21-year-old, who is ranked 212th in the world, beat Switzerland’s Henri Laaksonen 7-6 6-1 at the Winston-Salem Open in North Carolina.

“People made fun of me for my disability. They told me I shouldn’t be playing,” said Lee.

“I wanted to show everyone that I could do this.”

He added: “My message for people who are hearing impaired is to not be discouraged. If you try hard, you can do anything.”

Lee does not communicate with sign language but instead uses lip-reading.

During his post-match interview his fiancee Soopin assisted him, clarifying answers for reporters in English.

Britain’s Andy Murray is among players to have come out in support of Lee, adding it must be “difficult” to play without being able to “pick up the speed of the ball” by hearing the sound.

“It’s obviously a huge disadvantage, so to be able to do what he’s doing is a huge effort,” said the 32-year-old, who lost in the first round in North Carolina as he continues his return to singles action after injury.

“We [tennis players] use our ears a lot to pick things up.”

Lee, who faces third seed Hubert Hurkacz in the next round, played his first ATP Challenger Tour event aged 14.

He played mainly in Asia before switching to hard courts in the US, reaching his first final in three years at Little Rock in June.

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'There was some good stuff in there' – Murray positive despite Winston-Salem exit

  • Posted: Aug 20, 2019

Andy Murray is still searching for his first singles win since hip surgery after losing 7-6 7-5 to Tennys Sandgren in the Winston-Salem Open first round.

The former world number one played with conviction and fluency in the first set, but lost it on a tie-break 10-8.

Despite recovering from a double break down to square the second set at 5-5, Britain’s Murray was broken again by American world number 73 Sandgren.

“I think there was some good stuff in there,” Murray, 32, told BBC Sport.

“I think my ball striking was better than last week. I hit quite a few more winners, came to the net quite a lot. Obviously I didn’t win but I do feel I was a bit more in control of what was happening out there.

“Physically I felt OK in the rallies, but I did notice in the second set that my first serve wasn’t as good, and I think maybe my legs were a little bit heavy at the end there.”

Last week, Murray lost in straight sets to Richard Gasquet in Cincinnati in his first singles match since January’s Australian Open.

His match against Sandgren started at 22:15 local time after a five-hour delay caused by heavy rain, thunder and lightning.

And even after completing the warm up, the players had to remain in their chairs for a further 15 minutes to wait for another light shower to pass and the court to be dried with towels and electric blowers.

Murray started superbly, forcing nine deuces and one break point in a 14-minute opening game before Sandgren eventually held his serve.

Both men served very well after that, but having saved three set points in the tie-break, Murray put a stretch volley into the net and Sandgren won it 10-8.

The first set lasted 74 minutes, but after making a poor start to the second, Murray struggled in vain to take the match into a decider.

Murray will not be in New York when the US Open gets under way on Monday, but he may instead play on the ATP Challenger Tour.

He will fly home from Winston-Salem on Tuesday but is actively considering whether to compete in next week’s Challenger event in Mallorca.

“I think for my body it would be a good thing because I do feel at that level I will be winning matches each week,” Murray added.

“And I think it would be good for my game as well because I’m not quite seeing the points as I used to. And if I can get more matches, I’ll start to work that out a little bit quicker, and see it faster.

“I would probably rather stay playing outdoors because the next couple of tour events I’m playing are outdoors in Asia, but I haven’t given it tonnes of thought.”

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Sandgren Downs Murray In Winston-Salem

  • Posted: Aug 20, 2019

Sandgren Downs Murray In Winston-Salem

Scot showed improvement from beginning of his comeback last week

Andy Murray isn’t one for moral victories, but the Scot should be encouraged by his first-round match at the Winston-Salem Open, even if it ended in a loss.

American Tennys Sandgren beat Murray 7-6(8), 7-5 to advance to the second round at the ATP 250 tournament. Sandgren fought through a marathon 75-minute first set, but was broken while serving for the match at 5-4. Sandgren, however, broke right back and served it out on his second attempt.

“It was a great atmosphere. Everyone was super excited. Obviously, Andy, his career speaks for itself, so to have him here and playing and to be able to compete against him tonight was a pleasure,” Sandgren said. “The match itself was really close. The first set could have gone either way and to come out with it was a big relief… It was a tight two-set match, long and physical and I’m happy to come through.”

Murray was playing in only his second singles match since January at the Australian Open. After undergoing right hip surgery on 28 January, he began his singles comeback last week at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, falling to eventual semi-finalist Richard Gasquet in the first round.

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While both matches ended in defeat, Murray showed vast improvement against Sandgren. Gone were the tentative groundstrokes that dominated rallies against the crafty Gasquet, and Murray, who occasionally let balls go against the Frenchman, chased down everything he could and charged forward often against Sandgren. The American, however, was more than happy to pass Murray on the run and on the stretch.

“Some things were a bit better today I think. I was hitting the ball a bit cleaner than I did maybe in Cincinnati… I feel like I moved fairly well to some drop shots, which maybe last week I wasn’t running to. So there’s some good things in there but also some stuff I would like to do better,” Murray said. “Physically, [I feel] OK considering, no pain, no discomfort. Just a little bit more tired than usual.”

Murray, who accepted a late wild card, said he didn’t fear losing during the initial stages of his comeback. 

“I’m quite aware of sort of where I’m at just now and what my level is. It’s competitive at this level but it needs to be better,” Murray said. “Maybe I need play a level down to get some matches and build my game up a little bit before I start playing on the Tour again.”

Murray will not compete at next week’s US Open and is considering playing an ATP Challenger Tour event before heading to Asia for the tour-level swing there.

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Sandgren, No. 73 in the ATP Rankings, will next meet meet second seed Denis Shapovalov of Canada. In other action during a rain-soaked day of play, Duckhee Lee became the first deaf player to win an ATP Tour match, beating Swiss Henri Laaksonen 7-6(4), 6-1. Lee will next face third seed Hubert Hurkacz of Poland.

Spain’s Pablo Andujar beat Chilean Nicolas Jarry 6-4, 6-2 and will face countryman Feliciano Lopez, the 16th seed, for a place in the third round. Aussie Alexei Popyrin set up a #NextGenATP battle with Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic by beating Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(7). And American Bjorn Fratangelo was perfect against Israeli Amir Weintraub, advancing 6-0, 6-0 and will next meet #NextGenATP Frenchman Ugo Humbert, the 15th seed.

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Duckhee Lee Breaks Ground For Deaf Athletes In Winston-Salem

  • Posted: Aug 20, 2019

Duckhee Lee Breaks Ground For Deaf Athletes In Winston-Salem

South Korean beats Laaksonen to make history

Trailblazing South Korean Duckhee Lee has defied the odds throughout his life. The 21-year-old broke new ground once again on Monday by becoming the first deaf player to win an ATP Tour main draw match.

Lee beat Swiss Henri Laaksonen 7-6(4), 6-1 at the Winston-Salem Open after a lengthy rain delay. The South Korean, No. 212 in the ATP Rankings, won the final three points of the first-set tie-break and broke twice in the second set to prevail.

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Chung Marches On, Kwon Battles Through In US Open Qualifying

  • Posted: Aug 20, 2019

Chung Marches On, Kwon Battles Through In US Open Qualifying

Mahut begins pursuit of 14th main draw at Flushing Meadows

Last January, 2017 Next Gen ATP Finals champion Hyeon Chung made his biggest breakthrough yet by reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open. When the US Open rolled around, he was No. 23 in the ATP Rankings, making him a seeded player in the main draw of the US Open.

But on Monday, World No. 151 Chung had to compete in the first round of qualifying in Flushing Meadows, where he rolled past Austrian Sebastian Ofner 6-3, 6-3 in 74 minutes.

Chung missed five months of the season due to a back injury, and he has played just three events since February, all of which have come on the ATP Challenger Tour. The 23-year-old will next play Italian Stefano Napolitano, who advanced past American Sam Riffice 6-2, 6-4 after one hour and 22 minutes.

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Third seed Soonwoo Kwon overcame a brief rain delay and American JC Aragone, moving into the second round with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 triumph. Play was suspended at 2-2 in the third set as both men battled on a humid day, but it was Kwon who finished stronger, breaking to win the match.

“It was actually beneficial for me for being able to recover after the rain, so it was actually fortunate for me to have it,” Kwon said.

Kwon cracked the Top 100 of the ATP Rankings for the first time on 5 August, and he currently sits at a career-high No. 90. The 21-year-old lost in the first round of qualifying in New York last year, which was his debut at this tournament.

“The only pressure that I have is I really want to get into the main draw and that’s my only goal for now,” Kwon said.

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Frenchman Nicolas Mahut, who defeated Kwon in qualifying in 2018, rallied to beat American wild card Maxime Cressy 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 in two hours and 16 minutes.

The 37-year-old has made at least the second round of the main draw here in each of the past four years. Mahut is trying to earn a spot in the US Open main draw for the 14th time.

There were four final-set tie-breaks on the first day of action in Flushing Meadows, with Czech Zdenek Kolar beating American Michael Mmoh 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(1), eighth seed Gregoire Barrere outlasting Australian Andrew Harris 6-7(5), 7-6(2), 7-6(3), ninth seed Mikael Ymer battling past American Thai-Son Kwiatkowski 5-7, 6-3, 7-6(2) and No. 10 seed Tommy Paul ousting German Yannick Hanfmann 4-6, 6-5, 7-6(3).

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