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Rublev Cracks Top 20, Mover Of The Week

  • Posted: Jan 13, 2020

Rublev Cracks Top 20, Mover Of The Week looks at the top Movers of the Week in the FedEx ATP Rankings, as of Monday, 13 January 2020

No. 18 (Career-High) Andrey Rublev, +5
Andrey Rublev became the third-youngest champion in the history of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, winning each of the eight sets he contested in Doha to claim his third ATP Tour title. The 22-year-old beat Mikhail Kukushkin, Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Miomir Kecmanovic to reach the championship match, where he defeated first-time ATP Tour finalist Corentin Moutet. Rublev rises five positions to a new career-high No. 18 in the FedEx ATP Rankings. Read More.

No. 4 (Career-High) Daniil Medvedev, +1
The Russian claimed four singles victories en route to the semi-finals at the inaugural ATP Cup. Medvedev beat Fabio Fognini, John Isner, Casper Ruud and Diego Schwartzman, before a three-set loss to Novak Djokovic in a must-win semi-final match for Russia. Medvedev climbs one position to match his career-high of No. 4 in the FedEx ATP Rankings.

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No. 9 (Career-High) Roberto Bautista Agut, +1
Roberto Bautista Agut won all six matches he contested as Spain’s No. 2 singles player at the ATP Cup. The 31-year-old dropped just 25 games throughout the tournament, which included back-to-back victories against Nick Kyrgios and Dusan Lajovic. Bautista Agut jumps one spot to equal his career-high position of No. 9 in the FedEx ATP Rankings.

No. 27 Dusan Lajovic, +7
The Serbian No. 2 compiled a 4-2 singles record en route to Serbia’s ATP Cup triumph. As the first player to compete for Serbia in each of its six ties, Lajovic recorded victories against Lloyd Harris, Nicolas Jarry, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Karen Khachanov. The Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters runner-up leaps seven positions to make his return to the Top 30 of the FedEx ATP Rankings at No. 27.

Other Notable Movers
No. 13 (Career-High) Denis Shapovalov, +1
No. 26 Nick Kyrgios, +3
No. 33 (Career-High) Daniel Evans, +9
No. 46 (Career-High) Casper Ruud, +7
No. 53 Miomir Kecmanovic, +9
No. 62 Cameron Norrie, -10
No. 70 (Career-High) Corentin Moutet, +11
No. 84 Andreas Seppi, -13
No. 89 Yuichi Sugita, +11
No. 100 Leonardo Mayer, -12

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Dan Evans beats Juan Ignacio Londero at Adelaide International to reach last 16

  • Posted: Jan 13, 2020

Dan Evans needed just an hour and 25 minutes to beat Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Londero 6-2 6-4 and reach the second round of the inaugural Adelaide International.

The British number one broke Londero four times on his way to a comfortable victory.

Evans, 29, will now face Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik in the last 16.

The tournament has been hit by the late withdrawals of the top two seeds Novak Djokovic and Alex de Minaur.

Evans will be hopeful of maintaining his impressive recent form at the tournament, where Canada’s 19-year-old world number 21 Felix Auger-Aliassime is now the highest ranked player.

  • Djokovic defeats Nadal as Serbia beat Spain to lift ATP Cup

Evans was a key member of Great Britain’s squad in their recent run to the ATP Cup quarter-finals in Sydney, claiming important wins against Belgium’s David Goffin and Australia’s De Minaur.

The British world number 42, who has earned his first Grand Slam seeding at this month’s Australian Open in Melbourne, is in Auger-Aliassime’s half of the draw but would not meet him until the semi-finals.

The draw has opened up for Evans following the withdrawals of Djokovic and De Minaur, who has been forced to pull out with a rib injury.

Djokovic pulled out of the tournament after helping Serbia beat Davis Cup champions Spain in the final of the inaugural ATP Cup on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Evans’ ATP Cup team-mate Cameron Norrie lost 7-6 6-2 to Brazilian qualifier Thiago Monteiro in the second round of the ASB Classic in Auckland.

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Team Serbia Triumphs; ATP Cup By The Numbers

  • Posted: Jan 13, 2020

Team Serbia Triumphs; ATP Cup By The Numbers

Take a closer look at the numbers behind the inaugural tournament held in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney, from 3-12 January

Team Serbia defeated Team Spain 2-1 in a blockbuster final to win the first ATP Cup at Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney. 

Roberto Bautista Agut gave Spain the early advantage with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Dusan Lajovic before Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal 6-2, 7-6(4) in the battle of the No.1 players. Djokovic and Viktor Troicki then clinched the live doubles rubber over Pablo Carreno Busta and Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-4 to seal the title.


For the past 10 days, the world’s top 24 countries have excited and delighted fans across Brisbane, Perth and Sydney for the love of country.

In total, 220,319 fans attended the first ATP Cup.

By the numbers brings you all the facts, stats and need-to-know details of ATP Cup 2020. 

On-court action
118 players, including eight of the Top 10 featuring world No. 1 Rafael Nadal (ESP) and No. 2 Novak Djokovic (SRB), 16 of the Top 20, 23 of the Top 30 and 35 of the Top 50 singles players starred in the inaugural edition
Group Stages saw two groups of four teams play at Pat Rafter Arena (Brisbane), RAC Arena (Perth) and Ken Rosewall Arena (Sydney) for a spot in the Final Eight
Australia, Great Britain, Russia, Serbia, Spain and Argentina won through to the Final Eight courtesy of winning their group
Belgium and Canada were the two best second-placed teams
A total of AUD $22 million / USD $15 million in prize money was awarded
Up to 750 FedEx ATP Rankings points were up for grabs with points awarded for match wins in each round, with the number of points depending on the ranking of the opponent and the round of the result. In doubles, an undefeated player who played and won all possible doubles matches earnt up to 250 FedEx ATP Rankings points 
Three of the four semifinals captains were former world No.1s: Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) (singles), Marat Safin (RUS) (singles) and Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) (doubles)
There were three playing captains among the 118 playing group: Gilles Simon (FRA), Steve Darcis (BEL) and Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 
At 41 years of age (19-04-1978), doubles player Toshihide Matsui (JPN) was the oldest of the 118 player field
At 17 years of age (20-11-2002), singles player Khololwam Montsi (RSA) was the youngest of the 118 player field  
Australia was the only team in the Final Eight to feature five players who competed in Group Stage play
129 matches and 304 sets were contested across the 10 days of competition 
Four countries progressed to the Final Eight without losing a tie – Australia, Russia, Serbia, Spain 
Australia and Spain were the only countries to advance to the Final Eight without losing a match 
Spain won 90 percent of their sets in the Group Stage – the most of any country
Spain won 65.8 percent of their games in the Group Stage – the most of any country
At 204 minutes, Dan Evans (GBR) and Alex de Minaur’s (AUS) quarterfinal clash was the longest of the tournament.

220,319 fans shared in the excitement of the ATP Cup across the three host cities 
Day 2 (4 January) was the busiest day of the tournament attracting 31,631 spectators across Brisbane, Perth and Sydney
The final between Serbia and Spain attracted a sell-out 10,223 crowd at Sydney’s Ken Rosewall Arena
Perth hosted the highest attended session during the Group Stages with 8,139 fans turning up for Spain vs. Japan.

Team Zones in the corners of the court brought players closer to fans than ever before 
o Captains, players and coaches were equipped with access to real time statistics, data, insights and match vision and had the ability to bring up any points played according to specific match statistics at the touch of a button, as well as bookmark specific points for post-match analysis
o The Team Zone offered access to ATP’s Second Screen, an advanced platform providing player and ball tracking data in real time
Strategy Rooms gave unprecedented access to match analysis and debriefing tools to captains and their teams
Video Review (VR) enabled communication between Chair Umpires and VR operators and greater review capacity with six new and dedicated foot fault cameras. VR is designed to assist with contentious officiating decisions such as double bounces, foul shots, touches or invasion. Following a previous trial at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, the ATP Cup became the first FedEx ATP Rankings event in history to use VR
On court coaching was allowed for the team captain and competing players’ individual coaches, while fellow team members were permitted to assist with input during changeovers and set breaks.

Australian tennis great Ken Rosewall unveiled the new canopy roof of the $50.5 million upgrade to Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre
Aussie tennis legend Tony Roche was presented with ATP’s Tim Gullikson Career Coach Award for excellence, leadership, respect, and true love for the sport of tennis and the art of coaching.

Aces for Bushfire Relief Initiative 

A total of 1,322 aces were served and AUD $132,200 donated to Tennis Australia’s Aces for Bushfire Relief initiative 
Nick Kyrgios (AUS) served the most aces of any player with 69 aces to his name
ATP players donated AUD $725,000 to WWF’s Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund.

The ATP Cup attracted a strong cohort of premium brands for the first edition of the tournament
Host city partners Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane Marketing, Tourism WA and Destination NSW hosted the tournament across Australia 
Luxury watchmaker Rolex was the official timekeeper of the ATP Cup 
Marriott Bonvoy accommodated the playing group, coaches, VIPs and tournament staff at participating properties in each city 
ANZ continued its support of Tennis Australia’s grassroots program ANZ Tennis Hot Shots with a number of participation initiatives taking place during the tournament 
Players across the three cities were transported by a fleet of 90 Kia cars during the tournament 
Dunlop supplied the official tennis balls 
Carlton & United Breweries (CUB)’s Stella Artois and Pure Blonde Organic Cider, Schweppes, Canadian Club, Aperol and Treasury Wines kept spectators refreshed
La Roche-Posay provided spectators with sunscreen 
Toshiba provided onsite technology support
BLK Sport outfitted staff, ball kids, officials and volunteers in technical apparel. 

Tournament operations 
235 ball kids aged between 12 and 16 years of age participated in the ATP Cup across Brisbane, Perth and Sydney 
694 volunteers gave their time, supporting ATP Cup activations, accreditation, court services, media operations, patron services, player services, locker room and transport
There was a total of nine chair and 145 line umpires officiating at the tournament including 32 from overseas representing 18 countries and 22 from interstate

The ATP Cup trophy was made in Australia from locally sourced materials
Made from sterling silver, the stunning symmetrical design of the ATP Cup consists of 24 shards, with each representing one of the 24 countries in competition. The shards support a silver stem adorned with a hand-blown glass silver sphere, replicating both a traditional tennis ball and the hemisphere logo of the event
A team of six dedicated more than 320 hours to designing and producing the ATP Cup
It stands 50 centimetres tall
As well as the ATP Cup, ABC Bullion are responsible for producing the Australian Open men’s singles trophy, the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup and the Melbourne Cup.

239 media representatives including 150 local and 89 international media provided detailed coverage of the ATP Cup Group Stages and Final Eight 
More than 125 press conferences took place during the tournament. 

Full court LED screens surrounded centre court in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney and heightened the in-stadium experience, providing a dynamic platform for entertainment, replays, reviews and stats
State-of-the-art production captured behind-the-scenes footage and rare player access, players’ team dynamics and unique content across social media and broadcast throughout the event
The Veronicas raised the roof at Ken Rosewall Arena as part of the prelude to the ATP Cup final. The Aussie pop duo performed two of their hit songs – In My Blood and Untouched. 

The ATP Cup was broadcast in more than 180 territories worldwide 
More than 15,000 broadcast hours in 40+ languages was expected
Domestically, the ATP Cup was broadcast on Channel Nine 
The ATP Cup host broadcast was produced by Tennis Australia and featured 100 cameras across the three cities utilising world leading broadcast technology 
Live cameras included NetCams in all stadiums, GCams in all stadiums, RF beauty cameras in each city and Spidercam for the Final Eight 
Camera and audio design specifically developed with the unique court set up in mind – taking in the team zones in the corners of the court where players and their team mates sat side-by-side during matches  
Electronic Line Calling as well as the all-new Video Review and endless coverage of key areas behind the scenes put viewers in every gym and strategy room
A contribution ring of 32 feeds between Brisbane, Perth and Sydney and up to 16 feeds were distributed off shore with live action for more than 17 hours a day
Hundreds of pieces of post-produced event content were created
Almost 300 broadcast crew and talent from all over the world worked on the coverage including a group of 21 of the world’s leading tennis experts – amongst them Jim Courier, Tim Henman, Samantha Smith, Mark Petchey, Roger Rasheed, Sam Groth, Casey Dellacqua, Joshua Eagle, Todd Woodbridge, Robbie Koenig and John Fitzgerald
A newly developed scoring graphics package plus a suite of virtual and augmented reality graphics and some exclusive court surface chroma key graphics also featured throughout the coverage
Up to five cameras with augmented reality capabilities were in use throughout the tournament.

Social media 
The most popular post on Instagram: “It’s pretty sad, it’s tough” Nick Kyrgios’ post match interview  
The most popular post on Facebook: Team Spain painting challenge 
The most popular post on Twitter: Aces for bushfire
The top five countries to visit were Australia, United States, Canada, United Kingdom and India
The top three articles were: Learn More About 2020 ATP Cup Teams, Final Eight Qualification Scenarios, Learn More About Team Australia
The most popular three videos were: Spain Breaks Serve After Successful Challenge, De Minaur/Kyrgios Clinch Tie In Dramatic Fashion, Hot Shot: Nadal Clinches Double Break After Marathon Point
Throughout the tournament period there were 331 videos uploaded to the ATP Cup website. 

The ATP Cup is supported by official Host City partners, Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane Marketing, Tourism WA and Destination NSW.

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Chardy Wins All-French Battle In Adelaide

  • Posted: Jan 13, 2020

Chardy Wins All-French Battle In Adelaide

Harris upsets sixth seed Garin on Monday

Jeremy Chardy had a familiar foe across the net in fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon on Monday at the Adelaide International. In a battle of all-French veterans, it was Chardy who moved into the second round with a 6-3, 7-5 win.

Chardy missed a chance to serve out the match at 5-3 in the second set, but recovered to advance in one hour and 33 minutes. The 32-year-old improved to 3-4 in his ATP Head2Head with Simon and has won their past three meetings. He’ll take on fourth-seeded Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta for a place in the quarter-finals.

Brit Dan Evans continued his outstanding tennis from the ATP Cup by easing past Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero 6-2, 6-4. Evans went 3-1 in singles play and scored a Top 20 win against Alex de Minaur in Great Britain’s quarter-final tie against Australia. Next up for him is Kazakh Alexander Bublik.

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American Sam Querrey fired 28 aces and didn’t face a break point against French qualifier Gregoire Barrere, but was still pushed to the edge before prevailing 6-7(4), 6-2, 7-6(5). He’ll meet third-seeded Russian Andrey Rublev in the next round. Rublev captured his third ATP Tour title last week at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha (d. Moutet).

South African Lloyd Harris scored the upset of the day by taking out sixth-seeded Chilean Cristian Garin 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-4. Awaiting him in the next round is Serbian Laslo Djere.

Australian wild card James Duckworth defeated Federico Delbonis 6-4, 6-4 in 67 minutes. The 27-year-old converted both his break points and won 87 per cent of first-serve points (34/39) to book a second-round clash against Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Kubot/Melo Open 2020 Campaign In Style
Second seeds Lukasz Kubot/Marcelo Melo opened their season with a convincing 6-2, 6-4 win over Raven Klaasen/Oliver Marach. Awaiting them in the quarter-finals are Maximo Gonzalez/Fabrice Martin, who defeated Alex Bolt/Alexei Popyrin 6-4, 6-3.

Garin and Londero recovered from singles losses to beat home favourites Lleyton Hewitt and Jordan Thompson 6-3, 2-6, 10-7. The Chilean-Argentine pairing will meet fourth seeds Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek or Chris Guccione and Robert Lindstedt for a place in the semi-finals.

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Kohlschreiber Claims Canberra International Crown

  • Posted: Jan 13, 2020

Kohlschreiber Claims Canberra International Crown

Revisit the week that was on the ATP Challenger Tour, as we applaud the achievements of those on the rise and look ahead to the week to come

Apis Canberra International (Bendigo, Australia): We often talk about players overcoming obstacles on the ATP Challenger Tour. That is, finding their way to the winners’ circle in the midst of injury or personal tragedy. That was the case this week at the Canberra International, but this time it was the tournament that triumphed in the face of adversity.

Philipp Kohlschreiber lifted the trophy on Sunday, overcoming upstart #NextGenATP star Emil Ruusuvuori 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3 for the title. But the German’s victory is just a small part of the greater story that was written during the week. The tournament was originally set to be held in the Australian capital of Canberra, but was forced to be relocated to Bendigo due to hazardous smoke from the surrounding bushfires.

The decision to move the tournament was made just a few days before the start of play, as the unrelenting smokey conditions were deemed too dangerous. With many players and tournament staff already in Canberra, buses were deployed to transport everyone nearly seven hours to the new site. Bendigo, which will also host a Challenger 80 event beginning Monday, did an incredible job to accelerate their schedule on such short notice. That included establishing last-minute hotels, food and transport, as well as player and patron services, for an additional week.

In the end, the tournament was a great success, concluding with Kohlschreiber’s victory on Sunday and a cheque for nearly AU$ 100,000 donated to the Australian Red Cross. A total of 997 aces were struck during the week, raising AU $99,700 for disaster relief.

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For the 36-year-old Kohlschreiber, the title was as sweet as they come. He lifted his first trophy since 2017, when he prevailed at the ATP Tour event in Kitzbühel. Moreover, it was the German’s first hard-court title in 12 years and first at the Challenger level since Reunion Island in 2005.

Ruusuvuori, meanwhile, carried his dominant run of form in 2020. The Finn rises to a career-high No. 104 in the FedEx ATP Rankings and is well on his way to cracking the Top 100 in the early weeks of the new season. He is now 25-4 at the Challenger level since mid-August and will be one to watch as the ATP Race To Milan moves along.

On the doubles court, Max Purcell and Luke Saville picked up where they left off in 2019. After winning a tour-leading seven titles last year, the Aussie duo lifted yet another trophy.

Oracle Pro Series – Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA): Ulises Blanch returned to the winners’ circle on Sunday, turning in an early candidate for ‘comeback of the year’ with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Roberto Cid Subervi in Ann Arbor. The American rallied from a set and 1-4 down to lift his second Challenger trophy, storming back for the most satisfying win of his career.

“I controlled what I could control this week,” said the 21-year-old Blanch. “I just wanted to focus on the little things to get myself back on track. Thankfully it went pretty well all week. It gives me a lot of confidence with all the work I’ve been putting in with my team and my family. I’m aiming higher than this, so at the end of the day it’s all about continuing to get better.”

In 2018, at the ripe age of 20, Ulises Blanch tasted his first moment of glory. Competing in his very first Challenger main draw in Perugia, the American would complete a stunning run to the title as a lucky loser. But after a year of struggles that would follow, Blanch entered the 2020 season in search of that spark once again. He would certainly find that on the campus of the University of Michigan, reeling off six wins in six days to lift the trophy.


Internationaux BNP Paribas Nouvelle-Caledonie (Noumea, New Caledonia): For the 17th straight year, the ATP Challenger Tour has launched its season in paradise. The capital of an island collectivity of France called New Caledonia, located off the east coast of Australia, Noumea has hosted the tour’s best for nearly two decades.

On Monday, J.J. Wolf etched his name in the tournament’s history books. The American dropped one set in six matches to hoist his third Challenger trophy, carrying his impressive form from 2019 to the new season. He dominated fourth seed and former World No. 36 Yuichi Sugita 6-2, 6-2. For the first time since 2017, a Challenger final was postponed to Monday due to rain, but that did not deter the 21-year-old.

Wolf, a former standout at Ohio State University, has kicked off his 2020 season exactly how he capped his 2019 campaign. After securing his second title in Champaign in November, he wasted no time in notching a third on the hard courts of Noumea. The win moves him to 19-5 since the US Open, boosting his FedEx ATP Ranking to a career-high No. 181.


Two tournaments are on the calendar this week, with Challenger 80 events in Bangkok and Bendigo. Jiri Vesely leads the field at the 12th Bangkok Challenger, while Marton Fucsovics is joined by Stefano Travaglia and Steve Johnson in Bendigo.

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Hurkacz Continues Winning Ways In Auckland

  • Posted: Jan 13, 2020

Hurkacz Continues Winning Ways In Auckland

Defending champion Sandgren advances on Monday

Sixth seed Hubert Hurkacz picked up where he left off at the ATP Cup, advancing to the second round on Monday of the ASB Classic in Auckland with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Italian Lorenzo Sonego.

The Pole required just a single break of serve in each set and saved all four break points to advance in one hour and 47 minutes. Hurkacz went 3-0 in Group E singles play last week in Sydney, defeating a trio of higher-ranked opponents in Dominic Thiem, Diego Schwartzman and Borna Coric. He awaits the winner of American Frances Tiafoe and Swedish qualifier Mikael Ymer.

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American Tennys Sandgren opened his title defence in style with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Kiwi wild card Michael Venus. Sandgren, who captured his maiden ATP Tour crown 12 months ago in Auckland (d. Norrie), picked up his first tour-level win since last year’s US Open. The 28-year-old will now have an all-American clash with fourth seed and two-time Auckland champion John Isner.

Brazilian Thiago Monteiro rallied from a 2-4 deficit in the opening set en route to a 7-6(3), 6-2 victory over Brit Cameron Norrie, last year’s runner-up at this event. He’ll play the winner of the night session match pitting fifth-seeded Frenchman Benoit Paire against #NextGenATP Italian Jannik Sinner. The 18-year-old is playing his first tour-level match since prevailing on home soil in last year’s Next Gen ATP Finals (d. De Minaur).

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From Canberra To Bendigo: Challenger Raises AU$ 100,000 For Bushfire Relief

  • Posted: Jan 13, 2020

From Canberra To Bendigo: Challenger Raises AU$ 100,000 For Bushfire Relief

$100 donated per ace hit at the Canberra International in Bendigo

In recent weeks, Australia has witnessed widespread devastation due to bushfires that have ravaged the country. The fires have greatly impacted both the Australian public and the surrounding wildlife and environment.

In the tennis world, hazardous air quality in Canberra – Australia’s capital city – forced the relocation of the ATP Challenger Tour season opener. Tennis Australia officials made the unprecedented decision to move the Apis Canberra International to Bendigo, also the site of next week’s Challenger 80 event.

While sports may seem inconsequential in the face of such devastation, they can serve as an important outlet to combat grief and aid in recovery. As the surrounding region continues to cope, the tournament provided a moment of inspiration. With a total of 997 aces hit during the week, AU $99,700 was raised for the Australian Red Cross disaster relief.

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It is not the first time a Challenger has provided tennis as a source of comfort in the face of tragedy. In 2016, the AON Open Challenger in Genova donated all proceeds to victims of a 6.2 magnitude earthquake that struck central Italy. And in 2018, the same tournament opened its doors after the iconic Ponte Morandi bridge partially collapsed following a torrential rainstorm, killing 43 people.

The Bendigo Tennis Centre was filled every day of the week, culminating in a standing-room-only atmosphere as Philipp Kohlschreiber lifted the trophy on Sunday. Kohlschreiber defeated surging #NextGenATP Emil Ruusuvuori for the title, capping a star-studded week in central Victoria. The tournament featured eight players inside the Top 100 of the ATP Rankings, including reigning Next Gen ATP Finals champion Jannik Sinner.

The fact that the tournament was even held is a feat in itself. Engulfed in smoke, the city of Canberra has been devastated by the bushfires. With tournament staff and many players already on site towards the end of last week, the decision was made on Friday to relocate the event to Bendigo. Buses were provided for everyone involved, to make the seven-hour trek from Canberra. It takes many months to establish a tournament infrastructure at a venue, especially for a first-time event like Bendigo. With their timeline suddenly accelerated, tournament organisers at the Bendigo Tennis Centre were forced to have everything prepared a week earlier than anticipated.

They did so in impressive fashion, embracing the unforeseen circumstances. With last-minute hotels to organise, transportation to provide and food to coordinate, players were welcomed on Saturday, and play kicked off at 1pm on Monday afternoon.


The Australian summer of tennis continues next week with the Bendigo Challenger, as the city welcomes world-class tennis for two straight weeks. Located less than two hours north of Melbourne, Bendigo was an integral part of the Victorian gold rush in the 1850s. It brought an influx of migrants and tourism to the city.

Following Bendigo, players will head to Melbourne Park for the Australian Open, followed by two more Challengers in early February, in Burnie and Launceston.

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Scouting Report: 20 Things To Watch In Auckland & Adelaide

  • Posted: Jan 13, 2020

Scouting Report: 20 Things To Watch In Auckland & Adelaide

An executive summary of what every fan should know about the coming week on the ATP Tour

The ATP Tour heads into the second week of its 2020 season with two ATP 250 events on deck. Italian Fabio Fognini is the top seed at the ASB Classic, while #NextGen ATP Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime leads the way at the Adelaide International.

Draws: Auckland | Adelaide


1. Top Four: The top four seeds at this event – Fabio Fognini, Denis Shapovalov, Karen Khachanov, and John Isner – are all inside the Top 20 of the FedEx ATP Rankings.

2. Italy Looks For Breakthrough: No Italian player has ever reached the semi-finals in Auckland in the Open Era. Top seed Fognini is the only Italian to have reached the quarter-finals twice, in 2016 and last year.

3. Air Shapo: #NextGenATP Canadian Shapovalov opened his year with victories over Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev at the ATP Cup. He also stretched World No. 2 Novak Djokovic to a third-set tie-break.

4. Khachanov’s Hot Streak: The 23-year-old Russian went 4-1 in singles action at the ATP Cup. Khachanov is making his third appearance in Auckland.

5. Auckland Master: Two-time champion Isner (2010, 2014) boasts a 14-6 win-loss record at this event. His 2010 victory was the first ATP Tour singles title of his career.

6. Sinner’s Delight: Jannik Sinner is making his first tour-level appearance since capturing last year’s Next Gen ATP Finals (d. De Minaur). The 18-year-old Italian received a main draw wild card.

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7. Defending Champion: American Tennys Sandgren returns to defend his maiden ATP Tour title. He defeated Brit Cameron Norrie in last year’s final, who is also back in New Zealand this year.

8. Hurkacz On A High: Sixth seed Hurkacz won all three of his singles matches for Team Poland at the ATP Cup. The 22-year-old defeated Dominic Thiem, Diego Schwartzman and Borna Coric.

9. First-Time Winners: Six of the 15 players who captured their maiden ATP Tour titles last year are in the draw. They include Sandgren, Shapovalov (Stockholm), Hurkacz (Winston-Salem), Radu Albot (Delray Beach), Adrian Mannarino (’s-Hertogenbosch) and Lorenzo Sonego (Antalya).

10. Doubles Draw: New pairing John Peers/Michael Venus are the top seeds at this event. Local favourite Venus took the title in 2016 with Mate Pavic. Pavic unites with Bruno Soares as the second seeds. Rohan Bopanna/Henri Kontinen and Austin Krajicek/Franko Skugor round out the top four seeds.

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1. New Kid In Town: Adelaide is a new addition to the Aussie swing this season. The city last held an ATP Tour event in 2008.

2. United Nations: Players representing 14 different countries are in the singles main draw. Australia leads the pack with four players. 

3. Felix’s Momentum: Auger-Aliassime is the second seed and highest-ranked player in the draw after with the withdrawal of top-seeded Aussie and fellow #NextGenATP player Alex de Minaur. The Canadian started the 2019 season ranked No. 108, but blasted into the Top 25 on 27 May, while he was still 18 years old. On that date, he became the youngest player ranked inside the Top 25 since Aussie Lleyton Hewitt on 13 December 1999.

4. Rublev On A Roll: Andrey Rublev will come to Adelaide directly after winning the singles title in Doha on Saturday (d. Moutet). The 22-year-old Russian has won 15 of his past 17 matches, which includes a run to the title last October in his hometown of Moscow (d. Mannarino).

5. First-Time Winners: Five players who captured their first tour-level title last year are in the main draw. They include Juan Ignacio Londero (Cordoba), Reilly Opelka (Long Island), Laslo Djere (Rio de Janeiro), Cristian Garin (Houston) and Taylor Fritz (Eastbourne)

6. ATP Cup to Adelaide: Eleven players in Adelaide’s main draw represented their countries in the inaugural ATP Cup. Fourth seed Pablo Carreno Busta and Albert Ramos-Vinolas were part of Team Spain, which finished runner-up (l. to Serbia).

7. From Captain To Player: Two players who served as team captains at the ATP Cup will focus on their own games this week. Frenchman Gilles Simon competes in singles and Hewitt is in the doubles draw with fellow Aussie Jordan Thompson.

8. Doubles Draw: Reigning Wimbledon and US Open champions Juan Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah are the top seeds in doubles. Lukasz Kubot/Marcelo Melo, reigning Roland Garros champions Kevin Krawietz/Andreas Mies and Ivan Dodig/Filip Polasek round out the top four seeds.

9. Veteran Verdasco: Spaniard Fernando Verdasco is the oldest player in the draw at age 36. He kicked off the new year with a quarter-final finish in Doha.

10. Aussies Gone Wild: #NextGenATP player Alexei Popyrin, Alex Bolt and James Duckworth received main draw wild cards this year.

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