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Wawrinka Gives Shout Out To Young Fan's Song

  • Posted: May 12, 2020

Wawrinka Gives Shout Out To Young Fan’s Song

The song was written by a fan who lives with Alström Syndrome, which causes blindness and multi-organ failure

The ATP Tour remains suspended until 13 July, but fans are following their favorite players closely.

Chris, a 12-year-old who lives in San Diego, California, misses the Tour so much that he wrote a song about it.

One of the players mentioned in the song is former World No. 3 Stan Wawrinka, who took to social media to show his appreciation.

Chris was born with a rare genetic disorder called Alström Syndrome, which causes blindness and multi-organ failure. He checks the scores and stats of all the ATP Tour matches when he wakes up, and his favourite players are John Isner, Matteo Berrettini, Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

He got to meet Isner at last year’s BNP Paribas Open and the US Open. Chris also met Berrettini at Indian Wells this year before the event was cancelled due to coronavirus concerns.

Read the lyrics of his song below:

We miss the ATP Tour

We hope scientists find a cure

We miss Fed, Nadal and Berrettini

Djoker, Nick and of course Fognini

Now Nadal is cooking eggs

Fed is playing in the snow with a hat

Djoker is getting a haircut

And Thiem prefers dogs to cats

You’ve got to love Stefanos posting Nick’s number to fans

And Isner describing how to make a heart with his hands

The break has taught the fans a lot of new things

One of them is Stan the Man, he’s a social media king

Murray is unbeatable in the virtual tennis game

Medvedev can howl and his dog can do the same

We are ready for the players to get back on court

The world can’t wait to watch this wonderful sport

We miss the ATP Tour

We can’t wait for the scientists to find a cure

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Second Fan Essay Contest Now Open

  • Posted: May 12, 2020

Second Fan Essay Contest Now Open

What job would you like to do at an ATP Tour tournament?

Hey Young Writers,

Thanks for the fantastic stories you submitted for the first installment of our Fan Essay Contest. Not only did you impress our judges, but one essay so moved one of the subjects, John Millman, that the Aussie reached out personally to thank the author, 16-year-old Connor Joyce of Melbourne.

Now it’s time for the second contest. You have until Friday 22 May at 12 noon ET to submit your essay of no more than 500 words to [email protected]

The best three entries will be featured on

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Our New Fan Essay Topic: If you could work any job at an ATP Tour event, what would it be and why? Describe some of your duties and how you would execute them. In your job, would you have any direct interactions with players, and if so, how would you handle those?

If you know someone who works at an ATP tournament, you can also write about what they’ve told you about their job and what you’ve learned from them. Perhaps you’ve already worked at a tournament, maybe as a ballkid or in some other role. Feel free to write about that.

Below is a list of jobs for your consideration. However, you don’t have to choose from the list. Perhaps you can make up a tennis job that doesn’t yet exist!

  • Ballkid
  • Chair umpire
  • Linesman
  • Courtesy car driver
  • Reporter or photographer
  • Post-match on-court interviewer
  • Stringer
  • Locker room attendant

Fans must be 18 and under to enter. Winning entries will be determined by the editorial team.

Entrants are limited to one entry per essay topic, but may submit entries for each new question in the competition. There will be a new topic every two weeks. Essays must be written in English and submitted to [email protected]. Please do not send essays as attachments. Paste the text into the body of an email.

Click here for full terms and conditions.

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Tsitsipas' Fashion, Murray's Hitting: Tennis At Home Roundup

  • Posted: May 12, 2020

Tsitsipas’ Fashion, Murray’s Hitting: Tennis At Home Roundup looks at what your favourite players have been up to

Your favourite players are all at home, but they’re finding plenty of ways to pass the time. From Stefanos Tsitsipas showing off his fashionista side, to Andy Murray’s backboard hitting session, find out how the world’s best players are keeping busy.

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Tsitsipas broke out his old school tracksuit.


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Combine good weather with retro attire, just for a change. #RetroAesthetic #Fashionista #OldSchool

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Murray left his neighbours an unexpected present with his errant backhand.

Mike Bryan honoured his wife, Nadia, as she celebrated her first Mother’s Day.


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This is one amazingly strong and awesome woman! I’m proud and honored to be your husband. Baby Jake definitely hit the jackpot in the Momma department ! #supermom #happymothersday

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Frances Tiafoe paid tribute to his mother, Alphina.


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Happy Mother’s Day @k.alphina thank you for everything u do for me and @k1ng_2._0. Forever grateful for you. #fromthegutter #famfirst #godspeed????

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Dominic Thiem hit the track with his brother, Moritz.


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weekends on the track

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Fabio Fognini started his week by taking care of business.

Diego Schwartzman enjoyed some quality time with his dog.


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Ziggy ❤️ ph: @eugedemartino

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Leander Paes took time to answer fan questions.

Edouard Roger-Vasselin proved that you don’t always need an opponent to play a grueling point.

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Why 18-Year-Old Nadal's First Rome Final Was 'One Of Toughest Matches Of My Life'

  • Posted: May 12, 2020

Why 18-Year-Old Nadal’s First Rome Final Was ‘One Of Toughest Matches Of My Life’

Relive the Spaniard’s epic five-set victory against Coria

Rafael Nadal’s first appearance at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, in 2005, was certainly a memorable one. But what most fans will remember is the final.

Nadal, then only 18, showed his trademark fighting spirit to rally from down 0-3 in the fifth set to defeat 2004 Roland Garros finalist Guillermo Coria 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(6) in a gut-wrenching five hours and 14 minutes.

“I am very happy,” Nadal said. “I played today one of the toughest matches in my life.”

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Even though he was a teenager, the Spaniard had already proven he was capable of competing at the ATP Masters 1000 level, becoming the second-youngest champion in series history just weeks earlier at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters. In Monaco, Nadal also defeated Coria in the final, 6-3, 6-1, 0-6, 7-5. That match that lasted three hours and nine minutes.

But in Rome, the lefty was pushed to the brink. Coria, who had won a clay-court Masters 1000 title in each of the previous two years, appeared poised to finish Nadal when he broke in the deciding set and consolidated that advantage.

“I think the public was very important for me because when I [was down] 0-3 in the fifth, my energy was finished,” Nadal said. “But the public all the time supported me. For that, I [was able to] win the match.”

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Nadal pounded away with his forehand at 5/3 in the final-set tie-break, manoeuvring the Argentine around the court. But Coria hit a tremendous backhand passing shot down the line to retrieve the mini-break. Nadal, however, would not be denied.

At 7/6, the teen scraped back a high lob off a crushed Coria forehand, later in the point forcing the Argentine to make a volley error. When that volley sailed long, Nadal collapsed to the court in celebration.

“I’m a little bit not satisfied because I ran for five hours just to lose with two points. So I am very disappointed,” Coria said. “It’s normal, but I lost with a top player who played a great match.”

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There were 18 service breaks in the match — nine per player — and Nadal won two more points than Coria, 190-188.

“I think I was pretty close to beating him today, but he’s very confident,” Coria said. “He has won a lot of matches and he’s making some incredible shots and he’s very confident in his game.”

It’s safe to say that Nadal, who remains the youngest champion in Rome history, showed from early on that he was not a typical teen. Nadal went on that year to win his first Grand Slam at Roland Garros, and he has triumphed at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia eight times since that day.

“I was really surprised by how he was running and his shots,” Coria said. “I think there are very [few] players who can hit so hard.”

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Where can you play tennis and with whom?

  • Posted: May 12, 2020

People in England can take unlimited outdoor exercise from Wednesday under the government’s latest guidelines on the coronavirus pandemic.

Tennis, along with golf and angling, has been cited as a sport that can be played safely, while keeping two metres apart from anyone else.

The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has published detailed guidelines, based on discussion with government, on what is now permitted. So what can you expect to find open, and how are you advised to stay safe?

What can I do on Wednesday?

Outdoor courts in England will be open for singles, but only for doubles if all four players are members of the same household.

The LTA guidelines say indoor and bubble courts should remain closed, along with all social spaces and gyms.

But on outdoor courts, one-to-one tennis coaching, as well as a game of singles with someone from outside your household, will be permitted.

Players are being advised to initial their tennis balls, so they only pick up and serve with their own set, and the LTA also recommends players do not change ends – or, at the very least, do so at opposite sides of the net.

Can I play anywhere?

Venues have been advised to take time to ensure the are set up to reopen safely, so players in certain places might have to wait a little longer.

And if you are in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you will will have to show even more patience, as all tennis facilities and courts there remain closed.

How to stay safe

Bring your own equipment – the minimum necessary – and only touch your own tennis balls.

Initial those balls, so you know which ones to serve with, and return ones which aren’t yours with either your racquet or foot.

Avoid changing ends every couple of games, and bring a full water bottle and some hand sanitiser to the court with you.

Do not try to adjust the net. Venues are being told to ensure they remain at the appropriate height, and to take the net winders away.

What other differences will I notice?

You may have nowhere to sit because unnecessary equipment such as benches should be removed.

Doors and court gates may be left open, and session times slightly altered. Venues and clubs have been advised to leave a gap of about 10 minutes between bookings, to avoid unnecessary contact at the changeover.

Can I take lessons?

Yes – individual lessons can restart for both adults and children.

Coaches should position themselves on the other side of the net, limit the use of equipment, and use new or fresh balls for each lesson where possible.

Balls that are stored for 72 hours can then be reused.

Only the coach should touch the balls, but if your serve needs a bit of work, the advice is to bring your own set of balls.

When will I be able to watch tennis on TV again?

The professional circuit is still some way away from a return.

The tours are currently suspended until 12 July, but the tournaments scheduled to take place in the last three weeks of July are likely to be called off by the end of this week.

The US Tennis Association will decide in June whether the US Open can be staged in New York from 31 August.

Before any tournaments can resume, however, the elite will have to train. Sport England is due to explain how and when that can happen over the next 24 hours.

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