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Novak & Serena Test Coaching Skills With Their Kids

  • Posted: Jun 17, 2021

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are two of the greatest players in tennis history. Could their kids be next in line?

Djokovic and his son, Stefan, had a quick hit on Thursday at the Mallorca Championships, where Stefan showed a Rafael Nadal-like follow-through on his forehand.

The World No. 1 is set to compete in doubles this week at the grass-court ATP 250.

Williams posted a series of videos on Instagram in which she gave her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr., a lesson. One of her tips focused on the keys to a good forehand.


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Are Stefan and Olympia taking after their parents? Keep your eyes out in the future!

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Can Medvedev Win His First Grass-Court Title In Mallorca? All You Need To Know

  • Posted: Jun 17, 2021

The grass-court swing continues next week in Spain at the Mallorca Championships, a new ATP 250 tournament. It will be headlined by Daniil Medvedev and Dominic Thiem after the pair accepted wild cards into the event.

The tournament was originally set to make its debut in 2020 but was cancelled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The World No. 2 Medvedev, who bowed out in the first round in Halle (l. to Struff), will be seeking his first ATP Tour title on grass, with all 10 coming on hard court.

He will be joined by Thiem, who is currently No. 5 in the FedEx ATP Rankings, in what will be the Austrian’s first grass-court event since Wimbledon in 2019.

The World No. 12 and home favourite Pablo Carreno Busta, Feliciano Lopez, who has won four of his seven ATP Tour titles on grass, and Geneva champion Casper Ruud are all in the draw as well, with Novak Djokovic entering the doubles.

Established: 2021

Tournament Dates: 19-26 June 2021

Tournament Director: Toni Nadal

Draw Ceremony: Saturday 19 June

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Schedule (View On Official Website)
* Qualifying: Saturday 19 – Sunday 20 June, Time TBA
* Main draw: Sunday 20 June- Saturday 26 June, at TBA
* Doubles final: Saturday, 26 June at TBA
* Singles final: Saturday, 26 June at TBA


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Tickets: More Information On Official Website
Venue: Santa Ponsa Tennis Academy
Surface: Grass

Prize Money: €720,000 (Total Financial Commitment: €783,655)

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Did You Know?
It is the first time that an ATP Tour tournament has been contested in Mallorca since 2002 and also the first one hosted on grass in Spain.

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Shapovalov Books Tiafoe Quarter-final Clash At Queen’s Club

  • Posted: Jun 17, 2021

For the second week in a row, Denis Shapovalov triumphed in a battle between lefties against Feliciano Lopez to reach a quarter-final on grass courts.

Last week, the Canadian had to fight back in a tricky Stuttgart three-setter. At the cinch Championships on Thursday, the second seed dropped just five games to topple the defending Queen’s Club champion 6-2, 6-3 and reach his first quarter-final in London.

“It’s never easy playing Feliciano, especially on these courts on grass,” Shapovalov said in an on-court interview. “I’m super happy to get the win… When you have a big server like Feliciano, you kind of have to guess [on the return] and hopefully you get a racquet on it. I was hoping for a lot of second serves today.”

Shapovalov got his wish against Lopez, who struck only 54 per cent (28/52) of his first serves, giving the Canadian plenty of looks at his attackable second delivery. He didn’t waste his chances, breaking serve three times from six opportunities while not allowing Lopez to make any inroads on his own serves.

The second seed fired eight aces en route to victory in 69 minutes. Shapovalov raised his level after settling into the early exchanges, reeling off the last four games to take the opening set. Though 39-year-old Lopez held firm in the second set and saved a match point at 5-2, he couldn’t hold back Shapovalov as he charged to victory. 

“[Grass] is a surface I’ve always loved to play on,” Shapovalov said. “Everyone in their career needs to learn how to play on it and we don’t have too much time to practise on it. It’s definitely a game I’m developing and learning how to play here, but it always feels so natural and amazing to be on the court.”

Shapovalov will next face Frances Tiafoe for a spot in the semi-finals after the American took down qualifier Viktor Troicki 6-3, 7-6(3). He owns a 3-1 lead in the ATP Head2Head against Tiafoe, though they have yet to meet on grass courts.

Tiafoe, who arrived in London fresh off a run to an ATP Challenger Tour title in Nottingham, continued the momentum against the Serbian, firing 21 winners and only six unforced errors en route to victory.


“I’ve always really liked playing on grass,” Tiafoe said. “It suits my game; I have a really flat backhand and I’m a guy who really loves to play with intangibles. I’m just really enjoying myself right now. I’m trying to enjoy the game and just have fun with it and not take it so seriously and putting too much pressure on myself. It’s been working out pretty well.”

The unseeded American moved into his second Queen’s Club quarter-final (also 2018) and his second of the season after the Delray Beach Open presented by (l. to Norrie).

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Berrettini Ends Murray’s London Run, Meets Evans In QF

  • Posted: Jun 17, 2021

Top seed Matteo Berrettini aced a big test from former champion Andy Murray at The Queen’s Club, fighting through 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday to move into the quarter-finals at the cinch Championships.

The Italian impressed throughout the clay-court season after winning his fourth ATP Tour title at the Serbia Open (d. Karatsev) and reaching the final at the Mutua Madrid Open (l. to Zverev). He has been seamless in his first grass-court event of the year, reaching the last eight without dropping a set in his Queen’s Club debut. 

“This was really hard. We all know who Andy is, he is a great player and he was always there even until the last point,” Berrettini said. “I’m really happy for my performance.

“I know how tough it is to come back from an injury, so I wish him the best of luck. I think he played great today. I played better. I am just happy that he is back.”

Murray previously lifted the trophy in London in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015-16, and was back in action with a wild card into his first tour-level event since March. He was seeking his seventh quarter-final at this event, and his first since winning the 2016 title. 

Berrettini will take on another Brit in the next round after Daniel Evans fought past Adrian Mannarino to reach his own first quarter-final at The Queen’s Club.

The Italian’s big serve took centre stage against Murray as he saved all three break points he faced across an hour and 25 minutes. Berrettini struck 28 winners and only seven unforced errors in the match – 14 of those were aces, and 10 came in a first serve that he dominated. In the opener, he fired a 143 mph first serve, the fastest of the tournament so far.

Berrettini kept Murray contained to just one winner as he broke serve twice to take the opening set. In the second, he took an early break for a 3-0 lead and never looked back, closing out the victory to advance. 

“I have worked really hard [on my serve] in my career since I was a kid,” Berrettini said. “I grew up on clay, so I was serving more kick [serves]. But then we figured out that I had to hit hard like this. Today it worked really well.”


Earlier in the day, sixth seed Evans added his name to the Queen’s Club tournament history books as he joined Jack Draper and Cameron Norrie in the quarter-finals. His victory marked the first time that Britain has had three or more singles players in the quarter-finals at The Queen’s Club in the Open Era. 

But Evans was made to work against Mannarino, and had to save a set point in a decisive moment late in the second set. He passed the test with flying colours to win 6-4, 7-6(7). Evans won 81 per cent (34/42) of his first serve points, and saved five of the six break points he faced across an hour and 43 minutes. 

“I’m just pleased to come through. I knew that he was good on grass, I knew that it was going to be a difficult match, but I didn’t envision it being that tight and obviously I didn’t want it that tight either,” Evans said. “It was a tough match, mentally more than anything, trying to hold my nerve when I was down a set point.” 

Did You Know?
The last time three British players featured in an ATP Tour quarter-final was back in 1999 Nottingham, when Tim Henman, Mark Petchey and Greg Rusedski advanced to the last eight.

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