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Alcaraz Reveals Injury Suffered At US Open

  • Posted: Sep 10, 2021

Carlos Alcaraz informed his fans on Instagram Friday that he suffered an upper leg injury during his run at the US Open.

The #NextGenATP Spaniard visited Dr. Juanjo López after retiring during his quarter-final match against Felix Auger-Aliassime. That visit revealed a fibrillar tear in his vastus medialis and lateral quadriceps as well as an elongation in his adductor.


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“I have to rest for a few weeks and recover in order to reach Indian Wells with the best level,” Alcaraz wrote. “Thank you very much for the support!”

The 18-year-old made history in New York, where he became the youngest player in the Open Era to reach the US Open quarter-finals. The highlight of his run came in the third round, in which he stunned third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in a five-set thriller.

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Medvedev Marches Into US Open Final

  • Posted: Sep 10, 2021

Daniil Medvedev is a US Open finalist again after he produced a dominant performance on Friday to overcome 12th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 in New York.

The second seed, who has dropped just one set en route to the final, is now one match away from capturing his first major title at Flushing Meadows. The Russian soaked up pressure from Auger-Aliassime’s powerful groundstrokes and rallied from 2-5 in the second set, saving two set points at 4-5, before advancing after two hours and three minutes.

“It was a strange match a little bit in the second set,” Medvedev said in his on-court interview. “I think everyone felt like it was going to be one set all and then you never know where the match would go. I managed to save the set points and the match turned around completely.”

The 25-year-old, who hit 37 winners and committed 25 unforced errors, struck the ball with great depth as he forced the Canadian to overhit, extending his ATP Head2Head Series lead against Auger-Aliassime to 2-0.

“I don’t think I played my best today, but I am really happy to be in the final on Sunday,” Medvedev said. “When he had two set points, the only thing I was thinking was, don’t hit an ace on the line and I am going to make you play.

“At 5-4, I knew it was an important point in the match where I needed to do everything at my best because that was the moment I could break him mentally and that is what happened.”

Medvedev has fond memories at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, having enjoyed a run to his maiden Slam final in New York in 2019. The 25-year-old rallied from two sets down to force a fifth set against Rafael Nadal, before the Spaniard prevailed 6-4 in the decider.

The Russian, who also advanced to the semi-finals last year, will face either World No. 1 Novak Djokovic or fourth-seeded German Alexander Zverev in his second US Open championship match.

Of the 25-year-old’s possible final opponents, Medvedev trails Djokovic 3-5 in their ATP Head2Head Series, losing to the top seed in his second major final at the Australian Open this year. The World No. 2 also trails Zverev 4-5, but has won their three most recent encounters at the ATP Cup, Nitto ATP Finals and at the Rolex Paris Masters.

“If it is going to be the same match on Sunday [as the 2019 US Open final], I just hope I can win this time,” Medvdev added. “First of all, I am going to enjoy the next semi-final because it is going to be a great match.”

Medvedev has enjoyed a strong North American hard-court swing, having captured his fourth ATP Masters 1000 crown in Toronto, before advancing to the semi-finals in Cincinnati. The second seed has now compiled a 17-2 record since Wimbledon.

Earlier this season, the 12-time tour-level champion helped guide Russia to the ATP Cup title and also lifted trophies on hard in Marseille and grass in Mallorca. Medvedev now holds a 46-10 record on the season.

Medvedev was aggressive and consistent throughout against Auger-Aliassime, causing the Canadian problems with his flat groundstrokes. The Russian also sat deep behind the baseline and covered the court well as the 21-year-old struggled to hit through the 25-year-old.

After Medvedev, closed out the opener, Auger-Aliassime begun to find more success on return in the second set as he demonstrated impressive footwork to run around second serves to the ad court and force Medvedev back with his aggressive forehand.

However, Medvedev’s ability to chase down ball after ball put pressure on Auger-Alissiame, who from 5-2 lost five straight games and squandered two sets points when serving at 5-4, as Medvedev took control.

The 25-year-old continued to dominate the longer rallies in the third set, moving up the court as the points progressed as he looked to get the first heavy strike in during the rally. With his victory, the Russian has still never lost a hard-court Slam match after winning the first set (31-0). Medvedev converted all five break point opportunities he created in the match as he raised his level in the key moment.

Felix Auger-Aliassime was competing in his maiden major semi-final and was the first Canadian male to reach the last four at the US Open in the tournament’s history (since 1881).

The 21-year-old, who was the youngest men’s singles semi-finalist in New York since 20-year-old Juan Martin Del Potro won the title in 2009, has enjoyed a strong North American hard-court swing.

The 12th seed advanced to his second ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final in Cincinnati, before defeating Roberto Bautista Agut and Frances Tiafoe en route to the last four at Flushing Meadows.

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Ram/Salisbury Capture First US Open Title

  • Posted: Sep 10, 2021

Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury battled back to overcome Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 on Friday at the US Open to lift their second major trophy as a team.

The fourth seeds saved four match points in their quarter-final victory and rallied from a set down against Murray and Soares, winning 78 per cent (36/46) of their first-serve points to secure victory after one hour and 44 minutes.

The American-British tandem triumphed at the Australian Open in 2020 and arrived in New York in strong form, after clinching their first ATP Masters 1000 crown as a team in Toronto. They now hold an 11-1 record since Wimbledon, where they reached the semi-finals.

Earlier this year, Ram and Salisbury defeated Murray and Soares in the last four at the Australian Open, before falling to Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek in the championship match. They now lead Murray and Soares 2-0 in their ATP Head2Head Series and hold a 2-1 record as a team in major finals.

After a tight start, Murray and Soares started to find their rhythm on return as they hit with great depth to force Ram and Salisbury into errors. They broke in the seventh game of the first set to lead and sealed the opener when Ram pushed a forehand wide.

However, Ram and Salisbury raised their intensity in the second set, closing the net effectively as they raced 4-0 ahead. The American-British team won 88 per cent (14/16) of their first-serve points in the set to level, before breaking in the opening game of the third set to seize control. Ram and Salisbury did not face a break point in the decider as they clinched the title.

Murray and Soares were aiming to lift their second US Open trophy, having been victorious at Flushing Meadows in 2016. The British-Brazilian team were teaming for the first time since Wimbledon, after Soares underwent surgery to remove his appendix upon arriving at the Tokyo Olympics.

The seventh seeds won the Australian Open title in 2016 and joined forces again at the start of the year, triumphing at the Great Ocean Road Open trophy in February in their first tournament together since competing at Roland Garros in 2019.

It was the first time in the Open Era that two Britons met in a major men’s doubles final and the first time in 12 years that the US Open men’s doubles final went to a deciding set.

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Sevilla Celebrates 30 Years On ATP Challenger Tour

  • Posted: Sep 10, 2021

It is the bullring of the ATP Challenger Tour.

Travel to Sevilla, Spain, in early September and there is one destination you simply cannot miss. Sure, the famous Catedral and the Real Alcazar palace are can’t-miss tourist sites, but for an immersive experience that weaves tennis with the local culture, look no further than the Copa Sevilla.

Home to one of the premier tournaments on the ATP Challenger Tour since 1991, the historic Real Club de Tenis Betis remains a bucket list site for fans seeking a truly unique tennis experience. All Challenger events leave their own distinct footprint on the circuit and the Copa Sevilla is certainly no exception. From its iconic yellow clay to the vibrant atmosphere that engulfs the historic 92-year-old club during the tournament, it provides a stunning setting to experience world-class tennis.


At the Copa Sevilla, that palpable energy that permeates throughout the grounds is a reflection of the city itself and the entire region of Andalucia. The yellow clay has been a staple of the event for decades and has set the stage for many unforgettable moments, including Rafael Nadal’s Challenger debut in 2001 and 17-year-olds Casper Ruud and Felix Auger-Aliassime going back-to-back in 2016 and 2017.

This week, we pay tribute to the Copa Sevilla, as the tournament celebrates its 30th anniversary on the ATP Challenger Tour. That is, 30 years of nearly unparalleled excellence on the circuit, earning its place as the standard for all events to aspire to.

“The fondest memory I have is that it was my first semi-final of a Challenger and for me it was super important,” said former World No. 2 Alex Corretja, who reached the semis in the tournament’s inaugural edition in 1991. “It was the beginning of believing that I could compete against high-level players, because that season I was very young, I think I was 17 years old, and I had only played Futures. So, they gave me a wild card and I made the semi-finals. I always remember the warmth of the people and the club, which is very beautiful. The people are very affectionate, very close, very fond of tennis and passionate.”

A 17-year-old Casper Ruud celebrates his maiden Challenger title in Sevilla in 2016.

The colour yellow is an integral part of the fabric of Spanish culture, reflected in both the country’s flag and the many bullrings that permeate the landscape. The iconic ‘albero’ at the Real Club de Tenis Betis dates back to the club’s origins in the 1920s and drew its inspiration from that unmistakable yellow dirt that fills bullrings throughout Spain.

The club has carried that legacy through the years on the ATP Challenger Tour, becoming the home to many memorable clashes. It has become the bullring of the circuit for the Spanish armada, with future World No. 1s Rafael Nadal and Carlos Moya launching their careers at the Real Club de Tenis Betis, in addition to fellow Top 10 stars Corretja, David Ferrer, Fernando Verdasco, Tommy Robredo, Nicolas Almagro, Roberto Bautista Agut and Pablo Carreno Busta. And most recently, current and recent #NextGenATP stars Casper Ruud (2016), Felix Auger-Aliassime (2017) and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (2019) lifted trophies en route to the Top 40 of the FedEx ATP Rankings.

In fact, Nadal’s debut in 2001 remains a historic moment on the Challenger circuit. His first-round victory over Israel Matos Gil makes him the third-youngest player to win a match in the tour’s history, at the age of 15 years, 3 months. Meanwhile, Ruud’s maiden title at the age of 17 years, 8 months, makes him the fourth-youngest player to win in his Challenger debut.

“The tournament management and the members of the Real Club de Tenis Betis are very proud of this achievement, which is only been achieved by a few tournaments,” said director Santiago Perez. “This tournament is part of the history of Spanish tennis, one of the oldest on the circuit. It is an especially beloved tournament in the international calendar, which makes us proud and gives us the strength to continue improving.

“It is the only tournament in the world that is played on ‘albero’, or yellow clay. There are still players who are surprised when they see the albero for the first time and always leave here fond of its people and the homely, family atmosphere. We are dedicated to making the player feel special during their stay in Sevilla.”

Felix Auger-Aliassime is the youngest champion at the Copa Sevilla, winning in 2017 at the age of 17 years, 1 month.

The players understand the impact of the tournament and appreciate the atmosphere and passion that local Sevillanos bring. When Davidovich Fokina battled Jaume Munar in an all-Spanish final two years ago, it was standing room only at the Real Club de Tenis Betis. A capacity crowd was on hand to witness their two native sons battle for the trophy, with 400 people waiting outside, in search of a coveted seat inside the historic venue. The atmosphere was electric.

“We are proud of our partners, who, despite the difficulties presented by the Covid pandemic, are especially resilient,” added Perez. “They carry the Copa Sevilla brand in their DNA and that is the legacy they leave to future generations in charge of continuing to make the tournament great. It is a tournament for everyone.”

The Copa Sevilla is the sixth tournament to reach the 30-year milestone on the ATP Challenger Tour, most recently joining the Open Castilla y Leon in Segovia, Spain, which celebrated their 30th anniversary in July.

Longest-Running Tournaments On ATP Challenger Tour

Years on Tour
Year Founded
Tampere, Finland 39 1982
San Luis Potosi, Mexico 34 1980
Istanbul, Turkey* 34 1985
Aptos, USA 32 1988
Segovia, Spain
Sevilla, Spain 30 1991

*Istanbul will celebrate their 34th edition the week of 13 September

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