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Sinner Voted Fans' Favourite In 2023 ATP Awards

  • Posted: Dec 12, 2023

Sinner Voted Fans’ Favourite In 2023 ATP Awards

Italian wins fan-voted ATP Award following career-best season

Jannik Sinner has capped his career-best ATP Tour season in style after being voted the Fans’ Favourite singles player in the ATP Awards.

The 22-year-old Italian won four tour-level titles in 2023, including his maiden ATP Masters 1000 crown in Toronto. He also reached the Nitto ATP Finals title match, his first major semi-final at Wimbledon and led Italy to its first Davis Cup trophy since 1976.

Sinner, who held a 64-15 tour-level record in 2023, finished the season at a career-high No. 4 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, becoming the first Italian man to end a season in the Top 5.

The result will delight Sinner’s fan club, ‘The Carota Boys’, who have become famous in the tennis world for showing up at tournaments in carrot costumes. The act stems from a changeover in Vienna in 2019 when the Italian chowed down on a carrot.

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Sinner, who won Newcomer of the Year in 2019, has been nominated for two player-voted ATP Awards this season: Most Improved Player of the Year and the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award. The Italian’s coaches, Darren Cahill and Simone Vagnozzi, are up for Coach of the Year award. Winners will be revealed throughout Awards Week. 

Roger Federer won the Fans’ Favourite award a record 19 times. Spaniard Rafael Nadal won the award for the first time in his career last year.

The announcement of Sinner’s win comes a day after Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev were named the Fans’ Favourite doubles team.

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Sportradar Launches 'Future Of Tennis Betting' With ATP

  • Posted: Dec 12, 2023

Sportradar Launches ‘Future Of Tennis Betting’ With ATP

ATP Service+ unlocks deep data to support global growth and fan engagement

Sportradar and Tennis Data Innovations (TDI), a specialist joint venture vehicle of ATP and ATP Media, have entered into a multi-year agreement providing the sports technology company with global data and streaming rights for betting, and media data rights, for all ATP Tour and ATP Challenger Tour events. The partnership will focus on driving commercial growth for the sport and enhancing fan engagement opportunities for the downstream market through the development of new betting and media products.

Commencing in December 2023, Sportradar’s ATP Service+ purpose-built suite of solutions offers new and dynamic ways for fans and bettors to engage with tennis via next-generation, value-add products and services which utilize previously unavailable deep data. ATP Service+ features include augmented streaming, transforming live streams with immersive 3D animations, expanded in-play betting markets, short-form video highlights for registered users and an extensive range of personalized and targeted betting products, to drive sportsbook performance for Sportradar’s global network of operator clients.

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Sportradar will also work with TDI to create products for media, showcasing more in-depth statistical analysis and insights to inform and entertain fans, as well as utilize Sportradar’s OTT solution to stream live match coverage of the ATP Challenger Tour, via ATP’s Challenger TV. Additionally, the creation of a joint Tennis Innovation Lab will address emerging opportunities to support ATP’s vision to establish tennis as the most technologically advanced sport in the world.

Sportradar will supply Integrity Services for all ATP Tour and ATP Challenger Tour events to safeguard competitions against the threat of betting-related match fixing and corruption, including monitoring and addressing integrity threats and risks through due diligence and investigation support.

David Lampitt, TDI CEO, said: “This is a landmark opportunity to realise our growth ambitions and deliver on our commitment to take the fan experience to the next level. In partnership with Sportradar, we will develop and integrate advanced technologies to provide fans with a more immersive and entertaining experience.

“The partnership will be a catalyst for innovation to create unique growth opportunities across new global markets. Our aim is not only to deliver great enhancements for our existing fans but also attract a generation of new fans to the game.”

Carsten Koerl, Sportradar CEO, said: “As the leading sports technology company, we are ideally positioned to deliver against ATP’s ambitious growth plans. This truly collaborative partnership will result, through the application of technologies, such as computer vision and AI, in the creation of engaging products and services as part of our ATP Service+ offering. This will allow us to effectively monetize the relationship, while delivering new ways for bettors and fans to experience the sport of tennis.”

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Nadal Trains In Kuwait Ahead Of Comeback

  • Posted: Dec 12, 2023

Nadal Trains In Kuwait Ahead Of Comeback

Spaniard completed training session with Fils ahead of Brisbane return

Rafael Nadal’s return to the ATP Tour is drawing ever nearer, and the road toward his comeback at the 2024 Brisbane International presented by Evie, which takes place from 31 December to 7 January, included a stop in Kuwait.

Nadal travelled to the Rafa Nadal Academy in Kuwait, which opened in 2020 at the Sheikh Jaber Al-Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah International Tennis Complex. There, he shared a training session with Arthur Fils, the 19-year-old Frenchman who recently reached the title match at the Next Gen ATP Finals presented by NEOM.

“It’s great to be here in Kuwait to train for a few days. Everyone has been so welcoming. Thank you for everything,” wrote the Spaniard on his official social media accounts.

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The Mallorcan travelled to Kuwait in search of temperatures and conditions similar to those he will find in a few weeks in the Australian summer.

Nadal, surrounded by his team, shared an image on social media of one of his habitual group activities, a game of ludo with Carlos Moya, Marc Lopez and his physio Rafael Maymo.

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The Spaniard, who recently posted a message of cautious excitement about his return, is preparing to compete for the first time since he took to the court on 18 January this year, in the second round of the Australian Open against Mackenzie McDonald.

“I still think what I said in the last press conference, that I do not deserve to end my sports career in a press room.” he said. “I would like to finish in a different way, and I have fought and kept the illusion for that to happen, with doubts, with bad moments, very bad or better moments.”

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