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Stuck On An Island With Another Player, Who Would Murray Choose?

  • Posted: May 09, 2023

Stuck On An Island With Another Player, Who Would Murray Choose?

Murray shares what title he wants to win before retirement

If you were stuck on an island with an ATP Tour player, who would you pick and why?

Three-time major champion Andy Murray has a couple requirements, he revealed to ATP Uncovered in the newest edition of our Fan Questions series.

“I would need someone resourceful to get me off the island,” Murray said. “But also, I’d want someone to keep me entertained.”

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What music has the 35-year-old been listening to lately? You may be surprised to learn he’s been enjoying a song from Disney’s movie Zootopia.

The former World No. 1 also revealed his favourite Beatles song and answered the great debate: Messi or Ronaldo?

“That’s a good question,” Murray stated. Which superstar did he choose?

Watch the full video to learn the answer as well as the title Murray wants to win before he retires and more. Just keep the fried Mars candy bars away from the Scot.

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Medvedev Suiting Up For Clay: 'More Spin & Improved Sliding'

  • Posted: May 09, 2023

Medvedev Suiting Up For Clay: ‘More Spin & Improved Sliding’

The 27-year-old will open against Humbert or Ruusuvuori

Daniil Medvedev has labeled himself a ‘hard-court specialist’, but that doesn’t mean the World No. 3 isn’t looking for answers to develop his game on clay.

Known for his flat groundstrokes and all-court coverage, the 6’6” Medvedev moves exceptionally well. But a few challenges arise when it comes to the red dirt, specifically the unique movement. Heading into the ATP Masters 1000 event in Rome, Medvedev has been critiquing his game to better suit the clay.

The 27-year-old also revealed a strategy he implements when competing on the surface.

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“[Playing with] some more spin,” Medvedev said in his pre-tournament press conference. “Especially the sliding, I think the sliding was always a problem [for me]. After Madrid, after I lost, a couple days I practised there, I tried to focus on the sliding, on the movement. I felt like I improved in these couple of days.”

A four-time titlist this year, Medvedev arrives at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia boasting a 33-5 season record. Medvedev has been pleased with his form while practising in Rome and hopes to carry a high-level into the tournament.

“I feel great physically. Every day I’m trying to put [together a] strong session and try to work on small things with my coach,” Medvedev said. “It has been working great, so I’m looking forward to try and play the same in the matches because it’s never the same.

“These two days [practising], I was playing really good clay tennis. I was not missing many balls here these last two days. It was tough for my opponents. Again, you never know. I say all this, but maybe first match it’s not the case. But it’s good to have some good practice. I was really happy about it.”

Searching for a first win in Rome in his fourth appearance, Medvedev will open against Frenchman Ugo Humbert or World No. 43 Emil Ruusuvuori. The 19-time tour-level titlist is seeded to meet Andrey Rublev in the quarter-finals. But you won’t catch Medvedev looking ahead in the draw.

“[I’m] looking forward to the tournament because [I’ve] never won a match [here],” Medvedev said. “So, that’s the first goal.”

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Djokovic Arrives in Rome, Practises With Sinner

  • Posted: May 09, 2023

Djokovic Arrives in Rome, Practises With Sinner

Djokovic and Sinner could meet in the semi-finals

Novak Djokovic has arrived at the Foro Italico, where he is ready to pursue a seventh Internazionali BNL d’Italia title.

The Serbian star is making his 17th appearance at the ATP Masters 1000 event and has never fallen short of the quarter-finals. The 35-year-old has earned a 64-10 record in the Italian capital, where he has lifted the trophy or finished runner-up 12 times.

Djokovic practised with leading Italian favourite Jannik Sinner on Monday.

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Fans came out in force to watch their session. Djokovic and Sinner will meet in the semi-finals if they both advance that far in the tournament.

Djokovic will begin his run against #NextGenATP Frenchman Luca Van Assche or Argentine Tomas Martin Etcheverry. Before the action gets underway, the top seed took time for his fans, signing autographs and taking selfies.

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Carlos Alcaraz Meets Lionel Messi: 'It's Crazy'

  • Posted: May 09, 2023

Carlos Alcaraz Meets Lionel Messi: ‘It’s Crazy’

Spaniard wins Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award

It has been a memorable couple of days for Carlos Alcaraz. After winning his fourth ATP Masters 1000 title on Sunday at the Mutua Madrid Open, the Spaniard met a sports icon on Monday: Lionel Messi.

Both stars were in Paris for the Laureus World Sports Awards, where Alcaraz won the Breakthrough of the Year Award and Messi was named World Sportsman of the Year.

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While on the red carpet for the awards ceremony, Alcaraz was asked about being around Messi, who led Argentina to World Cup glory last year.

“It’s crazy. I’ve never met him before,” Alcaraz said. “It’s crazy to see him here metres from me. It’s crazy, it’s crazy, honestly.”

The red carpet reporter told the 20-year-old that Messi was walking by and he would be able to meet him if he waited a moment.

“I wish to do that, I wish to do that,” an excited Alcaraz said.

Moments later, Alcaraz and Messi shared a warm greeting. That was not the only star-studded meeting he enjoyed that evening. After the ceremony, Alcaraz took a selfie with many of the stars present, from Messi and Robert Lewandowski to World Sportswoman of the Year Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Action Sportsperson of the Year Eileen Gu and Sportsperson of the Year With A Disability Catherine Debrunner.


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After the quick trip, Alcaraz will now turn his focus back to the tennis court. The Spaniard will this week make his Internazionali BNL d’Italia debut. He will play countryman Albert Ramos-Vinolas or Italian Francesco Passaro in the second round.

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Judy Murray's £14.99 Trip To Remember

  • Posted: May 08, 2023

Judy Murray’s £14.99 Trip To Remember

Murray made 24-hour trip to watch Andy play Aix-en-Provence final

Andy Murray won the Open Aix Provence Credit Agricole on Sunday, marking his first ATP Challenger Tour title since 2005 in Binghamton. It was a special moment for the Scot, who with the victory climbed to No. 42 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, his best mark since undergoing hip resurfacing in 2019.

After clinching his triumph, the former World No. 1 enjoyed a special moment with his team including his mother, Judy Murray, who flew to France Sunday morning on a £14.99 ticket.

Murray knew she could not just turn up without telling Andy without throwing off his preparation, so she gave him a call after he won his semi-final on Saturday.

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“I said, ‘Look, I can get a flight and I’m going to come across’. The thing for him and Jamie for that matter is that I’m so used to traveling around the world and having to adapt travel arrangements at the last minute because of all my years on the junior and the women’s tour and the men’s tour,” Murray said. “So nothing fazes me really with travel. They know that I am perfectly capable of looking after myself. I can contact the tournament and say, ‘Could you pick me up and whatever, whatever.’ So they don’t need to bother about me. They know I’ll find a way.”

Murray had been in Portugal on a golfing holiday and returned home Friday morning. When her son won his quarter-final that day, she looked to see if she could find a direct flight, but there were none Saturday. On Sunday morning there was a one-way ticket to Marseille, which is less than 20 miles from Aix-en-Provence. It was an easy decision to book the trip and figure out a flight home later.

The former British Billie Jean King Cup team captain arrived two and a half hours before the final and enjoyed having a look around the grounds. “It was amazing,” she said. “It was a lovely, sunny day and the club is a country club just on the edge of the town… the atmosphere was incredible.”

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Top seed Tommy Paul, the World No. 17, sprinted to a 4-0 lead with the loss of just three points. But Murray showed his trademark resilience.

“Tommy came [with a] real blistering start, firing everything and then Andy started to get into it towards the end of the first set. And then when he broke the first game of the second set, [he] really never looked back from there. But he played really, really well.

“I would have said that clay is probably his least favourite surface. And of course, he hasn’t played much on it since he had the hip surgery. So it was great to see him moving so well. And he always competes well, but it was great to see him playing well.”

It was Murray’s first trophy of any kind since he defeated Stan Wawrinka in the 2019 Antwerp final. They never take such moments for granted, especially after all his physical struggles leading up to and following his hip resurfacing in January 2019.

“Through all of that, nobody knew to what level he would get back to playing again. But what never wavered was his determination to try to get back and give himself a chance to get back and play great tennis again,” Murray said. “He’s incredibly disciplined, and he worked so hard on and off the court to get the best that he can get out of his body, given the fact that he has a metal hip. It was so amazing.”

After the match, the team returned to the hotel. Murray was treated by his physio and debriefed with his coach about the match before everyone enjoyed dinner. Judy then played a best-of-five Monopoly Deal Match with her son.

“I managed to beat him 3-1,” Judy said. “He quite fancies himself as a bit of a shark at Monopoly deal. But anyway, there you go.”

At 5 a.m. she left the hotel to return home. It was an enjoyable trip after also traveling to Australia and Doha this year.

“He’s been on the Tour since 2005, so it’s been a long time and I always say to people, ‘I’m surprised I’m still alive’, all that stress that I’ve had because I’ve had Jamie and Andy. I say it’s like a series of mini heart attacks and severe nausea all going on at the same time,” Murray said. “But that’s just the way it is. You wouldn’t have it any other way because they both love the game. They both love competing and that’s why they’re still doing it after all these years. I think lifting a trophy is always a special occasion.

“It’s amazing to think that 18 years later, he’s still going, still fighting. Delighted to [watch him] win yesterday.”

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The Open Aix Provence Credit Agricole was one of two ATP Challenger Tour 175 events held last week. Judy was highly complimentary of the tournament. She spoke to tournament director Arnaud Clement, who first played Murray at the 2005 US Open. The Frenchman told Judy they had a record crowd of 20,000 fans across the week, peaking when Murray played Gael Monfils. Judy was pleased that Andy recognised all that went into the tournament during his champion’s speech.

“He talked about the fans, and all the people from the local community, the local tennis community who had volunteered during the tournament to make it really special,” Judy said. “I think he’s a sort of elder statesman now and I think he can see very clearly how important all the stepping stones are, and having inspirational competition in great, welcoming venues. Whether that’s Futures [ITF World Tennis Tour] level, whether it’s Challenger level, or actually on the Tour. It’s really, really important, because it makes players feel really, really, really special. I liked hearing him saying that.”

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Scouting Report: Alcaraz & Djokovic Headline Star-Packed Rome Field

  • Posted: May 08, 2023

Scouting Report: Alcaraz & Djokovic Headline Star-Packed Rome Field

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

The world’s biggest stars travel to Rome this week for the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, the season’s third and final clay-court ATP Masters 1000 event. The tournament was expanded to a 12-day event this year.

Carlos Alcaraz brings plenty of momentum to the Foro Italico after emerging victorious in Barcelona and Madrid, but World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and other stars in the draw will try to halt the Spaniard’s hot streak. looks at 10 things to watch in Rome.

1) Alcaraz Making Debut: The hottest player on the circuit will make his Rome debut. Alcaraz has competed in Italy before, having won the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan in 2021, but this will be his first ATP Tour action in the country outside of the event. The Spaniard is fresh off successful title defences in Barcelona and Madrid and will try to secure his fifth Masters 1000 title.

2) Djokovic Back In Action: Six-time Internazionali BNL d’Italia champion Djokovic returns to action for the first time since Banja Luka. The Serbian has suffered early losses in each of his two clay-court tournaments this year (2-2 record), but will be confident in Rome, where he is set for his 17th consecutive appearance and where he has never lost before the quarter-finals. Last year, he captured his 1,000th tour-level victory at the event in the semi-finals against Casper Ruud.

3) No. 1 Update: Djokovic will compete at the Foro Italico as the No. 1 player in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, but he will not leave the tournament in top spot. Alcaraz will return to World No. 1 by playing his first match in Rome. As defending champion, Djokovic can at best remain on 6,775 points, so Alcaraz has an opportunity to gain a healthy advantage with another big week in Italy.

4) Sinner Top Italian Hope: Will this be the year for an Italian Renaissance at the Foro Italico? Jannik Sinner leads home hopes. The last Italian to win the title in Rome was Adriano Panatta in 1976. Sinner has been in top form in 2023, reaching the semi-finals at Indian Wells, the final in Miami and the semi-finals in Monte-Carlo. Another home favourite, Lorenzo Musetti, defeated Djokovic in Monte-Carlo and pushed Stefanos Tsitsipas to a third set in the Barcelona semi-finals.

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5) Tsitsipas Defending Finalist: Last year in Rome, Tsitsipas won three three-setters en route to the final at the Foro Italico. The Greek defeated a slew of tough competitors — Grigor Dimitrov, Karen Khachanov, Sinner and Alexander Zverev — to reach the final and will try to go one step further this year to secure his third Masters 1000 crown. He has won two titles at this level, triumphing in Monte-Carlo in 2021 and 2022.

6) Former Champ Murray: Former World No. 1 Andy Murray won the Rome title in 2016 and will be high on confidence after securing an ATP Challenger Tour 175 trophy in Aix-en-Provence last week. The Scot claimed his first Challenger trophy since 2005 in Binghamton and defeated World No. 17 Tommy Paul in the final. Murray is making his first appearance in Rome since 2017 and will play Italian Fabio Fognini in the first round.

7) Zverev’s Happy Rome Memories: Zverev claimed his first Masters 1000 title in Rome in 2017. Will this be the year he adds another? The former World No. 2 has long enjoyed success in the Italian capital, where he is 16-5. The German also reached the Rome final in 2018 and will try to earn his 20th ATP Tour title this week.

8) More Stars To Watch: There are plenty of stars who can make a deep run in Rome, including Monte-Carlo champion Andrey Rublev and World No. 3 Daniil Medvedev. World No. 4 Ruud has won nine of his 10 titles on clay and is pursuing his first ATP Masters 1000 title. The Norwegian, who reached last year’s Roland Garros final, has made the semi-finals in his past two Rome appearances (2020 and 2022).

9) Gasquet’s Upcoming Milestone: Former World No. 7 Richard Gasquet will try to join elite company in Rome. The Frenchman is two wins from 600 tour-level victories in his career. Gasquet can become the fourth active player to achieve the feat, joining Rafael Nadal (1,068), Djokovic (1,048) and Murray (725). He is already the all-time wins leader for Frenchmen. Gasquet will play Wu Yibing in the first round and if he advances, would face 24th seed Francisco Cerundolo.

10) Mektic/Pavic Lead Doubles Draw: The two-time defending Rome doubles champions are Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic, who are pursuing their second title of the season (Auckland). The top seeds in the field are Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski, who have advanced to at least the quarter-finals of their past six tournaments.

Singles stars Khachanov and Rublev, who are 13th in the Pepperstone ATP Live Doubles Teams Rankings, will try to enter the conversation for a place in the doubles field at the Nitto ATP Finals with another big week at a Masters 1000 event after capturing the title last week in Madrid.

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Alcaraz Wins Laureus Breakthrough Of The Year Award

  • Posted: May 08, 2023

Alcaraz Wins Laureus Breakthrough Of The Year Award

Spaniard is fourth ATP Tour player to receive the award

Carlos Alcaraz won the Laureus Breakthrough of the Year Award, it was announced Monday evening at a ceremony in Paris.

Alcaraz is the fourth ATP Tour player to earn the honour after Marat Safin (2001), Rafael Nadal (2006) and Andy Murray (2013). It is the second consecutive year a tennis player has won the award after Emma Raducanu did so in 2022.

“A very special night in Paris! 🏆😍 Thank you for this Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award! 😊” Alcaraz wrote on Twitter. “Thank you to the academy and everyone who made this possible. And of course congratulations to all the winners and nominees! 😘”

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Last year was a historic one for Alcaraz, who captured his first two ATP Masters 1000 titles in Miami and Madrid, lifted his maiden major trophy at the US Open and became the youngest World No. 1 in the history of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings (since 1973). The Spaniard capped it off by becoming the youngest year-end ATP No. 1 presented by Pepperstone.

Other nominees for the award were fellow tennis player Elena Rybakina, the Morocco men’s football team, figure skater Nathan Chen and track and field star Tobi Amusan.

Other tennis players who were nominated for an award were Rafael Nadal (World Sportsman of the Year), Iga Swiatek (World Sportswoman of the Year) and Diede de Groot (World Sportsperson of the Year).

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Djokovic To Face Tough Opening Test In Rome

  • Posted: May 08, 2023

Djokovic To Face Tough Opening Test In Rome

Ruud, Rune and Sinner in top seed’s half of the draw

Novak Djokovic will face a tough opening test in his return to action at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, where he is a six-time champion.

The top seed will begin the season’s final clay-court ATP Masters 1000 event against #NextGenATP Frenchman Luca Van Assche or in-form Argentine Tomas Martin Etcheverry. In his most recent tournament, Djokovic was pushed to three sets by 18-year-old Van Assche, who is the only teen in the Top 100 of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings. The Serbian needed two hours and 39 minutes to battle through that match.

If Etcheverry is Djokovic’s opponent, the 23-year-old will carry confidence from reaching his first two ATP Tour finals earlier this year. Both of those runs came on clay, in Santiago and Houston. Grigor Dimitrov, the 2017 Nitto ATP Finals champion, or former World No. 3 Stan Wawrinka could be waiting for Djokovic in the third round.

There is plenty of Masters 1000 experience in Djokovic’s quarter of the draw, where 2021 Indian Wells titlist Cameron Norrie and 2022 Paris champion Holger Rune will look to make their mark. Seventh seed Rune, a potential quarter-final foe for Djokovic, defeated the Serbian in the final of last year’s Rolex Paris Masters. 

In the other half of the draw, second seed Carlos Alcaraz will try to maintain his momentum from back-to-back titles in Barcelona and Madrid.

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The 20-year-old Spaniard will open his tournament against home favourite Francesco Passaro or Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Alcaraz’s first ATP Tour win came against Ramos-Vinolas in 2020 at the Rio Open presented by Claro in a memorable match that lasted three hours and 37 minutes.

The first seeded opponent Alcaraz could play is big-hitting 32nd seed Jiri Lehecka. His Madrid semi-final opponent, Borna Coric, could be waiting in the fourth round.

Also in Alcaraz’s quarter is 2022 Rome finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas. The fifth seed will begin his tournament against Banja Luka champion Dusan Lajovic or Portugal’s Nuno Borges.

In the same half of the draw, third seed Daniil Medvedev will try to make his best clay-court Masters 1000 run yet. Already a four-time champion this year, Medvedev will hope for a good start against last week’s Cagliari ATP Challenger Tour 175 champion Ugo Humbert or Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori.

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The top home hope in the field is eighth seed Jannik Sinner, who is fifth in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin. The Italian star, who last year made the quarter-finals at the Foro Italico, will play Spaniard Jaume Munar or a qualifier in the second round.

Sinner is joined in his quarter by fourth seed Casper Ruud. The Norwegian, who is pursuing his maiden Masters 1000 triumph, will open against Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech or a qualifier.

One of the first-round matches to watch will be between former World No. 1 Andy Murray and home favourite Fabio Fognini. They have split their eight previous ATP Head2Head clashes and last met in 2019 in Shanghai, where Fognini emerged victorious after a final-set tie-break.

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Federer To Be Celebrated As Rolex Shanghai Masters Returns In October

  • Posted: May 08, 2023

Federer To Be Celebrated As Rolex Shanghai Masters Returns In October

Prestigious tournament is one of five 12-day ATP Masters 1000 events

The Rolex Shanghai Masters is set to celebrate the return of ATP Masters 1000 tennis to China for the first time since 2019 this October with an expanded 12-day tournament and the presence of Roger Federer.

With main-draw action to be played 4-15 October at the unique QiZhong Tennis Centre, the expanded 96 singles draw will be played across ‘Golden Week’ that includes China’s National Holiday. Federer, a two-time former champion, will return as a celebrated guest with the title of Icon Athlete of the Rolex Shanghai Masters.

In addition to featuring the world’s greatest players including Carlos Alcaraz, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, defending champion Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas, the tournament will showcase China’s own fast-rising stars Zhang Zhizhen, Wu Yibing and Shang Juncheng.

The event will also host the ITF J100 international youth tennis tournament, covering men’s and women’s singles and doubles. This is also the first time that the Rolex Shanghai Masters has simultaneously held an international youth tournament which gives tennis fans a glimpse into the future.

A digital service for fans will be a focus of this year’s tournament. For the first time, electronic ticketing with real-time registration, mobile ordering, intelligent customer service, and other digital services will be introduced to provide fans with convenient experiences.


Looking ahead to his return to Shanghai, former two-time Rolex Shanghai Masters champion Federer said, “I’m very excited to be named Rolex Shanghai Masters Icon Athlete for 2023. I remember coming to Shanghai for the first time for the opening of the stadium and I have been close friends with Juss Event and tournament organisers. I am happy to keep the story going and I look forward to seeing everyone in October.”

Speaking at a launch event Monday, Tournament Director Michael Luevano said: “Innovation is something we pride ourselves on at Juss Event and in Shanghai. The Rolex Shanghai Masters opened the door to the growth and development of world tennis in China and we are very proud of our achievements.

“We are the first and only tournament in Asia to be staged over two weeks. It will provide players with more jobs, it will provide fans with more thrilling tennis from some of the most exciting and dynamic athletes in the world, and it will continue to be the spearhead for tennis in Asia.

“The new look Rolex Shanghai Masters, which has been developing over recent years, is ready to shine and ready to return, and host the world’s best tennis players. We will continue to be the benchmark for world tennis in Asia.”

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Massimo Calvelli, ATP CEO, said: “The ATP Tour’s return to China in 2023 is a significant moment for tennis. We’re thrilled to mark it with our flagship Asian tournament, the Rolex Shanghai Masters, expanding into a 12-day event. This promises even more incredible action between the best players in the world. We’re excited to reconnect with our Chinese fans this season and to continue building on our sport’s success in the region.”

Leaders from the Chinese Tennis Association, Shanghai Administration of Sports, Minhang District, Shanghai Jiushi (Group), Juss Sports, Juss Event, Mr. Massimo Calvelli, ATP Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Daniele Sano, ATP Chief Business Officer, Ms. Alison Lee, ATP Executive Vice-President International, Mr. Michael Luevano, Tournament Director of the Rolex Shanghai Masters and Mr. Charles Humphrey Smith, ATP Tournament Advisory Council member, were joined by representatives of tournament sponsors to witness the grand opening of Asia’s first and only two-week tennis tournament.

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