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August

11
Kuznetsova withdraws from US Open due to covid concerns

Former US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova has joined a growing list of players who have decided not to play in this year’s tournament due to concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic. The Russian world No 32 announced her decision on Instagram where she also said she would skip the Western & Southern Open which is being held in New York this year instead of Cincinnati as a lead-up to the US Open, which runs from August 31-September 13. “Due to an unfavorable situation caused by coronavirus, and therefore the inability get together all my team, I made a difficult decision to […]

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June

24
Djokovic tested positive for covid-19

Novak Djokovic, the world’s No. 1-ranked men’s tennis player, has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Serbian tennis star released a statement on his diagnosis, saying that he and his wife have both contracted the virus after he organized a series of exhibition matches in southeastern Europe. The events, called the Adria Tour, have been widely criticized for not keeping significant social distancing protocols. The stands were packed with fans, as The Associated Press noted. Tennis.com reported that players were seen mingling without proper social distancing, playing in basketball and soccer games, and visiting a nightclub. Djokovic was photographed in close contact with tennis […]

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June

15
Djokovic wraps up charity event in Serbia

An emotional Novak Djokovic wrapped up the first leg of his charity tournament Sunday in Belgrade, Serbia, and his tears had nothing to do with his final standing. Djokovic’s Adria Tour, which he planned in conjunction with his charity foundation while he was in Spain amid the sport’s pause due to the coronavirus pandemic, featured a raucous weekend of tennis in his home country in front of capacity crowds. And though the world’s top-ranked player went just 2-1 in the event, the tournament’s success got the better of him late. “I am not crying because I got knocked out of the tournament, I […]

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June

03
USTA exploring many scenarios to host US Open

Charter flights to ferry US Open tennis players and limited entourages from Europe, South America and the Middle East to New York. Negative COVID-19 tests before traveling. Centralized housing. Daily temperature checks. No spectators. Fewer on-court officials. No locker-room access on practice days. All are among the scenarios being contemplated for the 2020 US Open — if it is held at all amid the coronavirus pandemic — and described to The Associated Press by a high-ranking official at the Grand Slam tournament. “All of this is still fluid,” Stacey Allaster, the U.S. Tennis Association’s chief executive for professional tennis, said […]

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June

02
Murray to return at ‘Battle of the Brits’ tournament in June

Andy Murray will make his return to tennis at a behind-closed-doors tournament organized by his brother Jamie from June 23-28 in London, the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) said last Friday. Murray, 33, has not competed since the Davis Cup Finals in November due to complications with his hip. He was targeting a return to the tour at the Miami Open in March before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Apart from the Murray brothers, the LTA stated that fellow Britons Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund would also take part in the exhibition tournament, with matches to be streamed on Amazon Prime. “We’re excited […]

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May

27
Charleston to host tournament in June without fans

After a months long live-sports drought, the largest tennis event since the beginning of COVID-19 shutdowns is coming to Charleston, June 23-28. LTP Daniel Island will host a women’s tennis tournament, the Credit One Bank Invitational, which will be played without fans. The Tennis Channel will broadcast the event, which is composed of 16 singles matches and eight doubles matches. Some notable participants include US Open champion Bianca Andreescu, Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin, and Olympic Gold Medalist, Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Mattek-Sands said that the players will “fill the sporting world with hope again and show [their] gratitude and appreciation for […]

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February

05
Felix Auger-Aliassime by to Montpellier final 16

Felix Auger-Aliassime is one of the most promising youngsters on the ATP Tour but is yet to find his best tennis in 2020, heading to Montpellier with three victories and making a winning start following a 6-7, 6-2, 6-2 triumph over a qualifier Damir Dzumhur. The encounter lasted for two and a half hours and Felix had the upper hand in sets two and three, delivering six breaks from 14 opportunities and suffering two from six opportunities offered to the Bosnian who fought well in the opener before losing ground versus the higher-ranked opponent. They traded early breaks in games […]

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November

13
Djokovic, Federer set for ATP Finals showdown

Novak Djokovic succumbed to the extraordinary Dominic Thiem at the ATP Finals Tuesday as the Austrian became the first man to qualify for the semifinals in London. Despite winning the first set tie-break, Djokovic was second best to Thiem, who found his form to comeback 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 7-6 (7-5) in a thrilling meeting. The 26-year-old Thiem is competing at his fourth consecutive ATP Finals but had never defeated Djokovic on the hard court before. “This was really one of these special matches, what I’ve practiced all my life for, all my childhood for,” said Thiem. “Really epic one in an amazing atmosphere, […]

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November

04
Djokovic wins 5th Paris Masters title

World number one Novak Djokovic saw off Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-3 6-4 to acquire a record-extending fifth Paris Masters title on Sunday in a warning to his rivals ahead of the ATP Finals. The Serbian faced only one break point in another extraordinary display to claim a 34th career Masters title against world number 28 Shapovalov, who was playing his first final at that level. “I served very well, there were not many rallies in the match. A break in each set was enough, it was the best serving performance in this tournament,” said Djokovic, who did not drop a […]

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September

26
Murray wins 1st tour-level match since January

Andy Murray said victory over Tennys Sandgren at the Zhuhai Championships in China was one of his best as he continued his return from hip surgery. The Scot prevailed 6-3 6-7 (6-8) 6-1 for his first singles victory at Tour level since January. Murray, who had lost to world number 69 Sandgren in North Carolina last month, will play Australian world number 31 Alex de Minaur in the second round. “In some ways it’s one of the best wins that I’ve had,” said the 32-year-old. “Not in terms of just getting through that today, but everything that’s gone into getting […]

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