World Tennis News | What Are The Professional Players Doing During Self-Isolation?

The current COVID-19 pandemic has impacted so many people across the globe in both their health and professional life. While most people are luckily enough to be able to work from home, professional tennis players, like most people involved in sport, have seen all their tournaments either cancelled or postponed until further notice.

In the tennis, the three remaining Grand Slam tournaments of 2020 have been disrupted, the French Open has currently been re-scheduled to September, the Wimbledon Championships have been cancelled (the first time since World War Two) and the US Open maybe re-scheduled for later in the year. This summer’s grass-court season has also been cancelled and there will be no professional tournaments happening elsewhere in the world as both the men’s and women’s professional tours are suspended until at least mid-July.

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So what are the professional players doing to keep active during self-isolation ? Former British and World number one Andy Murray challenged fellow professionals and tennis fans to try his 100 volley challenge. Murray took to his Instagram with wife Kim to complete the challenge in his back garden – Totally Tennis performance players Liam and Isla Hignett rose to the  challenge, see their video on our Facebook and Instagram

Tonight (17th February) Murray and current world number one Novak Djokovic will be live on Instagram (6pm BST) to answer any questions. Got a question? Comment on Murray’s Instagram post for a chance to be featured. Djokovic himself challenged his fans to try some acro yoga with a partner, he demonstrated the move with is wife Jelena on his Instagram page and they also completed Murray’s volley challenge.

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Meanwhile another former World Number One and 20-time singles champion Roger Federer gave his fans a social media tennis lesson. Federer took to Twitter and Instagram to offer his followers a solo drill to improve their volley skills, he tested his reflexes hitting the ball more than 200 times – the video has already been viewed over 3 million times. Federer asked his fans to video themselves in a hat and recreate his drill with the hashtag #tennisathome and then he shared a selection on his feed. Fellow champion Serena Williams took up Federer’s challenge posting her volley video to her page.

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The ATP Tour has been forced to suspend the 2020 Tour so the rankings have been frozen until it’s resumed, Djokovic still sits in the No. 1 spot but the frozen weeks will not count towards his reign.

If you need some inspiration to keep you occupied while in self-isolation check out the #AtHomeWithTheHignetts series with some challenges and fun games demonstrated by Liam and Isla Hignett – click HERE to see more.

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World Tennis News: French Open Results

The French Open title has eluded World and British number one Andy Murray again this year after he was beaten by third seed Stanislas Wawrinka in their five set semi-final encounter. Murray lost after battling against Wawrinka for over four hours 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-3) in a reverse of their 2016 semi-final meeting where Murray was the victor.

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In the run up to the semis Murray beat Andrey Kuznetsov in the first round 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0, Martin Klizan in round two 6-7, 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 followed by Juan Martin del Potro 7-6, 7-5, 6-0 in the third round. He then beat fourth round opponent Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-4, 6-4, and had a tough match against Kei Nishikori 2-6, 6-1, 7-6, 6-1 in the quarter finals.

Wawrinka’s success was thwarted in the final by former number one Rafael Nadal who made history on court in Paris by winning a record 10th French Open title. Nadal won 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 to claim his 15th major title and entered the history books as the first person in the Open era to have won a Grand Slam tournament ten times.

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In the women’s event there was a major shock as twenty year old unseeded player Jelena Ostapenko battled to defeat third seed Simona Halep 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Not only did she win the French Open title but also became Latvia’s first Grand Slam champion at the French Open. She also made history as the first unseeded woman to win at the Roland Garros event since 1933, prior to this title she had never won a Tour-level tournament before and was playing in only her eighth Grand Slam. British number one Johanna Konta suffered a shock defeat in the first round after losing against Hsieh Su-wei 1-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.

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In other tennis news, British number two Heather Watson lost in the final of the Surbiton Trophy to Magdalena Rybarikova from Slovakia 6-4, 7-5. British number three and top seed at Nottingham Open Dan Evans has been forced to pulled out of the tournament with an injury. Fellow Brit Laura Robson lost in  the first round at Nottingham to American Julia Boserup 6-3, 6-4, top seed Konta starts her campaign tomorrow alongside teammate Watson.

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Defending champion Murray will be back in action at Queen’s Club from 19th June hoping to add a sixth title to kick start his grass court season and in preparation for Wimbledon.

News and photos sourced from www.bbc.com/sport/tennis

 

 

World Tennis News: French Open 2017

The second Grand Slam of the year, the French Open played at Roland Garros in Paris  will run from 28th May until Sunday 11th June. The world’s premier clay court title has so far eluded world and British number one Andy Murray but he will be looking to add this trophy to his cabinet this year. He kicks off his 2017 campaign against Andrey Kuznetsov from Russia in their first round encounter. Murray who recently turned 30, is competing in the same half of the draw as 2015 champion Stanislas Wawrinka, who he beat in the 2016 semi-finals.

 

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Fellow British number one and seventh seed Johanna Konta faces 109th seed Hsieh Su-wei from Taiwan in her first round match. Having lost in the first round in 2015 and 2016 Konta will be looking to progress further this year as the only female Brit in the draw after Heather Watson lost in the third round of qualifying on Friday against Richel Hogenkamp 6-0, 6-3.

Defending champion and second seed Novak Djokovic, who is playing his first tournament since engaging tennis legend Andre Agassi as his new coach, is in the same half as nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal. Defending women’s champion Garbine Muguruza will open proceedings against Francesca Schiavone who won in 2010, in shock news top seed Angelique Kerber from Germany lost against Russia’s Ekaterina Makanrova 6-2, 6-2.

Photo used with courtesy www.lta.org.uk/major-events/grand-slams/french-open/

 

World Tennis News: Djokovic Wins First French Open

British number one Andy Murray was once again beaten into the runner-up position in a Grand Slam final by World number one Novak Djokovic. The 2016 final guaranteed a new name on the trophy with both players looking to add the French Open trophy to their already pretty full cabinets.

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World Number Two Murray beat Djokovic last month in the Rome Masters final but he couldn’t replicate the Italian victory in Paris losing in four sets 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. The victory gave Djokovic his first French Open title, completing his career Grand Slam and becoming only the eighth man in history to win the four grand slams and the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four Grand Slams at once. Murray, who had hoped to add the French Open to his Wimbledon and US Open titles may have lost but he still made history as Britain’s first male to play in a Paris final since 1937. Murray has now lost five Grand Slam finals to Djokovic but both his Grand Slam titles were won against the Serb.

Over in the Women’s final world number one Serena Williams was defeated by fourth seed Garbine Muguruza from Spain in straight sets 7-5, 6-4 to win her first Grand Slam. Muguruza, 22 took revenge for losing against William’s in last year’s Wimbledon final. The 22-year-old is Spain’s first female champion at Roland Garros since Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in 1998. At twelve years her senior Williams, 34, was on track to win her 22nd Grand Slam singles title and equal Steffi Graf’s Open-era record but it wasn’t to be.

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The Men’s Doubles title was won by fifteenth seeds Marc and Feliciano Lopez from Spain who beat multiple Grand Slam champions brothers Bob and Rob Bryan from America who were fifth seeds 6-4, 6-7, 6-3. In the Women’s doubles, French duo Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic who were fifth seeds defeated seventh seeds Ekaterina Makanrova and partner Elena Vesnina 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. Unseeded pairing Martina Hingis and Leander Paes were crowned Mixed Doubles champions after beating second seeds Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig 4-6, 6-4, 10-8.

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Photos used courtesy of www.rolandgarros.com

Tennis Talk: Murray Makes French Open Final

British number one Andy Murray will be playing in his first French Open final at Roland Garros in Paris tomorrow after defeating defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka in their four set semi- final encounter 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.

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Second seed and world number two Murray, 29 becomes the first British man to reach a French Open final since 1937. Second seed Murray will now face world number one Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s final whom he beat in the Rome Masters final last month.

Along with matching the achievements of the last Brit finalist Bunny Austin, Murray also becomes one of only ten male players since 1968 (when the open era began) to have reached the final of all four Grand Slam tournaments. Tennis fans all over the world will be watching to see if Murray can add another Grand Slam victory to his Wimbledon and US Open titles.

Murray told the BBC, “I’m extremely proud” said Murray. “I never expected to reach the final here, I always struggled on the clay. I hope I can put on a good match on Sunday.

The Men’s final will take place tomorrow afternoon on the Philippe-Chatrier Court at 3pm GST. In other news top seed Serena Williams will play fourth seed Muguruza Blanco from Spain in the Women’s final today.

For all French Open information visit www.rolandgarros.com Photo used courtesy of www.bbc.com/sport/tennis

World Tennis News: French Open Update

British number one Andy Murray stormed into the quarter finals of this year’s French Open yesterday after beating America’s John Isner in straight sets. A rain break interupted play for an hour during the second set but Murray returned to the court and won the match 7-6 (11-9), 6-4, 6-3. World number two Murray, 29 will now face Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the last eight. On route to the last eight Murray defeated Ivo Karlovic 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) in round three and Mathias Bourgue in five sets 6-2, 2-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in round two after his five set win against Radek Stepanek in the first round.

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Defending champion and third seed Stanislas Wawrinka defeated Viktor Troicki in four sets 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (7-9), 6-3, 6-2 to also reach the last eight and will play Albert Ramos-Violas from Spain in his quarter-final match. World number one and top seed Novak Djokovic plays his fourth round match today against Roberto Bautista-Agut from Spain on the Philippe-Chatrier Court as does David Goffin who faces thirteenth seed Ernests Gulbis. On the Suzanne-Lenglen Court seventh seed Tomas Berdych plays eleventh seed David Ferrer and Marcel Granollers faces Dominic Thiem.

Serena Williams, top seed in the Women’s dram will play seed eighteenth Elina Svitolina today in her fourth round match and her sister Venus who is ninth seed faces eighth seed Timea Bacsinszky. Agnieszka Radwanska from Poland also plays today against Tsvetana Pironkova from Bulgaria. Fourth seed Garbine Muguruza won her fourth round tie against thirteenth seed and 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-4 and will now play American Shelby Rogers. Irina-Camelia Begu lost to Rogers 6-3, 6-4 in their fourth round encounter._89830153_murray-2

In other French Open news, nine time champion Rafael Nadal was forced to pull out of this years event due to a a wrist injury after progressing to the third round with a straight-sets victory against Facundo Bagnis that gave him his 200th Grand Slam victory. Australian Open Doubles champions and fourth seeds Jamie Murray and Brazilian partner Bruno Soares lost against sixteenth seeds Marcin Matkowski and Leander Paes 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-4) in the third round. British number one Johanna Konta and fellow Brits Laura Robson and Naomi Broady all lost in the first round and Heather Watson was defeated by Kuznetsova 6-1, 6-3 in round two. Murray is the only male British still standing after Kyle Edmund lost in straight sets against Isner and Bedene lost in the third round against Djokovic 6-2, 6-3, 6-3.

Info and photos sourced and used courtesy of www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/. Read more about the French Open here .

TT Tour – French Open

As the world’s top players prepared for the second Grand Slam of the professional tennis calendar, The French Open in Paris our very own junior players at Totally Tennis competed in their own TT Tour French Open held at the indoor centre over the weekend.

image1Three events took place Red, Orange and Green with proceedings run by coach Nick Dingwall. The winners all picked up the Grand Slam maximum points towards their already accrued leaderboard points scores. Dylan Cooper Kirby was declared winner in the Red event with Megan Fisher as runner-up, Henry Terry in third and Sophie Barlow finishing fourth.

image3Winner of last months TT Tour The Sony open Orange event Hayden Cummings kept up his winning streak with another victory at this event with runner-up Daniel Ward also retaining his Sony Open position of runner-up. Faith Tompkins was third, Carmen Visuals fourth, Dinobi Okafor fifth and Dihiyah Khan finished in sixth place.

image2The Green event followed suit with Chi Chi Okafor collecting the winner’s title again this month, sister Fechi was runner-up, Jack Moria finished in third, Tinuke Adelakun and Mikun Adeniran were fourth and fifth respectively, Zarieh Shaw was sixth and Diego Visuals finished in seventh.

image4Dingwall said of the event, “It was a great turn out for the French Open event, congratulations to everyone who participated, it was good to see all the players continuing to learn the format of the matches and enjoying the tennis games too.” he added “Well done to Dylan, Hayden and Chi Chi for winning the various categories, I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the next TT Tour Grand Slam event, Wimbledon in June.”

image5The Totally Tennis Tour is for Development Squads and Mini Performance Squads players. There are six tournaments throughout the year and then the Grand Final where the top eight players from each squad will be invited back to play for the chance to finish as the club champions. There will be an up to date leaderboard showing players rankings in each squad. Points are awarded to the winner, runner-up and third/fourth place players for each event as well as for entering. The Grand Slam events of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open offer higher points and all points will be added to each age group leaderboard.

TT Tour Dates 2016

Sunday 26th June – Wimbledon
Sunday 11th September – US Open
Sunday 16th October – Valencia Open
Sunday 13th November – Grand Finals (by invitation)

PLAYERS MUST BOOK IN BEFORE EACH EVENT. Minimum of FOUR players will be needed per age group otherwise it may get cancelled.

Red (Pirates, Indians, Red Squad) – 10am -12 noon
Orange (Dodgers, Orange Squad) 10am -12 noon
Green (Giants, Green Squad 1pm – 3pm
Yellow (C.B, A SQUAD, Performance) 1pm – 3pm

All players interested in participating can book in reception or call the office on 01256 358816. Each event costs £6.50 per player