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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Tennis Talk | Wimbledon Championships 2019

Tomorrow sees the start of this year’s Wimbledon Championships and a return to the famous grass courts of the All England Club of former British number one and two-time singles champion Andy Murray.

Murray, 32 will return to Wimbledon to play in the doubles (men’s and maybe mixed) after missing the 2018  Championships with an ongoing hip injury.  The Scot, who announced that he may have to retire after this years event, is now playing pain free after having a hip resurfacing operation five months ago.

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Other British hopes lie with British number one Johanna Konta and Kyle Edmund, who followed Murray as British number one last year, is seeded 30th seed at Wimbledon this year. British wildcards include Jay Clarke, James Ward and Paul Jubb in the men’s draw and Heather Watson, Harriet Dart and Katie Swan in the ladies event.

Defending champion and top seed Novak Djokovic will kick things off tomorrow on Centre Court at 1:00pm against Philipp Kohlschreiber from Germany.  Tuesday will see the start of the women’s competition with last year’s winner Angelique Kerber on Centre at 1:00pm. French Open winner Rafael Nadal will be looking for his 19th Grand Slam title, Roger Federer is playing for his 21st title and Djokovic will be on sixteen titles if he wins this years Wimbledon crown. Collectively the top trio have won an impressive fifty-three of the past sixty-four major titles.

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The women’s tournament is more unpredictable. Top seed is American Ashleigh Barty and fellow American is eleventh seed Serena Williams who will be bidding for her eighth Wimbledon title. An ongoing knee injury may scupper her chances to achieve an all-time record of twenty-four Grand Slam titles.

The 133rd Wimbledon Championships will take place from 1st – 14th July 2019 on the grass courts at SW19 – Visit www.wimbledon.com for all the news and up-to-date information.

Information used with courtesy of BBC Sport – www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/

 

 

 

World Tennis News | Djokovic Wins Seventh Australian Open Title

Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic have taken the first Grand Slam titles of the 2019 season at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Djokovic won his 15th major and seventh Australian Open title defeating Rafael Nadal in the final 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. It was a second Grand Slam title for twenty-one year old Osaka who now also becomes world number one after she defeated Petra Kvitova in the final 7-6 (7-2), 5-7, 6-4. Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert won the men’s doubles final 6-4, 7-6(1) and Samantha Stosur and Shuai Zhang claimed the women’s doubles title 6-3, 6-4.

In sad news for British Tennis former number one Andy Murray announced before the start of the tournament that he plans to retire after Wimbledon in the summer after a year of injuries if he makes it that far. The three-time Grand Slam champion, who is still struggling to recover from his hip surgery of twelve months ago, lost his first-round match against Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4, 7-6, 7-6, 6-2.

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Information and photos used with courtesy of www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/

 

Tennis Talk: The Championships, Wimbledon 2018

The Championships, Wimbledon 2018 starts tomorrow (2nd July), the most anticipated two weeks in the tennis calender will culminate on Sunday 15th July with the Men’s finals.

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The famous grass courts located in SW19, home of The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, will see hundreds of people come through the turnstiles to be part of the action. However, British tennis fans received disappointedly news today as former number one and two-time champion Andy Murray announced his withdrawal from this year’s event due to his ongoing recovery from hip surgery.

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Defending champion Roger Federer will begin his campaign for his ninth Wimbledon men’s singles title when he opens play tomorrow afternoon on Centre Court. Last year’s women’s singles champion Garbiñe Muguruza from Spain is third seed in this year’s tournament and opens play on Centre Court on Tuesday against Brit Naomi Broady.

Seven-time champion Serena Williams will back in action at Wimbledon for the first time since giving birth to her daughter and also plays her first match tomorrow. British hopes lie with current number ones Kyle Edmund and Johanna Konta who kick start their Wimbledon journey on Tuesday will both be looking for their first Grand Slam title. Jamie Murray and his partner Bruno Soares are fifth seeds and ones to watch in the Men’s Doubles.

To follow all the action and find out the latest news throughout the Wimbledon fortnight visit www.wimbledon.com/

Information and photos sourced from www.wimbledon.com/

 

TT Tour 2018

The TT Tour is back for 2018 giving all Totally Tennis players the opportunity to play in regular competitions held at the indoor centre. There will be seven tournaments throughout the year and the top eight players from each squad will be invited back for the Grand Finals on 4th November for a chance to finish as the club’s champion in each age group!

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The TT Tour is a competition programme for Totally Tennis players. There are seven events overall, six tournaments throughout the year and the Grand Finals in November. An up-to-date leaderboard will show each player’s rankings in each group. Points are awarded to the winner, runner-up and third/fourth place players for each event as well as additional points for entering. The Grand Slam events of the Australian Open (25/2), French Open 20/5), Wimbledon (24/6) and the US Open (16/9) offer higher points and all points will be added to each group leaderboard.

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RED (Pirates, Indians, Red Squad) 10am – 12 noon

GREEN (Giants and Green Squad) 1pm – 3:30pm

ORANGE (Dodgers and Orange Squad) 10 am – 12 noon

YELLOW (A,B,C and Performance Squads) 1 pm – 3:30pm

PLAYERS MUST BOOK IN BEFORE THE EVENT. There must be a minimum of 4 players per age group for each tournament to be played. Each event costs £6.50 per player.

All players interested in participating can book in reception or call the office on 01256 358816. The TT Tour events will be run by coach Miles Bromilow.

  2017 TT Tour champions Hayden and Kevin pictured with coach Andrew Dingwall

 

World Tennis News: Federer Wins 6th Australian Open Title

Roger Federer has joined a select group of players after winning his 20th Grand Slam title with his five-set victory over Marin Cilic to claim the Australian Open crown. He becomes the first male player to join Margaret Court, Serena Williams and Steffi Graf who have all won over twenty of more major singles titles.

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Swiss number one Federer, 36 won his sixth Australian Open title after beating Cilic in yesterday’s final in Melbourne 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 3-6. 6-1. With the Australian summer temperature’s soaring the final was played under the roof of the Rod Laver Arena in the air-conditioning amid some controversy as it’s an outdoor tournament.

Federer told BBC Sport, “It’s a dream come true and the fairytale continues.” he added, “I’ve won three slams now in 12 months. I can’t believe it myself.”

Over in the Women’s event it was a dream come true for Caroline Wozniacki from Denmark who won her first Grand Slam title as well as regaining her World Number One  position. Second seed Wozniacki beat Simona Halep from Romania in the final 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 6-4 to finally win her first major title after forty-three attempts.

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Six-time champion Novak Djokovic, who was defending his 2017 title, was beaten in the quarters by Chung Hyeon from Korea 7-6 (7-4) 7-5 7-6 (7-3). Hyeon became the first Korean to qualify for a Grand Slam quarter-final. Fellow 2017 champion Serena Williams took the decision not to compete in this year’s event after having her first child near the end of 2017.

British number two Kyle Edmund played his best Grand Slam event to date before his hopes were dashed by eventual runner-up  Cilic who defeated him in straight sets 6-2, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 in their semi-finals encounter. British number one Andy Murray was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to a hip operation and fellow British number one Johanna Konta, who was ninth seed, had a shock second round defeat by American Bernarda Pera 6-4 7-5, this win was only Pera’s second win at Grand Slam level.

Over in the doubles, Mate Pavic celebrated becoming a double champion after winning both the Men’s and Mixed titles with his respective partners. In the Men’s event Pavic and partner Oliver Marach beat eleventh seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah from Columbia 6-4, 6-4 while in the Mixed him and partner Gabriela Dabrowski beat Rohan Bopanna and Timea Babos 2-6, 6-4 [11-9]. It was not all disappointment for Babos however as she had already won the Women’s title with partner Kristina Mladenovic. The duo beat the Russian pairing of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-4, 6-3 in the final.

Information used courtesy of BBC Sport and photos from ausopen.com/

 

 

 

 

World Tennis News: Australian Open 2018 Preview

The first Grand Slam of the 2018 tennis season, The Australian Open will be played in Melbourne from 15th – 28th January. The world’s top players will be in action at the newly upgrade Melbourne Park battling it out on court to lift the first Grand Slam trophy of the year.

o_redevelopment_pre_08012018_05Defending Men’s champions Roger Federer will be back in action this year, hoping to win his sixth Australia Open championship title. Seven time champion and 2017 winner Serena Williams, who is back on court after giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia, has sadly withdrawn from this year’s event. Williams played her first match since giving birth at the beginning of September on 30th December at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi. After losing that exhibition match against current French Open Champion Jelena Ostapenko 2–6, 6-3, [5–10] she decided to withdraw from the Australian Open

After competing in Abu Dhabi I realized that although I am super close, I’m not where I personally want to be.” Williams said, “Even though I am disappointed about it, I’ve decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year. 

Former champion (2009) Rafael Nadal is back at the top of the World rankings and looking to win another Grand Slam title after losing to Federer in last year’s final. Six time champion Novak Djokovic will also be biting at Federer’s heels for another crack at the title. The Women’s event is wide open after Williams withdrawal but there are plenty looking to talk their place on the podium.

In disappointing news for patrotic tennis fans British number one and former World number one Andy Murray, who is actually in Melbourne after hip surgery in the city, will not be competing this year. His subsequent post-op recovery and rehabilitation will see him off court in competition mode for some time, maybe even until the summer’s grass court season. Murray, who has now dropped to 16th in the world rankings, has been dogged with injury since last year’s Wimbledon Championships when he last won a competitive match.

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Murray said in an interview with the BBC, “I’m not finished playing tennis yet. I’m going to be competing at the highest level again,” he added, “I’m very optimistic about the future – the surgeon is very happy about how it went.”

British interests now lies elsewhere with eyes trained on British number one and tenth seed Johanna Konta who has enjoyed success in both her previous Australian Open campaigns. Konta, who was forced to retire from the quarters in the Brisbane International last week due to hip problems, is in Sydney where she hoped to defend her 2017 Sydney International title. Things didn’t go to plan for the defending champion who was beaten in the first round by Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 7-5 to in a repeat of last year’s final.

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British No.2 Kyle Edmund also got to the quarters of the Brisbane event but has withdrawn from this week’s Auckland Open to assess his ankle injury ahead of the Australian Open. Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares who were runners-up at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha and are now in Adelaide to compete for Team International in the World Tennis Challenge ahead of the Australian Open where they won the doubles title in 2016.

For a full player line-up, schedules and all the latest news ahead and during the tournament visit www.ausopen.com

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