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and 2017 winner Serena Williams, who is back on court after giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia, has sadly withdrawn from this year’s event.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.

99513070_murray_insta.jpgMurray, pictured with his coach Jamie Delgado, after his hip surgery this week in Melbourne (Source: Andy Murray Official Instagram page)

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.


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.

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World Tennis News: Federer Wins Eighth Wimbledon Title

Another Wimbledon Championships is over after a great fortnight of tennis in SW19 that saw third seed Roger Federer (3) became the first man to win Wimbledon a record eight times.

b_aerial_778_140717-2 Federer, who last won the prestigious in 2012, defeated an injured and emotional Marin Cilic (7) from Croatia 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 to become the oldest man in the Open Era to win at the All England Club. This latest victory takes him to an impressive total of nineteen Grand Slam titles with Rafael Nadal behind on fifteen.

b_federer_1117_160717_jm.jpgWorld and British number one Andy Murray (1) struggled with a hip injury and crashed out of this year’s Wimbledon Championships in the quarter-final defeated by Sam Querrey (24) in five sets 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(7-4), 1-6, 1-6. His exit was swiftly followed by Women’s British number one Johanna Konta (6) in the semis who lost to five-time champion Venus Williams (10) 6-4, 6-2.


Spain’s Garbine Muguruza (14) beat Williams in Saturday’s ladies final 7-5, 6-0 to win her first Wimbledon title.



 It wasn’t all bad news for the British players however with top seeds Jamie Murray picking up the Mixed Doubles title with his partner Martina Hingis beating unseeded fellow Brit Heather Watson and her partner Henri Kontinen 6-4, 6-4 in the final.


Two more titles for British players came in the wheelchair competition. Britain’s Jordanne Whiley and her partner Yui Kamiji won their fourth successive Wimbledon women’s wheelchair doubles title after beating Marjolein Buis and Diede de Groot (2) 2-6, 6-3, 6-0. Defending champions Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid (2) beat top seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer from France  6-7(5-7), 7-5, 7-6(7-3) to claim their second consecutive Wimbledon men’s wheelchair doubles title.


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World Tennis News: Top Players Compete in Dubai

It’s the Men’s turn to compete in the second week of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships being held at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium until 4th March. Last week the ladies were in action with seventh seed Elina Svitolina crowned the winner after she beat tenth seed Caroline Wozniacki in the final.


Recently crowned Australian Open champion, Roger Federer was looking to secure his eighth Dubai title but he suffered a shock defeat yesterday by Russian qualifier Evgeny Donskoy in their second round encounter. Donskoy, who is ranked 116 in the world beat Federer 3-6, 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-5) to progress to the next round.

World number one and British number one Andy Murray is back on court after losing in the fourth round of the Grand Slam in Melbourne and recovering from a bout of shingles. Murray, who is top seed, defeated Tunisian Malek Jaziri 6-4, 6-1 and then Guillermo Garcia-Lopez  from Spain 6-2, 6-0 and will now face German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the quarter finals

Second seed Stanilsas Wawrinka also made an early exit with another shock defeat by Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Damir Dzumhur 7-6 (7-4), 6-3. Joing Murray, Kohlschreiber, Dzumhur and  Donskoy in the final eight are fourth seed Gael Monfils, seventh seed Lucas Pouill, Fernando Verdasco and Robin Haase. These matches will take place later today, teh semi-finals tomorrow and the final on Saturday.

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Tennis Talk: Brits at Wimbledon Preview

Tennis fans are geared up for the world’s most prestigious grass court tournament as Wimbledon starts on Monday (27th June). British number and 2013 champion Andy Murray has been named as second seed in this year’s tournament behind World Number One and three time winner Novak Djokovic. Fresh from his Queen’s Club victory last Sunday where he beat two Brits in the run up to the final, Murray will face another Brit in his first round match in the men’s singles in the form of wildcard Liam Broady.

IMG_6258Fellow Brit and wildcard James Ward faces a tough opening match against defending champion Djokovic on centre court. Kyle Edmund, who Murray beat in the quarters at Queen’s will play Adrian Mandarin from France and Aljaz Bedene (who Murray also defeated at Queen’s) will play 2015 Wimbledon semi-finalist Richard Gasquet also from France in his opening match. Murray who is playing in the bottom half of the draw has a favourable run to the final if he progresses as expected, not facing either Djokovic or third seed and seven-time champion Roger Federer until the final. Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Gasquet are the highest seeds in Murray’s part of the draw. Other Brits in the draw are Dan Evans who faces Jan Lennard Struff, Brydan Klein against Nicolas Mahut and Alex Ward who will meet eleventh seed David Goffin.

In the women’s singles, British number one and sixteenth seed Johanna Konta faces Monica Puig from Puerto Rica, while British number two Heather Watson starts her 2016 campaign against Annika Beck. Like Ward in the men’s event Laura Robson has a tricky first round match against current Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber. Robson did beat Kerber at Wimbledon in 2011 but has lost two matches against her since. Naomi Broady will play seventeenth seed Elina Svitolina, Katie Swan faces Timea Babos and Tara Moore is up against Alison van Uytvanck. Defending champion and top seed Serena Williams will open play against a so far unnamed qualifier.


In other British tennis news Jamie Murray, 30 was awarded an OBE for his services to tennis and charity. Currently ranked second in the Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings and Australian Open champion with partner Bruno Soares, the duo have been ranked as third seeds in this year’s Wimbledon draw.



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World Tennis News: Australian Open First Week Update

The first week of the first Grand Slam of the 2016 season has finished with not many surprises. British number one and current world number two Andy Murray dropped his first set of this year’s Australian Open in his third round match against beat J Sousa from Portugal  6-2, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. In his first two rounds in Melbourne Murray defeated both opponents in straight sets, Germany’s A Zverev 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 in the first round followed by Sam Groth from Australia 6-0, 6-4, 6-1 in round two. Murray will now face another Australian Bernard Tomic in round four tomorrow to book his place in the last eight, also playing at the Rod Laver Arena tomorrow for a place in the quarter-fianals is France’s Gael Monfils versus Andrey Kuznetsov from Russia, Stan Wawrinka from Switzerland is up against Canadian Milos Raonic and Spain’s David Ferrer will compete against American John Isner. Britain’s Kyle Edmund went out in round one after a tough five-set match losing to Damir Dzumhur from Bosnia and Herzegovina 6-1, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 and he was joined by teammate Aljaz Bedene who lost to America’s Steve Johnson 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3).


World number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic was up against it in his fourth round match against France’s Gilles Simon, eventually winning in the five sets in the match that lasted well over four hours 6-3, 6-7 (1-7), 6-4, 4-6 6-3, he will now face Japan’s Kei Nishikori. Joining Djokovic in the last eight is four-time champion Roger Federer who defeated David Goffin from Belgium 6-2, 6-1, 6-4, he will play Tomas Berdych.


British number one Johanna Konta, 24 is looking to book her Grand-slam quarter final place after she defeated her tennis heroine Venus Williams 6-4, 6-2 in her opening round match last Tuesday and then beat Zheng Saisai 6-2, 6-3 in round two and Czech Republic’s Densia Allertova 6-2, 6-2 in the third round. She will now face twenty-first seed Ekaterina Makarova from Russia. Also looking for a place in the last eight is America’s Madison Keys who faces Shuai Zhang, Victoria Azarenka from Belarus versus Czech Barbora Strycova and the all-German tie of seventh seed Angelique Kerber against Annika Beck. British number two Heather Watson bowed out in the first round after she was beaten by Hungary’s Timea Babos in a close match.7-6 (7-4), 7-5, 7-5

The women’s quarter finals are already shaping up with old rivals Serena Williams (USA) facing Russia’s Maria Sharapova and Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska up against Carla Suarez-Navarro from Spain.

In the Men’s doubles seventh seeds Jamie Murray (UK) and Bruno Soares (Brazil) face fellow Brit Dominic Inglot and his Swedish partner Robert Lindstedt in round three. British pairing of Konta and Watson were knocked out by teammates Jocelyn Rae and Anna Smith in round two 6-2, 6-3 who were then beaten in round three 6-3, 6-4 by Yuang-Jan and Hao-Ching Chan.

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World Tennis News: Djokovic Wins Fourth ATP World Tour Finals Title

World number one Novak Djokovic won his record fourth consecutive Barclays ATP World Tour Finals crown last night at The O2 in London.


Serbian Djokovic defeated six-time winner Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4 in their forty-fourth meeting. Earlier in the group stages of the competition Federer had beat Djokovic 7-5, 6-2.

This gives Djokovic his eleventh title of 2015 and his fifty-ninth overall at the tour-level. He finishes the 2015 season with an 82-6 win-loss record and is now just fourteen match victories from reaching a massive seven hundred in his career to date.

British number one Andy Murray missed out on a place in the last four at the Tour Finals as Stanislas Wawrinka won their final group match in straight sets 7-6,(7-4),6-4 in front of a packed O2 arena.

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Tennis Talk:National Conference

Last week tennis director Nigel Long, Head Coach James McIntosh and Centre Manager Emily Wootton went to ExCel London to attend the Tennis Foundation National Community Indoor Tennis Conference.


The event brought together members of the nationwide indoor tennis network who have operational responsibility and was themed around sustainability. The speakers were 1996 GB Olympic High Jump Bronze Medalist Steve Smith, the managers of Liverpool Indoor Tennis Centre and Bromley Tennis Centre and a Leisure Trust manager.


McIntosh and Wootton then went to the watch some of the action at the World Tour Finals being held at the O2. The lucky pair got to see The Bryan brothers followed by Roger Federer against Novak Djokovic where Federer beat the World Number one 7-5, 6-2.