Men’s tennis has a habit of proclaiming a new era, and the events at the Australian Open over the last week have once again pushed the sport’s favourite topic into the spotlight. Stefanos Tsitsipas’s defeat of Roger Federer on Sunday and his subsequent progression to the semi-finals, where he’ll face another all-time great in Rafael Nadal, has been the trigger on this occasion. The 20-year-old Greek talent is exactly what men’s tennis needs – a new, young and exciting face on the way up. But is he really the signal of a new age where the likes of Federer, Nadal, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are dethroned? The man who spawned the debate this time is seven-time grand slam champion and commentator John McEnroe, who stated a “changing of the guard” was under way during his on-court interview with Tsitsipas. It was a reiteration of a point the American had made before the tournament started in Melbourne. “Expecting that others players … [Read more...] about Is Stefanos Tsitsipas’s progress at the Australian Open a sign of a changing of the guard in men’s tennis?
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It was the modern tennis world’s Battle of the Sexes - Serena Williams and Roger Federer, two giants of the game, battling it out on court for the very first time. Forty-five years after Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in a historic victory, all eyes were on Williams to see if she could triumph. It was not to be, with Federer and his partner, Belinda Bencic, beating Williams and Frances Tiafoe 4-2 4-3 in a mixed doubles contest at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia. But Federer was left in awe of Williams’ powerful serve, and Williams joked afterwards: “I was just warming up!” Federer admitted that the prospect of facing his opponent was “nerve-wracking”, particularly returning her serve. “People talk about her serve so much and you see why it’s such a wonderful serve because you just can’t read it,” he said. “What a pleasure. What an honour. She is a great champion. You see how focused and determined she is and I love … [Read more...] about Serena Williams jokes: ‘I was just warming up!’ after Roger Federer wins Battle of the Sexes
No. 3 Yuta Shimizu of Japan won his second singles title of the year after defeating No. 6 Yuichi Ito 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the 2018 King’s Guam Futures, an ITF Pro Circuit event presented by Docomo Pacific and Hilton Guam Resort & Spa Sunday at the Hilton tennis courts. The 19-year-old Shimizu, ranked as high as No. 5 in the world in the ITF Junior Combined Ranking, brings his winning record with him into the ITF Pro Circuit, 22-10 for the year in singles and 23-10 for the year in doubles. In 2018, Shimizu already has earned two singles titles – the first at the China F1 Futures in January and next, he adds his victory from Sunday at the Hilton tennis courts to his record. Shimizu also has one doubles title this year at the China F4 Futures with partner Te Rigele of China, P.R. Shimizu is next slated to play at the Sony Hong Kong F1 Futures in Hong Kong this week and is ranked No. 7 in the singles main draw, the ITF Web site states. Following the singles match at … [Read more...] about Japan’s Yuta Shimizu wins second singles title of 2018 at King’s Guam Futures tennis tourney
It was smooth sailing for most seeded players competing on opening day Monday of the main draw of the 2018 King’s Guam Futures, an ITF Pro Circuit event presented by Docomo Pacific and Hilton Guam Resort & Spa, at the Hilton tennis courts. Defending champion and No. 1 seed Hiroyasu Ehara of Japan cruised past compatriot Ren Nakamura 6-4, 6-4 and on the other end of the singles bracket, No. 2 Kento Takeuchi, also of Japan, defeated qualifier Teppei Uesugi 6-4, 6-3. No. 3 Yuta Shimizu of Japan defeated Guam’s Derek Okuhama 6-0, 6-0, and No. 5 Sho Katayama of Japan also advanced to the next round after defeating compatriot Ken Onoda 6-3, 6-2. Qualifier Masayoshi Ono of Japan coasted into the second round with a 6-1, 6-2 win over wild card Manu Bajpal of India and Sweden’s Niklas Johansson needed three sets to defeat qualifier Ryotaro Matsumura of Japan, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. In the middle of the bracket, No. 4 Thomas Fancutt of Australia went the distance to dispatch the … [Read more...] about 2018 King’s Guam Futures, an ITF Pro Circuit event presented by Docomo Pacific and Hilton Guam Resort & Spa opens up at the Hilton tennis courts.
On a gloomy day in south-west London suburbia, the sound of tennis balls being thwacked back and forth fills the air. Winning shots are celebrated with polite smatterings of applause, punctuated by solemn calls of “15-0 … deuce … game” from the various umpires. This is the Surbiton Trophy – a low-key Challenger event that takes place in the lead-up to Wimbledon. It is designed mainly for younger players hoping to climb the tennis ladder and veterans who never quite made it to the top level. The doubles competition especially is not where you would expect to find a supposedly retired two-time grand slam champion and former world No 1. But for Lleyton Hewitt, who won Wimbledon 16 years ago and first competed at the Australian Open as a 15 year old in 1997, retirement is a fluid concept. “When you’re retired you’re retired for an awfully long time,” he says at the Surbiton Racket & Fitness Club, still looking in peak physical … [Read more...] about Lleyton Hewitt exclusive interview: On being a tennis addict, Andy Murray and why proposed reforms ‘would kill the Davis Cup’