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
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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’
Should the EU, which is built on the rule of law, tolerate member states that violate this core value? The West's most powerful ideas in humankind's march toward political empowerment and equality are under threat. Concepts such as separation of powers, independent institutions, and the rule of law that were proselytised to developing countries without second thoughts are now in doubt within the EU. Indeed article 2 of the Treaty of the EU proclaims that the EU is "founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities." However, the growing rise of strongmen-led regimes in recent years harnessing populist sentiments to undermine constitutional norms has proved that much work remains to be done in the EU to protect the rule of law. The EU has proposed an innovative solution: a financial price for regimes undermining the rule of law. The proposed regulation … [Read more...] about [Opinion] Linking EU funds to ‘rule of law’ is innovative
MELBOURNE (Reuters) – As Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov and Andrey Rublev of Russia battled on the blue courts at Rod Laver Arena on Friday, it was Nike’s court Melbourne collection that most stood out. The sporting giant’s players have been geared up in striking combinations of black, white and salmon for this year’s Australian Open, to titters of amusement on social media across the first week of the first grand slam of the year. “‘Licorice Allsort’ appears to be the inspiration behind the @Nike tennis apparel this summer. Who wore it better? #Federer #Dimitrov,” Twitter user Daniel Higgins said. Rublev, 20, among other young guns Kyle Edmund of Britain and Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, also 22, all sported the same bold salmon and black-blocked shirt, as Nike splashed bright colours to drive sales to younger fans. It was a scaled down affair for tennis royalty of white with pink accents – defending champion Roger Federer in … [Read more...] about Players get a ‘sweet’ Nike deal at Australian Open