Professional Tennis Tournaments have been
postponed globally until April. This follows after the “Association of Tennis
Professional” confirmed through a press conference that a six-week postponement
would follow. This is because of the increasing health concerns regarding the
coronavirus, with the safety of attendees and participants being a significant
priority. That’s why both the ATP Challenger Tour & Regular Tour have been
cancelled until April 27th. This extends to the Women’s Tennis Association and
International Tennis Federation, who both confirmed that postponements would
last until April 20th.
The ATP Chairman noted that this decision wasn’t
taken lightly and that it’s a substantial loss for our supporters. However,
multiple governing associations and professional players agree that this
decision is best to ensure the safety of the overall tennis community. These
safety precautions extend to the general public as well, with this global
pandemic being unprecedented in the modern era. It should be mentioned that
staff were willing to walk off the job if cancellations weren’t implemented,
forcing the hand of the ATP regardless.
Statements from representatives with the ATP expressed that the global nature of Tennis requires international travel, which has been postponed by multiple nations under newly formed restrictions. Were having to continually monitor the situation daily to determine when the ATP Tour, WTA Championship and ITF Tournament can resume. This task has proven to be challenging for multiple sporting associations, including MLS and the Premier League.
The Cancelled Venues
Following the confirmation to cancel professional
matchup’s or tournaments, multiple venues have confirmed their closure. This
includes the events slated for Charleston, Miami, Bogota and Guadalajara.
Middle Eastern tournaments under the ATP Challenger Tour in Kazakhstan was
cancelled on March 14th. This extended to additional matchups under this league
in South Africa. When it applies to the World Tennis Tour, events were cancelled
at the Indian Wells and Monte Carlo.
It’s suspected that all these notable
cancellations will cause significant issues for tournament owners, who will
lose hundreds of millions in respective contract agreements. There are also
substantial concerns that ATP and WTA Players will begin losing access to their
monthly funds, with these competitors earning money from their professional
careers. Neither governing association has provided details on potential
Novak Djokovic is back in the news after winning the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships. This followed after he defeated Gael Monfils during the semifinals, indicating that the former champ had returned to his previous greatness. It was once again proven after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas during the finals with 6-3 and 6-4 sets. This marks Novak’s second title this season.
When it applies to his battle with Gael Monfils, it was an unexpected victory that saw bookies shocked with the results. Novak Djokovic was anticipated to lose the semifinals but ended up experiencing tripe-match winning points. The 1st match was at 3-6, then 2nd at 7-6 and the 3rd at 6-1. Sporting analysts mentioned how he competed flawlessly and showed similar form during the finals, enabling Novak Djokovic to acquire a 79th ATP Title. This allows Novak to stand at the number one tennis player in the world.
Djokovic stated publicly: “Yesterday I was one shot away from losing the match, and it could’ve easily happened that I wasn’t here fighting for the trophy today. But this is a sport, and things can turn around very quickly, and I’m thankful for this opportunity. I appreciate this moment. It’s a big win for me.”
When it applies to the finals, Stefanos was the leading contender during the beginning of this series. Novak fought off the formidable display of talent shown by Stefanos, eventually breaking through his defence after what seemed like countless serves. This changed when Novak performed a crosscourt background, enabling him to acquire a lead at 5-3.
The second match in the finals became more complicated with Stefanos coming back against Novak’s lead, showing strike after strike without any break. Within an hour it forced Djokovic to backdown until the 3rd match, where he’d be victorious with a two-over three-match win. This means that after eight games, the almighty Stefanos Tsitsipas will have lost his winning streak. Taking this victory means that Novak Djokovic has taken Dubai five times, with the last time being 2013. He’s three shy from defeating the record holder of Roger Federer.
Charitable donations have become a substantial issue for Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, with the two professional ATP athletes wanting to use their fame to benefit the less fortunate. This was proven again during the “Match in Africa”, which saw more than 50+ thousand viewers, with the added benefit of $3.5 million raised for multiple charities. Joining Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal was Bill Gates and Trevor Noah. These four mean participated in a hysterical doubles match-up, which saw an immediate influx of donations.
Roger Federer was partnered with Bill Gates, with the two men coming victorious over Trevor Noah and Rafael Nadal. This isn’t the first time that Federer and Gates have competed together in a Celebrity event, with the two men previously battling Mike McCready from Pearl Jam and ATP Professional John Isner. Held in Seattle during 2017, this charitable match-up saw donations reaching $2 million. Gates and Federer would meet again in 2018 for a Silicon Valley match-up, which saw $2.5 million raised for charity. This indicates that each respective doubles match played with Gates and Federer sees increasing donations.
Roger Federer spoke about his most recent experiences with Bill Gates. It was noted that Gates brings an overwhelming presence of infectious kindness, which spreads like the coronavirus he donated $100 million towards eradicating. Roger mentioned that there isn’t any level to which Bill Gates won’t assist humanity, with him being the sole reason that 75% of the world’s billionaires have selected to donate their entire fortune before passing away.
These statements continued with Federer mentioning that Gates has a wealth of knowledge, that he’s one of the brightest minds of the millennia and that he’s honoured to know such an influential man. Federer closed his comments by expressing that the support of Bill Gates is unlike anything else you’ve ever seen, and it inspires you to do more for humanity. It should be noted that Tennis is the favourite sport of Bill Gates, with Roger Federer being his favourite player.
Bill Gates Inaccurately Predicted the Coronavirus
Roger Federer mentioned the $100 million donations Bill Gates made towards eradicating the coronavirus. He made this donation after predicting in 2018 that a new disease similar to SARS would potentially kill 30 million people. This was because the influential philanthropist knew of the laboratory environments used by China to harvest deadlier forms of Smallpox and SARS. However, Gates presumed the disease would follow six months after his April 2018 prediction. He also inaccurately predicted the death of 30 million people, with this virus having already been primarily contained on the global stage.
Venus Williams, the older sister to Serena Williams, has been defeated by Coca Gauff for the second consecutive year. When the 2019 Wimbledon took place, the tennis community became shocked when Coca Gauff defeated Venus Williams. This unknown 15-year old dominated over Williams at the grand slam tournament, with the former queen of tennis being dethroned. Venus wasn’t able to reacquire her vengeance against Coca Gauff at the 2020 Australian Open and history repeated itself with Coca taking victory at a 7-6 and 6-3 against Williams. This young star displayed how far her capabilities have come in the last eight months, and this has led to the competition fearing this formidable woman.
The maturity and athletics displayed by Coca Gauff have been remarkable. It’s the exact opposite of Venus Williams, who comes off aggressive and upset when mistakes are made. The 39-year-old athlete is competing in the Australian Open for the 20th time and cannot strike with the same power that made the Williams famous. The emotional way that Venus was playing allowed for Coca Gauff to implement problem-solving techniques and determining which strategies were required to defeat her opponent. Not many athletes at 15 can achieve this mental warfare which competing.
Previous professional tennis players that were this young are known for being erratic. Improvements in skillsets came after defeats against stronger opponents. It should be noted that figuring out the tactics of an opponent mid-match isn’t easy for any professional, let alone for somebody experiencing the Australian Open for the 1st time. Coco Gauff is currently ranked 67th in the Women’s Tennis Association, with that rank slated to increase with her defeat over Venus.
Venus Williams Failing
Venus Williams has struggled to compete at professional levels in her older age. It’s been two years since she last reached the Australian Open final in Melbourne. Venus is months away from turning forty, with sports analysts determining that age is beginning to factor into her skillsets. Movements have become slow, with her infamous backhand side becoming weak. Williams removed herself from the Brisbane Open after experiencing multiple setbacks. The mental anxiety facing Venus Williams in 2020 in severe, which leads little room for improvement. It’s shocking to see an athlete known for their calm behaviour turn into an aggressive, uncentred athlete.
When it applies to Coca Gauff, she competes next against the Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova. Defeating this competitor would move Gauff up into the third round against Naomi Osaka, the defending champion for the WTA. Winning the Australian Open championship would provide this young athlete with respect, which she deserves amongst fellow WTA opponents.
The Australian Bushfires has prompted for numerous sporting events to be cancelled or relocated. The most recent is the Canberra Tennis Tournament, which was confirmed this week to be moving to Bendigo. This comes after plums of smoke have begun terrorizing the Canberra Region, which would inevitably affect the breathing conditions for wildfires. This announcement comes after more than 100+ bushfires have scorched through ten million acres, destroying more than one thousand homes in the process. These bushfires have also taken the lives of 500 million animals.
The Canberra Tennis Tournament received a saving grace by acquiring relocation. Recently, a matchup for cricket in Sydney saw the event abandoned because of similar issues. It was for this significant event that the authorities behind the Canberra Tennis International began relocation efforts, eventually reaching a deal with the region of Bendigo. This announcement came less than 24 hours before these matchups were slated to start. Kim Kachel, the Chief Executive for the Canberra Tennis International, noted that their main priority is the health and safety of everyone involved. This included the volunteers, stakeholders, players, guests and staff.
Kim expressed that after she received a significant debriefing from the local fire authorities and weather reports, it has concurred that the conditions were unfavourable. That playtime wouldn’t most likely start if they remained in Canberra. Immediately all tennis players were relocated to Dingo via air support, avoiding the numerous shut down roads and ferries across Australia. This tournament being cancelled would’ve meant one less event for the ATP Men’s Challenger Tour and ITF Women’s Futures Tour. It should be noted that this is a low ranked competition which sees the legends of tomorrow compete for championship titles.
Though officials terminated one matchup for cricket, most of the matchups slated for Australia Vs New Zealand occurred without any disruption. Plums of smoke weren’t surrounding the capital city on Friday, with bushfires remaining outside the region. However, alterations in the wind patterns caused by the smoke to move towards Sydney. The result was the third matchup between New Zealand and Australia having to be postponed for six hours. Afterwards, players were mainly unaffected with clouds and smoke passing over the region. It was the day after that the next match was terminated, with temperatures reaching 104 Degrees. It’s unknown if any other upcoming events are planned during these horrendous conditions in Australia.
For readers with a busy lifestyle and those requiring processed information on the latest stories in Tennis, you’ve come to the right place. This week saw no shortage of information, with two stories making headlines worldwide. The first revolved around the Australian Open and how its cash prize increased to $49 million. Melbourne officials provided details on the upcoming 2020 Australian Open, which raised 14% in funds from ticket sales and advertising. Organizers noted that $71 million was earned, with the Australian Open officials earning $22 million. Subsequently, this marks the biggest prize pool in tennis history.
The stars behind this sport haven’t always supported this incredible payday, with Novak Djokovic often distancing himself. Novak has requested fans through various media representatives that they began revolting against the way Grand Slam revenues are disbursed amongst the stars. He believes these funds could be put towards better use, with some others following his mentality. However, most of the athletes in Tennis have taken the opposite road and requested increased prize pools.
The Director for the Australian Open mentioned how they’re continually improving the payment conditions for international tennis players, with Craig pointing out that payments increased by 3x their previous valuations in 2007. It should be noted that the $49 million prize pool doesn’t go to a singular individual and that it is spread out amongst numerous competitors. This includes Doubles and Singles in the Women’s or Men’s competition. Anybody in the league wanting to compete for the prize pool must register before January 20th and be within the top one hundred.
The Betting Problems
Reports which were released last year from the International Review Panel are slated to address the numerous integrity issues related to online betting amongst the athletes. Last year various Tennis Stars broke the law by influencing future wagers, often allowing themselves to be defeated for increased funds. That’s why the association has begun expanding the payment revenue, which was recommended by the IRP. Corruption should be lowered in the International Tennis Federation, which also plans to implement their various measures to reduce illegal betting.
Readers considering betting on the upcoming event cannot have any affiliation with the 100 top players in the league. Official partnered sites like Bet365 and Paddy Power will report accounts found of having inside knowledge. This is one of the federations methods towards limiting corruption in International Tennis.
The Tennis Community was shocked when it was revealed that Max Hamou, a professional tennis player for Germany, was found guilty in an international betting scandal. Hamou is the only German player mentioned in this list, which extends to 135 athletes worldwide. This gambling crime has prompted investigations from the European Union and the United States, with the Federal Bureau of Investigation taking the lead. They are working with countries like Spain, France, and Belgium to bring these individuals to justice. The FBI confirmed that three ATP Title Holders are connected to this global criminal offence, which will most likely see them stripped of their titles.
Additional details have been provided regarding this illegal gambling offence, with the Belgium Vice Prosecutor noting that this act was committed through the Armenian Betting Mafia Network. Eric Bisschop pointed out that this gambling mafia has moved across several countries in the European Union and has manipulated hundreds of games. It’s anticipated that millions of Euros have been earned through these manipulation efforts, with this mafia organization being strictly structured. It’s known that some maintain the accounts and others that provide security over accumulated funds. Prosecutors across the Union anticipate this mafia to grow to 14 countries by 2020.
The Rise of Gambling Scandals
Gambling scandals have been on the rise since 2015. Expects have seen an increase of 52% over the last four years, with the scandalous industry earning billions worldwide. Throughout 2018, it’s estimated that illegal bets came in around 1.6 Trillion Euros worldwide. Global governments don’t have access to these funds, with criminal syndicates and mafia groups controlling the black market. However, investigation units are working continuously to bring these individuals to justice and return markets to a legalized status. It’s known that the Tennis Integrity Unit has banned twenty players, men and women included, because of this gambling scam. Most of the names haven’t been revealed, with sports analysts expecting the Federal Bureau of Investigations to release the full list in the new year.
In 1970 Margaret Court won the Australian Open, the initial Conquest event of the year, therefore beginning what would certainly end up being a historical year in tennis. As the year took place, Margaret gathered much more prizes, consisting of the females’ songs at Roland Garros, at Wimbledon, as well as lastly, the United States Open, to finish the Conquest– an accomplishment matched by just 2 other women, Maureen Connolly in 1953, as well as a lot more lately by Steffi Graf in 1988.
To note this historical event, Margaret Court, in addition to her friends and family, has actually been welcomed to Australian Open 2020 as a unique visitor, and also to join a substantial program of occasions throughout the competition. In June this year Tennis Australia’s manufacturing group invested a day with Margaret in your home in Perth, shooting for a small docudrama which will certainly be launched throughout the occasion.
Throughout recording Margaret shared valuable memories of her time on the scenic tour, as well as intimate representations on her unequaled success. Her on court expertise, track record for being very healthy as well as training in a style method ahead of her time, together with her label ‘the arm’ for her substantial reach, are kept in mind by fellow tales consisting of Pole Laver. The Australian Open’s main program likewise consists of a function on Margaret’s accomplishments in 1970.
Various other prepare for the 50th wedding anniversary consist of in-stadium home entertainment that takes the target market back to 1970 as well as Margaret’s historical win, and also the yearly Australian Open Legends Lunch. More occasions as well as chances, as is usual at the Australian Open, will certainly be revealed throughout the competition.
A couple of years ago Roger Federer had an idea which would be referred to as the Laver Cup. The vision entailed a tennis festival, an event where the legends of the sport are honoured, and the upcoming generation is inspired. It had to be fun for those who competed and those who attended. Today we know this vision became a reality which exceeded his expectation. 20-22 September is when the third edition of this event is taking place in Geneva, home turf to Federer himself.
Within a short period of only three years, the Laver Cup became extremely popular. During the first edition which took place in 2017 in Prague and the second in 2018 in Chicago, the event showed itself as an absolute hit on the tennis calendar. In such a degree that this year the ATP decided to let go of their antagonistic attitude towards the tournament and finally recognize it as one of the official world tournaments. The event will however not influence the ATP rankings, due to various tour rules which prevent ranking happening at the tournament. Chris Kermode, the CEO of ATP, expressed their excitement over the event. He mentioned that the players had contributed passionately, and the tennis fans of the world responded with sold-out events.
The Structure of the Laver Cup
The cup is named after Rod Laver, a living legend in the world of tennis. The tournament exists out of two teams competing against each other. The team representing Europe is named after German tennis legend, Bjorn Borg and the opposing team, Team World is named after the former bad boy in tennis history, John McEnroe. The core of Federer’s vision was to deliver a fun event for tennis fans globally which give honour to legends who made history in the game. The immediate appeal which it had from the crowds was, however, exceeding his own expectations. The Laver Cup is being played indoors in many significant areas. The venues resemble those which are used for WWE or even rock concerts. These are chosen specifically to attract the attention of younger interest.
Staring the Best
Even though the tournament is scheduled shortly after the US Open, Federer managed to get a brilliant lineup for the weekend tennis extravaganza. Winner of the US Open, Rafael Nadal and good friend to Federer, is one of the great stars showcasing his talent over the weekend. Nadal’s loyalty to both his good friend and the Laver Cup is represented in the fact that this tennis superstar announced shortly after taking victory in the US Open, that he will need to rest, to let the tendinitis in his knees heal. He said that his schedule for the remainder of the year would have to be delayed for a couple of days, but the one event which he will most definitely be present at is the Laver Cup.
This has been a great week in the life of Nick Kyrgios. He had to describe it as one of his favourite weeks. The 24year-old Kyrgios won Daniil Medvedev with straight sets of 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-4) while delivering a very entertaining final game.
The Australian born Kyrgios has been playing in eight ATP finals and secured his sixth title win this week. He is currently the highest-rated Australian tennis player on the ATP ranks. During his career, his professionalism as the player has been a couple of times in question though. Only last month during Wimbledon, Kyrgios was hitting the spotlight for being seen in a pub the night before playing Rafael Nadal. It often seemed in the past like he was giving up on matches.
This might have changed now, and we can only hope that when Kyrgios stated that he decided to make a change, which this time around it will last. He also expressed his appreciation for the fact that even during a time when he didn’t have faith in himself anymore, there were still those who had faith in him and kept on supporting him.
Always Keeping the Crowds Intrigued
Kyrgios has a very naughty side when on the court, and that makes his games very entertaining to the crowds. During this week of play they were often asked on suggestions where to serve, handing out fist pumps or quietly singing along with songs, Kyrgios has fun on the court, and he has a way of keeping the crowd captivated. What this week showed us again is that when Kyrgios focus on the game and set out to win, he can be unbeatable. He has in the past been able to beat players much stronger than his competitors during this week in the US, but will he now finally stop faffing around and focus on his game and his impeccable talent?
Complex History of Wins and Losses
Over the years, he has shown us that when he wants to win, he can be undefeated, but his emotions are always seeming to get the better part of him. Kyrgios struggle to play a motivated game when he is competing against lower-ranked players, leaving him often losing against them. When he is motivated, he defeats much stronger opponents like during the Mexican Open earlier this year. After going through a terrible run during the Delray Beach Open in February, he arrived at the Mexican Open with renewed focus. He managed to defeat Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal, John Isner and Alexander Zverev and ended up winning the title. It is clear that when he is happy in life, he is a winner, but too often his emotions are having an unfortunate effect on his performance, and that is what is robbing him of becoming the best he can be on the court.