Tennis

French Open on course for September date, says head of French tennis

‘Roland Garros WILL take place’: French Open is on course to be played in September, according to head of French tennis… and there could be spectators at the event Bernard Giudicelli said on Tuesday that Roland Garros will go ahead this year The president of the French Tennis Federation was speaking to Gael Monfils  But Giudicelli admitted it’ll be down to the government on the admittance of fans French Open, which would

Karolina Pliskova says male players who complain about equal prize money are ‘super weak’

World number three Karolina Pliskova has called male tennis players who complain about women claiming equal prize money “super weak”. The Czech player, who returns to action in the newly-created LiveScore Cup in Prague next week, insists she does not crave equal pay but is not happy about men who speak out against it. It is an issue that is sure to raise its head over the coming months following

Berlin to stage grass court event featuring Nick Kyrgios and Dominic Thiem

The first competitive grass court event of the summer will feature the likes of Dominic Thiem and Nick Kyrgios when it takes place in Berlin from 13 July. A three-day tournament featuring six men and women will take place before the same players take part in a hard court event from 17-19 July. There will be no spectators at Steffi Graf Stadium and electronic line calling will be used instead

Nick Kyrgios, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev will play exhibition tennis matches in Berlin in July

Tennis stars Nick Kyrgios, Alexander Zverev and Elina Svitolina have agreed to play exhibition matches in Berlin in July. One exhibition event will run from July 13-15 on the grass courts of the Steffi Graf Stadium, while the other will be played on a hard court in a hangar in the city’s closed Tempelhof airport from July 17-19. With professional tennis currently shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, the

French Tennis Federation director general wants fans at Roland Garros

Director general of the French Tennis Federation (FFT), Jean-Francois Vilotte admitted that he preferred the September Grand Slam to be played with fans. Roland Garros was postponed from its original starting date in May due the coronavirus pandemic. The Grand Slam now has a starting date slated for September 20-October 4, but holding the tournament in Paris is still subject to Government approval after Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced a

Wayne Gretzky hails Bianca Andreescu as a hero for young kids

Ice hockey legend Wayne Gretzky has hailed Bianca Andreescu as a hero for young kids after claiming her maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open. Andreescu stormed to her breakthrough title success in Indian Wells before upsetting Serena Williams at Flushing Meadows last year. The 19-year-old has since been out of action with a knee problem severely limiting her court-time before the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking to NBA superstar Steve

Why men’s tennis will be stronger than ever after coronavirus

With a wave of fast-maturing young players ready to challenge the established greats of the game for Grand Slam honours, Marin Cilic says men’s tennis will be stronger than it has been for a decade when the coronavirus shutdown ends. While Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have won the last 13 majors between them Cilic says the likes of Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev

Johanna Konta disagrees with WTA chief over Roger Federer's proposed merger

Johanna Konta, the British No. 1, insists any merger between the ATP and WTA Tours would ‘have to be a merger of equals because that’s what we are’ – despite WTA chief Steve Simon suggesting financial equity would only be a ‘long-term’ goal. A merger has been hot on the agenda since Roger Federer tweeted his support for the men’s and women’s tours to merge – an idea that was

Roberto Bautista Agut eyeing qualification for season-ending ATP Finals

Roberto Bautista Agut says qualifying for the season-ending ATP Finals is one of his goals before retiring from the sport. The Spaniard made a strong start to the season by winning all six of his singles matches for Spain in the ATP Cup before reaching the third round of the Australian Open, where he fell to Croatia’s Marin Cilic after a gruelling five-setter. He was ranked 12th when the tennis

Moya reveals how Medvedev 'surprised' Rafael Nadal and proved how good he is

Carlos Moya admitted Daniil Medvedev ‘surprised’ Rafael Nadal in the final of the US Open, when he clawed his way back into the five-set thriller. Nadal had thumped Medvedev 6-3 6-0 in their only previous meeting at the Rogers Cup that summer and looked on course for a routine straight sets win in New York when he led by two sets to love, with a break in the third. But