There currently is no player 18 or younger inside the Top 100 of the ATP Rankings. But the youngest player in the Top 300, 18-year-old #NextGenATP Italian sensation Jannik Sinner, who qualified for his first Grand Slam main draw at the US Open on Friday, is on the way, and quickly.
What’s incredible is that less than five years ago, tennis was not the Italian’s focus; it was skiing. Up until that point, Sinner had played just two days per week. When he was seven, he did not touch a racquet for a year, instead playing football along with his skiing.
“When I went on court just ...more
Tennis fans on the island of Mallorca are in for a treat over the next week. In an era where big stadiums and mammoth arenas dominate the sporting landscape, witnessing the greatness of a superstar in a smaller, more intimate setting still holds a special charm.
Those coming out to the Rafa Nadal Academy will soon have that opportunity, as former World No. 1 Andy Murray is set to continue his comeback in the cozy confines of the ATP Challenger Tour. Two weeks after kicking off his singles return at the ATP Tour stops in Cincinnati and Winston-Salem, the Scot is back to the Challenger level in ...more
One year ago, Hubert Hurkacz was at No. 109 in the ATP Rankings. But the 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals qualifier has come a long way in the past 12 months and reached another career milestone on Saturday by claiming his maiden tour-level trophy at the Winston-Salem Open.
The 22-year-old became the first Polish tour-level titlist since Wojtek Fibak lifted the WCT Chicago title in 1982, beating Benoit Paire in three sets in the championship match. Hurkacz defeated four consecutive seeded opponents en route to the trophy, including top seed Paire and second seed Denis Shapovalov.
ATPTour.com caught up...more
For the next fortnight, all eyes will be on the stars of the ATP Tour as they battle for the coveted champions' trophy at the US Open. But there are many players who are flying under the radar and could make a splash in Flushing Meadows.
There are plenty of questions to be answered over the next 14 days and the stakes couldn't be higher. For those rising the ATP Rankings on the ATP Challenger Tour, a berth in a Grand Slam main draw is a significant prize. A platform to showcase their skills and eventually take the next step on the ATP Tour, it presents a huge opportunity on a global stage.
Having won four of the past five Grand Slams, Novak Djokovic’s position on the all-time Grand Slam titles leader board is looking better than ever. And, on the eve of the US Open, the World No. 1 made it clear that he was aiming for the top spot on that list.
Djokovic arrives in Flushing Meadows with his sights set on a 17th Grand Slam crown, which, if achieved, would bring him to within one title of second-placed Rafael Nadal (18) and three shy of all-time leader Roger Federer (20).
”I'm aware of [the debate around the Grand Slam titles leaderboard]. I mean, I'm part of this world...more
"Mr. Bhupathi, can you please look at my game?"
Nine words. One critical question. It was the moment Sumit Nagal's career was born.
Without those nine words, he would not be among the 200 best players in the world. He would not have qualified for the US Open on Friday, storming back from a set and 0-3 down in the final round. And he would not be making his Grand Slam debut on opening night against Roger Federer, in front of thousands on Arthur Ashe Stadium and millions more watching around the world.
Simply put, without those nine words, Nagal says he would not be playing tennis.
Ahead of the 2014 US Open, Marin Cilic walked into Arthur Ashe Stadium with then-coach Goran Ivanisevic for practice.
Sensing how such a stadium would bring out the best in him, “I told [Goran], ‘You can’t play bad over here’,” Cilic told ATPTour.com. “[My team] was mocking me and just joking and saying to me, ‘We’ll see when you come to play on the court’.”
Little did the Croat know that a fortnight later, he’d be lifting his first Grand Slam trophy. Cilic didn’t just win the tournament, though. The No. 14 seed did so em...more
In the first round of the US Open, John Millman will have his work cut out for him against three-time champion Rafael Nadal, the second seed. In their only previous meeting, at Wimbledon two years ago, Nadal conceded only six games against the Aussie. But the 30-year-old has defied the odds before.
Millman shocked the world here in New York just last year when he ousted five-time champion Roger Federer 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(7), 7-6(3) to reach the quarter-finals. Federer had missed the last eight in Flushing Meadows just once in his previous 13 appearances. But when the Swiss superstar launched a fore...more
Poland's Hubert Hurkacz will play for his first ATP Tour title on Saturday at the Winston-Salem Open. The 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals qualifier beat 20-year-old Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-4 behind two breaks of serve on Friday evening to reach his maiden ATP Tour final.
"It feels great. It was a long day but it was a really nice day for me," said Hurkacz, who, like the other semi-finalists, played two matches in one day because of Thursday rain. "The goal for me with Craig [Boynton], my coach, and my team is to improve every day, to be a better player. I'm very happy that we are able to improve our ...more
Top seeds Lukasz Kubot/Marcelo Melo went two-for-two on Friday at the Winston-Salem Open to win their first ATP Tour team title of 2019. The Polish-Brazilian pairing beat American wild cards Nicholas Monroe/Tennys Sandgren 6-7(6), 6-1, 10-3 on Friday evening to claim the ATP 250 championship, their 13th doubles crown together.
Kubot/Melo dismissed Brits Jamie Murray/Neal Skupski 6-2, 6-3 earlier in the day. Both doubles semi-finals were postponed until Friday because of rain on Thursday.
Kubot/Melo, four-time titlists together in 2018, were 0-2 in title matches this season (Indian Wells, Hall...more