Australian Open 2021: Halep’s heroic fightback, gritty wins for Djokovic and Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios fans celebrates after Nick won his Men's Singles second round match against Ugo Humbert of France during day three of the 2021...

Day 3 was eventful: defending champion Novak Djokovic was pushed in a memorable first encounter against Frances Tiafoe, while world no. 2 Simona Halep and hometown favourite Nick Kyrgios produced gutsy comebacks to cap an action-packed night session after more seeded players fell, including Slam champions Bianca Andreescu (#8) and Petra Kvitova (#9). Continue reading

Australian Open 2021: Andy Murray withdraws, unresolved issues after positive COVID-19 test

Andy Murray reveals provisional schedule until early 2021, saying 'my plan is to for sure go to Australia' - Tennis365.com

Despite efforts to find a resolution after news of his positive COVID-19 test broke last week, three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray has confirmed he will not be taking part in next month’s Australian Open after all – having been granted a wildcard to feature just last month. Continue reading

Lucas Pouille discusses recovery after elbow surgery, comeback plans for 2021

Lucas Pouille: Surgery went well, I hope to soon be back on court

Lucas Pouille, a former world number 10, underwent season-ending surgery in 2019 and had an elbow operation last summer too during the COVID-enforced tennis shutdown – but has now revealed the extent of his injuries as he’s keen to adopt a gradual approach to this latest comeback, not applying much pressure or heightened expectations for himself going forward. Continue reading

Despite clay struggles, Janko Tipsarevic tips Medvedev for future world no.1 and Slam titles

Daniil Medvedev beats Dominic Thiem to win ATP Finals title - CGTN

Former world number 8 Janko Tipsarevic has praised last year’s ATP Finals champion, calling him a future Major champion and world no.1 – despite having reservations over the Russian’s ability to dominate on all surfaces, given his inconsistent results on clay. The 24-year-old is set to return at next month’s Australian Open, where he’s lost in round four the last two seasons. Continue reading

Thiem’s coach Nicolas Massu: I see a bright future, he can win more Slams

Dominic Thiem: I'm As Good As Anyone Here, But Better Than No-One | ATP Tour | Tennis

Thiem’s coach Nicolas Massu has heaped praise on the Austrian, after an unforgettable year where the 27-year-old won his first Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows in September – having fallen short eight months earlier in his maiden hard-court final at the Australian Open. Critics believe this is just the start as he establishes his pedigree, a sentiment Massu agrees with. Continue reading

Australian Open 2021: Roger Federer doubtful to play, knee recovery not 100%

Australian Open 2020: Roger Federer results and form ahead of quarter-final  with Tennys Sandgren

Roger Federer hasn’t played a competitive match since losing in straight-sets against eventual champion Novak Djokovic in last year’s semi-finals at the Australian Open and the 20-time Grand Slam winner has recently admitted his recovery from a troublesome knee injury isn’t yet 100% – creating doubt as to whether he’ll be fit in time for the proposed February 8 start date.  Continue reading

Daniil Medvedev’s historic ATP Finals win sets up a very promising 2021

Daniil Medvedev hopes ATP Finals a sign of things to come with young guns forming 'great rivalries' - Tennis365.com

Daniil Medvedev recovered from a set down to beat US Open champion Dominic Thiem and win this year’s Nitto ATP Finals, making history in London on Sunday. Eleven years after his Russian compatriot Nikolay Davydenko won the first edition at The 02, the 24-year-old defiantly rose to the occasion in a way that sets him – and others – up brilliantly for a promising 2021 campaign.  Continue reading

French Open 2020: Schwartzman to play Nadal in semis after contrasting wins

I Deserved to Win": Diego Schwartzman Overwhelmed After Stunning Victory Over Dominic Thiem at French Open 2020 - EssentiallySports

Diego Schwartzman needed five hours and eight minutes to outlast close friend and US Open winner Dominic Thiem during a gripping five-set encounter, progressing into the first Grand Slam semi-final of his career to date. His reward? Facing 12-time tournament champion Rafael Nadal on Friday, who came through a difficult test against Italian teenager Jannik Sinner. Continue reading