• Rafael Nadal trains: Thiem is the crowd!

    Rafael Nadal trains: Thiem is the crowd!
    "Decent player!" This is the amused reaction of a smiling Dominic Thiem who attends Rafael Nadal's training at the Caja Magica in Madrid. The Austrian, who has been out for almost two months, will return to play in the Spanish Masters 1000 and this will also be his seasonal debut on clay-courtsA difficult season so far for the US Open champion who has only taken part in three tournaments - excluding the ATP Cup - with just four matches won between the Australian Open, Doha and Dubai. Above
  • Alexander Zverev: 'I missed a normal teenage life, but I had to be disciplined'

    Alexander Zverev: 'I missed a normal teenage life, but I had to be disciplined'
    Alexander Zverev didn't have a regular life like other teenagers, starting traveling with his older brother Mischa and competing at the professional events well before turning 16. The young German knew that was the price to pay if he wanted to chase his goals and become one of the world's greatest players. At 24, Zverev has already won the ATP Finals and three Masters 1000 titles, staying in the top-10 for almost four consecutive years and reaching a Major final at the US Open last year. Speakin
  • Roland Garros 2021 and the importance of the crowd

    Roland Garros 2021 and the importance of the crowd
    The important decision of the French government has finally arrived to about the presence of the crowd at the 2021 Roland Garros edition, which will take place in the fortnight that runs from 30 May to 13 June, with the two main draws of the men's singles and women's singles. After many discussions, opinions, delays, there is finally clarity on the crowd frame that will accompany the French Open, the start of which has been postponed by two weeks compared to the originally scheduled date.Th
  • Rafael Nadal: 'I don't know if it was a setback, he generally plays...'

    Rafael Nadal: 'I don't know if it was a setback, he generally plays...'
    On his 18th birthday, Carlos Alcaraz had the honor and the burden of facing his greatest idol for the first time in his career: Rafael Nadal. The most exciting game of his life turned out to be even more complicated than expected due to the slight abdominal injury suffered during a magnificent exchange won with the muscles by Nadal. The young Spanish talent started with courage and immediately had the chance to break the 20-time Grand Slam champion, but the forehand sent under the net reduced hi
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  • Nadal reaches Madrid quarters; Barty into final

    Nadal reaches Madrid quarters; Barty into final
    Rafael Nadal advanced to the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open on Thursday while Ashleigh Barty reached the final in the women's bracket.
  • Brendon Todd withdraw after testing positive

    Brendon Todd withdraw after testing positive
    PGA TOUR member Brendon Todd has withdrawn from the Wells Fargo Championship after testing positive for COVID-19.Brendon Todd and CovidTodd will have the PGA TOUR’s full support throughout his self-isolation period under CDC guidelines. Todd is replaced in the field by first alternate J.J. Spaun.Cameron Tringale is the richest golfer ever without ever having won a single race on the PGA Tour.Tringale, finishing third last weekend at the Valspar Championship in Tampa Florida (won by Keegan
  • ATP Madrid: Rafael Nadal downs Alexei Popyrin to reach quarters

    ATP Madrid: Rafael Nadal downs Alexei Popyrin to reach quarters
    The five-time Madrid Open winner Rafael Nadal is through to the quarter-final at Caja Magica, beating Alexei Popyrin 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and 19 minutes. It was Nadal's 54th Madrid Open victory and another comfortable one after beating Carlos Alcaraz on Wednesday, sailing into the last eight where he faces Daniel Evans or Alexander Zverev. Popyrin stayed aggressive from start to finish, landing 20 winners and the same number of unforced errors, while Rafa stayed on 11-15 ratio. The Spaniard did m
  • 'It's not that Roger Federer remains an idol', says ATP ace

    'It's not that Roger Federer remains an idol', says ATP ace
    In 2003, we had a chaotic Wimbledon from the first round, with defending champion Lleyton Hewitt staying in the opening match against Ivo Karlovic. Eight players reached the quarterfinals without winning Wimbledon earlier, setting the stage that had not been seen since 1973 and leaving the door open for all. One name would be above all in the end, with Roger Federer beating Andy Roddick and Mark Philippoussis in the semi-finals and final to claim his first Major crown at age 21. Federer was the
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  • Roger Federer trains on clay ahead of Geneva Open

    Roger Federer trains on clay ahead of Geneva Open
    After keeping his schedule under the surface following the quarter-final Doha loss, Roger Federer decided to compete on clay this spring, entering the home ATP 250 Geneva Open in two weeks. Staged at the Tennis Club de Genève at Parc des Eaux-Vives, the oldest and largest tennis club in Switzerland, the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open returned to the ATP calendar in 2015 after closing its gates for the professional players in 1991. The Geneva Open had to be canceled in 2020, like the enti
  • Italian Open 2021: the Government's decision about the crowd

    Italian Open 2021: the Government's decision about the crowd
    There are now a few days away and the official decision of the Government has arrived regarding the presence of the  crowd at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, in Rome. The event will start on May 8th, there were many rumors about it but in the end the public will be present at the tournament.From Novak Djokovic to Rafael Nadal, up to our Matteo Berrettini and Jannik Sinner, the fans will be able to see all their favorites players, a great news for all the Capitoline supporters. Of the
  • Rafael Nadal praises Carlos Alcaraz: 'He has massive potential'

    Rafael Nadal praises Carlos Alcaraz: 'He has massive potential'
    On Wednesday, Rafael Nadal defeated Carlos Alcaraz 6-1, 6-2 in an hour and 17 minutes in the Madrid Open second round. It was the clash between the present and the future of the Spanish and probably world's tennis, with Carlos standing as one of the players to beat in the following decade. Alcaraz has been the leading figure of the 2003 generation, winning his first Futures title in 2019 at 16 and improving his game under the guidance of a former world no. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero. When the season
  • 'I would steal the titles from Rafael Nadal', says Italian star

    'I would steal the titles from Rafael Nadal', says Italian star
    Impeccable and almost perfect has been the presentation of Rafael Nadal at the Caja Mágica in Madrid, who lived a unique and generational duel with the presentation before the call to be the generational replacement, Carlos Alcaraz, who turned 18 years playing against his idol in so important stage. Despite being a protégé of the 34-year-old left-hander, Nadal did not take his foot off the gas and dictated a tennis chair in his first presentation in the Spanish capital by wi
  • Collin Morikawa: "Scotland, I’m excited to play"

    Collin Morikawa: "Scotland, I’m excited to play"
    Three of the world’s highest ranked players have confirmed their participation in the 2021 Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open, with American stars Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele set to tee it up alongside multiple Rolex Series winner Tyrrell Hatton at the Renaissance Club from July 8-11, 2021.World Number Six Morikawa, who burst onto the world stage with a maiden Major Championship victory at the 2020 US PGA Championship, and World Number Four and four-time PGA Tour winner
  • 'Rafael Nadal lost to Robin Soderling in Paris, I will take notes,' says Popyrin

    'Rafael Nadal lost to Robin Soderling in Paris, I will take notes,' says Popyrin
    Rafael Nadal and Alexei Popyrin will face each other for the first time in the Madrid Open third round on Thursday. The young Aussie has played the best tennis of his career at the beginning of the new season, scoring 15 victories on the Tour in just over four months and matching his entire pre-2021 tally. Alexei beat Jan-Lennard Struff and Jannik Sinner in straight sets at Caja Magica to set the ultimate clash against Nadal, saying he wants to perform at his best against the mighty Spaniard and
  • 'In the form in which Roger Federer keeps himself, this is...', says ATP ace

    'In the form in which Roger Federer keeps himself, this is...', says ATP ace
    Roger Federer's recovery proceeds, but does not proceed quickly. The former world number one has canceled himself from the 1000 tournament in Madrid scheduled for next week and will not even play at the Internazionali d'Italia in Rome. The Swiss will take the field in the home tournament in Geneva on May 16 before flying to Paris for Roland Garros. Tournaments on red that must help King Roger find the best form for Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympic Games. But one of his coaches Severin Luthi said
  • ThrowbackTimes Barcelona: Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem for "La Decima"

    ThrowbackTimes Barcelona: Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem for "La Decima"
    Only seven days after winning his tenth Monte Carlo crown in 2017, Rafael Nadal did the same in Barcelona. The Spaniard beat Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-1 in an hour and 31 minutes to lift a beautiful Trofeo Conde de Godo trophy for the tenth time in 13 comings to one of his favorite events! Nadal played on a high level from the very first point, covering the court beautifully and always pushing Thiem to go for an extra shot. In the end, the Austrian started to make more and more errors, and his defeat
  • 'Rafael Nadal is the greatest clay-courter of all time,' says Alexei Popyrin

    'Rafael Nadal is the greatest clay-courter of all time,' says Alexei Popyrin
    The most promising Australian youngster, Alexei Popyrin, entered the season with 15 ATP wins under his belt. Working hard during the pre-season period, the 21-year-old Sydney native has already earned 15 ATP wins in 2021, raising his level and becoming a contender for high ranking positions. The Aussie has played well so far at the Madrid Open, beating Jan-Lennard Struff in the first round and toppling the top-20 star Jannik Sinner in the second to set Rafael Nadal clash. Popyrin will face Rafa
  • Kei Nishikori: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic the most difficult players to play

    Kei Nishikori: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic the most difficult players to play
    Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori felt fine after his opening round win against Karen Khachanov at the Madrid Masters."I'm okay so far. Today I didn't need to sprint frequently, so have to see how it goes when I run quickly. But it's quite small, not so much damaged. I took four or five days off and felt a bit rusty, but was able to play really well since the middle of the match," Nishikori said, as revealed by Seiadoumogera."Ball flies too much here because of high altitude, it can be risky to
  • Rafael Nadal: 'It is one of the most emotional tournaments for me because...'

    Rafael Nadal: 'It is one of the most emotional tournaments for me because...'
    In the end, Rafael Nadal resolved with authority his debut at the Mutua Madrid Open 2021, where he barely conceded three ‘games’ to his youthful compatriot Carlos Alcaraz. The current world number three left his feelings after his first win of the week at the Caja Mágica: “He has been great. I have really enjoyed being back in Madrid in front of the most loyal fans in the world for me. I enjoyed playing against them. It was not a comfortable opening game for me, against
  • Rafael Nadal, Feliciano Lopez present birthday cake to Carlos Alcaraz at Caja Magica

    Rafael Nadal, Feliciano Lopez present birthday cake to Carlos Alcaraz at Caja Magica
    Born in 2003, Carlos Alcaraz didn't need much time to show his potential and become the leader of his generation. In 2019, the youngster won the first Futures title and reached the Challenger quarter-final, raising his level even higher following the last year's season restart to claim three Challenger crowns and move closer to the top-100. Carlos qualified for the Australian Open in January and became the youngest player with a Major win in Melbourne for a massive boost. A teenager reached the
  • Betfred British Masters, reward for local hero

    Betfred British Masters, reward for local hero
    The European Tour will reward a local hero of the Covid-19 pandemic when the Betfred British Masters hosted by Danny Willett takes place at The Belfry from May 12-15.Nominations are now open ahead of the popular tournament which returns to The Belfry, near Birmingham, for the first time in 13 years.Betfred British Masters, how it's workApplicants are asked to submit up to 150 words describing the positive contribution their nomination has made to their community or the lives of others. Nominees
  • Roger Federer: 'Martina Navratilova inspired Mirka into tennis'

    Roger Federer: 'Martina Navratilova inspired Mirka into tennis'
    Ranked 6th at the beginning of the season, Roger Federer found the rhythm in February to conquer Marseille and Dubai in 2003. The Swiss didn't play at his best in Indian Wells and Miami and found his A-game again on clay to capture Munich and reach the Rome final. Things weren't that good in Hamburg and Roland Garros, and the Swiss turned the attention to the grass season and lifted the first ATP title on the fastest surface in Halle. Heading to Wimbledon as one of the favorites, Federer lost on
  • Mutua Madrid Open: Ashleigh Barty and Paula Badosa to renew rivalry in SF

    Mutua Madrid Open: Ashleigh Barty and Paula Badosa to renew rivalry in SF
    World no. 1 Ashleigh Barty will play Spain’s Paula Badosa in the semi-final of the Mutua Madrid Open. Barty defeated ninth-seeded Petra Kvitova 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in an hour and 48 minutes. This is the first time that the Australian has reached the penultimate round in the Spanish capital.The match was quite a tussle with Kvitova rebounding after a shaky opening set. However, the top-seed asserted herself once again in the decider to defeat the two-time former Madrid champion.Speaking with the
  • 'I don't know how Roger Federer can keep himself...', says Russian star

    'I don't know how Roger Federer can keep himself...', says Russian star
    Despite some ups and downs, Roger Federer was among the best players in the world in the first half of 2003, winning titles in Marseille, Dubai and Munich and reaching the final in Rome. The Swiss suffered an early defeat at Roland Garros like a year ago, bouncing back on the pitch and claiming his first ATP title on the fastest surface in Halle. En route to Wimbledon as one of the favorites, Federer dropped a set in seven meetings to lift the Major's first crown at 21, improving his chances of
  • Diego Schwartzman reacts to blowing big lead against Aslan Karatsev

    Diego Schwartzman reacts to blowing big lead against Aslan Karatsev
    Top-ranked Argentine tennis player Diego Schwartzman wasn't particularly happy with the way he performed after he took a comfortable lead against rising Russian Aslan Karatsev at the Madrid Masters.Schwartzman, seeded at No. 7, was up 6-2 2-0 before Karatsev created a stunning comeback to win 2-6 6-4 6-1. "I'm not sure if I changed something," said Schwartzman. "I think he changed. He was missing almost every single shot. After [I was up] 6-2, 2-0, he started to hit too many winners, too ma
  • Rafael Nadal: 'It has been an important moment for me because...'

    Rafael Nadal: 'It has been an important moment for me because...'
    Rafael Nadal had not started the season in an ideal way, also due to an annoying back problem that had limited him in the first months of the year. After the quarter-finals reached at the Australian Open, the Spanish phenomenon opted for a long break until the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo. His run in the Principality had already stopped in the quarterfinals in front of a wild Andrey Rublev, good at resisting the comeback attempt of the 20 times Grand Slam champion. The 34-year-old Majorcan didn't
  • KPMG Women's PGA with 8,000 spectators

    KPMG Women's PGA with 8,000 spectators
    The PGA of America has announced that the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, the third major 2021 of women's golf scheduled from 24 to 27 June at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek (Georgia, USA), will be able to host 8,000 spectators per day, all obliged to wear a mask (even those who have been subjected to the anti-Covid vaccination).KPMG Women's PGA, spectatorsThere will also be sanitation stations both inside and outside the club, with measures established to ensure the right social distan
  • 'I never had an issue with Roger Federer but...', says top coach

    'I never had an issue with Roger Federer but...', says top coach
    Roger Federer fans were definitely cheered by the news that their favorite will be back on the pitch in a couple of weeks in Geneva. The Swiss phenomenon chose to play the home event, skipping the Masters 1000 in Madrid and Rome instead, before flying to Paris for Roland Garros. The former world number 1 hasn't even played a Grand Slam tournament since the 2020 Australian Open, when he surrendered in the semifinals to future winner Novak Djokovic. The 39-year-old from Basel was the author of a v
  • Benoit Paire: I don't like being in empty stadiums

    Benoit Paire: I don't like being in empty stadiums
    French tennis star Benoit Paire was happy to have fans at the Madrid Masters as he ended his seven-match losing streak on Tuesday.Paire, a former world No. 18, stunned last week's Munich champion Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4 7-5 to reach the Madrid Masters second round. "It had been a very long time since I entered a court with people around me supporting me. Being in empty stadiums is not something that I like. So being in Madrid in a Davis Cup atmosphere with French people who support me from
  • Rafael Nadal: 'That is the main issue, more than about the preparations'

    Rafael Nadal: 'That is the main issue, more than about the preparations'
    At Barcelona 2016, Rafael Nadal survived a tough challenge from two-time defending champion Kei Nishikori to win 6-4, 7-5 in two hours and four minutes, clinching his ninth crown in one of his favorite events! It was the 49th ATP title on clay for the great Spaniard, equaling Guillermo Vilas' record and looking good to pass the Argentine on the remainder of the clay tour that spring. It was the second consecutive crown for Nadal after Monte-Carlo and the last of the season, winning consecutive t

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