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US Open: Gilles Simon to play Marin Cilic in 4th Round

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TENNIS US OPEN – All week long, the women have had to answer questions regarding the numerous upsets taking place within their draw. As of today, only 4 of the top 10 seeded women remain in the draw and all 4th round matches have not been completed. However, today, the men’s draw has suffered its first major casualty. Ferrer was dismissed by Simon. From New York, Cordell Hackshaw

 

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All week long, the women have had to answer questions regarding the numerous upsets taking place within their draw. As of today, only 4 of the top 10 seeded women remain in the draw and all 4th round matches have not been completed. However, today, the men’s draw has suffered its first major casualty. David Ferrer (4) was dismissed by Gilles Simon (26) 3-6 6-3 1-6 6-3 in 2 hours and 48 minutes. Simon will take on in the 4th round the ever rising star, Marin Cilic (14) who knocked out Kevin Anderson (18) 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4.

Coming into this match, Ferrer had a 5-1 lead head to head over Simon. However, four of those victories came on clay where Ferrer’s one of the world’s best. On hardcourts however, the record is 1-1 so this encounter had the potential to be an interesting matchup especially when coupled with the very hot and humid conditions. Both Ferrer and Simon were holding serve with relative ease in the opening set. At 3-3, Simon made a huge push to break Ferrer and was rewarded for his efforts with a 4-3 lead. Ferrer quickly tried to get back on levelled terms but he could not convert on the two break points in the 8th game. Simon extended the lead to 5-3. Serving to stay in the set, Ferrer began to leak errors giving Simon set points. On his first, Simon unleashed a forehand winner to take the set.

Simon extended his lead early in the 2nd set by breaking Ferrer and went up 2-0. Ferrer broke back in the 4th game to level the set. They remained on serve through to the 7th game when Ferrer broke Simon for 4-3. Ferrer then took the set 6-3 to level the match. At this point, one expected Ferrer to take control of this match and Simon to wilt under the pressure of trying to beat a top seed in a major. However, it was Ferrer who went flat in the 3rd set. He won his opening service game but Simon simply raised his play level to something just short of amazing. He was making incredible shots inch perfect on the line. The crowd was with him every step of the way and in about half an hour’s time, Simon won the set for a 2-1 sets lead; 6-3 3-6 6-1.

In the 4th set, it was very clear that the conditions were severely affecting Ferrer. His shorts were soaked through and he had them tucked into the sides of his underwear. “[I]t was a tough match today. There is a lot of humidity, very sun and it was not easy for me. I was not good with my fitness,” Ferrer said after the match. He attempted to get something going on his end but after he was broken in the 6th game to give Simon a 4-2 lead, Ferrer looked like he had had enough. Simon served for the match 5-3 and looked rather tentative in the process but he closed it out for the win. Ferrer had a staggering 52 errors in the match compared to 30 from Simon. Simon had this to say after the match, “I feel it was one of the hardest days for me on the court because it was hot and it was so humid … [T]o play David in this condition is really demanding physically … But then I had more energy; I felt he was in trouble also.”

Simon next plays Cilic, a player who he has never lost to in his career. Cilic came through a tough battle of serves contest against Anderson. With both players relying heavily on his respective serve, this match was not about rallies but about who can be most effective with the serve in these conditions. With the conditions being so humid, it made matters difficult for the server. There were 10 breaks of serves in the match and no tiebreaks. Anderson broke first in the opening set for a 3-2 lead but he could not consolidate the break and it was back even at 3-3. Cilic continued with the momentum to take the set 6-3. Anderson quickly turned things around as he edged out to 5-2 in the 2nd set and ended any hope of Cilic getting back into the set with two monster aces for 6-3.

With the match levelled at a set a piece, Cilic quickly gained a 2-0 lead in the 3rd set but he was unable to maintain this advantage as Anderson broke back for 2-2. Cilic seized the opportunity to break again in the 8th game for a 5-3 lead and served it out for a 2-1 sets lead. In the 4th set, both players remained on serve till the 9th game when Cilic broke for 5-4. He then closed out the match 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4 in 3 hours. After the match, Cilic noted that the conditions definitely made things difficult for him as well as the missed opportunities he had in the 2nd set to get an early break. There were only 25 aces in the match between the two players. However, Cilic was just a bit more solid on the serve and total game. Cilic won 82% of the points behind his 1st serve compared to Anderson with 65%. Anderson was also making far too many errors in keys moments totalling 53 for the entire match as opposed to Cilic with only 34.

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Grigor Dimitrov – ‘Tennis Is A Microscopic Thing In The World Right Now’

The world No.19 speaks out about how he is coping during the tour suspension.

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Former grand slam semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov has become the latest player to urge the governing bodies of tennis to make a united decision regarding when play will resume again.

 

The ATP and WTA Tours are currently suspended until June due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Although it is likely that the suspension will be extended further with rumours that Wimbledon will be cancelled for the first time since the second world war later this week. Dimitrov’s last tournament was at the Acapulco Open in Mexico, where he reached the semi-finals before losing in straight sets to eventual champion Rafael Nadal.

“Tennis is a microscopic thing in the world right now. The ATP supervisors I’ve talked to in recent days have a variety of theories, but for the time being, we can really only guess if we’re being honest.” Tenniskafe quoted Dimitrov as saying during an interview with bTV.
“The tournaments are cancelled, but we have a big luxury in tennis – there is always next week. Yes, it is very difficult right now, you have seen the Olympics cancelled. The only thing that is at the forefront is to go through this situation we are in, and then start rebuilding. “

The world No.19 is currently residing in California during the lockdown. Describing the situation where he is as ‘more casual’ compared to other parts of the world. California is where the Indian Wells tennis tournament was set to take place earlier this month before it was cancelled.

“In my opinion all federations and players, no matter what rank they are, must come together and make a general decision. Because it’s really not easy at the moment to talk to everyone about points, tournaments, competitions … But now other things are really more important – to be safe, to be healthy and to go through this thing.” He said.

During the suspension, the 28-year-old is keeping himself busy in other ways. Recently he has signed up for an online course with Harvard Business School. Becoming the latest of a series of players to do so. He also manages to keep in touch with his fellow rivals on the tour thanks to the world of social media.

“One of the first players I wrote to was Fabio (Fognini) because he was in Italy. Everyone is on Instagram, we know everyone what they do every minute.”

When the restrictions related to the pandemic comes to an end, Dimitrov has vowed to return back to Europe as he outlines the first thing he would do.

“I just want to go back to Europe. Whether it will be in Bulgaria or in Monaco – I do not know. I certainly want to go home, gather all my relatives and just spend time together. I’ve been in the US for over a month now. As things currently look, there will certainly be another two months. Hopefully it will be faster, but I just want to go home and be with my loved ones.” He concluded.

In the fight against Covid-19 in his home country, Dimitrov has made a donation to a hospital in Haskovo. The city where he was born.

Dimitrov has started the 2020 season with a win-loss record of 7-5. Besides his run to the semifinals in Acapulco, he also reached the second round at the Australian Open and Rotterdam. He has been ranked as high as third in the world.

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Tennis Could Be Suspended For ‘A Long Time,’ Warns Millman

The top 50 player isn’t expecting to play on the tour anytime soon.

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Australian player John Millman has indicated that he believes the current suspension of the ATP Tour is all but certain to be extended in the coming weeks.

 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, both the ATP and WTA Tour have been suspended until at least June 8th. Although those in change of both of those governing bodies have previously admitted they are uncertain as to when play will resume. ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi has said that ‘it is unknown at this time’ as to when men’s tournaments will resume. Meanwhile, Steve Simon has echoed a similar view during an interview with The Tennis Channel.

Speaking about the current situation, world No.43 Millman said the sport is in a difficult situation due to its global reach with both tournaments and players based around the world. For example the Australian started his season by playing four tournaments in four different countries across three continents within five weeks.

“We’re going to have to be pretty unified in terms of our recovery process before the tour can resume,” Millman told The Age.
“Maybe the tournament location has got the COVID-19 situation under wraps and then manage to contain it, but if someone’s flying in from South America, say, and their country hasn’t got a hold of it, then the tournament can’t (go ahead).
“You can’t have the tournament going when only certain players can get there. I think that’s
where the problems lie.”

The 30-year-old didn’t speculate as to when he and his rivals will be returning to the court, but believes it could be a while. During the coming week the fate of Wimbledon will be decided at an emergency meeting. The All England Club is pondering the motion of cancelling this year’s tournament. A move that has never been taken during peacetime. Wimbledon has been scrapped a total of 10 times during the first and second world wars.

“It’s almost like we have to have a vaccine or the virus has to run its course before there’ll be any let-up there.” Millman commented.

Besides trying to maintain fitness, many players like Millman are in a difficult situation financially due to a lack of income. He has managed to earn $290,705 on the tour this year before the suspension. This is the 44th highest total on the men’s tour. In total, 131 players have surpassed the $100,000 mark. Although the earnings don’t take into account travel costs, coaching, accommodation and so on.

“I just can’t see us playing tennis for a long time and now it’s a matter of trying to stay (the) fight, trying to scrape by a little bit while not much is coming in,” he said.
“You’re used to a bit of money coming in and obviously that’s not the case anymore. Yeah, it’s tough. It’s just not easy. You try and make do.
“But I don’t want to be a sob story, that’s for sure, because I know Australians are doing it a lot tougher than me.”

Millman reached the third round of the Australian Open earlier this year before losing to Roger Federer in a five-set thriller.

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Jamie Murray Speaks Out On Wimbledon Dilemma

The two-time mixed doubles champion shares his thoughts about the current situation and the problems that could arise.

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Former world No.1 doubles player Jamie Murray says he is unsure how much longer Wimbledon can be delayed this season ahead of a crucial meeting on its future next week.

 

The All England Club is set to hold an emergency meeting to make a final decision as to what to do with this year’s tournament. Including the possibility of cancelling the event for the first time since 1945. The tennis calendar has been brought to a standstill due to the covid-19 pandemic. There have been more than 500,000 cases of Coronavirus worldwide, according to John Hopkins University.

Speaking about Wimbledon’s potential decision during an interview with BBC Scotland’s The Nine, Murray admits that organisers face a difficult decision. Saying it would pose as a big challenge for them to reschedule the event. Both the ATP and WTA are currently reviewing their calendars with the French Open now taking place a week after the US Open.

“I don’t know how long they could push it back,” said Murray.
“They’re desperate to have their event on, it’s still over three months away and a lot can change in that time,” he added.

Murray has featured in the doubles main draw at Wimbledon every year since his debut back in 2006. He has won the Mixed doubles trophy twice in 2007 (with Jelena Jankovic) and 2017 (with Martina Hingis). The 34-year-old currently has a doubles ranking of 34th.

“For them, optics don’t necessarily look great, I guess, if there’s sporting events all over the world getting cancelled and they’re trying to crack on with things.” He commented on the scheduling difficulties.
“There’s a lot of other stakeholders, a lot of other tournaments to consider. Even things like daylight for the tournament. Once the tournament gets put back, there’s less and less daylight. When you play at Wimbledon normally, you can play until 10 at night.”

The UK is currently in a lockdown with members of the public only allowed to leave their houses for specific reasons. Furthermore, 1.5 million people have been advised to self-isolate for 12 weeks. The government is hopeful that they can flatten the spread of the disease within this period, which is extremely close to the Wimbledon start date.

According to AFP News, any decision to scrap this year’s tournament is likely to have a massive financial impact. Between 2017-2018 Wimbledon made an estimated pre-tax profit of $52 million with over 90% of that invested back into British tennis. Furthermore, the BBC could also suffer a big blow. It is reported that the broadcaster pays in the region of $72 million for the TV rights.

It is unclear as to what day the decision will be made next week. Since its creation in 1877, Wimbledon has been cancelled a total of 10 times before. All of which happened during the first world war (1915-1918) and second (1940-1945). The event has never been delayed or scrapped during peacetime.

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