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Wimbledon Day Three: Roger Federer Aims To End Marcus Willis’ SW19 Fairytale

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Over 30 seeded players will continue their Wimbledon campaigns on day three, but ironically the most talked about match involves the lowest ranked player in the tournament.

British underdog Marcus Willis faces seven-time champion Roger Federer on the centre court in what could be a sensational match. Willis is currently ranked 772nd in the world and had to come through six qualifying matches in order to reach the main draw. In the first round on Monday, he stunned world No.54 Ricardas Berankis in straight sets, producing an array of outstanding shots.

The Brit has the task of trying to defeat grass-court king Federer, a player who hasn’t lost before the second round at Wimbledon since 2002. Willis has shown how much of a talent he can be to the world, but the task of dismissing Federer is likely to be too much of a tough mission for him. Nevertheless, there is one consolation for Willis, he has already received praised from Federer.

“I think it’s one of the best stories in a long time in our sport,” the world No.2 said about Willis.
“I’m very excited to be playing him actually. It’s not something that I get to do very often. I’m looking forward to that.”

Prior to the highly anticipated Federer-Willis encounter, two matches will take place before on centre court. Starting Wednesday’s proceedings will be third seed Agnieszka Radwanska against Kateryna Kozlova. This year marks Radwanska’s 11th consecutive appearance at SW19 and she has never exited the tournament before the third round. On the other hand, her 22-year-old opponent is hoping to cause an upset and win her first ever main draw match in a grand slam event. On paper the match should be a straight sets triumph for the Polish player, but don’t be surprised to witness strong resistance from a growingly confident Kozlova.

Following Radwanska will be defending champion Novak Djokovic against France’s Adrian Mannarino. Both men reached the second round after grabbing straight sets wins over British players. Djokovic dismissed James Ward and Mannarino dashed the hopes of Kyle Edmund. It will be the first time on the tour that the two have played against each other, but Djokovic is expected to move to round three with little difficulty.

Court one will start with the completion of Johanna Konta’s match against Monica Puig. The 16th seed was leading the match 6-1, 2-1, before the rain halted her momentum on Tuesday. Resuming the match will not be easy for Konta against a player who recently reached the semifinals of the Eastbourne Open as a qualifier. The second match will see 16th seed Gilles Simon face the sometimes inconsistent Grigor Dimitrov. Simon currently has a winning head-to-head of 5-1 against the Bulgarian, however, he lost to Dimitrov earlier this year in Brisbane. Finally, Milos Raonic will play Italy’s Andreas Seppi, a player who he has beaten twice before.

Wimbledon organisers are hoping that 62 singles matches will be completed on day three (including 14 matches suspended by the rain on Tuesday). It will be a tough task for the tournament with BBC weather predicting light and heavy rain throughout the day.

Full order of play

CENTRE COURT – 13:00 START
1 Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [3] 33 vs Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) 34
2 Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] 1 vs Adrian Mannarino (FRA)
3 Roger Federer (SUI) [3] 33 vs Marcus Willis (GBR) 36

No.1 COURT – 13:00 START
1 Monica Puig (PUR) 47 vs Johanna Konta (GBR) [16] 48 – T/F 1/6 1/2
2 Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 46 vs Gilles Simon (FRA) [16] 48
3 Andreas Seppi (ITA) 29 vs Milos Raonic (CAN) [6] 32

No.2 COURT – 11:30 START
1 Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 87 vs Bernard Tomic (AUS) [19] 88 – T/F 6/4 3/6 3/6 6/3 0/0
2 Daniel Evans (GBR) 37 vs Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) [30] 40
3 Simona Halep (ROU) [5] 65 vs Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 68
4 Jana Cepelova (SVK) 125 vs Garbine Muguruza (ESP) [2] 128

No.3 COURT – SHOW COURT – 11:30 START
1 Dominic Thiem (AUT) [8] 65 vs Florian Mayer (GER) 66 T/F 1/2
2 Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 63 vs Belinda Bencic (SUI) [7] 64
3 Marin Cilic (CRO) [9] 49 vs Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 51
4 Venus Williams (USA) [8] 97 vs Maria Sakkari (GRE) 100

COURT 12 – SHOW COURT – 11:30 START
1 Heather Watson (GBR) 5 vs Annika Beck (GER) 6
2Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 45 vs Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 46 -T/F 6/3 2/1
3 Julien Benneteau (FRA) 61 vs Kei Nishikori (JPN) [5] 64
4 Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 94 vs Angelique Kerber (GER) [4] 96

COURT 18 – SHOW COURT – 11:30 START
1 Ivan Dodig (CRO) 79 vs Tomas Berdych (CZE) [10] 80- T/F 6/7(5) 7/5 1/6 1/4
2 Petra Kvitova (CZE) [10] 49 vs Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 50
3 David Goffin (BEL) [11] 17 vs Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 19
4 Samantha Stosur (AUS) [14] 113 vs Sabine Lisicki (GER) 115

COURT 4 – 11:30 START
1 Horacio Zeballos (ARG) 75 vs Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) 76
2 Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 51 vs Johanna Larsson (SWE) 52
3 Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) / Kveta Peschke (CZE) 21 vs Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) / Roberta Vinci (ITA) 22
4 Darija Jurak (CRO) / Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 10

COURT 6 – 11:30 START
1 Donald Young (USA) 91 vs Leonardo Mayer (ARG) 92 T/F 6/4 0/2
2 Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) 10 vs Damir Dzumhur (BIH) 11
3 Mona Barthel (GER) 70 vs Kiki Bertens (NED) [26] 72
4 Nao Hibino (JPN) / Alicja Rosolska (POL) 7 vs Vania King (USA) / Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) [13] 8

COURT 7 – 11:30 START
1 Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) 53 vs Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 54 T/F 6/3 4/3
2 Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 5 vs Sam Querrey (USA) [28] 8
3 Jeremy Chardy (FRA) 42 vs Steve Johnson (USA) 44

COURT 8 – 11:30 START
1 John Isner (USA) [18] 105 vs Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) 106
2 Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) [11] 17 vs Luksika Kumkhum (THA) 169
3 Sara Errani (ITA) [20] 73 vs Alize Cornet (FRA) 75
4 Lucie Safarova (CZE) [28] 121 vs Samantha Crawford (USA) 123

COURT 9 – 11:30 START
1 Julia Boserup (USA) 61 vs Tatjana Maria (GER) 62 T/F 4/3
2 Mandy Minella (LUX) 11 vs Anna Tatishvili (USA) 12
3 Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 117 vs Elina Svitolina (UKR) [17] 120

COURT 10 – 11:30 START
1 Albano Olivetti (FRA) 107 vs Matthew Barton (AUS) 108 – T/F 7/6(7) 6/6
2 Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) 7 vs Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) [31] 8
3 Jack Sock (USA) [27] 25 vs Robin Haase (NED) 28
4 Carina Witthoeft (GER) 90 vs Kurumi Nara (JPN) 91

COURT 11 – 11:30 START
1 Federico Delbonis (ARG) 117 vs Fabio Fognini (ITA) 118
2 Karolina Pliskova (CZE) [15] 81 vs Misaki Doi (JPN) 83
3 Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER) 86 vs Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS) 87

COURT 14 – 11:30 START
1 Jiri Vesely (CZE) 67 vs Igor Sijsling (NED) 68 T/F 6/2 6/4 1/1
2 Anett Kontaveit (EST) 55 vs Barbora Strycova (CZE) [24] 56
3 Jelena Jankovic (SRB) [22] 105 vs Marina Erakovic (NZL) 108
4 Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) 101 vs Daria Kasatkina (RUS) [29] 104

COURT 15 – 11:30 START
1 Karin Knapp (ITA) 35 vs Ana Konjuh (CRO) 36
2 Monica Niculescu (ROU) 19 vs Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) 20
Denisa Allertova (CZE) 110 vs
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) [12] 112

COURT 16 – 11:30 START
1 Alexander Zverev (GER) [24] 73 vs Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) 74- T/F 6/3 6/4 3/0
2 Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 14 vs David Ferrer (ESP) [13] 16
3 Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 78 vs Madison Keys (USA) [9] 80
4 Tara Moore (GBR) / Conny Perrin (SUI) 43 vs Mariana Duque-Marino (COL) / Monica Puig (PUR) 44

COURT 17 – 11:30 START
1 Andrea Petkovic (GER) [32] 57 vs Nao Hibino (JPN) 58- T/F 3/6 7/5 5/1
2 Lucas Pouille (FRA) [32] 89 vs Marius Copil (ROU) 90
3 Lukas Lacko (SVK) 54 vs Ivo Karlovic (CRO) [23] 56

COURT 19 – 11:30 START
1 Gastao Elias (POR) 85 vs Radu Albot (MDA) 86 T/F 6/3 2/6 5/7 1/2
2 Nicolas Almagro (ESP) 21 vs Denis Istomin (UZB) 23
3 Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) [14] 57 vs Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) / Katerina Siniakova (CZE) 58

MATCHES TO BE ARRANGED
NOT BEFORE 17.00
Hao-Ching Chan (TPE) / Yung-Jan Chan (TPE) [3] 17 vs 1 Ashleigh Barty (AUS) / Laura Robson (GBR) 18
Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) / Lucie Hradecka (CZE) [6] 33 vs Chen Liang (CHN) / Yafan Wang (CHN) 34
NOT BEFORE 17.30
Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) / Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) 11 vs Marcin Matkowski (POL) / Leander Paes (IND) 12
Brydan Klein (GBR) / Alexander Ward (GBR) 23 vs Pablo Cuevas (URU) / Marcel Granollers (ESP) [15] 24
Wesley Koolhof (NED) / Matwe Middelkoop (NED) 21 vs Alexander Bury (BLR) / Igor Zelenay (SVK) 22
Treat Huey (PHI) / Max Mirnyi (BLR) [12] 25 vs Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) / Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 26

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Government Minister Sheds Light On Australian Open Schedule

A member of the Victorian Government has given a new update concerning the first Grand Slam of 2021.

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It is likely that the Australian Open will not be getting underway on its planned date of January 18th following recent comments by a government minister.

 

Negotiations between Tennis Australia and local officials are ongoing amid uncertainty over when the Grand Slam event will start. Last week plans for next year suffered a heavy blow after it was confirmed that players will not be allowed to enter the country in December as previously hoped. Instead they can enter from January 1st but will then have to go through a 14-day quarantine where they will not be allowed to play any competitive tennis.

In the wake of the ruling, speculation is mounting that the Australian Open will be delayed. If not, players will only have a four-day period between finishing their quarantine and playing their first tournament of the new year.

Martin Pakula, who is the sports minister for the Victorian Government, said on Wednesday that it was likely there would be a slight delay to the start of the competition due to what he describes as ‘very complex negotiations.’

“I still think it’s much more likely that it will be a shorter rather than longer delay. I don’t want to unduly repeat myself but these are very complex negotiations,” The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Pakula as saying.
“I’m still confident we’ll have an Australian Open, and we’ll have one in the early part of the year.”

It is also still unclear as to what will be happening to other tournaments that were set to be held in the country such as the ATP Cup, Brisbane International and others. Tennis Australia had previously said they intend to relocate some of their events to Melbourne in order to minimise travel. However, due to the delay in players arriving those plans are in doubt. If they were held after the Australian Open, it would have a significant impact on both the ATP and WTA Tour calendars.

“There’s a number of potential dates on the table. I’ve seen reports that suggest that it’s likely to be delayed by a week or two. I think that’s still most likely,” said Pakula. “But it’s not the only option. As you know, the French Open was delayed by many months and Wimbledon didn’t occur at all.
“I still think it’s much more likely that it will be a shorter [delay] rather than a longer one.”

Pakula has also confirmed that the conditions of the ‘biosecure bubble’ which players will be kept in are yet to be finalized. Although he says there will be a rigorous testing system in place.

Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley said over the weekend that a date for the Australian Open should be confirmed within 14 days.

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Rafael Nadal Urges Calm Over Australian Open As Officials Search For Solution

The world No.2 has confirmed his intentions to play at the Grand Slam but there are fresh doubts over when it will be getting underway.

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20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal has urged his peers to remain patient amid growing uncertainty over what the start of the 2021 season in Australia will look like.

 

Earlier this week it was confirmed that the government of Victoria refused a plan for 550 players to travel to the region next month in a move that could force a delay to the start of the Australian Open. Instead players will not be allowed to arrive until January 1st and then they will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine process. As it stands during that time they are reportedly allowed to train but not play in tournaments.

The ATP has already acknowledged that ‘new challenges’ have arisen in an internal letter issued to their players. Should the Australian Open dates remain unchanged, there will only be a four-day break between quarantine ending and the Grand Slam starting.

Questioned about the situation following his exit from the ATP Finals on Saturday, Nadal said he and others just need to ‘accept the situation’ by respecting any decision taken by the government.

“I don’t know what’s the situation going to be yet,” he said. “We need to wait about what the (state) government there in Victoria says.
“We can’t do much from ATP position or just wait. We have nobody to say what they feel is better for his country.
“We just need to be patient and accept the situation that we are facing. That is difficult for everyone. We need to be flexible to understand the situation and to find a way to play as many tournaments as possible next year.”

The head of Tennis Australia, Craig Tiley, has tried to allay concerns in a statement released on Sunday. Providing an update on the current situation, he says a plan taking into account the ‘needs of the players, fans, partners and staff’ is currently being drawn up alongside the Victorian Government. Although it is unclear as to when it will be finalised or what the final decision will be.

“We are continuing our urgent talks with local health authorities regarding quarantining and bio-security requirements and are confident we will have decisions soon,” said Tiley.
“Tennis Australia is acutely aware of the need for certainty, but also conscious of reaching a solution with the State Government that ensures the safety of the entire community.”

The Australian Open isn’t the only issue, it is what will happen with other events such as the ATP Cup. Originally it was hoped that various tournaments which usually take place around the country would be moved to Melbourne in order to minimise travelling. Now due to the later than planned arrival dates and quarantine, it is possible some of these events could be axed. So far the only event confirmed to have the chop is the Australian Open junior tournament, which will take place later in the year.

Amid the uncertainty, Nadal says he is hopeful that the Tour would return to a degree of normality in the future.

“Hopefully with the vaccine, that ends soon and we can come back at least to close to normal in a couple of months, but now is a difficult situation,” Nadal concluded.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this week’s ATP Finals is taking place behind closed doors for the first time in its history.

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Bombshell Puts Australian Tennis Events In Doubt

It is looking increasingly likely that players will not be allowed to play any tournament leading up to the first Grand Slam of 2021.

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The start of the 2021 tennis season has been dealt a massive blow as it has emerged that players hoping to travel to Australia next month will not be allowed to.

 

It is being reported that initial plans by Tennis Australia to allow roughly 550 players to enter their ‘bubble’ within the coming weeks have been blocked by the government in a move which may force the cancellation of any tournament set to take place prior to the Australian Open. A plan had been set out for players to arrive in December so they can enter into a mandatory 14-day quarantine. However, it now appears that the proposal has been denied due to COVID-19 protocols.

Unless there is a change of heart, players will not be allowed into the country until January 1st and then they will have to go through quarantine. Then under the current schedule the Australian Open will start just four days after. Players are not allowed to play any tournaments whilst in quarantine. The ATP, which is the governing body of men’s tennis, has issued an internal statement acknowledging that there are ‘new challenges’ concerning arrival times.

“In discussions with Tennis Australia over the past 24 hours, we have been informed there are some new challenges around the previously planned arrival dates for players and team members,” the ATP told its members.
“We continue to work with Tennis Australia on confirming plans for January, and we will provide an update as soon as more information is available in the coming days.
“We understand there is uncertainty about the start of the 2021 season, and we are working as hard as possible to deliver the best possible calendar of events to players, maximising points, jobs and prize money opportunities.”

Less than a week before the bombshell, Tennis Australia confirmed their desire to relocate various tournaments to Melbourne due to travel restrictions. The idea was for events usually held in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra and Hobart to be moved to the area. However, it is now unclear as to what if any will go ahead now.

There have been rumours of the Australian summer potentially being extended into February which will allow for more events outside of the Australian Open to take place in the region. However, this has not been confirmed and there is no indication yet that the date of the Grand Slam will be moved back.

“Whether (players) need to be here in December… I don’t know that that necessarily means there isn’t an Australian Open,” Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters on Wednesday.
“Whether there are lead-in tournaments, that’s to be worked through.”
“It has to be done safely, it has to be done properly. We are working very, very closely with Tennis Australia. They are working (with) all of their partners and we’re confident that we’ll finish up with an Australian Open.” He later added.

There is yet to be any public comment from Tennis Australia regarding the latest development. Although the CEO of the organisation, Craig Tiley, has confirmed to The Tennis Channel that the tune-up events for the Australian Open are now in jeopardy.

The Australian Open is scheduled to start on January 18th.

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