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Aegon Open Nottingham: Day Two Roundup

Joshua Coase



Aegon Open Nottingham

It was a busy day of action on day two of the Aegon Open in Nottingham, with the schedule packed full of matches from both the WTA and ATP Challenger Tours. Here is a complete roundup of all the results from both the men’s and women’s competitions at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.


WTA Roundup

Johanna Konta sealed her 300th singles career match win and booked her place in the next round at the Aegon Open in Nottingham following the unfortunate retirement of her opponent Tara Moore due to a left foot injury.

The top seed was leading 6-2, 3-0 before the incident occurred and despite continuing and finishing that game Moore called time on the match. Konta was in control throughout and was not required to play at her best level, with her compatriot struggling on serve, hitting 10 double faults and only managing to make 50% of her first serves in.

Breaks in the third and the seventh game of the first set and two breaks in the second left the world number eight in prime position to secure victory before Moore was forced to retire.

Last year’s runner-up Alison Riske got her campaign off to a strong start at the Aegon Open in Nottingham, defeating British hope Heather Watson 6-2, 6-3. The world number 43 broke the Brit in the first games of both the first and second sets to take command from the outset. Watson was involved in plenty of the American’s service games and came close to earning break points but could not take care of her own serve to stay with Riske. The wildcard broke back midway through the second set but did not win a game after that as the fourth seed wrapped up victory.

The big upset of the day saw the second seed Anastaija Sevastova fall to Christina Mchale in a thrilling contest out on Court 2, 6-0, 5-7, 7-6(2). The American raced through the first set 6-0 before both players traded breaks in the second. Sevastova forced a deciding set after pinching the second 7-5 and after no breaks in the final set it all came down to a tiebreak which Mchale won comfortably by seven points to two.

Third seed Lauren Davis also crashed at the hands of world number 91 Kurumi Nara 6-3, 6-3 and Shelby Rogers became the third seeded casualty of the day after she was beaten by Donna Vekic 6-4, 6-3. Both players exchanged breaks during the first set before the Croatian pulled away and she just needed the one break in the second set to claim victory in one hour and four minutes.

Former French Open finalist Lucie Safarova came through a tough test against American qualifier Grace Min in three sets 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-2 in the final match of the day on Centre Court. The fifth seed looked as though she may have taken the match in straight sets after fighting from a break down in the second, but despite going close to breaking serve in the 12th game she was edged out in the tiebreak. The Czech regrouped and came through the final set routinely enough to book her place in the second round.

In the first match of the day on Court 4 Magdalena Rybarikova raced to victory over her Ukrainian opponent Dayana Yastremska in straight sets 6-1, 6-2 in just over an hour. The Slovakian won 82% of points behind her first serve and hit seven aces as she cruised to victory over the qualifier.

Finally, Ashleigh Barty came from a set down to defeat Tatjana Maria 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 as well as another unseeded player Maria Sakkari, who also needed three sets to see off Jana Cepelova 7-6(3), 5-7, 7-6(6) in a lengthy match lasting two hours and 41 minutes on Court 2.

ATP Roundup

Lloyd Glasspool kicked the day off in fine style in front of the home fans as the Brit secured a huge win over fifth seed Go Soeda of Japan. The wildcard, ranked at 487 caused the upset of world number 108 winning in straight sets 6-2, 6-2 in just 1 hour and 18 minutes.

The Brit had plenty of chances to break his opponent, 12 chances in all and he capitalised twice in each set while only facing the one break point on serve himself. Nine aces and a 72% win rate behind his first serve was enough for to seal a notable victory on home soil out on Court 1.

There was more good news for the British fans as wildcard Brydan Klein advanced to the second round after defeating Alex de Minaur 7-6(5), 6-3.

Their compatriot Cameron Norrie did not fare so well. The wildcard battled back from 3-1 down in the first set to get back on serve but was broken again at a crucial time in the eleventh game, allowing Kenny De Schepper to serve it out 7-5. The Brit was backed by very vocal support on Centre Court and that helped him inspire to comeback and take the second set 7-5. Unfortunately for Norrie he was unable to claim the victory as the Frenchman closed out the final set 6-4 to seal victory in what was a terrific contest in two hours and eight minutes.

Second seed and the highest ranked player in the field following Dan Evans withdrawal, Marius Copil, began his campaign strongly with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Konstantin Kravchuck. Third seed Dudi Sela also got his charge off to the perfect start, racing through his match in under an hour as he saw off American Denis Kudla 6-2, 6-2. Similar to Glasspool’s match, two breaks of serve in each set once again were enough to secure a routine victory.

Along with Soeda, two other seeds exited the tournament on Tuesday. Sixth seed Darian King was beaten in a final set tiebreak by American Bjorn Fratangelo. The 23-year-old battled back from a set down to win 6-7(5), 6-2, 7-6(1).

John Millman, Sergiy Stakhovsky and Reilly Opelka were also all victorious on day two. There were also first round wins for qualifiers Sam Groth, John-Patrick Smith and Ricardas Berankis.

ATP Challenger

ATP announces five-week ATP Challenger calendar for 2021




The ATP has issued a five-week schedule for the start of the 2021 ATP Challenger Tour, which is scheduled to launch on 18th January with a 125-event in Istanbul. The Turkish city celebrates its 31st consecutive year on the Challenger Tour.


Turkey will host three consecutive tournaments at the start of the season. Istanbul will host a hard court tournament from 18th January. The tour will move to the seaside town of Antalya, the venue of two clay tournaments on 25th January 2021 and 1st February 2021. 

The week of 25 Januray will be the first of back-to-back Challenger events in Antalya and an indoor hard-court tournament in the French town of Quimper. 

France will host two more indoor tournaments, the 125-level tournament in Orleans (1 February) and the 28th edition of Cherbourg (8 February). 

Cherbourg will be held in the same week as hard-court tournaments in Biella in Italy and Potchefstroom in South Africa. Biella will also host a 125-level tournament in the following week on 15 February. Potchefstroom will host a second consecutive tournament on 15 February. Challenger-level tournaments will feature 32 singles players and qualifying draws with 16 players. 

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Stefanos Tsitsipas cruises past Kevin Anderson to reach the third round at the Western and Southern Open in New York




Last year’s ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas cruised past two-time Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson 6-1 6-3 after 69 minutes to advance to the third round at the Western and Southern Open in New York. 


Tsitsipas came into his match against Anderson with a a 2-1 lead in their three previous head-to-head matches in 2018. The young Greek player beat his South African rival in the Round of 16 in Estoril (6-7 6-3 6-3) and in the Rogers Cup semifinal (6-7 6-4 7-6 after saving a match point). Anderson scored his only win in the Round of 16 in Shanghai (6-4 7-6). 

“I think the fact that I kept my serve very aggressive and I remained aggressive with my groundstrokes helped a lot and I am pleased that I was able to maintain my game throughout the entire match, the same intensity. It was an excellent first set. It was great”, said Tsitsipas. 

Tsitsipas broke four times and fended off three break points he faced. Tsitsipas broke three times in a row to win the first set 6-1. At 2-2 in the second set Tsitsipas went down 0-40 on his serve. Anderson hit a forehand return, but Tsitsipas recovered with a passing shot. Tsitsipas saved three break points to hold his serve at love in the fifth game and broke serve at 15 in the eighth game after Anderson made a double fault. 

“The fifth game was crucial. Being able to come back there and maintain the focus that I focus that I needed to be back in the match and not be a break down, that was a very good effort from me. It was my fighting spirit that turned on and my service points there were incredible”, said Tsitsipas. Tsitsipas will face either John Isner or John Millman in the third round. 

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2020 US Open: ATP Players Presented With Three Options, Decision Time Approaches

The USTA explained their working hypotheses: Cincinnati would come at the expense of the qualifying tournament. All players to be hosted in a hotel at JFK airport




No ground-breaking news were revealed on Wednesday during the conference call organized by the ATP for all its players. Almost 400 members participated to the call, where CEO Andrea Gaudenzi and Chairman Massimo Calvelli presented the various options on the table for the US Open and the Cincinnati Masters 1000.

The newly appointed US Open Tournament Director, Stacey Allaster, was invited to present the three options available:

  • The US Open and the Masters 1000 to be played at Flushing Meadows, but this would require the cancellation of the qualifying tournament and the downsizing of the doubles draw to 24 couples;
  • The cancellation of Cincinnati with the US Open maintaining the qualifying draw and a full-size doubles event;
  • The cancellation of both Cincinnati and the US Open.

The US Open prize money will be maintained at 95% of 2019 levels, which still means an increase over 2018; the cancellation of Cincinnati would result in a 2 million dollar saving for the USTA, and the money would likely be distributed among the players who were not allowed to compete in the qualifying tournament.

All players and allowed entourage will be hosted at the TWA Hotel, located near Terminal 5 at JFK Airport. The hotel, opened in May 2019, has been build repurposing the iconic Eero Saarinen building that was Trans World Airlines’ terminal between 1962 and 2001. All 512 rooms will be occupied by players and staff of the US Open, and the property claims to be the hotel with the biggest gym in the world.

The distance between the hotel and Flushing Meadows would be comparable to the distance from the traditional Manhattan hotels, but obviously the ambiance would be significantly different, since players would most likely be “prisoners” of the TWA hotels during their days off and outside their practice sessions.

It has been revealed that each player would be able to designate up to two members of his staff to accompany him, provided these two members share a room at the TWA hotel and only one of them travels with the player to Flushing Meadows.

Players would now need to evaluate the options and communicate their preference to the USTA. ATP President Gaudenzi confirmed during the call that players unwilling to travel to New York would not be penalized ranking-wise should the tournament go ahead.

A final decision is expected by 15 June.


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