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ATP tournaments, other than those with major sponsor names in their titles, build prominence in many different ways. The time of year an event takes place and the ambience found in the event’s setting is always a part of the magical appeal potion. The surface on which it is contested adds to the interest it draws. But, after all the secondary factors are examined, a tournament’s notoriety, in essence, its identity, is based on the names engraved on the championship trophy.

 

The Gerry Weber Open, the grass court mid-June tennis extravaganza staged in the picturesque town of Halle, Germany, has had a Hall of Fame collection of singles winners during its twenty-four-year history.

By count, players from seven different countries have claimed the prestigious title. Anyone worthy of the appellation “tennis aficionado” is well aware that Roger Federer of Switzerland is the leader of the winners’ group having earned eight singles trophies (and he has also been a finalist on three occasions). Russia’s Yevgeny Kafelnikov is No. 2 on the champions list with three.

Of the twenty-four trophy tussles played on the Gerry Weber Stadion Court, fully half have gone the three-set distance. As the saying goes – There are three-setters, then there are “three-setters.” The 1997 contest between Kafelnikov and Peter Korda of the Czech Republic was epic. The Russian, after dropping a three-set contest to Nicklas Kulti of Sweden a year earlier, slithered away with his first Halle title, 7-6, 6-7, 7-6. Two years earlier, Marc Rosset’s victory over defending champion, Michael Stich was almost as dramatic. The Swiss standout downed his German opponent, 3-6, 7-6, 7-6.

In 1999 and 2000, two German cookie-cutter finals took place. Nicolas Kiefer was 6-3, 6-2 better than Kulti in the first. In the second, countryman David Prinosil downed Richard Krajicek of the Netherlands by an identical score.

Another Halle curiosity is, from one year to another, those who have entered their names in the “Lose One, Win One” ledger. As noted, Kafelnikov was the first performer, in 1996 and ’97, to notch the unique “reversal”. Tomáš Berdych of the Czech Republic joined the club with 2006 and ’07 performances. (Stich, as has been pointed out, reversed the reversal winning in three sets in 1994 and losing by the same count in ’95.)

Federer has been the foremost player in Gerry Weber Open history. In a four-year stretch between 2003 and ’06, the tournament served as his Wimbledon warm-up. He won four consecutive Halle crowns then moved on to London and did the same. Taking the story further, in back-to-back years, (’03 and ’04), he set the tournament standard losing the fewest game in a final. He was at his invincible best, dismissing Kiefer (who had been a finalist the year before to Kafelnikov), 6-1, 6-3, and the following year, he was even better dispatching Mardy Fish, the only US competitor to ever reach the final, 6-0, 6-3.

Though the Gerry Weber Open is merely one of thirteen ATP World Tour 500 series championships, it is like no other because the list of those who have captured its high-status singles title clearly indicates tennis’ best at their best.

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Kei Nishikori Confirms Safety Amid Hurricane Ian, Sets Out End of Year Plans

Kei Nishikori is set to return to tennis in November.

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Former US Open finalist Kei Nishikori has confirmed that he and his family are safe as Hurricane Ian continues to cause destruction in America.

 

Nishikori lives and is based in Florida, where Hurricane Ian is doing most of its destruction at the moment.

So far at least two million people are without power with a handful of people losing their life due to the hurricane.

Some of Nishikori’s fans were concerned about his safety but the former top ten player confirmed that he and his family are safe, “Hi everyone, just a quick note to say my family and I are safe,” Nishikori confirmed on social media.

“Thank you for all the messages. It was a scary day and hope things will be back to normal as soon as possible. My thoughts are with all the people facing the results of the storm. I hope everyone stays safe.”

It’s pleasing to hear Nishikori is safe as the storm continues to cause destruction on many people’s livelihoods in the US.

Speaking of Nishikori, the Japanese star has been fairly muted on the court with him not playing a single event this season.

Injuries have been the story of Nishikori’s career and it looks as if that trend has continued in 2022.

However Nishikori could be expected to make his return to the tour in November on the Challenger tour.

That’s because Nishikori has been confirmed to compete in the Calgary and Drummondville challenger events.

The two events take place between the 6th and the 20th of November with Nishikori looking to gain some match time ahead of next year’s Australian Open.

Tournament directors Alain Calle and Danny Da Costa had this to say on Nishikori’s participation, “We’re thrilled to have Kei at our tournaments,” they jointly said in a press release.

“He’s been one of the most prolific players on the Tour since the start of his career, and even though he’s coming back from a major injury, he remains a very talented player. We’re looking forward to seeing him play again in Canada, and there’s no doubt our fans will be, too.”

The events will be Nishikori’s first since Indian Wells in 2021 where he lost to Dan Evans in the second round.

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Novak Djokovic Praises ‘Passionate’ Tel-Aviv Crowd Ahead Of Quarter-Finals

Novak Djokovic is into the quarter-finals in Tel-Aviv and will play Vasek Pospisil on Friday.

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Novak Djokovic spoke about the crowd in Tel-Aviv ahead of his last eight showdown with Vasek Pospisil.

 

The Wimbledon champion progressed to the quarter-finals in Tel-Aviv with a dominant display over Pablo Andujar.

Djokovic dropped only three games as he returned to imperious form as he looks to boost his ranking over the coming weeks.

Speaking after the match Djokovic spoke about the ‘passionate’ crowd in Tel-Aviv and how it boosted his performance, “Fantastic atmosphere here tonight, thank you very much,” Djokovic said in his on-court atmosphere.

“I like the court, it’s very intimate and it’s very loud. The crowd here is very passionate about the sport, about tennis and I’m really, really happy to be here and to perform here in front of you, so thank you for your support.”

Djokovic’s last appearance in Tel-Aviv came as a teenager in 2006 when he played a Davis Cup tie.

Now 16 years later, Djokovic is relishing the occasion playing in Israel again as he looks to make up significant ground on the world’s top ranked players.

Djokovic will now play good friend Vasek Pospisil in the last eight with the Serb leading the head-to-head 5-0.

Here are the other quarter-finals that will take place on Friday in Tel-Aviv:

Arthur Rinderknech v Roman Safiullin

Constant Lestienne v Maxime Cressy

Liam Broady v Marin Cilic

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Iga Swiatek Annoyed By Scheduling Dilemma Ahead Of Season Finale

Iga Swiatek has admitted it’s unlikely that she will play the Billie Jean King Cup Finals after a scheduling dilemma.

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World number one Iga Swiatek admits she is annoyed by facing a scheduling dilemma ahead of the end of the season.

 

Swiatek has dominated the 2022 season having won two Grand Slam titles and five other titles this season.

This means she has qualified for the WTA Finals which will take place on the 31st of October in Texas.

However Swiatek is now becoming the victim of her own success as she now faces a dilemma over whether to represent Poland at the Billie Jean King Finals.

The BJK Cup Finals, take place the week after in Glasgow where Poland will face the Czech Republic and the USA in their Group.

Speaking to Polish media Swiatek admitted she is unsure whether she will compete in Scotland and criticised the WTA for their lack of organization over the events, “I am dissatisfied, although I know that arranging everything is complicated,” Swiatek was quoted by Give Me Sport Women as saying.

Certainly, the fact that the WTA and ITF federations in a sense did not cooperate to facilitate our task is irritating to me. I will definitely take steps to let them know about my dissatisfaction.

“I don’t understand the scheduling. I’m not gonna lie that I’m happy about the fact that if I go deep in [the] Finals, I will have to not only play tired but also jetlagged the next day. So I can’t confirm whether I’ll represent Poland or not. I’m sorry.”

Swiatek’s father, Tomasz, backed up his daughter’s criticism and wishes for more communication between the WTA and players in the future, “It’s an extremely unfortunate deal,” he said.

“And yet we have a very difficult group for that in the BJK Cup. The dates of both events are missed. There is a clash between the ITF (organisers of the BJK Cup) and the WTA (organisers of the WTA Finals). Instead of taking care of the development of women’s tennis, they cannot communicate.”

So far both Swiatek and Ons Jabeur have qualified for the WTA Finals with Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula expected to join them.

Caroline Garcia, Aryna Sabalenka, Daria Kasatkina and Simona hold the other four spots with just weeks left of the season.

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