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(VIDEO) French Open Day 13: A 20-Year-Old Steals The Show

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Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko has defeated the odds to win this year’s women’s title at the French Open in Roland Garros.

 

The 20-year-old was the underdog against title favourite Simona Halep, but managed to prevail in three sets. Incredibly the title is Ostapenko’s first ever in her career. The last person to win their maiden tour trophy at a grand slam was Brazil’s Gustavo Kuerten at the 1997 French Open. In a somewhat freak coincidence, Kuerten won that tournament on the same day Ostapenko was born – 8th June 1997.

Meanwhile, Runner-up Halep is left thinking what could have been. The Romanian was leading the match by a set and 3-1 before experiencing a mighty comeback from her rival. She has also missed out on the world No.1 position, meaning Germany’s Angelique Kerber remains in top spot.

Ubaldo Scanagatta and Steve Flink from the Tennis Tannel reflects upon what has been an historic day at the tournament for Latvian tennis. They also look ahead to Sunday’s mouthwatering clash between Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka.

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(VIDEO EXCLUSIVE) ITF President David Haggerty ’Satisfied’ With Davis Cup Format Despite Issues

During an interview with Ubitennis in Bologna, the tennis chief addressed some of the concerns raised about the event.

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MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 24: David Haggerty during the press conference of Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals 2019 at Caja Magica on November 24, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Diego Souto / Kosmos Tennis)

The head of the International Tennis Federation believes the development of the Davis Cup in recent times has been positive but admits there are still areas to work on during an interview with UbiTennis.

 

Davis Haggerty, who has headed the ITF for seven years, stated that there was nothing about the team event that he is ‘unsatisfied’ with. In recent years the historic competition, which started in 1900, has undergone significant changes. In 2019 the Davis Cup was changed to an 18-team event held at the end of the season at one location. However, further changes to the structure were made in 2022 with the four group stages being held in various European cities in September and the top two of each group then progressing to November’s finals in Malaga.

“This year with the four group stages it has added a new dimension which I think is very good. You have a home and away atmosphere in four different cities, we’re taking the Davis Cup world wide and the finals will be in Malaga. Every year we will continue to look at the Davis Cup and say ‘what can we do better?’” Haggerty told UbiTennis.

As with every event, there are issues and the Davis Cup is no exception. Earlier this week Andy Murray called for ties to begin earlier after Great Britain’s clash with America didn’t finish until 0100 BST. There are also concerns about low attendance to some of the ties which involve teams playing at a neutral location.

“We have to continue to work on making sure that we have the fans in the stands. Some matches we do, some matches we don’t and will continue to work on it (addressing attendance issues).”

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It appears that the current format is one that the ITF aims to keep for the foreseeable future. Citing player fatigue at the end of the season, Haggerty ruled out the idea of reintroducing best-of-five matches in the finals. Something that had for so many years been a pivotal aspect of the Davis Cup.

Ubitennis’ full interview with David Haggerty can be watched below:-

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(VIDEO EXCLUSIVE) Novak Djokovic Wins 7th Wimbledon Title Over Kyrgios

Novak Djokovic won a 21st Grand Slam title after beating Nick Kyrgios in four sets.

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Ubitennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta and hall of famer Steve Flink reflect on Novak Djokovic’s four set win over Nick Kyrgios. Djokovic completed a 4-6 6-3 6-4 7-6(3) victory over the Australian to seal a 7th Wimbledon title, a fourth in a row and a 21st Grand Slam title.

 

Scanagatta and Flink reflect on Djokovic’s achievement and where that puts him amongst the sport’s greats. They also talk about Pete Sampras and his effect on Djokovic as a role model and they also praise Nick Kyrgios’ fighting spirit as they talk what’s next for him.

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(VIDEO EXCLUSIVE) Elena Rybakina’s Wimbledon Win Was Good But The Level Wasn’t Great

Tennis Hall of Famer Steve Flink joins Ubitennis to reflect on what was a historic Wimbledon women’s final.

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Elena Rybakina has become the first Kazakh player in history to win a major title after fighting her way back from a set down to defeat Ons Jabeur.

 

The 23-year-old had only ever beaten a top 10 payer on the grass once before going into the final but held her nerve to claim the biggest win of her life. But how does the level of this final compare to others in the past?

Ubaldo Scanagatta and Flink analyze the match, as well as preview a mouth-watering clash in the men’s final between Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios.

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