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Wimbledon Day 2 Preview: Five Must-See Matches

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Juan Martin del Potro (zimbio,.com)

The second day of play at The Championships will see the first matches of the fortnight for Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, who have combined to win ten of the last fourteen gentlemen’s singles titles at SW19.  On the ladies’ side, we have another wide open draw at a major.  Out of the sixty four ladies scheduled to play on Tuesday, they account for only five major titles combined.

 

Juan Martin Del Potro vs. Thanasi Kokkinakis

The tennis gods really owe both of these men some good luck and better health.  Del Potro’s wrist injuries over the years are well documented, but he’s now struggling with a groin injury that forced him to withdraw from two grass court warm-up events.  Del Potro is ranked thirty-second in the world, which would normally qualify him to be seeded in the draw.  However Wimbledon’s special seeding calculation, which puts extra emphasis on grass court results over the past two years, prevented Del Potro from being seeded.  He continues to get some tough draws at the majors due to his ranking.  Meanwhile Kokkinakis missed over a year of tennis as he also dealt with multiple injuries.  Much like Del Potro, Kokkinakis contemplated if his injuries would prevent him from returning to the court.  The young Australian is now back and finally feeling healthy again, which was evident as he upset Milos Raonic at Queen’s Club.  It’s a shame for these two men that they were drawn to play each other in the first round, but it will be a delight for fans who arrive early to take in this first match of the day on No.2 Court.

Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Jelena Jankovic

Second up on No.2 Court will be these two veteran defensive specialists, both of whom have seen their results drop off in recent years.  Radwanska is a former world number two who has been a fixture in the top ten for a decade.  Wimbledon has been her strongest major, as she was a finalist in 2012 and reached the semifinals on two other occasions.  Radwanska is only 11-10 in 2017 with no titles.  She was upset in her only grass court warm-up match by American Lauren Davis.  Jankovic’s ranking has slipped outside the top fifty, as her defensive game has not aged very well.  Jelena is only 8-15 on the year, and hasn’t been past the fourth round at a major in over four years.  However, Jankovic ousted Petra Kvitova at Wimbledon in 2015, so she knows how pull off the upset on the lawns of the All England Club.  Radwanska holds a 7-2 career edge against Jankovic, including a victory two years ago in the Wimbledon fourth round.  This should be a fun contest featuring a lot of long, grinding points, with Radwanska favored to prevail.

Novak Djokovic vs. Martin Klizan

Djokovic arrives at the All England Club alongside new coaches Andre Agassi and Mario Ancic.  Both seem like smart additions to his team, but will it be enough to help turn Djokovic’s results around?   It was at last year’s Wimbledon where his dip in play began, as he was upset in the third round by Sam Querrey.  Novak usually does not play between Roland Garros and Wimbledon, but he entered and won the tournament in Eastbourne last week in an effort to get some momentum going. The left-handed Klizan can be a tricky opponent, but should not pose any threat to Novak.  All eyes will be on three-time champion and his level of confidence.

Roger Federer vs. Alexandr Dolgopolov

Federer arrives as the favourite of many pundits to win his eighth Wimbledon title.  Roger is 24-2 in 2017 with four titles, most notably winning his eighteenth major at the Australian Open.  Dolgopolov has slipped to number eighty in the world, but is a streaky player who can be extremely frustrating to play against when he’s on.  The Ukrainian did win a title earlier this year, defeating Kei Nishikori in the final of Buenos Aries.  Dolgopolov plays with a lot of spin and can hit a lot of winners.  This should be entertaining, but in the end should be business as usual for Roger Federer on Centre Court.

Dominic Thiem vs. Vasek Pospisil

This is a dangerous first round draw for Thiem.  He comes into Wimbledon having played a ton of tennis in the first six months of 2017.  He went 1-2 in the grass court warm-ups, and is only 2-3 lifetime at Wimbledon.  Pospisil was a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon two years ago.  He has struggled since that career achievement, but has shown some better form this year.  He defeated world number one Andy Murray in Indian Wells, and won six matches in the grass court warm-ups over the past few weeks.  It would not be shocking to see the eighth seed upset in this last match of the day on No.1 Court.

Tuesday’s order of play

Centre Court 1pm start

A KERBER (Ger, 1) v I Falconi (US); M Klizan (Svk) v N DJOKOVIC (Ser, 2); A Dolgopolov (Ukr) v R FEDERER (Swi, 3)

No1 Court 1pm

M RAONIC (Can, 6) v J-L Struff (Ger); K PLISKOVA (Cz, 3) v E Rodina (Rus); D THIEM (Aut, 8) v V Pospisil (Can)

No2 Court 11.30am

JM DEL POTRO (Arg, 29) v T Kokkinakis (Aus); A RADWANSKA (Pol, 9) v J Jankovic (Ser); J Chardy (Fr) v T BERDYCH (Cz, 11); O Jabeur (Tun) v S KUZNETSOVA (Rus, 7)

No3 Court 11.30am

K Edmund (GB) v A Ward (GB); E Alexandrova (Rus) v G MUGURUZA (Sp, 14); E Donskoy (Rus) v A ZVEREV (Ger, 10); K MLADENOVIC (Fr, 12) v P Parmentier (Fr)

Court 12 11.30am

R GASQUET (Fr, 22) v D Ferrer (Sp); K Boulter (GB)v C McHale (US); G DIMITROV (Bul, 13) v D Schwartzman (Arg); O Dodin (Fr) v L SAFAROVA (Cz, 32)

Court 18 11.30am

M Barthel (Ger) v C VANDEWEGHE (US, 24); G MONFILS (Fr, 15) v D Brands (Ger); J Ward (GB) v M Baghdatis (Cyp)

Court Four 11.30am

M Youzhny (Rus) v N Mahut (Fr); Han Xinyun (Chn) v Z Diyas (Kaz); S Rogers (US) v J Boserup (US)

Court Five 11.30am

T Maria (Ger) v A Potapova (Rus); J Thompson (Aus) v A RAMOS-VIñOLAS (Sp, 25); S Tsitsipas (Gre) v D Lajovic (Ser); T Pironkova (Bul) v S Errani (It)

Court Six 11.30am

M Kukushkin (Kaz) v T Daniel (Jpn); D Allertova (Cz) v R Ozaki (Jpn); R Haase (Neth) v F Tiafoe (US); E Makarova (Rus) v A Van Uytvanck (Bel)

Court Seven 11.30am

S Darcis (Bel) v R Berankis (Lit); P Hercog (Svn) v A Beck (Ger); L Tsurenko (Ukr) v J Görges (Ger); J Tipsarevic (Ser) v J Donaldson (US)

Court Eight 11.30am

K BERTENS (Neth, 23) v S Cirstea (Rom); L DAVIS (US, 28) v V Lepchenko (US); J SOCK (US, 17) v C Garin (Chl); H Zeballos (Arg) v P LORENZI (It, 32)

Court Nine 11.30am

A Pavlasek (Cz) v E Escobedo (US); Y Wickmayer (Bel) v K Bondarenko (Ukr); B Coric (Cro) v R Harrison (US); K Kucova (Svk) v B Andreescu (Can)

Court 11 11.30am

M Linette (Pol) v B Mattek-Sands (US); V Golubic (Swi) v ZHANG SHUAI (Chn, 30); D KASATKINA (Rus, 29) v Zheng Saisai (Chn); D Sela (Isr) v M Granollers (Sp)

Court 14 11.30am

M ZVEREV (Ger, 27) v B Tomic (Aus); D GAVRILOVA (Aus, 20) v P Martic (Cro); A Riske (US) v S Stephens (US); TH Fritz (US) v J ISNER (US, 23)

Court 15 11.30am

M Niculescu (Rom) v M Rybarikova (Svk); A Rublev (Rus) v S Travaglia (It); T Bellucci (Br) v P Ofner (Aut)

Court 16 11.30am

E Gulbis (Lat) v V Estrella Burgos (Dom); K Flipkens (Bel) v M Doi (Jpn); Y Sugita (Jpn) v B Klein (GB)

Court 17 11.30am

A Rodionova (Aus) v A PAVLYUCHENKOVA (Rus, 16); G Simon (Fr) v N Jarry (Chl); L Arruabarrena (Sp) v A Kontaveit (Est); A Mannarino (Fr) v F LóPEZ (Sp, 19)

To be arranged (Not before 5pm)

T Babos (Hun) v C WOZNIACKI (Den, 5); M Puig (Pue) v T BACSINSZKY (Swi, 19)

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Gerard Tsobanian: “I can’t see the events being held behind closed doors”

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The ATP and WTA have suspended the tennis season until 13th July cancelling all the clay and grass tournaments, but players expect the suspension to get expected.

 

The Madrid Mutua Open was originally scheduled from 3 to 10 May 2020. Madrid Masters Chef Executive Officer Gerard Tsobanian doubts that the tennis season will resume this year. Tsobanian said that playing tournament behind closed doors is not possible during an interview to French sports daily L’Equipe.

“I am worried about the future. There are so many question marks. Playing without fans is an option but I doubt that the events will go that route. I can’t see the events being held behind closed doors. It will take time for everything to return to normal in tennis”, said Gerard Tsobanian.

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Wimbledon Announces Cancellation As Coronavirus Continues To Affect Tennis Calendar

For the first time since World War Two, Wimbledon has been cancelled.

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Wimbledon has announced it has cancelled this year’s tournament due to health fears over the coronavirus. 

 

This is the first time since world war two that the famous grass-court tournament at SW19 has been cancelled as the coronavirus continues to impact the tennis calendar.

In a statement, Wimbledon confirmed that the next edition of the tournament will occur in 2021, “It is with great regret that the Main Board of the All England Club (AELTC) and the Committee of Management of The Championships have today decided that The Championships 2020 will be cancelled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic,” they said on their website.

“The 134th Championships will instead be staged from 28 June to 11 July 2021. Uppermost in our mind has been the health and safety of all of those who come together to make Wimbledon happen – the public in the UK and visitors from around the world, our players, guests, members, staff, volunteers, partners, contractors, and local residents – as well as our broader responsibility to society’s efforts to tackle this global challenge to our way of life.

“Members of the public who paid for tickets in the Wimbledon Public Ballot for this year’s Championships will have their tickets refunded and will be offered the chance to purchase tickets for the same day and court for The Championships 2021. We will be communicating directly with all ticket-holders.”

Speaking on the decision, All-England Club chairman Ian Hewitt admitted that health and public safety was more important than tennis right now, “This is a decision that we have not taken lightly, and we have done so with the highest regard for public health and the wellbeing of all those who come together to make Wimbledon happen.”

“It has weighed heavily on our minds that the staging of The Championships has only been interrupted previously by World Wars but, following thorough and extensive consideration of all scenarios, we believe that it is a measure of this global crisis that it is ultimately the right decision to cancel this year’s Championships, and instead concentrate on how we can use the breadth of Wimbledon’s resources to help those in our local communities and beyond.”

As a result of today’s announcement, all grass-court tournaments in England and abroad have been cancelled as there will be no tennis until the 13th of July at the earliest.

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Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova splits with coach Sam Sumyk after seven months

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Sam Sumyk will no longer coach Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova. The Russian player got off to a good start to her 2020 season under the guidance of the French coach reached the quarter finals before losing to eventual finalist Garbine Muguruza at the Australian Open but she has split from the French coach after seven months. Sumyk has confirmed the news to the French tennis website We love tennis. Earlier this yera Pavlyuchenkova won 19 of her 27 matches and reached the final in Moscow in the seven months under the guidance of Sumyk.

 

Pavlyuchenkova won two Junior Grand Slam titles and became the Junior world number 1 at the age of 14 in 2006. She reached her career-high of world number 13 in July 2011. The Russian player has won 12 singles titles and 5 doubles titles. She also reached six quarter finals at Grand Slam level at the 2011 French Open, at the 2011 US Open, at Wimbledon 2016 and at the Australian Open in 2017, 2019 and 2020.

Sumik had previously coached two-time Australian champion Victoria Azarenka, former Wimbledon and Roland Garros champion Garbine Muguruza, former world number 2 Vera Zvonareva and 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard.

Under the guidane of Sumik Azarenka won her first Grand Slam title in 2012. The Belarusian player defended her title in Melbourne and climbed to the world number on eone year later.

The 53-year-old coach helped Muguruza clinch her maiden Grand Slam title at 2016 Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2017.

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