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Wimbledon Day 9 Preview: The Gentlemen’s Quarter-Finals



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Following Gilles Muller’s upset of Rafael Nadal in the match of the tournament on Monday, we are left with three of the “big four” in the quarterfinals. One of these four have left the All England Club with The Gentlemen’s Singles Trophy in each of the last fourteen years. Let’s examine each of their chances to advance one step further as we take a close look at all four quarter-finals scheduled for Wednesday.


Andy Murray vs. Sam Querrey

The first match of the day on Centre Court will see Andy Murray, both the British and world number one, against world number 28 and American number three Sam Querrey. Murray is a two-time Wimbledon champion, while Sam Querrey’s second straight trip to the Wimbledon quarterfinals is only his second time advancing this far at any major. Murray leads their head-to-head 7-1, with Querrey’s only win coming seven years ago on a hard court in his home state of California. Querrey has also played two straight five-setters, while Murray has only dropped one set through four rounds. Obviously Murray is the favorite here, but if you’re Sam Querrey, here’s a few things to keep in mind. Murray is not 100% healthy: though we haven’t seen much evidence of it impacting his play, his hip will likely begin to hinder him the longer the match goes. Also remember if Sam is on and he keeps hitting big, he’s capable of defeating big names: just look at last year’s Wimbledon upset of Novak Djokovic and his defeat of Rafael Nadal in the Acapulco final earlier this year.

Marin Cilic vs. Gilles Muller

At the same time that match is taking place on Centre, two of 2017’s best grass court players will square off on No.1 Court. Muller played the match of his life in talking out Nadal over the course of almost five hours in the last round, but he can’t possibly have anything left physically or emotionally, can he? It’s hard to imagine he will, and his opponent has been in better form than any man in the field during this fortnight. Cilic has not dropped a set, and looks like a man on a mission coming off a heartbreaking loss to Roger Federer in last year’s quarter-finals, where he held match points. He also narrowly lost to Feliciano Lopez in a third set tiebreaker in the final at Queen’s Club just a few weeks ago. This is the fourth straight year Cilic has reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals, but has yet to reach his first semifinal. The hungry Croat will most likely end that streak on Wednesday.

Roger Federer vs. Milos Raonic

This is a rematch from last year’s Wimbledon semifinals, in which Raonic upset the seven-time champion in what would be Federer’s last match of 2016 due to a knee injury. But both men arrive at this year’s Championships in much different places. 2017 has seen Raonic the one dealing with injuries and a lack of confidence, while Federer has been healthy and only lost two matches this year. Raonic is coming off a tough five-set match against Alexander Zverev on Monday, while Federer is another man who has won every set he’s played in this tournament. Roger will find extra motivation on this day in his desire to avenge last year’s loss. This is Federer’s fifteenth Wimbledon quarterfinal, and there’s a strong chance we’ll see him in his twelfth Wimbledon semifinal on Friday.

Novak Djokovic vs. Tomas Berdych

Djokovic holds a 25-2 career record against Berdych, and has won their last twelve meetings. Normally I would be tempted to stop this match preview right there, but this may not be as straightforward as their head-to-head indicates. Djokovic spent over two hours on the court just yesterday in his fourth round match that was held over from Monday, and he appeared to be a bit lethargic and sore. The trainer visited Novak multiple times during his fourth round victory over Adrian Mannarino, getting his arm treated just as we saw at last year’s U.S. Open. Let’s also not forget Djokovic’s level of play has been well below his usual high standard over the past twelve months. Berdych’s only major final came on the lawns of the All England Club in 2010, and one of his two victories over Djokovic was in that year’s semifinals. Djokovic will still be favored against Berdych on Wednesday, though not as heavily as usual.

Order of play

Centre Court (1pm start)
Andy Murray v Sam Querrey

Roger Federer v Milos Raonic

Court 1 (1pm start)

Marin Cilic v Gilles Muller

Novak Djokovic v Tomas Berdych

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India’s Sumit Nagal Receives Sponsorship Boost After Revelling Financial Struggles



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A leading food and drink company has pledged to support India’s highest-ranked men’s player who was unable to train at his usual facility in Germany earlier this year due to a lack of money. 


Earlier this week world No.159 Sumit Nagal made a public plea for financial support to help him continue his career as a tennis player. In recent years he has been based at the Nansel Tennis Academy in Germany but was unable to train there during the first three months of the 2023 season due to a lack of funds. During this period he relied on his friends, including former player Somdev Devvarman, to help maintain his fitness. 

“If I look at my bank balance, I have what I had at the beginning of the year. It is 900 euros. I did get a bit of help. Mr Prashant Sutar is helping me with MAHA Tennis Foundation and I also get monthly (salary) from IOCL but I don’t have any big sponsor,” Nagal told the Press Trust of India.
“I am investing whatever I am making. The yearly cost where I travel with one coach is costing me around Rs 8 million to Rs 10 million (90,000-113,000 euros) and that is just with one travelling coach (no physio). Whatever I have made I have already invested,” he added.

Nagal, who is 26 years old, has reached the semi-finals of better at five tournaments on the lower-level Challenger Tour so far this season. His only Grand Slam result was at the US Open where he lost in the first round of qualifying to Taro Daniel. It was at the US Open where he took a set off Roger Federer before losing in 2019. 

Despite being the only player from his country to be ranked in the top 400, Nagal is currently not part of the Target Olympics Podium Scheme. An initiative set up by the Indian government to provide support to their top athletes.

After learning about Nagal’s ongoing struggles on the Tour, a leading company has decided to support the tennis player by signing a three-year deal with him. Gatorade specializes in sports drinks and is manufactured by PepsiCo. Under the deal, Nagal will receive support with his recovery and nutrition from experts at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI).  

“I am deeply moved and grateful to join hands with Gatorade. This association comes to me at a pivotal time, and I am thankful my hard work and passion is getting recognized and appreciated. With Gatorade by my side, I am sure I will reach new heights and give it my all both on and off the court,” the Indo-Asian News Service quoted Nagal as saying on Thursday. 

Speaking about the new partnership, Ankit Agarwal from PepsiCo India has hailed the collaboration. Agarwal is the company’s Associate Director of Energy & Hydration. 

“Sumit is a role model for the new-gen athletes of India with his career being a true example of hard work and sweat that makes talent shine,” he said.
“As a brand that is dedicated to supporting athletes in removing barriers to sporting success, we are delighted to welcome Sumit to the Gatorade squad.”

Nagal has been ranked as high as No.122 in the world. So far in his career, he has won four Challenger titles with two of those occurring this year in Italy and Finland. 

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(VIDEO): Malaga Line-Up Set As Davis Cup Most Unpredictable Tournament In History

UbiTennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta explains why any of the eight teams in Malaga could win November’s Davis Cup Finals




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The Davis Cup quarter-final line-up is set after an incredible Group Stage over Bologna, Split, Manchester and Valencia.


Now eight teams remain including Novak Djokovic’s Serbia, Great Britain and Australia.

However surprise teams such as the Netherlands, Finland and the Czech Republic will also appear in the quarter-finals.

Ten-time champions Great Britain will face Serbia with the winners taking on the winner of the quarter-final between Italy and the Netherlands.

In the other half of the draw Canada will be heavy favourites against Finland while the Czech Republic face Australia.

The final eight tournament will take place in Malaga and will take place between the 21st and the 26th of November.

However this year’s Davis Cup could be the most unpredictable version in the tournament’s history with there being no Spain or USA.

It really could be anyone’ tournament with Tennis’ most prestigious team competition up for grabs in November.

In this video UbiTennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta explains why this year’s Davis Cup finals could be the most unpredictable edition of all-time and why any of the teams could win the title.

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Simona Halep Claims Doing Ban Is ‘Based On Scenarios’ Without Proof




Former world No.1 Simona Halep has questioned the fairness of her anti-doping hearing after being suspended from the sport for four years. 


The two-time Grand Slam champion is suspended from tour events until 2026 after an independent tribunal concluded that the Romanian broke rules set out in Tennis’ anti-doping program. In a 126-page report by the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA), investigators accepted that the collagen supplement taken by Halep – called Keto MCT – was contaminated with Roxadustat “on the balance of probability.” However, they stated that there must have been another source of Roxadustat based on the level detected in her sample taken during the 2022 US Open. 

Furthermore, three experts in the area said they have ‘a high degree of confidence‘ that there was not an ‘innocent explanation’ for the abnormalities detected in Halep’s Athlete’s Biological Passport (ABP). They reported that ‘likely doping’ occurred based on an analysis of 51 valid samples of Halep’s blood and rejected her explanation for the irregularity. The tennis star cited blood loss during surgery and spells when she was inactive as her defence. 

Despite the comprehensive ruling, Halep has insisted that she is innocent and never intentionally took any banned substances. During an interview with Front Office Sports on Monday, the 31-year-old claimed that the ITIA’s four-year ban handed to her was based on ‘scenarios’ instead of any proof. 

“I was confident after the hearing because there were so many things that made no sense and that are not fair,” she said.
“When I received the decision, I was in complete shock. I could not believe that they suspended me for four years when we found the contamination and my blood was totally normal. They didn’t find anything bad in my blood. It’s crazy that they made this decision with everything [her legal team presented]. They judged me on scenarios. There is no proof. It’s just insane.”

The ITIA originally requested a six-year ban for Halep due to what they described as ‘repetitive and sophisticated’ doping practices. She is accused of using blood doping to improve her performance during Wimbledon and the US Open last year. However, the report found it was not ‘completely satisfied’ that Halep has been doping since March 2022 despite there being ‘strong grounds for suspicion.’

As for the substance Roxadustat, Halep says she would have never deliberately taken the drug as it would ‘work against her.’ She says that the drug would have worsened a thyroid issue which she has been dealing with for several years. Front Office Sports referred to a European Medicines Agency study which finds a possible link between the drug and decreased thyroid function. 

“There was no point for me to take this,” Halep said. “It’d work against me. It wouldn’t help me.”

The study couldn’t establish how common this side effect is due to the amount of data available at the time. 

In the wake of Halep’s ban, some have publicly expressed their views on the matter. One of the most notable to do so was Serena Williams who wrote on social media ‘8 is a better number” in a jibe at her former opponent. The reference was to the 2019 Wimbledon final when seven-time champion Williams lost in straight sets to Halep. 

“I think everyone has the right to judge me because the tribunal decided that I have the fault here,” Halep commented. “Someone told me today that those players who are hating on me because I beat them.”

Halep is set to appeal against her ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). 

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