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US Open Day 5 Preview: Four Must-See Matches



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In draws that were already missing many big names, and now with 31 of the 64 singles seeds losing in the first four days, this tournament is completely up for grabs. Who is ready to seize this golden opportunity?


Petra Kvitova vs. Caroline Garcia

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This will be the first match of the day on Arthur Ashe Stadium. Since winning the title in Birmingham earlier this year, Kvitova was just 5-5 leading into the US Open. And the Open has been Petra’s worst major in her career, having never advanced past the quarterfinals. Kvitova though played well in her first two rounds, ousting veterans Jankovic and Cornet. Garcia has quietly put together the most consistent season of her career, highlighted by her quarterfinal appearance at her home major, the French Open. She recently broke into the top 20 for the first time, and has accumulated 33 wins thus far in 2017. These two have split four previous meetings, but Garcia took the most recent two, both of which were on hard courts. This feels like a probable three-setter that could go either way.

Kevin Anderson vs. Borna Coric

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From there I would recommend moving your attention to the Grandstand, where the second match on the schedule will be a clash between two in-form players. Coric may have played the best match of his career on Wednesday, upsetting number four seed Alexander Zverev in a scintillating four-set win. Is he ready to back it up? This would be another big step for Coric, as he’s yet to go farther than the third round at a major. Meanwhile, the US Open is the only major where Kevin Anderson has been past the fourth round. The South African upset Andy Murray in New York two years ago to make his first major quarterfinal. Anderson debuted in the top 10 in 2015, but his level of play dropped off in the following year and a half as he dealt with multiple injuries. Over the past few months Anderson has gotten back on track and been a much improved player. He made the fourth round at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon, and won seven matches during the summer hard court season. Coric is likely to have a letdown following Wednesday’s performance, so I expect Kevin Anderson to advance to his third straight fourth round at a major.

Garbine Muguruza vs. Magdalena Rybarikova
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Regarding the third matches on court of Day 5, this may be your best bet. It is a rematch of the Wimbledon semifinals, but let’s hope this one is a bit closer than that encounter. On that day, Muguruza allowed Rybarikova only two games. That semifinal was Magdalena’s 20th match of the short grass court season, so one would think Rybarikova would be better rested and ready to compete on Friday. The Slovakian has actually defeated Muguruza twice before, though Garbine’s won both of their meetings on hard courts. The Wimbledon and Cincinnati champion is playing with more momentum than ever before, and is many people’s pick to win this tournament. However, Muguruza has not historically performed well under the weight of expectations. Does she have enough confidence now to overcome that? It will be interesting to see how she does as her opponents get tougher, but she’s still the favorite to prevail in this third round contest.

John Isner vs. Mischa Zverev
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The night session on Arthur Ashe Stadium will kick off with the big-serving American against the serve-and-volleying German. They are 2-2 in their head-to-head, with Zverev taking both of their 2017 clashes. This includes an epic five-set battle at this year’s Australian Open, where Zverev outlasted Isner 9-7 in the fifth. The U.S. Open courts are playing slower than the fast courts in Melbourne, which I think will favor Isner. This will grant Isner just a little more time to set up his passing shots as Zverev rushes the net. John will also have the Friday night home crowd behind him, and he’ll have some fond memories to draw from under the lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium. Isner upset Andy Roddick in a 2009 night session match which went to a fifth set tiebreaker. Surprisingly, Isner won his first two matches of this US Open without going to a tiebreak. Meanwhile Zverev has already played two five-setters in his first two rounds. For all of those reasons, Isner should be able to overcome the older Zverev brother.

Order of play (singles matches only)

Arthur Ashe stadium (11am local time)
Petra Kvitova CZE (13) v Caroline Garcia FRA (18)
Denis Shapovalov CAN v Kyle Edmund GBR
Maria Sakkari GRE v Venus Williams USA (9)
Not before 7pm local time
Mischa Zverev GER v John Isner USA (10)
Sofia Kenin USA v Maria Sharapova RUS

Louis Armstrong (11am start)
Nicolas Mahut FRA v Pablo Carreno Busta ESP (12)
Ashleigh Barty AUS v Sloane Stephens USA
Magdalena Rybarikova SVK (31) v Garbine Muguruza ESP (3)
Sam Querrey USA (17) v Radu Albot MDA

Grandstand (11am start)
Diego Schwartzman ARG (29) v Marin Cilic CRO (5)
Kevin Anderson RSA (28) v Borna Coric CRO
Anastasija Sevastova LAT (16) v Donna Vekic CRO

Court 17
Thomas Fabbiano ITA v Paolo Lorenzi ITA
Lucas Pouille fra (16) v Mikhail Kukushkin KAZ

Court 5
Ekaterina Makarova RUS v Carla Suarez Navarro ESP
Aleksandra Krunic SRB v Julia Goerges GER (30)


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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