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US Open Day 6 Preview: Five Must-See Matches



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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will return to the court on Saturday. Despite not playing their best in their first two rounds, they’ll still be heavily favored in their matches. Let’s focus instead on what should be some of the more competitive matches on Day 6.


Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Coco Vandeweghe
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This will be the second match of the day on Arthur Ashe Stadium. Radwanska leads the head-to-head 5-1, and surprisingly has won all of their hard court meetings in straight sets. Vandeweghe has never even won a set on a hard court against Radwanska, including their meeting a few weeks ago in Toronto. That being said, Coco has been the more in-form player in 2017, with six more wins on the year than Agnieszka. Vandeweghe’s year was highlighted by her run to the semifinals at the Australian Open, though she’s never played well at her home major: her appearance in this year’s third round is her best showing yet. Coco is obviously a strong hard court player, but can she figure out how to defeat Radwanska on this surface, and get a big win in front of a supportive American crowd?

Jelena Ostapenko vs. Daria Kasatkina

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Meanwhile on Louis Armstrong Stadium, this will be a battle of two 20-year-olds, and could be a preview of a rivalry for many years to come. These youngsters already faced off earlier this year in the United States, as this is a rematch from the final in Charleston. Kasatkina prevailed on the green clay that day, but obviously Ostapenko went on to win a much bigger title on the red clay in Paris just two months later. Jelena won the other two times they played, but they have never met on a hard court. This matchup is reminiscent of the Alexander Zverev/Borna Coric contest from Wednesday: two 20-year-olds taking the court, but one has achieved much more than the other. Can Kasatkina, like Coric did on Wednesday, make a statement by upsetting the more accomplished player?

Roberto Bautista Agut vs. Juan Martín Del Potro
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Over on the Grandstand we’ll see one of the most popular players on tour against one of the hottest players on tour. After returning to the court last year following multiple wrist surgeries, Del Potro was warmly welcomed back, and ascended to some great heights. After upsetting Stan Wawrinka at the 2016 Wimbledon, he defeated Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in winning a silver medal at the Rio Olympics. He would then bring more glory to his country by helping to win Argentina’s first ever Davis Cup title, winning scintillating five-setters over Andy Murray and Marin Cilic in carrying his team to victory. 2017 however has seen Del Potro struggle to get any momentum going. He has not titles on the year, and has yet to advance past the third round at a major. On the other hand, Bautista Agut is putting together the strongest season of his career. The 29-year-old is currently at his career-high ranking of number 13. He has two titles on the year, including just last week in Winston-Salem. The two have split their previous meetings – both were on hard courts, and both were tight encounters. At his best, Del Potro is the better player, and should be able to dictate the outcome with his ground strokes. Unfortunately since Del Potro has not been at his best of late, Bautista Agut should be favored on Saturday.

David Goffin vs. Gael Monfils

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Back on Louis Armstrong, we’ll have two of the speediest players in the world. It will be interesting to see how much either of them have left in their tanks though, as both men played five sets just 48 hours ago. These two have also split their previous meetings, both of which were hard court battles last year that went to a final set. Goffin was red hot for the first several months of 2017, before an extremely unfortunate incident at the French Open where he injured his ankle by sliding onto the tarp folded up at the edge of the court. Goffin has only played nine matches since then, with this week being the first time in three months that he’s won back-to-back matches. Monfils meanwhile has underperformed through all of 2017 after having the most consistent year of his career in 2016. He’ll surely be feeling some pressure in this match, as he’s defending semifinal points from last year’s US Open. If Monfils and Goffin’s legs have recovered from their second round matches, this should be an extremely entertaining affair.

Madison Keys vs. Elena Vesnina

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This will be the final match of the day under the lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium. Following multiple procedures on her wrist earlier this year, Keys has found her game again this summer. She won the title in Stanford, beating Garbine Muguruza in the semis and Coco Vandeweghe in the final. Muguruza then gained revenge in Cincinnati, but Keys pushed her to a final set tiebreak. Earlier this year, Vesnina achieved the biggest title of her career, which happened to be on American hard courts in Indian Wells. However, Vesnina has been unable to follow-up, as since Indian Wells she’s had more losses than wins. Keys won both previous matches she’s had against Vesnina, and will be the favorite here. Still this is a step up in competition for Keys from her first two rounds, and will help reveal just how serious a contender she may be to win her first major in New York.

SINGLES ORDER OF PLAY – Day 6, September 2

Play starts at 11:00 local time unless otherwise stated
Arthur Ashe Stadium
Karolina Pliskova (CZE) [1] v Shuai Zhang (CHN) [27]
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [10] v CoCo Vanderweghe (USA) [20]
Rafael Nadal (ESP) [1] v Leonardo Mayer (ARG)
From 19:00
Roger Federer (SUI) [3] v Feliciano Lopez (ESP) [31]
Elena Vesnina (RUS) [17] v Madison Keys (USA) [15]

Louis Armstrong Stadium

Adrian Mannarino (FRA) [30] v DOminic Thiem (AUT) [6]
Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) [12] v Daria Kasatkina (RUS)
David Goffin (BEL) [9] v Gael Monfils (FRA) [18]

Victor Troicki (SRB) v Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) [11] v Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) [24]
Elina Svitolina (UKR) [4] v Shelby Rogers (USA)

Court 17

Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) [33] v John Millman (AUS)
Jennifer Brady (USA) v Monica Niculescu (ROU)

Court 5

Lucie Safarova (CZE) v Naomi Osaka (JPN)
Damir Dzumhur (BIH) v ANdrey Rublev (RUS)


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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