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Marin Cilic, Grigor Dimitrov Secure ATP Finals Places



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Croatia’s Marin Cilic and Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov are the latest players to qualify for the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals in London.


Both have secured their places in the tournament after rival Sam Querrey suffered a first round exit at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna. The Wimbledon semi-finalist was edged out in three close sets on Monday by Spain’s Albert Ramos. Querrey was bidding to become the first American to play in the ATP Finals since Mardy Fish in 2011.

Currently at a ranking high of fourth in the world, Cilic is set to play in London for the third time in his career. This season the former US Open champion defeated Milos Raonic to win the Istanbul Open in May. Following on from that, he enjoyed a successful grass-court season by reaching back-to-back finals at Queen’s (Aegon Championships) and Wimbledon. Overall, he has reached at least the semifinals at seven tournaments so far this year.

“Another amazing achievement for me,” Cilic told the ATP website. “Third time in four years to make it to London. That was one of my goals at the beginning of the season with my team and I’m glad that we have accomplished it.”

At the tournament, Cilic will be bidding to become the first player from his country to reach the final. On his two previous appearances in 2014 and 2016, he failed to progress beyond the round-robin stage.

26-year-old Dimitrov has become the first ever Bulgarian player to qualify for the season finale. He was able to achieve the milestone with the help of three titles this year in Brisbane, Sofia and Cincinnati. Cincinnati was where Dimitrov claimed his first Masters 1000 title following a straight sets win over Nick Kyrgios. Recently he reached his fourth tour final of the season in Stockholm, but was denied the trophy by defending champion Juan Martin del Potro.

Six out of the eight places for the London event has now been confirmed. Joining Cilic and Dimitrov will be Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem. In the race to claim the final two sports, David Goffin and Pablo Carreno Busta are the two front-runners.

This year’s ATP Finals will be held from 12-19 November at the O2 Arena. Should a player win the title without losing a match, they will take home a paycheck of $2.549 million.

ATP Finals – the six qualified players

  1. Rafael Nadal – will be making his eighth appearance in the ATP Finals. Best results was reaching the final in 2010 and 2013
  2. Roger Federer – has won the event a record six times so far in his career – 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011
  3. Alexander Zverev – will be making his Tour Finals debut
  4. Dominic Thiem – second consecutive appearance, went out of in the round-robin stage last year
  5. Marin Cilic – qualifies for the third time and is yet to progress beyond the round-robin stage
  6. Grigor Dimitrov – will be making his Tour Finals debut
  7. TBC
  8. TBC

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Tokyo Olympic Games to take place from 23 July to 8 August 2021



The International Olympic Committee has confirmed that the Olympic Games in Tokyo will take place from Friday 23 July to Sunday 8 August 2021 after they were postponed for an year due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.


The decision was taken to protect the welfare of athletes and everyone involved, and to support the containment of COVID-19.

The Games were postponed until 2019, but they will continue to be known as Tokyo 2020.

This is the first time that the Olympic Games have been postponed. They were cancelled in 1916, 1940 and 1944 due to World War 1 and World War 2.

“The new dates, exactly one year after those originally planned for 2020, also have the benefit that any disruption that the postponement will cause to the international sports calendar can be kept to a minimum in the interests of the athletes. I am confident that, working together with the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, The Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Japanese Government and all our stakeholders, we can master this unprecedented challenge. Humankind currently finds itself in a dark tunnel. These Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 can be a light at the end of the tunnel”, said IOC President Thomas Bach.



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Carlos Alcaraz is following in the footsteps of Rafael Nadal



Carlos Alcaraz Garfia grabbed the headlines in April 2019 when he beat Jannik Sinner in Alicante becoming the first player born in 2003 to win an ATP Challenger tournament in his first event at this level. Alcaraz broke Sinner’s winning streak of 16 consecutive matches before losing to Lukas Rosol in the next round.


The 16-year-old Spanish player won his first ATP Tour debut match beating his compatriot Alberto Ramos Vinolas 7-6 (7-2) 4-6 7-6 (7-2) in a first-round match that finished at 3.00 am after 3 hours and 37 minutes. He became the first player born in 2003 to win at ATP 500 match.

Alcaraz is coached by former world number 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero at the Equelite academy since the age of 15 and started playing at the age of four thanks to his father. His idol growing up is Nadal.

Ferrero spoke about the Spanish rising star, his tennis style in an interview to ATP

“Alcaraz likes to be aggressive all the time. He likes to play close to the baseline. He is not the typical player who only plays on clay courts. He likes to play on hard courts and he loves to play on grass. He played last year for the first time on grass and he loved it. He likes to finish points at the net. At the beginning I was almost sure that his best level was on clay, when I first met him. He is now improving so much on hard court and I think he can even give a little bit more level on hard court. He is playing very aggressive from the baseline and he needs to improve a little bit his serve. At 16 he is serving well. If I have to say someone that I can compare him to, it’s the game of Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer”.

Ferrero spoke about how and when he got to know Alcaraz for the first time.

“I saw him here at the JT Ferrero Equelite Sports Academy playing a tournament. We have a lot of tournaments here at the academy. I saw him for the first time playing a tournament and it helps that he lives very close to the academy in Murcia, just an hour from here. It was very easy seeing him play some matches. I remember him playing a Futures when he was 14 and got his first ATP Ranking point. I went to see some matches and I heard about this little boy who was playing at such a good level at the age of 14, so I drove over there to watch him. He was always competing against people older than him. Even the match against Albert Ramos Vinolas in Rio, the guy was 32 and Alcaraz is 16. The most important thing for him is that he improved physically very much. That’s why he can stay in the match for three and a half years and he can play against guys who are older than him”.

 The Spanish teenager has been compared to his illustrious compatriot Rafael Nadal.

“Usually he hears people who say he is going to be the next Rafael Nadal. It’s going to be difficult to keep things normal and stay calm and not tell me: Why are they saying this to me. He is a little bit used to it, because most of the people here in Spain. It’s been a long time that we haven’t had anyone at the age of 16 or 17 playing this kind of level. The team that is around him, we have to try to keep a circle around him try to put this pressure away, to make him calm, to keep thing normal, so he can go his own way”, said Ferrero.

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Andrey Rublev: “It was hard to accept the news about the Olympic Games but we can’t do anything about that”



Andrey Rublev will have to wait until 2021 to represent Russia in Tokyo after coronavirus forced the International Olympic Committee to postpone the Olympic Games until 2021.


Rublev said that he was prepared to the prospect to wait another year and there was no alternative solution, but he expressed his disappointment when he heard the news.

“It was hard to accept the news about the Olympic Games because I always want to participate in such an event. I have never been at the Olympic Games before and this would have been my first experience there. Of course I was upset but we can’t do anything about that. The situation is not looking good but everyone is trying to stay positive. The Olympcs were postponed only only to the next year and that time should pass quickly, let’s hope for the best”, said Rublev.

The 22-year-old Moscow native player enjoyed a solid second half of the 2019 season in which he finished runner-up to Nikoloz Basilashvili in the Hamburg final. He went on to beat Roger Federer en route to reaching the quarter final in Cincinnati before qualifying for the fourth round at the US Open. Rublev won the Kremlin Cup title in Moscow in front of his home fans on his 22nd birthday and capped last season with four wins for Russia at the Davis Cups Finals at the Davis Cup in Madrid. He earned career-high 38 wins and reached his career-high number 22 in the ATP Ranking on 21st October 2019.

Rublev won two consecutive ATP titles in Doha and Adelaide becoming the first player since 2004 to win two back-to-back tournaments in the first two weeks of the year. He broke into top 20 on 13th January, joining Danil Medvedev and Karen Khachanov as first Russian trio in top 20 since Marat Safin, Nikolay Davydenko and Mikhail Youzhny in March 2005.

Rublev lost to Alexander Zverev in the fourth round at last January’s Australian Open. Last February Rublev reaching two quarter finals in Rotterdam and in Dubai losing to Filip Krajinovic and Daniel Evans respectively.

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