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Sloane Stephens graduates in Communication Studies at the Indiana University East

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Sloane Stephens crowned her successful year with her B.A. in Communication Studies at the Indiana University East.

 

Stephens is now officially an Indiana University alumna after completing her B.A. in Communication Studies degree. Stephens had the opportunity to gain baccalaureate degree online while competing on the WTA Tour thanks to a partnership between the WTA and the WTBA (Women’s Tennis Association). Twenty players are currently enrolled in the programme.

Stephens is one of five WTA players to graduate under the agreement, joining the likes of fellow IU alumnae Venus Williams, Alla Kudryavtseva and Irina Falconi.

“Getting my degree has been the highlight of my life. Education has always been very important for myself and my family. Many in my family are college graduates and receiving my degree has been a goal of mine. I am excited to work closely with the WTA and Indiana University East to make this a reality. I enjoyed coming to the campus, meeting many of the people who helped me along the way and of course receiving the diploma”.

The US player, who made her breakthrough in 2013 when she reached the Australian Open semifinals, won her first Grand Slam singles title at the US Open after defeating five seeds en route to the final including Dominika Cibulkova, Venus Williams in the semifinal and Madison Keys in an all-American final. Stephens ended 2016 season in August due to a serious foot injury and underwent surgery last January. After missing the first part of the season Sloane returned to the court at Wimbledon, where she lost to Alison Riske in the first round. Stephens beat two top 20 players Petra Kvitova and Angelique Kerber in Toronto to reach the semifinals. She beat Kvitova for the second consecutive week to reach her second semifinal in a row in Cincinnati. After winning the US Open title she climbed to world number 17 and ended the year ranked 15.

“On behalf of the entire WTA organization we congratulate Sloane for furthering her education and earning a college degree. To achieve what she has done both on the court and in the classroom over the last few years is truly remarkable. Her hard work and dedication to her career as well as her future shows that she is truly one of our game’s most impactful role models”, said WTA CEO and Chairman Steve Simon.

 

 

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Juan Martin Del Potro will play at the Australian Open using the protected ranking

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Juan Martin Del Potro will play at the Australian Open using the protected ranking. The player from Tandil has not played since suffering from a knee injury at the Queen’s ATP 500 tournament, when he slipped on the grass, but was able to win his first round match against Denis Shapovalov. A scan revealed a knee injury. The Argentine underwent a season-ending knee surgery in Barcelona on 22nd June. As a cosequence Del Potro has dropped to world number 123 in the ATP Ranking during his six-month lay-off from the ATP Tour.

 

The former world number 3 will make his 10th appearance at Melbourne Park. He lost to Roger Federer in the quarter final twice in 2009 and 2012.

During his 2019 season Del Potro reached the quarter final in Delray Beach and wasted two match points against Novak Djokovic in Rome quarter final. He beat Yoshito Nishioka in five sets en route to Roland Garros fourth round before losing to Karen Khachanov.

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Jannik Sinner reveals his plan for the 2020 season

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Jannik Sinner has revealed his plans for the first half of the 2020 season, which will start in Australia at the Canberra Challenger before his debut at the Australian Open at Melbourne Park.

 

Sinner will return to Europe next February to play three indoor tournaments in Montpellier, Rotterdam and Marseille. In March the 18-year-old Italian player will make his debut in the “Sunshine Double” tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami. He will then return to Europe to play in the tournaments of clay swing in Monte-Carlo, Munich, Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros.

Sinner started the year ranked world number 553 and reached his career high as world number 78 at the end of the 2019 season. The Italian teenager won three ATP Challenger titles in Bergamo, Lexington and Ortisei and advanced to Antwerp semifinal as a 18-year-old wildcard. He became the youngest ATP Tour semifinalist since Borna Coric in Basel 2013. At the Rome Internazionali d’Italia Sinner saved one match point against Steve Johnson in ATP Masters 1000 debut as wildcard before losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round. Sinner lost to Stan Wawrinka in the first round in his debut Grand Slam tournament at the US Open. Sinner won the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan beating Alex De Minaur in the final. The player coached by Riccardo Piatti and Andrea Volpini reached the semifinal in the ATP Challenger in Mouilleron Le Captif and scored his first ATP 500 win in Vienna.

Sinner has joined an exclusive “club” of only four 18-year-old players, who have managed to finish the season inside the top 80 in the ATP Rankings since 2000. Rafael Nadal was the first to reach the top 80  as under 18-year-old player twice in 2003 and 2004. Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic joined Nadal in their final under 18 season in 2005. Twelve years later Denis Shapovalov entered the club in 2017 when he reached the semifinal at the Rogers Cup on home soil in Montreal and the fourth round at the US Open.

 

 

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Caroline Wozniacki To Face Serena Williams In Farewell Match

Details have been released about a special event that will take place in honour of the former world No.1.

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After announcing her retirement from tennis at the start of next year, Caroline Wozniacki has confirmed that she will play one final match in her home country before hanging up her racket for good.

 

Danish media have reported that the 2018 Australian Open champion will play at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen next May. A multi-purpose arena that can hold a capacity of up to 12,500 people for sporting events. Described by the promoters as Wozniacki’s ‘final match’ on Danish soil, she will play against rival and friend Serena Williams.

“The time has come when I stop my career and I am very much looking forward to playing my very last home game in front of such a large audience. It will be something very special and a day I really look forward to.” Wozniacki told tv2.dk.
“The end point of my career cannot be better than at home and against tennis’ greatest female player ever. It’s going to be a magnificent night I’ll never forget, I’m sure.” She added.

Wozniacki has played Williams 11 times on the WTA Tour, but has only won one of their meetings. Which was at the 2012 Miami Open. It is not the first time the two have played an exhibition match against each other. In 2016 Williams won their encounter in Madison Square Garden, New York. Meanwhile, last year Wozniacki also played Williams’ sister Venus in Denmark to mark her triumph at the Australian Open.

The 29-year-old will be hoping that the upcoming showdown will be the perfect send off as she exits the sport. During her career, Wozniacki has won 30 WTA titles and spent 71 weeks as world No.1. She has also won 432 hard court matches, which is more than any other non-American player on the women’s tour.

“I want to thank everyone for the incredible support they have shown me throughout my career and I hope that as many people as possible want to come and give me perfect send off. I would be very grateful for that.” She said.

The farewell match will take place on May 18th, which is exactly a week before the start of the French Open for Williams.

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