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Evonne Goolagong Cawley To Receive Tennis’ Top Honour

The 66-year-old joins a list of prestigious names to receive the special accolade.

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Australian legend Evonne Goolagong Cawley will receive the International Tennis Federation’s most prestigious honour in recognition of her services to tennis.

The Philippe Chatrier award was created in 1996. It is named in honour of the former French player and his services to the sport. Chatrier, who passed away in 2000, spent most of his life dedicated to the sport. After ending his career as a player, he worked as a tennis journalist before taking on administrative roles. Becoming the head of the ITF between 1977-1991. The award is presented to players who has given ‘long and outstanding service to the game.’

“The ITF is delighted to recognise Evonne Goolagong Cawley’s exceptional achievements as a player and the lasting legacy she has left for so many people in the years since,” said ITF president David Haggerty.

Goolagong played in 18 grand slam singles finals during her career, winning titles in seven of them. In total she won 84 singles trophies and 50 in the doubles on the tour between 1968-1980. She is also one of the few female players that have managed to win grand slam titles before and after giving birth.

In recent years, the 66-year-old has worked alongside Tennis Australia to help increase female participation in the sport. Goolagong has also been praised for her work with Indigenous Australians. She comes from an Aboriginal family and grew up during a period where aboriginals were treated as second-class citizens. Growing up, she was also subjected to racist comments.

Over the past 12 years the seven-time grand slam champion has been running Goolagong National Development Camp, which uses tennis to promote better health, education and employment for young Indigenous people.

“Not only is she a legendary seven-time Grand Slam singles winner but she is also a champion of diversity, who has worked tirelessly in her home country to improve the lives of many through the sport we all love.” Said Haggerty.

Goolagong will be presented with the award at the 2018 ITF World Champions Dinner on Tuesday 5 June in Paris. Other previous recipients include Billie Jean King, John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova.

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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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