Connect with us

Grand Slam

French Open Wildcards Announced

Some familiar faces as well as rising stars have made the cut for this year’s grand slam tournament.

Published

on

Nicolas Mahut and Pauline Parmentier have been included in the list of players to feature in the main draw of this year’s French Open.

The wildcards for the tournament was officially announced on Wednesday morning. 36-year-old Mahut has been given a pass to play in the men’s tournament. The former top 40 player will make his 16th appearance at Roland Garros, 18 years after he made his debut back in 2000. He will be joined by 19-year-old Corentin Moutet, who reached a ranking best of 135th earlier this year. Moutet is a former junior world No.7, but he is yet to break out on the professional tour.

In the women’s draw, Parmentier will feature in the main draw for the 14th consecutive year. The world No.76 recently won the Istanbul Open, in what was her first WTA title since 2008. 27-year-old Myrtille Georges, who has never gone beyond the second round at Roland Garros, and Amandine Hesse has also received wildcards.

Along with the six French entries are one each from America and Australia. This is due to the Reciprocal Wildcard Agreement between three out of the four grand slam nations (excluding Great Britain). For America, Taylor Townsend and Noah Rubin were triumphant in their play-offs. Former Junior No.1 Townsend has won two ITF $80,000 titles this season. Meanwhile, Rubin has won two Challenger titles, including one on the clay in Tallahassee. Australia is yet to name their two entries.

The French Open will start a week on Sunday. Rafael Nadal and Jelena Ostapenko are the defending champions.

Full list of wildcard entries

Main Draw

Men
1 – BARRERE Grégoire (FRA)
2 – BENCHETRIT Elliot (FRA)
3 – HEMERY Calvin (FRA)
4 – JANVIER Maxime (FRA)
5 – MAHUT Nicolas (FRA)
6 – MOUTET Corentin (FRA)
7 – RUBIN Noah (USA)
8 – TBC (Tennis Australia)

Women
1 – FERRO Fiona (FRA)
2 – GEORGES Myrtille (FRA)
3 – HESSE Amandine (FRA)
4 – PAQUET Chloé (FRA)
5 – PARMENTIER Pauline (FRA)
6 – PONCHET Jessika (FRA)
7 – TOWNSEND Taylor (USA)
8 – TBC (Tennis Australia)

Qualifying

Men
1 – ANGELE Jaimée-Floyd (FRA)
2 – BLANCANEAUX Geoffrey (FRA)
3 – DENOLLY Corentin (FRA)
4 – FURNESS Evan (FRA)
5 – GASTON Hugo (FRA)
6 – GRENIER Hugo (FRA)
7 – HUMBERT Ugo (FRA)
8 – MULLER Alexandre (FRA)
9 – TATLOT Johan-Sébastien (FRA)

Women
1 – ALBIE Audrey (FRA)
2 – ANDRIANJAFITRIMO Tessah (FRA)
3 – ARCANGIOLI Manon (FRA)
4 – BUREL Clara (FRA)
5 – CAKAREVIC Sara (FRA)
6 – PARRY Diane (FRA)
7 – TAN Harmony (FRA)
8 – YEROLYMOS Margot (FRA)

Grand Slam

Stan Wawrinka And Victoria Azarenka Amongst US Open Wildcards

Stan Wawrinka and Victoria Azarenka are amongst the US Open wildcards as the final grand slam of the year draws closer.

Published

on

Stan Wawrinka (zimbio.com)

2016 US Open champion Stan Wawrinka and multiple time grand slam champion Victoria Azarenka are amongst the US Open wildcards.

The wildcards were announced today as the tournament starts in just under two weeks at Flushing Meadows. Amongst the wildcards is 2016 champion Stan Wawrinka, who is ranked outside the world’s top 100 and is still recovering from his knee surgery that he had this time last year.

As well as Wawrinka, there is wildcards for two time champion, Svetlana Kuznetsova who recently won Washington by beating talented Croatian, Donna Vekic in the final. The Russian is joined by multiple time grand slam champion, Victoria Azarenka who has returned to the tour following her custody battle.

Also joining the main draw wildcards list are talented Americans, Amanda Anisimova and Noah Rubin, who beat John Isner in Atlanta. Here is the full list of main draw and qualifying wildcards:

Men’s Singles

  • Stan Wawrinka
  • Bradley Klahn
  • Michael Mmoh
  • Jason Kubler
  • Noah Rubin
  • Corentin Moutet
  • Tim Smyczek
  • Jenson Brooksby

Women’s Singles

  • Victoria Azarenka
  • Svetlana Kuznetsova
  • Amanda Anisimova
  • Claire Liu
  • Asia Muhammad
  • Whitney Osuigwe
  • Harmony Tan
  • TBD (Australian)

Men’s Qualifying Singles

  • Brandon Nakashima
  • Tom Fawcett
  • Donald Young
  • Chris Eubanks
  • Ulises Blanch
  • Michael Redlicki
  • JC Aragone
  • Sebastian Korda
  • Dennis Novikov.

Women’s Qualifying Singles

  • Kayla Day
  • Coco Gauff
  • Caty McNally
  • Ashley Kratzer
  • Ann Li
  • Bethanie Mattek-Sands
  • Jessica Pegula
  • Danielle Lao
  • Gail Brodsky

The US Open starts on Monday 27th of August, with the draw taking place on the Thursday before the US Open at 2pm local time.

Continue Reading

Grand Slam

Officials Pondering The Use Of Artificial Playing Surfaces At Wimbledon

Wimbledon’s proud tradition of having freshly cut grass courts could become extinct in the future.

Published

on

The All England Club is considering the use of an artificial playing surface at Wimbledon to cope with scheduling demands, according to The Mail On Sunday.

It is reported that talks are already underway regarding implementing the surface initially at club level to begin with. Such a move would be significant for Wimbledon. A tournament that prides itself on tradition.

According to The Daily Mail, the plans are being considered in order for more matches to be played on the premier courts at the tournament. Centre Court and Court One. Currently there are only three that takes place. Creating an imbalance between men’s and women’s games. The thinking is that new surface would accommodate more games being played before it is worn out.

Former world No.4 Tim Henman is a member of the All England Club committee. He has confirmed to the Mail that the idea is being looked at. It is possible that a hybrid practice court could be implemented in the near future.

“In an ideal world, you’d like to have four matches on Centre Court and Court No1,” Henman told the Mail on Sunday during a coaching session on HSBC’s Court 20 with the charity Give it Your Max.
“What people never focus on is the fact it’s a natural surface. It’s grass. You’ve got to have that court for 13 days and if you kill it in the first five days, then you’re in trouble.
“Wimbledon are investing a lot of money looking at the hybrid thing. When you see the football and rugby pitches now, they’re three per cent artificial.
“We’re certainly looking at, “What does five per cent look like on a tennis court? What does 10 per cent look like on a tennis court?”
“If you go back a few generations, it was huge in America, Australia, India and a lot of it has died out because of the maintenance, the cost, the quality of court. If that area can evolve then it may be relevant for Wimbledon.”

Since 2001, courts at Wimbledon have been sown with 100% perennial Ryegrass. A cool-season grass that germinates faster than any other common lawn grass.

Should the plans got the go ahead, it is unclear as to when they would come to fruition. Any decision in unlikely to have an impact on next year’s tournament.

This year’s Wimbledon singles titles were won by Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber.

Continue Reading

Grand Slam

Wimbledon Opposes On-Court Coaching As Tennis Innovations Continue

Wimbledon has opposed the idea of using on-court coaching as tennis innovations continue to expand.

Published

on

Wimbledon is opposed to the idea of on-court coaching in the future as tennis innovations continue to spark debate. 

The idea of on-court coaching has been used on the WTA tour for nine years, where each player can bring on their coach for some guidance during the match. This can be used one per set and has been implemented for every WTA event except the grand slams.

However the ATP have been opposed to it for a very long time and are yet to even consider the idea of using on-court coaching. The All England Club at Wimbledon have gone one step further and rejected using it for the future as they believe tennis is an individual sport, “I am really concerned that not enough thought is being given to it, and that it’s not evidence-based. Wimbledon feels fundamental that tennis is an individual sport,” explained Richard Lewis, the CEO of the All England Club.

“It’s a gladiatorial contest. It’s one of the things that makes tennis not unique but certainly the exception in world sport, and long may it continue.”

As well as using the individual argument, Lewis also explained to the New York Times in an interview that on-court coaching and other innovations such as shot clocks can be used as a commercial opportunity, “I hope it’s not introduced because it’s a commercial opportunity, because that’s a short-term view. Sometimes you can make more money for a few years but actually, it spoils the spectacle.”

It’s safe to say that Wimbledon will stick with tradition for quite some time now although fears that it could be left behind will be a concern that they will have to take care of in the future.

However the US Open have taken a different route and this year will be using innovations such as shot clocks as well as coaching in the qualifying tournaments. This new use of experimentation will one day lead to tennis becoming an innovative and different sport than we are used to right now.

Continue Reading

Trending