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Rising Star Anett Kontaveit Appoints Ivanovic’s Former Coach To Her Team

The 22-year-old is currently at a ranking high following a strong performance throughout the clay season.



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World No.24 Anett Kontaveit has appointed Nigel Sears as her new coach heading into the grass season as she aims to build on her recent momentum.

The announcement was made following Kontaveit’s run at the French Open. The 22-year-old, who was seeded 25th in the draw, defeated Petra Kvitova on route to the fourth round. Making it her most successful appearance at Roland Garros yet. Her run was ended by US Open champion Sloane Stephens, who thrashed Kontaveit 6-2, 6-0, on Sunday.

A day after her heavy loss it was confirmed that Sears has been nominated to replace Glenn Schaap. Schaap coached Kontaveit for two years and guided her into the world’s top 100. According to a statement, it was the Estonian who decided to end the collaboration. Opting to sign a three-month trial period with the experienced British coach. The 61-year-old has previously been a mentor for players such as Ana Ivanovic, Daniela Hantuchova and Ekaterina Makarova.

“Working with Glenn certainly helped me achieve a much better physical form. He taught me to use my serve arsenal better. While working with him I learned to know and trust my own game and techniques,“ Said Kontaveit. “However, fresh ideas and new experiences are necessary to keep moving forward, which is the reason for ending the working contract with Schaap.”

During the clay swing of the tour, the former junior world No.4 achieved a series of high-profile wins. Reaching the semifinals of tournaments in Stuttgart and Rome. Since April she has defeated Venus Williams (twice), Caroline Wozniacki, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Kvitova.

The collaboration between Kontaveit and Sears will get underway this week in Holland. Where Kontaveit will aim to defend her title at the Rosmalen Open, which will start on Monday.

So far this season, Kontaveit has won 25 out of 36 matches played on the tour.

Kontaveit’s season so far

Brisbane – R2
Sydney – QR1 (retired)
Australian Open – R4
Qatar – R1
Dubai – R2
Indian Wells – R2
Miami – R2
Lugano – R1
Stuttgart – SF
Madrid – R3
Rome – SF
French Open – R4

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(VIDEO) What A Weekend For Italian Tennis!

Ubitennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta looks back on this week’s action on the ATP Tour.



Jannik Sinner – ATP Halle 2024 (foto via Twitter @atptour)

It has been a memorable Sunday for Italian tennis with the country winning two titles on the ATP Tour. 

In Halle, world No.1 Jannik Sinner claimed his first trophy on the grass with a hard-fought two-set win over Hubert Hurkacz. There was also success in the doubles tournament with top seeds Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori winning the title. Meanwhile, in London, Lorenzo Musetti was unable to make it a hatrick of wins for his country after losing in the final of the Cinch Championships to Tommy Paul.  

So how much can be read into these wins and should we be expecting similar results at Wimbledon which begins a week tomorrow? 

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Jannik Sinner reaches the first grass final of his career in Halle



Jannik Sinner overcame Zhang Zhizhen 6-4 7-6 (7-3) to reach the first final of his career on grass at the Terra Wortmann in Halle. Sinner achieved his best result on this surface when he reached the semifinal at Wimbledon in 2023. 

Sinner will face a final against his friend Hubert Hurkacz, who beat Alexander Zverev 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in the first semifinal. The Italian player converted his only break point in the ninth game and fended off the only break point he faced at 5-6 in the second set with a forehand winner, one of his winners of the match. 

The Italian player earned an early mini-break to take a 2-0 lead. Zhang Zhizhen pulled the mini-break back. Sinner earned two mini-breaks in the fourth and eighth points to win the tie-break 7-3. Sinner won the first of the four tie-breaks he played this week.

Sinner finished the match in straight sets after clinching three consecutive three-set wins at the start of his campaign at this year’s edition of the Terra Wortmann in Halle. 

The world number 1 player won three titles on hard court at the Australian Open, Rotterdam and Miami this year. 

“It means a lot. I had four tough matches to go to the final. It was a good match today. Definitely more rallies than yesterday. And that’s definitely what I needed today. I am happy and let’s see what’s coming tomorrow”, said Sinner.  

Earlier this week Zhang Zhizhen had previously beaten Danil Medvedev in the second round and came back from 2-5 down to beat Christopher Eubanks in the quarter finals. 

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Hubert Hurkacz beats Alexander Zverev to reach the second final of his career in Halle



Hubert Hurkacz moved past this year’s Roland Garros finalist Alexander Zverev 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in 1 hour and 33 minutes to reach the second final of his career at the Terra Wortmann in Halle. Hurkacz will be aiming to win the second title of his career at this tournament two years after his triumph. 

Hurkacz fired 17 aces and saved all four break points he faced in the first game of the opening set to clinch his fifth top 10 win on grass. The Pole won 81% of his first serve points. 

The first set went on serve en route to the tie-break. Hurkacz earned two mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-2. Hurkacz his only break in the third game of the second set to win the second set 6-4. 

“I really love grass. The game suits my game and the atmosphere here, having the full crowd is incredible. It brings so much joy to the players”, said Hurkacz. 

Hurkacz improved to 1-3 in his head-to-head matches against Zverev. The Polish player will aim to clinch the ninth ATP Tour title of his career in his 11th ATP Tour final. 

Hurkacz won the Halle tournament in 2022 and reached the semifinal at Wimbledon in 2021. 

Zverev holds a record of 37 wins to 11 defeats this season. 

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