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REPORT: Plans For $10 Million Winner-Takes-All Men’s Tournament Underway

Backed by the ITF, Kosmos is set to bring another brand new tournament to men’s tennis.

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The driving force behind the newly revamped Davis Cup are now pressing ahead with another idea to create a multi-million dollar 64-player event, according to The Telegraph.

 

Kosmos is set to unveil the Majesty Cup in the near future. An exhibition event that is scheduled to take place a week after the US Open. Although it is currently unknown as to where the location will be. The format will be similar to any other tournament, except no ranking points will be available and only the champion takes home the prize money. Which is set to be $10 million invested by Kosmos.

Details about the event are limited, but it has been previously mentioned by ITF president David Haggerty. During an interview with The New York Times, he said that the ITF wanted to create ‘two new properties’ in the sport.

“A significant proportion of Kosmos’ funding is to be invested into the transformation of the Davis Cup. There is a substantial investment into the development of national associations and wheelchair tennis.” Haggerty said.
“The remainder will be invested into two brand new properties: a mixed team event in April and a winner-takes-all event in September. The precise details of these events will be released in due course.”

The reports about the new initiative occurred on the eve of the Laver Cup. A team event that features Europe against the rest of the world. Should Kosmos’ exhibition get underway, there is a chance that it may clash with the event, which takes place in September. Roger Federer, who is one of the key figures of the Laver Cup, had previously said that he wanted to speak with Kosmos about the scheduling of their events. Kosmos is owned by footballer Gerard Pique.

“The good part of all this confusion is that everyone will have to sit around one table and listen to the other’s desires: the ITF, the ATP, the Laver Cup. It is true that the coming weeks may be very interesting.” Federer told French-speaking reporters at the US Open.

In recent weeks there was talk about the finals of the Davis Cup being moved earlier in the year from November. Although with the new Majesty Cup, this now throws that idea into doubt. From 2019 the Davis Cup finals will take place over a week and feature 18 teams taking part.

There has been no comment from Kosmos concerning The Telegraph’s report.

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Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova splits with coach Sam Sumyk after seven months

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Sam Sumyk will no longer coach Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova. The Russian player got off to a good start to her 2020 season under the guidance of the French coach reached the quarter finals before losing to eventual finalist Garbine Muguruza at the Australian Open but she has split from the French coach after seven months. Sumyk has confirmed the news to the French tennis website We love tennis. Earlier this yera Pavlyuchenkova won 19 of her 27 matches and reached the final in Moscow in the seven months under the guidance of Sumyk.

 

Pavlyuchenkova won two Junior Grand Slam titles and became the Junior world number 1 at the age of 14 in 2006. She reached her career-high of world number 13 in July 2011. The Russian player has won 12 singles titles and 5 doubles titles. She also reached six quarter finals at Grand Slam level at the 2011 French Open, at the 2011 US Open, at Wimbledon 2016 and at the Australian Open in 2017, 2019 and 2020.

Sumik had previously coached two-time Australian champion Victoria Azarenka, former Wimbledon and Roland Garros champion Garbine Muguruza, former world number 2 Vera Zvonareva and 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard.

Under the guidane of Sumik Azarenka won her first Grand Slam title in 2012. The Belarusian player defended her title in Melbourne and climbed to the world number on eone year later.

The 53-year-old coach helped Muguruza clinch her maiden Grand Slam title at 2016 Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2017.

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Jannik Sinner sets Pizza Challenge to raise funds against Covid-19

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Last year’s Next Gen Finals champion Jannik Sinner set Pizza Challenge to raise funds against Covid-19.

 

The Italian player announced the news that he will donate 10 Euros alongside Starwing Sports for every photo of a pizza that resembles himself or any past or present Italian figure to raise funds for medical supplies in Italy during the coronavirus pandemic. The goal is to help fight the spread of the virus.

Sinner is currently training in Monte-Carlo during the break due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last February Sinner reached his first ATP 500 quarter final in Rotterdam after scoring the biggest win of his career against world number 10 David Goffin. He earned his first Grand Slam main draw win of career against Max Purcell at the Australian Open.

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Novak Djokovic agrees with the decision to postpone the Olympic Games

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This year’s Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic agrees with the decision of the International Olympic Committee and Japan’s authorities to postpone the Tokyo Olympic Games until 2021.

 

The decision of postponing the Olympics was announced on 24th March through a joint statement made by the President of the International Olympic Thomas Bach and the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe.

Djokovic, who had prepared a pair of shoes inscribed with the words “Tokyo 2020”, thinks that the health of the people around the world is much more important.

“I am sad that the Olympic Games are postponed, but I am sure that it’s the right decision for the health of everyone involved. Let’s look forward to Tokyo 2021. Although the situation looks horrible in some parts of the world, I think that humanity in some parts of the world, Novak Djokovic thinks that humanity with get through it and can profit from it”, said Djokovic.

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