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Ubitennis Wins Top Sports Media Award

1,273 candidates from 119 countries: the AIPS has chosen 3 winners for 8 media categories. Ubitennis and its chief editor, Ubaldo Scanagatta, are among the winners and will receive their award in Lausanne. The ground-breaking article “Ramos was right in Serena’s controversy” about the US Open final between Osaka and Serena Williams proved to be the winning piece.

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1,273 candidates submitted their work for a shot at the first international sport media competition organized by the AIPS (the International Sports Press Association) and Ubitennis are pleased to announced that we have won an award. Placing among the top three websites around the world.

 

The AIPS will hand out awards to the three best journalists in eight different categories: Video Documentary, Video Athlete Profile, Audio, Writing Best Column, Writing Best Colour Piece, Weblog, Photography Sport Action and Photography Portfolio.

I had never submitted my work for an award in my life as I always had very little faith in myself and these type of competitions. The AIPS was founded in 1924 when Paris hosted the Olympic Games. The abbreviation for the name of the association is based on the French spelling of Association Internationale de la Presse Sportive. This year in September my curiosity got the best of me when I received the following video:

I thought that my article about the US Open final, which was surprisingly won by Naomi Osaka over Serena Williams could be a good fit for the Weblog category. The match will be remembered for Serena’s outbursts with chair umpire Carlos Ramos and her words in her post-match press conference, during which Williams accused Ramos of sexism. Naomi Osaka was crowned US Open champion in a very hostile environment with spectators that protested against the outcome of the match and booed the Japanese player without even knowing exactly what happened during Serena’s controversy.

Carlos Ramos, Donna Kelso, Brian Earley and Serena Williams – US Open 2018 (photo by Art Seitz, 2018)

While submitting my article for the AIPS awards, I realized that I wasn’t alone in this journey and I had the strength of a website such as Ubitennis behind me. Ubitennis is the only tennis website available in three different languages with 12 million views per year and 30 million pages viewed and certified by Google Analytics. The website can count on plenty of talented collaborators and interactive readers, whose posts and comments amount to 650,000 per year.

Ubitennis has been a great school for many young (and not so young) aspiring journalists, who have been given the opportunity to cover international tennis events in the most prestigious and historical venues while acquiring the necessary skills to become professional journalists and reporters for different media outlets, such as TV, radio, websites, magazines, press offices and several other platforms.

I am not sure if the 19 AIPS international judges took into account all of those factors while selecting the top 3 nominees, but I would like to think that it might be the case. I have personally covered 150 Grand Slams, 7 Olympic Games, 4 America’s Cup and the Swimming World Championships. Meanwhile, Ubitennis collaborators have covered more than 200 tournaments as a testament to Ubitennis’ quality and value.

My professional history as a journalist has also provided me with a great deal of personal accolades, such as the recognition I received at this year’s US Open.

I am getting ready to cover my 28th Australian Open and also attend the awards ceremony in Switzerland, which happens to be in the middle of the first Slam of the year. Even if the two locations are very far from each other and the jet lag is not easy to deal with, I would like to attend both events.

The 20 articles that have been selected among about 100 in the Weblog category are as follows:

  • AKINBODE OGUNTUYI, Sad Ikeme News and the Hidden Consequences for Nigeria, Booday10.com (Nigeria)
  • ANASTASIA SOLOVYEVA, Золото севера. Обзор полётного чемпионата мира в Оберстдорфе (The Gold of the North. Overview of the FIS Ski FlightWorld Championships in Oberstdorf), Sportsru (Russia)
  • CARLOS HERNÁNDEZ, Argentina Taekwondo Open 2018 causó impacto en su 5 ta edición (Argentina Taekwondo Open 2018 made an impact in its fifth edition), www.mundotaekwondo.com (Venezuela)
  • GIDEON KOFI NYAMEKYE, Stephen Appiah: The Meteoric Rise of an Urchin to a Soccer Churchill , Kickgh.com (Ghana)
  • JAMES M DORSEY, Parallels between Turkish soccer and general elections could prove uncanny, Middeast Soccer (Singapore)
  • JHON OSORIO, Tour 2018 – Día 12: El día que Egan se graduó (Tour 2018 – Day 12: The day in which Egan graduated) , El rincón de JJ/Blogs El Espectador (Colombia)
  • JOSE RODRIGUEZ, Vida en medio de muerte subita (Life in the midst of sudden death), Capitanes de Arecibo BSN (Puerto Rico)
  • JUAN CARLOS ROSALES MIELES, Pierre de Haiti a Francia y al mundo (Pierre of Haiti aims from France and the world) , Gimnasialatina.com (Argentina)
  • KAZUYUKI YAMAGUCHI, Le Journal Sportive, pressports.com (Japan)
  • LUCIAN OPREA, Tenis total: SIMONA HALEP, CAMPIOANA LA ROLAND GARROS (Total Tennis: SIMONA HALEP, ROLAND GARROS CHAMPION), Lucianopreasport (Romania)
  • MA DEXING, 我所亲历的这些年精英青少年足球》系列报道 (The Years of Elite Youth Football I Have Experienced”), Dexingshe-official (China)
  • MARCOS PAULO SOUZA LIMA, Blog Drible de Corpo (Body Dribble), Correio Braziliense (Brazil)
  • MICAELA PISERCHIA, El patín no es cuestión de nenas (Figure skating is not a matter for girls), Argentina Amateur Deporte (Argentina)
  • MIRIAM TERRUZZI, Spirito del Lupo (Spirit of the Wolf), E mi alzo sui pedali (Italy)
  • NICK BUTLER, Nick Butler: There is a gap between the values sport has, wants to have and should have, insidethegames.biz (United Kingdom)
  • ROBERT LIVINGSTONE, BidWeek: As 2026 Olympic Bid Race Begins To Collapse, IOC Must Stop Talking And Do Something, GamesBids.com (Canada)
  • STEFAN NESTLER, Everest-Ski-Permit – eine Farce! (Everest Ski Permit – a farce!), Abenteuer Sport – Blog der Deutschen Welle (DW) (Germany)
  • UBALDO SCANAGATTA, (Ramos was right in Serena’s controversy! Osaka, what a champion!) Ubitennis.com (Italy)
  • YIN MA, Exclusive! A Wechat log between two legendary women, Lang Ping and Li Yan, highlighting their resiliance, We Love Volley (China)
  • YIN MA, Exclusive Interview! The More Splendid, the More Silent. Zhu Ting: With Such Fames, Keep it Better i, We Love Volley (China)

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Kontaveit upsets Bianca Andreescu in Eastbourne

Anett Kontaveit knocked Bianca Andreescu out of Eastbourne.

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The Estonian beat the Canadian on Center Court in straight sets in an hour and six minutes.

 

Anett Kontaveit only needed 66 minutes on Center Court to dispatch the world number seven and the third seed at the tournament Bianca Andreescu 6-3, 6-3 firing 16 winners while the Canadian hit 28 unforced errors.

“I thought I played a really good match today and I was consistent throughout the whole match and I feel like I kept my level up and played some good tennis”.

It was the world number 27 with the aggressive start earning the first breakpoint of the match in the opening game with a stunning forehand winner and on the following point ripped a forehand return winner to take a 1-0 lead.

The Canadian was keen to bounce back and earned her first breakpoint the following game with a backhand winner up the line and broke right back to go back on serve.

The Talinn, Estonia native once again responded by breaking right back and this time was able to consolidate the break until 3-2 when once again the Toronto native broke again to level the first set at 3-3.

Once again the Estonian broke Andreescu serve to take another lead and at 5-3 had two set points set up by a powerful backhand winner and took the first set 6-3 in 31 minutes.

The second set started with both players holding serve for the first three games until the 25 year old earned three more breakpoints and got the first break of the set.

After that it went back on serve until 4-2 when the Canadian once again had two chances to go back on serve and she broke when the Estonian struggled with her serve.

Again the resiliency and the determination of the Estonian kept her going and she broke right back the following game and served out the match. In her post match press conference she was asked how she was able to keep bouncing back in the face of adveristy.

“I think I am a pretty good returner and she is as well so sometimes it’s difficult when the other person so consistent hitting deep returns off your serve so I just tried to stay with it especially in the second set and she never gives up so I had to keep playing and be ready for it”.

Kontaveit will now face the Swiss player Viktorija Golubic who pulled off another upset beating the number six seed and fellow Swiss player Belinda Bencic.

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PTPA Outline Vision After Appointing Executive Director And Advisory Board

The PTPA has announced a new executive director and advisory board.

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The Professional Tennis Players Association has outlined their vision for the future after appointing an advisory board and an executive director.

 

Vasek Pospisil made the announcement last night as he and Novak Djokovic look to secure a legitimate players voice at the tennis political table.

In the main core of the statement they announced the make-up of the PTPA’s backroom board, “PTPA co-founders Vasek Pospisil and Novak Djokovic have named Adam Larry executive director, enlisted Carrie Gerlach Cecil to lead Brand and Communications and appointed Bill Ackman, Michael Hirshfeld, Rebecca Macdonald, Katarina Pijetlovic and Anton Rabie to its Advisory Board,” the statement read.

“Created by the players for the players, the PTPA is an integrated association for professional tennis players. The PTPA movement is uniting and mobilizing tennis players in order to create transparency and fairness throughout decision-making in professional tennis.”

The move is an interesting one as up until now it was a mystery as to what the PTPA’s strategy was and who was involved so far with there being no idea from the ATP or WTA’s side what the PTPA was trying to achieve.

Now there is an advisory board there may be sharp movement and progress made into how the PTPA can secure more player-related decisions in Tennis and ensure that there is a level playing-field in terms of decisions affecting the players.

In the statement Vasek Pospisil, Novak Djokovic and new executive director Adam Larry all gave strong hints about the PTPA’s future vision as they look to challenge the establishment in providing change for tennis.

“With the establishment of our advisory board, our branding and communications team and the appointment of Adam Larry as executive director, we have taken one step closer to toward our goal of facilitating a fair and sustainable competitive environment for tennis players today, and for generations to come,” Pospisil said.

“We are working toward growth to help all players, not just the top 100, to make sustainable livelihoods and have their rights protected on and off the court. From top to bottom, we must use our collective voices to help players today and tomorrow,” stated world number one Novak Djokovic.

“The PTPA wants to work with all of the tennis governing bodies to inspire collective reform to better the sport,” new executive director Adam Larry claimed.

What comes next for the PTPA nobody knows but this new board means that business is expected to pick up very quickly in the latest twist in the political tennis game.

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Novak Djokovic Confirmed For Olympics But Del Potro Pulls Out After Medical Advice

The Serbian will be bidding to win gold in Tokyo later this year for the first time in his career.

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This year’s Olympic tennis tournament has been given a boost after officials confirmed world No.1 Novak Djokovic will be playing at the Games.

 

The 19-time Grand Slam champion had been contemplating whether to play at the event or not amid ongoing COVID-19 conditions. Djokovic previously said he would reconsider travelling to Tokyo if fans weren’t allowed to attend. Since that comment, organisers have given the green light for up to 10,000 domestic fans to attend Olympic venues. Although foreign fans are banned from attending this year due to the pandemic.

Amid questions over Djokovic’s participation, the Serbian Tennis Federation has told Sportski Zurnal that he has pledged to play. It will be the fourth time the 34-year-old has represented his country in the Olympics. So far in his career, Djokovic has only won one medal which was bronze back in 2008. He also finished fourth in 2012.

“Novak has confirmed his desire to participate in the Olympic Games and we have already sent a list with his name on it to the Olympic Committee of Serbia. It will be forwarded from there,” the Tennis federation told Sportski Zurnal.

As it currently stands Djokovic is on course to achieve the calendar ‘golden slam.’ A rare achievement where a player wins all four Grand Slam titles, as well as the Olympics, within the same year. In singles competition the only person to have ever achieved this was Stefi Graf back in 1988.

“Everything is possible, and I did put myself in a good position to go for the Golden Slam,” Djokovic said after winning the French Open
“But, you know, I was in this position in 2016 as well. It ended up in a third-round loss in Wimbledon. This year we have only two weeks between the first round of Wimbledon and the finals here, which is not ideal because you go from really two completely different surfaces, trying to make that transition as smooth as possible, as quickly and efficiently as possible.
“So obviously I will enjoy this win and then think about Wimbledon in a few days’ time. I don’t have an issue to say that I’m going for the title in Wimbledon. Of course, I am.”

Del Potro’s comeback delayed again

There is less positive news for Juan Martin del Potro, who was the player who beat Djokovic to win a bronze medal back in 2012. The Argentine hasn’t played a competitive match on the Tour since June 2019 due to a troublesome knee injury. Back in March the former US Open champion said playing at the Olympics again was motivating him during his rehabilitation.

However, since then progress has been slower than what Del Potro would have liked. As a result, he has been advised not to play in the event and continue his recovery.

Delpo won’t be able to play the Olympics Games. The knee rehab is going well according to the doctor’s plan but he suggested Juan Martin to go on with his rehab process and training, and skip Tokyo 2020,” a statement from Del Potro’s communication team reads.

Since 2010, the former world No.3 and two-time Olympic medallist has undergone eight surgeries.One on his right wrist, three on his left wrist and four on his knee. He has won a total of 22 ATP titles so far in his career.

The Olympic Tennis event will start on July 24th at the Ariake Coliseum.

RELATED STORY: Why Are So Many Tennis Players Skipping The Olympics?

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