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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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Emma Raducanu Draws Inspiration From Andy Murray Ahead Of 2023

Emma Raducanu spoke about Andy Murray’s influence on her career.

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Emma Raducanu has spoke about Andy Murray’s influence on her career and is optimistic about turning her form in 2023.

 

The former US Open hasn’t had too bad of an off-season after receiving her MBE for her services to sport.

Raducanu made history in 2021 as she won the US Open as a qualifier at 18 years of age.

However the Brit has yet to back that up with Raducanu changing coach on a number of occasions as she looks for some stability in 2023.

Speaking in a recent interview with Grazia Raducanu said that she believes that momentum can change quickly in tennis and that confidence is the key to success, “[In tennis] it could look like it’s all going down, down, down and just not getting any better,” Raducanu was quoted by tennishead as saying.

“Just one match can have a big influence on your confidence and once you have confidence and the momentum comes, you feel like you can’t lose. It’s a very individual sport – people are friendly but it’s difficult to be really close with those you’re competing with.”

One player that can relate to what Raducanu is saying is Andy Murray with confidence being a key theme of the highs and lows of Murray’s career.

Raducanu said that she talks to Murray regularly about the highs and lows of tennis, “Andy Murray is so good to talk to because he’s been through pretty much what I’ve been going through,” Raducanu said.

“I have always looked up to him and watched him winning his first Wimbledon and the Olympics.”

Raducanu will hope that she can use Murray’s words as inspiration for next season as she currently sits at 75 in the world.

The Brit will start her season in 2023 in Auckland, New Zealand on the 2nd of January.

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Fernando Verdasco Given Two Month Doping Ban

Fernando Verdasco has been banned from tennis until the 8th of January.

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Fernando Verdasco will miss the first week of the 2023 season after being provisionally suspended for two months after testing positive for the drug methylphenidate.

 

The former world number seven tested positive for the drug at the Challenger event in Rio De Janeiro and has accepted a voluntary ban until the 8th of January.

As well as testing positive for the drug methylphenidate, Verdasco had also forgot to renew his Therapeutic Use Exemption despite the Spaniard admitting that he was diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

In a statement published today the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA), explained why his ban has been shortened from two years to two months, “The ITIA accepts that the player did not intend to cheat, that his violation was inadvertent and unintentional, and that he bears no significant fault or negligence for it,” they said in a statement on his website.

“In the specific circumstances of this case, based on the player’s degree of fault the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme allows for the applicable period of ineligibility to be reduced from two years to two months.”

The 39 year-old will as a result miss the first week of the new season with the Spaniard being currently ranked at world number 125.

In 2022, Verdasco’s best results on the ATP tour were quarter-final performances in Buenos Aires and Estoril while he also won a challenger title in Monterrey in March.

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Canada Thumps Australia To Win Historic Davis Cup Title 

The dream of the North American team has finally become a reality.

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MALAGA, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 27: Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals 2022 at Palacio de Deportes Jose Maria Martin Carpena on November 27, 2022 in Malaga, Spain. (Photo by Silvestre Szpylma / Quality Sport Images / Kosmos Tennis)

109 years after making their Davis Cup debut, Canada has finally claimed the trophy after producing two clinical wins over Australia in the final on Sunday. 

 

The duo of Denis Shapovalov and Felix-Auger Aliassime both shined in their matches to give the North American nation an unassible 2-0 lead in the three-match tie. It is the first time Canada has won the title with 2022 being only the second time they have reached the final. Three years ago they missed out on the title to Spain. 

“The emotions are tough to describe,” said Auger-Aliassime. “All of us here, we’ve dreamt of this. All of these guys grew up together dreaming of this moment, dreaming of winning the Davis Cup. It’s a great moment for me and my country…. I am happy we were able to get our first Davis Cup with this group.”

Shapovalov kicked-off the final with a 90-minute 6-2, 6-4, win over Thanasi Kokkinakis who also lost his semi-final match against Borna Coric. The world No.18 blasted 28 winners past his opponent and broke him four times in the match. Besides handing Canada the crucial lead, it was a much-needed confidence boost for Shapovalov who earlier in the week lost to Lorenzo Sonego and Jan-Lennard Struff. 

“I’m very happy with my performance today,” said Shapovalov. “I had a long one against Sonego yesterday and was struggling with my back a little bit. So huge credit to the medical staff for putting me back in shape. There were a lot of doubts if I’d be ready to play today. It was amazing to play pain-free today.”

Closing in on the title, Felix Auger-Aliassime secured victory for his country with a 6-3, 6-4, triumph over world No.24 Alex de Minaur. Producing a total of six aces and saving all eight break points he faced. 

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Canada’s run to their first title occurred with a bit of luck on their side. Originally they were eliminated from the finals after losing to the Netherlands at the start of this year. However, they received a wildcard to play in the group stages following the removal of Russia from the competition. Russia and Belarus are currently suspended from team events due to the war in Ukraine. 

In Group B they scored wins over South Korea and Spain to secure a place in the finale this week. Before dismissing Australia, they beat Italy 2-1 in the semi-finals and Germany 2-1 in the quarter-finals. 

“From juniors it was our dream, growing up watching Vasek (Pospisil), Milos (Raonic), and [Daniel Nestor] taking Canada to new [heights],” Shapovalov said. “We wanted to grow up and help the country win the first title. It’s so surreal right now. After we lost in the final in 2019, we really wanted this bad. It’s such a team effort; everyone was putting in 120 percent every day.”

Canada’s team captain is former player Frank Dancevic who has held the role since 2017. 

 “This is a historic moment,” Dancevic commented on the achievement. “We’ve never won this title in the past. It’s the first time for us. It’s an incredible feeling.”

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