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Entry Lists For Sydney, Auckland LIVE

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The second week of the season will see the players getting ready for the Australian Open, as two ATP 250 tournaments are set to take place from the 7th to the 12th of January.

 

The Sydney International and the ASB Classic in New Zealand have two solid lineups, with draw-cards like John Isner, Fabio Fognini and Kyle Edmund committed to play. Tomas Berdych has received a Wild Card into Auckland.

Spain’s Roberto Bautista-Agut (Auckland) and Russia’s Daniil Medvedev (Sydney) are the defending champions.

NEWS: Kyle Edmund withdraws from Sydney, Sam Querrey takes his place.

 

ATP 250 Sydney (AUS, Hard Outdoor):
OUT Edmund, Kyle GBR 14
2 Tsitsipas, Stefanos GRE 15
3 Medvedev, Daniil RUS 16
4 Schwartzman, Diego ARG 17
5 Simon, Gilles FRA 30
6 De Minaur, Alex AUS 31
7 Pouille, Lucas FRA 32
OUT Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried FRA 34PR
9 Fucsovics, Marton HUN 36
10 Seppi, Andreas ITA 37
11 Millman, John AUS 38
12 Tiafoe, Frances USA 39
13 Chardy, Jeremy FRA 40
14 Klizan, Martin SVK 41
15 Mannarino, Adrian FRA 42
16 Jarry, Nicolas CHI 43
17 Jaziri, Malek TUN 45
18 Ebden, Matthew AUS 46
19 Lajovic, Dusan SRB 48
OUT [SE]
OUT [SE]
22 WC Thompson, Jordan AUS 72
23 WC Popyrin, Alexei AUS 147
24 [WC]
25 [Q]
26 [Q]
27 [Q]
28 [Q]
Alternates:
IN Querrey, Sam USA 51
OUT Kukushkin, Mikhail KAZ 53
OUT Gojowczyk, Peter GER 59
OUT Copil, Marius ROU 60
OUT Sandgren, Tennys USA 61
IN Harrison, Ryan USA 62
IN Kudla, Denis USA 63
OUT Lopez, Feliciano ESP 64
IN Ramos-Vinolas, Albert ESP 65
1. Bedene, Aljaz SLO 67

 

ATP Sydney (AUS, Hard Outdoor), qualifying:
OUT Basilashvili, Nikoloz GEO 21
OUT Querrey, Sam USA 51
OUT Kukushkin, Mikhail KAZ 53
OUT Harrison, Ryan USA 62
5 Kudla, Denis USA 63
6 Bedene, Aljaz SLO 67
7 Rublev, Andrey RUS 68
8 Nishioka, Yoshihito JPN 75
9 Daniel, Taro JPN 77
10 Andreozzi, Guido ARG 79
OUT Delbonis, Federico ARG 80
12 Munar, Jaume ESP 81
13 Andujar, Pablo ESP 82
14 Garin, Christian CHI 84
15 [WC]
16 [WC]
Alternates:
OUT Kovalik, Jozef SVK 85
OUT Basic, Mirza BIH 87
OUT Gulbis, Ernests LAT 95
IN Donskoy, Evgeny RUS 97
IN Opelka, Reilly USA 99
IN Sousa, Pedro POR 104
OUT Garcia-Lopez, Guillermo ESP 105
OUT Lorenzi, Paolo ITA 109
IN Kubler, Jason AUS 113
IN Rosol, Lukas CZE 143
OUT Kokkinakis, Thanasi AUS 147
OUT Popyrin, Alexei AUS 148
1. Hoang, Antoine FRA 150
2. Vanni, Luca ITA 169
3. Paul, Tommy USA 203
4. Lee, Duckhee KOR 219
5. Arevalo, Marcelo ESA 221

 

 

 

ATP 250 Auckland (NZL, Hard Outdoor):
1 Isner, John USA 10
2 Fognini, Fabio ITA 13
3 Cecchinato, Marco ITA 20
4 Carreno Busta, Pablo ESP 23
5 Bautista Agut, Roberto ESP 24
6 Chung, Hyeon KOR 25
7 Shapovalov, Denis CAN 27
8 Monfils, Gael FRA 29
9 Johnson, Steve USA 33
10 Kohlschreiber, Philipp GER 34
11 Sousa, Joao POR 44
12 Fritz, Taylor USA 49
13 Haase, Robin NED 50
14 Paire, Benoit FRA 52
15 Berrettini, Matteo ITA 54
OUT Herbert, Pierre-Hugues FRA 55
17 Mayer, Leonardo ARG 56
18 Struff, Jan-Lennard GER 57
19 Pella, Guido ARG 58
OUT [SE]
OUT [SE]
22 WC Berdych, Tomas CZE 71
23 [WC]
24 [WC]
25 [Q]
26 [Q]
27 [Q]
28 [Q]
Alternates:
IN Gojowczyk, Peter GER 59
IN Copil, Marius ROU 60
IN Sandgren, Tennys USA 61
1. Harrison, Ryan USA 62
2. Kudla, Denis USA 63
3. Ramos-Vinolas, Albert ESP 65
4. Bedene, Aljaz SLO 67
5. Berdych, Tomas CZE 71
6. Carballes Baena, Roberto ESP 73
7. Marterer, Maximilian GER 74

 

ATP 250 Auckland (NZL, Hard Outdoor), qualifying:
OUT Gojowczyk, Peter GER 59
OUT Sandgren, Tennys USA 61
OUT Ramos-Vinolas, Albert ESP 65
4 Marterer, Maximilian GER 74
5 Klahn, Bradley USA 76
6 McDonald, Mackenzie USA 78
7 Cuevas, Pablo URU 88
8 Norrie, Cameron GBR 90
9 Djere, Laslo SRB 93
OUT Albot, Radu MDA 98
11 Fabbiano, Thomas ITA 101
12 Humbert, Ugo FRA 102
OUT Mmoh, Michael USA 103
14 Zeballos, Horacio ARG 174
15 WC Tearney, Finn NZL
16 WC Rai, Ajeet NZL
Alternates:
IN Robert, Stephane FRA 196
OUT Paul, Tommy USA 203
OUT Lee, Duckhee KOR 219
OUT Clarke, Jay GBR 234
OUT Ymer, Mikael SWE 256
1. Masur, Daniel GER 259
2. Marcora, Roberto ITA 291
3. Gomez-Herrera, Carlos ESP 316
4. Puetz, Tim GER 318
5. Statham, Rubin NZL 374
OUT Blancaneaux, Geoffrey FRA 421
6. Nielsen, Frederik DEN 434
7. Maamoun, Karim-Mohamed EGY 439
8. Krajicek, Austin USA 445

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Tour Suspension Will Benefit Novak Djokovic More Than Nadal And Federer, Claims Woodbridge

The former world No.1 doubles player explains why he thinks Djokovic will benefit more than his rivals.

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Australian tennis great Todd Woodbridge believes the current suspension of tennis could have a silver lining for Novak Djokovic and his bid to claim the greatest of all time honour.

 

On Wednesday it was confirmed that all professional tennis tournaments have been suspended until at least July due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The decision came shortly after Wimbledon was forced to axe their event for the first time since 1945. Prior to the suspension, Djokovic started 2020 unbeaten by winning 18 matches in a row. During that period he guided Serbia to the ATP Cup title, won a record eighth Australian Open title and triumphed at the Dubai Tennis Championships.

Now with the tour being brought to a halt, some are speculating as to what the implications could be on the prestigious Big Three. A trio featuring Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Between them they have won 52 out of the last 60 grand slam tournaments.

Woodbridge believes Djokovic is in the best situation because of his age. At the age of 32 he is younger than both Nadal (33) and Federer (38). Although neither of those players are planning to retire from the sport just yet.

“Because of the uncertainty, it makes it hard to see how the three can dominate when they come back because of the age of Roger and Rafa,” Woodbridge told Yahoo Sport Australia.
“It also puts more pressure on Rafa and it changes all of those storylines that were on the table for 2020.
“For Novak, it may come at a good time in his career to actually rejuvenate him again, give him another big burst.
“So if anything, this period helps him the most.”

The biggest question mark surrounds Federer, who recently underwent knee surgery and will turn 39 in August. However, the Swiss Maestro has recently confirmed that he intends to play the 2021 season after pledging to return to the court in Halle. One of the grass-court tournaments that has been cancelled this year.

“We experience difficult times, however, we will arise from it strengthened. Already today I am glad and excited about my return to Halle next year.” He said.

Although Woodbridge believes the suspension will hinder Federer’s dream of extending his record-breaking grand slam tally of 20 titles. He last won a major at the 2018 Australian Open. However, since then Federer has only reached a grand slam final in one out of seven attempts.

“The less match play that you get in this period at that age, it’s so much harder to come back and recover once you start again.” Woodbridge explained.
“So I really think that post-2020 will be a new era of people trying to create records because it’ll have really have broken up a great period in tennis.
“It has stopped the potential, I think, of Federer winning one or two more.
“It becomes very highly unlikely for him.”

Djokovic heads the world rankings with a 370-point lead over second place Nadal. Federer is currently in fourth position behind Dominic Thiem.

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Grigor Dimitrov – ‘Tennis Is A Microscopic Thing In The World Right Now’

The world No.19 speaks out about how he is coping during the tour suspension.

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Former grand slam semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov has become the latest player to urge the governing bodies of tennis to make a united decision regarding when play will resume again.

 

The ATP and WTA Tours are currently suspended until June due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Although it is likely that the suspension will be extended further with rumours that Wimbledon will be cancelled for the first time since the second world war later this week. Dimitrov’s last tournament was at the Acapulco Open in Mexico, where he reached the semi-finals before losing in straight sets to eventual champion Rafael Nadal.

“Tennis is a microscopic thing in the world right now. The ATP supervisors I’ve talked to in recent days have a variety of theories, but for the time being, we can really only guess if we’re being honest.” Tenniskafe quoted Dimitrov as saying during an interview with bTV.
“The tournaments are cancelled, but we have a big luxury in tennis – there is always next week. Yes, it is very difficult right now, you have seen the Olympics cancelled. The only thing that is at the forefront is to go through this situation we are in, and then start rebuilding. “

The world No.19 is currently residing in California during the lockdown. Describing the situation where he is as ‘more casual’ compared to other parts of the world. California is where the Indian Wells tennis tournament was set to take place earlier this month before it was cancelled.

“In my opinion all federations and players, no matter what rank they are, must come together and make a general decision. Because it’s really not easy at the moment to talk to everyone about points, tournaments, competitions … But now other things are really more important – to be safe, to be healthy and to go through this thing.” He said.

During the suspension, the 28-year-old is keeping himself busy in other ways. Recently he has signed up for an online course with Harvard Business School. Becoming the latest of a series of players to do so. He also manages to keep in touch with his fellow rivals on the tour thanks to the world of social media.

“One of the first players I wrote to was Fabio (Fognini) because he was in Italy. Everyone is on Instagram, we know everyone what they do every minute.”

When the restrictions related to the pandemic comes to an end, Dimitrov has vowed to return back to Europe as he outlines the first thing he would do.

“I just want to go back to Europe. Whether it will be in Bulgaria or in Monaco – I do not know. I certainly want to go home, gather all my relatives and just spend time together. I’ve been in the US for over a month now. As things currently look, there will certainly be another two months. Hopefully it will be faster, but I just want to go home and be with my loved ones.” He concluded.

In the fight against Covid-19 in his home country, Dimitrov has made a donation to a hospital in Haskovo. The city where he was born.

Dimitrov has started the 2020 season with a win-loss record of 7-5. Besides his run to the semifinals in Acapulco, he also reached the second round at the Australian Open and Rotterdam. He has been ranked as high as third in the world.

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Tennis Could Be Suspended For ‘A Long Time,’ Warns Millman

The top 50 player isn’t expecting to play on the tour anytime soon.

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Australian player John Millman has indicated that he believes the current suspension of the ATP Tour is all but certain to be extended in the coming weeks.

 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, both the ATP and WTA Tour have been suspended until at least June 8th. Although those in change of both of those governing bodies have previously admitted they are uncertain as to when play will resume. ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi has said that ‘it is unknown at this time’ as to when men’s tournaments will resume. Meanwhile, Steve Simon has echoed a similar view during an interview with The Tennis Channel.

Speaking about the current situation, world No.43 Millman said the sport is in a difficult situation due to its global reach with both tournaments and players based around the world. For example the Australian started his season by playing four tournaments in four different countries across three continents within five weeks.

“We’re going to have to be pretty unified in terms of our recovery process before the tour can resume,” Millman told The Age.
“Maybe the tournament location has got the COVID-19 situation under wraps and then manage to contain it, but if someone’s flying in from South America, say, and their country hasn’t got a hold of it, then the tournament can’t (go ahead).
“You can’t have the tournament going when only certain players can get there. I think that’s
where the problems lie.”

The 30-year-old didn’t speculate as to when he and his rivals will be returning to the court, but believes it could be a while. During the coming week the fate of Wimbledon will be decided at an emergency meeting. The All England Club is pondering the motion of cancelling this year’s tournament. A move that has never been taken during peacetime. Wimbledon has been scrapped a total of 10 times during the first and second world wars.

“It’s almost like we have to have a vaccine or the virus has to run its course before there’ll be any let-up there.” Millman commented.

Besides trying to maintain fitness, many players like Millman are in a difficult situation financially due to a lack of income. He has managed to earn $290,705 on the tour this year before the suspension. This is the 44th highest total on the men’s tour. In total, 131 players have surpassed the $100,000 mark. Although the earnings don’t take into account travel costs, coaching, accommodation and so on.

“I just can’t see us playing tennis for a long time and now it’s a matter of trying to stay (the) fight, trying to scrape by a little bit while not much is coming in,” he said.
“You’re used to a bit of money coming in and obviously that’s not the case anymore. Yeah, it’s tough. It’s just not easy. You try and make do.
“But I don’t want to be a sob story, that’s for sure, because I know Australians are doing it a lot tougher than me.”

Millman reached the third round of the Australian Open earlier this year before losing to Roger Federer in a five-set thriller.

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