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Milos Raonic Triumphs At Inaugural Eisenhower Cup In Indian Wells

The Canadian has come out on top in the winner-takes-all event in California.

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Former Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic has won $150,000 in less than two hours at the Eisenhower Cup on Tuesday night.

The Canadian was one of eight players participating in the Tie Breaks Tens event, which is being played in Indian Wells for the first time in history. Unlike tradition tennis, matches are the first players to 10 points (with a winning margin of two or more points). Almost 8000 people turned up to watch the event, which also featured the likes of Rafael Nadal, Marin Cilic and Stan Wawrinka.

“I’m just grateful to be a part of this,” Raonic said during the evening.

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Raonic’s path to victory saw him score wins over Gael Monfils (10-7) and Marin Cilic (10-3). In the final he took of three-time grand slam champion Wawrinka, who saved a match point before defeating Nadal earlier in the night. The Canadian prevailed 10-6 in the final.

Full results
MATCH ONE: Marin Cilic def. David Goffin [11-9]
MATCH TWO: Milos Raonic def. Gael Monfils [10-7]
MATCH THREE: Stan Wawrinka def. Dominic Thiem [10-5]
MATCH FOUR: Rafael Nadal def. Taylor Fritz [10-8]

SEMIFINAL ONE: Milos Raonic d. Marin Cilic [10-3]
SEMIFINAL TWO: Stan Wawrinka def. Rafael Nadal [13-11]

FINAL: Milos Raonic def. Stan Wawrinka [10-6]

Besides the tennis, the evening also raised more than $500,000 for four local charities – The Eisenhower Medical Center, Bighorn Golf Club Charities, Family YMCA of the Desert, and Patient Safety Movement Foundation. 100 percent of ticket sales for the event were donated to the charities.

“It’s always a pleasure to be able to give back to something you love,” bnpparibasopen.com quoted Cilic as saying. “For us, it’s a simple thing to entertain the crowd, hit the ball around and try to give our best. Out of those things, we can make something great. It’s a special night to help out in a charitable way, especially for this region.”

The event took place on the eve of the start of this year’s BNP Paribas Open. Novak Djokovic is the top seed in the men’s draw and Naomi Osaka is the top seed in the women’s. This year’s champion will win 1000 ranking points and $1,340,860 in prize money.

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Two Clear Favourites As Miami Open Gets Underway

A closer look at the odds in the men’s draw at this year’s Miami Open.

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The US dominated last year’s proceedings in southern Florida by running away with every single title on offer. The Men’s and Women’s singles, as well as the Men’s doubles and half of the Women’s doubles team all claimed standout victories in last year’s 2018 Miami Open.

According to the bookmakers playing on home soil won’t make one bit of difference this time round. The odds are backing Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer as stand out favourites to take home this year’s 2019 Miami Open Men’s Singles title.

Novak Djokovic has been altogether dominant since winning his first title in the competition back in 2007. This year’s number one seed has won an incredible six titles since that first taste of victory in Miami 12 years ago.

Last year’s tournament was a disappointing affair for the Serbian Grand Slam master, who was promptly dumped out by Frenchman Benoit Paire in the second round. The bookmakers have got Djokovic as standout favourite at 11/8 to bounce back and claim his seventh title in Miami this March.

Another outright favourite is Roger Federer who also had a disappointing tournament last year. Sharing a similar experience to archrival Djokovic the Swiss crashed out in the second round. Federer will be looking to bounce back from a recent defeat in the final at Indian Wells to get back to winning ways.

To back either of the favourites to win this year’s Miami Open Men’s Singles title be sure to compare betting sites for the best odds, bonuses and betting advice. Djokovic and Federer may have underperformed last year but their overall records speak volumes. The greats don’t often go off the boil for too long.

One player who won’t be too bothered by Federer’s three Miami Men’s Singles titles is Dominic Thiem who beat the Swiss in the final at Indian Wells last Sunday. Thiem is currently sixth favourite at 20/1 and has risen to an career record fourth in the world rankings.

One notable withdrawal from this year’s competition is five time finalist Rafael Nadal. Nadal has pulled out due to injury for the second year in a row. The last time he competed he was beaten in the final by Federer back in 2017.

Also missing his second consecutive Miami Open is Argentinian Juan Martin del Potro. Del Potro looked to be making a comeback until he was forced to exit the competition only hours before the tournament got underway.

Those two high profile omissions seem to have affected a marginal drop in the odds.

Other notable favourites still in contention are 2016 finalist Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic and last year’s finalist Alexander Zverev all placed at around 15/1. Last year’s champion John Isner is an outsider bet at 50/1.

What’s for sure is that the big boys definitely have something to prove down in the heat and humidity of southern Florida this time round. Both are looking to recover some composure on US soil after defeats in California as of late.

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ATP ‘Surprised’ By Jibe From ITF Over Allocation Of Ranking Points

The row over the use of ATP points at $25,000 events has intensified on Wednesday following comments made by a member of the ITF.

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A fresh disagreement has erupted between the two governing bodies within tennis over the new transition tour.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF), who is in charge of the tour, has hit out at the ATP over their current allocation of points to $25,000 tournaments. From this year a new two-tier ranking system has come into effect following a radical overhaul. WTA points are only awarded to women playing in events that have $25,000 in prize money or more. In men’s tennis, $25,000 ITF Pro Circuit events offer both ATP ranking points (later rounds) and ITF Entry Points (all rounds); while the qualifying rounds of ATP Challenger tournaments also offer both ATP ranking points (all events) and ITF Entry Points (events up to $125,000 in prize money). Players can use their ITF ranking to enter into professional tournaments.

It is concerning the men’s $25,000 tournaments where the ITF has accused the governing body of men’s tennis of ‘blocking’ calls for change. On Wednesday a senior figure told the Press Association that the ATP had been yet to agree to allocate more ranking points at all levels of the $25,000 events. Saying the organisation wanted to ‘wait and see’ what happens.

“We have spoken to them a number of times and made this request. To date they haven’t agreed to put those points back in.” The ITF’s senior executive director of professional tennis, Kris Dent, told Press Association Sport.
“I don’t want to speak for them but my understanding is they want to wait and see how this plays out over the first two quarters of the year but we believe the issue is more immediate than that and it would make immediate sense to have those points back in.
“At the moment we’re not addressing the player opportunity issue and creating essentially a bottleneck at the 25,000 level, which understandably is causing frustration for the players who are in that ranking band.”

In the wake of Dent’s comments, the ATP has issued a statement saying that they are engaged in ongoing ‘conversations’ about the situation. Contradicting the claims and paving way for a blame game between the two.

“Regarding the allocation of ATP ranking points at the $25,000 ITF events, the ATP has already raised this with the ITF as a matter which required further assessment in order to ensure that the pathway into the ATP Challenger Tour and beyond is working effectively.” The statement reads.
“Those conversations are well underway, which makes the statement from the ITF surprising, and we look forward to reaching an agreement on this as soon as possible.”

The transition tour was created with the goal of creating a fairer and more viable system for professional players to earn a living. Whilst reducing the overall number of players on the tour. However, many have blasted the reforms and the ITF has announced a series of changes following the fallout. These include increasing the size of the qualifying draws and the number of junior exempts allowed to participate.

On the same day as the announcement, Dirk Hordoff has confirmed that ITF chief David Haggerty has agreed to ‘next steps’ in adjusting the tour. Hordoff is the vice-president of the German Tennis Federation and has been a vocal critic of the reforms.

“Spoke today to ITF president Dave Haggerty who confirmed the board decisions you can see on the today ITF press release. A big important step in the right direction.” He wrote in a Facebook post.
“We both agreed that next steps have to follow. Specially the grant of WTA and ATP points in all professional tournaments and more tournaments organized by the nations.”

It is unclear as to what these next steps will be and when they will occur.

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Cino Marchese: A Former Heavyweight In The World Of Tennis

Remembering the life of one of Italy’s biggest tennis figures in the Open Era.

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Cino Marchese standing next to Ubitennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta

On Sunday Italy lost one of their most prestigious figures in the world of tennis as the likes of Rafael Nadal paid their respects.

Cino Marchese passed away at the age of 81 whilst watching a Formula One race on TV. A talent scout, marketer and tournament director, he established himself as a highly respected figure in the sport. During the 1980s Marchese helped revive the Italian Open. As tournament director, he created the VIP village in Rome and was known fondly as the ‘mayor’ of it. According to the ATP, he generated $500,000 in revenue for the Italian Open in 1982 after selling three hospitality tents for $5000 each, which hosted up to 3000 people.


Marchese also served as the tournament chief of ATP events in Milan and Palermo. Overseeing the Milan tie-break ‘shootout’ events, which was attended by some of the biggest names of the sport. Including Yannick Noah, Andre Agassi, Ivan Lendl and Sergi Bruguera in the 1991 edition. Brugera won the tournament and $200,000 in prize money. For the inaugural edition of the Palmero Open in 1979, he managed to get Bjorn Borg to participate.

“In those days friendship was worth more than a thousand contracts. And I was a friend of his. For the first edition I asked him to be there.“ He once told website Palermo Today about Bjorg’s appearance.

As a agent, he assisted in the careers of Monica Seles, Jennifer Capriati, Goran Ivanisevic, Adriano Panatta, Paolo Bertolucci and others. His clients also included three-time Olympic skiing champion Alberto Tomba and Italian football star Roberto Baggio.

Nicknamed ‘The Silver Fox’ due to the white-silver hair he had since his thirties, he is remembered for cooking pasta during some of his tournaments and then inviting all the players for a meal.

Another role Marchese held was the head of Italian operations for the International Management Group (IMG) for more than 25 years. A position that involving sports such as skiing, tennis, football and basketball. He also organised the 1985 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Bormio.

Marchese’s funeral takes place today (Wednesday). He is survived by his wife, Gabriella.

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