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Simona Halep Reacts To Decision To Not Put Women’s No.1 On Premier Court At Wimbledon

Neither the women’s top seed or defending champion will be gracing their presence on the either of the two biggest tennis courts at The All England Club on Thursday.

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WIMBLEDON: Simona Halep has stated that she is happy to play anywhere at Wimbledon as she dismisses any significance in the scheduling of the women’s matches.

 

The draw for the fourth day of the tournament has been revealed with two key names not getting a place on either Center Court or Court One. Top seed Ash Barty and current champion Angelique Kerber will instead contest their third round matches on Court 2. Meanwhile, two of the top three men’s seeds will play on the bigger capacity courts. Rafael Nadal plays Nick Kyrgios on Centre and Roger Federer plays Jay Clarke on Court One.

Questioned about the decision, Halep said it was irrelevant where players play their matches. Pointing out the unpredictability of the women’s game where the top-ranked players more frequently move around in the world rankings than the men.

“I think all the courts, the first courts here, are great. Doesn’t matter where you play.” Halep said following her second round win.
“I think many girls were at the top and now they are No. 6, 7. It’s not that bad that we are scheduled on Court 2 or Court 3. Everything, it’s okay here.’
“I really enjoy playing on all the courts. I love to play on Court 1. Court 2 was not that bad. I am happy everywhere.”

In the past Wimbledon have been criticized with allegations of giving preferential treatment to the men’s draw in their scheduling. However, in recent years there has been a significant improvement with both of the top courts featuring three male and three females matches. A move praised by 23-time grand slam champion Serena Williams on Tuesday at The All England Club.

“I was here obviously when it was two men and one women’s match on each of the show courts. I think the last time I played here last year, they had started to make the change, maybe even the year before, I’m not sure, I don’t remember.” She said.
“I’m glad to see that they made different changes in continuing to support the women.”

Wimbledon was the last grand slam tournament to offer equal prize money. Doing so in 2007.

Thursday’s order of play

CC
Kei NISHIKORI vs Cameron NORRIE
Katerina SINIAKOVA vs Johanna KONTA
Nick KYRGIOS vs Rafael NADAL

C1
Kristina MLADENOVIC vs Petra KVITOVA
Jay CLARKE vs Roger FEDERER
Serena WILLIAMS vs Kaja JUVAN

C2
Ash BARTY vs Alison VAN UYTVANCK
Daniel EVANS vs Nikoloz BASILASHVILI
Lauren DAVIS vs Angelique KERBER
Matteo BERRETTINI vs Marcos BAGHDATIS

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Caroline Wozniacki To Face Serena Williams In Farewell Match

Details have been released about a special event that will take place in honour of the former world No.1.

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After announcing her retirement from tennis at the start of next year, Caroline Wozniacki has confirmed that she will play one final match in her home country before hanging up her racket for good.

 

Danish media have reported that the 2018 Australian Open champion will play at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen next May. A multi-purpose arena that can hold a capacity of up to 12,500 people for sporting events. Described by the promoters as Wozniacki’s ‘final match’ on Danish soil, she will play against rival and friend Serena Williams.

“The time has come when I stop my career and I am very much looking forward to playing my very last home game in front of such a large audience. It will be something very special and a day I really look forward to.” Wozniacki told tv2.dk.
“The end point of my career cannot be better than at home and against tennis’ greatest female player ever. It’s going to be a magnificent night I’ll never forget, I’m sure.” She added.

Wozniacki has played Williams 11 times on the WTA Tour, but has only won one of their meetings. Which was at the 2012 Miami Open. It is not the first time the two have played an exhibition match against each other. In 2016 Williams won their encounter in Madison Square Garden, New York. Meanwhile, last year Wozniacki also played Williams’ sister Venus in Denmark to mark her triumph at the Australian Open.

The 29-year-old will be hoping that the upcoming showdown will be the perfect send off as she exits the sport. During her career, Wozniacki has won 30 WTA titles and spent 71 weeks as world No.1. She has also won 432 hard court matches, which is more than any other non-American player on the women’s tour.

“I want to thank everyone for the incredible support they have shown me throughout my career and I hope that as many people as possible want to come and give me perfect send off. I would be very grateful for that.” She said.

The farewell match will take place on May 18th, which is exactly a week before the start of the French Open for Williams.

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Maria Sharapova will miss the Olympic Games in Tokyo

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Maria Sharapova is set to miss the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020, as she has committed to play the World Team Tennis at Orange County Breakers in the United States from 28 to 29 July during the same week as the Tokyo event.

 

“I am excited to be back with the Breakers again. The competition in World Tennis is always strong and I am looking forward to playing in team format again”, said Sharapova.

Before the US Open 2019 the five-time Grand Slam champion appointed new coach Riccardo Piatti in her team.

Sharapova has announced that she will be playing in several exhibition matches like the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi, the Hawaii Open and the Kooyong Classic before the Australian Open.

 

 

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Stan Wawrinka, Daniel Medvedev, Fabio Fognini and Gael Monfils set to highlight the Diryah Tennis Cup in Saudi Arabia

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Stan Wawrinka, Gael Monfils, Danil Medvedev and Fabio Fognini are set to take part in the Diryah Tennis Cup, the first ever professional tennis tournament, which takes place from 12 to 14 December 2020.

 

Diriyah is a UNESCO World Tennis Heritage Site will host a hard-court tournament at the Diryah Arena, where the boxing match between Anthony Joshua and Antony Ruiz took place last weekend.

The exhibition tournament will feature Stan Wawrinka, Gael Monfils, Danil Medvedev, Fabio Fognini, David Goffin, Lucas Pouille, John Isner and this year’s Australian Open semifinalist Lucas Pouille.

Medvedev is the highest ranked player in the Saudi Arabia tournament. The Russian player won four titles in Sofia, Montreal and St. Petersburg and Shanghai and reached the final at the US Open finishing runner-up to Rafael Nadal.

“Saudi Arabia will be a big part of my preparation for the new season. The heat and the conditions will be similar to Australia. It will be a great test for us. It’s in our preseason, so we will want to get that match time in to prepare for the new season. The fans should expect us to fight hard like in any tournament. It will be competitive and hopefully they will be lots of fans coming to support us there. Hopefully I can play some great tennis, help the country raise awareness of the sport and inspire people to play. Looking at the players confirmed it’s a really great field. I have heard a lot of good things about Saudi Arabia. I am excited to promote tennis there especially as it’s the first tournament”, said Medvedev.

Wawrinka won three Grand Slam tournaments at the 2014 Australian Open, at 2015 Roland Garros and at the 2016 US Open. This year the Swiss player finished runner-up to Gael Monfils in Rotterdam and to Andy Murray in Antwerp. Wawrinka reached the French Open quarter final. He upset Novak Djokovic in the US Open fourth round before losing to eventual finalist Danil Medvedev. He ended the season ranked world number 16.

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