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REPORT: Miami Open To Be Cancelled With Possibility Of Entire Tour Suspension Amid Coronavirus Threat

There have been some big developments in the sport regarding Covid-19, which has now been declared as a pandemic.



The immediate future of the tennis tour this season has been thrown into doubt following a series of new developments that have been made in relation to the Coronavirus outbreak, according to multiple sources.

Earlier this week the sport suffered its biggest blow yet with the suspension of the prestigious BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. A combined two-week tournament that sold more than 475,000 tickets in 2019. The move has cast doubt on the upcoming Miami Open, who recently published a statement that the tournament is ‘moving forward as scheduled.’ However, this positive outlook has taken a turn for the worst.

Mike Dickson from The Daily Mail has reported today that Miami will officially be cancelled based on what he described as ‘usually reliable sources.’ Dickson is a well-known tennis journalist and was issued with the Ron Bookman Media Excellence Award from the ATP in 2016.

“According to usually reliable sources an announcement is brewing to the effect that the Miami Open is officially off.” He wrote on Twitter.

Meanwhile, another source to report the cancellation of Miami is a parent of one of the players. Fabio Fognini’s father has written on Twitter that his son has told him the event has been cancelled. Since then, Sky Sport Italia has also reported the news.

Although there is no official announcement, there are strong indications that this will be the case. Music festivals Ultra and Coachella have already been cancelled or suspended. Meanwhile, in another development the US government is looking into placing travel restrictions on certain European countries.

Suspension of play?

Besides Miami, it has been confirmed that players and officials are now seriously looking into whether there should be a suspension of the entire ATP and WTA tours. Something that would have a massive financial impact on players, especially those lower in the rankings.

Russel Fuller from the BBC has confirmed that player meetings are taking place on Wednesday to discuss the crises. According to Fuller (although Ubitennis can’t confirm this) there could be a suspension of six weeks. Effectively cancelling or suspending prestigious tournaments in Charleston and Monte Carlo. Meanwhile, the Barcelona Open would be 50/50 if this was implemented.

There are also reports that the discussions could ponder a suspension of up to three months. Such an enormous decision would effectively wipe away the entire clay-court swing off the calendar and threaten the French Open. However, this is just speculation. Player meetings are renowned for their secrecy and few details are known until an official statement is released.

In other developments, the Coronavirus threat is continuing to cause nightmares around the world. At a Challenger event in Nur-Sultan, a group of players were forced to withdraw. The French and German players were told they were required to leave the city by midnight or go into quarantine. This was confirmed by Florian Heer, who runs the website Tennis Tour-talk. Those who withdrew were Yannick Maden (Germany), Enzo Couacaud (France) and Mats Moraing (Germany).

Meanwhile, the WTA Czech Open is unlikely to go ahead based on newspaper reports in the country, Monte Carlo has vowed to reimburse ticket holders if their event is played behind closed doors and Barcelona has insisted that no decision has been made about their measures yet. All three of these tournaments are set to take place in April, but that could change if a suspension is put into place.

Finally, the latest Challenger event to be officially cancelled is the Braga Open in Portugal. A very early decision from the Portuguese Tennis Federation (FPT) with the event not scheduled to start until May 11th.

SEE ALSO: Fed Cup Finals And Play-Offs Postponed Due to Coronavirus Concerns


Rafael Nadal To Play Laver Cup In Berlin



Rafael Nadal has eased speculation that he might be retiring from the sport soon after signing on to play in the Laver Cup later this year. 

The 22-time Grand Slam champion is the latest player to join the line-up for this year’s team competition which features Europe taking on the rest of the world over three days. It will be Nadal’s fourth appearance in the competition and his first since 2022. He competed in the inaugural edition of the event back in 2017 alongside co-founder Roger Federer. 

“I am very happy to be playing Laver Cup in Berlin for Team Europe,” Nadal said in a press release. “I have some really special memories from my Laver Cup experiences, including all the emotions from London two years ago playing alongside Roger for the last time.”

Nadal’s decision to play comes amid questions about his future in the sport. The former world No.1 has previously indicated that this year could be his last on the Tour but he has stated that no decision has been made. In recent months he has been sidelined from action due to injury setbacks and has only been able to play in two tournaments so far this year. 

“At this stage in my career I really want to go out there and make the most of every opportunity I am given,” he explains.
“Teaming up is always an incredible experience and I have always enjoyed it, the competition is different and exciting. I’m looking forward to going to Berlin and helping Team Europe win back the Laver Cup.”

Other European players confirmed to be playing are Carlos Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev. Meanwhile, Alex de Minaur, Taylor Fritz and Tommy Paul have agreed to play for Team World. This year’s event will be held in Belin at the Uber Arena between September 20-22. 

The Laver Cup was inspired by golf’s Ryder Cup. It was co-founded by Federer’s Team8 management company (which he formed with agent Tony Godsick), businessman Jorge Paulo Lemann and Tennis Australia. In 2019 it became an official ATP sanction event and now has a place on the official calendar. 

Nadal is set to return to competitive action at the Madrid Masters which he has won on five previous occasions. He has been drawn to play teenage wild card Darwin Blanch in the first round. If he wins, Nadal will then play Alex de Minaur who knocked him out of the Barcelona Open last week. 

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Iga Swiatek beats Emma Raducanu to extend her winning streak to ten consecutive matches in Stuttgart



Two-time defending champion Iga Swiatek held off 2021 US Open champion Emma Raducanu 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 after 2 hours and 3 minutes to extend her winning streak to 10 consecutive matches at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart. 

Swiatek set up a semifinal match against 2022 Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina, who came back from a break down in the third set to beat this year’s Dubai champion Jasmine Paolini.

Raducanu came back from 0-40 down to earn the first break of the opening set. Swiatek converted her third break point in the second game in a seven-deuce second game. Raducanu saved the only other break point at deuce in the sixth game. Swiatek won the first four points and five of the first six points to win the tie-break 7-2. 

Swiatek earned five break points in the second, sixth and in the 12thgame, but she converted only one opportunity. Raducanu converted her only break point in the first game. Swiatek won nine more points than Swiatek. 

Swiatek broke Raducanu in the second game to open up a 2-0 lead. This break was decisive, as both players held on their next serve in their next games. 

Swiatek earned six break points in the third, fifth and ninth games, but she converted one chance. The Pole did not face a single break point and won eight more points than Raducanu.

“Raducanu started playing at the beginning pretty loose, like she had nothing to lose, and I totally get that. Sometimes it is like that. I knew I was questioning if she is going to be able to keep the same intensity throughout the whole match. It was not about service games or return games. I was just waiting for my chances to break back and I was sure that I am going to get them”, said Swiatek.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Sebastian Ofner in Barcelona to extend his winning streak



Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Sebastian Ofner 6-4 7-5 at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell to extend his winning streak to seven consecutive matches after claiming his third title at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters last week. 

Tsitsipas earned an immediate break in the first game. Ofner broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. Tsitsipas earned his second break  in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and served out the first set 6-4 with a hold at 15. 

Tsitsipas broke in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Ofner won three consecutive games with two breaks of serve to take a 5-3 lead. Tsitsipas came back by winning four consecutive games with two breaks of serve to seal the second set 7-5.

Tsitsipas has a record of 17 wins to 5 defeats in Barcelona. The Greek player reached three finals at this tournament in 2018, 2021 and 2023.  

“I feel pretty good, but it is still early in the tournament. The conditions here are very different to Monte-Carlo and I felt it today when I was playing. My job is to adapt and to ensure I can bring my A game again in Barcelona this week. Today was a great test to see where I stand. I am hoping to keep on improving and getting good wins like this under my belt”, said Tsitsipas. 

Tsitssipas set up a third round match against Roberto Carballes Baena, who beat Lorenzo Musetti 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 in 2 hours and 15 minutes. 

Musetti saved three break points in the first game of the opening set. The Italian player earned two break points with a backhand down the line. Musetti saved two break points in the seventh game. Both players went on serve un the 12th game when Carballes Baena saved a set point. Carballes Baena went up a 5-1 lead with two mini-breaks in the tie-break. Musetti won three consecutive points to reduce to 4-5. Carballes Baena won the final two points to take the tie-break 7-4. 

Carballes Baena converted his fourth break point in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Musetti broke back in the fifth game. Carballes Baena saved a break point in the sixth game. The Spanish player sealed the win with a break on his second match. 

Last week’s Monte-Carlo finalist Casper Ruud beat Alexandre Muller 6-3 6-4 to claim his 25th tour-level win of the season. Ruud has drawn level with Jannik Sinner for the most wins in 2024 on the ATP Tour. 

Ruud set up a third round match against Jordan Thompson, who beat Jaume Munar 6-4 2-4 6-4. Roberto Bautista Agut beat Andrea Vavassori 4-6 6-4 6-1 to claim his milestone 400th match win on the ATP Tour. Bautista Agut set up a third round match against Cameron Norrie. 

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