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Thiago Seyboth Wild aims at becoming world number 1 and winning Grand Slam titles



Thiago Seyboth Wild became the youngest Brazilian player to claim an ATP title in Santiago de Chile last March beating Casper Ruud in the final before the shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Unfortunately the Brazilian Next Gen player was the first professional player to test positive for the coronavirus weeks later. The 20-year-old player has fully recovered from the virus, but he will not be able to play on the ATP circuit, as the Tour remains suspended until 1st August.

“I have been trying to practice almost every day and give myself as much activity as possible. I have been trying to live a normal life but there is nothing normal about it these days ? I would say that as a kid I have always thought that I could beat anybody, that I could be the best, that I could win the tourament. It does not really matter where I was, and it’s something I have taken with me to today”, said Seyboth Wild.

Seyboth Wild said that his main goal is to win a Grand Slam title and become a world number 1.

“A lot of people have already asked me about being world number 1 or winning a Grand Slam title. I would go with being number 1 because to be number 1 you have to win a Grand Slam at least”.

Seyboth Wild won the the US Open Boys singles title in 2018. At professional level he won a total of 39 matches in 2019, including four against the Top 100. Last November he won the Guayaquil Challenger title in Equador. During his career he has been supported by his father. Who manages tennis academies. Thiago began playing tennis at the age of four following in the footsteps of his father, who played tennis too. He says that his father is his hero.

“He always supported me in anything I would like to do, but obviously he liked tennis better, he gave me my first raquet and always introduced me to tournaments and to tennis places and to people who played really well in his time. He taught me as a person to be loyal to myself and to the people I love because that is how you have to work. You have to trust your team and you have to be 100 percent open with them so they can work their best with you”, said Seyboth Wild.

Seyboth Wild entered the 2020 season with just one ATP-Tour win, but he has scored seven wins. He has won eight of his eleven matches against the top 100 in the past 52 weeks, including wins over Hugo Dellien, Thiago Monteiro, Marco Cecchinato, Juan Ignacio Londero, Casper Ruud and Cristian Garin.

“I think I am playing every match as my last. I have always played every match as if my life depended on it. I think that going on court and believing you can beat anybody is the most important thing for a tennis player. I think that if you go on court thinking that you are playing a top 20 you are definitely gonna lose. I twill overcome you. So I think that believing in yourself and thinking that you can beat anybody is the key for that”, said Seyboth Wild.

During his young career Seyboth Wild has been inspired by three-time Grand Slam champion and former world number 1 Gustavo Kuerten, who won three Roland Garros titles in 1997 (beating Sergi Bruguera), in 2000 (beating Magnus Norman) and 2001 (against Alex Corretja). At the Masters finals in 1999 in Lisbon he became the only player that decade to beat Pete Sampras and André Agassi in back-to-back matches.

“Gustavo always talked so much about how intense I should play, about how I should play, about how I should focus on my level and let the ranking be a consequence of how I am playing, how the results are going. He is an inspiration for me just like he is for most of the players out there. He was number 1 and beat Pete Sampras and André Agassi in the same tournament, like who really does that ?”.

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Who were the best players never to win a Grand Slam title ?



The website made a survey with top tennis experts to come up with a list of the best players, who were never able to win a Grand Slam title.


The list of candidates to join this list are Dominic Thiem (two time Roland Garros champion and 2019 Australian Open runner-up), Milos Raonic (Wimbledon finalist in 2016), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (2008 Australian Open finalist) and Kei Nishikori (2014 US Open finalist).

The popular sports website restricts the survey to players, who have already retired from tennis.

The eight contenders are ranked alphabetically.

Guillermo Coria reached a career-high of world number 3. At Grand Slam level the Argentinian player reached the French Open final, two US Open quarter finals and won titles in Hamburg and Monte-Carlo. He was nicknamed the “Wizard” (the Magician) of red dirt.

“He was called the “King of Clay before Rafa. He was lightning fast, and he is still considered one of the best returners ever”, said tennis ESPN analyst Sam Gore.

Coria lost to Gaston Gaudio in the final of the 2004 French Open. The Argentine player served for the match twice and did not convert on two match points. He had a 31-match winning streak on clay between 2003 and 2004 and reached six of the eightclay-court Masters Series finals.

Nikolay Davydenko reached four Grand Slam semifinals (two each at the French and the US Opens and won three Masters series titles (Paris Bercy 2006, Miami 2008 and Shanghai 209) and the ATP Finals in London 2009. The Ukrainian player beat Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin Del Potro at the 2009 ATP Finals in London to win the biggest title of his career. He was one of the most consistent players on the Tour and played 99 matches on the ATP Tour in 2006 and reached the quarter finals or better at 8 of 12 Grand Slam tournaments starting with the 2005 Australian Open. He lost to Roger Federer four times in a row in one quarter final and in three semifinals at Grand Slam tournaments.

David Ferrer reached the French Open final 2013 finishing runner-up to Rafael Nadal and quarter finals or better 17 times. He is the second best Spanish player with 27 titles behind his friend Rafael Nadal, who beat David 26 times in their 32 head-to-head matches.

“Ferrer gets it for his longevity and maximization of potential. Nobody in our body has squeezed their sponge like David, at least not for a very long time”, said Todd Matin, Chef Executive Officer of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Todd Martin reached two Grand Slam finals (Australian Open in 1994 and the US Open in 1999) and four other semifinals. At the 1999 US Open Martin produced a come-back win against Greg Rusedski in the fourth round after midnight en route to reaching the final.

In the 1996 Wimbledon semifinals Martin let slip a 5-1 lead slip away against Malivai Washington, who won the decisive fifth set 10-8. Washington then lost to Richard Kraijcek in the final.

Miroslav Mecir reached two Grand Slam finals at the 1986 US Open and at the 1989 Australian Open and the semifinals at the French Open, Wimbledon and at the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988. Mecir beat Wilander in the 1988 Wimbledon quarter finals. This was the only Grand Slam defeat for Wilander that year. Mecir was nicknamed the Big Cat.

“He was a great mover, especially for a man of his size. He could play on every surface”, said Mecir.

Argentina’s David Nalbandian reached the Wimbledon final in 2002 in just his second year on the ATP Tour and four other Grand Slam semifinals. He won the 2005 ATP Finals title with a win over Roger Federer after 8-6 in the fifth set.

“He had wonderful technique off both sides, a massive talent who had great feel, an excellent serve, and knew when to use the drop-shot”, said Tennis Commentator Annabel Croft.

Marcelo Rios reached the 1998 Australian Open final and three more Grand Slam quarter finals. He won the 1998 Grand Slam Cup. The Chilean player was the only world number 1 player, who never won a Grand Slam title and the first South American player to reach the world number 1 spot.

“Rios is the most talented player that I have seen first hand who did no twin a major. I watched him make so many players uncomfortable. He did it without playing outside himself or his abilities”, said Tennis Channel analyst Paul Annacone.  

Robin Soderling reached the final at Roland Garros in 2009 and 2010 and won the 2010 Masters 1000 title in Paris Bercy. He was the first player to beat Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros ending the Spaniard’s 31-match French Open winning streak. The Swedish player was forced to retire from professional tennis at the age of 31 after contracting a bout of mononucleosis. Soderling won titles on every surface but grass.

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Organisers still hope to stage Rome Masters next September



The organisers of the Internazionali d’Italia still hope to stage their tournament later this year. They sent an email to ticket holders saying they are hopeful of holding their tournament next September. This is a good sign that shows their willingness to continue their tradition after a difficult year for Italy, one of the worst hit countries by the global coronavirus pandemic.


“Dear friends, as you may have already read in the media, in the middle of June ATP and WTA, the two associations that manage the world tennis calendar, should communicate when and with which program the International circuit of 2020 will restart. The hypotesis at the moment is that the Internazionali BNL d’Italia can take place in September, but we must wait for the ceratinty, linked to the extraordinary situation of the Coronavirus. We therefore hope to be able to give you more information on the tournament and on the use of the tickets purchased by you as soon as possible. We hope like you to be able to return to play, to participate and to cheer for our favourite players”.

Rafael Nadal won nine editions of the Rome Masters in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2018 and 2019. Last year the Spanish legend beat Novak Djokovic 6-0 4-6 6-1. The King of Clay beat Novak Djokovic in three finals in 2009, 2012 and 2019 and Roger Federer in 2006 and 2013. Djovovic won four titles in the Italian city in 2008, 2011, 2014 and 2015. Alexander Zverev won the first Masters 1000 title of his career beating Djokovic.

On the women’s side Karolina Pliskova won the Premier 5 tournament beating Joanna Konta. Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova were the most successuful players in the last decade. Williams won three titles in the Italian capital in 2013, 2014 and 2016. Sharapova triumphed in 2011, 2012 and 2015. Elina Svitolina beat Simona Halep in two consecutive finals in 2017 and 2018.

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Fabio Fognini celebrates his 33nd birthday



Fabio Fognini celebrates his 33rd birthday today at home with his wife Flavia Pennetta (US Open champion in 2015) and his two children Federico and Farah.


The second best Italian player talked with Italian tennis journalist Federica Cocchi in an interview to Sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport about his family life during the coronavirus pandemic.

“In this difficult period I am enjoying my life at home with my children. I was not used to staying for a long time at home. Farah was born on 23 December. I see her grow. I spend a lot of time with Federico. We are playing golf and watching Tom and Jerry on television. I am the first to fall asleep”, said Fognini.

 Fognini talked to Novak Djokovic in a Live Instagram chat. Novak celebrated his 33rd birthday two days before Fognini.

“He was born 48 hours before me. We had a good chat together. We have known each other since we were 14 years old. We were kids. I already knew that he would become a great player. He had a strong character. I think that he has more chances to win bid tournaments than Federer and Nadal, but Federer is the most beautiful player to watch”.

He spent the lockdown period in his native town Arma di Taggia where he started training again.

Fognini won nine ATP titles (eight on clay and one on hard court) and clinched his first Masters 1000 title in Monte-Carlo last year.

“I miss tournaments. I train one or two hours a day. It’s very difficult to remained focused without goals. We thought we would have been unvincible, but we are nothing when we face Nature”, said Fognini.

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