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The Ultimate Guide To Tennis Tournaments Taking Place During The Tour Suspension

UbiTennis has compiled a comprehensive schedule of what players will be in action and where they will be playing in the coming weeks.

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National Tennis Center in Roehampton (image via LTA)

With all professional tennis tournaments suspended until at least July 31st due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many players have turned to other ways to maintain their match fitness. In the wake of the unprecedented break to the sport, various countries have created their own events to fill in the void. Although it is hard to keep track of what is going on and when.

 

To help solve this issue, UbiTennis has a guide to what will be occurring over the coming weeks across the world of tennis.

Hrvatski premier tennis
Location: Osijek, Croatia
Date: June 4-7

Starting this Thursday there will be a special all-Croatian tennis tournament in Osijek that will feature both current and past stars of the sport called the Hrvatski Premier Tennis Cup. One of the driving forces behind the initiative is current world No.23 Donna Vekic.

“This is a unique opportunity for all Croatian players to be in Croatia at the moment, which is why everyone was able to respond and support our idea. I am in contact with all the players and everyone can’t wait to come to Osijek. As for the format of the tournament itself, there will be one set of women’s singles, one set of men’s singles, men’s doubles, mixed doubles and the appearance of legends.” Vekic recently said at a press conference promoting the event.

The exhibition will take place over three days and be broadcasted by national network HTS. The 20-player showdown features Borna Coric, Marin Cilic, Ivan Dodig and Jana Fett. Ivo Majoli and Goran Ivanišević will also be attending the event which aims to raise money in the fight against COVID-19.

Tournament: Credit One Bank International
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Date: June 23-28

Given the calibre of top names involved, the Charleston event is set to rival Novak Djokovic’s Adria Tour in terms of star quality. Taking place in South Carolina the field includes two reigning grand slam champions – Bianca Andreescu and Sofia Kenin. Also included in the strong 16-player field is 2016 Olympic champion Monica Puig, two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys.

Held behind closed doors, the tournament will be broadcasted by The Tennis Channel, who have agreed to broadcast more than 40 hours of action. During the matches player’s will call their own lines and receive assistance from one ball kid as well as the umpire.

The tournament takes place instead of the Volvo Open, which is one of the WTA tournaments cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be held between June 23-28.

List of players Players: Bianca Andreescu, Sofia Kenin, Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys, Victoria Azarenka, Amanda Anisimova, Monica Puig, Jennifer Brady, Danielle Collins, Emma Navarro, Alison Riske, Shelby Rogers, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Eugenie Bouchard, Leylah Fernandez, Ajla Tomljanovic

Schroders Battle Of The Brits
Location: Location: National Tennis Center in Roehampton
Date: June 23-28

London is set to be where three-time grand slam champion Andy Murray will make his competitive return to tennis. Murray hasn’t played since the Davis Cup Finals last November due to pelvic bruising.

The Schroders Battle Of The Brits has been organised by Murray’s brother Jamie and will take place over six days in Roehampton at the National Tennis Center (NTC). Besides showcasing some of Britain’s top players, organisers hope to raise at least £100,000 for the NHS. The line-up could change nearer the time, but at present joining Murray in the event will be Dan Evans, Kyle Edmund, Cameron Norrie, Jay Clarke, Liam Broady, Jack Draper and James Ward.

It is also important to note that the tournament have already secured a top broadcast deal. In the UK it will be shown exclusively by Amazon Prime, who already has the British rights to all ATP and WTA events. Furthermore Eurosport has picked up the rights to broadcast it internationally. Although it is unclear how much coverage they will provide.

The Adria Tour
Location: various Balkan countries
Date: June and July

Founded and organised by world No.1 Djokovic, the Adria Tour is set to take place in various countries across the Balkan region. The tour already has a stunning line-up with three current top 10 players already committing to play. Joining Djokovic will be Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev. Furthermore, Marin Cilic, Borna Coric and Grigor Dimitrov are set to feature. Not all of these players will be playing in every country where the Tour is taking place.

The duration of the event will be between June 13th and July 5th. According to the official Adria Tour Instagram account the schedule will be as follows:-

  • Belgrade, Serbia – 13-14 June
  • Zadar, Croatia – 20-21 June
  • Montenegro – 27-28 June
  • Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina – 3-4 July
  • Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina – July 5th (exhibition match between Djokovic and Damir Dzumhur).

The Ultimate Tennis Showdown
Location: Mouratoglou Tennis Academy, Boit, France
Date: June 13 to July 11

In France prestigious tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou will be hosting his own series of matches over a five-week period. Starting from June 13th, the Ultimate Tennis Showdown (UTS) will feature a total of 50 exhibition matches taking place. It will kick off with a clash between David Goffin and Alexei Popyrin, whose father is the co-organiser. Other names included in the event are Benoit Paire and Lucas Pouille. Fabio Fognini was also down to play, but has since pulled out after recently undergoing ankle surgery.

All matches are set to be streamed live with the broadcaster yet to be confirmed. Prize money will also be up for grabs.

The Progress Women’s Championships
Location: Location: National Tennis Center in Roehampton
Date: July 14-18

Not to forget the ladies, the UK will also have a female equivalent of the Battle of the Brits. It will take place between July 14-18 at the NTC but will be without national No.1 Johanna Konta, according to BBC Sport. On the other hand, Harriet Dart and Naomi Broady are two names confirmed to play.

16 players will be split into two groups. There will be a round-robin format followed by knockout stages. Eight doubles teams are also set to take part with a total prize money pool of £30,000 available.

The British Tour
Location: National Tennis Center in Roehampton
Date: Throughout July

The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has announced the return of the British Tour during July. A total of four events will take place over as many weeks. Each tournament will have a field of 32 players with 16 men and 16 women. Participants are eligible to take part based on their current ranking providing they are a member of the LTA. All four tournaments will be held over three days (Friday-Sunday) at the National Tennis Center in Roehampton. There will also be doubles action with eight teams featuring in a FAST4 format over one day each week.

Both Murray and Konta are among the names set to take part in the Tour. Weeks two and four will be classed a premier-level with a prize money pool of £16,000, including £2260 for the winners.

The entry list is yet to be confirmed.

Bett1 Aces
Location: Berlin, Germany
Date: July 13-16

The German capital of Berlin will host a six-player men’s and women’s tournament at two different locations. The Bett1 Aces Exhibition has been organised by the same company who is responsible for the Mercedes Cup is Stuttgart. The first will take part on the grass at the Steff Graf Stadium of the LTTC. Meanwhile, the second will be held on a hard court at Berlin’s former International airport.

So far eight out of the 12 players have been confirmed for the tournaments with all of them being ranked inside the top 100. On the women’s side there will be Elina Svitolina, Kiki Bertens, Andrea Petkovic and Julia Goerges. On the men’s side there will be Nick Kyrgios, Jannik Sinner, Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem.

For both events there will be a total prize money pool of €200,000 and matches will be broadcasted live. Although it is unclear on what network yet.

Moscow Calling Tennis Premier League.’
Location: Khimki, Moscow Oblast
Date: TBC

Details about this event are still emerging and the exact date is yet to be finalised with organiser Alexander Ostrovsky aiming for the second half of this month. In a recent interview with Kommersant.ru, Ostrovsky has said both Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev has signed on to his event. As for the women’s he has reached out to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Anastasia Potapova.

“The regulations for both men and women will be the same. We will divide eight athletes into two groups, from where the two best players will enter the second stage. Next – again a round robin tournament, already with the participation of four people. Following its results, the semifinalists will be determined,” he said.
“Each match will consist of two sets and, if required, a super tie-break. However, the rules can be adjusted in the regulations taking into account the recommendations of the channel, which has expressed its interest in the tournament.”

When is certain about the exhibition is that it will be called the ‘Moscow Calling Tennis Premier League.’

Thiem’s Seven
Location: Kitzbühel, Austria
Date: July 7-11

In Austria Dominic Thiem is set to front a tournament during July. It is being organised by Herbert Günther and Markus Bodner, who are also responsible for the Generali Open. Invites have already been issued by Thiem with Gael Monfils being the first to commit.

“Together with Wolfgang and Dominic, who is in contact with the players, we will invite seven other top European players to Kitzbühel for a week. In addition to top-class matches and appropriate competition practice, the stars can spend a wonderful time with their families in Kitzbühel,” a press release from Günther and Bodner explains.

There are currently few details concerning the event or how it will be broadcasted to the public. However, it has been confirmed that an impressive prize money pool of € 300,000 will be available with €100,000 going to the winner alone.

Women-Only Charity Tournament
Location: Barcelona
Date: TBC

In May UbiTennis spoke with tennis coach Carlos Martinez about his plans for a 32-player tournament being held at the Club de Tenis Mollet. Martinez, who is the current mentor of Daria Kasatkina, is aiming to hold the event between July and August with an exact date to be confirmed.

“The dates of the tournament will depend on when the tour will start but it will more or less be between the end of July and end August,” Martinez told Ubitennis.
“The format is the same as the normal situation with tournaments, but I will design four groups with eight players and they will all play against each other in the group. Then the first two players of each group will go straight to the main draw. Then they will play quarters, semis and final.”

Those interested in playing include Kasatkina, Carla Suarez Navarro, Kristina Mladenovic, Marie Bouzkova and Sara Errani. Other players have also expressed interest but their participation depends on travel restrictions. There will be no prize money available with funds instead going to local hospitals located near the venue.

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Former Roland Garros champions and five top 20 players to highlight a great edition of the Ladies Open in Palermo

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The Ladies Open WTA International in Palermo will be the first tournament to be held next August since last February.

 

The Italian tournament will feature a great line-up which includes two confirmed past Roland Garros champions Svetlana Kuznetsova and Jelena Ostapenko and five top 20 players. There is a good chance that 2018 French Open and 2019 Wimbledon champion Simona Halep could be added in the field.

“We are glad about Simona Halep’s great interest in Palermo Ladies Open. We will be waiting for her at the Country Club for an historic edition of the Palermo tournament. We have been in contact with Halep’s manager for some time. We have been talking for days about her potential participation in Palermo. She is one of the best players in the world and her presence would contribute to make an already high-level tournament extrahordinary. We will leave our doors open to her for as long as possible, as well as for other top ten players that will want to resume their season in Palermo”, said tournament’s CEO Oliviero Palma.

The other stars who have signed up to the Ladies Open are 2019 Roland Garros champion Marketa Vondrousova, two Grand Slam semifinalists Elise Mertens (2018 Australian Open) and Anastasija Sevastova (2018 US Open), Aryna Sabalenka (winner at the Wuhan Open in 2018 and 2019, WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai in 2019 and Doha in 2020) and Elina Rybakina (winner in Hobart and finalist in St. Petersburg and Dubai in 2020), Dayana Yastremska (winner of three tournaments in Hong Kong in 2018, Thailand and Strasbourg in 2019).

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Lorenzo Sonego and Liudmila Samsonova lift the titles in Perugia

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Lorenzo Sonego and Liudmila Samsonova won the Zzz Quill Tennis Tour in Perugia. Sonego followed up his Italian title won the previous week in Todi with a 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 win over Croatia’s Viktor Galovic (world number 269 and number 7 seed) in the final of the Perugia tournament.

 

“Galovic started very well. It was difficult to adjust to his game and improve during the match. I maintained the right attitude and I managed to win the title. I enjoyed two fantastic weeks in Todi and Perugia. This confirmed my good work in training in the past two weeks. I gave my best and I am confident for the rest of the season”, said Sonego.

World number 117 Liudmila Samsonova won the women’s title came back from one set down to beat world number 307 Stefania Rubini 4-6 6-4 7-6 (8-6) in the women’s final after saving two match points.

“I won a very tough final with a lot of ups and downs. I am happy that I played many matches. It was one of my goals on the eve of the tournament. I showed that I am able to keep the level of my tennis high, when I play focused”, said Samsonova.   

 

 

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[EXCLUSIVE] Brandon Nakashima: “I Love Federer, But My Game Resembles More Djokovic’s”

Nakashima speaks to UbiTennis about his liveliest memory of training with Nadal at Wimbledon. The duels he had with Lorenzo Musetti and Tseng Chun-Hsin, the high praise for Sebastian Korda and Hugo Gaston. Why he doesn’t like clubbing and what his new coach Pat Cash has been advising him to do.

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The latest instalment of UbiTennis’ video series sees Ubaldo Scanagatta and Steve Flink speak with Brandon Nakashima. An 18-year-old American tennis star born on August 3, 2001, who goes by the nickname B-Nak.

 

He is at No.220 in the ATP Rankings (with a career best at 218) and is second-best among those who were born in 2001, trailing only Jannik Sinner. His surname is of Japanese origin, but it was his Vietnamese maternal grandfather who initiated him to the game of tennis when he was three. He is 1.85 metres tall and weighs 78 kilograms. He was born in San Diego, and his father Wesley was also born in California – his parents are both pharmacists. He played for the University of Virginia, where he was the Freshman of the Year for the Atlantic Coast Conference, before moving on to the pros.

Since Delray Beach, in February, he’s been working with Pat Cash, immediately reaching the quarter finals and beating four Top 100 players. His best shot is his two-handed backhand, and his favourite player is Federer. A superb athlete, he is considered the best American prospect. He is self-described as shy, but he actually isn’t that much, once he gets going. He loves sushi, but also admits to having a sweet tooth. Given the status of some of his victims, it can be assumed that he’s already better than his ranking.

VIDEO SCHEDULE

Minute 00:00: Introduction and recap of his highest-profile wins.

03:40: His behaviour during the Covid-19 pandemic: “I wear a mask whenever I’m outside. I’ve been trying to stay cautious as much as possible in public areas”. He also appreciates the chance of being able to train at some local private courts.

05:07: The special relationship with his grandfather: “My mom’s dad is from Vietnam. He first started to get me out on the court when I was about three and a half years old, just feeding me balls at a local park and from that time onward I started practicing more and more everyday”.

06:45: Bonding with his main coach, Pat Cash, during the pandemic.

07:38: Cash claims he noticed immediately Brandon’s “extraordinary racquet control” – does he think that this is his best quality too?

08:42: Their first meeting: “We had a couple of mutual friends; at the time I had just turned pro and I was looking for a good coach…”

11:53: His idols growing up: “I always liked to watch Federer play, but I think now my game is more similar to Djokovic’s”.

12:40: The experience of hitting with Nadal: “A couple of years ago I was playing the junior Wimbledon tournament…”

14:36: His thoughts on the best future prospects…

17:20: His transition as a pro aged only 17: “It was crucial on and off the court for me to go to college and to then play a full season at 17 [Editor’s Note: at the University of Virginia], it helped my game and made me mature as a person. I’d advise most players to go to college and get that experience…”

19:45: Recapping his best junior Slam results.

21:25: Developing his game with Pat Cash: “During these training blocks here in California, we definitely decided to work a lot on the transition and net game to add more variety into my game…”

23:55: What are his current plans? “It’s tough to plan tournaments right now since we don’t know when or if they’re even starting…”

25:35: How does he feel about the issue of playing behind closed doors? “It will be interesting, everybody is so used to people watching, so I think most players will find it maybe a little weird at the beginning…”

26:47: His off-court life: “I try to relax and have fun. I like playing other sports, on days off I play golf with friends or relax at home watching TV, just getting the mind away from tennis. I don’t like going to dance or clubs, it never was my type of feeling of going out; I like a more chill state with my friends.”

30:04: His knowledge of tennis history.

31:30: Where does Brandon see himself in 2022/23? “The goal is to keep improving my results and my rankings, and maybe…”

33:20: After the Big Three era, who is his pick to become the next world N.1?

36:10: Pat Cash’s most frequent tip: “I have to train to get ready for the Slams…”

Article written and translated by Tommaso Villa

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