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Danielle Collins Speaks Out After Dismissal From World Team Tennis Over COVID-19 Rule Breach

The world No.51 claims she wasn’t told about the travel rule prior to breaking it, but one person has disputed this.

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Former Australian Open semi-finalist Danielle Collins says she was unaware that she broke any rules after being kicked out of the World Team Tennis (WTT) event.

 

Earlier this week officials dismissed the world No.51 from the competition after she left The Greenbrier Resort and the state of West Virginia without authorization. Violating rules set out by the tournament in relation to the threat posed by COVID-19. Collins says she left the site to shop for supplements to help with her arthritis. Last year she confirmed publicly that she has been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, which is an autoimmune condition that former player Caroline Wozniacki also has.

Addressing her removal from the event, the 26-year-old has insisted that she was never told that she couldn’t leave the site without authorisation. During a telephone interview with The New York Times, Collins said that a waiver she signed to participate made no mention of the policy.

“There was a waiver that I signed that was specific to the safety protocols and practices that were to take place during World Team Tennis, and it didn’t have any mention of not leaving the hotel,” she said.

Collins’ claims of not knowing about the travel restriction has been disputed by Carlos Silva, who is the chief executive of World Team Tennis. Silva said players were made aware during two meetings that took place. He says an ‘all-hands meeting in the stadium’ took place on July 11th followed by another with tennis coaches and general managers four days later. Collins says she has no memory of this being mentioned.

“I don’t think Danielle was trying to do anything bad, but it puts us in a situation where you’ve got to uphold what you are trying to do here so we can keep the other 150 people here safe,” he explained.

The WTT is the first major tennis league to take place since the ATP and WTA Tours was suspended on March 9th due to the pandemic. Founded in 1973, the mixed team event has a series of top players taking part this year including Venus Williams, Kim Clijsters, Sloane Stephens and Taylor Fritz. Overall, there are approximately 60 players taking part in total during the three-week period.

Despite the controversy, Collins continues to stand by her criticism of Novak Djokovic concerning the US Open. The world No.1 had previously expressed concern about travelling to New York with a limited entourage and being restricted to staying in his hotel due to rules triggered by COVID-19. Prompting the American to write on Instagram ‘it’s easy when someone’s made $150m throughout their career to try and tell people what to do with their money, and then turn down playing in the U.S. Open.”

When questioned if the WTT removal now makes her a hypocrite in relation to her comments on Djokovic, Collins argues that it doesn’t because she didn’t know she broke the rules to begin with.

“I don’t feel I intentionally broke a rule so I don’t feel it affects what I said about the U.S. Open,” she concludes.

Collins has been ranked as high as 23rd in the world but is yet to win a WTA title. Her biggest triumph was winning the 2018 Newport Beach Challenger which is a WTA 125 event.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas reaches his seventh quarter final of the season in Barcelona

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Last week’s Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters champion Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Alex De Minaur 7-5 6-3 in 84 minutes to secure his spot in the quarter finals at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. Tsitsipas has extended his win-loss record to 24-5 in the 2021 ATP Tour season.

 

The first set went on serve with no break points until the 12th game, when De Minaur made his seventh unforced error of the set to give Tsitsipas two set points. De Minaur saved a set point with a drop shot winner. Tsitsipas hit a forehand to get the first break of match on the next point to seal  the first set 7-5.

De Minaur converted his third break point in the first game of the second set and held his serve to take a 2-0 lead. Tsitsipas won five of the next six games with two breaks of serve in the fourth and eighth game to clinch the second set 6-3. 

The young Greek star has reached at least the quarter finals at all seven tournaments he has played in 2021. 

Tsitsipas set up a quarter final against Felix Auger Aliassime, who beat Denis Shapovalov 6-2 6-3. Tsitsipas leads 3-2 in his five head-to-head matches against Auger Aliassime and beat his younger Canadian rival 7-5 4-6 6-3 in the Acapulco quarter final. 

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Andrey Rublev sets up quarter final clash against Jannik Sinner in Barcelona

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Last week’s Monte-Carlo finalist Andrey Rublev battled past Albert Ramos Vinolas 6-4 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 after 2 hours and 27 minutes to reach the quarter finals at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.

 

Rublev opened up a 4-1 lead with a break in the fourth game of the opening set. Ramos Vinolas broke back in the seventh game to draw level to 4-4. Rublev claimed the first set 6-4 with his second break in the 10th game. 

Ramos Vinolas saved two break points to hold serve after six deuces for 3-3. The next games went on serve en route to the tie-break. The Spanish player won the tie-break 7-4 with two mini-breaks. 

Rublev went up a 4-2 lead with a break in the fifth game of the third set, but Ramos Vinolas recovered once again by breaking back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Rublev converted his second break point in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead. Ramos Vinolas was not able to convert four break points at 4-5 and Rublev closed out the third set with a forehand winner. 

“Nothing has changed. I didn’t learn my lessons. The most important thing is that I managed to win today. When you are not doing something correctly, but you are still winning matches, it gives you confidence. Albert was playing much better than me early in the third set, but you never know which way it will go”, said Rublev.  

Rublev set up a quarter final against Jannik Sinner, who edged past Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (11-9) 6-2 after 1 hor and 52 minutes. Rublev met Sinner only once in the Vienna Round of 16 last year, but the Italian was forced to withdraw from the match withdrew from the match due to a right foot injury.  

Bautista Agut earned his first break in the third game, but Sinner broke straight back to draw level to 2-2. Sinner saved a break point in the fifth game to hold serve fo 3-2 at deuce. The world number 19 broke serve in the eighth game to take a 5-3 lead, but he wasted a set point in the ninth game. Bautista Agut broke back to draw level to 5-5. Both players held their next service games en route to the tie-break. 

Sinner saved three set points at 5-6, 7-8 and 8-9 in the tie-break of the first set before winning the tie-break 11-9 on his third set point. 

Sinner earned an early break in the first game and saved a break-back point to open up a 2-0 lead. The Italian player saved three break points to hold his serve in a very long fourth game. The 2019 Sofia Open and Great Ocean Road Open champion went up a double break to take a 5-2 lead. Sinner has improved his head-to-head record to 3-0 against Bautista Agut. Earlier this year the Italian Next Gen player beat his Spanish rival in three sets in the Dubai Round of 16 and in the Miami semifinal.

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Ash Barty Insists No Queue Jumping Involved As She Gets Covid-19 Vaccine

The world No.1 says she is pleased to have a ‘small layer of protection.’

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Ash Barty has confirmed that she was one of the players to receive a COVID-19 vaccination during a Tour event in Charleston.

 

The tournament and Plantation Pharmacy, a local drugstore, formed an agreement which offered all players a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccination to players participating in two events. The Volvo Open and 2021 MUSC Health Women’s Open which took place at the same venue the week after.

Barty confirmed for the first time earlier this week that she and her coach Craig Tyzzer took up the offer. Speaking to reporters from the Stuttgart Open, the former French Open champion stated that she ‘didn’t jump any queues’ to get the vaccine. Joining the likes of Simona Halep and Victoria Azarenka who have also had their doses earlier in the year.

“We were looking at different avenues to try and get vaccinated without jumping the queue in Australia to see what our options were, and we weren’t able to get much of an answer before we left in March,” said Barty.
“We were able to get the vaccine, as were a lot of other players, through the Tour and that they had organised through a certain pharmacy that had extras, and that was important to me knowing that those who were the most vulnerable were able to get it first.”

The 24-year-old missed most of the season last year due to travelling concerns related to the pandemic. In total she missed nearly 11 months of the Tour before returning to action in Melbourne in February. Since then, Barty has won the Yarra Valley Classic and Miami Open.

“It was nice to know that we have got that small layer of protection,” she added.
“We still do the right things and abide by all the rules and the guidelines set in place by the Tour but knowing that we had that little bit of extra protection puts us at ease a bit more.”

This week the Australian is seeking her first trophy on the clay since her triumph in Roland Garros back in 2019. The top seed in Stuttgart, she kicked-off her campaign on Wednesday with a 6-0, 7-5, win over former champion Laura Siegemund. She will play either Jelena Ostapenko or Karolina Pliskova in the next round.

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