The 2021 edition of Wimbledon will start tomorrow, and as usual Ubitennis CEO Ubaldo Scanagatta called his peer Steve Flink to discuss the draw and predict what will happen throughout the London fortnight. They touched upon many themes, including the most interesting matches of the first round and the chances of Medvedev, Tsitsipas and Berrettini. Here’s their chat:
01:00 – The men’s draw – is this Djokovic’s tournament to lose? “I think he will face Tsitsipas again, this time in the semifinals.”
07:10 – The most interesting match-ups of the opening round.
10:20 – Ugo Humbert was outstanding in Halle, where he beat Zverev. Now the two might meet again in the fourth round – can the Frenchman pull off another upset?
10:50 – Matteo Berrettini had a great run at the Queen’s Club as well – can he be a dark horse?
12:20 – “Berrettini could end up in a couple of serve shootouts against Isner in the third round and against Zverev in the quarter finals. He wins most of his points on the first serve, but against the German his backhand could be outmatched.”
19:55 – Roger Federer could square off against Medvedev in the quarter finals: does the Swiss have another deep run in him? “It all depends on him, he had quite a good draw.”
23:55 – “I think that the real issue with Federer is how his body will hold up when going the distance…”
29:05 – What type of player could be a greater threat to Federer?
36:10 – Which is the likeliest men’s final?
42:10 – Will Djokovic be tested along the way? “I feel like he could reach the final with a lot of gas still in the tank, whereas I’m not so sure that his opponents will be able to do the same.”
47.45 – The women’s draw. Is this Serena Williams’ last shot at a record-tying 24th Major?
51.20 – “The women’s draw is always harder to predict. Barty is very talented but she’s struggling mightily with injuries…”
55.25 – “I think that at least 8-10 players can clinch the title.” Which half of the draw is more likely to produce the eventual winner?
Transcript by Giuseppe Di Paola; translated and edited by Tommaso Villa
Ubitennis Photographer Roberto Dell’Olivo Awarded in Monte Carlo
Every year the Monte-Carlo tournament awards the best photographers. First prize for Ubitennis’ Roberto Dell’Olivo thanks to his artistic eye
Every year during the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters the tournament holds a small award ceremony to acknowledge the best pictures taken by credentialed photographers during the previous edition of the event. This year the best photos from the 2019 tournament were awarded since the 2020 edition had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2021 edition took place behind closed doors.
Ubitennis’ photographer Roberto Dell’Olivo was already acknowledged in 2018 for his work during the week in Monaco, but this year he received an even more prestigious accolade. In fact, he has been awarded the ex-aequo first prize in the photographic contest, chosen among all the photographers credentialed at the tournament.
The ceremony was officiated by Alain Manigley, President and CEO of SMETT (Société Monégasque pour l’Exploitation du Tournoi de Tennis), the company in charge of the commercial development of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters. Roberto Dell’Olivo has been taking pictures at professional tennis tournaments around the world for several years: from the Australian Open to Roland Garros, from Wimbledon to Paris-Bercy, he has become a stable presence at the most important tennis events around the world.
Ubitennis wants to congratulate Roberto on this important achievement, thanking him for the coverage of his fifth Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters and wishing him the best of luck for the rest of the season.
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Our CEO Ubaldo Scanagatta sends his greetings to all the readers of ubitennis.net
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“We Hope to Convince Federer to Play”: the Presentation of the 2022 Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters
Director Zeljko Franulovic talked about next year’s tournament, scheduled from April 9-17
The 2022 Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters will take place from April 9-17, so it’s difficult to guess what the pandemic situation will be in six months. At the moment, however, the prevalent hypothesis is that all spectators will need a Covid Pass or to bring proof of a negative test before being allowed in the Montecarlo Country Club at Roquebrune, France. If some players will refuse the vaccine, then they will need to be tested regularly in accordance to the rules devised by the French government.
Other than that, there will be no surprises when it comes to the event’s logistics, since the Country Club has already added a new players lounge and a new press room in the past few years. In 2020 the tournament was cancelled, while in 2021 it took place behind closed doors (while still being televised in 113 countries); the last edition staged with a crowd, in 2019, sold 130,000 tickets, constituting 30% of the total revenue – another 30% came from the sponsors, 30% from media rights (a number that tournament director Zeljko Franulovic hopes to see increase) and 10% from merchandising.
While it’s early days to know whether the tournament will operate at full capacity, Franulovic has made it clear that the organisers are already planning to provide a better covering for the No.2 Court, whose roof has not been at all effective in the past in the event of rain.
The tournament’s tickets can be bought on the official website of the event, but Franulovic has already vowed to reimburse immediately every ticket “if the government and the health authorities should decide to reduce the tournament’s capacity.”
Ticket prices have increased by 2 to 3 percent as compared to 2019, ranging from £25-50 for the qualifiers weekend, £32-75 for the opening rounds, £…-130 for the quarterfinals and semifinals, £65-150 for the final, £360-1250 for a nine-day tickets. Franulovic claims that the prices are in line with those of the other Masters 1000 tournaments.
Finally, Franulovic supports Andrea Gaudenzi’s decision to create a fixed prize money for the next decade. While tournaments like Madrid and Rome are trying to increase their duration from 8 to 12 days, the Monte-Carlo director has claimed that he prefers to remain a week-long event, especially because his is not a combined tournament. As for the players who will feature, Franulovic hopes to convince Roger Federer to participate: “I’m certain that he will give everything he has to be able to stage another comeback on the tour, ma no one knows where he’ll play. However, I think that on the clay he should opt for best-of-three events like Monte-Carlo and Rome rather than the French Open.”
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