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Wimbledon, Flink: “Djokovic Will Beat Zverev in the Final”

A preview of the Championships with the Hall-of-Famer tennis writer. How fit will Federer be? Is this the last chance for Serena Williams?




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


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Our CEO Ubaldo Scanagatta sends his greetings to all the readers of ubitennis.net





From everybody at ubitennis.net, we want to send to our readers our Christmas greetings: thank you for your ever-growing support! Here’s a message from the website’s CEO, Ubaldo Scanagatta:


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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




Stefanos Tsitsipas - ATP Montecarlo 2021 (ph. Agence Carte Blanche / Réalis)

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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US Open, Steve Flink: “Djokovic’s loss had more to do with fatigue than pressure”

A recap of the last Major of 2021, from Raducanu’s triumphant journey to Berrettini and Zverev’s improvements. What was Rod Laver’s prediction for the men’s finals?





The 2021 US Open was historical from many points of view, starting with the full-capacity crowd coming back to Flushing Meadows. On court, we witnessed Djokovic’s bid for a Calendar Year Grand Slam fall short against Daniil Medvedev in the final, while Emma Raducanu took the tennis world by storm, winning as a qualifier and without dropping a set. These were just some of the topics of the tournament recap by Hall-of-Famer Steve Flink and Ubitennis CEO Ubaldo Scanagatta. Here’s their chat:


00:00 – Emma Raducanu’s historical feat: “She had an easier draw than Fernandez, who had to defeat many great players, but she was very impressive nonetheless!”

06:18 – Barty and Osaka’s premature exits: “Hadn’t she lost to Rogers, Barty would have won the whole thing…”

09:35 – Was Fernandez too tired during the final?

20:17 – The Canadian defeated Aryna Sabalenka, who once again missed out on a big chance: “She seems to have a split personality…”

25:24 – The men’s final – how distant was Djokovic from his best form?

28:59 – “Djokovic is the best at handling the pressure, I don’t think that was the main reason behind his defeat…”

35:05 – Was the crowd actually on Nole’s side or did they just want to witness history being made?

39:16 – What was the secret behind Medvedev’s winning tactics?

41:50 – Djokovic fell short of the Grand Slam in a similar way to Serena Williams – how similar are their performances?

50:16 – Rod Laver’s prediction for the final…

52:25 – Who is the best claycourt player, Djokovic or Federer?

55:05 – Carlos Alcaraz won over the hearts of the crowd – how quickly will he reach the Top 10?

56:29 – Is Zverev on the right track to win a Major? What about Berrettini and Sinner?

62:48 – The Canadians: who will have a better career between Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime?

Transcript by Giuseppe Di Paola; translated and edited by Tommaso Villa

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