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Between singles, doubles, and the ATP Cup team event, there will be 11 titles decided across Australia on Sunday.  In Melbourne, multi-time Major champions Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep both play in singles finals.  In Adelaide, World No.1 Ash Barty goes for championships in both singles and doubles, while the two top seeds collide in the ATP singles final.  And in Sydney, Canada faces Spain to become the winners of the third annual ATP Cup.


Sydney: The ATP Cup, a Round Robin Team Event between 16 Nations

Order of Play is here.

Denis Shapovalov [CAN] vs. Pablo Carreno Busta [ESP] – 5:30pm on Ken Rosewall Arena

This will mark the highest-ranked opposition either man has faced in singles at this event.  Shapovalov is 2-1, while Carreno Busta is 4-0, and is yet to drop a set.  And the Spaniard leads their head-to-head 4-1, claiming all four of their previous hard court meetings.  Most recently, in the quarterfinals of the 2020 US Open, Pablo defeated Denis in five.

Felix Auger-Aliassime [CAN] vs. Roberto Bautista Agut [ESP] – Not Before 7:00pm on Ken Rosewall Arena

Auger-Aliassime is 2-2 in singles.  While he scored an impressive upset over Sascha Zverev, he was dominated by Daniil Medvedev on Saturday.  Like Carreno Busta, Bautista Agut is 4-0, and prevailed in a third-set tiebreak against Hubi Hurkacz in the semifinals.  Felix is 2-1 against Roberto, and outlasted the veteran at last year’s US Open in five.  If Canada and Spain split the singles contests, a doubles match will decide the champions.

Adelaide: a WTA 500 Event, and an ATP 250 Event

Order of Play is here.

Ash Barty (1) vs. Elena Rybakina (7) – Not Before 4:00pm on Centre Court

Barty has easily dismissed two Slam champs in her last two matches: Sofia Kenin and Iga Swiatek.  After a heartbreaking loss in the bronze medal match of the Tokyo Olympics, Rybakina ended 2021 by going only 10-8.  Their only prior encounter occurred two years ago in this same country, when Barty was victorious over Rybakina in the third round of the Australian Open.  Later in the evening, Ash will team with Storm Sanders in the doubles final against Darija Jurak Schreiber and Andreja Klepac, who won two titles last season.

Gael Monfils (1) vs. Karen Khachanov (2) – Not Before 6:00pm on Centre Court

As per the ATP, Monfils has now reached a final in 18 consecutive seasons.  For Khachanov, this is his first final since Bercy in 2018.  Monfils has not dropped a set this week.  Khachanov has, though he notched a strong straight-set win in Saturday’s semifinals over Marin Cilic.  Surprisingly, this is their first career meeting.

Melbourne: Two WTA 250 Events, and an ATP 25 Event

Order of Play is here.

Amanda Anisimova vs. Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Q) – Not Before 3:00pm on Rod Laver Arena

20-year-old American Anisimova has played extremely well this week during a trial run with Darren Cahill as her coach.  In the semifinals, she crushed Daria Kasatkina 6-2, 6-0.  As Ravi Ubha highlighted on Twitter, this is Sasnovich’s first final since four years ago in Brisbane.  And she excels in Australia, as she also reached the semis in Sydney back in 2019.  This is another first-time encounter.

Simona Halep (2) vs. Veronika Kudermetova (3) – Not Before 5:00pm on Rod Laver Arena

After injuries derailed much of her 2021 season, Halep is now into her second final out of her last three tournaments.  Kudermetova survived three tight matchups earlier this week, and received a walkover from Naomi Osaka on Saturday.  These women played twice in 2021, with both matches going to Halep in straight sets.

Rafael Nadal (1) vs. Maxime Cressy (Q) – Not Before 7:00pm on Rod Laver Arena

Nadal only required two victories to make this final, as he received a bye in the first round, and a walkover in the quarterfinals.  Cressy is a serve-and-volleying 24-year-old American ranked 112th in the world, who came through qualifying and already defeated two of the top three seeds (Opelka, Dimitrov).  Notably, Maxime went 6-0 in tiebreaks this week.  And when asked about the prospect of facing Nadal, he said “I have the game to beat him.”


India’s Sumit Nagal Receives Sponsorship Boost After Revelling Financial Struggles



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A leading food and drink company has pledged to support India’s highest-ranked men’s player who was unable to train at his usual facility in Germany earlier this year due to a lack of money. 


Earlier this week world No.159 Sumit Nagal made a public plea for financial support to help him continue his career as a tennis player. In recent years he has been based at the Nansel Tennis Academy in Germany but was unable to train there during the first three months of the 2023 season due to a lack of funds. During this period he relied on his friends, including former player Somdev Devvarman, to help maintain his fitness. 

“If I look at my bank balance, I have what I had at the beginning of the year. It is 900 euros. I did get a bit of help. Mr Prashant Sutar is helping me with MAHA Tennis Foundation and I also get monthly (salary) from IOCL but I don’t have any big sponsor,” Nagal told the Press Trust of India.
“I am investing whatever I am making. The yearly cost where I travel with one coach is costing me around Rs 8 million to Rs 10 million (90,000-113,000 euros) and that is just with one travelling coach (no physio). Whatever I have made I have already invested,” he added.

Nagal, who is 26 years old, has reached the semi-finals of better at five tournaments on the lower-level Challenger Tour so far this season. His only Grand Slam result was at the US Open where he lost in the first round of qualifying to Taro Daniel. It was at the US Open where he took a set off Roger Federer before losing in 2019. 

Despite being the only player from his country to be ranked in the top 400, Nagal is currently not part of the Target Olympics Podium Scheme. An initiative set up by the Indian government to provide support to their top athletes.

After learning about Nagal’s ongoing struggles on the Tour, a leading company has decided to support the tennis player by signing a three-year deal with him. Gatorade specializes in sports drinks and is manufactured by PepsiCo. Under the deal, Nagal will receive support with his recovery and nutrition from experts at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI).  

“I am deeply moved and grateful to join hands with Gatorade. This association comes to me at a pivotal time, and I am thankful my hard work and passion is getting recognized and appreciated. With Gatorade by my side, I am sure I will reach new heights and give it my all both on and off the court,” the Indo-Asian News Service quoted Nagal as saying on Thursday. 

Speaking about the new partnership, Ankit Agarwal from PepsiCo India has hailed the collaboration. Agarwal is the company’s Associate Director of Energy & Hydration. 

“Sumit is a role model for the new-gen athletes of India with his career being a true example of hard work and sweat that makes talent shine,” he said.
“As a brand that is dedicated to supporting athletes in removing barriers to sporting success, we are delighted to welcome Sumit to the Gatorade squad.”

Nagal has been ranked as high as No.122 in the world. So far in his career, he has won four Challenger titles with two of those occurring this year in Italy and Finland. 

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(VIDEO): Malaga Line-Up Set As Davis Cup Most Unpredictable Tournament In History

UbiTennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta explains why any of the eight teams in Malaga could win November’s Davis Cup Finals




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The Davis Cup quarter-final line-up is set after an incredible Group Stage over Bologna, Split, Manchester and Valencia.


Now eight teams remain including Novak Djokovic’s Serbia, Great Britain and Australia.

However surprise teams such as the Netherlands, Finland and the Czech Republic will also appear in the quarter-finals.

Ten-time champions Great Britain will face Serbia with the winners taking on the winner of the quarter-final between Italy and the Netherlands.

In the other half of the draw Canada will be heavy favourites against Finland while the Czech Republic face Australia.

The final eight tournament will take place in Malaga and will take place between the 21st and the 26th of November.

However this year’s Davis Cup could be the most unpredictable version in the tournament’s history with there being no Spain or USA.

It really could be anyone’ tournament with Tennis’ most prestigious team competition up for grabs in November.

In this video UbiTennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta explains why this year’s Davis Cup finals could be the most unpredictable edition of all-time and why any of the teams could win the title.

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Simona Halep Claims Doing Ban Is ‘Based On Scenarios’ Without Proof




Former world No.1 Simona Halep has questioned the fairness of her anti-doping hearing after being suspended from the sport for four years. 


The two-time Grand Slam champion is suspended from tour events until 2026 after an independent tribunal concluded that the Romanian broke rules set out in Tennis’ anti-doping program. In a 126-page report by the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA), investigators accepted that the collagen supplement taken by Halep – called Keto MCT – was contaminated with Roxadustat “on the balance of probability.” However, they stated that there must have been another source of Roxadustat based on the level detected in her sample taken during the 2022 US Open. 

Furthermore, three experts in the area said they have ‘a high degree of confidence‘ that there was not an ‘innocent explanation’ for the abnormalities detected in Halep’s Athlete’s Biological Passport (ABP). They reported that ‘likely doping’ occurred based on an analysis of 51 valid samples of Halep’s blood and rejected her explanation for the irregularity. The tennis star cited blood loss during surgery and spells when she was inactive as her defence. 

Despite the comprehensive ruling, Halep has insisted that she is innocent and never intentionally took any banned substances. During an interview with Front Office Sports on Monday, the 31-year-old claimed that the ITIA’s four-year ban handed to her was based on ‘scenarios’ instead of any proof. 

“I was confident after the hearing because there were so many things that made no sense and that are not fair,” she said.
“When I received the decision, I was in complete shock. I could not believe that they suspended me for four years when we found the contamination and my blood was totally normal. They didn’t find anything bad in my blood. It’s crazy that they made this decision with everything [her legal team presented]. They judged me on scenarios. There is no proof. It’s just insane.”

The ITIA originally requested a six-year ban for Halep due to what they described as ‘repetitive and sophisticated’ doping practices. She is accused of using blood doping to improve her performance during Wimbledon and the US Open last year. However, the report found it was not ‘completely satisfied’ that Halep has been doping since March 2022 despite there being ‘strong grounds for suspicion.’

As for the substance Roxadustat, Halep says she would have never deliberately taken the drug as it would ‘work against her.’ She says that the drug would have worsened a thyroid issue which she has been dealing with for several years. Front Office Sports referred to a European Medicines Agency study which finds a possible link between the drug and decreased thyroid function. 

“There was no point for me to take this,” Halep said. “It’d work against me. It wouldn’t help me.”

The study couldn’t establish how common this side effect is due to the amount of data available at the time. 

In the wake of Halep’s ban, some have publicly expressed their views on the matter. One of the most notable to do so was Serena Williams who wrote on social media ‘8 is a better number” in a jibe at her former opponent. The reference was to the 2019 Wimbledon final when seven-time champion Williams lost in straight sets to Halep. 

“I think everyone has the right to judge me because the tribunal decided that I have the fault here,” Halep commented. “Someone told me today that those players who are hating on me because I beat them.”

Halep is set to appeal against her ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). 

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