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Ubitennis’ Open Letter To All Tennis Governing Bodies Following The Russian Invasion Of Ukraine

At a time of crises, UbiTennis have proposed a way which the sport can show unity starting with the upcoming Davis Cup ties.

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Last week Europe entered into a situation which many would have never expected to happen in the modern era.

On the order of President Vladamir Putin, Russian forces began a military assault on neighboring Ukraine in what he described as a ‘special operation.’ Tanks have entered the country, multiple missiles have been fired at numerous cities and many have already died. According to UN Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet on Monday, at least 102 civilians have been killed but that number is feared to be significantly higher. On top of this, both the Russian and Ukrainian forces have suffered high death tolls. 

 

In response to the conflict, the world has united in calls for this war to end with immediate effect. In the world of sport, FIFA and Uefa have suspended Russia from international competition for the foreseeable future. Furthermore, the International Olympic Committee has recommended that Russian and Belarussian athletes be banned from international competition or be immediately recognized as neutral athletes. Belarus is accused of supporting Russia’s ongoing military campaign.

As of the morning of March 1st 2022, all governing bodies of tennis are yet to publicly address the IOC’s call regarding the status of Russian and Belarussian players.

CEO Ubaldo Scanagatta has written the following letter proposing a way which the sport can address the issue through the use of a symbol Ubitennis has designed.

This letter has been sent to the ITF, multiple tennis federations, ATP, WTA, Hall of Fame, International Club Council, International Tennis Writers Association (ITWA) and multiple media organizations. 

Dear friends of tennis,

The IOC and some sports have taken a rather firm stance with regard to the dramatic times Ukraine and Europe are going through. So far Tennis has provided a milder response.

Ubitennis, the only trilingual tennis website in the world, wishes to suggest that the 722 federations engaged in Davis Cup this weekend use this symbol (which can be seen below). This is not meant to embrace any instance of a nation towards another.

It delivers a message everybody can share, whichever their ideologies or political interests, and most of all ITF, Tennis Europe, Hall of Fame and all the Tennis Federations and Institutions that cherish our sport.

Here is a (non-exhaustive) list of possible uses of the symbol on the occasion of the Davis Cup matches and of the BJK Cup:

1.    Printed on a white t-shirt which may be worn by the tennis players while training, by the ball boys, the line judges and the umpires.

2.    On the t-shirt at the beginning of the team presentation ceremony.

3.    Represented by a ball boy choreography. A graphic reproduction may be featured in a dedicated space.

4.    Temporarily tattooed on the players’ arms or faces.

5.    Painted near the name of the cities hosting the event, always visible: the most effective message.

Ubitennis hopes that the symbol and any idea shall be taken into consideration.

Yours sincerely, 

 Ubaldo Scanagatta, Ubitennis founder and ITWA member

P.S. All organizations have been asked to forward this open letter to all their members (players, coaches and so on).






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(VIDEO) Ubaldo Scanagatta On A Week To Remember For Canada At The Davis Cup

The CEO of Ubitennis also shares his view about the format of the tournament and how he thinks it can be improved.

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MALAGA, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 27: Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals 2022 at Palacio de Deportes Jose Maria Martin Carpena on November 27, 2022 in Malaga, Spain. (Photo by Pedro Salado/ Quality Sport Images / Kosmos Tennis)

Canada has become the 16th nation to win the Davis Cup after producing a clinical performance against Australia in the final on Sunday. Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime both eased through their matches in straight sets to claim an historic victory for their country.

 

Watching the matches unfold from the sidelines was Ubitennis CEO Ubaldo Scanagatta who gives his verdict on events that has taken place in Malaga over the past week.

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Canada Says There Are No Clear Favorite To Win Davis Cup After Reaching Final Four 

After suffering a surprise opening defeat, Canada managed to find their footing to keep its chance of winning their first Davis Cup title alive in Malaga. 

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This year’s Davis Cup champions will be decided with the help of a ‘little bit of luck and execution,’ according to the captain of the Canadian team. 

 

Canada secured their place in the semi-finals on Thursday by edging their way past Germany 2-1 after battling back from behind. The tie began with a shock loss for Denis Shapovalov who fell 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(2), to Jan-Lennard Struff who is currently ranked more than 100 places lower than him in the ATP rankings. However, the North American nation managed to level the tie with the help of Felix Auger-Aliassime who beat Oscar Otte 7-6(1), 6-4. 

With all to play for, the tie was decided by a critical doubles match that saw Shapovalov return to the court alongside Vasek Pospisil. Their opponents were the formidable Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puertz who had an 8-0 record in Davis Cup matches when playing together and had clinched the winning point for their team on seven occasions. The German duo started the stronger before Shapovalov and Pospisil battled back to prevail 2-6, 6-3, 6-3. Sending Canada into the semi-finals of the Davis Cup for the first time since 2019. 

“Today (Thursday) was a perfect example of Davis Cup at its finest,” said Canadian captain Frank Dancevic. 
“It was amazing to watch. They showed so much heart going into the match. At the beginning of the match, it was tough to find the rhythm. But once they found the rhythm and once they got in the groove, they played lights out. They played amazing. Took control of the match.” He added.

Canada made their Davis Cup debut in 1913 but they are yet to win the title, finishing runners-up on two occasions. The last time they reached the final was three years ago when they were beaten by Spain in Madrid. 

Standing in their way of another place in the final this year is Italy who defeated the USA 2-1 in their quarter-final tie on Thursday. The other section of the draw will see Croatia take on Australia. Canada might be the only team in the quartet yet to win the trophy but Dencevic believes there is no clear favourite in this year’s tournament. 

“I don’t think right now everybody is playing incredible tennis, and there is so much that can happen in three matches with singles and doubles and there is so much diversity that I wouldn’t say there is a favourite team right now.” He said. 
“Out of the four teams, everybody is really good. We have to put ourselves in the position to win. Everybody’s going to be in the position to win. It’s just about who is going to execute at certain moments in the matches, and it will come down to a little bit of luck and a little bit of execution, but I think it’s very even throughout the field. We are all amazing teams going into the semis.”

Canada’s Semi-final clash with Italy will take place on Saturday. Croatia will play Australia later today. 

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Davis Cup Becomes Part Of ATP Calendar In New Partnership

The ATP and Kosmos have collaborated over the Davis Cup ensuring it’s place on the ATP calendar.

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In Tennis First, ATP Joins Kosmos And ITF To Form Strategic Alliance Supporting Davis Cup.

 

The 122-year-old Davis Cup will officially become part of the ATP calendar from 2023 following a historic agreement between two of the sports principle bodies.

The International Tennis Federation, who are the principal organizers of the team event, has reached an agreement with the competitions financial backers Kosmos and the ATP Tour to form a strategic alliance. The aim of the new partnership is to focus on the governance and the evolution of what is the oldest team competition of the sport.

Under the agreement, the ATP will occupy two out of the six seats of the newly formed Davis Cup events committee which also includes Kosmos, ITF, long term investors and promoters. In a press release issued on Monday, organizers say their collaboration is aimed to ‘maximize the success of the historic team competition as the men’s World Cup of Tennis.’

The Davis Cup will become officially part of the ATP Tour calendar from 2023. It will take place during weeks 5, 37 and 47. Similar to an agreement made with the Laver Cup a couple of years ago, there will be an increase in marketing the event among ATP channels.

The announcement also ensures that they are committed to giving players prize money for the finals, offering 15 million dollars to players competing in the Davis Cup Finals.

Speaking in the announcement ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi, ITF president David Haggerty and Kosmos Tennis CEO all were excited about this new collaboration:

“Our focus is always on creating the best possible experiences for our fans and players. Delivering compelling international team competitions that dovetail with the year-round calendar and continue to innovate is a vital part of that,” Gaudenzi said.

“This announcement heralds an important new alliance between the ITF, Kosmos and ATP which further strengthens the importance of team competition and Davis Cup’s unique role in elite men’s professional tennis,” Haggerty added.

“It is a very important agreement for all three parties and especially for the players. In the last three years, the format of the competition has been improved to reach a greater number of fans, generate a greater impact and facilitate the participation of the best players in the world. We look forward to seeing the event grow even further in the coming years,” Rojas commented.

The Davis Cup recorded it’s highest levels of participation in history last year with 137 teams competing in the competition.

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