One evening and one night under a tent, wake up at 6am, get queue card No. 473 to be among the lucky 500 who gain entry to Centre Court. Craze for the Temple of Tennis is Soaring - UBITENNIS
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One evening and one night under a tent, wake up at 6am, get queue card No. 473 to be among the lucky 500 who gain entry to Centre Court. Craze for the Temple of Tennis is Soaring



From left to right father and son Luca and Stefano Adami, Pier Patruno

Three Italian tennis fans flew to Wimbledon with no certainty but just equipped with an incredible determination to secure one of the 500 daily tickets for a seat on Centre Court where Djokovic is playing on the inaugural day and on court 14 to support fellow countryman Lorenzo Musetti against Juan Pablo Varillas


By Ubaldo Scanagatta

Three members of Tennis Club Biassono (Milan) took off from Orio al Serio, on a flight to London they had booked time ago. Just 60 euros each, to fulfil their dream of a first-time Wimbledon on the legendary Centre Court. And not on any day, but on the first Monday of the Championships. Tradition has it that Centre Court opens with the defending champion playing his first round. This year it was Novak Djokovic for the fourth consecutive time (in 2020 the tournament was not played). Against Argentinian Pedro Cachín. 

The three arrived in London on Sunday around noon. They immediately went to  a Decathlon shop, looking to buy a tent for the night. “We were lucky, we weren’t so sure we would find one…there were just one person tents”. £70 each. Then they went to Wimbledon Park where they joined the queuing up. After a couple of hours they were told by a steward that they were among the 500 lucky ones who could buy a ticket, just £80, for the Centre Court on Monday. Seats No. 472, 473, 474.

The three members of Tennis Club Biassono, Pier Patruno with Luca and Stefano Adami (father and son: I immortalized them in a photo), put up their tents, settled down quietly and after a snack went to sleep. The reported temperature was 12 degrees. Alarm set for 6am, then another queue, till the gates opened at 10 o’clock. They dashed to Court 14 to secure the seats to watch the match of Lorenzo Musetti. Sitting just four seats away from them were Filippo Volandri, Italian Davis Cup captain, and Ubitennis reporter, namely myself.  On the other side, just opposite us, Musetti’s coach Simone Tartarini, whom we interviewed at the end of the match, and former Italian tennis player Paolo Lorenzi.

Very close to us a group of Varillas supporters, including a cousin of Varillas, draped in a red and white Peruvian flag. We started chatting and he told me that Jaime Yzaga, the strongest Peruvian tennis player in history (if we don’t consider Alex Olmedo who won Wimbledon in 1959 but had acquired American citizenship) has founded a Tennis Academy in Lima and is a consultant for football team Alianza Lima that has won the last two championships. The most famous player is Pizarro, who has played in Bundesliga for Bayern and in Premier League for Chelsea. Yet he is not so popular in Peru. It seems there are two young Peruvian tennis prospects, who are expected to make a breakthrough quite shortly. I noted their names, Buse and Bueno.

We’ll see. But the winners of the day are Patruno and the two Adami. Almost heroic.

Translated by Kingsley Elliot Kaye


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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