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The Ferrero Academy dedicates one of the courts to world number 2 Carlos Alcaraz



A tennis court was renamed “Court Alcaraz” during a ceremony at the Ferrero Academy. One of the special guests, who attended the ceremony, was world number 4 Jannik Sinner, who is currently training in Alicante (Spain) in preparation for the Australian Open. Alcaraz and Sinner are rivals on the tennis court, but they are good friends. Sinner was very pleased when Alcaraz was honoured and this shows the respect and friendship between them. 

Alcaraz started playing tennis at the Academy, where his father was the director, and started training at Ferrero’s Academy in 2018. Ferrero attended the court’s unveiling. The Spanish former coach won Roland Garros title and became world number 1 soon after Alcaraz was born in 2003. 

Ferrero will not travel to the Australian Open with Alcaraz, as he was recently operated with an arthroscopy on his knee. The Spanish coach will not be able to accompany Alcaraz on the tour until the Indian Wells Masters 1000. Samuel Lopez will travel to Australia. Antonio Martinez will accompany Alcaraz in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. 

Alcaraz won six ATP Tour titles at Wimbledon (Grand Slam), Indian Wells and Madrid (ATP Masters 1000), Barcelona and Queen’s (ATP 500) and Buenos Aires (ATP 250). Alcaraz beat seven-time champion Novak Djokovic in five sets in the Wimbledon final to claim his second Grand Slam singles title, becoming the third Spanish player to win the Wimbledon title after Manolo Santana (1966) and Rafael Nadal (2008 and 2010). 

Alcaraz won his third Masters 1000 title in Indian Wells, breaking Danil Medvedev’s 19-match winning streak, and becoming the first player to win the tournament without dropping a set since Roger Federer in 2017. During the European clay season Alcaraz beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final in Barcelona defending his title without dropping a set. The Spaniard won his tenth career title at the Madrid Mutua Open, defeating German lucky loser Jan Lennard Struff. 

Alcaraz beat Alex De Minaur in the Queen’s final claiming his first title on grass in his third tournament over this surface. At Wimbledon Alcaraz beat Novak Djokovic 1-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-1 3-6 6-4 in an epic five-set final becoming the second player after Andy Murray to beat Djokovic in a Wimbledon final and the fifth player in the Open Era to win multiple major titles before turning 21. 

The Spanish star will be looking to make to start the 2024 season on a high note after missing out on the early part of the 2023 season to an injury. 

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Casper Ruud Overcomes ‘Tough Start’ To Set De Minaur Final In Acapulco

Casper Ruud is into his first ATP 500 final after defeating Holger Rune in three sets.



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Casper Ruud is into his second consecutive final in Mexico after defeating Holger Rune 3-6 6-3 6-4 in Acapulco.

The Norwegian had to overcome an electric start from Rune to prevail in 2 hours and 24 minutes.

It was a clinical performance from Ruud who is now into his second consecutive final in Mexico after reaching the final in Los Cabos last week.

Speaking after the match Ruud admitted it was a tough start but he’s pleased to be in another final, “It was a tough start,” Ruud told the ATP website.

“Holger just came out firing bullets from the forehand, from the backhand and I had not too much time to play my game. I was frustrated at times, especially at the end of the first set, beginning of the second.

“I didn’t really feel like I got to play any points how I wanted to, so there was some frustration towards myself, towards my box, because I didn’t feel like we were doing the right thing.

“But luckily with one break in the second, it turned around a bit and in the third set it got a little physical. I think maybe Holger seemed like he was struggling a little bit and started firing even more and a couple of games it went in and he broke me, which is frustrating.

“Some unforced errors crept up on him and I served really well in the last game to close it out.”

Ruud is now into his first ATP 500 final in Acapulco where he will face defending champion Alex De Minaur.

De Minaur overcame Jack Draper after the Brit retired at 4-0 down in the deciding set.

Heading into Saturday’s final, De Minaur leads the head-to-head 1-0 although that was in a completely different scoring format in the Next Gen Finals.

Whatever happens on Saturday, Ruud will return to the world’s top ten.

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Andrey Rublev Disqualified In Dramatic Dubai Semi-Final

Andrey Rublev was disqualified from his semi-final in Dubai.



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Andrey Rublev was disqualified from his semi-final with Alexander Bublik after being accused of swearing in Russian.

The event took place in Dubai where Rublev had more than enough opportunities to win the match having been 4-2 40-0 up in the deciding set.

However Bublik came back into the match as he caught up with Rublev in what was turning into a fascinating contest.

The score was at 6-5 Bublik when Rublev’s frustrations boiled over when he allegedly told the official at the side of the court that he was a ‘f****** moron’ in Russian.

One of the officials on the sidelines at the side of the court reported the incident and the supervisor ruled that Rublev should be defaulted.

The incident below means that Rublev will now lose all his ranking points and prize money, resulting in Rublev exiting the world’s top five.

An ending that didn’t warrant the dramatic contest and after the match Bublik agreed that the consequences, “I highly doubt Andrey said something crazy,” Bublik was quoted by Sports Illustrated.

“He’s not this kind of guy. But I guess that’s the rules. That’s what they did, they just follow the procedure.”

Bublik will hope for a smoother finish to the final when he takes on Ugo Humbert for the title.

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Andy Murray Makes Retirement Hint After 500th Hard Court Win In Dubai

Andy Murray won his 500th hard court match in Dubai, placing him fifth on the all-time list.



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Andy Murray further hinted at retirement after securing a 500th hard court win of his career in Dubai.

The former world number one picked up his second win of the year with a 4-6 7-6(5) 6-3 victory over Denis Shapovalov.

In typical Andy Murray fashion, the Brit came back from a set down to defeat the out-of-sorts Canadian as he progressed to the second round.

The win means Murray now has 500 career wins on a hard court and that is an achievement the world number 67 is proud of, “It’s not bad,” Murray told the ATP website as he sits fifth on the all-time list of hard court wins.

“Obviously hard court has been a great surface for me over the years and 500 is a lot of matches so I’m very proud of that. There are not many players that have done that, so great to get to 500 before I’m done.”

However those post-match comments weren’t the most shocking ones as Murray once again hinted at retirement this season.

The Brit has made subtle remarks that this year may be his last one but Murray’s comments today suggests that he may have already made his decision, “I probably don’t have too long left but I’ll do as best as I can these last few months,” Murray was quoted by ESPN as saying.

“I still love competing and still love the game but it gets harder and harder to compete the older you get, to keep your body fit and fresh.”

If the end is near for Murray than the Brit will look to end his career on a high for the next few months.

Before thinking about retirement Murray will look to go further in Dubai when he takes on either Ugo Humbert or Gael Monfils in the second round.

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