Clay’s the way to go

A trio of ATP summer clay events are banding together to try and reschedule during the autumn if the COVID-19 virus conditions in Europe allow. Kitzbuhel in Austria, the Hamburg 500 tournament and the Swiss alpine outing in Gstaad are hoping for the best as all try to coordinate a rescheduling with borders between the trio of German-speaking nations due to re-open by June 15. Gstaad and Hamburg in July and Kitzbuhel in early August  are […]

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COVID-19 may crash Djokovic’s GOAT chances: Youzhny

The COVID-19 halt to tennis may spell the end of Novak Djokovic’s dream of topping the all-time table for Grand Slam titles, according to recently retired Mikhail Youzhny. The Russian who hung up his racquet at the end of 2018, now coaches Canadian Denis Shapovalov. The former player believes that the current tennis hiatus due to the worldwide health crisis might stall any further Djokovicsuccess for good. The world No. 1 Serb trails Roger Federer’s […]

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TV money talks as Roland Garros ponders fan-free edition

The lure of face-saving television rights payments may be enough to produce a fan-free French Open this autumn as officials try to dance around various COVID-19 complications, , Federation boss Bernard Giudicelli dropped a big hint at the weekend to the Journal du Dimanche, with the French clay classic going even farther in its own direction after unilaterally shifting tournament dates from May-June to September without warning. “We haven’t ruled out any option,” Giudicelli said. “There is […]

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Pique ‘pessimistic’ about Davis Cup in November

Davis Cup organiser Gerard Pique has admitted this year’s event may not go ahead as Europe battles to control the Covid-19 pandemic. Soccer star Pique’s company Kosmos has made a massive financial investment in the new format – thought to be as much as $3 billion, but he said today he was “pessimistic” about the chances of the event talking place later this year. “There is a lot of uncertainty, we try to be aware […]

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Djokovic cops flak for strange beliefs

After coming out against possible mandatory vaccination for ATP players once the COVID-19 pandemic is under control, Novak Djokovic is taking fire for his controversial belief that spirituality can overcome polluted drinking water. The 17-time Grand Slam winner and world No.1 who has for years been gluten-free is also a frequenter of a local Thai Buddhist temple during Wimbledon and has said he meditates under a favourite tree in Melbourne’s vast Botanical Gardens during the Australian Open. The […]

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