Oct 17, 2017

WTA Future stars attracts largest field of junior tennis players from Asia-Pacific

In its fourth edition, the 2017 WTA Future Stars initiative hits a new high with 48 qualifiers representing 21 countries across the Asia-Pacific, all gathering in Singapore to play against each other from October 17-22. Each country sends two representatives, one each in the U14 and U16 categories, with host city Singapore represented by nine participants this year.

Held in conjunction with the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, the WTA Future Stars features the best of the U14 and U16 junior players from the region who will compete in Singapore at the Kallang Tennis Center. The champion matches will be played under the bright lights of the WTA Finals Center Court at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. If you're exploring tennis betting for WTA Finals, do follow up on the performances of the women players in Singapore during this period.

The WTA Future Stars platform was developed to showcase the best of Asia-Pacific’s next stars, and began with just 12 countries and 24 players in its first year. Since its inception in 2014, Singapore has welcomed more than 150 WTA Future Stars participants to compete against each other and alongside activities to breed friendship and encourage sportsmanship.

Singapore U14 and U16 Future Stars with WTA Future Stars Tournament Director, Donna Kelso and Singapore Tennis Association's President, Mr Nicholas Lim Han Kong (Source: WTA)

Participation has continued to grow year-on-year, with new countries signing up, and more players from the region continuing to build on the quality of the competition. Kazakhstan will be represented for the first time while Cambodia and Laos return after a one-year absence.

To build on the momentum, a new partnership was also formed with Eleven Sports, which delivers world-class international and domestic sports and lifestyle entertainment. Tennis fans will be able to watch the progress of the WTA Future Stars through exclusive content from behind-the-scenes access with these junior players to match highlights on the Eleven Sports platforms both in Singapore and in Chinese-Taipei.

This year, the WTA Future Stars will also be participating in the inaugural WTA Charities Community Day held on Saturday, October 21. In a clinic led by former British Fed Cup Captain Judy Murray, the WTA Future Stars will be joined by children from SportCares and the Tennis For Every Child program by SC Global, as well as members of the wheelchair tennis club in Singapore.

Winners of the WTA Future Stars tournament will receive their trophies from WTA Legends Yayuk Basuki from Indonesia and Tamarine Tanasugarn from Thailand, who have been involved in the initiative since 2016. They will be joined this year by newly-appointed WTA Finals Legend Ambassador Lindsay Davenport, who will be in Singapore and meeting with the WTA Future Stars for the first time, through a Q&A session with the young girls.

In addition, WTA Legend Martina Navratilova will be presenting the Li Na Inspiration Award to two WTA Future Stars who embody the spirit of the game both on and off the court, as well as qualities that made Li Na well-loved with fans, players and sponsors throughout her career. (Refer to Appendix A for more details)

Tanasugarn, WTA Legend and former World No.19, who hosted a tennis clinic in Bangkok as part of the WTA Future Stars regional grassroots outreach, “The WTA Future Stars is an amazing initiative by the WTA to not just introduce the sport to more young children in the region, but also to encourage those who are already playing to continue on their journey. I am very pleased to be involved in the program again and I hope we can continue to see more great talent emerge from this region.”

Oct 14, 2017

Singapore gears up for the tennis and lifestyle event of the year

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With just 10 days to go before the start of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, the tennis fever has hit the city with a slew of entertainment and lifestyle activities happening alongside the on-court action at the crown jewel event of the WTA calendar.

The Porsche Race to Singapore is set to culminate in a world-class display of tennis action by the world’s greatest singles players and doubles teams at 2017 WTA Finals. With the recent addition of Caroline Garcia, who displayed her dominance at the Asian Swing, fans can get ready for a real treat with the line-up filled with formidable young players like Grand Slam champions Jelena Ostapenko and Garbiñe Muguruza, newly crowned WTA World No. 1 Simona Halep and veteran superstars like Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki who have rallied through a resurgent season.

“The Porsche Race to Singapore has been a showcase of unbelievable performances throughout the year, with thrilling twists and turns. We are excited for the arrival of the world’s greatest in women’s tennis again in Singapore, and are looking forward to the grand finale of what has been a highly competitive season,” shared Melissa Pine, Vice-President of WTA Asia-Pacific and Tournament Director of the WTA Finals.

Whilst the world’s greatest women tennis players battle it out at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, tennis fever will extend across the island and public can look forward to meet some of women’s tennis greatest legends like Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Kim Clijsters and more in various community activities.

Tennis at the heart of the city

From 20 to 29 October, Courtside@CHIJMES, a family-friendly carnival will serve up a variety of activities including tennis-themed games, a health and sustainability fair, guilt-free food market, mass Zumba work-out, watercolour and brush calligraphy, as well as gardening and leather crafting workshops. Visitors can also enjoy art and light installations including an APP-commissioned interactive art piece titled “Glimpse” by local multi-disciplinary artist Yang, which dispenses DIY planting kits made from recycled tennis balls when activated. On 24 October, tennis fans can get up-close to their favourite doubles players as they determine their match-up’s at the Doubles Draw Ceremony.

Throughout the week, WTA Finals 2017 ticket-holders can enjoy special F&B perks of up to 50% when they dine at CHIJMES and travel conveniently between the Singapore Sports Hub and CHIJMES with complimentary shuttle services, during the tournament.

Aside from CHIJMES, Adrift at Marina Bay Sands - the Official Bar of the WTA Finals - will be serving up a specially-curated menu of eight tennis-themed cocktails such as the Gin Spin, Lawn Dart, Garden Margarita and different variations of Pimm’s. WTA Finals ticket-holders looking to catch a pre- or post-match drink can enjoy 1:1 promotions and discounts on the bespoke drinks menu. Tennis fans can also watch an exclusive screening of the Singles Draw Ceremony while sipping their drinks at the bar on 20 October.

Sports and tennis professionals will also benefit from the stellar line up at the Tennis Coaches Conference on 23 October at the Conrad Centennial Hotel. Headlining the conference are former WTA World No. 1 Lindsay Davenport and Judy Murray, a trailblazer in grassroots tennis development and mother of Grand-Slam winning sons, Jamie and Andy Murray.

The best of sport, lifestyle and entertainment at the hub

The Singapore Sports Hub, epicentre of the tennis action, will also be abuzz with a mix of sport, lifestyle and entertainment activities suitable for all.

Kickstarting the week on a high is a one-stop, Asia-exclusive performance by the best-selling boyband of all time, the Backstreet Boys, on 21 October at the National Stadium. Fans can rock to their favourite tunes at the highly-anticipated concert, held in conjunction with the WTA Finals.

At the Fan Village located at OCBC Square, visitors can strengthen their skills with a virtual game of tennis, strike a pose for tennis-themed photographs and win exclusive prizes across the multiple activities. A custom lettering service starting from just S$2 is also available for those looking to customise their tennis memorabilia. Beyond the tennis, visitors can also take part in perfumery, henna design and ceramic potmaking classes.

Fans will also have opportunities to rub shoulders with their favourite tennis stars and legends as they make their appearances at various parts of the tennis hub. Budding tennis stars can develop their A game, picking up tips as they watch the greats practise at the free-to-enter Player Practice Sessions taking place 21, 22 and 28 October at the OCBC Arena.

For a holistic tennis experience, fans can join the Singapore Tennis Festival Experience Tour by ActiveSG, taking place at the Sports Hub from 22-29 October. Beyond watching the stars in action, fans will take part in in a wide variety of tennis games, challenges, try-outs and workouts, and play tennis with Team Singapore athletes. Participants will also get a limited edition tour pack and a lucky draw chance to win a trip to a Grand Slam next year.

At the Racquet Club, the premium hospitality experience, guests will catch their favourite tennis stars and legends up close and personal at meet-and-greet sessions at dedicated suites, all while enjoying access to the best seats in the house, a premium dining experience and free flow of wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages for a definitive tournament experience.

“Our focus for the WTA Finals has always been to provide a quality, world-class sporting and lifestyle event that not only caters to tennis fans, but also people with different interests,” shared Sarah Clements, VicePresident of Tennis – Asia at Lagardère Sports.

“This year, through an expanded programme that extends beyond the court and into to the heart of the city, we hope to create meaningful touchpoints to engage and excite our audiences. With a solid tournament lineup, a curated and complementary catalogue of lifestyle and entertainment activities at Courtside@CHIJMES and Fan Village, and an effort to drive an elevated experience through the Racquet Club and other event-goer perks, there is something for everyone to create an unforgettable time at this year’s event”.

The website is a one-stop centre for fans to get tickets, win opportunities to enhance your event experience and learn about all things tournament-related, from the rules of the game, to inside scoops, as well as the latest from leading players as they journey on the qualification route to Singapore.

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Oct 10, 2017

Team Europe reunited for a dinner together in Shanghai

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal together with their Laver Cup Team Europe mates and captain were pictured together having dinner in Shanghai this week. The picture was shared by Marin Cilic in his Instagram account.

Federer and Nadal who share one of the most intense rivalries in tennis history are obviously became teammates for the first time and they were even paired up as doubles partners at the inaugural Laver Cup.

Team Europe which was also featuring Dominic Thiem, Marin Cilic, Tomas Berdych, Alexander Zverev and captain Bjorn Borg took the championship after thrashing Team World 15-9 in Prague.

The victorious team, unfortunately without Berdych, was reunited on Monday as the dined together ahead of the Shanghai Masters.

If you're a big fan of online betting for ATP tennis matches, do follow up on the performances of the players in the Shanghai Masters during this period.

Source: Laver Cup website

Zverev who sat next to Nadal, also posted a similar group photo on Instagram with the caption: "Awesome dinner back with my #teameurope teammates".

Federer reposted the picture, alongside the words: "We all missed the Laver Cup so much that we had to have a reunion in Shanghai... Tomas Berdych we saved you a seat!"

Berdych exited the China Open in the last 16 courtesy of a shock defeat at the hands of Andrey Rublev. Nadal has better luck, beating Nick Kyrgios on last Sunday's final in Beijing.

Federer, meanwhile, did not enter the ATP 500 tournament, instead opting to save himself for this week's ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament.

What makes Nadal the favourite among fans and in tennis betting?

Source: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images AsiaPac)

In every sport, those involved purely as fans and those who spend hours studying form to bet professionally spend plenty of time discussing the topic of “greatest ever.” For the former group, it is often a mixture of head and heart that informs the argument, while those falling into the latter category are likely to have figures and statistics to support their view.

Yet while those who are into motor racing discuss Schumacher and Fangio, or cricket followers try to decide between Tendulkar and Bradman, for the tennis connoisseur, this is a golden era. Not only are the two greatest players contemporaries of one another, they are both playing right now. While F1 fans can only theorise about whether Fangio would have been faster than Schumacher, we have the honour of seeing Federer and Nadal duke it out time and again. In fact, they have played each other professionally almost 40 times. No wonder Fedal is one of the most hotly disputed sporting rivalries ever.

Who’s the greatest?

Some point to Federer’s greater number of grand slam wins as evidence that he is the greatest until such time as Nadal can prove otherwise. There are two flaws with this argument. The first is that at 36, does Federer really have any more grand slams in him? Nadal, on the other hand, is five years Federer’s junior, and needs just three more wins to draw level.

The other factor to consider is that Nadal has won 23 of their 37 encounters, which makes it difficult for anyone to argue that Federer is the greater of the two.

Where to place your bet

Whether Federer’s star finally on the wane, or he can still prove himself against Nadal is the burning question, and one that can be explored by examining the bookmakers’ view on the numerous online sports betting sites. In recent years, tennis betting has become increasingly popular, thanks mostly to the rise of smartphone apps and online services. As well as providing an opportunity to win some money, a look at the odds also gives a great form guide for tennis fans.

With the Shanghai Masters getting underway, there is little surprise that the bookmakers see it as a two horse race between the two giants, and they have it too close to call. Both are around the 2/1 mark, with some offering Federer as favourite and others Nadal.

Many happy returns

If the betting odds cannot choose between them, is there other data we can call upon to differentiate between the game’s two top players? One statistic that stands out is the return of serve. There can be few tougher challenges in sport – statistically, you will miss more first serves than you return.

Most professionals in the men’s game have a return rate of around 33 percent – Federer’s is slightly below average at 32.5 percent. Nadal, however, stands head and shoulders above the rest with a return rate of 35.2 percent.

In the average match, a player will face around 150 first serves. According to those statistics, Nadal will successfully return four more than Federer per game. And it is small edges like this that can ultimately contribute to him being recognised as the best of all time.

Oct 3, 2017

Thinking of betting on tennis matches - facts you should know

Counted amongst the purest betting sports throughout the world, tennis is actively bet on by a great multitude of punters throughout the world. Considering there are hardly any external influences on players’ performance, and the contest is always one on one, you can effectively pick a winner based on heaps of unbiased data gathered from the previous matches. Tennis betting tips from various off-line and online platforms can come in pretty handy too. Let’s take you through some important facts you should be aware of if you’re starting out with tennis betting

The draw
You must pay close attention to the draw if you are planning to place an outright bet on a tennis tournament. You should know who all might fall in the path of the player you’re backing to go all the way till the end. How has that player fared against those opponents in the past? Although you may most likely back one of the top seeds to win, but if that player is expected to take on Federer, Murray, Nadal or Djokovic en route to the final, chances are your bet may not pay off.

Current form
Current form is another important aspect you must pay heed to. Before backing any player, you must see how he/she has been performing in other tournaments that year. Ample consideration would also need to be given to the playing surface. Remember, some players play particularly well on certain services. For instance, you can never rule out Nadal at French Open even if he has had a bad run in the previous tournaments in a given year.

Head to head statistics
Although head to head data is important, you must put it into context before placing any bets. Recent encounters between two players on the same surface holds much more value than historic matches played between them on different courts. Furthermore, there are plenty of subtle stats you should pay attention to before backing anyone. For instance, some players are good at handling big servers compared to the others, while some don’t fare very well against players that have a high first-serve return percentage. It’s important to be very thorough when you’re placing such bets.

This is another important aspect which comes into play in the best of five tennis matches. Although the tennis players nowadays take great care of their fitness levels, even the best may have a hard time maintaining top form if they were involved in a five-hour long five set match the day before. Furthermore, some players have a tendency of retiring early in small events, especially if they are nursing some injury. Others like Sam Querrey or Roger Federer like fighting their way till the end, no matter what. Please note, neither of these players have ever retired hurt from a match.

In addition, retirements are far less common when it comes to Grand Slams, however, fitness levels and injuries can indeed play a major role, as has been seen in the past.

Sep 6, 2017

US Open 2017: Carreno Busta makes first major semifinal; Federer, del Potro and Nadal aim for semis

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Pablo Carreno Busta reached his first career major semifinal after beating no. 29 Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

Earlier, he beat up-and-coming Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov in three tiebreakers in the fourth round.

Carreno Busta will face no. 28 Kevin Anderson of South Africa, who got past no. 17 Sam Querrey of the US 7-6 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-3, 7-6 (7) in a match that ended shortly before 2 am on Wednesday.

Carreno Busta had quite a smooth path to the quarterfinals, becoming the first man to face four qualifiers in a Grand Slam tournament during the Open era, which started in 1968. He didn't drop a single set against any of those opponents and stayed perfect against Schwartzman while appearing in his second major quarterfinal.

Carreno Busta and Anderson each advanced to the final four at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time. Do check out the online tennis betting odds leading towards the exciting semifinal matches.

Meanwhile, Roger Federer will take on Juan Martin del Potro in the US Open last eight after the Argentine's incredible fourth-round victory.

Del Potro who is the 24th seed came back from two sets down to beat Austrian sixth seed Dominic Thiem in five thrilling sets.


He will face third seed Federer in a rematch of the 2009 final, won by Del Potro.

Del Potro who had battled four wrist surgeries is hoping that a massage and a day's rest will be enough to restore his energy in time to face an increasingly in-form Federer.

The Argentine said "we cannot do magic" after battling through illness to beat Thiem in an extraordinary quarterfinal match.

It is already eight years since Del Potro stunned then five-time defending champion Federer in the final at Flushing Meadows to win his only major title to date.

Rafael Nadal will also be featured in the quarterfinals against Russian teenager Andrey Rublev who knocked out Belgian ninth seed David Goffin.

Now head over to Caulfield Cup Betting for a great experience in online betting.

Aug 25, 2017

Laver Cup: Teams announced in New York City


Rod Laver was joined by Roger Federer, John McEnroe, Marin Cilic, Tomas Berdych and Denis Shapovalov in the heart of New York City recently to announce the captain’s picks for the inaugural Laver Cup.

This year, the Laver Cup will be held at the O2 arena Prague from 22-24 September. It will be played in the USA in 2018.

Alexander Zverev, the world no.7 becomes the fifth top 10 player for Team Europe, joining Rafael Nadal, Federer, Cilic and Dominic Thiem. Berdych will also represent the European team at the O2 arena.


Meanwhile, Juan Martin del Potro and Denis Shapovalov were confirmed as the captain’s picks John McEnroe’s Team World.

To find out the performance of the players prior to the Laver Cup, you're advised to follow the online tennis betting odds especially leading towards the US Open to be held from 28 August to 10 September.

“The last member of Team Europe is going to be picked by Bjorn Borg as a captain’s pick is going to be Alexander Zverev,” Federer announced during the press conference at the JPMorgan Chase center.

“We are very excited about, because he’s had a wonderful year. It’s great news. We were very excited when we heard it."

Meanwhile, Team World’s captain John McEnroe said he was not ‘turning up to Prague to lose,’ and was excited to welcome Shapovalov and Del Potro into his team.

“I think this young man is going to be a great, great player in the future,” McEnroe referred to Shapovalov. “He’s a Canadian, but we won’t hold that against him. He’s also a left-hander, like Mr. Rod Laver and myself.”

McEnroe described Del Potro as a ‘tremendous young man, a little bit older and a veteran and a winner.’

Shapovalov is competing in the qualifying event of the US Open and joined the event in New York on his day off.

“It’s truly an honor to be sitting with past champions and present champions like yourselves, and, you know, I’m very happy to be here with all you guys.”

Federer, winner of 19 Grand Slam titles and two this year (the Australian Open and Wimbledon), said he could not wait to join with Rafael Nadal on Team Europe.

“For us to spend sort of a week together on the same team and, you know, exchanging ideas of how we could win the Laver Cup over the weekend, I think it’s going to be really highly entertaining for both of us.”

Players and captains alike paid tribute to Rod Laver, winner of the Grand Slam in 1962 and 1969, who the Laver Cup is named after.

McEnroe described Laver as his idol growing up and the perfect choice to be honored at this new and hyped event.

“We are looking to do something big here along the lines of the Ryder Cup in golf, and I think this is a magnificent way to try to get this going. It couldn’t be a better man to represent what we are trying to do here.”

Now head over to Geelung Cup Betting for a great online betting experience.

Aug 23, 2017

Advanced review copy of the new memoir from Maria Sharapova UNSTOPPABLE

We're super excited about the new memoir from Maria Sharapova which is scheduled to be released on 12 September. Thanks to Press Box Publicity, we would like to share the advanced review of the memoir while counting down to the release date.



From Maria Sharapova, one of our fiercest female athletes, the captivating—and candid—story of her rise from nowhere to tennis stardom, and the unending fight to stay on top.

In 2004, in a stunning upset against the two-time defending champion Serena Williams, seventeen-year-old Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon, becoming an overnight sensation. Out of virtual anonymity, she launched herself onto the international stage. “Maria Mania” was born. Sharapova became a name and face recognizable worldwide. Her success would last: she went on to hold the number-one WTA ranking multiple times, to win four more Grand Slam tournaments, and to become one of the highest-grossing female athletes in the world.

And then—at perhaps the peak of her career—Sharapova came up against the toughest challenge yet: during the 2016 Australian Open, she was charged by the ITF with taking the banned substance meldonium, only recently added to the ITF’s list. The resulting suspension would keep her off the professional courts for fifteen months—a frighteningly long time for any athlete. The media suggested it might be fateful.

But Sharapova’s career has always been driven by her determination and by her dedication to hard work. Her story doesn’t begin with the 2004 Wimbledon championship, but years before, in a small Russian town, where as a five-year-old she played on drab neighborhood courts with precocious concentration. It begins when her father, convinced his daughter could be a star, risked everything to get them to Florida, that sacred land of tennis academies. It begins when the two arrived with only seven hundred dollars and knowing only a few words of English. From that, Sharapova scraped together one of the most influential sports careers in history.

Here, for the first time, is the whole story, and in her own words. Sharapova’s is an unforgettable saga of dedication and fortune. She brings us inside her pivotal matches and illuminates the relationships that have shaped her—with coaches, best friends, boyfriends, and Yuri, her coach, manager, father, and most dedicated fan, describing with honesty and affection their oft-scrutinized relationship. She writes frankly about the suspension. As Sharapova returns to the professional circuit, one thing is clear: the ambition to win that drove her from the public courts of Russia to the manicured lawns of Wimbledon has not diminished.

Sharapova’s Unstoppable is a powerful memoir, resonant in its depiction of the will to win—whatever the odds.


My Life So Far
by Maria Sharapova
(Sarah Crichton Books | Farrar, Straus and Giroux;
Sept. 12, 2017; 978-0-374-27979-0; $28.00)

“Professional tennis celebrity Sharapova relates her remarkable immigration saga and writes candidly about her career, family, and personal life . . . For tennis players and fans, the memoir is filled with solid insights about on-the-court strategy and off-the-court psychology. ‘I can get fancy and sweet about it,’ she writes, ‘but at bottom my motivation is simple: I want to beat everyone . . Ribbons and trophies get old, but losing lasts.’ For readers with no interest in tennis, the author delivers an impressive immigration tale, an inspiring coming-of-age narrative, and a host of useful advice on navigating celebrity culture. Sharapova demonstrates consistent dedication and impressive wisdom for her age.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“In this insightful memoir, 30-year-old tennis star Sharapova details her life from her earliest memories to the present day . . . Sharapova’s eloquent self-awareness provides a rare glimpse into the disorienting push and pull of a famous athlete’s life.”
—Publishers Weekly

“The heart of the book tells the story of an immigrant father and his seven-year-old daughter who travel from Russia to the U.S. with little in their pockets but a clear vision: for Maria to become the world’s best tennis player . . . Unstoppable is an inspiring memoir about coming-of-age within the elite tennis community and a tribute to the unconditional support from families and coaches who make success possible. Sure to satisfy longtime fans of women’s tennis.”

Author Events
New York, NY—Sept. 12—signing at Barnes & Noble Fifth Avenue—12:30 pm
New York, NY—Sept. 13—92nd Street Y—in conversation with Katie Couric—7:30 pm
Los Angeles, CA—Sept. 15—signing at Barnes & Noble The Grove at Farmers Market—7:00 pm

Aug 12, 2017

Denis Shapovalov shocked Rafael Nadal in Montreal as Andy Murray clings on to world no.1 spot

Source: USA Today Sports

Andy Murray will remain as the world's no.1 for another week after 18-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov stunned Rafael Nadal at the Rogers Cup.

"It's what I dreamed of all my life growing up, playing guys like Rafa (Nadal), Roger (Federer), Andy (Murray)," said Shapovalov. "You know, my dream came true today."

The victory put him into the quarterfinal against France's Adrian Mannarino, who beat Hyeon Chung. It was considered one of the biggest wins in Canadian tennis history and it came at the tournament that some still call the Canadian Open. Do check out the online tennis betting odds leading towards the exciting weekend matches.

Source: Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images North America

Shapovalov became the youngest player to reach the tournament's quarterfinals since Bjorn Borg in 1974. He also became the youngest quarterfinalist at a Masters Series tournament ever and is the youngest to beat a player ranked in the top two in the world since Nadal beat Federer in 2004 in Miami. For more online tennis betting odds for Shapovalov and other players' upcoming tennis matches, do check out Online Betting NZ.

Shapovalov will reach his goal of moving into the top 100 in the world next week that saw him save four match points in a first round win over Rogerio Dutra Silva, then went on to beat 2009 US Open winner Juan Martin Del Potro in the second round before defeated Nadal.

Nadal, who could have claimed the No. 1 ranking if he had reached the semifinals this week, said it was the worst match he played all year, but he had kind words for Shapovalov.

"He played well," the Spaniard said. "He has a great potential."

"I wish him the best. He has everything to become a great player. He played with the right determination in the important moments."

Nadal will have a chance to overtake Murray in the rankings after next week's Cincinnati Masters, but faces a challenge from Roger Federer, who could prevent the Nadal from reaching the top spot for the first time since 2014.

Aug 1, 2017

Juan Carlos Ferrero joins Alexander Zverev's team as new coach


Former world no.1 Juan Carlos Ferrero is now part of the technical team of German no.1 Alexander Zverev. They have started working together since mid July in the United States and will officially kick off their first tournament this week at the ATP 500 Citi Open in Washington.

The 20 year-old Zverev has a promising future in the ATP tournament because of his achievement this season, reaching his best position after winning 3 titles at the ATP Montpellier, ATP Munich and Master 1000 Rome. He's currently world's no. 8, his best ranking so far. Do take a look at the betting odds for the tennis matches played by Zverev in the North America hardcourt swing leading to the US Open.

Ferrero, a French Open champ in 2003 and one of the best Spanish tennis players, is very excited about this new project. He commented, "Zverev is a different player, he is champion material. It is a new challenge that makes me happy so I want to do my best". For more online tennis betting odds for Zverev and other players' upcoming tennis matches, do check out Betting Sites Australia.


“He told me that maybe he wants to work a little bit with me because I have the experience to be there on the top and I have the experience to win Grand Slams,” Ferrero exclusively told recently.

The 37 year-old Spaniard runs his own academy at the JC Ferrero Equelite Sport Academy, in Alicante, Spain, and is married with two young children.

Ferrero said, "His attitude on the court sometimes is up and down. [He needs to] stay more on the regular line. He's young and he has to grow up, and he has to control his emotions on the court, but day by day."

Currently Zverev leads the Emirates ATP Race To Milan and is in sixth place in the Emirates ATP Race To London.

Jul 28, 2017

Multi-talented Artist Sofia Carson, musical sensation Alex Aiono and five-time US Open Champion Roger Federer Headline Arthur Ashe Kids' Day

Marin Cilic , NJTL winner Elizabeth Scotty, Roger Federer, Shaun T, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal
Source: Huffington Post

World No. 3 and five-time US Open champion Roger Federer will once again be participating in this year's Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day. Federer has committed to take part in the star-studded event, which will be held Saturday, Aug. 26, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Federer will take part alongside other top tennis players during the show. Players who have participated in past Kids’ Days include Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, etc. While being entertained by their showcase prior to the US Open, it's also a good idea to check out the betting odds for the tennis matches for the fourth Grand Slam tournament of the year.

Beside the tennis starts, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) also announced a star-studded lineup for the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, which is powered by Net Generation. The stadium show will feature live performances from Sofia Carson, star of Disney’s Descendants franchise, and global pop sensations Jack & Jack, along with singer-songwriter-musician Alex Aiono, and UK boy band New Hope Club. In addition to performing their hit singles, Sofia Carson and Alex Aiono will serve as co-hosts for this year’s show, which takes place Saturday, August 26th at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York. The festival of tennis, music and fun honors the legacy of legendary pioneer Arthur Ashe and serves as the start of the 2017 US Open, which runs from August 28th – September 10th.

Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day will be the official launch of  Net Generation, the USTA's new approach to inspire the next generation of tennis players. For the first time, American tennis will have one unified youth brand for kids to get into the sports. Embracing all aspects of youth play for kids aged 5-18, the objective of Net Generation is to provide a kid-friendly, safe connection to the sport, while also serving as a platform to celebrate individuality and self-expression. Net Generation will make it easier for kids and their parents to learn about tennis and get into the game in schools, parks and tennis clubs across the country.

For more than two decades, Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day has been a launching ground and showcase for artists such as Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Rihanna, Jonas Brothers, Fifth Harmony, Ne-Yo, Demi Lovato, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys and more.

Jul 24, 2017

Garbine Muguruza, Roger Federer claim Wimbledon Championships

Muguruza looks stunning in an elegant white dress as she attended the Wimbledon Champions' Dinner
Source: Press Association

After claiming the titles on grass during the weekend, Wimbledon champions Garbine Muguruza and Roger Federer swapped their tennis whites for glamorous evening wear as they arrived at the Champions' Dinner. The event, which marks the end of the tournament, took place at the Guildhall, London.

Muguruza, 23, who lost at the Wimbledon final to Serena Williams two years ago, came back to beat Venus Williams to win her second Grand Slam title.

Meanwhile, Federer beat Croatian Maran Cilic in straight sets in a emotional final due to the latter's blister that caused him a meltdown. To find out Muguruza and Federer's chance of winning in the upcoming tournaments, check out CrownBet tennis odds.

Federer and Mirka at the Champion' Dinner in London
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It is Federer's eighth Wimbledon title and the win makes him the oldest men’s champion in the Open era and the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1976 to sweep through the draw without dropping a set. Federer won another Grand Slam title earlier this year at the Australian Open.

As for Muguruza, she's the only second Spanish woman to win the Wimbledon singles title and the first since her coach Conchita Martinez triumphed back in 1994. Muguruza's mother is from Venezuela and her father is from Spain. She was born in Venezuela but moved to Spain when she was six and retains dual nationality but her current residency is listed by the women's tour as Geneva, Switzerland. In 2014, she decided to play for Spain. Muguruza joins Victoria Azarenka, Angelique Kerber, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Petra Kvitova among the active female players on two Grand Slam singles titles. Only Serena Williams and Venus Williams, with 23 and seven respectively, and Maria Sharapova on five, have more.

In the latest ranking updates, Muguruza is currently world's no. 5 while Federer is at no.3.

Jul 15, 2017

Venus Williams and Garbine Muguruza In Wimbledon Final

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Even with the absence of Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, Wimbledon women's singles spotlight still shine with Venus Williams and Garbine Muguruza in the final.

Williams, 37, who is a winner of seven major tennis tournaments managed to beat Britain's top female player Johanna Konta to guarantee a place for her ninth Wimbledon final. The American will be seeking a whooping sixth Wimbledon singles title and her first since 2008, when she defeated her younger sister, Serena. A year later, she lost the final to Serena.

It has been a tough two weeks for Williams who came into the tournament after involving in a fatal car crash incident, which eventually saw new evidences that pointed out she had drove lawfully.

Williams who is currently world's no. 11 will play no. 15 Garbine Muguruza of Spain, who cruised into her second Wimbledon final by ousting Magdalena Rybarikova, 6-1, 6-1, in slightly more than an hour.

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Muguruza, the French Open champion last year, reached the final at Wimbledon in 2015, when she lost to Serena Williams in straight sets. At this point of time, Muguruza could be playing her best tennis and on top of her game. She has lost only one set in the tournament, and that was during her upset match of the world's no. 1, Angelique Kerber, in the fourth round. She was back in the game after that and dismissed Svetlana Kuznetsova in straight sets in the quarterfinals.

Both Williams and Muguruza will go into the final with a 3-1 head-to-head with them. In their last encounter, Muguruza defeated Williams in three sets in their quarterfinal match in Rome, Italy. The rest of the previous matches were on hardcourts with the last one in Wuhan final back in 2015. Williams certainly comes in with an advantage playing at Wimbledon final but Muguruza has already sent out an early warning saying that she has learned from her Wimbledon heartache two years' ago to beat Williams in Saturday's final.

Jun 22, 2017

Who will win Wimbledon?

With cloudy skies and a lack of football, British summer time is here which means just one thing for tennis fans: Wimbledon. It’s just a few weeks until the world’s best ball-hitters descend on SW19 but who will triumph on Centre Court? For the men, Andy Murray is the big favourite. The Scot is looking to win his third Wimbledon title but the world number one will face tough competition from, as always, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and the French Open champion, Rafael Nadal. The women’s category is far more open following the news that defending champion Serena Williams is expecting her first child and will miss the championship. Karolina Pliskova is the favourite in a very open field which also includes as many as ten potential winners. Following Williams’ withdrawal, it promises to be one of the most open contests in some time in the women’s category.

The men’s category is a little more closed. Andy Murray is world number one and the slight favourite to triumph at the All England Club. You’ll get odds as short as 11/4 for Murray to triumph in what would be perhaps the best twelve months of the Scot’s career. Success at Wimbledon last year was followed up by a gold medal at Rio 2016 and his first ATP World Tour title in London. A semi-final appearance at the French Open will give Murray hope but he’ll face a tough test from Roger Federer.
The seven-time Wimbledon champion has taken an extended break in recent weeks but was in excellent form before that. The Swiss has missed three of the last six Grand Slam tournaments but reached the semis in the others. Federer would love to win just one more title at the All England club to overtake Pete Sampras and make him the most successful player in the men’s singles category.

The pair is way ahead of the chasing pack. Novak Djokovic has so often been the thorn in both Murray’s and Federer’s sides but is currently in his longest run without a Grand Slam title since 2010. Djokovic is looking like a player lacking enthusiasm which is hardly ideal with Wimbledon just around the corner. Rival Federer said in a recent interview that the Serbian is too good to remain in this rut forever but perhaps it’s too big of an ask for that comeback to arrive at SW19.

After Rafael Nadal’s success in France, people are asking if the big three can become the big four again. The Spaniard has won the French-Wimbledon double twice in his career but his performance at the All England club has been pretty woeful in recent years. Nadal has got past the fourth round just once since 2011 and it would be a big ask for the Spaniard to achieve any success this year.
“Since I have had problems with my knee, since 2012, playing on grass has been very complicated for me,” the Spaniard said in a recent interview. “If I have pain in the knees then I know from experience that it’s almost impossible. If I am healthy and I am able to have the right preparation I’ll have my chances.”

It remains to be seen whether Nadal can get through two arduous weeks in good shape. Outside of the top three and a half, Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic will test any opponent unfortunate enough to be drawn against them. We can only guess how the likes of Nick Kyrgios and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will perform.

The women’s category is even more open. The tournament’s coverage will perhaps be defined by its absences. Maria Sharapova will not make her Wimbledon return this year and her supposed rival, Serena Williams will also miss out. The woman who has won seven singles titles at the All England Club will miss the rest of the season following her pregnancy. Her sister, Venus will be flying the Williams flag but she is far from the favourite.

Karolina Pliskova gets the backing of most of the bookies but in what other tennis Grand Slam has the favourite been as high as the 6/1 odds with Betway as of 14th June? However, this would not be a good punt. The world number three has never got past the second round at SW19 and it seems that her game isn’t suited to grass.

The chasing pack includes Victoria Azarenka, Madison Keys and Garbine Muguruza but one woman who could well triumph is Simona Halep. She may have lost the French Open final but the 25-year-old is on excellent form, triumphing at the Madrid Open and reaching the final in Italy as well. Halep must be considered one of the favourites in a hugely competitive field which also features 20-year-old Jelena Ostapenko. The Latvian hasn’t got past the second round at Wimbledon before but after her incredible victory at the French Open, she will have tremendous confidence.

It promises to be a hugely exciting championship at Wimbledon this year. The women’s field is as open as it has been in recent years while the men’s is more of a two-horse race. The home crowd will be hoping for a Murray/Federer title clash on the final Sunday with both players on the cusp of something special. Andy Murray should prove to be too much for his Swiss rival thanks in part to the home crowd but the women’s singles title is anyone’s guess. Simona Halep and Madison Keys would be good bets but wouldn’t it be the nice if 20-year-old Jelena Ostapenko followed up her French Open title with success at SW19?

Jun 12, 2017

Twitter reacts to Rafael Nadal’s La Decima at Roland Garros

Rafael Nadal became the first man in tennis history to win 10 championships at the same major on Sunday in Paris. Nadal beat Stanislas Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 to win a record-setting 10th French Open title. In total, he has now accumulated 15 Grand Slam titles in his career and surpasses Pete Sampras to become the second on the men's singles list behind Roger Federer's 18 titles.

It is a huge milestone in the tennis and sporting achievement because there is no other men’s tennis player who has won more than seven singles titles at the same Grand Slam event. A month ago, Nadal also won a record of 10th singles title on clay in Monte Carlo and again in Barcelona.

We've compiled some of the best reactions from his peers, friends, partners and supporters on Twitter:

Did we miss out anyone?

May 28, 2017

Aussie Open vs French Open: Battle of the Grand Slams using Google's new Data GIF Maker

Each of the Grand Slam majors claim they offer the best tournament in tennis, offering fans with the best of tennis from live experience to social media presence. There's no doubt the intense competition between them from the number of tickets sold and prize money to players engagements on courts and off-courts and multiple offerings from sponsors at the venues.

To get us warmed up to the Grand Slam tournament in Roland Garros, here are some fun numbers about the French Open compared to the Australian Open, which already took place earlier this year.

Total staff in 2016:

Attendance in 2016:

Revenue (in USD) in 2015:

Prize money (in USD) in 2017:

Followers on Twitter (as of May 2017):

The winner is obvious, isn't it? Not quite. 

Both Majors are special and a winner of its own. The Australian Open is known as the Happy Slam because everyone from the fans to the players and even the press always have an enjoyable time at the tournament. Players always look forward to this tournament because the players who get the titles here will have the mental advantage over the other players. Roger Federer who won this year's Grand Slam continued to win several titles including in Miami and Indian Wells after that and becoming the oldest champion in those tournaments.

Meanwhile, the French Open is well known for its red clay. This year will be extra special for the Major because nine times champion Rafael Nadal will be campaigning for his 'La Decima' (10th in Spanish) after having a good run this clay season compared to two years ago. Fans and the world will be watching this tournament very closely to witness one of the most historical events ever happened in tennis history.  


May 20, 2017

Thai youths shine with WTA Future Stars

Press Release

From left: Tamarine Tanasugarn, Pat Vasuratna, Melissa Pine, Nat Punnin and Yayuk Basuki at the WTA Future Stars Bangkok Clinic (Photo credit - WTA)

WTA Future Stars served up a smashing success on the first stop of the junior Race to Singapore, with WTA Finals Legend Ambassadors Tamarine Tanasugarn and Yayuk Basuki leading a clinic for 20 local juniors and 16 children from Childline Thailand Foundation (CTF), at Bangkok’s LTAT National Tennis Centre.

Tanasugarn and Basuki offered advice on a range of themes, such as the importance of teamwork, doubles match strategy and the keys to success on court. The accomplished pair also inspired the children with tales of WTA life, travelling the world. The tour veterans were then joined by two former WTA Future Stars participants – Nat Punnin, Thailand’s 2015 representative and Pat Vasuratna, a 2016 representative – to stage a doubles masterclass.

Sharing her thoughts on the clinic, Tanasugarn said, “Every time I get on the court for WTA Future Stars, I feel more passionate and excited about the future of tennis in South-East Asia. It was great to share some of my experiences and especially the importance of teamwork, and hope that they will take our advice to heart.”

The clinic gave the children from CTF a chance to learn a range of basic tennis skills, some picking up a tennis racquet for the very first time. For the 20 junior players, the clinic provided a unique opportunity to enhance their play with advice from their seniors in the WTA Future Stars programme, as well as the two WTA Legends. The WTA Legends and WTA Future Stars then paired up to demonstrate the formations, strategies and movement required in the doubles game.

Speaking after the clinic, Salakthip Ounmuang and under-14 junior player said, “My dream is to be a professional tennis player and to represent Thailand. Meeting and learning from the two WTA legends has inspired me even more, and I’m very thankful for the experience. After today, I better understand how the doubles skills will help me improve my game.”

The session was part of WTA Future Stars, a tournament that brings together players from across the Asia-Pacific region. Each country sends two representatives, one each in the U14 and U16 categories, to compete against each other during the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.

The WTA Future Stars regional outreach will make its next stop in India in July, before wrapping up in Indonesia in August.
Basuki, Indonesia’s highest ever ranked tennis player, said, “I am glad to see the enthusiasm and joy on the faces of these kids and I hope their passion for tennis continues to grow. I also look forward to welcoming Tamarine to Indonesia in August and having her share her stories with some of our junior players too.”

"The LTAT is pleased to welcome the WTA to Bangkok to conduct the WTA Future Stars Masterclass with one of our local heroes, Tamarine Tanasugarn, as well as Asian legend Yayuk Basuki. It is our honour to host the event at the LTAT Stadium and we are delighted that our junior players enjoyed this invaluable experience today which hopefully inspires them to pursue their passion for tennis,” said LTAT President Mr. Kitsombat Euammongkol.

Speaking after the session, Melissa Pine, Vice President of WTA Asia-Pacific and Tournament Director of the WTA Finals, said, “WTA Future Stars continues to provide an opportunity to touch the lives of youth in this region. It is heartening to see how passionate the children are about learning how to become better athletes and tennis players.” “Seeing our WTA Legends inspire the next generation with their valuable expertise and wisdom is truly a heart-warming experience,” Pine added. “We are thankful for the support of WTA alumnae such as Tamarine Tanasugarn and Yayuk Basuki, and the wider tennis family for helping us engage and impact the lives of children in Asia-Pacific.”

To wrap up the day, the WTA and WTA Finals promoters Lagardère Sports will host a cocktail evening for media and stakeholders at Rajpruek Country Club to promote The BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore 2017 presented by SC Global. The crown-jewel of the WTA calendar will take place in Singapore from October 22 – 29 2017 where the best in women’s tennis will compete for the year’s biggest prize purse of US$7 million. Players accumulate points throughout the saeason and the top eight singles players and doubles teams on the Porsche Race to Singapore leaderboard then compete in the season finale at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

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