- Youngster did not drop a set over five matches in Canberra
- Parents, former world No 1 Lleyton and wife Bec, watch on
Cruz Hewitt has added more tennis silverware to the family’s stash, watched on by his dad, former world No 1 Lleyton Hewitt, as he breezed to the Australian under-12 clay court title.
The 12-year-old did not drop a set in five matches in Canberra, while he also partnered with Asher Brownrigg to win the under-12 doubles.Continue reading...
- Second tennis major of 2021 will now run 23 May to 13 June
- Several grass-court events may have to reschedule or cancel
The French Open has been postponed by a week due to Covid-19 measures in the country. The French Tennis Federation confirmed on Thursday that the second major of 2021 will be moving to a 30 May start instead of 23 May, with the tournament now due to finish on 13 June. The postponement means that there will only be a two-week gap between Roland Garros and Wimbledon, with the grass-court season cut by one week as a result.Continue reading...
- Polish player beats young Italian in straight sets
- Victory takes Hurkacz into world’s top 20
For the first time since 2 November 2003, when Tim Henman closed off one of the great runs of his career by defeating Andrei Pavel to win the Paris Masters, two players ranked outside the top 30 contested an ATP Masters 1000 Final on Sunday in Miami. The occasion offered a clear opportunity to whoever was bold enough to take it and it was Hubert Hurkacz of Poland who seized the moment wonderfully, outsmarting Italy’s Jannik Sinner 7-6 (4), 6-4 to win his first Masters 1000.
Even in a tournament that marked the first time in 17 years since Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were all absent from a Masters 1000 event, Hurkacz’s sublime run was a surprise. The 24-year-old arrived in Miami in unremarkable form and, while he is still a young player building his game, he has spent his time at the top of the sport on the periphery of discussions about his generation as contemporaries such as Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas established themselves in the top 10.Continue reading...
- World No 1 wins 6-3, 4-0 after opponent withdraws
- ‘It’s never the way you want to finish a tennis match’
The world No 1 Ashleigh Barty defended her Miami Open title in less than ideal circumstances after Bianca Andreescu was forced to retire from their final following an ankle sprain in the second set as Barty led 6-3, 4-0.
Barty had opened the match with a faultless display of attacking tennis for an hour, dominating with her serve and forehand as she moved to a 6-3, 2-0 lead. However, as Andreescu attempted to hold off a double break in the second set, she tumbled while chasing a ball and turned her right ankle. After a medical timeout, she eventually retired.Continue reading...