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Watch Highlights: Istomin Earns Donaldson Win At Brisbane 2018

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 5:48am
Watch highlights of Denis Istomin versus Jared Donaldson on Thursday at the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp. Video courtesy Tennis Australia. Visit for more video. Playback not available in Australia. Photo: Peter Staples/ATP World Tour

Watch Highlights: Harrison Fights Back At Brisbane 2018

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 5:48am
Watch highlights of Ryan Harrison versus Yannick Hanfmann on Thursday at the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp. Video courtesy Tennis Australia. Visit for more video. Playback not available in Australia. Photo: Peter Staples/ATP World Tour

Watch Highlights: Edmund Ends Chung Streak At Brisbane 2018

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 5:48am
Watch highlights of Kyle Edmund versus Next Gen ATP Finals champion Hyeon Chung on Thursday at the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp. Video courtesy Tennis Australia. Visit for more video. Playback not available in Australia. Photo: Peter Staples/ATP World Tour

Read & Watch Highlights: Edmund Ends Streak In Brisbane

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 5:01am

Britain’s Kyle Edmund is through to the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp quarter-finals after a 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-4 win over #NextGenATP champion Hyeon Chung on Thursday.

Edmund snapped the six-match winning streak of his opponent in two hours and 38 minutes to reach the quarter-finals in Brisbane for a second consecutive year.

The British No. 2 looked to be on top in the opening stages, creating three break point opportunities in the sixth game, but Chung stormed back to hold serve before taking a 3/1 lead in the first set tie-break. Not to be disheartened, Edmund rallied, reeling off six consecutive points to snatch the set away from the 21-year-old.

Despite finding himself 1-3 down in the second set, the reigning #NextGenATP Finals champion got back to 3-3 and took full advantage of a break point in the 12th game to level proceedings 7-5. But it was Edmund who regained the initiative again in the decider.

“He got a lot of momentum at the end of the second and broke me twice pretty quickly,” said Edmund. “So it was a good third set. I made an effort to really try and step up the intensity and energy and put some pressure on him.

“It was good because the way I was serving in that third set, I knew if I got a break I was going to have a very good chance at holding out.”

The Brit broke in the seventh game for a 4-3 lead and, after missing two match point chances on Chung’s serve, served out the final set 6-4, with the help of three aces, to reach the quarter-finals in Brisbane. With both players at a similar stage in their careers, Edmund was keen to reflect on what might be one of many great rivalries for him in the future.

“With my last match against Denis (Shapovalov) and today, these guys I’ll play them a lot more, because they're around my age, for the next 10 to 12 years,” said Edmund.

Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin built on his upset win in the opening round to eliminate American Jared Donaldson 7-6(5), 6-2. Donaldson had served for the first set at 6-5 but ultimately, his lower-ranked opponent fought back, breaking to 30 and taking the opener in the tie-break.

The World No. 63 improved further from that point, breaking his opponent in both the third and seventh games before serving out to love to reach his first ATP World Tour quarter-final since a title run last September at the Chengdu Open.

Istomin will be joined in the quarter-finals by another American, after Ryan Harrison edged out lucky loser Yannick Hanfmann 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-2. After losing the first set on a tie-break, Harrison increased the level of his game in the second and third sets with a fine serving performance, including 11 aces, to prove too much for the 26-year-old German.

Murray Withdraws From Australian Open

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 3:48am

Five-time finalist Andy Murray has withdrawn from the Australian Open due to a hip injury. The announcement comes just two days after he pulled out of the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp.

“Sadly I won’t be playing in Melbourne this year, as I am not yet ready to compete,” said Murray. “I’ll be flying home shortly to assess all the options but I appreciate all the messages of support and I hope to be back playing soon.”

Murray has a 48-12 record at the first major championship of the year, finishing runner-up in 2010-2011, 2013, 2015-16. The former World No. 1 has not played competitively since July 2017, when he lost to Sam Querrey in the Wimbledon quarter-finals.


Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley wished Murray the very best for his recovery.

“We are fully aware that Andy has been going through a difficult period with his hip and that he’s done everything possible to prepare for the Australian summer,” said Tiley.

“Personally, I also know that Andy loves tennis and would do anything to play. This is a very hard decision for Andy and we totally respect it. We wish him the absolute best on his road to recovery and look forward to having him back in Melbourne. He is a true champion and one of our favourites.”

The 2018 Australian Open begins on 15 January.

Murray pulls out of Australian Open

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 3:41am
The five-time finalist is set to fly back to the United Kingdom having said he would "assess all the options" on the injury after floating the possibility of surgery earlier this week.

Dimitrov starts Brisbane title defense with win

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 3:40am
Grigor Dimitrov was pushed for 2 1/2 hours but got past Australian wild-card entry John Millman 4-6, 7-6 (8), 6-3 to start his Brisbane International title defense.

Muguruza gets Sydney wild card after early exit

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 11:47pm
Garbine Muguruza, forced to retire from her Brisbane International opener with leg cramps, will play in next week's Sydney International as a wild-card entry.

Nishikori out of Aussie Open because of wrist

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 6:48pm
Kei Nishikori is pulling out of the Australian Open because his right wrist is not fully recovered enough from a torn tendon to withstand the rigor of best-of-five-set matches at a Grand Slam tournament.

Thiem, Bedene Change Sports In Doha

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 4:25pm
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They changed sports and surfaces, switching from a football pitch to a tennis court. But on Wednesday at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, the outcome was the same when Dominic Thiem and Aljaz Bedene faced off in the second round in Doha.

As Thiem's football team did during the off-season, the Austrian outplayed the Slovenian, advancing to the quarter-finals of his first tournament of the 2018 season, 7-5, 6-4.

Thiem had plenty of opportunities in the early-evening match, earning 15 break points, including 10 in the second set, against Bedene, who now plays for Slovenia after switching from Great Britain last month. But Thiem converted only three of those break-point opportunities.

Still, he was pleased to improve to 2-0 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series. “I'm pleased today. I'm through in straight sets. It was a tough match, but I expected it... So I think that's a perfect start into the new year,” Thiem said.

“If you have to fight a lot, if you have to suffer a bit, I think it's very good like this. You get a lot of tough situations already in the first matches, and that's why I'm happy with the start.”

Thiem will next face #NextGenATP Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, who hit fifth seed Richard Gasquet off the court, blasting 33 winners, including 16 from his forehand, to advance 6-3, 6-4. The 19-year-old Greek is now into his second ATP World Tour quarter-final (also 2017 Antwerp semi-finals).

“It's inspiring. I've been watching him since I was 8, 10 years old on TV. I couldn't imagine that I would play him one day, and today I was standing on the opposite side of the net and facing him, and playing with my heart out there, giving my best,” Tsitsipas said.

The teenager will now go for his first Top 5 win against Thiem. “I will try to do the same that I did today. Pretty much the same plan, tactic – stay aggressive. That's very important, and to have a clear mindset,” Tsitsipas said.

Read More: Tsitsipas Focused On Key Targets In 2018

In 2017, #NextGenATP Andrey Rublev didn't reach a quarter-final until June, at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle. But three days into the new year, the Russian has already advanced to his first ATP World Tour quarter-final of 2018.

Rublev improved to 2-1 against Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, beating the seventh seed 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. The 20-year-old Rublev saved seven of 11 break points, and will next meet Croatia's Borna Coric.

“I'm happy to take my revenge because I lost against Fernando a few months ago, which was also a tough match. Today I win the tough match, so I'm really happy. And I'm really happy to be in the quarter-finals,” Rublev said. “I think in the third set, I was quite focused. I was quite calm. I was not showing emotions. I was trying to focus on the points and the rallies.”

Coric, who knocked out second seed and World No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta in the first round, routed Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili, 6-1, 6-3. The 21-year-old right-hander broke five times and won 54 per cent of his return points (32/59).


French wild card Gael Monfils, who has fallen to No. 46 in the ATP Rankings after an injury-riddled 2017, overcame German Jan-Lennard Struff in 81 minutes 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.

“I feel happy to be back on the tour. I feel happy to have those two matches under my belt. Still, you know, I can play better. I can play better... I think it's just matter of time and confidence,” Monfils said. “I'm working hard, trying to get back to the top of the game again.”

Monfils was steady on his first serve throughout the second-round contest, winning 80 per cent of those points (32/40). Monfils will next meet German Peter Gojowczyk, who didn't face a break point in a 6-2, 6-2 sweep of Italian qualifier Matteo Berrettini.

Qualifier Mirza Basic of Bosnia and Herzegovina was more fortunate, saving all three break points against eighth seed Feliciano Lopez of Spain to advance 6-4, 7-6(2). Basic will next play Guido Pella of Argentina, who beat qualifier Stefano Travaglia of Italy 7-6(4), 6-3. 

Top Seeds To Face Dimitrov/Harrison In Brisbane SFs

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 4:13pm

Top seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers dismissed home favourites Matthew Ebden and John Millman 6-4, 6-3 on Wednesday to advance to the semi-finals of Brisbane International presented by Suncorp.


Kontinen/Peers, who won the Nitto ATP Finals doubles title in November, struck seven aces and broke four times to advance in 60 minutes. They will next meet Grigor Dimitrov and Ryan Harrison, who squeaked past another Aussie team in Nick Kyrgios and Matt Reid 7-6(2), 7-6(3).

A third semi-final spot was secured by Wesley Koolhof of the Netherlands and New Zealand's Artem Sitak, who beat American Steve Johnson and Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 7-6(6), 7-5. In first-round action, second seeds Marcelo Demoliner of Brazil and New Zealand's Michael Venus beat Nicholas Monroe of the U.S. and John-Patrick Smith of Australia 4-6, 6-3, 10-5.

#NextGenATP Rublev Eyes Return To Milan In 2018

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 3:20pm
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The wins – some of the biggest of Andrey Rublev's career – arrived in a flurry. At the US Open, the Russian beat then-No. 9 Grigor Dimitrov and David Goffin, who'd finish at No. 7 in the year-end ATP Rankings, en route to becoming the youngest US Open quarter-finalist since Andy Roddick in 2001.

A month later, at the China Open in Beijing, Rublev fought back from a set down to beat both year-end No. 8 Jack Sock and Top 10 stalwart Tomas Berdych.

Four big wins you could easily call “career-building” for the #NextGenATP Russian. But the 20-year-old doesn't view them in such a linear, stepping-stone way.

To Rublev, the matches were simply good wins on good days, no career-defining moments. The Moscow native wants to have days like those every week, not just for stretches during the season.

“To be more consistent is the goal. The taste of victories over Dimitrov, Berdych, Goffin and Sock was fleeting, but worthy in 2017, but more because I realise they are in the Top 10 or Top 20 for a reason, their year-round consistency,” Rublev exclusively told in Doha, where he is playing in the Qatar ExxonMobil Open.

“That’s what I want to produce each week. I didn’t think of those victories as a stepping stone, on a career ladder, more as individual matches in a tournament week.”

Last season was by far Rublev's best on the ATP World Tour. The Russian shaved off more than 100 spots from his year-end ATP Ranking, starting 2017 at No. 156 and finishing at No. 39. He also solidified himself as one of the best 21-and-under players on the planet by qualifying for the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan.

Read More: Best of 2017: 5 #NextGenATP Who Impressed

Rublev was the top seed in Italy, and he lost to only one player all week: champion Hyeon Chung of South Korea.

“I arrived in Milan feeling calm and I think that ensured I performed better to reach the final,” Rublev said. “Of course playing in Milan is a goal [for 2018].”

The Russian spent his off-season in Barcelona, working with coaches Fernando Vicente and Galo Blanco. They will guide him again in 2018, a season Rublev hopes finishes at least one match better than the last.

Read More: Rublev Honest After Tough Loss In Milan Final

“This time of my life, my career is the most important as I lay the foundations for a strong future. In working with Fernando and Galo in Barcelona during the off-season, we worked on problems and weaknesses. But nothing specific, as far as stroke play is concerned,” Rublev said.

“The goal of pushing up the ATP Rankings is always there, realising a spot in London [at the Nitto ATP Finals] in future years, is shared by Fernando and Galo, who I trust 100 per cent in training and tournament preparation work. There isn’t any pressure at this stage, it’s balancing my own and my team’s expectations. I’m not fearful of failing to attain a set goal. I’m excited.”

Watch Highlights: Rising #NextGenATP Upsets Raonic Down Under

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 3:12pm
Watch highlights as Aussie Alex de Minaur faces Milos Raonic at the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp. Video courtesy Tennis Australia. Visit for more video. Playback not available in Australia. Photo: Peter Staples/ATP World Tour

Watch Highlights: Kyrgios Comes Back In Brisbane 2018

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 3:07pm
Watch highlights as Nick Kyrgios faces Matt Ebden at the 2018 Brisbane International presented by Suncorp. Video courtesy Tennis Australia. Visit for more video. Playback not available in Australia. Photo: Peter Staples/ATP World Tour

Shattered dreams? Murray, Djokovic among injured stars ahead of Aussie Open

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 1:58pm
The Australian Open hasn't even begun, yet the game could see some of the top stars shelved for the foreseeable future.

Cilic Through As Third Seed Falls

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 12:53pm

World No. 6 Marin Cilic got his 2018 ATP World Tour season off to a smooth start with a 6-4, 6-3 win over wild card Ramkumar Ramanathan on an action-packed day at the Tata Open Maharashtra.

The two-time winner looked in control for the majority of the first set, recovering from a serving hiccup at 5-3 with an immediate break back to clinch the first set 6-4. Cilic went from strength to strength in the second set, dropping just seven points across five service games on his way to sealing a quarter-final spot after 72 minutes.

However, the same could not be said for Roberto Bautista Agut as the World No. 20 fell in his season opener to French veteran Gilles Simon 6-3, 7-6(5). After dropping serve in the sixth game of the first set, the six-time ATP World Tour titlist saved set point at 3-5 to force Simon to serve it out, but Bautista Agut could not stop the 33-year-old from serving his way to a one-set lead.


A rollercoaster second set followed with Simon taking total control to lead by a double-break at 4-1, only to be pegged back immediately and taken to a tie-break. Bautista Agut looked set to take the match the distance but couldn’t see out the tie-break from 5/3 up with Simon charging back to win four consecutive points and the match to reach the quarter-finals. Simon will meet another Spaniard in qualifier Ricardo Ojeda Lara, who later triumphed 6-4, 6-4 over Belarus’ Ilya Ivashka.

Second seed Kevin Anderson also marched into the quarter-finals, advancing when Brazil's Thiago Monteiro retired down, 6-7(4), 2-3. Anderson hit 10 aces and dropped only four first-serve points (22/26). The South African will next meet seventh seed Mikhail Kukushkin, who edged Laslo Djere 7-5, 7-6(5).

A deciding set was needed for Benoit Paire, who was taken all the way by Hungarian Marton Fucsovics. The fourth seed saved five match points in the decider before emerging with the win 6-4, 6-7(4), 7-6(6) after three hours and two minutes. Fifth seed Robin Haase was also given a serious scare by Nicolas Jarry, but the Dutch star eventually pulled through 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-5. Eighth seed Pierre-Hugues Herbert came from a set down to see off home favourite Yuki Bhambri 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Watch Highlights: Dolgopolov Routs To Reach Brisbane QFs 2018

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 12:51pm
Watch highlights as Alexandr Dolgopolov faces Argentina's Horacio Zeballos at the 2018 Brisbane International presented by Suncorp. Video courtesy Tennis Australia. Visit for more video. Playback not available in Australia. Photo: Getty Images.

Watch Highlights: #NextGenATP American Knocks Out Seed In Brisbane 2018

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 12:51pm
Watch highlights as #NextGenATP American Michael Mmoh faces German Mischa Zverev at the 2018 Brisbane International presented by Suncorp. Video courtesy Tennis Australia. Visit for more video. Playback not available in Australia. Photo: Peter Staples/ATP World Tour

Shenzhen Open: Halep through to quarterfinal

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 10:23am
World No.1 Simona Halep beat Yingying Duan to advance to the quarterfinal stage of the Shenzhen Open.

Kyrgios, Tecau, Lopez Among 'ATP ACES For Charity' Grant Recipients For 2018

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 9:52am

Nick Kyrgios’ NK Foundation and Fundatia Curtea Veche, supported by 2017 Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award recipient Horia Tecau, are among nine recipients to have been selected for the 2018 ATP ACES for Charity grant programme. Grants of $/€15,000 will be awarded to a total of nine charitable causes, nominated by ATP World Tour players, tournaments and alumni.

This year’s grant recipients aim to make a difference to the lives of many through their work in sport, disability and education. Through access to sport and reading materials respectively, both the NK Foundation and Tecau’s campaign will look to improve the lives of children and young people from underprivileged backgrounds. Other grant beneficiaries include Stop War Start Tennis, Fundación Emilio Sánchez Vicario, Futuros para el Tenis, The Champions Volunteer Foundation, Dubai Autism Centre, Academia Dos Champs and Hand in Hand Foundation.

The ATP ACES For Charity program, which launched in 2011, is a global initiative aimed at giving back to communities where ATP World Tour events are played, as well as recognising and supporting tournament, player and alumni charitable initiatives. Since 2011, the grant programme has awarded 85 grants totalling more than $1,000,000 in donations.

More about ATP ACES For Charity

The recipients of the 2018 ATP ACES For Charity grants are:

Nick Kyrgios: The NK Foundation strives to increase access and provide sport to underprivileged and disadvantaged youths. With the motivation to give every child who dreams of playing sport the opportunity they dream of, NK Foundation plans to build a sports centre in Melbourne complete with dormitories for those who may also need to take shelter. The ATP ACES for Charity grant will be used to contribute towards the cost of building a centre which will feature four tennis courts, two basketball courts, a gym, a swimming pool and 10 self-contained dormitory facilities.

Feliciano Lopez & Emilio Sanchez: Fundación Emilio Sánchez Vicario works to enhance personal development and social skills of individuals through sports and education. The grant will be used to fund activities and education for disabled people with four tennis schools and a paddle tennis school dedicated to those who suffer from physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities all set to benefit. Lopez and Fundación Emilio Sánchez Vicario will also support a special cause in honour of Casper Fernandez, a mutual friend and student at Academia Sánchez-Casal in Florida, who recently died of bone cancer.

Hans Podlipnik-Castillo: Futuros para el Tenis aims, through tennis and education, to help young children at social risk, in Chile, obtain university scholarships around the world. Founded in 2003, Futuros para el Tenis has set up a tennis school with two hard courts, a hitting wall and a small club house and now works with 220 children aged 4-18. The Foundation will use their ATP ACES for Charity grant to pay for a full year’s tennis programme for children in the most critical state of social risk covering coaching, equipment, tournament and educational costs. There are also plans for an English language programme to help increase the probability of achieving a university education in later life.

Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi: Stop War Start Tennis aims to promote peace through tennis, helping victims of war resume an active lifestyle. Qureshi’s foundation works to build bridges in communities where there have been walls and has served as a vehicle for official visits to countries suffering from the effects of conflict. The ATP ACES for Charity grant will help to supply equipment such as prosthetic limbs, wheelchairs and hearing aids while also funding a book donation project and the acquisition of expert instructors to specifically help those with disabilities and special needs.


Horia Tecau: Fundația Curtea Veche contributes to the well-being of future adults by improving children’s education through reading. Promoting reading as a fun, spare-time activity, the association organises interactive reading workshops and enables children from underprivileged backgrounds to gain access to books through book clubs and donation schemes. The ATP ACES for Charity grant will support the ‘Life in the Rhythm of Tennis’ book donation campaign which will combine reading and sports featuring lessons from Tecau’s children’s book. The grant will be used to fund visits to 10 Romanian cities where 5000 children can learn new skills or improve on existing ones with support from a strong sporting infrastructure.

Gazprom Hungarian Open (Budapest): Hand in Hand Foundation works for a tolerant society in which individuals with disabilities can live with dignity. The Foundation helps disabled people and their families and carers through various aspects of life such as education, health and family care, employment and recreation. The Gazprom Hungarian Open and Hand in Hand Foundation will specifically use the ATP ACES for Charity grant to kick-off a large-scale event for 300 children aged 6-10 during the 2018 tournament. This event will include a wheelchair tennis clinic for both disabled and able-bodied children and a mini-tennis clinic involving ATP players and top Hungarian wheelchair tennis players. The grant will also provide four new junior-sized sports wheelchairs.

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships: Dubai Autism Centre, founded in 2001, encourages a better understanding of autism and provides specialist services for those who have autism and the people who care for them. With focused efforts to increase social awareness, Dubai Autism Centre aims to successfully integrate children with autism into the local community through a holistic approach to intervention and therapies. With a strong belief in the importance of involving the entire community during the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, the ATP ACES for Charity grant will fund this year’s ‘Special Needs Kids Day’ during next month’s tournament. The day will provide the children with an opportunity to interact with their favourite players and to also enjoy the event from the stands with tickets and meals provided.

Millennium Estoril Open: Academia Dos Champs teaches tennis as an innovative tool to instil strong, positive guidelines in underprivileged children and young adults. The academy promotes the benefits of sport and how it transcends social classes, backgrounds and life circumstances while rewarding effort and dedication. With over 260 students across 10 centres, Academia Dos Champs has held 10,058 lessons since 2009 and now over half of their overall student population will benefit from 1108 tennis lessons funded by the ATP ACES for Charity grant. The lessons will be held at three centres in the Cascais municipality, home to the Millennium Estoril Open.

BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells): The Champions Volunteer Foundation raises and redistributes funds to the local community through other organisations that support but are not limited to youth, recreational, educational and well-care programmes. The Foundation, which provides more than 1200 volunteers for the BNP Paribas Open every March, centres their attention on non-profit organisations in the Coachella Valley who support the most vulnerable and marginalised members of the community. The ATP ACES for Charity grant allows the foundation to increase the number of grants they can award to keep up with the growing demand from the local area for financial assistance.