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Wimbledon 2019 Preview: What 5 Players Stand Out This Year?

Wimbledon 2019 Preview: What 5 Players Stand Out This Year?

Wimbledon is one of the greatest sporting events in the entire global calendar and it never fails to serve up a dazzling blend of excitement, drama and debate. The world’s finest players are preparing to descend upon London for the tournament and they will battle it out for glory over two action-packed weeks. Home fans will not be able to cheer on Andy Murray, as he has no chance of returning from injury in time for the tournament, but several big guns will compete. Here are five players that stand out in this year’s men’s draw:

Novak Djokovic

The Serb capped a magnificent comeback from injury at last year’s tournament as he swept Kevin Anderson aside in an extremely one-sided final. He followed it up by winning the US Open and the Australian Open and he sits comfortably top of the world rankings, so he is understandably the clear favourite to win this tournament.

Check out the Sporting Index spread betting news and you will see just how highly rated Djokovic is by the experts, and he has all the attributes to thrive once again at Wimbledon this year. He has an 87% win record there and he has lifted the trophy four times previously, so he should be full of confidence. The Serb also boasts a strong record against his main rivals: he is 25-22 against Roger Federer after winning their last three meetings, and leads Rafa Nadal 28-26. If you take away clay court matches, the surface Nadal specializes in, Djokovic leads the Spaniard 20-10 and he prevailed in a five-set epic between them here in last year’s semi-finals. He is now at the peak of his powers and he is the man to beat at this tournament.

Roger Federer

The great Swiss has won this tournament eight times and it remains his happiest hunting ground, while the crowd adores him. He triumphed in 2017 and he was the favourite to defend his trophy last year, but Federer surprisingly crashed out at the hands of Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals. His record at Grand Slams since then has been pretty average for a man of his sublime talents, and Father Time appears to finally be catching up with the 37-year-old. He lost to unheralded Australian John Millman at the US Open, to Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Australian Open earlier this year and then Nadal took him apart in the French Open semi-finals last month. He is still the most successful men’s player of all time, but Nadal is now just two Grand Slams behind him and he will be desperate to secure a 21st at Wimbledon. However, his legs may betray him against a younger man once more.

Rafa Nadal

Grass is Nadal’s weakest surface and his 81% win record at Wimbledon does not compare favourably to the 98% win rate he holds at the French Open. Last year’s surge to the semi-finals was his best showing since 2011, when he lost to Djokovic in four sets in the final. He has won this tournament twice before, but not since 2010. The clay court king will be expected to reach the latter stages of this year’s showpiece, but he is unlikely to trouble an in-form Djokovic unduly on grass. The Serb has not lost to Nadal on the surface since the 2008 Queen’s Club final and he would be the clear favourite if they were drawn against one another this year.

Stefanos Tsitsipas

Former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker recently challenged the next generation to “show up” and start challenging for Grand Slam titles. The last 10 Slams have been won by Djokovic, Nadal and Federer, while exciting youngsters such as Alexander Zverev and Nick Kyrgios have flattered to deceive. The brightest young star of the bunch could well be Greek prodigy Tsitsipas, who went to the Australian Open semi-finals earlier this year after vanquishing Federer. He is just 20 years old, but he is already up to sixth in the world rankings and he displays a level of calm and composure in big matches that betrays his age. Grass is his favourite surface and he claims to love Wimbledon, so he could light up this year’s tournament with his aggressive baseline play and impressive athleticism.

Kyle Edmund

The home crowds will miss the opportunity to turn Wimbledon into Murray Mound this year, but they might just have a chance of cheering Edmund on in the second week of the tournament. The 24-year-old has been the British number one since March 2018 and he is now a mainstay in the world’s top 30. He reached the third round at Wimbledon last year, while his best performance came at the 2018 Australian Open as he reached the last four. He has won a title in Antwerp and he has previously between Djokovic, so hope springs eternal for British tennis fans.

Anne Worcester Named President of Universal Tennis

May 28, 2019 (SAN FRANCISCO, CA) – Universal Tennis, the world’s premier tennis platform, today announced that Anne Worcester, former WTA CEO & Connecticut Open Tournament Director, has joined the company as President.

As President, Worcester will be instrumental in overseeing the growth and development of UTR worldwide. Beyond her leadership at the organization, her focus at the outset will be on increasing grassroots efforts to connect communities to the sport and fostering diverse partnerships within the tennis ecosystem to build participation on the platform.

“What drew me to Universal Tennis is its digitally savvy approach to make tennis more affordable, accessible and fun for all players,” said Anne Worcester, Universal Tennis President. “Level-based play helps to break down some of the biggest barriers to our sport, so that it’s not about age, gender, where you play or how much you can afford. UTR makes it easy to find, connect and play with same level tennis partners, anytime and anywhere. This addresses many of the challenges I have experienced all my life as a recreational player, a parent and 35 years on all sides of professional tennis.”

“Anne has an exceptional career in tennis, marked by her commitment to improving the game for players and serving as a champion for tennis worldwide. Her dedication to the betterment and growth of the sport is unparalleled,” said Mark Leschly, Universal Tennis Chairman & CEO. “Anne is fully aligned with UTR’s mission and vision to create more opportunities and open pathways for players of all levels to grow the game. We are thrilled to have Anne on board.”

Worcester has over 35 years of experience in tennis, working with players, tournaments, sponsors and governing bodies. She was the first female CEO of the WTA, becoming the first woman to head any professional sports organization. Worcester served as the Tournament Director of the Connecticut Open for 21 years, developing the WTA tournament into one of the world’s best attended women’s tennis events and a player favorite.

Under Worcester’s leadership, the Connecticut Open was widely recognized as a leading example of leveraging professional tennis to build community tennis, especially among inner city youth. In addition, Worcester co-founded New Haven Youth Tennis & Education (New HYTEs), now in its 15th year, which has enriched the lives and positively affected the futures of hundreds of economically disadvantaged inner city youth. Programs include year-round tennis, education and mentoring programs.

Worcester is a graduate of Duke University. She serves on the boards of the Center for Hearing & Communication and New Haven Youth Tennis & Education (New HYTEs) and will transition to the board of Tennis Foundation of Connecticut. She will be based in Connecticut and New York City.

Can Karolina Pliskova Finally Achieve Grand Slam Success in 2019?

Surprisingly, Karolina Pliskova is yet to secure a Grand Slam title during the course of her professional career. The Czech-born 27-year-old acheived one of her many goals when she became the 23rd player to rise to the top of the rankings in 2017, yet despite reaching the final of the 2016 US Open, she has so far fallen short in each of the four major events on the tennis calendar.

Pliskova has been one of the sports most consistent performers on the WTA tour in recent years, and she rarely finds herself ranked outside of the top ten. Despite reaching the semi-finals of the French Open in 2017, her game hasn’t always been suited to the slower clay courts, however her recent victory over Johanna Konta in the Italian Open suggests that she has the tools to challenge at Roland Garros this year. As of May 20th, Pliskova has been priced up at 14/1 by Betway to secure her first Grand Slam title in Paris, and she will certainly arrive in the French capital full of confidence. She admitted by she was left in disbelief following her success in Rome, and the Monte Carlo resident also told reporters that she wasn’t “super confident” going into the tournament. She described her recent achievement as “a little bit of miracle for me,” and will be buoyed by her unexpected triumph. Pliskova’s game is very consistent, and she hit 21 winners against the Brit, committing a paltry 14 errors en route to her achievement.

WTA Titles

Despite a dearth of Grand Slam glory, she has managed to secure 13 career titles, with her triumph in the 2016 Cincinnati Masters one of the more eyecatching successes on the list. The tournament, which is more commonly known as the Western and Southern Open, is the second largest summer tennis event in the US, and it always attracts a hugely competitive field. Twelve months later, she went into the Rogers Cup at the top of the draw, but despite reaching the quarter-final stage of the competition, she was unable to make the final four.

She has also enjoyed success in Doha, Prague, Stuttgart, Eastbourne and at the Aegon Open in Nottingham. More recently, she has tasted victory in Tokyo, and continued where she left off at the beginning of 2019. She secured her second title in Brisbane by overpowering Lesia Tsurenko 4-6, 7-5 6-2, but survived a scare along the way. The Ukrainian found herself serving for the match, but was unable to hold her nerve, making three unforced errors to hand her opponent a significant lifeline. Her early season triumphs helped her climb back up the WTA rankings, and she will be keen to add futher titles to her portfolio this summer.

She has also enjoyed success in doubles, collecting trophies in Nuremburg, Hong Kong and Birmingham.

 Grand Slam Record

Prior to 2016, Pliskova had rarely made it beyond the second round of any Grand Slam, but she did end the year on a high with a run to the final of the US Open. She arrived in New York unbeaten in her last 11 matches, and had also amassed a WTA-tour leading 447 aces, but despite her recent run, she was unable to outlast Angelique Kerber, who wrapped up her second Grand Slam title of the year at Flushing Meadows.

Since that defeat, the Czech has made it to the last eight in each her last three appearances at the Australian Open, and she also progressed to the final four of the French Open in 2017, despite never looking entirely comfortable on the surface.

Wimbledon has been a constant source of frustration for the 27-year-old, and as of May 2019, she has never made it beyond the fourth round of the iconic grass-court event. Despite her lack of progress at SW19, her game is very much suited to the grass courts, and she’s suffered just seven defeats in her last 20 outings on this surface.

Will She Break Her Duct in 2019?

Although she has been remarkably consistent throughout her entire career, Pliskova is playing some of her best tennis. She is currently third in the WTA race, and is clearly enjoying her time on the tour.

She is now coached by Conchita Martinez, and that change of personnel does appear to have spurred her on, and triggered an improvement in her overall play. The Spaniard reached the final of each of the four Grand Slams, and enjoyed notable success at Wimbledon during her distinguished playing career, and it is the second time that the pair have teamed up.

Her recent success in Rome suggests that she can progress to the latter stages of the French Open once more, whilst she will also be determined to end her barren run in West London. However, her powerful serve, and accurate serve-and-volley game will surely thrive at the US Open. The New York hard courts are ideal for Pliskova’s forceful game, and her persistance will surely prompt errors from her opponents.

The Czech is one of the best all-round performers on the tour, and based on recent evidence, it surely won’t be long until she clinches her first Grand Slam.

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US Clay Awards Wild Cards to Tipsarevic, Fratangelo and Rubin

HOUSTON – The Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Champonship has awarded its singles main draw wild cards to Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic and Americans Bjorn Fratangelo and Noah Rubin.

All three of these wild card recipients were junior grand slam title winners early in their career.

Tipsarevic has been ranked as high at No. 8 in the world. The veteran from Serbia will be playing his third Tour-level event after undergoing two hamstring surgeries and missing all of 2018. His opening round win in Miami was his first victory since the 2017 US Open. He owns four career titles and has played in 11 final. He will be making his third US Clay appearance and first since 2015.

Fratangelo will be playing at River Oaks for the fifth time and will be making his third straight main draw appearance. He owns three career Challenger titles, and earlier this season he reached the semifinals at the Dallas Challenger. The 25-year-old native of Pittsburgh won the 2011 French Open junior title, becoming the first American boy to win in Paris since John McEnroe in 1977.

Rubin is the winner of four career Challenger titles. He opened 2019 by reaching his sixth Challenger final. The 23-year-old native of Long Island, N.Y., will be making his second appearance at River Oaks. In 2015 he was named Player and Freshman of the Year in the ACC after reaching the NCAA singles final while playing at Wake Forest. He was also the 2014 Wimbledon boys’ champion.

Away from the tournament action, this year’s tournament will feature a new dining and shopping experience for fans called The Courtyard. This area will feature a food and drink offerings from Goode Co. as well as shopping from Tenenbaum Jewelers, Tootsies, L’Etoile as well as a selection of tournament merchandise at The Clay Court Shop.

A very limited supply of tickets remain for selection tournament sessions. Fans holding tickets for sessions they cannot attend are encouraged to return those tickets to the tournament through the Ticket Turnback Program. Those tickets can then be resold, with the entire purchase price being donated to Pediatric Trauma at Children’s Memorial Hermann. Information on ticket sales and the Turnback program can be found on mensclaycourt.com.

Miami Open 2019: Ferrer, Gauff Lead Wild-card Entrants

Miami Gardens, FL (February 13, 2019) – The Miami Open presented by Itaú today announced that 2013 tournament finalist David Ferrer has been awarded one of the tournament’s five men’s main draw wildcards. In addition, the tournament announced the eight women’s main draw wildcards, which includes 14-year-old Coco Gauff.

The Miami Open takes center stage at its new home at Hard Rock Stadium. The best two weeks of tennis starts in Miami with art, music, fashion, food and the most dynamic tennis in the world. The tournament kicks-off Monday, March 18 and concludes with the women’s final on Saturday, March 30 and the men’s final on Sunday, March 31. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online at www.miamiopen.com or by calling 305-943-6736.

Highly respected amongst his peers and always a fan favorite, Ferrer has 27 career titles and achieved a career-high world ranking of No. 3 after a competitive 2013 season which saw him as a finalist in both Miami and Paris as well as a quarterfinal or better finish in each Grand Slam for the year. He finished seven seasons ranked in the Top 10 and is one of four active players with 700+ wins (Djokovic, Federer and Nadal); and has the most victories (331) on clay behind only Nadal.

Ferrer, who will be retiring after the 2019 season, joins an impressive field of competitors including World No. 1 and six-time Miami Open champion Novak Djokovic, 20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer, fellow countryman and 17-time Grand Slam champ Rafael Nadal and many more.

Other men receiving wildcards into the main draw include Miomir Kecmanovic, Nicola Kuhn, Chun Hsin “Jason” Tseng and Chris Eubanks.

On the women’s side, the Miami Open granted one of its eight main draw wildcards to 14-year-old American Cori “Coco” Gauff. At the age of 13, Coco reached the 2017 US Open girls’ singles final, becoming the youngest-ever finalist at the event. In 2018, Gauff won the French Open girls’ title, capturing her first career junior Grand Slam championship and becoming the youngest winner of the junior title in Paris since Martina Hingis’s second win in 1994.

The Miami Open also granted women’s main draw wildcards to Caty McNally, Mari Osaka, Olga Danilovic, Xinyu Wang, Xiyu Wang, Whitney Osuigwe, and Natalia Vikhlyantseva.

The 2019 women’s player field features 11 women who have won Grand Slam singles titles including 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka, winner of the last two Grand Slam events in New York and Melbourne.

In addition to the main draw wildcards, the tournament also awarded five men’s wildcards and five women’s wildcards into the qualifying tournament.

Fans should prepare for the most electrifying two weeks of tennis at the tournament’s new home at Hard Rock Stadium, March 18-31, 2019.

MEN’S MAIN DRAW WILDCARDS

  • Chris Eubanks, USA
  • David Ferrer, Spain
  • Miomir Kecmanovic, Serbia
  • Nicola Kuhn, Spain
  • Chun Hsin “Jason” Tseng, Taiwan

WOMEN’S MAIN DRAW WILDCARDS

  • Olga Danilovic, Serbia
  • Coco Gauff, USA
  • Caty McNally, USA
  • Mari Osaka, Japan
  • Whitney Osuigwe, USA
  • Xinyu Wang, China
  • Natalia Vikhlyantseva, Russia
  • Xiyu Wang, China

MEN’S QUALIFYING WILDCARDS

  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France
  • Mikael Ymer, Sweden
  • Jay Clarke, UK
  • Zane Khan, USA
  • Reilly Opelka, USA

WOMEN’S QUALIFYING WILDCARDS

  • Allie Kiick, USA
  • Christina McHale, USA
  • Beatriz Haddad Maia, Brazil
  • Qinwen Zheng, China
  • Karman Kaur Thandi, India