by Isaiah Buse

March 8, 2021   

In our last edition of tennis news, we had an exciting time looking at the 2021 Australian Open. In this update, we look at several smaller — but very high quality — tournaments.

If you weren’t able to keep up with everything going on, we’ve got your back. Below are the tournament news/results, top headlines, and spotlight story!

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ATP & WTA Tournament News and Results: Rotterdam, Adelaide, Qatar, & More

Several tournaments inevitably led to some exciting matches, some top players winning trophies, and some young guns making names for themselves.

Singapore Tennis Open

Result: Australian Alexei Popyrin would defeat Alexander Bublik 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 to win the Singapore Tennis Open, his first ATP title.

Story: Wildcard Matthew Ebden would defeat (2) John Millman, Radu Albot would upset (1) Adrian Mannarino, 2014 US Open Champion Marin Cilic would make a run to the semifinals, and Alexei Popyrin would claim his first title.

Alexei Popyrin - 2021 Singapore Tennis Open Singles Champion
Alexei Popyrin hoisting his first ATP title trophy. (Photo Credit: Nine)

Doubles: Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen would defeat Matthew Ebden and John-Patrick Smith 6-2, 6-3 to win the championship.

Cordoba Open

Result: 19-year-old Juan Manuel Cerundolo would defeat (5) Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-0, 2-6, 6-2 to claim his first ATP title.

Story: Ramos-Vinolas would upset (1) Diego Schwartzman, Federico Coria would upset (2) Benoit Paire, and Cerundolo would make a dream run in Cordoba. If you don’t already know the 19-year-old, now is the time to make yourself familiar.

Juan Manuel Cerundolo - 2021 Cordoba Open Singles Champion
Juan Manuel Cerundolo with his trophy following his maiden ATP title. (Photo Credit: Tennis World USA)

Doubles: Rafael Matos and Felipe Meligeni Rodrigues Alves would defeat Romain Arneodo and Benoit Paire 6-4, 6-1 to take the title.

Open Sud de France (Montpellier)

Result: (2) David Goffin would defeat (1) Roberto Bautista Agut 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 to claim his first ATP title since 2017.

Story: Davidovich Fokina would upset (4) Hurkacz, Bedene would upset (5) Sinner, (Q) Gojowczyk would upset (8) Struff, Dennis Novak would upset (3) Lajovic, and Bautista Agut and Goffin would setup a (1) & (2) championship where Goffin would end his title drought.

David Goffin - 2021 Open Sud de France (Montpellier) Singles Champion
David Goffin with his trophy following his Open Sud de France (Montpellier) championship. (Photo Credit: ATP Tour)

Doubles: Henri Kontinen and Edouard Roger-Vasselin would defeat Jonathan Erlich and Andrei Vasilevski 6-2, 7-5 to claim the title.

Adelaide International

Result: 2020 Roland Garros Champion Iga Swiatek would defeat (2) Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-2 to claim the 2021 Adelaide International title.

Story: American Danielle Collins would upset (1) Ash Barty, American Shelby Rogers would upset (3) Johanna Konta, and 16-year-old American Coco Gauff would make a run to the semifinals. If you’re not familiar with these American women, you’re going to be soon.

Iga Swiatek - 2021 Adelaide International Singles Champion
Iga Swiatek smiling with her trophy after her 2021 Adelaide International victory. (Photo Credit: WTA Tour)

Doubles: (3) Alexa Guarachi and Desirae Krawczyk would defeat Hayley Carter and Luisa Stefani 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 10-3 to win the championship.

Rotterdam Open

Result: In the championship, (4) Andrey Rublev would defeat (Q) Marton Fucsovics 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 to win the title.

Story: Dusan Lajovic would upset (1) Daniil Medvedev, Kei Nishikori would make a solid run defeating Auger-Aliassime, and De Minaur, Alexander Bublik would upset (3) Alexander Zverev, and Andrey Rublev would continue his recent dominance.

Andrey Rublev - 2021 Rotterdam Open Singles Champion
Andrey Rublev elated after his victory over Marton Fucsovics at the 2021 Rotterdam Open. (Photo Credit: Essentially Sports)

Doubles: (2) Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic would defeat Kevin Krawietz and Horia Tecau 7-6 (9-7), 6-2 to claim the trophy.

Argentina Open

Result: (1) Diego Schwartzman would defeat Francisco Cerundolo 6-1, 6-2 to claim the championship.

Story: In an all Argentine final, Schwartzman would manage to come out with the trophy in his home country. He would play very well throughout the tournament and, despite a lack of great competition at the tournament, Schwartzman looks ready for another great clay-court season.

Diego Schwartzman - 2021 Argentina Open Singles Champion
Diego Schwartzman celebrating his victory at the Argentina Open. (Photo Credit: Tiempo De Tenis – Twitter)

Doubles: Tomislav Brkic and Nikola Cacic would defeat (4) Ariel Behar and Gonzalo Escobar 6-3, 7-5 to secure the championship.

WTA Qatar Open

Result: (4) Petra Kvitova would defeat Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-1 to claim the 2021 WTA Qatar Open championship.

Story: After a solid run at the Australian Open, the 27-year-old American Jessica Pegula would make a run to the semifinals where she was halted by Kvitova. En route to the semifinals, she would defeat the second-seeded Karolina Pliskova. Muguruza would also play a very good tournament, defeating Kudermetova, (3) Sabalenka, Sakkari, and Azarenka (walkover) on her way to the finals.

Petra Kvitova - 2021 WTA Qatar Open Singles Champion
Petra Kvitova with her trophy following the 2021 Qatar Open. (Photo Credit: Petra Kvitova – Twitter)

Doubles: (2) Nicole Melichar and Demi Schuurs would defeat Monica Niculescu and Jelena Ostapenko 6-2, 2-6, 10-8 to win the doubles championship.

WTA Lyon Open

Result: In the championship match, 18-year-old Clara Tauson would defeat Viktorija Golubic 6-4, 6-1 to claim the trophy.

Story: The two finalists were really the story of the tournament. As if the 18-year-old Tauson defeating the top-seeded Alexandrova and going on to win the championship wasn’t already enough of a story, Golubic would make a valiant run of her own. She would defeat (3) Caroline Garcia and (2) Fiona Ferro on her way to the championship.

Clara Tauson - 2021 WTA Lyon Open Singles Champion
Tauson celebrating her victory over Golubic at the 2021 Lyon Open. (Photo Credit: @DogukanDilber_)

Doubles: The top-seeded team of Viktoria Kuzmova and Arantxa Rus defeated the team of Eugenie Bouchard and Olga Danilovic 3-6, 7-5, 10-7 to win the championship.

Upcoming Tournaments

Following these two exciting weeks of tennis, we’ll get two more weeks full of great tennis tournaments.

On the ATP Tour, next week there will be action at the Qatar Open, the Marseille Open, and the Chile Open. The following week we’ll see action in Dubai and Acapulco.

On the WTA Tour, next week there will be action at the Dubai Tennis Championships and Abierto Zapopan. The following week we’ll see action in Monterrey and St. Petersburg.

If you’d like to read more about any of these upcoming tournaments, check out these links:

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Spotlight Story: David Nalbandian is Back on the ATP Tour as a Coach

After retiring in 2013, former World No. 3 David Nalbandian is back on the ATP Tour, but this time as a coach.

He recently joined ATP Top 50 player Miomir Kecmanovic’s team. Kecmanovic is only 21 years old and is of Serbian descent. He has a lot of nice things to say about Nalbandian.

“It means a lot to me to have David with me now. He was one of the best of his generation and his experience could really help me a lot,” Kecmanovic told after their first training session together.  “I watched him play for many months on television. I remember a lot of his matches, seeing them on YouTube, when he beat the Big Three. That was incredible.”

“I hope to be able to work with him a lot. He’s already mentioned some ideas to me. I hope to go far this week, but it’s important to learn, to be able to progress and we’ll gradually change and the results will take care of themselves.”

As for Nalbandian’s take on Kecmanovic, “He’s a young boy with good potential and I’ll try to improve him as a player,” Nalbandian said. “It’s a way of trying a few weeks out, in Cordoba, Buenos Aires, and Santiago and then we’ll look at the schedule.”

If you’d like to read more about Nalbandian and Kecmanovic’s new partnership, make sure to check out this article by the ATP Tour.

Isaiah Buse

About the author

Isaiah Buse is a tennis enthusiast who currently plays at the NAIA level in Missouri. He has covered the top tennis stories and tournaments for over 2 years now and has enjoyed every second of it. In addition to writing, he enjoys teaching the younger generation of tennis players.

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