In our previous recap of tour tennis news, we had a couple of exciting 500-level tournaments. This time we got to see a matchup between Djokovic and Nadal in the Italian Open championship and much more.
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 from the last few weeks!
ATP & WTA Tournament News and Results: Madrid Open, Italian Open, & More
Two next-gen stars would battle for a championship, familiar foes would meet again, and much more went on during these past two weeks.
Madrid Open (ATP 1000)
Singles: (5) Alexander Zverev defeated (8) Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (8-10), 6-4, 6-3 to win the 2021 Madrid Open.
Story: The 24-year-old Zverev would use the 2021 Madrid Open to prove that he is still in form and a threat to win the 2021 French Open. He would defeat tough players like Nishikori, Evans, (1) Nadal, and (3) Thiem en route to the championship. If anyone is ready for a breakout at a Grand Slam in 2021, it is Zverev.
Doubles: (3) Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos defeated (2) Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic 1-6, 6-3, 10-8 to claim the trophy.
Italian Open (ATP 1000)
Singles: (2) Rafael Nadal defeated (1) Novak Djokovic 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 to win the 2021 Italian Open.
Story: Anytime there is a championship matchup between Nadal and Djokovic, it has definitely been a good tournament. But, on top of their impressive performances, hometown favorite Lorenzo Sonego would play a great tournament. The Italian would manage to defeat (14) Monfils, Mager, (4) Thiem, and (7) Rublev before losing to Djokovic in the semifinals. Win or lose, the crowd was behind him the whole time and everyone is excited to see what he’ll do at Roland Garros.
Doubles: (2) Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic defeated (5) Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) to win the trophy.
Madrid Open (WTA 1000)
Singles: (5) Aryna Sabalenka defeated (1) Ash Barty 6-0, 3-6, 6-4 to win the 2021 WTA 1000 Madrid Open.
Story: Despite Barty’s impressive play on clay recently, Sabalenka would manage to win her first WTA clay court title. The fifth-seed would defeat Zvonareva, Kasatkina, Pegula, (13) Mertens, and Pavlyuchenkova on her way to the championship. This win gives WTA fans many reasons to be excited about the upcoming French Open and possibly a reason to be ready for a new champion.
Doubles: (2) Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova defeated (3) Demi Schuurs and Gabriela Dabrowski 6-4, 6-3 to win the title.
Italian Open (WTA 1000)
Singles: (15) Iga Swiatek defeated (9) Karolina Pliskova 6-0, 6-0 to win the 2021 WTA Italian Open in dominant fashion.
Story: There’s no doubt Iga Swiatek is a good player, but when it comes to the clay season she is on a whole different level. She only dropped one set while defeating the likes of Svitolina and Gauff en route to her dominant championship performance. If there is anyone outside of the top of the rankings that is a clear favorite to win the French Open, it’s Iga Swiatek.
Doubles: Sharon Fichman and Giuliana Olmos defeated Ena Shibahara and Shuko Aoyama 6-3, 6-2 to win the championship.
- L’Open 35 de Saint-Malo (WTA 125)
- (5) Viktorija Golubic defeated Jasmine Paolini 6-1, 6-3 in singles.
- (2) Sabrina Santamaria and Kaitlyn Christian defeated (1) Hayley Carter and Luisa Stefani 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 10-5 in doubles.
Following the 2021 ATP & WTA 1000 Madrid & Italian Opens, both tours will have a couple of exciting weeks of tennis.
Here is a list of the upcoming pro tennis tournaments. If you’d like to read more about these tournaments, click on the links below.
- Geneva Open (ATP 250)
- Lyon Open (ATP 250)
- Emilia-Romagna Open (ATP 250)
- Belgrade Open (ATP 250)
- Belgrade Open (WTA 250)
- Emilia-Romagna Open (WTA 250)
- Internationaux De Strasbourg (WTA 250)
Top 10 News Stories Around the Pro Tennis Tour
Here are our top 10 biggest stories from around the tennis world over the past two weeks.
- Alexander Bublik’s unusual style has helped him put together a very impressive 2021 campaign so far.
- Sofia Kenin, a former Australian Open Champion, has fired her father and is searching for a new coach.
- The USTA has launched a new tennis program to help promote the sport.
- Naomi Osaka has had some mixed feelings about the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
- Fans are disgusted by Novak Djokovic after his actions during an angry outburst at the Italian Open.
- Rafael Nadal’s comments have raised concerns about the upcoming 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
- Ash Barty believes she’s the woman to beat on clay no matter who the top contenders are.
- Serena Williams has accepted a wildcard to the Emilia-Romagna Open to get a few more matches in before the French Open.
- Hawkeye on clay isn’t as simple as it seems, and it isn’t the umps’ fault that they don’t have the equipment they need.
- Roger Federer announced that he is vaccinated and eager to play in Geneva.
Spotlight Story: ATP To Begin Loosening COVID “Bubble” Restrictions
Although the ATP has previously tried, and failed, to loosen COVID restrictions for players during tournaments — namely at the Monte-Carlo Masters — things are starting to look up.
The ATP has plans to begin allowing players to stay at other hotels, go to restaurants, travel on public transportation, and travel with other players.
However, the ATP will still not allow players to attend large public gatherings, go to bars, nightclubs, or other similar things.
All of these changes will be subject to the local authorities’ decision and the WTA has decided to not loosen restrictions yet.
If you would like to read the original piece, make sure to check out this article by Tennis Majors.