Pro Tennis News: Keeping Up with the Tours – Madrid Open, Italian Open, & COVID Restrictions Loosened

The last time we checked in 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.

Alexander Zverev - 2021 Madrid Open Singles Champion
Alexander Zverev celebrating his 2021 Madrid Open Victory. (Photo Credit: Mutua Madrid Open – Twitter)

Doubles: (3) Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos defeated (2) Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic 1-6, 6-3, 10-8 to claim the trophy.

Highlights: Alexander Zverev vs Matteo Berrettini | Madrid 2021 Final Highlights

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.

Rafael Nadal - 2021 Italian Open Singles Champion
Rafael Nadal elated after his victory at the 2021 Italian Open over Novak Djokovic. (Photo Credit: ATP Tour – Twitter)

Doubles: (2) Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic defeated (5) Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) to win the trophy.

Highlights: Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal | Rome 2021 Final Highlights

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.

Aryna Sabalenka - 2021 WTA Madrid Open Singles Champion
Aryna Sabalenka with her trophy following her 2021 Madrid Open victory. (Photo Credit: WTA Tennis)

Doubles: (2) Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova defeated (3) Demi Schuurs and Gabriela Dabrowski 6-4, 6-3 to win the title.

Highlights: Ash Barty vs. Aryna Sabalenka | 2021 Madrid Final | WTA Match Highlights

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.

Iga Swiatek - 2021 WTA Italian Open Singles Champion
Iga Swiatek celebrating her victory with her team. (Photo Credit: WTA – Twitter)

Doubles: Sharon Fichman and Giuliana Olmos defeated Ena Shibahara and Shuko Aoyama 6-3, 6-2 to win the championship.

Highlights: Iga Swiatek vs. Karolina Pliskova | 2021 Rome Final | WTA Match Highlights

Other Tournaments

  • 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.

Upcoming Tournaments

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.


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.


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.

The Only Doubles Strategy Newsletter

Get A Free Net-Play Doubles Guide on How to Play with More Confidence at the Net! Join league and tournament doubles players from all over the world and improve your game with a new doubles lesson each week.

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.