by Isaiah Buse

June 28, 2021   

In our last edition of tennis news, we had an exciting two weeks at the 2021 French Open. This time we get to look at several smaller tournaments in preparation for the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.

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!

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ATP & WTA Tournament News and Results: Halle Open, Eastbourne Open, & More

Ugo Humbert would leave his mark at the Halle Open, Matteo Berrettini would continue his solid play, and much more.

Halle Open (ATP 500)

Singles: Ugo Humbert defeated (4) Andrey Rublev 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) to win the 2021 Halle Open.

Story: Not only would Humbert win the biggest tournament of his career but he would also provide tennis fans with another name to consider at this year’s Wimbledon Championships. As an unseeded player, he didn’t have any easy path to the championship, but he would defeat Sam Querrey, (3) Alexander Zverev, Sebastian Korda, and Felix Auger-Aliassime on his way to the finals.

Ugo Humbert - 2021 Halle Open Singles Champion
Humbert hoisting his trophy following his defeat of Rublev in the championship. (Photo Credit: The Indian Express)

Doubles: (3) Kevin Krawietz and Horia Tecau defeated Hubert Hurkacz and Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 to win the title.

London Open (ATP 500)

Singles: (1) Matteo Berrettini defeated Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3 to win the championship.

Story: Unlike Humbert, who was a bit of a surprise, Berrettini is beginning to really prove himself at the highest level. Winning the tournament was definitely a step in the right direction, but a lot of tennis fans are ready to see him take the next step at a Grand Slam. Could that be at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships?

Matteo Berrettini - 2021 Queen's Club Championship Singles Champion
Matteo Berrettini with his trophy following his championship victory. (Photo Credit: ESPN)

Doubles: (4) Nicolas Mahut and Pierre Hugues-Herbert defeated Reilly Opelka and John Peers 6-4, 7-5 to hoist the trophy.

Bett1 Open (WTA 500)

Singles: Ludmilla Samsonova defeated (5) Belinda Bencic 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 to hoist the 2021 Bett1 Open trophy.

Story: In easily the best performance of her career, Samsonova would take down several giants en route to a championship. After qualifying, she would defeat Vondrousova, Kudermetova, Keys, and (7) Azarenka on her way to the championship. As if the WTA Tour wasn’t already unpredictable enough, go ahead and add Samsonova’s name to the list of contenders.

Ludmilla Samsonova - 2021 Bett1 Open Singles Champion
Samsonova kissing her trophy following her 2021 Bett1 Open victory. (Photo Credit: WTA Tour)

Doubles: (4) Victoria Azarenka and Aryna Sabalenka defeated (1) Nicole Melichar and Demi Schuurs 4-6, 7-5, 10-4 to win the doubles championship.

Eastbourne Open (WTA 500)

Singles: Jelena Ostapenko defeated Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 6-3 to win the 2021 WTA Eastbourne Open Singles Championship.

Story: Although it wasn’t one of the hardest draws she has defeated, Ostapenko would defeat a pretty good group of players to win the championship. She would defeat (8) Pavlyuchenkova, Jabeur, Kasatkina, and Rybakina on her way to the finals. Ostapenko is often known for her ability to be hot and cold, but maybe this victory is a sign that she will be hot headed into the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.

Jelena Ostapenko - 2021 WTA Eastbourne Open Singles Champion
Jelena Ostapenko with her trophy following her 2021 WTA Eastbourne Open. (Photo Credit: WTA Tour)

Doubles: (2) Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara defeated (1) Nicole Melichar and Demi Schuurs 6-1, 6-4 to win the championship.

Other Tournaments

  • Mallorca Championships (ATP 250)
    • (1) Daniil Medvedev defeated Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-2 in singles.
    • (4) Simone Bolelli and Maximo Gonzalez defeated Carlos Gomez Herrera and Novak Djokovic by walkover in doubles.
  • Eastbourne Open (ATP 250)
    • (2) Alex De Minaur defeated (3) Lorenzo Sonego 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) in singles.
    • (1) Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic defeated (3) Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury 6-4, 6-3 in doubles.
  • Bad Homburg Open (WTA 250)
    • (4) Angelique Kerber defeated Katerina Siniakova 6-3, 6-2 in singles.
    • (1) Darija Jurak and Andreja Klepac defeated (2) Nadiia Kichenok and Raluca Olaru 6-3, 6-1 in doubles.
  • Birmingham Open (WTA 250)
    • (2) Ons Jabeur defeated (4) Daria Kasatkina 7-5, 6-4 in singles.
    • Lucie Hradecka and Marie Bouzkova defeated Ons Jabeur and Ellen Perez 6-4, 2-6, 10-8 in doubles.

Upcoming Tournaments

After these amazing tournaments leading up to Wimbledon, both tours will begin one of the most prestigious tournaments of the year, the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.

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: Dayana Yastremska Cleared Of Doping Accusations

After being accused of violating anti-doping rules 6 months ago, Dayana Yastremska has officially been cleared of any fault for her violation.

In a post Yastremska made on Twitter on the 22nd of June, she said, “I received the decision yesterday. The Tribunal accepted that the positive test was caused by contamination, that I acted without fault or negligence and that no sanction should be imposed on me. I am therefore free to resume playing tennis with immediate effect.”

This is good news for the tennis world since Yastremska was one of the best young players in the game before her brief suspension.

Hopefully, she will be able to resume playing at the level that she was playing before her suspension once she returns.

After enduring lots of hate, Yastremska can now let out a big sigh of relief as she can now feel confident in her abilities and character.

Read the original article by Tennis Now.

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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