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!
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.
- Read more about Humbert’s 2021 Halle Open victory here.
- Ugo Humbert vs Andrey Rublev For The Title | Halle 2021 Final Highlights
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?
- Read more about Berrettini’s 2021 London Open victory here.
- Matteo Berrettini vs Cameron Norrie | Queen’s 2021 Final Highlights
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.
- Read more about Samsonova’s 2021 Bett1 Open victory here.
- Liudmila Samsonova vs. Belinda Bencic | 2021 Berlin Final | WTA Match Highlights
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.
- Read more about Ostapenko’s 2021 Eastbourne Open victory here.
- Anett Kontaveit vs. Jelena Ostapenko | 2021 Eastbourne Final | WTA Match Highlights
Doubles: (2) Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara defeated (1) Nicole Melichar and Demi Schuurs 6-1, 6-4 to win the championship.
- 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.
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.
- Wimbledon Championships (ATP Grand Slam)
- Wimbledon Championships (WTA Grand Slam)
- Nordea Open (WTA 125)
- Hamburg European Open (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.
- Naomi Osaka to skip Wimbledon, plans to return for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
- Have you ever wondered how tennis pros choose balls? Well, even if you haven’t, here’s the answer.
- Rafael Nadal plans to skip Wimbledon and the 2021 Tokyo Olympics to allow his body protection and time to recover.
- Stefanos Tsitsipas and Maria Sakkari announced that they will play mixed doubles at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, giving Greece a serious chance to medal.
- More bad news from Simona Halep has caused many tennis fans to become concerned about her future.
- Is the end near for Roger Federer? Many speculators believe so and they may have a good reason to.
- Dominic Thiem will undergo an MRI on his wrist and is uncertain about his 2021 Wimbledon Championship plans.
- Jamie Murray didn’t make Great Britain’s Olympic Team, but his brother Andy made the team in doubles.
- Nick Kyrgios had some exciting news about himself and Venus Williams headed into the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.
- Serena Willimas confirmed that she will not be competing at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, leaving many fans disheartened.
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.