In our last edition of tennis news, we talked about the 2020/2021 Tokyo Olympics. This time we get to look at a couple of Masters 1000s.
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: Western & Southern Open, Canadian Open, & More
Daniil Medvedev would prevail at the Canadian Open, the Western & Southern Open would be an exciting battle of the youth, and much more.
Canadian Open (ATP 1000)
Singles: (1) Daniil Medvedev defeated Reilly Opelka 6-4, 6-3 to win the 2021 Canadian Open.
Story: Although Medvedev would come away with the victory, American Reilly Opelka would truly shine at the 2021 Canadian Open. During the tournament, he defeated the likes of Nick Kyrgios, (14) Grigor Dimitrov, Lloyd Harris, (10) Roberto Bautista Agut, and (3) Stefanos Tsitsipas. The 23-year-old certainly has a lot of time to keep improving and we’re excited to see what he can do. But, for now, it is the 25-year-old Medvedev soaking in the spotlight.
Doubles: (3) Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury defeated (1) Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic 6-3, 4-6, 10-3 to claim the doubles title.
Western & Southern Open (ATP 1000)
Singles: (3) Alexander Zverev defeated (4) Andrey Rublev 6-2, 6-3 to win the 2021 Western & Southern Open championship.
Story: After an impressive tournament, defeating the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev, and Casper Ruud, Alexander Zverev must feel good about his level of play. After losing in the US Open last year, he will certainly look to capitalize on this momentum at the 2021 US Open.
- Read more about Zverev’s 2021 Western & Southern Open victory here.
- Watch Highlights: Andrey Rublev vs Alexander Zverev In Title Decider | Cincinnati 2021 Final Highlights
Doubles: (2) Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos defeated Austin Krajicek and Steve Johnson 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5) to win the doubles championship.
Canadian Open (WTA 1000)
Singles: Camila Giorgi defeated (4) Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 7-5 to win the singles championship.
Story: The champion, Giorgi, was certainly the story of the 2021 Canadian Open. In easily the best tournament performance of her career, the Italian defeated (9) Elise Mertens, Nadia Podoroska, (7) Petra Kvitova, (15) Coco Gauff, Jessica Pegula, and (4) Pliskova. This certainly isn’t a tournament she will forget anytime soon, and she’ll look to replicate this success at the 2021 US Open.
- Read more about Giorgi’s 2021 Canadian Open victory here.
- Watch Highlights: Karolina Pliskova vs. Camila Giorgi | 2021 Montreal Final | WTA Match Highlights
Doubles: (5) Gabriela Dabrowski and Luisa Stefani defeated (6) Andreja Klepac and Darija Jurak 6-3, 6-4 in the doubles championship.
Western & Southern Open (WTA 1000)
Singles: (1) Ash Barty defeated Jil Teichmann 6-3, 6-1 to win the 2021 Western & Southern Open.
Story: As if she didn’t already have enough hardware, the Australian Ash Barty would add yet another trophy to her shelf at the 2021 Western & Southern Open. She wouldn’t drop a single set on the way to winning the championship and is certainly the favorite to win the 2021 US Open.
- Read more about Barty’s 2021 Western & Southern Open victory here.
- Watch Highlights: Ashleigh Barty vs. Jil Teichmann | 2021 Cincinnati Final | WTA Match Highlights
Doubles: Zhang Shuai and Sam Stosur defeated (6) Gabriela Dabrowski and Luisa Stefani 7-5, 6-3 to win the doubles championship.
- Chicago Open (WTA 125)
- Clara Tauson defeated Emma Raducanu 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 in singles.
- Eri Hozumi and Peangtarn Plipuech defeated Mona Barthel and Hsieh Yu-chieh 7-5, 6-2 in doubles.
Following some exciting Masters tournaments, both tours will play one of the biggest tournaments of the year, the 2021 US Open.
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.
- Winston-Salem Open (ATP 250)
- US Open (ATP Grand Slam)
- Tennis In The Land (WTA 250)
- Chicago Women’s Open (WTA 250)
- US Open (WTA Grand Slam)
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.
- A lot of top tennis players chose to not play tournaments leading up to the 2021 US Open, here’s why.
- The USTA didn’t want to make this decision, but spectators have been banned from the 2021 US Open qualifiers.
- A shortage of tennis balls has become apparent not only in stores, but online as well.
- As the end continues to draw nearer for the Big 3, who will step up and start winning?
- Roger Federer has announced that he will undergo another knee surgery, questioning his ability to return to the tennis scene.
- Rafael Nadal announced that he would miss the rest of the 2021 season due to a foot injury.
- Dominic Thiem announced that he would miss the rest of the 2021 season due to a wrist injury.
- Taylor Townsend proved her on-air abilities while on the Tennis Channel recently.
- With many players ending their 2021 season prematurely, many believe it is Medvedev’s turn to face Djokovic for a Grand Slam Title.
- Daniil Medvedev crashed into a camera during a match and the tennis world went crazy.
Spotlight Story: Rafael Nadal Ends His 2021 Season Prematurely
Recently, Rafael Nadal announced that his 2021 season would be ending early due to a left foot issue.
After an early exit at the Citi Open, he was forced to withdraw from the Canadian Open before eventually deciding to not attend the US Open or any other events in 2021.
“I wanted to inform you that unfortunately, I have to end the 2021 season,” Nadal tweeted.
“Honestly, I have been suffering much more than I should with my foot for a year and I need to take some time … to find a solution to this problem or at least improve it in order to continue to have options for the next few years,” Nadal said.
“I’m with the maximum enthusiasm and predisposition to do whatever it takes to recover the best possible shape to keep competing for the things that really motivate me.”
“I’m convinced that with the recovery of the foot and obviously a very important daily effort … this can be achieved. I will work as hard as I can to make it happen.”
Read more on ESPN.