Jan 092018
ATP pledges shake-up as 4 quit Auckland

AUCKLAND: Men’s tennis boss Chris Kermode Tuesday pledged a shake-up in ATP rules as four players pulled out of the Auckland Classic before their opening matches, citing injury or illness.Four lucky losers from the qualifying tournament found themselves on centre court as Ryan Harrison, Andrey Rublev, Guido Pella and Kyle Edmund all withdrew. By turning up in Auckland, the players became eligible for first-round prize money and avoided an ATP fine.Kermode, executive chairman of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), warned that rules around withdrawals were under review. But he also said he believed the players’ reasons for pulling out.“The bigger concern would be players pulling out before they got here, that would be an issue,” Kermode told Fairfax Media in Auckland.“They make the effort to come to the event and that’s demonstrated the desire to play here.“Tennis is such a physical sport that these things are going to happen. We are currently doing a whole review process of our business and plans for 2019. “Ranking points, player withdrawals and how we deal with that is something we’ve got to and are looking at.” Harrison, who lost the Brisbane International final to Nick Kyrgios on Sunday, said he was too tired to play after arriving in Auckland early on Tuesday. Eighth seed Rublev, who lost the Qatar Open final to Gael Monfils last week, cited injury, as did Pella, a semi-finalist in Doha, and Edmund, who played in Brisbane.All four players are on the entry list for next week’s Australian [Read More…]

Sep 082017
World Team Cup with ranking points could start in 2019

NEW YORK: The World Team Cup, a men’s event offering high prize money and ranking points, could begin as soon as January 2019, sources have said following meetings between tennis stake holders in New York this week. According to two sources familiar with the discussions, there are plans to hold it over 10 days at the start of each year.The event would include a maximum 24 nations of up to five players per team, with as many as 1000 ATP Tour ranking points on offer to players who win all their matches. The competition could be held in multiple cities, most likely in Australia and the Asia Pacific region, forming an integral part of the build-up to the Australian Open, which begins in mid-January. The new event, which was discussed by stake holders including the four grand slam tournaments, the ATP and the International Tennis Federation (ITF), would represent a major shake-up in the tennis calendar. With most leading players traditionally choosing to use the week before a grand slam event to practise, rather than compete in a regular Tour event, it is most likely to be played in the first week of January, the sources said. That slot in the calendar is presently occupied by the Brisbane International and the Hopman Cup, a mixed team event sanctioned by the ITF, which is held in Perth.Britain’s Andy Murray, the world number two, has been one of the most vocal supporters of the proposed event, which was first mooted in May [Read More…]

Jul 232017
Pakistani tennis star Aisam ul Haq bags yet another title

KARACHI: Continuing his superb form this year, Pakistan’s tennis star Aisam ul Haq has added yet another feather to his cap by winning the doubles title of the ATP Hall of Fame Tennis Championship, held in Newport.The top seeded pair of Aisam and Rajeev Ram – his partner from the US – defeated the Austrian duo of Matt Reid and John Smith in a thrilling final that lasted 75 minutes.The Pak-US duo won the first set without much resistance, dropping only four frames, but lost the second frame 4-6. In the super tie breaker, Aisam and Ram were better than their opponents, securing a 10-7 victory.With this win – 6-4, 4-6, and 10-7, Aisam has bagged his fifth ATP title of the year apart from four ATP World Tour ones, all with different partners, and one ATP challenger at Surbiton, UK.Aisam emerged the victor in ATP World Tour titles at Auckland (with Marcin Matkowski), Barcelona (with Florin Mergea), and Antalya (with Robert Lindstedt). The win at Newport completes 15 ATP world tour double titles for the Pakistani player.This was also his first title with Ram and Aisam was happy to be paired with him, saying that he looks forward to winning more tournaments with him.“It’s been a pleasure to play with Rajeev. It’s been a great week. I love Newport and I love coming back here. He’s won so many titles on grass so it was a perfect combination,” he said.Talking about future, Aisam said, “Hopefully, we can play in the future again. [Read More…]

May 012017
Aisam on winning spree, bags doubles title at ATP 500 in Spain

Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) on Monday congratulated Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi on winning the doubles title of the coveted ATP 500 Series, World Tennis Championships held in Barcelona, Spain.PTF President Salim Saifullah Khan along with the PTF management committee, in a statement, extended their heartiest congratulations to Aisam.Aisam, Pakistan's leading tennis player, has won his second doubles title of the year and 13th on the ATP Circuit, pairing with his Romanian partner Florin Mergea.Explore: Aisam-ul-Haq bags ATP doubles title, credits win to family, friends and countryThe pair outclassed Austrian-German duo of Alexander Peya and Philip Petzschner in straight sets with a score of 6-4 and 6-3."We are delighted at his latest win," said the PTF president, adding that Aisam "continues to make the nation proud with his achievements." Aisam and his partner stormed to the final of ATP 500 Series Championships when they outshined former world number one pair, Romanian Horia Tecau and Dutch Julien Roject, after a thrilling 6-3, 5-7 and 14-12 encounter.The Dutch-Romanian pair saved five match points before conceding 12-14 in the final tie-break. In the quarterfinals, Aisam and Mergea surprised everyone when they beat the world number one pair of Henri Kontinen of Finland and John Peers of Australia.Salim said Aisam is a real asset for tennis in Pakistan who has not only raised the country's flag at an international level but also led Pakistan's Davis Cup team to Asia Oceania Davis Cup group two finals this year.“We hope he would carry his good form in the upcoming [Read More…]

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