The Association of Tennis Professionals or the ATP Tour has added six new events. They are to replace the 2022 China swing affected by coronavirus. In a statement, the ATP Tour said it decided to cancel the Shanghai Masters, China Open (Beijing), Chengdu Open, and Zhuhai Championships due to the prevailing COVID restrictions in China. In order to replace the canceled events, the ATP decided to hold tournaments in San Diego, Seoul, Tel-Aviv, Florence, Gijon, and Naples between September 19 and October 23.
The six events are ATP 250 tournaments. The officials decided to upgrade the Astana and Tokyo events to 500-level tournaments from 250. All other events will be held as scheduled, with the season culminating at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan and ATP Finals in Turin. The new events will replace the month-long lull caused by the postponement of the China ATP swing. Although the areas are well distributed, it will remain as exciting as before, with ATP tennis betting enthusiasts having more chances of picking the best bets for the tournament.
Djokovic to Join Team Europe in Laver Cup
Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic has confirmed his participation for the powerhouse Team Europe in the Laver Cup on September 23-25. Aside from Djokovic, the Bjorn Borg-skippered squad will have Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray in the fifth edition of the event at the O2 stadium in London. It is the first time the Serbian tennis star will compete in the team event since 2018 in Chicago. They will face Team World mentored by John McEnroe. Two other members of Team Europe are yet to be named.
Team World has named three netters in the lineup, with Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada, Taylor Fritz of the United States and Diego Schwartzmann of Argentina making up the squad. They seek to end Team Europe’s dominance in the team event. They have won four staging of the competition in Prague (2017), Chicago (2018), Geneva (2019) and Boston (2021). Borg was ecstatic with Djokovic’s confirmation. He said he could never have imagined the four tennis icons playing together as teammates.
Wim Fissette Steps Down as Naomi Osaka’s Coach
Belgian tennis coach Wim Fissette will not be on Naomi Osaka‘s side when the four-time Grand Slam champion needs game-changing advice. Fissette announced on Instagram that he stepped down as Osaka’s coach after more than two years of guiding the tennis star to the 2020 United States Open and 2021 Australian Open. He thanked Osaka for the journey and said he looks forward to her stellar career. Osaka has been on a roller-coaster ride since winning in Melbourne last year. The Japanese withdrew from the 2021 French Open after refusing to join mandatory media conferences.
According to reports, Osaka was battling depression. It causes the former World No1 to become 84th. She has not played since the French Open first round in May. Osaka will return in a tournament in San Jose in August. The Belgian mentor has worked with former Grand Slam champions Kim Clijsters, Victoria Azarenka, Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber. Fissette’s resignation will affect Osaka’s play considering his influence and capacity to help Grand Slam champions. The world’s best tennis betting site will keep you posted with the latest developments.