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SINGAPORE — Martina Hingis announced Thursday that she will retire from tennis at the end of this week’s WTA Finals, where she is playing in the doubles tournament with Chan Yung-Jan.
“Looking back now, it’s hard to believe that almost exactly 23 years ago I made my professional debut,” Hingis, 37, said on her Facebook page.
“The years that followed have been some of the most rewarding years of my life, both personally and professionally, but I believe the time has come for me to retire, which I will be doing after my last match here in Singapore.”
The retirement will be Hingis’s third in a long and illustrious career during which she claimed 25 Grand Slam titles — five in singles, seven in mixed doubles and 13 in women’s doubles.
Hingis first decided to end her career as a 22-year-old in 2003 because of persistent injuries after picking up all five of her major singles titles as a teenager. She won three Australian Opens, one Wimbledon and one United States Open from 1997 to 1999.
I though some club members may be interested in the format and new rules at the ATP NextGen finals starting on 7 Nov. in Milan.
I’ve attached the ATP’s info sheet that explains it all (last page below the staff list) and below is the finalized list of players who qualified. Innovations include no lets, shot clock, player-coach communications….
I’m the ATP’s tournament photographer for the event and leave in a week to cover the Italian qualifying matches to get the 8th player. The Italian Tennis Federation and Olympic committee are hosting it so they get the wild card.
Chris Kermode (CEO of ATP) wants to experiment with changes to speed up the game and make it more interesting with the NextGen finals as it doesn’t award any points. I did the NextGen launch party in Rome at the Internazional BNL D’Italia in May and he was telling me that he hoped that some of these may get adopted into the game.
See you at the end of the year,
About the Next Gen ATP Finals
The Next Gen ATP Finals is the season-ending tournament for the world’s best 21-and-Under players. The tournament features the best seven qualified players of the season (as determined by the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday 30 October, 2017), plus one wild card, battling for US$ 1.275 million in prize money over five days of competition. As well as providing a platform to promote the stars of tomorrow, the tournament will also provide an opportunity to trial new rules and innovation in the sport. The event, run in partnership with the Italian Tennis Federation and the Italian National Olympic Committee, is set to take place in Milan through 2021.
Nelson Bay Tennis Club in Conjunction with our Sponsors Proudly Presents the 2017 “Dave Matthews” Seniors NRT 6 Tennis Tournament. Entry form now available — click link below.
Friday 01 Dec – Sunday 03 Dec 2017
Congrats to all winners, runners-up, and above all, competitors for making the tournament possible.
Special Congrats to Andrew and Sophie for winning the combined singles and doubles titles!
|1. Open Men’s Singles||A RIMINTON||J WALKER|
|2. Open Men’s Doubles||H FAESTE & A RIMINTON||T MALONEY & R MUIR|
|3. Open Women’s Singles||S SULLIVAN||S BUNTING|
|4. Open Women’s Doubles||Y DAVIS & S SULLIVAN||J GUNN & P MUIR|
|5. Open Mixed Doubles||Unfinished|
|6. A Men’s Singles||G DUNSTAN||I FOX|
|8. Men’s 60 Singles||I BATE||R DUMMETT|
Julia and Todd were leading Yvonne and Milton 6/1 3/1 when rain stopped play in the Open Mixed final.
Times & Draws
Phew, we got here! Results from today’s play together with the revised draws and times for this weekend’s play have been posted.
Play starts at 10:30a Sun with the Women’s Open Singles: Sophie versus Sarah and the semi finals of the A grade Men’s singles.: Ian versus Paul, and Geoff versus Peter.
The Blue Ribbon Men’s Open Singles is at high noon: Jono versus Andrew. Andrew won a tough and exciting 3 sets match against Jimmy.
Play concludes for the day with the Open Men’s and Mixed Doubles and wraps up with the BBQ and Presentations.
PLEASE JOIN US FOR SOME GREAT TENNIS AND THE USUAL FREE FOOD EXTRAGANZA.
Good luck to all competitors.
Weekend Times & Draws, No Social Play
Results from last weekend’s play together with the revised draws and times for this weekend’s play have been posted.
Play starts at 1130a Sat with the A grade Men’s singles and semifinal of Open Men’s Doubles. The weather is clearing with cooler temps ideal for singles play! Yvonne Davis is subbing for Sophie Sullivan in the Open Mixed.
A-Grade Men’s Singles had a record 16 person entry but Craig has withdrawn. With Scottie’s help, entries have been graded into two flights with the winner/runner up of each flight going into final playoff rounds. We will play either 3 or 4 rounds (weather dependent) of 8-games no add scoring to decide the winners of each flight. Thereafter, the playoff rounds will be one (1) tiebreaker set to decide the event winner.
Depending on the ‘finalists’, we could play the finals on Sunday since we have courts available during club time. I’ll ask the winners their preference tomorrow. NOTE: all have to agree or posted draw stands!
Sorry but we have no courts available for anyone who wants to play SOCIAL before 4:30p. Normal play should resume for social next weekend.
Good luck to all competitors.
FINALS WEEKEND DRAWS
Results from last weekend’s play together with the draws and times for this weekend’s play have been posted. Play starts at 1130a Sat with the A grade Men’s singles and semifinal of Open Men’s Doubles.
Re A-Grade Men’s Singles, we have a record 16 person entry. With Scottie’s help, entries have been graded into two flights with the winner/runner up of each flight going into final playoff rounds. We will play either 3 or 4 rounds (weather dependent) of 8-games no add scoring to decide. the winners of each flight. Thereafter, the playoff rounds will be one (1) tiebreaker set to decide the event winner.
Good luck to all competitors.
FINALS DAY PRESENTATIONS
Our Club Championships wrap up with FINALS day on Sunday October 22. The Club is inviting all members, family and friends to join us for Finals day. After watching some great tennis, we will have a club BBQ at 230p and a short presentation to the winners of the following events:
- Open Men’s Singles
- Open Men’s Doubles
- Open Women’s Singles
- Open Women’s Doubles
- Open Mixed Doubles
- A Men’s Singles
- Men’s 60 Singles
A difficult day — light rain through most of play but everyone persereved and ALL matches were completed.
Sunday’s play starts tomorrow at 9 am with quarter finals of the Men’s Singles, followed by Men’s Doubles and Mixed in the afternoon.
At high noon, we have the Open Ladies Doubles final.
Congrats to Ian Bate and Ray Dummett who finished 1 and 2 in the Men’s 60 singles round robin. Thank you to Ray & Owen for helping put the matches on!
The weather is expected to improve tomorrow.
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