PUBLISHED: 16:44 30 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:44 30 July 2018 The triumphant Suffolk tennis team who were crowned national champions in Eastbourne. Picture: SHEELAGH WATTS Archant The Suffolk Men’s tennis squad have made history by winning the national county title. In a sporting underdog story akin to little Leicester City lifting the Premier League crown, the Suffolk squad saw off a host of more-moneyed and better fancied outfits to lift the title for the first time in Eastbourne.Under the inspirational captaincy of Jez Cowley, the squad of Matt Hough, Ashley Watling, Matt Kirby, Ben Jones, Myles Orton, Ben Smith, Oscar Cutting, James Ling and Ryan Lambert defied the odds.It is the culmination of a remarkable 14 years at the helm for Cowley, who took over with his county languishing in Group Six and guided them all the way to the top division – and now to the very top of the tree.“What we’ve achieved is humongous,” said Cowley, 36. “It’s … [Read more...] about Suffolk win historic national county tennis title
News 41 // 30 Jul 2018, 18:24 IST SHARE New Delhi, Jul 30 (PTI) Karman Kaur Thandi today became only the sixth Indian woman tennis player to crack the top-200 rankings in singles as she jumped 32 places to reach a career-best 200 in the WTA chart.The 20-year-old Delhi girl, backed by Mahesh Bhupathi, has been in good form in the past few weeks, winning her maiden ITF singles title in Hong Kong and making the semifinals in two others in China.In April, the country's top singles player Ankita had broken into the top-200 and is now ranked 195 (-4).Before these two girls, Sania Mirza, Nirupama Vaidyanathan, Shikha Uberoi and Sunitha Rao had made it to top-200.While Sania, winner of six Grand Slam titles in doubles, touched a career-high of 27 in singles in 2007, Nirupama's best rank was 134 in 1997.Shikha's highest ranking was 122 and Sunita reached 144. Both these players lived in the US and had US passport although on Tour they represented … [Read more...] about Karman cracks top-200, only 6th Indian woman tennis player to do so
News 16 // 30 Jul 2018, 02:26 IST SHARE Underdog Matteo Berrettini revelled in singles and doubles ATP World Tour titles after playing what he believed to be the best tennis of his life at the Swiss Open Gstaad.The 22-year-old Italian had never previously won a Tour title and, before the start of the week, had not triumphed in a doubles match at this level.But Berrettini delivered in remarkable fashion, upsetting Roberto Bautista-Agut in the singles and then doubling up with Daniele Bracciali later on Sunday.Berrettini and Bracciali defeated Igor Zelenay and Denys Molchanov 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-5) to have the world number 84 bemused by his successes."[It was an] unbelievable week, really. I think I played the best tennis of my life and I am really happy," he told the ATP website."I am also happy that I played singles and doubles and that I was able to play both. I was really good about my body."Of course I dreamed about [a title], but it was so far. … [Read more...] about I played the best tennis of my life!
Detroit Free Press Published 3:06 p.m. UTC Jul 29, 2018 Tennis champion Zina Garrison will be the celebrity host for the tennis tournament on Belle Isle next weekend as part of a national convention for black journalists. The event begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday as part of the National Association of Black Journalists annual convention and career fair in Detroit. The conference starts Wednesday and ends Sunday for an estimated 3,000 journalists. Detroit NABJ said in a news release Sunday it is celebrating Garrison on the 30th anniversary of her gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. It has also been nearly three decades since Garrison became the first black woman since Althea Gibson to make the Wimbledon finals, according to the release. The round-robin tennis tournament for intermediate players in Detroit features a $500 prize for the singles champion and a $500 prize for the doubles champion team. The entry fee is $25 for singles and $40 for … [Read more...] about Tennis champion Zina Garrison plans Detroit visit for NABJ convention
(Reuters) - Italy’s Matteo Berrettini overcame second seed Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6(9) 6-4 to win his first title at the Swiss Open in Gstaad on Sunday. Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - July 3, 2018 Italy's Matteo Berrettini in action during the first round match against Jack Sock of the U.S. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls World number 17 Bautista Agut, who was playing in his first event since he suffered a hip injury in Halle, gave everything to stay in contention after fending off five break points but failed to match his opponent’s powerful groundstrokes. The 22-year-old Berrettini snatched the opening set tiebreak 11-9, before converting a break point in the 10th game of the second to wrap up the victory. “From the beginning until the end it was really tough to break him,” Berrettini said. “I served really good most of the days and it was an unbelievable tiebreak. “If I lost the tiebreak, I … [Read more...] about Tennis: Berrettini stuns Bautista Agut for career-first title in…