Sophie Taylor

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Unseeded Russia claims 2021 Junior Davis Cup title over France

A HUGE week for Russia ended with a huge title, clinching the Junior Davis Cup for the third time and overcoming second seeded France in a stellar result for the nation. Despite dropping their first tie of the week, the Russian trio in Yaroslav Demin, Maxim Zhukov and Danil Panarin have been in blistering form, […]

Czech Republic crowned 2021 Junior Billie Jean King Cup champions

THE 2021 Junior Billie Jean King Cup champion has been decided, with the Czech Republic coming away with a fifth title – and first since 2015 – at Club Mega Saray in Antalya, Turkey on the weekend. The top-seeded Czechs were virtually unstoppable throughout the event, claiming wins in 14 of 15 matches and sweeping […]

Young gun focus: Carlos Alcaraz

THERE is a wealth of developing international talent making its way up the ranks across both the ATP and WTA Tours, with this series looking into some of the high flyers of late who have shot up the rankings in recent months. This week, we take a look at explosive Spaniard, Carlos Alcaraz. >>READ: ATP Teenage […]

WTA Tour rankings update: Swiatek, Sakkari break new ground

THE 2021 WTA Tour rankings have seen plenty of changes as the year has gone by, with four different Grand Slam winners gracing the court as young talent flies up the ranks and some established names fall. We take a look at some of the recent and notable movements in the rankings. While not necessarily […]

2021 Laver Cup Team World preview

THE 2021 Laver Cup is set to play out this weekend, with Team World looking to shake up the contest and blow away Team Europe at this year’s iteration of the event. While Team World – coached by American great John McEnroe – is yet to win a Laver Cup, this could be their best […]

Billie Jean King Cup schedule announced

IN big news this week, the 2020-21 Billie Jean King Cup Finals schedule has been announced, with the previously known Fed Cup event changing its name and this year’s structure due to continued disruptions to the international tennis calendar, seeing the World Group known as the Finals in this year’s edition. The Billie Jean King […]

US Open shines light on WTA future stars

WHEN it comes to the WTA Tour, there is no doubt that youngsters are on their way up with plenty of developing talent showcasing their wares throughout the season so far. An all teenage grand slam final was seen for the first time since 1999 as Great Britain’s Emma Raducanu and Canada’s Leylah Fernandez faced […]

Young gun focus: Jenson Brooksby

WHEN it comes to developing talent, the United States has no shortage of great young stars coming through the ranks. We take a look at the likes of American world number 81 Jenson Brooksby, who has taken the lower ATP Tour events by storm in 2021. Based in Sacramento, California, 20-year-old Brooksby has had a breakout […]

ATP Tour wrap: Auger-Aliassime makes history, takes on Medvedev in US Open semi

THE first 2021 US Open semi-final has been decided, with second seed Daniil Medvedev and 12th ranked Felix Auger-Aliassime set to go head-to-head following quarter final victories. While Medvedev was forced to go to a tight fourth set, Auger-Aliassime enters his first grand slam semi off the back of an unfortunate mid-match retirement from a talented teen. […]

WTA Tour wrap: Teen Fernandez to take on Sabalenka in US Open semi-finals

THE first two US Open semi-finalists have been decided, with two huge quarter final clashes proving that no results are a given at this stage of the competition. While second seed Aryna Sabalenka ultimately coasted through to her second grand slam semi final, it was a completely different story in the opening match of the […]

ATP Tour wrap: Upsets continue ahead of US Open second week

A COUPLE of seeds fell in intriguing circumstances to finish off the first week of 2021 US Open action, as three five-set battles played out to complete the third round. Of the few upsets, a victory to wildcard Jenson Brooksby took the cake as the American downed 21st seed Aslan Karatsev in five sets, 6-2 3-6 2-6 […]

WTA Tour wrap: Barty falls in thriller as Raducanu joins teen brigade in second week

A HUGE Saturday of US Open women’s action saw upsets aplenty as the third round was completed, creating some intriguing matches to come. The biggest upset of the day was arguably the three set epic between number one seed Ash Barty and American Shelby Rogers, who built off a huge home crowd to claim a come from behind […]

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