Further suspensions by the ATP, WTA and ITF

The ATP Tour and International Tennis Federation (ITF) have extended their suspensions of professional tennis until July 31 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, they said on Friday. The ATP and WTA announced in April that they were suspending all tournaments until July 13, with the WTA saying on Friday it had further suspended four events…

A proposal for the return of tennis

Earlier today, Tennis South Africa submitted a proposal to the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture for the proposed return of play of the sport in South Africa. This proposal makes the case that tennis (as well as other non-contact, individual sports) needs to be considered as a low risk activity, in the context of…

Tennis activities prohibited in Lockdown 4

From Tennis South Africa (TSA): “We are fully aware of how frustrating the lockdown period has been for everyone and we sympathise with you all. This is a difficult time for everyone within the tennis community. We are all very keen to get back on court and resume all the tennis activities involved in this…

Crookes and Ravele to be reviewed by Independent committee

Ntambi Ravele has decided to step aside to allow the arbitration at the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) to happen and an investigation from Tennis SA (TSA) to go ahead without her being a board member. The TSA board said in a statement yesterday that it has unanimously accepted a recommendation, by…

Laver Cup Boston 2020 Moved To 2021

Event organisers today announced that the Laver Cup will not be held in 2020, but will return to Boston in 2021, a move prompted by changes to the international tennis calendar which created a scheduling conflict with other major international tennis events. The fourth edition of the Laver Cup will now be held at TD…

Wimbledon cancelled for the first time since WWII

It is with great regret that the Main Board of the All England Club (AELTC) and the Committee of Management of The Championships have today decided that The Championships 2020 will be cancelled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic. The 134th Championships will instead be staged from 28 June to 11…

TSA extends tournaments suspension

Tennis South Africa (TSA) has announced a further suspension of all sanctioned events, under its jurisdiction, until the 7th June 2020, inclusive. The decision to extend the shutdown of local tennis tournaments, and related activities, has been taken in light of the ever-growing threat posed by the COVID-19 outbreak and the State President’s announcement of…

TSA events suspended

Tennis South Africa has today confirmed that all TSA sanctioned events will be suspended for the next 6 weeks – until the 20th April at the earliest. This follows Sunday evening’s declaration by our State President of a national state of disaster in South Africa. Within the declaration there are three key considerations that immediately…

SA to play Venezuela away in Davis Cup tie

South Africa’s Davis Cup team will face Venezuela in an away tie in the World Group II in September after the two nations were drawn against one another at the International Tennis Federation (ITF) headquarters in London, United Kingdom, on Friday. The tie will be played on either Friday, 18 and Saturday, 19 September or…

Tennis events cancelled due to Coronavirus

The two international tournaments being played in Potchefstroom have been cancelled – ATP PotchOpen Challenger and the ITF Ilana Kloss International. ‪This follows the announcement of a 6-week suspension of tennis events due to escalating health & safety issues arising from the global outbreak of COVID-19.‬ Players participating in the these events will earn round…

SA’s Davis Cup promotion hopes crash

South Africa’s Davis Cup promotion hopes suffered a massive setback after back-to-back upsets on Day 2 of their World Group 1 play-off tie against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Saturday. The day started with the teams level-pegging at 1-all after but after Saturday’s two rubbers, Bosnia sealed the tie with a…

South Africa tied with Bosnia and Herzegovina after day one

The South African Davis Cup team sits tied with Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-1 following the opening day of action in the Davis Cup World Group 1 playoff tie at Arena Zenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bosnia’s top player Damir Dzumhur secured the first victory of the day on Friday, defeating South Africa’s Ruan Roelofse in…

Davis Cup Order of Play decided

South African Davis Cup team captain Marcos Ondruska is upbeat ahead of the weekend’s Davis Cup World Group 1 Play-off tie against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Zenica, starting on Friday. Ondruska nominated Lloyd Harris and Ruan Roelofse for the singles with Raven Klaasen and Ruan Roelofse for the doubles. In the draw conducted Thursday, South…

SA Davis Cup Captain upbeat ahead of this weekend’s tie

South African Davis Cup team captain Marcos Ondruska is upbeat ahead of the weekend’s Davis Cup World Group 1 Play-off tie against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Zenica, starting on Friday. After two days of working out with the team, Ondruska says all the players are in a good condition and they are very pumped up…