Fabio 2.0: Why Fognini Is Focussing On Calm & Patience

Fabio Fognini is one of the most entertaining players on the ATP Tour. When the 33-year-old feels a certain way, positively or negatively, he makes sure everyone within shouting distance knows it. But since last May, when the World No. 17 underwent arthroscopic surgery on both his ankles, Fognini has adopted a new mindset highlighted by calm and patience.

Call this Fabio 2.0.

“I know that sounds really weird from me, those kinds of words,” Fognini joked to ATPTour.com after winning his first-round match at the Antalya Open on Friday.

But the Italian is serious. The nine-time ATP Tour titlist is as hungry as ever for success, especially with the Nitto ATP Finals moving to Turin in his home country, Italy, this year. Fognini knows that coming back from those surgeries to find his best form will not be an easy task. But he is accepting things as they come, … Read the rest

Bautista Agut Trains With Nadal In Mallorca Ahead Of ATP Cup

With the new ATP Tour season officially kicking off on Thursday, some players are still looking to squeeze in some last-minute preparation ahead of their own tournament debuts. Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut is the latest player to hit the courts in Mallorca at the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar to continue his pre-season with the top-ranked Spaniard.

The current World No. 13 travelled to Mallorca with his coach Pepe Vendrell to train alongside 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, both players focusing on their first tournament of the year. The pair are set to represent Spain in the ATP Cup, where they will be the No. 1 and No. 2 players for the nation that finished last year’s edition as runners-up after losing to Novak Djokovic’s Serbia.

In 2020, Nadal and Bautista Agut were also part of the Spanish outfit at the inaugural ATP Cup. While the Mallorcan led his … Read the rest

Frances Tiafoe: My Letter To Arthur Ashe

Dear Arthur,

I did not have much growing up. My parents are both immigrants from Sierra Leone. My dad was a janitor at a tennis facility in Maryland, and I was lucky to be around the sport from a young age, even if I did not have the money or opportunities a lot of other kids did. None of that stopped me from dreaming big. I pushed myself to the limit every day with a big smile on my face.

Here I am, 22 years old, and I just found out that I won the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award. That little kid with big dreams now has his name associated with yours. That is insane.

But I know this is not just an award. It is a tremendous honor and a massive responsibility. I am not just that smiley kid on the rise anymore. I know I need to carry … Read the rest

Nadal Chases Major Milestone In 2021

With the 2021 ATP Tour season fast approaching, many of the ATP Tour’s most established stars will have their sights set on reaching historic milestones. Most notably, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will look to continue to add to their stunning lists of career accomplishments.

ATPTour.com takes a closer look at the records the Big Three and other established names will be chasing in 2021.

Rafael Nadal
The Spaniard made history last year when he claimed a record-extending 13th Roland Garros title in Paris to join Federer at the top of the Grand Slam singles titles leaderboard for the first time. Nadal can overtake the Swiss and take sole ownership of one of the most prestigious records in the sport with a second Australian Open title run in February. Federer, who moved clear of former record holder Pete Sampras with his 15th major triumph at 2009 Wimbledon, will … Read the rest

Sinner Targets More Success, Federer Chases Record In 2021

On Thursday, ATPTour.com discussed the first five of 10 key storylines for the 2021 ATP Tour season. These included Novak Djokovic’s bid to make FedEx ATP Rankings history and Rafael Nadal’s charge to return to World No. 1.

From the rise of Jannik Sinner to Roger Federer’s return, discover the five remaining storylines to look out for in 2021.

6) How High Will Sinner Climb?
Following his run to the 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals title in Milan, Jannik Sinner raised his game to new heights in 2020. The Italian soared from No. 78 in the FedEx ATP Rankings at the start of the year to finish the season at No. 37. The youngest player in the Top 100 earned three Top 10 wins in 2020 and became the first player since Rafael Nadal in 2005 to reach the Roland Garros quarter-finals on his tournament debut. In his quarter-final in … Read the rest

Felix Sets Sights On Top 10, Turin Spot In 2021

Felix Auger-Aliassime has shared his ambition to crack the Top 10 in the FedEx ATP Rankings and qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin in 2021.

The #NextGenATP Canadian is currently ranked No. 21 after a stellar 2020 campaign, which included three runner-up finishes (Rotterdam, Marseille, Cologne 1). To take his game to the next level in the new year, Auger-Aliassime spent more than a week training at the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar in Mallorca this month.

“I want to obviously keep on improving. I came here to train hard and reach another level. I would love to be in the Top 10 and be part of the Nitto ATP Finals next year,” said Auger-Aliassime. “I think I have what it takes in me and now I need to do well, do work and play good matches.”

To climb higher in the FedEx ATP Rankings, Auger-Aliassime will need … Read the rest

Challenger Season In Review: 20 Storylines In 2020

The Ascendance of Alcaraz
In such an unpredictable and unprecedented year, it was a teenager that captured the imagination of so many. The ATP Challenger Tour was under assault by a 17-year-old from Spain, who made the circuit his personal playground.

Carlos Alcaraz’s breakthrough was unlike any other. From sitting just inside the Top 500 of the FedEx ATP Rankings to start the year, Alcaraz plotted an astounding ascent, breaking records and etching his name in the history books along the way.

When Alcaraz splashed onto the scene at the ATP 500 event in Rio de Janeiro in February, earning his first Top 50 win in his ATP Tour debut, it was merely a harbinger of a wildly successful season to come. The Spaniard dominated following the tour’s restart in August, immediately capturing his maiden Challenger title in Trieste, Italy, as a qualifier. At the age of 17 years and … Read the rest

Inside The Court Call With Per Bastholt

The roar of the crowd as he steps out onto a big court, the intense focus of all the cameras, the adrenaline rush of performing under pressure… It might sound like the start of a Grand Slam final, but for members of the ATP Tour’s Medical Services team, it’s just another day on the job.

After a very challenging season, ATPTour.com sat down with longtime Sports Medicine Clinical Trainer Per Bastholt to learn from his unique experiences as a key member of the Tour’s Medical Services team as he prepares for 2021. He gave us an inside look at what it takes to keep the top players healthy – and what goes through his mind when he’s called on court.

A native of Denmark, Bastholt began his career as a clinical trainer in tennis in the early ‘90s at the Mont-Carlo Country Club, assisting the Tour during its annual Masters … Read the rest

Nadal Honoured With Sportsmanship Award: ‘This Trophy Means A Lot’

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal has been selected by fellow players as the winner of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award in the 2020 ATP Awards. The Spaniard receives this honour for a third straight year and fourth time overall (2010, 2018-2020) for his fair play, professionalism and integrity on and off the court.

“It means a lot for me to have this trophy one more time, the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award. I’m going to put this trophy next to the other ones in a very special place here,” said Nadal, speaking from the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar’s museum in Manacor.

“Thank you very much to all my colleagues on Tour for thinking that I am the right one to receive this sportsmanship award. When someone asks me how I want to be remembered, I always answer, ‘I want to be remembered [as] a good person more than a good … Read the rest

Best Of Charity: How The Stars Gave Back In 2020

The ATP Tour’s stars are known for their tennis. However, their philanthropic efforts off court are often just as impressive.

It was a challenging year in the world, from bushfires sweeping across Australia to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has impacted countless lives. In the final installment of this year’s Best of 2020 series, ATPTour.com looks at how players, tournaments and others in the tennis world did their best to help their communities through the tough times.

Tackling Bushfires
At the start of the season, Australia was struggling with bushfires, with millions of acres of land being burned with countless consequences because of it. On 2 January, Nick Kyrgios started a movement that spread through the tennis world with a single tweet.

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