Hit With Andy Murray At Wimbledon!

The opportunity to play with two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray at the All England Club would make anyone’s dream come true. Now, that dream can become a reality.

Through a charity auction, Murray is offering a once-in-a-lifetime chance to hit with him at The Championships in 2021. Proceeds will go towards members of the ATP Coach Programme, whose ability to work has been impacted by the ongoing pandemic, and the global COVID-19 relief fund. Learn More & Bid

“I am personally very happy to be involved. So many areas of our sport have been affected throughout the Tour suspension, including coaches,” Murray said. “It’s important we help each other where we can. I think everybody involved has done a great job in creating something unique for fans that also supports a worthy cause.”

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The winning bidder and one guest will get to spend one hour on court with the former World No. 1 before enjoying a private lunch in the members’ enclosure at the All England Club. Additionally, they will receive two tickets to the 2021 Wimbledon men’s singles final.

There are six additional ultimate tennis experiences up for grabs, including a private session with Stan Wawrinka and his team (Magnus Norman and Daniel Vallverdu) at an ATP Tour event in Europe or the Americas between January and July 2021. Toni Nadal is offering two hours on court at the 2021 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.

You can also enter a prize draw for your chance to win a frame of signed racquets from each of the Big Four: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Murray.

“There are some fantastic new experiences up for grabs that I hope fans will be excited by,” Murray said.

Read more: https://www.atptour.com/en/news/murray-fan-experience-auction-july-2020

A Titannic Clash In Djokovic & Nadal's Record Rivalry

Novak Djokovic faced a massive test in the 2018 Wimbledon semi-finals. The Serbian underwent a ‘small medical intervention’ earlier that year on his right elbow after the Australian Open, and later suffered his first three-match losing streak since 2007. In June, he fell to No. 22 in the FedEx ATP Rankings, his lowest standing in more than a decade.

But the Serbian had a golden opportunity against one of his greatest rivals, World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, to prove he was back in form by reaching the final at The Championships. Nadal had just won his 11th Roland Garros title, and after battling past Juan Martin del Potro in a quarter-final thriller, he was keen to advance to the championship match at SW19 for the first time since 2011.

If Djokovic was going to make a splash on the London grass, he’d need to find his very best tennis in his record 52nd ATP Head2Head clash against Nadal. That’s exactly what the Serbian did in a memorable 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(9), 3-6, 10-8 win over five hours and 15 minutes.

"I'm really, really pleased. I was very emotional after the match, as well, because it's been a long 15 months for me, trying to overcome different obstacles," Djokovic said. "To be where I am at the moment is quite satisfying."

Djokovic

Djokovic moved into his fifth title match at The Championships, earning his 250th Grand Slam victory to end Nadal's 16-Grand Slam semi-final winning streak.

Play was suspended Friday evening due to curfew after three sets, with Djokovic leading two sets to one. There was no doubt that the Spaniard would come out swinging in the fourth set with his back against the wall. And after saving two break points in the first game of the resumption Saturday, Nadal broke Djokovic with aggressive returning, dictating play with his forehand. He won the fourth set, but it was not enough for the second seed.

"I think I played a great match," Nadal said. "I have not much more inside me. I gave it my best, and that's it. It's fair to say that was a great match and he beat me. Well done for him. That's all. That's sport."

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Nadal earned five break points in the fifth set, and one opportunity at 7-7 appeared ripe for the taking. Djokovic, the 12th seed, answered Nadal’s pressure with a curling cross-court forehand passing shot winner, gesturing to the crowd to che

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How Edberg Went From Worst Bed To Wimbledon Champ

Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg grew up together, hailing from the same state in Sweden. They were close enough as juniors that at a national tournament they shared a tiny room in which there were only two bunk beds stacked atop one another.

“He always had to take the worst bed!” Wilander said.

Little did they know that at 1988 Wimbledon, as professionals, one of their losses would allow the other to break through.

Wilander, who was like an older brother to Edberg, arrived at the All England Club that year with plenty of momentum. He was the first man to win the first two Grand Slams of the year since Rod Laver, who captured all four Grand Slams in 1969. Grass was never the second seed’s best surface, but given his form, he had a chance to continue his path toward the calendar-year Grand Slam.

For a while, it appeared Wilander’s dream of winning all four majors in 1988 was becoming increasingly realistic. He did not lose a set en route to the quarter-finals, and if he reached the semi-finals, he would face Edberg. In the last eight, Wilander played Miloslav Mecir, against whom he won two of his past three ATP Head2Head matches.

“I knew that we possibly were going to play each other,” Edberg recalled. “We always kept an eye on the scoreboard, because it would have been nice to play in the semi-finals.”

That was when Wilander’s pursuit of history came to a screeching halt. Mecir crushed the second seed 6-3, 6-1, 6-3.

“It was the worst defeat," Wilander said. “But it only lasted for 48 hours.”

Edberg’s introduction to Wimbledon came in 1976, when he watched his idol, Bjorn Borg, beat Ilie Nastase for the title on television. He remembers in 1983 taking a bus from Richmond to the historic venue, walking over a hill where he was able to view all of SW19.

At that same event, Edberg had a chance to avenge his good friend's loss. But Mecir appeared primed to spoil the Swedish party, sprinting through the first two sets of their semi-final 6-4, 6-2.

“Mecir had a good year... I was pretty much down and out in that match. He was up two sets to love, 3-3, 0/40 on my serve,” Edberg said. “That was the crucial match at that Wimbledon in 1988.”

Edberg rallied behind his aggressive serve-and-volley play – which differed from Wilander, who thrived from the baseline — for a 4-6,

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Andre Agassi: From Rebel To Philosopher

In the 12th profile of a series on the 26 players to rise to No. 1 in the FedEx ATP Rankings, ATPTour.com looks back on the career of Andre Agassi. View Full List

First Week As No. 1: 10 April 1995
Total Weeks At No. 1: 101
Year-End No. 1: 1999

As No. 1
Agassi first became No. 1 in the FedEx ATP Rankings on 10 April 1995, unseating Pete Sampras and staying there for 30 weeks. Sampras took back the top spot on 6 November 1995 and finished that season as the year-end No. 1. Although Agassi became No. 1 again for a two-week run beginning on 29 January 1996, the remainder of his time leading the rankings wouldn’t come for several more years.

He reclaimed the No. 1 for three weeks after 1999 Wimbledon before dropping his position to Patrick Rafter, then regained it immediately following that year’s US Open and stayed there for 50 weeks. Sampras once again took over after the 2000 US Open.

One day before turning 33, Agassi returned to No. 1 on 28 April 2003 and became the oldest player at that time to sit atop the rankings. He followed that two-week reign with a final run at No. 1 later that year, holding the top spot for 12 weeks beginning 16 June 2003. He spent 101 weeks at No. 1, putting him at No. 9 on the all-time list.

Grand Slam Highlights
The American is one of only eight male players in history to achieve the Career Grand Slam. His maiden crown at a major championship came at Wimbledon, a tournament he skipped from 1988-1990. In 1992, Agassi outlasted Goran Ivanisevic in a five-set thriller to clinch the title and dropped to his knees in disbelief. He also finished runner-up at the All England Club in 1999 (l. to Sampras).

The American endured a pair of heartbreaking losses in the 1990 (l. to Gomez) and 1991 (l. to Courier) Roland Garros finals, but finally had his day in 1999 by rallying from two sets down to defeat Andrei Medvedev. The victory completed his Career Grand Slam and made him only the fifth man at the time to accomplish the feat.

Although Agassi didn’t compete at the Australian Open until 1995, he quickly made up for lost time and prevailed in his debut appearance (d. Sampras). He also took the title in 2000 (d. Kafelnikov), 2001 (d. Clement) and 2003 (d. Schuettler), compiling a 48-5 record Down Under.

But the US Open is the Grand Slam that Agassi is most synonymous with after 21 consecutive appearances from

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Uncle Toni After Seeing Djokovic At 18: 'Rafael, We Have A Problem'

Some players have a special aura. They have magic in their hands. At Wimbledon in 2005, an 18-year-old Serbian was introduced to the world as one of the biggest talents of the future. Making his tournament debut, he was still yet to break into the Top 100 of the FedEx ATP Rankings.

It only took a few points for Toni Nadal to appreciate his talent from the stands. The coach of the reigning Roland Garros champion, crowned a few weeks earlier in Paris, was sidetracked en route to the locker room from Aorangi Park, the training area at the All England Club. He decided to pay a quick visit to Court 18, where Argentine player Juan Monaco — his nephew’s habitual sparring partner and friend — was playing against a player he had never seen before.

“Who’s that kid?,” Toni asked.

“He’s 18 years old and he’s 100 and a bit in the world,” came the answer.

“What’s his name?” Toni responded.

“Novak Djokovic.”

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Toni Nadal burned the name into his memory. After watching the match for a few minutes he continued his walk to the locker room, where Nadal, who was just a year older than the kid who had just stunned him with his game, was waiting. When they met, Toni Nadal made a famous statement that would prove prophetic: “Rafael, we have a problem. I’ve just seen a really good kid,” said Toni.

Later, they heard the news that the Serbian, still unknown to the public, had beaten Monaco 6-3, 7-6(5), 6-3. It was just his second victory in a Grand Slam (2-2), after making his major debut earlier in the year at the Australian Open. But in London he was starting to show signs that, sooner rather than later, he could become a player to keep an eye on. In the second round on the London grass, Guillermo Garcia Lopez awaited Djokovic.

The Spaniard produced faultless tennis at the start of a match and seemed to be in complete control with a 6-3, 6-3, 5-3 lead.

“It was incredible because I had it practically won. At 5-4 and 40/30 in the third set, I hit a great serve into the ‘T’ and I was left with a mid-court forehand onto his forehand to win the point. I looked at the line judge and he called it in and I celebrated victory,” said García López.

However, his elation was fleeting. As the players approached the net to shake hands, the umpire overruled the call and sa

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Del Potro's Hug, Federer's Mimic Make Memorable Moments

Juan Martin del Potro has long been a fan favourite on the ATP Tour. Two years ago in Miami, the Argentine showed why.

A young fan was crying at the end of one of his practices at Crandon Park, so the ‘Tower of Tandil’ jogged over and gave her a hug and a wristband.

The moment left an impact on Del Potro, who tweeted: “When they leave you speechless.”

Cuando te dejan sin palabras... 🤗💖 pic.twitter.com/jvZlcioIEm

— Juan M. del Potro (@delpotrojuan) March 21, 2018

It wasn’t the first time Del Potro enjoyed a special interaction with one of his fans. Just weeks earlier, he met a boy wearing a Thor outfit. Del Potro has been called Juan Martin Del thortro because of his thunderous forehand.

Mini Thor. 🧒🏻🔨 pic.twitter.com/svZVvgqvYE

— Juan M. del Potro (@delpotrojuan) March 6, 2018

“I spend a lot of time with the fans during my practice sessions, and then off court I meet them every time,” Del Potro said at 2018 Miami. “I also walk around the streets [in Miami] every day. I like to go to the supermarket and I meet fans there, too.”

ATP Uncovered presented by Peugeot recently commemorated some fun moments between players and fans, including Del Potro’s Miami hug. At the 20117 Rolex Shanghai Masters, a young fan was so entranced by Roger Federer’s groundstrokes that he began shadowing the Swiss’ strokes in the stands.

“I think the fan support I'm getting this year is maybe even the best I have seen so far,” Federer said at the time.

Nick Kyrgios celebrates reaching the Citi Open final in Washington, D.C., with his new friend/advisor

Last year, Nick Kyrgios used the crowd to his advantage, asking fans throughout the week where to serve. The Aussie ended up winning the Citi Open title.

“I feel like it's very easy when someone just tells you where to serve,” Kyrgios said. “I feel like you just go all in on that spot and try to hit the spot. That's all you're focussing on."

Read more: https://www.atptour.com/en/news/del-potro-federer-kyrgios-uncovered-fan-interactions-july-2020

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