Shanghai Showdown 🤯 Bartoli’s back 👋🏻 Del Potro set back 🇦🇷 Federer 2023? 🧐 Naomi Osaka 🇯🇵 or 🇺🇸? Bublik’s retirement 🤦🏼‍♂️ & more! 🎾

This last week saw the final stint in Asia for the men as they competed in the Shanghai Masters. Some of the WTA stars stayed in Tianjin and some of the women returned to Europe in Linz.

So what happened?

The question is, what didn’t happen? The week isn’t even over yet!

Murray/Fognini drama…

We all saw it, but if not here it is…

This is the rundown version…

Fognini shouted as Murray played an overhead at the net. Before the change of ends Fognini then shouted to Murray “stop looking at me”.

This continued at the net with Murray telling Fognini to “shut up”. Fergus Murphy in the chair said he was dealing with it and did absolutely nothing.

Apparently this continued in the changing room afterwards…

Fognini was in trouble again in his third round match shouting at the crowd and spat in the direction of a line judge.

Classy as usual from Fabio.

Naomi to represent Tokyo at 2020 Olympics

Naomi Osaka could have represented the USA in 2020 Olympics as she does hold a Japanese and United States passport however as expected has chosen Japan.

Japan law states that when you turn 22 (16th October) people with dual nationalities must choose one and has announced it will be Tokyo.

Naomi however now must make herself eligible to represent Japan at Tokyo 2020 by playing for an ITF in Fed Cup.

Ostapenko’s new coach?

A familiar face seems to be in Jelena Ostapenko’s corner in Linz this week.

The two do speak generally during the year and thought to give it a go. Marion has said Jelena sometimes asks her for advice on opponents she has commentated on in the past.

As far as I know this is just for this week for now…

Vienna, who is in and out?

Juan Martin Del Potro has suffered a slight set back so will not be in Vienna which begins on the 21st of October and will not be in Stockholm next week either.

The tournament did have a wildcard ready for Andy Murray but after Antwerp he will take a month off.

Mubadala 2019!

The usual Mubadala exhibition in December has announced it’s lineup. 

19th-21st of December will see Daniil Medvedev, Rafael Nadal, Amanda Anisimova and Maria Sharapova take part.

Bublik’s retirement

Alexander Bublik brings flair and fun to the court and at times controversy and retired at 6-7 0-4 40-40 against Auger-Aliassime.

Bublik wasn’t injured, this retirement happened because of a rain delay and didn’t want to wait around. 

Federer’s plans?

Roger has been asked about Davis Cup and Gerard Pique. He has said he has never met the Spaniard.

He said he hasn’t officially retired from the Davis Cup and if he wants to be in Tokyo will need to play some part or go through the appeal process.

He has however signed a five year deal with Hangzhou which is an exhibition held in late December with the first being 27th-29th December this year. Will Roger still be on the tour in 2023?

Jack Draper defeats fellow Jack!

17 year old Jack Draper who is ranked 340 in the world secured a big win this week.

The Brit saw off Jack Sock who is yet to win a singles match this year (Laver Cup doesn’t count) from a set down in the Fairfield Challenger in the US. 

Coco breaks top 100!

15 year old Coco Gauff continues to grab the headlines. The American lost in qualifying of Linz but hung around as a lucky loser and made it to the semi-finals breaking into the top 100 on the WTA tour.

Cabal & Farah to end year as No.1

Despite plenty of tennis still to be played this year including the tour finals the Colombian pair who have had the most incredible year winning at Wimbledon and New York including many other titles too.

The two will be year end number one in doubles no matter what happens from here on in. 

Nadal could skip Paris and still be No.1!

Novak DJokovic’ defeat in Shanghai means that Rafael Nadal will be world number one very soon.

There has been interest in a wildcard from Novak in either Vienna or Basel as he looks to gain his spot but cannot play at either event. Novak has signed a deal to play an exhibition against Rafael Nadal in Kazakhstan on October 24th.

On November 4th, Rafael Nadal will top Djokovic to world number one even if he skips Paris and Djokovic wins it as the Serb’s ATP World Tour Finals points will drop off too.

In other news…

Laver Cup will be back again in 2020 and will be in Boston.

David Ferrer has now taken over as director of ATP 500 event in Barcelona. 

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