Pablo Carreno Busta, Estoril 2017

Semifinalist in 2015, finalist last year, Pablo Carreno Busta stormed into the final with a 6-3 6-3 win over former Roland Garros finalist David Ferrer.
He will next play Gilles Muller, who defeated Kevin Anderson 7-5 6-4 to reach his first ATP clay-court final.

Estoril Open semifinal: Muller defeats Anderson 7-5 6-4

Estoril Open, 06.05.2017 - the Semi-Finals!

Estoril Open, 06.05.2017 - the Semi-Finals!
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Nick Kyrgios, Australian Open 2016

Lots of people watching defending champion Novak Djokovic at practice:

Novak Djokovic

 

Novak Djokovic

 
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Lleyton Hewitt and David Ferrer, Australian Open 2016

“I came out, I gave everything I had like always. I left nothing in the locker room and that’s something I can always be proud of.”

“I’ve been very fortunate that I’ve had such a great career and that I had the opportunity to go out on my terms. A lot of great sporting athletes don’t have that opportunity.”


Lleyton Hewitt played his final singles match on Thursday, a straight sets loss to David Ferrer. The youngest ever world number one, the Australian won 2 Grand Slam titles (US Open 2001 and Wimbledon 2002), 2 ATP Tour Finals (2001 and 2002) and 2 Davis Cup (1999 and 2003). A skilled volleyer, he also captured the 2000 US Open doubles title with Max Mirnyi.
He inspired loads of today’ players (Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer among others), and his never-die-attitude and counterpuncher skills changed tennis forever.

David Ferrer had some really nice words for him during the on-court ceremony:

“He’s one of the best players in history and I have to tell you that … I don’t have idols, but Lleyton is my idol, I have a shirt signed by him seven years ago … it’s the only t-shirt of a tennis player I have. He’s an amazing player. He deserves everything. Tonight is the day for him, not for me.”

Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Nick Kyrgios and Novak Djokovic joined the tribute with video messages broadcast during the ceremony:

After the match, past and present champions took on Twitter and Instagram to pay tribute to the legend.

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David Ferrer, Australian Open 2016

Semifinalist in Melbourne in 2011 and 2013, David Ferrer started his 2016 campaign with a straight sets win over qualifier Gojowczyk. He’ll next face local hero Lleyton Hewitt who’s playing the last tournament of his career.

How far do you think Ferrer can go?

Ferrer vs Gojowczyk, Australian Open 2016

Ferrer vs Gojowczyk, Australian Open 2016
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Rafa Nadal

On the eve of the Australian Open, Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal, Kei Nishikori and a few other top players attended the IMG party at Crown Towers in Melbourne. Enjoy some pictures from the event:

The green carpet

2014 Australian Open champion Li Na:

Li Na (China)

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Kei Nishikori:

Kei Nishikori (Japan)

 
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#TennisAid 2015: back to Uganda

We told you the story of Martin and Abel’s charity trip to Uganda last year, last month Martin went back to Uganda, to provide sports equipment and tennis lessons to children in need. Pictures and words by Martin:

This shirt was signed by the Spanish Davis Cup team (Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Fernando Verdasco, David Marrero and Conchita Martinez) who defeated Denmark last September, and put up on auction. The proceed of the auction helped fund TennisAid’s trip to Uganda:

#TennisAid 2015: back to Uganda

Back with the kids in Uganda:

#TennisAid 2015: back to Uganda

The moment I’ve been waiting for so long: this meeting with my favorite pupil, Siyama. The best way to start this new adventure:

#TennisAid 2015: back to Uganda

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