A Bit of Tennis is Back – Tennis Column #41

ATP and WTA Tour is still far away, with tournaments canceled at least till July 7. The most probable date of return is August 1 with hardcourt tournament series in the USA. That gives us another two to three months without pro tennis. Fortunately, we can play as amateurs and enjoy the game itself. And for those who are missing the best players, there are some glimpses of hope. This weekend UTR Pro Match Series is played in private tennis club at West Palm Beach.

I was a bit sad before it started. All the recollections of the great tennis matches I saw in January and February went through my mind. But, in the end, I enjoyed the tennis. Today, I am really looking forward to women’s matches.

UTR Pro Match Series Details

Two UTR Pro Match Series Tournaments are scheduled. The first one, men tournament has been playing this weekend (05/08 – 05/09). The second tournament will present four ladies: Anisimova, Riske, Collins, Tomljanovic during the weekend 05/22 – 05/24/2020. Both tournaments are played at the same location at West Palm Beach, Florida.

Women’s Tournament 05/22 – 05/24/2020

Women edition of UTR Pro Match Series is scheduled from Friday, May 22 till Sunday, May, 24. There will be four participating players from WTA TOP 100:
Alison Riske, no. 19, playing with Wilson
Amanda Anisimova, no. 28, playing with Babolat
Daniele Collins, no. 51, playing with Babolat
Ajla Tomljanovic, no. 58, playing with Wilson

Tournament Schedule:

Friday, May 22
Anisimova – Collins 0:2
Riske – Tomljanovic 0:2
Anisimova – Riske 1:2

Saturday, May 23
Collins – Riske 1:2
Anisimova – Tomljanovic 2:1
Collins – Tomljanovic 1:1 (will be finished on Sunday)

Sunday, May 24 – canceled due to the rain
3rd place match

Men’s Tournament 05/08-05/09/2020

UTR Pro Match Tournament this weekend hosts four players from ATP TOP 100: Opelka (Wilson), Hurkacz (Yonex), Kecmanovic (Babolat), and Paul (Wilson). They play six matches in Round Robin (each play each), and then the final and 3rd place match will be performed. The round-robin matches are played as best of three shortened sets (up to 4 games in each set).

The tournament was scheduled for all weekend, but due to weather forecast, the schedule was stacked in two days.

Friday 05-08-2020 Results:
Hurkacz d. Paul 4:2 4:0
Opelka d. Kecmanovic 4:3 (4), 4:0
Opelka d. Paul 3:4 (4), 4:1, 4:0
Kecmanovic d. Hurkacz 4:3 (2), 4:0

Standings (W-L)
1. Opelka 2-0
2. Kecmanovic 1-1
3. Hurkacz 1-1
4. Paul 0-2

Saturday 05-09-2020 Schedule: (you can watch it live from noon Eastern Time at Tennis.com)
Hurkacz – Opelka
Kecmanovic – Paul

3rd place match (3rd vs. 4th)
Final (1st vs. 2nd)

It looks that the homeboy, Reilly Opelka is the biggest favorite, but his final appearance is not still assured. From the betting point of view, we focus on the second match Kecmanovic – Paul. Our bet is available here.

Update 05/10/2020

Saturday 05-09-2020 Results:
Hurkacz – Opelka 4:2 1:4 4:2
Kecmanovic – Paul 3:4 (6), 4:1, 4:1

3rd place match
Hurkacz – Paul 4:1, 0:4, 4:1
Opelka – Kecmanovic 4:3, 2:4, 4:2

And our bet was winning one 🙂

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Tennis Pro Guru

Simon is the leading editor of TennisProGuru.com from 2015. He is an avid tennis player from age of 5, however, he never reached the pro level. Still, he likes playing tennis on different courts, with different rackets, and against different opponents. In his free time, you can find him watching all possible tennis matches he can find on the web or tv. Challenger or Grand Slam? It does not matter, just tennis matters.

He currently plays with:
Racket: Wilson Clash 100
Strings: Babolat RPM Blast
Grip: Head Xtreme Soft
Shoes: Asics Gel Dedicate 7 (for hard outdoor and indoor courts) & Asics Gel-Game 5 Clay (for clay courts),
Balls: Dunlop Fort All Courts and Head Championship
Bag: Axiom Backpack

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