Halep & Nadal Win In Canada; Tsitsipas Comes Of Age; ATP Finals Venue Up For Tender; Davis Cup Vote To Take Place
With David away on holiday, The Telegraph’s Charlie Eccleshare joins Catherine on The Tennis Podcast to review the action from the Rogers Cup in Canada, where world No.1s Simona Halep and Rafael Nadal picked up the titles in Montreal and Toronto respectively.
Halep battled past Stephens in a thrilling final. Can the pair now establish a genuine, lasting rivalry at the top of the game? And is it too early to call them the two clear favourites for the US Open?
Nadal, meanwhile, withstood the challenge of Stefanos Tsitsipas. The Greek beat four top-10 players in a row to reach the final, capturing hearts and turning heads in the process. What makes him so exciting to watch? Can he win a Grand Slam title before Alexander Zverev?
Speaking of Zverev, he described his match with Tsitsipas as “pathetic” and said his opponent didn’t even play that well. It’s fair to say those comments divided opinion, but what did Catherine and Charlie make of them?
Other talking points to come out of Canada included promising signs for Jo Konta and Stan Wawrinka, a glimpse of the Shapovalov-Auger-Aliassime bromance and a positive player response to the shot clock.
Elsewhere, with the news this week that the venue for the ATP Finals after 2020 is being put out to tender, Catherine and Charlie weigh up the pros and cons of moving the event away from London’s O2 arena.
Finally, this Thursday will see member nations vote on reforming the Davis Cup. The specific proposals, and the wide-ranging reactions they have provoked, are discussed.
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