Qualifying for Roland Garros starts in 2 weeks (!!) and all of the sport’s top stars are in Spain this week grinding it out on the red clay. Here’s our roundup of the tennis news to know this week.
This Week’s Tournaments:
Mutua Madrid Open – Madrid, Spain
Juan Martin del Potro Continues Comeback
Del Potro scored the biggest win of his comeback earlier today in Madrid, taking out one of the hottest players on tour right now, Dominic Thiem, in straight sets. The win clearly meant a lot to an emotional Del Po. WE’RE NOT CRYING YOU ARE.
Roger Federer Pulls Out Of Madrid Open
Federer has pulled out of yet another tournament in 2016, this time with a back injury. It’s hard to believe he’s only been able to play in 3 tournaments this season. We hope he’ll be back on tour soon!
Diego Schwartzman Wins 1st ATP World Tour Title
The 22-year-old Argentine rallied from behind to take out Grigor Dimitrov in the finals of the TEB BNP Paribas Instanbul Open. His route to the final also included taking out the #1 seed Bernard Tomic.
Grigor Dimitrov’s On Court Meltdown
Speaking of Dimitrov, he had an epic meltdown in that final against Diego Schwartzman. We haven’t seen one this bad in a long time. After frequently breaking his strings throughout the match, he smashed his racquet with the 3rd offense leading to loss of the game and therefore the match. While we certainly can’t support his lack of sportsmanship in this case, haven’t we all had one of those days?
USA-Croatia Davis Cup Tie Announcement Coming Soon!
We’ve been very (im)patiently waiting for the location of the Davis Cup tie between the US & Croatia coming in July. According to the Davis Cup Twitter, an announcement should be coming later this week. Stay tuned! Jack Sock is ready with his #Merica Babolat gear.