We’re just a week away from Wimbledon qualifying! Which means we’ve arrived to the two 500 level grass court tournaments, in Halle and London. The Queen’s Club draw is particularly STACKED. Isner vs Del Potro, Kyrgios vs Raonic & Lopez vs Cilic are all 1st round matches. But could we get a little sunshine? Please? We’re pretty sure we’ve had rain delays every single day for the last month.
This Week’s Tournaments:
Gerry Weber Open – Halle, Germany
Aegon Championships – London, England
Dominic Thiem Wins 4th Title of 2016
Thiem continues to impress in 2016, and took home his 4th title of the season in Stuttgart. He defeated Roger Federer on the way to his first grass court title. Thiem has now won a hard court, clay court and grass court title in 2016, making him only the 9th active player to do so in the same year. With the win Thiem surpasses #1 ranked Novak Djokovic in match wins this year – Thiem has 45 while Djokovic has 44.
Nicolas Mahut Wins 3rd Ricoh Open Title
Mahut is currently the #1 ranked doubles player in the world (usually teaming up with Pierre-Hugues Herbert), and he just added another grass court singles trophy to his name. This is the third time Mahut has won the title in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
Keep Up With The #NextGen
The ATP launched a dedicated #NextGen site, so you can keep up with all of your fave players! Check it out here. Taylor Fritz started a diary reflecting on his big year. Fritz also had the chance to play with his dream doubles partner, Juan Martin del Potro in Stuttgart last week.
Thanasi Kokkinakis Delays Return To Tour
Kokkinakis was due to return this week, with a wildcard into the Aegon Championships in London, but he has pushed back his return to the tour. He’s been out all of 2016 recovering from shoulder surgery, and will be out at least through Wimbledon. We’re hoping he’ll be back in action for the US hard court swing this Summer!