Tennis Tuesday: News Roundup

This Week’s Tournament:
Western & Southern Open – Cincinatti, OH

Last Week’s Winner:
Rogers Cup – Sascha Zverev

Denis Shapovalov Soars to #67
There is nothing like the support of the home crowd!  Denis Shapovalov, an 18-year-old Canadian who turned pro last year, strongly announced his arrival by reaching the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.  Denis is the youngest player to reach the semifinals of a Masters 1000 event.  His route to the semis included stunning defeats of Rafael Nadal, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(4) and Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 7-6(4).  Denis’ ranking also soared from #143 to #67.

Sascha Zverev Wins 2nd Masters 1000 Title
#NextGen star Sascha Zverev won his 2nd masters title of the year in Montreal over the weekend.  Sascha was impressive all week, and defeated Roger Federer in the final 6-3, 6-4.  The win is Sascha’s 10th match win in a row, after capturing the Citi Open title in Washington, D.C. last week.  Sascha is now up to a career high of #7 in the world, and will be seeded even higher at the US Open as both Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic have had to shut their seasons down early due to injury.

Roger Federer Withdraws from Cincinatti
After reaching the finals of yet another tournament this year, Roger Federer announced his withdrawl from the Western & Southern Open in Cincinatti.  Federer had tweaked his back during the Rogers Cup in Montreal, and hopes that the rest will help him be in good shape for the US Open, which starts in just 2 weeks.

Nadal to Return to #1 in the World
Rafa was on track to reach a possible return to #1 in the world in Montreal last week, before being shocked by the young Canadian Denis Shapovalov.  Roger Federer and Rafa were set to face off for the #1 spot this week, pending their results in Cincinnati.  However, Federer’s injury withdrawl means that Rafa will regain the #1 ranking next week for the first time in 3 years.  VAMOS!

Tommy Paul Earns US Open Wildcard
20-year-old American Tommy Paul has had an outstanding run so far this Summer, and his efforts have earned him a wild card into the US Open!   Tommy made it to the Quarterfinals in both Atlanta and Washington, D.C., where he lost a close, thrilling 3-set match against Kei Nishikori.  We’re looking forward to seeing Tommy back in NY!   He made it into the main draw previously as a qualifier in 2015.

Why Don’t We Added to Arthur Ashe Kids Day Lineup
The lineup for this year’s Arthur Ashe Kids Day, the annual concert & festival that kicks off the US Open, just got even more amazing!  Your new favorite boyband, Why Don’t We, will be performing as a part of the stadium show alongside New Hope Club, Alex Aiono, Sofia Carson & more!   AAKD is on Saturday, August 26th on the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens.  In addition to the concert, there will be free activities and performances all over the grounds.  Tickets to the AAKD stadium show are on sale now. Not in NYC? You can catch the show on ESPN on August 27th!

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