Lorenzo Sonego has just made his entry into the Top 30 of the ATP ranking and last Sunday he won the second title of his career by beating Laslo Djere at the Sardegna Open. The 25-year-old from Turin had already jumped to the headlines at the end of last year, when he had taken away the satisfaction of beating an unrecognizable Novak Djokovic in Vienna.
The Italian made a good progress even in the first Masters 1000 of the season, staged in Miami a couple of weeks ago. Only a very good Stefanos Tsitsipas stood in his way in the Florida tournament. Interviewed by La Gazzetta dello Sport on the eve of the Monte Carlo Masters, the Piedmontese described the absence of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in Miami as a great chance for many players.
Suffice it to say that it was since 2004 that the Big 3 did not skip an appointment of this caliber as a whole. Djokovic and Nadal will be the men to beat in the Principality, where they have often made the big voice in the recent history of the tournament.
"Not having to deal with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, let's say he is a nice relief" - said Sonego. Many of the favorites melted like snow in the sun at Hard Rock Stadium. "Despite not having done very well in Miami, Daniil Medvedev seems to me the most likely to succeed the Big 3.
He has already surpassed both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the standings. Among the young promises, he is certainly the strongest and most constant," analyzed Lorenzo. Nadal, 11 times champion in Monte Carlo, will face France’s Adrian Mannarino or Argentina’s Federico Delbonis in the second round.
In the third round there could be a great match with Grigor Dimitrov. Djokovic's debut is more difficult, as he will face one between Jannik Sinner and Albert Ramos. The world number 1 hasn't set foot on the pitch since his ninth Australian Open triumph last February.
OFFICIAL: Roland Garros 2021 postponed by a week!
The news was in the air, but now it's official: the Roland Garros in Paris, initially scheduled to start next May 17th, will slip by a week instead, so it will be held from May 24th (with the start of the billboard qualification) as of June 13, 2021.
The situation of the Covid-19 epidemic in France has in fact worsened in recent hours, forcing President Emmanuel Macron to proclaim a third national lockdown last Saturday. The press release published on the Roland Garros website reads: "In agreement with the French public authorities and the governing bodies of international tennis, the French Tennis Federation has taken the responsible decision to postpone the 2021 edition of Roland Garros.
a week long, with the tournament taking place now from May 24th to June 13th. In his last speech on March 31, the President announced that a program for the progressive restoration of cultural and sporting events, subject to the improvement of the health situation, will be established from mid-May.
Using this as a starting point, the FFT worked closely with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and the relevant government departments on possible scenarios for the organization of Roland Garros, while taking into account the international sporting calendar.
In this context, it seemed that the best solution was to postpone the tournament by a week. The qualifying rounds will therefore be held from Monday 24th to Friday 28th May and will be followed by those of the main draw, from 30th May to 13th June ”.
The decision to move the competition by seven days also means that there will be only two weeks before the start of the Wimbledon tournament, canceled in 2020, which starts on June 18. The knock-on effects on the rest of the ATP and WTA calendar of the year are inevitable, especially for the first events on grass which now see themselves threatened by the dangerous expansion of the season on clay.