Tennis

Murray brothers reminisce about 2015 Davis Cup win

Ahead of Great Britain’s first match of the Davis Cup Finals, the LTA have brought Andy and Jamie Murray together in front of the cameras to discuss their 2015 victory in the competition.

The new format of the tournament sees Great Britain take on the Netherlands and Kazakhstan in the group stages this week, and ahead of their first taste of the ‘World Cup of Tennis’, the pair chatted - Gogglebox style - about winning the old format four years ago.

LTA 'explainer' lifts lid on Davis Cup format

The David Cup Finals by Rakuten will take place this month, debuting a brand new format for the historic tennis tournament.

In order to explain the format of the 119-year-old competition to fans, the LTA has released an ‘explainer’ to help those unfamiliar with the format to get their heads around it.

The Finals, which take place in Madrid, will feature 18 nations taking part in a group stage before the best qualifying teams will proceed to a knockout round. The top team from each group will advance to the quarter finals, as will the two best second-placed nations.

Andy Murray launches new clothing line with Castore

Andy Murray and British sportswear brand Castore have announced the arrival of their debut ‘Andy Murray Castore’ (AMC) co-branded tennis performance and lifestyle range.

The three-time grand slam champion has an ongoing collaboration with Castore, but this is his first venture into the creation of sportswear clothing with a brand. 

Murray’s contribution into the creative process includes input into the design of the AMC wings logo, which has been specially created for the range and features the Castore brand wings.

Amazon Prime to launch Andy Murray documentary

Amazon Prime has announced a new documentary centred around Andy Murray’s return to tennis after having hip surgery in January.

Andy Murray: Resurfacing, directed by Olivia Cappuccini, will chart the three-time Grand Slam champion’s return from injury and show behind-the-scenes footage of his rehabilitation from surgery in January 2019 to winning the European Open in October, as well as his surprise doubles appearance with Serena Williams at Wimbledon in July.

Eurosport lands Davis Cup Finals rights

Eurosport has landed media rights to the revamped Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals in a two-year deal with the International Tennis Federation, covering the UK and Scandinavia.

The event will feature 75 matches between 18th and 24th November across 18 national teams, including a Great Britain side welcoming the returning Andy Murray for the first time since 2016. All nations will compete in a group stage before qualifying sides will advance in knockout stages from the quarter final onwards. Each tie will feature two singles matches followed by a doubles match.

ATP to allow in-competition wearable tech for first time

The ATP is to permit players to use wearable tech in-competition for the first time at its Next Gen ATP finals in November.

Only the players themselves will be given access to the data, which they can then share with coaches to better understand the biological data collected which can inform performance decisions, supported with in-game data.

The ATP says that GPS and other sensors will measure velocity and direction, acceleration and force, rotation, body orientation, and heart rate, while players and coaches will be able to see accurate maps of movements and actions.

WTA stars in breast cancer awareness campaign

The WTA's charity organsation, WTA Charities, has launched a new campaign to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

The “Aceing Cancer” campaign will run throughout the US, Europe and Asia and will feature the likes of Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka, Bianca Andreescu and Ashleigh Barty among others WTA stars.

The organisation has also committed donations to cancer-fighting organisations such as the Plooschter Project in Luxembourg and the Breast Cancer Foundation in Singapore, where the WTA will host events.

IBM launches AI-based app Coach Advisor

IBM has launched an AI-based analytics app to help tennis coaches deliver more effective coaching to their players.

Currently being piloted at the US Open among a select group, the tech company plans to roll it out to a wider range of players and coaches in the future.

IBM says that the app leverages data and uses a new data set the company calls the Energy System to quantify a player's physical exertion and endurance and to make correlations to match performance, giving coaches useable information in real time.

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