Emma Raducanu’s victory at the US Open last year turned her into a global phenomenon. British broadcaster Sky Sports has taken note of this fact and has been pushing to secure exclusive broadcast rights for the US Open next year.
Felix Auger-Aliassime, meanwhile, received a late wildcard to compete in the upcoming ATP 250 event in Morocco. Daniil Medvedev is expected to be sidelined for a month or two after undergoing minor hernia surgery, while Iga Swiatek has withdrawn from the Charleston Open due to injury.
John Isner completed the “sunshine double” by winning the doubles title in Miami. Here’s a roundup of the day’s biggest headlines:
Sky Sports’ decision to secure US Open broadcast rights due to Raducanu stardom
Emma Raducanu made history by winning the US Open 2021 as a qualifier. The Briton became an overnight sensation following her triumph in New York. Over the past few years, Amazon’s Prime Video streaming service has become the go-to destination for watching tennis action in the UK.
Amazon currently broadcasts most ATP and WTA events in the country and holds exclusive TV rights to the US Open until 2022. However, with the US Open broadcast rights once again up for grabs, the British broadcaster Sky Sports has apparently outbid Amazon.
The decision has yet to be finalized, but Raducanu’s global popularity played a big part in Sky Sports’ decision to reclaim the US Open broadcast rights.
Auger-Aliassime competing in Morocco
Félix Auger-Aliassime has had an excellent start to the season. He reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, won his first title at the Rotterdam Open and was a runner-up at the Open 13 Provence. However, his momentum came to an abrupt halt during the Masters events in Indian Wells and Miami. He failed to clear the early hurdles in both tournaments.
Auger-Aliassime’s disappointing performances last month may have played a part in his decision to start his clay-court season early. He is set to compete in the Hassan II Grand Prix, to be held in Marrakech, Morocco, for which he received a late wildcard.
Medvedev sidelined for 1-2 months after undergoing hernia surgery
Former world number one Daniil Medvedev has revealed he has been toying with a small hernia for some time and went under the knife to treat the same. He’s likely to be out of action for a month or two.
“Hi everyone. For the past few months I’ve been playing with a small hernia. Together with my team I’ve decided to do a little surgery to fix the problem. I’ll probably be out for the next 1-2 months and I’m I’ll work hard to be back on the pitch soon. Thank you for all the support,” Medvedev said.
Medvedev will likely miss the entire clay season, including Roland Garros, where he reached the quarter-finals last year.
Swiatek to miss Charleston Open due to arm injury
The past few weeks have seen Iga Swiatek turn into a winning machine. She has now won three successive WTA 1000 tournaments; the Qatar Open, the Indian Wells Open and the Miami Open. Playing so much high-intensity tennis, however, eventually caught up with the newly crowned world No. 1, forcing her to pull out of the Charleston Open due to an arm injury.
“I was hoping to start the season on clay in Charleston but unfortunately I have to wait to play this great tournament with great traditions,” Swiatek said.
Swiatek isn’t the only high profile player to pull out of the event. Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza, Jelena Ostapenko and Danielle Collins also withdrew.
Isner completes ‘Sunshine Double’ by winning the doubles title in Miami
John Isner won the Indian Wells Masters in partnership with Jack Sock a few weeks ago. He then teamed with Hubert Hurkacz to win the doubles title in Miami. The duo defeated Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski to claim their first duo title.
With the win, Isner completed the “Sunshine Double” (winning the Indian Wells and Miami Masters back to back). It was the eighth career doubles title for the American.