Murray’s Setback, Swiatek’s Advocacy, and an Unlikely Danish Tennis Duo

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Denmark’s Holger Rune has expresses his excitement about practicing with fellow Dane and tennis icon Caroline Wozniacki. “My first memory of her is watching her from TV and she was playing all the tournaments and we were on the couch, all the family, watching her,” Rune said. “The memory that stands out was when she won the Australian Open. We were all watching. It was crazy to watch a Danish player win a Grand Slam in an incredible match, so it was a big inspiration. Wozniacki returned her praise; supporting Rune in his progress and is impressed by his accomplishments, “It’s just been awesome to see the quick progression that Holger’s been making and now obviously being top five in the world is so special,” Wozniacki said. Rune recently entered the ATP rankings’ top five but aims to improve after a recent second-round exit in Toronto.

Andy Murray has withdrawn from the Cincinnati ATP Masters 1000 event due to an abdominal strain, aiming to recover for the upcoming US Open. After reaching the third round of the Toronto Masters 1000 event, Murray chose not to participate in Cincinnati after experiencing abdominal pain. Despite his highest ranking since his hip surgery, Murray remains unseeded for the US Open.

Iga Swiatek has criticised the WTA match scheduling after late finishes affects players’ well-being and performance. She calls for consideration of player health due to intense schedules, suggesting more focus on mandatory tournament lengths. Swiatek highlights instances of matches finishing past midnight during clay season and requests data on late-night viewership. She proposes the success of moving Roland Garros’ featured night match start time an hour earlier as a solution. Swiatek, known for advocating change, previously raised concerns about different tennis balls for men and women. Her first match in Cincinnati awaits against either Danielle Collins or Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

American tennis stars, from the WTA and ATP Tour have featured in a glitzy Vanity Fair spread ahead of the US Open. The spread showcases players like Danielle Collins, Madison Keys, and more, styled in high-end fashion brands. The article highlights their diverse origins, off-court interests, and their impact as activists in promoting equality, inclusivity, and mental health in the sport. The players are seen as a new generation redefining American tennis history and pushing the game forward.