History

This will be the first and maybe the last Chicago Fall Tennis Classic tournament, as it was organized to fill in the gap created by cancellation of the Asia Swing for a 2nd year in a row because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The 56-player draw was able to attract many of the top players, and given the fact that Indian Wells Main Draw will start on Wednesday next week, they will have plenty of time to not overlook this in order to be fresh for one of the very few big tournaments left in the calendar until the end of the year.

History

Ostrava open returned to the WTA tour last year to make up for all the cancelled tournaments in China.  The Premier event was played in October in 2020 but now is pushed a month before, but still has stellar lineup.

Last year Sabalenka defeated Azarenka in straight sets to claim the singles title and with Elise Mertens claimed the doubles one as well.

Both players aren’t here to defend any points from that accomplishment.

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2 top 10 players, all 8 seeds within top 22 of the ranks and a last direct acceptance being Zhang as No.49 speaks volumes to the competition this wta 500 tournament has.

History

The Moselle Open was founded in 2003 and was part of the ATP International series until 2009 when it got the ATP 250 label that the tournament holds to this day. It is one of the 4 French events alongside Open 13, Open Sud de France and the Lyon Open on the Men’s side of the tour.

From the 17-th editions of the event, the champion is a Frenchman in 11 occasions.

Last year’s edition was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Defending champion Jo-Wilfired Tsonga defeated Aljaz Bedene in the 2019 final for his record 4th title here.

History…  This will be the 141-st edition of the tournament and the modern version of the US National Championship who was played for the first time in August 1881. The competition has been played on hard courts since 1978, but before those 3 years was played on Clay and between 1881 and 1974 on Grass.

Serena Williams has won the event 6 times with Margaret Court at 5.

Last year event was played without fans due to Covid-19 restrictions and Naomi Osaka came from a set and a break down to overcome the resistance from Victoria Azarenka and to claim her 2nd US Open title.

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History…  This will be the 141-st edition of the tournament and the modern version of the US National Championship who was played for the first time in August 1881. The competition has been played on hard courts since 1978, but before that 3 years was played on Clay and between 1881 and 1974 on Grass.

Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer are tied for most titles here at 5.  Interesting fact is that Roger won all his titles in consecutive years between 2004 and 2008.

Dominic Thiem is the defending champion, he defeated Alexander Zverev in a tight match that required 5th set tiebreaker to separate the two