Eugene and Lucy discuss Coco Gauff’s continued rise; Madison Keys’ winning return; Sloane Stephens and her brilliant foundation and much more
Coco Gauff Continues to Rise Reached the semi-finals after coming through qualifying. All her matches went the distance (which shows how plucky she is). Now inside the top-40 for the first time – currently at a career-high 38.
Tsonga and Keys Make Return Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, in action for the first time in 13 months, lost to Sebastian Korda in the first round in Montpellier. The 35-year-old looked in good shape.
– Madison Keys, playing for the first time since the French Open, comfortably dispatched Belinda Bencic in straight sets in Qatar (Eugene saw it coming).
Media Roundup The Sloane Stephens Foundation and tech giant SAP join forces… SAP will assist with the formalisation of a high-performance tennis program in South Florida and provide support to the existing Love, Love Compton program.
– Anne-Marie Batson made her ATP commentary debut during the Argentina Open. Was also on duty for Frances Tiafoe’s second-round defeat to Jaume Munar.
– Nice interview piece on the USTA website with the Jenkins brothers – Jermaine and Jarmere – who are leading lights in the sport.
– Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) appoint seven individuals from diverse backgrounds to the LTA Council, Yasmin Clarke is among them.
– Shout out to Paul Jubb who won a 15k ITF event in Sharm El Sheikh.
– Dubai WTA 1000 Keys is the 11th seed and opens against a qualifier. Debutante Gauff beat Ekaterina Alexandrova in round one and will play 12th seed Marketa Vondrousova or Ana Bogdan in the second round.
– Chile ATP 250 Tiafoe, continuing his run on the South American clay, is the 5th seed at the Chile Dove+Men Care Open and faces Nicolas Jarry in the first round.
– Marseille ATP 250 Tsonga continues his comeback in France at the Open 13 Provence, plays Feliciano Lopez in round one.
– Doha ATP 250 Roger Federer (Lucy’s GOAT) is playing for the first time since last year’s Australian Open. Plays Jeremy Chardy or Dan Evans in round two after receiving a first-round bye.