Nadal: I’ll play Madrid Open

first_imgRelatedPosts Djokovic clinches fifth Italian Open title Djokovic zooms to 10th Italian Open final Nadal withdraws from US Open World no. 2 and a five-time Madrid Open champion Rafael Nadal will compete at home Masters 1000 event in September.Slated for September 13, Madrid should be the fifth ATP event after the long-awaited restart of the season that is planned for August. With the current situation in the USA, Washington, Cincinnati and the US Open are anything but set in stone, leaving a possible start of the action in Kitzbuhel on clay from September 8.Madrid Open tournament director Feliciano Lopez has confirmed Rafael Nadal as the first participant of the clay Masters 1000 event in the Spanish capital.After the latest release of the updated ATP ranking rules, Rafael Nadal will most likely skip the first tournaments in the USA, keeping 2000 points from the US Open and preparing for a clay-court swing.Nadal should seek the 20th Major crown in Paris and his preparation run should include Madrid and Rome, gathering boost and confidence ahead of the beloved Major where he would chase Roger Federer’s record.Madrid Open has been a part of the Masters 1000 family since 2002, hosting the indoor hard event until 2008 and switching to clay at Caja Magica from May 2009. Rafael Nadal claimed his only indoor hard title in Madrid 2005 following that thrilling victory over Ivan Ljubicic in five sets, standing among the favourites in every season since 2009.In that first edition in Caja Magica, Nadal toppled Novak Djokovic in a marathon semi-final, losing the title match to Roger Federer and beating the Swiss a year later to lift the trophy in front the home crowd.In 2011, Novak Djokovic toppled Nadal in the final before an early exit on blue clay. Rafa was the player to beat in Caja Magica in 2013 and 2014, securing another title in 2017 and losing to Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas in the last two seasons.Tags: Madrid OpenMasters 1000Rafael Nadallast_img read more

Jackie targets a senior hat trick

first_imgCaption: Jackie Foster (image copyright Leaderboard Photography) Tags: Jackie Foster, Senior, Stroke Play, Womens International Jackie Foster will target a hat trick of titles when the English senior women’s open stroke play championship starts next week at Belton Park Golf Club, Lincolnshire.Foster, from Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, has already pulled off back-to-back wins in this event, winning by four shots last year. If she makes it three-in-a-row she’ll be the first player to achieve the feat.But she faces a tough challenge from a field packed with leading seniors and fellow internationals. For at stake is not just the title, but precious order of merit points which could lead to a place in an England senior team.Other title contenders include Aileen Greenfield (Pyecombe), who has just won the English senior women’s amateur and will be eyeing an attractive double. Three other past champions are also among the competitors, Cath Rawthore (Sale), Sue Dye (Delamere Forest) and Janet Melville (Royal Birkdale).There’s also the challenge of the fine Belton Park course, which is set in 240 acres of Lincolnshire parkland. As well as its test of golf it offers great views of the National Trust landscape and an abundance of wildlife, including the large population of fallow deer.Local interest will focus on Anna Clark, a member of Belton Park, and Lynn Exley from Gedney Hill, another Lincolnshire club.The 54-hole championship starts on Tuesday, 19 June, and continues until Thursday, 21 June. The full field will play 18 holes on each of the first two days.  Then the leading 45 competitors and ties will play the final 18 holes on the third day.center_img 14 Jun 2018 Jackie targets a senior hat trick last_img read more