A legend built on his legacy while both the ATP and the WTA play tournaments this week. Check out our latest tennis news update to help you with your bets so you can go ahead to place them and cash in against our Tennis odds!
COVID-19 Tennis Update – November 11th Edition
Rafa becomes fourth player to win 1,000 matches
The great Rafael Nadal became the fourth player in tennis history to win 1,000 or more matches. In doing so, Rafa accomplished something John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, and Pete Sampras couldn’t.
Due to the pandemic, Nadal played his winning match to reach 1,000, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 over Feliciano Lopez, before an empty stadium. Lopez did give Rafa a fist bump after the match.
In getting to the 4 digits club, Nadal climbs into a select group. Jimmy Connor with 1,274, Big 3 rival Roger Federer with 1,242, and Ivan Lendl with 1,068, are the only other players to have won 1,000 or more matches.
If people questioned Rafael’s greatness before reaching the milestone, doing so ends those questions and then some. Expect Nadal to continue to win matches. Who knows? At the rate he’s going, he could overtake Connor and become the winningest player of all time.
ATP 2020 Sofia Open
- When: Nov. 7 – Nov. 15
- Where: Sofia Bulgaria
Shapovalov, Auger-Aliassime, De Minaur, and Struff re the top four seeds at the Sofia Open
Although most wait for major tennis tournaments before handicapping and placing wagers, those who do wait should consider checking out in between tournaments. Take the ATP Sofia Open where the top seed, 21-year-old Denis Shapovalov, has already packed up his rackets.
Radu Albot beat Shapovalov 6-2, 6-4, to knock the 1-seed from the tournament. That leaves favoritism at the Sofia Open to fall to 2-seed Felix Auger-Aliassime. Felix battles Salvatore Caruso later on Wednesday, Nov. 11.
As of this writing, 3-seed Alex De Minaur was in a tough battle with Aslan Karatsev. De Minaur could end up winning that match. 4-seed Jan-Lennard Struff pulled a Shapovalov earlier in the day, though, when dropping his second round match to Vasek Pospisil.
Tennis is more exciting, and handicappers can make more money, when underdogs play well. So far, the Sofia Open has proven to be a longshot bettors playground.
WTA 2020 Upper Austria Ladies Linz
- When: Nov. 8 – Nov. 15
- Where: Linz, Austria
Sabalenka, Mertens, Yastremska and Alexandrova top four seeds for Ladies Linz trophy
The chalk is all over the board at the Austria Ladies Linz. Unlike the Sofia Open, the Ladies Linz is well on it’s way to handing the trophy to one of the top four seeds.
1-Aryana Sabalenka, 3-Dayana Yastremska, and 4-Ekaterina Alexandrova all won their first round matches. 2-seed Elise Mertens takes on Anhelina Kalinina at around 11:30 am ET on Wednesday.
So far, this week’s WTA tournament has proven what most tennis fans already know. In the women’s game, we must think of tiers with Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty, Bianca Andreescu, and a few more players. Then, after the Haleps and Osakas, are players like Sabalenka, Alexandrova, and Mertens.
That’s not a bad thing at all because unlike in the men’s game, where Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic almost always dominate if they play, there are about twenty or so players in the women’s game who can take home a trophy no matter who they face in the final match. That’s called parity, and no sports fan dislikes that.