This Week In Tennis:The WTA and ATP Tours Each Held Three Tournaments Around The World
Although, last week’s tournaments on both the WTA and ATP Tours did not feature the top ranked players, it was still a busy week for both the men and the women. Three tournaments were contested on the Men’s ATP Tour and three tournaments were decided on the WTA Tour.
In last week’s feature tournament on the ATP Tour, Argentine Juan Martin del Potro won the Open 13 tournament, which was held in Marseille, France. For Del Potro, this victory marked his first tournament win in the young 2012 season. According to the UPI, Del Potro was also a finalist last week, in an ATP tournament that was played in Rotterdam. Del Potro is best known for beating the 17 time grand slam champion, Roger Federer in the 2009 U.S. Open final.
In other action on the ATP Tour, David Ferrer bested fellow Spaniard Nicholas Almagro in three sets, claiming the Copa Clara crown in Buenos Aires. The UPI reports, that Ferrer actually dropped in the rankings despite winning in Buenos Aires. Joe Wilfred Tsonga moved past Ferrer into the fifth spot on the ATP Tour rankings. Tsonga made it into the semifinals of the Open 13 tournament, which was more heavily weighted than the Copa Clara tourney. Ferrer slipped just one spot into sixth. The top four spots on the ATP Tour rankings remained unchanged, with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray in first through fourth respectively.
In the third ATP tournament of the week, Jurgen Melzer won the Regions Morgan Keegan singles title, which was held in Memphis, Tennessee. Jurgen Melzer, who is not exactly a household name is an ATP Tour veteran, who has a 2010 French Open semi-final on his resume and was ranked as high as eighth, in April of 2011. For Melzer, this tournament victory was only his fourth title in his career.
In WTA action last week, the biggest story was Agnieszka Radwanska, who according to wtatennis.com, moved into the fifth spot in the WTA Tour rankings. Radwanska’s Ascended into the elite five on the WTA Tour by capturing the Dubai Duty Free ladies singles title. Radwanska made it into the quarterfinals of this year’s Australian Open, where she lost to the eventual champion and current WTA Tour number one ranked player, Victoria Azarenka.
In the other two WTA tournaments last week, Timea Babos won the Whirlpool Monterey Open, which was contested in Monterey, Mexico. According to wtatennis.com, for Babos, the Monterey Open marked her first ever tournament win on the WTA Tour. Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden, captured the Memphis International Title to round out last week’s action on the WTA Tour.