Rafael Nadal targets one last dance at the French Open

Grand Slam fever is in full swing, with the French Open getting underway this week before being swiftly followed by Wimbledon. Novak Djokovic will be hoping one of those iconic tournaments will finally secure him the all-time Grand Slam record, but there will be plenty of competition standing in his way.

Carlos Alcaraz is the new kid on the block and he’ll be looking to continue his dramatic rise. Meanwhile, Roland Garros legend Rafael Nadal will be desperate to wave goodbye to the famous clay in style.

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Nadal seeks romantic farewell

As Nadal prepares to say adios to the sport this year, he faces a battle to be fit for one last dance with an old flame. The Spaniard has dominated the French Open throughout his career en route to being crowned the ‘King of Clay’.

Nadal has won a record 14 titles at Roland Garros, eight more than Björn Borg, his next men’s challenger in the open era. And with this set to be his final appearance at his spiritual home, it would be fitting that he bowed out with a 15th win in Paris and his 23rd Grand Slam title.

But even before you consider the likes of Djokovic and Alcaraz, the main hurdle standing in Nadal’s way is his own fitness. He’s missed much of the last two years with persistent hip problems and he was forced to miss the Australian Open earlier this year.

The 37-year-old is one of the best to ever do it and it’s scary to imagine how much greater his legacy could have been had he not been blighted by injuries. Now in the twilight of his career, he’s ranked 276th in the world.

He reached the round of 16 at the recent Madrid Open, where he was beaten in straight sets by Jiri Lehecka before suffering a similar fate in just the second round at the Italian Open. But while he may have been holding back in those games, there’s no doubt he’ll leave everything on the court in Paris.

The form book will be ripped up if he wins his race to play and despite his recent form, injuries and lowly rank, you can bet your bottom dollar that the likes of Alcaraz and Djokovic are secretly hoping somebody else will deal with Nadal before they have to face him on the courts where he made his name.

Djokovic chases elusive record Grand Slam

Since winning the US Open back in September, Djokovic has had his eye on a record-breaking Grand Slam win that would make him the undisputed greatest player of all time.

The Serbian has won 24 major titles and is currently level at the top of the standings with women’s great Margaret Court. He could have edged ahead of the Australian legend by claiming the first slam of the year in Melbourne but he lost out to eventual winner Jannik Sinner in the semi-finals.

Djokovic will fancy his chances at finally clinching his long-awaited record in the coming weeks but he’ll have to do it at his least fruitful event. The 37-year-old has won just three of his 24 major titles in Paris, although two of them have come at the last three French Opens, including in 2023 where he beat Casper Ruud in straight sets.

Standing in his way will no doubt be Sinner, who looks set to help Alcaraz dominate tennis when Djokovic and Nadal hang up their rackets. The Italian’s win in Melbourne was his first Grand Slam and he’ll be confident of adding to it, although he has struggled in Paris, with a quarter-final defeat in 2020 his best ever finish.

Alcaraz remains the favourite to win the title, with the Spaniard hoping to follow in compatriot Nadal’s footsteps. The rising star stunned Djokovic in last year’s Wimbledon final to claim his second Grand Slam and with another year of experience under his belt, he’ll take some beating at Roland Garros.

Can Świątek be stopped?

World number one Iga Świątek is the clear favourite to win the women’s title and for good reason. The Polish star has won the competition three times since 2020, including last year when she saw off Karolína Muchová in the final.

Aged just 22, Świątek has already won four Grand Slam titles and she doesn’t look like slowing down. Since a disappointing third round defeat at the Australian Open in January, she’s gone on to win the Qatar Open, the Indian Wells Masters, the Madrid Open and the Italian Open.

The most recent of those wins came in Rome last week and she swept all before her, beating Coco Gauff in the semis before defeating Aryna Sabalenka in the final. Those two are expected to be her nearest challengers but they’ll struggle to lay a glove on her on recent form.

Tennis: Novak Djokovic crashes out of Indian Wells

While it wasn’t the most damaging defeat of his career, Novak Djokovic will be slightly frustrated at his early exit from Indian Wells.

The Serbian lost to 20-year-old Luca Nardi in the third round to continue his barren run in 2024. He’s yet to win a tournament this year, which isn’t ideal preparation for the remaining Grand Slams.

The quarter-finals get underway on Thursday and Australian Open champion Jannik Sinner is the favourite to go all the way. He’s yet to drop a seat in the tournament and he comes up against Jiri Lehecka in the final eight.

Should he progress, the likes of Daniil Medvedev will be standing in his way, as will Carlos Alcaraz, who won the tournament a year ago. Andy Murray was also among the stars to take to the court at Indian Wells but the Brit was beaten by Andrey Rublev in round two.

On the women’s side of the draw, world number one Iga Świątek is in good stead to claim her second title. She comes up against Caroline Wozniacki in the quarter-finals.

Świątek could face stiff competition from Coco Gauff, who is strong on home soil having claimed her first Grand Slam at last year’s US Open. Both Indian Wells finals take place on Sunday.

Can Medvedev defend his Miami crown?

There won’t be much time for recovery from Indian Wells as all the big hitters will be flying east for the Miami Open. Djokovic will be in action and the six-time winner is looking to go all the way for the first time since 2016.

Having looked strong at Indian Wells so far, Medvedev will be confident of defending his crown having seen off Sinner in the final a year ago. Sinner, meanwhile, will be desperate to turn his fortunes around. The Italian has lost two of the last three finals in Miami.

Murray is also set to take part and will harbour dreams of adding a third title to his collection, having won in 2009 and 2013. However, Rafael Nadal is unlikely to make it following his decision to pull out of Indian Wells.

Świątek’s only Miami title came two years ago and a strong finish at Indian Wells will put her in a strong position for the competition in Florida. Reigning champion Petra Kvitová is out of action for the foreseeable future as she prepares to have her first child.

Gauff is looking to win the tournament for the first time, while Australian Open winner Aryna Sabalenka is also on the entry list as she looks to continue her strong start to 2024.

Grand Slams are just around the corner

While the tour tournaments are coming thick and fast, all eyes will be on the two Grand Slams on the horizon. The French Open gets underway in May and having missed out in Australia, Djokovic is looking to become the most successful player of all time.

Nadal has made Roland Garros his playground in recent years, winning the French Open an incredible 14 times. He’ll want to play more than anything this year but as he struggles for fitness, there are fears that he’ll call time on his career if he misses out. On the women’s side, Świątek has won three of the last four French Open titles and she’ll be the favourite to go all the way this time.

Up next after the competition in Paris is the warm-up to Wimbledon at Queen’s Club, before one of the most iconic tournaments in world sport returns to SW19. Djokovic is targeting an eighth title having missed out to Alcaraz last year.

Elsewhere, Markéta Vondroušová shocked the world last summer as she became the first unseeded Wimbledon champion when she beat Ons Jabeur in the final.

Australian Open: Sinner claims first Grand Slam

The Australian Open title and Novak Djokovic have almost become synonymous in recent years but remarkably, the Serbian didn’t even make the final this time around.

Just as Carlos Alcaraz made the headlines for his stunning win at Wimbledon last summer, there’s a new kid on the block in Melbourne. Remember the name: Jannik Sinner.

The Italian stormed to his first Grand Slam win following a dominant few weeks in Australia. In fact, his impressive semi-final display condemned Djokovic to a first defeat at the tournament in six years.

Elsewhere, Aryna Sabalenka picked up where she left off a year ago and she now has her eyes firmly set on Iga Świątek’s crown as the queen of tennis.

Sinner claims maiden Grand Slam

There’s never a bad time to claim your first Grand Slam and Sinner has started 2024 in style as he dominated for much of the tournament. Alongside Alcaraz, there are hopes that the 22-year-old can build on this and start a new era in tennis once Djokovic and Rafael Nadal call it a day.

Sinner dropped just one set on his way to the final – a narrow tie-break against Djokovic – and he reacted superbly to come back from two sets down to stun Daniil Medvedev in the final.

History repeated itself for Medvedev, who also lost a two-set lead against Nadal in the 2022 final, and he’s now tasted defeat in three of the last four Australian Open finals.

Sinner has gone from strength to strength in the last year and has now won 20 of his last 21 matches. He’s emerged as one of the biggest threats in the men’s game following a first semi-final at Wimbledon last year, where he was beaten in straight sets by Djokovic.

Djokovic made to wait for record-breaking Slam

Ahead of the tournament, Djokovic was looking to make history and become the all-time leading Grand Slam winner. The 36-year-old is currently tied on 24 major titles with Australian legend Margaret Court.

He looked to be on his way to a fifth Australian Open title in six years as he stormed to the semi-finals, dropping just three sets in the process. But Djokovic was swept aside by Sinner, who claimed the first two sets 6-1 and 6-2 before finishing the job in the fourth.

It was Djokovic’s first defeat at the Australian Open in 2,195 days and put an end to an incredible 33-match winning run at the tournament. The loss to Sinner was his first in Melbourne since 2018 and it was the first time in his career that he failed to create a break point in a Grand Slam match.

Djokovic has been hugely critical of his performances throughout the tournament and he’ll be more determined than ever to claim his record-breaking Grand Slam title at the French Open later this year.

Sabalenka strolls to Australian Open title defence

In the women’s tournament, Sabalenka claimed her second successive Australian Open title as she saw off Qinwen Zheng in the final.

In fact, the Belarusian won every single set on her way to glory and Coco Gauff in the semi-final was the only opponent to take more than three games off her in a single set.

It was only Sabalenka’s second Grand Slam win and puts to bed a successful but ultimately frustrating 2023. She followed up last year’s Australian Open win with semi-final defeats at both the French Open and Wimbledon before losing the US Open final to Gauff.

She’ll now want to build on this and rival world number one Świątek to be the best female player on the planet. Świątek was the pre-tournament favourite to triumph in Melbourne but she unexpectedly crashed out in the third round at the hands of Czech player Linda Nosková.

Can Novak Djokovic make history at the Australian Open?

As the days get colder and the nights get darker in the UK in January, we’ll all be looking on with envy as the stars of world tennis jet off to sunny Melbourne for the Australian Open.

Novak Djokovic won the men’s title earlier this year and he could make history by defending his crown next month. Meanwhile, Aryna Sabalenka holds the women’s title and faces a tough test to keep it.

Djokovic targets record-breaking Grand Slam

After winning three Grand Slams this year, Djokovic is looking to add another one to his collection as he heads down under next month.

The Serbian is the most successful men’s player in history, with a stunning 24 Grand Slam titles. He’s currently level with Australian legend Margaret Court, meaning one more slam will take him top of the all-time standings.

Of all the tournaments for Djokovic to break the record, he couldn’t have picked a better one. He’s made Melbourne Park his playground in recent years, winning 10 of the last 16 Australian Open titles.

Djokovic’s last win came earlier this year and he continued his phenomenal year by securing the French and US Opens. It would have been a perfect year for him if it wasn’t for Carlos Alcaraz, whose Wimbledon triumph stopped him from claiming a fourth Career Grand Slam.

Like a fine wine, Djokovic appears to be getting better with age. Despite being 36, he’s showing no signs of slowing down nor given any indication that he’s ready to hang up his racket.

Who can stop Djokovic in Australia?

After spoiling Djokovic’s party at Wimbledon, Alcaraz could delay the record being broken by going all the way in Australia as he targets a third Grand Slam.

Despite a remarkable couple of years since breaking through, Alcaraz has never progressed past the third round in Melbourne and he’ll be looking to finally make his mark this time around.

Despite being just 20 years old, Alacaraz’s dominant displays at Wimbledon showed a maturity beyond his years and he’ll likely be the biggest threat to Djokovic’s crown.

Next month’s Australian Open will see the return of Rafael Nadal, who endured a nightmare 2023 riddled with injuries. Nadal has won the tournament twice, with his most recent title coming in 2022 where he defeated Daniil Medvedev in the final.

He was looking to defend his title earlier this year but his hip injury saw him succumb to a second round exit in straight sets at the hands of Mackenzie McDonald. Nadal has since had treatment for his injury and he’s looking to return in style in what could be his final year in tennis.

Elsewhere, two-time Australian Open finalist Medvedev is looking to win just his second Grand Slam. He lost two consecutive finals in Melbourne in 2021 and 2022.

Meanwhile, Jannik Sinner is another future star that could challenge. The 22-year-old reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon this summer and despite losing in straight sets to Djokovic, he showed huge potential.

Iga Swiatek seeks another Grand Slam title

World number one Iga Swiatek is the favourite to go all the way in Australia. The 22-year-old secured her fourth Grand Slam title back in June as she overcame Karolina Muchova to win the French Open.

She’ll be looking to win the Australian Open for the first time, with her best previous showing coming last year where she fell short against Danielle Collins in the semis.

Swiatek will face stiff competition from 2023 champion Sabalenka. She came from a set down to beat Elena Rybakina in the final earlier this year. Sabalenka has enjoyed a strong 2023, having also reached the US Open final, as well as the final four at Wimbledon and the French Open.

Rybakina should perform well again as she looks to avenge her defeat in the final last time out. Meanwhile, Coco Gauff could also challenge. The 19-year-old has a bright future ahead of her and she claimed her maiden Grand Slam this year as she won the US Open on home soil. She’ll be looking to improve her Australian Open record having never progressed past the fourth round.

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WTA End of Season Review

As the dust is beginning to settle on another fantastic WTA season, we take a look back at some of the best bits in the world of women’s professional tennis singles from 2023.

From maiden Grand Slam victories to three set battles, it was another wonderful and highly entertaining year in the women’s professional tennis season.

Sabalenka Triumphs Down Under

Back in January, the opening Grand Slam of the year took place in Australia and was a fantastic fortnight to kick off the tennis majors in 2023. Ashleigh Barty’s retirement, coupled with Angelique Kerber and Naomi Osaka’s absence due to pregnancy, left the 2023 women’s tennis draw very open, with Victoria Azarenka and Sofia Kenin as the sole former champions. Their paths crossed in the first round, where Azarenka emerged victorious in straight sets.

After two weeks of very highly competitive tennis, the final took place between Aryna Sabalenka and Elena Rybakina. In what was a titanic battle, Sabalenka secured her first major singles title with a score of 4–6, 6–3, 6–4. Sabalenka’s impressive performance throughout the tournament included dropping just one set, which happened during her championship match against Rybakina.

Świątek Defends in France

Iga Świątek, the defending champion, secured her third French Open title and fourth major title overall by defeating Karolína Muchová in a thrilling final with a score of 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 at the 2023 French Open. Świątek’s remarkable achievement made her only the third woman in the Open Era, following in the footsteps of Monica Seles and Naomi Osaka, to win her first four major finals. Additionally, she became the youngest woman to achieve this feat since Serena Williams in 2002.

Świątek also etched her name in history as the first player to successfully defend the French Open title since Justine Henin in 2007 and the first woman to defend a major title since Serena Williams at the 2016 Wimbledon Championships. Throughout the tournament, Świątek displayed exceptional form, dropping just one set in her path to the title, which happened during the final against Muchová.

Vondroušová Creates History in SW19

Markéta Vondroušová achieved a historical victory at the 2023 Wimbledon Championships by defeating Ons Jabeur in the final with a score of 6-4, 6-4. This triumph marked her first major singles title and her first title overall in six years. Vondroušová’s remarkable journey to the Wimbledon title included several historic achievements.

Vondroušová became the first unseeded female player to win the Wimbledon title, a feat not seen since Billie Jean King reached the final in 1963. Furthermore, her world ranking of #42 made her the second lowest-ranked finalist since the establishment of the WTA rankings in 1975. Winning the Wimbledon title also propelled Vondroušová into the top ten of the WTA rankings for the first time in her career.

Gauff Causes US Frenzy

Coco Gauff’s impressive victory at the 2023 US Open marked a significant moment in her career. She defeated Aryna Sabalenka in the final with a score of 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, clinching her first major singles title. Gauff’s achievement made her the first American teenager to claim the US Open title since Serena Williams did so in 1999.

Gauff also joined a select group of teenagers who won the US Open in the past five years, following in the footsteps of Bianca Andreescu in 2019 and Emma Raducanu in 2021. Notably, Aryna Sabalenka’s performance to reach the semi-finals meant that she became the first woman since Serena Williams in 2016 to reach at least the semi-finals in all four major tournaments during a single season.

Świątek Ends the Year on Top

The WTA Finals is the season-ending championship of the WTA Tour and took place in Cancun, Mexico this year. The tournament holds a prominent position in the annual tennis calendar, following the four major tournaments. This event showcases the elite eight singles players and the top eight doubles teams, who qualify based on their season-long performance.

In what was a highly competitive week of fantastic tennis, the Polish Iga Świątek came out as the victor, regaining the world ranking of #1 at the same time. Świątek dispatched American Jessica Pegula 6-1 6-0 in just under an hour in what was a flawless performance. In winning the tournament and finishing the week undefeated, Świątek pocketed $3,780,000 as a monetary prize, in addition to 1,500 points towards her WTA ranking.

Is Novak Djokovic the best ever?

There is much debate amongst tennis fans about who is the best to ever play the game. There’s plenty of names in contention for the top spot including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Pete Sampras and, a blast from the past, Rod Laver. But probably one of the most prominent figures of tennis in the last ten years and certainly a man who has more than earned his right to be in this conversation, Serbian great Novak Djokovic.

So, who really is the best ever?

There is no doubt that all of these players have treated us to some spectacular tennis over the years, often battling it out against one another for the chance to win a Grand Slam. With only Nadal and Djokovic still playing, are they able to cement their position as greats in the sport, maybe even the greatest?

It’s only right to begin the conversation with Rod Laver, a man whose career started before many of the others were born. The Australian legend was ranked number one in the world for seven straight years between 1964 and 1970 as his career was one full of success. Nicknamed ‘Rocket’ he won a whopping 200 career titles with 11 Grand Slam Singles Titles and 9 Pro Slam Singles Titles, making him easily a contender for the greatest to have ever played tennis.

Next up, another man who retired over 20 years ago, Pete Sampras. The American picked up an incredible $43 million dollars in prize money throughout his career as well as a respectable 14 Grand Slam Singles Titles. Retiring in 2002, he is widely regarded as one of the tennis greats.

His career finished on a high after the US open when he defeated rival Andre Agassi. However, his place in the argument for one of the greats is disputed due to his preference for hard courts and grass. Should he have dominated across all surfaces to be eligible for the conversation?

A rival of Djokovic, Roger Federer’s reign in tennis was a magnificent one to say the least. In a career spanning over 24 years, the Swiss is one of the most well renowned to play the game with 103 career titles and 20 Grand Slam Singles Titles.

Even at the age of 40, he was still playing at the highest level and challenging for titles. His last appearance in a Grand Slam final was in 2019 when he was beaten by Djokovic at Wimbledon. A remarkable career that was played at such a high level for so long.

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Rafael Nadal is another man from Djokovic’s era and like Federer he has been around for quite some time. The Spaniard continues into the later stages of his career at the age of 37, however, with 22 Grand Slam Singles Titles it has been an impressive one. Known as the ‘King of the Clay’ in 2022 he won a record 14th French Open title.

During a time that may mark the beginning of a new era for tennis as Nadal, Djokovic and others bring their careers to a close, we can certainly be grateful that Rafael Nadal treated us to some of the best tennis the world has seen.

But can anyone surpass Novak Djokovic? As the Serbian reaches his late thirties, he is still winning Grand Slams for fun. In the final Grand Slam of the 2023 season at the US open, Djokovic secured a record-breaking 24th Grand Slam Singles Title. He also won 3 out of the four Grand Slams in 2023 at the age of 36, only losing out at Wimbledon to Spaniard and possible successor Carlos Alcaraz.

The most Grand Slams ever by a male tennis player and the possibility for even more, it’s very difficult to argue that Djokovic is anything other than the greatest tennis player ever.

So what do you think? Is Novak Djokovic the best to play the game or is there someone else who has proven himself over the Serbian? No matter what your opinion is, Djokovic’s legacy and impact on the sport will live on for years to come even after his career ends.

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Why Should I Buy Wimbledon Debentures? 

The Championships, Wimbledon is one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world and fans from all over the globe flock to witness some of the best grass court action around. Played over two weeks in the middle of the British summer, the tournament sees the All England Lawn Tennis Club become the absolute place to be. At the heart of this extraordinary event are Wimbledon debentures, offering the finest seats in the house.

In this article, we explore what debentures are, the attraction of them and why securing them early is a must. We also glance ahead to the upcoming Wimbledon, speculating on the contenders who may grace the iconic grass courts in the pursuit of tennis history. 

What are Debentures? 

Wimbledon debentures are a form of investment that provides exclusive access to the Wimbledon Championships. The money raised from the issues of debentures funds enhancements around the Grounds, for the benefit of all the Wimbledon guests. The debentures are issued every five years and provides guests with the best seats on Centre and Number One Court. 

Not only do Wimbledon debentures guarantee fantastic seats on Wimbledon’s top two show courts, but they also gain all-day admission and access to all the non-reserved outside courts. What’s more, you and your guests have the ability to go to exclusive lounges, car parks and facilities, including a range of bars and restaurants which vary from fine dining to self-service options, whenever you want. 

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The Best Seats in the House

One of the biggest advantages with becoming a debenture holder at Wimbledon is the fact that you receive premium seating, resulting in the tickets being very high in demand. Centre Court debentures are issued for each day of the Championships as Number One Court debentures are issued for the first eleven days of the Championships. 

On Centre Court, the seats are fantastic and are located between rows A-N and on Number One Court, the seats are as good as they are located between rows A-Q. This allows debenture holders to have prime viewing when watching the world’s best tennis players battle it out to claim one of the most historic trophies in tennis. 

Secure Debentures Early

With debenture tickets in extremely high demand and the experience at Wimbledon truly unique, you do not want to miss out. Engage are once again offering debenture tickets for the 2024 edition of the competition and with how the tennis landscape is shaping up at the end of 2023 and how it is looking in 2024, The Wimbledon Championships will be another fantastic fortnight in the heart of the British summer. 

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Players to Watch at SW19 in 2024

If Wimbledon in 2023 was anything to go by, then The Championships in 2024 promises to be another fantastic fortnight. In the men’s game, the next crop of players are really starting to make their mark.

With Carlos Alcaraz coming from a set down to defeat Novak Djokovic in five sets in over 4 and a half hours in 2023, will he be able to regain his title? Or, with the potential return of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic looking as strong as ever and Andy Murray still fighting it out, will the legends of the game reign superior? 

If you think the men’s game is exciting, the women’s game is always full of upsets and surprises. There is no clearer example than the 2023 Wimbledon Ladies Champion, Markéta Vondroušová, who became the first unseeded female player to win the Wimbledon title in history.

Vondroušová defeated Ons Jabeur 6-4 6-4 in two very nervy sets, with the tension palpable over 1 hour and 20 minutes. But with Coco Gauff winning the US Open, and Iga Świątek dominating as World Number #1, there are so many great players who could lay their hands on the Venus Rosewater Dish. 

What’s on in 2024? 

With Wimbledon looking as exciting as ever next year, that isn’t all that is going on! We have a variety of tennis offerings in 2024 that you do not want to miss out on. Differing from the Australian Open in January to Boodles in June, there is something for all tennis fans to get their teeth stuck into next year: 

Novak Djokovic and Coco Gauff victorious at US Open 

A phenomenal two weeks of tennis at the US Open has brought an end to the fourth Grand Slam of 2023 – and Novak Djokovic came within one set of winning all four of them. 

The legendary player continued his blistering form to claim victory in New York, while Coco Gauff made home advantage count as she won her home tournament for the first time. 

Djokovic equals Grand Slam record 

Djokovic bounced back from his Wimbledon final defeat in style by claiming his fourth US Open title over the weekend. The Serbian beat Daniil Medvedev in straight sets at Flushing Meadows to win the prestigious tournament for the first time since 2018. 

The win was his 24th Grand Slam, taking him equal with previous record holder Margaret Court, whose last title came in 1973. One more title for Djokovic will make him the most successful player in the Open era and, in the eyes of many, the greatest player of all time. 

Djokovic was imperious at Flushing Meadows as he stormed to victory, only dropping two sets in the entire competition. Those both came in the third round against fellow countryman Laslo Djere, who forced Djokovic to work hard and win the final three sets to progress. 

The US Open is Djokovic’s third major title of the year, with only a defeat to Carlos Alcaraz at Wimbledon denying him his first Career Grand Slam. 

At 36, Djokovic is now the oldest male slam winner in the Open era. But fans and foes alike will still have plenty of chances to see him attempt to break the record as he insists he has no intention of retiring just yet. 

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Gauff makes home advantage count 

Gauff has been tipped to be the future of US tennis and she claimed the first Grand Slam title of her career at Flushing Meadows. The 19-year-old came from a set down on Saturday to beat Australian Open winner Aryna Sabalenka in the final. 

Gauff’s win on home soil meant she became the first American teenager to win the US Open since Serena Williams achieved the feat way back in 1999. 

Having crashed out in the quarter-finals a year ago, Gauff was relentless throughout the tournament in New York. She dropped just three sets on her route to the final.  

Gauff’s previous best result in a Grand Slam came last year when she reached the French Open final, losing to Iga Swiatek. And after claiming her first major title, it seems inevitable that we’ll now see her lifting silverware on a regular basis.  

 A memorable US Open 

Having enjoyed a remarkable win over Djokovic at Wimbledon, Alcaraz was unable to maintain his momentum in the US Open. A rematch in the final looked to be on the cards but he came unstuck against Medvedev in the semis. 

Alcaraz lost a first set tie break before admitting afterwards that he lost his head and wasn’t mature to handle the pressure. Luckily for him, he’s still only 20 so will undoubtedly learn from the experience. 

Elsewhere, ladies Wimbledon champion Markéta Vondroušová was also unable to repeat her fairytale win. The Czech was seeking an unlikely second Grand Slam title but she was beaten in the quarter-finals to American star Madison Keys. 

2012 winner Andy Murray made it to the second round where he was beaten in straight sets by Grigor Dimitrov. While it’s unclear where the 36-year-old’s future lies, he only has tennis on his mind for now having joined up with the Great Britain squad for the Davis Cup group stage in Manchester

And there was British success at the US Open for Joe Salisbury. The six-time Grand Slam champion won his third consecutive title at Flushing Meadows alongside Rajeev Ram in the men’s doubles. 

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With the form Djokovic is currently in, there’s a very good chance that he’ll reach the Wimbledon final once again next summer – and it may well be for the last time. 

So, if you want to see him avenge his 2023 defeat in the flesh, as well as the ladies final, beat the queue and enjoy it from the best seats in the house with Engage’s exclusive hospitality packages. 

US Open: Can Djokovic avenge Wimbledon defeat?

Tennis fans across the world have only just recovered from an exhilarating two weeks at Wimbledon, but they’re already being served up another treat. The US Open gets underway in New York on Monday and we’re set for another fortnight of full-throttle action.

Novak Djokovic reminded us just how good he was at Wimbledon despite falling at the final hurdle and he’ll be seeking revenge on Carlos Alcaraz, the new kid on the block. Meanwhile, Marketa Vondrousova is targeting the unlikeliest of doubles following her shock Wimbledon win – but there’s a strong list of contenders standing in her way.

Ahead of the competition at Flushing Meadows, we’ve taken a look at the contenders that are set to battle it out for both the men’s and women’s titles.

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Djokovic and Alcaraz to resume rivalry

After seemingly passing the baton to Alcaraz at Wimbledon last month, Djokovic is desperate to show the world that he’s not quite finished yet. Despite the defeat in SW19, the Serbian played some of the best tennis of his career and he remains the favourite to claim his fourth US Open title.

Djokovic is targeting his 24th Grand Slam, and his third this year, and he’ll be looking to bounce back in style following Wimbledon. He showed that Alcaraz doesn’t quite have his number yet as he came from a set down to beat him in the Cincinnati Masters final last weekend.

But Alcaraz will be looking to continue the startling form that saw him claim his second major title in south London. The 20-year-old is looking to retain his crown in New York having defeated Casper Ruud a year ago. Following his win at Wimbledon, it’s clear that Alcaraz is the future star of tennis – but Djokovic’s recent form has shown that he’s not quite ready to step away from the top table.

Who else could challenge for the US Open?

World No. 3 Daniil Medvedev’s only Grand Slam title came at the US Open back in 2021. The Russian has enjoyed a strong season and he battled well as he ultimately lost in straight sets to Alcaraz in the semi-finals at Wimbledon.

Djokovic’s semi-final opponent Jannik Sinner is also a contender to keep an eye on. At 22, he’s another star with a bright future and he reached the quarter-finals this time last year. The Italian followed up his final four showing at Wimbledon by winning the Canadian Open earlier this month, defeating Andy Murray in the round of 16.

Despite withdrawing from the Cincinnati Masters, Murray looks set to compete at Flushing Meadows. The British legend won the competition back in 2012 and while he won’t expect to repeat history this time around, he’ll still secretly be dreaming of a fairytale few weeks in what will likely be one of his final US Open appearances.

Can Vondrousova defy the odds again?

The world of tennis was in shock last month as Vondrousova became the first unseeded player to ever win the Wimbledon’s women’s singles title. The Czech comfortably dispatched Ons Jabeur in straight sets to claim her first Grand Slam title.

Vondrousova, who is ranked ninth in the world, will be looking to spring another surprise and make it two out of two at the US Open, where she’s never made it past the fourth round.

Standing in her way will likely be World No. 1 Iga Swiatek, who is targeting back-to-back US Open titles. The four-time Grand Slam winner put a disappointing Wimbledon quarter-final exit behind her by racing to victory in the Poland Open, winning every set in the process.

This year’s Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka will also fancy her chances and she’ll be keen to avenge a semi-final defeat to Swiatek this time last summer. Elsewhere, Elena Rybakina will be looking to add the US Open to last year’s Wimbledon title, although she’ll need to improve in New York, having never got as far as the fourth round.

US stars Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula will be well supported on home soil. Meanwhile, shock 2021 winner Emma Raducanu will be absent as she recovers from wrist surgery.

Official hospitality packages on sale now for The Championships, Wimbledon 2024 

We’re delighted to announce that we are offering official hospitality packages for the most prestigious and historic tennis tournament in the world, The Championships, Wimbledon in 2024. 

Watched by millions across the globe, Wimbledon is the highlight of the summer grass season in the UK. Every tennis player aspires to make it onto the famous Centre Court at SW19 and you can be there next year with several luxurious hospitality packages to choose from with Engage.

The action that unfolded at Wimbledon in 2023 will live long in memory. Those lucky enough to be at The Championships for the Men’s Wimbledon Final saw the dawn of a new era on the men’s tour when Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz ended Novak Djokovic’s 10-year winning streak on the famous Centre Court.  

Despite falling behind twice in the match, the 20-year-old was able to conjure up the fight and spirit to come back and win his first Wimbledon title in a five-set match that will go down alongside some of the greatest finals ever played at Wimbledon.  

Secure hospitality at The Championships, Wimbledon 2024

In the women’s draw there were several unexpected twists and turns on the way to final, all playing into the hands of Markéta Vondroušová who became just the third woman from the Czech Republic to lift the famous Venus Rosewater Dish. There were also heart-warming moments for USA’s Christopher Eubanks during his unbelievable run to the Quarter Finals and Andy Murray who won an all-British match-up with Ryan Peniston on Centre Court during the first week of the tournament.  

As we begin to turn our attention to the next incredible two weeks of The Championships at the beginning of July 2024, the tournament may be one of the hardest to predict in a long time. Novak Djokovic and Ons Jabeur will both be out for revenge after falling agonisingly short in their finals. Meanwhile both sides of the draw possess a plethora of amazing young talents, including Jannik Sinner and Coco Gauff, who will all be wanting follow Alcaraz’s lead and create their own piece of history at the biggest tournament on the tour.

Whether it’s a corporate day out or a special treat for friends or family, we can offer a fantastic range of hospitality packages for you in 2024. The Lawn offers you and your guests private tables to soak up the sunshine in a relaxed, spacious facility, while the award-winning Rosewater Pavilion packages are conveniently located with beautiful landscapes and relaxed lounges. 

Alternatively, packages at The Treehouse, perched above The Lawn, are designed to give you the freedom to enjoy the day with short strolls to the headline courts, a roaming menu and live DJs to heighten the atmosphere, or you can treat your guests to luxurious private areas within Centre Court at the Skyview Suites. 

Every package we have ensures a world-class experience that will make your day at The Championship, Wimbledon an unforgettable one in 2024. 

Monday 1 July – The Championships, Wimbledon 2024 – Day 1

Tuesday 2 July – The Championships, Wimbledon 2024 – Day 2

Wednesday 3 July – The Championships, Wimbledon 2024 – Day 3

Thursday 4 July – The Championships, Wimbledon 2024 – Day 4

Friday 5 July – The Championships, Wimbledon 2024 – Day 5

Saturday 6 July – The Championships, Wimbledon 2024 – Day 6

Sunday 7 July – The Championships, Wimbledon 2024 – Day 7

Monday 8 July – The Championships, Wimbledon 2024 – Day 8

Tuesday 9 July – The Championships, Wimbledon 2024 – Day 9

Wednesday 10 July – The Championships, Wimbledon 2024 – Day 10

Thursday 11 July – The Championships, Wimbledon 2024 – Ladies’ Semi-Finals

Friday 12 July – The Championships, Wimbledon 2024 – Men’s Semi-Finals

Saturday 13 July – The Championships, Wimbledon 2024 – Ladies’ Final

Sunday 14 July – The Championships, Wimbledon 2024 – Men’s Final

While we sell official hospitality to The Championships, we are not an official hospitality provider to the AELTC or The Championships, we are an authorised re–seller of the Official Exclusive Hospitality Provider to The Championships.