Daniil Medvedev, Diego Schwartzman and Others Line-Up For Ultimate Tennis Showdown Before French Open 2021

Published 05/07/2021, 2:07 PM EDT


The clay-court season is going on right now with the Mutua Madrid Open 2021 about to get over this weekend. Following this, the Italian Open 2021 will take place and then there will be a two-week break before the French Open 2021. However, fans won’t miss tennis in that period as the Ultimate Tennis Showdown (UTS) will take place in the break- a tournament which is also featuring Daniil Medvedev this time.

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The UTS is back with its second season and it will be a two-day tournament that will take place on 24th and 25th May 2021. This is the fourth edition of the tournament and five out of the players have already confirmed their presence at the tournament.

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Diego Schwartzman, Corentin Moutet, and Fabio Fogini are the names that are again playing at the tennis event after confirming their presence. Interestingly, World No.3 Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Bublik will be also be playing- making their debuts this season.

Initiated by French tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou and entrepreneur Alex Popyrin, the UTS takes place on the hardcourt. The tournament happens in Nice, France, and follows a modified and different scoring format.

Daniil Medvedev will begin as the Chessmaster

There is a custom that players often play by their nicknames at the UTS. Schwartzman will start as ‘El Peque’, Moutet as ‘The Tornado’, and Fognini as ‘Fogna’. Medvedev and Bublik have also got their new names as Medvedev will play the tournament as ‘The Chessmaster’ while Bublik will begin as ‘The Bublik Enemy’.

Russia’s Daniil Medvedev reacts during his final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Matteo Berrettini emerged as the winner of the first season of the UTS. The Italian defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in the finals in a nail-biting finale. However, in the rankings, the Greek player was at the top of the table.

The UTS follows a whole set of different rules from traditional tennis. Fans liked it a lot last time as it was quite unique and distinctive. As far as this season is concerned, the management will soon announce the remaining three players.

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It’ll be intriguing to see how these eight players manage to adapt themselves on the hard surface for two days right before the French Open 2021. Whatever be the case, fans are quite excited about the tournament. Who will emerge as the winner in the second edition of the UTS?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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