US Open wheelchair compeitions : Organisers in talks following criticism

“The USTA expects to gather player feedback on their perspective and work with with the ITF to finalise an approach to the 2020 US Open wheelchair competition”

Gordon Reid was one of the players who shared his disappointment at the inital decision to omit the wheelchair tournament from the 2020 competition

The US Open organisers have promised to look at ways the wheelchair competitions can take place this year, following criticism about how their initial removal from the schedules was handled.

The United States Tennis Association announced on Wednesday that a streamlined version of the US Open would take place behind closed doors from August 31 to September 13, with all wheelchair events omitted from the schedule.

Paralympic champion Gordon Reid, a four-time winner in the men’s doubles at Flushing Meadows and two-time singles semi-finalist, said he was given no forewarning that this would be the case and found out about the news on Twitter.‘US Open discriminating against wheelchair tennis’Australian Paralympic tennis champion Dylan Alcott says the omission of the wheelchair tournament from this year’s US Open is “disgusting discrimination”.

The International Paralympic Committee was also critical of the decision, with president Andrew Parsons saying the USTA should not be using the coronavirus pandemic as “an excuse to discriminate against a group of players”.null

A USTA statement said: “[On Friday] the USTA, in conjunction with ITF wheelchair tennis leadership, conducted a very productive call with the wheelchair athletes who traditionally compete in the US Open wheelchair competition.null

“The USTA acknowledged that the association should have communicated directly and worked in a collaborative manner with the wheelchair athletes when developing the plan for the 2020 US Open, as it had done with both the ATP and WTA.

“The USTA also committed to working with the players and the ITF to explore a number of potential scenarios for the wheelchair competition to determine the best approach moving forward for the athletes and the competition.

“The USTA expects to gather player feedback on their perspective and work with with the ITF to finalise an approach to the 2020 US Open wheelchair competition.”

The new statement from the USTA was received positively by Reid, who said on Friday night: “Positive discussions with @usopen today. They’re looking to make it right with the help of the players.”

Dylan Alcott, who won the 2015 and 2018 wheelchair singles titles at Flushing Meadows and who is the reigning doubles champion, had said that the omission of the wheelchair tournament from the US Open was “disgusting discrimination”.

He also took to social media to welcome the organisers’ move and thanked people for their support.

“Positive start,” Alcott wrote on Twitter.

Tyson Fury contacted by WBC regarding ‘status and plans’ with Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte fights in pipeline

The WBC is in the process of contacting every champion”

Tyson Fury will be contacted by the WBC to discuss his “status” as their heavyweight champion, leaving the door open to becoming ‘franchise’ title holder.

Fury will next meet Deontay Wilder in a third WBC title fight, but is mandated to defend his belt against Dillian Whyte before February 2021, and has also agreed financial terms to face IBF, WBA and WBO champion Anthony Joshua.

Top Rank boss Bob Arum, who is Fury’s US-based promoter, suggested the fighter could be upgraded to ‘franchise’ champion to skip his mandatory obligation to face Whyte and dive straight into an undisputed title clash with Joshua.

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman, when asked about Fury, told Sky Sports: “We are addressing every weight category separately. The WBC is in the process of contacting every champion to assess their current status and plans.

“The WBC will be looking into each category and will review each case and rule taking into consideration the variables that have to do with each case.

The WBC upgraded Vasiliy Lomachenko and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez to ‘franchise’ champions meaning they are not obliged to fight mandatory contenders.

In the case of Lomachenko, he holds the WBA, WBC ‘franchise’ and WBO lightweight titles and will fight IBF champion Teofimo Lopez next. When he was given the ‘franchise’ status, Devin Haney was upgraded from interim champion to full title-holder and Luke Campbell was ordered to fight for the interim belt.

Fury believes Wilder is still the most dangerous fighter in the heavyweight division

Arum previously told Sky Sports that Fury should not be forced into facing Whyte by February 2021: “These organisations will be cognizant that the mandatories must be pushed into the future because fighters, for at least three months, had no ability to fight. Then after those three months, the fights will be without spectators.

“We will be talking to the organisations to eliminate mandatories, or to postpone them all for at least one year.

“I am sick and tired of being forced, with my marquee fighters, to fight meaningless fights against mandatories that mean nothing.”

Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn said: “We’d much rather that this was not for a ‘franchise’ belt, this was for a WBC world title, and we want Dillian Whyte to get his shot at the world title.

La Liga Title Race Blown Open As Barcelona Play Goalless Draw At Sevilla

It was difficult to watch as both teams could not get a goal to liven things up. The La Liga crown is now Barcelona’s to lose when they could have extended their league at the top by five points.

While Barcelona dominated the opening exchanges, Sevilla struggled to bring the ball out of their half in the first 30 minutes of the game.

The Catalan’s best chances came from Lionel Messi’s freekicks and one of them was diverted over the bar brilliantly by the backtracking Joules Koundes.

Messi later escaped a yellow card for a bookable offence after Sergio Busquests and Fernando were booked for a feisty face-off between the pair just before the end of the first half.

Sevilla stepped up the intensity of their game after the break and Argentine Stalwart, Ever Banega.

A fierce drive in the Barcelona penalty area from Lucas Ocampos forced a great save off Marc Andre Ter Stegen and former Barcelona prospect Munir El-Haddadi also forced another save from the German shot stopper.

Antoine Griezmann failed to make the starting line up as Martin Braithwaite was preferred to the Frenchman. Braithwaite was however replaced for the final 13 minutes as Arturo Vidal was introduced in his place.
Sergio Regullion failed to convert the best chance of the game as the left back mishit a shot from close range with his weaker right foot, allowing Ter Stegen to collect the ball easily.

Luis Suarez played the full 90 minutes despite Quique Setien expressing uncertainty the Uruguayan’s match fitness. He blazed a left footed effort over in the closing stages when a chance was presented before him. Arthur was also introduced in the second half while Ruqui Puig also made a late entry into the game.

Barcelona now have to work hard to retain the title as the Los Blancos will be looking to close the gap against the Blaugrana in their next game against Real Sociedad tomorrow night. Barcelona will lock horns with Athletic Bilbao in their next match on Tuesday while Sevilla will clash with Villarreal on Monday.

Totenham vs Manchester United Match Ratings

The much anticipated game ended in a 1-1 draw. United had chances to kill the game but lacked a cutting edge and was also deterred by an inspired performance from Hugo Lloris.

It was Pogba’s first game since his return from an ankle injury and he was instrumental to his side taking a point off after Spurs had taken the lead in the first half. Many would question the tactical decisions of both managers in the dugout.

Jose Mourinho, much like himself played to hit the opposition on the counter and should have killed the game off after they took a first half lead.

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s team selections could also be probed as Mason Greenwood and Paul Pogba changed the complexion of the game once they entered it.

Here is our rating for the match.

Manchester United

David De Gea

While many would argue that he should have saved the shot from Bergwjin, it is very clear that his defence let him down. Apart from that, he dealt with other threats really well. 6/10

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Much like his usual self. Spurs struggled to create anything on his flank throughout the game. A solid performance. 6.5/10

Victor Lindelof

Appeared shaky at times in the first half and didn’t really have a great deal to deal with. Came off with a knock in the second half. 6/10

Harry Maguire

He should have done a lot better against Bergwjin for the first goal and he let his team down in the end. A poor performance from the United skipper. 4/10

Luke Shaw

He should also take part of the blame for Spurs goal and most of their successful attacks came from his flank. He also joined up with the defence but could have done a lot better. 5/10

Scot Mctominay

A solid and combative performance from the Scottish International. 6.5/10

Fred

He didn’t not have a bad game either. Did he not appear pleased when he was brought off in the second half. 6.5/10

Daniel James

These days, Dan James looks like a proper championship player. Had no impact on the game whatsoever. 4.5/10

Bruno Fernandes

He worked his socks off and tried to create several goalscoring chances for his team. He was rewarded with a goal from the spot. On second thoughts, he could have been better with his decision making. 7/10

Marcus Rashford

Had a wonderful chance to put United in front early in second half but was denied by a good reaction save from Lloris. 6/10

Anthony Martial

The Frenchman also forced a good save from his compatriot in the first half. Was more of a passerby from there on. 6/10

Subs

Paul Pogba

Our man of the match. His presence on the pitch changed the entire complexion of the game. We hope he would deliver on the promise of his inspiring cameo for the rest of the season. 8/10

Mason Greenwood

Brought United to life on the right flank and could have given United a late victory if he had scored with the last kick of the game. A good performance off the bench. 7/10

Nemanja Matic.

The midfielder made a strong case to be in the starting lineup for the next game with a tidy performance of the bench. 6.5/10

Odion Ighalo

The Nigerian striker didn’t have an imprint on the game. 5/10

Eric Bailly

Played for barely seven minutes. Nil

Totenham

Hugo Lloris

An inspired performance by the experienced shot stopper. Arguably Spurs best player in the game. 7.5/10

Serge Aurier

A very positive performance from the Ivorian fullback. Should have got himself on the scores sheet. 6.5/10

Davinson Sanchez

A solid defensive performance. 6/10

Eric Dier

He would have had a higher rating if he didn’t concede the penalty in disgraceful fashion. 6/10

Ben Davies

Did not have much to deal with until Greenwood came on and he coped with threat posed by the teenager. 6/10

Moussa Sissoko

Helped his team by providing defensive support. 6/10

Harry Winks

Worked his socks off to neutralize United’s threat in midfield. 6/10

Son

Worked hard on the counter and was unlucky not score as his goal bound header was saved by De Gea. 7/10

Erik Lamela

Worked hard to support attacks from midfield and was very lucky to escape a booking from the referee. 6.5/10

Stephen Bergwjin

Showed drive to give Spurs the lead. An excellent performance from the Dutchman. 8/10

Harry Kane.

Was he even in the game at all? We don’t think so. 4.5/10

Subs

Gedson Fernandes

Did not do more than make up the numbers. Left much to be desired. 4/10

Giovanni Lo Celso.

The Argentinian did not really have an impact in the game. 5/10

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer

He could have picked a stronger starting line up but he made amends by bringing on Pogba and Greenwood. 6/10

Jose Mourinho

Will Mourinho ever evolve his tactics? He could have easily killed off the game but chose to play safe. I am not sure many Spurs fans will be happy with the result against his former employees. 5.5/10