Australia, 26 August 2021 |

From title breakthroughs to Paralympic Games preparation, it’s been a big week in Australian tennis. It means we have lots to celebrate in this week’s social round-up …

Ash Barty won the women’s singles title in Cincinnati – and became the first Australian champion since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1973.

Naturally, she wanted to share the moment with her team:

Speaking of winning teams, Sam Stosur and China’s Zhang Shuai scooped the Cincinnati doubles title.

It is Stosur’s 27th career doubles title and first since Australian Open 2019. The 37-year-old is also the first Australian woman to win a Cincinnati doubles title in 49 years:

Jaimee Fourlis ended a title drought of her own at an ITF tournament in Spain. After recently returning to tour following  a shoulder reconstruction, she claimed her first singles title in three years:


Alexei Popyrin is making positive progress too. The 22-year-old won consecutive matches for the first time since May, reaching the second round at Winston-Salem as a qualifier:

Max Purcell has also had a good week at Winston-Salem, reaching the third round as a lucky loser:

Meanwhile, John Millman is working hard to recover from a foot injury:

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games have begun, which has former world No.1 and six-time medallist David Hall in a reflective mood:

Our current world No.1 Dylan Alcott is feeling the heat as he prepares in Tokyo:

Thanasi Kokkinakis and Lizette Cabrera are among 10 Australians competing in US Open qualifying in New York this week:

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Nick Kyrgios is in New York too and looking for a hitting partner:

And finally, Matt Ebden has a challenge for his followers:

Don’t forget … the court is calling! Join in the fun, hire a court today and take advantage of the many healthy benefits of a great socially-distanced sport.