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October 2022

October saw the closing stages of the ATP and WTA seasons, with events in Asia, Europe and North America, as well as some drama off-court.

Djokovic and Medvedev return to the winner’s circle

Novak Djokovic impressed on his way to winning the ATP 500 event in Astana, Kazakhstan, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.

In the same week, Taylor Fritz couldn’t play his First Round match until Wednesday due to having to isolate after a positive Covid-19 test. That didn’t stop him coming away with the title in Tokyo, beating American compatriot Frances Tiafoe in the Final. The win saw Fritz break into the top 10 for the first time.

Daniil Medvedev beat the likes of Jannik Sinner, Grigor Dimitrov and Denis Shapovalov on his way to winning the title in Vienna, with Shapovalov the only player to take a set off him in the Final. Felix Auger-Aliassime is currently on a 13-match winning streak, which culminated in him winning the Basel ATP 500 title in Switzerland. He also won titles in Florence and Antwerp (both ATP 250 events) which leaves him in a commanding position to qualify for the ATP Finals for the first time.

WTA Finals qualification decided 

Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova delighted the home crowd by winning the title in Ostrava, coming back from a set down to defeat Iga Swiatek in the Final. Krejcikova won the French Open last year, but a relatively poor year meant she wasn’t even seeded here. This win has helped her rise to just outside the top 20 in the rankings.

World number 1 Swiatek made amends the week after, beating qualifier Donna Vekic to win the San Diego WTA 500 title. The Guadalajara WTA 1000 event in Mexico was the final tournament before the WTA Finals, where Jessica Pegula won her maiden 1000 level title.

Maria Sakkari made the Final, which saw her qualify. The 8 women that will compete in the WTA Finals in Fort Worth, Texas, are: Iga Swiatek, Ons Jabeur, Jessica Pegula, Cori Gauff, Maria Sakkari, Caroline Garcia, Aryna Sabalenka and Daria Kasatkina.

Former Wimbledon champion fails drugs test.

World number 10 Simona Halep has failed a drugs test, having provided a sample during the US Open containing a banned substance, and has been provisionally suspended from competing. She has denied ever knowingly taken any banned substance.

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