Fireworks are guaranteed for UTS in Los Angeles this summer after China’s Yibing Wu and Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik added their names to the innovative, ground-breaking event.
The eighth and final player will be confirmed in the coming days.
Enter: “The Great Wall”
Yibing Wu, the highest-ranked Chinese man in history, will take the nickname of “The Great Wall” and his attacking game will be perfectly suited to the shorter, fast-paced format of UTS.
The 23-year-old Wu became the first Chinese man to win an ATP Tour title when he won in Dallas earlier this year, beating Denis Shapovalov along the way and then downing John Isner in the final.
Currently ranked No 57, he’s just two places off his career-high.
“The Bublik Enemy” returns to UTS
Alexander Bublik returns to UTS, having made his debut in the competition in UTS4. The mercurial Kazakh is as unpredictable as the weather and his penchant for underarm serving has captivated fans all over the world.
Ranked No 49, the 25-year-old is a regular fixture in the biggest events around the world and he’s sure to light up the competition once more.
UTS, created by Patrick Mouratoglou, began in 2020 in the wake of the Covid-19 lockdown, offering players competitive matches in a new, innovative format that has attracted new, younger generations to the sport.
The UTS Ultimate Tennis Showdown takes place from July 21-23 at the Dignity Health Sports Park in
Carson, on the Campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills in a stadium that can host 7,200 fans.
You can purchase tickets here