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Novomatic faces €2.5m pay-out to slots addict

first_img Topics: Casino & games Finance Legal & compliance Slots Austria’s Regional Court of Wiener Neustadt has ordered Novomatic to pay out €2.5m (£2.2m/$2.9m) in compensation to a gambling addict that spent more than €2m on slot games over a 10-year period.The individual in question, who was not identified, played Novomatic slots between 2002 and 2012 while suffering with a gambling problem.Lawyers for the plaintiff said he was “partially incapacitated” by the addiction and that he was unable to work as a result of this issue. All bets were placed on Novomatic devices in the Austrian capital of Vienna.The court agreed and declared all of the bets placed invalid due to the plaintiff’s gambling problem, ordering Novomatic to pay back the money he lost during the period, plus interest.Novomatic was also found to be in breach of Austrian laws regarding limits on stakes and payouts for slot machines.According to the Austrian media, the ruling was made in August, but has only just been made public. Novomatic has stated its intention to appeal against the decision.Confirmation of the ruling comes after Novomatic in August warned “regulatory pressures” could impact the company moving forward, despite posting a 12.6% year-on-year rise in revenue for the first six months of 2018.Sales revenue from gaming machines hiked by 96.2%, mainly due to the firm’s takeover of Ainsworth Game Technology, which was finalised in January.http://www.igamingbusiness.com/news/novomatic-finalises-investment-agtImage: George Hodan 23rd October 2018 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Lawyers argued the player was ‘partially incapacitated’ by addiction Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Casino & games Novomatic faces €2.5m pay-out to slots addict Tags: Slot Machines Regions: Europe Western Europe Austrialast_img read more

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William Hill US secures betting partnership with NHL

first_img The William Hill US arm of bookmaker William Hill has agreed a new partnership with North America’s NHL ice hockey league.Terms of the strategic partnership agreement were not disclosed, but it has been confirmed that William Hill will serve as an official sports betting partner of the NHL.William Hill will receive promotional media in relevant NHL markets and also be able to leverage branding opportunities in connection with the league’s major events.NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the new deal further demonstrates the league’s “innovative yet practical approach” to the expanding, regulated sports betting market in the US.The NHL has already agreed a partnership with MGM Resorts in the wake of last year’s Supreme Court ruling on PASPA, while a number of league franchises have secured gambling-related deals, including both the New Jersey Devils and Vegas Golden Knights with William Hill.“We continue to work directly with stakeholders to cultivate relationships across the sports betting landscape,” Bettman said.“Partnering with William Hill US, a leader in both the sportsbook and mobile betting marketplace, provides a tremendous opportunity to further fan engagement.”William Hill US CEO Joe Asher added: “Commissioner Bettman and his team at the NHL have been at the forefront of understanding the opportunities to engage fans through sports betting.“Combined with our existing partnerships with the Vegas Golden Knights and New Jersey Devils, we are extremely excited to continue to build our relationship with the NHL.”Image: David Marketing & affiliates The William Hill US arm of bookmaker William Hill has agreed a new partnership with North America’s NHL ice hockey league. William Hill will serve as an official sports betting partner of the NHL. 28th March 2019 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Marketing & affiliates Sports bettingcenter_img William Hill US secures betting partnership with NHL Regions: US Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

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Gamesys agrees GC settlement over AML and SR failings

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Legal & compliance 12th June 2019 | By contenteditor iGaming software developer and operator Gamesys Group has agreed a £1.2m (€1.3m/$1.5m) settlement with the GB Gambling Commission after it was found to have failed to prevent gambling harm and breached UK money laundering regulations.This followed an investigation by the regulator, from which it identified historical weaknesses that resulted in breaches of the 2007 money laundering regulations, and a failure to comply with Social Responsibility Code Provision 3.4.1. The investigation was prompted by reports from the UK police that revealed three customers used stolen funds to gamble between 2014 and 2016. Gamesys, the Commission said, failed to appropriately scrutinise these customers’ transactions to identify the source of funds and to determine whether the levels of spending were consistent with their risk profile. The failure to apply enhanced due diligence and enhanced monitoring of these individuals amounted to a breach of Regulation 14 of the anti-money laundering controls, the regulator noted. Furthermore, it added, Gamesys ultimately failed to establish and maintain appropriate risk sensitive policies and procedures, as required by the 2007 regulations. In addition, Gamesys failed to have effective social responsibility interactions with the three customers, as dictated by Social Responsibility Code Provision 3.4.1. For one of the three, the Commission noted, interactions should have occurred on two occasions, when losses increased, alongside increased time spent playing, and the customer becoming a top depositor. On another occasion, the customer’s losses increased again, alongside increased session times, with the customer hitting the daily deposit limit. Another of the customers in question told a Gamesys account manager that their spending had decreased as they could no longer afford to play as much. The operator failed to interact appropriately, and allowed the customer to continue using their account for around three months.The regulator said Gamesys acknowledged its shortcomings and that it failed to comply with licence requirements at the time. Gamesys has also admitted it failed to ensure sufficient customer interaction was taking place when customers were potentially displaying signs of problem gambling. The operator identified and flagged the failings itself, the Commission added.Gamesys has agreed a settlement package that will see it pay £690,000 in lieu of a financial penalty, which will be used to fund the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms. It will also repay £460,472 stolen by the three players to fund their gambling, as well as contributing to the Commission’s investigation costs.“It is vital that operators understand their customers – track their online gambling and step in quickly when they suspect someone is suffering from gambling harm,” Gambling Commission executive director Richard Watson said.“These key steps and processes ensure they meet both their anti-money laundering and social responsibility obligations for all customers.“Gamesys’ approach resulted in a variety of failings and saw stolen money flowing through the business – with customers being put at risk of gambling related harm.”The ruling comes after the Commission last week stripped Malta-licensed operator MaxEnt Limited, trading as Maxent NRR Entertainment, of its UK operating licence following a change in ownership. The Slotty Vegas operator has since stated that it intends to appeal the decision. iGaming software developer and operator Gamesys Group has agreed a £1.2m (€1.3m/$1.5m) settlement with the GB Gambling Commission after it was found to have failed to prevent gambling harm and breached UK money laundering regulations. Regions: UK & Ireland Tags: Online Gambling Legal & compliance Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Gamesys agrees GC settlement over AML and SR failings Email Addresslast_img read more

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Portugal sets another new igaming revenue record in Q2

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Portugal’s regulated online gambling market has broken its revenue record for the second consecutive quarter, with licenced operators generating a collective total of €48.3m (£44.0m/$53.3m) in the three months to June 30. Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Bingo Poker Portugal sets another new igaming revenue record in Q2 1st August 2019 | By contenteditor Portugal’s regulated online gambling market has broken its revenue record for the second consecutive quarter, with licenced operators generating a collective total of €48.3m (£44.0m/$53.3m) in the three months to June 30.The figure surpassed the previous quarterly record of €47.3m, which was set in the first three months of the current year. Figures released by national regulator Serviço Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos do Turismo de Portugal (SRIJ) show that the Q2 total is up 29.5% on the same period last year.At the halfway point of the year, Portugal has now generated more revenue than in the whole of 2018, with the €95.6m reported in the first and second quarter already some way ahead of last year’s overall total of €78.9m.Online casino overtook sports betting as the main source of income for operators in Portugal during Q2, with the market generating €25.3m in revenue, up from €22.6m in the first quarter and €16.8m in Q2 of last year.Consumers spent a total of €699.8m on online casino, with slots accounting for 67.03% of this figure. French roulette ranked second with a 13.49% share of the market, followed by blackjack on 8.08%.However, poker continues to struggle in Portugal, with combined cash games and tournaments holding an online casino market share of 11.34%, down from 13.9% in Q1. Poker spending has now fallen for four consecutive quarters.Meanwhile, sports betting revenue slipped from €24.8m in Q1 to €23.0m in the past three months, but this total was still 12.4% higher than in the same period last year. Sports betting spend  stood at €112.1m for the quarter, down from €131.3m in the first three months of the year, but up on €89.8m in Q2 of 2018.Football remains the most popular sport to bet on among Portuguese punters, with a market share of 71.41%. Tennis was second on 16.38%, followed by basketball with 7.50%.New player registrations slipped 1.6% year-on-year to 102,200, also down from 125,200 in the first quarter. Consumers opting to self-exclude stood at 38,600 by the end of Q2, up from 24,600 last year and 35,400 in Q1.The SRIJ issued 20 notices for operators without a permit to cease activities and shut down during Q2, and submitted 21 requests to internet service providers to block such websites.Meanwhile, land-based gaming revenue was up 0.5% from €77.0m last year to €77.4m, despite a dip in poker and bingo revenue.Similar to the country’s igaming market, slots were the main source of income, generating €64.5m in revenue, up 0.7% on €64.0m last year. Table games revenue was also up 0.3% to €12.0m, but combined poker and bingo revenue fell 8.8% to €940,290.Image: Edgar Jiménez Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Online Gambling Regions: Europe Western Europe Portugal Bingo Email Addresslast_img read more

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NatWest partners GamCare for bank branch counselling pilot

first_img British high street banking chain NatWest will work with gambling support charity GamCare to launch a pilot programme where it will offer counselling sessions to those affected by problem gambing in its branches. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 1st November 2019 | By Daniel O’Boyle AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter NatWest partners GamCare for bank branch counselling pilot Email Addresscenter_img Strategy Regions: UK & Ireland Topics: Strategy British high street banking chain NatWest will work with gambling support charity GamCare to launch a pilot programme where it will offer counselling sessions to those affected by problem gambing in its branches.The pilot programme will be rolled out in 13 NatWest branches across London, the Midlands and the South East and Eastern regions of England. It will be available to all members of the public, whether or not they have an account with NatWest.“The Gambling Commission estimate that there are around 340,000 adult problem gamblers in Great Britain, with a further 550,000 people considered to be suffering moderate harm as a result of gambling,” NatWest’s chief executive of personal banking, Les Matheson, said. “It is therefore more important than ever that support is easily available for those who need it. That is why I am immensely proud to be partnering with GamCare to bring this specialised support to the high street.“I also want to ensure we are best able to support customers worried about how much they’re spending on gambling, so I am introducing further specialised training for our teams and giving customers the tools to take greater control of their spending through our gambling block on credit cards.”GamCare chief executive Anna Hemmings described the partnership as “a fantastic step” towards achieving the charity’s goal of increasing access to problem gambling treatment.“To be able to offer our support on the high street in NatWest branches will make our help more available to the people that need it most, reducing traditional barriers to access,” Hemmings said. “GamCare’s training to NatWest specialist teams will also help to ensure that they can identify anyone affected by gambling problems – their own or someone else’s – compassionately and effectively, swiftly referring them to the most appropriate support.“These significant steps, alongside NatWest’s transaction blocking feature, are equipping problem gamblers across the UK with more tools and greater access to services to support their recovery.”The launch of the counselling service will be accompanied by the introduction of new controls for customers, such as the option to block gambling transactions on its credit cards.The feature will be rolled out on NatWest’s mobile banking app, and comes after a number of other banks rolled out a similar solution. Banking start-ups Monzo and Starling Bank were the first to do so, with Barclays becoming the first high street bank to roll-out transaction blocking in December last year. In January this year, Lloyds Bank, Santander and Royal Bank of Scotland, which owns NatWest, revealed they were considering launching similar features.Nicky Morgan, the outgoing Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said she was encouraged by NatWest’s efforts to limit the effects of gambling-related harm.“While millions of people gamble responsibly, protecting people from the risks of problem gambling is vital,” Morgan said. “The government has been clear to all businesses that have connections to gambling, including bookmakers, major high street banks and social media platforms that they must be socially responsible and use the power of technology and data to help people manage their spending and protect them from gambling related harm.“So, I welcome these measures from Natwest and Gamcare to help more people. I will closely monitor NatWest’s progress and I urge others in the banking sector to follow suit for the good of their customers.”Earlier this month, GamCare announced that the National Gambling Helpline, where trained advisors providing callers with advice on gambling-related problems and connect them with local treatment services, is to extend its hours and become a 24-hour service.last_img read more

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DraftKings and SBTech to combine as listed gaming giant

first_img DraftKings has struck a deal that will see it acquired by a special purpose acquisition company alongside betting and gaming technology provider SBTech, with the combined entity to be listed on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange. Topics: Sports betting Strategy Tech & innovation DFS Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter DraftKings has struck a deal that will see it acquired by a special purpose acquisition company alongside betting and gaming technology provider SBTech, with the combined entity to be listed on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange.Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp will acquire the businesses to create what is described as “the only vertically integrated pure-play sports betting and online gaming company” based in the US. The business was established by film producer Jeff Sagansky and Harry Sloan, previously chief executive of US media giant Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to invest in new media businesses in May this year. That month it raised $400m through an initial public offering, and currently trades on the Nasdaq. Diamond Eagle will be renamed DraftKings Inc once the transaction is closed – something expected to take place in the first half of 2020 – with the business to reincorporate in Nevada. Institutional investors, including funds managed by Capital Research and Management, Wellington Management and Franklin Templeton, have committed to acquiring $304m in Class A common stock, in addition to the $400m raised through the initial public offering.“We are pleased to bring DraftKings and SBTech together as one public company,” Sloan said. “DraftKings is already a premier online fantasy sports and betting platform. With the full integration of SBTech’s technology and innovative product expertise coupled with the right capitalization, DraftKings will be in a great position to continue its ambitious expansion plans in the United States. “I have known Jason Robins for four years, and consider him a true entrepreneur. I believe our investors share my utmost respect for his vision and leadership.”It is expected that the DraftKings Inc business will have an equity market capitalization of around $3.3bn at closing, with more than $500m of unrestricted cash on its balance sheet. Read the full story on iGB North America. Tags: Fantasy Sports Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops DFS Regions: US DraftKings and SBTech to combine as listed gaming giant 23rd December 2019 | By contenteditor Email Addresslast_img read more

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PGA Tour to integrate BetMGM odds into telecast

first_imgThe PGA Tour, the organizer of the leading men’s golf tournaments in North America, will feature the odds during all four rounds of The CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 15-18 on the Golf Channel. Sports betting Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: US Betting odds for head-to-head matchups, top finishes, winning margin, wire-to-wire winner, cut specials, hole-in-ones and playoffs will also be featured. Golf’s PGA Tour is to integrate live betting odds from BetMGM into a television broadcast of one of its events for the first time. The announcement comes after the PGA Tour and BetMGM last month entered into a wide-ranging partnership, under which BetMGM will serve as an official betting partner of the organization. 13th October 2020 | By Robert Fletcher PGA Tour to integrate BetMGM odds into telecast Topics: Sports betting Tags: BetMGM betting PGA Tour Odds Telecast BetMGM, the joint venture between MGM Resorts and GVC Holdings, will have its odds shown twice per hour during the broadcast, featuring leaderboards with integrated ‘open’ and ‘current; odds to win. Read the full story on iGB North America. Email Addresslast_img read more

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Ukraine B2B licensing: a boost for local players, an opportunity for foreigners

first_imgThe B2B licensing conditions do not limit the services providers in their business relations with clients. Different commercial models may be agreed, including revenue share.  Topics: Legal & compliance Online casino Compliance Legal Licensing Regulation Online sports betting AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The license is granted for five years. The total license fees are about €54,000, payable annually in five equal tranches. Ukraine B2B licensing: a boost for local players, an opportunity for foreigners After the relaunch of the gambling market and issuance of several operating licences, Ukraine finally introduced the licensing conditions for service providers at the end of March. These businesses have a chance to get a newly licensed jurisdiction in their portfolio, strengthening their compliance stands. It is a particularly appealing opportunity given a continuing exodus of international operators from unregulated markets and unlicensed providers.  B2B license scope Independent development studios  License terms and fees  In contrast to tough requirements imposed on gambling operators, potential B2B licensees are benefiting from the low regulatory barriers.  Low regulatory barriers, access to local talent and low-cost set-up fees are the weapon of choice for Ukraine. Requirements On March 31, 2021, the Cabinet of Ministers in Ukraine approved the Licensing Conditions for B2B licences for gambling suppliers. Alina Plyushch (pictured), head of the gambling desk of law firm Sayenko Kharenko explains why the Ukrainian B2B regime may be an attractive option for international brands and local IT suppliers. 5th May 2021 | By Daniel O’Boyle Although the term is defined vaguely, it includes a wide range of software, including random number generators, live-streaming products, odds services and online systems for gambling operators, among other things. No particular requirements for share capital or number of employees exist, however.center_img Now international operators may seek to establish a separate B2B provider in Ukraine to support their groups’ needs, cutting down their compliance risks and accessing local talents directly. Content providers such as live-casino streaming services and games development studios may become a more interesting and reliable party for the clients buying their services by obtaining a local licence. Beyond that, foreign investment funds and private equity investors consider licensed studios as better targets for investment and strengthening their portfolios. The Commission for the Regulation of Gambling and Lotteries in Ukraine (KRAIL), the country’s regulator, is on the prowl for attractive businesses from a thriving local industry of software development, leveraging the country’s strong reputation as an international IT hub. With a rather inexpensive license (with an annual fee of EUR 10,800) the government hopes to issue two dozen B2B licenses in 2021.  Who may benefit from the new licensing regime? International sportsbooks and online casinos operators In addition, the regulator wishes to see an “impeccable business reputation” of the top management (CEO, CFO), shareholders, and UBOs, meaning that these people have clear files and are not subject to Ukrainian/international sanctions. Licensing A B2B license allows Ukraine-based companies to provide gambling software -that is,  any product used to conduct games of chance – to resident and foreign gambling operators.  Companies eligible for B2B licenses shall be legal entities registered in Ukraine and shall not: be controlled by Russian residents, have Russian residents as UBOs, have individual shareholders who are also considered to be Russian residents, hold any stake in a Russian business or have corporate shareholders registered in North Korea or Iran. Alina Plyushch Email Address It is a common practice for international operators to engage qualified Ukrainian staff to develop new products and maintain existing operations. Due to the unclear regulation of these services, international operators had to rely on a complicated network of outsourcing and outstaffing agreements, combined with Ukrainian-based IT outsourcing companies.  Regions: Ukraine IT outsourcing businesses A licensed B2B provider may supply its software to both Ukrainian gambling operators and non-resident entities holding gambling licenses in other jurisdictions. However, foreign B2B providers are not required to get Ukrainian licenses to supply their products to Ukrainian operators.last_img read more

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Gambling with Lives sets out new care and treatment pathway

first_imgGambling with Lives said that there would be a number of end goals to the project, including people stopping gambling altogether, improving their mental health, feeling they had been adequately support, having a sense of greater empowerment and understanding the impact of their gambling habits on their own lives and other around them. Gambling with Lives also set out how the programme would run, including the initial stage of promoting it and running education programmes to make people aware of it, as well as running professional outreach and screening projects to identify people suitable for the scheme. Lord Foster of Bath, chair of peers for Gambling Reform, added:  “As parliamentarians work on improving gambling legislation to tackle gambling harm, it’s great to see people who have been harmed by gambling at the forefront of the push to enable more access to evidence-based treatment.  After treatment takes place, the programme would follow up with all participants to see their progress and evaluate whether further support and treatment is required. British charity Gambling with Lives has proposed a new treatment pathway for those experiencing gambling-related harm. The new proposal comes after Gambling with Lives earlier this month announced the launch of the Big Step campaign, which is calling for an end to all gambling promotion in football. Regions: UK & Ireland The programme would then identify the next source of action, including information and education on problem gambling, early help and advice, motivational interviews, peer support and therapeutic treatment. This would also be the case for those contacting the programme on behalf of others, with advice and support to be made available. Insights from this process would be used to raise the standard of the system of gambling treatment and care nationally, including offering a model for making treatment and care for gambling harms a part of NHS integrated care systems. The charity has applied for regulatory settlement funding from the Gambling Commission to support the project, with the idea of running a pilot of the scheme with partners in Greater Manchester The charity is also keen to ensure people can easily access help and achieve what they want from this support, as well as to prevent suicides linked to gambling problems. Tags: Gambling With Lives Gambling with Lives said that the scheme would be embedded within existing health, care and public service provision, with frontline professionals to be made aware of the pathway so as they can refer people to the scheme if necessary. 25th May 2021 | By Robert Fletcher Email Address Gambling with Lives sets out new care and treatment pathway Social responsibility Setting out the core aims of the pathway in the proposal, the charity said that overarching aim is to allow more people to access help and treatment, adding that early identification of problem gambling will be key. Topics: Social responsibility “It is essential that evidence-based services are led by the NHS to ensure quality clinical standards,” Bowden-Jones said. “I welcome this project and the work of people harmed by gambling in helping us to ensure that services are integrated with existing NHS pathways and really meet the needs of our population.” “It is essential that people harmed by gambling are at the forefront of designing care and treatment for gambling disorder,” Gambling with Lives co-founder Liz Ritchie said. “We know how few people access treatment, how few feel helped, and this design for a care and treatment pathway aims to redress this.” “Our recommendation for the introduction of a smart levy should help fund such treatment, ensure it’s free of industry influence and led by the NHS.  We welcome the creative work of Gambling with Lives in this area which is rooted in the needs of families.” The scheme would bring together people harmed by gambling and health experts, with the aim of providing a treatment and support system for people with gambling disorders and families affected by gambling. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Professor Henrietta Bowden-Jones, founder and director of the National Problem Gambling Clinic, welcomed the proposal, saying integration within the wider NHS network would help those suffering with gambling-related harm. Backed by English League Two team Forest Green Rovers, the campaign aims to see the end of all gambling sponsorship and advertising in football, where currently there are thought to be 55 different gambling sponsorship or partnership deals with 44 football clubs in the top two divisions in England. Gambling with Lives said the service would work in collaboration with the National Health Service (NHS) in Great Britain and complement existing treatment and support systems. In terms of how the new scheme was developed, Gambling with Lives said it staged a series of focus groups with people who had live experience of gambling problems, as well as workshops with input from gambling operators, other support services, clinicians and expert by experience groups to help shape how the system would run. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

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Kevin Anderson confirms participation in 2019 Tata Open

first_img Cricket Football TAGS2019 Tata Open MaharashtraKevin AndersonRafael NadalRoger FedererTata Open SHARE Sport News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Viking Classic Birmingham 2021 Final: Ons Jabeur beats Daria Kasatkina to clinch title Sport News By Kunal Dhyani – October 31, 2018 WI vs SA 2nd Test Day 3 Live: South Africa in huge trouble; SA 59/6 (22.3 ov)- Follow Live Updates WTC Final LIVE: Devon Conway continues red-hot form, slams fifty to provide New Zealand dream start Kevin Anderson, 2018 runner-up of 2019 Tata Open Maharashtra, has confirmed his presence for the second edition of the event. The World No. 6 is expected to be a top draw at the ATP 250 event to be played at the Mhalunge Balewadi Stadium.The 32-year-old just became the first South African in over two decades to qualify for season-ending ATP Tour Finals after beating Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the finals of Vienna Open on Sunday. On the back of his fifth ATP title, Anderson rose to World No. 6 joining Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Juan Martin del Potro, Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev in qualifying for the elite event. Tokyo Olympics: BCCI provides fuel in Indian Olympic flame, to contribute Rs 10 crore Bett1Open 2021 Final: Liudmila Samsonova beats Belinda Bencic to clinch title Halle Open 2021 Final: Ugo Humbert defeats Andrey Rublev to become champion WTC Final IND vs NZ: Virat Kohli displays his dancing skills on the beats of Bharat Army’s Dhol; Watch video Cricket YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredUndoHollywood TaleHow Victoria Principal Looks At 71 Is HeartbreakingHollywood Tale|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funny|SponsoredSponsoredUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Week|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDefinitionTime Was Not Kind To These 28 CelebritiesDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Facebook Twitter Kevin Anderson confirms participation in 2019 Tata Open Latest Sports News Euro 2020- Switzerland beat Turkey 3-1: Shaqiri’s brace keep Switzerland hopes alive; Turkey face exit from Euros Latest Sports NewsSportNewsSportstarsTennis by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeCBS NewsThink Your Commute Is Safe? You Need To See This.CBS NewsUndoTreehuggerHow To Protect Yourself Against CyberthreatsTreehuggerUndo247 SportsThe Highest-Paid College Football Coaches In 2020, Ranked247 SportsUndoPrashant Sutar, Tournament Director, Tata Open Maharashtra was ecstatic after bringing back the in-form South African for the event. “I happened to meet Kevin during Wimbledon and he expressed his willingness to come back to Pune as he was happy about how our event was conducted overall. We are delighted to have him back and will be one our star attractions for this year’s tournament,” said Sutar.Last edition, the South African was one of the top players to have descended in Pune along with Marin Cilic, Simon Gilles among others. In 2018, Anderson peaked at his career-high ranking of No. 5 on July 16, becoming the highest-ranked South African in ATP Rankings history.He also advanced to his second Grand Slam final at Wimbledon where he lost to Novak Djokovic in straight sets. Enroute to the finals, Anderson beat John Isner 26-24 in the semis in the fifth set to become part of 2nd-longest Grand Slam match ever. But the highlight was his quarter-finals win over No. 2 Roger Federer where he rallied from two sets down and saved one match point for his biggest career win.He also made it to the finals of 2018 Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC Open (ATP 500) losing to Juan Martin Del Potro. A couple of weeks before that, he won the New York Open (ATP 250) beating Sam Querrey in the finals.Also Read: ATP opens tender process for Nitto ATP Finals hosting rights after 2020 ATP Tour Cricket Wimbledon 2021 LIVE streaming: When, where and how to watch year’s third Grand Slam’ in you country, India WTC Final LIVE: Jamieson says, ‘nice and pleasing to get Virat Kohli’s wicket’; Gill feels India could have got more wickets Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Previous articleRamandeep, Rupinder in 34-member core group for National CampNext articleWill Ranji Trophy produce another first-time champion? Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. Cricket Cricket last_img read more