Live updates: ASB Classic, men's day two from Auckland

Plenty of rain and no more news from the organisers, that will do us for the day's updates. Join us back here tomorrow, when the forecast is much more encouraging. 

9:23pm - Still no official update, which doesn't bode well. 

8:47pm - The rain is really coming down now and spectators are beginning to leave in their droves. The outlook is rather bleak.

8:25pm - Organisers state no play before 8:25pm, so there should be another update momentarily.

And the delay has been extended to 8:45pm.

7:58pm - The rain has become a tad heavier now, and both players have retreated to the locker room. Fingers crossed?

7:55pm - No sooner have Mmoh and Millman taken the court for warm-ups has the rain begun to fall yet again. Fortunately, it's not too heavy. We should be able to get started shortly.

 Meanwhile, Mayer has shot to a 4-1 lead in the second set.

7:45pm - Cecchinato takes first blood against Mayer in a tiebreaker for the first set.

7:31pm - Scratch what I said earlier, looks like we'll have Michael Mmoh against Aussie John Millman next, as we head into the night session.

7:19pm - Mayer and Cecchinato have resumed their match on the Grandstand court, tied 5-5 in the first set.

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina v Kyle Edmund (2-6, 6-4, 3-6)

7:14pm - Edmund serving for the match. Fokina saves two match points, but the Brit ultimately prevails.

7:10pm - Edmund finally closes out his service game, after a handful of scintillating points.

7:08pm - Fokina certainly isn't lying down here, plenty of fire as he blasts a big forehand winner, but Edmund replies with one of his own.

6:50pm - Edmund consolidates his break to claim a 3-0 lead. It's an steep uphill battle for the Spaniard now.

6:46pm - Edmund secures a crucial early break to go up 2-0.

6:37pm - Davidovich-Fokina carries his momentum through the rain break to force a third set against Edmund.

6:27pm - We have an update from the organisers. 

Davidovich Fokina v Edmund (currently 2-6 5-4) will conclude their match, then we'll be straight to the doubles with Kiwi Michael Venus and John Peers v Divij Sharan and NZ's Artem Sitak.

6:20pm - The rain has eased off and the Grandstand court has been mopped dry. Fingers crossed that the players may be back out there soon.

ICYMI - Here's the revised order of play.

Live updates: ASB Classic, men's day two from Auckland

6pm - The rain persists at Stanley St. We should be due an official update shortly.

5:14pm - Uh oh. The rain is back and play is yet again suspended.

4:51pm - Mayer up 3-2 in the first set.

Davidovich Fokina showing siome fight against Edmund, 3-3 in the second set.

4:39pm - Argentina's Leonardo Mayer and Italy's Marco Cecchinato are underway, locked 1-1 early.

4:33pm - Edmund wins the first set against Davidovich Fokina 6-2. 

4:21pm - Kyle Edmund looks like he's eager to get this one done before any more rain returns. He's raced to a 4-1 lead in the first set.

Vasek Pospisil has closed out his match in hasty fashion himself, a 6-4 6-2 win over Joao Sousa.

4pm - Good news, tennis fans! We're finally back in action after a lengthy rain delay.

Spain's Davidovich Fokina is trailing 0-2 early against Brit Edemund, while Canada's Vasek Pospisil is up 4-1 in the second set on his way to sealing the match against Joao Sousa.

3:36pm - Rain has stopped, although there are still some angry clouds over Auckland. Work has begun to dry up the courts.

2:53pm - Rain seems to have eased, but no sign of players returning to courts yet.

2:18pm - No sign of rain abating in Auckland.

1:50pm - No change in Auckland, still raining.

1:15pm - Latest update from Auckland, more rain, but due to stop by 2pm, with a 30 percent chance of more rain later in the afternoon. That's a prettybleak outlook for the rest of the day, so we could be in catch-up mode for much of the week, if things don't improve.

12:49am - It's still raining in Auckland, but staff have been out mopping the courts for surface water. Right now, that's a pointless exercise, because as quickly as they mop, more water falls.

12:10pm - Rain has suspended play at the Auckland Tennis Centre. Players from both matches have left the courts, so we'll keep an eye open for any resumption of play.

11:59am - The Canadian strikes again early in the second set, breaking Sousa in the third game for a 2-1 advantage.

On Centrecourt, Davidovich Fokina and Edmund are preparing for their midday singles match. They have not met before, with Edmund holding the higher ranking (69th) and the promising young Spaniard gaining entry to the main draw as a wildcard.

Edmund will serve first.

11:48am - Pospisil serves out the set 6-4, after breaking twice in that opening stanza. He won 80 percent of his first-serve points and 47 percent off his opponent's first-serve.

11:26am - Portugese Joao Sousa and Canadian Vasek Pospisil are well into their first set on the outside courts, with Pospisil taking the arly initiative, breaking his opponent in the fifth game for a 3-2 lead.

The pair have met five times previously, with 58th-ranked Sousa holding a 4-1 advantage. Pospisil is currently ranked 146th and won a place in the main draw through qualifying.


Kia ora, good morning and welcome to Newshub's live coverage of the ASB Classic men's tennis tournament from Auckland, where day two sees more first-round matches in the singles draw.

Yesterday, Kiwi doubles star Michael Venus made a rare singles appearance and was swiftly dispatched by reigning champion Tennys Sandgren on Centrecourt.

Today, Venus returns with Aussie doubles partner John Peers - the top-seeded combo at this event - to face fellow Kiwi Artem Sitak and Indian Divij Sharan.

Also in doubles action, former champion Marcus Daniell teams up with Austrian Philipp Oswald against singles top seed Fabio Fognini and Italian compatriot Simone Bolelli.

The full ASB Classic schedule for Tuesday is:



Singles - Round of 32
Alejandro Fokina (Spain) v Kyle Edmund (GB)

Followed by

Doubles - Round of 16
Simone Bolelli (Italy)/Fabio Fognini (Italy) v Marcus Daniell (NZ)/Philipp Oswald (Austria)

Followed by

Singles - Round of 32
Feliciano Lopez (Spain) v Pablo Andujar (Spain)

Not before 7pm

Doubles - Round of 16
1-John Peers (Australia)/Michael Venus (NZ) v Divij Shara (India)/Artem Sitak (NZ)

Followed by 

Singles - Round of 32
Michael Mmoh (USA) v John Millman (Australia)



Singles - Round of 32
Joao Sousa (Portugal) v Vasek Pospisil (Canada)

Followed by

Singles - Round of 32
8-Radu Albot (Moldova) v Marco Cecchinato (Italy)

Followed by

Singles - Round of 32
7-Adrian Mannarino (France) v Andreas Seppi (Italy)

Not before 4pm

Doubles - Round of 16
3-Rohan Bopanna (India)/Henri Kontinen (Finland) v Cameron Norrie (GB)/Rhett Purcell (NZ)



Doubles - Round of 16
Hugo Dellien (Bolivia)/Thiago Monteiro (Brazil) v Dominic Inglot (GB)/Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi (Pakistan)

Followed by

Doubles - Round of 16
Sander Gille (Belgium)/Joran Vliegen (Belgium) v Leonardo Mayer (Argentina)/Joao Sousa (Portugal)


Kiwi Venus knocked out of ASB Classic singles

Kiwi Michael Venus' singles campaign at the ASB Classic has come to a swift end, falling to American Tennys Sandgren in straight sets on Monday.

Venus was never in the contest against the defending champion, who rode his blistering serve to a comprehensive 6-4 6-3 win.

Despite the defeat, doubles specialist Venus - who hadn't played singles since 2015 - insisted he took plenty from the experience.

"To be completely honest, that's the most comfortable I've felt on that court playing singles," said Venus afterwards. "I actually felt I could trust my game, I didn't need to play outside my comfort zone.

Michael Venus defeated at ASB Classic
Michael Venus defeated at ASB Classic. Photo credit: Photosport

"Previously, I'd always felt I needed to push it a bit more, but I felt I could play within myself... which was a great feeling.

"There were some errors that cost me at times, but potentially, if I had been playing more singles matches, I may not have made some of those."

The 32-year-old will now turn his attention to the doubles draw, where he and Australian partner John Peer are the tournament's top-ranked pairing. They'll take on New Zealand's Artem Sitak and India's Divij Sharan in their first-round match on Tuesday.

In the final match on centre court, Swedish qualifier Mikael Ymer impressed with an entertaining three-set win over highly favoured American Frances Tiafoe, 6-4 5-7 6-1.

In other results, Brazilian Thiago Monteiro earned the first upset of the men's draw with a 7-6 6-2 win over last year's beaten finalist, NZ-born Brit Cameron Norrie.

Fifth seed Benoit Paire overcome a stern challange from 18-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner to prevail 4-6 6-2 4-6 and book his spot in the next round.

Frenchman Ugo Humbert and Norway's Casper Rudd duelled for more than two hours, before Humbert was able to close out a 7-6 2-6 6-3 win.

Earlier on the opening day, Poland's Hubert Hurkacz defeated Mexico's Lorenzo Sonego 7-5 6-3.