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Watch Jimmy Eat World’s access all areas UK tour diary

Jimmy Eat World have shared a behind-the-scenes tour diary video of their recent visit to the UK to launch their acclaimed new album ‘Surviving‘. Watch it exclusively on NME below.

Back in Autumn, the alt-emo godfathers played shows in London, Sheffield, Birmingham and Kingston to kick off the campaign for their 10th album. Now, the gigs, the fans and all the banter from the road has been captured in ‘Surviving The UK’.

“Everyone has a hint of that specific voice that self-doubt manifests,” frontman Jim Adkins told NME about how a quest for self-belief and rediscovery inspired their new album. “Your lesser self convinces you to let them have the keys. A lot of that stems from identifying with something that may not be true about yourself.

“You know, like, you’re just awkward, you’re just incapable of X, you’re just a drunk, you’re unfaithful – all of that’s only as true as you let it be. It requires you to face some uncomfortable truths about yourself, but once you’re able to do that, you’re kind of free.”

‘Surviving’ was released back in October, and became the band’s highest charting release in the UK to date.

Jimmy Eat World’s upcoming UK and European tour dates are below:

June 19 – Luxembourg City, LU Den Atelier
June 20 – Scheessel, GE Hurricane Festival
June 21 – Neuhausen, GE Southside Festival
June 24 – Prague, CZ Lucerna Music Bar
June 25 – Warsaw, PL Proxima
June 28 – Oslo, NO Parkteatret
June 30 – Cologne, DE E-Werk
July 1 – Berlin, DE Huxleys
July 5 – Amsterdam, NL Amsterdamse Bostheater
July 7 – Manchester, UK Academy
July 8 – London, UK O2 Academy Brixton
July 9 – Cheltenham, UK 2000Trees Festival

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Fabio Fognini Hires Corrado Barazzutti For 2020 Season | ATP Tour

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Fabio Fognini will begin next season leading Italy at the inaugural ATP Cup.

Italian shares the news on social media

Fabio Fognini has created a partnership of Italian tennis royalty by bringing on Corrado Barazzutti as his new coach for the upcoming season. Fognini, Barazzutti, Matteo Berrettini and Adriano Panatta are the only four Italians to crack the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings.

”I’m happy to introduce my new Team Fogna!” Fognini tweeted on Saturday. “I’m excited to be working with Corrado Barazzutti as my head coach and with Stefano Barsacchi,
trainer, Giovanni Teoli, physio, and Alberto Giraudo. I can’t wait to start the new season!”

Fognini achieved the best result of his career this April by winning his first ATP Masters 1000 crown at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters (d. Lajovic). Two months later, the 32-year-old became the oldest player to break into the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings for the first time since 38-year-old Ken Rosewall and 35-year-old Rod Laver on 23 August 1973, when the ATP Rankings were first established.

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The World No. 12 will kick off next year by representing Italy in the inaugural ATP Cup, held in Australia from 3-12 January. Fognini looks to help the Italian squad advance out of Group D in Perth.

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ATP Cup | Leading Poland, Hubert Hurkacz Trying To Motivate His Country’s Youth | ATP Tour

One of the final six teams to qualify for the inaugural ATP Cup was Poland, led by Hubert Hurkacz. The 22-year-old was just inside the Top 400 in the ATP Rankings two years ago. But now, he is his country’s top-ranked player at World No. 37.

Hurkacz will lead the Polish charge against Argentina, Austria and Croatia in Group E play, to be held in Sydney. The 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals qualifier speaks to ATPTour.com about the pro from Poland who he got to spend time with at a young age, what it means to represent his country, and more.

What are some of your early memories playing tennis in your country?
I remember being on the court hitting some balls. I was very young and I had a bigger racquet. I loved competing. Playing all those matches and tournaments was a lot of fun for me.

What was it like to have your mom as a role model, since she was a junior tennis champion in Poland?
Yeah, of course. I looked up to her. I knew that she was good, so [I thought] I could also be quite good.

Which Polish players did you look up to growing up?
When I was older there was a friend of mine, Michal Przysiezny, who was in the Top 100. When I was 14, 15, I used to do fitness with him, which was nice. I was asking him some questions. It was good for me to have someone close to me who was very high in the ATP Rankings and that also gave me motivation.

When you first met Michal, how exciting was that for you as you were a junior dreaming of being a professional tennis player?
I looked at it that he’s a really great player. I wanted to become as good or even better than him.

How excited are you to help Poland qualify for the first ATP Cup?
That is unbelievable for us to qualify and we can play in this event. That is really nice.

What’s the coolest part about the event?
I think it’s a great timing at the beginning of the year. It’s played in Australia, so before the Australian Open we are able to play for our countries and we compete against each other, so that’s a fun part.

What do you like about being on a team?
It’s very nice because all the people you are around give you support, so it’s a little different than most of the time when you’re alone with your coaches, with your teams, but you don’t have that extra support from players.

Poland has another singles player who was in the Top 100 this year in Kamil Majchrzak, a doubles star in Lukasz Kubot. Do you spend a lot of time with the other Polish players on the road?
When we have a chance, when we play the same events, we spend some time together. It’s always fun to speak some Polish and know there are some other players from my country.

<a href='https://www.atptour.com/en/players/hubert-hurkacz/hb71/overview'>Hubert Hurkacz</a> is the 14th first-time champion on the ATP Tour this year.

Is there a shot from another Polish player you’d want to add to your game and why?
Kubot has a great return. He hits it full power, clean and he gets a lot of advantages when he plays it so well.

What do you love about Poland?
It’s a great country. I love being there and the atmosphere. I grew up there, it brings me memories and my mind is always relaxed being there.

When you’re on the road, what reminds you of home?
Tough to say. Travelling, I am thinking about the tournaments and matches and all the stuff around. Speaking to my friends really is what reminds me of Poland.

How important is it to you to inspire Polish children?
That would be amazing. I hope in the future I’ll do some bigger results and inspire a lot of children to play tennis because it’s a really fun sport and I really enjoy it.

Travelling and seeing all these places and being at the great events and winning trophies in the future, that’s something really special. It’s a great way to live your life, so you can do something good after your career as well.

How much do you want to be a role model for them?
It’s tough to think that way. Obviously if I do good things then I hope they take something from those good things.

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Slaves have cancelled their UK tour

Slaves have cancelled their winter UK tour.

The Kent punk duo, who released ‘The Velvet Ditch’ EP this summer, announced on social media that they are cancelling to the tour after the girlfriend of vocalist Laurie Vincent girlfriend was forced to undergo urgent medical attention as a result of complications following the birth of their daughter.

“Emma has been battling through immensely painful episodes every day for the past 3 months,” Vincent wrote.

“We hoped this wasn’t a permanent issue and that her symptoms would subside, I thought we would be able to cope and I could get through this tour. However, this week her condition has rapidly deteriorated. At this point, Emma is in constant agony.”

After confirming that his girlfriend will undergo surgery next week, Vincent said they hope to reschedule the shows for 2020.

They were set to play five nights in London, as well as shows in Brighton, Warrington and Glasgow.

One fan responded to the post: “Wishing your family the best of luck with the treatment Laurie. We’ll be here when you’re ready for us x”

Earlier this year, the duo released their ‘Velvet Ditch‘ EP. Speaking to NME, they explained how the release shows off the “two perspectives” of the band. 

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Bryan Brothers, Jack Nicklaus Host ‘Fore Love,’ Help Raise $1.2 Million For Charity | ATP Tour

Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan and golf legend Jack Nicklaus hosted the third annual “Fore Love” event on Monday and Tuesday in North Palm Beach and Jupiter, Florida, raising $1.2 million for the Bryan Bros. Foundation and the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation.

The Bryans met Jack and Barbara Nicklaus nine years ago through a mutual friend and share a passion for philanthropy. The first Fore Love tournament took place in 2017 and the event has raised $3.4 million for children’s charities.

“Mike and I are are proud to have had another successful year with our Fore Love Tournament,” said Bob. “We owe so much to Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, the incredible lineup of golf and tennis pros,  and the generous support of our donors. We had a great couple days competing at the Bear’s Club and Jack’s pristine grass courts. We are beyond grateful for the friendship of the Nicklaus family and the NCHCF. The proceeds from these events have and will continue to positively impact the lives of many children.”

Bryans Fore Love 2019

The Fore Love tournament combined a golf pro-am on Monday and tennis pro-am on Tuesday. Current ATP Tour players who joined the Bryans for the tennis pro-am included Kevin Anderson, Reilly Opelka, Tommy Paul and Stefan Kozlov. Former World No. 1 Jim Courier supported the cause alongside former Top 10 players Guillermo Canas, Gaston Gaudio and Juan Monaco. WTA players Caroline Wozniacki, Sofia Kenin, Monica Puig and Coco Gauff also participated in the event. 

“Anytime we’re able to give back as athletes, we’re lucky. There’s a culture in both golf and tennis where everyone helps each other for events like this. It’s a fabulous culture,” Courier said. “This is a busy time of the year for everyone, getting ready for the new year, but there’s nothing more important than giving back and doing good. We’re all doing that here… Why not say yes to that?”

Tennis Fore Love 2019Nicklaus, along with PGA players Lee Trevino, Gary Player, Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Donald Berger, took part in the golf pro-am.

“It doesn’t happen without people like you and without the athletes coming to give their time and be part of what we do,” Nicklaus said to those in attendance. “In golf, charity was there, but we never thought much about it while we were playing. All of a sudden, most tournaments became for charity… Tennis is following a very similar course.”

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The Bryan Bros. Foundation is dedicated to helping children across the country gain the skills and support they need to succeed in life. Through tennis, music, and the arts, the foundation promotes values such as hard work and perseverance to reach goals. 

The Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation was founded in 2004 to support pediatric facilities nationwide. In 2015, the Miami Children’s Health System was renamed the Nicklaus Children’s Health System to honour their continued commitment to pediatric health care.

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Brittany Howard Announces 2020 Tour

Brittany Howard has announced a new string of U.S. tour dates for March and April 2020. The new dates follow a handful of shows in the United Kingdom. Check out Brittany Howard’s tour posters below. Get tickets here. (Pitchfork may earn a commission from purchases made through affiliate links on our site.)

Brittany Howard released her solo debut Jaime this year. Read Pitchfork’s new feature interview “Brittany Howard on Her Solo Debut, Her Black Heroes, and Owning Her Greatness.”







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Snoh Aalegra Reveals ‘ – ugh, a tour again’ Dates

If I’ve said it once, I’ll say again: – ugh, those feels again is such an amazing album and one of the best from 2019.

With just one date left on her, – ugh, a mini tour again tour, Snoh Aalegra isn’t quite ready to end the road trips as she revealed plans of another tour.

Announcing the – ugh a tour again tour, Snoh will get back on the road alongside QUIÑ in 2020 starting in Vancouver on Mar. 16. Hitting major US cities across the next month, she will bring things to an end Apr. 24 in Denver.

With the Spotify pre-sale officially open, make sure to grab tickets here and in case those have sold out already, general admission will open Friday.

Take a look at the full list of dates below.

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Go Inside Rafael Nadal’s Mind When He’s Serving | ATP Tour

Tennis is a game of primary and secondary patterns that are heavily dictated by point score.

When players want to get ahead, or when they feel they really need a point, they tend to gravitate to high percentage primary patterns of play that they know will deliver a winning percentage.

When they are already ahead in the score, are looking to confuse the opponent or are in a position where they can afford to lose the point, they generally throw in a lower percentage secondary pattern of play.

An Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers analysis of Rafael Nadal’s first-serve patterns in 2019 highlights exactly how the Spaniard successfully mixed strategies between primary and secondary patterns to keep opponents off balance. The serve location data set comes from ATP Masters 1000 events in 2019 and the recent Nitto ATP Finals.

First-Serve Location: Love All
This is a perfect time to run a primary pattern, which for Nadal, means a slice first serve down the T. That’s exactly what he gravitated to more than six times out of 10 this season. The thinking here is to start the game on the right foot with what he knows best and surge to 15/0 as many times as possible.

Nadal First-Serve Direction Love All
Wide = 25.4% (45)
Body = 13.0% (23)
T = 61.6% (109)

Nadal won 90 per cent of his service games in 2019, and if he went ahead 15/0, that metric elevated to 94 per cent (473/502). But when Nadal next returns to the Deuce Court after completing two points, his mindset is very much dictated by the point score.

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First-Serve Location: 15/15
At 15/15, it’s essentially the same point score and mentality as Love All, and therefore Nadal largely sticks with the same game plan. It’s back to the primary pattern of slicing the first serve down the T and looking to follow it up with his lethal Serve +1 forehand, although Nadal mixes up his serve location at 15/15 more so than at Love All.

Nadal First-Serve Direction 15/15
Wide = 36.1% (26)
Body = 12.5% (9)
T = 51.4% (37)

First-Serve Location 30/0
If Nadal won the opening two points of his service game in 2019, he was almost unstoppable, winning 98 per cent (346/354). He is basically a lock from this point score, so he has the breathing room to be creative with his serve direction. Nadal’s No. 1 target now shifts out wide in the Deuce Court.

Nadal First-Serve Direction 30/0
Wide = 51.6% (33)
Body = 6.2% (4)
T = 42.2% (27)

First-Serve Location 0/30
At 0/30, the alarm bells are ringing a little, but Nadal still is favoured to win the game. In 2019, he won 61 per cent (46/76) of his service games from 0/30.

Nadal First-Serve Direction 0/30
Wide = 48.8% (20)
Body = 14.6% (6)
T = 36.6% (15)

What’s interesting is that the serve location mix was more even than the other point scores, but there were more first serves out wide than down the T (20-15).

These numbers are clear examples of the guessing game of serve location going on between Nadal and the returner. The returner will be guessing T, which is Nadal’s favourite location (same for almost all lefties in the Deuce Court), because Nadal is down 0/30 in the point score and “needs the point”.

But Nadal also sees this as an opportunity to surprise, so he primarily targets the location the returner is least expecting. This cat and mouse game of first-serve location linked to the point score is played out at all levels of our sport around the world.

When people talk about the “mental game” of tennis, you need to look no further than the World No. 1 beginning his service games.

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Stan Wawrinka, Andrey Rublev Headline 2020 ATP Doha Field | ATP Tour

Swiss Stan Wawrinka will lead the field at the 2019 Qatar ExxonMobil Open, to be held 6-12 January in Doha. The Swiss No. 2 will be making his sixth appearance and second consecutive at the ATP 250 event.

Wawrinka made the quarter-finals last year (l. to Bautista Agut) and the final in 2008 (l. to Murray). He will be joined by Andrey Rublev of Russia, France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and former World No. 3 Milos Raonic of Canada, among others.

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Rublev made the Doha final in 2018 (l. to Monfils) and is coming off his best season, having finished the year at No. 23 in the ATP Rankings, one spot away from his career-high of No. 22.

Tsonga continued his recovery from a 2018 knee surgery in 2019, winning two titles (Metz, Montpellier) and finishing at No. 29 in the year-end ATP Rankings.

Raonic reached two semi-finals in 2019, including at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, the season’s first ATP Masters 1000 event.

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Roberto Bautista Agut, Fabio Fognini Lead No. 2 Singles Players At ATP Cup | ATP Tour

The inaugural ATP Cup is set to begin on 3 January in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney, with 24 teams across six groups competing for eight spots in the Final Eight, to be held in Sydney.

All countries were qualified based on the ATP Ranking of their No. 1 singles players. But there are plenty of countries with highly-ranked No. 2 players, too.

Leading the way is World No. 9 Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain. The Spaniard had the best season of his career in 2019, defeating then-World No. 1 Novak Djokovic en route to capturing the Doha title at the start of the season. He never looked back from there, cracking the Top 10 for the first time on 19 August. Spain is the only country with two Top 10 players in the ATP Rankings, as Bautista Agut is part of a team that includes World No. 1 Rafael Nadal.

“I’m excited because it’s going to be the first time [having this event] in Australia and Rafa and I are going to play there,” Bautista Agut said. “I hope we have a good team and can play a good week for Spain.”

Not far behind in the ATP Rankings is Fabio Fognini, the World No. 12 who reached a career-high No. 9 this year. He was the third Italian to crack the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings, with Matteo Berrettini, the country’s current No. 1 player and Nitto ATP Finals qualifier, becoming the fourth less than five months later.

The third No. 2 player for a country who was inside the Top 10 at one point in 2019 is Russian Karen Khachanov, the 2018 Rolex Paris Masters champion who reached a career-high No. 8 this July. The World No. 17 has won four ATP Tour titles in his career. He’s behind World No. 5 Daniil Medvedev, who captured two ATP Masters 1000 trophies this season.

Top 5 No. 2 Singles Players At ATP Cup By ATP Ranking

Felix Auger-Aliassime is the highest-ranked #NextGenATP No. 2 player, heading into the ATP Cup at World No. 21. The Canadian, just six spots behind good friend and countryman Denis Shapovalov, is the second-youngest player in the Top 100 behind only Jannik Sinner, the Next Gen ATP Finals champion.

Other standout No. 2 players are 2014 US Open champion and former World No. 3 Marin Cilic, 2018 Australian Open semi-finalist and former World No. 10 Lucas Pouille of France, World No. 25 Guido Pella of Argentina, and World No. 30 Nick Kyrgios of Australia. There are 12 No. 2 players inside the Top 50 of the ATP Rankings.

“It’s going to be an awesome event. I know everyone on the Tour wants to be with their teammates,” Kyrgios said. “There’s nothing better than playing for your country against the other best players in the world.”

One group to keep an eye on in terms of matches between No. 2 players is Group D, with three of the four No. 2 players inside the Top 35 of the ATP Rankings. The four players are No. 12 Fognini, No. 17 Khachanov, No. 32 Taylor Fritz and Norway’s Viktor Durasovic.

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