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Bernard Tomic: “Paris is a beautiful city, but I really don't like this tournament. I've never played well”

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TENNIS 2014 ROLAND GARROS – 27th of May 2014. R. Gasquet d. B. Tomic 6-2, 6-1, 7-5. An interview with Bernard Tomic

Q. Obviously a tough one for you. Are you happy with the third set?

BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah, it was tough match. Difficult for me to come out in this match. He’s the favorite; he’s playing at home. It’s a different feeling to me playing back home.

But he played very good. The first set, set and a half I think I played very, very bad, and it was difficult for me to get in because I wasn’t moving quite good because he was giving me different balls and pushing me out.

I really struggled with his game, especially on clay. He really gave it to me today, and I could not do anything in the first few sets.

 

Q. Lleyton was saying before when he had his hip surgery it took him months and months get back to full range of motion. Can you tell us how it is out there for you, how it’s affecting your play, and how long it will be until you sort of get back the level you were at?

BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah, it’s not easy. He had one done and I had two in one week. I don’t know. You need time. I felt good last week; felt a little bit strange the last few days. It’s all time and matches, I guess. Obviously I’m playing on my worst surface, clay, and it’s difficult for me to move and find my feet.

But now I have grass coming and I have the next ten days that I can use. It’s going to be important for me, and hopefully get back to the surface that I love playing the most on.

 

Q. Last year you couldn’t have your father by your side; this time he has been allowed to be with you at the French Open. Does that make a difference, and was that easy to have that accepted by the French Tennis Federation?

BERNARD TOMIC: It’s good to have him back. It’s been one year and it’s been difficult for me. I’m happy to have my dad back and supporting me and by my side.

You know, it was a difficult year, like I said. To get this opportunity to have him back the past few weeks is good for me. Now my biggest priority is to get back 100% with the condition I have and the surgeries that I’ve had in January.

I’m going to remain positive and hopefully get back on track soon.

 

Q. Expectations for the grass?

BERNARD TOMIC: Like always on grass I look forward because grass is my favorite surface. I believe I can switch it on and anything can happen on grass with me.

Hopefully I can settle with my hips. The next ten days are very important to me to build and train differently on grass, because the movement is completely different.

Now I’ve been moving a lot laterally and been moving to balls out wide really high; on grass they’re much lower. I prefer this, but I’ve got to get settled in the next ten days.

 

Q. How do you feel when you walk through the gates at Wimbledon? Is it a different feeling to walking in here?

BERNARD TOMIC: It is. You know, here is just    I really don’t like this    I mean, Paris is a beautiful city, but I really don’t like this tournament. I’ve never played well. I’m happy that I have played four or five French Opens and I’m only 21 now.

Hopefully I can change in the next seven, eight years.

 

Q. And what about walking into Wimbledon, what’s that feeling like?

BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah, it’s different. I don’t know. Just brings everything out of me to play any tournament on grass, especially Wimbledon. I seem to get switched on there. I maintain my focus, and that’s where it brings out the best tennis in me.

I think that’s why I’ve done fourth round and quarterfinals there the last few years.

 

Q. When you think back a couple of months, would you rethink what you did and try to play in Miami, that maybe it was too soon to try and come back?

BERNARD TOMIC: Absolutely. You know, I wanted to pull out of Indian Wells, which I did.

But it’s compulsory to play the Masters, one of the reasons I went there and played. I happened to be in Sarasota anyway, which is two hours away.

So that week I decided to play. I stayed at my friend’s house on the island in Miami, so I thought I would play because it was compulsory.

There was nothing I could do, because some of the ATP rules and systems are messed up. They need to change a lot of things. They expect me to have two surgeries, play in a Masters Series, and it’s compulsory.

I told them, but it was stupid of me to play this tournament, but I had no choice.

 

Q. It’s only compulsory if you’re fit. You just get zero points. Did someone tell you that you had to play?

BERNARD TOMIC: I felt like I just needed to come on court and give it a shot and just to    it was eight weeks prior of having any matches, so I just felt like I wanted to get out there, whether it was to lose 6 1, 6 2 or 6 Love, 6 1, I knew I wasn’t going to win that match. I got out there with a mindset of using it as rehab sort of thing.

That was okay. I knew I wasn’t going to win. I was happy I got out there and just gave it a go sort of thing.

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Jack Draper Wins In Stuttgart, Potentially Faces Andy Murray in Round Two

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Jack Draper – ATP Monaco di Baviera 2024 (foto via Twitter @atptour)

Britain’s Jack Draper tight first round win headlined the opening day’s results at the Boss Open 2024 in Stuttgart – and possibly faces a second-round match with Andy Murray who takes on Marcos Giron tomorrow.

Less than 24 hours from the last ball being hit at Roland Garros, the ATP Tour had already switched surfaces onto the grass, and 22-year-old Draper was well tested but ultimately came through in two tie-breakers over Sebastian Ofner.

The sixth seed’s 7-6, 7-6 win contained just one break of serve each, both coming in the second set, as serve dominated proceedings on the faster grass courts in Germany.

While the Austrian won 75% on his first serve, Draper won a whopping 89% behind his first delivery as well as hitting eight aces. These kind of service stats will surely take him far during the grass court season.

“I thought it was a really good match,” Eurosport quoted Draper saying after his match. 
“Both of us played really clean tennis, executing really well.
“When it came down to it, I’m glad I competed really well and got over the line – it’s good to be back on the grass as well.”

There were also wins for Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann who won 6-3, 6-3 over wildcard Henri Squire, while compatriot Dominik Koepfer won in three sets over China’s Zhizhen Zhang 4-6, 7-6, 7-6. 

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Carlos Alcaraz Still Owns A Magical Racket

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The legend of Carlos Alcaraz and his magical racket lives on.

The 21-year-old Spaniard executed one magical shot after another with his racket and legs  Sunday afternoon in the French Open final. That bit of magic spelled defeat for Germany’s Alexander Zverev.

This was a final to remember, one of the great matches of all the Grand Slams. It just wasn’t in the cards for the 26-year-old Zverev to finally win a Grand Slam title.

HE HAD IT, THEN HE DIDN’T

Both players seemed to play a game of “he had it and then he didn’t.”

Alcaraz appeared to have everything under control in the first set, but Zverev rushed through the second set and then made a comeback from 5-2 down in the third set to win five straight games.

Zverev had everything going for him when he started the fourth set with a two-set advantage. It appeared that all the 6-6 Zverev had to do was to continue playing his masterful game of big serves and mighty ground strokes.

But Zverev couldn’t get started in the fourth set until he was down 4-0. So much for a smooth and easy ride to a Grand Slam title. By then, the magic of Alcaraz was heating up.

MAGIC OF ALCARAZ HEATING UP

Zverev still had his chances, even when he fell behind 2-1 in the fifth set. He had to feel pretty good about his chances when he took a triple break point lead against Alcaraz’s serve and appeared ready to even the set at 2-2. Even after Carlos came up with a winner to bring the  game score to double break point.

Zverev still was ready to even the entire match.

That’s when everything seemed to go haywire for the German, while all the while, Alcaraz was able to repeatedly come up with his magical shots as the Spaniard made critical shots that looked almost impossible to make.

ALCARAZ HEADED FOR GREATNESS

Everything for Zverev was lost in the magical racket of Alcaraz.

What was then initially called a game-ending Alcaraz double fault and a 2-2 deadlock quicky reversed itself and Alcaraz stayed alive by winning the next three points while taking a 3-1 advantage.

Zverev did get back to a 3-2 deficit and had a break point in the sixth game, but that was it for the hopes of Zverev. The last two games went rather easily in favor of Alcaraz to wrap up a 6-3, 2-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 victory for Alcaraz.

That moved the Spaniard to a higher level of success on the ATP Tour. He became the youngest man to win Grand Slam titles on all of the different surfaces, clay, grass and hard courts.

Carlos Alcaraz and his magical racket appear to be headed for greatness.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award  for print media. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at Jamesbecktennis@gmail.com. 

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Tsitsipas Brothers Hit With Trio Of Fines At French Open

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Stefanos Tsitsipas and his brother Petros have been fined more than 20,000 euros for multiple violations of the coaching rules at this year’s French Open. 

The brothers received a financial penalty during three different matches that they played in. Two of those were in the second and third rounds of the men’s doubles tournament. Furthermore, Stefanos was also penalised during his singles quarter-final match against Carlos Alcaraz, which he lost in straight sets. According to French newspaper L’Equipe, all three of those fines were issued as a result of coaching rules being broken.

Ironically, coaching is allowed during matches at the French Open but certain rules must be followed. ‘Verbal’ coaching can only be issued from the coaches and their team if they are sitting in the designated player’s box. Instructions must be limited to a few words and can only be given if the player is in the same half of the court as their coach. Although non-verbal coaching is allowed regardless of what side the player is on. Finally, players can’t start a conversation with their coach unless it is during a medical break, a bathroom break or when their opponent is changing clothes.

However, the Tsitsipas brothers have been found in violation of these rules, which is likely due to their animated father in the stands who is also their coach. Apostolos Tsitsipas has been given coaching violations in the past at other events, including the 2022 Australian Open. 

The value of the fines are €4,600 and €9,200 for the Tsitsipas brothers in the doubles, as well as an additional €7,400 just for Stefanos in the singles. In total, the value of their fines is €21,200. However, the penalty is unlikely to have an impact on the duo whose combined earnings for playing in this year’s French Open amount to roughly €495,000. 

So far in the tournament, the highest single fine to be issued this year was against Terence Atmane who hit a ball out of frustration that struck a fan in the stands. Atmane, who later apologised for his actions, managed to avoid getting disqualified from the match. Instead, he was fined €23,000. 

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