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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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Andy Murray To Play Four Tournaments In A Row Following Shanghai Wild Card

It is going to be a busy few week’s for the British player as he continues his comeback to the tour.

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The comeback of former world No.1 Andy Murray is gaining momentum after he received a wild card into the most high-profile men’s tournament in China.

 

The three-time Grand Slam champion has been given entry into the Shanghai Masters, which will get underway on October 5th. Murray is one of only three players to have won the title three or more times. His last triumph was back in 2016 when he defeated Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in the final. That was also the last time the Brit played in the tournament after being hampered by a serious hip injury over the past two years.

“I’m really looking forward to going back to Shanghai, a tournament I have had success at in the past.” Murray said in a statement.
“Thanks to the tournament for a wild card, it’s great to be able to continue my comeback and play more tennis in China. Shanghai is a great city; I feel comfortable there and the fans are always supportive.”

Murray is continuing his return to the tour after undergoing hip resurfacing surgery earlier this season. The second operation he has had on his hip in as many years. So far in his singles comeback, the 32-year-old has lost his opening matches in Cincinnati (to Richard Gasquet) and Winston-Salem (to Tennys Sandgren). He is currently ranked 415th in the world.

“We are delighted to have Andy return to the tournament where he has been so successful,” Shanghai tournament director Michael Luevano said. “He is incredibly popular with our fans and we are all thrilled to see him back on the courts and heading to Shanghai.’
“He has been through a lot physically in recent times so to see him back doing what he loves is very rewarding for everyone in tennis.”

The addition of Shanghai to his schedule means Murray will play four tournaments in four weeks across two continents. He will also play at events in Zhuhai (ATP 250) and Beijing (ATP 500) prior to the Masters tournament. Then the week after, he will return to Europe to play at the European Open (ATP 250) in Antwerp, Belgium.

Murray is hoping to return back to his top form. So far in his career, he has won 45 titles on the ATP Tour and spent 41 consecutive weeks as world No.1.

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Borna Coric Opens Up About Split With Coach

The Croatian No.1 has criticised his ex-mentor for working with Maria Sharapova earlier this year.

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Borna Coric has said he had differences of opinion with his former coach ‘for some time’ before they decided to go their separate ways.

 

The world No.15 has shed light on the reasons behind his decision to part ways with Riccardo Piatti earlier this month. The two have worked together since 2017. Under Piatti’s guidance, Coric won the biggest title of his career in Halle last year. However, he hasn’t won any more silverware since then.

“There have been differences for some time, since the beginning of the year.” Coric said earlier this week.
“They reached the pinnacle at the US Open, after which we all sat around a table and decided to interrupt the collaboration.”

Piatti is a renowned coach in the world of men’s tennis and has worked with many top names. Including Novak Djokovic, Richard Gasquet and Milos Raonic. He also has his own academy in Italy, where he spent some time with Maria Sharapova during the summer and supported her during the US Open. Something that has been criticised by Coric.

“We can say that, it certainly did not help to resolve the differences and made the situation worse.” He commented on Piatti’s work with Sharapova.
“This was one of the main reasons. He is following several projects and could no longer focus fully on me. Given this and the previous divergences, we assessed that the separation was the best option.” Coric added.

The 22-year-old is hoping to end the year on a high after another injury setback. At the US Open he was forced to withdraw from the second round due to a back injury. His win-loss for the season currently stands at 23-15. Coric’s best runs so far in 2019 were at Doha and s-Hertogenbosch where he reached the semi-finals of both tournaments.

Coric is set to return to action next week in St. Petersburg, where he will be the fourth seed.

“Regardless of the situation, I have to try to make the most of this season . I am working hard in anticipation of the return to the field in St. Petersburg.” He concluded.

For the rest of the season Coric will be coached by Antonio Veic. Although there is a chance that more members will be added to his team in the near future.

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Gerard Pique Sheds Light On Chances of Roger Federer Returning To Davis Cup

The Swiss maestro is the only member of the Big Three not to feature in the revamped event later this year.

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There is a 50/50 chance that Roger Federer could play in next year’s Davis Cup finals, according to Kosmos founder Gerard Pique.

 

The Barcelona F.C. player has confirmed that talks are ongoing about the former world No.1 featuring in the historic event, which has been revamped this year. For the first time in it’s 119-year history, the finals will take place over a week and feature 18 teams taking part in a round-robin format. The change has split opinion in the sport, but was given the green light at the ITF’s annual AGM meeting last year. Pique’s investment company Kosmos is a key financial backer of the changes.

One notable absence from this year’s finals, which will be held in Madrid, is Federer. The former world No.1 has in the past been a critic of the new format. Once saying the tournament has been designed for ‘the future generation of players,’ but not him. He has also warned against the team competition being turned into the ‘Pique Cup.’ A term the Spaniard is not a fan of.

“I wanted since the first moment I arrived in the tennis world, is to try to help this sport.” Pique said during an interview with Sport Business.
“Switzerland has not qualified for November so even if Roger wants to play in this event, he cannot, but we are talking with him and his agent to discuss the possibility to play in 2020.”

As is currently stands, Federer is the only member of the big three not to be playing. Rafael Nadal has vowed to play if healthy and Novak Djokovic announced his attendance on the eve of the US Open. The Serbian had previously expressed his reservations over participating due to its close proximity to the ATP Cup, another team event that will kick-off in January.

“I just feel like the date of the Davis Cup is really bad, especially for the top players. Between the two, I will prioritize the World Team Cup because that’s a competition of ATP.” The world No.1 said last year.

So why has Djokovic decided to play in Madrid? When asked in Flushing Meadows he said he wanted to represent his country. However, Pique believes there is more to it than that. Saying that he had managed to persuade the Serbian following conversations between the two.

“I said to him, ‘I know you are an ATP player but at the same time you represent the federation of Serbia, which is part of the ITF which invests in young talent and the future of tennis. I think it makes total sense that you participate in both competitions because it is a message that at the end of the day that you want [for the ATP and ITF] to work together.”

One criticism of the event is the timing of the finals. They will take place between November 18-24, the week after the ATP Finals in London. Partly eating into what is already a relatively short off-season for many players on the tour.

ITF President David Haggerty is hoping that negotiations over a potential change in dates can be made in the future with the new leader of the ATP. Current CEO Chris Kermode will be leaving his position later this year after failing to receive enough backing in a ATP board meeting.

“There is leadership change coming and once that’s completed we will continue discussions to see what’s the best date.” Haggerty outlined.
“We need to have the first Davis Cup finals in November and the ATP Cup will be in January and then we will have more facts and have a good discussion.”

The inaugural Davis Cup finals will be held at the Caja Magica. The same venue as the Madrid Open, which takes place annually in May.

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