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Nick Kyrgios: “That's the biggest win of my career obviously, and that's something I'm never going to forget”

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TENNIS WIMBLEDON 2014 – 1st of July. N. Kyrgios d. R. Nadal 7-6, 5-7, 7-6, 6-3. An interview with Nick Kyrgios

Q. You were cocky, cheeky today. How are you feeling today?

NICK KYRGIOS: I’m pretty happy. That’s the biggest win of my career obviously, and that’s something I’m never going to forget. I’m going to draw so much confidence out of that no matter where I play now. To have that under my belt, it’s massive.

 

Q. How would you describe what you were able to do? How were you able to win?

NICK KYRGIOS: You know, I think I had to play a solid game that gave me the best shot. That’s serving big and playing aggressive. I thought today my serve was something that got me over the line. It made me, you know, be able to put pressure on his serve as well.

I think that was very important.

 

Q. What were your emotions when you wrapped this up?

NICK KYRGIOS: It still hasn’t sunk in yet. I was just overwhelmed with every feeling out there. I turned to my whole box, you know, just shared that moment with them. It still hasn’t hit me what I’ve done.

 

Q. John McEnroe said he thinks you can win the whole tournament. How do you feel about that?

NICK KYRGIOS: You know, I’m just going to stay grounded. I’m just going to go home tonight and do everything possible for my next round tomorrow.

Milos has probably got the best serve in the world. I’m just going to go out there and have fun again.

 

Q. John McEnroe may think you can win this whole tournament, but from your flash TV interview afterwards, am I right thinking your mum didn’t think you could win it?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, last night I was actually reading a comment that she thought Rafa was too good for me. It actually made me a bit angry. You would think he’s in a whole ‘nother level compared to me. I just believed in myself that I could create some opportunities. I took them under pressure today.

Yeah, I don’t know – yeah.

 

Q. Have you spoken to your mum yet since you won?

NICK KYRGIOS: No, I haven’t actually.

 

Q. What will you say when you do?

NICK KYRGIOS: I’ll just text her a smiley face (smiling).

 

Q. Are you ever a little afraid when you play to hit a second serve 130 miles per hour? Stepanek last year told me you did something unbelievable in a tiebreak.

NICK KYRGIOS: I remember.

 

Q. Then nine match points with Gasquet. Today again. You just don’t think or what happens?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, definitely I’m scared. Like I just go through my routine and I just play aggressive. You know, if they play too good on that point, then it’s too good.

But I’m going to go after it and give myself the best chance to win the point.

 

Q. The other day you said that between you and Rafa, you have won an incredible 14 Grand Slams. People were thinking by the end of Wimbledon it would be 15. What do you think of that?

NICK KYRGIOS: You know, I’ve got another chance to go out there tomorrow and get through another round, but I’m not thinking about any of that stuff yet.

It was just a comment for a bit of a laugh. It’s gone pretty much viral. Yeah.

 

Q. How hard do you think the recovery will be with a match again tomorrow?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, it’s going to be a tough ask, but I’m going to do everything possible and see how my body responds tomorrow. If I come up short, I come up short. I’m going to give it my best shot, and whatever happens, happens.

 

Q. Three years ago it was Bernard Tomic being the big thing. What have you learned from his experience and that experience?

NICK KYRGIOS: I’ve learned a lot. I’m just going to, you know, try hard, you know, just give the people what they want, a bit of a show out there. I’m just going to continue to do that.

Yeah

 

Q. In Australia everybody was talking about you and Kokkinakis during the Australian Open. Now you are here and we don’t know where Kokkinakis is. Do you think this is strange?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, I actually miss Thanasi. He went back home a couple weeks ago during Nottingham. I think he needed some time at home.

He’s extremely talented, if not more than me. He’s going to have a great career. It’s great that we can train together. I miss him a lot.

 

Q. You spoke about being grounded. Who are the people around you keeping you grounded right at the moment?

NICK KYRGIOS: You know, my coach, my family, my brother, my friends, my agent. They all know in reality I have another match to play tomorrow. Of course I’m going to soak it up tonight, but tomorrow I’m going to give myself the best shot to win.

 

Q. What struck most people was how fearlessly you played on that stage. How did you acquire such a fearless attitude? Have you always had such an attitude?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, I think on the big stage, it’s something I thrive on, the atmosphere, the crowd. I just love it when at 5-3, I think it was in the fourth set, they erupted, the crowd. I just love that feeling.

At that stage you just think about all the work you put in. You know if you believe in yourself. Especially with my serve, if I just go after it, hit the right spots, I’m going to have a pretty good shot to close out a match like that today.

 

Q. There’s been a lot of great Australian champions over the years. It’s your first experience of Centre Court today. Any thoughts of you following in the old guy’s footsteps?

NICK KYRGIOS: I wasn’t thinking of any of that at all when I was out there. Playing Rafael Nadal is a big enough task. You don’t really think about anything else. When I’m serving, he goes through his routine, he touches his nose, all that stuff.

It’s just tough playing him, and that’s all I was thinking about out there: competing and sticking to the game plan.

 

Q. How happy are you today that you chose tennis in front of basketball?

NICK KYRGIOS: Very.

 

Q. Can you say a bit more?

NICK KYRGIOS: Best choice of my life. Yeah.

 

Q. Again and again Rafa just said that you were fearless, you had nothing to lose. Talk about that. Did you feel that way? Did you feel a sense of joy or freedom?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, I definitely had nothing to lose out there. My first Wimbledon making fourth round, playing Rafa on Centre Court, I definitely had a sense of even if I get broken here – I was actually thinking about it in the fourth set. If I get broken here, it’s not the end of the world. There’s another set to play.

Even if I end up losing that match – you know, having that sort of pillow to fall on even if I got broken, I think that definitely played a big part, you know, having nothing to lose out there.

 

Q. How would you compare what you’re feeling now to when three weeks ago you lost in the first round of a challenger to John Patrick Smith?

NICK KYRGIOS: Well, I don’t know. It’s just extraordinary. I’d never think after that match I’d be in the quarters of Wimbledon three weeks later.

It just shows that, you know, my coach has done such a great job. I’m just staying persistent, working hard, and yeah. I’m losing my voice.

 

Q. That win will take you to 65 in the rankings. How will it feel that you won’t be playing in front of one man and a dog?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, I have had a bit of trouble in the past playing those low-end tournaments on the back courts. I really like having a big crowd, having that spark. So, yeah, hearing that is music to my ears.

 

Q. I know you tennis players only want to think about the next match, but it could be Roger Federer in the semifinals now. He’s your big idol, isn’t he? How would that be?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, that would be extraordinary. If I manage, you know, to pull the win out against Raonic, to play Roger would be a dream, yeah.

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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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