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US Open 2014 – Sam Querrey: “Serve felt good, forehand felt good, I was making the right decisions”

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TENNIS US OPEN 2014 – 28th of August 2014. S. Querrey d. G. Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. An interview with Sam Querrey

 

Q. It was a pretty comfortable win for you. Did you feel that coming after the first match? It was a lot more straightforward.

SAM QUERREY: Sometimes the first matches are always the toughest ones. Usually play better as the tournament goes on. I felt like I played great today. Serve felt good, forehand felt good, I was making the right decisions. Hope I can keep playing like that.

Q. Is that the best you have played all year?

SAM QUERREY: Yeah.

Q. What do you think has been the problem keeping you playing like that so far this year prior to that?

SAM QUERREY: You know, I don’t know. I got some confidence right now. I had momentum after last week, you know, putting together four wins. I’m just committing to hitting the forehand big and serving well, and it seems to be working.

Q. Simplifying things?

SAM QUERREY: Yeah, I guess so.

Q. Patrick McEnroe was talking when the tournament started it would be great if we could get a couple of guys into the second week. Do you think he was referring to you in particular as the guy that could maybe do that with the draw you had?

SAM QUERREY: I mean, possibly. There is not many American men in the draw to begin with. He was kind of referring to all of us. You know, if Novak wins next round I have to play him; that will be a tough one. I hope we can have a few guys in the second week. That would be great for men’s tennis here.

Q. Seeing a couple of the guys have had a tough go of it; Jack and Steve retiring. Seeing six already out and John is playing now, is it disappointing?

SAM QUERREY: Yeah, I mean, we’re all friends. You know, we’re all cheering for each other, so it’s tough to see those guys go out with retirements. Hopefully they can bounce back. You know, this is a big tournament, but it’s only one during the year. They have other events, so hopefully — Stevie has had a great year and a great summer, so hopefully he can continue to build on that. Same with Jack. A lot of times when you are put of the singles – both are still in doubles – Stevie with me and Jack won this morning – that can help your confidence a lot for singles. Hopefully they can make deep runs in doubles.

Q. John was saying you’re a much better player than your ranking. Do you feel that? Especially with how you played today. I know you have had some fluctuations over the last few years.

SAM QUERREY: I feel I’m much better than my ranking. If I keep playing like I played today I will keep going in the right direction and hopefully get back up in the top 20. I have played now seven good matches in a row, and so if I just continue do that, my ranking will keep going the right direction.

Q. Do you hope that you’re going to get a big crowd support when you play someone like a Novak at the US Open?

SAM QUERREY: Yeah, definitely. The crowd here seems to be pretty pro-American, so I’m sure they will be behind me. They like the stars, too. They will be cheering for him, as well. I feel like they are going to be behind me quite a bit when we play.

Q. What kind of strategy do you have when you play someone like him?

SAM QUERREY: I usually just worry about myself and try to focus on my game and not change up my strategy too much. I’ll pretty much just try to serve big and be aggressive and take my chance was some big forehands.

Q. Does the narrative of the Americans and getting asked those questions ever get tiring for players?

SAM QUERREY: A little bit. I mean, question is fair enough, though. At the end of the day it’s an individual sport. I don’t really care too much. I mean, I want all the Americans to do well, but I want them to do well for them. I don’t really — you know, they are doing it for themselves. I don’t really know where I’m going with this answer right now, to be honest (smiling).

Q. Just around tis time of year it ends with these questions of…

SAM QUERREY: We are all working as hard as we can and doing everything we can. We all want to win and we all want to be in the second week, and hopefully that can be the case in the years to come.

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France’s Lucas Pouille To Undergo Surgery

The 26-year-old has suffered another setback to his plans for a return to the Tour.

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Lucas Pouille (photo by chryslène caillaud, copyright @Sport Vision)

Two-time Grand Slam quarter-finalist Lucas Pouille says he is hopeful that he will be able to play tennis again this season after announcing plans to undergo surgery.

 

The world No.58 confirmed on Tuesday morning that he will be having an operation on his right elbow later this month in Paris. Pouille has only managed to play one match this year on the ATP Tour due to the injury, which was at the Indian Wells Challenger tournament where he lost in straight sets to Noah Rubin.  The issue has been bothering the Frenchman since last October when he shut down his season early after the Shanghai Masters.

“It’s never an easy decision to take, but I will get surgery on my right elbow this month in Paris. After new medical exams, it appeared it was the best solution in order to finally be able to play pain-free. I still hope to play before the end of the season.” Pouille said in a statement.

Pouille initially looked to be on track to making a return to action after participating in the Ultimate Tennis Showdown in June. An exhibition tournament created by Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou. However, he lost two matches to Feliciano Lopez and Elliot Benchetrit before being forced to withdraw from the competition due to his elbow.

In recent days the coach of the former world No.10,  Loic Courteau, said they will not be travelling to the US Open next month. Although it is unclear if Courteau’s comments were made before or after the decision to undergo surgery was made.

“I will not be in New York, for the good reason that Lucas… is not going to play the tournament,” he told French television.

Pouille has won five ATP titles so far in his career and has earned more than $7 million in prize money. He is currently the eighth highest ranked French player on the ATP Tour.

Pouille’s ATP titles breakdown

2018 1 Montpellier (Indoor/Hard)
2017 3 Vienna (Indoor/Hard)
Stuttgart (Outdoor/Grass)
Budapest (Outdoor/Clay)
2016 1 Metz (Indoor/Hard)

 

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US Open Must Allow Entourages Of Three Or Four People, Says Thiem

The world No.3 says he is feeling good ahead of the return of professional tennis next month.

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Dominic Thiem has come out against proposals to restrict the number of coaching staff that can travel to this year’s US Open amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

This year’s New York major will be held behind closed doors for the first time in history and will be implementing a series of measures to help minimise the threat posed by the virus. Part of their plan is to limit how many people a player can bring with them to the tournament. It was originally reported that only one team member per player would be allowed to travel, but it has emerged that the limit has since been extended to three.

Speaking about the limits, three-time Grand Slam finalist Thiem said the idea of only allowing one member of his team to travel with him would be a risk for some players on the Tour.

*”I do not think so. Three or four people must be allowed. It would be extremely risky to travel without your own physio. You need a local coach for this,’ Thiem told The Kronen Zeitung newspaper on Sunday.

Thiem last played a match on the ATP Tour at the Rio Open in February where he lost in the quarter-finals. However, throughout the lockdown he has still managed to maintain his match fitness by participating in numerous tournaments. In total he has played 24 matches across three different countries, including one named after him called Thiems 7.

“Right now I feel very good,” he said. “I have played a lot of exhibition games in the last two months and I am not tired at all. I really wanted to play tennis again, since my start of the year was very good.’
“During This period of confinement at home I have been crushing myself a lot in the physical aspect and already when I returned to training. I have decided to improve the backhand and the serve a little more.”

The ATP Tour will resume next month with Thiem hoping that he can continue his form generated from earlier this year. At the Australian Open he reached the final for the first time in his career before getting edged out by Novak Djokovic. Although when he returns, tournaments will not be the same as before due to the ongoing pandemic with strict safety measures and reduced crowds in place.

“When the circuit returns, the matches will be exactly the same as we had previously, but the atmosphere will be different,” he said.
“All tennis players will miss playing tournaments where many people travelled to see us every day. In New York, Paris or Melbourne there are between 60,000 and 70,000 people every day in the facilities. That previous life we ​​had will not be the same and we may have to get used to this new normal for a few years.”

Thiem is one of only four men to have already made more than $1 million in prize money so far this year on the ATP Tour.

*NOTE: Since the publication of this article quotes have been edited following a translation mix-up.

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Nick Kyrgios Slams Thiem Over Defence Of Controversy-Stricken Adria Tour

The world No.40 has accused the Austrian of lacking an ‘intellectual level’ to understand his view.

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Australian star Nick Kyrgios has continued his public criticism of the Adria Tour by taking aim at two-time French Open finalist Dominic Thiem.

 

The 25-year-old has repeatedly hit out at the exhibition event, which Thiem participated in. Organised by world No.1 Novak Djokovic, the event took place in Belgrade and Zadar before it was scrapped following an outbreak of COVID-19 among both players and coaching staff. Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov and Borna Coric all got infected. The outbreak came after the Adria Tour was criticised for a lack of social distancing and players attended various public events together. Although at the time, all of their actions were done in accordance with local regulations. Something the Serbian Prime Minister now admits was a mistake.

However, Thiem has called out Kyrgios over his vocal criticism of fellow Adria Tour competitor Alexander Zverev. The German attended a party in southern France less than a week after the COVID-19 outbreak despite issuing a statement saying he would go into self-isolation.

“It was his mistake, but I don’t why a lot of people want to interfere. Kyrgios has done a lot of mistakes. It would be better for him to come clear instead of criticising others,” Thiem told Tiroler Tageszeitung.

Continuing to defend the actions of his fellow players, Thiem also jumped to the defence of Djokovic. Who has been under heavy criticism over the event with some going as far as questioning his position as president of the ATP Players Council.

“He didn’t commit a crime. We all make mistakes, but I don’t understand all the criticism. I’ve been to Nice and also saw pictures from other cities. It’s no different from Belgrade during the tournament. It’s too cheap to shoot at Djokovic.”

The comments have now been blasted by Kyrgios, who stands by his previous criticism of players. Accusing Thiem of lacking an ‘intellectual level’ to see his point of view.

“What are you talking about @ThiemDomi? Mistakes like smashing rackets? Swearing? Tanking a few matches here or there? Which everyone does?” Kyrgios wrote on Twitter.
“None of you have the intellectual level to even understand where I’m coming from. I’m trying to hold them accountable.”
“People losing lives, loved ones and friends, and then Thiem standing up for the ‘mistake,'” he added.

The COVID-19 pandemic has killed more than 500,000 people worldwide and some players have voiced concerns over travelling to America which has recently seen a rise in cases. On Wednesday Alexi Popyrin became the first player to say he won’t play the US Open due to health concerns.

The ATP Tour is set to resume next month but it is unclear as to what events Thiem and Kyrgios will be playing in.

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