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Nick Kyrgios: “I think I’m just managing my emotions a bit better out there. I thought I was pretty composed for the whole match”

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TENNIS AUSTRALIAN OPEN – 25th of January 2015. N.Kyrgios d. A.Seppi 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 8-6. An interview with Nick Kyrgios

Q. How disappointing was it to be two sets to love down not having done a lot wrong?

NICK KYRGIOS: Not disappointing at all. I knew it was going to be a tough battle. He’s playing some of the best tennis he’s played ever since coming off that win against Roger. I knew it was going to be tough from the get-go. I just had to draw on my experiences of coming back from two sets to love. Paid off in the end.

Q. What’s the overwhelming emotion for you right now?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, it’s crazy. I don’t think it’s sunk in yet. When I saw I had finally won the match it was incredible. It was the best feeling I ever had. To know the body could come back from two sets to love, knowing I haven’t had matches, it’s just massive confidence.

Q. You lost a five-setter when you were two sets up. You said you wanted to learn from that match. You’ve won all five-setters since then. What are you doing differently now?

NICK KYRGIOS: I think I’m just managing my emotions a bit better out there. I thought I was pretty composed for the whole match. When I needed to get into the crowd, I did that. They were unbelievable tonight. I think they were a massive part of that win. I’m just learning every time I step out on the court when to show emotion, when not to.

Q. Were you struggling halfway through the second set? How is the body?

NICK KYRGIOS: As you all know – you’ve been asking about my back a fair bit – that’s a bit sore. Physically I thought my legs pulled up well throughout the whole match. I got a bit tired halfway through the fifth set, you know, I guess just by being out on the court. Being in that atmosphere is pretty tiring, but I knew he’d be feeling the same way. He’s never reached a quarterfinal before. All those thoughts going through his head. I think I had to draw on that. I just stuck in there.

Q. What do you think was the key point of the match? When you broke him in the beginning of the third set or just before the match point he was not very brave? You took initiative before the match point. Do you remember that?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, I think the turning point was definitely the break in the third set. That just established that I wasn’t going to go away. I was just going to compete till the very end. When I got to the third set, I started playing really well in the third set. I knew if I could just hang on some way and take it to a fifth set, it’s anyone’s match. I think that was the turning point then.

Q. How does this compare to Wimbledon?

NICK KYRGIOS: I think this one, it feels a bit better, honestly. There was a lot of expectation coming into this tournament. I was obviously out for a couple weeks before Sydney. I wasn’t expecting, you know, anything, especially not quarterfinals. And, yeah, it’s just massive, especially to do it in front of your home crowd. Hisense is an unbelievable court. I’d never played on it before. It’s definitely my favorite court now.

Q. 4-1 to 4-All you lost 12 points in a row in the fifth set. What were you thinking at that moment of the match? Why did it happen that you had those three games of, I don’t say blackout, but almost?

NICK KYRGIOS: It’s pretty tiring, you know, staying out there for three hours, coming down from two sets to love, pushing yourself. That’s tennis. That’s the scoring system. You lose points. That’s a silly question.

Q. You were emotionally flat the Wimbledon quarterfinal, understandably, after beating Nadal. How do you think you’ll pull back up for your second Grand Slam quarterfinal?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, I think I’ll be pulling up better than I did at Wimbledon. I know what to expect now, now what I am going to be feeling, especially after a five-set match like that. I need to do everything I can: nutrition, get a good night’s rest tonight, do some mobility, get a hit out tomorrow. Yeah, I just got so much more confidence in my body now. You know, I was feeling fine. My legs were feeling really good towards the end of the fifth set. It’s massive confidence being 19 knowing that you can last matches like that. It’s massive.

Q. Some players get very tense at their home slam. Are you most relaxed at this one?

NICK KYRGIOS: Well, I was definitely nervous out there before I went out for the match tonight. This is actually the most nervous I’ve ever been, going out against Seppi in the fourth round. I am definitely feeling the pressure, but at the same time I had so much fun out there. It was a really good experience.

Q. You talked about containing emotion. Do you think this was a night where emotion helped you a little bit because of the crowd, the way they fed off you?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah. I thought maybe if I didn’t stay composed as well as I did in the first couple sets, you know, I didn’t waste much energy, I felt, so that probably played in my favor. Towards the end of the fifth set as well. The fourth, I was definitely feeding off the crowd in the fourth, especially in the tiebreak it was massive. That was a momentum builder going into the fifth set. The crowd I thought played a massive part, yeah.

Q. You talked to yourself a fair bit out on the court. Do you feel your game actually lifts the more you talk to yourself out there?

NICK KYRGIOS: It’s debatable, I think. I am going to have those. Being an emotional player, I’m going to have those negative and positive patches in my matches. Talking to myself is sometimes not so productive. Sometimes it gets me up and I can start producing some pretty good tennis.

Q. The point that went around the net, is that one of the best points you ever played?

NICK KYRGIOS: That was ridiculous. Never seen anything like that. That’s the first time it’s ever happened to me. But, yeah, it’s going to happen. I have no explanation for it.

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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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