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Injury Forces Kimiko Date-Krumm To The Brink Of Retirement



Kimiko Date-Krumm reacts in her match against Amandine Hesse during the first round of 2016 Australian Open Qualifying (source:

Kimiko Date Krumm’s inspirational journey on the WTA Tour may be coming to an unfortunate ending following medical tests on her knee.

Short after the Australian Open, the 45-year-old announced that she will undergo surgery on her left knee. At that start of the month, the world No.198 was optimistic about a return to the sport.

“I’ve decided to have an endoscope surgery on my left-knee meniscus,” Date-Krumm told
“I had an MRI a day after returning from the Australian Open, and the part where [there] was a crack now [has] a rupture. I thought about the life as an athlete and after. I don’t know when I can return, but I’ve decided on the unknown of having an operation and the ensuing rehab, believing I can stand on the court again one day.”

It has now been revealed that the doctors test has found that the condition of the Japanese player’s knee is ‘worse than expected’. According to The Japan Times, last week’s procedure concluded that her meniscus was badly worn out. The meniscus is a piece of cartilage that provides a cushion between your thighbone and shinbone. Writing a blog entry on Sunday, Date-Krumm confirmed that she is weighing up her options.

“As an athlete, it will be beyond tough to live life without taking part in sport,” Date-Krumm said.
“If I decide to have surgery again, it’s unavoidable that it will take a long time for me to come back.
“I want to think long and hard before deciding on the best possible option.”

Date-Krumm’s life on the tour has been one that other players envy. Playing her first Grand Slam at the 1989 French Open, the Japanese player achieved a ranking best of 4th in the world in 1995. She reached the semifinals at three Grand Slam tournaments between 1994-1996. During 1991-1996, she reached 13 WTA finals, claiming titles in seven of them.

Originally retiring from the sport in 1996, Date-Krumm announced a surprise comeback to the tour in 2008 at the age of 37. The comeback saw triumph for the Japanese player when she won the 2009 Korean Open to become the second oldest title winner in the Open Era on the WTA Tour. During her second stint on the tour, the 45-year-old has finished her season in the top 100 on three occasions (2009- 82nd, 2010 – 46th and 2013 54th). In 2013 she reached the third round of the Wimbledon Championships at the age of 42. During her time at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, she shed some light on how she copes with life on the tour at her age.

I’m taking care of my body more, because of course the most difficult thing is recovery. I need to do fitness training, but if I do too much, I feel tired. For example, this past week I practiced Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning, then fitness in the afternoons. But after three days of that, I took one day off. Then Sunday, Monday I had just one practice“. She said in 2013.

Currently Date-Krumm has played 711 matches on the tour, winning 447 of them.

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Maria Sakkari Appoints Witt As Coach For American Swing



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Maria Sakkari has enlisted the help of Jessica Pegula’s former long-time coach in a bid to regain her form on the Tour. 

Greek media has confirmed that the world No.9 has begun a partnership with David Witt, who has also previously coached Venus Williams. Witt had worked with Pegula since 2019 before the tennis star decided to end their collaboration earlier this year. During their time together he oversaw the American win two WTA 1000 events, reached the quarter-final of a grand Slam on six occasions and peaked at a ranking high of No.3. 

Sakkari’s appointment comes after she ended her six-year working relationship with Tom Hill. Highlights of their partnership include winning two Tour titles, reaching a Grand Slam semi-final twice and spending more than two years in the top 10. 

“Tom, thank you for all the emotions, the support on and off the court, and the belief you had in me since day one,” Sakkari wrote on Instagram last month. “We grew together, and you helped me realize that everything is possible.

“Not only did you make me a better tennis player, but you also made me a better person. Thank you for always wanting the best for me and for always having my back! Good luck on the next chapter in your career.”

Sakkari is looking to get back on track after what has been a disappointing start to 2024. She had won just two matches in her first four singles tournaments played and is yet to face an opponent ranked in the world’s top 20. However, she faired better at the United Cup, where she won three matches in the team event, including victories over Lelylah Fernandez and Angelique Kerber. 

It is understood that Sakkari will be working with Witt at both Indian Wells and Miami. If their partnership is successful, it could be extended further into the clay swing. The other members of her team will remain in the same roles. 

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Ugo Humbert saves three match points to beat Hubert Hurkacz in Dubai



Fifth-seed Ugo Humbert came back from one set down to beat Hubert Hurkacz 3-6 7-6 (10-8) 6-3. Humbert had beaten Hurkacz en route to his title in Marseille. 

Hurkacz converted his third break point in the fourth game to win the first set 6-3. Humbert saved three match points in the tie-break of the second set before converting his first set point to force the match to the decider. Humbert broke twice to seal the third set 6-3. 

“It was a great battle. I tried to battle for every point. In the tie-break I saved three match points, tried to do my best and thanks to those French fans for the amazing support”, said Humbert. 

Humbert set up a semifinal match against Danil Medvedev, who beats Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-2 6-3. Humbert leads 2-1 in their head-to-head matches, but Medvedev won their most recent match in three sets at the China Open in their most recent head-to-head match in Beijing last year.

“It’s going to be a great challenge against Danil tomorrow. We had a few great fights. Hopefully I will recover well to be ready for this match”, said Humbert. 

Aleksander Bublik was leading Jiri Lehecka 6-4 4-1 when the Czech player was forced to retire due to an injury. Bublik set up a match against Andrey Rublev, who was leading Sebastian Korda 6-4 4-3  when the Czech player withdrew due to injury. 

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Brazilian Rising Star Joao Fonseca Waives College Eligibility To Turn Pro



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One of Brazil’s most promising young tennis players has made the bold decision to abandon a dream of his to play college tennis in America to turn pro. 

17-year-old Jaoao Fonseca was committed to playing college tennis at the University of Virginia but says professional tennis has called him in a way he couldn’t refuse. The rising star has played just two Tour-level events so far in his career and is currently ranked 343rd in the world. 

At last week’s Rio Open, he became the second-youngest player after Alexander Zverev to reach the quarter-finals of an ATP 500 event since the category was introduced. In his home tournament, the Brazillian beat Arthur Fils and Cristian Garin before losing to Mariano Navone.

“It was an incredibly tough decision for me and my family as I have been dreaming about living a college life in Charlottesville, playing the sport that l love with a wonderful team and coach, but, in the last months, professional tennis called me in a way that I simply couldn’t say no,” Fonseca wrote in a statement published on Instagram
“Although I will not be attending school, I think it is an extremely valuable and viable path for young players in their way to professional careers,” he added.

Fonseca has already enjoyed success on the junior circuit. Last year he was runner-up in the doubles tournament at the Australian Open boy’s event. Then at the US Open, he won his first Grand Slam junior title in singles. He is also a former ITF Junior World No.1 and is currently ranked second in the standings. 

The youngster has already been hailed by compatriot Beatriz Haddad Maia, who is currently ranked 13th on the WTA Tour. Speaking to reporters at the San Diego Open, she has offered her support to Fonseca if he needs it. 

“João is a nice person. He has a great future, if he keeps working hard and keeps doing what he’s doing. I think he has a very aggressive mentality and tennis.” She said.

“We sometimes text each other, but not that much. But I’m always following.. not only him.. but the Brazilians. I’m proud of what he’s doing. He has a long way and he needs to understand that it’s a marathon, it’s not a 100 meter race.’
“Tennis has its ups and downs. I wish him all the best, for sure. I’ll be here whenever he wants. I’m happy with what he’s doing.” 

Fonseca played at the Chile Open this week but lost in the first round to Thiago Agustin Tirante.

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