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Davis Cup Australia vs USA: illness prevails over Kyrgios and makes Australia’s hopes slim

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Chronicle of a withdraw foretold: Nick Kyrgios was unable to overcome the illness and will not play the rubber against the USA.

 

It’s 10 AM in Melbourne and here comes the car with the Australian team at Kooyong for the draw ceremony, but … Hey someone is missing: there is no sign of Nick Kyrgios.

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The Australian Davis Cup team, entering the draw ceremony vs USA. Nick Kyrgios is not with Captain Hewitt, Tomic, Groth and Peers

Alas, after and early morning fitness check, doctors advised against Kyrgios playing the tie against the USA. That means that now the odds are all in favour of team USA, and that also means that Lleyton Hewitt is out of retirement, being in the team as player n.3; if he actually takes to the court, he will become Australia’s first playing captain.

A very relaxed Courier was not surprised to see Lleyton in the players’ list “given the intensity he was training these days”.

Sam Groth will replace the Australian rising star and will open the tie playing the first rubber against Isner tomorrow, followed by Tomic versing Sock.

With Tomic not 100%, and Kyrgios out it could be a debacle, on a court which has hosted 10 Davis Cup ties since 1946, and where Australia has always won apart from one occasion (1946 against USA). It is also true that the most epic tie was in 1953 against the USA, when teenagers Hoad and Rosewall defeated the USA Trabert and Seixas with a final score of 3-2 after trainling 1-2 after the doubles. Will history repeat, maybe with a big “C’mon” from Lleyton?

From Melbourne, Robbie Cappuccio

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Dominic Thiem signs up to defend his Barcelona title

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Defending champion Dominic Thiem has signed up to play at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell in 2020. The 26-year-old Austrian player will make his sixth main draw appearance in Barcelona, where he won the title last year beating Danil Medvedev.

 

Thiem reached the round of 16 as a qualifier in his debut at this event in 2014. One year later Thiem lost in the first round in 2015 and did not play in 2016.

The player from Wiener Neustadt lost the 2017 final to 11-time Barcelona champion Rafael Nadal. In 2018 Thiem was beaten by Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter final. In last April’s edition Thiem lifted the title without dropping a set. He beat Nadal in the semifinal before claiming a win over Medvedev in the final.

Thiem tied with Djokovic for ATP Tour-lead with five titles. He won his biggest title at Indian Wells Masters 1000 beating five-time champion Roger Federer and joined his compatriot Thomas Muster as second Austrian player in history to win an ATP Masters 1000 title. Thiem claimed three more titles in Kitzbuhel, Beijing and Vienna and beat Novak Djokovic in five sets to advance to his second consecutive Roland Garros final. Thiem saved two match points against Federer in Madrid Masters 1000 quarter final before losing to Novak Djokovic in semifinal.

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Late Replacement Tomljanovic To Face Maria Sharapova In Abu Dhabi

The order of play for the first day of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship have been confirmed.

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There has been a change made to the line-up for next week’s Mubadala World Tennis Championship with Ajla Tomljanovic making a last-minute entry.

 

Tomljanovic, who achieved a ranking best of 39th back in April, will be making her debut at the three-day exhibition event. Which will feature a women’s match for the third time in a row. The Australian has been called in to replace French Open semi-finalist Amanda Anisimova, who has been forced to pull out due to injury.

“It’s really disappointing to have to withdraw from the Mubadala World Tennis Championship,” Anisimova said in a press release. “I was looking forward so much to coming to Abu Dhabi and I hope to make the trip in the future.”

The 26-year-old will take on five-time grand slam champion Maria Sharapova on the opening day of the event. Who hasn’t played on the WTA Tour since her first round loss at the US Open due to a shoulder problem. Sharapova will also be making her debut at the Zayed Sports City’s International Tennis Centre. The two players have never faced each other on the tour.

“I’ve heard amazing things about Abu Dhabi and the championship, and I’m really looking forward to playing in front of this crowd against Maria.” Said Tomljanovic, who will be the first Australian to play at the event. “It will give the perfect challenge ahead of a big season.”

Tomljanovic’s clash with Sharapova is set to be the final match to take place on the opening day of the event. They are only the fourth and fifth woman to ever play in the competition, which has hosted a men’s tournament since 2009. Jelena Ostapenko (2017), Serena Williams (2017 and 2018) and Venus Williams (2018) are the only other WTA players to have taken part.

The full order of play for the opening day has been confirmed by the organisers. Prior to Sharapova’s match, two men’s quarter-finals will take place. ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas will play Gael Monfils with the winner booking a clash against Novak Djokovic. Then world No.4 Daniil Medvedev takes on South Korea’s Hyeon Chung. The winner of that match will play Rafael Nadal.

“The 12th edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship is fast shaping up to be the most exciting in the event’s history. We are looking forward to providing our spectators with a dynamic combination of world-class tennis and family fun in what is an unmissable event,” said John Lickrish, CEO of Flash Entertainment.

The Mubadala World Tennis Championship takes place between December 19-21.

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Juan Martin Del Potro will play at the Australian Open using the protected ranking

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Juan Martin Del Potro will play at the Australian Open using the protected ranking. The player from Tandil has not played since suffering from a knee injury at the Queen’s ATP 500 tournament, when he slipped on the grass, but was able to win his first round match against Denis Shapovalov. A scan revealed a knee injury. The Argentine underwent a season-ending knee surgery in Barcelona on 22nd June. As a cosequence Del Potro has dropped to world number 123 in the ATP Ranking during his six-month lay-off from the ATP Tour.

 

The former world number 3 will make his 10th appearance at Melbourne Park. He lost to Roger Federer in the quarter final twice in 2009 and 2012.

During his 2019 season Del Potro reached the quarter final in Delray Beach and wasted two match points against Novak Djokovic in Rome quarter final. He beat Yoshito Nishioka in five sets en route to Roland Garros fourth round before losing to Karen Khachanov.

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