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The British Contingent Set To Bring Joy To The Home Crowd At Wimbledon

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To the delight of Andy Murray, he will no longer be the sole focus of the British media during this year’s Wimbledon Championships.

 

This year there will be 15 British players taking part, eight in the men’s and seven in the women’s. Before the tournament started, a duo of players had already created history in the tournament. Johanna Konta will be the first British woman to be seeded in the tournament since Jo Durie in 1984 and British No.23 Marcus won six rounds of qualifying to become the lowest ranked player to play in the main draw (without the use of a protected ranking) since 2000.

Out of the 15 entrants, eight of them made the draw with a direct entry or via qualifying. To put this number in perspective, only three Brits were able to achieve this last year. This year British tennis has celebrated milestones such as Konta reaching the semifinals of the Australian Open, Kyle Edmund picking up his first top-10 win against Gilles Simon, Dan Evans winning two Challenger titles and Naomi Broady reaching the semifinals of the Kuala Lumpur Open.

The poster boy of British Tennis, Andy Murray, has praised the current surge in triumphs by his teammates. In an article written for the BBC, the world No.2 believes that some has the ability to ‘spring some surprises’ at Wimbledon.

“With 15 British players involved in the singles competitions at Wimbledon this year, and the recent success in doubles for my brother Jamie and Dom Inglot, it does feel like there’s a bit of a feelgood factor around British tennis at the moment.” Murray wrote.
“Don’t get me wrong, it’s not perfect, but this tournament is a big chance for some of them to make their mark and you just hope they do themselves justice, because it’s tough working your way up through the rankings.”

A lot has happened since the dark days of Wimbledon 2010 when Murray became the only British player to reach the second round at the tournament, the lowest number of British wins in the tournament’s long history.  The British Lawn Tennis Association came under a tsunami of criticism from the media and some doubted that British tennis would see another surge.

Fortunately, six years later, critics have been proven wrong.  The country now has seven top-100 players (four men and three women) and are the current Davis Cup champions. Andy Murray is no longer the key focus of British tennis. A position that both him and millions of other Brits are ecstatic about.

The British 15 and their first round matches

Men
James Ward v Novak Djokovic SRB
Kyle Edmund Vs Adrian Mannarino FRA
Brydan Klein (WC) Vs Nicolas Mahut FRA
Alexander Ward (WC) Vs David Goffin (11) BEL
Marcus William (Q) Vs Ricardas Berankis LTU
Dan Evans Vs Jan-Lennard Struff GER
Aljaz Bedene Vs Richard Gasquet (7) FRA
Andy Murray (2) Vs Liam Broady (WC)

Women
Heather Watson Vs Annika Beck GER
Tara Moore (WC) Vs Alison Van Uytvanck BEL
Katie Swan (WC) Vs Timea Babos
Johanna Konta (16) Vs Monica Puig PUR
Laura Robson (WC) Vs Angelique Kerber GER
Naomi Broady Vs Elina Svitolina (17) UKR

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Kiki Bertens Believes In Stability And Trust Ahead Of 2020 Season

Kiki Bertens looks for stability in hope of grand slam success in 2020.

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Kiki Bertens believes stability and trust is the key to success ahead of the 2020 season despite a time of change for the Dutchwoman. 

 

A time of change is approaching for Kiki Bertens as she recently just got married to her physical trainer Remko De Rijke.

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It’s not only off the court, change is approaching for the former Wimbledon quarter-finalist as her and coach Raemon Sluiter parted ways during the off-season.

After the split it would have been easy for Bertens to make a radical change to her coaching team but that is not her style as she has promoted Elise Tamaela to a main coaching role.

Even through a time of change, Bertens believes stability is crucial to success, “It takes me a while to be able to trust someone,” she admitted to Dutch website De Telegraaf. 

“And I don’t want to spend that time on something like that. We’re going to continue in the same way for next year. The results were not as expected in the Grand Slams but I had other good weeks. It’s really not that I felt different playing in the Slams than in other weeks in which I could win titles.”

Although the formula to winning a grand slam has yet to be solved, the world number nine has achieved great consistency having won 55 matches in 2019, which also included the biggest title of her career in Madrid.

A new era await for Bertens with her new coach and plenty of praise was given to Elise Tamaela ahead of the new season, “For me the most important thing is that that person knows a lot about tennis. I have to be able to fully trust her,” Bertens said.

“To be able to laugh with that person, eat with her. I prefer to keep the equipment to the minimum possible and be able to feel comfortable in terms of confidence. Sometimes more people in the team only bring more opinions. And that style is not mine.”

This simplistic formula has worked for Bertens in the past and as the 2020 season approaches, she’s not looking to change it.

However will inexperience lead to the same results at grand slams, with the level of the Women’s game rising, Bertens may find that breaking the boundaries of stability is needed.

The former world number four will start her march towards more glory in Brisbane on the 6th of January.

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Caroline Wozniacki Announces Retirement After Australian Open

Caroline Wozniacki has announced that she will retire from tennis after the Australian Open in January.

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Caroline Wozniacki has announced that she will retire from tennis after the Australian Open as a new chapter in her life approaches. 

 

The Dane won 30 WTA singles titles in her career and spent 71 weeks as world number one although a grand slam had haunted her for most of her career.

However that changed in 2018 after an epic win over Simona Halep sealed a dream come true as she won her first grand slam at the Australian Open.

Since winning her maiden slam though, it has been an uphill struggle on the court for Wozniacki as she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.

Some days the former world number one and on some days, it is a constant battle for her to even wake up in the morning.

Now with other priorities taking over having been married to former NBA player David Lee since June and already studying Business at Harvard, Wozniacki today took the decision to retire from tennis after the Australian Open.

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In a statement on Instagram, Woznaicki told her followers that she had accomplished everything she wanted to and looks forward to the future, “I’ve accomplished everything I could ever dream of on the court,” she said.

“I’ve always told myself, when the time comes, that there are things away from tennis that I want to do more, then it’s time to be done. In recent months, I’ve realized that there is a lot more in life that I’d like to accomplish off the court.

“Getting married to David was one of those goals and starting a family with him while continuing to travel the world and helping raise awareness about rheumatoid arthritis (project upcoming) are all passions of mine moving forward.

“This has nothing to do with my health and this isn’t a goodbye, I look forward to sharing my exciting journey ahead with all of you!

“Finally, I want to thank with all my heart, the fans, my friends, my sponsors, my team, especially my father as my coach, my husband, and my family for decades of support! Without all of you I could have never have done this!”

Although this retirement may have been coming, not many people would have predicted it would come at the scene of her grand slam breakthrough.

Now in the last stretch of her career, the Dane will want to finish on a high as she looks to celebrate a career that has lasted nearly 15 years.

 

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Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep and Venus Williams are the stand-out names in Adelaide

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Four top 10 players Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova and Kiki Bertens and former Grand Slam champions Venus Williams and Angelique Kerber will grab the headlines at the Adelaide International from 12 to 18 January 2020.

 

A total of seven Grand Slam champions and five former world number one players will take part in the Adelaide WTA tourament.

This year’s Roland Garros champion Ashleigh Barty leads a star-studded line-up, which includes 2019 Wimbledon champion Simona Halep, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, Kiki Bertens and seven other members of the top 20.

The Main Draw also features Sofia Kenin, Alison Riske, Sloane Stephens and Danielle Collins, World Number 30 Quang Wang. World Number 12 and this Rome WTA Premier finalist Johanna Konta will play her first tournament since the US Open following a knee injury.

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams has been announced as the Top 20 wildcard.

“It is always exciting to play at a new tournament in front of new fans. I have had so many memorable times times in Australia over the years and I am looking forward to discovering Adelaide and all it has to offer”, said Venus Williams.

The men’s line-up includes 2019 Australian Open and Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, Alex De Minaur, Lucas Pouille and Andrey Rublev.

“The full list of players is a real who’s who of tennis, from Australia’s favourite Ashleigh Barty to the iconic Venus Williams, right through to the young talent of Alex De Minaur and the experienced campaigner Novak Djokovic in the men’s field”, said South Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment David Ridgway.

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