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Nick Kyrgios Confident Of Davis Cup Participation Following Injury Woes



Nick Kyrgios returns a shot to Aljaz Bedene during his first round Men’s Singles match on Day Two of the 2016 US Open. (Source: Andy Lyons/

Nick Kyrgios believes that he will be fit in time for this weekend’s Davis Cup tie between Australia and Slovakia after pulling out of the US Open due to injury.


The world No.15 was forced to retire from his third round match against Illya Marchenko in New York due to an hip problem. The injury casts doubts on Kyrgios’ Davis Cup participation with team captain Lleyton Hewitt recently telling the media that was that there was a ‘50/50’ chance that the 21-year-old will be playing.

Now just three days away from the start of the tie, the Australian believes that he is fully fit and back to playing some of his best tennis.

“I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t want to play,” he told Tennis Australia.
“I feel ready. I’m playing probably the best tennis I have.”

Elaborating further on the state of his current form, the 21-year-old is aware that there is still a chance that he could miss the tie if his hip pain reoccurs as he starts to intensify his training workouts.

“It’s pretty good. I’ve hit twice since I’ve been here and been going for an hour to an hour and a half,” Kyrgios said.
“Yeah, it’s feeling good and I’m feeling confident with it. It depends on how I’m going this week. I’ll hit again and try and get some volume underneath and see how it pulls up. At the moment there are no signs indicating that it’s not going to pull up well so I’m pretty confident with it.”

Kyrgios is hoping to play in the competition for the first time since the 2015 world group quarter-finals, when Australia defeated Kazakhstan 3-2. Despite his year-long absence from the Davis Cup, he was embroiled in controversy after missing his country’s tie against America. At the time team mate Bernard Tomic accused him of ‘faking’ his illness in order to avoid playing. The comments prompted Kyrgios to write about Tomic’s accusations on Twitter, saying ‘Just don’t expect me to have your back anytime soon’ to Tomic.

The heated confrontation between the two now seems to be long forgotten after Kyrgios recently praised his fellow countryman as well as the rest of his team.

“He’s a great player, with great potential and doing great things,” Kyrgios said about Tomic.
“It’s not only Bernard. Grothy (Sam Groth) has played some great Davis Cup ties. In Darwin, he pretty much saved me. And Peersy (John Peers) is one of the best doubles players in the world.
“It’s not me and Bernard. It’s the whole squad. It’s everyone involved. It means a lot to me being in this chair alongside these guys trying to get back into the World Group.”

The upcoming Davis Cup tie between Australia and Slovakia will take place at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre. The losing team in the tie will be eliminated from the world group.

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Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev sign up to play exhibition tournament in Khimki



Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev have signed up to play an exhibition tournament in the Russian city of Khimki in the Moscow region in June.


Khachanov won his first Masters 1000 title in Paris Bercy in 2018. He broke into top 10 of ATP Rankings in June 2019 and achieved his career-high of number 8 on 15th July. Last year he reached two semifinals at the Masters 1000 tournament in Montreal and at the China Open in Beijing (ATP 500 tournament). He defeated Juan Martin Del Potro to reach his first Roland Garros quarter final. The Russian player also advanced to the quarter finals in Indian Wells, Halle, Moscow and Vienna. In 2020 he won four of his five singles matches at the ATP Cup for the Russian team, who qualified for the semifinals before losing to Serbia. He advanced to the Australian Open third round for the second consecutive year and to the quarter final in Dubai in the last tournament played before the suspension due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Rublev started the 2020 season with back-to-back titles in Doha and Adelaide and reached the fourth round at the Australian Open and two quarter finals in Rotterdam and Dubai.

The best WTA players expected to take part in the Kimkhi tournament are Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova, Veronika Kudemertova, two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vitalia Diatchenko. Pavlyuchenkova came back from a set down to beat Angelique Kerber advancing to the quarter finals for the second consecutive year at the 2020 Australian Open.

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Barty’s father said that her daughter was sad and wanted to step away from tennis in 2014



Ashleigh Barty rose up the ranking sas a teenager after finishing runner-up at three Grand Slam doubles tournaments with Australian veteran Casey Dellacqua at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open in 2013. The Aussie team also won one title at the Birmingham Classic. Barty decided to step away from tennis in 2014 to play women’s cricket and started playing for the Western Suburbs Cricket Club, a local team that competes in Brisbane Women’s Premier Cricket Twenty League.


“It was too much too quickly for me as I have been travelling from quite a young age. I wanted to experience life as a normal teenaged girl and have some normal experiences”, said Barty at that time.

 Ashleigh’s said during a webinar organised by the Active SG Voyager Tennis Academy that he was not surprised when his daughter decided to step away from the sport after the 2014 US Open.

“Ash was sad all the time. She was not herself on the court. I said to my wife that we had just got to make sure that Ashleigh was happy. Her happiness was more important. Were we disappointed ? Of course we were, because we love watching tennis and we were hooked on tennis. To see Ash happy and see her around her sisters and having fun again was so much better than having her miserable and going out and playing tennis”, said Rob Barty.

Barty started her 2019 season with a runner-up finish to Petra Kvitova in Sydney. The Aussie player reached her first quarter final at the Australian Open, where she beat Maria Sharapova before losing again to Kvitova. Barty won her first maiden Premier Mandatory title in Miami and claimed her first Grand Slam trophy at Roland Garros. Barty became the first Australian player to win at Roland Garros since Margaret Court in 1973.

Barty followed up her Roland Garros with a back-to-back title in Birmingham on grass. She has become the second Australian player to be number 1 in the WTA Ranking since Evonne Goolagong Cawley. Barty’s winning streak came to end when she was beaten by Alison Riske in the fourth round at Wimbledon.

Barty reached the semifinal in Wuhan before winning the WTA Finals in Shenzhen beating Elina Svitolina in the final. Barty finished the season as the world number 1. Last January she started the 2020 season with a title in Adelaide before losing to eventual champion Sofia Kenin in the semifinal at the Australian Open. During her career Barty clinched eight singles titles and ten doubles titles.

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Juan Martin Del Potro Splits From Coach

The tennis star has announced a big change to his team.



Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro is on the hunt for a new coach after agreeing to end his collaboration with Sebastian Prieto to continue focus on his rehabilitation from injury.


Del Potro has been working alongside Prieto since 2017 and achieved a series of career milestones under his guidance. Including winning his maiden Masters 1000 title at the 2018 BNP Paribas Open and reaching a ranking high of third in August that same year. Their decision has been made to allow Prieto to focus all of his attention on Juan Londero. Another Argentine player who is currently ranked 62nd in the world.

“I want to share that I have agreed with Sebastian Prieto to end our partnership, so that he can work with Juan Londero, while I continue my rehab process,” Del Potro said on Twitter.
“I’m very thankful to Piper for all of these years together. He is a great coach and even a better person. All the best!”

45-year-old Prieto is a former ATP player who peaked at a ranking high of 22nd in the doubles. During his career, he won 10 Tour titles with all of those occurring on the clay. He also reached the quarter-finals of the men’s doubles tournament at the 2003 French Open.

It is currently unknown as to who will be taking over as Del Potro’s new coach. The former grand slam champion hasn’t played a competitive match since last June due to a serious knee injury. At the Fever-Tree Championships in London, he fractured his right kneecap and was forced to undergo surgery to repair it. The second time he had to undergo that procedure within as many years after also suffering a similar injury at the 2018 Shanghai Rolex Masters.

Del Potro is currently undergoing rehabilitation and it is unclear as to when he will be able to return to the Tour again. All professional tennis tournaments have been either suspended or cancelled until at least July 31st due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although both the US Open and French Open are hoping to go ahead as planned.

So far in his career, the 31-year-old has won 22 ATP titles and earned almost $26 million in prize money. Earning more money than any other player from his country in the history of the sport.

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