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Madison Keys Splits From Thomas Hogstedt Following ‘Personality Conflict’

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Madison Keys’ successful end to the season has come to a surprising climax after the confirmation of her split from coach Thomas Hogstedt.

The 21-year-old started working with the Swedish coach in April after she ended her high profile partnership with former world No.1 Lindsay Davenport and her husband. During their time together, Keys reached a ranking best of seventh in October. This season the American achieved a win-loss of 47-17 and clinched her second WTA title in Birmingham, Great Britain. In the premier tournaments, the world No.8 reached the finals in Montreal and Rome. At the end of the season, Keys became the youngest player to qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore.

There is currently no official explanation regarding Keys’ decision to end her partnership with Hogstedt, who had previously worked with Eugenie Bouchard and Li Na. Canadian website Open Court contacted a source close to Keys’ team, who believes the split was due to a personality clash between the two.

“Madison thinks he is an amazing tennis mind, helped her game a lot, but too big of a personality conflict off the court,” the unnamed source told opencourt.ca.

A replacement for Hogstedt has already been confirmed within the Keys’ camp with an official announcement expected soon.

Whilst the current structure of Keys’ coaching team is unknown to the public, the 21-year-old has been keeping herself busy away from the court. Earlier this week she hosted a seminar at Rock Island High School in Rock Island, Illinois, as part of the FearlessGIRL program. This year Keys became an ambassador for the organisation, which promotes empowerment in schools and communities for girls around the world.

“To be able to launch my partnership with FearlesslyGIRL in my hometown and to meet so many amazing young women was an unforgettable experience.” Keys told wtatennis.com.
“I am so honoured to be called a role model for young women and I take this role seriously as my goal is to help others through my own experiences and spread positivity.”

Keys is planning to conduct her work for the organisation beyond her home country with plans to go to Canada and England to host similar seminar’s in the future. Whether her new coach will accompany her in the future to those events remains to be seen.

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(VIDEO) Day 8 At The ATP Finals: Alexander Zverev Downs Weary Djokovic

Ubitennis looks back on the year-end finale that took place.

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Alexander Zverev has ended Novak Djokovic’s run at the O2 to win the biggest title of his career. The 21-year-old was the fresher and stronger out of the two contesting the final at the O2 Arena in London. Following their match, Djokovic openly backed the German to one day break his record in terms of titles won. Something Zverev was quick to downplay.


 

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‘If You Win a Grand Slam, It’s A Good Season’ – Roger Federer On 2018 And His Off-Season Goals

The Swiss player has named two improvements he would like to make to his game ahead of the next season.

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20-time grand slam champion Roger Federer has said that he is contempt with his performance this year despite experiencing a slight dip in form during the second half.

The 37-year-old officially ended his season on Saturday after bowing out in straight sets to Alexander Zverev at the ATP Finals in London. This year the Swiss player has won four titles on the tour, including the Australian Open in January. Overall, he has achieved a win-loss record of 48-10.

“(Pete) Sampras once upon a time said, ‘If you win a slam, it’s a good season.’” Reflected Federer, who held the world No.1 ranking for a total of eight weeks during 2018.
“So started great. I played super well in Australia again. So obviously I can’t wait to go back there in a couple of months.”

Despite the success, he has also suffered his share of disappointment. Prior to his last tournament of the year, Federer had only won two out of six matches against top 10 players. He also suffered a surprise loss to Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon before falling in the fourth round at the US Open. Making it the first time he has only reached one grand slam semi-final out of four since 2013.

“The second half of the season could have been better maybe.” Admitted Federer. “I also have high hopes to always do well. So I’m happy I gave myself opportunities again in that second half of the season.”
“I maybe lost a couple too close matches that could have changed things around for me a little bit.” He added.

Work to be done in the off-season

Fortunately, the positives overweight the negatives for the Swiss veteran, who is the oldest player currently in the world’s top 100. In September he celebrated the 20th anniversary of his debut on the ATP Tour at the Grand Prix de Tennis de Toulouse in France.

“I’m very proud that at 37 I’m still so competitive and so happy playing tennis. From that standpoint, as disappointed as I might be about this match if I take a step back, I’m actually very happy about the season.” He told reporters after his loss to Zverev on Saturday.

Federer will now embark upon the off-season where he is expected to conduct his usual preparation in Dubai. During a recent interview with newspaper Tages-Anzeiger, he has outlined two areas of his game that he wants to improve on. His forehand and his play at the net.

“As far as tennis is concerned, I would like to find my way back to the net more often,” he said.
“And of course I want to whip the forehand right again.
“Then there is the condition training with Pierre (Paganini).
“Of course, deciding whether to play on clay or not has an impact on the training program.”

Federer will return to action at the Hopman Cup, which will get underway on December 29th.

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(VIDEO) Day 7 At The ATP Finals: Novak Djokovic Shines, But Roger Federer Stumbles

Ubitennis reflects on a somewhat mixed semi-final day at the season-ending championships.

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There will not be a dream Djokovic-Federer showdown at the ATP Finals on Sunday after two very contrasting semi-finals.

Roger Federer was sent crashing out of the tournament following a sensational performance by Alexander Zverev. Zverev’s triumph had a bitter taste after his match concluded in controversy when he stopped during a rally after noticing a ball boy dropping a ball. Prompting backlash from the crowd and a big debate in the London capital.

In the other semifinal, Novak Djokovic produced a near-perfect performance against a sluggish Kevin Anderson, who leaked 33 unforced errors. Djokovic heads in the final without dropping his serve in the entire tournament.

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