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Tomic’s Antics And Kyrgios’ Behaviour Spoils The Mexican Open

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Once again the bad boys of tennis are up to no good with Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios attracting heavy criticism for their performances at the Mexican Open.

 

Tomic was playing in his first round match against Donald Young. Closely contesting a tense first set, he was edged out 7-6(5) by the American, who is ranked 12 places below him. After dropping the opening set, Tomic decided to call it a day due to the ‘unbearable’ heat (which was only 27C) without receiving any on-court medical attention.

Retiring from a match due to the heat is not an unfamiliar concept in the world of tennis. On the other hand, Tomic’s withdrawal has stunned many considering he is used to the Australian hot climate. Furthermore, he played five matches in the Mexican conditions 12 months ago, finishing runner-up at the 2016 tournament.

Eyebrows were raised further when Tomic returned to the court to play in the doubles alongside Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi later in the night, which they lost against John Isner and Feliciano Lopez.

Tomic’s questionable Acapulco experience comes after what has been a torrid start to the year. The 24-year-old has only won two matches this season (both in Melbourne) and has suffered four first round defeats. Last week he was accused of tanking at the Delray Beach Open after producing a somewhat lacklustre performance.

Kyrgios has also received criticism in Mexico for his outburst on the court. Playing Israel’s Dudi Sela in the first round, the world No.17 engaged in a conflict with a member of the crowd. During the three sets match, which Kyrgios won, he was heard telling one Sela fan to ‘shut the f*** up.’ The incident also involved a heated exchange between the two players on court.

Following the incident tennis fan Isaac Cherem, who Kyrgios shouted at, demanded an apology from Kyrgios.

“It wasn’t like we were talking in the points or when Kyrgios was serving; it was only cheering in between the points,” Cherem told Fairfax Media.
“We were maybe three metres away from him, if we whispered, he could hear us.
“He [my friend] whispered and then Kyrgios said shut the f— up.”
“He doesn’t have the right to tell anything to the crowd. We weren’t insulting him in any way. He can’t tell anything to the fans because the fans are there to enjoy the game.
“To tell you the truth, I want him to apologise.”

Kyrgios, who is yet to comment on the incident, last week accused an official at the Open 13 in Marseille of being biased during his match against eventual champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

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Playing Clay Events After Wimbledon Was A Mistake, Says Diego Schwartzman

The former French Open semi-finalist is seeking to win his first title since March 2021 at the Tel Aviv Open this week.

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Diego Schwartzman will likely reevaluate his schedule for next year after admitting that part of his plans for this summer backfired. 

 

The world No.17 enters into the final quarter of the season with 31 wins against 22 losses on the Tour but is yet to win a title. Although he did reach back-to-back finals back in February in Argentina and Brazil. He has won two out of eight matches against top 10 opposition, defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas at the ATP Cup and Felix Auger-Aliassime in Barcelona. 

Reflecting on his performance, Schwartzman admits that his decision to return to European clay after playing at Wimbledon was a mistake. He lost his second match in Gstaad to Pablo Carreno Busta and then his first in Hamburg to Emil Ruusuvori. 

“It’s difficult to play at the same level every tournament, I’ve made a bad decision playing clay tournaments after Wimbledon, I didn’t have time to rest,” he said during his pre-tournament press conference at the Tel Aviv Open. “I paid the price and had some bad losses. But I started to feel much better in USA hard court season, lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas who reached the final in Cincinnati and to Frances Tiafoe at the US Open. Now I am feeling very good, I really love playing indoor tournaments.”

The 30-year-old has headed straight to Tel Aviv from the Laver Cup where Roger Federer played the last match of his career. Despite Schwartzman’s Team World winning the title for the first time, his only contribution to the tie saw him lose 6-1, 6-2, to Tsitsipas. 

Retirement was very much the topic of conversation during the Laver Cup with others such as Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic questioned by reporters about their plans in the sport. As for Schwartzman, he stayed coy about how much longer he would continue playing after saying in the past he might stop at the age of 33. 

“33 — is a good age to retire, isn’t it? South Americans are in different situations compared to European players. We travel too much, and sometimes we are not coming back home for 2-3 months, while Europeans can fly home every week. It’s tough,” he said. 
“As for Roger — he’s a special player, I think he is just the greatest in our sport.”

The Argentine is seeded third this week in Israel and will begin his campaign against Arthur Rinderknech who defeated qualifier Marius Copil in his opening match. 

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Botic Van de Zandschulp beats Joao Sousa to reach the second round in Tel Aviv

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Botic Van de Zandschulp cruised past Joao Sousa 6-2 6-3 to reach the second round at the Tel Aviv Watergen Open. Van de Zandschulp won 83% of his first serve points and hit 28 winners to Sousa’s six. 

 

The Dutchman will face Liam Broady, who Serbian wild-card Hamad Medjedovic 7-5 6-3. 

Tomas Martin Etchevery edged past 2021 Australian Open semifinalist Aslan Karatsev 6-2 6-7 (0-7) 6-4  scoring the biggest win of his career. 

Arthur Rinderknech came back from one set down to beat Romanian qualifier Marius Copil 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-3. Rinderknech set up a second round against third seed Diego Schwartzman. 

Emil Ruusuvuori broke serve five times in his 6-3 6-2 win over J.J Wolf. 

Sebastian Korda beat Turkish qualifier Cem Ilkel 6-4 6-4 setting up a second round match against Maxime Cressy. Novak Djokovic is the top seed of the Tel Aviv tournament, which returns for the first time since 2021.

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Holger Rune reaches the second round at the Sofia Open

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Danish Next Gen rising star Holger Rune edged past Tim Van Rijthoven 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (8-6) to reach the second round at the Sofia Open in his first appearance at this tournament. 

 

Both players went on serve with no break points en route to the tie-break. Rune earned two mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-2. 

The second set started with a trade of breaks in the first two games. There was little to separate both players in the next games, which went on serve en route to the tie-break. Rune saved a set point at 5-6 in the tie-break of the second set and won the final three points to close out the second set 8-6. 

Rune won his first title in Munich and reached his maiden Grand Slam quarter final at Roland Garros. 

 “I did not want to go to three sets. I had the break and led 5-2 in the second set tie-break. If it had happened, I was going to fight for sure and try to take it in three, but I am very happy to win in two. I am really working hard every day and trying to improve any small things I can. I think today I stayed very focused all the time. I lost my focus one time on serve, when maybe I should not have been broken, but other than that I am very happy with my first match. The first match is always a  bit difficult”, said Rune. 

Australia’s Alexander Vukic beat Fabio Fognini 7-6 (13-11) 7-5 after 1 hour and 11 minutes. Vukic broke serve in the fifth game to take a 4-2 lead. Fognini converted his fourth break-back point to draw level to 4-4 before saving a break point at 5-5. Fognini went up a 6-3 lead, but he wasted six set points in the tie-break. Vukic closed out the tie-break 13-11 on his third set point. 

Fognini earned a break to take a 2-1 lead. Vukic broke back in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2 in the fourth game. Fognini lost four consecutive points from 4-5 30-0. Vukic earned the decisive break on his first match point to seal the second set 7-5. 

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