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Jerzy Janowicz To Undergo Knee Surgery

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After his latest defeat in the Szczecin challenger, Jerzy Janowicz revealed that he will have to undergo another surgery, his second in three years.

 

The Pole lost to Florian Mayer 6-2 7-6(3) in the Szczecin Quarter-Finals and after the match he revealed to the Polish press that he will undergone yet another surgery, this time on his knee. He has had documented back and knee problems in the past and have once again reoccurred.

This is what the former Wimbledon Semi-Finalist had to say about the matter:

The injury is not new, sometimes it appears, and sometimes it was all right. I’m struggling with knee problems from the US Open 2015, then the problem came up. I learned about it after the Davis Cup with Slovakia when we played the playoffs. There was a delay of the results because there was a faulty diagnosis of the physiotherapist and the representative physician. It turned out that I had my knee twisted, and when I went to his doctor, it turned out that I have torn patella. Once is better, once worse, but all the time I have problems with it. There will be an operation.’

It is clear now why the Pole has had trouble with the Polish federation about dealing with his injuries and why he hasn’t been able to compete at a competitive level for some time. We will now await the next steps, it is likely that he will have the operation in the offseason.

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Dominic Thiem Denies Allegation He ‘Misled’ Former Coach

A war of words has broken out between the world No.3 and his former long-time mentor Gunther Bresnik.

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Dominic Thiem has stated that he has no intention to publicly disclose the reason as to why he stopped working with his former coach despite recently coming under fire from him.

 

The three-time grand slam finalist has been criticised by Gunther Bresnik, who claims he was ‘misled’ by the world No.3. Bresnik was a key figure in Thiem’s team until last year. Coaching the Austrian throughout his junior and professional career for a 15-year period. He was replaced last April by former Olympic champion Nicolas Massu.

It is unclear as to what was the decisive factor behind the split of a partnership that at one staged looked solid. Thiem met Bresnik at the age of eight when his father applied to work at his academy in Vienna. Under his guidance, he won 11 out of his 15 ATP titles so far in his career.

“Becomes clearer to me with time how things went. It doesn’t make it more aesthetic. There are things I totally don’t understand: honesty, loyalty, values…there was not much left.” Journalist Jannik Schneider quoted Bresnik as saying.
“I have no big problem with it besides the fact that I was misled. You can’t do that to someone that you owe everything. His dad would be a club coach and Dominic a futures player without me.”

The comment has triggered a response from Thiem, who has blasted Bresnik’s suggestion that he wouldn’t have been able to reach the top of the sport without his help. In a statement issued to the Austrian Press Agency (APA), the 26-year-old questioned if his former coach has developed ‘delusions of grandeur.’ A term loosely used to describe a person who believes they are greater than they actually are.

“When he complains about a lack of respect, and says that I owe it all to him, and seriously suggests that I would have been a futures player without him, I have to ask whether he has developed delusions of grandeur.” Said Thiem.

As to the root of the fallout between the two, Thiem is refusing to speak publicly about what happened. Although he denied that Bresnik has been misled in any way.

“I did not part ways with him without a reason,” he stated. “Bresnik knows the reasons and at this time I won’t make them public.”

Since pairing up with Massu, Thiem has enjoyed further success of the tour. During the early stages of their collaboration he won his first Masters 1000 title in Indian Wells last year. Since then, he has gone on to claim another four ATP titles and was runner-up to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open in January.

Thiem is the first player from his country to break into the world’s top three since Thomas Muster back in 1997.

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Jannik Sinner: “My dream is to beat Roger Federer at Wimbledon and win the US Open”

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Jannik Sinner is spending his lockdown period at home in Monte-Carlo where he he is following the training plan of his coach Riccardo Piatti to remain in shape during this uncertain and difficult period caused by the outbreak of Covid -19.

 

“I am working to strengthen my arms and legs at home and I play with the raquet three or four times a week, as the Monte-Carlo Country Club is closed. I spend my time watching many TV series on the computer and I play in online tournaments with Playstation with my friends and make phone calls with my parents. The priority is not tennis, we have to fight against Coronavirus. The come-back to the tennis court will be exciting. Everyone will have more adrenaline. It will be a battle and I like battles.”, said Sinner.

Jannik and his management agency Starwingsports have launch a Pizza Challenge contest to help raise funds to donate vital medical supplies.

“Whilst we are at home in confinement I thought it could be appropriate time to throw a little donation challenge for our country. Myself and my management agency are going to donate vital medical supplies to help Italy through this tough time due to Covid-19. Every photo you guys upload of a Pizza looalike of myself or any Italian figure from the past or present we will donate 10 Euros. Upload a photo of your homemade pizza using SinnerPizzaChallenge to build awareness and hopefully inspire others to donate as they can in order to help us all get through this. If you wish to donate as well free to do so using the link in my bio. It is important we stick together in these times of need I look forward to seeing your photos”.

Sinner is not worried about the prospect of playing Roland Garros one week after the end of the US Open.

“I am 18 years old. I want to play. The more I play, the more I enjoy. I would like to win the US Open. My big dream is to beat Roger Federer at Wimbledon. I hope Federer will play for another year, so our match on the Centre Court is postponed until 2021. I am also inspired by Rafael Nadal. I trained with Rafa in Melbourne. I would like to have his personality. The toughest goal is to play at his level and reach his consistency. The main enemy in tennis is to have rush. My coach Riccardo Piatti knows that I am ambitious, but he asks me to be patient. I will stay patient”

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Tour Suspension A ‘Dire And Bleak’ Situation For Players, Warns Johanna Konta

The world No.14 also comments on the decision to move the French Open to September.

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British No.1 Johanna Konta admits that any system put into place to financially support players in the wake of the tour suspension will only have a ‘minimal’ effect.

 

Tennis is currently at a standstill due to the Covid-19 pandemic with doubts cast over when play will resume again. As a consequence, many players are looking into alternative ways to generate an income. Unlike team sports where athletes have a contract, those in the world of tennis are essentially self-employed. Meaning they will only earn money in the sport if they play at tournaments. Although the top players have the luxury of endorsements to also support them.

Weighing in on the situation, Konta has described it as ‘fire and bleak.’ She is one out of 90 female players to have made more than $100,000 in prize money this year before the tour was suspended. Her current earnings for the season stands at $105,703.

“The reality is that there is no tennis player earning any money right now; all the tennis players have taken a 100 per cent salary cut,” Konta told The Evening Standard.
“Everyone is trying to find the best way possible to stand by a team and support the people you work with and feel close to while not bankrupting yourself.
“[A support system] is being worked on right now, but the reality is that even if it is possible – and let’s hope it is – it’s going to be very minimal.
“It’s a very bleak and dire situation especially for the lower ranked players.”

In light of the financial concerns, world No.371 Sofia Shapatava recently set up an online petition on change.org calling for support from the ITF, WTA and ATP. More than 1300 people have signed the petition.

“I started the petition to help tennis players to be heard by ITF, after I talked to many of the people I know and about their plans for the next three months, I realised that some people won’t even be able to have food,” Shapatava told the AFP News Agency.
“My problem is that my sport will die as it is, it will die, because players who are ranked lower then 150th in the world will not be able to play.”

In comparison to Konta, Georgian player Shapatava has made $2,896 so far this season. That works out as 0.09% of what prize money leader Sofia Kenin has made ($3,012,043). Kenin is one of four players to earn more than a million in 2020 on the women’s tour. The other are Garbine Muguruza, Simona Halep and Ash Barty.

The WTA have said they are looking into the possibility of extending this year’s calendar is order to provide players with more earning opportunities when the sport resumes.

French open approach disappointing

Konta has also criticised the French Tennis Federation (FFT) over their management of the French Open. Officials at the FFT recently announced that the major would be delayed until September due to the Covid-19 outbreak. A move that caught many off guard, including some governing bodies. Konta reached the semi-finals of the French Open last year after previously losing in the first round four times in a row.

“It’s a really sad situation and it’s very disappointing for them to release their decision in the way that they did,” she said.
“It’s not the act itself, but the manner which was disappointing to everybody in the tennis community. It’s left a sour taste in a lot of people’s mouths.”

Lionel Maltés is the economic director of the FFT. He has defended their approach to the situation by saying the organisation had no choice but to act. Arguing that their (the FFT) first priority is French tennis. The controversy surrounding the date change is that it will take place a week after the US Open ends. Leaving players with little chance to prepare for the switch of surfaces.

“The decision was not made overnight, it was far from an outburst. We had been clear for some time that it was going to be impossible to play the tournament on the established dates and we knew we had to do something.” Maltés recently told French newspaper L’Equipe.
“There was no hint of conversation collective with the other Grand Slams so we did the only thing we had to do for French tennis. Don’t doubt that Wimbledon and US Open would have made the same decision if they could. In fact, other tournaments have backed us up by saying they understood us and that if they had been in our position, they would have done the same.
“We were aware that we would be highly criticized for this, but the safeguard of French tennis is above all,” he added.

The French Open was scheduled to run from 24 May to 7 June. Officials are now hoping that the tournament will start on September 20th.

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