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Bernard Tomic Offered ‘Health and Wellbeing’ Support After Lacklustre Season

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The director of the Australian Open, Craig Tiley, has reached out to Bernard Tomic as the former top 20 player faces uncertainty about playing in the first grand slam of the 2018 season.

 

Tomic, who has won three ATP titles during his career, has fallen over 100 places in the Emirates rankings since January. Overall, he has won 10 out of 29 matches played and has managed to reach two ATP quarter-finals this year in Istanbul and Eastbourne. Since Wimbledon, he has won only one main draw match at the Tokyo Open.

Currently ranked 145th in the world, Tomic is in danger of missing the main draw of the Australian Open for the first time since 2008. He will be hoping to receive a wildcard for the event. If not, he will have to go through qualifying.

In the midst of his lull in form, Tennis Australia has offered to provide support to Tomic if he wishes to receive any.  He has been ranked as high as 17th in the world and is a former Wimbledon quarter-finalist from 2011.

“We have reached out to Bernie from a health and wellbeing point of view and it’s up to him to respond,” Tiley told The Sydney Morning Herald. “As far as a wildcard, it’s pretty early, and Lleyton (Hewitt) and Wally (Masur) will make that call and we will defer to what their decision is.
“He has been talking to Lleyton. We have been reaching out to him … he is in a tough place right now. His ranking has dropped and he is struggling – we have all seen it. Our job as a federation is to make sure we have a team of people there to support beyond tennis and that is where we are at.”

The offer of help from Tennis Australia has been met with a muted response so far from Tomic’s team. Once a rising star, Tomic has struggled for consistency in recent months. During the Wimbledon championships, he was fined £11,600 for unsportsmanlike conduct following a series of controversial remarks during his press conference. The fallout also resulted in him losing his sponsorship with Head.

“Bernie … we know the talent he has. He has certainly shown it out here. Obviously, it’s his goals, it’s his career, it’s his objectives – we are going to provide whatever opportunity we can to provide him with the health and wellbeing support,” stated Tiley.

Davis Cup captain Hewitt had previously urged Tomic to ‘work harder’ on the tour. The former world No.1 expressed frustration over his decision to skip the Davis Cup in 2017, but is not giving up hope about a future revival in Tomic’s career.

“I think the tennis community, especially Tennis Australia, would really love him to get back there because he’s a quality top-20, top-25 player easily and his goal should be to try and get into the top 10 some day.” Hewitt said in October.

Tomic will end his season outside the world’s top 100 for the first time since 2010.

 

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Dominic Thiem, Diego Schwarzman, Guido Pella and Matteo Berrettini lead the field in Buenos Aires

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Three of the four semifinalists from last year’edition Diego Schwartzman, Dominic Thiem and Guido Pella will return to the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club for the 2020 edition of the ATP 250 Tournament in Buenos Aires. The line-up also features this year’s US Open semifinalist Matteo Berrettini, who recently qualified for the London Nitto ATP Finals.

 

Thiem won two editions of the Buenos Aires in 2016 and 2018 and reached the semifinal last year. Schwartzman lost last year’s final against Marco Cecchinato after beating Thiem in the semifinal after 2 hours and a half.

Guido Pella will play in the main draw in Buenos Aires for the eighth consecutive year. The Argentine player won his first ATP title in Sao Paulo on indoor clay and reached the final in Cordoba, the semifinal in Buenos Aires, the quarter finals in Monte-Carlo, Barcelona, Munich, Wimbledon and Antwerp.

The list of past winners in Buenos Aires features Gustavo Kuerten, Carlos Moya, Guillermo Coria, Gaston Gaudio, David Nalbandian, Tommy Robredo, Juan Carlos Ferrero, David Ferrer, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem.

 

 

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Fabio Fognini: “Italian tennis is growing”

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Fabio Fognini enjoyed the best season of his career in 2019 winning his first Masters 1000 title in Monte-Carlo against Dusan Lajovic after beating Alexander Zverev in the quarter final and Rafael Nadal in the semifinal. He became the first Italian player to win an ATP Masters 1000 title and the first Italian to reach the top 10 since Corrado Barazzutti in 1979. The Italian player also reached the quarter finals in Hamburg, Los Cabos, Montreal, Beijing and Shanghai.

 

Fognini revealed during an interview with Italian sport channel Sky Sport that he has started his training for the 2020 season in Rome under the guidance of Corrado Barazzutti.

“I have started practising again only a few days ago. I am pretty tired also because I took some time off after the Davis Cup. I was with my family and now I am back on the tennis court. Corrado Barazzutti is coaching me. I am happy because we trust a lot each other. The main thing is to train well. I will spend Christmas with my family since my second child will come and then I will try to start in a proper way in Australia ”.

The World number 12 star looked back at a great season for Italian tennis, which was highlighted by the US Open semifinal reached by Matteo Berrettini, the triumph of Jannik Sinner at the Next Gen ATP Final in Milan and Lorenzo Musetti’s win in the Australian Open Junior tournament.

“We had a magical year in Italy. Everything started with Marco Cecchinato’s French Open semifinals in 2018. Then I won in Monte-Carlo, Matteo Berrettini reached the US Open semifinals and he cracked the top ten. We have very promising younger guys like Jannik Sinner and Lorenzo Musetti. The men’s Italian tennis is growing. I am sorry for how it went in the Davis Cup as we failed to reach the quarter finals. Now it’s time to recharge batteries and be ready for the Australian Open”.

 

Fognini is likely to miss the ATP Cup in Australia, because his wife Flavia Pennetta will be due to give birth to their child, and will start his season in Auckland one week before the Australian Open.

 

 

 

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Anna-Lena Groenefeld announces the end of her career

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Anna-Lena Groenefeld has ended her career to start a family. The 34-year-old German player started her professional career in 2003 after becoming the first German player since 1957 to win the Junior French Open and the junior world number 1 in both singles and doubles disciplines.

 

Groenefeld won a WTA singles title in Acapulco in 2006 beating Flavia Pennetta in Acapulco and advanced the quarter finals at the French Open in the same year. She achieved the best results of her career in doubles reaching her career-high of number 7, qualified seven Grand Slam semifinals at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open and won two mixed doubles titles at Wimbledon 2009 and at the US Open 2014. Groenefeld reached three Premier 5 doubles finals in Rome, Toronto and Cincinnati and the semifinals in her farewell tournament at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen with her partner Demi Schuurs.

Groenefeld announced on social media:

“This little girl had dreams. For the last 18 years, she was able to live one of them. Now it’s time to hopefully fulfil another dream of having a family. I want to say thank you to everyone, who was by my side through all those years in the ups and downs. My family, friends and all of you who followed and supported me all those years. Thank you”.

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