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Eugenie Bouchard To Try ‘New Approach’ Following Decline In Form

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Former Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard has vowed to not be disheartened by her critics after what has been a difficult season.

 

Since the start of the year, the Canadian has fallen outside the top 50 to a current position of 79th in the world. Bouchard has failed to win back-to-back matches in a tournament since her run to the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open in May. In recent weeks she has also been forced to miss the start of the Asian swing after catching a virus during the US Open, where she lost in the first round to Russia’s Evgeniya Rodina.

Bouchard will be seeking better fortunes next week at the Hong Kong Open. The tournament is set to feature five top-20 players with Elina Svitolina being the top seed. Venus Williams and defending champion Caroline Wozniacki are also participating.

“I’m looking forward to playing some good tennis and sweating a lot. I spent a lot of time training in Florida where it’s pretty similar conditions so hopefully that will help me out.” Bouchard told reporters in Hong Kong.

Unseeded in the draw, the 23-year-old is hoping to end the season on a high note. Recently she parted ways with coach Thomas Hogstedt, who has been mentoring her since 2016. Now looking for somebody to replace the Swede, Bouchard plans to take a new ‘mental approach’ to her game as she seeks to return back to her best. She has been ranked as high as fifth back in 2014.

“I’m just continuing to work hard and I want to try to approach it mentally a little bit differently and be a bit more relaxed, not put so much pressure on myself about winning matches and not being so concerned about what people say,” she explained.
“There’s always a lot you can improve and it’s the magic question of finding out what’s going wrong that you need to change to become a better player and improve your ranking.”

The goal for the rest of the year does not involve how well the Canadian performs in tournaments. For Bouchard the priority lies with her personal wellbeing in the sport.

“I just want to end the season enjoying being on the court and enjoying competing and whatever happens will happen.” She concluded.

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Away from the court, Bouchard also revealed that she is still texting the person who she went on a high-profile date with. Earlier this year, Bouchard went on a blind date with John Goehrke after losing a bet with him on Twitter. She said she would go on a date with Goehrke if the New England Patriots fought back to win the Super Bowl, which they did.

“You’re not going to believe this, but he texted me this morning. The past couple of days we have been texting. We keep in contact once in a while,” Said Bouchard.
“It got so much more attention than anyone expected, I was literally on my couch on Twitter thinking nothing of it and then it blew up into this huge thing.”

She gave no indication about if the two would meet again during the off-season.

 

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Year-End No.1 Not A Priority For Rafael Nadal, Says Murray

Murray spoke about his rival as he gives a update on his current form.

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Three-time grand slam champion Andy Murray believes rival Rafael Nadal is not focusing on the prospect of ending the season as world No.1.

 

Murray spoke about the big three during an extensive interview with The Times. A group compromising of Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. The Brit is currently on the comeback from hip resurfacing surgery and recently reached the quarter-finals of the China Open. His best run on the ATP Tour so far this season. Currently ranked 289th in the world, Murray admits that he still has a way to go to the top. However, the 32-year-old is drawing inspiration from some of his rivals.

“If I do get up there, I’m not going to be focusing on ranking targets. You look at what Roger [Federer], Rafa [Nadal] and I guess Novak [Djokovic], to a certain extent, are doing to give themselves a chance to play longer.” Murray told The Times.
“Right now, Rafa could be fighting to finish number one in the world and it’s not a priority for him. I would like to be competitive in the big events against the best players. I’m not there yet, but I’m closer than I was a month ago, and much closer than a couple of months ago,” he said.

Nadal is currently closing in on the world No.1 spot despite not playing since winning the US Open. On Monday Djokovic’s lead over him will be reduced to 320 points after the Serbian lost in the third round of the Shanghai Masters. Then on November 4th he is guaranteed to return to the top spot before the ATP Finals. Even more significant is that Nadal has no ranking points to defend for the rest of the season compared to 1600 for Djokovic.

Murray’s comments on Nadal echoes what the Spaniard has previously said. During the US Open in September, the king of clay stated that returning to the top was ‘not his main goal’ with his health being top priority.

“I don’t compete for it. I just do my way. If I am able to be No.1 doing it my way, great. But I always say the same: today is not my main goal.” He explained.
“Of course, it’s great to be in that fight. But for me personally, it’s not really a fight. I just try be competitive the weeks that I need to compete, or the weeks that I want to compete.’
“With my age and with my goals, I cannot lose energy or time to follow the No.1. I need to think about my career in a different way.
‘For me, my main goal is play as long as possible and compete, being competitive. Sometimes if you need to follow the No.1, you are going to lose years of your career.”

Nadal is set to return to action in November at the Paris Masters. Meanwhile, Murray returns to the court tomorrow at the European Open where he will play Kimmer Coppejans in the first round.

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Juan Martin Del Potro Scraps Comeback Plans, But Has Good News

Details concerning the current health of the Argentina has been released.

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The return of Juan Martin del Potro to the tour will not take place this year following medical advice issued to the former US Open champion.

 

Del Potro has been sidelined from action since the Fever-Tree Championships in June. At the tournament the Argentine suffered a fall on the court and injured his knee. He re-fractured his right patella in what was an almost identical scenario to the end of last year for the injury-stricken player.

It was hoped that the 31-year-old would be returning to action at tournaments in Stockholm, Sweden and Vienna, Austria later this year. However, those plans have now been changed. Meaning his 2019 season has come to an end.

“Juan Martin del Potro visited the Mapfre de Mecidina del Tenis Clinic in Barcelona,” a statement published by Del Potro’s management reads.
“After some tests, including on-court exercises supervised by Dr. Angel Ruiz Cotorro, the right knee was shown great signs of a solid recovery.
“Now they will be able to take the next step in the recovery stage and create a rehabilitation program that is more intense with the goal to make Juan Martin competing again as soon as possible.
“Despite Juan Martin’s wishes, he has been recommended not to compete in October and continue with the current plan.”

Del Potro has been hampered by injuries throughout his career. Over a two-year period (2014-2015) he underwent four surgeries on his wrists. Since 2010, he has missed more than three years on the tour due to his physical struggles.

Injury timeline
-Jan-Sep 10: right wrist (8 months)
-Feb-Jan 14-15: Left wrist (11 months)
-Mar-Feb 15-16: left wrist (11 months)
-Oct-Feb 18-19: right knee (4 months)
-Feb-Apr 19: right knee (2 months)
-June 19 – now right knee (5 months*)
*ongoing injury

Del Potro closes the year out by playing in just five tournaments. Winning eight out of 12 matches played. He reached the quarter-finals of events in Delray Beach and Rome, as well as the fourth round of the French Open.

The next public glimpse of Del Potro on the tennis court is likely to take place in November. He is set to take on Roger Federer in an exhibition match held in Buenos Aires. Their clash will take place at the The Parque Roca Stadium.

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Teenage Sensation Coco Gauff Reach New Milestone And Is Hungry For More

It is turning out to be a quite a tournament for the American lucky loser.

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Coco Gauff’s maiden experience at the Linz Open in Austria is one that comprises of both disappointment and jubilation.

 

It looked like it was all over for the 15-year-old in qualifying after she lost in the second round to Germany’s Tamara Korpatsch. However, she was given a second chance after receiving a lucky loser place in the main draw. A chance Gauff has triumphantly capitalized on with a straight-sets win over Stefanie Vogele in the opening round. Then on Wednesday she sealed her place in her first ever WTA quarter-final after Ukrainian world No.83 Kateryna Kozlova retired in the third set of their match.

The latest win has enabled Gauff to once again rewrite the record books. She is the youngest player to reach the last eight of a WTA tournament in 14 years.

It’s a good accomplishment, and hopefully I can continue to push that to the semifinals.Gauff reacted to her latest milestone.
“I guess that I’m used to being the youngest to do a lot of things, and I hope that I can continue to do that and enjoy my youth years, because as everyone tells me, it doesn’t last long.”

Perhaps even more significant is that the latest run has secured Gauff’s debut in the top 100. An enormous rise for a player who was ranked 685th at the start of this year. She is the youngest player to breaking into the top 100 since Sesil Karatantcheva back in 2005. To put that into context, this week the youngest player in the top 100 is 18-year-old Amanda Anisimova.

“It’s been a goal of mine. In January of this year, I sent a message to my friend saying I wanted to finish Top 100, and at the time I was ranked, like, 800, so it was a far-fetched goal, but I’m glad that I was able to accomplish it,” she said.
“My other goal was to get in the main draw of two Grand Slams, and that happened, so I’m glad that I accomplished everything that I wanted this year.”

Gauff made headlines earlier this year with a shock run to the fourth round of the Wimbledon Championships as a qualifier. It was at the tournament where she recorded her first ever win over a top 10 player by defeating Venus Williams in the first round. A couple months later she also reached the third round of the US Open before losing to Naomi Osaka. Due to her age, Gauff is currently restricted to how many tournaments she is allowed to play within a 12-month period.

Awaiting the teenager in Linz next will be either top seed Kiki Bertens or Alison Van Uytvanck.

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