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Radek Stepanek Stays Silent Amid Rumours Of Coaching Partnership With Djokovic

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Newly retired Radek Stepanek has said he is in the process of finding ’the right path’ as speculation about a potential collaboration with Novak Djokovic mounts.

The 38-year-old announced his retirement from professional tennis last week after 21 years on the tour. During his career, the Czech rose to a high of eighth in the world and won five ATP titles. In the doubles, he won a total of 15 titles, including two at grand slam level. Stepanek has been marred by injury problems within recent years with the back becoming his most recent problem.

“I have fought until my last breath but it’s time to go now,” he said about his retirement.

No longer a player, there is a chance that the former world No.8 could be making a return back to the tour soon, but as a coach. Earlier this year Serbian media reported that he was a contender to join Novak Djokovic’s coaching team. Djokovic is currently guided by Andre Agassi, who is balancing the role with other commitments he has.

Darren Cahill, who is Simona Halep’s mentor, recently confirmed that he has discussed the idea with Agassi. According to Cahill, who was commentating for ESPN, Stepanek’s potential role could see him managing Djokovic during the non-grand slam weeks of the year.

There has been no official word regarding the potential appointment of Stepanek, who didn’t mention the role in an interview with Idnes.cz. Asked about what his plans for the future were, he said he would take his time to think about what to do next.

“Now for a few days I’ll disappear. And I think what I’ll do next.” Said Stepanek. “For years, I hurried from the match to the hotel, from the hotel to the airport. I was in a hurry. Now I have plenty of time to find the right way forward (for me).”

The prospect of the two working together would come as no surprise. Earlier in the year Djokovic described the Czech as one of his ‘best friends’ on the tour. Praising him for his longevity on the tour. Stepanek was also once named as a potential coach for Nick Kyrgios.

“We know each other well. We practise many times. Great guy. Very interesting guy.” Djokovic said in January.

Stepanek has also insisted that he will not change his mind about retirement. Branding his decision as ‘irreversible.’

“No. I can imagine myself playing an an exhibition (match). But not back on the professional tour. I am convinced that my decision is irreversible.” He said about retirement.

With there being no timeframe set out, it remains to be seen is Stepanek will join forces with the Serbian. Djokovic will start his 2018 season at the Doha Open. The tournament will start on January 1st.

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Rafael Nadal joins star-studded Rotterdam field

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World number 2 and 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal will return to Rotterdam to play at the 48th edition of the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament from 1 to 7 March 2021. 

 

Nadal joins a star-studded line-up which already features 2020 ATP Finals champion Danil Medvedev three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka, 2014 US Open finalist Kei Nishikori, 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals champion and 2020 Sofia ATP 250 Tour winner Jannik Sinner. 

Nadal made his debut in Rotterdam in 2008 but he lost to Italy’s Andreas Seppi in the second round. One year later the Spanish legend lost to Andy Murray in the final. 

Nadal claimed his 13th Roland Garros title and his 20th Grand Slam trophy last year tying Roger Federer for most Grand Slam men’s singles titles. He was ranked in top 10 for record 800 consecutive weeks from 25 April 2003, including 209 total weeks as World number 1 following 160 consecutive weeks as world number 2. He earned his 1000th career win in Paris 2020 and boasts most ATP Masters 1000 match victories (389) and second most titles, including 11 in Monte-Carlo, 9 in Rome and 5 in Madrid. He joined André Agassi as the first to male players to complete career Grand Slam and win Olympic gold medals in singles in Beijing 2008 and in doubles in Rio de Janeiro 2016 alongside his compatriot Marc Lopez.   

“What applied to his debut in 2008 in the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, still applies. Rafa is again in second place in the ATP Rankings. That shows how unique it is. Non-stop in the top 10 since April 2005. There is no one who will be close to this, or will match him for a long time to come. We had annual contact about him playing in Rotterdam, but it did not fit into the schedule. Now that the season looks different in terms of planning, he was open to coming back to Rotterdam. Of course we seized the opportunity. It would be great if we could add to our Ring of Champions next March. It’s no secret that Nadal is one of my all-time favourite players. The intensity he brings to the court is unparalled. His fighting spirit in combination with his unique technique is an example for everyone. The fact that he returns to Rotterdam after so many years makes it extra special, of course”, said Tournament Director and former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek. 

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Alejandro Davidovich Fokina decides to skip the Australian Open

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Alejandro Davidovich Fokina decided to skip the Australian Open after being tested to covid-19. Fokina is asymptomatic, while his coach had minor symptoms. The young Spanish player should have faced 14 days of quarantine before training for three days ahead of the Australian Open, but decided to focus on the European Indoor tournaments. His season will start with two Challenger tournaments. Davidovich Fokina reached the semifinal in Estoril in 2019 as qualifier and the fourth round at the US Open in 2020 at the age of 21. 

 

“My coach and I tested positive to Covid-19 14 days ago and could not get on our plane to Melbourne last Thursday. Jorge had minor symptoms and I was practically asymptomatic. We have thought that even with the possibility of travelling in the next three days, having to do another 14-day quarantine, training three days and playing to the best of five sets could be dangerous and harmful for the rest of the season because the probability of injury is very high. We will try to obtain some wild cards to play at two challengers and start getting the rhythm and shape to face the European Indoor Tour the best way possible. On one hand I feel very sad because I am missing the first Grand Slam of the year but on the other hand I am glad that we have confronted the virus without any complications and I am ready to start training and competing again”, wrote Alejandro Davidovich Fokina on his twitter account. 

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Monte-Carlo postpones the ticket sales for the 2021 edition

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The uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic in Europe forced the tournament management of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters to postpone the start of the ticket sales for the 2021 edition scheduled from 11 to 18 April 2021. 

 

This decision affects Italian and French tennis fans. A large part of the crowd who attend the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters comes from France and Italy. 

The management of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters confirmed that the tournament will be held with a partial presence of the crowd. The 2020 edition of the monegasque tournament was cancelled. 

The tournament management published this brief announcment on its official website: 

“Dear viewers, we remind you that the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters will take place from 10 to 16 April 2021, no doubt with limited public access. Unfortanetely, given the current unfavourable health situation, the opening of our ticket office, which we hoped to keep on 19th January, must be postponed. In any case, we hope to be able to give you positive news shortly, and at the moment we invite to consult our website and our social networks for up-to-date information. We remain confident that we will be able to welcome you to the Monte-Carlo Country Club from 10 April 2021, for the 114th edition of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters”. 

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