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(Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic – photo via zimbio.com)

It might be a busy day for the big man from the North Pole, but he invariably finds time for his good children down below in the World. Now, whether our tennis stars, have been good or they not over the past year is something only Santa knows, but one thing’s for sure – everyone wants a gift for Christmas.

 

Here is what our favorite stars really need this year for Christmas, just before the 2018 season kicks off.

Roger Federer

Nothing: Well, not because he’s not been good this year, on the contrary, because he has been extremely good. No one gets to be absolutely perfect, so, Federer doesn’t get a gift this time around.

Rafael Nadal

A Brand new pair of Knees: After winning his 10th Roland Garros crown and a third US Open title in the summer, all Rafa needed to do was to sustain that form during the Asian leg of the tour, then at the Paris Masters and the ATP Finals in London. But a knee injury meant that he pulled out of the ATP’s year-end championships at the end of the season. So the perfect Christmas present for the Spaniard would be a brand new pair of knees. A new pair of them would certainly make Nadal a huge contender for the GOAT.

Novak Djokovic

Self Belief Potion: It was undoubtedly a difficult year for the Serb, but the 12-time Grand Slam champion wrapped up the season by hiring a new team, including Radek Stepanek and Andre Agassi. He lost all his titles to either Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer, and that is something that the former World No. 1 can ill afford. Djokovic needs to answer the questions regarding his elbow sooner than later to continue to dominate on the men’s tour.

Maria Sharapova

No Controversy and a Boyfriend: Those are the only two things that Sharapova lacks at the moment. The Russian just has to get rid of all the controversies surrounding her since her return to the WTA tour after serving a 15-month doping ban. Off the court, Sharapova is easily the most eligible girl in the tennis circuit. Yet somehow, she has a problem in finding a stable boyfriend. Hopefully Maria will get some Sugarpova in 2018 ;).

Andy Murray

A new Hip: Murray’s struggles with a hip injury started right at the beginning of the year. He was eventually forced to shut down his season after Wimbledon following a loss to Sam Querrey in the quarterfinals. Since then speculation has mounted over the alleged status of his fitness, with new reports emerging that he may not be able to compete at next month’s Australian Open because he is yet to recover fully from his hip problem. A new hip would definitely do wonders for his confidence.

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Iga Swiatek To Quarantine After Close Contact With Polish President

Iga Swiatek will quarantine after being in close contact with the Polish President, who tested positive for COVID-19.

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Iga Swiatek will quarantine for a few days after Polish President Andrzej Duda tests positive for COVID-19.

 

The recent Roland Garros champion met the Polish President a few days ago after achieving a historic sporting moment for Poland.

Becoming the first Polish Grand Slam tennis champion in singles warranted a huge congratulations from Political and historical leaders as the 19 year-old prepares for life under the spotlight.

However this morning, Swiatek announced that she will now undergo quarantine after coming into close contact with the Polish President, who tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement on Twitter in Polish, Swiatek stated, “Neither I nor my teammates have symptoms of the Coronavirus,” the Pole said.

“We perform tests regularly. In accordance with the applicable procedures, we are quarantined. We will repeat the tests in three days. We wish you a lot of health, take care.”

Although tests are negative so far, the incubation period is 10 days so Swiatek will have to quarantine until then.

One bit of good news for Swiatek, is she got to meet her idol Rafael Nadal via a zoom call.

Swiatek, who idolised Nadal when she was younger, met Nadal as she talked about her 2021 preparations and winning Roland Garros.

No doubt the 19 year-old will be eager to meet Nadal in Australia as she looks to win more grand slams next year.

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Jelena Ostapenko cruises into the second round with a straight-set win over Petra Martic in Ostrava

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Former Roland Garros champion and world number 44 Jelena Ostapenko cruised past number 5 seed Petra Martic 6-3 6-1 after 57 minutes to reach the second round at J&T Banka Ostrava Open. 

 

Martic won her previous two head-to-head matches against Ostapenko at Indian Wells in 2018 and in Birmingham in 2019. 

Ostapenko has scored her milestone 20th career over a top-20 rival. The Latvian player hit 30 winners to 15 unforced errors. 

Martic got an early break in the first game and consolidated it with a hold of serve to take a 2-0 lead. Ostapenko saved two break points and held serve for 1-2 before breaking serve with a forehand passing shot in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. The Latvian player reeled off five consecutive games to open up a 5-2 lead. Martic held serve to claw her way back to 3-5. Ostapenko served out the set at love. Ostapenko hit 20 winners to 10 unforced errors. 

Ostapenko got an early break with a forehand crosscourt winner. The 2017 French Open champion went up a double break and hit a series of forehand winners to race out to a 4-0 lead extending her winning streak to five consecutive games. Martic held serve in the fifth game to close the gap to 1-4. Ostapenko held serve easily to build up a 5-1 lead with a crosscourt backhand winner. In the next game Ostapenko earned two match points, as Martic hit the netcord with a dropshot and closed out the match with a forehand down the line. 

“I think I played really well well today. I just got used to playing the first couple of games, but then I played really well and I did not give her any chances to play her game, and I made so many winners. I played very smart and also used dropshots and mixed it up a little bit, which helped me, but in the deciding moments I was still aggressive. I knew Martic was going to make a lot of balls in play and I would have to be very focused and very consistent to beat her”, said Ostapenko. 

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Maria Sakkari reaches her third quarter final of the season in Ostrava

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Maria Sakkari got through to her third quarter final of the season after beating Elina Svitolina 6-3 6-3 at the J&T Banka Open in Ostrava with five breaks and 32 winners. 

 

Sakkari has already reached two quarter finals in 2020 in St. Petersburg and at the Western and Southern Open in New York and scored the fourth win of her career against a top 5 player. 

Sakkari went up a 3-0 lead with a double break. Svitolina pulled one of the two breaks back in the fourth game to claw his way back to 1-3. Sakkari converted his third break point in the eighth game to win the first set 6-3. 

Svitolina earned her first break in the third game of the second set to take a 2-1 lead. Sakkari battled to deuce four times and converted her third break points in a marathon fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Sakkari earned another brek to open up a 5-3 lead to close out the match after 1 hour and 16 minutes. 

“Obviously winning against a player like Elina, the way I played I think that made me happy today. I think playing like me gives me a lot of confidence. Getting another top 5 win is very important for me. When I was starting my career, I had people telling me that I cannot play indoors. I think it was a big mistake listening to them. I have beaten very good indoor players in St. Petersburg and here in Ostrava. I have developed my game in a way that I can now be dangerous indoor sas well. My serve is big, and I am playing a little bit more aggressive. So I am super happy. I have proved these people wrong”, said Sakkari.

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