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Christmas Gifts For Tennis Players

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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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Dominic Thiem rallies from one set down against Roberto Bautista Agut to reach the final at Thiem’s 7 in Kitzbuhel

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Dominic Thiem came back from losing the first set to beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 6-2 en route to reaching the final at the Thiem’s 7 tournament. Thiem earned two breaks in the third and fifth games to race out to a 4-1 lead. Bautista Agut got both breaks back in the sixth and eighth games to draw level to 4-4 forcing the match to the tie-break. The Spanish player won the tie-break 7-5 to take the opening set.

 

Thiem slowly found his rhythm again in the second set and earned two break points in the fourth game but he was not able to convert them. The home star dropped only two points on his serve until the end of the second set and converted two of the three break points to clinch the second set 6-2.

Thiem earned a break in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead and held on his next service games. The tournament organizer sealed the third set 6-2 with his double break with a blistering return on the match point in the eighth game securing his spot in the final. Thiem will face either Andrey Rublev or Matteo Berrettini in the final.

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Former Roland Garros champions and five top 20 players to highlight a great edition of the Ladies Open in Palermo

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The Ladies Open WTA International in Palermo will be the first tournament to be held next August since last February.

 

The Italian tournament will feature a great line-up which includes two confirmed past Roland Garros champions Svetlana Kuznetsova and Jelena Ostapenko and five top 20 players. There is a good chance that 2018 French Open and 2019 Wimbledon champion Simona Halep could be added in the field.

“We are glad about Simona Halep’s great interest in Palermo Ladies Open. We will be waiting for her at the Country Club for an historic edition of the Palermo tournament. We have been in contact with Halep’s manager for some time. We have been talking for days about her potential participation in Palermo. She is one of the best players in the world and her presence would contribute to make an already high-level tournament extrahordinary. We will leave our doors open to her for as long as possible, as well as for other top ten players that will want to resume their season in Palermo”, said tournament’s CEO Oliviero Palma.

The other stars who have signed up to the Ladies Open are 2019 Roland Garros champion Marketa Vondrousova, two Grand Slam semifinalists Elise Mertens (2018 Australian Open) and Anastasija Sevastova (2018 US Open), Aryna Sabalenka (winner at the Wuhan Open in 2018 and 2019, WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai in 2019 and Doha in 2020) and Elina Rybakina (winner in Hobart and finalist in St. Petersburg and Dubai in 2020), Dayana Yastremska (winner of three tournaments in Hong Kong in 2018, Thailand and Strasbourg in 2019).

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Lorenzo Sonego and Liudmila Samsonova lift the titles in Perugia

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Lorenzo Sonego and Liudmila Samsonova won the Zzz Quill Tennis Tour in Perugia. Sonego followed up his Italian title won the previous week in Todi with a 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 win over Croatia’s Viktor Galovic (world number 269 and number 7 seed) in the final of the Perugia tournament.

 

“Galovic started very well. It was difficult to adjust to his game and improve during the match. I maintained the right attitude and I managed to win the title. I enjoyed two fantastic weeks in Todi and Perugia. This confirmed my good work in training in the past two weeks. I gave my best and I am confident for the rest of the season”, said Sonego.

World number 117 Liudmila Samsonova won the women’s title came back from one set down to beat world number 307 Stefania Rubini 4-6 6-4 7-6 (8-6) in the women’s final after saving two match points.

“I won a very tough final with a lot of ups and downs. I am happy that I played many matches. It was one of my goals on the eve of the tournament. I showed that I am able to keep the level of my tennis high, when I play focused”, said Samsonova.   

 

 

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