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For Elina Svitolina, Sharing A Coach With Tsonga Is A winning Combination

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Elina Svitolina (zimbio.com)

Having a coach who you can only see during certain parts of the year and spends their time with somebody else might deter some, but not Elina Svitolina.

 

The current setup of her support team is an intriguing one. On the tour she is guided by France’s Thierry Ascione. A former top 100 player that turned to coaching after retirement. Ascoine isn’t just exclusive for Svitolina, he is also the mentor of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. An arrangement that has been in place for almost a year. In May Ascione was confirmed as Svitolina’s key mentor following the departure of Gabriel Urpi.

“This was actually the idea when I stopped with Iain Hughes. I wanted someone not full-time. I just wanted to stay really focused on what I have to do on the court, stay little bit, like, away from someone talking always on the court,” she told reporters in Dubai.
“Last year, it really worked well.”

It has hard to criticise Svitolina’s approach. 2017 saw her lift five titles on the women’s tour, including a trio of Premier tournaments. The most won by a female player that year. Her achievements resulted in Svitolina becoming the first player from her country to break into the top three of the WTA rankings at the age of 23.

Travelling the world, she is supported by hitting partner and second coach Andrew Bettles. A former British junior player that failed to break into the professional tour. Tasked with monitoring the progression of the world No.4, he is just 18 months older than her.

“I have Andy always with me, Andrew. He’s a second coach and hitting partner. Yeah, I have a fitness coach back in London. I’m looking for a physio now who can travel. It’s not so easy to find one who can actually travel every week with me.” She explains.
“But with Thierry, it’s always Jo who has the first say. I’m not the main person there. Just when he’s free, I go to Paris. If Jo is not taking him that week, I have the chance to work with him.”

Svitolina defeated Naomi Osaka 6-2, 6-4, in her quarter-final match at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Thursday. She will take on two-time grand slam champion Angelique Kerber next.

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Dominic Thiem beats Andrey Rublev in a high-quality match at Thiem’s tournament in Kitzbuhel

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Dominic Thiem beat Andrey Rublev 7-5 6-4 in a high-quallty match to take the lead in his round-robin group at Thiem’s tournament in Kitzbuhel.

 

Thiem converted his fourth break point chance at deuce in the first game of the second set to take a 1-0 lead. Rublev broke back in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Thiem earned his second break at 15 to win the first set 7-5.

The Austrian player converted his only break point in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and saved Rublev’s only break point chance to seal the second set 6-4 on his third match point.

The 2020 Australian Open finalisti s the only player in his group with two wins.

Dennis Novak bounced back from the defeat in his opening match with a 6-1 6-4 win over Karen Khachanov.

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Rafael Nadal casts doubts about travelling to New York for the US Open and commits to the Madrid Mutua Open

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Rafael Nadal has cast doubts about travelling to New York to play at the US Open and could not defend the title he won last year. The 19-time Grand Slam champion has confirmed that he will play at the Madrid Mutua Open, which will be held from 12 to 20 September one week after the US Open. The Madrid Mutua Open and the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome are the two clay Masters 1000 tournaments leading to the French Open, which will be held from 27th September to 11th October 2020.

 

“Rafael has confirmed his participation in Madrid. I talked to my friend Rafael Nadal and has confirmed his participation in Madrid next September. We wait for you as always with open arms in the Magic Box”, said Madrid tournament director Feliciano Lopez.

Last year Nadal won his fourth title in New York and the 19th Grand Slam trophy of his career beating Danil Medvedev in five sets. He also won 12 Roland Garros titles, two Wimbledon titles and the Australian Open once.

Novak Djokovic, who has tested positive for coronavirus during the Adria Tour, has not committed to play the US Open.

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Matteo Berrettini beats Roberto Bautista Agut to take the lead in his round robin group at the Thiem’s 7 tournament in Kitzbuhel

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Matteo Berrettini beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4 6-3 to take the lead in the Soccer Coin round-robin group at the Thiem’s 7 in Kitzbuhel.

 

Both players earned two break points in the opening set, but they held their serve in the first sixth games. Berrettini converted his second break point chance in the seventh game to take a 4-3. The 2019 US Open semifinalist saved two break points in his next two service games to close out the first set 6-4.

The second set went on serve in the first four games. Berrettini earned two break points and did not face a single break point chance in the second set. The Italian player broke serve in the fifth game at love to take a 3-2 lead. The world number 8 player went up a double break in the ninth game to clinch the second set 6-3.

With two wins in the first two matches Berrettini will face Karen Khachanov in the third and final match of the round robin group. Berrettini hit five aces and won 71% of his first serve points.

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