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Marina Erakovic Aims To Launch Comeback Alongside Music Career

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After pondering retirement, New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic isn’t just contempt with staging another comeback from injury. She is also in the process of releasing an album.

 

A former top 40 player, the 29-year-old has been hampered by a back injury throughout 2017 and is yet to play on the tour this year. The last time she played a WTA tournament was at the Quebec Open in September where she fell in round two to Alison Van Uytvanck. As a result of her absence, she now finds herself ranked 224th in the world.

“I will not really have a gauge [my return] until I’ve done a few runs over the next couple of weeks,” Erakovic told stuff.co.nz.
“For me, it’s been just rest, my back feels better now, but I’m not travelling or sitting on a plane for a long time.
“This is not a quick fix, it’s taking time and it’s going to be baby steps.”

Despite being sidelined from action, the New Zealand No.1 has managed to keep herself busy. Away from the court, Erakovic enjoys making music. Recently she released a six-song EP call incognito under the name of ‘The Mad Era’ on iTunes and Spotify. Tennis is part of the inspiration for her music. One of her songs, Pleasantville, is inspired by her experiences at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. She has only ever managed to win one main draw match at the tournament in eight attempts.

“It’s about Indian Wells and I wrote that there,” she said.
“I call Indian Wells Pleasantville because everything there is so perfect.
“I would do these songs in my hotel room and would save the projects. I didn’t know what to call them, so I’d always call it after the city I was in.”

Erakovic has no intention to halt her music plans when she returns to the tour. She has already revealed her ambition to launch an album by the end of this year or at the start of the next. As for her musical pseudonym, she chose to have one in order for listeners to judge her solely on the music and not her tennis career.

“That’s probably why I did it the way I did. put it out under a different name,” she explained.
“I wanted to see if anyone liked it for what it was, without know it was me, the tennis player.
“Also, there are a couple of songs there that are personal and it’s tough when people know you to put something out there about yourself.”

There is currently no start date about when Erakovic will return to the tour. Her target is to be ready in time by the end of March, ruling herself out of the duo of Premier American hard court tournaments next month.

Erakovic currently has one WTA title to her name from the 2013 Memphis Open.

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Matteo Berrettini beats Alexei Popyrin on Day 8 of the Ultimate Tennis Showdown

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Matteo Berrettini beat Alexei Popyrin 14-12 17-9 19-10 14-11 on Day 8 of the Ultimate Tennis Showdown at the Patrick Mouratoglou Academy in Sophia Antipolis near Nice.

 

There was little to separate between the two players in the first quarter. Berrettini pulled away to a 13-9 lead. Popyrin clawed his back to 13-12. Popyrin was serving to draw level, but he hit a forehand long. Berrettini took a late lead to win the second quarter 17-9.

Berrettini took an early lead in the third set after double faults from Popyrin. Berrettini went up 10-2 before the halfway mark. Popyrin was not able to convert when he was using his x3 Winner Card before Berrettini sealed the third quarter 19-10.

Popyrin took a 8-4 lead in the fourth quarter, but Berrettini came back to draw level to 10-10. With a minute to go Popyrin served with his X3 Winner card but he did not use it. Berrettini won the fourth quarter 14-10 to clinch a 4-0 win.

“That’s what I tried to do yesterday, but it did not work. I think I served a little bit better. Of course, they are different players, but I was feeling well. I know it’s frustrating when you are playing and the opponent is serving well and you are not feeling well. Especially in these conditions when I am serving an ace with the winner X3. I learned this week that you have to be there every point”, said Berrettini.

Tsitsipas comes back from 0-2 down to beat Moutet

Stefanos Tsitsipas came back from losing the first two sets down to beat Corentin Moutet 10-16 11-13 15-11 19-5 3-1. Tsitsipas had already confirmed his spot in the semifinals with a come-back win over Berrettini, but Moutet needed to win this match to keep alive his hopes of reaching the knock-out stage.

Tsitsipas lost the first two quarters but he made a come-back to clinch the third set 15-11. Both players drew level to 5-5 with four minutes to play in the fourth quarter. Tsitsipas won the next five points to take a 10-5 lead. Tsitsipas pulled away to a 19-5 win in the fourth lead taking the match to the sudden death.

Tsitsipas hit an ace and won the next two points to clinch his fourth sudden death win. The Greek player took his third match from two quarters down.

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REPORT: Former Spanish Tennis Star In Talks To Coach Alexander Zverev

A former world No.3 could be returning to the Tour later this year in a new position.

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Tennis sensation Alexander Zverev could soon be mentored by somebody whose career he ended last year at the Madrid Open.

 

Spanish newspaper Marca have reported that the world No.7 is set to enter in a 15-day trial with former French Open finalist David Ferrer where the two will get to know each other better. Ferrer has reportedly travelled to Monte Carlo to start working alongside Germany’s top player. Should everything go well, the two could start a formal partnership in September ahead of the European clay-court swing of the Tour, which has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both men are already fairly familiar with each other after facing off nine times on the ATP Tour, including three times last year. Zverev was the last player Ferrer played against at the Madrid Open before officially retiring from the sport at the age of 37.

“He’s the most respectful guy for me on Tour, and one of the most loved people on the Tour as well,” Zverev told reporters in the Spanish capital following their match.

Whilst never winning a Grand Slam, Ferrer achieved numerous accolades throughout his career. Including spending 4914 consecutive days in the world’s top 50, winning 27 ATP titles and achieving a ranking high of No.3 back in 2013. Overall, he has played 1011 matches on the ATP Tour (including Grand Slams) which is more than John McEnroe.

Should Ferrer receive the green light, Zverev will be the first high-profile player he will be responsible for. The Spaniard had previously hinted at his desire to enter coaching with his long time objective being to captain the Spanish Davis Cup team. He is also currently serving as the tournament director of the Barcelona Open.

“I would be very proud to be able to be (Davis Cup captain),” Ferrer told Marca in April 2019. “I also understand that this is very far away and there are players who are ahead. First, I have to train as a professional in teaching (coaching).”

Neither Ferrer or Zverev has publicly commented on the report. At present Zverev is coached on the Tour by his father who guided him to the semi-finals of the Australian Open in January.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas edges Matteo Berrettini at the Ultimate Tennis Showdown

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Stefanos Tsitsipas pulled off a come-back win by edging Matteo Berrettini 11-16 13-14 14-13 13-10 2-0 in the Ultimate Tennis Showdown at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in Sophia Antipolis near Nice.

 

Berrettini hit a backhand into the open court to pull away to a 8-5 lead in the opening quarter. At 7-9 down Tsitsipas used his X3 winner card, but he won only one point from the potential six. Berrettini was not able to capitalise on his card, but he was leading 12-8 with two minutes to go and never looked back to clinch the first quarter 16-11.

Tsitsipas earned a 6-2 lead at the start of the second quarter and used hs Steal Serve to pull away to 10-4. Berrettini used his “X3 Winner” card and hit an ace before winning the second on an error from Tsitsipas to claw his way back to just two points. The Italian player used his “Steal Serve” card to draw level to draw level to 12-12. Tsitsipas had x3 Winner with three minutes to play and won the first point to take a 13-12 lead.

Berrettini hit a passing shot down the line to draw level to 13-13 and won the second quarter after an error from Tsitsipas on the deciding point.

Tsitsipas hit an ace while he was using his x3 winner to take a 13-11 lead. Berrettini earned a chance to draw level on his serve, but Tsitsipas took the third quarter 14-13.

Berrettini used his “x3 winner” card when he was 6-8 down. Tsitsipas used his card with two minutes to go to take a 13-10 lead. Berrettini had to play his “Steal Serve” and earned four consecutive serves to claw his way back. The Italian player won the first two serves but he could not complete his come-back. Tsitsipas clinched the fourth quarter 13-10 forcing the match to the sudden death.

Berrettini netted a forehand and hit his return long. Tsitsipas hit two consecutive points to take the win. The Greek player rallied from two quarters down to take the win for the second time at this tournament.

“That’s the Greek God magic. I am calling all of the Gods and they are there to assist me, but I had no idea I would qualify if I won that match. I try to concentrate on the present, that’s how it works. I felt a bit numb on the court in the very beginning. Berrettini was controlling the rallies and he was very confident. It took a while for me to find my strokes and my serve. In the third set I started playing my best tennis”, said Tsitsipas.

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