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Stefan Edberg Tips Djokovic To Make A Strong Comeback, But Casts Doubts Over Murray



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Former world No.1 Stefan Edberg believes that Novak Djokovic will win another grand slam title if he returns back to full fitness.


Djokovic has been troubled by injury since the Wimbledon championships. He ended his 2017 season early on medical grounds due to an elbow injury. Returning to the tour in January at the Australian Open, the Serbian went out of the fourth round to Hyeon Chung before suffering another setback. Last month he travelled to Switzerland to undergo a ‘small medical intervention’ in order to regain his form.

Speaking about the recent misfortunes, Edberg remains confident that the Serbian will once again become a force on the tour. Djokovic’s career currently features 68 ATP titles, including 12 at grand slam level.

“Djokovic will definitely be back, and once he is back he will be the one to watch out for.“ Edberg told “Physically he has always been a big threat in the Grand Slams. It’s very likely that if he is healthy he will win another Grand Slam.”

The positivity from the Swede turns to caution when he talks about Andy Murray’s situation. The Brit hasn’t played on the tour since his quarterfinal loss at Wimbledon. In January he underwent surgery to treat an ongoing hip problem.

“Andy Murray is more of a question mark because a hip injury is very serious. But he has shown over the years that he is always going to be there for the big ones. But he is more of a question mark.” He said.

Despite the reservations about Murray, there are positive signs. Reports suggest that his recovery is going according to plan with the possibility that he could return to action earlier than first expected. Murray is set to return to the practice courts later this month.

Federer should enjoy his moment

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One player that has shown that it is possible to return back to the top after injury is Roger Federer. Since his six-month hiatus in 2016 due to injury, the Swiss has won three grand slam titles and become the oldest No.1 player at the age of 36.

Edberg has first hand experience of what it is like to work in the Federer camp. Guiding him for two years during the 2013 and 2013 seasons. Federer’s continues success on the tour is one that baffles Edberg. Who retired from tennis in 1996 at the age of 30.

“It was nice to see him back as he had really worked hard. It fascinates me how he really does it. He still has the motivation, he still loves the game. He feels he still has more to do. He still wants to make improvements.” He said.
“Also, the support from his family and team is important. At the moment things are so good, so I think he just has to enjoy it. We all know it’s not going to last forever. He just has to take one big event after another, one year at a time, and see how things go because as of now he can play relaxed.”

To the bemusement of officials at Roland Garros, Federer’s former coach has urged him to once again skip the entire clay court season. Should that happen, it would open the door for Rafael Nadal to reclaim the world No.1 ranking, if he is fully fit. Nadal recently withdrew from the Mexican Open due to the recurrence of an injury in his right leg.

“He has to make the decision like he did last year. He has to think about having enough breaks so he can recover and be hungry for the big ones. I think choosing not to play on clay is very wise because it is not his best surface and the chances of him winning the French Open are not very big in my opinion.” He explained.
“So may as well forget about it and just aim at now playing well at Wimbledon and the US Open.”

Federer will return to action at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. It is currently unknown if Djokovic will be ready in time to join him in the draw.

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Czech Republic’s Marie Bouzkova Hires Ex-Wimbledon Champion As Coach



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Marie Bouzkova has enlisted the help of Gabine Muguruza’s former coach to help her crack the top 20 in the new year. 


The 25-year-old Czech has appointed Conchita Martinez as her new coach for the upcoming season. A former world No.2 player who won 33 WTA titles during her career, including the 1994 Wimbledon championships. After retirement, Martinez ventured into coaching with her most notable success being with Garbine Muguruza which earned her the honor of being named WTA Coach of The Year in 2021. She has also previously mentored Karoline Pliskova, captained her country’s Billie Jean King Cup team and most recently served as tournament director of the 2023 Billie Jean King Cup Finals.

“Since February I have taken advantage of the time to rest, after some intense years of travelling. Now I have the energy to train again and enjoy my work. I am very happy to be able to contribute my experience again,” Martinez said during an interview with Eurosport Spain.
“Her (Bouzkova’s) agent contacted me to inquire about my availability and to ask if I wanted to train again. And now that we are at the end of the year and after evaluating everything, I have decided that it was a good time to return because I am excited about the project.”

Buzkova is a former US Open junior champion who is currently ranked 34th in the world. She has won one WTA title so far in her career which was at the 2022 Prague Open. She also reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in 2022 which is her best Grand Slam run to date. This season, Bouzkova was runner-up at a WTA 250 event in Nanchang, China and produced an overall win-loss record of 27-23.

Despite her success, Martinez believes Bouzkova has plenty of room for improvement in her game. 

“I love her because she is a very feisty and competitive player. She has many to continue growing and improving as a tennis player. She is very professional and is focused on her work 100%,” she commented.
“Honestly, I think it has a lot of room for improvement in many aspects. It is true that she is quite complete, but I would like to focus on her gradually playing more aggressively without losing her essence as a great fighter. I definitely think she has the potential to be high in the rankings, but it takes time to work on.”

Bouzkova is also an accomplished doubles player who is currently ranked in the world’s top 30. She has won five WTA doubles trophies with two of those triumphs occuring during 2023. 

The new tennis season begins in less than a month. 

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Emma Raducanu To Begin Comeback In Auckland



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Former US Open champion Emma Raducanu will end her eight-month absence from tennis at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, at the start of next year. 


The 21-year-old has been sidelined from the Tour since April after undergoing surgery to treat issues with both of her wrists, as well as one ankle. Raducanu hasn’t played a Tour-level match since the Porsche Open in Germany where she was beaten 6-2, 6-1, by Jelena Ostapenko in the first round. This year she has only managed to play in four tournaments with her best performance occurring at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells where she reached the fourth round. 

It will be the second year in a row that the Brit has opted to start her season in New Zealand. At the start of 2023, she won her opening match at the event but rolled her ankle in the process which forced her to withdraw from the tournament. 

Raducanu’s decision to play in Auckland comes as she faces the prospect of having to go through qualifying at the Australian Open. She has a protected ranking of 103 which is significantly higher than her current position of 296. However, she has not made the cut-off to play in the main draw. The only way she can enter the main draw will be with the help of a series of withdrawals, receiving a wildcard or playing three rounds of qualifying. 

Should she have to play qualifying at Melbourne Park, the event will follow immediately after the ASB Classic. The last time she took part in a Grand Slam qualifying draw was at the 2021 US Open where she stunned the field by going on to win the title in what remains her only WTA trophy to date. 

Raducanu, who has been ranked as high as 13th in the world, is understood to have been training at the National Tennis Center in recent weeks leading up to her return. It is still not known who will be coaching her in 2024 with the tennis player yet to comment on the topic.

The ASB Classic will begin on January 1st. 

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Hamad Medjedovic wins the Next Gen Finals title in Jeddah



Hamad Medjedovic came back from one set down to beat Arthur Fils 3-4 (6-8) 4-1 4-2 3-4 (9-11) 4-1 after 2 hours and 11 minutes at the Next Gen ATP Finals at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah. 


Medjedovic hit 38 winners to 21 unforced errors. 

The first set went on serve en route to the tie-break. Medjedovic earned a mini-break to take a 3-2 lead and held two set points at 6-4, but he was not able to convert them. Fils won four consecutive points to win the tie-break 8-6. 

Medjedovic earned a break in the second game to win the second set 4-1. 

Medjedovic becomes the sixth Next Gen ATP Finals champion, joining top 10 players Stefanos Tsitsipas, Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz. The 20-year-old Serbian player is the lowest-ranked champion in tournament history. 

Medjedovic started the third set with an early break in the first game. The Serbian player held on his serve to seal the set 4-2. 

Medjedovic recovered from squandering two match points at 6-4 in a thrilling tie-break of the fourth set at 5-6 and 7-8. Fils saved both chances on second serves and won four of the next five points to win the tie-break 11-9 forcing the match to a deciding set. 

to win the first five-set final in tournament history. The Serbian player won 88% and converted his third match point to clinch the biggest title of his career so far. 

Medjedovic earned a break in the second game of the fifth set. Fils earned himself a penalty point for a smash of his raquet and went down 0-3. Medjedovic held on his next service games and converted his third match point. 

“Two of us from Serbia. Djokovic won the big Masters, the real one, and I won the Next Gen. Obviously it’s a huge thing and I am happy to follow in his footsteps in some way. I can’t believe I have won this title. It’s going to give me a lot of confidence for 2024. Arthur is an amazing player. He is top 40 for a reason”, said Medjedovic. 

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