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Alexander Zverev Confident Davis Cup Will Not Change, Hints At Future Partnership With Lendl

The German No.1 has adressed the ongoing argument surrounding the Davis Cup as a partnership with Ivan Lendl remains on the cards.

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World No.4 Alexander Zverev has become the latest player to dismiss a motion by the ITF to change the format of the Davis Cup.

Later this year a vote will take place over whether to turn the team competition into a weeklong 18-team event. The plan was announced earlier this year by the governing body of the sport along with a 25-year $3 billion investment by Kosmos if it is approved. A company owned by Barcelona F.C. footballer Gerard Pique.

The plans has been meet with a mixed response. Some have branded the changes as too radical with the removal of home and away ties. Lucas Pouille has threatened to boycott a new-look event and French team captain Yannick Noah believes the event could be ‘turned into a circus.’

Weighing in on the debate, Zverev believes the recent matches played in the tournament is proof that the current format is working. Last week, Zverev was part of the German team that lost 3-2 to Spain in Valencia. The tie was decided by a five-set marathon between David Ferrer and Philipp Kohlschreiber with the Spanish veteran prevailing 7-5 in the decider.

“I think last weekend made sure that it is not going to change. I think so because the tie we had in Spain, the emotions that there were, the matches we had. Any tennis fanatic will say that only this happens in the Davis Cup.” Zverev told reporters on Sunday.
“I think that all the other ties, including the one between France and Italy, was good as well. I think a lot of players don’t want to lose that.” He added.

The German federation has previously been outspoken about the new plans. Last week team captain, Michael Kohlmann, said to one reporter, “Greetings to Dave Haggerty, this is Davis Cup” following his country’s marathon win in the men’s doubles match. His comments were then posted on the official Twitter account of the Federation.

A vote will take place in August.

Teaming up with Lendl?

After recently separating from Juan Carlos Ferrero, rumours have circulated about who will be the next person to mentor the 20-year-old. One of the front-runners is Ivan Lendl. An eight-time grand slam champion that previously coached Andy Murray. The Czech 58-year-old was spotted watching one of Zverev’s matches at the Miami Open.

Since then, there has been no indication that the two will collaborate. Although Zverev has confirmed that some discussion have taken place.

“Yes, at dinner, but only because he knows my physiotherapist. There have been some important contacts, it’s a possibility.” Zverev commented about the two potentially working together.
“I already have the best coach in the world. My dad produced two top 30 (players), with different styles, and one of them even won a couple of Masters 1000.” He added.

Zverev is the third seed in the Monte Carlo draw. He is the only player outside of the ‘big four’ to win multiple Masters 1000 titles since the category was introduced in 2009.

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Diego Schwartzman Receives Threats On Social Media Following Shock Davis Cup Defeat

The world No.15 is the latest player to speak out about recieving abusive messages on social media.

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The weekend has been an emotional rollercoaster for Diego Schwartzman, who suffered ‘one of the worst’ losses of his career before helping secure victory for his country in their Davis Cup tie against Belarus.

 

On Saturday the world No.15 was stunned by unranked 18-year-old Daniil Ostapenkov who is yet to play a professional match on the pro Tour. Ostapenkov is currently ranked 63 in the world on the junior circuit. The comprehensive victory shocked the Argentinian team who was hosting the tie at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club.

Despite the shock upset, Schwartman managed to redeem himself the following day when he defeated Alexander Zgirovsky 6-1, 6-2. That victory handed his country an unassailable 3-1 lead in their tie and secured their place in the 2022 Davis Cup qualifiers which will take place next March.

Not only playing Davis, but in Buenos Aires, with a lot of people you don’t see, it’s not easy. My level can be and has to be much better. After the game on Saturday I had a difficult day in the spirit of being able to get up and enjoy with the group,” La Nacion quoted Schwartzman as saying.
“The most normal thing was that we won the series. It’s what everyone expected. But when you have a very difficult day at work like it was on Saturday and then you win, it excites you because you have some internal things withheld.”

Between those two matches, Schwartzman revealed that he was trolled on social media by some people unhappy about his loss in the tie. The 2020 French Open semi-finalist said he received criticism and even threats from some asking him to leave his home country. Something he admits affected him at times.

“It was one of the worst days of my career,” Schwartzman commented on his loss to Zgirovsky. “I lost to an unranked, inexperienced player. All that already affects (me) a lot. Although 80 or 90 percent of the people are always encouraging (me), there was a minority who criticized me with bad intentions.’
“I received threats, insults and requests not to return to Argentina. More or less, it affects (me)”.

Schwartzman is not the first player to speak out about online abuse. During the US Open Shelby Rogers said she was expecting to receive ‘death threats’ following her loss to Emma Raducanu who went on to win the title. Sloane Stephens has also previously spoken out about being the victim of racism online.

The 29-year-old says he has previously tried to interact with those who have trolled him on social media to find out why they are doing so.

Sometimes I start to answer some messages and I ask those people if they realize what they are sending,” Schwartzman said during his press conference. “The vast majority apologize and say they had not realized it. But at the moment it hurts. That very ill-intentioned criticism is the only bad thing about social networks.”

Schwartzman has won four ATP titles and earned more than $10M in prize money so far in his career.

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Jasmine Paolini lifts her first WTA title in Portoroz

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Jasmine Paolini claimed the first WTA Tour title of her career in Portoroz. The Italian player came back from two breaks down in the opening set to beat Alison Riske 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 in the final after 1 hour and 45 minutes.

 

“I think it’s been an amazing week here in Portoroz. I just feel very happy. It’s a big achievement for me, to win my first title. On hardcourts, it’s special. I think I was maybe a bit relaxed. I understood more about the game. I tried to change the rhythm of the game with higher balls, and I think that was the key”, said Paolini. 

Paolini beat Dayana Yastremska in the first round, Sorana Cristea in the quarter final, and Yulia Putintseva. The 25-year-old Italian player beat three top 50 players in a row in her final three matches this week. 

After a trade of breaks in the opening two games, Riske went up a double break to take a 5-2 lead. Paolini pulled one break back in the eight game from 3-5. The Italian broke at love in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5, as Riske was serving for the set. Riske rallied from 2-5 to 4-5 in the tie-break. 

Paolini earned two set points at 6-4 and converted her first set point when Riske sent an overhead long. Paolini broke serve in the fifth game with a forehand winner down the line to take a 3-2 lead. Paolini won the final five games and sealed the second set 6-2 with an error-forcing forehand.

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Clare Tauson claims her second WTA Tour title at the age of 18

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World number 70 Clare Tauson has won the second WTA Tour title of her career at the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open this season beating Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 4-6 6-4 in the final after 2 hours and 3 minutes. 

 

Tauson enjoyed a great week in which she up number 4 seed Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-1) in the second round and this year’s Olympic finalist Marketa Vondrousova 6-4 2-6 6-4 in the semifinals. Tauson won her first title as a qualifer in another indoor tournament in Lyon last March in just her second Tour-level tournament. Tauson also won the WTA 125 trophy in Chicago last August beating Emma Raducanu, who went on to win the US Open last week. 

Tauson is one of the four players born in 2002 ranked in the the tpè 100 alongside Raducanu, the other US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez and Marta Kostyuk. 

The Danish teenager is the seventh player to claim more trophies, joining Wimbledon champion Ashleigh Barty, Barbora Krejikova, Aryna Sabalenka, Iga Swiatek, Danielle Collins and Daria Kasakina. 

Ostapenko won the Luxembourg tournament on her debut at this tournament in 2019 and had been undefeated before today’s tournament. 

Tauson has become the fourth player to successfully defend the Luxembourg title after Jana Novotna, Martina Navratilova and Kim Cljisters. 

Ostapenko hit a smash to break Tauson to take a 6-3 lead. The Latvian player earned an early break to take a 2-1 lead. Tauson broke back in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Ostapenko fired return winners to take a 2-1 lead with a break. Tauson broke back with two straight return winners. Tauson fended off two break points to hold serve after a marathon five-deuce for 3-2. Ostapenko was broken after a fourth double fault, when she was serving to stay in the match at 4-5. 

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