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Kyle Edmund Speaks About His Love For Liverpool And Respect For Firmino

The 23-year-old spoke about his favourite football team during a special media session at The Queen’s Club in London.

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On Tuesday night Kyle Edmund’s mind will be far away from the tennis courts as his favourite football team bids to reach their first Champions League final since 2007.

 

Liverpool F.C. will host Roma in the first leg of their semifinal match. Cheering them on will be British No.1 Edmund. The Australian Open semifinalist is currently at a ranking high of 23rd in the world. Earlier this month he reached his first ATP Tour final at the Grand Prix Hassan II in Morocco. The 23-year-old said his love for Liverpool dates back to his childhood.

“From being very young I just loved the kit, the crowd, the atmosphere. I had Liverpool bed sheets, curtains, everything. I would watch them whenever I could.” Edmund told reporters in London on Monday.

Looking ahead to his team’s clash against Roma, Edmund believes an early lead will be key in the outcome of the two-match tie. Liverpool is hoping to capitalize on their momentum gained during the season. They are currently placed third in the Premier League table with three matches remaining. In the Champions League they defeated Manchester City 5-1 (on aggregate) in the last eight. An experience Edmund fondly remembers.

“I was at the home leg against Man City. It was amazing. The atmosphere was incredible. It was the best football match I’ve ever been to in terms of the atmosphere.” He said.
“ It felt like the crowd were playing against City themselves. Obviously it helps when you’re 3-0 up after 30 minutes!
“Hopefully something similar will happen against Roma. Liverpool are good at playing at Anfield in the Champions League.”

Kyle Edmund (Photo by Jordan Mansfield, Getty Images)

Despite being a professional sportsman himself, the British player admits that he struggles to control his emotions whilst watching matches. Similar to that of millions of fans around the world.

“When I’m at games I’m really into it, getting up, shouting with the rest of the crowd – the opposite to what I’m like on the tennis court where I’m pretty low key and keep myself to myself. When you’re on the court you’re in control of everything so I find it easier to control the nerves than when I’m watching my team and I’ve got no control.”

Edmund’s all-time favourite football player is the one and only Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard. A player who made 504 appearances for Liverpool between 1998-2015. Only nine players have played more Premier League matches than Gerrard in the history of the sport. There is also another member of the team that catches Edmund’s eye.

“I really like Roberto Firmino. His workmate is good, he’s a really intelligent player, and I like his celebrations when he scores!” He said.

Firmino is a 26-year-old Brazilian international player. Prior to Liverpool, he has also played in the German Bundesliga for five seasons.

Getting ready for Queen’s

Kyle Edmund (Photo by Jordan Mansfield, Getty Images)

Edmund spoke about his passion for football during a special interview and photo session at the The Queen’s Club, venue for the Fever-Tree Championships in June. He will be making his fourth appearance in the event. Aiming to make up for last year’s first round loss to Canada’s Denis Shapovalov.

“It’s an amazing tournament – being in the locker room here at The Queen’s Club you see all of the old champions. It’s unique playing in front of a clubhouse rather than in a big stadium.” Edmund said about the tournament.
“And it’s home to me, I live just down the road and it’s a great feeling. I had a great experience beating Gilles Simon here a couple of years ago and playing against Andy Murray in the quarterfinals.”

After falling just short of his maiden ATP title, the rising star is eager to bring his throat drought to end. He faces a tough task of doing this at Queen’s with Rafael Nadal, Marin Cilic, Grigor Dimitrov and Andy Murray all set to play.

“One of my aims is to win a tournament, but it’s another box ticked in my career to reach a final after losing a few semis. And I can learn from it. So far this year it’s been going well.” Edmund evaluated about his season so far.
“Making that final in Marrakech has set me up for the busy time ahead – first the clays where I think I can play well, and then the grass at the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen’s, and then Wimbledon, which is obviously a big deal for me.” He added.

The Fever-Tree championships will get underway on June 18th.

Kyle Edmund (Photo by Jordan Mansfield, Getty Images)

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Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev sign up to play exhibition tournament in Khimki

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Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev have signed up to play an exhibition tournament in the Russian city of Khimki in the Moscow region in June.

 

Khachanov won his first Masters 1000 title in Paris Bercy in 2018. He broke into top 10 of ATP Rankings in June 2019 and achieved his career-high of number 8 on 15th July. Last year he reached two semifinals at the Masters 1000 tournament in Montreal and at the China Open in Beijing (ATP 500 tournament). He defeated Juan Martin Del Potro to reach his first Roland Garros quarter final. The Russian player also advanced to the quarter finals in Indian Wells, Halle, Moscow and Vienna. In 2020 he won four of his five singles matches at the ATP Cup for the Russian team, who qualified for the semifinals before losing to Serbia. He advanced to the Australian Open third round for the second consecutive year and to the quarter final in Dubai in the last tournament played before the suspension due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Rublev started the 2020 season with back-to-back titles in Doha and Adelaide and reached the fourth round at the Australian Open and two quarter finals in Rotterdam and Dubai.

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Barty’s father said that her daughter was sad and wanted to step away from tennis in 2014

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Ashleigh Barty rose up the ranking sas a teenager after finishing runner-up at three Grand Slam doubles tournaments with Australian veteran Casey Dellacqua at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open in 2013. The Aussie team also won one title at the Birmingham Classic. Barty decided to step away from tennis in 2014 to play women’s cricket and started playing for the Western Suburbs Cricket Club, a local team that competes in Brisbane Women’s Premier Cricket Twenty League.

 

“It was too much too quickly for me as I have been travelling from quite a young age. I wanted to experience life as a normal teenaged girl and have some normal experiences”, said Barty at that time.

 Ashleigh’s said during a webinar organised by the Active SG Voyager Tennis Academy that he was not surprised when his daughter decided to step away from the sport after the 2014 US Open.

“Ash was sad all the time. She was not herself on the court. I said to my wife that we had just got to make sure that Ashleigh was happy. Her happiness was more important. Were we disappointed ? Of course we were, because we love watching tennis and we were hooked on tennis. To see Ash happy and see her around her sisters and having fun again was so much better than having her miserable and going out and playing tennis”, said Rob Barty.

Barty started her 2019 season with a runner-up finish to Petra Kvitova in Sydney. The Aussie player reached her first quarter final at the Australian Open, where she beat Maria Sharapova before losing again to Kvitova. Barty won her first maiden Premier Mandatory title in Miami and claimed her first Grand Slam trophy at Roland Garros. Barty became the first Australian player to win at Roland Garros since Margaret Court in 1973.

Barty followed up her Roland Garros with a back-to-back title in Birmingham on grass. She has become the second Australian player to be number 1 in the WTA Ranking since Evonne Goolagong Cawley. Barty’s winning streak came to end when she was beaten by Alison Riske in the fourth round at Wimbledon.

Barty reached the semifinal in Wuhan before winning the WTA Finals in Shenzhen beating Elina Svitolina in the final. Barty finished the season as the world number 1. Last January she started the 2020 season with a title in Adelaide before losing to eventual champion Sofia Kenin in the semifinal at the Australian Open. During her career Barty clinched eight singles titles and ten doubles titles.

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Juan Martin Del Potro Splits From Coach

The tennis star has announced a big change to his team.

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Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro is on the hunt for a new coach after agreeing to end his collaboration with Sebastian Prieto to continue focus on his rehabilitation from injury.

 

Del Potro has been working alongside Prieto since 2017 and achieved a series of career milestones under his guidance. Including winning his maiden Masters 1000 title at the 2018 BNP Paribas Open and reaching a ranking high of third in August that same year. Their decision has been made to allow Prieto to focus all of his attention on Juan Londero. Another Argentine player who is currently ranked 62nd in the world.

“I want to share that I have agreed with Sebastian Prieto to end our partnership, so that he can work with Juan Londero, while I continue my rehab process,” Del Potro said on Twitter.
“I’m very thankful to Piper for all of these years together. He is a great coach and even a better person. All the best!”

45-year-old Prieto is a former ATP player who peaked at a ranking high of 22nd in the doubles. During his career, he won 10 Tour titles with all of those occurring on the clay. He also reached the quarter-finals of the men’s doubles tournament at the 2003 French Open.

It is currently unknown as to who will be taking over as Del Potro’s new coach. The former grand slam champion hasn’t played a competitive match since last June due to a serious knee injury. At the Fever-Tree Championships in London, he fractured his right kneecap and was forced to undergo surgery to repair it. The second time he had to undergo that procedure within as many years after also suffering a similar injury at the 2018 Shanghai Rolex Masters.

Del Potro is currently undergoing rehabilitation and it is unclear as to when he will be able to return to the Tour again. All professional tennis tournaments have been either suspended or cancelled until at least July 31st due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although both the US Open and French Open are hoping to go ahead as planned.

So far in his career, the 31-year-old has won 22 ATP titles and earned almost $26 million in prize money. Earning more money than any other player from his country in the history of the sport.

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