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Roger Federer Named One Of The Most Influential People In The World By Time Magazine

The world No.2 is one of only seven athletes named in this year’s Time 100

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20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer is one of six people selected to appear on the front cover of Time Magazine to mark their most influential people issue.

 

The Times 100 list, which was created in 1999, recognizes individuals that have made a significant contribution around the world. Featuring an array of people working in fields such as entertainment, politics and technology. This year’s top 100 feature US president Donald Trump, North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un and Meghan Markle, the fiance of Prince Harry.

Federer has made it onto the list, thanks to his work both on and off the court. In January he became the first male player in history to win a 20th grand slam singles title at the Australian Open. A month later he returned to world No.1 at the age of 36. Becoming the oldest person to ever hold that position. He currently has 97 ATP titles to his name, which is the second highest in the Open Era.

Outside of tennis, the Swiss world No.2 has been praised for his charity work. The Roger Federer Foundation raises money to provide education and sport access to children across Africa. He has held a series of ‘match for Africa’ exhibitions to raise money for the cause. One of those who have taken part in the fundraising is Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who paid tribute to Federer in an essay written for time.com.

“Twice I’ve had the thrill of being his doubles partner to help raise money for his foundation, and we’ve become friends in the process. I’ve learned how sincerely Roger and his team are working to improve the life prospects for poor children—a mission that stems from his childhood visits to his mother’s home country of South Africa and seeing extreme poverty firsthand.” Gates wrote.
“Roger knows that effective philanthropy, like great tennis, requires discipline and time. It will be a sad day for all of us fans when he hangs up his racket—but we can take comfort in knowing that he’s committed to making the world a more equitable place.”

In total the magazine released six different covers to mark their issue. Besides Federer, Tarana Burke, Tiffany Haddish, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lopez and Satya Nadella were also selected to have their own cover.

Federer is one of only seven athletes to be named in the Times 100 this year. The others are the NBA team Golden State Warriors, J.J. Watt (NFL), Adam Rippon (figure skating), Chloe Kim (snowboarding), Virat Kohli (cricket) and Rachael Denhollander (gymnastics).

 

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Jannik Sinner dreams to win the US Open and beat Roger Federer on Centre Court at Wimbledon

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Last year’s Next Gen Finals champion Jannik Sinner revealed that his dream would be to beat 20-time Grand Slam champion and eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer on the Centre Court at the All England Club at Wimbledon.

 

Sinner was bidding to make his debut at Wimbledon last year, but he lost in the first round of the qualifying round.

Many fans predict that Sinner has the chance to win a Grand Slam title and become world number 1.

Sinner advanced to Antwerp ATP 250 semifinals last October at the age of 18 after beating Gael Monfils. He became the youngest ATP Tour semifinal since Borna Coric, who reached this stage in Basel at the age of 17. He saved one match point against Steve Johnson in Masters 1000 debut in Rome. He got through to the qualifying round to reach the main draw at the US Open before losing to Stan Wawrinka in the opening round.

This year Sinner beat world number 10 David Goffin in Rotterdam second round for the biggest win of his career. The Italian teenager coached by Riccardo Piatti earned his first Grand Slam main draw win at the Australian Open before losing to Marton Fucsovics.

“I know that I am only 18, but I like to play. The more I play, the more I like it. My goal is to win the US Open but I have the dream of beating Roger Federer on the Centre Court at Wimbledon”, said Sinner.

Federer underwent second arthostocopic knee surgery and announced that he will make his comeback in 2021. The Swiss player was sidelined by injury for six months in 2016 and made a successful return in January 2017 by winning an epic five-set Australian Open final against Rafael Nadal. He went on to win Wimbledon later that year and another Australian Open trophy in 2018.

“I hope Roger will play again next season”, said Sinner.

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US Open Must Allow Entourages Of Three Or Four People, Says Thiem

The world No.3 says he is feeling good ahead of the return of professional tennis next month.

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Dominic Thiem has come out against proposals to restrict the number of coaching staff that can travel to this year’s US Open amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

This year’s New York major will be held behind closed doors for the first time in history and will be implementing a series of measures to help minimise the threat posed by the virus. Part of their plan is to limit how many people a player can bring with them to the tournament. It was originally reported that only one team member per player would be allowed to travel, but it has emerged that the limit has since been extended to three.

Speaking about the limits, three-time Grand Slam finalist Thiem said the idea of only allowing one member of his team to travel with him would be a risk for some players on the Tour.

*”I do not think so. Three or four people must be allowed. It would be extremely risky to travel without your own physio. You need a local coach for this,’ Thiem told The Kronen Zeitung newspaper on Sunday.

Thiem last played a match on the ATP Tour at the Rio Open in February where he lost in the quarter-finals. However, throughout the lockdown he has still managed to maintain his match fitness by participating in numerous tournaments. In total he has played 24 matches across three different countries, including one named after him called Thiems 7.

“Right now I feel very good,” he said. “I have played a lot of exhibition games in the last two months and I am not tired at all. I really wanted to play tennis again, since my start of the year was very good.’
“During This period of confinement at home I have been crushing myself a lot in the physical aspect and already when I returned to training. I have decided to improve the backhand and the serve a little more.”

The ATP Tour will resume next month with Thiem hoping that he can continue his form generated from earlier this year. At the Australian Open he reached the final for the first time in his career before getting edged out by Novak Djokovic. Although when he returns, tournaments will not be the same as before due to the ongoing pandemic with strict safety measures and reduced crowds in place.

“When the circuit returns, the matches will be exactly the same as we had previously, but the atmosphere will be different,” he said.
“All tennis players will miss playing tournaments where many people travelled to see us every day. In New York, Paris or Melbourne there are between 60,000 and 70,000 people every day in the facilities. That previous life we ​​had will not be the same and we may have to get used to this new normal for a few years.”

Thiem is one of only four men to have already made more than $1 million in prize money so far this year on the ATP Tour.

*NOTE: Since the publication of this article quotes have been edited following a translation mix-up.

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Matteo Berrettini beats Stefanos Tsitsipas in sudden death to claim the Ultimate Tennis Showdown title

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Matteo Berrettini saved match points to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 16-15 15-12 12-14 8-15 3-2 in Sudden Death at the first editiion of the Ultimate Tennis Showdown.

 

Tsitsipas took a 7-4 lead in the first quarter. Berrettini hit an easy volley when he was using his Winner x3 Card and hit an easy volley to lead 11-9. Tsitsipas was not able to convert with his card, but won two points to draw level to 11-11 with 3 minutes and a half to go.

Berrettini served for the deciding point at 15-15. Tsitsipas hit a shot wide after a long rally and Tsitsipas sealed the first set 16-15.

Tsitsitipas took an early 8-4 lead in the second quarter. The “Greek God” used the “Steal Serve” Card to increase his lead to six points. Berrettini clawed his way back and drew level to 10-10. After a time-out Tsitsipas was not able to use his Winner x3 card and Berrettini completed the come-back to seal the second set 15-12.

Berrettini raced out to a 4-0 lead in the third quarter. Tsitsipas used his x3 winner card and fired an ace to claw his way back to 4-4. Both players stayed level until 8-8. Tsitsipas served well to take a two-point lead before Berrettini used his 3x winner card. Berrettini had an opportunity for a volley winner, but he hit the ball into the net. Tsitsipas hit his return into the net, as the Greek player was leading 11-9. They were level at 12-12 as Berrettini was serving with 30 seconds to go. Tsitsipas hit a backhand passing shot to take the 13-1 lead. Tsitsipas claimed the third quarter 14-12, as Berrettini hit a double fault.

Tsitsipas took a 6-2 lead in the fourth quarter. Berrettini used the Winner x3 card, but he lost both points. Tsitsipas increased his lead to six points at 8-2. Tsitsipas claimed the third quarter forcing the match to the Sudden Death. Tsitsipas came close to win the match after a lucky net cord, but Berrettini came back and hit a forehand on the next point to seal his sudden death today. Berrettini avenged his recent defeat against Tsitsipas, who claimed a sudden death win over the Italian last weekend.

Berrettini and Tsitsipas met only once in the first round of last year’s Australian Open, where the Greek player took the edge in four tight sets 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 6- 7-6 (7-4). They also played in the 2017 US Open qualifiers, when Tsitsipas prevailed 6-7 (6-8) 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-2) in a hard-fought match.

“I guess that was the secret, serving well, on the important moments. I think this format is going to help me going forward, you have to be there for every point”, said Berrettini.

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