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Gael Monfils Splits With Swedish Coach Tillström

The Frenchman is looking for a new mentor following the decision of his coach to leave him.

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Former world No.6 Gael Monfils has ended his collaboration with coach Mikael Tillström after two-and-a-half years.

 

The world No.43 has been guided by the Swedish mentor since October 2015. During that period Monfils has reached four ATP finals, winning titles at the 2016 Washington Open as well as this year’s Qatar Open. In the grand slams, his best run occurred at the 2016 US Open where he reached the semifinals before going out to Novak Djokovic.

In recent months Monfils has been hindered by numerous injury problems. Ending his 2017 season early due to a knee injury. He also struggled with a back problem earlier this year.

“I am sorry to see Mikael go but I would like to thank him for his work and dedication. We have achieved some great things together. For time time being, I will take some time to reflect on the situation and consult with my team regarding next steps.” Monfils said is a statement.

46-year-old Tillström is a former professional player. Achieving a ranking high of 39th in the singles and 15th in the doubles. He claimed one ATP title (in singles) during his career at the 1997 Chennai Open. The reason for his departure from Monfils’ team is due to a new position he has been appointed to as well as his desire to spend more time with his family. Tillström has been named head of sports at the Good To Great Tennis Academy in Stockholm. An academy he founded in partnership with Magnus Norman and Nicklas Kulti.

“I truly enjoyed my time with Gael who is an unbelievable player but more importantly a great person.” The Swede said in a statement. “We will remain close friends and I wish him all the best for the rest of his career.”

So far this season, 31-year-old Monfils has won 16 out of 27 matches played on the tour. Next month he will be bidding to reach the fourth round at the Wimbledon Championships for the first time in his career.

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Naomi Osaka Vows To Be ‘Stronger Than Ever’ In 2021 Following Suspension Of The Olympics

The former world No.1 has given her reaction to decision to delay the four-year sporting event due to the covid-19 pandemic.

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Two-time grand slam champion Naomi Osaka has said she is ‘disappointed’ but supports the decision to delay this year’s Summer Olympic Games.

 

Earlier in the week it was confirmed that the Tokyo games will now take place during the next year with a date to be confirmed. Making it the first time the Olympics have been suspended until the following year in its 124-year history. Although the games have been cancelled three times before during the first and second world wars.

Osaka had been one of the athletes authorities have used to promote the event. Featuring in a promotional campaign that also included a video. The 22-year-old is the first Asian player in history to become world No.1 in tennis. Despite the delay, she has committed to playing in the event next year.

“Everyone knows how much the Olympics means to me and how proud I will be to participate in my home country,” Osaka wrote on Twitter.
“Of course, I am disappointed that it won’t happen this year but we’ll all be ready to stronger ever in 2021! I support Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s brave decision and the IOC 100%. Sport will eventually unite us again and be there for us always, but that time not now,” she added.

The world No.10 has called for the world to unite in the fight against the coronavirus. There have been more than 660,000 cases of the virus worldwide, according to John Hopkins University. The disease is particularly dangerous to the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

“This is the time for people from all countries, backgrounds and races to rally together to save as many lives as we can. To me, that is the Olympic spirit. To the people of Japan: stay strong, hang in there, and let’s the show the world our beautiful country when time is right in 2021,” said Osaka.

Osaka pledged full allegiance to Japan in 2019 after having dual citizenship in according to a national law. She was born and is currently based in America, but has a Japanese mother and Haitian father.

Prior to the suspension of the WTA Tour, Osaka has started her 2020 with a win-loss record of 5-3 (including Fed Cup). She reached the semifinals of the Brisbane International before losing to Karolina Pliskova. Then at the Australian Open, she was knocked out in the third round by Coco Gauff.

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Novak Djokovic and his wife donate one million euros to help Serbia in the fight against Covid-19

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World number 1 and 2020 Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena will donate one million euros to help Serbia buy respirators to fight against Covid-19.

 

Djokovic is spending time with his family in the Southern Spanish town of Marbella during the quarantine under nationwide lockdown orders.

The Serbian tennis star thanked China for sending shipments of medical equipment and doctors to help Serbia fight against Covid-19. Seven people have died and more than 450 have been infected with Covid-19.

“Our donation is for the purpose of life-saving respirators and other sanitory equipment. I don’t remember so much time with my family since I became father. I thank China from the bottom of my heart on behalf of myself and the entire nation. ”, said Djokovic.

The Novak Djokovic Foundation is working on ensuring that the equipment arrives in Serbia as soon as possible.

“Over the past few days, we used our contacts with different companies from China and Europe to understand all options we have for procuring the necessary equipment, primarily ventilators. Through the Novak Djokovic Foundation we will donate a million dollars for ventilators, and our team will be overseeing the whole thing and ensure that there are no problems. With that, we want to make our contribution and help our team and our government in these challenging times”, said Djokovic.

Djokovic praised all medical workers, who are caring for workers, and expressed his admiration for their selfless and devoted efforts.

“We will keep bringing people together for calling me every day and who want to join in. Not everyone can help, many are hit hard by this situation, but fortunately there are many people and companies who can help. We will open a special account for this emergency situation, like we did the last time when we were hit by floods. Noovak Djokovic Foundation team is working like a well- oiled machine and we are ready to help. The fight is not easy. Numbers are not pleasant, but I am convinced that we will manage to make it out stronger than before. It is important to remain united in this fight, to help each other, so we can defeat this disease faster and easier. We would like to use this opportunity to invite everyone else to join us and help to survive and get healthy again”.

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Laver Cup organizers: “We intend to hold Laver Cup 2020 as currently scheduled”

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The organisers of the Laver Cup have confirmed that they are still planning to stage third tournament as planned despite the clash with the French Open. They claimed that the announcement came as a surprise to them.

 

“We intend to hold Laver Cup 2020 as currently scheduled. The dates overlap with the dates of Laver Cup 2020. The dates are already sold out and scheduled for 25-27 September at TD Garden in Boston. It raises many questions and we are assessing the situation. At this time we want our fans, sponsors, broadcasters, staff, volunteers, players and the great city of Boston to know that we intend to hold Laver Cup 2020 as currently scheduled”, said organizers of the Laver Cup.

The Laver Cup featured Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, who will not take part in this year’s event, if it overlaps with the French Open. Roger Federer would be forced to miss Roland Garros if this clash. At the Laver Cup European Team players will face a World team.

Tennis fans will hope that the ATP, the ITF and the WTA will find a solution.

“I am not in the shoes of the French Tennis Federation so I can’t comment on decisions they make. I am confidenti t will eventually work out. At this point the Laver Cup is planning to go ahead. There was not communication in it, but I am not in their shoe. We are in a different world right now. We have got to be in a position where we help and support each other. We are confident that this will resolve itself in the future. There is going to be many changes in the calendar as a result of this. I am optimistic that everything will work out well in the end. The Grand Slams are amongst the most watched sporting events globally. A lot of things have worked really well. I am being highly optimistic”, said Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley.

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