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Aryna Sabalenka Apologises For Ball Boy Controversy At China Open

The Belarusian has spoken out about the bottle incident at the China Open for the first time.

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Aryna Sabalenka has issued a public apology over her actions during the China Open which prompted a backlash on Social media.

The 20-year-old came under fire for her behaviour towards the ball kids. During a changeover of one of her matches, the Belarusian was trying to grab their attention by waving an empty water bottle towards them. Then when nobody came over, she proceeded to throw the bottle on the ground in front of her. Leaving it for one of the kids to pick up.

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Speaking about the incident for the first time at the Elite Trophy, Sabalenka has vowed to ‘never do it again.’ Saying that she didn’t remember her actions until seeing the controversy it caused on social media.

“Well, I’m so sorry,” said Sabalenka . “It was emotional and I was losing my mind and after that I saw it on Twitter and I was just like ‘Oh my god, what did you mean?’.
“I didn’t even remember this, and I was just like ‘Wow, I’m sorry for this guy’.”

Sabalenka is not the first player to have done such actions. During the 2011 ATP World Tour Finals, Roger Federer was caught throwing his bottle behind him. The Swiss world No.3 was taking on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the round-robin stage, which he won in three sets.

“They’re just small kids, and you can’t do anything to them. Yea, I’m so sorry for that guy and hopefully he’s not pissed with me.” Sabalenka further commented.

Earlier this year, Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco was blasted for his behaviour during the Shenzhen Open. Verdasco berated a ball boy for not bringing his towel to him quick enough during one of his matches. Prompting criticism from Just Murray, who tweeted afterwards “What about a rule that makes players get their own towels?”

Sabalenka is seeded third at the Elite Trophy, which is the final tournament in the 2018 WTA Calendar. She kicked-off her campaign on Tuesday with a 6-4, 6-4, win over Ashleigh Barty. The world No.12 is hoping to end her breakthrough season with another title after previously winning Premier titles in Connecticut and Wuhan. She was recently named WTA Newcomer of the Year.

“I’m happy with that. Everybody would be happy with that.” She commented on her WTA award. “I didn’t expect to do this well. Now I’m just enjoying it and trying to do more and more.”

In her next match, Sabalenka will play Caroline Garcia.

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(VIDEO) Day 8 At The ATP Finals: Alexander Zverev Downs Weary Djokovic

Ubitennis looks back on the year-end finale that took place.

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Alexander Zverev has ended Novak Djokovic’s run at the O2 to win the biggest title of his career. The 21-year-old was the fresher and stronger out of the two contesting the final at the O2 Arena in London. Following their match, Djokovic openly backed the German to one day break his record in terms of titles won. Something Zverev was quick to downplay.


 

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‘If You Win a Grand Slam, It’s A Good Season’ – Roger Federer On 2018 And His Off-Season Goals

The Swiss player has named two improvements he would like to make to his game ahead of the next season.

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20-time grand slam champion Roger Federer has said that he is contempt with his performance this year despite experiencing a slight dip in form during the second half.

The 37-year-old officially ended his season on Saturday after bowing out in straight sets to Alexander Zverev at the ATP Finals in London. This year the Swiss player has won four titles on the tour, including the Australian Open in January. Overall, he has achieved a win-loss record of 48-10.

“(Pete) Sampras once upon a time said, ‘If you win a slam, it’s a good season.’” Reflected Federer, who held the world No.1 ranking for a total of eight weeks during 2018.
“So started great. I played super well in Australia again. So obviously I can’t wait to go back there in a couple of months.”

Despite the success, he has also suffered his share of disappointment. Prior to his last tournament of the year, Federer had only won two out of six matches against top 10 players. He also suffered a surprise loss to Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon before falling in the fourth round at the US Open. Making it the first time he has only reached one grand slam semi-final out of four since 2013.

“The second half of the season could have been better maybe.” Admitted Federer. “I also have high hopes to always do well. So I’m happy I gave myself opportunities again in that second half of the season.”
“I maybe lost a couple too close matches that could have changed things around for me a little bit.” He added.

Work to be done in the off-season

Fortunately, the positives overweight the negatives for the Swiss veteran, who is the oldest player currently in the world’s top 100. In September he celebrated the 20th anniversary of his debut on the ATP Tour at the Grand Prix de Tennis de Toulouse in France.

“I’m very proud that at 37 I’m still so competitive and so happy playing tennis. From that standpoint, as disappointed as I might be about this match if I take a step back, I’m actually very happy about the season.” He told reporters after his loss to Zverev on Saturday.

Federer will now embark upon the off-season where he is expected to conduct his usual preparation in Dubai. During a recent interview with newspaper Tages-Anzeiger, he has outlined two areas of his game that he wants to improve on. His forehand and his play at the net.

“As far as tennis is concerned, I would like to find my way back to the net more often,” he said.
“And of course I want to whip the forehand right again.
“Then there is the condition training with Pierre (Paganini).
“Of course, deciding whether to play on clay or not has an impact on the training program.”

Federer will return to action at the Hopman Cup, which will get underway on December 29th.

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(VIDEO) Day 7 At The ATP Finals: Novak Djokovic Shines, But Roger Federer Stumbles

Ubitennis reflects on a somewhat mixed semi-final day at the season-ending championships.

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There will not be a dream Djokovic-Federer showdown at the ATP Finals on Sunday after two very contrasting semi-finals.

Roger Federer was sent crashing out of the tournament following a sensational performance by Alexander Zverev. Zverev’s triumph had a bitter taste after his match concluded in controversy when he stopped during a rally after noticing a ball boy dropping a ball. Prompting backlash from the crowd and a big debate in the London capital.

In the other semifinal, Novak Djokovic produced a near-perfect performance against a sluggish Kevin Anderson, who leaked 33 unforced errors. Djokovic heads in the final without dropping his serve in the entire tournament.

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