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John McEnroe Issues Stark Warning To Nick Kyrgios, Defends Serena Williams

The seven-time grand slam champion has spoken out about two of the most well known names in the world of tennis.

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Former world No.1 John McEnroe has said he is fearful that Nick Kyrgios could throw away his career if he doesn’t get the right help to change his ways.

 

The 59-year-old believes Kyrgios is currently on the path to ruining his career. The Australian has been marred by controversy with allegations of tanking matches and unsportsmanlike conduct. At the end of 2016 he was briefly suspended from the ATP Tour for his behaviour during the Shanghai Masters. Kyrgios’ most recent incident occurred during October in Shanghai, where he engaged in an argument with the umpire after the official said his effort in the first round match was ‘borderline.’

“He’s going to run himself out of the game at this point, which I don’t want to see. But that’s what’s going to happen. It’s as clear as day,” McEnroe told the Nine Network’s 60 Minutes program.

Like Kyrgios, McEnroe was also a fiery figure on the court when he was a player. The American is remembered best for his outburst at Wimbledon when he said shouted ‘You cannot be serious’ in anger following a call.

The two figures have worked together during the Laver Cup over the past two years with McEnroe being the captain of Team World. The American has described the 23-year-old as ‘the most talented player’ of the past decade. So far in his career, Kyrgios has won four ATP titles and peaked at a ranking high of 13th in the world.

“I like him a lot. I think he’s a great kid and actually I think he’s the most talented tennis player that I’ve seen in 10 years,” said McEnroe.
“The difference between Nick and I at the moment is I tried all the time. He doesn’t, for whatever reason. I’m not Sigmund Freud. I wish I was because I like Nick and he’d be good for the sport [if he fully committed]. Obviously it would be good for him. That goes without saying. I think Nick’s a really nice kid.”

Earlier this month, Kyrgios confirmed that he was seeing psychologists to help him ‘get on top of his mental health.’ During an interview with The Canberra Times, he admitted that he had left it too long to get help.

Kyrgios is set to kick-off his 2019 season at the Brisbane International, which will get underway during the first week in January.

Serena didn’t go too far

Elsewhere in his interview with 60 Minutes, McEnroe also spoke out about Serena Williams. Williams hasn’t played a competitive match since her controversial US Open final clash with Naomi Osaka. During the match, she engaged in a heated argument with the umpire. Who she accused of being sexist. The 37-year-old was given three warnings for coaching, which she denied, racket abuse and verbal abuse. Resulting in her suffering a game penalty and later a $17,000 fine.

“Look at the world that we live in and you’re going to sit there and tell me what Serena Williams did on the court is comparable to the insanity that we’re living in right now?” McEnroe commented about the incident.
“I mean, come on. Give me a break.”

The fallout from the incident dominated headlines around the world and sparked a debate about if sexism is an issue in the sport. Nevertheless, McEnroe believes a lot of it has been blown out of proportion. Admitting that he has ‘done worst himself’ as a player.

“I think she went too far,” he said.
“She obviously was getting her derriere kicked (but) I didn’t think it was that extraordinary.
“I’ve done worse myself.”

In 2017 McEnroe raised eyebrows by saying Williams would struggle to get into the top 700 on the men’s tour. Prompting the 23-time grand slam champion to hit back on social media.

McEnroe was once offered $1 million by Donald Trump to take on the Williams sisters in a battle of the sexes match. Asked if he believes he could still challenge them on the court today, the veteran believes he has the ability to do so if he trained. Even though he officially retired from playing singles on the ATP Tour in 1994.

“The short answer is, as of this moment, if I trained properly and worked hard, I still believe that I could do it,” he concluded.

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Felix Auger Aliassime saves three match points to beat Pierre Hugues Herbert in Marseille

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Felix Auger Aliassime saved three match points to beat Pierre Hugues Herbert 6-0 6-7 (8-6) 7-6 (11-9) after 2 hours and 40 minutes at the Open 13 in Marseille.

 

Auger Aliassime did not convert a match point in the tie-break of the second set before clinching the win on his sixth match point to advance to the quarter final in Marseille. The young Canadian player hit 16 aces and won 85 % of his first serve points.

Herbert hit a tweener lob on set point in the second set to force the match to the third set. Auger Aliassime hit an overhead into the open court at 6-6 in the tie-break in the third set. Herbert hit a forehand pass down the line to earn a match point on his serve, but he did not convert it, as he hit a backhand into the net.

Auger Aliassime saved two more match points at 5-6 and 7-8 in the tie-break with his forehand and an unretured serve, before sealing the win with an ace.

The Canadian Next Gen player will face this year’s Pune finalist Egor Gerasimov, who broke three times in his 6-4 7-6 (7-5) win over David Goffin.

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Danil Medvedev rallies from slow start to beat Jannik Sinner in Marseille

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Danil Medvedev rallied from one set down to edge Jannik Sinner 1-6 6-1 6-2 after 1 hour and 22 minutes. Medvedev dropped his serve twice but broke serve four times.

 

Sinner earned two breaks in the second and sixth game earning the chance to serve for the set. The Italian 18-year-old player served out the first set at 30 in the seventh game.

Sinner saved a break point in the second game, but he dropped his serve in the fourth game to trail 1-3. Medvedev got a double break at 15 and served out the second set in the seventh game at love. Medvedev started the third set with an early break. The Moscow-native broke for the second time in the third game to take a 3-0 lead and held his next three service games easily to cruise through to a 6-2 win in the third set.

Shapovalov will face Gilles Simon, who advanced to the quarter final after beating Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene 7-6 (8-6) 6-4.

Denis Shapovalov beat Marin Cilic 6-4 4-6 6-2 after 2 hours and 1 minute to reach the quarter final at the Open 13 in Marseille.

Shapovalov made two double faults and converted three of his nine break points. Cilic made five double faults and converted one of his seven break points.

Shapovalov converted his third break point chance to take a 2-1 lead. The Canadian player held his next service games and served out the first set 6-4 after saving four break points in the 10th game.

Cilic saved two break points to hold serve at deuce and earned his only break in the 10th game to win the second set 6-4.

Shapovalov broke serve twice in the first and fifth games to win the third set 6-2 setting up a quarter final against Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik, who rallied from one set down to beat Frenchman Benoit Paire 3-6 6-4 6-4.

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Christian Garin beats Federico Delbonis to reach the quarter final in Rio de Janeiro

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Third seed Christian Garin beat Federico Delbonis 6-4 6-3 after 1 hour and 37 miuntes to reach the quarter final at the ATP 500 tournament in Rio de Janeiro.

 

The Chilean player has extended his winning streak to six consecutive matches, which includes his first title of the year in Cordoba.

Garin dropped 13 points in nine service games and did not face any break points. He converted three of his seven break points and sealed the win after Delbonis made a double fault.

Garin will face Argentine qualifier Federico Coria, who defeated Spanish 16-year-old rising star Carlos Alcaraz 6-4 4-6 6-4 after 2 hours and 17 minutes. Coria saved 10 of the 14 break point chances he faced and broke serve five times. Alcaraz made his main draw debut in Rio de Janeiro beating Albert Ramos Vinolas 7-6 4-6 7-6 in 3 hours and 36 minutes earlier this week.

Coria fended off five break point chances and broke serve at 4-4 in the opening set after a double fault from Alcaraz. Coria saved a break point in the next game with a service winner. The Argentine player sealed the first set 6-4 with another service winner.

Alcaraz earned a double break to open up a 5-0 lead in the second set. Coria pulled back both breaks in the seventh and ninth games to claw his way back to 4-5. Alcaraz earned another break in the 10th game to seal the second set 6-4 to force the match to the third set.

Both players traded breaks in the opening two games of the third set. Coria earned another break in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead and closed out the match with a hold in the 10th game.

Hungary’s Attila Balazs came back from one set down to beat Thiago Monteiro 1-6 6-1 6-4 after 1 hour and 51 minutes. Monteiro earned three consecutive breaks to win the first set 6-1. Balazs came back in the second set by breaking three times to win the second set 6-1.

Balasz broke serve in the sixth game of the decider to take a 5-2 lead. Monteiro got the break back and held his serve to claw his way back to 3-5. Balazs earned another break t win the decider 6-4.

Qualifier Pedro Martinez cruised past Pablo Andujar 6-1 6-4 after 1 hour and 26 minutes. Martinez earned a break in the fourth game of the opening set when Andujar made a forehand error. Martinez broke for the second time to race out to a 4-1 lead and saved two break points in the next game to clinch the first set 6-1.

Martinez hit a backhand down the line winner in the third game of the second set and closed out the match with a service winner in the 10th game. Martinez has a record of 5 wins to 3 losses in his eight matches this year.

 

 

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