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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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Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev reach the second round in Hamburg

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Dominic Thiem beat 2016 finalist Pablo Cuevas 6-3 7-6 (7-3) after 1 hour and 40 minutes in the first round of the Hamburg European Open to score his 24th win of the season and the 250th win of his career.

 

Thiem beat Cuevas for the fifth time in his seventh head-to-head clash against Cuevas and for the third time this year after his previous wins in Buenos Aires and at Roland Garros.

Thiem broke serve in the second game of the opening set after a lucky net cord return and hit a service winner in the ninth game to seal the first set 6-3. Both players traded breaks at the start of the start of the second set. Cuevas fended off a break point chance in the fifth game. Both players stayed neck and neck in the next game setting up a second set.

Thiem earned a mini-break at 2-1 after two mini-breaks from Cuevas. The Austrian player got a double mini-break with a backhand down the line winner on the ninth point. He closed out the match with a service winner on the next point.

“I wish that the grass court season would have been longer. I love this surface, but it was only one match unfortunately. I hope that I can do it better next year. I am back on clay for two weeks and the last two weeks of the year, so I will try to enjoy the mas much as possible”, said Thiem.

Last year’s ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev made a winning start to his campaign in his home tournament with a 6-4 6-2 victory over last week’s Bastad winner Nicolas Jarry in 71 minutes. Zverev converted four of his six break point chances and saved four of the five chances he faced. Zverev broke serve in the third game to build up a 5-2 lead, when Jarry netted a backhand.

Zverev did not convert three set points, as he was serving for the set. He dropped five consecutive points before serving out the set at 5-4. Both players went on serve in the first four games before Zverev broke at 15 in the fifth game, when Jarry netted a backhand. The German player held serve at love before earning a break to build up a 5-2 after a forehand error from Jarry. The Chilean player earned two break points in the eighth game, as Zverev was serving for the win. Zverev saved them before sealing the second set 6-2 with an ace.

Nikoloz Basilashvili beat Bolivian qualifier Hugo Dellien 6-4 6-3 after 67 minutes. This year’s Monte-Carlo champion Fabio Fognini came back from one set down to beat Julian Lenz 6-4 6-4 setting up a match against Rudolf Molleker. Former Hamburg finalist Richard Gasquet beat Indian qualifier Sumit Nagal 6-2 7-6 (7-3) setting up a match against his compatriot Jeremy Chardy. Federico Delbonis saved three match points to beat Marco Cecchinato 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rudolf Molleker knocks out two-time champion Leonardo Mayer in Hamburg

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German 18-year-old Next Gen player Rudolf Molleker knocked out 2014 and 2017 Hamburg champion Leonardo Mayer 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 after 1 hour and 39 minutes at the Hamburg European Open.

 

Molleker beat Mayer in 2017 in the Hamburg qualifying round, but Mayer got a spot in the main draw as a lucky loser and went on to win the title.

Molleker fended off all three break points in two consecutive games of the first set, before saving two set points in the tie-break. He sealed the second set with a single break.

The German teenager saved two break points in the seventh game with two service games with two service winners and one more chance in the ninth game to set up a tie-break. Mayer took the lead twice at 6-5 and 8-7, but Molleker saved both chances with two winners and sealed the tie-break on the 18th point after a double fault from Mayer.

Molleker earned an early break at the start of the second set and held his service games in the next games before sealing the win with a service winner at 5-4 to secure his spot in the round of 16.

Marton Fucsovics cruised past Phillip Kohlschreiber 6-3 6-0 dropping just 16 points on serve. Fucsovics got an early break in the fourth game to clinch the opening set 6-3. The Hungarian player broke three times in a one-sided second set and sealed the win with a service winner.

Andrey Rublev, who lost in the second round at Wimbledon and Umag, edged this year’s Munich and Houston champion Christian Garin 6-4 7-6 (7-5) after 1 hour and 39 minutes to score his second win over the Chilean player this year. Rublev broke three times to seal the opening set 6-4. The Russian player got the break back at 4-5 in the second set to set up a tie-break, which he sealed 7-5.

Jeremy Chardy came back from losing the first set to beat Jeremy Chardy 6-7 (4-7) 7-5 6-3 after 2 hours and 34 minutes. Paire fended off a set point at 4-5 in the opening set to clinch the tie-break 7-4. Paire got a late break in the second set, but Chardy won two games at 5-5 to force the match to the third set. Chardy went up a double break to seal the third set 6-3.

Martin Klizan converted all five break points to cruise past Daniel Altmaier 6-2 6-2.

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Nicolas Jarry Breaks New Ground To Win The Swedish Open

The 23-year-old has become the latest player to win their first ATP title in 2019.

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Chilean fifth seed Nicolas Jarry has won his first ATP title at the Swedish Open after prevailing in straight sets on Sunday.

 

The world No.64 held his nerve to edge his way past Argentina’s Juan Inacio Londero 7-6(3), 6-4. Playing in only his third ATP final, Jarry dropped serve once as he blasted 10 aces and won 76% of the points behind his first serve. Becoming the first person his country to win the tournament since Luis Ayala back in 1960.

“I’m very happy to be able to have this (the title). I know it is not very easy to get the first one in anything that you do. I’m really happy.” Jarry said during the trophy presentation.
“I want to say thank you to my team. I have a big team back home and we are very united. This is for all of them and all of my family who has been there since I was born.”

Jarry achieved his career milestone without dropping a set during the entire tournament. Earlier in the week he also scored wins over Jeremy Chardy and Frederico Delbonis. Londero was the only seeded player he faced in Sweden this year. Overall, he was broken eight times in six matches played.

The 23-year-old isn’t the first member of his family to win a title on the men’s tour. His grandfather is Jaime Fillol, who is a former top 20 player that reached the quarter-finals of the 1975 US Open. During his career, Fillol claimed eight trophies and was the former president of the ATP.

“He is one of the best Chilean tennis players. He taught me the sport since I was little,” Jarry told atptour.com earlier this week. “He took me to great tournaments. I remember Wimbledon when I was 12 and I remember going to the US Open a couple of times. There used to be an ATP [tournament] in Santiago, so I was always involved in the tennis.”

The new Swedish Open champion is the second player from Chile to win a title in 2019. Christian Garin claimed his maiden title back in April at the US Men’s Clay Court Championships in Houston. He then went on to win the Munich Open, which is also a clay-court event.

Jarry exits Sweden with 250 ranking points and €90,390 in prize money earnings. He will next travel to Germany to play in the Hamburg Open.

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