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Lleyton Hewitt Urges Kyrgios To Follow The Example Set By Zverev

The captain of the Australian Davis Cup team has spoken out about the controversy-stricken player.

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Former world No.1 Lleyton Hewitt believes there is ‘still time’ for Nick Kyrgios to fulfil his potential on the tour as he become the latest figure to urge the Australian to commit more to the sport.

 

The 23-year-old has ended 2018 ranked 35th in the world following a season hampered by numerous injury issues. It is Kyrgios’ lowest year-end ranking since 2014. Despite the setback, he has also managed to show his talent on the tour by winning the Brisbane International. Kyrgios also reached semi-finals of events at Queen’s and Stuttgart.

Throughout his career, the world No.35 has come under criticism for his at times controversial behaviour on the court. The Australian player has previously been accused of tanking during matches and was briefly suspended from the tour for unsportsmanlike conduct displayed during the 2016 Shanghai Masters. In June he was fined $17,500 by the ATP for making a sexual gesture during his semi-final match at the Fever-Tree Championships in London.

Despite the controversy, Hewitt believes there is still hope for his fellow countryman. The two-time grand slam champion believe Kyrgios should follow in the footsteps of ‘the ultimate professional’ Alexander Zverev. Zverev is currently ranked fourth in the world and has won four titles this year, including the season-ending ATP Finals.

“There’s still time, absolutely – but it goes quickly,” Hewitt commented during an interview with The Australian Associated Press.
“It goes quickly and you get the next group of kids coming up as well and they’ll be challenging next and they’ll see Zverev now is on the plate.
“Two years ago, Nick was probably ahead of Zverev in terms of what a lot of people thought his potential was.
“Zverev’s done absolutely everything right. He is the ultimate professional and he has been from day dot from when I’ve seen him around on the tour.”

Joining in with Hewitt’s calls is John Newcombe. A former seven-time grand slam champion who also won 17 major titles in men’s doubles during his career. The 74-year-old believes it is important that Kyrgios gets fully fit in order to end his run of injuries. This year Kyrgios has been troubled with issues concerning his elbow and hip.

“If he got himself into 100 per cent physical shape, he’d stop getting all the niggling injuries. That would be a big step forward,” he said.
“Because as you get into the mid 20s and late 20s, if you’re not fully fit, you haven’t done the homework, you’re going to get more and more injuries.”

Earlier this month, it was revealed that Kyrgios was seeing a psychologist to help him ‘get on top of his mental health.‘ Admitting that he ‘probably left it a little too long’ to seek help. He is working with two psychologists – one based in Australia and the other overseas – to help tackle his demons.

“He has a lot of potential and talent but he has to learn to use it, maybe pick a better schedule as well and focus on where he wants to peak.” Hewitt concluded.

Kyrgios is set to start his 2019 season during the first week in January at the Brisbane International.

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Year-End No.1 Not A Priority For Rafael Nadal, Says Murray

Murray spoke about his rival as he gives a update on his current form.

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Three-time grand slam champion Andy Murray believes rival Rafael Nadal is not focusing on the prospect of ending the season as world No.1.

 

Murray spoke about the big three during an extensive interview with The Times. A group compromising of Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. The Brit is currently on the comeback from hip resurfacing surgery and recently reached the quarter-finals of the China Open. His best run on the ATP Tour so far this season. Currently ranked 289th in the world, Murray admits that he still has a way to go to the top. However, the 32-year-old is drawing inspiration from some of his rivals.

“If I do get up there, I’m not going to be focusing on ranking targets. You look at what Roger [Federer], Rafa [Nadal] and I guess Novak [Djokovic], to a certain extent, are doing to give themselves a chance to play longer.” Murray told The Times.
“Right now, Rafa could be fighting to finish number one in the world and it’s not a priority for him. I would like to be competitive in the big events against the best players. I’m not there yet, but I’m closer than I was a month ago, and much closer than a couple of months ago,” he said.

Nadal is currently closing in on the world No.1 spot despite not playing since winning the US Open. On Monday Djokovic’s lead over him will be reduced to 320 points after the Serbian lost in the third round of the Shanghai Masters. Then on November 4th he is guaranteed to return to the top spot before the ATP Finals. Even more significant is that Nadal has no ranking points to defend for the rest of the season compared to 1600 for Djokovic.

Murray’s comments on Nadal echoes what the Spaniard has previously said. During the US Open in September, the king of clay stated that returning to the top was ‘not his main goal’ with his health being top priority.

“I don’t compete for it. I just do my way. If I am able to be No.1 doing it my way, great. But I always say the same: today is not my main goal.” He explained.
“Of course, it’s great to be in that fight. But for me personally, it’s not really a fight. I just try be competitive the weeks that I need to compete, or the weeks that I want to compete.’
“With my age and with my goals, I cannot lose energy or time to follow the No.1. I need to think about my career in a different way.
‘For me, my main goal is play as long as possible and compete, being competitive. Sometimes if you need to follow the No.1, you are going to lose years of your career.”

Nadal is set to return to action in November at the Paris Masters. Meanwhile, Murray returns to the court tomorrow at the European Open where he will play Kimmer Coppejans in the first round.

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Juan Martin Del Potro Scraps Comeback Plans, But Has Good News

Details concerning the current health of the Argentina has been released.

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Juan Martin del Potro (photo by chryslène caillaud, copyright @Sport Vision)

The return of Juan Martin del Potro to the tour will not take place this year following medical advice issued to the former US Open champion.

 

Del Potro has been sidelined from action since the Fever-Tree Championships in June. At the tournament the Argentine suffered a fall on the court and injured his knee. He re-fractured his right patella in what was an almost identical scenario to the end of last year for the injury-stricken player.

It was hoped that the 31-year-old would be returning to action at tournaments in Stockholm, Sweden and Vienna, Austria later this year. However, those plans have now been changed. Meaning his 2019 season has come to an end.

“Juan Martin del Potro visited the Mapfre de Mecidina del Tenis Clinic in Barcelona,” a statement published by Del Potro’s management reads.
“After some tests, including on-court exercises supervised by Dr. Angel Ruiz Cotorro, the right knee was shown great signs of a solid recovery.
“Now they will be able to take the next step in the recovery stage and create a rehabilitation program that is more intense with the goal to make Juan Martin competing again as soon as possible.
“Despite Juan Martin’s wishes, he has been recommended not to compete in October and continue with the current plan.”

Del Potro has been hampered by injuries throughout his career. Over a two-year period (2014-2015) he underwent four surgeries on his wrists. Since 2010, he has missed more than three years on the tour due to his physical struggles.

Injury timeline
-Jan-Sep 10: right wrist (8 months)
-Feb-Jan 14-15: Left wrist (11 months)
-Mar-Feb 15-16: left wrist (11 months)
-Oct-Feb 18-19: right knee (4 months)
-Feb-Apr 19: right knee (2 months)
-June 19 – now right knee (5 months*)
*ongoing injury

Del Potro closes the year out by playing in just five tournaments. Winning eight out of 12 matches played. He reached the quarter-finals of events in Delray Beach and Rome, as well as the fourth round of the French Open.

The next public glimpse of Del Potro on the tennis court is likely to take place in November. He is set to take on Roger Federer in an exhibition match held in Buenos Aires. Their clash will take place at the The Parque Roca Stadium.

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Teenage Sensation Coco Gauff Reach New Milestone And Is Hungry For More

It is turning out to be a quite a tournament for the American lucky loser.

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Coco Gauff’s maiden experience at the Linz Open in Austria is one that comprises of both disappointment and jubilation.

 

It looked like it was all over for the 15-year-old in qualifying after she lost in the second round to Germany’s Tamara Korpatsch. However, she was given a second chance after receiving a lucky loser place in the main draw. A chance Gauff has triumphantly capitalized on with a straight-sets win over Stefanie Vogele in the opening round. Then on Wednesday she sealed her place in her first ever WTA quarter-final after Ukrainian world No.83 Kateryna Kozlova retired in the third set of their match.

The latest win has enabled Gauff to once again rewrite the record books. She is the youngest player to reach the last eight of a WTA tournament in 14 years.

It’s a good accomplishment, and hopefully I can continue to push that to the semifinals.Gauff reacted to her latest milestone.
“I guess that I’m used to being the youngest to do a lot of things, and I hope that I can continue to do that and enjoy my youth years, because as everyone tells me, it doesn’t last long.”

Perhaps even more significant is that the latest run has secured Gauff’s debut in the top 100. An enormous rise for a player who was ranked 685th at the start of this year. She is the youngest player to breaking into the top 100 since Sesil Karatantcheva back in 2005. To put that into context, this week the youngest player in the top 100 is 18-year-old Amanda Anisimova.

“It’s been a goal of mine. In January of this year, I sent a message to my friend saying I wanted to finish Top 100, and at the time I was ranked, like, 800, so it was a far-fetched goal, but I’m glad that I was able to accomplish it,” she said.
“My other goal was to get in the main draw of two Grand Slams, and that happened, so I’m glad that I accomplished everything that I wanted this year.”

Gauff made headlines earlier this year with a shock run to the fourth round of the Wimbledon Championships as a qualifier. It was at the tournament where she recorded her first ever win over a top 10 player by defeating Venus Williams in the first round. A couple months later she also reached the third round of the US Open before losing to Naomi Osaka. Due to her age, Gauff is currently restricted to how many tournaments she is allowed to play within a 12-month period.

Awaiting the teenager in Linz next will be either top seed Kiki Bertens or Alison Van Uytvanck.

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