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“It’s Bernie Being Bernie” – Lleyton Hewitt Hits Back At Verbal Attack From Bernard Tomic

A war of words have broken out between the two Australian tennis personalities.

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Lleyton Hewitt has played down a series of strongly-worded comments made by Bernard Tomic in which he was accused of damaging Australian tennis.

 

On the opening day of the Australian Open, Tomic launched a shock attack on the former world No.1 shortly after his first round loss to Croatian sixth seed Marin Cilic. Tomic said that ‘no one likes’ Hewitt any more and accused him of ruining their national association. Claiming that both Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios doesn’t want to play in the Davis Cup because of him. Hewitt has been the Australian Davis Cup captain since 2016.

“”It’s all Lleyton. I’m going to say it honestly – no one likes him anymore,” said Tomic, who blames him for divisions within Tennis Australia.
“He’s just doing the wrong thing. He’s playing Davis Cup – I thought he was retired. You know what I mean?
“He used to hate Tennis Australia. It’s weird. And now he loves them. What’s happened here?
“But I guess he’s using them for other things and resources and … yep. And it’s for his pay cheque, yep.”

Tomic said that Hewitt ‘doesn’t put the players first.’ Criticising his decision to continuing playing in tournaments after retiring. Hewitt has played in numerous doubles tournaments since announcing that he will step away from the professional tour three years ago. This week in has been granted a wildcard into the men’s doubles draw at the Australian Open alongside John-Patrick Smith.

“He doesn’t put Nick first, he doesn’t put Kokkinakis first. He only thinks of himself,” Tomic insisted.

Hewitt vows to stay

In response the criticism, Hewitt has pledged to maintain his role as Davis Cup captain. Despite Tomic’s calls for him to ‘move on.’ During an interview with the Nine Network, the 37-year-old blasted his compatriot for ‘overshadowing’ the achievement of Australian players on the first day of the Melbourne grand slam.

“I actually had a bit of a laugh. It’s Bernie being Bernie and losing and going on and complaining about a few things,” Hewitt said.
“I laugh it off and go forward. I am working with a few guys and I am excited.
“The disappointing thing is that the Aussie men and women had a great day and it was overshadowed by Bernard Tomic.”

Hewitt has also dismissed the idea that there is unhappiness among members of his Davis Cup Team. Meanwhile Tennis Australia’s head of performance, Wally Masur, has said he supports Hewitt.

“I don’t think that there is a rift,” He stated.
“There is always communication going on with captain, coach and players and leading into the next tie that will all happen but those boys are going on with big matches today.
“The communication, we’ve spoken before the Australian Open and we will continue to speak after the Australian Open leading into the next Davis Cup tie and then we work out next week our best team moving forward into the Adelaide tie.
“For me, I love being a part and helping the Australian players as much as possible.”

Tennis Australian has confirmed that they will hold a meeting with Hewitt on Tuesday to discuss the situation and how to address it.

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Dominic Thiem, Diego Schwarzman, Guido Pella and Matteo Berrettini lead the field in Buenos Aires

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Three of the four semifinalists from last year’edition Diego Schwartzman, Dominic Thiem and Guido Pella will return to the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club for the 2020 edition of the ATP 250 Tournament in Buenos Aires. The line-up also features this year’s US Open semifinalist Matteo Berrettini, who recently qualified for the London Nitto ATP Finals.

 

Thiem won two editions of the Buenos Aires in 2016 and 2018 and reached the semifinal last year. Schwartzman lost last year’s final against Marco Cecchinato after beating Thiem in the semifinal after 2 hours and a half.

Guido Pella will play in the main draw in Buenos Aires for the eighth consecutive year. The Argentine player won his first ATP title in Sao Paulo on indoor clay and reached the final in Cordoba, the semifinal in Buenos Aires, the quarter finals in Monte-Carlo, Barcelona, Munich, Wimbledon and Antwerp.

The list of past winners in Buenos Aires features Gustavo Kuerten, Carlos Moya, Guillermo Coria, Gaston Gaudio, David Nalbandian, Tommy Robredo, Juan Carlos Ferrero, David Ferrer, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem.

 

 

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Fabio Fognini: “Italian tennis is growing”

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Fabio Fognini enjoyed the best season of his career in 2019 winning his first Masters 1000 title in Monte-Carlo against Dusan Lajovic after beating Alexander Zverev in the quarter final and Rafael Nadal in the semifinal. He became the first Italian player to win an ATP Masters 1000 title and the first Italian to reach the top 10 since Corrado Barazzutti in 1979. The Italian player also reached the quarter finals in Hamburg, Los Cabos, Montreal, Beijing and Shanghai.

 

Fognini revealed during an interview with Italian sport channel Sky Sport that he has started his training for the 2020 season in Rome under the guidance of Corrado Barazzutti.

“I have started practising again only a few days ago. I am pretty tired also because I took some time off after the Davis Cup. I was with my family and now I am back on the tennis court. Corrado Barazzutti is coaching me. I am happy because we trust a lot each other. The main thing is to train well. I will spend Christmas with my family since my second child will come and then I will try to start in a proper way in Australia ”.

The World number 12 star looked back at a great season for Italian tennis, which was highlighted by the US Open semifinal reached by Matteo Berrettini, the triumph of Jannik Sinner at the Next Gen ATP Final in Milan and Lorenzo Musetti’s win in the Australian Open Junior tournament.

“We had a magical year in Italy. Everything started with Marco Cecchinato’s French Open semifinals in 2018. Then I won in Monte-Carlo, Matteo Berrettini reached the US Open semifinals and he cracked the top ten. We have very promising younger guys like Jannik Sinner and Lorenzo Musetti. The men’s Italian tennis is growing. I am sorry for how it went in the Davis Cup as we failed to reach the quarter finals. Now it’s time to recharge batteries and be ready for the Australian Open”.

 

Fognini is likely to miss the ATP Cup in Australia, because his wife Flavia Pennetta will be due to give birth to their child, and will start his season in Auckland one week before the Australian Open.

 

 

 

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Anna-Lena Groenefeld announces the end of her career

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Anna-Lena Groenefeld has ended her career to start a family. The 34-year-old German player started her professional career in 2003 after becoming the first German player since 1957 to win the Junior French Open and the junior world number 1 in both singles and doubles disciplines.

 

Groenefeld won a WTA singles title in Acapulco in 2006 beating Flavia Pennetta in Acapulco and advanced the quarter finals at the French Open in the same year. She achieved the best results of her career in doubles reaching her career-high of number 7, qualified seven Grand Slam semifinals at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open and won two mixed doubles titles at Wimbledon 2009 and at the US Open 2014. Groenefeld reached three Premier 5 doubles finals in Rome, Toronto and Cincinnati and the semifinals in her farewell tournament at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen with her partner Demi Schuurs.

Groenefeld announced on social media:

“This little girl had dreams. For the last 18 years, she was able to live one of them. Now it’s time to hopefully fulfil another dream of having a family. I want to say thank you to everyone, who was by my side through all those years in the ups and downs. My family, friends and all of you who followed and supported me all those years. Thank you”.

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