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The second week of the season will see the players getting ready for the Australian Open, as two ATP 250 tournaments are set to take place from the 7th to the 12th of January.

 

The Sydney International and the ASB Classic in New Zealand have two solid lineups, with draw-cards like John Isner, Fabio Fognini and Kyle Edmund committed to play. Tomas Berdych has received a Wild Card into Auckland.

Spain’s Roberto Bautista-Agut (Auckland) and Russia’s Daniil Medvedev (Sydney) are the defending champions.

NEWS: Kyle Edmund withdraws from Sydney, Sam Querrey takes his place.

 

ATP 250 Sydney (AUS, Hard Outdoor):
OUT Edmund, Kyle GBR 14
2 Tsitsipas, Stefanos GRE 15
3 Medvedev, Daniil RUS 16
4 Schwartzman, Diego ARG 17
5 Simon, Gilles FRA 30
6 De Minaur, Alex AUS 31
7 Pouille, Lucas FRA 32
OUT Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried FRA 34PR
9 Fucsovics, Marton HUN 36
10 Seppi, Andreas ITA 37
11 Millman, John AUS 38
12 Tiafoe, Frances USA 39
13 Chardy, Jeremy FRA 40
14 Klizan, Martin SVK 41
15 Mannarino, Adrian FRA 42
16 Jarry, Nicolas CHI 43
17 Jaziri, Malek TUN 45
18 Ebden, Matthew AUS 46
19 Lajovic, Dusan SRB 48
OUT [SE]
OUT [SE]
22 WC Thompson, Jordan AUS 72
23 WC Popyrin, Alexei AUS 147
24 [WC]
25 [Q]
26 [Q]
27 [Q]
28 [Q]
Alternates:
IN Querrey, Sam USA 51
OUT Kukushkin, Mikhail KAZ 53
OUT Gojowczyk, Peter GER 59
OUT Copil, Marius ROU 60
OUT Sandgren, Tennys USA 61
IN Harrison, Ryan USA 62
IN Kudla, Denis USA 63
OUT Lopez, Feliciano ESP 64
IN Ramos-Vinolas, Albert ESP 65
1. Bedene, Aljaz SLO 67

 

ATP Sydney (AUS, Hard Outdoor), qualifying:
OUT Basilashvili, Nikoloz GEO 21
OUT Querrey, Sam USA 51
OUT Kukushkin, Mikhail KAZ 53
OUT Harrison, Ryan USA 62
5 Kudla, Denis USA 63
6 Bedene, Aljaz SLO 67
7 Rublev, Andrey RUS 68
8 Nishioka, Yoshihito JPN 75
9 Daniel, Taro JPN 77
10 Andreozzi, Guido ARG 79
OUT Delbonis, Federico ARG 80
12 Munar, Jaume ESP 81
13 Andujar, Pablo ESP 82
14 Garin, Christian CHI 84
15 [WC]
16 [WC]
Alternates:
OUT Kovalik, Jozef SVK 85
OUT Basic, Mirza BIH 87
OUT Gulbis, Ernests LAT 95
IN Donskoy, Evgeny RUS 97
IN Opelka, Reilly USA 99
IN Sousa, Pedro POR 104
OUT Garcia-Lopez, Guillermo ESP 105
OUT Lorenzi, Paolo ITA 109
IN Kubler, Jason AUS 113
IN Rosol, Lukas CZE 143
OUT Kokkinakis, Thanasi AUS 147
OUT Popyrin, Alexei AUS 148
1. Hoang, Antoine FRA 150
2. Vanni, Luca ITA 169
3. Paul, Tommy USA 203
4. Lee, Duckhee KOR 219
5. Arevalo, Marcelo ESA 221

 

 

 

ATP 250 Auckland (NZL, Hard Outdoor):
1 Isner, John USA 10
2 Fognini, Fabio ITA 13
3 Cecchinato, Marco ITA 20
4 Carreno Busta, Pablo ESP 23
5 Bautista Agut, Roberto ESP 24
6 Chung, Hyeon KOR 25
7 Shapovalov, Denis CAN 27
8 Monfils, Gael FRA 29
9 Johnson, Steve USA 33
10 Kohlschreiber, Philipp GER 34
11 Sousa, Joao POR 44
12 Fritz, Taylor USA 49
13 Haase, Robin NED 50
14 Paire, Benoit FRA 52
15 Berrettini, Matteo ITA 54
OUT Herbert, Pierre-Hugues FRA 55
17 Mayer, Leonardo ARG 56
18 Struff, Jan-Lennard GER 57
19 Pella, Guido ARG 58
OUT [SE]
OUT [SE]
22 WC Berdych, Tomas CZE 71
23 [WC]
24 [WC]
25 [Q]
26 [Q]
27 [Q]
28 [Q]
Alternates:
IN Gojowczyk, Peter GER 59
IN Copil, Marius ROU 60
IN Sandgren, Tennys USA 61
1. Harrison, Ryan USA 62
2. Kudla, Denis USA 63
3. Ramos-Vinolas, Albert ESP 65
4. Bedene, Aljaz SLO 67
5. Berdych, Tomas CZE 71
6. Carballes Baena, Roberto ESP 73
7. Marterer, Maximilian GER 74

 

ATP 250 Auckland (NZL, Hard Outdoor), qualifying:
OUT Gojowczyk, Peter GER 59
OUT Sandgren, Tennys USA 61
OUT Ramos-Vinolas, Albert ESP 65
4 Marterer, Maximilian GER 74
5 Klahn, Bradley USA 76
6 McDonald, Mackenzie USA 78
7 Cuevas, Pablo URU 88
8 Norrie, Cameron GBR 90
9 Djere, Laslo SRB 93
OUT Albot, Radu MDA 98
11 Fabbiano, Thomas ITA 101
12 Humbert, Ugo FRA 102
OUT Mmoh, Michael USA 103
14 Zeballos, Horacio ARG 174
15 WC Tearney, Finn NZL
16 WC Rai, Ajeet NZL
Alternates:
IN Robert, Stephane FRA 196
OUT Paul, Tommy USA 203
OUT Lee, Duckhee KOR 219
OUT Clarke, Jay GBR 234
OUT Ymer, Mikael SWE 256
1. Masur, Daniel GER 259
2. Marcora, Roberto ITA 291
3. Gomez-Herrera, Carlos ESP 316
4. Puetz, Tim GER 318
5. Statham, Rubin NZL 374
OUT Blancaneaux, Geoffrey FRA 421
6. Nielsen, Frederik DEN 434
7. Maamoun, Karim-Mohamed EGY 439
8. Krajicek, Austin USA 445

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The Trial Has Ended: David Ferrer Is Now A Head Coach Of Alexander Zverev

The former French Open finalist is set to become a regular face on the men’s Tour once again but in a differnt capacity.

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By Emil Evtimov

David Ferrer is the new head coach of Alexander Zverev alongside his father Alexander Sr. The news was revealed by the world No.7 after his win against Felix Auger-Aliassime at the Ultimate Tennis Showdown in Nice.

 

In the beginning of July Zverev announced that he and Ferrer will work together on a trial basis for two weeks in Monte Carlo. Now the German confirmed that the former world No.3 and Roland Garros finalist will be on his side as a coach at least until the end of the year. 

“The trial period is over. We are together. We understand each other great and now we are a team,” said Zverev.

Ferrer won’t be the first prominent name in team Zverev. Previously the three-time Masters 1000 champion worked with Juan Carlos Ferrero and Ivan Lendl. Since the end of his relationship with Lendl, Zverev has been trained mainly by his dad.

“David and my father are both my head coaches now. My dad doesn’t get any younger. Both are extremely important for the team.”

For Ferrer this will be the first coaching experience. His playing career ended in May 2019 during the ATP Masters 1000 in Madrid with his last opponent on the court being none other than Zverev.

For quite a long time Zverev was considered the big star from the young generation but in 2019 was a bit overshadowed by players such as Stefanos Tsitsipas and  Daniil Medvedev.

The German began 2020 with a great performance at the Australian Open reaching the semifinals where he lost to Dominic Thiem in four sets.

Zverev is on the entry list for the first tournament after the pandemic – the Western & Southern Open which will be staged in New York to create a “protective bubble” for the US Open. The 23-year old talks also about the Grand Slam tournament, saying he would prefer it not to happen, although he is going to play at this point.

“It is a bit crazy to play the US Open now. I would prefer if it would not happen and we just restart in Europe. Because of the pandemic it is not the right time to fly. But when they host the open – what shall we played do? Especially when everyone plays’ it is about ranking points, too. At this point I didn’t think about withdrawing. If everyone reacts within hygiene rules and it will be similar to the NBA bubble it could work out.”

Zverev was one of the tennis players most criticized for his behaviour during the pandemic. The reason was his participation in the Adria Tour where he and his colleagues weren’t following the social distancing rules very strictly. The German gave a negative test for COVID-19 after finding out about the positive test of Grigor Dimitrov. He promised to be in quarantine for safety reasons but was seen partying a few days after. This caused a criticism from Nick Kyrgios, as well as a Twitter war between the Australian and German legend Boris Becker.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas opens up: “I Wasn’t Sure If I Was Good Enough”

Stefanos Tsitsipas reflects on how hard it was in the beginning of his pro career.

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In the latest instalment of “Behind the Racquet” world No.6 Stefanos Tsitsipas has shed light on the personal struggles he encountered whilst breaking into the sport.

Tsitsipas had a great 2019 season, climbing from N.15 to N.6 at the end of the year after winning the Nitto ATP Finals, as well as two ATP 250 tournaments in Estoril and Marseille. He also reached the final of the Madrid Open.

However, life wasn’t always so easy for the charming Greek. In his “Behind the Racquet” post, he recalls the times when he was playing Futures while doubting that he was good enough to play professional tennis. He admitted he was feeling “very lonely” and not having many friends on the ATP tour.

Here is the Tsitsipas story in the “Behind the Racquet”:

“In 2018, I broke into the Top 15 and was seeded in Grand Slams. That’s when I understood my potential. In the beginning, I traveled with only my dad. Now, I travel with my dad, mom, and three siblings. I’m the main source of income for my family. 

I have hobbies that keep me interested in different aspects of life. These activities keep me creative and are reflected in my tennis game and presence on court. Sometimes, I post things on my social media that not many people understand. These posts express my inner creativity. I’m just trying to be different from the rest. I put Stefanos’ twist on life. I am philosophical, I come from a country with a history of philosophy and I don’t know if I was Pythagoras or Socrates in my previous life, but I wouldn’t mind being either one. 

There was a time when I wasn’t doing well. I started to play futures and was doubting myself. I wasn’t sure if I was good enough to play professional tennis. My country was going through hard times. Greece was on the verge of bankruptcy. The entire population was suffering. My father’s siblings were unemployed and couldn’t feed their families. People looked at me like I was the one ruling the country and they thought I was part of the problem. 

I felt isolated. I wasn’t home to see what was going on because I was traveling. I needed support. My mental coach shared his wisdom and inspired me. Then I said to myself, ‘You’ve dedicated your entire life to tennis, you can’t just give up. You’ve got to keep going.’ I play tennis to prove that my country has a great history and can achieve success. Tennis is a very introverted sport and we face everything alone. We have a team that follows us all over the world but I have spent countless sleepless nights on my own. All the traveling and competing causes a lot of stress and I grew very lonely.

I was an introverted child and I didn’t have many friends. When I first started playing on tour, I thought I would develop friendships but it turned out to be the opposite. Most players keep to themselves. I feel like players don’t want to become friends because they think someone will grab a secret from you to beat you. I guess they’re just too serious about the whole thing. Friends would make traveling less lonely.”

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Roger Federer enjoys calm year ahead of the 2021 season

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Twenty-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer is happy to enjoy a calm year ahead of the 2021 season. The Swiss legend admitted in an interview to Sportpanorama on the Swiss channel SRF 2 that he has not started his preparation for the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo, where he will be bidding to his first Olympic singles gold medal. 

 

Federer started the 2020 season with a semifinal at the Australian Open. He saved seven match points in his five-set quarter final against Tennys Sandgren before losing to Novak Djokovic in the semifinal. Last February he underwent arthroscopic surgery for a right knee injury and ended the 2020 season to give time to his body to recover. 

“I have not started mental preparations for the Tokyo Olympics. When you have been on the tour for 20 years, you are happy to have a more calm year. We have so many matches and competitions that whenever you take a break you know that someone else is winning in that time. That’s why it is extremely difficult to say. I take a break. Everyone is now forced to have a break and I think that 90% of the players are thinking: fortunately I can have a break. Tennis is constant and nonstop. You could not really prepare for Tokyo as there would have been 20 tournaments before. They are also very important, even though maybe not as important as the Olympics, which have another significance. We have many big events. That’s why the preparation just starts three months in before. You have the block in tennis with French Open, Wimbledon and Olympic Games. It depends on which surface it is even though in tennis it’s classic on hardcourt in Tokyo. Everyone can play on hardcourt, but you have to specially prepare for clay and grass”, said Federer. 

Federer has enjoyed spending time with his family in the past few months. 

“For the first time in twenty years I have been at one place for five and six years. Of course I enjoy it. We have been incredibly careful and have not seen my parents and friends. We took everything serious which is the right way as it’s not been over yet. That’s why I did not do any interviews and keep distance in everything I do. That’s very important for us. When you are having an injury you can’t do much anyway and have more calm moments at home. You don’t have the stress of the next competition and match, you don’t have nerves, you don’t have the strain from travelling and having a jet-leg, you are not tired. You can enjoy your family life way more”. 

Federer hopes that the Olympic Games in Tokyo will take place in 2021. The Swiss Maestro will be bidding to win his first olympic singles gold medal after the title he won with Stan Wawrinka in the doubles tournament in Beijing 2008. 

“Unfortunately I was injured in Rio and now the Games were postponed, I had the feeling I always took a lot with me away from the Olympic Games. First to be part of it, then with the goal to get a medal, maybe even a Gold one. That’s a completely differerent situation how you enjoyed the Olympic Games. I am curious how Tokyo will be. I hope it will take place. We are one year away but there are voices who say: maybe it’s too early until we have everything under control. I am hopeful all will be good. I think I can speak for both of us when I say that in our position is a goal, otherwise you wonder why you even go there in the first place. I think something is possible. Whether this will be in singles, doubles or mixed. I don’t know yet what I am going to play. I think I would have a chance in singles. At a tournament everything is possible. It’s another story over a whole season but at one tournament many things are possible. At the situation I am in right now i have to honestly say that I would be glad to participate. When I am 100% fit I would be happy to get a medal. When I won’t have one, I would be disappointed but I know that I gave everything and I can look proudly. Tokyo has been great. It was another experience and I could participate at another Olympic Games. My family will be with me just like in London. It’s already a success for me when I am at 100% and can participate, but a medal should be the goal”, said Federer. 

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