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Just Your Typical Nick Kyrgios Match at Delray Beach




-Delray Beach, Fla

It was the type of Nick Kyrgios match we’ve grown accustomed to in the 2nd Round at the Delray Beach Open. Big serves, crazy shots, a run-in with a fan, trouble with a linesperson and people questioning his effort. Kyrgios, still bothered by a nagging right knee injury lost in the second round at Delray Beach 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to Radu Albot.

Kyrgios now ranked No. 64 in the world, started the match firing three aces winning his first service game at Love. One bomb registered 130 mph on the radar gun. However, it was all downhill for the rest of the opening set as Kyrgios was broken twice and made a slew of unforced errors. Things took an ugly turn in the latter part of the set when the Australian got into it with a fan. Unprovoked, a gentleman in the crowd told Kyrgios to give it some effort saying people paid good money to watch him play. Kyrgios responded with an expletive and told the man that no one forced him to come and watch and perhaps he should go and do something else if he didn’t like it. The crowd began to “boo” the 23-year old. Chair umpire Fergus Murphy immediately gave Kyrgios a code violation for swearing at the fan.

It’s certainly not the first time this has happened before but this time it seemed rather unwarranted from the crowd. Kyrgios admittedly wasn’t moving well but he just had a visit from the ATP trainer getting his injured knee taped up a few games earlier.  However, when Kyrgios is hurt he outwardly begins to look disinteresting and it doesn’t look good. Rapid firing serves without bouncing the ball. laughing at his own mistakes and whacking forehands at rapid speed trying to end points quickly are some of his trademarks when it appears he doesn’t care.

In the second set it appeared Kyrgios had been broken to fall behind 3-2 after hitting a backhand wide. Kyrgios challenged the call despite thinking the ball would still be out. He even sat down in his chair not watching the replay. The call was overturned and shortly thereafter Kyrgios ended up firing two successive aces to stay on serve. A few games later Kyrgios got his only break of the match to go up 5-3 and then closed out the set a game later to force a decider.

There were more antics during the second set involving Kyrgios and a linesperson. Kyrgios appeared to be mocking and yelling at a particular linesperson mid-way through the set. He was accusing him of snitching to the chair umpire for swearing. The “discussion” increased during one of the changeovers. At the end of the second set when all the linespeople were leaving the court, Kyrgios was shown clapping his approval.

In the third more antics from Kyrgios. In the first game he pulled out the “SABR”, a point he won but a game he eventually lost. During the 2-1 changeover, Kyrgios was bobbing his shoulders to the beats of a Michael Jackson song playing in the stadium. He also fired a 131 mph second serve which missed and he ended up double faulting the game away to go down 3-1. That was the only break needed by Albot in the set as he went on to victory in an hour and 24 minutes.

“He’s on Youtube, he’s on TV, he’s everywhere you can watch what he is doing, you can see a little bit so you are ready,” said Albot. “It’s a very good win, I think Nick is a great player, for sure one of the best servers in the world. I’m happy. I beat Ivo first round, unbelievable serve, I beat Nick second round, unbelievable serve. Great win, very happy.”

When asked about the incident with the fan Kyrgios responded by saying “They come at me saying we paid good money to come me…I didn’t ask you to come spend money & come watch me play. You know what you are going to get. I didn’t come to your house & threaten you to come watch me play…I’m used to it man. When I win everything is fine, when I lose I get booed, simple as that.”

Kyrgios is expected to play at Indian Wells starting in a couple of weeks but his expectations can’t be high with his lingering knee injury. “I don’t know man, I can’t really afford to take any weeks off…I can’t really go home and rehab, you always have to travel. At this stage honestly I am probably going to have to rely on my serve and just try to scrape through”




Team World One Win Away From Victory in Laver Cup

Team World take a huge 10-2 lead over Team Europe heading into the final day



Image via Laver Cup twitter

After losing the first four editions of the Laver Cup, Team World look set to win the event for a second time as the event reaches its conclusion tomorrow.


Team World Captain John McEnroe was thrilled with the day’s results but warned against complacency: “We’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing. The job’s not done but we’re pretty close.”

American duo Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe both earned straight sets wins over Andrey Rublev and Hubert Hurkacz, while Felix Auger-Aliassime and Ben Shelton beat Hurkacz and Gael Monfils.

“I want to play well for the guys,” said Tiafoe after his singles victory. “I played really well tonight. Just being in a team environment is so foreign to us as tennis players, it’s such an individual sport.”

After winning his third singles match in three appearances at the Laver Cup, Fritz was also motivated to do well:

“Yesterday, all the guys played really well. I felt that and wanted to come out on court and show what I can do. That definitely motivated me. Any type of team environment, I feel like it always elevates my game. I feel like my record in team events is really strong because I have a team cheering for me. I get pumped up. I’m excited to play for them. It just adds more pressure and fire to it. I think I play better in those situations.”

The doubles was a typically dynamic and feisty affair, and after the match Shelton was full of praise for his partner:

“It’s amazing, when you play with a guy who serves and returns like Felix, is as athletic as him, and goes back for the overhead as strong as him, it’s a fun time,” said Shelton. “We call him ‘Laver Cup Felix’ because he turns into something special this week, just glad I got to share the court with him at least once.”

Auger-Aliassime returned the compliments: “The best comes out of me when I’m playing not only for myself but for team-mates. Ben carried me through the end of that match, it was tough for me to get it done.”

Casper Ruud, meanwhile, beat Tommy Paul for Europe’s only points so far.

Matches on the final day are worth three points each – meaning that Team Europe would have to win all four remaining matches to prevent Team World from winning the trophy.

T. Fritz def A. Rublev 6-2, 7-6
F. Tiafoe def H. Hurkacz 7-5, 6-3
F. Auger-Aliassime & B. Shelton def H.Hurkacz & G. Monfils 7-5, 6-4
C. Ruud def T. Paul 7-6, 6-2

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ATP RANKINGS UPDATE: Novak Djokovic, No.1 once more



After the US Open the Serbian champion reclaims top spot. Alexander Zverev is back in the Top 10


By Roberto Ferri

Don’t ever underestimate the heart of a champion”

Rudy Tomjanovich coined this maxim just after his Houston Rockets won the NBA championship in 1995. He was paying homage to Akeem Holajuwon. It perfectly suits the heart of Daniil Medvedev, who proved 99% of tennis fans in the world to be wrong, convinced as they were that he would lose the semifinal to former No 1 Carlos Alcaraz.

But his dream to win a second US Open, after his triumph in 2021, was shattered by another champion, whose heart and class is even greater: that’s Novak Djokovic, who affixes his seal on his return to No.1, equalling Margaret Court Smith’s record of 24 majors.

Djokovic dethroning Alcaraz is not the only change in the top 20: Sascha Zverev is back in the top 10 after almost one year and Ben Shelton, great protagonist of the Us Open, debuts in the top 20 best players in the world.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrei Rublev and Alexander Zverev gain 2 positions.

Ben Shelton devours 28 positions.

Sinner, Tiafoe, Norrie and Dimitrov lose one.

Casper Ruud and Karen Khachanov, runner up and semi-finalist respectively  at the 2022 US  Open, drop 4 positions.

One step forward for Fritz, de Minaur, Paul, Auger-Aliassime and Hurkacz.


From 12 to 19 November the 8 best players of the ranking based on the points earned in the ongoing solar season will be playing the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin.

Will Novak Djokovic succeed in winning a second straight title? He appears to be heading in the right direction.


Thanks to his triumph at the US Open the Serbian overtakes Alcaraz also in the Race to Turin.

Jannik Sinner holds fourth spot while Andrei Rublev overtakes Stefanos Tsitsipas and is now fifth.

The eighth position is occupied by Alexander Zverev.

Last year runner up, Casper Ruud is currently 10th. This means he would feature in Turin as a reserve.


The Next Gen Finals, dedicated to the best under 21s, (8 effectives and 2 reserves) of the season will take place this year in Gedda, Saudi Arabia.

The 2022 winner, Brandon Nakashima, will not be defending his title, since he was born in 2001.

PositionPlayerCountryPtsYOB ATP rank
6Van AsscheFrance597200469
12Llamas RuizSpain3702002133

Taking for granted that Alcaraz and, most likely Rune, will be playing the ATP Finals, we have included in the chart the 12 current top under 21s.


Besides Ben Shelton, other 11 players have achieved their career highest this week.

We tribute a double applause to the four players who are making their debut in the top 100.

The 25-year-old Croatian Borna Gojo, 22-year-old Australian Rinky Hijkata and the Swiss next gen Dominic Stricker all reap the reward for their brilliant runs at the US Open. Seyboth Wild, the Brazilian who stunned Medvedev in the first round of Roland Garros leaps to No.76 after winning the Challenger in Como last week.

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Translated by Kingsley Elliot Kaye

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COMMENT: Novak Djokovic Proves His Greatness At US Open



Love him, or hate him. But respect him.


No tennis player has ever been better than Novak Djokovic.

Even Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer have to take their hats off to Novak, and admire him.

Now that Rafa and Roger have left Djokovic on his own stage at least for now, tennis fans love Novak.


Djokovic’s performance on Sunday evening in the U.S. Open final was simply amazing. Daniil Medvedev also played his heart out, but Djokovic went one step further. He was sensational.

It was a thrill-a-minute three-set match. It lasted well into the night after starting at mid-afternoon. The second set alone lasted 104 minutes.

Djokovic was the winner, 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-3, but New York still loves 2021 champion Medvedev.


At 36, the oldest U.S. Open men’s champion ever, Djokovic obviously has a special place in his heart for the number four. It’s the number of times he has won this tournament and the 24th time he has won a Grand Slam title.

The number 24 also was displayed prominently on the white jacket. Novak, his team members and family wore for the victory celebration as a tribute to the No. 24 jersey of deceased friend Kobe Bryant.

Djokovic lost his footing at least three times in the tight second set, stumbling to the surface once, apparently due to the length of the rallies.

Djokovic could look like he was almost completely wiped out of it physically one minute, and then play like Superman the next minute.


Both men played great tennis, especially in the thrill-a-second second set in which Medvedev gained one set point in the 12th game before Djokovic recovered to force a tiebreaker.

Medvedev appeared to be in charge after out-playing Novak to win one of his drop shots to take a 5-4 lead in the tiebreaker. The match may have been decided on the next three points, all won by Djokovic on errors by the 6-6 Russian.

The big question now is what happens next January in the Australian Open. Right now, Djokovic probably wants to play . . . and win what has been his favorite tournament as far as success. But things can change quickly for players in their mid-30s. Just ask Roger or Rafa.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at Jamesbecktennis@gmail.com.

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