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‘A Slap In The Face’ – Monica Puig Blasts Former Coach Following US Open Exit

The world No.59 said she was dumped by her mentor just days before the start of the final grand slam of the season.



Monica Puig – WTA Quebec City 2018 (photo via Facebook, @CoupeBanqueNationale)

Olympic champion Monica Puig has partly blamed her first round exit from the US Open on her recent controversial split with coach Kamau Murray.


The world No.59 crashed out 6-3, 6-3, to Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson on the opening day of the grand slam tournament. Making it the fourth time she has lost in the first round at Flushing Meadows in six appearances. The latest loss continues what has been a disappointing run on the tour from Puig, who last won back-to-back matches in June at the French Open.

“It hurts, obviously,’ she said in Spanish following the match.

Following her loss, the 25-year-old has said she was dumped by former mentor Murray only days before the start of the grand slam. Murray recently reunited with world No.10 Sloane Stephens. A player who he guided to her first and only grand slam title back in 2017. Puig has said she wasn’t told that Murray would not be coaching her until the news broke out in public.

“I was informed by people close to me that my coach would not be able to come here with me when he was actually secretly working with another player, and that kind of affected my mentality and preparation.” she said.

Describing the situation as a ‘slap in the face’ Puig is left pondering her next move on the tour. According to tennis.com, she will move back to Florida after living in Chicago to train with Murray. Her win-loss record for the season now stands at 16-15.

“Giving, and receiving, a slap in the face is hard,” she said. “Something like this puts extra stress and pressure on you, because you want to do something for yourself.
“I was really looking forward to winning, to proving to myself that no one can treat me like that and I’m stronger than that. That’s why this defeat hurts so much, because I feel I’ve failed myself.”

Puig will not be leaving the US Open yet. She is still participating in the doubles draw where she has teamed up with Dayana Yastremska.


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Ajla Tomljanovic to replace Amanda Anisimova at Mubadala women’s singles match



Ajla Tomljanovic will replace Amanda Anisimova in the women’s exhibition match at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi. Anisimova was scheduled to play against five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova but she was forced to withdraw from the match due to an injury problem.


Tomljanovic helped Australia reachtheir first Fed Cup final since 1993. The Australian player won more than 300 singles matches and reached four WTA finals on the WTA Tour. During the 2019 season Tomljanovic lost to Karolina Pliskova in the quarter final in Brisbane and finished runner-up to Dayana Yastremska in the Thailand Open final. She lost to Joanna Konta in the semifinal in Rabat. She lost three more finals during her career at the 2015 Pattaya Open, in the 2018 Morocco Open and in the 2018 Seul South Korea Open.

Tomljanovic hopes to use the Mubadala World Tennis Championships as a springboard for the 2020 season.

“I have heard amazing things about Abu Dhabi and the championship. I am really looking forward to playing in front of this crowd against Maria. It will give the perfect challenge ahead of a big season”, said Tomljanovic.

Anisimova was disappointed to withdraw from the Mubadala match.

“It’s really disappointing to have to withdraw from the Mubadala World Tennis Championships. I was looking forward so much to coming to Abu Dhabi and I hope to make the trip in the future”,said Anisimova.


In the men’s Mubadala tournament 2019 ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas will face Gael Monfils in the inaugural match. The winner of this match will face Novak Djokovic in the semifinal. This year’s US Open champion Danil Medvedev will take on Hyeon Chung in the second match. The winner of the clash between Medvedev and Chung will meet 12-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal.

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Boris Becker, Marat Safin, Thomas Muster and Lleyton Hewitt named team captains at inaugural ATP Cup



Six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker, Marat Safin, Thomas Muster, Lleyton Hewitt, Tim Henman and Grigor Dimitrov lead a line-up of past tennis stars in their role as team captains at the first edition of the ATP Cup, which will take place in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney from 3 to 12 January 2020.


Becker, who won the Wimbledon title in 1985 at the age of 17, will lead a strong German team which features 2018 ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev.

“We have a strong chance in an extremely competitive section of the draw. Playing against the very best and representing your country sets the tone, sets the sport. I think we are going to see amazing tennis”, said Becker.

Germany has been drawn in Group F alongside Greece, Canada and home team Australia.

Lleyton Hewitt will captain a strong Australian team, which features two-time Next Gen ATP Finals runner-up Alex De Minaur and Nick Kyrgios.

“We are in a tough section, but I would give the Aussies a strong chance of beating any team. The guys are really excited to play in this new competition. It’s a game changer and it would mean so much to all of us to take it out”, said Hewitt.

Stefanos Tsitsipas will be the stand-out name of the Greek team, which will be captained by his father and coach Apostolos.

Former US Open champion Marat Safin will captain a star-studded Russian team, which features this year’s Shanghai and Cincinnati champion Danil Medvedev and Karen Khachanov.

Russia has been drawn in Group D against Italy, the USA and Norway.

“We have a real chance of winning the first ATP Cup with the calibre of players we have in the Russian side and I will be doing everything I can to make to happen from the bench”, said Marat Safin.

Italy will be captained by former player Vincenzo Santopadre, who coaches Matteo Berrettini, who reached the US Open semifinal and became the third Italian player in history to qualify for the ATP Finals. Berrettini will lead the Italian team hopes, while Fabio Fognini is likely to miss the ATP Cup, as his wife Flavia Pennetta is due to give birth to their second child.

Former Roland Garros champion Thomas Muster will lead Austria against Croatia, Argentina and Poland in Group E in Sydney. Muster was chosen by Dominic Thiem as captain.

“The ATP Cup brings some old rivals together as captains. The cream of tennis is competing across Australia and the player field is incredibly strong. I feel very excited to be part of it all”, said Thomas Muster.

Tim Henman will captain the British team, which feature three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray, his brother Jamie and British number 1 player Dan Evans. Great Britain has been drawn in Group C against Bulgaria, Belgium and Moldova. Grigor Dimitrov will be the playing captain of the Bulgarian team.

Gilles Simon will captain a strong French team led by Gael Monfils. France has been drawn against Serbia, South Africa and Chile.

The winners of the six groups and the two best second-placed finishers reach the ATP Cup Finals in Sydney. Each tie features two singles and one doubles match.

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Filip Krajinovic hires Janko Tipsarevic as new coach



Janko Tipsarevic will start his new coaching career just a few months after retiring from tennis. The former world number 10 player will work with world number 40 Filip Krajinovic, who announced the start of his relationship to Tipsarevic.


Krajinovic is still aiming at achieving his goal to win the first ATP title of his career in 2020.

During his playing career Tipsarevic won four ATP titles and reached two consecutive quarter finals at the US Open in 2011 and 2012.

“It’s one of the best news of my career. It’s an honour to be coached by Tipsarevic”, wrote Krajinovic on his Instagram account.  

 Krajinovic achieved his career-high at world number 26 in April 2018 and reached the biggest final of his career in Paris Bercy in 2017. During the 2019 season Krajinovic reached two finals in Budapest (losing to Matteo Berrettini) and Stockolm and the quarter finals in Montpellier, Hamburg, Metz and Basel. He advanced to the fourth round at Indian Wells and the third round in Miami. He rallied from two sets down and saved one match point against Marco Cecchinato en route to reaching the third round at the Australian Open. He was one of the four Serbian players to reach the third round at the 2019 French Open.

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