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ITF Give Olympic Approval To Roger Federer As Nishikori Continues To Wait

Roger Federer’s Olympic dream has had a seal of approval by the ITF today after questions over his participation



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The ITF have given Olympic approval to Roger Federer ahead of next summer’s games while Kei Nishikori awaits his fate.


Having not competed in many Davis Cup ties since the last Olympic games four years ago, Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori’s participation in Tokyo has been hanging in the balance.

The criteria states that you must be nominated for a Davis Cup at least two times during the four year something that both Federer and Nishikori have failed to meet.

However in a recent interview, ITF president David Haggerty cleared up both Nishikori and Federer’s situation, “We have specific rules and this is one of the arguments that sets us apart from other competitions,” Haggerty told EFE Agency.

The Davis Cup is the qualifying round for the Olympic Games. In Kei (Nishikori’s) case, if he plays the first round next year, he will be eligible for the Games.

“In addition, Switzerland has the possibility of nominating Roger to be in Tokyo by a specific criterion: He has been a medallist in the past.”

So for Federer the Olympic dream continues as he has won an Olympic medal before and will look to claim a first singles gold medal in Tokyo next year.

As for Nishikori though, his participation at his home Olympics hangs in the balance as he will miss the Davis Cup Finals due to injury.

Should Japan fail to reach the semi-finals in the re-formatted Davis Cup next month in Madrid, then Nishikori will have a chance to qualify for the Olympics by participating in March’s qualifying event.

The full list for the Olympic Games won’t be known until the 8th of June next year, with the tennis event starting on the 25th of July and ending on the 2nd of August.

The current defending Olympic champion is Andy Murray.

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Hsieh-Su Wei and Barbora Strycova set doubles final clash against Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic



Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova will battle against against Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic in a clash between the number two seeds in the doubles final at the Australian Open in Melbourne.


Hsieh and Strycova beat number 4 seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova 6-2 6-3 in Thursday’s first semifinal. The top seeds will be bidding for their second title as a team after their triumph at Wimbledon last summer.

Hsieh and Strycova broke twice in each set and never faced a break point in each set.

“It’s always so amazing to be back here, because my first final in a junior Grand Slam was here, so I would like to thank Barbora for bringing me back again”,said Hsieh.

 “I am very happy that we are through to the final. It means so much for me. To have a partner like Su-wei by my side, it’s something very special. Playing another final of a Grand Slam, especially in Australia, which is my favourite country”,said Strycova.

Babos and Mladenovic beat Latisha Chan and Chan Hao-ching 7-5 6-2 in the second semifinal. Neither team faced a break point in the first ten games before Babos and Mladenovic earned the first break to take a 6-5 lead. The Hungarian and French team came back from 4-5 down in the first set by winning eight of the next nine games.

Babos and Mladenovic beat Hsieh and Strycova 6-1 6-3 in their previous head-to-head clash in the final of the WTA Finals in Shenzhen.



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Tennis Legends Apologise For ‘Violating Protocol’ With Australian Open Protest

Martina Navratilova and John McEnroe have apologised for their actions, but they still have no regrets.



Former champions Martina Navratilova and John McEnroe said they had no idea that they violated Australian Open rules after launching a public protest against Margaret Court on Tuesday.


The tennis icons, who have won 25 grand slam singles trophies between them, made headlines following their legends doubles match on the Margaret Court Arena. Navratilova climbed into the umpire’s chair to address the crowd before getting her microphone also cut off. The protests evolved around calls to removes Court’s name from one of the premier arena’s of the grand slam due to her controversial views.

“I’ve been speaking out about an issue for a while now and John McEnroe is here to join me and push the conversation forward…’ she said before getting cut off.

Following Navratilova’s action, she and McEnroe then held a banner which read ‘Evonne Goolagong.Arena.’ The name of the player they think should replace that of Court. Goolagong is a former world No.1 and seven-time major winner. She contested every final of the Australian Open held between 1971-1976.

The protests coincide with Tennis Australia’s decision to mark the 50th anniversary of Court’s golden grand slam earlier in the week. Although it turned out to be a low-key event. The 77-year-old, who is now a Christian Pastor, has come under fire after a series of controversial remarks she has made, especially against the LGBTI community. She once said that the women’s tour was ‘full of lesbians‘ and during her playing career described Navratilova as a ‘bad role model’ due to her sexuality. In other incidents she also boycotted Qantas airlines due to their support of marriage equality, publicly criticised former player Casey Dellacqua for having a baby with her same-sex partner and claimed gender-fluid people are the ‘work of the devil.’

Even Tennis Australia has distanced themselves from Court. Saying their decision to mark the 50th anniversary was to pay tribute to her achievements and not her as a person. In a statement published before the tournament, organisers said that Court’s views do not reflect that of their own.

Nevertheless, Navratilova’s and McEnroe’s actions have landed them in hot water. Tennis Australia said that both of them ‘broke protocol’ at the tournament, but are unlikely to face any further penalty. However, both have since apologise.

“I had no idea there was this kind of protocol. Had I known I would have done it differently,” Navratilova told The Tennis Channel.
“But I would still have tried and made my statement, which is basically you name buildings after not what people just did on the court but also off the court, the whole body of work.”

McEnroe, who is one of the on-court interviewers at this year’s tournament, has also issued a statement of apology.

“Admittedly I was never one to study the rule book carefully or for that matter, even at times abide by the rules. For that I apologise to Tennis Australia and recognise and appreciate the great job they have done to make the Australian Open a great event for the fans, players and myself.”

Despite the apology, neither Navratilova or McEnroe are backing down in their argument to rename the Margaret Court Arena. However, Tennis Australia is yet to indicate that they will even consider such a motion.

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Nick Kyrgios and Amanda Anisimova lose to Barbora Krejcikova and Nikola Mektic in the second round of the Australian Open mixed doubles tournament



Nick Kyrgios returned to the court to play with Amanda Anisimova for the mixed doubles tournament just one day after losing to Rafael Nadal in the fourth round of the men’s singles tournament.


Kyrgios and Anisimova lost to Barbora Krejcikova and Nikola Mektic 4-6 6-4 10-8 in the second round after 1 hour and 19 minutes.

Both teams traded holds in the first two games before Anisimova dropped serve, as she netted a backhand. Krejcikova consolidated the break by holding serve with a service winner. Kyrgios broke back to draw level to 3-3 with a return winner. Kyrgios saved a break point in the ninth game with his serve, before breaking serve in the 10th game with a return winner to seal the first set 6-4.

Kyrgios and Anisimova fended off three break points in the fifth game of the second set with a service winner from Kyrgios.

Mektic hit a volley winner on the fourth break point chance in the seventh game to break serve for 4-3. Kyrgios and Anisimova broke back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Krejcikova and Mektic broke serve to take a 5-4 lead. Krejcikova held serve at love to seal the second set 6-4, as she was serving for the set, forcing the match to the decisive tie-break. Krejikova and Mektic raced out to a 5-1 lead, when Amanda netted a backhand.

Kyrgios and Anisimova won three consecutive points to claw their way back to 4-5. Krejicikova and Mektic won four of the next five points to take a 9-5 lead. Kyrgios and Anisimova saved three match points before Krejikova sealed the win with a service winner to reach the quarter final.

Men’s doubles tournament: Ram and Salisbury reach the semifinal at the Australian Open

The US and British team formed Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury beat Finland’s Henri Kontinen and German Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4 6-4 to advance to the Australian Open doubles semifinal.

Ram and Salisbury will face Alexander Bublik and Kikhail Kukushkin, who reached the semifinal on Monday.

Last year’s Wimbledon semifinal Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek eased past Marcelo Arevalo and Jonny O’Mara 6-3 6-2 in 1 hour and 19 minutes. Dodig and Polasek set up a semifinal against Max Purcell and Luke Saville, who beat Santiago Gonzalez and Skupski 6-2 6-4 after 68 minutes.

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