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Top WTA Coach Accused Of False Advertising

Kamau Murray, who was shortlisted for WTA coach of the year in 2018, has been accused by a top 100 player of ‘taking credit for things he has not done.’

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American tennis player Taylor Townsend has launched an attack on a tennis coach who guided Sloane Stephens to her first grand slam title at the 2017 US Open.

 

Kamau Murray has been accused of ‘misrepresenting himself’ in the sport by the former world No.1 junior player. The criticism has been sparked by the USPTA Illinois Mini Conference, which will take place on November 17th. In the advertisement it states that Murray is Townsend’s coach. Something she has denies in a lengthy Instagram post.

“Zina Garrison was my primary coach from September 2013-March 2,” she wrote.
“I did not to go public in the past because I had hoped to resolve this matter directly with Kamau Murray. I will no longer remain silent while he (Murray) continues his lies and false advertisement.’
“I did not give Kamau consent to use my name and likeness for his ongoing personal and business monetary gain.”

Townsend, who reached the fourth round of the US Open this year, also took a swipe at Murray over his previous work with Monica Puig. In August the Puerto Rican confirmed that her partnership with the coach has ended after he returned back to working alongside Stephens. Puig told reporters at the US Open that she was informed by ‘people close to her’ that Murray was working with another player in secret. Branding it as a ‘slap in the face.’ Stephens responded to Puig claims by stating that there were ‘two sides to every story.’

“I can no longer remain silent while he continues to deceive professional players, aspiring players, sponsors, and the tennis community by misrepresenting himself and taking credit for things he has not done.” Said Townsend. “Monica Puig is a recent victim of his deception.”

Murray is the founder of the XS Tennis and Education Foundation and has his own tennis facility in Chicago. According to the WTA, he helped guide Townsend to the third round of the 2014 French Open in what was her grand slam debut at the age of 18.

There has been no reply from Murray concerning Townsend’s allegation.

 

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If you know me, then you know that this is NOT something that I would normally do, but I feel that it’s time to set the record straight about Chicago’s Kamau Murray of XS Tennis Academy. I can no longer remain silent while he continues to deceive professional players, aspiring players, sponsors, and the tennis community by misrepresenting himself and taking credit for things he has not done. @monicaace93 is a recent victim of his deception. I started my tennis with Donald Young SR. and Illona Young, who taught me to play tennis from 4 years old and assisted in me being number 1 in junior in the world. From 2010- August 2013, I trained at the USTA under the instruction of Kathy Rinaldi and briefly Juan Todero. Zina Garrison was my primary coach from September 2013- March 2015. Zina brought Kamau on board as an assistant coach during that time. I did not to go public in the past because I had hoped to resolve this matter directly with Kamau Murray. I will no longer remain silent while he continues his lies and false advertisement. I did not give Kamau consent to use my name and likeness for his ongoing personal and business monetary gain. Kamau is currently stating that he is my coach in promotion of the upcoming USPTA Illinois Mini Conference on November 17, 2019 held at XS Athletic Club. His latest actions have prompted me to expose his past and ongoing pattern of deceit. If you are a fan of mine, please support me and have my back regarding this matter. In doing this, I am clearing my conscience and telling another piece of my story! Thank you so much! I love you guys! 💕

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Matteo Berrettini beats Alexei Popyrin on Day 8 of the Ultimate Tennis Showdown

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Matteo Berrettini beat Alexei Popyrin 14-12 17-9 19-10 14-11 on Day 8 of the Ultimate Tennis Showdown at the Patrick Mouratoglou Academy in Sophia Antipolis near Nice.

 

There was little to separate between the two players in the first quarter. Berrettini pulled away to a 13-9 lead. Popyrin clawed his back to 13-12. Popyrin was serving to draw level, but he hit a forehand long. Berrettini took a late lead to win the second quarter 17-9.

Berrettini took an early lead in the third set after double faults from Popyrin. Berrettini went up 10-2 before the halfway mark. Popyrin was not able to convert when he was using his x3 Winner Card before Berrettini sealed the third quarter 19-10.

Popyrin took a 8-4 lead in the fourth quarter, but Berrettini came back to draw level to 10-10. With a minute to go Popyrin served with his X3 Winner card but he did not use it. Berrettini won the fourth quarter 14-10 to clinch a 4-0 win.

“That’s what I tried to do yesterday, but it did not work. I think I served a little bit better. Of course, they are different players, but I was feeling well. I know it’s frustrating when you are playing and the opponent is serving well and you are not feeling well. Especially in these conditions when I am serving an ace with the winner X3. I learned this week that you have to be there every point”, said Berrettini.

Tsitsipas comes back from 0-2 down to beat Moutet

Stefanos Tsitsipas came back from losing the first two sets down to beat Corentin Moutet 10-16 11-13 15-11 19-5 3-1. Tsitsipas had already confirmed his spot in the semifinals with a come-back win over Berrettini, but Moutet needed to win this match to keep alive his hopes of reaching the knock-out stage.

Tsitsipas lost the first two quarters but he made a come-back to clinch the third set 15-11. Both players drew level to 5-5 with four minutes to play in the fourth quarter. Tsitsipas won the next five points to take a 10-5 lead. Tsitsipas pulled away to a 19-5 win in the fourth lead taking the match to the sudden death.

Tsitsipas hit an ace and won the next two points to clinch his fourth sudden death win. The Greek player took his third match from two quarters down.

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REPORT: Former Spanish Tennis Star In Talks To Coach Alexander Zverev

A former world No.3 could be returning to the Tour later this year in a new position.

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Tennis sensation Alexander Zverev could soon be mentored by somebody whose career he ended last year at the Madrid Open.

 

Spanish newspaper Marca have reported that the world No.7 is set to enter in a 15-day trial with former French Open finalist David Ferrer where the two will get to know each other better. Ferrer has reportedly travelled to Monte Carlo to start working alongside Germany’s top player. Should everything go well, the two could start a formal partnership in September ahead of the European clay-court swing of the Tour, which has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both men are already fairly familiar with each other after facing off nine times on the ATP Tour, including three times last year. Zverev was the last player Ferrer played against at the Madrid Open before officially retiring from the sport at the age of 37.

“He’s the most respectful guy for me on Tour, and one of the most loved people on the Tour as well,” Zverev told reporters in the Spanish capital following their match.

Whilst never winning a Grand Slam, Ferrer achieved numerous accolades throughout his career. Including spending 4914 consecutive days in the world’s top 50, winning 27 ATP titles and achieving a ranking high of No.3 back in 2013. Overall, he has played 1011 matches on the ATP Tour (including Grand Slams) which is more than John McEnroe.

Should Ferrer receive the green light, Zverev will be the first high-profile player he will be responsible for. The Spaniard had previously hinted at his desire to enter coaching with his long time objective being to captain the Spanish Davis Cup team. He is also currently serving as the tournament director of the Barcelona Open.

“I would be very proud to be able to be (Davis Cup captain),” Ferrer told Marca in April 2019. “I also understand that this is very far away and there are players who are ahead. First, I have to train as a professional in teaching (coaching).”

Neither Ferrer or Zverev has publicly commented on the report. At present Zverev is coached on the Tour by his father who guided him to the semi-finals of the Australian Open in January.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas edges Matteo Berrettini at the Ultimate Tennis Showdown

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Stefanos Tsitsipas pulled off a come-back win by edging Matteo Berrettini 11-16 13-14 14-13 13-10 2-0 in the Ultimate Tennis Showdown at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in Sophia Antipolis near Nice.

 

Berrettini hit a backhand into the open court to pull away to a 8-5 lead in the opening quarter. At 7-9 down Tsitsipas used his X3 winner card, but he won only one point from the potential six. Berrettini was not able to capitalise on his card, but he was leading 12-8 with two minutes to go and never looked back to clinch the first quarter 16-11.

Tsitsipas earned a 6-2 lead at the start of the second quarter and used hs Steal Serve to pull away to 10-4. Berrettini used his “X3 Winner” card and hit an ace before winning the second on an error from Tsitsipas to claw his way back to just two points. The Italian player used his “Steal Serve” card to draw level to draw level to 12-12. Tsitsipas had x3 Winner with three minutes to play and won the first point to take a 13-12 lead.

Berrettini hit a passing shot down the line to draw level to 13-13 and won the second quarter after an error from Tsitsipas on the deciding point.

Tsitsipas hit an ace while he was using his x3 winner to take a 13-11 lead. Berrettini earned a chance to draw level on his serve, but Tsitsipas took the third quarter 14-13.

Berrettini used his “x3 winner” card when he was 6-8 down. Tsitsipas used his card with two minutes to go to take a 13-10 lead. Berrettini had to play his “Steal Serve” and earned four consecutive serves to claw his way back. The Italian player won the first two serves but he could not complete his come-back. Tsitsipas clinched the fourth quarter 13-10 forcing the match to the sudden death.

Berrettini netted a forehand and hit his return long. Tsitsipas hit two consecutive points to take the win. The Greek player rallied from two quarters down to take the win for the second time at this tournament.

“That’s the Greek God magic. I am calling all of the Gods and they are there to assist me, but I had no idea I would qualify if I won that match. I try to concentrate on the present, that’s how it works. I felt a bit numb on the court in the very beginning. Berrettini was controlling the rallies and he was very confident. It took a while for me to find my strokes and my serve. In the third set I started playing my best tennis”, said Tsitsipas.

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