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John Millman Scolds Journalist For Labelling Australia’s Male Tennis Stars As ‘D***heads’

The world No.47 has hit back at the media commentator for his ‘lazy take’ in fitting fashion.

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A well known media commentator in Australia is at the centre of controversy after being called out for taking a swipe at his country’s top male tennis players.

 

Mike Carlton triggered backlash on Thursday after writing a Twitter post about the sport. In it, he describes female players such as world No.1 Ash Barty as nicer than their male counterparts. Elaborating further he said that male players, especially from Australia, tend to be ‘dickheads.’ 73-year-old Carlton is a veteran media commentator and journalist. He has previously worked for organisations such as the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC), The Sydney Morning Herald and national radio stations.

“Shame about Ash Barty. But here’s a question. Why are women tennis players much, much nicer than the male of the species? (Not counting Margaret Court).” He wrote on Twitter following Barty’s semi-final loss.
“The women seem to have their act together. The men tend to be dickheads, especially in Australia.”

Carlton’s claim has been blasted by world No.47 John Millman. Who was knocked out of the third round of the Australian Open this year after losing a five-set thriller against Roger Federer. Responding to the tweet, Millman branded it as a ‘lazy take’ before paying tribute to his fellow players on the tour.

“Our women are incredible but a bit of a lazy take,” Millman said.
“Nick Kyrgios – more off court charity in tennis than anyone I know.
“Alex de Minaur – one of the brightest young superstars yet for his age the most humble guy I know.
“Jordan Thompson – massively hard worker.”

Continuing further Millman also hailed Thanasi Kokkinakis for his ‘resilience through injuries’ and wheelchair tennis star Dylan Alcott for ‘what he has done for tennis players playing with a disability.’

When challenged on his view, Carlton stressed that he doesn’t believe all male players are ‘dickheads.’ Instead he argues that they ‘tend to be.’ Going on to single out Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic, as well as former world No.1 Lleyton Hewitt.

In the past Kyrgios and Tomic have made headlines for their controversial behaviour. Kyrgios is still on a six-month probation period dating back to September for ‘aggravated behaviour’ on the court.’ Should he break any rules at an ATP Tournament during that period, he faces a 16-week suspension.

However, Kyrgios wasn’t involved in any controversy throughout this year’s grand slam in Melbourne. Except for the occasional racket smash which many others have done. The 24-year-old has been praised for being one of the key driving forces behind a series of fundraisers to support the bush fire appeal. Furthermore, world No.1 Rafael Nadal hailed his performance at the Australian Open this year following their clash in the fourth round.

“I saw him playing during the whole tournament almost every match, and he has been great, with a very positive attitude. Personally, I like to watch him play when he’s doing that way,” Nadal said. “I think everybody likes to watch Nick play when he’s able to play like this. His talent is to be one of the best [players] of the world, without a doubt, with good chances to fight for every tournament.’’

In this year’s Australian Open there was 11 home players participating in the men’s main draw compared to seven in the women’s.

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Dominic Thiem comes back from one set down to win the Bett1 Aces final in Berlin

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Dominic Thiem beat Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 10-8 after 1 hour and 31 minutes to win the Bett1 Aces exhibition tournament in Berlin. Thiem and Berrettini met for the second time since the lockdown after their recent clash at the Ultimate Tennis Showdown.

 

Both players had to wait seven hours before stepping on the court due to rain. In the first set they held on their serve without any break points. Berrettini came back from 1-4 down by winning six points to win the tie-break 7-4.

Berrettini earned two break point opportunities in the second set, but he did not convert any of them. Thiem converted his third break point in the seventh game and held on his serve to win the second set 6-4 forcing the match to the super tie-break. Thiem earned two mini-breaks to take a 7-3 lead. Berrettini clawed hiw way back to 8-9. Thiem sealed the super tie-break 10-8 on his third match point.

“I think that there was a changing point in the second set where I saved two break points. I got really lucky with a drop shot that came off the frame to defend one break point. Match tie-breaks are always very close but I guess I was the luckiest today”, said Thiem.

Elina Svitolina and Petra Kvitova were set to play the women’s final, but the match was postponed due to bad light until Friday.

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Kim Clijsters starts the World Team Tennis tournament with a win over Bernarda Pera

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Former world number 1 and multiple Grand Slam champion Kim Cljisters made a winning start to her 2020 World Team Tennis campaign with a 5-2 win over US player Bernarda Pera. World team Tennis is a mixed gender professional tennis league played with a team format in the United States.

 

The Belgian player rallied from 0-40 down twice and won two of three deciding points to seal the win. The 2020 World Team Tennis season will be the 45th season of the league and features nine teams and each team will play a 14-match regular-season schedule.

Clijsters has won 41 WTA singles titles and 11 doubles titles and lifted three WTA Tour Championships. She has won the Australian Open singles title in 2011 and three US titles in 2005, 2009 and 2010 and two Grand Slam doubles titles at Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2003.

Cljisters retired from tennis in 2007 at the age of 23 to start a family. She made her come-back in 2009 and won her second US Open title as unranked player in just her third tournament of the comeback. Kim won her back-to-back title at the US Open in 2010 and the Australian Open in 2011. She became the first mother to be ranked world number 1 by the WTA. She holds the record for most Grand Slam singles titles won as a mother and was the first to win one since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1980.

Clijsters retired again after the 2012 US Open.

Cljisters returned to professional tennis at the Dubai Tennis Championships more than seven years of retirement. She lost to Garbine Muguruza in the opening round.

Cljisters is determined to return on the court after the WTA Tour was suspended since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The most important lesson for me is to trust the process. It does not mean because COVID happened that I am not interested in playing more tennis. There are some challenges and combining parenting at home and teaching the kids at home and still going to practice and things like that, so it was challenging but at the same time you get through that together”, said Cljisters.

 

Several precautions are in place at the World Team Tennis to avoid the risk of contracting Covid-19. No more than 500 spectators are allowed inside the 2500-seat stadium.

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Angelique Kerber suggests she won’t travel to New York

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Three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber suggested she won’t travel even if the US Open gets the go-ahead.

 

The US Open organizers are determined to hold their tournament despite the restrictions imposed to fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

The German star says travelling to New York to play at the US Open is the last thing she wants to do due to the coronavirus crisis.

“As of today, I say quite honestly, I cannot imagine it. I don’t think anyone wants to get in a plane and fly to New York. At the moment no one knows what’s happening and how it will go on. I have the greatest respect that I or a member of my team could be infected and we are stuck without knowing how to proceed”, said Kerber.

Kerber is not optimistic that the WTA Tour will resume according to plan.

“Who knows, perhaps we will not play tennis in the next two years. It’s hard to say. We will also start again in three weeks”, said Kerber.

Daria Gavrilova said that she needs to play the US Open for financial reasons. The Australian tennis player has not played since the US Open last year due to injury and the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“For me it’s important to make a living, to make some money. We have a choice. Personally I like to know that I have an opportunity to play and earn, but I feel like the players just don’t want to make a tough decision and maybe would feel a relief if the tournament is cancelled”, said Gavrilova.

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