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Felix Auger Aliassime: “We have to face the virus all together as one world united”

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Felix Auger Aliassime is spending the lockdown with his family in Canada, but he said to ATP Tour.com that he is continuing to train and keep fit hoping that the tennis season will resume soon, once the coronavvirus pandemic is over.

 

“I am not used to being away from the courts for so long. It’s almost like what happens when you are dealing with an injury, but I am not actually hurt. The good thing is that I am holding up well. My spirit is good. Luckily everyone in my family is healthy. I haven’t slowed down on my fitness, and I am keeping up my routines. As tennis players we don’t have many months to train and to get better physically, so I am taking this time to do that. I can stay active and keep getting better, which is good. There is never a day, where you can’t improve somehow”, said Auger Aliassime.

The Canadian Next Gen star advanced to the second ATP 500 final of his career in Rotterdam finishing runner to Gael Monfils. One week later he saved two match points against Stefano Travaglia and three match points against Pierre Hugues Herbert en route to reaching the Marseille final before finishing runner-up to Stefanos Tsitsipas.

 “I have been able to reflect a bit on the first few months of the season, what I would do differently and what I would not do differently; what I have been good with, and not as good. I have had time to call my coaches and analyse a few matches, which is also keeping me busy, but at the same time I try not to look at the past too much. I like to stay patient and focus on what I do every day to get better”.

Auger Aliassime thinks that the break imposed by the coronavirus can become the chance to bring the world together.

“It’s a crazy time, and I think everyone is realising that the world is taking a break. It’s kind of a forced break for us. We are pushing the world to the world, and now with how fast the virus has spread, we are seeing that a problem in one country is everyone’s problem. I think everyone is realising that it’s time to stay apart, stay home, but also to unite in our actions. Whatever we do now from now on is going to affect everyone else’s lives. It’s not governments that are realising this. It’s everybody. The virus is affecting everyone. We are all facing the same problem. We have to face it all together as one world united, and hopefully this will bring everyone together”, said Auger Aliassime.

Auger Aliassime is taking this period to rest and spend his time with his family.

“Our family rarely has opportunities to be together for such an extended period because of my career. It’s probably going to on for weeks and months more, so it’s good to feel like it’s back in the day when I was a kid. We are playing board games, having long discussions. Usually I would need to go to sleep early because I have a match or training the next day. Now since I am doing things on my own schedule and I can create more time, we are able to gather for longer dinners, and board games. I have been playing some Scrabble with my sister and mother, so that’s good. It’s definitely bringing out my competitive side. My sister beat me by one point the last time we played and that was pretty frustrating. Even though I am not on court. I need to find a way to be competitive in some part of my life. I beat my mother by a few points the other day, so the games have been pretty tight. It’s been a lot of fun”.

Auger Aliassime made a major breakthrough in 2019, when he began as world number 108 and achieved his career-high of number 17 in October at the age of 18. He became the youngest ATP 500 finalist in history in Rio de Janeiro as wildcard. He advanced to finals in Lyon and Stuttgart became the youngest semifinal in 35-year-old history at Miami Open and earned top 10 wins over Stefanos Tsitsipas in Indian Wells second round and in the quarter finals at Queen’s.

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David Goffin Out Of Wimbledon Following Halle Accident

It has been reported that the unfortunate injury he suffered is ‘more serious’ than a sprain.

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David Goffin has been forced to withdraw from Wimbledon after suffering an ankle injury during the Noventi Open earlier this week.

 

The former top 10 player was taking on Corentin Moutet in Halle where he slipped on the grass and subsequently hurt his right ankle. Forcing the Belgian to retire from the match at the start of the third set. Providing an update on Goffin’s health, agent Martin Roux said he is unsure how long he will be absent from the Tour for.

“Yes, David has officially withdrawn from Wimbledon following his ankle injury in Halle. For the moment we do not know more about the exact duration of unavailability, ” Roux told lesoir.be. “He is of course disappointed to miss a Grand Slam tournament, especially since he had recovered well on grass before his injury. “

Elaborating further, Roux confirmed Goffin’s injury is ‘more serious’ than a sprain and tests are ongoing to assess the extent of the damage which has been caused to the ankle. It is not the first time he has suffered a freak accident on the court. During the 2018 Rotterdam Open he hurt his eye after a tennis ball rebounded into his face, forcing him to pull out of Marseille and Indian Wells that year.

“David told me that it was more serious than a minor sprain, after exams in Belgium.”Roux added. “The ankle has not yet deflated (stopped swelling). David realizes that ice and bandages won’t be enough to play. The ligaments must be affected in one way or another. The idea is to do new exams at the end of the week in order to then have a healing protocol, especially since after Wimbledon the Olympic Games will arrive quickly. These are now his next goals. “

The 30-year-old has achieved a win-loss record of 14-13 so far in 2021 and won his fifth ATP title in Montpellier. He has also reached the semi-finals in Antalya and quarter-finals in Monte Carlo. However, recently Goffin has struggled on the Tour with Halle being the fifth tournament in a row where he has failed to win back-to-back matches.

Goffin is currently ranked 13th in the world.

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Dominic Thiem Follows Nadal In Olympic Games Snub

The world No.5 says his decision is related to his performance on the Tour so far this season.

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Dominic Thiem training at the 2021 Lyon Open (photographer Sammy Dancyger - Owned by Sport Plus Conseil - GM Sports Consulting)

Austria’s Dominic Thiem has pulled out of the Olympic Games in order to focus on his title defence at the US Open later this year.

 

The 27-year-old issued a statement on Thursday saying he was ‘not ready’ to play in Tokyo following what has been a roller-coaster start to the season. Thiem enters Wimbledon with a win-loss record of 9-8 and recently lost in the first round of the French Open. His best results so far this year were reaching the last 16 of the Australian Open and the semi-finals of the Madrid Open.

“Hi everybody, I have some sad news to share with you all. After talking with my team and analysing the situation I have taken the very difficult decision to withdraw from competing in the Tokyo Olympics,” the 27-year-old Austrian wrote on Twitter.
“For me, like all athletes, taking part in the Olympics and representing my country is a huge honour and that makes this decision even tougher.
“However, 2021 did not start as expected and I don’t feel ready to play my best in Tokyo.
“My goal is to work hard the coming weeks, give my best at Wimbledon and keep training and hopefully defend my US Open title.”

Thiem, who also skipped the 2016 Olympics, had previously said that his views on the multi-sport event have changed over recent time. During one interview with Tennis Deutschland he said it would be a ‘dream’ to play at the Olympics and he would ‘definitely play’ at the event if he had the chance to. Thiem is coached on the Tour by Nicolas Massu who won a gold medal back in 2004.

The world No.5 says he hopes to be able to play at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris where the tennis tournament will be held at Roland Garros. The same venue as the French Open.

On the same day as Thiem’s announcement on Thursday, Rafael Nadal was another player to confirm he would not be travelling to Tokyo, as well as Wimbledon, in order to recover from the clay season. The Spaniard said he wants to take a break from the Tour in order to preserve his body and prolong his career on the Tour.

The Olympic tennis event will take place between July 24th – August 1st. Andy Murray is the defending champion in the men’s tournament.

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Sebastian Korda sets up quarter final clash against Ugo Humbert in Halle

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Sebastian Korda came back from one set down to beat Kei Nishikori 2-6 6-3 7-5 at the NOVENTI Open in Halle setting up a quarter final match against Ugo Humbert, who upset Alexander Zverev 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 6-3 in 1 hour and 53 minutes 

 

Both players went on serve with no breaks of serve. Zverev won 84% of his first serve points. Humbert won the first set tie-break when Zverev netted a forehand. 

Zverev converted his first break point at the start of the second set to take a 2-0 lead, when Humbert sent his backhand long. Zverev held on his next service games to claim the second set 6-3. Humbert earned the break in the fourth game of the third set to close out the third set 6-3. 

“I don’t particularly know what I could have done differently. Ugo was serving incredibly well in the first set. We both barely won points on each other’s serve. Then in the third set, I think he found his rhythm from the baseline. He was outplaying me. It is not a great result for me, but I don’t know what I could have done differently”, said Zverev. 

Korda reached the first ATP Tour final of his first career at Delray Beach, the quarter final in Miami and won his firts ATP Tour title on clay at the Emilia Romagna Open in Parma. 

Nishikori broke twice in the first set to open up a 4-1 lead. The Japanese player won 67% of his second serve points and saved two break points in the eighth game to close out the first set 6-2 in 31 minutes. Korda broke serve in the sixth game after seven deuces and held serve in another hard-fought game to race out to a 5-2 lead. The US player served out the second set 6-3 to force the match to the third set. 

Nishikori saved three break points in a nine-minute first game. The decider went on serve until the 11th game, when Korda broke Nishikori with a lob. Korda fended off a break point as he served out the match at deuce in the 12th game. “I would say it was good level from both of us. I think I played almost too good in the first set. He then started making more balls and changed his position. He started playing better in the second set.I think the third set could go both ways. I had many chances, but he played good points and he deserved to win as he took risks”, said Korda. 

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