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Guillermo Coria Names The Reason Why Andre Agassi Stopped Training With Him

The former French Open finalist sheds light on a meeting between the two in 2003 that lead to a downfall in their relationship.

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Guillermo Coria Has claimed that former rival Andre Agassi refused to train with him following a meeting they had at the French Open.

 

The 38-year-old Argentine is best known for reaching the final of Roland Garros back in 2004, but it was his meeting with the American a year prior that allegedly changed their relationship. Coria took on second seed Agassi in the quarter-finals of the clay-court grand slam. After dropping the first set, he bounced back to knock the former champion out of the tournament.

Reflecting on his victory during a recent interview, Coria described it as one one that ‘he remembers with great joy.’ Citing Agassi, who is almost 12 years older than him, as one of his idols growing up. The victory was the first time he ever defeated Agassi on the tour. His only other triumph took place two years later in Rome in what was their last ever, as well as most controversial, meeting on the ATP Tour. Overall, Agassi dominated their head-to-head 5-2.

“The meeting with Agassi on the main court in Roland Garros I remember with great joy,” Coria told podcast Cambio de Lado. “He was my idol as a child and having him on the other side of the net in my favourite tournament was very impressive.’
“I remember that I was a break up in the first set, and when I got nervous I lost the set. After losing the set, I realized that I had to continue on the path that I had started and that had worked for me, I had to forget who was on the other (side). I ended up playing the best game of my career, winning and making a decisive click for my career.”

Coria, who won nine ATP titles during his career, credits that win for an elevation in his popularity both in the sport and back home. Prior to the tournament he had just broken into the world’s top 10 for the first time at the age of 21.

“I remember that people began to recognize me much more on the street, I appeared more in the media. That game was a fundamental break in my career.”

Amid his milestone win, Coria believes it cost his relationship with Agassi. He said that he was told by Gil Ryes that his rival ‘lost respect for him’ following their French Open clash. Ryes was Agassi’s physical strength and conditioning trainer for 17 years between 1989 to 2006.

“The funny thing is that since that Roland Garros, Agassi never wanted to train with me again because he said that because of that training I had lost respect for him on the track. Gil Reyes, his physical trainer, told me.” Said Coria.

Elaborating further the former French Open finalist has said Ryes quiz him about his weight for a specific reason. That was because eight-time grand slam winner Agassi wanted to match parts of his physicality despite his successes.

“Every six months we meet with the entire work team and analyse what is the best that each player has and work was being done to ensure that André can acquire these virtues. And he (Agassi) was obsessed with your speed and coordination, he says that you are very fast and you get very well at every ball. So he wants to get to your weight to see if he can do that. ‘ I tell him that this is impossible. It was kind of amazing to find out about that.” Coria remembers Ryes telling him.

Coria played his last professional match back in 2009. During his career, he achieved a win-loss record 218-114 on the ATP Tour and in grand slams.

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Filip Krajinovic To Skip Australian Open If Required To Quarantine For More Than Five Days

The world No.34 says he ‘sees no reason’ why vaccinated players should have to go through a long quarentine in Australia.

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The second highest-ranked Serbian player in men’s tennis says it would be ‘unacceptable’ for organisers of the Australian Open to require players to quarantine for more than a week if they have been fully vaccinated.

 

Filip Krajinovic has become the first player to publicly state that they will not be prepared to travel to Melbourne at the end of this season if they have to go through strict quarantine measures once again. All the players who participated in this year’s Australian Open were required to be quarantined in a designated hotel for 14 days upon arrival in the country. During their stay they were allowed to use training facilities but that was the only time they could leave the premises unless there was an emergency.

There is no final decision regarding the travel requirements for the 2022 tournament but there are concerns that unvaccinated players may not be allowed to enter the country. The Victorian government recently issued a mandate ordering all essential workers to be vaccinated, including athletes. However, the regional government will not have the final say concerning tennis players arriving in the country with the national government being the ones in charge of that decision.

“They are very rigorous there and honestly, if I have to be in quarantine for 14 days after arriving in Melbourne, I will not go to Australia,” Krajinovic told Serbian newspaper Blic.
“I was vaccinated, I did everything in my power to protect myself and the people around me, so I really see no reason to sit there for 14 days in a room.’
“If they (the organisers) say that after arrival I need, say, five days to be in isolation, that’s OK for me, but anything beyond that is unacceptable to me. With the season ending late, I will have 20 days to get ready and go. Charter flights will be organized again and the last one is planned for December 28 for the players and that is the final date when I can go to Australia. I will see what the final decision from Melbourne will be, so I will cut what is the best thing to do.”

Earlier this week Victoria’s Sports minister Martin Pakula urged players to be vaccinated because it give them ‘the best opportunity to play in the Australian Open.’ It is expected that if unvaccinated players are allowed to attend, they will be subjected to stricter restrictions. This might include a longer quarantine period upon arrival and limitations of where they can go during their stay.

Last year, all of those players had to do their 14 days of quarantine. Right now there looks like there will be different rules for people who enter this country who are vaccinated as against unvaccinated and I don’t think the tennis will be any exception to that.” Pakula told the Sports Entertainment Network (SEN).
“In terms of what rules apply for people to enter Australia, whether unvaccinated people are allowed in at all, I don’t the answer to that yet. That’s going to be the subject of discussion at national cabinet and among the federal cabinet … those rules are not set by state governments.” He added.

Krajinovic is currently ranked 34th in the world and has a win-loss record this season of 18-18. At the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells he reached the second round before falling in straight sets to Daniil Medvedev. His best run so far this year was at the Hamburg Open where he reached the final.

“When we look at the whole of 2021, I played one final, one semifinal, there were good victories, but also worse results,” the 29-year-old commented.

Krajinovic is currently without a coach but is currently in ‘negotiations’ with somebody without elaborating further about who that person is.

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Alexander Zverev Secures Place In ATP Finals With Indian Wells Win

Zverev will be seeking to win the season-ending extravaganza for the second time in his career.

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Germany’s Alexander Zverev has become the fourth player to officially qualify for the ATP Finals after reaching the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

 

The world No.4 defeated America’s Jenson Brooksby 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, in his second round match on Sunday which pushed him over the points threshold to secure his spot in the end-of-season event. It is the fifth year in a row he has qualified for the ATP Finals which he won back in 2018. He is one of only three German players to ever win the title after Boris Becker and Michael Stich.

This year’s tournament will take place in Turin, Italy for the first time in history after being held at The O2 Arena in London for more than a decade. Only the eight highest ranked players are eligible to play in the round-robin tournament which has on offer up to 1500 rankings points for an undefeated champion.

“My first time in Turin. I’ve been to London four times before. London is obviously very special to me because I won there, as well. I think the stadium is incredible, one of the most special events that we had,” Zverev told reporters on Sunday.
“But I also love playing in Italy. I had great success in Italy. I won my first Masters in Rome. I’m looking forward to being there. I’m looking forward to playing in front of the Italian fans. It’s going to be a great week.”

The 24-year-old approaches the final quarter of this season with four titles already won this year. He has won two Masters 1000 trophies, an ATP 500 event in Mexico and a gold medal in singles at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Zverev, who has recorded seven wins over top 10 players, also reached the semi-finals at both the French Open and US Open.

Zverev joins Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas as the players who have qualified for the ATP Finals so far. It is the third straight season the quartet has qualified for the event.

This year’s ATP Finals will get underway on November 14th. Medvedev is the defending champion.

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Denis Shapovalov Advances After Pospisil Retires In Indian Wells

The battle of the two Canadians didn’t go as planned…

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Denis Shapovalov (CAN) Credit: AELTC/Edward Whitaker

Vasek Pospisil faced off against his fellow Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and it was the world number 13 who got the win after the Vernon native pulled out due to an injury whilst trailing 0-3.

 

It was a rough start for Pospisil who seemed to struggle with his serve in the opening game of the match and double-faulted twice in a row to give the early break and Shapovalov had no issues consolidating the break.

Shapovalov continued to apply pressure on the Pospisil serve and after saving two breakpoints the world number 68 pulled up after a serve and stopped play, calling for the trainer. He ended up taking a medical timeout off the court and a couple of minutes later returned to court. Pospisil was broken once again and the following game after a couple of returns decided to call it quits.

” It was pretty awful…and if I’m being honest I am shaking a bit…It really sucks I hope it’s nothing serious…He’s a great guy he’s a real warrior he’s fought back from some injuries surgeries to such a great level.” Shapovalov said of his compatriot.

Shapovalov will face 19th seed Aslan Karatsev in the next round after the Russian thrashed Salvatore Caruso 6-2, 6-0.

In the other results of the day sixth seeed Casper Ruud dominated Roberto Carballes Baena 6-1, 6-2, Roberto Bautista Agut beat the Argentine Guido Pella 7-5, 6-3 and Sebastien Korda won an all American battle with Frances Tiafoe 6-0, 6-4.

Finally, Diego Schwartzman needed three sets to beat another American in Maxime Cressy winning 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.

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