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Marco Trungelliti Blasts Tennis Authorities Over Management Of COVID-19 Crisis

Trungelliti, who is best known for being a whistleblower in a big match-fixing scandal, has said there is ‘a lot of anger among players’ over a lack of support.

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Argentina’s Marco Trungelliti has accused the tennis governing bodies of ‘poor’ management over their handling of their Tour suspension.

 

All professional events have been halted since March due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic that has inflicted more than two million people and killed thousands. It is unclear as to when the sport could resume again with the current return date of July 13th expected to be extended at some point. Amid the uncertainty, lower ranked players have voiced their concerns about receiving financial support during the break. Prompting the upcoming launch of a Player Relief Program, which will be administered by both the ATP and WTA. Full details about the program are yet to be released and it remains unclear as to when the funds will start being distributed to the players.

Trungelliti would be one of those who would benefit from such an initiative. He is currently ranked 231st in the world and has made just over $67,000 in prize money this year (before costs). The 30-year-old has blasted officials over the current system and criticised them for showing a lack of support to others working in the sport who aren’t players.

“The only bad thing is that there are many people who make a living from this sport and not just players that we have stopped producing. All the work team behind it stops charging.” He told the EFE news agency.
The tennis bodies are painful and the only way they handle the situation is to say that it is poor. The whole system is quite loose and they don’t take into account the trainers, the physical trainers,” he added.

Continuing his criticism, Trungelliti has called out the bodies for what he believes have been a lack of communication. Saying that those who aren’t top names of the sport are often brushed aside and ignored.

“Each time you go down the ranking it is worse, it is evident, but the one who is 120 in the world has trouble reaching the end of the month. It is a reality.” He said.
“At the moment, there is a lot of anger between players and coaches. More than anything, people are angry at the lack of support. In tennis there is no information and you do not belong to anything. Neither financial or mental aid.”
“The lack of communication is terrifying.”

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Recently ATP Players Council President and world No.1 Novak Djokovic issued a letter to his fellow players urging them to contribute towards a fund set up to support those ranked below them. Although not everybody is on board. Dominic Thiem already publicly voiced his opposition by saying he would like to pick who to donate to. The Austrian, who played on the lower-level Future Tour for two years, believes some players are ‘unprofessional’ and don’t commit fully to the sport.

Thiem’s comments inevitably triggered both support and backlash with Leyton Hewitt lending his backing. However, Trungelliti has branded the comments from the Australian Open runner-up as ‘ugly.’

“In the end, everyone does what they see fit with the money, but to say that tennis doesn’t deserve it when there are kids who work like animals to get to where he was or where he is pretty ugly for a tennis player to say that kind of thing.” He said of Thiem.

Whilst the sport awaits the final details about the Player Relief Fund, Trungelliti has questioned why the bosses of the ATP haven’t taken a pay cut due to the current crises. The head of the International Tennis Federation, David Haggerty, took a 30% reduction in his pay as part of what is described as a ‘job protection scheme.’

“In general, society is already quite irresponsible. It seems to me that this is a message for leaders with the amount of money they have stolen in the world. And if we go back to the subject of tennis, in the ATP those who command have not even cut their salaries when they too have stopped working like the tennis players themselves.” Trungelliti replied when asked if COVID-19 would change the world for the good.
“The first who have to set an example are those who command, the leaders and in many countries that is not happening. People are pissed off because this becomes a matter of survival. Hopefully it will help us to think differently. In the end everything ends up being paid by the middle and lower classes.”

Trungelliti is currently residing in Andorra. He last played a professional match during the final week of February.

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World No.1 Ash Barty Outlines Ultimate Career Goal

The 24-year-old has named the tournament she dreams of winning.

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Reigning French Open champion Ash Barty has made clear the one thing she wants to achieve before hanging up her racket for good.

 

The world No.1 is dreaming of adding to her Grand Slam tally in the future, but her sights aren’t set on her home tournament at the Australian Open. Which hasn’t been won by a local female player since Chris O’Neal back in 1978. Instead, her dream lies with the All England Club which hosts the Wimbledon Championships.

My dream is winning Wimbledon. Without a doubt,” AFP quoted Barty as saying during an interview with broadcaster ABC.
“It took a long time for me to say that out loud. It took a long time for me to have the courage to say that out loud, but that’s what I want. That’s what I want to work towards.
“Being able to win junior Wimbledon was really special, but it just gave me a taste of what it’s really like.”

It was at Wimbledon where Barty first rose to prominence by winning the girls title at the age of 15 in 2011. Becoming the first indigenous Australian to win a title of any sort at the event since 1980. Progressing onto the senior circuit, she is yet to get the breakthrough she wants with her best result being a run to the fourth round last year despite being the top seed.

Barty will not have a chance of winning the grass-court major this year after it was cancelled for the first time since the Second World War due to COVID-19. She is also set to miss the upcoming US Open due to travelling concerns related to the virus and its unpredictability.

“That was a massive part of it for our team – accepting that this is something greater than what we can control, we can’t do anything about it,” she commented on skipping New York.
“We just have to play our part and do the right thing. And then hope we get an opportunity some time in the year to get back to some kind of normal.”

The 24-year-old isn’t the only top name missing from this year’s US Open. Elina Svitolina and Kiki Bertens are the two other top 10 women’s players that have pulled out so far. Meanwhile, Simona Halep is yet to reach a decision. As for the men, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka will not be playing.

Prior to the five-month break in tennis due to the Pandemic, Barty started the season winning 11 out of 14 matches. She won the Adelaide International before reaching the semi-finals at both the Australian Open and Doha Open.

Barty currently leads the WTA rankings by 2641 points ahead of second place Halep.

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Elise Mertens beats Camila Giorgi to reach her third quarter final in 2020

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Number 3 seed Elise Mertens from Belgium edged Last week’s Palermo semifinalist Camila Giorgi 6-4 6-2 in 1 hour and 44 minutes to secure her spot in the quarter final at the Prague Open. 

 

Mertens reached her third quarter final of the 2020 season after Shenzhen and Auckland and scored her second win in as many matches against Giorgi. 

Giorgi got an early break in the second game to open up a 2-0 lead, as Mertens hit her backhand into the net. Mertens broke straight back in the third game for 1-2. Giorgi saved two break points in the fifth game. 

Mertens broke for the second time in a eight-deuce seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and held her next two service games and served out the first set 6-4 with a backhand pass. 

Mertens got the first break of the second set in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. The Belgian player saved four break-back points in the sixth game to open up a 4-2 lead before breaking serve in the seventh game. The 2019 Doha champion hit her third ace on her first match point setting up a quarter final clash against either Tamara Zidansek or Canadian wildcard Eugenie Bouchard.   

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Simona Halep makes a winning start to her Prague Open campaign

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Number 1 seed and last year’s Wimbledon champion Simona Halep edged past Polona Hercog 6-1 1-6 7-6 (7-3) in two and a half hours in the opening round of the Prague Open on her seventh match point after 2 hours and 31 minutes. Halep played her first match since claiming her 20th title in Dubai. 

 

Halep wasted six match points before claiming the win in the tie-break of the third set to secure his spot in the Round of 16. Halep won four points more than Hercog and saved five of the 11 break points he faced. 

Both players traded breaks in the second and third games of the opening set. Halep earned two consecutive breaks in the fourth and sixth games to win the first set 6-1, as Hercog made 12 unforced errors to only two winners. 

Hercog came back from a break down early in the second set to get three consecutive breaks and won the second set 6-1. 

Both players traded breaks in the fourth and fifth games of the decider. Halep earned another break to open up a 5-3 lead. Hercog broke back in the ninth game and saved six match points in the 10th and 12th games to set up a decisive tie-break. Halep claimed the tie-break 7-3. 

Before the five-month break Halep lost to Garbine Muguruza in the semifinal of the Australian Open and won the Dubai final. 

Last week’s Palermo semifinalist Camila Giorgi came back from one set down to beat Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk 4-6 6-2 7-6 (7-4) after 2 hours and 14 minutes. Giorgi converted six of her eight break points. 

Kostyuk earned the first break in the fourth game. Giorgi broke straight back in the fifth game. Both players traded breaks in the sixth and seventh games. Giorgi saved a break point in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Kostyuk broke for the third time in the 10th game to win the first set 6-4 after 44 minutes. 

Giorgi broke twice in a row to race out to a 4-0 lead, Kostyuk pulled one break back in the sixth game for 2-4, but Giorgi broke again in the seventh game to win the second set 6-2 in 31 minutes. 

Kostyuk broke serve in the third game of the decider to open up a 3-0 lead. Giorgi broke back to draw level to 3-3. In the eighth game the Italian star fended off another break. The set came down to the tie-break. Giorgi opened up a 4-2 lead. Both players traded mini-breaks. Giorgi earned two match points and converted her first chance to win the tie-break 7-4. 

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