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Patrick Mouratoglou: US Open Umpire Controversy Was ‘A Good Day’ For Tennis

The 50-year-old still believes it was Carlos Ramos who was at fault and he ‘did nothing wrong.’



The coach of Serena Williams says he has no regrets about being involved in an incident that overshadowed the 2018 US Open women’s final.


Patrick Mouratoglou made headlines during the New York major after he was caught on camera making gestures towards the former world No.1 from the crowd. Indicating that he was providing some kind of coaching which is prohibited under Grand Slam rules. Carlos Ramos, who was umpiring Williams’ clash with Naomi Osaka, then issued the American with a code violation for coaching. Triggering an angry response from Williams, who denied any wrongdoing and engaged in a heated confrontation with Ramos.

The controversy-stricken match resulted in the frustrated 23-time grand slam champion receiving a game penalty after committing three separate violations of the rules. Following the match, Ramos was accused of sexism by some but the International Tennis Federation concluded that he did nothing wrong. Something Mouratoglou firmly disagrees with.

“Of course it is not very comfortable when you are in the eye of the storm but I am not scared, I am very relaxed,” Mouratoglou is quoted as saying in the Daily Mail.
“I didn’t do anything wrong, I just did what all coaches do all year long.
“I think he (Ramos) did a terrible job, but we all make mistakes. Coaches coach (from the stands), we all know that.”

Whilst the prestigious French coach raises a valid point that many mentors like him do guide their mentors from the stands, it is still a prohibited offence in the majors. Therefore, he did break the rules nonetheless. However, on-court coaching is allowed on the WTA Tour between games.

Despite the fiery confrontation, Mouratoglou insists that the incident was actually a good thing for the sport. Citing the worldwide coverage it generated in the aftermath.

“Every morning we have a meeting of everyone involved,” he said.
“I came in the room and they were all there. he recalls. There was silence because everyone was feeling uncomfortable.
“I stood up and I said ‘listen guys, yesterday was the worst day ever for Team Serena because she lost and because of what happened. But it was the best day for tennis, because tennis is everywhere, it’s great for tennis. So it depends how you look at it’.
“People watch sports like they watch a movie, they want to feel emotion.
“Watching tennis today is like watching a movie full of very nice people doing nothing wrong. We lack a bit of authenticity.”

Mouratoglou is the co-founder of the Ultimate Tennis Showdown (UTS), which will get underway this weekend. The tournament takes place during the Tour suspension and will have prize money up for grabs. Top 10 players Stefanos Tsitsipas, Matteo Berrettini and David Goffin will all be playing in the round-robin event, which will be held over five weeks. Furthermore, unlike the Tour player’s will not be penalised for any emotional outbursts on the court.

“It’s a real competition and it’s a new tour,” he said. “The players are going to win points, they’re going to earn prize money. And at the end of the year, there will be a champion.
“So they’re going to really compete with the same motivation as if they were playing a tournament.”

The first UTS match to take place will be between Goffin and Alexi Popyrin, whose father is the co-founder.

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Andrey Rublev, Dominic Thiem and Roberto Bautista Agut secure their spot in the semifinals at Thiem’s 7 tournament



Andrey Rublev edged Casper Ruud 6-2 3-6 10-4 at the Thiem’s 7 tournament in Kitzbuhel. After losing the first set Ruud came back to win the second set forcing the match to the third set. Rublev won the super tie-break when Ruud made a double fault on the match point. Rublev needed a win from Dominic Thiem against Jan Lennard Struff to secure his spot in the semifinal.


Thiem beat Struff 6-4 7-6 (7-3) to score his third consecutive win at this tournament after defeating Casper Ruud and Andrey Rublev in the first two days.

The first set went on serve until the 10th game, when Thiem converted on his first break point at 5-4 to clinch the first set in 30 minutes. In the second set Thiem did not convert two break points at 3-2 and another chance at 4-3. It came down to the tie-break. Thiem earned a mini-break to take a 2-1 lead and held on his serve to create three match point at 6-3. The home player converted on his first chance, as Struff’s backhand sailed long. Thiem set up a semifinal clash against Roberto Bautista Agut.

The Spanish player converted five of his six break points and won 73% of the rallies of the rallies in his service game in his 6-0 6-1 win over Dennis Novak to get the second point in his round robin group and secure his spot in the semifinals in the Group B.

Bautista Agut won 5 of the 7 games of the match before Novak earned his only game of the match by holding his first service game in the second set. Bautista Agut won five consecutive games to win the second set 6-1.

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Alexander Zverev and Nick Kyrgios pull out of Berlin exhibition tournament



Alexander Zverev and Nick Kyrgios have withdrawn from the exhibition bett1 ACES tournament in Berlin. Both players were expected to join Dominic Thiem in the tournament, which will take place in the Steffi Graf Stadium from 13 to 15 July and in the Hangar 6 from 17 to 19 July. Caroline Garcia has pulled out from the women’s tournament due to a knee injury and will be replaced by Anastasija Sevastova.


“I was planning to play in Berlin this month, but I have made the decision to stay put and train with my team and not play any tournaments at the moment. It’s never nice to miss the chance to play, but I will be back soon”, said Zverev on the social media.

Zverev updated his fans on his latest news on his twitter account.

“I wanted to update you on a few things. First, on Friday I took my third test for Covid-19 and I am happy to say it also came back negative. Secondly, I am going through a trial period with David Ferrer on my team. I could not be more excited to get to work. I can’t wait for the tour to be back”, said Zverev.

Berlin organizers doubt that Zverev will play in Berlin. Last week Edwin Weindorfer said that he was considering refusing to allow Zverev to play in Berlin and warned he would have zero tolerance of any player who parties during the exhibition tournament.

“Zverev’s management said that he is not planning to play in any tournament at the moment. We are obviously disappointed, because he would have had a good opportunity to play in front of his fans”, said Weindorfer.

 Dominic Thiem, Jannik Sinner and Jan Lennard Struff in the men’s field and Elina Svitolina, Petra Kvitova, Kiki Bertens and Andrea Petkovic are the top names of the Berlin tournament.

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Donna Vekic Splits With Coach, Disputes The Reason Behind Move

The world No.24 has questioned a statement from her ex-coach concerning the reason behind his departure.



Croatia’s top women’s player has been left searching for a new mentor on the Tour after parting ways with her coach after more than two years.


Donna Vekic has confirmed that she is no longer working with Torben Beltz, who previously guided Angelique Kerber to two of her Grand Slam titles. Under Beltz’s guidance, the world No.24 reached three WTA Finals as well as the quarter-finals of her first Grand Slam at the 2019 US Open. Last year the 24-year-old also broke into the top 20 for the first time in her career.

News of the split was confirmed by Beltz after the German coach posted a statement on his Instagram account. In it, he cites ‘different views’ in practicing and scheduling as the reason behind them going separate ways.

“Unfortunately Team Donna and I had different views in setting up the practice and tournament schedule for the restart of the tour which is why we will go separate ways! Thanks Donna for the last 2.5 years, it was a great ride and I always enjoyed our time together. Good luck for you in the future. Ready for a new adventure,” Beltz wrote.

However, it appears that there is more to it than what Beltz has said. Taking to Twitter, Vekic called him out by questioning his view on why the two split. Although she didn’t comment on why the decision was made.

“Well this is the first time I’m hearing of different views in practice and tournament schedules…?” She wrote on Twitter.

The separation comes after what was a mixed start to the season for Vekic prior to the Tour suspension. In her first five tournaments she only won back-to-back matches in Adelaide and at the Australian Open. Her 2020 win-loss record currently stands at 5-5.

So far in her career Vekic has earned more than $4.2 million in prize money which is the fourth highest tally ever made by a female Croatian player. Petra Martic holds the record with $5,128,866 in earnings.

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