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Goran Ivanisevic Slams Disqualification Rule In Aftermath Of Djokovic Incident

Goran Ivanisevic has had strong opinion on the disqualification rule after Novak Djokovic’s exit at the US Open last Sunday.

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Goran Ivanisevic has criticised the disqualification rule in Tennis after Novak Djokovic’s fourth round exit at the US Open.

It was on Sunday, when Novak Djokovic’s dreams of an 18th grand slam title vanished after being defaulted for unintentionally hitting a line umpire in the face with a tennis ball.

As the Serb was broken in the eleventh game of the first set, he hit the ball towards the back of the court, looking the other way, and accidentally hit the line umpire in the face which caused a disqualification from the tournament.

Although it was unintentional from the world number one, the rules state that a major offence of ‘aggravated behaviour’ results in a default.

Although many people have come to the conclusion of agreeing with the decision, one person who thinks the decision was wrong was Djokovic’s head coach, Goran Ivanisevic.

The former Wimbledon champion has defended his player, slamming the disqualification rule in the process, “I haven’t seen the line umpire, but as soon as I’ve heard her sighing, I knew that was it,” Ivanisevic told Sasa Ozmo of Sport Klub in an interview.

The tragedy of it is that Novak wasn’t angry at all. I have watched that video 3.877 times and his biggest mistake is that he wasn’t looking in that direction. I am not talking about Novak now, I am against disqualification in general.

“OK if there is intention and you want to harm someone, but this was a complete accident. I’ve seen that some wrote that the ball went 130 km/h. Those people are crazy. The rules are what they are, it’s either warning or disqualification.

“I know that many won’t agree and I am not objective, but I think they should have just given him the game penalty. Start from the second set and that’s it.”

In the interview, Ivanisevic also explained how Djokovic felt after the incident, “He was by himself for a while, and then we talked. It is not easy for him, it was huge shock that nobody expected,” the Croatian said.

“What I find tragic is that many people act like they were just waiting for him to do something wrong, there is a lot of maliciousness and a lot of people happy that someone else is in trouble. Some of the media are out to get him and I really don’t know why that is.”

It is quite clear that Ivanisevic feels that the rule should be scrapped in future incidents but many would disagree as Djokovic’s actions on another day could have resulted in more serious injuries.

There is also an argument to say that this isn’t the first time that Djokovic has been close to a default and his temperament always seems to get the best of him on the big stages.

However the Serb will look to put this behind him as he goes to Rome and then Roland Garros, as he looks to stop Rafael Nadal from winning an astonishing 13th French Open title.

Ivanisevic believes that the Serb is capable of winning the title in Paris as long as he can put this incident behind him, “Novak is a born champion and this will make him even stronger. It’s good that he plays matches sooner rather than later, to leave all of this behind him. He needs to try to act like this happened 5 years ago. I think he is capable of winning Roland Garros.”

There is not much rest, as Rome starts on Monday while Roland Garros is due to start on the 27th of September.

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Wrist Injury Threatening To End Holger Rune’s Olympic Dream

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Holger Rune will have a second medical opinion on Monday before deciding if he is fit enough to play at the Olympic Games, according to his team. 

The Danish world No.17 recently retired from his quarter-final match at the Hamburg Open due to a knee injury. The hope at the time was that his withdrawal would be just a precautionary measure ahead of the Olympics. However, he is also dealing with a second issue that appears to be more serious.

According to TV 2 Sport, Rune has been struggling with a wrist issue and underwent a scan on Sunday which his mother Aneke says ‘doesn’t look promising.’ Aneke is also the manager of her son’s career. Rune’s Olympic dreams now rest on the outcome of a second medical expert that he will visit tomorrow who has a better understanding of the sport. 

“Unfortunately, it does not look promising after the first medical opinion after the review of the scan of the wrist,” Aneke Rune told TV 2 Sport.

“We are waiting for two tennis-specific doctors who will give a second opinion tomorrow (Monday). Tennis wrists look different from regular wrists, so we’ll hold out hope for one more day.” 

Rune is one of three Danish players entered into the Olympic tennis event along with Caroline Wozniacki and Clara Tauson. The country has only won one medal in tennis before which was at the 1912 Games when Sofie Castenschiold won silver in the women’s indoor singles event. 

So far this season, the 21-year-old has won 27 matches on the Tour but is yet to claim a title. He reached the final of the Brisbane International and then the semi-finals of three more events. In the Grand Slams, he made it to the fourth round of the French Open and Wimbledon. 

It is not known when a final decision regarding Rune’s participation in Paris will be made.

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Hubert Hurkacz Undergoes ‘Knee Procedure’ Ahead of Olympic Bid

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Poland’s top player on the ATP Tour is not giving up on his dream of winning a medal at the Olympic Games despite recently undergoing a medical procedure.

World No.7 Hubert Hurkacz suffered a knee injury during his second round clash at Wimbledon against France’s Arthur Fils. In the fourth set tiebreak of their clash, Hurkacz dived for a shot but landed badly on his knee and required on-court medical attention. He then played two more points before retiring from the match. 

In a social media post published on Wednesday, the  27-year-old confirmed he underwent a procedure on his knee earlier this week but didn’t provide any further details.  Although Hurkacz has stated his intention to play at the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris, where the tennis event will be held on the clay at Roland Garros. 

“I had a knee procedure this Monday, but I’m feeling better already and my team and are dedicating extensive time each day to the rehab process.” He wrote on Instagram. 

“It’s a dream for every athlete to represent their country at the Olympics, and I want to make sure I am fully fit and ready before making the final decision to step on court. The aim is not only to participate, but to win a medal for my country.”

So far this season Hurkacz has won 34 out of 48 matches played on the Tour. He won the Estoril Open in April and was runner-up to Jannik Sinner in Halle. 

The Olympic tennis event is scheduled to begin a week Saturday on July 27th. Poland is yet to win a medal in the event but expectations are high with women’s No.1 Iga Swiatek also taking part. 

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Motivation, Pressure And Expectations – Novak Djokovic Targets History At Wimbledon

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Novak Djokovic has broken numerous records throughout his career but he still feels the pressure of trying to make history in the sport. 

The world No.2 is through to his 10th Wimbledon final where he will play Carlos Alcaraz, who beat him at this stage of the tournament 12 months ago. There is plenty on the line for the Serbian who could equal Roger Federer’s record for most men’s titles won at SW19 and break the overall record for most major singles won in the sport if he triumphs over the Spaniard. Djokovic currently has 24 Grand Slam trophies to his name which is the same as Margaret Court, who won some of her titles before the Open Era started. 

“Obviously I’m aware that Roger [Federer] holds eight Wimbledons. I hold seven. History is on the line.” Djokovic said on Friday after beating Lorenzo Musetti.

“Also, the 25th potential Grand Slam. Of course, it serves as a great motivation, but at the same time it’s also a lot of pressure and expectations.”

Coming into Wimbledon, there had been doubts over Djokovic’s form after he underwent surgery to treat a knee injury he suffered at the French Open. However, he has defied the odds to reach the final. His run has also seen him beat Alexi Popyrin and Holger Rune before getting a walkover in the quarter-finals from Alex de Minaur, who sustained an injury during the tournament. Then on Friday, he overcame a spirited Musetti in three sets. 

Despite the challenge, Djokovic has insisted that his expectations to do well are always high no matter what the situation is. During what has been a roller-coaster first six months of the season, he is yet to win a title this year or beat a player currently ranked in the top 10. Although he will achieve both of these if her beats Alcaraz on Sunday. 

“Every time I step out on the court now, even though I’m 37 and competing with the 21-year-olds, I still expect myself to win most of the matches, and people expect me to win, whatever, 99% of the matches that I play.” He said.

“I always have to come out on the court and perform my best in order to still be at the level with Carlos [Alcaraz] or Jannik [Sinner] or Sascha [Zverev] or any of those guys, Daniil [Medvedev]. 

“This year hasn’t been that successful for me. It’s probably the weakest results the first six months I’ve had in many years. That’s okay. I had to adapt and accept that and really try to find also way out from the injury that I had and kind of regroup.”

Djokovic hopes that a Wimbledon win will help turn his season around like it has done in the past for him. 

“Wimbledon historically there’s been seasons where I wasn’t maybe playing at a desired level, but then I would win a Wimbledon title and then things would change.” He commented.

“For example, that was the case in 2018 when I had elbow surgery earlier in the year, dropped my rankings out of top 20, losing in fourth round of Australian Open, I think it was quarters of Roland-Garros, and just not playing the tennis that I want to play. Then I won Wimbledon and then won US Open and then later on became No.1 very soon.”

Meanwhile, 21-year-old Alcaraz is hoping to stop Djokovic in his tracks. Should he defend his title at Wimbledon, he would become the first player outside the Big Three to do so since Pete Sampras more than 20 years ago. He has won their only previous meeting on the grass but trails their head-to-head 3-2. 

“I’m sure he knows what he has to do to beat me,” said Alcaraz.

“But I’m ready to take that challenge and I’m ready to do it well.”

When the two players take to the court to play in the Wimbledon final, Djokovic will be 15 years and 348 days older than Alcaraz. Making it the largest age gap in a men’s Grand Slam final since the 1974 US Open. Whoever is victorious will receive £2,700,000 in prize money. 

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