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French Open Run Brings Tears Of Joy For Petra Kvitova After Turbulent Journey

The emotional tennis star explains why she was on the verge of crying during her latest match.

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Petra Kvitova (image via https://twitter.com/rolandgarros)

At the French Open Petra Kvitova has perhaps gone through more emotions than anybody else within the past three years.

 

It all started in 2017 when she crashed out in the second round to Bethanie Mattek-Sands. The loss wasn’t significant but it was the fact that the tournament was the first she had played since suffering a career-threatening hand injury after a tussle with an intruder in her Czech apartment. The offender has since been jailed for his crime. A year later she lost in the third round before withdrawing from the 2019 tournament due to an arm injury.

Paris has been a roller-coaster journey for the two-time Wimbledon champion but now she is finally finding her footing once again. Taking to the premier court at Roland Garros on Monday to play her fourth round match, Kvitova disposed of China’s Zhang Shuai 6-2, 6-4, in just under 80 minutes. Two points away from victory an emotional Kvitova was on the verge of tears before she closing the match out.

“I got a bit emotional during the last two points of my match. I really started to think about the match because in tennis we really never know when it’s going to end,” she said.
“My memories, happy memories, when I made my comeback here in 2017, when I stepped on the Philippe Chatrier, I couldn’t really imagine me to be in the quarter-final of this slam.’
“Everything just came back to me.”

It has been eight years since Kvitova last reached the quarter-final stage of Paris. Since her comeback from her hand injury, she has won an array of titles on the WTA Tour but is yet to prevail in the majors. Although she came agonisingly close the 2019 Australian Open when she lost in three sets to Caroline Wozniacki.

Everything came to my mind when I had my whole family, people who I loved that helped me through that tough, tough time,” she reflected on the significance of her latest win. “Just everything came back to my mind. I just saw them. I was just playing on the Philippe Chatrier. It was so nice to win the match and to be in the quarter-final.”

The question remains if Kvitova can achieve her ultimate fairytale and win the entire tournament? An achievement no Czech woman has done since Hana Mandlíková back in 1981 when she represented Czechoslovakia before switching allegiance to Australia a few years later. On paper Kvitova is one of the favourites given her ranking and resume, but she is refusing to look too far ahead.

“Actually I don’t want to think about it,” she stated. “There are a few matches to go. This is really tough for me to think about that far.”
“I’m just here to play my next match. I will see what will happen afterwards.”

Kvitova will play Germany’s Laura Siegemund in the quarter-finals.

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Rafael Nadal joins star-studded Rotterdam field

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World number 2 and 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal will return to Rotterdam to play at the 48th edition of the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament from 1 to 7 March 2021. 

 

Nadal joins a star-studded line-up which already features 2020 ATP Finals champion Danil Medvedev three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka, 2014 US Open finalist Kei Nishikori, 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals champion and 2020 Sofia ATP 250 Tour winner Jannik Sinner. 

Nadal made his debut in Rotterdam in 2008 but he lost to Italy’s Andreas Seppi in the second round. One year later the Spanish legend lost to Andy Murray in the final. 

Nadal claimed his 13th Roland Garros title and his 20th Grand Slam trophy last year tying Roger Federer for most Grand Slam men’s singles titles. He was ranked in top 10 for record 800 consecutive weeks from 25 April 2003, including 209 total weeks as World number 1 following 160 consecutive weeks as world number 2. He earned his 1000th career win in Paris 2020 and boasts most ATP Masters 1000 match victories (389) and second most titles, including 11 in Monte-Carlo, 9 in Rome and 5 in Madrid. He joined André Agassi as the first to male players to complete career Grand Slam and win Olympic gold medals in singles in Beijing 2008 and in doubles in Rio de Janeiro 2016 alongside his compatriot Marc Lopez.   

“What applied to his debut in 2008 in the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, still applies. Rafa is again in second place in the ATP Rankings. That shows how unique it is. Non-stop in the top 10 since April 2005. There is no one who will be close to this, or will match him for a long time to come. We had annual contact about him playing in Rotterdam, but it did not fit into the schedule. Now that the season looks different in terms of planning, he was open to coming back to Rotterdam. Of course we seized the opportunity. It would be great if we could add to our Ring of Champions next March. It’s no secret that Nadal is one of my all-time favourite players. The intensity he brings to the court is unparalled. His fighting spirit in combination with his unique technique is an example for everyone. The fact that he returns to Rotterdam after so many years makes it extra special, of course”, said Tournament Director and former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek. 

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Alejandro Davidovich Fokina decides to skip the Australian Open

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Alejandro Davidovich Fokina decided to skip the Australian Open after being tested to covid-19. Fokina is asymptomatic, while his coach had minor symptoms. The young Spanish player should have faced 14 days of quarantine before training for three days ahead of the Australian Open, but decided to focus on the European Indoor tournaments. His season will start with two Challenger tournaments. Davidovich Fokina reached the semifinal in Estoril in 2019 as qualifier and the fourth round at the US Open in 2020 at the age of 21. 

 

“My coach and I tested positive to Covid-19 14 days ago and could not get on our plane to Melbourne last Thursday. Jorge had minor symptoms and I was practically asymptomatic. We have thought that even with the possibility of travelling in the next three days, having to do another 14-day quarantine, training three days and playing to the best of five sets could be dangerous and harmful for the rest of the season because the probability of injury is very high. We will try to obtain some wild cards to play at two challengers and start getting the rhythm and shape to face the European Indoor Tour the best way possible. On one hand I feel very sad because I am missing the first Grand Slam of the year but on the other hand I am glad that we have confronted the virus without any complications and I am ready to start training and competing again”, wrote Alejandro Davidovich Fokina on his twitter account. 

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Monte-Carlo postpones the ticket sales for the 2021 edition

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The uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic in Europe forced the tournament management of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters to postpone the start of the ticket sales for the 2021 edition scheduled from 11 to 18 April 2021. 

 

This decision affects Italian and French tennis fans. A large part of the crowd who attend the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters comes from France and Italy. 

The management of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters confirmed that the tournament will be held with a partial presence of the crowd. The 2020 edition of the monegasque tournament was cancelled. 

The tournament management published this brief announcment on its official website: 

“Dear viewers, we remind you that the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters will take place from 10 to 16 April 2021, no doubt with limited public access. Unfortanetely, given the current unfavourable health situation, the opening of our ticket office, which we hoped to keep on 19th January, must be postponed. In any case, we hope to be able to give you positive news shortly, and at the moment we invite to consult our website and our social networks for up-to-date information. We remain confident that we will be able to welcome you to the Monte-Carlo Country Club from 10 April 2021, for the 114th edition of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters”. 

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