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Ash Barty Defends Muchova Over Use Of Timeout After Shock Australian Open Exit

The Czech player said the break ‘helped’ her secure a shock win at the Grand Slam.



World No.1 Ash Barty admits that a medical timeout taken by Karolina Muchova was a ‘turning point’ in their match but has refused to criticise the Czech player following her shock loss at the Australian Open.

The top seed looked to be on course to booking a place in the semi-finals after racing to a 6-1, 2-1 lead with relative ease before the match came to a halt which lasted nearly 10 minutes. Muchova received a medical timeout after complaining of dizziness caused by the humid conditions in Melbourne Park and left the court. When she returned, the world No.27 dominated proceedings by winning six out of seven games played en route to a surprise three-set victory. Following her win, Muchova commented on her decision to take a medical break.

I was a bit lost on the court and my head was spinning so I took a break. It helped me,” she said.

The use of words by the 24-year-old has raised eyebrows from some in the tennis world. Although conditions in Melbourne were tough for players with Daniil Medvedev saying after certain rallies he was struggling to breathe during his quarter-final clash with Andrey Rublev.

Questioned about Muchova’s ‘break’ Barty refused to engage in any potential argument by insisting that what her opponent did was within the rulebook. The International Tennis Federation states that a player is allowed a break for reasons such as dizziness if the physio deems it appropriate. However, Barty admits that the disruption caused a change in momentum.

“It’s within the rules, she’s within her rights to take that time,” she said during her press conference.
“If she wasn’t within the rules, the physios and the doctors would have said so. That’s the laws of our game. We have those medical timeouts for cases that are needed. Obviously, she needed that today. Completely within the rules for her to take that.
“From my point of view, I’ve played a lot of matches where there have been medical timeouts. I’ve taken medical timeout’s myself before, so that shouldn’t be a massive turning point in the match.
“I was disappointed that I let that become a turning point. I’m experienced enough now to be able to deal with that.
“It’s a disappointment today without a doubt. But we learn and we move on.”

Following their match, there are questions as to if a player should be entitled to such a break if they have no injury as such. Although Barty is staying clear of weighing in on the debate herself.

“I don’t write the rules. I abide by them,” she stated.
“It’s not my place to comment whether she had an injury or not. That’s the physios and the doctors. Obviously that she’s taken her medical timeout meant that there was something wrong. She was within the rules.”

Muchova later told reporters that at one stage she felt like she was going to faint on court due to the heat. It was after that when she received treatment which included having her blood pressure taken and being cooled down with ice.

Through to her first Grand Slam semi-final, Muchova will next play America’s Jenifer Brady.

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Maria Sakkari Appoints Witt As Coach For American Swing



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Maria Sakkari has enlisted the help of Jessica Pegula’s former long-time coach in a bid to regain her form on the Tour. 

Greek media has confirmed that the world No.9 has begun a partnership with David Witt, who has also previously coached Venus Williams. Witt had worked with Pegula since 2019 before the tennis star decided to end their collaboration earlier this year. During their time together he oversaw the American win two WTA 1000 events, reached the quarter-final of a grand Slam on six occasions and peaked at a ranking high of No.3. 

Sakkari’s appointment comes after she ended her six-year working relationship with Tom Hill. Highlights of their partnership include winning two Tour titles, reaching a Grand Slam semi-final twice and spending more than two years in the top 10. 

“Tom, thank you for all the emotions, the support on and off the court, and the belief you had in me since day one,” Sakkari wrote on Instagram last month. “We grew together, and you helped me realize that everything is possible.

“Not only did you make me a better tennis player, but you also made me a better person. Thank you for always wanting the best for me and for always having my back! Good luck on the next chapter in your career.”

Sakkari is looking to get back on track after what has been a disappointing start to 2024. She had won just two matches in her first four singles tournaments played and is yet to face an opponent ranked in the world’s top 20. However, she faired better at the United Cup, where she won three matches in the team event, including victories over Lelylah Fernandez and Angelique Kerber. 

It is understood that Sakkari will be working with Witt at both Indian Wells and Miami. If their partnership is successful, it could be extended further into the clay swing. The other members of her team will remain in the same roles. 

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Ugo Humbert saves three match points to beat Hubert Hurkacz in Dubai



Fifth-seed Ugo Humbert came back from one set down to beat Hubert Hurkacz 3-6 7-6 (10-8) 6-3. Humbert had beaten Hurkacz en route to his title in Marseille. 

Hurkacz converted his third break point in the fourth game to win the first set 6-3. Humbert saved three match points in the tie-break of the second set before converting his first set point to force the match to the decider. Humbert broke twice to seal the third set 6-3. 

“It was a great battle. I tried to battle for every point. In the tie-break I saved three match points, tried to do my best and thanks to those French fans for the amazing support”, said Humbert. 

Humbert set up a semifinal match against Danil Medvedev, who beats Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-2 6-3. Humbert leads 2-1 in their head-to-head matches, but Medvedev won their most recent match in three sets at the China Open in their most recent head-to-head match in Beijing last year.

“It’s going to be a great challenge against Danil tomorrow. We had a few great fights. Hopefully I will recover well to be ready for this match”, said Humbert. 

Aleksander Bublik was leading Jiri Lehecka 6-4 4-1 when the Czech player was forced to retire due to an injury. Bublik set up a match against Andrey Rublev, who was leading Sebastian Korda 6-4 4-3  when the Czech player withdrew due to injury. 

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Brazilian Rising Star Joao Fonseca Waives College Eligibility To Turn Pro



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One of Brazil’s most promising young tennis players has made the bold decision to abandon a dream of his to play college tennis in America to turn pro. 

17-year-old Jaoao Fonseca was committed to playing college tennis at the University of Virginia but says professional tennis has called him in a way he couldn’t refuse. The rising star has played just two Tour-level events so far in his career and is currently ranked 343rd in the world. 

At last week’s Rio Open, he became the second-youngest player after Alexander Zverev to reach the quarter-finals of an ATP 500 event since the category was introduced. In his home tournament, the Brazillian beat Arthur Fils and Cristian Garin before losing to Mariano Navone.

“It was an incredibly tough decision for me and my family as I have been dreaming about living a college life in Charlottesville, playing the sport that l love with a wonderful team and coach, but, in the last months, professional tennis called me in a way that I simply couldn’t say no,” Fonseca wrote in a statement published on Instagram
“Although I will not be attending school, I think it is an extremely valuable and viable path for young players in their way to professional careers,” he added.

Fonseca has already enjoyed success on the junior circuit. Last year he was runner-up in the doubles tournament at the Australian Open boy’s event. Then at the US Open, he won his first Grand Slam junior title in singles. He is also a former ITF Junior World No.1 and is currently ranked second in the standings. 

The youngster has already been hailed by compatriot Beatriz Haddad Maia, who is currently ranked 13th on the WTA Tour. Speaking to reporters at the San Diego Open, she has offered her support to Fonseca if he needs it. 

“João is a nice person. He has a great future, if he keeps working hard and keeps doing what he’s doing. I think he has a very aggressive mentality and tennis.” She said.

“We sometimes text each other, but not that much. But I’m always following.. not only him.. but the Brazilians. I’m proud of what he’s doing. He has a long way and he needs to understand that it’s a marathon, it’s not a 100 meter race.’
“Tennis has its ups and downs. I wish him all the best, for sure. I’ll be here whenever he wants. I’m happy with what he’s doing.” 

Fonseca played at the Chile Open this week but lost in the first round to Thiago Agustin Tirante.

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