Fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas was in top form during his first round win at the Australian Open but the talking point was what he said on the court afterwards.
The world No.6 stormed to a 6-1, 6-2, 6-1, win over French veteran Gilles Simon in just over 90 minutes on the Rod Laver Arena. Producing a total of 25 winners as he broke seven times en route to the victory. Following the match Tsitsipas encountered a much tougher opponent – the Melbourne crowd.
Speaking to Jim Courier during his on-court interview, the awkwardness started almost instantly when the 22-year-old spoke openly about his latest win. When asked if he was surprised by the scoreline Tsitsipas initially replied ‘I don’t know’ before making a comment that triggered some booing from the stands.
“I wasn’t expecting it (the win) to come so easy. It was a great match from my side,” he said before swiftly pausing his swift following the crowd reaction.
“I mean, let’s be honest……..oh my god I feel like I messed this up already.”
Trying to call down the mixed reaction, the 22-year-old continued to speak about his latest performance but his choice of phrase didn’t do him any favours.
“I think I played a great, spectacular match from the beginning to the end,” he said.
“I don’t know what his tactic was.”
Making another effort to diffuse the situation Tsitsipas joked ‘I didn’t expect to play on Rod Laver with everybody laughing at me.’ The tennis star probably didn’t feel any better when interviewer Courier commented ‘you’re looking really comfortable except in this interview.’ Prompting a bemused look from the former Melbourne semi-finalist.
Next up for Tsitsipas is a clash with Thanassi Kokkinakis who defeated South Korea’s Kwon Soon-woo in his opening match. In front of an already animated crowd, Courier decided to ask the Greek if he will have the majority of the fan support in the second round.
“I’ve known Thanassi for a really long time and we have practiced a lot of times. He is a really nice guy,” he begins.
“But that won’t really matter on the court.”
Inevitably the crowd’s response to the last part of Tsitsipas’ comment didn’t go down a storm, but fortunately the interview ended with him being cheered as he made a swift exit.
Alex Corretja: “I’ll tell you who can win the gold medal if Djokovic doesn’t go to the Olympics”
The two-time French Open finalist, now working for Eurosport, makes his predictions for the 2020 Olympics
Former world N.2 Alex Corretja, the winner of the 1998 ATP Finals (then known as the ATP Tour World Championships) now works with Eurosport, and, while he won’t be in Tokyo, he will still cover the Olympic Games and provide match commentary in Spanish.
During a brief rendez-vous with Ubitennis CEO Ubaldo Scanagatta, Corretja made a prediction for the men’s singles event at the upcoming Olympic event, which at the moment is slated to feature billboard names such as Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Matteo Berrettini. Here’s their chat:
Flink: “Djokovic Was Lucky at the Beginning of the Final Because Berrettini Was Even More Nervous than Him”
A Wimbledon recap. Zverev struggled once more with nerves, while Barty cemented her status. How many losses like the one to Hurkacz will Federer be able to cope with?
Ubitennis CEO Ubaldo Scanagatta and Hall-of-Famer tennis writer Steve Flink met virtually to discuss the events that transpired at the 2021 Championships, which were won by world number ones Novak Djokovic and Ashleigh Barty. Here’s their chat:
00:00 – The rise of Berrettini: “He was a little lucky to avoid both Federer and Zverev, but his level was outstanding.”
01:45 – How well did the Italian fare against Djokovic in the final?
06:35 – Zverev has never beaten a Top 10 opponent at a Major – a sign of frailty?
08:25 – Sebastian Korda was one of the most pleasant surprises of the tournament – will he become the American number one?
10:45 – The Canadians are on the rise. Who will have a better career between Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime?
15:15 – Hurkacz beat Federer but then couldn’t reach the same level against Berrettini – what went wrong for him?
16:50 – Is Berrettini a better player than he was in 2019 when he reached the US Open final?
27:05 – Will Djokovic go to the Olympics?
35:35 – Federer lost very badly to Hurkacz – was he lucky to reach the quarter finals?
41:40 – Should people in Federer’s camp start to talk to him about retirement?
45:30 – The women’s tournament: “Pliskova’s terrible start to the final was actually a good thing because it got the crowd on her side…”
52:30 – Coco Gauff lost against Kerber – will she learn from this defeat?
Transcript a cura di Giuseppe Di Paola
“In 2018 Hurkacz met Berrettini in the Australian Open qualies – now it will be in a Wimbledon semifinal!”
A preview of the first men’s semifinal with Polish journalist Tomasz Tomaszewski. Could either player threaten Djokovic in the final?
Ubitennis CEO Ubaldo Scanagatta talked to long-time Polish tennis commentator Tomasz Tomaszewski ahead of the Berrettini-Hurkacz Wimbledon semifinal. Here’s their chat:
00:00 – The keys to the match: “The two players know each other very well, three years and a half they played each other in the Australian Open qualies, and now they will meet again, but in a Wimbledon semifinal!”
02:36 – Berrettini’s strengths and weaknesses
05:02 – On Sunday, Italy will be playing the final of Euro 2020 at Wembley. However, is the press paying attention to Berrettini’s run as well?
09:14 – Will the winner of this match stand a chance against Djokovic on Sunday, provided that the world number one defeats Shapovalov tomorrow?
Transcript by Tommaso Villa
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Daniil Medvedev Fumes Over Heat, Cheater Question At Olympics
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Ugo Humbert Pulls Off Tsitsipas Upset In Tokyo
Tokyo Olympics Daily Preview: Djokovic, Barty, Nishikori Among Players Pulling Double Duty
REPORT: Wimbledon Matches Under Investigation Over Suspicious Betting Patterns
Novak Djokovic A Bigger Favourite To Win Wimbledon Than Any Other Major, Says Zverev
Roger Federer Rules Out Retirement In ‘Immediate Future’ But No Guarantee Of Return To Wimbledon
Kristina Mladenovic Handed Hefty Fine Over ‘Off Court’ Incident At Wimbledon
Novak Djokovic Has ‘Best Momentum’ To Break All-Time Grand Slam Record, Says Nadal’s Ex-Coach
(VIDEO) Dominic Thiem, Juan Martin Del Potro Gathering Momentum In Comeback Bids
Steve Flink On Wimbledon: “Bautista Agut would be a tough semifinal test for Djokovic”
Wimbledon, Flink: “Djokovic Will Beat Zverev in the Final”
French Open, Steve Flink: “Nadal is the clear favourite, but Tsitsipas and Djokovic have a shot”
French Open, the women’s draw. Flink: “Osaka’s press conference boycott is a mistake”
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