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Former Top 20 Player Viktor Troicki To Retire From Tennis

In a recent interview Troicki has outlined when he plans to do next.

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Serbian tennis player Viktor Troicki has confirmed that he will end his career as a professional player this season in order to focus on coaching. 

 

The 35-year-old says he intends to ‘play a couple more tournaments’ before calling it quits for good. Although he didn’t say which events he would play. Troicki’s announcement comes amid recent speculation over his future in the sport. Last December he was named captain of the Serbian Davis Cup team and said during the same time that his future as a player depends on his Tour results. This year he is yet to win a main draw match on the ATP Tour.

“I am already very much a sports veteran. I’m slowly finishing my career, soon, the plan is to play a couple more tournaments,” Troicki told Objektiv.rs. “I’ve reconciled myself to finishing this year. I am switching to other sports-related jobs, but more as a professional coach. I’m looking forward to this new task, new challenges and I hope that it will go well.” 

Troicki has been ranked as high as 12th in the world back in 2011 and has won three ATP titles. Two of which were at the Sydney International in 2015 and 2016. He has also featured in 39 Grand Slam main draws with his best runs being to the fourth round of the French Open three times and Wimbledon twice. In the Masters events Troicki reached the semi-finals of Monte Carlo in 2009 and then Madrid the following year.

Two years after reaching his career ranking high, the Serbian found himself on the sidelines after being suspended for a doping violation. Troicki was initially handed a 18-month suspension for refusing to do a blood test before a successful appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) reduced it to 12 months. He cites illness and a fear of needles for the reason why he skipped it. Furthermore, Troicki maintained that he was told by doping control officer Elena Gorodilova that he was allowed to do such a thing.

Currently ranked 195th in the world, Troicki has achieved a win-loss record of 293-272 on the Tour as of April 26th 2021. He has scored wins over Andy Roddick, Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Novak Djokovic, jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem and Milos Raonic while they were ranked in the world’s top 10.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas ‘Happy’ To Follow In Grandfather’s Footsteps At Olympics

The Greek speaks out about carrying his family’s legacy at the Games.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas never met his grandfather but the two of them do have something in common – they are both Olympians.

 

The world No.4 has already created history in Tokyo by winning his first round match against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on Sunday to become the first male player from his country to win a singles match since 1924. Greece has won two medals at the Games but both of them were during its inaugural edition back in 1896.

Tsitsipas’ debut in Tokyo enables him to continue his family legacy of playing in the sporting extravaganza. His grandfather was Sergei Salnikov who played football for the Soviet Union during the 1950s. In 1956 Salnikov was part of the team who won Olympic gold in Melbourne. After retiring from the sport, he went on to manage the FC Spartak Moscow and the Afghanistan national team before passing away in 1984 aged 58.

“I’ve never had the opportunity to meet him. But my mom told me stories of his career and how he got it…. He kind of inspires me in a way,” said Tsitsipas. “I know what kind of athlete he was, with all the achievements and all the trophies. I’m proud of him.
“It’s something good, a legacy that is being carried on in the family. I’m happy to be the next in the family to be competing at the Olympics.”

It isn’t just a medal in the singles Tsitsipas has his eyes on, he will also be bidding for success in the mixed doubles alongside Maria Sakkari. The two previously paired up at the 2019 Hopman Cup where they finished second in their group.

“We have already played once (together), and we had great success,” Sakkari told reporters on Monday. “We know each other really well, and we are much better players two-and-a-half years later, and we are both really pumped to play together. Of course, I cannot predict that we will get a medal. We will try our best and I think we give ourselves the best chance we can.”

Tsitsipas will return to action tomorrow in the men’s singles where he will play Frances Tiafoe in the second round.

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Carlos Alcaraz reaches his first ATP Tour final in Umag

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Spanish Next Gen star Carlos Alcaraz secured a spot in his first ATP tour-level final with a 6-2 7-6 (7-3) at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open in Umag. 

 

Alcaraz has become the youngest ATP Tour finalist since 18-year-old Kei Nishikori won the Delray Beach title in 2008. 

Alcaraz broke twice to open up a 4-0 lead and held his next service games to close out the first set 6-2. 

Ramos Vinolas came back from a break down three times in the second set, when Alcaraz served for the match. Alcaraz battled through the second-set tie-break to clinch the win after two hours. 

Alcaraz set up a final against Richard Gasquet, who battled past German qualifier Daniel Altmeier 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-3 after three hours and 11 minutes. 

Gasquet has become the second oldest finalist in tournament history. The 35-year-old saved seven of hi sten break points, but he converted just just 3 of his 17 break points.  

Gasquet rallied from a break down twice to draw level to 4-4 before winning the tie-break 7-2. Altmeier converted his third break point in the eighth game to win the second set 6-3. Altmeier saved three break points in the second game, before Gasquet converted his second break point in the sixth game to win the second set 6-3. 

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Novak Djokovic Cruises Past Dellien In Olympics Opener

Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic golden slam continued in Tokyo.

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Novak Djokovic cruised past Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2 to open his bid for a gold medal at the Olympics.

 

The world number one’s bid to achieve the golden slam is on after thrashing the Bolivian in humid conditions.

A perfect start for the Serbian who is looking to achieve the one thing he is yet to achieve and that’s win a gold medal.

Next for Djokovic will be Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.

In 32C temperatures, Djokovic was looking to start his campaign off against Bolivian veteran Hugo Dellien.

The slow paced courts would suit Dellien as he engaged in some long rallies with the world number one early on.

Despite creating three break points in the fourth game, Djokovic would fail to break early on.

However Djokovic increased his level mixing up the pace and depth of his shots to create angles for simple winners.

On his fifth break point Djokovic would break for a 4-2 lead and the top seed would break for a second time as Dellien had no answers for the Serb’s defensive skills. First set to Djokovic in 33 minutes.

A similar pattern evolved in the second set only this time Djokovic did get a break in the fourth game, breaking to love.

Accurate serving and construction of points gave Djokovic an easy first round match as another break secured the match and sealed his spot into the second round.

A fine performance in tough conditions gave Djokovic’s bid for history the best possible start.

Next for Djokovic will be Jan-Lennard Struff who beat Thiago Monteiro 6-3 6-4.

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