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Use Legends To Mentor Next Generation of Players On Tour, Says Roger Federer

The Swiss maestro has outlined one thing that he would like the ATP Tour to do in the future.

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20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has said he would like to see the ATP Tour implement a system where ‘legends’ of the Tour can support their younger peers.

 

Shortly after his second round win at the French Open, the former world No.1 was questioned about what more could be done to support future generations of players on the Tour amid a growing debate about mental health in the sport. Earlier this week Naomi Osaka withdrew from the draw after revealing she has been suffering from depression and social anxiety since 2018. The Japanese player initially announced that she would be boycotting press conferences in Paris due to ‘mental health concerns.’

Federer, who has spent more than 20 years on the Tour, says the key thing for young players is having a group of people supporting them. The Swiss maestro says he believes many former players would be willing to work as a kind of mentor for others if the ATP implements such a initiative.

“I think it’s helpful when you have mentors,” he said. “The older generation like us, welcoming you (the younger players) and making you feel like you can find your groove quickly because you don’t want to feel like the outsider for too long.’
“The tour can obviously help with legends in some ways. The women’s tour does very well. I don’t know, but I guess the men’s would be open to take a second and chat to everybody, but we don’t have an official role for former top guys, which I think is a bit unfortunate because I think a lot of them would be willing to help.’
“I think the tour should clearly also take its responsibility.”

The 39-year-old is currently a member of the ATP player Council and has been elected to serve until at least June 2022. The role of the council is to represent the views of the players and advise the ATP Board when it comes to decision making. Rafael Nadal is also a member but former president Novak Djokovic no longer is due to his involvement in the PTPA. Something the ATP classes as a ‘conflict of interest.

The Swiss Maestro also advises his peers that they need to find the right balance between playing and taking time away from the sport. He says some players have a ‘fear of missing out’ on the Tour which can have a negative effect on them. Earlier this year Dominic Thiem took a mini break in order to ‘reset’ himself.

Im thankful I didn’t chase, I didn’t just go and play all the time,” said Federer. “I always looked at the big picture that once you feel like you’re gonna make it on Tour or you’re gonna have a certain level or can always attain that, that you are not in a stress per se and don’t let yourself get lured in by all the stuff that’s going on and what people are saying.”

Federer is through to the third round of the French Open after defeating Marin Cilic in what was their first meeting since the 2018 Australian Open final. He will next play Germany’s Dominik Koepfer.

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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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