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US Open Women’s Draw: Halep and Osaka Given Tough Draws As 2017 Final Rematch Set

Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep have been given tough opening rounds in the women’s draw.



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Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep have been given tough first round encounters at the US Open as a former US Open final will be revisited in the Women’s draw.


Simona Halep’s bid to win the US Open for a first time will go through a powerful first round obstacle as she faces Montreal champion Camila Giorgi.

Should Halep overcome that match then Elena Rybakina, Daria Kasatkina and Elina Svitolina could stand in the Romanian’s path to the last eight.

In the other section of the third quarter, defending champion Naomi Osaka will face Marie Bouzkova in round one with Yulia Putintseva potentially awaiting in the last 32.

Angelique Kerber and Coco Gauff could be Osaka’s fourth round opponents. Kerber who has recently showed grand slam contenders form will face Dayana Yastremska in the opening round.

While Gauff will face Poland’s Magda Linette in round one but in round two the teenage sensation will await the winner of Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys which is a rematch of the 2017 final.

In the bottom quarter, Aryna Sabalenka’s quest for a maiden grand slam may have to go through San Jose champion Danielle Collins as she will await in the last 32.

Collins will face Carla Suarez Navarro in her opening round while Sabalenka will have to overcome Nina Stojanovic in her opening round.

Other stand-out opening round matches in the bottom quarter are Ons Jabeur v Alize Cornet, Garbine Muguruza v Donna Vekic and Victoria Azarenka v Tereza Martincova.

Sabalenka’s potential quarter-finalist is Roland Garros winner Barbora Krejcikova who faces a qualifier in the opening round.

Moving into the top half of the draw and the favourite for the Women’s title is undoubtedly Ash Barty.

The world number one recently won Wimbledon and Cincinnati with the Australian facing Vera Zvonareva in her US Open opener.

Veronika Kudermetova, Karolina Muchova and Jennifer Brady are potential obstacles en route to the quarter-finals.

Should Barty reach the last eight then she could face Iga Swiatek who starts against a qualifier.

Swiatek should be wary of potential dangerous hard court players such as Anett Kontaveit, Jessica Pegula and Olympic gold medallist Belinda Bencic, who starts against Arantxa Rus.

In the bottom quarter is Wimbledon finalist Karolina Pliskova who starts against Caty McNally. The fourth seed could face Petra Martic in the last 32 with Paula Badosa or Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova awaiting in the last 16.

Maria Sakkari appears in the other-section of the draw where she faces an intriguing opening round against Marta Kostyuk. Should Sakkari progress to the third round then the Greek could meet Petra Kvitova who meets Polona Hercog.

Finally Bianca Andreescu who couldn’t defend her title last year begins her 2021 campaign against Viktorija Golubic with Jelena Ostapenko possibly awaiting in the last 32.

The main draw kicks off on Monday, here is the full draw:


Rafael Nadal Announces First Tournament Since Injury

Rafael Nadal will make his ATP tour comeback in Brisbane.



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Rafael Nadal has confirmed the date for his comeback to the ATP tour as he looks to add more Grand Slam titles to his collection before his potential retirement.


The 22-time Grand Slam champion has announced that his comeback will take place on the first week of the calendar as he will play the ATP 250 tournament in Brisbane which starts on the 31st of December.

It will be Nadal’s first tournament since last year’s Australian Open after he suffered a hip injury at the event.

In a video on social media Nadal announced his return to the tour as he looks to make an impact in Brisbane, “After a year away from competition, it’s time to come back. It will be in Brisbane the first week of January,” Nadal stated.

January’s event will be a welcome sight to Nadal as he had initially been expected to return during the clay court season but the hip injury was much worse than expected.

That lead to Nadal doing a press conference in Mallorca where he not only said that he was withdrawing from Roland Garros but also hinted that 2024 could be his last year, “My idea and my motivation is to try to enjoy and try to say goodbye to all the tournaments that have been important for me in my tennis career during [next] year, and just try to enjoy that, being competitive and enjoying being on the court, something that today is not possible,” Nadal was quoted by The News as saying.

There is a high level of motivation for Nadal next year as he will want to win the Olympics at Roland Garros in Paris.

However before Nadal can think about the end of his career, the Spaniard will be determined to make an impact in Australia as he looks to stop Novak Djokovic’s dominance.

The tournament in Brisbane starts on the 31st of December while the Australian Open takes place on the 14th of January.

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Nick Kyrgios Opens Up About His Self-Harm Battle And Murray’s Support



Nick Kyrgios (AUS) playing against Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) in the third round of the Gentlemen's Singles on No.1 Court at The Championships 2021. Held at The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon. Day 6 Saturday 03/07/2021. Credit: AELTC/Jonathan Nackstrand

Nick Kyrgios says he became addicted to pain during his battle with self-harm that lasted between 18 and 24 months.


In an exclusive interview with Piers Morgan Uncensored on TalkTV, the former Wimbledon finalist spoke about his mental health issues. Kyrgios has previously spoken publically about the topic but has now revealed further details about the extent he went through and the role Andy Murray played in supporting him. He was admitted to a psychiatric ward in London and contemplated suicide following the 2019 Wimbledon Championships.

“It was pretty dark to be honest,” Kyrgios told Morgan. “I won tournaments on the professional tour, drinking every night, self-harming, burning things on my arm, cutting myself for fun. It became an addiction of pain. I hated myself. I hated waking up and being Nick Kyrgios.”

One of those who tried to help the Australian address his self-harm problem was three-time Grand Slam champion Murray who noticed cuts on Kyrgios’ arms during one of their practice sessions four years ago. According to The Times, the former world No.1 then alerted Kyrgios’ manager John Morris about the cuts.

Paying tribute to the Brit, Kyrgios says Murray has supported him throughout his career. The 28-year-old has been ranked as high as 13th in the world and has won seven ATP titles. Besides his run to the Wimbledon final last year, he has also reached the quarter-final stage of a major on three other occasions.

“Andy was always a big supporter of me,” Kyrgios said. “As soon as I came on the tour, he kind of saw a work in progress and took me under his wing. Then he realised later in my career that I don’t think I was coachable or I was on my own path, but he was always someone that was looking out for me.
“He saw it [the self-harm] and he said, ‘What’s that on your arm?’ It was pretty bad at that stage. Andy obviously was trying to give me advice on it. But I was just so stuck in my ways at that time that I didn’t listen. Obviously I’m very thankful. I thank him a lot.”

Kyrgios, who has only played one match on the Tour this season due to injury, hopes that he can help others by speaking publicly about his mental health battle. Something he describes as ‘the most powerful thing in his career.’

“I feel like I’ve helped so many people after I opened up about it and put it on social media,” Kyrgios said.
“I’ve almost been a beacon for people who are struggling. When they feel like they’re overwhelmed and they’re going towards drinking, drugs and stuff, they open up and they feel like I’m relatable.
“That’s been the most powerful thing in my career; people coming to me with genuine issues.
“They send me photos in my Instagram, direct messages, self-harming and genuinely wanting to commit suicide.
“I have conversations with these people. Sometimes I’ve had phone calls with these people. That’s making a real difference and I’m just really proud.”

Kyrgios recently had a stint in broadcasting after working for The Tennis channel during the ATP Finals in Milan. He is continuing his rehab from injury but it is unclear as to when he will make his return to professional tennis.

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Hamad Medjedovic earns first place in Red Group at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Jeddah



Hamad Medjedovic beat Abdullah Shelbayh 3-4 (6-8) 4-2 4-3 (7-5) 4-2 to earn first place in the Red Group with a perfect 3-0 record at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Jeddah. 


Medjedovic needed to win at least one set to reach the semifinals, while Shelbayh needed to win the match in three or four sets. Luca Van Assche qualified as the second-placed player from the Red Group.

Medjedovic will face Dominic Stricker in the semifinal, while Van Assche takes on Arthur Fils.  

Medjedovic fired 18 aces and won 88 % of his first-serve points. He saved all three break points against Shelbayh. 

Medjedovic fired a tournament-leading 45 aces and was broken twice. 

Medjedovic saved three break points to hold serve in the fourth game of the first set. Shelbayh went up a mini-break twice, but Medjedovic pulled back on serve both times. Shelbayh won the final three points to clinch the tie-break 8-6. Both players went on serve in the first five games before Medjedovic earned the break to win the second set 4-2. 

The third set went on serve with no break points en route to the tie-break. Shelbayh earned the first mini-break to take a 3-2 lead. Medjedovic pulled back on serve to draw level to 3-3. The Serbian player earned a second mini-break to close out the tie-break 7-5. 

Medjedovic started the fourth set with an early break in the first game. He held on his next service games and sealed the win on his first match point. 

Medjedovic set up a semifinal match against Dominic Stricker. Luc Van Assche will face Arthur Fils in an all-French semifinal.“It was a great match. I played really good after the first set He is a very good friend of mine. He is a very good player and obviously the crowd here loves him and I respect that. It was a pleasure to play in front of the crowd”, said Medjedovic. 

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