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Danielle Collins Opens Up About Her Battle With Endometriosis Following Australian Open Win

The tennis star is relishing her resurgence on the Tour after having a cyst ‘the size of a tennis ball’ removed from her ovary.




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America’s Danielle Collins says she feels more ‘free’ playing on the court after undergoing surgery to treat a long-standing medical issue last year.


The world No.30 is through to the semi-finals of the Australian Open after defeating France’s Alize Cornet 7-5, 6-1, on Wednesday. Collins, who didn’t turn professional until her early twenties after going to college, has dropped only two sets in five matches played at Melbourne Park this year. Against Cornet, she won 90% of her first service points and produced 28 winners to set up a clash with Iga Swiatek in the next round.

“I feel pretty good right now. I had a great match today. Have had some great matches along the way at this tournament and I’m really happy about how I’m feeling physically and mentally.” She said afterwards.

It is only the second time Collins has reached the last four of a major in her career after doing so at the same tournament back in 2019. Since that breakthrough, she has experienced mixed results on the Tour which was partly linked to severe pain caused by a medical condition.

Collins suffers from endometriosis, which is a long-term condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb starts to grow in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes. Symptoms include pain in the back, heavy periods and it could even affect a person’s ability to get pregnant. The pain was so severe that during the 2021 Australian Open she collapsed on court and required medical attention.

It was a few weeks after that experience when Collins underwent surgery to remove “a cyst the size of a tennis ball” from her ovary, as well as other materials in her bowel and bladder.

“There was a level during that time before I had my diagnosis and before I had surgery of when something is progressively getting worse, it’s a slow progression, I think your body in some ways gets used to it,” she explained following her win over Cornet.
“When so much of the advice you’ve gotten over the years, certainly the advice that I had gotten over the years, is that painful periods are normal, taking anti-inflammatories on a regular basis is normal. I felt like it was something that I just had to deal with.’
“It finally got to the point where I couldn’t deal any longer with it physically or mentally. Once I was able to kind of get the proper diagnosis and the surgery, I feel like it’s helped me so much not just from a physical standpoint but from a mental standpoint.”

According to the Royal College of Nursing, it is estimated that 10% of the world’s female population suffer from some form of endometriosis. The cause of the condition is unknown and it takes an average of 7.5 years for a person to be diagnosed with the condition from when they first start experiencing symptoms.

“When you’re dealing with that type of physical pain multiple weeks out of the month, you’re not putting yourself in a position to be able to perform consistently and to be at your best whether as an athlete or a person.” Collins explained.
“I think I certainly feel a lot freer (since surgery). Not having to deal with the symptoms that I used to deal with, that not being a continuous issue that I’m dealing with on a daily basis.”

So far in her career the 28-year-old has been ranked as high as 23rd in the world and has won two Tour titles last year. Since July she has achieved a win-loss record of 31-7 on the Tour and has only ever lost to a player ranked outside the top 40 twice in a major.

Some may wonder where Collins would have been in her career if she had received her endometriosis diagnosis earlier in life. Nevertheless, she is just grateful that doctors have found a solution to her pain.

“It certainly could have benefited me but it’s just one of those things that didn’t happen,” she said. “Now it’s great that we know what was going on, we were able to go in surgically and fix it.’
“I’m able to live my best life and be able to feel like a normal person.”

Proclaiming she is now ‘physically stronger’ than two years ago, Collins now has a shot of reaching the Australian Open final. She has previously said she hopes speaking publicly about her condition will raise awareness, especially among the sporting world.

“I think there’s certainly a science behind looking at your menstrual cycles, consulting with doctors who specialize in these types of conditions, to be able to help maybe recognize if some of those injuries could be related to something hormonally or if it could be endometriosis, especially with back injuries and lower abdominal injuries. I think it’s an important discussion that medical teams can have with athletes.” She concluded.

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REPORT: French Open Qualifying Match Under Investigation Over Irregular Betting Patterns

An unusual number of bets were placed on the match in three different countries.




A first round match at this week’s French Open qualifying tournament is being looked into after an abnormally high number of bets was placed, according to a leading French newspaper.


L’Equipe have cited police sources saying that the clash between eighth seed Bernabé Zapata Miralles and Dudi Sela has flagged up irregular patterns. Miralles defeated his Israeli rival 6-3, 6-0, in less than an hour. It is understood that the focus of the investigation is on the second set which lasted less than 20 minutes. A total of 32 points was placed in that set with Sela only winning seven of those.

According to the source, an unusually high number of bets were placed on the match in three different countries – Cyprus, Ukraine and Armenia. Prompting judicial authorities to look into the possibility that the match could have been fixed but at present no formal investigation has been confirmed.

“There is no business,” the French Tennis Federation (FFT) was quoted by Le Parisien as saying on the matter.

37-year-old Sela is currently ranked outside the world’s top 400 but managed to get into the qualifying draw with the use of a protected ranking. He has only played in two singles tournaments so far this season with the other being at the Australian Open where he also lost in the first round of qualifying.

Sela confirmed in January that 2022 would be his last as a professional. A former top 30 player, he has reached the final of two ATP events in China (2008) and Atlanta (2014). He also reached the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2009 and has beaten three top 10 players during his career.

Meanwhile, Miralles sealed his place in the French Open main draw on Thursday after coming from a set down to beat Luca Nardi 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.

There is currently no evidence to suggest that either player has been involved in match-fixing. According to statistics from L’Equipe, there has been a 177% increase in online bets concerning the French Open over a five-year period to 128M euros in 2021.

This year players who lose in the first round of qualifying at the French Open will earn €14,000, which is a 40% increase on 2021.

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“Healthy Mind In A Healthy Body”: Asics To Include Psychological Support In Sponsored Players’ Contracts

Matteo Berrettini and Iga Swiatek are among those who will benefit from the help of mental health experts





Iga Swiatek - Roma 2022 (foto Roberto dell'Olivo)

by Andrea Mastronuzzi, translated by Massimo Volpati

The more the years pass, the more professional sport assumes the contours of a job like many others (certainly more profitable, but in some ways even more stressful), and the more officials realise how essential it is to be able to count on mental coaches or psychologists. Both to withstand external pressures and to achieve one’s goals and therefore endure another type of pressure, which comes from one’s inner self. 


Tennis players increasingly talk about their difficulties in terms of mental strength and underline the crucial role played by the psychologists who support them: From women’s world No.1 Iga Swiatek (she also spoke about it in the press conference after her victory over Andreescu in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open) to Denis Shapovalov, Alex de Minaur and Naomi Osaka. The new queen of women’s tennis, signed up by ASICS, will be able to take full benefit from psychological support provided by the Japanese company.

It is no coincidence that ASICS is the first sponsor to include this aid in the partnership agreements it has entered into with its tennis players. The company name is in fact the acronym of a variant of the famous Latin phrase “mens (which becomes anima) sana in corpore sano”, namely “healthy mind in healthy body.” The brand collaborated with some researchers from Kings College London on the realisation of a study (“State of Mind”) which allowed to identify a positive link between tennis and mental health. In the wake of these results, ASICS has set up a facility in Paris where fans are offered the opportunity to play tennis and deal with their psychological state at the same time.

In addition to its initiatives centred on mental health, ASICS has kicked off a mental health support project involving their sponsored professional tennis players. Among these there are Matteo Berrettini, David Goffin and de Minaur. Everyone will rely on a team of experts made available by the Japanese brand and led by Daria Abramovicz (who spoke with ubitennis.net last year) who has been working with Swiatek for some time. The young psychologist said that “by offering confidential support, it is possible to help normalize what is normal and assist players along their journey towards a healthy mind in a healthy body”.

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Richard Gasquet upsets Danil Medvedev in Geneva




Richard Gasquet upset Danil Medvedev 6-2 7-6 (7-5) with three breaks of serve in 90 minutes to reach the second round at the Gonet Geneva Open. 


Gasquet scored his first win over an opponent ranked in the top 2 since he beat world number 1 Roger Federer at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters 2005. 

Medvedev had beaten Gasquet in their only previous head-to-head match at the 2021 US Open en route to his first Grand Slam title. 

Medvedev was playing his first match since Miami in March after undegoing hernia surgery.

Gasquet won six consecutive games from 2-2 in the first set and built up a 6-2 2-0 lead.  

Medveved dropped his serve after three double faults with three double faults. The Russian player broke back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3 and held serve at love with an ace. 

Medvedev recovered from a mini-break down in the tie-break. Gasquet earned his third mini-break to win the tie-break 7-5. 

The Frenchman will face Kamil Majchrzak, who cruised past Marco Cecchinato 6-2 6-3.

Thanasi Kokkinakis earned his first win on clay in seven years with a 6-4 6-3 win over Fabio Fognini in 1 hour and 28 minutes. 

Kokkinakis went up a break to take a 4-1 lead. Fognini broke back in the seventh game to draw level to 4-4.  Kokkinakis broke serve at love in the tenth game to claim the first set 6-4. 

Fognini made two double faults and missed three game points before dropping serve in the second game of the second set. Kokkinakis did not face any break points in his remaining four service games. 

Christopher O’Connell edged past Albert Ramos Vinolas 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 to set up a second round match against Reilly Opelka. 

Paulo Sousa cruised past 2021 semifinalist Pablo Andujar 6-1 6-4. Sousa will face Nikoloz Basilashvili, who was leading 6-4 before Facundo Bagnis retired from the match.

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