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Milos Raonic Underwent Dramatic Weight Loss Regime To play Wimbledon



Milos Raonic - Wimbledon 2019 (foto Roberto Dell'Olivo)

Former Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic has revealed the drastic measures he underwent to stage a return at this year’s Grand Slam. 

The former world No.3 began his comeback to professional tennis last month after two years out of action due to various injury woes. Part of his motivation to do so was to play at the grasscourt major one more time in his career. Although it has been far from easy for the Canadian who said he lost roughly 40 pounds in just one month after undergoing a crash diet. Something he admits ‘wasn’t the healthiest thing to do.”

“For a year all I did was gym and weights, stuff like that. First, I put on a little too much muscle, then I got a little too heavy because I couldn’t do the cardio that I used to,” he explained.
I lost the first forty pounds in the first four weeks. It maybe wasn’t the healthiest thing but I wasn’t getting there the other way. I ate a standard skirt steak a day (on its own with nothing else) and drank only water.”

Raonic said his decision to go to such extreme measures was because he wasn’t getting the desired results with gradual weight loss. Although many sports nutritionists would warn against eating just one piece of meat a day and nothing else. 

Nevertheless, Raonic managed to fulfill his goal of returning to Wimbledon which is the venue of his best-ever Grand Slam performance back in 2016 when he was runner-up. After coming through his first round match, he was stopped in the second round by 16th seed Tommy Paul who prevailed 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-7(4), 6-4.

“Overall it was all positive but some things in the short term you kind of wish were different,” he said of his latest match. “I’m glad that I got to come here (to Wimbledon) after two years.
“It wasn’t that much of a competitive match, to be honest. Score wise it was but for two-and-a-half sets I was pretty much walking during the points. It was not a fun situation but I tried to make the most of what was a rough situation.” He added. 

Once again the 32-year-old was bothered by physical ailments. This time it was his knee that swelled up during his clash with Paul. Midway through the match he took a toilet break but admitted it was ‘kind of impossible’ to walk up the stairs. On top of that, he also had issues with his shoulder. 

It is a frustrating situation for Raonic who has hinted that this year is his final appearance as a player at The All England Club. 

“I would say it’s more likely no than yes. I will come and enjoy it but I don’t think I will play it again,” he said.

As for life outside of tennis, he hopes to spend time away from the limelight after growing up with so much media attention on him.

“I like to keep that close to myself,” Raonic replied when asked what his future plans are. “Hopefully, it will be something very different. I’ve played tennis very publicly and I haven’t always enjoyed the attention. I like to keep to myself and I think I will embrace it.”

Before he retires for good, whenever that will be, Raonic is aiming to return to action at the Canadian Masters next month. As long as his body holds up. 


Jack Draper Wins In Stuttgart, Potentially Faces Andy Murray in Round Two



Jack Draper – ATP Monaco di Baviera 2024 (foto via Twitter @atptour)

Britain’s Jack Draper tight first round win headlined the opening day’s results at the Boss Open 2024 in Stuttgart – and possibly faces a second-round match with Andy Murray who takes on Marcos Giron tomorrow.

Less than 24 hours from the last ball being hit at Roland Garros, the ATP Tour had already switched surfaces onto the grass, and 22-year-old Draper was well tested but ultimately came through in two tie-breakers over Sebastian Ofner.

The sixth seed’s 7-6, 7-6 win contained just one break of serve each, both coming in the second set, as serve dominated proceedings on the faster grass courts in Germany.

While the Austrian won 75% on his first serve, Draper won a whopping 89% behind his first delivery as well as hitting eight aces. These kind of service stats will surely take him far during the grass court season.

“I thought it was a really good match,” Eurosport quoted Draper saying after his match. 
“Both of us played really clean tennis, executing really well.
“When it came down to it, I’m glad I competed really well and got over the line – it’s good to be back on the grass as well.”

There were also wins for Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann who won 6-3, 6-3 over wildcard Henri Squire, while compatriot Dominik Koepfer won in three sets over China’s Zhizhen Zhang 4-6, 7-6, 7-6. 

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Carlos Alcaraz Still Owns A Magical Racket



The legend of Carlos Alcaraz and his magical racket lives on.

The 21-year-old Spaniard executed one magical shot after another with his racket and legs  Sunday afternoon in the French Open final. That bit of magic spelled defeat for Germany’s Alexander Zverev.

This was a final to remember, one of the great matches of all the Grand Slams. It just wasn’t in the cards for the 26-year-old Zverev to finally win a Grand Slam title.


Both players seemed to play a game of “he had it and then he didn’t.”

Alcaraz appeared to have everything under control in the first set, but Zverev rushed through the second set and then made a comeback from 5-2 down in the third set to win five straight games.

Zverev had everything going for him when he started the fourth set with a two-set advantage. It appeared that all the 6-6 Zverev had to do was to continue playing his masterful game of big serves and mighty ground strokes.

But Zverev couldn’t get started in the fourth set until he was down 4-0. So much for a smooth and easy ride to a Grand Slam title. By then, the magic of Alcaraz was heating up.


Zverev still had his chances, even when he fell behind 2-1 in the fifth set. He had to feel pretty good about his chances when he took a triple break point lead against Alcaraz’s serve and appeared ready to even the set at 2-2. Even after Carlos came up with a winner to bring the  game score to double break point.

Zverev still was ready to even the entire match.

That’s when everything seemed to go haywire for the German, while all the while, Alcaraz was able to repeatedly come up with his magical shots as the Spaniard made critical shots that looked almost impossible to make.


Everything for Zverev was lost in the magical racket of Alcaraz.

What was then initially called a game-ending Alcaraz double fault and a 2-2 deadlock quicky reversed itself and Alcaraz stayed alive by winning the next three points while taking a 3-1 advantage.

Zverev did get back to a 3-2 deficit and had a break point in the sixth game, but that was it for the hopes of Zverev. The last two games went rather easily in favor of Alcaraz to wrap up a 6-3, 2-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 victory for Alcaraz.

That moved the Spaniard to a higher level of success on the ATP Tour. He became the youngest man to win Grand Slam titles on all of the different surfaces, clay, grass and hard courts.

Carlos Alcaraz and his magical racket appear to be headed for greatness.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award  for print media. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at 

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Tsitsipas Brothers Hit With Trio Of Fines At French Open



Stefanos Tsitsipas and his brother Petros have been fined more than 20,000 euros for multiple violations of the coaching rules at this year’s French Open. 

The brothers received a financial penalty during three different matches that they played in. Two of those were in the second and third rounds of the men’s doubles tournament. Furthermore, Stefanos was also penalised during his singles quarter-final match against Carlos Alcaraz, which he lost in straight sets. According to French newspaper L’Equipe, all three of those fines were issued as a result of coaching rules being broken.

Ironically, coaching is allowed during matches at the French Open but certain rules must be followed. ‘Verbal’ coaching can only be issued from the coaches and their team if they are sitting in the designated player’s box. Instructions must be limited to a few words and can only be given if the player is in the same half of the court as their coach. Although non-verbal coaching is allowed regardless of what side the player is on. Finally, players can’t start a conversation with their coach unless it is during a medical break, a bathroom break or when their opponent is changing clothes.

However, the Tsitsipas brothers have been found in violation of these rules, which is likely due to their animated father in the stands who is also their coach. Apostolos Tsitsipas has been given coaching violations in the past at other events, including the 2022 Australian Open. 

The value of the fines are €4,600 and €9,200 for the Tsitsipas brothers in the doubles, as well as an additional €7,400 just for Stefanos in the singles. In total, the value of their fines is €21,200. However, the penalty is unlikely to have an impact on the duo whose combined earnings for playing in this year’s French Open amount to roughly €495,000. 

So far in the tournament, the highest single fine to be issued this year was against Terence Atmane who hit a ball out of frustration that struck a fan in the stands. Atmane, who later apologised for his actions, managed to avoid getting disqualified from the match. Instead, he was fined €23,000. 

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