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Stefanos Tsitsipas Addresses Injury Rumors After ATP Finals Defeat



Stefanos Tsitsipas has dismissed suggestions that he is struggling with a physical issue at the ATP Finals but admits that he needs to ‘play better tennis‘ if he wishes to claim the title. 


The Greek world No.6 was beaten in straight sets by Jannik Sinner in his opening match on Sunday. Tsitsipas was unable to get a single break point opportunity in his favor and produced a total of 17 unforced errors. It is the second time in a row that he has lost to Sinner after the Rotterdam Open earlier this year. 

In recent days, there have been rumors circulating that Tsitsipas has been troubled by an issue with either his elbow or back after opting to end his practice session in Turin early. When asked in his press conference if he has undergone a scan on his lower back, the former Grand Slam finalist insisted that he is in good health. 

“I’m absolutely fine and I’m ready to play this tournament. Turin is one of the most important events of the year for me,” he replied.
“I’m healthy. I’m ready to compete.”

Tsitsipas, who recently said that he sees the ATP Finals as a more prestigious event than the majors, is seeking to win the end-of-year title for a second time after 2019. Although he has a tough task with his upcoming opponents being reigning champion Novak Djokovic and Holger Rune. He has a 0-2 head-to-head record against Rune but they are yet to play against each other this year.

“I have two more matches to go. I hope for the best. I hope I can stay here until the last day,” he stated.
“That’s the beauty of ATP Nitto Finals: it’s not over until it’s really over. You can always re-bounce and you can always come back. It’s a good format.’ “It allows for great competition and for some good comebacks that we don’t really see in the sport because our tour is based on knockout rounds, a single opportunity in every tournament.”

As for how he plans to turn his fortunes around, the 25-year-old admits the key might be taking more risks in matches. This year is his fifth appearance at the event but the only time he managed to progress beyond the round-robin stage was four years ago on his debut.

“In the past, I’ve tried to stay behind the baseline and rally, not punish my opponents when they throw in a shorter one,” Tsitsipas explained.
“I see this tournament for me also an opportunity for me to grow my game through maybe bigger risks. Why not? It’s a great tournament and I really want to do well here.’
“At the same time, I want to try things in which I believe I can achieve a higher level of excellence when I approach my game with that mindset.”

Tsitsipas is one of four former champions competing at this year’s ATP Finals along with Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev.


Lleyton Hewitt Renews Criticism Of Davis Cup Format



MALAGA, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 19: Team Australia pose for a photo during the Official Gala Dinner ahead of the David Cup Final at Museo de Malaga on November 19, 2023 in Malaga, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images for ITF) - Photo distributed to publishers by the ITF

Former world No.1 and captain of the Australian Davis up team Lleyton Hewitt has reiterated his stance that the team event was better in its old format. 


Hewitt, who has captained his country’s team since 2016, says he would like to see the return of home and away ties for the semi-final and final stages of the event. In recent years the Davis Cup has gone through numerous changes which was triggered by a deal with Kosmos to revamp the competition. However, Kosmos’ pledge to invest in the event for 25 years didn’t even last five years with the ITF terminating their contract.

Under the latest format, the top 16 teams are split down into four groups with each of those traveling to a specific location to play their ties. Then the top two of each group progress to the weeklong knockout stages, known as the Davis Cup Finals, in Malaga. 

However, Hewitt believes the latest structure of the event isn’t as good as it used to be. Speaking to reporters in Malaga on Monday, when asked what he would change about the event, the 42-year-old replied: “to how it was.”

“The No. 1 thing is home-and-away ties. I have watched plenty of vision the last few years, even back in the day when I was playing,” he said.
“Coming back here to Spain and remembering 2000. Rafa Nadal was carrying the flag onto the court in front of over 20,000 people, all booing and screaming against me, and it was still an unbelievable atmosphere. That’s what the Davis Cup was about.’
“Whether we played home semis and finals in Rod Laver Arena or away in France, in Nice, or Barcelona, it was an unbelievable experience and some of my best memories. Some of my hardest memories, as well, but some of my very best.”

During his professional career, Hewitt played in 43 Davis Cup ties and won 42 out of 56 matches played. He featured in the final three years in a row (1999-2001) and then again in 2003.

Australia will begin their latest campaign later this week when they will play the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals. The team includes Alex de Minaur, Max Purcell, Jordan Thompson, Alexi Popryin and Matthew Ebden. Thanasi Kokkinakis has been forced to pull out of the event due to an ankle injury. 

“The last couple of years it’s been a pretty settled team, to be honest,” said Hewitt.
“I haven’t used that many different players. It’s more about the camaraderie that the boys have. They know every time they step on the court they know what they’re playing for and it’s not just themselves.’
“They are playing for each other first, but they’re also playing for the rest of the team and support staff, but they’re also playing for their country.’
“It takes a certain player to be able to go out there and perform under that kind of pressures and expectations, and these boys can do it.”

Australia is aiming to go one step better than last year when they finished runners-up to Canada. 

Full list of Davis Cup quarter-final fixtures

  • Canada Vs Finland (to be played on 21/22/23 from 16:00 local time)
  • Australia Vs Czech Republic (to be played on 22/11/23 from 16:00 local time)
  • Italy vs Netherlands (to be played on 23/11/23 from 10:00 local time) 
  • Great Britain Vs Serbia (to be played on 23/11/23 not before 16:30 local time)

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ATP RANKINGS UPDATE: a Limitless Novak Djokovic Broadens His Lead



Novak Djokovic – ATP Finals 2023 (photo via Twitter @ATPTour_ES)

By Roberto Ferri


Also this year we conclude our weekly column on the ATP rankings by quoting the words which are said to be the last of emperor Augustus: “The play is over, applaud”.

And who, more than Novak Djokovic, deserves such an imperial applause? He crowns an outstanding year with a seventh ATP Finals title and a 400th week at the top of the rankings. Not to mention that it’s the 8th time he has ended the year as No.1. And what about the 2,390 points of margin on the No. 2 in the world, Carlos Alcaraz? As our director says: not too bad.

Since the top 20 positions are unchanged from last week, we have chosen to compare the final ranking of the top 20 players with the ranking they held at the start of 2023.

Position 20/11/23YOBPlayerCountryPtsPosition 02/01/23+/-
121999de MinaurAustralia27402412

A few comments:

·         Among the top 10 Jannik Sinner is the one who has most improved his ranking. He started the year at No. 11. Now he’s 4th.  

·         Nicolas Jarry wins the prize for the most improved top 20 of the season: he has gained 133 positions.

·         Casper Ruud is awarded a hardly desired prize: the most regressed. Indeed, from 3rd, he has dropped out of the top 10 and sadly rests in 11th seat.

·         Brian Shelton and Ugo Humbert have performed brilliantly, gaining 79 and 66 positions respectively.

·         The USA is the country boasting the highest number of players in the Top 20. Four Americans are featured in the top 20. Russia follows with three.

·         14 players of the top 20 are European.

·         Five players who started 2023 in the top 20 have dropped out, mainly due to physical issues: Felix Auger Aliassime (29), Dennis Shapovalov (105), Pablo Carreno Busta (601), Matteo Berrettini (90) and Marin Cilic (664).

·         Novak Djokovic is the only player who was born in the 80s. He’s still doing pretty well.


Among the 3 players who have risen to a career highest, the nineteen-year-old American Alex Michelsen is the only one who accomplished such feat by victoriously battling on court and triumphing in the Challenger in Knoxville.


That’s really all for now. We’ll be back in the new season.

Translated by Kingsley Elliot Kaye

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ATP Finals Daily Preview: Jannik Sinner Plays Novak Djokovic in the Championship Match



Novak Djokovic on Saturday in Turin (

It’s Championship Sunday in Turin, with the singles and doubles champions to be crowned. 


This past Tuesday, Jannik Sinner earned his first career victory over Novak Djokovic in his fourth try, and in the best match of the 2023 ATP Finals thus far.  Just five days later, Sinner will look to repeat that feat and beat the all-time great for the second time this week.  Jannik is playing for the biggest title of his young career, and trying to deny Novak a record-breaking seventh title at the ATP Finals.

Also on Sunday, In the doubles championship match, it’s Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos (5) vs. Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury (6).  Ram and Salisbury are looking to defend their titles from a year ago, while Granollers and Zeballos are vying for their biggest title as a team, though Granollers won this event back in 2012 alongside Marc Lopez.  Last year in the round-robin stage of this tournament, Ram and Salisbury defeated Granollers and Zeballos in a third-set tiebreak, though earlier this season on clay in Rome, Granollers and Zeballos avenged that loss, in another match decided by a third-set tiebreak.

Jannik Sinner (4) vs. Novak Djokovic (1) – Not Before 6:00pm

Sinner is the only singles player to go 4-0 this past week, with victories over Djokovic, Tsitsipas, Rune, and Medvedev.  His last three matches have all been three-setters, including a highly-competitive semifinal on Saturday against Medvedev.  Jannik is now 61-14 on the year, with four titles, two of which have come this fall.  He’s now claimed 17 of his last 18 matches, with the only loss coming against Ben Shelton in Shanghai.  And Sinner owns a career record of 10-3 in ATP finals, though two of those losses occurred this year.

Djokovic is 3-1 this week, and has now won 21 of his last 22 matches, with an overall record of 54-6 this season, and six titles (three of which were Majors).  His loss to Sinner on Tuesday is the only match he’s lost since losing the Wimbledon final to Carlos Alcaraz.  Djokovic rather comfortably defeated Alcaraz in Saturday’s semifinals, spending considerably less time on court than Sinner did in his semifinal earlier in the day.  In his 16th appearance at the ATP Finals, this is Novak’s ninth time reaching the championship match, where he is 6-2 previously.  Since winning this event a year ago, he is now 7-1 in his last eight tournament finals.

Djokovic leads their head-to-head 3-1, and they split their two prior meetings in 2023.  In comparing the stats between Novak’s straight-set victory over Jannik in this year’s Wimbledon semis, to Jannik’s three-set win over Novak on Tuesday, the first thing that stands out is Sinner’s improved serve.  At Wimbledon, he served eight aces and three double faults, compared to 15 aces and only two doubles on Tuesday.  And the other big difference is how Jannik took advantage of his break point chances.  At Wimbledon, we was 0-for-6 on break points, while on Tuesday he was 2-for-3.

Sinner has been the best player of the week, with the significant improvements he’s made in his game rewarded by the fast-playing courts in his home country.  As per Tennis Channel, Jannik has the fastest average speed on both his forehand and backhand out of any player in this field.  The Italian has also embraced the home crowd support, and played his best tennis during the most crucial moments.  But can he maintain that level to earn a second victory this week over 2023’s best player?

Jannik will also have to overcome a disturbing trend, as far as his chances are concerned.  Three out of the last four times the singles final at this event has been a rematch from round-robin play, the player who lost the round-robin match was victorious in the final.  That bodes well for Djokovic, and he’s also one of the players to previously do just that.  Back in 2015, he defeated Roger Federer in straight sets after losing to Roger earlier in the week.  However, Novak was also a victim of that trend in 2018, when he lost the final to Sascha Zverev.

As great as Sinner has performed this week, it’s hard to imagine him mustering the effort to defeat the 24-time Major champ again on Sunday.  And Djokovic will be motivated to avenge the one loss on his record from the last four months.  Novak continually reminds us how much he enjoys fighting off the younger generation’s best, and he is the favorite to overcome one of the sport’s fastest-rising stars on Sunday.  It would be his seventh title at the ATP Finals, surpassing Federer’s tally of six, and coming 15 years after his first.

Sunday’s full Order of Play is here.

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