Category: Tennis

Caroline Garcia embarks on a unique holiday adventure in Antarctica!

Caroline Garcia embarks on a unique holiday adventure in Antarctica!

Caroline Garcia has opted for a captivating and unconventional destination during her off-season—an expedition amidst the icy landscapes of Antarctica! I’m truly fascinated by the Frenchwoman’s choice of such a frozen locale, and I deeply admire her for embracing this unconventional adventure.

Through her Instagram stories, Caroline has shared captivating snapshots of her journey, showcasing pristine and untouched landscapes. In these photos, Garcia can be seen on the ship’s deck and balcony, enjoying a cup of coffee as the vessel navigates through the Drake Passage, linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

In a casual caption accompanying one of the photos, she wrote, “How’s it going? Piece of cake.” I must admit, I can’t help but feel a twinge of envy for Caroline, as she brings to life a dream that I, too, aspire to fulfill someday! Take a look below at the photos that the courageous and beautiful Caroline has graciously shared on her Instagram stories:

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Credit By tennisworldusa.org

Several months ago, following her early exit from the US Open, Caroline sparked concerns among her fans when she failed to attend the press conference after the match.

Subsequently, Garcia opted out of participating in the doubles event alongside Kristina Mladenovic, her intended partner against Alize Cornet and Katarzyna Piter. The tennis player elucidated the reason behind her decision in a Twitter post, sharing with her followers the challenging circumstances she was facing after the devastating loss: “Hello everyone.

The past two days have been incredibly tough for our family. My grandmother passed away on Monday afternoon. Following the defeat, I couldn’t gather the strength to face the press; the emotions were overwhelming. My heart needs to be with my loved ones to bid farewell to my grandmother, and that’s why I won’t be able to join Kristina in the doubles event in this tournament. There’s a time for everything in life. Tennis today is secondary. Thank you for your understanding, Caroline.

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https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/Tennis_Stories/140228/caroline-garcia-enjoys-an-unconventional-vacation-in-antarctica/

Novak Djokovic reveals surprising admission about his victory at the 2023 French Open

Novak Djokovic reveals surprising admission about his victory at the 2023 French Open

Novak Djokovic recently admitted to harboring doubts about his game leading up to the 2023 French Open, citing less-than-ideal results in preceding tournaments. Despite his uncertainties, Djokovic clinched his third French Open title by defeating Casper Ruud in the Roland Garros final.

Remarkably, this victory marked Djokovic’s sole clay court title for the year. In the buildup to the French Open, he reached the quarterfinals at the Rome Masters and the Srpska Open in Banja Luka but faced a round-of-16 exit at the Monte Carlo Masters.

Reflecting on his journey after securing his seventh ATP Finals title, Djokovic shared insights into his self-discovery during the year. He acknowledged the importance of effective scheduling and programming in achieving desired results, especially following his dissatisfaction with the clay court season. Despite initial doubts, Djokovic emphasized the support of his dedicated team, which helped him regain confidence. The turning point, he noted, occurred at Roland Garros, where he secured his 23rd Grand Slam title, providing momentum for the rest of the year with just two losses and multiple tournament victories.

In response to a question about personal growth, Djokovic stressed the significance of balancing private and professional life, deeming it a crucial key to success. At the age of 36, Djokovic celebrated one of the most successful seasons of his illustrious career in 2023.

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https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/Novak_Djokovic/140185/novak-djokovic-makes-stunning-confession-regarding-his-2023-french-open-win-/

Novak Djokovic candidly shares his perspective on whether Carlos Alcaraz is comparable to Rafael Nadal

Novak Djokovic candidly shares his perspective on whether Carlos Alcaraz is comparable to Rafael Nadal

Novak Djokovic acknowledges that Carlos Alcaraz is a player distinct from Rafael Nadal but underscores the 20-year-old Spaniard’s ability to bring out Djokovic’s best during their matches. The absence of Nadal this year has allowed Alcaraz to step into the spotlight, creating a noteworthy rivalry with Djokovic. Their latest encounter in Turin saw Djokovic securing a victory with a scoreline of 6-3, 6-2, although they had engaged in thrilling battles earlier in the year.

Despite Djokovic’s consistent victories, the highlight of their clashes was Alcaraz’s triumph in a five-set Wimbledon final, countered by Djokovic’s win in the longest ATP final at the Cincinnati Masters. Djokovic emphasizes the differences between Alcaraz and Nadal, acknowledging the uniqueness of each player’s style and strengths. Despite this, Djokovic commends Alcaraz as one of the most complete players he has faced in his career.

Impressed by Alcaraz’s ability to consistently perform at a high level at such a young age, Djokovic predicts a brilliant and successful career for the rising star. Djokovic credits Alcaraz for pushing him to prepare meticulously for their matches, drawing parallels to the intense preparations required when facing Nadal or Federer in their prime.

Expressing his hope to face Nadal once more before the Spanish player’s retirement, Djokovic recognizes the impact of such legendary matchups on the sport.

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https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/Rafael_Nadal/140148/novak-djokovic-gets-brutally-honest-on-if-carlos-alcaraz-is-same-as-rafael-nadal/

Check out: Serena Williams gives insights into her recent hitting session with Venus Williams

Check out: Serena Williams gives insights into her recent hitting session with Venus Williams

Serena Williams recently made a brief comeback to the tennis court, engaging in a hitting session with her sister Venus Williams. The former 23-time Grand Slam champion shared a glimpse of the practice on TikTok, featuring moments of stretching on the practice court. Serena then revealed her Wilson racket after unzipping her tennis bag.

Once the preparations were complete, the Williams sisters began hitting the tennis balls. Serena appeared to relish the experience of playing with her sister, showcasing a joyful demeanor with smiles and evident enjoyment on the court.

Captioning her post, Serena expressed the pleasure of the session, stating, “Having a blast hitting with Venus Williams.

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Serena Williams officially concluded her professional tennis journey at the 2022 US Open. Despite initial skepticism about her retirement, Williams confirmed in February that she had contemplated a return to the professional tennis circuit.

Expressing a sense of inner peace, she acknowledged the conflict between her ability to perform at a remarkably high level and her desire to leave the game on her terms, while still healthy and enjoying a good quality of life. Williams admitted to gradually distancing herself from the sport but revealed a lingering desire to return after missing the exhilaration of playing.

“I haven’t played so much lately, and I miss it. I’m like, ‘Oh my goodness. I gotta get out there.’ But it’s hard for me to get out there,” she shared, describing a recent internal struggle. Despite acknowledging her continued proficiency on the court, Williams acknowledged the challenges of fully committing to a return, citing the difficulty of resisting the allure of professional tennis.

Now aged 42 and having welcomed her second child this year, Serena Williams appears to have firmly embraced retirement, marking the conclusion of her illustrious tennis career.

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https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/Serena_Williams/140160/watch-serena-williams-shares-how-hitting-session-with-venus-williams-went/

Watch as Emma Raducanu makes an 'awkward' attempt to place a latte order with an Australian accedent

Watch as Emma Raducanu makes an ‘awkward’ attempt to place a latte order with an Australian accedent

Emma Raducanu humorously attempted an Australian accent while pronouncing a latte order during this year’s Australian Open. In a short clip for the tournament’s channel, an interviewer prompted Raducanu to showcase her best Aussie accent. Responding with “G’day mate!” initially, Raducanu was then challenged to place a latte order with an Australian twist. Despite her efforts, she burst into laughter, describing her attempt as “awful” after saying, “I’ll have an almond milk flat white. No. That was awful! Stop!

Raducanu, who celebrated her 21st birthday on Monday, has been sidelined since May due to surgeries on both wrists and her right ankle.

While there was initial speculation that Raducanu aimed to make a comeback at the beginning of the 2024 season, she recently confirmed her intention to return during that period. Despite this, she stopped short of making any definitive promises about her comeback at the start of 2024. Reports from British media suggest that Raducanu is taking a cautious approach to her return, considering the possibility of skipping the Australian Open and opting for a later return if deemed necessary.

Expressing the challenges of her hiatus since April, Raducanu emphasized the difficulty of being away from the sport. She shared with BBC Radio 4, “I think the biggest thing from the last few months was how much I missed the sport. I think that was the standout thing – how much I missed training, how much I missed my body hurting and feeling tired and dragging yourself through certain exercises when you don’t feel like it.

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https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/Tennis_Stories/140163/watch-emma-raducanu-s-awful-attempt-to-make-latte-order-in-australian-accent/

Poised and elegant, Iga Swiatek conveys a heartfelt message for the tennis 'maestro' Novak Djokovic

Poised and elegant, Iga Swiatek conveys a heartfelt message for the tennis ‘maestro’ Novak Djokovic

WTA’s top-ranked player, Iga Swiatek, extended her congratulations to the tennis ‘monarch,’ Novak Djokovic, for his remarkable victory at the ATP Finals. She acknowledged Djokovic’s stellar performance in defeating Jannik Sinner 6-3, 6-3 in the final, breaking the tie with Roger Federer and securing his seventh title at the season-ending tournament in Turin.

Having experienced a defeat to Sinner in the group stage, Djokovic successfully turned the tables in the final, emerging triumphant against the home favorite. Swiatek, recognizing Djokovic’s achievement, expressed admiration by stating, “Incredible. Congratulations @DjokerNole 👑. Also congrats to you @janniksin for playing inspiring tennis this whole week,” in a post on X.

Since his loss in the Wimbledon final, Novak Djokovic has achieved an impressive feat by securing victories in four consecutive tournaments, including the US Open, ATP Finals, and the Masters events in Cincinnati and Paris.

Throughout the year, Djokovic actively participated in 12 tournaments and triumphed in seven, boasting a remarkable 55-6 win-loss record. Reflecting on his journey, Djokovic expressed satisfaction with his ability to rebound after his defeat to Jannik Sinner in the group stage.

“This has undeniably been one of the best seasons of my life. Clinching a victory against the hometown hero, Jannik, who showcased incredible tennis throughout the week, is truly phenomenal. I take great pride in my performances over the past two days, facing Alcaraz and Sinner, arguably the two best players in the world alongside me and Medvedev at the moment. Given their exceptional form, I had to elevate my game, actively pursuing victories instead of waiting for them to come to me. The tactical adjustments I made against Jannik in the group stage and my overall performance made this week truly extraordinary,” Djokovic remarked after his Turin final win against Sinner.

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https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/Novak_Djokovic/140166/classy-iga-swiatek-has-special-message-for-king-novak-djokovic-/

Novak Djokovic makes history with an astonishing victory at 36: Winning the ATP Finals is truly incredible

Novak Djokovic makes history with an astonishing victory at 36: Winning the ATP Finals is truly incredible

Novak Djokovic has once again etched his name in tennis history, securing his seventh ATP Finals victory and snatching another significant record from Roger Federer. The tournament showcased the finest eight players of the season, culminating in Djokovic’s triumphant performance against Jannik Sinner in the final.

Responding swiftly to his earlier defeat by Sinner in the Round Robin match, Djokovic expressed gratitude towards his opponent during the awards ceremony. He acknowledged Sinner’s remarkable week at the Nitto ATP Finals and wished him success in future Grand Slam endeavors, emphasizing his proximity to the top ranking.

In his address, Djokovic extended appreciation to his team for their unwavering support through both highs and lows, highlighting their instrumental role in his victories. Reflecting on lifting the trophy at the age of 36, he emphasized the fruits of their collective efforts and expressed pride in the season’s accomplishments.

Djokovic also conveyed heartfelt thanks to his children and family, citing the joy and serenity they bring to his life. Acknowledging the Italian crowd’s passion for tennis, he praised the spectacle they create, whether in Rome or at the ATP Finals. Djokovic expressed honor and pleasure in playing before such an enthusiastic audience, summarizing the season as one of his best and expressing hope for a return the following year.

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https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/Tennis_Interviews/140168/novak-djokovic-rewrites-history-it-s-incredible-to-win-the-atp-finals-at-36-/

Daniil Medvedev shares intriguing remarks following his defeat against Carlos Alcaraz

Daniil Medvedev shares intriguing remarks following his defeat against Carlos Alcaraz

Daniil Medvedev reflects on his performance, believing he showcased a stronger game in his loss to Carlos Alcaraz than in his victory over Alexander Zverev. Despite defeating the world No. 7 Zverev in straight sets (7-6 (7), 6-4) on Wednesday at the ATP Finals and securing a 2-0 record, Medvedev faced a setback two days later when Alcaraz triumphed over him with a 6-4, 6-4 scoreline. Expressing his thoughts on the match, Medvedev stated, ‘Inside of me, I think that I played a good match, better than versus Zverev, based on my level. But I lost, and 4-4 seems an easy score. Hard to see more,’ as reported by Tennis Majors.

In the fourth game of the match, Medvedev had a chance with two consecutive break points. Regrettably, he couldn’t capitalize on these opportunities, allowing Alcaraz to level the set at two games each. Medvedev’s missed break points proved costly, as Alcaraz proceeded to break the Russian’s serve to love in the seventh game.

Maintaining his break advantage, Alcaraz secured the first set by holding onto his service for the remainder of the opener. Despite losing the first set, Medvedev faced early service pressure in the second set, with Alcaraz having two consecutive break points in the third game.

Medvedev, however, successfully fended off these break points, preventing an early setback in the second set. In the later stages of the set, Medvedev struggled in a crucial game, and Alcaraz capitalized on the opportunity, taking a 5-4 lead. In the 10th game, Alcaraz served out the match, converting his first match point.

Despite the loss to Alcaraz, Medvedev secured a spot in the Turin semifinals, progressing as the second player from his group. His next challenge in the semifinal will be against Jannik Sinner, while Alcaraz is set to face Novak Djokovic.

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https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/ATP_Tennis/140095/daniil-medvedev-makes-very-interesting-comment-after-loss-to-carlos-alcaraz/

Djokovic reveals his genuine thoughts on Alcaraz, Sinner, and Rune.

Djokovic reveals his genuine thoughts on Alcaraz, Sinner, and Rune.

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic secured a spot in the semifinals of the 2023 ATP Finals, courtesy of Jannik Sinner’s victory over Holger Rune. Now, Djokovic is set to clash with Carlos Alcaraz for a chance to reach the coveted year-end Masters final.

On the final day of his group stage, Djokovic overcame Hubert Hurkacz in a challenging three-set match, making his advancement contingent on Sinner’s success against the Dane. As I pen down this article, it strikes me as a twist of fate that has led Djokovic to this crucial juncture.

The Turin Masters’ potential champion may well emerge from the intense semi-final battle against Alcaraz.

Djokovic’s Take on the Next Big 3

In a press conference, the Serbian tennis maestro shared his insights on the emerging generation of players, specifically focusing on the new Big 3—Carlos Alcaraz, Jannik Sinner, and Holger Rune.

Here are Djokovic’s noteworthy comments: “The field is strong. I mean, the generation of Alcaraz, Rune, Sinner is very robust. They are likely the trio that will shape the future of this sport. Moreover, they are presently at the pinnacle of their game.

Naturally, young players are expected to be hungry, motivated, and constantly seeking avenues for improvement—to become stronger, faster, and better, enabling them to challenge and defeat the world’s best players and claim the most prestigious trophies in the game.”

Djokovic also touched upon Rafael Nadal’s anticipated comeback, expressing his thoughts: “I think it would be fantastic for the world of sport to witness at least one more match between me and Rafael Nadal.

We’re talking about the greatest rivalry the sport has ever witnessed in terms of the number of games played. Let’s hope it materializes—I would truly welcome it. Rafa is a formidable warrior, a person who never concedes defeat. Despite enduring numerous injuries, he continues to forge ahead.

His resilience is something to be respected and admired. Undoubtedly, it’s extraordinary news for the world of tennis to learn about his impending return.

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https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/Tennis_Interviews/140096/djokovic-shares-what-he-really-thinks-about-alcaraz-sinner-and-rune/

Carlos Alcaraz equals two records set by Rafael Nadal.

Carlos Alcaraz equals two records set by Rafael Nadal.

Carlos Alcaraz secured a spot in the semifinals of the 2023 ATP Finals, turning around a challenging start to the tournament. Following a loss to Alexander Zverev in his opening match and a crucial victory against Andrey Rublev, the young Spanish player faced a make-or-break situation in the Red Group: defeating Daniil Medvedev in straight sets.

As my colleague Jovica Ilic previously highlighted, Alcaraz showcased his peak performance when it mattered most, a trait shared by the elite players. He clinched a spot in the semifinals by defeating Medvedev with a convincing double 6-4 scoreline.

Alcaraz achieved two remarkable milestones, aligning himself with the achievements of Rafael Nadal. He became the youngest tennis player to reach the top four in an event that gathers the season’s top eight players, a feat previously accomplished by Nadal in 2006.

The 20-year-old Spaniard, having already enjoyed a standout season with his second Grand Slam victory at Wimbledon, further solidified his success. His win against Rublev, as reported by Tennis World USA on November 15, established a new record for precocity: winning 10 matches against top-10 players before turning 21, a distinction previously held by only two players, Rafael Nadal and Lleyton Hewitt.

Reflecting on his victory over Rublev, Alcaraz expressed, “I think I played a good match, and I think the key was to show my true game. I wanted to do this regardless of the result: I did it quite well. I’m happy to have won. Beating Rublev, a great player, gives you a lot of confidence. Obviously, it’s special to win a game after losing one. It was really hard for me. I have struggled with my level in the last few months and in the last few tournaments. Playing a match at this level helps me in view of the next match.

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https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/Inside_Tennis/140094/carlos-alcaraz-matches-two-records-held-by-rafael-nadal/

Martina Navratilova advises Iga Swiatek on enhancing her game.

Martina Navratilova advises Iga Swiatek on enhancing her game.

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova suggests that the world No. 1, Iga Swiatek, could elevate her game by focusing on improving her net play. Despite being recognized as one of the most well-rounded players in the sport, Swiatek’s dominance from the baseline has room for enhancement, according to Navratilova. The former 18-time Grand Slam champion highlights that Swiatek tends to linger at the baseline unnecessarily.

Navratilova commends Swiatek’s remarkable comeback after admitting fatigue post the US Open, culminating in an impressive 11-0 finish. Looking ahead, Navratilova recommends that Swiatek could reach greater heights by developing a better sense of when to advance forward on the court.

In Navratilova’s perspective, Swiatek’s net game, especially her first volley and transition volley, holds significant potential for improvement. While acknowledging Swiatek’s solid groundstrokes and powerful baseline presence, Navratilova emphasizes the importance of refining her net skills. The tennis icon envisions a more formidable Swiatek if she learns to approach the net strategically.

Navratilova also encourages Swiatek to enhance her serve speed, recognizing the untapped potential in that aspect of her game. Despite a challenging 2023 season, Swiatek secured one Grand Slam victory and finished the year as the top-ranked player. Navratilova believes that incorporating a drop shot into Swiatek’s repertoire, timed with precision, could add an extra dimension to her game and make her an even more formidable opponent.

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https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/WTA_Tennis/140052/martina-navratilova-tells-iga-swiatek-how-she-can-further-improve-her-game/

https://www.essentiallysports.com/wta-tennis-news-despite-acknowledging-iga-swiateks-exploits-tennis-legend-martina-navratilova-points-out-major-room-for-improvements-ahead-of-big-two-thousand-and-twenty-four-season/

ATP Finals: Carlos Alcaraz secures showdown with Novak Djokovic!

ATP Finals: Carlos Alcaraz secures showdown with Novak Djokovic!

In a stylish performance, World No. 2 Carlos Alcaraz advanced from the ATP Finals round-robin stage, defeating World No. 3 Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-4 in the final match. Alcaraz secured the victory in just an hour and 20 minutes, claiming his second triumph in Turin and setting the stage for an exciting semi-final against World No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

Throughout the match, Alcaraz successfully defended both break points, maintaining constant pressure on his opponent. He capitalized on opportunities to break Medvedev’s serve once in each set, effectively controlling the pace of the game and securing a spot in the last four alongside the Russian.

The encounter began with Medvedev holding at 15 in the first game, but Alcaraz quickly leveled the score at 1-1 with a powerful serve in the next. Despite facing break chances in the fourth game, Alcaraz’s resilience, marked by booming serves, denied Medvedev and kept him on the positive side.

In a pivotal moment, Alcaraz claimed the lead with a hold at 30 in the eighth game, moving 5-3 ahead and eventually serving for the set in the tenth game. A backhand crosscourt winner sealed the opener for Alcaraz at 6-4 in just 39 minutes.

The second set saw Medvedev facing challenges on his serve in the third game, ultimately losing serve to Alcaraz. Despite missed opportunities by Alcaraz to break further, he held at love in the fourth game, maintaining a 2-2 deadlock. Both players held their serves in the subsequent games.

In the crucial ninth game, Medvedev’s errors led to a 40-15 deficit, offering Alcaraz two break points. Seizing the second chance after a double fault by Medvedev, Alcaraz moved ahead 5-4 and served for the victory. Holding at love in the tenth game, the 20-year-old concluded the match in impressive fashion, securing the win and setting up a highly anticipated semi-final clash with Novak Djokovic.

Reference

https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/On_the_ATP_results_with/140093/atp-finals-carlos-alcaraz-sets-novak-djokovic-clash/

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/carlos-alcaraz-novak-djokovic-atp-tour-finals-b2449278.html

Ten Factors Leading to the Breakdown of Tennis Coach-Player Relationships

Ten Factors Leading to the Breakdown of Tennis Coach-Player Relationships

Emma Raducanu’s forthright critiques of tennis coaches have become a defining aspect of her public persona. Take, for instance, her recent remark to Amazon Prime: ‘I think on certain occasions they haven’t been able to keep up with the questions I asked. So maybe that’s why it ended.’

But what exactly is the nuanced role of a tennis coach? Telegraph Sport delved into this often-misunderstood position, extracting ten insights that might challenge conventional perceptions.

Power Dynamics: In team sports, coaches wield significant authority in hiring, firing, and disciplinary matters. In tennis, however, the coach is subordinate to the player and can be let go at any moment, as seen in Raducanu’s history with previous coaches. With limited contractual protection, coaches risk being ostracized if perceived as disloyal.Outsourcing

Expertise: In contemporary tennis, elite players often outsource various aspects of their training. Physical health, endurance, mental resilience, and data analysis might have dedicated professionals, leaving the coach to focus primarily on technique. The multi-faceted responsibilities of yesteryear are now distributed across specialized support staff.The

Decline of the Supercoach: At the pinnacle of the game, the coach’s role transforms into a managerial one, centered on information coordination and communication. The trend of high-profile former players becoming coaches, exemplified by Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl, is questioned. While having a legendary figure in the player’s box may boost ego and provide a sense of reliability, it’s argued that the singular focus required for championship success may be compromised by the organizational demands of a team leader. The recent parting of ways between Murray and Lendl could signal a shift in this coaching paradigm.

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Coaching in tennis can involve mundane tasks such as managing equipment, scheduling courts, and arranging practice partners. Even renowned coaches may find themselves handling these duties, as seen with John McEnroe’s candid admission of his proficiency in putting on diapers, albeit not for adults.

Evaluating coaches is challenging, mirroring the complexities faced by football managers. The impact of a coach on a player’s success is subjective, with factors like technical direction, team leadership, and financial backing muddying the assessment. While some view coaches like Paul Annacone, who worked with Pete Sampras and Roger Federer, as the greatest, others highlight the contributions of lesser-known figures like Esteban Carril, credited with elevating Johanna Konta from outside the top 100 to the top 10.

Effective communication emerges as a pivotal aspect of coaching. McEnroe’s frustration with players not heeding his instructions prompts reflection on the coach’s role in conveying messages. Coach Calvin Betton emphasizes the importance of succinct communication, likening the process to Velcro, where the coach aims to connect their message to the player effectively.

Drawing parallels to a music producer, Betton describes coaching as a collaborative effort, emphasizing the necessity of talented players akin to having good songs. Successful coaching relationships, he contends, involve a certain alchemy, where the right blend of methods and player talent creates a harmonious outcome.

Contrary to Emma Raducanu’s proactive approach in seeking agency in her coaching relationships, a prevalent pattern in women’s tennis sees younger players entrusting decision-making to older, experienced male coaches. Former British No3 Naomi Cavaday observes a tendency among female players to prefer a coach who assumes control, a phenomenon less common among male players.


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Tennis, akin to football, witnesses the emergence of Mourinho-style coaches who make a sudden impact on the sport within shorter timescales. These coaches, often adept motivators, either through toughness or establishing close relationships with players, experience a brief surge in influence, but the effect tends to wane as players’ performance fails to exhibit sustained improvement.

Attempting to rank coaches becomes a challenging task, given their diverse roles, ranging from technical expertise and motivation to managerial skills and adept storytelling. Non-touring academy roles feature technical whizzes and motivators, while others adopt managerial styles or resort to building relationships with players’ parents through well-rehearsed stories. Additionally, the WTA Tour observes coaches resorting to inappropriate closeness to cope with job insecurity, impacting their relationship with female players.

Considering both tours, Wim Fissette stands out as a prominent coach on the WTA Tour. Originating as Kim Clijsters’s hitting partner, Fissette has consistently enhanced the performance of every player under his guidance, with recent success seen in Chinese No1 Qinwen Zheng. On the men’s side, Darren Cahill, an understated Australian coach formerly associated with Andy Murray through adidas, makes a compelling case. Cahill currently works with Jannik Sinner, the Italian player displaying significant improvements in his game, highlighted by a notable victory over Novak Djokovic at the ATP Finals in Turin.

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https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/10-reasons-tennis-coach-player-115447940.html

Sutirtha-Ayhika Duo Secures a Landmark Bronze in Table Tennis at the Asian Game

Sutirtha-Ayhika Duo Secures a Landmark Bronze in Table Tennis at the Asian Game

Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ayhika Mukherjee’s remarkable journey culminated in a historic bronze medal at the Asian Games as the Indian pair faced a closely-fought defeat in the women’s doubles semifinal against North Korea in Hangzhou on

Monday. The duo, Sutirtha and Ayhika, exhibited a spirited performance but eventually lost 3-4 (11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 8-11, 9-11, 11-5, 2-11) to Suyong Cha and Sugyong Pak, settling for bronze after a sensational triumph over the world champions from China in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

This unexpected medal adds to India’s historic achievements in table tennis at the Asian Games, notably securing an unprecedented men’s team and mixed doubles bronze in 2018. The Indian challenge at the Games concludes with this notable achievement.

In comparison to the quarterfinal match, the North Koreans exhibited resilience against Ayhika’s anti-spin rubber, showcasing composure that proved pivotal in securing their victory. Sutirtha acknowledged, “We failed to show the patience which they did. We were a little nervous in the last game, and they attacked well to finish the points.”

Despite the defeat, Ayhika expressed contentment for securing a podium finish, marking a historic achievement in women’s doubles for India. The Indian pair faced challenges sustaining their attack in the final game, with the North Koreans taking a decisive lead. The spirited effort by the Indians came to an end when Sutirtha netted a forehand.

Nonetheless, the bronze medal represents a monumental achievement for the Indian duo, laying the foundation for future successes.

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https://sports.ndtv.com/asian-games-2023/sutirtha-ayhika-pair-settles-for-historic-bronze-in-asian-games-table-tennis-4442012

Djokovic jeopardizes his spot in the ATP Finals' top four: exploring the possible scenarios.

Djokovic jeopardizes his spot in the ATP Finals’ top four: exploring the possible scenarios.

The determination of the four contenders for the Nitto ATP Finals semi-finals remains uncertain, particularly following Jannik Sinner’s recent triumph over Novak Djokovic. Despite securing two victories in as many matches, Sinner’s path to the semi-finals at the PalaAlpitour in Turin is not yet guaranteed.

The pivotal clash between Sinner and Denmark’s Holger Rune on the final day of their group will hold the key. Although Sinner has never defeated Rune in their past encounters, a victory might not be mandatory for him to secure a spot among the top four players in the year-end Masters. Winning just one set would be sufficient for Sinner to secure qualification.

Djokovic, Sinner, Rune: the race to the semifinals intensifies. Djokovic is set to face Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, stepping in for the injured Stefanos Tsitsipas. Nole must win in two sets to ensure his qualification; otherwise, the situation becomes more intricate. Sinner would also advance with Djokovic winning in three sets. Another win for Sinner would secure his position at the top of the group.

However, if Rune triumphs in three sets while Djokovic wins in two, the percentage of games won would determine the two qualifiers—a potentially precarious scenario best avoided.

Djokovic’s journey to the semi-finals is at risk if he drops at least one set against Hurkacz and, simultaneously, Rune defeats Sinner. The battle for the final group spot promises to be thrilling, making the last day challenging for the three players still vying for qualification.

While Sinner appears closest to realizing the dream, each player has an opportunity to secure a spot. The various combinations determining the qualification for the semi-finals are outlined below.

Reference

https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/Inside_Tennis/140023/djokovic-risks-his-place-among-the-atp-finals-last-four-the-scenarios/

ATP Finals: Daniil Medvedev Triumphs Over Alexander Zverev, Advances to Semifinals

ATP Finals: Daniil Medvedev Triumphs Over Alexander Zverev, Advances to Semifinals

In a thrilling match, world No.3 Daniil Medvedev became the first player to qualify for the ATP Finals semifinals by defeating old rival Alexander Zverev 7-6, 6-4 in an intense battle lasting an hour and 45 minutes. The victory propelled Medvedev to a 2-0 record in the Red Group.

The upcoming clash between Zverev and Alcaraz on Friday will determine the second semifinalist from this group. Despite a strong effort from Zverev, who forced a tiebreak in the first set and fought hard, Medvedev managed to secure the win in straight sets and advance to the next round.

Medvedev showcased his prowess by winning nine more points than Zverev, defending break points effectively, and breaking Zverev’s serve twice. While Zverev demonstrated aggressiveness with 24 winners, Medvedev’s strategic play and efficient strokes proved decisive.

The Russian took an early lead in the match, breaking Zverev’s serve in the opening game and securing a 3-1 advantage. Despite facing challenges in the sixth game, Medvedev managed to hold his serve and maintain a narrow lead.

The first set reached a tiebreak after a closely contested battle, with Medvedev eventually prevailing after 62 minutes. The second set remained competitive, with both players holding their serves until the ninth game. Medvedev faced a break point but managed to deny it, maintaining his composure and applying pressure on Zverev.

In the crucial moments, Zverev faltered, committing a forehand mistake and offering Medvedev a match point. Medvedev capitalized on this opportunity, delivering a backhand down the line winner to secure the victory and a spot in the last four.

With this impressive performance, Daniil Medvedev continues to assert his dominance in the ATP Finals in Turin.

Reference

https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/On_the_ATP_results_with/140042/atp-finals-daniil-medvedev-tops-alexander-zverev-reaches-sf/

https://tennisuptodate.com/atp/match-report-2023-atp-finals-daniil-medvedev-emerges-victorious-against-alexander-zverev-clinches-first-semifinal-berth-in-intense-showdown

Holger Rune boldly asserts a testament to Novak Djokovic's exceptional prowess.

Holger Rune boldly asserts a testament to Novak Djokovic’s exceptional prowess.

Holger Rune asserts that Novak Djokovic’s victory over him at the ATP Finals “illustrates the extent of the Serb’s excellence” since the Dane had “never lost a match when I played good tennis.” Djokovic, the world No. 1, secured a hard-fought three-set victory of 7-6 (4) 6-7 (1) 6-3 against Rune on the tournament’s opening day.

In his second group stage match against Stefanos Tsitsipas on Tuesday, Rune faced an unusual turn of events. After just three games, with Rune leading 2-1, Tsitsipas retired from the match due to a back injury. Reflecting on his previous encounter with Djokovic during an on-court interview, Rune remarked, “I never lost a match when I played good tennis, and I played great tennis with Novak and still lost. That shows how good Djokovic is,” as reported by Enrico Maria Riva.

Despite securing an early break in the fifth game, Rune was unable to capitalize, as he was broken back immediately in the following game. The first-set tie-break saw Djokovic take control, winning four consecutive points for a 5-2 lead before securing the set. In the second set, Rune again earned an early break in the second game but lost it in the third game.

The 10th game of the second set presented Rune with a set point while Djokovic served to stay in the set, but he couldn’t convert it. The set went into another tie-break, where Rune opened a commanding 6-0 lead before converting his third set point, forcing a decisive third set.

Despite Djokovic breaking Rune in the second game of the final set, the Dane quickly recovered with a break back in the following game. However, after regaining the break, Rune lost his serve again in the sixth game. Djokovic held onto his service for the remainder of the match, securing a three-set victory.

Reference

https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/Novak_Djokovic/139984/holger-rune-makes-bold-claim-on-what-shows-how-good-novak-djokovic-is/

Not only Roger Federer, but Rafael Nadal also possesses an excellent technique.

Not only Roger Federer, but Rafael Nadal also possesses an excellent technique.

Tennis players who have forged their careers through polished technique have demonstrated mastery in their sport, elevating the elegance and precision of their shots. One iconic figure in this realm is Roger Federer, renowned for his graceful and fluid style that has etched him into tennis legend status. His adept control over the power and accuracy of his shots transforms each match into a harmonious blend of grace and command. Federer’s mastery of the challenging one-handed backhand further adds an artistic flair to his game.

Pete Sampras is another luminary who crafted his career on refined technique. His strategic court positioning and a precisely explosive serve solidified his reputation as a court virtuoso. Sampras’ proficiency in employing the volley and slam, intricate and demanding maneuvers in tennis, showcased his impeccable timing and pinpoint precision.

Among female players, Steffi Graf distinguished herself with a refined technique marked by unparalleled power and precision in her shots. Graf not only demonstrated exceptional ball control but also perfected one of the most effective spin returns in the net game.

The amalgamation of power and technical finesse rendered Graf invincible on numerous occasions. Another exemplar of a player with a career founded on refined technique is Rafael Nadal. Despite his commonly associated athleticism and on-court energy, Nadal is equally recognized for his flawless technique, especially his remarkable topspin that allows him to spin the ball at an incredible pace — considered one of the best in history.

This technical prowess has propelled Nadal to victory in numerous major tournaments, including Grand Slam titles. Tennis players who anchor their careers in refined technique heavily rely on accuracy, timing, and court management. Their ability to execute precise and consistent movements not only demonstrates a commitment to perfection but also transforms their gameplay into a unique, fluid, and elegant spectacle in the world of tennis. Refined technique, beyond being a visual spectacle, stands as a critical element for success in tennis, reflecting the players’ dedication to perfecting their craft.

Reference

https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/Inside_Tennis/139994/not-just-roger-federer-rafael-nadal-also-has-a-superb-technique/

Holger Rune comes to Stefanos Tsitsipas' defense following harsh criticism aimed at the Greek player.

Holger Rune comes to Stefanos Tsitsipas’ defense following harsh criticism aimed at the Greek player.

Holger Rune has stepped forward to support Stefanos Tsitsipas amidst substantial criticism directed at the Greek player following his withdrawal against the Dane. The ATP Finals match between Rune and Tsitsipas in Turin concluded after a mere 15 minutes on Tuesday.

During the early stages of the first set, with Rune leading 2-1, Tsitsipas sought the assistance of the physio during a changeover. Unfortunately, the match concluded after just three games and 15 minutes, with Tsitsipas retiring due to a back injury.

The Turin audience expressed their dissatisfaction with Tsitsipas, booing the Greek player for the limited action they witnessed despite purchasing tickets. Some argued that Tsitsipas should have withdrawn before the match, allowing a healthy replacement like Hubert Hurkacz to step in.

One individual commented in Danish, “Shouldn’t Tsitsipas have canceled the match against Holger and given the place to the reserve Hurkacz? Playing 3 games in front of 14,000 spectators… Audience booed – makes more sense now with reflection… 3 games has previously been the limit to receive the prize money.”

Rune responded to this opinion in Danish, stating, “We are not in Stefano’s body. So we cannot comment on what he should have done. We are here to fight and win. No one here in the top 8 is a quitter, and we will try to the end. If we only thought rationally, we wouldn’t be where we are today.

After retiring against Rune and also withdrawing from his final group stage match, Tsitsipas attempted to justify his actions by explaining that his initial intention was to complete the entire match, but the pain became unbearable. “The pain was very intense. I’ve experienced pain during matches in the past, and I’ve pushed through, but this was clearly beyond my capacity to endure. I had to make the difficult decision to do what I did,” Tsitsipas stated.

With the conclusion of the 2023 season, Tsitsipas officially wraps up his competitive year and will now shift his focus to recovering from the injury, aiming to be fully prepared for the challenges of the 2024 season.

Reference

https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/ATP_Tennis/139998/holger-rune-defends-stefanos-tsitsipas-after-brutal-criticism-directed-at-greek/

Experience the amusing and inventive response from Novak Djokovic as he handles the loud boos from the Turin crowd.

Experience the amusing and inventive response from Novak Djokovic as he handles the loud boos from the Turin crowd.

Novak Djokovic showcased his comedic side in response to the Turin crowd’s boos as the world No. 1 playfully engaged with the audience during a changeover. In Tuesday’s match against local favorite Jannik Sinner in Turin, Djokovic faced a predominantly pro-Sinner crowd from the beginning. Unsurprisingly, the entire stadium seemed to rally against Djokovic.

In a light-hearted moment, Djokovic sarcastically applauded the crowd for their apparent distraction when he served a double fault. The fun continued as he amusingly reacted to the boos he received during a changeover.

The Turin crowd’s fervent support bore fruit as Italian tennis star Sinner secured a notable victory over Djokovic, triumphing 7-5, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2) and claiming his first win against the Serbian player in their fourth encounter.

Post-match, Djokovic acknowledged the anticipated backing for the local talent. “I expected it; he’s the only Italian here and he’s playing in Italy. There’s a lot of hype, and he’s in great form, so it’s normal that people wanted him to be the winner,” Djokovic remarked.

While giving due credit to Sinner, Djokovic expressed regret over not adopting a more aggressive stance during crucial moments, particularly highlighting the pivotal juncture at 5-5 in the third set. At this point, Djokovic had a 15-30 advantage on Sinner’s serve, with the Italian facing a second serve.

Following the loss of that game, Djokovic faced a setback in the opening five points of the third-set tie-break. “In this type of match, there are few opportunities. If you don’t take them, the other will. In certain moments, I have to be more decisive. But that’s okay; sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose. Most of the time, I’ve won games like this. I don’t think I did too many things wrong. He was simply brave when he had to be,” Djokovic reflected.

Reference

https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/Novak_Djokovic/140024/watch-novak-djokovic-s-funny-and-creative-reaction-to-turin-crowd-s-loud-boos/