Tennis world No1 Rodger Federer pulled out of the ongoing Toronto cup without citing a major problem to his physical condition.
The 20-time grand Slam winner failed to give a major reason for his withdraw from the competition despite being in topnotch condition.
However, his coach Severin Luthi has publicly defended his trainee’s decision to boycott the competition.
According to Luthi in an interview with Tages Anzeiger, the coach believes it is important for the 37-year-old to stay away from intense competition so as to avoid fatigue ahead of the upcoming US Open which is set to commence on the 27th this month.
The coach told the reporter the player is doing all he could to maintain perfect shape and conditions for the tourney, even if it cost him the Toronto and Cincinnati tournament respectively.
As part of the interview, Luthi further talk on the rivalry between the current world No1 and the previous one best Tennis player Rafael Nadal, he revealed that Federer is not thinking about the Spanish player , who has already won 17 grand Slam titles.
Should Nadal win this year’s tournament in Toronto, he will be two titles behind Federer but Severin believes Federer is not wishing his rival any bad during and after the tournament.
Federer is presently training ahead of the US Open in the coming weeks and his manager is doing everything possible to ensure that his player adds to his 20 grand Slam titles by the end of the upcoming championship.
4 Players Who Are Likely To Win The Men’s Australian Open 2019
An action-packed year of tennis came to a close in mid-November after young German Alexander Zverer upset two of tennis’ biggest names, defeating both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in straight sets. In claiming the ATP Finals title, he has become one of the favourites on Paddy Power to win the first Grand Slam of the new season, the Australian Open.
All the conventional front-runners have got ample time to recover from injuries and fatigue along with all the other players ready to fire all the cylinders — the first major tournament of the year is going to be a splendid affair for the lovers of the game. As the event is right around the corner, let’s take a look at some of the favourites that are more likely to end the tournament as the victor.
There’s no surprise that Novak Djokovic is the current favourite to win the 2019 Australian Open given his history in the tournament. Much of Novak’s success has come in Australia as he has won six of his fourteen Grand Slams at that venue.
The defeat at the hands of Zverev in November has only made the Serbian more determined to work harder in the 2019 season, which is a warning for any players hoping to copy Zverev in defeating the 31-year old.
In a recent interview, he said, “Having a Grand Slam so early in the season makes us train probably very hard and be kind of aware that we have to be at our best in the first week of the year,”
“The first Slam is there in January. I’ve had most success in my life, in my career, in Australia out of all four Slams. Hopefully, I can keep that going.”
Should he be able to continue his Australian Open success, then expect this season to be the Novak Djokovic show.
As long as he’s fit, it would be criminal to rule out Roger Federer as being in with a chance of winning. It’s been a phenomenal year for the Swiss maestro and he has been vocal about his ambitions of smashing all the records before he waves a final goodbye. And speaking about records, he has bagged back-to-back trophies at this venue for the past two years and his experience gives him an edge over others on the court.
The chances of Federer winning his 21st Grand Slam this year are likely, however, whether it’ll be the Australian Open or not remains to be seen. Although he’d love to win another Australian Open, he might be more inclined to prepare for the summer where he’ll have the opportunity to win a ninth Wimbledon title.
Injuries have put him off the court for the majority of the time this year but a fully-fit Nadal would always be a threat on the court. He has had a two-month break after a successful knee surgery and has restored his rhythm by playing a few exhibition matches.
He looks all set to give a fair fight in the tournament that he has won just once. However, winning this title would make him the second male player to win all the Grand Slam titles at least twice, after Rod Laver. Keeping this in mind, he’d be all in to taste this trophy once again.
He’s the future of this game. He’s just 21 and the way he moves around the court, he does it as though he truly belongs there. Although he did get some trophies under his belt this year, his performances in the major tournaments have been underwhelming. His biggest accomplishment in a Grand Slam tournament has been reaching just the quarterfinals.
Although he’s maturing with time and he ended his year in the best way possible — he Federer and Djokovic bite the dust by defeating them in straight sets at the ATP Finals and clambered onto the fourth spot in the ATP rankings. The inclusion of Ivan Lendl in his team has been crucial in improving his game and his preparation off the court. If not the Australian open, he is still likely to win a Grand Slam this year.
When the tournament kicks off on Monday 14th January, all eyes will be on these four players to see how they begin in the hunt for the first Grand Slam of the year.
Rafael Nadal injury update : will the Spaniard return before China Open?
Tennis World No1 Rafael Nadal could be back in time to take part in the China Open which kickstart on the first of October.
The tennis star pulled out of US Open while in action against Juan Martin Del Potro in the semifinal of the competition.
According to former world No2 tennis player Alex Corretja, Nadal’s injury looked a bit minor, however, it is intense enough to mar his dream of winning the US Open.
Corretja told reporters that Nadal wanted to continue the match against Del Potro but he couldn’t due to the pain he felt on his knee.
This season has been a difficult one for the Spanish No1 as he battled so many injuries. It should be recalled that Nadal pulled out of Australia Open due as result hip injury which ruled him out of action for three months.
As result of his knee injury, Spain couldn’t count on the experienced player at the ongoing Davis Cup.
Spanish Davis Cup captain Sergi
Bruguera confessed that the team are unhappy for not having the World No1 in their team.
According to Bruguera, Nadal is a great player whose experience would have helped the team during the competition.
Though Corretja suggest that Nadal might be back before China Open, it remains unknown if he would be fully fit to compete in his best form during the competition at the Asian country.
US Open Champion Naomi Osaka To Sign New Mega Deal With Adidas
20-year-old Tennis player Naomi Osaka won her first grand-slam title on Saturday when she defeated her ‘idol’ Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 in a match that was filled with controversy and fallout.
The player was rewarded with an instant cheque of $3.8m by the tournament’s organizers for her great run of form throughout the competition.
However, there are more rewards for the youngster with the latest one reportedly coming from a sporting retail giants Adidas.
According to reports, the Jamaican international is set to sign a new deal with Adidas, which would make her one of the highest-paid women in Sports.
Yahoo Sports claimed that the contract would see her become the second highest-paid sport woman, a place behind her childhood role model Serena Williams.
The contract is said to worth nothing less than $8.5m and that will be the biggest deal Adidas has ever signed with a female athlete in their history.
Naomi, who became the first Japanese player to Win US Open final, is definitely reaping the reward for her hard work throughout the competition.
The Times also revealed that the deal is set to be sealed as early as tomorrow (Thursday), should everything work out as planned.
All eyes are now on the youngster to see if she would be able to continue her rapid rise to fame in a short period of time.
Umpires frowned at the treatment of Carlos Ramos by Serena Williams in the US Open final.
A match that already saw Naomi Osaka cruising to win her first ever Grand Slam title did not burst up completely without a show of entertainment.
The 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena branded Carlos Ramos a “thief” and a “liar” while she continued to muster words seeking for apologies who after the match proclaimed that sexism was behind his choice to dock her game.
The umpire sanctioned Williams as follow:
-first Violation: on-court coaching.
-second violation: racket abuse.
-third violation- verbal abuse (calling him a “thief”).
She was, however, backed by United States Tennis Association (USTA) and Women’s Tennis Associative after the outbreak.
Ramos was supported by International Tennis Federation in a statement on Monday:
“Mr Ramos’s decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules and were reaffirmed by the US Open’s decision to fine Ms Williams for the three offences.”
Willians was fined $17,000 by the US Open for her revilement even after she earned $1,850,000 million for finishing second.
USTA Head Katrina Adams defended Serena, saying
“Men are badgering the umpire on the changeovers and nothing happens”
She also added that she’s all about gender equality and thinks when one takes a glimpse at such a situation, it would be a story to be discussed another time.
She equally asserted that we should treat each other (both male and female) fairly and the same.
What do you think about Serena’s decision?
Novak Djokovic Wants Air-conditioning Court After Struggling To Reach Semifinals At Us Open
Serbian Tennis star Djokovic struggled to reach the semifinals at the ongoing Us Open as he defeated John Millman last night.
The former World No1 struggled in the first set of the game but his experience was able to see him through to the next round of the competition by defeating his opponent 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
Despite his win, the Serbian is not happy with the condition of the court, according him, the atmospheric condition of the court was unbearable for him throughout the encounter.
The called on the organizers to provide an air conditioning inside the Arthur ashe’s Stadium.
It was obvious Djokovic struggled with the temperature of the stadium as he changed his wears countless times before the end of the game, this is because his wears got wet too easily.
It should be recalled that Rodger Federer — who shockingly lost to John Millman in the fourth round of the tournament — also complained about the heat and humidity level of the stadium.
According to Federer after crashing out of the tournament, he struggled to breathe during his game against his fourth-round opponent and that played major role in his defeat.
As much as Djokovic wants to see an air-conditioning stadium in the next edition of the competition, the Serbian star praised the organizers for the cover roof present in the stadium.
Following his victory over Millman, many fans are tipping the Serbian to face his arch-rival Nadal at the final.
The Spaniard progressed to the semifinals of the competition after recording a hard-fought victory against Thiem in a grueling four-hour encounter.
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