Sep 23, 2016

McEnroe urges Kyrgios to decide on tennis career following US Open injury

After yet another major tournament finished in disappointment for Nick Kyrgios, legendary figure within the game John McEnroe has called upon the Australian to seriously consider his future within the game, believing that the 21-year-old should retire if his heart is not in it. Kyrgios had been displaying his usual lackadaisical demeanour during his third-round US Open tie against Illya Marchenko, before eventually retiring from the match with a suspected hip flexor injury. Australia’s number one was trailing two sets to one at the time, with Kyrgios stating that he felt like he had been “hit by a bus”.

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This is not the first time in which McEnroe has vented his frustration at the way in which Kyrgios acts on court, previously lamenting the player’s tactics during a match with Andy Murray at Wimbledon earlier this year. McEnroe believes that such injuries are a result of Kyrgios not being dedicated enough, pointing to a lack of training when compared to the top players in the game. However, despite this, the loss was Kyrgios’s first in 21 matches against unseeded opponents at grand slam events, and he has recently climbed to a career high of no.15 in the world rankings. Perhaps Kyrgios could take up a career in online blackjack as you don’t have to keep a straight face at online casino’s such as Australia’s Lucky Nugget Casino.

Kyrgios’ compatriot Bernard Tomic is never too far away from controversy himself, with the 23-year-old becoming embroiled in a sledging match with a supporter during his first-round US Open loss to Damir Dzumhur. The Australian was heard calling the fan a ‘peasant’, before launching into a sleazy attack for all to hear. Both Kyrgios and Tomic were both part of Australia’s recent Davis Cup victory over Slovakia, and having secured their place in the world group, will next take on the Czech Republic in their 2017 campaign.

Meanwhile, Kyrgios has received support from another American tennis legend in the form of Andre Agassi. Agassi sees plenty of himself in the young Australian, believing that Kyrgios has all the talent to be one of the best players on the tour. Perhaps kyrgios should give Agassi a call and pick his brains over how to turn talent into titles.

Sep 12, 2016

Stanislas Wawrinka beats Novak Djokovic to clinch maiden U.S. Open title

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Stanislas Wawrinka became the oldest US Open men's champion in 46 years when he defeated world no. 1 Novak Djokovic to claim a third Grand Slam title.

Wawrinka, 31, who has so often been in the shadow of his countryman Roger Federer, triumphed 6-7 (1/7), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 in 4 sets.

Wawrinka is the oldest winner of the men's tournament since 35-year-old Ken Rosewall in 1970 and the first over 30 to take the title since Pete Sampras in 2002.

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It was the Swiss player's first title, following his breakthrough 2014 Australian Open championship and 2015 Roland Garros crown. On both those occasions, Djokovic had been the fall-guy, losing in Melbourne in the quarterfinals and ending as runner-up in Paris.

Djokovic, the 2011 and 2015 US Open champion, had been seeking a third Slam of the year and 13th major of his career.


Sep 11, 2016

Andreas Seppi marries girlfriend Michela Bernardi

Italian Andreas Seppi is officially off the market.

It is reported that he has married girlfriend Michela Bernardi, who is 10 years younger, at St Ulrich exactly 1 year after he proposed to her when they went for a hike in Colorado.

The beautiful wedding ceremony was shared on Twitter and attended by Seppi's fellow countrymen Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli.

We wish the beautiful newly wed couple a happy married life!

Angelique Kerber wins first U.S. Open title

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Germany's Angelique Kerber didn't disappoint as the new world number one after a thrilling win over Czech Karolina Pliskova in the US Open final.

Kerber, 28, won 6-3 4-6 6-4 in New York to add the US Open to her victory at the Australian Open early this year.

“It means a lot to me. When I was a kid, I was always dreaming to one day be the No. 1 player in the world, to win Grand Slams,” said Kerber.

“I mean, all the dreams came true this year, and I’m just trying to enjoy every moment on court and also off court.”

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Pliskova's semi-final win over Serena Williams few days ago had already ensured Kerber will top the new rankings on Monday. Pliskova ended Serena's record-tying 186-week stay at the top, which began in February 2013.

Kerber, who collected $3.5 million in prize money, had lost to Pliskova the last time they met, which was just three weeks ago in the final of a hard-court tournament in Cincinnati.

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“She really proved she’s the world No. 1,” Pliskova told the fans. Then she addressed Kerber directly, saying: “It was a great match, and I’m very honored to play with you.”

Via CBS News and Yahoo! Sports

Sep 1, 2016

Former French Tennis Champion Marion Bartoli to Run 2016 TCS New York City Marathon

Marion Bartoli, the 2013 Wimbledon Singles Champion and former top-ten player in the world, announced today that she will run the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon as a New York Road Runners Team for Kids runner on Sunday, November 6, 2016.

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Bartoli will raise funds for NYRR’s Team for Kids, the TCS New York City Marathon’s largest charity running team that raises funds for NYRR’s free youth running programs in New York City and across the country, by using NYRR’s partner fundraising platform, CrowdRise. Donations to Team for Kids on behalf of Bartoli’s run can be made at

Bartoli, 31, born in Le Puy en Velay, France, reached the highest ranking of No. 7 in the world during her career. Throughout her 13-year professional career she reached the quarterfinal stage of each of the four Grand Slams and was runner-up at the 2007 Wimbledon Championships before prevailing in 2013.

“It is an honor to announce that I will run my first marathon this fall, and it is with great excitement that I will do so at the TCS New York City Marathon in November,” Bartoli said. “After recently falling ill from a terrible virus and embarking on a long road to recovery, I have set my sights on the TCS New York City Marathon as my next goal.”

Since retiring from professional tennis, Bartoli has turned to broadcasting and fashion design. She is currently a broadcaster for Eurosport at the 2016 US Open and has graduated with a degree in fashion print from the prestigious design school, Central Saint Martins in London.

As a Team for Kids runner, Bartoli will be a part of a committed group of more than 1,700 adult runners from around the world who add meaning to their miles by raising funds for NYRR’s free youth running programs. These programs serve more than 215,000 kids locally and nationally, including more than 115,000 in New York City’s five boroughs.

Bartoli hopes that her story of setting an ambitious goal such as running a marathon after a severe illness will be an inspiration to kids in NYRR’s programs letting them know that nothing is impossible.

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