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Ash Barty And Novak Djokovic International Tennis Federation World Champions for 2021–And More

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Australian ace Ash Barty has been crowned the International Tennis Federation’s world champion for a second time.

The recognition caps a tremendous year for world No.1 Barty, who claimed her first Wimbledon title and an Olympic bronze medal in mixed doubles.

Barty, 25, became the first Australian to win the ITF award in 2019 and was also named WTA player of the year for the second time earlier this month.

 

“Being the ITF world champion in 2021 is something I am very proud of,” Barty said.

“I feel fortunate to play the sport I love for a living, especially in a year that was challenging and unpredictable for so many.

“I want to thank my team and my family for everything they do and a huge thank you to tennis fans around the world for continuing to support us.”

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, meanwhile, was named ITF men’s world champion for a record seventh time.

Djokovic enjoyed another dominant year, claiming the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon titles.

 

 

 

 

His win puts him clear of American legend Pete Sampras, who won six ITF gongs.

The award has been held since 1978.

“After such a rewarding year for me, my team, family and fans it is a great honour to be named the ITF World Champion for the seventh time,” Djokovic said.

“I am very grateful and proud for the results I’ve achieved and fortunate I had a chance to compete for the Serbian national team, too.”

Australia’s Dylan Alcott became the ITF quad wheelchair world champion for the third straight time.

Alcott achieved a ‘golden slam,’ winning all four Grand Slam singles titles as well as Paralympic singles gold in Tokyo.

Alcott has announced he will retire after next year’s Australian Open.

“It’s an absolute honour to be named world champion for the last time,” Alcott said.

“To be honest, I just felt extremely grateful that I could travel around the world and do my job this year, especially with everything that’s going on in the world and in Australia.

“It was a team effort and there were lots of ups and downs, but we managed to get it done. This year I’ve had the proudest moments probably in my whole career, which is pretty awesome. I’m really stoked that I could finish it off with the golden slam, and I’m really looking forward to my last tournament coming up at the Australian Open.”

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Nick Kyrgios showman masterclass — He Explains

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Nick Kyrgios’ second-round match against Russian superstar Daniil Medvedev was everything fans were expecting from the Australian entertainer.

Kyrgios went down in four sets to Medvedev at Rod Laver Arena.

Whether it was doing a lap of pure joy halfway around the court on break point with the Rod Laver Arena fans behind him, blowing up at the chair umpire over a time violation, or even having a mid-match conversation with tennis legend Dylan Alcott, Kyrgios displayed it all.

The performance left US tennis legend Jim Courier with a simple question for viewers at home.

 

Twitter was sent into a frenzy, with AFL stars like Mitch Robinson and Tom Papley, along with pundits and media identities from around the world, all watching closely.

Kyrgios fires up over violation

Kyrgios during the third set was seeing red with the chair umpire after he was given a time violation for not being ready to receive a Medvedev serve.

A furious Kyrgios approached Bernardes in his chair and the pair exchanged a few words.

Here’s how the exchange went:

Kyrgios: All I did was walk to my towel. I walked to my towel! Usually the ballkids give me my towel.

Bernardes: You are receiving, you’re not serving.

Kyrgios: Listen! I don’t want to talk to you, listen to me.

Bernardes: So don’t scream, stop yelling.

Kyrgios: Usually the ballkids give me the towel – yes or no? Usually, yes, they do right? All I did was walk to my towel. That’s all I did.

Kyrgios early in the match casually stopped by to chat with Alcott courtside. Here’s what was said:

“He’s up and about,” Alcott said.

“He’s right in it, but he said, ‘It’s so tough to play this bloke’ because unless he makes his first serve every time, the guy is like a robot and he doesn’t miss a shot.

“He also said he wants to go the underarm serve every time and I said, ‘Go for it, why not if you’re standing that far back’.

“He’s right in it and he’s engaged. Even though it’s a tough one out here, I think he feels like he’s got a good shot.”

Kyrgios’ glorious celebration of stunning volley

Kyrgios’ glorious celebration of stunning volley

Bringing up two crucial break points while trying to survive in the third set, Kyrgios celebrated the moment in a way only he could.

“He made it… he’s doing a lap of honour!” said former Australian tennis star Todd Woodbridge in commentary.

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Medvedev — I used the changeroom visit to halt momentum of Nick Kyrgios’

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Reigning US Open champion Daniil Medvedev says his short trip back to the locker room after losing the third set to Nick Kyrgios helped him eventually prevail.

Despite being up against an amped-up Rod Laver Arena crowd, Medvedev was able to steady after dropping the third set to run out a 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 4-6 6-2 winner to advance to the third round of the Australian Open.

The Russian disappeared to the locker room after losing the third set before returning to the court in an entirely new outfit and explained why he took the break.

“They were trying to cheer him up,” Medvedev said. “They managed to do it.”

 

“He was playing pretty strong in the third set when he actually could’ve gone down mentally because it was two sets to love for me, I was playing pretty well.”

“The crowd tried to help him so I just went out to change and changed all my clothes to feel a little bit more fresh because I felt like I was missing this in the third set.

 

“I just went out [in the fourth set] and was like, ‘Okay, I have to serve even better and try to return even better’, even if it was not so bad.”

Despite being visibly irritated by the fans during his on-court interview with Jim Courier after the match, Medvedev praised the crowd and the atmosphere inside Rod Laver Arena.

 

“I actually wrote ‘siuu’ in the camera afterwards because when Jim started talking about this, I was like, ‘Well, okay I’m going to write it then because everyone is doing it’,” he said.

“The only thing, between first and second serves, that’s where it’s tough. It’s not good for the game to do it because, people probably don’t know, but when you’re getting ready for the second serve, it’s a tough moment.

 

“I think people should respect both players and just don’t talk in these moments.

“During the match it’s not easy to be there when the whole stadium is against you, but if you look at it on TV, I will after the tournament, I’m going to be like, ‘Wow that’s a great atmosphere for a tennis match’.”

 

 

After prevailing during a tougher-than-usual second-round opponent, Medvedev said the gruelling encounter would stand him in good stead moving forward.

“I think it’s really important because I can definitely say it’s an unlucky draw, a tough draw,” he said of the Kyrgios match-up.

“These kinds of matches in a first, second or third round of a slam, it’s a big challenge where if you make it through you feel like you can go far.

“It’s a big challenge where you can fail it and go home the next day, but I’m happy I passed this challenge.”

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Why Emma Raducanu was defeated — See The Truth

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Reigning US Open Champion Emma Raducanu says members of her team did not want her to take the court for her second-round clash due to the blisters on her right hand.

The British teen’s maiden Australian Open campaign was brought to an end when she succumbed to Montenegrin world No.98 Danka Kovinic, 6-4 4-6 4-2.

The upset began brewing from the first game of the match as Raducanu battled blisters on her right hand. After the loss, Raducanu revealed that she had brought the blisters into the match

 

“I was struggling with my hand before the match,” she said.

“There were some people in my team that maybe didn’t want me to play, but I wanted to go out there and fight through it, to see how far I could go.

“I thought it was a pretty good learning experience for me. I discovered tools about myself and my game that I didn’t know I had before.”

 

Wincing in pain after striking the ball, the 17th seed struggled to maintain her service games as her serve dropped off in pace.

Raducanu revealed after the match that the blisters had become an issue since her arrival in Australia.

“I’ve been struggling with blisters since I started playing in Australia because 21 days with no tennis, my hands got pretty soft,” she said.

“From day one, day two, I was getting blisters pop up here and there. This particular one has been with me for about five days, and I have been trying to take it for every practice and it would harden and dry out, but then once I would play again, another layer would rip off.

“It ended up being pretty deep. It’s a bit annoying because I know it’s something that will heal in a few days, but it’s just unfortunate timing.”

 

After calling a medical timeout where she received taping from the physio, Raducanu repeatedly sort extra bandages at each break in play.

 

Despite pleas from her team to pull out of the tournament, the 19-year-old was determined to play after enduring quarantine.

“I fought so hard just to come to Australia and I didn’t want to go out like that,” she said.

“So I just left it all out on the court, after everything I went through.”

Raducanu explained how the blisters caused her to struggle gripping the racquet.

“Every time I hit and make contact with the ball, it would create an impact,” she said.

“Say I hit one slightly off-centre and the racquet moves a bit in my hand, it’s like even more friction and it just rips again. So it’s very painful, like every single shot you hit.”

 

 

 

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