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Italians shine in Palermo

Two Italians, Sara Errani and Elisabetta Cocciaretto, have made it into the quarter-finals at the 31st Palermo Ladies Open, the first professional tournament to be played since both the women’s and men’s tours were suspended in March because of the coronavirus...

US Open announces prizemoney and suffers another withdrawal

The organisers of the US Open are adamant that the American leg of the grand slams will go ahead as planned at Queen’s in New York from August 31, despite the rise of coronavirus infections in the country and the possibility of more absenting themselves.

Nadal withdraws from US Open as Madrid Masters is cancelled

The news everyone was expecting was confirmed when Rafa Nadal announced he would not be competing at this years’ US Open and if that wasn’t bad enough at a time when the sport attempts to rebuild itself, the organisers of the Madrid Masters announced it was...

Martic advances, Vondrousova falls in Palermo

Amid slip-ups over coronavirus protocols, the two top seeds at the WTA Palermo Ladies Open met with mixed fortunes on Tuesday, as top seed Petra Martic advanced in straight sets but 2nd-seeded Marketa Vondrousova fell at the hands of a qualifier.

Vekić strikes first ball back in Palermo

Donna Vekić goes down in history as the first player to win a tour-level match in the post-shutdown era when, 5 months after the last WTA tournament took place, the Palermo Open re-started the WTA Tour on Monday on the Italian island of Sicily, while the pandemic that...

It’s a welcome return with an uncertain future

While the return of professional tennis is more than welcome, it is a cautious one bearing in mind that the Washington event on the ATP Tour was cancelled a few weeks back and there is still uncertainty regarding the US Open.

The Lion is the UTS2 king

Alexander ‘The Lion’ Zverev needed Sudden Death to beat Felix ‘The Panther’ Auger-Aliassime and become king of the Ultimate Tennis Showdown jungle on Sunday.

WTA Tour resumes in Palermo

The 31st Ladies Open Palermo kicks off in Sicily on Monday, marking the resumption of the WTA Tour after five months suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic and the exhibition events that have peppered the calendar since March wrapped up at the weekend.

The British Bulldogs just edge it

As the organiser of the Battle of the Brits Team event, Jamie Murray couldn’t have been more delighted that, after a week’s highly competitive play, the final outcome of the event wasn’t settled until the last match.

New York Empire win World TeamTennis 2020

New York Empire defeated Chicago Smash, 21-20 in a supertiebreaker, to win the 2020 World Team Tennis season in a nail-biting finish at West Virginia’s Greenbrier Resort on Sunday, and hoist the King Trophy for the first time.
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Djokovic and Becker part company

The news that Novak Djokovic and Boris Becker were parting company came as a complete surprise when it was revealed some weeks ago. Their partnership had seen the Serb dominate the menŠ—Ès game for the past two years despite his slump in the last six months which saw him finally relinquish the world number one spot to Andy Murray after a 122-week reign.
During the first six months of the year he collected six titles including the Australian and French Open titles but following his success in the French capital, his form deteriorated leaving huge question marks over his current state of mind.
Personal and Family problems were blamed for the loss of focus with Becker admitting that the last six months had been Š—…challengingŠ—È as far as coaching was concerned!

The big question now is whether the Serb will go for another Š—…Super CoachŠ—È to fill the void left by Becker

The addition of a Š—…guruŠ—È, Pepe Imaz (who preaches peace and love) to the Š—…coachingŠ—È team may also have been a contributory factor to the partnership breaking up.
Since ImazŠ—Ès inclusion, Djokoviv won just one title and made two finals.
The big question now is whether the Serb will go for another Š—…Super CoachŠ—È to fill the void left by Becker and whether that would get him back to the levels of performance which saw him win four consecutive grand slam titles!


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His long-term coach Marian Vajda is expected to remain in situ but perhaps restricting his travels to a limited number of events. Imaz is also expected to remain on the team.
Pete Sampras, John McEnroe and Andre Agassi are possible candidates but the one name which looks more likely to be joining the Djokovic coaching staff is his compatriot Nenad Zimonjic.
The 40 year-old is still an active doubles player, is very experienced, a serial winner in his discipline and well respected by Djokovic.
However, by all accounts, there will be no appointment until possibly early next year with Djokovic himself declaring that he would not be looking to work with anyone else for the present.


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The 40 year-old is still an active doubles player, is very experienced, a serial winner in his discipline and well respected by Djokovic.
However, by all accounts, there will be no appointment until possibly early next year with Djokovic himself declaring that he would not be looking to work with anyone else for the present.




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