Tennis

Ashleigh Barty pulls out of US Open due to COVID-19 fears

Posted on 30 Jul 2020 06:35:26 GMT - tennis

World No. 1 women's tennis player Ash Barty has pulled out of this year's US Open due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

"My team and I have decided that we won't be travelling to the US and Western and Southern Open and the US Open this year," Barty was quoted as saying by the Herald Sun newspaper.

"I love both events so it was a difficult decision but there are still significant risks involved due to COVID-19 and I don't feel comfortable putting my team and I in that position."

"I wish the USTA all the best for the tournaments and look forward to being back in the US next year," she added.

The Australian is the highest profile player so far to pull out of the event which is scheduled to take place in New York from August 31-September 13. The Grand Slam is slated to be held amid a slew of restrictions on player movements and the number of people that accompany them to the venue and on court.

The 24-year-old further said that she is yet to decide if she will defend her French Open championship, with that event rescheduled for late September.

"I will make my decision on the French Open and the surrounding WTA (Women's Tennis Association) European tournaments in the coming weeks," Barty said.

Earlier men's World No.1 Novak Djokovic had said that he is undecided on whether he wants to participate in the US Open or not this year. Djokovic had said that the upsurge in cases in America does not spell well for the US Open.

Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates.

Mid-Day is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@middayinfomedialtd) and stay updated with the latest news

This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

Nick Kyrgios slams Borna Coric over Adria Tour: Do you have rocks in your head?

Posted on 30 Jul 2020 02:47:09 GMT - tennis

Australia tennis star Nick Kyrgios once again trained his guns at a participant who took part in Novak Djokovic's Adria Tour last month. This time, it was Borna Coric, who was slammed by Kyrgios for not paying heed to his comments regarding the ill-fated exhibition event. Coric was one of the top tennis stars who tested positive for COVID-19 after taking part in the Adria Tour. Apart from Coric, Grigor Dimitrov and Viktor Troicki had also tested positive for the virus.

Later, World No. 1 Djokovic had announced that he and his wife were diagnosed with COVID-19 as well. Coric was recently made aware of Kyrgios's criticism and he stated he doesn't care about the Australian's views because of his usual outspoken nature. He also slammed Kyrgios for lashing out at colleague Alexander Zverev but conceded the latter behaved badly after his partying video surfaced on social media.

Borna Coric
Borna Coric

"I read what he wrote, but I don't care," Coric said. "He enjoys being a general after battle. Coming from someone else, I might have understood, but Kyrgios...it's not really realistic. It's his style, he works like that, there is no problem. Zverev behaved badly, but I don't understand the need to criticise a colleague like that. I wouldn't have. But, again, it's Kyrgios," Coric added.

Kyrgios took note of these comments from Coric and took to social media to hit back at the Croatian. His Twitter post read: "You should care. Do you have rocks in your head? Again, you can stand up for your mates. I'm just trying to hold them accountable. When I said what I said, I didn't intend to bother. They are tennis players, they aren't special. Just as I thought Coric intellectual level = 0."

Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates.

Mid-Day is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@middayinfomedialtd) and stay updated with the latest news

This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

Maria Sharapova on mental health after failed drug test: I felt so small

Posted on 29 Jul 2020 02:47:46 GMT - tennis

Russian tennis beauty Maria Sharapova spoke about her mental health issues after she revealed a failed drug test at a press conference held in Los Angeles on March 7, 2016, according to a report in sportsfinding.com. Later, the International Tennis Federation handed her a 15-month ban for taking performance-enhancing drug, meldonium.

In the presser, Maria had said she was taking the drug ever since 2006 and didn't realise that it became a banned substance by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) at the start of 2016.

"After the appearance [press conference], I deleted all the social networks from my phone, to protect myself from opinions and judgments and to stay sane. I have never worried about what people think of me, but suddenly, with what happened, I did start to care. It was very unpleasant to feel so small," the former World No. 1 said in a Movistar+ documentary.

Meanwhile, Maria is grateful to her parents who were by her side during the tough phase. "My mother [Yelena]...spent weeks by my side so that I was accompanied. My father [Yuri] also accompanied me a lot to make sure that nothing went wrong," she added.

Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates.

Mid-Day is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@middayinfomedialtd) and stay updated with the latest news

Tennis babe Agnieszka Radwanska, husband Dawid Celt blessed with first kid

Posted on 29 Jul 2020 01:50:52 GMT - tennis

Former tennis World No.2 Agnieszka Radwanska has given birth to her first child. Radwanska made the announcement on her Instagram handle and shared the first photos of her son Jakub. Her husband Dawid Celt, who was also Radwanska's hitting partner during her days as a player on the WTA tour, also shared a photograph of the couple's newborn son. "Jakub is already with us," he posted on Twitter with a photo of a tiny hand.

Radwanska had documented her pregnancy on Instagram, declaring last Wednesday on the pair's wedding anniversary: "The last anniversary with just the two of us." Radwanska turned professional in April 2005 and won 20 career titles before retiring in November 2018. Radwanska became the first Polish player to win a WTA singles title when she won her maiden tournament Nordea Nordic Light Open in August 2007.

She is also the first Polish player in the Open era to reach the singles final of a Grand Slam tournament, ending runner up to Serena Williams at the 2012 Wimbledon. She was also one half of the first Polish team to win the Hopman Cup tournament.

Injuries hampered her progress towards her late-20s and in November 2018, she announced her retirement from the sport at the age of 29.

Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates.

Mid-Day is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@middayinfomedialtd) and stay updated with the latest news

This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

Here's how Rafael Nadal overcame lockdown blues

Posted on 28 Jul 2020 01:34:08 GMT - tennis

Spain's tennis champion Rafael Nadal recently revealed how he beat the Coronavirus-caused lockdown blues.

Nadal, 34, during a Facebook live session, said that having a routine during the pandemic helped him keep the stress away.

"I have found routines at home," the 19-time Grand Slam champion said. "Gym machines were sent to me from the academy. And I cooked almost every day," the former World No. 1 added. "I also read, watched documentaries and learned things."

Nadal touched upon his pre and post-match diet routines. "The routine is very similar. You don't want to take risks with your food. [I have] pasta, white rice and fish before a game. I also drink energy drinks to stay hydrated and fit for battle," the Spaniard explained. The ultra-energetic tennis great also communicated on social media with his fierce rival Roger Federer during the lockdown.

Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates.

Mid-Day is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@middayinfomedialtd) and stay updated with the latest news

'It's creeping me out': Naomi Osaka upset for being criticised on swimsuit pictures

Posted on 27 Jul 2020 07:49:58 GMT - tennis

Rising tennis star Naomi Osaka has said that she is "creeped out" by fans who urge her to maintain her "innocent image" in apparent response to social media comments on her being pictured in swimwear.

"I just wanna say it's creeping me out how many people are commenting at me to maintain my "innocent image" and "don't try to be someone your not"," Osaka said in a tweet.

"You don't know me, I'm 22, I wear swimsuits to the pool. Why do you feel like you can comment on what I can wear?" she added.

This post from the Japanese came in response to comments from fans who critised her after she posted a series images of herself in swimwear and other modeling poses in recent weeks.

In May this year, Osaka had become the highest paid female athlete in the world, topping American great Serena Williams.

According to the Forbes magazine, Osaka had earned $37.4 million in the last 12 months from prize money and endorsements, $1.4 million more than Williams, setting an all-time earnings record for a female athlete in a single year. Maria Sharapova previously held the record with $29.7 million in 2015.

Osaka, a two-time Grand Slam champion, ranks No. 29 on the 2020 Forbes list of the world's 100 top-paid athletes while Williams is No. 33.

Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates.

Mid-Day is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@middayinfomedialtd) and stay updated with the latest news

This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

Simona Halep out of Palermo Open due to COVID-19

Posted on 27 Jul 2020 05:02:24 GMT - tennis

Palermo: Second-ranked Simona Halep withdrew from next month's Palermo Ladies Open on Sunday following a quarantine ordinance issued by Italy's health ministry.

"Given the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Romania and my anxieties around international air travel at this time, I have made the tough decision to withdraw from Palermo," Halep tweeted.

"I want to thank the tournament director and the Italian ministry of health for all efforts on my behalf," she added.

Meanwhile, former doubles No.1 Samantha Stosur said she will take the rest the year off after her partner gave birth to the couple's first child last month. "With the schedule coming up, with COVID-19, with quarantine and with all the other things that you're going to have to deal with, I've decided to take the rest of the year off," Stosur said.

Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates.

Mid-Day is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@middayinfomedialtd) and stay updated with the latest news

This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

Andy Murray, Joanna Konta to feature in Battle of Brits Team Tennis tournament

Posted on 24 Jul 2020 08:25:44 GMT - tennis

Former World Number 1 Andy Murray and current British No.1 Joanna Konta are set to participate in the Battle of Brits Team Tennis tournament, which is being organised by Jamie Murray. The format of the tournament will see two teams competing at the National Tennis Centre July 27 onwards.

Murray is part of the Union Jacks team which is led by captains Judy Murray and Greg Rusedski while Konta is part of the British Bulldog team which will be captained by Anne Keothavong and Leon Smith. Murray had, last month, also taken part in another exhibition tournament but had to pull out of the third-place play-off. This was the first event Murray featured following a seven-month long injury gap.

He had recently also opened the door for his participation at this year's US Open despite the ongoing coronavirus crisis. It was announced in June that the US Open will be held according to its original schedule from August 31 with the Cincinnati Open being held at the Flushing Meadows before that from August 22.

"I would go and play provided that we are given the assurance that it'll be safe to go," Murray was quoted as saying by Daily Mail.

Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates.

Mid-Day is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@middayinfomedialtd) and stay updated with the latest news

This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

Serena Williams and daughter among new women's football team owners

Posted on 23 Jul 2020 02:35:25 GMT - tennis

A group of celebrities led by Hollywood star Natalie Portman has founded a women's professional football team set to debut in 2022, the women's Pro Soccer League said on Tuesday.

Big names involved in the effort include tennis megastar Serena Williams, as well as Hollywood stars Jessica Chastain, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera and Jennifer Garner.

Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman

The founding investor group includes Serena's young daughter Olympia, two, and several former US women's national team players including Mia Hamm, Lauren Cheney Holiday and Abby Wambach. Gaming entrepreneur Julie Uhrman will be the franchise president.

Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates.

Mid-Day is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@middayinfomedialtd) and stay updated with the latest news

This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

Novak Djokovic returns to training after recovering from COVID-19

Posted on 20 Jul 2020 03:41:54 GMT - tennis

World No 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic has returned to training after recovering from coronavirus.

Boris Bosnjakovic, the head coach at the Novak Tennis Centre in Belgrade posted pictures on his Instagram handle of the Serbian going through the motions, alongwith compatriot Filip Krajinovic.

Djokovic was one of several tennis players who tested positive for COVID-19 during his Adria World Tour. The 17-time Grand Slam winner attracted criticism for the lack of social distancing measures through the course of the tournament, which ended up producing a cluster of cases.

Djokovic apologised for the same while announcing that he and his girlfriend had tested positive for the disease that has brought almost all professional sport to a standstill in most parts of the world at various points of the year.

He was however subjected to severe criticism from a number of quarters. A lot of players supported him too, with French veteran Gilles Simon criticising the media for what he saw as unfair treatment meted out to Djokovic when compared with Swiss great Roger Federer.

"I knew Roger would step up to the plate when there were discussions on the prize money of the Grand Slams a while ago," he told L'Equipe. "But the impression I have is that we lost him on the way, that the representation of the players does not matter to him. If there is a voice that carries, it is his.

"I see Djokovic like any human being, with his strengths and flaws. But with Roger Federer, we only talk about his strengths. With Novak a" only about his flaws. It would annoy everyone if Djokovic breaks Federer's records. It angers people that he (Djokovic) is so strong.

"It can also be seen in the crowd, on the court, in the Australian Open final. The anger against Novak is a huge mistake. Much of the public doesn't consider him as (important as) Roger or Rafa (Nadal)."

Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates.

Mid-Day is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@middayinfomedialtd) and stay updated with the latest news

This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

Stan Wawrinka and Garbine Muguruza's similar background pics spark dating rumours

Posted on 17 Jul 2020 06:15:37 GMT - tennis

Swiss tennis ace Stan Wawrinka, 35, is rumoured to be dating former World No. 1 Spanish-Venezuelan Garbine Muguruza, 26, after the two spent time together in Geneva, Switzerland during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last month, Stan Instagrammed a picture of them together after a training session and captioned it: "Hot and humid with Mugu." Garbine too shared pictures and videos of them training in Switzerland. According to a report in New York Post, social media users are indicating that they are in a relationship because even though Garbine posted a solo image on Instagram, she geotagged Stan's native country. The image Garbine posted was in a her yellow bikini. She captioned it: "Little moments like this #sundayvibes #domingosalsol."

Split

Recently, a Twitter user shared the above pictures of both tennis stars similarities in background showing similarities in background and wrote: "1) Dark edging tiles, lighter surround 2) Infinity edge 3) Rolling hills, mountains in the distance. Coincidence?"

An online user replied: "Stan will be dancing Reggaeton & Salsa music by the end of the month." Another wrote: "So Muguruza and Wawrinka are a couple now?" Meanwhile, a third user said: "Garbi Muguruza and Stan Wawrinka: the couple I didn't know I needed."

Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates.

Mid-Day is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@middayinfomedialtd) and stay updated with the latest news

Caroline Wozniacki just loves luxury watches with diamonds

Posted on 15 Jul 2020 02:50:20 GMT - tennis

Danish tennis ace Caroline Wozniacki has revealed that she loves collecting luxury watches, especially ones which have diamonds. In an interview with Haute Time magazine, Caroline, who is a brand ambassador of Rolex, spoke about some of her favourite memories associated with her watches.

When asked about what she looks for before choosing a wrist watch, she replied: "I always look for something that is unique and special. I love something that can go from day to night, so I can dress it up or dress it down. My first watch I ever got was a stainless steel Daytona, which is still one of my favourites. Actually, I love this watch with the diamonds. I am very big into diamonds. For women, it adds that something extra."

Davisd Lee
David Lee

She also disclosed how her basketball star hubby David Lee loves the watch she gifted him on their anniversary. "I gave to David this watch [18K white gold] as a present for our anniversary. It was a very special gift and I have it engraved on the back. He loves it and he wears it all the time," she added.

Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates.

Mid-Day is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@middayinfomedialtd) and stay updated with the latest news

Map