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Nick Kyrgios’ Impressive Win Against Rafael Nadal

Nick Kyrgios only played his 6th match in 2019 before he faced Rafael Nadal in the Acapulco ATP 500 on Wednesday evening. Kyrgios certainly made up for lost time when he upset the top seed of the tournament in an electrifying 3-hour match in glorious fashion.

The curious factor about the match is that the action most witnessed as unsporting or inflammatory weren’t the kind of defenceless transgressions that have earned Nick Kyrgios notoriety.

The Controversial Bits of the Match

The controversial bits that occurred during the match on Wednesday evening were an injury timeout during the second and first sets. The underarm serves Kyrgios attempted, and a complaint regarding the amount of time Rafael Nadal took between points which occurred during the third set.

Nadal fumed after the game, stating to reports: Nick is someone that has enormous talent on the court. He can easily win several Grand Slams and battle it out for the top position. However, there’s a good reason why he is still ranked at number 72 in the world. He merely lacks respect for his rivals, for the public, and more importantly, towards himself.”

Rafael Nadal, who never actually criticises other players in public, was merely giving voice to the opinions shared by other tennis players and fans. Kyrgios is a careless, aggressive player who usually lacks a filter. Nick has treated highly regarded players with insolence and failed horribly to provide his best effort. He has also been known to make disparaging remarks regarding his profession — this all taking place while still reaping the rewards when it comes to his lavish lifestyle.

The Match Between Nadal and Kyrgios

Kyrgios managed to suck up all the oxygen from the match, and there’s no doubt that it irritated Nadal from start to finish. Nadal managed to win the first set before taking a timeout for injury. This is quite a common feature in tennis these days. Nick informed the trainer that he had lower back pain and was feeling sick. A microphone managed to catch him stating that if he decided to quit the media would blow it out of proportion.

Kyrgios managed to fight back during the match after the first set. During the third set, he attempted an underarm serve to take full advantage of the return position of Nadal deep in his court. The gamble provided a double fault along with a contentious debate over Twitter. Most regard the underarm serve as being unsporting. However, it does not violate the rules of the game in any way. Several players have attempted it before Kyrgios as well.

The final aspect of the match was the third-set complaint by Kyrgios regarding Nadal’s slow speed of play. Nadal enjoys using the full 25 seconds. However, Kyrgios possesses a fast pace when he serves. The rule of tennis state that plays must proceed at the speed of the server. So, although Kyrgios won the match, it’s the last thing fans thought about after the game.

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Andy Murray Could Play Again

Andy Murray is currently recuperating from his recent hip surgery, while his mother believes he still has a good chance of making a return to tennis. Murray, the two-time Wimbledon champion, announced at the Australian Open last month that he would participate in the first major tournament for the season but might never be able to enjoy the game again. He was defeated during the first round before he had hip resurfacing surgery approximately two weeks ago.

Judy Murray

Judy Murray, the former coach and mother to Andy Murray, informed reporters that she doesn’t believe her son is done with tennis just yet.

“I don’t believe we know anything for sure. I doubt anyone does,” Judy stated at the Rio Open, considered the biggest tennis competitions in South America. “However, I know for a fact that he would do anything he can to have another shot at playing again.

“I believe he had the same hip surgery as Bob Bryan following the US Open, and he was able to play doubles again during the Australian Open. Although doubles is a very different game when compared to singles. All we can do now is wait and see.”

When Andy Murray made his unexpected announcement before the Australian Open. He stated that he would love to keep playing tennis until Wimbledon. A competition that he has managed to win in 2013 to make him the first British champ at the All England Club in over 70 years.

Murray also managed to win at Wimbledon in 2016 as well as two Olympic gold medals and one US Open title. Andy Murray was ranked number 1 for a total of 41 weeks.

Judy Murray, who was speaking at the Jockey Club after receiving an invite to the ATP tournament, stated that she believes her son is still fighting with the idea that he will never play again. If he sees an opportunity, he will definitely take it, she stated.

“I believe he will. However, I think he is well aware that it could not be possible,” she stated. “He’s an intelligent guy and has loads of interests in various things, giving him loads of other options in life apart from tennis. However, the most important thing is that he is completely pain free after dealing with it for more than 20 months. Andy Murray also has a young family and he needs to think of his life quality as well.”

Andy Murray

Andy Murray stated that overtraining when he was younger might have caused the recent operation, including the removal of a damaged bone as well as cartilage from his right hip socket which was replaced with a metal shell. His mother managed to coach both her sons in their earlier years. However, she doesn’t agree with Andy that too much practice was the main cause for his surgery. She did a fantastic job with her boys as both managed to excel in tennis. Let’s hope this is not the end for Andy Murray.

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Serena’s Dominance at the Australian Open

Serena Williams has only spent an hour and 59 minutes on center court during the Australian Open’s first two rounds. During the first round against Tatjana Maria, she spent a total of 49 minutes on center court, and during the second round against Eugenie Bouchard, she spent a total of 70 minutes on center court. The seven-time Australian Open champion has only faced three break points and has yet to drop a set, winning 81% of her first serves.

While Simona Halep, the current world number 1, is spending her news conferences after the match discussing how difficult it is to recover from two hour long matches, Williams is spending very little time discussing tennis at all which is primarily due to the fact that she hasn’t played a lot of tennis in this tournament, to begin with.

Serena Williams at the Australian Open

Williams commented that during the day, she has chosen to reply to emails in relation to her next collection adding, “I was playing a match this evening which meant I wouldn’t spend a lot of time with my daughter as I won’t be able to see her this evening,” Williams stated, following her second match victory. During the news conference, Williams also stated on the type of boss she is, including involved, hands-on, and opinionated but very open to suggestions. She truly believes that she can do it all and believes motherhood has managed to teach her how to delegate.

When reporters asked her about her next opponent, Williams simply replied stating: “This is a job for Patrick to inform me all about her. I will take my next opponent very seriously as she is here to win. It’s the only reason she got this far in the tournament.”

Yastremska was the highest seed that Williams had to face in the Australian Open so far, and the fact that she is speeding through her matches is far less headline worthy. Instead, she is giving the media what they want, a tennis player that is here to win. However, watching her dominancy during the second round over a player that most believed would be able to beat Williams was a reminder of something completely different: how remarkable Williams has been over her two decade reign, even against others that are as brilliant as Eugenie Bouchard.

Eugenie Bouchard

Five years ago, Eugenie Bouchard was considered the best in tennis. During her 2014 season, Bouchard made the semifinal in both the French Open and Australian Open as well as the Wimbledon final. She managed to land sponsorship deals and magazine covers and was regarded as the next big superstar in tennis. However, due to struggling from injuries, as well as a lack of motivation, she hasn’t been able to see a semi-final in the Slam since. However, she’s not alone either.

The list of next-big-things, former number 1’s, and Grand Slam champions have all been forgotten while Williams continues to dominate the sport.

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Andy Murray Is Set To Retire in 2019

Andy Murray struggled, but eventually suffered an unexpected first-round exit on what might be his final appearance at the world-renowned Australian Open after his defeat at the hands of Roberto Bautista Agut on Monday in Melbourne.


Andy Murray, the three-time Grand Slam winner, who recently announced his plans to retire from tennis this season due to an 18-month battle with his hip, was struggling during his match against Bautista Agut but managed to rally and save the match by claiming tiebreaks in both the third and fourth sets.


When the match approached the 4-hour mark, Bautista Agut managed to secure consecutive breaks in the decider to claim a dominant 5-1 lead. Andy Murray enjoyed a standing ovation when he came out to serve which was possibly the last time in his career. He then managed to save a match point before holding an ace. However, there was no way back for the three-time Grand Slam winner this time, as Agut claimed the next 4 points to enjoy a phenomenal victory.


Chatting after the match on court, Murray didn’t state that he would be retiring which indicated that he might have another hip surgery to further prolong his tennis career.


“I’ve certainly loved playing in the Australian Open over the years,” Murray stated. “If this is indeed my last match, it’s an incredible way to end. I gave it my all but unfortunately, it wasn’t good enough this evening, so congratulations to Bautista Agut.


“Perhaps I’ll see him again. I’ll definitely do everything I can to try. If I want to continue playing, I will need to have a huge operation which doesn’t offer any guarantees that will allow me to come back. However, I’ll do my best.”


Andy Murray’s Final Match


Andy Murray, a finalist in the Australian Open for a total of five times, came under pressure during the fifth game. However, it took Bautista Agut nine games during the first set to finally break him. Murray couldn’t convert 2 breakpoint possibilities during the second set and looked like he was struggling. Even though he maintained competitiveness, Murray started hobbling between points as Agut managed to break again during the fifth game.


Murray managed to continue serving well, finishing the game with a total of 19 aces. However, he suffered even more pressure at 4-4 during the third. During the fourth set, Murray had to fight hard to hold his position, producing his best gameplay of the match. However, during the fifth set, you could see it was Murray’s final stand while the crowd stood up to honour his effort as he said goodbye to the world of tennis at the Australian Open.


Even though this is the first exit from Murray during the first round of a tennis major since the Australian Open in 2008, it was the very first time he managed to play for more than 4 hours since the French Open semi-finals in 2017.

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As 2019 Begins, Wawrinka, Murray, and Nadal Struggle To Make Progress


Stan Wawrinka, Andy Murray, and Rafael Nadal are preparing to challenge Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in 2019. However, even through their ambitions aren’t being compromised, there bodies definitely are.

All three tennis stars dealt with major injuries that reduced their effectiveness and playing time in 2018. Rafael Nadal, who was ranked number 1 for most of 2018, managed to hit phenomenal high notes. However, his year was severely compromised when he retired in both the US Open and the Australian Open.

The return of a replenished Wawrinka and half the Big Four should be a cause for celebration. However, so far, tennis enthusiasts have had to settle for cautiously articulated hopes and sober injury updates.

Rafael Nadal in 2019

“I started again 2 weeks ago and will be taking small steps in 2019.” Nadal informed reporters at the World Tennis Championship in Mubadala, a prestigious exhibition situated in Abu Dhabi, a couple of days ago. “I’m ensuring that I move forward as oppose to taking a few steps back this year. I am well aware that I have enough time to be on 100% in Melbourne.”

Nadal was defeated by Kevin Anderson during his debut in Abu Dhabi and then retired from the third-place match.

“I wish to do everything step by step,” Nadal stated. “I managed to spend more time on the court that I realized.”

The defeat means very little on the surface. However, the match lasted less than two hours which is nothing compared to the battle he will face in Melbourne. Rafael Nadal is a prudent man, but might be stumbling on the side of caution. On the other hand, his punishing style and age (32) as a pro for the last decade is finally catching up.

Melbourne has never been a pleasure for Nadal which is a pattern that began long before Roger Federer defeated him in the final at the beginning of 2017. The least productive major for Nadal is undoubtably the Australian Open even though he managed to play some of the best matches there.

Andy Murray in 2019

Murray might have more to be concerned about in 2019 due to the nature of his injury. Any hopes that the tennis star had for a quick and full recovery after undergoing a hip surgery was quickly lost last summer and he hasn’t made a lot of progress since either.

“There’s still loads of pain in my hip. However, I need to play a few matches to see how it feels. Once I can play around 5 matches in a row, we will see what the future holds,” Murray told several reporters as he started preparing for his debit in 2019 at Brisbane. “I merely want to get through my tournaments and compete without being restricted by my hip.”

Murray started his comeback in mid-2018 but ended his run in September where he finished 7-5 for the year. He is currently ranked 256 in the world.

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Why Final-Set Tiebreakers in Tennis Are a Problem and a Solution


The decision from Tennis Australia to go with a tie-breaker of 10 points at the start of the Australian Open in 2019 is very innovative. However, it impairs an already amazing lack of consistency among the tournaments in the Grand Slam. It also makes the scoring system more confusing to tennis fans that don’t watch on a constant basis.

The 10-point system, also referred to as the ‘Super-Tiebreaker’, is nearly identical to the 7-point system which is currently used to determine a set when matches reach 6-all. It’s also used during a third-set in doubles when it comes to matches in the ATP World Tour. The only difference is that the overall winner is required to reach 10 points as opposed to 7 points by a margin of 2.

Tennis Australia’s Decision

Tennis Australia, in a statement, splendidly declared that their decision was made following one of the most extensive consultations in the history of the tournament with officials, analysts, agents, and players. Is the confusion created behind this decision worth the difference it will have on the court or are the Aussies simply trying to reclaim the high ground they so cherish?

In the statement, Craig Tiley, the tournament director of the Australian Open, stated: “We decided on the 10-point tiebreak system at 6 games all during the final set, ensuring fans will still be able to get a phenomenal finale to these frequent epic events, with the longer tiebreaker still providing that one final change or twist of momentum at the end of the tournament. The extended tiebreaker will also assist in lessening the serving dominance that prevails during the shorter tiebreak.”

Well, if the target is to provide a final twist in the tournament, why not increase it to a 12 or 14-point tiebreaker? There’s actually no end to this. The tiebreaker itself is the last twist to end the match. However, the larger problem is there is no consistency when you look at the Grand Slams.

The French Open and US Open

The only major where the final set is still played until one player wins by 2 games is the French Open. The US Open has managed to use the 7-point tiebreaker for decades when the final set produces 6-all. In October earlier this year, Wimbledon stated that they will start using the 7-point tiebreaker during the final sets in 2019. However, this will only occur when the score manages to reach 12-all in matches.

Although the French Open clay courts are conducive to long matches and rallies, the soft surface doesn’t punish a player’s joints when compared to the hard courts and it also doesn’t need as much bending and lunging as grass. Paris weather is also quite cool which is another plus. There hasn’t been any outcry in Paris for a longer final-set tiebreaker either. The players seem quite content with the US Open tiebreaker but that’s only because they had time to get used to it over the years.

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The Best Male Tennis Players for 2018


The 2018 season of tennis concluded a couple of days ago when Novak Djokovic was defeated by Alexander Zverev in London to claim a win at the ATP World Tour Finals. The 2018 season had everything, with loads of entertaining matches. The Big 3 managed to assert their dominance during the Grand Slams, a couple of unexpected tennis players climbed the ranks, and a couple of big players managed to fall further than we expected.

While the Australian Open was won by Roger Federer at the start of 2018, the French Open was won by Rafael Nadal, at the US Open and Wimbledon titles was claimed by Novak Djokovic. This allowed Djokovic to finish in the number 1 position for 2018 even though he was ranked as 22nd overall in June. Let’s take a look at the best tennis players for 2018.

Novak Djokovic

After an awful first half of the 2018 season, no one anticipated that Djokovic would be able to qualify for the World Tour Finals. He lost against Chung in the fourth round of the Australian Open and during the quarters by Cechinato in the French Open along with many other shocks by lower ranked players. However, he managed to turn things around during the second half of the year, claiming his third Wimbledon title and the Cincinnati Open. He also won the Shanghai Masters and the Paris Masters.

Rafael Nadal

Even though he missed all the tournaments following the US Open, Nadal is still ranked the second best player in the world. This is due to winning his eleventh French Open, the Barcelona title, and two Masters titles in Rome and Monte-Carlo. He managed to hold onto the number one title for most of the year until Djokovic defeated him during the Wimbledon Championships.

Roger Federer

Although he hasn’t been on top form for most of the year, Federer still managed to claim 4 titles which included one Grand Slam. He started the year by claiming the Australian Open and winning at Rotterdam, providing the number 1 spot once again. However, he soon lost this title during the Indian Wells as well as Miami. He was also shocked during the Wimbledon quarters and again in the US Open fourth round against John Millman.

Juan Martin del Potro

It’s quite unfortunate that del Porto had to sit out during the World Tour Finals as he recovered from an injury. We believe the tournament would have been quite different if he participated. He still had a phenomenal year as he reached the French Open semi-finals and the Wimbledon quarterfinals. He also managed to reach the final during the US Open only to be defeated by Djokovic.

Alexander Zverev

This exceptional German managed to continue his incredible run from 2017. However, he wanted to perform much better during the Grand Slams in 2018. His best result was during the French Open when he reached the quarterfinals. He also performed quite well during the 500s and Masters.

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The Best Tennis Shoes in 2018

Play a game of tennis, and you will quickly understand that it involves more than just simply hitting a ball. Tennis is an extremely physical game that requires loads of movement and speed where your feet takes a significant amount of abuse while running around on the court. When playing in regular trainers, you will quickly realise the wear and tear after a few sessions.

It’s for this very reason that we highly recommend getting tennis shoes if you are serious about the game. However, which tennis shoes should you buy? Fortunately, we tested a wide range of tennis shoes to help you make a more informed decision and listed the top rated tennis shoes below for your convenience.

Diadora Speed Blushield Fly AG – $140

These remarkable tennis shoes are the complete package. They feature a small angle bootie, supporting and protecting both your ankle and heel. They are also extremely comfortable once you lace them up. The show cushion is perfect, providing a soft plush insole and comes equipped with a padded tongue for superb comfort. The shoe sole is developed specifically for hard or clay court surfaces, offering sensational grip when you change direction. They are extremely comfortable and lightweight as well.

New Balance 996 V3 Tournament – $134

New Balance is renowned for creating beautiful footwear. The 996 V2 received a phenomenal makeover in 2018 and looks better than ever, to be honest. The upper knit completely wraps around your foot, creating a comfortable, flexible feeling, while the padded heel provides remarkable ankle support. The sole is low profile, offering fantastic traction when changing direction.

Yonex Power Cushion Eclipsion 2 – $138

This tennis shoe is well-built and sturdy, supporting your feet perfectly in all the right places. The shock absorption on the court, created by the Power Cushion, is definitely noticeable and the company claims that there will be at least a 25% increase on the original model. The lace pattern and the elasticated tongue will offer sensational stability and keep your foot firmly in the show at all times. You will also experience incredible traction when making directional changes on the court.

Adidas Barricade Boost – $165

These tennis shoes are widely known for their stability and durability on the court for several decades when it comes to tennis. It’s worth mentioning that these shoes provided the most durability from all the tennis shoes listed in this section. We tested them on several surfaces over multiple weeks, and the wear was very minimal. The 2018 edition is more comfortable and lighter than previous models and comes equipped with an added boost for better overall performance.

Asics Gel Solution Speed 3 – $153

These tennis shoes weigh a mere 331grams, making them super lightweight when compared to other tennis shoes in this section. The shoes come equipped with gel cushioning, making them extremely soft on the heel for added comfort. The only downside is that your feet might get a little sweaty due to the gel solution incorporated into the shoe.

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The Best Tennis Racquets of 2018

A tennis racquet is essentially just an extension of your arm. Choosing a tennis racquet greatly depends on your skill level. For instance, a beginner will need to look for an improved racquet to further develop their stroke, while an intermediate player will look for a racquet that will help them win more games by primarily going for a racquet that will play to their strengths.

On the other hand, advanced players will have the most freedom when it comes to choosing a racquet as they have the experience and have been playing for years. Advanced players will look for a racquet that perfectly suits their playing style as well as their unique weaknesses and strengths. Below you will find the best tennis racquets for 2018 which are categorised for beginners, intermediates, and advanced tennis players.

Beginner Tennis Racquets

Babolat Drive 115 – This is a terrific option for beginners as it offers a larger head size, giving a bigger sweet spot, which makes it more forgiving when ground strokes are taken. Power and spin comes easily, and it makes it easier when volleying.

Wilson Ultra 108 – This is the perfect choice for club and recreational players who want the most out of their tennis session. Plenty of power and easy manoeuvrability, combined with a bigger sweet spot, will provide a phenomenal experience.

Wilson Hope Lite – This is a perfect racquet for beginners due to its lightweight and over-sized head. It plays quite smoothly and is extremely forgiving when you don’t hit the ball 100% thanks to the bigger sweet spot.

Intermediate Tennis Racquets

Babolat Drive Lite – This is a very user-friendly racquet which provides loads of speed along with easy acceleration. It is ideal for intermediate players, but beginners will also find it quite appealing. The Cortex system together with the Woofer technology will minimise vibrations and offer a lively and smooth feel.

Wilson Burn 100S – This racquet offers fantastic comfort from the baseline. It accelerates quite smoothly and is fairly powerful. Those with two-handed backhands will greatly appreciate the shaft, featuring increased feel and leverage.

Head Graphene Touch Instinct S – This racquet absorbs shock extremely well along with reduced vibration due to the Graphene material. It also offers a huge sweet spot and loads of power and manoeuvring.

Advanced Tennis Racquets

Wilson Blade 98 Countervail – This racquet offers a low, dampened vibration feel along with loads of spin and power, making it one of the best racquets for advanced players that want to dominate directly from the serve.

Babolat Pure Drive Wimbledon Edition – This is the perfect choice for intermediate and advanced tennis players. It provides fantastic control and power, which is vital for any baseline player. It’s also highly recommended as its one of the most user-friendly racquets currently available.

Wilson Pro Staff RF97 – This racquet provides a classic feel due to its thin leather grip and includes a braided graphite layout along with a light head balance. There’s a reason this racquet is used by Roger Federer as its one of the best on the market.

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Wimbledon 2018 Update

Currently, Wimbledon 2018 is on day five of the highly anticipated tennis tournament. Although, day five has held more shocking revelations and results that viewers were not expecting in the least. Despite the events of day five, Nick Kyrgios is still the leading name in headlines while Serena Williams alongside Roger Federer is gaining momentum in the courts during their spectacular and attention-grabbing matches.

Here are the top five events that happened on day five of Wimbledon

1. Roger Federer impresses the spectators against the match with Jan-Lennard Struff

All through this Wimbledon, Roger Federer has been impressing people left and right with his flawless skill on the court. It also seemed too flawless since no matter what the German native, Struff threw at Federer – he always seemed to have the best reaction. While the Swiss player, Federer needed another hour and 34 minutes to win the match, he seemed to be bouncing with excitement as he increased his ongoing winning streak to 29 during this Wimbledon.

2. Venus Williams is the latest tennis star to fall short during the tournament

During this year Wimbledon tournament, Venus Williams, Serena’s Williams sister who was another top seed has fallen out of the tournament. Meaning that currently, after Venus Williams fell out, eight out of the top 10 seed players in the women’s singles did not make it through the last 16. A former Aussie semi-finalist has commented on this development by stating that one of the major reason for this is due to the players not having adequate planning when the match isn’t going as desired. While Venus may be out of the Wimbledon, the other Williams sister, Serena is still in the competition.

3. Serena Williams is Showing Constant Improvement

While her competition may be falling behind, Serena is showing that she knew how to hold her own in a competition. Trough each one of her matches, she is showing that she definitely deserves her place as one of the higher level seeds in the tournament. Despite doing so well, Serena has commented that her making it to the round of 16 twice during the competition is not a bad deal. Although, the star player knows that she can do better if she tries a bit harder and pushes herself a bit more.

4. Serena Williams makes her way into the fourth round

As Wimbledon reaches its fifth day, the fourth round of matches is ending. While Williams is playing a singles woman match during this year’s tournament, she is becoming one of the few remaining as eight of the top ten has already been dropped. Williams other competition, such as the doubles matches with Cameron Norrie and Jay Clark. While the duo may not have been as successful as originally planned, watching them stay energised during a five-hour match proved to be one of the most exciting parts of day five.

5. Nick Kyrgios is the Headliner of the Day

During last year’s Wimbledon, Kyrgios caused a bit of online controversy due to his harsh remarks. The same behaviour is taking place this year as the player, he has received a code violation for using foul language, has been in a heated twitter exchanged against James Keothavong. Despite this, not much has been happening with the player as he awaits his next match.

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