US Open doubles & mixed? ❌ Andy Murray’s had a change of plan!

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Following his defeat to Richard Gasquet on his singles return in Cincinnati the Brit announced that he would not be playing singles in New York.

He had hoped to hold onto a wildcard for a little longer to make a decision but the USTA had set an announcement date. Due to this Andy had confirmed that he will play doubles and mixed doubles at Flushing Meadows.

He admitted himself he thought about a qualifying wildcard too late to be added to the draw there which is played on a best of three sets basis.

Thursday night saw Andy and Feliciano Lopez come from a set down to see off Jack Sock and Ryan Harrison in three sets and following the match Andy confirmed a change of plan.

Cincinnati will be his last doubles for now as he focuses on his singles comeback with the Brit saying;

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Nick Kyrgios has always been good for tennis and why I hope we see more of his mesmerising brilliance

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Nick Kyrgios’ week in Washington was exceptional. I’m writing this piece on a flight from Orlando to London and is something I really wanted to write following Nick’s week in Washington.

I’ve always loved watching Nick play and what he brings to the court. Some reading this will think I’m condemning some of his bad behaviour on court, I’m not at all and some has been out of order but I’m looking past that.

On Wednesday 31st I got in a little early than expected due to a thunderstorm, turned on my iPad and Nick was playing! As ever it brought a smile to my face, his tennis is mesmerising to watch.

He filled Washington. Say what you like about Nick Kyrgios but he gets bums on seats, he fills stadiums.

He gets a lot of bad press as he doesn’t go about things as others do but he’s doing…

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Rest required; Djokovic joins Federer in missing Montreal!

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The epic Wimbledon final has come at a cost (for tournament directors in Montreal) as the top two in men’s Novák Djokovic and Roger Federer have withdrawn from the Rogers Cup.

Four time champion Djokovic who of course won the battle against Federer at Wimbledon has announced he has withdrawn to recover. Federer a two time champion but not since 2006 announced just after Wimbledon he would skip as expected by Montreal.

Adding to the list is of course no Juan Martin Del Potro who is still recovering from his knee problem and I will be surprised to see if the Argentine makes a return this season. Bizarrely as well he is still on the entrants list for the US Open.

One more withdrawal in the main draw would mean that Grigor Dimitrov who fell to his worst career main draw defeat in Atlanta the other day will be back…

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Simona Halep; “Chill year” 😎 Pre-Season break 🏝 Roland Garros defence ❌ Darren coming back? 🙏🏻 Flag-Bearer 🇹🇩 A medal will do 🏅Horia Tecau 🎾

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Simona Halep is having a chill year, you wouldn’t have thought it.

Wimbledon champion and the holder of the longest residency of active players in the top 10 going back over five years the Romanian has been a bit more chilled this year but that was the plan.

Three major final defeats on the bounce led to massive pressure on herself at Roland Garros last year, Halep put soo much into that tournament and the mental strength she showed was incredible.

Halep admitted during her pre-season for this year she didn’t put in as much work as she normally does. She had more time to herself, family and friends and had fun.

Her Roland Garros didn’t go to plan, her form for the season had been ok. There were issues in her game which needed lining out but the base never goes away.

Halep was blown off the court by…

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Novak Djokovic; taking genius to a new level!

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No one has dominated men’s tennis quite like Novak Djokovic has.

Of course Rafael Nadal’s twelve Roland Garros titles and domination on the clay is impressive as is Roger’s record on grass is very good winning Wimbledon eight times, five of them in a row. He also of course remember won five US Open titles in a row.

However, no one has dominated on a whole picture more than Novak Djokovic.

Everyone has their favourites, I appreciate all three but if you were to take off the rose tinted glasses Novak does stand head and shoulders above the rest.

The current Grand Slam title count is;

Federer – 20
Nadal – 18
Djokovic – 16

Ok, he’s bottom of the pile but have a bigger look.

Novak has won four of the last five majors and since 2011 has one year where he hasn’t won a major title. He has…

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Standing up for what is right, no one does it better than Serena

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4 years ago Serena Williams returned to Indian Wells following a 14 year hiatus from the Californian Desert.

Back in 2001 minutes before her semi-final Venus Williams withdrew from her match with sister Serena. The next day Serena defeated Kim Clijsters in the final in three sets and was booed throughout the whole match. Her dad Richard and Venus were in the crowd and were booed with racist taunts aimed towards them.

They said they would never return to Indian Wells.

In 2015 Serena returned, sister Venus returned in 2016 and last year the two met in what was a win not only for tennis but equality.

Standing for what is right is what these ladies do better than anyone.

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The emotion of her return and cheers she got from the crowd was magnificent and it showed how strong she is and she stood up for what is right and…

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Naomi Osaka v Petra Kvitova – A first Melbourne title and World No.1 ranking on the line

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On Saturday one of Naomi Osaka or Petra Kvitova will win the Australian Open. Neither player has been to the final here in Melbourne before and also the world number one ranking!

For both players it has been a different story getting here.

Naomi Osaka is in back to back major finals having of course won the US Open back in September and for Petra Kvitova this is her first major final for a few years but also her first since that horrific knife attack which almost ended her career.

There are a lot of variables in this one which could determine the outcome, all signs show the roof being open which could benefit Osaka more as it is still set to be quite hot.

The performances of Naomi Osaka over the course of the two weeks have been fantastic. She has been locked in and really impressive and her…

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