Discussion in 'Other Sports' started by Rabbits 21, Jan 10, 2019.
ash barty up 1 set in the final
Disappointed for Ash losing as I felt it was her time, but she still did good making another Sydney International Grand Final. Hopefully she goes well at the Aussie Open!
De Minaur won the first set of the Final in the Sydney International!
De Minaur wins the Sydney International at only 19 years old!
I’d call it a stupid system.
GO ALEX DE MINAUR!!!!!
GO ALEX DE MINAUR!!!!!
He isn’t happy though he has to back up for Monday at 3pm for his first round match, he said the tournament directors and that should be looking after locals.
It’s very true though I think, other countries look after their own.
Shame for Ash but Kvitova was good too strong and her experience got her home.
Ash will only get better, her time will come.
If she makes fourth round she has a potential match against Wozniacki and then if she won that a quarter against Kvitova.
On another note Kyrgios believes he can be in the top 10 in world by end of year.
No chance I say. He doesn’t have the work ethic, attitude/temperament.
Hopefully Alex goes into the 2nd week but he hasn't have the game. Yes - he''s a boxer - he runs for every point! F'n class! that fella
It’ll be bloody tough against Nadal if he makes the third round.
He will learn a lot more Alex I’d say from playing Nadal, if he could pinch a set off Nadal if they meet that would be great.
I’m so pumped as it starts tomorrow but due to work I won’t catch much tomorrow.
de minaur and barty won today
Poor Petkovic. Hope she makes a full recovery.
Bernard Tomic unleashes bitter spray at Australian Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt
Bernard Tomic made a series of scathing accusations against Aussie Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt, lighting a fuse on Australian tennis.
JANUARY 15, 2019 - 12:29 AM
Australian tennis is on the verge of exploding again after Bernard Tomic unloaded on Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt in an extraordinary post-match tirade.
Tomic was bundled out in straight sets against World No. 6 Marin Cilic, 6-2 6-4 7-6 in a match that lasted just over two hours.
The 26-year-old world No. 88 was in a chirpy mood after the defeat and spoke with a broad grin across his face as he poured fuel on his rift with Hewitt and Tennis Australia.
Tomic made a series of sensational accusations against Hewitt, including:
— A suggestion Hewitt has been promoting Aussie players in the Davis Cup team that have a link to the management company he has a partial ownership stake in.
— A claim that fellow Aussie stars Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios are also boycotting the team while Lleyton remains captain.
— A claim that the Aussie Cup Davis Cup system has become broken under Hewitt’s leadership; and
— A demand that Hewitt must be replaced by a new captain who is more like former Aussie Davis Cup captain Wally Masur.
Tomic’s dramatic press conference lasted only five minutes before an Australian Open media official shut it down.
Bernard Tomic lit a Davis Cup fuse.
The former top 20 player left the room with a grin and joked on the way out that he wanted reporters to “have fun with that.”
“We have a lot of issues that not a lot of players are happy about,” Tomic said when first asked if he expects to play Davis Cup this year.
“The players that I have spoken to aren’t. Myself, Kokkinakis, Kyrgios. I think once that sort of gets resolved we’ll see. I stand by my call a couple years ago. I knew something was wrong in the Davis Cup. And now there is Kokkinakis and Nick as well who aren’t playing because they have issues with some people. Hopefully that can be arranged and the best players can be playing for Australia.”
It comes less than a week after a bombshell report Kokkinakis has also fallen out with Hewitt over a selection snub.
Kokkinakis referred to the report as “bulls****” on the eve of the Open.
Tomic said he, Kyrgios and Kokkinakis will only consider returning to play Davis Cup when “the best players in Australia” are being selected to play the singles rubbers.
“It just sucks to see some of the people who are there doing the wrong things,” he said.
“I think we all know who those people are. Hopefully it can be resolved and the best players can be playing. Until then, the person that’s there isn’t letting the players play.”
When asked to clarify his position, he unloaded on Hewitt.
Lleyton Hewitt was in Tomic’s crosshairs.
He also took an extraordinary pot shot at Hewitt for playing himself in Davis Cup doubles rubbers at the expense of younger players.
“It’s all Lleyton. I’m going to say it honestly. No one likes him any more,” Tomic said.
“He’s doing the wrong thing. He’s playing Davis Cup. I thought he’d retired. He’s playing all these matches and stuff like that.
“Absolutely, Kokkinakis, Kyrgios, we don’t want to play anymore because he’s ruined it. He’s ruined the system. Like, go away. I thought he’d retired, like, why are you still in tennis? Why do you still play all these doubles tournaments?”
His most dramatic accusation was a suggestion there is a conspiracy in the Davis Cup camp to favour players who belong to Hewitt’s management company.
“It’s funny all these players who got wildcards under our system, I think it’s guys like (Alex) Bolt … They’re all under his wing so he gets a percentage of that,” Tomic said.
“It’s a conflict of interest and I think that’s terrible. Am I right or am I wrong?
“They’re all under his wing, under the management company. So it’s all a conflict of interest. The more they make here, the more he takes. You know what he’s doing and I think it’s wrong.
“He’s in Davis Cup and he’s doing the wrong thing and we don’t want to play anymore. I hope he can get moved and we can go back to having a good captain.”
Bernard Tomic talks tactics with Hewitt in a previous Davis Cup.
Tomic said fellow disgruntled Aussie players have told him Hewitt has not put them first.
“He doesn’t put the players first, from what I’ve heard in the past year,” Tomic said.
“He doesn’t put the players first. He doesn’t put Nick first. He doesn’t put Kokkinakis first. He always things of himself and it’s not good. You’re not playing any more bro. You’re retired. It’s not good. Wally was a great captain. Wally Masur was an unbelievable Davis Cup captain. He was somebody everyone liked.”
He said he still has immense respect for Hewitt as a player, but believes he has lost the plot as Davis Cup captain.
“There’s no way Lleyton’s legacy … his record in tennis speaks for itself,” Tomic said.
“He’s an absolute champion, but what he’s doing now is wrong.”
He said Australia needs a very different Davis Cup captain.
“Someone that’s doing the right thing. The honest thing. Somebody who is not doing stuff for himself,” Tomic said when asked to name his preferred candidate to replace Hewitt.
“Somebody who is doing what’s best for the team. It’s all about the players. Davis Cup is all about the players. It’s not about the captain sitting down on the chair.”
He said he has not spoken to Tennis Australia about his concerns, but says they already know about his grievances.
Lol I sent you that ahahahahaha what a loser Tomic is.
He doesn’t have will to win and is a disgrace.
Let’s see what effort Kyrgios puts up tomorrow. Raonic to win it straight sets I reckon.
Well done to De Minaur, Millman, Ebden and Thompson plus Barty and a couple of other Aussie women who got through who I have never heard of before.
I have never been a fan of him but he played with courage and guts like a champion tonight. What an effort from Murray, his hip seems to be so so so bad.....
Isner and Ostapenko amongst a few surprise exits plus GBR 13th see Kyle Edmund eliminated by Berdych in straight sets who is coming back from injury.
Stosur plays a young girl tomorrow who is on good form. I can’t see Stosur winning tomorrow.
I didn’t catch much tennis today due to a long shift at work.
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