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Nicolas Jarry: Chilean suspended after testing positive at Davis Cup

  • Posted: Jan 14, 2020

Chile’s Nicolas Jarry has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for two banned substances during last year’s Davis Cup.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) said the 24-year-old’s sample contained anabolic agent ligandrol and anabolic steroid stanozolol.

World number 78 Jarry said he had not “intentionally” taken any banned substance during his career.

“It strongly looks like a cross-contamination case,” he said.

Jarry said he had taken “multi-vitamins made in Brazil” that his doctor recommended because they were “guaranteed to be free from banned substances”.

He added that he had undergone two urine tests during the Davis Cup in Madrid in November and that the first one was clean before the second detected “levels so low that neither substance could have provided me any performance-enhancing benefit”.

Jarry, who was beaten in Australian Open qualifying on Sunday, said he and his legal team will be “working strongly” to prove his innocence and will fully cooperate with the ITF.

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Paul, With Courier's Former Coach, Ready To Make Good On Potential

  • Posted: Jan 14, 2020

Paul, With Courier’s Former Coach, Ready To Make Good On Potential

2015 Roland Garros boys champion off to a good start in Adelaide

Don’t misunderstand him: Tommy Paul is happy, thrilled even for his friends and fellow Americans Taylor Fritz, Reilly Opelka and Frances Tiafoe, all of whom cracked the Top 40 and won ATP Tour titles before the age of 23.

As a boy, Paul crisscrossed the globe for junior tournaments with them and competed for junior Grand Slam titles against them. All four turned professional in 2015.

But five years later, as the aforementioned trio looks to win their second ATP Tour titles and perhaps crack the Top 20 in 2020, he thinks it’s past time they had reason to applaud him.

He’s happy for their success, but more than that, he’s motivated by their achievements and wants to match or pass his counterparts. Having spent years trying to make it to the ATP Tour, Paul feels he’s ready to make it on the ATP Tour this season.

He has a new attitude, a new coach and an enhanced sense of urgency that now is the time for him to make good on the potential that he showed as one of the world’s best junior players just a few years ago.

We all try and motivate each other. Everyone is happy for everyone when we do well,” Paul told in Adelaide. “I’m sure when I start doing better they’re going to be happy for me. I’ve had a lot of time to be happy for them, though, you know?”

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In 2015, the four young Americans were essentially even. He beat Taylor Fritz in the Roland Garros junior boys final to become only the sixth American to win the title and, a few months later, lost in three sets to Fritz in the US Open junior boys championship.

Two years later, in August 2017, Paul beat No. 17 Lucas Pouille, No. 21 Gilles Muller and had three match points against then-No. 5 Kei Nishikori for a place in the Citi Open semi-finals in Washington, D.C.

Paul, so it seemed, was arriving on the ATP Tour. But he’s fluctuated since, reaching No. 151 in the FedEx ATP Rankings in 2017 but falling back down to No. 204 as recently as April 2019. Last May, in another high point, Paul was a few points away from taking a two-sets-to-one-lead against Dominic Thiem at Roland Garros.

He’s shown flashes of brilliance,” said new coach Brad Stine, who helped Jim Courier reach No. 1 years ago and most recently took Kevin Anderson to the Wimbledon final and a new career-high of No. 5.

Now, however, Paul and Stine think he’s at ATP Tour level to stay. The American, No. 90 in the FedEx ATP Rankings, cracked the Top 100 last year on the back of three ATP Challenger Tour titles. On Tuesday at the Adelaide International, he beat Aljaz Bedene for his first win of 2020.

Paul next faces Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas for a place in the quarter-finals, which would be his first at tour-level since his near-miss against Nishikori in 2017.

He can play, it’s just getting over the hump a little bit,” Stine told “I think timing wise, he’s more mentally, emotionally prepared right now to make the sacrifices that you need to make to be a more successful tennis player than what he’s been so far.”

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To Stine, that means becoming a more disciplined player on and off the court and cleaning up old habits. Within their first week of working together, just after the 2019 US Open, Stine gave Paul a list of 11 things that he needed to adjust, eliminate or add to his game, and all were technically oriented.

One item: Stop sliding to forehands – on hard courts and clay courts – with a closed stance. Paul had practised that particular bad habit for years and his only option from that position was a squash-style forehand. His friends and opponents were all aware of the fundamental error as well.

“First of all, it’s wrong. Second of all, it doesn’t create the ability to actually hit a good shot. And third, you’re going to hurt yourself,” Stine remembers telling Paul.

The 22-year-old didn’t argue or come up with a list of reasons why it might work; he said: “OK, I’m going to stop it.”

About four weeks later, during his run to the Tiburon Challenger title, Paul had eradicated himself of the bad habit.

But other questionable choices remain. Against Bedene in Adelaide, Paul was serving at 6-4, 2-2, 30/40. His wide serve opened up the court, and Paul had a sitting forehand to get to deuce. But he tried to hit a jumping forehand and shanked it.

Paul, however, broke back the next game and advanced 6-4, 6-4. But his shot selection on that particular point was a topic of their post-match discussion.

“Just come in and take that ball normal. You probably got a 98 per cent chance of executing. Do it the way you did it you probably have a 50 per cent chance of executing,” Stine said.

Paul is working on becoming more disciplined. Injuries have been a roadblock to more consistent success, and he admits he lacked discipline as a junior and early on in his pro career.

Now, however, he goes to the gym on a regular basis to stretch and improve his flexibility with his hips and ankles – he never used to go to the gym during tournaments. He also travels with a trainer more often, spends more time with the ATP physiotherapists and spends more time warming up and cooling down.

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But he won’t change everything about him. Paul still has fun with his friends and still plays basketball. “I still do all the things that people tell me not to do, just because that’s kind of my personality,” Paul said.

But along with doing all that stuff, I spend a little bit more time on my body and make sure that I’m taking care of my body off the court.”

Stine wouldn’t have it any other way. The coach who helped Courier go from No. 25 to No. 1 and win four Grand Slam titles has learned that all players perform better on the court if they’re pleased off the court. He wants to see Paul enjoy that combination as well.

“One of the things I’ve said from the start is that I’m not trying to take the fun out of it for him; I want him to enjoy himself. I want him to have fun on the practice court, but at the same time be focused on the things that we’re trying to accomplish,” Stine said.

“He’s been really, really good about that. Off-season was phenomenal with him. I was really impressed with his work ethic and attitude coming to the court every day.”

It’s the kind of compromise and give and take that can be the hallmark of long-term relationships, on and off the court, and that’s what Paul hopes he’s starting with Stine. The 22-year-old has the end of his career – and Stine’s – in mind.

He gets my personality pretty well, and I think he has a lot of fun working with me, and I think I have a lot of fun working with him. He gives me my freedom,” Paul said. “I hope me and him go for the rest of my career. I hope we go until the end, and I am his last project. I think that’d be a good way to end it for both of us.”

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Australian Open: Harriet Dart only Briton to reach second round of qualifying

  • Posted: Jan 14, 2020
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Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 20 January to 2 February
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Harriet Dart was the only Briton to make it through to the second round of qualifying for the Australian Open.

Dart, ranked 169, needed just 75 minutes to beat Bulgaria’s world number 194 Elitsa Kostova 6-4 6-1.

She will face American 15th seed Nicole Gibbs next.

There were defeats for Liam Broady, Jay Clarke and Nakitha Bains on the opening day of qualifying in Melbourne, where the effect of bushfires on air quality was again a significant concern.

Broady was thrashed 6-3 6-0 by Belarusian Ilya Ivashka while Clarke fell 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-2 to Blaz Kavcic of Slovenia.

In the women’s competition, Bains lost 6-2 6-2 to Russian Valeria Savinykh.

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Dan Evans reaches Adelaide quarter-finals & Kyle Edmund wins in Auckland

  • Posted: Jan 14, 2020

British number one Dan Evans beat Alexander Bublik to reach the quarter finals of the Adelaide International.

Evans needed just 75 minutes to beat Kazakhstan’s Bublik 7-5 6-2.

The Briton, who will be seeded at a Grand Slam for the first time when the Australian Open begins on 20 January, will face either Russia’s Andrey Rublev or American Sam Querrey next.

Elsewhere, Britain’s Kyle Edmund claimed his first victory of the year at the Auckland Open.

Edmund, who has slipped to 67 in the world rankings, beat Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich 6-2 4-6 6-3.

He will play either Italy’s Andreas Seppi or French seventh seed Adrian Mannarino in the second round.

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Lorenzi Begins Chase For Australian Open Main Draw

  • Posted: Jan 14, 2020

Lorenzi Begins Chase For Australian Open Main Draw

Kudla moves on in Tuesday qualifying action

Italian Paolo Lorenzi still dreams of Grand Slam glory at age 38. The No. 12 seed and oldest player in this year’s Australian Open qualifying draw took a first step on Tuesday towards his eighth main draw appearance in Melbourne with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Spaniard Adrian Menendez-Maceiras.

Several Aussie players delighted the local crowd by winning their opening-round qualifying matches, including Max Purcell, Aleksandar Vukic and Luke Saville. Vukic scored the upset of the day by dispatching No. 11 seed Thomas Fabbiano of Italy 7-6(4), 6-2.

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Other notable players to advance on the opening day of qualifying include No. 7 seed Denis Kudla of the United States, No. 10 seed Norbert Gombos of Slovakia and No. 13 seed Gianluca Mager of Italy.

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Edmund Battles To Victory In Auckland

  • Posted: Jan 14, 2020

Edmund Battles To Victory In Auckland

Pospisil advances on Tuesday

Brit Kyle Edmund dug deep on Tuesday at the ASB Classic in Auckland, battling through a rain delay and the tricky game of Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina to advance 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

Rain took the players off the court for nearly 90 minutes with Davidovich Fokina serving at 2-6, 5-4. The Spaniard leveled the match when play resumed, but Edmund regrouped to pick up his first win of the season. He’ll face seventh-seeded Frenchman Adrian Mannarino or Italian Andreas Seppi in the next round.

Canadian qualifier Vasek Pospisil continued his career resurgence with a convincing 6-4, 6-2 victory over Portuguese Joao Sousa, runner-up three years ago in Auckland (l. to Sock). Pospisil wrapped up last season with a third-round showing at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Shanghai and back-to back ATP Challenger Tour titles. Next up is a blockbuster second-round clash with second seed and fellow Canadian Denis Shapovalov.

Elsewhere, Australia’s John Millman saved six of eight break points to overcome American qualifier Michael Mmoh 7-6(5), 6-4 in one hour and 47 minutes, before rain suspended play for the rest of the day. 

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Dominic Inglot/Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi required just a single break in each set to move past Hugo Dellien/Thiago Monteiro 6-3, 6-4. They’ll take on the winner of fourth seeds Austin Krajicek/Franko Skugor and Santiago Gonzalez/Ken Skupski.

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Evans Powers Into Adelaide Quarter-finals

  • Posted: Jan 14, 2020

Evans Powers Into Adelaide Quarter-finals

Seventh seed Struff competes in Tuesday evening session

Daniel Evans continued his strong start to the year on Tuesday at the Adelaide International, sprinting into the quarter-finals with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Kazakh Alexander Bublik.

The Brit missed an opportunity to serve out the first set at 5-4, but responded by winning eight of the next 10 games to advance in 75 minutes. Evans arrived in top form after a solid run at the ATP Cup, where he went 3-1 in singles play and scored a Top 20 win against Alex de Minaur in Great Britain’s quarter-final tie against Australia.

He’ll play the winner of American Sam Querrey and third-seeded Russian Andrey Rublev for a place in the semi-finals. Rublev captured his third ATP Tour title last week at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha (d. Moutet).

In first-round action, American qualifier Tommy Paul won 82 per cent of his first-serve points (27/33) to ease past Slovenian Aljaz Bedene 6-4, 6-4. The 22-year-old Paul broke into the Top 100 of the FedEx ATP Rankings last September on the back of winning three ATP Challenger Tour titles and earning his first ATP Masters 1000 victory in Montreal. Next up for him is Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas.

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Fourth seeds Ivan Dodig/Filip Polasek opened their season with a 6-3, 7-6(4) victory against Chris Guccione/Robert Lindstedt. The Croatian-Slovakian duo won their first team Masters 1000 title last August in Cincinnati (d. Cabal/Farah) and made their first team appearance at the Nitto ATP Finals. Dodig/Polasek take on Cristian Garin/Juan Ignacio Londero in the next round.

Jamie Murray/Neal Skupski enjoyed a strong finish to their 6-3, 4-6, 10-4 first-round win over Marcelo Demoliner/Matwe Middelkoop. The British pair will meet Jurgen Melzer/Edouard Roger-Vasselin in quarter-final action.

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Australian Open qualifying delayed by air quality

  • Posted: Jan 14, 2020

Australian Open practice was temporarily suspended on Tuesday and qualifying delayed by an hour because of poor air quality in Melbourne caused by ongoing bushfires.

Organisers said the conditions were expected to improve and would be “monitored constantly”.

An estimated 10 million hectares (100,000 sq km) of land has burned since 1 July amid record-breaking temperatures and months of drought.

At least 28 people have died.

Qualifying was scheduled to begin at 11am local time (00:00 GMT) with British players Liam Broady, Naiktha Bains, Harriet Dart, Jay Clarke and Samantha Murray scheduled on court.

However, in the hour before the scheduled start time the air quality around Melbourne Park was registering at 229 on the Air Quality Index, which is considered “very unhealthy”.

“Further decisions will be made based on onsite data, and in close consultation with our medical team, the Bureau of Meteorology and scientists from EPA Victoria,” organisers said in a statement on Twitter.

“As always the health and safety of our players, our staff and our fans is our priority.”

The tournament starts on 20 January.

Last week organisers said they did not expect any delays, with tournament director Craig Tiley saying the forecast was good.

On Monday, the The International Tennis Federation, Wimbledon, and the US and French Opens donated $400,000 (£308,000) to the Australian Bushfire relief efforts.

Several players have already pledged personal donations towards relief efforts as part of the #Aces4BushRelief campaign, while the ATP is donating £383,000.

Serena Williams donated her earnings after winning the Auckland Classic, and she along with Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and local favourite Nick Kyrgios will take part in the Rally4Relief exhibition in Melbourne on Wednesday to raise money before the Australian Open.

Former Australia cricketer Shane Warne raised over £500,000 by auctioning off his ‘baggy green’ cap, and he and former Australia captain Ricky Ponting will captain opposing sides in a special Twenty20 game on 8 February.

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