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Goffin, Khachanov To Headline Melbourne 1/Adelaide

  • Posted: Jan 05, 2021

David Goffin and Karen Khachanov will lead an impressive field at Melbourne 1/Adelaide, which will be played in Melbourne from 31 January to 6 February due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

World No. 16 Goffin and World No. 20 Khachanov will both attempt to capture their fifth ATP Tour singles crowns in Melbourne and end personal title droughts. Goffin won his fourth tour-level trophy at the 2017 Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, while Khachanov earned his last title at the 2018 Rolex Paris Masters.

Alongside the Top 20 stars, Cristian Garin and John Isner will also attempt to start the year with a strong week in Melbourne. The ATP 250, which will be held alongside the ATP Cup and Melbourne 2, made its debut on the ATP Tour calendar in 2020.

The tournament will welcome eight of the Top 40 players in the FedEx ATP Rankings, including #NextGenATP Italian Jannik Sinner. The 19-year-old, who is the youngest member of the Top 100, ended his final event of the 2020 ATP Tour season with his maiden tour-level crown at the Sofia Open.

Outside of the Top 40, the Adelaide field is packed with experience. Former Top 5 star Kevin Anderson, two-time Australian Open quarter-finalist Tennys Sandgren, 2020 Comeback Player of the Year Vasek Pospisil and 10-time ATP Tour titlist Sam Querrey will all compete for the trophy in Melbourne.

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Wawrinka, Felix & Kyrgios To Star In Melbourne 2

  • Posted: Jan 05, 2021

There will be no shortage of star power at Melbourne 2, one of two ATP 250s being held alongside the ATP Cup from 31 January to 6 February.

Leading the way will be former World No. 3 and three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka, inimitable Aussie Nick Kyrgios and Canadian #NextGenATP star Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Wawrinka, the No. 18 player in the FedEx ATP Rankings, is the highest-ranked entrant in the field. The Swiss, who went 15-8 in 2020, will try to lift his first ATP Tour trophy since May 2017 in Geneva.

Kyrgios has always enjoyed competing at home, and he will get a chance to get his 2021 season off to a strong start in Melbourne. The Aussie, who earned home glory at 2018 Brisbane, has not played since Acapulco last year. The 25-year-old opted not to play following the Tour’s five-month suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Auger-Aliassime has made six tour-level finals over the past two years, but he has not lifted a trophy. The Canadian will hope to change that in Melbourne, where he is projected to be the third seed. The 20-year-old is currently just outside the Top 20 at World No. 21.

Other players to watch at Melbourne 2 include 2017 Nitto ATP Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov, rising American Taylor Fritz and French sensation Ugo Humbert. Fritz and Humbert are alumni of the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan.

Other Melbourne 2 entrants who have competed in the 21-and-under season finale include Borna Coric, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, Casper Ruud, Frances Tiafoe and Mikael Ymer. Former World No. 3 and 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic is also set to compete in this event.

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Scouting Report: 10 Things To Watch In Antalya & Delray Beach

  • Posted: Jan 05, 2021

With less than 24 hours to go until the start of the 2021 ATP Tour season, excitement is building for the opening tournaments of the year at the Antalya Open and the Delray Beach Open by The ATP 250 events represent the first opportunity for players to earn FedEx ATP Rankings points in 2021, with many of the ATP Tour’s biggest names aiming to end the year at the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin and the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan.

Top 10 star Matteo Berrettini leads the way in Antalya, where he will be joined by David Goffin and Fabio Fognini. The hard-court event, included on the 2021 ATP Tour calendar on a single-year license, features four Top 25 players. In the pick of the first-round matches, Goffin will open his 2021 season against doubles partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Chile’s Cristian Garin and John Isner headline the field in Delray Beach. Garin will be making his debut appearance at the ATP 250, while Isner will be seeking his first title in his eighth visit to the tournament. The top two seeds are joined in South Florida by former champions Frances Tiafoe and Sam Querrey. 

Draws: Antalya | Delray Beach

1) Headline Act: After competing at just six events in 2020 due to a hernia/groin injury and the suspension of the ATP Tour, Berrettini will be keen to start 2021 on a strong note in Antalya. The top seed will aim to earn his first ATP Tour trophy on hard courts after past success at clay (2) and grass (1) events. Berrettini opens his 2021 season against Turkish wild card Ergi Kirkin.

2) Goffin’s Title Bid: The World No. 15 will attempt to extend his unbeaten 5-0 ATP Head2Head series record against Herbert in his first-round match. Goffin, who is bidding to earn his first ATP Tour crown since the 2017 Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo, has experience of starting the year well. Last year, the Belgian defeated Rafael Nadal in his first tournament of the season at the ATP Cup.

3) Forza Fabio: Berrettini is not the only Italian talent in the top half of the Antalya draw. Fognini will aim to meet his countryman in the semi-finals of the ATP 250 with a strong start to the year in Turkey. The 33-year-old, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on both his ankles in May 2020, is aiming to secure his first trophy since the 2019 Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters.

4) Alex In Antalya: Following the return of the ATP Tour in August 2020, Alex de Minaur played five hard-court events through the remainder of the year. The Aussie compiled an 11-5 record, with four of those losses coming against eventual tournament champions. Last year’s Antwerp runner-up, who owns three ATP Tour hard court titles, will face Malek Jaziri of Tunisia in his first match of the year.

5) Mektic/Pavic Make Team Debut: In their first event as a pair, Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic headline an impressive doubles draw in Antalya. Mektic and Pavic both enjoyed successful 2020 ATP Tour campaigns with their previous partners, culminating in appearances at the Nitto ATP Finals. Second seeds Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek feature in the bottom half of the draw alongside third seeds Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin. Singles rivals Goffin and Pierre-Hugues Herbert, the 2019 Doha champions, could meet Chardy and Martin in the quarter-finals.

1) Top Seed: 
Garin has finished his past two ATP Tour campaigns with multiple clay-court titles. As the top seed, he will attempt to capture his maiden ATP Tour crown on hard courts in Delray Beach. The four-time tour-level titlist will meet Argentine Tomas Martin Etcheverry or a qualifier in his opening match. Garin shares the top quarter of the draw with 2016 champion Querrey.

2) Isner Seeks More Home Success: The 35-year-old Isner is no stranger to success on American soil, having won 13 of his 15 ATP Tour trophies in his home country. But Isner is yet to experience that feeling in Delray Beach. Across seven previous main draw appearances, the four-time semi-finalist is yet to reach the championship match. Isner will attempt to change that statistic this year.

3) Past Champions: Former champions Tiafoe (2018) and Querrey (2016) will aim to capture their second titles at the ATP 250 this year. Tiafoe and Querrey feature in opposite halves of the draw. Tiafoe will face a qualifier in his opening match, while Querrey will meet countryman Mackenzie McDonald.

4) America’s #NextGenATP Star: With an impressive finish to 2020, which included a run to the Round of 16 at Roland Garros and a title run on the ATP Challenger Tour in Eckental, Sebastian Korda is the highest-ranked #NextGenATP American in the FedEx ATP Rankings. The World No. 119’s bid to qualify for the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan will begin in Delray Beach when he faces Soonwoo Kwon of South Korea in the first round..

5) American Doubles Success: Since 2009, nine of the 12 editions of the doubles event have been won by all-American teams. Despite the retirement of legendary doubles pair Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, who return to Delray Beach this year as part of the ATP Champions Tour, there are still six all-American teams who can extend that record in 2021. Jackson Withrow, the 2018 titlist (w/Sock), returns to Delray Beach alongside Nathaniel Lammons.

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Masterclass: De Minaur’s End-Range Shot Tips

  • Posted: Jan 05, 2021

In the early stages of his career, Alex de Minaur has built a reputation as one of the fastest players on the ATP Tour. While this may be true, it is the Aussie’s ability to play end-range shots and quickly recover his position in the centre of the court that make him such a formidable opponent from the baseline.

In the latest Masterclass video hosted by ATP Tour stars, the three-time ATP Tour titlist explains the key elements of his baseline movement to help you improve your own game. When he is chasing a ball to his forehand side, De Minaur begins his process with the traditional split step.

“I start off with a nice, solid split step and then I cross over with my left foot to try to get into position, making sure I stay low,” said De Minaur. “I hit my ball and, as I recover, [I put my] front foot forward and then you are back into position.”

But while a split step will increase your chances of reaching balls in both corners of the court, the most crucial element in the process for De Minaur is recovering his position. By using his speed and explosive movement, the Aussie is able to swiftly return to the centre of the court and begin to turn rallies in his favour.

“That first step back is the most important, because that has got to be explosive,” said De Minaur. “You get back to the centre [of the court], you split step and you are ready for the next ball.”

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Frances Tiafoe: My Letter To Arthur Ashe

  • Posted: Jan 05, 2021

Dear Arthur,

I did not have much growing up. My parents are both immigrants from Sierra Leone. My dad was a janitor at a tennis facility in Maryland, and I was lucky to be around the sport from a young age, even if I did not have the money or opportunities a lot of other kids did. None of that stopped me from dreaming big. I pushed myself to the limit every day with a big smile on my face.

Here I am, 22 years old, and I just found out that I won the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award. That little kid with big dreams now has his name associated with yours. That is insane.

But I know this is not just an award. It is a tremendous honor and a massive responsibility. I am not just that smiley kid on the rise anymore. I know I need to carry the torch and make a difference in the world.

This year my girlfriend and I made a video called, “Racquets Down, Hands Up” to try to spread awareness about unjust deaths of African-Americans in the United States. We were able to get a lot of Black tennis players involved, from Serena Williams and Coco Gauff to Gael Monfils and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

I wanted people to know that everybody matters. It does not matter who you are, where you come from or what the color of your skin is. Everybody has the opportunity to be something special. I was one of those kids who did not have a great chance of making it this far. Winning this award is just a reminder that now that I’m here, I need to pay it forward and help the next generation.

Frances Tiafoe

I wasn’t lucky enough to be around when you were doing your thing, but I know you were so much bigger than tennis. Honestly, you could have been the President! Something you once said always sticks with me: “From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.”

I mean damn, that is deep. Nothing you ever did was about you. You were just trying to be a person first and an athlete second. It was always about helping others. That is truly inspirational.

One of the craziest things about you is that everyone knows all the work you put in to make the world a better place. But you won Grand Slams, bro! I wish I could just pick your brain to find out how you were able to be as successful as you were on court while still being a great humanitarian.

I know balancing both is not easy, especially with eyes on you. One of the biggest things I have learned is you cannot try to achieve other people’s expectations. You just have to strive to be the best version of yourself and be your own biggest critic. I think that helps me be comfortable in my own skin. I know I’m giving it my all on and off the court.

In the grand scheme of things, I know there’s a clock on my career. I cannot play at the highest level forever, but I will be living for many, many years once I hang up my racquets. It sucks you are not here anymore and I was not able to meet you, but rest easy man. You are still making an impact.

That is why I know it is important to have goals outside of sports, too. We are not just athletes. We are human beings. There is more outside of tennis. I really believe in the past couple years I have found my purpose.

I realised I was lucky enough to set up my family financially. I started thinking: I know I am set, and my family is good. But isn’t life about more than that? What about those kids who are where I was not that long ago?

Ten years ago I thought it would be amazing just to see the stadium they named after you at the US Open. To even walk into Arthur Ashe Stadium would have been amazing for me back then, forget playing there and competing at the highest level. I remember getting a little watery in 2014 when I got to play at Madison Square Garden. I was a 16-year-old kid from College Park, Maryland, the son of two immigrant parents warming up the World’s Most Famous Arena for Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. Remember how nuts it was when you played John McEnroe there? It is still crazy.

Frances Tiafoe upsets Kevin Anderson at the Australian Open

Two years ago I made the Australian Open quarter-finals and did LeBron James’ celebration. The guy is one of the best basketball players ever and he commented on my Instagram. I was like, ‘Wait, what?’ Isn’t that crazy? He’s a childhood hero and he knows who I am! Those things inspire me. I have had little kids come up to me and say they want to be like Frances Tiafoe. That blows me away every time.

But that’s why it’s about more than just setting up my family for life. What about those kids? I want to help them write their stories right the first time. If there are kids out there who do not think they can achieve their dreams, I want to change that. I really believe success is in everyone. I want to paint a picture for them that they did not know was possible. I want to help them make that a reality.

You showed so many of us the way, and now I want to pay it forward. I want to help these kids understand that they need to find their passion and just go absolutely crazy and be obsessed with it. I found mine and I get to live my dream every day.

Most importantly I want them to be good people first. You always treated everybody well and with respect. I want to keep passing that down through the generations. If years down the road people say Frances Tiafoe was a hell of a person first and an athlete second, I will be really happy.

Obviously, I want people to remember me as a great tennis player, too. I do not want to be one of those guys who was just a good tennis player and was forgotten. I want to have the whole package, on and off the court. I was lucky enough to have people like you prove that it is possible.

I know I have to keep working every day. I have been lucky enough to make a living. Now, it is time to make a life. You did more than your share for the world. I promise I will always do mine.

Sincerely, Frances

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Berrettini Leads Big-Bangers & Shotmakers In Antalya

  • Posted: Jan 05, 2021

Want to start the 2021 ATP Tour season with a title at the Antalya Open in Turkey? You’ll have to go through shotmakers galore to do it.

Matteo Berretini is the top seed at the ATP 250, where the Italian will try to claim his fourth tour-level title. The World No. 10 is one of the biggest bruisers on the ATP Tour, but he’ll have to navigate a tricky field if he is to start his year in the winners’ circle.

Berrettini will begin his run in Antalya against 21-year-old Turkish wild card Ergi Kirkin, who seeks his first tour-level win. The other seeded player in the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals competitor’s quarter is eighth seed Alexander Bublik. The Kazakh is armed with a deadly serve and a tough game to deal with, from out-of-the blue winners to underarm serves.

Shotmaking baseliners Fabio Fognini and Jan-Lennard Struff are also in Berrettini’s half of the draw. The third-seeded Fognini and fifth-seeded Struff will both begin their year against a qualifier or lucky loser.

David Goffin, the second seed and 2017 Nitto ATP Finals runner-up, faces a tricky opener against good friend Pierre-Hugues Herbert, an aggressive Frenchman. Not only are they close friends off court, but they are doubles partners in Turkey. Herbert is a dangerous opponent, who for years has been one of the best doubles players in the world. Goffin has won all five of their previous ATP Head2Head meetings, and he will try to maintain that clean sheet in Turkey.

The next-highest seed in the Belgian’s half of the draw is Aussie No. 1 Alex de Minaur, the three-time ATP Tour titlist. The fourth seed will begin his season against Tunisian Malek Jaziri. Big-hitting Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, the sixth seed, is also in the same half of the draw, as are Miomir Kecmanovic and Emil Ruusuvuori.

Mektic/Pavic Top Seeds In Doubles Draw
Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic will begin their new partnership in Antalya, where they are the top seeds. The Croatians will begin 2021 against Jiri Vesely and Tristan-Samuel Weissborn. Weissborn will be a member of Austria’s ATP Cup team in February.

The second seeds are 2019 Nitto ATP Finals competitors Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek. The 2019 Cincinnati champions will play Tuna Altuna and Altug Celikbilek of Turkey in the first round.

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Here’s what you need to know about the Antalya tennis tournament, which was included in the ATP’s updated start to the 2021 calendar on a single-year license. 

Established: 2021

Tournament Dates: Thursday, 7 – Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Tournament Director: Ümit Yaşar Yılmaz

Draw Ceremony: Tuesday, 5 January 2021, 4pm

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* Qualifying: Tuesday 5 – Wednesday 6 January
* Main draw: Thursday, 7 January – Wednesday, 13 January at 10am (no night session)
* Doubles final: Tuesday 12 January
* Singles final: Wednesday 13 January



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Venue: Limak Arcadia Sport Resort
Surface: Outdoor Hard

Prize Money: € 300,000 (Total Financial Commitment: € 361,800)

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Bob Brett, Coach To Becker, Ivanisevic & Cilic, Dies Aged 67

  • Posted: Jan 05, 2021

Bob Brett, who adhered to Harry’s Hopman’s coaching philosophy in a 46-year career, passed away on Tuesday morning due to cancer aged 67. The Australian worked with Grand Slam champions such as Johan Kriek, Boris Becker, Goran Ivanisevic and Marin Cilic, as well as many national associations, and was a friendly mentor to hundreds of coaches globally. In November 2020, he was unanimously selected by his peers as the recipient the 2020 Tim Gullikson Career Coach Award. 

Brett, who focused on patience, a strong work ethic and commitment to the player, was immersed in top-level tennis from an early age and became a devotee of Hopman, the legendary Australian coach, who was a mentor until his death in 1985. Brett, always thoughtful and softly spoken, was an emotionless presence from his courtside seat. The Melbourne-born coach taught his players about life, as well as how to hit a forehand, and maintained positive relationships with each of his charges well after their partnerships ended. Renowned for his lengthy counting drills, which restarted when a player made a mistake, Brett opened an academy, which bears his name, in San Remo, Italy in 2002.

Asked about his coaching style by in 2008, Brett admitted, “I benefitted from my exposure to Harry Hopman. I didn’t copy him, but a lot rubbed off on me. Work and repetition is the key in a player-coach partnership. A player must be mentally tough, with the ability to execute under pressure. It’s always a battle of their character against the other player’s character. You can guide then, provide them with examples and talk about history, but in the end you need to bring out the qualities a player has. Also, you must have an all-seeing eye for detail.”

In 1965, when attending the Victorian and Australian Championships, which were both held at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club in Melbourne, Brett watched courtside and tried to get Hopman’s autograph. A gentleman he was sat beside asked if he wanted to meet George MacCall, who was in his first year as Davis Cup captain of the United States. Brett leapt at the chance and the next day went to meet MacCall and immediately became a ball boy to Arthur Ashe, Cliff Richey, Clark Graebner, Herb Fitzgibbon and Jim McManus during their training sessions.

“After some time, Arthur asked if I’d like to hit some balls,” Brett told “It lasted only for a few minutes before Mr Hopman came out of the clubhouse to stop it. He told Arthur off, confirming I wasn’t a member and it was unfair on other boys. The next year, I asked Mr Hopman if I could pick up balls for the Australian Davis Cup team, which he agreed.”

While Brett’s own playing career was short-lived, by 1971, upon the insistence of his father, he took two jobs: one as a postman from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., then another from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. But at the age of 20 in 1974, Brett wrote a letter to Hopman, who was working at the Port Washington Tennis Academy, located on Long Island, New York. “Hopman told me to come along whenever, but he didn’t tell me about the paperwork involved in getting a visa,” remembered Brett. “I got in on a tourist visa and worked alongside Mr Hopman for $200 per week, which I calculated to be $6.25 per one-hour lesson. He told me to watch Tony Palafox, who would be John McEnroe’s long-time coach, a young McEnroe himself, Vitas Gerulaitis, Peter Rennert, Mary Carillo and Peter Fleming.”

The Australian listened intently and watched Hopman’s every move, his technique and the two-on-one drills that sharpened a pupil’s speed, reflexes and movement. He also watched on as Hopman would feed once and if a player made a mistake, he would feed a ball to the same spot again to see if a player made a technical adjustment. Only then would Hopman, a captain-coach to 22 Australian Davis Cup winning teams between 1939 and 1967, speak to the player. “Having a conversation with him was always illuminating,” said Brett. “I initially sorted out buckets of balls for Mr Hopman, removing the dud balls, but I soon learnt that every player needs something different.”

In December 1978, upon the recommendation of Hopman, Brett took charge of the first Rossignol team: Andres Gomez, Ricardo Ycaza and Raul Antonio Viver, on a six-month trial. “Gomez was around No. 240 [in the FedEx ATP Rankings at the time] and in the next six months he got to No. 68,” said Brett, who also worked at Hopman’s academy in Saddlebrook, Florida. “Rossignol then asked me to build a full team and after consulting Hopman, who recommended six players only, I worked with Johan Kriek, who won the 1981 Australian Open, Fritz Buehning, Gomez, Tim Mayotte, Tim Wilkison, Viver, Jose-Luis Clerc and later Mats Wilander, Guy Forget and Henrik Sundstrom. No one wanted to train with each other in the first year, but when Mayotte came on board, he didn’t mind who he trained with and that changed the dynamic. Peugeot sponsored the group and gave a car to the player with the most match wins at the end of each season. So that, naturally, helped them play against each other more and more.”

Brett, who also worked with Harold Solomon, John Lloyd, Peter McNamara and Paul McNamee in their late 20s, found his star rising and when Gunter Bosch resigned as Becker’s coach after the 1987 Australian Open, a new opportunity arose at the age of 34.

Becker, explained in his 2004 autobiography, The Player, “When Bosch left I had to find a new coach, but Tiriac was against my choice, the Australian Bob Brett. ‘Him? What’s he got that you could possibly need? He’s never been in a Wimbledon final! How could you have any respect for him? But Brett was tough – exactly what I needed. He made it very clear what he expected from me: willingness, discipline, willpower, punctuality. Three hours’ training in the morning, three hours in the afternoon. ‘What you do afterwards doesn’t interest me.’ It was a pure business relationship. Brett treated me like a grown-up.”

Brett enjoyed his greatest success as Becker’s full-time coach from November 1987 until February 1991, shortly after the German won the Australian Open and became World No. 1 on 28 January 1991. Becker immediately bought into Brett’s work ethic and readjusted the German’s service grip early on. “We played golf and chess and Boris was inquisitive,” said Brett in 2008. “He was very good at being able to execute was I told him. His understanding of opponents was very good too and I encouraged him to work hard, but also the value of recovery.”

They won the first of 18 tour-level titles together at the 1988 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells (d. Emilio Sanchez) and Becker enjoyed the best season of his career in 1989, when he captured the Wimbledon (d. Edberg) and US Open (d. Lendl) crowns, and developed his powerful game on multiple surfaces. Brett, who woke at 5 a.m. each day and went for a run, was a completely different personality to Becker, but the pair fitted together to reach 26 tour-level finals (18-8 record) during their three-and-a-half-year association.

Brett was soon hired by Goran Ivanisevic’s father, Srdjan, in 1991 and fine-tuned the Croatian’s groundstrokes and volleying. “Goran was a superb athlete, he loved his country and wore his heart on his sleeve,” Brett told “He didn’t say a word in our first meeting, which I thought was odd, when I was trying to ascertain what Goran wanted to achieve. I didn’t touch his serve, but wanted to channel his energy in a positive way” In a four-year partnership, which ended at the end of the 1995 season, Ivanisevic won nine titles from 17 tour-level finals, with runner-up finishes at Wimbledon in 1992 (l. to Agassi) and 1994 (l. to Sampras). Ivanisevic got Brett a Centre Court ticket in July 2001 when the Croatian won Wimbledon with a five-set victory over Patrick Rafter in the final.

Brett then coached Andrei Medvedev to the 1999 Roland Garros final, took Nicolas Kiefer from outside of the Top 50 to World No. 4 and assisted Mario Ancic, with the Croatian’s parents driving 20 hours one-way from Split to San Remo for an initial three-day visit. In the summer of 2004, Ivanisevic bought a promising 6’3” 15-year-old to San Remo. Brett’s nine-year partnership with Marin Cilic, saw the Croatian develop technically and powerfully en route to the 2005 junior Roland Garros title and World No. 9 as a pro. When Cilic captured the 2014 US Open crown, Brett was one of the first people the Croatian called when he returned home.

The Australian coach also spent up to 20 weeks of the year working in Japan. He was supervisor of the Japanese Davis Cup team from 2003 to 2006 and coach at the ‘Shuzo Challenge Top Junior Camp’ from 2000, where most of the top male players in Japan were coached by him and Shuzo Matsuoka. Until recently, he continued with the camps and the male national junior team. He was a high-performance consultant for Tennis Canada between 2006 and 2008, and Brett played a large part in remodelling training camps and performance programmes as Director of Player Development for the British Lawn Tennis Association in 2014 and 2015. He was also the first principal of the Bob Brett/now Patrick Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in Montreuil, an eastern suburb of Paris from 1996 to 2002.

Brett, the recipient of the Tim Gullikson Career Coach Award in the 2020 ATP Awards, passed away at 2:15am on Tuesday, with his two daughters, Katarina and Caroline, by his bedside.

Bob Brett, tennis coach, born 13 November 1953, died 5 January 2021.


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Will Big Serves Lead To Maiden Title In Delray Beach For Isner?

  • Posted: Jan 05, 2021

John Isner will likely be blasting aces in Florida over the coming week, and the American No. 1 hopes that will help him lift his first Delray Beach Open by trophy.

The second seed will try to get off to a good start to the 2021 season when he plays one of two Brazilian lefties: Thomaz Bellucci or Thiago Monteiro. Isner owns a 2-2 ATP Head2Head record against Bellucci and he won his only previous clash against Monteiro in four tie-break sets at last year’s Australian Open.

The big-serving righty also has dangerous countrymen on the rise in his section of the draw. Fifth seed Tommy Paul is the other seeded player in Isner’s quarter. If Paul defeats Ji Sung Nam in the first round, he could play fellow American Sebastian Korda in the second round.

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Korda will make his Delray Beach debut against consistent baseliner Soonwoo Kwon. The #NextGenATP American made a big splash at Roland Garros last year. After qualifying, Korda defeated Andreas Seppi, Isner and Pedro Martinez to reach the fourth round, in which he fell to Rafael Nadal, his idol.

The top seed at this ATP 250 is Chilean Cristian Garin, who will try to win his first ATP Tour title on hard courts.

The No. 22 player in the FedEx ATP Rankings, Garin will begin his season against Argentine Tomas Martin Etcheverry or a qualifier. The first seed the Chilean could face is sixth seed Sam Querrey.

Frances Tiafoe, the eighth seed and 2018 champion, will start his tournament against a qualifier.

Arevalo/Rojer Top Doubles Draw
The top seeds in the Delray Beach doubles draw are Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer, who will open against Ariel Behar and Gonzalo Escobar. Second seeds Marcus Daniell and Philipp Oswald will play Andres Molteni and Hugo Nys.

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