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Why Ferrero Compares Alcaraz's Game To Djokovic & Federer's

  • Posted: Mar 29, 2020

Why Ferrero Compares Alcaraz’s Game To Djokovic & Federer’s

Former World No. 1 Ferrero discusses his relationship with Alcaraz, his pupil

#NextGenATP Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, 16, broke through on the ATP Tour in February, beating 2017 Monte-Carlo finalist Albert Ramos-Vinolas in Rio de Janeiro 7-6(2), 4-6, 7-6(2) to become the youngest player to win an ATP 500 match in series history (since 2009) and the youngest Spaniard to win an ATP Tour match since Rafael Nadal at 2002 Mallorca.

Alcaraz is coached by former World No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero, who spoke to about what it’s like to work with a rising star, which current stars Alcaraz plays like, and more.

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Since you didn’t start competing in ATP events until your later teens, how interesting is it to see how well Carlos has competed at only 16?
The thing is, he always was competing against guys who were older. He’s used to playing against people older than him. So now, even the match against Albert Ramos-Vinolas in Rio, the guy was 32 and he’s 16, and obviously the most important thing for him is that he improved physically very much. That’s why he can stay in the match for three and a half hours and he can play against guys who are older than him.

How did you get to know Carlos? Did he come to your academy or did you see him at a tournament?
I saw him here at the JC Ferrero-Equelite Sports Academy playing a tournament. We have a lot of tournaments here at the academy. I saw him for the first time playing a tournament and it helps that he lives very close to the academy in Murcia, just an hour from here. So it was very easy seeing him play some matches.

I remember him playing a Futures when he was 14 and he got his first [FedEx] ATP Ranking point. I went to see some matches and I heard about this little boy who was playing at such a good level at the age of 14, so I drove over there to watch him. His agent is the same as Pablo Carreno Busta’s, and Carreno is here practising at the academy, so it helps to have a good relationship with him at the end to get him into this team.

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For those who haven’t seen Carlos play, how would you describe his game style and is there a player who he plays similarly to?
He likes to be very aggressive all the time. He likes to play close to the baseline. He’s not the typical player who only plays on clay courts. He likes to play on hard courts and he loves to play on grass. He played last year for the first time on grass and he loved it. He loves to finish points at the net.

At the beginning, when I first met him, I almost was sure that his best level was on clay, but I think now he’s improving so much on hard court and I think he can even give a little bit more level on hard court, so that’s very good. He’s playing very aggressive from the baseline and he needs to improve a little bit his serve. But for 16, he’s serving well.

If I have to say someone that I can compare him to, it’s the game of Novak Djokovic or maybe Roger Federer. They like to be aggressive from the baseline and they can go to the net to finish the point.

How do you balance when you or someone else tells him of such a comparison, while not allowing it to get to his head?
Usually he hears people who say he is going to be the next Rafael Nadal… of course, it’s going to be difficult for him to [keep things] normal and stay calm and not tell me, ‘Why are they saying this to me?’

But he’s a little bit used to it, because most of the people here in Spain, they come to him many times and tell him he’s going to be the next Rafa Nadal. Finally, I think he’s used to it and he put it away and he goes his own way to always work very hard and to try to make his own career.

Of course, the comparison is going to be there because for people here in Spain, it’s been a long time that we haven’t had anyone at the age of 16 or 17 [playing] this kind of level. But the team that is around him, we have to try to [keep a circle] around him to help him try to put this pressure away, to make him calm, to keep things normal, so he can go his own way.

Andy Roddick has said something he looks for in younger players is easy power. Do you think Carlos has that?
In his performance on the court, he has very fast hands. He plays from the backhand and the forehand very strong all the time. He’s very quickly going with the ball on the court, and that’s why he can play at a very high rhythm against these guys.

In Rio we were practising with Lajovic, Carballes [Baena], even Thiem, and he’s one of the guys who can play at the same rhythm as the player on the other side of the court any time. This helps a lot for him to play against them.

How rare is that attribute for someone Carlos’ age?
It’s very rare. Obviously you cannot find that many people who are 16 and can play that kind of level that easy going. A year and a half before he was playing juniors and he didn’t see many boys that had the game that Carlos has. That’s why maybe Carlos is at this level now.

Does Carlos look at guys like Felix Auger-Aliassime and Jannik Sinner for motivation given how much success they’ve had at a young age?
Of course he thinks a little bit about it. Obviously the motivation that he has is to play these kinds of tournaments and these kinds of matches. It’s very important to him to be very motivated and one of the big reasons to increase his level very much is the team that he has around him. He has an unbelievable team around him that helps him to stay motivated every day and try to work a little bit different than people at his age, to help him to be a professional on the court. I think that’s very important.

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What has he improved the most since you first met him?
Mentally. I think he has taken a big step up, because when I first met him, he was 14. Now he’s almost 17, so I think mentally he grew up a little bit. Physically, of course, he’s a little bit stronger than when I met him for the first time. But I think his mental game is what he improved the most. 

Knowing that you still play tennis a lot, do you ever jump on court with Carlos as sort of a test?
I’ve hit with him many times and I play some matches against him, to have some fun together. I stay every day on the court and I can see the big difference in how much he’s improved since last year. But obviously we have fun when we play some matches.

Do you get nervous watching Carlos compete and if so how nervous?
Of course I’m nervous, because when you are working with someone every day and you are after some goals that you put on the table at the beginning of the year you want him to reach those goals. Obviously when he’s in the match I’m a little bit nervous. As a player, I tried to be calm, but of course inside of me I have some big nerves [watching him].

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1994 Miami Final: The Day A Wounded Sampras 'Pecked Out' Agassi's Eyes

  • Posted: Mar 29, 2020

1994 Miami Final: The Day A Wounded Sampras ‘Pecked Out’ Agassi’s Eyes

Learn how Sampras avoided a walkover and found a way to lift the trophy

Andre Agassi had a big decision to make ahead of the 1994 Miami final. 

When he walked into the locker room that day, his opponent, Pete Sampras, was suffering on the floor due to stomach illness. It seemed clear Sampras would not be prepared to take the court on time, which would give Agassi the title, the FedEx ATP Ranking points that came with lifting the trophy, and the champion’s prize money. It wasn’t his fault Sampras was ill.

“I woke up at 7 feeling nauseated, heaving and gagging. I didn’t think I’d be able to go out and play,” Sampras said, according to the New York Times. “Had IV’s in me all the way from 10:45 to 12:20.”

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Agassi would not let down the thousands of fans in the stands, nor would he force Sampras into a walkover. He allowed Sampras the time he needed, which amounted to about an hour.

Sampras was the favourite heading into the match — when not considering his illness — competing as the top seed and defending champion. The World No. 1 had already won titles at Sydney, the Australian Open and Indian Wells in 1994, bringing plenty of momentum into Miami.

Agassi was ranked World No. 31, his lowest standing since November 1987. The American underwent right wrist surgery the previous December, which prevented him from playing the 1994 Australian Open.

But Agassi found his form in Miami, beating Boris Becker, Cedric Pioline, Stefan Edberg and Pat Rafter. It was his first tournament with new coach Brad Gilbert. According to Agassi’s book, Open, the pair walked into the locker room before the final and found Sampras on the floor.

“The doctor gives Pete an IV, then props him on his feet. Pete wobbles, a newborn colt. He’ll never make it… Should be a short night, I tell Brad,” Agassi wrote. “But Pete does it again. He sends his evil twin onto the court. This is not the Pete who was curled in a ball on the locker-room floor. This is not the Pete who was getting an IV and wobbling in circles. This Pete is in the prime of life, serving at warp speed, barely breaking a sweat. He’s playing his best tennis, unbeatable, and he jumps out to a 5-1 lead.

“Now I’m angry. I feel as if I found a wounded bird, brought it home, and nursed it back to health, only to have it try to peck my eyes out. I fight back and win the set. Surely I’ve withstood the only attack Pete can mount. He can’t possibly have anything left. But in the second set he’s even better. And in the third he’s a freak.”

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Sampras, who crushed 14 aces, including one down the T on match point, was simply too good for Agassi. He earned 17 break points in the match, converting five as he went on to win 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 in two hours and 15 minutes.

“I feel a lot better now,” Sampras said. “As the match wore on, the adrenaline started kicking in and I started to think I could win when the chips are down. That sort of showed me I’ve got guts.”

Agassi was a good sport about the situation, even if he was disappointed about losing the championship.

“It’s not about winning the tournament, it’s about taking pride in what you do,” Agassi said, according to the New York Times. “If I couldn’t beat Pete healthy, I didn’t deserve to win the tournament, and whether sick or well, he played a great match.”

Agassi later that year won his first US Open title, and he’d climb to a career-high World No. 2, before ascending to No. 1 in 1995.

Tournament Founder Butch Bucholz told, “Delaying the final showed the great character of Andre Agassi. He didn’t want to win the tournament that way, by walkover. Pete’s doctor said if we get some IVs into him, he’ll be okay in a few hours.

“We were just happy to have a match. Pete told us he didn’t think he’d be able to play on Sunday morning. We said, ‘If we got a doctor, and if the doctor can get you to a point where you can play, would you?’ Andre then agreed to delay the match. Andre beat him the next year in a third set tie-break, which was a great match.”

It was the first and only time Sampras would win the ‘Sunshine Double’ — lifting the trophy in Indian Wells and Miami in the same year — and he’d go on to win a personal-best 10 tour-level titles that year. Sampras finished atop the 1994 year-end FedEx ATP Rankings, marking the second of six consecutive World No. 1 finishes.

“I would have done the same thing for him if he’d been in the same boat,” Sampras said of Agassi’s gesture.

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Tsonga's Band, Djokovic's Costume: #TennisAtHome Roundup

  • Posted: Mar 29, 2020

Tsonga’s Band, Djokovic’s Costume: #TennisAtHome Roundup looks at what your favourite players have been up to

Your favourite players are all finding ways to stay busy and remain in shape while doing their part to flatten the curve. From Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s new family band to Novak Djokovic’s homemade costume, find out how the biggest names in tennis are keeping active.

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Tsonga didn’t need to look far when he needed someone to accompany him on drums.

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Rafael Nadal launched the #NuestraMejorVictoria (Our Best Victory) campaign with six-time NBA All-Star champion Pau Gasol in order to raise funds in the fight against COVID-19.

Stefanos Tsitsipas helped launch a free workout program for his fans to stay in shape while staying at home.

All of Stan Wawrinka’s alter egos are finding ways to keep up their workout routines.

Yoshihito Nishioka is passing the time with a traditional Japanese toy known as a kendama.

Diego Schwartzman is staying on top of his off-court training.

Gael Monfils took time to celebrate Wawrinka’s 35th birthday.

Jamie Murray gave his fans a sample workout that can be done at home and without equipment.

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Five Things To Know About Cristian Garin

  • Posted: Mar 28, 2020

Five Things To Know About Cristian Garin

Learn more about the top Chilean’s hobbies, his rapid rise and more

Cristian Garin has proven himself a clay-court stalwart over the past two seasons, winning all four of his ATP Tour titles on the surface. The former junior Grand Slam titlist has quickly established himself among the world’s best, and he is currently the No. 2 South American, trailing only Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman, who is World No. 13 looks at five things you should know about Garin.

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1) Garin is at his career-high FedEx ATP Ranking
Garin enjoyed a breakthrough 2019 season, winning his first two ATP Tour titles in Houston and Munich. The Chilean has not let that momentum slip in 2020, triumphing in Cordoba before lifting his biggest trophy yet in Rio de Janeiro.

The 23-year-old is now at a career-high World No. 18. It has been a rapid rise for Garin, who first cracked the world’s Top 100 on 29 October 2018. He made his first ATP Tour final last March in Sao Paulo, losing in straight sets against Guido Pella. It was a disappointing defeat, as Garin saw it as his big chance to earn a crown.

“I’m not sure what to think because I didn’t expect to win an ATP Tour title after Sao Paulo,” Garin said after his Houston victory last year. “Now that I’ve won, I want to just go back home for a few days and work again.”

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2) He spent time living in Spain
When Garin was 18, he moved to Spain, changing coaches and residences in the hopes of competing in more tournaments. It was the first time he lived anywhere but in Santiago, Chile.

But in 2018, he moved to Argentina for several months to work with coach Andres Schneiter, before ultimately returning to Santiago. However, his partnership with Schneiter has proven fruitful.

“It was tough because I made many changes, maybe some bad changes. I lost many times and had some problems with ex-coaches. I moved to Spain and maybe it wasn’t a good decision for me,” Garin said last year. “But in the past year, I’m making good things happen and working hard every day, so I’m seeing the results now.”

3) Garin made history as a teen
In his first tournament of 2013, in Vina del Mar, Garin defeated Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-4 to become the fifth player 16 or younger (since 2000) to win an ATP Tour match.

“It was big pressure,” Garin said.

Just months later, he won the 2013 Roland Garros Boys’ Singles title. It took him until last February in Buenos Aires to win his next ATP Tour main draw match.

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4) Garin is clutch under pressure
Garin may be World No. 18, but he ranks higher in Infosys’ ATP Under Pressure Rating. He is seventh in the category over the past 52 weeks, only trailing Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Nick Kyrgios.

The rating accounts for performance in tie-breaks, deciding sets and break points (both won and converted).

In the past year, Garin has won 55.2 per cent of his tie-breaks, 73.7 per cent of his deciding sets, converted 41.2 per cent of his break points and saved 62.3 per cent of the break points he faced

5) UNO, Clash Royale and Business
Garin and Schneiter keep things lighthearted off the court, playing games with one another when possible. They include the card game UNO, as well as competing in the app Clash Royale.

“We play a lot… it’s too good,” Schneiter told

If Garin wasn’t a professional tennis player, the Chilean says he would be a businessman. He also enjoys watching NBA basketball, and his favourite foods are sushi and pizza.

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Why Raonic Is Rationing, Not Binging, On Streaming Video

  • Posted: Mar 28, 2020

Why Raonic Is Rationing, Not Binging, On Streaming Video

Learn what the Canadian has done while staying inside

Former World No. 3 Milos Raonic has increasingly become interested in art, and his great uncle was an artist from Montenegro. He has enjoyed visiting art galleries or going to art shows that have coincided with the ATP Tour’s schedule.

But during the coronavirus pandemic, the Canadian has been staying inside. spoke to the 29-year-old to find out how he’s been keeping busy, his advice and more.

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What movie would you recommend and why?
The Talented Mr. Ripley. I wouldn’t have recommended it probably a week ago, but now that I’ve had time to go through things, it’s sort of been revisited and talked about and I just appreciate how great it is.

Have you been able to watch a bunch of movies?
I’ve tried not to, because I don’t know how long we’re going to be in this situation, so I’ve tried not to start binging right away and then be out of things that I can possibly stream.

Is there a book you’d recommend?
Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom. It was recommended to me a long time ago and I remember it. Now I read a lot, but back then I didn’t read so much, and it was probably one of the first books since early in my childhood that I had and I was very enticed to finish it in a single sitting because it was so good. It was so touching and it’s one that I recommend to a lot of people.

What made you start reading more now than you used to?
It’s just an easy way to shut down. Always if you’re watching something on an iPad, a computer, or a phone, you can get boggled and maybe distracted by other things. I find this way that I put all my electronics far away and when I read, it keeps me more present than a TV show because a TV show you can keep listening to it and maybe check something on your phone in the meantime or that kind of thing. With a book, you need to completely put everything down in the meantime. It just requires more attention.

Especially with your career and how busy you are, it must be good to get away from everything for that bit of time?
I think it’s more of a complete disconnect. I travel with a bunch of books everywhere I go and I love going to different bookstores in different cities. Even though the books might not be changing too much, I think it’s sad to see a lot of mom-and-pop bookstores go out of business.

What music would you recommend to anybody?
It’s a lot of older music that I listen to: a lot of Sam Cooke, Bob Dylan, a lot of stuff that’s always playing a little bit more quietly. Nothing to get me too riled up, especially since I’m home all the time [now].

A lot of the guys have been playing video games. Have you gotten into those at all?
I’ve gotten into it for a couple of days. I hadn’t played a single video game for maybe three or four years. So I think this got me into thinking, ‘Okay, how can I kill some time and keep me enticed?’ I got into it for a bit, but I don’t think it’s something that’s going to last in my own personal daily routine.

What video game?
NBA2K has been played a lot. [I like playing with] Toronto, but when we play with friends, everybody has to go with random teams. Sometimes you can get a better team, a disadvantaged team. It just makes everybody have to play with every other team.

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Have you been playing it with other players or other friends?
Friends from normal life. It’s just been people that I don’t get a chance to be in the same time zone with. Normally when I have time during the day, they’re working. But this way, everybody’s got a bit more time now and we just find ways to try to make the most of the days.

Of course it’s a very tough time in the world right now, but how nice has it been to get to catch up with those people?
It’s been nice getting on the same page with people, especially because most of my close friends are from outside of the tennis world. They work throughout the day and they’re normally in the North American time zones. Having chances throughout the day when the time zones aren’t an issue, I can actually find time to get in touch rather than getting in touch and having a full conversation over FaceTime once a week or once every two weeks depending how busy everybody is, it can happen daily. 

What’s your message to the fans?
The most important thing is to respect what their government asks of them and also the others around you by staying home and trying to make the most of things, but within your confined space with the people around you, just for everybody’s health. That’s whether it’s the people close to you or people on the other end of the country. This thing spreads fast. It’s not just the people in your community that you affect. It’s them talking to another person, talking to another person, talking to another person.The effects and the ripples can be felt far and wide.

I think people have to respect that and realise the seriousness of what’s going on… for most, this is a once-in-a-lifetime thing and I think people will need to be aware of how it’s changing our lives a lot. You have to respect that process.

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ESPN2 Brings Fans Federer-Nadal Marathon

  • Posted: Mar 27, 2020

ESPN2 Brings Fans Federer-Nadal Marathon

Twenty-two consecutive hours of their classic matches to air on Saturday

Looking to satisfy your tennis cravings? ESPN2 is providing a 22-hour marathon on Saturday that features six epic Grand Slam matches between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The matches can also be viewed on the ESPN app.

Nadal currently leads their ATP Head2Head rivalry 24-16 and has won 10 of their 14 Grand Slam battles. Federer picked up three of his Grand Slam victories at Wimbledon.

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2006 Wimbledon final


2012 Australian Open semi-final


2007 Wimbledon final


2017 Australian Open final


2008 Wimbledon final


2009 Australian Open final

Wimbledon provided additional Grand Slam viewing on Thursday by posting the entire 11-hour, five-minute encounter between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut to their YouTube channel.

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Cabal Launches Campaign To Help Colombian Families Combat COVID-19

  • Posted: Mar 27, 2020

Cabal Launches Campaign To Help Colombian Families Combat COVID-19

Colombian doubles star announces initiative on social media

While the pandemic caused by COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc around the world, some of the biggest stars on the ATP Tour have thrown themselves into providing aid during this difficult situation.

Juan Sebastian Cabal, No. 2 in the FedEx ATP Doubles Rankings, launched an initiative with his brother to help the most vulnerable people in his hometown of Cali, Colombia. Cabal is promoting a campaign on social media to raise funds for buying food in local markets and delivering it to families in need, especially those who normally work on the street. The goal is to make it possible for everyone to stay home and adopt the necessary protective measures against COVID-19.

“While our doctors, nurses, security, supermarket and pharmacy staff are fighting for us, we cannot stand by and watch,” Cabal wrote in a post on his Instagram account. In our city, 70 per cent of the population relies on the informal economy and we know that part of the success in the fight against COVID-19 is social isolation. In order to guarantee that our people who work in this way can comply, we must guarantee food for them and their families during the days of quarantine.

“We invite you to support us and contribute to this cause. With the help of community leaders, we are identifying the city’s vulnerable families.”

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Cabal is promoting and coordinating the initiative from his home. Donations can be made through two bank accounts that the Colombian has set up. His longtime doubles partner and fellow Colombian, Robert Farah, also shared the campaign on his own social media accounts.

There are 491 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Colombia as of 27 March, while the global figure has reached 577,624.

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Nadal & Gasol Support Red Cross In Fighting COVID-19

  • Posted: Mar 27, 2020

Nadal & Gasol Support Red Cross In Fighting COVID-19

Fundraising campaign announced on Thursday

Rafael Nadal and Pau Gasol have launched the #NuestraMejorVictoria (Our Best Victory) campaign, which they hope to use to encourage donations from Spanish sport in the fight against COVID-19. The initiative, which forms part of the #CruzRojaResponde (Red Cross Responds) project, aims to raise €11 million and help citizens in need during this health emergency.

The two sportsmen made an appeal on Thursday via social media, sending out a clear message of unity and reciprocal support to all members of the Spanish public. Because Spanish citizens have supported them in their victories and defeats, they wanted to return that affection at this challenging time.

“You have always been on our side during happy times and difficult times. You have always been understanding… We athletes are what we are largely thanks to your support. Now is the time that we cannot let you down,” Nadal said. “It occurred to me to ring my friend Pau [Gasol] and he was also thinking about doing something. We reached the conclusion that now is the time to launch this initiative, which we hope that the whole of Spanish sport will get behind.”

Nadal is at home in Mallorca and complying with the confinement regulations set out by the Spanish government. Since 14 March, Spain has been under a state of national emergency, which includes measures limiting the movement of citizens.

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“We are going through a time that would have been unexplainable and unimaginable a few months ago,” Nadal said. “We’re suffering the impact of this pandemic which has changed all of our lives, particularly those people who are suffering firsthand and their relatives.

“These are sad times, being at home all day. The news is not very encouraging. There is nothing we can do other than be positive, strong and united in the fight to beat the virus. I have been at home for a few days and thinking about how I can help in this situation, which is completely new to everyone.”

With more than 64,000 cases confirmed and almost 5,000 deaths, Spain is one of the countries most seriously affected by this pandemic. Spanish athletes were quick to respond and several have already shown their support for the project by promising to give donations.

Notable ATP players such as Feliciano López and David Ferrer have been joined by other Spanish athletes, including WTA stars Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro, race car drivers Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz, football goalkeeper Iker Casillas, track and field athletes Bruno Hortelano and Orlando Ortega, and yachtswoman Theresa Zabell, among others.

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Cabal Considers Doubles Partner Switch

  • Posted: Mar 27, 2020

Cabal Considers Doubles Partner Switch

Colombian practises in living room with new partner

Juan Sebastian Cabal has had plenty of time to consider his future plans on the doubles court during the COVID-19 pandemic and it seems the Colombian may be preparing for a future switch in partners.

Cabal issued a warning to current partner Robert Farah on Instagram, providing his followers with a video of an intense home practice session with his son, Jacobo.

At three years of age, Jacobo may need to wait some time before he can unleash his powerful forehands on anything other than the living room wall. So perhaps Farah can call off the search for a new partner, at least in the short term.

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Djokovic Family Donating €1 Million Of Ventilators To Serbia

  • Posted: Mar 27, 2020

Djokovic Family Donating €1 Million Of Ventilators To Serbia

The Novak Djokovic Foundation typically supports preschool education in Serbia

Novak Djokovic and Jelena Djokovic announced Friday that they will donate €1 million through the Novak Djokovic Foundation for the purchase of ventilators and medical equipment to support hospitals and other medical institutions in their battle against coronavirus in Serbia.

“The fight is not easy, numbers are not pleasant, but I am convinced that we will manage to make it out of this stronger than before,” Novak told local media according to his foundation. “It is important to remain united in this fight, to help each other, so we can defeat this virus faster and easier. We would like to use this opportunity to invite everyone else to join us and help numerous families and people who need help to survive and get healthy again.”

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The Novak Djokovic Foundation typically focusses on helping create and enhance preschool education opportunities for Serbian children. But the World No. 1 is reacting to the current pandemic, which is affecting families throughout the world.

“We will keep bringing people together, who are calling me every day, and who want to join in. Not everyone can help, many are hit hard by this situation, but fortunately, there are many people and companies who can help,” Novak said. “We will open a special account for this emergency situation, like we did the last time when we were hit by the floods. [The] Novak Djokovic Foundation team is working like a well-oiled machine and we are ready to help.”

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Jelena Djokovic, the foundation’s co-founder and global CEO, says they have found a manufacturer to work with on securing the ventilators.

“You haven’t heard from us lately with a specific view on the ongoing situation that has trapped the entire world, for we took some time to take a careful analysis of the situation, both on our own and with our Novak Djokovic Foundation team,” Jelena said. “What has become clear to us is that this situation is going to be a marathon, rather than a speed race, and it would be good for us to rationally and strategically utilise both our strength and resources to be able to push through to the very end. In moments like this, having high-quality equipment is essential – ventilators – above all, which can save people’s lives.” 

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