Roundup of tennis news, including Fritz and Federer
Tennis News ‘Second Service’: Taylor Fritz doubles down on coaching comments, Federer nervous over retirement talk
Looking back on big tennis news in our exclusive ‘Second Service’… Fritz doubles down on tennis training and Federer admits to being worried before parting more more…
For starters, Taylor Fritz managed to overpower Cameron Norrie in the Brit’s Laver Cup debut to ensure Team World kept pace halfway through the competition.
As has always been a feature of the Laver Cup, both men benefited from team advice and coaching on the pitch.
Fritz has previously declared his contempt for the latest ATP rules update allowing players to receive training on the pitch.
“I hate coaching on the pitch because I feel like I can be analytical in my head, figure it out on my own, and I just think it’s up to the player to figure it out for themselves.”
Read the full story here.
In other news, Roger Federer admitted he wasn’t looking forward to speaking in front of the Laver Cup crowd after his farewell match on Friday.
After he and his friend and rival Rafael Nadal lost to Team World’s Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe, all attention at the O2 Arena quickly turned to the 20-time Slam champion.
Of course, fans wanted to hear from the big man as his retirement officially began, but Federer revealed he feared he couldn’t hold himself back emotionally.
“Well, that’s the part that worried me the most was taking the mic,” he told reporters after the game in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Read all about it here.
Moreover, Andy Murray said his match against Alex de Minaur at the Laver Cup was one of the “most special” of his career despite losing.
“Tonight was special,” Andy Murray said. “To be part of this occasion and to be part of this team – it was surreal.
“Standing up watching my team and having Bjorn Borg supporting you and all the guys who were there on the bench was really cool and a memory I will have for a long time.”
Read what else Murray had to say here.
Moving on, Rafael Nadal withdrew from the Laver Cup for personal reasons after helping Roger Federer end his career.
Nadal has had a tough few weeks with injury as he continues to recover from the abdominal injury that forced him to withdraw from Wimbledon.
His wife is also expecting their first child, making it an unusually stressful situation at home for the 22-time major winner.
“It’s been tough weeks, few hours of sleep, a bit of stress in general,” Nadal explained.
Finally, Roger Federer was delighted with the level of tennis displayed by Novak Djokovic during the former world number one’s first competitive match in more than two months.
“Such control, it’s nice to see after so many months off”, before adding “Keep it up” after Djokovic thanked the Swiss for the compliment.
Read the full story here.
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