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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Nick Kyrgios leads latest outpouring of disrespect towards top players

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Nick Kyrgios leads latest outpouring of disrespect towards top players

• ‘I probably don’t show them respect – they’re just good at tennis’
• Daniil Medvedev says he always wanted Roger Federer to lose

Nick Kyrgios says he is happy to keep his feud with Novak Djokovic ticking over at Wimbledon next month – while Daniil Medvedev, another of the sport’s young rebels, uttered the ultimate heresy on Monday when he revealed he always wanted Roger Federer to lose.

For the first time since 2013, when the Latvian loose cannon Ernests Gulbis accused Federer, Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray of being “boring”, there is insurrection in the air and boredom seems the underlying cause of the latest unrest.

Related: Andy Murray says he is back in love with tennis as he prepares for Queen’s

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Mon, 17 Jun 2019 18:28:17 GMT

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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Ashleigh Barty aiming to ‘do some damage’ at French Open

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Ashleigh Barty aiming to ‘do some damage’ at French Open

  • New world No 9 keen to improve game on clay courts
  • Queenslander senses opportunity in Paris

Ashleigh Barty sees no reason why the clay season will slow her down as she sets her sights on the French Open. The Queenslander was back on home soil on Wednesday after Sunday’s Miami Open victory propelled her to a career-high world No 9.

Barty will lead Australia’s Fed Cup semi-final charge in Brisbane later this month but is already eyeing the next grand slam in Paris.

Related: Ashleigh Barty beats Karolina Pliskova to win Miami Open title

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Wed, 03 Apr 2019 02:35:52 GMT

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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Ashleigh Barty beats Karolina Pliskova to win Miami Open title

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Ashleigh Barty beats Karolina Pliskova to win Miami Open title

  • 22-year-old is first Australian woman in top 10 since 2013
  • Victory in Florida brings $1.3m prize money

Ashleigh Barty had 15 aces and became the 33rd different player to win a title in as many ATP and WTA tournaments this year when she beat Karolina Pliskova 7-6, 6-3 on Saturday in the final of the Miami Open.

The 22-year-old Australian, seeded 12th, won her fourth title and the biggest of her career. She improved to 18-3 this year and will rise next week to career-high ranking of No9, the first Australian woman since 2013 to reach the top 10 in the world.

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Sat, 30 Mar 2019 19:55:48 GMT

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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Ashleigh Barty shrugs off inclement weather to storm into Miami final

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Ashleigh Barty shrugs off inclement weather to storm into Miami final

  • Australian beats Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 6-3
  • Several breaks due to rain interrupt play in Florida

Ashleigh Barty came through another rain-interrupted match at the Miami Open to book a place in the biggest final of her career with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit.

Australia’s No 1 player did not allow two rain breaks during play at Hard Rock Stadium distract her and she wrapped up victory with an ace after breaking Kontaveit’s resistance in the second set.

Related: Hopman Cup axed with Perth to host men’s event instead

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Thu, 28 Mar 2019 23:55:39 GMT

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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Hopman Cup axed with Perth to host men’s event instead

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Hopman Cup axed with Perth to host men’s event instead

  • Mixed tournament on scrapheap after 31 years
  • New ATP Cup to be held in West Australian capital

Even Roger Federer’s wildly-popular selfie with Serena Williams and a record attendance have not been enough to save the Hopman Cup. The unique 31-year-old mixed teams tennis event has become a casualty of the emerging new order in tennis, with Perth to host a section of the inaugural ATP Cup teams event from next summer instead.

The West Australian capital has been chosen ahead of Adelaide to host the first six days of the 24-team event along with Brisbane, with the eight-team finals to be played in Sydney.

Related: Ashleigh Barty beats Petra Kvitová in Miami Open quarter-final – as it happened

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Thu, 28 Mar 2019 04:59:04 GMT

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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Nick Kyrgios’s underarm serving a rebellious act with echoes of Lenglen | Kevin Mitchell

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Nick Kyrgios’s underarm serving a rebellious act with echoes of Lenglen | Kevin Mitchell

Maverick Australian’s underarm serving has caused a stir in Miami but 100 years ago Suzanne Lenglen was attracting similar gasps for serving overarm

When Nick Kyrgios crashed out of the Miami Open in the fourth round overnight, strapping holding his right knee together but his emotions less secure, he left his familiar impression, the magician/villain du jour of tennis. There surely will not be a better tweener this year than the one he put on Borna Coric before losing in three sets. But that is Kyrgios: unfathomable in every way.

The mercurial Australian might not be aware of it, but Suzanne Lenglen, a rebel in silk skirts and garters (but no corset), shares a bond with him that stretches across a hundred years of their sport – although she did not strop as often, by all accounts.

Related: Kyle Edmund out of Miami Open after climax marred by rogue crowd call

OMG @NickKyrgios hits em with the underhand serve on set point #MiamiOpen pic.twitter.com/yPRA0H4GwD

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Wed, 27 Mar 2019 11:59:35 GMT

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