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Daniil Medvedev Finds Another Way of Playing Professional Tennis


At 23, Rublev is two years younger than Medvedev and grew up playing junior tournaments against him in Russia. For a long time Rublev, seeded No. 8, and Karen Khachanov, 24, the third member of Russia’s latest golden generation, were better than Medvedev. The rise for Medvedev came in 2018 and 2019, when he nearly beat Rafael Nadal in the 2019 United States Open final.“He reads the game really well,” Rublev said of Medvedev. “It’s amazing, the patience he has to stay so long in the rallies, to not rush, to take the time, because in the end these little details, they make him who he is.”Russia is the only country with two players in the top 10. Khachanov gives it three in the top 20. Aslan Karatsev, 27, another Russian ranked No. 114, came out of nowhere to make the quarterfinals here in his first Grand Slam tournament.Medvedev comes into the quarterfinal on perhaps the best roll of his career. He has won 18 consecutive singles matches. He won the ATP Tour finals in London in November, pulling off the nifty trick of beating the world’s top three players — Novak Djokovic, Nadal and Dominic Thiem — in a single tournament. For Russia at the ATP Cup, he beat Alexander Zverev of Germany, a 2020 U.S. Open finalist, in a tight, three-set match in the semifinal round.Medvedev spent his early childhood in Moscow and played few sports other than tennis growing up. He worshiped Russia’s last golden generation, which included Marat Safin and Yevgeny Kafelnikov, who were in their prime when he was a young child. He moved to France to train as a teenager and became fluent in English and French.Medvedev could be heard screaming at his coach, Gilles Cervara of France, in French during his third-round match against Filip Krajinovic of Serbia, as he frittered away a two-set lead before recovering to win the final set, 6-0.

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Aslan Karatsev of Russia Continues an Unlikely Run at Australian Open


He is the mystery man who few in the sport had heard of just days ago. But Aslan Karatsev of Russia has landed in the semifinals of the Australian Open.In one of the most unlikely runs in the history of modern tennis, Karatsev on Tuesday became one of the few players to make the final four of a Grand Slam after surviving the qualifying tournament when he beat an ailing Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in four sets 2-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2.Karatsev, 27, who was born in Russia, moved to Israel as a child, then returned to Russia as a teenager to pursue better tennis training, according to The Times of Israel. He had been playing in the tennis hinterlands for several years with little success. He had never qualified for a Grand Slam before this tournament. He won three straight matches at the Australian Open qualifying event in Doha to win a spot in the main event and came in ranked No. 114 in the world. He has never been ranked higher than No. 111.Dimitrov appeared to have the match under control after the first set but suffered what looked to be back spasms in the third set and appeared to be on the edge of retiring for the rest of the match.Just four other players have made the semifinals of a Grand Slam after getting through the qualifying event.Ahead of the Australian Open, he played doubles for Team Russia in the ATP Cup, a team event in which players represent their countries. Russia won the competition, but not because of Karatsev, who lost all three matches in which he played with two different partners.His teammates noticed that he was playing as well as they had ever seen, and yet none of them would have predicted anything like this.“We felt like he could do something amazing,” Daniil Medvedev, Russia’s top player and the No. 4 seed in the Australian Open. “To be honest, being in your first Grand Slam main draw? Making quarters is something exceptional. He’s not over yet.”He certainly is not.Karatsev will take on the winner of the match between Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev, which is scheduled for Tuesday night.

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Hsieh Su-Wei to Face Naomi Osaka at Australian Open


MELBOURNE, Australia — The tennis court becomes a fun house mirror when the player across the net is Hsieh Su-Wei, the queen of the overhead drop shot, whose wicked spins, clever angles and two-handed shots from both sides can rattle her opponents.Naomi Osaka, a three-time Grand Slam champion, sighed audibly on Sunday when informed that her reward for fending off two match points against Garbine Muguruza was a meeting with Hsieh, who clinched her place in the quarterfinals while Osaka was struggling to solve the problem that was Muguruza.“She’s one of those players that, for me, if it was a video game, I would want to select her character just to play her,” Osaka, the 2019 champion, said. “Because my mind can’t fathom the choices she makes when she’s on the court.”Osaka, 23, added, “It’s not fun to play her, but it’s really fun to watch.”Hsieh, 35, is more accomplished in doubles, where she and her partner, Barbora Strycova, arrived at Melbourne Park as the top seeds and exited in the second round. A three-time Grand Slam champion in doubles, Hsieh had never advanced to the quarterfinals in singles in 37 prior Grand Slam singles main draw appearances.“She’s probably going to smash me on the court,” Hsieh said cheerfully. “I try to play my game, do my job, see what happens.”Hsieh has a resting happy face, but behind the smile lurks a steely competitor. She has played Osaka five times, and four of the matches have gone three sets, including Hsieh’s lone win, in the third round in Miami in 2019 when Osaka was the world No. 1.Asked what makes playing Hsieh such a challenge, Osaka said, “Have you watched her play?” She laughed. “It’s like, ‘What?’”She added, “I know that for me, whenever I play her I just have to expect everything.”The showdown between Hsieh of Taiwan and Osaka of Japan, is a study in contrasts. Osaka creates pace and Hsieh redirects it. Osaka is a marketing magnet who added Louis Vuitton, Tag Heuer and Workday to her endorsement portfolio ahead of the Australian Open. Hsieh has no sponsors, partly by design.“I’d rather stay simple,” said Hsieh, whose tournament routine of shopping for discounted tennis wear has been upended by the statewide lockdown instituted last week.As embodied by Osaka, the power game is in vogue. But Hsieh’s more refined style will never go out of fashion. She is an artist that turns convention on its head with an unusual vision that gives the court its shape, the way a Bundt pan gives shape to the batter poured into it.“I think she has incredible hands and incredible eyes,” said Serena Williams’s coach, Patrick Mouratoglou. “She sees the ball very early, seeing and anticipating a lot.”That’s why she has such an economy of movement, he added, “and why she’s so difficult to play.”For the past three weeks, the tricky job of preparing the crafty Hsieh for her matches has fallen to Andrew Whittington, who advanced to the semifinals in men’s doubles at the 2017 Australian Open and has cracked the top 200 in singles.On a sunny Monday on Court 17, hard against the tram tracks on the eastern periphery of the grounds, Whittington spent close to an hour feeding Hsieh the hard, flat, well-placed serves that are Osaka’s signature.Hsieh’s coach, Paul McNamee, instructed Whittington to hold nothing back. After Hsieh failed to get her racket on a ball to her backhand, McNamee sidled up to Hsieh and said she would be seeing that serve a lot from Osaka.Hsieh nodded solemnly. Seconds later, she lifted a ball off the court with her racket, turned her back to the net and hit a no-look rainbow shot back to Whittington, who could only laugh.McNamee described Hsieh as a free spirit and said: “You don’t want to box that spirit. You’ve got to let it rise and be free.”Laughing, McNamee added, “I’ve learned the joy of silence a lot working with Su-Wei.”During the last few minutes of the hourlong practice, Whittington fielded serves from Hsieh, including a few made underhanded. He was more prepared for those than the question she lobbed at him near the end of the drill.“Is my serve very slow?” she said.It was the rare instance when she wasn’t kidding around. Sensing Hsieh’s vulnerability, Whittington moved quickly to assure her that her serve is fine. Like the rest of the arrows in her quiver, it is deceptively sharp. Hsieh has put 71 percent of her first serves in play in this tournament.Hsieh’s authenticity, her guilelessness, is “what makes her so unique and so great to work with,” Whittington said.Whittington brought more tennis rackets to the hitting session than Hsieh, who generally travels with one. The ball finds the sweet spot on her racket with such regularity, McNamee explained, that Hsieh went three years without breaking a string.An entertainer who wields her racket like a magician’s prop, Hsieh is sorry that the lockdown will shut out fans through Wednesday — and perhaps longer.“I think I just stay the same, enjoy, try to be positive,” she said. “If I don’t win, I hope quarantine finishes very soon so I can go out to enjoy a little bit.”Even if Osaka comes away with the win, she doubts it will be enjoyable. In the third round of the 2019 Australian Open, Osaka defeated Hsieh, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.It is not a pleasant memory.“I just remember having, like, so many emotions just because I felt like there wasn’t a lot of things I could control while I was playing her,” Osaka said.It is Hsieh’s greatest strength. She can make the best, most powerful players feel helpless.

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Speed of Courts at Issue in Australian Open


MELBOURNE, Australia — The chatter about the speed of the tennis courts at the Australian Open this year started innocently enough.It was just before the ATP Cup, the team competition at Melbourne Park that preceded the Australian Open, the year’s first Grand Slam event. Dominic Thiem of Austria, the winner of last year’s United States Open, mentioned he had been practicing at John Cain Arena, and the ball seemed to be coming off the blue hardcourt pretty darn fast.Days later, Novak Djokovic, the world No. 1 and eight-time champion of the Australian Open, said the court at Rod Laver Arena, which he refers to as his second backyard, felt strikingly fast. Then, after his second-round defeat of Frances Tiafoe of the United States, Djokovic said it was playing faster than at any other time since he began playing here 15 years ago, which is not a bad thing for perhaps the game’s most precise and effective ball striker. He said it again after beating Milos Raonic in the fourth round Sunday night. On Friday night, Thiem, the No. 3 seed, came back from two sets down to beat the fan favorite Nick Kyrgios of Australia in the third round, and spoke of all the challenges he had faced — a hostile crowd, Kyrgios’s booming serve and “the fastest Grand Slam Court I have ever played on.”Few players have disagreed.Their comments have caught Tennis Australia, the organizer of the Australian Open and the keeper of the courts at Melbourne Park, a bit off guard. Last year at the Australian Open, some players complained the courts were too slow.Machar Reid, the head of innovation for Tennis Australia, knows the most about the condition of the courts. He said pretournament tests produced results similar to last year, the first year the Australian Open contracted with GreenSet, which supplies the acrylic coating of the courts, essentially the paint.“What we aim for is consistency, year after year, not just here but for all the facilities in the country, so the players are playing on a similar surface no matter where they are,” Reid said in an interview last week. “All our indications are that the courts are the same.”Without getting overly technical in evaluating the tests against the experiences of multimillionaire athletes who have hit countless shots on countless courts and are sensitive to the tiniest changes in conditions, it is worth noting that tennis players consistently suffer from the Goldilocks syndrome.Tennis courts are always either too fast or too slow, too slick or too sticky. Players can shift their opinion midway through a match if the weather changes. They are not an easy lot to please.Men seem to obsess and complain about the speed more than women, perhaps because they hit harder. A serve traveling at 130 miles per hour is plenty difficult to return on a normal court. On a too-fast court it is tough to get the racket on it.The International Tennis Federation, the sport’s world governing body, classifies tennis courts into one of five categories for its Court Pace Rating: slow, medium-slow, medium, medium-fast and fast. A surface receives its classification after various tests that include measuring how high a ball bounces when it hits the surface at different speeds and how easily it slides when it is dragged across it, as well as other factors.The red clay of the French Open is the slowest Grand Slam surface. Playing on the grass of Wimbledon in certain conditions can feel like playing on an ice rink, with the ball skidding and barely rising above a player’s shins. The slightly cushioned hardcourts at the United States Open and the Australian Open are plenty fast, but the ball generally pops up. The speed can be adjusted from year to year depending on the grittiness of the acrylic coating — think of it as adding sand to paint.All the courts at Melbourne Park were polished and given a fresh coat of the GreenSet acrylic before this year’s tournament. Reid said Tennis Australia aims to provide a court that lands right in the middle of the I.T.F. classification scale because the organization believes that kind of court produces the best tennis.A court rated in the fastest category would too heavily favor the big servers and prevent points from developing. A slow court would encourage players to stay back and turn each point into a defensive chess match. A medium court allows tennis to hit that delicate balance between athleticism and strategy.The problem is tennis tournaments don’t take place in a static environment. No matter what the numbers say, how “fast” a tennis court plays is the result of an incalculable and ever-changing interaction of the ball, the surface of the court and the climate.Changes in the weather can have a drastic effect on how a ball moves. Cooler weather can make a tennis ball feel like a rock on the racket and lessen its bounce. When the temperature rises, the ball becomes livelier. There have been a few hot days in the past month, but the weather has been rather cool for the Melbourne summer.Then again, racket and string technologies are always improving, allowing players to hit harder, with more topspin than ever. Also, courts generally speed up with increased play, and the courts at Melbourne Park have experienced significantly more play than normal this year. Players began practicing on the courts three weeks before the Australian Open. Five separate competitions took place the week before the tournament started.And yet it’s a mystery whether the courts are truly faster and how big a factor that will play in the outcome of the tournament.Fifth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, whose game is laced with power, described the court at Rod Laver Arena as one of the slowest at Melbourne Park and not that different from the courts at other Grand Slam events.But Diego Schwartzman of Argentina, one of the game’s great baseline defenders, described the courts as “really, really quick.” Schwartzman, the No. 8 seed, lost in the third round to Aslin Karatsev, a hard-hitting Russian ranked 114th in the world and playing in his first Grand Slam singles tournament. Karatsev dispatched Schwartzman in three sets.“He’s a guy who was doing very powerful shots every single time, and the court was not helping,” Schwartzman said. “I prefer it a little bit slower, to have better conditions so you can think a little bit more in the match and you can have choices, different choices, different shots.”In the fourth round, Karatsev came back from two sets down to defeat Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada, the No. 20 seed.“I played here before, and it was slower,” Karatsev said. “But for me, it’s good. I think the fast surface for me, it’s always good.”On Sunday, Thiem, the big hitter who started all this chatter, lost badly to Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria at Rod Laver Arena, 6-4, 6-4, 6-0.“It was very, very fast, probably the fastest Grand Slam I’ve played so far,” Thiem said. “But that wasn’t the issue.”After the tournament, Reid said, he will evaluate the reams of data produced by the Hawk-Eye system, which takes hundreds of measurements per second of the ball and the court position of each player. It should provide some insight into whether the courts were faster this year. Or maybe it won’t.

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Serena Williams Turns Back Time at Australian Open


MELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams became a time traveler on Sunday, pulled back to the past to essentially face down her much younger self.Across the net from her in the fourth round of the Australian Open stood the 22-year-old Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, who turned pro at 14, like Williams, and whose strategy called to mind Williams’s game plan at the same age: If at first you don’t succeed, hit harder.Williams, 39, stared down Sabalenka, and after two gripping hours, Sabalenka blinked. In the 10th game of the deciding set, Sabalenka mustered one point on her serve as Williams, a seven-time champion, seized the break and a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 victory to set up a quarterfinal meeting with Simona Halep, who dispatched the 19-year-old Iga Swiatek in three sets.Williams’s longevity makes it easy to forget that before she was the game’s grande dame, she was its whiz kid, collecting nine WTA singles titles, including one Grand Slam, before she was out of her teens.Sabalenka, a nine-time winner on the WTA Tour, and Swiatek, the reigning French Open champion, are the latest in a long string of polished phenoms threaded through Williams’s career. One of the biggest stars to emerge, Naomi Osaka, saved two match points to beat Garbiñe Muguruza on Sunday. Still, from Jennifer Capriati and Monica Seles to Maria Sharapova and Sloane Stephens, Williams has watched many young talents come and go and, on occasion, stray far from tennis.A sport with a history of suffocating its young has not stifled Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion in singles whose love for the game seems to have deepened over time. Against Sabalenka, she studied a page of written notes during changeovers like she was back in high school. She fiddled with her “Queen” necklace. She dug balls out of the corners and ran from side to side like she was on the school blacktop at recess.Darren Cahill, one of Halep’s coaches, described Williams’s movement as the best he has seen from her “in a long, long time” and said, “If you can stay in more points and get more balls back, stay alive, then she’s got the power to turn those points around.”What Williams is doing is also inconceivable to the younger Americans, three of whom followed her into the second week. Marveled one of the three, the 28-year-old Shelby Rogers: “What she’s been able to accomplish is absolutely incredible because some days I wake up now and I’m like, ‘OK I’m not 21 anymore.’”Williams’s serve usually allows her to win her share of easy points. But against Sabalenka, her main weapon continually misfired. Williams put 52 percent of her first serves in play and recorded eight double faults, including one in the fifth game of the third set, which gave Sabalenka two break points.With the state of Victoria in Day 2 of a hard lockdown, no fans were in the stands, but the restrictions placed on the local populace did not extend to Williams’s inner circle, which includes her husband, coach, agent, hitting partner and older sister Venus, 40, who lost in the second round.Williams didn’t need to be told by the Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, that her entourage qualified as “essential workers,” a classification that made it possible for them to attend the match. Her team is elemental to her success, and she looked over often to where everyone was seated. When she was down 15-40 in that fifth game, Venus raised both hands as if signaling a touchdown and they locked eyes.Williams’s most recent Grand Slam championship came at Venus’s expense at Melbourne Park in 2017, when she was two months pregnant with her firstborn daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian. Since becoming a parent, Williams has found her voice as an advocate for working mothers everywhere, speaking openly of the hardships, both physical and emotional, that she and others on the WTA Tour — and in the wider world — confront daily while balancing their jobs and child-rearing.But in that telepathic moment between the sisters, Serena was not tennis’s earth mother. She was transported back in time to her early years as a pro when she looked to Venus for direction.“When I hear her voice, it just makes me calm and confident,” Williams said. “Yeah, I think there’s something about it that just makes me feel really good.”She got her first serve in on the next three points and won them all, earning an advantage with a 126 mile-an-hour ace. Williams closed out the game on a frazzled Sabalenka’s forced error.Sabalenka fought back, winning the next three games to draw even at 4-4. At that point, she said “I felt like I should win it. I felt like I was fighting really well.”But so was Williams. She held, and with Sabalenka serving to stay in the match, Williams got enough balls back to fluster her younger opponent, whose service game ended with a double fault and two forehand unforced errors.“I just needed to play better on the big points,” Williams said. “I knew that I could. I still hadn’t reached my peak. I was like, ‘OK, Serena, you got this. Just keep going.’”After 23 major singles titles and hundreds of millions of dollars in prize money and endorsements and motherhood, how does Williams find the motivation to keep chasing a tennis ball?The answer could be found in how Williams spent her off day. After her Saturday practice, she put her daughter down for a nap and then made work calls to the United States, finalizing orders and obsessing about fabrics for her S by Serena fashion line, which she described as her “second career.”There’s a method to Williams’s multitasking. She has been doing it her whole life, she said. She never played a full tennis schedule as a junior and has never played a full schedule as a pro.“I still went to college, I still did a lot of other things,” Williams said. “I had other careers. It was impossible to burn out.”Convention holds that Williams continues to play because she has Margaret Court’s career record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles in her sights. But the truth might be simpler.“I like my job,” she said. “I like what I do. It’s pretty special I get to come out and still get to do it.”

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2021 Australian Open: What to Watch on Sunday Night


Daniil Medvedev, the fourth seed, struggled in his third round matchup against Filip Krajinovic, losing the third and fourth sets in spectacular fashion. Medvedev cycled between yelling at himself in Russian, his coach in French, and Krajinovic’s well placed volleys in English. In the fifth set, Medvedev settled back in and won six straight games.For McDonald to pull off an upset, he will need to exploit Medvedev’s natural volatility. Medvedev should be able to keep McDonald at bay if he can keep calm and use his varied shots to pull the American around the edges of the court.Rod Laver Arena | 11 p.m. SundayRafael Nadal vs. Fabio FogniniRafael Nadal, the No. 2 seed, has struggled with a small back injury throughout the first week of the Australian Open. However, this has not stopped him from rolling past his opposition without dropping a set. Nadal’s powerful topspin shots have consistently pushed his opponents around the court, depriving them of the time necessary to impose their own ideas upon a rally.Fabio Fognini, the 16th seed, has had a roller coaster week. He struggled in a five-set contest against a fellow Italian, Salvatore Caruso, but then dispatched the 21st seed, Alex de Minaur, in just three sets. Fognini, who won a doubles title at the Australian Open in 2015, has been to the round of 16 in Melbourne four times, and will have a difficult time overcoming Nadal.Rod Laver Arena | 3 a.m. MondayAshleigh Barty vs. Shelby RogersAshleigh Barty, the world No. 1, has moved through to the fourth round without dropping a set. In her third round victory over Ekaterina Alexandrova she played smart tennis, not going for big shots and allowing Alexandrova to overplay and extracting 30 unforced errors.Shelby Rogers, an unseeded player, has reached two major quarterfinals, but has never won a WTA tournament. Her inconsistency on tour can partially be blamed on ruptured cartilage in her knee, which required surgery in 2018.Barty and Rogers faced off in the quarterfinals of the Yarra Valley Classic last week, with Barty winning in a third-set tiebreaker. For Rogers to reverse her fortunes, she’ll need to play aggressively without over-hitting, a tough needle to thread.

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เขาไม่สนใจ Djokovic และ Nadal ที่ Australian Open ซึ่งเป็นสัปดาห์ทางการแพทย์ของอเมริกา


35 35 อิสนาร์เป็นชาวอเมริกันเพียงคนเดียวใน 300 อันดับแรก เทนนิสกำลังกลายเป็นกีฬาระดับโลกอย่างแท้จริงในปี 1990 โดยมี Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi และ Jim Courier เป็นหนึ่งใน 10 อันดับแรกในแคนาดา มีสามคนที่อยู่ใน 20 อันดับแรกขนาดของสหรัฐอเมริกา นอกจากนี้ยังจัดขึ้นที่ฮาร์ดคอร์ทของ Australian Open ซึ่งเล่นโดยชาวอเมริกันส่วนใหญ่ “ฉันคิดว่าฉันเก่งเกินความสามารถ แต่นี่ไม่ใช่สิ่งที่ฉันจะทำกับโนวัค แต่เป็นสิ่งที่คุณจะทำทุกวัน” “เกมพวกนั้นเกมแพ้ฉันไม่คิดอย่างนั้น” Fritz เข้ามาใกล้การเอาชนะ Djokovic ในคืนวันศุกร์อีกขั้นขณะที่ Djokovic พยายามต่อสู้กับสิ่งที่เขาอธิบายว่าเป็นกล้ามเนื้อฉีกขาดทางด้านขวาของเขาเมื่อเขาได้รับบาดเจ็บ ส่วนตรงกลางของเขา Fritz ดูเหมือนจะแพ้ Djokovic ในช่วงต้นเซตที่ 5 แต่ Djokovic เริ่มดึงเตะมุมในช่วงต้นเกมและล้มลง หนึ่งชั่วโมงหลังจากเริ่มเกม Fritz เริ่มหงุดหงิดกับบริการที่พลาดครั้งแรก และข้อผิดพลาดภายนอกของคุณ เขานำ Djokovic ไปยังไทเบรกเกอร์ในเซตแรกจากนั้นเสียเจ็ดคะแนน “มันเป็นแรงบันดาลใจมากที่เราอยู่ใกล้กันมาก แต่ในขณะเดียวกันเราก็ห่างกันมาก” Fritz กล่าว “พวกนี้น่ารักดี” ดังนั้นแมคโดนัลด์อาจมีโอกาสมากกว่าคนชาติอื่น ๆ กลายเป็นความหวังสุดท้ายที่จะรักษาชาวอเมริกันไว้ในสัปดาห์ที่สองของแกรนด์สแลมแรกของปี แมคโดนัลด์แสดงความมั่นใจเมื่อหลายปีก่อนเมื่อเขาเข้าสู่รอบที่สี่ของวิมเบิลดันไม่นานหลังจากออกจากยูซีแอลเอซึ่งเขาแพ้ให้กับ Milos Raonic จากแคนาดา กว่าหนึ่งปีต่อมาเขาหายจากอาการเอ็นเอ็นร้อยหวายหัก French Open และการผ่าตัด หลังจากการผ่าตัดเขาไม่สามารถออกจากอพาร์ตเมนต์ของเขาได้เป็นเวลาสามสัปดาห์และไม่สามารถเดินได้เป็นเวลาสองเดือน ค่อยๆในช่วงสุดสัปดาห์เขาเริ่มลงน้ำหนักที่ขามากขึ้น

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NBA  Says Teams Must Play the National Anthem
Australia

Trust Me, Sports Without Fans Is Not Sports


MELBOURNE, Australia — For roughly the past two decades, the analytics crowd has peddled the idea that sports is essentially math, that what unfolds on the field of play is predictable and intelligible if viewed through a proper algorithm. Occasionally that crowd has even been right. And in many ways the pandemic sports environment was an analytics aficionado’s dream, a chance for games to unfold in a laboratory, free of the noise, both literal and figurative, that can turn an expected outcome into a beautiful mess.Now, nearly a year into the coronavirus pandemic, we really do know the roar of the crowd is as vital to sports as a ball or a net. The artificial crowd noise that Major League Baseball, the N.F.L., the N.B.A. and the N.H.L. have piped in, both for those in the stadiums and arenas and for people watching at home, is a terrible facsimile that makes the spectator-free games feel nothing like sports at all. What stage actors refer to as the “fourth wall” — the metaphorical barrier between performers and spectators — doesn’t exist in sports. A crowd’s passion can seemingly help power comebacks. Its scorn can smother one, too. For five glorious days at the 2021 Australian Open, I got to experience that noise again, because government officials allowed up to 30,000 fans, about 50 percent capacity, to attend the tournament each day. It was both a joy and a revelation to rediscover the power of what the quantum physicists call the “observer effect” — the fact that any observation, however passive, alters an outcome — even in a half-capacity crowd of tennis fans. Sports felt like Sports once more.Then on Friday, the coronavirus did what it has done so relentlessly for the past 11 months: It shut down the party. A recent outbreak was what much of the world would consider a nuisance. But in Australia, which has managed the pandemic more effectively than any other major economy, it qualified as a critical mass.The cluster of coronavirus cases grew to more than a dozen, and the state government of Victoria, where Melbourne is, declared a “snap lockdown” of five days, beginning at midnight Friday.Everyone, except those deemed essential workers, must stay home, though two hours of outdoor exercise and one hour to go to the grocery store or pharmacy are permitted. Players and people considered essential in running the Australian Open will be allowed at Melbourne Park. Spectators, sadly, must stay away until perhaps the singles semifinals, scheduled to start Thursday.“The players will compete in a bubble not dissimilar to what they have done throughout the year,” said Craig Tiley, the chief executive of Tennis Australia, which organizes the tournament.No one is happy about it.“It’s been really fun to have the crowd back, especially here,” Serena Williams said after she beat Anastasia Potapova in straight sets in the third round Friday. “But, you know what, at the end of the day we have to do what’s best. Hopefully it will be all right.”I am here to tell you it won’t be. After what I witnessed during the first five days, it’s going to be terrible, without the essential dynamics that make sports the ultimate in improvisational theater.Nick Kyrgios, the tennis antihero everywhere except Australia, where he is beloved, rode the fans to a miracle Wednesday night. He saved two match points in the fourth set against Ugo Humbert, the rising 22-year-old Frenchmen. Then he edged Humbert in the fifth set in front of an explosive crowd that never gave up on its hometown hero.Kyrgios is the rare tennis player who brings in rugby fans. They screamed their heads off to keep Kyrgios alive and Humbert, the No. 29 seed, on edge until the very last point.“Half-packed and it felt like it was a full stadium,” Kyrgios said. “I got goose bumps toward the end.”Humbert lost those two match points, even though he was serving. He heard the fireworks from the seats a few feet away. As he watched Kyrgios both encourage it and soak it all in, his eyes appeared to fill with fear. There was another set to play, but the crowd was not going to let Humbert get out alive.It is not a stretch to say that Humbert wins that match easily on a quiet court.Kyrgios and his crew were back at it Friday night, when he took on Dominic Thiem of Austria, the reigning United States Open champion. The roars started as Kyrgios broke Thiem in the first game. As the crowd bellowed, Kyrgios waved his arms and cupped his ear, signaling to his fans that if he had any chance against the machine-like No. 3 seed, they were it.And so began three-plus hours of interactive drama, with all the seat-banging, taunting and fist-pumping needed for someone who has barely played in a year to stay competitive with one of the best players on the planet. As the match stretched into the fifth set and past 10:30 p.m., a strange clock watching began, because fans were supposed to be home and observing lockdown by midnight.In the end it wasn’t enough, as Thiem prevailed in five sets, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4, but it’s hard to believe it would have been close without it. “It’s not the same sport without the crowd,” Kyrgios said.So, here is one big reveal of the past week: All those star athletes who have always insisted they are so locked in that they do not hear the crowd? Well, it seems pretty clear they have been lying.Here was Novak Djokovic, who has won this championship eight times. He has described Rod Laver Arena as his backyard. He was getting ready to play a game the other day, when a clump of women with a Serbian flag stood up and serenaded him with the “Ole-Ole” tune, culminating with, “Novak Djokovic is hot, hot, hot!”Djokovic gave up on trying to play cool. He stepped back from the court, started giggling, then shook his head to regain his focus.Here was Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia, trying to serve out the third set for what would have likely been the biggest win of her career, an upset of Simona Halep, the No. 2 seed. She was in front of a hometown crowd that carried her all night but couldn’t will her to victory.“I felt that rush of people just cheering for you,” Tomljanovich said, her voice breaking following the loss. “I’m afraid to say it, but it could be the highlight of the year with the atmosphere and the crowd.”She is not the only one. I do not know what I am dreading more about the end of this assignment — the last freezing month of a winter in the Northeast, or the largely empty version of sports that the pandemic has wrought.It’s something, yes, but it is not sports.

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NBA  Says Teams Must Play the National Anthem
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Brady กล่าวว่าเธอนอนหลับมากกว่าปกติในวันปกติโดยปกติจะไม่ตื่นนอนจนถึง 11.00 น. เธอออกกำลังกายวันละสองครั้งและเวลา 17.00 น. Michael Geiser โค้ชของ Brady กล่าวว่า Brady ไม่ได้ใช้ลูกเทนนิส และน้ำหนักงานที่สำคัญที่สุดของเขาคือจิตใจ “เราไม่สามารถจำลองแนวปฏิบัติในศาลได้ แต่เราพยายามอย่างเต็มที่เพื่อปรับตัวให้เข้ากับสถานการณ์ใหม่นี้” ไกเซอร์กล่าว “ สิ่งที่สำคัญที่สุดคือจิตใจ เราไม่ได้บ่น เรากำลังเอามัน “Geiser กล่าวว่าเขาชื่นชมทัศนคติเชิงบวกของ Brady” เธอมีวันที่เลวร้าย แต่เธอก็พยายามทำให้ดีที่สุดในวันที่เลวร้ายของเธอ “เขากล่าว” สิ่งสำคัญเช่นกันในเกม: คุณไม่ได้เล่นเทนนิสที่ดีที่สุดของคุณ แต่เธอก็พยายามหาทางชนะ “เธอ คว้าแชมป์ WTA ครั้งแรกของเธอและเข้าสู่ United States Open รอบรองชนะเลิศได้รับการตอบรับอย่างดีจากการบังคับจำคุก “ฉันรู้สึกสดชื่นทางจิตใจเมื่อออกมาจากเขตกักบริเวณและพูดในสิ่งที่ฉันชอบ” เบรดี้กล่าวไม่ได้พักผ่อนข้างในฉัน โชคดีนิดหน่อยที่ได้อยู่ในป่า 1 วันมันช่วยให้ฉันฟื้นตัวทั้งจิตใจและร่างกาย “ต้นสน” สองครั้งแรกฉันพยายามรู้สึกถึงแรงและรู้สึกถึงสนามและขณะเดินทางอย่า อย่าพยายามทำมันมากกว่านี้เพราะฉันไม่ต้องการรับความเสี่ยงจากการบาดเจ็บ” บร. Yadi กล่าว “ฉันกลัวว่าฉันจะเป็นแผลมากซึ่งจริงๆแล้วฉันไม่ได้เป็น”

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Australian Open (Tennis)

สัปดาห์ที่ 2 ของแกรนด์สแลมเป็นไปอย่างก้าวกระโดด และไม่ใช่แค่เงินพิเศษ 80,000 ดอลลาร์ในออสเตรเลีย


เชลบีโรเจอร์สของเซาท์แคโรไลนาอยู่ในอันดับที่ 57 เห็นเพื่อนร่วมทีมของเธอก้าวไปข้างหน้าและไม่ต้องเสียเงินออกไปและเอาชนะแอนเน็ตต์คอนทาวิทเมล็ดที่ 21 ในเกมคืนแรก “ดูเหมือนว่าจะมีปัญหาขาดแคลนในสัปดาห์ที่สองของ Slam” โรเจอร์สเด็กวัยสองขวบที่เข้าถึงรอบก่อนรองชนะเลิศในรายการเฟรนช์โอเพ่น 28 ปี 2012 และแกรนด์สแลมสหรัฐอเมริกาปี 2020 กล่าว คู่ต่อสู้รอบสี่ของเขาจะเป็นเบอร์หนึ่งของโลก Ashleigh Barty จากออสเตรเลีย Pegula วัย 27 ปีเป็นศิลปินเดี่ยวชาวอเมริกันเพียงคนเดียวที่ก้าวเข้าสู่รอบที่สี่ในประเภทซิงเกิ้ล เธอเอาชนะวิคตอเรียอซาเรนกาหมายเลข 13 คนแรกซึ่งเป็นแชมป์ออสเตรเลียนโอเพ่น 2 สมัย เธอเอาชนะอดีตหมายเลขสองของโลก Petra Kvitova ในรอบที่สามของ Base US Open เมื่อวันเสาร์ “สำหรับเทนนิสหญิงฉันคิดว่ามันลึกมากตอนนี้ก็ดีแล้ว” Pegula กล่าวซึ่งคู่ต่อสู้คนต่อไปคือ Elena Svisolina เมล็ดที่ห้ากล่าว “บางครั้งมันสำคัญมากที่จะต้องรู้ว่าจะต้องทำอย่างไรในสัปดาห์แรกเมื่อคุณเล่นได้ไม่ดีฉันคิดว่าผู้เล่นที่ดีที่สุดจะหาทางชนะในวันที่เลวร้ายของพวกเขา” นาดาลหมายเลข 2 ของโลกที่กำลังแย่งชิงแชมป์แกรนด์ที่ 21 บันทึกซิงเกิ้ลสแลมเบ็คกี้พบวิธีที่จะขูดกลับเข้ามาในคืนวันเสาร์คู่ต่อสู้ของเขาคือชาวอังกฤษ Doppelganger คาเมรอนโนริซึ่งเป็นผู้หมวดที่โดนเฮลสปินหนักและเซฟได้ดี, นาดาลเอาชนะเขาโดย La-5 , -2-2, -5-. Nori อธิบายว่าเกมนี้เป็นประสบการณ์ที่ดีและบอกว่าเขาได้รับ “ความเป็นบวก” จากเกมนี้มาก “ฉันออกจากสนามโดยรู้สึกว่าอยากจะปรับปรุง” ฉันพยายามทำให้ สัปดาห์ที่สอง “โนรีกล่าว ราฟาก็ดีเหมือนกัน ”

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