17.05.2021 - 19:24 Uhr
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Arthur Cazaux made his ATP Tour debut in style in more ways than one on Monday at the Gonet Geneva Open. The 18-year-old Frenchman not only defeated Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-3 for his first tour-level, but he also hit a jaw-dropping tweener for a winner that might stand up as shot of the month at 5-6 in the second set.“When I hit the shot, I didn’t think about nothing. I had my back to the net and I just hit the shot. I didn’t ask any questions in my head,” Cazaux told ATPTour.com. “It was a big shot. I’m so happy I hit this shot.”This was the teen’s first tour-level match, but he also made a splash earlier this month by upsetting #NextGenATP star Sebastian Korda in the first round of Mutua Madrid Open qualifying. The Frenchman will next play Rome semi-finalist Reilly Opelka or Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas.“It’s something very great. It’s a big win for me today. It’s the biggest win of my life,” Cazaux said. “I’m so grateful and I hope to continue in this tournament.”[WATCH LIVE 1]Off the court, Cazaux said he is a fan of nature and sports, specifically basketball. That was apparent after he hit his magnificent tweener, quickly putting three fingers to his head, which is a celebration NBA stars use after making a three-point shot.The World No. 517 has his eyes on his favourite team, the Golden State Warriors, who are seeded eighth in the NBA’s Western Conference.“I’m a big fan of basketball, the NBA. I’m a big fan of Stephen Curry,” Cazaux said. “It’s an important moment now because the Warriors are playing the play-in tournament against the Lakers. It’s going to be tough, but I hope the Warriors are going to win.”
  

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20.07.2021 - 22:19 Uhr
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Dominic Thiem is back on court after suffering a right wrist injury last month. Well, sort of.The Austrian posted on Instagram on Tuesday that he is "finally back on court". However, the World No. 6 is not back to full tennis activites. Thiem hit lefty forehands, one-handed lefty backhands, lefty volleys and completed a series of footwork drills. He did not use his right hand. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Dominic Thiem (@domithiem)The two-time Nitto ATP Finals runner-up suffered a detachment of the posterior sheath of the ulnar side of his right wrist during his match against Adrian Mannarino at the Mallorca Championships on 22 June. A statement from his team two days later said he would wear a splint for five weeks, and he was still wearing one in his new video.Thiem owns a 9-9 record on the season, with his best result coming at the Mutua Madrid Open, where he advanced to the semi-finals. The 17-time tour-level champion made the biggest breakthrough of his career last year at the US Open, where he lifted his first Grand Slam trophy.

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Alexander Bublik is one of the most entertaining players on the ATP Tour, from his shotmaking ability to his underarm serves. Although fans might remember the Kazakhstani’s trickery most, he has more aces than anyone so far with 576 entering this week’s Citi Open.“It’s a cool stat. Leading in aces after almost eight months is great,” Bublik said. “It means I can serve. It means I can hit dingers.”Before the ninth seed begins his run in Washington, ATPTour.com caught up with Bublik about what his life is like on Tour, his favourite vacation spots, and why he tries to focus on anything but tennis once off the court.What are two essential non-tennis items you always pack for trips?It’s my wedding ring and my watch. I buy and sell. I bought my first [watch] in 2017. Since then I’ve had many. I’m a big watch enthusiast. I love watches, I love buying them and selling them. I love all these kinds of things. At the moment I have maybe four or five watches, but I’ve had many more. Do you enjoy travelling the world or consider it just something that needs to be done to be a pro tennis player? If you do enjoy it, what do you enjoy about travelling?I don’t like travelling at all to be honest with you. I’m not a big fan of packing, flying and changing time zones, but I treat it like a part of work. I don’t like it. I was happy to stay home for six months. I was very happy, it was really good for me. I would stay another six months at home if that would be necessary. For me travelling is just a part of my job to make a living.How do you try to overcome jetlag and acclimate to the local time zone?It’s not tough for me. I do well for the time zones, but I just don’t like travelling. I would be happy to travel from my home to the Alps and back with the car, five or six hours. I’m not a guy who would go to the Maldives, a 15-hour-trip to lay under the sun for 15 days.In that case, where is your favourite vacation destination?The French Alps, Swiss Alps, ski resorts. Something that is not mainstream and you don’t see hundreds of tennis players and athletes there. Something that is a bit interesting to walk around, see nature.I go to the mountains, I enjoy nature. Of course there is a great hotel, but [I like] walking around. I can’t ski or snowboard unfortunately, but I love nature. It’s great to recharge, put away your phone. I think for me the best places are these cold resorts with skiing or in the Swiss Alps.Watch Bublik Tour The Newport Grounds:What is your favourite tournament city to visit and why?The ATP hosts the tournaments in very good locations, so usually it’s always in good cities. There are some cities I don’t like [because of] the weather or conditions or other things, but overall 95 per cent of tournaments held by the ATP are held in great spots. We have great hotels [too].As a tennis player, maintaining your body is of the utmost importance, so how do you take care of it during long trips?Sleep well, and a couple of glasses of wine never hurt. I try not to stick to the tennis player thing, always taking care of yourself, taking care of your body, taking care of your tennis. When you travel, you should try to be a normal person and do whatever a normal person would do on a 14-hour flight.Are there any routines or activities you do to create a sense of ‘home on the road’ to feel more comfortable?I travel with my wife, my coach — who is my good friend — and a fitness trainer and we try not to talk about tennis. We try not to think about tennis at all when we are outside the tennis courts. Just live a normal life. I don’t treat myself as a tennis player when I am outside. I probably should in order to perform better as they say. But for me, the most important thing is to feel happy and feel comfortable on the Tour. I try to put aside the tennis life when I am away from the tennis courts.

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