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Wimbledon 2022: Nick Kyrgios Calls Out Tennis ‘Double Standards’ After Andy Murray’s Underarm Serve Appraisal

Nick Kyrgios has slammed the tennis world for showing “double standards” after Andy Murray has been given continuous praise for his underarm serve in 2022 Wimbledon while the Australian was widely criticised for doing the same last year against Rafael Nadal. Kyrgios, who was engaged in a fiery first round battle in Wimbledon, showed his unhappiness in the ‘underarm serve’ matter during the post-match press conference. The enigmatic Aussie claimed that the tennis world has not valued his tactics while praising other tennis players for performing the same trick, referring to the incident of Andy Murray in which the British international was seen doing an underarm serve to bamboozle his opponent in the first round of Wimbledon 2022.

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Tennis-Serena diminished at Wimbledon, but flame flickers still

By Ossian Shine

LONDON (Reuters) – Playing her first singles match for a year after injury, Serena Williams’ opening-round Wimbledon loss to Harmony Tan on Tuesday was hardly her most unexpected defeat, but there were plenty of signs it could be the most portentous yet.

Of course nobody goes on for ever, not even Williams who has performed numerous near miracles throughout a career spanning three decades.

Still, it made for uncomfortable viewing seeing the rusty seven-times champion a faded shadow of the player who has won 23 Grand Slam singles crowns.

For having long made a habit of seeing off lesser mortals while cruising at barely half pace, on Tuesday there seemed nothing to dig into, no extra gear, nor any aura to lend an advantage.

Instead she brandished blunted tools and slumped to a three-set defeat before contemplating her future.

“That’s a question I can’t answer,” the 40-year-old said when asked if she would return to Wimbledon. “Like, I don’t know. I feel like, you know, I don’t know. Who knows? Who knows where I’ll pop up.

“Today I gave all I could do … Maybe tomorrow I could have gave more. Maybe a week ago I could have gave more. But today was what I could do. At some point you have to be able to be okay with that.

“And that’s all I can do. I can’t change time or anything,

so …”

It is always going to be tough for Williams to walk away from the sport she has dominated. And despite falling short on her return to singles action here, she seems motivated to keep going, keeping the door open for an emotional return to New York for the U.S. Open in August.

“It definitely makes me want to hit the practice courts because, you know, when you’re playing not bad and you’re so close,” she said, seeking something positive from a bad day.

“Like I said, any other opponent probably would have suited my game better. So, yeah, I feel like that it’s actually kind of like, Okay, Serena, you can do this if you want.

“Yeah, I mean, when you’re at home, especially in New York, and the U.S. Open, that being the first place I’ve won a Grand Slam, is something that’s always super special. Your first time is always special. There’s definitely, you know, lots of motivation to get better and to play at home.”

(Reporting by Ossian Shine; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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13 things about tennis coach from West Palm Beach, Florida – CONAN Daily

Carlos A. Cardona is a Colombian-American tennis coach from West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. Originally from Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia, he went to Colegio Fontán in Antioquia, Colombia.

As a tennis player, Cardona was a six-time national champion in Colombia. Here are 13 more things about him:

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  1. From 1998 to 2002, he was a four-time member of the Colsanitas national team in Colombia.
  2. From 2002 to 2006, he attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, USA. In 2005, he was the champion of the Collegiate Hampton Virginia Road Invitational.
  3. From May 2006 to June 2007, he was a Liberty University assistant tennis coach. From June 2007 to November 2007, he was a tennis instructor at Weston Tennis Center in Weston, Broward County, Florida.
  4. From November 2007 to December 2011, he was a staff coach at Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, Palm Beach County.
  5. From January 2012 to August 2013, he was a video analyst at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Maryland, USA.
  6. From September 2013 to August 2015, he was the director of tennis at Cardona Tennis Training in Bogota, Colombia.
  7. In 2016, he graduated from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, USA. From July 2016 to August 2021, he was an assistant men’s and women’s tennis coach at the University.
  8. He and Katharine Waldthausen have three children namely Aila Cardona, Gabriel Cardona and Noah Cardona. On August 16, 2021, Waldthausen filed in Pinellas, Florida a family-marriage dissolution/divorce lawsuit against him.
  9. On September 1, 2021, he joined Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach as a head coach.
  10. At 3:00 a.m. on June 4, 2022, he allegedly entered a woman’s house through an unlocked back sliding door and sexually assaulted her.
  11. On June 7, 2022, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office arrested him at a Walmart in New Port Richey, Pasco County, Florida for felony sexual assault and burglary with simple assault.
  12. On June 18, 2022, he was released on $200,000 bond.
  13. He was 39 years old when PBAU spokesman John Sizemore confirmed on June 27, 2022 that he was no longer employed by the university.

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Covington Catholic’s Brady Hussey continues Molony family legacy

The state tennis tournament of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association in June is always a family reunion for Northern Kentucky’s most decorated family in the sport.

This year, the Molonys and the Husseys had another member to celebrate, when Covington Catholic sophomore Brady Hussey advanced to the semifinals of this year’s singles championships.

Hussey, the No. 2 seed in the tournament going in, lost in the semifinal round June 2 after losing in the round of 16 last year. But the sophomore has two more years to advance even further.

Covington Catholic freshman Brady Hussey during the opening rounds of the KHSAA 9th Region boys tennis tournament May 16, 2021, at Covington Catholic High School.

“That was the goal this year. That was the goal last year. It’s just a matter of time.” Hussey said June 2.

High school sports: Brady Hussey wins first regional championship to lead locals in 2021

As in a lot of big sports occasions, CovCath had a large cheering section rooting him on, including his family.

“When we travel to state, it’s a big family reunion,” Covington Catholic head tennis coach Al Hertsenberg said. “His parents were there. Grandparents, aunts and uncles. It’s a big family event.”

Hussey ended this season as a two-time Ninth Region singles champion, and also a regional champion in basketball.

Brady Hussey sports his award for making the KHSAA state basketball all-tournament team in the boys basketball 2022 KHSAA state final four semifinal at Rupp Arena, March 19, 2022

Hussey was a regular starter on the basketball court, especially in the postseason, when he was a key part of the backcourt for the Colonels. He made several clutch shots to help the Colonels to the state semifinals, where they lost to Warren Central at Rupp Arena.

Being a champion in both sports at the same time has rarely been seen in Northern Kentucky. According to Hussey’s grandfather Kevin Molony, the last local athlete to win a regional title in both basketball and tennis in the same season was Highlands legend Scott Draud.

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Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina on a ‘mission’ to help war-torn country

Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina says she has a “mission” to help her country and wants to use her platform to provide hope to the war-torn nation.

The 27-year-old, who is in regular contact with her family and friends back in Ukraine, has taken a break from tennis to focus her efforts on raising funds and awareness of her country’s plight.

“It’s extremely tough because they [her family] tell their stories,” Svitolina told CNN Sport.

“I speak with my grandmother every day to know how she feels. It’s quite tough for her because for elderly people it’s most important to have a routine and, right now, there is lots of bombing and shooting going on in Odessa, in my hometown.

“It is important to stay in touch everyday with her to support her in any way that I can.

“One of the most important things as well is to keep their spirits up.”

UNITED24

Svitolina was born in Odessa, a strategically important port city which has been blockaded by Russian forces since the invasion.

She then moved to Kharkiv when she was 12 years old and says she felt helpless when watching the fierce fighting which has continued to rock the eastern city.

Aged 16, Svitolina left Ukraine to pursue her sporting ambitions but always had her country in her heart. She’s proud of her roots and smiles when recalling moments from her childhood that helped form such a strong bond with Ukraine.

She’s now channeled that love into her own foundation — which encourages children to learn life lessons through tennis — and that of UNITED24, an organization set up by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky with the aim of raising funds for medical supplies, defense and eventually the rebuilding of the country’s infrastructure.

Svitolina was recently named an ambassador and spoke to Zelensky, who tasked her with uniting the sporting community and maintaining awareness.

“It was one of the moments I was most stressed, and even entering the tennis court I was not that stressed,” Svitolina said, speaking about her Zoom call with the president and her fellow ambassador, Ukrainian soccer great Andriy Shevchenko.

“But he was very kind and his speech was very motivating […] what he does, it takes a lot of courage.

“He just explained what Ukraine really needs these days and how he sees the situation in Ukraine right now. He’s still very, very much motivated and he loves Ukraine and he will die for our country.

“And this is definitely something that all Ukrainian people are looking for, for this kind of person who gives his life for the country.”

It’s still early days, but Svitolina is already planning events, notably in the tennis community, for later this year and she says the foundations have given her a clear purpose.

Pregnancy

Amid the darkness, there has been some light. Svitolina found out she was pregnant just before the invasion started and is expecting a baby with partner and fellow tennis player Gael Monfils.

It’s what, alongside the mental fatigue caused by the invasion, made her take a break from the sport which she had tried to keep playing.

“It was quite a stressful couple of months in the beginning but yeah, I’m feeling much better,” she said.

“Of course, I’m still very, very sad about the situation that is happening right now and knowing how many people have lost their lives because of the invasion.

“It makes me very sad. And that’s why I try to, you know, to focus a little bit on my foundation, on the UNITED24, just to have a mission that I can help in anyway.”

While she has no motivation to return to tennis yet, she has the long-term goal of representing her country in the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

She knows, perhaps more than most, just how unifying sport can be in times of such heartache and hardship, as demonstrated by the Ukrainian soccer team’s powerful World Cup qualifying campaign.

“It’s very important for people to give some different kind of information because, to be fair, I don’t understand 100% what is really happening in Ukraine,” she said.

“It is very, very tough for people to go through hell every single day. For people who are still in Ukraine, they are mentally struggling.

“There’s many, many things happening and they went through so much already, so I think to bring something different, it’s something I think that brings delight for them.”

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That’s smashing! It’s a Wimbledon dream come true for tennis player, 26, who beat cancer as a baby 

That’s smashing! It’s a Wimbledon dream come true for tennis player, 26, who beat cancer as a baby

  • Ryan Peniston, 26, fulfils a dream today with his Wimbledon singles debut
  • His parents found a lump on his thumb and he was diagnosed with cancer 
  • Surgery and two bouts of chemotherapy followed before he was given all-clear 

Having fought cancer at the age of only one, Wimbledon wildcard Ryan Peniston is no stranger to adversity.

After his parents found a lump on his thumb, rhabdomyosarcoma – a rare cancer which forms in soft tissue – was diagnosed.

Surgery and two bouts of chemotherapy followed before Peniston was given the all-clear 18 months later.

The 26-year-old, from Great Wakering, Essex, fulfils a dream today with his Wimbledon singles debut against Switzerland’s Henri Laaksonen. 

After his parents found a lump on his thumb, rhabdomyosarcoma – a rare cancer which forms in soft tissue – was diagnosed

He said overcoming cancer can help him on court as it ‘gives me a lot of strength. It was a really tough time in my life, and especially for my parents and brothers.

‘It made us closer as a family and it is something I think about when I have bad times. It puts things into perspective when playing tennis.

‘Tennis is a very mentally tough game so overall it has given me a lot of mental resilience, and I definitely try and use it on the court’.

The family’s experience has led them to work in the NHS at Southend Hospital. 

Mother Penny, 66, is a ward manager, brother Sam, 31, is a paediatric nurse and other brother Harry, 28, is a junior doctor. Father Paul, 66, bucks the trend as a retired train driver.

He said overcoming cancer can help him on court as it 'gives me a lot of strength. It was a really tough time in my life, and especially for my parents and brothers. 'It made us closer as a family and it is something I think about when I have bad times. It puts things into perspective when playing tennis'

He said overcoming cancer can help him on court as it ‘gives me a lot of strength. It was a really tough time in my life, and especially for my parents and brothers. ‘It made us closer as a family and it is something I think about when I have bad times. It puts things into perspective when playing tennis’

Peniston believes his treatment, which left ‘a large scar’ across his abdomen, also affected his tennis career as his growth was stunted until he was about 16.

He said: ‘I had scans and they (doctors) came out and said, ‘It’s cancer’.

‘I don’t think anything prepares anyone for that kind of moment. I have a large scar across my abdomen.

‘I think what happened to me when I was younger has definitely had an impact on my brothers and could be one of the reasons why they went into that profession.’

Looking ahead, the British No 6 is excited at showcasing his abilities after receiving a wildcard entry to SW19 this year – he has previously played in the doubles.

However, he also has an eye on raising cancer awareness.

He added: ‘I’ve dreamt about it (playing singles at Wimbledon) since I was a kid so it’ll be a dream come true.

‘Aside from tennis, I would like to raise cancer awareness and help as many families as I can who are going through similar things that mine went through.’

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Wimbledon 2022: Start date, channels, fixtures, and full TV schedule

Wimbledon sees players from across the world vying for the coveted gold trophy (Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty)

After the French Open, the next Grand Slam in the tennis calendar is the iconic Wimbledon.

The Championship, held at the All England Club in the famed area of South London, is perhaps the biggest tennis event of the year – attracting even casual spectators of the sport.

And the glistening gold Wimbledon trophy is perhaps the most coveted prize a professional tennis player can win.

So, when is Wimbledon this year? And where can you watch the action?

Here is everything you need to know.

When does Wimbledon 2022 start?

This year, Wimbledon starts tomorrow (June 27), concluding on Sunday, July 10.

Fans will descend on the All England Club at the end of June for Wimbledon (Picture: Clive Brunskill/Getty)

For the first time, the tournament will be played over 14 days and include play on Middle Sunday, according to the official schedule.

What TV channel is Wimbledon 2022 on?

Viewers can watch the action throughout the Championships on BBC One, BBC Two, and BBC iPlayer daily from 11am.

There are also up to 18 courts to choose from on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website and app.

BBC Radio 5 Live will also provide live commentary and expert analysis every day, plus a new Wimbledon Daily podcast.

You can catch all the action on BBC One, BBC Two and the BBC iPlayer (Picture: Getty)

What are the dates and times of the matches?



Wimbledon 2022 full TV schedule

The dates and start times for each match are as follows:

  • Monday, June 27: Men’s and Ladies’ singles first round – 11am
  • Tuesday, June 28: Men’s and Ladies’ singles first round – 11am
  • Wednesday, June 29: Men’s and Ladies’ singles second round – 11am
  • Thursday, June 30: Men’s and Ladies’ singles second round – 11am
  • Friday, July 1: Men’s and Ladies’ singles third round – 11am
  • Saturday, July 2: Men’s and Ladies’ singles third round – 11am
  • Sunday, July 3: Men’s and Ladies’ singles fourth round – 11am
  • Monday, July 4: Men’s and Ladies’ singles fourth round – 11am
  • Tuesday, July 5: Men’s and Ladies’ singles quarter-finals – 11am
  • Wednesday, July 6: Men’s and Ladies’ singles quarter-finals – 11am
  • Thursday, July 7: Ladies’ singles semi-finals – 1pm
  • Friday, July 8: Men’ singles semi-finals – 1pm
  • Saturday, July 9: Ladies’ singles final, Men’s doubles, Final, Ladies’ Doubles Final – 2pm
  • Sunday, July 10: Men’s singles, Mixed doubles finals – 2pm


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Commentary: Have market forces really decided men’s tennis is more valuable than women’s tennis?

Away from the four Grand Slams, men’s prize money is frequently higher than women’s even at joint tournaments and men are also given more tournaments to play in.

As a case in point, last February’s tournaments in Dubai, while nominally of equal standing for the men’s and women’s tours, awarded US$523,740 to the men’s champion and just US$104,180 to the women’s. 

And in April, while the two biggest women’s tournaments offered just over US$250,000 in prize money, the men’s gave out almost US$1.4 million.

Combining all tournaments except the Slams, the total prize money awarded on the men’s tour so far this year is 75 per cent higher than on the women’s, the widest the gap has been since 2001.

DECISIONS ON MATCH SCHEDULES MATTER

There are often two justifications given for this disparity. The first is that women spend less time on the court and so do not deserve equal pay. This is straightforwardly wrong, since outside of the Slams, both sexes play best of three sets. 

It is also unclear why more time on the court should necessarily mean a better spectacle. Few of the highest-quality Grand Slam finals have gone to a deciding set and, if time was money, then Nicolas Mahut and John Isner would be the highest-paid tennis players of all time.

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Merseyside tennis stars who’ve graced the courts at Wimbledon down the years

Merseyside is well-known across the world for its sporting excellence in football.

But the region is known for so much more than the beautiful game – being home to athletes, gymnasts, boxers and other sportspeople who’ve done us proud down the decades.

And while we’re not known as exactly a hotbed of tennis, the grass courts of Wimbledon have played host to plenty of Merseysiders looking to serve and volley their way to success. We’ve taken a look at some of those competitors from down the years, from multi-sport masters to the man who nearly derailed the great Pete Sampras.

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Max Woosnam, born in Liverpool on Tuesday, September 6, 1892

Max Woosnam

What does winning gold (and silver) in tennis at the 1920 Olympics, captaining Manchester City F.C, captaining the English football team, captaining the British team at the Davis Cup, making a 147 break in snooker, scoring a ‘century’ at the Lord’s Cricket Ground, and, but not least, winning the Wimbledon doubles in 1921, have in common?

Short answer: Max Woosnam. Max was born in Liverpool in the late 1800s to clergyman Maxwell Woosnam and his wife Mary Seeley, though spent most of his childhood in Wales before becoming a master of all (sporting) trades.



Barry Cowan, born in Southport on Sunday, August 25, 1974
Barry Cowan, born in Southport on Sunday, August 25, 1974

Barry Cowan

In 2001 Barry Cowan met the world number one, Pete Sampras, on the grass of Wimbledon in the opening rounds, after being entered into the competition as a wildcard. He was ranked 265th in the world at the time.

Barry, spurred on by You’ll Never Walk Alone, which he listened to in the breaks between games, took Sampras to five sets in what has been called since “one of the most sensational performances by a British tennis player that has ever been seen at Wimbledon”.

At the time, the Irish Examiner quoted Sampras as saying after the match: “‘That’s the closest it has been for me in the opening rounds at Wimbledon, and given the way he was playing and that it was on grass anything could have happened.”



Lottie Dod, born in Bebington on Sunday, September 24, 1871
Lottie Dod, born in Bebington on Sunday, September 24, 1871

Lottie Dod

Charlotte, or Lottie, Dod was only 15 when she played herself into tennis history by beating Blanche Bingley Hillyard at the Wimbledon women’s singles in 1887. The year after she would win the same competition once more, again beating Blanche Bingley Hillyard.

Three years later she would begin a three year Wimbledon-winning streak, claiming the women’s singles title in 1891, 1892 and 1893, beating the same opponent she had beaten twice before (and never by a small margin)… Blanche Bingley Hillyard.

When she reached the age of 21, in 1904, she also became the English women’s golf champion then four years later won the silver medal for archery at the 1908 Olympics.



Ken and Neal Skupski, born in Liverpool on Friday, April 9, 1983 and Saturday, December 1 1989 respectively.
Ken and Neal Skupski, born in Liverpool on Friday, April 9, 1983 and Saturday, December 1 1989 respectively.

Ken and Neal Skupski

These two brothers from Liverpool regularly compete together as doubles partners, but this year will be taking on other partners as they both attempt to storm Wimbledon. At the end of this month Neal will be going for a second Wimbledon win after winning the mixed doubles competition last year with Desirae Krawczyk.



Mark Farrell, born in Liverpool on Wednesday, May 6, 1953
Mark Farrell, born in Liverpool on Wednesday, May 6, 1953

Mark Farrell

Mark died five years ago after a long battle with illness, yet in his prime the left-handed Liverpudlian held his own against the greats, and Bjorn Borg in 1973, the year before the Swedish number one won both the French and Australian open. Farrell reached the Wimbledon mixed doubles final in 1974 with fellow Englishman Lesley Charles, though the pair were beaten by American number one Billie Jean King, partnered with Australian Owen Davidson.

In his youth he trained at the Vagabonds Lawn Tennis Club on Queens’s Drive in Stoneycroft. The club is still there today.



Jonathan Marray, born in Liverpool on Tuesday, March 10, 1981
Jonathan Marray, born in Liverpool on Tuesday, March 10, 1981

Jonathan Marray

Jonny Marray, born in Fazakerley, won the doubles at Wimbledon in 2012 with Danish partner Frederick Nielsen, beating Andy Murray to a grand slam win. Unfortunately, Andy would later eclipse Jonny in fame, fortune and number of grand slam titles won.

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Mark Roberts, streaking on The Vanessa Show in 2002
Mark Roberts, streaking on The Vanessa Show in 2002

Mark Roberts, serial streaker

In 2013, Mark Roberts announced he was giving up his beloved passion: streaking. The Liverpool-born father-of-three managed to streak over 500 times, including on daytime TV classic This Morning and, of course, the Wimbledon men’s final in 2002.



Ben Saunders and Andy Murray
Ben Saunders and Andy Murray

Ben Saunders, Andy Murray’s childhood tennis coach

Also in 2013, Ben Saunders watched as the man he coached as a child became the first British man to win Wimbledon men’s singles in 77 years, since Fred Perry.



Fred Perry in action
Fred Perry in action

Fred Perry, once a child in Wallasey

Born in Stockport, the man considered England’s greatest ever tennis player spent much of his childhood in Wallasey, attending Liscard Primary School. Years later he would be winning three Wimbledon’s in a row from 1934 to 1936, which would be the last title claimed by a British player until Andy Murray.

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Tennis: Tsitsipas, Bautista Agut into Mallorca final

SANTA PONCA, SPAIN (AFP) – Stefanos Tsitsipas will face Roberto Bautista Agut in the Mallorca Open final after seeing off last four opponent Benjamin Bonzi 6-4, 6-4 on Friday (June 24).

The Greek second seed took a little over an hour and a half to dismiss France’s Bonzi at the tournament he is using as a stepping stone to Wimbledon.

Waiting for Tsitsipas, who needed three sets to get past American Marcos Giron in the quarter-finals, is Bautista Agut after the Spaniard defeated Antoine Bellier 7-6 (7/5), 6-2.

Local hope Bautista Agut had booked his place in the last four by beating world number one Daniil Medvedev.

Still seeking a first title on grass, Tsitsipas has lost in the first round on three of his four appearances at Wimbledon.

He was pitted against Swiss qualifier Alexander Ritschard in Friday’s draw for the third Grand Slam of the season which starts on Monday.

Bautista Agut, seeded 17th and a semi-finalist in 2019, has a first round date with Hungary’s Attila Balazs.