Hewitt tips Kyrgios to 'go deep' at Aussie Open

Brenda Watkins
February 1, 2021

Sofia Kenin of the U.S. kisses the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup after beating Spain's Garbine Muguruza in their women's singles final match on day thirteen of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on February 1, 2020.

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He said with all players having at least nine days between quarantine and the start of the Open, the tournament would be as fair as it could be.

Kyrgios was involved in plenty of controversies during the lockdown as he openly criticised world number one Novak Djokovic, after Serbian contracted the virus. I didn't miss the game that much.

The tennis player also highlighted the attitude of the citizens of Australia when it comes to fighting the pandemic, with very strict measures that have made the oceanic country have much better rates than in other countries in the world.

As well, the ATP Cup team event begins Tuesday and there are two other ATP men's tournaments scheduled in Melbourne ahead of the February 8-21 Australian Open.

But Zverev did agree with sentiment from some players that superstars Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were given an advantage by preparing in the southern city of Adelaide rather than Melbourne.

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"I feel like I am playing well and am ready to go", he added.

He said that the break had left him "mentally completely refreshed" and he'd been hitting two hours a day for the past few months.

"I don't miss too many people on tour, to be honest, apart from all the Australian guys and a couple of good friends". "I'm really glad and I really appreciate that we have a chance to play and to do our job, to do what we love". So, you know, I can't really complain, but I'm just grateful for this whole situation.

She followed up her victory at the Australian Open by reaching the final of the rescheduled French Open, where she lost to Poland's Iga Swiatek. The first Grand Slam tournament of the year was delayed by three weeks to allow for the 14-day quarantine and a week of warm-up tournaments.

"There have been a lot of questions about a fair playing field - some players have had to quarantine, some have not", Tiley said.

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Happily, Djokovic then changed his mind and subbed in for Krajinovic for the second set as if this were tag-team wrestling rather than tennis. "I am excited to get out there and play".

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