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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 02 March 2019
SPORT 24 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 2 MARCH 2019 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Sensational Kyrgios takes out Nadal at Mexican Open Rafael said that the great Greek Australian player lacks respect for the public and for his rival Nick Kyrgios just doesn't know when to give up. Even though he was - as he stated himself - feeling ill, even though he lost the first set, and despite the fact that he was facing one of the toughest opponents he could have (as Stefanos Tsitsipas could surely testify), the 23-year-old still managed to somehow find what was necessary to pull out a 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (8-7) win against world number two Rafael Nadal. The two met for the round of "16" of the Mexican Open in Acapulco and Kyrgios dropped the first set 6-3. It was then that he told his coach that he wasn't doing too well, yet the overwhelming pressure from the crowd made him go on. "If I forfeit, the media will blow it up, I'll get booed off the court", he could be heard saying through an open microphone. Yet it turns out it was for the best that he chose to remain, as he then proceeded to give one of his greatest performances. Kyrgios said he was going to try to play "a few more games" and it proved to be the right choice, as he ended up putting the pressure on his famed opponent who couldn't expect what was coming to him. He ended up surprising eve- ryone with his performance, going point-for-point with Nadal and leading both subsequent sets to the tie-break which he eventually won. Clear proof of the tough fight that Kyrgios put up was the fact that Nadal ended up losing the second to last point by a double fault, due to his exhaustion. At the press conference fol- lowing the match, Nadal took a dig at Kyrgios. "He is a player who has enormous talent, could be winning grand slams or fighting for the number one ranking," said Nadal. "He lacks respect for the player, his opponent and towards himself." Nick Kyrgios. PHOTO: AAP "I don't think he's a bad guy, but lacks respect for the public and the rival." Kyrgios moved on to the final eight of the tournament where he met with world number 68 Stan Wawrinka on Friday. Stefanos Tsitsipas benefits from social media hiatus Rafael Nadal opens tennis centre in Greece Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal has announced that he will open a tennis centre in Greece by April 2019. The Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre will be located at the 5-star Sani Resort in Halkidiki, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greece. "I am very happy that we officially announced the birth of a new Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre in Greece", Nadal said. "It strengthens the expansion project of the academy over the world…I am grateful to Sani Resort for the trust that they have had in my team to deliver the new Centre and I am sure that we are going to have a very fruitful and productive working relationship, especially for all of the tennis lovers out there." The centre will comprise eight clay courts on which tennis courses will be available to players of all ages and standards. The goal is to provide high-quality tennis coaching so that guests and residents of the area can play and take classes as part of a tailored programme that is customised to the different player profiles. These programmes have been developed through an exclusive training system, based on the successful experience acquired by the Rafa Nadal Academy. The Spanish tennis player, who is currently ranking no. 2 in the world, also has other tennis centres named after him around the world, including in Mallorca, Spain, Cancun and Mexico. CEO of Sani Resort, Andreas Andreadis stated that they are excited to host a new venue of the Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre. "What could be better than developing the tennis abilities with Rafa Nadal's help? This year we invite you to enjoy a new experience in Sani while relaxing and resting on holidays in the resort," Mr Andreadis said. Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas has been rising through the rankings since the start of 2019, but this has not been without its drawbacks. The 20-year-old is on the verge of breaking through into the top 10 for the first time and is about to play the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen's Club for the first time. His style is suited to grass and hopes for a good result are high. His game with Roger Federer at the Australian Open made him a world celebrity with NBA player Giannis Antetokoumpo describing him as the 'Greek freak' of tennis. The limelight hasn't been easy, however with Tsitsipas having attracted 40,000 more Twitter followers since the start of 2019 bringing the total to more than 82,500, and he is nearing 500,000 followers on Instagram and has almost 80,000 Facebook likes. "All the attention was not easy to deal with. I can tell you that. People pay attention now. That's why I turned off my social media and my phone completely. I was so tired by all this noise on social media," The Khaleej Times quoted Tsitsipas as saying. He has said that his break from social media has helped him mentally and he has become more outgoing as a person since he put an end Tsitsipas found out that his tennis benefitted from switching off social media. to this distraction. "I was just sick and tired of all those messages, all those people talking about me. All the notifications I was receiving, like, I felt my brain blocked. I felt like I couldn't process all of that informa- tion coming to me," he said. "I said that it's enough, I had enough of that. Do it like the old way. Do it like players used to play, 30 years ago, with no phones. I think they were pretty okay," he said. He believes that his tennis playing has improved since he started the social media break. He kicked off his campaign in Dubai on Tuesday with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over Matthew Ebden.
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