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Milos Raonic: “I have to start winning more. Ive been doing things well but until recent weeks my mind hasnt been on tennis. At first it was about dealing with innuries. Then it was about trying to do as well as I can to win as many matches as possible on grass. Now is the first period of time that zive had to solely commit to tennis matches rather than all the other pieces around my game.”

“Former players (as coaches) tend to think that because something worked for them, it will work for you.”

Alexander Zverev: “My dad might be one of the greatest coaches of all time. He has two sons that are top 25 in the world. Im 8 in the world, my brother is 25 right now but he csn get even higher. We are two completely different game styles. That is not easy to do. Youve got to be very smart and know what to practice and what to teach. On court hes doing different things. I do different things. No other coach has done that – to bring two players from scratch to top 25 in the world. I think he really is one of the greatest coaches of all time.”

Eugenie Bouchard: “It was a very tough decision to play Challengers. It was very humbling to play Challenger events because it is so different than WTA events. You dont even need a pass to get anywhere. My team and my coaches didnt want me to play but I forced the issue. I wanted to punish myself a lil bit. Go see that people have to grind and work through. I skipped the whole Challenger scene because from juniors I was playing WTAs and Grand Slams. I didnt even win the tournament there because there are great players playing those events.”




  • Hartt · August 4, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    It was hot in the afternoon when Simona was playing. During the Sock vs Raonic match the ice in those bags that go around the players’ necks melted so they ended up with cold, wet towels.

    I think the heat was part of the reason Milos was so sluggish. He was playing at the same time as Simona.

  • catherine · August 4, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Yes I suppose heat affects people differently – some players don’t seem to mind. Kerber went 2 1/2 hours in 94 deg at IW this year and didn’t appear to be breaking a sweat at the end but maybe it’s a dryer kind of heat there
    But I was a bit surprised at S’s retirement – she’s played in hot conditions before and it can get pretty steamy at the USO.
    Of course the game she plays, lots of running and long points, doesn’t help in the heat, and if for any reason she was a bit off colour then she probably was wise to give up.

  • Andrew Miller · August 4, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Doesn’t bode well for anyone losing early. But, Raonic isn’t going to push it here. He doesn’t need to and he’s going to want to play well in Montreal in front of the Canadians. This tournament means very little, he got in a few matches, mission accomplished.

  • Andrew Miller · August 4, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Awful. I’m with Steve Johnson. Medvedev is on the sh#t list.

  • Chazz · August 4, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Sock has been known to have problems with conditioning esp. in heat, that’s why his comfort level in the last two matches has been surprising. It’s been part of the reason for his poor showings in Slams.

  • catherine · August 5, 2017 at 3:10 am

    catherine writes:

    Did Simona play back-to-back in those conditions ? I didn't keep up. If so, no wonder she retired. No tournament should ask that of players.

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