After a decisive victory over Coco Vandeweghe at the Rogers Cup Agnieszka Radwanska made it clear she was well past her injury-related struggles of the 2017 season with a strong positive start in the US Open Series.
Following her victory over Coco Vandeweghe in Toronto, the 2014 Rogers Cup champion Agnieszka Radwanska spoke about her struggles with injury, getting married and launching her new biography.
She revealed that in addition to tennis-related injuries, she had also had to be treated for viral infections and weight loss. When Wimbledon was over she had required injections and further treatment for an injury on her foot which had persisted for over a year.
The news has not been all bad though. Radwanska married longtime boyfriend and hitting partner, Dawid Celt. Their wedding was attended by fellow WTA stars Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki.
“I had a really good wedding planner,” Radwanska said of the wedding, “so I can thank her for doing everything for me. I didn’t have to do much. I got to wear sneakers at the end of the wedding, so I went from high heels, then lower and lower, to finally running shoes!”
Regarding her newly released biography, Radwanska said she wanted it to be as clear a portrayal of her life as possible. “I just wanted to show people my personality, on and off the court, and how difficult this life is,” she said, “I think some people can’t really imagine how it is to be here. It’s not
about one match, but the whole day you spend working towards it and all the time since we were kids. I was trying to explain everything in the book, what pro sports are really like from every angle. I didn’t avoid any questions because I wanted to be honest about everything.”
Tuesday at the Coupe Rogers, Montreal witnessed some positive beginnings from three players eager to seal their place at the Next Gen ATP Finals which will be hosted in Milan later in the year.
These three upstarts are Hyeon Chung, Borna Coric and Ernesto Escobedo and they all have a place in the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Race To Milan.
21 year old Chung held his nerve well against 2014 semi-finalist Feliciano Lopez in a 6-1, 4-6, 7-6(3) victory after battling for over two hours and 15 minutes. Having graduated to play in the second round, Chung will next be playing either David Goffin or Yuichi Sugita. Coric, 20, who had only made three appearances at the Canadian ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament secured his second victory earlier on the same day with a 6-2, 6-4 win against his Russian opponent 8 Mikhail Youzhny after battling him for 69 minutes.
Coric’s next match will be up against three-time former champion Rafael Nadal who Coric also has a 2-1 lead over in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series. The last time these two have had a face off was at the Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati in August of 2016.
With Tomas Berdych’s unfortunate rib injury, Escobedo was just managed to clinch the no. 10 spot after a 7-6(4), 6-4 win 86 minutes against Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia. Come the second round, Escobedo will be facing Dutch player Robin Haase.
A lucky Twitter follower managed to score a practice session with Australian Tennis player Nick Kyrgios right before his face-off with fellow countryman, Matt Reid in Montreal on Tuesday.
Despite coming off a few injuries, Kyrgios appears to be in great touch after nailing a victory over Viktor Troicki of Serbia on Monday, his first win in over two months. But it also came out that the Australian has a great sense of humour too when he responded to one of his fans on twitter, Mathieu Marshall, on Saturday.
“@NickKyrgios I’m at Rogers cup on Tuesday, I know this is a long shot but could we hit for 5 minutes if you’re practicing? That’d be dope!” was Marshall’s tweet. Kyrgios’ response did not disappoint. “Sure, hit me up when u there,” he tweeted. As appreciation grew more for the gesture, Nick followed through with another tweet. “Also anyone at Rogers cup throughout the week can come on
my practice court and chill and hit if u want.” he tweeted. As promised, Nick and Marshall hit with each other during that practice session on Tuesday.
“He had his racquet and he was ready to go. He was on the side of the court, he said ‘Nick you owe my five minutes’. He was pretty direct,” Nick said of Marshall, “I was like ‘man, come on wheneveryou want’ and we had a lot of fun today.”
“He was pretty good as well. I actually used it as a bit of training. It’s always fun, if I’m able to makesomeone’s day even for five minutes then I’m happy to do it.”