Tennis Updates: Rafael Nadal is in the same half of the draw as Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic, making his comeback. At the Madrid Open following an injury layoff. Naomi Osaka, the former World No. 1, began her clay season with a win over Anastasia Potapova in straight sets in Madrid. After being found guilty under the Insolvency Act. The six-time Grand Slam winner Boris Becker was sentenced to two and a half years in prison. Sofia Kenin, the 2020 Australian Open champion. He has withdrawn from the French Open. Venus Williams continues to provide coaching suggestions to her fans via online tutorials. Despite no indication of a return to competitive tennis.
Tennis Updates: Here’s an overview of the day’s biggest headlines:
At the Madrid Open, Rafael Nadal is expected to face Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic.
Rafael Nadal is returning from injury at the Madrid Open, where he has a difficult draw. He could face adolescent sensation Carlos Alcaraz in the quarterfinals, one of the year’s most in-form players. In the semifinals, Rafael Nadal may face World No. 1 Novak Djokovic. Novak Djokovic became runner-up at the Serbia Open last week and appears to have rediscovered his form after a few months off. Rafael Nadal has won the Madrid Open five times. With a playoff berth into the second round, he’ll face either Miomir Kecmanovic or Alexander Bublik in his quest for a sixth title. In the meantime, Novak Djokovic will open his campaign in Madrid against Carlos Gimeno Valero or Gael Monfils.
Naomi Osaka wins in straight sets to begin her Madrid Open campaign.
Last year’s clay season for Naomi Osaka ended in frustration. She withdrew from the French Open owing to the controversies surrounding her. And the choice to avoid post-match press conferences to protect her mental health. The four-time Grand Slam winner appears to be in much better spirits these days. Also, She was at her best as she defeated Anastasia Potapova 6-3, 6-1 to win her first clay match of the year. Potapova had recently won the Istanbul Cup the week before, so Osaka was expecting a tough match. In the opening set, the Russian took an early lead. But Osaka cranked up her game after that and never looked back. In the second round, she will face Sara Sorribes Tormo.
Boris Becker jailed over bankruptcy charges
Boris Becker, the former World No. 1, was found guilty under the Insolvency Act. And sentenced to two and a half years in prison by a British court. The German was found guilty of concealing his assets while owing many debtors substantial sums of money. Becker, the former coach of Novak Djokovic, neglected to disclose his ownership of a £1 million mansion in his hometown and his stock in a technological company. Other known associates, including his ex-wives, received roughly £390,000. Becker’s position was that he didn’t spend money on a luxury lifestyle. Instead, he went bankrupt due to an expensive divorce, child support, and business and legal obligations.
Sofia Kenin will not compete in the Roland Garros in 2022.
Sofia Kenin withdrew from the French Open this year. The American has pulled out of the current clay tournament. Her 2021 season came to a close with a loss in the second round of Wimbledon. Kenin competed in the Adelaide International again this year, reaching the quarterfinals. In her following five competitions, she lost in the first round. She pulled out of the Miami Open and hasn’t played since.
Tennis Updates: Venus Williams uses Instagram to share coaching advice.
Venus Williams, the former World No. 1, came to Instagram to provide some tips on how to enhance one’s kick serve. Also, Williams’ serve is regarded as one of the strongest in the game, frequently saving her from defeat.
“With me this week, we’ll look at how to hit a kick serve! I’m starting a new series of tennis tutorials in the hopes of helping you improve your game. What suggestions would you like to see next?”
On the other hand, Williams hasn’t competed since August 2021. She also lost in the opening round of the Chicago Women’s Open to Hsieh Se-Wei. Moreover, she plans to return to the WTA tour in the near future.
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