her strong second serve. I can’t see a downside at this point,” praised ESPN analyst Pam Shriver about rising star Arnya Sabalenka, a 20yearold Belarusian who jumped from No. 7■ to No. 13 in the rankings.
After Canadian wild card Felix Augeraliassime, on the eve of his 1■th birthday, upset No. 1■ranked Lucas Pouille 64, 63 at the Rogers Cup in his main draw debut at the Masters 1000 tournament, Tennis Channel analyst Paul Annacone raved, “I loved the athleticism and decisionmaking. He looked like he’d been there a thousand times. He was incredibly sound in all aspects of the game. He has such a huge future.”
Best future star:
“I just don’t know how a country that practices systematic racism elected a black pres, twice.” — What 26yearold Tennys Sandgren tweeted to retired Africanamerican standout James Blake. Sandgren, ranked No. 97, who was questioned about his political views by a reporter after his Australian Open victory over Dominic Thiem, arguing farright views clash with his Christian beliefs.
Worst stupid tweet:
“This is ridiculous. @Serenawilliams is a formidable athlete (best ever!) and loving new mother. No person should ever be penalized professionally for having a child! The #WTA should change this rule immediately,” tweeted First Daughter Ivanka Trump to lambast the French Tennis Federation’s decision not to seed Serena Williams at the French Open.
Best “first daughter” tweet:
Best stand against oncourt coaching:
Allowing coaching is a fundamental change to the sport and would be a really big decision for tennis. I’m not aware of any evidence of the WTA allowing it making any difference to the attractiveness of their Tour. We are philosophically very against it. We believe it is a gladiatorial sport, an individual sport; you go on court and the whole premise of tennis is that you are on your own. That is one of the beauties of tennis compared to most, if not every other sport. For those that say it’s difficult to police coaching at the moment and this would solve it — we say it doesn’t solve anything at all; it creates different issues. We will be pretty challenging and dogmatic on our views on coaching.” — Wimbledon chief executive Richard Lewis told ESPN why Wimbledon would block any move to legalise inmatch coaching at the majors.
“The Demon” is undersized but hypercompetitive Alex De Minaur’s moniker.
Roger Federer consoled Alexander Zverev in the locker room following his heartwrenching fiveset Australian Open defeat by Hyeon Chung: “I said be patient about it. Don’t put yourself under unnecessary pressure. Learn from these mistakes. Whatever happened, happened. Unfortunately, you have to believe in the process you’re in right now. You’re doing the right things. It’s maybe not paying off at the Slam level, but just stay calm, don’t dig yourself in a hole. I just thought some nice words would maybe cheer him up, get him over the loss a few more hours earlier than it normally would. It’s supposed to hurt. I’m sure it did. He looked crushed when I saw him. I gave him a tap on the shoulder and said, ‘C’mon, it’s not too bad. It could be worse’.”
The next gen:No. 521ranked Marta Kostyuk won three matches in the Australian Open qualifying rounds to reach the main draw, and then upset 25thseeded Peng Shuai, 62, 62, and another wild card, No. 168 Olivia Rogowska, 63, 75, becoming the youngest woman, at 15, to reach the third round of a Grand Slam in 21 years.