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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’.”

Best con­soler­in­chief:

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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.

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