The stocks of Australia’s leading tennis stars are slipping on the red clay of Europe with just a fortnight to go until the French Open Tennis Live Stream.The nation’s top-ranked player Nick Kyrgios has two events to regain his confidence on the sliding surface after being pummelled by Rafael Nadal in the Madrid Masters yesterday.The world No 19 and leading women Sam Stosur and Dasha Gavrilova appear unlikely to receive the same level of seeding protection in Paris as they did in Melbourne in January due to a dip in their rankings.
With German Alexander Zverev usurping Kyrgios as the highest-ranked youngster inside the top 20, the Australian will finetune his French Open preparations in Rome and Lyon.
Whether he can reclaim a seeding inside the top 16 — avoiding the prospect of playing Nadal or the other elite players until the second week in Paris — depends on how he fares in the Italian Open, an event the 40th-ranked Bernard Tomic is also playing.Kyrgios defeated Milos Raonic there last year before pushing Nadal to the brink in a high-class second round, but he was no match against the King of Clay in Madrid yesterday.As peers of a similar age including Zverev, Dominic Thiem and Borna Coric were excelling on other courts, the 22-year-old received a brutal 6-3 6-1 lesson from the Spaniard.Kyrgios has endured a difficult time since a triumphant Davis Cup tie in Brisbane last month and the recent death of his grandfather Christos. The Canberra resident noted after an opening-round win against Marcos Baghdatis in Madrid that his focus was somewhat askew.
Stosur, a runner-up at Roland Garros in 2010 and a semi-finalist there last year, performed soundly in Spain, reaching the third round before falling to leading French Open Tennis Live fancy Simona Halep.
While Stosur is striking the ball well, she faces significant pressure to perform over the next month given the ranking points she has to defend in Paris.Sitting in 25th position in live rankings, the Queenslander needs a strong run in the Italian Open to push for a top-16 seeding in the year’s second grand slam. Gavrilova, meanwhile, sits on the cusp of a seeding and did not help her prospects by failing to enter the Italian Open, an event where she upset Halep last year.As a result, the Melburnian has to play qualifying and will be hoping to string together enough wins to maintain a seeding.Australia’s only other direct entry in the women’s side, Ash Barty, is not playing any preparatory events.
Jordan Thompson is also guaranteed entry in Paris and will play in Lyon the week prior. John Millman and Thanasi Kokkinakis are both entered for the French Open using a protected ranking, but it remains to be seen whether they accept for the event.The former is scheduled to make his comeback a week earlier in Mestre.Kokkinakis, who reached the third round in Paris two years ago, is no longer ranked after being sidelined for so long through injury but he has recently been practising with Roger Federer in Dubai.While Alex De Minaur appears to be a lock for Australia’s reciprocal men’s wildcard into Roland Garros, a playoff will be held to determine the woman.
Among those to compete in a tournament on the Roland Garros practice courts next week are Fed Cup representative Destanee Aiava, Australian Open surprise packet Jaimee Fourlis and Queenslander Lizzie Cabrera.Novak Djokovic says he could select a coach within a few weeks, but would not comment on speculation about potential candidates.”I’m going to think about who I want in my team and I don’t yet have anyone,” he said following his opening-round win in Madrid. “But I think by the French Open, or after the French Open, I’m going to have someone.” The world No. 2 recently announced he would no longer be working with his longtime coach Marian Vajda. He also parted ways with his trainer, Gebhard Gritsch, and his physio, Miljan Amanovic. Back in 2016, the Serb stopped working with Boris Becker.The Daily Telegraph previously reported that Djokovic was considering Andre Agassi for the role of coach.
Djokovic acknowledged the speculation, particularly given his comment that he would like to have a coach who has had “similar experiences like I have.””There are not too many of those kind of champions in the history of the sport,” he said. “…I guess it’s normal that people start coming up with names. I can’t talk more than that.” French Open Tennis Live Stream
This season, Muguruza has retired in three events: Brisbane, Doha and Miami. In addition to reaching the semifinals in Brisbane, she also got to the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and in Indian Wells. But with opening-round defeats in Stuttgart and Madrid, she is still looking for her first win on clay as she gears up for her title defense at the French Open.”I’m not concerned about whether I have played more or less matches on clay, because it’s a surface where I have played a lot,” she said. The 23-year-old said she is concentrating on improving her game, not on playing the French Open.
“I’m not looking forward to Roland Garros right now,” Muguruza said. “I won it, but there’s Rome, Birmingham, Wimbledon … there are a lot of tournaments ahead.”
Garbine Muguruza, who fell to Timea Bacsinszky in the first round in Madrid, says she can still find her game before she has to defend her title at the French Open.Though the Spaniard stunned Serena Williams in the final to win her first major, she has yet to win another tournament since then.The world No. 4 said that she has never played at a high level in Madrid. Maybe I was more nervous about playing at home,” Muguruza said. “Honestly, I had no expectations in Madrid because I never played well here. Maybe the conditions. I train hard, but when I compete my game is not there … I will try to play better at Rome. French Open Tennis Live