Apostolos Tsitsipas – from a father to a tennis coach (Part 2)

Apostolos Tsitsipas – from a father to a tennis coach (Part 2)

In the early 90s, Apostolos studied training to be a tennis coach for three years in Vienna and Berlin. It was the golden age of German tennis with two major monuments Boris Becker and Steffi Graf.

But his small family demanded a more stable life, and so Apostolos took up a training job at a professional club in Athens. With 10 years of racket experience and seven years of leadership, he has tried to convey them to the students.

A few years later, when Stefanos told his father that he was ready to pursue a really serious tennis career, it was then that Apostolos had to confront himself about this view.

Both father and son have traveled together for nine years and Apostolos has helped his son jump 76 places during that period, from 91 to 15 on the ATP scoreboard. In just one year, Stefanos made a miraculous transformation from Milan, with the title of Next Gen ATP Finals 2018, arrived in London with the ATP Finals 2019 championship in the first time attending.

At the age of 21 and 3 months, Stefanos Tsitsipas has become the youngest champion in ATP Finals history, ever since former world number one Lleyton Hewitt in Sydney in 2001 at the age of 20.

He finished the 2019 season with a record of 54 wins and 25 defeats. ATP Finals is Tsitsipas’s third ATP title of the year, after Marseille in February and Estoril in May.

Although he took his son to set a historic milestone for Greek tennis, Apostolos did not think he was the protagonist. The father who led his son every step of his career just said that he himself was lucky because his son chose him.

According to ATP, this can be considered a rare view among coaches of any sport, especially in the top competition. But in the specific case of Apostolos Tsitsipas it seems to be on the right track.

2019 is the fourth consecutive season, ATP Finals has a new champion. Before Stefanos Tsitsipas, respectively Andy Murray (2016), Grigor Dimitrov (2017) and Alexander Zverev (2018) were crowned.

The British thirsts for a good football coach

The British thirsts for a good football coach

Not all good players can become a good strategist, but having a bad coaching career like the former English players is strange.

Recently, Paul Scholes had to resign as the manager of Oldham Club playing in England’s Third Division after a series of disappointments – winning only 1 victory in 7 matches.

The time at Oldham midfielder M.U also only lasted exactly 1 month. So, 6 years after retirement, Scholes’ coach career is still just a round zero.

Before Scholes, the 1992 golden generation of M.U also repeatedly disappointed on the coach bench

Ryan Giggs was unable to stay at his former club after briefly leading the team as interim manager.

Gary Neville – quite successful with his career as a commentator and especially famous for disparaging other coaches – became a farce because of his bad time in Valencia. He was fired by Valencia after 4 months in the army and only brought 3 wins for the team.

Nicky Butt is no better than the M.U.’s academy coach job. And Phil Neville, after working as an assistant in Valencia for his brother Gary, has now moved to lead the English women’s football team.

In fact, it would be unfair to laugh at every generation of M.U’s famous players, because the English stars of Arsenal, Liverpool or Chelsea are nothing better.

The generation of former British players born in 1960-1970 is at the peak of their coaching career

Meanwhile, this generation of Italians including Antonio Conte, Gennaro Gattuso are currently world famous coaches; the French also have Didier Deschamps, Zinedine Zidane; Spain has Pep Guardiola, Luis Enrique; The Netherlands has Ronald Koeman and Frank Rijkaard; Germany has Jurgen Klinsmann, Thomas Doll, etc.

Meanwhile, during the past 10 years the English have trained only one coach with a little name is Gareth Southgate – who is leading the recruitment of three monks.

But Southgate’s talent still needs more time to evaluate, because before taking over England, he had never achieved any significant achievements.

The inability of English coaches is reflected in the Premier League itself. Out of the current 20 Premier League clubs, only 5 are using native coaches including Bournemouth, Burnley, Cardiff, Crystal Palace and Fulham.

It can not be said that because the Premier League is better than the other leagues, it is more demanding, because English football does not “export” any talented coaches abroad.

Without the ability to coach, most English players choose to be a commentator, like Michael Owen, Rio Ferdinand or Jamie Carragher.

Apostolos Tsitsipas – from a father to a tennis coach by accident (Part 1)

Apostolos Tsitsipas – from a father to a tennis coach by accident (Part 1)

Just an amateur coach, who has never played tennis, but Apostolos has just 21-year-old son Stefanos Tsitsipas won the ATP Finals 2019.

As a child, Apostolos Tsitsipas used to play football with his brother in fenced yards. When growing up, Apostolos pursued a career in football and also basketball. He had a brief period with the Greek national team.

And if he followed that path, Apostolos would have become the coach of the team rather than turning to the professional tennis route.

An interesting detail is that not all coaches of the world’s top eight players have ever hit at ATP. And among those three were Apostolos.

Normally, with the accumulated experience, the former players will retire after becoming retired coaches. However, the success of others, which Apostolos is a representative, shows that playing before thousands of spectators on the O2 Arena is not a prerequisite to leading a player to the top 10. gender.

Apostolos, along with his wife, Ioulia Salnikova – a former female tennis player in the top 200 WTA, began coaching Stefanos from the age of three. While his father focused on his one-handed backhand and early ball skills, his mother kept the discipline. “Always do your best”, that was the encouraging phrase Stefanos Tsitsipas often heard.

When Stefanos was 12 years old, Apostolos devoted all his time to training his son. He traveled with Stefanos around the world, at youth tournaments. In the coach compartments, people always see the image of a silver-headed father applauding his son.

At the age of 20, Apostolos suddenly decided to switch to the racquet while he was attending his third year at the University of Athens. Three years later, he attended his first tennis tournament – the Greek league.

Since then, the coach has taken Apostolos to play in many places. In addition, he spent two years with his wife while Ioulia Salnikova was playing at the WTA.

Tottenham won the second match in a row with Mourinho

Tottenham won the second match in a row with Mourinho

Thanks to the brace of Harry Kane, Tottenham won against Olympiakos 4-2 in the Champions League group stage, and won tickets to go on.

Tottenham showed two opposite faces in the two matches against Olympiakos on November 26. The first 45 minutes, Jose Mourinho’s teachers and players were messy, tedious and with little idea, then the remaining 45 minutes, they exploded, sublimated and full of emotion.

After losing two goals in the first 20 minutes of the match, Tottenham also needed that much time in the second half to lead the opponent. Dele Alli was the one who sparked the upstream, before Harry Kane leveled the score. Serge Aurier took the hosts through with a beautiful shot, only then Kane closed the first match on his new teacher’s home ground with a brace.

Compared to the first match to lead Tottenham, Mourinho is no longer calmly standing on the border. For nearly half of the first half, the “Special One” kept bouncing when he saw Olympiakos flooding the pitch with the speed of sprinters. His face only relaxed in the second half, when the pupils scored four goals in less than 30 minutes.

At the end of the match, the former Man Utd coach punched the air into the air, pointed the arrogant face towards the home fans, then walked into the field to shake hands, congratulating the victory for each student.

Mourinho only had a change in the starting line compared to when he won West Ham 3-2 at the weekend. Danny Rose, after recovering from an injury, started as Ben Davies as a left-back. More than third-placed team Crvena Zvezda facing Bayern Munich who are in high form this time, Tottenham need not win, they can win tickets by four points more than rivals and only two matches in each team.

Two games conceding four goals, against the under-rated teams, is clearly not the direction Mourinho intends to apply to Tottenham. However, compared to his predecessor Mauricio Pochettino, the more of the Portuguese teacher is to rekindle the fire of fighting for students. It is also a way for “Rooster” to spontaneously mentally, when the emotional trip at Old Trafford on December 4 is approaching.

Verstappen won at GP Brazil

Verstappen won at GP Brazil

The final touches on the Interlagos race on November 17 did not affect the victory of Red Bull Max Verstappen riders.

Valtteri Bottas had a broken engine and had to give up, Sebastian Vettel collided with teammate Charles Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton also crashed into Alexander Albon. It all happened in the last 20 rounds only. That helps Verstappen reach the finish line without many obstacles. This is the eighth victory in Verstappen’s career, and the third time he stands at the top of this season.

The fact that Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari shot themselves in the foot to help the racers in the mid-range team reached a high position. Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso) for the first time in his career on podium, when he came second

Hamilton came home three and went up to podium to celebrate, but then was fined another five seconds by the FIA ​​for colliding with Albon. The defending champion got it all wrong and accepted the penalty, dropping to Saturday.

With Hamilton’s penalty, Carlos Sainz (McLaren) ranked third for the first time this season. Former champion Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) and teammate Antonio Giovinazzi won P4 and P5 respectively. Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) takes sixth place.

The race starts without any collision, when Verstappen defends the leading position. Vettel broke away badly and was approached by Hamilton. The Ferrari driver tried to steer the opponent’s head, causing Hamilton to drive the car off the track. But, the defending champion still had enough speed to overcome Vettel.

The safety car then appeared, helping Hamilton into the pit to change the soft tire. He returned to the track after Verstappen, Albon and Gasly. The race continued two rounds before the end. Hamilton immediately passed Gasly. At Turn 10, he tried to pass but crashed into Albon and caused the RB15 to spin. Hamilton competes with Gasly to the finish line, with the victory for the French rider.

Man Utd – Liverpool: When Van Dijk reminiscent of Cantona (Part 3)

Man Utd – Liverpool: When Van Dijk reminiscent of Cantona (Part 3)

The players were always trying before Cantona arrived, and now they are making a lot of effort.

With Cantona in the squad, Man Utd rose to their first English championship since 1967. The following four seasons, they spent three more titles and two FA Cups until Cantona decided to hang up his shoes in 1998. The day he left the team, Man Utd was in a much higher position than when he arrived. Not only is the goalscorer that Man Utd needs, Cantona also transmits the team of enthusiasm and an unprecedented arrogance. “When Eric was brought in, we knew we had the last piece,” Ince said.

Liverpool have not won England since 1990. At one point, they were very close, but they stumbled. In 2014, under Brendan Rogers, they scored 101 goals and conceded 50 goals. When Jurgen Klopp came to power a year later, he continued to be criticized for two years for his defenseless defense: they could not control the fixed ball, make silly mistakes and play poorly. Klopp always stands out to protect the players, but he must also realize that the team is missing something.

Then Virgil van Dijk arrived from Southampton in December 2017. Klopp tried to buy him the previous summer but then he had to wait until the winter. Liverpool have conceded 23 goals in the first half of the season. The second half they only conceded 15 goals. This season, through the first eight rounds, Liverpool won all eight, conceding just six goals – at least the tournament.

Van Dijk has brought a life not unlike Cantona at Man Utd before. He brings a strong faith: we can win and do great things. Two consecutive years Liverpool reached the Champions League final. And they won the season with Van Dijk. Van Dijk not only kicked, he also raised the person next to him, whether it was Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren or Joel Matip.

When facing Liverpool today, looking at the opponent, the Man Utd supporters would wish the home team had a person like Cantona from the past, someone who, although we were weak, lost troops, had crisis, still entered. pitch with your head held high and challenge anyone who dares to despise the reputation of the “Red Devils”!

Man City drew the first match in the Champions League

Man City drew the first match in the Champions League

Due to goalkeeper Claudio Bravo receiving a red card, Man City was held 1-1 by Atalanta in the fourth match of the group stage on 6/11.

Goals: Pasalic 49 ‘- Sterling 7’

Red card: Bravo.

If you win Atalanta, Man City will soon win the right to qualify for the Champions League. That is within the ability of the English team because two weeks ago, they won the opponent 5-1 at home. Raheem Sterling’s opening goal in the seventh minute, right in the first phase, gave the visitors an extra advantage against an Atalanta who lost all three matches. Gabriel Jesus’s backheel-back kick gave Sterling a fifth Champions League goal, equal to Son Heung-min and just two behind Erling Haaland and Robert Lewandowski.

Doing well the task of creating space and linking attacks but Jesus did not have the opportunity to score. Two minutes before the break, Sterling’s 16m50 penalty kick touched the ball at the edge of the fence by Atalanta. Thanks to VAR, the referee Aleksey Kulbakov gave the visitors a penalty. Jesus took the responsibility, but his low shot went wide of the post.

Outside the line, Coach Guardiola scratched his head regretfully. After the trip to Atalanta, Man City will be a match with Liverpool – the match is like the English Premier League final. The Etihad owners are six points behind Liverpool and they need the most effortless victory against Atalanta, creating a momentum for the battle at the weekend.

And yet sad because of the penalty penalty of Jesus, Guardiola had to welcome two other bad news. Goalkeeper Ederson got hurt, having to make room for Claudio Bravo in the second half. When the Copa America hero of the Chilean team could not warm up, he had to go into the net to pick up the ball. After 49 minutes, Alejandro Gomez hung the ball from the left wing precisely to Mario Pasalic and headed to the near post, leveling the score. It was also the first finishing phase of the home team.

Playing lack of people away, Man City accepted to pinch the match to have a point to bring home the fog. Guardiola wanted to solve his Champions League task neatly, before thinking of a race in the Premier League, but couldn’t. He still has to strain in the next round at the end of this month, in the context of Liverpool waiting ahead and having an advantage over a day off.

Man Utd – Liverpool: When Van Dijk reminiscent of Cantona (Part 2)

Man Utd – Liverpool: When Van Dijk reminiscent of Cantona (Part 2)

One rainy day in November, Ferguson went to see Martin Edwards at the President’s office to discuss recruitment. He tried to contact Alan Shearer (Southampton) and David Hirst (Sheffield Wednesday) but failed. Later, he brought in young striker Dion Dublin of Cambridge United, a brilliant talent but soon suffered from abuse.

When Ferguson arrived at the office, Edwards was on the phone with Bill United President Bill Fotherby. Fotherby wants to ask to buy Dennis Irwin. Ferguson immediately saw the opportunity and wrote on his boss’s pad, “Ask him about Eric Cantona.”

Edwards pretended to ask Fotherby about Cantona and learned that the French striker was arguing with coach Howard Wilkinson. Fotherby made an appointment an hour later.

Only cost a million pounds transfer fee, Man Utd bought Cantona and helped the club change its destiny.

As soon as he hung up, Edwards immediately asked Ferguson, “Why Cantona?”

And Ferguson said immediately: Because it is a necessary contract. Cantona has always been known for his complex personality, the rumor he contradicts Wilkinson despite bringing Leeds to the championship has been shady for a long time. But after talking with then-France coach Gerard Houllier, Ferguson realized that Cantona was far from the rumors. But more importantly, at that time, Man Utd desperately needed a top scorer to solve the goal. Cantona is clearly a great option.

Half an hour later, Fotherby called back and announced he was ready to sell Cantona. Wilkinson was fed up with Cantona, and he had no intention of staying. Cantona even applied for a transfer. “The downstream trout will not be able to cross the falls,” wrote the Cantona letter.

The arrival of Cantona gave hope to Old Trafford. But more remarkable is his influence on the team. After the first training session, Cantona asked Ferguson arranged two more players to stay behind to help him practice the volley. Ferguson was surprised that the exercises were designed to be as logical as possible, but Cantona still wanted it to be more challenging. He designated two players to cross the ball with a young goalkeeper in the wooden frame. The other players saw Cantona practice, then gradually they joined him. The additional exercises later became a routine on the training ground of Man Utd.

Why is the US Open always unpredictable? (Part 3)

Why is the US Open always unpredictable? (Part 3)

But the high humidity in the summer in New York made Flushing Meadows too harsh for the players, regardless of how hard they worked. Federer left the US Open 2018 with a sweaty shirt after losing to Millman.

Millman himself had to ask to play midway in the quarterfinals with Djokovic to change clothes, because the outfit was soaking wet. On the second day of competition, six players withdrew, including five cases involving heat stroke. The weather is so severe that there is even a “thermal scale” to be used in men’s matches at the beginning of the second week of the US Open.

In 2012, a gust of wind blew the chair away of the player entering the field, and the audience evacuated from the stands of the Flushing Meadows complex. “It was definitely one of the most difficult weather conditions I have ever experienced,” Murray said at the time.

Thanks to the subsequent roof installation, Arthur Ashe and Louis Armstrong yards are no longer affected by wind and rain. But it is also the roof that makes the atmosphere in the two stadiums become more stuffy and hotter.

Under these volatile conditions, it was difficult for the players to maintain their high level, and so, a lot of surprises happened.

In contrast to the tranquility that has become a tradition in Wimbledon, the US Open always enjoys crazy emotions. The schedule, despite improving over the past few years, still feels like it is designed to drain the energy of exhausted players. The semi-finals are scheduled for Saturday, and the next day is the final, as the US Open is always the most exciting sporting event on television.

Players must also get used to the chaotic atmosphere that is rarely seen in other Grand Slams, especially in matches that take place at night. The audience walked in the middle of the pitch, ridiculed the players they disliked and talked loudly in matches.

The illustrious champion Djokovic was also booed by the crowd after an injury that forced him to give up in the fourth round match against Wawrinka. Serena Williams incidents also took place in the frenetic atmosphere at Arthur Ashe yard in the evening.

Those are the characteristics of Flushing Meadows, where most predictions go wrong. Nadal finally won the US Open 2019 in the context that all the original championship doors were named Novak Djokovic – who won four of the last five Grand Slams.

Man Utd – Liverpool: When Van Dijk reminiscent of Cantona (Part 1)

Man Utd – Liverpool: When Van Dijk reminiscent of Cantona (Part 1)

There are players like those born to change the fate of a club. Eric Cantona was like that at Man Utd before, similar to Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk.

Earlier this year, when asked about Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, the player Paul Ince compared the Dutch center-back to Man Cant Utd’s Eric Cantona in the early 1990s. born, besides the indisputable expertise. And their appearance has helped the club rise to a whole new level.

When Ince stated the above opinion, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had just won the first six matches with Man Utd as the head coach. But the former England striker did not appreciate this feat. “I can do the same,” Ince said. But when he talked about Cantona, he changed his voice to the utmost respect. Because more than anyone else, Ince directly witnessed the terrible effect that Cantona brought to Man Utd.

In 1989, Ince was recruited by Alex Ferguson from West Ham. Very quickly, he understood the stature of the club and the monuments here: George Best, Bobby Charlton, Steve Coppell. But Ince could not explain why such a high-class club did not win the big title. since the 1960s. “26 years without a title, that’s a mystery,” Ince said.

Even Ferguson could not break that shove. Since taking office at Old Trafford, he has brought Man Utd in turn to finish in positions 11, 2 and 11. Ince’s first two seasons here, the team finished in 13th and 6th place. 1992 , Man Utd missed a chance to win after losing to three of the last four rounds. Leeds United used the footsteps of “Reds” to take the throne.

In the 1992-1993 season, Man Utd did not seem to be complete and struggled very hard. At the beginning of the season, the team continued to experience disappointing draws against Swansea City, Bristol City, Elfsborg and Lillestrom. They won just five in 15 matches, were knocked out of the league by Aston Villa, and collapsed in a penalty shootout before Torpedo Moscow in the first round of the UEFA Cup. These are long, dark and dark days.