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France’s top tennis player Gael Monfils (left) and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in 2020

This morning.

Writing on Twitter, Monfils said:

“Hello everyone, I wanted to give you some news following my recent withdrawals from tournaments. I suffered a small health glitch (probably following my third dose of vaccine).

“On the advice of my doctor, I decided to take some time to rest. So unfortunately I will not be able to play the Davis Cup next week. I hope to be able to return in the United States.”

Meanwhile…

He is the second French player to be forced off court after a suspected adverse reaction to a coronavirus vaccine. Jeremy Chardy, now ranked 138, has not played a match since the U.S. Open last summer.

Novak Djokovic, who is playing his first tournament of the season in Dubai this week, is the only unvaccinated player in the men’s top 100.

French No 1 Tennis Player Blames Covid Booster For Withdrawal From Davis Cup (Daily Sceptic)

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Novak Djokovic and his father, Srdjan in 2017

This morning.

Via BBC:

Novak Djokovic is not being held captive in Australia, a top official says, as the men’s world number one tennis player faces deportation over Covid vaccination rules.

“He is free to leave at any time that he chooses to,” Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said.

The Serb star remains in immigration detention in Melbourne after being denied entry on Wednesday.

A court challenge is due on Monday, a week before the Australian Open begins.

Now more uncertainty surrounds the schedule of the tournament that Djokovic has won nine times. A 10th win would see him become the men’s most successful player, with 21 Grand Slams.

ABC News is reporting that Czech player Renata Voracova also had her Australian visa cancelled on Friday and is being detained in the same immigration hotel.

Novak Djokovic visa: Australia says tennis star not being held captive (BBC)

Meanwhile…

Gulp.

This morning.

Via Tennis World:

“…attention can have many positive aspects and benefits in both the professional and private life, but can also create an additional burden. You have an influence on the youth, who look to you as a role model and wish to become like you one day.

“Additionally, it’s expected of you to offer your thoughts on topics that are beyond your own profession. I typically make an effort to keep a distance, although when I feel the urge to share my thoughts, I do so. I am someone who holds fast to principles, life values, human rights… That is something that has been abused in the past.”

Novak Djokovic

The world No 1 tennis player has stated that he won’t reveal if he has been vaccinated or not.

Novak Djokovic: I hold fast to principles, life values and human rights (Tennis World)

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Tennis coach Garreth O’Carroll

This isolation season…

…give the gift of tennis.

Coach Garreth O’Carroll writes:

I’m delighted to offer some Coaching Clinics for budding tennis players when these restrictions lift in the South Dublin and North Wicklow areas.

Tennis is one of the few sports where social distancing protocols can be adhered to and is proven to be excellent for training focus, reducing stress and improving Cardio Fitness.

I have five gift Vouchers available for half price at €100. Each Voucher is worth 4 private lessons.

Most my lessons are conducted in Deansgrange [County Dublin] but I can travel if there are local public courts near you.

Why not check out my profile and if you have any questions pop me an email. Stay safe and hopefully see you on the court soon.

Garreth O’Carroll

Irish-made Gifts in isolation to broadsheet@broadsheet.ie marked ‘Gifts In Isolation’

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Oh I say.

Ireland VS Egypt Davis Cup Tennis at Castleknock Lawn Tennis Club, Co. Dublin Dublin 15 this evening.

Barry Mahon writes:

“Sam Barry (above) representing Ireland. currently leads the tie 1-0 after James McGee won his tie earlier today….”

More as we get it.

Update: Mohamed Safwat, (Egypt) defeated Sam  3-6, 7-5, 7-5, 7-6. *flings racket*

Finally, Murray has crossed the Rubicon line. Finally, after four wrenching defeats in slam finals, he has claimed the prize he coveted above all others.
The scale of the achievement, as Murray became Britain’s first slam champion for 76 years, should not be underestimated – and nor should the determination it required for him to break this breakthrough.

 

Andy Murray’s Triumph At The US Open Is The Perfect Postscript To An Amazing Sporting Summer (Oliver Brown, Telegraph)

Thanks John Gallen