Monthly Archives: February 2019

Nick Kyrgios underarm serve does not impress Rafael Nadal who says it lacks respect

Rafael Nadal criticised the attitude of Nick Kyrgios after he was beaten by him at the Acapulco International.

The controversial Australian produced a stunning comeback to win the match 3-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (6), but was booed throughout the match in Mexico and even told the crowd to ‘shut up’ at one point.

Kyrgios had forced the world no.2 back beyond the baseline with a series of powerful serves, 21 in total, but then cheekily tried to catch Nadal off guard by executing an underarm serve.

This enraged the tennis legend, who after reluctantly shaking his opponent’s hand, complained about Kyrgios to ESPN.

“He is a player who has ginormous talent,” Nadal said.

“He could win Grand Slams and fight the top positions of the ranking, but there is a reason why he is where he is.

Kyrgios celebrates his win over Nadal

“He lacks respect for the public, the rival and towards himself.”

Kyrgios, who set up a quarter-final clash with Stan Wawrinka on Friday, hit back at the Spaniard.

“I’m different, Rafa’s different, he can focus on what he needs to do,” he said.

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“He doesn’t know the journey I’ve been through, he doesn’t know anything about me so I’m not going to listen at all.

“It’s the way I play, it’s the way he plays.

“He’s very slow between points. There’s a rule in the books that says you have to play at the speed of the server, Rafa has the speed every time.

“I’m not going to comment on his game, he has his game, I have my game.”

Kyrgios’ underarm serve did not go down well with his opponent, Rafa Nadal

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The Australian was trying to catch Nadal out with the effort during his stunning win in Mexico

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Source: Tennis

Formula One race calendar 2019: When will Lewis Hamilton kick off his title defence? When is the Silverstone Grand Prix?

Lewis Hamilton will begin the defence of his Formula One world title in Melbourne next month.

Mercedes star Hamilton stormed to the F1 crown last season, beating Ferrari’s Sebsatian Vettel by 88 points to win his fifth Championship.

Formula One race calendar 2019

The British superstar won 11 races, including six out of seven between race weekends 11 and 17 in a stunning year for the 34-year-old.

Hamilton and team-mate Valtteri Bottas will lead Mercedes’ title charge again this season while Vettel has been joined by youngster Charles Leclerc at Ferrari.

Formula One: New deal agreed to keep Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku until 2023

Azerbaijan will host a Grand Prix until at least 2023 as Formula One announced a three-year extension to the existing deal on Tuesday.

The race on the streets of Baku was due to expire next season, but an agreement has been reached to keep the Grand Prix until 2023.

Azerbaijan, a race put together by former supremo Bernie Ecclestone, made its F1 debut in 2017. It is understood to pay the highest fee on the calendar, estimated to be in the region of £45million-a-year.

Last season’s race was won by Lewis Hamilton.

“In just a short space of time, this race has become one of the most popular of the season, always producing closely fought and spectacular racing,” said F1 chairman Chase Carey.

The announcement comes after Carey met with a number of disgruntled race promoters in London last week.

Formula One: Sauber rebranded as Alfa Romeo Racing for 2019 season

Sauber will be rebranded as Alfa Romeo Racing for the forthcoming Formula One season.

The Sauber name has been part of the sport’s make-up for the past quarter of a century after Peter Sauber ran his first entry in 1993.

But it will now effectively disappear from the grid after the Swiss team announced they have been dropped ahead of the new campaign which kicks off in Melbourne next month.

Kimi Raikkonen, the 2007 world champion, and Antonio Giovinazzi will race for the re-branded outfit this year.

Giuseppe Farina won F1’s first world championship driving an Alfa Romeo in 1950, before Juan Manuel Fangio claimed the first of his five titles racing for the Italian car manufacturer a year later.

After a 33-year absence from the sport, Alfa Romeo became title sponsor for the cash-strapped Sauber team last season.