Categories
Tennis

Wimbledon 1985 final result: Who won Wimbledon 1985 final? Boris Becker vs Kevin Curren

Wimbledon was cancelled this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. However, tennis fans can still relive some classic matches over the next two weeks, courtesy of the BBC.

The broadcaster holds the rights to the famous tournament in the UK.

But with no action this year, a series of classic Wimbledon programming will be aired in its place.

In 1985, Boris Becker burst onto the scene as an unknown 17-year-old.

He fought his way through the men’s draw to set up a clash with Kevin Curren in the final.

ALSO SEE: Why Wimbledon cancellation does not affect Federer more than rivals

Who won the 1985 Wimbledon final?

The 1985 final was won by Becker in four sets.

The young German sealed the trophy with a 6–3, 6–7, 7–6, 6–4 victory over Curren.

In doing so, Becker became the first unseeded player and the first of his nationality to win the Wimbledon singles title.

He also became the youngest ever male Grand Slam singles champion but this record would later be broken by Michael Chang at the 1989 French Open.

READ MORE

  • Wimbledon chief hopeful of Roger Federer and Serena Williams return

Recalling his famous victory back in 2015, Becker told BBC Sport: “It was a very different emotion.

“I didn’t quite know what, I couldn’t grasp it, but I knew it was a life-changing moment.”

Also speaking on the 30th anniversary of the final, Curren told the Guardian the defeat to Becker was special memory, rather than a bitter one.

“He [Becker] always has a little dig at me about it,” said Curren.

“But it’s been a very special part of my life and the greatest tournament in tennis. I’m very grateful for the experiences I’ve had.”

How to re-watch the 1985 Wimbledon final

The classic final will be shown on BBC Two this afternoon.

Coverage will be presented by Clare Balding and runs from 1.30pm until 4.30pm.

Fans can also live stream the action via the iPlayer app and on the BBC website.

READ MORE

  • Tennis quiz questions and answers: Test your tennis knowledge

Boris Becker at a glance

DOB: November 22, 1967

Born: Leimen, Germany

Height: 6’3″

Turned pro: 1984

Win-Loss record: 713-214

Grand slam titles: 6

ATP tour titles: 43

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Tennis

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic slammed by Australian ace over pay row

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have forgotten what it is like to be a lower-ranked player. That is the damning claim from Australian tennis player Andrew Harris.

The tennis season has been suspended since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As a consequence, players have not been able to earn money from competitions and those lower down the rankings are struggling financially to make ends meet.

In May, tennis’ governing bodies came together to create a $6million Player Relief Programme to support its players.

With their influence and power, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, who is the president of the ATP Player Council, have been looked at to lead the way.

JUST IN: Could Roger Federer follow his idol Michael Jordan and turn 2021 into his own ‘Last Dance’

All three of them have expressed reservations about tennis resuming later this year.

While lower-ranked players are more than keen to play to allow them to earn money.

But Harris, ranked 204th in the world and with career prize money of $235,903, is not convinced by the trio’s efforts and delivered a scathing assessment of them.

LATEST LIVE SPORT TV DEALS

Get Sky Sports for just £25 per month for 3 months

Get BT Sport for HALF PRICE

READ MORE

  • Federer, Nadal and Djokovic called out by Kyrgios amid US Open row

“Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic, they’ve been at the top for so long, they almost forget what it’s like to be in these lower positions,” he told the Break Point podcast.

“I know Federer is all for the money at the top.

“He might say in public what people want to hear, that he’s all for money being redistributed to lower-ranked players.

“But when it comes to voting, his preference is to keep it at the top.

“I think Novak out of the top three is pushing the agenda to give money to the lower ranks hardest.

“Whether that’s enough, but out of those three, I think he’s doing the most.

“It doesn’t affect them so they’re not that invested. At world no. 1 or 2, you’ve got so much going on.

“Novak didn’t even join the Zoom call. He’s the head of the player council, wasn’t on the call, didn’t show his face and there were images of him playing soccer at the same time. That’s pretty ordinary.”

This article contains affiliate links, which means we may receive a commission on any sales of products or services we write about. This article was written completely independently, see more details here

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Tennis

Coronavirus: Boris Becker feuds with Nick Kyrgios over Alexander Zverev criticism

Nick Kyrgios and Boris Becker have traded insults on social media following the Australian’s criticism of Alexander Zverev after a video appeared to show the German dancing in a crowded club despite the coronavirus pandemic.

The video was posted on Instagram by German designer Philipp Plein and later deleted. There was no indication of when the video was taken.

Zverev said last week he would self-isolate after playing in Novak Djokovic’s ill-fated Adria Tour exhibition tournament in Serbia and Croatia, which had to be abandoned after numerous players tested positive for COVID-19.

Kyrgios on Monday called Zverev, the current men’s world number seven, “selfish”, prompting a rebuke from commentator and former six-time Grand Slam champion Becker.

Don’t like no #rats ! Anybody telling off fellow sportsman/woman is no friend of mine! Look yourself in the mirror and think your better than us…@NickKyrgios @farfetch

“Don’t like no #rats! Anybody telling off fellow sportsman/woman is no friend of mine! Look yourself in the mirror and think your better than us… @NickKyrgios,” Becker said on Twitter.

Kyrgios, the world number 40, was prompt in his reply: “For goodness sake Boris, I’m not competing or trying to throw anyone under the bus. It’s a global pandemic and if someone is as idiotic as Alex to do what he has done, I’ll call him out for it. Simple.”

Zverev, 23, took part in Djokovic’s event, which saw crowds packed into stands in Belgrade while players hugged at the net and played basketball in Croatia. The German player said he and his team had tested negative.

“We all live in the pandemic called #Covid_19! It’s terrible and it killed to many lives…we should protect our families/loved ones and follow the guidelines but still don’t like #rats @NickKyrgios,” Becker continued.

Kyrgios had previously criticised the organisers of the Balkan event and hit out at governing bodies for their plans to restart professional tennis during the pandemic.

“Rats? For holding someone accountable? Strange way to think of it champion, I’m just looking out for people. When my family and families all over the world have respectfully done the right thing,” Kyrgios said.

@TheBorisBecker is a bigger doughnut than I thought. 😂😂 can hit a volley, obviously not the sharpest tool in the shed though.

“@TheBorisBecker is a bigger doughnut than I thought … can hit a volley, obviously not the sharpest tool in the shed though.”

Becker then attempted to steer the conversation away from coronavirus and to Kyrgios’ career. The talented 25-year-old has reached just two Grand Slam quarter-finals, with a series of on-court controversies having led to criticism from fellow professionals.

Becker wrote: “I really would like to see @NickKyrgios fulfill his potential and win a grandslam! He would be an incredible role model for for the youth of the world addressing the issues of equality/race/heritage! Man up buddy and deliver!”

However, Kyrgios, whose last competitive match came in Mexico in February, was not impressed by Becker’s attempt to change the subject.

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Tennis

Nick Kyrgios and Boris Becker trade insults in Twitter spat over Alexander Zverev

Six-time Grand Slam winner Boris Becker says he doesn’t like ‘rats’ in response to Nick Kyrgios’ criticism of Alexander Zverev.

Zverev was embroiled in the uproar over the Adria Tour last week which saw four players including Novak Djokovic test positive for coronavirus.

Zverev tested negative but promised to ‘follow the self-isolating guidelines advised by our doctors’.

However, on Sunday, Zverev was pictured at a party in the French Riviera with dozens of people and no social distance practised.

And that footage led to a stinging rebuke by Kyrgios, who said on Monday: “So I wake up and I see more controversial things happening all over the world, but one that stuck out for me was seeing Sascha Zverev again… again. How selfish can you be?

JUST IN: Could Roger Federer follow his idol Michael Jordan and turn 2021 into his own ‘Last Dance’

“I mean, if you have the audacity to f****** put out a tweet that you made your management write on your behalf saying you’re going to self-isolate for 14 days and apologizing to the f****** general public and putting their health at risk, at least have the audacity to stay inside for 14 days. My God.

“Have your girlfriend with you for f****** 14 days. This tennis world is pissing me off, seriously. How selfish can you all get?”

Becker, who is the head of men’s tennis in Germany, has always been a backer of Zverev.

And the 52-year-old took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to hit back directly at Kyrgios.

LATEST LIVE SPORT TV DEALS

Get Sky Sports for just £25 per month for 3 months

Get BT Sport for HALF PRICE

READ MORE

  • Andy Murray takes a knee in support of Black Lives Matter movement

He tweeted: “Don’t like no #rats! Anybody telling off fellow sportsman/woman is no friend of mine!

“Look yourself in the mirror and think your better than us…@NickKyrgios.”

Unsurprisingly, Kyrgios responded quickly, saying: “For goodness sake Boris, I’m not competing or trying to throw anyone under the bus.

“It’s a global pandemic and if someone is as idiotic as Alex to do what he has done, I’ll call him out for it. Simple.

“Rats? For holding someone accountable? Strange way to think of it champion, I’m just looking out for people.

“WHEN my family and families all over the world have respectfully done the right thing. And you have a goose waving his arms around, imma say something.”

Becker later tweeted that Zverev should be held accountable but privately before Kyrgios said: “@TheBorisBecker is a bigger doughnut than I thought.

“Can hit a volley, obviously not the sharpest tool in the shed though.”

This article contains affiliate links, which means we may receive a commission on any sales of products or services we write about. This article was written completely independently, see more details here

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Tennis

Manchester United’s Nemanja Matic defends Novak Djokovic over ill-fated Adria Tour

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has defended his Serbian compatriot Novak Djokovic for hosting the ill-fated Adria Tour where a number of players, including the world number one, tested positive for Covid-19.

Djokovic was criticised for hosting the tennis tournament amid a pandemic after his coach Goran Ivanisevic and players Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki returned positive tests over the two legs in Serbia and Croatia.

Players were seen interacting, embracing each other, playing basketball and partying like they did in pre-Covid-19 days but Matic said they were not required to adhere to any social distancing norms as Serbia had eased restrictions.

Download the new Independent Premium app

Sharing the full story, not just the headlines

“People need to understand that the situation in Serbia was better than here (in England). The country allowed everyone to do whatever they want, everything was open, the shopping centres and the restaurants,” Matic told Sky Sports.

“So they started to live normal lives because our country was closed for three months completely. You were not allowed to walk on the street, you couldn’t leave your home, so it was different (than England).”

While some unofficial tournaments have been played without spectators in the stands, such as the Battle of the Brits exhibition tournament in London, the Adria Tour attracted a capacity crowd in the Serbian capital city of Belgrade.

“When they opened they said, ‘you are more than free to do whatever you want’,” Matic added. “Before that tournament, there was a game with 20,000 people and nobody said anything about that.

“I just wanted to say that it is not his fault that he made the tournament, he just wanted to help the players play competitions. I don’t see that he (did) something wrong.”

Reuters

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Tennis

Wimbledon: Richard Lewis says there’s no major financial impact from cancellation

Outgoing Wimbledon chief Richard Lewis says there has been no major financial impact from the cancellation of this year’s tournament.

The grass-court Grand Slam was scheduled to start on Monday but was cancelled for the first time since World War Two in April.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) said its spending plans would not have to be curtailed.

  • Tennis and the state of play
  • Evans beats Edmund to win Battle of the Brits
  • Murray looking forward to US and French Opens

“It won’t be severely impacted. If you have to cancel, it’s great to have insurance,” Lewis, who will step down as the CEO next month, said.

“We’re still in a very good position, we’re financially very stable. British tennis is going to be pretty well protected.”

However, Wimbledon would not have similar insurance cover in place next year, he added.

“That’s impossible in the current climate,” he said. “When I started in 2012, there were some signs that things were not insurable, because of communicable diseases that had taken place, like Sars and swine flu.

“In the immediate aftermath you can’t get insurance but fairly soon after that you can start to get insurance again, the market returns. So there won’t be insurance next year.

“But just because we’ve made one claim, it won’t affect us in the long term.”

  • Murray gives his support to Black Lives Matter
  • ‘Black Lives Matter tremendously gratifying’
  • ‘US Open is going to be beyond strange’

The US Open is going ahead as scheduled at the end of August while the French Open has moved to the end of September from May and Sally Bolton, who will succeed Lewis, said the AELTC would learn all they can from the tournaments.

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Tennis

‘How selfish can you be?’: Nick Kyrgios condemns Alexander Zverev after social distancing breach

Nick Kyrgios condemned fellow tennis player Alexander Zverev as “selfish” after the German world No 7 was filmed flouting self-imposed social distancing measures at a party in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Zverev was one of the players to feature at Novak Djokovic’s Adria Tour exhibition event earlier this month, where seven people tested positive for coronavirus, including Djokovic and three other players.

Players were photographed playing basketball and attended a nightclub in Croatia, leading to Krygios describing the event as “boneheaded”.

Download the new Independent Premium app

Sharing the full story, not just the headlines

Following the event, Zverev released a statement “deeply apologising” to anyone put at risk and pledged to self-isolate for 14 days.

However, in a since-deleted video posted on Instagram by German fashion designer Philipp Plein, Zverev is seen dancing at a club in Monaco.

“I wake up and I see more controversial things happening all over the world. But one that stuck out for me was seeing Sasha Zverev again, man, again,” Kyrgios said.

“How selfish can you be? if you have the audacity to put out a tweet that you made your management write on your behalf saying your’re going to self isolate for 14 days and apologising to the public for putting their health at risk at least have the audacity to stay inside for 14 days. My God, have your girlfriend with you for 14 days.

“Jesus, man, this tennis world is p****** me off. How selfish can you all get?”

Kyrgios has been vocal in his criticism of some players’ negligent approach to the pandemic, while also questioning the ATP and USTA, who have confirmed plans to begin the US Open in late August despite several countries still imposing quarantine measures and travel restrictions.

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Tennis

Nick Kyrgios blasts 'selfish' Zverev for partying after Djokovic's Adria Tour

On the day where Wimbledon was due to begin, Nick Kyrgios has, once again, expressed his dismay at his tennis colleagues after Alexander Zverev was filmed partying despite saying he was self-isolating.

Kyrgios – a rare breed in tennis in that he is willing to publicly criticise his colleagues – branded the German world No. 7 as ‘selfish’ while admitting the ‘tennis world is p***ing me off’ after a string of incidents have scarred the tour.

Zverev, 23, was part of Novak Djokovic’s Adria Tour, where Djokovic, Goran Ivanisevic, Grigor Dimitrov and Borna Coric were among those who tested positive for coronvirus after lax social distancing measures were in place.

Zverev was in close quarters with those who tested positive, most notably when they went partying after the Belgrade leg of the Serbian-Croatian event.

He ‘deeply apologised’ in a statement on social media for the role he played in the careless exhibition and said he would ‘follow self-isolating guidelines’, which typically means self-isolating for a 14-day period.

But six days after his public – and now rather vacuous-looking – apology, a clip went viral of him partying in a crowded venue.

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a webbrowser thatsupports HTML5video

Responding to the clip on Instagram, Kyrgios said: ‘Sascha Zverev again, man, again. How selfish can you be?

‘If you have the audacity to put out a tweet that you made your management put up on your behalf saying you’re going to self isolate for 14 days and apologising to the f***ing general public for putting their health at risk at least have the audacity to stay inside for 14 days.

My God. Have your girlfriend with you for f***ing 14 days.

‘Jesus, man. It’s p***ing me off. This tennis world is p***ing me off, seriously. How selfish can you all get?’

Zverev has yet to comment on the clip, which was pulled from the Instagram account it originated from.

His statement after the Adria Tour debacle read: ‘I deeply apologise to anyone that I have potentially put at risk by playing this tour.

‘I will proceed to follow the self-isolating guidelines advised by our doctors. As an added precaution my team and I will continue with regular testing.’

Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more stories like this, check our sport page.

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Tennis

Battle of the Brits: Dan Evans defeats Kyle Edmund to win exhibition event

Dan Evans dominated his domestic rival Kyle Edmund to claim victory in the Battle of the Brits exhibition event at Roehampton.

The 30-year-old Evans lived up to his reputation as the nation’s No 1 by going unbeaten through the round-robin singles tournament, culminating in an emphatic 6-3 6-2 final win.

  • Murray falls to Evans in Battle of the Brits semi
  • Davis Cup and Fed Cup postponed until 2021

Evans made an immediate impression by breaking Edmund in the opening game of the match and although he was immediately broken back, he continued to retain the ascendancy.

A long forehand from Edmund handed Evans his second break in the fifth game of the set and it proved enough for the favourite – now ranked a career-high 28 in the world – to see out the first set.

Edmund rallied at the start of the second, breaking Evans immediately only to lose his serve straight away and enable Evans to once again seize the upper hand.

A dazzling cross-court winner helped Evans win a marathon sixth game of the set to take a 4-2 lead and there was no looking back as he duly broke Edmund again to love to wrap up his victory.

Although it will not make the official head-to-head record, it was also Evans’ first tournament win over Edmund, who had won their two previous meetings in Monaco and Eastbourne respectively.

Paying tribute to the officials who staged the unique social-distancing tournament, Evans told Amazon Prime: “I wasn’t sure how it was going to be but it literally felt like a tournament event.

“The players have been raving about the tournament all week. It’s been a great week and hopefully we can all do it again.”

Norrie beats Ward in third-place play-off

Earlier, James Ward failed to make the most of having Andy Murray in his corner as he lost the third-place play-off 6-3 7-5 to Cam Norrie.

Ward stepped in late to replace Murray, who was beaten by Evans in their semi-final on Saturday and pulled out as a precautionary measure due to a sore shin.

Source: Read Full Article

Categories
Tennis

Andy Murray and Battle Of The Brits opponents take the knee in support of Black Lives Matter

Andy Murray and his fellow Battle Of The Brits players took the knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement this week.

The Battle Of The Brits exhibition tournament, co-organised by the Scot’s brother Jamie Murray, concludes today as Kyle Edmund takes on Dan Evans in the final.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Murray was due to play a third-place play-off match against Cam Norrie, but withdrew to be replaced by James Ward.

Download the new Independent Premium app

Sharing the full story, not just the headlines

Before his semi-final defeat by Evans, Murray took the knee – as did his opponent and the match’s umpire – and other competitors at the competition have done the same before their ties.

The act shows solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and has been performed by Premier League footballers upon the opening whistle of every match since the English top-flight’s return this month.

It was popularised by NFL star Colin Kaepernick in 2016 and has taken on renewed significance in light of the death of George Floyd last month.

Floyd was an unarmed black American who died in Minnesota after a white police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes.

Source: Read Full Article