Is Djokovic saga an unforced error for Australia?
The story of the star tennis player being held in Australia sparks ire at every twist and turn.Most of it has been directed at the authorities, be they in the federal or the Victorian state government.
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - World number 10 Jannik Sinner said he was open to the possibility of John McEnroe joining his coaching team after the American great offered his services on a part-time basis at the Australian Open. © Reuters/LOREN ELLIOTT Australian Open
McEnroe, a former world number one who won seven Grand Slams singles titles, said this week he had told Sinner's regular coach, Riccardo Piatti, that he was keen to help the 20-year-old Italian reach the next level.
"I am definitely available on a part-time basis, helping Jannik Sinner getting over the hump -- which I'll believe he'll get over whether I coach him or not," McEnroe told Eurosport.
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"He came to my club when he was here for the U.S. Open, he was practising, and he's like a sponge."
Sinner, who moved into the fourth round in Melbourne with a win over qualifier Taro Daniel on Saturday, was full of praise for McEnroe.
"When John speaks, of course, he is a tennis legend," said Sinner after the match. "He has won many tournaments, he was a great player.
"Yes, I would like to be coached by him. Let's see what comes out," added Sinner, who plays Australia's Alex de Minaur on Monday.
(Reporting by Dhruv Munjal in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)
Peng Shuai: Australian Open relaxes rule against protest T-shirt .
The Australian Open will allow people to wear shirts that say "Where is Peng Shuai?" CEO of Tennis Australia Craig Tiley told Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Tuesday. © Andy Brownbill/AP China's Peng Shuai reacts during her first round singles match against Japan's Nao Hibino at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia on Jan. 21, 2020. His comments come several days after security guards shut down a small protest in support of the Chinese tennis player, in which protesters unfurled a banner saying, "Where is Peng Shuai?" and also wore T-shirts with the slogan.