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Andy Murray says Novak Djokovic pays the "consequences" if deportation threatens

NOVAK DJOKOVIC's Australian visa has been canceled for the second time and it is now to be sent home. (Author: Gardener)

Andy MurrayAndy Murray claimed Novak Djokovic had to face the "consequences" of not being vaccinated after the world's number 1 Australian visa was canceled for the second time today. The Scot said there were no winners as the nine-time champion would be banned from defending his title unless he succeeds with a second lawsuit. Djokovic has spoken of his skepticism about the vaccine - and court files confirmed last week that he was not vaccinated against Covid and was initially given a waiver because he tested positive last month. But Murray, who proudly announced on social media that he received his booster jab before flying down under, said, “My feeling is that I would encourage people to get vaccinated, but yes I have feel that people should be able to make their own decision. But in a country like Australia you have to be vaccinated to compete here, vaccinated to compete here, and yes, and obviously most of the players went to top 100 tennis players - I don't know what it is for the ladies is, but I think 98% of the men's top 100 players are vaccinated, which is positive make their own decisions. ”My beliefs and what I've seen and read and looked at the data and everything, especially in lately in the uk anyway is that the lady who gave me my third shot is working at the hospital in central london and she told me that every single person who is in intensive care and on ventilators is unvaccinated. "So for me it makes sense that people let it do it. Yes, most young people, healthy athletes will probably be fine, but yes, we all have to do our part, I think." Four times against Djokovic in the final the Australian Open, he added, "I'm not going to sit here and start kicking Novak while he's on the ground. I mean, I said the other day, it's not a good situation for anyone." it got into such a situation, and who knows? I don't know which way he will go if he can appeal that and do you know how long it will take and can he still train or participate in the tournament during this process? I think it would be good for everyone if that were the case. It just seems like it has dragged on for a long time, and yes, not so great for tennis, not so great for the Australian Open, not so great for Novak. “Of course, a lot of people criticized the government here too. "Murray, 34, reached his first ATP Tour final in more than two years today with a three-set win over giant American Reilly Opelka at the Sydney Tennis Classics." This is the second or third time I've been here this week and "I'm talking about things that are going on with another player off the pitch," said the former world number one saying it's not great for tennis because we are talking about other things and politics and all of those things. I'd rather talk about how happy and fortunate I am to be in the finals of a tournament again. "

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Andy Murray is in his first ATP Tour-Level Final since 2019

In his first semi-final at the ATP Tour level in 822 days, Murray showed the whole class in his second leg against one of the biggest servers of the Tour in Opelka and won 6-7, 6-4, 6-4. (Author: Gardener)

Andy MurrayAndy Murray had to be patient, but after defeating Reilly Opelka in Sydney he is back in an ATP Tour Level final for the first time since October 2019 - and it could be a Brit who is standing in his way. Murray felt a bit of freshness after finishing his quarterfinals prematurely as David Goffin was injured and retired after losing the first set 6-2. And in his first semifinals at ATP Tour level in 822 days, Murray showed his whole class in his second leg against one of the biggest servers of the tour in 6ft11 'Opelka and won it with 6-7, 6-4, 6-4. Roar of many loud Scots in the Ken Rosewall Arena, the former world number one, who has only reached his second final since 2017, showed that he remains a force on the ATP tour despite his physical complaints, he remains for the Australian Open. Murray looked like he would be exploring Opelka's bullet serves in the blink of an eye in an opening set that looked like it was being wound up via a tiebreaker the moment it started. The Scot kept the ball in play well, but soon lost his stranglehold in the tie-break when he fell back 3-0 early. A late rally left Opelka with some doubts, but the American, aiming for a return to the top 20 in the world this month, held up well to win the opener 7-6. I obviously lost a tight first set and it's not easy to come back against someone who plays that style of play, but I kept fighting. ' An early break in the second set felt crucial to Murray and later proved crucial, and he soon increased the pace in his service games to rattle through points so that Opelka couldn't settle down and find his rhythm. At one set apiece, it was a direct shootout for first place in Saturday's final, and it turned out to be almost as crisp as the opener. The swing pendulum seemed to swing at 3: 3 on Murray while Opelka served. Murray thought he had figured out Opelka's serve by this point and with two breakpoints at 15:40 he felt an opportunity to take control. An impact of 227 km / h was quickly fired in his direction by Opelka, which stopped after some non-enforced errors courtesy of Murray. Murray held up a lot easier and finally broke Opelka's resistance at 4-4. Murray put a pass into Opelka's forehand perfectly to score two breakpoints, which he converted on the following point. A huge roar put the ball on his racket for a spot in the finals, and Murray celebrated his latest scalp in two hours and 24 minutes as he got one step closer to his 47th career title. When asked how to deal with Opelka's serve, Murray admitted that he was improvising the whole time. “I decided to block some, which worked out quite well, and second serve is not easy. Regarding the 47th career title, he added: “It would be great to start the year with a win, a really big step forward in terms of stringing games together. He faces the prospect of British number 1 Dan Evans, who later faces Aslan Karatsev in the semifinals session. There has never been an all-British final at the ATP Tour level and history would be written if Evans made progress.

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Scottish couple say it helped tennis star after Judy Murray's quarterfinal invite

After a Scottish couple who live in Australia were invited to the tennis star's quarterfinals by their mother, they believe they "made a difference" by "exciting" him from the sidelines. (Author: Gardener)

ScottishAfter a Scottish couple who live in Australia were invited to the tennis star's quarterfinals by their mother, they believe they "made a difference" by "exciting" him from the sidelines. © Scottish couple Steven Glennie and Jodie Maggs, who help Andy Murray with his internals in Sydney ... The couple's comment comes after the famous tennis coach and mother of Andy Murray hunted down the two Scots to get them to the quarterfinal match of Sydney International. Their hunt began when 34-year-old Murray beat Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili to secure a spot in the Sydney International quarter-finals on Thursday. When the tennis coach spotted two Scots in Scotland's national jerseys during the game, he sent a call to find the duo and invite them to Andy's next quarter-final match. Judy Murray wrote on Twitter: “Can anyone in Sydney or Scotland identify those Scots who were at Andy's game against Basilashvili? "Would like to invite her to the quarter-finals ..." After her call, the tennis coach star was inundated with responses, including people pretending to be with the couple and some sticking their heads on the screenshot to get free tickets. However, the couple were identified almost immediately as Steven Glennie and Jodie Maggs, who were originally from Dundee. In an interview with BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland program, Jodie said, “We didn't realize it yesterday. “We were all tagged on Instagram and Facebook, and Steven's mom had created a Twitter account to reply to Judy's tweet about us. Steven said his mom, Sandra Davidson, even started chatting with Judy Murray on the Twitter account only to reply to Judy, "he said." She likes it so far anyway - she got a couple of thousand hits on her tweet, so is they happy. "Steven said the pair would be delighted to" support any Scotsman who's going to play anywhere on this side of the world, "and they enjoyed seeing Andy Murray in action, on the tennis player during his quarterfinal match against the eight seeded David Goffin said Jodie: "He played a really good game. "You could see that he was watching us and his eyes closed and he knew we were there. At the end of the game he came over and thanked us for all our support and signed our flag." After his game, which leads him to the next round, Murray joked, "If someone wants free tickets to my games, come with a Scottish flag and maybe my mother will offer some tickets."

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Andy Murray targets titles again after making it to the Sydney semi-finals

Andy Murray has won three matches at the same ATP Tour event for the first time in more than two years after his opponent David Goffin retired in the quarter-finals at the Sydney Tennis Classics (Author: Gardener)

Andy MurrayAndy Murray has won three matches at the same ATP Tour event for the first time in more than two years after his opponent David Goffin retired in the quarter-finals of the Sydney Tennis Classic. Most recently, the Scotsman managed a touring-level hat-trick at the European Open in Antwerp in October 2019, when he emotionally won his only title since his hip problems began two years earlier. But there have been positive signs over the past six months, most notably that Murray has been able to play and train consistently and that he will face him after beating Nikoloz Basilashvili in a marathon - whom he will face in the first round of the Australian Open next week. by beating former top 10 player Goffin in the opening set 6-2. Knee pain caused the 31-year-old, who will face Britain's Dan Evans in his first match in Melbourne next week, to break up after just one set. Murray will now meet the giant American Reilly Opelka in his first Tour semi-final since Antwerp. He understood Goffin's plight, but was very happy to be back in the finals of a tournament and hopefully more. Hopefully I can continue building from here and have a strong year. “I want to try to win tournaments again. I'm just a few games away from winning another and I'll do my best to make that happen. ”It was also an excellent week for Evans, who also made it to the semi-finals after making his unbeaten start to the season with one 6-4, 7-6 (5) victory over the formally strong American Maxime Cressy had continued. After Evans won three games at the ATP Cup, he won two more here and will take on first-placed Aslan Karatsev for a place in the final. Evans, delighted with the prospect of an all-British final, said: “It would be nice to play, of course, but we both have tough games. It's great that there are two in the semifinals. Hopefully we can both win. "

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Andy Murray could have backfired but he now believes it was "the right decision"

The former world number 1 has increased his racket in a move similar to Roger Federer when he overtook his game after knee and back surgery in 2016 (Author: Gardener)

Andy MurrayAndy Murray used the same racket frame for 20 years but made a change in late 2021 that he admits could backfire - although he is now confident it won't. The 34-year-old has used the same head racket - a bespoke PT57A Graphene XT Radical Pro, to be precise - throughout his professional career, but switched to a new frame in the off-season. Murray also split with longtime trainer and close friend Jamie Delgado and brought in Jan De Witt to work with him earlier in the season. The changes may have had a disturbing effect on the ex-world No.1's efforts to return to the top of the game, but after a three-hour win over Nikoloz Basilashvili in Sydney on Wednesday, he assured fans that he is happy with his new set -high. "Just getting a match win with the new racket so early in the season is good and gives me the confidence that I made the right decision there," said Murray after a 6-7 7-6 win after a setdown 6 -3. “If I lose a lot of games at the beginning of the year, tight games, not against players I might have won against last season, I could doubt that decision. "But I think it's a good win for me for several reasons and I can string even more in the next few weeks." The racket change, Murray explained late last year, is intended to create more margin for error as he's a man with a metal hip trying to compete in singles tennis, something no elite player at the highest level has yet managed. I am aware that Murray has done extensive testing on several different rackets and used a wider string pattern and an additional three square inches head size, similar to what Roger Federer did in the later stages of his career. Murray said in December 2021, “I just felt like I should try something that might be a little easier to play with, a little more forgiving. His appearance at the Sydney Tennis Classic this week, his first visit to the Australian city, is a forerunner for his return to the Australian Open, a tournament he last played in 2019 after feared it would be his last Grand Slam would be. Murray was eliminated in the first round on that occasion and has not won a match in Melbourne since 2017 before his hip surgery. The Grand Slam format of best-of-five sets will test his fitness and recovery abilities, but Murray believes the distance with Basilashvili has given him good preparation. "Of course I would have liked to have finished earlier, but I think I did well physically," added Murray. So I was happy with the way I physically coped with the game. In the end I still had something in the tank, so that will benefit me if I get into this situation in Melbourne next week. "

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The support of the Andy Murray fans brings them free tickets

Two Scottish tennis fans have been given free tickets to see Sir Andy Murray play in Australia after his mother Judy saw them on TV. The doub (Author: Gardener)

Andy MurrayWe detected that there was an issue with your subscription billing details. Please update your billing details here. The subscription details associated with this account need to be updated. Please update your billing information here to continue enjoying your subscription. Please update your billing information here to continue having access to the most informative and respected journalism in the UK. Jodie Maggs and Steven Glennie Spotted cheering on Andy Murray in Sydney.Two Scottish tennis fans were given free tickets to see Sir Andy Murray play in Australia after his mother Judy saw them on TV. The 34-year-old two-time Wimbledon champion is playing at the Sydney Tennis Classic before the Australian Open kicks off in Melbourne next week. They wore Scotland stripes and flew the Saltire. Judy Murray followed fans after appealing on Twitter. It took less than three hours to identify them after Sandra Davidson contacted them to identify their son Steven Glennie and girlfriend Jodie Maggs.

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Andy Murray reached his FIRST Tour-level semifinals since 2019

Andy Murray has reached his first tour-level semi-finals since 2019 after David Goffin was forced to retire from the Sydney Tennis Classics due to injury. (Author: Gardener)

Andy MurrayAndy Murray has reached his first tour-level semi-finals since 2019 after David Goffin was forced to retire from the Sydney Tennis Classics due to injury. Murray had beaten Goffin in the last six games and was hoping to continue his good form against the Belgian on Thursday. However, the game was interrupted after the first set - which Murray won 6-2 - as Goffin struggled with a knee injury. Andy Murray (above) has reached his first tour-level semifinals since 2019. Goffin - whose 2021 season ended prematurely due to a knee problem - was guilty of beating a second serve. The Belgian coach then demanded a change in the balance sheet, but that did not matter as Goffin had to retire shortly afterwards. David Goffin (right) had to resign from the Sydney Tennis Classic due to a knee injury.The Belgian’s 2021 season (above) ended early because of the same problematic knee problem in order to recover from his grueling three-hour fight against Nikoloz Basilashvili. Murray had won the tough encounter that lasted into the early hours of Thursday morning with 6-7, 7-6, 6-3. "I think I was most pleased about the move," said Murray after the game against Goffin. The hiatus was beneficial for Murray - who had 14 hours to recover from his clash with Basilashvili three straight Tour-level games since he emotionally won his only title since his hip problems began. Murray hopes to continue his progress when he meets American Reilly Opelka in his first semi-final on tour since Antwerp.

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Andy Murray comes through the Nikoloz Basilashvili thriller to secure a spot in the quarterfinals of the Sydney Tennis Classic

Andy Murray said he would take "confidence" if he scored another win over a top 30 opponent after beating Nikoloz Basilashvili in a three-hour thriller to advance to the quarter-finals of the Sydney Tennis Classic. (Author: Gardener)

Andy MurrayIt was Murray's fourth win against a top 30 opponent since defeating Basilashvili in the first round at Wimbledon last summer, and the third time he had reached an ATP 250 quarter-finals in the last five months. Both are signs of progress on his return from long-term injuries, and he will face David Goffin on Thursday to make his first Tour-level semi-final since late 2019, losing similarly close matches in recent months. But he rightly stated after the game that Basilashvili, who ranks 23rd in the world, is one of the tour's strongest shooters. Murray, 34, played mostly defense in the early stages of the game while waiting for his Georgian opponent to make mistakes. This worked first when Basilashvili hadn't found his range yet, and Murray fought his way through the embattled fourth game, hitting a return winner to score a 3-1 split. But the hard-hitting Basilashvili began to solve his problems, reduced his mistakes and even caught Murray with some uncharacteristic dropshots. Murray let him back into the game and watched a set point slip by as he hacked his return into the net. It turned out to be costly when Basilashvili forced the tiebreaker and won the set. Murray also failed in the second set and was lucky that Basilashvili's mistakes in the tie-break and in the third set returned and he collected a total of 67 for the match. He held back Basilashvili's own comeback attempt late in the playoff, especially as he increased his first serve accuracy from 49 percent in the second set to 81 in the third set and showed great stamina to finish strong. "I feel like I created more chances as the game went on and I deserved to win," said Murray. I would have preferred it to be shorter, but I think that can also give me a little confidence. At the end of the day I still had a bit in the tank, which will benefit me when I'm in Melbourne next week in this situation. "This stamina will be put to the test in less than 24 hours in order to recover his quarter-finals against Goffin , a player he has beaten in all six previous games.In the top half of the draw, British number 2 Dan Evans also reached Spain’s Pedro Martinez quarter-finals in straight sets, 6-2, 6-6 following his second-round win. 3.

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Scottish couple say it helped tennis star after Judy Murray's quarterfinal invite

After a Scottish couple who live in Australia were invited to the tennis star's quarterfinals by their mother, they believe they "made a difference" by "exciting" him from the sidelines. (Author: Gardener)

ScottishAfter a Scottish couple who live in Australia were invited to the tennis star's quarterfinals by their mother, they believe they "made a difference" by "exciting" him from the sidelines. © Scottish couple Steven Glennie and Jodie Maggs, who help Andy Murray with his internals in Sydney ... The couple's comment comes after the famous tennis coach and mother of Andy Murray hunted down the two Scots to get them to the quarterfinal match of Sydney International. Their hunt began when 34-year-old Murray beat Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili to secure a spot in the Sydney International quarter-finals on Thursday. When the tennis coach spotted two Scots in Scotland's national jerseys during the game, he sent a call to find the duo and invite them to Andy's next quarter-final match. Judy Murray wrote on Twitter: “Can anyone in Sydney or Scotland identify those Scots who were at Andy's game against Basilashvili? "Would like to invite her to the quarter-finals ..." After her call, the tennis coach star was inundated with responses, including people pretending to be with the couple and some sticking their heads on the screenshot to get free tickets. However, the couple were identified almost immediately as Steven Glennie and Jodie Maggs, who were originally from Dundee. In an interview with BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland program, Jodie said, “We didn't realize it yesterday. “We were all tagged on Instagram and Facebook, and Steven's mom had created a Twitter account to reply to Judy's tweet about us. Steven said his mom, Sandra Davidson, even started chatting with Judy Murray on the Twitter account only to reply to Judy, "he said." She likes it so far anyway - she got a couple of thousand hits on her tweet, so is they happy. "Steven said the pair would be delighted to" support any Scotsman who's going to play anywhere on this side of the world, "and they enjoyed seeing Andy Murray in action, on the tennis player during his quarterfinal match against the eight seeded David Goffin said Jodie: "He played a really good game. "You could see that he was watching us and his eyes closed and he knew we were there. At the end of the game he came over and thanked us for all our support and signed our flag." After his game, which leads him to the next round, Murray joked, "If someone wants free tickets to my games, come with a Scottish flag and maybe my mother will offer some tickets."

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Andy Murray's Scottish supporters were tracked down in Australia following Mother Judy's Twitter appeal

Jodie Maggs and Steven Glennie from Dundee got the tennis player through his match in Sydney with their wild cheers and songs. (Author: Gardener)

Andy Murray'sAfter Judy Murray called for help on Twitter, two Scottish tennis fans were tracked down in Australia. Steven Glennie and Jodie Maggs cheered Andy Murray on at his match in Sydney yesterday. The Dundee couple, who now work in the Australian city, appeared on television wearing national football tops and waving a Bonnie Scotland saltire. Her insane support and singing got Andy through a tough game with Georgian number 23 in the world, Nikoloz Basilashvili. And after the tense game, Judy called on Twitter to track her down. She wrote: “Can anyone in Sydney or Scotland identify those Scots who were at Andy's game against Basilashvili? "Would like to invite her to the quarter-finals ..." And she got dozens of responses, including one from Steven's mother, Sandra Davidson, who wrote, "Hi Judy, this is my son Steven Glennie and his girlfriend Jodie Maggs !!!" Dundee lives in Sydney and was so excited to see Andy at the game today !! Jodie and Steven talked about their crazy 48 hours. Jodie said, “We didn't realize it yesterday and it was actually quite a late night. "We didn't get home until 1am - we had a few drinks last night, so we slept a little late this morning." Steven's mom had a Twitter account to reply to Judy's tweet about us, and it was crazy - it was so fun. "Steven said," Mom has her Instagram and Facebook, but she made a Twitter account to reply to Judy Murray and I think she's been enjoying it so far anyway. "Mom loves that Life - she has a couple of thousand hits on her tweet, so "She's happy," We support any Scotsman who plays anywhere on this side of the world. "Commenting on the match with Basilashvili and her vocal support for Andy, Jodie added:" Andy played a really good game and we celebrated his win. He knew we were there and even thanked us at the end of the game. "Thank you for your support and he signed our Scottish flag so we're really happy about that." She added, "People said you got him through this game. Steven announced that Judy had contacted the couple on WhattsApp and invited them to the Family Box for Andy's next game. He said, "We always planned to come back today, but we had a bit of a hangover" this morning. "After the social media went crazy and Judy Murray reached out to WhattsApp and offered us the tickets - so here we are back on the beers and have our Scotland flags on again and we're ready to go. "While Jodie added," We can't wait. We have our Scottish tops on and can't wait to show Andy Murray the support he deserves. Sign up for our daily news updates.

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