Tennis News Kyrgios disqualified as Federer, Nadal and Djokovic advance in Italian Open

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Rome: Australian firebrand Nick Kyrgios was disqualified from the Italian Open after an expletive-laden rant on Thursday as defending champion Rafael Nadal swept into the third round along with top seed Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. Kyrgios grabbed the headlines when he suffered a spectacular meltdown on Court Three against Norwegian qualifier Casper Ruud.The controversial 24-year-old, who had marked his presence in Rome by criticising Djokovic and Nadal in an interview on Wednesday, starting arguing with the umpire in the third set.World number 36 Kyrgios had levelled the match at one set all but was given a game penalty early on in the third set for swearing.His response was to kick out at a water bottle before throwing a chair onto the court, packing his bag and then storming off court, shouting I am fuc**** done”Kyrgios was automatically disqualified with Ruud winning 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 2-1 to advance to the third round against former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro.Kyrgios had already been at the centre of controversy during Wednesday’s washout when he told the NCR Tennis Podcast that Djokovic had “a sick obsession with wanting to be liked” and that the Serb’s post-match celebration was “cringeworthy”. Nadal was described by the Australian as “super-salty”.Meanwhile, Nadal crushed France’s Jeremy Chardy 6-0, 6-1, with Federer, a four-time runner-up, easing past Portugal’s Joao Sousa 6-4, 6-3, and Djokovic beating Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-1, 6-3.All three are in action again later in the day to make up time after play was washed out on Wednesday.Nadal meets Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, with Federer up against Croatian Borna Coric, and Djokovic facing Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber.For 37-year-old Federer, returning to Italy for the first time since 2016, it was like a practice session. “Like any other practice day when you play twice a day, you finish the first session, take a shower, eat something, relax, get ready for the next one,” said the 20-time Grand Slam winner.”I think it gives me some good information. I believe it’s going to be similar conditions in the match this afternoon,” he added.Nadal said it was a “good start” as he targets a first title on clay this season before he starts the defence of his French Open crown from May 26.”That’s important for what’s coming up,” said the eight-time Rome winner.World number four Dominic Thiem slammed tournament organisers after he was dumped out 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 by Spain’s Fernando Verdasco.Austrian Thiem complained competitors were left hanging around during the rain-impacted day 24 hours earlier.”I really dislike how we players get treated at this tournament because yesterday was, in my opinion, not acceptable,” said last year’s French Open runner-up.”I’m quite pissed about it. I was tired, exhausted, today because of all these shitty things,” he added.Japan’s Kei Nishikori, the sixth seed, got past American Taylor Fritz 6-2, 6-4 and next meets Jan-Lennard Struff.In the women’s competition, world number one Naomi Osaka fought back after losing her serve early to ease past Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 6-3 against the 33rd-ranked Slovak who she also beat last week in Madrid.The Japanese star hit 44 winners and 12 aces, despite 25 unforced errors.Osaka, the US Open and Australian Open champion, reached the third round in Rome for the first time in three appearances.She was at risk of losing her world number one ranking to Simona Halep but the Romanian was knocked out by Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova losing 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 having needed to win the tournament to regain top spot she last held in mid-January.Halep’s defeat also guarantees Osaka’s top seed at the French Open.Next up for the Japanese player on the clay of the Foro Italico is Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu.Czech second seed Petra Kvitova eased past Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 6-0, 6-1. last_img read more

NFL’s ‘Great Dane’ and Better Collective ambassador Morten Andersen to speak at Betting on Sports America

first_img Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Better Collective Spotlight: How Betarades.gr is driving engagement through YouTube July 30, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles SBC Summit Barcelona – Digital 2020 announces free ticket initiative July 21, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Morten Andersen, who holds the all-time record for most games played in the NFL, will be delivering a keynote speech at this month’s Betting on Sports America conference, held from 23-25 April at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in New Jersey. Andersen is attending #bosamerica as an ambassador for the Denmark-based igaming affiliate Better Collective – a key sponsor of the event whose US-facing brands include Betoclock.com, the us-bookies.com hub and a fast-growing bet-state network already featuring bet-nj.com, bet-wv.com and bet-pa.com. The ‘Great Dane’ will be talking about the NFL’s unique ability to connect with its fan base – and particularly those with an affinity for sports betting – as part of the ‘Sports and Betting’ track on Thursday 25 April, the second full day of the conference.At the age of 17, Andersen did an exchange in the USA from his native Denmark. As there was no European football available at his school, he applied his skills to American football. What followed was an illustrious career in the NFL, where he retired in 2008 as the all-time leader for games played and points scored in NFL history, as well as being the all-time leading scorer for both the New Orleans Saints – where he spent 13 seasons – and the Atlanta Falcons, for whom he spent a combined eight seasons.Better Collective CEO Jesper Søgaard said: “It is exciting for us to be joined by Morten Andersen, an undisputed legend of the NFL. Andersen’s journey from starting in Denmark and obtaining such success in the USA is an obvious source of inspiration for us and our US strategy, and we are proud to have him as an ambassador for Better Collective. “Betting on Sports America was already a key part of the 2019 agenda for Better Collective, as a prime opportunity to increase our knowledge of where affiliates sit in the new marketplace.”Andersen added: “I am very honoured to be joining Better Collective at Betting on Sports America. Danish values are something that I have always adhered to throughout my career in the US, and I’m happy to see Better Collective is applying those same values to the betting industry.   “I hope to draw upon my experience from over 25 years in the NFL to deliver some useful insight to betting industry leaders, particularly those focused on making a mark in the newly liberalised US market.”Rasmus Sojmark, SBC Founder and CEO, commented: “The so-called European betting ‘invasion’ – led by software providers, front-end operators and affiliates – has been a major talking point post-PASPA repeal, and something that will form a key part of the discussion at the inaugural Betting on Sports America conference. “Therefore it is fitting that we can present Morten Andersen – one of the finest European exports across the top four US sports – as part of the stacked up agenda. We’d like to thank our friends at Better Collective for making this happen.”last_img read more