Friday 1 July 2016

EURO 2016 LATEST Visit Euro 2016 Hub

Fri 10th June

Sat 11th June

Sun 12th June

Mon 13th June

Tue 14th June

Wed 15th June

Thu 16th June

Fri 17th June

Sat 18th June

Sun 19th June

Mon 20th June

Sat 25th June

Sun 26th June

Mon 27th June

Thu 30th June

Poland POL 1 (3)

Portugal POR 1 (5)

AET

Today's Fixtures

Wales WAL

Belgium BEL

20:00

Sat 02nd July

Germany GER

Italy ITA

20:00

Sun 03rd July

France FRA

Iceland ISL

20:00


Del potro gracious after making shock exit

London Daily Telegraph

Published 17/01/2014 | 02:30

Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina leaves after being defeated
Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina leaves after being defeated

The biggest shock of this Australian Open so far arrived in front of a dwindling crowd on Court 2, when Roberto Bautista-Agut eliminated the No 5 seed and former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro in the second round.

  • Go To

Despite running to five sets and three hours and 53 minutes, the match was mostly played at a manageable 27C and afterwards the ever-gentlemanly Del Potro refused to make any excuses, complimenting his opponent.

"In every moment, he played an unbelievable shot," said Del Potro of the Spaniard. "In break point down, he served well. He made winners with forehands, backhands and he played always to the line."

There was more drama in Margaret Court Arena, where Nick Kyrgios, the hugely talented Australian 18-year-old, stood on the verge of a career-best victory against the No 27 seed Benoit Paire. However, Paire edged his way back into the contest and then Kyrgios was struck down by drastic leg cramps and the Frenchman came through 6-2 in the deciding set.

Meanwhile, the Australian Open's chief medical officer, Dr Tim Wood, tried to explain why he expected players to keep performing in temperatures of around 42C.

"We evolved on the high plains of Africa chasing antelope for eight hours under these conditions," he said.

"There will be some players who complain and no one is saying it is terribly comfortable to play out there, but, from a medical perspective, we know man is well adapted to exercising in the heat.

"Whether it is humane or not is a whole other issue." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

Read More

Promoted articles

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport