Nick Kyrgios ‘so nervous’ by presence of Will Smith at Australian Open

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Will Smith reacts during the third round match between France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Australia's Nick Kyrgios at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne. (AP)
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Smith is pumped after a point in the game between Tsonga and Kyrgios. (AP)
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Smith sits with other spectators during the men's singles match (AFP)
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Smith poses for a photo with some fans (AP)
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Smith films a TV camera filming him while he watches the third round match (AP)
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Smith is interviewed by former tennis player Jim Courier (AFP)
Updated 19 January 2018
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Nick Kyrgios ‘so nervous’ by presence of Will Smith at Australian Open

MELBOURNE: Will Smith made his Grand Slam debut on Friday night, taking a seat at Rod Laver Arena for the electric third-round Australian Open match between local hope Nick Kyrgios and 2008 finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
The actor briefly met Tsonga before the players walked onto the court.
“Really a great guy. Really sweet. Love his energy,” Smith told former player Jim Courier in an interview aired on the Seven Network. “He has this little bow on his wrist, it looks like a power thing. I don’t know a lot about tennis but watching him I was like man, I think I might have to take this up a little bit. I’m happy being here watching these guys play.”
Smith has spent 10 days in Australia, taking a break before starting work on a movie.
“This is the first time at the Open — this is my first Slam,” said Smith, who planned to watch top-ranked Rafael Nadal on nearby Margaret Court Arena but decided to stick around on the main show court.
Kyrgios prevailed in a big-serving battle of wills against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, downing the Frenchman in four sets to progress to the round of 16 at the Australian Open.
In his scheduled post-match interview, Kyrgios was asked by Courier about the presence of Smith in the crowd.
“Honestly when I saw him out here I was so nervous,” Kyrgios said. “No joke. I was thinking ‘oh my god.’ People think that I’m cool but I wanted him to think I was the coolest man ever. I’ve got to tell him. I have Focus on my phone and I watch it every time I have a flight. Best movie ever ... it’s because of Margot Robbie by the way.”
Smith is the second Hollywood personality at the Australian Open this week. Will Ferrell appeared in the crowd over the first few days, doing an on-court interview with Roger Federer.


Jabeur becomes first Tunisian woman to make WTA final

Updated 19 October 2018
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Jabeur becomes first Tunisian woman to make WTA final

  • Jabeur, ranked 101st in the world and who came through qualifying, prevailed over Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
  • In Saturday’s final, Jabeur will face sixth-seeded Daria Kasatkina of Russia, last year’s runner-up, who put out Britain’s Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-3.

MOSCOW: Ons Jabeur made history on Friday when she became the first Tunisian woman to reach a WTA final by seeing off Latvian fifth seed Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.
Jabeur, ranked 101st in the world and who came through qualifying, prevailed in one hour 37 minutes.
“This is really amazing and I’m really happy. I gave it all today, and it wasn’t easy because she plays really good,” said 24-year-old Jabeur, who unleashed 45 winners on her way to victory.
“Maybe I was too relaxed in the second set. At the end, I stayed calm. It was a little bit frustrating because I missed some easy balls, but I said I was just going to play my game, and if it goes, it goes.”
In Saturday’s final, Jabeur will face sixth-seeded Daria Kasatkina of Russia, last year’s runner-up, who put out Britain’s Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-3.
“They’re both playing good, so I hope they fight for four hours,” Jabeur had said. “The best win is that there is a Tunisian in the final.”
Jabeur lost her only career meeting against Kasatkina at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
“She (Jabeur) plays interesting tennis with plenty of drop shots, often advances to the net,” Kasatkina said.
“Everything is possible in tomorrow’s final and I will just come onto the court and try to play my best.”
In the ATP event, France’s Adrian Mannarino ended Egor Gerasimov’s run beating the Belarus qualifier 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 to set up a semifinal with Italy’s Andreas Seppi, who ousted fourth seeded Serb Filip Krajinovic 6-4, 7-6 (7/2).
Second seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia beat last year’s runner-up Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 will face third-seeded compatriot Karen Khachanov, who saw off Mirza Basic of Bosnia 6-2, 7-6 (7/5).