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Tennis: Australian success coach Boris Becker’s passed away
10.23 am: Australian rainer Bob Brett has passed away at the age of 67. He was suffering from an incurable form of cancer, AFP news agency reported.
Brett celebrated his greatest successes between 1987 and 1991 with the German Boris Becker. The highlight was 1989, when “Boem Boem Boris” won Wimbledon and the US Open. Brett guided Becker to eighteen tournament victories and in 1991 to the number 1 position in the world rankings.
Brett also coached grand slam winners such as the South African Johan Kriek and the Croatians Goran Ivanisevic and Marin Cilic. He also taught Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams’ coach, the intricacies. “I am extremely saddened by the death of Bob Brett, with whom I worked for six years and who taught me so much in my early years as a coach. One of the best coaches I’ve met. Rest in peace, ”Mouratoglou reported.
Golf: Luiten chooses new caddy and old coach
09.55 am: Joost Luiten has found his new caddy for the coming year on the European Tour in the Englishman Jason Hempleman. He replaces Maarten Bosch, who accompanied Luiten on the golf courses for the past eighteen months.
Hempleman has been on the tour for 25 years and carried the bag for David Howell, Richard Stern, Colin Montgomerie, Mikko Ilonen and Francesco Molinari, among others. “Jason has caddied in Ryder Cups, won tournaments with several players and so has a wealth of experience. You always have to wait and see if there is a click between player and caddy, but I have known Jason for a long time and have a very good feeling about this collaboration ”, Luiten writes on his website.
Luiten, a six-time winner on the European Tour, has also decided to work again with Rob Sleeves, who was his so-called putt coach between 2011 and 2015. “During that period I played my best golf and achieved my highest position ever in the world ranking. My putting was certainly not bad in 2020, but there is always room for improvement and I want more structure in the training sessions ”, said Luiten, who will finish in the Abu Dhabi Championship on 21 January.
Basketball: Doncic and Antetokounmpo excel in NBA
7.48 am: Luka Doncic and Giannis Antetokounmpo have made themselves heard in the NBA. The 21-year old Slovenian Doncic led Dallas Mavericks with a so-called triple-double (33 points, sixteen rebounds and eleven assists) to a victory over Houston Rockets: 113-100. The Greek Antetokounmpo, the most valuable player of the past two seasons, gave Milwaukee Bucks the victory over Detroit Pistons with 43 points: 125-115.
The Mavericks celebrated their third victory in the league, the Bucks their fourth. The Philadelphia 76ers are still the best performing team with six wins against only one loss. The “Sixers” also defeated Charlotte Hornets, 118-101. Orlando Magic recorded its fifth win of the year against Cleveland Cavaliers: 103-83. The Boston Celtics gave Toronto Raptors, the 2019 NBA champion, thanks to 40 points from Jayson Tatum, the fifth defeat of the still young season: 126-114.
Golden State Warriors was too strong for Sacramento Kings with 137-106, Stephen Curry signed for 30 points. The day before against Portland Trail Blazers (137-122) he had shot no less than 62 points.
Tennis: Australian Open participants to different hotel
7.20 am: The organization of the Australian Open has found another hotel where the players can spend the mandatory two weeks quarantine in the run-up to the grand slam tournament. The participants would initially stay in the luxury hotel The Westin. Owners of apartments in that hotel were not happy about this, partly out of fear for their health, and threatened to go to court.
“No one has told us that this is a mandate from a government agency to turn a partial residential hotel into a quarantine hotel,” said lawyer Graeme Efron. The organization of the Australian Open reported a day later that a replacement hotel has been found. “The health and safety of everyone is our top priority.”
The hundreds of participants in the tournament are expected to arrive in Melbourne in mid-January and then go to quarantine with their supervisors for two weeks in various hotels in Melbourne. It is a measure of the organization to prevent the spread of the corona virus. The Australian Open starts on February 8, three weeks later than usual.
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