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Cameron Norrie Wants to See Russian Players Back at Wimbledon; Raducanu Picks German Coach to Reignite Career

British tennis player Cameron Norrie would like to see Russian stars like Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev be back in next year’s Wimbledon after being banned from the Grand Slam due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Norrie, who is ranked 14th in the world, said that he wants the best Russian players to play in the prestigious event. Norrie believes that Medvedev and Rublev have a good chance of winning Wimbledon and he felt bad with the decision. Russian and Belarusian players were banned from the third Grand Slam of the year in response to the invasion of Ukraine with the tournament stripped of ranking points as a consequence. Bringing the Russian players back in Wimbledon means more contenders in the mix and give further excitement for top tennis betting sites covering the sport.

Cameron Norrie Not Affected by Lost Points at Wimbledon

Norrie, who reached the semi final at Wimbledon but did not gain ranking points as a result of the organizers’ decision to ban Russian players. He said that he will focus on ways to improve himself. Norrie said that he had a great run this year and he hopes to repeat it again in 2023 with the ranking points hopefully back. Some of the Russian players have voiced their displeasure over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with Rublev calling for peace on several occasions. He, however, was not hopeful of the ban getting lifted. Rublev believes that politics was behind the ban.

Raducanu Hires German Coach Sachs

Former US Open champion Emma Raducanu has hired the services of Sebastian Sachs as her mentor. Sachs was acquired by the British tennis star on a trial basis until the end of the year. He will be Raducanu’s fifth coach in 18 months. The German once worked with Olympic champion Belinda Bencic. He is now with the UK star in Abu Dhabi this weekend. He gave her encouraging messages during her three-set setback in an exhibition match to Ons Jabeur at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships. Raducanu ended her coaching partnership with Dmitry Tursonov in October and said things have been good with Sachs.

The British netter called off her season in October due to a wrist injury and spent two months at home rebuilding her fitness before going back to court a week ago. The Briton said she has recovered from injuries and is hoping to kick off her 2023 campaign in Auckland, New Zealand, before heading to Melbourne for the Australian Open. Raducanu said that she had a knack to overwork herself during practice and on the court. She pointed out that she needs to be smart about her fitness in the future. The British tennis star will be one of the exciting prospects to watch out for in the Australian Open next month and sports oddsmakers are giving her a fighting chance of winning the tournament.