Kwon Soon-woo, did not participate in doubles in the aftermath of the forced march… Australian Open bans Russian and Belarusian flags
Kwon Soon-woo (26, world ranking 52nd) gave up participating in the men’s doubles at the 2023 Australian Open tennis tournament.
On the 17th, the Korea Tennis Association announced, “Kwon Soon-woo will give up his doubles participation due to a diagnosis of poor hamstring condition, and will board the return flight on the morning of the 18th.” Kwon Soon-woo defeated Christopher Eubanks (116th, USA) in the first round of the Australian Open men’s singles final held in Melbourne, Australia the day before, after a bloody battle of 3 hours and 8 minutes, 2-3 (3-6 7-6 <7-1> 3-6 6-4 4-6). Kwon Soon-woo was scheduled to participate in the men’s doubles in a pair with Miomir Ketsmanovic (Serbia), but the plan was changed.
The reason Kwon Soon-woo changed his schedule was because of accumulated fatigue. He defeated Roberto Bautista Agut (World No. 26, Spain) 2-1 in the final of the 2nd round of the Men’s Professional Tennis (ATP) Tour Adelaide International, which ended in Adelaide, Australia on the 14th, and became the first Korean player to win the ATP Tour twice. did. The problem is that the final was a bloody battle that lasted 2 hours and 42 minutes. In addition, he also competed in the first round of the Adelaide International. He played 7 matches between 8 days. He lost 5kg in weight.
After winning the second round of the Adelaide International, he focused on recovering his physical condition by receiving a massage at his lodging until dawn, and then moved to Melbourne, the venue for the Australian Open, the next day. However, he could not recover his condition with a break of about two days. The Kang Serve, which had a maximum speed of 210 km per hour, lost its power significantly at the Australian Open and only reached 197 km per hour. 안전놀이터
In an interview after dropping out of the Australian Open, Kwon Soon-woo said, “I wasn’t in 100% condition, but I tried to do my best,” and said, “My opponent played well.” He continued, “It would be a lie if I said there was no physical burden, but today’s game was fine,” he said calmly, saying, “I don’t want to make excuses, and I lost because of my skills.” Soon-Woo Kwon will enter the athletes’ village in Jincheon, Chungcheongbuk-do on the 22nd and prepare for the Davis Cup match against Belgium, which will be held in Korea in early February.
Andy Murray (66th, UK), who once boasted world-class skills, defeated Matteo Berrettini (14th, Italy) in the first round of the singles 3-2 (6-3 6-3 4-6) after a close match of 4 hours and 49 minutes. 6-7 < 7-9> 7-6 < 10-6>), predicting a revival. Meanwhile, ESPN reported on the same day, “The Australian Tennis Federation has announced that the Russian and Belarusian flags will not be displayed at the Australian Open.”
The Russian flag was raised on the 14th court where the women’s singles first round match between Camilla Rakimova (110th, Russia) and Katerina Kozlova (95th, Ukraine) was held on the 16th, the first day of the tournament. The Ukrainian ambassador to Australia, Basil Mirosnichenko, discovered the incident and lodged a complaint with the organizers of the event. The Australian Tennis Association said, “You can bring the flag of Russia or Belarus into the stadium, but it must not be open and visible.”