Nick Kyrgios has joked Rafael Nadal must be missing something after the 14-time major winner tipped him for big things in the coming years. The controversial world number 13 endured a tumultuous year, pulling out of Rio 2016 after a run-in with the Australian Olympic Committee before receiving an eight-week ban from the ATP after an accusation of tanking at the Shanghai Masters. After the 21-year-old retired from his third-round match against Illya Marchenko at the US Open, John McEnroe, commentating on the match for ESPN, said: "Nick Kyrgios, if you don't want to be a professional tennis player, do something else.
Kiki Bertens fell to Kirsten Flipkens in unfortunate fashion over the weekend when, on match point, the ball hit her in the head on her own serve. Playing in the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), Bertens found herself with second serve down 6-3 in a second set tiebreaker. This, then, meant that Bertens had no choice but to try to serve despite her poor toss.
Yannick Noah was named captain of France's Fed Cup team for the second time on Wednesday, just five days after having his contract as Davis Cup skipper extended by a year. The 56-year-old former French Open champion takes over the national women's team from Amelie Mauresmo who held the job from 2013 to 2016. Mauresmo stepped down last month after revealing she was pregnant, a day after the team lost in the final to the Czech Republic.