In an interview, Greek player Maria Sakkari spoke about her childhood passion for soccer. She said: "I was crazy about football (soccer). I made many men cry at that age because I was scoring goals. Now they cry for other reasons.
"Speaking just about tennis is not good. But look at all those messages, we watched the Tsitsipas-Thiem final, each of us at our home commenting every point. We were also doing it before, betting on the winner. Now he makes the right pick more often than me."
Former Wimbledon junior winner Diego Nargiso spoke about 18-year-old Jannik Sinner: "I always said he could have won the Next Gen ATP Finals. As for the future, Sinner can become a top level player and you need to inspire to the top guys.
There is still a long way to go but he is a hard worker." John Lickrish, CEO Flash Entertainment, feels excited and proud to have Novak Djokovic once again playing the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi from 19 to 21 December.
Lickrish, through a press release, said: “Novak’s confirmation is proof that the Mubadala World Tennis Championship has developed into a premier tournament, attracting the cream of tennis talent from across the world.
Novak is no stranger to Abu Dhabi, having won the title four times and I am confident that he will come into the tournament firing on all cylinders. Innovation and a constant uptick in the value we aim to provide to spectators has been a hallmark of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.
This year, the change in dates, a line-up brimming with class, and the transformation of the International Tennis Centre into a wholesome entertainment village, are part of our efforts to make the tournament a certainty in the calendars of UAE residents and visitors”.