The tennis world was shocked today by the news of Italian tennis doctor, Pier Francesco Parra, passing away at the age of 64. Also known as ‘Doctor Laser’, he worked with the Italian Tennis Federation for several years and many athletes over the years have benefitted from the expertise of the Italian doctor. Ivan Ljubicic, the coach of Roger Federer, expressed his disbelief after hearing the sad news.
Team Italy, who are currently competing at the Davis Cup 2021, will play their next match wearing an armband to mourn the doctor’s loss.
Roger Federer’s coach expressed his grief
Pier Francesco Parra was also known as the ‘Harry Potter’ of Italian tennis for his contribution to the medical field. He was one of the most respected people in his field and had worked with athletes from basketball, volleyball, and even the Italian football club, Juventus FC.
In addition, Para was the prime author for over 150 publications in various magazines. He was famous for pioneering a laser therapy technique which benefitted athletes, which also gave him the name ‘Doctor Laser’. Tennis fans across the world are in deep shock after hearing the news.
Ivan Ljubicic took to Twitter to share his grievance after the sudden death of Parra. “This is horrible news. A phenomenon, an incredible person…. I’m speechless,” he wrote.
(Quotes translated using Google Translate)
Questa è una notizia orribile. 😔😔😔😔. Un fenomeno, una persona incredibile…. Non ho parole https://t.co/1s94SEBgW5
— Ivan Ljubicic (@theljubicic) November 29, 2021
Team Italy enters the quarter-finals of Davis Cup 2021
Team Italy have secured their place in the quarter-finals of the tournament. Led by Jannik Sinner, Team Italy will face Croatia in Turin, Italy. While the team will be devastated after hearing today’s news, they will hopefully use the tragic news as motivation to give their all in the competition.
Tennis – ATP Finals – Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy – November 16, 2021 Italy’s Jannik Sinner celebrates during his group stage match against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane
Team Italy will be hoping to pay homage to the ‘Harry Potter’ of the Italian Tennis Federation by winning the prestigious Davis Cup. If they do triumph, this will be only their second ever Davis Cup title, after the win in 1976.
Taro Daniel SWEARS in hilarious on-court interview after beating Andy Murray at Aus Open
Taro Daniel had the Australian Open crowd inside the John Cain Arena in stitches during his on-court interview after beating Andy Murray for his honest assessment of the shock win. Murray rolled back the years on Monday when he defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili in a five-set thriller.
In 2019, Murray looked as though he was bowing out of the sport in a tearful press conference.
But three years later, he bounced back with a strong win against the No 21 seed.
An easier test was expected against Japan’s Daniel, who had never gone past the second round of a major in his career.
The 28-year-old had built up some momentum after coming through the qualifiers without dropping a set and defeated Chile’s Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera in the first round.
Murray was expected to provide a tougher test for Daniel, but the three-time major champion was far from his best.
While Murray was guilty of making a host of unforced errors, Daniel’s workrate and movement across the baseline was causing his opponent all sorts of problems.
Murray’s head dropped after going 2-0 down as he failed to take advantage of a few great opportunities.
And the former world No 1 even uncharacteristically smashed his racket to the floor before Daniel served for the match.
The Japanese tennis star was elated after winning the match with a serve-and-volley with the crowd jumping out their seats.
“It’s amazing,” Daniel said.
“Winning a match like this hear with a lot of people, especially after Covid playing without crowds and suddenly I’m able to play this big match. It’s unbelievable.
Emma Raducanu urged to ‘turn off’ voices like Piers Morgan after torrent of criticism
EMMA RADUCANU must “turn off” outside voices of criticism from the likes of Piers Morgan, Express.co.uk was told.
Raducanu has defeated her first opponent, the American Sloane Stephens, for a spot in the Australian Open second round. In what was her senior debut in Melbourne, the US Open champion won 6-0, 2-6 and 6-1 against Stephens, a former winner in New York. The Briton played sharply as she wrapped up the first set in 17 minutes before minor errors crept into her game.
Stephens took advantage of this to level but Raudcanu soon reasserted control to win.
The 19-year-old will now face Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic in the second round today.
Raducanu has had something of a meteoric rise, having spent the beginning of 2021 studying hard for her A-level exams.
Now, however, she is British No 1, and looks set for a stellar career should she replicate her historic win in the US last year.
Rafael Nadal blasted Novak Djokovic tantrum: ‘Not the best’
RAFAEL NADAL took aim at Novak Djokovic over a furious on-court meltdown last year.
Rafael Nadal’s bid for a record 21st Grand Slam title continues today. Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are all currently tied on 20 Grand Slams. In his 18-and-a-half year career, this is the first Grand Slam where the Spaniard has not had fellow immortals Federer or Djokovic to contend with. The stars appear to be aligning for Nadal, with the significance of the elusive 21st title scarcely overstated.
His quest for Australian Open glory sees him face Russia’s 28th seed Karen Khachanov in the third round today.
Federer looks unlikely to add to his collection — he turns 41 in August and has just had a third major knee operation.
Djokovic’s future, meanwhile, remains uncertain. Following his bitter legal fight with the Australian government, both the French and US Open appear to be leaning towards a strict policy that prevents unvaccinated players from competing.
The Serbian is reported to be in talks with lawyers to sue the Australian government for £3.2million for “ill treatment”.
Though Nadal refused to bask in Djokovic’s deportation from Australia, he has criticised his Serbian counterpart in recent months.
During last summer’s rescheduled Tokyo Olympics, Djokovic had numerous meltdowns in his bronze medal match defeat to Nadal’s fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta.
He lost his cool twice in the deciding set, throwing his racket into the empty stands and then smashing another into the net post shortly afterwards.
Though Nadal did not compete in Tokyo, he admitted he would have expected better from the world number one.
Speaking to the media ahead of the Citi Open in Washington in August, he said: “Luckily there were no people in the stands and nothing else happened, but hey, they are things that happen from time to time.