Australian Open semi-finalist Karen Khachanov has been accused of a “hateful act” for messages he has posted on TV digicam lenses after his matches.The Russian star, who reached the ultimate 4 after Sebastian Korda was pressured to retire from their quarter-final, wrote “hold believing till the very finish. Artsakh, maintain on!” after his fourth spherical win over Frances Tiafoe.He beforehand wrote “Artsakh keep sturdy” after an earlier spherical.His messages consult with the Republic of Artsakh, which is at the moment blockaded by Azerbaijan.Now the Azerbaijan Tennis Federation says it had protested to Australian Open bosses and the ITF calling for the 18th seed to be “punished with harsh measures”.“The Azerbaijan Tennis Federation (ATF) has despatched a letter of protest to the Worldwide Tennis Federation relating to the provocation towards Azerbaijan on the Australian Open Tennis Grand Slam,” a press release stated.“Karen Khachanov, a Russian athlete of Armenian origin, who reached the 1/16 finals within the males’s competitors, attracted consideration together with his hateful act. Thus, after claiming 3:1 victory over his American rival Frances Tiafoe, Khachanov wrote ‘Artsakh keep sturdy’ on the digicam.“The Azerbaijan Tennis Federation letter offered info and authorized paperwork relating to the provocation towards Azerbaijan. The ATF condemned this act and demanded the tennis participant be punished and urged the Worldwide Tennis Federation to take harsh measures for prevention of such incidents sooner or later.”Requested to elucidate what he had written after securing a semi-final berth, Khachanov stated: “I’ve Armenian roots from my father’s aspect, from my grandfather’s aspect, even from my mum’s aspect – I’m half Armenian.“I simply wished to point out energy and help to my folks. That’s it.”7:30AM A CHAMPION’S FEARSVictoria Azarenka reached her first Australian Open semi-final since profitable the title in 2013, then opened up Tuesday about overcoming “anxiousness” and “fears of failing” on courtroom.The Belarusian, who received back-to-back Australian Opens in 2012 and 2013, knocked out third seed Jessica Pegula 6-4, 6-1 on Tuesday.The twenty fourth seed outlasted her American opponent in a marathon 64-minute first set earlier than working away with the second to arrange a last-four encounter towards Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina at Melbourne Park.Requested about her battles with nerves and anxiousness, Azarenka detailed what she had been by way of lately and the way it had held her again from profitable one other main.“I don’t assume you recognise it instantly. I feel it builds up till you hit type of a reasonably unhealthy spot the place nothing type of is sensible,” she advised reporters.“You are feeling type of misplaced. I used to be on the level the place I couldn’t discover something that I be ok with myself, not like even one sentence.” Requested what her largest worries have been, Azarenka gave a blunt reply. “Fears of failing is a giant one. To not have the ability to do what I wish to do,” she stated. “I’ve had panic assaults earlier than.” 7AM KYRGIOS V BERNIE: TWIST IN AUSTRALIAN SPORT’S UGLIEST FEUDIs the temperature cooling round one of many spiciest feuds in Australian sport?It actually appears that manner, with Bernard Tomic extending an olive department to long-time foe Nick Kyrgios.Tomic, whose world rating has slipped all the way in which right down to 468, posted a message to Kyrgios on his Instagram account wishing the showman a fast restoration from his knee surgical procedure.“Regardless of our variations we go manner again. Want (Nick Kyrgios) a fast restoration. Hope to see him again on the circuit quickly,” Tomic wrote.Kyrgios was pressured to drag out of the Australian Open on day one of many event earlier than he might even hit a ball.He instantly underwent an arthroscopic process to wash up his lateral meniscus and take away a paralabral cyst.Kyrgios posted a message to his followers on his Instagram account following the profitable surgical procedure.“I’ll be doing the whole lot I can to get again to my finest,” he wrote.“To the true ones checking in and sending the vibes … I like you.”It’s unclear the place Tomic sits on the “actual ones” rankings.The feud between Kyrgios and Tomic dates again years and was lively as lately as final month.It was then Tomic was ignored for each predominant draw and qualifying wildcards for this yr’s Open, to which a fan posted on Twitter that the Queenslander “absolutely” deserved one.Kyrgios then chimed in, tweeting “Hahahahaha NO HE DOESNT”.Additionally final yr, Kyrgios was requested throughout an Instagram Q&A if he would take into account an exhibition match towards Tomic.He responded by saying:“TBH (to be sincere), don’t assume I wanna make him related anymore. I’m not gonna hassle with somebody 800 on the planet. However all the very best.”
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