/ 04 September 2023

Tennis’s true Beliebers


Two Aussie blokes have been tearing up the court at the US Open this past week – Alex de Minaur and wildcard entrant Rinky Hijikata have made it through to the fourth round. De Minaur polished off Chilean Nicolás Jarry yesterday in straight sets (it’s his second straight-set win in a row), while Hijikata is up against Francis Tiafoe as we speak… Tiafoe is one of the few Americans left in the tournament, so Hijikata isn’t expecting much love from the New York crowd but says he’ll “still try to enjoy it as much as I can.” Elsewhere in the tournament, Novak Djokovic beat fellow Croatian Laslo Djere in 5 sets, and defending champ Carlos Alcaraz faced down Britain’s Dan Evans in 4 sets. Meanwhile, US teen star Coco Gauff said a Justin Bieber appearance at her 3-setter actually helped her focus – but she wouldn’t cope if Beyonce turned up. “If she ever came, oh, my goodness…” Gauff said. 

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