The team has eliminated two First Division teams in the KO tournament, but first had to overcome their meetings against clubs in the Bronze division that put the Reds in trouble: “It’s a different competition. We have met sometimes in Coruxo and Murcia from behind on the scoreboard. Situations that you have to know how to handle and the team has responded. And the same thing will happen to an opponent of this level. We will have a moment of suffering, but we must try to overcome them. ” Iraola has praised the game of the yellow submarine that, in the last week, has been reinforced with the incorporation of the international striker Paco Alcácer who is among cotton for the appointment in Anduva. “They have a lot of quality of midfield forward. We take them at a very good time especially outside the home. With the background it is increasingly difficult to surprise the rivals. They also see the possibility of playing a final or even fighting for the title “points.Ambience in Anduva.Anduva will record for sure the best entry of what we have in season to try to take his players to the semifinal: “Having so many people squeezing is something very positive for everyone. We have to assert that spirit, although we must transmit it from in. Thank the fans for the support we are having and hopefully together we can get it again. ” More than 4,000 reddish souls are foreseen for the pace of ticket sales at the clubhouse. With enthusiasm the Mirandés squad will face the quarter-final qualifier of the Cup against Villarreal. Aware of the difficulty involved in overcoming the Castellón team, although knowing that any match can happen to a match. “We have much to gain and little to lose. It is an opportunity that does not occur normally. The favorite poster they have. The previous results strengthen us in the face of trust, but we know it is difficult. It is a match and we have to afford few mistakes and a high dose of success, “says coach Andoni Iraola.
Jaume: He was the best in Valencia. He could do something else in the Soldier’s goal, in the 2 ’. But five minutes later he saved 2-0 with one hand at hand to Vadillo. In 25 ’, well placed before a hard shot of Doors. Key in the paradón to Machís in 76 ’. Hand down. He closed the door to the penalty that Soldier transformed.Wass: In the first part it was somewhat misplaced although it focused a couple of times in a dangerous way. In the second he had no problems although it was not his most brilliant match either.Diakhaby: In the first half it came in waves and was overcome but in the second was growing gradually until the Nasrid strikers were canceled.Paulista: He delayed too much in the goal of Soldier until the striker had distance to kick and score. From there, the fight between the two was equal to equal. In the second part it grew to lead the black and white behind.Coast: A lazy day for him. His band was a highway, in the first half hour. Although it overcame the bad drink it was still very demanded. Then he did the penalty, taking his elbow too much, at the discount. Maxi Gomez: In the first part he had two occasions, within the area, but after controlling, he did not succeed with the network. In the second he intervened more in the combinatorial game although he was not close to scoring.Substitutes:Guedes: He returned four months later. And it came out with energy and self-confidence. Great move in 87 ’, with a cut in the front, but the shot went high.Florenzi: He left in the last minutes to make the right double band. It barely had an impact on the game. Ferran: Percussed with speed on the right wing, with several very dangerous centers. However, it was less fine than usual. He found several attempts with the defender. He was replaced by Guedes, in the second half. Coquelin: He shrunk water as he could in the middle of the Granada gale, in the first half. He gave a great pass to Rodrigo, which meant the goal of the tie. In the second part, he had more hierarchy and had to take command before the iron marking to Parejo.Equal: He suffered suffocating pressure from the center of the Granada countryside. Master pass to Rodrigo that ended in goal that finally annulled the VAR. He was seen with little gasoline in the second half.Carlos Soler: Piecework on the left wing. Nice try, in 28 ’, from outside the area although it came out very focused. He had some more. But it wasn’t too fine this time with the shot from outside the area.Rodrigo: He returned to ownership. He scored the goal of the tie, with the right but the VAR annulled it. The second was worth it. At the edge of the break he finished off first a great Coquelin service. He had enough weight in the attacks of Valencia in the second half but in the end he already lacked gasoline. It was replaced in 87 ’.
From there, Real Madrid was the owner and lord of the ball. Osasuna backed his defensive line several meters and the white team began to handle the leather and considerably lower the number of cons of the opponent. Luckily it did not take long to tie, in the 33rd minute, through Isco, that a rejection was found within the area to fly to the long stick of Herrera. Five minutes later it was Sergio Ramos who led his team head-on after a great assist from Casemiro. Madrid liked and exhibited its punch in the air game. In these fields is where you win leagues and Zidane’s team completely forgot the first bad minutes to compete in a demanding field.After the break, the game matched and it was not until the 84th minute when Lucas, Zidane’s first change to the detriment of Bale, who scored the sentence in a Benzema run. With everything decided, the physicist of Valverde portrayed his pair and assisted Jovic, who with a left overcame Herrera.DATA SHEETCA OSASUNA: Herrera; Nacho Vidal, Unai García, David García, Estupiñán; Brasanac, Moncayola (Fran Mérida, min. 9), Torres (Cardona, min. 77), Iñigo Pérez; Rubén García and Arnaiz (Gallego, min. 61).REAL MADRID: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Mendy; Valverde, Casemiro, Modric, Isco (Vinicius, min. 82); Bale (Lucas Vázquez, min. 71) and Benzema (Jovic, min. 88).–GOALS.1-0, min. 14: Unai García.1-1, min. 33: Isco.1-2, min. 38: Bouquets.1-3, min. 84: Lucas Vázquez.1-4, min. 92: Jovic.–REFEREE: Gil Manzano (C. Extremeño). He admonished Nacho Vidal (min.57) and David García (min.69) by Osasuna and Carvajal (min.73) and Ramos (min.79) by Real Madrid.–STADIUM: The Sadar. Those of Zidane traced the early reddish goal thanks to Isco, Ramos, Lucas and Jovic Real Madrid won three vital points this Sunday in their fight for LaLiga thanks to the victory against Osasuna by 1-4 in the match played at El Sadar. The reds were ahead in the first minutes thanks to the goal of Unai García, but Isco, Sergio Ramos, Lucas Vázquez and Jovic made the comeback.Osasuna, as expected, printed a frantic pace in the first stages of the crash. The Sadar always accompanies and raised the decibels in the first arrivals with danger of Rubén García and Nacho Vidal. It was in a corner kick when the Arrasate team went ahead on a shot by Unai García, who won the mark of a Casemiro. Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema celebrate the second goal of Real Madrid. Photo: EFE
One of the players, Christian, stopped to talk with a group of fans who asked him to get on the bus and “ping” his teammates. The supporters of Oviedo, who supported the team during the game, had already fired the players with whistles at the end of the game. Oviedo lost to Lugo (1-0), with which he was tied for points in the relegation positions and is now four units away. Of the 1,500 fans who went to Anxo Carro to support Oviedo in LaLiga SmartBank’s duel with CD Lugo, a hundred people were beaten on the way from inside the Anxo Carro to the team bus. The National Police established a safety cord around the vehicle and through that hall the players passed, the majority unbelieved and some also applauded.
The lower zone of the classification is presented in red for this day. With the exception of Espanyol, who walks away from saving himself in the queue of the First table, up to four different teams could accompany the parakeets in the penultimate position.The round will start at 11:00, when Betis seeks a golden victory against Rayo Vallecano. The Betics, tied for points with Sporting de Huelva and Valencia, who lost 2-0 yesterday with Granadilla, know that in Vallecas they will have a great opportunity to start watching the descent without fear in the rearview mirror. An hour later, three duels will start that may change the future of the red zone of the classification. Sporting de Huelva, which is currently in decline, receives Logroño, while Madrid CFF is played down in their duel against the almighty Barça at Johan Cruyff.With less danger, Tacon faces his league commitment at home against Deportivo. White has a six-point lead with the relegation zone, but a loss would leave them in a very compromised situation.All the matches of today, Sunday, March 1, in the First Iberdrola11:00 Lightning Vallecano-Betis12:00 Sports-heel12:00 Barça-Madrid CFF12:00 Sporting from Huelva-Logroño18:00 Athletic-Real Sociedad18:00 Athletic-Espanyol
Strong in the air game, both in his area and the opposite, with 1.85 of height and inhuman determination to leave the skin in every set of the game, Giménez is one of those players who represent the shield, which the fans consider to be a youth team, arrived in the 2013-14 season. Third rojiblanco captain, at the moment Savic and Felipe seem to be the holders for the Cholo. Giménez must return to recover his place … While from the Premier they tempt him. Dejan Lovren (30 years) ends his contract with Liverpool this June and the Klopp team already manages a list of futures in which there is a rojiblanco central: Alessandro Bastoni (20 years old), from Inter; Dayot Upamecano (21 years old), from Lepzig; and José María Giménez (25 years old), from Atlético. Around these three the dais reho defoliate the daisy. They look for youth and forcefulness in the area. Commander have contract with the rojiblanco club until 2023 and a clause that amounted to 120 million in the last renovation. He is a pillar of Cholo, although this season he has been persecuted by injuries again.Called to inherit the presence of Godín in the dressing room and on the board, and not only on his bib, these injuries have barely allowed him to participate in the team. In the League he has played only 41% of the possible minutes, in total he has lost 18 games. He returned to Anfield to play 14 ’against Liverpool, ten games after the last time: it had been in the Spanish Super Cup that he played until his twins screamed for ice packs for pain.
RicharlisonWith only three seasons in England, the Everton striker has become one of the Premier’s best attackers and one of the most sought-after youth. In 111 matches between league and cup competitions, has scored 31 goals and distributed 11 assists. These numbers are very meritorious, since his career in England is divided between Watford and Everton, clubs that are not part of the so-called ‘big-six’.Since his arrival at the “toffees”, he has not stopped growing. In his first season, under Marco Silva’s orders, he scored 13 goals, and this season he has already 10. But it is not only his scoring records that make him special, he is a born worker. Proof of this is that He recovers an average of 2.63 balls per game, one of the best forwards in this aspect of the five major leagues.. Bruno GuimarãesDuring the last two years it has been one of the great promises of the Brasileirão, the Brazilian first division. His performance with Atlético Paranaense, where he won a South American Cup, made Atlético de Madrid about to get their services. However, the athletic board did not consider his signing to be a priority and ended up landing the past winter market at Rudi García’s Olympique de Lyon.Guimarães is a very physical defensive midfielder, with good ball treatment and a great ability to steal balls. Since his arrival in France he has not stopped surprising. The fact of having to compete in the South American Pre-Olympic, where it was a key piece to achieve the classification of Brazil for Tokyo, made his debut in France delayed. FranceOusmane DembéléAt 20, the Frenchman became the second most expensive signing in the history of FC Barcelona. The culé club was made in the summer of 2017 with one of the most promising players on the world scene at that time for an amount of 125 million euros. His 10 goals and 22 assists between all competitions in his first and only season at Borussia Dortmund They hinted that we were witnessing the birth of one of football’s dominators for years to come.But, since his signing for the azulgrana, the injuries have been fattened with him. The young French striker has been injured 504 days during his entire period in Barcelona or, what is the same, almost a year and a half of competition has been lost. 80 games that he has not been able to play in the last three seasons that mean that, for the moment, he has not been able to make the qualitative leap that was expected of him. Issa DiopFrance has recently become a gold mine in terms of large power plants. Issa Diop is on her way to join that group. The defender arrived at West Ham in the summer of 2018, after showing a high level throughout his three seasons at Toulouse.He is a central defender with an imposing physique, forceful to the cut and outstanding in the aerial game, both defensive and offensive (He has scored 13 goals in his professional career), which has made great teams look at him for the next season. Deschamps has it on his agenda for the absolute team, after going through all the inferiors of France and win an under-19 European by the way, in a team that also included Mbappé. With the ‘Rojita’ he has played two Euro Cups. Although in the first, in 2017, he had no role, he was a starter in all matches last summer, in a championship that would be awarded to Spain. Oyarzabal scored two goals, one of them in the semifinals, and gave the assistance with which Fabián would open the can in the final against Germany. Since June, he has gone to all the calls of the absolute team, where he has added two goals and an attendance in six games. A very promising career at the moment that lacks a participation in the Olympic Games.Carlos SolerHe debuted with Valencia in the First Division at the age of 19, led by Prandelli, in a match where he would face precisely Real de Mikel Oyarzabal. They did not coincide on the field, since his partner in the U21 team would be replaced minutes before his entry into the Valencian field. His next game with the first team would be a month later, with Voro already on the bench, with which he would settle as a starter.. Thereafter, he would only miss one league game that season.Today, He has accumulated 141 games, in which he has scored 11 goals and distributed 17 assists, reaching 11 Champions League matches in the last two seasons, marking teams such as Manchester United or Chelsea. In his record he has a Copa del Rey, the one won against FC Barcelona last season, and with an U21 Euro Cup, which he got that same summer. He has not yet made his debut with the national team, but he is expected to do so soon, since he has a great future ahead of him. Christopher NkunkuThe young French attacker arrived at RB Leipzig last summer, after four seasons at Paris Saint Germain, in which he played 78 matches. In the last two seasons he showed great qualities and great versatility, scoring nine goals and giving two assists, but internal competition at the most powerful club in his native country made him decide to pack. And the choice could not be more successful.With the German club he has played 33 matches, 22 of them as a starter, between all competitions, including a Champions League where they are already in the quarterfinals after eliminating the runner-up, José Mourinho’s Tottenham. With four goals and fourteen assists in the Bundesliga, is postulated as one of the French players whose evolution will have to be followed closely. BrazilGabriel JesusOne of the big stars on this list. Since coming to Manchester City in the 2017 winter market from Palmeiras, where he scored 17 goals in two seasons, has been uncovered as one of the best strikers in the world under the command of Pep Guardiola. In his three years as a citizen, he has managed to score 63 goals and 25 assists in 139 games, despite sharing a position with one of the Sky Blues legends, Sergio Agüero.Since debuting in 2016 with the Brazilian national team, Tite has used him in almost all calls. With the ‘canarinha’ he has already played 39 games, scoring 18 goals and giving 9 assists. His performance in the semifinals and final of the last Copa América, where he scored two goals and two assists, was key for Brazil to win the title.. Florian NeuhausHis key role in the promotion to Bundesliga of Fortuna Düsseldorf in the 2017/18 season, a team in which he was on loan from Borussia Mönchengladbach and where he scored 6 goals and gave 3 assists, made him worthy to debut in the German first division the following season with Dieter Hecking.His evolution throughout his two seasons with the ‘foals’, nickname with which Mönchengladbach is known, and already accumulate 8 goals and 13 assists. His great touch of the ball and his intelligence when it comes to finding the free spaces in Germany they have compared him to Thomas Müller. Although Löw has not yet called him up, he is expected to do so soon, as his future is hopeful. Despite having been able to play only 5 games, he has already given a good example of how far his level can go. His displays against Juventus in the Champions League or against Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1 have raised expectations for this midfielder., and they made Tite summon him for the qualifying matches for the World Cup in Qatar that Brazil had to play these weeks.ArgentinaLautaro MartinezAnother of the big names that the Tokyo Olympics would have missed if the rule hadn’t changed. The Inter Milan player is one of the most projected forwards in world football. He arrived at the Italian club in the summer of 2018, coming from the Argentine Racing Club, and In his first two seasons in Europe he has given an excellent performance, forming a lethal pair with Romelu Lukaku.With 66 games played in two years, Lautaro has scored 26 goals and distributed 5 assists, which means that he participates in a goal practically every two games with his club. This year he was one of the biggest names in the Champions League group stage, where he scored five goals in a group that faced Inter against Barcelona and Dortmund. This season he already has 17 goals between the League and the Champions, and is called to be one of the best strikers in the world for years to come. With Argentina, he has played 17 matches and has scored 9 goals. With only 74 games played at the Catalan club, his performance when he has been available has had hopeful moments. With 41 goals and 44 assists throughout his career, Dembélé is yet to explode. With the French national team, he already has 21 games and, if injuries allow it, it could be important in the 2021 Euro Cup.Theo HernándezAfter establishing himself as one of the revelations of the 2016/17 season, where he left with Deportivo Alavés, Real Madrid was done with their services. However, his time at the white club has not been what was expected. In his first season as a white player, he only played 23 games, which led him to leave on loan to Real Sociedad, where he also did not finish. In fact, finished the league without even calling the last four games.However, his arrival in Milan has changed everything. The winger has returned to find himself and is already one of the best players of the season in Serie A. In 25 games between the League and the Cup, he has been able to score 6 goals and give 2 assists, again showing the punch that characterizes him. In December he stated that, If the French National Team calls him, with whom he refused to play the U-20 World Cup in 2017 for waiting for the call from Spain, he will attend, reason why it could have attended the Olympic Games if it had been disputed this year and it will be able to go next season. With Brazil, he has already played 19 matches, since he debuted in September 2018. In total, he registers six goals and four assists. Her goal against Peru in the final of the 2019 Copa América served to sentence the match and help the ‘canarinha’ lift the trophy.David neresThe young winger was one of the great surprises of the revelation team from last season in Europe, Ajax. In the 50 games he played, he scored 12 goals and gave 15 assists. Total, There are 35 goals and 34 assists which he accumulates in the more than 100 games he has played with the Dutch team. throughout the past four seasons.That great performance last season earned him a place in the Brazilian National Team for the Copa América, after having debuted only a few months earlier. Its lower performance this season has made it disappear from the last calls of Tite, but he is still a player to be reckoned with. GermanySuat SerdarAt 22 years old, Schalke midfielder has played 89 Bundesliga matches, and he has contested with the German team both the Champions League, where he played 7 of the 8 games his team played last season, as well as the Europa League, in his time at Mainz 05.Creative midfielder, stands out for his role as a great passer. This season he has been uncovered as a scorer, when taking 7 goals in the 18 games he has played in the Bundesliga, in a Schalke that is being the surprise of the season, after his poor campaign last year. He was one of the great names of the German U21 runner-up of the last U21 Euro Cup, where only Spain could separate them from the title. He has already played three games under Löw, although none as a starter. The postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, that will finally take place in 2021 by COVID-19It will not prevent a whole generation of footballers, among which there are great figures in world football, from representing their country. A priori, the postponement meant that next year only players born as of January 1, 1998 could go to the Olympics, and that all those born in 1997, and that in many cases have been key to achieving the classification of their respective countries, had to be left out. However, FIFA has broken the rule in view of exceptional circumstances and allows the tournament to no longer be Under-23, but Under-24.SpainMikel OyarzabalAt 23 years old, the young striker from Eibartarra has 184 matches with Real Sociedad, since he debuted at Ciutat de Valencia on October 25, 2015. In that match, Oyarzabal entered with five minutes to go, replacing Carlos Vela, the Txuri-Urdin star at the time. Four and a half years later it has become a banner for the Basque club, coming to wear the captain’s armband in recent months due to Illarramendi’s injury. 48 goals and 30 assists with the realistic club guarantee the Spanish player with the most projection of those born in 1997.Just a few months after his debut in the First Division, Vicente del Bosque gave him the opportunity to debut with the Spanish National Team jersey in a friendly match against Bosnia-Herzegovina. From 2017 until last summer, Oyarzabal did not miss a single call with the sub-21, from the hand of Albert Celades, first, and Luis De la Fuente, later.
“The health of players, coaches, fans and everyone involved is always first. The lack of clarity about how long social distance will be necessary, about when restrictions will be lifted and about the international soccer calendar, With the possibility of the European leagues being played in August, it means that playing the International Champions Cup this summer is not feasible“says the statement, which already quotes fans and teams for next year’s event:”We hope to bring back the most iconic clubs and best games to the United States and Asia again in 2021“This cancellation represents a new economic setback for Madrid and Barça since implies that they stop receiving more than 15 million euros, according to the entity’s estimates. Both are in the select group that collects the largest cache in the ICC (along with Manchester United and Bayern, and Liverpool want to join them) with € 3M net per friendly, plus bonus depending on the entity of the rival. A figure that multiplied by three in the Miami Classic (€ 9M) and had been used as the basis for negotiating the minutes for each club in the Las Vegas Classic …On the other hand, the dispute of the women’s tournament and that of promises, as well as other Relevent Sports programs in North America, remains at least for the moment. Another tournament has succumbed to the Coronavirus crisis. In this case an event of a friendly nature, but that every summer came gathering strength and bringing together the best teams on the planet, the International Champions Cup organized by the group Relevent Sports.So The organization of the tournament has announced it through his Twitter account, in which it adds the incompatibility of playing their matches with the fact that, probably, the different national championships will use the summer dates to finish their competitions.One of the star games of this year’s ICC could be a new Classic on American soil (the first was in Miami in 2017) between Real Madrid in Barcelona. The party still it was not confirmed but negotiations had started and the stage was going to be Las Vegas.As early as February, when the scourge of the coronavirus soared in China, it forced Relevent Sports to cancel the part of the tournament that was to be played in Singapore. Now comes the confirmation of the cancellation of the entire competition, just at the worst moment of the crisis in the United States, with New York as the main focus of the infection in the North American country.
It is the Tottenham striker for whom they want to make the largest disbursement in history. Break the transfer record table. Kane’s words, a few weeks ago, when he first opened the door to his departure from Tottenham alarms went off in the noble hall of the spurs. Daniel Levy is under a lot of pressure since the COVID-19 crisis is suffocating the Tottenham coffers. The situation in the club is not buoyant and they have seen in Kane’s march a way to alleviate his agonizing situation (It still owes a large part of the loans of more than 700 million euros that they requested for the construction of their new stadium). He Manchester United intends to strengthen a lot in the next transfer period and convert again Old Trafford in the real ‘Theater of Dreams’. The ‘Red Devils’ They have several objectives on the table but they have focused their negotiations in two directions: Jadon Sancho and Harry Kane. According Daily Mail, Levy has set a price for Kane: 227 million euros. United, eager to sign a great striker, see nothing crazy to go for the English attacker and beat the record of € 222M, which holds the transfer of Neymar from Barça to PSG. His other option is Haaland but he sees the Norwegian closer to Real Madrid or PSG, despite the good relationship with his coach Solskjaer.Although to enter first it is important to let out and at United he already thinks of doing cleaning. Alexis Sánchez, Phil Jones, Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira and Chris Smalling are in the trigger and it is with Paul Pogba with which they really want to make cash. Real Madrid and Juventus are on the prowl.
Pacquiao to return April 9 against Bradley LAS VEGAS (AP): Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring April 9 for the first time since losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr., and it will be against a familiar foe. Promoter Bob Arum said Wednesday that Pacquiao will fight Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for a third time in his first bout since losing a decision to Mayweather in the richest fight ever. Pacquiao re-injured a shoulder in that fight and was ineffective against Mayweather in dropping the unanimous decision. Technically, the fight with Bradley will be the rubber match of their three-fight series. However, most in boxing believe Pacquiao won the first fight in 2012 easily – the judges gave it to Bradley – and was largely dominant in the rematch, which he won by decision. Top rank spokesman Lee Samuels said the pay-per-view fight has not officially been signed, but that both fighters had agreed to terms and would be signing soon. Pacquiao was given a $2 million advance on his guaranteed $20 million purse, Samuels said. Messi scores in 500th game for Barca BARCELONA, Spain (AP): Lionel Messi scored in his 500th match for Barcelona to help them ease past Real Betis 4-0 on Wednesday and ensure they kept the lead of the Spanish league to conclude a superb year for the Catalan club. Barcelona broke a run of consecutive draws in the league to cap one of their best years in club history. Before kick-off Andres Iniesta paraded the recently won Club World Cup trophy, their fifth title won in 2015. The four goals scored took the year’s tally to 180, bettering Madrid’s milestone of 178 from 2014. “It was a spectacular year, and we wanted to finish it in the same way,” Messi said. “It will be complicated to better this, but like always we will try to do so.” Messi recovered from a hard knock with Antonio Adan that was ruled a penalty against the Betis goalkeeper, by scoring Barcelona’s second goal, after an own goal put the Catalan side on its way. CAS rejects appeal from Musa Bility LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP): The Court of Arbitration for Sport has dismissed Musa Bility’s appeal to overturn his exclusion from the FIFA presidential election. Bility, who is from Liberia, failed to make the field after failing an integrity check. FIFA’s election monitoring panel ruled the Liberian football federation president ineligible last month. No reason was publicly given, but Bility said a previous criminal allegation against him was dismissed by a Liberian court. CAS says it will release the grounds for its decision early this year. FIFA has approved five candidates for the election to be held on February 26. Michel Platini, who has been handed an eight-year ban but still hopes to run for FIFA presidency, is also expected to appeal to CAS. Monfils out of Hopman Cup with leg injury PERTH, Australia (AP): Gael Monfils has withdrawn from the Hopman Cup mixed team event due to an unspecified leg injury and will be replaced by French compatriot Kenny de Schepper. It was not clear whether the injury would prevent the 24th-ranked Monfils from competing in the Australian Open beginning January 18 in Melbourne. Hopman Cup tournament director Paul Kilderry said yesterday “it’s unfortunate to hear Gael is unable to play in Perth … we wish him well over the next couple of weeks ahead of the Aussie Open.” De Schepper and his partner Caroline Garcia play their first match Monday against the Britain team of Andy Murray and Heather Watson. Serena Williams and Jack Sock open for the United States, also on Monday, against Elina Svitolina and Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine.