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Lowlights and Faults: The Worst of Tennis – 2014

2014 certainly had its highlights. But here’s a look back at some of those less than stellar moments we’d like to forget. And yes, there’s a reference to a famous outburst from tennis in the above track if you listen long enough. Continue reading

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ATP Likes the Taste of Corona as New Sponsor.

Corona Extra Coming to ATP nets this year.

Get ready to enjoy ATP tennis with a twist of lime.

According to the New York Times, the ATP tour has signed a new five-and-a-half-year deal with Mexican beer company Grupo Modelo to make its popular Corona Extra the new global corporate sponsor of ATP events. This deal, for an undisclosed sum, comes a year after Mercedes-Benz formally ended its run as the tour’s main sponsor.

Fans will start seeing the Corona Extra logo on the nets of some ATP events this year and on more than two-thirds of events in 2011. Corona Extra will also figure prominently in off-court marketing as well according to ATP chief executive Adam Helfant. Continue reading

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Agassi Admits to Meth Use in New Book.

Leave it to Andre Agassi to create the tennis story of the year.

In an London Times excerpt of his forthcoming biography “Open”, Agassi reveals that he used the illegal drug back in 1997 during his then dismal playing days. The excerpt goes on to reveal that Agassi ended up failing a drug test by the ATP a few months later.

Fearing for his career, Agassi wrote a letter to the ATP “filled with lies interwoven with bits of truth” claiming that his assistant at the time had spiked Agassi’s drink with the drugs and Agassi did not know. The truth was Agassi’s assistant offered him the drug outright.

The ATP believed Agassi and threw out the drug test result.

Now WADA, the World Anti Doping Agency, responsible for all athletics, wants to know why the ATP threw out the case.

It’s not clear now if either the ATP or WADA will pursue the matter as, let’s face it, it’s all a mute point now. Agassi, more than Pete Sampras and the Williams sisters, continues to be tennis’s most recognizable face to those who don’t follow the sport on a daily basis and his current image as the sport’s ambassador could endure some tarnishing. How the sports media treat this, especially with the daily trials of pro baseball and football getting busted for various drug use, will also be interesting to follow.

What do you think?

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Sayanora Mr. Delpo.

I was going to originally call this post “DelPo Pulls a “Safina”, but it would be unfair to compare Juan Martin Del Potro’s early round loss in the Japan Open to Safina’s current misery tour.

Citing jet leg and a mild stomach ailment (and probably a nice “hangover” from celebrating his U.S. Open), Del Potro lost to qualifier Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France 6-4, 6-4.

Although the other top seeds including Gilles Simon and Lleyton Hewitt got through their matches, one has to feel for the tournament organizers after what has been almost a “nightmare” two weeks. First the ladies event is plagued with early round exits by the big names and then a final cut short by Jelena Jankovic’s injury. Now the men’s event, which suffered two withdrawals from top seeds Roger Federer and Andy Murray, loses its top seed early.

But this could be an opportunity for those players like Simon and Jo-Wilifred Tsonga still looking to qualify for the end of the year ATP Series Finale in London.

Lost in the Del Potro news was Andy Roddick’s rather flat showing in the opening round of the China Open. Roddick lost to Polish qualifier Lukasz Kubot 6-2, 6-4.

So with all eyes now pointing to Shanghai to sort out the ATP Finale, who do you think will qualify?

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Murray Wins Montreal – U.K. Declares Bank Holiday

Ok, the U.K. will not have a bank holiday to celebrate Andy Murray winning the Rogers Cup in Montreal. (Although I’m sure if Murrary wins Wimbledon some kind of national holiday would be declared.) Murray defeated Juan Martin Del Potro 6-7(4), 7-6(3), 6-1.

The match itself wasn’t the most scintillating thing I’ve ever seen. Murray played defense while JMDP kept unleashing atomic powered forehands whenever he could. Murray lost the first set in a breaker and things cruised along in the second until JMDP started having serving problems at the 4-5 game. He got up 40-love then figured out a way to get it to deuce before finally holding serve. Murray got it into a tiebreaker again and the serving woes continued for Del Potro.

JMDP then took a medical timeout to have treatment on his back, though I’m not sure what the exact problem was. But whether it was injury or fatigue, JMDP simply went away as Murray jumped out to 4-0 lead and then closed it out 6-1.

I thought JMDP had a good chance to win it and he really did overpower Murray with his ground game, especially the forehand. But Murray makes everyone hit one extra shot and players get so fed up that they go for that big winner — and miss.

Murray will move up to number two in the world whereas Del Potro should move up a spot to number five. Next week is Cincinnati and according to the draw Murray and Del Potro could meet in the quarters if they hold up. Hopefully Del Potro’s injury isn’t too severe as his play this summer gives him a great chance going into the U.S. Open which, unbelievably, is two weeks away.

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