Talk of Efforts to Fix Matches Rattles Pro Tennis Circuit -
New York Times
Another Top Tennis Star Takes a Shot at Real Estate - New York
Four years ago, at the urging of
Antonio Martínez, his coach, Mr. Ferrero bought a 19th-century house and
120,000 square feet of land. They renovated for three years, spending seven
million euros, about $11,720,000. The hotel - with a periwinkle exterior and
a light-drenched, modern interior - has 12 suites, a swimming pool, a spa,
two restaurants and, of course, tennis courts
If Blake handles pressure, U.S. should steam past Russia - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
On paper it looks promising -- Blake is a combined 11-1 against the Russian contingent of Nikolay Davydenko, Mikhail Youzhny and Igor Andreev. (He's never faced Dmitry Tursunov and has won his past two against Marat Safin, who just might figure.) But Blake, who reached last year's Masters Cup final to finish 2006 ranked fourth, clearly struggles in pressure situations.
He's 1-4 in his past five meaningful Davis Cup singles tilts, and the U.S. Open is the only Grand Slam where he's reached the quarterfinals.
Players should be ashamed -
De Villiers now says that "honesty and integrity are critical in our sport".
If only this was high on the agenda three years ago.
Tennis war turns bitter at White City
- Sydney Daily Telegraph
Numerous ATP players have fixed or "sold" matches over the past few years -
I and many others I know have no doubt about that. The evidence lies in
observations of highly suspicious betting patterns, both before and during
The first warning sign to the ATP that this was a not an issue that should
be ignored was about four years ago when many bookmakers suddenly started
changing their betting rules so that a match must be completed for bets to
Tennis veteran John Alexander clashed with White City club members in an increasingly bitter row over access to the historic grass court complex at Paddington.
Event promises return of Pistol Pete
'Go, Pete!' scream the fans of Roger - Philippines Sun Star
In the match, because it was an
exhibition, there were plenty of smiles between the two. Sampras kidded
around. He scratched his behind like Nadal, asked a spectator to take his
place-it was relaxed, fun-but, at the same time, serious.
Schuettler scuttles Stakhovsky for title - New Straits Times
"I will have wonderful memories of Kuala Lumpur as on my first visit here I produced my best form of the year," said the sixth-seeded Schuettler.
Schuettler starts as favourite - The Hindu
"It was also a little hot here (in Kuala Lumpur) but I cannot complain as I'm German. But I managed to adapt to the humidity and thanks to the organisers also for putting up stand fans in the stadium.["]
Fresh from his Malaysian Open win at the Challenger Series event in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, Rainer Schuettler of Germany will start as the favourite regardless of the seedings at the ONGC $50,000 ATP Challenger tennis here.
Chang breaks with Peng but still wants to help China
"I'm not going to be her official coach any more," he told reporters at
Mission Hills, where he will open a tennis academy next year.
"She needs someone to travel with her and I just don't have the time to be
able to do that. We'd always keep our door open and if she ever needs
"Peng Shuai and I would butt heads a little bit on the time she put in to
training," he added. "I think she thought that at times I was too strict and
(she) ended up putting in more time than she was used to."
Sampras upstages Federer in exhibition - Reuters
Pete Sampras proved his serve and volley tactics were still razor sharp when he stunned world number one Roger Federer 7-6 6-4 in an exhibition match in Macau on Saturday.
..."Let's not get carried away," the 36-year-old said as he dismissed talk of a comeback.
..."It's been tough beating my idol the last two times," said Federer, who is two grand slam titles from equalling Samrpas's record. "I'm happy that he got me at least once. I hope we can do it again in the future. I'd like to get him back."
Stosur back from illness -
AUSTRALIA'S top-ranked women's
tennis player Sam Stosur says she's almost fully recovered from a nasty
virus that ruined the second half of her 2007 world tour
Taming of the feuds - The
The Defending Champions, Russia,
against The Winningest Nation, America: as fine a dish as you could set
before a political analyst, with added spice coming from a suspicion of
skulduggery. Did the Russians really poison plucky (West) German Tommy Haas
so they might triumph in their semi-final? And, if so, might they try to
pull a similar stunt in Portland?
Plenty there for the colour boys and conspiracy theorists. And all present
and correct on Friday, but, although the back-story is as above, history has
changed. The most highly charged and politically fraught contest in sport
has been neutered by the collapse of the Soviet Union. The days of the Bobby
Fischer v Boris Spassky, Olympic confrontations and Rocky Balboa v Captain
Ivan Drago are long gone. That's the problem with making friends with
people, it's not so much fun beating them at sport.
The failure of the event to ring out around the world - did you even know it
was happening? - is partly due to the individualistic nature of tennis.
'Boris Becker is not associated with Germany, but is known just as Boris
Becker,' says Simon Anholt, creator of the Nation Brands Index and authority
on how countries are perceived and how they can alter that perception.
'Roger Federer is not associated with Switzerland, but is known just as
Roger Federer. No country is associated with tennis apart, perhaps, from
Croatia, which is the only thing anyone knows about them, other than vague
associations with ethnic cleansing.'
We were talking before Wednesday night's Euro 2008 qualifying game at
Wembley. 'Tennis is not one of those national war substitutes like
Magazines this Month
November-December 2007 issue - Tennis magazine
First Serve: The Right Man's Burden - Bill Simons, Inside Tennis
The Buzz - Inside Tennis
Russian Roulette - Matthew Cronin, Inside Tennis
It's a Tough Job But Somebody … - Matthew Cronin, Inside Tennis
The Genius - Chris Bowers, Inside Tennis
An Open Era U.S. Davis Cup Timeline - Inside Tennis
All Bets Are On - Matthew Cronin, Inside Tennis
December 2007 issue - Tennis Life
November 2007 issue - ACE magazine
October 2007 issue - Australian Tennis
Warriors Ready to Battle for Their Honor - Deuce
Andy Roddick: The Road Ahead - Joel Drucker, Deuce
Ferrer Steps Out of the Shadows - Deuce
Kiefer's Comeback & The Getting of Wisdom - Deuce
ATP's 'FEEL IT' Set for Global Rollout in 2008 - Deuce
Erlich & Ram Share Dreams On and Off Court - Deuce
The Last Time... with Tommy Haas - Deuce