Archive for April 2017
Maria Sharapova made her long-awaited return to pro tennis today in Stuttgart, Germany with an impressive 75 63 win over Roberta Vinci after a one year doping ban for using the now illegal drug/medication meldonium.
But several WTA players criticized the decision to allow the five-time Grand Slam major champion and former world no. 1 Sharapova to compete this week on the WTA circuit in Germany.
“For the kids, for the young players, it is not okay to help with a wildcard the player that was banned for doping,” said Simona Halep, the world no. 5 ranked player. “It is not about Maria Sharapova here. But it is about all the players that are found doped. I cannot support what the tournament director did but also I cannot judge.”Continue to read full article...
Romanian team captain Ilie Nastase has no regrets about his Fed Cup tennis expulsion and defended his honor in the face of an onslaught of heavy media criticism. The 1973 Roland Garros and 1972 US Open champion (and two-time Wimbledon finalist) told the Daily Mirror: “I don’t regret it and they can send me to prison if they want – I don’t care.”Continue to read full article...
Marcelo Rios was involved in a nasty crash last week in Chile with his orange mcclaren sports car but was uninjured – I was sent a short video of Marcelo cursing at a Media guy who was videotaping the scene just after the police arrived – Rios is still Rios — I was fortunate to play doubles tennis with a former Indian Davis Cup captain on Sunday and he revealed insights about the Leander Paes - Bhupathi relationship:Continue to read full article...
The Sarasota Open has been a very eventful week with all the fine court action as well as the unique event on Tuesday evening with the unscripted sound effects by the two lovers which has snowballed into an international news story as well as unbelievably huge promotion for the tourney. The Pro Circuit live stream commentator told me he has done dozens of interviews for some of the largest media outlets around the world and the tournament director said the web site has gotten millions upon millions of visits, and the shirts with Frances Tiafoe’s famous line “It can’t be that good” are already selling briskly.Continue to read full article...
What is wrong with Novak Djokovic? He struggled to eke through his first two rounds and now is down 26 to the miniature marvel David Goffin. Could he be in physical decline after all those grinding battles over the years? Could the $100 million man have been ordered off a banned substance like Sharapova was (meldonium)? One thing is for sure, Novak Djokovic has lost his aura of invincibility and dominance. And it all happened so suddenly. A year ago in Miami I remember asking Svetlana Kuznetsova if she had any suggestions how the ATP players could beat him. Now Djokovic is struggling to get to the semifinals of Masters Series events.Continue to read full article...
Status: ATP No. 476. 2016 ITF Junior World No. 1 ranked player.
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 165
DOB: August 31, 1999 In: Belgrade, Serbia
First Tennis Memory: “When I first started playing it was eleven years ago. I started on a mountain in Serbia called Zlatibor. That’s where I started.”
Tennis Inspirations: “Djokovic and Federer.”Continue to read full article...
Miomir Kecmanovic is has exceeded all expectations this year, starting off winning nine rounds to win a Sunrise Futures in late January, which caused Team Kecmanovic to change its goals. Since January the seventeen year old Kecmanovic has upped his ATP World Tour ranking from 802 to 476 on Monday. The highlight of the year was reaching the semifinal at the San Luis Open Challenger last week where he defeated Stefan Kozlov 62 75.
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