Tennis-X Notes: Sharapova Wins ESPYs, Ferrero Opens Hotel

Posted on July 16, 2007


Pete Sampras never played the ATP Newport event during his career...Tommy Haas has received an ATP Washington wildcard...Nicole Vaidisova pulled from Fed Cup over the weekend with glandular fever...Maria Sharapova received two ESPYs, "Best Female International Athlete" and "Best Female Tennis Player."...The USTA announced that the 2007 US Open purse will top $19.6 million, up a record one million dollars, the largest single year increase to US Open prize money in history...NBC Sports' coverage of the Wimbledon Gentlemen's Final earned a 3.2 overnight rating and a 9 share, the best for a Gentlemen's Final since 2004 (Federer-Andy Roddick) -- and an increase of 10 percent over last year (Federer-Nadal), according to the overnight ratings released by Nielsen Media Research...Bjorn Borg on Roger Federer: "He's such a complete player, so professional in what he is doing. He has both feet on the ground and no weaknesses. If he stays away from injuries and still has the motivation, he will be the greatest player ever. Records are made to be broken and it couldn't happen to a nicer player. Maybe he can win six, seven or eight times. If you are the No. 1 player, you have a little bit of an advantage when you walk on court because the players you're playing know they have to play your best game and maybe that will not be enough."...Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero is opening The Hotel Ferrero in the city of Bocairent, about 30 miles from Valencia. The 7 million Euros complex will feature 12 suites with private terrace and Jacuzzi, along with amenities such as spa, swimming pool, gym, restaurants and a convention facility...Marat Safin has dumped long-time coach Alexander Volkov: "I'm grateful to Sasha Volkov who in the last couple of years has always been there when I needed him, as a friend and coach," Safin said on his Web site. His new coach is former player Hernan Gumy of Argentina, former coach of Gustavo Kuerten, Guillermo Canas and Guillermo Coria...Pull-outs from Cincy this week: Serena Williams, Vera Zvonareva, Marian Bartoli, Katarina Srebotnik, Maria Kirilenko...David Nalbandian has hired Argentine Martin Jaite as his coach: "I believe I need the extra help and experience that Martin has to try to lift my tennis back to the levels I reached at one time."...Tennis writer Charlie Bricker says the women need to play best-of-five sets: "Now that women have equal pay with the men at all four Grand Slams, and I'm sure Venus Williams is delighted with her $1.4 million paycheck here, she and the rest of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour may soon be asked to perform at least some semblance of equal work. To wit, best-of-five set finals at the majors."