ATP HAPPY HOUR: The ATP has reverse its rule instituted in 2004 that banned ads from alcohol companies on players’ clothes. The ban on gambling and tobacco companies remains in effect — for now.
I WON ONE MA: American Alexandra Stevenson defeated Russian Alina Jidkova in the first round at Charleston, her first singles win in a tour-level main draw in over five years.
WE WANT TO GAMBLE: According to a report from the Austrian news agency APA, online gaming company Bwin Interactive Entertainment AG has filed a defamation lawsuit against the French Tennis Federation (FFT) with a Paris court. The Austrian firm filed the motion in response to statements made from the FFT that Bwin posed an ethical risk for the sport of tennis — the FFT is attempting to ban online gambling on the French Open before the start of this year’s event.
NOW HE CAN JOIN THE OTHER PLAYERS AND TOURNAMENTS SUING THE ATP: Last week Croatian Mario Ancic officially became a graduate of the Law School of the University of Split. “When I was going to high school with childhood friends I was always good in school and I wanted to see if I could do it,” said Ancic, who began the law program at the end of 2002. “It was a lot of work and I always wanted to play tennis but this is why I decided to continue and it was a huge day for me yesterday.”
RARE DAVIS CUP APPEARANCE: Roger Federer says he will likely play Davis Cup for Switzerland again Belgium in September: “The chances are very good that I will play. I’m proud the team could win over Belarus without me. It’s a great effort. I’d love to get Switzerland back into the World Group. I’d say my decision is pretty much taken.”
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