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Forbes: Roger Federer Remains The Highest Paid Player In Tennis

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 10th, 2016 @ 8:59 am

According to Forbes, Roger Federer, despite his recent decline, is still the highest paid player in all of tennis.

Forbes just released its list of highest paid athletes, and Federer leads all tennis players (and individual sports athletes) at No. 4, $12 million ahead of Novak Djokovic in terms of last 12 months of total earnings. And that’s not because of prize money but rather endorsements where he still almost …

Roger Federer On Maria Sharapova’s Doping Ban: Zero Tolerance!

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 10th, 2016 @ 8:41 am

After his 3-set win yesterday over Taylor Fritz, Roger Federer offered his thoughts on the Maria Sharapova ruling. Federer backed the 2-year ban stating there needs to be a zero tolerance policy for dopers.


“I didn’t get into all the details,” he told reporters at the tournament. “But I am for zero tolerance … She of course has the right to defend herself, like anyone … Whether it’s …

Stan Wawrinka Adds Former Wimbledon Champion Richard Krajicek To His Coaching Team

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 10th, 2016 @ 8:25 am

Stan Wawrinka announced today that he has added former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek to his coaching team for the grass season.

“As I’m always looking to improve on court, I would like to take this opportunity to announce as of immediately that I have added Richard Krajicek to my existing coaching staff to help during the grass court season for the next 4 weeks,” Wawrinka posted on Facebook. “Magnus, Yannick …

Rafael Nadal Withdraws From Wimbledon Due To Wrist Injury

Posted by Staff on June 9th, 2016 @ 1:23 pm

Rafael Nadal made it official today withdrawing from Wimbledon due to his injured left wrist.

“Hi everybody. I’m sad to announce that after talking to my doctors, and receiving the results of my last medical revision, I won’t be able to play at Wimbledon this year,” the 30-year-old Nadal wrote on Facebook. “As you can all imagine, it’s a very tough decision, but the injury I suffered at Roland Garros needs …

Roger Federer Ties Ivan Lendl For Second Place In Open Era ATP Wins

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 9th, 2016 @ 11:15 am

Roger Federer tied Ivan Lendl for second place on the ATP’s all-time match win leaders. Earlier, Federer survived a tough battle from 18-year-old American Taylor Fritz 64, 57, 64 in his opening round at Stuttgart.

The match was Federer’s first since a third round loss to Dominic Thiem at Rome. Federer withdrew from the French Open with a back injury.

“It wasn’t easy,” said Federer. “I thought Fritz had some good …

7 Thoughts On Maria Sharapova’s 2-Year Ban From Tennis

Posted by Sean Randall on June 8th, 2016 @ 2:47 pm

I was going to write about Novak Djokovic’s accomplishments this weekend in Paris, but unfortunately the news of the day in tennis comes out of London and it has nothing to do with any match results.

As you know by now, today the ITF whacked Maria Sharapova with a 2-year ban for taking the drug meldonuim which is found in mildronate.

Some thoughts on the ruling.

1. Two Years!
I think I’m with …

Maria Sharapova Ruled Guilty, Receives 2-Year Tennis Ban For Doping

Posted by Staff on June 8th, 2016 @ 11:30 am

According to the ITF, Maria Sharapova is guilty of trying to beat the system.

Sharapova today was banned from tennis for TWO YEARS as a result of failing a doping test at the Australian Open for the drug meldonium.

WTA CEO Steve Simon said in a released statement, “It is important at all times for players to be aware of the rules and to follow them. In this case, Maria has taken …

Felix Auger Aliassime: I Know I Can Achieve Some Great Things

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 8th, 2016 @ 10:14 am

If you haven’t heard of Felix Auger Aliassime, you likely soon will. Just 15, the Canadian from Montreal may even be better than the much-ballyhooed crop of “NextGen” teens.

In March of 2014, at just 14 Auger Alliasime became the youngest player to earn an ATP Ranking and reach a Challenger main draw. And last summer he made the quarterfinals at the ATP Challenger in Granby.

This past Sunday, he was …

Andy Murray: What Novak Achieved Is Something Extremely Special

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 8th, 2016 @ 9:56 am

Following his loss in the French Open final, Andy Murray says Novak Djokovic deserves credit for what he has accomplished in winning the Career Grand Slam and the Nole Slam.

“What Novak achieved today is something extremely special, and a lot of people would have wanted to have seen that and been a part of that,” Murray said Sunday. ‘He deserves the support he gets.”

Murray also added that with Djokovic, …

Novak Djokovic Now Leads Andy Murray By Over 8,000 Ranking Points! Dominic Thiem Into Top 10

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 7th, 2016 @ 10:02 am

After his first French Open title gave him the Career Slam and the Nole Slam, Novak Djokovic now has a lead over 8,000 ranking points over No. 2 Andy Murray (8.035 points). That means Andy Murray could add (if possible) four more Grand Slam titles (2,000 each) and still trail Djokovic!

22-year-old Dominic Thiem made his ATP Top 10 debut at No. 7 after his French Open semifinal run. “It’s very …

Watch All Of Novak Djokovic’s Grand Slam Championship Points [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 7th, 2016 @ 9:47 am

For you Novak Djokovic fans, a cool video was created on Youtube chronicling all 12 of his Grand Slam championship points, culminating of course with his historic win on Sunday over Andy Murray at the French Open.

Novak Djokovic’s 12 Grand Slam Titles:
1 2008 Australian Open Djokovic d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga  4-6 6-4 6-3 7-6(2)
2 2011 Australian Open Djokovic d. Andy Murray  6-4 6-2 6-3
3 2011 Wimbledon Djokovic d. Rafael Nadal  6-4 …

Forbes: Serena Williams Passes Maria Sharapova To Become Highest Paid Female Athlete

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 7th, 2016 @ 9:37 am

Forbes has just released its update on the highest paid female athletes, and an honor that now goes to Serena Williams.

Maria Sharapova had been the leader for the last 11 years until the Russian’s doping admission which forced some sponsors to cut ties.

Serena, who just lost in the French Open final Saturday, takes over at the top spot earning $28.9 the last 12 months.

Not surprisingly, with tennis …

Roger Federer And Tommy Haas Play Tennis On Top Of Building In Stuttgart [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 7th, 2016 @ 9:16 am

In promotion of the second year of the grass court Stuttgart event, Roger Federer and Tommy Haas hit some tennis balls on top of the 200-foot Cloud 7 building, the tallest residential structure in Stuttgart.

“I actually quite enjoy it. I like to see nice views,” Federer said. “It’s nice to be in the city centre and doing such an activity and officially launching the tournament.”

Federer …

Wozniacki Returns in Nottingham; Men, Women Combine on Grass in Netherlands

Posted by Staff on June 5th, 2016 @ 8:39 pm

‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands; Surface: grass

Women’s Seeds: Belinda Bencic, Jelena Jankovic, Kristina Mladenovic, Jelena Ostapenko, Laura Siegemund, Coco Vandeweghe, Eugenie Bouchard, Anna-Lena Friedsam

Women’s Floaters: Kiki Bertens

Women’s Notes: Last year’s runner-up Bencic is the lone Top 10 player, coming off injury after missing the French Open…Wildcards were awarded to Dutchwomen Indy de Vroome and Richel Hogenkamp, and Hungary’s Dalma Galfi…Pulling out of the field were Timea Babos, Annika Beck, Camila Giorgi, Anastasia …

Federer, Del Potro Kick Off Grass Season Amidst Challengers at ATP Stuttgart

Posted by Staff on June 5th, 2016 @ 7:56 pm

Stuttgart, Germany; Surface: grass

Seeds: Roger Federer, Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem, Gilles Simon, Feliciano Lopez, Viktor Troicki, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Lucas Pouille

Floaters: Juan Martin del Potro, Grigor Dimitrov, Taylor Fritz, John Millman, Pierre-Hugues Herbert

Notes: Roger Federer after skipping the French Open with a back injury returns to kick off the grasscourt season at Stuttgart…Federer is the lone Top 10er, but a strong field includes a number of floaters…The Top 4 seeds …