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October 8th, 2014

Fabio Fognini Slapped With A $2K Fine For Obscene Gesture

According to the AP, Fabio Fognini was hit with a $2,000 fine for making an obscene gesture after a loss yesterday in Shanghai.

From the video, Fognini can be seen extending the middle finger of his left hand. The Italian had just lost his fifth straight match after getting stunned by the 553rd-ranked Wang Chuhan.

For some comparison, this August the NFL fined Johnny Manziel $12,000 for giving the one finger salute on the field.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:17 am in Shanghai | 4 Comments »

October 8th, 2014

Poll: Should Rafael Nadal Have His Appendix Removed?

The most famous appendix on the planet belongs to Rafael Nadal. And unfortunately for the Spaniard the organ is not playing nice. Nadal revealed yesterday that he is battling appendicitis, but vowed to play on in Shanghai. However, the former No. 1 just lost today to countryman Feliciano Lopez 63, 76 in the second round.

Nadal will now return to Spain to see his regular doctors and get further medical evaluation on the illness. As discussed on this site, appendicitis …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:03 am in Polls | 30 Comments »

October 8th, 2014

Look How Small Roger Federer Is Compared To Yao Ming!

Two giants of their sports met in Shanghai. Roger Federer, one of the all-time greats on the tennis court, posed with the towering Chinese basketball legend Yao Ming. At 7-foot-6, Ming is taller than just about everyone on the planet but never has Federer looked so small! Here’s the hilarious result:

Yao Ming va a tirar la monedita antes del Federer-Mayer, dentro de un rato. Roger parece maldito Peke (?). pic.twitter.com/7Wza5k0bQw

— Marcos Zugasti (@marcos_z) October 8, 2014…

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:46 am in Shanghai | 14 Comments »

October 7th, 2014

Federer, Nadal, Djokovic Open Play Wednesday In Shanghai

On a packed scheduled, nine of the Top 10 men in the world will all be in action Wednesday at the Shanghai Masters.

Two-time champion Novak Djokovic seeks his 26th straight win in China against rising youngster Dominic Thiem in a first-time meeting. Rafael Nadal, who announced he’s battling appendicitis, faces friend and countryman Feliciano Lopez. Nadal leads Lopez 9-2.

Roger Federer makes his fall debut and gets a first look at Argentine Leonardo Mayer and Andy Murray, a winner today, …

Posted by Staff @ 4:59 pm in Shanghai | 81 Comments »

October 7th, 2014

Novak Djokovic: Life Cannot Be Better Right Now, I Cannot Ask For More

Novak Djokovic was understandably in good spirits when he met the press Monday in Shanghai. The World No. 1 just won his fifth Beijing title, recently got married and now he and his new wife are expecting their first child in this fall. So life is good for Djokovic, and he agrees.

“There is a lot happening in my life,” said Djokovic. “Life cannot be better at this moment. I cannot ask for more. I’m really grateful for all the …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:23 am in Shanghai | 15 Comments »

October 7th, 2014

Poor Sport Fabio Fognini Made This Obscene Gesture When Leaving The Court Today In Shanghai [Video]

Mr. Drama Fabio Fognini is once again involved in some controversy. After losing to 553rd-ranked Chuhan Wang 75, 64 in the first round in Shanghai, an upset Fognini appeared to make an obscene gesture with his left hand.

According to an on-site AP report, “After the two shook hands, Fognini gave Wang a little shove with his arm as they crossed paths, then flashed his middle finger to the crowd upon exiting the stadium.”

Fine coming?

The …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:04 am in Shanghai, Videos | 8 Comments »

October 7th, 2014

Uh Oh, Rafael Nadal Announces He Has Appendicitis, But Will Still Play Shanghai

Rafael Nadal’s 2014 injury troubles continued this week in China. After dealing with a bad back in Australia, an injured right wrist over the summer, the popular Spaniard revealed today that he’s dealing with a case of appendicitis which he will treat with antibiotics instead of surgical removal.

Nadal said he first felt stomach pain when he landed in Shanghai over the weekend. He was treated at hospital, he canceled practice, but today he says he’ll play through it.

“I was in …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:46 am in Shanghai | 48 Comments »

October 6th, 2014

Cilic Crashes Out Of Shanghai, Dimitrov Wins; Murray On Tap Tuesday

Marin Cilic’s Shanghai campaign didn’t last long. The US Open champion was bounced by Ivo Karlovic in a tight 7-5, 2-6, 7-6(2) victory in the first round at the Rolex Masters.

“It’s a gamble with him,” said Cilic. “He goes all in or nothing. It’s always difficult. He was serving really well towards the end of the match. I couldn’t get into his serve. It can happen with Ivo. It’s always tricky.

“The game, I’m feeling it’s on the spot. Though …

Posted by Staff @ 3:53 pm in Shanghai | 15 Comments »

October 6th, 2014

Rafael Nadal Apparently Has A Stomach Virus Prompting Speculation If He’ll Play Shanghai

According to reports, Rafael Nadal is dealing with a stomach virus at the Shanghai Masters. Nadal was supposed to have practiced today at the event but the hit was cancelled due to the illness.

Fortunately for Nadal, who’s been battling injuries all year (back, wrist), he won’t have to play until Wednesday. He is scheduled to meet the media Tuesday for a pre-tournament press conference.

Nothing has been confirmed on this from the Nadal camp.

The second-seeded Nadal will play the Kokanakkis-F. …

Posted by Staff @ 2:05 pm in Shanghai | 21 Comments »

October 5th, 2014

Bryan Brothers Have Fun With This Magical Video

The top ranked Bryan Brothers are in Shanghai this week and during some downtime the popular twins showcased their producing skills with this video they released today on Instagram….

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 3:36 pm in Videos | 8 Comments »


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