Â©Kourtin’ Karen’s Tennis News Scoreboard – Week Ending June 13, 2010
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Wimbledon is a mere week away. Meet the Wimbledon Poet – Matt Harvey.
Pay Up ATP!
Seems the ATP has to pay the Barcelona Tournament due to Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal.
The SportsBusiness Journal‘s Daniel Kaplan reports:
The ATP World Tour approved a US$120,000 payment to the Barcelona tournament because Rafael Nadal pulled out of the April event, according to a summary of the men’s tennis group’s recent BOD meeting, a copy ofwhich was obtained by SportsBusiness Journal. The Tour was not obligated to make the payment, but changed its rules so in the future it would be required to under the circumstances that transpired with Barcelona.Under the rules, second-tier ATP events like Barcelona are guaranteed at least one premium player, and in this case it was Nadal. If the player does not compete, then the ATP must pay the tournament US$156,000. But he previous wording of the rule said if the player was in the draw, no payment need be made. In Nadal’s case, he pulled out between the time of he draw and first match. So the ATP changed the rule, according to the meeting summary, so “the time when the Field Determination is made for the purpose of determining a payment from the escrow account shall be the start of the first match, singles or doubles, for each premier player.”
I’m going to Disneyland – Paris!
Newly French Open Champ Rafael Nadal went to Disneyland. Funny to see tennis’ “Mr. Incredible” party with the “Incredibles.”
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Two years Left
Always in the news, Sania Mirza says that she’s playing tennis for two more years, after that she’ll focus on her marriage.
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Break Point against Bogdanovic
No. 2 British player Alex Bogdanovic did not get a Wimbledon wildcard. Bogdanovic believes he did not get one due to his 0-8 record at the Championships and his decision not to play the Davis Cup tie against Turkey.
Bogdanovic’s funding from the LTA has also been reduced.
Hingis coming back?
Billie Jean King believes that Martina Hingis will be back on the WTA Tour eventually. She’s playing World TeamTennis this summer and King thinks the Swiss Miss will start back on the tour playing doubles and easing her way back into singles.
Lindsay Davenport will be compete at Wimbledon this year. She’ll be pairing up with Bob Bryan in mixed doubles. Davenport will be playing doubles at the Bank of the West and Mercury Insurance Opens this summer.
Odds and ends
Hardcourt Confidential Hit the shelves.
The US Open took over New York’s Time Square on Monday to launch the first day of public sale for US Open Tickets.
Coach Momo – AmÃ©lie Mauresmo along with RÃ©my Barbarin is coaching Michael Llodra for just the grasscourt season.
French Open Champ Francesca Schiavone will play the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament at Yale this summer.
Virginie Razzano is seeking compensation from the WTA over an edema-causing foot massage from a WTA masseuse.
Babolat Taps JÃ©rÃ´me Pin as Managing Director
Lagardere’s acquistion of BEST has been finalized
US Open Casting Call at Radio City Music Hall on Tuesday
Hewitt says “Holla” for Halle
Lleyton Hewitt upset Roger Federer 36 76 64 to capture his seventh career grass court tourney.
â€œItâ€™s fantastic for me; Iâ€™m
getting towards the end of my career and had couple of
surgeries, to know I can still compete at this level. Iâ€™m
thrilled to be here and to have won another title. The tournamentâ€™s been
fantastic; Rogerâ€™s obviously come here all of his career,
itâ€™s a fantastic atmosphere. Iâ€™ll be back next year.â€
Federer earlier in the week just signed a deal to play the Gerry Weber open for the rest of his career.
Lin Na Wins the “Gravy Boat”
Na Li downs Maria Sharapova 75 61 to win the AEGON in Birmingham.
Li wins her third singles title on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, following triumphs at Guangzhou in 2004 and Gold Coast in 2008. Runner-up at Birmingham 12 months ago (falling to Magdalena Rybarikova), Li is now 3-4 lifetime in Tour finals.
â€œItâ€™s always exciting to be in the final, you can show your best tennis to everyone. And thereâ€™s nothing better than winning a final. I won because I hit the ball flatter today and it makes it easier to win points on grass. I had a good start to the year and thatâ€™s important. If you play well in the beginning of the year, it gives you more confidence for the rest of the year.â€
Game, set, match and a wild and wacky week at Queens club
Sam Querrey upends Mardy Fish 76 75 to take the Queens Club Trophy.
This tournament lost its top six seeds by the end of the quarterfinals. Feliciano Lopez stunned world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the quarters to stop Nadal’s current winning streak at 24.. Dudi Sela send Andy Roddick packing in his first match. Novak Djokovic was stopped by Xavier Malisse, Cilic stunned by Michael Llodra, Gael Monfils by Rainer Scheuttler.