Doha – Serena Out, Azarenka In
Serena Williams announced on her website:
It is with deep frustration that I am withdrawing from the WTA Championships at Doha and the Fed Cup Final. Pushed by my desire to return to competition, I trained too hard too soon and re-tore thetendon in my foot. As a result, yesterday morning I had to have another procedure to repair it. I thank everyone for their continued support during this difficult time and look forward with strength and determination to getting back on the court.
With Williams’ withdrawal for the rest of the year, and a few wins in Moscow this past week, Victoria Azarenka is headed to Doha.
TENNIS CHANNEL TO OFFER COMPLETE COVERAGE OF WOMEN’S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Agnieszka Radwanska will be out for at least three months due to foot surgery and will miss the Australian Open
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No Doha, No Dough
For missing the WTA Tour Year End Championships Serena Williams and Venus Williams forfeit $1,000,000 and $400,000 respectively. Serena Williams was fined fifteen thousand dollars for withdrawing late from Linz.
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IMG’s Forstmann responds to betting allegations
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For Sale sign
Andy Roddick has put his Austin home on the market.
Both parties have agreed to a mediator to settle their differences. The Federal Communications Commission recently agreed to hear Tennis Channel’s complaint against Comcast. The dispute involves placing Tennis Channel as part of Comcast’s premier sports package instead of making it part of the basic cable package in favor of Comcast’s own sports channels which includes the Golf Channel.
Robin Soderling Qualifies for ATP World Tour Finals
Goodbye Pilot Pen, Hello New Haven Open at Yale
The “new” New Haven Open at Yale tournament takes the place of the former Pilot Pen tournament and will be a WTA only event. The tournament will have four co-sponsors which include-Yale, AETNA, American Express Company and Yale-New Haven Hospital.
The USTA holds the ATP tournament sanction and will put the tournament somewhere else as yet to be determined.
The tournament will be held from August 19-27, 2011 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale a week before the US Open.
Meanwhile a new event in North Texas is slated to join the WTA Tour schedule the same week as the New Haven Open at Yale.
MaSha and Sasha
Maria Sharapova and her boyfriend Los Angeles Lakers’guard Sasha Vujacic became engaged on Tuesday. No wedding date has been set.
Forest Hills Marriott?
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will play for charity in their respective home countries. On December 21 Nadal and Federer will play a charity for Africa in Zurich for Federer’s foundation and the next day in Spain for Nadal’s charity.
Named to play AAMU Kooyong Classic _ Lleyton Hewitt, Fernando Verdasco, Jo Wilfred Tsonga, Gael Monfils, and Tomas Berdych.
Federer became the fifth player in Open Era to win 50 matches in 9 straight years. Federer also surpassed the 900 career match mark during the week and tied Pete Sampras with 64 career tournament wins, 4th on the ATP all time list.
Juan Martin Del Potro has also called it quits for the rest of the tennis year choosing to rest up before the 2011 season begins.
Strange but true- On Survivor – Guillermo Vilas checkmate?
Seems that on a recent episode of “Survivor” someone thought Guillermo Vilas was a chess player.Read about it here.
Good news – former No. 1 Thomas Muster will become the oldest man to play an event on the main ATP World Tour when he uses a wild card to play the Bank Austria Tennis Trophy in Vienna. Bad news – his first round opponent will be Ernests Gulbis.
Game, Set, Match – Viktor, Victoria, Vinci and the Victorious
Courtesy WTA Tour
Courtesy WTA Tour