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  • Fabio Fognini kicked out of the US Open after abusing female umpire

    09/02/2017 10:56:37 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 38 replies
    Metro ^ | September 2, 2017 | George Bellshaw
    Fabio Fognini has been kicked out of the US Open after verbally abusing a female umpire during his first round singles match. The Italian was due to play in the third round of the doubles but he has been withdrawn from that contest and provisionally suspended from competition. Fognini had already been handed a series of fines totalling £18,500 after he lost his temper during a loss to fellow countryman Stefano Travaglia. The 30-year-old was heard using insulting language towards Swedish official Louise Engzell and was handed three separate fines – the largest sanction coming to a whopping £11,581. And...
  • Roger Federer takes record eighth Wimbledon title

    07/16/2017 8:26:00 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 8 replies
    ESPN ^ | 7/16/17
    Roger Federer is a Wimbledon champion for a men's record eighth time, defeating Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in Sunday's final. The win moves Federer above both Pete Sampras and William Renshaw, who each have won seven titles at the grass-court major, for the most men's titles in the history of an event first held in 1877. "It's disbelief that I can achieve such heights," Federer said in his postmatch, on-court interview. "I wasn't sure if I was ever going to be here, in another final." When it ended, with an ace from Federer after merely 1 hour, 41 minutes,...
  • Venus Williams Lawfully Entered Intersection Before Crash, Police Say

    07/08/2017 7:37:36 PM PDT · by proxy_user · 12 replies
    NY Times ^ | Matt Stevens
    The authorities investigating a fatal car crash involving the tennis star Venus Williams said on Friday that new evidence showed that she had legally entered the Florida intersection where the collision occurred. In an initial police report about the June 9 crash, the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department had said that Williams, 37, was at fault in the crash as a result of “violating the right of way” of the other vehicle involved. According to that report, witnesses told investigators that Williams had run a red light in a Toyota Sequoia S.U.V. just as a vehicle driven by Linda Barson,...
  • Serena Williams rips John McEnroe after he says she'd be 'like 700' on men's circuit

    06/26/2017 6:54:12 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 100 replies
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | June 26, 2017 | Luis Gomez
    Is Serena Williams only as good as the male tennis player ranked 700th in the world? According to tennis veteran John McEnroe, quite possibly yes. That’s what he said in an interview that aired on Sunday — and his assessment sparked some debate online and a stern rebuke from Williams on Twitter where she said his statements are “not factually based” and that she has “never played anyone ranked ‘there.’” So, what exactly did McEnroe say to get this kind of response from the top player in women’s tennis? In an interview that aired on Sunday, NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro asked...
  • Players Want Margaret Court Arena Renamed Over Remarks on Gays

    06/01/2017 5:41:38 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 31, 2017 | BEN ROTHENBERG
    PARIS — Show Court 1, one of the biggest stadiums at the Australian Open, was rechristened Margaret Court Arena in 2003 to honor the player who dominated women’s tennis in the 1960s and still holds the record for the most Grand Slam titles. It is unclear what the stadium will be called when the tournament begins in Melbourne next January. Court, 74, now a pastor in Perth, has reignited debate about her legacy and how the sport should celebrate her by making a series of inflammatory comments recently about gays and same-sex marriage. Her beliefs are not new — her...
  • Lawsuit ensues over comment by ESPN commentator at Australian Open

    02/14/2017 4:49:48 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 14, 2017
    LOS ANGELES - A tennis commentator dropped by ESPN for a remark about Venus Williams during the Australian Open has sued the sports network for wrongful termination. Former tennis pro Doug Adler maintains he was describing Williams’ aggressive style last month as “guerrilla” tactics and not comparing her with a “gorilla.” He apologized for his poor word choice but was let go from ESPN mid-tournament.
  • ESPN Tennis Analyst Sacked Over Bogus Charge of Racism

    02/02/2017 10:01:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 63 replies ^ | February 2, 2017 | Larry Elder
    Doug Adler does tennis commentary for ESPN. Strike that. Doug Adler used to do tennis commentary for ESPN. After several years working matches for the sports channel, the former tennis pro was advised that his services would no longer be necessary. Full disclosure. I've known Adler for 20 years. Before two back surgeries and a shoulder surgery put my tennis-playing days out to pasture, I hit balls with him at a neighborhood club. More precisely, he would hit the ball to me, and I would attempt to return it. At the club, Adler was well-liked. If there were a bad...
  • Our next president, The Donald, playing Tennis against Serena Williams.

    07/11/2016 5:11:18 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies ^ | 8:38 AM - 9 July 2016 | Carter G. Hoodson @hoodsonco
    Our next president, The Donald, playing Tennis against Serena Williams.
  • The Biggest Loser In Sporting History: Sharapova's Drug Shame Could Cost Her 142 Million

    03/08/2016 5:02:52 PM PST · by drewh · 54 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 19:45 EST, 8 March 2016 | By Neil Sears In London and Daniel Bates In New York
    She has been the best-paid female athlete in the world for 11 years, earning more off the tennis court than on it. Not any more. Maria Sharapova, 28, could now become the biggest financial loser in sporting history, missing out on estimated future earnings of as much as £100million ($142million). Her biggest sponsors Nike, Porsche, and TAG Heuer all moved to cut ties with the Russian tennis star after she failed a drug test. Sportswear giant Nike last night said it was putting its relationship with the five times Grand Slam winner on hold and was ‘saddened and surprised’ by...
  • Maria Sharapova is losing sponsorship deals worth tens of millions after her failed drug test

    03/08/2016 8:45:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/08/2016 | Lara O'Reilly
    Maria Sharapova's sponsors are quickly distancing themselves from the tennis star after after she said she tested positive for the recently banned drug meldonium. Nike was first to suspend its deal with the Russian athlete. That deal was worth at least $12.5 million a year, her most lucrative contract. UK-based sports marketing and sponsorship consultant Nigel Currie told Business Insider the deal was worth an estimated $100 million over eight years — Nike's biggest deal for a female athlete. There were most likely bonuses tied into the deal too, though no details on these have been published. Sharapova is the...
  • 28-year-old Angelique Kerber upsets Serena Williams to win the Australian Open

    01/30/2016 6:02:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Business Insider via AP ^ | 01/30/2016 | John Pye
    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Angelique Kerber upset Serena Williams 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to win the Australian Open title on Saturday, ending the six-time champion's unbeaten streak in finals here and winning a major title for the first time. Williams was an overwhelming favorite at Melbourne Park, where she had won all six previous times she'd reached the final, and was trying to equal Steffi Graf's Open-era record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles. For the second time in as many majors, though, she fell short. Williams won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon titles last year before losing to...
  • Serena Williams Loses Tennis Match, American Media Weeps

    09/12/2015 5:18:50 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 55 replies
    Just grazing through the nets today, you would think a tennis player losing a match was enough to send the American media into an inconsolable frenzy. I think they are more worked up over Serena losing then they were about the MULTIPLE COPS murdered in the past month. Likewise, the James Blake story is getting TONS of coverage! Yet the pandemic murders of police? Under the rug.
  • Serena Williams loses at US Open, misses Grand Slam

    09/11/2015 11:59:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 85 replies
    CNBC ^ | September 11, 2015 | Staff
    U.S. tennis star Serena Williams lost the semifinal round at the U.S. Open Friday afternoon. She was upset by Roberta Vinci of Italy. Williams was chasing a calendar Grand Slam, which hasn't been done since 1988, when Steffi Graf did it.
  • NYPD's Bratton offers apology to tennis Player James Blake, says race played no role in arrest

    09/10/2015 1:01:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09/10/2015 | By Edmund DeMarche
    New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Thursday that he intends to apologize to former tennis player James Blake, who he said was "inappropriately" put under arrest outside a midtown hotel after fitting a description of a subject in an investigation. Blake, who is black, is in New York for the U.S. Open in Queens. He was standing outside the Grad Hyatt hotel around noon on Wednesday when he was incorrectly identified by two witnesses as being part of an Internet identity theft scheme. Bratton called the incident a "fast approach" encounter -- where police grab a suspect by the...
  • Why does Maria Sharapova earn $10 million more in endorsements than Serena Williams?

    09/01/2015 2:43:23 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 133 replies
    USA Today | September 1, 2015 | Chris Chase
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  • J.K. Rowling shuts down Serena Williams hater in one perfect tweet

    07/11/2015 2:53:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies ^ | Laura Vitto
    To the surprise of absolutely no one, Serena Williams dominated at the Wimbledon championship on Saturday, winning it for the sixth time. This also marks Williams' fourth Grand Slam title in a row, not to mention her 21st major overall. Among the top-ranked athlete's many celebrity fans is author J.K. Rowling, who tweeted a steady stream of support for Williams throughout and immediately following Saturday's game. But it was her cutting response to a body-shaming troll that propelled Rowling to trending status in the United States: Rob ‎@diegtristan8 @jk_rowling @hansmollman ironic then that main reason for her success is that...
  • Serena Slam: Williams Slugs Her Way to Another Wimbledon Title

    07/11/2015 8:27:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    NBC News ^ | 07/11/2015
    Serena Williams slugged her way to a sixth Wimbledon singles title Saturday morning, completing her second so-called "Serena Slam" and positioning herself for tennis history. The 33-year-old American defeated Garbine Muguruza of Spain, 6-4, 6-4, to win her fourth consecutive Grand Slam tournament, beginning with last year's U.S. Open and including this year's Australian and French open titles. She accomplished a similar sweep in 2002-2003. Williams is now poised to equal some of the greatest marks in tennis six weeks from now at the U.S. Open in New York
  • French Open Championship Finals: Wawrinka stuns Djokovic

    06/07/2015 2:23:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    KCCI Sports ^ | 06/07/2015
    PARIS (CNN) —When it comes to grand slam finals, Stan Wawrinka is used to playing spoiler. After upsetting Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open last year, he engineered another major surprise Sunday by topping world No. 1 Novak Djokovic 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-4 to claim a second grand slam title. Wawrinka isn't a member of the "Big Four," but his achievement at Roland Garros means the Swiss now has the same number of grand slam trophies as Andy Murray. While the Scot owns a 2-6 record in major finals, Wawrinka is a perfect 2-0. "I still have a problem to...
  • 3 injured at French Open after piece of giant TV crashes onto spectators

    06/02/2015 12:55:50 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 4 replies
    FOX News ^ | 4 hours ago
    <p>Three French Open spectators were injured Tuesday after a piece of metal paneling detached in strong winds from a giant TV screen overlooking center court and crashed onto people seated in the stands, tournament organizers said.</p> <p>Security guards evacuated more than 200 spectators from seats in the area and cordoned it off with tape after a piece of paneling, larger than a bed, crashed down with a bang. Fans were later allowed to return to the stadium.</p>
  • Aaron Krickstein (Finally) Beats Jimmy Connors

    02/11/2015 8:02:55 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 10, 2015 | Tom Perrotta
    Last summer, nearly 23 years after he lost one of the most famous tennis matches in history to Jimmy Connors, Aaron Krickstein finally made the phone call he had always been too nervous to make. He and Connors hadn’t spoken since Labor Day 1991, when Connors beat Krickstein in five raucous sets at the U.S. Open. The match has lived longer than any other in tennis, with annual rain-delay reruns and a recent ESPN documentary. Krickstein decided the time had come for a rematch—and a new beginning to a friendship that went kaput when Connors won. On Tuesday here, Krickstein,...