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  • Roger Federer wins Australian Open for 20th career Grand Slam title

    01/28/2018 7:08:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    ESPN ^ | 01/28/2018
    MELBOURNE, Australia -- Back where his career resurgence began with a drought-breaking triumph last year, Roger Federer cried as he lifted and kissed the Australian Open trophy for a sixth time and celebrated his 20th Grand Slam title. Federer started Sunday's final with an intensity that stunned sixth-seeded Marin Cilic, then held his nerve in a tense, momentum-shifting match before winning 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. After going more than four years without winning a major title leading up to last year's Australian Open, Federer has now won three of the past five. "I'm so happy. It's unbelievable," Federer...

    01/24/2018 11:10:39 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 23 replies
    The Outline ^ | January 23, 2018 | Gaby Del Valle
    For the first time since 2010, an American man has made to the Australian Open quarterfinals. The aptly named Tennys Sandgren is the last American standing in the men’s singles division, an achievement that is ever-so-slightly tainted by the fact that he’s probably a huge Trump supporter — and not the craven “Trump is terrible but I voted for him anyway because I am a Republican” kind, but the out-and-proud MAGA hat-wearing, “Pizzagate is real” kind. At a post-match press conference on Monday, a reporter asked Sandgren about his Twitter account, where he’s retweeted and engaged in conversation with prominent...
  • Bizarre Question About Colin Kaepernick Makes Nick Kyrgios End Interview

    01/16/2018 4:12:35 PM PST · by blam · 32 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 1-16-2017 | Jay Busbee
    There’s no better place on Earth to talk about NFL players protesting during the national anthem than the Australian Open, apparently. Nick Kyrgios was holding what, by all accounts, was a pretty relaxed news conference following his straight-sets defeat of Rogerio Dutra Silva in the first round of the Australian Open. Then, a journalist ventured a peculiar question about former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest systemic racial inequality, among other causes. The question to Kyrgios ran as follows: “You’re friends with the American football player Colin Kaepernick...
  • Jana Novotna, former Wimbledon champion and doubles star, dies at 49

    11/20/2017 7:31:56 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 9 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | November 20, 2017 | Kevin Skiver
    Jana Novotna, a Czech Wimbledon champion that garnered fame after crying on the Duchess of Kent's shoulder after losing a 1993 final at Wimbledon, has died at age 49. Novotna had cancer and died in the Czech Republic. The World Tennis Association confirmed Novotna's death in a statement on Monday. Novotna's biggest successes came on the doubles courts. She had 16 Grand Slam championships in doubles, and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005. The full statement from the WTA can be found below: It is with deep sadness that the WTA announces the passing on...
  • Billie Jean King says she's upset with women who voted Trump

    10/04/2017 9:29:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 98 replies
    KIRO-TV ^ | October 4, 2017 | Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) - Tennis icon Billie Jean King is not mincing words about the many white women who voted for Donald Trump, saying they "really don't like themselves." King, who led the fight for equal pay for women in tennis, also says she feels there is more misogyny now than when she defeated Bobby Riggs in the famous "Battle of the Sexes" match in 1973, the subject of the new movie starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell. "I think there's a lot of misogyny - I think it's higher now than it was," King said in an interview Tuesday...
  • 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 Ł18,500 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 Ł11,581. 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 Ł100million ($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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