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Bits & Pieces from the World of Tennis: 7th of April 2014

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TENNIS – Bits & Pieces from the World of Tennis. Andrea Petkovic won the Family Circle Cup in Charleston. Ana Ivanovic won in Monterrey. Will Farrell wto be Riggs in “Battle of the sexes”. Wawrinka collects an award. Haas and Ferrer celebrate their birthday this week and who is playing where this week. Joshua Bosco

 

Charleston & Monterrey champions

The Family Circle Cup was won by Andrea Petkovic, who beat Jana Cepelova 7-5 6-2 in 1h 19m. Both players had a fantastic week in Charleston, with Cepelova beating Serena Williams, Vesnina and Hantuchova before defeating Bencic in the semi-final, while Petkovic beat Lisicki, Safarova and Bouchard playing some of her best tennis in quite some time.

Ana Ivanovic beat Jovana Jaksic 6-2 6-1 in an all-Serb final to win the Monterrey Open. Jaksic defeated the “Godmother of the WTA Tour” Kimiko Date Krumm to reach her first WTA career final, while Ivanovic battled past Caroline Wozniacki with a 7-6(5) 6-4 win: it was her sixth Top 20 win this season and the third against a former World No.1.

Tennis goes to Hollywood

Famous American actor and comedian Will Ferrell will play Bobby Riggs in “Match Maker” – an upcoming movie drama about the 1973 ‘Battle of the Sexes’ tennis match, where Riggs played Billie Jean King.

Riggs was World No.1 in 1939 and then again as a professional in 1946 and 1947. He won the US Open twice and completed a Wimbledon triple in 1939, capturing the singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles.

At 55 years old he seized an opportunity to make some money and draw attention to the sport of tennis when he challenged the then World No.1 Margaret Court and beat her 6-2 6-1. After the match, King came forward and agreed to play him, having refused a previous offer and the pair met four months later in Houston. Billie Jean King won the match, later marred by controversies, 6-4 6-3 6-3 and also claimed a winner-take-all prize of $100,000.

Davis Cup Commitment Awards

Swiss tennis star and 2014 Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka headlined the latest group of recipients of the Davis Cup Commitment Award, an honour presented to Davis Cup players who have competed in a minimum of 20 home-and-away ties or 50 ties at any level of the competition over their career.

This new award was presented for the first time as part of the of the ITF’s centenary celebrations in 2013: among the initial recipients were Italian legend Nicola Pietrangeli -who has played 66 ties for his country – and San Marino’s Domenico Vicini who, with a total of 89, holds the record for most ties played in all levels of the competition.

This weekend Wawrinka, Japan’s Go Soeda, South Africa’s Rik de Voest, Slovak Republic’s Michal Mertinak and ten others were added to the list of 317 players who have already qualified to receive the award.

Happy Birthday

This week David Ferrer celebrated his 32nd birthday while Tommy Haas celebrated his birthday becoming one of only seven 36 year old players to be ranked in the Top 20.

He joins Australians Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall and Roy Emerson and Americans Arthur Ashe, Jimmy Connors and Andre Agassi in this elite list.

5) Who’s playing where

After last week’s pause for the Davis Cup, the ATP Tour resumes today with two 250 ATP World Tour events.

While many top names are taking a rest before Monte-Carlo, defending champion and top seed John Isner will be joined by Spaniards Robredo, Almagro, Verdasco and Lopez, Juan Monaco, Lleyton Hewitt and big server Ivo Karlovic in Houston for the US Men’s Clay Court Championships.

Other players, including top seed Kevin Anderson, French duo Monfils and Paire, Marcel Granollers and Robin Haase decided to stay closer to Monte-Carlo and will play in Casablanca at the 28th edition of the Grand Prix Hassan II.

In the week before the Fed Cup, the women will be divided between two tournaments, the Katowice Open and the Copa Colsanitas in Bogotá.

Polish No.1 Agnieszka Radwanska heads the field in Katowice where she will be joined by Roberta Vinci, Alize Cornet, Tsvetana Pironkova and Jovana Jaksic, who has received entry as a special exempt into the main draw after reaching the final in Monterrey.

Defending champion Jelena Jankovic, Sloane Stephens and Karin Knapp are the top seeds in Bogotá.

 

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Alejandro Davidovich Fokina beats Hubert Hurkacz to reach the quarter final in Montpellier

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Alejandro Davidovich Fokina came back from 1-3 in the opening set and converted four of the ten break points to claim a 7-5 6-2 win over Hubert Hurkacz in 1 hour and 34 minutes at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier. 

 

Hurkacz went up a break in the fourth game at deuce to take a 3-1 lead. Davidovich Fokina broke back in the fifth game at 15 and held serve to draw level to 3-3. Hurkacz saved a break point in the seventh game to hold serve after two deuces. Davidovich Fokina converted his second break point in the 11th game to win the first set 7-5. 

Hurkacz saved three break points in the third game of the second set, but Davidovich Fokina broke twice in the fifth and seventh games at deuce to win the final four games from 2-2 securing his spot in the quarter final. 

The 21-year-old Spanish player set up a quarter final against Egor Gerasimov, who knocked out Aljaz Bedene 6-4 7-6 (7-4) after 1 hour and 51 minutes. Bedene converted his second break point at deuce in the first game. Gerasimov broke back in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Gerasimov closed out the first set 6-4 with a break on his opportunity in the 10th game.

Bedene went up a break in the third game of the second set to take a 2-1 lead. Gerasimov broke back in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5. Gerasimov earned five match points at 6-1 in the tie-break. Bedene saved the first three chances, but Gerasimov closed out the tie-break 7-4 on his fourth opportunity. 

Roberto Bautista Agut cruised past Gregoire Barrère 6-0 6-3. The Spanish player built up a 6-0 2-0 lead with four consecutive breaks. Barrère came back by winning three consecutive games to take a 3-2 lead with a break in the fourth game. Bautista Agut reeled off four consecutive games with two consecutive breaks to win the second set 6-3 

Dennis Novak came back from 3-5 down by winning the final four games in the second set to beat Dusan Lajovic 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 after 1 hour and 35 minutes. Novak set up a quarter final clash against German Peter Gojowczyk, who came back from one set down to beat Juri Vesely 6-7 (3-7) 7-4 (7-4) 6-3 after 2 hours and 28 minutes. Gojowczyk hit 17 aces and won 86 % of his first service points. Gojowczyk saved four break points in the ninth game. Vesely earned two mini-breaks to win the tie-brek 7-3. The second set went on serve en route to the the tie-break. Gojowczyk earned one mini-break to win the tie-break 7-4. The German player converted his only break point in the second game to seal the third set 6-3.

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John Isner not happy with the cut in prize money for Miami Masters

John Isner took to Twitter to raise some issues about the ATP and latest state of affairs in Tennis.

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The American took to social media to vent his frustration saying it doesn’t make sense.

 

John Isner took to twitter today after hearing the news that the Miami Open will be cutting its prize money down with the singles champion only taking $300,110 with a first round loser only winning $10,000 in prize money.

Isner and many other players on tour believe the tournament should be forced to due an audit to truly reveal what their finances are and to see if they are hiding anything.

“How about a true audit to see how much tourneys are actually hurting and then a money formula after the event to reconcile?”

“Amazing we still don’t have this in a lot of our big events. How does that make any sense?” 

He also tweeted about the promoters saying the system the ATP uses is broken.

The American also spoke of the unfairness in the cuts the players are taking in comparison to the actual events.

“So players should take a 60% cut and 80% champions cut while ATP executives keep full salaries, benefits, and expense accounts? Make that make sense. Seems just a little bit hypocritical, don’t ya think?”.

Isner finally believes the players should benefit from the tournament not just in the short term but over a long tenure.

““Tennis is plagued by conflict and lack of transparency”

The tournament is scheduled for March 23rd at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami and the tournament has confirmed they won’t be doing a quarantine like the Australian Open.

The players will need to provide a negative PCR test to board a flight to the US and once they land they will be tested once again and isolate until a negative result is shown.

The players will only be allowed at the hotel and the venue and any player who doesn’t respect the rules will be subject to penalties and be withdrawn from the tournament.

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Novak Djokovic’s Father Accuses Serbian Media Of Promoting ‘Ugly News’ Started By English Journalists

Srdjan Djokovic has defended his son by making a series of claims and describes him as a godlike figure to many.

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The father Novak Djokovic has hit out at the media in both his home country and the western world for not giving enough respect towards his son over the past decade.

 

Srdjan Djokovic has spoken out about the treatment of the 18-time Grand Slam winner less than a week after he triumphed at the Australian Open. On Sunday Djokovic defeated Daniil Medvedev in straight sets to win the tournament for an historic ninth time in his career. On the same day as the triumph it was confirmed that he played the tournament whilst suffering from a tear in the abdominal area.

Despite Djokovic’s recent success, Srdjan believes the world’s media doesn’t praise the achievements of his son enough and focuses too much on the negative side. In the past the tennis star has been under fire over the Adria Tour which he co-founded and the formation of the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) aimed at supporting his peers on the Tour.

“The agony has been going on for 10 years and they have extended it for another year, instead of surrendering nicely and realising Novak is the best in the world and let it go. Novak is incomparable,” Srdjan told Kurir.rs.

Continuing to express his frustration further, Srdjan has accused Serbian journalists of not ‘glorying and celebrating’ Djokovic. Alleging that his country’s media are promoting what he describes as ‘ugly news’ which originated from England.

“There’s always something wrong. And you journalists in Serbia, ask yourself when you will have such a miracle as Novak. Why don’t you glorify and celebrate him, through his character and work – look at this, you journalists need to ask yourself, you are actually generating public opinion and that is what is required of you,” he said.
“But all the evils and upside down are on the front pages and successes are put aside. I guess something will change, you know if I let someone tell me, come on, do this, do that … Why are you transmitting that ugly news stated by journalists from England, why are you transmitting it in our media, let them do what they want and we do what we want.”

Besides the media, Djokovic’s father also claims that ‘every normal person in the world’ loves the world No.1 who he describes as a ‘deity.’ A word used to describe god or goddess. He attributes the support from Chinese fans as to why Djokovic has enjoyed success in the country. He has won a total of 11 ATP titles in China.

Srdjan also took aim at the lack of recognition the 33-year-old receives for his charitable actions through his own foundation and his support of his peers.

“He is not only fighting for himself and his interests, but for other tennis players who can barely make ends meet,” he stated.
“We record something about all of Novak’s nice manners during his entire career, how he says goodbye to the opponent, how he is towards the host, how he extends his hand and kisses the opponent when he loses. Which athlete does that?
“Rarely has anyone ever received an award for fair play, and you know how many such awards Federer has – about fifteen.”

Recently journalist Milomir Marić has claimed the Western World wants to prevent Djokovic from becoming the best tennis player in the world. Although it is unclear as to what evidence he has used to make this statement. However, Srdjan believes it is only a matter of time before his son becomes the GOAT.

“They will not stop because they must understand that Novak is finally the best tennis player of all time and they will have to accept that because it is a fact and he comes from Serbia,” he concluded.

The men’s all-time Grand Slam title tally is currently jointly held by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer who have 20 each. Next month Djokovic will break Federer’s record for the most weeks spent as world No.1 on the ATP Tour.

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