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Garbine Muguruza reacts after winning the women’s singles final match against Timea Bacsinszky at the China Open. (image via Reuters/Stringer)

Garbine Muguruza has risen to fourth in the world following her recent triumph at the China Open where she beat Timea Bacsinszky in the final.

 

Muguruza is just one point behind world No.3 Maria Sharapova. Following her win in China, the prime minister of Spain, Mariano Rajoy, sent out a personal telegram to congratulate the 22-year-old.

This major title won in the Chinese tournament, the second of your career, gives Spain enormous hope for your participation in the last tournament of the season, the Singapore Masters, which brings together the eight best players in the world and which, after fourteen years, has again a young Spanish hope. You are a real source of pride for all Spaniards”. He wrote.

This year Muguruza became the first Spanish women in fifteen years to reach the final of a Grand Slam. She have so far risen 17 places from her end of season ranking last year. Prior to the China Open, the 22-year-old also reached the final of the Wuhan Open but she was forced to retire during the early stages of the second set due to an ankle injury. Shortly after her win in China, which also guaranteed her place in the end of year finals in Singapore, Muguruza spoke of her delight.

I’m really happy. A lot has happened in this tour of Asia. But it was great to experience it and learn from it. And in the end, I won a final and I qualified for Singapore” She said.

Muguruza was listed to play in the Hong Kong Open this week, but was forced to withdraw due to an ankle injury.

Current top 10

1 Williams, Serena 11285
2 Halep, Simona 6580
3 Sharapova, Maria 4691
4 Muguruza, Garbiñe 4690
5 Kvitova, Petra 3860
6 Radwanska, Agnieszka 3515
7 Safarova, Lucie 3405
8 Pennetta, Flavia 3372
9 Kerber, Angelique 3330
10 Bacsinszky, Timea 3157

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Consumer Group Launches Legal Complaint Against Roger Federer Over ‘Stealth Advertising’

The 20-time grand slam champion has been accused of deliberately advertising on social media without informing his followers.

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A legal complaint has been submitted in Switzerland by a consumer organisation which accuses Roger Federer and others of secretly advertising brands on social media.

 

On Monday the Swiss Foundation for Consumer Protection published a statement criticising a string of celebrities for something they describe as ‘stealth advertising.’ This is when somebody uploads a social media post to promote a brand or product, but doesn’t say that it is an advert. Federer is one of a series of high-profile Swiss celebrities that has been mentioned in the legal document.

“In a video, Roger Federer shows the logo of his clothing supplier, snowboarder Iouri Podladtchikov has himself photographed at the entrance to a clothing store, [model/actress/TV host] Michelle Hunziker thanks various shops for their support at a fashion shoot, cyclist Jolanda Neff distributes a contribution from a credit card company and influencer Xenia Tchoumitcheva promotes jewellery. All of these contributions lack any indication that they are advertising,” a statement translated by SWI reads.

The goal of those filing the complaint is to force the Swiss government to tighten up their laws when it comes to online advertising. Something that has been done in other European countries. In Great Britain, the Advertising Standards Agency has published guidelines for social media influencers about how they can stay within the regulation of national law. Under Swiss laws, advertising must be properly labelled, however, it does not specify how.

Responding to the allegations made against Federer, his lawyer has since dismissed the case. In a statement published by newspaper Blick, Federer’s attorney said the world No.3 always uses social media in an ‘authentic and spontaneous’ way.

“At this point we do not express our content regarding the pending proceedings, but we are convinced that the complaints will be rejected. Basically, we want to state that Roger Federer uses his social media accounts authentically and spontaneously to communicate with his fans. He always informs the public transparently about his sponsoring activities.”

The 37-year-old is one of the highest paid athletes in the world. Forbes Magazine lists Federer as the fifth highest paid person in the world of sport this year with earnings of $93.4M, including $86M from endorsements alone. His sponsors includes a 10-year deal with Uniqlo, Credit Suisse, Mercedes-Benz and Rolex.

Federer has made no comment regarding the allegation so far.

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Rafael Nadal Slams Wimbledon Seeding Policy

The former world No.1 believes the system used at the grand slam is unfair on player’s.

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World No.2 Rafael Nadal has said it ‘doesn’t seem right’ that Wimbledon has their own rules when it comes to deciding where a player will be seeded at the grand slam.

 

Nadal, who hasn’t played a competitive match since winning the French Open, is currently ranked second in the world. However, at The All England Club he will be the third seed based on the seeding formula. Meaning he will likely play Novak Djokovic in the semifinals should they both reach that stage. The formula takes into account all the points players have won at grass-court events over the past 12 months and 75% of the points won at those events played 12 months prior.

“It’s the usual thing,” Nadal said during an interview with Movistar Plus.
“Wimbledon is the only tournament of the year where they do whatever they want (with the seedings) in that sense.
“Whatever it is, whether I’m two or three, I’ll have to be at my best and will fight to win the games I’m involved in.
“The only thing that doesn’t seem right is that it’s only Wimbledon that does this. It’s not just for me, it’s for other players too.
“They don’t respect the status that players have earned throughout the season.”

Overtaking Nadal in second spot is eight-time champion Roger Federer. Following his win against David Goffin in Halle on Sunday, the Swiss insisted that the boost to his seeding makes little difference to his chances of winning. Federer has won the title more than any other person in the history of men’s tennis.

“It might make no difference if Rafa is in my section,” he said.
“I guess you could say I avoid Novak in the semis. But at the end of the day that is so far away.
“What it helps me [to do] is plan earlier. That’s it.”

This year Nadal is bidding to win his third Wimbledon trophy and first since 2010. He hasn’t played in the final at The All England Club since 2011, but did reach the semi-finals last year. He is the only man from his country to win the Championships in the Open Era.

Looking ahead to this year’s draw, Nadal believes there are ‘more chances of a surprise’ in the major compared to the others. However, Wimbledon has been won by a member of the Big four for the past 16 years. The last person to buckle that trend was Lleyton Hewitt back in 2002.

“The candidates to win I suppose are [Roger] Federer, [Novak] Djokovic, and there are young players who are playing well,” Nadal previewed.
“We’ll have to see how they compete.
“It’s a special tournament, different from the rest, and there are more chances of a surprise. It’s a unique tournament.”

The Wimbledon Championships will get underway on Monday. Officials will publish the list of men’s seeds tomorrow.

How are the men’s seeds calculated?

  1. Take the ATP Ranking points at 24 June 2019
  2. Add 100% of the points earned for all grass court tournaments in the immediate past 12 months period prior to 24 June 2019
  3. Add 75% of the points earned for the best grass court tournament in the 12 months prior to that

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Marcos Baghdatis Announces Retirement After Wimbledon

Marcos Baghdatis has announced that he will retire after this year’s Wimbledon.

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Marcos Baghdatis has announced that he will retire from tennis after competing at this year’s Wimbledon. 

 

The 34 year-old Cypriot has been playing on the tour 16 years now and has had a stellar career which has seen him be a grand slam finalist as well as reach a career high ranking of eight in the world.

However, his ranking has dipped to 138 in the world having only won three matches on the ATP World Tour this year.

Therefore it was surprising to say the least when he received a wildcard for Wimbledon this year as his last ATP tournament was in Dubai in February.

But now the reason for the wildcard is that Baghdatis is retiring from tennis after the last tournament of his career at SW19 in a couple of weeks time.

The Cypriot took to Facebook and his website to address his fans and explain the reason for his decision to retire:

“I wanted to take the time to write to you all and let you know that this upcoming Wimbledon will be my last tournament as a tennis professional,” Baghdatis explained in his statement.

“I am extremely grateful to the AELTC for granting me a Main Draw Wild-Card at the All England Club, and giving me a chance to say goodbye to the sport that I love so much and has been such a big part of my life for the last 30+ years.

“This decision was not an easy one. It has proven tough for me, especially physically, to come back to where I feel like I belong. Even though my mind wants to do it, the limits of my body have prevented me to maintain and play at a consistent high level as I expect from myself. Especially the last two years have been very difficult for me with recurring injuries and pain.

“Besides that, I have a beautiful wife, two young daughters, and a third child on the way and I could not be more excited to spend more time with all of them at home. Although I am sad to say goodbye to the sport as an active player, I am very excited for the next chapter of my life – I am going to be staying heavily involved in tennis in a number of capacities, so you will continue to see me on the tour.

“Lastly, there are so many people to thank who have been a part of this incredible journey with me, starting with my family first and for all. To all the people that have helped me become the person and tennis player I am today, I say thank you, especially to my Mum and Dad who supported me since the age of 3 to play tennis.

“Thank you for always believing in me and pushing me to become better. My team, my close friends, but especially the fans around the world. You made me feel welcome in each and every city and country I have ever been to, and your love, support, and energy is something I will truly miss.”

After winning four career ATP titles and reaching a grand slam final, the Cypriot has obviously reached a decision to retire and have one final moment in the headlines at Wimbledon.

The 34 year-old will hope for a good draw as Wimbledon starts on Monday the 1st of July.

 

 

 

 

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