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Is The Election Of Donald Trump An Unlikely Victory For Tennis?

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Donald Trumph’s unprecedented win in the U.S election has sent shockwaves around the world. Few believed that a man marred by a series of high-profile controversies could become a political heavyweight. It is unclear as to what a Trump presidency will look like, but one winner could be the tennis community.

 

Famous for his business activities, TV appearances and questionable actions around women, Trump has been a lifelong tennis fan. In the late 1990’s he made headlines after agreeing to manage teenage tennis prodigy Monique Viele, his first and only experience in managing an athlete. Unfortunately for Trump, Viele failed to breakthrough on the main circuit, peaking at a ranking high of 817th in 2000.

Trump’s unsuccessful venture with Viele failed to deter his passion for the sport. A regular attendee at the US Open (despite the booing from the crowd), another high-profile activity of his in the tennis world was in a promotional campaign with the WTA. In 2012 Trump starred alongside Aretha Franklin and Richard Branson in a video supporting the ‘strong is beautiful’ campaign.

“I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know some of the stars of women’s tennis in the last few years and they are not just amazing athletes, but great people. I love the sport and am happy to participate in the campaign,” Trump said.

At the time there was some criticisms surrounding his appearance in the video. Especially by those concerned about his interaction and treatment of women. Nevertheless, like his presidential campaign, Trump dodged the critics and continued doing things on his own terms.

It isn’t just women’s tennis that has sparked the interest of Trump. Barry Buss is a former tennis professional turned tennis writer. In July, Buss sized upon his chance of talking with Trump about Sam Querrey’s performance at the Wimbledon Championships (prior to his win over Novak Djokovic). When he started to talk about the subject, Buss was greeted with a lengthy (and confusing) rambling from Trump.

“I know Yosemite Sam. Total winner. He’s more Soft Sam. Hell, he loses the coin toss, guy just goes away. Soft Sam. He just looks defeated when he walks on the court, shoulders always slumped over. Shortest tall guy I know, Soft Sam. Going gets tough, Sam gets going. You always know with Sam if you just look at him funny he goes away. Gutless. Gutless Sam. Soft Sam. No fight, all flight. Surprised somebody who loses that much would still be playing to be honest.” Said Trump.

Starting with what appears to be an attack on the world No.31, in true ‘Trump logic’ he ended the conversation by praising the ability of Querrey and even went to the extend of comparing himself to the tennis player.

“I like Sam. Big guy. Nice guy. Shouldn’t have to go on a dating show to get a date though, right? Southern California tennis pro. He should be swatting em away with Babolats. Not sure what the problem is there. Maybe its different for guys who don’t win all the time like me. I wouldn’t know. But nice guy. Little soft. Soft Sam. But he takes his losses well.”

It could be said that Trump’s confusing analysis of Querrey is identical to some of the questionable policies he set out throughout his presidential campaign. The difference is that in this scenario, he can’t be criticised for expressing his own opinion and showing passion for the subject.

The saying ‘there is no such thing as bad publicity’ is one that can be applied to Trump and the world of tennis. Looking back at the previous presidency, Barack Obama’s interest and love for basketball was something that was invaluable for the NBA. Earlier this year Adam Silver (commissioner of the NBA) admitted that his interest was something that helped expand the appeal of the league beyond the USA.

“No question about it, having the president of the United States be a huge basketball fan has made a huge difference to us,” Silver told cluchpoints.com.
“I think even especially outside of the United States, where the people associate basketball with American culture and it’s iconic, and the fact that people know he watches games and he’s a Chicago Bulls fan has been really impactful.”

He may not be the most popular man in the world, but having the endorsement of the U.S President in the tennis community will never harm their future prospects. Even if it is Donald Trump.

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Kiki Bertens Believes In Stability And Trust Ahead Of 2020 Season

Kiki Bertens looks for stability in hope of grand slam success in 2020.

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Kiki Bertens believes stability and trust is the key to success ahead of the 2020 season despite a time of change for the Dutchwoman. 

 

A time of change is approaching for Kiki Bertens as she recently just got married to her physical trainer Remko De Rijke.

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It’s not only off the court, change is approaching for the former Wimbledon quarter-finalist as her and coach Raemon Sluiter parted ways during the off-season.

After the split it would have been easy for Bertens to make a radical change to her coaching team but that is not her style as she has promoted Elise Tamaela to a main coaching role.

Even through a time of change, Bertens believes stability is crucial to success, “It takes me a while to be able to trust someone,” she admitted to Dutch website De Telegraaf. 

“And I don’t want to spend that time on something like that. We’re going to continue in the same way for next year. The results were not as expected in the Grand Slams but I had other good weeks. It’s really not that I felt different playing in the Slams than in other weeks in which I could win titles.”

Although the formula to winning a grand slam has yet to be solved, the world number nine has achieved great consistency having won 55 matches in 2019, which also included the biggest title of her career in Madrid.

A new era await for Bertens with her new coach and plenty of praise was given to Elise Tamaela ahead of the new season, “For me the most important thing is that that person knows a lot about tennis. I have to be able to fully trust her,” Bertens said.

“To be able to laugh with that person, eat with her. I prefer to keep the equipment to the minimum possible and be able to feel comfortable in terms of confidence. Sometimes more people in the team only bring more opinions. And that style is not mine.”

This simplistic formula has worked for Bertens in the past and as the 2020 season approaches, she’s not looking to change it.

However will inexperience lead to the same results at grand slams, with the level of the Women’s game rising, Bertens may find that breaking the boundaries of stability is needed.

The former world number four will start her march towards more glory in Brisbane on the 6th of January.

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Caroline Wozniacki Announces Retirement After Australian Open

Caroline Wozniacki has announced that she will retire from tennis after the Australian Open in January.

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Caroline Wozniacki has announced that she will retire from tennis after the Australian Open as a new chapter in her life approaches. 

 

The Dane won 30 WTA singles titles in her career and spent 71 weeks as world number one although a grand slam had haunted her for most of her career.

However that changed in 2018 after an epic win over Simona Halep sealed a dream come true as she won her first grand slam at the Australian Open.

Since winning her maiden slam though, it has been an uphill struggle on the court for Wozniacki as she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.

Some days the former world number one and on some days, it is a constant battle for her to even wake up in the morning.

Now with other priorities taking over having been married to former NBA player David Lee since June and already studying Business at Harvard, Wozniacki today took the decision to retire from tennis after the Australian Open.

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In a statement on Instagram, Woznaicki told her followers that she had accomplished everything she wanted to and looks forward to the future, “I’ve accomplished everything I could ever dream of on the court,” she said.

“I’ve always told myself, when the time comes, that there are things away from tennis that I want to do more, then it’s time to be done. In recent months, I’ve realized that there is a lot more in life that I’d like to accomplish off the court.

“Getting married to David was one of those goals and starting a family with him while continuing to travel the world and helping raise awareness about rheumatoid arthritis (project upcoming) are all passions of mine moving forward.

“This has nothing to do with my health and this isn’t a goodbye, I look forward to sharing my exciting journey ahead with all of you!

“Finally, I want to thank with all my heart, the fans, my friends, my sponsors, my team, especially my father as my coach, my husband, and my family for decades of support! Without all of you I could have never have done this!”

Although this retirement may have been coming, not many people would have predicted it would come at the scene of her grand slam breakthrough.

Now in the last stretch of her career, the Dane will want to finish on a high as she looks to celebrate a career that has lasted nearly 15 years.

 

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Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep and Venus Williams are the stand-out names in Adelaide

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Four top 10 players Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova and Kiki Bertens and former Grand Slam champions Venus Williams and Angelique Kerber will grab the headlines at the Adelaide International from 12 to 18 January 2020.

 

A total of seven Grand Slam champions and five former world number one players will take part in the Adelaide WTA tourament.

This year’s Roland Garros champion Ashleigh Barty leads a star-studded line-up, which includes 2019 Wimbledon champion Simona Halep, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, Kiki Bertens and seven other members of the top 20.

The Main Draw also features Sofia Kenin, Alison Riske, Sloane Stephens and Danielle Collins, World Number 30 Quang Wang. World Number 12 and this Rome WTA Premier finalist Johanna Konta will play her first tournament since the US Open following a knee injury.

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams has been announced as the Top 20 wildcard.

“It is always exciting to play at a new tournament in front of new fans. I have had so many memorable times times in Australia over the years and I am looking forward to discovering Adelaide and all it has to offer”, said Venus Williams.

The men’s line-up includes 2019 Australian Open and Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, Alex De Minaur, Lucas Pouille and Andrey Rublev.

“The full list of players is a real who’s who of tennis, from Australia’s favourite Ashleigh Barty to the iconic Venus Williams, right through to the young talent of Alex De Minaur and the experienced campaigner Novak Djokovic in the men’s field”, said South Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment David Ridgway.

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