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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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Iga Swiatek Demands Talks With ITF And WTA After Withdrawing From Billie Jean King Cup

Iga Swiatek is not happy with the ITF and WTA after withdrawing from the Billie Jean King Cup Finals.

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The world number one has announced that she will not compete at the Billie Jean King Cup Finals in November after criticising tennis’ governing bodies for not looking after player welfare.

 

The event is set to take place the week after the WTA Finals in Glasgow which causes a huge problem and obstacle for many players.

This is definitely the case for Swiatek who has qualified for the WTA Finals which takes place in Texas on the 31st of October.

A huge dilemma which now means Swiatek will not compete for her country at the Billie Jean King Cup.

Speaking on Instagram the Pole criticised the decision from the ITF and WTA and wants to speak to them about player welfare to prevent future decisions from happening, “I was thinking it through a lot and discussing it with my team all over again, but I will not be able to play at the Billie Jean King Cup in Glasgow,” Swiatek said in her Instagram story.

“And it makes me sad. I’m very sorry because I play for Poland whenever it’s possible and I always give it my best. Playing in Poland this year was an honour and I hoped to do this again at the end of the season.

“I’m disappointed that tennis governing bodies didn’t come to an agreement on something as basic as the calendar of tournaments, giving us only one day to travel through the globe and changing the time zone. This situation is not safe for our health and could cause injury.

“I’m going to talk to the WTA and ITF in order to change something. This situation is difficult not only for the players like me, but mainly for the tennis fans that support our fans.”

It’s clear Swiatek wants change in terms of player welfare and communication between governing bodies on how to facilitate the schedule.

However Swiatek now turns her attention to preparing for the WTA Finals and first up for the Pole is Ostrava this week.

In her opening match Swiatek will face either Ajla Tomljanovic or Shuai Zhang.

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Cameron Norrie Withdraws From Tokyo After COVID Positive Test

Cameron Norrie will miss the rest of the Asian swing due to COVID.

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After withdrawing from his quarter-final in Seoul, Cameron Norrie has now withdrawn from the ATP 500 event in Tokyo.

 

The Brit’s absence from the latter stages of the ATP 250 event in South Korea, raised eyebrows with Norrie suffering from illness.

However Norrie then withdraw from the ATP 500 event in Tokyo where he was due to play Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Now his absence has been explained as Norrie confirmed on social media that he tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement originally posted on Instagram, Norrie explained he had no symptoms but has to quarantine in his hotel room in Seoul, “Unfortunately I had a positive COVID test in Korea and wasn’t able to compete in the rest of my matches,” Norrie said.

“I have no symptoms and I am feeling 100%. It’s been a complicated situation and I appreciate the Republic of Korea trying their best to be amicable in a very tough situation.

“I was really hoping to go to Tokyo but because of the quarantine period I will not be able to play there. Looking forward to getting back to Europe for the indoors. See you guys soon!”

This is the second time Norrie has tested positive for COVID with the first time being before the start of the season.

Norrie’s scheduled next tournament will be in Stockholm which will take place on the 17th of October.

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Carlos Alcaraz Faces Rune Test In Astana

Carlos Alcaraz leads a stacked field in Astana next week.

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Carlos Alcaraz returns to the ATP tour next week in Astana next week where he faces Danish talent Holger Rune.

 

The world number one plays his first ATP tournament since winning his first Grand Slam title at the US Open and becoming the youngest world number one in history.

Having qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals, Alcaraz will now look to build momentum over the coming weeks for the event in Turin.

First up for Alcaraz is the ATP 500 event in Astana next week where the Spaniard faces a tough opening round in the form of Danish talent Holger Rune.

The Dane reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final at Roland Garros earlier this year but had struggled for form since then.

However Rune has reached the semi-finals in Sofia this week and is hitting form at the right time so this will be a big test for Alcaraz.

Should Alcaraz get through that test than a potential second round meeting with Stan Wawrinka could be on the cards with the Swiss wildcard facing Adrian Mannarino in his opening match.

Andrey Rublev is the player that could face Alcaraz in the last eight with the eighth seed facing a qualifier in his opening round match.

Rublev is one of a number of players who are chasing the remaining spots at the Nitto ATP Finals.

Also in the top half of the draw is Stefanos Tsitsipas and Hubert Hurkacz with Tsitsipas facing Mikhail Kukushkin.

While Hurkacz faces Francisco Cerundolo and a potential second round match against home favourite Alexander Bublik could await in round two.

In the bottom half of the draw, Novak Djokovic will continue his search for a surge up the rankings against Cristian Garin.

Djokovic’s potential quarter-final is Jannik Sinner who begins against tricky serve and volleyer Oscar Otte.

Daniil Medvedev is also taking part in a stacked field in Astana as he faces Albert Ramos-Vinolas in his opening round match.

In the bottom quarter there is also an intriguing opening round match between Felix Auger-Aliassime and Roberto Bautista Agut.

Here is the full draw with play starting on Monday:

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