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Ion Tiriac Slams Federer, Williams And Equal Prize Money In Tennis

The 78-year-old has made a series of blunt remarks during a recent interview for a German Sports magazine.

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Romanian businessman and former tennis player Ion Tiriac has launched an attack on two of the biggest names in the world of tennis.

 

Tiriac, who won the 1970 French Open doubles title, has accused the 20-time grand slam champion Roger Federer of behaving inappropriately when it comes to choosing the tournaments he plays in. Recently the Swiss world No.2 confirmed that he will skip the clay-court season for a second year in a row. He said that his decision to do so was to rest his body ahead of the grass swing, where he will be defending titles in Halle and Wimbledon.

Federer’s choice has drawn a critical response from Tiriac. During an interview with German magazine Sport Bild, the 78-year-old said the approach wouldn’t be accepted in other sports.

“Roger Federer is certainly the best player ever, but he does not behave correctly.” Said Tiriac.
“I do not think his approach is fair. He just picks out the tournaments he’s playing. This is hardly conceivable in other sports.”

Tiriac then went on to compare Federer with Lewis Hamilton. Saying that the F1 driver doesn’t pick and chose which races he participates in. The 2018 F1 season is made up of 21 races occurring over an eight-month period.

It wasn’t just Federer who was attacked by a blunt-speaking Tiriac. Serena Williams was also criticised by the Romanian. Despite winning 72 WTA titles, Tiriac has complained about women’s  tennis lacking personalities. Saying that he would like to see somebody else other than Williams.

“With all due respect, but Serena Williams is 36 and 90 pounds I would like to see something else, I would like to see a player like Steffi Graf.” He said.

Equal prize money complaint

The Romanian has also hit out at equal prize money in the sport. Tiriac is the owner of the Madrid Open. A combined tournament played at the Caja Magica that is categorised as a Masters 1000 event for the men and as a Premier for the women. Both winners receive the same prize money. Although Tiriac is not a fan of the gesture despite fellow countrywoman Simona Halep winning the title the past two years.

“That’s where we mix politics with business. I’m hosting the tournament in Madrid, with the same prize money for men and women. But the revenue from women is only 25 percent. That’s a fact.” He said. “The men ask me: Ion, how long do you want to pay the women with my money?”

It is not the first time he has been vocal on equal pay. Last year he told reporters that he was against the idea of paying both men and women the same at combined tournaments. Claiming from a business perspective that it was not viable.

In grand slam tennis equal prize money has occurred at all the majors since Wimbledon 2007.

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Ubitennis looks ahead to the men’s final at this year’s Italian Open.

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Sunday will see the 54th instalment of one of the greatest rivalries of the Open Era at the Italian Masters in Rome.

 

Novak Djokovic will take on Rafael Nadal in the men’s final. Second seed Nadal is yet to drop a set in the tournament this week and brushed aside Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4, in his semi-final match. Meanwhile, Djokovic has endured a much tougher route. The world No.1 is currently on a eight-match winning streak. In his semi-final match, he ousted Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-3.

Whoever prevails at the Foro Italico will become the most decorated Masters 1000 champion in the Open Era. At present both Nadal and Djokovic have 33 Masters titles each.

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Novak Djokovic Keeps Faith Ahead Of Schwartzman Semi-Final In Rome

Novak Djokovic is keeping the faith as he looks forward to a semi-final match with Diego Schwartzman in Rome.

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World number one Novak Djokovic is keeping the faith ahead of his Rome semi-final against Diego Schwartzman. 

 

The four-time champion survived a massive test late last night as he battled past Juan Martin Del Potro 4-6 7-6(6) 6-4 in just over three hours.

After saving two match points the Serb proved to be too clinical as he clinched victory at about 1am in the morning on Saturday.

In a short interview after his match Djokovic said that keeping faith was important in his quarter-final victory, I never lost faith I could come back to the match,” Djokovic explained.

“One break of serve, mini break in the tiebreak when he was 6-4, more or less open forehand that he was making the entire match, that’s all it took for me to come back. I’m just really pleased to overcome.”

In addition to keeping mentally strong, Djokovic also praised Del Potro’s performance as he continues his recovery from a knee injury, “He was playing really good. I tried my best obviously all the way till the end,” Djokovic said.

I lost probably the positioning of the court over him. Towards the end of the first he just started hitting the ball really well from both corners. Also backhand side, backhand down the line. He was playing really well. Gave me a lot of trouble.”

Next up for Djokovic is Diego Schwartzman who is into his first ever masters 1000 semi-final and is yet to drop a set this week.

The Serb leads the head-to-head 2-0 although their last match went to five sets at Roland Garros a couple of years ago. It should be a fascinating match which takes place at 8pm local time as Djokovic looks to keep the faith heading into the French Open.

 

 

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Roger Federer Withdraws From Rome Quarters Due To Right Leg Injury

Roger Federer has withdrawn from his Rome quarter-final with a right leg injury after playing two matches yesterday.

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Roger Federer has withdrawn from his Rome quarter-final with Stefanos Tsitsipas due to a right leg injury. 

 

The 20-time grand slam champion spent a combined three hours and 51 minutes on court yesterday after wins over Joao Sousa and Borna Coric.

It was the Coric match in particular that was though as he saved two match points to edge the Croatian 9-7 in the last set tiebreak.

However we now know that has taken its toll on the 37 year-old, who has had to pull out of his anticipated quarter-final with Stefanos Tsitsipas due to a right leg injury.

Despite the withdrawal, Federer takes four good clay-court wins heading into Roland Garros, an event he will play for the first time since 2015.

As a result of the third seed’s withdrawal, Stefanos Tsitsipas now gets a walkover into the semi-finals where he will play either Fernando Verdasco or Rafael Nadal.

Of course Tsitsipas managed to beat Nadal in the Madrid semi-finals last week, as he looks to continue his momentum towards the French Open.

The other quarter-finals see Diego Schwartzman take on Kei Nishikori and Novak Djokovic faces Juan Martin Del Potro.

 

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