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Roger Federer Ushers In New Era Of Clothing Sponsorship With Emphatic Win At Wimbledon

The top seed unveiled a brand new development in his career within seconds of walking on the court.



Eight-time Wimbledon Champion Roger Federer has kicked-off his 2018 campaign with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-4, win over Dusan Lajovic. Although the main talking point of the match was what he was wearing.

The Swiss 36-year-old walked onto Centre Court wearing the UNIQLO label on his t-shirt. Confirming after recent speculation that has has agreed a new contract with the Japanese company. Earlier this year Federer’s decade-long contract with Nike experienced in March. No financial details have been officially provided about the deal, although one ESPN source claims it could be worth as much as $300 million over 10 years. UNIQLO is projected to raise $29 billion in revenue by 2020. What is even more intriguing is the reported clause that says Federer will still be paid regardless of if he plays or not.

“I am deeply committed to tennis and winning championships. A bit like UNIQLO, I also have a love for life, culture and humanity. We share a strong passion to have a positive impact on the world around us and look forward to combining our creative adventures.” Federer said in a statement.

At the All-England Club it was a near-perfect performance to coincide with the announcement. The top seed was in clinical form against Lajovic. Making the world No.57 look somewhat ordinary on the premier court of the tournament.  Winning 83% of his service points and hitting 35 winners to only 16 unforced errors.

“I’m very happy. I felt good from the start, which was nice. This was not the case against him (Lajovic) last year (at Wimbledon). I remember I struggled against him a lot early on.” Federer told the BBC.
“I felt at home again and it was a really nice feeling. I got the early break in each set and then I was able to bring it home. I’m very happy with my focus,  as well as, point-to-point mentality. “

During the opening set, Federer lost just three points behind his serve. Putting all the pressure onto Lajovic. Racing to a double break advantage on his way to a 5-1 lead, Federer finally encountered some stern resistance. Some clever play from the Serbian saw him valiantly fend off a trio of set points. Nevertheless, Federer refused to let his momentum be halted. Hitting a forehand winner that painted the baseline on his fourth set point to clinch the opening set.

Federer’s ability to dictate play and bully his opponent around the court continued. Claiming the first three games of set number two before Lajovic finally ended the streak. Unfortunately for the Serbian he lacked the tools to tame Federer’s approach to the match on a consistent basis. Enabling the Swiss No.1 to move two sets up after just 49 minutes of play.

Strolling towards his 92nd win in the tournament, Federer refused to take his foot off the pedal. Breaking once more to close in on the win at the start of the third frame. Admirably Lajovic kept fighting, but it only delayed the inevitable. After just 79 minutes of play, Federer sealed the win after a lob from his opponent landed out.

“I’m very happy to be playing in front of my children. It is probably the most special thing for me.” The world No.2 reflected afterwards.
“It doesn’t matter who else is in the stadium, if the kids are there it’s very exciting.
“I get amazing fan support around the world. If I am still playing today, it is because of the fans.” He added.

Federer will play either Lukas Lacko or Benjamin Bonzi in the second round.


Jack Draper Wins In Stuttgart, Potentially Faces Andy Murray in Round Two



Jack Draper – ATP Monaco di Baviera 2024 (foto via Twitter @atptour)

Britain’s Jack Draper tight first round win headlined the opening day’s results at the Boss Open 2024 in Stuttgart – and possibly faces a second-round match with Andy Murray who takes on Marcos Giron tomorrow.

Less than 24 hours from the last ball being hit at Roland Garros, the ATP Tour had already switched surfaces onto the grass, and 22-year-old Draper was well tested but ultimately came through in two tie-breakers over Sebastian Ofner.

The sixth seed’s 7-6, 7-6 win contained just one break of serve each, both coming in the second set, as serve dominated proceedings on the faster grass courts in Germany.

While the Austrian won 75% on his first serve, Draper won a whopping 89% behind his first delivery as well as hitting eight aces. These kind of service stats will surely take him far during the grass court season.

“I thought it was a really good match,” Eurosport quoted Draper saying after his match. 
“Both of us played really clean tennis, executing really well.
“When it came down to it, I’m glad I competed really well and got over the line – it’s good to be back on the grass as well.”

There were also wins for Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann who won 6-3, 6-3 over wildcard Henri Squire, while compatriot Dominik Koepfer won in three sets over China’s Zhizhen Zhang 4-6, 7-6, 7-6. 

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Carlos Alcaraz Still Owns A Magical Racket



The legend of Carlos Alcaraz and his magical racket lives on.

The 21-year-old Spaniard executed one magical shot after another with his racket and legs  Sunday afternoon in the French Open final. That bit of magic spelled defeat for Germany’s Alexander Zverev.

This was a final to remember, one of the great matches of all the Grand Slams. It just wasn’t in the cards for the 26-year-old Zverev to finally win a Grand Slam title.


Both players seemed to play a game of “he had it and then he didn’t.”

Alcaraz appeared to have everything under control in the first set, but Zverev rushed through the second set and then made a comeback from 5-2 down in the third set to win five straight games.

Zverev had everything going for him when he started the fourth set with a two-set advantage. It appeared that all the 6-6 Zverev had to do was to continue playing his masterful game of big serves and mighty ground strokes.

But Zverev couldn’t get started in the fourth set until he was down 4-0. So much for a smooth and easy ride to a Grand Slam title. By then, the magic of Alcaraz was heating up.


Zverev still had his chances, even when he fell behind 2-1 in the fifth set. He had to feel pretty good about his chances when he took a triple break point lead against Alcaraz’s serve and appeared ready to even the set at 2-2. Even after Carlos came up with a winner to bring the  game score to double break point.

Zverev still was ready to even the entire match.

That’s when everything seemed to go haywire for the German, while all the while, Alcaraz was able to repeatedly come up with his magical shots as the Spaniard made critical shots that looked almost impossible to make.


Everything for Zverev was lost in the magical racket of Alcaraz.

What was then initially called a game-ending Alcaraz double fault and a 2-2 deadlock quicky reversed itself and Alcaraz stayed alive by winning the next three points while taking a 3-1 advantage.

Zverev did get back to a 3-2 deficit and had a break point in the sixth game, but that was it for the hopes of Zverev. The last two games went rather easily in favor of Alcaraz to wrap up a 6-3, 2-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 victory for Alcaraz.

That moved the Spaniard to a higher level of success on the ATP Tour. He became the youngest man to win Grand Slam titles on all of the different surfaces, clay, grass and hard courts.

Carlos Alcaraz and his magical racket appear to be headed for greatness.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award  for print media. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at 

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Tsitsipas Brothers Hit With Trio Of Fines At French Open



Stefanos Tsitsipas and his brother Petros have been fined more than 20,000 euros for multiple violations of the coaching rules at this year’s French Open. 

The brothers received a financial penalty during three different matches that they played in. Two of those were in the second and third rounds of the men’s doubles tournament. Furthermore, Stefanos was also penalised during his singles quarter-final match against Carlos Alcaraz, which he lost in straight sets. According to French newspaper L’Equipe, all three of those fines were issued as a result of coaching rules being broken.

Ironically, coaching is allowed during matches at the French Open but certain rules must be followed. ‘Verbal’ coaching can only be issued from the coaches and their team if they are sitting in the designated player’s box. Instructions must be limited to a few words and can only be given if the player is in the same half of the court as their coach. Although non-verbal coaching is allowed regardless of what side the player is on. Finally, players can’t start a conversation with their coach unless it is during a medical break, a bathroom break or when their opponent is changing clothes.

However, the Tsitsipas brothers have been found in violation of these rules, which is likely due to their animated father in the stands who is also their coach. Apostolos Tsitsipas has been given coaching violations in the past at other events, including the 2022 Australian Open. 

The value of the fines are €4,600 and €9,200 for the Tsitsipas brothers in the doubles, as well as an additional €7,400 just for Stefanos in the singles. In total, the value of their fines is €21,200. However, the penalty is unlikely to have an impact on the duo whose combined earnings for playing in this year’s French Open amount to roughly €495,000. 

So far in the tournament, the highest single fine to be issued this year was against Terence Atmane who hit a ball out of frustration that struck a fan in the stands. Atmane, who later apologised for his actions, managed to avoid getting disqualified from the match. Instead, he was fined €23,000. 

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