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Bernard Tomic Vows To Continue Legal Fight Against Wimbledon Fine

There appears to be no let up in the legal dispute despite the Grand Slam Board refusing to change their mind over the fine.

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Australia’s Bernard Tomic has accused officials of ‘mocking him’ after his appeal against a fine handed to him at the Wimbledon Championships was rejected.

 

Tomic was docked £45,000 following his first round loss to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at The All England Club for a lack of effort. Winning only seven games during the 58-minute match. The penalty means that he has been stripped of all the money he would have received for playing in the opening round of the grand slam. Something Tomic firmly denies as he blamed the performance on him feeling unwell.

“Flying from Turkey and losing in [the] quarter-finals [there], playing few matches in 40C heat and I was run down and became a bit unwell over the weekend,” Tomic told News Corp on July 7th.
“I then competed with one of the top five players on grass, losing 6-2, 6-1, 6-4. I didn’t lose 6-0, 6-0, 6-0.
“From the start of the match I knew I had very little chance because I was feeling down but I thought I would go on court to try [because] it’s Wimbledon.”

An appeal was then launched against the fine by Tomic, who was informed last week he was unsuccessful. Bill Babcock , who is the director of the Grand Slam Board, sent a letter detailing the explanation. In it, he criticised the behaviour of the world No.106.

“A review of your historical record of misconduct at grand slams, never mind elsewhere, provides little justification for an adjustment,” Babcock wrote.

As a compromise, Tomic was told he could be reimbursed 25% of the fine if he shows good behaviour at the next eight grand slam tournaments. Although Bobcock took a swipe at that proposal.

“Admittingly, I am sceptical that you can achieve this reform of grand slam on-court behaviour. Many others, no doubt, would be even more than just sceptical.”

Not the end

Responding to the decision, the 26-year-old has confirmed that he will continue to pursue legal action. Saying the rejection of his appeal was ‘mocking him.’ Other players have also sided with Tomic in the dispute. Both Nick Kyrgios and Novak Djokovic have said that the fine issued to him was too severe. Meanwhile, Tsonga described the penalty as ‘a bit too much.’

“They’re sort of mocking me with what they’re saying,” Tomic said.
“I don’t need 25 per cent in two years.
“I don’t need the money. It’s about what’s right.
“It’s not fair that I’ve been given one of the biggest fines in grand slam history when I didn’t receive one code violation in the match.
“I told them after the match that I was feeling unwell.”

It is unclear as to what the next step will be for the former top 20 player. Although he has said any money he wins in an appeal will be given to charity.

“I am taking legal advice on this. Any prize money that I get back, I’ll give to children charities in Australia.” he stated.

Since the fine, Tomic has played two tournaments on the tour. At the Winnipeg Challenger, where he was the top seed, Tomic lost in the third round. Then at the Hall of Fame Championships in Newport, he lost in the first round to Ilya Ivashka.

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Janko Tipsarevic retires from tennis

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Janko Tipsarevic has announced that he will retire from professional tennis at the age of 35 next November. The Belgrade native enjoyed his best seasons in 2011, when he qualified for the ATP Finals, and in 2012, when he reached the quarter final at the US Open for the second consecutive year. In 2012 he reached the quarter final or better in 14 tournaments, including the semifinal at Masters 1000 tournaments in Madrid and Toronto.

 

He reached his best ranking of world number 8 in April 2012 after qualifying for the quarter final in Miami. He won four titles in his career and reached the fourth round at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and Australian Open.

He returned to action at the Australian Open last January after a long absence of 16 months following two harmstring surgeries. The Serbian player lost to Grigor Dimitrov in the first round at the Australian Open. Later this year he reached the quarter final in Houston.

Tipsarevic is planning after the Davis Cup finals in Madrid next November.

“It has been a great 16 years. After a lot of sour searching and thinking what is important to me in this stage of my life and what does make make me happy, I have decided to retire from professional tennis. My last competition will be the Davis Cup in Madrid. In the following years my focus will be my family, franchising our Tennis Academy and International coaching for several weeks per year. Thank you for your ongoing support”, announced Tipsarevic via social media.

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Intriguing Team-Ups Lure Eyes Doubles’ Way. Will They Stay For The Problems, Too?

Will the recent surge in high-profile double partnerships have any impact on the long term future of the discipline?

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In one of his press conferences at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati, Andy Murray said he would not be playing the US Open. His announcement came a day or so after his initial declaration that he would be playing only the two doubles events in the final Major of the season. A few things came out of Murray’s remarks. The first and the obvious was that the former world no. 1 was ready to give it his all (yet again) to play singles. The second, the understated aspect, was that doubles while seeming easy vis-à-vis singles required just as much focus, if not more. Then, there was a third.

 

In tennis’ continuity though, the relevance of the doubles game is not a recent epiphany. However, the last few tournaments of the 2019 season that featured some eclectic partnerships – Stefanos Tsitispas and Nick Kyrgios, Andy Murray and Feliciano Lopez, the Pliskova twins, Andy and Jamie Murray, and so on – has made doubles slightly more prominent than singles.

Singles has become monotonous with the same set of players making it to the final rounds. On the other hand, doubles has brought in more verve to the existing status quo of the Tour, with each player’s individuality adding to the dynamics of the team. After his first outing as Kyrgios’ doubles partner at the Citi Open in Washington in July, Tsitsipas pointed this out.

“It’s the joy of being with a person who thinks differently and reacts differently. I would characterise him (Kyrgios) as someone who likes to amuse. I’m very serious and concentrated when I play, but he just has the style of speaking all the time. It’s good sometimes to have a change,” the Greek had said.

These changes – as seen with Murray’s recent decision – may not extend for a longer period. The culmination of these short-term team-ups does – and should – not mean the end of the road of doubles piquing attention, per se. At the same time, these transitory partnerships also reroute the discussion back to the financial side of the doubles game.

In a recent interview with Forbes, Jamie Murray – a doubles specialist – shared how conducive it had become for players to take up doubles as the sole means of a tennis career these days, as compared to in the past.

“Because the money is always increasing in tennis, it is a much more viable option to go down the doubles route a lot earlier than previous generations. Before, people would play singles and then when their ranking dropped, they played an extra few years of doubles. Now it is a genuine option to start off much younger and have a career in doubles,” the 33-year-old said.

Despite Murray’s upbeat attitude, these increases have not exactly trickled towards doubles, especially at the Slams including the upcoming edition of the US Open. For 2019, the USTA showed-off yet another hike in the prize-money coffer. The men’s and women’s singles champions will be awarded $3.8 million. In comparison, the men’s and women’s doubles teams winning the respective title will get $740,000. This sum gets further diluted for the mixed-doubles’ titlists who will get $160,000 as a team.

This is the third and final takeaway that emerged from Murray’s US Open call. For several of these singles players, intermittent doubles play is an option. For those who play only doubles, that is the only option they have. The doubles game requires similar effort – travel, expenses and fitness – the costs continue to outweigh the benefits. These momentary team formations are a gauge revealing the disparity of tennis’ two sides, visible yet obliviated beyond tokenism.

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Svetlana Kuznetsova upsets Ashleigh Barty in Cincinnati to reach the 42nd final of her career

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Russian wild card Svetlana Kuznetsova edged top seed this year’s Roland Garros champion Ashleigh Barty 6-2 6-4 in the semifinal of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati to reach the 42nd final of her career.

 

Two-time Grand Slam champion Kuznetsova, who is now ranked world number 153, scored her third win against top 10 players this week  after beating former US Open champion Sloane Stephens and Karolina Pliskova.

Barty missed her chance to regain world number 1 spot from Naomi Osaka, who was forced to retire from her quarter final.

Barty earned the first break of the match in the second game of the opening set, when Kuznetsova netted a backhand. Kuznetsova broke back in the third game with a smash winner and earned another break at 2-2 when Barty netted a backhand. Kuznetsova hit a return winner to build up a 5-2 lead. Barty asked a medical time-out to treat he right leg. Kuznetsova held serve at 15 to close out the opening set after 30 minutes.

Kuznetsova went up a break in the first game of the second set. Barty won just three points on return in the second set. Kuznetsova closed out the second set with three winners in the 10th game.

“I am really happy. I am not really an analyzing person, but on my intuition, I am doing so much better, not repeating so many of my mistakes, just playing smarter and wiser now. It’s been so many different things when I was off, so I just enjoyed time off. Honestly, I was not missing at all the travelling and all the stress when you play tournaments, but now I have missed it and I feel good. I feel joy staying here and being here. It definitely helped me to have some time off to see other things outside tennis”, said Kuznetsova.

 

Kuznetsova set up a final against Madison Keys, who beat Sofia Kenin in straight sets. The Russian 34-year-old veteran player has qualified for her first final since last year, when she beat Donna Vekic in Washington.

 

“Madison is extremely tough. When she is on fire, it is really hard to play against her. It’s going to be a difficult match-up”, said Kuznetsova.  

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