No. 1 Fedophile, Rafael Nadal, nominated Roger Federer to receive the 2009 Prince of Asturias Award for Sports. The Spanish award is intended to “acknowledge scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanitarian work carried out internationally” by prominent people in a variety of fields, including sports. Rafa told the press after this year’s Australian Open that he planned to nominate Roger: “I won the award in 2008 and of course I’d like a… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 13, 2009 at 1:32pm —
David Ferrer was asked at the Madrid Open about Federer’s chances against Rafa and had this to say (in Spanish):
“Roger Federer has sufficient tennis to beat Rafa Nadal. He can do it, but it’s very complicated. Rafa is the indisputable number one on clay and in the world, but most of all on clay. Also it was said that Roger was unbeatable on grass and Nadal beat him. For me Rafa is the number one and is very difficult to beat him on clay and… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 13, 2009 at 1:31pm —
...to play with. If you are near Mountain House, CA (near Tracy), hit me back. Let's set a date to play.
Added by Alex Candalla on May 13, 2009 at 10:13am —
My perhaps "unpopular" view on the Gasquet suspension...
Richard Gasquet has officially been suspended by the ITF after testing positive for Cocaine in his system.
He will miss the French Open and a hearing will take place in about 60 days to further examine the situation.
Richard tested positive back in March however, later tested negative only a few days ago (May 7th). Gasquet is of course pleading innocent here.
Is it any coincidence that I… Continue
Added by Mark Oskar on May 12, 2009 at 4:03pm —
The AP reported today that Richard Gasquet has been officially suspended from competition after testing positive for cocaine in Miami. He will be off the tour at least until the ITF holds an anti-doping tribunal on the matter, which could take up to 60 days to arrange. This means Richard Gasquet will definitely miss Roland Garros. He could face a two-year ban if found guilty.
Gilbert Ysern, director general of the French Federation had this… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 11, 2009 at 6:22pm —
Maria Sharapova is finally ready to return to competition, and she’s positively GUSHING with excitement (as are we, right?) Here’s the latest from her website:
“I am very happy to report that I will make my singles return to the tour in Warsaw, Poland, the week of May 18. Although it has not been an easy process these last few months, I really believe it’s made me a much stronger person in so many areas of my life professionally and… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 11, 2009 at 1:38pm —
We have another “5th Slam” contender/pretender this week as the ATP and WTA tours combine at the Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open. Here’s a quick tournament preview to help you get acclimated.
The top half includes a jaded Rafael Nadal and an overplayed Novak Djokovic. Andy Murray and Roger Federer are the top seeds in the other half.
Rafael Nadal’s quarter: It’s ROUGH, especially for someone who is feeling… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 11, 2009 at 12:32pm —
Roger Federer spoke to the press in Madrid on Sunday and was brimming with optimism about his chances at the Madrid Open and for the rest of the season. Roger said that he knows he can beat Nadal on clay, despite the head-to-head, and that his main goals for the year are winning Roland Garros and Wimbledon. He also mentioned that he isn’t actively searching for a new coach, but is always “open” for solid advice on ways to improve his… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 11, 2009 at 12:30pm —
Rafael Nadal may be Spanish and the King of Clay, but he is none too happy about this week’s clay court Masters event in Madrid. The Age recently provided the full laundry list of Nadal’s complaints (click here for the original article):
- On the altitude: “(It’s) a serious problem so close to Paris. It would be better if Rome were the last event before Paris since the altitudes are similar.”
- On the hype of Madrid becoming… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 11, 2009 at 12:27pm —
April 2009 Post - The Tennis News Authority
For those of us who watched tennis during the 80's, Ivan Lendl was always there, always a part of the big stage, and always in the thick of things.
Whether Lendl was taking strides across the lawn at Wimbledon to hit a forehand winner past Boris Becker, or dismantling John McEnroe at the French Open to hand him his most influential loss,… Continue
Added by Mark Oskar on May 8, 2009 at 5:56pm —
The world of Twittering exploded onto the scene only a short while ago. While CNN and that Punk'd guy are finding millions of followers, there is a significant tennis scene available on the app as well! Let's take a look at some of the obvious choices, and some not so obvious. The list below will be the search name as well.
1) andyroddick - - Funny updates true to Roddick form. "i feel like i am watching a rerun of last years sportscenter..... will favre return again? my lord" - May… Continue
Added by Mark Oskar on May 7, 2009 at 8:05pm —
There is a terrific article by Danielle Rossingh and Alex Duff in yesterday’s Bloomberg.com entitled: “Federer Fails to Deter Nadal in Fight to be Richest Tennis Star.” It’s about the two players’ earning powers and Nadal’s ever-increasing marketability. It’s chock full of fascinating details about the Nadal family’s business and personal dealings. (Click here to read the whole thing - you won’t be disappointed!)
Here are just some of the… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 7, 2009 at 1:35pm —
Jet setter Roger Federer has been spotted in yet another “top secret” training ground - this time a clay court facility on the outskirts of Zurich, with a lovely view of Lake Zurich*.
Blick reports that he is training with his under-the-radar coach, Severin Luthi, and a sparring partner named Roman Valent, who won Junior Wimbledon in 2001 but has left the pro tour due to injury.
To see the rest of the photos click to… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 7, 2009 at 3:10am —
Well folks, tomorrow is my last league match, and I am definitely out of shape. I missed the last two matches, one planned for my honeymoon (which was amazing!) and one because I caught a stomach flu. When my hubby and I returned this weekend, we played twice, once with the ball machine, and once just with each other. After two weeks of no play, I was sorely off my game, and I still haven't practiced serving. So tomorrow will definitely be a challenge. So for anyone who has been following my… Continue
Added by Kristi Hines on May 4, 2009 at 4:00pm —
Check out the Central Texas Tennis Assn. website: http://www.cttatennis.org/NATIONALJUNIORTENNISLEAGUE.html.
They have adult league competition at Hendrickson High School and will have summer camps for junior leagues there also.
Added by Alonzo Black on May 3, 2009 at 7:57pm —
Hawks Team Tennis:
Please come to the end of season swim party from 3-7 p.m. Thursday May 14 at the Falcon Pointe Residents' Club. We have the pavilion reserved. Please bring anyone interested in tennis. Bring snack food to share. We will not be grilling so chips and drinks or healthy snacks would be great.
Added by Alonzo Black on May 3, 2009 at 7:49pm —
Recently, Kei Nishikori, the cover athlete for EA Sports Grand Slam Tennis (Japanese edition)… Continue
Added by HCFoo on May 2, 2009 at 10:29am —
Ive commented on a few blogs about hating Nadal etc and his aggressive style against the poetic, but after watching him dismantle Sonderling yesterday and Verdasco today, I concede, Im in awe, its just unbelievable tennis. He is just so good.
Damn it, look what he's made me say!!!!
I love Nadal and I want to tell the woooooooooooorld ha… Continue
Added by Meags on May 1, 2009 at 11:30am —