Tennis News Net Notes for September 27, 2012


Serena Williams (illness) and sister Venus (back) have withdrawn from the China Open which begins in Beijing next week.

Mardy Fish has withdrawn from Tokyo and Rafael Nadal has officially pulled out of the Shanghai Rolex Masters.


The Miami Herald reports that the Sony Open wants to upgrade its facilities by promoting  a ballot measure to upgrade the facility and extend the tournament’s lease.


In anticipation of “the Gillette Federer Tour,”  December 6-8, Roger Federer posted a few photos of himself in both a Brazilian volleyball and football (soccer) outfit on his Facebook page.

His South American Tour will hit Brazil, Argentina and Colombia in December. Scheduled to participate are Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Victoria Azarenka, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Thomaz Bellucci, Bruno Soares, Marcelo Melo, Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan.


The Tennessean reported on Wednesday that Vanderbilt University is sanctioning two of its women’s varsity teams – tennis and lacrosse, after an investigation uncovered hazing.