2014/04/21

Serbia’s Tipsarevic Out of Davis Cup Final; Draw Made

Janko Tipsarevic

Janko Tipsarevic

(November 14, 2013) A little more pressure has been added to No. 2 Novak Djokovic as the Davis Cup final between Serbia and the Czech Republic takes place this weekend in Belgrade. No. 2 Serbian player Janko Tipsarevic has withdrawn due to a right heel injury. Taking his place on team Serbia will be Dusan Lajovic, ranked No. 117 in the world.

 

The International Tennis Federation conducted the Davis Cup World Group Final draw on Thursday:

 

WORLD GROUP FINAL

SERBIA v CZECH REPUBLIC

Venue: Belgrade Arena, Belgrade, SRB (hard – indoors)

Novak Djokovic (SRB) v Radek Stepanek (CZE)

Dusan Lajovic (SRB) v Tomas Berdych (CZE)

Ilija Bozoljac/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) v Jan Hajek/Lukas Rosol (CZE)

Novak Djokovic (SRB) v Tomas Berdych (CZE)

Dusan Lajovic (SRB) v Radek Stepanek (CZE)

 

Serbia is seeking their second Davis Cup title. They won it back in 2010.

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Djokovic Heads list of Recipients for Davis Cup Commitment Award

Djokovic wins 89

(September 12, 2013) World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will be one of 27 players to receive the Davis Cup Commitment Award during this weekend’s Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and zone group ties on Saturday 14 September.  The presentations are being made by the ITF through its National Associations.

 

This new award was conceived as part of the ITF’s 2013 Centenary celebrations, and will be presented to Davis Cup players who have shown long-standing dedication to representing their country in this prestigious competition. Each award recipient will have competed in a minimum of 20 home-and-away ties or 50 ties at any level of the competition (including week-long zone group events) over their career.

 

The ITF presented the first seven trophies to players in an on-court presentation at the 100th Davis Cup Final in Prague last November. Among those presented with awards at last year’s final were Italy’s Nicola Pietrangeli, who heads the elite list of players having played 66 home or away ties for his country, and San Marino’s Domenico Vicini, who holds the record for the most ties played in all levels of the competition with a total of 89.

 

This weekend presentations will be made to the following players at their respective Davis Cup home ties before the doubles rubber on Saturday 14 September:

 

Belgium* - Patrick Hombergen

Croatia** – Boro Jovanovic

Dominican Republic - Victor Estrella

Germany - Jurgen Fassbender

Latvia – Andis Juska, Deniss Pavlovs

Netherlands – Paul Haarhuis

Philippines – Felicisimo Ampon (posthumous), Johnny Arcilla, Raymundo Deyro, Juan Johnson Jose

Serbia – Novak Djokovic, Janko Tipsarevic, Nenad Zimonjic, Slobodan Zivojinovic

Slovak Republic – Dominik Hrbaty, Karol Kucera

Slovenia – Marko Tkalec, Grega Zemlja

Switzerland – Heinz Gunthardt, Jakob Hlasek, Marc Rosset

United Arab Emirates – Esam Abdulaal (BRN), Sultan Khalfan Al Alawi (QAT), Omar Al Awadhy (UAE), Mahmoud Nader Alblooshi (UAE), Khalid Al Nabhani (OMA)

 

A total of 305 players have already qualified to receive the award, of whom 258 are still alive. Presentations have been made to award winners at Davis Cup home ties throughout 2013. The Commitment Award trophies are based on the design of the current Davis Cup trophy. All recipients will also be recognised on an honours board at the ITF headquarters in London and in a dedicated section on the official Davis Cup website. A full list of award winners can be viewed here

 

ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “The Davis Cup Commitment Award reflects the dedication by players for more than a century to represent their country in this prestigious competition. These players have continued to rise to the unique challenge of competing in a team environment in front of their home fans, and we believe that it is fitting to recognise their efforts in our centenary year.”

 

 

*presentation to be made on Friday 13 September

**presentation to be made on Thursday 12 September

 

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David Ferrer Moves Into US Open Quarterfinal Over Janko Tipsarevic

 

David Ferrer

(September 2, 2013) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – No. 4 David Ferrer in into his eighth consecutive major quarterfinal, a result of his 7-6 (4), 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3) win over No. 18 Janko Tipsarevic in the fourth round of the US Open.

The four-set struggle which lasted just short of four hours  saw the Spaniard Ferrer hit 46 winners.  Ferrer was the losing finalist at the most recent French Open.

“It was a very tough match,” Ferrer said.  Janko and me, we play a very good match.  We had a lot of chance(s), both players.

Well, I think it was my best match this week”.

“My goal is to win the matches as possible and to be consistent.  Now I am in quarterfinal.  After tomorrow, I will play in center court, perfect.”

Ferrer became the second Spaniard on the night to move into the quarterfinals.

Ferrer will play 8th seed Richard Gasquet of France  in the quarterfinals.

 

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Taste of Tennis Brings Tennis Stars and Culinary Celebrities Together for Pre-US Open Soirée

 

Serena Williams photo by Josh Meiseles

Serena Williams photo by Josh Meiseles

By  Vito Ellison  and Josh Meiseles Special to Tennis Panorama News

(August 22, 2013) NEW YORK, NY – There are few tennis events that reveal players’ personalities and exhibit their creativity outside the court quite like the Taste of Tennis. An annual pre-US Open event in midtown Manhattan, the Taste of Tennis serves as an amalgam of tennis, fashion and a premier culinary showcase from some of New York’s finest restaurants.

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The 14th annual BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis was held Thursday evening with proceeds benefitting the James Beard Foundation, an organization that helps develop the culinary arts. Serena Williams hosted a star-studded event, featuring former ATP Top-10 talents James Blake and Janko Tipsarevic, as well as WTA stars Victoria Azarenka, Agnieszka Radwanska, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic and Venus Williams.

 

 

ESPN analyst and former World No. 4 Brad Gilbert made an appearance, along with doubles legend Mark Woodforde. Two-time Winter Olympic medalist Nancy Kerrigan also took part in the festivities.

“I had two or three different sushis, the little slider was good. Very good food,” the always animated Gilbert exclaimed. “This event I think I’ve gone every single year for 15 years and the lady behind it Judy Lerner is good people right there.”

Among the chefs that participated, Top Chef Masters champion Marcus Samuelsson joined fellow alums Harold Dieterle, Dale Talde, Jesse Schenker and Jonathan Waxman. World-renowned chef David Burke was also on hand.

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There was plenty of tennis discussion on the red carpet, with Tipsarevic discussing the grind of the ATP Tour and the current state of his game. “You really need to be focused every single day of your life, because you have other younger and better guys who are working to take your spot. I kind of lost my focus a bit and you can see the results. But I’m feeling good now, I’m playing good, it’s not the end of the world and I hope I’ll be back in the Top-10.”

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Blake also commented on whether the J-Block will be out in full force at the US Open. “I think they’ll be here. They might not be as big as they used to be, because my friends had to go out and actually get real jobs, so some of them can’t make it out to the day matches. If there’s a night match, there’ll be plenty of J-Blockers.”

The evening also included some breaking news as 39-year-old Jill Craybas, who reached a career-high singles ranking of 39 in 2006, revealed that she will be retiring from professional tennis following the US Open.

“It’s a really tough decision to make because it’s been part of your life for so long,” Craybas said. “But I feel like lately my priorities have been starting to change, I’ve been starting to want other things in my life. I really struggled this past year with my tennis and how I was doing. I started pursuing some other things and started getting interested in other things, but it’s never an easy decision. You never know when you want to stop, but you kind of come to terms with it sooner or later.”

The BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis benefited the James Beard Foundation. The event was produced by AYS Sports Marketing.

 

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Fila at Wimbledon

 

(June 2103) Fila sponsored athletes on the WTA Tour will debut Collezione and wear the Sentinel, Fila’s new performance tennis shoe on-court at The Championships, Wimbledon. Fila’s Collezione pays honor to the elegant sophistication of grass court tennis with beautiful detailing and accents.

 

Fila’s design team was inspired by the 1920’s in this classically styled collection with an updated twist and a white and charcoal color palette. The Collezione pleated racerback tank features illusion mesh around the neck and side seam trim. The back of the top features a subtle single ruffle and mini pleats down the back for a flirty and fun twist on a classic racerback top. The mini pleats are tacked down with seaming across the back. Collezione includes a sleeveless tank with overlay binding, a racerback tank and cap sleeve v-neck top with ruching on the back. There are two different skort styles in the collection, a pleated skort and a flirty skort. The Collezione pleated skort was designed with mini-pleats, which is a new take on the traditional pleated skirt. Combining fashion and function, a contrast binding overlay secures the mini-pleats flat around the hips. The flirty skort is a drop waist a-line silhouette with two lines of contrast taping on the hem and an inch above the hem.

 

The Collezione white pleated dress which features an athletic cut racerback top with thin straps and back keyhole cutout with ruching detail. This drop waist dress has mini-pleats on the skirt. The Collezione ribbon dress has an a-line silhouette with empire waist, scoop neck and full coverage back. The pleated detailing continues with knife pleats above the empire waist. The design team added contrast taping similar to the flirty skort at the bottom hem, at the neckline and arms.

 

To complement the on-court look, Fila’s design team added a long sleeve white and charcoal heather cable sweater to the collection. A hooded jacket, available in white or charcoal heater, has an inverted pleat that opens up to the contrast color. The jacket has ruching at the pockets and the seam of the raglan sleeve and contrast taping on either side of the zipper. Collezione is available on fila.com & tennis specialty retailers nationwide at an MSRP from $65 – $90.

Apparel worn by Julia Goerges:

Julia Georges Collezione Pleated Back tank $75

Collezione Pleated Back tank $75

Julia G Collezione Skort $70

Collezione Skort $70

JG Collezione Sweater $85

Collezione Sweater $85

JG Collezione Hooded Jacket $90

Collezione Hooded Jacket $90

Worn by Jelena Jankovic:

JJ Collezione White Pleated Dress $90

Collezione White Pleated Dress $90

JG Collezione Hooded Jacket $90

Collezione Hooded Jacket $90

Worn by Nadia Petrova:

NP Collezione Sleeveless tank $60Collezione Sleeveless tank $60

NP Essenza Long skort $50

Essenza Long skort $50

 

Fila Sentinel tennis shoe

 

Fila Sentinel tennis shoe

Fila Sentinel:  Performance Tennis Footwear

The Sentinel tennis shoe was designed in a modern silhouette with comfort, durability and traction in mind and engineered to endure the rigors professional match play.  From tennis professionals, to top juniors, and retailers, the response has been overwhelming about the performance and comfort of the Sentinel. Fila’s design team took extra care to ensure the Sentinel had the right combination of cushioning and stability to meet the needs of tennis players of all levels. The glove-like fit of the Sentinel lets the wearer focus on the game, and not his or her feet. The modified herringbone outsole provides traction on a variety of surfaces. Fila extended a 6 month guarantee on the Sentinel’s Evergrind™ outsole.   Available in four color combinations for men and three for women, the Sentinel is available on fila.com & tennis specialty retailers nationwide at an MSRP of $100.

 

Features

Upper:

-          The Sentinel features added mesh for better breathability

-          Memory foam lined heel collar provides form-fitting comfort

-          Tongue includes an internal support elasticated strap, which holds it in place

Midsole:

-          Super Action midsole material features enhanced cushioning and durability

-          The Sentinel includes a Blown Polyurethane molded sock-liner for lightweight comfort while maximizing cushioning. This material was selected for its long lasting stability

-          Fila added welded TPR  toe protection for high durability in wear zones

Outsole:

-          Full-length Evergrind™ outsole  features a modified herringbone pattern for durability and traction and flex grooves for added comfort

-          6 month guarantee on Evergrind™ outsole

-          The TPU shank provides midfoot support

-          Designed with additional support & durability on the medial side of the shoe

Weight:

-          Men’s size 10.5 – 14.6 ounces

-          Women’s size 8.5 – 12.3 ounces

 

 

Colors:

Men

-          Black/ white/ metallic silver

-          Black/black/ neon green

-          White/peacoat/ red

-          White/ prince blue/ monument

Women

-          White/white/ metallic silver

-          White/ Hawaiian ocean/ black

-          White/ highrise/ shocking pink/ black

 

Mark Eggert – Vice President Footwear Design & Advanced Concepts

“We started designing the Sentinel with a completely blank slate and built it from the ground up.  The Sentinel is designed on a new last to ensure proper fit.  Underfoot, the all-new midsole and outsole is made to provide great traction, giving the player flexibility, structure and great cushioning, while maintaining a great feel for the court without adding too much weight.  The upper is designed to take advantage of the new last, for a great fit and excellent durability.”

 

Gary Wakley – Vice President Footwear

“The Sentinel was designed to create a shoe that could truly be the anchor for Fila in the tennis category and the base to grow our tennis footwear business.  We drew upon our rich tennis heritage and utilized the expertise from our Advanced Concepts Team to develop a shoe that has great style, but most importantly performs well on any court.”

 

Andreas Seppi

“I have been wearing the Sentinel since late last year and I really like the shoe because they are light, extremely durable and very comfortable on-court. The Sentinel is now my favorite Fila shoe that I have worn in all the years we have been together on tour!”

 

Janko Tipsarevic

“Tennis shoes are very important to professional players. It is important that the shoe is lightweight so we can be quick on our feet, yet stable so we do not slip or slide on court. The Sentinel feels low to the ground without sacrificing comfort and cushioning.  The traction is excellent and the shoe is very durable for the hours that I put in on the tennis court.  All in all, this is my favorite Fila tennis shoe in recent years.”

 

Julia Goerges

“The Sentinel is very light, but at the same time, the shoe is very stable which is important for your ankles! It is so comfortable wearing these shoes!”

 

Dmitry Tursunov

“I have been wearing this shoe during the clay court season and it’s an extremely lightweight shoe but this benefit does not come at the cost of comfort. The Sentinel is very stable and gives good feedback. It’s one of the best shoes Fila introduced in recent years.”

Marina Erakovic

“The Sentinel is very lightweight, supportive and has great cushioning, but my favorite thing about the Sentinel is the secure fit on my feet. I don’t think about slipping or rolling because the Sentinel is so stable on my feet.”

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International Premier Tennis League Launched

Paris, France (May 24th, 2013) – Mahesh Bhupathi, Boris Becker and Justin Gimelstob announced the launch of the IPTL - International Premier Tennis League on Friday.

The IPTL  is a city/country based franchise led league involving not only the current Men’s and Women’s players but also the Legends of the game.

The Franchises in the League will be city based across Asia. The first season of the IPTL will witness participation of 6 teams. Additional teams will be added in the 2nd and 3rd seasons of the League.

Each match will consist of 5 sets with no-ad scoring: Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles and Legends Singles (Men)

The IPTL will be held in December 2014 as the Player Auction will be organized in Melbourne in January 2014. IPTL has confirmed player participation from Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Li Na, Thomas Berdych, Janko Tipsarevic, Lleyton Hewitt, John Isner, Caroline Wozniacki, Pete Sampras and Carlos Moya.

 

“I believe the future consumer wants to belong to something – and having a team they can support will be what motivates them to become a consumer of tennis. We have put together the ingredients to create something exciting that will activate the entire tennis industry,” said league founder and ATP doubles player Mahesh Bhupathi.

 

Former World No. 1 Boris Becker and Founding Partner of the league said, “This is what the sport needs, the best players in the world playing in a new time sensitive format that would get TV networks excited. Hopefully this can grow into a worldwide property with multiple team owners.”

 

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic said that it’s a revolutionary idea: “It will change the image of the sport and help its popularity. I really look forward to be part of that competition and play.”

 

“It’s like a dream come true to play with Legends. Playing on a team is fun and really kind of cool. I like it.” said world No.1 Serena Williams.

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Tipsarevic Pulls Pin and Sends Almagro Through to First Australian Open Quarterfinal

The Miami Cup tennis tournament held at Crandon Park Tennis Center.

By Jaclyn Stacey

(January 20, 2013) Tenth seed Nicolas Almagro has progressed through to his first Australian Open quarterfinal after Janko Tipsarevic retired injured down a set and 2-5 in the second set.

 

The Serbian looked frustrated and uncomfortable for the duration of the short lived match, requiring a medical time out at 2-5 down in the first set to get some extra padding and taping added to his heel on his already taped up left foot.

 

In the second set he was unable to play his best tennis and after being broken for the second time he pulled the pin on the match. In the post match press conference Tipsarevic said the initial diagnosis was a jarred heel and that before the match he was feeling good and had fully recovered from his previous two five set encounters. He said it was very frustrating to have to end the match under such circumstances.

 

The retirement puts Almagro through to his first Australian Open quarterfinal, equaling his best appearance at a Grand Slam, having reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros on three occasions. He will take on David Ferrer in an all-Spanish quarterfinal and goes into the match having lost all 12 previous encounters with his compatriot.

 

Regardless of the head-to-head statistics Almagro is looking forward to playing his good friend in their first Grand Slam match-up and said it “is a big opportunity for me to be in a semifinal. I’m ready to fight. I’m healthy and I’m happy with my tennis.”

 

“I’m playing good. I’m hitting the ball with confidence, playing really aggressive, going to the net to close the point, and, well, that’s it.”

 

When asked if he knew that something was wrong with Tipsarevic, Almagro said “Well, I don’t know. I don’t think so. I was talking with him and he said the problem start at 4-1 of the first set and after that he couldn’t move really well and he decide to retired.”

 

On weather Tipsarevic’s condition played on his mind he said, “Well, I was trying to be focused on my match, on my tennis. Well, I think I play a really good first set. After that, the mind start to work a little bit because you know something happen but you don’t know really good what happen.”

 

“But I think I was very focus all the match. With 5-1 in the second set, was really tough for him. I think he decide to stop because the injury would be worse.”

 

Jaclyn Stacey is a Melbourne based freelance journalist covering the Australian Open tournament as media for Tennis Panorama News.  Follow her Australian Open updates on @TennisNewsTPN. Follow her personal twitter @JackattackAU.

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Players React to Lance Armstrong in Notes and Quotes

Players at the Australian Open were asked about Lance Amstrong in the January 18, 2013 news conferences.

 

Q.  There was a lot of talk today about the Lance Armstrong interview.  Did you catch any of it?

MARIA SHARAPOVA:  I saw a little bit of it, yeah.

Q.  Do you have any thoughts on his admission today, how he justified it as not cheating?

MARIA SHARAPOVA:  I think it’s just a really sad story, sad for that sport itself.  I’m happy that our sport is as clean as it can be and that we’re constantly tested.  You know, we give whereabouts of where we are every single day of the year.  Hopefully not on birthdays and Christmas Eve, that would be pretty tough.

Although they did show up on my birthday and I was very disappointed.  They did a couple of years ago.  I said, Unless you bring flowers, I’m okay with it.  But they came empty‑handed (laughter).

So as long as we’re getting tested, whatever it takes, urine, blood, we’re all here to make the sport as clean as it can be.

 

Q.  Do you feel tennis is pretty clean at this moment?

MARIA SHARAPOVA:  I do very much.  For the amount of times that we get tested throughout the year and as random as they are, definitely.

 

 

Q.  I’m not sure if you saw today, but Lance Armstrong admitted to playing performance enhancing drugs.  I was wondering if you thought tennis had a vigorous enough policy on anti doping?

JANKO TIPSAREVIC:  You know what, you’re probably asking the wrong guy.  You know, actually came to Kenya to test me.  I wasn’t going to Kenya to hide from anti doping.  I was actually doing my pre season there.

One morning a person was waking me up.  I was so shocked and afraid somebody was like robbing us.  I wasn’t sure.

But I think it’s not cool what he did, cheating the sport and cheating so many people in the sport and so many people around him, believing that what he did actually did it on a clean and regular way.  So that’s really not cool what he did.

In regards of tennis, I think they test me often enough, blood and urine.  So, sure, if they want to increase it, why not?  But we have a tough enough time with this WADA process of us telling them every single day of our life where we need to be.

So I don’t really see how can it be more strict than that.

 

Q.  How comfortable are you that drug testing in tennis is rigorous enough?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  Well, in tennis, you know, at least from my perspective, it’s really good.  Anti doping regulations a little bit maybe more strict in sense that you have to fill the whereabouts documents and you have to basically give an hour or two in every day of your life in a whole year, where you are.

But on the other hand, it gives them an opportunity to test you.  And you know it is the same for the other players.  At least from that point of view it’s fair.  And I have nothing against, you know, the anti doping federation, association, testing me 10, 20, 30 times a year.

I think as long as I know as many numbers of testing for the other players, I’ll be happy.

 

Q.  How about blood testing?  The ITF records tell us in the whole of 2011 there was only 18 blood tests taken of the top players.  How often would you or Andy or Roger or Rafa be blood tested?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  Yeah, I wasn’t tested with blood for last six, seven months.  It was more regularly in last two, three years ago.  I don’t know the reason why they stopped it.

As I said, I mean, as long as it’s fair, it’s clean, we’re trying to protect the identity of this sport.  I believe tennis players are one of the most cleanest athletes in the world and one of the most competitive sports.

So as long as we keep it that way, I have no complaints about testing.

 

Q.  Would you disagree with Darren Cahill who said today that he believes the Anti Doping Program in tennis is inadequate and it’s been going backwards in recent years?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  What is the reason for that?

 

Q.  That’s his opinion.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  Well, I mean, I don’t know.  There has to be a reason why he said that, backstory.

I know Darren.  He’s a great guy, somebody that knows tennis really well, so must be something why he said that.

But in my opinion, yeah, there has been a complaints from players in few years, last few years, about this whereabouts system.  Why do we need to write where we are every single day of our 365 days when most of the time we’re spending on the courts and so forth.

Maybe that is something that is, you know, questionable.  But on the other hand as many urine, as many blood sample tests they take, the better.  Then you’re aware that it’s a clean sport and everybody has the same treatment.

 

Q.  I think part of the issue is out of competition blood testing is expensive to carry out.  Do you think the ITF should make it more of a priority to spend more money on that?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  I mean, it’s a question for them, I guess.  From my point, I mean, I was more than clear.  I have nothing against the blood tests, you know.

Even though I prefer urine more.  I don’t like the needles too much.  But, of course, I mean, you know, the money in that direction should be invested because, you know, it’s always let’s say a safeguard for our sport that they’re investing money in our sport that is going to protect our sport and players.

 

Q.  A lot of cycling fans have lost a lot of faith in that sport now.  Do you think tennis fans should be confidant that nothing like this…

NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  I lost a lot of faith in cycling.  I used to watch it.  All the big champions that were there, Marco Pantani, now Lance Armstrong.  Yeah, I don’t want to say all.  I really don’t know.  There has been so much controversy about that sport.

I’m sure that there are many cyclists in the world who are training very hard and trying to not use any enhancing drugs for their competition.

But I think it’s not acceptable that they have physically so much races in short period of the time.  I think basically every single day, day and a half, they have to go through 200 miles.  Uphill, downhill in Giro D’Italia, Tour de France, that’s inhuman effort.  As you can see, Lance Armstrong, many other big champions, had to use something to succeed.

 

Q.  Do you think tennis fans should have faith that that won’t happen the same way?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  The results are showing that.  In last few years there maybe has been one or two cases, but those players were more or less outside of the hundred.  We are keeping this sport clean.  We are working towards it.  There is awareness with the players and with the officials.  As long as is like that, we are in a good road.

 

Q.  Would you be in favor of like a biological passport program that they’re instituting in cycling for tennis?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  I mean, you know, we can discuss about the options for a while.  But generally I believe that the present regulations about anti doping tests in tennis are good, in my views.  I don’t think there should be any major changes because, as you know, it’s official.  We have to write where we are every day of our lives so they have an opportunity to test us every day of 365 days in a year.

I think that doesn’t give anybody a chance to do something that is unsportsmanlike.

 

 

 

Q.  The Lance Armstrong interview today, I was wondering what your thoughts are on drug testing in tennis?

NICOLAS ALMAGRO:  I’m not going to say nothing because I didn’t see nothing about that.  I want to see before to speak.

I don’t know what happened.

Q.  My question is what about the authorities in tennis are doing.

NICOLAS ALMAGRO:  You need to ask to someone better than me because I not going to say nothing.  Sorry.  It’s a very important things, and I not going to talk.

I thinks our sport is clear, is fair, and I won’t believe that is the only thing I can say.

Q.  I’m not sure if you saw today, but Lance Armstrong admitted to playing performance‑enhancing drugs.  I was wondering if you thought tennis had a vigorous enough policy on anti‑doping?

JANKO TIPSAREVIC:  You know what, you’re probably asking the wrong guy.  You know, actually came to Kenya to test me.  I wasn’t going to Kenya to hide from anti‑doping.  I was actually doing my pre‑season there.

One morning a person was waking me up.  I was so shocked and afraid somebody was like robbing us.  I wasn’t sure.

But I think it’s not cool what he did, cheating the sport and cheating so many people in the sport and so many people around him, believing that what he did actually did it on a clean and regular way.  So that’s really not cool what he did.

In regards of tennis, I think they test me often enough, blood and urine.  So, sure, if they want to increase it, why not?  But we have a tough enough time with this WADA process of us telling them every single day of our life where we need to be.

So I don’t really see how can it be more strict than that.

 

Q.  On a non‑tennis note, did you watch any of Oprah’s interview with Lance Armstrong?

VENUS WILLIAMS:  No, I didn’t.

Q.  Is it something that players are talking about, his confession to doping?

VENUS WILLIAMS:  I think everyone is pretty much focused on the tennis.  Maybe other players are talking about it.  I have no idea.

Q.  Do you have any reaction?

VENUS WILLIAMS:  I can’t talk about anything I don’t know anything about, so I’m just going to keep my mouth shut.  I’m not an expert on that stuff.  That’s all I can say.

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Marathon Man Tipsarevic Through to First Australian Open Round of 16

Janko Tipsarevic

By Jaclyn Stacey

(January 18, 2013) MELBOURNE PARK, Australia – Janko Tipsarevic has won through to the fourth round of the Australian Open for the first time in nine appearances after defeating Julien Benneteau in a gripping five set encounter on Margaret Court Arena on Friday.

 

He becomes just the second Serbian to complete a set of round of 16 appearances at the majors after world number one Novak Djokovic.

 

Benneteau used some smart net play early on in the match to take advantage of Tipsarevic’s lack of movement and claim the first set 6-3.

 

The Serbian struggled to get himself into the match, clearly fatigued from an epic second round encounter in which he defeated Lukas Lacko in five grueling sets.

 

He began picking up his game in the second set, saving break point opportunities and keeping the set on serve. He capitalized on his first set point opportunity with Benneteau serving at 4-5 30-40, producing an excellent backhand passing volley to level the match.

 

The Frenchman came out all guns blazing in the third set, claiming two breaks to close the set out 6-2.

 

Neither player could gain an advantage in the fourth set as it remained on serve to 4-5 with Benneteau serving. Tipsarevic made his move when it mattered at the same moment he did in the second set, pushing Benneteau to go down 0-40 on serve and claimed the set 6-4.

 

The fighting spirit of Tipsarevic never let up during the match as the fiery Serb bought himself a break in the second game of the final set with some punchy play to go ahead 2-0.

 

Benneteau looked tired by this stage as Tipsarevic picked up his game and began to serve bigger and come into the net more to try and finish points quicker.

 

Benneteau saved three match points down 0-40 while serving down 2-5 to force Tipsarevic to serve for the match. Tipsarevic missed a forehand on his fourth match point opportunity before closing it out on his fifth opportunity with a body serve that Benneteau couldn’t return. He finished the final set in 40 minutes and will move into an Australian Open fourth round for the first time in his career.

 

“You know I think it’s good for the crowd to watch me play but it’s really not good for my legs.” Tipsarevic said on court after the match. “I feel really tired and I consider myself lucky to win a match like that. It was a really windy day and Julien played a good match and nobody knew until the end who would win and it could have gone either way. I really consider myself really lucky to win that match.”

 

On his preparation for his fourth round match he said, “I guess my coaches are already preparing the ice bath for me. Tomorrow I’ll just have an easy hit because after playing Chennai and after Lleyton and today I think I’ve played enough tennis.”

 

Tipsarevic will play Nicolas Almagro on Sunday for a spot in the Australian Open quarterfinals.

 

“If I’m really wanting to go deep into the tournament, potentially playing Nicolas Almagro on the heat, my legs are going to feel the five‑set matches which I played in the last two rounds,” Tipsarevic said.

“I’m so happy I’m in the second week.  It’s the first time in my career that I’m able to be in the second week of the Australian Open and I’m really thrilled for that.”

Jaclyn Stacey is a Melbourne based freelance journalist covering the Australian Open tournament as media for Tennis Panorama News.  Follow her Australian Open updates on @TennisNewsTPN. Follow her personal twitter @JackattackAU.

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Oz and Ends on Day 2 of the Australian Open

 

Oz and ends  and bits of news from the Australian Open for January 15, 2013.

 

ATP Chief Brad Drewett Diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease

 

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Nadal to play in Brasil Open

Non-Melbourne news – DGW Comunicação  who handles publicity for the Brasil Open  reports through a press release posted early on Tuesday Morning to announce that Rafael Nadal is scheduled to participate in the tournament

 

DGW Comunicação announcement – Brasil Open 2013 marca retorno de Rafael Nadal às quadrasHá seis meses (cont) tl.gd/knbrtb

— Tennis Panorama News (@TennisNewsTPN) January 15, 2013

 

 

 

What’s good about being seeded at the Australian Open?

“You get to go up to the executive suite at the Hyatt. But that’s about it,” said 29th seed Sloane Stephens while she was being interviewed on ESPN.

 

Upset specials

World No. 100 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm upset No. 12-seeded Nadia Petrova of Russia 6-2, 6-0 to become the oldest player to win a match at the Australian Open while Carla Suarez-Navarro dismissed 7th seed Sara Errani 6-4, 6-4.

Twenty-ninth seed Thomaz Bellucci goes down 6-3, 6-1 6-3 to Blaz Kavcic.

Teenager Annika Beck of Germany took down a seed No. 28 Yaroslava Shvedova 6-2, 6-7(7), 6-3.

Other upsets:

G Monfils (FRA) d. [18] A Dolgopolov (UKR) 67(7) 76(4) 63 63
J Nieminen (FIN) d. [19] T Haas (GER) 76(3) 46 63 46 86 – Saved 1 M.P.
Jamie Hampton def Urszula Radwanksa 62 64

 

Berdych signs with H & M

The Czech  who was wearing Nike clothing on court will act as an H&M ambassador both on and off the court, and work closely with H&M design team on a tennis collection which will launch in stores later in 2013

“I love fashion, and it’s great to now have H&M to help me develop my tennis and off-court apparel” said Berdych. “I’m sure we will do great things together.”

 

Mellow yellow

What’s with nearly all of the players wearing yellow on court dueing this fortnight at the Australian Open.

 

Kia Open Drive – Tipsarevic

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