(November 26, 2012) – A brief look at recent tennis news.
- Both Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy had to deny engagement rumors on Monday. Serena Williams’ hitting partner Sascha Bajin tweeted congratulations on the couple’s engagement which were not true.
See twitter conversation below:
Wow! Just heard that
@CaroWozniacki got engaged… Congratulations. Show us the ring. When is the big day planned for?
Can’t believe you started rumors like that! @BigSascha .. Not engaged yet, but you’ll be the first to know if we do!;) hehe
- Robin Soderling tells ESPN’s Ravi Ubha that he hopes to return to the tour and that he hasn’t given up yet.
“I don’t want my career to be finished yet,” he said. “I feel I have at least five more years in me. But I still have a lot of things to be thankful for. The [mono] could have happened when I was 18 or 20. I was 27. Up to now, I’ve had a good career.”
- According to Gossip Extra Jennifer Capriati says that she has not been stalking her ex-boyfriend, former Florida State golfer Ivan Brannan.
Brannan allegedly filed 10 police complaints against Capriati tin 2012
“He’s a real bad person, very dishonest,” Capriati said to Gossip Extra. “One day I’m his girlfriend, the next we’re engaged and then it’s like I never existed. It took him eight months of our relationship to admit to me he had a child. Imagine that… I was just trying to talk to him because he wasn’t returning my calls. There’s no way police should’ve been called. I can’t believe I even have to discuss this! People like me are always the targets of men like him.”
- Nathalie Tauziat will be asked to resign from the French tennis federation’s management committee after she testified in favor of former coach Regis de Camaret who was sentenced to eight years in prison for raping young female players.
- Former NBA player Charles Barkley is backing Andy Murray for Sports Illustrated‘s Sportsman of the Year.
- Carsten Arriens was named Germany’s Davis Cup captain after Patrik Kuehnen quit late last month.
- LSU’s former women’s tennis coach for 20 years Tony Minnis, has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit in regard to his recent firing reports NOLA.com.
Minnis claims that white coaches’ annual compensation was up to more than $30,000 than him. In addition, he lists unjust evaluations, false letters of reprimand, unfound write-ups and race-based discrimination in the workplace in the lawsuit.
“I was accused of some really petty things,” Minnis said in a phone interview with NOLA.com Wednesday evening. In one instance, Minnis describes where he was accused of violating NCAA policy when he was used department funds to purchase meals for kids in the tennis program, which had previously not been a violation, Minnis said.
- Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov announced on his website that he has left the Patrick Mouratoglou Academy and is now with Good to Great Tennis Academy in Sweden, which is run by former pros including Magnus Norman and Nicklas Kulti.
- The inaugural Miami Tennis Cup will take place November 30th through December 2nd, 2012 at Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, Florida.
The event will feature appearances by US Open Champion and British Olympic Gold Medalist, Andy Murray, French Open Champion Juan Carlos Ferrero, 203 US Open Champion Andy Roddick, John Isner, Nicolás Almagro, and Alejandro Falla.
The tournament will see all six players competing in a double-elimination tournament format within two round robin groups. Each match will be the best of three sets. The number one seed (Andy Murray) and number two seed (Andy Roddick) will receive an automatic bye in to the semi-final. The remaining four players will be drawn against each other for a place in the semi-final, with the initial matches starting on stadium court at 7:00pm on Friday, November 30th.
A look at Novak Djokovic’s new HEAD racquet ad.