(December 1, 2013) A quick look at the recent news in the world of tennis.
“I was very disappointed that I was not able to attend last year’s tournament and am looking forward to returning in 2014,” said Nadal. “I love to play in Miami because of its beautiful location and tremendous fans support. Miami is an international city, and the diverse crowds that attend the tournament create an unbelievable atmosphere. I am excited to see all my fans in Miami this year.”
The world No. 1 has never won this Masters 1000 event. The Sony Open, which is a combined event, runs from March 17-30 at the Crandon Tennis Center in Miami.
News out of Berlin - Peter Graf, the father of 22-time major champion and former No. 1 Steffi Graf died on Sunday in Mannheim, Germany from cancer. The former coach and manager of his daughter was 75.
The elder Graf was sentenced to three years in jail for tax evasion. He served only one.
Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka will play an exhibition later this month in Thailand.
The event which was announced by the Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand, will be part of the regular invitational event in Hua Hin.
According to sports daily L’Equipe, France’s No. 1 Richard Gasquet has a new coach – former double French Open winner Sergi Bruguera of Spain.
Gasquet and his former coach Riccardo Piatti split during the ATP World Tour finals. Gasquet, told the paper that Bruguera, would begin his coaching duties in February.
Gasquet reached the ATP World Tour finals this year for the first time since 2007.
ATP top ten Milos Raonic has been named Sportsnet’s 2013 Canadian Athlete of the Year. Sportsnet’s 11th annual Athlete of the Year award was voted on by a panel of contributors from Sportsnet’s TV, radio, web and magazine platforms. Past winners include soccer star Christine Sinclair (2012), figure skater Patrick Chan (2011), and three-time winner UFC champ Georges St-Pierre. In honor of the award, Sportsnet is donating $10,000 to Raonic’s charity of choice.
“It’s a great feeling. There’s an aura around Canadian athletes,” said Raonic. “Whether it’s in the NBA, college sports, figure skating or hockey, there’s a bit more of a spotlight, and I think it’s special to be part of that and to receive this award for 2013 is an honor.”
Raonic is the first Canadian male to crack the top 10 of the world rankings and helping his country’s Davis Cup team to its first tournament semifinal in the Open Era.
The Financial Times was announced as the first global sponsor of World Tennis Day on March 3, 2014. The arrangement calls for the Financial Times to be presenting sponsor of the World Tennis Day Showdown at Earls Court in London that will feature Andre Agassi vs Pete Sampras and Pat Cash vs Ivan Lendl. The Financial Times will also be the official business publication of the other three World Tennis Day events, including the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden as well as events in Bangkok and Hong Kong.
Former world No.1 and three-time Australian Open champion Martina Hingis will play a special exhibition at Hobart International 2014.
The 33-year-old will play fellow Swiss and current world No.1 junior Belinda Bencic on January 5, 2014.
The Hobart International will take place at the Domain Tennis Centre from January 5-11 2014.