Tennis News Net Notes for for Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A brief look at the news headlines of the day in the tennis world.


- Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has announced her retirement from tennis after losing her match to Simona Halep 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 at the Western & Southern Open on Wednesday night in Mason, Ohio.

The 28-year-old Frenchwoman said in a post-match news conference: “I made my dream a reality and it will stay forever with me, but now my body just can’t cope with everything.”

Bartoli said her Achilles, shoulder, hips and lower back hurt when she plays.

“but my body just can’t do it anymore.  I’ve been already through a lot of injuries since the beginning of the year.  I’ve been on the tour for so long, and I really push through and leave it all during that Wimbledon.

“I really felt I gave all the energy I have left inside my body.  I made my dream a reality and it will stay forever with me, but now my body just can’t cope with everything.”

-The United States Tennis Association has called a news conference for Thursday to reveal plans for a makeover for the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Plans include a retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium, along with two other stadiums and a plaza where spectators can view the practice courts.

Nicole Gibbs

Nicole Gibbs

-The USTA has announced the women’s wild cards for the US Open. Spots in the main draw will go to ttwo-time NCAA singles champion Nicole Gibbs, U.S. Fed Cup team member Vania King, rising young Americans Alison Riske, Shelby Rogers and Maria Sanchez and USTA Girls’ 18s national champion Sachia Vickery. Australia’s Ashleigh Barty and France’s Pauline Parmentier also will receive US Open main draw wild cards.

Players receiving 2013 US Open qualifying wild cards are: Jan Abaza, Brooke Austin, a USTA Girls’ 18s National Championships semifinalist; local teenager Louisa Chirico who reached the girls’ singles semifinals at both the French Open and Wimbledon this year; Victoria Duval, the 2012 USTA Girls’ 18s national champion; Allie Kiick, this USTA Girls’ 18s National Championships singles runner-up and doubles champion each of the last two years; local teenager Jamie Loeb, a 2013 Wimbledon junior singles quarterfinalist; Brianna Morgan, a freshman at Florida this year who won her first pro singles title in June; and Taylor Townsend, who made history in 2012 as the first American girl in 30 years to hold the year-end No. 1 world junior ranking.

- According to L’Equipe, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga has withdrawn from the US Open with a knee injury which has kept him off the tour.

Jack Sock

Jack Sock

-Former Top 10 player Fernando Verdasco and up-and-coming American Jack Sock have joined the singles field for the 2013 Winston-Salem Open.


Tennis News Net Notes for March 21, 2013

Tennis News Net Notes for March 21, 2013

(March 21, 2013) A quick look at the recent news in the world of tennis.

Jennifer Capriati INHFM

Former player and recent tennis Hall of Fame inductee Jennifer Capriati is facing stalking and battery charges in regard to an incident which took place on Valentine’s Day in Palm Beach County. Capriati allegedly visited ex-boyfriend Ivan Brannan while working out at the gym and yelled at him and attempted to follow him into the men’s locker room, where Capriati blocked his path and allegedly punched him in the chest.

Capriati has been issued a summons to appear before a judge on April 17.

Brannan told police he broke up with Capriati in 2012 and that she has harassed him and stalked him ever since.




Former No. 1 Justine Henin gave  birth to her first child on Wednesday– a baby girl named Lalie.

The Belgian player who retired from tennis for a second and final time in 2011 posted on her Facebook page:

“We were anticipating this so much, and now it has happened, this afternoon a little fairy arrived to illuminate our lives.”

During her career, Henin won 7 majors and a total of 43 titles along with winning the gold medal in singles at the 2004 Olympic Games.


Tennis News Net Notes for October 10, 2012

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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.



Tennis News Net Notes for September 25, 2012

Rafael Nadal tells European newspapers in interviews on Tuesday that he’s not sure when he’ll be back on tour due to his knee injury.

‘This is a day-to-day thing,” said Nadal. “I can’t predict what will happen.”

Read his interview with Reuters.


Novak Djokovic is set to play an exhibition match against recent International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee, former No. 1 Gustavo Kuerten in Brazil in November. The event will help to open a tennis court in Rocinha

Kuerten is also scheduled to play Roger Federer in an exhibition in December.


Bobby Chintapalli  interviewed Billie Jean King for USA Today on the subject of equal prize money.


Four-time major champion and former World No. 2 Guillermo Vilas told Argentine media on Monday that he is interested in becoming Argentina’s Davis Cup captain in the future.

Current captain Martin Jaite has said that he’ll be back in 2013.

Tennis Canada reports that Canada’s top female player, Aleksandra Wozniak has been diagnosed with an AC joint sprain in her right shoulder, an injury that will keep her out of action for a minimum of six weeks and puts an end to her 2012 season.

“I am keeping a positive attitude in spite of this new injury I suffered recently at the tournament in Quebec City,” said Wozniak. “I was in a good position heading into the last events of the season because I didn’t have a lot of points to defend. It’s unfortunate as I was hoping to improve my ranking (currently no. 43), but I will come back stronger.”

Once the inflammation and pain subsides, Wozniak will begin physiotherapy and physical training in order to be ready for the start of 2013 season. She expects to compete in the first WTA events of the year in Australia in January.


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Tennis News Net Notes for December 23, 2011

Danielle Rossingh  of  Bloomberg News reports that Sony Ericsson will not renew their sponsorship of the WTA tour when their contract expires at end of next year.

“After seven years partnering with the WTA, we have decided not to renew the partnership,” said Sony Ericsson spokeswoman Graciela Pineda said in an interview with Bloomberg. “We feel that after seven years our brand has evolved and our business as well.”

“They have been a great partner and we will miss them,” the WTA Tour said in a statement emailed to Bloomberg News. “We look forward to the next phase of growth with our existing and future partners.”


Maria Sharapova has pulled out of Brisbane with an ankle injury. She expects to be ready to play theAustralian Open.  “I do expect to be ready for the year’s first Grand Slam and I am really looking forward to competing on court,” said Sharapova.



Swedish player Lucas Renard has been suspended for six months and fined $5000 dollars for breaching an article of the anti-corruption program that says: “No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any Event,” the unit said in a statement to media.

Renard ranked 882nd in the world admitted to the offense. Four of six months of ban will be suspended.



Evonne Goolagong Cawley has been honored with the women’s singles trophy at the Brisbane International being named after her.

Goolagong Cawley said: “I have won a few trophies in my time but I have never had a major event name their trophy after me.”

The Brisbane International tournament begins January 1st .



French players Jeremy Chardy and Aravane Rezai have been awarded wildcards into the Australian Open under a reciprocal agreement between the two tennis federations.


Tennis News Net Notes for December 19, 2011

Venus Williams has withdrawn from the ASB Classic due to health issues. A press release from the tournament stated:
“After playing a number of recent exhibition matches, Williams told her agent Carlos Fleming she was not ready to play in Auckland. The former world No. 1 has been receiving treatment for Sjögren’s syndrome (an autoimmune disease).”

The Atlanta Tennis Championships announced the signing of Atlantic Station as its tournament site under a multi-year partnership deal. Atlantic Station a complex combines housing and commercial office space with restaurants, theaters and retailers in the heart of Atlanta.

Next year’s tournament will run July 14-22 is the opening event of the Olympus US Open Series season.

In related news, Andy Roddick, John Isner and Jack Sock have all committed to play the tournament in 2012. Isner has inked a multi-year deal to play the tournament.

Maria Sharapova announced on her facebook page  that she will make herself available to play for Russia when they take on Spain in Fed Cup in February in Moscow.

The Buenos Aires Herald reports that Gaston Gaudio, Roland Garros champion in 2004 played his farewell match at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club over the weekend.

“I’m happy to be here. I’ve dreamed this day with a stadium full of people,” Gaudio said after defeating his friend Mariano Zabaleta by 7-6 (9-7 in the tie break). Gaudio officially retire from the pro tour in 2010.

More than 5,000 attended the event including Guillermo Vilas, Gabriela Sabatini and Juan Martín del Potro.

The mixed team event Hopman Cup has announced their schedule.
Group A
(1) Czech Republic – Petra Kvitova & Tomas Berdych
(4) USA – Bethanie Mattek-Sands & Mardy Fish
Denmark – Caroline Wozniacki & Frederik Nielsen
Bulgaria – Tsvetana Pironkova & Grigor Dimitrov

Group B
(2) France – Marion Bartoli & Richard Gasquet
(3) Spain – Anabel Medina Garrigues & Fernando Verdasco
Australia – Jarmila Gajdosova & Lleyton Hewitt

Session Date


Session 1 Sat 31 Dec 2011

9:30 am

(2) France v China
Session 2 Sun 1 Jan 2012

3:00 pm

Australia v (3) Spain
Session 3 – Tennis West Family Day
Session 4
Mon 2 Jan 2012

9:30 am
5:00 pm

(1) Czech Republic v Bulgaria
(4) USA v Denmark
Session 5
Session 6
Tues 3 Jan 2012

9:30 am
5:00 pm

(3) Spain v China
Australia v (2) France
Session 7 – Ladies Day
Session 8
Wed 4 Jan 2012

9:30 am
5:00 pm

Denmark v Bulgaria
(1) Czech Republic v (4) USA
Session 9
All singles matches on Centre Court
Thur 5 Jan 2012

1:00 pm

Australia v China
(2) France v (3) Spain
Session 10
All singles matches on Centre Court
Fri 6 Jan 2012

1:00 pm

(1) Czech Republic v Denmark
(4) USA v Bulgaria
FINAL Sat 7 Jan 2012

3:00 pm

Winner Group A v Winner Group B


Mike Bryan announced his engagement to Lucille Williams on twitter on Monday.


Tennis News Net Notes for December 14, 2011

In the News:

The Dutch daily paper De Telegraaf  reported on Wedenesday that former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek has allegedly taken himself out of the race to head the ATP World Tour. The paper notes that Krajicek  does not think he has enough support from ATP board members.

Krajicek currently is the tournament director of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

Current ATP head Adam Helfant is stepping down at the end of this year.


Wimbledon’s chief executive Ian Ritchie is leaving the All England Club to take the leadership role at England’s Rugby Football Union. Ritchie had been the chief executive for Wimbledon since 2005.


Argentina’s Davis Cup captain Modesto Vazquez  is out after serving for three years. Vazquez says the Argentine tennis association decided not to renew his contract after losing to Spain in the Davis Cup final this month.

It’s been reported that Vaquez had a “difficult” relationship with David Nalbandian and called him “not a positive leader” in an interview with TyC Sports channel on Wednesday.

Vazquez will be replaced by former player Martin Jaite.