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Novak Djokovic is Engaged to Longtime Girlfriend Jelena Ristic

Djokovic and Ristic

(September 25, 2013) World No. 1 Novak Djokovic announced his engagement on Twitter and Facebook on Wednesday to longtime girlfriend Jelena Ristic.

A few Serbian media outlets reported the engagement earlier in the day but Djokovic confirmed the rumors on social media:

 

 

 

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Approach Shots – Judy Murray Q & A Part Three

 

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(September 19, 2013) NEW YORK, NY – During the US Open, Great Britain’s Fed Cup Captain Judy Murray, mother of ATP players Andy Murray and Jamie Murray, sat down to do an interview with Tennis Panorama News.

In part three of our Q & A,  we go off the beaten path and ask the former top Scottish women’s tennis player about tennis and twitter and discuss her famous sweet tooth.

Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama News: Tennis and Twitter seem to go together. Out of all the social media out there tennis players, tennis fans, tennis media have taken to twitter in great numbers

Judy Murray: Yes, I think that’s the great thing about it. It allows you to engage with people who are tennis fans and in a very fun and safe way.

It’s up to you if you want to do it. It’s up to you what you put there. I enjoy it. I reply to a few tweets, maybe not daily, but I try to reply to a few tweets. I’ve actually made a few very good friends on twitter, strangely. You just have to make up your mind how you want to use it. I just think it’s a really good way to engage with fans.

And I think there are people I follow on twitter, they tend to be either people who are funny or people who I get tennis information from or tennis people who amuse me. Or might be people you admire from other sports. Not too many like that but I just like to follow a few people from different walks of life and it’s just quite interesting. I fit’s used in the right way, it can be very creative and it’s harmless. It can be quite addictive. You can spend quite a lot of time on it. In fact when you are over here (United States) my phone bill goes up quite a lot if I’m on it. It’s good fun.

 

KP: You are known for having a sweet tooth. Do you have favorite pastries, desserts, did you go to Taste of Tennis?

JM: I didn’t go because I wasn’t here (New York City). I would’ve gone if I had been here. I went the one in Melbourne, I really enjoyed that. That was great fun.

I’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth.

I like anything that’s sponge (cake) – sponge with icing on it. So I like cupcakes with not too much icing. If it’s too much, it’s too sweet and I can’t eat it all.

I like fresh cream like chocolate éclairs and mille-feuille with fresh cream through it.

A sponge, filled with cream, fresh cream with jam would be my absolute favorite, so it’s not like too sweet. I like a good dessert as well. I like banana and pineapple and chocolate, coconut, meringue. I like caramel sauce.

I could eat most things.

 

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Oz and Ends – Day One at the 2013 Australian Open

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Oz and ends  and bits of news from the Australian Open for January 14, 2013

 

Bagels and breadsticks

Maria Sharapova won her first match of the Australian Open 6-0, 6-0 in 55 minutes over fellow Russian Olga Puchkova. It was her third career “double bagel” in a major tournament. She only needs a double bagel at Wimbledon to complete a “double bagel slam.”

Three women have completed the “double bagel slam” – they are Hall of Famers Chris Evert, Steffi Graf and Monica Seles.

Venus Williams added to the bagel set count with a 6-1, 6-0 demolishing of Kazakhstan’s Galina Voskoboeva.

 

Win streak continues

Agnieszka Radwanska has extended her 2013 win streak to 10 by defeating Australian wild card entry Bojana Bobusic of 7-5, 6-0 on Monday.
Twitter News

Maria Sharapova has officially joined twitterverse. Follow her at @MariaSharapova

[tweet https://twitter.com/MariaSharapova/status/290778598774829058]

 

Tweets of the day

 

 

Lucky Loser is a winner
Tim Smyczek is lucky loser was a winner on Monday with a 6-4, 7-6, 7-5 victory over Ivo Karlovic. The American it into the draw thanks to housemate John Isner who pulled out of the tournament with a right knee injury.

 

Tough day for Aussies

Matthew Ebden, Ashleigh Barty, Olivia Rogowska, Sasha Jones,  John Millman, Lleyton, Hewitt and Casey Dellacqua all exited on day one of Australian Open. Sam Stosur was the only victorious Australian on Monday.

 

Two seeds falls

The 11th seed Juan Monaco was the only seeded played not to win on Monday. The Argentine who withdrew from last week’s Kooyong Classic exhibition tournament with a hand injury was clearly stuggling clearly struggling on the court in his straight set loss to Alex Kuznentsov, was applauded by spectators for not retiring from the match.

Monaco told Reuters: “My leg tightened up at the start of the second set and it was very tough for me,” pointing to his right leg.

On the women’s side Ksenia Pervak  stopped 32nd seed Mona Barthel 7-5, 2-6, 6-4.

Federer out of Davis Cup

Roger Federer will not participate in Switzerland’s first round Davis Cup tie versus the reigning champions, the Czech Republic

 

Five set marathons

[22] Fernando Verdasco def. David Goffin 6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
[10] Nicolas Almagro def Steve Johnson 7-5, 6-7, 6-2, 6-7, 6-2
Edouard Rogers-Vasselin def. Ruben Bemelmans 6-3, 6-7, 2-6, 7-5, 11-9
Daniel Gimeno-Traver def. Lukasz Kubot 6-7, 6-4, 6-0, 4-6, 6-4
[23] Mikhail Youzhny def. Matt Ebden 4-6, 6-7, 6-2, 7-6, 6-3
[28] Marcos Baghdatis def. Albert Ramos 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Roberto Bautista Agut def. Fabio Fognini 6-0, 2-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
[31] Radek Stepanek def. Viktor Troicki 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 7-5;
Brian Baker def. Alex Bogomolov 7-6, 6-3, 6-7, 3-6, 6-2.

 

Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama News

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Serena on Twitter “My Emotions did get the best of me”

Serena Williams (Photo by Maria Noble)

Serena Williams via her twitter on Wednesday morning said “My emotions did get the best of me this past weekend when I disagreed with the umpire. It has been a long road to get back to the US Open this year, and I am thankful to have had such a great two weeks in New York.”

The tweet came two of days after being fined $2000 for verbally abusing chair umpire Eva Asderaki during the women’s US Open final where Williams lost to Samantha Stosur. Williams yelled “Come on!” while facing a break point in the second set thinking she had ended the point on a forehand winner while had reached out and got a racquet on the ball.

The chair umpire cited the hindrance and the point was awarded. Williams then had words with the umpire.

Samantha Stosur won the match the title 6-2, 6-3 for her first Grand Slam championship.

Williams was the heavy favorite in the match. After returning from almost a year-long absence due to  two foot surgeries and blood clots in her lungs in June, she won two tournaments during the summer.

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“On The Call” with Sloane Stephens Talking About Her Game, Goals and Twitter

Tennis Panorama News took part in a media conference call with up and coming American player Sloane Stephens for the new WTA International level tournament this summer in College Park, Maryland – the Citi Open.

Currently ranked at a career high 125th in the world, Stephens spoke to media about her game, her goals and twitter.

Q: You are in the 120’s now so you almost close to getting into Slams. What are your goals for the rest of the year?

SS: I definitely want to break top 100. Obviously that’s what everyone wants to do. But I’m just trying to keep improving and keep working on my game.

Q: Is there a specific part of your game you’d like to strengthen or improve?

SS: I’d like to strengthen my serve as I’ve always been bothered by it. I’m constantly working on it and that will be my biggest battle but it’s gotten better over the summer so I’m growing to love it now.

Q: Is life on the tour what you expected?

SS: Well I have homework and spend a lot of time with my coach after matches but I haven’t been able to do a lot of the things the older players get to do. I have been to several player parties and those have been fun but yeah, so far it’s been what I’ve expected.

Q: Your Twitter account is a must follow. Do you dig up the quotes yourself or do you get them from quotebooks and what is your philosophy on tweeting?

SS: I love Twitter. I post everything myself but my uncle been emailing me since I was 10 years old and on the bottom of his emails they have these quotes and I’ve always found them really cool. So I’ve kept all my uncle’s emails and I go back re-read the quotes on there and think “That’s a good one” so I’ll post that one or whatever. Initially it was just being funny and to just throw stuff out there, but then people responded to me saying I love your tweets and can relate to what you say so I started tweeting more and I’m glad people enjoy it.

Q: A lot of your tweets are spiritual. How does your spiritual life help you as a player?

SS: I grew up going to Catholic school so I was always going to mass and when I was younger my mom and I if we were out of town would always find a church and it definitely played a big a role especially the last couple years of my life since I was having such a tough time and I was like why are all these bad things happening to me. But I later realized it’s life, things happen and you have to go on. Now I’m a lot more positive about things because when I was younger I would take things really really seriously and now I’m a total goofball. Now I’m like what happens happens and I’m totally fine with that since life is way too short to be stressing over too many little things.

Q: What was it like winning your first title and how will that experience help you this summer?

SS: It was awesome. I got a Rolex watch when I won so I was excited about that. My mom came to hang out with me that week and I was just playing and playing and not expecting anything so when I won I was like “Yeah, this is cool.” I was real happy with that and I then I did well in the French Open qualies and got on a roll so I was starting to catch up to (Novak) Djokovic there for a bit. I’m definitely glad I got to experience that because it was crazy and intense but every experience is good and I very happy with it.

The Citi Open will take place July 23- 31st in College Park, Maryland. For more information about the tournament, please visit http://www.citiopentennis.com

Follow Sloane Stephens’ twitter account – @Sloanetweets.

Tennis Panorama News participates in many tennis media conference calls. “On The Call” serves to give readers an inside view of tennis news.

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Wilson Racquet Sports Rolls Out Social Media for the Australian Open

Wilson Tennis is continuing to make strides in  social media.  In 2011 they will use an array of online outlets to get in touch with tennis players and fans around the world.

With over 500 million active users, Facebook will play host to the Wilson Tennis couch during the Australian Open. Attendees of this year’s Australian Open championship will have the opportunity to sit on the Wilson Tennis couch. Once the photo is taken, they will have the opportunity to collect their photo on Wilson Tennis Facebook page and more importantly, choose to sit next to one of their favorite Wilson Tennis stars like Roger, Venus, Serena or Justine to get the ultimate racquet advice, digitally of course. www.facebook.com/wilsontennis

“Wilson is the #1 brand in tennis and we want to make sure that we are there for all the people who love our brand,” said Cory Springer, Wilson Global Business Director for Racquets. “We want to be accessible and interactive. It’s all about making it fun for everyone to be part of the Wilson team.”
Wilson will host live UStream broadcasts through the tournament with player interviews, a behind the scenes look at the stringing room, inside the Wilson player service area and great Wilson giveaways. www.ustream.tv/wilsontennis

Fans can connect directly to Wilson’s Tour Team in Australia via Google talk or AIM chat. People can talk directly to the people who handle the top professional tennis players in the world like Federer, Williams sisters, Del Potro and many more. Get insight to the game, ask questions or simply get info on Wilson products.
Screen name: WilsonTourTeam

For the most up to date info from Australia, track Wilson Tennis on Twitter. www.twitter.com/wilsontennis

Wilson Racquet Sports is a division of Chicago-based Wilson Sporting Goods, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sports equipment and owned by Amer Sports. Wilson designs, manufactures and distributes sporting goods throughout the world and focuses on making technologically advanced products which help players of all levels perform better. Wilson’s core sport categories include: Football, Basketball, Baseball, Volleyball, Soccer, Youth Sports, Uniforms/Apparel, Golf, Footwear and Racquet Sports (Tennis, Racquetball, Squash, Badminton and Platform Tennis). For more information, visit www.wilson.com.

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