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The Australian Open Is the Tip of a Melting Iceberg | The Nation

I’m normally excited by the first tennis Grand Slam of the year, but Australia is literally on fire and climate change is a significant factor.
— Read on www.thenation.com/article/australian-open-fires-climate-change/

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Good Husband Alexis Ohanian Trolls Maria Sharapova With D.A.R.E. Shirt After Serena Williams’s 6-1, 6-1 Win

Alexis Ohanian is the hero we need but do not deserve.

Source: Good Husband Alexis Ohanian Trolls Maria Sharapova With D.A.R.E. Shirt After Serena Williams’s 6-1, 6-1 Win

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Listen To The Wimbledon Radio Channel For The Best Tennis Experience

I always prefer the radio feed for sporting events over the play-by-play on the television. Tennis is no exception. If you’re a fan like I am, check out the Wimbledon Radio Channel via TuneIn. There are actually three radio feeds: An overall feed which covers the tournament in general and then two feeds dedicated to Centre Court and Number 1 Court.

Main Channel
Centre Court
Number 1 Court
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Why is Keys so solid at slams? – Roland-Garros – The 2019 Roland-Garros Tournament official site

This is an excellent article on how a player like Madison Keys has adapted both her game and her mindset to perform well at Grand Slam events.

— Read on www.rolandgarros.com/en-us/article/madison-keys-grand-slam-consistency-davenport

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Remember Justin Gimelstob? – Tennis Connected

Mind you, this incident is different than when he insulted Anna Kournikova in 2008, or when he was sexist as hell also in 2008, or when he tried choking an opponent at a 2017 paddle tournament, or when he made asinine comments about Barack Obama, or even when his ex-wife filed a restraining order against him, nor is it the same as the time he’s alleged to have made a video recording of his ex-wife having sex with another man.

— Read on tennisconnected.com/home/2019/04/29/remember-justin-gimelstob/

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Roger Federer Makes History In Dubai, Wins 100th Title | ATP Tour | Tennis

Congratulations to Roger Federer on his 100th career ATP tour title! He is the GOAT of men’s tennis by far.

Roger Federer made history on Saturday at the Dubai Duty Free Championships, defeating reigning Next Gen ATP Finals Champion Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4 to win his 100th tour-level title. The 37-year-old is just the second man to accomplish the feat, joining Jimmy Connors, who triumphed 109 times.

— Read on www.atptour.com/en/news/federer-beats-tsitsipas-in-dubai-2019-to-win-his-100th-title

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LGBT group severs links with Navratilova over transgender comments – BBC News

In its statement, Athlete Ally said Navratilova’s comments were “transphobic, based on a false understanding of science and data, and perpetuate dangerous myths that lead to the ongoing targeting of trans people through discriminatory laws, hateful stereotypes and disproportionate violence”.

It added: “This is not the first time we have approached Martina on this topic. In late December, she made deeply troubling comments across her social media channels about the ability for trans athletes to compete in sport. We reached out directly offering to be a resource as she sought further education, and we never heard back.”
— Read on www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47301007

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Murray Undergoes Hip Surgery In London

1. Cue the Six Million Dollar Man theme.
2. I hope Mr. Murray no longer has hip pain.
3. Will he be able to return to the court?

Andy Murray has confirmed that he underwent right hip surgery in London on Monday.

The former World No. 1 posted a message on his Instagram account, including an X-ray photo, stating, “I underwent a hip resurfacing surgery in London yesterday morning…feeling a bit battered and bruised just now but hopefully that will be the end of my hip pain. I now have a metal hip.”

https://www.atptour.com/en/news/murray-undergoes-hip-surgery-28-january-2019

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Well, this was unexpected

Anybody else get followed by a pro tennis player recently? 😎

Well, this was unexpected.

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When the Letter of the Law Supersedes the Spirit

On Facebook, I recently posted an article from the Washington Post regarding the Women’s Singles US Open Final and the controversy which took place during that match. I won’t go into the details, which you can read in the article, but one of the points I’ve seen come up repeatedly is that Serena Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, admitted he was coaching during the match, which led to the first code violation assessed to Serena and the start of the controversy.

Patrick also pointed out, correctly, that EVERY coach does this, and the broadcast also pointed out that Serena wasn’t even looking up at the box when the coaching violation was called, so she didn’t even know what her coach was doing. Ramos had the option to give a verbal warning to Serena at that point or, what MOST umpires do in sports, assess the situation and determine if action is necessary, but he chose to try to make an example of her and her team, and doing so during the Final.

There have been reports that Osaka’s coach was verbally coaching her. I haven’t confirmed that yet, but, if so, why was she not also hit with a code violation?

Serena was rightfully called for a code violation for racket abuse. The problem is that she was assessed a point penalty since it was the second violation of the match. That’s what made her so angry at that point. She already felt like she was getting singled out from the “coaching” call. That’s why she was adamant about an apology from Ramos. Was calling Ramos a “thief” going too far? Maybe, but we have seen multiple players, ESPECIALLY on the men’s side, who have said far worse to umpires and see little to no punishment. That was Serena’s point to the tournament referee after the game penalty was called. Again, Ramos could have told Serena that he would have to assess a game penalty if she continued. He did not and simply penalized her again.

I don’t know if you saw the video of the MLB umpire with his mic’s audio from a game with the Mets when Terry Valentine was manager. You can see the umpire doing everything he can to defuse the situation and only ejected Valentine when he had no other recourse. It’s the umpire’s job to assess the situation and apply BOTH the spirit AND the letter of the law to what is occurring at that time. Ramos did not even attempt to do so.

Another example – How often do basketball fans bemoan the referees not “letting the players play” during the final minutes of a game, regardless of the infractions getting called? Ramos should have let the players play. Instead, he made this match about himself and marred both Serena’s and Naomi’s attempts to make history.

Naomi most likely would have won as she was playing the better game, but Ramos interjected himself too much into the match and overshadowed her accomplishment. She will win more majors, I’m sure, but this is not how you want your first Major victory to be remembered.