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Margaret Court Welcomed to Australian Open 2020

In 1970 Margaret Court won the Australian Open, the initial Conquest event of the year, therefore beginning what would certainly end up being a historical year in tennis. As the year took place, Margaret gathered much more prizes, consisting of the females’ songs at Roland Garros, at Wimbledon, as well as lastly, the United States Open, to finish the Conquest– an accomplishment matched by just 2 other women, Maureen Connolly in 1953, as well as a lot more lately by Steffi Graf in 1988.

To note this historical event, Margaret Court, in addition to her friends and family, has actually been welcomed to Australian Open 2020 as a unique visitor, and also to join a substantial program of occasions throughout the competition. In June this year Tennis Australia’s manufacturing group invested a day with Margaret in your home in Perth, shooting for a small docudrama which will certainly be launched throughout the occasion.

Throughout recording Margaret shared valuable memories of her time on the scenic tour, as well as intimate representations on her unequaled success. Her on court expertise, track record for being very healthy as well as training in a style method ahead of her time, together with her label ‘the arm’ for her substantial reach, are kept in mind by fellow tales consisting of Pole Laver. The Australian Open’s main program likewise consists of a function on Margaret’s accomplishments in 1970.

Various other prepare for the 50th wedding anniversary consist of in-stadium home entertainment that takes the target market back to 1970 as well as Margaret’s historical win, and also the yearly Australian Open Legends Lunch. More occasions as well as chances, as is usual at the Australian Open, will certainly be revealed throughout the competition.

Atlantic Tennis Centre Confirmed

Atlantic Canada is getting itself a new sporting complex in Nova Scotia, Bedford. The small town in the Eastern Province took advantage of the current tennis scene in Canada. The Chairman of the Atlantic Tennis Centre and International Tennis Federation spoke with local government officials to convince them to allow for a massive indoor tennis complex in Bedford. After considerable deliberation, it has finally been confirmed that this proposed sporting complex has been approved and will be built within the next two years. It will be a state-of-the-art facility that caters to all levels of tennis.

Nova Scotia has had multiple new gymnasiums and sporting complex’s built-in Halifax to accommodate various sports, such as Hockey. However, all facilities for tennis haven’t been upgraded in nearly a hundred years. The most recent improvement to a professional tennis facility in Nova Scotia was the Halifax Common Tennis Courts, which got resurfaced for the first time since the 1960s. Another example is that the current Atlantic Tennis Centre is maintained at the Bedford Commons on a six-court dome beside Canadian Tire. It will cost the Atlantic Canada Tennis Association $11 Million to develop this sports complex, which is being funded through a capital campaign. Those wanting to donate can go through their local municipal or federal government donation sites.

The upgraded and new Atlantic Canada Tennis Facility will manage eighteen courts. Twelve of those courts will be located inside, with the additional six designed outside the new complex building. Atlantic Canada Tennis Centre hopes that their new facility will be opened by May 2020, but an impending horrendous winter for all of Canada will push back development schedules. Subsequently, Tennis players in Nova Scotia can anticipate the facility to be opened by Mid-Summer 2020.

Tennis in Canada

Tennis has always been a staple sport for Canada. Schools nationwide require students to learn and engage with the sport because its one of the healthiest played worldwide. It’s also one of the few sports that doesn’t have any contact while requiring you use your full body. Subsequently, this assists in lowering heart disease in young children. Ever since Bianca Andreescu from Mississauga Ontario became the highest-ranked Canadian Tennis Player by the Women’s Tennis Association, the popularity of the sport has skyrockets nationwide. Her success has inspired other female Canadians to participate in the game. Bianca is expected to become the next Serena Williams, with the youngest defeating Williams at the most recent Wimbledon.

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Bryan Brothers Retiring in 2020

The most successful team of doubles in tennis history has announced that the 2020 Season will be their last with the tour. This shocked many, as most players announcing retirement, have surpassed their prime years. The Bryan Brothers are far from being past their prime, with the identical twins winning the Miami Open and all three finals for the 2019 Tour. Mike Bryan was ranked number one with the ATP Tour. Many speculate the brothers are retiring to venture onto new projects. It’s now estimated that their final doubles match with being at the 202 United States Open.

It wouldn’t be surprising if the brothers retired at the United States ATP Open. It was here that the brother began their professional career in 1995. They have the highest records for all double’s standings, destroying all prior title holders. This proved their capabilities and longevity towards playing on the tour for multiple decades. After 25 Years, the two haven’t been outside the top ten. They have played more than one thousand matches and hold sixteen grand slams together. Collectively, their winning percentage has been 75%. This is higher than any other tennis stars in history.

Bob and Mike Bryan weren’t only professional players for self prosperity. The brothers also assisted their home country with multiple national events, included the Davis Cup. Their strength as a unit was so evident that at one point, they fought off four tennis stars as a doubles team. Their flexibility towards handling any situation regarding tennis is apparent. Subsequently, they boasted a 24 to 5 Record at the David Cup. Not even Patrick McEnroe and Jim Courier could stop the strength that is the Bryan Brothers.

These American Tennis Stars have been so prevalent in their sport that they were selected for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, where they won the Bronze for the United States of America. Four years later, the brothers would arrive at Wimbledon and take gold. Their final international competition will be at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games, where they hope to make gold for the United States.

These brothers are retiring to pursue other passions. Both are musicians, athletes for charities and operate their foundation. They have been significant advocates towards helping children through music and arts. However, the brothers will always be known for their relentless attitude as the best doubles in tennis.

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Federer Retirement Looming

After being victorious in Basel, Federer has withdrawn from Paris in an attempt to manage his schedule carefully. This might be seen that the 38-year-old legend’s retirement is a looming reality on the horizon.

During last week, Federer sped through his tenth Swiss indoor tournament to win the title. In his home town of Basel, he never dropped a single set against Alex De Minaur during their clash in the finals. Within 69 minutes Federer sealed a 6-2 6-2 victory over his opponent. Then Federer withdrew from the Paris Masters, scheduled the following week. His response to this was that he needs to pace himself to be able to remain longer within the ATP Tour.

Final Year before Retirement

Regardless of his withdrawal from Paris, the 38-year-old tennis star is still planning on playing in the ATP Finals set to take place in London during next month. It has been many years since he last won this season-ending tournament in 2011. Federer’s latest victory in his hometown placed brought him his 103rd ATP title. This is placing him a mere six behind tennis legend, Jimmy Connors. There are always more records to chase within the sport, but the sense that 2020 might be the last year before retirement for this Grand Slam champion with 20 victories behind his name, is growing.

During Federer’s interview following his winning performance in Basel, it became evident that it isn’t as much the physical toll on his body which is holding the star back, but much rather the mental toll on his mind which is getting heavy. While he was addressing the crowd, he was very emotional. He stated that it was indeed due to the hard work of the past week and the flood of thoughts that he had over his family, which led to his emotional breakdown. He also stated that managing four children is one of the significant challenges in his life.

Putting Family First

It is evident that family plays a vital role in the life of this father of four and that even though he is so close to catching up with Connors, he won’t be blinded by that possible achievement and in the process put his mind and body under unnecessary stress. He also stated during a previous interview that he is not planning on chasing records in his career. For this man, his family and his health are getting priority seats in his life, and everything else, including tennis, comes second to that.

For the moment it seems that it would only be injury or if something would happen to his parents which will mean an immediate retirement for Federer. Yet, he very much aware of the fact that his career is coming to an end and that his days on the court, playing for his beloved crowds is quickly running out.

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Andy Murray’s Career In Question

Merely a few weeks after announcing that he will slowly be returning to the court after a hip replacement earlier on in the year, Murray’s career is once again in question. Previously he was urged by his surgeon, referred to as the royal surgeon after operating on the Queen Mother’s hip a couple of years ago, to continue playing. Now he was advised to stop immediately due to the high possibility of cobalt poisoning in his blood if he does stay.

Dr Hannes Rudiger is a medical practitioner at the Schulthess Clinic in Zurich. He has advised Murray to stop playing immediately or otherwise face the catastrophic consequences of cobalt poisoning in his blood. Murray suffered hip resurfacing surgery early on this year and was pain-free for the first time in quite a while after suffering severely from his hip previously.

Since he felt great and was urged by his surgeon to continue playing, that was what he did. He performed very well being back on the court and won the European Open title last week. Dr Rudiger, however, had dampened the joyous moment when he urged Murray to stop immediately. Dr Rudiger stated that he didn’t even think that it would be possible that someone would perform so well after a hip replacement with an artificial hip, but he is concerned about the high risk involved if the player continues to play.

The Birmingham Hip Resurfacing

This procedure has already been performed for the past ten years in Switzerland, although it is still relatively new in England. With the system, a prosthetic hip is implanted to replace the injured bone. Two parts of the bone then rub against each other with their metal surfaces. Dr Rudiger stated that often this kind of surgery had had catastrophic results in Switzerland.

He stated that not only did these hips had to be replaced much sooner than their alternative and that contributed significantly to damage to the body, but they also caused poisoning. Even though Murray did take the option of a slow return to playing competitively, he did now step up to the level of playing singles once again. This is very worrisome for Dr Rudiger.

He explained that the stop and go movement, especially prevalent in tennis, is very damaging to the prosthesis. He is so much in opposition to this procedure that he refuses to do that kind of surgery at all. He stated that these movements which are so damaging to the prosthetic hip cause abrasion to the surface of the prosthetic and that would cause cobalt poisoning in the player’s blood. This will lead to further terrible consequences like the bone mass being attacked, visual damage as well as damage to the nervous system. Dr Rudiger furthermore stated that he strongly advises anyone against that kind of surgery and that the risk is too high and the consequences too severe. Especially for someone with Murray’s career.

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Daniil Medvedev for Russian Tennis

The tennis star was inspiring Russian fans when he was signing balls and caps in Moscow, merely hours after his arrival from China where he secured the title in the Shanghai Masters. The native of Moscow is seen as an inspiration to an increasing number of young male tennis players currently infusing the Russian tennis scene. Now, Medvedev is standing at a career-high with his best ranking yet, being at number four in the world.

Being visibly tired, the 23-year-old star admitted to relying on caffeine to keep him awake and still he took the time to smile for selfies and to hand out signatures to his fans. He stated that the support which he gets from the Russians is brilliantly strong and that it is great to have so many people backing your career. Also, the social media in Russia, as well as his many Russian friends, were mentioned for their loyal support.

Inspiring the Young Stars

According to a young fan, Daniil Trefilov, a 19-year-old student, tennis is becoming better and more popular within the country thanks to Medvedev’s influence on the local tennis scene. This is echoed by another young supporter and the leader of an online group who expresses their support for Russia, David Umarkhadzhiyev, who stated that he fell in love with the game of tennis by watching how Medvedev plays. He continued saying that after Marat Safin and Yevgeny Kafelnikov moved out of the tennis scene, there was a certain kind of stagnation in the sport within Russia. For a relatively long period, no men were playing tennis until Medvedev, Andrei Rublev and Karen Khachanov appeared onto the scene. These three players are the top-ranked players presenting Russia on the international courts. Among themselves these three have an internal competition going, continually pushing each other to higher levels of success.

The Kremlin Cup

The Kremlin Cup is set to take place this week in Moscow, but at his time of arrival within the city, Medvedev was still unsure whether he will be playing within the tournament. Even though he is looking relaxed and tanned, he is highly fatigued with his eyes often half shut as he speaks to his fans and the media.

Beyond the friendly rivalry of his fellow Russian players, lies a much stronger competition which needs to be taken head-on. When Medvedev states this rivalry, he is referring to Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. He says that they are playing as if they are coming from another planet. They are truly brilliant and powerful on the court. Everybody else is always trying their utmost best to beat them. He didn’t comment really on a statement earlier made by Boris Becker stating that the young and upcoming generation of tennis players doesn’t have the mental strength to dethrone the older players. He merely confirmed that he is always trying to deliver his best performance.

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Danielle Collins Arthritis Diagnosis

Lately, fans of this American tennis star must have noticed that she has been in and out quite often in tournaments. Now, after she made a public announcement this week, it became clear what the cause of her regular absence is. The Australian Open finalists announced via a press statement that she has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.

This auto-immune disease is categorized within the same group as lupus and Sjögren’s syndrome. The latter being the disease with which Venus Williams was diagnosed after it influenced her life for more than ten years. Rheumatoid Arthritis is associated with chronic inflammation in the joints, which causes constant pain, swelling and stiffness. Even though it is never pleasant to receive any lousy diagnosis, this has been kind of a revelation to the 25-year-old tennis star and explained a lot of the questions about her health lately. Collins stated that she hadn’t been feeling healthy for a while already and that knowing is serving as a form of relieve.

She also stated that she isn’t the first person ever to be diagnosed with such a condition and that she’ll have to learn to deal with it as other people do too. Collins is also not the first person in the world of international tennis to be diagnosed with this condition. During October last year, Caroline Wozniacki went public with the same diagnosis after the WTA Finals. She then stated that regardless of being the fittest athlete in the world, when something like this crosses your path, you need to deal with. She also acknowledges that there are individual choices that you can make to feel better.

Collins’s Career

Collins recently experience a career highlight for her when she made it to no 23 on the rankings after her four runs in Melbourne. This included a 6-0, 6-2 defeat over Angelique Kerber who stood at second place at that stage in the rankings. This diagnosis is in no means a career-ender according to her doctor, Dr Clifton L Page. He stated that early diagnosis is an excellent way of combatting the effects of the condition and that there have been many advancements in the creation of treatments to manage not only the symptoms but also the joint destruction which occurs due to the inflammation. Due to the medical world being much better educated now, management plans can be worked out for athletes to allow them to play for a long time still.

Collins’s most recent performance was at the China Open when Kristina Mladenovic defeated her during her opener in Beijing. Now the young star has to face a much more significant challenge, but considering her recent Instagram post stating that she has this condition and still portrays a positive outlook on life as well as an inborn tenacity, it seems that she is well equipped to deal with this too. She said that she is grateful for every day, which she feels healthy and that she will stay committed to continue a fierce battle on the court.

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Dismissed Umpire for Inappropriate Remarks

In the global arena of international tennis, it is not uncommon for legends of the court to misbehave sometimes. This kind of behaviour is frowned upon by the ATP and often results in players being slammed with hefty fines. This time around it is however not a Nick Kyrgios or even a Williams sister who has been misbehaving, but indeed an umpire who made himself guilty of sexual harassment towards one of the underage ball girls. In addition to this offence, he was also in conversation with one of the players during their toilet break, which is considered to be another violation of ATP rules. Gianluca Moscarella has been dismissed from his position with immediate effect, while the investigation continues into his alleged offences.

Calling Her Sexy

During last week’s Florence Challenger, Gianluca Moscarella was in the chair as an umpire during a match between Pedro Sous and Enrico Dalla Valle. It was roughly around the end of the first set which they played that the voice of Moscarella could be heard, speaking to the ball girl who was kneeling next to his umpire chair. The ball girl was only sixteen years old. Even though he was talking in a foreign language, it was understood that he said to the girl that he thinks she is fantastic and that he considers her to be very sexy. He also asked her if she was physically or emotionally hot. His behaviour is deemed to be sexual harassment of the young girl. This was not his only time which he disregarded the ATP rule book.

Some video footage also surfaced of Moscarella in conversation with one of the players during a toilet break, Pedro Sousa, telling him to stay focused and commenting about the heat which is too much. Moscarella was not enjoying the hot temperature and urged Sousa to finish the game off quickly so that all can get out of the heat sooner. Umpires aren’t allowed to converse with players except when on the court.

Gianluca Moscarella

The Italian umpire has been in his position since 2010. During his career as an umpire, he has excelled to the point where he was one of the ATP’s gold badge umpires. This is the highest level that an arbitrator can achieve. Moscarella was immediately suspended when the video footage was brought under the attention of the ATP until further investigation has been completed.

Moscarella isn’t the first ATP umpire who was dismissed from his position this year. Recently they also suspended the 44-year-old Damian Steiner from Argentina. Steiner was umpire during the men’s finals at Wimbledon. According to an ATP spokesperson, Steiner granted many interviews which the ATP didn’t permit. Steiner had many interactions with the media in Argentina, and the ATP didn’t allow him to discuss any of the events which occurred during the match. They considered this improper conduct as enough reason to relieve him from his position with immediate effect.

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Andy Murray Surgery

During January at the Australian Open, Murray hit rock bottom, announcing his retirement due to his ongoing battle with a worsening hip injury. The injury was causing him constant pain, and he was content to put down his racket forever in exchange for a pain-free life. Now, after surgery, he is openly discussing his surgery and his reason for return to the court once again.

Murray is back on the court after undergoing hip surgery. He stated that it was, in fact, his surgeon, Sarah Muirhead-Allwood, who urged him to get back to play. Muirhead-Allwood is known as a royal surgeon after operating on the Queen Mother’s hip many years ago. Initially, Murray was content with the fact that his career is over and was only hoping to live a pain-free life. During rehab he was, however, realizing that he is now pain-free and happy again and that is enough. He thought that he didn’t have to play tennis. It was then when Muirhead-Allwood urged him to get back.

She stated that him being able to play once again would give surgeons confidence in the kind of treatment which he received. He is hoping that when people see him play again after the operation, that it would give them hope to recover from the same kind of painful situation too. Murray is however aware of the fact that he would have to go for a complete hip replacement later on in his life and that the surgery which he had of hip resurfacing, will only last up to 20 years. This estimated time frame might be shortened though through playing tennis on his level again. Alternatively, he also has his hopes on the train of thought which indicates that an active and healthy lifestyle like that of a top athlete, might cause the bone to be stronger around the hip area and making the resurfacing last longer.

The Near Future

This past week Murray was in action for two hours and 42 minutes against Alex de Minaur. The positive from this game was that he didn’t experience any pain either during the time on the court or afterwards. Soon he will be in Beijing for the ATP 1000 event which takes place in Shanghai. Murray is stating that in the past he placed his body under a lot of stress and that he is planning on taking a more relaxed approach now. He is allowing more time to relax and rest within his schedule. He stated that he is still not ready to take on players at the level of Nadal or Federer, but he is back on the court and enjoying himself. This is something which he was always very clear about, the fact that he will retire the day when he doesn’t enjoy playing anymore. Hopefully, for fans of this 32-year-old star, this won’t be the case for a long time to come.

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Laver Cup Exceeds Expectations

A couple of years ago Roger Federer had an idea which would be referred to as the Laver Cup. The vision entailed a tennis festival, an event where the legends of the sport are honoured, and the upcoming generation is inspired. It had to be fun for those who competed and those who attended. Today we know this vision became a reality which exceeded his expectation. 20-22 September is when the third edition of this event is taking place in Geneva, home turf to Federer himself.

Within a short period of only three years, the Laver Cup became extremely popular. During the first edition which took place in 2017 in Prague and the second in 2018 in Chicago, the event showed itself as an absolute hit on the tennis calendar. In such a degree that this year the ATP decided to let go of their antagonistic attitude towards the tournament and finally recognize it as one of the official world tournaments. The event will however not influence the ATP rankings, due to various tour rules which prevent ranking happening at the tournament. Chris Kermode, the CEO of ATP, expressed their excitement over the event. He mentioned that the players had contributed passionately, and the tennis fans of the world responded with sold-out events.

The Structure of the Laver Cup

The cup is named after Rod Laver, a living legend in the world of tennis. The tournament exists out of two teams competing against each other. The team representing Europe is named after German tennis legend, Bjorn Borg and the opposing team, Team World is named after the former bad boy in tennis history, John McEnroe. The core of Federer’s vision was to deliver a fun event for tennis fans globally which give honour to legends who made history in the game. The immediate appeal which it had from the crowds was, however, exceeding his own expectations. The Laver Cup is being played indoors in many significant areas. The venues resemble those which are used for WWE or even rock concerts. These are chosen specifically to attract the attention of younger interest.

Staring the Best

Even though the tournament is scheduled shortly after the US Open, Federer managed to get a brilliant lineup for the weekend tennis extravaganza. Winner of the US Open, Rafael Nadal and good friend to Federer, is one of the great stars showcasing his talent over the weekend. Nadal’s loyalty to both his good friend and the Laver Cup is represented in the fact that this tennis superstar announced shortly after taking victory in the US Open, that he will need to rest, to let the tendinitis in his knees heal. He said that his schedule for the remainder of the year would have to be delayed for a couple of days, but the one event which he will most definitely be present at is the Laver Cup.

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