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Nature Valley International Wildcard Goes to Andy Murray

Andy Murray accepted a Nature Valley International Wildcard wildcard as he continues his comeback after a hip injury that kept him out of action for almost a year. Murray suffered a loss in three sets as he returned on Tuesday to face Nick Kyrgios at Queens. After the match the three-time Grand Slam, 31-year-old champion said he was unsure of what would be the best way forward in his return. The Scot remained positive and said it was good to be back at Queens and that he was hoping to build on that in the next week.

Wimbledon starts on the 2nd of July and therefore the Nature Valley International held at Eastbourne is the final warm-up event available to Murray. He had surgery on his hip in January, and the former number one in the world has since moved the 156th on the rankings list. Before slipping to defeat, Murray was on the court for well over two-and-a-half hours in his match against Kyrgios. He is now looking forward to the opportunity to get more time on the grass courts.

Stan Wawrinka Also Accepted A Wildcard into Nature Valley International

Murray played in 2010 in the Davis Cup at Eastbourne and already knows that the facilities, as well as the courts, are excellent. Another former world number three has also accepted a wildcard into the events after suffering an injury, which is Stan Wawrinka. In the women’s event featuring Heather Watson and Johanna Konta, the top seed is Caroline Wozniacki the Australian Open Champion.

Murray to Experience the Competition Heat Once More Before Wimbledon.

According to BBC’s Russell Fuller, Andy Murray could have decided to play in one of the Wimbledon exhibition events, although he opted to accept the wildcard and play at Eastbourne. By playing in the Nature Valley International, Murray can look forward to playing a considerably weaker field. The top 20 players in the line-up are Diego Schwartzman and Kyle Edmund only, although all players who received entry are inside the top 60 of the world.

During the 2-hour 39-minute match against Kyrgios, Murray mentioned some stiffness in his lower back. He was positive that he could play the Nature Valley International at Eastbourne, but not yet at Wimbledon as in his opinion, five-set matches will be detrimental at this stage of his recovery.

Murray told reporters that Tuesday was an emotional day for him as he waited eleven months to return to the action, after losing to the Australian player Nick Kyrgios. Murray gives his recovery priority and has learned that taking care of his body comes first, and he has decided to do whatever it takes to look after his body to ensure a speedy and complete recovery.

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Rafael Nadal Defeats Dominic Thiem – Wins French Open Final

Nadal entered the Phillipe-Chatrier court by acknowledging the screaming fans by dropping his bag, then taking off his jacket he did a little jig that previously had the full house crowd at his feet. Dominic Thiem broke Rafael with a forehand in round three and to his credit, he did bring his biggest shot to the game.

For Nadal or any other professional tennis player, winning 11 titles is not even a dream, it is simply unbelievable. Nadal raised his arms in celebration as he turned towards his team, it was indeed celebration time as the 2-hour 42-minute French Final ended.

Rafael suffered from cramps during the third set, which made victory so much sweeter, the cramps he explained, is what happens when you as a player are really pushed, in a match. In the final Nadal triumphed 6-4, 6-3 and 6-2 against Dominic Thiem.

Dominic Thiem Waited Since His 11th Birthday to Play Rafael Nadal in a Final

Played under heavy skies the final ended on a high note for the 32-year-old, while the 24-year-old Thiem continued to fight until the end. Dominic Thiem later told the press that he watched his first final on television when he was only 11 years old. He also watched the match in which Nada won his first Roland Garros title on television in 2005. It was his dream to one day, play a final against Rafael Nadal.

Dominic Thiem feels what Nadal achieved is amazing. In total, the Spaniard has 17 major crowns, each as special as the one before it and he wept as the 80-year-old legend, Ken Rosewell presented him the Coupe des Mousquetaires.

Rafael Nadal Applauded Dominic Thiem for Great Play

The eleventh time champion, Rafael Nadal went home with €2,200,000 for this victory, after he praised and applauded the young Dominic for great play. He also ensured the young opponent that he’ll be a big winner. Nadal shared that Dominic is not only a fantastic player he is even a greater person.
World number one Nadal earned his 17th grand slam, which only three adrift of that of the all-time men’s record holder Roger Federer. In Grand Slam totals the last six were win by either Federer or Nadal.

While Thiem had few answers to the brilliance of Nadal, the 7th seed used both his mental resilience and athleticism during the match, after he did show some nerves as he failed to find his rhythm in the opening game.

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Wimbledon Place at Risk for Andy Murray After Injury

It is a race against time for Andy Murray after he had to pull out form another warm-up session this week, while Novak Djokovic also admitted that he too might have to miss out on this year’s event starting on the 2nd of July.

The Libema Open was supposed to be the big comeback for the Scot, although he had to withdraw again from the event in Hertogenbosch in Holland. It was the withdraw that Djokovic confessed that he might not be able to play on the grass this year, following being dumped out of the French Open by Marco Cecchinato.

Andy Murray has been out for the past year after he had hip surgery in January. He regretted not being able to play in Hertogenbosch as he was excited to finally play at the Libema Open, although he realised that he was still not ready to return yet. Murray wants to be 100% in shape when he returns and is still planning to play in the coming weeks.

Murray Hopefull to Participate at Fever Tree Championships

He is hoping to participate in the Fever Tree Championships starting next Monday at the Queens Club, which is the last event he could play, the only other alternative is Eastbourne, which is only one week before Wimbledon.

Neither Murray nor his team expected him to be out of tennis for almost a year, but recovery is slow, and now finally he is getting closer to participation, and hopefully, thousands of fans will see him back on the grass court this season. With his training schedule already planned, Murray had a bit of a setback in April, which delayed his practising on the court by over a month. Last year Murray had no choice but to pull out from the US Open, followed by the Brisbane International taking place in January and then the Australian Open since he had his operation in January in Melbourne.

Murray has not participated in an event since his last year’s quarter-final defeat by Sam Querry at Wimbledon which means he is no longer in the world top 150 after he had 42 weeks in number one, just before his hip injury worsened.

Depending on his progress over the next week, Murray might still decide to play at Eastbourne one week before Wimbledon to gain some competitive match time. In order to build-up his match fitness, he needs matches as he realises he won’t come back and start immediately where he left off. The only thing he can do is to listen to his body and let how he feels guide him as at the end of the day he is the only one that really knows how he feels.

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Colombian Players Creates History With Winning of First Master Title

During the Foro Italico, two players, Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah were pinned against a wall and a hard place through the entire week. Though, on Sunday the two Colombian based players stunned again as they went on to claim their Maiden ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crowns.

Farah and Cabal easily rode past Pablo Carreno Busta along with Joao Sousa with a 3-6, 6-4, and 10-4 in their pursuit to achieve the title during the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. As their appeared at their second final match at the Masters 1000 level, while finishing up as only runners-up during the Miami tournament in 2014, the iconic duo trained harder and played with true preciseness to come out as victors.

Cabal commented on the duo’s win with a smile before saying that the title they received was one they were striving to get for years now. He continued that he and Farah worked hard since their Miami tournament to reach where they are. He finished up the sentiment by stating wins like keeps the duo motivated to keep achieving their goals.

The Only Colombians to Win Masters 1000 Title

The duo of Cabal/Farah are making headlines, not only because they are the first Colombians to win the prized Masters 1000 title. They are doubling as the world’s first all South American team to prevail so flawlessly at this elite level. After their win, the duo is taking home a total of €289,670 in prize money along with an impressive 1,000 additional points for the ATP Doubles Ranking. The point increase has raised the duo to third place in the ATP Doubles Race to London.

Farah added on that they feel amazing before reminiscing about how they played in finals the previous years but never won a title. He continues by stating that winning a Masters 1000 event feels even more special due to the elite level. He finished off with a smile proudly saying that this is something they worked hard before, and it is something that they are going to remember for the rest of their lives.

All the six seeds were told to work and practice in Rome all week, with a shocking three of the four wins coming from the Match Tie-Breaks. Opening with a narrow win over the well-known Dutch pair Robin Haase and Jean-Julien Rojer. The upset the top seeds, Marcelo Melo Lukasz Kubot played straight sets and easily battled against players, Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares in a match during the semi-final that took place on Saturday.

This was the 11th title won by the Cabal/Farah duo, who, at the beginning of the 2018 campaigns, opened with the first Grand Slam Final at the highly anticipated Australian Open.
On the other hand, the other duo of Carreno Busta and Sousa will remain to keep themselves in high spirits as they make an impressive run to the final matches. The duo was the as the team in the field as they Spanish-Portuguese pair were appearing in their first Masters 1000 title competition.

This was due to the pair of Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan withdrawing due to a hip injury that Bob received. This immediately gave Busta/Sousa a chance to take their place and test their abilities on the field. This was Carreno Busta’s first doubles final since the impressive win in Rio de Janeiro last year. On Sousa side, this was his first double final at the prestigious tour-level. The pair split a total of €141,820, along with 600 points of the ATP Doubles Ranking.

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Rafael Nadal wows crowds at Internazionali BNL d’Italia

Rafael Nadal witnessed firsthand his 4-1 set lead vanish on Friday, thus prompting him to give it his all to beat the famed and skilled Italian player, Fabio Fognini. Fognini name gained more fame as he was boosted by the capacity Court Central audience that was spectating the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.

Nadal, also dubbed as the Spanish superstar, brutally denied Fognini his wishes of scoring a win as an early present for his young son, Federico. During the match, Nadal managed to score an impressive 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory that is keeping him in the strong pursuit of retiring to the prized number one spot in the ATP rankings.

If Nadal manages to score his eighth trophy during the Foro Italico competition in Rome, it would be his 32nd record ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown. Nadal will then be in the process of succeeding and eventually replacing the skilled player from Switzerland, Roger Federer at this upcoming summit for men’s professional tennis on May 21st, 2018. On Saturday, Nadal will be playing his 10th Rome semi-finals game against the Siberian number eleven seed and four-time recorded finalist, Novak Djokovic or, depending on the results, The Japanese player, Ken Nishikori.

Nadal – Multiple Championship Wins


Nadal has been the Rome champion of 2005-2007, 2009-2010, and 2012-2013, is currently ranked 54-6 at the historical and ironically known clay-court tournament. Nadal’s intensity was obviously shown as he netted the first break of the match, which had a 3-1 lead at the time. At first, Fognini led the Spanish based player through an extremely wide backhand volley into the open court. However, Nadal flawlessly ran back in and hit the winning backhand strike.

As Fognini was cheered on by his courtside companions, he was finally broken during the 2-4 during the fourth break point with a miscalculated forehand return down the court. Thus, causing Nadal to lead 4-1. During this match, Nadal won 11 out of 41 of the available points. Moreover, Fognini was moving at a fantastic pace and skill around the court, managing to win the first set against Nadal. However, Nadal showed that he wasn’t ready to give up yet as he made a shocking return and refocused his intentions. On the set point moment of the game, Nadal managed to hit a perfected slice serve out wide before striking a crosscourt backhand.

After the game, the beaming Spanish player commented on his performance. Nadal stated how having a break as early as the second set gave him a much-needed confidence boost for this match. The 31-year-old player added on to his statement, reflecting on his playing skills, stating that as he used his forehand strikes more aggressively, his backhand strikes become more precise and effortless. As the Spaniard chucked, he reflected on how every part of the game was a positive learning experience that was needed for his career at this point. Nadal finished his sentiment with a piece of advice that he always keeps in his heart, stating the importance of having the ability to change the dynamics in the match to achieve the desired result – winning.

While Fognini competitor suffered a minor setback during the match, Nadal managed to come back with a passion for victory scored him that desired win after a two hour and fifteen-minute game. This was Fognini first quarter-final in Rome, during his 11th showing at his home tournament.

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Serena Williams Biography

Serena Williams was born Serena Jameka Williams on the 26th of September, 1981. The tennis player is from the United States of America and is currently unranked after only recently returning to the sport after giving birth to a daughter.

As a player, Serena began at the tender age of three, and as she entered the Women’s Tennis Association, she won her first major championship in 1999 and achieved the first of several Grand Slams in 2003. Williams went on to earn twenty-three Gram Slams to date, with her last coming with her defeat of sister Venus at the Australian Open 2017.

Record of Grand Slams

Serena Williams has won a staggering twenty-three Grand Slams since 1999 and has the most on record after her 2017 surpassed the 22 Steffi Graf had won, putting Williams in the history books once again. September 2012 saw Serena beating Victoria Azarenka at the U.S Open to earn her 15th Grand Slam. This was a final that many thought Williams would not win but as history has shown, Williams is one never to count out, yet the win even surprised Williams due to the level of play she faced.

While Williams has won twenty-three Grand Slams as a single, she also has racked up thirteen in the Women’s Doubles. Her sixteenth Grand Slam came at the French Open after defeating Sharapova in two sets. In 2002, Williams added three more titles to her record with victories at Wimbledon, the U.S Open and French Open.

The following year saw her win the Austria Open for the first time and again won the U.S Open in 2013. Her 20th Grand Slam came once again in 2014 at the U.S Open after she proved victorious against Caroline Wozniacki. The wins continued to accumulate with another victory at the Australia Open in 2015.

Serena Williams Personal Life

Serena Williams is married to husband Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit. Engaged in 2016, the married in November 2017 in Louisiana. Williams was adorned in a stunning dress designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen dress. The wedding included a long list of celebrities such as Eva Longoria, Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé.

In the spring of 2017, it was announced that Williams was pregnant and expecting her first child after a snapchat picture was posted with a caption that said “20 weeks”. While the picture was soon deleted, the information quickly spread and was confirmed by Williams shortly thereafter.

On the first of September of 2017, Serena gave birth to a healthy baby girl that they named daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. Williams posted a picture of her daughter on her Instagram account and included a video on YouTube and her website to share the news of her daughter’s birth.

Net Worth

Serena Williams has had a lucrative career in the sport of tennis, having earned many million dollar prizes for her multiple Grand Slam victories. To add to her net worth, the star has entered into multiple endorsement deals with the likes of Mike, Gatorade, Beats By Dre, Intel and others. Her estimated net worth is $84million based on earnings and endorsement deals.

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The Best Men and Women Tennis Player

Like any major sport, there have been several greats in tennis. Some tennis players are universal, and we know their names even if we weren’t necessarily old enough (or even alive) to see them play. Who are these greats of tennis, though? Everybody has their own opinions, but same names stand out more than others and are repeated time and time again. We’ve taken on the challenge and come up with the best men and women tennis player

Who is the Best Men’s Tennis Player Ever?

Andre Agassi won over 60 career titles before retiring in 2006, and this American tennis player’s record of 8 Grand Slams, is tough to beat. John McEnroe may have 7 Grand Slams himself, but he is more famously regarded for losing his temper and slamming is racket down in defeat. Both of those pale in comparison to Björn Borg. With 11 Grand Slam titles over a 10-year career, this Swedish star is regarded as one of the best in the business. And who can forget Pete Sampras? His 14 Grand Slam titles over a 14-year career is still remarkable, even today.

The big winners are all involved in the current game, though. As good as Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are, they don’t hold a candle to Rafael Nadal, whose 16 Grand Slams and 75 career titles grow each year. Inevitably, the all-time best men’s tennis player, though, must be Roger Federer. The Swiss started in 1998, has won 96 career titles, earned over $115m and won 20 Grand Slam titles. There’s just no matching that, really – not even for Nadal.

And the Best Women’s Tennis Player?

Picking the all-time best female tennis player is more challenging, as the competition is a lot fiercer. Justine Henin, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, and Monica Seles are all right up there, as is Billy Jean King is still a firm favourite with tennis fans. King’s 15-year career saw her win 129 career titles, and 12 grand slams, with her aggressive play much admired even today.

Going into the past, Australia’s Margaret Court and the USA’s Chris Evert dominated in the 70s and 80s, respectively, and deserve to be towards the top of the list. Serena Williams is most people’s pick for the all-time best ladies’ tennis player, but to be honest, many people are biased in this regard. She may be more famous, but she hasn’t won anywhere near as many titles as our top two.

Few real tennis fans would argue that Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf are duking out for the top spot. We couldn’t pick a winner between these gals, with the Czech winning 167 career titles and 18 Grand Slams from 1975-1994, and her German counterpart bagging 107 career titles and a record 22 Grand Slams between 1982 and 1999. By contrast, Serena Williams has just 72 career titles and 23 Grand Slams. Serena may go on to eventually take our title, but as far as we’re concerned, Navratilova’s double record, and 190 Grand Slam Mixed Doubles titles, and Graf being the first woman to win the Golden Slam but them out in front.

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Tennis

When we think of the highest paid sports personalities on the planet, those players of basketball, American football, baseball, association football, boxers and Formula One often spring to mind. However, tennis players aren’t shy of a few notes, either. In fact, some tennis players are amongst the best-paid sports stars on the planet. As with any athlete, there is a great disparity between the top and the bottom earners. If you wanted to play professional tennis right now, though, what would you likely to be able to earn?

How Much Does a Tennis Player Earn?

As mentioned, the amount a tennis player earns varies, depending upon several factors. For starters, the average salary can be in the millions of dollars range for seasoned pros such as Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, or the Williams’ sisters and Maria Sharapova. These types of world famous tennis stars can easily rack up $5 million or more per annum (solely from tennis). At the middle-end of the top, players ranked around 100th in the world are looking at $100,000 and up. Of course, at the lowest echelons of the tennis ranking system, rank newbies seldom earn anything at all.

The amount a tennis player earns depends on the prize money they win, and any endorsements or sponsorship deals they may have. They can also supplement their income by doing television interviews, appearing in commercials and other media-orientated opportunities. In many cases, it is these endorsement and sponsorship deals which generate the vast portion of a pro tennis players income. Take Maria Sharapova’s 2012 deal with Nike, for instance. This was estimated to be worth around $70 million over several years. In 2011, Sharapova pocketed $25 million (before tax) from various deals.

The Hidden Costs of Tennis

Tennis players don’t have everything their own way, though. In fact, the pro tennis tours cost money, even for their star players. The high-ranking tennis players in both the men’s and women’s game can cost around $150,000 a campaign or season. These are largely fees for entering the tours, travel expenses and hotel costs for all the luxurious parts of the globe that they travel to, as well as expenses for coaches and assistants and managers.

Provided a tennis player has a sponsorship deal or an endorsement, they often have their clothing, shoes and rackets written off by said companies. At the bottom of the totem pole, budding tennis stars must also raise their own income for such equipment and attire.

The fact of the matter is, this isn’t harsh at all. In fact, if you were to look at any major sport, you’d see the same pattern emerge. The most successful players end up multi-millionaires from sponsorship deals and on the back of their own success, of course. However, the lower-ranking stars must pay their way. For the very best of those budding stars, they will eventually stop paying their dues and make considerable incomes in their own right. But for now, they, the same as you, must start somewhere.

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Grand Slam Events

Every year, there are different tennis events and tournaments happening all over the world. However, the Grand Slam events mean a lot to all players. The most important tournaments include the U.S. Open, French Open, Australian Open, and Championships Wimbledon.

These four events are significant to players who want recognition. Other things that make them attractive include the awarded prize, historical significance, and tour ranking points. Each tennis player gets the chance to evaluate his or her strengths and weaknesses. A player wins the Grand Slam title after winning seven straight matches.

The U.S. Open

The first U.S. Open Grand Slam event was in 1881, in the state of Rhode Island. Currently, it is the second-oldest tournament. In addition, the US Open, held in the Big Apple, Queens or New York, is the final grand slam of the year. In the months of September and August, you can attend the grand slam event for a period of two weeks. In the past, the event has been played on three different surfaces including grass, clay, and hard court.

The main tennis tournaments in the U.S. Open are the singles and doubles games, which are for men and women. Other events include wheelchair tourneys, mixed doubles, senior tourneys, and junior tourneys. During the early days of the tournament, only men were allowed to compete. Furthermore, only men could become members of the U.S. National Lawn Tennis Association.

French Open

Also known as, Roland Garros, the French Open grand slam tournament is one of the most prominent tennis events.  It started in 1981, and the women tournament began in 1987. Paris, the city of love, hosts the event every year. The French Open has been held in four different venues since its establishment.

It was officially recognised as a grand slam event in 1925 when it was known as the French Championship. The French Open happens every year around late May to early June. It runs for two weeks at the Stade Roland Garros. The players play on clay courts, which makes them, slide and glide on the slippery court. The tournament possesses the highest number of broadcast viewership worldwide.

Australian Open

The first Grand Slam event held each year is the Australian Open. In January, it is held in Melbourne, Australia at the Melbourne Park.  Since it started in 1905, the Australian Open has been held in seven different locations. The Australian Open was not a grand slam until the year 1924. The grand slam has a high number of attendance of more than 77,000 people.

Championships Wimbledon

Wimbledon is a unique and special grand slam. It is played on 8 millimeters of mowed grass. The event is held in Wimbledon in London, England. It is the oldest event in tennis history. The Championships Wimbledon is sometimes referred to as SW19. Considered as the most prestigious event in the tennis world, it is held in late June to early July. Its year of inception was 1877, and the first tennis event held was the men’s singles.

Grand Slam events are the most prestigious events and mean a great deal to the players. The events also have a great history, which is worth learning.

History of Tennis – How the Game of Kings Started

The history of tennis spans many cultures over thousands of years. Different cultures since the Neolithic times have played games involving rackets and balls. There are indicators that ancient Romans, Egyptians, and Greeks played some type of tennis. Mesoamerican ruins showed that ball games were important in their culture. However, court tennis originated from game French monks played in the eleventh century.

Modern History of Tennis

The origin of the modern sport of tennis is paume, which is French for palm. Paume was a French court game in which players hit the ball with their palm. The game developed into jeu de paume and players used rackets to hit the ball.

Jeu de paume arrived in England, and both Henry VII and Henry VIII became fans of the sport. The sport spread like wildfire, and there were thousands of indoor courts built in the country. The Pope attempted to ban the sport but failed to do so. By 1500, gut and wood rackets were invented, and players used balls made of leather and cork.

However, the sport played by Henry VIII is different from the modern tennis played today. They played it indoors, and the objective of the game is to hit the ball into an opening in the roof of an indoor court. The net was three feet high in the centre and five feet high on both ends.

Evolution of Outdoor Tennis

The fame of indoor tennis declined in the 1700s. The next major milestone in the history of tennis came in the year 1850 with the development of vulcanised rubber, which resulted in the hard rubber ball that allowed tennis to be played on grassy surfaces.

Major Walter Wingfield created a game he called Sphairistike in 1873. The name is the Greek term for playing ball. He published the first book of rules and applied a patent for the game. This is the where the present day outdoor tennis came from. However, the game was initially played on a court with an hourglass shape. It became popular in Europe and spread to the US and China.

Croquet clubs adopted Wingfield’s game, and they played it on manicured lawns. That’s why outdoor tennis is now played on rectangular courts, instead of hourglass shaped ones. The All England Club Croquet organised its inaugural tennis tournament in Wimbledon in 1877 as a fundraiser. The rules made for the tournament became the rules for modern-day tennis.

However, it was only in 1884 when women were allowed to participate in Wimbledon. Rules required players to wear ties and hats, and only allowed underhand serves.

That’s the history of tennis. At present, players of all ages enjoy playing the sport. From a simple game of hitting the ball to the other side of the court, it now involves exploiting technical weaknesses and angles with strokes of various spins and speeds. Tennis has become a major sport that tournaments offer millions of dollars in prizes each year.

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