The Australian Bushfires has prompted for numerous sporting events to be cancelled or relocated. The most recent is the Canberra Tennis Tournament, which was confirmed this week to be moving to Bendigo. This comes after plums of smoke have begun terrorizing the Canberra Region, which would inevitably affect the breathing conditions for wildfires. This announcement comes after more than 100+ bushfires have scorched through ten million acres, destroying more than one thousand homes in the process. These bushfires have also taken the lives of 500 million animals.
The Canberra Tennis Tournament received a saving grace by acquiring relocation. Recently, a matchup for cricket in Sydney saw the event abandoned because of similar issues. It was for this significant event that the authorities behind the Canberra Tennis International began relocation efforts, eventually reaching a deal with the region of Bendigo. This announcement came less than 24 hours before these matchups were slated to start. Kim Kachel, the Chief Executive for the Canberra Tennis International, noted that their main priority is the health and safety of everyone involved. This included the volunteers, stakeholders, players, guests and staff.
Kim expressed that after she received a significant debriefing from the local fire authorities and weather reports, it has concurred that the conditions were unfavourable. That playtime wouldn’t most likely start if they remained in Canberra. Immediately all tennis players were relocated to Dingo via air support, avoiding the numerous shut down roads and ferries across Australia. This tournament being cancelled would’ve meant one less event for the ATP Men’s Challenger Tour and ITF Women’s Futures Tour. It should be noted that this is a low ranked competition which sees the legends of tomorrow compete for championship titles.
Though officials terminated one matchup for cricket, most of the matchups slated for Australia Vs New Zealand occurred without any disruption. Plums of smoke weren’t surrounding the capital city on Friday, with bushfires remaining outside the region. However, alterations in the wind patterns caused by the smoke to move towards Sydney. The result was the third matchup between New Zealand and Australia having to be postponed for six hours. Afterwards, players were mainly unaffected with clouds and smoke passing over the region. It was the day after that the next match was terminated, with temperatures reaching 104 Degrees. It’s unknown if any other upcoming events are planned during these horrendous conditions in Australia.
For readers with a busy lifestyle and those requiring processed information on the latest stories in Tennis, you’ve come to the right place. This week saw no shortage of information, with two stories making headlines worldwide. The first revolved around the Australian Open and how its cash prize increased to $49 million. Melbourne officials provided details on the upcoming 2020 Australian Open, which raised 14% in funds from ticket sales and advertising. Organizers noted that $71 million was earned, with the Australian Open officials earning $22 million. Subsequently, this marks the biggest prize pool in tennis history.
The stars behind this sport haven’t always supported this incredible payday, with Novak Djokovic often distancing himself. Novak has requested fans through various media representatives that they began revolting against the way Grand Slam revenues are disbursed amongst the stars. He believes these funds could be put towards better use, with some others following his mentality. However, most of the athletes in Tennis have taken the opposite road and requested increased prize pools.
The Director for the Australian Open mentioned how they’re continually improving the payment conditions for international tennis players, with Craig pointing out that payments increased by 3x their previous valuations in 2007. It should be noted that the $49 million prize pool doesn’t go to a singular individual and that it is spread out amongst numerous competitors. This includes Doubles and Singles in the Women’s or Men’s competition. Anybody in the league wanting to compete for the prize pool must register before January 20th and be within the top one hundred.
The Betting Problems
Reports which were released last year from the International Review Panel are slated to address the numerous integrity issues related to online betting amongst the athletes. Last year various Tennis Stars broke the law by influencing future wagers, often allowing themselves to be defeated for increased funds. That’s why the association has begun expanding the payment revenue, which was recommended by the IRP. Corruption should be lowered in the International Tennis Federation, which also plans to implement their various measures to reduce illegal betting.
Readers considering betting on the upcoming event cannot have any affiliation with the 100 top players in the league. Official partnered sites like Bet365 and Paddy Power will report accounts found of having inside knowledge. This is one of the federations methods towards limiting corruption in International Tennis.
The Tennis Community was shocked when it was revealed that Max Hamou, a professional tennis player for Germany, was found guilty in an international betting scandal. Hamou is the only German player mentioned in this list, which extends to 135 athletes worldwide. This gambling crime has prompted investigations from the European Union and the United States, with the Federal Bureau of Investigation taking the lead. They are working with countries like Spain, France, and Belgium to bring these individuals to justice. The FBI confirmed that three ATP Title Holders are connected to this global criminal offence, which will most likely see them stripped of their titles.
Additional details have been provided regarding this illegal gambling offence, with the Belgium Vice Prosecutor noting that this act was committed through the Armenian Betting Mafia Network. Eric Bisschop pointed out that this gambling mafia has moved across several countries in the European Union and has manipulated hundreds of games. It’s anticipated that millions of Euros have been earned through these manipulation efforts, with this mafia organization being strictly structured. It’s known that some maintain the accounts and others that provide security over accumulated funds. Prosecutors across the Union anticipate this mafia to grow to 14 countries by 2020.
The Rise of Gambling Scandals
Gambling scandals have been on the rise since 2015. Expects have seen an increase of 52% over the last four years, with the scandalous industry earning billions worldwide. Throughout 2018, it’s estimated that illegal bets came in around 1.6 Trillion Euros worldwide. Global governments don’t have access to these funds, with criminal syndicates and mafia groups controlling the black market. However, investigation units are working continuously to bring these individuals to justice and return markets to a legalized status. It’s known that the Tennis Integrity Unit has banned twenty players, men and women included, because of this gambling scam. Most of the names haven’t been revealed, with sports analysts expecting the Federal Bureau of Investigations to release the full list in the new year.
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.
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.
This has been a great week in the life of Nick Kyrgios. He had to describe it as one of his favourite weeks. The 24year-old Kyrgios won Daniil Medvedev with straight sets of 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-4) while delivering a very entertaining final game.
The Australian born Kyrgios has been playing in eight ATP finals and secured his sixth title win this week. He is currently the highest-rated Australian tennis player on the ATP ranks. During his career, his professionalism as the player has been a couple of times in question though. Only last month during Wimbledon, Kyrgios was hitting the spotlight for being seen in a pub the night before playing Rafael Nadal. It often seemed in the past like he was giving up on matches.
This might have changed now, and we can only hope that when Kyrgios stated that he decided to make a change, which this time around it will last. He also expressed his appreciation for the fact that even during a time when he didn’t have faith in himself anymore, there were still those who had faith in him and kept on supporting him.
Always Keeping the Crowds Intrigued
Kyrgios has a very naughty side when on the court, and that makes his games very entertaining to the crowds. During this week of play they were often asked on suggestions where to serve, handing out fist pumps or quietly singing along with songs, Kyrgios has fun on the court, and he has a way of keeping the crowd captivated. What this week showed us again is that when Kyrgios focus on the game and set out to win, he can be unbeatable. He has in the past been able to beat players much stronger than his competitors during this week in the US, but will he now finally stop faffing around and focus on his game and his impeccable talent?
Complex History of Wins and Losses
Over the years, he has shown us that when he wants to win, he can be undefeated, but his emotions are always seeming to get the better part of him. Kyrgios struggle to play a motivated game when he is competing against lower-ranked players, leaving him often losing against them. When he is motivated, he defeats much stronger opponents like during the Mexican Open earlier this year. After going through a terrible run during the Delray Beach Open in February, he arrived at the Mexican Open with renewed focus. He managed to defeat Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal, John Isner and Alexander Zverev and ended up winning the title. It is clear that when he is happy in life, he is a winner, but too often his emotions are having an unfortunate effect on his performance, and that is what is robbing him of becoming the best he can be on the court.
Roger Federer was one swing of his tennis racket away from becoming a Wimbledon champion on two occasions during the final. However, Novak Djokovic managed to outperform him both times. What’s truly impressive about this match is that a 21st Grand Slam title for Roger Federer might have placed the record out of reach for both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic who is currently chasing the paper at the moment. However, Djokovic’s victory will undoubtedly supercharge him now to claim more Grand Slam events.
The Battle for GOAT
Novak Djokovic currently has 16 Grand Slam titles, while Rafael Nadal impresses with 18 Grand Slam titles. Given the superiority from Nadal at the French Open, where the tennis star already has a total of 12 medals, it’s not difficult to imagine that he can easily win two more medals at Roland Garros, regardless of who is in front of him. However, Djokovic is not only younger than Nadal but also a more rounded player, making him equally dangerous on any surface imaginable. However, here is the kicker: Novak Djokovic already leads against both men, 28-26 against Nadal and 26-22 against Federer.
With everything else being equal, Novak Djokovic should be able to maintain his superiority going forward. Roger Federer is 37 years old at the moment, while Nadal is extremely injury-prone and doesn’t have any notable titles outside of Paris since he claimed victory in 2017 at the U.S Open. Roger Federer looked like he had the GOAT in the bag after claiming the Australian Open in 2018. However, Djokovic might be able to dominate the sport by claiming more notable titles. Does this concern Roger Federer at all?
Roger Federer recently stated that the chase for the record is in a completely different place at the moment. Federer takes motivation from a unique place which has nothing to do with claiming titles. He is not interested in keeping the record as he already managed to break it first. The document will be broken eventually, as with all things. Roger also stated that he didn’t become a tennis player for holding records or claiming the most Grand Slam titles.
Serena’s Last Stand
How many more opportunities will Serena Williams have going forward? This is a question that is currently on everyone’s lips after the unexpected women’s final where Simona Help defeated Serena Williams to become the newest Wimbledon champion. It’s a good question, especially when you consider than Williams is turning 38 in September. She hasn’t been able to win a tournament since the Australian Open in 2017 and ultimately faltered during Wimbledon even though she was fit and healthy.
Most believe that Williams needs s to stop participating in activities where she is a celebrity and spokesperson and play in more events to adequately prepare for majors. However, this is something that Serena Williams is not interested in, allowing her rivals to gain more confidence when they face her. The last opportunity for her will be the U.S Open in 2019.
Novak Djokovic managed to outlast Roger Federer in a genuinely astonishing five-set battle on Sunday, claiming victory during the very first fifth-set tiebreaker in a men’s final at Wimbledon to once again become the men’s champion and win his fifth Grand Slam title at the All England Club. The fifth-set tiebreaker was also considered the first in any final of the men’s tournament at all four Grand Slam tournaments.
Djokovic Defeats Federer in Epic Final
Novak Djokovic as the top-seeded player managed to defeat Roger Federer to remain undefeated against the Swiss who was second-seeded in a total of three final matchups at Wimbledon. Novak Djokovic also managed to claim victory in 2014 and in 2015 where he defended the championship for the very first time. Novak Djokovic managed to win his first title at Wimbledon in 2011.
At 4 hours and 57 minutes, this match was regarded as the longest final in the history of Wimbledon which featured 35 aces, 68 games, and a total of 422 points, including 204 points for Djokovic and 218 points for Federer. Unfortunately, in these kinds of games, there has to be a loser.
Novak Djokovic managed to save w match points to eventually reach the fifth-set tiebreaker where he became the first player since 1948 to successfully save championship points during a final to go on and win it. Djokovic stated that he was overjoyed and thrilled to be considered the winner of this never-ending match. He also noted that the game could have gone either way as Federer was serving phenomenally throughout the game.
Roger Federer’s Mistakes
Roger Federer was the first player to fall behind and make a comeback. He trailed by a set on two occasions. However, he did come extremely close to claiming victory in the final in the third. Roger Federer was only two points away from grabbing the first set on a total of 7 occasions. However, he wasn’t able to do it. He was also 1 point away from claiming the third, but once again fell short.
Then Roger Federer found himself down a break early on during the fifth set. After it seemed like he gained the upper hand, with only 1 point away from winning while he was serving for the win, he fell short yet again.
He managed to send a forehand quite wide during the first championship point, while Djokovic managed to produce a crosscourt forehand to win the next. Before too long, Djokovic had managed to make a significant comeback to continue playing for an additional 45 minutes. The crowd supported Federer far more than Djokovic and Novak stated that is was truly difficult to ignore.
Federer wanted to claim his 21st Grand Slam title, while Djokovic managed to claim his 16th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon. This allowed Djokovic to move four titles closer to Federer’s record 20 Grand Slam titles and two titles closer to Nadal’s 18 titles.
Moments after she was defeated at Wimbledon during the first round, Naomi Osaka found herself in front of a jam-packed room filled with reporters from across the globe, answering as many questions as possible. During her Q&A, she spoke very softly and tried her best to hold back the tears that surfaced from the moment she sat down.
After a couple of minutes that looked like sheer agony, Naomi Osaka decided to interrupt a question regarding the pressures of her brand-new fame and asked her moderator if she could leave as she was about to burst out in tears. After that, she stood up and walked out of the room while an uncomfortable silence spread across the floor that created even more questions among reporters.
The Life of a Tennis Athlete
The career and life of a professional athlete in tennis is filled with lows and highs. However, perhaps no one has managed to exemplify it more extremely than Naomi Osaka in the last 12 months. She managed to defeat Serena Williams in a truly controversial game to claim her very first Grand Slam title during the U.S Open early in September and dominated the Australian Open to reach the world’s number 1 ranking in January. To many, it looked like the future of tennis finally arrived, complete with a quirky sense of humour and a bouncy ponytail, and she was instantly seen everywhere you look. The magazine covers kept pouring in, as did endorsements and television appearances.
However, it soon became apparent that not everything was perfect in the world of Naomi Osaka. She decided to fire Sascha Bajin, her incredible tennis coach, only weeks following her victory in Melbourne, and only provided reporters with vague comments regarding her decision to fire the coach in search of happiness. Since this occurred, the tennis star has struggled on the court where she only managed to advance once in April to a semi-final, while falling short during the French Open in the third round. This marked the earliest exit by a female in her first major as a top-ranked tennis player since 2008 with Ana Ivanovic.
Defeat at Wimbledon
When you consider the discussions of a Naomi Slam after her second consecutive victory in Australia, her unexpected loss on the very first day feels quite tricky. Osaka managed to before only the 4th female in the history of the Open Era to lose in an opening match during Wimbledon while she was ranked as the top seed.
Naomi Osaka played against Yulia Putintseva, regarded as a two-time quarterfinalist in the French Open who is ranked number 39 in the world, on centre court and started strong as the managed to take a 3-1 lead. However, she went on to lose a set after a difficult tie-break. Putintseva managed to win both their previous meetings and at Wimbledon, Osaka looked clueless on several occasions, accumulating over 30 unforced errors during the match.
It was a magical moment that will live on forever in the world of tennis when Canada transformed into a global power.
Canadian Tennis Stars On The Rise
Bianca Andreescu from Toronto, who was only 18 at the time, managed to become the only entry via wild-card to claim victory at the Indian Wells in a singles tournament, making her the first player from Canada to win one of the mandatory events at the WTA. Fourteen days later, Felix Auger-Aliassime, who was 18 at the time, and Denis Shapovalov, who was 19 at the time, managed to smash their way to the semi-finals of the Miami Open.
The all-Canadian final never took place due to Roger Federer taking out Shapovalov, while John Isner eliminated Felix Auger-Aliassime. However, by then, the transformation of Canada made a significant impact on the world of tennis, especially on the international arena, and the country was on everyone’s lips as we headed into spring.
Felix Auger-Aliassime stated that it is phenomenal what was happening at Miami in terms of Canadian tennis players. Canada was pleased with the results, and the comments about the country are refreshing to hear. He also stated that a lot of belief is placed on Canada when it comes to tennis as well as the tennis players in general.
However, belief is rather difficult to back up as the young players in Canada soon realized. Bianca Andreescu has only played one match since she decided to pull out from the Miami Open due to a right shoulder injury. Felix Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov took a hard knock on clay where Felix Auger-Aliassime eventually came to life during the final day in Lyon, a rather modest tournament that occurs right before the French Open. Felix Auger-Aliassime was unavailable for the French Open due to a groin injury, but he did state that he would be available for Wimbledon.
So Why is Canada Performing Now?
Hatem McDadi recently stated that there’s a considerable hockey culture in the country and therefore the country had to create and develop their own tennis culture from scratch. During the early 2000s, McDadi was the director of player development in the country for Tennis Canada, and an effort was created to improve the country’s tennis fortunes. Now, McDadi is the senior vice president of Tennis Canada in the development department. The organization initially created a foundation with designed programs and hired world-class tennis coaches to assist in creating a pathway to success.
Some of the tennis coaches included Bob Brett who mentored Goran Ivanisevic and Boris Becker, Louis Borfiga who is well respected in France due to his training program, and plenty of other elite tennis coaches to assist in the transformation. McDadi also approached parents and enrolled their children from the age of 4 into various sports to build experience from a very young age. This ensured that athletes in Canada improved over time, and it’s undoubtedly showing now.