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18
Feb
09

Sony Ericsson Open linked to financial fraud.

stanfordOne of the major host sponsors of the Sony Ericsson Championships which are scheduled for March 27 in Miami, is none other than Stanford Financial. Just in case you don’t listen to the financial news, it has been alleged that Sir Alan Stanford, the billionaire owner of Stanford Financial, has perpetrated an $8 Billion dollar fraud, and he is wanted for questioning. So far he cannot be found.
Stanford sponsors many sports events that include cricket, golf and tennis, and many events rely on the company to put up prize money and operational funds.
The SEC, (Securities Exchange Commission) who is investigating the fraud has said that any recipient of money from the Stanford Financial Group could be in receipt of stolen funds and liable to prosecution.
So if Serena or Rafa win a million dollars at the Sony Ericsson they could be in serious trouble. The WTA, the ATP and Sony Ericcson need to take immediate action to prevent such a fiasco from happening.
The whereabouts of Alan Stanford is unknown, and it is suspected that he has fled the US by private jet. He has homes in Antigua and St. Croix, and a watch is being maintained on these locations. The head office for Stanford Financial is located in Houston Texas.

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29
Dec
08

The 2009 ATP Season Openers.

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The ATP World Tour 2009 season begins on January 4, with the world’s best players competing at ATP World Tour 250 events in Brisbane, Chennai and Doha. The focus then shifts to Auckland and Sydney ahead of the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open from January 19-February 2.

 

BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL – Brisbane, Australia
January 4-11, 2009 – Hard, $484,750

The first tournament of the ATP World Tour 2009 season, the inaugural Brisbane International, begins on Sunday, January 4, at a new $82 million tennis centre. The Centre court at the Queensland Tennis Center has been named ‘Rafter Arena’ in honor of Queensland’s former ATP World Tour No. 1 Patrick Rafter. Sixteen players in the Top 50 of the South African Airways ATP Rankings, including Australian Open finalists Novak Djokovic (No. 3) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (No. 6) will attempt to gain valuable match practise and fitness. Fernando Verdasco (No. 16), Robin Soderling (No. 17) and Tomas Berdych (No. 20) also compete alongside Richard Gasquet and Marcos Baghdatis.

CHENNAI OPEN – Chennai, India
January 5-11, 2009 – Hard, $450,000

The 14th edition of Chennai Open will be held from January 5 at the SDAT Tennis stadium in Nungambakkam, Chennai. Eight players in the Top 50 of the South African Airways ATP Rankings compete, including World No. 5 Nikolay Davydenko, Stanislas Wawrinka (No. 13), Marin Cilic (No. 23), Ivo Karlovic (No. 26), Rainer Schuettler (No. 33), 2004-05 winner Carlos Moya (No. 42) and 2006 titlist Ivan Ljubicic (No. 44). Tournament debutants Bob and Mike Bryan compete alongside Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles, Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes in the doubles tournament.

QATAR EXXONMOBIL OPEN, Doha, Qatar
January 5-11, 2009 – Hard, $1,110,250

Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, Jim Courier, Roger Federer and Andy Murray have each captured the title since the tournament was first contested in 1993. Four of the World’s Top 10 including No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal, 2004-05 winner Federer, defending champion Murray and Andy Roddick return to the Khalifa International Tennis Complex, alongside Igor Andreev, Dmitry Tursunov, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Mikhail Youzhny.

HEINEKEN OPEN – Auckland, New Zealand
January 12-17, 2009 – Hard, $480,750

Top 10 star Juan Martin del Potro, former titlist David Ferrer, Robin Soderling, Nicolas Almagro, defending champion Philipp Kohlschreiber and last year’s finalist Juan Carlos Ferrero will all compete at the historic Heineken Open, held at the ASB Tennis Centre. Auckland has previously welcomed legendary names, such as Rod Laver and John Newcombe, in addition to local favourite Onny Parun.

MEDIBANK INTERNATIONAL – Sydney, Australia
January 11-17, 2009 – Hard, $484,750

Frenchmen Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the World No. 6, and No. 7-ranked Gilles Simon head to Sydney where they will face competition from David Nalbandian, Tommy Robredo and Richard Gasquet and four-time former champion Lleyton Hewitt. Nineteen players in the Top 50 of the South African Airways ATP Rankings feature at the hard-court event, which was first played as a permanent annual event in 1935. The state’s premier tennis stadium at Sydney Olympic Park, site of the 2000 Olympics tennis event, is named in honour of eight-time Grand Slam champion Ken Rosewall.

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26
Dec
08

A New Program for the 2009 ATP Tour.

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25
Dec
08

2008 Sony Ericsson Winners…can you name them all?

 
 

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23
Dec
08

Everyone needs a 2009 Calendar…..

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22
Dec
08

Rod Laver’s records remain unequalled.

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For all those players and patrons who enter Rod Laver area, the official site of the 2009 Australian Open Tennis Tournament, and the home to much of Australia’s tennis history, it is important for them all to pay homage to ‘the greatest tennis player of all time’.
Rod ‘Rocket’ Laver was born into a family of tennis players. One of 13 children, they all played tennis, some at club level, some at State level and some at International level. The family always had a tennis court in their back yard, and one or other of the parents was always available to give lessons. The Laver family were a tennis institution. Tennis in the 1950’s was a game for amateur players, a gentleman’s game played by the sons and daughters of the elite. Money never entered the minds of the officials who ruled the major events.
In 1956 Laver won the US Junior Open, in 1959 he played Davis Cup for Australia, and he won his first Grand Slam in 1962, capturing the four titles in London, New York, Paris and Sydney. He appeared in 6 successive Wimbledon finals which was closed to professional players until the ban was lifted in 1968. His first Grand Slam achievement, as incredible as it was, was tainted by the fact that many of the top players were prohibited from playing because of their professional status. Rod Laver decided to join them, he turned pro in 1962 for a guaranteed three year income of $110,000.
For almost 7 years, when he was at his prime age of between 23 and 29, he was banned from every Major tournament, and from playing Davis Cup because of his professional status. Who can even hazard a guess as to the number of championships he would have won during those years. When the ban against professionals was lifted and tournaments were open to all the players, Laver jumped into the fray with both feet. He had lots to prove, and prove it he did. At the age of 29 he won his second Grand Slam, this time against the best players of the era. In the same year, 1969, he won 106 singles matches, and 17 tournaments. When the ban was lifted to allow professionals to compete in Davis Cup matches, he signed up at the age of 35, and led Australia to three consecutive victories over the dominant US team.
He was elevated to the Hall of Fame in 1981, and in 1998 he suffered a major stroke that left him paralysed. He has learnt how to walk again, and how to speak, and how to use his arms. He visited Roland Garros to present Andre Agassi his trophy for winning all four major tournaments, even though they were not in one calendar year. There is virtually a unanimous consensus among today’s top players that agrees with Rod Laver’s title as the ‘Greatest Player of All Time’.

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21
Dec
08

Please Give your used Racquets to Needy Kids!

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 If you are like me and most other tennis players, you have probably kept up with the new technology in tennis racquet design and purchased one of the new models in the hope that a better racquet would make you a better player. If it made you think that way, then it was worth the purchase price. So somewhere around the house you have a few old racquets that you no longer use. Now is the time to collect them together, wrap them up, tie them together with duct tape and take them to the post office and mail them to….

                                                             Tennis Racquets for Kids Inc.

                                                                c/o Dr. Guy Mintz

                                                               287, Northern Blvd.

                                                              Suite 211, Great Neck,

                                                                New York 11021.

This non profit organisation provides racquets to needy kids, and encourages them to learn to play tennis. It is a wonderful concept which needs our help and support. What better time of the year than right now to give a gift that just might help develop a new player for the future US Davis Cup team.

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20
Dec
08

Jankovic and Nadal win 2008 ITF awards.

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Top-ranked Rafael Nadal and Jelena Jankovic were honored Wednesday as the International Tennis Federation’s world champions of 2008.

Nadal, who overtook Roger Federer at the top of the men’s rankings shortly after beating the Swiss star in the Wimbledon final, is the first Spanish man to receive the honor.

“It has been an incredible year for me and I will never forget all that’s happened,” said Nadal, who also won his fourth straight French Open title in 2008, beating Federer in the final at Roland Garros for the third year in a row. “To finish the year ranked No. 1 was really special.”

The 22-year-old also won the Olympic gold medal in Beijing and helped Spain reach the Davis Cup final, where the European team beat Argentina despite the absence of the injured Nadal.

“It has been a wonderful year for Spanish sport, and I am happy to have been part of it,” Nadal said.

The only other Spaniard to have won the ITF award is Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario. She claimed the women’s honor in 1994.

Jankovic finished the year as the top-ranked women’s player despite failing to win a Grand Slam title in 2008—she lost in the U.S. Open final to Serena Williams. But the 23-year-old Serb still managed to win more matches than any other player on tour, and claimed WTA titles in Rome, Beijing, Stuttgart and Moscow.

“I worked really hard this year and to finish No. 1 is where I want to be and where I want to stay,” Jankovic said.

The ITF selects its world champions based on a system that includes results from the ATP and WTA tours, along with Grand Slams, Olympics and the Davis Cup and Fed Cup.

“Both (Nadal and Jankovic) are excellent ambassadors for their countries, for whom they have achieved considerable success both as individuals and in the ITF team competitions,” ITF president Francesco Ricci Bitti said.

In men’s doubles, Daniel Nestor of Canada and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia were named ITF World Champions. Cara Black of Zimbabwe and Liezel Huber of the United States took the award for women’s doubles.

The ITF Junior World Champion honors went to French Open boys champion Yang Tsung-hua of Taiwan and Wimbledon girls finalist Noppawan Lertcheewakarn of Thailand. Shingo Kunieda of Japan and Esther Vergeer of the Netherlands took the ITF Wheelchair World Champion honors.

The players will receive their awards at the ITF World Champions Dinner on June 2 in Paris.

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12
Dec
08

….Ho Ho Ho….Merry Christmas….

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My Christmas List includes more wishes than gifts, more less tangible items than wrapped presents, and more hope for the future than a rehash of the past. 2008 is almost finished, the major tournaments are ended, and the professional athletes are resting. To all of them, I give my appreciation for providing me with the best entertainment money can buy, for their display of sportsmanship, their passion for the game of tennis, and for the true professionalism they demonstrate under difficult conditions in an era when it is often easy for them to lose that special quality that tennis players are blessed with.

If you are injured, I wish you are speedy and complete recovery, if you are in love, I also wish you a speedy and complete recovery! I hope Santa brings you whatever it is that you might need to make you better in 2009, and whether you are number 1 or number 99 just remember you are privileged to be in that place, to be among the greatest tennis players in the world, and to be someone very special.


 

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11
Dec
08

The Nick Bolletieri Tennis Academy.

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What do these players have in common other then the fact that they were all ranked as the Number 1 player in the world during their careers:- Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, Jim Courier, Martina Hingis, Marcel Rios, Monica Seles, Maria Sharapova, Venus and Serena Williams, and Jelena Jankovic. The answer is, they all attended the Nick Bolletieri Tennis Academy (NBTA).

Respectfully named as the, ‘Mother of all Academies’ by the New York Times, the NBTA was founded by Nick in 1978 to provide coaching and instruction for junior tennis players. Since its inception the NBTA has grown to include other sports such as golf, soccer, baseball and basket ball, and also offers a full fitness and mental health program. It now accommodates 12,000 students annually from 75 different countries.

Originally designed to teach tennis, the NBTA combines a program for players of all ages with intense on court training with an academic curriculum tailor-made for each student. It is a boarding academy where the players eat, sleep and dream about tennis. A qualified staff provides hours of daily tennis instruction, physical training exercises, and academic lessons. Emphasis is placed on preparing the students for a life off the court as well as on the court. Handling the mental side of the game has much to do with the success of each player, and is often the difference between being successful over many years instead of being just a one tournament winner.

Nick Bolleteiri is now 76 years old, but doesn’t look or act like it. He’s in the gym every morning at 5am, and giving his first lesson of the day by 5.30. He might stop for a brief lunch, most days he forgets, and he continues on until his final lesson is completed, usually by 7.30 pm. He is a shining example of an advocate of a healthy living and a fitness ‘nut’. He oversees every facet of his operation and takes a personal interest in every student who attends his academy.

He has written several books about tennis, he has been a TV colour commentator, and a frequent guest on many fitness and tennis oriented programs. His raspy voice is easily identified, as are his opinions and assessments of many of the current players. He likes to predict winners, and his selections are often proved to be correct. He declined to predict the winner of the 2009 Australian Open this far ahead of the tournament, adding that he will make his selection in January.

Recently Jelena Jankovic became his latest pupil to reach the number 1 position. She celebrated her success with Nick and her on-tour coach, and paid tribute to the NBTA as being the foundation for both her tennis skills but equally importantly for her mental stability.

With such a world respected facility as the NBTA in its own back yard, it seems strange that the USTA, who is seeking measures to improve the quality of its members, wouldn’t include Nick Bolleteiri in their future plans.

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