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    WIMBLEDON 2014
    WAWRINKA ELECTED TO ATP PLAYER COUNCIL
    Wimbledon, Great Britain
    21.06.2014

    The new ATP Player Council, voted by players, was announced on Saturday evening at the general player meeting at Wimbledon. The council, elected for a two-year term, is comprised of a number of returning members, as well as some new. Members elected by their peers to serve on the ATP Player Council through June 2016 are:

    1-50 Singles: Kevin Anderson, John Isner, Gilles Simon, Stan Wawrinka

    51-100 Singles: Jurgen Melzer, Sergiy Stakhovsky

    1-100 Doubles: Raven Klaasen, Bruno Soares

    At-Large: Eric Butorac, Andre Sa

    Alumni: Yves Allegro

    Coach: Claudio Pistolesi

    The new ATP Player Council will have its first meeting in New York prior to the US Open, where the President and Vice President will be elected. Having served as the President of the Council since 2008, Roger Federer elected not to run for a fourth consecutive term.

    Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman & President, said: “I’d like to congratulate all the players who have been selected by their peers to represent the players on the ATP Player Council. The Council plays a critical role in the ATP’s governance of our sport. We have a good mix of previous council members returning for an additional term, as well as some new members. Having the players truly engaged in the decision-making process in our sport is hugely important.

    “I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Roger for the outstanding contribution he has made during the past six years as President of the ATP Player Council. The ATP World Tour is in terrific health today, not only as a result of the performance of our top players on the court, but also due to their considerable efforts off it. Generous with his time and always willing to invest his energy away from the court for the greater good of the game, Roger and his leadership in the Player Council will be missed. I have little doubt, however, that Roger will remain as engaged as ever, albeit in a less official capacity.”

    Swiss World No. 3 Stan Wawrinka joins the Council for the first time: “It’s a very interesting time in our sport, and I’m looking forward to being able to contribute my time and energy to the Player Council in our efforts to continue to grow the ATP World Tour in years ahead.”

    Frenchman Gilles Simon returns to the Council for a second consecutive term: “It has been a great experience for me to be closely involved in some of the decision making in our sport over the past two years. I feel like we have achieved some good things with a united player group, and I look forward to continuing this good work.”

    Eric Butorac, also returning for another term, said: "It's a huge honour to be re-elected by my peers and be on the Council again. I've been on for six years so I feel like I've had a lot of time to understand how the ATP World Tour works, meet a lot of people behind the scenes, the Tournament Directors. Hopefully I can be very beneficial to the players in the next two years. Our council is as strong as ever and we have a large portion of it returning. Along with that, some top players like Stan and John are joining the council, which will be very beneficial moving forward."

    Sergiy Stakhovsky said: "It means the players trust me hopefully and it means something was done right in the past two years with the previous Council. Hopefully we can work forward in the same way. It's definitely going to be hard to replace Roger as the President with any of the other guys. Roger's been a huge figure in our sport and having him as our President was a privilege. All the guys that are new to the board have been in tennis a long time. They know how the sport runs and what needs to be done to make it better."

    Council newcomer John Isner said: "It's very humbling that my peers elected me in. This is going to be fairly new to me, but at the same time it's something that I wanted to do. So I'm very honoured to be on the Player Council now and I'm looking forward to all of our future meetings and to see what positive change I can bring.

    The ATP Player Council meets several times a year and makes recommendations to ATP Management and the ATP Board of Directors through the three Player Board representatives, whom the Council elects.

    On Friday, David Egdes was re-elected by the outgoing Player Council as Player Board representative from the International Group region. Egdes will serve another three-year term starting 1 January 2015. The ATP Board of Directors comprises three Player Representatives, three Tournament Representatives, and ATP Executive Chairman and President Chris Kermode.
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    Re: Tennis, Random Random - 2014

    Judy Murray thinks women should be playing best of 5 at Slams - at least for semis and finals.

    http://www.tennisworldusa.org/Judy-M...colo19004.html

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    Re: Tennis, Random Random - 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by Moose View Post
    Judy Murray thinks women should be playing best of 5 at Slams - at least for semis and finals.

    http://www.tennisworldusa.org/Judy-M...colo19004.html
    It's always dangerous to change things based on one fast final.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shtexas View Post
    It's always dangerous to change things based on one fast final.
    I remember when the YEC (or whatever the WTA was calling it at the time) final was 5 sets, back in the late 80s-90s. And yes, women can play 5 sets of tennis, but that doesn't necessarily mean they should. It never made for memorable tennis.

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    Re: Tennis, Random Random - 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by Moose View Post
    I remember when the YEC (or whatever the WTA was calling it at the time) final was 5 sets, back in the late 80s-90s. And yes, women can play 5 sets of tennis, but that doesn't necessarily mean they should. It never made for memorable tennis.
    I remember a Seles-Sabatini five-setter that was good, and a Graf-Huber five-setter, which was pretty ho-hum.

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    Anyone knows how much longer (or not?) is an average ATP set?
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    Quote Originally Posted by shtexas View Post
    I remember a Seles-Sabatini five-setter that was good, and a Graf-Huber five-setter, which was pretty ho-hum.
    Yeah, overall the WTA YEC was too small a sample size to mean anything but the Seles-Sabatini five-setter was a thriller. If women did regularly play five-setters, certainly it would bring a new dimension to the game and overall fitness would have to be taken to a new level for all players -- which could only improve the game. Granted we will also get many three set blow-outs initially but over time it could work well.
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    I would be fine with it, but I think introducing it before QF in a slam would be unworkable time wise. Already it's barely possible to squeeze in all the required matches during the first week.
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    I think that would be the biggest issue with the women playing five sets - how would the slams (particularly the French and Wimbledon) schedule those matches? I also wonder whether it would be good from an injury stand point - I think it has hurt the men's tour at times because of the exhaustion (Isner def. Mahut is an extreme example) - injuries already cost us top players from the game - just in the past few years we've had Azarenka, Zvonereva, Kirilenko, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skatingfan View Post
    I think that would be the biggest issue with the women playing five sets - how would the slams (particularly the French and Wimbledon) schedule those matches? I also wonder whether it would be good from an injury stand point - I think it has hurt the men's tour at times because of the exhaustion (Isner def. Mahut is an extreme example) - injuries already cost us top players from the game - just in the past few years we've had Azarenka, Zvonereva, Kirilenko, etc.
    I think that's why Judy said only in the semis and final. There wouldn't be a problem scheduling those matches at the end of the tournament, and there wouldn't be as much of a chance for the women still left to be extremely exhausted.
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    Novak and Jelena are getting married this weekend, at a quiet little spot along the Adriatic.

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    There has been a lot of backlash against the WTA hype surrounding Eugenie Bouchard. The ATP has now started a similar campaign for Grigor Dimitrov.

    DIMITROV BREAKS INTO TOP 10 OF EMIRATES ATP RANKINGS
    Grigor DImitrov
    by James Buddell | 07.07.2014

    Today, Grigor Dimitrov becomes the first Bulgarian man to break into the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings. ATPWorldTour.com pays tribute to the 23-year-old record-setter.

    The transition can often be fraught for the talented that shine brightly on the international junior circuit. Often, the starlets find the path to the upper echelons of the ATP World Tour insurmountable. Winning multiple Grand Slam junior titles is not always a guarantee of future success.

    Laden with trophies as a junior — including the 2008 Wimbledon and US Open crowns — Grigor Dimitrov soon found himself afflicted by the burden of being touted the ‘next’ Roger Federer. “This thing was starting to get a bit out of hand,” he said, and for a few years the moniker weighed heavily on his shoulders.

    Professional satisfaction was initially achieved on the ATP Challenger Tour (11-1 record in singles finals), yet prior to this year, Dimitrov had reached the third round just once — at 2013 Roland Garros — in his 12 Grand Slam championship appearances. The pressure to succeed was always there, self-imposed, yet the weight of expectation from the media continued to build. Last years, after long periods of academy training, Dimitrov decided on the direction of his career.

    Roger Rasheed, his coach since September 2013, recalls, "This kid came to me pretty strongly when I stopped with Jo [-Wilfried Tsonga]. I said, 'What do you want to be? Honestly?' When you say you want to be the best player in the world at some point in your career, it means you're really prepared to be accountable. And if you're prepared to be accountable it opens a lot of skeletons, a lot of doors, and you've got to be honest with yourself. To his credit, he's wanted to do that.”

    In joining forces with Rasheed, Dimitrov’s thirst to improve on a daily basis benefited from the establishment of attainable goals: to improve his physical strength and tactics to befit his talent level. One month after teaming up with his Australian coach he picked up his first ATP World Tour title at the If Stockholm Open (l. to Ferrer). “I learned something about myself,” said Dimitrov. “It just clicked, but our goals are higher. We are just at the beginning.”

    Over the past 12 months, Dimitrov grafted in order to prove himself among the established stars. “Roger has taught me to be more disciplined [and] use better shot selections,” he admitted. “We really give 100 per cent to each other, every day.” Together, they have won a further three titles in 2014 — on different surfaces — the Abierto Mexicano Telcel hard (d. Anderson), the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy clay (d. Rosol) and the grass of the Aegon Championships (d. Lopez).

    Dimitrov is now playing with greater calm and composure, and he has learned the ability to switch his focus when he has to in matches. “He plays higher percentage tennis and makes better decisions,” says Andy Murray, who lost to Dimitrov in the semi-finals of this year’s Abierto Mexicano Telcel and The Championships at Wimbledon. “Technically, he hasn’t made any changes to his game.”

    While 23 was once considered a mature age to break through, the dominance of the ‘Big Four’ since the start of 2004, has seen Federer (16), Rafael Nadal (14), Novak Djokovic (7) and Murray (2) – win 39 of the past 43 Grand Slam championships.

    Dimitrov treats every match like a gladiatorial battle. His willingness to play on the front foot resulted in a recent run to the semi-finals at The Championships (l. to Djokovic). Dedicated, disciplined and hungry, his rise into the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings is just the start for the richly talented Bulgarian, who is at the forefront of the next generation of stars.

    http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Ten...gs-Top-10.aspx
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    Re: Tennis, Random Random - 2014

    The last paragraph is a hoot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shtexas View Post
    The last paragraph is a hoot.
    The worst was an article published by ESPN featuring a "giggling in the background" Maria Sharapova.
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