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  1. #3811

    Re: Tennis Random, Random 2.0

    I think it hasn't been posted that Ekaterina Makarova has officially retired:

    She had some success in singles, but it's doubles where she really shone winning 3 GS titles and reaching #1
    Roger forever

  2. #3812

    Re: Tennis Random, Random 2.0

    That was the next thing I was going to post, saw it at the same time as the HOF announcement. Here is her personal message on IG.

    Dear friends!

    I have important news for you today.

    I made a difficult decision to end my professional career in tennis.

    Today I want to thank everyone who has been with me shoulder to shoulder all these years. Who took part in my sports career, starting from my childhood and ending with it. I was lucky enough to work with the best team of professionals. My favorite coaches, sparring, massage therapists, and osteopaths. My team has always been my mainstay and support.

    I would like to thank my lovely family and friends who have always been there for me. I always feel your love and support. My family is my source of energy and inspiration.

    My dear, faithful fans! You have always supported me anywhere in the world. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Your faith in me, gave me strength and helped me move forward to victories!
    I am very happy and proud of my sports career. It's time to move on and start a new stage in my life.

    Your Kate

  3. #3813

    Re: Tennis Random, Random 2.0

    One more story of note on the WTA site. Clearly we heard about the second part, not sure the first part was posted yet.

    WTA to trial electronic line calling on clay in Charleston, coaching from stands in 2020

    The WTA has announced two new trials that will take place in the 2020 season - the use of an electronic line calling system at the Volvo Car Open, and coaching from the stands beginning in February.

    ST. PETERSBURG, FL, USA - The Women's Tennis Association has announced two new trials that will take place over the 2020 season as the organization continues to demonstrate its commitment to innovating the sport.

    Electronic line calling will be tested on the clay court surface for the first time at the Volvo Car Open in Charleston, South Carolina, utilizing FOXTENN technology.

    The FOXTENN system, which was officially approved for hardcourt use by the WTA in 2018, will debut on clay at Charleston’s Billie Jean King Stadium Court and the Althea Gibson Club Court in April.

    The same challenge protocols will be used as those on hard and grass courts, that of three challenges per set and no ball mark inspections.

    Following the introduction of on-court coaching in 2008 and the use of WTA-authorized tablets in 2015 (with SAP), coaching from the stands will begin a trial allowing for coaching from the player box at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and the Hungarian Ladies Open in Debrecen, Hungary.

    The coaching trial will continue through the season at all WTA Premier and International events.

    As coaching is currently not allowed from the player box and is difficult to regulate, the trial will allow coaches to coach and provide input to their player through verbal encouragements, hand signals or quick coaching tips consistent with the manner they currently engage with a player, from the box and now without penalty.

    Any type of coaching conversation must take place through the WTA’s existing on-court coaching protocol, whereby a player can request their coach to come to their bench once a set.

    “The WTA has always embraced the opportunity to introduce new technology and innovations to enhance women’s tennis, and we’re excited to see where these trials take the sport,” said WTA Chairman and CEO Steve Simon.

    “We’re hopeful these provisional changes will have a positive impact in improving the overall playing environment and upgrading the way fans can enjoy the WTA Tour.”

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