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    Re: Tennis Random, Random 2.0

    Quote Originally Posted by the Moz View Post
    I don't want this to come off as trying to rank good deeds or intentions. But in terms of off-court activism, leadership, mentoring etc., Evert Navs & Goog don't reach the level of BJK. As a transformational figure, she stands the tallest for me.
    ^ Agreed.
    That's why the National Tennis Center was named after her - a well deserved and long lasting honour.

    Re-naming Fed Cup, as well, for her is A) redundant, B) overkill, and C) unnecessary. One could even qualify it as overly patronizing. Leave Fed Cup alone.

    It's nice that Tennis Centers and Stadiums are named for great players of the past and those who've had a significant positive effect on the game - it beats the crap out of those things being named for the sponsor who pays the most money.

    (And, if anything should be renamed because of possible confusion, it should be the 'FedEx Cup', not the Fed Cup - for obvious reasons.)
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    Re: Tennis Random, Random 2.0

    Only the DAVIS Cup should be allowed to be named for a tennis player!
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    Re: Tennis Random, Random 2.0

    Most of you know this already... but for those who don't, Naomi Osaka will not play Roland Garros this year.

    https://www.eurosport.co.uk/tennis/r...09/story.shtml
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    Re: Tennis Random, Random 2.0

    Quote Originally Posted by JTContinental View Post
    Only the DAVIS Cup should be allowed to be named for a tennis player!
    No one is saying it shouldnít be named after a woman, what is being said is BJK has enough things named after her. I tend to agree with that.

    Perhaps they could have found a clever way to name it after the original nine.

    As to the larger point, this name change isnít going to sell any extra tickets. It will remain an event without much gravitas or respect.

    And before anyone sites Laver Cup, we all know it will be renamed Fed Cup as soon as he retires.
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    Re: Tennis Random, Random 2.0

    If they were so eager to rename the Fed Cup (so that whoever made the decision could have a 'legacy'), it should have been renamed the Wightman Cup, as the concept was her idea...

    "The idea for the competition can be traced back to 1919, when Mrs Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman came up with the concept for a women's team event.
    When this was rejected, she instead presented a trophy in 1923 for an annual contest between USA and Great Britain, who were at that time the strongest tennis-playing nations. Mrs Nell Hopman, wife of the legendary Australian Davis Cup captain Harry Hopman, later took up Wightman's original idea.

    In 1962, when a British resident of USA, Mary Hardwick Hare, presented a dossier proving that support for such an event was overwhelming, the ITF was persuaded to organise a team championship played over one week in a different venue each year. It had taken 40 years for Wightmanís concept of a womenís version of Davis Cup to become a reality.

    The ITF, the world governing body of tennis, launched the Federation Cup in 1963 to celebrate the organisationís 50th anniversary. Open to all nations, not just USA and Great Britain, the much awaited competition became a resounding success.
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    (The above from the Fed Cup website)

    The Wightman Cup was an annual tennis competition between American and British women held until 1989. This would have been a good time to revive the name, as Mrs. Wightman's original concept was to have a global women's tennis competition.

    https://www.tennisfame.com/hall-of-f...hkiss-wightman

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