It’s no secret that there is an “eye candy” component to tennis as a sport. By that we mean that there are plenty of players that even non-fans of the actual game will tune in to check out.
Often the players at the very top of the game are making huge sums of money but those lower down, even in the top thirty, can struggle to make ends meet by the time they’ve paid coaches and trainers as well as covering travel and accommodation costs. There are a huge number of lower ranked players who make most of their money through sponsorship/appearance deals of various kinds. Read more »
The last of the great fiery giants, Fernando Gonzalez, has retired from professional tennis, widening the gap left by Marat Safin. The owner of one of the most powerful forehands in the game played his final match today in Miami losing to Nicolas Mahut, the Frenchman winning 7-5, 4-6, 7-6.
It can’t have been an easy match for Mahut knowing you’re ending someones career but true to form Fernando went down in style after defending three match points. Unfortunately the match ended on his double fault after years plagued with injury but Fernando seemed to lost in the moment as the crowd went wild to really care how the last point went down. Read more »
Marcos Baghdatis harnessed his inner Marat Safin during his four set loss to Stan Wawrinka late last night. After going down a break of serve in the third set Marcos was so irritated that he smashed the living daylights out of his racket.
Casually Marcos then handed the impressively destroyed racket to the ball boy to throw out while he was sitting down at the change of ends. Still sitting Marcos grabbed another racket from his bag and smashed that and then grabbed two more rackets, one at a time, and smashed them too. The third and fourth rackets were still in their plastic bags.
Marcos might have loss the plot and the 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 match but he won out in terms of the fine handed down. The ITF have the power to fine players $2,000 US for abuse of a single racket but the Cypriot was only fined $800.
Meanwhile Donald Young, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Gilles Simon were all fined $1, 500 for swearing while Fernando Verdasco was fined $2, 000 for being coached during his match.
Given that the swearing is generally not something the crowd can hear and that Marcos destroyed four rackets in full view of everyone maybe he should have received a more significant fine – especially when the umpire fining Verdasco said he had no idea what his coaches were actually saying to justify the fine.
Marcos would do well to remember that Marat Safin once had to withdraw from a tournament because he had smashed all his rackets and you only come into a tournament with about six or seven in your bag… Destroying four in one go is ridiculous because what happens if you some how win!
Retired two time Grand Slam champion Marat Safin has been elected to Russian Federal Parliament, the Duma, in the lower house of parliament. Safin is part of Vladimir Putin’s United Russia Party
“I could go and make commercials left and right and pretend like I am a celebrity, but that is not me.
This is a completely new life, a new way of thinking, new way of doing things that’s nothing to do with tennis or sports at all. But the two things definitely have one thing in common and that is that you need to have a character.” Read more »
Try as I might I will never be able to pick a top ten that pleases everyone.
Over time we’ve had some pretty good looking tennis players to watch on our screen, both male and female. Sure in the 80′s there were some good looking players we may not have noticed because they had the fluffy hair, scary eyebrows and strange fashion sense but some things get better with age (think George Clooney).
So here’s my top ten men and women of all time .
To all those out there like my mum who harbour a deep unending love for Stefan Edberg… I’m sorry. Read more »
In the previous post Tennis Perspective praised the good form and phenomenal bodies of: Fernando Verdasco, Rafael Nadal, Feliciano Lopez, Novak Djokovic, Jo Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet, Tommy Robredo, Tomas Berdych, Tommy Haas and Roger Federer.
In no particular order here’s five of some of tennis’ other pretty boys. Read more »
I know not everyone is amused by the racket breaking, screaming, abusive antics of tennis players, but unfortunately it’s a part of the game.
Of course John McEnroe, who has been accused of having hissy fits to distract his opponent, is in the top spot and watching him go off his brain is kind of like what my dad was like before we removed the insert button from his key board Read more »
No one ever has or ever will pull off the racquet abuse rage like angry Russian Marat Safin. Safin destroyed so many racquets in such spectacular ways that there is over eight minutes of footage here to watch.
In 1999 alone it was estimated 49 racquets were smashed.