epa03339339 Mardy Fish of the USA returns a ball to Xavier Malisse of Belgium in their semifinal match during the Citi Open tennis tournament in Washington, DC, USA, 03 August 2012. Fish defeated Malisse 6-3, 6-4. EPA/SHAWN THEW |
It is unfortunate to hear about what the NCAA has done with deciding to revise college tennis. Coming into effect September of 2013, doubles will be a regular 6 game set and singles will have a 10 pt tiebreak in lieu of a third set. Here are just a couple of ways this is bad….1) There is now no reward for the hard work training off the court and in practice. 2) The platform of developing juniors into top level professionals will take a substantial hit. For coaches, it makes the job of trying to recruit an individual who is considering turning pro much harder with just the 10 pt tiebreak for a 3rd set. Those players will think it’s a joke….which it is.
Hopefully, there will be a way to make this stop before it happens. I encourage everyone who wants to voice out against what the NCAA is doing. What they are doing is hurting tennis all across the board.
Editor’s Note: Tennis fans and players please tells us what you think of the changes.
The TENNIS CHANNEL is our host this week bringing the Davis cup from around the world to our tv or mobile devices via tennis channel everywhere. ( LIVE ! ) We saw the stadium in Geneva , Switzerland FULL. WE SAW THE FRENCH TIE BEING PLAYED IN PARIS. FULLER THAN FULL.
Hello from New York City. It took awhile but finally arrived. This column has laid dormant. Sorry, that's what happens when one hangs with "Global Chick " We hit the ESPY awards, the Emmy awards and we got lost in the Hamptons, but we are here NOW!
The office here is gloomy. The day is sunny and bright but no one feels sunny and bright. We all feel so disappointed that our hero Roger didn't walk away with his gold trophy. He saved a championship point. He pulled out five sets. He had his beautiful Mirka there.. He had the whole dream team.
London. Wow. What a great city. One of my favs on earth. Grass court tennis. There is nothing finer. Queens was great. So was the Boodles @Stoke park , so was Birmingham and Eastbourne. But nothing on the planet can match the lawns of the mighty All England Lawn Tennis Club.
The ongoing Mirkagate story took another twist as umpire Cedric Mourier confirmed Roger Federer’s wife caused the now accepted bust up between the winner of 17 Grand Slam titles and his Swiss Davis Cup team- Stan Wawrinka in Saturday’s Barclays ATP World Finals semi-final.
The USTA Nominating Committee has announced the nomination of Katrina M. Adams as USTA Chairman of the Board, CEO and President to serve a two-year term beginning January 1, 2015. Adams has served on the USTA Board of Directors for 10 years and is currently completing a two-year term as First Vice President.
Following the disappointment of 17,500 paying fans when the climax of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals was curtailed on Sunday by Roger Federer’s injured back, tournament organizers have announced there will be a 60% ticket refund.
Aussie teen Nick Kyrgios will establish a base in London, and is looking to break into the top eight next season. Having reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, Kyrgios is now looking at buying a house in the area to use between tournaments. Most Australian players have a second home, finding it impractical to return Down Under frequently during the season.
The Statoil Masters Tennis tournament has added stars of the Special Olympics and two of the best wheelchair players in the world to its evening schedules of matches at the Royal Albert Hall on the 3rd and 4th December respectively.