Maria Sharapova Planning A Money-Earning Trip To South America
epa03618614 Maria Sharapova of Russia returns a shot to Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain during their match at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California, USA, 10 March 2013. EPA/PAUL BUCK |
Maria Sharapova is taking a marketing page from the examples of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal by also building her personal brand into South American as the top women’s tennis icon plays an exhibition on December 6 in the Colombian capital of Bogata.
Local organizers were quick to boast of how far ahead they planned the big event, “It is true, Maria Sharapova will play in an exhibition match on Dec. 6 in Colombia, in Bogota. The deal was done in December of last year,” one told Spanish agency Efe.
Reports say that the wildly popular Sharapova will be making her first trip to the once rough-and-ready nation after turning down various offers in previous years.
Officials are still seeking an opponent now that they have the headliner nailed down contractually. Two possible candidates: Ana Ivanovic and Caroline Wozniacki. There seems to be quite a bit of planning still to be done, with organizers admitting that they do not yet have a venue booked.,
Federer took his tennis to three South American nations in December and earned a reported $14 million for an effort of less than a week. Nadal is just off a three-week run in the region on clay as part of his slow return to tennis after knee injuries. Former great Pete Sampras plus Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga have all made well-paid visits in recent years.
On the day that the Aegon Championships launches its new Priority Ticket Membership (at 10am), the British No.1 Andy Murray and the tournament’s defending champion Grigor Dimitrov have both committed to return to The Queen’s Club in London, 15-21 June.
Venus Williams will enter the Australian Open confidently after capturing the Auckland title on Saturday with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 1 seed Caroline Wozniacki. The Kastles superstar improved to 6-0 lifetime against Wozniacki to clinch her 46th singles title. Now ranked 18th in the world, Williams dropped only 15 games en route to the final.
Below you will find a release regarding registration for the BNP Paribas Challenge beginning today. This event provides an opportunity for players to win their way into the qualifying draw of the BNP Paribas Open. The size of the event continues to grow, and we anticipate that being the case again this year!
In its eighth year of Australian Open coverage, Tennis Channel will unveil a live, hourlong, daily introductory show from the Melbourne tournament grounds similar to lead-in programs it uses at the US Open and other events throughout the year.
Poland has won its first Hopman Cup title after beating the USA in a suspense-filled mixed doubles in Saturday’s final. The first-time champion nation went ahead 1-0 after Agnieszka Radwanska shocked 18-time major champion Serena Williams 64 67(3) 61, but John Isner ensured the higher-ranked pairing stayed alive with a 76(10) 64 win over Jerzy Janowicz.