Dominic Thiem Spurs Controversy after Criticizing Tennis Relief Fund

The current COVID-19 outbreak has had a massive impact on the world of sports and tennis. The International Tennis Federation recently came up with an idea to generate a fund for supporting lower-ranked players amidst the Coronavirus. However, 26-year-old Australian Dominic Thiem didn’t respond well to the news.

He mentioned that most lower-ranked players aren’t professionals and do not commit 100 percent to the sport.

“None of the lower-ranked players have to fight for their lives. I’ve seen players on the ITF Tour, who do not commit to the sport 100 per cent. Many of them are quite unprofessional. I don’t see why I should give them money,” Thiem said in a recent interview.

I would rather donate to people and institution, who really need it. There is no profession in the world, where you are guaranteed success and high income at the start of your career. None of the top players took anything for granted. We all had to fight our way up the rankings,” Thiem further added.

Thiem has been criticized by many other players including Nick Kyrgios for his ideas, but he has mentioned that he won’t back down from them.

There are just a few things that bother me about the whole thing,” Thiem told Sky Sport Austria.

I don’t want to back down from my opinion that there are some players I don’t want to support. I’d much prefer it to be chosen by the players themselves because then those players who really need it and who really deserve it will benefit.”

Dominic Thiem has also found support from some other players, while a few players have slammed him for his strong and uncalled for opinion during this hour of need for all professional tennis players.

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Tennis Stars Lash Out at French Open For New Tournament Dates

The new COVID-19 virus seems to have brought a halt to all sporting events across the world as we won’t be seeing live action in the time to come. The French Open, which was originally supposed to be held in May this year, has postponed its dates to just one year after the US Open.

Also the dates for the new French Open directly coincide with the dates for the Laver Cup. Managers for the cup aren’t happy as they have already sold out tickets for the event in Boston. Players like Roger Federer who are slotted to play in both tournaments might have a hard time choosing.

The news hasn’t gone down well with tennis players, as they have lashed out at the authorities for the poor decision making.

“[French Open] asked for forgiveness, not permission,” a ‘top ATP player’ told journalist Jon Wertheim.

Because they knew they wouldn’t get permission. But I’m not sure they’ll get forgiveness either.”

Jamie Murray showed his disdain at the event managers by tweeting: “Strong Move by French Open/FFT to move to end of Sept. I thought the powers that be in tennis were supposed to be all about working together these days?

Alla Kudryavtseva was also highly critical of the administration for the open as she mentioned, “Dear, Roland Garros while I’m happy the French tennis federation is taking precautionary steps to ensure the tournament will be held eventually, I’d appreciate a heads up to players before a twitter announcement.” Her statement was issued through her twitter account.

Vasek Pospisil, a member of the Players Council at ATP, was perhaps the most vocal in his criticism of the decision. He said, “This is madness. Major announcement by Roland Garros changing the dates to one week after the US Open! No communication with the players or the ATP. We have ZERO say in this sport.”

All tournaments slotted to be held before June 7 have been cancelled because of the Covid-19 scare.

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Maria Sharapova Drops Curtains on a Glittering, Controversial Career

Russia’s Maria Sharapova just called curtains on her career last month after being the highest-paid sportswoman of the world for 11 years on the trot and after winning 5 grand slams. There are not many sports stars with careers as controversial and as glittering as Sharapova’s.

Sharapova, born in Siberia and aged 32, completed her rags to stardom story when she defeated Serena Williams in 2004. Aged just 17 back then, Sharapova was touted as the next big thing in Tennis.

I’m new to this, so please forgive me. Tennis — I’m saying goodbye. Looking back now, I realize that tennis has been my mountain. My path has been filled with valleys and detours, but the views from its peak were incredible. After 28 years and five grand slam titles, though, I’m ready to scale another mountain, to compete on a different type of terrain,” said Sharapova while announcing her retirement.

Shamil Tarpischev, President of the Russian Tennis Federation, also commented on her retirement and said, “It’s a shame, of course, because Maria was a role model for everyone. Many girls compared themselves to her. She was number one for the popularization of Russian tennis. Her image was huge.

Sharapova’s otherwise illustrious career took a turn for the dark when she was defeated for the 18th time by Serena Williams in 2016. Other than the defeat, reports of her failing an anti-doping test took the world of Tennis by storm. She was banned for a couple of years by the ITF and went from being the most loved sportswomen to having all her sponsorships taken away from her.

Sharapova later claimed that she didn’t realize the meldonium she had taken for health issues was included in the list of banned substances by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

While her confectionary company, named Sugarpova, will keep her busy, Sharapova will surely miss the thrill of competition.

In giving my life to tennis, tennis gave me a life, ” Sharapova said.

I’ll miss it every day; I’ll miss the training and my daily routine.

 

YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM1xZPaAJR8

Tennis Legend Margaret Court Hits Out at Trans Athletes in Controversial Sermon

Call her black sheep or Tennis’s forgotten Wonder Woman, Margaret Court, isn’t really doing her legacy any justice with her words. The Australian star, who has a record 24 Grand Slam titles, recently delivered an anti-LGBT sermon at her church in Perth. The 77-year-old tennis star, who is already in line to be honored for her achievements in the Australian Open next month, has recently attracted controversy yet again by hitting out at transgender athletes and saying that LGBT teachings come straight from the devil. She was issuing a sermon on Trans athletes competing within male and female sports. Court said, “You know with that LGBT, they’ll wish they never put the T on the end of it because, particularly in women’s sports, they’re going to have so many problems.

Court also blasted children as little as 7 for changing their genders at a very young age. Court added, “It’s so wrong at that age because a lot of things are planted in this thought realm and they start to question, ‘what am I? You know, even that LGBT in the schools, it’s of the devil, it’s not of God…”

Court is no stranger to making incendiary comments that hurt the emotions and feelings of millions residing in Australia and across the world. Back in 2017, she went public with her hate and opposition of gay marriages. Gay marriages were legalized in Australia during the year 2017, and Court was quick to say just how much she hated the concept. Court later cleared that she didn’t hate gay people, but just thought that this was a choice they could back out of.

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwUmwupUPH0Trans athletes

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic Slam Canada for Controversial Davis Cup Walkover

Tennis pros Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have voiced their concern over Canada’s decision to hand America a walk over in the Davis Cup final.

The Canadians, who had already won the group stage match against America, said that their players weren’t fit to play against the Americans in the dead rubber doubles final. The Americans were awarded the match by 6-0, 6-0, which has ruffled quite a few feathers in the international professional men circuit.

Andy Murray from Great Britain voiced his discontent first and mentioned that this wasn’t good. “I think that when we spoke in here yesterday, I was saying I felt like one of the positive things to the way the group stages work is that all of the matches are live, there aren’t any dead rubbers. And, I believe they also would have had two days off as well after that so I think they should have played the tie,” said Murray.

World No.2 Novak Djokovic also mentioned that he heard the news recently and didn’t like it personally. “I personally don’t like that. I mean, that shouldn’t be allowed, to be honest. I understand that Canada is through already, they won both of their ties. Maybe some of the players like Felix, I think he’s injured, and they wanted to rest their players for the quarterfinals and onwards. But I just feel it’s not fair that the USA gets 6-0 6-0 because they are going actually head-to-head now against Italy. But I also understand it wouldn’t be fair if you just don’t give a point, you know, because USA was ready to play doubles. So I don’t know. But I think everyone should be obliged to come out and play, at least play,” said the world number 2.

A statement by the ITF clarified that USA were given the win because three players from the Canadian team were declared unfit by an independent doctor. The lack of professionalism, however, hasn’t gone down well with the pros of the game.

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