This Tennis Ceremony Is a Disgrace

The ceremony to introduce the Next Gen ATP Finals tournament was nothing less than an absolute disgrace!

ATP Finals
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The ceremony was held in Milan and was supposed to have a degree of professionalism maintained. What unveiled was a sexist act put together by the sponsors Red Bull. The ATP and Red Bull had this appalling idea of having players walk down the aisle with a female model who will then reveal the letter A or B somewhere upon her body. The letters represented the group these players would participate in.

One of the players had to lift the skirt of his fellow model to reveal the letter A on her thigh. At this point, the audience was not so sure if the event even remotely belonged to the sport. Andy Murray’s former coach – Amelie Mauresmo – was among the first people to voice it out by tweeting the words, “Disgrace!”. Judy Murray followed by tweeting, “Awful”!

While both Red Bull and ATP have apologized for the event but that does not mean that people would forget the sexist execution of their “futuristic” campaign. The newly proposed event has become a victim of severe backlash. It is highly doubtful it will be able to gather many viewers

Nadal Wins French Open: Loses Humility!

Rafael Nadal may know a lot about winning games, but he sure needs to learn a thing or two about being humble.

We all know the great form the Spaniard has been in recently. The prodigy, however, seems to be losing hold of his humility—a characteristic he had previously been known for. He recently won his 10th French Open with style. During his post-match speech, he went on to brag about his “unprecedented” success.

If that is not enough to rip his fake persona of humbleness apart, the Spaniard even had the audacity to imply that he was ‘the one’ to achieve the feat. Things like these are well understood, and other players don’t need a reminder of what you’ve done with your career.

With his 10th French Open, Nadal has won his fifteenth major title. This is certainly not the first incident where he showcased his arrogance though. Only recently in April 2017, Nadal bashed a 20-year old German—Alexander Zverve—for wanting to compete with him. Instead of inspiring the young athlete, he called him “strange”, just because Alexander had lost to Nadal thrice in the past.

He sure may be an icon in the court, but outside of it, fame and success have made him lose humility.

Federer Does It Again!

Roger Federer

The more you speak of the ‘Federer Glory’, the less it is. He beat Nadal to clinch the third title of the season, in style!

If you think that Roger Federer has aged enough to retire, as some people suggest, you are absolutely wrong at your notion. This guy continues to make people admire his exquisite backhands and pristine precision shots. In the final of the Miami Open which was played in Itau, he beat Nadal 6-3, 6-4!

As if the win in Indian Wells wasn’t agonizing enough for the fans of Rafael Nadal, the duo met again on Sunday when Federer was crowned his third Sunshine Double. It is often baffling how, at the age of 35, he still packs that pace and agility that gets him to win crucial games against some of the best in the game.

When asked about the game, Federer said that it was a very close match. He further stated,

“Maybe if you didn’t see the match and you were sitting somewhere around the world and you see the score you’re thinking it was straightforward with couple breaks and that was it.”

He continued saying that the match was far different from what the scores state. “It was close.” he said.

Nick Kyrgios Curses the Chair Umpire and a Spectator

Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios hits the front pages once again, starts cursing people.

Marseille Open might not be an elite league, but it certainly does not allow players to show rage on the pitch. The Aussie certainly fails to comprehend that.

The 21-year old was giving it his all while trying to overturn the match. He was a set behind and was on the brink of his next serve when he snapped at a fan for ruining his focus. Politely telling the spectator to “shut the f* up” is not the best way to silence the fans.

Well, at least he did come to overturn the potential defeat into a win and saved himself from further embarrassment. To add more spice, Nick—after winning the match—mockingly started waving at a bunch that kept muttering one thing after the other during the match. The vocal supporters of Nick’s opponent Sela did not have much to boast about then.

Nick Kyrgios always brings a bit of drama to his matches. In fact, he even stretches the drama to post-match Twitter duels. When the insulted spectators demanded an apology from Nick on Twitter, “LOL, man up” was his reply!

Can Milos Raonic Grab the Top Spot in Global Rankings This Year?

Milos Raonic

Milos Raonic has had the best year any tennis player could possibly have. In just a single season, he managed to reach the career-best world rank at the number 3 spot. He also played in his first-ever Grand Slam final. For many players, this is as good as it gets.

But Milos wants to push himself even further.

The number 3 spot isn’t good enough. He wants to break into the top two. A Grand Slam final cannot whet his appetite. He wants to win one. And he’s preparing himself mentally and physically to reach the top of the charts.

But is he making a mistake? “I was desperate to play the highest level of tennis right away,” he recently told reporters. The desperation is evident. He suffered from frequent injury problems last season. Despite managing to reach the Australian Open semifinals, he couldn’t compete due to an injury.

Others accuse him of being a one-trick pony. Service is Raonic’s strong point. But critics say he needs to up his game even further if he wants to improve or even sustain his current position.

But he is hopeful.

When asked if he could manage to reach the most-coveted number one spot in the rankings in 2017, he said, “I hope so, that’s the goal.” Consistency, he thinks, is what enabled the top two to sustain their position in the past few seasons. Maybe that’s exactly what he needs right now.