Venus Williams will have to pay a fine of three thousand Dollars for keeping herself away from the media conference that had to take place after her match versus Sloan Stephens yesterday.
Venus lost that match in straight sets and she was so upset that she stormed her way to the hotel without having any interaction with the media.
She released a statement though, but, the organizing committee established that her not addressing the media was a fineable act and thus, she should be imposed the fine.
The statement which Venus released read, “I was hoping for a good start which would have allowed me to get myself into the groove, but, it did not happen unfortunately. However, credit to Sloane for being so good on the day. She was exceptional.”
Venus had been knocked out of the opening round of the French Open in 2013 as well and to suffer another upset in the same tournament a couple of years later, her frustration level must have been reaching sky high, but, the seasoned campaigners like her are supposed to respect the rules and regulations.
No player, if given a choice, would opt to talk to the media after an embarrassing defeat, but, still, they do because that’s how it is. You are answerable to the press as well as your fans. (more…)
If Lleyton Hewitt is to be believed, Roger Federer’s world record of winning seventeen Slam singles title would not get broken in near future.
Hewitt reckons there is no one in the circuit who is capable of toppling Federer, not even Nadal.
Nadal is in touching distance of Federer’s record. He is just three Slams away to be able to level with him and four to get past him.
But, according to Hewitt, Nadal is not going to have his way easy in the seasons to come by. His body is not the same. There have been a lot of bruises and blows which he has taken over the years. Also, he is not someone whom you can call the versatile player or the complete player. He does not look as comfortable at other courts as he looks at Clay ones.
Hewitt was in Singapore last week to attend a function organized by one of his sponsors.
Talking about Nadal and how he sees the Spaniard’s career shaping up from here onwards, Hewitt said, “If it’s clay, he is class above the rest. No doubt. He is sort of unbeatable. But, the moment it shifts to hard or grassy surfaces, some of the other guys come into play as well. The likes of Novak and Andy, they are brilliant too.” (more…)
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