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Rafael Nadal Is A Dirty cheater & loser Stanislas Wawrinka Won the Australian Open Men’s Title!

I am disgusted with the mainstream media reaction to the mainstream media with Stanslias Wawrinka incredible upset victory over Rafael Nadal. Nadal underestimated Stan he thought Stan would get scared or afraid to be in his first grand slam final. The script was Nadal would roll over Stan in three easy sets. However, this didn’t happen. Stan had a lot of belief despite having 0-12 record against Nadal. Remember, Stan had NEVER beaten Rafa before he NEVER even won set against Nadal until today.

Nadal decided to play dirty due to the fact he has a history of cheating. Nadal has cheated many players like Paul Henri Mathieu at the French Open, Juan Martin Del Potro at Wimbledon in 2011 and today against Stan. Whenever, Nadal is losing in a slam he always has a mysterious injury. Will the media call Nadal out for his cheating? Of course not!!1

The eighth seed Stan Wawrinka upset Nadal 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3 to win his first grand slam singles title. Stan is now a grand slam singles champion he snaps the strangle hold of the big four in men’s tennis to win a slam. To put it into context Stan is the first man since Juan Martin Del Potro in 2009 to win a slam outside the big four. 2009 was over four years ago!

Also, Stan beat Novak Djokovic the four time Australian Open champion in the quarterfinals! So Stan deserves credit for his victory! Nadal has a history of cheating his opponents BUT you will not hear it in the press. The ESPN commentators are professional cheerleaders their job is to praise the top players the big four. For a long time tennis fans have complained men tennis is BORING. The top four players have dominated men tennis BUT they have also made it predictable. Finally tonight, one of the lower ranked players in the top 10 stood up, was mentally tough and won a grand slam.

Stan Wawrinka is no longer in his famous countryman Roger Federer shadow he has passed Federer. The reason Stan is tough opponent for Nadal than Federer is Stan has a better backhand. Stan has the ability to rip winners off his backhand side unlike Roger. Stan also has a more powerful serve than Roger.

Rafael Nadal Destroys Milos Raonic 6-4 6-0 In Semifinals Of Barcelona Open.

Wow, Rafael Nadal exposed some areas of Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic game. First, Milos started well holding serve and breaking Nadal’s serve. However, the problem in this match is Milos began to panic as Nadal read his serve. Milos is used to serving many aces in a match. Since Nadal is one of the elite players he has an excellent return of serve and Milos wasn’t able to hold serve. Milos tried different tactics such as coming to net the problem was his volleys weren’t crisp or sharp enough. By volleying the ball into the open space Nadal simply chased the ball down and passed Raonic.

Another area where Milos Raonic needs to improve is his backhand. Nadal was relentless he pounded Raonic backhand and he exposed his weaker side. Since Raonic is six foot five, he’s never going to be the fastest player on the ATP Tour. Raonic has improved his movement but he needs to improve it even more to compete with the very best. Raonic also needs to improve the backhand he kept on running around the forehand but he left himself vulnerable for Nadal to attack the open space.

Finally, I think Raonic had a positive week despite losing so easily to Nadal this is a learning experience for him. He defended his semifinal points from last year in Barcelona and he’s ranked number thirteen in the world. Raonic is getting better on clay he had a big win over Tommy Robredo in the quarterfinals a former French Open quarterfinalist.

Raonic and his coach Galo Blanco should be watching the tape of this match over and over. If Raonic wants to get into the top 10 and be a fixture among the best in men’s tennis he needs to improve his backhand and movement.

Novak Djokovic Snaps Rafael Nadal Eight Year Winning Streak Wins Monte Carlo Masters Title!!!

It is still over a month away from the French Open starting but Novak Djokovic’s stunning upset of Rafael Nadal 6-2 7-6 in the Monte Carlo final is a breakthrough. This is the first time in over eight years Nadal has not won the Monte Carlo Masters title.

Nadal is the only man on the ATP Tour to win a title eight times in a row he’s dominated Monte Carlo since 2005.

Djokovic played fearless tennis, he attacked Nadal’s backhand approached the net when necessary and he kept Nadal off balance.

Novak also took the ball early on the rise forcing Nadal to react by taking the ball early. Nadal’s strategy against Novak wasn’t smart he kept on hitting the ball to his two handed backhand but that’s Djokovic’s strength.

Against Roger Federer, Nadal’s high looping top spin forehand bounces too high for Federer to generate pace off the backhand side. However, since Djokvovic is six foot two and he has a two handed backhand, Nadal’s topspin forehand doesn’t bother him.

Nadal is still the king of clay though, he’s won the French Open seven out of the last eight years.

Novak Djokovic is off to a good start in the clay court season but the real test is at the French Open at the end of May.

Nadal’s dominance on the clay courts is incredible so although the Monte Carlo masters is not a grand slam anytime a player beats Nadal on clay that’s a cause for celebration.

However, this is Nadal’s second clay court defeat in 2013, he also lost the final of a minor event in February in Chile to a journeyman.

Sloane Stephens Upsets Serena Williams At Australian Open But American Media Hype Might Hurt Her Career.

Yes, Sloane Stephens a nineteen year old American upset the tennis legend Serena Williams 3-6 7-5 6-4  in the Australian Open women’s quarterfinals. However, Serena was clearly injured she hurt her back in the middle of the second set and had back spasms. Stephens deserves credit for pulling off the upset although she almost let the match slip away when she had a 5-3 lead in the second set. Stephens did well to win, but the Americans have a tendency to hype up young talent. Does anyone remember Melanie Oudin from 2009? The USA media hyped Oudin, saying she’s the next Chris Evert yet the girl never was ranked in the top 30. By the way, Oudin lost in the first round of the Australian Open to Laura Robson a talented young British player. Jennifer Capriati was also hyped by the USA press back in the 1990s due to her early promise. However, when Capriati was unable to reach a grand slam final while in her teens she turned to drug use and shop lifting. Only, when Capriati left the WTA Tour and decided to make a comeback did she live up to her potential.

I am not knocking Sloane Stephens, I think the girl is clearly very talented. I am just concerned that the American media are going to put too much pressure on this young girl. Stephens has not won a WTA Tour event, she hasn’t even reached a WTA Tour final yet either. Stephens is good, and she deserves time to mature and live up to her talent.

 

Whoopi Goldberg & Sherri Shephard Blast Caroline Wozniacki For Racist Serena Williams Joke.

On the ABC talk show The View, the ladies discuss the recent controversy of the young white female tennis player Caroline Wozniacki so-called joke about Serena Williams body. At a tennis exhibition in Brazil, Wozniacki decided to stuff her bra and tennis skirt with towels to make fun of Serena’s body. In the mainstream media the consensus by  white tennis writers are that Wozniacki was just making a joke. The question these white writers fail to ask is why is Serena Williams constantly the one being made fun of?

Sports websites such as ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and Fox Sports, have all claimed Wozniacki’s attempts at being funny isn’t racist. However, the vast majority of these sports writers are white men and they also have white male skin privilege. It is very easy for people who do not experience racism to tell black women they need to be quiet about racism and sexism. White privilege allows white tennis writers the ability to ignore race since they don’t have to think about race on a daily basis. White privilege also means white people have the luxury to not deal with race when they don’t want to and ignore it. The white tennis writers have chosen to ignore Wozniacki’s racism because the harsh truth is racism and sexism is very much a part of the professional tennis industry. The tennis industry is still very uncomfortable with the fact women’s tennis is being dominated by Serena Williams a black woman.

The white tennis writers lack  the racial sensitivity, knowledge,  and the awareness to discern the history of racism and sexism against black women. For centuries, since Sara Baartman tragedy in the early 19th century, black women are constantly mocked, ridiculed, and demonized for not having bodies that conform to the Eurocentric ideal. The ideal female tennis player body is supposed to be blonde, thin, such as Maria Sharapova or Caroline Wozniacki. Tennis writers for years have mocked Serena Williams because she’s a black woman, due to the fact her body has curves, and her buttocks is larger than her white female counterparts.

I am glad people on twitter, You Tube, Facebook, and the internet are saying enough is enough!

The racism Serena Williams experiences in professional tennis is more subtle. Nobody would dare call Serena a racial slur to her face.However, I believe there is still discomfort by some white people in the tennis industry about Serena Williams domination of women’s tennis. Tennis is still a very elitist sport, dominated by rich whites and the country club set.

Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shephard pointed out as black women they have a right to speak out against racism when it relates to the black female life experience. Goldberg and Shepard explained that Wozniacki’s joke is indeed racist against black women.

Goldberg makes a cogent argument, why are these white male and female tennis players such as Caroline Wozniacki and Andy Roddick making fun of Serena’s body? Why is it a black female tennis champion is ridiculed because her body does not conform to racist Eurocentric body image standards? Why should black people be silent to this prejudice and bigotry?

Serena Williams is constantly criticized and ridiculed by the racist tennis establishment because she’s a a black woman dominating women’s tennis which is still a predominately white sport. Let’s be honest here, Serena Williams is thirty one years old,  a part time player yet she is clearly the best female tennis player in the world. Serena won Wimbledon singles and doubles, Olympic gold medal in singles and doubles, US OPEN, and the WTA Championships. Serena has dominated the so called number one and number two ranked women Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova with a stunning 8-0 record this year.Wozniacki’s joke I believe is due to jealousy, Serena also dominates Wozniacki she has a 4-1 record against her. Since Wozniacki can’t beat Serena on the tennis court she has to find another way to ridicule her by mocking her body because she’s a black woman.

Cute Pic: Tennis Stars Rafael Nadal & Juan Monaco On A Vacation Together In Majorca Spain!!!

 

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Rafael Nadal, Juan Monaco

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You never know how much your co-workers care about you until you’re gone. Rafael Nadal hasn’t seen much of his ATP brethren since taking time off the ATP Tour to rehabilitate his ailing knees, but he finally got a visitor this week, in the form of his good buddy Juan Monaco. The No. 10 ranked Argentine lost in the second round of Shanghai and quickly boarded a plane to Mallorca, Spain to pay a visit to Nadal.

What have the two been doing? Well according to theirFacebook and Twitter pages, it looks like Monaco has been tagging along on Rafa’s workouts, swimming, stretching and throwing in the occasional round of golf. Sounds like a pretty great vacation to me.

In fact, the rest may be what Monaco needs as he tries to make a late season push to qualify, either directly or as an alternate, for the ATP World Tour Finals in London. Monaco is 955 points out of the No. 8 spot in the Race rankings, butNadal’s participation in London is unlikely. That means the No. 9 player in the Race to London should qualify directly, and the Nos. 10 and 11 spots open for alternates.

Monaco currently sits at No. 12 in the Race and less than 500 points behind Janko Tipsarevic, the man currently holding the No. 9 spot. Deep runs at both next week’s Valencia Open and the Paris Masters, and Rafa’s best buddy should be able to buy his Eurostar ticket to London.

Disappointing Result: Canadian Tennis Stud Milos Raonic Loses Japan Open Final To Kei Nishikori!

I am disappointed Milos Raonic Canada’s top tennis player lost in the finals of the Japan Open to Kei Nishikori. I am cognziant Kei Nishikori is a solid player his ranking is going to rise to number fifteen in the world and he is also a young player. I feel Milos has more weapons than Kei he has a huge serve, an explosive forehand and he volleys well. An area that Kei exposed today is Milos movement and his tendency to run around his backhand to hit forehands.

Milos speed around the tennis court is improved but he needs to get even quicker and faster if he wants to challenge the top players. I also believe Milos consistency needs to improve he seems to do well when he has no pressure. Milos victory over Andy Murray was unexpected because Murray is ranked higher.

Today, Milos was supposed to beat Kei because he is higher ranked and he has more weapons. The pressure seemed to get to Milos today and he dropped serve immediately at the start of the match.

Milos was probably exhausted emotionally, physically, and mentally after upsetting two top ten players Andy Murray and Janko Tipsarevic. However, Milos has now lost three ATP 500 finals in his career. Milos ranking will rise to number fourteen in the world on Monday and he crosses the $1 million dollar mark in prize money earned on the tennis court this year. I am pleased that Milos has made some improvements to his game his court positioning is better he is standing on the baseline and being aggressive. The only concern I have is that I think Milos needs to start out of the blocks better in his matches. Today, Milos needed a good start Kei was determined to win in front of the Japanese people in his own country and he was very aggressive. Milos had a 3-0 lead in the first set tiebreaker yet lost the first set. Milos managed to win the second set 6-3 but he got destroyed in the final set losing 6-0. Milos won two long matches against Andy Murray and Janko Tipsarevic in the semifinals and quarterfinals fighting off match points so I know he is mentally tough.

Hopefully, in the future, Milos will be better mentally prepared when he reaches a high profile final because if he wants to be a top ten player he’s got to win these kinds of matches.

Surprising Result: Nadia Petrova Upsets Agnieszka Radwanska 6-0 1-6 6-3 & Wins WTA Event In Tokyo Japan!

Well this is a surprise, Nadia Petrova of Russia upsets the world number three Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-0 1-6 6-3 and wins the WTA title in Tokyo Japan. Petrova is thirty years old and a very talented player but she always lacked the mental toughness. Petrova has a huge serve, powerful groundstrokes, volleys well, and she is a solid doubles player.  Petrova doesn’t move very well on the court and her fitness is not at the highest level.

Sometimes Petrova is mentally fragile but she held it together mentally to win the biggest title of her career.

Agnieszka had a solid week, but I believe she needs to develop some weapons. If Agnieszka is going to breakthrough and win a grand slam she needs to improve her second serve. I also think Agnieszka needs to take more chances on the court and go for more winners.

Hot Couple Alert: Looks Like Serena Williams Might Be Dating Her French Coach Patrick Patrick Mouratouglou.

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Serena Williams and her coach Patrick Mouratoglou may just have better chemistry than most professional tandems.

Rumors abound that the two are actually an item.

The Detroit Free Press reports on rumblings from French website PKTennis.

Here are a couple of photos that the website snapped that proves the two are far closer than most players and coaches would be.

 

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Yes, that is either Williams showing affection, or her trying to steal Mouratoglou’s wallet. We like to think she is doing alright for herself and hardly needs the money.

So consider this an amorous expression.

Before you go on thinking this is an all-play and hardly-any-work relationship, theDetroit Free Press report reminds us just how successful Williams’ coach has been.

She hired the French Tennis Academy coach after she was ousted in the first round of the French Open. Since that time, she won Wimbledon and most recently the U.S. Open.

Oh, yeah: She also managed to win a gold medal in the London Olympics. That would be 3-for-3 in majors plus Olympic competitions since the two teamed up.

If that weren’t enough, the report gives us this little tidbit: “Bruce International Properties, the storefront at which Williams and Mouratoglou are gazing, sells property on the French Riviera.”

When normal people begin a relationship, they take a nice little day trip somewhere. When you are a world-class athlete, you flirt with the idea of buying a vacation spot along the French Riviera.

I’m not sure the tennis world stands a chance against this dynamic duo.

 

LA Times Article: Venus & Serena Withdraw Their Support For A Documentary Worried It Makes Their Father Look Like A Deadbeat.

"Venus and Serena"A scene from “Venus and Serena.” (Clive Brunskill / September 11, 2012)
  • By Steven Zeitchik September 11, 2012, 11:22 a.m.

TORONTO — In an about-face, Venus and Serena Williamshave chosen not to attend Tuesday’s Toronto world premiere of the documentary “Venus and Serena,” which they authorized and participated in for the past 20 months, because they are reportedly unhappy with the finished product.

As recently as several days ago, the tennis superstars had planned to come to the Toronto International Film Festivalto support the movie made by veteran broadcast journalists Maiken Baird and Michelle Major, according to a person familiar with the Williamses’ plans who asked not to be identified because the person had not been authorized to speak on their behalf.

But a disagreement between the sisters and the filmmakers over the movie’s content — particularly the portrayal of the sisters’ father, Richard Williams – has led to a reversal, the person said. The movie is at Toronto seeking distribution.

PHOTOS: Toronto International Film Festival 2012

Festival organizers and the filmmakers confirmed that the sisters would not be attending. “It’s disappointing to us,” Major said. “We have a lot of respect for them and think their story is very inspiring.” She declined to elaborate on the reasons for the Williamses’ change of heart.

Venus Williams‘ manager Carlos Fleming and Serena Williams’ agent Jill Smoller would not comment on their clients’ decision.

The news comes just two days after Serena Williams won her fourth U.S. Open singles title, which was expected to give the premiere a celebratory air; indeed, Serena Williams has been making press appearances in the wake of the tournament, on Monday appearing on NBC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.”

Festival organizers had scheduled the premiere after the tournament to allow the sisters to attend.

The movie has been a watershed event for the Williamses, who are famously guarded about their private lives. Baird and Major, who met while working for ABC News during Peter Jennings‘ tenure, have long been fascinated by the Williamses as tennis and public personalities.

After being wooed by the Baird and Major for nearly four years, the sisters agreed to participate in the documentary. In January 2011, the filmmakers began following the sisters around the world, having been granted intimate access to the cloistered stars as well as to their friends and family members; they shot more than 450 hours of footage. Major said that neither sister asked for any preconditions before filming began.

The finished film looks at the rise of the two Compton natives to the pinnacle of their sport, their lives behind-the-scenes and the colorful personalities who have guided them or been part of their rise. It is largely complimentary to the sisters, showing their work ethic and their humor.

But it does explore some of Richard Williams’ foibles, from his out-of-wedlock children to a 78-page manifesto he had plotting out his daughters’ success at a very young age. That angered the sisters, particularly Venus, according to the person with knowledge of the disagreement.

After viewing the film in August, Venus Williams had an extensive conversation with filmmakers raising her objections over how her father was portrayed. Though some small tweaks were made, they were not sufficient to change her mind.

The filmmakers said they were saddened by the Williamses’ response and could only hope for a change of heart down the road. “We think this is an important story, and

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