WTA announce immediate suspension of all tournaments in China with Peng Shuai unable to speak freely despite multiple contact attempts

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A month ago Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai posted allegations against a former Chinese Government Vice Premier on social network Weibo, these were taken down, her account disappeared and so did all articles relating to Peng on the Chinese social media site.

Now the WTA have decided to suspend all tournaments in China.

Since November the 2nd she has not been seen or heard without it being promoted by Chinese Government Affiliate Media. Peng is not able to speak freely and has not been able to contact the WTA, neither has the WTA been able to contact her. An email surfaced posted by Chinese State Media which did not look to be from Peng but claiming to be so.

In recent days and weeks more media posted by Chinese State Media accounts on Twitter has surfaced showing Peng in public at events in China promoting tennis to the…

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Novak Djokovic, 2021 Wimbledon Champion

Novak within reach of becoming the first man to win the “Super Slam”…all Grand Slams and the Olympic gold medal during the same calendar year. Steffi Graf did it on the Women’s side in 1988…

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A historic final on the cards no matter the result. Djokovic aiming for No.20, Berrettini looking for No.1 and in the middle was Marija Cicak who became the first female umpire of a men’s final at Wimbledon.

It was a nervy start to the final, Djokovic begun with a double fault and hit three in his opening two service games to lead to 2-1. Coming into the final both players had dropped 5 service games in 6 matches: Djokovic 88/93 and Berrettini 95/100 but an early break and a hold to love sealed a 4-1 lead for the world number one with Matteo making some uncharacteristic errors.

Credit to Berrettini, down 2-5 the Italian held a marathon service game saving set points and event saw a couple of break points himself as Djokovic hit some uncharacteristic errors serving for the set. Berrettini rallied well and closed perfectly at the net…

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Ash Barty, 2021 Wimbledon Champion

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50 years on from Evonne Goolagong Cawley’s first win at Wimbledon, 10 years on from when Ash Barty between Junior Wimbledon Champion and in 2021 after a tough battle became the Wimbledon Champion.

A tough start to begin with for Karolina Pliskova, the Czech showed nerves with her serve around 80-85mph which for her is slow and was broken to love with the slice of the Aussie causing problems early on.

3 games on the board and all 12 points went the way of the world number one Ash Barty who led 3-0 and it quickly felt like this was a must hold nine 9 minutes.

11 minutes in there were just murmurs on the court, a foot fault, a double fault and 0-4 down with the only two points Pliskova winning errors from the top seed.

Suddenly a smash at the net went inches long and the Czech had…

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Indian Wells Cancellation

My take on the coronavirus and beyond…

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As the coronavirus becomes more entrenched in people’s minds as an actual threat and not simply the regular flu season that usually occurs between winter and spring, each one of these cancelled events and news reports about quarantines will do two things:
1.People become more susceptible to misinformation from the corporate and administrative states.
2.The security state now has a reason from the coronavirus scare to implement plans and agendas that were set in place long ago but never could be put in place without just cause.
Indian Wells is run, sponsored and primarily funded by the American military armament manufacturing sector and their sub-contracting subsidiaries, and is attended by the families that profit from and live in the sector’s hub. The simple truth is that their sponsors don’t have the money to cover the 20 million in purse fees at the moment because all of their liquid assets are…

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US Open doubles & mixed? ❌ Andy Murray’s had a change of plan!

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Following his defeat to Richard Gasquet on his singles return in Cincinnati the Brit announced that he would not be playing singles in New York.

He had hoped to hold onto a wildcard for a little longer to make a decision but the USTA had set an announcement date. Due to this Andy had confirmed that he will play doubles and mixed doubles at Flushing Meadows.

He admitted himself he thought about a qualifying wildcard too late to be added to the draw there which is played on a best of three sets basis.

Thursday night saw Andy and Feliciano Lopez come from a set down to see off Jack Sock and Ryan Harrison in three sets and following the match Andy confirmed a change of plan.

Cincinnati will be his last doubles for now as he focuses on his singles comeback with the Brit saying;

“Doubles is done for…

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Nick Kyrgios has always been good for tennis and why I hope we see more of his mesmerising brilliance

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Nick Kyrgios’ week in Washington was exceptional. I’m writing this piece on a flight from Orlando to London and is something I really wanted to write following Nick’s week in Washington.

I’ve always loved watching Nick play and what he brings to the court. Some reading this will think I’m condemning some of his bad behaviour on court, I’m not at all and some has been out of order but I’m looking past that.

On Wednesday 31st I got in a little early than expected due to a thunderstorm, turned on my iPad and Nick was playing! As ever it brought a smile to my face, his tennis is mesmerising to watch.

He filled Washington. Say what you like about Nick Kyrgios but he gets bums on seats, he fills stadiums.

He gets a lot of bad press as he doesn’t go about things as others do but he’s doing…

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Rest required; Djokovic joins Federer in missing Montreal!

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The epic Wimbledon final has come at a cost (for tournament directors in Montreal) as the top two in men’s Novák Djokovic and Roger Federer have withdrawn from the Rogers Cup.

Four time champion Djokovic who of course won the battle against Federer at Wimbledon has announced he has withdrawn to recover. Federer a two time champion but not since 2006 announced just after Wimbledon he would skip as expected by Montreal.

Adding to the list is of course no Juan Martin Del Potro who is still recovering from his knee problem and I will be surprised to see if the Argentine makes a return this season. Bizarrely as well he is still on the entrants list for the US Open.

One more withdrawal in the main draw would mean that Grigor Dimitrov who fell to his worst career main draw defeat in Atlanta the other day will be back…

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Simona Halep; “Chill year” 😎 Pre-Season break 🏝 Roland Garros defence ❌ Darren coming back? 🙏🏻 Flag-Bearer 🇹🇩 A medal will do 🏅Horia Tecau 🎾

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Simona Halep is having a chill year, you wouldn’t have thought it.

Wimbledon champion and the holder of the longest residency of active players in the top 10 going back over five years the Romanian has been a bit more chilled this year but that was the plan.

Three major final defeats on the bounce led to massive pressure on herself at Roland Garros last year, Halep put soo much into that tournament and the mental strength she showed was incredible.

Halep admitted during her pre-season for this year she didn’t put in as much work as she normally does. She had more time to herself, family and friends and had fun.

Her Roland Garros didn’t go to plan, her form for the season had been ok. There were issues in her game which needed lining out but the base never goes away.

Halep was blown off the court by…

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Novak Djokovic; taking genius to a new level!

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No one has dominated men’s tennis quite like Novak Djokovic has.

Of course Rafael Nadal’s twelve Roland Garros titles and domination on the clay is impressive as is Roger’s record on grass is very good winning Wimbledon eight times, five of them in a row. He also of course remember won five US Open titles in a row.

However, no one has dominated on a whole picture more than Novak Djokovic.

Everyone has their favourites, I appreciate all three but if you were to take off the rose tinted glasses Novak does stand head and shoulders above the rest.

The current Grand Slam title count is;

Federer – 20
Nadal – 18
Djokovic – 16

Ok, he’s bottom of the pile but have a bigger look.

Novak has won four of the last five majors and since 2011 has one year where he hasn’t won a major title. He has…

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Standing up for what is right, no one does it better than Serena

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4 years ago Serena Williams returned to Indian Wells following a 14 year hiatus from the Californian Desert.

Back in 2001 minutes before her semi-final Venus Williams withdrew from her match with sister Serena. The next day Serena defeated Kim Clijsters in the final in three sets and was booed throughout the whole match. Her dad Richard and Venus were in the crowd and were booed with racist taunts aimed towards them.

They said they would never return to Indian Wells.

In 2015 Serena returned, sister Venus returned in 2016 and last year the two met in what was a win not only for tennis but equality.

Standing for what is right is what these ladies do better than anyone.

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The emotion of her return and cheers she got from the crowd was magnificent and it showed how strong she is and she stood up for what is right and…

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