SABATINI LOST MATCHES ON PURPOSE TO AVOID THE PRESS

Recalling her days on the court, the former tennis champion and winner of the 1990 US open Gabriela Sabatini has said she lost a great deal of her matches in her youth to escape public scrutiny and avoid interacting with press reporters.


During the peak of her career, the former player was widely known and regarded as one of the most gifted, charismatic and talented players to have graced the tennis court in the 1980s and the 1990s. In recent comments published, the world former number three from Argentina said: “when I was younger and thought that I had to talk after winning a tournament, I often lost in the semi finals so I did not have to. It was that bad.” Sabatini was reported to have told the popular argentine newspaper la nacion.

While the star showed great skill and resilience during her time on the track, it was hardly evident that she avoided the attention of the public. A true lioness in her day, she said “I was very introverted; I had some issues at school because I was very inward looking.”

Known for her tactical and competitive nature, the 43-year old currently has a line of perfumes named after her. In further talks, she said her shyness was her major shortcoming, “I got very nervous at times, but at the same time, I was very competitive and I got frustrated when I did not win. I might lose the first set and give up on the match just because I was so angry that I could not bear having lost the first set.” Read more »

Svetlana Kuznetsova not Allowed to Book Flat in Rio

Svetlana Kuznetsova was looking to book a flat somewhere in Rio for the time she had to be there for the Olympics, but, she was told by the members of organizing committee that if she stayed at a place other than the players’ village, she herself would be responsible for her security and nobody else would take the responsibility of that. So, she cancelled that plan.

However, she is not shying away from letting out her annoyance. She has been lambasting the organizing committee on a daily basis for the past week or so. There is not a single thing the Russia native seems to be happy with.

According to her, ahead of her previous match, she was not provided a court where she could practice. When her coach went to the officials and asked for one, they told him that the only practice court which was there was already booked for some other player. How could that be logical that a player couldn’t practice as someone else had booked it?

Kuznetsova also complained about ball boys saying that even they had been lazy and not discharging their duties properly. She says she has noticed the ball boys and none of them moves quickly to collect the ball and instead wait for the other one that maybe he would go and do the job. Read more »

Andy Murray and Jeremy Chardy is going to be a heated one

The pre quarter final meeting between Andy Murray and Jeremy Chardy is going to be a heated one.

The statements that Chardy had made regarding Murray’s withdrawal from the Masters tournament in Rome would still have been quite fresh in the Scot’s mind and he would be pretty eager to prove a point to the Frenchman.

Murray had withdrawn himself from Rome citing weariness and Chardy was not happy about it at all.

According to Chardy, every player in the world looks to keep himself fresh and in proper shape for the slams, but, leaving a tournament in the middle phase just because of weariness is probably not the right thing to do.

Chardy, however, was of the view that it’s Murray’s career and thus, he’s totally entitled to make his decisions.

In the pre match interview, when Chardy was reminded of his statements, the 28-year old said, “I did not appreciate it to be honest. You go into a competition feeling well, you win the first match and then, all of a sudden, you pull out because of tiredness. It sounds a little weird, doesn’t it? But, then, it’s your career and you have every right to decide what you want to do.” Read more »

Gabriela Sabatini quit playing tennis

Its 19 years since Gabriela Sabatini quit playing tennis. She does not have any association to the game these days. She has turned herself into more of a businesswoman. She has a perfume business which she devotes most of her time to. But, she has not lost that fierce competitiveness.

Sabatini has to take on one of her old time rivals Monica Seles in an exhibition fixture coming up and she says that the adrenaline is pumping inside her for that game.

The rivalry between Sabatini and Seles used to be quite intense during those days in the nineties. These two players would draw a huge crowd to the arena whenever they were up against each other and they are again expected to do so in a week’s time even though they are not active players anymore.

Talking about the upcoming exhibition match, Sabatini said, “I am motivated for sure. It’s always a special venue for me, the Madison Square Garden. The crowd over there are so loud and intense. You would not get to see that sort of atmosphere at any other venue in the world. It pumps you up immensely. You tend to put in a bit of an extra effort just because of the support and backing that you get there.” Read more »

Lleyton Hewitt disppoints Home Crowd

Lleyton Hewitt disappointed the home crowd yet again as he was beaten in the second round of the ongoing Australian Open yesterday by Benjamin Becker of Germany.

That defeat left Hewitt completely shattered. It’s very much possible that it was his last appearance at Melbourne Park.

Hewitt did not make any official announcement after the game though. He just said he has no idea what happens in the 12 month’s time from here on in.

In the post match interview, the veteran was quoted as speaking, “I am not trying to kid people. I am actually not in a position to make any call right now. I would be assessing the situation and then, see what I have to do. I am not sure at the moment if I would be here next year or not.” Read more »

Roger Federer confident on winning another Title this Season

Roger Federer believes he can add to his Grand Slams’ tally in the ongoing season.

However, the Swiss maestro admits the fact that the level of competition in the men’s category has got a notch higher in the recent times.

According to Federer, these days, even the players, who are outside top 10, also posses the ability to win slams.

A few years back, only the top guys in the rankings were considered to be the contenders for the slam titles, but, off late, it has been seen on quite a few occasions that the lower ranked players have become the champions.

During the previous season itself, a couple of guys won the Grand Slams when nobody was expecting them to do so.

Novak Djokovic was the hot favourite in the Australian Open, but, he was beaten in the quarters and the player who got better of him i.e. Stan Wawrinka crossed the further hurdles as well and lifted the trophy.

Then, in the US Open again, people were putting their money on Djokovic, but, it’s Marin Cilic, a 26-year old guy from Croatia, who emerged out victorious beating his Japanese opponent Kei Nishikori in the final match.

That title win saw Cilic making his way into the top 10 for the first time in his career. Presently, the Croatian is at the 9th position in the rankings.

In an interview recently, when Federer was asked about lower ranked players making big impacts in the Grand Slams recently, he said, “Well, it’s great for the game, isn’t it? The competition is much tougher now. Anyone who is there in top 20 can end up winning. The rankings are really close nowadays.”

Federer himself is ranked 2nd in the ATP rankings at the moment.