A lot of fans will be ecstatic if they get a hastily-scribbled signature with not even a glance, if they make the effort to actually get to a tennis tournament. Or, these days, a re-Tweet from their favorite player – even if it comes from a Tweeter for hire.
Along with Montreal and likely Vancouver, Quebec City is in the running to host the World Group I playoff Fed Cup tie against Slovakia on April 19-20.
You know Rafael Nadal as being fastidious with everything on court, chronicled enough that we don’t need to elaborate here.
But did you know he’s also a very conscientious guest?
When you’re about to face a really big server (and this isn’t an everyday occurrence on the WTA Tour), you have to react accordingly.
And so Thailand’s Luksika Kumkhum went to Plan X.
Big day in Rio, where all eight seeds are in first-round action in singles – including Nadal.
Four shifts in the top 10 after last week, which tells you that even if it’s not a Masters 1000 week, it’s good to play.
As we warned might happen, Canadian Vasek Pospisil has withdrawn from the ATP Tour event in Delray Beach, Fla., already under way today.
The relationship between Argentine Juan Martin del Potro and his country’s Davis Cup effort has been fractured, to say the least.
Now, as the country faces a World Group relegation match after losing in the first round to Italy, its biggest gun has made a statement.
Seeds are in short supply in Dubai on the first day, but Sloane Stephens and Venus Williams provide a little flash and dash.
Also – Genie Bouchard loses her final-round qualifying match.
Canada’s Genie Bouchard won two matches in the qualifying in Dubai, but couldn’t win the final one she needed to make the main draw Monday.
Bouchard dropped a 6-1, 6-4 decision to up-and-coming German Annika Beck.
Another week where the ATP talent pool is divided into three, always a risky proposition.
But hey, Rio has Rafa. Djokovic, Fed, Wawrinka, Murray and del Potro are had by no one.