Federer opens schools in poverty-stricken Malawi
Seventeen-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer spent some of his summer in Malawi, spending $13.5 million to open 81 schools in the poverty-stricken nation. “I believe every young child should have the opportunity to spend some years in such a center, because early education is the foundation of learning,” Federer said during his visit.
Troubles for Tomic
Australia’s Bernard Tomic was in the news a great deal following his loss to eventual champion Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon. He stirred the pot with Tennis Australia, claiming that the federation does not support him and other players properly. He was then arrested at a Miami hotel after throwing a party in his room. After guards came to the room following a noise complaint, Tomic refused to come out and was subsequently arrested for trespassing and resisting arrest. Tomic later apologized for the incident, saying: “It was definitely my fault. I was asleep on several occasions when they complained at first, but you know, it was just a noise complaint. I’m sorry for the police and the disturbance I caused. I’m just happy I got out and no one got hurt.”
HBO airs “7 Days in Hell” tennis mockumentary
HBO recently aired a hilarious “mockumentary” called “7 Days in Hell.” The special reminisced on a fictional 2001 first round Wimbledon matchup between Aaron Williams (played by Andy Samberg of Saturday Night Live fame) and Charles Poole (played by Kit Harrington, who portrays Jon Snow on HBO’s “Game of Thrones”). The show featured appearances by real life tennis stars Serena Williams, John McEnroe and Chris Evert.
Sharapova/Dimitrov end relationship
One of the sport’s biggest power couples recently ended their relationship. Top 20 Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova announced that they had amicably ended their relationship. “We experienced wonderful moments together. I wish her much happiness and success in life and in tennis,” said Dimitrov. “Now I’m concentrated entirely on the game, and I’m sure the results will soon be seen. This is the summer of the new beginning for me.”
The Mardy Fish retirement tour
Former top 10 American Mardy Fish announced that the U.S. Open will be his last tournament before he retires. The fan favorite Fish reached a career high ranking of seventh in the world before anxiety issues forced him to take time off. In a July tweet, Fish said, “My schedule this summer will be Atlanta, Cincinnati and I will finish my career at the U.S. Open … #lastride.”
Kirilenko gives birth
Former top 10 player Maria Kirilenko announced on Twitter that she has a new baby with her husband, Alexei Stepanov. The two married in January of this year. Kirilenko, who has not played since last September, has not yet decided whether to return to the WTA Tour.
del Potro not close to returning
Juan Martin del Potro has stopped working with his longtime coach, Franco Davin. He appears to be a long way away from returning to the ATP Tour after another left wrist surgery. The 2009 U.S. Open champion has played just two tournaments this year. Davin began coaching del Potro in 2008. “I wanted to tell you that Franco is no longer part of my team,” del Potro wrote on Facebook. “I'm really grateful for the years we've worked together, and I wish them the very best. I'm also thankful to their families for their warm support that goes beyond tennis.”
Wedding bells for Berdych
Photos recently surfaced from the wedding day of Tomas Berdych and his wife, model Ester Satarova. It was reported to be a small gathering, with around 20 family and friends in attendance.
Tweets from the pros
►Andy Roddick (@AndyRoddick): @travismathew hat in my coffee! Bam!
►Aga Radwanska (@ARadwanska): Getting ready for the U.S. hard court season
►Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal): I was the chef today. First course, salad with olives! #Wimbledon #RafaNadalAlimentosEspaña
►Victoria Azarenka (@Vika7): Last day of being 25
►Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole): Thank you to my team, to my #NoleFam and to all the people cheering and supporting me here @Wimbledon. Ideeemoooo!
►Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki): Love the latest style from @adidas and @finishlinewomen. These look great in any situation #thedebut
►Roger Federer (@RogerFederer): I feel grateful to be able to share time with these amazing kids
►Venus Williams (@VenusesWilliams): Taking it all in at The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul—the oldest mall in the world.
►John Isner (@JohnIsner): Bang. 9lbs @BassProShops
►Serena Williams (@SerenaWilliams): Get in the game and see #PixelsMovie in theaters today!
►Noah Rubin (@Noahrubin33): Not every week is glorious as a professional tennis player …
►Eugenie Bouchard (@GenieBouchard): Best. Night. Of. My. Life. @taylorswift13