News Round Up…

Jul 16, 2009

There’s a lot of tennis news to catch up on over the last week or so. I guess even without a Grand Slam people are keeping up their busy work…

Nadal Coming Back From Injury

In my ignorance I forget to check the rankings after Wimbledon. Things tend to shift after a tournament such as this. This year, a complete flip of what happened last year occurred. In 2008, Nadal took the title and the world No. 1 spot. This year, at the end of the 2009 tournament, Nadal had to sit on the sidelines and watch as Federer took his title at Wimbledon and then go on to take his number 1 spot. I only just got used to writing that Federer was in the No. 2 spot, so forgive me if I make any mistakes over the next couple of months.

You can’t help but feel for Rafa. He put his all into last year and had a fantastic year; after much the same start to 2009, injury has dragged his performance and attendance at tournaments.

Anyway: yesterday, he was given the go ahead to begin training again after an intense rehabilitation period at home. In this time he missed out on a number of tournaments including Wimbledon, which explains why his ranking has slipped to world no. 2. Will this get him down? I’m not sure it will. In fact, I think everyone is hoping it inspires him to do get back to his former standard and try for even bigger things.

Gasquet Back

Richard Gasquet has been cleared of charges after he tested positive for cocaine earlier in the year. He was temporarily suspended back in May after the test, and the 32 ranked Frenchman claimed he was innocent from day 1. Eventually, the ITF (International Tennis Federation) accepted his defence, which was that the cocaine had entered his system after coming into contact with it second hand during a night out: “the cocaine entered his system through inadvertent contamination in a nightclub.”

We can assume that means he made out with someone in a night out who had in the past taken cocaine, or at least something to that effect. Of course, the anti-doping guys couldn’t let him get away with an apology or a clean slate, they had to leave the case with him being at fault in some respect. And that was? Apparently, he was at fault for exposing himself to such an eventuality, but that the risk ‘wasn’t significant’.

But it only seems to show that anti-doping rules today are incredibly strict and almost archaic in manner; a number of sportsmen and women are going to make out with other people at night clubs, just as the rest of the population do. That’s life.

Anyway, Gasquet is back and determined to get on with playing some tennis. Hoorah.

Davis Cup

The Davis Cup is roaring ahead, and as its moving into the semi-final there has been some casualties. Croatia beat the United States to get through to the semis, and the go on to meet the Czech Republic who fended off Argentina.

Spain just about squeezed past Germany 3-2, with a win from Juan Carlos Ferrero eventually sealing victory for them. Israel had upset things by beating Russia 4-1, wrapping on un Sunday in Tel Aviv; one of the surprises of the tournament.

Montcourt

Tests to explain why French tennis player Mathieu Montcourt, ranked 119 in the world, collapsed and died at his home in Paris claim it was due to a heart attack. No reason as to why that may have happened have been given, but it is reported toxicology tests came back negative. S

Tennis Ball Bombs

Recently jailed white supremacist Neil Lewington was found with two firebombs in his bag. When police stormed his house, they found he had been trying to turn tennis balls into shrapnel bombs. An inventive way to use tennis balls, but one that I doubt is going to be endorsed by the ITF or, well, anybody.

 

-          SophieG

 

Written by: SophieG

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