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Apr 9, 2010

Navratilova announces breast cancer diagnoses
Martina Navratilova, the former tennis champion with 18 Grand Slam titles, announced that she as recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately, it was caught at a very early stage and was detected through a routine mammogram. The doctors have given her an excellent prognosis, and she will undergo an operation and six weeks of radiation therapy in May. She gave a stark warning for women with regards to their vigilance over checking for breast cancer; Navratilova pointed out that she has always kept her body in fantastic shape, a good diet and high fitness, and yet this did not make her immune. She had left it four years since her last check-up: ‘…don’t make excuses’.

Serena still injured
Serena Williams is still struggling after her win at the Australian Open, with her knee continuing to play up. She has decided to withdraw from the Family Circle Cup in Charleston. Earlier on in the year she also had to withdraw from the Paris Indoor Open, all important tournaments and weeks she is spending off the court. This means that her preparation for the French Open is coming under some serious trouble.

Roddick wins in Miami
It’s been four years since his last Masters title, but Andy Roddick finally nabbed it in Miami at the Sony Ericsson Open. After making the final in Indian Wells last month, Roddick appears to bulldozering his way through the season, and towards righting the wrongs of Wimbledon final last year. Wimbledon and US Open will be interesting if Roddick maintains this blistering form.

The clay season begins – Monte Carlo
The clay season will start with one of the most glamorous Masters tournaments of them all. The location is beautiful, the players are there for high stakes, the parties are as glamorous as the A-list guests, and competitors are often spied at the Monte Carlo Casino to get rid of some steam. And all of this happens under the (hopefully) beautiful blue skies of Monaco. Monte Carlo is the home to a few of the tennis players themselves, and is one sure way of setting off the clay season in style.

Odesnik in possession of HGH
Wayne Odensik is facing a possible ban after pleading guilty to importing human growth hormone (HGH) into Australia. The vials were found in his luggage as he flew in for the Australian Open. He denies taking the HGH, but the decision on that is pending. Seeing as he has not yet been found guilty of any doping offence, he is allowed to continue playing. He has already been fined eight thousand Australian dollars, and could face a 24 month ban from tennis.

Dan Evans in hot water
Unfortunately, there was more in the news of tennis players misbehaving recently (pending investigation, of course). Dan Evans, a British Davis Cup player, is said to be ‘fully co-operating’ with police with regards to an alleged sexual assault at a night club. A photo police released of three men as part of an appeal for more information, after a woman was pushed onto a discarded mattress on the street and assaulted. Dan Evans and two other British tennis players were identified as the men in the photo. Evans denies anything to do with the assault, claiming he and his friends were out late but that no alcohol or assault was involved.

Novak Djokovic Break Laws of Thermodynamics
The new Head commercial featuring Novak Djokovic shows him breaking the laws of physics:
Believable, no. A demonstration of the Serb’s charms, yes.

- SophieG

Written by: SophieG

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