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December 6, 2013
Peter Graf Father of tennis great was jailed for tax fraud Peter Graf, 75, who mentored his daughter, tennis great Steffi Graf, but then went to jail for evading taxes on her earnings, died Nov. 30 at his home in Mannheim, Germany, his family said. German media reported last year that he had pancreatic cancer. Graf, who sold used cars and had other businesses, placed a sawed-off tennis racket in his daughter's hand before she was 4 years old, rewarding her with ice cream when she was able to sustain long rallies on an improvised tennis court in the family living room.
November 6, 2013 |
As the new Court 2 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden nears completion so does the newest dining option at California's largest tennis venue. The New York sushi restaurant Nobu will have an outlet near the new court, which holds one of only two ATP or WTA-level tournaments in the state. The new stadium court will have 8,000 seats and tickets have gone on sale for the 2014 BNP Paribas Open. To find out more about the new court and restaurant, as well as ticket packages, go to http://www.bnpparibasopen.com/ . In the last three years, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have won the men's titles and Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki the women's titles.
October 30, 2013 |
Tennis star Novak Djokovic, whose family already owns one of the most popular restaurants in his home city of Belgrade in Serbia, now has an airplane named after him: @RTS_Vesti @DjokerNole #Djokovicplane #LetimosaNoletom pic.twitter.com/i9HUZAwuU7 - AirSERBIA (@SerbianNational) October 25, 2013 Air Serbia, the country's new national airline carrier, named its first plane after Djokovic. The plane is an Airbus and is painted in the country's colors.
October 25, 2013 |
Who says art and sports don't mix? On Saturday afternoon, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture will host an invitational tennis tournament at which art world and entertainment figures will compete on the newly completed Goldstein Court of the Sheats/Goldstein Residence in Beverly Crest near Beverly Hills. The event, a benefit for the MAK Center, also includes cocktails at sunset, BBQ from Baby Blues and guided tours of the historic 1963 home, designed by architect John Lautner, and its James Turrell Skyspace, "Above Horizon.
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October 20, 2013 |
Tennis isn't much of a big deal at South L.A.'s struggling Jefferson High. The two dozen kids who play on the boys' and girls' teams practice on a pair of beaten courts at a gang-riddled, graffiti-tagged park. It wasn't long ago that both squads - stacked with teens still learning basic tennis rules - shared six beaten rackets and sometimes played in jeans. "Shoes?" said David Herrera, who coaches the girls' team. "A lot of my players didn't even know there was such a thing as shoes made just for tennis.
October 15, 2013 |
The 2014 PowerShares Series tennis circuit will feature Andy Roddick and James Blake, who will join the 12-city tour and play against such former greats as Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors. The PowerShares Series will begin Feb. 5, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo., and will conclude March 21 in Surprise, Ariz. Other players competing are Ivan Lendl, Mats Wilander, Jim Courier, Michael Chang, Todd Martin and Mark Philippoussis. Each event will feature two one-set semifinal matches, followed by a one-set championship match.
September 30, 2013 |
Thanks to a YouTube video (with a hat tip to Larry Brown Sports ), we get to see how much Serena Williams wants to win, even when she plays a first-round doubles match with her sister Venus in China. Williams double-faulted on match point and that led to a classic Serena anger attack. At least this time only the racket suffered and no referees were hurt, physically or mentally, in the attack. Only a poor racket. But Venus and Serena did sweetly congratulate their vanquishers.
September 26, 2013 |
According to US Weekly magazine, rumors during the U.S. Open tennis tournament were true. Actress Kaley Cuoco, best known for her starring role in the highly popular TV comedy "The Big Bang Theory" and her role in Priceline commercials with actor William Shatner, is engaged to American tennis player Ryan Sweeting, who played at Florida before joining the ATP Tour. Sweeting is ranked No. 582 on the ATP Tour computer and his career-high ranking was 64. He won his first ATP-level tournament in Houston in 2011.
September 26, 2013 |
The Women's Tennis Assn. tournament that has been played in Carlsbad since 1984 will move to in Tokyo in 2014, the WTA confirmed Thursday. The move was first reported by Tennisreporters.com. The WTA tournament that is currently at Stanford will take the Carlsbad event's spot on the calendar and in 2014 will begin on July 28. The Tokyo event will be held in September, after the U.S. Open. Octagon owns the Carlsbad tournament and will run it out of Tokyo. Chicago had made a pitch for the event also.
September 23, 2013 |
The 2014 BNP Paribas Open, the largest combined ATP and WTA combined two-week event, will be held March 3-16 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden . ESPN has announced it has renewed its television contract with the tournament through 2020, tournament director Steve Simon said. The 2014 edition of the tournament will once again culminate on ESPN2 on March 14, ESPNEWS on March 15, and both singles finals will air live back-to-back on ESPN2 on March 16. Beginning in 2015, coverage of the final weekend of the tournament will be on ESPN2 on Friday and on ABC on Saturday and Sunday.