Federer's boss, manufacturing controversy and more mail
While raising an eyebrow at
• First, Mirka single-handedly wrecks our "marriage theory" from a few years back. Federer finally ties the knot and, bang, wins the one Slam that has always eluded him. Robert raises a good point, though. Too often tennis wives and girlfriends are dismissed as so much arm candy. In the case of Mirka (note to self: check if she has changed her name), it's clear she's a vital member of Team Federer. Yes, when she fills in as a practice partner, it makes for a good photo-op. But her influence goes much deeper. Last year, a fan in Monte Carlo wore a shirt reading: "Mirka is the boss." Far as I can recall, no one objected to the sentiment.
• With the grunting discussion having, ahem, quieted, talk must necessarily turn to another manufactured controversy. The view here: at a time when players are breaking down in record number,
But what about the "equal pay for equal work" angle? As we've said many times, "sets" is just one way to measure work. What about balls hit per rally? Or time of match? And since when does time equal money in sports, anyway? If it did, those five-day test cricketers would be living la vida Buffet. And boxers like
• Just to be totally clear, while Wimbledon departs from the rankings, there
• Good point. Oudin upset
• It's a combination of factors, including player preference. But don't underestimate the power of television. Putting Murray on later in the days surely translates to better ratings than if he started at noon. Likewise: at the U.S. Open a lot of you complain about the American players routinely playing the night sessions while the Europeans get the day sessions. But imagine being Eurosport, forking over good money for rights and then getting a Federer night match to air at the local time of 3 a.m.
• Um....Are you familiar with the baseball player
• A dissenting point of view from
• NeuLion and Tennis Channel today formally announced the launch of a new online video portal at Tennis-Channel.tv. The portal will give fans access to live matches, on-demand programs and other multimedia content. The first iteration of the new online Tennis Channel TV was made available during the French Open (NeuLion).
• The ATP World Tour's fall Asian swing will begin in South-East Asia after the governing body of men's professional tennis today confirmed that Kuala Lumpur will host an ATP World Tour-level tournament. The tournament was officially launched by Prime Minister of Malaysia