While the best players in the world were busy
pulling out of tennis tournaments, we were compiling the latest and greatest stories
from around the tennis world. Hey Tennis Fans, I’m Blair Henley and welcome
to the Tennis Now News Update. Yes, it’s true. Players have been dropping like flies post-Olympics
with Maria Sharapova pulling out of Montreal with a stomach virus she allegedly came down
with the night before losing 6-0, 6-1 to Serena Williams in London – maybe that explains
it. Gold medal winner Andy Murray pulled out of
Toronto after his first match with a knee injury, and Rafael Nadal has announced his
withdrawal from the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati. Perhaps more troubling is the fact that he
has not announced a return date. Ana Ivanovic didn’t pull out of her match
at the Rogers Cup, but she might as well have after experiencing her first 6-0, 6-0 loss
since turning pro. Roberta Vinci wiped the 2006 tournament champion
off the court in just 44 minutes. Afterward the former world No. 1 said, [quote]
I can’t remember the last time I had a match like this. Maybe not since I was a junior. [quote] We may be sad for Ana, but it makes
us feel a little better knowing that double bagel losses happen to the best of ‘em. Former USTA press officer Randy Walker stumbled
across questionnaires he handed out to some of the best American juniors in the 1990’s. Turns out, Venus and Serena were two of those
players, and we thought it was both interesting and appropriate that 12 year old Serena and
13 year old Venus listed themselves when asked to name their role model. Both also said their long term goal was to
be number one in the world. And we all know how that turned out. Apparently the players on the ATP tour are
well aware of American Donald Young’s 16-match losing streak dating back to February. Australian Bernard Tomic added insult to injury
by announcing to the press that the players know Young is struggling. “We’re all aware of that one,” he said
when asked about the ex-prodigy’s losing streak. In case you were wondering, the longest ATP
losing streak on record stands at 21 matches thanks to another American, Vince Spadea. On the flip side, former ATP No. 2 Tommy Haas
is enjoying a career renaissance after playing three finals on three surfaces in the span
of just five weeks. The 34-year-old is back in the top 25 for
the first time since May of 2010, and says, [quote]I feel like I can pretty much still
beat anybody.[quote] Head reported record growth in North America
as well as increased growth internationally for the first six months of the year, thanks
in no small part to top players like Maria Sharapova, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray
endorsing the Head Youtek line. We also think it might have something to do
with the hilarious Sharapova/Djokovic promotions and commercials. Here’s one for your viewing pleasure. That’s all for the Tennis Now News Update. Let us know your thoughts on Rafa’s injury,
Young’s streak, and Novak’s Maria impression in the comment section below or on Facebook
and Twitter. We’ll see you next time, here on Tennis
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Dennis Veasley

5 thoughts on “Nadal Withdraws, Ivanovic Crushed, and Djokovic Spoofs Sharapova – Tennis Now News Update Show”

  1. If Haas is having an extraordinary day, and one of the big 4 is off, he can give them a run for their money. He did just beat Federer in the Halle final, on a grass court.

  2. I think that's the same with about any guys on the top 100. A great example is Rosol against Nadal at Wimbledon.

  3. @oanunkor Maria never said being sick was the reason she lost like this video made it seems, I heard an interview from Maria saying something among the lines of "sick or not, the result would of been the same, Serena was the better player on the court "

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