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• Fernando Gonzalez’s career ended on a double fault last night, as he lost to Nicolas Mahut 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (3) at the Sony Ericsson Open. But by all accounts it was a raucous affair and an entertaining match, with fans doing their part to say goodbye to their beloved Gonzo (the Twitter hashtags #VamosFena and #GraciasFena were trending worldwide throughout the match). After the match the ATP ran a thank you video on the big screen, featuring some kind words from Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and David Nalbandian.
• Interesting words from Mary Carillo on the resilience of Roger Federer. ”There are old 30-year-olds and young 30-year-olds,” Carillo said. “This guy is a young 30. To my mind, his 30-year-old body, compared to Venus and Serena Williams, is a totally different proposition. And he’s got a rookie’s spirit. He obviously just loves being Roger Federer. What he does is what a great champion does. He doesn’t mind practicing. He doesn’t mind traveling — whatever it takes to be a winner.”
• Kevin Anderson and Chanelle Scheepers have decided not to make themselves available for Davis Cup or Fed Cup, which means South Africa won’t be sending any tennis players to the Olympics.
• Novak Djokovic talks about growing up in war-torn Serbia on 60 Minutes. The segment will air Sunday.
• The UK is looking to change the tax laws that sent Rafael Nadal running to play in Germany.
• Speaking of the UK, the host nation’s Olympic kits unveiled.
• How would you react if Juan Martin del Potro was sniffing melons right alongside you at the grocery store?
• A humorous write-up from a fan of the various things she overheard around grounds at the BNP Paribas Open.
• Non-tennis: Are ready for the Hunger Games? If not, you should prepare yourself anyway. Here’s a primer.