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• Photo: Maria Sharapova on Friday appeared to have a message for the paparazzi who caught her and boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov cuddling on the streets of Madrid: How did you catch us? Nice to see she’s good-humored about it. Sharapova beat Kaia Kanepi 6-2, 6-4 in the Madrid Open quarterfinals to extend her clay winning streak to 20.
• More interesting comments from Sloane Stephens in The Boston Globe taken from an interview during Indian Wells. Who knew Twitter could cause such a ruckus?
Critics say her win in Australia was tarnished because [Serena] Williams had back and ankle injuries.
“There’s always going to be something,” says Stephens, who once played with a bleeding abdominal tear (against her mother’s wishes). “If I would have been injured and lost, love and love, everyone would have been, ‘Oh, Serena killed her.’ Not ‘Oh, she was injured.’ ”
But she didn’t appreciate Serena tweeting a picture of her swollen ankle, either.
“Obviously, that was a little much,” says Stephens. “But I got the W. She got the L.”
• WTA CEO Stacy Allaster said a few problematic tennis parents shouldn’t cast a pall on all the supportive parents on tour.
Allaster said the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) had “zero tolerance” of abuse, but tennis had many positive examples of parents who coach and it would make no sense to limit family involvement.
“I think we’ve got great examples of fantastic parents who have been coaches. So we shouldn’t cast anything on one parent going off the wall on all parents involved in tennis,” the WTA chairman and CEO said.
“What is critically important is that we have zero tolerance for behaviour that is abusive, and educating our athletes and having the professional code in place and if required, we execute.”
• Tennis Grandstand’s Victoria Chiesa with a good critique of Novak Djokovic’s and Victoria Azarenka’s “heat of battle” outbursts during their losses in Madrid.
Of course, players are human and it’s naïve to expect that they not show emotions during a match. However, “the heat of the moment” and “in the midst of battle” should not be appropriate excuses for poor behavior. As two of the top players in tennis, both Djokovic and Azarenka should know how to conduct themselves better on the court. All players should be held to the same standard, regardless of how (and in what language) that this emotion is expressed.
• Milos Raonic made Hello! Canada’s list of the most beautiful Canadians. He’s definitely one of the most oiled-up ones.
• Non-tennis: The in-depth story of how Taco Bell’s Doritos Locos Tacos came to be.