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• Video: Nicolas Mahut, 31, defeated Stanislas Wawrinka on Saturday in the Topshelf Open final for his first ATP title.
• Heather Watson says Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Agnieszka Radwanska ignore lower-ranked players in the locker room.
‘I don’t think it’s to do with being younger,’ said Watson. ‘I think it’s based on ranking. Especially the top three and four in the world won’t talk to anybody. Victoria Azarenka does say hello but the other three make an effort not to.
‘That’s what they do, that’s just how they operate. They don’t want to give you anything, no weakness, nothing. I don’t see it as a weakness. Fair enough, don’t talk while you’re playing, fine. But off the court we’re still human beings. You do need to be ruthless but I don’t think you need to blank everybody.’
• Greg Couch of Fox Sports weighs in on Serena vs. Maria.
So now they are back at Wimbledon, and the feud is in the open. For tennis, it’s the perfect time for this. Williams-Sharapova should be a great rivalry. Instead, Williams crushes her every time. Something had to make this thing interesting.
Let’s just be blunt and honest here: For tennis fanatics, this won’t matter. But if Williams plays Sharapova in the final — and I think that’s what will happen — you’re going to see a lot of mainstream male sports fans turning on the match for the possibility of seeing two attractive women in short dresses in a fight.
You know, typical Wimbledon.
Look, I know it probably sounds like I’m kidding, but I’m not. This is a great thing for the sport.
• Reuters has a wide-ranging interview with Roger Federer, who disputes the notion that he’s only focused on Grand Slam tournaments now.
“Some people say I’m less interested in the smaller tournaments and that’s totally untrue. For me every tournament counts and I’m still enjoying what I’m doing.”
• Caroline Wozniacki discusses her “very special” relationship with Rory McIlroy and defends her accomplishments.
• Christopher Clarey of The New York Times on the one-handed backhand’s vanishing act.
“Out of the current top juniors, we haven’t been able to find a boy or girl that plays the backhand with just one hand,” Isabelle Gemmel, administrator for junior and senior tennis at the International Tennis Federation, said in an e-mail message.
Brad Gilbert, a top American coach, frequently visits the Bollettieri Academy in Florida to work with promising junior players.
“Every once in a while, when you see a one-handed backhand, you stop and go ‘Whoa!”’ Gilbert said. “I could be generous and say it’s 20 to 1, but it’s more like 40 to 1. There are a few hundred kids down there playing and it’s just very few and far between. I think 10 to 15 to 20 years from now, you’ll be shocked to see one.”
• Doug Robson of USA Today examines the under-the-radar progress of young American men.
• Tennis.com’s Peter Bodo explores whether the Big Four are really that good or whether the “Little Four” — David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Juan Martin del Potro — are overrated.
There’s still time for all these men to put a few more pieces of the puzzle together and win big, but it’s become pretty clear that for each one, the big problem isn’t one or more of the Big Four, but himself.
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