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• Video: Roger Federer and the tennis community wish Billie Jean King a happy 70th birthday, which was on Friday.
• Christopher Clarey for The New York Times wraps up the ATP season, which seemed to revolve around Novak Djokovic.
But in the calm of November, one cannot help but wonder how 2013 might have turned out if the wild eighth game of the fifth set of Djokovic’s French Open semifinal against Nadal had unfolded just a bit differently.
At that stage, Djokovic was still up a break of serve and looking perfectly prepared to become only the second man to beat Nadal at Roland Garros.
At that stage, too, Djokovic’s chances of winning the only Grand Slam singles title he lacks looked better than ever, considering that either Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or David Ferrer was certain to be across the net in the final.
• It’s been a busy week of WTA coaching announcements, reports Matt Cronin.
• Linda Pearce of The Age on reports on the reaction after Australian doubles specialist Casey Dellacqua came out to reporters and announced that she and her partner welcomed a baby boy into their lives four months ago.
“It’s not news for the majority of people in our lives,” Dellacqua told Fairfax Media. “We’ve got a lot of great family and friends, a lot of lovely people around us. It hasn’t been too much of an issue to be honest with you, I haven’t had too much reaction or interest. I’m not sure what to say because I haven’t been asked until now. I’ve done a couple of interviews and it hasn’t been much of a big issue.” Nor should it, Dellacqua believes. “I feel so. I don’t feel like I’m any different,” she said.
“I have a great life set up and great family around me. People have babies every day and people have different paths in life. This is mine and I couldn’t be more proud of my family and I’m very lucky to have such a great group of people around me. I don’t know, people might have been like, ‘Oh, you know, that’s Casey’s life’ and that’s probably all they thought about it and probably got on with their own life. Life is probably so busy these days they don’t take much interest. I think that’s the way it should be, to be honest.”
Dellacqua is an open book. From the way she wore Target tops for most of her career – “I don’t have any big contracts but I am an elite ambassador for Lululemon now” – there is not a hint of pretension in the Perth-born leftie. Which is why the “announcement” wasn’t something she was apprehensive about.
“No, it’s not like it’s been a big secret or anything,” she said. “I’ve just gone about my life and am very proud of my family. Someone had asked me why I hadn’t played and that was the reason. There wasn’t much more too it, it is the way it is. Like everyone else’s relationships, it’s not too much of a big deal, to be honest.”
• Great news: Ross Hutchins, who was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma a year ago, will be back at the Australian Open.
• Andy Murray is the favorite to win BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year. I mean, if winning Wimbledon won’t do it…
• The WTA Backspin Yearbook is a must read.
• Non-tennis: The Fist-pump manifesto.