Tennis governance is in utter chaos. There is no other way of describing it. It is the biggest individual sport in the world but feels like an out of control school trip. We have multiple rules and regulations from different governing bodies who should be singing off the same hymn sheet. I’ve said before no one sings from the same hymn sheet. It’s all over the place. I wrote this in July of this year; Major tennis authorities should be singing from the same hymn sheet but it’s far from it Four majors, four different final set rules. Best of … Continue reading LTA are “deeply concerned about the governance of the sport” but have used all votes in ITF president vote for the same president however the LTA have major problems too!
This is something I have wanted to write for some time and I didn’t know where to begin. During the two weeks of Wimbledon I always like listening to Martina Navratilova and she used a phrase all week and that was “Father Time will catch up.” It’s true, it will and the best the game has ever seen won’t be out there forever and the tennis authorities want the same goal to increase people taking up the sport and finding an interest. I think having a few governing bodies like ITF, WTA and ATP is good for the sport as … Continue reading Major tennis authorities should be singing from the same hymn sheet but it’s far from it!
The backlash will now begin. A vote has been past and the Davis Cup will be reformed with the backing of the Kosmos group who have promised billions into the event. What happens now? This year will be the last Davis Cup as we know it. February next year there will be a home/away ties between 24 nations to decide who goes through to November’s event. November’s event will be made up of 18 teams. 12 who qualified, 4 semi-finalists from last year and 2 wildcards. November schedule; Monday – Thursday = 18 teams in 6 groups of 3. Best … Continue reading ITF set for big backlash as Davis Cup reform will go ahead
The ITF can’t really stay out of the headlines at the moment following another anti-doping issue… A while ago it was announced that a case would be looked into as Alizé Cornet had missed three tests in a 12 month period however it has become a mess on all parts. Ahead of the third test it was put forward that the doorbell to her apartment was not working and she had asked for her father to fix it while she was away but this wasn’t done. Cornet did not know until 5 days after that she had missed a test. … Continue reading Alizé Cornet cleared of doping charge
The ITF yesterday announced proposed plans for the much needed revamp of Davis Cup. However have they got their plans wrong. Davis Cup fails to attract the top players on the tour and surely the ITF’s first plan is getting them to play but let’s have a look at the details… The man behind the changes… This is where it gets weird. The ITF announced a plan for a 25 year, $3 billion partnership with the investment group Kosmos where they hope to transform the Davis Cup and will generate substantial revenues for global tennis development. The founder and president … Continue reading ITF proposes plans for major Davis Cup revamp, but have they got it wrong?
Responsibility. On a daily basis we all responsible for a number of things no matter what you do for a job. As a sport star responsibility is high on you’re agenda as you are seen worldwide as a role-model. As a sports governing body you are responsible to inform players of rules and regulations but who is taking responsibility? We can play the blame game all day and night but someone just needs to go I made a mistake and in this situation with Sharapova being banned and the ITF and WADA I just don’t see someone taking responsibility and … Continue reading Why Sharapova the ITF and WADA all should have done more and taken more responsibility!
Naomi Broady has created her own little bit of history as with her title win in Midland this weekend it does mean the Brit has now broken into the top 100 on the tour for the first time in her career! The first set of the final didn’t go to plan for the Brit against the wildcard from the USA Robin Anderson losing the set 6-7 (6-8) however after the first set was out the way it was cruise control for Broady who took the second set 6-0 and followed that up with sealing the deciding set 6-2! Top 100 … Continue reading Naomi Broady wins in Midland and breaks into top 100!