The World Anti Doping Agency have banned Russia from major sporting events for four years. The ban has come after an investigation into Anti-Doping in Russia following an investigation against RADA (Russia Anti-Doping Agency) were deemed non-compliant for manipulating data handed to investigating team in January. Investigators said back in September that they would have to “pull a rabbit out of the hat” to convince WADA but failed to do so. This does mean that Russia are banned from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup. They are however allowed to compete in the European Championships next summer as … Continue reading Russia banned from sporting events by WADA following failure “to pull a rabbit out of the hat.” Where does this leave Tennis at the 2020 Olympics?
This last week saw the final stint in Asia for the men as they competed in the Shanghai Masters. Some of the WTA stars stayed in Tianjin and some of the women returned to Europe in Linz. So what happened? The question is, what didn’t happen? The week isn’t even over yet! Murray/Fognini drama… We all saw it, but if not here it is… This is the rundown version… Fognini shouted as Murray played an overhead at the net. Before the change of ends Fognini then shouted to Murray “stop looking at me”. This continued at the net with Murray … Continue reading Shanghai Showdown 🤯 Bartoli’s back 👋🏻 Del Potro set back 🇦🇷 Federer 2023? 🧐 Naomi Osaka 🇯🇵 or 🇺🇸? Bublik’s retirement 🤦🏼♂️ & more! 🎾
The 2020 Olympics are still a while away. At the end of July the top men and women will head to Tokyo to compete for their country but there are some rules which could cause qualification to be tricky and some issues to overcome. Russia could be expelled from the 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup by WADA (World Anti Doping Agency) following ‘inconsistencies’ in lab data and a decision is expected before the end of October. This could effect tennis quite a bit as players will not be allowed to compete if Russia are banned. Medvedev, Sharapova, Kasatkina, Rublev, … Continue reading Olympic Tennis Qualification; How do you qualify? 🧐 Russia await fate 😬 Thiem is staying at home 🇦🇹 Why Venus might miss out! 😮
Simona Halep is having a chill year, you wouldn’t have thought it. Wimbledon champion and the holder of the longest residency of active players in the top 10 going back over five years the Romanian has been a bit more chilled this year but that was the plan. Three major final defeats on the bounce led to massive pressure on herself at Roland Garros last year, Halep put soo much into that tournament and the mental strength she showed was incredible. Halep admitted during her pre-season for this year she didn’t put in as much work as she normally does. … Continue reading Simona Halep; “Chill year” 😎 Pre-Season break 🏝 Roland Garros defence ❌ Darren coming back? 🙏🏻 Flag-Bearer 🇹🇩 A medal will do 🏅Horia Tecau 🎾