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Tennis News and Information, Tournament Coverage and Features

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Tennis News and Information, Tournament Coverage and Features

    On the Red Carpet with Gustavo “Guga” Kuerten at the Legends Ball

    On the Red Carpet with Gustavo “Guga” Kuerten at the Legends Ball

     
    Gustavo Kuerten photo by Jennifer Pottheiser
    By Karen Pestaina
    NEW YORK, NY (September 7, 2012) – Tennis Panorama News caught up with recent inductee to the International Tennis Hall of Fame Gustavo “Guga” Kuerten at the Legends Ball held during the US Open at Cipriani’s on East 42nd Street.
    Kuerten spoke about what it means to him to be in the Hall of Fame and his involvement in his foundation.
    Gustavo Kuerten talks to Tennis Panorama News
     

     
    From the International Tennis Hall of Fame website:
    One of Brazilâ€s most beloved and successful athletes, Gustavo “Guga” Kuerten, received the highest honor in the sport of tennis– induction to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Guga was the worldâ€s No. 1 player for 43 non-consecutive weeks, and he is a three-time major tournament champion, having captured French Open titles in 1997, 2000, and 2001. Gustavo Kuerten’s induction was announced in a special presentation in São Paulo at the offices of Banco do Brasil, a long-time sponsor of the tennis champion.
    With his beaming smile, engaging personality, and high energy game, the lively atmosphere that Guga brought to tennis stadiums around the world was nothing short of extraordinary.  Universally adored by both fans and peers, the Brazilian star is quick to state that the feeling is mutual, and that this support was integral to his success.  
    Often referred to as “King of the Clay Courts”, although it was not a final, Guga often cites his fourth round French Open match in 2000 as one of the most memorable and treasured of his career. After saving three match points for the win, Guga first etched his iconic heart in the clay court, in an expression of love for his fans.
    In 1997, Guga was ranked world No. 66 and had just eight ATP World Tour level wins to his name when he entered Roland Garros. While no one may have seen Guga coming that year, when he lifted the championâ€s trophy and thanked the fans with his giant smile, it was clear that a star had arrived.  In the years that followed, Guga became one of the most dominant clay court players of his time. He captured the French Open title again in 2000 and 2001, and won a total of 20 singles titles and 8 doubles titles.
    Guga started playing tennis when he was six years old, and his family was always very much part of his career. His father, a talented player himself, first taught Guga the game, before tragically passing away when Guga was just eight years old. Gugaâ€s mother supported her sonâ€s career emphatically. His older brother, Raphael, served as his business manager. His younger brother, Guilherme, who had cerebral palsy, was undoubtedly one of his biggest fans. Guga presented Guilherme every one of his tournament trophies, including the coveted Roland Garros trophies.
    In 2000, for the first time in history, the No. 1 year-end position came down to the final match of season. Guga defeated superstar Andre Agassi in the match, breaking an eight-year reign of No. 1 finishes by Americans. It was the first time that a South American had ever been ranked world No. 1, a position Guga held for 43 weeks over his career. 
    That same year, Guga embarked on another important venture, to which he is still dedicated today. Inspired by his late brother, Guilherme, he opened the Institute Guga Kuerten to help disabled people. The institute is dedicated to providing developmental opportunities, sports, and education, as well as to promoting social inclusion throughout the nation. The institute is located in Gugaâ€s hometown of Florianopolis, Brazil, and since its inception, it has assisted more than 40,000 people in over 168 Brazilian cities. Guga was awarded the ATP World Tourâ€s Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award in 2003, and in 2010, he was honored with the Philippe Chatrier Award by the International Tennis F

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    Sharapova Launches Sugarpova Candy at Henri Bendel in New York City

    Sharapova Launches Sugarpova Candy at Henri Bendel in New York City

    NEW YORK – Maria Sharapova – tennis player, designer and endorser of many products is now a candy entrepreneur. On Monday on Fifth Avenue the four-time major winner and current World No. 3 launched her own candy line called “Sugarpova.” It features 12 different types of treats for sweets consumers which range from gummies and licorice to tennis ball shaped gumballs.

    Sharapova spoke about why she went into candy-making business in the first place. “I’ve always had a sweet-tooth, she explained. “My earliest memory was being a kid asking my parents after practice if I could have a lollipop, the tough-to-find European lollipops. If you have a great week of practice you can get it.” Sharapova told herself. “That’s kind of where it started.”

    “I’m a big “foodie” with a big sweet-tooth,” she said. Sharapova said that she’s always looking for a treat that you can have after a good workout and trying to be healthy.

    “So I wanted to own my own business for awhile and I’ve been part of many great collaborations and collections,” Sharapova added. “But I felt it was really time tostart things on my own a little bit – be involved make the final decisions. “it’s been 18 months sinceit all started. To see it at Henri Bendel’s is incredible.”

    Sharapova’s favorite of her candy wares is named “quirky” – a licorice with marshmallow inside with a rainbow on the outside. The Russian is also reponsible for the concept and development of the products as well. “I went to the factory Spain and made sure that they, you know when things are getting mass produced it can lose it’s quality a little bit. From the beginning I wanted it to be a premium candy line from the packaging to the quality of the candies, that was very important to me.” For example Sharapova wanted the “tennis gum balls” to look exactly like tennis balls. “All those little things really matter,” Sharapova noted.

    Sharapova is set to play the US Open  where she’ll be the third seed in the Women’s singles draw. The tournament begins next week.
     
    Listen to the short interview she did with Tennis Panorama.
    Maria Sharapova at Sugarpova Launch

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    Nicole Gibbs on Proposed NCAA changes “I think it would be a huge problem for college tennis”

    Nicole Gibbs on Proposed NCAA changes “I think it would be a huge problem for college tennis”

    Nicole Gibbs photo courtesy of the WTA and Getty Images
    NEW HAVEN, Connecticut – Reigning NCAA singles and doubles champion, Stanford’s Nicole Gibbs advanced to the finals of qualifying at the New Haven Open on Saturday with a 6-3, 6–3 win over Lourdes Dominguez Lino.
    Gibbs is upset about the NCAA’s recent proposals for Division I college tennis which include 10-point tiebreaks to be played in place of a third set, doubles matches shortened to a six game set, no warm ups with opponents before singles matches, breaks between doubles matches being reduced from 10 minutes to five minutes and changeover breaks being shrunk from 90 seconds to 60 seconds.
    “Iâ€m incredibly disappointed to hear that thatâ€s even it is a proposal to be honest,” Gibbs told Tennis Panorama News and the Hartford Courant,  “and Iâ€m kind of praying along with the rest of my fellow college tennis players that that  doesnâ€t come to pass.
    “I think we have a lot of support going up against that proposal and I know, Iâ€ve signed the petition and a lot of other players have signed a petition online to you know end the proposed changes…and  you know everyone from players to coaches are really involved and very serious about making sure those things donâ€t happen because I think it would be a huge problem for college tennis.”
    Gibbs first learned about the proposed changes from a tweet from Junior and College tennis journalist Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.
    This is all with the intent to shorten the matches, allegedly increase viewership which I really donâ€t see happening given that tennis is a very niche sport,” Gibbs added.
    “ The people that come to our matches are people who are going to be there regardless of what the format is. Perhaps we could get a few more fans based on a shorter match link but I think more importantly weâ€re going to lose a huge fan base, a huge support base for college tennis because it wonâ€t be legitimate grounds for development anymore.
    Asked if more college players will turn pro if the proposals take place, Gibbs said: “Absolutely! I mean If I had been looking to four-years of 10-point tiebreaks in the third set, I donâ€t think I would have gone to college in the first place.”
    “There are a lot of players really on the bubble about whether to go college to use those years to develop or to go straight on the tour because thereâ€s an argument that college isnâ€t a good enough development program as is. And this is especially frustrating for players like me and specifically Mallory Burdette my teammate who have been out here on the tour all summer trying to prove to people that you know, this is a legitimate grounds for development and encouraging people to get their education so they have you know, something to fall back on after their tennis careers. We think thatâ€s really important and that whatâ€s weâ€re representing and I think the NCAA proposal would be a huge set back to that.”
    Gibbs, broken when serving for the match admitted to be nervous in closing the match. “I definitely got a little tight at the end there, started thinking about the broader scope of what it means to beat a top-100 player,” Gibbs said. “She played tough points and made me earn it, so credit to her on that front, but I was very tight.
    Gibbs goes for a spot in the main draw on Sunday when she takes on Garbiñe Muguruza.
    Karen Pestaina is covering the New Haven Open this weekend for Tennis Panorama News. follow her updates on @TennisNewsTPN.
    Nicole Gibbs talks about NCAA proposed changes at  New Haven Open – 08182012
    At the 3:50 mark to the 6:30 mark, Gibbs discusses the NCAA.

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    Serena Williams Says No to Blue Clay and Talks Olympic Mixed Doubles at Product Launch

    Serena Williams Says No to Blue Clay and Talks Olympic Mixed Doubles at Product Launch

    NEW YORK, NY (April 27, 2012) – Serena Williams continued her busy week in New York City at the Walgreens store in Times Square by launching Sleep Sheets® – a product which sells itself as a natural sleep aid.  Itâ€s part of a new venture with basketball players LeBron James, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Chris Paul and recording artist Pitbull.
    Here is a podcast of Tennis Panoramaâ€s interview with the 13-time major champion. She discussed the new product sheâ€s launching, her reaction to Madridâ€s blue clay courts and the battle amongst American male players vying for her to pair with them for the mixed doubles competition at the London the Olympic Games.
    Serena Williams interview Podcast with Tennis Panorama at Walgreens in Times Square 4-27-12
    As part of the promotion for the product, instant-win golden tickets will be randomly inserted into Sleep Sheets® packages. Find one of the tickets and someone will win an once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet Serena Williams. For more information www.facebook.com/takeasheet.
     

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    Serena Williams at Niketown (Videos and Podcast)

    Serena Williams at Niketown (Videos and Podcast)

    NEW YORK, NY (August 26, 2011) – Serena Williams made a visit to Niketown  New York on Friday afternoon to address children from the New York Junior Tennis League (NYJTL), MS 35 and the City Parks Foundation. She spoke about tennis, her career and her thoughts ahead of next week’s US Open.
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    • 14 min
    New Haven Open Approach Shots with Great Britain’s Heather Watson

    New Haven Open Approach Shots with Great Britain’s Heather Watson

    NEW HAVEN, Connecticut – Saturday was an off-day for Great Britain’s Heather Watson. Watson fell in the qualifying of the New Haven Open to Czech Republic’s Petra Cetovska6-1, 6-1. “Yesterday I felt, a bit flat, I wasn’t moving and it just showed a bit more today,” explained Watson.   Despite the loss Watson reflected on […]

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