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Maria Sharapova: I was never in a proper education system Maria Sharapova considered tennis as a priority since when she was a very young girl and that's why studying was never really on the top of her priorities' list. In a press conference, Sharapova said: 'I have always been home schooled most of the years that I studied.

King: Even Serena Williams said her US Open behaviour wasn't appropriate In an interview to Straits Times, the WTA Founder Billie Jean King commented on Serena Williams's controversial behaviour during the US Open final against Naomi Osaka earlier this year in New York.'I've talked to Serena and she agrees she was not appropriate, she knew that', admitted King.

Roger Federer: I will breathe air also if I don't win 100th career-title Roger Federer missed the chance to win his 100th career-title both at the Rolex Paris Masters and ATP Finals, where he lost to Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev respectively, in the semi-finals. This is not a major issue per se for Federer. 'I don't need it, but go ahead.

Rafael Nadal's forehand has wrong technique, says Kuznetsova In a recent interview, as quoted by Championat, former Grand Slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova shared an interesting opinion on the Rafael Nadal's forehand. This is probably the best shot in the Spanish player's game, but it requires a lot of strength. 'In Russia, everyone is obsessed with technology, but it's not about it,' said Kuznetsova.

Kiki Bertens named Netherlands' player of the year Kiki Bertens has been named the Netherlands' player of the year by the country's tennis association. The 27-year-old broke the Top 10 this year, and competed in the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.

Toni Nadal: I never thought Rafa would end career due to injuries Rafael Nadal has struggled with injuries, but when he is fit, he has shown that he is always a threat. This year he won the French Open, reached the Wimbledon semi-finals losing to Novak Djokovic in a five-set match, reached the US Open semi-finals and Australian Open quarters.

Julien Benneteau: Meet tennis' record, unluckiest loser Julien Benneteau retired this year having lost a record 10 tennis finals. Still there is, according to the Frenchman, no "emptiness."

Being a black woman influences my position in society: Serena Williams In an interview to GQ Magazine, Serena Williams remarked that she was not treated equally as other women or men. Recalling the US Open final loss to Naomi Osaka, Serena said: 'I'm a black woman… my limit is way lower. And that's where we stand right now in this world.

Roger Federer: 'Tennis has become more physical' When Roger Federer started as a professional in 1998, legends like Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras were playing. How did he live all the changes in tennis in the last 20 years? In an interview to NRC, the 37-year-old answered this question. 'It has become more physical.

EPISD has two offers for the tennis complex in northeast El Paso Board members of the El Paso Independent School District could have a $3 million decision to make Tuesday that would alleviate their budget shortfalls. EPISD is selling the Northeast Tennis Courts on Woodrow Bean Transmountain Drive and Gateway North Boulevard.

Hot Drinks On Hot Days: Does It Make Sense? Cooling down after training, especially in the summer, is an important part of recovery. What is the best way to cool off? Do you prefer cool or hot drinks? Does consuming hot drinks on hot days really help you cool off? It's late afternoon, you still have to work out and you really want a nice cup of tea or coffee.

Serena Williams: In the US, one in four women experience domestic violence In an interview to Huffington Post, the 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams commented on the abuse that several Afro-American women face in their lives. 'In the US one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime and in almost every case, financial abuse also occurs,' said Serena.

VOTE: Tennis shot of the year We've picked 10 of the very best shots of the year. All you have to do is watch the video at the top of the page and then vote for your favourite below - it's as simple as that! In another outstanding year of tennis we've been lucky enough to have been graced with some of the most outrageous winners from the game's best players.

Struggling with a wrist injury, Catherine Bellis sets to miss Hawaii Open The start of 2017 season was not that good as CiCi had to skip the entire Australian swing due to a left leg injury, returning in Doha and reaching the quarters in Dubai after a top-five win over Agnieszka Radwanska.

Toni Nadal: 'I never dreamed that Rafael would win so much' For Toni Nadal, being humble despite all the success was the key so that Rafael could keep playing at the highest level. Toni considered the humility the first thing. 'Rafael's dream was to become a top tennis player', Toni told NRC. 'But that dream should never hide the reality.

What happened when Anton du Beke and Helen Skelton played tennis? What happened when Anton du Beke and Helen Skelton went head-to-head in the Peugeot Tennis Challenge finale at the Royal Albert Hall?

Could wanting more prove difficult for Alexander Zverev? Moving up the ranks of professional tennis is no easy task. But the punishing part comes when you're close to the top and want to move up without falling back down.

Hanescu: 'Roger Federer is also a champion off court' The Romanian tennis player Victor Hanescu praised Roger Federer's humanity. Speaking to Liberta Tea website, Hanescu said: 'He is a very open, educated person. He says "hi" to everyone. To make an example, he says hi also to the cleaners. You cannot be angry if you get approached by him.

Women's Tennis Association Changes Rules for Players Returning From Pregnancy The WTA said players returning from pregnancy may use a "special ranking for up to three years," which would prevent them from being bumped from their previously earned seeded position. Players who return from an injury after a year or longer may also use the special ranking system for up to 12 tournaments.

France appoint Sebastien Grosjean as new Davis Cup captain Grosjean was a member of the French team that won the 2001 Davis Cup title. Grosjean, who debuted in the Davis Cup in 1999, played for the French team until 2007. Grosjean will now certainly be motivated to experience more Davis Cup success with France.

Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club attracts 260 players for 2018 AMT and junior tennis tournament Dunn said 260 players had committed to the five-day competition, which starts at Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club on Thursday, December 27. The annual competition features under 12 to under 16 grades as well as open men's and women's Australian Money Tournament events.

Robin Haase, Kiki Bertens honored in Netherlands Robin Haase, Kiki Bertens and Demi Schuurs have all been honoured in the Netherlands, the Royal Dutch Lawn Tennis Association announced. Haase, 31, has been named the 2018 Dutch male player of the year. The 31-year-old didn't win a singles title this past season but won three titles in doubles.

It will take many years to see a Roger Federer's heir, says former player The former tennis player Nicola Pietrangeli believes that seeing another player like Roger Federer will basically be impossible. In a recent interview, Pietrangeli, who competed in the 50s and 60s, said: 'There are so many guys who play very well, but frankly a Federer-heir… I would switch to another name.

Your guide to the 2018 Mubadala World Tennis Championship Tickets to the Mubadala World Tennis Championship. South African Kevin Anderson beat Bautista Agut to win the tournament last year, and he returns to the capital hoping to retain the title. He's got stiff competition, though.

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