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News Roundup: Vonn Picks Roger, Chela Retires
By Nicholas McCarvel
(December 4, 2012) --
Fed’s Big Fan:
Athlete of the Year
, tennis scored another (
) nod from a top-notch athlete as skier
as her winner. “You know, I've met a lot of athletes over the years, and plenty of arrogant athletes who either don't care to meet you or have any interest in what you have to say. But of all the athletes I've ever met, Roger is the kindest and most genuine.”
Mr. Tall and Frightening
Juan Ignacio Chela
(he always had a menacing face on, didn’t he?)
retired from the ATP
that “it was time to move to another stage in my life” and hanging up his racquets after 14 years on tour. While Chela, 33, went 326-277 in his career, winning six titles and reaching a high of No. 15 in 2004, he also advanced to three Grand Slam quarterfinals, as recently as the French Open in 2011. Chela notched wins over
. Not a bad scalp list!
And who knew that
-- the epic
vs. Chela point from the
in 2002 -- would tie the boys together as same-year retirees. Good luck, fellas!
Speaking of Andy:
There will be no great return for A-Rod.
details in a piece out Tuesday in the
New York Times
that Roddick’s win over
Miami Tennis Cup
was just a flash in the pan—no test of comeback waters. “I know I can play a little,”
he told Crouse
. “I enjoy this. This keeps me connected to the game. I still enjoy getting out there and playing points and competing a little bit. I don’t know that I could play a full schedule and stay healthy.” Roddick beat Murray 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinals before losing to
6-4, 7-5 in the final.
Taylor Takes the Leap:
, the No. 1 junior in the world is not just a junior anymore following this week, as she’s announced
she’ll turn pro
, going on now. She’s signed with
as her representation, who has clients in
. Taylor will likely still play junior Slams (she’s just 16) while competing in smaller pro events (she’s ranked No. 497 on the WTA).
go back to
a quality-based rankings system
Robert F. Waltz
says yes on
was a runaway winner
for the WTA’s Fan Favorite award, taking 42% of votes among 13 choices. Venus and Serena took the doubles nod while
was voted to have the must-follow Twitter account. |
walked away from Australia’s most prestigious tennis awards night a winner,
for the third straight year.
were also nominated. |
is 18, inside the WTA’s top 150, and a
Garage Clothing Brand Champion
. Oh, and
she loves fashion
, of course! | Remember that
official who was accused of murdering her husband? Well, the charges have been dropped against
the 70 year old wants to work again.
Hey, it could happen.
Here’s the full Agassi Q&A.
| According to the Huffington Post, the
Miami Tennis Cup
ball girls “stole the show.” Um, OK. But
this opening pic
of Roddick is priceless, we must admit. | Anastasia speaks!
says ladies’ tennis
is more interesting
than men’s. Mark us unsurprised. | Pro men’s tennis in
? It’s endangered,
. | Join the retirement train?
may be his last season
. | Former pro
TGA Premier Youth Tennis
program, one of the nation’s largest such programs.
(Photo Credit: Andy Kentla)
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