#Reuters – #Tennis: #Federer stardust touches everyone, and everything, at #Wimbledon

The Swiss reduced Britain’s Andy Murray to tears when he beat him in the 2012 final but having set another couple of records on Saturday and armed with what John McEnroe calls “the most beautiful shots in tennis” he remains everyone’s darling at the All England Club.

Even the person manning the “Used Championship Balls” stall around the corner from Centre Court drew in passing trade by shouting: “Roll up, roll up, come and get your used championship balls here if you want to own a piece of Federer’s DNA! Roger’s been all over these balls.”

While the 15,000 Centre Court capacity crowd chuckled at the bird’s audacity, a couple of Asian fans dressed in red made no secret about where their loyalties lay as they held aloft a banner declaring “We can never find another you!”

Such sentiment seems to follow Federer wherever he goes, with his rival Novak Djokovic often declaring “Roger is the most loved tennis player in the world” — mainly thanks to the strokes that ooze off his racket strings like liquid gold.

Read more at: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tennis-wimbledon-federer-stardust/federer-stardust-touches-everyone-and-everything-at-wimbledon-idUSKCN1U10OY

#Forbes – #Tennis: #Rafael #Nadal, #RogerFederer Offer Words Of Wisdom For Teenage Sensation #CocoGauff


Nadal has some words of wisdom for her.

“I just will tell her that enjoy, and just work hard off court every time that she’s on-court or in the gym,” Nadal, the 18-time Grand Slam winner, said on ESPN after advancing to the fourth round.”But then enjoy life, too. You cannot be all day thinking about tennis, no? I think everybody believes that I have been a very hard worker and it’s true. I have been a very hard worker on court. But outside of the court, I didn’t miss much during all my life. I went for party with my friends, I did all the things that they did, sometimes less than them but I was able to do it.

Federer didn’t win the first of his 20 majors until he was in his early 20s, but, too, wishes Gauff the best.

“Coco’s doing an amazing job, it’s fun to watch,” he said on the BBC. “She’s really won over all the hearts from all the fans around the world who like tennis.  She’s been great. Me on the other hand, I’m don’t know many years I have left.”

Read more at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/adamzagoria/2019/07/06/rafael-nadal-roger-federer-offer-words-of-wisdom-for-teenage-sensation-coco-gauff/#1a80777e63c0

#CNN – #Tennis – #RogerFederer: The power and presence of the $120 million man


The 37-year-old Federer may well be the best men’s player of all time with a record 20 grand slam victories (and 10 runner-up spots), but his aura and popularity add up to far more than the sum of his titles.

Perhaps it has to do with his longevity and elegant playing style.

Federer attended a fundraiser for Roddick’s foundation in Austin, Texas last September — sandwiched between the US Open and Laver Cup — and the way the American remembers it, showed little pretention.

This from one of the world’s most recognizable names who has pocketed more than $120 million in prize money and landed plenty more in endorsements, not to mention having nearly 13 million followers on Twitter and even more likes on Facebook.

“I mean I don’t know how he has enough hours in the day, but he did,” said Roddick. “Landed, great attitude. He’s very insightful. On the car ride to our events that we were doing, most people would say, ‘Hey, what time am I leaving? I need to have a plane.’

“He goes, ‘What can I do to help the most today? Are there any messages that we need to get across? Is there anything I can ask of your donors?’ He just has that kind of a way of asking great questions and really making the most of time that he gives.”

“He’s one of the most normal people I know, and most superstars are always a little bit weird,” Cahill told CNN Sport. “You’ve gotta be a little bit weird to be so self-driven and to go after your dreams and to put so much aside to be able to chase those, but he’s got a way of doing that and being that driven but also being pretty bloody normal.

“I think that’s why so many people react to him in the way they do and can connect with him and I think that’s a big part of his personality.”

Federer contested his first Wimbledon match against Jiri Novak in 1999, losing in five sets to the Czech. He is the lone entrant in the field from back then still playing now.

All these years later Federer continues to flourish, having collected his 10th title at the Wimbledon tuneup of Halle — and 102nd overall — last Sunday. Seven more titles and he will match Jimmy Connors’ men’s record.

Next year’s Olympics in Tokyo are likely to a big target, since the lone silverware missing from his trophy cabinet — which must be the size of a mansion — is an Olympic gold in singles.

Federer has said that when he does eventually retire, he doesn’t want it to be a sad moment. Roddick — who abruptly announced his own retirement — hopes his buddy gets an extended send off.

“I almost feel like the tennis world and the sporting world and just the world kind of deserves to say goodbye to him in each one of these spots,” he said.

“You can’t tell someone how to go about it, but I’m sure a lot of people would appreciate the chance to say goodbye to him.”

Read more at: https://edition.cnn.com/2019/06/27/tennis/federer-wimbledon-roddick-cahill-tennis-open-court-intl-spt/index.html

#Tennis: #DenisShapovalov stuns #Novak #Djokovic


Rising Canadian star Denis Shapovalov has stunned world No. 1 Novak Djokovic at The Boodles as the 20-year-old earned a straight-set win 7-6 (3) 6-4. As not a single break point was seen in the first set, the first set went into a tie-break — where Shapovalov won six points in a row to take a 6-1 lead before converting his third set point.


#Tennis: #Felix Beats #Tsitsipas, Youngest To Reach #Queen’s Club SF In 20 Years


#NextGenATP Canadian now 2-0 at tour-level against Tsitsipas

Felix Auger-Aliassime may not be as highly-ranked as Stefanos Tsitsipas, but he has the early edge in their budding FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry.

After defeating the reigning Next Gen ATP Finals champion at Indian Wells earlier this year, Auger-Aliassime beat Tsitsipas again on Friday at The Queen’s Club, 7-5, 6-2, to reach the semi-finals of the Fever-Tree Championships. The 18-year-old is the youngest semi-finalist at the ATP 500 tournament since Lleyton Hewitt, who was also 18 in 1999.

Read more at: https://www.atptour.com/en/news/auger-aliassime-tsitsipas-queens-club-2019-friday

#US women’s #Soccer games now generate more revenue than men’s


U.S. women’s soccer games have generated more revenue than U.S. men’s games over the past three years.

That’s according to audited financial statements from the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) obtained by The Wall Street Journal. In 2016, women’s games generated $1.9 million more in revenue than men’s games. From 2016 to 2018, women’s games generated approximately $50.8 million in revenue, compared with $49.9 million for men’s games.

Read more at: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/06/19/us-womens-soccer-games-now-generate-more-revenue-than-mens.html

#Forbes: #Toronto #Raptors (#WeTheNorth) Draw Massive Crowds To Victory Parade And Rally


Toronto has never seen anything like this. It was bedlam. It was euphoric. It was surreal. Nobody was preparing for something this big.

Crowds estimated at between 1 million and 2 million lined the parade route and clogged city streets on Monday morning to see the NBA Champion Raptors during a victory celebration and rally.

It was a clear indication of where the basketball market is in this country and where it could go. This historic event, with the Raptors becoming the first team outside the United States to win an NBA Championship, lived up to the hype.

Crowds were so thick that the parade was half an hour late getting started and hadn’t even arrived at Nathan Phillips Square until long after the scheduled 12:30 p.m. arrival time, which was greeted by a flypast of Canada’s Snowbirds.

Raptors players were offering up champagne showers along the parade route and people were perched on traffic lights and construction workers climbed scaffolding just to get a vantage point.

Motorists on the Gardiner Expressway were actually pulling over so they could peer down from the overpass to watch the proceedings below.

The love affair between the entire nation and these Raptors spilled over into this day of celebration in Toronto, four days after the Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors 114-110 in Oakland in Game 6 to win the series 4-2.

Read more at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/curtisrush/2019/06/17/toronto-raptors-draw-massive-crowds-to-victory-parade-and-rally/#1aafdb9c55a4