#Tennis: #RogerFederer signs #Chinese exhibition deal until 2023 to continue playing at 42-years-old

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The deal is for four years, taking him up to 2023 when he will be 42-year-old.

Federer’s decision to play in China shouldn’t come as a major surprise given the warm welcome he has received this week at the Shanghai Masters.

Read more at: https://www.express.co.uk/sport/tennis/1188544/Roger-Federer-retirement-China-exhibition-deal-2023

#Forbes – #Basketball: Is It Time To Reward #Toronto #Raptors’ #Kyle #Lowry With A Legacy Deal?

As the Toronto Raptors prepare to defend their NBA championship, club president Masai Ujiri has spoken out about how he wants to put some respect on Kyle Lowry’s name.

“Kyle has an incredible legacy here that we have all underrated,” Ujiri said. “The inner core of who he is as a player and what he’s done in this franchise, he deserves that. There’s legacy status for him.”

Lowry is going into the last year of a three-year, $100 million contract, including $93 million that was guaranteed. In 2019-20, Lowry will earn a base salary of $33 million and an incentive bonus of $1.7 million.

Lowry was the most important Toronto player next to Kawhi Leonard in the playoffs and his heart and passion were on display for the basketball world to see.

Read more at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/curtisrush/2019/10/01/is-it-time-to-reward-toronto-raptors-kyle-lowry-with-a-legacy-deal/#5d9f4816475e

#Tennis: #RogerFederer’s Legacy Is Unquestioned. But Who’s Next?

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GENEVA — If you are looking for the legacy of Roger Federer in his home nation of Switzerland, the Palexpo in Geneva this weekend is a fine and rambunctious place to start.

Before Federer emerged from the suburbs of Basel to become — for now — the most successful men’s tennis player of the Open era, the idea of selling out a makeshift 17,000-seat arena for five straight sessions of a new and high-priced team event would have been as far-fetched as a Switzerland without melted cheese.

But that temporary arena was full and rocking on Friday for the opening day of the Laver Cup, the annual competition dreamed up by Federer and his agent Tony Godsick as a tennis version of golf’s Ryder Cup.

“Honestly, I never heard something louder in my life than when Roger entered the court,” said Dominic Thiem, one of Federer’s teammates on the European squad. Federer’s popularity is one thing.

His legacy in Switzerland is not so easy to determine as he winds down his phenomenal playing career without fading away: He remains No. 3 in the world rankings at age 38, and in July he came within one point of winning another Wimbledon singles title.

No Swiss athlete of any era has reached his level of global appeal or achievement, and he remains the most famous living Swiss.

Read more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/21/sports/roger-federer-laver-cup.html

#Facebook is making a movie about #Tennis Legend #Djokovic and his foundation

 

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Novak Djokovic, as an icon in the world of tennis, has a huge platform to influence his fans and other people. This is why outside the tennis courts, the Serbian star is active in charity and advocacy work. One of the ways he is helping out people is through the Novak Djokovic Foundation, which he established in 2007.

The foundation’s mission is to make sure that children from disadvantaged situations and marginalized communities grow up in better environments and improved access to education. The foundation has already worked with the World Bank, UNICEF and other international organizations to implement projects in his home country of Serbia.

It has been announced that Facebook has partnered with the tennis star and the Novak Djokovic Foundation in creating a documentary to highlight their philanthropic work. The aim of the documentary is to present the projects that the foundation is doing to ensure that young children live in better conditions.

Read more at: https://tennistonic.com/tennis-news/104591/facebook-is-making-a-movie-about-djokovic-and-his-foundation/

#CBC #Canada – #Tennis: #RogerFederer says he’s ‘very excited about the prospect’ of competing at 2020 #Olympics

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Tennis great not yet committed to Tokyo as body, family will factor in decision.

Roger Federer plans to decide “in the next month or so” whether he will play at next year’s Tokyo Olympics.

Federer said Tuesday his 2020 schedule is set through Wimbledon, which ends July 12. The week-long Olympic tournament starts July 25 and ends a few days before his 39th birthday.

“I guess I’m going to be deciding on the Olympic Games in the next few weeks, hopefully in the next month or so,” he said.

Read more at: https://www.cbc.ca/sports/tennis/roger-federer-2020-olympics-tokyo-1.5286581

#Tennis: #Bianca #Andreescu Stands With #Toronto #Raptors As #Canada’s Most Improbable Sports Story Ever

What a year this has been as both the Toronto Raptors and Andreescu authored two major Canadian sports firsts within a span of only a few months.

In hockey terms, these twin events have been akin to how Americans celebrated Team U.S.A. in the Miracle on Ice in 1980. There should be a Bianca movie about this moment.

Toronto can be forgiven if it now thinks it’s at the center of the sporting universe.

“It’s something in the water,” Matt Vong, an engineer from Vancouver who lives in New York, told The New York Times. “The Raptors and now Bianca. It is kind of similar. They showed zero fear.”

People will remember where they were when the Raptors won the NBA championship in June.

And now people will remember where they were when Andreescu became the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles tennis title (Daniel Nestor has won multiple Grand Slam doubles titles).

It’s impossible to answer, but what sporting achievement was more improbable: The Raptors becoming the first team outside the United States to win the NBA championship, or Andreescu, who didn’t even qualify for the main draw of the U.S. Open a year ago, beating the best women’s player in tennis history?

Perhaps the Raptors get the nod here because they’ve struggled for much longer than the 19-year-old Andreescu and the build-up to their success took the nation on a rollercoaster ride for longer than Andreescu did for tennis fans in Canada.

The Raptors had to go through the dynasty of the Golden State Warriors, while Andreescu had to go through Williams, who will go down as the greatest female tennis player ever.

Read more at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/curtisrush/2019/09/08/bianca-andreescu-stands-with-toronto-raptors-as-canadas-most-improbable-sports-story-ever/#57c5d5a1454d

 

#Tennis: #Federer to fight for more slams

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He’s 38 but Roger Federer maintains more grand slam chances await despite confessing to a “missed opportunity” after blowing a two-sets-to-one advantage in a shock US Open quarter-final defeat.

Clearly hindered, a gracious Federer refused to blame a back issue for his 3-6 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-2 collapse against Grigor Dimitrov, a rival he’d not lost to in seven previous meetings.

“Physically, yeah, I felt it the whole time. That’s it. I was able to play with it. My bad not to win,” said Federer, who all but surrendered while dropping four games to fall behind 4-0 in the deciding set immediately after requiring a medical timeout.

But while Federer seemed to go through the motions in the fifth set, he never considered stopping for the first time in his 1494-match career, despite feeling uncomfortable during his warm-up on Tuesday afternoon.

Federer, though, vowed, to continue fighting to add to his record haul of 20 grand slam men’s singles titles.

Read more at: https://au.sports.yahoo.com/vanquished-federer-fight-more-slams-051912190–spt.html