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Rafa’s Comments On Armstrong, Rankings Scrutiny, and Extra Security in Acapulco

August 30, 2019

Good day tennis fans and welcome to tennis
now’s news update show. After both top seeds Victoria Azarenka and
Serena Williams withdrew from Dubai with injuries, the draw has open for several other top players
to shine. Petra Kvitova has capitalized on the opportunity
and after defeating Caroline Wozniacki she advanced to the finals where she will face
Sara Errani who knocked out her fellow Italian Roberta Vinci. In Memphis, Sabine Lisicki will face Marina
Erakovic in the finals. While on the men’s side Mike Russell and
Jack Sock try to keep the hopes alive for an American to win the event. Tennis Now’s Blair Henley has been on site
this week interviewing the players, you can view our interviews here or in the links below. In Marseille, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had a thrilling
three set win over Bernard Tomic to advance to the semis where he will face Juan Martin
Del Potro or his fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon. And in Buenos Aires, David Ferrer looks to
defend his title as the draw narrows into the semifinals. A 4,000-person security force–three times
the size of the local police force–will be keeping an eye on things when festivities
begin in Acapulco next week. That may seem like an excessive number, but
the tournament doesn’t want to take any chances with player and fan safety after the
recent gruesome slayings in the region. Especially, since the draw will feature the
returning Rafa Nadal who hasn’t played the event since 2005. Speaking of Rafa, the superstar made comments
on Lance Armstrongs doping scandal saying: “It’s a real problem that strongly damages
the image of sports, but pay attention not to put everybody in the same bracket. Cases like the one of Armstrong or the one
of Operation Puerto are the cancer of sport, but you have to fight with all the strength
you have, to grant transparency, make the tests public and collaborate.” The ranking system is under some scrutiny
after Serena’s ascent to the World No. 1 ranking. Several comments have been made about how
strange it is that someone who loses to the current World No. 1 can replace her in the
rankings the next week. What’s even more surprising is that Andy
Roddick who hasn’t played for 5 months jumped two spots in the rankings this week. This is due to the fact that two players in
front of him lost points from last year and Roddick lost none. Roddick will finally be filing his official
retirement papers so he will be removed from the rankings completely in the near future,
but there is still a call for a bonus points system to be impemented. That’s it for this news segment. Do you think there should be a bonus point
system in the rankings? Let us know your thoughts in the comments
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  • Reply Hugh Jass February 23, 2013 at 12:37 am

    Don't be such a robot

  • Reply wheelmanstan February 23, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Serena loses early in slam and Azarenka wins slam then defeats Serena. A week later Serena passes her in the rankings. It makes perfect sense to me. Of course if I were a Serena butt kisser I wouldn't be complaining but I can't stand her personally.

  • Reply BoxyTheSpaceDog February 23, 2013 at 5:40 am

    It has to do with defending points in tournaments contested last as opposed to this year.I hate Serena but Azarenka needs to be more active on the tour+I think a lot of tennis matches are fixed.

  • Reply George Wong February 23, 2013 at 10:54 am


  • Reply QuakerJT February 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    The ranking system is simply a mechanism to arrange the draw structure. Being ranked #1 doesn't mean you are the "best" player (take Wozniaki's long #1 ranking for example). So there's no real need to screw with the system by adding bonus points or other gimmicks.

  • Reply Dionte Brown February 24, 2013 at 6:15 am

    @Wheelman stan the same csn be said for azarenka last year serena wins 2 grand slam titles olympic gold and the year in champs and was ranked number 3. oh now people want to vomplain about when serena gets to number 1 thats bullshit becuasr when she should have gotten the top spot she didnt get it. no one cared to make a fuss about it.

  • Reply Mario Del Barrio March 2, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Every player in the professional circuit wants to be better ranked bc this way they can get a more convinient position on the draw, advance further in it and make more cash. Am I right? Excuse my English please.

  • Reply wheelmanstan March 3, 2013 at 7:46 am

    yeah I know about the defending points thing, it's still not the way it should be I think, but tennis is still about as fair as it gets when compared to other sports. it's probably the only sport I never really suspect of having fixed matches, but every sport does it, womens matches really do seem the most suspicious though, plus lower ranked players really need the money

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