Tennis: As the International Tennis Hall of Fame welcomed Andy Roddick and Kim Clijsters to its ranks over the weekend, the ITF told Ilie Nastase he isn’t welcome anywhere near its events.
By Andrea Leand, PSN analyst
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HALL OF FAME
Andy Roddick and Kim Clijsters were inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I., heading an enshrinement class that also featured six-time Paralympic medalist Monique Kalkman van den Bosch, journalist Steve Flink and the late coaching icon Vic Braden.
Roddick, accompanied by wife Brooklyn Decker and young son Hank, humbly accepted the honor as he compared his accomplishments to previous Hall of Famers and the modern Big Four. “I may not be many things,” he said, “but from this day forward, I’m never going to be anything less than a Hall of Famer.”
Clijsters, supported by her husband and three children, noted that tennis “has taught me so many things on and off court,” managing to condense them into eight words: “Dedication, caring, optimism, patience, respect, sacrifice, tolerance, passion.”
- Ilie Nastase was handed a four-year ban from holding any formal position at ITF events, resulting from a series of foul-mouthed, bigoted comments as Romania’s Fed Cup captain against Great Britain. The 71-year-old Hall of Famer also cannot attend ITF events until 2019. The ban does not include the Grand Slams.
- Novak Djokovic could miss six to 12 weeks with a bruised bone in his right elbow, according to his doctor. Djokovic is not expected to play the U.S. Open and is undergoing therapy for the injury.
- The surgeon who repaired Bethanie Mattek Sands‘ ruptured patellar tendon – agonizingly sustained in Wimbledon’s second round – noted he’s never seen the injury on a tennis player before. “We see this in the NFL and the NBA,” David Altchek said, “but I have never operated on a professional tennis player for a ruptured patellar tendon because their footwork and balance are so good. Bethanie’s just too strong for her body.”
- Nick Kyrgios withdrew from his scheduled Mylan WTT appearances to rest a chronic hip injury. He’ll also miss scheduled tournaments in Atlanta and Washington.
- Alexander Zverev hired Spain’s Juan Carlos Ferrero, a former world No.1, as his new coach.
- World No.10 Agnieszka Radwanska married longtime boyfriend and coach Dawid Celt in an elaborate ceremony in Krakow, Poland, with best friends Caroline Wozniacki and Angelique Kerber in attendance. Also wedded: Former Grand Slam doubles champion Andrea Hlavackova and tournament communications executive Fabrizio Sestini.
ATP TOUR: Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open
Final: John Isner def. Matthew Edben, 6-3, 7-6 (4)
- Isner captured his third title in Newport without facing a break point in the tournament. He rose to No.20 in the newest rankings.
ATP TOUR: Skistar Swedish Open
Final: David Ferrer def. Alexander Dolgopolov, 6-4, 6-4
- Ferrer, once ranked in the top 10, won his first title in two years and 27th of his career. The 35-year-old pro jumps No.33 in the rankings.
ATP TOUR: Pavla Laguna Croatia Open
Final: Andrey Rublev def. Paolo Lorenzi, 6-4, 6-2
- Rublev, a Next Gen star, was a lucky loser into the main draw when Borna Coric withdrew but went in to upset defending champion Fabio Fognini (quarterfinals) and hometown veteran Ivan Dodig (semifinals) on the way to his first ATP title. The 19-year-old Russian jumps to No.49, becoming the youngest ranked in the top 50.
WTA TOUR: BRD Bucharest Open
Final: Irina-Carmelia Begu def. Julia Goerges, 6-3, 7-5
- Begu delighted her hometown fans by winning in both singles and doubles. The Romanian took her fourth career singles title, then teamed with compatriot Raluca Olaru to win the doubles.
WTA TOUR: Ladies Championships Gstaad
Final: Kiki Bertens def. Anett Kontaveit, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
- Bertens captured titles in both singles and doubles, teaming with Johanna Larson for the doubles crown. With her second singles title this year, Bertens moves to No.26 in the rankings.
ATP TOUR: BB&T Atlanta Open
- Site: Atlanta
- Top seed: Jack Sock
ATP TOUR: J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open
- Site: Gstaad, Switzerland
- Top seed: David Goffin
ATP TOUR: German Open
- Site: Hamburg, Germany
- Top seed: Albert Ramos-Vinolas
WTA TOUR: Ericsson Open
- Site: Bastad, Sweden
- Top seed: Caroline Wozniacki
WTA TOUR: Jiangxi Open
- Site: Nanchang, China
- Top seed: Zheng Shuai