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Murray & Rashford Praise Female Athletes

  • Posted: Jun 19, 2020

Murray & Rashford Praise Female Athletes

The British stars appeared on Tennis United

Former World No. 1 Andy Murray and Manchester United star Marcus Rashford recently surprised a British healthcare hero on Tennis United, discussing the differences between tennis and football. Perhaps most importantly, they shared their admiration for female athletes.

“I think in tennis we’re pretty lucky. The men and women are competing at the same venues all of the time and… at the biggest events. I think that’s one of the things that makes us unique and special as a sport,” Murray said. “We’ve got the men and women competing on the same courts at the same tournaments for the same prize money, and I think that’s quite attractive for fans of tennis.”

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Murray is a big football fan, and just like he loves watching women’s tennis, he’s enjoyed following women’s football, too.

“I think in football it’s certainly improving as well. There’s a lot more visibility around the women’s game and I know the World Cup was great for that,” Murray said. “Hopefully it keeps pushing forward.”

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Rashford was able to watch bits of last year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup. The Brit was impressed, but by no means surprised.

“It’s always entertaining for me especially because growing up I used to play street football. All of the time me and my friends would play anywhere. We used to play in abandoned houses, abandoned car parks and there used to be 15 or 20 of us who would go. Other than me the other best player was a female,” Rashford said. “She used to play every single type of street football that we used to do. I’ve always been interested in watching that and trying to follow people’s journeys and stuff like that.

“I think it’s important that that keeps trying to rise and more people should watch it.”

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Tennis United: How An Osaka Tweet Inspired Tsitsipas

  • Posted: Jun 19, 2020

Tennis United: How An Osaka Tweet Inspired Tsitsipas

The 11th episode of Tennis United also features a Father’s Day group chat and a De Minaur workout

Have you ever been intrigued by Stefanos Tsitsipas and Naomi Osaka’s interactions on social media? If so, this is the Tennis United episode for you!

Tsitsipas and Osaka joined co-hosts Vasek Pospisil and Bethanie Mattek-Sands on the show’s 11th episode, which will premiere Friday on the ATP Tour’s Facebook page, to chat about the origins of their friendship and how they have developed an understanding of one another.

“I think it was February 2018,” Tsitsipas recalled.

“That’s very precise!” Osaka replied.

In May, Osaka tweeted that, “I’m done being shy”, which Tsitsipas retweeted.

“I get it, and I saw a lot of realism and pragmatism to that. I thought to myself, ‘That’s really pure. That’s real,’” Tsitsipas said. “I would like to retweet it for the world to see because coming out of your shell and expressing yourself and just sharing your ideas and whatever you feel in that given moment, I found it quite inspiring, to be honest.”

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Tsitsipas and Osaka later answer the big questions, like whether or not pineapple belongs on pizza.

Also in this episode, new fathers Mike Bryan, Jeremy Chardy, Marius Copil and Sam Querrey reflect on becoming a parent ahead of their first Father’s Day. WTA players Greet Minnen and Alison Van Uytvanck discuss their relationship during Pride Month, and Alex de Minaur does a Crossfit workout.

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Why The Grass Is Always Greener For Roger Federer

  • Posted: Jun 19, 2020

Why The Grass Is Always Greener For Roger Federer

Swiss tops all key grass-court statistical lists

Any way that you want to slice it – titles, matches, sets, games, or points – Roger Federer has no peer on a grass court.

An Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers analysis of the best performers on grass courts from 1991-2019 identifies that the Swiss Maestro sits alone at the top of the mountain with peak performance in all five facets of the game. The data set is comprised of 277 players who played a minimum of 20 grass court matches from 1991, when official ATP statistics were first recorded. The only exception is grass court titles, which includes tournaments in the Open Era since 1968.

1. Grass Court Titles = 19

Federer has amassed an unparalleled 19 titles on grass, including a record eight Wimbledon titles, 10 in Halle, and one in Stuttgart. It’s jaw-dropping to know that Federer has won more grass-court titles than Pete Sampras (10) and John McEnroe (8) combined.

Federer’s first Wimbledon title came in 2003, defeating Mark Philippoussis 7-6(5), 6-2, 7-6(3) in the final. Serve-and-volley tennis was a key to Federer’s run as he won a dominant 68.1 per cent (213/313) of points rushing straight to the net after a serve. Federer served and volleyed 313 times out of 545 first and second-serve points, good for a head-turning 57 per cent.

Those tactical metrics are in stark contrast to his run to the Wimbledon final in 2019, where he served and volleyed just 72 times from 643 first and second-serve points, which was just 11 per cent of total serve points.

The leading players with the most grass court titles in the Open era are:

1. Roger Federer = 19
2. Pete Sampras = 10
3. Jimmy Connors = 9
T4. John McEnroe = 8
T4. Andy Murray = 8
T4. Ken Rosewall = 8
T4. Stan Smith = 8
T4. Lleyton Hewitt = 8

2. Grass-Court Matches = 87.3%

Federer has won 87.3 per cent (185/212) of his grass-court matches, including 41 straight at Wimbledon from 2003 to the 2008 final, where Rafael Nadal snapped the streak by defeating Federer 6-4, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-7(8), 9-7. During that six-year period, Federer won 66 straight matches on grass at Halle and Wimbledon combined.

The leading five players who have won the highest percentage of grass-court matches are:

1. Roger Federer = 87.4% (185/212)
2. Pete Sampras = 85.7% (90/105)
3. Novak Djokovic = 84.1% (95/113)
4. Andy Murray = 82.6% (100/121)
5. Michael Stich = 81.0% (47/58)

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3. Grass-Court Sets = 80.1%

Federer is the only player in the data set to win at least eight grass-court sets out of every 10 played. Only three times at Halle (2017, 2008, 2004) and once at Wimbledon (2017) did Federer win the title without dropping a set, signifying just how difficult it is to be always on your game.

The leading five players with grass-court sets won are:

1. Roger Federer = 80.1% (494/617)
2. Pete Sampras = 77.5% (248/320)
3. Andy Murray = 76.0% (269/354)
4. Novak Djokovic = 75.9% (271/357)
5. Andy Roddick = 72.3% (214/296)

4. Grass-Court Games = 58.9%

Federer boasts a slight lead of less than one percentage point in this area over arch-rival Djokovic. Head-to-head at Wimbledon, Djokovic has won three finals (2019, 2015 & 2014) against Federer, while the Swiss triumphed in 2012 in the semi-finals against the Serbian.

The leading five players with grass-court games won are:

1. Roger Federer = 58.9% (3679/6248)
2. Novak Djokovic = 58.1% (2046/3251)
3. Andy Murray = 57.9% (2013/3476)
4. Pete Sampras = 57.7% (1856/3216)
5. Rafael Nadal = 56.8% (1677/2953)

5. Grass-Court Points (54.7%)

Federer played more than twice the amount of grass-court matches (212-105) than Sampras, but when the focus shifts from big picture to small, Federer leads Sampras by just one-tenth of a percentage point with points won. Overall, Federer has played by far the most points on grass at 37,968, while Hewitt sits in second place at 26,178.

The leading five players with percentage of points won on grass are:

1. Roger Federer = 54.7% (20,775/37,968)
2. Pete Sampras = 54.6% (11,693/21,402)
3. Novak Djokovic = 54.0% (11,864/21,964)
4. Richard Krajicek = 54.0% (9163/16/981)
5. Andy Murray = 53.8% (11609/21,565)

We will have to wait until the next grass-court season to see how Federer adds to his prodigious grass court legacy.

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