Wednesday was a super busy day if you’re Andy Murray – he split with Dani Vallverdu and Jez Green, his longtime coach and trainer, saying on his site: “We sat down at the end of the season and decided that a change would be best for all of us. My off season training and Australian Open preparations have already begun and I am very excited for the new year. I thank Jez and Dani for all their hard work over the years and wish them the best for the future.”
Shortly after, it was announced that he and longtime girlfriend Kim Sears got engaged! But guess what… while all this hubbub was happening, Andy was on a plane to Manila completely avoiding the eruption on Twitter. When he finally arrived in the Philippines and dodged “naughty” traffic, he met Manny Pacquiao ahead of the start of the International Premier Tennis League. Murray tweeted: “Hoping to see @MannyPacquiao on the court sometime soon.. #Legend #IPTLManila”
The Swiss Davis Cup championship team arrived home to Lausanne on Monday to a crowd of over 10,000 people. Captain Severin Luethi and the team of Michael Lammer, Marco Chiudinelli, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka showed off the cup to their hometown fans. Relive all the fun in this live blog.
Monday night in Melbourne was a glam one in the tennis world as the 2014 Newcombe Medal Awards were hosted at the Crown Palladium. Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Stosur were among those in attendance and look how gorgeous the ladies down under were!
Nick Kyrgiosbecame the youngest player to win the Newcombe Medal. Thanasi Kokkinakis was named male junior athlete of the year while Victorian Destanee Aiava was named female junior athlete of the year.
It was a good weekend to be Swiss. Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka got Team Switzerland to their first Davis Cup title over France, capping off a great year for Stan and, let’s be honest, a pretty good year for Roger too. The team was pretty excited, as you might imagine, after their win. Watch!
And the boys looked pretty dapper with their new trophy at the dinner Sunday night. Congrats, team!
(Photos: Getty Images, Davis Cup; Video: Swiss Tennis)
While it’s still 2014, we are able to get a sneak peek at Australia collections from some tennis apparel makers. Some Adidas items for the new year are already available for pre-sale and here’s what we’ll see on the courts down under:
Will Andy Murray still wear Adidas in 2015? Rumors have been swirling of a switch, but if he stays he’ll either wear the Barricade Climachill Tee in chill night flash (left) or the Barricade Polo in night sky (right).
There’s also this graphic print Adizero Tee in black and solar pink, which will definitely cause some chatter.
Rafael Nadalflew to London on Tuesday to put his training to the test… his poker training, that is. Rafa played a Poker Stars match against Ronaldo, beating the legendary football star to win $50,000 for the Rafa Nadal Foundation. See more photos here.
Well, it was an odd way to end the year but Roger Federer was forced to withdraw from the ATP World Tour Finals final against Novak Djokovic due to a back injury (read his statement here). That said, there’s no denying Novak is a worthy winner of the final trophy after the amazing year he had. Hope Roger can recover in time for the Davis Cup final!
But maybe these guys had an even better year than Novak… Bob and Mike Bryan won their 103rd team title together and the ATP World Tour doubles title with an exciting win over Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo. Time for vacation!
Nov 12th, 2014
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Genie Bouchard was back from her arctic tundra trip and in Toronto to watch the city’s NBA team in action on Remembrance Day on Tuesday. Genie also took to the court to take on the actual Raptor mascot in a little tennis (while wearing high heels). Watch!
Petra Kvitova helped clinch the Fed Cup win for the Czech Republic team over Germany as she, Lucie Hradecka, Lucie Safarova, Karolina Pliskova, Klara Koukalova and Andrea Hlavackova won their country’s third title in four years in front of a sold-out crowd in Prague. The team with their captain, Petr Pala, posed with Prague Castle in the background on Monday. Loved these pics of the team celebrating after the win. Much deserved.
(Photos: sport-pics.cz via Czech Fed Cup Team, AP)