Break Points: July 24, 2013

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Today’s notable results:

  • Umag: Albert Montanes d. Richard Gasquet, 6-4, 6-4
  • Baku: Ons Jabeur d. Bojana Jovanovski, 6-2, 7-5

News and Links:

World No. 5 Roger Federer isn’t concerned about his slipping ranking. Per

“I don’t think my ego would suffer if one day I was no longer in the top 10,” Federer told Le Matin. “There’s a moment when the rankings aren’t that important anymore. Honestly, I don’t even know what my current ranking is. Fourth? Fifth? Third? Today, my ranking isn’t that important to me anymore.”

Federer, who is playing a clay-court event in Gstaad, Switzerland, this week, said he’s more motivated than ever to get back on court after losing early at Wimbledon.

Speaking of Federer, Steve Tignor examined his racquet situation over at

The Times has issued a correction to a front page headline implying that no Brit had won Wimbledon in 77 years, when in fact four women had won it in that timespan.

David Kane spoke with up-and-coming Vicky Duval about her World TeamTennis experience.

Anne Keothavong announced her retirement from professional tennis. She will join BT Sport’s tennis coverage team.

 Matt Cronin spoke with Varvara Lepchenko in Stanford:

How emotionally trying was her start to the year? Consider this: just before her first round match at the season’s first event in Brisbane, she was walking out to transport with her father and sometimes coach Peter. He told her wasn’t feeling very well and all of the sudden he collapsed to the ground, and had to be rushed to the hospital where doctors discovered he had a multiple ulcers which were sapping his blood supply to the tune of 60 percent of his total. A strong and driven man who Varvara says tends to stress out too much, Peter did recover, but she was out of sorts to the point where her focus was nowhere to be found in her 6-2 6-1 loss to Serena in a match she was looking forward to.

Tennis on Twitter:

Amy can be spotted on a tennis court in the Philadelphia area, shanking backhand volleys.