Break Points: Kirilenko Calls Off Engagement to Ovechkin

Notable Results:

  • Bogota F: Bernard Tomic d. Ivo Karlovic 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-6(4)
  • Hamburg F: Leonardo Mayer d. David Ferrer 6-7(3), 6-1, 7-6(4)
  • Bastad F: Mona Barthel d. Chanelle Scheepers 6-3, 7-6(3)
  • Istanbul F: Caroline Wozniacki d. Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-1
  • Gstaad R1: Viktor Troicki d. Dominic Thiem 7-6(4), 6-4

News and Analysis:

Viktor Troicki is back, and for some reason believes that the ITF has a personal vendetta against him:

“I will always feel that,” he says. “Of course. The ITF tried to destroy my career and I will never forget what happened. In the court they really went after me and they really wanted to put me down and ruin me completely. But I hope to show them they were unable to do that. I will be back.”

Meanwhile, Simon Cambers doesn’t think Gstaad should have given Troicki a wildcard:

Having completed his 12-month ban, Troicki is now eligible to return and faces the daunting prospect of starting from scratch, with no ranking points to his name. In a recent interview, he said he was willing to grind away on the lower levels of the Tour and would hope for the odd wildcard into ATP events.

Well, Gstaad, for whatever reason, has seen fit to grant one of its three wildcards to Troicki. Rather than give them to a young, home player with potential, for example, who may in future years return the faith by committing to the event, it has given it to someone who the sport banned for not following the strict anti-doping rule. Is that really the kind of message the sport should be sending out?

Maria Kirilenko ended her engagement to Washington Capitals hockey star Alex Ovechkin.

Here’s a headline for you: “Teen tennis ace Sara Tomic says older brother Bernard not the ‘tool’ everyone thinks he is.”

Alexandr Dolgopolov will have knee surgery and miss the US Open Series.

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3 Responses

  1. ST
    ST July 21, 2014 at 4:53 pm |

    Just wondering – will the many female journos ascribe to Kirilenko for breaking off her engagement the same things they did to Rory for breaking off his?

    “A-hole, he doesn’t deserve you, Caroline” was a refrain I read over and over. #shouldworkbothways #justsayin

    1. Amy
      Amy July 21, 2014 at 5:10 pm |

      Nobody begrudges Rory the right to break off a relationship. There’s no denying that he came off poorly in the way he did so, though. Did Kirilenko break off the engagement right after sending wedding invites and in a 3 minute phone call? So this really isn’t the same thing.

  2. q10
    q10 July 21, 2014 at 9:08 pm |

    didn’t watch any matches but impressed that Tomic came through to win another 250. I think the NKyrgios effect definitely drove him to focus over the past month. Go aussie!

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