Break Points: March 3, 2014

Notable Results:

  • Dubai F: Roger Federer d. Tomas Berdych, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
  • Acapulco F:  Grigor Dimitrov d. Kevin Anderson, 7-6(1), 3-6, 7-6(5)
  • Sao Paolo F: Federico Delbonis d. Paolo Lorenzi, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
  • Acapulco F: Dominika Cibulkova d. Christina McHale, 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-4
  • Florianopolis: Klara Zakopalova d. Garbiñe Muguruza, 4-6, 7-5, 6-0

News and Links:

Best wishes to our friend Matt Cronin, who is undergoing brain surgery on Tuesday. He’ll be in our thoughts, and we wish him a speedy recovery.

Lindsay Davenport, Nick Bollettieri, and others were elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Bernard Tomic’s physiotherapist updated The Age on Tomic’s surgery recovery progress:

”For having had bilateral hip surgery, he’s doing very well, a little bit better than I thought he would at this time,” said Gutierrez, the Australian Open’s head physio, who also has extensive AFL experience.

”All the time that we’ve been working together he’s been committed to the treatment, and he knows the importance of it because all his career is just going to hinge on that, and hopefully he will be back soon and be able to play without pain, and regain more flexibility than he used to have.

The IPTL is launching, but it sounds like it’s not the most organized venture:

One of the mysteries about the new event, which now is likely to be based in four cities and lasting sixteen days in its initial year, is exactly who the owners of the teams are, and Agassi admitted he did not know who to who the franchise he is down to play for belonged.

‘I don’t have that information either. I only heard about this yesterday so as opposed to turning it into a big issue, I’ve got to get to the facts, but my understanding now is that it’s not the dates that are achievable.

Both he and Sampras did express sympathy for the reality that this innovative concept was not going to be straightforward, in terms of getting it off the ground in its first year. Andy Murray has put his name forward and been allocated to Bangkok.

‘There was probably a tight timeline for them to get things organised and get this in place,’ said Agassi. ‘I’m sure the business folks involved have stepped up to make this happen economically and I’m sure that wasn’t an easy thing to pull off. Now that’s done I’m sure there will be a lot more communication about the working components of all this.’

A gay Notre Dame varsity tennis player wrote about his experience coming out to his teammates:

As the words began fumbling out, I could feel the fear growing inside me. It can be tough to say the word “gay” for the first time. Once it’s out, there’s no going back. Before I could even think, it was over. I had told him everything. I remember wanting to just break down. I expected him to turn his back and simply walk away.

“Really? Really?” he said. “Man, I don’t care.  You’re one of my best friends on the team.  This doesn’t change anything, you are still Dooley to me.”

The moment was powerful for me because he had no reason to lie. He was not responsible for me as a family member might be, nor would he have been publicly shamed for washing his hands of me. I wasn’t even an essential part of the team at that point. But in that moment, Greg showed me that somebody could know me, truly know me, and still respect me.

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