- Baku R32: Sorana Cirstea d. Ons Jabeur, 6-3 6-3
- Baku R32: Kristina Mladenovic d. Heather Watson, 6-2 3-6 6-0
- Gstaad R32: Yann Marti d. Daniel Gimeno-Traver, 5-7 7-6(7) 7-6(5)
- Umag R32: Borna Coric d. Edouard Roger-Vasselin, 6-2 6-4
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Earlier today, The Changeover released Neil Harman’s email resigning from the ITWA. At Slate, Ben Rothenberg detailed the years of plagiarism that led to Harman’s admission. Wimbledon doesn’t come out of this looking very good, either:
Despite Harman’s removal from his post as the author of the Wimbledon annual, the club continued to stock the 2013 yearbook in its gift shop and didn’t revoke his credentials. The book was removed from the shelves only after SI’s Wertheim confronted the All England Club with the nearly identical side-by-side passages from the 2013 annual and his story on Marion Bartoli and Sloane Stephens. “The club apologized profusely and claimed that it felt a sharp sense of violation and betrayal,” Wertheim wrote in an explanatory email sent to fellow tennis writers. (As a reminder, Wimbledon officials had known about Harman’s plagiarism for months prior to Wertheim coming forward.)
By comparison, John Tomic doesn’t seem so bad now, does he? Bernard’s father has kept himself in the spotlight, clarifying the terms by which his son parted ways with IMG:
“Bernard left IMG – IMG didn’t sack, didn’t dump Bernard. That is strongly 110 per cent true story. If anybody from IMG come and say that they sack or dump Bernard, I will give million dollars. That is not true,” Tomic senior told Fairfax Media from the US, ahead of next week’s tournament in Washington DC.
In another split, Sloane Stephens is no longer working with Paul Annacone:
Sloane Stephens splits with coach Paul Annacone via release from her management company. #wta
— Douglas Robson (@dougrobson) July 23, 2014
Finally, if all of that is getting you down, you can cheer up with this week’s Margin of Error podcast.
Tennis on Twitter
— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) July 22, 2014
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) July 23, 2014
Have awoken with a cold sweat, heart racing, fear in my loins, not even a tingle for Andrew. This could be a very bad week, I fear. Hold me.
— BritishTennisJourno (@GBTennisJourno) July 22, 2014