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4 of the Biggest Scandals in Pro Tennis

Every sport has its fair share of shocking news and controversies. Pro tennis is no exception. BBC even called it a sport riddled with corruption

BBC is right. Below are some of the biggest scandals to hit pro tennis.

A paternity suit

It began with a seemingly faultless sexual encounter at a London restaurant, but it began one of Boris Becker’s worst nightmares. Angela Ermakova, the Russian model, came forward and accused Becker of impregnating her.

Becker initially denied anything about it until 2001 when he acknowledged the paternity of Anna—the product of their well-publicised encounter inside the broom cupboard of Nobu. 

Becker shares joint custody of Anna, 19, who followed her mother’s footsteps as a model.

Drug test fails

Several tennis players—men and women—failed drug tests time and again.

In 1997, Andre Agassi hit the lowest point of his tennis career when traces of crystal meth was found on his samples. He wrote to the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) claiming that a friend spiked his drink. The ATP believed him and served him a warning.

In his 2009 autobiography, however, Agassi admitted using crystal met and that he lied on the letter.

Martina Hingis retired shortly after failing a drug test that found cocaine in her system, at only 27 years old. That was in 2007.

In 2013, her ex-husband accused Hingis of serial adultery. According to him, he found her with another man on their bed a year after their 2010 wedding.

In 2016, Maria Sharapova received a two-year ban following a test that found meldonium, a banned substance, on her system. 

Her team filed an appeal that successfully reduced her violations to 15 months. She resumed playing in 2017.

Rafael Nadal was also accused of failing the doping test after his seven months hiatus in 2012 due to an injury. The accuser was ex-Health and Sports Minister Roselyne Bachelot.

This caused quite a stir involving the Spanish Olympic Committee who claimed that Nadal was subject to several anti-doping controls. The then High Sports Council President, Miguel Cardenal, said that the accusation was a slander of an important athlete in history.

Nadal sued Bachelot in 2016. He won the case, and Bechelot was fined €12,000.

Locker room altercation

Nick Kyrgios is known for his crude behaviour on and off-court. After a match against Stan Wawrinka at the 2015 Rogers Cup, Kyrgios threw obscene comments on his opponent’s girlfriend. 

A fight ensued. Kyrgios underwent a probationary period for six months and fined $10,000 by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). 

Wawrinka, on the other hand, took it to Twitter to air his disappointment. He said, “What was said I wouldn’t say to my worst enemy.” 

Match-fixing

Match-fixing is a controversy that the tennis world has yet to solve. 

Daniel Koellerer, an Austrian player, received a lifetime ban after he was found liable of betting-related charges. 

He was initially fined with $100,000, but the court decided to overturn the decision since Koellerer hasn’t benefited from any of it.

Also, Koellerer once raised the ire of Stefan Koubek after losing a match between them. In 2010 National Tennis League, Koubek turned abusive, shouting expletives. At one point, he choked Koellerer while changing courts. 

Koubek was quickly disqualified, and the umpire cancelled the match.

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8 Tennis Players that Could be Serena Williams’ Heir

With 23 titles under her belt, Serena Williams is hailed as one of the best woman tennis players, if not the best.

Who can ever replace Williams’ place and take over the throne? So okay, she was displaced several times as world’s No. 1. But the article is talking about her legacy of winning.

At the recently concluded US Open Finals, Bianca Andreescu won her maiden Grand Slam title with 6-3, 7-5. Other than that, she has a fantastic record this year so far at 45-4, beating the top 10 players including Williams.

But Andreescu, the 2019 US Open Finals champion, is not the only one.

Here are the other players who could be Williams heir apparent aside from her.

Belinda Bencic

Bencic broke through the tennis scene in 2012. Her biggest triumph yet was at the Rogers Cup where she beat Caroline Wozniacki, Eugenie Bouchard, Sabine Lisicki, Ana Ivanovic, and Williams herself. She also has a career-high No. 7 ranking.

Simona Halep

Halep is one of the most consistent tennis players, ranking as the world’s No. 1 twice (2017 and 2019). In 2019, she bested Williams at the Wimbledon finals with her offensive, aggressive play. She has another Grand Slam title, the French Open (2018). She is often compared with Justine Henin, who praised the Romanian superstar’s intelligent game.

Naomi Osaka

Osaka was the other half of the infamous 2018 US Open finals, defeating Williams and receiving her trophy amidst the booing crowd. She has also won the 2019 Australian Open, giving her second Grand Slam title. Osaka is known for her aggressive playstyle combined with a powerful serve. She is also one of the most marketable athletes worldwide, ranking second behind Williams,

Ashleigh Barty

Barty won the 2019 French Open for singles. She also played the doubles in the 2018 US Open and won the title. Other than that, she has a career record of 220-83 which means, like Williams, she has the highest winning potential among all the players on the list. 

Elina Svitolina

Svitolina reached the highest ranking of No. 3 in 2015, while her current ranking is No. 5 (August 2019). She has never won a single Grand Slam title, but she the Tour Finals 2018 winner.  

Petra Kvitova

Kvitova has won the Wimbledon trophy twice, against Maria Sharapova in 2011 and Bouchard in 2014. She also appeared in the finals of the Australian Open in 2019. Kvitova currently ranks 6th in all-time rankings.

Madison Keys

Keys won her first WTA singles title in 2014. She consistently appears in the semifinals, quarterfinals and finals of Grand Slam match. She reached a career-high of No. 7 ranking, appearing in the top 25 since 2015.

Sloane Stephens

Stephens reached and beat Williams at the 2013 Australian Open when she was just a teenager. At the 2017 US Open championship, she went against Keys for an all-American match. She also has a Grand Slam title to boast of, the 2017 US Open. Stephens is slowly gaining her momentum, appearing in the Tour Finals in 2018.

 

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10 Highest-Paid Tennis Players of All-Time

Playing tennis sure has its many perks and privileges. The prize money, which is getting higher by the year for both male and female categories, is just one of these.

Have you ever wondered who the wealthiest tennis players are? Here are the answers.

1) Novak Djokovic ($133.1 million)

Winning the 2019 Wimbledon single’s title, Djokovic recently out-earn Federer. While his statistics, title-wise, fall short compared with that of Federer, this year’s earnings skyrocket and put him on the top. He had won 74 overall titles. Djokovic has 15 Grand Slam titles: seven Australian Opens, four Wimbledons, three US Opens, and one French Open. Djokovic has separate earnings from his endorsements also, which are usually long-term deals. 

2) Roger Federer ($123.6 million)

The Fed has 101 overall titles and had already won 20 Grand Slam titles. Most of these titles are won at Wimbledon (8), Australian Open (6), US Open (5), and French Open. Federer was the highest-paid tennis player for 13 consecutive years. Forbes also reported that his off-court earnings alone are higher than any other tennis player on this list.

3) Rafael Nadal ($106.9 million)

The Spanish player has 81 overall titles, 17 of which are Grand Slam titles. He had already won 11 French Opens, three US Opens, two Wimbledons, and one Australian Open. Nadal earns millions from his endorsements too as well as from the tennis academy he put up in Manacor, Spain, his hometown.

4) Serena Williams ($88.6 million)

Serena is the leading female tennis player with the highest winnings. She has 23 Grand Slam titles with 72 overall titles. Serena has won seven Wimbledons, seven Australian Opens, six US Opens, and three French Opens. Serena has several sponsors. She was also ranked at the top 1% of the most marketable athletes in the world.

5) Andy Murray ($61.1 million)

Murray has three Grand Slam titles—two Wimbledons and a US Open. The Scottish has 45 overall titles.

6) Pete Sampras ($43.2 million)

Steffi Graf’s better half has 14 Grand Slam titles, 14 of which are Wimbledons. He also has five US Opens and two Australian Opens. He has a total of 64 titles.

7) Venus Williams ($41.3 million)

Venus has seven Grand Slam titles, with five Wimbledons and two US Opens. She has 49 titles.

8) Maria Sharapova ($38.5 million)

Sharapova has already won five Grand Slam titles including two French Opens and Wimbledon, US Open, and Australian Open. She has 36 titles under her belt. Earnings from her endorsements are not included in the figures, though. Sharapova is one of the highest-paid women athletes.

9) Caroline Wozniaki ($33.8 million)

The Danish has one Grand Slam title under her name. However, she has amassed 30 titles throughout her professional career. She has several endorsements also and her own sunglasses line.

10) Stan Wawrinka ($32.4 million)

Wawrinka’s biggest earnings come from his three Grand Slam titles (Australian Open, French Open, and US Open). He had already won 16 titles in total.

 

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