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Kokkinakis and Kyrgios – Bring the Fun and the Fans to the Doubles Courts!

It is great to see Kokkinakis and Kyrgios playing more and more doubles events on the tour. They bring the fun to the doubles court – when then in turn brings a lot more spectators compared to numbers they would normally get on the outside courts for a first round doubles match.

I hope this continues and drives more singles players onto the doubles court.

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Unruly Fan Ejected from Australian Open Mens Doubles Final

Players at the Australian Open Mens Doubles Final ask for an unruly fan to be ejected from the stadium and on the third time of asking he finally is!

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Naomi Osaka – Withdraws from the French Open 2021 – Mental Health is Important for All

Naomi Osaka has officially withdrawn from the French Open 2021.

Naomi stated at the beginning of the tournament that she wasn’t going to do after match press conferences because they affected her mental health.

Since that time she has faced a lot of questions (outside of the press conferences).

The vast majority of comments have been negative and focused around the fact that those press conferences are required and part of the job. The French Open then came out and gave Naomi a fine of $15,000 USD after her first round win because she didn’t attend the press conference. Later they also stated that if she continued in this way she would be forfeited out of the tournament and then potentially banned from future tournaments. Naomi also receive no support from any of her fellow players.

Now I think Naomi has taken the steps she probably should have done at the beginning of the tournament and withdraw. This will now give her time to see the correct help and then come back to tennis even stronger!

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Wimbledon 2020 Cancelled but They Will Gain £100 million due to Infectious Disease Insurance

Wimbledon announced yesterday that they have had to cancel the 2020 All England Championships because of the coronavirus outbreak. This comes off the back of the French Open announcing that they were going to try to reschedule their Grand Slam from May to September, because it was expected to lose £230 million if they had to cancel.

Wimbledon took the strong position of cancellation, because they knew that they had insurance of £100 million if they had to cancel the Championships.

It turns out that the All England Club had the foresight to take out infectious disease insurance during the SARS outbreak, which has then help them in a good stead for the current coronavirus outbreak.

Still a huge shame though that there will be no Wimbledon 2020!

(I used to play tennis for a living, so it’s just unimaginable to not have Wimbledon this year!)