Saturday, February 23, 2013

Passing shots

Barbora Zahlavova Strycova has been placed on a 6-month ban because of the presence of the stimulant, sibutramine, in one of her samples. Sibutramine is on the list of banned substances. The Czech player said that her use of Acai Berry Thin accounts for the sibutramine in her system; the ITF has accepted this explanation as legitimate. The ban is retroactive to October 21, 2012, and Zahlavova loses all ranking points she has earned since that date. She also must pay back prize money.

Red carpet material not.

Here is Steve Tignor's tribute to Esther Vergeer.

Rebecca Marino has stepped away from pro tennis again, and this time, she sounds serious about it. The WTA website made a point of avoiding the issues involved, but the young Canadian was candid about the effect that suffering from depression has had on her. She also said that the meanness directed at her in social media took its toll.

How beautiful is the Dubai trophy?

New rules!


sunny nine said...

With regard to Marino- the WTA site whitewashes everything. Marino is trying to speak out about difficult things that could help other tennis players or other people in general but the WTA won't let it out. Nothing bad or real will be discussed. What-are they saying being depressed is "wrong"? And not any tennis player could have depression? And again I say, it is a terrible website, not user friendly at all. Just had to get that last thing in again. ;)

With regard to "new rules". What is Wozniacki trying to pull? After Piotr's behavior in Doha (where the WTA supervisor on site should have had him escorted out) and both of their behavior in Dubai, I think they are reaching their wits end as to what to do to get Wozniacki some titles.

Diane said...

At least there wasn't a kangaroo involved :)