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US Open Semifinalist banned for 1 year

BRUSSELS (AP)—U.S. Open semifinalist Yanina Wickmayer was suspended for one year by a Belgian anti-doping tribunal Thursday, accused of failing to report her whereabouts to drug-testing officials three times.

The Flemish regional tribunal called the punishment “reasonable.” Tribunal spokesman Koen Uman said the suspension takes immediate effect, but Wickmayer can appeal the decision.

The 18th-ranked Belgian has denied any wrongdoing and said on her Web site she planned to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. She is playing in a tournament in Bali this week.

Another Belgian tennis player, 2002 Wimbledon semifinalist Xavier Malisse, also was suspended by the tribunal for breaking the whereabouts rule.

Wickmayer’s suspension came as a surprise, because a prosecutor recommended she receive only a warning for missing three tests over 18 months. The tribunal said Wickmayer’s failure to live up to anti-doping rules required a suspension.

Wickmayer said last month she has had trouble with her password in the computerized system overseen by the World Anti-Doping Agency. She also said registered mail at her home could not be signed off on because she was traveling to WTA tournaments.

She has insisted she never missed an anti-doping test and her samples were always negative.

Wickmayer has enjoyed a breakthrough year, including her run to the semifinals at the U.S. Open after never before moving past the second round at a Grand Slam tournament. She won her first two tour titles at Estoril in May and at Linz last month.

The International Tennis Federation, which oversees the sport’s doping program, said Thursday it would not comment until receiving official notification of the suspension.

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Serena Williams Outburst —and the verdict is…..

Linespeople Await Serena Williams US Open Outburst Verdict

by Lynn Berenbaum

The investigation into Serena Williams’ outburst at the US Open has taken over two months, and no group has waited longer to hear the verdict than the officiating community, many of whom see the verdict as a referendum on player abuse for the future.

USTA president Lucy Garvin told the AP today that Grand Slam administrator Bill Babcock’s ruling is now expected “within weeks”.

Serena was fined $10,000 after her profanity-laced outburst at a lineswoman during her semifinal against Kim Clijsters. No group — fans, tennis officials, or the press — has been more silently and eagerly awaited this verdict than the those who call the lines.

According to one source who spoke with the lineswoman in question after the incident, “Serena foot-faulted into the blue and [the lineswoman] had absolutely no choice but to call her on it. We get graded on accuracy so it’s important to get it right. Otherwise we won’t get work.”

One person told me, “The Serena thing wouldn’t be an issue in the NBA or NFL. We know there’s a lot on the line for the players, but the behavior from some of them is really getting out of hand. Her mistake was that she was on TV.”

As to what punishment might come of her outburst, most of the officiating people I talked with are skeptical. A few thought that a no-tolerance example might be made of Serena; while many seem to look unfavorably upon the duration of time that it took for the investigation, during which time Ms. Williams was allowed to play the WTA’s Year End Championship and ended the year with record-breaking prize earnings, as a sign that she won’t be treated harshly.

“The fact of the matter is that whatever they give her will probably be a joke. She’s a multi-millionaire. Even if she misses a few Grand Slams, or even an entire year, that’s not a big deal for her.”

“The fans come to watch tennis, and we try to keep play moving so they get to watch it. We just hope that something like this doesn’t happen again.”

We all look forward to seeing how this eventually plays out.

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Does Professional Tennis need a shorter season?

It seems like the professional tennis season never ends. Don’t get me wrong, this is a great thing for tennis fans. However, as a former player I can also appreciate how difficult it is to never truly have a break. I often wonder how much higher the level of intensity would be from the top pros if there were less tournaments during the course of the year. Less time traveling, practicing and playing could translate into less injuries and more intensity from todays professionals. Then again, as a fan, tennis sure would be missed during the “off-season” if there was ever one implemented. This has been a hot topic among players, and one debate that is sure to continue.

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Avoiding Tennis Elbow

Anyone who has had the misfortune of getting tennis elbow realizes just how painful this problem can be. Not to mention how long the injury can last. Many tennis players miss weeks if not months because of this pesky injury. The www.juniortennisshow.com recently spoke to Jason Riley,the director of athlete performance at the world famous Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa Fl, about different ways to avoid this injury. He walked us thru the exercises he teaches some of the top juniors and professionals in the world. These exercises will not only strengthen injury prone areas but also specifically target the tendons and muscles that are prone to tennis elbow. This is an interview that every tennis player needs to see. Watch it today at www.juniortennisshow.com!

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Andre Agassi reveals he used Crystal Meth during his playing days

“(CNN) — American tennis legend Andre Agassi has admitted using crystal methamphetamine a year before he won the French Open in 1998, and that he lied to the sport’s governing bodies in the same period about a positive drugs test to avoid a ban.

The 39-year-old, who is only one of six men in history to have completed a career grand slam of winning titles at all four majors, confessed in his autobiography that he took the highly addictive narcotic in 1997 while suffering poor form and to quell worries about his upcoming marriage to actress Brooke Shields.

The eight-time grand slam champion revealed in his book how he felt when he first took the substance — possession of which carries a maximum five-year jail sentence in the United States.

“Slim [Agassi's assistant] dumps a small pile of powder on the coffee table. He cuts it, snorts it. He cuts it again. I snort some. I ease back on the couch and consider the Rubicon I’ve just crossed.

“There is a moment of regret, followed by vast sadness. Then comes a tidal wave of euphoria that sweeps away every negative thought in my head. I’ve never felt so alive, so hopeful — and I’ve never felt such energy,” Agassi recounted in an excerpt of his book that has been serialized by British newspaper The Times.

Following his use of crystal meth, the former world number one pulled out of the French Open and admitted he did not practice for Wimbledon a month later.”

Wow! How does a world class athlete even compete while doing drugs? There are now many who question whether Andre should be stripped of titles due to the fact that he lied to the ATP about his positive drug test. It will be very interesting to watch and see the official position that the ATP tour decides to take after reviewing this information.

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Junior Tennis Show interviews John Isner

 The www.juniortennisshow.com  just got done with an amazing interview with current ATP touring professional John Isner for month 2 of the show. John talked to us about his junior tennis experience and how he got started in the sport. He talked about how he trained in the juniors and how many tournaments he played on a yearly basis. John was also one of the best college players in the country during his time at Georgia. He was a 4 time All-American and was ranked as high as #1 in the country. Listen to what John has to say about going to college versus turning professional.

If you are a current junior player or a parent and have always wondered how the top players get so good you have got to see this interview. Where else but the www.juniortennisshow.com  can you listen to how a player handles the pressure of playing Roger Federer in the U.S. Open, or hear exactly how a successful pro trained in the juniors? Watch this interview and come back and give us your feedback on this blog.  Thanks for being a part of the Junior Tennis Blog and Junior Tennis Show! Jay Travis, Junior Tennis Show.com

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