After Roger Federer won the Australian Open on Jan. 29, he told the crowd, “I hope to see you next year, but if not, this was a wonderful run here,” which had some people questioning whether the 35-year-old tennis legend would retire from the sport this year. But on Feb. 21, he signed a three-year contract to play in the tournament in his hometown in Switzerland, the Swiss Indoors Basel, so he plans to play professionally at least until he is 38. For perspective, Bjorn Borg retired when he was 26. Federer has made an exorbitant amount of money — over $100 million in prize money alone — so his retirement timing and planning will be significantly different than yours and mine. But the idea of putting
Two of the top three seeds at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships were sent packing on Tuesday. France's Kristina Mladenovic rolled to an impressive 6-2, 6-4 victory over second-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, while Russia's Ekaterina Makarova recorded a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 win over third-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia. In addition, fifth-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain was forced to retire due to a left Achilles' tendon injury. She was trailing 4-1 when she withdrew against Kateryna Bondarenko of the Ukraine. Mladenovic reached the third round behind a strong effort in which she broke Pliskova's serve four times in a 75-minute match. "I just came on court strong, ready
Kei Nishikori and the Rio Open will be upstaged this week. ''If I win, yes, maybe I'll go,'' Nishikori said on Monday, admitting he didn't realize it was that special week in Rio. ''Yes, he should come by,'' Kei Kuwabara told the Associcated Press.