A cash crisis in India means tennis fans will have to wait for another few weeks to see Roger Federer return to the court. Having not played since Wimbledon because of a knee injury, the 14-time Grand Slam champion was due to play in the International Premier Tennis League, a lucrative exhibition event, in India on Dec. 10. However, the collapse of the Indian currency led organizers to state earlier this week that neither Federer nor 22-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams would be competing as planned. Federer's comeback will have to wait until 2017, when he is due to begin his build-up to the Australian with the Hopman Cup. The Swiss legend will be teaming up with compatriot Belinda Bencic
Former top-10 player Kathy Rinaldi is the U.S. Fed Cup team's new captain. Fernandez stepped down in October after eight years in the job. Rinaldi already had been in player development for the USTA, helping U.S. women try to move into the top 100 of the rankings.
It’s been more than 35 years since Ronald Reagan stated, during his first inaugural address, “Those who say that we’re in a time when there are no heroes, they just don’t know where to look.” We discovered heroes in every state, starting with the determined 69-year-old who won a match at an ITF Pro Circuit event earlier this year in the Alabama town of Pelham, and culminating with the coach who has overcome multiple sclerosis to build a winning program at the University of Wyoming. Dee Maynard of Shelbyville, KY, first picked up a racquet at 50 years old, and was instantly drawn to the fact that speed on the court was only part of the tennis equation. First taught by one of the teenage students at the school where she volunteered in Shelby County, Maynard knew she had found her passion.