Rarely have parenthood and professional tennis become so closely entwined as just now.
Would the new arrivals increase or decrease Federer's motivation? Prolong or shorten his career? Make him more or less dominant?
Endless statistics about previous champions who have won Grand Slams after becoming fathers have been trotted out, so have the inevitable comparisons with his close friend Tiger Woods, who continued his hegemony on golf after becoming a dad.
Such has been the speculation around the issue, a casual observer could be forgiven for wondering if Federer had gone through the rigors of child labor himself.
In the end, it is all pointless. Of course, Federer is understandably delighted at this change in his life and at some point in the future it may affect his decision whether to carry on playing or retire.
But as for his performance on the court, the difference will be minimal, if that.
Federer will keep on winning Grand Slams because he is Roger Federer, and because he is the greatest player of all time -- not because he is a father.
Maria Sharapova can never be accused of being short on confidence – and has been busy talking up her prospects of success during the U.S. hard court swing leading up to the U.S. Open.
In reality though, Sharapova still looks a long way short of her best and it will take a dramatic revival for her to be in contention in the final Grand Slam of the year.
Austria's Tamira Paszek deserves credit for voluntarily informing doping authorities once she discovered that a blood-enrichment treatment aimed at curing her back problems was banned by authorities.
The 59th-ranked Paszek should have been better informed about the procedure. However, the chances are her infraction would not have been discovered if not for her admission. When any punishment is handed down, leniency would be appropriate in this case.
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Get yourself up to the Bay Area this week, where a high-quality women's field squares off in the Bank of the West Classic.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Indianapolis Tennis Championships, Indianapolis: Robby Ginepri
International German Open, Hamburg: Nikolay Davydenko
Banka Koper Slovenia Open, Portoroz: Dinara Safina
Nuernburger Ladies, Bad Gastein: Andrea Petkovic
THIS WEEK'S PREDICTIONS
L.A. Tennis Open, Los Angeles: Tommy Haas
Allianz Swiss Open, Gstaad: Guillermo Garcia-Lopez
ATP Studena Croatia Open, Umag: Juan Carlos Ferrero
Bank of the West Classic, Stanford: Serena Williams
Istanbul Cup, Istanbul: Aravane Rezai
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