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Good day tennis fans and welcome to tennis now’s news update show.
This week Indian Wells has taken center stage in the tennis world and matches are well underway.
We’ve had some good matches on the men’s side so far with Bernard Tomic defeating the
difficult Tomas Belluci, Daniel Brands taking down Marcos Baghdatis, and Ernie Gulbis upsetting
Feliciano Lopez. The women are easing their way into the draw
and today we will see Maria Sharapova and Agnieszka Radwanska on the court in the their
respective matches. But the tennis world is eagerly awaiting Rafa Nadal and the rest of
the big four of mens tennis to jump into action this weekend.
World Tennis Day was big success with the Hong Kong and Madison Square Garden exhibitions
providing great tennis entertainment and the LA Tennis Challenge driving great exposure
to several charities including Justin Gimelstob Children’s Fund, and Mardy Fish Children’s
Foundation, and the Novak Djokovic Foundation. The decision by Hamburg to drop out of the
chase for the right to bid for a possible ATP grass court event has been seized by their
German rival Stuttgart. The Mercedes Cup has the backing of the elite hometown automobile
powerhouse as it seeks to switch from clay to grass as the ATP plans to extend the grass-court
season. In an effort to further prevent doping from
becoming a bigger issue in tennis, the ITF along with the ATP Tour, the WTA and the Grand
Slam tournaments have announced a joint effort to issue biological passports to all players.
The announcement comes at a time when some of the sport's biggest stars including Roger
Federer and Andy Murray have publicly called for changes to the current testing system
that they feel doesn't test players often enough.
That’s it for this news segment. What do you think about the blood passports? Let us
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see you next time, here, on Tennis Now.