2016 just keeps on giving with the surprises as this evening, Ana Ivanovic announced her retirement from professional tennis. Ana said in the short video that injuries had contributed to “not being able to perform up to my high standards”. While many things had been speculated in this planned live broadcast on Facebook, i’m surprised and particularly as this is with immediate effect. Ivanovic played IPTL during the off-season and was still technically on the entry list for Auckland next week.
I always enjoyed watching Ana play (that forehand 😍) and she seems a lovely person off the court. All the best for the future, Ana!
In other news… there was an overload of information from Madison Keys just before Christmas as she announced that she is teaming up with Lindsay Davenport again (yay!), but will be skipping the Australian summer of tennis due to injury. I’m thrilled to see the Keys-Davenport combo back together as it was very successful back in 2015 and they seem to gel really well.
Screaming at this, I know exactly what Madison means!
Petra Kvitova held a press conference before Christmas after her recent ordeal. While it was terrifying to see her bandaged hand, it was lovely to see her smiling.
Here is the full press conference from the @tenisovysvet.cz Facebook page.
It’s heartwarming to see the support for Petra on social media. Headband did a brilliant job at collating all the positive messages.
Garbiñe Muguruza has posted her schedule for the first six months of 2017. The only minor surprise is that she has opted to play Birmingham instead of Mallorca in the second week of the grass court season. I’m disappointed but not surprised that it looks like she won’t be playing Eastbourne.
All the players are heading down under for the start of the 2017 season!
A heads up for The Sports Mechanic, which is a site that allows athletes, coaches and trainers to share and sell sports training equipment they have invented directly to consumers.
The WTA posted a hilarious update on their yet-to-be-unveiled WTA streaming platform by revealing no new information whatsoever. My frustration and anger on this issue grows…
*an update on original post*
On a more jolly note, British Eurosport have a BRILLIANT offer at the moment with a 12 month pass for just £19.99. They have rights for the Australian Open next month with access to all the courts on the Eurosport Player. In addition, they also normally cover the French Open, some of the UK grass court season, Linz, Luxembourg, Fed Cup, Davis Cup and some ATP 250s. Last year they also did the US Open after Sky Sports in the UK dropped their coverage. It’s a no-brainer for me.