Tennis Today: Maria Sharapova to continue to rake in sponsorship cash and a cunning tip from Andy Roddick
In Tennis Today, Maria Sharapova may have retired, but she will continue to earn money from her sponsors while Andy Roddick explains “in detail” how you can finish your career with a winning head-to-head record against Novak Djokovic.
What’s on the site
In case you missed last week’s BIG NEWS, Maria Sharapova has called it a day and Kevin Palmer shared his views on the Russian’s career and retirement.
We also had a numbers piece on Sharapova’s illustrious career.
As for your weekend news, it was a case of “same old, same old” as Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal both won titles. In Dubai, world No 1 Djokovic eased past Stefanos Tsitsipas to win that particular trophy for a fifth time.
Djokovic, though, had plenty of kind words for Tsitsipas after the match as he tipped the Greek to not only win Grand Slams, but also become world No 1.
Over in Acapulco, world No 2 Nadal won his 85th singles title as he beat Taylor Fritz in straight sets.
On the WTA Tour, Aryna Sabalenka dedicated her Qatar Open title to her father Sergey, who passed away in November.
Finally, Heather Watson is back in the WTA Tour trophy winners’ circle after she ended her drought with the Mexican Open title.
What’s in the news
You have read all about Maria Sharapova’s achievements during her tennis career, but what will she do now that she has packed away her racket for good?
In The New York Times, her agent Max Eisenbud told Christopher Clarey that “Sharapova’s long-term endorsement deals with Nike, Evian and Porsche would continue in retirement. She is interested in studying architecture, designing tennis and sports facilities and focusing on the management of her candy company, Sugarpova”.
In the Daily Mail, James Ward remembers his 2015 Davis Cup success with Great Britain.
“I’m very much a London boy, and there was this mainly Scottish crowd going mad,” Ward said.
“It’s the kind of thing that stays with you when you go through the difficult times, and there have been a few of them.”
The 33-year-old has struggled in recent years and he has dropped to outside the world 250, but he is determined to improve.
“I guess it’s that I still love the feeling of winning when it happens, it’s tough to find that anywhere else. I do feel I’m playing better now and you have the motivation of getting back to that level I was.
“Who knows if it will happen again but it’s worth trying. I find the travelling harder, it’s not like we’re going to the beach when we are away. I like being at home and going to watch Arsenal.”
What’s on social media
A sweet picture of Daddy Nole with his son Stefan and daughter Tara after his Dubai success.
How to finish your career with a winning H2H record against Novak Djokovic.
Sure. Retire before you have to play him again …… https://t.co/ivPfCB744S
— andyroddick (@andyroddick) February 29, 2020
Caroline Wozniacki wearing shorts in icy conditions.
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Retirement here she comes.
What’s on TV
It’s Davis Cup play-offs with action only getting underway later in the week.
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