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Maria Sharapova signed cap

I received this awesome Maria Sharapova signed cap at the Maria and Friends event at UCLA and was so stunned to meet her. She was very kind and gracious to everyone. I am posting this pic in solidarity with @mariasharapova who i really miss at Roland Garros this year.

Win FREE Tennis strings : Genesis Typhoon Poly is our May String giveaway

We are giving away to set of Genesis Typhoon Poly Tennis strings to a lucky subscriber! Just subscribe to the channel and we will pick one lucky winner at the end of JUNE 2017 and announce the winner online. Thanks for watching!

Breaking News: Sharapova is denied the 2017 French Open Entry

Announcing the decision on a live Facebook broadcast on Tuesday, French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli said he told Sharapova in person that it was not possible.

“I decided not to give Maria Sharapova a wild card. I’m very sorry for Maria, very sorry for her fans. They might be disappointed, she might be very disappointed,” Giudicelli said. “But it’s my responsibility, it’s my mission to protect the game and protect the high standards of the game.”

A two-time French Open champion, Sharapova has played in three events since serving her 15-month suspension for using meldonium, a banned substance. Her finishes weren’t enough to qualify, leaving it up to the FTF to grant her a wild-card berth, which they did not.

“This suspension is over and she can take her path toward new success,” Giudicelli said. “But while there can be a wild card for return from injury, there can’t be a wild card for return from doping.”

Her return to tennis has been met with mixed reviews, with Genie Bouchard saying “She’s a cheater and I don’t think a cheater in any sport should be allowed to play that sport again.”

Sharapova is currently playing in the Italian Open, and after a win on Monday, the 30-year-old is guaranteed a place in Wimbledon qualifying and has the ability to still earn a place via the main tournament draw.

The Associated Press contributed to this report via USA TODAY

New Video: The Data of Tennis Challenges

We just finished producing this tennis video about tennis challenges on court with tennis Australia. Could you please watch and let me know what you think? I would love feedback! Can You please can subscribe to the channel to find out when part 2 goes live 🙂

We talk with Stephanie Kovalchik is the lead data scientist with the Game Insight Group (“GIG”) at Tennis Australia. She is also the creator of the “Stats on the T” tennis blog, where she writes about the numbers behind big questions in tennis. You can follow her @statsontheT twitter and her youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0zMeBjBXz4M28jWIcvVTTw

Our host is Tiffany Villalobos who is on instagram @tiffanylobos

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Match for Africa 4 : Seattle Style

The match for Africa 4 held at the Key Arena in Seattle was a rousing success and raised over $2 million dollars for the Roger Federer Foundation.  Thanks to the help of Bill Gates and his partners in Seattle, the US fans got to enjoy an amazing evening of tennis.

Watching Roger Federer and Bill Gates on one side and John Isner and Mike McCready (pearl jam) on the other side was electric.  Even though it was exhibition and full of laughter the match was engaging and exciting.

You can rewatch the complete match on Bill Gates or Roger Federer’s facebook page here :

While in Seattle Roger posted some great seattle moments:

 

The Seattle Crowd was electric.  I can only imaging what it was like in Key Arena with all the cheers, crowd laughter, noise, and general merriment.   The whole event started out with the guitarist of Pearl Jam performing the national anthem Jimi Hendrix style :

What an amazing night of tennis and all for a great cause.  Roger Federer is using his rest time to make a difference in our world.  He mentioned flying all the way across the world to be in Seattle to do this event – that is how much it means to him. The world definitely needs Roger Federer and more heroes like him!  It was great to see Mirka in the stands as well sitting next to the CEO of the Federer foundation and chatting away as an interview was happening in the next seat!  So nice to have so much facetime with Mrs. Federer ! Wish the interview was with her too though!~

 

Finally Roger left us a warm thankyou tweet!

 

ps i saw our Federer fam Scarlett Li in the audience too and here was her pics! Check out more on her twitter feed!