Gung hay fat choy! Happy Chinese New Years! Sorry for the quiet times on GTT after the Australian Open. The Freaky team have been a little MIA due to our day jobs, but I thought I’d put together a quick media roundup of tennis news from around the internets.
Serena Williams is planning a return to tennis by playing a exhibition match for “NIKE Clash of the Champions” event in Oregon and has made herself available for a potential Fed Cup tie in April. Via Tennis.com
Novak Djokovic plans to target Wimbledon as his next must win major title. via CNN.com
Rafael Nadal’s doctor, Doctor Angel Ruiz Cotorro, says he needs 10 days to recover. The results from his MRI and ultrasounds revealed he is suffering from an ‘adductor longus rupture of the left leg’. Nadal will be undergoing physiotherapy and anti-inflammatory treatments, as well as specific stretches with doctors estimating a recovery period of about ten days starting from February 1. Nadal is not scheduled to play again until the Davis Cup in March. Via RafaelNadal.com
Maria Sharapova will spearhead a FedCup tie between Russia vs France this weekend. Dinara Safina and Svetlana Kuznetsova will also be playing for Russia. A great preview of a big FedCup weekend via WTATour.com
Nike Tennis‘s Facebook page has a cool “Just Do It” video of Li Na when she was just 16 years old.
Interesting stat from Peter Bodo’s latest blog post. TV ratings for the men’s final with Djokovic/Murray was down 42% compared to last year with Federer/Murray. The women’s final with Clijsters/Na outdrew the men’s by 20%
Jon Wertheim’s latest mailbag discusses if Novak Djokovic is the new king of tennis or not after his convincing win at the Australian Open. Via SI.com
Last but not least , a fun video of Kim Clijsters quizzed on facts about herself.