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Donald Young warned for saying ‘son of a biscuit’ after error (Video)

Donald YoungDonald Young beat Alexander Zverev in their match at the Sarasota Open this week, but he had a little bit of an adventure in the process.

Young was up a set, leading 2-1 in the second, up 30-15 in the fourth game and looking for a break. He hit a backhand into the net to make it 30-all and was upset with himself for the unforced error, so he yelled out “son of a biscuit, man! Biscuit, man! Biscuit!”

Compared to how athletes generally can get during competition, this was very tame. But he still appeared to receive a warning and was incredulous.

“Don’t give me crap for that, man,” Young said to the umpire. “I said ‘son of a biscuit.’ That’s a problem? That’s a problem now?”

No, that shouldn’t be a problem. Maybe the umpire needs to clean out his ears, because he was clearly thinking the worst.

H/T Beyond the Baseline

Source: Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl had disagreement over fitness training

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Andy Murray made a surprising announcement last week saying that he and Ivan Lendl, his coach of two years, had split.

The split was made to seem like a mutual decision for both men, and it’s clear that the part was amicable; Lendl even supported Murray at by attending the Sony Open in Key Biscayne last week.

Since the announcement last week, media reports have stated that the split was more Lendl’s doing. ESPN’s Greg Garber quoted Lendl as saying he felt he would be too busy to give Murray the kind of attention he needs this year.

“To really do it right, you need to be there for 20, 25 weeks,” Lendl said per Garber. “Looking ahead, I couldn’t do it. I just couldn’t do it.

“Of course I feel proud of what we accomplished together,” Lendl said. “It worked out for both of us. Unfortunately, I can’t give him the time he needs. I must tell you, I’m very happy for Andy.”

[Related: Andy Murray said to be in ‘difficult place’ amid split with Ivan Lendl]

While Lendl’s desire to compete on the senior tennis tour and play golf — he loves to golf and plays frequently — could have been factors in their split, we’re told there was also another factor involved.

Larry Brown Sports was told by sources that Lendl’s contract with Murray expired after the Australian Open. Lendl apparently had a plan for Murray’s fitness training, but Murray for whatever reason did not want to follow Lendl’s plan/suggestion.

That disagreement, coupled with Lendl’s desire to play golf and tennis, could have been enough for Lendl to decide not to continue as Murray’s coach, even if he still supports the player.

“You know, it’s a tough one for me because he’s been a big part of my life,” Murray said this week about the split, via ESPN. “He’s been a big part of my team. He made a huge difference to my tennis. So very hard person to replace.”

The Murray-Lendl partnership was a successful one. After starting his career by going 0-4 in grand slam finals just like Lendl, Murray broke through and won two majors, in addition to an Olympic gold medal.

Grigor Dimitrov stops match to help ballgirl (Video)

Grigor Dimitrov ballgirlGrigor Dimitrov may have lost his third-round match at the Sony Open in Miami to Kei Nishikori on Sunday, but he was a winner for the nice gesture he made.

Early in the second set of the match, Dimitrov was between points and asked a ballgirl for his towel so he could dry off. She obviously had a delayed response, leading Dimitrov to realize she was struggling with the heat and humidity. The charming tennis player then walked the ballgirl off the court so she could be treated. He then went back to resume the match.

It’s pretty easy to see what girlfriend Maria Sharapova must see in him.

H/T Beyond the Baseline

Andy Murray said to be in ‘difficult place’ amid split with Ivan Lendl

Andy MurrayAndy Murray announced on Wednesday that he has split with Ivan Lendl, who served has his coach for just over two years.

The two had a successful partnership which saw Murray go from four-time grand slam finals loser to two-time grand slam champion and Olympic gold medalist. Murray sought out the man who had suffered the same fate of losing his first four grand slam finals, and Lendl helped provide support and a mental edge to his first pupil. The partnership was great and led Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer to hire legends from a past era (Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg, respectively).

But Murray has struggled since returning from back surgery and has not made the finals of any of the five events he’s played this year, including a fourth-round loss at Indian Wells last week. Lendl was playing a senior’s tour event at the same time, which seemed like a prelude to the split.

ESPN tennis announcer Chris Fowler added some more details to the split. He says there was “tension” in the camp and that “Murray is in a difficult place.”

Each party commented on the split in a post on Murray’s website.

“Working with Andy over the last two years has been a fantastic experience for me”, said Lendl. “He is a first class guy. Having helped him achieve his goal of winning major titles, I feel like it is time for me to concentrate on some of my own projects moving forward including playing more events around the world which I am really enjoying. I will always be in Andy’s corner and wish him nothing but great success as he too goes into a new phase of his career.”

Murray similarly shared positive thoughts about Lendl.

“I’m eternally grateful to Ivan for all his hard work over the past two years, the most successful of my career so far. As a team, we’ve learned a lot and it will definitely be of benefit in the future. I’ll take some time with the team to consider the next steps and how we progress from here.”

I’m not sure how well Murray expected to perform coming off his back surgery, but he really should be easy on himself. It’s never easy to come back from something like that, particularly when you play a sport that requires so much energy and effort.

Andy Murray had to cut his hair for image purposes

Andy MurrayAndy Murray says he would like to wear his hair long the way he did when he first came on tour, but his people have prevented him from doing so for image purposes.

The Scotsman’s hair was somewhat curly and definitely frizzy, and fans called it a “mufro.”

“I liked that haircut but a lot of people don’t like it,” Murray said of his hair last week via the Daily Mail.

“They think that it’s messy and doesn’t look good so I’m not allowed to cut my hair like that unfortunately anymore. The tennis industry doesn’t like that sort of hair. They just like the standard short back and sides.”

Murray now keeps his hair cropped relatively tight, though it’s not exactly a buzz cut. Still, Murray, 26, says he plans to go back to his old hairstyle when he’s done with his playing career.

“When I finish playing I will have it done for sure.”

The current world No. 6 player, Murray took on the cleaner-cut image after signing with music mogul Simon Fuller’s management company. He has endorsement deals with adidas, Head and Swiss watchmaker Rado, among others.

Image purposes or not, I think Murray just looks better with the cleaner look. But maybe he thinks it makes him look more boring than he really is.

Then again, if you ever had your hair look this wild, you’d probably be sad to cut it too:

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Serena Williams, Jelena Jankovic get into it again (Video)

Jelena Jankovic Serena WilliamsSerena Williams and Jelena Jankovic got into it again Thursday during their quarterfinal match at the Dubai Championship over Jankovic supposedly serving before Williams was ready to receive.

Williams won the match 6-2, 6-2, and the issue came up when Jankovic was serving down 2-5 in the second set. Jankovic had an exchange with chair umpire Kader Nouni after saving a double-match point to make it 30-40. Williams seemed to hold Jankovic up before the serve, and Jankovic won the next point to make it deuce.

Williams did the same thing to Jankovic again before the next point. After Williams delayed her, Jankovic decided to take her time in response. She walked around the baseline before settling in to serve again. It was all pretty silly, but it was Jankovic’s way of showing she wouldn’t be controlled by Williams’ pace.

The two then exchanged words.

Beyond the Baseline believes Jankovic said, “You can take more time, it’s yours.”

“Do you want to do this again, Jelena?” Williams responded.

By “do this again,” Serena was likely referencing similar past incidents between them.

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Jankovic then exchanged words with Nouni again.

Serena went on to win the game and match, and she and Jelena talked at the net after shaking hands. Things seemed to be fine between the two. Jankovic even indicated that her issue was not with Serena, but with the chair umpire, who complained that she played too slowly and too quickly.

This sort of incident is nothing new for Jankovic and Serena. Last year at the Family Circle Cup the same thing happened. You can see the video below:

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Stan Wawrinka and Rafa Nadal share beautiful hug after match (Video)

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The mixed emotions of sadness and happiness, frustration and joy, pain and endurance were all evident when Stan Wawrinka and Rafa Nadal met at the net for a beautiful embrace following their final at the Australian Open on Sunday.

Wawrinka defeated Rafa in four sets, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, but the victory was a struggle in a number of ways. Rafa had a back injury that bothered him in the second set and resulted in him playing at much below his top level. Stan had to deal with the mental struggle of trying to defeat a wounded opponent. He lost a set, but he ultimately prevailed to win his first career grand slam. Yet, because he defeated an opponent who played half the match at half-strength, he couldn’t completely celebrate his win; it wouldn’t have been proper sportsmanship, nor is it a satisfying feeling to win in that manner.

All those emotions melted together for the beautiful hug the two shared after the match.

You could tell Nadal was saying “don’t worry” to Wawrinka, who was presumably apologetic for the way the match went down. And Nadal is right. Wawrinka was winning that match before Nadal’s back injury occurred. Not only that, but Stan also beat Tomas Berdych and Tommy Robredo … and he truly earned the title by finally conquering Novak Djokovic. He became the first player to ever beat Nadal and Djokovic in a major. Isn’t that enough right there?

For all that, Wawrinka should never look back at this title with anything other than pride and a sense of great accomplishment. He won the major and absolutely deserves it.