Disqualified: Capriati Charged with Stalking,...
Grand slam champion and former golden girl of tennis, Jennifer Capriati was charged with battery and stalking her ex-boyfriend. [[MORE]] Capriati and her ex, Ivan Brannan, split last year, but he alleges that Capriati has been harassing and stalking him since then. Brannan was unsuccessful in obtaining a restraining order against Capriati last August. According to reports, he told police...
FCC v. Comcast: Time Violation
Last fall, I blogged about the case brought by Tennis Channel and the FCC against Comcast, alleging discrimination against the tennis network. The FCC ordered Comcast to provide equal treatment to the network, but the D.C. Circuit Court granted a stay of implementation, holding that the Commission did not have authority to issue this order. Now, TC and the FCC are facing another hurdle: the...
Roddick Goes to the Court
Andy Roddick is filing suit after checks paid to him for playing an exhibition match in September bounced. [[MORE]] Roddick is bringing suit against Miracle Match Foundation for breach of contract, fraud and theft. Tennis.com reports that, “He also sued WKP Sports and Entertainment LLC, which Miracle Match contracted to put on the event. “Plaintiffs, through their legal...
Tennis Players Take on Lance Armstrong Controversy
The news of Lance Armstrong’s confession to using performance enhancing drugs is being heard all around the world. Tennis players, competing in the Australian Open, have also weighed in on this controversy. [[MORE]] Tennis players are no strangers themselves to the invasive nature of drug testing. They are randomly tested at tournaments and the off-season alike, and 4 AM wake up calls...
Update on Bob Hewitt's Hall of Fame Legacy
Earlier this year, I wrote a blog post about the Hall of Fame investigating allegations of doubles champion Bob Hewitt sexually abusing girls he coached. Over the summer, the Hall of Fame hired lawyers to look into these claims. Additionally, the Hall of Fame was tasked with decision of whether or not to strip Hewitt of his Hall of Fame status. [[MORE]] According to Tennis.com, “The Hall...
With Roddick's Help, ITF Reduces Doping Ban
In May 2012, Bulgarian tennis player Dimitar Kutrovsky was banned for 2 years, after he tested positive for a banned stimulant, methylhexaneamine at the SAP Open in Februrary. On October 12, Kutrovsky’s ban was reduced to 15 months due, in part, to testimony from Andy Roddick. Roddick testified via a phone call on August 30, 2012 (the day he announced his retirement from professional...
FCC Affirms Decision; Rules in Favor of Tennis... →
I recently wrote a blog for Cardozo’s Arts & Entertainment Law Journal about the FCC ruling regarding the Comcast v. Tennis Channel case. Check it out at the link above!
Andy Roddick Retires from Professional Tennis
I remember the first time I watched Andy Roddick play tennis. In 2004, as a 14 year old, I was unimpressed by his reputation as being a brash, flashy young tennis player who won the US Open at the age of 21. But one day in June, while watching the Wimbledon final, I realized “this guy is pretty good.” And suddenly, I found myself drawn to the young American, ranked #2 in the world,...
Tennis Referee Arrested for Felony Murder
Sometimes umpires are in the wrong. On Tuesday, Lois Goodman, 70, was issued a felony arrest warrant from prosecutors in Los Angeles. Prosecutors alleged she murdered her husband four months earlier. This morning, The New York Times reported that she was arrested in her Manhattan hotel, where she was staying prior to the U.S. Open, which begins on Monday. [[MORE]] Goodman has been a line judge...
Tennis Channel Wins Dispute v. Comcast
The Tennis Channel (TTC), which was founded in 2003, was engaged in disputes with Comcast since September, 2011 regarding a proposal TTC made with the National Cable Television Cooperative. The agreement demanded a fee increase, and a request for TTC to be moved from the optional sports package to the digital basic package. The tennis network, which showed complete coverage of Grand Slams,...
Ad-Out: Tipsarevic Against Equal Prize Money
Another tennis player has joined Gilles Simon in expressing his opinion that women tennis players do not deserve equal prize money as the men. And, like Gilles Simon, he is also facing criticism for the comments he has made. This time, it is Serbian Janko Tipsarevic who made the controversial comments. While giving an interview with a German newspaper, the following exchange (loosely...
King of Wimbledon
Roger Federer won his 7th Wimbledon title (tying Pete Sampras) and 17th Grand Slam on Sunday, beating Brit Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4. The British fans excitedly cheered on their countryman in the final, who was the first Brit to reach the championship stage of the tournament in decades. Fans had plenty to cheer about throughout the first two sets, in which Murray took an early lead and...
Wimbledon Champion: Serena Williams
LUCKY NUMBER 7. Congratulations to Serena Williams! Competing in her seventh final at the Wimbledon Championships, Serena took home her fifth Wimbledon title, tying her sister, Venus (who will join her later in the day for the women’s doubles championships), and winning her 14th Glad Slam title. Tweeted Tennis.com journalist, Matt Cronin earlier in the day, “Something that...
Point Penalty: Tennis Hall of Fame Investigates...
Bob Hewitt, one of the greatest doubles players in the world (he won 15 Grand Slam mixed doubles and doubles tournaments) is facing allegations of sexual abuse from women he coached in the United States and South Africa from 1970-1990. [[MORE]] Hewitt, a South African, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992. Last year, 5 women came forward with claims of sexual abuse. The Hall of Fame...
Double Fault: Simon Against Equal Prize Money
Gilles Simon is at it again. Days after making a comment arguing against equal prize money for men and women, Simon stands his ground, albeit on shaky footing. [[MORE]] In 2007, Wimbledon became the last Grand Slam (joining the Australian Open, the French Open and the U.S. Open) tournament to offer equal prize money to both men and women. During an interview after his first-round win at...
Breaking Point: Nalbandian Faces Assault Charges
Tennis players are no strangers to dealing with controversy and outbursts on a tennis court. Serena- US Open 2011. Youzhny – Smashing his racquet against his head. John McEnroe. Something all three have in common is the global interest (and infamy) these actions brought to them. Add David Nalbandian to that list. [[MORE]]Two weeks ago, Nalbandian was playing in a warm-up tournament to...