FINA Suspends Mexican Federation

FINA, the global federation which oversees every professional world swimming event has announced that they’ve banned the Mexican Federation from attending any events concerning FINA for the coming decade. This “Temporarily Ban” could be increased depending on how FINA feels in the upcoming years. This harsh punishment is due to the fact that Mexico dropped out of hosting the 2017 World Championships in Guadalajara, this in turn caused for a two-year delay in the championships. The new World Championships will be held in Budapest in 2018.


Guadalajara states that due to financial failings they could not hold these championships. These financial failings were due to a lack of oil being sold in the region during 2015 Spring. Even though Guadalajara has come back from those failings, they’ve now caused for the country as a whole to look like an embarrassment.

There is no information regarding if Mexican swimmers will be able to attend the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympics. FINA, knowing their harsh tone towards countries whom falter against their obligations those swimmers won’t have the right to attend these events anymore. This could be a good this on those swimmers behalves due to the immensely polluted waters that all swimmers at this years summers Olympics will have to endure.

Whatever happens with Mexico’s swimmers in the coming years, you can be ensured it’ll have nothing to do with global events for the next decade. Whomever wishes to find out more information regarding FINA & what they plan to do regarding Mexico’s ability to participate in the 2016 Olympics can stay tuned.

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Nishikori Ready to Beat Djokovic

In the 2014 U. S Open, it was Nishikori who stunned Djokovic in the semi-finals, Kei Nishikori has now reached the quarterfinals of the 2016 Australian Open and is ready for his opportunity to upset number one ranked Novak Djokovic.

Seventh ranked Nishikori is ready to beat Djokovic again, since the match the Serbian has beaten the Japanese player four times, at the 2014 ATP World Tour Finals, 2014 BNP Paribas Mater, Internazionali BNL d’Italia in 2015 and the 2015 ATP World Tour Finals.

Nishikori said when they played in London, Djokovic kind of destroyed him and it was never an easy match for him, but now the conditions is different and he hope he can make changes to his play, as it would give him confidence to play against Djokovic.


28 year old Djokovic won three Grand Slams in 2015, including the Australian Open, U.S Open and Wimbledon and lost the final of the French Open to Stan Wawrinka. Still Djokovic took home 11 titles last season and won in Doha to start-off 2016, crashing Rafael Nadal in the final.

Nishikori said that he thinks the biggest thing is that Djokovic doesn’t miss and also never gives points away, Nishikori knows he will have to be the one to dictate, he thinks Djokovic serves well and that too counts towards making him a though player to beat.

Djokovic hopes he can keep going after defeating Gilles Simon on Sunday; he now looks forward to meeting number 7 ranked Kei Nishikori, who defeated the number 9 ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsongo. Djokovic’s 100 unforced errors were the most startling statistic of the day, he expected a tough game against Simon, but could not remember such a high number of errors. In terms of the level that he played, he says it’s a match to forget.

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Zhang Qualifies Into the Fourth Round & Latest on Raonic, Ferrer & Wawrinka


The latest updates from the Australian Open on Saturday include Chinese player Shang Shuai’s unexpected run that continues in Australia, as she went on to win her third main draw match at Melbourne Park, defeating Varvara Lepchenko from America to reach the fourth round. After defeating number 2 ranked Simona Halep in the second round Zhang now faces Madison Keys, currently ranked number 15, for a spot in the quarterfinals.

Andy Murray is through to the 16th round after defeating Joao Sousa from Portugal, second seeded Murray converted six of nine breakpoints and served 13 aces in his victory, he won all seven times he and Sousa played including the 2013 and 2015 Australian Opens. Murray is striving to become the first man to win a Grand Slam after losing in four finals in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015.

For the sixth consecutive year David Ferrer is back in the 16th round of the Australian Open and as the 8th seeded, the Spaniard ended Lleyton Hewitt’s career in the 2nd round on Saturday. Ferrer broke Johnsons four times in their match and never had to face a break point on his own serve, his next game is against yet another American player when he faces John Isner in the fourth round.

Victory over Lucas Rosal in the third round gave Stan Wawrinka victory in his 400th tour level match. It is the fourth year for Wawrinka in a row to make it to the 4th round at Melbourne Park. Last year he made it to the semi-finals and lost eventually to champion Novak Djokovic. Wawrinka now faces Milos Raonic in the fourth round match.

Milos Raonic dedicated his victory in the third round to the victims in the Canada shooting which left four people dead. Viktor Troicki a 25-year-old Canadian player said it was a difficult day back home.

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Federer Rolls into Quarterfinals at Australian Open


At the Australian Opens, third ranked Roger Federer ensured himself a relatively early night on the Rod Laver Arena, by beating David Goffin in a match of 1 hour and 28 minutes, finishing up shortly after midnight to advance to the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park. Federer, a four time Australian Open champion only got on court by 10:45 due to two late finishing matched and a delayed start to the night games. Federer will now face number 6th ranked Thomas Berdych in the quarterfinals.


Tomas Berdych defeated the number 29 ranked Nick Kyrgios to finish off Friday play on the Rod Laver Arena; the win advances him to the fourth round at Melbourne Park for the sixth consecutive year. Berdych reached the Wimbledon semi-finals in 2010 and the semi-finals at the last two Australian Open tournaments.

David Ferrer just reached the 16th round for the sixth consecutive year and is facing John Isner an American player in the next round.

Sunday play had several highlights including Nishikori now looking forward to face Djokovic in the quarterfinals. Agnieszka Radwanksa has advanced to the quarterfinals after victory over Anna –Lena Friedsman who suffered from severe cramping.

Tomas Berdych lasted longer than that of Roberto Bautista Agut during five sets to get to the quarterfinals for the 6th consecutive year. Ranked as number six, Berdych reached the semi-finals last year then lost to Murray. His next opponent was to be the winner of the match between David Goffin and Roger Federer, so after the almost one and a half hour match he can start looking forward to his match against Roger Federer who is currently ranked number 3. All eyes will be on this match to see if Thomas Berdych ranked number 6 could also outlast Federer in the quarter finals.

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No Second Thoughts from Hewitt

Lleyton Hewitt stood on Rod Laver Arena after his final singles match to watch a video played on the big screen with messages from Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray. It ended with Nick Kyrgios declaring his mentor of the past six months to be the best player in Australia and suggesting he should reconsider his retirement.

Thirty four year old Hewitt was asked in the press conference if he had any second thoughts, his three children was seated beside him as he responded that he has been set on hanging up his racquet, he felt he got the most out of his body and have pushed himself to the limit. Hewitt is now looking forward to the next phase, helping the next guys including Nick.

Lleyton Hewitt

Hewitt spent the past 12 months building up to this moment, since he announced last year that his 20th successive Australian Open would also be his last. He enjoyed a special farewell tour, which saw him lead Australia to the semi-finals in the Davis Cup, playing memorable doubles alongside Sam Groth against the Murray brothers. He got out with a great ovation at Wimbledon, US Open, and a special on court ceremony at the Barclays ATP World Tour finals. His final came on the Rod Laver Arena, which is where he enjoyed some of this most momentous wins and biggest battles.

Hewitt said he has been extremely fortunate to have had such a great career, and that he had the opportunity to go out on his own terms. He said many other athletes do not have that opportunity and the coaches normally make the decisions of whether they play or finish their careers.

The journey is not over for Hewitt, before he fully assumes his role as the Australian Davis Cup captain there was still at least one more match left to play, the men’s doubles second round with Sam Groth against Henri Kontinen and John Peers on Friday.

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Isner Reaches Second Week in Australian Open

It is the first time since 2010 that Isner makes it to the second week at the Australian Tennis Open, the American defeated 18th ranked Lopez on Saturday.

Isner said it’s been a while since he reached the 16th round at the Australian Open tournament and it feel great, he was clearly relieved to get through and now wants to keep going. What counts in his favour is that he has had one of the biggest serves on tour and had 44 aces against Lopez; this increased his tournament-leading total to 101 through 3 rounds.


The 6 foot 10 Isner has enjoyed an upswing in his game since hiring Justin Gimelstob as his coach and his ranking has climbed to number 11 plus he now reached round 16. Isner said he feel like he has gotten better as a tennis player and that it was not so much things he is doing different, he is still working hard but has a different mindset and belief. It was that belief that was evident when he dropped the first set tiebreaker to Lopez.

Isner is playing some of his best tennis in his career at age 30 and is one of 13 men over 30 to reach the third round at the Australian Open, the most since 1977. On Monday, he is facing David Ferrer.

On Saturday the American player Steve Johnson lost to Ferrer, Isner’s commitment has not diminished and he could be more dangerous than ever. Johnson agrees that his sense of urgency is higher, he does not have that many years left in him and he realises that. All eyes are now on Isner as he faces Federer on Monday and many wonder how dangerous his lightning serve is going to be.

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Halep to Undergo Nasal Operation

Simona Halep is set to undergo surgery to eradicate health problems affecting her performance over the last few weeks. Ranked as number 2, Simona suffered a first-round defeat after she received a beating from Zhang Shuai at the Australian Open.

Simona will miss next week’s Fed Cup match against a motivated Czech Republic, including this year’s Doha as well as Dubai tournaments, but she hopes to return in time to defend her crown in the Indian Wells tournament in March. Following medical advice, she will undergo surgery in the next few days, she said it was the most frustrating periods for personally her, she has been unable to stay healthy or train. She also posted on Facebook that she has been suffering from infections in her nose, ear, and stomach since the start of the year. Due to constantly being on antibiotics, training was difficult.

Simona Halep

Halep said she gave the Australian Open her best shot, but the infection currently present in her body unfortunately made her situation worse as she pushed herself to compete in a Grand Slam. She will now undergo surgery in order to deal with the ongoing problem with her nose and has received advice that success is most likely. She agreed to take it slow, but still hopes she would have recovered in time to resume training and have the chance to compete in the Indian Wells to defend her title.

Zhang beat Simone Halep 6-4, 6-3 and that was a story in itself as Zhang is rated number 133 and defeated the world number 2 ranked Simona Halep in straight sets in the first round of the Australian Open. Zhang made her way into a main draw 14 times and never got a win, she has not won a set in the majors since Wimbledon 2011. Now she was famous and celebrated her victory while clutching a ticket to the second round.

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Australian Open Quarterfinals Radwanska, Williams, Navarro


For the fifth time in six years, Radwanska advanced to the quarterfinals in the Australian Open. Fourth ranked Agnieszka Radwanska advanced after defeating Anna-Lena Friedman. Friedman suffered from cramps only to later receive a time warning and then a point penalty. Radwanska later clinched the match despite trailing 5 -2 in the final set to follow by playing the winner of Sunday night’s match between Daria Gavrilova and Carla Suarez Navarro.

Tenth ranked Carla Suarez Navarro recovered after a slow start to win against Daria Gavrilova, the Spitzer through to the quarterfinals where she will play Agnieszka Radwanska.

Novak Djokovic advanced to the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the 27th successive time after his victory over Gilles Simon. Djokovic, despite its 100 unforced errors reached the final eight where he now faces a match against Kei Nishikori.

Six-time defending champion Serena Williams is through to the quarterfinals after a win over Margarita Gasparyan in a match that lasted 55 minutes in the Rod Laver Arena. Williams lost her service in the opening game, but found her strength to set up a rematch of last year’s final with Sharapova, who defeated Bencic in the preceding match.

Ana Ivanovic’s coach and Andy Murray’s father in law is expected to be released from hospital only one day after he collapsed during the third round match of Ivanovic. He has also been cleared to return to the United Kingdom in a day or two. His medical condition stopped Ivanovic’s match although Murray could finish his match in the Margaret Court Arena, before checking on Sears. He did not stay for interviews, but gave a few autographs before leaving the court. His wife Kim is due to give birth to their first child next month and he already said that he would miss a match gladly to be present at the birth.

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Nadal Crashes Out Of Australian Open


In one of the major upsets of the tournament, Rafael Nadal unexpectedly left the Australian Open tennis tournament yesterday after suffering a first-round defeat in Melbourne at the hands of Fernando Verdasco.

In a first ever, the former world number one was defeated in the opening stages of the championship after a slump that saw him lose in five sets 7 – 6, 4 – 6, 3 – 6, 7 – 6, 6 – 2 to his fellow countryman. Nadal is unlikely to have looked forward to meeting this early in the championship with Verdasco considering he lost two of their past three matchups.


Yesterday he dropped a very important tie-breaker on their opening set, which he managed to rally back from after the 14 Grand Slam title holder authoritatively stamped his control on the match by winning the next two sets comfortably, before suffering a dramatic collapse in form during the closing stages.

Seemingly, Nadal’s nerves failed during the fourth set after a severe testing by Verdasco’s courageous approach, this saw Nadal concede another important break that he later managed to reverse and retake Verdasco’s. The final writing on the wall was when the 2009 champ conceded the last set after another tie-breaker.

This forced the two into a final and dramatic decider, where Nadal broke through again to take an early 2 – 0 match lead, he finally broke unable to add one more game after Verdasco propelled a barrage of accurate forehands forcing the fifth-ranked and one of the tournament favourites for the final towards his first early exit.

This latest defeat represents Nadal with a worrying setback in his attempt to break his extended barren spell that saw him lose his number one ranking by failing to win a single Grand Slam since the French Open in 2014.

An unbelieving Verdasco who hit 90 total outright winning strikes of which 41 were forehands, said in a post-match interview that he just started hitting everything. He thought that he played an unbelievable game in the fifth set from after the break and that he does not know how he just started striking winners. He said he just closed his eyes when he came into the net, he just kept repeating the process, which went well in the end.

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Murray Dismisses Groth


Andy Murray, four-time runner-up in Melbourne appeared to be in superior form during his dismissal of Australia’s Sam Groth from the second round of the Australian Open tournament.

With this latest victory at appears Andy Murray has taken an intense liking to seeing Australian tennis players defeated, have recorded 17 wins in 17 matches against Australian tennis players on the tour. His loss to Nick Kyrgios at the recent Hopman Cup in Perth is nullified, since the tournament does not form an official part of the tour, with no ranking points counting toward tour standings.


Murray claimed victory in his Thursday match against Sam Groth looking positively imperious in his destruction of the Australian to finally beat him in 6 – 0 6 – 4 6 – 1. Sam Groth the man with the biggest serve in tennis had his major weapon neutralised with the excellence of the Brit number one’s returns. The big Australian had his attacking serve and volley play ransacked by the laser -like focus of the Scotsman’s passing returns, with big Sam nary having a look-see at Murray’s serve.

Murray’s 17th straight Australian victim managed at least one serve break during his second set when Murray had a slight break in concentration, which for short period of time gave the crowd a reason to cheer that might have granted Groth an unwarranted reason to hope. The fast rising star of the Scotsman was determined not to be dimmed in his quest to achieve his first Australian Open Grand Slam title victory after four unsuccessful attempts.

One of Murray’s most visible character traits also responsible in making him the ever-improving champion he is, is the Scot’s capacity to take on players at their own strong points and out-play them at their own game. It once again became apparent when Murray out-aced Groth 10 to 6, which strikes doubt into the mind and heart of his opponent when serves that normally score aces come booming back well out of reach. The effect rightfully gives an opponent a cause for worry, which in turn leaves Andy free allowing him to concentrate on serving his own aces and perfect deliveries.

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