During a television interview, the three-time Wimbledon champion said he had the facelift in an attempt to maintain his fresh-faced look.
Asked by the show’s host how he managed to look so good, Becker replied: “It’s a dark arena here so you don’t see my wrinkles. I also had a facelift recently and I colored my hair. . . I turned 43 this week and winning Wimbledon was 25 years ago, and I do feel very much like I’m 43 right now.
Former French Open semi-finalist Dominik Hrbaty has announced his retirement at the age of 32. The Slovak reached a career-high No. 12 and won six singles events, and although his last title came way back in 2004 he reached the final of the Paris Masters in 2006. His ranking has now fallen to 417 and he has been so off the radar in recent months, even years, that the ATP World Tour has not updated his profile since 2007.
In July, Hrbaty married former top 10 pro Nicole Vaidisova, also a former semi-finalist at Roland Garros, at Prague Castle, and with parenthood imminent he decided now was the right time to quit. "I'm looking forward to a new chapter," he said. "I want to spend more time with my family, we're expecting a baby late December."
Canada’s Aleksandra Wozniak will miss the Australian Open and two other tournaments because of injury. Wozniack did not disclose her /latest injury, but she has been hampered this year by tendinitis in her forearm.
“One thing is for sure, my 2010 season was a trying and challenging one right to the end,” Wozniak said. “I am a tennis player, the sport is my passion and I am at my best on a tennis court, so I am very anxious to get back once and for all in full health. The good news is that my training was going well and I am confident that I will be able to return at my best once I am completely healthy again.”
Wozniak had been ranked as high as 21st in the world, but poor play and injuries in 2010 have dropped her to 126th.
Lleyton Hewitt, who is back training after an injury-enforced lay-off, announced that he will be working with former coach Tony Roche.
“I have been discussing this with Rochey for a few months now prior to him accepting the job as Australian Davis Cup coach, and when he asked me about taking that role with Pat, I thought that would work in well with what we were planning for myself,” the two-time major winner said.
“Basically I will be working in conjunction with Tennis Australia, and have Rochey as my main coach and at other times through the year work with Josh Eagle, who is one of the Davis Cup squad coaches. We will be really taking a team approach into next year, with Rochey being at the major events and Josh being an integral part at other times. “
The ITF has announced the team nominations for the 2010 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Final between Serbia and France in Belgrade on December 3-5. The official Davis Cup website, www.daviscup.com and www.daviscup.com/es, will provide comprehensive coverage of the Final, featuring live scoring, reports, photographs, audio interviews, live radio coverage and live streaming.
WORLD GROUP FINAL SERBIA v FRANCE
Venue: Belgrade Arena, Belgrade, Serbia
Captain: Bogdan Obradovic
Captain: Guy Forget
Defending champion Serena Williams will miss January’s Australian Open after the 29 year-old who has been inactive competitively since winning Wimbledon in July has opted to give herself even more time to recover from foot surgery.
As previously reported in Daily Tennis News, Williams has also withdrawn from the year- opening Hopman Cup in Perth and the former world no.1’s next projected comeback date would appear to be the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami in March.
"As I continue to rehabilitate my foot after the second surgery last month, it is with the utmost regret that I am withdrawing from the Hopman Cup and the 2011 Australian Open Championships," said Serena who initially received the injury treading on broken glass in a Munich bar.
"As I recently learned, pushing myself back into my intense training too early only caused me further injury and damage.”
There have been a series of projected comeback dates that have been aborted and recently Serena was photographed at a Miami Dolphins football game again wearing a surgical boot to protect the foot.
Williams reportedly suffered "further injury and damage" after returning to intense training following the second operation on her foot in October. She continued: "While I desperately want to be back on the court and competing in the first grand slam tournament of the year, it is imperative for my health that I continue to work with my doctors to ensure my foot heals properly.
"This decision, though heavy on my heart, is the right one. I am praying for a healthy recovery and I promise my Aussie fans and my fans around the world that I will be back better than ever as soon as I can be."
Roger Federer’s victory at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London didn’t just put him on a par with Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras as the only three men to have won the year-ending men’s event five times. It has also boosted his appetite to go on winning prestigious titles for many years to come.
Federer turns 30 next year and insists the London Olympic Games at Wimbledon in 2012 is no longer his cut off date. Indeed he does not rule out the possibilities of carrying on until the Rio de Janeiro Olympiad four years later.
The Swiss admitted: “I will be 35 in 2016. I haven't thought that far yet and I don't even know what surface they'll play it on, whether it's going to be clay or hard court. I hope in some ways, 2012 is not my last just because I like to play for so long. For an Olympics, I definitely could get up for that, no problem.
“I've always had something special happening at all the Olympics. It's changed how other athletes look at me today at the Olympics. I can barely do the opening ceremonies as the other athletes eat me up as I wait inside. I'm happy to go through with it because for me it's a dream to be a part of the Olympic spirit and everything it stands for. I like being there.”
Federer believes the addition of Paul Annacone to his coaching set-up is already reaping dividends. The Swiss had become a little disenchanted with his results leading up to his alliance with the American former coach of Pete Sampras and Tim Henman following Wimbledon.
“After having somewhat of a disappointing clay season, then Halle, Wimbledon stretch, where I wasn't able to win any tournaments and didn't play my best tennis,” said Federer. “I played a bit passive. It was important that I was able to pick up my game.
"I started moving better, started feeling well physically and mentally. I'm sure Paul has helped in this regard.”
Elation was dominating Federer’s mind as he looked to the future, both short and long term. When asked how many more years he intended to compete he answered: “As long as I can. As long as I'm healthy, eager and motivated; which I clearly am.
I've played ten full seasons in my career. In nine of them I made the World Tour finals. So I've always had obviously long and exhausting seasons. But I seem to, enjoy it and take pleasure out of traveling the world, playing against the best, challenging myself in practice and so forth.
“So it's been an amazing career for myself. At the moment I have no plans at all of stopping, quitting or whatever you want to call it. Hope I can play for many more years to come. It's a goal. I think it's possible
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