Monday, March 12, 2012
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Tennis News Honors
BNP Paribas as 2011 Persons of the Year
Rafael Nadal's win on Stadium One in Indian Wells, California Sunday,
Tennis News honored BNP Paribas as the 2011 Persons of the Year.
Steve Bellamy, the
inaugural Person of the Year in 2005, presented the award to Michele
Sicard, Head of Corporate Communications at BNP Paribas Americas, and
commented on the significant financial support BNP Paribas has given
tennis over the last 40 years in such events as the French Open, ITF
Davis Cup, ITF Fed Cup and even title sponsorship of the Indian Wells
event. In addition, BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis, the recent BNP Paribas
Showdown at Madison Square Garden in New York, the Fed Cup Heart Awards
and Master U’ BNP Paribas are among other BNP Paribas contributions to
"The strategy of
sports sponsorship has done much to develop the Group’s reputation in
France and abroad. The relationship between BNP Paribas and tennis is
mutually beneficial, but it is above all a story of passion," says
Antoine Sire, Director of Brand, Communication and Quality at BNP
Eight Players at
Indian Wells Drop Out Claiming Illness
statement from the Eisenhower Medical Center Public Relations
Department, a local hospital serving the Indian Wells and surrounding
area reported an area- wide virus resulting in nausea, vomiting, fever
and subsequent diarrhea. It is transmitted by air and direct contact and
not passed via food. Eight players have dropped out of the tournament
claiming similar conditions.
Than Perfect Start in 2012 Doesn’t Bother Djokovic
is never a doubt with Novak Djokovic as the Serb works to try and
duplicate much of his success from last season on the ATP. The top seed
got off to a fast start at the Indian Wells Masters, one of ten events
he won in a superlative 2011.
"I think there was
always belief in me that I could actually do it," the 24-year-old said
of his success. "I went through the tough times where I didn't know
really if I can make it, if I can overcome two biggest rivals and two
most dominant players in the game in last seven, eight years (Roger
Federer and Rafael Nadal)."
Wozniacki differ on Roadmap
Sharapova, who will be 25 next month, is at the point her career when
she has no desire to add tournaments to her already fairly full
schedule. Caroline Wozniacki, 21, is not. The Dane says that the WTA
Roadmap, which defines tournament entry and player obligation rules, is
restricting her too much.
Lost Early in Indian Wells and Asked Himself, “What Happened?”
Murray was pondering his game after a shock opening match exit at the
Indian Wells Masters, with the fourth seed concerned about a 6-4, 6-2
defeat to Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. It was the second year of huge
disappointment for the Scot, who was stunned by American Donald Young at
the event a year ago.
"Coming back to the
locker room, you are thinking "how did this happen,'" he said. "Last
year, mentally I probably wasn't in the right place (after losing the
Australian Open final). I didn't play well here and in Miami and it took
a lot of hard work to turn that around."