Federer called for "zero tolerance" and told reporters at the Stuttgart tournament: "It doesn't matter if they did it on purpose or not -- I don't really see the difference.
You need to know what goes into your body, you have to be 100 percent sure of what's going on, if you're not, you're going to be damned."Nadal's initial reaction, while strong, was later tempered.
There’s no way she can play at the moment, but I also feel that one extra match would have made it really worse and put Wimbledon in danger, but I think she stopped at exactly the right moment.” “If she had played and been unable to serve normally, she would have risked making the injury much worse. “I can’t say she was 100 per cent because she has been fitter than she was here, but coming from where she was it’s unbelievable that she was able to play like that.
With two or three more weeks I think she would have been 100 per cent.” Mouratoglou admitted that even he had doubted Williams’ motivation a few months ago but said that she had worked harder than he had ever seen in recent weeks.
“I won’t know until I get those results,” Williams said when asked if she had any idea when she would be able to train or play again. This is so painful.’ “I don’t really know how to manage it yet.
“I’m going to stay here and see some of the doctors here, see as many specialists as I can.” She added: “I have never had this before. When you have an injury that you have had before, you can kind of manage it. I can only take solace in the fact I’m going to continue to get better.
Maria Sharapova knows how to stick a massive serve, but she also knows a thing or two about hitting a nerve.
She demonstrated that again the other day at the Italian Open where, after a brief hit with Rafael Nadal on a practice court, she posted on Twitter, "Had two minutes on the court with the GOAT, was so nervous."The tweet predictably ignited a social media flame war between fans of Roger Federer and Nadal, whose followers are about as antagonistic toward each other as the fellas themselves are companionable.
Like Nadal, she has a special place in her heart for the French Open.
Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams’ coach, is hoping that the American’s decision to pull out of the French Open will have helped her chances of playing at Wimbledon.
Williams withdrew from Roland Garros just minutes before she was due to face Maria Sharapova in the fourth round here on Monday. She was playing better and better and the last match against Julia Goerges was very satisfying.
“Now I don’t doubt at all that her motivation level is the maximum I’ve seen,” he said.
“That might sound strange, but for her to come back is a big thing. She’s a mum, she wants to spend time with her family, she’s happy with that life.