Andy Murray is said to be switiching from Fred Perry to K-Swiss. Fred Perry, the most prominent name in the history of British tennis, will not be the new clothing company of Murray in 2009. The 3 million dollar deal will be officially announced when Murray participates in an exhibition, including Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Over the offseason, Murray has been spending time in Miami and will be ready as ever to win his first grand slam, Jan. 19th, in Melbourne.
Six tournaments on the ATP tour are still searching for their big name sponsor. 2 of them are said to be inching closer and closer to reaching a deal, but the other 4 seem to be in trouble. Don't sweat it though, because all of the Masters Series, soon to be renamed 1000s, all are ready to go with sponsor in hand. "We continue to have encouraging discussions with a number of partners from different sectors," Kris Dent, a spokesman for the ATP tour has said. "We are in a fortunate position that as a business we can afford to take the time required to get the right kind of deal for the ATP. While clearly the current financial climate is an added challenge, we are very confident of finding the right kind of partner for the ATP and the right price for the ATP," Dent said.
Get your USA Fed Cup tickets soon. The tickets go on sale tomorrow, December 15th for the Fed Cup tie between the Americans and Argentina. When you buy your tickets you will not receive a seating assignment though, because the USTA is still creating the stadium and the seating layout.
Mardy Fish sure has had his hands full this year. He had great runs at Indian Wells and the US Open, married a Deal or No Deal model, and now has donated 30k for an after-school activities program at Pelican Island Elementary School. Fish, in Florida for his annual charity event, took time to greet and shake hands with the Student and Staff of Pelican Island. 24th ranked Fish is hoping to win back that money with a good run at the Australian Open, Jan. 19th, where he lost in the 3rd round in 2008.
He might not have OFFICIALLY announced his retirement yet, but Mark Phillippoussis sure has been MIA the last 2/3 years. Rattled by injuries, Phillippoussis is now very close to announcing his official retirment. In his very long "offseason", or you could call it the last few years, Phillippoussis has starred on a cancelled reality show about his search for a relationship. Nothing seems to be going to well for this man.
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