In the past week, the Middle East has caused some drama in the tennis world. As you all know, Shahar Peer was denied a visa to play in the Bar lay Dubai Tennis Championships. Now, the ITF is calling off a tournament in Pakistan due to violence. The main concern was that the junior tournament was in the wake of the attacks on the Sri Lankan cricket team. Luca Santilli added that the postponing of the tournament was partly due to the vibe in the area. “It was more the general atmosphere in the country, the general security in the country,” said Santilli who has not announced a new date for the tournament, set to feature top juniors from ages 13 to 18.
Roger Federer has been seen out and about with Darren Cahill, who has been rumored to be the new coach of the Swiss. Cahill, who is now a tennis analyst for ESPN may have found a second job as the coach for the world number 2. The two working together has been called a "trial," and both reps have denied the association. Cahill has previously worked with Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi.
Argentina's top two players, Juan Martin del Potro and David Nalbandian, will not be participating in Argentina's effort to one-up there 2008 Davis Cup performance. Martin Vassallo Arguello will replace Nalbandian. Other well known stars competing for Argentina are Juan Ignacio Chela and Juan Monaco.
Serving up the topics for you to discuss,