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Federer Becomes Oldest Number One

February 16, 2018 — Roger Federer has become the sport’s oldest new top dog, after having defeated Robin Haase during the quarterfinals of Rotterdam today, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1. 

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Roger Federer ascends to number one in the ATP rankings on Monday, becoming the oldest player to reach that spot in the history of the game. He is pictured here, after winning in Indian Wells, Calif., last year. Photo credit tennisclix.com

“This one means the most to me, 36 almost 37. I can’t believe it,” Federer told fans.

Federer first reached number over 18 years ago in 2004. He also has held the top ranking for a non-consecutive 303 weeks, a record. Andre Agassi had been the oldest man, at 31, to hold the top ranking. 

With his ascension, Rafael Nadal falls to number-two in world by an ever-so-slight margin: 9785 (Federer), 9760 (Nadal).

“That’s a pretty close margin between these two great players,” Lindsey Davenport said, calling the match on Tennis Channel. 

“Thank you for being the great guy you are,” Richard Krajicek, tournament director, said on court. Krajicek won Wimbledon in 1996.

The 2018 edition of the Australian Open has come and gone. Roger Federer hoisted his 20th Grand Slam trophy, and sixth Australian Open title, while Caroline Wozniacki lifted her first. To read all the stories published during the fortnight, click here.

Tennis News by Jane Voigt at TheSportsHaven.com 

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Roger Federer, BNP Paribas Open, 2017. Federer has 1000 points to defend his at this Indian Wells Masters tournament, which begins March 8, 2018.

Roger Federer: Tennis’s Miracle at the Australian Open and Beyond.
January 29, 2018 

Tennis Thoughts: Can The Big Four Bounce Back? December 1, 2017

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Rafael Nadal (left) and Roger Federer, during the awards ceremony at Indian Wells, 2017. Federer beat Nadal to win his 5th title in the desert. 

By Jane Voigt

December 1, 2017 — Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal had spectacular seasons. They each won two Grand Slams; and, they ended the year ranked one and two respectively for the eighth time in their careers. However, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray skirted almost half the season due to injuries. Can they pick up where they left off and help lift the Big Four to its acquired status? If not, will we see the Golden Era of Men’s Tennis come to a close? 

Jana Novotna: Smooth and Graceful on Court; Dead at 49. November 22, 2017

By Jane Voigt

November 23, 2017 — Jana Novotna’s grace and brilliance in doubles won her the Wimbledon Singles Championship in 1998. But five years earlier, she had come within two games of that same title, losing her direction and the match only to create one of the most enduring moments in sport during the 1990s: She cried on the shoulder of The Duchess of Kent, during the awards ceremony. Novotna died three days ago of cancer. She was 49.

WTA Triumph: Women’s Tennis Won Big in 2017. November 10, 2017

By Jane Voigt

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Sloane Stephens celebrates her U.S. Open title, after defeating friend and fellow American, Madison Keys
6-3, 6-0. This was Stephens’ first Grand Slam victory. 

November 10, 2017 - You may have watched more men’s tennis matches in 2017 just because it was so darn hard to find women’s matches on television or through any other electronic means. However, when compared, nothing surpassed the drama, athleticism or heartwarming comebacks witnessed on the WTA Tour this year. Photo credits Leslie Billman tennisclix.com. 

Singapore’s WTA Finals Drenched with Drama, Missed by Millions. October 30, 2017

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By Jane Voigt

October 30, 2017 — Caroline Wozniacki (right) won her biggest title at the WTA Finals in Singapore, October 29, defeating Venus Williams, whom she had never beaten in 7 attempts. Too bad thousands and perhaps millions of tennis fans couldn’t see it. That tragedy rests directly on the shoulders of the WTA. Photo credit Karla Kinne tennisclix.com. 

Martina Hingis Retires From Tennis, Again

By Jane Voigt

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Chan Yung-Jan (left) and Martina Hingis during the 2017 U.S. Open. They won the title, defeating Lucie Hradecka and Katerina Siniakova. Photo credit Leslie Billman tennisclix.com.

October 26, 2017 — Martina Hingis announced today she would retire from tennis at the conclusion of the WTAFinals in Singapore, October 29. 

Her career was marked with two other 'retirements'. The first was due to a heel injury Hingis blamed on her Adidas tennis shoes. The second was a two-year suspension by the International Tennis Federation, after testing positive for cocaine in 2007. 

“I think now it’s definite,” Hingis said, according to The New York Times. “It’s different now. I walked away [before], thinking I might come back. I think it’s the right thing to do."

Nonetheless, the 37-year-old always bounced back and will end her career with a total of 43 WTA singles titles and 64 WTA doubles titles. She holds the honor of being the youngest Grand Slam champion in history, having won women's doubles at Wimbledon when she was 15. She won a silver medal in doubles at the 2016 Olympics, as well. 

“Looking back now,” Hingis wrote on her Facebook page, “it’s hard to believe that almost exactly 23 years ago I made my professional debut."

Hingis was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2013, then reentered the game as an exclusive doubles player. Over the last four years, she's won 10 Grand Slam titles in that category. Most recently, she won five consecutive doubles titles over four months alongside Chan Yung-Jan. The duo is in action in Singapore, having been one of eight teams with the best performance record for 2017. They are seeded number one and have progressed to the semifinals. 

Most remarkably, Hingis will retire having reached the number-one ranking in singles 20 years ago and the number one ranking in doubles today. 

“I’m definitely not going to miss that day-in, day-out grind, practicing, waking up,” she said, according to The New York Times. "And the traveling, it’s also one thing at the start I definitely won’t miss anymore. Octagon, Hingis's sports and entertainment agency, wrote in a publicity release that she will "use her free time to pursue her passions including horseback riding and skiing." 

Here is a list of all Jane Voigt's articles published at TheSportsHaven.com

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The familiar and decades-old rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal (above left to right) has resurfaced in 2017. Last week at The Shanghai Masters tournament, Federer beat Nadal in the final, winning his 94th career title. ("Roger Federer Proves Himself Twice at Shanghai Masters") The win was Federer’s 5th consecutive victory over Nadal. Both have won 6 titles for the year and split the Grand Slams. Federer won the Australian Open and Wimbledon; Nadal won Roland Garros and The U.S. Open. 
Photo credit Jane Voigt. 

Roger Federer Proves Himself Twice at Shanghai Masters. October 16, 2017

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Billie Jean King steps up to the mic, during the opening ceremonies of The U.S. Open last year. Photo credit Leslie Billman tennisclix.com.

Billie Jean King’s Enduring Contribution: Tolerance. October 3, 2017

King’s Court: Billie Jean’s Battle of the Sexes Continues. September 20, 2017

Breakthroughs, Normalcy, and Resurrections at the 2017 U.S. Open. Sept. 12, 2017

Here it Comes Again The Big Brash U. S. Open. August 24, 2017

The Future of Tennis You Might Not Want to See. August 16, 2017

Birthday Boy: Roger Federer Still Leads the Pack at 36 Years Old. August 10, 2017

Does Novak Djokovic Deserve Criticism for Taking Rest of Year Off? July 27, 2017

Roger Federer Soared, But Did Wimbledon? July 17, 2017

Bernard Tomic’s Latest Transgression Spells Trouble for the Tennis Star. July 8, 2017

McEnroe Is Still Out of Touch. June 28, 2017

ATP Ascension: ATP’s Top Spot Up For Grabs at Wimbledon. June 23, 2017

Faces of Tennis Familiar and Fresh after 2017 French Open. June 13, 2017

Novak Djokovic Experiencing Breath of Fresh Air with Andre Agassi. June 1, 2017

Roland Garros Gusto: 2017 French Open Preview. May 24, 2017

Sharapova Stunned by French Tennis Federation. Wild Card Denied. May 17, 2017

Why Is It so Hard to Watch Women’s Matches? May 10, 2017

Comeback Trail: Tennis’s Top Players Exercising Spirited Rejuvenation. May 3, 2017

Sharapova Wins First Match Back, Stays Neutral in Suspension Debate. April 27, 2017

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