BNP Paribas Open, 2016

Moore Resigns

By DownTheTee | March 22, 2016

Embattled CEO and Tournament Director Raymond Moore has resigned from the Indian Wells tennis tournament — BNP Paribas Open — as of Monday evening when he informed Larry Ellison, owner of the California desert event, the AP reported. Moore had been with the tournament for 29 years, but drew negative attention to himself, the tournament…

A Final Worth Its Weight, Marred By Ill-conceived Comments from CEO Raymond Moore

By DownTheTee | March 20, 2016

We deserved a celebration on the first day of spring. And we got one, although it wasn’t what many expected and was marred by controversial comments from CEO and Tournament Director Raymond Moore. Instead of the normal beatdown Serena Williams hands any number of hopeful opponents, Victoria Azarenka took control to win her second BNP Paribas…

Maria Sharapova Fails Drug Test. Will be Suspended.

By DownTheTee | March 17, 2016

Maria Sharapova announced today she has failed a drug test taken on January 26, after her quarterfinal loss to Serena Williams at this year’s Australian Open. Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam Champion and one of the highest-profiled tennis stars, announced the news in Los Angeles at an impromptu news conference.   “I received a letter…

Sharapova’s Suspension Hurts Tennis. How Will It Cope?

By DownTheTee | March 15, 2016

Maria Sharapova failed a routine drug test in January and was suspended from tennis Saturday. As a result, the day won’t be remembered for a player’s or teams’ achievement in tennis or the fact that the so-called fifth Grand Slam was gearing up in Indian Wells, Calif. Instead, the memory will be blemished by the unbecoming…