Fourhand: Raonic regrets net-touching incident, Murray gets stamped, more
Here's a roundup of recent tennis headlines among the ATP and WTA sort, some of which you may have missed.
MILOS' MISHAP Milos Raonic opted out of calling himself for touching the net before a point was over against Juan Martin del Potro in Montreal last week, which did not sit well with his fellow giant. Raonic had this to say about it in Cincinnati on Monday:
"I feel like I made a mistake in the spur of the moment, something, I guess, because I hadn't been faced with it before. I just sort of I'm disappointed with myself how I dealt with it, and it's something I learned a lot from. I really didn't have the opportunity until really the last two days to think about it that much. It's something that I feel sorry about and something I want to apologize to Juan when I see him here. I don't think I dealt with that the right way, and I think it's something that I probably should have in that situation, and probably in the future, call on myself."
Sounds quite contrite, eh?
SHARAPOVER AND OVER Maria Sharapova is once again the top-earning female athlete in the world, pulling in $29 million from June 2012 to June 2013. See here who she bested, including six more WTA stars.
STAMP OF APPROVAL Andy Murray was enshrined as a celebrity of the post in the United Kingdom, earning himself a series of commemorative stamps issued by the Royal Mail and catalyzed, of course, by his Wimbledon singles championship. His win in the final against Novak Djokovic famously netted his nation its first homegrown men's singles champ in 77 years. (We still love you, Virginia Wade!)
OPEN FOR BUSINESS Nike will be looking to sell out the inventory on its bright new line of U.S. Open wear, outfitting its star players in various hues of pink to match their respective personalities. See here the looks for Serena Williams, Sharapova, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Victoria Azarenka, Li Na, and del Potro. For one, Serena's frock looks ultra-comfy, with the flattering, now-customary waistline detail to boot.
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