Interesting news from the ATP last week.
Julio Silva was disqualified at Costa do Sauipe after throwing a racquet and it hit a linesman in the mouth and he was bleeding.
In Dubai qualies Michael Lammer was disqualified while playing Stefan Koubek. Koubek lost the first set 7-5 and then he won the 2nd 7-5. Lammer got pissed off (I guess at himself) and when he tried to hit racquet against the ad boards it fell out of his hand and hit the linesman. Fines pending?
The big news today is Roger Federer pulling out of Dubai with what is being called a chest infection. Roger blames his hectic schedule away from the courts including a recent trip to Ethiopia for his illness.
The world number one who has not played since beating Andy Murray for the Australian Open title, picked up the problem in recent days after returning to Switzerland after his Melbourne title, heading to Dubai and and then visiting a school his foundations fund in Ethiopia last week.
'I'm hoping to be back for Indian Wells said the 16-time Grand Slam winner. 'But of course there are no promises.
'This is something that with proper treatment will be finished,' said Federer, whose 2008 season was compromised by a case of glandular fever.
'I've been taking it easy, relaxing as much as possible. My breathing is a bit difficult and everything feels a bit slow. I can't take any chances until I'm fit again.
'It could be better, it could be worse.'
The Swiss player's place in the draw for the 500 series event which begins Monday was taken by Spaniard Tommy Robredo.
In case you were wondering why play was suspended a couple of days last week in Buenos Aires due to rain here are some pictures that clear up any questions you may have.
This young man seems to be the only one happy about the situation. To be a kid again.
The Winners Circle
Venus Williams successfully defended her title in Dubai. She is scheduled to play next in Acapulco.
The Spanish team of Nuria Llagostera Vives and M.J. Martínez Sánchez won the doubles at Dubai.
Michael Llodra defeated countryman Julen Benneteau to win the trophy at Marseille.
A title is a title and Maria Sharapova proudly holds the trophy she won at Memphis. She is also dressed better than she has been in recent memory. Keep it simple Maria.
Vania King and Michaella Krajicek won the women's doubles crown.
Sam Querrey, holding the winners trophy, looks at runner up John Isner. Sam also wins the what not to wear award for this week.
Mariana Duque Marino hoists the winners trophy for the WTA Bogota Tennis Championship held in her home country of Colombia.
Juan Carlos Ferrero kisses his second winners trophy in as many weeks. Juan Carlos has battled back from illness and ignored the folks who whispered it was time to hang it up and is playing some of the best tennis of his career.