Mats Wilander

Enjoy the second edition of Break Point, our monthly roundup of the best tennis-related articles on the web:

– 7-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander turned 50 on August 22nd, learn more about his life as a tennis vagabond in this Men’s journal article.

– another veteran player, Pat Cash talks about life on the Seniors tour: A Week With Tennis Champions: Private Planes, Celebrities and Locker Room Gossip

– ever wondered what it’s like to be a ballboy at the US Open? Enjoy this Grantland post: I Tried Out to Be a US Open Ball Boy and Saw Dave Chappelle, and All I Got Were These Two Lousy T-Shirts.

– in May 1984, six of the world’s Top 10 were American, as were 24 of the Top 50. 30 years later, there are only 3 Americans in the top 50, with a chance at winning a Slam really close to 0. Can US Men’s Tennis Rise Again?

– the story of Irish player James McGee, who qualified for the main draw of the US Open for the first time of his career: James McGee rekindles fond memories of grinding out wins in Gabon as he aims for the bright lights. Also James great blog post on financing the tour.

why Wimbledon defeats the #USOpen game, set and match in the social media arena, by Tennis Buzz contributor Andreas Plastiras.

– and finally, Mauro’s article on how Stefan is transforming Federer into an “Edberg 2.0”

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Roger Federer

A few pictures of Roger Federer and coach Stefan Edberg hitting together last Tuesday:

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Roger Federer

A routine 6-4 6-4 6-4 win for Roger Federer. The 17-time Grand Slam champion advanced to the US Open’s third round for the 15th consecutive year!

Do you think Federer will go all the way and capture a sixth US Open crown?

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6-3 6-4 7-6 for Federer who’ll face another Aussie, Sam Groth, in the second round.

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Andy Murray

This year’s US Open could be the last Grand Slam tournament Andy Murray plays in adidas clothes as his current contract with adidas expires this November.

Murray signed with adidas in 2009 (his previous clothing sponsor was Fred Perry) and since then he has become a British hero after his victories at the Olympics and the US Open in 2012 and his triumph at Wimbledon in 2013.

According to Business Week Murray’s current agreement with adidas paid him a reported $16.5 million over five years, with bonuses possibly boosting the value as high as $5 million per year.
In comparison, Federer’s Nike deal is reportedly worth as much as $13 million a year, with a base value closer to $10 million. Rafael Nadal gets a reported $7 million per year.

The Daily Record projects that Murray’s next deal may be worth up to $83 million, a substantial increase in money.

I guess adidas will do everything they can to sign Murray otherwise they won’t have any top male players wearing their clothes.

Roger Federer

Pictures of Federer practicing with Radek Stepanek on Saturday. Do you think Federer will win Grand Slam title No 18 at this year’s US Open? Watch Federer talks his form going to the US Open in this interview by Wilson tennis

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