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Miami 2012 - Serena Williams 6

Who's hot and who's not in tennis

   

Our guide to who’s hot and who’s not:

Hot:

Juan Monaco: Casual sports fans in Spain and Britain will probably only know Juan Monaco as the guy who occasionally gets to compete against Rafa Nadal and Andy Murray on the PlayStation; that is to ignore the fact that he is a fine tennis player. Appreciate him for what he has done with a racket rather than a games console. Yes, there was a horrible afternoon in Paris this spring when he lost 6-2, 6-0, 6-0 to Nadal. But let’s gloss over that and think about his victory over Tommy Haas in the Hamburg final which meant he will break into the top 10 for the first time.

Andy Murray: For getting to take a flame – the Olympic Flame – into Centre Court.

Andy Roddick. The American, a winner on the Washington hard courts, will like to think he has a chance of standing on the Wimbledon podium.

Not:

Serena Williams. “Locked out of my apartment… No friends in Paris,” she tweeted at the weekend. “I may be sleeping on the ground tonight.”

Mardy Fish. As if the American hadn’t had enough medical dramas this year. Fish was playing Gilles Muller in Atlanta and, chasing down a drop shot, realised he was heading straight for a net post. In the process of stopping, he turned his ankle. “I did everything I could just to bring my head back. That brought my right leg out, sort of sliding and jarring it back and I turned the inside of the right ankle. It was going to be either my knee, my ankle or my head. Thankfully it was my ankle.”

Those who argue Caroline Wozniacki has been “distracted” by Rory McIlroy, and Rory has been distracted by Caroline. “There have never been any distractions,” the golfer said. Until one or both win a major, this will always be a topic of conversation. McIlroy was at the All England Club this week, watching his girlfriend practise/distracting her.