Sharapova Finally Tops Sexiest Poll; Nadal wins Men’s

Maria has rematch with Lisicki.

It took eight years for Sugarpova to rule as sexiest female player.

For the first time in seven years, Maria Sharapova has won the Readers’ Poll for Sexiest Female of the Year. Sharapova

Time for the 8th Readers’ Poll

Readers: Vote for your top and sexiest players in the annual Readers’ Poll.
Rafa put a dent in Federer's GOAT label.

Rafa put a dent in Federer’s GOAT label.

It’s the eight annual Readers’ Poll, designed for our readers to sound off on their preferences.

Our most popular categories are Male and Female Players of the Year and, of course, the Sexiest Players. We’re allowing comments on the polls for the first time ever.

Sexiest Female Player Award is named after Ana Ivanovic after she won for five straight years. Sexiest Male Player Award is named after Marat Safin after he was also a five-time winner.

Last year’s winners included Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova for Players of the Year along with Rafael Nadal and Carolina Wozniacki as the sexiest. Last year’s voting can be found by clicking here. editors do not necessarily support the results of the vote, especially in the Player of the Year categories. We realize that many readers will vote for their favorites as opposed to the players who have had better results.

Polls are open for one week to Saturday, Dec. 29 with results posted on Sunday, Dec. 30.

Risky Olympic changes ahead in 2016

Sharapova wants no part of the proposed changes.

As I reported today on The Ticker on, the ITF has decided to change its qualifications rules for the 2016 Olympics. After the 2012 Games, a player must make himself or herself available to play Davis Cup or Fed Cup four times in an Olympic cycle. Currently, players only have to make themselves available for two ties in the two prior years to the Olympics. Maria Sharapova has already gone on record with her objections to the changes.

The ITF sees it differently, saying, among other things:

The Wrap, April 15: The King is Monaco


Monaco stopped Isner's streak.

Juan Monaco is certainly one of the most accomplished clay courters to touch down in Houston in the past two decades, so it was not surprising that he ended John Isner

The frayed end of the lash

Sharapova has been solid for a full year.

Perhaps the most defining element of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami is that is a true end to a quarter of a season that begins at the start of the year in Australia and New Zealand and ends in South Florida on similar hard courts. So now all but six players have completed nearly three months of the year with two women and two men having gone out on Thursday, and a few more on Wednesday.


Gagging against Wozniacki

Roddick could fall as low as 15

Daniela hantuchova
Hantuchova fell apart vs. Wozniacki
THURSDAY, MARCH 24 – Caroline Wozniacki and Daniela Hantuchova contested a brilliant second set late Saturday night