Fourhand is the Daily Spin’s occasional roundup of various hits and misses on tour.
FED HEAD According to his new Wilson Tennis video ad, Darth Federer, with his new, all-black axe in tow, is just waiting for you to “eclipse” him. Good luck with that. You probably have a better chance of topping his $400-$800 haircut.
FUN HOUSE Fed’s mentor of sorts, Pete Sampras, and wife Bridgette Wilson-Sampras have put their Brentwood estate on the market, and the asking price, resort-style pool and all, is just under $9 million. (Tennis stars: Turns out they’re not just like us.)
FAREWELL, AGAIN Nicole Vaidisova retired for the second time, due to ongoing injuries that have her on medical tables as often as she’s been on tennis courts, and she revealed the move on Instagram with a compelling photo post.
So…This has been one of the hardest words for me to write.After months and months of thinking and agonizing about this, I have decided to retire from professional tennis.It has been one of my hardest and most emotional decisions of my life.As many of you know,I have been struggling with various injuries on/off for the better part of the last 2 years and it has gotten to the point where I have spent more time in hospitals,physical therapy and doctors offices then on the court,playing the sport I love.This has been painful and exhausting,not just on my body,but on my mind as well and I have reached the point where I did not want to put my body throught it anymore.Coming to this final decision took me months,as even through all the ups and dows,it is a game I grew to love for what it is.Ever since I decided to come back 3 years ago,it has been a roller coaster ride of huge highs and lows,on and off the court.I am forever grateful and feeling so incredibly lucky to have had the unwavering support and uncoditional love of my family,friends,Daniel,as well as my medical and tennis team.Without them,it would have been imspossible to come back.My tennis career has been anything but ordinary,but above every opinion,comment and what ifs,I can proudly say it has been MINE.I do not regret any decision,good or bad,as it has made me the person I am today.As I close this chapter of my life,I look back in amazement at everything I was able to do.I am proud to have been able to compete with the best athletes in my sport and represent the Czech Republic,the country I love,in many fed cups and Olympics,it has been an honor.Finally,I can never thank all of you enough for all the support and words of encouragement that I have received over the years,it has meant the world to me and kept me going when I wanted to give up.Thank you,from the bottom of my heart,I will never be able to express enough gratitude to every single one of you,I am so honored. 20 years ago, this little girl had a dream,and today, I can say it has come true
YOUNG GUNS Aside from all the wheezing and whining about a lack of Grand Slam success since Andy Roddick’s 2003 U.S. Open triumph, it’s hard for young American pros out there in other ways. This from Reilly Opelka:
A guy came up to me and said “Taylor can we get a pic” i said i wasnt taylor.. He responds saying “im sorry john.” 0 for 2…its tough
— Reilly Opelka (@ReillyOpelka) July 21, 2016