Men receive 74% of code violations

According to data obtained by the Daily Mail, the men have received 74 percent of code violations handed out since 1998.

It would be higher, except the women have an overwhelming lead in the coaching violations category (64 per cent of the total).

The men earned 87 percent of racket abuse violations, 81 per cent of unsportsmanlikes, 79 per cent of verbal abuse calls, 71 per cent of audible obscenities, 65 percent of “visible obscenities” and 58 per cent of ball abuse violations.

More surprising? The grand total of code violations – over 20 years – is just over 2,000 – or roughly 2 1/2 per week.

Temporary Tokyo venue has pink court

The WTA Tour Premier tour stop in Tokyo has a temporary home this year.

The regular venue, Ariake Coliseum, is being renovated ahead of the 2020 Olympics.

So rather than being outdoors with a retractable roof, the tournament will be held indoors at the Tachikawa Arena and Dome. That’s about an hour’s drive west of Tokyo.

It stands out immediately, the organizers having made the call to install a bright pink court surface.

We’ve seen it before, at an exhibition in France, and in 2012 at Roland Garros for the women’s legends. But this is for real.

Wimbledon looking at hybrid surface

According to the Daily Mail, with quotes from All England Club committee member Tim Henman, Wimbledon is looking at solutions to make its grass surface more durable.

“Wimbledon are investing a lot of money looking at the hybrid thing. When you see the football and rugby pitches now, they’re 3% artificial. We’re certainly looking at, “What does 5% look like on a tennis court? What does 10% look like on a tennis court?” Henman said.

Henman said they’re getting close to laying it down on a practice court.

Here’s what it looks like on a rugby pitch.

Laver Cup won’t skip OIympic year

The original Laver Cup plan was to hold it three consecutive years – and then take a break during Olympic years.

Plans have changed. It will go on in 2020, when the Summer Games are held in Tokyo.

“The strong demand compels us to build on the great momentum the Laver Cup has created by holding the event every year,” managing director Steve Zacks said. “There is no reason to take a year off.”

Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro are on board for 2018. Rafael Nadal, committed to Davis Cup, is doubtful.

Wimbledon wants neighboring golf club

Wimbledon already spills over to the golf club across the road, land it has the leasehold on.

But the Daily Mail says it’s thinking bigger

The newspaper says the AELTC has made an offer to buy out the leasehold (it expires in 2041; the club will own the land then) at double the £25 million offered in 2015.

One issue is that only 10-year members could get payouts. The other 300 members would get nothing and potentially no place to play, either

One plan for the land is to have the qualifying there, rather than off-site at Roehampton.

LTA prez steps aside during inquiry

A situation that occurred back in 2004 has come back to bite current British Lawn Tennis Association president Martin Corrie in 2018.

Corrie, who was on the executive committee at the county level back then, is being investigated about how he handled a sexual assault allegation made against an association coach.

In December, a complain was lodged about the process.

Corrie has “stepped aside” from his LTA presidency for the moment, the Daily Mail reports. 

He said in a statement that the coach “was investigated and sanctioned by the LTA disciplinary committee at the time.” 

Agent Murray signs Katie Swan

Andy Murray’s new company, 77 Sports Management, has signed Katie Swan.

A resident of Wichita, Kansas the last five years, the 18-year-old Brit was the No. 2 junior at age 16.

At 15, she reached the Australian Open girls’ final.  

Currently No. 301 in the WTA rankings, Swan received wild cards into the qualifying of four grass-court events last summer. She didn’t win a match.

“She has great potential and has already had some good results. I’m hoping we can offer support to her in areas on and off the court and complement the team she has in place already.” Murray said.

Konta has no plans to leave the UK

Count Brit Johanna Konta among those who has no plans to seek tax exile elsewhere, as countryman Kyle Edmund has done recently and the way many many high-earning athletes do.

“I don’t want to be restricted with how much time I get to spend at home. I’m not going to put myself in that position so I’ll happily pay my taxes and spend my time at home,” she told the Daily Mail

“However I am open to training in the places where my coaches are from. I understand that they … have families and need time home as well.”

Still waiting for match-fixing report

Remember when the Grand Slams made a huge to-do at the 2016 Australian Open, in the wake of a report by the BBC and Buzzfeed about rampant match-fixing in the game?

Nearly two years and reportedly more more than $14 million later, there’s still no report.

Britain’s Daily Mail reports the holdup could be that parties affected by the independent commission’s findings are being given time to plead their cases.

The cost is being shared by the four majors and the ATP and WTA Tours – even though most of the match fixing seems to occur in Futures and Challengers.

Murray form to be revealed Tuesday

Andy Murray has been keeping a low profile as he works to avoid surgery on his troublesome hip and return to full form in 2018.

A big indicator of his progress on that front will come Tuesday, when he plays Roger Federer at his charity exhibition.

The Daily Mail reports Murray has been practicing a fair bit, and even considered trying to return in Paris.

The report also says Murray plans to hit Miami earlier than usual for his off-season training block, and then head to Australia before Christmas ahead of his planned return in Brisbane.