At the Net: This week in tennis
By Scott Riley, Tennis Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - How 'bout this week we take a look at the latest goings on in and around the world of tennis.
In the men's game, Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl abruptly ended their super successful two-year partnership.
The 26-year-old Murray described the break-up as a mutual agreement.
Murray hired Lendl at the start of the 2012 season and went from being a four- time Grand Slam runner-up to being a two-time major champion and Olympic gold medalist. The British star captured his first Slam title at the 2012 U.S. Open and last year became the first British male in 77 years to win it all at Wimbledon at the All England Club. The AEC was also the site of his 2012 gold medal performance at the London Summer Games.
Oddly enough, Lendl and Murray are the only men to go 0-4 in their first four Grand Slam finals. Lendl, however, went on to capture eight major titles and was No. 1 in the world for a whopping 270 weeks.
The one-time world No. 2 and currently sixth-ranked Murray has struggled this season after returning from minor back surgery last year. He hasn't reached a final in his last eight tournaments following his Wimbledon title.
He's the defending champion in Miami this week (and next).
World No. 8 star Juan Martin del Potro pulled out of Miami due to a nagging left wrist injury that has bothered him for weeks. The 25-year-old former U.S. Open champ also pulled out of the Masters event at Indian Wells two weeks ago.
Let's hope it's not too serious.
Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic will try to win Miami's Sony Open without his new coach, Boris Becker, who was unable to travel to Florida following surgery this week on both hips.
"Boom-Boom" hopes to rejoin his fellow former world No. 1 Djokovic in Monte Carlo in a few weeks.
The 46-year-old Becker joined Team Djoker at the beginning of this year, and Nole finally captured his first title of 2014 last week by beating long-time rival Roger Federer in a blockbuster finale at Indian Wells.
On the women's side, former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki tumbled all the way down to No. 18 this week -- her lowest ranking spot since 2008.
The 23-year-old Dane slipped six spots after losing to fellow former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic in a fourth-round affair last week at Indian Wells, where Caro was a defending runner-up.
Wozniacki's fiance, Rory McIlroy, is a former world No. 1 golfer who is currently seventh in his sport. I'm sensing a pattern.
Also, last week, Wozniacki split with her second coach since January. It's been reported in a Danish newspaper that she's no longer working with Michael Mortensen, who signed on after Caro parted ways with Thomas Hogstedt following a brief three-month stint.
On the positive news front, Simona Halep is now ranked fifth in the world, the highest-ever position for a Romanian woman.
And Italian veteran Flavia Pennetta climbed from No. 21 to No. 12 in the world, two spots shy of her career high, after finishing as the surprise titlist last week at Indian Wells. The 32-year-old had dropped all the way down to No. 166 last July while struggling following a return from a wrist injury.
Let's keep the positive coming.
Back over on the men's side, Lleyton "Rusty" Hewitt became only the third active man to win 600 matches when he rallied his way past Dutchman past Robin Haase in Miami.
The 33-year-old scrapper joined Roger Federer (942 wins) and Rafael Nadal (675) in reaching the milestone.
Hewitt is a former world No. 1 who owns two Grand Slam singles titles.
But things weren't so good for Rusty's fellow Aussie, Bernard Tomic, in Miami, as Bernie set an unpleasant record for the fastest-ever beatdown on the ATP World Tour.
The 21-year-old Tomic won just 13 points while losing to 32-year-old Finn Jarkko Nieminen 6-0, 6-1 in a ridiculous 28-minute "match" in Florida. It was the quickest match since the ATP started keeping such records in 1991 and it was Tomic's first tournament back since undergoing surgery on both hips two months ago.
And the Open GDF Suez women's tournament in Paris has been renamed and will move to Toulouse next year. Tourney organizers said it will be renamed L'Open de Paris Coubertin and be held in Toulouse for the next five years.
03/21 14:51:26 ET