Federer, Nadal and Djokovic pander to plutocrats and charge huge appearance fees. The "trickle down effect" means that tournaments like the Heineken Open now have to pay appearance money for racketeers that many of us have never heard of. It's close to extortion.
At the end of Federer's first round match at the Australian Open a fawning interviewer asked about his kids and if he had bought coach Stefan Edberg a birthday present - no, by the way, the privilege of knocking up with 'King Roger' was enough of a present apparently.
Provisionally Thomas is in the top 100 for the first time at #96 with this result.
Great serving from Schoorel against a good returner in Machi. A high number of winners and errors so he definitely went for it and was aggressive and attacking, which is his game. If he serves as well as he did today, he will give Stan a lot of problems in R2.