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Forbes top 40 Sports Brands valued his Roger's at $26M, second only to Tiger at $59M (yes, Tiger is barely in the top 50 golfers this year, but with lucrative deals like his, there are other things he can do with his money). Who's #3? It's not ever goin



October 04, 2011
Forbes top 40 Sports Brands valued his Roger's at $26M, second only to Tiger at $59M (yes, Tiger is barely in the top 50 golfers this year, but with lucrative deals like his, there are other things he can do with his money).

Who's #3? It's not ever going to be the man chasing Roger's ranking now, Andy Murray, but it is someone who's been chasing Tiger's tail for many years:

http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mlm45jemm/2-roger-federer

Andy Murray will have more luck chasing pots of gold through political action with the powers that be in tennis, but it seems today that he's backed off that campaign:

"We're only proposing small changes, a few less mandatory events and some more rest periods. Tennis is in a great place right now and no one is yet talking about strikes. There is no rush - I never said anyone wanted to strike."

The first step will be talking with the ATP in Shanghai next week. Unless Shanghai tournament directors can somehow manufacture a scheduling crisis during the event, expect a lot of empty news to disappear as soon as the press conferences are over and the tennis gets serious.

In the opening round action today of The China Open in Beijing, one of the dozen tournaments that feature both men and women during the year:

- Roddick (#6 seed) was upset 6-4, 7-5 by big serving Kevin Anderson

- Dogopolov (#8 seed) was upset 6-1, 1-6, 6-0 by Cipolla

In tomorrow's action:

- #1 seed Tsonga plays Dmitrov

- #3 seed Berdych play Melzer

- #5 seed Simon will play Granollers

- #7 seed Isner plays Ljubicic

On the women's side, #1 seed Wozniacki will return from an island holiday with Rory McGilroy to try to win a 1st rounder this week, and:

- #3 seed Zvonareva will play Zakopalova

- #6 seed Stosur will play Kirilenko

- #8 seed Bartoli will play Christina McHale

In The Japan Open:

- #4 seed Mardy Fish narrowly avoided losing to Ryan Harrison, coming back from 1-3 in the 3rd to win 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

And in tomorrow's action:

- #1 seed Nadal, #3 seed Ferrer and #8 seed Monaco will see action

- #5 seed Troicki will play Tomic

Rick Devereux

erdevereux@gmail.com

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