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Weekend Outlook

Stuart Barefoot

They say it's going to be hot this weekend. Allegedly it will get up into the 100's. Thankfully we have air condition, HD televisions, and of course Wimbledon to save us from the heat. As always, you can keep yourself updated here. Here is this week's Weekend Outlook.
First thing first. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has committed to playing here in the 2012 Winston-Salem Open. The world's sixth best male tennis player was recruited by WSO tournament director, Bill Okaes at Wimbledon this week along with Marcel Granollers and Julien Benneteau. A pretty productive trip to the London suburb. Tsonga took down Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the second round on Thursday, and reiterated to everyone that he has one of the best serves in the game. 
You probably thought you'd see Nadal play this weekend. Instead, he lost to 100th ranked Lukas Rosol. The 26-year-old Czech won the match 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 against a very aggravated Nadal. Coming off his French Open championship, Nadal just didn't have it at Wimbledon, and was reduced to haggling with the chair umpire, and bumping into Rosol on a changeover. You might find more details and multimedia concerning the match entertaining. 
Gilles Simon was just elected to the ATP player's council and wasted no time making his presence known. Simon caused controversy when he said that male tennis players should get paid more than women players at gtand slam events. His argument essentially is that more people watch men's matches than women's, and that men put on a better show. It is unclear, what, if any polling power or statistics Simon has at his disposal to back his argument, but both Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova were quick to retort. For the record, Sharapova is ranked 1st among women, while Simon is 13th for men.
Before you see Roddick and Isner at the WSO this year, you can see them teamed up together for the U.S Olympic team. It was announced that the two will compete in both singles and doubles competition. The always charming Bryan brothers will also be paired up, while players like Ryan Harrison and Donald Young have also been named to the roster to compete in singles. For the women's side, the Williams sisters will team up in doubles, as will Liezer Huber and Lisa Raymond.
It wouldn't be professional sports without some drama. At Wimbledon, Ivo Karlovic blamed the line judge for favoring Andy Murray in the second round on Thursday when Murray won 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (4). Karlovic is not nearly the first person to blame an official for losing. 
That takes care of your Weekend Outlook. Obviously it will be a noisy weekend with Wimbledon happening. So stay cool and start getting amped for the WSO.

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