MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Fourth-seeded David Ferrer defeated Olivier Rochus of Belgium 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday.
The 30-year-old Spaniard hit 30 winners and had a first-serve percentage of 71 percent. He also benefited from Rochus' 29 unforced errors.
Fresh from winning the title in Auckland last week, Ferrer has the No. 4 seeding in Melbourne because fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal opted not to play in the Australian Open due to illness and injury.
Partly due to their relentless passion and partly due to the large amount of things their favorite organization has trouble with, Redskins fans seem to be aware of and care about plenty of things most NFL fans don't pay any attention to.
For example, when the team changed trainers this past offseason, it was crucial news. The trainer!
Or how about all of the focus and debate on Washington's ping pong table in the locker room (which no longer exists, by the way). The Redskins are a football team, yet thousands of folks had a strong opinion on a piece of equipment that's typically used to avoid strange relatives at family gatherings.
Yet even those two storylines don't get as much attention as the quality of FedEx Field's field, and concerns are mounting about said quality now that a handful of concerts and events at the stadium have been announced for the summer.
As of now, BTS (May 27), Justin Bieber (Aug. 21) and Rammstein (Aug. 27) will all appear in Landover, as will Monster Jam (June 6). For those tracking at home, those are three internationally-known music artists and a giant collection of trucks meant to create destruction scheduled to stop by the Redskins' home, with Bieber and Rammstein doing so just before the regular season begins.
According to JP Finlay, however, a plan is in place to ensure that FedEx Field's grass isn't compromised for the Burgundy and Gold:
The question remains how the team will fit their home preseason games in between the other things that are going on, but they do intend to start fresh before the NFL returns.
So, that should calm everyone down (note: it won't). That means you're free to return to your takes about the new training staff and the ping pong table. Have fun.
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John Wall hasn't played in an NBA game since December of 2018, but that hasn't stopped him from doing ridiculous things with a basketball.
Ath the Wizards' shootaround Tuesday ahead of a big matchup with the 40-6 Bucks, Wall launched a baseline three while sitting on a chair and drilled it.
Sure the shot was cool, but the best part was when he leaned back with his coffee in hand like he'd done it a thousand times before.
Wall has been sidelined all season recovering from Achilles surgery, and while the team has yet to completely rule him out for the rest of the year, there isn't an expectation he returns before next season.
Meanwhile, Wall's been showing promising signs in his recovery process, most notably his time at practice driving past defenders and trash-talking with a trainer.
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