The 2012 Wimbledon Grand Slam Championship’s in London, saw Roger Federer (pictured above) and Serena Williams topping their respective categories and the host’s very own Jonathan Marray capturing his first ever major title in the Men’s Doubles event. Wimbledon, viewed as the most prestigious among all major tennis events, left English fans asking for more, as it does every year.
Tennis is a really great sport to follow and it is more than just the glamour and fashion you see on your TV. It is also about perseverance, hard work and competitiveness. Consequentially, these tennis stars are rewarded not just with massive attention but more importantly, with great cash incentives. The question is, where do these stars go during their free time? What do they spend their money on? What do they do?
What’s trending among tennis stars of past and present is playing in casinos for either their leisure or to compete in poker games. Well, they are humans too. They themselves feel the utmost of the tension on court and one good way to prepare their minds is by playing competitive card games.
Back in 2008, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic were spotted in a casino in Monte Carlo, having fun before their matches. But it does more than just calm the mind, some former tennis players also turn to casinos to make poker as their new sport. Guys like Boris Becker, Patrik Antonius, and Yevgeny Kafelnikov were elite-level players who are now recognized as top poker players around the globe. From a mere hobby, it is now their profession. This is how big poker’s impact on tennis players is.
With this trend, it would be no surprise if Bwin Party Digital Entertainment would become a Grand Slam event sponsor. Bwin, a company behind top poker and casino websites, is known for its affiliation with sport teams like EPL’s Manchester United and La Liga’s Real Madrid. Among its websites is partycasino.com which offers games like Craps, Blackjack, Baccarat, Roulette and other slot games. All of these games are available on mobile phones and android and does not need installation. Tennis players love casino games and online casino operators love supporting tennis events.
Tennis players have all the rights to have fun. They’re humans too and need breaks from their high pressured jobs. Players need to treat themselves before and after dealing with pressure on the courts of Wimbledon, Australian Open, Roland Garros and at the US Open. After all, playing poker or casino games is also about having fun and winning. These games wouldn’t take away anything from their passion to rule on the tennis courts. For now, let them enjoy their free time and just wait for them to capture a major Grand Slam.
Photo credit: mbevis