Germany "will submit a bid to host the preliminary round of EuroBasket 2015," according to FOCUS ONLINE. German Basketball Federation (DBB) Sports Dir Peter Radegast "confirmed this decision on Wednesday in Leipzig." FIBA Europe "is currently looking for a replacement host of EuroBasket 2015 after original host Ukraine returned its hosting rights." The DBB "has to submit its application to FIBA Europe by July 31." Radegast: "The international federation has already declined to play the European Championship across several countries. The preliminary round and final round, however, could be played in different countries. 13 or 14 countries have announced their interest" (FOCUS ONLINE, 7/2).
Events and Attractions
There is a "possibility of Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios playing in the Malaysian Open tennis championship at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil" from Sept. 20-28, according to Tan Ming Wai of THE STAR. Malaysian Open Tournament Dir Nick Freyer believes Kyrgios' presence will make the $1M indoor championship "extra special." Freyer: "It is wonderful to see an exciting young player such as Kyrgios break through at a major tournament like Wimbledon." Kyrgios' mother, Norlaila, was born in Malaysia (THE STAR, 7/3).
VALUE ON THE RISE: REUTERS' Ian Ransom reported marketing experts are saying that Kyrgios' brand has "shot into the stratosphere" following his win over Rafael Nadal on Tuesday. Sydney-based boutique agency Waterfront Managing Dir Sean Pickwell said the value of Kyrgios' brand has "probably quadrupled." Jack Lamacraft, the director of ad agency M&C Saatchi’s Sydney office, said, "This might well open up some lucrative commercial opportunities for him in Asia as well" (REUTERS, 7/3).
Roger Federer said that Wimbledon's "tighter enforcement of its all-white clothing policy for players is 'too strict,'" according to the AP. There have "been complaints this year from some players over the more stringent regulations that include undergarments, the amount of colored trim on shirts and shorts and headbands and wristbands." Federer said that he hopes Wimbledon "might be less rigid with the all-white clothing rules in the future." He said, "Maybe one day they'll loosen up the grip again a bit, but that's the time we go through right now." Federer during last year's tournament was told "not to wear running shoes with orange soles" (AP, 7/2).
ABSENT BY DESIGN? In N.Y., Vanessa Friedman asked given the "amount of excitement fashion is professing about that great new maybe-huge market known as 'activewear,'" why is Stella McCartney currently the "only catwalk designer represented on Center Court?" If a brand "wanted to demonstrate its seriousness about the sporting sector, hooking up with a tennis player would seem an obvious step." Yet in the "many discussions of fashion before and during the current Wimbledon tournament," top design names are "notably absent -- from the court at least." They are "in the umpire seat and on the sidelines, thanks to the uniforms created by Ralph Lauren as the official outfitter." But the Ralph Lauren team said that designing apparel for tennis players during play "simply wasn’t a priority, as they had a strong court presence already" (N.Y. TIMES, 7/3). Meanwhile, USA TODAY's Chris Chase listed his 13 "biggest Wimbledon fashion hits and misses" (USA TODAY, 7/2).
Donald Trump is in "no rush to host his first Open Championship at Turnberry," insisting that he wants to explore "seven or eight unbelievable opportunities" to change the Ailsa Course before the event returns to the Ayrshire resort. Setting out the plans for the "newest addition to his portfolio -- he now owns six international hotels and 17 golf courses around the world" -- Trump revealed on Tuesday that his first "tweaks" will involve "pretty significant alterations to the tenth and 11th holes" (SCOTSMAN, 7/2). ... World Baseball Softball Confederation President Riccardo Fraccari on Thursday announced the WBSC's new men's national team baseball event, the "Premier12" world championship, will have its first edition take place in Nov. '15 in Taiwan and feature the world's top 12 nations (WBSC).