Querrey upsets Simon
NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) - Gilles Simon and Leonardo Mayer were eliminated from the grass-court Nottingham Open, leaving an unlikely line-up for the semi-finals yesterday.
The second-seeded Simon was beaten 5-7, 7-6 (8), 6-4 by Sam Querrey of the United States, while fourth-seeded Mayer lost 6-3, 6-7 (8), 7-6 (6) to Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.
Istomin will next play 2006 Australian Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis, who reached only his second semi-final of the year with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Simone Bolelli of Italy.
Baghdatis, who knocked out top-seeded David Ferrer in the second round, has yet to drop a set in Nottingham.
Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine beat Yen-hsun Lu of Taiwan 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (4) in the last quarter-final, and will play Querrey, who is the only seed left at No. 12.
Rome in 2024 bid
ROME (AP) - Rome's city council voted 38-6 in favour of the capital's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics yesterday - a strong showing amid a widening corruption scandal.
"Like it was for Barcelona and London, the Rome 2024 Olympics will leave a renewed, modern and sustainable identity for our city," Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino said in City Hall, where a flag from the 1960 Games hosted by Rome was on display.
Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malago and bid leader Luca Cordero di Montezemolo campaigned for the candidacy at City Hall earlier this week.
"Today sport prevailed over politics," Malago said. "Today's achievement is just the first step in a long journey which will continue over the next two years and which we must make together, in unity. This is the only way to achieve our goals."
Ricci Bitti elected new head of sports industry convention
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - International Tennis Federation president Francesco Ricci Bitti is taking over as head of the SportAccord Convention as the conference looks for a host next year to replace Sochi.
Ricci Bitti was elected yesterday as the new president of the annual sports industry conference that draws hundreds of delegates from around the world.
The convention is organised by umbrella body SportAccord, which represents Olympic and non-Olympic federations.
Marius Vizer resigned recently as head of both SportAccord and SportAccord Convention after facing a revolt from federations over his attacks on the International Olympic Committee.
Ricci Bitti, who was one of Vizer's most outspoken critics, will step down as ITF president in September after four terms in office, but the 73-year-old Italian will continue as head of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations.