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  • Clay-Court Preview: Men Up

    11 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
    I have to admit it: A part of me is going to take pleasure out of seeing all those Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic partisans go apoplectic when they scroll down this page and see the name “Rafael Nadal” endlessly repeated after the words “defending champion.” Why shouldn’t Nadalistas enjoy an unassailable moment in the sun? Nadal is the most extraordinary clay-court player this world has ever seen. People don’t even bother to trot out Bjorn Borg comparisons any more; that ship has sailed. Nitpicking or sniping at Nadal between April and early June is like finding fault with the…
  • Clay-Court Preview: Ladies First

    10 Apr 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Spring is a time of renewal, of fresh starts. Apparently the WTA takes this theme very seriously. Just ask deposed and sometimes besieged former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic, or hard-luck case Andrea Petkovic. Both women got back on the fast track last week with tournament wins as the WTA clay-court season got underway. Ivanovic’s win was on Plexipave in Monterrey, Mexico, so officially it was more like the epilogue to the hard-court swing. But it boosted the Serb’s ranking back up to the threshold of the Top 10, at No. 12. Given that Ivanovic is a former French Open champion who loves playing on…
  • Cup of Sense

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    We’re coming off one of the best long weekends of Davis Cup play in a long time, so I find myself wondering how many, if any, converts the event has won over. It isn’t an easy job, as I learned over lunch with my close friend and fellow writer, Glyn. Glyn is a solid if not besotted tennis fan. He almost flew down to Miami just to see Roger Federer play, having decided that he really wants to see the all-time Grand Slam singles champ play, live, at least once before the Swiss retires. Glyn never made it to Miami, but he watched much of the tournament on television—including Federer’s…
  • Genius Got in the Way

    8 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    It remains not just the largest hole in his resume, but the only one—unless you believe that Roger Federer absolutely, positively must win the ATP 250 in Kuala Lumpur in order to be taken seriously as one of the greatest players ever to swing a racquet. I refer to the Davis Cup, of course, which Federer and his cohorts remain on track to bag for 2014, barring the kind of disaster that almost befell the Swiss team this past weekend. It’s interesting, this debate about Federer and the world’s foremost international team competition. His partisans leap to his defense when some suggest that…
  • Wild and Wonderful Weekend

    7 Apr 2014 | 4:19 am
    If you had a rooting interest in the Davis Cup quarterfinals this past weekend, your heart is probably in one of two places: Still lodged in your throat, or lying on the carpet in your living room, shattered into tiny pieces. Has there ever been a weekend that so vividly demonstrated that rankings and talent mean little in international team competition than this one? Two prohibitive underdogs almost pulled off staggering upsets—three, if you include the Great Britain vs. Italy tie in Naples—a valiant one-man effort fell just short of success, and Roger Federer found himself playing the…
 
 
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  • Blue Jays-Twins Preview

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:31 pm
    The Minnesota Twins haven't won a home series with the Toronto Blue Jays in nearly seven years, and their one chance to end that streak this season is off to an unfavorable start....
  • Clippers beat Nuggets 117-105 for record 57th win

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm
    LOS ANGELES (AP) Blake Griffin scored 24 points while picking up his 16th technical, and the Los Angeles Clippers led all the way in beating the Denver Nuggets 117-105 on Tuesday night for their franchise-record 57th victory of the season....
  • Nets-Cavaliers Preview

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:17 pm
    While they're trying to balance between being rested and ready for the postseason, the Brooklyn Nets still have some business to take care of in their regular-season finale....
  • Blues are going to get all their injured players back in first round, says Hitchcock

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Well, that's good for St. Louis.
  • NL Capsules

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:12 pm
    CINCINNATI (AP) Mike Leake doubled and hit a two-run homer Tuesday night, ending Gerrit Cole's winning streak and leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that completed two days full of homers and delays....
 
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  • Speedy Djokovic eases into Monte Carlo 3rd round (Yahoo Sports)

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:12 am
    MONACO (AP) -- Novak Djokovic began the defense of his Monte Carlo Masters title in flamboyant style Tuesday, taking only 45 minutes to beat Albert Montanes 6-1, 6-0 and maintain his perfect record against the Spaniard.
  • Pliskova breezes into Malaysian Open 2nd round (Yahoo Sports)

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic made a winning start to her defense of the Malaysian Open title by easing past Aleksandra Krunic 6-2, 6-2 in the first round on Tuesday.
  • French Open prize money goes up to $34.5M (Yahoo Sports)

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    Prize money at the French Open will rise to more than 25 million euros ($34.5 million) this year, an increase of 3 million euros ($4.1 million) from last year. Tournament director and French Tennis Federation director Gilbert Ysern says ''this notable increase in Roland Garros prize money is part of the plan that was put in place for 2013 until 2016.'' There are also notable increases for losers in the second, third and fourth rounds. Last year, the prize money went up from 18.7 million euros to 22 million euros.
  • Fognini and Robredo into Monte Carlo 2nd round (Yahoo Sports)

    14 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    MONACO (AP) -- Tenth-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy and 11th-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain reached the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters in contrasting fashion on Monday.
  • Masters to distribute $9M in prize money (Yahoo Sports)

    13 Apr 2014 | 3:41 pm
    The Masters will distribute a record $9 million in prize money. The tournament announced the disbursement Sunday, a few hours before the final round ended at Augusta National. The Masters doled out $8.102 million in 2013. - Mark Long, https://twitter.com/APMarkLong --- LOW AMATEUR: Oliver Goss is the first Australian to finish as the low amateur at the Masters.
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  • Djokovic Eases into Third Round of Monte Carlo

    Tennis Panorama News
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    (April 15, 2015)Defending Monte Carlo Rolex Masters Champion Novak Djokovic needed only 45 minutes to dismiss Albert Montanes 6-1, 6-0 in the second round on Tuesday. “For the first match on clay, it was great,” said Djokovic to press. “I lost only one game, so there were not too many flaws in my game that I could recall. On the other side, I’ve had an opponent who is a specialist on this surface, but he hasn’t played even close to his highest level. He was making a lot of unforced errors. “I was just trying to use the court well, not allow him to get into…
  • Francis Tiafoe Wins Easter Bowl

    Tennis Panorama News
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Francis Tiafoe photo by Cynthia Lum / USTA INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (April 13, 2014) – With his ultimate goal of winning an ASICS Easter bowl finally complete, 16-year-old Francis Tiafoe said his focus will now turn to the junior Grand Slam events in the coming months, including the French Open and Wimbledon. Tiafoe joined No. 4-seeded CiCi Bellis of Atherton, Calif., as the big ITF 18s winners as the 47th annual event ended with rave reviews from players, parents and coaches being played for the first time at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, home site of the BNP Paribas Open. The top-seeded…
  • Fernando Verdasco Wins Houston Title

    Tennis Panorama News
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:04 pm
      Fernando Verdasco (April 13, 2014) Spain’s Fernando Verdasco ended a four-year streak without a singles title on Sunday by winning the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston over countryman Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 7-6(4). Verdasco if the fifth ATP player over 30 to capture an event this year. His last tournament win was back in 2010 in Barcelona. “It’s been a long time since I’ve won a singles title,” Verdasco said. It’s a very important day for me to win a tournament after a few years and after the injury in my knee the last couple years.” “I’ve…
  • Caroline Garcia Nets First WTA Title with Win in Bogota

    Tennis Panorama News
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:40 pm
      (April 13, 2014) France’s Caroline Garcia won her first WTA title in her first final with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over top seed and defending champion Jelena Jankovic on Sunday in Bogota. The win over Jankovic was her first over a Top 10 player. Previously she was 0-6 versus the top 10. It was double victory day for the Frenchwoman as she paired with Lara Arruabarrena to win the doubles title. “I think I played pretty well. I’m very pleased,” Garcia said. “This is my first time in Colombia, and I loved the tournament and the people.” “I’m very happy to…
  • Alize Cornet Saves a Match Point to Win Katowice Open

    Tennis Panorama News
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:36 pm
    (April 13, 2014) Alize Cornet survived a match point before rallying to beat Camila Giorgi 7-6 (3), 5-7, 7-5 to win the Katowice Open. For the French women who won the match in three hours and 11 minutes, it was her fourth career WTA title. The Italian Giorgi had a match point in the 10th game of the third set and could not close the match. Cornet became just the second player this year to overcome a match point en route to a WTA title after Li Na did it in the third round at the Australian Open. “What a match,” Cornet said. “It was definitely a huge fight, which is what I expected, and…
 
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  • Serena in cutout and fishnet swimming suits for Fitness Magazine

    Marija
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:49 am
    Serena Williams is on the cover of the May issue of Fitness Magazine, but the photos from the spread are even more attantion-grabbing that the one from the cover. Smiling Serena, wearing a red cutout swimming suit probably got tired of modeling poses and embraced her gymnastics skills, making a bridge on the beach. Besides the sexy red swimwear, Serena wore another cutout piece, this time in white and highlighted by a fishnet in mid section. Quite provocative! And finally, here's the cover! (source: The Slice) The post Serena in cutout and fishnet swimming suits for Fitness Magazine…
  • Garcia takes it all in Bogota, Cornet wins Katowice

    Marija
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:54 am
    While Top 20 youngsters Sloane Stephens and Eugenie Bouchard are yet to win their first WTA titles, 20-year-old Caroline Garcia of France not only defeated top seed and defending champion Jelena Jankovic 6-3 6-4 to triumph at the Claro Open Colsanitas in Bogota for her first Top 10 victory and maiden WTA title, but she became the first woman in almost two years to complete the singles-doubles sweep, winning in doubles with Lara Arruabarrena. Entering the final, Garcia was 0-6 against Top 10 players and 0-2 against Jankovic, but in those two losses to the former world No.1 Serb, Garcia had…
  • Little Bondarenkos + update on Kateryna's comeback

    Marija
    12 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    Sisters Kateryna, Alona and Valeria Bondarenko Not so long ago these tennis sisters were the it girls of women's tennis, especially Alona and Kateryna who even won the 2008 Australian Open doubles together. However, more or less from the time they got married, Alona at the age of 26 to Nikolay Dyachok on July 8, 2010 and two years younger Kateryna soon afterwards to Denis Volodko in September 2011, the two have disappeared, not only from the tennis courts, but from the news and social media altogether. During their career peak, they were very much talked about and attracted a lot of…
  • Anna Tatishvili becomes an American

    Marija
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:50 am
    World No.102 Anna Tatishvili, born in Tbilisi, Georgia, whose place of residence has been Boca Raton, Florida, is now officially the citizen of the United States. There is still no news whether she will play for her new country or continue to play for Georgia, but I assume the switch will be complete, especially if we consider the quote of her father Dimitry of seven years ago: For me, if Anna is a good player, America has done it for her. Her English is very good, and we are working now four years with Chris [Evert]. I feel American. My sister has been an American citizen for 18 years. The…
  • Sharapova gets into sunscreen business with Supergoop!

    Marija
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:16 am
    Maria Sharapova is spreading her empire, no surprise! The business-savvy tennis champion is adding co-ownership of a UV-focused skincare company Supergoop! to her long list of off-court endeavors. According to Forbes, Sharapova earned $23 million aside from tennis last year and now she’s investing further, in something that is a natural part of tennis players’ everyday routine – sunscreen. As stated at Sharapova’s official website, the partnership is "organic", as she already used the 6-year-old company's products. The highest-paid female athlete is partnered with Nike…
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  • 2014 prize money increases

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:03 am
    The 2014 French Open will be offering overall prize money of €25,018,900, which represents an increase of €3 million compared with 2013.
  • Seventh heaven for Serena

    1 Apr 2014 | 3:35 am
    The Miami final pitted the two best players in the world against each other, and in the end it was world No.1 Serena Williams who emerged victorious over Na Li (No.2) to bag her seventh title in the Florida sun.
  • Djokovic – Master(s)chef

    1 Apr 2014 | 3:32 am
    Novak Djokovic laid down a marker in Miami, winning his second ATP Masters 1000 tournament in a row and the 18th of his career, hot on the heels of his success at Indian Wells. In the final, he swept his main rival Rafael Nadal aside in straight sets, cruising to a 6-3, 6-3 win.
  • Desert song for Djokovic at Indian Wells

    17 Mar 2014 | 6:43 am
    In the Californian desert at Indian Wells, Novak Djokovic bagged his first title of the season, defeating Roger Federer in the final.
  • Ticket sales open to the public on 12th March

    11 Mar 2014 | 2:18 am
    Don’t miss out on buying tickets for Roland Garros 2014: make sure you are ready on the morning of 12th March because they sell out fast!
 
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  • Can del Potro pull off another comeback?

    Tennis Talk, Anyone?
    23 Mar 2014 | 9:29 am
    I was at a party yesterday talking to a tennis-liking/playing friend of mine and as usual, talked turned to the pro game: Federer's resurgence, Djokovic's toughness, etc.Then we started talking about Juan Martin del Potro and that wrist of his. Tough break after all that work to rise from the 400s to a spot in the top 10, and now another year lost.You have to wonder if he has another epic comeback in him. In talking with my friend, I noted how young del Potro is. He  mentioned how it's one thing for Nadal to come back because he's so mentally tough, but how will it be for del…
  • Djokovic was up too long

    Tennis Talk, Anyone?
    7 Feb 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Figured I should add a post so I'm not always reminded of my pick being off!But in case you missed it out there in your Internet tennis reading, I backtracked some and called it on Wawrinka topping him in their QF matchup. Yay me!It was a fun tournament to watch, but it's time to move on. This weekend is Fed Cup and I have a story coming out tomorrow on Captain America, Mary Joe Fernandez. I'll be tweeting links and all, so hope you'll check it out!
  • Round of 16s: It's what I do (Australian Open men's and women's predictions)

    Tennis Talk, Anyone?
    11 Jan 2014 | 10:22 pm
    And here we are: Australian Open time!With that, I'm going to give you the round-of-16-to-winner picks I do every Slam. I've been batting about .750 on the men over the years, while usually operating on a 50-50 clip for the women.Anyway, here I go. First with the men:Round of 16 Rafael Nadal (1) vs. Kei Nishikori (16)Grigor Dmitrov (22) vs. Juan Martin del Potro (5)Andy Murray (4) vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber (21)Marin Cilic vs. Roger Federer (7)Tomas Berdych (7) vs. Kevin Anderson (19)Florian Mayer vs. David Ferrer (3)Stanislas Wawrinka (8) vs. Richard Gasquet (9)Juan Monaco vs.  Novak…
  • Kinda excited for '14: You?

    Tennis Talk, Anyone?
    28 Dec 2013 | 2:53 pm
    I promise I didn't give up on '13 because Federer didn't win the US Open as inaccurately predicted in my last post!I dug what happened throughout the rest of the season: I mean, what can you say about the play of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams post-Open? Amazing, that's what I'll say!And I think the sport's in an exciting place for the year ahead. For one, these coaching announcements the past few days are bonkers! Becker? Edberg? Chang? Wow. Players are fired up and I am, too.That being said, I'm going to do everything I can to write everywhere I can: here, The Doubles…
  • Sticking with tradition: U.S. Open predictions from the round of 16 on

    Tennis Talk, Anyone?
    26 Aug 2013 | 4:35 am
    It's that time of the year again, where all the stars descend upon the Big Apple—where I happen to be—for the year's final Slam, the U.S. Open.And I'm going to do what I do here Slam time, give you my picks from the fourth round on.First, the men:Fourth roundDjokovic (1) vs. GranollersHaas (12) vs. Melzer (29)Murray (3) vs. Seppi (20)Anderson (17) vs. Berdych (6)Tursunov (32) vs. Raonic (10)Janowicz (14) vs. Ferrer (4)Federer (7) vs. Nishikori (11)Isner (13) vs. Nadal (2)QuarterfinalsDjokovic vs. Melzer; Murray vs. Berdych; Tursunov vs. Ferrer; Federer vs. NadalSemifinalsDjokovic over…
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  • Ohio State Men, Duke Women Maintain Top Spots in ITA Rankings; Steve Johnson Feature; Har-Tru Pro Circuit French Open Wild Card Challenge Underway

    Colette Lewis
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:15 pm
    I've missed a lot in college tennis during my past two weeks in California, but nothing has changed at the top of the rankings in either singles or doubles.The Duke women continue to hold the No. 1 spot, with their final regular season conference matches on the road this week against No. 17 Clemson and No. 27 Georgia Tech, with the ACC tournament following on April 24-27.  Alabama was the big mover this week, with the Crimson Tide rising to No. 3, the highest ranking ever for the program, after beating Georgia in Athens on Friday 4-3. With their win over Tennessee in Knoxville on Sunday,…
  • A Visit to UCLA; USTA Honors Coaches at Easter Bowl

    Colette Lewis
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:46 pm
    After a very long Sunday at the Easter Bowl, today was a "vacation" day for me in Southern California. My husband and I were invited to visit UCLA by men's assistant Grant Chen, and because in my nine previous Carson/Easter Bowl California trips I had never done so, today was the day.The UCLA men were off today, after returning yesterday from their weekend matches against Utah and Arizona, although a few of them, including freshmen Joe Di Giulio and Mackenzie McDonald, were at the Los Angeles Tennis Center to hit. Sloane Stephens was also there practicing in preparation for the Fed Cup tie…
  • Tiafoe, Bellis Win ITF Easter Bowl Titles; Stewart and McNally Claim 16s Championships

    Colette Lewis
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:59 pm
    ©Colette Lewis 2014--Indian Wells, California--Although CiCi Bellis isn't sporting a necklace with a small crown hanging from it as boys champion Francis Tiafoe is, there's no question the 15-year-old Californian is the queen of the Asics Easter Bowl. After her 6-3, 6-1 victory over No. 9 seed Katie Swan Sunday at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, Bellis has now won two consecutive titles, adding the ITF Grade B1 title to the 16s championship she won last year.The 16-year-old Tiafoe, who like Bellis is a former Les Petits As and World Junior Tennis Team champion, has never had the success he…
  • Bellis Faces Swan, Tiafoe Meets Ponwith for ITF Grade B1 Easter Bowl Titles Sunday

    Colette Lewis
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:58 pm
    ©Colette Lewis 2014--Indian Wells, California--Francis Tiafoe and CiCi Bellis will once again spend a Sunday in search of a major ITF title.  Top seed Tiafoe, a finalist at the International Spring Championships, and No. 4 seed Bellis, the girls champion at Carson last week, earned their places in the Asics Easter Bowl Grade B1 championships in contrasting styles Saturday at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.Bellis trailed top seed Sofia Kenin 4-2 in the final set before reeling off four straight games to post a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory, while Tiafoe eased past No. 13 seed Robert Levine 6-2,…
  • Tiafoe Downs Fritz to Reach Semis, Kenin Survives Another Three-Hour Match as Top Seeds Advance to Easter Bowl Semifinals

    Colette Lewis
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:56 pm
    ©Colette Lewis 2014--Indian Wells, California--Top seed Francis Tiafoe is determined to take home a winner's trophy from his trip to California, and he took a big step toward that goal Friday, defeating No. 7 seed Taylor Fritz 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-2 on another 90 degree day at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.At 4-4 in the second set, Tiafoe was serving, down 15-40, just a point from Fritz serving for the match, but two winners, one of which was an ace to bring the game to deuce, saved him, and two points later it was 5-5.  Tiafoe didn't trail in the tiebreaker, but Fritz did save two set…
 
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  • Chardy Prefers Federer, but Thinks Nadal Will Win More Slams

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Jeremy Chardy shared his thoughts on Federer and Nadal with reporters in Monte-Carlo on Sunday. Speaking to reporters on Sunday at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, Frenchman Jeremy Chardy spent more time talking about Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer than himself after his 1-6, 6-2, 7-6 win over Igor Sijsling. Can Nadal Catch Federer in All-Time Grand Slam Title? Djokovic Weighs In The thoughtful 27-year-old from Pau, France didn't seem to mind, and ended up making some insightful remarks on the two tennis icons. “I prefer the game of Federer,” Chardy opined, “because I…
  • After Monte-Carlo Loss, Benoit Paire Just Wants to Go Home

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:40 am
    The 24-year-old is getting healthy, but needs time to regain his feel. Rising Frenchman Benoit Paire made a successful return to the ATP Tour last week after being sidelined for over two months with a left knee injury, but the 24-year-old Avignon, France native is still nowhere where he needs to be in terms of fitness and feel for the ball. Serena Williams Shows off Rockin' Body in Fitness Magazine After reaching the quarterfinals in Casablanca, Paire was bounced from the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters on Monday in three sets by Albert Montanes, 7-5, 4-6, 6-2. After playing three matches in…
  • Video: Seppi Shaves the Line with a Tweener against Youzhny in Monte-Carlo

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:56 am
    The Italian took a page from Roger Federer's playbook with this perfectly placed tweener on Tuesday. Is Andreas Seppi happy that the clay-court season is here? Judging from this exquisitely placed tweener during his 6-3, 7-6(4) upset of Mikhail Youzhny at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, we're thinking yes. Video: Robredo's Tasty Dropper Foils Goffin Check out this reply to a very well-placed lob off the racquet of the Russian. Seppi is about to ram into the FedCom sign on the back fence as he makes contact--good thing he knows how to slide. Pretty amazing. Seppi advances and will…
  • Nadal’s Poker Showdown – Federer’s Picturesque Photo Shoot – Azarenka’s Red Carpet Fashion

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    This week in tennis news brought us poker showdown between Rafael Nadal and Vanessa Selbst, ATP players taking the red carpet in Monte Carlo, and Roger Federer participating in a Rolex photo shoot. Plus, see how Fernando Verdasco celebrated his victory in Houston, and find out who became a new American citizen on the WTA.
  • Video: Tommy Robredo's Wicked Dropper Against Goffin in Monte-Carlo

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    The 31-year-old Spaniard displays extraordinary movement on the red clay in Monte-Carlo. Why is Tommy Robredo tied with Nicolas Almagro for third on the ATP's active clay-court win list? Because of absurdly good movement like this: Robredo, 31, was one of the big stories of last year's French Open when he came from two sets down in three consecutive matches to reach the quarterfinals. Could he have more surprises in store in 2014? If he keeps making plays like this, we say yes. Robredo's 6-4, 6-1 victory over David Goffin in Monte-Carlo today improves the Spaniard's all-time…
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  • Garcia wins everything in Bogota, France rules weekend

    Diane
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Caroline Garcia won her first WTA title today. The Frenchwoman upset top seed and defending champion Jelena Jankovic in the Bogota final, beating her 6-3, 6-4. This was Garcia's first win over a top 10 player. Serving for the match at 15-all, Garcia hit two aces followed by a winner.Jankovic had trouble finding her clay court legs in Charleston, and apparently has some work to do in this clay court season.Garcia, with partner Lara Arruabarrina, also won the doubles title. The champions upset top seeds Vania King and Chanelle Scheepers 7-6, 6-4 in the final. Garcia also beat King in singles in…
  • Jankovic advances to quarterfinals in Bogota

    Diane
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Top seed Jelena Jankovic advanced to the quarterfinals in Bogota today when she defeated lucky loser Sofia Shapatava in the second round. Caroline Garcia also advanced to the quarterfinals. Sloane "I'll win when I'm 30" Stephens went out in straight sets in the opening round, defeated by Mariana Duque-Marino. Stephens, it was announced yesterday, will lead the USA Fed Cup team against France later this month. Other members of team USA are Madison Keys, Varvara Lepchenko and Christina McHale. The French team is composed of Alize Cornet, Caroline Garcia, Virginie Razzano, and Kristina…
  • Some final thoughts on Charleston

    Diane
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Photo by Daniel WardThe Family Circle Cup has long been known as a "star-maker" and "breakout" tournament, and it seems only natural that Andrea Petkovic would firmly emphasize her comeback by winning it. The event also showcased the considerable talent of Genie Bouchard, as well as some lesser known, but exciting, young players who have lots of potential. I thought it was a real treat that Jana Cepelova, Elina Svitolina and Belinda Bencic were all there, and they all did quite well.Photo by Daniel WardCepelova won our hearts with her "all by myself" independent spirit. Her box was empty, she…
  • Ivanovic wins Monterrey title

    Diane
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:03 pm
    In the WTA's first-ever all-Serbian final yesterday, 2nd seed Ana Ivanvic defeated the unseeded Jovana Jaksic 6-2, 6-1. The Monterrey title is the 13th of Ivanovic's career. Her victory moves her to number 8 in the Road to Singapore rankings.Ivanovic defeated Caroline Wozniacki in the semifinals. Jaksic defeated Kimiko Date-Krumm, who took out top seed Flavia Pemetta in the first round.
  • Petkovic dances her way to Charleston title

    Diane
    6 Apr 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Photo by Daniel WardAndrea Petkovic, who--after sustaining two serious injuries in succession--doubted she'd ever play in another big WTA final, won the premier-level Family Circle Cup today in Charleston. The intelligent, good-humored, dancing German defeated upstart Jana Cepelova in straight sets, 7-6, 6-2, to take the biggest title of her career. She then performed the Petko dance to wild applause, hit some autographed balls to the crowd, and delivered a very charming and entertaining acceptance speech at the trophy ceremony.Petkovic spoke throughout the week about the highs and lows of…
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  • Spend Labor Day at the US Open

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    Ready to plan your Labor Day US Open Package? The US Open is the final and, in our opinion, the most exciting Grand Slam of the year (maybe we’re a bit biased since it’s our home slam)! Labor Day Weekend in New York City is buzzing with energy and excitement — much of it in anticipation of the tennis at Flushing Meadows. Whether you’re a newbie or seasoned veteran to the US Open, our Labor Day Weekend Package is for you. Yes, you could plan every minute detail of the trip yourself, but why do that? You won’t get the best tickets, hotels near all the NYC…
  • Show Doubles Some Love– Win a Trip to the US Open!

    admin
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:43 am
    Most of you watch professional singles, but play more doubles. The only colorful doubles team getting any publicity is the Bryan Brothers, but now it’s your turn. Submit a picture of you and your doubles partner on a tennis court dressed as your favorite “duo” or “pair.” Get creative, and think beyond tennis. Whether you dress up as Bonnie and Clyde or John Lennon and Yoko Ono, let’s see you put a tennis spin on something otherwise unrelated. The submission that gets the most votes will win a trip for two on a signature Grand Slam Tennis Tours luxury travel package to the US Open…
  • The BNP Paribas Open… From Great, to Outstanding.

    admin
    20 Mar 2014 | 11:38 am
    We made it back to Vermont after two spectacular weeks at the BNP Paribas Open, and let’s just say that the transition has been more than a little bit depressing. After fourteen days of nothing but brilliant sunshine, warm temperatures, and great tennis, the weather here has us in a funk. Human beings just weren’t meant to endure snain. That’s not a made up word, but a word that those of you from the northeast will understand. Snain is the awful the snow/rain combination that makes spring still seem impossibly far away while also destroying hopes of any good skiing. Anyways, I digress,…
  • What Tennis Really Needs: A Return To Inconsistency.

    admin
    28 Feb 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Li Na, and Stanislas Wawrinka. Those are our most recent Slam winners. Let that sink in for a minute. Great players? Absolutely. Front-runners? Far from it. Now, I don’t mean to discredit the bodies of work of these players, specifically Li Na. To say that she had a fighting chance at the title might even have been an understatement, having been runner up in Melbourne twice, and already owning a Grand Slam title. But, when coupling her victory with Wawrinka’s, whose underdog story dwarfs that of David and Goliath, the storyline ventures from improbable to what many all would have thought…
  • There’s Only One Place to be in March: Palm Springs.

    admin
    14 Feb 2014 | 9:52 am
    If you hate sunny, perfect weather, limitless activity options, smiling faces, and world-class food, you can just stop reading now. If you love all these things, and aren’t serious about stepping up your vacation game, read on, and hopefully this verbose gushing about one of my favorite places on earth will motivate you to step it up and book your trip today. I am talking about Palm Springs, California, site of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Unless you are lucky enough to live in a warm, sunny climate year round, you know the feeling that comes with February. Days are short, and…
 
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    ATP Backspin by Todd Spiker

  • Week 15- Bon Voyage, Hard Courts

    Todd.Spiker
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Hey Y'all. Galileo here. It is time for us to wave goodbye to America, to hard courts and to the lottery of big titles. We now cross the Atlantic over to Europe, to the clay and to a place where every big title has already been won for all intents and purposes, unless of course they have painted the courts a funny color. Verdasco waved in the change with his first title since April 2010, in which he beat a player who no longer even plays [Barcelona over Soderling], and his first final since July 2013 where he lost to Berlocq in Bastad. After going 0-6 in his past six finals, and 2-8 in ten,…
  • The Cup Before the Clay

    Todd.Spiker
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Hey Y'all. Galileo here.This week is like the warm-up. It is like the serves and the gentle rallies before a ball is hit in anger. You're sitting there impatiently with popcorn or nachos or cereal and waiting for the match to begin. I sit here waiting for that clay season to start swinging, to do the twist. Yes, watching them warm up is interesting, but until I see Nadal hit that forehand on that surface the clay court season hasn't started.Before we look at that, though, the Davis Cup continued. Here are some fun numbers:10 - Straight ties the Czechs have won5 - Straight doubles matches…
  • A Quarter For Your Thoughts: 1Q Awards

    Todd.Spiker
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:17 pm
    The ATP season is one quarter over. So, who's three-quarters full?**2014 PLAYERS-OF-THE-1Q**1. Stanislas Wawrinka, SUI...suddenly, Stan really WAS the man in Melbourne. His stunning run to the Australian Open title -- complete with wins over Nadal & Djokovic -- made him the new Swiss #1 and the third-highest ranked player in the world. Sure, his results have been pretty disappointing ever since January. But, really, his 2014 season is already made no matter what happens the rest of the way.2. Novak Djokovic, SRB...his slow start included losses to both Wawrinka and Federer, but he's more than…
  • Wk.13- Novak is No Djoke in Miami

    Todd.Spiker
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Hey Y'all. Galileo here.Well, March is behind us. I had to wait for the Davis Cup draw before posting so that is why this is being posted late. So Djokovic won the double (IW & Miami) again after winning both back in 2011. Only Federer has won the double twice and he did it back to back. Djokovic is once more the world's best player, having dispatched an on song Nadal 6-3, 6-3 pretty handily. Is it a coincidence his resurgence occurred when his co-coach Becker went to go and have his hips replaced? I think that Becker is getting a bit of a bad rep actually. Perhaps he is showing Djokovic how…
  • Wk.12- Mid-Miami Moments

    Todd.Spiker
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Hey Y'all. Galileo here. Sorry for my belated update. Usually my social life is nothing, but sometimes people actually require my time and my talents [I don't have many], which usually never ends well for either party to be honest.Miami is deep in the second week, and I can see the clay season on the horizon, moving ever closer. Fognini continues to impress as does Federer and Raonic. Nadal and Djokovic have really started to turn up, too. The French are still nowhere, outside of the Davis Cup. Also, what odds on Sharapova to beat Williams? They are the only two active players with the grand…
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    The Tennis Times

  • Roland Garros and the FFT have announce French Open Rise in Prizemoney by More than $4.1 million – to $34.5 million

    The Insider
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:50 am
    Roland Garros and the FFT have announced that the French Open will rise to more than 25 million euros ($34.5 million) this year, an increase of 3 million euros ($4.1 million) from last year. The men’s and women’s champions will receive 1.65 million euros each, 150,000 euros more than 2013, and losing finalists will receive 825,000 euros, a raise of 75,000 euros. There are also notable increases for losers in the second, third and fourth rounds. Last year, the prize money went up from 18.7 million euros to 22 million euros. The tournament begins on May 25. Your reading: Roland…
  • Pink Haired Caroline Wozniacki Caddies for Rory McIlroy at The Masters 2014

    The Insider
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:18 am
    Pink Haired Caroline Wozniacki Caddies for Rory McIlroy at The Masters 2014. Looking very cute Caroline ???? Your reading: Pink Haired Caroline Wozniacki Caddies for Rory McIlroy at The Masters 2014 originally appeared on: The Tennis Times Join our Community: Twitter, Facebook
  • Andy Murray French Open 2014 Outfit for Paris from Adidas

    The Insider
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
    Andy Murray French Open 2014 Outfit for Paris from Adidas Your reading: Andy Murray French Open 2014 Outfit for Paris from Adidas originally appeared on: The Tennis Times Join our Community: Twitter, Facebook
  • Ana Ivanovic 2014 French Open Dress/Outfit

    The Insider
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:27 am
    Ana Ivanovic 2014 French Open Dress/Outfit. This is what Adidas outfit Ana Ivanovic will be wearing at the French Open. Your reading: Ana Ivanovic 2014 French Open Dress/Outfit originally appeared on: The Tennis Times Join our Community: Twitter, Facebook
  • Novak Djokovic Practicing with his dog Tesla Before His Real Practice with Dolgopolov

    The Insider
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:28 am
    Novak Djokovic Practicing with his dog Tesla Before His Real Practice with Dolgopolov Your reading: Novak Djokovic Practicing with his dog Tesla Before His Real Practice with Dolgopolov originally appeared on: The Tennis Times Join our Community: Twitter, Facebook
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    Tennis GuruTennis Guru

  • A. Dolgopolov vs G. Garcia-Lopez Monte Carlo Masters 2014 Tennis Live Video Stream Coverage

    Tennis Guru
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:27 pm
    The A. Dolgopolov vs G. Garcia-Lopez Monte Carlo Masters 2014 Tennis Live Video Stream Coverage is available here. This ATP Masters 1000 tournament is played on claycourts in Monaco and takes place from April 13 to 20, 2014. The event has a total financial commitment of € 3,452,415. The winner stands to win €549,000 plus [&hellip The post A. Dolgopolov vs G. Garcia-Lopez Monte Carlo Masters 2014 Tennis Live Video Stream Coverage appeared first on Tennis Guru.
  • N. Almagro vs N. Mahut Monte Carlo Masters 2014 Tennis Live Video Stream Coverage

    Tennis Guru
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    The N. Almagro vs N. Mahut Monte Carlo Masters 2014 Tennis Live Video Stream Coverage is available here. This ATP Masters 1000 tournament is played on claycourts in Monaco and takes place from April 13 to 20, 2014. The event has a total financial commitment of € 3,452,415. The winner stands to win €549,000 plus [&hellip The post N. Almagro vs N. Mahut Monte Carlo Masters 2014 Tennis Live Video Stream Coverage appeared first on Tennis Guru.
  • P. Andujar vs A. Seppi Monte Carlo Masters 2014 Tennis Live Video Stream Coverage

    Tennis Guru
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:24 pm
    The P. Andujar vs A. Seppi Monte Carlo Masters 2014 Tennis Live Video Stream Coverage is available here. This ATP Masters 1000 tournament is played on claycourts in Monaco and takes place from April 13 to 20, 2014. The event has a total financial commitment of € 3,452,415. The winner stands to win €549,000 plus [&hellip The post P. Andujar vs A. Seppi Monte Carlo Masters 2014 Tennis Live Video Stream Coverage appeared first on Tennis Guru.
  • L. Rosol vs M. Llodra Monte Carlo Masters 2014 Tennis Live Video Stream Coverage

    Tennis Guru
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:24 pm
    The L. Rosol vs M. Llodra Monte Carlo Masters 2014 Tennis Live Video Stream Coverage is available here. This ATP Masters 1000 tournament is played on claycourts in Monaco and takes place from April 13 to 20, 2014. The event has a total financial commitment of € 3,452,415. The winner stands to win €549,000 plus [&hellip The post L. Rosol vs M. Llodra Monte Carlo Masters 2014 Tennis Live Video Stream Coverage appeared first on Tennis Guru.
  • G. Monfils vs P. Carreno Busta Monte Carlo Masters 2014 Tennis Live Video Stream Coverage

    Tennis Guru
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:23 pm
    The G. Monfils vs P. Carreno Busta Monte Carlo Masters 2014 Tennis Live Video Stream Coverage is available here. This ATP Masters 1000 tournament is played on claycourts in Monaco and takes place from April 13 to 20, 2014. The event has a total financial commitment of € 3,452,415. The winner stands to win €549,000 [&hellip The post G. Monfils vs P. Carreno Busta Monte Carlo Masters 2014 Tennis Live Video Stream Coverage appeared first on Tennis Guru.
 
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    ATP Men's Tennis

  • Fernando Verdasco wins US Men's Clay Court Championship

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:14 am
    Fernando Verdasco wins US Men's Clay Court Championship Fernando Verdasco beat Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 7-6 (4) to win the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship .Verdasco ended a six-match losing streak in tournament finals. He also reached the doubles final and had been on the court six hours longer than Almagro going into the final."I'm so tired I don't know if I can talk so much," said Verdasco.Almagro had a walkover in the semifinals when Sam Querrey pulled out because of back injury.Almagro reached set point five times against Verdasco's serve in the ninth game of second set, but couldn't…
  • Djokovic looks to maintain edge over rival Nadal

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:11 am
    Djokovic looks to maintain edge over rival Nadal Novak Djokovic looks to continue his recent dominance over archrival Rafael Nadal at the Monte Carlo Masters and boost his confidence as he bids to win his only missing major at the French Open.Monte Carlo is the first of three Masters tournaments played on clay and is followed by Madrid and Rome in May, leading up to the French Open, which starts May 25.Nole narrowly lost to Nadal in a dramatic semifinal last year at Roland Garros, where a clumsy error at the net late in the fifth set curtailed the Serbian player's comeback, and then Nadal…
  • Gasquet out of Monte Carlo Masters

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Gasquet out of Monte Carlo Masters Richard Gasquet withdrew from the Monte Carlo Masters 2014 after failing to shake off a back injury.Gasquet hoped to take part in the tournament after returning to training this week."I only picked up the racket again on Tuesday, very steadily. But I've been in pain since yesterday and today, after 20 minutes of training, I couldn't carry on," Gasquet said on Saturday. "I could hardly even carry my bag. I thought things would be fine after 15 days without doing anything. But no, not at all."His absence means Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, initially facing Ernest Gulbis…
  • Garcia-Lopez wins Grand Prix Hassan II title

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    Garcia-Lopez wins Grand Prix Hassan II title Guillermo Garcia-Lopez won his first title in nearly four years after rallying to beat fourth-seeded Marcel Granollers 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 in an all-Spanish final on clay at the Grand Prix Hassan II on Sunday.The previous title for the 30-year-old Garcia-Lopez was on indoor hard courts in Bangkok back in 2010, and he had lost his previous two finals - last year on clay at Bucharest, Romania and on indoor hard courts at St. Petersburg, Russia.Granollers, who was bidding for his fifth career title, dropped his serve five times and was less consistent. The…
  • Davis Cup: Switzerland beats Kazakhstan 3-2 to reach semis

    7 Apr 2014 | 5:55 am
    Davis Cup: Switzerland beats Kazakhstan 3-2 to reach semis Roger Federer won the decisive singles match on Sunday to give Switzerland a 3-2 win over Kazakhstan in the Davis Cup and a spot in the semifinals for the first time in 11 years.Federer cruised to a 7-6 (0), 6-2, 6-3 victory over 64th-ranked Andrey Golubev, then ran across the court to embrace team captain Severin Luethi."We're very relieved and very happy," said the 32-year-old Federer, who has never won a Davis Cup title. "It was a long weekend with a lot of tennis."Trailing 2-1 after losing Saturday's doubles, Switzerland had drawn…
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    Tennis Fixation

  • What’s The Rule On Reaching Over The Tennis Net? Tennis Quick Tips Podcast 36

    Kim
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:33 pm
    In this episode of Tennis Quick Tips, I’m going to explain one of the weird rules of tennis that probably gets violated more often than you realize. It’s the rule on reaching over the net. You can listen to this episode by clicking on the gray media player above or by listening in with your favorite podcast app. You can also subscribe in iTunes by clicking on this link: tennisfixation.com/itunes.SHOW NOTES AND TRANSCRIPT:If you’re going to put a lot of time, effort and money into playing tennis, you should also put some time and effort into learning the rules of tennis. I’m a…
  • Tennis Fashion Fix: Martina Hingis & Tonic & Me

    Kim
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:23 am
    One of the great things about my complete fixation with tennis is how many tennis pros I’ve gotten to meet. They are almost always super nice and completely accessible. And Martina Hingis is both of these things.This week, I was lucky enough to meet her at an event held at Tennis Express featuring a new line of tennis wear that Martina wears and helped design for fitness apparel manufacturer Tonic. If you’re not familiar with Tonic, I wasn’t either. They’re based in Canada and, up to now, had been putting out some fairly beautiful yoga wear.  But Martina approached…
  • How To Get Laser Focus On The Tennis Court – Tennis Quick Tips Podcast 35

    Kim
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:02 pm
    In this episode, I’ll focus on just what you need to get “laser” focus on court during your tennis matches.  You can listen to this episode by clicking on the gray media player above or by listening in with your favorite podcast app. You can also subscribe in iTunes by clicking on this link: tennisfixation.com/itunes.SHOW NOTES:In this week’s episode, I give you my best tips for building up your mental strength by getting laser focused on the tennis court. Listen in and learn how to:1. Be aware – gain an awareness of exactly what is happening on your course and…
  • What’s The Best String Tension For Your Tennis Racquet? – Tennis Quick Tips Podcast 34

    Kim
    24 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    Another episode of the Tennis Quick Tips podcast is here! In this episode, I’ll tell you all about getting the string tension exactly right for your tennis racquet and your style of play.  You can listen to this episode by clicking on the gray media player above or by listening in with your favorite podcast app. You can also find it in iTunes by clicking on this link: tennisfixation.com/itunes.TRANSCRIPT:In last week’s podcast, I talked about a piece of equipment you may or may not use on your tennis racquet – the vibration dampener. In this episode, I want to talk about a…
  • Does Your Tennis Racquet Need A Vibration Dampener? – Tennis Quick Tips Podcast 33

    Kim
    13 Mar 2014 | 8:06 am
    Another episode of the Tennis Quick Tips podcast is here! In this episode, I’ll tell you everything you need to know about using a vibration dampener on using a vibration dampener on your tennis racquet. You can listen to this episode by clicking on the gray media player above or by listening in with your favorite podcast app.TRANSCRIPT:One of the great things about tennis is that it’s a sport that doesn’t really require a whole lot of equipment to enjoy. Just a racquet and a tennis ball. You don’t even need a court since hitting up against a wall can actually be fun and…
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    Miami Tennis News.com

  • Djokovic downs Nadal for fourth Sony Open title in Miami

    MiamiTennisNews.com
    30 Mar 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Miami, Ricky Dimon The fourth time was not the charm for Rafael Nadal. Novak Djokovic, on the other hand, made his fourth time look easy. Djokovic captured his fourth title at the Sony Open Tennis tournament and dropped Nadal to 0-4 for his career in Miami finals with a 6-3, 6-3 rout on Sunday afternoon. The Serb saved the only break point he faced the entire way in the very first game of the match before cruising in one hour and 23 minutes. After missing his chance at 30-40 in the opening game, Nadal was rarely competitive. He dropped serve at 2-3 in the first set and Djokovic was off to…
  • Serena captures a record-setting seventh Sony Open title

    MiamiTennisNews.com
    29 Mar 2014 | 3:31 pm
    (March 29, 2014) Serena Williams came back from a 2-5 deficit in the first set to win 11 of the next 12 game to close out Li Na 7-5, 6-1 to claim a record-setting seventh Sony Open title on Saturday. This marks Williams’ 59th title of her career, 14 more than any other currently active player on the WTA Tour and the seventh most in history. Williams came out sluggish in the first set going down two breaks to Li to trail 2-5. Li served for the set twice and had one set point which Williams overcame. “I don’t think I was play(ing) bad,” Li said. “Maybe she just start a little bit…
  • Nadal overcomes Raonic, joins Berdych in Sony Open semifinals

    MiamiTennisNews.com
    28 Mar 2014 | 7:54 am
    Miami, Ricky Dimon Rafael Nadal passed his first real test of the Sony Open Tennis tournament with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Milos Raonic during semifinal action on Thursday night. Nadal held his last nine service games and won 20 of 24 service points in the third set before advancing in two hours and 35 minutes. Raonic had never taken a set off Nadal in four previous meetings and the underdog was going up against an opponent who had dropped a mere nine games in his first three Miami matches. Still, Raonic showed plenty of belief. The 6’5” Canadian saved all three of the break…
  • Serena Williams, Li Na advance to the 2014 Sony Open Final

    MiamiTennisNews.com
    27 Mar 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-3 on Thursday to reach the Sony Open final. For the 17-time major winner, it was her 15th straight win over the Russian improving her record overall to 16-2. The American had to rally from deficits in each set during her semifinal match – 1-4 in the first set and 0-2 in the second. “I wasn’t playing my best,” Williams said. “I knew if I wanted to stay in the tournament and make another final, I just had to play better.” “I started off really well, and I was up in a lot of the games and didn’t win them…
  • Controversy, drama result in Djokovic vs. Nishikori semifinal at Sony Open

    MiamiTennisNews.com
    27 Mar 2014 | 5:44 am
    Miami, Ricky Dimon After a wild Wednesday at the Sony Open Tennis tournament in Miami, the first men’s singles semifinal is set. It will not be a rematch of the Indian Wells final between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. Instead, Djokovic will be going up against Kei Nishikori. Djokovic beat Andy Murray 7-5, 6-3 before Nishikori upset Federer 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. Despite the straightforward scoreline compared to that of the nightcap, even Djokovic’s quarterfinal win was not without some dramatic moments. With Murray serving at 5-5 in the first set, Djokovic appeared to reach over the…
 
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    OnCourt Advantage - Tennis: Live it, Learn it, Love it!

  • Monte Carlo Tennis 2014 [Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters]

    OnCourt Advantage
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:27 pm
    The 2014 Monte-Carlo Open is the 108th edition of this men’s ATP Tour Masters 1000 category tournament. Monte-Carlo isofficially named the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters due to title sponsor naming rights and is the first men’s major tournament of the clay court season each year. Monte-Carlo runs from the first day of the men’s qualifying event on Saturday 12 April through to the Men’s Singles Final on Sunday 20 April. The 2013 men’s singles champion was No.1 seed Novak Djokovic who defeated No.3 seed Rafael Nadal in the final 6-1, 7-6 [7-1] to win his first Monte-Carlo…
  • Australian Open 2014 Ranking Points: Men

    OnCourt Advantage
    2 Jan 2014 | 7:59 am
    The 2014 Australian Open men’s singles event provides a great opportunity for players to achieve three of the top handful of most coveted goals in men’s tennis: winning a Grand Slam title, earning more ranking points towards qualifying for the year-end ATP World Tour Finals in London and achieving a career-high ranking. The four Grand Slam tournaments offer the highest number of ranking points possible out of all the tournaments throughout the year. Interestingly, the 2,000 points a Grand Slam champion earns for winning the title was well over half the total number of points that were…
  • New Sponsors Stepping Onto Court

    OnCourt Advantage
    5 Dec 2013 | 8:51 am
    A typical Grand Slam tennis match is no longer just about the stroke and bounce, it’s also about branding. The last decade has been dominated with clothing proudly displaying swooshes (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams) and three striped sleeves (Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Caroline Wozniacki) as well as the odd double diamond. It’s been fairly predictable until now. There’s a new goup of fashion and lifestyle brands jumping onto court and they’re putting big money behind the players. It was a bit of a surprise when Novak Djokovic signed with Japanese fast-fashion…
  • Li Na – The Purpose behind the Smile

    OnCourt Advantage
    26 Nov 2013 | 7:50 am
    At first glance, Andy Murray and Li Na may appear to have little in common. While they both play tennis and sit within the upper echelons of their sport, for example, they are also separated by vast geographical and cultural differences that are inescapable. Despite this, however, there is one other thing that unites them, as they both carry the hopes of an entire nation on their shoulders every time they step out onto the court. This is a great challenge with both players winning a Grand Slam title and in the case of Murray – two. Li Na: Bridging the Gap between Western and Eastern…
  • Australian Open 2014 Tennis Shop

    OnCourt Advantage
    22 Nov 2013 | 8:14 am
    With Christmas just over a month away now is the time to get your discount sporting goods and Australian Open 2014 souvenirs and presents. The Australian Open tennis shop has his and hers covered plus for children with all the merchandise that you could possibly want. A list of the official merchandise is below. Pictured is the very popular Australian Open 2014 official men’s player towel, definitely a must for the collection. I certainly snaffled a the French Open men’s player towel not long after entering the grounds at Roland Garros this year! Australian Open 2014 merchandise:…
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    Everyball Tennis

  • Inspirational sporting stories

    Everyball Tennis
    12 Apr 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Not many more so than the life story of Eric Liddell, the 1924 Olympic Games (as dramatised by the film Chariots of Fire in 1981) and beyond.
  • Sophie does the double

    Everyball Tennis
    12 Apr 2014 | 4:44 am
    16s and 18s Grade 2 Notts Champ. Good week's work SDL!
  • Sophie wins LTA Grade 2 in Nottingham

    Everyball Tennis
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Great job Sophie in beating Ellie-Rose Griffiths in today's 16&U final at the LTA G2 Notts event 6-3 6-4. Finals of 18s tomorrow against same opposition after beating Abi Amos in semis. Stick to it Sophie.
  • Rickmansworth Grade 3 - Warmups

    Everyball Tennis
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:57 am
    Jemima King will be leading warm-ups at the LTA Grade 3 at Rickmansworth next week, 7.55 am - 8.55 am each day.  Please confirm your attendance with her each day - jemima@everyball.net
  • What if NOTHING is IMPOSSIBLE?

    Everyball Tennis
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Worth 5 minutes of your time to watch this..... http://funniestvideoalbum.blogspot.sg/2014/03/what-if-nothing-is-impossible.html?m=1
 
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    Rich Neher's feed

  • Tiafoe and Bellis win 2014 ASICS Easter Bowl 18s Singles in Indian Wells

    Rich Neher, LA Tennis Examiner
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Almost every American tennis great has played in the Easter Bowl including: Sampras, Agassi, McEnroe, Connors, Davenport, Capriati, Austin, Roddick, Ginepri and Querrey and current Top 100 players John Isner, Ryan Harrison, Christina McHale and...
  • San Diego Aviators announce 2014 season schedule

    Rich Neher, LA Tennis Examiner
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    Mylan World TeamTennis returns to ‘America’s Finest City’ in the form of the San Diego Aviators this July at the Valley View Casino Center, formerly the San Diego Sports Arena. In its inaugural season, the Aviators...
  • National Wounded Warriors Training Camp set for May 20-23 at Balboa in San Diego

    Rich Neher, LA Tennis Examiner
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
    The third annual National Wounded Warrior Tennis Camp is scheduled to take place May 20-23, 2014 at the Balboa Tennis Club located at 2221 Morley Field Dr, San Diego, CA 92104. A fundraising effort is underway to assist Wounded...
  • Two NorCal girls win singles titles at big USTA junior event in Carson

    Rich Neher, LA Tennis Examiner
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:52 am
    Alaina Miller (Saratoga) wins the 16s Singles title and CiCi Bellis wins 18s Singles title at the 2014 USTA International Spring Championships at the StubHub Center in Carson.16s SinglesFifteen-year-old Alaina Miller of Saratoga, Calif., the No....
  • World's top junior tennis players competing in Los Angeles

    Rich Neher, LA Tennis Examiner
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:13 am
    The annual USTA International Spring Championships will showcase some of world’s top juniors in Carson. Beginning Monday, the top-10 world ranked American Tiafoe and Southern California's Smith and Fritz will vie for the top prize...
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    peRFect Tennis

  • Monte Carlo Draw: Federer and Djokovic in Same Half

    Jonathan
    12 Apr 2014 | 5:11 am
    The draw for the 2014 Rolex Monte Carlo Masters is out and Federer has landed in the same half as Djokovic so they’re set to meet in the Semi Finals. Still a bit of a surprise Roger has decided to play here but I’m looking forward to seeing how he fairs on the dirt. His ...The post Monte Carlo Draw: Federer and Djokovic in Same Half appeared first on peRFect Tennis.
  • Federer Accepts Wildcard into Monte Carlo

    Jonathan
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Big surprise here as Roger has accepted a wildcard into Monte Carlo. Having not played the tournament since 2011 I am surprised he’s decided to do so this year. The tournament always keeps a wildcard available to him until the last minute but usually he never takes it. The question I have does he know ...The post Federer Accepts Wildcard into Monte Carlo appeared first on peRFect Tennis.
  • Switzerland Defeat Kazakhstan in Geneva to Make Davis Cup Semi Finals

    Jonathan
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:39 am
    Hey all, a rather eventful weekend in the Davis Cup as Team Switzerland fought back from 1-2 down to beat Kazakhstan 3-2 and move into the Semi Finals. A comeback was always likely but there were big question marks over Wawrinka’s form and ability to perform on Swiss soil but luckily Stanimal found some form ...The post Switzerland Defeat Kazakhstan in Geneva to Make Davis Cup Semi Finals appeared first on peRFect Tennis.
  • Roger Federer’s Outfit for Madrid Masters and Rome 2014

    Jonathan
    3 Apr 2014 | 12:08 pm
    It’s about 4 weeks until Roger’s back in action on the ATP Tour but his outfit for Madrid and Rome is already available from most of the online tennis stores. First impression are it’s ok but nothing special, not something I plan on buying. Nike have opted for the V neck style rather than the ...The post Roger Federer’s Outfit for Madrid Masters and Rome 2014 appeared first on peRFect Tennis.
  • Nishikori Ends Federer’s Miami Run

    Jonathan
    27 Mar 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Hey all, bit of a surprise loss here as Roger crashed out at the hands of Kei Nishikori 3-6 7-5 6-4 under the flood lights at Crandon Park. I thought after strolling past Gasquet we’d be seeing another straight sets victory but it wasn’t to be. All comes down to a poor serving display from ...The post Nishikori Ends Federer’s Miami Run appeared first on peRFect Tennis.
 
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    Tennis Grandstand

  • “Andy Murray: Wimbledon Champion: The Full Extraordinary Story” A Fascinating And Revealing Biography

    Walker
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    “Andy Murray: Wimbledon Champion: The Full Extraordinary Story,” the new book documenting the life of Andy Murray and his history-making championship at Wimbledon in 2013, is now available in paperback in the United States. “Andy Murray: Wimbledon Champion,” written by veteran tennis journalist Mark Hodgkinson and available here on Amazon.com: http://m1e.net/c?96279190-0uRWdMinyv5kE%4090388149-CE1I3gVtSfFB2 and wherever books are sold in the United States for $19.95, is a fascinating and revealing biography of Murray, who last summer became the first British man in 77 years…
  • Numbers Don’t Lie…Or Do They?

    Walker
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    by Thaddeus McCarthy   When we talk about the greatest rivalry in tennis history (GROAT), men and women, experts are often unanimous in their verdict. Everyone points out that it is of course Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. Surely with 80 clashes and yet an only slim 43-37 favour for Martina, then this rivalry has the numbers to back it up. Considering that the next largest rivalry in the women’s game is only 43, and the longest in men’s is 39, then surely their needn’t be any more proof that the Evert/Navratilova is and was the greatest. Similarly we could say the same thing…
  • Elina Svitolina A Rising Star In Women’s Tennis

    Walker
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Elina Svitolina is one of the bright young stars in women’s tennis today and has secured her position as the WTA’s highest ranked teenager in the world. Svitolina, 19, made her top 100 debut in February last year, and ranks No. 35 after the Family Circle Cup where she registered an upset of Sloane Stephens. Svitolina has also beaten Roberta Vinci at the Open GDF Suez in Paris and WTA’s 2013 newcomer of the year, Eugenie Bouchard at the Sony Open in Miami. Svitolina emerged as one to watch when she won the 2010 Roland Garros girls’ event at just 15 years old, followed by the 2013…
  • Bobby Riggs Back In Spotlight

    Walker
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:15 am
    By Connor Flynn Interesting news that broke recently from tennis and entertainment is that Will Ferrell has signed on to play Bobby Riggs in a new movie adaptation of the “Battle of the Sexes.” Besides his epic, society-changing match with Billie Jean King, Riggs is best known for famously betting on himself in win singles, doubles and mixed titles at Wimbledon in 1939. He was the most infamous gambler in tennis history,  although, on the shadier side of betting, he was allegedly to have thrown his match with King to relieve debts to mobsters, as ESPN reported here:…
  • Ivan Lendl Talks Star Coaches Coaching Star Players, Golf And Playing PowerShares Series Tennis

    Walker
    29 Jan 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Fresh off helping Andy Murray get back to form after back surgery at the Australian Open, Ivan Lendl is getting his own game in shape. The 54-year-old winner of eight major singles titles is set to play five events on the PowerShares Series champions tennis circuit starting February 5 in Kansas City, Missouri. The following is the transcript of the telephone news conference Lendl conducted Wednesday to promote his appearances on the 12-city circuit for champion tennis players over the age of 30.   RANDY WALKER: Thank you all for joining us today for our PowerShares Series tennis…
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    10sBalls | Tennis can't be Tennis without Balls

  • TENNIS CANADA INVITES THE PUBLIC TO ATTEND FED CUP PRACTICES For Free

    Staff
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:41 pm
    TENNIS CANADA INVITES THE PUBLIC TO ATTEND FED CUP PRACTICES Come watch Eugenie Bouchard, Aleksandra Wozniak and the Canadian team practice at the PEPS of Université Laval   In preparation for the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group I play-off tie between Canada and the Slovak Republic this weekend in Quebec City, Tennis Canada is inviting fans to come and watch team practices for free at the PEPS of Université Laval on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, starting at 9:30 a.m.   On Wednesday morning, fans can expect to see Aleksandra Wozniak and Sharon Fichman practice at 9:30 a.m.
  • The Bryan Bros. Win #97 at River Oaks & They Are The Only Americans Playing In Monte Carlo

    Staff
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Bryan Brothers Win Houston for the Fifth Time     Bob and Mike Bryan edged closer to their 100th team title on Saturday, rallying for a 4-6, 6-4, 11-9 victory over David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco of Spain in the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship final at the picturesque and historic River Oaks Country Club.   It was the Bryans’ fifth Houston crown and 97th overall. The top-seeded American duo extended their winning streak to 17 straight, claiming their fourth consecutive title after recently hoisting the trophies at Delray Beach, Indian Wells and Miami.   "It was…
  • Gardnar Mulloy’s Letter To The Editor Of Tennis Week

    Staff
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Editors Note: We ran across this classic from dear Gardnar. We hope you enjoy it. We have a call into him to find out the date he sent this letter to the editor of Tennis Week, The amazing Eugene L.Scott.   The following was published in a past edition of Tennis Week Magazine as a “Beyond the Baseline” Letter to the Editor and written by International Tennis Hall of Famer Gardnar Mulloy.   People often ask me, "What's the best tennis racquet to use?" The answer is moot but as complex as brain surgery if you listen to the manufacturers. A tennis racquet has a direct relationship…
  • Tennis Channel Everywhere Is Now Courtside With Dish Anywhere

    Staff
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Tennis Channel partners with DISH to give subscribers court-side views via live streaming access   Authenticated viewers now have full access to Tennis Channel’s live content DISHAnywhere.com, Tennis Channel Everywhere app offer subscribers multiple platforms for spring clay court season ahead of French Open     Subscribers of DISH Network L.L.C., a wholly owned subsidiary of DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ: DISH), are now able to access Tennis Channel’s linear stream through DishAnywhere.com on computers and the Tennis Channel Everywhere app for Android and iOS devices. DISH…
  • The Season Of The Grinder by Justin Chaffee

    Staff
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Mention the French Open to a tennis fan and most likely the first image that pops into their mind is a red clay court. The clay court season has arrived and it is arguably the most challenging surface as well as fun surface to play on. Red clay courts are made up of crushed shale, stone, or brick and unlike a hard court they demand a lot of care to be maintained. For the clay court to play at its best requires a watering system, as well as bags of calcium chloride to ensure the court does not dry out. It also needs to be brushed after a long day of playing, and rolled a couple times a week,…
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    The Changeover

  • Margin of Error Podcast Episode 11: Monte-Carlo Preview

    Changeover Writing Staff
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    In this week’s episode of the Margin of Error podcast, Amy and Jeff discuss the tournaments in Bogota, Katowice, Houston, and Casablanca, and preview the upcoming clay season, including Monte-Carlo. Click here to listen. You can subscribe to the Margin of Error podcast on iTunes here. Like what you hear? Please leave us a review in the iTunes store so that others are more likely to find us. Thanks for listening. The post Margin of Error Podcast Episode 11: Monte-Carlo Preview appeared first on The Changeover.
  • Break Points: Caroline Wozniacki Sports Pink Hair at The Masters

    Changeover Writing Staff
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Notable Results: Monte-Carlo R1: Radek Stepanek d. Ivo Karlovic, 6-1, 6-2 Monte-Carlo R1: Alexandr Dolgopolov d. Ernests Gulbis, 6-2, 6-4 Katowice F: Alize Cornet d. Camila Giorgi, 7-6(3) 5-7, 7-5 Bogota F: Caroline Garcia d. Jelena Jankovic, 6-3, 6-4 Houston F: Fernando Verdasco d. Nicolas Almagro, 6-3, 7-6(4) News and Links: Donald McRae talked with Tomas Berdych in an insightful interview for The Guardian: “When you see someone coaching Federer you think: ‘Did the guy pay Roger to learn from him?’ But now it’s very nice because, when Roger was young, Stefan was his…
  • Break Points: Isner Apologizes for His Performance

    Changeover Writing Staff
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Notable Results: Houston R2: Jack Sock d. Benjamin Becker, 6-4, 6-3 Houston R2: Donald Young d. [6] Juan Monaco, 6-7, 7-4, 6-3 Houston QF: [4] Fernand Verdasco d. Donald Young, 7-6, 6-1 Katowice QF: [4] Alize Cornet d. [5] Klara Koukalova, 6-2, 0-6, 6-2 Katowice QF: Camila Giorgi d. Shahar Peer 6-1, 6-4 Bogota QF: [6] Vania King d. Mariana Duque-Marino 7-6, 7-5 Casablanca QF: [8] Guillermo Garcia-Lopez d. [3] Benoit Paire 7-5, 7-6 Casablanca QF: Roberto Carballes Baena* d. Andrey Kuznetsov 6-4, 6-2 *Carballes Baena is ranked No. 273 in the world News and Links: Dustin Brown had some hot shots…
  • Break Points: Federer Heads to Monte Carlo

    Changeover Writing Staff
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Notable Results Houston R16: Sam Querrey d. Lleyton Hewitt, 6-3 6-4 Houston R32: Donald Young d. Ryan Harrison 6-0 6-1 Casablanca R16: Victor Hanescu d. Kevin Anderson, 6-4 6-4 Bogota R32: Mariana Duque-Marino d. Sloane Stephens, 6-3 6-3 Katowice R32: Mirjana Lucic-Baroni d. Jovana Jaksic, 6-3 6-4 Itajai CH R16: Kimmer Coppejans d. Horacio Zeballos, 1-6 6-2 6-3 News and Links Roger Federer must be feeling pretty good, as he has accepted a wild card to play in Monte Carlo next week. He hasn’t played the event since 2011, and hasn’t gotten past the quarterfinals since 2008, when he…
  • Margin of Error Podcast Episode 10: How Significant is Davis Cup in a Top Player’s Legacy?

    Changeover Writing Staff
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    In this week’s episode of the Margin of Error podcast, Amy and Jeff discuss the WTA action in Charleston and Monterrey, the adventures of Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka in Davis Cup, and whether winning the Davis Cup matters in considering a top player’s legacy. Click here to listen. You can subscribe to the Margin of Error podcast on iTunes here. Like what you hear? Please leave us a review in the iTunes store so that others are more likely to find us. Thanks for listening. The post Margin of Error Podcast Episode 10: How Significant is Davis Cup in a Top Player’s…
 
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    AFRICAN TENNIS

  • Zimbabwean Rising Tennis Star In Need Of Funding

    Ashley
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Zimbabwean rising tennis star, Tariro Tasha Dembo, feels it’s time to take her game to the next level but there’s one huge problem: she doesn’t have the resources to do so. Dembo is ranked third in the country’s Under-18 category and has won several trophies at her country’s premiere tournaments. “I have participated in various […]The post Zimbabwean Rising Tennis Star In Need Of Funding appeared first on AFRICAN TENNIS.
  • South African Fed Cup Team Ready For Next Week’s Tie

    Ashley
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:47 pm
    South African Fed Cup team is ready for their Europe/Africa Group tie. The tie will be contested by eight nations in Siauliai, Lithuania next week from April 16-19th. The South African coach, Earl Grainger, is convinced his team has the goods to win the tie, which will get them into the Group I zone. “I’ve got […]The post South African Fed Cup Team Ready For Next Week’s Tie appeared first on AFRICAN TENNIS.
  • Nigeria To Host Tennis Open For National Ranking

    Ashley
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Nigeria will host Ekiti tennis open for national ranking. Vice President of Confederation of African Tennis (CAT), Yemi Owoseni, said the tournament, which will be held in Ekiti State, will enable players to earn national ranking points. “We have discovered that our players do not have enough tennis tournaments throughout the year apart from the […]The post Nigeria To Host Tennis Open For National Ranking appeared first on AFRICAN TENNIS.
  • South African Davis Cup Team Falls To Lithuania

    Ashley
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:22 pm
    South African Davis Cup team squandered a 2-1 lead against Lithuania and eventually lost the tie 3-2 on Sunday, April 6th. The Euro-Africa Group II Davis Cup tie was contested at the Irene Country Club in South Africa. On the first day of the tie, the two countries split the first two singles. On Saturday, […]The post South African Davis Cup Team Falls To Lithuania appeared first on AFRICAN TENNIS.
  • Botswana To Host African Youth Tennis Championships

    Ashley
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:08 pm
    This year’s African Youth Tennis Championships will be held next month in Botswana from May 22-31. Nigerian National Junior Tennis team will be among the national teams competing at the tournament. Nigeria’s National Junior Tennis coach, Ubale Mohammed, said he was confident that his team would perform well at the Championships. He told the News […]The post Botswana To Host African Youth Tennis Championships appeared first on AFRICAN TENNIS.
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