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Last updated on October 24, 2014 8:22:56 ET

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Coric Ends Nadal’s Season In Basel, Federer Overwhelms Dimitrov; Ferrer v Murray In Valencia
Rafael Nadal was stunned by a 17-year-old teen today in Basel.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | October 24, 7:22 pm ET


Rafael Nadal To Undergo Appendix Surgery On Nov 3, Will Miss Paris And London
Rafael Nadal's 2014 season is over.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | October 24, 3:02 pm ET


From around the web:

Coric Ends Nadal’s Season In Basel, Federer Overwhelms Dimitrov; Ferrer v Murray In Valencia
Rafael Nadal was stunned by a 17-year-old teen today in Basel.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | October 24, 7:22 pm ET


OnTheGo with Borna Coric
We got a chance to catch up with 17-year-old Borna Coric, who just stunned Rafael Nadal in Basel, before his quarterfinal match. Enjoy! When you return next year, what ranking do you want to be?Number 1! I’m joking. I want to be top 50 in the world. What is your strength?Backhand! Your next match is with Nadal with whom you practiced? We had an unbelievable 7 days. He’s one of the best in the history. It’s going to be nice to play against him. I’m very happy to be here. I’m going to give my best on the court and then we’ll see what
Home | October 24, 5:40 pm ET


Ferrer Nets 600th Win to Advance to Valencia Semis Along with Murray
By Florian Heer (October 24, 2014) VALENCIA – The first and third seeds headlined the action on Day 5 at the Valencia Open. Three-time Valencia champion David Ferrer defeated Tomaz Bellucci in only 67 minutes winning 6-1, 6-2. It was the 600th career win for the Spaniard, who has become the fourth active player to […]
Tennis Panorama | October 24, 5:03 pm ET


Coric upsets Nadal in Basel; Ferrer, Murray reach Valencia Open semifinals
Swiss Indoors Basel, Basel, Switzerland Quarterfinal results: Borna Coric defeats (2) Rafael Nadal 6-2, 7-6(4) (7) David Goffin defeats (4) Milos Raonic 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-4 (1) Roger Federer defeats (5) Grigor Dimitrov 7-6(4), 6-2 (8) Ivo Karlovic defeats Benjamin Becker 6-4, 6-4 ***** Valencia Open 500, Valencia, Spain Quarterfinal results: (1) David Ferrer defeats Thomaz Bellucci 6-1, 6-2 Jeremy Chardy defeats Pablo Carreno Busta 6-1, [...]
Tennis Connected | October 24, 4:05 pm ET


Rafael Nadal To Undergo Appendix Surgery On Nov 3, Will Miss Paris And London
Rafael Nadal's 2014 season is over.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | October 24, 3:02 pm ET


Baby Djokovic Mania – Wozniacki’s Meltdown – Nadal’s Surgery
This week in tennis news brought us the birth of the anticipated Djokovic baby, drama from the WTA Finals and some bestie action from Caroline Wozniacki and Serena Williams. Plus, find out why Rafael Nadal has decided to shut down his 2014 season.
Blog RSS | October 24, 11:53 am ET


Simona Halep: I’m Not Afraid To Play Serena Again!!!
Little Simona Halep isn't worried about Serena Williams.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | October 24, 11:46 am ET


Serena Williams Clinches The 2014 No. 1 Ranking, Goes To A Mariah Carey Concert With Wozniacki
Serena Williams will finish No. 1 for a fourth time in her career.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | October 24, 11:22 am ET


Serena v Wozniacki, Halep v Radwanska in WTA Finals Semis
Wozniacki, now into the Saturday semifinals where she will meet her friend Serena, would not have even qualified for the year-end champion had not Li Na withdrew from the tournament after announcing her retirement.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | October 24, 10:25 am ET


Semifinals set at WTA Finals while Serena Williams clinches year-end No. 1
  #457772362 / gettyimages.com By Stephanie Neppl   (October 24, 2014) SINGAPORE – Semifinal berths and the year-end WTA No. 1 ranking were on the line as the last round of WTA Finals round-robin play began on Friday.   Many scenarios existed to see who would be playing in Saturday’s semifinals, with just Simona Halep […]
Tennis Panorama | October 24, 10:00 am ET


Nadal Withdraws from Paris
The world No. 1 withdraws from the year's final Masters event, citing personal reasons. Hours prior to his semifinal in Basel, Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from next week’s Paris Masters event for personal reasons. Nadal (personal reasons), Cilic (right arm) and Gulbis (right shoulder) replaced in Paris by Andujar, Janowicz and Pospisil — Drew Lilley (@DrewLilley) October 24, 2014 Nadal, who has been battling appendicitis, did not say whether or not he plans to have the surgery, which he has said is pending, immediately. More: Nadal Pledges to Play through Appendicitis There was this tweet from tennis journalist Simon Briggs, so an announcement could
Blog RSS | October 24, 7:00 am ET


Live Stream: Wozniacki vs Williams WTA Singapore Championships 2014
The Live Stream: Wozniacki vs Williams WTA Singapore Championships 2014 is available here. The world's top eight female tennis players in singles and top eight female doubles teams converge in the Southeast Asian city of Singapore for the prestigious WTA Finals 2014 tournament. World number one Serena Williams leads the pack and will attemp to defend the title for the third time. The American, already a four-time champion at this event, qualified for this tournament for the 13th time. World number two and 2004 champion Maria Sharapova is back after missing the last year's edition due to injury. Watch Live
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | October 24, 1:48 am ET


Live Stream: Radwanska vs Halep WTA Singapore Championships 2014
The Live Stream: Radwanska vs Halep WTA Singapore Championships 2014 is available here. The world's top eight female tennis players in singles and top eight female doubles teams converge in the Southeast Asian city of Singapore for the prestigious WTA Finals 2014 tournament. World number one Serena Williams leads the pack and will attemp to defend the title for the third time. The American, already a four-time champion at this event, qualified for this tournament for the 13th time. World number two and 2004 champion Maria Sharapova is back after missing the last year's edition due to injury. Watch Live
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | October 24, 1:47 am ET


Serena Williams vs Caroline Wozniacki WTA Finals Singapore 2014 Live Video Stream
The Serena Williams vs Caroline Wozniacki WTA Finals Singapore 2014 Live Video Stream is available here. The world's top eight female tennis players in singles and top eight female doubles teams converge in the Southeast Asian city of Singapore for the prestigious WTA Finals 2014 tournament. World number one Serena Williams leads the pack and will attemp to defend the title for the third time. The American, already a four-time champion at this event, qualified for this tournament for the 13th time. World number two and 2004 champion Maria Sharapova is back after missing the last year's edition due
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | October 24, 1:45 am ET


Simona Halep vs Agnieszka Radwanska WTA Finals Singapore 2014 Live Video Stream
The Simona Halep vs Agnieszka Radwanska WTA Finals Singapore 2014 Live Video Stream is available here. The world's top eight female tennis players in singles and top eight female doubles teams converge in the Southeast Asian city of Singapore for the prestigious WTA Finals 2014 tournament. World number one Serena Williams leads the pack and will attemp to defend the title for the third time. The American, already a four-time champion at this event, qualified for this tournament for the 13th time. World number two and 2004 champion Maria Sharapova is back after missing the last year's edition due
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | October 24, 1:44 am ET


Serena Williams Secures Year-End No. 1 Ranking
The 18-time Grand Slam champion has locked up the WTA's year-end No. 1 ranking in back-to-back years for the first time. Serena Williams secured the WTA’s No. 1 ranking for a fourth time on Friday, when Maria Sharapova was eliminated from the WTA Finals in Singapore. The American has secured the year-end ranking in consecutive years for the first time in her career, and Williams is also the first player to hold the No. 1 ranking for the duration of a full season in 18 years. Steffi Graf was the last player to achieve the feat in 1996. Serena is also
Blog RSS | October 23, 10:38 pm ET


Video: Another Resplendent “Hot Dog” from Dimitrov
Hot dog, showboat, miracle -- whatever you want to call it, this tweener-backhand combo was superb. We don’t know about the commentator's use of the word “hot dog” because this tweener lob-backhand winner combo from Grigor Dimitrov was more like a bowl of salted caramel ice cream to us—absolutely sweet with a little bit of gourmet thrown in. More Hot Shots: Radwanska Goes Ninja on Kvitova in Singapore But whatever you want to call it—hot dog, human highlight film, showboat, artistry, showtime—the fact remains that Dimitrov really had no other choice but to play a tweener once Vasek Pospisil threw that lob
Blog RSS | October 23, 4:53 pm ET


Coric Defeats Nadal in Basel; Mmoh vs Baughman in Brownsville Semis; Finals Set in 16s at USTA Maste
Seventeen-year-old Borna Coric defeated Rafael Nadal today in Basel 6-2, 7-6(4), assuring himself a place in the ATP Top 100 next week. Coric has put together a great year--reaching two ATP quarterfinals, qualifying and winning a round at the US Open, taking a big Challenger title last month--but with this win he has put himself in a rare place. Just how rare Jeff Sackmann of Tennis Abstract details in his tweets this afternoon.After the match Nadal, who admittedly played poorly, particularly in the opening set and in the last few points of the tiebreaker, announced he would not be playing
ZooTennis | October 23, 3:00 pm ET


Federer, Coric reach quarterfinals in Basel; Ferrer, Murray move into Valencia Open final eight
Swiss Indoors Basel, Basel, Switzerland Second-round results: (4) Milos Raonic defeats Donald Young 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-6(2) (1) Roger Federer defeats Denis Istomin 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 Borna Coric defeats Andrey Golubev 6-4, 6-4 Benjamin Becker defeats Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7(3), 7-6(4), 4-0 ret. (8) Ivo Karlovic defeats Kenny De Schepper 6-7(6), 6-4, 6-3 ***** Valencia Open 500, Valencia, Spain Second-round results: (1) David Ferrer defeats [...]
Tennis Connected | October 23, 2:05 pm ET


Ferrer and Murray Reach Quarterfinals of Valencia Open
By Florian Heer (October 23, 2014) VALENCIA – After their meeting in Vienna’s final last Sunday, David Ferrer and Andy Murray continue their pursuit of valuable points for the ATP Race to London on Day 4 at the Valencia Open 500. The Spanish top-seed, who started his bid for a fourth title crown in Valencia […]
Tennis Panorama | October 23, 11:54 am ET


Live Stream: Federer vs Dimitrov Swiss Basel Indoors Tennis 2014
The Live Stream: Federer vs Dimitrov Swiss Basel Indoors Tennis 2014 is available here. This ATP 500 indoor hardcourt tournament takes place from October 20 to 26 and is a lucrative stop prior to the prestigious year-end ATP World Tour Finals in London. Roger Federer is the top seed of the event. The Swiss tennis superstar has a chance to end the year as world number one with a strong run in the next three tournaments including his home event. Federer, who used to be a ballboy at this ATP 500 event, is a five-time titlist in Basel and
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | October 23, 11:48 am ET


Borna, Again: Coric Sets QF Clash with Nadal in Basel
The 17-year-old cracks a few milestones and sets up a tilt with one of his heroes, all in one match. 17-year-old Borna Coric reached his second ATP quarterfinal of 2014 with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Andrey Golubev on Thursday in Basel, setting up a quarterfinal clash with 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal. See Coric's Hot Shot from Basel Here “He's an unbelievable tennis player,” Coric said, according to the ATP. “It's a privilege to play against him. I hope I can play as best as I can and we'll see what happens.” With his victory on Thursday, Coric becomes the first
Blog RSS | October 23, 11:48 am ET


Serena Williams Receives Written Apology from Russia’s Tennis Chief
(October 23, 2014) Serena Williams told media in Singapore at the WTA Finals on Thursday that she has received a written apology from Russian Tennis President Shamil Tarpischev. During her post-match news conference after dismantling Eugenie Bouchard 6-1, 6-1 said: “Yes, I have received ‑‑ he has reached out to apologize to both myself and […]
Tennis Panorama | October 23, 10:29 am ET


WTA Finals race to the semifinals heats up; Halep first through
#457700842 / gettyimages.com By Stephanie Neppl (October 23, 2014) SINGAPORE – With three round robin singles matches on tap for Thursday, it was a full-day of at action at the 2014 WTA Finals in Singapore. [6] Agniezska Radwanska (Poland) vs [8] Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) Wozniacki battled her good friend Radwanska and ended on the good […]
Tennis Panorama | October 23, 8:30 am ET


Gabby Andrews' Commitment to UCLA; Mmoh, Baughman Reach Quarterfinals in Brownsville; Coric to Face
My contribution to the Tennis Recruiting Network's Fall Signing coverage this month is a piece on Gabby Andrews, who decided ten months ago that she would attend UCLA. I spoke with her about the process and her decision this summer, and for all the the matches I've seen her play since she was 14, I learned much that I didn't know, particularly how she ended up choosing tennis. Great fun to talk to, Andrews is also obviously a phenomenal doubles partner; her coach Barry Friedman told me what makes her so outstanding, although I didn't need any convincing after watching
ZooTennis | October 22, 3:00 pm ET


Farewell, Li Na
The reason I really liked Li Na is the same reason I really liked Mary Pierce. I can't remember who she was playing (Conchita Martinez?) the year she won the French Open, but Pierce was serving, and the camera zoomed in on her. As part of her serve motion preparation, Pierce held the ball closer to her face as she surveyed her opponent, and her hand was shaking. That's it. That's why I liked her – because she showed that even as she was en route to doing something huge in her career, she was nervous. Just like
Tennis With Attitude | October 22, 3:00 pm ET


Federer, Nadal win easily in Basel; Ferrer, Murray progress in Valencia
Swiss Indoors Basel, Basel, Switzerland First-round results: Borna Coric defeats (6) Ernests Gulbis 7-6(2), 6-3 (1) Roger Federer defeats Gilles Muller 6-2, 6-1 Andrey Golubev defeats Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-3, 6-3 Denis Istomin defeats Jerzy Janowicz 6-1, 6-1 Second-round results: (2) Rafael Nadal defeats Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-1, 6-1 (7) David Goffin defeats Ivan Dodig 7-6(0), 6-4 ***** Valencia Open 500, Valencia, Spain First-round results: Pablo Andujar [...]
Tennis Connected | October 22, 1:49 pm ET


The Bouchard Blues
“Why did I even play this tournament?”—Eugenie Bouchard, to her coach Nick Saviano after losing the first set of her second round-robin match at the WTA Finals to Ana Ivanovic, 6-1. Ivanovic’s 6-1, 6-3 win over Bouchard today in Singapore provided a vivid commentary on just how far the Serb has come in her rebuilt career—and perhaps just how far Bouchard will have to go to become comparably poised, professional, and comfortable with herself. Ivanovic once walked—okay, ran—in more or less the same shoes Bouchard wears today. A 20-year-old from Francophone Quebec, Bouchard has rocketed to No. 5 in the rankings, largely
Articles by Peter Bodo | October 22, 8:47 am ET


Novak and Jelena Welcome Baby Stefan
According to Serbian news reports, Novak Djokovic's wife, Jelena, has given birth to the couple's first child. The baby boy is reported to be healthy and Djokovic "happy, proud and joyful". We are still waiting on official confirmation, (and a name!), but in the meantime OTG wishes to congratulate Novak and Jelena. We will update this post when more is known. UPDATE: Djokovic confirmed the news via his Twitter account and shared that they have named the baby boy
Home | October 21, 5:50 pm ET


ITF Top-ranked Juniors Rublev, Bellis Lead Entries to Mexican Grade A; Coric Defeats Gulbis; Zverev
The acceptance lists for the ITF Grade A Abierto Juvenil Mexicano, which moved from January to November and onto clay were released today and both No. 1s--CiCi Bellis and Andrey Rublev of Russia--have entered.The tournament in Mexico City, which begins Nov. 17, is the first of four consecutive weeks of major clay court events on the ITF junior circuit, with the Grade 1 Yucatan Cup, the Grade 1 Eddie Herr and the Grade A Orange Bowl following it. With the Orange Bowl, the last tournament of the year, ending on December 14th and the first Grade 1 of 2015 not
ZooTennis | October 21, 3:00 pm ET


Raonic continues London big with victory in Basel; Lopez breezes into second round of Valencia Open
Swiss Indoors Basel, Basel, Switzerland First-round results: Ivan Dodig defeats Marco Chiudinelli 6-4, 6-7(7), 6-4 (4) Milos Raonic defeats Steve Johnson 7-6(4), 6-4 Benjamin Becker defeats Gastao Elias 63 62 K De Schepper defeats Federico Delbonis 7-6(3), 7-5 (8) Ivo Karlovic defeats Lukas Rosol 7-6(4), 6-3 ***** Valencia Open 500, Valencia, Spain First-round results: (4) Feliciano Lopez defeats N Gombos 6-4, 6-4 Fernando Verdasco [...]
Tennis Connected | October 21, 12:10 pm ET


Lights Out!
The question for the WTA as the WTA Finals get underway in its new home of Singapore is: What could be done to keep the tournament from degenerating into a Singabore? After all, world No. 1 Serena Williams has dominated this event, winning 26 of the 31 matches she’s played in the season-ending, round-robin shootout. She’s won the title four times and is the two-time defending champion. The next best record going in belonged to Maria Sharapova, at 17-8. She’s won the title once. If you appreciate irony, you may remember that she accomplished that feat with what would be her
Articles by Peter Bodo | October 21, 9:00 am ET


When Andy Attacks
Technically, I’d say Andy Murray looks better with short hair. But he really seems more himself—more Muzzardly—when he lets it fly high and wild and ragged. As much as he’s tried to clean and clip and polish himself up for sponsors over the years, Andy is never going to be slick. And hallelujah for that. Murray's red locks were in full, flaming flight over the weekend in Vienna, where he won his second title of the fall and improved his chances of qualifying for the ATP’s year-end championships in London next month. Eight players make it to the O2 Arena; Murray
Articles by Steve Tignor | October 21, 6:26 am ET


Nadal defeats Bolelli in Basel; Klizan beats Kozlov in Valencia
Swiss Indoors Basel, Basel, Switzerland First-round results: (7) David Goffin defeats Dominic Thiem 7-6(4), 6-3 Donald Young defeats Carlos Berlocq 7-6(5), 6-4 (2) Rafael Nadal defeats Simone Bolelli 6-2, 6-2 Pierre-Hugues Herbert defeats Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-3, 6-7(5), 7-6(3) ***** Valencia Open 500, Valencia, Spain First-round results: Martin Klizan defeats Stefan Kozlov 6-3, 6-3 Yen-Hsun Lu defeats Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2, 6-3 Pablo Carreno Busta defeats Marcel [...]
Tennis Connected | October 20, 7:29 pm ET


Ringing in Singapore
Does it seem a little early for the women to be playing their final event of 2014? Only in tennis could a season that begins on January 1 and ends in late October seem oddly short. Either way, the WTA is set to put on its most lucrative event of the year, the eight-player, year-ending, freshly renamed WTA Finals. The tour has also chosen a new location this year, in Singapore. We know that Asia is where tennis wants to go, but moving the tournament out of Istanbul, its location for the last three years, is something of a risk. The
Articles by Steve Tignor | October 20, 6:00 pm ET


Singles and Doubles Finals Results from USTA/ITA Men's and Women's Regional Championships
The USTA/ITA Regional Championships ended today, with the 12 men's and 12 women's singles and doubles champions guaranteeing themselves spots in November's USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships. The remainder of the places in the tournament (32-draw in singles, 20-draw in doubles), will be filled by the ITA All-American consolation winners and men's singles quarterfinalists* and women's singles semifinalists,**, All-American doubles finalists, at-large selections, the small college super bowl champions and wild cards. Those will be announced later on the ITA website.Freshmen Cameron Norrie of TCU, Andrew Watson of Memphis, Tom Fawcett of Stanford, Viktoriya Lushkova of Oklahoma State and Josie Kuhlman
ZooTennis | October 20, 3:00 pm ET


The Week in Preview: Gentlemen, Restart Your Engines
The race to the ATP’s year-end championships in London has done its job well this fall. You can see its effects each week, in every tournament, as half a dozen players chase points, and compete with a little something extra, across the globe. It’s true again this week. As the women stage their finale in Singapore (see my preview here), virtually all of the top men have gathered in either Basel or Valencia—they’re running out of places to make their moves. Below is a look at what we might see in both locales. ***** Swiss Indoors Basel Basel, Switzerland $1,860,630; 500 points Hard courts Draw is here Roger
Articles by Steve Tignor | October 20, 5:19 am ET


First USTA Masters Event Starts Thursday; Kozlov Falls to Klizan in Valencia; Lao Beats Vaidisova in
The first edition of the new Masters event, part of the 2014 changes to the USTA's junior competition schedule, begins Thursday in Boca Raton. A total of 50 players will participate, four boys and four girls in the 14s, seven boys and seven girls in the 16s and 14 boys and 14 girls in the 18s. Today's USTA release describes the event this way:The event, developed from the past model of junior national team training camps, in which the top juniors from around the country would converge for match play and training, will feature a “progressive” tournament format combining 18-and-under,
ZooTennis | October 19, 3:00 pm ET


WTA Finals Preview: Simona Halep
The WTA Finals—the season-ending championship of women's tennis—begins on Monday, October 20 in Singapore. Throughout eight days, we'll take a closer look at the seasons put forth so far by the eight singles competitors. Simon Halep has come a long way—as demonstrated by the fact that she’s a legitimate choice as “most improved” WTA player—for a second year running. Having finished No. 11 in 2013, this year Halep played her first Grand Slam final (at Roland Garros) and improved her ranking to No. 2. Halep was yet another of Dominika Cibulkova’s victims at the Australian Open (in the quarterfinals), but then she
Articles by Peter Bodo | October 19, 4:00 am ET


WTA Finals to begin tomorrow in Singapore
You can look at the excitement gathering around the commencement of the WTA Finals as a sort of Sex and the City romp:What's so funny Aga, Caro & Ana? #WTAFinals draw ceremony PHOTO GALLERY--> http://t.co/YJjsfdeyl9 #tennis pic.twitter.com/aYssrjd9J5— WTA (@WTA) October 18, 2014 Or you can look at it as this:And the pic of the night...:) pic.twitter.com/x9t3ajMTb1— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) October 18, 2014Perhaps it's both.The Red Group consists of Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Eugenie Bouchard, and Ana Ivanovic.Williams has a 49-4 head-to-head record against the rest of the group. She is, in fact, the only member of her group to have a
Women Who Serve | October 18, 3:00 pm ET


They Said What? Davydenko Dada
“Now I'm top 10. She scared about if I start to, with kids, lose tennis and go down, stray. That's was because I start to miss and I want to go home, (not) want to practice. That's what is different.”—Nikolay Davydenko, commenting in 2010 on his wife Irina’s fear that if the couple have children he will lose his motivation — and earning potential. Nikolay Davydenko’s English was always a little like one of those bird’s nests you get in a fishing reel; it took a lot of untangling. But that also has been part of Davydenko’s goofy charm. Born in
Articles by Peter Bodo | October 18, 6:03 am ET


WTA Finals Preview: Serena Williams
The WTA Finals—the season-ending championship of women's tennis—begins on Monday, October 20 in Singapore. Throughout eight days, we'll take a closer look at the seasons put forth so far by the eight singles competitors. Serena Williams has had a year filled with dispiriting lows—and one enormous high. She got off on the wrong Grand Slam foot at the Australian Open (losing to Ana Ivanovic in the fourth round) but rebounded to win her 59th WTA title in Miami. Garbine Muguruza eliminated her from the French Open in the second round. When Williams was upset for the second time this year by Alize
Articles by Peter Bodo | October 18, 4:00 am ET


The Avatar
“Dav-a-DENK-o!” It’s not the easiest name for a crowd of thousands to chant, and it wasn’t heard often over the course of Nikolay Davydenko’s 15-year pro career. But back in 2007, the slouching rowdies inside the old center court at Rome’s Foro Italico turned it into a stirring melody. And it worked: The roar of the Romans helped Davydenko push Rafael Nadal, who hadn't lost on clay in two years, to a third set. In the end, the Russian didn’t win the match, but he won the crowd, and that meant almost as much to him. “Did you notice that the
Articles by Steve Tignor | October 17, 7:30 am ET


Hot or Not: Robin Soderling's New Hairdo
New York TimesRobin Soderling spoke with the New York Times about his role as Director of the Stockholm Open and his new line of tennis balls. They also snapped a pick of his new hairdo... The article was excellent: you can have a read about Soderling's new life and the reason why he wants to return to tennis here. The haircut, however, is less excellent. But maybe you disagree. Vote and let me know whether you think Soderling's new luscious locks are hot or not. Hot or Not: Soderling's Luscious Locks (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});
Home | October 14, 10:51 pm ET


Forward Thinking
“Winning titles, winning five titles or something, I guess, something exciting. Leaving tournaments as the winner. That’s what keeps things exciting.” This was Roger Federer's answer last November when he was asked what would constitute a “satisfactory” 2014 season for him. He may have plucked “five titles or something” out of the air that day, but by any measure Federer has had a successful season. On Sunday in Shanghai, he won his fourth event and second Masters title of the year, beat Novak Djokovic in the process, and moved back up to No. 2 in the rankings. Afterward, Federer sounded duly
Articles by Steve Tignor | October 13, 12:50 pm ET


Maria Sharapova Plays Football Tennis
How's this for an inventive training exercise? Pova shows off her football/tennis skills at the gym... looks more fun than lifting weights that's for sure.
Home | October 12, 5:51 pm ET


Andy Murray... The Movie?
Check out this preview for the Stand Up 2 Cancer sketch, which features various celebrities auditioning for roles for an Andy Murray movie. Britney Spears as Kim Sears? Sure... why not. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});
Home | October 12, 5:20 pm ET


WTA to launch Tournament of Losers
The WTA announced today that, in the near future, the first annual Tournament of Losers will be added to the tour's calendar. The event, which the WTA's chairwoman, Stacy Allaster, says will be held "somewhere in China," will feature players who make it to finals of tournaments but do not win them. There will be eight spots to fill in the round-robin tournament. "We are excited about this innovation," Allaster said in making the announcement. "As the world leader in women's sports, the WTA wants to make certain that our most promising losers are given an opportunity to show their
Women Who Serve | October 11, 3:00 pm ET


Riske tells Bencic "not quite yet"
Alison RiskeIn an odd twist on the "veterans are taking over the tour" theme, 24-year-old Alison Riske won her first WTA title today, and in doing so, denied a first title to 17-year-old Belinda Bencic, one of the brightest of the tour's rising stars. Riske won the inaugural edition of the Tianjing Open, defeating Bencic 6-3, 6-4 in the final.The doubles title was taken by Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Rodionova, who defeated Sorana Cirstea and Andreja Klepac 6-7, 6-2, 10-8. Kudryavtseva and Rodionova got not only a trophy, but also the last availble spot in the WTA Finals draw.In Linz,
Women Who Serve | October 11, 3:00 pm ET


Maria Sharapova and boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov to participate in Mexican Open
Russian tennis star, Maria Sharapova and boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov confirmed their participation for the XXII edition of the 2015 Mexican Tennis Open held in Acapulco from February 23-28. While Dimitrov will be back for seconds after winning the men’s field in 2014 against Kevin Anderson, this will be Sharapova’s first time playing in the famed […]
Tennis Served Fresh | October 9, 8:37 am ET


Ana Ivanovic to Bella magazine: "I don't meet too many guys."
A striking Ana Ivanovic is featured on the cover and in a feature story for the Fall Fashion and Travel issue of Bella magazine. The magazine asked the former top lady baller about dating and relationships.I would say, yes - there is always time, if you meet the right person. One of the downsides of the job is that I am travelling so much, and I don't have so much time to go out and socialise, as people who have a more traditional job might do, so it's hard. I don't meet too many guys.Ana was formerly linked to ATP
Down the Line: raw + uncut | October 8, 3:00 pm ET


HOW NOT TO BE A GRACIOUS LOSER--JUST A LOSER--BY FABIO FOGNINI
Here's a story for all of you up-and-coming ballers out there that I'd like you to hear.You're a veteran on the ATP tour (Fabio Fognini) and you come up against a wild card ranked 553 in the world (Wang Chuhan), who is playing his first match on said tour in front of his country people in Shanghai. The match also happens to be the first round of a Masters 1000, a pretty big stage. Shockingly, he beats you 7-6 (5), 6-4 and is understandably ecstatic while you're understandably disappointed. So how do you react to this moment?CHOICE A: Purposefully bump
Down the Line: raw + uncut | October 6, 3:00 pm ET


Maria Sharapova got an upgrade in flight and in print
Remember that time Maria Sharapova eye-spied a fellow passenger reading about her on a flight and tweeted about it? And remember how I was on-the-floor shocked that she, a former world No. 1 and 5-time Grand Slammer, was riding alongside her minions in coach class? Well, the Sugar Queen got an upgrade in more ways than one.Hey buddy, remember me? I got an upgrade and a front page picture. Miss you xoxo #whatadifferenceaweekmakes pic.twitter.com/Syzn4832FB— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) October 6, 2014Winning big titles makes EVERYTHING POSSIBLE.
Down the Line: raw + uncut | October 5, 3:00 pm ET


Juan Martin del Potro is ready for a comeback?
File picWill the former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro be able to make a comeback after a long layoff following a wrist surgery since March?Recently, the Argentinian has been working hard in gym and on court and set to make a comeback in Basel and Paris during the indoor hard court season.In September, the del Potro announced that he would not be able to compete during the upcoming Asian swing which includes the the September 22-28 Malaysian Open, his title defence at the Japan Open a week later and the October 5-12 Shanghai Rolex Masters.Last season, del Potro defeated
HCFoo's Tennis Blog – Tennis Celebrity Photos, News, Gossip and More! | October 5, 3:00 pm ET


QUOTE OF THE DAY: Tomas Berdych
"I just said to my coach now that I probably played over 700 matches in my career, and I met guys like Andre, Roger, all those probably in their best times. But I have never, ever experienced anything like that."- A stunned Tomas Berdych after his 6-0, 6-2 drubbing at the hands of Novak Djokovic in the China Open finalHigh praise. The only time they were on the same playing field was right before the first ball was struck. Nole literally raced out to a 6-0, 5-0 lead before finally getting broken by Berd. It was simply an awesome performance
Down the Line: raw + uncut | October 4, 3:00 pm ET


Who is next?
If you had to answer the question, "Who will be the next player to win her first major?" you'd probably say Genie Bouchard--and you would likely be correct in your prediction. In 2014, Bouchard pulled herself away from any perceived pack of peers, reaching the semifinals of both the Australian Open and the French Open, and the final of Wimbledon. She also won her first WTA title, in Nurnberg, and reached the final in Wuhan.Bouchard injured her knee at the French Open and has continued to have some problems with it. Her last quarter has not been as stellar as
Women Who Serve | October 4, 3:00 pm ET


Sharapova wins China Open and becomes number 2 in the world
Maria Sharapova continued her winning ways against Petra Kvitova in the Beijing final today, defeating the Wuhan champion 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 in the final. Whoever won the final was locked in to advance to the world number 2 ranking, so that goes to Sharapova. Andrea Hlavackova and Peng Shuai won the doubles title, defeating Cara Black and Sania Mirza 6-4, 6-4.The Beijing title is Sharapova's fourth of the year, and her 33rd in all. This is her first-ever title in China. Winners of the "big three" Asian swing tournaments were Sharapova, Kvitova and Ana Ivanovic (Tokyo). The eight players headed
Women Who Serve | October 4, 3:00 pm ET


PHOTO OP: Grigor Dimitrov feeling flexy
Grigor Dimitrov took out Spain's Pablo Andujar 6-4, 6-4 at the China Open and will try become the first baller to defeat Novak Djokovic in Beijing when they meet in the quarterfinals. The Serb is riding a 21-0 streak at the tourney.Grisha doesn't seem too concerned about the world number one's record:"[Novak] has always played well here. At the same time I like my chances. I've been practising well. I had a good block before the last bit of the season. In a way I'm excited to just come out there and play that match. Of course... I'm going to
Down the Line: raw + uncut | October 1, 3:00 pm ET


Tennis Over All
Jason Pinsky, Brendan Evans, Ludovic Walter, Alex Bogomolov, Amer Delic, Brett Joelsen and Jeffrey Appel at STK in Las Vegas (Appel's firm effectuated STK's public listing (symbol: STKS))I spoke with JeffreyAppel via phone on the eve the USTA NationalOpen Level Championships. Appel, an executiveat Broadband Capital, captains the team sponsoredby the New York Athletic Club (NYAC) which is representing the USTA’s Eastern Section. The tournament was set for the Darling Tennis Center in Las Vegas this weekend.When a group of Wall Street hedge fund/private equity types and their buddies plan a long weekend trip to Las Vegas, it’s not usually
Blacklabel Tennis, a tennis blog | September 27, 3:00 pm ET


andy roddick added to Mylan World TeamTennis Smash hits field
Former world No. 1 Andy Roddick has joined the all-star lineup for Mylan World TeamTennis Smash Hits in London. The event, which benefits the Elton John AIDS Foundation and is co-hosted by Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King, will be Sunday, December 7 during the final session of the Statoil Masters Tennis at the […]
Tennis Served Fresh | September 17, 11:44 am ET


unlikely hero marin cilic can use US Open win as catalyst
Marin Cilic believes his shock US Open victory can be the catalyst for him to become a big player in future Grand Slams – and judging by the stylish way he saw off Kei Nishikori in the final it’s hard to disagree. The effusive Croat has gone as far as describing his win at Flushing […]
Tennis Served Fresh | September 12, 3:16 pm ET


davis cup: swiss take on italy, czech take on france while usa fights slovakia for next year
It’s Davis Cup weekend and the USA is taking on Slovakia to ensure a spot in the 2015 Davis Cup tournament. Captain Jim Courier has selected John Isner, the top ranked US player who was the last player to exit the US Open 2014. Sam Querrey, who recently defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez to reach the semi’s […]
Tennis Served Fresh | September 11, 12:11 pm ET


serena williams wins 6th U.S. Open and 18th grand slam; kei nishikori makes tennis history with fina
Long-time Wilson player Serena Williams won her 6th U.S. Open and 18th Grand Slam title this past Sunday, tying Wilson’s Chris Evert for third most Grand Slam titles of all-time. Meanwhile, Wilson’s Kei Nishikori made tennis history of his own by becoming the first Asian-born male to compete in a Grand Slam final. Williams relied […]
Tennis Served Fresh | September 10, 5:21 pm ET


Is the Big 4's dominance in ATP finally over?
After nearly one decade of Grand Slam finals involving long time nemeses Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic, Croatian Marin Cilic's victory over Kei Nishikori at the US Open finally gave new hope to the other tennis players that they do not have to wait for too long to be succeed.Believe it or not, the discussion in the next major tournament, would be on whether someone else besides the Big 4 will win the championship. Whatever happened in the past two weeks could determine the future of the Australian Open and the subsequent majors in 2015. However, to check
HCFoo's Tennis Blog – Tennis Celebrity Photos, News, Gossip and More! | September 10, 3:00 pm ET


Tennis Nerd Takeaways From The US Open
A night session on Arthur Ashe stadium is completely different that any other live tennis experience. In the early rounds, just about everybody in the stadium is having a full-boar conversation with the person next to them. The two players trading groundstrokes below serve as perfect background noise for two friends catching up on life. […]
The Tennis Nerds | September 8, 3:45 pm ET


The Unlikely Lass
Vegas wouldn't take this bet, Judge Judy would've interrupted and asked the plaintiffs to cut the baloney, Disney wouldn't option this screenplay.It's too much to believe that tennis was blessed with Serena Williams.Chris Evert, the sun-kissed, ponytailed, ice maiden, golden girl daughter of a longtime tennis coach, we'd buy that one.Martina Navratilova, the workhorse who defected from behind the iron curtain and was as responsible as anyone for upping the game's physical ante, we can buy that one too.For as incredible as both those champions were, there stories somehow seem to fit within the acceptable (read: believable) narrative for tennis
Blacklabel Tennis, a tennis blog | September 6, 3:00 pm ET


38 Special
Sporting dominance, though acknowledged as it happens, is usually only truly appreciated through the lens of history. Once fans are freed from the throes of week-in, week-out competition; once the hysterical tweets have long faded from the timeline; once the cries of “Not him again!” have long since drifted on the wind. For the last decade, since February 2005 to be exact, every single final played at a major tennis tournament featured either Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal. Let me put this in perspective, for 38 consecutive majors 128 men were in the draw, the best
Blacklabel Tennis, a tennis blog | September 6, 3:00 pm ET


Tennis stars take the plunge with #IceBucketChallenge
The #IceBucketChallenge has soaked the US and across the world in the past weeks raising awareness of ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a neurodegenerative disorder commonly known as the Lou Gehrig's disease.Celebrities videoed themselves emptying buckets full of icy water and challenged three other people to do the same stunt. As a result, the campaign has gone viral.In the tennis scene, Andy Murray was first nominated by Jesse Levine in July to take up the challenge. Later, the former Wimbledon champion named his coach Amelie Mauresmo for the challenge.Murray has also challenged Justin Gimelstob earlier this week live on air after
HCFoo's Tennis Blog – Tennis Celebrity Photos, News, Gossip and More! | August 16, 3:00 pm ET


A Conversation With Stefan Kozlov
It’s no secret, American tennis(especially on the men’s side) has struggled mightily over the last ten years. So, naturally, everybody is looking for the next big American star. A name that has been talked about heavily is Stefan Kozlov, a 16 year old from Pembroke Pines, Florida. The American lost a tight three setter to […]
The Tennis Nerds | July 28, 8:20 pm ET


Dudi Sela: Israeli Pride
The Israeli-Palestinian crisis has headlined world news for the last three weeks. The ongoing battle reached nineteen days Saturday, with over 1000 civilian casualties already reported. A 12 hour humanitarian cease-fire was proposed, but was eventually rejected by Hamas friday, who today announced that they have fired five rockets at Israel. Israeli tennis player Dudi […]
The Tennis Nerds | July 26, 9:59 pm ET


Quotes of the Day: Isner, Matosevic, Sela, Becker, Sock
The second installment of my new series “Quotes of the Day” is here. Friday in Atlanta was an interesting, action-packed day of tennis. The sun was out, and it was unbearably hot. I’ll let the players tell the rest of the story. John Isner–The 6’10 American played a very….unique match against Marinko Matosevic. After winning […]
The Tennis Nerds | July 26, 1:12 am ET


Quotes of the Day: Atlanta—–De Bakker, Anderson, Isner, Becker
I’m going to be experimenting with a new series for the site. Each day I’m live at an event, and have the chance to talk to players, I’m going to put out the best quotes from each player that day. I like to focus more on feature writing for The Tennis Nerds, and I know […]
The Tennis Nerds | July 25, 2:18 am ET


So when’s Dimitrov’s first Grand Slam win coming?
We’ve become used to the so-called big four dominating men’s tennis for quit some time now. But this is about to change. It will change not least because Roger Federer is getting on a little; 32 is quite an age for a male tennis star in the absolute upper echelons of the game these days.Roger demonstrated that he still has it at Wimbledon when forcing Novak Djokovic to an incredible five sets. But at 32, his days are numbered, unfortunately. Meanwhile, Andy Murray and the second most successful player of all time, Rafa Nadal have both had more than their
HCFoo's Tennis Blog – Tennis Celebrity Photos, News, Gossip and More! | July 21, 3:00 pm ET


Wimbledon Champions Dinner – Djokovic & Kvitova

Tennis Perspective | July 7, 12:20 am ET


Wimbledon third set – MEN’s FINALS
The scores were close, 7-6 for Novak in the third set. However, Roger showing signs of fatigue, perhaps? Serving at 5-5, 40-30, Roger thought he had the game but call was over ruled and Novak got the point. A few deuces later, and some amazing serves to the rescue, Roger holds for 6-5. A happy […]
TENNISVISTA | July 6, 11:47 am ET


Roger and Novak: second set at Wimbledon
Novak Djokovic wins the second set after having a break, early on the second set. The match has been very physical and Roger doesn’t seem as sharp as in the first, which he won, 9-7, in the tie-breaker. Novak finds himself serving at 3-2 ; 15/15. A break is always reassuring against a player like […]
TENNISVISTA | July 6, 11:42 am ET


Roger wins the first set at Wimbledon finals
It was a well disputed tiebreaker which Roger Federer won 9-7. The first time they met, in the semis, Roger won. Federer is bidding for his 8th title at Wimbledon today and to tie the record with Nadal’ s 8th Roland Garros titles. Finally, the two last men standing at the end of this magical […]
TENNISVISTA | July 6, 9:41 am ET


Who Wants It More?
Men Finals at Wimbledon “You know, I’m sure that he wants to win this title as much as I do.” says Djokovic. Wimbledon is one of the most prestigious Tour events and many players dream of winning it. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are both former Wimbledon champions and looking forward to today’s finals.Novak won […]
TENNISVISTA | July 6, 9:14 am ET


Kvitova Does It Again
Familiarity breeds confidence and confidence breeds success. Petra Kvitova wins her second Wimbledon title defeating Eugenie Bourchard in less than an hour. ” I knew that I could play well on the grass, but I really played so well today.” she says. There wasn’t much Bouchard could do counter attack Kvitova’s powerful strokes and strong […]
TENNISVISTA | July 6, 8:59 am ET


Federer to Win!
I have been skeptical that Rodger could add another Grandslam title, but i do believe he can lift that Wimbledon trophy once again! Djoker will have to play his best , Roger if all things are even has the better game and especially for grass!His semi final against Raonic did not take that much out of Fed and if he gets that first set under his belt I think he will be unstoppable!Petra Kvitova destroyed Young Canadian Eugenie Bouchard 6-3 6-0 61 points to 37 points. Eugenie is not gaining many friends on tour , just comes over a little
The Tigers Eye | July 5, 3:00 pm ET



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1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Rafael Nadal3 Simona Halep
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Petra Kvitova
5 David Ferrer5 Na Li
6 Tomas Berdych6 Agnieszka Radwanska
7 Kei Nishikori7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 Marin Cilic8 Ana Ivanovic
9 Milos Raonic9 Caroline Wozniacki
10 Andy Murray10 Angelique Kerber
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