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Last updated on August 28, 2014 3:53:38 ET

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Novak Djokovic Hit This Incredible Shot Around The Netpost Monday Night [Video]
Watch Novak Djokovic go around the netpost.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | August 28, 2:50 pm ET


Stan Wawrinka Tells Drunk Fan To Shut Up At US Open [Video]
Stan Wawrinka got into it with a fan Wednesday night at the US Open.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | August 28, 2:43 pm ET


From around the web:

Novak Djokovic Hit This Incredible Shot Around The Netpost Monday Night [Video]
Watch Novak Djokovic go around the netpost.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | August 28, 2:50 pm ET


Stan Wawrinka Tells Drunk Fan To Shut Up At US Open [Video]
Stan Wawrinka got into it with a fan Wednesday night at the US Open.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | August 28, 2:43 pm ET


Ernests Gulbis Is Not Looking Forward To Playing Friend Dominic Thiem At The US Open
Good friends Ernests Gulbis and Dominic Thiem will meet Friday at the US Open.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | August 28, 2:39 pm ET


U.S. Open: S. Williams d. King
NEW YORK—Serena Williams faced two opponents Thursday in Ashe Stadium. One of them, Vania King, she of the 87-M.P.H. first serve, never bothered her; Serena dismissed her fellow American 6-1, 6-0 in 56 minutes. But her other opponent, the breeze that swirled around the court and turned both players’ shots into knuckleballs, required some effort to subdue. The wind did its most impressive tricks with Serena’s serve. She double-faulted twice in her first service game, and three more times in the match. Only a very good kick second delivery, which King couldn’t handle, kept her from getting broken early. Serena spent
Articles by Steve Tignor | August 28, 9:49 am ET


War and War
NEW YORK—Alright, it’s time to play Tennis Jeopardy! Answer: If I were a Russian novelist instead of a Russian tennis player, I would have written War and Peace. Question: “Who is Maria Sharapova?” Yes, nobody, but nobody, has mastered long-form tennis like Sharapova, who improved her record in her tour-leading 23 three-set matches this season to 17-6 with her latest triumph, a grinding, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Alexandra Dulgheru. This wasn’t the most coveted match-up for Dulgheru, who underwent surgery on her right wrist in May 2013, and had played just one set in the past five weeks because of inflammation. She knew
Articles by Peter Bodo | August 28, 8:21 am ET


New Zealand vs Turkey Live Stream 2014 FIBA World Cup
The New Zealand vs Turkey Live Stream 2014 FIBA World Cup is available here. The 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup will be the 17th edition of this prestigious tournament, previously named as the FIBA World Championship. This year's edition will be hosted by Spain and will be the last event that will take place in the current four-year rotation. The next edition of the FIBA World Cup will now be in 2019 and will run at a five-year cycle moving forward. The 2014 edition runs from August 30 to September 14. Watch New Zealand vs Turkey Live Stream 2014 FIBA World
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | August 28, 7:51 am ET


Ukraine vs Dominican Republic Live Stream 2014 FIBA World Cup
The Ukraine vs Dominican Republic Live Stream 2014 FIBA World Cup is available here. The 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup will be the 17th edition of this prestigious tournament, previously named as the FIBA World Championship. This year's edition will be hosted by Spain and will be the last event that will take place in the current four-year rotation. The next edition of the FIBA World Cup will now be in 2019 and will run at a five-year cycle moving forward. The 2014 edition runs from August 30 to September 14. Watch Ukraine vs Dominican Republic Live Stream 2014 FIBA World
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | August 28, 7:48 am ET


Argentina vs Greece Live Stream 2014 FIBA World Cup
The Argentina vs Greece Live Stream 2014 FIBA World Cup is available here. The 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup will be the 17th edition of this prestigious tournament, previously named as the FIBA World Championship. This year's edition will be hosted by Spain and will be the last event that will take place in the current four-year rotation. The next edition of the FIBA World Cup will now be in 2019 and will run at a five-year cycle moving forward. The 2014 edition runs from August 30 to September 14. Watch Argentina vs Greece Live Stream 2014 FIBA World Cup Access the
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | August 28, 7:47 am ET


Croatia vs Puerto Rico Live Stream 2014 FIBA World Cup
The Croatia vs Puerto Rico Live Stream 2014 FIBA World Cup is available here. The 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup will be the 17th edition of this prestigious tournament, previously named as the FIBA World Championship. This year's edition will be hosted by Spain and will be the last event that will take place in the current four-year rotation. The next edition of the FIBA World Cup will now be in 2019 and will run at a five-year cycle moving forward. The 2014 edition runs from August 30 to September 14. Watch Croatia vs Puerto Rico Live Stream 2014 FIBA World
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | August 28, 7:46 am ET


Philippines vs Senegal Live Stream 2014 FIBA World Cup
The Philippines vs Senegal Live Stream 2014 FIBA World Cup is available here. The 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup will be the 17th edition of this prestigious tournament, previously named as the FIBA World Championship. This year's edition will be hosted by Spain and will be the last event that will take place in the current four-year rotation. The next edition of the FIBA World Cup will now be in 2019 and will run at a five-year cycle moving forward. The 2014 edition runs from August 30 to September 14. Watch Philippines vs Senegal Live Stream 2014 FIBA World Cup Access the
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | August 28, 7:46 am ET


US Open 2014 Day 4 Preview: Djokovic & Murray should breeze into Rd 3
by: Tom Cochrane Maria Sharapova was forced to 3 sets by Romania’s Alexandra Dulgheru on Day 3, but the fifth seed and reigning French Open eventually prevailed, collecting a 4-6 6-3 6-2 win to move into the third round of the tournament. Day 3 Recap The news was not so good for fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, who extended [...]
Tennis Connected | August 28, 7:33 am ET


Photos from Flushing Meadows: Day 3
​Each day during the U.S. Open, we'll feature Anita Aguilar's photography, captioned by Steve Tignor. For more photo galleries, click here. Think Peng Shuai’s win over Agnieszka Radwanska meant something to her? This wasn’t even match point. Aga looked concerned as she hit this forehand. She was right to be. After another loss at the Open, she was asked what it was about Flushing Meadows that didn’t suit her game. “I’d really like to know the answer,” she said. Fans crammed into the shade above the Grandstand to get a view of Jelena Jankovic vs. Tsvetana Pironkova. JJ was smooth in victory... ...but she had her moments, of
Articles by Steve Tignor | August 28, 6:34 am ET


Wawrinka, Sharapova Struggle Through; Thurs. Preview at US Open
Other Top 10-seeded winners were No. 6 Tomas Berdych overpowering former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-4, 6-3; and No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov beating a hobbled Ryan Harrison 6-2, 7-6(4), 6-2.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | August 27, 11:44 pm ET


Caroline Wozniacki’s Hair Got Stuck In Her Racquet, But She Played On [Video]
Her hair got into the way.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | August 27, 9:30 pm ET


US Open Day 3: Wayward Braids, Cramps, and Ugly Wins
Not so Top 10..@CaroWozniacki gets her hair stuck in her racquet in the middle of the point but attempts to play on - http://t.co/8vm45J35hA — ESPNTennis (@ESPNTennis) August 27, 2014 Here's something I hadn't seen before... Caroline Wozniacki lost a point because her racket got stuck in her hair! Guess that's the risk you take when you have such pretty, long hair. She bravely tried to play the point, (I say brave because that could have hurt!), but failed. She won the match anyway.
Home | August 27, 9:17 pm ET


Video: Wozniacki Gets Racquet Stuck in Hair, Keeps Playing
Just when you think you've seen it all on a tennis court... A Hairy Situation !function(a){var b="embedly-platform",c="script";if(!a.getElementById(b)){var d=a.createElement(c);d.id=b,d.src=("https:"===document.location.protocol?"https":"http")+"://cdn.embedly.com/widgets/platform.js";var e=document.getElementsByTagName(c)[0];e.parentNode.insertBefore(d,e)}}(document); Seriously, just when you’ve thought you’ve seen everything that there is to see on a tennis court—think Marinko Matosevic knocking down Rafael Nadal’s water bottles or Marcos Baghdatis smashing nearly all of his racquets just for laughs during a changeover—something like this happens. US Open Vids: Fed's Bum Tweener | Novak Goes Around the Net | Evert Critiques Stephens | Monaco's Running Tweener What? Racquet stuck in a ponytail? That is just beyond strange and into supernatural. Yet, it really did happen, and when
Blog RSS | August 27, 8:38 pm ET


Berdych, Dimitrov and Gulbis reach US Open second round
US Open 2014—Flushing Meadows, New York Singles – First Round [6] Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 63 64 63 [7] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) d. Ryan Harrison (USA) 62 76(4) 62 [11] Ernests Gulbis (LAT) d. Kenny De Schepper (FRA) 61 64 62 [14] Marin Cilic (CRO) d. Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) 63 31 ret. (right ankle) [18] Kevin Anderson [...]
Tennis Connected | August 27, 8:21 pm ET


Venus Williams Moves into US Open Third Round
(August 27, 2014) FLUSHING MEADOWS –  Nineteenth seed Venus Williams is into the US open third round for the first time in four years, stopping Switxerland’s Timea Bacsinszky 6-1, 6-4. The 2000-2001 US Open champion who at 34 is the oldest woman left in the draw had been eliminated in the second round three straight […]
Tennis Panorama | August 27, 8:00 pm ET


Wawrinka Tells Fan to Shut Up During Win over Bellucci
On a hot, muggy New York night, Stan Wawrinka got a little hot under the collar. Stan Wawrinka looked to be headed for a nice, easy straight-sets win against the talented but under achieving Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil on Wednesday night at the US Open, but when Bellucci sprang to life to push Wawrinka to a fourth set, then threatened to take him to five with more explosive ball-bashing, the Swiss No. 2 got a little bit testy. US Open Vids: Fed's Bum Tweener | Novak Goes Around the Net | Evert Critiques Stephens | Monaco's Running Tweener Late in the fourth
Blog RSS | August 27, 7:30 pm ET


Sharapova Rebounds to Gain US Open Third Round
  #454265578 / gettyimages.com (August 27, 2014) FLUSHING MEADOWS – Last year Maria Sharapova sat out the US Open with a shoulder injury. This year the Russian found herself battling to stay in a second round match against Alexandra Dulgheru, down a set and facing a break point. Sharapova came back to take the second […]
Tennis Panorama | August 27, 6:35 pm ET


US Open 2014: Order of Play for Thrusday, August 28
Thursday’s order of play at the 2014 US Open can be found at the link below. Link: OOP.
Tennis Connected | August 27, 5:45 pm ET


First Ball In, 8/27: Stories We Tell Ourselves
NEW YORK—The schedule was conspicuously thin at the U.S. Open on Wednesday: No Serena, no Djokovic, no Federer, no Murray, no Genie, no Jo, no La Monf, not even a CiCi. But that’s par for the course on the first Wednesday here. The Open, unlike the rest of the majors, spreads the first round over three days, and six sessions—Wimbledon gets it done in two sessions. The original reason was to give as many star players as possible a chance to hang around until Saturday, when CBS began its Labor Day weekend broadcasts.  But with CBS bowing out next year, and
Articles by Steve Tignor | August 27, 5:34 pm ET


VIDEO: Bodo & Bollettieri on Bellis

Articles by Peter Bodo | August 27, 5:18 pm ET


the tennis channel unveils signature series: arthur ashe at the us open 2014
Tennis Channel will celebrate the illustrious career of tennis pioneer, devoted activist and Hall of Famer Arthur Ashe in Signature Series: Arthur Ashe during the 2014 US Open. The newest edition to the network’s original Signature Series documentary lineup – Ashe’s first authorized television biography – will debut Sunday, August 31, at 11 p.m. ET […]
Tennis Served Fresh | August 27, 3:33 pm ET


The JJ Show
NEW YORK—The action at the U.S. Open so far has mostly been on the newer, west side of the grounds. That’s where CiCi Bellis turned Court 6 into a rowdy city of tennis fans, and where Roger Federer and Michael Jordan staged their promotional love fest inside Ashe Stadium. In general, the buzz, and the crowds, have gathered around the new bleachers above the west-gate practice courts. So a trip to the old east side of Flushing Meadows, which was fairly sleepy on a humid Wednesday, felt a little nostalgic. This is where the Grandstand sits. Once the second-largest arena on
Articles by Steve Tignor | August 27, 2:29 pm ET


Seeds Radwanska and Stephens Fall at US Open
    (August 27, 2014) FLUSHING MEADOWS – In the biggest upset of the US Open so far, China’s Shuai Peng beat fourth seed Agniezska Radwanska 6-3, 6-4 in the second round of the tournament on Wednesday. The Polish woman is the first top 10 player dismissed from the US Open. No. 21 seed American […]
Tennis Panorama | August 27, 1:00 pm ET


Video: Dodig Hits Gorgeous Tweener Lob vs. Lopez on Day 3
Before bowing out with a hamstring injury, Ivan Dodig hit this beauty against Feliciano Lopez on Granstand. Ivan Dodig and Feliciano Lopez engaged in quite a battle on Day 3 of the US Open, which unfortunately ended when the Croat had to retire due to a hamstring injury while level at 1-all in the 5th set. More Video: Federer's Bumtastic Tweener Makes Michael Laugh The injury was the worst possible scenario for Dodig, but earlier in the scorching-hot New York day, the world No. 53 encountered the best possible scenario when he hit this majestic tweener lob over the head of Lopez
Blog RSS | August 27, 11:14 am ET


U.S. Open: Larsson d. Stephens
“I’ve been trying to tell myself to go for it. You won’t win matches by holding back.” NEW YORK—Johanna Larsson spoke those words immediately after she eliminated No. 21 seed Sloane Stephens in a second-round match today in Arthur Ashe Stadium. It would be wise for Stephens to read and study them if she wants to halt the slide that has seen her fall from No. 11 in the world to No. 24. Larsson won this see-saw, two-hour and 13-minute clash which produced 14 breaks of serve, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2. At one point, Larsson trailed by a set and 0-3. But her
Articles by Peter Bodo | August 27, 10:07 am ET


Sony Enters Tennis Sensor Market
Track your progress with the newest tennis sensor on the market. Could this be the greatest of them all? The marriage of connected electronics and tennis has grown over the course of 2014. What began with the Babolat Pure Drive Play now includes the Zepp Sensor, the upcoming Shot Stats Challenger and one device that flew under the radar: the Sony Smart Tennis Sensor. Released as a Yonex-compatible device in Japan, the sensor is now poised to hit the U.S. by early next year in partnership with Wilson and Prince. Here’s the scoop on what players can expect: Sony’s Smart Tennis Sensor
Blog RSS | August 27, 9:51 am ET


Dancing Tennis Players II
Tennis players have some of the most amazing footwork on the planet, but even we were amazed by how often they put it to use in dance form. Check out this compilation of dancing clips featuring the best tennis stars in the game, including Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and so many more.
Blog RSS | August 27, 8:45 am ET


US Open 2014 Day 3 Preview: Grigor looks for NYC glory
by: Tom Cochrane With basketball legend Michael Jordan watching in the stands, Roger Federer eased past Marinko Matosevic in straight sets in the night session on Day 2 to book his place in round 2. Federer will face another Aussie and the world’s faster server in the second round, Sam Groth. Day 2 Recap Joining Federer in the [...]
Tennis Connected | August 27, 8:37 am ET


Photos from Flushing Meadows: Day 2
​Each day during the U.S. Open, we'll feature Anita Aguilar's photography, captioned by Steve Tignor. For more photo galleries, click here. David Ferrer probably enjoys looking into the sun.  Ferrer beat Damir Dzumhur in four typically tough sets on Tuesday on Armstrong. Diva at work: Genie Bouchard took a moment for a quick spa treatment during her straight-sets win over Olga Govortsova. And remembered to make eye contact with the photographer afterward. The Open's new side courts are great for fans, but they left Dominika Cibulkova feeling a little oppressed yesterday, as she tried and failed to fight off CiCi Bellis of the U.S. New York City's latest red-carpet
Articles by Steve Tignor | August 27, 6:17 am ET


US Open 2014 Fashion Hits and Misses
I've been moaning a lot about how boring tennis fashion has been this year to the point I didn't even bother to review Wimbledon, (they banned coloured undershorts and I gave up). So I'm grateful that the US Open is bringing it; I'd rather have ugly or wild fashions than boring, safe ones. With that in mind, let's start with Serena Williams. Getty ImagesThis is a little Kim Kardashian pre Kanye, I have to admit. I think with leopard print you either love it and have scarves and pencil cases and shoes all covered in it, or you don't go anywhere
Home | August 26, 11:37 pm ET


Serena Williams and Roger Federer Both Begin Quest for 18th Major
(August 27, 2014) FLUSHING MEADOWS – A pair of 17-time major champions made the first step in their mutual quests for an 18th major on Tuesday night. No. 2 seed Roger Federer and No. 1 Serena Williams both took out opponents in straight sets at the US Open. The 33-year-old Swiss Federer led off the […]
Tennis Panorama | August 26, 10:50 pm ET


US Open Day 2: Butt-Tweeners, Junior Winners and (Match) Point Penalties
Roger Federer. Michael Jordan. Marinko Matosevic. Butt-tweener. You can read more about it here. Image via ESPN.com There's a lot of talk about the decline of American tennis and it's really boring. I'm guessing Cici Bellis was pretty bored of that storyline too, because the 15-year-old American took out 12th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova in three sets today. Bellis won the USTA Girls' 18s National Championship to earn a wildcard into the US Open and is currently the junior World No. 2. She is the youngest player to feature in a Grand Slam main draw in nine years and had never played at WTA
Home | August 26, 10:36 pm ET


Roger Federer Wears Michael Jordan Inspired Shoes, Makes Him Laugh With Butt-Tweener
"Jordan Inspired. Federer Approved." That's the tagline for the Michael Jordan tennis shoes Roger Federer debuted on court today. They were a big hit on Twitter and are likely to be an even bigger hit in the stores when they go on sale tomorrow. The shoes are called NIKECOURT Zoom Vapor AJ3 and are expected to cost are $200. If I was a man I'd totally be picking up a pair of these bad boys. But forget the shoes for a minute, because Michael Jordan himself turned up to watch Federer take on Marinko Matosevic today. He was a hit with
Home | August 26, 9:03 pm ET


Federer, Ferrer and Nishikori advance to US Open second round
US Open—Flushing Meadows, New York Singles – First Round [2] Roger Federer (SUI) d. Marinko Matosevic 63 64 76(4) [4] David Ferrer (ESP) d. Damir Dzumhur (BIH) 61 62 26 62 [10] Kei Nishikori (JPN) d. Wayne Odesnik (USA) 62 64 62 [12] Richard Gasquet (FRA) d. Denis Istomin (UZB) 75 76(5) 64 [13] John Isner (USA) d. Marcos Giron (USA) [...]
Tennis Connected | August 26, 8:37 pm ET


almost shirtless: rachel mortenson poses for Galore Magazine
Upcoming supermodel Rachel Mortenson poses for Galore Magazine  August 2014.  And she’s looking smokin’ hot.  In a special for Galore magazine photographer Joss Reed has Rachel  portray how girls are doing track & field and it makes us wish that we were on that track&field with them. Anyway whatever I am typing here, I don’t […]
Tennis Served Fresh | August 26, 6:49 pm ET


Summer Vacation Ends for Noah Rubin at US Open
  #453942644 / gettyimages.com (August 26, 2014) FLUSHING MEADOWS – For Long Island’s Noah Rubin, a native of Rockville Centre, a dream came true on Tuesday. The Wake Forest freshman played in his home major – the US Open, a tournament he’s been attending since he was a child.. Rubin gained a wild card in […]
Tennis Panorama | August 26, 4:39 pm ET


Wild Cards Mmoh, Tiafoe Win Opening Round Doubles at US Open; Amritraj Takes Dustin Taylor's Nation
The good news from the US Open for American tennis fans came late Wednesday, after a downright depressing first eight hours. Sloane Stephens, seeded No. 21, went out in the second round to WTA No. 86 Johanna Larsson of Sweden 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, despite leading 3-0 in the second set and 2-0 in the third set.Steve Johnson was up 2-6, 6-3, 7-5, 1-0 against qualifier Tatsuma Ito of Japan when he began cramping, and after taking two game penalties for time violations and losing the next two games, barely able to hold the racquet, he retired. Johnson discussed in his
ZooTennis | August 26, 3:00 pm ET


We didn't even get a chance to count the dots
4th seed Aga Radwanska and her lovely black and white polka dot dress have parted Flushing Meadows. Radwanska is an outstanding hard court player who just cannot--for some reason, she says it's a mystery--negotiate the courts of the U.S. Open. Radwanska lost today in the second round to Peng Shuai, the woman who took her out in the second round in 2010. Peng defeated the Polish star in straight sets today.That was the big news, but it wasn't the only news. Sloane Stephens was also upset in the second round, by Johanna Larsson. Larsson lost the first set but then
Women Who Serve | August 26, 3:00 pm ET


U.S. Open--what they said
And if you could have changed one thing in your progression, which of course has been very even, but if you could change one thing in your early career...No, I don't want to change anything. It was perfect. I'm happy how I am now. Everythings are going how they have to be, so I'm happy with the way I did in the past. Now in the future for sure I will do also great job.Simona HalepWhen the stakes get higher, I hit harder; I can't help it.Venus WilliamsFor me, this is very perplexing.Tracy Austin, on
Women Who Serve | August 26, 3:00 pm ET


Present and Accounted For
NEW YORK—Two of the more interesting young Americans in the women’s singles draw embarked on their U.S. Opens with high hopes, having drawn high-profile but sometimes low-production seeded opponents—both Grand Slam champions, and one a former No. 1. But the hopes of Alison Riske and Lauren Davis were cruelly dashed today by those flawed champions; they were beaten, respectively, by No. 8 seed Ana Ivanovic and No. 24 Sam Stosur. Riske and Davis are game opponents, but they combined to take a grand total of just eight games in their matches. Ivanovic defeated Riske, 6-3, 6-0; Stosur downed Davis, 6-1, 6-4. The
Articles by Peter Bodo | August 26, 11:20 am ET


Tennis Tuesday: Honeymoon Over?

Articles by Peter Bodo | August 26, 6:48 am ET


Ernests Gulbis: "I Don't Cry"
Ernests Gulbis completed the 15-love question challenge at the US Open and it was pretty funny. Apparently the Latvian doesn't cry... pfft whatever, I reckon there would be some tears if he won a Slam!
Home | August 25, 11:35 pm ET


tennis legend mats wilander coaches GQ’s rosecrans baldwin for the US Open
GQ’s Rosecrans Baldwin is a tennis fanatic. He didn’t start playing tennis until the age when most pros retire, but he’s pretty decent at it. It was the longest of shots, but that didn’t stop him from gunning for this year’s U.S. Open. He hooked up with a former champ (Mats Wilander!), trained for months, […]
Tennis Served Fresh | August 25, 7:44 pm ET


sony develops smart tennis sensor to improve your game
The Sony Smart Tennis Sensor is a device that is developed for players who want to optimize their play. With the  Smart Sensor you are able to keep track of various shots such as top spin forehand, slice forehand, topspin backhand and many more.  And even  tracks your attack style. And you can keep track […]
Tennis Served Fresh | August 25, 7:20 pm ET


Wild Card Bellis Shocks Cibulkova in US Open First Round; Giron, Rubin, Donaldson Fall in Opening Ma
Twenty-one Americans were playing first round singles matches today at the US Open, but the show was stolen by 15-year-old wild card CiCi Bellis, who defeated No. 12 seed Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 6-1, 4-6, 6-4. Bellis, the USTA National 18s champion, was playing on newly configured Court 6, which isn't a televised court, but once she had taken the first set, ESPN managed to get a camera and Pam Shriver to the court, just in time to watch Bellis lose the second set.Bellis went down a break early in the third set, and ESPN stuck with their John Isner
ZooTennis | August 25, 3:00 pm ET


Day 2 of U.S. Open brings significant upsets
Your average 15-year-old doesn't wipe out a Tornado, then turn around and diffuse a Pocket Rocket, but CiCi Bellis does not appear to be your average 15-year-old. The teenager from California, who upset 12th seed Dominika Cibulkova today, is the youngest player to win a main draw match at a major since Anna Kournikova did it 18 years ago at the Australian Open.Bellis earned a wild card into the U.S. Open main draw when she beat Tornado Alicia Black in the final of the USTA Girls' 18s National Championship. Appearing nerveless in her opening match in Flushing Meadows, Bellis went
Women Who Serve | August 25, 3:00 pm ET


U.S. Open--what they said
She raises her hand like she’s in school.Chris Evert, describing Taylor Townsend’s challenge gestureThis is such a different atmosphere here in New York. Some people love it here. How do you respond to this kind of tournament? I'm not really this person, really love it. But that's the Grand Slam, it's important one. Yeah, I mean, if I'm comparing with Wimbledon, it's really big difference. It's more crowd, it's more big show, something like that. So it's not really my person....Petra KvitovaDo you think it's feasible to display a clock so that the players, the fans, and a
Women Who Serve | August 25, 3:00 pm ET


International Hard Courts Recap, Slideshow, Videos; NCAA Champion Collins Test Halep, Falls in Three
My recap of last week's ITF Grade 1 International Hard Court Championships, with details on Russia's Anna Kalinskaya and Florida's Reilly Opelka winning their first ITF titles is available today at the Tennis Recruiting Network. Even with the rainy weather, I enjoyed covering the tournament for the first time, and am glad another Grade 1 tournament is now available in the United States, after the loss of the Lexington Grade 1 that used to follow the US Open.Below is the slideshow of those reaching the singles quarterfinals and the doubles semifinals. The videos of the two champions are
ZooTennis | August 24, 3:00 pm ET


U.S. Open day 1
There is never a "normal" opening day for a major, is there? Some of today's highlights:Venus Williams and Kimiko Date-Krumm, who have a combined age of 77, did what they like to do--drive each other crazy on a tennis court. Date-Krumm made things hard for Williams, but Williams won in three sets. What appeared to be a bee attacked Date-Krumm, and then it went about messing with Williams' serve. These two and their matches.....Both Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber looked shaky in their first rounds, but both won. By the time she got to her press conference, Halep was talking
Women Who Serve | August 24, 3:00 pm ET


Georgia's Dan Magill Dies at Age 93; Xu, Majchrzak Win Youth Olympic Games Gold; US Wins Le Blanc Cu
Georgia men's coach Manny Diaz with Dan MagillThere's not much I can add to the tributes being paid to former University of Georgia men's tennis coach Dan Magill, who died earlier today at 93. Magill is one of the most influential Division I tennis coaches in history, revered for his ability to coach, promote and lead, while always recognizing the place of history in the college game. With his health deteriorating over the past three years, Magill was not much in evidence at the 2012 and 2014 NCAA championships, but in 2007 and 2010 he was a vibrant part of
ZooTennis | August 23, 3:00 pm ET


Letter to DtL readers: On the road this week
We finally embarked on our cross-country trip to our new digs in Los Angeles. I'll miss New York City; it was once a dream of mine to live in the Big Apple and I did. For 16 years. But sometimes life calls for new adventures, and now happens to be one of those times.Obviously the timing isn't ideal with the US Open starting tomorrow. I won't be posting this week, but I'm hoping to be settled enough to write some post towards the end of the tourney. Fingers crossed. Enjoy the matches and coverage, and I'll see you on the
Down the Line: raw + uncut | August 23, 3:00 pm ET


Opelka Takes ITF Grade 1 International Hard Courts Title in Third Set Tiebreaker; Kalinskaya Sweeps
©Colette Lewis 2014--College Park MD--Top seed Anna Kalinskaya of Russia earned her ITF Grade 1 International Hard Courts singles title quickly Saturday, with No. 2 seed Gabby Ruse of Romania retiring down 6-2, 2-1 in the girls final. The brevity of that final was more than compensated for by the boys final on the adjacent court, with unseeded Reilly Opelka defeating No. 2 seed Tim Van Rijthoven of the Netherlands 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(4) in a match lasting two hours and 30 minutes.Morning showers forced play indoors at the Junior Tennis Champions Center for the second straight day, but Ruse said
ZooTennis | August 22, 3:00 pm ET


serena williams joins Delta Open Mic to warm up for the US Open
Last night, Wednesday, August 20th at Arena in New York City, No. 1 tennis player Serena Williams joined Delta Air Lines for the first ever Delta OPEN Mic to warm up before she steps onto the court for New York’s most celebrated tennis tournament. Serena, along with celebrity friends, Orange Is The New Black’s Uzo […]
Tennis Served Fresh | August 21, 2:39 pm ET


FASHION FIX: Nike and fragment design introduce Nike Court collection
Nike Tennis and Hiroshi Fujiwara’s fragment design label have collaborated on Nike Court, a new capsule collection debuting today during a pre-US Open event in Tribeca, New York. The streetwear designs are inspired by some of Nike's classic tennis styles with modern updates.The Herrington Jacket is constructed from lightweight fabric and features white zips, stitched detailing, and a mock neck.The Polo features blue accents on white cotton, as well as ergonomic seams for ease of movement.The Tennis Classic features a crisp white leather upper and sole is accented with a contrasting heel patch in either blue suede or grey snakeskin
Down the Line: raw + uncut | August 20, 3:00 pm ET


VIDEO VAULT: Serena Williams talks and sings while Roger Federer just talks
Serena Williams loves her some karaoke. It's been well-documented, of course. But I still give her props for getting up on stage at the Delta OPEN Mic event last night in front of actual people and doing her rendition of "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend". Jack Sock, Orange Is The New Black’s Uzo Aduba and Laverne Cox, comedian Kathy Griffin, 30 Rock’s Katrina Bowden, Glee’s Darren Criss, and celebrity fitness trainer Shaun T joined the 17-time Grand Slammer at the party. Roger Federer sat down with sponsor Wilson to talk about winning Cincinnati, his new racquet, and a little
Down the Line: raw + uncut | August 20, 3:00 pm ET


Will Bethanie Mattek-Sands go all Johnny Weir on Tennis Channel?
Brace yourselves, Tennis Channel viewers. The broadcasting company today announced the addition of Bethanie Mattek-Sands to the on-air coverage team for the US Open starting next week. Yes, that BMS. And this one. And the one above. Not a bad way to spend an injury-induced layoff.I think it's an absolutely inspired choice by Tennis Channel and I'm harboring very high expectations for her broadcasts:Dear Bethanie Mattek-Sands: Please go full-on Johnny Weir during your Tennis Channel broadcasts. Because that would be AMAZING.— rich rodriguez (@DTL_Rich) August 20, 2014 She really needs to Johnny Weir (see the Nick McCarvel-penned definition here) the
Down the Line: raw + uncut | August 19, 3:00 pm ET


FASHION FIX: UNIQLO launches 'Match Wear' collection for Djokovic, Nishikori, and Kunieda
UNIQLO just announced the release of the 'Match Wear' collection for their tennis ballers and Global Brand Ambassadors, including Novak Djokovic, Kei Nishikori, and men's wheelchair champion, Shingo Kunieda. Some of these items will be on full display at the US Open beginning next week.According to the company press release, the match shirt for Nole features an eagle motif (click the image above for a closer look at the motif on his sleeve) – the national bird of both his native Serbia and of the United States – while eagle wings on the back are a nod to his style
Down the Line: raw + uncut | August 17, 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


Sela Into the Quarterfinals, Finally Trumps Big Server
Dudi Sela has had a tough time with tall, big serving players this year. He’s played John Isner once, losing in a third set tiebreak, and Ivo Karlovic three times, on each instance falling in straight sets with at least one tiebreak. Last week in Bogota, Columbia, after losing an incredibly tight match to Karlovic, […]
The Tennis Nerds | July 23, 9:14 pm 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


Nick Kyrgios Beats Rafa Nadal
All hail Nick Kyrgios! At least that’s what it sounds like to wake up in Australia this morning. Just as we did when Bernard Tomic has his run at Wimbledon a few years ago the Australian media has proclaimed Kyrgios … Read more »
Tennis Perspective | July 1, 7:51 pm ET


Wimby News- In with the New out with the Old
All I can say is wow! Australian Nick Kyrgios came of age defeating World Number 1 Rafa Nadal at Wimbledon. Today he backs up against Milos Raonic of Canada.I hope Nick can serve as well as he did yesterday but this will be a completely different type of match , after beating a champion can he back up today ?...it will be tough!CENTRE COURT - 12:00PM1. Simona Halep (ROU) [3] v Sabine Lisicki (GER) [19]2. Andy Murray (GBR) [3] v Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [11]3. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [5] v Roger Federer (SUI) [4]NO.1 COURT - 12:00PM1. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) [13]
The Tigers Eye | July 1, 3:00 pm ET


Federer & Nadal Air Issues Through Media
It started with Roger Federer discussing his issue with how long Rafa Nadal takes between points. A totally valid point but it seems to have become a pet  peeve in recently.The umpires have been cracking down on Rafa significantly more … Read more »
Tennis Perspective | June 30, 4:50 am ET


Robredo To Face Federer
Tommy Robredo has an uphill battle in front of him if he wants to make it through to the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. The Spaniard faces seven time Wimbledon Champion Roger Federer. Roger brushed Santiago Giraldo aside 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 in … Read more »
Tennis Perspective | June 28, 10:40 pm ET


Alize Cornet Shocks Serena Williams
Alize Cornet has ripped the women’s draw wide open by defeating Serena Williams on a wet day in SW19. It was Serena who initially came out strongly after an initial rain delay, but after just over two two hours of … Read more »
Tennis Perspective | June 28, 10:24 pm ET


Wimbledon Second Monday Preview
I usually can't say enough good things about the Second Monday of Wimbledon. If you can only attend the tournament on one day—this is the best day to go. Instead of the usual schedule of one half of the draw playing on one day and the other half playing the next day, on the Second Monday ALL remaining men and women play. This means there are lots of great matches being played and because not all of them can be played on the show courts, you'll still get to see high level players on the outer courts even if you
I Take Thee Tennis | June 27, 3:00 pm ET



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ATP - Aug 25 WTA - Aug 25
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Rafael Nadal2 Simona Halep
3 Roger Federer3 Na Li
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Petra Kvitova
5 David Ferrer5 Agnieszka Radwanska
6 Milos Raonic6 Maria Sharapova
7 Tomas Berdych7 Angelique Kerber
8 Grigor Dimitrov8 Eugenie Bouchard
9 Andy Murray9 Ana Ivanovic
10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga10 Jelena Jankovic
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