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Last updated on December 18, 2014 10:30:18 ET

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Federer, Nadal And Djokovic Have Finished Ranked In The Top 3 Six Times! [Chart]
The Big Three finished Top 3 for a sixth time in 2014.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | December 16, 10:37 am ET


After Ivan Lendl Said No, Tomas Berdych Hires Dani Vallverdu
Tomas Berdych has a new coach.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | December 16, 10:16 am ET


From around the web:

On-court antics: Season on the brink
Sometimes, you can spend weeks, or even months, talking about something -- something that might or might not happen. But then it happens. And you are so tired of talking about it that now, you're just over it.That's what our playoffs were like for 8.0 mixed. Once our league coordinator decided it wasn't a good idea to restart the season the day after the regular season ended, it was time to get the wheels of inevitability going. Our team made it through the first round last weekend with nary a bump, except that everyone on our court had some form
Tennis With Attitude | December 17, 2:00 pm ET


Nadal Will be New Face of Tommy Hilfiger
The 14-time Grand Slam champion will become the face of Tommy Hilfiger for two years. Tommy Hilfiger announced that Rafael Nadal will serve as global brand ambassador for Tommy Hilfiger Underwear and Tommy Hilfiger tailored collections. Vamos Rafa! We’re excited to welcome @RafaelNadal as our new ambassador for #TommyHilfiger Underwear and Tailored pic.twitter.com/3B5YaWEaGH — Tommy Hilfiger (@TommyHilfiger) December 17, 2014 According to Lisa Lockwood of Women’s Wear Daily, Nadal will be photographed next spring in Spain so that he can appear in the company’s fall campaigns. “Rafael Nadal has been a longtime personal friend and supporter of our brand, and I’m continuously inspired
Blog RSS | December 17, 9:08 am ET


Christmas Stories
I’ve said it before, but it’s worth noting again at this time of year: Tennis doesn’t get enough credit for its writing. Books on the sport may not impress the literary set, and they almost never ascend to best-seller status, but each year brings its share of quality, informative narratives. Below is the proof: Our 2014 gift guide for the tennis reader in your life. All of these titles will add to your knowledge and appreciation of the game. This year’s crop tells the tales of underdogs and pioneers—that’s what tennis is all about, isn’t it? ***** Black and White: The Way I
Articles by Steve Tignor | December 17, 5:45 am ET


Changes in 2015 for USTA National Summer Championships; Few Surprises on Day One of Junior Orange Bo
The USTA board has approved changes to the 2015 USTA Clay Court and National 16s and 18s championships. After a qualifying tournament was held in 2014 to determine eight spots in a 128-player draw, the tournaments will revert to the 192-player draws they had prior to 2014. Alternate methods of gaining entry have also been reintroduced. The changes:1. Eliminates Qualifier: Replaces the 64-player qualifier and 128-player main draw at the Boys' and Girls' 18 and 16 USTA National Clay Court Championships and The USTA National Championships (Hard Courts) and with a main draw of 192 players.2. Creates Direct Acceptance List:
ZooTennis | December 16, 2:00 pm ET


Federer, Nadal And Djokovic Have Finished Ranked In The Top 3 Six Times! [Chart]
The Big Three finished Top 3 for a sixth time in 2014.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | December 16, 10:37 am ET


After Ivan Lendl Said No, Tomas Berdych Hires Dani Vallverdu
Tomas Berdych has a new coach.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | December 16, 10:16 am ET


Roger Federer Is An Unbelievable Tennis Player And A Better Bloke!
Roger Federer has a fan in Thanasi Kokkinakis.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | December 16, 10:03 am ET


Serena Williams Hit the Road for the Ultimate RUN South Beach for Charity
    (December 14, 2014) Most likely inspired by her close friend and fellow tennis pro Caroline Wozniacki, who completed the New York City Marathon in November, tennis’ world No. 1 Serena Williams hit the road with more than two thousand runners from South Florida and around the country for the inaugural Serena Williams Ultimate […]
Tennis Panorama | December 15, 8:21 pm ET


Question and Answer: Jarmere Jenkins (Part 2)
Jarmere Jenkins, an NCAA champion at the University of Virginia, talked to us a little over a year ago as he began his journey on the pro tour. You can read that Q&A here. 2014 saw Jenkins go through some incredible highs as well as some forgettable lows. At 24, he cracked the top 200 […]
The Tennis Nerds | December 15, 5:33 pm ET


Eddie Herr Slideshow, Videos
All Eddie Herr semifinalists and doubles finalists appear in the slideshow, and despite the finals all being played simultaneously, there is at least a short video of all the champions. My recap of the tournament for the Tennis Recruiting Network was published last Friday. Videos of the 16s and 18s champions are below, with links to the 12s and 14s champions' videos here: Boys 12s: Jungwon ParkGirls 12s: Himari SatoBoys 14s: Nicolas MejiaGirls 14s: Anastasia PotapovaI will be posting the videos of the Eddie Herr and Metropolia Orange Bowl finalists next month, when I return home and have more
ZooTennis | December 15, 2:00 pm ET


Kozlov Makes History Sweeping Orange Bowl Titles Capping Huge 2014
  American Stefan Kozlov has been in his fair share of big matches. In December of 2013, Kozlov reached the final of the ITF Orange Bowl, but fell in a close three set match to fellow American Francis Tiafoe. In 2014, Kozlov had reached the finals of both the Australian Open and Wimbledon Junior Championships. […]
The Tennis Nerds | December 15, 1:55 pm ET


Tennis Elbow: Welcome to the International Premier Tennis League
Welcome to Tennis Elbow, the column that looks back on the week that was in the world of tennis. This week, Charles Blouin-Gascon celebrates a league that has helped the off-season go by just a little quicker in 2014. A theme that I’ve been harping on in the past month is that the off-season is rather [...]
Tennis Connected | December 15, 12:40 pm ET


Williams Sisters Singing – Nadal’s Tweet of the Year
This weekend in tennis news brought us Serena Williams’ charity race and some post-event karaoke. Plus, see what Roger Federer had to say about his gas tank, watch Caroline Wozniacki and Gael Monfils play piano, and find out more about Rafael Nadal’s Tweet of the Year.
Blog RSS | December 15, 11:13 am ET


ITA Division I Operating Committee Votes to Continue Support of No-ad Format
At the ITA convention this past weekend, the decision to retain the format previously approved for college tennis this summer--no-ad for singles and doubles, with three doubles matches decided by one six-game set, and six singles matches with best two out of three sets--was approved by the ITA Operating Committee.It appears the originally approved clinch/clinch rule, which would leave singles matches unfinished when a team reaches four points, has been amended to require completion of all singles matches, although conference rules still take precedence. Although the NCAA is barely mentioned in the release below, they hold the keys to the
ZooTennis | December 14, 2:00 pm ET


Breaking Down The ATP Prize Money Increase: It Makes Sense
News broke Friday that the ATP had announced significant prize money increases for both the Masters 1000 and ATP World Tour 250 events in the years to come. Here’s the full statement: The ATP has announced significant increases over the next four years that will see overall player compensation on the ATP World Tour reach […]
The Tennis Nerds | December 13, 9:21 pm ET


Kenin Takes Metropolia Orange Bowl Girls Title, Kozlov Wins Boys Championship in Singles and Doubles
©Colette Lewis 2014--Plantation, FL--Pembroke Pines may not be well known to those living outside of South Florida, but the city's profile was raised considerably in the tennis world Sunday, when two of its 16-year-old residents--Stefan Kozlov and Sonya Kenin--hoisted the winners' trophies at the Metropolia Orange Bowl.For Kozlov, who was a finalist last year in the 18s, and runnerup in the Junior Orange Bowl 12s in 2009 and the 14s in 2011, the feeling after defeating unseeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 was more relief than elation."Losing in the final three times, losing in two slam finals this
ZooTennis | December 13, 2:00 pm ET


Poll: Who’s Most Likely To Drop Out Of The Top 10 In 2015?
Who'll drop out of the Top 10 in 2015?
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | December 12, 2:09 pm ET


Kenin and Neel Meet for Girls Metropolia Orange Bowl Title; Kozlov Reaches Second Straight Final; Ri
©Colette Lewis 2014--Plantation, FL--It's not every tournament that witnesses the losses of three ITF junior No. 1s before the finals, but this year's Metropolia Orange Bowl can claim that distinction, with two of them losing in Saturday's semifinals.CiCi Bellis, who will take over the No. 1 position on Monday and finish the year there, was beaten by No. 13 seed Sonya Kenin 6-3, 6-2, while current boys No. 1 Andrey Rublev of Russia lost to unseeded Stefanos Tsitispas of Greece 6-4, 7-5. Bellis had earned the No. 1 spot by winning Friday after current girls No. 1 Shilin Xu lost
ZooTennis | December 12, 2:00 pm ET


Previewing the 2015 Wilson Rush Pro 2.0
Entering the shoe market in a major way during the 2014 season, Wilson Tennis has stepped it up a notch and then some in 2015 with its all-new Wilson Rush Pro 2.0. Carrying over the original highlights from the Rush Pro into the 2.0 version, Wilson has definitely improved on the ventilation of this shoe, courtesy [...]
Tennis Connected | December 12, 1:41 pm ET


ATP announces significant long-term prize money increases
LONDON — The ATP has announced significant increases over the next four years that will see overall player compensation on the ATP World Tour reach US$135 million by 2018. Player compensation at ATP World Tour events in 2015 will exceed US$100 million for the first time. The increases at ATP events are [...]
Tennis Connected | December 12, 1:30 pm ET


ATP Announces Prize Money Increases Topping $100 Million in 2015
(December 12, 2014) ATP tour prize money will top $100 million for the first time in 2015. The ATP prize money will increase over the next four years and reach $135 million by 2018. The Masters 1000 tournaments will see the biggest increases with an overall 14-percent hike over the next four years, while the […]
Tennis Panorama | December 12, 12:30 pm ET


No. 1: Nole Takes the Long Way
What was the measure of a great tennis match in 2014? It was too hard to win the first time around. Yesterday, in our No. 2 contest of the year, we watched as Maria Sharapova snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in the French Open final, before snatching the title back again at the last minute. Today we’ll see the same phenomenon in our top match of 2014, the Wimbledon men’s final. On that bright July day on Centre Court, Novak Djokovic had it, blew it, and finally won it, 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4, over Roger
Articles by Steve Tignor | December 12, 7:33 am ET


Tennis Elbow: Let’s revisit those 14 wonky predictions
Welcome to Tennis Elbow, the column that looks back on the week that was in the world of tennis. This week, Charles Blouin-Gascon revisits the predictions he made at the beginning of the 2014 season. The off-season is short in tennis. On the ATP World Tour, it lasts about seven weeks while it’s a little over two [...]
Tennis Connected | December 11, 3:42 pm ET


Projected 2015 year-end top 10 ATP World Tour Rankings
by: Nima Naderi Was the 2014 season a fulfilling one for fans of the ATP World Tour? There were plenty of different results throughout the year, highlighted by four different Grand Slam winners. The Masters events featured a tad more in the consistency department with Novak Djokovic winning four times, Roger Federer taking home two titles, [...]
Tennis Connected | December 11, 3:40 pm ET


Federer’s Sky Hook – Sharapova & Dimitrov’s Stroll
This week in tennis news brought us Caroline Wozniacki’s fancy footwork, a high-fashion stroll from Maria Sharapova and Grigor Dimitrov, and replays of one of Roger Federer’s best shots ever. Plus, watch Elton John take a tennis tumble and get a 90s flashback from Jennifer Capriati.
Blog RSS | December 11, 12:13 pm ET


Eugenie Bouchard Inks Deal with WME-IMG
The 20-year-old also joins IMG Models as part of the deal. The bidding wars are over. 20-year-old Canadian sensation Eugenie Bouchard has signed a global marketing and management deal with talent agency WME-IMG. Also See: Radwanska and Navratilova to Join Forces in 2015 Bouchard’s team will be headed by Serena Williams' agent, Jill Smoller. Bouchard, who let her contract with Lagerdere expire this year, has also been signed by IMG Models, and hopes to use the duel-pronged approach to facilitate her global branding. IMG Models represents supermodels such as Gisele Bundchen and several “Angels” in the recent Victoria’s Secret fashion show. “I am really excited
Blog RSS | December 11, 8:19 am ET


No. 2: Last Woman Standing
What was the Performance of the Year? I’d nominate Maria Sharapova’s long, twisting, very bumpy, but ultimately triumphant run through Paris. Her second title at Roland Garros and fifth at a major may have been the most impressive and characteristic of her career. For the last decade, we’ve been talking about Sharapova’s skill as a competitor; here she showed what all the talk was about by winning her last four matches in three sets. In the first three, she lost the opening set before coming back; in the fourth, her 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 win over Simona Halep in the
Articles by Steve Tignor | December 11, 6:36 am ET


No. 3: Turf War
Petra Kvitova’s 5-7, 7-6 (2), 7-5 win over Venus Williams at Wimbledon comes in at No. 3 in our countdown of the 10 best matches of 2014, but it was my favorite to watch. That may be a bit of live-match bias; I sat in Centre Court for the whole thing, on one of those beautiful June days at the All England Club, when the late-afternoon sun comes in and out and in and out, before finally deciding to stick around and see what happens. What happened was old-fashioned grass-court tennis, the kind that many say isn’t possible anymore. The highlights
Articles by Steve Tignor | December 10, 6:07 am ET


2015 PowerShares Series Schedule Announced: Tour to Feature Roddick, Agassi and Sampras
(December 9, 2014) NEW YORK, NY  – The 2015 PowerShares Series tennis circuit announced the dates, venues and fields that will feature 2014 tour champion John McEnroe defending his crown versus a group of legends led by Andy Roddick, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras and Jim Courier. InsideOut Sports & Entertainment, a division of Horizon Media, […]
Tennis Panorama | December 9, 6:38 pm ET


Novak Djokovic: I Have One Problem With The French Open, His Name Is Rafael Nadal
Novak Djokovic is still targeting the French Open.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | December 9, 12:46 pm ET


want for christmas: RF97 autographed and the Juice 100 by Wilson
With the holidays around the corner and you don’t know what to get your loved ones, we figure we can help out by offering you some ideas for Christmas morning. First off is the Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autographed. The sport of tennis is evolving, so is the Pro Staff. Developed with the help of […]
Tennis Served Fresh | December 9, 12:20 pm ET


No. 4: Friendly Fire
If we had a prize for Relationship of the Year in 2014, it would surely go to Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki. Off the court, these two partied together from Miami to Manhattan to Singapore, and sent us the requisite flurry of selfies to prove it. On the court, their matches helped make each woman a better player as the year progressed. Serena’s support may also have helped Wozniacki bounce back more quickly after her fiancé, Rory McIlroy, broke off their engagement in May. Caro bounced back so quickly, in fact, that she nearly beat Serena three separate times from August
Articles by Steve Tignor | December 9, 7:10 am ET


WTA Sets Up 10 Year Media Rights Deal
(December 10, 2014) — The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Board of Directors approved a  10 year media agreement of more than US$525 million with incumbent partner, PERFORM.  This extended partnership is the largest live media rights and production venture in the history of the WTA and in women’s sports.   For the first time as […]
Tennis Panorama | December 9, 6:02 am ET


Radwanska Hires Navratilova to Coaching Team
(December 8, 2014) Joining the trend of some of the top male players in hiring former Grand Slam champions as coaches, Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 6 in the world has hired 18-time major winner Martina Navratilova to her coaching team.   So happy to announce @Martina as the newest member of my coaching team! — […]
Tennis Panorama | December 8, 6:48 pm ET


Federer’s Dorky Dancing – Eugenie Bouchard's New Coach
This weekend in tennis news brought us some hilarious dancing from Roger Federer and some choreographed moves from Gael Monfils, Ana Ivanovic and more. Plus, watch Kei Nishikori with his adoring fans, and find out who Genie Bouchard has “Twitter tabbed” as her new coach.
Blog RSS | December 8, 11:20 am ET


On-court antics: How I learned to stop worrying and love 8.0 playoffs
The 8.0 mixed doubles season out here has been ... interesting. There has been a lack of urgency because all eight teams make the playoffs. At the same time, it's also a good idea to jockey for position in some way -- because if you can grab home court advantage, well, that's ideal.That's what my team had in mind for the last regular season match. Win, and you move into the second slot and have at least two playoff matches at your house. (The final is at a neutral location.) Lose, and you drop to fourth, and what would be
Tennis With Attitude | December 2, 2:00 pm ET


2015 may defy prediction
If 2014 was the year of the unexpected, then 2015 is--at least for now--a year in which we aren't really sure what to expect. The times occasionally appear to be changing, and then--just like that--it feels as though the beloved veterans run the show. Who will rise in the coming season, who will struggle, and who will inevitably fade, albeit with an unchanged fighting spirit?All eyes are always on world number 1 Serena Williams, whose performance tends to defy prediction--of any kind. Williams is 33 years old in biological years, but in tennis years, she's practically ageless. We've seen her
Women Who Serve | December 2, 2:00 pm ET


Live Stream; Manila Mavericks vs Singapore Slammers
The Live Stream; Manila Mavericks vs Singapore Slammers is available here. This inaugural tournament takes place in four major Asian cities from November 28 to December 13. Former and current ATP and WTA stars will participate in an exciting new tennis format starting in the Philippines from November 28 to 30; Singapore from December 2 to 4; India from December 6 to 8 and United Arab Emirates from December 11 to 13. Watch Live Stream; Manila Mavericks vs Singapore Slammers Access the LINKS here [FREE Registration required]: Stream 1 | Stream 2 | Stream 3 | Stream 4 Here are the team compositions: Manila Mavericks:
Tennis Guru » Tennis Guru | November 26, 9:58 am ET


Live Stream: UAE Royals vs Micromax Indian Aces
The Live Stream: UAE Royals vs Micromax Indian Aces is available here. This inaugural tournament takes place in four major Asian cities from November 28 to December 13. Former and current ATP and WTA stars will participate in an exciting new tennis format starting in the Philippines from November 28 to 30; Singapore from December 2 to 4; India from December 6 to 8 and United Arab Emirates from December 11 to 13. Watch Live Stream: UAE Royals vs Micromax Indian Aces Access the LINKS here [FREE Registration required]: Stream 1 | Stream 2 | Stream 3 | Stream 4 Here are the team
Tennis Guru » Tennis Guru | November 26, 9:57 am ET


Live Stream: Manila Mavericks vs Micromax Indian Aces
The Live Stream: Manila Mavericks vs Micromax Indian Aces is available here. This inaugural tournament takes place in four major Asian cities from November 28 to December 13. Former and current ATP and WTA stars will participate in an exciting new tennis format starting in the Philippines from November 28 to 30; Singapore from December 2 to 4; India from December 6 to 8 and United Arab Emirates from December 11 to 13. Watch Live Stream: Manila Mavericks vs Micromax Indian Aces Access the LINKS here [FREE Registration required]: Stream 1 | Stream 2 | Stream 3 | Stream 4 Here are the team
Tennis Guru » Tennis Guru | November 26, 9:56 am ET


Live Stream: UAE Royals vs Singapore Slammers
The Live Stream: UAE Royals vs Singapore Slammers is available here. This inaugural tournament takes place in four major Asian cities from November 28 to December 13. Former and current ATP and WTA stars will participate in an exciting new tennis format starting in the Philippines from November 28 to 30; Singapore from December 2 to 4; India from December 6 to 8 and United Arab Emirates from December 11 to 13. Watch Live Stream: UAE Royals vs Singapore Slammers Access the LINKS here [FREE Registration required]: Stream 1 | Stream 2 | Stream 3 | Stream 4 Here are the team compositions: Manila Mavericks:
Tennis Guru » Tennis Guru | November 26, 9:56 am ET


Live Stream: Manila Mavericks vs UAE Royals
The Live Stream: Manila Mavericks vs UAE Royals is available here. This inaugural tournament takes place in four major Asian cities from November 28 to December 13. Former and current ATP and WTA stars will participate in an exciting new tennis format starting in the Philippines from November 28 to 30; Singapore from December 2 to 4; India from December 6 to 8 and United Arab Emirates from December 11 to 13. Watch Live Stream: Manila Mavericks vs UAE Royals Access the LINKS here [FREE Registration required]: Stream 1 | Stream 2 | Stream 3 | Stream 4 Here are the team compositions: Manila Mavericks:
Tennis Guru » Tennis Guru | November 26, 9:55 am ET


Top 10 Statement Wins on the ATP World Tour in 2014
“Statement Win”–not only defeating your opponent, but accomplishing other victories in the process. Whether it be overcoming a lopsided head-to-head record, putting a beat-down on a top rival, getting your name out to the world, or simply playing your best tennis, a statement win is about more than just a notch in the win column. […]
The Tennis Nerds | November 24, 8:47 pm ET


Switzerland wins first Davis Cup title
Roger Federer put his bad back and his brief difference of opinion with his Swiss team mate Stanislas Wawrinka and claimed the one prize that has always eluded him and Switzerland - the Davis Cup.Switzerland won the Davis Cup for the first time in their history after Federer crushed France's Richard Gasquet in Lille. An inspired Federer raised his game to beat Gasquet 6-4 6-2 6-2. He collapsed in tears onto the clay at the Stade Pierre-Mauroyto after giving the Swiss a 3-1 lead.On Saturday, Federer and Wawrinka had put Switzerland into a 2-1 lead with a straight sets defeat
HCFoo's Tennis Blog – Tennis Celebrity Photos, News, Gossip and More! | November 22, 2:00 pm ET


Captain Courageous
Credit Swiss Davis Cup Severin Luthi with making a great decision sometime Friday night or this morning. After consulting with his players, Luthi decided to yank the scheduled doubles team Marco Chiudinelli and Michael Lammer in favor of Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka. The net result: A decisive, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 win for Switzerland—and a 2-1 points lead in the best-of-five-point Davis Cup final. Chiudinelli and Lammer are low-ranked journeymen in both singles and doubles. With the tie knotted at 1-all, Luthi could not afford to stand by and watch a ritual slaughter, inflicted by 2014 French Open doubles champion Julien
Articles by Peter Bodo | November 22, 10:10 am ET


Gael Force Win
Anyone who ever wondered what it might take for Gael Monfils to set aside his love of showmanship and exhibitions of athleticism in favor of punishing, intelligent, result-oriented tennis received the answer today: A record number of fans—27,432—watching him in Lille as his French side trailed Switzerland 1-0 in the Davis Cup final. Monfils found himself looking down the barrel of the cannon, tended by Roger Federer, after Stan the Occasional Man Wawrinka pummeled French No. 1 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. Monfils responded with perhaps the most impressive match of his career (at least at a critical time, in
Articles by Peter Bodo | November 21, 11:51 am ET


Federer, Wawrinka Facing Biggest Test of Careers
It wasn’t so long ago that Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka—two of the top four players in the world—lost a Davis Cup tie that they were overwhelming favorites to win. At home.Indoors on clay.Against the United States.The Swiss team has managed to bounce back against that most ignominious defeat quite nicely and finds itself in the Davis Cup finals for only the second time in the nation’s history. And even though Federer and Wawrinka have had fantastic years, they’re faced with some serious obstacles:Playing indoors on clay.On the road against a veteran French team.Balky health.And the unbelievable amount
Tennis Talk, Anyone? | November 20, 2:00 pm ET


On-court antics: The 9.0 experiment
So what had happened was, we were sitting at home, just minding our own business, and my husband gets a text."Would you play 9.0 if you got asked?"I shrugged. "Sure," I said, but seriously. Who would ask me? My USTA records are out there for the world to see. Let's be for real.An hour later, as I was getting the kids ready for bed, he peeks his head. "You need to sign up tonight. They sent you a team number."And that's how I ended up on a 9.0 team this season, people. Basically, they had a 5.0 player and needed
Tennis With Attitude | November 18, 2:00 pm ET


A Cup Overflowing

Articles by Peter Bodo | November 18, 6:01 am ET


Letter to DtL readers: An update from yours truly
What's up, DtL readers?I wanted to let you know I'll be back to regular posting once the new tennis season begins. Since my last update, I've been busy working on a portfolio for my work and I really wanted to focus on it. It's taken some time but I'm happy to announce that it's live at RichRodriguezWrites.com. You can find links to my writing and PR work there.In the meantime, enjoy the Davis Cup final, the off-season, and see you in 2015!Rich
Down the Line: raw + uncut | November 17, 2:00 pm ET


2014--year of the unexpected
Great speech from @Petra_Kvitova during Li Na's retirement ceremony at @ChinaOpen--> http://t.co/xgYMMz2Hqd #WTA pic.twitter.com/KUbV0BKcX9— WTA (@WTA) September 30, 2014In some great ways, and in some not so good ways, expectations were often not met in the 2014 season. The player expected to have a superior season had (her version of) a mediocre season right to the last quarter. A beloved player we hoped to see at least one more year was forced to leave the tour because of chronic injury, and two players who had faded from the spotlight decided it was time to get back in it and shine.Players
Women Who Serve | November 16, 2:00 pm ET


Roger Federer pulls out of ATP World Tour Finals and hands Novak Djokovic trophy
World no. 2 Roger Federer disappointed more than 17,000 fans at the O2 Arena after pulling out of the final against Novak Djokovic, citing a back injury sustained in his semifinal match against Stanislas Wawrinka.The 33-year-old Swiss announced he was "not match-fit" as he apologised to the crowd in person.The withdrawal resulted in Djokovic's fourth victory at the season-ending event. He also becomes the first man to win three titles in a row since Ivan Lendl back in the 80s.No one saw that coming from Federer, who had withdrawn during tournaments on only two previous occasions - in 2008 against
HCFoo's Tennis Blog – Tennis Celebrity Photos, News, Gossip and More! | November 16, 2:00 pm ET


US Open winners pose with their trophies
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is sharing private 2014 US Open champion photos taken within hours of their respective victories by photographer Jen Pottheiser. You’ll find pictures of Marin Cilic, Ekatarina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, Bob and Mike Bryan and Serena Williams. Enjoy the photos!
Tennis Served Fresh | November 16, 10:24 am ET


Half a Loaf
The main theme of the lackluster round-robin portion of this year’s ATP World Tour Finals was “blowout.” There were a number of truly impressive performances but, alas, no great matches. That changed dramatically on knockout semifinal Saturday. By the time it was over—after Roger Federer had stared down four match points to guarantee that the ATP season would end with a much-anticipated Federer vs. Novak Djokovic final—the theme had dramatically shifted to “atonement.” To start things off, Kei Nishikori went where no other man in the field had been able to venture during this puzzling year-end championships: He managed to force
Articles by Peter Bodo | November 15, 7:17 pm ET


The Surreal World
After Novak Djokovic’s comprehensive 6-3, 6-0 defeat of Stan Wawrinka yesterday, Roger Federer fans had plenty of reason to fear for their man’s fate. Today, though, they might be strolling around, chests puffed out, demanding, “Bring us Djokovic!” You can hardly fault them, not after the way Federer handled Andy Murray on this, the last day of Group B round-robin play. Federer played near flawless tennis and humiliated Murray, 6-0, 6-1. It was such a terrible pasting that Federer, making no effort to disguise his sympathy for Murray, allowed afterward that he was somewhat pleased that he didn’t become the first
Articles by Peter Bodo | November 13, 2:55 pm ET


State of the Fed Cup
The Fed Cup, once again, came and went with nary a murmur on ESPN or most anywhere else. Well, except for this one small detail that the court it was played on was illegal.New York Times tennis writer Ben Rothenberg tweeted over the weekend that the ITF ruled the courts was just over the measured limit for speed, but that it was too late to do anything about it, so they would just play the FED CUP FINAL ON AN ILLEGAL COURT.I know, I know. You've sold the tickets. The people are there, the players are there, the show must
Tennis With Attitude | November 13, 2:00 pm ET


So, what have I missed?
Only a couple Slams, some Masters 1000 events, a year-end championship, a Fed Cup title, a Davis Cup round or two...You get the idea!But let's let all that go and talk about the here and now, now being the ATP World Tour Finals. Not much drama on the singles side with a lot of whuppings going on. Should be some good semifinal matches, though. Kei Nishikori is a gamer, Novak Djokovic is on fire, Roger Federer is playing like it's the late aughts and Stan Wawrinka has been solid. It's a solid efinal four, and one I'll ruminate on post-matchups.And
Tennis Talk, Anyone? | November 13, 2:00 pm ET


Serena and Caroline Show Off On Instagram
Gosh look who I just ran into lol @carowozniacki #vacy A photo posted by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) on Nov 11, 2014 at 8:25am PST Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki have been inseparable lately. Whether it's the US Open final, the NY marathon, or a beach vacation, you can guarentee Caro and Serena will be there together. Their Instagram feeds have been a little more saucy recently. The two have put aside the tennis shoes for bikinis... and they're really embracing the change! Check out the semi NSFW images after the cut!
Home | November 9, 10:56 pm ET


Maria and Grigor Step Out In London
The couple that wears matching outfits together... stays together? Grigor Dimitrov and Maria Sharapova were finally spotted in London together as they browsed street art and the Dover Street Market. There were split rumours earlier this year, but it looks they came about simply because the couple like to remain private. While both Dimitrov and Sharapova have been posting pics of their holidays on Instagram, they don't appear in each other's photos. The two looked very fashion forward in London... almost like they had sat down together and carefully coordinated their outfits. Personally, I like both outfits but am a little iffy
Home | November 9, 10:23 pm ET


Czech Republic wins third Fed Cup title in four years
Led by @Petra_Kvitova, Czechs sweep #FedCup final vs. Germany 3-0. Third title in four years: http://t.co/hABQBw5Hdc pic.twitter.com/pv96ndOlyR— TENNIS.com (@Tennis) November 9, 2014No team has ever lost the first two rubbers of a Fed Cup final and come back to win the title. That was the job facing Germany today in Prague, and Angelique Kerber gave her all, but in the end, a tired, hurting Petra Kvitova found a way to defeat Kerber 7-6, 4-6, 6-4. "It's for your country," said Kvitova after the match, "but always when you are not feeling great and you don't have enough energy, you
Women Who Serve | November 8, 2:00 pm ET


On-court antics: 7.0 mixed
I'm not much of a tennis snob. It's more like being a tennis whore.I will do anything to play more tennis, especially in the winter. Still, joining a 7.0 team as a 4.0 player might be considered going too far by some.But here is why I did it:1. The 7.0 season out here is twice the length of the 8.0 season. There are roughly a million teams, compared to eight for the 8.0 division.2. I thought it'd be easy. "I'm pretty good," I told myself. "I can carry a 3.0 player. So this will be just like practice for
Tennis With Attitude | November 7, 2:00 pm ET


andy murray in form ahead of ATP Tour Finals
Andy Murray’s rise to the top of world tennis was the culmination of years of hard work and dedication but 2014 has arguably been his hardest year of all. Having seemed certain to miss out on this year’s ATP Tour finals in London (so certain, in fact, that he was not included in the giant […]
Tennis Served Fresh | November 5, 11:03 am ET


Petko wins Tournament of Champions, Woz speeds through NYC
.@AndreaPetkovic wins @WTATOCSofia w/ 16 64 63 victory over Pennetta, 3rd title of 2014-> http://t.co/xYL2Osri1f #WTA pic.twitter.com/wvXq4c80oA— WTA (@WTA) November 2, 2014Andrea Petkovic won her third title of 2014 today--the Tournament of Champions in Sofia, Bulgaria. Petkovic defeated Flavia Pennetta 1-6, 6-4, 6-3, as the Italian faded in the final set from what appeared to be fatigue. Petkovic, whose season has turned into a successful comeback journey, is now number 14 in the world, and Pennetta (who knows more about "comeback" than anyone) is number 13. Meanwhile, Magda Linette won the 125K Series tournament in Ningbo. Linette defeated Wang Qiang
Women Who Serve | November 1, 3:00 pm ET


Robredo Flips Andy Murray The Bird After Blowing Five Match Points
ICYMI earlier: Here is Robredo sticking two fingers up to Murray after losing match points up (again) https://t.co/qQCBj09GJa — Jake Davies (@jakedavi5) October 26, 2014 Tommy Robredo showed Andy Murray his middle fingers after the final in Valencia which he lost after having five match points. Frustrating? Absolutely. But Robredo's reaction was pretty tame when you take into account he also blew five match point against Murray last month in Shenzhen! What are the chances?! Robredo was obviously kidding and Murray took it well, leaning over the net to hug the unlucky Spaniard.
Home | October 26, 11:12 pm ET


Catching up with Basel-Born, Marco Chiudinelli
by Andreen Soley I caught up with Marco Chiudinelli after he and Michael Lammer lost their doubles match versus A Begemann/J Knowle, 4-6, 6-4, 9-11. Where do you go after this? Playing a small level in a challenger in Geneva. For the last the 3 years, this was always the week after Basel for me. It’s a normal thing for us Swiss players to play. Do you think you have a good shot of playing doubles in Davis Cup? We’ll see. Realistically thinking, it’s basically the only chance to be on court, to play at all. You don’t have to be a genius to know
Home | October 25, 6:34 pm ET


Some thoughts about Singapore
Serena Williams ends her season on a high. Beats Simona Halep 6-3, 6-0 to win the #WTA Finals. http://t.co/wZK4EZi5Sj pic.twitter.com/fDyRpXDb06— SI Tennis (@SI_Tennis) October 26, 2014The WTA Finals are over, and was that ever an interesting event. Consider some of the things that happened:Both Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic played superb tennis, which kind of "sealed" their comeback status in 2014.Simona Halep allowed Serena Williams to win only two games in one of their matches, and also delivered a rare bagel to the world number 1.Halep then pretty much fell apart during the final. I don't mean to take anything
Women Who Serve | October 25, 3:00 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


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


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


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



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ATP - Dec 15 WTA - Dec 15
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Rafael Nadal3 Simona Halep
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Petra Kvitova
5 Kei Nishikori5 Ana Ivanovic
6 Andy Murray6 Agnieszka Radwanska
7 Tomas Berdych7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 Milos Raonic8 Caroline Wozniacki
9 Marin Cilic9 Angelique Kerber
10 David Ferrer10 Dominika Cibulkova
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