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Last updated on September 01, 2014 9:49:17 ET

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Roger Federer Says Travelling Has Helped Him Learn How To Deal With Stress
Even Roger Federer has missed a flight!
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | September 1, 8:44 am ET


Gael Monfils Says They’ll Be No Party For His 28th Birthday, He Also Doesn’t Want To Pla
For some reason tennis's top showman Gael Monfils doesn't want to play on Arthur Ashe, the biggest tennis stadium in the world.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | September 1, 8:31 am ET


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Roger Federer Says Travelling Has Helped Him Learn How To Deal With Stress
Even Roger Federer has missed a flight!
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | September 1, 8:44 am ET


Gael Monfils Says They’ll Be No Party For His 28th Birthday, He Also Doesn’t Want To Pla
For some reason tennis's top showman Gael Monfils doesn't want to play on Arthur Ashe, the biggest tennis stadium in the world.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | September 1, 8:31 am ET


Milos Raonic’s Arm Sleeve Is On The List Of Things Serena Williams Wants
Milos Raonic has something Serena Williams wants.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | September 1, 8:19 am ET


Wozniacki Ousts Sharapova At US Open; Federer, Dimitrov Start Slow, Tsonga-Murray Monday
Roger Federer and Baby Federer both had to overcome disastrous first sets at the US Open.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | August 31, 11:47 pm ET


Federer, Berdych & Dimitrov reach US Open fourth round; Ferrer, Gasquet ousted
US Open—Flushing Meadows, New York Singles – Third Round [2] Roger Federer (SUI) d. Marcel Granollers (ESP) 46 61 61 61 [26] Gilles Simon (FRA) d. [4] David Ferrer (ESP) 63 36 61 63 [6] Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) 63 62 64 [7] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) d. David Goffin (BEL) 0-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 [20] Gael Monfils (FRA) [...]
Tennis Connected | August 31, 10:31 pm ET


US Open 2014: Order of play for Monday, September 1
Monday’s Labor Day Order or play at the US Open can be found at the link below. Link: OOP.
Tennis Connected | August 31, 10:22 pm ET


New Toy
NEW YORK—It’s always exciting when a star is born. In tennis, the moment is that much more electric when it comes at the expense of an older, fading idol. Here is that veteran, suddenly face to face with the mortality of her career. The youngster across the net seems to have boundless energy and won’t be denied. The crowd, to which the aging champion has given so much pleasure over the years, has thrown her overboard with nary a how-dee-do. Tennis can be a cruel sport, as ninth-seeded Jelena Jankovic learned Sunday night when she was beaten in Arthur Ashe Stadium
Articles by Peter Bodo | August 31, 9:33 pm ET


First Ball In, 8/31: Noble Efforts
“I can’t remember the last time someone beat me in a set 6-0.” NEW YORK—Grigor Dimitrov probably can’t remember the last time he played as poorly as he did in his first six games against David Goffin in the Grandstand on Sunday night. Dimitrov made 32 percent of his first serves, struggled to find the court with his ground strokes, and had trouble keeping his hand on his grip in the humid air. Goffin, thicker than the last time I saw him, had spent his summer tearing up the Challenger circuit in Europe. Had he built enough confidence to keep that
Articles by Steve Tignor | August 31, 7:04 pm ET


Caroline Yes
NEW YORK—When you watch Caroline Wozniacki's game casually, you might thing she’s little more than a wallboard. The ball comes back, and comes back some more. And it is true that consistency and defense are her specialties; no matter how many times her father comes out and urges her to give her forehand a rip, she’s never going to blow anyone off the court. But those who watch Wozniacki closely know that when she’s on her game, she’s more of a brain than a board, and more of an athlete than many people might think. For much of her fourth-round match
Articles by Steve Tignor | August 31, 1:55 pm ET


Gilles Simon Stuns No. 4 Seed David Ferrer at US Open
(August 31, 2014) No. 4 seed David Ferrer became the first major casualty on the men’s side of the draw at the US Open on Sunday when the Spaniard lost to Frenchman Gilles Simon, the 26th seed 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 in the third round. “It was tough match today,” Ferrer said. “There is a […]
Tennis Panorama | August 31, 1:50 pm ET


Sara Errani is the First to Reach the Quarterfinals at US Open
(August 31, 2014) FLUSHING MEADOWS – Sara Errani, fresh off her win over Venus Williams on Friday held off surprise challenger and 1999 Wimbledon semifinalist 32-year-old qualifier Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-3, 2-6, 6-0 on Sunday at the US Open. Erran, who is the 13th seed was a 2012 French Open finalist is the first to advance […]
Tennis Panorama | August 31, 12:40 pm ET


U.S. Open: Simon d. Ferrer
“It's different, definitely. I mean, older guys, they are just ten centimeters taller and 15 kilos also more than before. Before it was about the game. Now I feel it's more about the serve, the return. But that's how it is. I just try my best every time to beat the guy I have in front of me.”—Gilles Simon on the state of the game following his 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 third-round upset of No. 4 seed David Ferrer. NEW YORK—It seemed like the assignment from hell, a match with Ferrer, the ultimate grinder, on a day when the mercury zoomed
Articles by Peter Bodo | August 31, 11:57 am ET


Milos Raonic Says His Hair Is No Different Than Yours, It’s Just The Product He Uses
Milos Raonic addressed his hair.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | August 31, 11:11 am ET


US Open 2014 Day 7 Preview: Sharapova by day, Dimitrov by night
by: Tom Cochrane Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was a shock casualty on Day 6, the third seed going down to unheralded Serbian Aleksandra Krunic in straight sets. Day 6 Recap Flushing Meadows has never been a happy hunting ground for Kvitova, with the two-time major winner having never been past the round of 16 at the tournament. That [...]
Tennis Connected | August 31, 9:03 am ET


Photos from Flushing Meadows: Day 6
​Each day during the U.S. Open, we'll feature Anita Aguilar's photography, captioned by Steve Tignor. For more photo galleries, click here. What part of Nicole Gibbs hit this shot, her racquet or her ponytail? The American lost to Flavia Pennetta, but leaves the Open with her first two Grand Slam victories. Pennetta bounced back quickly from a slow start. Her good draw continues: She’ll play Casey Dellacqua next. “Sometimes you’re up, sometimes you’re down,” Petra Kvitova said after her defeat to 145th-ranked Aleksandra Krunic, thus making the only assessment of her game you’ll ever need to read. Kvitova also said that the athletic Krunic got to “almost”
Articles by Steve Tignor | August 31, 8:04 am ET


Bouchard and Raonic make week two at US Open
Montreal, August 30, 2014 – Eugenie Bouchard (Westmount, QC) and Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON) moved through to week two at the U.S. Open on Saturday in Flushing Meadows, New York. Raonic, seeded fifth, opened play on the Grandstand court. He improved his tiebreak record to 6-0 this tournament thanks to a 7-6(5), 7-6(5), [...]
Tennis Connected | August 30, 10:17 pm ET


Serena Williams Advances, Petra Kvitova Upset at US Open
  #454391646 / gettyimages.com (August 30, 2014) FLUSHING MEADOWS – Saturday at the US Open saw two-time defending champion Serena Williams move into the fourth round, while reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was upset. Serena Williams beat countrywoman, No. 52, lefty Varvara Lepchenko 6-3, 6-3 on Arthur Ashe Stadium during day session, the third American […]
Tennis Panorama | August 30, 8:02 pm ET


Kohlschreiber ousts Isner for third straight year at US Open; Djokovic, Murray & Wawrinka reach four
US Open 2014—Flushing Meadows, New York Singles – Third Round [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) d. Sam Querrey (USA) 63 62 62 [3] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) d. Blaz Kavcic (SLO) ret. (right foot) [5] Milos Raonic (CAN) d. Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM) 76(5) 76(5) 76(3) [8] Andy Murray (GBR) d. Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) 61 75 46 62 [9] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) d. [...]
Tennis Connected | August 30, 8:00 pm ET


Martina Hingis Says Bencic Has Bigger Game than She Had
The original Swiss Miss tells reporters that she knew Bencic was good, but didn't expect her success to come so soon. Speaking to reporters after her second-round doubles victory, Martina Hingis fielded more questions about rising 17-year-old Belinda Bencic than she did about her own game. No worries, Hingis has a vested interested in the talented Swiss, and she was more than happy to engage in some conversation about Bencic’s form and her chances at this year’s US Open. Day 6: Qualifier Krunic Causes Major Upset “I have watched all her matches so far in this Open,” said Hingis, whose mother, Melanie
Blog RSS | August 30, 7:42 pm ET


First-Week Fighters
NEW YORK—All reporters have the same dilemma when they go to a tournament: Suddenly you have the chance to see tennis live, yet whenever you try to do that, you miss something else of importance—or maybe 10 things of importance—happening elsewhere on the grounds. If you spend too much time scouting an up-and-comer on a side court, you may not see the upset that defines the day’s news. So you throw your hands up and head back to your desk in the press room, far from the sun, and start flipping between channels on the monitor at your desk. Twice so
Articles by Steve Tignor | August 30, 6:00 pm ET


Novak Djokovic Cruises into US Open Fourth Round
(August 30, 2014) FLUSHING MEADOWS – Novak Djokovic was in cruise on Saturday in defeating American Sam Querrey, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 advancing to the round of 16 for the eighth time in a row. Djokovic had no problems with the big-serving American, breaking him seven times during the match. “This is where I want to […]
Tennis Panorama | August 30, 5:44 pm ET


First Ball In, 8/30: Three Times Unlucky
“He’s a big guy, I try to move him around.” NEW YORK—This was all Philipp Kohlschreiber could come up with when he was asked how he had just beaten John Isner for the third straight year at the U.S. Open. It must be hard for Kohlschreiber to know exactly why he keeps beating Isner here. Whatever he does at the Open, it doesn’t work anywhere else: He’s 0-4 against the big man outside of Flushing Meadows, 3-0 inside it.  But this has been the way of Isner’s career: Everything changes—i.e., gets much worse—when he moves from best-of-three to best-of-five. All of his
Articles by Steve Tignor | August 30, 5:19 pm ET


US Open 2014 Live | Raonic vs Nishikori
The US Open 2014 Live | Raonic vs Nishikori is available here. The 2014 US Open Tennis Championships is the last Grand Slam event of the season with the competition taking place from August 25 to September 8, 2014 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York. Defending champion Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the event due to right wrist injury. Former champion and last year's finalist Novak Djokovic takes the top seeding while Swiss tennis superstar and five-time champion Roger Federer is seeded second. Watch US Open 2014 Live | Raonic vs Nishikori Access the
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | August 30, 4:50 pm ET


US Open 2014 Live | Robredo vs Wawrinka
The US Open 2014 Live | Robredo vs Wawrinka is available here. The 2014 US Open Tennis Championships is the last Grand Slam event of the season with the competition taking place from August 25 to September 8, 2014 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York. Defending champion Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the event due to right wrist injury. Former champion and last year's finalist Novak Djokovic takes the top seeding while Swiss tennis superstar and five-time champion Roger Federer is seeded second. Watch US Open 2014 Live | Robredo vs Wawrinka Access the
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | August 30, 4:49 pm ET


US Open 2014 Live | Tsonga vs Murray
The US Open 2014 Live | Tsonga vs Murray is available here. The 2014 US Open Tennis Championships is the last Grand Slam event of the season with the competition taking place from August 25 to September 8, 2014 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York. Defending champion Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the event due to right wrist injury. Former champion and last year's finalist Novak Djokovic takes the top seeding while Swiss tennis superstar and five-time champion Roger Federer is seeded second. Watch US Open 2014 Live | Tsonga vs Murray Access the
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | August 30, 4:49 pm ET


US Open 2014 Live | Kohlschreiber vs Djokovic
The US Open 2014 Live | Kohlschreiber vs Djokovic is available here. The 2014 US Open Tennis Championships is the last Grand Slam event of the season with the competition taking place from August 25 to September 8, 2014 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York. Defending champion Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the event due to right wrist injury. Former champion and last year's finalist Novak Djokovic takes the top seeding while Swiss tennis superstar and five-time champion Roger Federer is seeded second. Watch US Open 2014 Live | Kohlschreiber vs Djokovic Access the
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | August 30, 4:48 pm ET


K Nishikori vs M Raonic Stream Live 2014 US Open
The K Nishikori vs M Raonic Stream Live 2014 US Open is available here. The 2014 US Open Tennis Championships is the last Grand Slam event of the season with the competition taking place from August 25 to September 8, 2014 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York. Defending champion Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the event due to right wrist injury. Former champion and last year's finalist Novak Djokovic takes the top seeding while Swiss tennis superstar and five-time champion Roger Federer is seeded second. Watch K Nishikori vs M Raonic Stream Live
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | August 30, 4:47 pm ET


Six Americans Advance on Hot and Humid First Day of the US Open Junior Championships
©Colette Lewis 2014--Flushing Meadows, NY--The late afternoon thunderstorms arrived as predicted around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, but before rain suspended play, six Americans had posted victories as the first round of the US Open Junior Championships began.One of them, Henrik Wiersholm, may have wished the rain had come early in the day, because although he managed to get through his match with Joao Menezes of Brazil, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3, during it, he said "I literally felt like I was dying."Wiersholm had started his day hitting with Giles Simon, who upset No. 4 seed David Ferrer on Louis Armstrong Stadium a few
ZooTennis | August 30, 3:00 pm ET


Wozniacki knocks Sharapova out of U.S. Open
For some reason, I just wasn't quite as into today's Sharapova vs. Wozniacki match as other people seemed to be. Maybe I was tired, maybe my eyes needed a rest, maybe it just wasn't the kind of tennis that gets me excited, though the final set certainly got my attention.I expected some drama, and I was right about that. Wozniacki wasn't happy about all the time Sharapova was taking before she served, and the Dane complained to chair umpire Marija Cicak. Her complaint was ignored, even though Cicak had already given Sharapova a time violation for taking too long during
Women Who Serve | August 30, 3:00 pm ET


U.S. Open--what they said
What do you do well on these faster courts?I like to run....Sara Errani Can you remember winning, the last time you won six matches in a row?It's been a little while. It's been a little while. Today I felt like my body just wasn't willing to--it wasn't willing, but it just kind of broke down a little everywhere. I have blisters, tapes, pain everywhere in my body, so I burned out a little bit today.Mirjana Lucic-Baroni She's competing better than she's playing....Mary Carillo, referring to Maria SharapovaShe's very good at getting a lot of balls back and
Women Who Serve | August 30, 3:00 pm ET


A New Old Life
NEW YORK—Everyone loves a good story, and the saga of Victor Estrella Burgos is about as good as it gets in the persistently upscale world of tennis. It’s the tale of a poor boy from the Dominican Republic, which qualifies as one of the game’s backwaters, who worked tirelessly, overcame disadvantage both obvious and unseen, and has lately realized his ambition to become a top-class ATP pro at the age of 34—an age when most of his peers are contemplating a farewell to competition. It’s easy to see why New Yorkers would take Estrella Burgos’ tale and run with it, as
Articles by Peter Bodo | August 30, 2:37 pm ET


Video: Djokovic Brings Nine-Year-old Prodigy to Presser
Djokovic brings a friend to his presser, and she sings a little ditty. Tiny Girl, Djoker Hold Concert !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); Speaking after his third-round shellacking of Sam Querrey, Novak Djokovic decided to turn his post-match press conference into a show-and-tell. What was he showing? A nine-year-old prodigy by the name of Zia Euhling. “She's a prodigy, a future star, and this is a very valuable experience for her,” said Djokoic. “So please do ask one question.” After saying that she had written five songs and was working on two books (well, we should hope so, she's nine and why waste time?), a
Blog RSS | August 30, 1:21 pm ET


Video: Fognini’s Double Racquet Smash vs. Mannarino
Fabio Fognini didn't stay long at this year's US Open, but he had enough time to make an "impression."Fognini Smash! !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); Adrian Mannarino upset Fabio Fognini in the second-round on Day 5 of the US Open, 6-3 6-4 6-1, to reach the third round at the US Open for the second consecutive year. US Open Vids: Fed's Bum Tweener | Novak Goes Around the Net | Evert Critiques Stephens | Monaco's Running Tweener | Ball Boy's Incredible Snag It was a good day for the Frenchman, but not so much for the Fabulous Fognini, who committed 63 unforced errors, and
Blog RSS | August 30, 11:08 am ET


USTA Eastern Junior Awards Gala
By Dave Gertler (August 25, 2014) FLUSHING MEADOWS – The achievements of USTA Eastern juniors in tournaments over the last 12 months, and the dedication of their families, was celebrated at the Billie Jean King USTA National Tennis Center before the first ball was struck at the US Open on Monday, at the 2014 Junior […]
Tennis Panorama | August 30, 9:53 am ET


Dolehide Joins 35 Other US Juniors in Main Draw of US Open; Ruse, Santillan Sweep Repentigny Grade 1
The US started Saturday with six players hoping to make it to the main draw of the US Open, but only one made it through--15-year-old wild card Caroline Dolehide.Dolehide, the younger sister of UCLA's Courtney Dolehide, had no trouble adjusting to her first visit to the US Open, dropping only ten games in winning both her qualifying matches.On Friday, Dolehide defeated No. 9 seed and 89th-ranked Emily Arbuthnott of Great Britain 6-2, 6-4 and on Saturday she was the first player earn a spot in the main draw, thumping No. 2 seed and 63rd-ranked Lucie Wargnier of France 6-2, 6-2.Dolehide,
ZooTennis | August 29, 3:00 pm ET


Oh, Petra--and other highlights of the day
Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova continued her not-so-good U.S. Open pattern today, losing in straight sets in the third round to an on-fire Aleksandra Krunic. The Jankovic-like athleticism of Krunic, as well as a steady mindset, kept the young Serbian player going during times when Kvitova was hitting her impossible-to-defend winners. Krunic, whom some of have admired for a while in Fed Cup competition, made less than half the number of unforced errors as her opponent, and that was pretty much the crux of the 6-4, 6-4 story. Oh, Petra.One Russian went out, as Elena Vesnina won only two games against
Women Who Serve | August 29, 3:00 pm ET


U.S. Open--what they said
When you have everything, you don't know...what you actually need.Aleksandra KrunicIf not Sharapova, then a relatively unknown will come through to the final.Chanda RubinYou know, for me, I don't feel 25 years old. Sometimes I feel I'm 12 years old. Sometimes I feel I'm 50 years old.Victoria Azarenka Petra Kvitova sailed another forehand, slumped her head, and leaned on the handle of her Wilson racquet like a weary traveler hanging onto a cane during a draining journey.Richard PagliaroIf you’re worried about the sounds Victoria Azarenka is making at the U.S. Open, you need to narrow your focus.Louise PlemingIt
Women Who Serve | August 29, 3:00 pm ET


Video: Mirjana Lucic-Baroni Breaks Down in Tears During Presser
The 32-year-old breaks down in tears while reflecting on her long journey back to the second week of a Grand Slam. Lucic-Baroni Shocks Halep !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); Think that Mirjana Lucic-Baroni’s straight-sets upset over Simona Halep didn’t mean a lot to her? Think again. The 32-year-old qualifier, who hadn’t reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam since 1999 when she went all the way to the Wimbledon semifinals, broke down in tears while talking to the press after her victory over world No. 2 Halep. Day 5: Lucic-Baroni Stuns No. 2-Seeded Halep for Biggest Win in 15 Years Lucic-Baroni has been
Blog RSS | August 29, 2:59 pm ET


Dimitrov Gives Props to Sharapova in ESPN Interview
The 23-year-old Bulgarian had high praise for Maria Sharapova during an ESPN interview on Day 5. Speaking after his straight-sets victory over Israel’s Dudi Sela on Day 5, Grigor Dimitrov talked about his breakout 2014 with ESPN's Hannah Storm and LZ Granderson, and the electric Bulgarian didn’t hesitate to give credit to Maria Sharapova for his success. Milestone: Tommy Robredo Joins Federer in Select "Warrior" Group Storm clearly couldn’t resist talking about the Bulgarian’s romance with Sharapova, and she casually brought up the fact that she saw Dimitrov and Sharapova practicing side-by-side on the practice courts earlier in the week, saying “How much
Blog RSS | August 29, 1:37 pm ET


The Day (4) in Quotes
NEW YORK—Players at the U.S. Open deliver a lot of aces. They also bang out a lot of unforced errors, shrieks and grunts, topspin forehands and backhand winners. They also leave a trail of sometimes intriguing, sometimes funny, sometimes insightful, and often bizarre quotes. So let’s look at yesterday, Day 4, through the prism of words. She lost it in the Nike. . . Lacoste. . . Polo . . . Adidas. . .J Crew. . .lights Commenting on the challenges of playing on Arthur Ashe Staiudm, Eugenie Bouchard (who survived a close one with Sorana Cirstea), explained: “I was lucky enough to
Articles by Peter Bodo | August 29, 8:12 am ET


US Open Day 4: Dancing, Upsets and Crowd Calls
Novak Djokovic did a fancy dance after his straight forward win over Paul-Henri Mathieu. The Serb dropped only four games in his second round match and moves on to face Sam Querrey.
Home | August 28, 11:46 pm ET


Kid No More
NEW YORK—The unspoken but palpable hope that a 15-year-old, coltish girl from northern California could emerge overnight to help lead U.S. tennis back into the land of milk and honey at a time when its leading lights have either been extinguished or are beginning to fade was gently put to rest Thursday night. Zarina Diyas, a poker-faced 20-year-old from Kazakhstan, ended the Cinderella story being written about CiCi Bellis in a twilight U.S. Open clash on Court 17. The score in the savage, one-hour and 56-minute battle waged almost exclusively from either baseline was 6-3, 0-6, 6-2. A good time was
Articles by Peter Bodo | August 28, 7:11 pm ET


My US Open Junior Preview; Six American Juniors Reach Final Round of Qualifying at US Open; Mmoh and
©Colette Lewis 2014--Flushing Meadows, NY--My preview of the US Open Junior Championships can be found today at the Tennis Recruiting Network. There's been one late change: wild card Nathan Ponwith suffered an injury and Sameer Kumar was awarded Ponwith's wild card, taking Kumar out of qualifying, where he was the No. 11 seed. Two American boys, both wild cards, and four American girls, two of them wild cards, advanced to Saturday's final round of qualifying. Gianni Ross defeated No. 3 seed Lloyd George Harris of South Africa 6-3, 6-4 and Kalamazoo 16s finalist Connor Hance defeated No. 6 seed Domagoj Biljesko
ZooTennis | August 28, 3:00 pm ET


Don't blink
You might miss an upset at the U.S. Open. Today, the big upset was Mirjana Lucic-Baroni's straight set defeat of 2nd seed Simona Halep. Halep held a 5-2 lead in the first set, and after Lucic-Baroni "caught up," it was pretty much over for Halep, who was defeated 7-6, 6-2 in a comeback moment that was--for a few reasons--reminiscent of Jelena Dokic's run at the 2009 Australian Open. Halep was obviously having an "off" day, but part of the reason she was having trouble was the switched-on game of Lucic-Baroni.It wasn't just Halep who made an exit. There was also
Women Who Serve | August 28, 3:00 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


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


US Open Junior Qualifying Begins Friday; Bellis Falls to Diyas in Three; Gibbs Reaches Third Round;
The qualifying draws for the US Open Junior Championships have been posted with eight American boys and nine American girls aiming to join the 34 US juniors already in the main draws, which will get underway on Sunday.The boys in qualifying are Dan Kerznerman(10), Robert Levine, Sameer Kumar(11) and wild cards Gianni Ross, Patrick Kypson, Connor Hance, Sam Riffice and Jacob Brumm.The girls in qualifying are Raquel Pedraza, Johnnise Renaud, Olivia Hauger(5), Madison Bourguignon and wild cards Kayla Day, Caroline Dolehide, Alexandra Sanford, Ryan Peus and Ellie Halbauer.Qualifying begins at 10 a.m. Friday on the Practice courts outside the Billie
ZooTennis | August 27, 3:00 pm 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


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


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


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


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


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


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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Rankings
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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