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Last updated on November 23, 2014 12:42:33 ET

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Roger Federer: This Davis Cup Title Is Not For Me, It’s For The Boys [Video]
Roger Federer wanted to win this for his teammates and his country/
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | November 23, 12:35 pm ET


Roger Federer Wins The Davis Cup Title For Switzerland, Here’s Video Of Match Point And The Ce
Roger Federer tears up winning the Davis Cup.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | November 23, 10:08 am ET


From around the web:

Roger Federer: This Davis Cup Title Is Not For Me, It’s For The Boys [Video]
Roger Federer wanted to win this for his teammates and his country/
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | November 23, 12:35 pm ET


Roger Federer Wins The Davis Cup Title For Switzerland, Here’s Video Of Match Point And The Ce
Roger Federer tears up winning the Davis Cup.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | November 23, 10:08 am ET


Roger Federer’s Updated GOAT Resume
Roger Federer's update resume!
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | November 23, 9:59 am ET


Federer dismantles Gasquet to win Davis Cup for Switzerland
World Group – Final FRANCE 1, SWITZERLAND 3 Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille, France (Indoor, Clay) S. Wawrinka (SUI) d. J. Tsonga (FRA) 61 36 63 62 G. Monfils (FRA) d. R. Federer (SUI) 61 64 63 R. Federer (SUI) / S.Wawrinka (SUI) d. J. Benneteau / R. Gasquet (FRA) 63 75 64 R. Federer (SUI) d. R. Gasquet (FRA) 64 62 [...]
Tennis Connected | November 23, 9:59 am ET


Federer, Wawrinka give Switzerland 2-1 lead in Davis Cup Final
World Group – Final FRANCE 1, SWITZERLAND 2 Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille, France (Indoor, Clay) R. Federer (SUI) / S.Wawrinka (SUI) d. J. Benneteau / R. Gasquet (FRA) 63 75 64
Tennis Connected | November 22, 5:06 pm ET


Fedal Wars: In The GOAT Debate, Are Nadal Fans Rooting Against Federer To Win His First Davis Cup?
Yup, Rafael Nadal fans are a little uneasy knowing Roger Federer is on the brink of getting a first Davis Cup title, and adding to his GOAT-hood.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | November 22, 3:41 pm ET


Federer, Wawrinka Put Switzerland Ahead 2-1 In Davis Cup, Will Roger Close It Out?
The Davis Cup is on Roger Federer's racquet. Will he close it out?
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | November 22, 3:29 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


Switzerland Takes 2-1 lead over France in Davis Cup Final
#459411544 / gettyimages.com (November 22, 2014) Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka gave Switzerland an important 2-1 lead in the Davis Cup final on Saturday, when they defeated France’s doubles team of Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in Lille, France. Switzerland’s captain Severin Luthi made the move to place the 2008 Olympic champion […]
Tennis Panorama | November 22, 12:00 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


Wawrinka defeats Tsonga; Federer loses to Monfils in Davis Cup Final
World Group Davis Cup – Final FRANCE 1, SWITZERLAND 1 Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille, France (Indoor, Clay) S. Wawrinka (SUI) d. J. Tsonga (FRA) 61 36 63 62 G. Monfils (FRA) d. R. Federer (SUI) 61 64 63
Tennis Connected | November 21, 2:32 pm ET


Mmoh Beats World No. 1 Rublev to Advance to Grade A Final; Giron v Nguyen for Mexico Futures Title;
Michael Mmoh has been on a tear this fall. After saving match points in the quarterfinals of the Pan American Closed against Tommy Paul, the 16-year-old went on to win that tournament, reach the semifinals of the $15,000 Futures in Mansfield, Texas and win a $15,000 Futures in Brownsville. In his first tournament since his title in Brownsville, Mmoh has reached the final of the ITF Grade A Abierto Juvenil Mexicano, defeating world No. 1 Andrey Rublev of Russia in today's semifinals 7-6(1), 6-4.Mmoh, seeded third, has not dropped a set all week, winning three tiebreakers, all in first sets.
ZooTennis | November 21, 2:00 pm ET


France Evens Tie Against Switzerland in Davis Cup Final
#459371386 / gettyimages.com (November 21, 2014) France leveled the Davis Cup final against Switzerland at 1-1 at the end of day one in Lille, France when Gael Monfils dispatched Roger Federer 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 on Friday. I was Monfils’ first win over the world No. 2 on clay. Monfils hit 44 winners in the less […]
Tennis Panorama | November 21, 1:00 pm ET


Tsonga Disappointed with French Crowd after Loss
After his loss to Stan Wawrinka in Lille, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga expresses frustration with the "tepid" French crowd. There was a record Davis Cup crowd of 27,432 spectators at Stade Pierre Mauroy on Friday, but Jo-Wilfried Tsonga says he could barely hear them. More Davis Cup: Monfils Brings French to Life with Rout of Federer After his 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 shakedown at the hands of Stan Wawrinka in the first Rubber of France’s Davis Cup final with Switzerland, Tsonga didn’t mince words about the lack of vocal support he perceived to be hearing. "When the teams were introduced, they applauded Stan [Wawrinka] more
Blog RSS | November 21, 12:25 pm 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


Nadal’s Poker Victory – Federer’s Return – Djokovic’s Puppy Love
This week in tennis news brought us Roger Federer’s return to the court, Rafael Nadal’s impressive poker victory and Novak Djokovic’s puppy love. Plus, hear what Serena Williams had to say about adopting Caroline Wozniacki and see what Juan Martin del Potro is testing during the offseason.
Blog RSS | November 21, 11:38 am ET


Video: Federer's Amazing Reflex Sky-Hook Volley vs. Monfils
Things didn't go Roger Federer's way on Friday, but this reflex volley is one for the highlight reels nonethelessNot many things went right for Roger Federer today during his straight-sets loss at the hands of Gael Monfils, but Federer clearly improved as the match went on, as this sparkling break point save in the third set alludes to. Let's try that again. Here's Roger's hook shot reaction to Gael's net-poster: http://t.co/K5YYIASKJL — Chris Oddo (@TheFanChild) November 21, 2014 Not only does Federer hang with Monfils in a very physical rally, he also knocks off the sky-hook volley when the Frenchman’s backhand chip
Blog RSS | November 21, 9:57 am ET


Video Tribute to Sean Karl; Mmoh Meets Rublev in Grade A Semifinals; Pro Circuit Update
At the memorial service yesterday for Sean Karl, a video produced by the University of Tennessee provided a look at the impact he had on the lives of those around him, particularly his coaches and teammates. If you knew Sean at all, I urge you watch it, with a box of tissues nearby. The celebration of the beauty of his life can't help but be bittersweet, knowing its impact must now continue without him. The athletic department has also collected the stories and photos of and about Sean posted on Twitter in this post. The video is available here.At the
ZooTennis | November 20, 2:00 pm 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


Elisha Hande of North Carolina State University Recognized with the Haier Achievement Award
WAYNE, NJ – NOV. 20, 2014 – Elisha Hande, a senior on the North Carolina State woman’s tennis team, has been selected as a recipient of the Haier Achievement Award presented to deserving student-athletes for their accomplishments beyond sports. The announcement of the first of eight Haier Achievement Awards being presented this year was made […]
Tennis Panorama | November 20, 1:04 pm ET


Live Stream: Benneteau/Gasquet v Chiudinelli/Lammer Davis Cup 2014 Final
The Live Stream: Benneteau/Gasquet v Chiudinelli/Lammer Davis Cup 2014 Final is available here. The highly anticipated clash between the Swiss and French tennis superstars will take place at the state of the art Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille. Davis Cup is indeed considered the World Cup of Tennis and fans from all over will see whether Swiss tennis superstar Roger Federer will add another achievement in his incredible career by winning the Davis Cup for his home country for the first time. Watch Live Stream: Benneteau/Gasquet v Chiudinelli/Lammer Davis Cup 2014 Final Access the LINKS here [FREE Registration required]:
Tennis Guru Tennis Guru | November 20, 9:31 am ET


Live Stream: Monfils vs Wawrinka Davis Cup 2014 Final
The Live Stream: Monfils vs Wawrinka Davis Cup 2014 Final is available here. The highly anticipated clash between the Swiss and French tennis superstars will take place at the state of the art Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille. Davis Cup is indeed considered the World Cup of Tennis and fans from all over will see whether Swiss tennis superstar Roger Federer will add another achievement in his incredible career by winning the Davis Cup for his home country for the first time. Watch Live Stream: Monfils vs Wawrinka Davis Cup 2014 Final Access the LINKS here [FREE Registration required]:
Tennis Guru Tennis Guru | November 20, 9:30 am ET


Live Stream: Tsonga vs Federer Davis Cup 2014 Final
The Live Stream: Tsonga vs Federer Davis Cup 2014 Final is available here. The highly anticipated clash between the Swiss and French tennis superstars will take place at the state of the art Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille. Davis Cup is indeed considered the World Cup of Tennis and fans from all over will see whether Swiss tennis superstar Roger Federer will add another achievement in his incredible career by winning the Davis Cup for his home country for the first time. Watch Live Stream: Tsonga vs Federer Davis Cup 2014 Final Access the LINKS here [FREE Registration required]:
Tennis Guru Tennis Guru | November 20, 9:29 am ET


Live Stream: Federer vs Monfils Davis Cup 2014 Final
The Live Stream: Federer vs Monfils Davis Cup 2014 Final is available here. The highly anticipated clash between the Swiss and French tennis superstars will take place at the state of the art Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille. Davis Cup is indeed considered the World Cup of Tennis and fans from all over will see whether Swiss tennis superstar Roger Federer will add another achievement in his incredible career by winning the Davis Cup for his home country for the first time. Watch Live Stream: Federer vs Monfils Davis Cup 2014 Final Access the LINKS here [FREE Registration required]:
Tennis Guru Tennis Guru | November 20, 9:28 am ET


Davis Cup 2014 Finals: Player match ups and order of play
Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group – Final FRANCE VS. SWITZERLAND Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille, France (Indoor, Clay) J. Tsonga (FRA) vs. S. Wawrinka (SUI) G. Monfils (FRA) vs. R. Federer (SUI) J. Benneteau / R. Gasquet (FRA) vs. M. Chiudinelli (SUI) / M. Lammer (SUI) J. Tsonga (FRA) vs. R. Federer (SUI) G. Monfils (FRA) vs. S. Wawrinka (SUI)
Tennis Connected | November 20, 9:28 am ET


Live Stream: Wawrinka vs Tsonga Davis Cup 2014 Final
The Live Stream: Wawrinka vs Tsonga Davis Cup 2014 Final is available here. The highly anticipated clash between the Swiss and French tennis superstars will take place at the state of the art Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille. Davis Cup is indeed considered the World Cup of Tennis and fans from all over will see whether Swiss tennis superstar Roger Federer will add another achievement in his incredible career by winning the Davis Cup for his home country for the first time. Watch Live Stream: Wawrinka vs Tsonga Davis Cup 2014 Final Access the LINKS here [FREE Registration required]:
Tennis Guru Tennis Guru | November 20, 9:28 am ET


Davis Cup 2014 Final: World Group Live Streaming
Live streaming of the 2014 Davis Cup final World Group tie between Switzerland and France can be found at the links below. Davis Cup Official site Live Score Hunter From Sport
Tennis Connected | November 20, 9:00 am ET


Draw Set for Davis Cup Final – France Versus Switzerland
(November 20, 2014) The draw has been set for the Davis Cup final between France and Switzerland this weekend in Lille, France on a clay court. After speculation about Roger Federer, who pulled out of the final ATP World Tour Finals with a back injury, the 17-time major champion will participate in Davis Cup this […]
Tennis Panorama | November 20, 7:20 am ET


Border War
There are border wars, but the France-Switzerland Davis Cup final that begins on Friday will travel all the way across the border and back. The French team is filled with players who make their residences, for tax purposes, on Swiss soil. The top player from Switzerland, Roger Federer, is considered something akin to a deity in Paris. The Swiss players speak French, and most of the guys on both teams have been speaking it to each other, and playing each other, since before they were teenagers. They all seem, legitimately, to like each other. That mixed-up quality mirrors the tie itself:
Articles by Steve Tignor | November 20, 6:31 am ET


My Interview with Blaz Rola; Mmoh, Blumberg Reach ITF Grade A Quarterfinals; Paul, Giron and Dome Ad
Last week I had the opportunity to catch up with 2013 NCAA champion Blaz Rola, who was playing in the Champaign Challenger. I had not spoken to Rola since May of 2013, when he won the singles title at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Center at the University of Illinois, so I was eager to hear about his 18 months as a professional, and this article for the Tennis Recruiting Network is the result.He was looking forward to his trip to Sao Paolo Brazil for the ATP Challenger Finals, an eight-player year-end event. The tournament, which is similar to the ATP
ZooTennis | November 19, 2:00 pm ET


Roger Federer Practices in Lille ahead of Davis Cup
The 33-year-old tested out his back on the clay in Lille, France on Wednesday ahead of this weekend's Davis Cup final. Roger Federer took to the practice courts to test out his ailing back on Wednesday in France. Swiss Tennis officials were kind enough to post this video to give the public an idea of what Federer was able to do on the court. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Post by Swiss Tennis. With the first rubbers set to begin in
Blog RSS | November 19, 7:42 am ET


The Shots Not Heard Around the World
This weekend’s Davis Cup final between France and Switzerland has all the makings of a classic. It will have history: Roger Federer and the Swiss are going for their first Cup. It will have goose-bump moments: The deep French team will be cheered by more than 20,000 of its countrymen. And, in case all of this isn’t enough to pique the media’s interest, it will have a whiff of scandal, in the form of this past weekend’s Swiss family feud between Federer, his wife, Mirka, and his teammate, Stan Wawrinka. It’s a moment to celebrate for the Davis Cup, an event
Articles by Steve Tignor | November 19, 7:05 am ET


ATP Challenger Tour Finals Draw Announced
Eight men with success on the challenger tour this season will compete in Sao Paulo, Brazil in the round robin event. The ATP Challenger Tour Finals draw was set on Tuesday with the event set to start at Sao Paulo, Brazil. Seven qualifiers and one wild card entrant will compete in a round robin format before advancing to the semifinals and finals. 125 ranking points and $91,000 in prize money will go to the champion. Video: Mirka Federer Calls Stan Wawrinka "Cry Baby" in London Players qualified for the event based on the number of challenger titles won over the season. Group A
Blog RSS | November 19, 2:01 am ET


Fritz Out, but Eight US Juniors Reach Third Round in Mexico Grade A; Prize Money Restrictions Remain
No. 2 seed Taylor Fritz was the day's major upset victim in the second round of the ITF Grade A Abierto Juvenil Mexicano, losing to Jack Lin of Canada 1-6, 7-6, 7-6(5). Fritz was rarely challenged on serve in the games I watched, and he led 4-1 in the final set tiebreaker, but Lin, ranked 279 in the ITF junior rankings compared to Fritz's 13, made fewer errors and played more aggressively in the final few points of the match.Fritz was the highest, but not the only seed to go out. Liam Caruana defeated No. 13 seed Aziz Dougaz of
ZooTennis | November 18, 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


First Round Complete at ITF Grade A in Mexico; Katrina Adams Assumes USTA President's Role in Januar
The ITF Grade A Abierto Juvenil Mexicano, which was moved from its calendar position at the first of the year for the first time, is underway in Mexico City, with the first round of singles now complete.US juniors make up a large percentage of the participants, with 20 US girls (including six qualifiers) and 14 US boys in the 64-player main draws. Unfortunately 12 of the girls lost in the first round, including No. 15 seed Mia Horvit. Those reaching the second round are Usue Arconada(4), Michaela Gordon(12), Jessica Ho(14), Alexandra Sabe, Ingrid Neel, Raquel Pedraza and qualifiers Alexandra Sanford
ZooTennis | November 17, 2:00 pm 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


USTA Nominates Katrina Adams as Chairman of the Board, CEO and President
  From the USTA: WHITE PLAINS, NY, November 17, 2014 – The USTA Nominating Committee has announced the nomination of Katrina M. Adams as USTA Chairman of the Board, CEO and President to serve a two-year term beginning January 1, 2015. Adams has served on the USTA Board of Directors for 10 years and is […]
Tennis Panorama | November 17, 11:54 am ET


WTF, Indeed
Should the 2014 WTFs forever be known as the W.T.E. instead? As in: Worst. Tournament. Ever.? From its soporific start to its nonexistent finish to its unhappy aftermath, the World Tour Finals in London was a week-long shipwreck. The round-robin was a continual disappointment to the fans; the fans were a continual disappointment to the champion; and the two Swiss teammates who faced off in the only good match of the tournament were reportedly a severe disappointment to each other. And it may not end there: The fallout from their semifinal, both physical and emotional, could have a negative effect
Articles by Steve Tignor | November 17, 8:22 am 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


Ugly Monday
We know British audiences don’t like to be rude, but the hopeful clapping from the crowds at the O2 Arena in London so far has been above and beyond the call of politeness. Granted, the World Tour Finals is a risky ticket: You get one doubles match, with a super-tiebreaker instead of a third set, and one two-out-of-three-set singles match for your money. Over the first two days, fans have not been rewarded for their risk. There have been four singles matches, five 6-1 sets, no suspense, and a consistently awful level of play from the losers. At times, watching
Articles by Steve Tignor | November 10, 12:50 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


London Call Out
The good news mostly outweighs the bad at this year’s ATP World Tour Finals in London. Let’s get the bad out of the way first: Rafael Nadal, as you surely know, will miss the event after having his appendix out last week; without Rafa, the tournament’s two round-robin groups fall a little flat. But the good news comes on two fronts. First, the race for the No. 1 ranking is still being run between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, though Djokovic is significantly closer to the finish line after his title in Paris last week. Second, and perhaps more intriguing, will be
Articles by Steve Tignor | November 7, 4:47 am 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


Top of the heap
Before I get into how great Serena Williams is, let's give the WTA a huge big-ups for FINALLY reworking the WTA Championships doubles draw. It's not perfect. "Perfect" is the way the men do it with a round-robin for doubles as well as singles. But it was a giant step for womankind to expand the draw from four to eight teams. See, that right there is a tournament, OK? And how about Sania Mirza and Cara Black bringing home the trophy? What an interesting team -- built basically around Mirza dictating play with her forehand and Black just cleaning up
Tennis With Attitude | October 29, 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


White Group dissolves as Serena and Simona are last two standing in Singapore
HIGHLIGHTS from @SerenaWilliams epic 3 set SF thriller over Wozniacki--> http://t.co/riVcpaALba #WTAFinals pic.twitter.com/Rwc06vlZZJ— WTA (@WTA) October 25, 2014.@Simona_Halep crushes Radwanska 62 62! Sets #WTAFinals final showdown vs Serena Williams--> http://t.co/L0dBTOertV pic.twitter.com/emg4vjj8Uz— WTA (@WTA) October 25, 2014Serena Williams had to put up a very Serenaesque fight to hold off Caroline Wozniacki in today's Singapore semifinal, but she did it, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6. In the other semifinal, Simona Halep made rather routine work of Agnieszka Radwanska, beating her 6-2, 6-2 in and hour and seven minutes.That leaves Williams with her nemesis of the tournament: Her only loss in Singapore was to Halep,
Women Who Serve | October 24, 3:00 pm ET


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Rafael Nadal3 Simona Halep
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Petra Kvitova
5 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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