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Last updated on January 29, 2015 9:45:21 ET

From the X Blog:

Andy Murray: I’m Very Proud Of Making My Fourth Australian Open Final!
Andy Murray is playing as well as he has in a longtime.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | January 29, 9:29 am ET


Lleyton Hewitt Announces He’ll Likely Retire After The 2016 Australian Open
Former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt says he will hang it up after the 2016 Australian Open.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | January 29, 8:23 am ET


From around the web:

Andy Murray: I’m Very Proud Of Making My Fourth Australian Open Final!
Andy Murray is playing as well as he has in a longtime.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | January 29, 9:29 am ET


Lleyton Hewitt Announces He’ll Likely Retire After The 2016 Australian Open
Former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt says he will hang it up after the 2016 Australian Open.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | January 29, 8:23 am ET


Novak Djokovic’s Newborn Son Stefan Was Watching Him Play Wednesday
Take a look at Novak Djokovic's baby watching his dad play Milos Raonic.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | January 29, 8:13 am ET


Serena, Sharapova, Murray Into Aussie Open Finals
"I think I handled the moment pretty well," she said. "I definitely had a good start, so nerves didn't totally play into that. I thought I handled myself pretty well in that last serving game of mine. But she played really well. She served really well. It was pretty much impossible for me to break her serve. So great job to her today."
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | January 29, 7:49 am ET


Serena Williams: I Love Playing Maria Sharapova, I Think It’s Fun
No surprise, Serena Williams loves playing Maria Sharapova.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | January 29, 7:46 am ET


Wilson Sporting Goods Co. releases Rush Pro 2.0 Tennis Shoe
Wilson Sporting Goods Co., announced today the release of the highly anticipated Rush Pro 2.0 tennis shoe. Featuring new construction and the Company’s patented Pro Torque Chassis arch technology, the new Rush Pro 2.0 is a shoe made for performance tennis players with a range of playing styles. “The Rush Pro 2.0 represents the next […]
Tennis Served Fresh | January 29, 7:20 am ET


Serena Williams Win Sets Up Australian Open Final Against Maria Sharapova
View image | gettyimages.com (January 29, 2015) For the first time since 2004, the Australian Open women’s final will feature No. 1 versus No. 2. Top seed and five-time Australian Open winner Serena Williams will take on 2008 champion Maria Sharapova for the title on Saturday. Both women won straight set matches on Thursday to […]
Tennis Panorama | January 29, 1:00 am ET


Murray Busts out the Track Shoes on Phenomenal Get vs. Berdych
Andy Murray laces up the track shoes to chase down this Tomas Berdych dropper during the men's semis in Melbourne. Murray's Lightning Speed We showed you Andy Murray’s horribly placed double-fault from the first set of his semifinal with Tomas Berdych earlier, and we felt we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that Murray has played some pretty incredible tennis against the Birdman as well. Video: Murray Misses the Mark We could blabber on, but instead we’ll just point to the video above, in which Murray shows why he is not only one of the fastest sprinters on tour, but also
Blog RSS | January 28, 11:20 pm ET


Video: Andy Murray Aces into the Wrong Box vs. Berdych
Murray missed badly on this second-serve offering vs. Tomas Berdych in Melbourne. During the first set of his semifinal battle with Tomas Berdych, 6th-seeded Andy Murray needed a little time to get his serve dialed in. Either that or he needs to have his eyes examined. More: The Top 10 Social Media Moments of the First 10 Days of the Aussie Open Watch as Murray fires a second-serve into the wrong box for a double fault. Not pretty at all, Andy. Murray just chucked in the silliest double fault I've ever seen. About 8 yards wide of the box. — Dave Whelan (@MrDavidWhelan) January
Blog RSS | January 28, 10:26 pm ET


Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka and Three Grand Slam Classics
Their last three encounters at a major have been epic, but can Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic possibly do it again on Friday in Melbourne? On paper, without context, Novak Djokovic’s upcoming semifinal clash with defending Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka might not seem like reason enough to order an XL tub of buttered popcorn while clearing the schedule in case of a sleepless evening. But given that their last three Grand Slam battles have each been epics in their own right, the tennis world is currently rippling with excitement about Friday night’s main event in Melbourne. Djokovic’s 16-3 lifetime advantage over
Blog RSS | January 28, 9:16 pm ET


Gif: Fognini Pegs Rojer During Doubles Semis
Doubles can be rough, and that's one of the reasons why we love it. During the third set of the men’s doubles semifinals between the team of Fabio Fognini/Simone Bolelli and Horia Tecau/Jean-Julien Rojer, Italian Fognini scored a direct hit on Rojer with this forehand drive (GIF above and below). Going directly at another player is fair game in doubles, which is why players need to have quick reflexes and fast hands. Drop shots, lobs and smashes are great, but sometimes players need to use their athleticism to protect their vital organs. It’s part of the excitement of doubles, and it
Blog RSS | January 28, 4:42 pm ET


Mardy Fish Poised to Make ATP Comeback
The former world No. 7 has his sights set on a comeback at 33. Former world No. 7 Mardy Fish will make a comeback attempt this spring. Fish, 33, was in the midst of a career revival when he was diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia in 2012 and underwent surgery. He would return to the tour later in the season but soon began suffering from anxiety related to the condition. Fish withdrew from his round of 16 US Open match with Roger Federer and took the rest of the year off. In 2013 Fish would make an emotional return at Indian Wells, defeating Bobby
Blog RSS | January 28, 2:00 pm ET


Australian Open--what they said
She hits a very, very hard ball, but she also hits it very deep. So it's a little different trying to prepare for that. But, yeah, so I wasn't ready really for that.Serena Williams You need a little bit more to believe that you can be in the final.Ekaterina MakarovaYou're going to be playing someone who is either a bit sick or a bit injured. How do you feel?I feel good, thank you.Maria SharapovaIn terms of this run, what pleased you the most inside yourself?I think just handling the moment is probably what I'm most happy about.
Women Who Serve | January 28, 2:00 pm ET


Serena Williams advances to Australian Open final--and what a journey
Top seed and five-time champion Serena Williams needed nine match points in today's semifinal match to win her spot in the Australian Open final. She needed nine match points because her opponent, 19-year-old Madison Keys, just would not go away. During the entire two-set match (whose 7-6, 6-2 scoreline doesn't begin to describe what actually happened), Williams got a taste of what it can feel like to be on the opposite side of the net of--Serena Williams. Keys served magnificently, and struck the ball so hard that she actually made Williams spin around on court a few times.Keys has been
Women Who Serve | January 28, 2:00 pm ET


US Teens Kozlov and Donaldson Receive Wildcards into Memphis Open
(January 28, 2015) MEMPHIS, TENN.– The Memphis Open announced that Jared Donaldson and Stefan Kozlov, two promising American teenagers, received wild cards into the main draw of the 2015 Memphis Open, held February 7-15 at the Racquet Club of Memphis.   The wild cards give Donaldson, 18, and Kozlov, 16, direct entry into the singles […]
Tennis Panorama | January 28, 1:17 pm ET


BNP Paribas Open – 2015 Tournament Entry Lists Released
Indian Wells, Calif., Jan. 28, 2015 – The BNP Paribas Open, the WTA and ATP World Tour combined two-week event, to be held March 9-22, 2015 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, has released its entry lists http://www.bnpparibasopen.com/en/players/2015-entry-list), which are highlighted by 11 former BNP Paribas Open and 12 Grand Slam Singles Champions, it was […]
Tennis Panorama | January 28, 1:00 pm ET


Serena and Venus Williams to lead US Fed Cup Team Against Argentina
From the USTA: WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., January 28, 2015 — The USTA and United States Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez today announced that world No. 1 and 18-time Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams, former world No. 1 and world No. 18 Venus Williams, No. 30 Varvara Lepchenko and No. 35 and 2015 Australian […]
Tennis Panorama | January 28, 11:08 am ET


Australian Open 2015 Day 11 Preview: Serena & Sharapova poised for final showdown; Berdych vs. Murra
by: Tom Cochrane Teenager Madison Keys is through to the semi-finals at Melbourne Park after surviving a testing 3-setter against veteran Venus Williams on Day 10. Day 11 sees Keys up against another Williams star, Venus’ younger sister and world number one Serena. Day 10 Recap Whilst Keys and Venus Williams combined for a total of 83 unforced [...]
Tennis Connected | January 28, 10:32 am ET


Nominations announced for Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II ties
Nominations announced for Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II ties   The ITF has announced the official team nominations for the 2015 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II first round ties taking place on 7-8 February. Four Zone Group events are also taking place in […]
Tennis Panorama | January 28, 10:30 am ET


Australian Open 2015: Order of Play for Thursday, January 29
Thursday’s order of play at the 2015 Australian Open can be found at the link below. Link: OOP.
Tennis Connected | January 28, 10:26 am ET


Djokovic, Wawrinka set up semifinal clash at Australian Open
Australian Open—Melbourne, Australia Semifinal results: [4] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) d. [5] Kei Nishikori (JPN) 63 64 76(6) [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) d. [8] Milos Raonic (CAN) 76(5) 64 62
Tennis Connected | January 28, 10:24 am ET


Three to See: Australian Open Semifinal Previews
Maria Sharapova [2] vs. Ekaterina Makarova [10] Peering in from the outside, it can be hard to say exactly what makes Makarova such a tough adversary for the world’s top players. She’s a lefty, which is unusual, and many of the women say she “reads the game well.” But she has no obvious weapons and isn’t conspicuously athletic—she’s a solid competitor, and that’s been enough to put her in the Top 10, get her to the semifinals of the last two Grand Slams, and earn her a straight-set win over world No. 3 Simona Halep in the last round. But one place
Articles by Steve Tignor | January 28, 10:16 am ET


Live Stream: Novak Djokovic vs Stan Wawrinka Australian Open 2015
The Live Stream: Novak Djokovic vs Stan Wawrinka Australian Open 2015 is available here. The first Grand Slam event of the season - the Australian Open 2015 - takes place in the city of Melbourne from January 19 to February 1, 2015. The defending champion in the men's singles event is Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland. Wawrinka won his maiden Slam title after defeating Rafael Nadal in a four-set thriller. There won't be a defending champion in the women's side as 2014 titlist Li Na has retired from the sport back in September last year. Watch Live Stream: Novak Djokovic
Tennis Guru » Tennis Guru | January 28, 2:59 am ET


Live Stream: Andy Murray vs Tomas Berdych Australian Open 2015
The Live Stream: Andy Murray vs Tomas Berdych Australian Open 2015 is available here. The first Grand Slam event of the season - the Australian Open 2015 - takes place in the city of Melbourne from January 19 to February 1, 2015. The defending champion in the men's singles event is Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland. Wawrinka won his maiden Slam title after defeating Rafael Nadal in a four-set thriller. There won't be a defending champion in the women's side as 2014 titlist Li Na has retired from the sport back in September last year. Watch Live Stream: Andy Murray
Tennis Guru » Tennis Guru | January 28, 2:58 am ET


Live Stream: Madison Keys vs Serena Williams Australian Open 2015
The Live Stream: Madison Keys vs Serena Williams Australian Open 2015 is available here. The first Grand Slam event of the season - the Australian Open 2015 - takes place in the city of Melbourne from January 19 to February 1, 2015. The defending champion in the men's singles event is Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland. Wawrinka won his maiden Slam title after defeating Rafael Nadal in a four-set thriller. There won't be a defending champion in the women's side as 2014 titlist Li Na has retired from the sport back in September last year. Watch Live Stream: Madison Keys
Tennis Guru » Tennis Guru | January 28, 2:57 am ET


Live Stream: Maria Sharapova vs Ekaterina Makarova Australian Open 2015
The Live Stream: Maria Sharapova vs Ekaterina Makarova Australian Open 2015 is available here. The first Grand Slam event of the season - the Australian Open 2015 - takes place in the city of Melbourne from January 19 to February 1, 2015. The defending champion in the men's singles event is Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland. Wawrinka won his maiden Slam title after defeating Rafael Nadal in a four-set thriller. There won't be a defending champion in the women's side as 2014 titlist Li Na has retired from the sport back in September last year. Watch Live Stream: Maria Sharapova
Tennis Guru » Tennis Guru | January 28, 2:56 am ET


Cuevas/Hsieh vs Melo/Srebotnik Australian Open 2015 Live Video Stream
The Cuevas/Hsieh vs Melo/Srebotnik Australian Open 2015 Live Video Stream is available here. The first Grand Slam event of the season - the Australian Open 2015 - takes place in the city of Melbourne from January 19 to February 1, 2015. The defending champion in the men's singles event is Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland. Wawrinka won his maiden Slam title after defeating Rafael Nadal in a four-set thriller. There won't be a defending champion in the women's side as 2014 titlist Li Na has retired from the sport back in September last year. Watch Cuevas/Hsieh vs Melo/Srebotnik Australian Open
Tennis Guru » Tennis Guru | January 28, 2:55 am ET


Mad Good
As Madison Keys strode across Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday afternoon, she led with her grin. It’s a toothy one, and an irrepressible one when she’s happy. At this moment she was very happy. A few seconds earlier, Keys—age just 19, rank just 35—had finished a post-match interview after the biggest win of her career, a 6-3 4-6, 6-4 comeback over Venus Williams that put her into her first Grand Slam semifinal. Yet this modest Midwesterner could have been forgiven if her grin got a little smaller, and her eyes a little wider, at the next few words she heard. “There goes
Articles by Steve Tignor | January 28, 12:46 am ET


Australian Open Quarterfinal Previews: Day 10
Venus Williams [18] vs. Madison Keys You probably know the story by now: The 19-year-old Keys was first drawn to tennis at age 4, when she noticed the dress that Venus was wearing on TV. A decade and a half later, the two will face each other for the second time, and for the first time at a major. Venus won their only meeting, but that was two years ago on clay in Charleston. Keys has made progress since then, especially in the last 10 days in Melbourne. At 34, Venus is also playing her best tennis in years. Keys has youth
Articles by Steve Tignor | January 27, 3:23 pm ET


Swan Ousts Top Seed Xu, Fritz and Kingsley Reach Australian Junior Quarterfinals; Three Americans Th
No. 14 seed Katie Swan of Great Britain defeated top seed Shilin Xu of China 6-2, 6-2 Wednesday in the third round of the Australian Open Junior Championships to earn her second appearance in a Grade A quarterfinal against Raveena Kingsley, who will be making her first. Kingsley, the No. 11 seed, defeated unseeded Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia 6-4, 6-1, in a performance that contrasted with her previous 9-7 in third set win over Vera Lapko of Belarus. Kingsley saved all seven of the break points against her, while converting three of the four break points Kuzmova gave her.No.
ZooTennis | January 27, 2:00 pm ET


Chuck Kriese's Final Push to Retain Traditional Scoring for Division I College Tennis
I received this email yesterday from current Citadel and longtime Clemson men's head coach Chuck Kriese regarding format change, which he is not against, and scoring change, which he does object to. Here is his document, in its entirety. I have included links to the Bloemendaal position paper and the list of NCAA Cabinet member emails addresses at the bottom of the post. ‘A square peg in a round hole’ January 26, 2015American College Tennis Coaches have been battling about scoring systems and formats for too many years. The Solution might be quite manageable if two fundamental points were
ZooTennis | January 27, 2:00 pm ET


Australian Open--what they said
The winners count was 30-14 in your favor. Did you consciously resolve to go for it even more after the injury?Yeah, at that point I knew I couldn't run as much. I knew if I was going to get stretched out it was going to be more painful. It was kind of that thing if you have it, go for it, because I'm probably not going to last that long in a rally. That's kind of what I did.Madison Keys I think a lot of players would have been happy with this tournament. I'm happy with progress.
Women Who Serve | January 27, 2:00 pm ET


What If
Tennis is famous for its “If–.” Two lines from Rudyard Kipling’s poem of that name greet every player who walks on to Centre Court at the All England Club. You know the words, the ones about triumph and disaster. A few years ago, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer were filmed reading that verse and others from the poem—while trying hard, it appeared, not to laugh—for a gauzy Wimbledon promotional video.  Now it seems that Nadal has had enough of “if.” Yesterday, after his 6-2, 6-0, 7-6 (5) loss to Tomas Berdych at the Australian Open, he officially banished the word from
Articles by Steve Tignor | January 27, 11:53 am ET


Australian Open 2015: Order of Play for Wednesday, January 28
Wednesday’s order of play at the 2015 Australian Open can be found at the link below. Link: OOP.
Tennis Connected | January 27, 10:24 am ET


Australian Open 2015 Day 10 Preview: Djokovic vs. Raonic; Wawrinka vs. Nishikori
by: Tom Cochrane Andy Murray will play Tomas Berdych for a place in Sunday’s men’s singles final after the Scot ended Nick Kyrgios’ dream run with a straight sets win in their quarter-final on Day 9 of the tournament. Day 9 Recap In windy conditions, it was a focused Murray who entered Rod Laver Arena, the Scot mixing [...]
Tennis Connected | January 27, 10:23 am ET


Australian Open Quarterfinal Previews: Day 8
Simona Halep [3] vs. Ekaterina Makarova [10] This is a match I've been hoping to see since the draws were made. Halep beat Makarova in straight sets in their only meeting, in New Haven in 2013. But the shrewd Russian lefty, who has more court sense than most, is a Grand Slam seed killer—four years ago she beat Serena Williams at the Australian Open, and last year she upset Agnieszka Radwanska and Euenie Bouchard at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, respectively. Halep, while she hasn’t been in serious trouble yet, has had a few anxious blips fly across her radar screen.
Articles by Steve Tignor | January 26, 2:04 pm ET


Kumar, Fritz Reach Third Round of Australian Open Juniors; 15 Americans in Second Round at Ecuador G
Sameer Kumar joined Raveena Kingsley and Taylor Fritz in the third round of the Australian Open Junior Championships, while Raquel Pedraza, Michael Mmoh and Will Blumberg have advanced to the quarterfinals in doubles, with all six in action Wednesday (Tuesday night here in the United States).Kumar needed more than two hours and four match points before eliminating No. 9 seed Mikael Ymer of Sweden 6-4, 1-6, 6-4. That has earned the Stanford recruit a meeting with another seed, No. 6 Duck Hee Lee of Korea, who beat Kumar in the first round of the US Open last summer. For more
ZooTennis | January 26, 2:00 pm ET


USA vs. Russia, no matter what
We're guaranteed American in #AusOpen Final! Serena Williams & Madison Keys will face off for coveted spot tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/cy96RyYvxx— ESPNTennis (@ESPNTennis) January 28, 201519-year-old Madison Keys reached her first major semifinal today when she defeated Venus Williams 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 at the Australian Open. Keys--whom Chris Evert pointed to as a potential champion many years ago when Keys trained at the Evert Academy--dominated Williams throughout much of the match, and did so while carrying a left adductor injury.To put the whole thing in context: It's quite a statement that Williams, after everything she has been through, reached the quarterfinals of
Women Who Serve | January 26, 2:00 pm ET


Episode 2 – Australian Open Week 1 Recap
The Mind The Racket Podcast returns for a second episode! Bri (@4TheTennis) joins Brodie to recap and share thoughts on the first week of the Australian Open. How good is Murray right now? How bad was Dimitrov’s collapse? Nadal, Azarenka, Keys, Goerges, grunting on volleys and so much more! iTunes, Stitcher and subscription information forth […]
Mind The Racket | January 25, 9:12 pm ET


Kingsley Advances to Third Round of Australian Open Juniors, Keys Reaches Women's Quarterfinals; Fi
Raveena Kingsley advanced to the third round of the Australian Open Junior Championships Monday in Melbourne, but it was far from easy. The 16-year-old from Maryland served for the first set against Vera Lapko of Belarus at 5-4, but lost the next three games. She recovered to take the second set and then went to extra time before emerging with a 5-7, 6-2, 9-7 win. Kingsley, who also reached the third round at the US Open juniors last September, will play unseeded Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia for a place in the quarterfinals. Kuzmova beat No. 7 seed Naiktha Bains of
ZooTennis | January 25, 2:00 pm ET


Australian Open--what they said
I need some time to used to it, to understand that it's a little bit different game starting on that level. So now I'm pretty understanding how it is, and I'm so happy that I came through today.Ekaterina MakarovaHer lefty slice is not easy to give the ball back.Simona Halep, referring to MakarovaI had to have a really good performance against Genie. Maria Sharapova My idol was Anastasia Myskina.Ekaterina MakarovaShe looked so smart on the court. She doesn't have a lot of power, but she was moving the opponent so much. Like it was so enjoyable to
Women Who Serve | January 25, 2:00 pm ET


Federer's Loss & The First Five Days

Articles by Peter Bodo | January 25, 1:29 am ET


Fritz, Kumar Advance at Australian Open Juniors, Second Seed Luz Upset; Arconada Wins $10K Title; Po
Taylor Fritz and Sameer Kumar reached the second round of the Australian Open junior championships Sunday in Australia, joining the four Americans already securing their opening round wins on Saturday. Fritz hit 13 aces and won 31 of 33 of his first-serve points in his 6-1, 6-4 victory over Slovakia's Alex Molcan, and said after the match that he felt no discomfort from the shoulder. The tournament website featured an article about Fritz's win (great to see junior coverage there so early in the tournament). Fritz will play Mandresy Rakotomalala of France Tuesday.Kumar needed two hours to subdue Japanese qualifier
ZooTennis | January 24, 2:00 pm ET


One of those crazy Australian Open thoughts...
So, this seems a little odd for me, chiming in at this point of the year's first Grand Slam when I usually would've had my patented round of 16 predictions all said and done by now, with another post or two in between. But I just had this crazy, nutty, out-of-this-world thought:What if no one from the "Big 4" made it to the semis?Like, suppose Nick Kyrgios continues to play like the fearless teenager that he is and rides the momentum of hometown support, and shocks Andy Murray in the quarters? What if Tomas Berdych decides no one beats him
Tennis Talk, Anyone? | January 24, 2:00 pm ET


Armchair Line Judge: Aussie thoughts so far
1. I mean, look at the ass on Rafa Nadal. If anyone should be asked to give a twirl, it should be that sexy bastard. But this is a life lesson we can all apply to ourselves, and not just the young Genie Bouchard: If some random dude asks you to twirl for him in front of a stadium full of people, and he's using a microphone to do this, kindly direct him to the orifice that would house that microphone in the most painful way.2. However, I will give any onsite Aussie Open reporters a dollar if they start
Tennis With Attitude | January 21, 2:00 pm ET


Armchair Line Judge: My decimated draws before I burn them
Because why not have a good laugh over picking Donna Vekic for the quarterfinals?
Tennis With Attitude | January 21, 2:00 pm ET


Into Oz

Articles by Peter Bodo | January 20, 11:07 am ET


Wilson launches power-packed, sleek burn racket
Wilson Sporting Goods Co., announced today the introduction of the BURN family of rackets. This new line is built specifically for performance tennis players seeking a bold, sleek racket that accelerates power from the baseline. The BURN is the first Baseliner-focused product to emerge from the Company’s new PlayerID system, which categorizes three key types […]
Tennis Served Fresh | January 19, 6:04 pm ET


2015's Burning Questions

Articles by Peter Bodo | January 19, 4:07 am ET


Episode 1 – 2015 Season, AO Preview
It’s the very first Mind The Racket podcast! Juan Jose (@jjvallejoa) joins Brodie to look ahead to the 2015 season and the Australian Open. Will the Big 4 still be a thing? Which young guy is most likely to win a slam first? What sort of impact will the new coaches on the WTA make? […]
Mind The Racket | January 18, 3:26 pm ET


The Armchair Line Judge's guide to the Aussie Open 2015
It's mid-January, and only about eight weeks since the year-end championships, so it must be time for another major! This lengthy layover only tends to ensure erratic results, so with that in mind, let's predict what's going to happen! For this preview, we're gonna do the Armchair Line Judge's call for the Top 10 on both sides for players' chances to advance to the semifinals:The Women1. Serena Williams: In. Yeah, Hopman Cup was kind of a disaster, but she's usually most dangerous right after a bad patch. Hmm, though. Vera Zvonareva looming in round 2. Hmm.2, Maria
Tennis With Attitude | January 17, 2:00 pm ET


Australian Open Draw Preview – Men
Novak’s Quarter It’s not often we get such a juicy first round match in the ATP, but Del Potro vs Janowicz is certainly that, even if neither seems likely to make a particularly deep run in this tournament. It should be must watch, early round tennis and may just end up as one of the […]
Mind The Racket | January 17, 12:30 pm ET


Australian Open Draw Preview – Women
Serena’s Quarter What a quarter, and what a way to kick this tournament off. Stephens vs. Azarenka, Wozniacki vs. Townsend, the winners play each other in the second round. Azarenka has to be one of the players to watch in 2015. After an injury riddled 2014, her ranking has some serious bouncing back to do, […]
Mind The Racket | January 17, 10:34 am ET


ATP Burning Question No. 5: What Constitutes Success for U.S. Tennis in Melbourne?
Over the next two weeks, as the new season begins and the Australian Open nears, our panel of writers and editors will debate the five burning questions on each tour. ED MCGROGAN, Senior Editor:  Success does not have to mean “title.” It can be CiCi Bellis at last year’s US Open, or Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon. One win over a big player would do it for me. And this type of success is certainly attainable. U.S. tennis fans should enjoy the Aussie Open like they do another distinctly American tournament, March Madness, and look for “One Shining Moment.” PETER BODO, Senior Writer: It’s a painful
Articles by Peter Bodo | January 16, 12:00 am ET


Wilson releases next generation BLADE rackets, includes four new models
What do Serena Williams, Milos Raonic, David Goffin, Madison Keys, and Gael Monfils have in common? The Wilson Blade is their weapon of choice. The racket maker has announced the next generation of Blades that includes four new models: BLADE 98 16x19, BLADE 98 18x20, BLADE 98S and BLADE 104.The BLADE is the second attacker-focused product to emerge from Wilson’s new PlayerID system. For this system, Wilson categorized three core playing styles in today’s game: Baseliner, Attacker and All Courter. The PlayerID system helps players better select products that speak to their playing style
Down the Line: raw + uncut | January 15, 2:00 pm ET


Andy Murray is officially a brand, logo included!
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray are known as the "Big 4" of men's tennis. But after today, they are also now known as the "Big 4" of...personal branding?The Brit baller unveiled his personal logo, designed by Aesop, ahead of the year's first major, the Australian Open, that kicks off next week. It will be showcased on his tennis bag and on his warm-up t-shirts provided by new clothing sponsor, Under Armour. Their 4-year partnership was announced last month.The inspiration behind the logo was the number 77, a reference to the number of years between the last
Down the Line: raw + uncut | January 14, 2:00 pm ET


Wilson launches next generation BLADE racket
Wilson Sporting Goods Co., announced today the introduction of four new rackets to its BLADE performance tennis franchise: BLADE 98 16×19, BLADE 98 18×20, BLADE 98S and BLADE 104. The rackets join one of Wilson’s best-selling lines globally, and are designed specifically for big- hitting, attacking-style players seeking aggressive control. Current top-ranked players and Wilson […]
Tennis Served Fresh | January 14, 9:18 am ET


The Blog Returns! Mailbag – Slam Wishcasting, Canada and More
It’s been a while. The blog was once a common spot for me to get my thoughts out into the world, and after a busy year last year, I’m ready to return to regular blogging. The mailbag returns, up at the beginning of every week. I hope to make Thursday the day where I post […]
Mind The Racket | January 13, 11:07 pm ET


FASHION FIX: Australian Open Uniqlo kits for Novak Djokovic, Kei Nishikori, and Shingo Kunieda
Here are some images of the Uniqlo duds No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic, No. 5 seed Kei Nishikori, and men's wheelchair champion, Shingo Kunieda, are said to be wearing at the 2015 Australian Open.There's not much to say about these looks. In typical Uniqlo style, they're pretty basic. It's what we've come to expect from the Japanese retail giant for their ballers.[Photo(s) credit: tt.tennis-warehouse.com/]
Down the Line: raw + uncut | January 13, 2:00 pm ET


ATP Ones to Watch

Articles by Peter Bodo | January 13, 7:30 am ET


djokovic ready for shot at fifth australian open crown
Novak Djokovic goes into the 2015 Australian Open, which begins later this week, as the favourite to win his fifth title in this event and start the year in the best possible manner. The Serbian secured his maiden Grand Slam trophy in Melbourne in 2008 and has since gone on to bring that tally up to seven, […]
Tennis Served Fresh | January 12, 12:52 pm ET


Kei Nishikori has super human eye-hand coordination and a cool get-up
If you needed more evidence that the Kei Nishikori brand is blowing up globally, here you go.The U.S. Open finalist is featured on the cover of the January 19 issue of TIME magazine under the headline 'The Way of Kei'. Kei posted on his Facebook page that he is "very honored" to be the magazine's cover star. Nissin Cup Noodle also released their latest commercial featuring their global brand ambassador. In the spot, Kei is outfitted to resemble Miyamoto Musashi, and he brandishes a wooden sword carved from a paddle just as the Japanese sword master was said to have
Down the Line: raw + uncut | January 8, 2:00 pm ET


FASHION FIX: Fila's kits for the 2015 Australian Open
Fila has released the gear their ballers will be working at the 2015 Australian Open. The new Platinum collection offers a cohesive range of fashions, marked by fresh new fabrics, design details that showcase a high-end flavor, and stand-out styles. Training pieces were created to complement tennis apparel, for complete looks that can easily be worn on and off-court. As Fila’s most advanced line yet, technology is a crucial component of the Platinum story.Jelena Jankovic, pictured above, will be wearing the Platinum dress ($90) in white and, appropriately, diva pink. Germany's Julia Goerges will be sporting the Platinum wide racerback tank
Down the Line: raw + uncut | January 6, 2:00 pm ET


The coaching floodgates are finally open!
For as long as I've been a tennis fan, I've wondered why pro players never seem to hire female coaches. It's not like there's no shortage of legendary women players who would fit the bill. Last year, it was a male player, Andy Murray, who hired Amelie Mauresmo on, and naturally, the choice has been under scrutiny ever since, with whispers about her effectiveness. Now, I'm not gonna lie. If I were going to choose a woman coach for a tennis pro, it probably wouldn't be the person who had some moments of mental weak in big moments(coughcoughFRENCHOPENcough), especially if
Tennis With Attitude | January 5, 2:00 pm ET


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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Rankings
ATP - Jan 19 WTA - Jan 19
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 Ekaterina Makarova
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