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Last updated on April 22, 2014 2:46:48 ET

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Maria Sharapova Has A New Nike Ad And It Includes Boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov [Video]
Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal and Grigor Dimitrov are among those featured in a new line of TV commercials from Nike.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | April 22, 9:07 am ET


Rafael Nadal And David Ferrer Played Tennis At A Barcelona Opera House Monday Night [Video]
Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer hit tennis balls in a unique location in Barcelona.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | April 22, 8:46 am ET


From around the web:

Q&A with Donna Vekic
On Sunday, Donna Vekic became the youngest player to win a WTA title in eight years when she defeated No. 10 Dominika Cibulkova 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (4) at the Malaysian Open. The 17-year-old Croatian climbed 30 spots, to No. 65, after breaking through in her third-career final and recording her first victory over a top-20 […]
Beyond The Baseline | April 22, 12:20 pm ET


Daily Bagel: How WTA Tour will look without Serena Williams
The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet. • Video: The top hot shots from the Monte Carlo Masters, starting with Andreas Seppi’s sweet tweener winner. • What will the WTA Tour look like after Serena Williams and Li Na — two 32-year-olds ranked No. 1 […]
Beyond The Baseline | April 22, 9:56 am ET


Maria Sharapova Has A New Nike Ad And It Includes Boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov [Video]
Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal and Grigor Dimitrov are among those featured in a new line of TV commercials from Nike.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | April 22, 9:07 am ET


Rafael Nadal And David Ferrer Played Tennis At A Barcelona Opera House Monday Night [Video]
Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer hit tennis balls in a unique location in Barcelona.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | April 22, 8:46 am ET


Novak Djokovic: My Wrist Injury Isn’t That Bad, I Will Play Madrid!
Good news, Novak Djokovic says he'll be ready to play Madrid.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | April 22, 8:37 am ET


Rafael Nadal: I Have Lacked Confidence And Competitiveness In Some Matches This Year
Rafael Nadal wants to play better tennis.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | April 22, 8:25 am ET


Redfoo To Compete in Men’s Pro Singles Open Qualifying Tuesday at 114th Ojai Tennis Tournament
(April 21, 2013) Pop star Redfoo of LMFAO has never been shy sharing with the world his love for tennis. Local Southern California fans will get to see Stefan Gordy, a.k.a Redfoo, in action on the courts at one of the oldest and largest tennis tournaments in the country as he takes on Weil Academy […]
Tennis Panorama | April 21, 7:31 pm ET


Video: New Nike Commercial Features Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova and Grigor Dimitrov
Nike's new Tech Pack commercial features tennis stars prominently. Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman once said “If you have a body, you are an athlete.” Video: Sharapova Celebrates B-day in Germany, Janowicz Raps Well, if you can win the career Grand Slam, as Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal have done, then you are definitely an athlete. As for Grigor Dimitrov, no Grand Slams yet, but the hope—and hype—certainly is there. That's why the Bulgarian is featured prominently along with Sharapova, Nadal and other world-class athletes (Sydney Leroux, Paul Rodriguez and Skylar Diggins) in this new add, which promotes the Nike's Tech Pack line for
Blog RSS | April 21, 4:58 pm ET


Tennis – WTA and ATP Results and Schedules
Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell Barcelona, Spain » View Tournament Profile RESULTS – MONDAY, 21 APRIL 2014 Singles – First Round K De Schepper (FRA) d [Q] M Ilhan (TUR) 63 75 S Giraldo (COL) d I Sijsling (NED) 64 62 [Q] D Thiem (AUT) d R Stepanek (CZE) 64 64 E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d [Q] […]
Tennis Panorama | April 21, 4:38 pm ET


ATP rankings: Milos Raonic reaches career-high No. 9
Milos Raonic climbed to a career-high No. 9 in this week’s ATP Tour rankings after making the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters. Raonic, 23, moved up one spot and replaced Richard Gasquet, who slipped to 11th after missing Monte Carlo with a back injury. Last August, Raonic became the first Canadian man to crack […]
Beyond The Baseline | April 21, 1:23 pm ET


Thiem reaches second round in Barcelona; Chardy defeated in Romania
Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, Barcelona, Spain First-round results: Roberto Bautista Agut defeats Lukasz Kubot 6-1, 6-0 Daniel Gimeno-Traver defeats Roberto Carballes Baena 6-3, 7-5 Albert Montanes defeats Marc Lopez 7-6(4), 6-2 Andrey Kuznetsov defeats Pablo Carreno Busta 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 Marinko Matosevic defeats Joao Sousa 6-3, 6-2 Dominic Thiem defeats Radek Stepanek 6-4, 6-4 Santiago Giraldo defeats Igor Sijsling 6-4, 6-2 Inigo Cervantes defeats [...]
Tennis Connected | April 21, 1:23 pm ET


Live Streaming for the ATP World Tour events in Barcelona and Romania
Live Streaming for the ATP World Tour events in Barcelona and Romania can be found at the links below. Tennis TV (best quality) Live Score Hunter Bet 365 From Sport
Tennis Connected | April 21, 1:13 pm ET


Tennis Elbow: Nursing a hangover in Monaco
Welcome to Tennis Elbow, the column that looks back on the week that was in the world of tennis. This week, Charles Blouin-Gascon recaps the 2014 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. The hangover is finished. If there tends to be a bit of a hangover following a player’s first Grand Slam victory, well now Stanislas Wawrinka has proven [...]
Tennis Connected | April 21, 1:01 pm ET


WTA Tour Has Top-Paid Female Athlete on Four Continents
ESPN the Magazine's Money Issue Highlights the WTA's Global Domination among Women's Sports. 2013's highest-paid female athletes on four continents played tennis on the WTA Tour. In ESPN the Magazine's recently released Money Issue, the magazine reports that Serena Williams ($12.5 million), Victoria Azarenka ($6.5 million), Li Na ($4 million) and Sam Stosur ($1.2 million) each earned the highest salaries for female athletes on their respective continents (prize money only, no endorsements). In Brazil, soccer player Marta is the highest-paid female, and in Africa, long-distance runner Priscilla Cheptoo leads the pack. Graphic Credit: ESPN the Magazine
Blog RSS | April 21, 12:51 pm ET


Aces and Faults: Stanislas Wawrinka checks off another career first
Aces and Faults recaps the week in tennis. Last week, Stanislas Wawrinka won his first ATP Masters 1000 title, a teenager won a WTA title and the Czech Republic and Germany advanced to the Fed Cup final. Winners Stanislas Wawrinka: A year ago, Wawrinka was ranked 17th with three career titles, all won at ATP […]
Beyond The Baseline | April 21, 11:47 am ET


Maria Celebrates 27 -- Janowicz Raps -- Serena's Beach Derriere
Topping this week's news, Maria Sharapova celebrated her birthday in German style, then got to work unveiling a new Sugarpova flavor. And while kicking back in Miami, Serena Williams proved she is not ashamed of her curves, wearing a revealing bikini bottom that bared all. Plus, see some behind-the-scenes shots from last week's Monte-Carlo Player Revue Party, and see for yourself if Jerzy Janowicz has a promising future in rap music.
Blog RSS | April 21, 10:00 am ET


On Twitter, Andy Murray Describes Himself with One Word: Boring
Medium steak, turn off the alarm--just another boring day in the life of a tennis megastar. Stuck at the airport while awaiting a flight to Paris, Andy Murray engaged fans in a spontaneous Q and A on Twitter. The two-time Grand Slam winner, who possesses some of the dryest, most acerbic wit known to modern man, kept it short and sweet, but as always he produced a few gems for his followers to lose their lunch over. Here's a small sample: Nice of Andy to get a subtle dig at Federer's extravagant lifestyle in there... @PseudoFed I wouldn't recommend you try it! Royalty
Blog RSS | April 21, 9:08 am ET


Rankings Report: Wawrinka Solidifies No. 3; Ferrer Moves Up
Stan Wawrinka moves up a spot ahead of Roger Federer.The wild finish at the Monte Carlo Masters didn't shake up the Top 4 in the latest ATP rankings per se, but it did a lot to the back half of the Top 10 as well as re-establishing Stanislas Wawrinka. Wawrinka defeated fellow Swiss Roger Federer in the final on Sunday, his first title since winning the Australian Open in late January and his third crown this season. He was booted in the Monte Carlo quarterfinals a year ago, allowing for a significant point gain of 820 this year, which keeps him 775
Blog RSS | April 21, 8:20 am ET


B. Paire vs A. Golubev 2014 Barcelona Open Tennis Live Video Stream Coverage
The B. Paire vs A. Golubev 2014 Barcelona Open Tennis Live Video Stream Coverage is available here. This ATP 500 tournament takes place from April 21 to 27 at the Real Club de Tennis Barcelona-1899 and will be contested on red claycourts. This ATP 500 event has a total financial commitment of € 2,127,035. World [&hellip The post B. Paire vs A. Golubev 2014 Barcelona Open Tennis Live Video Stream Coverage appeared first on Tennis Guru.
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | April 21, 7:47 am ET


M. Klizan vs S. Devvarman 2014 Barcelona Open Tennis Live Video Stream Coverage
The M. Klizan vs S. Devvarman 2014 Barcelona Open Tennis Live Video Stream Coverage is available here. This ATP 500 tournament takes place from April 21 to 27 at the Real Club de Tennis Barcelona-1899 and will be contested on red claycourts. This ATP 500 event has a total financial commitment of € 2,127,035. World [&hellip The post M. Klizan vs S. Devvarman 2014 Barcelona Open Tennis Live Video Stream Coverage appeared first on Tennis Guru.
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | April 21, 7:44 am ET


I. Dodig vs F. Arguello 2014 Barcelona Open Tennis Live Video Stream Coverage
The I. Dodig vs F. Arguello 2014 Barcelona Open Tennis Live Video Stream Coverage is available here. This ATP 500 tournament takes place from April 21 to 27 at the Real Club de Tennis Barcelona-1899 and will be contested on red claycourts. This ATP 500 event has a total financial commitment of € 2,127,035. World [&hellip The post I. Dodig vs F. Arguello 2014 Barcelona Open Tennis Live Video Stream Coverage appeared first on Tennis Guru.
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | April 21, 7:41 am ET


D. Tursunov vs I. Cervantes 2014 Barcelona Open Tennis Live Video Stream Coverage
The D. Tursunov vs I. Cervantes 2014 Barcelona Open Tennis Live Video Stream Coverage is available here. This ATP 500 tournament takes place from April 21 to 27 at the Real Club de Tennis Barcelona-1899 and will be contested on red claycourts. This ATP 500 event has a total financial commitment of € 2,127,035. World [&hellip The post D. Tursunov vs I. Cervantes 2014 Barcelona Open Tennis Live Video Stream Coverage appeared first on Tennis Guru.
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | April 21, 7:40 am ET


P. Kohlschreiber vs E. Roger-Vasselin 2014 Barcelona Open Tennis Live Video Stream Coverage
The P. Kohlschreiber vs E. Roger-Vasselin 2014 Barcelona Open Tennis Live Video Stream Coverage is available here. This ATP 500 tournament takes place from April 21 to 27 at the Real Club de Tennis Barcelona-1899 and will be contested on red claycourts. This ATP 500 event has a total financial commitment of € 2,127,035. World [&hellip The post P. Kohlschreiber vs E. Roger-Vasselin 2014 Barcelona Open Tennis Live Video Stream Coverage appeared first on Tennis Guru.
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | April 21, 7:39 am ET


Dirt Bomb
Four days ago—was it really just four days ago?—I had a talk with my friend here at TENNIS.com, Richard Pagliaro, in which we searched in vain for a reason why Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic wouldn’t meet in the Monte Carlo final. The world’s two best players had split the last two title matches here, and they’d picked up their long-running rivalry earlier this month in Miami. Many of us assumed that their next battleground would be the European clay swing, starting with the three Masters tournaments and finishing, perhaps with a six-hour epic, at the French Open. You can
Articles by Steve Tignor | April 21, 5:15 am ET


The Week in Preview: Stuttgart & Barcelona
Castles built of sand are easily washed away by high tide, but what of castles made of that much more durable substance, clay? That’s the intriguing question that looms as Barcelona and, to a lesser extent, Stuttgart, get underway. So let’s take closer look at what the week holds in store on the two tours at these two prestigious tournaments. Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Stuttgart, Germany $710,000; Premier Indoor red clay Draw is here Nobody ever confused Maria Sharapova with Rafael Nadal, but in her own way she’s built a modest fortress of clay in recent years. Her record at this tournament is a perfect 8-0, and
Articles by Peter Bodo | April 21, 4:02 am ET


Andy Murray does impromptu Twitter Q&A
Andy Murray held an impromptu Twitter Q&A on Sunday when his flight to Paris experienced some unexpected issues, and he found himself stuck waiting to board another plane. Engine problem en route to Paris #uturn#panic #herewegonextplane — Andy Murray (@andy_murray) April 20, 2014 It appeared to be an innocent enough tweet, but Murray was soon retweeting a […]
Beyond The Baseline | April 21, 12:40 am ET


Canada defeats Slovak Republic 3-1 to reach World Group at Fed Cup
Bouchard clinches tie for Canada with win over Cepelova Quebec City, QC, April 20, 2014 – Canada’s Fed Cup team is headed to World Group I for the first time in history after defeating the Slovak Republic 3-1 in the World Group play-off tie held at PEPS on the campus of Laval University [...]
Tennis Connected | April 20, 9:43 pm ET


Podcast: Reviewing an Apocalyptic Monte Carlo Masters
Welcome tennis fans to another season of the TennisConnected Podcast! In this week’s show, Nima Naderi and Parsa Samii are back to review the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters. We begin our podcast with the stunner of the year thus far, which featured David Ferrer taking out 8-time former winner Rafael Nadal in Monaco. We also discuss Stan [...]
Tennis Connected | April 20, 9:04 pm ET


Tennis – WTA and ATP Schedules for April 21, 2014
Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell Barcelona, Spain SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 21 APRIL 2014 PISTA CENTRAL start 11:00 am [WC] D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) vs [WC] R Carballes Baena (ESP) Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell Barcelona, Spain SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 21 APRIL 2014 Not Before 13:30 [Q] A Kuznetsov (RUS) vs P Carreno Busta (ESP) L Kubot (POL) vs […]
Tennis Panorama | April 20, 9:00 pm ET


Bryans, Vekic Claim Tennis Titles; Fed Cup Shockers
The French send the U.S. out of the World Group I for 2015 behind singles wins by France's Caroline Garcia over Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys, and Garcia winning the doubles with veteran Virginie Razzano over the doubles-challenged Keys/Stephens. France was 1-12 against the U.S. entering the tie.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | April 20, 8:11 pm ET


France Edges USA in Fed Cup World Group Play-Offs
    (April 20, 2014) The Fed Cup World Group Play-off tie between France and the USA came down to the final match – the doubles rubber. The doubles team of Caroline Garcia and Virginie Razzano led France to a 3-2 victory over the United States on Sunday with 6-2, 7-5 over Sloane Stephens and […]
Tennis Panorama | April 20, 8:00 pm ET


Fed Cup Results for April 20, 2014
(April 20, 2014) The ITF has announced the final results for the 2014 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals, and World Group and World Group II play-offs taking place on  April 19-20. Czech Republic will host Germany in the Fed Cup Final on 8-9 November. In the semifinals, Czech Republic overcame Italy 4-0 […]
Tennis Panorama | April 20, 7:50 pm ET


Monte Carlo: Wawrinka d. Federer
Stan Wawrinka vs. Roger Federer may be the closest thing the ATP has to the match-up between Serena and Venus Williams. The two friends and Swiss teammates practiced together and ate lunch together in Monte Carlo on Sunday, then went out and fought each other in the final. It was the first match between the two since Wawrinka passed Federer for the top ranking in Switzerland earlier this year. Could he also pass him at the finish line and win his first title in the Principality before Federer won his? Like Serena and Venus, Wawrinka and Federer know each other’s plays,
Articles by Steve Tignor | April 20, 6:03 pm ET


Easter Bowl Recap; Teens Have Big Weekends on Pro Circuit; Kosakowski, Min Lead Har-Tru Wild Card Ch
My Easter Bowl recap is up today at the Tennis Recruiting Network. It's overview of a very busy week at Indian Wells Tennis Garden, and I hope to have the slideshow and videos from that tournament available by this weekend.Croatia's Donna Vekic, who turns 18 in June, had already appeared in two WTA finals prior to yesterday, when she won the WTA event in Kuala Lampur, beating top seed and Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 5-7, 7-5 7-6(4). It was Vekic's first Top 10 win, and she is the first 17-year-old to win a WTA title since Vania
ZooTennis | April 20, 3:00 pm ET


Georgia Women, Texas A&M Men Win SEC Tournament Titles; Cal Women Claim First Pac-12 Championship; M
The Georgia women and Texas A&M won SEC tournament titles today, claiming that conference's automatic bids to the NCAA tournament, which begins with regional action three weekends from now.Georgia, the No. 3 seed, avenged last week's 4-3 loss to No. 1 seed Alabama in Athens, a loss that cost the Bulldogs a tie for the SEC regular season championship, which Alabama won. Today in Missouri, sixth-ranked Georgia won 4-0 over third-ranked Alabama, with Silvia Garcia, Maho Kowase and Lily Kimbell adding singles points, all with straight-set wins, after Georgia had taken the doubles point. In the men's SEC tournament final
ZooTennis | April 19, 3:00 pm ET


Czech Republic and Germany advance to Fed Cup final
For Italy and Australia, today was just more of yesterday in the Fed Cup semifinals. Petra Kvitova defeated Roberta Vinci (subbing for Sara Errani) in straight sets, clinching her country's spot in the 2014 Fed Cup final. The fourth rubber was skipped and the doubles rubber was played, and the Czech Republic won that, too, with Andrea Hlavackova and Klara Koukalova beating Camila Giorgi and Karin Knapp 6-2, 5-7, 11-9.In Brisbane, Angelique Kerber won the deciding match, defeating Sam Stosur 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 in the third rubber. The doubles rubber was played in that tie, too, and Australia won it,
Women Who Serve | April 19, 3:00 pm ET


Vekic upsets Cibulkova to win Malaysian Open
First it was Cornet when it was "supposed" to be Radwanska, then it was Garcia when it was "supposed" to be Jankovic. And now, just a week later, top seed Dominika Cibulkova is departing from Kuala Lumpur with the runner-up trophy. 17-year-old Donna Vekic, who has been in a finalist position twice before, won her first WTA title today, and also got her first top 10 win. In today's Malaysian Open final, Vekic defeated Cibnulkova 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 in a 2-hour and 51-minute thriller.When Cibulkova was up 7-5, 5-4, it looked like the match would soon be over, but Vekic
Women Who Serve | April 19, 3:00 pm ET


Serena Williams Shows Off Her Curves In Miami
It was battle of the bikini bodies in Miami with first Maria Sharapova stripping down on the beach and now Serena! I think we can agree both these women have amazing bodies and we can't possibly pick a winner. I can pick a winner in the swimsuit styles though... I am crazy about the yellow one-piece worn by Serena's friend. Want want want!
Home | April 18, 8:25 pm ET


International Spring Championships Slideshow, Videos
My recap of this year's ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships in Carson ran last week at the Tennis Recruiting Network, but due to the back-to-back scheduling of it and the Easter Bowl, I wasn't able to put together the slideshow or process the videos until this week.In addition to the slideshow of the singles semifinalists and doubles finalists, short videos of the champions are available to watch here. For videos of the finalists, click on their names below the embedded videos to go to the tenniskalamazoo YouTube Channel.Francis TiafoeRaveena KingsleyPatrick KypsonKalani Soli
ZooTennis | April 18, 3:00 pm ET


Vekic reaches her third WTA final
Donna Vekic, who is 17 years old and ranked number 95 in the world, has rather quietly reached her third WTA final. She lost her other two to Irina-Camelia Begu (2012 Tashkent) and Daniela Hantuchova (2013 Birmingham). Tomorrow, she'll go up against top seed Dominika Cibulkova for the Malaysian Open title. The Croatian teenager defeated 2nd seed Zhang Shuai in the semifinals.And speaking of the Malaysian Open, the Pliskova sisters played six rounds between them and hit a total of 59 aces. That number "should" have been higher, but Karolina slipped in her first round and hit only one ace.
Women Who Serve | April 18, 3:00 pm ET


Czech Republic and Germany each one rubber away from Fed Cup final
Andrea Petkovic and Angelique Kerber didn't drop any sets in their Fed Cup wins over Australia today. Petkovic beat Sam Stosur 6-1, 7-6, and Kerber ran over Casey Dellacqua, 6-1, 6-0. It was like that for the Czech Republic, too. Lucie Safarova, continuing her excellent form of late, defeated Sara Errani 6-4, 6-1, then Petra Kvitova took care of Camila Girogi, 6-4, 6-2.Russia, led by Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, now have a 2-0 score against Argentina in the World Group Play-Offs. Spain and Poland are 1-1, with one Radwanska winning and the other (Ula) losing.Canada is 2-0 over the
Women Who Serve | April 18, 3:00 pm ET


Monte Carlo: Federer d. Tsonga
Some matches are defined by one key shot or rally. Roger Federer’s 2-6, 7-6 (6), 6-1 win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Monte Carlo on Friday was defined by one key stat: Federer’s break-point conversion rate. He was two of 19. Over the course of the first two sets, Tsonga always seemed to be serving; and every time you turned around, he was facing another break point. At one stage late in the second set, Jo had served 68 points, while Federer had served exactly half that many at 34. The pattern was the same throughout: Federer would come up with something
Articles by Steve Tignor | April 18, 8:03 am ET


Monte Carlo: Ferrer d. Nadal
Looking at it on paper, there hardly seemed to be a reason for Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer to bother playing their quarterfinal in Monte Carlo on Friday. The last time Nadal had lost to his countryman on clay was back in 2004, in the first of their 26 career meetings. And in that same span of time, Rafa had amassed a 50-2 record, and eight titles, at this, his favorite tournament. We knew it would be tough, we knew it would be a grind, we knew it would took some time, we knew Ferrer might even have a chance
Articles by Steve Tignor | April 18, 4:56 am ET


USC Defeats UCLA, Vanderbilt Tops Georgia; Five Questions with Steve Johnson; USTA's College Informa
The Pac-12 men's regular season conference title was on the line today at the University of Southern California, with UCLA visiting Marks Stadium, and the Trojans won it, beating the Bruins 4-2. In their third meeting of the year--USC won in the semifinals of the Team Indoor, and UCLA taking the match in Westwood back in February--UCLA won the doubles point, taking advantage of the return to the lineup of Adrien Puget. He and Mackenzie McDonald clinched the doubles point for UCLA with an 8-4 win over Eric Johnson and Max de Vroome at line 3, but Puget did not
ZooTennis | April 17, 3:00 pm ET


Quote of the day
"Who says the City of Light can't be the City of the Light and the Joy?"Ben Rothenberg, in his "why not?" prediction that JJ will win the French Open
Women Who Serve | April 17, 3:00 pm ET


The Rally: Mulling Monte Carlo
In our first clay-based edition of The Rally in 2014, Richard Pagliaro and I review and preview the action from Monaco. ***** Richard, Has anything in tennis over the last decade improved as much our access to the clay season in the States? Once upon a time, all we saw of Monte Carlo was a 10-second clip on SportsCenter of the winner spraying champagne. Now we can watch virtually every match.  Sometimes you can see a little too much, in fact. This morning I had the misfortune of catching a glimpse of the pink-and-blue...creation that David Ferrer was wearing as a shirt. To get
Articles by Steve Tignor | April 17, 12:02 pm ET


ITF Announces Masters Events for Top Eight Juniors; The Wild Card Dilemma; Clemson Women Beat Top-Ra
The ITF today announced a Junior Masters event, scheduled in April 2015, for the top eight boys and top eight girls in the ITF Junior World rankings at the end of this year.Since the demise of the Sunshine Cup in 2002, which was an 18-and-under team event, the ITF has not had any special events for that age group. Rumors were circulating that this Masters event might be held during the second week of the Sony Open in Miami or the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, but today's announcement means that will not happen, at least until 2018, with Chengdu,
ZooTennis | April 16, 3:00 pm ET


Brooklyn Decker Talks Tennis and Andy Roddick
So apparently Andy Roddick's wife, Brooklyn Decker, shares his temper when it comes to tennis. Chatting on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Brookly described how she smashed a racket during a hit with her husband of five (!) years. Brooklyn is promoting her new show, Friends with Better Lives.
Home | April 15, 4:32 pm ET


Clay-Court Preview: Men Up
I have to admit it: A part of me is going to take pleasure out of seeing all those Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic partisans go apoplectic when they scroll down this page and see the name “Rafael Nadal” endlessly repeated after the words “defending champion.” Why shouldn’t Nadalistas enjoy an unassailable moment in the sun? Nadal is the most extraordinary clay-court player this world has ever seen. People don’t even bother to trot out Bjorn Borg comparisons any more; that ship has sailed. Nitpicking or sniping at Nadal between April and early June is like finding fault with the natural
Articles by Peter Bodo | April 11, 8:02 am ET


Clay-Court Preview: Ladies First
Spring is a time of renewal, of fresh starts. Apparently the WTA takes this theme very seriously. Just ask deposed and sometimes besieged former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic, or hard-luck case Andrea Petkovic. Both women got back on the fast track last week with tournament wins as the WTA clay-court season got underway. Ivanovic’s win was on Plexipave in Monterrey, Mexico, so officially it was more like the epilogue to the hard-court swing. But it boosted the Serb’s ranking back up to the threshold of the Top 10, at No. 12. Given that Ivanovic is a former French Open champion who
Articles by Peter Bodo | April 10, 11:47 am ET


Cup of Sense
We’re coming off one of the best long weekends of Davis Cup play in a long time, so I find myself wondering how many, if any, converts the event has won over. It isn’t an easy job, as I learned over lunch with my close friend and fellow writer, Glyn. Glyn is a solid if not besotted tennis fan. He almost flew down to Miami just to see Roger Federer play, having decided that he really wants to see the all-time Grand Slam singles champ play, live, at least once before the Swiss retires. Glyn never made it to Miami, but
Articles by Peter Bodo | April 9, 6:54 am ET


Adidas Previews Ivanovic and Murray Roland Garros Outfits
Adidas have released photos of how they expect their stars - Ana Ivanovic and Andy Murray - will look at this year's Roland Garros. One problem, the photos are so heavily photoshopped it's tricky to tell exactly how these outfits will look on clay that isn't black/burgundy. What we do know is Ana Ivanovic is wearing blue... again. The back of the dress is kind of cool, but it's pretty much the same colours they used for the Australian Open and I'm bored of blue on any player. Can we ban blue on tennis players in 2015? I banned black from
Home | April 8, 6:15 pm ET


Genius Got in the Way
It remains not just the largest hole in his resume, but the only one—unless you believe that Roger Federer absolutely, positively must win the ATP 250 in Kuala Lumpur in order to be taken seriously as one of the greatest players ever to swing a racquet. I refer to the Davis Cup, of course, which Federer and his cohorts remain on track to bag for 2014, barring the kind of disaster that almost befell the Swiss team this past weekend. It’s interesting, this debate about Federer and the world’s foremost international team competition. His partisans leap to his defense when some suggest
Articles by Peter Bodo | April 8, 5:14 am ET


Maria Sharapova Answers Questions From ATP Pros
HEAD's latest player to player questions series featured Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Richard Gasquet asking Maria Sharapova questions they were dying to know. To be honest, I'm not sure Djokovic was really dying to know what Maria's favourite Sugarpova candy was, but thankfully Andy Murray livens things up. Check it out!
Home | April 6, 4:32 am ET


Maria Sharapova Gets Her Bikini In A Twist
Maria Sharapova always looks groomed and gorgeous even when she's sweating on the tennis court, so we don't feel TOO bad about this pap pic of her doing a Rafael Nadal. Maria showed off her super-toned body on the beach in Cancun after losing at the Sony Open. She sure has been working hard in the gym, check out that booty!
Home | April 4, 6:45 pm ET


The Exclusive Tennis New Zealand Pathway !
First of all thank you to all that have signed the petition re the National Junior Teams event , and those that took time to add comments some of which have been enlightening ,Coaches Parents, PLAYERS and supporters a big thank you keep spreading the word.Here is the latest link to an article in the NZ Herald calling for "Heads to Roll" in the current Northern Administration.LINKA big thank you to Clint Packer Central's regional Head Coach for allowing me to use his comment he left on the Petition yesterday. His thoughts are very logical and I think practical and hence my
The Tigers Eye | April 1, 3:00 pm ET


The balls in your court Tennis New Zealand and Regions and its time to come out and support The Juni
Great support from all over New Zealand for this event after Tennis Northern decided not to send junior teams to the National Junior Teams event along with Waikato who could not field a 16 girls team.Now some Regional CEO'S would like us to believe that a revamped teams event that may just include North Island teams was supported by all regions and put to TNZ , this is just not true!Waikato CEO Leslie Wilkinson along with David Franks Northern CEO are in favor of a upper North Island Tri Series, remember the last one you tried two years ago?Northern and
The Tigers Eye | March 24, 3:00 pm ET


Can del Potro pull off another comeback?
I was at a party yesterday talking to a tennis-liking/playing friend of mine and as usual, talked turned to the pro game: Federer's resurgence, Djokovic's toughness, etc.Then we started talking about Juan Martin del Potro and that wrist of his. Tough break after all that work to rise from the 400s to a spot in the top 10, and now another year lost.You have to wonder if he has another epic comeback in him. In talking with my friend, I noted how young del Potro is. He mentioned how it's one thing for Nadal to come back because he's so
Tennis Talk, Anyone? | March 22, 3:00 pm ET


Episode #56 – Indian Wells Wrap
Brodie, Amy and Lindsay wrap up Indian Wells including covering some of the most intriguing story lines including Federer, Pennetta, Cibulkova, Dolgopolov and Djokovic’s current form. We finish the pod by taking a peak at the Miami draw and point out what we’ll be looking for over the next week and a half. Remember to […]
Mind The Racket | March 19, 6:30 pm ET


BMW Malaysian Open 2014 Tickets Up For Grabs
For immediate releaseThe BMW Malaysian Open 2014 returns to the Royal Selangor Golf Club (RSGC) from the 14th – 20th of April 2014. The most prestigious tennis tournament in the South East Asian region will see Defending Champion Karolina Pliskova as well as 2013 Wimbledon Doubles Champion and 2012 BMW Malaysian Open Champion, Hsieh Su-Wei returning to Kuala Lumpur to compete in this year’s tournament.Also competing for the first time this year will be former World Number One Venus Williams and recent Australian Open finalist, Dominika Cibulkova together with a host of other accomplished international players compete for a prize purse of
HCFoo's Tennis Blog – Tennis Celebrity Photos, News, Gossip and More! | March 18, 3:00 pm ET


NZ Tennis Junior National Teams Fiasco!
Continuing from from my last article I again must bring to your attention events around the National Junior Teams events.My last blog revealed that Tennis Northern was not sending any teams in any age group and Waikato could not send a 16 girls team. I read with interest an article sent to me from a local Northern Newspaper you can Read here For those that have problem opening the link below is the article.Click on the above and it will open a new window and this will be bigger for reading.What disturbs me is that Local juniors have been let down
The Tigers Eye | March 15, 3:00 pm ET


Prepare the best ITF Junior Tour at JCFerrero-Equelite with the best coaches!
JC Ferrero - Equelite is host the ITF Junior International of the Valencian Community "Juan Carlos Ferrero Challenge", the only G-1 ITF tournament in Spain, and for this reason, taking advantage of two other G-2 tournaments in the vicinity during the weeks before, we have created a special program for players who want to train with our technical staff, get psychologically prepared and live the authentic tennis experience, like Juan Carlos Ferrero and Nicolas Almagro. With this program you will be able to:•Participate in the IV National Tournament Qualifier ITF Junior G-1 of
JC Ferrero-Equelite Tennis Academy Spain | March 14, 3:00 pm ET


JCFerrero-Equelite Sport Academy and Tennis Warehouse Europe sign up a collaboration agreement
With this agreement the Academy players will enjoy exclusive discounts in the best online shop of tennis equipment distribution and it will promote tennis among all people who love this sport. JCFerrero-Equelite Sport Academy and the Tennis Warehouse Europe, the European subsidiary of Tennis Warehouse (TW) of EEUU and worldwide leader in selling online tennis equipment, have signed up a collaboration agreement with the objective of bringing the best products of the tennis market closer to all the players who go through JCFerrero-Equelite and bringing high performance tennis closer to the millions
JC Ferrero-Equelite Tennis Academy Spain | March 14, 3:00 pm ET


Meet Juan Carlos Ferrero in person at the Sumer Stage thanks to Equelite and Tennis Warehouse Europe
To mark the occasion of World Tennis Day, JCFerrero-Equelite and Tennis Warehouse Europe want to celebrate it making you a very special gift, the opportunity of meeting Juan Carlos Ferrero in person while you enjoy a completely free week during the Summer Stage at JCFerrero-Equelite.And what do you have to do to get this wonderful prize and meet the ex-number 1 of the world? It is too easy. You only have to enter in the social networks of the Academy (https://www.facebook.com/TWEEspana) and of the Tennis Warehouse Europe (https://www.facebook.com/TWEEspana) and among those who share or
JC Ferrero-Equelite Tennis Academy Spain | March 14, 3:00 pm ET


Disappointing says Murray
So disappointing says Murray after losing 46, 75, 63 to Milos Raonic in Indian Wells. “But today I was just really disappointed with how the last 15 minutes of the match went. That was really, really poor. “ Murray has been fighting really hard in Indian Wells, in the previous rounds, winning some close matches. […]
TENNISVISTA | March 12, 8:36 pm ET


11 is a Lucky Number for Li Na
It took Li Na 10 match points opportunities  and 21 minutes to finish the last game but eventually, she did. Na won 6-1, 6-4 3 deficit  to reach the quarterfinals for the third time in Indian Wells. She was asked if 11 is a lucky number in Chinese numerology, since she needed  11 match points […]
TENNISVISTA | March 12, 10:50 am ET


Great expectations for Li Na in Indian Wells.
Love her, love her, love her! Great Expectations – Charles Dickens As Billie Jean King, once said, pressure is a privilege. But for Li Na, the great expectations of being a top seed is tough. She has been in unchartered territory in Indian Wells. It is the first time in her career she has been […]
TENNISVISTA | March 12, 10:36 am ET


Flavia Pennetta defeated Camila Giorgi
Flavia Pennetta defeated Camila Giorgi in Indian Wells, 61, 36, 61. And she answers a few questions after her match. She thinks Fognini is an introvert, she doesn’t know Giorgi that well, and Towsend moves well ,even though she is not that fit. EXPERIENCE: “I’m try to do my best all the time in big […]
TENNISVISTA | March 11, 9:09 pm ET


The best of Nadal’s interview after losing in IW
LAST WORD: “Today was an accident. I lost”. NUMBERS DO MATTER: “I don’t know how to play tennis different way, 50%. I play with all 100%, all my 100% every week. Today my 100% was here; sometimes it’s here. But I played with my 100% today was not enough. I gonna play with my 100% […]
TENNISVISTA | March 11, 2:52 pm ET


Rest In Peace NZ National Junior Teams Events.
In March 2013 I wrote an article in regards to the National Junior Teams events , you can read this here titled by clicking on the title.National Junior Teams Event a Positive but receives little support from TNZ.I have always had the view that Tennis New Zealand never valued this event and does not understand why it should be one of the events to receive financial support and backing by the governing body.I know that many juniors play tennis,go to tournaments seek extra coaching to make their regional team to play at Nationals its a great goal for most junior players wanting to
The Tigers Eye | March 8, 2:00 pm ET


Enroll for tennis summer camp 2014
Enroll now for summer camp 2014!More questions or ready to get registration form,Please contact us: equelite@gmail.com
JC Ferrero-Equelite Tennis Academy Spain | March 6, 2:00 pm ET


Episode #55 – Indian Wells Preview
Brodie, Lindsay and Amy take some time to catch up on some of the biggest stories from the past couple of weeks including Federer, Baby Federer, and yes, Halep. They then poke around both ATP and WTA Indian Wells draws half by half to highlight some of exciting, potential matches. Remember to subscribe to us […]
Mind The Racket | March 5, 8:03 pm ET


For those that Care - Bernard Tomic Update!
'For having had bilateral hip surgery, he's doing very well, a little bit better than I thought he would at this time,'' said Gutierrez, the Australian Open's head physio, who also has extensive AFL experience.''All the time that we've been working together he's been committed to the treatment, and he knows the importance of it because all his career is just going to hinge on that, and hopefully he will be back soon and be able to play without pain, and regain more flexibility than he used to have.''He's been very restricted, because tennis being a flexion, or bent-over type
The Tigers Eye | March 2, 2:00 pm ET


Tuesday Mailbag! Li Na, @PseudoFed, Halep
Every Monday… or Tuesday… I take some of the best questions and give some answers in hope of creating further discussion. If you would like to send in a question, Tweet me (@MindTheRacket) or e-mail me at brodie@mindtheracket. @MindTheRacket Do you think that Li Na is going to bag another major this year? — Angie […]
Mind The Racket | February 18, 9:52 pm ET


Wild Cards–Coveted and Appealing, but are they Beneficial?
Wild Cards. Those exciting, compelling tournament entries that everybody who hasn’t gotten direct acceptance wants. But as we look deeper into wild cards, you begin to notice very obvious trends on who receives them and how those players fare. We all want our favorite players to get wild cards, because that gives them an opportunity […]
The Tennis Nerds | February 16, 10:24 pm ET


BMW Malaysian Open shows interest in Venus Williams, Ana Ivanovic
BMW Malaysian Open is back in action on Facebook and announced that they'll be making some interesting announcements over the next couple of weeks.In an article published on NST in January, it was reported that the tournament has shown interest in Venus Williams and Ana Ivanovic. Both players have never played in the tournament before.Williams was supposed to play in the 2012 edition but withdrew due to illness and injury.This year, the BMW Malaysian Open will take place on April 14-21 at the Royal Selangor Golf Club in Kuala Lumpur.During the Australian Open in January, Williams was shown the early exit. It
HCFoo's Tennis Blog – Tennis Celebrity Photos, News, Gossip and More! | February 13, 2:00 pm ET


Episode #54 – Federer, Davis Cup, AO Wrap
Brodie and Lindsay return after a brief hiatus to share some thoughts on the Australian Open, Federer’s decision to play Davis Cup, the United States’ Davis Cup woes and a whole ton more on this week’s episode of the Changeover podcast. Remember to subscribe to us on iTunes, Stitcher or use this feed to subscribe […]
Mind The Racket | February 8, 8:22 pm ET


Djokovic was up too long
Figured I should add a post so I'm not always reminded of my pick being off!But in case you missed it out there in your Internet tennis reading, I backtracked some and called it on Wawrinka topping him in their QF matchup. Yay me!It was a fun tournament to watch, but it's time to move on. This weekend is Fed Cup and I have a story coming out tomorrow on Captain America, Mary Joe Fernandez. I'll be tweeting links and all, so hope you'll check it out!
Tennis Talk, Anyone? | February 6, 2:00 pm ET


Rafa Nadal – My Worst Hour And A Half On Court
Rafael Nadal has spoken to Spanish media this week and referred to the Australian Open final where he was crippled with back pain “the worst hour and a half” he has ever spent on a tennis court. The revelation might … Read more »
Tennis Perspective | February 6, 3:07 am ET


Daniel Kosakowski: The Long Road Back
In only his second full year on the professional tour, things were looking up for Daniel Kosakowski. He had just reached his first career Challenger final at an event in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, beating four quality players in the process. This result earned him 48 ATP points, shooting him up the rankings to a […]
The Tennis Nerds | February 5, 9:56 pm ET



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