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Last updated on October 30, 2014 10:02:42 ET

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Djokovic v Murray Halloween Friday In Paris; Raonic, Ferrer Fighting For Final London Berth
It's a big quarterfinal day in Paris on Friday.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | October 30, 9:01 pm ET

Raonic Toilet Adventure; Federer Tested Wed. in ATP Paris
"Whoever the escort who took me was, took me into a bathroom that had no seats on the toilet," Raonic said. "So I didn't want to squat, so I kept saying, 'Let's go to another one,' and we ended up going to the locker room."
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | October 29, 5:31 pm ET

From around the web:

Djokovic v Murray Halloween Friday In Paris; Raonic, Ferrer Fighting For Final London Berth
It's a big quarterfinal day in Paris on Friday.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | October 30, 9:01 pm ET

Murray Qualifies For ATP World Tour Finals
LONDON – Andy Murray has qualified for the 2014 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals after he defeated Grigor Dimitrov on Thursday to reach the BNP Paribas Masters quarter-finals. Murray has secured his place for a seventh straight year to leave only three singles spots up for grabs at the season finale, to be held at [...]
Tennis Connected | October 30, 8:20 pm ET

Paris Masters 2014: Order of Play for Friday, October 31
Friday’s order of play at the Paris Masters 1000 can be found at the link below. Link: OOP.
Tennis Connected | October 30, 6:07 pm ET

Djokovic, Federer and Murray reach Paris Masters quarterfinals
BNP Paribas Masters, Paris, France Third-round results: (2) Roger Federer defeats Lukas Pouille 6-4, 6-4 (1) Novak Djokovic defeats Gael Monfils 63 76(2) (6) Kei Nishikori defeats (10) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 (14) Kevin Anderson defeats (3) Stan Wawrinka 6-7(2), 7-5, 7-6(3) (8) Andy Murray defeats (9) Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 6-3 (5) Tomas Berdych defeats (12) Feliciano Lopez 7-5, 6-3 (4) [...]
Tennis Connected | October 30, 6:05 pm ET

Serena Williams Tabs Simona Halep as Future No. 1
After exacting revenge on Halep in Singapore, Serena Williams dumps some high praise on her. Simona Halep reached her first Grand Slam final and climbed to No. 3 in the world after her run to the finals at last week’s WTA Championships at Singapore, but according to Romania’s Mediafax, Serena Williams told the rising Romanian that she’s a future No. 1 after their final. Also Read: Serena's Final Flourish After Difficult 2014 Season “Serena told me on the podium that she wants to take a picture with the future world number one and that her mother was taking the picture,” Halep said, according
Blog RSS | October 30, 10:57 am ET

Ferrer vs Nishikori 2014 Paris Masters Live Video Stream
The Ferrer vs Nishikori 2014 Paris Masters Live Video Stream is available here. This ATP Masters 1000 event takes place from October 27 to November 2, 2014 at the Palais Omnisports in Bercy. The Paris Masters 2014 has a total financial commitment of € 3,452,415. World number one Novak Djokovic will be competing for the first time since he became a father. The Serbian defeated David Ferrer in last year's final. Meanwhile, Roger Federer, ranked number two in the world is seeking his second title in this event and strengthen his bid to end the season as the world
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | October 30, 9:39 am ET

Murray vs Djokovic 2014 Paris Masters Live Video Stream
The Murray vs Djokovic 2014 Paris Masters Live Video Stream is available here. This ATP Masters 1000 event takes place from October 27 to November 2, 2014 at the Palais Omnisports in Bercy. The Paris Masters 2014 has a total financial commitment of € 3,452,415. World number one Novak Djokovic will be competing for the first time since he became a father. The Serbian defeated David Ferrer in last year's final. Meanwhile, Roger Federer, ranked number two in the world is seeking his second title in this event and strengthen his bid to end the season as the world
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | October 30, 9:37 am ET

Raonic vs Federer 2014 Paris Masters Live Video Stream
The Raonic vs Federer 2014 Paris Masters Live Video Stream is available here. This ATP Masters 1000 event takes place from October 27 to November 2, 2014 at the Palais Omnisports in Bercy. The Paris Masters 2014 has a total financial commitment of € 3,452,415. World number one Novak Djokovic will be competing for the first time since he became a father. The Serbian defeated David Ferrer in last year's final. Meanwhile, Roger Federer, ranked number two in the world is seeking his second title in this event and strengthen his bid to end the season as the world
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | October 30, 9:36 am ET

Anderson vs Berdych 2014 Paris Masters Live Video Stream
The Anderson vs Berdych 2014 Paris Masters Live Video Stream is available here. This ATP Masters 1000 event takes place from October 27 to November 2, 2014 at the Palais Omnisports in Bercy. The Paris Masters 2014 has a total financial commitment of € 3,452,415. World number one Novak Djokovic will be competing for the first time since he became a father. The Serbian defeated David Ferrer in last year's final. Meanwhile, Roger Federer, ranked number two in the world is seeking his second title in this event and strengthen his bid to end the season as the world
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | October 30, 9:35 am ET

Live Stream: Nishikori vs Ferrer Paris Masters 2014 Tennis
The Live Stream: Nishikori vs Ferrer Paris Masters 2014 Tennis is available here. This ATP Masters 1000 event takes place from October 27 to November 2, 2014 at the Palais Omnisports in Bercy. The Paris Masters 2014 has a total financial commitment of € 3,452,415. World number one Novak Djokovic will be competing for the first time since he became a father. The Serbian defeated David Ferrer in last year's final. Meanwhile, Roger Federer, ranked number two in the world is seeking his second title in this event and strengthen his bid to end the season as the world
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | October 30, 9:34 am ET

After a Year Away from Tennis, Tipsarevic Begins to Train
Former world No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic has begun the long road back to tennis. Janko Tipsarevic has been out of action since last October, but the former world No. 8, who currently owns zero ATP ranking points, could finally be getting healthy again. He posted the following update on his Instagram page on Tuesday. Been a long time... #2015A video posted by Janko Tipsarevic (@tipsarevicjanko) on Oct 10, 2014 at 12:07pm PDT The 30-year-old Serb, who underwent surgery in May in Frankfurt, had to undergo surgery a second time when a new tumor appeared near the surgical scar on his foot. Tipsarevic
Blog RSS | October 30, 9:11 am ET

Autumn Death March
Immediately after Andy Murray wrapped up an impressive 6-3, 6-3 win over Grigor Dimitrov at the Paris Masters today, the familiar marker was thrust into the Scot’s hand so that he might perform a trick that by now has become a tedious cliché: Writing his name or some message on the lens of a courtside camera. Murray signed his name and added: Bad Year! He was being ironic. For Murray’s win today secured his place in the upcoming ATP World Tour Finals, which begin in London on November 9. The achievement brings to an end an autumnal death march during which Murray,
Articles by Peter Bodo | October 30, 9:11 am ET

Federer, Ferrer, Nishikori and Murray reach Paris Masters third round
BNP Paribas Masters, Paris, France Second-round results: Gael Monfils defeats (13) John Isner 6-4, 7-6(4) (3) Stan Wawrinka defeats Dominic Thiem 6-4, 7-6(6) (10) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeats Jurgen Melzer 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 (11) Roberto Bautista Agut defeats Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-2 (8) Andy Murray defeats Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-4 (2) Roger Federer defeats Jeremy Chardy 7-6(5) 6-7(5), 6-4 (7) Milos Raonic defeats Jack [...]
Tennis Connected | October 29, 7:03 pm ET

Paris Masters 2014: Order of play for Thursday, October 30
Thursday’s order of play at the Paris Masters in France can be found at the link below. Link: OOP.
Tennis Connected | October 29, 6:55 pm ET

Raonic Toilet Adventure; Federer Tested Wed. in ATP Paris
"Whoever the escort who took me was, took me into a bathroom that had no seats on the toilet," Raonic said. "So I didn't want to squat, so I kept saying, 'Let's go to another one,' and we ended up going to the locker room."
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | October 29, 5:31 pm ET

US Team for Master' U BNP Paribas Competition; Wayne Bryan Gives His Suggestions on USTA Player Deve
The United States will send another strong team to the annual Master'U BNP Paribas international collegiate competition next month in France, aiming for its fourth consecutive title. Eight teams from around the world play singles, doubles and mixed doubles in a team competition that begins December 4 in Rennes, France. Last year the US team of Peter Kobelt, Marcos Giron, Mitchell Frank, Robin Anderson, Lauren Herring and Sabrina Santamaria defeated Russia 7-0 in the final. The coaches for the 2013 US team--Amanda Augustus of Cal and Greg Patton of Boise State--return again this year, but only Anderson will be returning
ZooTennis | October 29, 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

Video: Fabio Fognini’s 2014 Ends in Totally Fogninian Fashion
Fabio Fognini's 2014: It started with high hopes, and ended with yet another tantrum. Fabio Fognini is tennis’s resident bad boy, and he staked his claim one final time as his 2014 concluded with a disappointing loss to world No. 176 Lucas Pouille at the BNP Paris Masters in Paris on Wednesday. Video: Darian King's Bizarre Racquet-Throwing Incident in Charlottesville Ends in DQ Except this time there was something different about Fognini’s on-court shenanigans. This time, umpire Carlos Bernardes, an affable fellow and quality individual by all accounts, gave Fognini a taste of his own medicine. The whole incident stems from a bit of
Blog RSS | October 29, 10:54 am ET

Video: Dimitrov Breaks Down His Hot Shot Library
At 23, the Bulgarian has a larger hot shot library than most ATP players amass over their whole career. Grigor Dimitrov did a very cool segment for the ATP Tour this week in which he breaks down some of his finest works of acrobatic genius from 2014. Honestly, the Bulgarian has made too many incredible shots this year to fit them all in one less-than-five minute video, but the piece picks out some of the highlights, and Grigor does a fantastic job of keeping the video interesting by narrating and tossing in a few funny comments. More Dimitrov: Dimitrov Hits Back-to-Back Beauties
Blog RSS | October 29, 9:12 am ET

Father Djokovic Rolls In Paris Opener; Federer, Murray In Action Wednesday
Novak Djokovic rolled as a dad while father of four Roger Federer opens play tomorrow in Paris.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | October 28, 11:22 pm ET

Orange Bowl Acceptances Include Xu, Bellis, Ostapenko, Bouzkova, Rublev and Kozlov; Harrington and W
The acceptances for the Metropolia Orange Bowl were released today, with the initial girls field an exceptionally strong one. The top three girls in the ITF Junior rankings--Shilin Xu of China, CiCi Bellis and Wimbledon girls champion Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia--have all entered, as has US Open girls champion Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic. In addition to Bellis, other US girls in the main draw are Raveena Kingsley, Usue Arconada, 2013 Orange Bowl semifinalist Sonya Kenin, Dasha Ivanova, Michaela Gordon, Jessica Ho and Mia Horvit. Tornado Alicia Black is not entered, although she could always request a wild card
ZooTennis | October 28, 3:00 pm ET

Video: Darian King Disqualified from Charlottesville Challenger after Bizarre Racquet-Throwing Incid
Just when you've thought you've seen it all, the unexpected--and bizarre--happens. Just when you thought you’ve seen it all, something like yesterday’s bizarre racquet-throwing incident at the Charlottesville Challenger reminds us all to expect the unexpected. Paris Masters: Monfils, Back with a Vengeance, and Tricks up Sleeve Watch as Darian King of Barbados flies into a rage after losing an important point in the second-set tiebreaker of his first-round match with Great Britain’s Edward Corrie. King whips the racquet into the tarp behind the court, and that in and of itself is bad enough, but his biggest mistake is that he did it
Blog RSS | October 28, 9:36 am ET

Novak Djokovic: After Becoming A Father Last Week I Already Feel Like I’m No. 1
Novak Djokovic is ready for the final fight for No. 1.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | October 27, 8:47 pm ET

Bercy Breakdown
Has this been the best—i.e., most consistently compelling—fall season in memory? On the women’s side, we’ve had highs and lows from Sharapova, Kvitova, Ivanovic, Halep, and finally Serena. On the men’s we’ve had the long drive for London, led by Andy Murray, who has played five events, won three of them, and nearly pushed himself back into the Big 4. Now, suddenly, we have a real race for the ATP year-end No. 1, between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.  That duel will take center stage when the European fall season peaks at the Paris Masters this week, and the World Tour
Articles by Steve Tignor | October 27, 6:06 pm ET

Varieties of Tennis Excellence
Serena Williams and Roger Federer have never run in the same race, exactly, but the best players of their co-era have spent the 21st century catching up, passing, falling behind, and catching back up to each other. These fellow 33-year-olds will finish 2014 with nearly the same number of major titles: 18 for Serena, 17 for Federer. And with their victories on Sunday, they put themselves back at the head of their respective tour packs. Serena started the day with a blowout final-round win in Singapore for her fifth WTA Finals title. A few hours later, Federer matched her performance with
Articles by Steve Tignor | October 27, 6:00 pm ET

Complete Fields Announced for Next Month's USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships; Results of
Virginia's Julia Elbaba, who qualified today in the Texas Challenger, received a wild card into the Indoor ChampionshipsThe complete fields for next week's USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York were released today. Many of the participants were already known based on the results of the ITA All-American Championships and the USTA/ITA Regional Championships, but there are wild cards and at-large bids added.Men's singles:Harrison Adams, Texas A&M (at large)Axel Alvarez Llamas, Oklahoma (Central regional winner)Nicolas Alvarez, Duke (All-American quarterfinalist)Gonzales Austin, Vanderbilt (at large)Fernando Borgajo, Armstrong State (small college Super Bowl winner)Romain
ZooTennis | October 27, 3:00 pm ET

No. 1 Race: Here’s What Roger Federer Has To Do To Pass Novak Djokovic This Week In Paris
Breaking down the No. 1 race.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | October 27, 10:00 am 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) — 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

Andy Murray Saves Five Match Points to Win Valencia Open
  By Florian Heer (October 26, 2014) VALENCIA – On Sunday, the 32-man draw at the City of Arts and Science in Valencia was whittled down to just two players when third-seed Andy Murray took on Tommy Robredo in a repeat of last month’s Shenzhen final. Back then, Murray saved five match points en route […]
Tennis Panorama | October 26, 4:42 pm ET

Odds and Ends From Everywhere
With the big wins by Michael Mmoh and Taylor Fritz yesterday, I didn't get a chance to review some of the other news, with a few additional items surfacing today. So here are some quick links:Elias Ymer, the 18-year-old from Sweden, was once again a Davis Cup hero this past weekend, winning the fifth rubber against Latvia to keep his country in the Europe/Africa Group 1. Ymer had also won a fifth rubber last fall against Denmark in another relegation playoff. NCAA doubles champion Mikelis Libietis of Tennessee was on the Latvian team, but saw action only in the doubles
ZooTennis | October 26, 3:00 pm ET

Roger Federer Wins Sixth Basel Title
(October 26, 2014) Roger Federer captured his sixth hometown title in Basel within eight years defeating David Goffin for the Swiss Indoors title 6-2, 6-2 in 52 minutes on Sunday. “I didn’t expect this kind of result but clearly I’ll take it, it’s great,” said the champion. “It’s indoors tennis, sometimes you just blow a […]
Tennis Panorama | October 26, 2:00 pm ET

Serena Williams Three-Peats at WTA Finals
(October 26, 2014) Serena Williams avenged a round-robin stage loss to Simona Halep and gave the Romanian a dose of her own medicine, as the American claimed her third straight WTA Finals championship on Sunday routing the fourth seed 6-3, 6-0. Just four days ago Halep demolished Williams during the group stage 6-0, 6-2. The […]
Tennis Panorama | October 26, 11:43 am 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

Murray defeats Ferrer to reach Valencia Final
By Florian Heer (October 25, 2014) VALENCIA – Top-seed David Ferrer and the tournament’s No. 3 seed Andy Murray met in a blockbuster semi-final at the City of Arts and Science in Valencia on Saturday. Both met for the 15th time and for the third time within the last three weeks. Ferrer defeated Murray in […]
Tennis Panorama | October 25, 5:56 pm ET

Fritz Claims Grade A Osaka Mayor's Cup; Mmoh Wins Brownsville Futures; Liu, Caruana Take USTA Master
Taylor Fritz gave himself an early birthday present today, capturing his first ITF Grade A title in Japan. The No. 4 seed, who turns 17 on Tuesday, defeated No. 3 seed Yunseong Chung of Korea 7-6(2), 6-3 in the Osaka Mayor's Cup final. Fritz told me in Tulsa that he was playing in Japan for a couple of reasons: to attempt to finish the season in the Top 10, and to play a Grade A on a hard court (he pointed out that Australia, US Open and Osaka are the only Grade A tournaments on the surface, which he prefers
ZooTennis | October 25, 3:00 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.— 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

Williams, Halep Set Up Rematch at WTA Finals
By Stephanie Neppl (October 25, 2014) SINGAPORE – Serena Williams survived, and Simona Halep cruised. The two will face off for the second time at the WTA Finals in Singapore, this time with the title on the line. The semifinals were a complete contrast but they were consistent to the tournament for each player. Williams […]
Tennis Panorama | October 25, 8:00 am 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--> #WTAFinals— WTA (@WTA) October 25, 2014.@Simona_Halep crushes Radwanska 62 62! Sets #WTAFinals final showdown vs Serena Williams-->— 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

Serving with Honor
Simona Halep held the WTA Finals in her hands for a couple of hours on Friday. As she walked out to play her final round-robin match, against Ana Ivanovic, she knew that she had already clinched a spot in this weekend’s semifinals. She also knew that if she lost in straight sets, she would guarantee Ivanovic's trip to the semis as well, thus eliminating top seed Serena Williams. In other words, with a few carefully timed shanks, Halep could make her own road to the title in Singapore a good deal smoother. What should Halep have done? We know that the
Articles by Steve Tignor | October 24, 1:53 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

The Bouchard Blues
“Why did I even play this tournament?”—Eugenie Bouchard, to her coach Nick Saviano after losing the first set of her second round-robin match at the WTA Finals to Ana Ivanovic, 6-1. Ivanovic’s 6-1, 6-3 win over Bouchard today in Singapore provided a vivid commentary on just how far the Serb has come in her rebuilt career—and perhaps just how far Bouchard will have to go to become comparably poised, professional, and comfortable with herself. Ivanovic once walked—okay, ran—in more or less the same shoes Bouchard wears today. A 20-year-old from Francophone, Quebec, Bouchard has rocketed to No. 5 in the rankings, largely
Articles by Peter Bodo | October 22, 8:47 am ET

Novak and Jelena Welcome Baby Stefan
According to Serbian news reports, Novak Djokovic's wife, Jelena, has given birth to the couple's first child. The baby boy is reported to be healthy and Djokovic "happy, proud and joyful". We are still waiting on official confirmation, (and a name!), but in the meantime OTG wishes to congratulate Novak and Jelena. We will update this post when more is known. UPDATE: Djokovic confirmed the news via his Twitter account and shared that they have named the baby boy
Home | October 21, 5:50 pm ET

Lights Out!
The question for the WTA as the WTA Finals get underway in its new home of Singapore is:  What could be done to keep the tournament from degenerating into a Singabore? After all, world No. 1 Serena Williams has dominated this event, winning 26 of the 31 matches she’s played in the season-ending, round-robin shootout. She’s won the title four times and is the two-time defending champion. The next best record going in belonged to Maria Sharapova, at 17-8. She’s won the title once. If you appreciate irony, you may remember that she accomplished that feat with what would be her
Articles by Peter Bodo | October 21, 9:00 am ET

When Andy Attacks
Technically, I’d say Andy Murray looks better with short hair. But he really seems more himself—more Muzzardly—when he lets it fly high and wild and ragged. As much as he’s cleaned and clipped and polished himself up over the years, Andy is never going to be slick. And hallelujah for that. Murray's red locks were in full, flaming flight over the weekend in Vienna, where he won his second title of the fall and improved his chances of qualifying for the ATP’s year-end championships in London next month. Eight players make it to the O2 Arena; Murray is in eighth place
Articles by Steve Tignor | October 21, 6:26 am ET

The Week in Preview: Gentlemen, Restart Your Engines
The race to the ATP’s year-end championships in London has done its job well this fall. You can see its effects each week, in every tournament, as half a dozen players chase points, and compete with a little something extra, across the globe. It’s true again this week. As the women stage their finale in Singapore (see my preview here), virtually all of the top men have gathered in either Basel or Valencia—they’re running out of places to make their moves. Below is a look at what we might see in both locales. ***** Swiss Indoors Basel Basel, Switzerland $1,860,630; 500 points Hard courts Draw is here Roger
Articles by Steve Tignor | October 20, 5:19 am ET

WTA Finals Preview: Simona Halep
The WTA Finals—the season-ending championship of women's tennis—begins on Monday, October 20 in Singapore. Throughout eight days, we'll take a closer look at the seasons put forth so far by the eight singles competitors. Simon Halep has come a long way—as demonstrated by the fact that she’s a legitimate choice as “most improved” WTA player—for a second year running. Having finished No. 11 in 2013, this year Halep played her first Grand Slam final (at Roland Garros) and improved her ranking to No. 2. Halep was yet another of Dominika Cibulkova’s victims at the Australian Open (in the quarterfinals), but then she
Articles by Peter Bodo | October 19, 4:00 am ET

WTA Finals to begin tomorrow in Singapore
You can look at the excitement gathering around the commencement of the WTA Finals as a sort of Sex and the City romp:What's so funny Aga, Caro & Ana? #WTAFinals draw ceremony PHOTO GALLERY--> #tennis— WTA (@WTA) October 18, 2014 Or you can look at it as this:And the pic of the night...:)— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) October 18, 2014Perhaps it's both.The Red Group consists of Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Eugenie Bouchard, and Ana Ivanovic.Williams has a 49-4 head-to-head record against the rest of the group. She is, in fact, the only member of her group to have a
Women Who Serve | October 18, 3:00 pm ET

They Said What? Davydenko Dada
“Now I'm top 10. She scared about if I start to, with kids, lose tennis and go down, stray. That's was because I start to miss and I want to go home, (not) want to practice. That's what is different.”—Nikolay Davydenko, commenting in 2010 on his wife Irina’s fear that if the couple have children he will lose his motivation — and earning potential. Nikolay Davydenko’s English was always a little like one of those bird’s nests you get in a fishing reel; it took a lot of untangling. But that also has been part of Davydenko’s goofy charm. Born in
Articles by Peter Bodo | October 18, 6:03 am ET

Hot or Not: Robin Soderling's New Hairdo
New York TimesRobin Soderling spoke with the New York Times about his role as Director of the Stockholm Open and his new line of tennis balls. They also snapped a pick of his new hairdo... The article was excellent: you can have a read about Soderling's new life and the reason why he wants to return to tennis here. The haircut, however, is less excellent. But maybe you disagree. Vote and let me know whether you think Soderling's new luscious locks are hot or not. Hot or Not: Soderling's Luscious Locks (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});
Home | October 14, 10:51 pm ET

WTA to launch Tournament of Losers
The WTA announced today that, in the near future, the first annual Tournament of Losers will be added to the tour's calendar. The event, which the WTA's chairwoman, Stacy Allaster, says will be held "somewhere in China," will feature players who make it to finals of tournaments but do not win them. There will be eight spots to fill in the round-robin tournament. "We are excited about this innovation," Allaster said in making the announcement. "As the world leader in women's sports, the WTA wants to make certain that our most promising losers are given an opportunity to show their
Women Who Serve | October 11, 3:00 pm ET

Riske tells Bencic "not quite yet"
Alison RiskeIn an odd twist on the "veterans are taking over the tour" theme, 24-year-old Alison Riske won her first WTA title today, and in doing so, denied a first title to 17-year-old Belinda Bencic, one of the brightest of the tour's rising stars. Riske won the inaugural edition of the Tianjing Open, defeating Bencic 6-3, 6-4 in the final.The doubles title was taken by Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Rodionova, who defeated Sorana Cirstea and Andreja Klepac 6-7, 6-2, 10-8. Kudryavtseva and Rodionova got not only a trophy, but also the last availble spot in the WTA Finals draw.In Linz,
Women Who Serve | October 11, 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

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— 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

PHOTO OP: Grigor Dimitrov feeling flexy
Grigor Dimitrov took out Spain's Pablo Andujar 6-4, 6-4 at the China Open and will try become the first baller to defeat Novak Djokovic in Beijing when they meet in the quarterfinals. The Serb is riding a 21-0 streak at the tourney.Grisha doesn't seem too concerned about the world number one's record:"[Novak] has always played well here. At the same time I like my chances. I've been practising well. I had a good block before the last bit of the season. In a way I'm excited to just come out there and play that match. Of course... I'm going to
Down the Line: raw + uncut | October 1, 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

davis cup: swiss take on italy, czech take on france while usa fights slovakia for next year
It’s Davis Cup weekend and the USA is taking on Slovakia to ensure a spot in the 2015 Davis Cup tournament. Captain Jim Courier has selected John Isner, the top ranked US player who was the last player to exit the US Open 2014.  Sam Querrey, who recently defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez to reach the semi’s […]
Tennis Served Fresh | September 11, 12:11 pm ET

serena williams wins 6th U.S. Open and 18th grand slam; kei nishikori makes tennis history with fina
Long-time Wilson player Serena Williams won her 6th U.S. Open and 18th Grand Slam title this past Sunday, tying Wilson’s Chris Evert for third most Grand Slam titles of all-time. Meanwhile, Wilson’s Kei Nishikori made tennis history of his own by becoming the first Asian-born male to compete in a Grand Slam final. Williams relied […]
Tennis Served Fresh | September 10, 5:21 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

So when’s Dimitrov’s first Grand Slam win coming?
We’ve become used to the so-called big four dominating men’s tennis for quit some time now. But this is about to change. It will change not least because Roger Federer is getting on a little; 32 is quite an age for a male tennis star in the absolute upper echelons of the game these days.Roger demonstrated that he still has it at Wimbledon when forcing Novak Djokovic to an incredible five sets. But at 32, his days are numbered, unfortunately. Meanwhile, Andy Murray and the second most successful player of all time, Rafa Nadal have both had more than their
HCFoo's Tennis Blog – Tennis Celebrity Photos, News, Gossip and More! | July 21, 3:00 pm ET

Wimbledon Champions Dinner – Djokovic & Kvitova

Tennis Perspective | July 7, 12:20 am ET

Wimbledon third set – MEN’s FINALS
The scores were close, 7-6 for Novak in the third set. However, Roger showing signs of fatigue, perhaps? Serving at 5-5, 40-30, Roger thought he had the game but call was over ruled and Novak got the point. A few deuces later, and some amazing serves to the rescue, Roger holds for 6-5. A happy […]
TENNISVISTA | July 6, 11:47 am ET

Roger and Novak: second set at Wimbledon
Novak Djokovic wins the second set after having a break, early on the second set. The match has been very physical and Roger doesn’t seem as sharp as in the first, which he won, 9-7, in the tie-breaker. Novak finds himself serving at 3-2 ; 15/15. A break is always reassuring against a player like […]
TENNISVISTA | July 6, 11:42 am ET

Roger wins the first set at Wimbledon finals
It was a well disputed tiebreaker which Roger Federer won 9-7. The first time they met, in the semis, Roger won. Federer is bidding for his 8th title at Wimbledon today and to tie the record with Nadal’ s 8th Roland Garros titles. Finally, the two last men standing at the end of this magical […]
TENNISVISTA | July 6, 9:41 am ET

Who Wants It More?
Men Finals at Wimbledon “You know, I’m sure that he wants to win this title as much as I do.” says Djokovic. Wimbledon is one of the most prestigious Tour events and many players dream of winning it. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are both former Wimbledon champions and looking forward to today’s finals.Novak won […]
TENNISVISTA | July 6, 9:14 am ET

Kvitova Does It Again
Familiarity breeds confidence and confidence breeds success. Petra Kvitova wins her second Wimbledon title defeating Eugenie Bourchard in less than an hour. ” I knew that I could play well on the grass, but I really played so well today.” she says. There wasn’t much Bouchard could do counter attack Kvitova’s powerful strokes and strong […]
TENNISVISTA | July 6, 8:59 am ET

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ATP - Oct 27 WTA - Oct 27
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Rafael Nadal3 Simona Halep
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Petra Kvitova
5 Tomas Berdych5 Ana Ivanovic
6 David Ferrer6 Agnieszka Radwanska
7 Kei Nishikori7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 Andy Murray8 Caroline Wozniacki
9 Marin Cilic9 Na Li
10 Milos Raonic10 Angelique Kerber
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