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Last updated on July 22, 2014 9:47:32 ET

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Viktor Troicki Victorious In First Match Back From Doping Suspension
Viktor Troicki made a winning return to tennis after serving a 12-month doping ban.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | July 22, 8:44 am ET

Maria Kirilenko Breaks Off Engagement To Hockey Star Alex Ovechkin
Another high profile sports engagement is over.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | July 22, 8:29 am ET

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Viktor Troicki Victorious In First Match Back From Doping Suspension
Viktor Troicki made a winning return to tennis after serving a 12-month doping ban.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | July 22, 8:44 am ET

Maria Kirilenko Breaks Off Engagement To Hockey Star Alex Ovechkin
Another high profile sports engagement is over.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | July 22, 8:29 am ET

Querrey Opens with a Win in Atlanta
#452491800 / By Herman Wood (July 21, 2014) ATLANTA - The US Open Series officially is underway! Fittingly, Americans Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson got things going. The doubles partners, and good friends, played a very tight match, with Querrey winning out 7-6(3), 7-5. Querrey fired 20 aces while saving the only break point […]
Tennis Panorama | July 21, 11:00 pm ET

Maria Kirilenko Is No Longer Engaged
Maria Kirilenko has ended her engagement to NHL hockey player Alexander Ovechki. The two were dating for a year before they became engaged in 2012. In her statement, Maria made it sound like the decision was her's. "I have made a decision to break up our engagement,” Kirilenko said in an R-Sport interview. “There are a lot of reasons, but I wouldn’t want to go in detail. I’ll say just that our relationship is over, but I respect Sasha as a person and an athlete." While we're sorry these two didn't work out, I've got no doubt there are plenty of men out
Home | July 21, 8:01 pm ET

Sock And Pospisil Maintain Focus on Singles Despite Doubles Success
Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil shocked the tennis world with their dream title run at the All England Club, defeated the Bryan brothers in a great five set final. Nicknames for the Canadian-American pairing have been free-flowing since such as “PopSock” and “VaSocktemy.” They are now in position to qualify for the World Tour Finals […]
The Tennis Nerds | July 21, 5:30 pm ET

Monday Dispatch from Atlanta – Withdrawals Provide Opportunities
By Herman Wood (July 21, 2014) ATLANTA- Qualifying wrapped up on Monday in Atlanta at the BB&T Open, with the weather finally cooperating. Qualifying dodged rain all weekend, with the second round ending up under the lights last night. Unfortunately, the qualifying matches today were almost an afterthought with the main draw withdrawals. Radek Stepanek […]
Tennis Panorama | July 21, 3:48 pm ET

First Ball In, 7/21: The Not-Quite-Coincidental Weekend
Some co-names, like Bennifer and Brangelina, are eternal. But I’ll bet you thought you had heard had the last of “Wozzilroy” after Rory McIlroy ended his engagement with Caroline Wozniacki two months ago. Not so fast—judging by the events of this weekend, we may be hearing quite a bit more from both of them in the near future.In case you had something better to do on Sunday than stare at Twitter, McIlroy won the British Open, his first major in two years, on the same day that Wozniacki won the WTA event in Istanbul, her first title of any sort
Articles by Steve Tignor | July 21, 1:47 pm ET

Serena’s Croatian Escapade – Nadal’s Poker Night – Federer’s James Bond Cover
This week in tennis news brought us a peek inside the top players’ summer vacations. Not only did Rafael Nadal have a busy weekend of weddings, yacht cruising and poker competition, but Serena Williams also enjoyed some time catching flying ice cream in Croatia. Plus, see Roger Federer’s classic magazine cover photo and a picture from Novak Djokovic’s wedding ceremony, and find out which ATP player will miss the US Open series due to surgery.
Blog RSS | July 21, 11:23 am ET

Becker vs Ebden 2014 Atlanta Open Live Video Stream
The Becker vs Ebden 2014 Atlanta Open Live Video Stream is available here. This ATP 250 hardcourt event takes place from July 21 to 27 in Atlanta, Georgia. The tournament has a total financial commitment of $647,675 and signals that start of the US Open Series 2014. Last year’s champion John Isner is back as [&hellip The post Becker vs Ebden 2014 Atlanta Open Live Video Stream appeared first on Tennis Guru.
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | July 21, 11:18 am ET

de Bakker vs Diez 2014 Atlanta Open Live Video Stream
The de Bakker vs Diez 2014 Atlanta Open Live Video Stream is available here. This ATP 250 hardcourt event takes place from July 21 to 27 in Atlanta, Georgia. The tournament has a total financial commitment of $647,675 and signals that start of the US Open Series 2014. Last year’s champion John Isner is back [&hellip The post de Bakker vs Diez 2014 Atlanta Open Live Video Stream appeared first on Tennis Guru.
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | July 21, 11:17 am ET

Matosevic vs Estrella Burgos 2014 Atlanta Open Live Video Stream
The Matosevic vs Estrella Burgos 2014 Atlanta Open Live Video Stream is available here. This ATP 250 hardcourt event takes place from July 21 to 27 in Atlanta, Georgia. The tournament has a total financial commitment of $647,675 and signals that start of the US Open Series 2014. Last year’s champion John Isner is back [&hellip The post Matosevic vs Estrella Burgos 2014 Atlanta Open Live Video Stream appeared first on Tennis Guru.
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | July 21, 11:16 am ET

Smith vs Marchenko 2014 Atlanta Open Live Video Stream
The Smith vs Marchenko 2014 Atlanta Open Live Video Stream is available here. This ATP 250 hardcourt event takes place from July 21 to 27 in Atlanta, Georgia. The tournament has a total financial commitment of $647,675 and signals that start of the US Open Series 2014. Last year’s champion John Isner is back as [&hellip The post Smith vs Marchenko 2014 Atlanta Open Live Video Stream appeared first on Tennis Guru.
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | July 21, 11:15 am ET

Sock vs Gonzalez 2014 Atlanta Open Live Video Stream
The Sock vs Gonzalez 2014 Atlanta Open Live Video Stream is available here. This ATP 250 hardcourt event takes place from July 21 to 27 in Atlanta, Georgia. The tournament has a total financial commitment of $647,675 and signals that start of the US Open Series 2014. Last year’s champion John Isner is back as [&hellip The post Sock vs Gonzalez 2014 Atlanta Open Live Video Stream appeared first on Tennis Guru.
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | July 21, 11:14 am ET

Infographic: Wimbledon Women’s Prize Money
Women's prize money has exploded over the past 50 years. This infographic shows us just how much. We may have already traded in the All England Club grass for the hard courts of the US Open Series, but this Wimbledon infographic caught our attention. It tracks the prize money for the women’s winners from the start of the Open Era in 1968. Rod Laver and Billie Jean King hoisted trophies that year, earning $3,414.23 and $1,280.34 respectively. It would take another 39 years before Wimbledon joined the rest of the Slams by offering equal prize money for both men and women.
Blog RSS | July 21, 10:04 am ET

Maria Kirilenko and Alex Ovechkin End Engagement
Maria Kirilenko and Alexander Ovechkin have broken off their engagement after dating for three years. One of hockey and tennis’s most celebrated power couples is on thin ice no more. The Russian Tennis Federation announced on Sunday that former top ten WTA star Maria Kirilenko and Russian hockey superstar Alexander Ovechkin have ended their relationship. More Heartache: McIlroy Ends Engagement to Wozniacki with Phone Call In a statement posted on the Russian website, Kirilenko said: "I have decided to terminate the engagement. There are many reasons, but I do not want to go into details. I'll say one thing: our relationship
Blog RSS | July 21, 8:53 am ET

Rankings Report: Bernard Tomic's Top 100 Return
The beleaguered Australian star returns to the top 100 after a title in Bogota to cap an eventful week in tennis. On the back of his second career ATP World Tour title in Bogota, Colombia last week, Bernard Tomic makes his return to the ATP's Top 100. The Australian, who had two hip surgeries following his home Grand Slam in January, had tumbled down the rankings this season and did not make the main draw cutoff for the US Open. His title run in Bogota, where he beat Ivo Karlovic in three sets for the title, vaulted him up 54 spots in the rankings
Blog RSS | July 21, 2:50 am ET

ATP/WTA Weekend Wraps: Wozniacki Keeps Pace with McIlroy
"I'm happy to have won my 22nd WTA title," Wozniacki said. "I served well and pushed her around the court, and I really dictated the match."
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | July 20, 6:54 pm ET

Nicole Gibbs Beats Melanie Oudin for Carson USTA Pro Circuit Title
(July 20, 2014) CARSON, CA – Nicole Gibbs moved another step closer to playing in her third consecutive US Open main draw, capturing the USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Melanie Oudin on Sunday at the USTA Training Center – West at StubHub Center.   Gibbs, 21, is a […]
Tennis Panorama | July 20, 6:05 pm ET

New Balance High School Tournament Underway; Sarkissian Wins Futures in Canada; Teens Making Inroads
The inaugural New Balance High School tournament began today in Cambridge, Mass., with Grant Solomon and Stephanie Schrage the top seeds. So far, the seeding, which I understand was done with the help of the Universal Tennis Rating system, has held up well, with only 4 seeds--2 boys and 2 girls--losing in today's first round of the 64-player draw. The complete draws can be found at the TennisLink site.Scott Gerber of compiled a review of this week's fields, using the Tennis Recruiting Network as a basis for his analysis. Some of the players have since dropped out, but it
ZooTennis | July 20, 3:00 pm ET

FASHION FIX: Betterer isn't just for Federer anymore
Now you can be Betterer, too. This Nike RF V-Neck tee ($40) is also available in heather grey. Git it. [Photo(s) credit: Tennis Warehouse]
Down the Line: raw + uncut | July 20, 3:00 pm ET

VIDEO VAULT: The year was 1997 and the music was ________.
All the talk last week was focused on a 17-year old, Alexander Zverev, and a 16-year old, Ana Konju, who will turn 17 in December. Just to prove what an old you are (yeah, and me, too) compared to these fresh-faced wunderkinds, here are the Top 10 songs from the year they were born (according to Billboard). And that year would be, ahem, 1997...10. Wannabe - The Spice Girls 9. How Do I Live Without You - LeAnn Rimes 8. Return of the Mack - Mark Morrison 7. Don't Let Go (Love) - En Vogue 6. I Believe I Can
Down the Line: raw + uncut | July 20, 3:00 pm ET

Isner Kicks Off US Open Series in Atlanta: ATP/WTA Previews
Wimbledon winners Sock and Vasek Pospisil are the top seeds in the doubles with no Bryan brothers in the draw...Other notable pulls from the event were Richard Gasquet, Lleyton Hewitt, Ivo Karlovic, American Bradley Klahn and Dmitry Tursunov...Isner (2013) is the lone returning former champ in the field.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | July 20, 2:24 pm ET

Wozniacki Captures Istanbul Title
  #452430442 / (July 20, 2014) In a match-up between the top two seeds, Caroline Wozniacki destroyed second seed Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-1 in 67 minutes on Sunday to win the Istanbul Cup. The title gave the Dane her first tournament victory of 2014. Wozniacki said:”I’m happy to have won my 22nd WTA title […]
Tennis Panorama | July 20, 12:11 pm ET

Leonardo Mayer Wins First ATP Title with Upset Over Top Seed David Ferrer
#451508802 / By Florian Heer   (July 20, 2014) HAMBURG – Sunday’s final at Hamburg saw top-seed David Ferrer and Leonardo Mayer clash for the second time with the Spaniard having won their only previous meeting in s’Hertogenbosch two years ago. Sunday’s match was an even affair with a couple of close rallies. Ferrer […]
Tennis Panorama | July 20, 11:24 am ET

Rafael Nadal Had A Poker Party At His House [Video]
Rafael Nadal invites some friends over for Poker at his house.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | July 20, 10:31 am ET

Video: Leonardo Mayer Hits a “Scorcher” Past Ferrer in Hamburg Final
The 27-year-old rips a backhand to send a message that he's arrived. Want to know why Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer has come from No. 94 in the world (at the start of the season) without a title to top 30 (on Monday) with a title in the span of seven months? It’s because he can now hit shots like this against one of the most lethal and respected clay-court players in all the land (see video below): This was definitely the point that converted me to Leonardo Mayer-ism (new religion) today >>> — Chris Oddo (@TheFanChild) July 20, 2014 At the end
Blog RSS | July 20, 8:45 am ET

Gibbs Wins $50K in Carson, Takes Lead in US Open WC Race; Black, Frank, Guarachi Capture Futures Tit
Two-time NCAA champion Nicole Gibbs won the $50,000 Carson Challenger today, defeating Melanie Oudin 6-4, 6-4, collecting the third $50,000 singles title of her career. The 21-year-old Gibbs, who has received a wild card into the US Open the last two years as the NCAA champion, is now in the lead for the wild card the USTA is awarding for the best two performances out of the three $50,000 women's Pro Circuit events. Seeded No. 2 this week, Gibbs lost in the second round last week in Sacramento, to Louisa Chirico, but beat Chirico this week in the semifinals en
ZooTennis | July 19, 3:00 pm ET

Wozniacki and Barthel win tournaments
Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, who took a wild card into the Istanbul Cup, won the event today when she defeated 2nd seed Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-1. This is Wozniacki's 22nd WTA singles title, and her first of the 2014 season. The doubles title was won by Misaki Doi and Elena Svitolina. Doi and Svitolina defeated Oksana Kalashnikova and Paula Kania 6-4, 6-0. Both teams were unseeded.Mona Barthel won her third WTA title in Bastad, also today, when she defeated Chanelle Scheepers 6-3, 7-6 in the final. None of the seeded players made it to the quarterfinals, something that had not happened
Women Who Serve | July 19, 3:00 pm ET

Stewart Claims USTA Girls 18 Clay Court Title, Extends Winning Streak to 34 Matches
Colette Lewis 2014--Memphis, TN--After winning her first two matches at the USTA Girls 18s Clay Courts without losing a game, Katerina Stewart admitted she needed a wakeup call. That came in the third round, when she defeated Emma Davis, a No. 17 seed, 7-6(3), 7-5, the closest match Stewart had all week. The 17-year-old right-hander was wide awake the remainder of the tournament, finishing it with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Kennedy Shaffer on a cool and overcast Saturday morning at the Racquet Club of Memphis."I needed that match because I needed a rude awakening," said Stewart, who is on
ZooTennis | July 18, 3:00 pm ET

A Series of Sufferings
This admittedly isn’t the best of times for U.S. tennis. It seems like the bad news outweighs the good news time and again, at least on the men’s side of the ledger. Given how mired down the nation is in mediocrity, even an idea that once looked like a sure winner—the U.S. Open Series—seems increasingly irrelevant. It does, however, provide an awfully nice paycheck to some lucky winners of this linkage between American hard-court events. The Series consists of nine total events, including two ATP Masters 1000 tournaments and two WTA Premier 5 tournaments (Canada and Cincinnati). It has a dedicated and
Articles by Peter Bodo | July 18, 8:24 am ET

Maria Sharapova Leans on Mayweather, Snubbed By Drake at ESPYs
Maria Sharapova won the Best Female Tennis Player award at the ESPYs yesterday, but that wasn't the highlight for Maria fans. When she joined boxer Floyd Mayweather to present the award for Best Game both took the opportunity to make fun of their height difference leading to this totally adorable GIF. Maria was introduced by Drake who said, "And from tennis, or whatever, Maria Sharapova." Maria gave some sass back to ther rapper, saying "Wow. Where was my introduction?" Drake hasn't had a good run with tennis lately...
Home | July 17, 6:18 pm ET

Hello! Magazine Features Djokovic Wedding Snaps
Hello! Magazine snagged exclusive photos rights to Novak Djokovic and Jelena Ristic's wedding, and we must say the photos are beautiful. You can pick up a copy of the magazine here and check out a sneak peak of the photos here.
Home | July 17, 6:09 pm ET

Katerina Stewart and Kennedy Shaffer Meet for USTA Girls 18s Clay Court Title Saturday
Colette Lewis 2014--Memphis, TN--A steady rain Friday sent the remaining matches of the USTA Girls 18s Clay Court Championship indoors, to the four indoor Har-Tru courts at the Tunica National Golf and Tennis Club, about 30 miles south of Memphis. Neither semifinal winner--No. 5 seed Katerina Stewart, who defeated No. 8 seed Caroline Lampl 6-0, 6-1, and No. 17 seed Kennedy Shaffer, who downed No.4 seed Jessie Aney 1-6, 6-1, 6-2--had any complaints about the change of venue."I love clay, I could like roll in the clay," said Stewart, who grew up playing on the surface in Miami. "It's so
ZooTennis | July 17, 3:00 pm ET

Sloane Stephens and the art of the magazine interview
Sloane Stephens is featured in the August issue of Elle magazine in an article that asks, "Is Sloane Stephens the Future of American Tennis?" It's a profile piece on the 21-year old they dubbed the "newly anointed princess of American tennis." Fair enough. Amongst the crop of female upstarts in the US, including Madison Keys, CoCo Vendeweghe, Lauren Davis, and Grace Min, Sloane is the only one to have broken through at the majors (reaching the second week six straight times at one point) and to have defeated Serena Williams. The article, however, is far from fairy-tale stuff. If the
Down the Line: raw + uncut | July 17, 3:00 pm ET

Gentleman’s Disagreement
One of the most memorable moments in sports occurred in 1989 at the French Open, when Michael Chang—exhausted, cramping, hobbling—had the temerity to hit an underhand serve at a critical juncture in his fourth-round clash with heavily favored and highly seeded Ivan Lendl. A collective gasp issued from the spectators as well as the legions assembled on sofas and armchairs around the world. This remains the most celebrated—or is it notorious?—application of the most overlooked shot in tennis. But others have done it, usually under comparable duress. Martina Hingis, in the next most memorable example, sliced into play an underhand serve
Articles by Peter Bodo | July 17, 12:25 pm ET

The Most Intriguing Tennis Match That Nobody Saw
Jared Donaldson. Daniel Cox. To the average tennis fan, these two names have absolutely no significance whatsoever. In fact, unless you’re a consistent follower of the challenger tour, odds are you’ve never heard of them. They faced off in the round of 16 at the Binghamton challenger wednesday night, and there were, undoubtably, very few […]
The Tennis Nerds | July 16, 10:23 pm ET

Shaffer Defeats Former Champion Andrews in Third Set Tiebreaker, Stewart Celebrates Birthday with Wi
Colette Lewis 2014--Memphis, TN--Out for most of the spring with a back injury, Kennedy Shaffer lost not only her physical edge but her mental game as well. After defeating 2011 champion Gabby Andrews 7-6(4), 5-7, 7-6(4) in the USTA Girls 18s Clay Court Nationals quarterfinals Thursday, the 17-year-old from Ohio can pronounce herself fully fit in both categories."Tennis is so mental," said Shaffer, who stayed calm throughout the three and a half hour match, which was played in unseasonably cool and cloudy conditions. "And if you're out of practice, physically, that will come. But your mind, that's a whole different
ZooTennis | July 16, 3:00 pm ET

Maria Sharapova towers over Floyd Mayweather at the ESPY Awards
No one upstages Maria Sharapova. Unless you're Floyd Mayweather.The diminutive boxer was given the royal treatment during his introduction at last night's ESPYs by host Drake, including a rolled out red carpet. But the Russian was having none of it. She walked out in front of Mayweather, took over the podium, and then asked, "Wow, where was my introduction?" Maria then used the 5' 6" boxer to prop herself up. Drake isn't making many friends in tennis.Sharapova won for Best Female Tennis Player and Rafael Nadal picked up the ESPY for Best Male Tennis Player. Grigor Dimitrov and Sloane Stephens
Down the Line: raw + uncut | July 16, 3:00 pm ET

Sweeping the court
"Normal Petra" thanks everyone for our support, and talks about her sleep problems and her celebrations.Coach Patrick Mouratoglou says that Serena Williams is in "a difficult phase."Five of the top ten favorite female athletes in a Harris survey (I'm assuming this means in the U.S.) are tennis players. The number 1 favorite is Serena Williams.Maria Sharapova has won the 2014 ESPY award for Best Female Tennis Player. This is the fifth time that Sharapova has won the award.Here is Serena's 2014 U.S. Open dress from Nike.Doesn't this remind you of some sisters from Ukraine?
Women Who Serve | July 16, 3:00 pm ET

Wozniacki reaches quarterfinals in Istanbul
Top seed Caroline Wozniacki reached the quarterfinals in Istanbul yesterday when she defeated Karin Knapp in the second round. Perhaps of more interest, however, was Wozniacki's first round match against Beleinda Bencic, which she won 6-0, 6-0. Sometimes, being a teen phenom is difficult, but if you happen to be one and you're looking for perspective, then you might get what you need.Sometimes, if you're the top seed, you can get a surprise, too. Alize Cornet, seeded 1st in Bastad, went out in straight sets in the first round to qualifier Anett Kontaveit. Cornet was given a wild card into
Women Who Serve | July 16, 3:00 pm ET

Strange Bedfellows—or Not?
Has any sport evolved to the same degree as tennis, through a combination of advances in equipment, technique, and training? It’s an interesting question. Take baseball, for example. The lords of the game drew a line in the sand at the dawn of the metal-bat era and consciously encased the game in aspic. They did this mainly because they knew that the aluminum bat would transform the game, and they weren’t willing to bet the house on the fact that it would end up a better game. Unfortunately, it seems that the biggest change in baseball in decades was an unexpected and
Articles by Peter Bodo | July 16, 10:46 am ET

ana ivanovic plays IPTL, redfoo talks azarenka split and novak djokovic pics of marriage surface on
Novak Djokovic got married as we reported last week. We found out that the place where they got married was completely secured and save for a few photos from a long distance we didn’t get to see much. But now Serbia’s Hello Magazine has managed to get the exclusive. Meanwhile Ana Ivanovic has announced that […]
Tennis Served Fresh | July 15, 6:21 pm ET

want: TravisMathew and Seavees’ “California Classic” shoe
After BOAST and Smathers & Branson we now findTravisMathew and SeaVees working together to bring you the exclusive signature “California Classic” shoe. The shoes are reminiscent of the 1960s and the collection embodies youthfulness, eccentricity and creativity that fueled a generation.
Tennis Served Fresh | July 15, 5:32 pm ET

PHOTO OP: Roger Federer's game on Lindsey Vonn's surface - who wins?
Roger Federer and Lindsey Vonn came together on a make-shift tennis court atop a glacier in the Swiss Alps as part of the #chocolateheaven promotion for Lindt Chocolate. The company is opening a new store in town and brought along the sports superstars to help with the launch. Now THIS is what you're supposed to do on ice: ICYMI: The pair shot a video that features them talking about the challenge via Skype. [Photo(s) credit: Getty Images, Reuters]
Down the Line: raw + uncut | July 15, 3:00 pm ET

Chalk and Cheese
The WTA is so attractive and strong these days that when I see of those “Strong is Beautiful” images appear in the background of the tour’s website, I can only wince. Will someone please tell these ladies they don’t have to bend over backwards to impress anyone? Right now, the WTA boasts a cornucopia of talent. We’re in the midst of a major transition, as some of the most revered female players—women who are also, not coincidentally, vital to the high global profile of the WTA—are aging. They may be aging as gracefully as Tina Turner, but they are getting older.
Articles by Peter Bodo | July 15, 10:34 am ET

former world no. 1 victoria azarenka to join bryan bros. at popular V-Grid tennis fest this saturday
Two-time Grand Slam singles champion and former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka will reunite with winning 2008 French Open mixed doubles partner Bob Bryan this Saturday at the popular V-Grid Tennis Fest presented by Alexander Cadillac and Esurance and featuring Mike and Bob Bryan. A limited number of tickets are still available for the 10:30 […]
Tennis Served Fresh | July 14, 4:52 pm ET

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: The Week After Wimbledon
This wasn’t a great week to try and make a statement by winning or doing far better than expected at a tournament. That was because of the Wimbledon “hangover” effect, a particularly insidious condition now that the intrepid (or is it insane?) fan can consume practically the entire day’s activities from SW19 on one device or another. It was also the crucial, final week of World Cup, featuring two semifinals and the final. The Tour de France was well underway, and there also was big news for basketball fans wondering about the landing sites for a few superstar NBA free agents. All
Articles by Peter Bodo | July 14, 8:27 am ET

Sweeping the court
Police have arrested a man who made threats toward Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova. Apparently, he was angry about Kvitova and others who move out of the country (Kvitova lives in Monaco) in order to avoid Czech Republic taxes.Lindsay Davenport has been inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Davenport, who won three majors (the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open) has long been considered one of the best ball-strikers in the history of women's tennis. The former world number 1 (in singles and doubles) was also the winner of an Olympic gold medal. Davenport won 55 singles titles
Women Who Serve | July 12, 3:00 pm ET

Halep and Petkovic win Bucharest and Bad Gastein
Top seed Simona Halep won the inaugural Bucharest Open today when she defeated Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-3. This is Halep's second title for the year; she also won in Doha. The Romanian star is now just eleven points behind leader Maria Sharapova on the Road To Singapore.Wild cards Elena Bogdan and Alexandra Cadantu won the doubles title. The Romanian pair won the final by defeating Cagla Bayukakcay and Andreja Klepac.Meanwhile, in Bad Gastein, 4th seed Andrea Petkovic also picked up her second title of the year, defeating qualifier Shelby Rogers 6-3, 6-3. The doubles title was taken by 2nd seeds
Women Who Serve | July 12, 3:00 pm ET

want: BOAST hand-stitched needle point accessories
BOAST and Smathers & Branson have teamed up for this exclusive collection of hand-stitched needle point accessories. BOAST, best known for its roots in racquet sports culture has teamed up with pro needlepoint accessory company, Smathers & Branson to create a small collection of belts, dog collars and coasters paying homage to the BOAST brand […]
Tennis Served Fresh | July 11, 8:22 pm ET

kimberly yee to receive national award at International Tennis Hall of Fame
With Hall of Fame inductees Grand Slam champion Lindsay Davenport and famed coach Nick Bollettieri looking on, Las Vegas’ Kimberly Yee will accept the nation’s highest junior tennis award this weekend at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I. The 17-year-old Odyssey Charter High School senior has been named a recipient of the […]
Tennis Served Fresh | July 11, 7:59 pm ET

Playing Ball: Easier Said Than Done
Every so often, the spectator should enter the arena, the reviewer should take the stage, the armchair quarterback should stand up and throw a ball across his man cave. It's helpful, now and then, to be reminded of what it’s like to try to do the things we watch and criticize all year long. Friday was that day for me. It was my first time on a tennis court since coming back from Wimbledon, and it didn’t take long for me to start thinking, again, that there are quite a few things about this game that are much easier said
Articles by Steve Tignor | July 11, 12:28 pm ET

Novak Djokvoic Weds Jelena Ristic
We don't have any pics yet (official photos are being sold to Hello magazine for charity) but we are excited to hear that Novak Djokovic and Jelena Ristic were married yesterday! The two tied the knot on the lawn of the Adriatic Resort in Montenegro (pictured above). Fellow tennis players that are said to have attended the ceremony include Maria Sharapova, Viktor Troicki, Nenad Zimonjic and Janko Tipsarevic. It's been a good month for Novak, who reclaimed the No.! ranking when he won Wimbledon and has now made it official with his long term partner. The happy couple are expecting a child
Home | July 10, 7:30 pm ET

The Tennis Nerds as Credentialed Media–Heading East for US Open Series
This is something I’ve been waiting to share for months now. I wasn’t able to make it official because so many things had to happen in order to have this opportunity. But the wait is no longer, and I, Joey Hanf, managing editor and founder of, am extremely excited to announce that The Tennis […]
The Tennis Nerds | July 10, 6:56 pm ET

Missing Words
Three weeks ago, as I arrived at my desk in a nearly empty Wimbledon press room, I thought I heard a voice coming from the row behind me. It lasted for just a split-second, but I still got up on my toes and craned my neck to see who might be making it. No one was there, but now I understood where I thought the sound had come from: the desk where my colleague and friend Matt Cronin has always sat in the past. For the first time in many years, Matt wasn’t at Wimbledon. Shortly after the Australian Open, he
Articles by Steve Tignor | July 10, 11:43 am ET

Breaking Tradition
There’s only one thing that never changes at Wimbledon: The myth that it never changes. It’s hard to think of another event in any sport that has mastered the art of updating and renewing itself, while continuing to appear as if it takes no notice of the outside world at all. Yes, they still serve the same Robinson’s barley water and strawberries and cream, and yes, officials doubled-down on the all-white rule in 2014; but this year the tournament also showed off a blueprint of the sleek-looking retractable roof it’s planning to build over Court 1. That would give staid
Articles by Steve Tignor | July 9, 6:12 am ET

Back to the Future
WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND—A new generation began to emerge at this year's Wimbledon, but in the end the tournament left us with that 2011 feeling all over again. As they did three years ago, Novak Djokovic, in a classic battle, and Petra Kvitova, in a dominant performance, walked away with the winner's trophies and re-established themselves as Slam-winning forces for the future. Here’s an assessment of their fortnights, as well as those of the players they left in the baseline dust. ***** Novak Djokovic “At the time of my career for this Grand Slam trophy to arrive is crucial, especially after losing several Grand Slam
Articles by Steve Tignor | July 7, 11:04 am ET

Wimbledon Champions Dinner – Djokovic & Kvitova

Tennis Perspective | July 7, 12:20 am ET

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

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

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

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

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

Federer to Win!
I have been skeptical that Rodger could add another Grandslam title, but i do believe he can lift that Wimbledon trophy once again! Djoker will have to play his best , Roger if all things are even has the better game and especially for grass!His semi final against Raonic did not take that much out of Fed and if he gets that first set under his belt I think he will be unstoppable!Petra Kvitova destroyed Young Canadian Eugenie Bouchard 6-3 6-0 61 points to 37 points. Eugenie is not gaining many friends on tour , just comes over a little
The Tigers Eye | July 5, 3:00 pm ET

Nick Kyrgios Beats Rafa Nadal
All hail Nick Kyrgios! At least that’s what it sounds like to wake up in Australia this morning. Just as we did when Bernard Tomic has his run at Wimbledon a few years ago the Australian media has proclaimed Kyrgios … Read more »
Tennis Perspective | July 1, 7:51 pm ET

Wimby News- In with the New out with the Old
All I can say is wow! Australian Nick Kyrgios came of age defeating World Number 1 Rafa Nadal at Wimbledon. Today he backs up against Milos Raonic of Canada.I hope Nick can serve as well as he did yesterday but this will be a completely different type of match , after beating a champion can he back up today ? will be tough!CENTRE COURT - 12:00PM1. Simona Halep (ROU) [3] v Sabine Lisicki (GER) [19]2. Andy Murray (GBR) [3] v Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [11]3. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [5] v Roger Federer (SUI) [4]NO.1 COURT - 12:00PM1. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) [13]
The Tigers Eye | July 1, 3:00 pm ET

Federer & Nadal Air Issues Through Media
It started with Roger Federer discussing his issue with how long Rafa Nadal takes between points. A totally valid point but it seems to have become a pet peeve in recently.The umpires have been cracking down on Rafa significantly more … Read more »
Tennis Perspective | June 30, 4:50 am ET

Robredo To Face Federer
Tommy Robredo has an uphill battle in front of him if he wants to make it through to the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. The Spaniard faces seven time Wimbledon Champion Roger Federer. Roger brushed Santiago Giraldo aside 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 in … Read more »
Tennis Perspective | June 28, 10:40 pm ET

Alize Cornet Shocks Serena Williams
Alize Cornet has ripped the women’s draw wide open by defeating Serena Williams on a wet day in SW19. It was Serena who initially came out strongly after an initial rain delay, but after just over two two hours of … Read more »
Tennis Perspective | June 28, 10:24 pm ET

Wimbledon Second Monday Preview
I usually can't say enough good things about the Second Monday of Wimbledon. If you can only attend the tournament on one day—this is the best day to go. Instead of the usual schedule of one half of the draw playing on one day and the other half playing the next day, on the Second Monday ALL remaining men and women play. This means there are lots of great matches being played and because not all of them can be played on the show courts, you'll still get to see high level players on the outer courts even if you
I Take Thee Tennis | June 27, 3:00 pm ET

Wimbledon Recap: Day 4
Getty ImagesWimbledon has been reasonably upset-free so far, (unlike last year), but I was hoping Aussie teen Nick Kyrgios would be able to pull off the upset over Richard Gasquet. Wimbledon is on pretty late in Australia so after Nick dropped the first two sets 3-6 6-7 I went to bed. Nick was playing Ok, his serve perhaps wasn't clicking as much as usual, but Gasquet just looked too solid. So imagine my surprise when I woke up, (at 2am, to watch soccer) and saw Nick pulled off the upset 10-8 in the fifth. It's a really exciting time for
Home | June 26, 8:08 pm ET

Rosol was that the best you could do--Knock over Rafa's Waterbottle
Matches TodayCENTRE COURT - 1:00PM1. Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] v Gilles Simon (FRA)2. Petra Kvitova (CZE) [6] v Venus Williams (USA) [30]3. Andy Murray (GBR) [3] v Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) [27]NO.1 COURT - 1:00PM1. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) v Na Li (CHN) [2]2. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [11] v Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) [21]3. Marin Cilic (CRO) [26] v Tomas Berdych (CZE) [6]NO.2 COURT - 11:30AM1. Simona Halep (ROU) [3] v Lesia Tsurenko (UKR)2. Jerzy Janowicz (POL) [15] vs Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)3. Michelle Larcher De Brito (POR) v Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [4]4. Jamie Murray (GBR) [14] / John Peers (AUS)
The Tigers Eye | June 26, 3:00 pm ET

Todays Wimby Schedule - My Picks in yellow
CENTRE COURT - 1:00PM1. Lukas Rosol (CZE) v Rafael Nadal (ESP) [2]2. Angelique Kerber (GER) [9] v Heather Watson (GBR)3. Gilles Muller (LUX) v Roger Federer (SUI) [4]NO.1 COURT - 1:00PM1. Serena Williams (USA) [1] v Chanelle Scheepers (RSA)2. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [5] v Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)3. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) v Maria Sharapova (RUS) [5]NO.2 COURT - 11:30AM1. Richard Gasquet (FRA) [13] v Nick Kyrgios (AUS)2. Sam Querrey (USA) vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [14]3. Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) v Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) [13]4. Jerzy Janowicz (POL) [15] v Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)5. Simona Halep (ROU) [3] v Lesia Tsurenko (UKR)NO.3 COURT -
The Tigers Eye | June 25, 3:00 pm ET

Wimby News
Well done young Aussie Nick Kyrgios who won his first round over night as did the Little Aussie Battler Lleyton Hewitt both in with a chance next match! I have to say how lucky is Andy Murray with draws have you ever noticed his easy run in many Slams! Well Gulbis is a character and here is a little from his presser commenting on Vampires ...I mean umpires!And I always enjoy Rafa pressersLooking fwd to overnight matches .
The Tigers Eye | June 24, 3:00 pm ET

Ernests Gulbis confuses umpires for vampires in press conference
LONDON — The more opportunities Ernests Gulbis gets to sit in front of a microphone the better. The No. 12 seed earned a tight straight-set win over Jurgen Zopp in his first round at Wimbledon. Then he spent a good portion of his press conference talking about vampires. Kind of. Gulbis was asked whether he […]
Beyond The Baseline | June 23, 10:28 pm ET

Wimbledon Day 1 recap: Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic sail into round two
LONDON –The first day of Wimbledon saw Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic cruise to victory, while Sloane Stephens saw her Grand Slam streak snapped. What happened Novak Djokovic cruised and his draw got easier: Djokoviclived up to his No. 1 seeding, winning the first 11 games of his opening match and cruising to a 6-0, […]
Beyond The Baseline | June 23, 5:37 pm ET

Wimbledon Day 2 matches to watch: Nadal, Federer, Serena in action
LONDON — Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are among the players in first-round action at Wimbledon on Tuesday. Here are the storylines and matches to watch on Day 2. Play begins on the outer courts at 6:30 a.m. ET and 8 a.m. on the three show courts. ESPN starts its coverageat […]
Beyond The Baseline | June 23, 5:29 pm ET

Daily Bagel: Why was Andy Murray late to his practice on Sunday?
The Daily Bagelis your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet. •Video: Here’s acool Wimbledon commercial that the BBC has been running. •Andy Murray was late to practice on Sunday because he was busy stopping traffic to save a stray dog and reuniting it with its owner. As Wimbledon champions […]
Beyond The Baseline | June 23, 1:52 pm ET

Venus Williams, Tomas Berdych pose for ESPN The Magazine’s ‘Body Issue’
Venus Williams and Tomas Berdych bare it all in ESPN The Magazine’s sixth annual Body Issue, which celebrates the athletic form and includes athletes from a variety of sports. Serena Williams, James Blake, Agnieszka Radwanska and John Isner have all been featured over the past five years. Asked about the revealing photo shoot after her […]
Beyond The Baseline | June 23, 1:20 pm ET

Still going (kinda) strong after all these years!
Happy birthday!Not to you (unless it is your birthday!), not to me (still a month away).Rather to this old blog of mine, Tennis Talk, Anyone? Seven years old today!My, they grow up so fast!I can't even begin to list all the things that have happened tennis-wise over the years, but they've been great and a lot of them due to TTA?.I know I don't get to post as much as I'd like, but I try and vow to try even harder. And if you're still reading this blog, thank you so much! I hope it doesn't let you down.
Tennis Talk, Anyone? | June 22, 3:00 pm ET

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