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Last updated on March 31, 2015 12:21:49 ET

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Isner Leads Upset Train at Miami Open; Djokovic on Tues.
Serena will next meet the winner of the Tuesday match between No. 11 Sara Errani and No. 27 Sabine Lisicki.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | March 30, 10:48 pm ET


How Can Rafael Nadal Be The GOAT Without Ever Having Won Miami?
Is it panic time for Rafael Nadal?
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | March 30, 2:37 pm ET


From around the web:

Isner Leads Upset Train at Miami Open; Djokovic on Tues.
Serena will next meet the winner of the Tuesday match between No. 11 Sara Errani and No. 27 Sabine Lisicki.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | March 30, 10:48 pm ET


aloha: adidas roland garros collection by y-3
A new collaboration fuses the Sport Style universe of Y-3 with the technical prowess of adidas Tennis to create an innovative range for Roland Garros.
Tennis Served Fresh | March 30, 10:26 pm ET


Miami Open 2015: Order of Play for Tuesday, March 31
Tuesday’s order of play at the Miami Open in Key Biscayne can be found at the link below. Link: OOP.
Tennis Connected | March 30, 7:40 pm ET


Djokovic, Raonic and Ferrer reach Miami Open fourth round
Miami Open presented by Itaú, Miami, U.S.A. Third-round results: (1) N Djokovic defeats S Darcis 60 75 (5) M Raonic defeats (31) J Chardy 61 57 76(3) (12) G Simon defeats A Falla 63 64 (6) D Ferrer defeats (26) L Rosol 64 75 A Dolgopolov defeats T Bellucci 75 64 (4) K Nishikori defeats (32) V Troicki 62 62 (18) D [...]
Tennis Connected | March 30, 7:38 pm ET


Tipsarevic Awarded Wild Card; Former Champ Sweeting Gets Qualifying Wild Card in Houston event
HOUSTON – Janko Tipsarevic will make his return to singles competition on the ATP World Tour at River Oaks after accepting a wild card for next week’s Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship. The tournament has also awarded a qualifying wild card to 2011 champion Ryan Sweeting. Tipsarevic, who [...]
Tennis Connected | March 30, 7:34 pm ET


Venus and Serena Williams Reach Miami Quarters
(March 30, 2015) Venus Williams kept her record perfect against No. 4 seed Caroline Wozniacki on Monday at the Miami Open defeating the Dane 6-3, 7-6(1). Venus, a three-time Miami winner joined her sister seven-time winner Serena in the quarterfinals. Serena bested two-time major champ Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-3. Venus and Serena could meet in […]
Tennis Panorama | March 30, 7:21 pm ET


Live Stream Petkovic vs Pliskova Miami Open 2015
The Live Stream Petkovic vs Pliskova Miami Open 2015 is available here. The 2015 Miami Open presented by Itau (popularly known as Miami Masters 2015) is an ATP and WTA event that's being contested in outdoor hard courts. It is a Masters 1000 category tournament on the ATP World Tour while it is a Premier Mandatory event in the WTA tour. All of the matches take place at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne, Florida from March 24 until April 5. The men's event has a total financial commitment of $ 6,267,755 while it is $5,381,235 in
Tennis Guru » Tennis Guru | March 30, 3:17 pm ET


Live Stream Suarez Navarro vs Williams Miami Open 2015
The Live Stream Suarez Navarro vs Williams Miami Open 2015 is available here. The 2015 Miami Open presented by Itau (popularly known as Miami Masters 2015) is an ATP and WTA event that's being contested in outdoor hard courts. It is a Masters 1000 category tournament on the ATP World Tour while it is a Premier Mandatory event in the WTA tour. All of the matches take place at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne, Florida from March 24 until April 5. The men's event has a total financial commitment of $ 6,267,755 while it is $5,381,235
Tennis Guru » Tennis Guru | March 30, 3:15 pm ET


Live Stream Stephens vs Halep Miami Open 2015
The Live Stream Stephens vs Halep Miami Open 2015 is available here. The 2015 Miami Open presented by Itau (popularly known as Miami Masters 2015) is an ATP and WTA event that's being contested in outdoor hard courts. It is a Masters 1000 category tournament on the ATP World Tour while it is a Premier Mandatory event in the WTA tour. All of the matches take place at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne, Florida from March 24 until April 5. The men's event has a total financial commitment of $ 6,267,755 while it is $5,381,235 in
Tennis Guru » Tennis Guru | March 30, 3:14 pm ET


Live Stream Lisicki vs Williams Miami Open 2015
The Live Stream Lisicki vs Williams Miami Open 2015 is available here. The 2015 Miami Open presented by Itau (popularly known as Miami Masters 2015) is an ATP and WTA event that's being contested in outdoor hard courts. It is a Masters 1000 category tournament on the ATP World Tour while it is a Premier Mandatory event in the WTA tour. All of the matches take place at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne, Florida from March 24 until April 5. The men's event has a total financial commitment of $ 6,267,755 while it is $5,381,235 in
Tennis Guru » Tennis Guru | March 30, 3:11 pm ET


Watch Pennetta/Hsieh vs Niculescu/Panova Miami Open 2015 Live Streaming
The Pennetta/Hsieh vs Niculescu/Panova Miami Open 2015 Live Streaming is available here. The 2015 Miami Open presented by Itau (popularly known as Miami Masters 2015) is an ATP and WTA event that's being contested in outdoor hard courts.. It is a Masters 1000 category tournament on the ATP World Tour while it is a Premier Mandatory event in the WTA tour. All of the matches take place at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne, Florida from March 24 until April 5. The men's event has a total financial commitment of $ 6,267,755 while it is $5,381,235 in
Tennis Guru » Tennis Guru | March 30, 3:06 pm ET


How Can Rafael Nadal Be The GOAT Without Ever Having Won Miami?
Is it panic time for Rafael Nadal?
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | March 30, 2:37 pm ET


A Phase of Venus
“I don’t expect anyone else to believe in me,” Venus Williams said over the weekend in Miami. “I expect to believe in myself.”  By now, three months shy of her 35th birthday, Venus has become as reliable at dispensing worldly wisdom as she has at cracking first serves past her opponents. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering everything she's done in this sport.  Asked whether she feels like she’s playing at home when she comes to Crandon Park, Venus smiled and said, in her nonchalant way, “Oh, yeah, definitely. Been down here little over forever.” She first hit these courts, she
Articles by Steve Tignor | March 30, 2:29 pm ET


Top Women Smashing Rackets - Ivanovic's Show-Stopping Moments -Sharapova Channels Taylor Swift
In this week's news, Grand Slam champions make their mark smashing rackets in Miami, Ana Ivanovic's show-stopping moments, Gael's great gift, Maria Sharapova shakes off her Miami exit with help from Taylor Swift.
Blog RSS | March 30, 1:51 pm ET


Raonic Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary With Sleeve
A match made in Miami celebrates it's one-year annivesary with Milos declaring his devotion to the sleeve. Some players build bonds with their gear. Ivan Lendl popularized the ultra-wide sweat bands during his days as No. 1. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario rocked the ball holder in the back of her skirt, Lleyton Hewitt was one of the first top players to sport the backward baseball cap and then there's the shared Roger and Rafa devotion to the swoosh headband. Video: Rafa Sets Sights on Improving Mental Game Make room for Milos Raonic and his trademark sleeve. The fifth-seeded Canadian celebrated his one-year anniversary wearing the sleeve, smacking
Blog RSS | March 30, 12:54 pm ET


Venus Williams Considering a Return to Indian Wells?
After being impressed by what her sister Serena achieved at Indian Wells this year, is Venus Williams pondering a return? Speaking to reporters in Miami, Venus Williams revealed that watching her sister return to Indian Wells earlier this month has caused her to soften her stance on returning to the tournament that she has not played since 2001. Miami: Venus Williams Reaches Quarterfinals with Seventh Straight Win over Wozniacki Here is a direct question and answer from her press conference today. Clearly, Venus is considering a return, at the very least: Q. It has possibly softened your attitude, by the sounds of it. VENUS
Blog RSS | March 30, 10:45 am ET


Tennis Elbow: The new normal of Rafael Nadal?
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 first week of the 2015 Miami Open, presented by Itau. We make predictions mostly to be wrong, sure, but sometimes we’d rather be right. If only because our prediction had been on [...]
Tennis Connected | March 30, 10:36 am ET


Video: Nadal Stars in Ad for Spanish Agriculture
New commercial serves up wine, olives and Rafa to promote Spanish produce. Imagine a candle-light dinner with your loved one, fine wine, olives and...special guest Rafael Nadal? Well imagine no more. Rafa has signed on as ambassador for Spain's agricultural products and stars in this new TC commercial above. It should be an appetizing appearance for Nadal, who likes to cook and cites olives as one of his favorite foods. In case you missed it, will we see a future karaoke duet with Rafa partnering Gael Monfils? Watch what happened when Mostly Sport asked Rafa to name his ideal karaoke partner.
Blog RSS | March 30, 10:05 am ET


Serena Williams’ Return Highlights Mylan WTT’s 40th Season Schedule
NEW YORK, N.Y. (March 30, 2015) – Mylan World TeamTennis announced the schedule for the 2015 season, which is highlighted by the return of world No. 1 Serena Williams to WTT action for the first time since 2011. This summer, Mylan WTT becomes only the fifth major professional team sports league in the U.S. to […]
Tennis Panorama | March 30, 9:32 am ET


Video: Wawrinka Shows Supreme Sportsmanship vs. Mannarino
The Stanimal displayed empathy for Adrian Mannarino on Sunday in Miami, and the crowd loved it. He didn’t have to, but he did. During the first set of his 7-6(4), 7-6(5) loss to Adrian Mannarino in Miami on Sunday, Stan Wawrinka earned himself this week’s Tim Smyczek Sportsmanship Award when he allowed Adrian Mannarino to replay a point after the umpire had incorrectly stopped play, ruling that the Frenchman had hit the ball after it bounced twice. More Miami: Rafa Vows to Conquer Nerves on the Clay The call was wrong, but it didn’t change the fact that Wawrinka had earned himself the
Blog RSS | March 30, 9:01 am ET


shirtless: feli lopez
As we get ready for Tommy Haas to sail into the sunset, we're putting our eggs into the Felicia Lopez shirtless basket.
Tennis Served Fresh | March 30, 7:16 am ET


Miami Open – Sunday Results, Monday Schedule
MIAMI OPEN PRESENTED BY ITAU – MIAMI, UNITED STATES USD 5,381,235.00 (ATP) USD 5,381,235.00 (WTA) 23 MARCH – 5 APRIL 2015 RESULTS – MARCH 29, 2015   ATP Singles – Third Round [29] F. Verdasco (ESP) d [2] R. Nadal (ESP) 64 26 63 [3] A. Murray (GBR) d [27] S. Giraldo (COL) 63 64 […]
Tennis Panorama | March 30, 3:13 am ET


Nadal, Ivanovic Fall Out at Miami; Williams Sisters On Monday
"I was anxious on court," Nadal said after a second straight career loss to Spanish countryman Fernando "Hot Sauce" Verdasco. "I tried in every point, but I was not able to relax myself, calm myself."
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | March 29, 11:22 pm ET


Rafael Nadal: I’m Playing With Too Many Nerves At The Moment, And I Need To Fix It
Rafael Nadal says he's too nervous to win!
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | March 29, 10:53 pm ET


Miami Open 2015: Order of Play for Monday, March 30
Monday’s order of play at the Miami Open in Key Biscayne can be found at the link below. Link: OOP.
Tennis Connected | March 29, 8:14 pm ET


Dennis Novikov Serves Way to Sixth Pro Circuit Title At USTA Men’s Pro Championships of Calabasas
(March 29, 2015) CALABASAS, Calif.– It was all about the serve Sunday in the final of the USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas.   Former UCLA star and No. 2-seeded Dennis Novikov did it just it just a little bit better on Sunday to beat unseeded Francis Tiafoe, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6), to capture his […]
Tennis Panorama | March 29, 8:00 pm ET


Rafael Nadal Upset by Fernando Verdasco in Miami
(March 29, 2015) Rafael Nadal’s quest for a first Miami Open title was stopped by countryman No. 24 Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 in the third round on Sunday. It’s Verdasco’s second straight win over the current world No. 3, with the last victory coming back in 2012 at the Madrid Masters. Verdasco lost to […]
Tennis Panorama | March 29, 7:35 pm ET


Instagram Birthday Greetings
As we all know, social media has really made an impact in pro tennis (among other places) and it's apparently become a great way to keep track of your favorite players' birthdays. Within 24 hours these two posts popped up Instagram. I don't know about you but I didn't remember it was Stan's birthday - and his 30th to boot. Thankfully the fine ATP World Tour folks were keeping track. You gotta love (?) Stan's shirt and that cake looks AMAZING. And just one day later - in a more model-like pose on Pico's page... I love Pico's creative use of emojis.
Home | March 29, 5:30 pm ET


lacoste’s miami open collection
For the first time in tournament history, the Miami Open, along with official casual apparel and footwear sponsor, LACOSTE, is making trailblazing fashion news by offering a stylish tournament-branded collection in retail outlets prior to the tournament.
Tennis Served Fresh | March 29, 2:46 pm ET


Defending Champions Djokovic, Serena Saturday Miami Winners; Nadal, Murray On Court Sunday
Serena Williams meets 15-year-old CiCi Bellis this afternoon in Miami.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | March 29, 9:13 am ET


Novikov Edges Tiafoe In Calabasas Futures Final; Stewart Wins Palm Harbor $25K; International Spring
©Colette Lewis 2015--Calabasas, CA--Which was better, the serving in the finals of the $15,000 Futures tournament at the Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center, or the weather it was played in?After a brutal winter in Michigan, the cloudless skies with temperatures in the low 80s, with a refreshing breeze was just about perfect to me, but a 7-6(4), 7-6(6) win for No. 2 seed Dennis Novikov over unseeded Francis Tiafoe that featured 22 aces, 3 doubles faults and no breaks of serve didn't have much room for improvement either.The 17-year-old Tiafoe, who won last week's $15,000 Futures in Bakersfield, spent the
ZooTennis | March 28, 3:00 pm ET


Miami shaking out OK for Andy Murray
It's been an interesting 2015 so far for Andy Murray.There was that Australian Open final. There was that return to the "Big 4." There was that stretch of tournaments without a sniff of a semifinal. There were those convincing defeats at the hands of Novak Djokovic.But I guess you'd have to say the good outweighs the bad, for the most part, especially coming off a season where he was rebounding from back surgery--not really the easiest thing in the world for a professional athlete to deal with.Anyway, the reason I bring up Andy Murray is because of Rafael Nadal and
Tennis Talk, Anyone? | March 28, 3:00 pm ET


top juniors head to carson for usta intl spring championships
Thousand Oaks 14-year-old Claire Liu, Connecticut’s William Blumberg To Vie For Girls’ and Boys’ 18s Titles at Prestigious ITF Junior Event.
Tennis Served Fresh | March 28, 1:55 pm ET


raf simons x fred perry s/s 15
Check out the most recent Raf Simons x Fred Perry collaboration, for Spring/Summer 2015. The Belgian designer, who's also busy at Dior (that Fall 2015 RTW show!), plays with color blocking and graphic prints for this lot of polos.
Tennis Served Fresh | March 28, 9:22 am ET


Fast Five With Karolina Pliskova
We caught up with Karolina in the BNP Paribas Player's Lounge last week and ended up asking her a few more than 5 questions but she kindly obliged. What’s your favorite cell phone app right now? WhatsApp. All the time online. (Laughing) Have you ever heard the term binge watch? No. I’m not watching any shows. How do you keep yourself entertained on the tour? I still have to practice every day even if I don’t have matches. So, the whole day I’m in the club and then in the evening I have my coach and my fitness coach here. We have a
Home | March 27, 4:55 pm ET


Hance, Emma Win Claremont Titles; Katerina Stewart into Palm Harbor $25,000 Pro Circuit Final
I'm traveling today, so this post will be brief and unfortunately will not contain all the results I would usually update.The results from the ITF Grade 4 in Claremont are in however. Fifteen-year-old Victoria Emma, who won two Grade 5 titles late last year, claimed her first Grade 4 title today, beating No. 4 seed Hanna Chang 6-1, 2-6, 7-5. Emma, who reached the 16s semifinals at the Eddie Herr last year, was the No. 10 seed.Connor Hance, who has played Claremont four times already, despite being only 16, but hasn't played any other ITF events (other than US Open
ZooTennis | March 27, 3:00 pm ET


Think Tank
For long stretches over the past few years, Australian Bernard Tomic seemed bent on turning his career into a train wreck. After Tomic appeared to go into the tank in a second-round match with Andy Roddick at the 2012 U.S. Open, a fellow Aussie hung him with the nickname, “Tomic the Tank Engine” (a reference to the wildly popular children’s stories). Ranking members of the Australian tennis establishment—men like Tony Roche, Pat Rafter, John Newcombe—as well as pundits and diehard fans vacillated between two poles, sometimes simultaneously. They felt a measure of sympathy for the gifted but seemingly confused, self-sabotaging youngster
Articles by Peter Bodo | March 27, 7:38 am ET


Fast Five With Gilles Simon
We caught up with Gilles right after his win over Michael Berrer in Indian Wells. He had just finished a series of interviews in French and greeted us with an “I’m so happy to answer questions in English!” What is your favorite cell phone application? It’s not easy but I would say because of my son, Candy Crush. I tried to erase it from my phone but he said “Daddy, I want to play the game with the sweets” so I turned it back on. Can you describe yourself in 3 words? This is also not easy (pauses). I would say honest,
Home | March 26, 10:14 pm ET


Bellis Wins Again in Miami; Stewart, Tiafoe into Pro Circuit Semifinals; ITF Grade 4 Claremont Final
Rain ended Friday's play early at the Miami Open, but it was again a disappointing day for Americans, with the notable exception of CiCi Bellis. Bellis, who last year at this time was preparing to begin play at the International Spring Championships and Easter Bowl, both of which she won, advanced to the third round of the WTA Premier event, cruising past No. 29 seed Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 6-2, 6-1. Bellis, a wild card who will be 16 next month, avenged her three-set loss to Diyas in the second round of last year's USO Open, and will likely face
ZooTennis | March 26, 3:00 pm ET


1973: The ATP institutes computer rankings
This year marks the 50th anniversary of TENNIS Magazine's founding in 1965. To commemorate the occasion, we'll look back each Thursday at one of the 50 moments that have defined the last half-century in our sport. “The one perfect truth. That number arrives every Monday morning—pure, objective, apolitical, honest, and unwavering.” That’s how former pro Bill Scanlon described his ATP computer ranking, which he first earned in the mid-1970s. Read now, four decades after those rankings began, his words may sound a little overblown. Surely Scanlon didn’t think a man can be reduced to a number, did he? Perhaps not, but like most of
Articles by Steve Tignor | March 26, 7:21 am ET


Milos Raonic Has Game
Not to be out done by the ladies in Vogue, Milos Raonic graces the cover of Harry Magazine’s Spring /Summer edition. Harry Magazine is published by Harry Rosen, a Canadian high-end men’s clothing specialty retailer. In the article entitled Game, Suit, Match (catchy, eh?), Milos says that he prefers his suits to be “elegant rather than corporate” and that he prefers the “impeccable fit and personalized tailoring details of a made to measure suit”. Well okay then! To read the full article, click here. You can also watch the behind the scenes footage of the photo shoot on YouTube.
Home | March 25, 3:38 pm ET


Claremont ITF Grade 4 Semifinals Set; Fritz, Tiafoe and Stewart Reach Pro Circuit Quarterfinals; Tee
The semifinalists have been determined at the ITF Grade 4 in Claremont, all from the US, but none of the top seeds are among them. Three unseeded boys have reached the final four, with 17-year-old Johnathan Small, seeded No. 13 the oldest remaining competitor. Small will face 15-year-old Alexandre Rotsaert, while the other semifinal will feature two Southern California rivals, wild card Jacob Brumm and 16s Kalamazoo finalist Connor Hance.The girls semifinals features three 15-year-olds, with No. 10 seed Victoria Emma facing No. 15 seed Meible Chi, younger sister of 2014 NCAA finalist Lynn Chi of Cal. Seventeen-year-old Hanna Chang,
ZooTennis | March 25, 3:00 pm ET


ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships Wild Cards; Good Day for Americans at Miami Open; Pro
The wild cards for next week's International Spring Championships in Carson are listed below. For my look back at the 10 years of the tournament, see this article at the Tennis Recruiting Network. The 18s acceptance lists can be viewed here. The 16s acceptance lists can be found at the tournament's website.Boys ITFMain Draw:• Jake DeVine• John McNally• JJ Wolf• Jake Van Emburgh• Patrick KypsonQualifying:• Jacob Brumm16s Main Draw:noneQualifying:• Blake CroyderGirls ITFMain Draw:• Carson Branstine• Morgan Coppoc• Jessica Failla• Caty McNally• Ena Shibihara• Rachel Lim• Amanda AnisimovaQualifying:• Ashley Lahey16sMain Draw:• Kacie Harvey• Lea Ma• Alexa NoelQualifying:• Amy Huang• Elizabeth Isayev• Lauren Panjatovic• Laura Sanders============================================Although three more Americans
ZooTennis | March 24, 3:00 pm ET


Makarova, Petkovic and Safarova to headline 2015 Family Circle Cup
Ekaterina Makarova, playing in Charleston for the first time in five years, leads this year's field at the Family Circle Cup, which will be held April 4-12. Makarova, who is number 9 in the world, will be joined by defending champion and world number 10 Andrea Petkovic. The 56-player field is made up of 43 direct entries, 8 qualifiers and 5 wild cards. Qualifying takes place April 4-5, and the wild cards will be announced at a later date.Makarova, a consistent threat at majors, made it to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and the semifinals at the U.S. Open in 2014.
Women Who Serve | March 24, 3:00 pm ET


Vogue Does Tennis
It’s not often that our favorite tennis players make the pages of Vogue magazine but BFF’s Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki appear in the latest issue. Serena looks absolutely STUNNING on the cover and Caroline proves that her Sports Illustrated swimsuit spread was not fluke as she looks absolutely amazing as well. If you haven’t done so already, take a few minutes to read the article as it’s very insightful and there are many more pictures!
Home | March 24, 1:49 pm ET


The Knee Comes to the Key
The Miami Open had one distinct advantage on Indian Wells over the last 14 years: the presence of Venus and Serena Williams. This year Serena took some of that edge away, but Miami will still be happy to welcome the Williamses back, Serena’s knee permitting. The upshot is that the women's draw, with Venus joining her sister and most of the Top 20 present and accounted for, is as loaded as ever. ***** First Quarter The strained quadriceps muscle that forced Serena to withdraw from Indian Wells is still an issue; she’s being evaluated again in Miami on Tuesday. But as I write
Articles by Steve Tignor | March 24, 9:49 am ET


Keyed Up
The tournament in Key Biscayne has been known as the Lipton, the Ericsson, the Nasdaq, the Sony Ericsson, and the Sony Open. This year it’s called the Miami Open, presented by Itau. Is the shift to a “presenting” sponsor a sign of decline? If so, it would go with the general sense that the IMG-owned event has fallen behind its Larry Ellison-owned sister tournament in Indian Wells. What’s worse than missing a title sponsor? As far as the men’s draw goes, it’s missing former IMG client Roger Federer. The Indian Wells finalist is heading straight back to Europe this year. Yet
Articles by Steve Tignor | March 24, 8:32 am ET


In Full Fight
INDIAN WELLS, Calif.—If you’ve ever suspected that the pros are fundamentally different from the rest of us—more assured, less anxious, tougher all around—Sunday’s two finals here should make you think twice about that notion. Jelena Jankovic and Novak Djokovic each raced through the first set of their matches and stood on the brink of triumph, just a serve or two from victory, at the end of the second set. Yet in that moment both of them were so seized by nerves that they couldn’t take those final few, seemingly simple steps.  Djokovic eventually made it across in the third set, but
Articles by Steve Tignor | March 22, 6:51 pm ET


Move over, Nicole Kidman
Moment of victory for @BNPParibasOpen champ @Simona_Halep! http://t.co/1mtURDgk88 #WTA #tennis pic.twitter.com/zxsGkfDKng— WTA (@WTA) March 22, 2015 Simona Halep is the new Queen of the Desert. Her coronation, however, was a shaky, exhausting affair. Halep won the 2015 BNP Paribas Open title by defeating Jelena Jankovic 2-6, 7-5, 6-4. It's the 3rd seed's biggest title ever, but she won it by playing some of her most uninspiring tennis. Her victory, however, puts her in the number 1 spot on the Road To Singapore.Halep looked sluggish and flummoxed by Jankovic in the first set, when the 18th seed was forcing her to
Women Who Serve | March 21, 3:00 pm ET


Mixed expectations in the desert
"A desert is a place without expectation."Nadine GordimerYesterday, when world number 1 Serena Williams defeated a red-hot Timea Bacsinszky in straight sets at the BNP Paribas Open, she said repeatedly that she hadn't expected to get this far in the tournament. In fact, this "I didn't think I would get this far" phrase has been one of Williams' favorites for the past year or so. I, for one, don't believe a word of it. Serena Williams' return to Indian Wells, while it may represent a turning point in her sorrow and anger over an incident that occurred many years ago, also
Women Who Serve | March 18, 3:00 pm ET


Winter Is Going
Last night 14,894 Feder-I mean-tennis fans piled into Madison Square Garden for the 8th annual BNP Paribas Showdown. The exhibition event, the centerpiece of World Tennis Day, starred Hall of Famers Gabriela Sabatini and Monica Seles, alongside 17-time major champion Roger Federer and Grigor Dimitrov.Given the bracing cold of this New York winter, the sight of tennis, with its perpetually tanned competitors, doing (something approximating) battle in midtown Manhattan was as sure a sign of the spring thaw underway as the sudden vanishing of our street corner slush ponds.So how did this Showdown fare as an exhibition event? Let’s go
Blacklabel Tennis, a tennis blog | March 10, 3:00 pm ET


"Hey, it's MY turn!"...."You don't GET a turn!"
2 weeks, 2 titles! @TimiBacs captures @Abierto_MTY title! Battles past Garcia 46 62 64--> http://t.co/EyX1tp6w0Z #WTA pic.twitter.com/XnPs9obr7O— WTA (@WTA) March 9, 2015Timea Bacsinszky knows how to make a comeback. Perhaps she spent some time at the Flavia Pennetta Academy of Just Try To Keep Me Down, or perhaps she just really, really knew she could do it. The talented Swiss player, whose career was very significantly set back by injury for a long time, punctuated her return these past two weeks in Mexico by winning both the Acapulco and Monterrey titles.But that's just the beginning of the story. Both times,
Women Who Serve | March 8, 3:00 pm ET


WINNERS: 15 pairs of season passes to the BMW Malaysian Open 2015 (yes, additional 5 pairs!)
Thank you for participating in our BMW Malaysia Open giveaway since Wednesday.In such a short time, we've received 80 entries from Malaysia and other parts of the world. However, I only have 15 pairs of season passes to be given away to the first 15 people. Yes, instead of 10 pairs, the event organiser has given us extra passes due to the great response!List of winners in blueWe will get in touch with you to pick up your passes. To those who are not shortlisted, don't be too disappointed. You can still enjoy free admission from now till Wednesday. To find out
HCFoo's Tennis Blog – Tennis Celebrity Photos, News, Gossip and More! | February 28, 2:00 pm ET


Look who's wearing the sombrero!
werk that sombrero RT @AbiertoTelcel: La campeona del #AMT2015, Timea Bacsinszky: pic.twitter.com/lxT4bSQQOh— Victoria Chiesa (@vrcsports) March 1, 2015Friends Caroline Garcia and Timea Bacsinszky played each other for the first time today, in the Acapulco final, and Bacsinszky emerged the champion with a decisive win of 6-3, 6-0 over Garcia. The Swiss player, whose career has been significantly hampered by injury over the last several years, will be ranked number 31 in the world when the rankings are published tomorrow.This is Bacsinszky's second WTA singles title.The doubles final was an upset, even though a number 2-seeded team beating a number 1-seeded
Women Who Serve | February 27, 2:00 pm ET


Timeless
Age. It's the bane of every athlete's existence, the true Grim Reaper for the body of people who make a living running and jumping, swinging bats and racquets. If you're lucky, you still have half a life (or more) to live when it gets you, but it probably won't be a life as poignant, bittersweet, challenging, or rewarding as your first. Lately, tennis players have been winning the war with age. Roger Federer, 17-time major champion, is still spry and competitive at age 33. A few weeks ago, 33-year-old Serena Williams surpassed Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova with her 19th Grand
Articles by Peter Bodo | February 25, 3:30 pm ET


GIVEAWAY: 10 pairs of season passes to the BMW Malaysian Open 2015
BMW Malaysia Open will be back in action this coming March. If you are a WTA fan and plan to be in Kuala Lumpur for this yearly event, this is your chance to win a pair of season passes to the tournament.All you have to do is to fill in the form below. The winners will be selected based on a first come first serve basis. Only one person is eligible to win a pair of season passes.Loading... Giveaway ends on February 28, 2015 (Saturday) at 11:59 PM.Thank you to the tournament organiser for the passes.For more info about the
HCFoo's Tennis Blog – Tennis Celebrity Photos, News, Gossip and More! | February 24, 2:00 pm ET


Fratangelo Wins Launceston Challenger, Breaks Top 200
Bjorn Fratangelo had a strong 2014 season. He won five futures titles and reached the quarterfinals of two challengers. The 21 year old finished the year with a career high ranking of 261. Fratangelo’s ranking was just on the border of making the Australian Open Qualifying cut, and when The Tennis Nerds spoke to Fratangelo back […]
The Tennis Nerds | February 17, 4:51 pm ET


One of the best top tens in years?
Over the weekend, Kei Nishikori won his first title of the year in what's essentially become his home court, Memphis. Stan Wawrinka took home his second trophy of the season after winning Rotterdam.Wawrinka beat Tomas Berdych, a fellow member of the top 10, who has been having a very solid season as well.This has got me wondering: Is this one of the best top tens in men's tennis in years?You know Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray are going to get theirs--and have been doing so for years.What makes things different nowadays is that the other guys
Tennis Talk, Anyone? | February 16, 2:00 pm ET


Nole More Questions
Bitterly disappointed a few weeks ago after having lost yet another Australian Open final—the fourth of his career—Andy Murray implied that Novak Djokovic had engaged in a bit of distracting gamesmanship during their clash for the championship. After the two split a pair of tiebreakers, Djokovic looked physically wobbly, but he rebounded magnificently to win the third set, and he pulled away impressively to sweep 12 of the final 13 games in a four-set victory. When Murray was asked if he thought Djokovic was deliberately misrepresenting his state, the Scot told the reporters assembled for his post-final press conference: “I don’t
Articles by Peter Bodo | February 11, 11:21 am ET


Dimitrov Reportedly Testing New Head Racket in Rotterdam
Grigor Dimitrov played his first round match in Rotterdam with a blacked out racket that bears a lot of similarities to a Head frame. After struggling for much of the match, Dimitrov regrouped to defeat Paul-Henri Mathieu in three sets, 4-6 7-6(2) 6-2. Dimitrov has been testing new rackets for some time now; he was […]
The Tennis Nerds | February 9, 3:52 pm ET


2015's Burning Questions

Articles by Peter Bodo | February 6, 4:44 pm ET


Question and Answer: Mitchell Krueger
Mitchell Krueger celebrated his 21st birthday back in January, and he did so in style, winning the $15,000 Los Angeles Futures title on the same day he became legally allowed to order an alcoholic drink. Krueger had a successful junior career before turning pro at the age of 18. Now starting his third year on […]
The Tennis Nerds | February 6, 3:59 pm ET


Whaa? Serena's doing what where now?
Considering the occasional theatrics of Richard Williams, I'd admit that there was a time I thought he blew the incident at Indian Wells in 2001 out of proportion. Not that he was lying, but maybe that it wasn't as bad as it seemed. There are a lot of people who might have thought that no one actually says those types of racist things "anymore." Over the years, I've realized that people do say those things, and they probably did that day at that tournament. So Serena Williams' decision to go back there makes her a lot stronger than I already
Tennis With Attitude | February 4, 2:00 pm ET


Episode 3 – Australian Open Finals, Week 2 Wrap
Episode the third! Brodie and Juan Jose discuss number five for Djokovic, Murray’s collapse, Serena’s legacy, the emergence of young players like Madison Keys, Nick Kyrgios, Garbine Muguruza and much, much more. iTunes, Stitcher and subscription information coming on Monday!
Mind The Racket | February 1, 10:15 pm ET


The Armchair Line Judge's return to a normal sleep pattern
I am sorry, but it's difficult to be a tennis fan during the Aussie Open and a normally functioning adult. I mean, here's Madison Keys mixing it up with Venus Williams, and my kid needs a new diaper. Come on! Change yourself, kid! And then there's the finals happening at 3 a.m. my time. And then my boss wants me at work before 1 p.m.! Outrageous!As it turns out, I'm still employed and my kids and spouse are still around (I think). What's left? Coupla thoughts:1. It took this tournament for me to figure out why I root for Venus
Tennis With Attitude | February 1, 2:00 pm ET


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JC Ferrero-Equelite Tennis Academy Spain | January 30, 2:00 pm ET


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


PODCAST: Australian Open Finals Previews

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


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


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


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


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JC Ferrero-Equelite Tennis Academy Spain | January 21, 2:00 pm ET


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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Rankings
ATP - Mar 23 WTA - Mar 23
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Rafael Nadal3 Simona Halep
4 Andy Murray4 Petra Kvitova
5 Kei Nishikori5 Caroline Wozniacki
6 Milos Raonic6 Ana Ivanovic
7 David Ferrer7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 Stan Wawrinka8 Agnieszka Radwanska
9 Tomas Berdych9 Ekaterina Makarova
10 Marin Cilic10 Andrea Petkovic
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