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Last updated on September 22, 2014 9:56:51 ET

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Confirmed: Rafael Nadal Will Play Beijing And Shanghai
Rafael Nadal confirms his participation in Beijing and Shanghai.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | September 22, 8:54 am ET


Roger Federer Replaces Rafael Nadal In IPTL, He’ll Play In New Delhi!
Roger Federer will finally play in India.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | September 22, 8:40 am ET


From around the web:

Confirmed: Rafael Nadal Will Play Beijing And Shanghai
Rafael Nadal confirms his participation in Beijing and Shanghai.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | September 22, 8:54 am ET


Roger Federer Replaces Rafael Nadal In IPTL, He’ll Play In New Delhi!
Roger Federer will finally play in India.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | September 22, 8:40 am ET


ATP/WTA Preview: Loaded Women’s Field at China Debut Event
Notes: It's the debut of the Premier 5 Series event in China...Victoria Azarenka pulls from the event with a foot injury, and announces she will miss the rest of the year...Potential tough starts include (1) Serena Williams after a bye vs. her nemesis Cornet, the struggling (6) Bouchard after a bye vs. the resurgent Peng, (4) Sharapova after a bye vs. countrywoman and former world No. 2 Kuznetsova, (5) Radwanska after a bye vs. the Venus/Garcia winner, (16) Petkovic vs. the comer (Q) Vekic, (12) Cibulkova vs. the big-hitting Keys, and (14) Safarova vs. the likewise big-hitting Lisicki...
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | September 21, 5:47 pm ET


Spain Names First Female Davis Cup Captain
#50903224 / gettyimages.com (September 21, 2014) The AFP is reporting that the Spanish tennis federation has named former No. 27 WTA player Gala Leon Garcia as the country’s Davis Cup captain, the first woman to hold this post. She will replace Carlos Moya who resigned after Spain lost the Davis Cup World Group Play-off last […]
Tennis Panorama | September 21, 5:38 pm ET


Gala Leon Garcia Named Spanish Davis Cup Captain
Former WTA No. 27 become's first female captain in country's history. A week after Spain suffered a 3-1 loss at the hands of Brazil to ensure relegation to the Davis Cup zonal groups for the first time since 1996, captain Carlos Moya declined not to return depite pleas from the federation's president, Jose Luis Escanuela. "I thank the president and the board of the Spanish tennis federation for the confidence they have shown in me," Moya said in a statement. "I have tried my best and, knowing that and the personal circumstances, my head says no and my heart says yes when the
Blog RSS | September 21, 5:21 pm ET


Goffin, Ivanovic, Niculescu, Pliskova Win ATP/WTA Titles
In a battle of former No. 1-ranked players, Ana Ivanovic defeated Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 7-6(2) on Sunday for the title at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, her fourth title of 2014.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | September 21, 4:48 pm ET


Karolina Pliskova wins Korea Open title
Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova won her second career title on Sunday after winning the Kia Korea Open in Seoul. Pliskova defeated Varvara Lepchenko of United States 6-3, 6-7, 6-2 in a match that lasted two hours and 11 minutes to win her first title of the season. This is definitely fourth time lucky for the [&hellip The post Karolina Pliskova wins Korea Open title appeared first on Tennis Guru.
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | September 21, 4:00 pm ET


Ivanovic, Goffin, Pliskova and Niculescu Take Tennis Titles This week
(September 21, 2014) Ana Ivanovic, David Goffin, Monica Niculescu and Karolina Pliskova won tournaments this weekend on the WTA and ATP tennis tours. In Tokyo in a battle between two former WTA number ones, third seed Ana Ivanovic won her fourth title of the year defeating recent US Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki for the Pan […]
Tennis Panorama | September 21, 4:00 pm ET


David Goffin Has Won 5 Of His Last 7 Tournaments And 34 Of His Last 36 Matches!
Is there anyone hotter than David Goffin?
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | September 21, 10:13 am ET


Goffin wins title No. 2 in 2014 over Sousa in Metz
MOSELLE OPEN, Metz, France No. 8 seed David Goffin won his second ATP World Tour title of the year in Metz, France on Sunday, defeating Joao Sousa 6-4, 6-3. Striking 10 aces, never losing his serve and winning 82 percent of his first serve points, Goffin improved to 20-13 on the season and took home 250 [...]
Tennis Connected | September 21, 9:41 am ET


Dellacqua vs Vinci Wuhan Open Tennis 2014 Live Stream
The Dellacqua vs Vinci Wuhan Open Tennis 2014 Live Stream is available here. This inaugural WTA Premier 5 harcourt event, which takes place from September 19 to 27, 2014, has a total prize money of $2,440,070. 18-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams leads a very competitive field which features most of the world's top 20. Chinese tennis superstar Li Na, whose hometown is Wuhan, won't be able to compete as she's already announced her retirement from professional tennis a few days before the tournament. This is a lucrative tournament for those players still vying for a place in the elite
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | September 21, 6:43 am ET


Cornet vs Oprandi Wuhan Open Tennis 2014 Live Stream
The Cornet vs Oprandi Wuhan Open Tennis 2014 Live Stream is available here. This inaugural WTA Premier 5 harcourt event, which takes place from September 19 to 27, 2014, has a total prize money of $2,440,070. 18-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams leads a very competitive field which features most of the world's top 20. Chinese tennis superstar Li Na, whose hometown is Wuhan, won't be able to compete as she's already announced her retirement from professional tennis a few days before the tournament. This is a lucrative tournament for those players still vying for a place in the elite
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | September 21, 6:43 am ET


Stosur vs Pliskova Wuhan Open Tennis 2014 Live Stream
The Stosur vs Pliskova Wuhan Open Tennis 2014 Live Stream is available here. This inaugural WTA Premier 5 harcourt event, which takes place from September 19 to 27, 2014, has a total prize money of $2,440,070. 18-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams leads a very competitive field which features most of the world's top 20. Chinese tennis superstar Li Na, whose hometown is Wuhan, won't be able to compete as she's already announced her retirement from professional tennis a few days before the tournament. This is a lucrative tournament for those players still vying for a place in the elite
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | September 21, 6:42 am ET


Muguruza vs Torro-Flor Wuhan Open Tennis 2014 Live Stream
The Muguruza vs Torro-Flor Wuhan Open Tennis 2014 Live Stream is available here. This inaugural WTA Premier 5 harcourt event, which takes place from September 19 to 27, 2014, has a total prize money of $2,440,070. 18-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams leads a very competitive field which features most of the world's top 20. Chinese tennis superstar Li Na, whose hometown is Wuhan, won't be able to compete as she's already announced her retirement from professional tennis a few days before the tournament. This is a lucrative tournament for those players still vying for a place in the elite
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | September 21, 6:41 am ET


Former World No. 7 Nicole Vaidisova Receives Wild Card Into Red Rock Pro Open
By Steve Pratt LAS VEGAS (Sept. 20, 2014) – Former WTA Tour world-ranked No. 7 Nicole Vaidisova has been awarded a wild card into the Red Rock Pro Open taking place next week at the Red Rock Country Club in Summerlin, organizers have announced.   The former Czech phenom won six WTA titles before she […]
Tennis Panorama | September 20, 3:15 pm ET


Coric Takes Challenger Title, Barty Takes Break; Gosea, Jenkins Earn Futures Titles, Tatishvili Wins
Croatia's Borna Coric, who won't turn 18 until November, won his first Challenger title today in Turkey, defeating top seed Malek Jaziri of Tunisia 6-1, 6-7(7), 6-4 in the final of the €106,500 tournament. The 2013 US Open boys champion showed some mental toughness in the third set after letting five match points slip away in the second set, including a 6-3 lead in the tiebreaker. Josh Meiseles, who it the ATP's resident Challenger expert, reports in this article that this is one of just four years when more than one 17-year-old has won a Challenger (Alexander Zverev of Germany
ZooTennis | September 20, 3:00 pm ET


Asian swing already filled with drama
The Asian swing of the WTA tour has begun, and who knew that this post-U.S. Open period was going to be so filled with big news? The biggest news, of course, is the retirement of Li Na, which came right as the tournament in her home city, Wuhan, made its debut.When something like the retirement of Li Na occurs, it's easy to forget that anything else is going on. I certainly haven't thought about much else, tennis-wise. But there is more news:Victoria Azarenka withdrew from Wuhan and announced that her season is over. Azarenka missed much of this season because
Women Who Serve | September 20, 3:00 pm ET


Goffin to face Sousa for Moselle Open
Moselle Open, Metz, France Semifinal Results: Joao Sousa defeats (2) Gael Monfils 7-6(6), 6-2 (8) David Goffin defeats Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6(4), 6-3
Tennis Connected | September 20, 2:45 pm ET


Victoria Duval Announces She's Cancer Free
The 18-year-old American was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma prior to Wimbledon. After nearly three months of treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma, 18-year-old American Victoria Duval has announced she's cancer free. Duval's diagnosis came after a biopsy was taken in England prior to Wimbledon, and she learned of it during the qualifying tournament. Duval decided to continue her tournament, and eventually qualified for the main draw and reached the second round. A further test in the United States confirmed the results, and she started treatment shortly after. She became the third tennis player in recent seasons to be diagnosed with the disease, following Alisa Kleybanova and Ross Hutchins. The teenager with
Blog RSS | September 20, 1:35 pm ET


ATP World Tour Draws for Shenzhen and Kuala Lumpur
The ATP World Tour singles draws for Shenzhen and Kuala Lumpur can be found at the links below. Link: Shenzhen Link: Kuala Lumpur
Tennis Connected | September 20, 9:15 am ET


Li Na's Retirement Sparks Reaction On Social Media
Players used social media in expressing their thoughts on the Chinese star's retirement.The retirement annoucement by Li Na on Friday brought about an outpouring of admiration and support for the Chinese star from fans and players alike. WTA: Li Na Retires From Tennis Here's a sample of messages on Twitter from those who wanted to tell the world their feelings about the two-time Grand Slam champion. The World No. 1 remembers a great champion and fighter on the court. Congratulations to Li Na. A sad day for tennis but I'm sure your future will be bright and the star you left on
Blog RSS | September 19, 4:31 pm ET


Monfils reaches Moselle semifinals; Tsonga ousted by Goffin
Moselle Open, Metz, France Quarterfinal results: (6) Joao Sousa defeats Paul-Henri Mathieu 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4) (2) Gael Monfils defeats (7) Jerzy Janowicz 63 64 (8) David Goffin defeats (1) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 1-6, 7-6(5), 7-5 Jan-Lennard Struff defeats (3) Philipp Kohlschreiber 5-0
Tennis Connected | September 19, 3:49 pm ET


USTA Junior Teams Beat New Mexico; Napa Valley Tennis Classic Underway; Jenkins Meets Novikov in Cos
The Junior Fed Cup and Junior Davis Cup teams defeated the University of New Mexico team 5-2 yesterday, with CiCi Bellis, Tornado Alicia Black and Sonya Kenin sweeping their singles matches, and somewhat surprisingly, the juniors winning all three doubles matches. The Lobos won two of the three men's singles matches, but it wasn't enough. The results:Doubles1) CiCi Bellis/Alicia Black(USTA) def. Gabrielle Otero/Natasha Smith (UNM), 8-12) Michael Mmoh/William Blumberg (USTA) def. Samir Iftikhar/James Hignett (UNM), 8-4 3) Sonya Kenin/Gianni Ross (USTA) def. Sharon Coone/Rodolfo Jauregui (UNM), 8-7Singles1) Bellis (USTA) def. Otero (UNM), 6-3, 6-22) Black (USTA) def. Smith (UNM),
ZooTennis | September 19, 3:00 pm ET


Nadal Scares Fans – Li Na Retires – Tsonga’s Smooch
This week in tennis news brought us the sad annoucement of Li Na’s retirement. But, Rafael Nadal put a smile on our face with a Pokerstars video where he practices his bluffing. Plus, get details on Dustin Brown’s hair, find out if Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is a good kisser and watch the Bryan Brothers dominate the ATP’s description game.
Blog RSS | September 19, 11:44 am ET


With Two Hands on History
“The amazing moment in Australia was filled with joy, happiness and extraordinary sense of accomplishment. The task of finally making a decision to hang up my racquet felt a lot more difficult than winning seven matches in a row in the Australian heat. It took me several agonizing months to finally come to the decision that my chronic (knee) injuries will never again let me be the tennis player that I can be. Walking away from the sport, effective immediately, is the right decision for me and my family.”—Li Na, the two-time Chinese Grand Slam champion, on her victory in
Articles by Peter Bodo | September 19, 6:06 am ET


Li Na Announces Retirement
(September 19, 2014) After much speculations over the past few months, China’s Li Na has officially retired from tennis. The 32-year-old called it quits due to recurring knee injuries. She announced her retirement in a letter posted on social media on Friday.     Friday, September 19, 2014 My dear friends, For close to fifteen […]
Tennis Panorama | September 19, 6:00 am ET


Ash Barty Takes Indefinite Break From Tennis
18-year-old Australian, who won 2011 Wimbledon Girls title, announced an indefinite hiatus.Ash Barty, 18, surprised many tennis fans after announcing she needed an indefinite break from tennis. The 2011 Wimbledon Girls junior champion has been on tour since age 13. She achieved her biggest success in the pro ranks by reaching three Grand Slam doubles finals with fellow Aussie Casey Dellacqua. Per a report in the Sydney Morning Herald, Barty made the decision after consulting with her coaches and team. "Since returning from the US Open, my team and I have decided that right now it is best for me to take a
Blog RSS | September 19, 2:07 am ET


American Collegiate Invitational Recap; Update on the 16 Participants
My recap of the first American Collegiate Invitational is up today at the Tennis Recruiting Network. After talking with tournament director Bill Mountford and US Open tournament director David Brewer, it sounds as if will be back in 2015, with some tweaks, of course.As I mentioned in my post last week on how top college players feel about the no-ad format, I talked to all 16 competitors at the American Collegiate Invitational two weeks ago. So instead of a slide show, I'm passing along individual photos with a brief update on their plans for the coming months.The UCLA sophomore is
ZooTennis | September 18, 3:00 pm ET


Nike honors Li Na with "Be the Bird that Sticks Out" campaign
Nike has announced a brand campaign to honor Li Na called "Be the Bird that Sticks Out." The image is of a phoenix spreading its wings and it captures "Li’s pioneering spirit of daring to stand out, and encourages young people to have the courage to follow their dreams." She referenced the phrase in the Facebook post announcing her retirement earlier today.Here's what Nike said about the campaign and its meaning:The campaign, "Be the Bird that Sticks Out," derives from the Chinese proverb, "The bird that sticks out always gets shot,” a stern reminder to keep in line,
Down the Line: raw + uncut | September 18, 3:00 pm ET


The bird that sticks out has flown: Li Na retires from tennis
Global #tennis icon Li Na officially announces retirement--> http://t.co/RjUd1IFGMD #WTA pic.twitter.com/vTL6sHkbwc— WTA (@WTA) September 19, 2014The Chinese proverb is a warning to all about the consequences of not conforming: The bird that sticks out always gets shot. "Be the bird that sticks out," Li Na countered, and she was--and is--the bird that sticks out, spreads its wings and soars above the dreary expectations and phony restrictions below her. In a world--and not just a sports world--where there are so few role models for girls, Li--throughout her career--has demonstrated courage and authenticity, and has done so with charm, candor and a
Women Who Serve | September 18, 3:00 pm ET


Monfils breezes into Moselle Open quarterfinals
Moselle Open, Metz, France Second round results: (2) Gael Monfils defeats Michal Przysiezny 7-5, 6-1 Jan-Lennard Struff defeats (5) Jeremy Chardy 6-7(5), 63, 6-4 (8) David Goffin defeats Tobias Kamke 61 63 (3) Philipp Kohlschreiber defeats Paolo Lorenzi 6-3, 7-5 (6) Joao Sousa defeats Igor Sijsling 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(3)
Tennis Connected | September 18, 1:28 pm ET


2015 Davis Cup Draw Announced
(September 18, 2014) The ITF announced the draw for the 2015 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas in Dubai. This year’s finalists France and Switzerland will both travel away to European opposition with Les Blues opening their campaign against Germany. Switzerland will travel to Belgium after David Goffin inspired his nation to retain its place in […]
Tennis Panorama | September 18, 10:55 am ET


Putting the “Special” in Kei
When Dante Bottini was an aspiring tennis pro, he left his native Argentina and relocated in Europe, hoping that the increased opportunity to play Challenger tournaments and other sub-tour events, and greater proximity to them, would help him realize his ambition to become an ATP pro. It was a gamble. Bottini, now 35, traveled in and lived out of a camper. Money was scarce. He would end up getting into the singles main draw at just two Futures events, but he did earn some ranking points. He attained his career-high singles ranking of No. 827 in September 1997; he did better
Articles by Peter Bodo | September 18, 10:35 am ET


More on USTA Player Development's Course, 10 and Under Tennis; Tiafoe and the Hype Machine
Since posting my article on what I'd like to see from USTA Player Development going forward, I've come across several others. This one, from New York magazine, "Ten Ways to Make the Next Great American Tennis Star" provides perspectives from a wide variety of people, including Jeff Tarango, Katerina Stewart, Mats Wilander and others. My esteem for The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How.and its author Daniel Coyle, who wrote this perceptive piece on the value of "crummy" facilities, makes No. 3, on the new Lake Nona complex, particularly interesting to me.Tennis.com's Kamakshi Tandon provides thoughts on
ZooTennis | September 17, 3:00 pm ET


[UPDATED] THE LOW DOWN: Li Na to announce her retirement from tennis according to reports
CCTV, the Chinese state-owned news outlet, is reporting that reigning Australian Open champion, Li Na, will announce her retirement according to her agent, Max Eisenbud:#LiNa, China’s two-time Grand Slam winner, expected to announce #retirement due to injuries, according to her agent pic.twitter.com/3fTFL9hYvO— CCTVNEWS (@cctvnews) September 18, 2014Li, who reached a career-high of No. 2 in the rankings, withdrew from all the summer hard-court tourneys, including the US Open, to deal with a recurring knee injury. If she does retire, it will be unfortunate timing for the WTA. Asia has been a big focus for the women's tour recently, and Li
Down the Line: raw + uncut | September 17, 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


Magic, 16 Years in the Making
Every Grand Slam event begins with 256 stories, evenly divided between the men’s and women’s singles players. Some of those stories are stock material—the overnight sensation, the local hero—while others are more subtle and still others are overlooked, or don’t command the attention they deserve. Talking to Tracy Austin on the phone about a different subject the other day, I was reminded of one of those stories, one that lasted the entire first week of the U.S. Open, but that I had somehow never gotten around to absorbing or thinking about in my rush to take care of other things. When
Articles by Peter Bodo | September 17, 8:56 am ET


USTA Announces Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup Teams; McNamara Named Head Women's Coach at Texas
The USTA announced the three-player teams that will represent the United States next week at the ITF's Junior Fed Cup and Junior Davis Cup competitions for 16-and-under players. As I mentioned on Monday, the girls team consists of CiCi Bellis, Tornado Alicia Black and Sofia Kenin and will be coached by Kathy Rinaldi. The boys team is Michael Mmoh, William Blumberg and Gianni Ross, and is coached by Eric Nunez. John McNally was originally named to the team, but a recent injury kept him from making the trip.The two teams are competing Friday against the University of New Mexico tennis
ZooTennis | September 16, 3:00 pm ET


PHOTO OP: I'll see your Wheaties box...and raise you Cup Noodles
US Open finalist Kei Nishikori is being honored by Nissin with his likeness on Cup Noodles for being the first man from Asia to reach a major final. [Via: For the Win, photo: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP]
Down the Line: raw + uncut | September 15, 3:00 pm ET


[UPDATED] Nicole Vaidisova posts a win in her return to tennis - is Jennifer Capriati next?
Did anyone else catch the return of Nicole Vaidisova today at the ColemanVision Tennis Championships today?Yup, she made her official return at the ITF Challenger in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and took on another former up-and-comer (although not as decorated), Sesil Karantantcheva. It’s been almost four-and-a-half years since the former world number seven played a pro match and so much had happened in between, including a marriage and divorce from Radek Stepanek and a couple of shoulder surgeries. But she had been teasing the return for weeks and then spelled it out on her Instagram feed:Hey everyone! So I guess the
Down the Line: raw + uncut | September 15, 3:00 pm ET


Weekend at Davis's
One of the less appreciated aspects of Davis Cup is that the September semifinals weekend is always loaded. In fact, it’s just about as critical and action-packed as the first round, when the 16 teams in the World Group face off. That’s because semifinals weekend is also when the World Group Play-offs—eight ties featuring the first-round World Group losers butting heads with nations that survived Group I play—are contested. With a random draw, it’s hardly inconceivable for generally elite nations to stumble out in the first round of World Group play—Spain, Serbia, and the United States did so this year. That
Articles by Peter Bodo | September 15, 8:07 am ET


VIDEO VAULT: Roger Federer clinches, cries, and takes a ride
This is what happens when you clinch your country's first appearance in the Davis Cup final in 22 years. Or you happen to be Roger Federer. Or both. Weeeeeee! The Swiss team will hit the road to take on France at home for the Davis Cup crown from November 21st to the 23rd. Find the rest of the results here.[Via TennisNow.com]
Down the Line: raw + uncut | September 14, 3:00 pm ET


Respect your elders
What began as a trend on the WTA tour is now a theme: The "veterans" are still around and they're kicking your ass. And in the recent case of Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and Venus Williams, they're kicking each other's asses. Lucic-Baroni is the latest of the "whatever happened to?" players who has played her way into the spotlight, starting with her U.S. Open run to the round of 16.The 32-year-old Lucic-Baroni won the Australian Open title with Martina Hingis in 1998, when she was just 15 years old. The year before, the Croatian player had won the first WTA tournament she
Women Who Serve | September 14, 3:00 pm ET


Lucic-Baroni wins everything in Quebec City
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, who had an emotional showing at the U.S. Open, beat top seed VenusWilliams 6-4, 6-3 today in Quebec City to win the title. This is Lucic-Baroni's first title in 16 years. She and partner Lucie Hradecka also won the doubles title. In the final, they defeated Hradecka's former partner, Andrea Hlavackova, and Julia Goerges.In Hong Kong, top seed Sabine Lisicki won the title when she defeated 3rd seed Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-3. However, Karolina and her sister, Kristyna, won the doubles title.And in Tashkent, Karin Knapp won her first WTA singles title. Knapp defeated top seed Bojana Jovanovski
Women Who Serve | September 13, 3:00 pm 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


Hopp To It!
It was a pure, extended Davis Cup moment, the kind that a fan of the competition would point to as an embodiment of all that is unique, and unrivaled, about the world’s second most popular international team competition. Roger Fed—er, make that Switzerland, represented by Roger Federer, was a set and 5-4 up on Italy, which had elected to send Simone Bolelli forth as its No. 2 singles player. Now it was 30-all, and the chant of “Hopp Suisse” resounded throughout the Palexpo arena in Geneva. Customarily undemonstrative, the Swiss were chanting, blowing horns, ringing cowbells and generally rocking the joint,
Articles by Peter Bodo | September 12, 11:03 am ET


Reading the Readers: Sept. 16
To put the final nail in the 2014 U.S. Open's coffin, we go to the mailbag. I'll be out the rest of this week, returning on September 22. ***** Steve,  Serena is 18-4 in Grand Slam finals; Evert was 18-16, Navratilova was 18-14. Do you think that favors Serena, or the other two, in the GOAT debate?—Caryn Serena is the best against the best, and on the biggest stages. Get her to the latter stages of a major and she has been virtually impossible to stop. If you’re someone who believes that second place shouldn’t count in these debates, that it’s win-it-all or nothing,
Articles by Steve Tignor | September 12, 7:29 am ET


Azarenka and Kyrgios Get Flirty
Wow Nick is chasing Vika hard, yes? pic.twitter.com/hSiOvopzaQ — Kait (@kait_oc) August 27, 2014 I follow both Kyrgios and Azarenka on Instagram, and I started noticing Nick's habit of liking all of Vika's posts and commenting on them. He even asked her to play mixed dubs at one point! But until recently, Vika had been silent on the whole thing. Until now... check out their Twitter convo from last night.
Home | September 11, 6:41 pm ET


Is Ana Ivanovic Dating Bastian Schweinsteiger?
Bastian Schweinsteiger, German footballer and World Cup winner, has been snapped holding hands with Ana Ivanovic... despite still being linked with his long-term girlfriend Sarah Brandner as recently as the World Cup! The two were snapped at the US Open, where Ivanovic lost in the second round despite high expectations. Perhaps her new German beau was distracting her?? Uh oh! Ivanovic nominated Schweinsteiger in her ALS Ice Bucket challenge last month and the two apparently met through mutual friend, German tennis player Andrea Petkovic. Best of luck to the lovebirds! (adsbygoogle =
Home | September 11, 6:14 pm ET


Going Home, Leaving Home
“I’m French, and I’m fast,” Gael Monfils once informed us in a TV commercial. If anything, it was an understatement. No one covers the court the way the force of nature known as La Monf does, and no one better conforms to the U.S. idea of the flashy tennis player from France who can do everything except win.  Monfils will represent his country in the Davis Cup semifinals this weekend, when they face two-time defending champion Czech Republic at Roland Garros. As usual, France has a deep team; Monfils was a point away from the U.S. Open semifinals last week, but
Articles by Steve Tignor | September 11, 12:32 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


Open to Suggestion
There wasn’t a lot to complain about at this year’s U.S. Open. There was little rain, and thus little whining about how Ashe Stadium has no roof overhead or tarps on its surface. There was no difficult one-day turnaround between the semifinals and finals, as there had been for more than 30 years. There were no scheduling snafus, no rash of injuries, no blatant tank jobs, no Jason Biggs exhibition, and none of the usual uproar over shrieking, equal pay, or slow courts. Even the much-hated Monday night men’s final was planned ahead of time this year. The big infrastructure
Articles by Steve Tignor | September 11, 8:53 am 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


Honor Roll
NEW YORK—The final Grand Slam of 2014 did a role reversal over its two weeks. On the women’s side, the tournament began with upsets and drama; on the men’s, with an inexorable march of the seeds. By the finish, though, the tours had switched places. The men ended up with two major-final newbies in the title match, while the women’s final was a return to form for two celebrity No. 1s. Put it all together and it was a fine two weeks, full of personality, incident, and fresh faces, which unfortunately ended with two routine matches and five straight uncompetitive
Articles by Steve Tignor | September 10, 6:26 am ET


tennis legend roger federer opens up in october issue of Town & Country
  Tennis legend Roger Federer covers the October issue of Town & Country, on newsstands nationwide September 16th. In the magazine, he opens up about how he deals with failure, his wife and children (two sets of twins!), and why he still has the urge to keep playing tennis. Some of the interview highlights: On […]
Tennis Served Fresh | September 9, 6:18 pm ET


Photos from Flushing Meadows: The Finals
Last but not least, scenes from the championship matches in men's and women's singles and doubles. For more of Anita Aguilar's pictures from the 2014 U.S. Open, along with Steve Tignor's captions, click here. Flavia Pennetta encourages partner Martina Hingis in the women’s doubles final. Flavia hearts New York. She also reached the quarters of the singles. In the title match, though, Russians Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova were too good—and too fired up. Makarova went Pennetta two better, reaching the semis of the singles and winning the doubles. Things got tense in the three-set match, but it was all smiles—or mostly smiles—at the end. Makarova
Articles by Steve Tignor | September 9, 10:41 am 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


Serena Williams Wins the US Open, Parties With Caroline Wozniacki
Getty ImagesSerena Williams claimed her 18th major and 6th US Open title today, beating close friend Caroline Wozniacki in the final 6-3 6-3. Serena is now tied second with Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova on the all-time Grand Slam winners list. So, how does one celebrate such an amazing achievement? By partying with the girl she beat, of course!
Home | September 7, 11:21 pm ET


My U.S. Open top 10
New York Public Library LionHere, in ascending order, are my top 10 U.S. Open occurrences:10. Are we in Melbourne?: It doesn't generally happen at the U.S. Open, but the heat rule had to be applied on several occasions, making play difficult for everyone, and causing semifinalist Peng Shuai to endure what appeared to be a pretty scary heat illness incident.9. Swiss Miss just misses: Martina Hingis, who--with Jana Novotna--won the U.S. Open doubles title 16 years ago, came very close to winning it again. She and Flavia Pennetta made it all the way to the final, in which they were
Women Who Serve | September 7, 3:00 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


Vika Sings Happy Birthday To Monfils
Victoria Azarenka singing Happy birthday Gael. :) @Gael_Monfils @vika7 https://t.co/u1M73qC1D6— Kishore Sharma (@KishoreRF) September 2, 2014 Victoria Azarenka got a little bit excited after her third set win over Aleksandra Krunic. Clearly ridiculously happy, Vika encouraged the crowd to sing Happy Birthday to Gael Monfils, who she called her best friend. I've got to be honest, Vika probably isn't as good a singer as she is tennis player, but points to her for clearly not giving a damn! And happy birthday to Gael Monfils!
Home | September 1, 8:54 pm ET


Andy Murray Hits Incredible Pass
Andy Murray, folks... https://t.co/nxSwpX921o— Live Tennis (@livetennis) September 1, 2014 Looks like someone has his swagger back. Andy Murray hit the kind of shot he's famous for against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Monday... that sort of shot that has you wondering HOW did he get to that?! Murray plays Novak Djokovic next and appears to be finding his form just in time. Can't wait to watch that one!
Home | September 1, 6:29 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


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 ?...it 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



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ATP - Sep 22 WTA - Sep 22
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Rafael Nadal2 Simona Halep
3 Roger Federer3 Petra Kvitova
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Maria Sharapova
5 David Ferrer5 Na Li
6 Milos Raonic6 Agnieszka Radwanska
7 Tomas Berdych7 Caroline Wozniacki
8 Kei Nishikori8 Angelique Kerber
9 Marin Cilic9 Eugenie Bouchard
10 Grigor Dimitrov10 Ana Ivanovic
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