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Last updated on October 19, 2014 8:36:23 ET

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Beck, Berdych, Ciic, Murray, Pavlyuchenkova Win WTA/ATP Titles
The Spaniard led 5-3 in the third before losing the final four games. "I have reached the final, so it is positive," Ferrer said. "Andy played more aggressively than I did in the crucial moments and he deserved to win."
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | October 19, 5:54 pm ET


London Race: Murray v Ferrer, Dimitrov v Berdych In Sunday Finals
It's a big Sunday in the London race.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | October 18, 4:43 pm ET


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Beck, Berdych, Ciic, Murray, Pavlyuchenkova Win WTA/ATP Titles
The Spaniard led 5-3 in the third before losing the final four games. "I have reached the final, so it is positive," Ferrer said. "Andy played more aggressively than I did in the crucial moments and he deserved to win."
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | October 19, 5:54 pm ET


Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova Speak out against Tarpischev
Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova made their first public comments about Shamil Tarpishev's demeaning remarks.On Sunday in Singapore ahead of next week’s WTA Finals, the WTA’s top two players made their first public remarks about the controversial comments made by Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpischev last week. Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova expressed solidarity with the views of the WTA’s CEO Stacey Allaster and gratitude for the many people who have stood up for the Williams sisters specifically and the WTA as a whole. More: Tarpischev Suspended for Demeaning Remarks about Williams Sisters "I think the WTA did a great job
Blog RSS | October 19, 1:21 pm ET


Murray Wins 30th Title with victory over Ferrer in Vienna
By Florian Heer (October 19, 2014) VIENNA – In Sunday’s blockbuster final at the Erste Bank Open the tournament’s two top-seeds as well as ATP World Tour Finals contenders, David Ferrer and Andy Murray, faced each other for the title. It was the first time that two wild cards contested an ATP World Tour Final […]
Tennis Panorama | October 19, 1:15 pm ET


Cilic and Pavlyuchenkova Net Moscow Titles
(October 19, 2014) U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic won the Kremlin Cup on Sunday in Moscow defeating Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4 for his 13th ATP World Tour title of his career and his fourth tournament win of the season. “After winning such a big tournament as a Grand Slam you have a lot of […]
Tennis Panorama | October 19, 1:00 pm ET


Cilic wins Moscow title; Berdych claims Stockholm crown; Murray beats Ferrer for Vienna trophy
Kremlin Cup by Bank of Moscow, Moscow, Russia US Open winner Marin Cilic captured his fourth title of 2014 on Sunday in Moscow, Russia, defeating Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4. Hitting 10 aces, while breaking serve on two occasions, Cilic saved all six break points on his serve. The towering Croatian qualified for the ATP [...]
Tennis Connected | October 19, 12:59 pm ET


Berdych Rallies Past Dimtrov to Take Stockholm Crown
Hey baddy lets do selfie!!!#doublebirdy pic.twitter.com/E2ZjV4pKHU — Tomš Berdych (@tomasberdych) October 19, 2014 (October 19, 2014) Top seed Tomas Berdych kept himself in the ATP World Tour Race to London by defeating defending champion Grigor Dimitrov 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday to win the Stockholm Open for the second time. Berdych won his 10th career […]
Tennis Panorama | October 19, 12:50 pm ET


Notes and Quotes: The WTA Top 8 Meet the Press in Singapore
  (October 19, 2014) The elite 8 of women’s tennis met the media on Sunday in advance of the WTA Finals which begin on Monday in Singapore. Here are a few notable quotables.   Serena Williams responding to Shamil Tarpischev’s comments: “I think the WTA did a great job of taking initiative and taking immediate […]
Tennis Panorama | October 19, 12:49 pm ET


Serena Williams vs Simona Halep WTA Finals Singapore 2014 Live Video Stream
The Serena Williams vs Simona Halep WTA Finals Singapore 2014 Live Video Stream is available here. The world's top eight female tennis players in singles and top eight female doubles teams converge in the Southeast Asian city of Singapore for the prestigious WTA Finals 2014 tournament. World number one Serena Williams leads the pack and will attemp to defend the title for the third time. The American, already a four-time champion at this event, qualified for this tournament for the 13th time. World number two and 2004 champion Maria Sharapova is back after missing the last year's edition due
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | October 19, 12:34 pm ET


Serena Williams vs Ana Ivanovic WTA Finals Singapore 2014 Live Video Stream
The Serena Williams vs Ana Ivanovic WTA Finals Singapore 2014 Live Video Stream is available here. The world's top eight female tennis players in singles and top eight female doubles teams converge in the Southeast Asian city of Singapore for the prestigious WTA Finals 2014 tournament. World number one Serena Williams leads the pack and will attemp to defend the title for the third time. The American, already a four-time champion at this event, qualified for this tournament for the 13th time. World number two and 2004 champion Maria Sharapova is back after missing the last year's edition due
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | October 19, 12:31 pm ET


Live Stream: WTA Singapore Championships 2014
The Live Stream: WTA Singapore Championships 2014 is available here. The world's top eight female tennis players in singles and top eight female doubles teams converge in the Southeast Asian city of Singapore for the prestigious WTA Finals 2014 tournament. World number one Serena Williams leads the pack and will attemp to defend the title for the third time. The American, already a four-time champion at this event, qualified for this tournament for the 13th time. World number two and 2004 champion Maria Sharapova is back after missing the last year's edition due to injury. Watch Live Stream: WTA Singapore
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | October 19, 12:25 pm ET


WTA Finals Singapore 2014 Live Video Stream
The WTA Finals Singapore 2014 Live Video Stream is available here. The world's top eight female tennis players in singles and top eight female doubles teams converge in the Southeast Asian city of Singapore for the prestigious WTA Finals 2014 tournament. World number one Serena Williams leads the pack and will attemp to defend the title for the third time. The American, already a four-time champion at this event, qualified for this tournament for the 13th time. World number two and 2004 champion Maria Sharapova is back after missing the last year's edition due to injury. Watch WTA Finals Singapore
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | October 19, 12:23 pm ET


Tarpischev issues formal statement on flak over Williams sisters
Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpischev has issued a formal statement regarding the flak that he received when he referred to Serena Williams and Venus Williams as brothers. Dear sirs, On behalf of myself and the Russian Tennis Federation I want to sincerely apologize for my insensitive remarks concerning Serena and Venus Williams made last [&hellip The post Tarpischev issues formal statement on flak over Williams sisters appeared first on Tennis Guru.
Tennis GuruTennis Guru | October 19, 11:02 am ET


Serena Williams Responds to Shamil Tarpischev Comments
  #457472450 / gettyimages.com (October 19, 2014) In her pre-tournament news conference at the WTA Finals in Singapore, Serena Williams responded to comments by Shamil Tarpischev, the head of the Russian Tennis Federation, who referred to Serena Williams and her sister Venus as the “Williams brothers.” “I think the WTA did a great job of […]
Tennis Panorama | October 19, 8:37 am ET


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


ATP World Tour draws for the 2014 WTA Finals, Valencia Open and Basel Open
The singles draws for the 2014 WTA Finals, Valencia Open and Basel Open can be found at the links below. WTA Finals: Singles Draw. Valencia Open: Singles Draw. Basel Open: Singles Draw.
Tennis Connected | October 18, 4:59 pm ET


London Race: Murray v Ferrer, Dimitrov v Berdych In Sunday Finals
It's a big Sunday in the London race.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | October 18, 4:43 pm ET


Bellis Wins Second Consecutive $25K in South Carolina; Fritz, Pedraza and Horvit Seeded at ITF Grade
Fifteen-year-old CiCi Bellis won her second straight singles title at a $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event today in Florence, South Carolina. Bellis received a special exemption into the main draw this week based on her inability to play qualifying because she was competing in the final of the Rock Hill tournament. In today's final, Bellis defeated No. 6 seed Ysaline Bonaventure of Belgium 6-2, 6-1, giving her ten straight Pro Circuit victories and 15 wins in a row counting her five at No. 1 singles for the US Junior Fed Cup team late last month. Because Bellis is only 15,
ZooTennis | October 18, 3:00 pm ET


WTA Finals to begin tomorrow in Singapore
You can look at the excitement gathering around the commencement of the WTA Finals as a sort of Sex and the City romp:What's so funny Aga, Caro & Ana? #WTAFinals draw ceremony PHOTO GALLERY--> http://t.co/YJjsfdeyl9 #tennis pic.twitter.com/aYssrjd9J5— WTA (@WTA) October 18, 2014 Or you can look at it as this:And the pic of the night...:) pic.twitter.com/x9t3ajMTb1— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) October 18, 2014Perhaps it's both.The Red Group consists of Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Eugenie Bouchard, and Ana Ivanovic.Williams has a 49-4 head-to-head record against the rest of the group. She is, in fact, the only member of her group to have a
Women Who Serve | October 18, 3:00 pm ET


Previews: WTA Finals; ATP Basel, Valencia
Wozniacki could sneak out of the White Group with her solid record against her group mates...Former champs in the field are Serena (2013-12,'09,'01), Kvitova (2011) and Sharapova (2004).
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | October 18, 12:32 pm ET


Gublis upset in Moscow; Dimitrov reaches Stockholm final; Ferrer to face Murray for
Kremlin Cup by Bank of Moscow, Moscow, Russia Semifinal results: Roberto Bautista Agut defeats (3) Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-4 ***** If Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden Semifinal results: (2) Grigor Dimitrov defeats Bernard Tomic 6-3, 7-5 (1) Tomas Berdych defeats Matthias Bachinger 7-6(7), 6-4 ***** Erste Bank Open, Vienna, Austria Semifinal results: (2) Andy Murray defeats Viktor Troicki 6-4, 6-3 (1) David Ferrer defeats [...]
Tennis Connected | October 18, 11:54 am ET


Cilic Qualifies For Barclays ATP World Tour Finals
London—US Open champion Marin Cilic has claimed the fifth spot at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The Croat will make his debut at the year-end event as he joins Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka in the elite eight-man field at the prestigious tournament, to be held at The O2 in [...]
Tennis Connected | October 18, 9:17 am ET


Video: Federer Will Face Dimitrov at Madison Square Garden in March
Grigor Dimitrov tells the old man to bring his racquets and tie his shoes. Federer tells fans to get ready to make some noise. Roger Federer and Grigor Dimitrov could meet in the quarterfinals of next week’s Swiss Indoors Basel for the second straight year, but if they don’t end up locking horns, fans can set their calendars for March 10th when the two will square off in an exhibition at the BNP Paribas Showdown on World Tennis Day. Video: Dimitrov Connects on Mind-Blowing Hot Shot Double That’s all pretty exciting news, but how about the job Federer does promoting this event?
Blog RSS | October 18, 8:58 am ET


Photos: Eight Awesome Pics of the WTA’s Elite Eight from Singapore Draw Ceremony
The stars were out in Singapore, and we've got the epic pics to prove it. A smattering of epic tweets and Instagrams from today’s draw ceremony at the WTA Finals in Singapore. 1. As they say in tennis, this one is “too good.” GOAT PHOTO. RT @CarosWrist: Unoffical 2014 #WTAFinals iconic photo;) @WTA pic.twitter.com/yvFOfxvQbo — Courtney Nguyen (@FortyDeuceTwits) October 18, 2014 2. No, she’s not judging them, but she is WATCHING THEM! Serena Williams is judging you girls. pic.twitter.com/CehJdRX9SK — chiara gambuzza (@ChiaraGamTWI) October 18, 2014 3. Bring ‘em on! Let the Hunger Games begin 😉 pic.twitter.com/P9Gxm7VMQV — Eugenie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) October 18, 2014 4. Too
Blog RSS | October 18, 8:12 am ET


Updating the Race to London after Vienna, Stockholm and Moscow
The race to the World Tour Finals heated up significantly last week and promised to boil over in Valencia and Basel this week. With two weeks of tennis left to play before London qualification is made official, things are heating up to a boil on the ATP Tour. Vienna: Murray Downs Ferrer to Strengthen London Bid Last week in Moscow, Vienna and Stockholm significant strides were made by Marin Cilic (who officially qualified and won the Moscow title), Tomas Berdych (who further solidified his hold on the 7th spot), and Andy Murray (who leapfrogged David Ferrer and Milos Raonic to slide into the
Blog RSS | October 18, 7:12 am ET


Ringing in Singapore
Does it seem a little early for the women to be playing their final event of 2014? Only in tennis would a season that begins on January 1 and ends in late October seem oddly short. Either way, the WTA is set to put on its most lucrative event of the year, the eight-player, year-ending, freshly renamed WTA Finals. The tour has also chosen a new location this year, in Singapore. We know that Asia is where tennis wants to go, but moving the tournament out of Istanbul, its location for the last three years, is something of a risk. The
Articles by Steve Tignor | October 18, 7:08 am ET


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


WTA Finals Preview: Serena Williams
The WTA Finals—the season-ending championship of women's tennis—begins on Monday, October 20 in Singapore. Throughout eight days, we'll take a closer look at the seasons put forth so far by the eight singles competitors. Serena Williams has had a year filled with dispiriting lows—and one enormous high. She got off on the wrong Grand Slam foot at the Australian Open (losing to Ana Ivanovic in the fourth round) but rebounded to win her 59th WTA title in Miami. Garbine Muguruza eliminated her from the French Open in the second round. When Williams was upset for the second time this year by Alize
Articles by Peter Bodo | October 18, 4:00 am ET


Cilic reaches Kremlin Cup semifinals; Dimitrov beats Sock in Stockholm; Ferrer, Murray progress in V
Kremlin Cup by Bank of Moscow, Moscow, Russia Quarterfinal results: Mikhail Kukushkin defeats (7) Mikhail Youzhny 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-0 (2) Marin Cilic defeats (6) Tommy Robredo 6-3, 6-3 (5) Roberto Bautista Agut defeats Ricardis Berankis 7-5, 6-3 (3) Ernests Gulbis defeats (8) Andreas Seppi 7-6(6), 4-6, 7-6(3) ***** If Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden Quarterfinal results: Bernard Tomic defeats (7) Fernando Verdasco [...]
Tennis Connected | October 17, 5:17 pm ET


Bellis Reaches Second Straight $25K Final; Wild Card Kozlov Draws Klizan in ATP Valencia Tournament;
CiCi Bellis continued her run in South Carolina, with the 15-year-old reaching her second $25,000 Pro Circuit final in as many weeks with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 seminial win today over unseeded Petra Rampre in Florence. Bellis, who received direct entry this week due to reaching the final last week in Rock Hill, went down a break 1-0 in the second set after dropping the first, but won four of the next five games for a 4-2 lead. She let that slip, but broke Rampre serving at 4-5 to send the match to a third set, which Bellis dominated. She
ZooTennis | October 17, 3:00 pm ET


Want To Watch Andy Murray Eat Cake? Of Course You Do [Video]
Andy Murray ate cake in Vienna.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | October 17, 2:12 pm ET


Grigor Dimitrov’s Trick Shot Was So Nice He Did It Twice!! (You Won’t Believe It) [Video
Grigor Dimitrov just hit maybe the greatest back-to-back trick shots in the history of tennis.
The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | October 17, 1:57 pm ET


Shamil Tarpischev refers to Serena and Venus as "Williams Brothers" on Russian Television, Fined $25
The President of the Russian Tennis Federation, Shamil Tarpischev, received a stiff reprimand for demeaning comments about Venus and Serena Williams. During the lead-up to this week’s Kremlin Cup in Moscow, Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpischev engaged in a regrettable dialog with a Russian television host. During the taping of a popular Russian late-night TV show called Evening Urgant, Tarpischev, who was a guest alongside of former WTA star Elena Dementieva, called Venus and Serena Williams "brothers“ much to the delight of the show’s host, Ivan Urgant. Thanks to the tennisinfoblog.com, there is a tidy translation of the transcript (we’ve
Blog RSS | October 17, 12:23 pm ET


The Avatar
“Dav-a-DENK-o!” It’s not the easiest name for a crowd of thousands to chant, and it wasn’t heard often over the course of Nikolay Davydenko’s 15-year pro career. But back in 2007, the slouching rowdies inside the old center court at Rome’s Foro Italico turned it into a stirring melody. And it worked: The roar of the Romans helped Davydenko push Rafael Nadal, who hadn't lost on clay in two years, to a third set. In the end, the Russian didn’t win the match, but he won the crowd, and that meant almost as much to him. “Did you notice that the
Articles by Steve Tignor | October 17, 7:30 am ET


WTA Finals Preview: Petra Kvitova
The WTA Finals—the season-ending championship of women's tennis—begins on Monday, October 20 in Singapore. Throughout eight days, we'll take a closer look at the seasons put forth so far by the eight singles competitors. Petra Kvitova stunned the world when she more or less came out of nowhere win Wimbledon in 2011. All you need to know about her adventures since then is that she once again stunned many of the pundits and faithful fans of the game when she won it again, this year. Kvitova, now 24, was gone from the Australian Open in the first round; by the time Miami
Articles by Peter Bodo | October 17, 4:00 am ET


Mmoh, Bellis Reach Pro Circuit Semifinals; Division I Regional Championships in Full Swing; Macon's
Sixteen-year-old Michael Mmoh reached his first semifinal on the Futures circuit today, defeating University of Oklahoma sophomore Andrew Harris 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 at the $15,000 Mansfield Futures in Texas. Mmoh, a wild card who went straight from winning Saturday's final at the ITF Grade B1 Pan American Closed in Tulsa to Mansfield, is the only surprise semifinalist. Top seed Liam Broady of Great Britain will play No. 3 seed Henrique Cunha(Duke) of Brazil, while Mmoh will take on former Texas All-American Dimitar Kutrovsky of Bulgaria, the No. 4 seed, in the other semifinal Saturday. All those close calls for Mmoh
ZooTennis | October 16, 3:00 pm ET


WTA Finals Preview: Maria Sharapova
The WTA Finals—the season-ending championship of women's tennis—begins on Monday, October 20 in Singapore. Throughout eight days, we'll take a closer look at the seasons put forth so far by the eight singles competitors. Maria Sharapova got off to a relatively slow start this season. She was upset by Dominika Cibulkova (the eventual losing finalist) at the Australian Open and beaten at the two big hard-court combined events in the U.S. But she dialed in her game again on clay, winning at Madrid and then adding a fifth Grand Slam and second French Open title to her CV. Then, after Angelique Kerber
Articles by Peter Bodo | October 16, 4:00 am ET


ITF B1 Pan American Closed Recap, Slideshow, Videos
My synopsis of last week's ITF Pan American Closed Championships is available today at the Tennis Recruiting Network. After finishing the tournament on Saturday, champion Michael Mmoh went straight to the $15,000 Mansfield Texas Futures, where, after a win over Jeff Dadamo(Texas A&M) today, he has reached the quarterfinals, his second career quarterfinal at a Futures tournament. In addition to Mmoh, three current college players also have reached the quarterfinals: TCU's Cameron Norrie, who beat Dennis Novikov(UCLA) 7-6(5), 1-6, 6-0; Virginia's Mitchell Frank and Oklahoma's Andrew Harris.Pan Am finalist Claire Liu went straight to Florence, South Carolina and, without
ZooTennis | October 15, 3:00 pm ET


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


Black, Bellis Advance at Florence $25K; Collins in College Spotlight; LTA's Downey Assembles Tough L
Sixteen-year-old Tornado Alicia Black, competing for the first time since helping the US girls win the ITF's Junior Fed Cup last month, posted the best win of her career today at the $25,000 Pro Circuit event in Florence, South Carolina.Black, who received entry via a junior exemption for finishing in the ITF junior top 10 last year, drew No. 1 seed and wild card Anna Tatishvili, ranked 99 by the WTA. As the No. 1 seed in the $75,000 Albuquerque tournament last month, Tatishvili had beaten Black 6-2, 6-3 in the second round, but Black turned the tables today, taking
ZooTennis | October 14, 3:00 pm ET


Forward Thinking
“Winning titles, winning five titles or something, I guess, something exciting. Leaving tournaments as the winner. That’s what keeps things exciting.” This was Roger Federer's answer last November when he was asked what would constitute a “satisfactory” 2014 season for him. He may have plucked “five titles or something” out of the air that day, but by any measure Federer has had a successful season. On Sunday in Shanghai, he won his fourth event and second Masters title of the year, beat Novak Djokovic in the process, and moved back up to No. 2 in the rankings. Afterward, Federer sounded duly
Articles by Steve Tignor | October 13, 12:50 pm ET


The Week in Preview: Into the Homestretch
That’s it for the Asian tour—it was short, but the Chinese fans’ enthusiasm for the game's biggest names was as sweet as ever. The big winners were Maria Sharapova and Roger Federer (more on him from me later today), both of whom walked away with their fourth titles of 2014, solidified themselves at No. 2 in the rankings, and made us highly curious about their immediate futures. As for our immediate future as fans, we now cast our eyes back one more time to Europe; following the tour at this time of year feels a little like following a tennis ball
Articles by Steve Tignor | October 13, 7:28 am ET


Maria Sharapova Plays Football Tennis
How's this for an inventive training exercise? Pova shows off her football/tennis skills at the gym... looks more fun than lifting weights that's for sure.
Home | October 12, 5:51 pm ET


Andy Murray... The Movie?
Check out this preview for the Stand Up 2 Cancer sketch, which features various celebrities auditioning for roles for an Andy Murray movie. Britney Spears as Kim Sears? Sure... why not. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});
Home | October 12, 5:20 pm ET


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


Riske tells Bencic "not quite yet"
Alison RiskeIn an odd twist on the "veterans are taking over the tour" theme, 24-year-old Alison Riske won her first WTA title today, and in doing so, denied a first title to 17-year-old Belinda Bencic, one of the brightest of the tour's rising stars. Riske won the inaugural edition of the Tianjing Open, defeating Bencic 6-3, 6-4 in the final.The doubles title was taken by Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Rodionova, who defeated Sorana Cirstea and Andreja Klepac 6-7, 6-2, 10-8. Kudryavtseva and Rodionova got not only a trophy, but also the last availble spot in the WTA Finals draw.In Linz,
Women Who Serve | October 11, 3:00 pm ET


Inspiring with a Smile
Vic Braden wasn’t drawn to tennis by watching the pros play. He wasn’t inspired by the elegance he saw in its strokes. And he didn’t play because his parents had played before him; Braden’s father was a coal miner who didn’t belong to the country club in Monroe, Mich., the blue-collar town that the family called home. Braden was first hooked by the smell of tennis. One day when he was 11, he walked past the local public courts, on his way to play football. At that moment, someone was opening a can of balls. “You could hear the fizz,” Braden recalled in
Articles by Steve Tignor | October 9, 10:54 am ET


Maria Sharapova and boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov to participate in Mexican Open
Russian tennis star, Maria Sharapova and boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov confirmed their participation for the XXII edition of the 2015 Mexican Tennis Open held in Acapulco from February 23-28. While Dimitrov will be back for seconds after winning the men’s field in 2014 against Kevin Anderson, this will be Sharapova’s first time playing in the famed […]
Tennis Served Fresh | October 9, 8:37 am ET


Ana Ivanovic to Bella magazine: "I don't meet too many guys."
A striking Ana Ivanovic is featured on the cover and in a feature story for the Fall Fashion and Travel issue of Bella magazine. The magazine asked the former top lady baller about dating and relationships.I would say, yes - there is always time, if you meet the right person. One of the downsides of the job is that I am travelling so much, and I don't have so much time to go out and socialise, as people who have a more traditional job might do, so it's hard. I don't meet too many guys.Ana was formerly linked to ATP
Down the Line: raw + uncut | October 8, 3:00 pm ET


HOW NOT TO BE A GRACIOUS LOSER--JUST A LOSER--BY FABIO FOGNINI
Here's a story for all of you up-and-coming ballers out there that I'd like you to hear.You're a veteran on the ATP tour (Fabio Fognini) and you come up against a wild card ranked 553 in the world (Wang Chuhan), who is playing his first match on said tour in front of his country people in Shanghai. The match also happens to be the first round of a Masters 1000, a pretty big stage. Shockingly, he beats you 7-6 (5), 6-4 and is understandably ecstatic while you're understandably disappointed. So how do you react to this moment?CHOICE A: Purposefully bump
Down the Line: raw + uncut | October 6, 3:00 pm ET


Maria Sharapova got an upgrade in flight and in print
Remember that time Maria Sharapova eye-spied a fellow passenger reading about her on a flight and tweeted about it? And remember how I was on-the-floor shocked that she, a former world No. 1 and 5-time Grand Slammer, was riding alongside her minions in coach class? Well, the Sugar Queen got an upgrade in more ways than one.Hey buddy, remember me? I got an upgrade and a front page picture. Miss you xoxo #whatadifferenceaweekmakes pic.twitter.com/Syzn4832FB— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) October 6, 2014Winning big titles makes EVERYTHING POSSIBLE.
Down the Line: raw + uncut | October 5, 3:00 pm ET


Juan Martin del Potro is ready for a comeback?
File picWill the former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro be able to make a comeback after a long layoff following a wrist surgery since March?Recently, the Argentinian has been working hard in gym and on court and set to make a comeback in Basel and Paris during the indoor hard court season.In September, the del Potro announced that he would not be able to compete during the upcoming Asian swing which includes the the September 22-28 Malaysian Open, his title defence at the Japan Open a week later and the October 5-12 Shanghai Rolex Masters.Last season, del Potro defeated
HCFoo's Tennis Blog – Tennis Celebrity Photos, News, Gossip and More! | October 5, 3:00 pm ET


QUOTE OF THE DAY: Tomas Berdych
"I just said to my coach now that I probably played over 700 matches in my career, and I met guys like Andre, Roger, all those probably in their best times. But I have never, ever experienced anything like that."- A stunned Tomas Berdych after his 6-0, 6-2 drubbing at the hands of Novak Djokovic in the China Open finalHigh praise. The only time they were on the same playing field was right before the first ball was struck. Nole literally raced out to a 6-0, 5-0 lead before finally getting broken by Berd. It was simply an awesome performance
Down the Line: raw + uncut | October 4, 3:00 pm ET


Who is next?
If you had to answer the question, "Who will be the next player to win her first major?" you'd probably say Genie Bouchard--and you would likely be correct in your prediction. In 2014, Bouchard pulled herself away from any perceived pack of peers, reaching the semifinals of both the Australian Open and the French Open, and the final of Wimbledon. She also won her first WTA title, in Nurnberg, and reached the final in Wuhan.Bouchard injured her knee at the French Open and has continued to have some problems with it. Her last quarter has not been as stellar as
Women Who Serve | October 4, 3:00 pm ET


Sharapova wins China Open and becomes number 2 in the world
Maria Sharapova continued her winning ways against Petra Kvitova in the Beijing final today, defeating the Wuhan champion 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 in the final. Whoever won the final was locked in to advance to the world number 2 ranking, so that goes to Sharapova. Andrea Hlavackova and Peng Shuai won the doubles title, defeating Cara Black and Sania Mirza 6-4, 6-4.The Beijing title is Sharapova's fourth of the year, and her 33rd in all. This is her first-ever title in China. Winners of the "big three" Asian swing tournaments were Sharapova, Kvitova and Ana Ivanovic (Tokyo). The eight players headed
Women Who Serve | October 4, 3:00 pm ET


PHOTO OP: Grigor Dimitrov feeling flexy
Grigor Dimitrov took out Spain's Pablo Andujar 6-4, 6-4 at the China Open and will try become the first baller to defeat Novak Djokovic in Beijing when they meet in the quarterfinals. The Serb is riding a 21-0 streak at the tourney.Grisha doesn't seem too concerned about the world number one's record:"[Novak] has always played well here. At the same time I like my chances. I've been practising well. I had a good block before the last bit of the season. In a way I'm excited to just come out there and play that match. Of course... I'm going to
Down the Line: raw + uncut | October 1, 3:00 pm ET


Li Na Says Goodbye
Li Na said goodbye to professional tennis at the China Open on Tuesday surrounded by fans and peers. There were many tears during the ceremony, none more so than when Petra Kvitova spoke about her close friend. ''The most important thing I want to say tonight is thank you for being our opponent, thank you for being our inspiration, and thank you for being our friend,'' Kvitova said, ''We will miss you, champion.'' You can watch the entire ceremony here. Onthego wishes Li Na the best in retirement and thanks her for her beautiful tennis and the many laughs she gave us.
Home | September 30, 10:58 pm ET


Tennis Over All
Jason Pinsky, Brendan Evans, Ludovic Walter, Alex Bogomolov, Amer Delic, Brett Joelsen and Jeffrey Appel at STK in Las Vegas (Appel's firm effectuated STK's public listing (symbol: STKS))I spoke with JeffreyAppel via phone on the eve the USTA NationalOpen Level Championships. Appel, an executiveat Broadband Capital, captains the team sponsoredby the New York Athletic Club (NYAC) which is representing the USTA’s Eastern Section. The tournament was set for the Darling Tennis Center in Las Vegas this weekend.When a group of Wall Street hedge fund/private equity types and their buddies plan a long weekend trip to Las Vegas, it’s not usually
Blacklabel Tennis, a tennis blog | September 27, 3:00 pm ET


andy roddick added to Mylan World TeamTennis Smash hits field
Former world No. 1 Andy Roddick has joined the all-star lineup for Mylan World TeamTennis Smash Hits in London. The event, which benefits the Elton John AIDS Foundation and is co-hosted by Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King, will be Sunday, December 7 during the final session of the Statoil Masters Tennis at the […]
Tennis Served Fresh | September 17, 11:44 am ET


unlikely hero marin cilic can use US Open win as catalyst
Marin Cilic believes his shock US Open victory can be the catalyst for him to become a big player in future Grand Slams – and judging by the stylish way he saw off Kei Nishikori in the final it’s hard to disagree. The effusive Croat has gone as far as describing his win at Flushing […]
Tennis Served Fresh | September 12, 3:16 pm ET


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


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


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


Is the Big 4's dominance in ATP finally over?
After nearly one decade of Grand Slam finals involving long time nemeses Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic, Croatian Marin Cilic's victory over Kei Nishikori at the US Open finally gave new hope to the other tennis players that they do not have to wait for too long to be succeed.Believe it or not, the discussion in the next major tournament, would be on whether someone else besides the Big 4 will win the championship. Whatever happened in the past two weeks could determine the future of the Australian Open and the subsequent majors in 2015. However, to check
HCFoo's Tennis Blog – Tennis Celebrity Photos, News, Gossip and More! | September 10, 3:00 pm ET


Tennis Nerd Takeaways From The US Open
A night session on Arthur Ashe stadium is completely different that any other live tennis experience. In the early rounds, just about everybody in the stadium is having a full-boar conversation with the person next to them. The two players trading groundstrokes below serve as perfect background noise for two friends catching up on life. […]
The Tennis Nerds | September 8, 3:45 pm ET


The Unlikely Lass
Vegas wouldn't take this bet, Judge Judy would've interrupted and asked the plaintiffs to cut the baloney, Disney wouldn't option this screenplay.It's too much to believe that tennis was blessed with Serena Williams.Chris Evert, the sun-kissed, ponytailed, ice maiden, golden girl daughter of a longtime tennis coach, we'd buy that one.Martina Navratilova, the workhorse who defected from behind the iron curtain and was as responsible as anyone for upping the game's physical ante, we can buy that one too.For as incredible as both those champions were, there stories somehow seem to fit within the acceptable (read: believable) narrative for tennis
Blacklabel Tennis, a tennis blog | September 6, 3:00 pm ET


38 Special
Sporting dominance, though acknowledged as it happens, is usually only truly appreciated through the lens of history. Once fans are freed from the throes of week-in, week-out competition; once the hysterical tweets have long faded from the timeline; once the cries of “Not him again!” have long since drifted on the wind. For the last decade, since February 2005 to be exact, every single final played at a major tennis tournament featured either Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal. Let me put this in perspective, for 38 consecutive majors 128 men were in the draw, the best
Blacklabel Tennis, a tennis blog | September 6, 3:00 pm ET


Tennis stars take the plunge with #IceBucketChallenge
The #IceBucketChallenge has soaked the US and across the world in the past weeks raising awareness of ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a neurodegenerative disorder commonly known as the Lou Gehrig's disease.Celebrities videoed themselves emptying buckets full of icy water and challenged three other people to do the same stunt. As a result, the campaign has gone viral.In the tennis scene, Andy Murray was first nominated by Jesse Levine in July to take up the challenge. Later, the former Wimbledon champion named his coach Amelie Mauresmo for the challenge.Murray has also challenged Justin Gimelstob earlier this week live on air after
HCFoo's Tennis Blog – Tennis Celebrity Photos, News, Gossip and More! | August 16, 3:00 pm ET


A Conversation With Stefan Kozlov
It’s no secret, American tennis(especially on the men’s side) has struggled mightily over the last ten years. So, naturally, everybody is looking for the next big American star. A name that has been talked about heavily is Stefan Kozlov, a 16 year old from Pembroke Pines, Florida. The American lost a tight three setter to […]
The Tennis Nerds | July 28, 8:20 pm ET


Dudi Sela: Israeli Pride
The Israeli-Palestinian crisis has headlined world news for the last three weeks. The ongoing battle reached nineteen days Saturday, with over 1000 civilian casualties already reported. A 12 hour humanitarian cease-fire was proposed, but was eventually rejected by Hamas friday, who today announced that they have fired five rockets at Israel. Israeli tennis player Dudi […]
The Tennis Nerds | July 26, 9:59 pm ET


Quotes of the Day: Isner, Matosevic, Sela, Becker, Sock
The second installment of my new series “Quotes of the Day” is here. Friday in Atlanta was an interesting, action-packed day of tennis. The sun was out, and it was unbearably hot. I’ll let the players tell the rest of the story. John Isner–The 6’10 American played a very….unique match against Marinko Matosevic. After winning […]
The Tennis Nerds | July 26, 1:12 am ET


Quotes of the Day: Atlanta—–De Bakker, Anderson, Isner, Becker
I’m going to be experimenting with a new series for the site. Each day I’m live at an event, and have the chance to talk to players, I’m going to put out the best quotes from each player that day. I like to focus more on feature writing for The Tennis Nerds, and I know […]
The Tennis Nerds | July 25, 2:18 am ET


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


Wimbledon Champions Dinner – Djokovic & Kvitova

Tennis Perspective | July 7, 12:20 am ET


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


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


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


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


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


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



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1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Rafael Nadal3 Simona Halep
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5 David Ferrer5 Na Li
6 Tomas Berdych6 Agnieszka Radwanska
7 Kei Nishikori7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 Marin Cilic8 Ana Ivanovic
9 Milos Raonic9 Caroline Wozniacki
10 Andy Murray10 Angelique Kerber
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