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Lucas Pouille Captures First ATP Title, Takes Down Dominic Thiem In Metz

Posted by Staff on September 26th, 2016 @ 10:26 am

Frenchman Lucas Pouille broke through for his first career title on Sunday in France, defeating top-seeded Dominic Thiem 7-6(5), 6-2 for the Moselle Open crown in Metz.

The 22-year-old improved to 30 wins on the year and recorded a fifth win over a Top 10 opponent.

“Winning a title is a big step, it’s an objective I wanted to achieve this year,” the Frenchman said. “It was a well-played final. We both …

Teen Alexander Zverev Beats Stan Wawrinka’s For First Career ATP Title In St. Petersburg

Posted by Staff on September 26th, 2016 @ 10:19 am

Teen Alexander Zverev made the St. Petersburg Open his coming-out party on Sunday, beating US Open champion Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 to win his first title of the year.

He improved to 1-2 in finals this year and for his career.

“I played all the finals well,” the German said. “I lost to Dominic Thiem on clay and I could have won against Florian Mayer on the grass…Now I’m very happy …

Wozniacki, Arruabarrena, Tsurenko Win WTA Titles Over Weekend

Posted by Staff on September 26th, 2016 @ 12:57 am

Former No. 1 Wozniacki Wins 1st Title of Year at Tokyo

Caroline Wozniacki won her first title of the season on Sunday in Tokyo when the former world No. 1 defeated Japanese rising star Naomi Osaka 7-5, 6-3.

“I just wanted to go out and enjoy it,” Wozniacki said of the championship match. “It’s the final and both of us had great weeks. We both wanted to go out there and play …

Wawrinka v Zverev in St. Petersburg Final; Thiem Faces Pouille For Metz Title

Posted by Staff on September 24th, 2016 @ 11:13 pm

Stan Wawrinka will look to win his 12th straight ATP final Sunday when he takes on 19-year-old Alexander Zverev for the St. Petersburg title.

Wawrinka ran his win streak to 10 after dismantling Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6, 6-2 to reach the final on Saturday.

Zverev earned his first career Top 10 win beating Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-4.

“I just needed to serve well in the first place, and I did. Then I had …

No Serena, But No. 1 Kerber and 8 of Top 10 at Loaded WTA Wuhan

Posted by Jeremy Davis on September 23rd, 2016 @ 9:37 pm

Even after the anticipated withdrawal of world No. 2 Serena Williams (No. 2, doesn’t that sound weird?), the unfortunately-titled Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open beginning next week will feature eight of the WTA Top 10, and 16 of the Top 18.

Serena’s announcement that she will skip all tournaments until the year-end WTA Finals almost mathematically cements No. 1 Angie Kerber’s status as the year-end No. 1. But that’s not saying she’ll …

Berdych v Zverev In St. Petersburg, Wawrinka Keeps Rolling; Thiem Takes On Simon In Metz

Posted by Staff on September 23rd, 2016 @ 4:10 pm

Tomas Berdych return from appendicitis has gone well so far. The big Czech advanced to the semifinals today in St. Petersburg beating Paolo Lorenzi 6-4, 6-3 Friday.

“I felt good,” Berdych said. “I am trying to improve day by day, trying to find my rhythm. My goals is to play as many matches as possible.”

Next up is the teen sensation Alexander Zverev. The German took out his third straight Russian blasting …

Wozniacki Faces Radwanska In Tokyo, Osaka Into First WTA SF; Jankovic Seeks Title Defense In Guangzhou

Posted by Staff on September 23rd, 2016 @ 1:51 pm

US Open semifinalist Caroline Wozniacki continued her climb back up the rankings beating qualifier Magda Linette 6-4, 6-3 to reach the last four at the Tokyo event.

The former No. 1 will meet fellow former champion Agnieszka Radwanska in the semifinals after the Pole ousted Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig 6-2, 6-3.

“We’ve played many times before, and again she’s a close friend,” Wozniacki said. “It’s going to be another tough one …

Novak Djokovic And Rafael Nadal Played Football Tennis During An Exo Match Thursday [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 23rd, 2016 @ 1:16 pm

Novak Djokovic’s gala week wrapped up Thursday in Milan with an exo match against friend Rafael Nadal. Djokovic won the match 64, 64 in front of 12,000 at the Assago Forum.

Here are some highlights.

Djokovic and Nadal will be back on the tour for real in …

Serena Williams Withdraws From WTA Asian Swing, Will She Play Again In 2016?

Posted by Staff on September 23rd, 2016 @ 10:47 am

For the second straight year, Serena Williams will miss the WTA Asian swing after withdrawing from next week’s Wuhan event and the Beijing tournament in October due to a right shoulder injury.

“I am disappointed that I will not be able to compete at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open or the China Open due to continuing issues with my right shoulder,” Serena said in a statement. “I have been practicing and …

Videos From The Novak Djokovic Foundation Gala

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 22nd, 2016 @ 1:49 pm

More videos from the fourth annual Novak Djokovic Foundation Gala which was held last night at the Castello Sforzesco in Cortile Delle Armi in Milan, Italy.

“I was blessed to have a supportive and loving family who believed in my dream of playing tennis among the world’s best players.” Djokovic said. “As a father, the Foundation’s mission means …

Novak Djokovic Hilariously Imitates Fabio Fognini [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 22nd, 2016 @ 1:06 pm

During his “Djokovic and Friends” exhibition event on Tuesday, Novak Djokovic brought out his imitations again, this time going after Fabio Fognini who was on the court.

That’s pretty funny.

Djokovic and Fognini were joined by Serena Williams and Flavia Pennetta.

Djokovic will face Rafael Nadal later today.

Davis Cup 2017 Draw: USA To Host Swiss, England Goes To Canada

Posted by Staff on September 22nd, 2016 @ 12:10 pm

The 2017 Davis Cup draw was released earlier today and among the first round highlights are a trip for the Swiss to the U.S. in early February.

Great Britain will also host Canada and Spain will travel to Croatia.

With the Olympics over, how many top players will be available to play right after the Australian Open to play on a different continent to their own? Will Roger Federer and/or Stan Wawrinka …

Constant Lestienne Suspended 7 Months For Betting On 220 Matches

Posted by Staff on September 21st, 2016 @ 10:46 am

World No. 164 Constant Lestienne has been suspended 7 months and fined $10,000 for betting on tennis matches, according to the Tennis Integrity Unit.

The TIU reported the 24-year-old from France placed 220 online bets on tennis matches between February 2012 and June 2015, though none on himself.

Lestienne was in the Metz qualifying draw this week but in the second round he gave a walkover to Nikoloz Basilashvili.

At a …

Varvara Lepchenko Cleared In Meldonium Doping Case

Posted by Staff on September 21st, 2016 @ 10:30 am

American Vavara Lepchenko was cleared of her doping violation for taking meldonium, the ITF announced today.

The 30-year-old tested positive for the drug four times in January, February, March and April but she successfully argued that the drug was in her system from using it BEFORE the 2016 ban. And she didn’t take it again after December 20.

“Lepchenko made a successful application to the Chairman of the Independent Tribunal established to …

ITF Announces New Plan For Revamping Davis Cup And Fed Cup

Posted by Staff on September 21st, 2016 @ 10:15 am

The ITF has announced a new series of proposals for the Davis Cup and the Fed Cup. In the plan, the Davis Cup finals will be hosted at a neutral venue selected by a bidding process. Matches will also be best-of-3 sets under the proposal.

The Fed Cup will also see changes. The draw will expand to 16 to match the men’s competition and the semifinals and the finals will …