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July 24th, 2014

Fedal Wars: Who’ll Finish Higher Ranked In 2014, Roger Federer Or Rafael Nadal? [Poll]

With nothing but cement between now and the end of the season, can Roger Federer overcome an 2,085 point deficit and finish 2014 ahead of his rival Rafael Nadal for just the second time this decade on the ATP rankings?

July 21 Race standings:
1 Djokovic, Novak 7,250
2 Nadal, Rafael 6,645
3 Federer, Roger 4,560

Let’s weigh the data.

The case for Federer:
- He’s historically far better on hardcourts than Nadal – Federer has 53 career hardcourt titles to Nadal’s 16.
- Usually plays his best …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 12:39 pm in Fedal, Polls | 22 Comments »

July 24th, 2014

Juan Martin Del Potro Is Hitting 2-Handed Backhands Again, Will He Be Ready For The US Open? [Video]

Under supervision of Dr. Richard Berger, popular Juan Martin del Potro is back hitting 2-handed backhands again. Almost four months after surgery on his left wrist, the Argentine was hitting balls yesterday in Rochester, Minn, where he underwent the procedure in late March.

He wrote on Facebook, “I have great news to share! Four months after the surgery I hit my first few backhands and my doctor Richard Berger was there. I’m looking forward to playing pain-free again as soon …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:30 am in Injuries, US Open, Videos | 5 Comments »

July 24th, 2014

Sloane Stephens Splits With Coach Paul Annacone

American Sloane Stephens officially announced yesterday that she and coach Paul Annacone have split.

“Based on the conversations Paul and I had after Wimbledon, we both feel like it would be a good idea for me to have a fresh start leading into the summer hardcourt swing,” said Stephens who didn’t name an immediate replacement. “I’ve learned a lot over our past eight months together and now just need to meld them into my long term plan. Paul is one …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:19 am in Coaching | 1 Comment »

July 23rd, 2014

2014 N. American Hardcourt Schedules: Where Will Federer, Nadal And Djokovic Be This Summer?

The North American summer hardcourt series kicked off Monday in Atlanta where big men John Isner, Sam Querrey and Kevin Anderson stand tall in a modest field. But the real fun begins next week with Top 10 players like Milos Raonic, Tomas Berdych and Grigor Dimitrov taking the court in D.C. And then it’s back-to-back Masters events in Toronto and Cincinnati in August before week off to make final preparations for the final Slam of the season, the US Open. …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 5:21 pm in Summer Swing | 40 Comments »

July 23rd, 2014

Milos Raonic Serves The First Pitch At Blue Jays Game, Then Talks Tennis In The TV Booth [Video]

Milos Raonic showed off his baseball skills last night at the Toronto Blue Jays game. With the Canadian Open now just weeks away, Raonic was at the Jays game promoting the event. The Canadian star who just made the semifinals at Wimbledon uniquely “served” the traditional first pitch before the game then made his way up to the booth for a quick tennis chat with the commentators.

“That was my first time doing the opening pitch for a baseball game so …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:39 am in Videos | 1 Comment »

July 22nd, 2014

Meet Mr. And Mrs. Novak Djokovic!

Just days after wedding longtime girlfriend Jelena Ristic, Novak Djokovic has made his first public statement.

In a post earlier today, the world No. 1 wrote on facebook: “Mrs. Djokovic and myself are sending you one big #hug from Belgrade Thank you all for beautiful wishes! Last couple of weeks were the best weeks of our lives and now with new energy we are turning to new challenges!”

And he added a tweet as well:

Good morning from Mrs Djokovic

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:05 am in Romance | 40 Comments »

July 22nd, 2014

Viktor Troicki Victorious In First Match Back From Doping Suspension

Viktor Troicki is back playing pro tennis for the first time in 12 months. Troicki, who was suspended a year ago for a doping violation – he infamously refused to give a blood sample – served out his suspension and yesterday, he returned to beat rising star Dominic Thiem 76, 64.

“Today was a bit tough to play because I was kind of nervous and I didn’t play my best game,” said Troicki. “I didn’t serve well, but I think …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:44 am in Drug Testing | 3 Comments »

July 22nd, 2014

Maria Kirilenko Breaks Off Engagement To Hockey Star Alex Ovechkin

Another high profile sports romance is over. Former Top 10 Maria Kirilenko has announced that her engagement to NHL star Alex Ovechkin is over.

“I have decided to terminate the engagement,” the 27-year-old Kirilenko said. “There are many reasons, but I do not want to go into details. I’ll say one thing: our relationship completed, but I respect Sasha as a person and athlete and I sincerely wish him continued athletic success.

“At this moment, I’m concentrating on getting prepared for the …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:29 am in Romance | 2 Comments »

July 20th, 2014

ATP/WTA Weekend Wraps: Wozniacki Keeps Pace with McIlroy

Wozniacki Keeps Pace with McIlroy with Tournament Title at Istanbul

Not to let her former beau Rory McIlroy steal the entire spotlight at the British Open, former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki won her first title of the year on Sunday on the same day at the TEB BNP Paribas Instanbul Open, rolling over Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-1.

“I’m happy to have won my 22nd WTA title,” Wozniacki said. “I served well and pushed her around the court, and I really dictated …

Posted by Staff @ 7:54 pm in Tennis | 22 Comments »

July 20th, 2014

Isner Kicks Off US Open Series in Atlanta: ATP/WTA Previews

BB&T Atlanta Open
Atlanta, Ga., USA; Surface: hard

Seeds: John Isner, Kevin Anderson, Gael Monfils, Vasek Pospisil, Denis Istomin, Yen-Hsun Lu, Marinko Matosevic, Sam Querrey

Floaters: (WC) Robby Ginepri, Jack Sock, Steve Johnson

Notes: Radek “The Worm” Stepanek withdraws with a hamstring injury, allowing Querrey to sneak into the seedings…The kickoff event for the 2014 US Open Series…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Potential tough starts for (1) Isner vs. American compatriot (WC) Ginepri (if Ginepri can get by the veteran Sergiy Stakhovsky in …

Posted by Staff @ 3:24 pm in Tennis | 2 Comments »


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6 David Ferrer6 Maria Sharapova
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