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February Off Topic Thread

Posted by Staff on February 8th, 2017 @ 7:41 pm

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Kei Nishikori Knocked Out Of Rio In Racquet-Smashing Loss [Video]

Posted by Staff on February 22nd, 2017 @ 9:16 am

Top seed and world No. 5 Kei Nishikori suffered a first round loss to home favorite Tomaz Bellucci 6-4, 6-3 in the first round at Rio Tuesday night.

“Actually everything didn’t work well,” said Nishikori. “Probably the condition changed a lot from last week: bounce really high and the balls are really heavy. The ball is the most difficult to adjust. I couldn’t feel anything today. I think it wasn’t my …

Juan Martin Del Potro Opens 2017 Season With A Win In Delray Beach

Posted by Staff on February 22nd, 2017 @ 9:01 am

Among the last to take the court in 2017 was Juan Martin del Potro. And popular Argentine skipped the first six weeks of the season to rest and recover from a strong second half to last year, and so far so good.

Last night in Delray Beach, del Potro beat fellow-former champion and Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4.

“It’s not easy in my first match to show good tennis but I think I …

Unlikely Pairing? Rafael Nadal To Play Doubles With Bernard Tomic At Indian Wells

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 21st, 2017 @ 9:54 am

The top players don’t play much doubles anymore, but when they do it’s usually at Indian Wells. Byes in the draw, the day off between singles and the reliable weather all make doubles a good fit in the desert for the big names, and this year follows that trend.

Milos Raonic (with Nenad Zimonjic), Dominic Thiem (w/ Philipp Kohlschreiber), Richard Gasquet (Julien Benneteau), Isner/Sock and the Zverev Brothers are some of …

Roger Federer Was In Prague Monday To Promote The Laver Cup

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 21st, 2017 @ 9:38 am

Roger Federer made a public appearance in Prague yesterday to promote the new Laver Cup, which is run by his management company.

The event, to be held September 22-24, pits Europe against the world in a team tennis format. Prague is the inaugural host city of what will be an annual event. Tickets go on sale on Friday.

“Can’t wait for September,” Federer told the crowd.

Federer said Berdych and Rafael Nadal …

Roger Federer To Play Three More Years?

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 21st, 2017 @ 9:23 am

Following his incredible Australian Open title, Roger Federer wouldn’t commit to even returning to Melbourne to defend his title.

But he has now committed to playing his home event in Basel at least three more years, the tournament confirmed.

“We are in the privileged position to bind Roger Federer to our tournament for three more years,” said tournament head Roger Brennwald.

That deal suggests Federer thinks right now he …

Unseeded American Harrison Wins Emotional 1st Title at ATP Memphis

Posted by Staff on February 19th, 2017 @ 10:51 pm

Ryan Harrison’s emotional journey from “next up” to “bust” to rededicating himself to tennis came full circle on Sunday when the unseeded American beat fellow un-seed Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia 6-1, 6-4 in the final of the Memphis Open for his first career title.

“This was the first place I saw a professional tennis match, driving up from Shreveport,” said a tearful Harrison, who fought off all 12 break point he …

Nishikori, Thiem, Clay Floaters Make ATP Rio a Tough Slough; Preview

Posted by Staff on February 19th, 2017 @ 5:44 pm

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; surface: clay

Seeds: Kei Nishikori, Dominic Thiem, Pablo Cuevas, Pablo Carreno Busta, Albert Ramos Vinolas, David Ferrer, Paolo Lorenzi, Joao Sousa

Floaters: Thomaz Bellucci, (WC) Joao Souza, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Tommy Robredo, Fabio Fognini, Federico Delbonis, (WC) Janko Tipsarevic

Notes: Two Top 10ers and a host of dirtball specialists make Rio a challenge this week…

The top-seeded Nishikori is coming off a loss in the Buenos Aires …

No. 66-ranked Dolgopolov Stuns Top-seeded Nishikori for ATP Buenos Aires Title

Posted by Staff on February 19th, 2017 @ 5:23 pm

It had been five years since Alexandr Dolgopolov raised an ATP title, and the Ukrainian has been mired in a slump that stretched from the end of 2016 into 2017, but that changed dramatically this week on the red clay in Buenos Aires.

Dolgopolov and his slappy groundstokes hit their way to a third career title and first since 2012 on Sunday, upsetting top-seeded Kei Nishikori 7-6(5), 6-4 for the Argentina …

Pliskova Powers Past Steady Wozniacki to Win WTA Doha

Posted by Staff on February 19th, 2017 @ 5:03 pm

Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki did her scrambling backboard best, but it wasn’t enough to contain the next generation of power players on Sunday in Doha.

No. 2 seed Karolina Pliskova continued her climb up the WTA rankings as the Czech subdued the Dane 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the Qatar Total Open for her eighth career title.

“I think I’m having a great start to the year, which is always …

Tsonga Lets Hair Down, Power Game Out to Beat Goffin for ATP Rotterdam Title

Posted by Staff on February 19th, 2017 @ 4:48 pm

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga let his hair down (and out) this week in Rotterdam, on Sunday beating Belgian David Goffin 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 for his 13th career title at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.

“The last couple of months I put in a lot of effort to come back to this level,” the afro-ed Frenchman said. “It’s a huge reward for me and it gives me new expectations for the rest of …

Struggling Kerber, 5 of Top 10 at WTA Dubai; Budapest; Previews

Posted by Staff on February 19th, 2017 @ 11:45 am

Dubai, UAE; surface: hard

Seeds: Angelique Kerber, Karolina Pliskova, Dominika Cibulkova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Garbine Muguruza, Elina Svitolina, Elena Vesnina, Barbora Strycova, Caroline Wozniacki, Coco Vandeweghe, Samantha Stosur, Kiki Bertens, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Caroline Garcia, Roberta Vinci, Yulia Putintseva

Floaters: Jelena Jankovic, Mona Barthel, Ekaterina Makarova, Daria Kasatkina, Alison Riske

Notes: Top 10er Johanna Konta withdraws, and no Williams sisters, but Dubai still boasts half of the Top 10…The Top 8 …

Raonic Top Seed at Delray Beach; French Flair at Marseille; ATP Previews

Posted by Jeremy Davis on February 18th, 2017 @ 10:52 am

Marseille, France; surface: indoor hard

Seeds: Gael Monfils, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Nick Kyrgios, Lucas Pouille, Alexander Zverev, Richard Gasquet, Gilles Simon, Benoit Paire

Floaters: Daniil Medvedev, Nicolas Mahut

Notes: Monfils the lone Top 10er among the six French seeds of the total eight…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Kyrgios is back on tour after not playing the NBA All-Star Game…A couple tantalizing match-ups in the first round as (8) Paire faces the Russian …

Goffin Finally Stops Dimitrov, Thiem Upset In Rotterdam; Tsonga v Berdych Saturday

Posted by Staff on February 18th, 2017 @ 12:19 am

Upsets hit the Rotterdam event Friday during quarterfinals. Favorites Grigor Dimitrov and Dominic Thiem were both bounced out of the indoor event.

The hot-handed Dimitrov had won 16 of 17 on the year including two straight over David Goffin entering today. But after losses at the Australian and Sofia last week, the Belgian finally got the better of Dimitrov with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 victory.

“It was an amazing match, from the …

Wozniacki, Pliskova Advance To Rainy Doha Final

Posted by Staff on February 18th, 2017 @ 12:08 am

It’s been a very good week so far for Caroline Wozniacki. The former No. 1 is appearing for the third straight year in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue this week, and she’s now reached the finals in Doha after winning two matches earlier on Friday.

Due to rains, which interrupted play again Friday, some players like the Dane were forced to double up, and Wozniacki didn’t miss a beat knocking out …

Stunning Serena Williams In SI Swimsuit Issue [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 16th, 2017 @ 8:14 pm

Serena Williams is already having quite a year. She won another Australian Open last month and now she’s looking great in the latest SI Swimsuit issue. The pictures: