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Rafael Nadal Wins Buenos Aires Opener; Zverev Shines In Rotterdam, Monfils Next

Posted by Staff on February 12th, 2016 @ 9:34 am

It wasn’t his best performance, but Rafael Nadal was a winner in his opener in his Buenos Aires title last night. In a rematch of the 2015 final Nadal beat good friend Juan Monaco 6-4, 6-4, also overcoming a stomach ache.

“I’m happy for the victory,” Nadal said. “The start was tough, as Juan is a good player and the big humidity here in Argentina made it difficult. I am happy …

Justine Henin Is Back! She’s Now Coaching Elina Svitolina

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 11th, 2016 @ 9:19 am

Justine Henin is returning to tennis joining the wave of former champions to coach current players. The Belgian has signed on to become a special consultant for Elina Svitolina, the Ukrainian star announced.

“Henin will undoubtedly be utilized by Elina not only in terms of play style, but also psychologically. In December Svitolina shared that she will be very satisfied if Justine adjoins her team,” Svitolina’s website posted.

Henin will make …

Watch Dustin Brown Hit This Amazing Behind-The-Back Volley Winner [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 11th, 2016 @ 9:06 am

In a losing effort at the Bergamo Challenger in Italy, Dustin Brown hit one of the better volleys you will see, connecting on this behind-the-back winner:

Brown eventually lost the match to Aldin Setkic in three sets.

What Was Gael Monfils Thinking On This Shot? [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 11th, 2016 @ 9:00 am

Gael Monfils won the match yesterday beating Borna Coric in three sets, but…

Rafael Nadal Opens Title Defense Tonight In Buenos Aires; Kei Nishikori Wins 14th Straight In Memphis

Posted by Staff on February 11th, 2016 @ 8:11 am

Rafael Nadal opens his title defense tonight in Buenos Aires against friend Juan Monaco in a rematch of their 2015 final.

Nadal will make his clay court debut and appear in his first match since his shock first round loss last month at the Australian Open. The Spaniard is trying to avoid his first three-match losing streak since 2009.

Second seed David Ferrer is also in action against Renzo Olivo. Yesterday, American …

ITF, Tennis Integrity Unit Ruining Public Perception of Tennis

Posted by Jeremy Davis on February 10th, 2016 @ 10:10 am

Dear International Tennis Federation,

Please stop crushing the reputation of professional tennis worldwide, with tennis fans and the general public perception.

On Tuesday, on the bottom news scroll on ESPN screens around the world, sports fans learned that the ITF banned two tennis umpires for corruption, and suspended four more who are under investigation.

The problem is, these aren’t “tour” umpires. They’re nobody Futures-level or ITF-circuit or Crap-stanistak Challenger umpires. And the ITF …

After “Bad” Australian Open, Rafael Nadal Takes Aim At Buenos Aires Title Defense

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 9th, 2016 @ 9:16 am

Rafael Nadal returns to his beloved clay this week ready to begin his title defense in Buenos Aires. Though talk was still on his shock first round exit at the Australian Open last month.

“I didn’t like at all the defeat in Australia, but that I cannot solve,” Nadal said. “It was a bad tournament. [It] just did not work out despite having prepared very well. So I’m in Buenos …

Andy Murray Is A Father! Wife Kim Has Given Birth To A Baby Girl

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 9th, 2016 @ 8:55 am

Andy Murray is now a father! Murray’s wife Kim Sears gave birth on Sunday to a baby girl, according to British reports.

Details – like the name of the baby – are still to come, but the BBC spoke with Murray’s grandmother, Shirley Erskine.

“I don’t have any details I just know that I’ve got a great granddaughter so that is just lovely.

“All I could think of after Andy had finished …

Kuznetsova Winless in Russian Shocker; Fed Cup Capsules

Posted by Staff on February 7th, 2016 @ 8:21 pm

NETHERLANDS d. RUSSIA 3-1
Yow! It’s the Fed Cup upset of the year, or century, as the unheralded Netherlands comes into Moscow and comes out with a win. Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens upsets Ekaterina Makarova, and then No. 141-ranked Richel Hogenkamp ousts former world No. 2 Svetlana Kuznetsova 10-8 in the third. Bertens hands Kuznetsova another loss in the third match and it’s game over man — a 3-0 Dutch sweep.

“The thing …

ATP Weekend Wrap: No Grigor, No Problem for Sofia Debut

Posted by Staff on February 7th, 2016 @ 7:15 pm

No Grigor, But You Get Agut for 2016 Sofia Debut

Even more than Bulgarian star Grigor Dimitrov skipping his country’s debut ATP event because he wasn’t offered enough appearance money, the Sofia Open will be remembered for  top seed Roberto Bautista Agut etching his name in the history books as the event’s first winner.

The Spaniard in the final of the Garanti Koza Sofia Open topped No. 2 Viktor Troicki 6-3, 6-4. …

Tomic The Tank Engine In Quito: “F This Place” [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 7th, 2016 @ 3:01 pm

During a 3-set loss to Paolo Lorenzi in Quito on Friday, top-seeded Bernard Tomic lashed out.

A courtside microphone picked up Tomic saying to himself, “go to Miami, drive your Ferrari, you don’t need to be here, fuck this place.”

This is the same Tomic who said last month that he plans to reach the Top 10 by the French Open.

Caroline Wozniacki Will Carry The Flag For Denmark At The Olympics

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 7th, 2016 @ 2:47 pm

Earlier this week it was announced Caroline Wozniacki will carry the flag for Denmark at the upcoming summer Olympics in Rio.

“It is an honor for me. The Olympics really means a lot to me, and I have amazing memories from my previous two Olympic participations. I am enjoying being a part of the Danish team, and feeling the team spirit that I normally do not experience every day. To carry …

All Eyes on Rafael Nadal in Buenos Aires: ATP Previews This Week

Posted by Staff on February 6th, 2016 @ 9:59 pm

ARGENTINA OPEN
Buenos Aires, Argentina; Surface: clay

Seeds: Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, John Isner, Dominic Thiem, Fabio Fognini, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Pablo Cuevas

Floaters: Juan Monaco, Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, Nicolas Almagro

Notes: Three Top 10ers in the strong field…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Tough starts for (1) Nadal after a bye likely vs. the former champ Monaco who he has lost to before, and (4) Isner after a bye likely vs. …

Venus Gets Paid in Taiwan; Swiss Top Seeds in St. Pete: WTA Previews

Posted by Staff on February 6th, 2016 @ 10:42 am

ST. PETERSBURG LADIES TROPHY
St. Petersburg, Russia; Surface: hard

Seeds: Belinda Bencic, Roberta Vinci, Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, Kristina Mladenovic, Alize Cornet

Floaters: Annika Beck, Dominika Cibulkova, Yanina Wickmayer

Notes: No Top 10 talent in the field, but four from the Top 20, and two former world No. 1s…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Potential tough starts for (1) Bencic vs. the German riser Beck, (3) Wozniacki vs. Cibulkova, …

11 Things I Think I Thought About The Australian Open, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams And Roger Federer’s Knee

Posted by Sean Randall on February 4th, 2016 @ 3:28 pm

Now that the first Grand Slam of 2016 is over, some thoughts on the Australian Open.

1. Djokovic’s Era
He crushed Roger Federer, manhandled Andy Murray and he’s already whipped Rafael Nadal and to make matters worse for the field he’s only 28, he’s fit and he’s hungry. So until someone steps up or he gets injured – which hasn’t happened since…?? – it’s his show. He’s the boss. Get …