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May Off Topic Thread

Posted by Staff on May 4th, 2017 @ 1:55 pm

Talk non-tennis here!

5 Thoughts On Novak Djokovic Hiring Andre Agassi

Posted by Sean Randall on May 23rd, 2017 @ 6:51 pm

I again give credit to Novak Djokovic, he’s trying at least. Trying to stop this slide. A year ago he was dominating the tour. Now, he’s struggling just to win matches and with a French title defense and Wimbledon around the corner, who ya gonna call? Well, Andre Agassi!

His latest move of hiring Agassi could actually be the spark he’s been looking for. It sort of worked in Rome …

Poll: Who’s Your Early Favorite To Win The French Open?

Posted by Sean Randall on May 23rd, 2017 @ 4:37 pm

We are just days away from the release of the French Open draw. With Rafael Nadal secured in the Top 4, the only drama with the draw is what side Nadal lands on, Andy Murray’s or Novak Djokovic’s. Maybe Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev quarter match-ups are also intriguing, otherwise, it’s Nadal’s show and he’s my clear pick to win No. 10.

Here are my favorites:
1. Rafael Nadal – Once …

Novak Djokovic Talks About The Hiring Of Andre Agassi

Posted by Tom Gainey on May 22nd, 2017 @ 11:30 am

With news leaked of a new coach in his box, Novak Djokovic talked about the hiring of Andre Agassi for his French Open title defense. From his presser after his to loss to Alexander Zverev in the Rome final yesterday:

Q. There were reports during the match on Italian TV that Andre Agassi has been decided as your coach.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: That’s what I wanted to let you guys know. …

Wozniacki Heads Strasbourg Field; Nurnberg; WTA Previews

Posted by Staff on May 22nd, 2017 @ 9:43 am

Nurnberg, Germany; surface: clay

Seeds: Kiki Bertens, Yulia Putintseva, Zhang Shuai, Laura Siegemund, Alison Riske, Julia Goerges, Yaroslava Shvedova, Monica Niculescu

Floaters: Oceane Dodin, Genie Bouchard

Notes: Bertens the lone Top 20 player in the field…Tough starts for (3) Zhang vs. the hot Dodin, and (2) Putintseva vs. the equally-hot Bouchard…Wildcards were awarded to Germans Katharina Gerlach, Katharina Hobgarski and Tatjana Maria…Pulling out of the field were Anastasija Sevastova, Lesia Tsurenko …

Novak Djokovic Switches From Uniqlo To Lacoste

Posted by Tom Gainey on May 22nd, 2017 @ 9:24 am

After five years, Novak Djokovic and Uniqlo are over. The Serb will now wear the Lacoste brand, the French clothing manufacturer announced today.

“Today Novak Djokovic becomes the LACOSTE style ambassador, not only on, but also off the tennis court,” the company said in a release. “His relaxed elegance and inventiveness are a perfect match for the French brand’s DNA and its sports-inspired creations.”

Djokovic will not only have the crocodile in …

Victoria Azarenka Will Play Wimbledon!

Posted by Tom Gainey on May 22nd, 2017 @ 9:15 am

New mother Victoria Azarenka is set to return next month on grass, the former No. 1 announced today. Azarenka hasn’t played since the French Open last year. She gave birth to baby Leo last December and slated a return to tennis on the summer hardcourts, but she’s moved up her comeback by a month.


— victoria azarenka (@vika7) May 22, 2017

“My …

Happy 30th Birthday To Novak Djokovic!

Posted by Tom Gainey on May 22nd, 2017 @ 9:05 am

Exactly a week after his friend and rival Andy Murray celebrated, Novak Djokovic joined the growing ranks of 30-somethings on the ATP Tour.

Djokovic becomes the 42nd player to hit 30 in the latest Top 100! And he makes the Top 5 all-30+, a first in ATP Rankings history.

Some wishes from his peers:

Djokovic also is going to be joined by Andre Agassi in …

For The First Time In ATP Rankings History, The Entire Top 5 Is 30+

Posted by Tom Gainey on May 22nd, 2017 @ 8:57 am

With Novak Djokovic celebrating his 30th birthday today, the new ATP Rankings mark history becoming the first to have all Top 5 in the 30s!

And Rafael Nadal is set to become 31 in just a few weeks.

ATP Rankings (May 22)
1 Andy Murray (30)
2 Novak Djokovic (30)
3 Stan Wawrinka (32)
4 Rafael Nadal (30)
5 Roger Federer (35)

Also worth noting the Rome champion Alexander Zverev jumped seven spots to crack the Top 10 …

Wawrinka, Raonic Among Lots of Big Names at ATP Geneva, Lyon Before French; Previews

Posted by Staff on May 22nd, 2017 @ 8:52 am

Back in the day, the big dogs rested the week before the French Open, unless there were some game problems needing last-minute tune-ups.

Must be a lot of problems this May.

Top 10ers Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori, along with big names Tomas Berdych, Nick Kyrgios, Juan Martin del Potro and others are flooding the courts at Geneva and Lyon this week to get some last-minute matches (or last-minute guarantee …

Halep Hobbled Mid-Match, Svitolina Steals WTA Rome Title

Posted by Jeremy Davis on May 21st, 2017 @ 2:26 pm

Simona Halep is the Vegas favorite for winning the French Open with Serena Williams (pregnant), Maria Sharapova (wildcard-shunned for doping), and Victoria Azarenka (post-pregnancy) out of the mix. But those odds are up in the air after the physical and mental challenges Halep could not overcome in the Italian Open final on Sunday in Rome.

The No. 2-seeded Halep eased to an opening-set victory but rolled her ankle near the end …

Zverev Powers Djokovic Off Court for Rome Title, Top 10 Debut

Posted by Staff on May 21st, 2017 @ 1:52 pm

German 20-year-old Alexander Zverev arrived Sunday — arrived into the top 10 for the first time, and as a legitimate French Open threat after roughing-up former No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3 in the final of the Italian Open.

The surprises didn’t end there, as afterwards Djokovic announced that his new coach would be former great Andre Agassi.

Zverev, the No. 16 seed, is the youngest winner in Rome since Rafael Nadal …

Novak Djokovic’s New Coach Is Andre Agassi!

Posted by Staff on May 21st, 2017 @ 12:38 pm

Following his 6-4, 6-3 loss today to Alexander Zverev, Novak Djokovic confirmed that Andre Agassi will be his new coach starting at the French Open.

Djokovic told the press that he has been in talks with Agassi for a few weeks and that he will be with him in Paris.

“I spoke to Andre the last couple of weeks on the phone and we decided to get together in Paris,” Djokovic said. …

Djokovic Tames Thiem, Will Meet Zverev In Rome Final

Posted by Staff on May 20th, 2017 @ 8:36 pm

Dominic Thiem was masterful in his win yesterday over Rafael Nadal. But today in the Rome semifinals the Austrian had absolutely nothing to offer Novak Djokovic as the Serb rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 victory.

Djokovic began the day finishing off Juan Martin del Potro 6-1, 6-4 after the match had been stopped due to rain before the fourth game of the second set last night.

Then, Djokovic watched 20-year-old Alexander …

Terrific Thiem Topples Nadal, Awaits Rain-Delayed Djokovic-DelPo Winner In Rome SF

Posted by Staff on May 19th, 2017 @ 11:34 pm

Picking up one of his greatest wins of his young career, Dominic Thiem outslugged and overpowered Rafael Nadal in the Rome quarterfinals today, ending the Spaniard’s 17-match win streak with an emphatic 6-4, 6-3 victory.

“It is an incredible feeling, after our last two meetings I was finally able to turn the tables and gain the win. Possibly one of my biggest wins ever! I am speechless, overwhelmed and thankful for …

Muguruza, Halep Remain on Collision Course for Rome Final After Friday Wins

Posted by Staff on May 19th, 2017 @ 4:18 pm

No. 3 Garbine Muguruza was the seeded favorite moving into the semifinals of the Italian Open on Friday, outlasting No. 9 seed Venus Williams 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

The defending French Open champion Muguruza with the quarterfinal victory is guaranteed to move into the Top 5 on the WTA rankings come Monday.

In the Saturday semis she will meet No. 8 Elina Svitolina, who upset No. 2 Karolina Pliskova 6-2, 7-6(9).

“I was very …