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2016 Tennis-X Year-end Top 10 Contest Announces Winner

Posted by Staff on December 4th, 2016 @ 4:54 pm

What a mess of a year it was for predicting the Top 10 year-end men’s rankings.

Rafael Nadal’s year was peppered with injury. The former No. 1 barely finished in the Top 10. Roger Federer was forced to shut down his year prior to the Olympics and the US Open, dropping him out of the Top 10.

Novak Djokovic looked undefeatable heading into the year, and after winning the Australian Open, but …

Poll: Who Had The Better 2016 Season, Andy Murray Or Novak Djokovic?

Posted by Staff on December 3rd, 2016 @ 10:49 am

In some parts of the tennis world, the debate rages, who had the better 2016, Andy Murray or Novak Djokovic. Murray finished the season with more wins, more titles and more ranking points which earned him the No. 1 ranking.

But Djokovic fans will argue their guy had more Grand Slam titles, more Masters titles, more Top 10 and Top 5 wins and had the better record against Murray.

Murray did win …

Boris Becker To Novak Djokovic: Choose Me And Vajda OR Your Guru Pepe Imaz

Posted by Tom Gainey on December 2nd, 2016 @ 10:05 am

As the coaching carousel spins, Novak Djokovic has apparently asked Boris Becker to stay on as coach. But according to the German magazine Bild, Becker responded by telling Djokovic it’s either him and Marian Vajda or his new guru Pepe Imaz.

So if this rumor is true (it is just that), Becker wants nothing to do with the eccentric Imaz in the camp.

Djokovic stated he didn’t want to address his …

Czech Teammates Petra Kvitova And Karolina Pliskova Swap Coaches

Posted by Tom Gainey on December 1st, 2016 @ 10:08 am

Czech stars Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova have swapped their coaches!

Kvitova will now be guided by Pliskova’s former coach, Jiri Vanek. Pliskova will be led by Kvitova’s longtime former coach David Kotyza.

Both coaches were available. Kvitova released Kotyza at the start of the year while Pliskova split from Vanek last month.

“Excited to confirm that Jiri Vanek will be my coach next year. Look forward to starting our preparation for 2017 …

After Best Season Milos Raonic Parts Ways With Coach Carlos Moya

Posted by Tom Gainey on December 1st, 2016 @ 9:59 am

Milos Raonic is shedding his coaching team. After ending things with John McEnroe earlier this year, Raonic has now parted with coach Carlos Moya.

“Thank you to Carlos Moya for helping me tremendously this year, alongside my team, to get the best out of me. Under Carlos’ direction and tutelage I have played my best yet to date. We will no longer be continuing our coaching relationship but remain close friends. …

Madison Keys Splits With Coach Tomas Hogstedt

Posted by Tom Gainey on December 1st, 2016 @ 9:45 am

After her best season by ranking, in a surprising move Madison Keys has split with coach Tomas Hogstedt.

“Thomas and I have a rich history of working together with Li Na, Maria Sharapova and most recently Madison,” Confirmed Keys’s agent Max Eisenbud to the WTA. “His work with all three of these girls speaks for itself. Coaching on the women’s tour is not easy and sometimes these relationships just don’t work …

2016 WTA Year-End Top 20 Rankings: Kerber Climbs To No. 1; Vesnina, Konta Big Movers

Posted by Tom Gainey on November 30th, 2016 @ 11:40 am

Earlier this month on November 7, the WTA released its official year-end rankings. Angelique Kerber was the star on the season climbing from No. 10 all the way to No. 1 during her incredible year, eclipsing Serena Williams.

Several women made big moves in 2016. Dominika Cibulkova overcame injury to leap from No. 38 to a career-best No. 5. Wimbledon semifinalist Elena Vesnina vaulted 111 spots to No. 16. Brit star …

2016 ATP Year-End Top 20 Rankings: Federer, Ferrer Fall; Pouille Rises

Posted by Tom Gainey on November 30th, 2016 @ 10:58 am

The ATP released its official year-end ATP Rankings Monday with Andy Murray confirmed as the year-end No. 1 for a first time.

The final rankings also made history as for the first time the Top 10 was represented by 10 different countries.

Among the movers were David Ferrer and Roger Federer who were among the four players to fall out of the Top 10 (Richard Gasquet, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga the others).

Federer missed half …

Juan Martin Del Potro Suffered A Broken Finger During His Epic Davis Cup Win Over Marin Cilic

Posted by Staff on November 28th, 2016 @ 8:05 pm

Juan Martin del Potro capped an incredible comeback season Sunday by leading Argentina to its first Davis Cup win in beating Croatia 3-2 in Zagreb.

Del Potro won both singles rubbers defeating Ivo Karlovic on Friday and then overcoming a 2-0 set deficit to deny Marin Cilic 6-7(4), 2-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-3 in four hours, 53 minutes.

During the win over Cilic, del Potro actually broke a finger early in the final …

Roger Federer, Serena Williams Among The Few Top Names Chasing Money At The IPTL

Posted by Staff on November 28th, 2016 @ 7:50 pm

After a blockbuster second season last year which included just about all the biggest names in tennis, the third season of the International Premier Tennis League includes only two major names, Roger Federer and Serena Williams.

And the league shrinks from five teams to four as the Philippeans team in Manila is no longer part of the series. The league will also play in just three cities, down from five last …

Argentina Wins Davis Cup After Improbable Comeback Led By Juan Martin Del Potro

Posted by Staff on November 27th, 2016 @ 9:32 pm

Argentina completed a thrilling comeback on the final day of the Davis Cup final on Sunday in Croatia, coming back from 1-2 down and winning both final singles matches to claim a first-ever Davis Cup championship.

Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro both won their singles on Day 1 to even the tie at 1-1. On Saturday Cilic and Ivan Dodig defeated Del Potro and Leo Mayer 7-6(2), 7-6(4), 6-3 …

Juan Martin Del Potro, Argentina Seek First Davis Cup Title In Croatia This Weekend

Posted by Staff on November 25th, 2016 @ 12:21 am

Juan Martin del Potro will try to lead Argentina to history this weekend and become the 15th different country to win the Davis Cup title when his team travels to Zagreb to take on the home standing Croatians on the hard courts.

Argentina has tried and failed four previous times to win the Davis Cup final, losing in recently in 2011 against Spain in Buenos Aires.

Argentina will have the services of …

Andy Murray Is The 17th Different Player To Finish No. 1 In ATP Rankings History

Posted by Tom Gainey on November 22nd, 2016 @ 9:52 am

Andy Murray joined a small, select group of players to have finished No. 1 in the history of the ATP Rankings (since 1973). With Murray, the list is now at 17.

“I would like to try and stay there, obviously,” Murray said of No. 1 Sunday. “It’s taken a huge effort the last five, six months to get there. I would obviously like to stay there. I’m aware that’s going …

Andy Murray’s 2016 Achievements

Posted by Tom Gainey on November 22nd, 2016 @ 9:32 am

Andy Murray capped his 2016 season on top by winning all five matches at the ATP Finals including the title match Sunday against rival Novak Djokovic. It was Murray’s first ATP Finals title and first No. 1 finish. And it wrapped up an incredible season.

Here’s a list of Murray’s 2016 achievements:
* First No. 1 (26th different player)
* First No. 1 finish (17th different player)
* Second Wimbledon title
* Second Gold medal …

Are We Entering The Andy Murray Era?

Posted by Tom Gainey on November 21st, 2016 @ 5:35 pm

First it was the Roger Federer Era, then the Rafael Nadal Era followed by the Novak Djokovic Era. So is this the start of the Andy Murray Era? After winning the ATP Finals and finishing No. 1 with an emphatic win over Novak Djokovic, even Murray isn’t so sure, but he’d like it to be.

“I never thought about that,” Murray said Sunday. “I’d obviously want to try and achieve as …