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April 22nd, 2014

Maria Sharapova Has A New Nike Ad And It Includes Boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov [Video]

Nike has released a couple of new commercial promos featuring some of the biggest stars in tennis. In the one below, Maria Sharapova is joined by boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov and Rafael Nadal.

Here’s the version featuring Sharapova and Nadal along with Li Na and Serena Williams.

The spots are promoting Nike’s new “Nike Tech Pack” line.

Sharapova this week is in Stuttgart where the Career slam winner celebrated her 27th birthday on Sunday….

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:07 am in Videos | No Comments »

April 22nd, 2014

Rafael Nadal And David Ferrer Played Tennis At A Barcelona Opera House Monday Night [Video]

In a promotion for the Barcelona event this week, Spanish stars Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer hit some tennis balls at the famed Gran Teatre del Liceu opera house Monday night.

“Obviously I’m very happy I was able to play at the Liceu, it’s one of the most emblematic places in Barcelona,” said Nadal. “I really love music and I have a grandfather who was an orchestra conductor. I had already been here before but it had been a while since …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:46 am in Barcelona, Videos | No Comments »

April 22nd, 2014

Novak Djokovic: My Wrist Injury Isn’t That Bad, I Will Play Madrid!

A few days after bowing out of the Monte Carlo Masters semifinals to Roger Federer with an ailing right wrist, Novak Djokovic has put worried fans at ease by announcing today that not only is his wrist injury not as bad as some feared, but he’ll be returning in two weeks to play Madrid.

“Fortunately, the situation with the injury is better than it first seemed. Doctors assured me that I will be ready for Madrid, then Rome and …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:37 am in Madrid | 14 Comments »

April 22nd, 2014

Rafael Nadal: I Have Lacked Confidence And Competitiveness In Some Matches This Year

Rafael Nadal admitted yesterday that he needs to get his game back into gear. Nadal, who is seeking a ninth Barcelona title, told media Monday that after an “OK” start to the season, he’s intent on taking his game to a higher level.

“I started the season OK except for some lack of confidence and competitiveness in important moments of certain matches,” Nadal said who suffered a shock quarterfinal loss last week to David Ferrer.

“I’ve faced adversities throughout my career, and …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:25 am in Barcelona | 18 Comments »

April 20th, 2014

Bryans, Vekic Claim Tennis Titles; Fed Cup Shockers

Another Serb Star Born as Vekic Wins Kuala Lumpur

SerbCroatian teen Donna Vekic captured her first career title on Sunday at the WTA stop in Kuala Lumpur, upending top-seeded Dominika Cibulkova in a marathon 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(4). She became the first player in eight years to win a WTA title under the age of 18.

“I was up 5-1 in the third set and she came back out playing insane,” said the 17-year-old Vekic, who was 0-2 career in WTA finals …

Posted by Staff @ 9:11 pm in Fed Cup, Monte Carlo, Tennis | 6 Comments »

April 20th, 2014

Stanislas Wawrinka: It’s Amazing And It’s Special To Win My First Masters 1000

A career best season continued today for Stanislas Wawrinka. The 29-year-old who shocked the tennis world in January winning the Australian Open, won the first big clay event of the season today defeating friend and countryman Roger Federer 46, 76, 62 to claim the Monte Carlo Masters title.

“It’s always special to play Roger,” said Wawrinka. “We know it’s always a strange match, especially being in the final here. He’s my best friend on the tour. …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 2:12 pm in Monte Carlo | 63 Comments »

April 20th, 2014

Roger Federer: Of Course I’m Happy For Stan, He Was Tougher In The End And Deserved It

Despite a tough loss in his bid to win a first Monte Carlo Masters title, Roger Federer was all praise for his friend Stanislas Wawrinka’s 46, 76, 62 win today in the final. Federer, who wasn’t even scheduled for the event, beat an injured Novak Djokovic yesterday but come up a little short and was outplayed in the final set by Wawrinka.

“Of course, I’m very happy for Stan,” said Federer. “It’s a huge win …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 2:04 pm in Monte Carlo | 37 Comments »

April 20th, 2014

Nadal in Barcelona, Sharapova in Stuttgart: Previews

Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell
Barcelona, Spain; Surface: clay

Seeds: Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Fabio Fognini, Kei Nishikori, Tommy Robredo, Nicolas Almagro, Jerzy Janowicz, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Ernests Gulbis, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Fernando Verdasco, Marin Cilic, Feliciano Lopez, Marcel Granollers, Dmitry Tursunov, Benoit Paire

Floaters: Nikolay Davydenko, Radek “The Worm” Stepanek

Notes: Eight-time winner Rafael Nadal heads the field, and after a bye likely starts against Davydenko…(14) Marcel Granollers after a bye likely starts against The Worm…Wildcards went to Argentine Facundo Arguelleo, and Spaniards Roberto Carballes Baena, …

Posted by Staff @ 1:48 am in Tennis | 10 Comments »

April 19th, 2014

Novak Djokovic: The Good Thing Is I Don’t Need Wrist Surgery, But I Don’t When I Can Play Tennis Again

Following his 7-5, 6-2 loss today to Roger Federer in the Monte Carlo semifinals, defending champion Novak Djokovic spoke about his injured right wrist which hampered him during the match.

“The good thing is I don’t need to have surgery,” said Djokovic. “I don’t have anything ruptured or something like that. I’m going to go see doctors tonight and then tomorrow again have another MRI.

“I really don’t know what’s the diagnosis, to be honest,” he …

Posted by Staff @ 4:48 pm in Monte Carlo | 16 Comments »

April 19th, 2014

It’s An All Swiss Monte Carlo Final: Roger Federer v Stan Wawrinka, Who’s The Pick?

After a crazy Friday, things settled down Saturday during the Monte Carlo semifinals. If fact, it was rather anti-climatic. Stan Wawrinka came out of the blocks strong and then held on to beat David Ferrer 6-1, 7-6.

And then his countryman Roger Federer joined him in the Sunday final with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over an ailing Novak Djokovic.

The defending champion Djokovic spoke at the start of the week of having some minor wrist issues, but when he took the court …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 12:17 pm in Monte Carlo | 169 Comments »


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ATP - Apr 21 WTA - Apr 21
1 Rafael Nadal1 Serena Williams
2 Novak Djokovic2 Na Li
3 Stanislas Wawrinka3 Agnieszka Radwanska
4 Roger Federer4 Victoria Azarenka
5 David Ferrer5 Simona Halep
6 Tomas Berdych6 Petra Kvitova
7 Juan Martin Del Potro7 Angelique Kerber
8 Andy Murray8 Jelena Jankovic
9 Milos Raonic9 Maria Sharapova
10 John Isner10 Dominika Cibulkova
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