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December 20th, 2014

Tommy Haas Will Not Play The Australian Open

Three-time semifinalist Tommy Haas has announced that he will not be playing the Australian Open. The 36-year-old, who hasn’t played since undergoing right shoulder surgery on June 17, hopes to start his 19th year on the tour at Indian Wells in March.

Jack Sock is the only other Top 100 player right now that will not be in Australia. The young American is recovering from hip surgery.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:22 am in 2015 Season | 7 Comments »

December 20th, 2014

Jim Courier: Rafael Nadal Won’t Have As Long Of A Career As Roger Federer

Speaking during a press conference last week promoting his champions tour, former No. 1 Jim Courier compared the career arcs of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

“The amount of energy that he expends per shot, if you could compare that to Rafa, I think would be substantially less,” Courier said of Federer. “I think we can all see that and hear that. I think because he’s not exerting himself as much, because it looks like he’s in a ballet performance out …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:14 am in 2015 Season | 61 Comments »

December 19th, 2014

Nadal Named Tommy Hilfiger Global Brand Ambassador – Rafa’s Confident, Fun And Cool!

Clothing designer Tommy Hilfiger has announced Rafael Nadal as its global brand ambassador. Nadal will be featured in underwear and Tommy Hilfiger Tailored collections beginning in Fall 2015.

“Rafael Nadal has been a longtime personal friend and supporter of our brand, and I’m continuously inspired by his dedication and passion for his sport,” said Tommy Hilfiger. “This exclusive partnership brings one of the greatest athletes of this generation into our …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:17 am in 2015 Season | 7 Comments »

December 19th, 2014

Rafael Nadal Is Training Hard For 2015 [Video]

Following an injury-riddled 2014, Rafael Nadal is training hard for a turnaround in the new year. Rafa’s coach, Uncle Toni, recently said that his nephew is still not yet at 100% full strength. The back and wrist injuries have healed but doctors have advised Nadal to refrain for going full strength on his serve for now.

Nadal is confirmed to return to tennis in two weeks at the Abu Dhabi exo.

“Training hard these weeks before 2015 starts. Do you like …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:05 am in 2015 Season, Videos | 28 Comments »

December 16th, 2014

Federer, Nadal And Djokovic Have Finished Ranked In The Top 3 Six Times! [Chart]

For the sixth time Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have finished in the Top 3 in the ATP year-end rankings. That’s best among all other legendary trios in ATP Rankings history, according to the ATP.

Interestingly, the threesome have equally shared finishing No. 1 two times each with Djokovic taking top honors the last two years.

The ATP listed how Federer-Nadal-Djokovic stack up to the rest:

Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal
Top 3 Finishes (Six times)
2014 – Djokovic, Federer, Nadal
2011 …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:37 am in ATP, Charts | 108 Comments »

December 16th, 2014

After Ivan Lendl Said No, Tomas Berdych Hires Dani Vallverdu

Tomas Berdych has hired a new coach. After swinging and missing on Ivan Lendl, Berdych tapped another one of Andy Murray’s men in former coach/hitting partner Dani Vallverdu.

“Dear fans my new coach for 2015 will be Danny Vallverdu and Azuz Simcich.Thank you to Tomas Krupa and David Vydra for great time together!” Berdych wrote on twitter.

Vallverdu, 28, worked with Murray starting in 2010 until this fall when Amelie Mauresmo was retained for another year. A native of Venezuela, Vallverdu …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:16 am in Coaching | 20 Comments »

December 16th, 2014

Roger Federer Is An Unbelievable Tennis Player And A Better Bloke!

Following a strong No. 2 finish to 2014, Roger Federer is currently in his home base of Dubai training for the new season. As he often does, Federer flies in some of the younger stars in the game to help in his preparations. Enter Australian phenom Thanasi Kokkinakis.

After a few weeks with Federer, the 18-year-old Kokkinakis left quite impressed:

It's been unreal training with the legend @rogerfederer the last couple weeks. Learnt a lot, he's a unbelievable player

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:03 am in 2015 Season | 7 Comments »

December 12th, 2014

Poll: Who’s Most Likely To Drop Out Of The Top 10 In 2015?

I was asked this the other day, my response was Marin Cilic. Why? I don’t believe he’ll be able to come close to winning another Slam nor do I think he’ll be able to finish ahead of guys like Juan Martin Del Potro, Grigor Dimitrov and possible even David Ferrer.

That said, I think Ferrer could also be in danger. So outside of the Big Four my most likely are in order (Cilic being the most likely, Raonic the least)…
Cilic: I …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 2:09 pm in 2015 Season, Polls | 102 Comments »

December 9th, 2014

Novak Djokovic: I Have One Problem With The French Open, His Name Is Rafael Nadal

It’s only December but 2-time finalist Novak Djokovic is already thinking about the French Open. During his visit to India this weekend, Djokovic talked about the one missing Slam on his resume.

“I have been pretty close to winning the French Open title and have played a few finals and semifinals but I have a problem, his name is Nadal,” Djokovic told the Times of India.

“Losing only one match in his career is credit to him (Nadal). I respect him …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 12:46 pm in French Open | 138 Comments »

December 9th, 2014

Pete Sampras: Tennis Players Have Become Too One Dimensional

Speaking to the Times of India during his trip to Indian for the inaugural IPTL exo, Pete Sampras gave a harsh critique on the current state of the men’s game.

“The players have become too much one dimensional,” Sampras said. “They stay at the back of the court and wait for the opponent to commit the mistake. It is harder to return to the net and easier to stay at the back.”

The former No. 1 who was known for …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 12:37 pm in Exhibitions | 27 Comments »


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Rankings
ATP - Dec 15 WTA - Dec 15
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Rafael Nadal3 Simona Halep
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Petra Kvitova
5 Kei Nishikori5 Ana Ivanovic
6 Andy Murray6 Agnieszka Radwanska
7 Tomas Berdych7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 Milos Raonic8 Caroline Wozniacki
9 Marin Cilic9 Angelique Kerber
10 David Ferrer10 Dominika Cibulkova
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