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Posted by Staff on November 2nd, 2017 @ 12:05 pm

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Australian Open To Use 25-Second Serve Shot Clock, Seeds Going To 16 At Slams In 2019

Posted by Staff on November 21st, 2017 @ 10:07 am

The ITF announced several major changes in rules for the upcoming Grand Slam season and for 2019.

The Grand Slam Board approved the Australian Open’s request to use a 25-second serve shot clock for the 2018 event, similar to what the US Open trialed during qualifying in August. The current rule is 20 seconds to serve at Slams.

Also, seedings at Grand Slams will revert back to 16 starting in 2019. There …

Coaching Rumors: Djokovic With Stepanek, Vallverdu Back With Murray?

Posted by Tom Gainey on November 20th, 2017 @ 10:59 am

Rumors have been swirling on the coaching already.

Novak Djokovic is said to be adding the recently retired Radek Stepanek to his coaching team next year, that according to Agassi’s old coach Darren Cahill. Over the weekend while commentating on ESPN, Cahill said he recently had dinner with Agassi and talked about Stepanek’s role which would be to primarily handle Djokovic’s non-Slam weeks.

Though nothing official, it sounds like this one …

Some Serena Williams Wedding Pictures

Posted by Tom Gainey on November 20th, 2017 @ 10:40 am

Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian were married Thursday in New Orleans. And in Serena style, it looked like quite the event.

2017 Final ATP Rankings: It’s A Brand New Top 5! Murray, Djokovic Out Of Top 10

Posted by Tom Gainey on November 20th, 2017 @ 10:16 am

Who would have believed none of the Top 5 from 2016 would finish in the Top 5 in 2017. But that’s how things unfolded this past season.

Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka all didn’t hit another ball after Wimbledon. And Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic were also bitten by the injury bug.

That left the door open for Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer to return. And Grigor Dimitrov, Alexander Zverev, …

Roger Federer: I’m Extremely Happy With My 2017 Season

Posted by Tom Gainey on November 20th, 2017 @ 10:03 am

Despite a shock loss from a set up to David Goffin on Saturday in the semifinals at the ATP Finals, Roger Federer was overall very happy with his 2017 season. And why not?

After missing the last half of 2016 due to a knee injury, Federer rebounded winning two Grand Slams and finished No. 2, just shy of Rafael Nadal who he beat four times during the year.

“It’s been an amazing …

Jana Novotna Has Passed Away At Age 49

Posted by Staff on November 20th, 2017 @ 9:44 am

Sad news in the tennis world today. After a long battle with cancer, former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna passed away Sunday at the age of 49, the WTA announced.

Novotna won 24 singles titles, 76 in doubles, reached a career high No. 2. She won Wimbledon in 1998 beating Nathalie Tauziat, and reached the finals two other times, famously losing a 4-1 lead the third to Steffi Graf in 1993, then …

Dimitrov Climbs To No. 3 After ATP Finals Title Win Over Goffin

Posted by Staff on November 20th, 2017 @ 2:36 am

Grigor Dimitrov held his nerves and defeated David Goffin 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in the championship match of the ATP finals on Sunday, claiming his biggest career title and fourth of 2017.

“This makes me even more locked in, more excited about my work, and for what’s to come,” Dimitrov said. “It’s a great platform for me to build on for next year. It’s going to be amazing in the off-season. I …

Federer Shocked By Goffin, Dimitrov Finally Gets Past Sock To Reach Title Match At ATP Finals

Posted by Staff on November 19th, 2017 @ 12:33 am

David Goffin picked a good time for a career run. The Belgian had just a 2-22 career record v Top 5 players coming into the ATP Finals, but now he’s added three more. Goffin stunned Rafael Nadal on Monday, then Dominic Thiem last night and today denied Roger Federer in three sets 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Goffin had never beaten Nadal and was 0-6 against Federer. Now he’s the sixth player to …

Murray, Lendl Split Up Again

Posted by Staff on November 18th, 2017 @ 12:36 am

Andy Murray announced Friday that he and Ivan Lendl have parted ways yet again.

“I’m thankful to Ivan for all his help and guidance over the years, we’ve had great success and learned a lot as a team,” Murray posted on his website. “My focus now is on getting ready for Australia with the team I have in place and getting back to competing.”

Said Lendl, “I wish Andy well going …

Goffin Advances To London ATP SF To Face Federer; Sock v Dimitrov

Posted by Staff on November 18th, 2017 @ 12:30 am

He’s a week away from an all-important Davis Cup final in France, but David Goffin has work to do this weekend. The Belgian who stunned Rafael Nadal on Monday advanced the semifinals at the ATP Finals by trouncing Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-1.

Goffin was down early in the match 3-0 but then seized control over the Austrian who saw treatment for a knee issue.

“I was a little bit surprised how …

Sock Stuns Choking Zverev To Reach ATP Semis; Goffin v Thiem Fri For Final SF Spot

Posted by Staff on November 16th, 2017 @ 10:47 pm

Jack Sock shook off a point penalty for ball abuse early in the opening game of the third set by reeling off four straight games and eventually stun favorite Alexander Zverev 6-4, 1-6, 6-4.

Sock’s win eliminates Zverev from the competition and puts the American in the semifinals in his debut at the ATP Finals.

“I choked. It’s quite easy. Won the second set 6-1. I was 1-0 with a break. He …

Dimitrov Dominates Goffin To Reach ATP SFs; Zverev v Sock Thurs

Posted by Staff on November 15th, 2017 @ 11:38 pm

Grigor Dimitrov put in the beatdown of the tournament Wednesday crushing David Goffin 6-0, 6-2 in round robin play at the ATP Finals in London.

“I think clearly I played a great match today,” Dimitrov said after the 74-minute affair. “I think my focus was very good. I started the match well. I was using every opportunity. I took care of all of the balls that I had to. I won …

Federer Too Strong For Zverev, Qualifies For SFs In London; Sock Eliminates Cilic

Posted by Staff on November 14th, 2017 @ 10:53 pm

In the marquee match of the round robin portion of the ATP Finals, Roger Federer topped German wunderkind Alexander Zverev 7-6(6), 5-7, 6-1 in a topsy-turvy affair.

Federer fought off an early serving deficit and then came back in the breaker to take the set.

The Swiss, though, couldn’t hang on to an early break in the second, but managed to cruise in the third, running his win streak to 12 and …

Goffin Finally Prevails Over Nadal; Federer v Zverev Tuesday

Posted by Staff on November 13th, 2017 @ 10:31 pm

David Goffin had chance after chance against Rafael Nadal Monday at the ATP Finals. The Belgian, making his ATP Finals debut, ultimately prevailed over the hobbled Spaniard 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 6-4 for his first win over Rafa.

But Rafa made him work, and made him sweat.

Goffin served for the first set but tossed in two double faults, yet somehow recovered to win the breaker.

In the second, Goffin against served for the match …

Rafael Nadal Has Pulled Out Of The ATP Finals

Posted by Staff on November 13th, 2017 @ 7:34 pm

Following a tough 3-set loss to David Goffin in his opener, Rafael Nadal officially pulled out of the event due to ongoing issues with his right knee.

“I had the commitment with the event, with the city, with myself. I tried hard. I did the things that I had to do to try to be ready to play,” Nadal said. “But I am really not ready to play. I really fought …