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Posted by Staff on July 5th, 2017 @ 6:53 pm

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WTA to Squeeze More Money from Tennis Fans via WTA TV

Posted by Jeremy Davis on July 27th, 2017 @ 3:09 pm

It’s not bad enough the WTA tour made a “major” deal with erstwhile soccer channel beIN Sports, which tennis fans need to pay a premium to see on their cable or satellite subscriptions.

This week the WTA announced “WTA TV,” a livestreaming service which, once you pay even more, you can watch women’s tennis.

The service launches on July 31 for a $9.99 monthly pass or $74.99 for a year pass.

We’ll pass. …

Maria Sharapova: My Passion For Tennis Is Stronger Than Ever

Posted by Tom Gainey on July 27th, 2017 @ 10:59 am

On the eve of Maria Sharapova’s return to the WTA from a thigh injury next week in Stanford, the former No. 1 penned a piece in the Players’ Tribune in which she talked about dealing with the fallout from her doping sentence, her support group, her fans, and her passion for tennis, which she says is stronger than ever.

Some excerpts:
I’m aware of what many of my peers have said …

Andy Murray Hitting Against A Wall [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on July 27th, 2017 @ 10:41 am

While Nick Kyrgios hit the hoops court, Andy Murray is rehabbing his ailing hip in a different way. Earlier this week the World No. 1 posted this video of him hitting against a wall. Exciting, right?

If his recovery goes well, Murray is scheduled to hit with real players at the Canadian Open in Montreal on August 7….

Ailing Nick Kyrgios Rehabbing His Hip By Playing Basketball?

Posted by Tom Gainey on July 27th, 2017 @ 10:33 am

Nick Kyrgios skipped his title defense in Atlanta this week to continue to recover from a hip issue. So how is the Australian No. 1 rehabbing his injury? Hitting the basketball court, that’s how.

Aussie media spotted the star on the basketball court earlier this week in Canberra.

Nick Kyrgios pulls out of Atlanta Open with hip strain, nek minnit Tues night mixed bball at Belco, ACT. 🏀

Novak Djokovic’s 2017 Season Is Over Due To An Elbow Injury

Posted by Staff on July 26th, 2017 @ 9:36 am

It’s official, Novak Djokovic’s 2017 season is officially over. A year ago Roger Federer ending his season following Wimbledon, now it’s Djokovic.

The Serb cited a bad right elbow he has been battling for some 18 months, he said during a news conference earlier today.

“All the doctors I’ve consulted, and all the specialists I have visited, in Serbia and all over the world, have agreed that this injury requires rest,” said …

Novak Djokovic Might Not Play The US Open, Might Be Out 3 Months

Posted by Tom Gainey on July 24th, 2017 @ 2:15 pm

According to reports out of Serbia, Novak Djokovic has a bone bruise in his right elbow which might force him to miss the US Open.

Serbia’s Davis Cup doctor Zdeslav Milinković said Djokovic needs to sit out 6 to 12 weeks to heal his elbow.

Via Google translation, Milinković said, “The most important thing is that Novak is at the moment calm and recovering successfully. The minimum will be paused for …

Kyrgios Withdraws, Isner Large, in Charge at Atlanta; ATP Preview

Posted by Staff on July 24th, 2017 @ 12:03 am

BB&T Atlanta Open
ATLANTA, Ga., USA; surface: hard

Seeds: Jack Sock, John Isner, Gilles Muller, Ryan Harrison, Kyle Edmund, Donald Young, Chung Hyeon, Jared Donaldson

Floaters: Dudi Sela, Marcos Baghdatis, Ernesto Escobedo, (Q) Tim Smyczek, Bjorn Fratangelo, Vasek Pospisil

Notes: No Top 10 seeds, but an American onslaught for home fans with Sock and Isner leading the seeds, along with U.S. seeds Harrison, Young and Donaldson…Atlanta starts the US Open Series, the seven-week summer …

Wozniacki Looks to Turn Around 0-4 Record in Finals at Bastad; WTA Preview

Posted by Staff on July 23rd, 2017 @ 11:13 pm

Ericsson Open
BASTAD, Sweden; surface: clay

Seeds: Caroline Wozniacki, Anastasija Sevastova, Caroline Garcia, Carla Suarez Navarro, Kiki Bertens, Katerina Siniakova, Julia Goerges, Johanna Larsson

Floaters: Mona Barthel, Carina Witthoeft, Sara Errani, Irina-Camelia Begu

Notes: Wozniacki the lone Top 10er in the field…

Tough starts for (9) Larsson vs. Barthel, a tired (6) Bertens vs. the German riser Witthoeft, and (3) Garcia vs. last week’s title winner Begu (winner to likely face the former French Open …

Begu Defends Home Turf at WTA Bucharest, Also Claims Doubles

Posted by Staff on July 23rd, 2017 @ 10:55 pm

Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu won her first title of the year in her home country, recording a 6-3, 7-5 win over Julia Goerges in the final of the BRD Bucharest Open on Sunday.

It was her fourth career title and first on clay, and she also won the doubles title.

“I never thought that I could win two trophies in one week, especially in Romania, in Bucharest, my hometown,” Begu said. “It’s unbelievable. …

Bertens Sweeps Singles, Doubles at WTA Gstaad

Posted by Staff on July 23rd, 2017 @ 10:32 pm

No. 2 seed Kiki Bertens won her second claycourt title and second title of the year on Sunday in Switzerland, defeating No. 3 seed Anett Kontaveit 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 in the final of the Ladies Championship Gstaad.

“The court is good, all the facilities are good for me,” said Bertens, last year’s runner-up. “You can say I really like it here…I was hungry to come here and really go for it, …

Isner Enters Record Books After 3rd ATP Newport Title

Posted by Staff on July 23rd, 2017 @ 9:53 pm

John Isner joined Greg Rusedski and Vijay Amritraj in Newport lore by winning a third title at the Hall of Fame Championships, on Sunday in the final beating Aussie qualifier Matthew Ebden 6-3, 7-6(4).

No player has won Newport four times.

“It’s hard to win a tournament,” said Isner after capturing his 11th career title. “It’s no small feat to come out here and be the last man standing. I’m very happy …

Ferrer Not Done, Claims ATP Bastad Clay Crown

Posted by Staff on July 23rd, 2017 @ 9:19 pm

Former French Open finalist David Ferrer had not won an ATP title in two years and was generally written off, but the Spaniard showed he is not done.

At 35 years of age Ferrer raised the SkiStar Swedish Open in Bastad on Sunday after defeating Alexandr “The Dog” Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-4, clinching victory on his seventh match point.

“It’s been two years that I haven’t won a tournament, so I’m really happy …

Russian Teen Rublev Confirms #NextGen Status with ATP Umag Title

Posted by Staff on July 23rd, 2017 @ 8:47 pm

Russian teen Andrey Rublev made good on his promise as one of the next generation of stars on the ATP World Tour, on Sunday beating No. 4 seed and veteran Paolo Lorenzi 6-4, 6-2 in the final of the Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag.

Rublev lost in the qualifying draw, then made the main draw as a lucky loser before upending No. 3 seed and defending champ Fabio Fognini in the …

50th Anniversary of Swiss Open Features No Federer, Wawrinka; ATP Preview

Posted by Staff on July 22nd, 2017 @ 4:31 pm

J.Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad
GSTAAD, Switzerland; surface: clay

Seeds: David Goffin, Roberto Bautista Agut, Feliciano Lopez, Fabio Fognini, Paolo Lorenzi, Robin Haase, Dusan Lajovic, Joao Sousa

Floaters: Ernests Gulbis, Mikhail Youzhny, Dustin Brown

Notes: The 50th edition of the tournament features the No. 14 Goffin as the top seed, and no Swiss players among the seeds…

Apparently no appearance money to attract Swiss legends Roger Federer or Stan Wawrinka, so the best local fans …

Haas, Veterans Look to Spice-Up Dull German Open Field; Preview

Posted by Staff on July 22nd, 2017 @ 3:06 pm

German Tennis Championships 2017
HAMBURG, Germany; surface: clay

Seeds: Albert Ramos Vinolas, Pablo Cuevas, Karen Khachanov, Gilles Simon, Benoit Paire, Diego Schwartzman, Fernando Verdasco, David Ferrer

Floaters: Martin Klizan, Andrey Kuznetsov

Notes: Ah how far the Hamburg event has fallen since its Masters-designation days — only one Top 25 player in Ramos Vinolas leads the field…

Tough start for (2) Cuevas vs. Kuznetsov who he is 0-1 career against…

Wildcards went to Germans Daniel Altmaier, Tommy …