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Posted by Staff on February 5th, 2019 @ 3:18 pm

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Roger Federer Will Return To Clay In Madrid

Posted by Staff on February 20th, 2019 @ 3:07 pm

Roger Federer will finally return to the clay this spring for the first time since 2016. Federer will open his clay season at the Madrid Masters.

“Federer is one of the best players of all time, it’s no secret”, said tournament director Feliciano Lopez,. “We are happy because his return to Madrid is a gift to the tournament, but above all the fans will be able to see a unique player …

Novak Djokovic: I Did Think About Leaving Tennis [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 19th, 2019 @ 10:39 am

During his Laureus acceptance speech Monday night in Monaco for a fourth Sportsman of the Year honor, Novak Djokovic revealed that he was close to quitting the sport, but his wife, Jelena, helped him back. And she got a big Thank You on the world stage.

“Yes, I did think about leaving tennis,” Djokovic told the audience. “I did think about everything else and I just didn’t find myself in …

Novak Djokovic Wins Fourth Laureus World Sportsman Award

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 18th, 2019 @ 3:28 pm

Following an incredible second half to 2018, Novak Djokovic picked up his fourth Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award Monday in Monaco.

“A Laureus Award is what every athlete wants to win, and this one is a huge honour for me,” Djokovic said. “Being among so many sporting greats here tonight, and hearing about the inspirational work Laureus is doing around the world, gives this Award a special meaning for …

Simon Halep Still Look For A Coach After Trial Ends With Thierry Van Cleemput

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 18th, 2019 @ 3:08 pm

Simona Halep gave it a go with David Goffin’s former coach, Thierry Van Cleemput, but the trial bore no fruit. After a meeting in Australia, two got together official in Doha last week where Halep made the final. But the Romanian decided Van Cleemput was not for her.

“So we tried for one week and it’s finished,” Halep told the WTA. “We decided to stop because we are not a good …

Naomi Osaka Explains Why Sascha Bajin Was Let Go As Coach

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 18th, 2019 @ 2:59 pm

The big news post-Australian Open was Naomi Osaka letting go of coach Sascha Bajin who helped lead her to back-to-back Grand Slam titles. The Japanese star make it sound like there was a personal conflict.

“It was kind of brewing in Australia. I think some people could see that if they saw how we interacted,” Osaka told the media in Dubai yesterday.

“I would not want to split on really bad …

Cecchinato Blasts Schwartzman In Buenos Aires Final

Posted by Staff on February 17th, 2019 @ 11:10 pm

It was a disappointing afternoon in Buenos Aires for home favorite Diego Schwartzman. In the tournament final, the Argentine was crushed by Marco Cecchinato 6-1, 6-2.

“Winning my third tournament in my third final makes me happy,” said Cecchinato after his third crown. “I want to be physically good and train harder for the rest of the year. I know that I’ll continue to have good results if I stay mentally …

American Giant Reilly Opelka Wins First Career Title In New York

Posted by Staff on February 17th, 2019 @ 10:58 pm

Move over John Isner, America has a new big man in tennis. Reilly Opelka captured his first career title Sunday beating Canadian surprise Brayden Schnur 6-1, 6-7(7), 7-6(7) in the New York Open final.

Opelka saved six match points Saturday in a final set breaker semifinal win over Isner, and Sunday also needed a deciding tiebreak. This time he won it on his sixth championship point.

“This is definitely what I’m most …

Monfils Beats Wawrinka In Rotterdam For 8th Career Title

Posted by Staff on February 17th, 2019 @ 1:53 pm

Gael Monfils collected his 8th career title Sunday in Rotterdam after dispatching good friend Stan Wawrinka in an all-thirtysomething final 6-3, 1-6, 6-2.

The title was Monfils’ first since taking Doha at the start of 2018.

“We have been practicing all winter together, and really for the past 14 years too,” said Monfils. “In these matches, it’s tricky to surprise the other. I was a bit tougher than him in the …

Juan Martin Del Potro Makes Return At ATP Delray Beach; Tiafoe Faces First Title Defense

Posted by Staff on February 17th, 2019 @ 1:35 pm

Juan Martin del Potro will make his 2019 debut this week in Delray Beach. The Argentine has been off the tour since suffering a fractured knee in Shanghai last fall.

The 30-year-old won the Delray Beach title in 2011 beating Janko Tipsarevic. He’s made the semifinals three times in four tries. He’ll open against Yoshihito Nishioka.

Also in the field is defending champion Frances Tiafoe, big men John Isner, Reilly …

Tsitsipas Seeded No. 1 For First Time At ATP Marseille

Posted by Staff on February 17th, 2019 @ 1:20 pm

Surging youngster Stefanos Tsitsipas will make his debut as a top seed at an ATP event this week in Marseille.

The 20-year-old who stunned Roger Federer en route to the Australian Open semifinals, leads a strong field which includes his NextGen brethren Borna Coric, Andrey Rublev, Denis Shapovalov and Hubert Hurkacz who he could face in his second round opener.

Three-time champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and 2-time winner Gilles Simon lead the …

Former Champions Thiem, Schwartzman Headline ATP Rio

Posted by Staff on February 17th, 2019 @ 12:53 pm

After squandering match points in a tight loss to Diego Schwartzman in the Buenos Aires semifinals Saturday, Dominic Thiem heads back to Rio as the tournament’s top seed.

The Austrian won Rio in 2017 beating Pablo Carreno Busta. He’s joined in the six edition of the event by defending champion Diego Schwartzman, French Open semifinalist Marco Cecchinato and No. 2 seed Fabio Fognini.

Thiem opens against Laslo Djere while Fognini will …

Osaka Leads 9 Of Top 10 In Stacked Dubai Field

Posted by Staff on February 17th, 2019 @ 12:34 pm

2-time reigning Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka returns to the courts in Dubai three weeks after her stunning victory in Melbourne.

Osaka will debut without coach Sascha Bajin who she parted from last week.

Joining the World No. 1 in the field will be nine of the Top 10 overall, including 2-time defending champion Elina Svitolina, 2013 winner Petra Kvitova, 2015 champ Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki who won the …

Mertens Stuns Halep For Doha Title

Posted by Staff on February 17th, 2019 @ 12:19 pm

After a breakout first quarter of 2018, Elise Mertens cooled off thereafter. The Belgian was as high as No. 12 but once her Australian Open semifinal points dropped, so too dropped her ranking outside of the Top 20.

But this week in Doha, the 23-year-old caught fire winning her biggest career title in Doha with a stunning 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over World No. 3 Simona Halep.

“This is why you do …

2-Time Champion Maria Sharapova Withdraws From Indian Wells

Posted by Staff on February 14th, 2019 @ 10:41 am

Still hampered by a sore right shoulder, Maria Sharapova will miss the Indian Wells tournament next month.

Sharapova, who twice won Indian Wells most recently in 2013, has made just one final since returning from her drug ban nearly two years ago. And this season, her injuries woes have continued with a thigh issue in Shenzhen and then she had to withdraw mid-event from St. Petersburg.

She also is not playing Doha …

Jack Sock Out Two Months After Snowboarding Accident

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 13th, 2019 @ 1:53 pm

Once ranked among the Top 10, Jack Sock is now out of the Top 100 and the news isn’t getting any better. The 26-year-old underwent surgery last week for torn ligaments in his figures after a snowboarding accident.

Sock will reportedly miss two months, keeping him out of Indian Wells and Miami. He had already withdrawn from New York and Delray Beach.

Sock made big gains in doubles last year with Mike …