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Serena Williams, Garbine Muguruza Headline Wimbledon Women’s Preview

Posted by Jeremy Davis on June 24th, 2016 @ 11:25 am

Can Serena Williams retain her Wimbledon title and win a first Grand Slam title in 2016? Is French Open champion and last year’s Wimbledon runner-up Garbine Muguruza ready to take it a step further?

Is Venus Williams done, or can she take advantage of a fairly good draw? Are grass upstarts Madison Keys, CoCo Vandeweghe and Caroline Garcia confident enough to go deep?

These questions and more will be answered over the …

Wimbledon Men’s Draw Preview: Djokovic With Federer, Raonic, Nishikori; Murray Looks Good

Posted by Sean Randall on June 24th, 2016 @ 7:35 am

With the backdrop of a historic day in the UK, the Wimbledon draw was released a short while ago. All eyes are on top seed and 2-time defending champion Novak Djokovic who continues his march toward a Calendar Slam. Former champion Andy Murray is always in the spotlight in his home event and what do we make of aging Roger Federer’s chances for an 8th Wimbledon title? The draw says:

Novak …

2016 Wimbledon Seedings: Novak Djokovic And Serena Williams Named Top Seeds

Posted by Staff on June 22nd, 2016 @ 9:29 am

The Wimbledon Championships have released the seeding for their 2016 event. The top seeds will again be World No. 1s Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams.

The tournament seeded the men according to their grass court formula which adds 100% of grass court points earned in the last year plus 75% of grass points earned the year before that.

The women’s seedings were based on the June 20th rankings.

The Wimbledon draw will be …

Roger Federer Can’t Remember The Last Time He Cooked For Himself! [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 21st, 2016 @ 10:19 am

In a new fun feature from the ATP, Roger Federer revealed more of his personal side. The big shock, he can’t remember the last time he cooked for himself!

“I don’t remember,” Federer said. “I don’t cook very much. I cannot cook. This is something that much be going back years and years.”

Federer can afford to have chefs or eat at restaurants, but can he not make a sandwich? A grilled …

Novak Djokovic Took The Tube In London

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 21st, 2016 @ 10:07 am

In his preparation for Wimbledon, 2-time defending champion Novak Djokovic took a picture of himself and crew taking the tube.

“I’m officially a Londoner. Best way to avoid the traffic :)” Djokovic posted.

I'm officially a Londoner. Best way to avoid the traffic :)

— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) June 20, 2016

Djokovic will be the top seed at Wimbledon as he opens play next …

Andy Murray: I Have Time To Get Better Before Wimbledon, But I Can Also Mess Things Up!

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 21st, 2016 @ 9:59 am

Andy Murray had a perfect warm-up to Wimbledon capturing his fifth career Queen’s title. The World No. 2 now sets his sights on his most important event of the year at Wimbledon where he will open his quest for a second title a week from today.

“It’s obviously good preparation to win the event right beforehand, but I still have eight days until my first match there,” Murray said Sunday. “So …

Andy Murray Sets Record With 5th Queen’s Title; Florian Mayer Denies Alexander Zverev In Halle

Posted by Staff on June 20th, 2016 @ 12:56 am

Andy Murray became the first man to win five Queen’s Club titles on Sunday, coming from a set down to defeat Milos Raonic 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-3 at the Aegon Championships in London.

“It’s a tournament that obviously means a lot to me,” said Murray, who also won the title in 2015, ’13, ’11 and ’09. “It’s been my most successful tournament.”

It was Murray’s second title of the year after Rome.

Murray …

Caroline Garcia Now Great on Grass After Mallorca Title

Posted by Staff on June 19th, 2016 @ 10:01 pm

Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia won Strasbourg during this claycourt season, and now Mallorca during the grasscourt season, on Sunday beating Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 6-4 for the inaugural Mallorca Open title in Spain.

“When I arrived here, it was my first tournament on grass this year, so I wasn’t expecting to go this far or win the trophy,” said Garcia, who is now 3-2 in career finals. “It’s a great achievement after a …

Madison Keys in Top 10 After 2nd Career Title at Birmingham

Posted by Staff on June 19th, 2016 @ 7:23 pm

Madison Keys will debut in the Top 10 after claiming her second WTA tour title on Sunday, beating Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-3 in the grasscourt final of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, England.

“I think I got off to a good start in the first set breaking early,” said Keys, who struggled with rain delays during the week, scratching out three-set wins twice. “I think I held onto the that lead …

Grass Tennis Preview: Radwanska, WTA Stars in Eastbourne, Not So Much in ATP Nottingham

Posted by Staff on June 18th, 2016 @ 4:49 pm

It’s the final week before Wimbledon, which sees most of the top-ranked players taking a break, and the players scrubbing for money or needing just a little last-minute grasscourt preparation competing for some momentum going into the All England Club.

Only one tournament each on the ATP and WTA side, here is a look at the fields:

Eastbourne, Great Britain; Surface: grass

Seeds: Agnieszka Radwanska, Roberta Vinci, Belinda Bencic, Timea Bacsinszky, …

Andy Murray v Milos Raonic In The Queen’s Lendl-McEnroe Bowl, Who’s The Pick?

Posted by Sean Randall on June 18th, 2016 @ 4:29 pm

While Halle was hit with upsets, the “dream” final in Queen’s was set today as Andy Murray and Milos Raonic will battle for the title on Sunday.

The greater subplot is Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe will resume their rivalry but from the coaching boxes. What are the odds? The first week the two get back into coaching and already they meet?

But let’s slow down. After just a week …

8-Time Halle Champion Roger Federer Falls To The Future In Alexander Zverev

Posted by Sean Randall on June 18th, 2016 @ 3:59 pm

Last week in Germany it was Dominic Thiem. This weekend the honor of eliminating the great Roger Federer fell to another youngster, teen Alexander Zverev. The 19-year-old German pocketed his first career Top 10 victory beating the world No. 3 Federer impressively 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-3.

Zverev came oh so close earlier this year in a tough loss to Rafael Nadal at Indian Wells. But today, the teen didn’t blink serving …

Madison Keys Reaches Birmingham SFs, Closes In On Top 10; Angelique Kerber Falls

Posted by Staff on June 17th, 2016 @ 7:50 pm

Madison Keys moved within one match win of breaking the Top 10 Friday after a 6-7(1), 6-4, 6-2 win over teen Jelena Ostapenko to reach the Birmingham semifinals.

“It’s tough being on the tour for this long and being at the old age of 21; these 19 year olds are tough!” joked Keys.

Keys will meet Carla Saurez Navarro in the semifinals. Should Keys reach the final, she will be assured of …

Roger Federer Faces Alexander Zverev For Spot In Halle Final; Dominic Thiem Gets Day Off

Posted by Staff on June 17th, 2016 @ 7:25 pm

Roger Federer will get another look at Alexander Zverev, this time in the 19-year-old’s home country in Germany Saturday. In the Halle quarterfinals today, Federer took care of David Goffin 6-1, 7-6(10).

“I thought it was my best match thus far,” said Federer who was down a break in the second as Goffin serves for the set. “It is a good win for me and I’m clearly very happy to …

Andy Murray Needs 3 In Queen’s, Meets Marin Cilic In SFs; Milos Raonic Stays Perfect Under McEnroe

Posted by Staff on June 17th, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

Andy Murray moved a step closer to winning a fifth Queen’s title on Friday dismissing countryman Kyle Edmund 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.

“Kyle was hitting the ball big throughout the match. At the end of that second set, he was going for it,” Murray said of the 21-year-old. “When he’s landing first serves and then getting the first shot of the rally on his forehand, he can dictate a lot of the …