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Posted by Staff on December 6th, 2017 @ 11:00 am

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Serena Williams Entered Into Australian Open

Posted by Staff on December 6th, 2017 @ 10:49 am

Serena Williams has entered the Australian Open, the tournament announced.

Serena, who recently got married and give birth to a baby girl, hasn’t played since winning her 23rd Grand Slam at the event last year. But after so much time off and so many new things in her life, will the 36-year-old be ready?

“She has got her visa, she has entered, she’s practicing, and she probably just needs a bit more …

Rafael Nadal Was Out Watching Tiger Woods Sunday

Posted by Tom Gainey on December 3rd, 2017 @ 1:16 pm

The big story in sports this weekend is Tiger Woods’ return to golf after 10 months. Woods is part of a 16-man exo field at the Hero Challenge in Nassau, Bahamas. And among the spectators was world No. Rafael Nadal, who’s an avid golfer himself.

Rafael Nadal out on the course watching Tiger Woods' final round in the Bahamas #HeroWorldChallenge pic.twitter.com/Mvr9aWmjaF

— Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) …

Marat Safin: If Federer And Nadal Are Still Winning It Means There’s Something Wrong With The Other Players

Posted by Tom Gainey on December 1st, 2017 @ 1:23 pm

In a new interview with the UK’s Independent, former No. 1 Marat Safin touched on the state of men’s tennis. Specifically, he was surprised to see that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are still on top, and that suggests the game isn’t that strong.

“If Federer and Nadal are still winning I think there’s something wrong,” Safin said. “I don’t see any upcoming superstars today.

“Players used to retire by the …

Stan Wawrinka: Losing Magnus Norman Was A Big Disappointment

Posted by Tom Gainey on December 1st, 2017 @ 12:56 pm

Stan Wawrinka met the media earlier today to announce his 2018 schedule. The Swiss who’s been out since Wimbledon with a knee injury, is set to return in Australia, site of his first Grand Slam title.

“Today, I’m working with my physio six days out of seven,” Wawrinka said. “The goal is to play the Australian Open, even if I’m not 100 percent. Having had crutches was hard, but the break …

Novak Djokovic Adds Radek Stepanek To Coaching Team

Posted by Tom Gainey on December 1st, 2017 @ 12:36 pm

Novak Djokovic announced the addition of the recently-retired Radek Stepanek to his coaching team, the Serb confirmed yesterday.

“Thanks for waiting patiently for the news about my new coach to join my team with Andre Agassi. I am very excited to share with you that Radek Stepanek will join our #NoleFam so let’s give him a warm welcome 👏#TeamDjokovic,” Djokovic posted on Facebook.

“Radek is one of my very close friends on …

Goffin Heroics Can’t Stop France from Claiming 10th Davis Cup

Posted by Staff on November 26th, 2017 @ 8:58 pm

Belgian David Goffin looked to cap off a best-ever year on tour, but it wasn’t to be.

Goffin won both his singles to put Belgium on the cusp of a first-ever Davis Cup, but a loss by Belgium in the doubles and two singles losses by Steve Darcis saw France lift the Davis Cup on Sunday 3-2 after a win in the final singles.

Tied 1-1 after the first day following wins …

Goffin, Belgium Seeking First Davis Cup Title This Weekend In France

Posted by Staff on November 23rd, 2017 @ 11:44 pm

Fresh off a surprise final a week ago in London at the ATP Finals, David Goffin will lead his underdog Belgian team into Lille to face a deep French squad on an indoor hard court.

Belgium, runner-ups in 2015, seek their first ever Davis Cup title while France bid for a 10th and first since 2001.

Joining Goffin will be Steve Darcis in singles and in doubles Belgium will lean on Joris …

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 …