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July 27th, 2014

Andujar, Cuevas, Isner, Svitlona Win ATP/WTA Titles

Isner Repeats as ATP Atlanta Champ

Top seed John Isner showed he is the king of the tiny ATP tournaments on Sunday, defeating unseeded Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-4 to successfully defend his title at the BB&T Atlanta Open.

It was Isner’s second title this year and ninth career, all coming at ATP 250-level events. “This is my favorite time of year,” said the 29-year-old Isner. “I consider myself fortunate that this event is even here. It’s a big advantage for me to …

Posted by Staff @ 9:37 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

July 27th, 2014

Serena Leads Stanford, Men and Women in Washington; ATP/WTA Previews

BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC
Stanford, Calif.; Surface: hard

Seeds: Serena Williams, Agnieszka Radwanska, Angelique Kerber, Victoria Azarenka, Ana Ivanovic, Dominika Cibulkova, Carla Suarez Navarro, Andrea Petkovic

Floaters: (WC) Venus Williams, Sabine Lisicki, Sam Stosur, Coco Vandeweghe, Monica Puig, Caroline Garcia

Notes: Solid field with four Top 10ers and two unseeded Slam champs…The Top 4 seeds receive opening round byes, with tough starts for (5) Ivanovic vs. Lisicki, (4) Azarenka after a bye likely vs. (WC) Venus, (3) Kerber likely vs. Vandeweghe, (7) Suarez …

Posted by Staff @ 11:11 am in Tennis | No Comments »

July 25th, 2014

Andy Murray Shows His Sarcastic Side On Facebook, He Hopes To Never Win Another Slam!

Andy Murray had some fun yesterday during another round of his “#AskAndy” Q&A on the popular social media site Facebook. The Scot who hasn’t won a title since his Wimbledon title a year ago, fielded and “answered” a wide range of questions from his worldwide fan base.

A sample:

Allen Bell: Do you ever listen to Ska music? If so, what bands do you like?
Andy Murray: i have never heard of it

Jamie Dickson: Why are you such a stuck up english …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 8:22 pm in Social Media | 16 Comments »

July 25th, 2014

Li Na Gets A Nike Building In Her Name

Li Na has is one of the most popular female athletes in all of Asia. And earlier today one her sponsors, Nike, recognized the accomplishments of the 2-time Grand Slam winner by naming a building at the apparels maker’s new headquarters in in Shanghai, China.

“It brings me so much happiness to have my name appear on a Nike building, on the headquarters of Nike Greater China, no less,” she said of the hnor. “Nike has been with me through all …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 8:09 pm in Business | No Comments »

July 25th, 2014

Wimbledon Champ Petra Kvitova Meets The Czech President

Following her second Wimbledon triumph earlier this month, the celebrity status of Petra Kvitova continues to grow worldwide and in her home country of the Czech Republic. And on Wednesday the 24-year-old met the man at the top of the food chain in her homeland, President Milos Zeman.

The 4th-ranked Kvitova starts a busy stretch in North America that will see her in Stanford, Montreal, Cincinnati, New Haven and then the US Open. To get in better shape, she just hired …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 8:00 pm in Summer Swing | No Comments »

July 24th, 2014

Fedal Wars: Who’ll Finish Higher Ranked In 2014, Roger Federer Or Rafael Nadal? [Poll]

With nothing but cement between now and the end of the season, can Roger Federer overcome an 2,085 point deficit and finish 2014 ahead of his rival Rafael Nadal for just the second time this decade on the ATP rankings?

July 21 Race standings:
1 Djokovic, Novak 7,250
2 Nadal, Rafael 6,645
3 Federer, Roger 4,560

Let’s weigh the data.

The case for Federer:
- He’s historically far better on hardcourts than Nadal – Federer has 53 career hardcourt titles to Nadal’s 16.
- Usually plays his best …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 12:39 pm in Fedal, Polls | 115 Comments »

July 24th, 2014

Juan Martin Del Potro Is Hitting 2-Handed Backhands Again, Will He Be Ready For The US Open? [Video]

Under supervision of Dr. Richard Berger, popular Juan Martin del Potro is back hitting 2-handed backhands again. Almost four months after surgery on his left wrist, the Argentine was hitting balls yesterday in Rochester, Minn, where he underwent the procedure in late March.

He wrote on Facebook, “I have great news to share! Four months after the surgery I hit my first few backhands and my doctor Richard Berger was there. I’m looking forward to playing pain-free again as soon …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:30 am in Injuries, US Open, Videos | 6 Comments »

July 24th, 2014

Sloane Stephens Splits With Coach Paul Annacone

American Sloane Stephens officially announced yesterday that she and coach Paul Annacone have split.

“Based on the conversations Paul and I had after Wimbledon, we both feel like it would be a good idea for me to have a fresh start leading into the summer hardcourt swing,” said Stephens who didn’t name an immediate replacement. “I’ve learned a lot over our past eight months together and now just need to meld them into my long term plan. Paul is one …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:19 am in Coaching | 1 Comment »

July 23rd, 2014

2014 N. American Hardcourt Schedules: Where Will Federer, Nadal And Djokovic Be This Summer?

The North American summer hardcourt series kicked off Monday in Atlanta where big men John Isner, Sam Querrey and Kevin Anderson stand tall in a modest field. But the real fun begins next week with Top 10 players like Milos Raonic, Tomas Berdych and Grigor Dimitrov taking the court in D.C. And then it’s back-to-back Masters events in Toronto and Cincinnati in August before week off to make final preparations for the final Slam of the season, the US Open. …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 5:21 pm in Summer Swing | 66 Comments »

July 23rd, 2014

Milos Raonic Serves The First Pitch At Blue Jays Game, Then Talks Tennis In The TV Booth [Video]

Milos Raonic showed off his baseball skills last night at the Toronto Blue Jays game. With the Canadian Open now just weeks away, Raonic was at the Jays game promoting the event. The Canadian star who just made the semifinals at Wimbledon uniquely “served” the traditional first pitch before the game then made his way up to the booth for a quick tennis chat with the commentators.

“That was my first time doing the opening pitch for a baseball game so …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:39 am in Videos | 1 Comment »


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3 Roger Federer3 Simona Halep
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6 David Ferrer6 Maria Sharapova
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