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August 28th, 2007

US Open Notes: Delic Reluctantly Declines Isner in Doubles

“It was an honor that he asked me to play at his last US Open, but it was hard to say no to Isner.”

Posted by Richard Vach @ 2:40 pm in American tennis, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

August 27th, 2007

US Open Notes: Althea Gibson; Navratilova Left Out

“It’s kind of mind-boggling,” Navratilova told Newsday. “When you have a football team and Joe Montana becomes available, you don’t say, ‘Oh, we already have a quarterback,’ but that’s exactly what happened.”

Posted by Richard Vach @ 7:11 pm in American tennis, American Women, Uncategorized | 22 Comments »

August 16th, 2007

Nadal retires, Djokovic flat, but players support back-to-back Masters Series

The ATP Masters Series inducted a new rule in 2007, where the Top 8 seeds received byes for their first round matches. This to make sure that they can get enough rest in between events, to compete in back-to-back Masters Series tournaments. It was a good move by the ATP, but Cincinnati is still suffering [...]

Posted by Abe Kuijl @ 12:19 pm in American tennis, ATP, US Open Series | 71 Comments »

August 14th, 2007

Roddick, Blake Only Top 50-Ranked U.S. Men

The next generation of U.S. men’s players were on display Monday at the Masters Series-Cincinnati in a week where Top 10ers Andy Roddick and James Blake became the ONLY AMERICANS RANKED IN THE TOP 50.

Posted by Richard Vach @ 8:46 am in American tennis | 20 Comments »

June 19th, 2007

Wimbledon 2007 QandA

(Editor’s note: the following is from an interview of Richard Vach for the Stiles Points website regarding the upcoming Wimbledon event.) Q: Now that the clay court season is over, Rafael Nadal has to play the next two majors on surfaces (grass & hard court) that favor Roger Federer.  What has Nadal done over the [...]

Posted by Richard Vach @ 12:23 pm in American tennis | 22 Comments »

June 5th, 2007

French Open Women: 5 Questions

5 Questions: 1) What happened to the Williams sisters, American’s lone hope at the French Open? Venus Williams blamed her loss on fatigue due to over-training, which jibes with people from her camp who say it is an effort to get her off the practice court. As she gets older she is going to need [...]

Posted by Richard Vach @ 3:41 pm in American tennis, Injuries, Lindsay Davenport | 13 Comments »

May 5th, 2007

Sampras v McEnroe Tonight On Court, Not on TV

Television drives professional sports, so you have to wonder, how high could tennis’ popularity rise if the powers that be could get tennis’ biggest events on TV? And we’re not talking about Wimbledon here. This week Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal played an exhibition on a court that was half clay, half grass. Rafa won. [...]

Posted by Richard Vach @ 9:28 am in American tennis, Tennis on TV | 7 Comments »

April 14th, 2007

Roddick, Americans Bail from Tennis Masters Monte Carlo

SAM-I-AM A THREE-SET DISAPPEARING ACT: Sam Querrey is a huge American prospect, but he and Grant Doyle need to get a handle on the big boy acquiring both the physical and mental abilities to close out a match after he wins the first set. Wednesday in Houston, Querrey won the first set against Tommy Haas [...]

Posted by Richard Vach @ 9:21 am in American tennis, ATP | 18 Comments »

April 11th, 2007

ATP Does Reverse, Says Slams Bigger Than Tennis Masters Series

Yesterday the ATP’s U.S. media maven, Greg “The Remorseless Eating Machine” Sharko told me that the news that came from a spokesman out of the ATP’s international office in regard to the Masters Series events receiving the same number of ranking points as the Grand Slams under the tour’s new 2009 calendar was incorrect. Shark(o), [...]

Posted by Richard Vach @ 3:22 pm in American tennis, Etienne de Villiers, ITF, Masters Cup, Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

April 5th, 2007

Roddick Healthy for Friday Davis Cup

Andy Roddick is reportedly healthy and ready to take advantage of a Rafael Nadal-less Spanish team this weekend in Davis Cup quarterfinal play on the American’s home hardcourt turf at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, NC. Struggling world No. 9-ranked James Blake will open play for the U.S. on Friday against No. [...]

Posted by Richard Vach @ 2:24 pm in American tennis, Davis Cup, Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

February 19th, 2007

Mauresmo, Murray, Canas Win Titles; TV Tennis Reader Mail

Open 13 Marseille, France Finals: Gilles Simon (FRA) d. (7) Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) 6-4, 7-6(3) (4)Clement/Llodra (FRA) d. (1) Knowles/Nestor (BAH/CAN) 7-5, 4-6, 10-8 A new French star was born Sunday as 22-year-old Gilles Simon topped Baghdatis for his first career title. Last year Simon reached the final at Valencia on clay, and is the [...]

Posted by Richard Vach @ 1:36 pm in American tennis, Tennis on TV | 1 Comment »

February 18th, 2007

FOX Holds ATP San Jose Hostage, B2 Networks to the Rescue

The powers that be in tennis have a great track record of making the sport as hard to see as possible. In the U.S. the USTA sells the Davis Cup rights to the Versus network, who then shows it on tape. On Saturday night, with the blockbuster Andy Roddick vs. Andy Murray match at the [...]

Posted by Richard Vach @ 10:13 am in American tennis, Tennis on TV | 6 Comments »

February 11th, 2007

Williams Sisters Troubles Continue This Week

When Venus Williams was confirmed for the U.S. April Fed Cup match against Belgium, after she had yet to make a tour appearance this year because of injury, one thought “good luck with that, keep you fingers crossed.” When earlier this week it was announced that the oft-injured Serena would join Venus on the team, [...]

Posted by Richard Vach @ 10:27 am in American tennis, Injuries, Lindsay Davenport | 6 Comments »

January 2nd, 2007

All Americans Out in 1st Round at Gold Coast

It could be years before you see an American player crack the Top 10 after the retirement of Lindsay Davenport and the endless injuries that constantly seem to sideline the Williams sisters. The struggling state of American women’s tennis was illustrated Monday in the Australian Open warm-up event at Gold Coast where both Americans in [...]

Posted by Richard Vach @ 9:47 am in American tennis, Etienne de Villiers, Lindsay Davenport | Comments Off