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August 13th, 2007

Djokovic Another Foe For Federer

While his pal Tiger Woods was busy wrapping up Slam No. 13 at the PGA Championship in Tulsa on Sunday, Roger Federer’s longstanding reign atop men’s tennis took another hit as the Swiss went down to Novak Djokovic in a third set tiebreak.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 7:05 pm in Uncategorized | 92 Comments »

August 6th, 2007

Borg Makes Official Senior Tennis Appearance This Week

In a particularly starless field, one star stands out this week at the Blackrock Tour of Champions ATP senior tour stop in Algarve, Portugal — Bjorn Borg. The ATP says, “The former World No. 1, who won six French Open and five Wimbledon titles, will join a wealth of Grand Slam winners such as John [...]

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August 5th, 2007

Interview: John Isner Captures Attention of U.S. Tennis Fans

Andy Roddick reached No. 1 on the ATP Rankings, but can no longer reach toward the week-in, week-out bar of excellence set by front-runners Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal (who can?). James Blake has established himself as a Top 10 player, but is likewise no threat to No. 1. ADHEREL In a country used to [...]

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July 28th, 2007

Amer Delic: Wimbledon Close Calls in Singles and Doubles

Guest blogger Amer Delic, former Jacksonville high school player and NCAA tennis champion at Illinois, blogs monthly for JAX Tennis Magazine from his various stops around the world on the ATP circuit. Wimbledon is over and we are back in the sunny U.S. ADHEREL AELTC (All England Lawn and Tennis Club) is the Mecca of [...]

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July 2nd, 2007

Amer Delic Takes the Big Stage

The Jacksonville native’s new Top 75 standing makes him a regular at ATP Tour events — and poses a set of new challenges When asked whether his ranking qualified him to play the big ATP grasscourt events in the run-up to Wimbledon in June, Amer Delic said with pride, “I am straight into all the [...]

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June 9th, 2007

Nikolay Davydenko, Leader of the ‘Almost Elite’

When I wrote my French Open previews two weeks ago and predicted a semifinal run for Nikolay Davydenko, I didn’t think too long about his possible match against Roger Federer. I mean, what was there to think about? There was no way the Russian, trailing 8-0 head-to-head against the Swiss No.1, would be a real [...]

Posted by Abe Kuijl @ 3:33 pm in Uncategorized | 24 Comments »

May 23rd, 2007

Resurgent Hewitt on Track for Top 5 Comeback

With all that happened in the Hamburg final on Sunday, one man’s performance has been stuck under the radar a little. Lleyton Hewitt put up a respectable and surprising run to the semi-finals of the German Masters Series event, straight-setting clay court specialists Juan Ignacio Chela, Agustin Calleri and Nicolas Almagro. The former No.1 also [...]

Posted by Abe Kuijl @ 1:53 pm in Uncategorized | 14 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 »

March 28th, 2007

Nadal Tarnishes Davis Cup Effort vs U.S.

The ATP tour is cracking down on player withdrawals from major events, but one of tennis’ largest draws internationally is out of their control, as shown by Rafael Nadal’s Tuesday withdrawal from Davis Cup. Nadal pulled out of the U.S. vs. Spain meeting to follow a week after the completion of the Sony Ericsson Open [...]

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February 26th, 2007

Haas, Henin Collect Titles; Murray Unfazed by Roddick Loss

Impressive performance this weekend by Tommy Haas, who hammered Andy Roddick to win his third Memphis title. Haas won the event without dropping a set or even facing a break point – a pretty amazing statistic – and he raised his 2007 record to 13-2.

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January 3rd, 2007

Flipper Injured, Tennis Week Sells Out

Philippoussis Out After Potential Career-Ending Injury Struggling 30-year-old Aussie Mark Philippoussis will now miss the Australian Open and possibly much of the 2007 season after tearing knee cartilage at the Hopman Cup team event in Australia Tuesday. Philippoussis left the event in a wheelchair and will have knee surgery Thursday after tearing the lateral meniscus [...]

Posted by Richard Vach @ 5:22 pm in Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

January 3rd, 2007

Nalbandian Underachieves Again in 2007 Debut

He’s climbed as high as No. 3 in the world, given world No. 1 Roger Federer fits, reached the Wimbledon final and won the year-ending Masters Cup, and says 2007 will be a new year where he will attempt to win his first Grand Slam title, but Argentina’s David Nalbandian went back to what he [...]

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November 29th, 2006

Williams Sisters, Mattress Mac, More ATP Housecleaning

Williams Sisters in Unfamiliar Court If the court battle the Williams sisters are caught in was a dryer, it would be set on “super spin.” Venus and Serena and crazy pop Richard are in court in West Palm Beach, FL, battling promoters who claim father Richard committed them to a “Battle of the Sexes” exhibition. [...]

Posted by Richard Vach @ 11:17 pm in Uncategorized | 6 Comments »

November 27th, 2006

Rusedski, Rios Just Won’t Retire; Williams Family in Court

Greg Rusedski says he will not retire and will play on in 2007, albeit with an abbreviated schedule that — don’t be surprised — could culminate in a going-away celebration at Wimbledon for the Canadian-Turned-Brit. Unfortunately Grinning Greg has already gone away. Nearly ranked outside the Top 200, Rusedski would be lucky to gain direct [...]

Posted by Richard Vach @ 9:24 pm in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »