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Isner, Querrey, Sock, Kyrgios Lead U.S.-Heavy Field at ATP Houston; Preview

Posted by Jeremy Davis on April 8th, 2018 @ 11:22 am

Thirteen Americans in the 24-player field (prior to qualifiers being determined) make for an American reunion this week in Houston, where six of the eight seeds are from the U.S.

American Steve Johnson sliced his way to the title last year, but this year will be challenged to repeat. The No. 6 seed sits behind John Isner, Sam Querrey, Jack Sock, Nick Kyrgios, and Fernando Verdasco, and has been handed a …

Gasquet, Paire, The Dog at ATP Marrakech; Preview

Posted by Staff on April 8th, 2018 @ 10:47 am

The lone ATP tournament that refuses to take “Grand Prix” out of its title from the 1980s has a 2018 field led by Albert Ramos Vinolas, who is joined among the seeds by crowd-pleasers Richard Gasquet, Benoit Paire, Alexandr “The Dog” Dolgopolov and serve-and-volleyer Mischa Zverev.

Trying to find their former top form will be former champion Gilles Simon and comeback player Joao Sousa.

MARRAKECH, Morocco; Surface: clay

Seeds: Albert …

Nadal, Cilic, Isner Lead Davis Cup QF This Weekend

Posted by Staff on April 6th, 2018 @ 10:11 am

The big story of the Davis Cup weekend is the return of Rafael Nadal who is back on court for the first time in two months. Nadal and his Spanish team play host to Alexander Zverev and Germany in the quarterfinals in Valencia.

Recent Miami winner John Isner joins Sam Querrey and Jack Sock in Nashville where team USA will welcome a Goffin-less Belgium squad.

Fabio Fognini and Italy travel to France …

Rafael Nadal Back On Court Friday, Seeks Davis Cup Win Streak Record [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 5th, 2018 @ 10:28 am

It’s been over two months since we last saw Rafael Nadal play a competitive tennis match after suffering a hip injury at the Australian Open. That should change tomorrow as the current World No. 1 returns as him Spanish team hosts Germany in the Davis Cup quarterfinals in Valencia.

Nadal will open play against Philipp Kohlschreiber, then, if necessary, face Alexander Zverev on Sunday.

“I was not very good in mathematics …

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Undergoes Knee Surgery

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 4th, 2018 @ 11:09 am

After missing both Masters events at Indian Wells and Miami, former Top 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has undergone surgery on his knee, he revealed today on social media.

“Hello everyone, a little note to tell you that despite an attempt to return to the competition, my knee responded unfavorably. So I couldn’t escape a little operation that took place yesterday and went very well,” he stated via translation.

“Everyone is optimistic for a …

Novak Djokovic And Radek Stepanek Are Also Over

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 4th, 2018 @ 10:55 am

Less than a week after news broke that Andre Agassi would no longer be on the Novak Djokovic team, the Serb has announced that he has also parted with Radek Stepanek.

On a statement on Djokovic’s website read:
After Miami Novak Djokovic and his tennis coach Radek Stepanek decided to end their cooperation.

The private relationship with Stepanek was and will remain great, and Novak has enjoyed working with him and learning …

April Off Topic Thread

Posted by Special on April 3rd, 2018 @ 10:23 pm

Non tennis go here.

Isner Powers Through Zverev To Win Miami Title And First Masters

Posted by Staff on April 1st, 2018 @ 10:15 pm

John Isner had just two wins on the season entering Miami. He leaves as the latest Masters champion, the third first-time winner in the last three after stunning favorite and world No. 5 Alexander Zverev 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4 in the final match on Key Biscayne.

After 12 ATP 250 titles after three Masters runner-ups, this was Isner’s biggest career title.

“To win like that in front of a crowd like that, with …

Muguruza Only Top 40 Player at WTA Monterrey; Preview

Posted by Staff on April 1st, 2018 @ 4:37 pm

MONTERREY, Mexico; Surface: hard

Seeds: Garbine Muguruza, Magdalena Rybarikova, Lesia Tsurenko, Timea Babos, Monica Puig, Ana Bogdan, Sachia Vickery, Ajla Tomljanovic

Floaters: Danielle Collins, Alison Riske


Only one Top 40 player in the field besides the No. 3 Muguruza…

Wildcards were awarded to Mexicans Victoria Rodriguez, Ana Sofia Sanchez and Renata Zarazua…

Pulling from this event while the gettin’ was good were Sabine Lisicki, Monica Niculescu, and defending champion Anastasia …

Stephens, Osaka, Kasatkina Headline Next-Gen Stars at WTA Charleston; Preview

Posted by Jeremy Davis on April 1st, 2018 @ 11:50 am

Miami Open champion Sloane Stephens, Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka, and defending champion Daria Kasatkina make next week’s Volvo Car Open in Charleston another palette for emerging stars to produce another masterpiece as the WTA tour officially moves into the claycourt season.

Top seed Caroline Garcia of France and multi-Slam champion Petra Kvitova headline the favorites on the green clay.

CHARLESTON, S.C., USA; Surface: green clay

Seeds: Caroline Garcia, Petra Kvitova, …

Sloane Stephens Wins 2nd Biggest Career Title at Miami Open

Posted by Staff on March 31st, 2018 @ 5:17 pm

Sloane Stephens is for real — at least on U.S. soil.

The American on Saturday beat reigning French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko to win the Miami Open, the second-biggest title of her career after the 2017 US Open, and her first of 2018.

Ostapenko hadn’t lost a set during the tournament before falling to Stephens 7-6(5), 6-1.

The American remains a perfect 6-0 in career finals and on Monday will debut in the …

Sloane Stephens, Jelena Ostapenko Bid For First Miami Title

Posted by Staff on March 31st, 2018 @ 11:18 am

Two players who weren’t even on the radar a year ago meet for the Miami title today. Now, as Grand Slam champions, Sloane Stephens and Jelena Ostapenko, meet for their second biggest title.

The two have never met before. Ostapneko has yet to lose a set while Stephens has beaten some big names en route including 3-time champion Victoria Azarenka and former No. 1s Garbine Muguruza and Angelique Kerber.

Both are …

Andre Agassi Ends Coaching Relationship With Novak Djokovic

Posted by Tom Gainey on March 31st, 2018 @ 11:07 am

Per an ESPN report last night, Andre Agassi has decided to end his partnership with Novak Djokovic.

The two first linked up last May, but after elbow problems and poor results, that relationship is over, according to Agassi’s former coach Darren Cahill who broke the news last night on ESPN.

“With only the best intentions I tried to help Novak. We far too often found ourselves agreeing to disagree. I …

Isner Stops Del Potro Streak, Will Face Zverev For Miami Masters Title

Posted by Staff on March 31st, 2018 @ 1:47 am

Playing some of his best tennis, John Isner put a halt to Juan Martin del Potro’s 15-match win streak, overpowering the Argentine 6-1, 7-6(2) to reach his first career Miami Masters final.

The American who ripped through Marin Cilic and Hyeon Chung, continued to pound forehand and pound serves, relegating del Potro to a virtual spectator watching winners fly by.

“Things are just clicking. Look, if I’m returning well and getting in …

Zverev Rolls Coric To Reach Miami SF, Will Face Carreno Busta Who Saves MP v Anderson

Posted by Staff on March 29th, 2018 @ 11:53 pm

Alexander Zverev showed again why he is the class of this younger generation. The 20-year-old crushed Nick Kyrgios in the fourth round on Tuesday and today had his way with the hot-handed Borna Coric in a 6-4, 6-4 victory.

The match was delayed about 90 minutes due to a lighting issue in the stadium, but it didn’t slow Zverev down who never dropped served. It was Zverev’s first career win against …