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August 30th, 2015

Novak Djokovic Used Mickey Mouse To Crash A Rafael Nadal Interview [Video]

Novak Djokovic was in loose spirits Saturday at the US Open. Ahead of the final Grand Slam of 2015, the top player in the world met the press then crashed his rival during a press conference.

Djokovic opens play Monday afternoon against Joao Souza. The 9-time Slam winner hasn’t won the US Open since 2011.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:54 am in US Open, Videos | 20 Comments »

August 29th, 2015

2015 US Open Schedule – Monday, Aug 31: World No. 1s Serena, Djokovic Plus Nadal v Coric

The US Open has released the Monday schedule and it features World No. 1s Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic. Plus Rafael Nadal, Venus Williams and defending champion and finalist Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori.

US Open Day 1 Schedule – Monday, August 31, 2015
Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00 AM Start
1. Women’s Singles – Round 1
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) vs. Ana Ivanovic (SRB)[7]
Not Before: 1:00 PM
2. Women’s Singles – Round 1
Monica Puig (PUR) vs. Venus Williams (USA)[23]
3. Men’s Singles – Round 1
Novak Djokovic (SRB)[1] …

Posted by Staff @ 11:45 pm in US Open | 3 Comments »

August 29th, 2015

Anderson, Kvitova Win ATP Winston-Salem, WTA New Haven

South African Kevin Anderson and Czech Petra Kvitova gained some confidence moving into the US Open on Saturday with titles at tour stops in Winston-Salem and New Haven respectively.

Anderson beat French qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 7-5 to claim the Winston-Salem Open, his first title of the year in his third appearance in a final.

“I’ve been in a few finals and come up short, which is always tough,” said Anderson, who broke a streak of seven consecutive finals lost. “Each final …

Posted by Staff @ 6:39 pm in Sydney | 6 Comments »

August 29th, 2015

Preview: Odds Against Serena Williams at US Open

Contrary to what commentator Chris Evert says, Serena Williams is the GOAT. She, the Martinas, everyone else is out. But having said that, the odds are against Serena that she is going to win the US Open and complete the calendar year Grand Slam. The pressure build up is too great.

She’s already given herself an out, saying if she does it or not, she’s just ready for it to be over. The week before the US Open, she’s been more omnipresent …

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 1:07 pm in Tennis, US Open | 41 Comments »

August 27th, 2015

Rafael Nadal Refuses To Play Doubles With Nick Kyrgios At Charity Event

Tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios is now being shunned by his fellow peers. Last night at a charity event at John McEnroe Tennis Academy in New York City, the troubled Australian was paired with Rafael Nadal. That is until Nadal decided he wanted nothing to do with sharing the same side of the court with Kyrgios.

The event organizer had to replace Nadal with Kyrgios’s countryman and Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt. The two played singles while Kyrgios teamed with …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 5:25 pm in US Open | 40 Comments »

August 27th, 2015

US Open Draw Preview: Murray Lands In Federer’s Half, Djokovic Might See Nadal In QFs

The draw is out. And the big swing chip fell on Roger Federer’s side. That chip being Andy Murray. The Scot who’s played some good tennis this summer will (or might) have to go through Federer then Novak Djokovic to win his first Grand Slam title since 2013 Wimbledon.

But first to the top half.

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal Quarter
World No. 1 Djokovic has to like the early rounds of his draw. He’ll open with the other Joao, Joao Souza (with a …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 2:37 pm in US Open | 172 Comments »

August 26th, 2015

Novak Djokovic Is My Early US Open Favorite, Here’s Why

There’s still time before the draw of the final Grand Slam is released tomorrow around noon, so let’s take a look into who’ll be the players to watch next week.

My favorites:

1) Novak Djokovic
The world No. 1 has won two of the three Slams this year only losing to Stan in Paris. And he’s the hardcourt king. That’s the good news.

The bad news is he hasn’t won the US Open since 2011. That was four years ago when he was just …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 5:00 pm in US Open | 168 Comments »

August 26th, 2015

Rafael Nadal: My Confidence Is Fine, I Know I Am Better Than Months Ago

Rafael Nadal has won a Grand Slam title in 10 straight years. The US Open will be his last chance to extend the streak to 11. But despite being healthy, this has been his most difficult season, losing early at the Australian and Wimbledon, and falling to Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals at the French.

Nadal has three titles, but they are of the smallish variety at Hamburg, Stuttgart and Buenos Aires. And his ranking, which dipped to No. 10, stands …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:36 am in US Open | 13 Comments »

August 26th, 2015

Rafael Nadal Plays Strip Tennis [Video]

How is Rafael Nadal preparing for the US Open? Strip tennis! Why not.

As a new global ambassador for the brand, Nadal is getting nearly naked for Tommy Hilfiger’s new campaign. And in promotion, he and a several super models played in their underwear in New York City’s Bryant Park.

“I love how this event brings together fashion and sport with Tommy’s signature twist – it was the perfect way to kick-off my partnership with Tommy …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:26 am in Videos | 7 Comments »

August 25th, 2015

6 Things I Think I Thought About Roger Federer’s Cincinnati Win, His Service Attacks And US Open Chances

Another summer lead-up and more of the same. John Isner played well in the smaller events, Novak Djokovic still can’t find the mark after Wimbledon and Roger Federer is up to his usual tricks winning another Cincinnati title, his seventh!

I’ll get to Isner, Djokovic, Andy Murray and the others in a separate post, but for now a few thoughts on Roger remarkable run last week.

1) He’s 34
That’s right. 34. He’s older than Andy Roddick who’s been out of the game …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 5:17 pm in Cincinnati | 154 Comments »

August 25th, 2015

Nike Tennis #StoleTheShow With Street Tennis Featuring Federer, Nadal, Serena, Sharapova, Agassi, Sampras And More

Some of the greats in tennis history showed up in New York City last night for a special Nike function to recreate the famous Pete Sampras-Andre Agassi street tennis campaign from the 90s.

The incredible line-up including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, John McEnroe, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Agassi and Sampras. Plus, Eugenie Bouchard, Madison Keys, Grigor Dimitrov and Nick Kyrgios all on one court!

Wow!

Here are some pics and videos from the night:

What an amazing thing to

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:06 am in US Open, Videos | 28 Comments »

August 24th, 2015

Serena Williams Was Kissing Drake After Her Cincinnati Win?

Gossip site TMZ Sports has released picture of Serena Williams kissing rap star Drake Sunday night in Cincinnati after her big win earlier in the day over Simona Halep.

Drake And Serena Williams — I'll Have the Tongue … Restaurant Makeout Sesh (Pics) http://t.co/cXjXxIh0LK

— TMZ Sports (@TMZ_Sports) August 24, 2015

Serena has been rumored to be dating coach Patrick Mouratoglou. But Drake has been watching Serena throughout the summer.

Maybe he’s more than …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 1:07 pm in Romance | 9 Comments »

August 24th, 2015

Novak Djokovic: Conditions At The US Open Suit Me Better Than Cincinnati

After a fifth loss in the final, third to Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic just can’t win in Cincinnati where he says the courts don’t do him any favors.

“I think he’s more aggressive here than in any other tournament because the surface and conditions allow him to play very fast,” he said of Federer’s success, winning now seven times. “He generally copes well with the fast balls, fast game. He likes this rhythm. I don’t too much.

“The way I played this …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 12:26 pm in Cincinnati | 45 Comments »

August 24th, 2015

Roger Federer: I Didn’t Expect To Win Cincinnati, But Now I’ve Got Confidence, Got Matches And I’m Fresh!

Roger Federer was all smiles after winning his seventh Cincinnati final Sunday beating rival and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic 76, 63 in an exciting final.

Employing his hyper-aggressive tactics, the 34-year-old Swiss overwhelmed Djokovic for much of the match, threatening on several occasions to blow it open in the second.

“I’m happy it worked out very well,” Federer said of his attacking plan. “On the return I was able to mix things up very nicely, and on my serve I was …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:58 am in Cincinnati | 83 Comments »

August 24th, 2015

Serena Williams Is So Ready For The US Open

Serena Williams just won her second straight Cincinnati title yesterday beating World No. 3 Simona Halep, but all things point toward the US Open where the 33-year-old will try to become the first player since Steffi Graf in 1998 to complete the calendar year Grand Slam.

“I’m ready,” she said of the US Open. “I don’t care if I win or lose or break even. I’m ready to start it, get it over with, and be done and go on to …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:41 am in US Open | No Comments »


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ATP - Aug 31 WTA - Aug 31
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Simona Halep
3 Andy Murray3 Maria Sharapova
4 Kei Nishikori4 Petra Kvitova
5 Stan Wawrinka5 Caroline Wozniacki
6 Tomas Berdych6 Lucie Safarova
7 David Ferrer7 Ana Ivanovic
8 Rafael Nadal8 Karolina Pliskova
9 Marin Cilic9 Garbine Muguruza Blanco
10 Milos Raonic10 Carla Suarez Navarro
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