Posted by Tom Gainey on May 22nd, 2017 @ 9:24 am
After five years, Novak Djokovic and Uniqlo are over. The Serb will now wear the Lacoste brand, the French clothing manufacturer announced today.
“Today Novak Djokovic becomes the LACOSTE style ambassador, not only on, but also off the tennis court,” the company said in a release. “His relaxed elegance and inventiveness are a perfect match for the French brand’s DNA and its sports-inspired creations.”
Djokovic will not only have the crocodile in …
Posted by Tom Gainey on May 22nd, 2017 @ 9:15 am
New mother Victoria Azarenka is set to return next month on grass, the former No. 1 announced today. Azarenka hasn’t played since the French Open last year. She gave birth to baby Leo last December and slated a return to tennis on the summer hardcourts, but she’s moved up her comeback by a month.
— victoria azarenka (@vika7) May 22, 2017
Posted by Tom Gainey on May 22nd, 2017 @ 9:05 am
Exactly a week after his friend and rival Andy Murray celebrated, Novak Djokovic joined the growing ranks of 30-somethings on the ATP Tour.
Djokovic becomes the 42nd player to hit 30 in the latest Top 100! And he makes the Top 5 all-30+, a first in ATP Rankings history.
Some wishes from his peers:
Djokovic also is going to be joined by Andre Agassi in …
Posted by Tom Gainey on May 22nd, 2017 @ 8:57 am
With Novak Djokovic celebrating his 30th birthday today, the new ATP Rankings mark history becoming the first to have all Top 5 in the 30s!
And Rafael Nadal is set to become 31 in just a few weeks.
ATP Rankings (May 22)
1 Andy Murray (30)
2 Novak Djokovic (30)
3 Stan Wawrinka (32)
4 Rafael Nadal (30)
5 Roger Federer (35)
Also worth noting the Rome champion Alexander Zverev jumped seven spots to crack the Top 10 …
Posted by Staff on May 22nd, 2017 @ 8:52 am
Back in the day, the big dogs rested the week before the French Open, unless there were some game problems needing last-minute tune-ups.
Must be a lot of problems this May.
Top 10ers Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori, along with big names Tomas Berdych, Nick Kyrgios, Juan Martin del Potro and others are flooding the courts at Geneva and Lyon this week to get some last-minute matches (or last-minute guarantee …
Posted by Jeremy Davis on May 21st, 2017 @ 2:26 pm
Simona Halep is the Vegas favorite for winning the French Open with Serena Williams (pregnant), Maria Sharapova (wildcard-shunned for doping), and Victoria Azarenka (post-pregnancy) out of the mix. But those odds are up in the air after the physical and mental challenges Halep could not overcome in the Italian Open final on Sunday in Rome.
The No. 2-seeded Halep eased to an opening-set victory but rolled her ankle near the end …
Posted by Staff on May 21st, 2017 @ 1:52 pm
German 20-year-old Alexander Zverev arrived Sunday — arrived into the top 10 for the first time, and as a legitimate French Open threat after roughing-up former No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3 in the final of the Italian Open.
The surprises didn’t end there, as afterwards Djokovic announced that his new coach would be former great Andre Agassi.
Zverev, the No. 16 seed, is the youngest winner in Rome since Rafael Nadal …
Posted by Staff on May 21st, 2017 @ 12:38 pm
Following his 6-4, 6-3 loss today to Alexander Zverev, Novak Djokovic confirmed that Andre Agassi will be his new coach starting at the French Open.
Djokovic told the press that he has been in talks with Agassi for a few weeks and that he will be with him in Paris.
“I spoke to Andre the last couple of weeks on the phone and we decided to get together in Paris,” Djokovic said. …
Posted by Staff on May 20th, 2017 @ 8:36 pm
Dominic Thiem was masterful in his win yesterday over Rafael Nadal. But today in the Rome semifinals the Austrian had absolutely nothing to offer Novak Djokovic as the Serb rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 victory.
Djokovic began the day finishing off Juan Martin del Potro 6-1, 6-4 after the match had been stopped due to rain before the fourth game of the second set last night.
Then, Djokovic watched 20-year-old Alexander …
Posted by Staff on May 19th, 2017 @ 11:34 pm
Picking up one of his greatest wins of his young career, Dominic Thiem outslugged and overpowered Rafael Nadal in the Rome quarterfinals today, ending the Spaniard’s 17-match win streak with an emphatic 6-4, 6-3 victory.
“It is an incredible feeling, after our last two meetings I was finally able to turn the tables and gain the win. Possibly one of my biggest wins ever! I am speechless, overwhelmed and thankful for …
Posted by Staff on May 19th, 2017 @ 4:18 pm
No. 3 Garbine Muguruza was the seeded favorite moving into the semifinals of the Italian Open on Friday, outlasting No. 9 seed Venus Williams 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.
The defending French Open champion Muguruza with the quarterfinal victory is guaranteed to move into the Top 5 on the WTA rankings come Monday.
In the Saturday semis she will meet No. 8 Elina Svitolina, who upset No. 2 Karolina Pliskova 6-2, 7-6(9).
“I was very …
Posted by Staff on May 18th, 2017 @ 8:51 pm
Four Top 8 seeds and a mix of former No. 1s, qualifiers and up-and-comers make up the quarterfinals of the Italian Open after upsets on Thursday in Rome. No. 9 Venus Williams pulled the biggest upset, taking out No. 5 seed Johanna Konta 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.
“I love this tournament, and I love Rome,” Venus said. “It’s one of my favorite places on earth, so that’s one of the reasons why …
Posted by Sean Randall on May 18th, 2017 @ 8:44 pm
We are down to just eight at the final prominent pre-French tune-up this week in Rome, and it’s a Big Eight with five guys over 6-foot-5, two former champions and the workhorse Dominic Thiem.
Rafael Nadal leads the way and he’s the clear favorite to win an eighth Rome title come Sunday. Nadal routed Jack Sock today 6-3, 6-4 for his 17th straight win on clay (12 straight sets).
Sock made a …
Posted by Jeremy Davis on May 17th, 2017 @ 9:20 pm
Angelique Kerber’s reign at No. 1 in 2017 continues to astound. As in, it’s astounding she’s No. 1.
Kerber, who withdrew from Madrid with a hamstring injury, looked hamstrung in her opening match on Wednesday at the Italian Open, falling 6-4, 6-0 to unseeded Estonian Anett Kontaveit in Rome.
Kontaveit’s enthusiasm was not colored by her opponent’s injury.
“It’s my first time beating the No. 1 in the world, so, you know, I’m …
Posted by Staff on May 17th, 2017 @ 5:54 pm
Rafael Nadal enjoyed his easiest day of the clay season getting an early retirement from compatriot Nicolas Almagro who ended the match down 3-0 with a knee injury.
Nadal will continue his bid for an eighth Rome title tomorrow against Jack Sock. The American edged Jiri Vesely 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(1).
Nadal has won all three meetings with Sock most recently in Miami in March. But Sock did take a set from Nadal …