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Venus Gets Paid in Taiwan; Swiss Top Seeds in St. Pete: WTA Previews

Posted by Staff on February 6th, 2016 @ 10:42 am

St. Petersburg, Russia; Surface: hard

Seeds: Belinda Bencic, Roberta Vinci, Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, Kristina Mladenovic, Alize Cornet

Floaters: Annika Beck, Dominika Cibulkova, Yanina Wickmayer

Notes: No Top 10 talent in the field, but four from the Top 20, and two former world No. 1s…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Potential tough starts for (1) Bencic vs. the German riser Beck, (3) Wozniacki vs. Cibulkova, …

11 Things I Think I Thought About The Australian Open, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams And Roger Federer’s Knee

Posted by Sean Randall on February 4th, 2016 @ 3:28 pm

Now that the first Grand Slam of 2016 is over, some thoughts on the Australian Open.

1. Djokovic’s Era
He crushed Roger Federer, manhandled Andy Murray and he’s already whipped Rafael Nadal and to make matters worse for the field he’s only 28, he’s fit and he’s hungry. So until someone steps up or he gets injured – which hasn’t happened since…?? – it’s his show. He’s the boss. Get …

How Did Roger Federer Injure His Knee? Turns Out It Was Just A Walk In The Park With The Kids

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 4th, 2016 @ 9:39 am

According to Swiss news reports, Roger Federer injured his knee during an innocent walk in the park in Melbourne with his girls Charlene Riva and Myla Rose last week.

The injury occurred the day after Federer lost to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open semifinals. Before his flight home, Federer took the kids for a walk and that’s when the injury occurred, according to Le Matin.

Federer underwent knee surgery …

Juan Martin Del Potro To Return In Delray Beach

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 3rd, 2016 @ 11:46 am

Juan Martin Del Potro announced today that he will return to tennis in a few weeks at the Delray Beach event starting on February 15th.

The Argentine, who hasn’t played in almost a year, said he is grateful for all the support he’s received from his friends and fans, and he hopes to make a full return from multiple surgeries last year on his left wrist.

While he did not set a …

Roger Federer Out A Month After Undergoing Knee Surgery To Repair Torn Meniscus

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 3rd, 2016 @ 8:47 am

The iron man of tennis Roger Federer will miss Rotterdam and his title defense in Dubai after undergoing knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

According to a post he made on Facebook, Federer injured the knee the AFTER his semifinal loss at the Australian Open to Novak Djokovic.

“I want to inform you that yesterday I underwent arthroscopic surgery on my knee,” Federer posted on Facebook. “I injured my knee …

Fed Cup Capsules: Halep Skips Surgery To Compete, Bouchard And Radwanska Skip Out

Posted by Staff on January 31st, 2016 @ 12:46 pm

World Group I

Czech Republic at Romania
World No. 2 Simona Halep is reportedly delaying nose surgery to compete for Romania, joined by Irina-Camelia Begu, Monica Niculescu and Andreea Mitu, against the formidable Czech team of Petra Kvitova, Karolina Pliskova, Barbora Strycova and Denisa Allertova on hardcourt.

Switzerland at Germany
This is a mouth-watering tie as Belinda Bencic and Timea Bacsinszky in singles, and Martina Hingis in doubles travel to take on …

ATP Previews: Clay Kicks Off in Quito; Cilic and French Force in Montpellier

Posted by Staff on January 31st, 2016 @ 12:42 pm

Montpellier, France; Surface: hard

Seeds: Richard Gasquet, Marin Cilic, Gilles Simon, Benoit Paire, Gael Monfils, Joao Sousa, Borna Coric, Marcos Baghdatis

Floaters: Ernests Gulbis

Notes: Homecountry hope Gasquet is the lone Top 10 player in the draw…Not a lot of floating talent in the field, but Gasquet after a bye  will likely start against the dangerous Gulbis…Wildcards went to the No. 8 seed Baghdatis and Frenchmen Julien Benneteau and Quentin Halys…Players pulling from …

Novak Djokovic ‘Serb Slam’ at French Open? Why He is Tennis’ Lone Star

Posted by Jeremy Davis on January 31st, 2016 @ 11:28 am

It’s time for Novak Djokovic to get the respect he deserves.

Djokovic last year had a better record than Serena Williams, but the American sucked all the air out of the room with her quest for a calendar-year Grand Slam, raking in numerous Athlete of the Year accolades.

But now it’s time for the Serb to enjoy the sole spotlight as the greatest player on the planet. And time for rumblings of …

Andy Murray: It’s Been A Difficult 2 Weeks, I’m Proud To Have Made The Finals, Now I Want To Get Home

Posted by Tom Gainey on January 31st, 2016 @ 8:48 am

For the fifth time Andy Murray came up short in the Australian Open. In a rematch of the 2015 final, the 2016 edition result was the same with Murray falling to World No. 1 Novak Djokovic 61, 75, 76(3) in Melbourne Sunday night.

After getting his doors blown off in the first set, Murray played much better in the second and third, breaking Djokovic and showing little fatigue following a 4-hour …

Novak Djokovic: No Doubt That I’m Playing The Best Tennis Of My Life The Last 15 Months

Posted by Tom Gainey on January 31st, 2016 @ 8:38 am

Novak Djokovic captured his sixth Australian Open and 11th overall Grand Slam Sunday night beating friend and rival Andy Murray 61, 75, 76(3).

Djokovic has now won five of the last seven Slams including the last three as he approaches Rafael Nadal’s total of 14 and Roger Federer’s all-time mark of 17. And he’s just 28.

Djokovic remains far and away on top of tennis having now won his last 21 in …

2016 Australian Open Men’s Final Open Thread: Novak Djokovic v Andy Murray

Posted by Staff on January 31st, 2016 @ 12:01 am

In a rematch of last year, the top two players in the world, No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Andy Murray, renew their rivalry for the Australian Open title.

In their 31st career meeting, Djokovic leads 21-9. He’s also won 10 of his last 11 matches against Murray. His only loss in that time came in the final at 2015 Montreal-1000. Djokovic has a 7-6 win-loss record against Murray in …

Kerber Stuns Nervous Serena Williams for Australian Open Title

Posted by Staff on January 30th, 2016 @ 9:38 am

German Angie Kerber played some of her best tennis in her first Grand Slam final, but for Serena Williams it was just more of a worrisome, ongoing story as another error-strewn performance saw another Slam title slip from her grasp on Saturday in Melbourne.

Williams for a second straight Slam after a 2015 US Open semifinal exit saw her game fall apart in a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 loss to the Slam …

Watch Angelique Kerber’s Terrific Acceptance Speech After Winning The Australian Open [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on January 30th, 2016 @ 9:05 am

Following her incredible win over Serena Williams to capture the Australian Open title, her first career Grand Slam, German Angelique Kerber gave a great acceptance speech:

How can you not feel happy for her?

Angelique Kerber: It Sounds Crazy But I Can Say I’m A Grand Slam Champion Now!

Posted by Tom Gainey on January 30th, 2016 @ 8:52 am

Angelique Kerber is a Grand Slam champion. The 28-year-old stunned the tennis world beating big favorite Serena Williams 64, 36, 64 Saturday night at the Australian Open to capture her first career Grand Slam title.

The 28-year-old Kerber becomes the second German female behind Steffi Graf win a Slam, and the first to do it in Australia since Graf in 1994.

Kerber also if just the fifth player to ever beat …

Serena Williams: Everyone Expects Me To Win Every Single Match, But I’m Not A Robot

Posted by Tom Gainey on January 30th, 2016 @ 8:39 am

Big favorite Serena Williams just couldn’t finish the job at the Australian Open Saturday night. The 6-time champion had never lost in the final and had won five of six meetings with Angelique Kerber but the German was too strong in the end stunning the World No. 1 64, 36, 64 to win her first career Grand Slam title.

Serena suffered her first career loss in a Slam final that went …