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Constant Lestienne Suspended 7 Months For Betting On 220 Matches

Posted by Staff on September 21st, 2016 @ 10:46 am

World No. 164 Constant Lestienne has been suspended 7 months and fined $10,000 for betting on tennis matches, according to the Tennis Integrity Unit.

The TIU reported the 24-year-old from France placed 220 online bets on tennis matches between February 2012 and June 2015, though none on himself.

Lestienne was in the Metz qualifying draw this week but in the second round he gave a walkover to Nikoloz Basilashvili.

At a …

Varvara Lepchenko Cleared In Meldonium Doping Case

Posted by Staff on September 21st, 2016 @ 10:30 am

American Vavara Lepchenko was cleared of her doping violation for taking meldonium, the ITF announced today.

The 30-year-old tested positive for the drug four times in January, February, March and April but she successfully argued that the drug was in her system from using it BEFORE the 2016 ban. And she didn’t take it again after December 20.

“Lepchenko made a successful application to the Chairman of the Independent Tribunal established to …

ITF Announces New Plan For Revamping Davis Cup And Fed Cup

Posted by Staff on September 21st, 2016 @ 10:15 am

The ITF has announced a new series of proposals for the Davis Cup and the Fed Cup. In the plan, the Davis Cup finals will be hosted at a neutral venue selected by a bidding process. Matches will also be best-of-3 sets under the proposal.

The Fed Cup will also see changes. The draw will expand to 16 to match the men’s competition and the semifinals and the finals will …

Andy Murray: I Need A Break And I Need It Now

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 19th, 2016 @ 11:30 am

After a busy summer, Andy Murray is finally ready for a break, he said yesterday in Scotland. Murray and his Great Britain team fell just short to Argentina in the Davis Cup semifinals losing 3-2.

Murray played all three rubbers in a bid to continue their title defense. He fell in over five hours to Juan Martin del Potro in the Friday first rubber, but rebounded to win the doubles Saturday …

Juan Martin Del Potro Has Wins This Summer Over The Current Top 4!

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 19th, 2016 @ 11:15 am

As if you needed proof Juan Martin del Potro is back, after his 5-hour, 7-minute win over World No. 2 Andy Murray Friday in the Davis Cup, the Argentine now has wins in recent months over the entire Top 4!

Del Potro beat No. 1 Novak Djokovic in Rio in August. He also beat No. 4 Rafael Nadal at the Olympics and before then at Wimbledon he beat current …

Serena Williams On A Horse In The Water?

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 19th, 2016 @ 10:57 am

After crashing out in the semifinals for a second straight year at the US Open and losing her No. 1 ranking, Serena Williams is on vacation.

First WTA Titles: Oceane Dodin Wins Quebec City, Christina McHale Victorious In Tokyo

Posted by Jeremy Davis on September 18th, 2016 @ 7:27 pm

French teenager Oceane Dodin and 24-year-old American Christina McHale won WTA titles over the weekend, both career firsts.

Dodin won her first-ever WTA title, at the Coupe Banque Nationale in Quebec City beating American Lauren Davis 6-4, 6-3 in the final.

Dodin said she enjoyed the “home cooking” in Quebec City.

“I’m just very, very happy to be in my first final,” said the 18-year-old Frenchwoman after the semifinals. She had never before …

Cilic and Croatia, Del Potro and Argentina Advance to Underdogs Davis Cup Final

Posted by Staff on September 18th, 2016 @ 7:03 pm

Croatia downed France, and Argentina topped Andy Murray and Great Britain in the Davis Cup semifinals over the weekend, setting up a final where the Croats will host Argentina at the end of November.

The Croats won in their first singles match on Sunday when Marin Cilic straight-setted Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 to clinch the tie 3-1.

“It’s been a great weekend and I am at a loss for words to …

Muguruza, 5 of Top 10 at Loaded Tokyo; WTA Previews

Posted by Staff on September 18th, 2016 @ 6:40 pm

Three WTA events this week are headed by the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. The tournament features five of the Top 10 including US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova and a number of dangerous unseeded players, including a former No. 1 and a former Olympic gold medalist:

Tokyo, Japan: Surface: hard

Seeds: Garbine Muguruza, Agnieszka Radwanska, Karolina Pliskova, Carla Suarez Navarro, Madison Keys, Dominika Cibulkova, Petra Kvitova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Floaters: …

US Open Champ Wawrinka in Russia, French in Metz; ATP Previews

Posted by Staff on September 17th, 2016 @ 7:59 pm

The St. Petersburg Open in Russia welcomes US Open champion Stan Wawrinka and three of the Top 10, while the Moselle Open in France features Dominic Thiem and a strong French contingent this week on the ATP World Tour:

St. Petersburg, Russia; Surface: hard

Seeds: Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic, Tomas Berdych, Roberto Bautista Agut, Alexander Zverev, Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Viktor Troicki, Joao Sousa

Floaters: Lukas Rosol, Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco

Notes: First appearance …

Murray Bros Close Gap v Argentina, Will Del Potro Be Fit Sunday? Cilic Looks To Close Out France

Posted by Staff on September 17th, 2016 @ 6:16 pm

After a disappointing opening day at home, brothers Andy and Jamie Murray teamed to get Great Britain on the board against Argentina with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Juan Martin del Potro and Leonardo Mayer.

With Great Britain down 2-0 leading into Saturday’s doubles, it was a must-win for the Murrays in Glasgow.

“The atmosphere was brilliant,” Jamie said. “From the first point to the last, the crowd was something …

Davis Cup SFs: Andy Murray v Juan Martin Del Potro Friday; Rafael Nadal Travels To India

Posted by Staff on September 15th, 2016 @ 6:32 pm

It’s a big Davis Cup semifinal weekend coming up. In the World Group, Andy Murray and his British team will host Argentina while the France travels to Croatia.

In the Friday opener, Murray will battle Juan Martin del Potro in a rematch of their gold medal match in Rio last month.

“It will be a very tough match. We obviously had a great battle in Rio. It was four hours, lots of …

Stan Wawrinka Beat Novak Djokovic Sunday, Then Lost To Jimmy Fallon On Monday

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 14th, 2016 @ 9:07 am

After winning his first US Open title beating Novak Djokovic in Sunday, Stan Wawrinka made the media rounds Monday and one of his stops was the Jimmy Fallon show.

Instead of a former interview, Stan and “Jamie” saddled up for a friend game of tennis on the Wii. But it Jimmy taking top honors.

10 Things I Think I Thought About Stan Wawrinka, Novak Djokovic And The US Open

Posted by Sean Randall on September 12th, 2016 @ 7:40 pm

With the US Open over some closing thoughts on the final Grand Slam of the tennis season….

1. Stan Is The Man
When the given the chance on the biggest stages, Stan Wawrinka will take it. Don’t believe it? He’s won Slams beating THREE No. 1s (three of the Big 3!). That in itself is hard to do; how many Slams has Andy Murray won beating the Big 3 Yeah, not that …

Stan Wawrinka: I Was Crying, I Was Shaking Right Before The US Open Final!

Posted by Tom Gainey on September 12th, 2016 @ 9:37 am

Stan Wawrinka collected his third career Grand Slam title winning a first US Open Sunday beating Novak Djokovic 67, 64, 75, 63 in four hours.

Wawrinka finished the event beating former champion Juan Martin del Potro, 2014 finalist Kei Nishikori and then the No. 1 Djokovic, all in four sets.

Under Magnus Norman, Wawrinka has won three Grand Slam titles beating three World No. 1s, and he’s won his last 11 finals. …