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December 9th, 2014

Roger Federer And Novak Djokovic Play To 6-6 Tie In IPTL Exo, Here’s The Video

Fans in New Delhi were treated to a star-studded evening of tennis yesterday highlighted by a much-anticipated showdown between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. But the two legends played to a 6-6 tie as time ran out on the match Novak’s UAE Royals a 29-22 win over the Indian Aces.

“First of all, it was great to be in here in India for the first time. It was a unique and valuable experience. The people,” Djokovic said. “The kindness, the hospitality …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:24 am in Exhibitions, Videos | 18 Comments »

December 9th, 2014

Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys Have New Coaches

The off-season coaching carousel was also moving for a pair of American stars. Sloane Stephens will reportedly join with Eugenie Bouchard’s former coach Nick Saviano.

Madison Keys will also start the new year under the guidance of new faces. The 19-year-old has added former No. 1 Lindsay Davenport and Kim Clijsters’ old coach Wim Fissette to her roster.

“Excited to confirm that I will be adding Wim Fissette to my team in 2015 along with Lindsay Davenport who has …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:13 am in Coaching | 3 Comments »

December 9th, 2014

Agnieszka Radwanska Hires Martina Navratilova As Her New Coach

Polish No. 1 Agnieszka Radwanska announced today that she has hired former tennis legend Martina Navratilova as her new coach.

“So happy to announce Martina Navratilova as the newest member of my coaching team!” Radwanska confirmed on Facebook.

Navaritlova continues a recent trend of players hiring past champions. The 58-year-old Navratilova, winner of 59 total Grand Slam titles including 18 in singles, has never coached a player before. She will join current coach Tomasz Wiktorowski in helping Radwanska.

“I did not sleep well …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:00 am in Coaching | 4 Comments »

December 8th, 2014

Want To See Roger Federer Dance? [Video]

Roger Federer arrived as scheduled for the IPTL exo in New Delhi over the weekend. For this his first trip ever to India, Federer broke out something extra special, some dance moves!

Yesterday, Federer led his Micromax Indian Aces to three victories in doubles (w/Bopanna), mixed (w/Mirza) and in singles (d. Berdych).

Federer is back on court today, scheduled to play against Novak Djokovic and his UAE Royals.

Federer Interview:

Highlights from Federer’s win …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:53 am in Exhibitions | 47 Comments »

December 7th, 2014

Top Finishers in Tennis-X 2014 Year-end Top 10 Picks Contest

It was the second straight year that no one could pick all of the year-end Top 10 finishers in the 2014 Tennis-X Top 10 Year-end Rankings Contest due to the Argentine and Croat factors.

About 99% of entrants had Juan Martin del Potro in their Top 10, but the Argentine succumbed to injury in 2014, blowing everyone’s picks. On the other end of the spectrum you have to hand it to pigoonse and Armend_Kosova, the only two entrants to have …

Posted by Staff @ 10:30 am in Contests, Year End | 17 Comments »

December 5th, 2014

Why Does The ATP And WTA Shorten The Season When All These Players Still Want To Play?

Here’s my annual rant of players who bitch and moan that the tennis season is too long, too arduous and too taxing on the body only to KEEP PLAYING ONCE THE SEASON IS OVER!!!

I won’t name names, but you know who they are. And admittedly some don’t complain. But there are those who are continuing to play long after the season is over, many of whom have been and still are playing in Asia in one of two if not …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 2:49 pm in Exhibitions | 38 Comments »

December 5th, 2014

Poll: Who’ll Finish Ranked Higher In 2015, Roger Federer Or Rafael Nadal?

With the off-season (or cash-money exo season) underway, let’s start looking ahead to next year. Novak Djokovic is the clear cut favorite, but who’ll be ahead between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal? Yes, anything “Fedal” will fire up the fanbases, but it’s a legitimate question, especially for a slow Friday. Will it be the aging Swiss legend or the Spanish Bull who should be well rested after an injury-plagued 2014?

Rafael Nadal
The case for…
* Should start the year at 100% health, …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 2:11 pm in 2015 Season, Fedal, Polls | 39 Comments »

December 3rd, 2014

Tony Roche: Roger Federer Can Win More Slams And Play For Another 4-5 Years!

Speaking during a special camp in Kolkata, India, Australian coaching legend Tony Roche offered a rosy future for the 33-year-old Roger Federer, suggesting the Swiss still has 4-5 good years left on the tour during which more Slam titles are very possible.

“I think he can play as long as he wants to on the mental side. Physically, I think he can play for another four-five years without any problem,” said Roche who has coached the likes of Federer, Ivan …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:31 am in Coaching, Exhibitions | 111 Comments »

December 3rd, 2014

Rafael Nadal Returns To Training, Gets Honored In Mallorca [Video]

Good news for Rafael Nadal fans, the Spanish star has returned to training on schedule. Following appendix surgery last month, Nadal was back on court in Mallorca this week in preparation for 2015.

Nadal opens the new season at the Abu Dhabi exo, then Doha followed by the Australian Open.

Yesterday, Nadal also received a special award in his hometown. Rafa was named “Favourite Son of Mallorca” in a ceremony attended by his girlfriend, Xisca, and family members at the Consell de …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:41 am in 2015 Season, Videos | 28 Comments »

November 29th, 2014

Rafael Nadal: I Won’t Get Back To My 2013 Level, But I Will Try To Get Back On Top

Following an injury-plagued 2014 season, Rafael Nadal is hoping for a better year ahead. In a recent DPA interview, Nadal talked about his hopes for 2015.

“No, 2013 is magical and unforgettable. 2013 does not return,” he said in an interview with DPA via Google Translation. “I have two more years. I have to try again compete all I need to be at the top. This year I had back problems at first, then wrist, then appendicitis. Many things have …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 12:17 pm in 2015 Season, Videos | 61 Comments »

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