The X Blog - Dysfunctional Tennis Blogging at its Finest

July 28th, 2015

Andy Roddick Imitated Rafael Nadal Last Night In Atlanta [Video]

During a special exhibition singles match against 17-year-old Frances Tiafoe, Andy Roddick gave the Atlanta crowd a taste of Rafael Nadal with an impersonation of the Spanish great.

Among Andy Roddick's impersonations: Rafael Nadal #bbtatlantaopen

— OnTheGoTennis (@onthegotennis) July 28, 2015

It’s not the first time Roddick’s done a Nadal, here’s another from 2012 MSG.

Roddick is in Atlanta for Mardy Fish’s farewell tour. He’ll play doubles with Fish later this week.

“I …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:51 am in American tennis, Videos | 16 Comments »

July 26th, 2015

Novak Djokovic Shows Up In Umag For Men’s Final, Watches Thiem Win Second Title [Video]

As Dominic Thiem picked up his second career title today beating Joao Sousa, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic watched on from the stands in Umag.

Thank you for a warm welcome! It was nice to see you all again. I have wonderful memories from Umag!

— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) July 26, 2015

“Today was very special day. We were watched by world’s number one Novak Djokovic,” Thiem said. “Usually he is the one …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 6:07 pm in Videos | 46 Comments »

July 26th, 2015

Rafael Nadal: It’s Been A Tough Six Months For Me, But Life Continues [Video]

Struggling Rafael Nadal opted to cut his post-Wimbledon vacation short by getting some more tennis in. And this week he took a wildcard into Hamburg to play clay during the summer for the first time since 2007.

“My body asked me to be playing and I am here,” Nadal said of his appearance. “And this is a tournament that I have positive memories of.”

With just two titles on the season and a poor Grand Slam run in three events, Nadal finds …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 5:49 pm in Hamburg, Videos | 49 Comments »

July 25th, 2015

Rafa Heads Hamburg, Isner in Atlanta; ATP/WTA Previews

Hamburg, Germany; Surface: red clay

Seeds: Rafael Nadal, Tommy Robredo, Roberto Bautista Agut, Andreas Seppi, Pablo Cuevas, Juan Monaco, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Fabio Fognini

Floaters: Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, Borna Coric, Nicolas Almagro

Notes: Time for the tournament sponsored by an online betting site as the tour fights rampant match-fixing…Loaded dirt field…Rafa makes his first appearance since being upset at Wimbledon…Tough starts for (1) Rafa vs. Hot Sauce, and (3) Bautista Agut vs. Coric…Wildcards went to Germans Florian Mayer and Alexander Zverev, and …

Posted by Staff @ 11:47 pm in Tennis | 10 Comments »

July 24th, 2015

With Career Still In Limbo, Juan Martin Del Potro Announces Split From Coach Franco Davin And His Trainer

On his facebook page, Juan Martin del Potro announced that he has parted ways with coach Franco Davin and trainer Martiniano Orazi.

“Hello everyone,” del Potro wrote. “I wanted to tell you that Franco and Martiniano are no longer part of my team. I’m really grateful for the years we’ve worked together and I wish them the very best. I’m also thankful to their families for their warm support that goes beyond tennis.”

Del Potro is in Argentina recovering from …

Posted by Staff @ 3:04 pm in Coaching | 96 Comments »

July 24th, 2015

Grigor Dimitrov Confirms Split With Maria Sharapova

Grigor Dimitrov confirmed his break-up with longtime girlfriend Maria Sharapova today, telling Bulgarian that the two had split paths.

“Our paths split,” Dimitrov was quoted by Reuters. “We experienced wonderful moments together. I wish her much happiness and success in life and in tennis.

“Now I’m concentrated entirely on the game and I’m sure the results will soon be seen… This is the summer of the new beginning for me.”

Dimitrov, 24, and Sharapova, 28, had been dating since the …

Posted by Staff @ 2:40 pm in Romance | 9 Comments »

July 24th, 2015

Only 14, Felix Auger Aliassime Is Already Winning Pro Matches!

While teens Borna Coric, Alexander Zverev among others are said to be the “future of tennis”, there’s a player also doing good things, but at a much younger age!

Fourteen-year-old Felix Auger Aliassime of Montreal is on court this week at the Granby Challenger in his native Canada. And and youngster continues to impress.

Ranked 1237th, Auger Aliassime had to qualify just to get into the event. He then won his first round match over No. 493 Andre Whittington and followed …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:39 am in 2015 Season | 7 Comments »

July 24th, 2015

Rafael Nadal Is On His Way To Hamburg [Video]

Earlier today Rafael Nadal was at the familiar airport in Mallorca where IB3 caught up with the Spanish star as he heads to Hamburg:

Ranked No. 10, Nadal doesn’t have any major points to defend the rest of the season, so Rafa can really improve his ranking quickly if he does well.

Standard selfie with @RafaelNadal in Palma airport, buzzzzin😎

— frannn (@francescahallx) July 24, 2015

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:07 am in Hamburg, Videos | 15 Comments »

July 24th, 2015

Roger Federer And Stan Wawrinka Will Play Davis Cup For Switzerland Against The Netherlands In September

With an eye toward Olympic qualification, friends Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka opted into Switzerland’s home playoff tie this September against The Netherlands.

“We are very excited to announce that both Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka have confirmed their presence at the Davis Cup playoff tie ‪#‎SUIvNED‬ from 18 – 20 September! The venue will be confirmed next week as well as the starting date for ticket sales,” said a post on the Swiss Davis Cup facebook page.

Switzerland won the Davis …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:58 am in Davis Cup, Olympics | 39 Comments »

July 23rd, 2015

Novak Djokovic’s Instagram Account Has Been Hacked!

It’s a slow week on the pro tennis courts, so the hack of the world No. 1 Novak Djokovic’s Instagram account an hour ago fills the news void.

This hack courtesy of Albania: “The2ATeam ALBANIAN HACKERS Hacked by Albanian Hackers The2ATeam”.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 2:53 pm in Social Media | 42 Comments »

July 23rd, 2015

Is The Grigor Dimitrov – Maria Sharapova Romance Over? Is Nikoleta Lozanova The Reason Why?

It’s been a busy day of rumors for Grigor Dimitrov. First there’s speculation he might hire Ivan Lendl as his next coach. And now there’s a “confirmation” that his two-and-a-half year relationship with WTA superstar and global brand Maria Sharapova is over.

“Rumors of Maria Sharapova and Grigor Dimitrov splitting up have been confirmed,” tweeted ESPN’s Darren Rovell.

Rumors of Maria Sharapova and Grigor Dimitrov splitting up have been confirmed

— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 23, 2015…

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 2:42 pm in Romance | 21 Comments »

July 23rd, 2015

Is Ivan Lendl Set To Be Grigor Dimitrov’s Next Coach? The Two Were On Court Together In Florida Yesterday

Former Andy Murray coach Ivan Lendl was back on court earlier this week tutoring a new tennis star, Grigor Dimitrov. The Roger Federer-backed Bulgarian who dismissed longtime coach Roger Rasheed after a disappointing Wimbledon, is now openly in the market for a new coach.

And Ivan Lendl might also be looking for a new job, though he did turn down a gig with Tomas Berdych last fall.

A good match? Just a trial? Or just a one-off practice session? …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:10 am in Coaching | 39 Comments »

July 23rd, 2015

Mardy Fish Will Finish His Tennis Career At The US Open

Former Top 10 Mardy Fish officially announced on twitter yesterday that his last event will be the US Open.

“My schedule this summer will be Atlanta, Cincinnati, and I will finish my career at the US Open. #lastride”, he posted on the social networking site.

The 33-year-old who has been dealing with a heart issue since 2012, will join Andy Roddick in the doubles competition next week in Atlanta, then play Cincinnati and the US Open where he is entered in …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:52 am in US Open | 3 Comments »

July 23rd, 2015

Milos Raonic And Eugenie Bouchard Play Tennis On A Floating Tennis Court [Video]

In a promotional event for next month’s Rogers Cup, Canadian stars Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard hit the tennis courts in Toronto where they met with kids, sponsors and the media, and even played on a barge.

We had an amazing time with @milosraonic and @geniebouchard. Next stop #RogersCup. #GetCloser

— RogersBuzz (@RogersBuzz) July 22, 2015

Here we go! Mini Rogers Cup kids warming up

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:38 am in Videos | 1 Comment »

July 22nd, 2015

Rafael Nadal Is Making His Last Claycourt Preparations For Hamburg [Video]

Ahead of Hamburg, Rafael Nadal has been practicing hard at his home in Mallorca. The former No. 1 was joined on the courts by good friend Juan Monaco who will also play Hamburg.

Nadal hasn’t won a European clay title since the 2014 French Open.

Juan Monaco talks about training with Rafa:

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:07 am in Videos | 26 Comments »

  • Recent Comments
ATP - Jul 27 WTA - Jul 27
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Andy Murray3 Simona Halep
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Petra Kvitova
5 Kei Nishikori5 Caroline Wozniacki
6 Tomas Berdych6 Ana Ivanovic
7 David Ferrer7 Agnieszka Radwanska
8 Milos Raonic8 Lucie Safarova
9 Marin Cilic9
10 Rafael Nadal10
More: Tennis T-Shirts | Tennis Shop | Live Tennis Scores | Headlines

Copyright © 2003-2014 All rights reserved.
This website is an independently operated source of news and information and is not affiliated with any professional organizations.