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July 18th, 2014

Ferrer Faces Phenom Zverev In Hamburg SFs, Can The 17-Year-Old Continue Fairy Tale Run?

The dream run for Alexander Zverev continued on Friday. Playing in his hometown of Hamburg, the 17-year-old Zverev rallied to beat compatriot Tobias Kamke 0-6, 7-5, 6-3 to reach the semifinals at the ATP 500 German Open.

“I wasn’t nervous, I just didn’t expect him to play as well as he did in the first set,” said Zverev who won a total of six points in the first set. “He played unbelievable. I just didn’t know what to do. I think …

Posted by Staff @ 3:01 pm in Hamburg | 8 Comments »

July 17th, 2014

He’s Only 17, Is Alexander Zverev The Next Superstar In Tennis?

The young guys are coming, the young guys are coming. That’s been the mantra all season. And after breakout performances from Grigor Dimitrov, Milos Raonic, Eugenie Bouchard, Nick Kyrgios and last year Jerzy Janowicz, their not just coming, they are here!

And today we can add another name to the growing mix of future talent, his name is Alexander “Sascha” Zverev. Earlier on Thursday the 17-year-old German overcame some nerves to beat a very clay-seasoned Santiago Giraldo 6-4, 7-6(6) to reach …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 2:34 pm in Hamburg | 28 Comments »

July 17th, 2014

Maria Sharapova And Boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov Were Styling At The ESPYs Last Night

Tennis power couple Maria Sharapova and her boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov were at ESPN’s ESPY Awards last night in L.A. Sharapova, who was there to pick up the Female Tennis Player of the Year Award (Rafael Nadal won the men’s honor), and Grigor were both dressed to the nines for the all-star occasion.

Here are some pictures:

Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) taking her turn in the 360 cam #ESPYS pic.twitter.com/DOzzC4M4bj

— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) July 17, 2014…

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:36 am in ESPN | 28 Comments »

July 16th, 2014

Drake: I Want To Meet Nick Kyrgios, Look Him In The Eye And Chop Him Right Down!

Pop star Drake and up-and-coming phenom Nick Kyrgios crossed cultures and continents this past week thanks to a minor misunderstanding. The 19-year-old Kyrgios rose to stardom status earlier this month at Wimbledon taking out World No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the biggest shock of the tournament and maybe of the year. And Nick’s notoriety continues to climb now that he’s involved in a public feud with Drake.

What happened was after Kyrgios beat Jiri Vesely in the third round at Wimbledon, …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:04 am in Wimbledon | 13 Comments »

July 16th, 2014

#ChocolateHeaven: Roger Federer And Lindsey Vonn Played Tennis On A Glacier Today

In a new promotion for Lindt Chocolate, sporting superstars Roger Federer and Lindsey Vonn teamed up for a special, unique event today by playing tennis on a makeshift court on a glacier in Jungfraujoch some 3,450 meters above sea level.

Lindsey Vonn vs Roger Federer #fuereinmalpeoplejournalismus #chocolateheaven #jungfraujoch pic.twitter.com/sQYsQ1XKjX

— Juerg Ruettimann (@JuergRuettimann) July 16, 2014

Federer and Vonn, who dates Federer’s longtime friend Tiger Woods, kicked off the campaign – which coincides …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:19 am in Videos | 12 Comments »

July 16th, 2014

Roger Federer Vacations In The Mountains; Serena Williams Is In Croatia This Week

17-time Grand Slam champions Roger Federer and Serena Williams are both taking some time off before the busy North American hardcourt swing kicks off in a few weeks.

Federer, who lost in the Wimbledon finals 10 days ago to Novak Djokovic, tweeted photos of himself taking a hike in the mountains of Switzerland. There’s lots of nice scenery…

Enjoying a nice break in the beautiful Swiss mountains pic.twitter.com/DAeMERfKGQ

— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) July 15, 2014

… and …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:59 am in Summer Swing | 42 Comments »

July 14th, 2014

Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic Have Qualified For The London ATP Finals

The ATP officially announced today that Rafael Nadal has qualified for the ATP Finals in London at the end of the season. Nadal joins Wimbledon champion and current No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the exclusive 8-man field.

Nadal has now qualified for the event for a 10th straight year. The Spaniard has finished runner-up on two occasions, in 2010 (l. to Federer) and 2013 (l. to Djokovic) but he has never won the title.

With six spots still up for grabs, the …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:41 am in ATP Finals, No. 1 ranking | 149 Comments »

July 14th, 2014

Hewitt, Cuevas, Bautista Agut, Halep, Petkovic Win ATP/WTA Titles

Hewitt Sweeps Titles at Newport

Former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt added to his grasscourt resume by sweeping the singles and doubles titles on Sunday at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport.

In the singles final the Aussie won his 30th career singles title, defeating “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 6-7(4), 7-6(3). In the doubles final he partnered with countryman Chris “Penthouse” Guccione, defeating Jonathan Erlich and Rajeev Ram 7-5, 6-4.

“I felt relief to have finally won here,” said Hewitt, now 1-2 …

Posted by Staff @ 1:11 am in Tennis | 12 Comments »

July 13th, 2014

WTA Previews: Wozniacki, Cornet Headline Istanbul, Bastad

COLLECTOR SWEDISH OPEN
Bastad, Sweden; Surface: clay

Seeds: Alize Cornet, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Camila Giorgi, Yaroslava Shvedova, Anna Schmiedlova, Annika Beck, Maria Teresa Torro-Flor, Polona Hercog

Floaters: Kaia Kanepi, Julia Goerges, Grace Min

Notes: Tough starts for (7) Torro-Flor vs. Goerges, and (2) Pavlyuchenkova vs. Min who is coming off a WTA semifinal…No Top 20 players in the field…Wildcards went to Cornet and Swedes Sofia Arvidsson and Rebecca Peterson…Notables withdrawing from the event were Americans Serena Williams and Vania King, Flavia Pennetta, and Carla Suarez …

Posted by Staff @ 8:52 am in Tennis | No Comments »

July 12th, 2014

ATP Previews: Gasquet, Ferrer Lead at Bogota, Hamburg

BET-AT-HOME OPEN
Hamburg, Germany; Surface: clay

Seeds: David Ferrer, Fabio Fognini, Tommy Robredo, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Mikhail Youzhny, Roberto Bautista Agut, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Marcel Granollers, Fernando Verdasco, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Santiago Giraldo, Gilles Simon, Federico Delbonis, Joao Sousa, Carlos Berlocq, Andreas Seppi

Floaters: Juan Monaco, Jerzy Janowicz, Al Montanes, Lukas Rosol

Notes: All 16 seeds receive opening-round byes in the 48-player draw…Dolgopolov has not won a match at Hamburg in three attempts, and fellow seeds Youzhny, Kohlschreiber, Granollers and Giraldo also have losing records in the …

Posted by Staff @ 9:16 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »


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