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Muguruza Loses In Doha; Kerber, Wozniacki-Radwanska Wednesday

Posted by Staff on February 15th, 2017 @ 6:33 pm

After a rainy Tuesday, play resumed Wednesday In Doha with a loaded schedule with many players on court twice. Among the notable results was a loss by French Open champion Garbine Muguruza to Shuai Zhang 7-6(3), 3-6, 7-5.

Earlier in the day, Muguruza beat Cagla Buyukakcay 6-3, 6-2 but couldn’t find her form in the second match.

“I woke up thinking that I was going to have a very tough day,” Muguruza …

Zverevs Go Down In 3 At Rotterdam; Berdych v Gasquet Thursday

Posted by Staff on February 15th, 2017 @ 6:18 pm

Brothers Alexander and Mischa Zverev were both handed 3-set losses Wednesday in Rotterdam. The older Mischa fell to the hot-handed Grigor Dimitrov 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-4.

The Bulgarian who just won Sofia this weekend, is now 15-1 on the season.

“For the first time in my career I have won so many matches in a short period,” Dimitrov said. “I had to get used to it because three days ago I was playing …

Dimitrov, Zverev, Estrella Burgos ATP Weekend Winners

Posted by Staff on February 13th, 2017 @ 11:02 am

Zverev Sweeps Singles, Doubles at ATP Montpellier

German teen Alexander Zverev won his second career singles title on Sunday, in the final of the Open Sud de France in Montpellier upsetting homecountry favorite Richard Gasquet 7-6(4), 6-3.

In the doubles he partnered with his older brother Mischa, in the final upsetting No. 2 seeds Fabrice Martin and Daniel Nestor.

“It’s great to win singles and doubles,” the younger Zverev said. “I’m very happy …

Fed Cup Capsules: Unlikely Belarus Surging, U.S. Plays Nazi National Anthem

Posted by Jeremy Davis on February 13th, 2017 @ 1:24 am

At Czech Republic, hard indoor

Spain’s Garbine Muguruza beat Barbora Strycova in three, and Czech Karolina Pliskova defeated Lara Arruabarrena in straights to even the tie after the first day. On Day 2 the Czechs took control as Pliskova rolled Muguruza 6-2, 6-2 and Strycova beat Arruabarrena 6-4, 6-4 to clinch it.

It is the ninth straight year into the semis for the Czechs. The Czechs will next …

Wrong German Anthem Sung On Court During Fed Cup v USA, USTA Under Fire

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 12th, 2017 @ 11:42 am

Team USA took an early 1-0 lead in Fed Cup, but it wasn’t all roses on the first day of their tie against Germany in Maui on Saturday.

During the opening ceremony, the USTA and event organizers hired a man to sing the German anthem. Except the soloist sang an old Nazi version of the anthem.

German fans and teammates responded by singer the correct version over what was being sung …

Novak Djokovic And Wife Jelena Expecting Second Child?

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 12th, 2017 @ 11:24 am

According to Serbian media, Novak Djokovic and wife Jelena are expecting a second child later in the year.

Via, Inserbia news:
“Jelena suspected at the beginning of the year that she is pregnant so she decided to visit a doctor who confirmed the happy news”, said a source close to Djokovic family.

“Jelena told the news to Novak by telephone, she did not wait to come home. Both of them literally screamed …

Uncle Toni Says This Will Be The Last Year He Travels With Rafa

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 11th, 2017 @ 8:12 pm

According to an article on an Italian tennis website, 2017 will be the last season Uncle Toni travels with his nephew Rafael Nadal on the tour.

“This is my last season with Rafa, and since next year I will not continue to Rafa and I will dedicate exclusively to our academy in Manacor,” Toni was quoted as saying to Il Tennis Italiano.

Rafa just hired Carlos Moya a few months …

4-Time Defending Champ Nishikori Abandons Memphis for ATP Buenos Aires; Previews

Posted by Staff on February 11th, 2017 @ 7:29 pm

Memphis, Tenn., USA; surface: indoor hard

Seeds: Ivo Karlovic, John Isner, Sam Querrey, Steve Johnson, Bernard Tomic, Adrian Mannarino, Steve Darcis, Lu Yen-hsun

Floaters: Taylor Fritz

Notes: No Top 10ers in the field, but plenty of middling American players fans are used to such as John Isner, Sam Querrey, and Steve Johnson…Not a lot of floating quality in the field either, but a first-round match to watch for is young American and …

Top-seeded Thiem vs. Zverev in Opening Round at Strong ATP Rotterdam; Preview

Posted by Jeremy Davis on February 11th, 2017 @ 7:23 pm

Rotterdam, The Netherlands; surface: indoor hard

Seeds: Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem, David Goffin, Tomas Berdych, Grigor Dimitrov, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Roberto Bautista Agut, Lucas Pouille

Floaters: Benoit “Grow a” Paire, Viktor Troicki, Richard Gasquet, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Mischa Zverev, Nicolas Mahut, Gilles Simon, Alexander Zverev

Notes: Tops 10ers Cilic and Thiem lead the field…The match of the tournament could be the first-round blockbuster (2) Thiem vs. the young riser Alexander Zverev…Other …

Zverev Takes Down Tsonga In France, Will Face Gasquet In Final; Dimitrov Surges In Sofia

Posted by Staff on February 11th, 2017 @ 7:19 pm

Teen Alexander Zverev stunned No. 2 seed and French favorite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-7(6), 6-2, 6-4 to reach the finals at the Montpellier event in France today.

After dropping the first set, the 19-year-old came back to take the second then saved multiple break chances in the third to pull out the win.

“I’m very happy to be in the final, first final of the year. Really good start to the year,” said …

Kerber, Pliskova Lead 5 of Top 10 at WTA Premier Qatar Total Open in Doha

Posted by Staff on February 11th, 2017 @ 4:36 pm

Only one WTA event next week as the Premier-level Qatar Total Open 2017 will feature half of the Top 10, including world No. 2 Angie Kerber and US Open runner-up Karolina Pliskova, as well as a former No. 1, an additional former No. 1 in the qualifying (Jelena Jankovic), and a former Slam winner going unseeded.

Here’s a look at the field:

Doha, Qatar; surface: hard

Seeds: Angelique Kerber, Karolina …

Nick Kyrgios Pulled From Rotterdam To Play The NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, Except He Didn’t Get Picked

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 10th, 2017 @ 10:54 am

Back in October just after his Shanghai meltdown, Nick Kyrgios contacted Rotterdam tournament director Richard Krajicek asking the former Wimbledon champion if he could get time off to play both Rotterdam and the NBA All-Star Celebrity game.

Krajicek and the tournament turned down Kyrgios’s request so Australian turned down the tennis event opting instead to play to celebrity All-Star game.

“Unfortunately this All-Star weekend is the same weekend as the …

Eugenie Bouchard Will Honor Her Super Bowl Bet And Take A Twitter Follower On A Date!

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 10th, 2017 @ 10:26 am

One of the tennis connections to the Super Bowl last week was Eugenie Bouchard’s bet with a random twitter follower to go on a date with him if the New England Patriots came back from a 28-3 deficit to the Atlanta Falcons.

@geniebouchard if patriots win we go on a date?

— TW1 (@punslayintwoods) February 6, 2017


— …

What’s Novak Djokovic Doing? He Went Skiing Earlier This Week [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 10th, 2017 @ 9:59 am

Novak Djokovic might not be having much fun lately on a tennis court – just one title in the last six months – but he sounds like a very, very happy man on the ski slopes of the Kopaonik mountain range in Serbia.

There’s some Serbian spoken along with German and Italian. So feel free to translate.

Following a shock loss to Denis Istomin at …

Rafael Nadal Pulls Out Of Rotterdam To Rest, Roger Federer Declines Replacement Spot

Posted by Staff on February 9th, 2017 @ 9:31 pm

With a heavy schedule ahead, Australian Open finalist Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week’s Rotterdam indoor event.

“I am very sorry to announce I won’t be able to play in Rotterdam next week. After last year’s absence from some tournaments, I started this season well and made a significant effort during the Australian swing.

“It’s because of this that my doctors have strongly advised me to take it easy …