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November 14th, 2015

Is There Anyone Who Can Stop Novak Djokovic In London? ATP Finals Preview

The big question this upcoming week in London is, is anyone capable of denying Novak Djokovic a fourth straight ATP Finals title? My short answer is: No!

Right now Djokovic is playing just too good. He’s won his last 22 matches and 37 straight indoors (that’s right!). He’s too motivated and he’s won the London ATP Finals title the last three years. That’s 15 straight match wins at the event which is pretty good. But then when you remember these are …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 4:30 pm in ATP Finals | 160 Comments »

November 14th, 2015

Despite A Poor Season, Rafael Nadal Hopes To Finally Win The ATP Finals

Two-time runner-up Rafael Nadal still has his hopes set on his first ATP Finals title. After a tough start to the 2015 season, Nadal has showed some signs of improvement the last month or so of the season lifting his confidence going into the Finals.

“At the end of the day it’s good news to be here as No. 5 in the world. After a tough year, if you’re able to arrive at this tournament with that number that says that …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:37 am in ATP Finals | 6 Comments »

November 14th, 2015

Roger Federer Motivated By Facing Top 10 Players At ATP Finals

Roger Federer spoke to the press yesterday at the ATP Finals. The six-time tournament champion is playing in his 14th ATP Finals event, and he’s as motivated as ever.

“I haven’t had issues being motivated for this tournament,” said Federer who is 11-5 against Top 10 players this year. “I looked forward to it and as it was a priority I played better.

“The idea of playing fellow Top 10 rivals gets me going, gets me really excited. I don’t relax on …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:25 am in ATP Finals | 1 Comment »

November 14th, 2015

Tennis Players React To The Paris Attacks

The world turned its attention to Paris on Friday when one of the great cities was under terrorist attack. Many of the top tennis stars took to twitter to offer their support for the Parisians:

In #Paris.. Scary news coming out of this city.. Be safe #Paris hope that #BRI will handle things quick🙏🏻🙏🏻

— Sergiy Stakhovsky (@Stako_tennis) November 13, 2015

Passed #stadedefrance … Just minutes before

Posted by Staff @ 10:12 am in Social Media | 12 Comments »

November 14th, 2015

Maria Sharapova, Russia In Fed Cup Finals Against Petra Kvitova’s Czech Republic Team

Maria Sharapova will lead her Russian team in the Fed Cup finals this weekend against Petra Kvitova and the Czechs. The tie will be played in Prague on an indoor hardcourt.

On opening day Saturday, Sharapova will face Karolina Pliskova who subs for the ill Lucie Safarova. Kvitova, winner of three Fed Cup titles, will meet Russian No. 2 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

“I never played her, so that will be something new,” said Pliskova of facing Sharapova. “And I have never played in …

Posted by Staff @ 1:27 am in Fed Cup | 9 Comments »

November 13th, 2015

Andy Murray Movingly Opens Up About Cancer In Players’ Tribune Post

In a new post on the Players’ Tribune, Andy Murray opens up about Ross Hutchins’ and Elena Baltacha’s battles with cancer.

A sample:
I got married the year I turned 28. In a few months, when Kim and I become parents for the first time, I’ll be 28. Twenty-eight feels like the beginning of something.

As a tennis player, 28 is an age at which I have much I still want to accomplish. 28 feels like a peak, a prime, a moment …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:50 am in 2015 Season | 11 Comments »

November 13th, 2015

Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic Nominated For Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson Of The Year, But A Horse Will Win!

American magazine Sports Illustrated released its nominees for their 2015 Sportsperson of the Year award. Tennis is represented by world No. 1s Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams who have both put together very deserving seasons.

But the magazine hasn’t given the honor to a tennis player since 1992 when Arthur Ashe was chosen for his humanitarian efforts. Chris Evert (1976) and Billie Jean King (1972) also won the award, but legends like Serena, Novak, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have never …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:39 am in 2015 Season | 27 Comments »

November 13th, 2015

ATP Finals To Remain In London Through 2018

The ATP confirmed yesterday that the year-end Finals event will remain in London through 2018.

“We are delighted to have reached an agreement which will see the tournament celebrate its 10th successive year in London in 2018,” said Kermode. “The tournament has been a spectacular success since moving to The O2 in 2009, generating record crowds, incredible atmospheres, and a soaring worldwide TV audience which broke the 100 million mark for the first time last year.

“The O2 has enabled us to …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:25 am in ATP Finals | 1 Comment »

November 12th, 2015

Novak Djokovic v Kei Nishikori, Roger Federer v Tomas Berdych Headline Sunday ATP Finals Schedule

The ATP announced the opening Sunday schedule and it features singles matches from the Stan Smith group. Former champions Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will be in action.

Defending champion Djokovic will meet Kei Nishikori while 6-time ATP Finals winner Federer faces Tomas Berdych.

On Monday, Andy Murray meets David Ferrer and then in the evening the last two French Open winners clash as Rafael Nadal takes on Stan Wawrinka.

Based on initial schedules, Djokovic and Federer will then play Tuesday and …

Posted by Staff @ 8:34 pm in ATP Finals | 15 Comments »

November 12th, 2015

2015 ATP Finals Groupings: Roger Federer Placed With Novak Djokovic, Hope For Rafael Nadal?

The groupings for the 2015 ATP Finals were released this evening in London. The 8-day event played at the O2 begins on Sunday and it features the Top 8 men in the world.

“Short and sweet draw is good,” Roger Federer joked about the quick ceremony. “I’m excited to be back, can’t wait for it to start.”

The groupings:
1 Novak Djokovic (4)
3 Roger Federer (6)
6 Tomas Berdych
8 Kei Nishikori

2 Andy Murray
4 Stan Wawrinka
6 Rafael Nadal
7 David Ferrer

Federer (6 titles) and …

Posted by Staff @ 3:37 pm in ATP Finals | 62 Comments »

November 11th, 2015

Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Bryans Among 2015 ATP Award Winners

Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Bob and Mike Bryan have been honored in the 2015 ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon. While the ATP World Tour No. 1 Doubles Team presented by Emirates Award is still to be decided between four teams, all the other award winners have been announced today.

Djokovic receives the ATP World Tour No. 1 award presented by Emirates for a second straight year and fourth time overall, following an unbroken stint at No. …

Posted by Staff @ 12:19 pm in ATP | 126 Comments »

November 10th, 2015

Your 2015 WTA Top 10 Plus Year-End Rankings Statistics

Yesterday was the official year-end rankings for the WTA tour. On the final week of the regular season, Venus Williams made the big push into the Top 10 to finish No. 7. Sister Serena finished No. 1 once again for a fifth time and third straight year.

A look at some of the other notable final rankings numbers:

2015 WTA Top 10 (as of Nov 9, 2015)
1 Serena Williams 9945
2 Simona Halep 6060
3 Garbine Muguruza Blanco 5200
4 Maria Sharapova 5011
5 Agnieszka Radwanska …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:31 am in 2015 Season, WTA, Year End | 20 Comments »

November 9th, 2015

Sharapova in Fed Cup Russia at Czech Final a Potential Blockbuster

The Fed Cup will have a final this weekend worthy of the top international team tennis competition when the Czech Republic, winners of the competition in three of the last four years, host a loaded Russian team led by former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova.

In Prague the Czechs will be led by two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, joined by Lucie Safarova, Karolina Pliskova and Barbora Strycova

“Sometimes I ask myself ‘Why didn’t I play a team sport?’ because I really like …

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 6:27 pm in Fed Cup, Tennis | 4 Comments »

November 9th, 2015

Juan Martin Del Potro: There’s No Doubt I Will Play Again, The Only Doubt Is When And Where

In a lengthy post last week on the blogging platform medium, Juan Martin del Potro outlined his plan for recovery, vowing that after three surgeries on left his wrist in the last year, he will return to tennis.

“I keep working on my recovery with dedication and determination,” del Potro wrote. “As I wrote in my previous post, it’s a long process. Today I’m following this path of training and wrist rehab, a path that finishes playing competitive tennis. All …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:05 am in Injuries | 11 Comments »

November 9th, 2015

2015 ATP Finals London Seedings: Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray Will Be In Separate Groups

The seedings for the 2015 ATP Finals are out. Based on the rankings today, Paris finalists Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will be No. 1 and No. 2.

1 Novak Djokovic
2 Andy Murray
3 Roger Federer
4 Stan Wawrinka
5 Rafael Nadal
6 Tomas Berdych
7 David Ferrer
8 Kei Nishikori

9 Richard Gasquet
10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

When the groupings are released on Thursday, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka will also be split, so one Swiss player will be in each group.

No. 5 and 6, No. 7 and 8 …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:54 am in ATP Finals | 152 Comments »

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ATP - Nov 23 WTA - Nov 23
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Andy Murray2 Simona Halep
3 Roger Federer3 Garbine Muguruza Blanco
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Maria Sharapova
5 Rafael Nadal5 Agnieszka Radwanska
6 Tomas Berdych6 Petra Kvitova
7 David Ferrer7 Venus Williams
8 Kei Nishikori8 Flavia Pennetta
9 Richard Gasquet9 Lucie Safarova
10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga10 Angelique Kerber
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