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Roger Federer Wins 3 ATP Awards, Denis Shapovalov Takes 2

Posted by Staff on November 10th, 2017 @ 12:11 pm

The year-end ATP awards were announced last night in London, and no surprise after his remarkable comeback year, Roger Federer took home three awards. The Swiss won Comeback Player of the Year, Fan Favorite and the Sportsmanship award.

Federer has now amassed 36 career awards, matching his age. He has now won the Edberg Sportsmanship award 13 times and has been named Fan Favorite 15 straight years!

Rising star Denis Shapovalov grabbed …

ATP NextGen Finals: Great Idea, Poor Execution

Posted by Jeremy Davis on November 8th, 2017 @ 11:39 am

I’m pumped up to watch the ATP’s NextGen Finals this week featuring the top players in the world age 21 and under. What, it’s not being shown on Tennis Channel in the U.S., but I can pay an online streaming service to watch it?


Can I go online to watch that sexist strip show they called a draw party?

I read that the opening match was postponed because they were still putting …

Andy Murray Hopes To Be Ready For 2018

Posted by Tom Gainey on November 8th, 2017 @ 11:19 am

Speaking in Glasgow after an exo match against Roger Federer last night, Andy Murray revealed he’s not 100% certain he’ll be ready to play in Brisbane to start 2018.

Murray has been out since Wimbledon due to a hip injury.

“I hope I’m there,” Murray said of playing in Australia. “Things have been going pretty well so far in the rehab but you just never know. You have setbacks and then things …

Roger Federer In A Kilt? [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on November 8th, 2017 @ 11:06 am

In front of some 11,000 last night in Glasgow, Roger Federer took down home favorite Andy Murray 63, 36, 10-6 in a fun-filled charity exo event.

Murray was playing his first “match” since his summer shutdown, but the event made news because Federer played in a KILT to start the second set! And he won points off Murray wearing that kilt!

Roger Federer's 1HBH, but in a kilt.

Andy Murray And Wife Kim Welcome A New Baby Girl

Posted by Tom Gainey on November 8th, 2017 @ 10:55 am

According to press reports from the UK, Andy Murray’s wife, Kim, gave birth to a healthy baby girl in the last few weeks.

The BBC who spoke to Murray’s grandmother Shirley Erskine who said everything was well but wouldn’t reveal the name of the baby.

Kim gave birth to their first daughter, Sophia, in February of 2016.

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgoen offered her congrats:

Congratulations to Kim

ATP Finals Groups: Lone Former Champion Federer Opens Play Sunday

Posted by Staff on November 8th, 2017 @ 10:46 am

After a brief delay due to Boris Becker being stuck in traffic, the ATP Finals groupings were unveiled during the Chris Evans Breakfast radio show in the UK.

No. 1 and 2 Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer were placed in separate groups, then players were placed randomly in sets of 2 thereafter.

Federer, the lone former champion in the field, landed with former US Open champion Marin Cilic and two tournament …

After Rocky Start, ATP NextGen Finals Begin Tuesday Led By Russians Rublev, Khachanov

Posted by Staff on November 6th, 2017 @ 7:03 pm

Following the controversial draw ceremony Sunday, the 21-and-under ATP NextGen finals begin Tuesday in Milan.

Group B: 2 Karen Khachanov v 7 Daniil Medvedev; 4 Borna Coric v 5 Jared Donaldson
Group A: 8 Gianluigi Quinzi v 1 Andrey Rublev; 3 Denis Shapovalov v 6 Hyeon Chung

Players will not be competing for ranking points, however as much as $390,000 is available to the winner!.

Among the innovations at this week’s event:
* …

ATP Under Fire For “Sexist” NextGen Finals Draw Ceremony In Milan

Posted by Staff on November 6th, 2017 @ 6:38 pm

The ATP had to issue an apology for the questionable draw ceremony for the NextGen finals which was held yesterday in Milan.

The draw featured models interacting with the players during the draw, some of which drew much criticism. The players even picked between models to determine groupings then walked together down the catwalk.

In these sensitive times, it didn’t go over well on social media.

The ATP NextGen

Poll: Who’ll Win The ATP Finals Where Federer Is The Favorite

Posted by Staff on November 6th, 2017 @ 6:20 pm

The ATP Finals begin on Sunday featuring the Top 8 players in the world…by ranking. Jack Sock clinched won the Paris Masters event on Sunday to close out the field which is led by year-end No. 1 Rafael Nadal and 6-time champion Roger Federer, the lone former winner in the field.

Nadal, who has never won the ATP Finals, comes in with a questionable knee while Federer is healthy and rested, …

Goerges Beats Vandeweghe for Also-ran WTA Elite Trophy Title

Posted by Jeremy Davis on November 5th, 2017 @ 4:28 pm

Under 21s, players ranked No. 20, everyone gets to play a year-end championship nowadays in professional tennis.

The latest also-ran champion is Germany’s Julia Goerges, who on Sunday beat American CoCo Vandeweghe 7-5, 6-1 for the year-end title at the WTA Elite Trophy, a tournament for players who finish No. 9-20 on the WTA rankings.

Goerges won 11 of the last 12 games to clinch her second straight title after Moscow. In …

Sock Wins Paris Indoor, Qualifying for ATP Finals

Posted by Staff on November 5th, 2017 @ 3:25 pm

There was so much on the line for Jack Sock on Sunday at the Paris Masters. A first Masters 1000 title. Qualifying for his first year-end ATP Finals. Finishing the year as American No. 1 for the first time.

Sock lost the first set Sunday, then rebounded to complete his career-best regular season, defeating qualifier Filip Krajinovic 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.

“There have been a lot of firsts,” Sock said on court afterwards. …

Sock Seeks Paris Title And London Berth Sunday Against Cinderella Krajinovic

Posted by Staff on November 4th, 2017 @ 7:05 pm

The final spot in the ATP Finals will be decided on the final day of the regular season. Jack Sock will clinch his first berth in the London ATP Finals and win his first Masters title Sunday as he takes on the surprising qualifier Filip Krajinovic.

Should Sock lose, then the 8th spot goes to Pablo Carreno Busta.

Krajinovic ended hopes of an all-American final and John Isner’s chances for London by …

Nadal Out Of Paris, New Masters Champ Confirmed Sunday; Americans Isner, Sock Bid For Last London Spot

Posted by Staff on November 3rd, 2017 @ 10:46 pm

Pablo Carreno Busta is hanging on to the 8th and final spot at the London finals, but the Spaniard will be glued to the results from Paris this week.

If either John Isner or Jack Sock win Paris, Carreno Busta is out. And it’s not that farfetched after both Americans won today to reach the finals of the final Masters event.

Isner outlasted Juan Martin del Potro 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-4 denying the …

Rafael Nadal Pulls Out Of Paris Due To Right Knee Issue, Won’t Commit To ATP Finals

Posted by Staff on November 3rd, 2017 @ 10:08 am

Rafael Nadal locked up No. 1 on Wednesday in Paris, but today had to withdraw from the event ahead of his quarterfinal match against Filip Krajinovic.

“The way that I am today I do not see myself playing three more matches,” Nadal said. “The knee is always bothering a little bit but sometimes it’s worse.

Nadal, who beat Pablo Cuevas in three sets Thursday, is 18-1 since the start of the US …

David Goffin Becomes 7th Player In London ATP Finals; Del Potro, Isner Chasing PCB For Last Spot

Posted by Staff on November 2nd, 2017 @ 4:21 pm

David Goffin has qualified for his first ATP Finals, taking the 7th berth. The Belgian qualified for the year-end event despite falling to Juliean Benneteau in Paris today, Goffin got in after Lucas Pouille fell to Jack Sock.

“I would have preferred to have qualified by winning my match and Lucas is a friend but I am still so happy to have qualified!” said Goffin who played at the event as …