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Victoria Azarenka Announces She’s Pregnant, So Who’s The Boyfriend?

Posted by Staff on July 15th, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

Victoria Azarenka made a shock announcement today, revealing she’s pregnant!

On a facebook post, she wrote the following:
I have some exciting news to share with you.

It’s been a few weeks since you last heard from me. While recovering from the knee injury that I sustained at Roland Garros, I received news from my doctor that my boyfriend and I are going to become parents at the end of this year. …

Marin Cilic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, John Isner Among Stars In Davis Cup QFs This Weekend

Posted by Staff on July 15th, 2016 @ 12:19 am

With the Olympics around the corner, several of the top players like Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have decided to sit out Davis Cup quarterfinal ties this weekend. But some in the Top 20 will be on court.

Croatia travels to Portland, Oregon to take on a deep USA team. Marin Cilic and Borna Coric lead the visitors against John Isner, Jack Sock and the Bryan brothers.

“It’s going to be a …

US Open Prize Money: Winners To Earn $3.5 Million, That’s More Than Yannick Noah Made In His Career!

Posted by Tom Gainey on July 14th, 2016 @ 10:02 am

The US Open upped its prize money once again. And winners of the event will now earn a whopping $3.5 million. That’s more money than players like Yannick Noah ($$3,440,660), MaliVai Washington ($3,232,565) and Kevin Curren ($3,055,510) earned in their entire career.

Overall, the tournament will pay out a record $46.3 million, a 10-percent increase over the 2015 US Open prize money.

2016 US Open Prize Money Breakdown – Singles: …

Ana Ivanovic And Bastian Schweinsteiger Got Married Wednesday

Posted by Tom Gainey on July 14th, 2016 @ 9:48 am

Longtime sports couple Ana Ivanovic and Bastian Schweinsteiger were married Wednesday in Venice. The handsome couple, who had been dating for about two years, exchanged vows at the Misericordia Church.

The 25th-ranked Ivanovic fell in the first round at Wimbledon to Russian qualifier Ekaterina Alexandrova.

Mr & Mrs ❤️

— Ana Ivanovic (@AnaIvanovic) July 13, 2016…

Andy Murray Is Now Just 815 Ranking Points Behind Novak Djokovic In The 2016 ATP Race

Posted by Tom Gainey on July 12th, 2016 @ 10:08 am

Following his second Wimbledon title Sunday, Andy Murray has moved within 815 ranking points of 2016 leader Novak Djokovic. Djokovic’s stunning loss in the third round to Sam Querrey left the door open for Murray who had lost to Novak in the first two Grand Slams this year.

The Scot took advantage of the Serb’s slip-up and now heading into the summer stands just 815 points behind Djokovic. …

Appeal Delayed! Maria Sharapova Won’t Be At The Olympics Or The US Open

Posted by Tom Gainey on July 12th, 2016 @ 9:54 am

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced yesterday that their ruling on the Maria Sharapova doping appeal won’t be decided until as late as September 19.

In a statement, CAS said, “Maria Sharapova and the International Tennis Federation (ITF) have agreed to defer the CAS decision until September 2016. Due to the parties requiring additional time to complete and respond to their respective evidentiary submissions, and several scheduling conflicts, …

Halep Headlines Bucharest; Schnyder Returns at Gstaad!

Posted by Staff on July 10th, 2016 @ 6:38 pm

Bucharest, Romania; Surface: clay

Seeds: Simona Halep, Sara Errani, Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, Laura Siegemund, Monica Niculescu, Danka Kovinic, Anastasija Sevastova, Cagla Buyukakcay

Floaters: Francesca Schiavone

Notes: Halep the lone Top 10 or Top 20 participant…(2) Errani looking at a 2nd rd. meeting with the former French Open champ Schiavone…Wildcards were awarded to Schiavone and Romania’s Elena Gabriela Ruse and Ioana Minca…Withdrawing from the event were Denisa Allertova, Zarina Diyas, Alexandra Dulgheru, …

Andy Murray: I Feel Like My Best Tennis Is Still Ahead Of Me

Posted by Tom Gainey on July 10th, 2016 @ 5:59 pm

Andy Murray is all smiles today after winning his second career Wimbledon title, the third Grand Slam overall. The second-seeded Murray collected an early break and survived two more tiebreakers to win 64, 76, 76. Afterward, Murray said this one he’ll properly celebrate.

“I feel happier this time,” Murray said. “I feel more content this time. I feel like this was sort of more for myself more than anything, and my …

Andy Murray Took A Bath With His Wimbledon Trophy

Posted by Tom Gainey on July 10th, 2016 @ 5:30 pm

Why not celebrate? Following his second career Wimbledon title, an elated Andy Murray took the trophy with him into the ice bath!

“Holding this bad boy makes the ice bath that little bit more bearable 🏆😉” Murray posted on Instagram.

Milos Raonic: I’m Going To Get Fitter, Stronger, I Will Leave No Stone Unturned To Win A Slam

Posted by Tom Gainey on July 10th, 2016 @ 5:26 pm

Following his first loss in a Grand Slam final today to Andy Murray in the Wimbledon, Milos Raonic is determined to win one down the road. The 25-year-old has already added former No. 1s Carlos Moya and John McEnroe to his team, but he wants more. He wants to become the first Canadian man to ever win a singles Slam.

“I’m going to work on everything,” Raonic said after the …

Ferrer Leads Bastad; Johnson on Grass at Newport; ATP Previews

Posted by Staff on July 10th, 2016 @ 3:04 pm

Bastad, Sweden; Surface: clay

Seeds: David Ferrer, Joao Sousa, Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Marcel Granollers, Fernando Verdasco, Aljaz Bedene, Diego Schwartzman, Evgeny Donskoy, Horacio Zeballos

Floaters: Al Montanes

Notes: Ferrer the lone Top 15 player in the field…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Ferrer will start against a qualifier, and the No. 2 seed Sousa against a wildcard…Verdasco after a bye could start against his veteran countryman Montanes…The all-Swedish wildcard line-up went to …

Andy Murray Outclasses Milos Raonic For Second Wimbledon Title And Third Grand Slam

Posted by Jeremy Davis on July 10th, 2016 @ 2:08 pm

The new King of Grass?

Andy Murray thrilled his homecountry fans by claiming a second title in four years at Wimbledon on Sunday, defeating first-time Grand Slam finalist Milos Raonic of Canada 6-4, 7-6(3), 7-6(2).

The Murray return of serve was key in deflecting the power of the giant-serving Raonic, winning a second title at the All England Club after ending Britain’s 77-year title drought in 2013.

“I feel happier this time,” …

2016 Wimbledon Men’s Final Open Thread: Andy Murray v Milos Raonic

Posted by Staff on July 10th, 2016 @ 8:25 am

Andy Murray bids for a second Wimbledon title and third overall Grand Slam this afternoon against first-time finalist Milos Raonic.

The 29-year-old Murray is finally cleared of facing Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic in the final, but does have the formidable Canadian who stunned the Swiss on Friday.

Murray is just 2-8 in Grand Slam finals while Raonic is making his first career appearance.

And the celebrity coaches collide again in this rematch …

Andy Murray v Milos Raonic For The Wimbledon Title, Who’s The Pick?

Posted by Sean Randall on July 9th, 2016 @ 3:24 pm

It’s not a repeat of the last two Grand Slam finals, but in a repeat of the Australian Open semifinal and the recent Queen’s final, Andy Murray and Milos Raonic collide for the 2016 Wimbledon title.

Most of us expected Murray to arrive in the Sunday final and he did so fairly routinely. After an easy first week of practice, Murray blasted through Nick Kyrgios, survived a mid-match hiccup …

Serena Williams Wins Wimbledon, Ties Graf, Targets Court’s Pseudo-Record

Posted by Jeremy Davis on July 9th, 2016 @ 12:16 pm

World No. 1 Serena Williams, on her third try, got her 22nd career Grand Slam title on Saturday at Wimbledon, tying Steffi Graf’s record and putting Margaret Court’s 24 in her sights.

Williams beat Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 in the final at the All England Club, avenging a loss earlier this year in the Australian Open final. It was Williams’ third opportunity to tie Graf this year after losing in the …