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September 18th, 2014

2015 Davis Cup Draw: USA Draws Britain Again; France, Canada The Early Favorites?

The 2015 Davis Cup draw was just announced and the big takeaway was a rematch between the USA and Great Britain. Earlier this year led by Andy Murray the Brits beat up on the US in San Diego. Next March that tie will take place in the UK on Murray’s turf.

I know Murray’s supporting the Scotland side today in the vote, but I believe regardless of outcome Murray will remain on Team GB through 2015, assuming he wants to …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 12:34 pm in Davis Cup | 18 Comments »

September 18th, 2014

Watch Rafael Nadal Try To Fly A Helicopter, Then The Engine Starts Smoking! [Video]

It’s a good thing Rafael Nadal is a tennis player and not a helicopter pilot. In a hilarious new spoof for PokerStars, Nadal tries to fly two passengers in a helicopter before things go wrong.

From the skit, a happy couple looking for a scenic tour were surprised to find the tennis legend Nadal of all people as their pilot! The former No. 1 assured the two that the flight would be perfectly safe as his pilot training was nearly complete. …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:15 am in Videos | 9 Comments »

September 18th, 2014

Li Na Expected To Announce Retirement Friday

Popular Asian star Li Na is expected to announce her retirement from tennis Friday in her hometown of Wuhan, China. Li Na won the Australian Open in January but the 32-year-old has been battling knee injuries since, and most recently she missed the US Open.

#LiNa, China’s two-time Grand Slam winner, expected to announce #retirement due to injuries, according to her agent pic.twitter.com/3fTFL9hYvO

— CCTVNEWS (@cctvnews) September 18, 2014

Currently ranked No. 6, …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:54 am in 2014 Season | 8 Comments »

September 17th, 2014

US Open Champ Marin Cilic Greeted By 20,000 Fans In Homecoming Celebration

Marin Cilic arrived home in his hometown of Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, as a Grand Slam champion. Over 20,000 turned out to welcome Cilic back home for the celebrations.

“Thank you everyone, especially my parents and my loved ones, because without them this would not be possible,” Cilic said. “Thank You God and Our Lady of Medjugorje for showing me the path to take. I am delighted not only for myself but for the people around me who rejoiced in …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:25 am in US Open, Videos | 17 Comments »

September 17th, 2014

Nicole Vaidisova Wins First Pro Match In 4.5 Years

Former teen phenom Nicole Vaidisova won her first match in over four years yesterday defeating another former young prodigy Sesil Karatancheva 63, 64 in the first round at the Albuquerque USTA circuit event.

“It was surreal,” Vaidisova said to the Albuquerque Journal. “It was the first time in four years I played a match. It was a little nerve-racking, but I’m so glad I got through.

Vaidisova was a former Top 10 standout who retired from the game at just 21 …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:32 am in 2014 Season | 2 Comments »

September 15th, 2014

10 Things I Think I Thought About Marin Cilic, The Big Four And The No. 1 Race

As we head down the homestretch of another tennis season – we have just 2 months left – I’ve put together a few post-US Open thoughts.

1. Cilic Cometh
I’m not going to get carried away and predict multiple majors for Marin Cilic, I need to see more from the lanky Croat first. That said, I’ve always thought he had a lot of game and plenty of potential, but for whatever reasons he never fulfilled that until his last three matches in …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:14 pm in 2014 Season, US Open | 55 Comments »

September 14th, 2014

Weekend Wrap: Swiss in Davis Cup Final; Venus Upset in Quebec Final

Switzerland and France will contest the 2014 Davis Cup final after both nations advanced over the weekend, with Switzerland keeping alive a quest for a first-ever championship for Roger Federer.

Federer clinched the tie for the Swiss in the first singles match on Sunday, beating Italy and Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-3, 7-6(4) in Geneva. It is the first appearance in the final for the Swiss nation since 1992.

“I think I really struggled,” said Federer after a low-quality match from both players. …

Posted by Staff @ 7:38 pm in Davis Cup, Tennis | 15 Comments »

September 14th, 2014

ATP/WTA Previews: Kerber Leads Killer Field in Tokyo

MOSELLE OPEN
Metz, France; Surface: Indoor Hard

Seeds: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Lukas Rosol, Jeremy Chardy, Joao Sousa, Jerzy Janowicz, David Goffin

Floaters: Gilles Muller, (WC) Nicolas Mahut

Notes: Potential tough starts for (1) Tsonga after a bye vs. the power-serving upset-specialist Muller, and (5) Chardy, who has never won a match in Metz in two attempts, vs. countryman (WC) Mahut…Wildcards went to France’s Laurent Lokoli, Mahut, and Paul-Henri Mathieu…Notable withdrawals from the event were Gilles Simon (wrist) and Stan Wawrinka (fatugue)…Simon …

Posted by Staff @ 7:35 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

September 14th, 2014

More Gael Monfils Highlight Reel Stupidity [Video]

It seems every time Gael Monfils takes the court he does something that warrants a second, third, a 100th look. Here’s today’s must-see highlight from his dead rubber win over Lukos Rosol during France’s Davis Cup semifinal victory over the Czech Republic played at Roland Garros:

Posted by Staff @ 2:12 pm in Best Shots, Davis Cup, Videos | 7 Comments »

September 14th, 2014

Roger Federer Looks ______ In This Town And Country Cover Picture

Roger Federer is the featured cover celebrity in the latest Town and Country magazine. And the cover picture of Federer is quite incredible.

Town and Country (Max Vadukul)

Some quotes from the article:
On feeling joy when he steps onto the tennis court:
I want to be happy when I play. For me it’s the only right thing to do: to be happy, feel happy, and also share that with the …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:21 am in 2014 Season | 25 Comments »


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1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Rafael Nadal2 Simona Halep
3 Roger Federer3 Petra Kvitova
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Maria Sharapova
5 David Ferrer5 Na Li
6 Tomas Berdych6 Agnieszka Radwanska
7 Kei Nishikori7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 Milos Raonic8 Caroline Wozniacki
9 Marin Cilic9 Ana Ivanovic
10 Grigor Dimitrov10 Angelique Kerber
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