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Serena Williams And Fiancee Alexis Ohanian Hit The Beach In Auckland [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on January 1st, 2017 @ 12:51 pm

Newly-engaged Serena Williams hit the Auckland beach with fiancee Alexis Ohanian. The pair helicoptered to Waiheke Island to welcome in the New Year.

“Waiheke is just so beautiful. To have a gorgeous island like this so close to the city is special, Auckland takes your breath away,” Serena said.

“The scenery is beautiful, but there is also a great city vibe. The food has been so awesome, and I hear …

Thanasi Kokkinakis: 2016 Was The Worst Year Of My Life, It Was Horrendous

Posted by Tom Gainey on January 1st, 2017 @ 12:34 pm

2016 was a tough year for Thanasi Kokkinakis. The rising Australian star was pegged among the best of a deep crop of young players, but the 20-year-old’s hopes were derailed last season by a series of injuries including recovery from shoulder surgery, a groin injury and a pectoral strain all of which limited him to just one event, the Rio Olympics.

“It was the worst year of my life, for sure,” …

Rafael Nadal Wins Abu Dhabi Exo, Signals Return To Health?

Posted by Tom Gainey on January 1st, 2017 @ 12:13 pm

Rafael Nadal won the Abu Dhabi exo Saturday beating David Goffin 64, 76(5). The result was more or less meaningless, but what wasn’t was the fact Nadal was feeling healthy.

After battling a bad wrist for the last half of 2016, Nadal was very pleased with the three wins he earned at the event.

“I was very happy with my performance and it gives me some positive energy to take into …

Nadal, No. 1 Kerber Among Headliners Next Week at Brisbane International Tennis; Previews

Posted by Staff on December 31st, 2016 @ 7:10 pm

It’s a strong turnout this week on both the men’s and women’s side at the Brisbane International in Australia, where world No. 1 Angie Kerber and former No. 1 Rafael Nadal are among the headliners.

Here’s a look at the men’s and women’s fields:

Brisbane, Australia; surface: hard

Men’s Seeds: Milos Raonic, Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori, Dominic Thiem, Rafael Nadal, Lucas Pouille, Grigor Dimitrov, David Ferrer

Men’s Floaters: Sam Querrey, Alexandr “The Dog” …

Tennis-X 2016 Awards: Tennis’ Best Dopers, Tankers, Nutballs All Lauded

Posted by Staff on December 30th, 2016 @ 4:07 pm

Awards, awards, awards. You’ve read the read, now read the best. World No. 1s Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber are players of the year? Yawn. Thank’s for figuring that one out.

Here’s who took home some of the most coveted year-end awards from the 2016 tennis season:

BEST MATCH — MEN: Rio Gold Medal Match – Andy Murray d Juan Martin del Potro 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5
Andy Murray became the first …

Serena Williams Is Engaged To Reddit Founder Alexis Ohanian

Posted by Tom Gainey on December 29th, 2016 @ 2:58 pm

Big news for Serena Williams. The 35-year-old revealed today that she is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian!

Serena fittingly broke the news on Ohanian’s site via a reddit post.

I came home
A little late
Someone had a bag packed for me
And a carriage awaited
Destination: Rome
To escort me to my very own “charming”
Back to where our stars first collided
And now it was full circle
At the same table we first met by chance
This …

Andy Murray On Playing Doha: It’s Helped Novak Win The Australian, Maybe It Will Help Me Too!

Posted by Tom Gainey on December 29th, 2016 @ 2:43 pm

Andy Murray admits he needs to try something different if he wants to finally win the Australian Open, where he’s finished runner-up five times. So he’s taking a page from Novak Djokovic by playing in Doha, a title the Serb won last year then went on to win in Melbourne.

“Seems to have worked well for Novak as well over the years,” Murray told the Gulf News ahead of …

Rafael Nadal: Over Long Run Moya Can Bring Me Positive Results, And I Think I Can Play 3 More Years

Posted by Tom Gainey on December 29th, 2016 @ 2:25 pm

Speaking in Abu Dhabi, Rafael Nadal told the press about having new coach Carlos Moya as part of his team.

“I don’t expect anything. I just want to work hard and try to be ready for the competition,” Nadal said to the Gulf News. “Beginnings are always tough. When you have been away for months from the competition, for sure you are not going to be arriving here and …

Abu Dhabi Exo: Rafael Nadal Wins Opener, Andy Murray In Action Friday

Posted by Tom Gainey on December 29th, 2016 @ 2:19 pm

The tennis season officially kicks off in a few days, but already the exo circuit is in full swing. Earlier today at the lucrative Abu Dhabi exo, Rafael Nadal opened play with a 60, 64 win over Tomas Berdych.

Nadal will face Milos Raonic on Friday.

David Goffin upended Jo-Wilfred Tsonga. He’ll meet Andy Murray, also on Friday.

The two Friday winners will meet Saturday in the title match while the losers will …

Over 6,000 Fans Watched Roger Federer Practice [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on December 29th, 2016 @ 2:12 pm

Roger Federer is making his return at the Hopman Cup this weekend, and to prepare he held an open practice. And to no one’s surprise, the fans in Perth flocked to see Federer who hasn’t visited the city in 16 years.

“I really just liked being here,” said Federer who last played the Hopman Cup in 2002 with future wife Mirka. “I came from the junior world championships here to Perth …

2017 Tennis-X Year-end Top 10 Contest — Enter Now!

Posted by Staff on December 28th, 2016 @ 4:36 pm

Tell us the correct order (or close enough) the men’s Top 10 will finish in on the ATP World Tour Rankings for 2017 and win a fabulous Tennis-X prize package!

The year 2016 was a tough one between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal sidelined with injury and the unforeseen ascension of Andy Murray to the No. 1 ranking.

In the end seven players tied with eight of the 10 year-end Top …

Ana Ivanovic Announces Her Retirement From Pro Tennis

Posted by Staff on December 28th, 2016 @ 1:35 pm

Former world No. Ana Ivanovic has announced her retirement from tennis effective immediately.

“I’ve decided to retire from professional tennis,” she said on Facebook. “It has been a difficult decision, but there is so much to celebrate.

“I can only play if I can perform up to my own high standards, and I can no longer do that. It’s time to move on

“Don’t be sad, be optimistic alongside me. My love and …

Juan Martin Del Potro Plays Football With The Boca Juniors [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on December 27th, 2016 @ 11:36 am

Juan Martin del Potro was on the pitch last week playing football with the local junior team in Buenos Aires, the Boca Juniors.

Del Potro was celebrated for his Davis Cup win and then the big man showed off some of his moves on the soccer field.

2017 Australian Open Singles Winners Will Earn $2.66M, First Round Losers $36K

Posted by Tom Gainey on December 27th, 2016 @ 10:59 am

The Australian Open continued to up its prize money announcing last week the total purse will be $50M AUS (about $36M USD), up 14% from last year.

The singles winners will earn a tournament record $3.7M AUS (or $2.66M USD) and the first round loser takes homes $50K AUS (or $36K USD).

“We are proud of our record in looking after the players, and will continue the push for increased prize …

Novak Djokovic Releases His Early 2017 Schedule, He Has 4,340 Points To Defend The First 3 Months!

Posted by Tom Gainey on December 27th, 2016 @ 10:33 am

In his bid to return to No. 1, Novak Djokovic has announced his 2017 playing schedule for the first three months.

Djokovic will start the year in Doha, then play the Australian Open followed by Indian Wells and Miami. As of now, Djokovic does not have Davis Cup nor Dubai on his schedule.

Djokovic trails Murray in the rankings and will need the Scot to falter, especially in Australia. That’s because …