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Posted by Staff on November 2nd, 2017 @ 12:05 pm

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Finally! A Tennis Video Game For The PS4! “Tennis World Tour” Is Coming In The Spring

Posted by Tom Gainey on November 2nd, 2017 @ 11:58 am

The trailer for “Tennis World Tour” was released at the Sony’s Paris Games Week a few days ago. The trailer appears to show a match between Roger Federer and Gael Monfils, but there are no faces, no names, just some rather unimpressive gameplay and graphics.

Published by BigBen and created by Breakpoint the game should fill the void of tennis titles for gamers last occupied by the popular Top Spin series …

Novak Djokovic Met With Stephen Curry Monday Night In Los Angeles

Posted by Tom Gainey on November 2nd, 2017 @ 11:28 am

Novak Djokovic was in Los Angeles Monday in attendance for a Golden State Warriors-LA Clippers NBA game at the Staples Center.

The former No. 1 who’s been off the tour with an elbow injury met with several players including Warrior star Stephen Curry.

Quand deux grands champions se rencontrent 🏀🎾 #Curry #Djokovic pic.twitter.com/5wrgisxnQl

— We Are Tennis France (@WeAreTennisFR) November 2, 2017…

Nadal Gets No. 1; Del Potro Makes London Push, Goffin A Win From Qualifying

Posted by Staff on November 2nd, 2017 @ 12:54 am

The big news Wednesday from Wednesday in Paris was Rafael Nadal making history, clinching his fourth year-end No. 1 ranking following a 7-5, 6-3 opening round win over Hyeon Chung.

“I’m very, very happy for everything,” said Nadal. “It has been an amazing year. One year ago, for sure I never dreamed about being World No. 1 again at the end of the season. It’s something that means a lot …

Rafael Nadal Clinches 2017 ATP Year-End No. 1 Ranking

Posted by Staff on November 1st, 2017 @ 1:45 pm

By beating Hyeong Chung in his opening match at the Paris Masters, Rafael Nadal locked up the year-end ATP No. 1 ranking for the fourth time in his career.

Nadal also finished No. 1 in 2008, 2010 and 2013. And last year he ended the season No. 9.

Nadal, who replaced Great Britain’s Andy Murray at No. 1 on August 21, has already won six titles this year including the French Open …

London Hopefuls Querrey, PCB Fall In Paris; Nadal Can Wrap Up No. 1 Wednesday

Posted by Staff on October 31st, 2017 @ 10:07 pm

The London ATP Finals field became clearer on Tuesday after two of the hopefuls fell. Wimbledon semifinalist Sam Querrey was eliminated from the London hunt after falling in the opening round at the Paris Masters to Serb Filip Krajinovic 6-4, 6-4.

Querrey, who was solidly in position to qualify a month ago, ended the year losing his last three matches and five of his last seven.

Carreno Busta, who made the US …

Wozniacki Beats Venus in WTA Finals, Capping Wacky WTA Season

Posted by Jeremy Davis on October 30th, 2017 @ 12:34 am

Caroline Wozniacki beat Venus Williams in the unlikely WTA Finals final, capping an unlikely year where the No. 1 ranking switched hands a number of times in the absence of the women’s game’s stars.

Seven players could finish year-end No. 1 entering the WTA Finals. Wozniacki beat the elder Williams sister 6-4, 6-4 in the final, but Wozniacki did not finish the year No. 1.

It was Simona Halep, who did not …

Federer Downs Del Potro to Win ATP Basel, Withdraws from Paris

Posted by Staff on October 29th, 2017 @ 4:50 pm

While he wasn’t in peak form, Roger Federer ground out a three-set win over Juan Martin del Potro in the Swiss Indoors Basel final on Sunday, defeating the Argentine defending champion 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-3.

It was Federer’s eighth career Basel crown.

“I think we’re both tired from a long season,” said Federer of the back-and-forth match where both players showed their nerves in the third set.

“Plus he’s been playing four straight weeks …

Pouille Party as Frenchman Takes Title at ATP Vienna

Posted by Staff on October 29th, 2017 @ 4:35 pm

France’s Lucas Pouille became the lone player to win titles on all three surfaces in 2017 on Sunday after defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 6-4 in the all-French final of the Erste Bank 500 in Vienna, Austria.

His Vienna hardcourt title was in addition to triumphing at Budapest on clay and Stuttgart on grass.

“All the work I’ve done has paid off,” said Pouille after winning his career-first 500-level event. “I played some …

Roger Federer Moves Into Sole Possession Of 2nd On ATP Open Era Title Leaderboard

Posted by Tom Gainey on October 29th, 2017 @ 3:38 pm

Following his eighth Basel title today, Roger Federer moved into sole possession of second place on the ATP’s Open Era title leaderboard with 95.

Federer is now *just* 14 behind Jimmy Connors for the Open Era record. Federer has 7 titles this year after Basel, so he’ll need to keep that pace for the next two years or win 5 each of the next three years (or 4 each of the …

Roger Federer Withdraws From Paris, Leaves No. 1 To Rafael Nadal

Posted by Tom Gainey on October 29th, 2017 @ 3:28 pm

Roger Federer won Basel but he all but lost any chance at No. 1 by withdrawing from Paris due to a back injury.

By winning Basel, Federer drew within 1,460 ranking points of Nadal with 1,000 points available at Paris and 1,500 at London.

But now, Federer will need Nadal to not win a match in Paris and then London, and then the Swiss must sweep London.

So unless something extraordinary happens, Nadal …

Nadal, Federer Headline Year-end ATP Regular Season at Paris Masters

Posted by Jeremy Davis on October 29th, 2017 @ 1:09 pm

With all the injuries currently in men’s tennis, seven of the Top 10 is the best you get at this week’s Paris Masters, where the withdrawal list would make one of the top tournaments of the year.

The last couple spots at the ATP Finals will be determined in Paris, where a regardlessly strong field is led by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

Here’s a look at the four quarters of the …

Federer v Del Potro In Basel Final; Tsonga v Pouille In Vienna

Posted by Staff on October 28th, 2017 @ 11:35 pm

Two former champions meet in the Basel final Sunday. Home favorite and 7-time winner Roger Federer meets 2-time champ Juan Martin del Potro in a dream matchup.

Federer flew past David Goffin 6-1, 6-2 to advance to his 13th career final in Basel.

Federer will seek a 95th career title which would put him alone in second place on the Open Era list. But del Potro comes into the final off an …

Simona Halep Clinches 2017 WTA No. 1 Ranking

Posted by Staff on October 28th, 2017 @ 6:29 pm

Simona Halep officially locked in the year-end WTA No. 1 ranking on Saturday after Karolina Pliskova fell in the semifinals of the WTA Singapore year-end event. The Czech had to win the WTA Finals title to pass Halep.

Halep becomes the 13th different player to finish No. 1 on the WTA computer since the rankings were introduced in November of 1975.

Halep, who also have never won a Grand Slam title, is …

Venus To Face Wozniacki For Year-End WTA Finals Title

Posted by Staff on October 28th, 2017 @ 6:17 pm

Former No. 1s Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki will meet Sunday for the title of the Singapore WTA Finals.

Williams, the lone former champion at the start of the event, rallied from a set down to deny the hot-handed Caroline Garcia 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-3.

“Garcia has competed so well this whole tournament, and every time I thought I was getting close she played amazing,” Venus said. “It’s not over ‘til the fat …