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August 15th, 2014

Rafael Nadal’s US Open Decision Delayed, Will Now Decide Early Next Week

Rafael Nadal once again has pushed back his decision on his US Open participation. After getting the splint removed from his injured right wrist on Tuesday, Nadal was to have made a final ruling on the US Open either today or Saturday at the very latest.

Now according to a tweet from his public relations officer, Nadal will delay that decision until next week, allowing the World No. 2 more time to test the ailing wrist.

Decision on

Posted by Staff @ 1:34 pm in US Open | 24 Comments »

August 15th, 2014

Djokovic Crashes Out Of Cincinnati; Friday Sees Federer v Murray, Sharapova v Halep

What’s wrong with Novak Djokovic? Well, maybe I should save that for a separate post. Anyway, for the second straight Thursday the World No. 1 stunningly crashed out of a hardcourt Masters event he was heavily favored to win. A week after getting trounced by JW Tsonga, today he was dumped to Spanish veteran Tommy Robredo 7-6, 7-5 in an error-filled display.

At 32 Robredo’s still a competent player, but he has no business beating Djokovic like that.

I didn’t see the …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 12:27 am in Cincinnati | 186 Comments »

August 13th, 2014

Serena Survives, Bouchard Upset; Huge Thursday Line-up With Federer, Djokovic in Cincy

World No. 1 Serena Williams turned back a stern test from former US Open winner Sam Stosur on Wednesday in second-round play at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, defeating the unseeded Aussie 7-6(7), 7-6(7).

But this is still not the world-beating Serena.

Grimacing, screaming at missed opportunities and making her almost-crying face when failing to close out sets, the younger Williams sister is struggling to find her form with just a little more than a week left until her final …

Posted by Staff @ 10:58 pm in Cincinnati | 168 Comments »

August 13th, 2014

Roger Federer: I Once Won 24 Straight Finals, Now I’m Losing More Than Winning Them, But It’s OK

Roger Federer commented on his struggles on ATP finals. The Swiss who returns to Cincinnati as a 5-time tournament champion talked about having lost four of his last five finals.

“I prefer to win finals than lose them,” said Federer. “Especially when I think back and I won 24 in a row at one point (2004-2005), I didn’t know how to lose a final. Now i’m losing them more often than winning them but it’s OK, i’m giving myself opportunities.”

“I’m …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 12:24 pm in Cincinnati, Videos | 38 Comments »

August 13th, 2014

Who’s The Highest Paid Female Athlete? It’s Maria Sharapova

According to Forbes, Maria Sharapova is the highest paid female athlete in pro sports. The Russian blond earned $24.4 million between June 2013 and June 2014, per the report.

Sharapova missed the last half of 2013 but still made $2.4M in prize money and another $22M from endorsements putting her atop Forbes’s list for a 10th straight year.

Sharapova has deals in place with Nike, Porsche, Samsung Electronics, Tag Heuer, Evian and Head. And she also owns her on candy brand …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:59 am in WTA | No Comments »

August 12th, 2014

Shaky Start For Djokovic In Cincinnati, Venus, Tsonga Fall; Federer, Murray, Serena Wednesday

After flaming out of Toronto last week to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in one of his worst career losses, Novak Djokovic began his quest for a first Cincinnati title with a shaky 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 second round win over Gilles Simon.

The World No. 1 who is trying to become the first player to win all nine Masters titles – only missing Cincinnati – was down a break in the first, blew a break lead in the second before finally putting away the …

Posted by Staff @ 11:17 pm in Cincinnati | 32 Comments »

August 12th, 2014

Doc Says Rafael Nadal’s Wrist Still Not 100%, A Final Decision On US Open To Come By Saturday

As scheduled, Rafael Nadal saw his doctor in Barcelona today and the news wasn’t bad nor was it good when the splint was removed from his right wrist. According to Marca, “The images showed what we expected to see. I am neither optimistic nor pessimistic, I’m realistic. Now begins the rehabilitation process and then see on the track,” said Nadal’s doctor, Angel Ruiz Cotorro, was quoted as saying via translation.

Nadal will now train the next few days without the …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 1:34 pm in Injuries, US Open | 68 Comments »

August 12th, 2014

U.S. College Tennis is Dead After Scoring Changes, Foreign Invasion

U.S. college tennis has been going downhill for a long time. Over the years the lack of leadership has seen the institution stand by twiddling its thumbs and saying “Things are Great!” while international players take over the sport at U.S. colleges, resulting in universities cutting men’s and women’s tennis programs.

If you have to cut a sport, why not the one with no cap on foreign players, comprised of almost all foreign players?

Now this week the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced …

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 10:19 am in American tennis, College Tennis, Tennis | 6 Comments »

August 11th, 2014

Isner, Seeds Cruise; Venus, Maria in Tues. Cincy Action

All three seeded men’s players in action defended their turf in early-round play on Monday at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

No. 11 seed John Isner, who suffered an early exit last week in Canada, overcame a tricky draw to defeat the big-serving South African Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-4.

“From the very beginning of the match, I was seeing the ball pretty well,” Isner said. “You never really know how you’re going to play until you get out there. From …

Posted by Staff @ 11:51 pm in Tennis | 18 Comments »

August 11th, 2014

Tennis Community Reacts To Passing Of Robin Williams

Comedian and actor Robin Williams passed away earlier today due to an apparent suicide. The 63-year-old touched many lives including those in the tennis community where he was a regular at the LA tennis event.

Andre Agassi (via Facebook): “Stefanie and I are saddened at the loss of our friend Robin Williams. He was one of the kindest, most generous people we have ever known. Our prayers are with his family and closest friends during this very sad and difficult time. …

Posted by Staff @ 10:50 pm in Social Media | 15 Comments »

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