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April 3rd, 2014

Here’s Video Of Maria Sharapova On The Beach In A Bikini

After a humbling loss to Serena Williams last week in Miami, WTA superstar Maria Sharapova went on vacation. And Tuesday the bikini-clad blonde beauty was spotted well off the tennis court walking on the beach in Cancun, Mexico.

Can you hear the cameras clicking? How’d they even know it was her? Where was boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov?

After returning from shoulder surgery, the 26-year-old finished the first three months of the season without a title and ranking of No. 9….

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:28 am in Videos | 18 Comments »

April 3rd, 2014

Federer Practices With Wawrinka For Davis Cup, And A Happy Fan Gets A Selfie With Roger [Video]

In preparation for their upcoming tie with Kazakhstan this weekend, Swiss friends and teammates Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka shared a practice court Wednesday in Geneva.

The two Swiss stars anchor a team that could run the table to the end.

After the hit, some of the 2,000 fans who turned out for the practice got a chance to grab “Selfies” with their heroes.

Watch the end of the video for a sample of life after getting a selfie with Federer….

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:14 am in Davis Cup, Videos | 5 Comments »

April 3rd, 2014

Rafael Nadal: I Know I Can’t Play Forever But I Hope To Play For Many More Years

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal previewed the upcoming clay season as part of a promo from the Barcelona event later this month.

“I really look forward to the clay season and want to do well. I hope to play well at the first tournament in Monte Carlo,” said Nadal.

Nadal, who handily lost to rival Novak Djokovic Sunday in Miami, says he’s pleased with his season thus far, but knows he missed a big chance in Australia.

“The season is going well, …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:55 am in Clay Season | 92 Comments »

April 2nd, 2014

Exhausted Serena Crashes Out Of Charleston To Cepelova

Top seed and top ranked Serena Williams crashed out of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston on Tuesday night. The recent Miami champion complained an exhaustion after a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Slovak Jana Cepelova.

“I actually made the turnaround really, really well,” Serena said of going from the Miami hardcourts to the clay in South Caroline. “I’m really just dead. I need some weeks off where I don’t think about tennis and can kind of regroup. I’ve had a long …

Posted by Staff @ 10:45 am in Clay Season | 10 Comments »

April 1st, 2014

Poll: Who’ll Dominate On The Dirt? Will Nadal Resume His Reign Or Can Djokovic Breakthrough In Paris?

The clay season starts in a week, so let’s ask the tough question, who’ll come out on top when the tour turns red?

Rafael Nadal is the head-and-shoulders favorite. He’s the standard bearer, but Novak Djokovic has beaten him three straight times and nearly ended his French reign last year. So can Nadal be toppled?

A look at the favorites:

Rafael Nadal
The case for…
* 8-time French Open champion and the King of Clay, no one is close, etc, etc, etc
* Healthy again (knees, …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 11:47 am in Clay Season, French Open | 168 Comments »

April 1st, 2014

April Fools? Andy Murray Announces On Twitter He’ll Name A New Coach On Wednesday

Two weeks after his split with Ivan Lendl, Andy Murray announced on twitter today that he’ll announce a new coach tomorrow.

And 2 avoid confusion like last time i will be announcing my new coach tomorrow #pumped

— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) April 1, 2014

Last week, Murray asked his twitter fans for help in choosing the Lendl replacement. “If you could choose anyone to be your tennis coach who would you want it to be?” …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:23 am in Coaching | 4 Comments »

March 31st, 2014

Rafael Nadal: Playing Against Djokovic Is The Worst Thing That Can Happen To Me

Rafael Nadal’s struggled continued against Novak Djokovic on Sunday, losing to the Serb 63, 63 in the Miami Sony Open final.

Nadal, who’s now a 4-time runner-up at the event, has lost three straight to Djokovic and falls to 7-14 in their hardcourt head-to-head.

Rafa said Djokovic takes control very early in the points, and from there it’s tough for him to gain an advantage.

“He was able to find the right spot, the right position that was …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:58 am in Clay Season, Miami | 178 Comments »

March 31st, 2014

Novak Djokovic: Because Of Rafa And Roger, I Am What I Am Today

After his big win yesterday over Rafael Nadal to win a fourth Miami Sony Open, Novak Djokovic credit the Spaniard and Roger Federer with pushing his game to the limits.

“I think challenges, big challenges that I had in my career changed me in a positive way as a player,” Dokovic said on Sunday. “Because of Rafa and because of Roger I am what I am today, you know, in a way, because when I reached the No. 3 in the …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:41 am in Miami | 44 Comments »

March 31st, 2014

Novak Djokovic Now Leads The 2014 ATP Rankings

Congrats to Novak Djokovic fans. The Miami title didn’t just put him ahead of Andre Agassi with 18 career Masters 1000 titles, but it also vaulted him to first place in the 2014 ATP Ranking, a spot Stanislas Wawrinka has held every week since his Australian Open title.

Miami and Australian Open finalist Rafael Nadal is second followed by the Swiss duo of Wawrinka and Roger Federer.

Djokovic is still ranked No. 2 in the 52-week ranking …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:32 am in Rankings | 13 Comments »

March 30th, 2014

WTA Previews: Serena Goes for 3 in a Row at Charleston

Family Circle Cup
Charleston, S.C.; Surface: clay

Seeds: Serena Williams, Jelena Jankovic, Sara Errani, Sabine Lisicki, Sloane Stephens, Eugenie Bouchard, Samantha Stosur, Sorana Cirstea, Lucie Safarova, Maria Kirilenko, Venus Williams, Daniela Hantuchova, Elena Vesnina, Andrea Petkovic, Madison Keys, Zhang Shuai

Floaters: (Q) Belinda Bencic

Notes: Serena is shooting for her third Charleston title in a row…Surprising lack of floaters…(10) Maria Kirilenko vs. (Q) Bencic could be interesting…Wildcards went to Melanie Oudin, Nadia Petrova, and Shelby Rogers…Qualifying to the main draw were Swiss Belinda …

Posted by Staff @ 11:12 pm in Tennis | No Comments »


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ATP - Apr 21 WTA - Apr 21
1 Rafael Nadal1 Serena Williams
2 Novak Djokovic2 Na Li
3 Stanislas Wawrinka3 Agnieszka Radwanska
4 Roger Federer4 Victoria Azarenka
5 David Ferrer5 Simona Halep
6 Tomas Berdych6 Petra Kvitova
7 Juan Martin Del Potro7 Angelique Kerber
8 Andy Murray8 Jelena Jankovic
9 Milos Raonic9 Maria Sharapova
10 John Isner10 Dominika Cibulkova
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