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June 22nd, 2015

Andy Murray Says He’s Better Now Than When He Won Wimbledon In 2013

After his fourth Queen’s title yesterday, Andy Murray says he’s playing better tennis now than when he won Wimbledon in 2013.

“I think you just have to improve,” said Murray after a 63, 64 win over Kevin Anderson. “Otherwise I wouldn’t still be in the same position. I was ranked, I don’t know, 3, 4 in the world around that time and I’m still there just now. Sport and life and everything moves on. If you don’t continue to improve and …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:04 am in Queens | 112 Comments »

June 22nd, 2015

Sick Petra Kvitova Has Withdrawn From Eastbourne

Petra Kvitova will go into her Wimbledon title defense next week without any grass court preparation. The 2-time Wimbledon champion announced today that she has pulled out of the Eastbourne grass tune-up due to a viral illness.

“I have a sore throat. I have to stay in bed, drink tea and rest,” she said. “I didn’t feel well when I came here last Thursday, I had to make this decision.

“I hope to be fine for Wimbledon. I’ll stay here in Eastbourne …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:54 am in Grass season | 4 Comments »

June 22nd, 2015

Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic To Play The Boodles Exo This Week

Former champions Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will appear at The Boodles exo event in London this week. The exo runs Tuesday through Saturday on Stoke Park’s grass courts.

“We are delighted to have received the phone call from Rafa which just adds to an already excellent line-up,” said tournament head Patricio Apey. “We are happy to do whatever we can to help Rafa finalise his Wimbledon preparations here at The Boodles 2015.”

Both players enter the event off losses in their …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:47 am in Exhibitions, Grass season | 37 Comments »

June 22nd, 2015

ATP/WTA Previews: Kvitova, Woz in Eastbourne

Aegon Open Nottingham
Nottingham, England; Surface: Grass

Seeds: David Ferrer, Gilles Simon, Feliciano Lopez, Leonardo Mayer, Pablo Cuevas, Viktor Troicki, Dominic Thiem, Adrian Mannarino, Juan Monaco, Martin Klizan, Pablo Andujar, Sam Querrey, Thomaz Bellucci, Joao Sousa, Andreas Seppi, Jiri Vesely

Floaters: Marcos Baghdatis

Notes: Tough draws go to (1) Ferrer after a bye potentially vs. Baghdatis…Wildcards went to Brits Kyle Edmund and James Ward, American Taylor Harry Fritz, and German Alexander Zverev…The slew of players pulling from the event were Benjamin Becker, Julien Benneteau, …

Posted by Staff @ 1:30 am in Tennis | No Comments »

June 21st, 2015

Federer, Murray, Kerber Claim ATP/WTA Titles on Grass

Federer Makes it 8 Career Titles at Halle

World No. 2 Roger Federer topped Andreas Seppi 7-6(1), 6-4 on Sunday in the final of the Gerry Webber Open, gaining some Wimbledon momentum with an 8th career grass court title in Halle, Germany.

“I think that I did very well here in the tiebreaks,” said Federer, who improved to 12-1 career against Seppi. “I served well which you have to on the grass…I think one big secret on grass is when to hit …

Posted by Staff @ 2:48 pm in Tennis | 26 Comments »

June 20th, 2015

Federer Fights Off Karlovic, Faces Seppi In Halle Final; Anderson To Play Murray Or Troicki For Queen’s Title

Roger Federer ran the Ivo Karlovic serve gauntlet and escaped with a narrow 7-6(3), 7-6(4) victory over the Croat.

“It comes down to a shot here or there,” said Federer. “We are both mentally prepared. We’ve played so many breakers against one another and I think he was better in the set in the first set, I was better in the breaker. I guess I deserved it because I stayed calm. And in the second set probably I was better throughout …

Posted by Staff @ 2:00 pm in Halle, Queens | 107 Comments »

June 20th, 2015

Watch Rafael Nadal Juggle Tennis Balls With His Feet – He’s Pretty Good! [Video]

During a practice the week at Queen’s, Rafael Nadal dropped his trusty racquet in favor of his feet to hit the tennis balls. And the results were quite good.

See for yourself:

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:31 am in Videos | 5 Comments »

June 20th, 2015

Poll: Who Has The Best Serve In Tennis? Milos Raonic Says It’s Him!

The question was posed yesterday to Milos Raonic, who has the best serve in tennis, and the Canadian replied, it was him.

“I believe myself,” he responded. “(My serve) takes me a long way. I think the serve is not only about what necessarily you can do with the serve but it’s how you step up. If you look at results, numbers besides names, I think my serve has carried me a pretty long way.”

Raonic has used that serve to make …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:20 am in Polls | 14 Comments »

June 20th, 2015

Milos Raonic Is In Favor Of An NBA-Style 25-Second Shot Clock

Milos Raonic agrees that the inconsistency in the application of the 25-second serve rule is an issue in tennis, and he would like to make it as black and white as possible.

Speaking after a 3-set loss yesterday in the Queen’s quarterfinals to Gilles Simon, the Canadian wasn’t against the idea of a 25 second shot clock to monitor time between serves.

“We have a 25‑second rule,” Raonic said. “Everybody plays within the same guidelines, and there are some moments that I …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:06 am in ATP | 24 Comments »

June 19th, 2015

Murray Wins In Three At Queen’s; Ace King Karlovic Takes On Federer In Halle

Andy Murray overcame a first set blip to defeat Gilles Muller 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-4 to advanced to the Queen’s Club semifinals.

“It’s always tough when you’re behind, and I wasn’t getting many chances on his serve; it was a bit frustrating,” said Murray. “In the second set I was holding my service games well but wasn’t able to get the breakthrough. Definitely towards the end I started to relax more and return better and played some really good tennis at …

Posted by Staff @ 5:10 pm in Halle, Queens | 38 Comments »

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ATP - Jun 29 WTA - Jun 29
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Petra Kvitova
3 Andy Murray3 Simona Halep
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Maria Sharapova
5 Kei Nishikori5 Caroline Wozniacki
6 Tomas Berdych6 Lucie Safarova
7 David Ferrer7 Ana Ivanovic
8 Milos Raonic8 Ekaterina Makarova
9 Marin Cilic9
10 Rafael Nadal10 Angelique Kerber
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