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Following Left Wrist Surgery, Madison Keys Is Out Of The Australian Open

Posted by Tom Gainey on December 24th, 2016 @ 10:07 am

Madison Keys pulled out of the Australian Open Thursday after undergoing left wrist surgery, the American star said on social media. She, however, added that she will re-join with former coach Lindsay Davenport.

“Good (actually, AMAZING!) news is that Lindsay Davenport will be my coach again,” Keys wrote on Facebook. “I am very excited about working with Lindsay again as she’s helped me reach great results in the past and we …

Roger Federer Does A Periscope Q&A: My Knee Issues Are Long Gone [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on December 22nd, 2016 @ 3:15 pm

Post-practice, Roger Federer did a video Q&A with his fans. Some of the highlights:

Federer revealed his post-workout routine – see the kids, take a shower, eat later.

Federer said he plans on playing Miami and Brisbane remains an “option” after the Hopman Cup. But he’s not sure of his clay court schedule.

Federer says to keep healthy he tries to sleep and eat healthy, though not always easy.

Federer says he has no …

Roger Federer Driving To Practice, Hoping He Can Get A Parking Spot [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on December 22nd, 2016 @ 3:00 pm

On his way to his practice, Roger Federer updated his fans what has been happening.

Watch Roger Federer’s Periscope Practice Today From Dubai [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on December 22nd, 2016 @ 2:55 pm

Roger Federer live streamed his practice today from Dubai. Federer used Periscope as the broadcast vehicle, and the production was very, very sleek with audio, different video angles, ect.

Federer hit for a half hour or so with fellow Dubai resident Lucas Pouille. And the Swiss showed no issues with the knee.

Here’s his practice if you missed it:

Roger Federer Doing Push-Ups [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on December 22nd, 2016 @ 2:50 pm

Roger Federer can also do push-ups! From his live practice video this morning on periscope.

That was a tough practise for Roger #Federer this morning! 😝 (Vidéo @rogerfederer) pic.twitter.com/k9qjExneHl

— We Are Tennis (@WeAreTennis) December 22, 2016

Juan Martin Del Potro Might Skip The Australian Open: I Might Not Be Fit Enough

Posted by Tom Gainey on December 21st, 2016 @ 12:34 pm

According to reports, Juan Martin del Potro might play the Australian Open and the lead up event in Auckland where his 2017 season is set to begin.

“If I’m being smart, I know that I have 15 days of practice left for Australia and for my first tournament [ASB Classic], and that’s a goal I’m not going to make,” del Potro told AAP.

Adding from Reuters, the Argentine isn’t in …

Petra Kvitova Undergoes 3-Hour, 45-Minute Surgery To Repair Left Hand, Will Be Out Indefinitely

Posted by Staff on December 20th, 2016 @ 4:50 pm

Injured trying to defend herself from a random burglar this morning, Petra Kvitova underwent nearly four hours of surgery to repair her left playing hand which was several damaged during the break-in.

In a statement from her camp, the surgery is said to have gone well however the 2-time Wimbledon champion will miss at least three months of play, likely a lot longer.

“Petra has undergone surgery for three hours and …

Victoria Azarenka Announces Birth Of Baby Boy

Posted by Tom Gainey on December 20th, 2016 @ 10:20 am

Victoria Azarenka is now a mother. The former No. 1 announced that she has given birth to a baby boy.

Today I had my hardest fight and my very best victory! Our son was born healthy and happy! So thankful and blessed! Thank you 🙏🏻❤ pic.twitter.com/zsoFRivnvQ

— victoria azarenka (@vika7) December 20, 2016

Azarenka did not provide any further details on the baby. …

Support From Tennis Community Pours In For Petra Kvitova

Posted by Tom Gainey on December 20th, 2016 @ 10:11 am

After hearing the awful news of this morning’s attack on Petra Kvitova, several players have already taken to social media to offer their support for the injured Czech star.

You can tell Kvitova is very well liked and regarded among her peers.

@Petra_Kvitova It's horrible and terrifying reading you Petra… I'm sending you all my love and support to overcome this difficult period.

— Kristina Mladenovic …

Petra Kvitova Severely Injures Left Hand During Home Invasion Attack

Posted by Tom Gainey on December 20th, 2016 @ 10:01 am

In disturbing news out of the Czech Republic, 2-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was injured during an invasion at her home in Prostejov.

Kvitova wrote on social media after revealing her hand was severely injured by the knife-wielding intruder, but that she’s ok.

“Thank you for all your heartwarming messages,” Kvitova wrote on Facebook. “As you may have already heard, today I was attacked in my apartment by an individual with a …

Milos Raonic To Name Richard Krajicek As His Next Coach

Posted by Tom Gainey on December 19th, 2016 @ 4:38 pm

After parting with Carlos Moya a few weeks ago, Milos Raonic is reportedly set to name Richard Krajicek as his next coach, that according to the London Times.

Krajicek, who won Wimbledon in 1996, and Raonic possess similar games, with big serves, big forehands and near perfect hair.

Krajicek had a 1-handed backhand and like Raonic, wasn’t a great mover. The Dutchman retired in 2003 with 17 career titles and …

Andy Murray Wins BBC’s 2016 Sports Personality Of The Year, But Wife Kim Didn’t Vote For Him? [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on December 19th, 2016 @ 4:29 pm

Andy Murray took home top honors winning BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year for 2016 for a third time.

“I’d like to thank everyone who voted,” Murray said in a video message. “I really appreciate your support. And I’d like to thank my team – they make a lot of sacrifices for me; they’re away form their family at times of the year like this.”

Murray joked wife Kim didn’t vote for …

Will Carlos Moya Really Add Anything To Rafael Nadal’s Game?

Posted by Sean Randall on December 19th, 2016 @ 12:08 pm

Well, finally, Rafael Nadal has a new voice in his camp. In Carlos Moya, Nadal gets a fellow Mallorcan who’s a former No. 1, former Grand Slam champion and who’s got a proven record of making a different – he just led Milos Raonic to the No. 3 ranking.

Honestly, I’m all for it and I applaud Rafa for opening up to new ideas. I think he realized he’s not …

Rafael Nadal Has Added Carlos Moya To His Coaching Team

Posted by Staff on December 17th, 2016 @ 10:12 am

Rafael Nadal has finally made a big move on the coaching front. The Spaniard who’s been with his uncle, Toni Nadal, will have another strong voice in camp after adding fellow Mallorcan Carlos Moya.

“I am very excited to announce that Carlos Moya will join my team immediately and working together with Toni and Francis Roig,” Nadal said in a statement on Saturday. “To have someone like Carlos, who is not …

John McEnroe: Roger Federer And Rafael Nadal, You Can’t Imagine Them Playing Two More Years!

Posted by Staff on December 16th, 2016 @ 7:44 pm

John McEnroe was on New York radio earlier this week promoting a senior tennis stop. Always opinionated, McEnroe hit on a variety of topics including the changing landscape of men’s tennis.

“There’s a void that’s about to occur because of what’s happened with Federer and Nadal,” McEnroe told WFAN’s Marc Malusis on Tuesday. “I mean, they’re at the end, right? You can’t imagine them going on more than a year …