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April 9th, 2015

Del Potro Withdraws From Monte Carlo; Kyrgios, Gasquet Also Out

A trio of withdrawals hit the Monte Carlo Masters event this week. Juan Martin del Potro said his left wrist is still not ready for action. The Argentine, who returned at Miami last month, will skip the Monte Carlo event to continue his left wrist rehab, according to Argentine media.

A back issue will continue to keep Richard Gasquet from the tennis courts. And Nick Kyrgios will also miss Monte Carlo due to the ankle he sprained last month at …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:10 am in Monte Carlo | 12 Comments »

April 9th, 2015

Upsets Hit Charleston: Bouchard, Stephens, Stosur Lose; Makarova Withdraws

It was an upsetting day if you were a tournament favorite at Charleston. While Madison Keys advanced into the third round of the first WTA clay stop this spring, a host of top names departed in the second round.

Top seed and wildcard Genie Bouchard’s struggles continued as the Wimbledon finalist was sent off by Lauren Davis 6-3, 6-1.

“I obviously hate losing but I’m not going to be too hard on myself,” Bouchard said. “I know I’ve not been feeling like …

Posted by Staff @ 9:12 am in Charleston | 6 Comments »

April 8th, 2015

Let’s Hold Off On The Rafael Nadal Panic… For Now

Oh no, Rafael Nadal is now No. 5 in the ATP Rankings. PANIC!! At least that’s what the internet’s been telling me, that his career is over. Even this site posted the note about the fall.

For the first time in a few years, Nadal has in fact dropped out of the Top 4 this week. But really, so what.

Unlike years past, this season Nadal can actually make up a lot of points on the clay leading up to the …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 5:15 pm in Clay Season | 54 Comments »

April 7th, 2015

Caroline Wozniacki Played Tennis With Barack Obama, Then Went With JJ Watt To The NCAA Title Game [Video]

What a Monday for Caroline Wozniacki. The former No. 1 was at the White House yesterday for the traditional Easter egg roll. And she even got some tennis in with President Barack Obama.

“Enjoyed my match today, thank you Mr President! @BarackObama @whitehouse #EasterEggRoll,” Wozniacki tweeted.

The fun wasn’t over then. The Dane got on a jet and headed to Indianapolis where she joined NFL football star JJ Watt to his Wisconsin Badgers lose to the Duke …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:49 am in Videos | 4 Comments »

April 6th, 2015

Andy Murray Is Still Winless v Big Three Since His 2013 Wimbledon Title

The losses to the Big 3 continue to pile up for Andy Murray. After yesterday’s loss to Novak Djokovic in the Miami Open final, Murray has now lost his last 12 matches to the Big 3 (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Djokovic) since his win over the Serb in the 2013 Wimbledon final, winning just 5 sets in those 12 matches.

Not long after his triumphant win at Wimbledon, Murray underwent back surgery in September of that year. But since, he …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:01 am in Charts | 44 Comments »

April 6th, 2015

Novak Djokovic Equals Rafael Nadal’s Weeks At No. 1

In addition to winning his 5th Miami Open title yesterday, Novak Djokovic hit another milestone in the last 24 hours. Djokovic, who’s been the ATP’s No. 1 since July 7, is now tied with rival Rafael Nadal at 141 weeks on top of the rankings.

With Nadal now ranked No. 5 and out of the No. 1 mix for the near future, Djokovic’s next target is John McEnroe at 170 weeks. He could reach McnEnroe if he stays on top …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:09 am in Rankings | 281 Comments »

April 6th, 2015

Novak Djokovic Slams Ballkid During Miami Final, Issues Apology Afterward [Video]

During his win yesterday over Andy Murray in the Miami final, Novak Djokovic lashed into a ballkid who was trying to give the World No. 1 towel.

The incident occurred just after the second set which was won by Murray 64.

Chair umpire Damien Dumusois reprimanded the new father for his actions on the changeover.

Hours after the match, Djokovic issued an apology for his outburst toward the ballboy.

“I want to reflect on …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:54 am in Miami, Videos | 198 Comments »

April 6th, 2015

Novak Djokovic Wins 5th Miami Open, Continues Domination Of Andy Murray

Novak Djokovic continued his domination of Andy Murray, besting his rival and good friend 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-0 to win his 5th Miami Open title and 7th straight match over the Scot.

“It was just a physical battle between the two of us that play similar game,” said Djokovic after his 10th straight Masters final win. “We haven’t served that well, so we haven’t had that many free points, as a matter of fact. With first or second serves, we needed to …

Posted by Staff @ 9:10 am in Miami | 7 Comments »

April 5th, 2015

WTA Previews: No Williamses in Charleston; Aggie in Poland

The 2015 WTA claycourt season kicks off in Charleston with the Premier-level Family Circle Cup, and the not-so-premier Katowice Open in Poland. Top 10ers Aggie Radwanska, Eugenie Bouchard, Ekaterina Makarova, Andrea Petkovic are in action, here’s a look at the two fields:

FAMILY CIRCLE CUP
Charleston, S.C., USA; Surface: clay

Seeds: Eugenie Bouchard, Ekaterina Makarova, Andrea Petkovic, Sara Errani, Angelique Kerber, Jelena Jankovic, Madison Keys, Caroline Garcia, Samantha Stosur, Varvara Lepchenko, Zarina Diyas, Belinda Bencic, Irina-Camelia Begu, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Mona Barthel, Heather Watson

Floaters: …

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 2:30 pm in ATP, Charleston, Clay Season, Katowice, Tennis, WTA | 3 Comments »

April 4th, 2015

ATP Previews: Isner in Houston, Ugly in Casablanca

The 2015 clay court season on the ATP World Tour kicks off with low-key events in Houston and Casablanca, featuring American No. 1 John Isner, former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, and more Spaniards than you can shake a stick at. Here’s a look:

FAYEZ SAROFIM & CO. U.S. MEN’S CLAY COURT CHAMPIONSHIP
Houston, Texas, U.S.A.; Surface: clay

Seeds: Feliciano Lopez, Roberto Bautista Agut, Kevin Anderson, John Isner, Santiago Giraldo, Fernando Verdasco, Jeremy Chardy, Sam Querrey

Floaters: Marinko Matosevic, Jack Sock

Notes: No Top 10 …

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 7:34 pm in ATP, Casablanca, Houston, Tennis | 3 Comments »


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ATP - Apr 20 WTA - Apr 20
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Andy Murray3 Simona Halep
4 Rafael Nadal4 Petra Kvitova
5 Kei Nishikori5 Caroline Wozniacki
6 Milos Raonic6 Ana Ivanovic
7 Tomas Berdych7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 David Ferrer8 Ekaterina Makarova
9 Marin Cilic9 Agnieszka Radwanska
10 Stan Wawrinka10 C. Suarez Navarro
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