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October 15th, 2014

Report: Rafael Nadal Will Have Surgery After Paris, Will Not Play In London Finals [Video]

According to a new report from IB3, Rafael Nadal will not play in the year-end ATP Finals. The World No. 3 will still play Basel then Paris, but then have surgery to remove his inflamed appendix at the start of November.

The timing of the surgery will give Nadal a full 6-8 weeks of recovery before the Australian Open and the start of the new season. If true, Nadal’s withdrawal also would bolster the hopes of Andy Murray’s qualification.

Nadal is expected …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:57 am in ATP Finals | 112 Comments »

October 14th, 2014

UPDATE: Juan Martin Del Potro’s 2014 Season Is Over

Juan Martin del Potro has decided to officially end his 2014 season. There was some hope the Argentine would return to Basel to defend his 2013 title, but he announced earlier today that he will make his comeback fresh at the start of 2015.

“I’m training well, but the recovery from the wrist surgery is slow and I’m still not ready to be in the competitive level that allows me to face the best players in the last two tournaments …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 12:43 pm in Injuries | 9 Comments »

October 14th, 2014

Juan Martin Del Potro Will Decide Soon If He’ll Defend His Basel Title

According to a DPA report, Juan Martin del Potro still could play next week in Basel where the Argentine is the defending champion.

Del Potro has been sidelined since March after undergoing surgery on his left wrist. The 26-year-old is said to be weighing the option of coming back for Basel and Paris or simply making a fresh return at the start of 2015.

Del Potro is currently ranked No. 29. Basel begins next Monday so his decision on the …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:40 am in Injuries | 4 Comments »

October 14th, 2014

Robin Soderling Still Wants To Play Tennis, But For Now He’ll Help Run The Stockholm Open

It’s been over three years since Robin Soderling last played on the ATP. Now 30, still fighting mono, Soderling hopes to one day return to the sport he loved, the one that saw him twice reach the French Open final, and the one that saw him beat Rafael Nadal on those same Roland Garros clay courts in 2009.

With the Stockholm Open this week, Soderling is back in the news by helping the tournament become a success. In an …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:24 am in Injuries | 15 Comments »

October 14th, 2014

Tomas Berdych’s Next Coach Won’t Be Ivan Lendl

Tomas Berdych has expressed interest in having Ivan Lendl as his coach since his countryman left Andy Murray. But unfortunately for Berdych, Lendl isn’t available.

I had a great time talking about tennis with Ivan Lendl today. Result? Ivan would like to help me, but he is too busy…

— Tomáš Berdych (@tomasberdych) October 13, 2014

Berdych talked about working with Lendl at Wimbledon, and mentioned him again at the US Open last month. “Well, I …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:51 am in Coaching | 7 Comments »

October 13th, 2014

Britney Spears To Play Andy Murray’s Girlfriend In Movie About The Tennis Star? [Video]

In a hilarious promotion for Stand Up To Cancer, several stars tried out for the role of playing Andy Murray in a movie about the tennis star.

Pop sensations Pharrell and Britney Spears were among the celebs who went through “casting”, with Britney trying to win the role of Murray’s girlfriend, Kim Sears.

After Terry Wogan’s attempt to capture Murray, the movie’s director, Richard Ayoade, remarked to Andy, “It was flat, it was unengaging.”

Murray dryly responds, “Well I agree, yes. That’s …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:21 am in Videos | 6 Comments »

October 13th, 2014

Roger Federer Leads The Tour This Year In Several Statistical Categories [Chart]

After a disappointing 2013 season, few would have expected Roger Federer to rebound this year the way he has. Entering the last month of the season, the now 33-year-old Federer is best in several key ATP categories.

As of October 13, Roger Federer leads all ATP players this season in…
* Match wins (61)
* Hard court wins (45)
* Outdoor wins (56)
* Final appearances (9)
* Semifinal appearances (11)
* Top 10 wins (13)
* ATP Masters 1000 wins (26)

With three tournaments still on his …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:06 am in Charts, Fall Season | 8 Comments »

October 13th, 2014

Go Figure, Rafael Nadal Got Hit In The Head By A Golf Ball [Video]

One of Rafael Nadal’s favorite hobbies is playing golf. When Nadal is not on the tennis court or out fishing, like many players he loves playing the peaceful game of golf. But it’s also dangerous, especially for Rafa.

Nadal, who get criticized for being injury prone, was hit in the head by an errant ball during a recent round of golf in Mallorca. The strike left the former No. 1 with a mild case of amnesia, or at least that’s what …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:41 am in Videos | 5 Comments »

October 12th, 2014

ATP/WTA Previews: Murray Looking for Vienna Points

KREMLIN CUP
Moscow, Russia; Surface: hard

Men’s Seeds: Milos Raonic, Marin Cilic, Ernests Gulbis, Fabio Fognini, Roberto Bautista Agut, Tommy Robredo, Mikhail Youzhny, Andreas Seppi

Men’s Floaters: none

Men’s Notes: The top-seeded Raonic is making his first appearance at the event…Not a deep field with players outside the Top 100 receiving direct entry…Wildcards went to Russians Andrey Rublev, Karen Khachanov and Evgeny Donskoy…Raonic after a bye will open against a qualifier…Returning former champs in the field are Seppi (2012) and Youzhny (2009).

Women’s Seeds: …

Posted by Staff @ 1:32 pm in Tennis | 7 Comments »

October 12th, 2014

Federer, Pliskova, Riske, Stosur Win ATP/WTA Titles

Federer Wins 1st Shanghai Title, Rises to No. 2

Roger Federer made good on his semifinal victory over world No. 1 Novak Djokovic a day earlier, in the Sunday final defeating unseeded Gilles Simon 7-6(6), 7-6(2) for his career-first Shanghai Rolex Masters crown.

“It makes me very happy winning here because this tournament means a lot to me,” said Federer, who will rise to No. 2 in the ATP Rankings. “I’ve always enjoyed coming here. I’ve come close a couple of times, …

Posted by Staff @ 12:28 pm in Tennis | 5 Comments »


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ATP - Oct 27 WTA - Oct 27
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Rafael Nadal3 Simona Halep
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Petra Kvitova
5 Tomas Berdych5 Ana Ivanovic
6 David Ferrer6 Agnieszka Radwanska
7 Kei Nishikori7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 Andy Murray8 Caroline Wozniacki
9 Marin Cilic9 Na Li
10 Milos Raonic10 Angelique Kerber
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