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Del Potro Stuns Djokovic At Rio Olympics; Nadal, Murray Sharp In Wins

Posted by Staff on August 8th, 2016 @ 12:05 am

Novak Djokovic suffered his second shock in as many months. In July, Sam Querrey stunned the Serb in the Wimbledon third round. And tonight, Djokovic’s dream of a singles gold medal Olympic this year came to a crashing end at the powerful hands of Juan Martin del Potro.

The Argentine who a year ago was teetering on retirement, used his massive forehand to crack 29 of his 41 winners …

Kyrgios Ends Isner’s 3-Year ATP Atlanta Run in Final

Posted by Staff on August 7th, 2016 @ 10:36 pm

John Isner is the King of Atlanta no more.

Seeking to win a fourth straight Atlanta title on Sunday, the American was rebuffed in his homecountry by an Aussie as Nick Kyrgios won 7-6(3), 7-6(4) in the final of the BB&T Atlanta Open for his second career title.

“I knew it was going to be tough from the get-go,” said Kyrgios, who entered the match 0-2 career against Isner. “John is still …

Begu Has Rio Olympic Mojo After WTA Florianopolis Win; Duan 1st-Time Winner at Nanchung

Posted by Jeremy Davis on August 7th, 2016 @ 12:00 pm

Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu and China’s Duan Ying-Ying won WTA titles over the weekend as the top players geared-up for the Rio Olympics.

Duan won a career-first title at the Jiangxi Open with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 upset over No. 6 seed Vania King in Nanchung, China on Sunday.

“I’m very happy to win my first ever WTA singles title, especially with my low back injury and the hot weather here,” said Duan …

Frenchmen Tsonga, Monfils, Simon Advance in Rio; Djokovic, Nadal And Murray Sunday

Posted by Staff on August 7th, 2016 @ 12:19 am

The French had a good opening day in Rio with three players in the men’s field all advancing out of the first round.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga overcame trouble against Tunisian Malek Jaziri who served for the match in the second, to fight back and win 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.

“I was very concerned because I was thinking this may be my last Olympic Games,” said Tsonga. “The next one is in four years and …

Venus Flipped Out Of Rio Olympics; Serena, Kerber And Muguruza Sunday

Posted by Staff on August 7th, 2016 @ 12:02 am

On an upsetting opening day at the Rio Olympics, 4-time gold medalist and No. 5 seed Venus Williams was the big casualty falling to Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens in the first round 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5) in three hours, 13 minutes.

“My dream was to come to Rio, but to beat one of the greatest champions, that’s a second dream coming true,” Flipkens said after the match.

Flipkens, who was making her Olympic debut, …

Serena Williams Tough Road But Still Favorite at Rio Olympics; Preview

Posted by Jeremy Davis on August 5th, 2016 @ 2:12 pm

Like the Fed Cup on steroids, the Olympics lend themselves to greater and more frequent upsets as some players choke, and some player play well above their grade in the quest for gold, silver and bronze.

Here’s how the draw breaks down for the women’s 2016 Rio Olympics tennis singles:


Seeds: (1) Serena Williams, (6) Roberta Vinci, (11) Petra Kvitova, (15) Elina Svitolina

Floaters: Alize Cornet, Caroline Wozniacki

Notes: The world …

Rio Olympics Men’s Draw: Djokovic-Del Potro First Round, Murray Tries To Make History

Posted by Sean Randall on August 4th, 2016 @ 11:19 pm

The Olympics begin on Saturday and despite all the withdrawals, the draw still packs a punch. And right off the bat it’s a rematch of the 2012 bronze match between World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin Del Potro. Wow!

And that’s not all. Former gold medallists Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal both have tests. Murray meets Viktor Troicki while Nadal faces Federico Delbonis. OK, neither are true world beaters …

7 Things I Think I Once Thought About Tennis At The Olympics And Novak Djokovic

Posted by Sean Randall on August 3rd, 2016 @ 11:41 pm

On the eve of the draw, a few thoughts on the upcoming Olympic games and on its place in tennis and the favorites.

1. Does Tennis Belong In The Olympics?
I’m not 100% behind tennis being part of the Games. No one tunes into the Olympics exclusively for the tennis – no one I know of at least – because we see it and live it virtually every week of the year. …

Novak Djokovic Meets Michael Phelps In Rio, Whose Career Would You Want?

Posted by Sean Randall on August 3rd, 2016 @ 10:32 pm

The Olympics is upon us! And that means tennis stars mingling and oogling with other sporting stars. Such was the case earlier today when Novak Djokovic met 22-time gold medallist Michael Phelps.

Phelps x Djokovic, this team might be unbeatable at Water Tennis 💦🎾 (Photo @scottleightman)

— We Are Tennis (@WeAreTennis) August 3, 2016

So do you think if given the chance …

Andy Murray Disappointed Roger Federer And Stan Wawrinka Withdrew From The Rio Olympics

Posted by Tom Gainey on August 3rd, 2016 @ 11:18 am

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray will be joined by rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in the singles events, but Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka won’t be there, which disappoints the Scot.

“It was unfortunate with Roger [Federer] and Stan [Wawrinka]. They are two guys who are great players and capable of winning events like this,” Murray told ESPN. “It is a shame they aren’t here, but it is still a …

Rafael Nadal Confirms He Will Play Singles At The Rio Olympics

Posted by Tom Gainey on August 3rd, 2016 @ 11:09 am

Rafael Nadal confirmed that he will play singles at the Olympics in Rio which begin on Saturday. Nadal had been nursing an injured left wrist which led to speculation the former 2008 gold medallist would be unable to play in the singles. But Tuesday, Nadal announced he would play in singles as well as doubles, and possible in mixed.

“The team and I decided that I am going to play,” said …

Stan Wawrinka Is The Latest To Withdraw From The Olympics

Posted by Staff on August 2nd, 2016 @ 2:30 pm

With a lack of points, questionable conditions and health concerns, the Olympics continue to lose players. Today, Stan Wawrinka officially withdrew from the Rio games due to a back injury.

“I am very sad because after Beijing and London I would have liked to experience my third Olympic Games in Brazil,” Wawrinka said. “Unfortunately that will now not be possible.”

Wawrinka and Roger Federer, who also withdrew, won doubles gold in …

Uncle Toni: Rafael Nadal To Make Rio Olympics Decision Today

Posted by Tom Gainey on August 2nd, 2016 @ 10:08 am

Rafael Nadal is already in Rio but questions linger about the former gold medallists’s participation. After practice yesterday, Nadal was seeing leaving the court with an ice pack on the injured left rest.

And later, Uncle Toni said a decision would be made on Tuesday on what events, if any, Nadal would play.

“His wrist is much better. We try to train normally. We played at a good level, with great intensity,” …

Novak Djokovic Says He Couldn’t Ask For A Better Start To The Hardcourt Season, Hints He Might Not Play Cincinnati

Posted by Tom Gainey on August 1st, 2016 @ 1:14 pm

Novak Djokovic shook off a disappointing Wimbledon loss to Sam Querrey by coming into a congested summer hardcourt season fresher and better prepared, and so far so good after his 30th Masters title yesterday at the Roger Cup in Toronto beating Kei Nishikori 76(2), 63.

“Everything in life happens for a reason,” Djokovic said Sunday. “The fact that I have lost in the first week of Wimbledon allowed me …

Injured, Rusty Djokovic Beats Nishikori for Rogers Cup Title; Rio Olympics Next

Posted by Jeremy Davis on July 31st, 2016 @ 11:54 pm

Novak Djokovic — rusty, aggravated, injured — is far and away the best player in the world.

The world No. 1 showed poor footwork, a strange lack of balance, shrouded injury, and a lot of rust in his first tournament since Wimbledon. In the absence of world No. 2 Andy Murray and injured former No. 1s Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, he still ambled across the finish line, in the final …