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Roger Federer Explained In November Why So Many Top Players Are Injured: They Are Old!

Posted by Tom Gainey on January 3rd, 2018 @ 10:38 am

With so many of the top players in the men’s game wounded and ailing, it’s worthwhile to go back a couple months to here from Roger Federer on why this is happening. And the Swiss gave the best explanation: It’s that the tour is so much older now.

Federer speaking at the ATP Finals in London:

Shave 10 years of our age, and we probably will do better.

A lot of the guys …

Milos Raonic Heavily Disappointed In Comeback Loss To Alex De Minaur

Posted by Special on January 3rd, 2018 @ 10:11 am

Milos Raonic fell short in his comeback match earlier today in Brisbane. In his first match in three months, the former Brisbane champion was stunned by 18-year-old Alex de Minaur 64, 64.

“I am heavily disappointed,” said Raonic. “I was hoping to do better.

“It’s normal, you don’t expect to have everything clicking, you expect to go out there and have to fight and hopefully put things together, and I wasn’t able …

Novak Djokovic Will Travel To Australia, Confirms 2 Exo Events…Hope?

Posted by Tom Gainey on January 3rd, 2018 @ 9:59 am

A glimmer of hope for fans of Novak Djokovic. Following a withdrawal from desert events in Abu Dhabi and Doha, the Serb has entered the Kooyong exhibition next week and confirmed his participation at next Wednesday’s Tiebreak Tens event, both in Melbourne.

Does this mean his ailing elbow will be ready for best-of-5 in Melbourne in less than two weeks? We’ll see.

Andy Murray Withdraws From Brisbane, Considers Hip Surgery

Posted by Tom Gainey on January 2nd, 2018 @ 9:30 am

Bad news for Andy Murray. The Scot who lifted hopes by playing a set last week in Abu Dhabi then showing up in Brisbane, had to withdraw from Brisbane due to his hip.

In a heartfelt Instagram post, Murray revealed that after five months off tour, surgery is an option.

Hey everyone.. Just wanted to write a little message on here for anyone interested in what in going through right now.

Firstly I …

January Off Topic Thread

Posted by Staff on January 1st, 2018 @ 10:10 am

Non tennis posts here.

Cilic, Anderson Headlines ATP India Stop in Pune; Preview

Posted by Staff on December 31st, 2017 @ 2:57 pm

Marin Cilic is the Top 10 representative leading the field of the ATP World Tour tournament that in 2018 makes the move from Chennai to Pune in India.

Roberto Bautista Agut will defend his title against the two-time top-seeded winner Cilic.

Here’s a look at the field:

PUNE, India; Surface: hard

Seeds: Marin Cilic, Kevin Anderson, Roberto Bautista Agut, Benoit Paire, Robin Haase, Jiri Vesely, Mikhail Kukushkin, Pierre-Hugues Herbert

Floaters: Gilles Simon

Notes: The …

Djokovic Withdrawal Leaves Thiem in Charge at ATP Doha; Preview

Posted by Staff on December 31st, 2017 @ 1:59 pm

The two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic has withdrawn due to an ongoing elbow injury, leaving Dominic Thiem as the headliner this week in Doha.

Thiem and Pablo Carreno Busta are the lone Top 10 players in the field.

Here is a look at the field:

DOHA, Qatar; Surface: hard

Seeds: Dominic Thiem, Pablo Carreno Busta, Tomas Berdych, Albert Ramos Vinolas, Richard Gasquet, Filip Krajinovic, Fernando Verdasco, Feliciano Lopez

Floaters: Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Borna Coric

Notes: …

Unseeded Sharapova Joins Halep, Ostapenko in Shenzhen Title Chase; Preview

Posted by Staff on December 31st, 2017 @ 12:52 pm

Unseeded Maria Sharapova joins world No. 1 Simona Halep and reigning French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko as the favorites this week in Shenzhen.

The WTA stop also features returning champion Katerina Siniakova, and Halep trying to hang on to the No. 1 ranking this week ahead of Garbine Muguruza and Caroline Wozniacki who can take it away.

Here is a look at the field:

SHENZHEN, China; Surface: hard

Seeds: Simona Halep, Jelena Ostapenko, …

Wozniacki Eyes No. 1 Ranking This Week at WTA Auckland; Preview

Posted by Staff on December 31st, 2017 @ 12:25 pm

Until Serena Williams gets ramped-up in 2018, the current tight race at No. 1 will see a few more new faces.

This week in Auckland, Caroline Wozniacki can re-take the No. 1 ranking from Simona Halep and hopping over No. 2 Garbine Muguruza. In her way in New Zealand will be the resurgent Julia Goerges, former champ Aggie Radwanska and returning champion Lauren Davis.

Here is a look at the field:

ASB Classic

Andy Murray Arrives In Brisbane, Will He Play?

Posted by Tom Gainey on December 30th, 2017 @ 10:59 am

While rivals Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori pulled out of their first ATP stops, Andy Murray is forging onward and will at least be on site in Brisbane.

The Scot who is recovering from a hip injury, has a first round bye before facing the Ryan Harrison-Leonardo Mayer winner. But he didn’t look great during an exo set against Roberto Bautista Agut in Abu Dhabi, leaving some concern if …

Djokovic Now Officially Out Of Doha: “I Still Feel The Pain”

Posted by Tom Gainey on December 30th, 2017 @ 10:40 am

2-time defending champion Novak Djokovic officially withdrew from the Doha event as he continues to recover from an elbow injury.

“Unfortunately, the situation with the elbow has not changed for better since yesterday. I still feel the pain,” Djokovic posted on Facebook. “Therefore, I will have to withdraw from ATP tournament in Doha, that has been voted the best 250 tournament in 2017. I am sorry that I will not be …

Murray, Dimitrov, WTA 5 of Top 10 Headline ATP/WTA Brisbane; Preview

Posted by Staff on December 29th, 2017 @ 10:44 pm

Bribane is the hot spot during week one of 2018 with some of the top players from both the ATP and WTA in attendance.

Grigor Dimitrov, coming off a career year, defends the men’s title while Karolina Pliskova will be tested to defend her 2017 title among five of the Top 10 WTA-ranked players.

Here’s a look at the fields:

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; Surface: hard

Women’s Seeds: Garbine Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova, Elina Svitolina, …

Nope, Novak Djokovic’s Elbow Isn’t Ok To Go, Is The Australian Open In Doubt?

Posted by Tom Gainey on December 29th, 2017 @ 9:43 am

After months of rehab and optimism, Novak Djokovic’s start to the 2018 season will be delayed after the former No. 1 had to withdraw from the Abu Dhabi exo due to continued elbow pain.

“I am terribly disappointed that I am forced to withdraw from the Mubadala World Tennis Championship,” Djokovic said in a statement today. “Unfortunately, in the past few days I started to feel pain in the elbow and …

Andy Murray Is Practicing In Abu Dhabi

Posted by Tom Gainey on December 28th, 2017 @ 11:06 am

With concern mounting over Andy Murray’s participation at the Australian Open, the Scot showed up at the Abu Dhabi exo for a hit, and to allay some of those fears.

Nice bonus for #mwtc10 crowd. @andy_murray is practicing here in Abu Dhabi

— Reem Abulleil (@ReemAbulleil) December 28, 2017

Murray also responded to a poll in which many didn’t think Murray …

Chef Roger Federer? [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on December 28th, 2017 @ 10:56 am

Barilla has released a new spot featuring Roger Federer! Be careful with those sharp knives!