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January 13th, 2018

Bautista Agut Outlasts Del Potro for ATP Auckland Title

“I gave everything I have on the court this week,” said the 29-year-old Bautista Agut, who won his first Auckland title two years ago. “It was an unbelievable match today. I’ve been fighting a lot on the court…I played two amazing games at the [end] of the match.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:41 am in Tennis | 4 Comments »

January 6th, 2018

Monfils a Fresh Start to 2018 After ATP Doha Title

“I like this tournament so much,” said Monfils, who benefited from a semifinal walkover win against top seed Dominic Thiem. “I always come back and I finally got it. So I’m just very happy and very proud.”

Posted by Staff @ 9:08 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

December 29th, 2017

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

Muguruza leads five of the Top 10 players on the WTA rankings, in addition to former Slam winners Kvitova and Stosur…Muguruza and Pliskova receive opening-round byes…Tough starts for (1) Muguruza after a bye vs. 2017 breakout player Witthoeft, (7) Sevastova vs. Stosur, (4) Garcia vs. the upset specialist Cornet, (6) Mladenovic vs. the Kvitova/Anett Kontaveit winner, and (5) Konta vs. Keys…

Posted by Staff @ 10:44 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

December 23rd, 2017

Jaq Repeats as 2017 Tennis-X Year-End Top 10 Rankings Contest Picker

It almost seemed as if Jaq used a computer algorithm for his picks as he added with his entry, “If anyone replace each other than it may be Stan Wawrinka with Jack Sock 85% or Nick Kargious 15% [sic].” Or maybe he is a computer! Komputers like to mispell thingz.

Posted by Staff @ 6:15 pm in Tennis | 14 Comments »

November 8th, 2017

ATP NextGen Finals: Great Idea, Poor Execution

The ATP NextGen Finals is a brilliant idea that the WTA should immediately copy next year.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 11:39 am in Tennis | 11 Comments »

April 8th, 2017

Sock, Isner and Co. at Houston; Dimitrov Heads Marrakech; ATP Previews

Interesting starts for (1) Sock against the Haas-Opelka winner, (6) Lopez vs. the former French juniors winner Fratangelo, (4) Johnson vs. the experienced dirt-baller and defending champ Monaco, (5) Verdasco vs. the big-serving South African Anderson, and (8) Bellucci vs. the emerging American Tiafoe

Posted by Staff @ 6:36 pm in Tennis | 5 Comments »

February 14th, 2016

America Has a Next Pete Sampras in Memphis Runner-up Taylor Fritz

The world No. 145 18-year-old Fritz reached his first ATP final in only his third tour-level event. Let the massive amounts of pressure and “Next American!” shouting begin.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 10:24 pm in Tennis | 7 Comments »

February 10th, 2016

ITF, Tennis Integrity Unit Ruining Public Perception of Tennis

The problem is, these aren’t “tour” umpires. They’re nobody Futures-level or ITF-circuit or Crap-stanistak Challenger umpires.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 10:10 am in Tennis | 126 Comments »

January 31st, 2016

ATP Previews: Clay Kicks Off in Quito; Cilic and French Force in Montpellier

Notes: Homecountry hope Gasquet is the lone Top 10 player in the draw…Not a lot of floating talent in the field, but Gasquet after a bye will likely start against the dangerous Gulbis…Wildcards went to the No. 8 seed Baghdatis and Frenchmen Julien Benneteau and Quentin Halys…Players pulling from the tournament were Ivan Dodig, Jerzy Janowicz, Andrey Kuznetsov and Tommy Robredo…Gasquet beat Janowicz in last year’s final when the Pole retired with illness, the second title run for the Frenchman over the last three years in Monpellier…Former champs in the field are Gasquet (2015,’13) and Monfils (2014,’10).

Posted by Staff @ 12:42 pm in Tennis | 5 Comments »

June 11th, 2015

It’s the Grass Court Season and Nicolas Mahut is At It Again

Mahut qualified this week at the grass court Topshelf Open in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, and today beat defending champion and No. 3 seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 6-4 to reach the quarters.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 4:35 pm in Tennis | 13 Comments »

May 4th, 2015

Murray Edges Kohlschreiber for 1st Career Clay Title at Munich

The Brit improved to 32-16 in finals, and to 5-0 in finals that went to a third-set breaker.

Posted by Staff @ 11:12 am in Tennis | 16 Comments »

April 25th, 2015

ATP Previews: Federer in Turkey?; Munich, Estoril

The first-ever ATP World Tour event in Turkey debuts, with organizers spending for Roger Federer to mark the occasion…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes, but potential tough starts for (7) Youzhny vs. Bellucci, and (5) Haider-Maurer vs. Dodig…Wildcards were awarded to Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, Turkey’s Cem Ilkel, and Russian Andrey Rublev.

Posted by Staff @ 4:15 pm in Tennis | 26 Comments »

April 5th, 2015

WTA Previews: No Williamses in Charleston; Aggie in Poland

Not a lot of floating talent in the field, with a potential tough start for (16) Watson vs. the riser Vekic; (1) Bouchard could face Stephens in the 3rd rd…Wildcards went to Bouchard and Americans Varvara Lepchenko, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sachia Vickery…

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

March 10th, 2015

Indian Wells Women’s Preview: Serena Williams Returns to Cushy Draw

All the hubbub surrounds Serena, but Venus is not ending her boycott since last playing in 2001. “I made my schedule up,” Venus said about missing IW again. “I’m entered in Miami, and that’s pretty much what it is. I haven’t really given a lot of thought to it. I have just been focusing on this year…I just respect every decision [Serena] makes, pretty much. It’s nothing complicated about it.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 12:36 am in Indian Wells | 7 Comments »

March 1st, 2015

Ferrer, Bacsinszky Collect Acapulco Titles

In both sets Ferrer broke early and Nishikori broke back, at the end of the second set trading breaks again until the Spaniard benefited from more of the total 40 unforced errors from Nishikori.

Posted by Staff @ 1:01 pm in Tennis | 4 Comments »