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February 7th, 2010

Lopez, Cilic, Bellucci Win ATP Titles

“I did not have much time to adjust after the Australian Open; it was not easy to meet people’s expectations. I am proud about what I’ve done,” Cilic said. “I have played lot of matches this year, but it was also mentally tough. Now I can relax.”

Posted by Staff @ 10:45 pm in Tennis | 4 Comments »

January 31st, 2010

Previews: ATP Zagreb, Joburg, Santiago; Fed Cup

Notes: Croats Cilic, Ljubicic, Karlovic among seeds; Cilic could face Crazi Dani 2nd rd.; (4) Troicki opens against Schuettler, and (2) Ljubicic vs. Clement; Cilic beat Mario “Baby Goran” Ancic in last year’s all-Croat final; Ljubicic won in 2006.

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January 9th, 2010

Nalbandian Returns at Auckland; ATP Previews

Notes: Should be called the Spanish Open with four Spaniard leading the seeding and five seeded total.

Posted by Staff @ 5:40 pm in Tennis | 16 Comments »

November 29th, 2009

Davydenko, Bryans Win Year-end Titles; Tennis-X Notes

Other players chose tracks that were unbelievably inappropriate. I can’t say who. I’m a massive Neil Young fan and I think the audience would be disgusted if I started playing that [particular song].”…

Posted by Staff @ 9:54 pm in Tennis | 68 Comments »

November 22nd, 2009

Federer, Murray 3-set Winners at ATP Finals Openers

“I was down a set, and only the second set was I able to sort of get the ball into play, find my range, find my rhythm,” said Federer, who has been plagued by an erratic forehand during the end of 2009. “I got a little bit lucky maybe to get through in the second set. At the end in the third set I played great.”

Posted by Staff @ 10:04 pm in ATP, Tennis | 135 Comments »

October 25th, 2009

ATP Previews: Lyon, Vienna, St. Petersburg; Safin Retirement Tour

Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon Lyon, France Surface: hard indoor Seeds: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gilles Simon, Ivan Ljubicic, Juan Monaco, Julien Benneteau, Paul-Henri Mathieu, Benjamin Becker, Al Montanes ADHEREL Floaters: None Notes: One Top 10er in Tsonga; wildcards to oldies Arnaud Clement, Sebastien Grosjean, Michael Llodra (are there no French up-and-comers?); Algeria’s Lamine Ouahab gets [...]

Posted by Staff @ 1:12 am in Drug Testing, Tennis | 14 Comments »

October 18th, 2009

Davydenko, Stosur, Wickmayer Win Titles; Tennis-X Notes

BLAKE AND BARKER BREAK — James Blake and his coach Brian Barker, who has coached him since his junior days, have mutually parted ways. Blake is finishing out the year with fellow Floridian Kelly Jones as his coach. Jones, a former No. 1-ranked doubles player on the ATP tour, has worked with other Floridians Mardy Fish and John Isner.

Posted by Staff @ 7:22 pm in Tennis | 83 Comments »

October 17th, 2009

ATP Previews: Davydenko Opens vs. Safin in Moscow; Stockholm

Notes: Weak, weak seeded line-up; tough openers include (1) Davydenko vs. Safin, (4) Andreev vs. Ginepri, (6) Tipsarevic vs. Crazi Dani, and (5) Cuevas vs. Lu (upset alert); Russians have won 13 titles in the 19 years of the event; unseeded Igor Kunitsyn is the defending champ, and is looking at a second-round meeting with the Davydenko-Safin winner; Davydenko looking for fourth Moscow title; Yevgeny Kafelnikov won the Moscow title five years in a row from 1997-2001.

Posted by Staff @ 5:10 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

October 11th, 2009

Tennis-X Weekend Wrap, Previews: Djokovic, Tsonga Win

“We were ready for a dog fight,” Bob Bryan said. “When you’ve got one of the best singles players of our era playing with one of the best doubles players of our era it’s going to make for a great match up. Mike and I came out focused and played one of the best matches we’ve played in a long time.”

Posted by Staff @ 10:56 pm in Tennis | 55 Comments »

October 4th, 2009

ATP/WTA Previews: Nadal, Women’s Full Slate in Beijing

Excluding the ill Ivanovic, 16 of the Top 16 players are in Beijing this week. Jankovic is the defending champ, and Serena Williams is projected to take over the No. 1 ranking if she can progress further in the draw than Safina.

Posted by Staff @ 2:18 pm in Tennis | 28 Comments »

September 17th, 2009

Tennis Profile: ATP Tour Manager Fabrizio Sestini

Sestini does talk about one part of the US Open: scheduling block difficulty. Organizing matches is like arranging a concert tour from opening act to main performer — it needs to happen in the right order.

Posted by Staff @ 1:52 pm in Tennis | 2 Comments »

August 28th, 2009

Pro Tennis Events: Community, Philanthropy and an Animated Skeleton

I think it is important to shed light on the effort that under girds these events and makes a sport we all enjoy possible. Tennis tournaments also provide an opportunity to appreciate the brilliant eccentricities of human behavior (I don’t just mean the guy juggling while walking on stilts at Cincinnati either).

Posted by Dan Martin @ 11:44 am in Cincinnati, indianapolis, Sports Illustrated, Tennis Notes, Tennis on TV, TV | 14 Comments »

August 23rd, 2009

Federer Wins Cincy; Bryans Blow 8 Match Points in Loss

“I think the special part [is] winning for the first time as a dad. It’s a great thing. Gets me going emotionally a little bit, because I know it’s been a wonderful summer,” Federer said. “I really had the feeling today I could mix it up the way I wanted to. That then gives me a lot of confidence. I was playing great from the beginning to the end.”

Posted by Staff @ 10:21 pm in Tennis | 200 Comments »

August 23rd, 2009

ATP/WTA Pilot Pen Tennis Preview: Davydenko! Kuznetsova!

Lindsay Davenport was 1-5 in career New Haven finals, while Venus Williams won four in a row from 1999-2002; no U.S. stars this year (wildcard Shaughnessy is only U.S. player!).

Posted by Staff @ 1:07 pm in Tennis | 7 Comments »

August 16th, 2009

Previews: Cincinnati, Toronto Where Sharapova, Clijsters Unseeded

Murray is the defending champ (d. Djokovic), and the Bryans in doubles; Blake back from a foot injury; Del Potro has got to be tired; nice Q effort by Ljuby; potential Roddick vs. Federer quarterfinal.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 9:48 pm in Tennis | 131 Comments »