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July 19th, 2015

Venus Williams in Turkey; WTA/ATP Previews This Week

Tough starts for (1) Venus in the 2nd rd. vs. the Bastad runner-up Barthel, (4) Cornet vs. Wickmayer, (5) Giorgi vs. Cibulkova, and (2) Svitolina vs. Rybarikova…Veterans Daniela Hantuchova and Francesca Schiavone also floating around…Wildcards went to Turkey’s Cagla Buyukakcay and Ipek Soylu, and the No. 4 seed Cornet…Pulling from the event were Belinda Bencic, Alexandra Dulgheru, Kristina Mladenovic, Monica Niculescu and Flavia Pennetta…Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki beat No. 2 Roberta Vinci in last year’s final…Pavlyuchenkova (2010) is the lone returning former champ in the field.

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

May 13th, 2015

Federer, Murray Impress In Rome Debuts; Nadal v Isner Thursday

Of the Big 4, only Novak Djokovic lost a set in their Rome openers.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:29 pm in Rome | 167 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 23rd, 2015

French Open Champions Nadal, Sharapova Ousted Thursday; Kvitova Continues To Struggle

Three reigning Grand Slam champions lost on Thursday.

Posted by Staff @ 9:18 pm in Barcelona, Stuttgart | 17 Comments »

April 23rd, 2015

Rafael Nadal Loses To Fabio Fognini Again? Yup, It’s Time To Panic!

Rafael Nadal’s struggles continue.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 3:09 pm in Barcelona | 190 Comments »

April 23rd, 2015

Nadal Avenges Almagro Loss, Now Faces Fognini In Barcelona; Lisicki Eats Two Bagels In Stuttgart

Rafael Nadal continues his quest for a 9th Barcelona title.

Posted by Staff @ 12:23 am in Barcelona, Stuttgart | 96 Comments »

April 19th, 2015

ATP/WTA Previews: Nadal in Barcelona, Loaded WTA Stuttgart

Kei Nishikoi beat Santiago Giraldo in last year’s final…Returning former champs in the final are Nishikori (2014), Nadal (2013-11,’09-05), Verdasco (2010) and Robredo (2004).

Posted by Staff @ 6:35 pm in Barcelona, Stuttgart, Tennis | 11 Comments »

February 23rd, 2015

Errani, Ferrer, Karlovic, Simon Win ATP/WTA Titles

“He kind of tosses in the same spot and can hit all the spots on the court,” Young said of the Karlovic serve. “You look and see some tendencies. I was able to pick quite a few, but just not when it actually mattered.”

Posted by Staff @ 9:27 am in Tennis | 8 Comments »

February 21st, 2015

Fognini Ends Nadal’s Rio Run; Simon v Monfils In Marseille Finale; Young Seeks First Title In Delray

Rafael Nadal lost on the clay in Rio today to Fabio Fognini.

Posted by Staff @ 11:54 pm in Marseille, Rio | 120 Comments »

February 21st, 2015

Brutal Field at WTA Doha; ATP Previews

Nadal a question mark after a cramp-ridden semifinal loss on Saturday at the Rio Open…Not a lot of early challenges besides (7) Andujar opening against Almagro…Wildcards went to Argentines Guido Andreozzi, Renzo Olivo and Horacio Zeballos…David Ferrer beat Fognini in last year’s final…Nadal is making his first appearance in Buenos Aires in 10 years…Ferrer passes on the opportunity to win a fourth consecutive Buenos Aires title in a row…Returning former champs in the field are Almagro (2011), Robredo (2009), and Juan Monaco (2007).

Posted by Staff @ 11:28 pm in Tennis | 19 Comments »

January 13th, 2015

Del Potro Wins, Meets Car Crash Fognini Next at ATP Sydney

Fognini was a car crash generally in 2014, flipping off Shanghai fans with the middle finger, threatening an official in Madrid, spouting racist remarks at Hamburg, and at Wimbledon rolling out a slew of mis-adventures that resulted in $27,500 in fines.

Posted by Staff @ 11:00 am in Tennis | 33 Comments »

October 26th, 2014

Preview: ATP Paris to Determine Final Year-end Spots; Djokovic, Federer Fight For No. 1

Potential quarterfinal meetings are Djokovic vs. Murray, Ferrer vs. Nishikori, Berdych vs. Wawrinka, and Federer vs. Raonic.

Posted by Staff @ 10:53 am in Tennis | 8 Comments »

October 12th, 2014

ATP/WTA Previews: Murray Looking for Vienna Points

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).

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

October 8th, 2014

Fabio Fognini Slapped With A $2K Fine For Obscene Gesture

Fabio Fognini was handed another fine.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:17 am in Shanghai | 4 Comments »

October 7th, 2014

Poor Sport Fabio Fognini Made This Obscene Gesture When Leaving The Court Today In Shanghai [Video]

Watch what Fabio Fognini did when he left the court in Shanghai today.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:04 am in Shanghai, Videos | 8 Comments »