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January 21st, 2015

Ouch! Watch This Australian Open Ballkid Get Hit In The You Know What [Video]

Ballboy takes one in the man region.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:47 pm in Australian Open, Videos | 1 Comment »

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 18th, 2014

Previews: WTA Finals; ATP Basel, Valencia

Wozniacki could sneak out of the White Group with her solid record against her group mates…Former champs in the field are Serena (2013-12,’09,’01), Kvitova (2011) and Sharapova (2004).

Posted by Staff @ 1:32 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

October 10th, 2014

Federer v Djokovic In Shanghai SF, Who’s The Pick? Murray’s London Chances Improve

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer battle for a spot in the Shanghai finals and for the No. 1 ranking, who’ll win?

Posted by Sean Randall @ 2:03 pm in Shanghai, Year-End No. 1 | 161 Comments »

August 10th, 2014

Federer Seeks Third Canadian Title vs Tsonga In Toronto, Who’s The Pick? Venus Rules In Montreal

Elder statesmen Roger Federer and Venus Williams seeking Canadian titles Sunday.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 12:47 am in Canadian Open | 96 Comments »

August 8th, 2014

Federer, Williams Sisters Into Rogers Cup Semifinals; Tsonga Sacks Murray

“She just does everything well,” Williams said of Wozniacki. “She’s really fast, gets a lot of balls back, she makes you hit that extra shot — and she kept her unforced errors down super low today.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:56 pm in Canadian Open | 61 Comments »

July 27th, 2014

Serena Leads Stanford, Men and Women in Washington; ATP/WTA Previews

Notes: Solid field with four Top 10ers and two unseeded Slam champs…The Top 4 seeds receive opening round byes, with tough starts for (5) Ivanovic vs. Lisicki, (4) Azarenka after a bye likely vs. (WC) Venus, (3) Kerber likely vs. Vandeweghe, (7) Suarez Navarro vs. Puig, and (2) Radwanska likely vs. Garcia…Wildcards went to Americans Kristie Ahn and Venus, and Azarenka…Pulling from the tournament were Sara Errani and Petra Kvitova…Cibulkova beat Radwanska in last year’s final…Venus is 2-4 in Stanford finals…Martina Navratilova (5-4) has reached the most Stanford finals in the tournament’s history…Returning champs in the field are Cibulkova (2013), Serena Williams (2012-11), Azarenka (2010), and Venus Williams (2002,’00).

Posted by Staff @ 11:11 am in Tennis | Comments Off

July 6th, 2014

ATP/WTA Previews: Ferrer, Isner, Halep Lead Events

The hodgepodge of seeds includes a former world No. 1 and Wimbledon champ and this year’s Wimbledon men’s doubles winner…Interesting starts for (7) Sock vs. the veteran Kuznetsov and the struggling (2) Karlovic vs. Ginepri…

Posted by Staff @ 6:42 pm in Tennis | 6 Comments »

June 21st, 2014

Spaniards Bautista Agut, Lopez Collect ATP Grass Titles

The 32-year-old, who lost to Grigor Dimitrov in the Queen’s Club final last week, improved to 4-7 in career finals. Gasquet fell to 10-12 in career finals, 0-2 thus far in 2014 after going 3-0 in 2013.

Posted by Staff @ 3:25 pm in Grass season, Tennis | 3 Comments »

June 16th, 2014

Azarenka Returns at Eastboune; WTA, ATP Previews

Wildcards went to Azarenka and Brits Heather Watson and Johanna Konta…Pulling from the event were Svetlana Kuznetsova and Sorana Cirstea…Tough starts go to (5) Kerber vs. Riske, (4) Azarenka vs. Giogi, (8) Wozniacki vs. Stosur, and (2) Kvitova vs. Safarova…Returning former champs in the field are Wozniacki (2009) and Radwanksa (2008).

Posted by Staff @ 12:17 am in Tennis | 9 Comments »

May 8th, 2014

Led By Nadal, Ferrer, Spain Reigns In Madrid; Sharapova v Li Na In Friday Quarters

Rafael Nadal leads four Spaniards into the Madrid quarterfinals on Friday.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:45 pm in Madrid | 64 Comments »

April 27th, 2014

Tennis Previews: Haas Defends Munich; Men and Women in Portugal

Notes: Haas beat Kohlschreiber in the all-German 2013 final…The top-seeded Fognini makes his Munich debut…Challenging starts for (1) Fognini after a bye vs. either Dr. Ivo or Smokin’ Dustin Brown, and (4) Monfils the Meltdown after a bye possibly facing the Austrian veteran Tuna Melzer…

Posted by Staff @ 11:02 am in Tennis | Comments Off

April 20th, 2014

Nadal in Barcelona, Sharapova in Stuttgart: Previews

Notes: Eight-time winner Rafael Nadal heads the field, and after a bye likely starts against Davydenko…(14) Marcel Granollers after a bye likely starts against The Worm…Wildcards went to Argentine Facundo Arguelleo, and Spaniards Roberto Carballes Baena, Inigo Cervantes, Daniel Gimeno-Traver…Withdrawing from the event were Pablo Andujar, Federico Delbonis, Richard Gasquet, Ivo Karlovic and Juan Monaco…David Ferrer is 0-4 in Barcelona finals…Fabio Fognini has never won a match in Barcelona (0-4)…Nadal beat Almagro in last year’s all-Spanish final…The two-time champ Bryan brothers are the top seeds in the doubles…Former singles champs in the field are Nadal (2013-11,’09-05), Robredo (2004), and Verdasco (2010).

Posted by Staff @ 1:48 am in Tennis | 10 Comments »

April 7th, 2014

Isner Headlines Houston; ATP/WTA Previews

Notes: (7) Hewitt likely to meet Querrey 2nd rd., and (8) Karlovic opens against Sock…Wildcards went to Marcos Baghdatis and Americans Steve Johnson and Rhyne Williams…Pulling from the event were Pablo Cuevas, Alejandro Falla, Bradley Klahn, and Janko Tipsarevic…Isner beat Almagro in last year’s final…The Bryan brothers are the top seeds in doubles…Returning champs in the field are Isner (2013), Monaco (2012), Hewitt (2009) and Karlovic (2007).

Posted by Staff @ 1:20 am in Tennis | 1 Comment »

January 2nd, 2014

What Happened To Feliciano Lopez’s Hair? “Tragic” Says Murray’s Mum

Feliciano Lopez has cut his hair for the new year.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:31 am in 2014 Season | 11 Comments »

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