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June 14th, 2015

ATP/WTA Previews: Federer, Murray, Nadal on Grass This Week

Four Top 10 players on the WTA tour take to the grass in Birmingham, while Roger Federer leads in Halle, and Andy Murray, French Open champ Stan Wawrinka and Rafael Nadal at the Queen’s Club during week #2 of the 2015 grasscourt season.

Posted by Staff @ 2:23 pm in Grass season, Halle, Queens, Tennis | 24 Comments »

June 7th, 2015

ATP/WTA Previews: Nadal Helps Debut Stuttgart Grass Event

Notes: The tournament makes the switch to grass as part of the tour’s extended grasscourt season…Tough starts for (1) Nadal against the Baghdatis-Rosol winner, and (8) Troicki vs. Coric…Wildcards went to Germans Tommy Haas, Maximilian Marterer and Alexander Zverev…Pulling from the event were Julien Benneteau and Jiri Vesely…The Bryan brothers are the top seeds in doubles…Nadal (2007,’05) is the lone returning former champ in the field.

Posted by Staff @ 6:07 pm in Tennis | 39 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 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 »

April 4th, 2015

ATP Previews: Isner in Houston, Ugly in Casablanca

The Bryan brothers, coming off the Miami Open title, are the top seeds in doubles…The tournament celebrates its 15th year in Houston after moving about in the U.S. since 1910…Former champs in the field are Verdasco (2014), Isner (2013), and Hewitt (2009).

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 7:34 pm in ATP, Casablanca, Houston, Tennis | 3 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 »

February 7th, 2015

ATP Previews: Murray Heads Rotterdam, Nishikori in Memphis

Marin Cilic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga pulled from the event…Berdych ended a 16-month title drought last year by beating Cilic in the final…Berdych (2014) and Murray (2009) are the lone former champs in the field.

Posted by Staff @ 9:57 pm in Tennis | 11 Comments »

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 »