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July 25th, 2015

Rafa Heads Hamburg, Isner in Atlanta; ATP/WTA Previews

Notes: Time for the tournament sponsored by an online betting site as the tour fights rampant match-fixing…Loaded dirt field…Rafa makes his first appearance since being upset at Wimbledon…Tough starts for (1) Rafa vs. Hot Sauce

Posted by Staff @ 11:47 pm in Tennis | 10 Comments »

May 10th, 2015

Blockbuster WTA Rome Field to Answer Pre-French Questions?

Serena’s draw to the semifinals could go through Stosur, last year’s finalist Errani then the former French champ Ivanovic to meet either Sharapova or Wozniacki in the semis…

Posted by Staff @ 11:50 am in Clay Season, Italian Open, Rome, Tennis | 19 Comments »

April 11th, 2015

Preview: Schiavone, 2-time Champ D-Lino at WTA Bogota

Not a lot of stars with Stuttgart looming next week…Tough starts for (8) Falconi vs. Cirstea, and (6) Rogers vs. the Spanish veteran Dominguez Lino…Wildcards went to Maria Paulina Perez Garcia, Maria Herazo Gonzalez, and Yuliana Lizarazo…Caroline Garcia beat Jelena Jankovic in last year’s final…Returning former champs in the field are Dominguez Lino (2011,’06) and Duque Marino (2010).

Posted by Staff @ 11:40 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

March 7th, 2015

Watch This Incredible Tweener From Francesca Schiavone [Video]

You might not see a better shot than this one all year.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 1:50 pm in Best Shots, Videos | 2 Comments »

February 23rd, 2014

Djokovic, Federer in Dubai: ATP/WTA Previews

DUBAI DUTY FREE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS Dubai, U.A.E.; Surface: hard Seeds: Novak Djokovic, Juan Martin Del Potro, Tomas Berdych, Roger Federer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Mikhail Youzhny, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Dmitry Tursunov Floaters: Radek “The Worm” Stepanek, Igor Sijsling Notes: The defending champ Djokovic has won four Dubai titles (four of last five years) while Federer has won five…Djokovic [...]

Posted by Staff @ 4:06 pm in Tennis | 2 Comments »

February 8th, 2014

No. 1s Nadal, Serena Williams Pull; ATP/WTA Previews This Week

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal pulled from the event citing a stomach virus…Ferrer shooting for third title in a row…Wildcards went to Ferrer and Argentines Facundo Arguello and Guido Pella…Returning champs in the field are Ferrer (2013-12), Almagro (2011), Robredo (2009), and Monaco (2007).

Posted by Staff @ 2:59 pm in Tennis | 6 Comments »

September 22nd, 2013

Previews: Azarenka vs. Venus at Tokyo; ATP Events

Tough openers for (4) Simon after a bye vs. the winner of Karlovic-Tomic, and (7) Nieminen vs. the Dutch riser Sijsling…Wildcards went to three dudes whose names you can’t pronounce…Pulling from the event were Ivan Dodig, Andy Murray (back surgery), and Tommy Robredo…Gasquet beat Simon in last year’s final…Returning champs in the field are Gasquet (2012) and Simon (2009).

Posted by Staff @ 8:02 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

August 27th, 2013

Francesca Schiavone On Drawing Serena At US Open: Oh $h!t

Franscesca had a good response when learning she had to play Serena in the first round.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:35 am in US Open, Videos | 9 Comments »

August 26th, 2013

Federer, Nadal Begin March To US Open Quarters; Serena Opens Title Defense

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal open their 2013 US Open campaigns today.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 9:17 am in US Open | 54 Comments »

April 28th, 2013

WTA Reviews: Sharapova Queen of Clay After Stuttgart?

Queen of Clay? Former No. 1 Maria Sharapova is gunning for the title after a stellar 2012 clay season that saw her win the French Open title, and a 2013 season that has started with the Stuttgart claycourt title.

Posted by Staff @ 10:50 pm in Tennis | 9 Comments »

August 11th, 2012

Federer, Djokovic, Serena Headline Cincinnati Tennis: Previews

the Top 8 seeds receive first round byes, and tough openers include (15) Kohlschreiber vs. (WC) Baker, winner to meet the Harrison vs. Tomic victor; (10) Fish vs. F-Lo, (8) Monaco possibly vs. The Worm 2nd rd., (4) Ferrer possibly vs. Wawrinka 2nd rd., (14) Nishikori vs. Granoller, winner to possibly meet (WC) Blake; (11) Simon vs. Baghdatis, winner to meet Raonic vs. Gasquet victor; (6) Del Potro vs. Nalbandian/Haas winner, (9) Isner vs. Viktor Troicki, victor to face (WC) Hewitt vs. Mikhail Youzhny winner; (3) Murray possibly opening vs. (WC) Querrey, and (13) Dolgopolov vs. Davydenko

Posted by Staff @ 10:22 pm in Tennis | 5 Comments »

June 20th, 2012

Tennis-X Blog: Roddick, Schiavone Sliding Along on Grass Wednesday; Thursday Previews

“When I started the tiebreak, I said, ‘Francesca, come on, pay attention and take two or three of the first six or seven points.’ Nothing, 6-0,” Schiavone said. “I went to the other side and told myself there is not too big a difference in winning or lose one point, so keep going and push. We will see what happens. And then I won.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 5:39 pm in Tennis | 60 Comments »

June 10th, 2012

Grass Tennis Won’t Wait as Nadal, Djokovic Finish; Previews

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will complete the rain-delayed French Open final on Monday morning, but the grasscourt season won’t wait.

Posted by Staff @ 9:19 pm in French Open, Grass season, Tennis | 35 Comments »

May 13th, 2012

WTA Rome Preview; Serena Embarrasses Azarenka; X-Notes

“I think Victoria is the player to beat,” Williams said. “She has won I don’t know how many tournaments this year alone. That’s an amazing amount. So if you look at the stats, you just have to put her up there as the player to beat.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:25 pm in Tennis | 5 Comments »

March 12th, 2012

Stomach Virus Hits Players At Indian Wells

People are not so well at Indian Wells.

Posted by Staff @ 5:40 pm in Indian Wells | 7 Comments »

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