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June 11th, 2016

Federer, Murray Lead Grass Events Next Week at Halle, Queen’s

Notes: Six of the eight seeds have challenging starts with (1) Murray vs. Mahut, (5) Cilic vs. F-Lo, (6) Bautista Agut vs. Querrey, (3) Raonic vs. Kyrgios, (7) Isner vs. Del Potro, and (2) Wawrinka vs. Hot Sauce…The all-Brit wildcard allocation went to Kyle Edmund, Daniel Evans and James Ward…

Posted by Staff @ 6:21 pm in Halle, Queens, Tennis | 172 Comments »

June 5th, 2016

Federer, Del Potro Kick Off Grass Season Amidst Challengers at ATP Stuttgart

Notes: Roger Federer after skipping the French Open with a back injury returns to kick off the grasscourt season at Stuttgart…Federer is the lone Top 10er, but a strong field includes a number of floaters…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Interesting starters include (1) Federer vs. the American top prospect Fritz, (8) Pouille vs. the Aussie Millman (winner to face the Del Potro vs. Dimitrov victor) and (7) Kohlschreiber vs. the French riser Herbert…

Posted by Staff @ 7:56 pm in Tennis | 79 Comments »

May 20th, 2016

French Open Men’s Draw: Are Novak Djokovic And Andy Murray Heading Toward The Final?

Sean Randall previews the French Open. Did he really pick Andy Murray to win it?

Posted by Sean Randall @ 10:04 am in French Open | 94 Comments »

May 16th, 2016

Preview: ATP, WTA Players Look for Mojo Heading Into French Open

Tough starts for (9) Stephens vs. Vekic and (9) Cornet vs. Kudryavtseva…The storm of players pulling from the field included Daria Gavrilova, Camila Giorgi, Yanina Wickmayer and Caroline Wozniacki…

Posted by Staff @ 1:44 am in Tennis | No Comments »

April 24th, 2016

Del Potro Returns at Munich; ATP Previews This Week

No Top 20 players, but Istanbul you do have Bernie “The Tank Engine” Tomic! For at least a round…

Posted by Staff @ 10:11 am in Estoril, Istanbul, Munich, Tennis | 8 Comments »

April 12th, 2016

Roger Federer Wins In Return At Monte Carlo, Andy Murray Goes The Distance Again

Roger Federer was sharp in his first match in over two months.

Posted by Staff @ 3:48 pm in Monte Carlo | 1 Comment »

March 30th, 2016

Djokovic Back Spasms Don’t Stop Berdych Beatdown in Miami

Djokovic improved to an amazing 20-0 career record versus Berdych on hard courts.

Posted by Staff @ 11:35 pm in Miami | 284 Comments »

March 29th, 2016

Djokovic Powers Into Miami QFs, Faces Berdych Wednesday; Monfils Outlasts Dimitrov, Raonic Rolls

The Miami Qfs are set. Wednesday it’s David Goffin v Gilles Simon and Novak Djokovic v Tomas Berdych.

Posted by Staff @ 11:46 pm in Miami | 142 Comments »

March 8th, 2016

Indian Wells Draw: Former Champions Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal Headline Field

Sean Randall previews the Indian Wells men’s draw. Will Novak Djokovic get his 3-peat?

Posted by Sean Randall @ 10:09 pm in Indian Wells | 33 Comments »

February 6th, 2016

All Eyes on Rafael Nadal in Buenos Aires: ATP Previews This Week

Last year Nadal broke Ferrer’s three-year hold on the event, beating Monaco in the final…Pulling from the event were Aljaz Bedene, Andreas “Don’t Be A” Haider-Maurer, and Jack Sock…Spaniards have won the singles title for the last seven years…The title-less Nadal is trying to repeat last year when he won his first title of the year in Buenos Aires…Former champs in the field are Nadal (2015), Ferrer (2014-12), Almagro (2011), and Monaco (2007).

Posted by Staff @ 9:59 pm in Tennis | 107 Comments »

January 24th, 2016

Djokovic, Berdych Survive 5-Set Scares, Federer Barely Breaks Sweat in Oz

“I know exactly what I was doing, but I won’t say it. I had a plan,” the Frenchman said.

Posted by Staff @ 9:38 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 130 Comments »

January 24th, 2016

Gilles Simon: I Know A Lot Of Players Wanted Me To Beat Novak Djokovic Today

Gilles Simon says Novak Djokovic is better and fitter now.

Posted by Staff @ 6:18 am in Australian Open | 5 Comments »

January 1st, 2016

Federer, Sharapova Headline Brisbane International; Preview

Both Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova show up to defend their Brisbane titles, where the men’s and women’s fields are stellar for an opening week to the year where the majority of the stars are usually off playing lucrative exhibitions.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 12:33 pm in 2016 Season, Brisbane, Tennis | 6 Comments »

October 31st, 2015

Previews: ATP Paris Masters Field Loaded, Djokovic Defends

All of the Top 10 and 15 of the Top 16 players post this coming week for the Paris Masters, the final regular-season tournament on the ATP World Tour. Who will be hot going into the ATP Finals, where the Top 8 field is already set?

Posted by Staff @ 7:16 pm in Tennis | 10 Comments »

October 17th, 2015

ATP/WTA Previews: Radwanska, 4 Top 10 in Moscow; Lux, Stockholm, Vienna

Notes: Strong seeding but not a lot of field depth…(4) Tomic will start against the Querrey-Baghdatis winner…Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Wildcards went to Berdych, Swede Mike Ymer and Finn Jarkko Nieminen…Last year Berdych came from a set down to beat Dimitrov in the final…Berdych trying to become the first Stockholm back-to-back winner since James Blake (2005-06)…Former champs in the field are Berdych (2014,’12), Dimitrov (2013), and Baghdatis (2009).

Posted by Staff @ 3:18 pm in Tennis | 6 Comments »