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September 16th, 2018

Thiem Headlines, Wawrinka Spices-Up St. Pete Open; ATP Preview

Stan Wawrinka takes a wildcard into St. Pete where as an unseeded player he is looking at a meeting with No. 4 Karen Khachanov in the second round.

Posted by Staff @ 3:02 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

September 1st, 2018

Federer, Djokovic Move Closer To US Open QF, Zverev Out; Nadal, Delpo Sun.

Can either John Millman or Joao Sousa spoil a Roger Federer-Novak Djokovic Wednesday night quarterfinal?

Posted by Staff @ 11:59 pm in US Open | 80 Comments »

July 22nd, 2018

Hot-Handed Fognini to Defend, Face Last Year’s Finalist in Opener at ATP Gstaad

Fognin is the defending champion, in last year’s final defeating surprise German finalist Yannick Hanfmann; Hanfmann qualified and could meet Fognini in his opener.

Posted by Staff @ 11:32 am in Tennis | No Comments »

July 15th, 2018

Edmund Heads Field at ATP Umag; Preview

Wildcards went to Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime and Croats Nino Serdarusic and Franko Skugor…

Posted by Staff @ 11:40 pm in Tennis | No Comments »

May 6th, 2018

Sousa Ends 29-Year Portugal Drought at ATP Estoril Open

The 29-year-old Sousa collapsed to the court on match point, tears streaming down his face. During the week he survived two three-setters and saved two match points in the second round against countryman Pedro Sousa.

Posted by Staff @ 3:00 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

March 12th, 2018

Djokovic Crashes Out Of Indian Wells, Zverev Falls; Federer, Del Potro Advance

Novak Djokovic’s struggles continued at Indian Wells.

Posted by Staff @ 9:52 am in Indian Wells | 120 Comments »

February 3rd, 2018

Dimitrov Pulls But Wawrinka Leads at ATP Sofia Open; Preview

“I and my team had to take one of the most difficult decisions to skip this year’s edition of the tournament in Sofia,” said Dimitrov in a statement. “I will not be at 100 percent ready.”

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September 24th, 2017

Zverev Brothers, Goffin Headline ATP Shenzhen

The varied wild card slate went to Spain’s Nicola Kuhn, Australia’s Akira Santillan and China’s Zhang Ze…

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August 19th, 2017

Isner, Johnson Wave American Flag at ATP Winston-Salem; Preview

Wildcards were awarded to Gulbis, Cyprus’ Petros Chrysochos, Coric, and American Taylor Fritz…

Posted by Staff @ 7:30 pm in Tennis | 9 Comments »

August 6th, 2017

Kohlschreiber Bikes Way to ATP Kitzbuhel Crown

Kohlschreiber was forced to come from behind a break down in both sets. He improved to 8-9 in career finals, with his last five title wins on clay.

Posted by Staff @ 7:32 pm in Tennis | 2 Comments »

July 22nd, 2017

50th Anniversary of Swiss Open Features No Federer, Wawrinka; ATP Preview

Apparently no appearance money to attract Swiss legends Roger Federer or Stan Wawrinka, so the best local fans get is No. 100-ranked Finn-turned-Swiss Henri Laaksonen…

Posted by Staff @ 4:31 pm in Tennis | 10 Comments »

April 29th, 2017

Del Potro, Raonic Feature at 3 ATP Events Next Week; Previews

Two Top 10ers make Istanbul the top event this week…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Matches to watch for in the 1st rd. include (5) Troicki vs. the big-match Baghdatis, and (8) Darcis vs. Sela to see who can hit their way out of that paper bag…

Posted by Staff @ 11:27 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

April 24th, 2017

Nadal, Murray Vie for ATP Barcelona Crown; Budapest; ATP Previews

Potential tough starts for (16) Lopez vs. G-Lo, and (9) Gasquet vs. (WC) Robredo…Wildcards were awarded to Murray, Robredo, Zverev, Albert Montanes, and Mikael Ymer…

Posted by Staff @ 12:57 am in Tennis | 3 Comments »

February 26th, 2017

Svitolina Looks for 2nd Straight Title at Kuala Lumpur; Sao Paulo; WTA Previews

Top 10er as of Monday Svitolina is coming off the win in the Dubai final…Wildcards went to Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas, the Ukraine’s Katarina Zavatska, and China’s Zheng Saisai…

Posted by Staff @ 4:13 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

February 19th, 2017

Nishikori, Thiem, Clay Floaters Make ATP Rio a Tough Slough; Preview

First-round matches that deserve a second look are a gassed (1) Nishikori vs. Brazil’s Bellucci, (4) Carreno Busta vs. Brazil’s Souza who he lost to in their only career meeting, (6) Ferrer vs. the Buenos Aires winner Dolgopolov who he lost to three years ago at this event, a Robredo vs. Fognini veteran match-up (winner to face (5) Ramos Vinolas), (7) Lorenzi vs. Delbonis who he is 0-3 career against, and (2) Thiem vs. the back-from-injury Tipsarevic in a first-time meeting…

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