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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 | Comments Off

April 9th, 2016

John Isner v Jack Sock In Houston SFs; Angelique Kerber Winning Again In Charleston

John Isner and Jack Sock meet in Houston in battle of top two American men.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 12:37 pm in Charleston, Clay Season, Houston | Comments Off

April 3rd, 2016

Isner Heads Houston, G-Lo in Morocco as ATP Clay Season Gets Underway

No. 13 Isner the only Top 20 player…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Interesting starts for (1) Isner vs. his countryman Kudla, (5) Querrey vs. Brown, and (2) Paire vs. Monaco…Wildcards went to Americans Tommy Paul, Frances Tiafoe and Tim Smyczek…

Posted by Staff @ 4:18 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

March 15th, 2016

Nadal Gets Revenge, Faces Zverev Next At Indian Wells; Djokovic, Nishikori, Thiem Advance To Wed QFs

All eight men’s fourth round matches are in play on a busy Wednesday at Indian Wells. Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori are among those on court.

Posted by Staff @ 11:48 pm in Indian Wells | 118 Comments »

March 14th, 2016

John Isner Says He Led The Tour In Getting Drug Tested At Home Last Year, And It Was “Brutal”

John Isner calls it brutal when the drug testers show up at his house at 6am.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 1:34 pm in Drug Testing, Indian Wells | 6 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 »

March 6th, 2016

Heroics by Djokovic, Murray Set Up Clash; Davis Cup Wrap

“The crowd helped for sure,” Murray told BBC Sport. “Physically I struggled a little at the end of the third set and a little in fourth.” Brit captain Leon Smith said, “I am lost for words at this stage — he is a man of steel isn’t he? What Andy managed to do was astonishing since he hasn’t played since the Australian Open final.” Britain will next travel to Serbia to face world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

Posted by Staff @ 3:14 pm in Davis Cup, Tennis | 49 Comments »

February 14th, 2016

Rafa Goes to Rio; Women’s Field Horrendous: Previews

Men’s Notes: Three Top 10 players in the field…What are Americans Isner and Sock doing here?…Not a lot of floating talent in the field…(1) Nadal looking at a second round meeting with Almagro, and (8) Bellucci starts against former finalist The Dog…

Posted by Staff @ 12:47 am in Tennis | 68 Comments »

February 11th, 2016

Rafael Nadal Opens Title Defense Tonight In Buenos Aires; Kei Nishikori Wins 14th Straight In Memphis

Rafael Nadal begins his clay season tonight in Buenos Aires.

Posted by Staff @ 8:11 am in Latin Swing, Memphis | 97 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 23rd, 2016

Murray v Tomic Next on Aussie Radar; Djokovic, Federer Up Sunday; X-Notes

Isner is 1-6 career against Ferrer. The winner of the match-up will meet the Murray-Tomic victor in the quarterfinals.

Posted by Staff @ 8:54 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 66 Comments »

January 21st, 2016

Ferrer Sends Hewitt Into Retirement At Australian Open; Murray, Monfils Impress; Verdasco Out

Lleyton Hewitt played his last singles match Thursday night at the Australian Open.

Posted by Staff @ 8:13 am in Australian Open | 10 Comments »

January 19th, 2016

Nadal Shocked, Wawrinka Gets Worm at Australian Open

“Always a tough opponent,” the Swiss said. “Play him last year in Tokyo. Tough match. He’s always playing good. He qualifies or qualifying here, I think. Quite fast surface, so he should serve and volley, playing flat. All depends little bit how I’m going to play. If I’m serving well, playing well, aggressive, hopefully I can made it through.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:28 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 48 Comments »

January 14th, 2016

Australian Open Men’s Draw Preview: Roger Federer Lands In Novak Djokovic’s Half; Can Rafael Nadal Make A Run?

Sean Randall previews the men’s Australian Open draw.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 8:29 pm in Australian Open | 148 Comments »

January 9th, 2016

Ferrer Leads 2 Top 10ers in Auckland; Top Seed Stephens Pulls from Ugly Hobart

Top-seeded Sloane Stephens withdrew from the event after the draw was made…Now no Top 30 players in the field…Possible tough starts for (4) Niculescu vs. McHale, and (2) Giorgi vs. Diyas, who found herself seeded as numerous events last year…Bouchard in the lower half ready to meet the No. 8 and 2 seeds early…

Posted by Staff @ 6:03 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »