September 22nd, 2013
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).
August 18th, 2013
Notes: Will Isner pull out after his draining run in Cincinnati? Probably…Not a lot of floating talent, and all 16 seeds receive first-round byes…Potentially tough opening-round match-ups for seeds after byes include (11) Nieminen vs. (WC) Fish, (9) Melzer vs. the rising Dutchman Sijsling, and (5) Paire vs. Blake…Other wildcards went to Berdych, Spain’s Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, and Belgian Romain Bogaerts…Pulling from the event were Carlos Berlocq, Nikolay Davydenko, Marcel Granollers, Tommy Haas, Albert Ramos, the doping-suspended Viktor Troicki, and Horacio Zeballos…Isner is the two-time defending champion, last year beating Berdych in the final.
February 9th, 2013
Rafael Nadal seeks a Vina Del Mar double Sunday as the Spaniard aims for singles and doubles trophies.
February 8th, 2013
Rafael Nadal is into semifinal stage at the Vina Del Mar ATP 250 event.
December 30th, 2012
Notes: Not the prettiest field for the million-dollar oil-laden event, as the top dogs take the exo cash this week in Abu Dhabi…”Gasquet Back!” says the ATP website!…(8) Andujar opens against the Wimbledon Nadal-killer Rosol, and (3) Kohlschreiber will likely meet Monfils in the second round…Of the seeded players, only Youzhny and Troicki have career winning records in Doha…Davydenko (2010) is the lone returning champ in the field.
December 20th, 2012
Novak Djokovic wins Tennis-X.com player of the year honors while Bernard Tomic steals the inaugural hot tub award.
October 26th, 2012
Roger Federer and Juan Martin Del Potro are a win from a final clash at Basel, while top seed David Ferrer continues to dominate in Valencia.
August 19th, 2012
Wozniacki is the lone returning champion, trying to win her fifth straight New Haven Open. A win this year for Wozniacki would put her in rarified company, as only three players have won a tournament title five years in a row — Chris Evert (Charleston), Steffi Graf (Hamburg), and Martina Navratilova (Eastbourne, Wimbledon and Chicago).
February 27th, 2012
“It doesn’t feel like it’s too far out of my grasp,” Raonic said. “It’s like somebody dangling a piece of cake in front of my face and then taking it away at the last second. I’ll definitely be back.”
October 23rd, 2011
“I think we all know what to expect going into the groups,” Sharapova said. “It’s the Top 8 girls of the year. You’re going to get a tough group either way and tough opponents. It’s just a matter of being ready from the first match on.”