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June 10th, 2014

8 Things I Think I Thought About Rafael Nadal And The French Open

Season Randall recaps the 2014 French Open.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 5:34 pm in French Open | 37 Comments »

January 26th, 2011

Henin Again Announces Retirement from Tennis After 2011 Australian Open Loss

“I turn, and this time, an incredible page of my life,” Henin said on her website. “What a wonderful trip, I have experienced during all these years. Today I am calmer and I can create positive and rewarding look back on this experience in my life…Finally and most importantly, thanks everyone. Thanks for standing by my side during all these years. I will never forget your support and your loyalty.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:20 am in Tennis | 17 Comments »

January 21st, 2011

Former No. 1s Venus, Henin Exit; Woz Interviews Herself at Australian Open

“I know I’m not 100 percent,” Henin said. “I knew it before walking on the court. That’s why I say there are no excuses. I decided to play not being 100 percent. It’s been difficult in the last three days on my elbow and I just did everything that I could that it will be okay, but it wasn’t enough. I think Svetlana played a good match. She has all the credit today.”

Posted by Staff @ 7:32 am in Tennis | 16 Comments »

January 19th, 2011

Wozniacki King, Venus a Battered Queen at Australian Open; Tennis-X Notes

“It’s a tough third round, Kuznetsova, even she has been a little more in trouble in the last maybe year or two years,” Henin said. “I think she remains a great player, and physically she has a lot of qualities: big forehand, great serve.”

Posted by Staff @ 10:16 am in Tennis | 18 Comments »

January 17th, 2011

Henin Survives, Nerves and Upsets on Day 1 at Australian Open

“We worked for six years together,” Sharapova said. “After a really long period of time, I think a few things become a routine. I think from both of our perspectives it was really a good move to bring in a new voice, a fresh perspective into the team. You know, he was within that transition. We all talked about it as a team. Michael is like a brother to me. We talk all the time. Obviously it’s different not having him at a tournament after so many years. Yeah, I mean, it’s part of an athlete’s career…It’s a break for now. I haven’t really had a new coach for many, many years.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:51 am in Tennis | 12 Comments »

January 16th, 2011

Federer Opens Quest for 17; Wozniacki, Henin, Sharapova on Court at Australian Open

It’s a big day one at the Australian Open.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:41 pm in Australian Open | 251 Comments »

January 9th, 2011

Federer, Soderling Capture Titles; U.S. Wins Hopman; Tennis-X Notes

Russian workhorse Nikolay Davydenko was one match away from duplicating the 2010 feat when he defeated the top two players in the world, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, to repeat as Doha champion on Sunday, but this time the world No. 2 Federer was having none of it. Federer defeated Davydenko 6-3, 6-4 to claim his third career Qatar ExxonMobil Open title in Doha.

Posted by Staff @ 5:06 pm in Tennis | 20 Comments »

January 2nd, 2011

Justine Henin at Hopman Cup: “I’m Not Yet 100% But Feeling Much Better” [Video]

Justine Henin says she’s still not fully recovered from her Wimbledon elbow injury.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 8:56 pm in 2011 Season, Videos | 3 Comments »

December 19th, 2010

Nadal Wins Player of the Year, ‘Heist’ Honor in 2010 Tennis-X Year-End Awards

The winners of the 2010 Tennis-X Awards are announced.

Posted by Staff @ 12:20 pm in 2010 Season | 18 Comments »

October 31st, 2010

Titles Wrap: Clijsters, Melzer, Monfils Among Winners; Tennis-X Notes

Caroline Wozniacki finishes the year No. 1, Elena Dementieva drops the retirement bomb, and the WTA Tour puts another injury-riddled, star-lacking season to rest. Here’s hoping for the return of Justine Henin and Serena and Venus Williams in 2011 — and while we’re at it, the attempted comebacks of Martina Hingis and Ana Kournikova. If you thought it wasn’t bad, consider that Vera “The Crying Game” Zvonareva had a chance to finish the year No. 1 during the year-end championships…

Posted by Staff @ 9:59 pm in Tennis | 33 Comments »

October 22nd, 2010

Justine Henin Singing and Dancing [Video]

Justine Henin trades her racquets and sneakers for a microphone and dancing shoes.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 1:17 am in Videos | 6 Comments »

September 12th, 2010

Clijsters Wins US Open: What Does It Mean?

As Serena and Clijsters have shown, champions are a breed above. Zvonareva had beaten Clijsters in their two previous meetings in 2010 but that didn’t matter in a pressure-packed Grand Slam final. Venus and Sharapova were once there, but they won’t win another Slam.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 4:18 pm in Tennis, US Open | 13 Comments »

August 22nd, 2010

Wozniacki Leads Semis, Final of WTA Montreal to be Played Monday

“We play tournaments every week and it’s our job,” Zvonareva said. “We are used to it, so that doesn’t matter. But it’s difficult for the fans. We see a lot of people walking around with umbrellas. We really appreciate them coming and trying to watch us play. They have been great all week, so supportive of all the players. We can only imagine how disappointing it has been for them.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:47 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

August 14th, 2010

Ivanovic Says ‘F**** You,’ Clijsters Favored Next Week at WTA Montreal

The development was that Montreal’s star power suddenly began to dip with all the pull-outs, and Lapierre came back to Ivanovic with the wildcard offer — which she promptly told him, in so many words, to stick up his ass.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 4:38 pm in Tennis | 11 Comments »

July 1st, 2010

Injured Henin Out of US Open, Will be Replaced by Serena in Belgian Exo Next Week

Justine Henin has withdraw from the upcoming US summer hardcourt season due to an injured right elbow.

Posted by Staff @ 6:08 pm in Injuries, US Open, Wimbledon | 7 Comments »

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