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July 27th, 2013

Del Potro Heads Washington; ATP/WTA Previews

Notes: Three former No. 1s among the seeds…No Williams sisters but plenty of Top 10ers and floaters…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Tough openers for (1) Azarenka after a bye against Pennetta or Schiavone, (4) Vinci after a bye likely against the veteran Mattek-Sands, (7) Ivanovic vs. Cibulkova, (5) Stosur vs. the rolling Lepchenko, and (2) Radwanska after a bye likely vs. the veteran Hantuchova…Wildcards went to American Allie Kiick, France’s Virginie Razzano, and Stosur…Pulling from the event were Marion Bartoli, Kirsten Flipkens, Bojana Jovanovski, Kristina Mladenovic and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova…Martina Hingis and Hantuchova received a wildcard in doubles…Cibulkova beat Bartoli in the final last year…Returning champions in the field are Cibulkova (2012), Radwanska (2011), and Kuznetsova (2010).

Posted by Staff @ 8:54 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

July 20th, 2013

Federer in Gstaad; No $erena in Stanford: ATP/WTA Previews

Notes: Two-time defending champ Serena Williams obviously didn’t like the under-the-table appearance fee to appear in Stanford, passing on the event and last week playing the tiny Swedish Open in Bastad, which was willing to pony-up some major cash…Tough starts are (1) Radwanska after a bye possibly facing the former Slam champ Schiavone, (8) Rybarikova vs. the explosive Keys, and (2) Stosur after a bye likely facing the powerful Goerges….Wildcards went to American Nicole Gibbs and Croat Ajla Tomljanovic…Pulling from the event were Marion Bartoli (hamstring), Kirsten Flipkens, Sabine Lisicki (wrist), and Maria Sharapova (hip)…Since 1990, 20 of the 23 champions have been Slam winners, but this year there are no returning champions in the field.

Posted by Staff @ 4:34 pm in Tennis | 4 Comments »

July 15th, 2013

Michael Russell Says He Didn’t Approve Facebook Rant Against “Douche Bag” Lleyton Hewitt, But Takes Reponsibilty

Michael Russell has apologized for a rant against Lleyton Hewitt that showed up on his facebook page.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:31 am in Newport | 28 Comments »

July 12th, 2013

Verdasco Stays Hot; Haas Upset; Isner v Hewitt On Hall Of Fame Saturday In Newport

Fernando Verdasco eyes a title in Sweden while John Isner and Lleyton Hewitt meet on the grass in Newport.

Posted by Staff @ 8:50 pm in hall of fame, Newport | 8 Comments »

July 7th, 2013

Isner, Querrey in Newport, Haas in Stuttgart; ATP/WTA Previews

Notes: Isner beat Hewitt in last year’s final…The former Wimbledon champ Hewitt has failed to raise the Newport trophy in two career appearances so far…15-year-old Stefan “Baby Santoro” Kozlov of Florida receives a wildcard and meets Poland’s Michal Prezysiezny first round…Karlovic is making his first appearance since being sidelined with viral meningitis in April…Tough starts for (1) Querrey vs. Mahut likely in 2nd rd., (6) Matosevic vs. Sock, (5) Roger-Vasselin vs. Karlovic, and (2) Isner vs. Harrison (winner to meet Blake or Adrian Mannarino who went deep at Wimbledon)…Hewitt has not won an ATP title since 2010…Querrey was runner-up in 2009…Blake was a finalist in 2002, and has not made an appearance in Newport since 2005…Three other players (Fabrice Santoro 2008-07, Greg Rusedski 2005-04, Bryan Shelton 1992-91) have won back-to-back titles since the tournament became an ATP event in 1976, and this week Isner will attempt to become the first player ever to win three in a row…Former champs in the field are Isner (2012-11) and fellow American Rajeev Ram (2009).

Posted by Staff @ 8:05 pm in Tennis | 6 Comments »

June 15th, 2013

Federer Seeks First Title In 10 Months; Former Champs Murray, Cilic Collide At Queen’s

Roger Federer is on the brink of his very first title in 10 months while 2-champ Andy Murray looks for another crown at Queen’s.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 8:07 pm in Halle, Queens | 171 Comments »

June 12th, 2013

Federer Wins Grass Opener In Halle, Haas v Gulbis Thursday; Murray Rained Out In Queen’s

Roger Federer romped in his grass season opener in Halle today.

Posted by Staff @ 6:38 pm in Halle, Queens | 58 Comments »

May 26th, 2013

Venus Falls At French Open While Federer, Serena Romp; Defending Champs Nadal, Sharapova Monday

Venus Williams was upset in the French Open first round while sister Serena and Roger Federer barely broke a sweat.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 5:28 pm in French Open | 143 Comments »

May 18th, 2013

Big ATP Names Week Before French at ATP Nice, Dusseldorf

The long-running Davis Cup-style ATP World Team Cup is no more, this year replaced by a 250-level tournament at The Rochusclub in Düsseldorf…Tough starts for (8) Davydenko vs. Tursunov, and 2nd rd. (2) Haas vs. Dodig…Wildcards went to Benjamin Becker, Haas and Juan Monaco…Pulls from the event included Nicolas Almagro, Grigor Dimitrov, Florian Mayer, Philipp Petzschner and Mikhail Youzhny.

Posted by Staff @ 2:59 pm in Tennis | 2 Comments »

March 21st, 2013

Hewitt Wins, Serena and Venus in Action Thurs. at Sony Miami Tennis

“He played way better every time he was behind in the match,” Hewitt said after topping Joao Sousa. “Whenever he’d get back on serve in the second set, he actually played worse. When he was behind, he sort of just went for it a lot more. That was tough because he sort of had nothing to lose.”

Posted by Staff @ 12:42 am in Miami | 17 Comments »

March 18th, 2013

Poll: Who Will Win Miami? Can Djokovic 3-Peat In The Last Hardcourt Event Before July?

Defending champion Novak Djokovic leads the field at the 2013 Miami Masters, who’ll be the winner in two weeks?

Posted by Staff @ 2:12 pm in Miami, Polls | 46 Comments »

March 8th, 2013

Hewitt Wins, Townsend Credits Brussel Sprouts at Indian Wells; Friday Preview

On the women’s side in first-round action the notable winners were American Jamie Hampton topping countrywoman (WC) Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-1 in the third, American (WC) Madison Keys outlasting countrywoman Melanie Oudin in three, and American (WC) Taylor Townsend getting her first WTA win, beating Lucie Hradecka from a set down.

Posted by Staff @ 8:43 am in Indian Wells | 9 Comments »

January 14th, 2013

Australian Open Day 1 Wrap: Hewitt Out; Sharapova Bakes 2 Bagels

“There are some few adjustments that I need to make and get a little bit sharper on the court,” said Djokovic, who will next face American Ryan Harrison. “But it’s expected in the first match you’re still not a 100 percent on the court.”

Posted by Staff @ 9:18 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 43 Comments »

January 13th, 2013

Djokovic Opens Australian Open Title Defense; Aussie Hopes Hewitt, Stosur Also In Action

On a packed opening day Australian Open schedule, Novak Djokovic begins his title defense.

Posted by Staff @ 10:03 am in Australian Open | 34 Comments »

January 10th, 2013

Australian Open Preview: Federer Was Right, Djokovic Is The Clear Favorite Thanks To A Cush Draw

The draw is out for the first Grand Slam of the tennis season and defending champion Novak Djokovic should breeze to the final weekend.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 9:00 pm in Australian Open | 161 Comments »

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