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September 22nd, 2013

Previews: Azarenka vs. Venus at Tokyo; ATP Events

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).

Posted by Staff @ 8:02 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

August 18th, 2013

Will Isner Pull? Previews: ATP Winston-Salem, WTA New Haven

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.

Posted by Staff @ 2:08 pm in Tennis | 6 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 »

May 1st, 2013

It’s May 1 And Nadal Is Undefeated On Hardcourts, Djokovic Undefeated On Clay, Anything Else?

It’s been a strange first four months of the ATP season. But that’s a good thing, right?

Posted by Sean Randall @ 9:58 pm in 2013 Season | 20 Comments »

April 30th, 2013

Rafael Nadal In Striking Distance Of Novak Djokovic’s 2013 Ranking Lead; Federer Now 10th!

Rafael Nadal is with striking distance of Novak Djokovic’s 2013 points lead.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:56 pm in 2013 Season, Year-End No. 1 | 71 Comments »

April 28th, 2013

Nadal, Rosol Reunite in Title Efforts Sunday

Rafael Nadal won his eighth Barcelona title in nine years on Sunday, defeating fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-3 in the final of the rainy Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.

Posted by Staff @ 10:23 pm in Tennis | 27 Comments »

April 28th, 2013

Lukas Rosol Seeded At The French Open?

Lukas Rosol became the first Czech player to win a title this year, and he dedicated the win to his late father.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 7:12 pm in Clay Season | 1 Comment »

April 27th, 2013

Nadal Seeks 8th Barcelona Title Against Almagro; Sharapova Eyes Stuttgart Repeat

Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova both bid for title defenses tomorrow.

Posted by Staff @ 6:51 pm in Barcelona | 52 Comments »

March 23rd, 2013

Djokovic Cruises After Miami Blackout, Del Potro Already Done; Serena, Venus, Murray v Tomic On Saturday

On a night when the grounds went dark, Novak Djokovic suffered no power outage in Miami, crushing Lukos Rosol. But Juan Martin Del Potro wasn’t as fortunate in an opening round bracket busting loss.

Posted by Staff @ 12:56 am in Miami | 97 Comments »

February 2nd, 2013

Czechs Lead Swiss After Winning Longest Doubles Match In History; Canada Can’t Close Out Spain; Bryans Upset

The longest doubles match in tennis history was won by the Czechs today in Davis Cup first round play.

Posted by Staff @ 10:07 pm in Davis Cup | 26 Comments »

December 20th, 2012

2012 Tennis-X Awards: Djokovic Named Best Of The Best; Baghdatis, Melzer, Tomic Take Home Honors

Novak Djokovic wins player of the year honors while Bernard Tomic steals the inaugural hot tub award.

Posted by Staff @ 7:04 pm in 2012 Season | 85 Comments »

December 4th, 2012

Year-End Review – Extended Grass: Federer and Murray Take the Reigns

A lot has been said about Rafael Nadal’s greatness on clay. Even more has been said about Roger Federer’s greatness in general.

Posted by Ben Pronin @ 2:28 pm in 2012 Season, ATP, Olympics, Wimbledon | 39 Comments »

June 30th, 2012

Roger Federer: Rosol’s Performance In The Fifth Against Rafa Was A Joke, I Was Laughing For 10 Minutes After

Roger Federer won another five-set thriller last night at Wimbledon.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 12:19 pm in Wimbledon | 96 Comments »

June 29th, 2012

Lukas Rosol: “I Still Can’t Believe It, It’s Like Dream For Me”

Lukas Rosol met the press after his historic win yesterday over Rafael Nadal in the second round at Wimbledon.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 7:50 am in Wimbledon | 3 Comments »

June 28th, 2012

Nadal Czeched Out By Rosol In Wimbledon Shocker, Pressure Shifts To Murray; Federer, Djokovic Friday

Rafael Nadal was handed one of his most stunning losses of his career Thursday at Wimbledon.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:25 pm in Wimbledon | 520 Comments »

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