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September 29th, 2013

Del Potro, Tsonga; Nishikori Defends at ATP Tokyo

Notes: Andy Murray pulled from the event (back surgery)…Some opening-round testers with (1) Del Potro vs. Baghdatis, (4) Nishikori vs. Tuna Melzer, and (2) Tsonga vs. Gael Force in an all-French affair…Simon and Almagro have losing career records at the event, while Anderson makes his debut…Wildcards went to Del Potro and Japan’s Tatsuma Ito, Go Soeda, and Yuichi Sugita…Nishikori beat Raonic in last year’s final…Returning champs in the field are Nishikori (2012) and Tsonga (2009).

Posted by Staff @ 12:45 am in Tennis | 1 Comment »

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 »

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 »

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 »

December 20th, 2012

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

Novak Djokovic wins Tennis-X.com 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 »

June 30th, 2012

Murray Sneaks In; Did Andy Roddick Say Goodbye to Wimbledon?

“I think the quality of tennis improved under the roof,” Murray said. “I was under the impression I was stopping at 11:00 regardless of what the score was. Even if it was in the middle of a game. But, yeah, obviously glad that I managed to get the finish. And the atmosphere at the end was excellent.”

Posted by Staff @ 9:16 pm in Tennis, Wimbledon | 21 Comments »

March 24th, 2012

Venus Bagels Kvitova; Federer v Harrison, Djokovic, Roddick, Serena Today In Miami

Venus Williams continues to look sharp in her return, and Saturday promises to be a huge day in Miami.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 10:18 am in Tennis | 68 Comments »

January 18th, 2012

Watch Marcos Baghdatis Destroy 1-2-3-4 Racquets [Video]

Watch Marcos Baghdatis destroy for of his racquets.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 4:59 pm in Australian Open, Videos | 9 Comments »

November 4th, 2011

Roddick Tries To Foil Federer In Basel; Querrey Upsets Tsonga, Faces Del Potro In Valencia

Andy Roddick won Thursday to set up a 23rd meeting tomorrow with Roger Federer in Basel.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 12:55 am in Tennis | 46 Comments »

October 1st, 2011

Murray, Young Reach Bangkok Final; Tipsarevic, Baghdatis Bid For KL Title

Donald Young is starting to make waves, tonight he’ll play Andy Murray for the Bangkok title.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 10:22 pm in Asia | 26 Comments »

July 30th, 2011

Monfils, Fish Headline ATP Washington; Kitzbuhel; WTA Carlsbad Previews

Nalbandian beat Baghdatis in last year’s final; Andy Roddick misses the event with injury, yet to debut on the U.S. summer circuit; returning champs in the field are Nalbandian (2010) and Blake (2002).

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July 24th, 2011

Unseeded Serena Looms at Stanford; Roddick Still in Hiding; ATP/WTA Previews

American Andy Roddick still in seclusion during Week #2 of the US Open Series, not making an appearance since the U.S. Davis Cup debacle vs. Spain…

Posted by Staff @ 2:13 pm in Tennis | 8 Comments »

May 2nd, 2011

Roddick F Bombs Out of Madrid; Del Potro, Raonic Tomorrow

Andy Roddick suffered a tough loss in his 2011 clay opener.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 8:47 pm in Madrid | 23 Comments »

February 10th, 2011

Murray’s Misery Mounts; Raonic Blasts Blake, Berankis Next at San Jose

Andy Murray can’t stop the rot, Raonic passes Blake in the night.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 8:06 am in San Jose | 67 Comments »

January 20th, 2011

Young Tomic (AUS), Raonic (CAN), Berankis (LTU) Shine in Men’s Upsets at Australian Open; X-Notes

Matches to look out for on a loaded Friday in Melbourne include (2) Roger Federer vs. Xavier “X-Man” Malisse, (19) Stan Wawrinka vs. (12) Gael “Force” Monfils, an all-Serb in (29) Viktor Troicki vs. (3) Novak Djokovic, (8) Andy Roddick vs. Dutchman Robin Haase, Kei “Special K” Nishikori vs. Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, (6) Tomas Berdych vs. (28) Richard Gasquet, and (14) Nicolas Almagro vs. (17) Ivan Ljubicic.

Posted by Staff @ 9:09 am in Tennis | 30 Comments »