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February 14th, 2010

Wozniacki, Venus at Dubai; Tsonga Defends Marseille; Previews

Seeds: Caroline Wozniacki, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Venus Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Elena Dementieva, Jelena Jankovic, Aggie Radwanska, Na Li, Sam Stosur, Flavia Pennetta, Marion Bartoli, Vera Zvonareva, Yanina Wickmayer, Francesca Schiavone, Nadia Petrova, Jie Zheng

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 12:06 am in Tennis | 1 Comment »

February 13th, 2010

Some Sincere Thoughts on Roger Federer

Writing this goes against everything I’ve been saying lately, but I just have to get this off my chest.

Posted by Ben Pronin @ 8:33 am in Australian Open, French Open | 131 Comments »

February 11th, 2010

A World Without Roger Federer

WARNING: NOT FOR DIE-HARD FED-FANATICS!

Posted by Ben Pronin @ 12:03 pm in ATP, Australian Open, French Open, Grand Slams, US Open, Wimbledon | 126 Comments »

January 24th, 2010

Australian Open: Mid-Tournament Assessment

I wasn’t sure when to make a mid-tournament assessment.

Posted by Ben Pronin @ 3:07 pm in 2010 Season, Australian Open, Grand Slams, Tennis | 86 Comments »

January 21st, 2010

Baghdatis, Hewitt Finding Old Magic in Oz

“A lot of things,” Baghdatis said of what they sang. “Marcos, I love you. I will never stop singing for you. Stuff like this.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:13 am in Tennis | 5 Comments »

October 6th, 2009

Nadal Gets Three Set Win; Del Potro, Roddick Upset by Qualifiers in Asia

Andy Roddick and Juan Martin Del Potro both lose to qualifiers in Asia.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 10:26 am in Asia, beijing | 147 Comments »

July 18th, 2009

ATP Indy Event Misses Roddick, Stiffs Blake

“We couldn’t meet his expectations (financially),” Martin said. “It just wasn’t going to happen. I couldn’t do it. James is a great person and a great supporter of this event.”

Posted by Staff @ 10:17 pm in Tennis | 59 Comments »

January 31st, 2009

Not Ready for Prime Time: Safina Gags Aussie Open Final to Serena

“I’ve been playing better throughout the weeks,” Serena told reporters regarding her form in Melbourne. “I think doubles was really able to help me out. And also I went out and hit a few balls this morning. I had a really good practice. Watching some of the men’s tennis, they were playing really well. I was really inspired like that. Especially last night’s [Nadal-Verdasco semifinal] match. It was just crazy.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:03 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 19 Comments »

January 30th, 2009

Verdasco Chokes in Fifth Against Nadal; Williams Win Doubles at Australian Open

Serving at 4-5 in the fifth and past the five-hour mark, Verdasco was undone by nerves. Verdasco double faulted to give Nadal a 40-0 lead, then two points later double faulted on match point.

Posted by Staff @ 11:09 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 92 Comments »

January 28th, 2009

Serena Saved by Roof, Federer Slams Djokovic at Australian Open

Roger Federer says Novak Djokovic is a quitter and a whuss — to paraphrase: “He’s not a guy who’s never given up before; it’s disappointing,” Federer said of Djokovic throwing in the towel in the fourth set against Andy Roddick. “I’ve only done it once in my career. Andy Roddick totally deserved to win that match…I’m almost in favor of saying, ‘You know what, if you’re not fit enough, just get out of here.’ If Novak were up two sets to love, I don’t think he would have retired 4-0 down in the fourth.” Ouch!…

Posted by Staff @ 9:46 am in Tennis | 48 Comments »

January 27th, 2009

Djokovic Melted by Roddick, Federer Next; Dokic Loses at Australian Open

“I had cramping and soreness in the whole body,” Djokovic told reporters. “I think the people could see that I was struggling with movement. I couldn’t serve the way I served in the first two sets. That third set I just started dropping 20, 30 kilometers per hour first serve. Obviously it was much easier for him to return. He saw that longer rallies are not comfortable for me at that point, so he was using it wisely. Really unfortunate way to end my Australian Open 2009. I really tried my best, but sometimes you can’t fight against your own body.”

Posted by Staff @ 9:57 am in 2009 Season, About, American tennis | 34 Comments »

January 26th, 2009

Lothario Verdasco Tops Murray at Australian Open

Murray said the loss could not be attributed to any mounting pressure, but to the play of Verdasco, who not only showed his powerful repertoire of serving and crunching forehands, but a deft touch with dropshots, slices and lobs to keep the Brit on the move.

Posted by Staff @ 10:09 am in Tennis | 31 Comments »

January 25th, 2009

Jankovic Loses, Federer Escapes at Australian Open

Choking Jankovic Out, Dokic in at Australian Open The world No. 1 with a cloud over her head, Jelena Jankovic entered the 2009 Australian Open without a career Slam title to her credit, and on Sunday she exited the same way. The Serb will have to wait until May and the French Open for a [...]

Posted by Staff @ 9:57 am in Tennis | 130 Comments »

January 24th, 2009

Gonzalez Wins Marathon at Australian Open; Dokic Owes Drug Dealer, Rusedski Un-retires

“She arrived out here broken and penniless and Johnny was the one who took the punt on Jelena,” family friend Glen Schirmer, who worked as Dokic’s dietitian at Giannarelli’s request, told the newspaper. “At his own expense he housed, fed and trained both her and her boyfriend for months. He said he knew that one day he’d get the money back from her. He liked her and he thought she deserved a second shot at it. He felt really sorry for her and they became very, very close. She was trying to get a start again but nobody wanted to touch her, so Johnny took her on.” — One of life’s lessons Jelena, never stiff the mob…

Posted by Staff @ 11:05 am in Tennis | 30 Comments »

January 23rd, 2009

Djokovic Escapes, Ivanovic Out, Hot Dokic at Australian Open

A man naked from the waist down danced across the court during the Williams’ sisters doubles match — presumably coming straight from the Beer Garden. Good effort at the “Happy Slam”…

Posted by Staff @ 10:12 am in Tennis | 59 Comments »