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October 15th, 2016

Defending Champ Kuznetsova, Djokovic-Killer Bautista Agut Lead Next Week at Kremlin Cup

No Maria Sharapova in Russia as the former No. 1 remains sidelined for doping until April 2017, but Russian fans still get defending champion and former world No. 2 Svetlana Kuznetsova, and on the men’s side Roberto Bautusta-Agut who upset world No. 1 Novak Djokovic today in the semifinals at Shanghai.

Posted by Staff @ 5:34 pm in Moscow, Tennis | 4 Comments »

September 17th, 2016

US Open Champ Wawrinka in Russia, French in Metz; ATP Previews

The St. Petersburg Open in Russia welcomes US Open champion Stan Wawrinka and three of the Top 10, while the Moselle Open in France features Dominic Thiem and a strong French contingent this week on the ATP World Tour

Posted by Staff @ 7:59 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

July 18th, 2016

ATP Previews: Thiem Machine in Kitzbuhel; Umag; Gstaad

.(1) Cuevas could have a difficult start against G-Lo, and (6) Carreno Busta “Rhymes” starts against the veteran Seppi…

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July 17th, 2016

Ramos-Vinolas Wins 1st Career at Bastad, Klizan Clobbers Cuevas at ATP Hamburg

“I am very happy because I recovered well and I came back to win the next game…Sometimes I thought I would never have another chance to win a tournament.”

Posted by Staff @ 4:52 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

July 10th, 2016

Ferrer Leads Bastad; Johnson on Grass at Newport; ATP Previews

Rafael Nadal (currently injured) beat Fognini in last year’s final…Leo Mayer (2014) is the only former champ in the field.

Posted by Staff @ 3:04 pm in ATP, Tennis | Comments Off

February 20th, 2016

Djokovic Heads Dubai, Loaded Field at WTA Doha: ATP/WTA Previews

Pulling from the tournament were Roger Federer (knee surgery) and Janko Tipsarevic…The absent Federer is the two-time defending champ, beating Djokovic in last year’s final…Federer and Djokovic have won the last seven titles between them…Djokovic (2013,’11-09) is the lone former champ in the field.

Posted by Staff @ 4:48 pm in Tennis | 8 Comments »

February 14th, 2016

Klizan Comeback Clamps Clown Monfils; Thiem New Clay King?

Dominic Thiem followed up his earlier upset of King of Clay Rafael Nadal to beat another Spanish veteran, Nicolas Almagro 7-6(2), 3-6, 7-6(4) in the Sunday final of the Argentina Open.

Posted by Staff @ 10:15 pm in Tennis | 2 Comments »

February 14th, 2016

Rafael Nadal Knocked Out By Dominic Thiem; Taylor Fritz Frenzy Continues In Memphis

Rafael Nadal is now struggling on the clay. Taylor Fritz closes in on the Top 100.

Posted by Staff @ 12:26 am in Latin Swing, Memphis, Rotterdam | 46 Comments »

August 1st, 2015

Murray in, Serena Out on U.S. Hardcourts; ATP/WTA Previews

All 16 seeds receive opening-round byes, but some potential interesting second-rounders with (12) Pospisil vs. (WC) Haas, (4) Gasquet vs. the hot-handed Muller, break-up boy (6) Dimitrov vs. the resurgent Baghdatis, and (7) Lopez vs. (WC) Hewitt on his retirement tour…

Posted by Staff @ 1:55 pm in Stanford, Tennis, Washington | 12 Comments »

July 19th, 2015

Venus Williams in Turkey; WTA/ATP Previews This Week

Tough starts for (1) Venus in the 2nd rd. vs. the Bastad runner-up Barthel, (4) Cornet vs. Wickmayer, (5) Giorgi vs. Cibulkova, and (2) Svitolina vs. Rybarikova…Veterans Daniela Hantuchova and Francesca Schiavone also floating around…Wildcards went to Turkey’s Cagla Buyukakcay and Ipek Soylu, and the No. 4 seed Cornet…Pulling from the event were Belinda Bencic, Alexandra Dulgheru, Kristina Mladenovic, Monica Niculescu and Flavia Pennetta…Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki beat No. 2 Roberta Vinci in last year’s final…Pavlyuchenkova (2010) is the lone returning former champ in the field.

Posted by Staff @ 10:21 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

June 22nd, 2015

ATP/WTA Previews: Kvitova, Woz in Eastbourne

Notes: Tough draws go to (1) Ferrer after a bye potentially vs. Baghdatis…Wildcards went to Brits Kyle Edmund and James Ward, American Taylor Harry Fritz, and German Alexander Zverev…

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April 25th, 2015

ATP Previews: Federer in Turkey?; Munich, Estoril

The first-ever ATP World Tour event in Turkey debuts, with organizers spending for Roger Federer to mark the occasion…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes, but potential tough starts for (7) Youzhny vs. Bellucci, and (5) Haider-Maurer vs. Dodig…Wildcards were awarded to Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, Turkey’s Cem Ilkel, and Russian Andrey Rublev.

Posted by Staff @ 4:15 pm in Tennis | 26 Comments »

April 12th, 2015

Kerber, Klizan, Schmiedlova, Sock Win ATP/WTA Titles

“It feels incredible,” Sock said. “Clay is my favorite surface. It feels surreal. It feels incredible, and to have friends and family here to share it with me feels even better.”

Posted by Staff @ 9:39 pm in Tennis | 4 Comments »

April 4th, 2015

ATP Previews: Isner in Houston, Ugly in Casablanca

The Bryan brothers, coming off the Miami Open title, are the top seeds in doubles…The tournament celebrates its 15th year in Houston after moving about in the U.S. since 1910…Former champs in the field are Verdasco (2014), Isner (2013), and Hewitt (2009).

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 7:34 pm in ATP, Casablanca, Houston, Tennis | 3 Comments »

October 3rd, 2014

Nadal Knocked Out By A Qualifier In Beijing, Serena Withdraws; Djokovic v Murray Saturday

Rafael Nadal was cut down by a qualifier in Beijing today.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 5:07 pm in beijing | 78 Comments »