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August 28th, 2019

Nadal Dominant In US Open Debut, 4 Top 10 Seeds Fall; Djokovic, Federer Back Wed.

Nearly half the Top 10 exited Tuesday at the US Open.

Posted by Staff @ 12:37 am in US Open | 16 Comments »

July 8th, 2019

Big 3 Federer, Nadal, Djokovic Dominate Wimbledon 4R

The Big 3 only faced one break point the whole day.

Posted by Staff @ 6:30 pm in Wimbledon | 34 Comments »

July 6th, 2019

Federer, Nadal Fly Past Frenchmen Into Wimbledon 4th RD; Querrey Cruising

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal edged closed to a Friday meeting.

Posted by Staff @ 4:34 pm in Wimbledon | 31 Comments »

February 24th, 2019

Tsitsipas Takes Second Career ATP Title In Marseille, Beats Kukushkin

Stefanos Tsitsipas continues to impress.

Posted by Staff @ 3:19 pm in Marseille | 1 Comment »

September 16th, 2018

Thiem Headlines, Wawrinka Spices-Up St. Pete Open; ATP Preview

Stan Wawrinka takes a wildcard into St. Pete where as an unseeded player he is looking at a meeting with No. 4 Karen Khachanov in the second round.

Posted by Staff @ 3:02 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

December 31st, 2017

Cilic, Anderson Headlines ATP India Stop in Pune; Preview

.(3) Bautista Agut after a bye likely has a tough start against Simon…Wildcards were awarded to France’s Paire and Indians Arjun Kadhe and Ramkumar Ramanathan…

Posted by Staff @ 2:57 pm in Tennis | Comments Off on Cilic, Anderson Headlines ATP India Stop in Pune; Preview

June 18th, 2016

Grass Tennis Preview: Radwanska, WTA Stars in Eastbourne, Not So Much in ATP Nottingham

Four Top 10 seeds and a former Wimbledon champ round out the stout draw…The 16 seeds all receive opening-round byes…Floaters galore, with tough opening matches for…

Posted by Staff @ 4:49 pm in Tennis | 13 Comments »

October 17th, 2015

ATP/WTA Previews: Radwanska, 4 Top 10 in Moscow; Lux, Stockholm, Vienna

Notes: Strong seeding but not a lot of field depth…(4) Tomic will start against the Querrey-Baghdatis winner…Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Wildcards went to Berdych, Swede Mike Ymer and Finn Jarkko Nieminen…Last year Berdych came from a set down to beat Dimitrov in the final…Berdych trying to become the first Stockholm back-to-back winner since James Blake (2005-06)…Former champs in the field are Berdych (2014,’12), Dimitrov (2013), and Baghdatis (2009).

Posted by Staff @ 3:18 pm in Tennis | 6 Comments »

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 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 »

January 17th, 2015

Troublemaker Troicki, Vesely, Watson Win Pre-Aussie Titles; X-Notes!

What you won’t read in the tournament wrap on the ATP website is the tournament win bringing possible closure for Troicki — who in 2013 was banned from the tour for 18 months for refusing to supply a blood sample, then spent 2014 slogging through Challenger tour events to work his way back to the tour.

Posted by Staff @ 12:17 pm in Tennis | 8 Comments »

August 17th, 2014

ATP/WTA Previews: Isners Leads W-S, Solid Field at WTA Conn.

Notes: Potential tough starts for (8) Granollers against the Ginepri-Mathieu winner, (6) Sousa vs. the explosive Janowicz, and (16) Johnson vs. his American compatriot Querrey…Wildcards went to South African Kevin Anderson and Americans Ginepri, Ryan Harrison and Wimbledon boys’ winner Noah Rubin…Notable withdrawals from the tournament include Wimbledon doubles winners Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock, and Dmitry Tursunov…Jurgen Melzer beat Gael Monfils in last year’s final…Returning former champs in the field are Melzer (2013) and Isner (2012-11).

Posted by Staff @ 12:31 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

April 27th, 2014

Tennis Previews: Haas Defends Munich; Men and Women in Portugal

Notes: Haas beat Kohlschreiber in the all-German 2013 final…The top-seeded Fognini makes his Munich debut…Challenging starts for (1) Fognini after a bye vs. either Dr. Ivo or Smokin’ Dustin Brown, and (4) Monfils the Meltdown after a bye possibly facing the Austrian veteran Tuna Melzer…

Posted by Staff @ 11:02 am in Tennis | Comments Off on Tennis Previews: Haas Defends Munich; Men and Women in Portugal

February 8th, 2014

No. 1s Nadal, Serena Williams Pull; ATP/WTA Previews This Week

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal pulled from the event citing a stomach virus…Ferrer shooting for third title in a row…Wildcards went to Ferrer and Argentines Facundo Arguello and Guido Pella…Returning champs in the field are Ferrer (2013-12), Almagro (2011), Robredo (2009), and Monaco (2007).

Posted by Staff @ 2:59 pm in Tennis | 6 Comments »

January 21st, 2012

Masterful Hewitt Outserves Raonic; Djokovic, Murray, Serena Criuse At Australian Open

Lleyton Hewitt still has the magic while tournament favorites Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Serena Williams roll at the Australian Open.

Posted by Staff @ 9:17 am in Australian Open | 182 Comments »