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June 28th, 2008

Words on Wimbledon 2008 – Week One

WTA officials should add a tab to their website that explains patronymics in Eastern European languages. It might help fans understand why so many top players last names end with “ova” or some such variation.

Posted by Dan Martin @ 11:19 pm in American tennis, Grass season, Miami, Wimbledon | 31 Comments »

June 28th, 2008

Monday Wimbledon Schedule; Jankovic Limps Through

Other players into the Round of 16 Saturday were (8) Richard Gasquet (d. (28) Gilles Simon in four), (12) Andy Murray (d. Tommy Haas in four), and unseeded Croat Marin Cilic (d. (14) Paul-Henri Mathieu in four).

Posted by Staff @ 11:14 pm in Tennis, Wimbledon | 5 Comments »

June 27th, 2008

Ivanovic Out-ovic at Wimbledon; Federer v Hewitt Next

“I think I know what it takes to win Slams or to go far,” Federer said. So I have the proper preparation. I have the belief…Playing at Wimbledon always creates extra pressure because it’s what’s closest to my heart…I want to prove it to myself I can do it again here.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:31 pm in Tennis, Wimbledon | 18 Comments »

June 26th, 2008

Roddick Chokes as Americans Head for Exit at Wimbledon

Other upsets were orchestrated by Guillermo “G-Lo” Garcia-Lopez, who topped Spanish countryman and No. 19 seed Nicolas Almagro in five sets; former world No. 2 Tommy Haas, who gave a straight-set grass master course to No. 23 seed Tommy Robredo, and Croat Marin Cilic, who outlasted No. 24 seed Jarkko Nieminen in five sets.

Posted by Staff @ 9:16 pm in Tennis, Wimbledon | 42 Comments »

June 25th, 2008

Safin Shocks Djokovic; Brits Bag on Fat Players at Wimbledon

The Independent on Roger Federer’s Wimbledon sweater: “This, it almost goes without saying, is a prime example of how not to wear knitwear,” Susannah Frankel wrote. “Federer resembled nothing more than an ageing Harry Potter, although one suspects that this was not the effect he was aiming for.”…

Posted by Staff @ 10:11 pm in Tennis, Wimbledon | 54 Comments »

June 25th, 2008

Sharapova Tuxedo Shirt No Hit at Wimbledon; Gilbert Quits LTA

British Lawn Tennis Association coach Brad Gilbert’s charge Alex Bogdanovic lost first round at Wimbledon, and now Gilbert is out the door. It was announced that Gilbert will part ways with the LTA and following Bogdanovic around the Challenger circuit when his contract ends in three months.

Posted by Staff @ 12:08 am in Tennis, Wimbledon | 49 Comments »

June 24th, 2008

Wimbledon Day 1 Dish: Federer, Ivanovic Cruise; Serena’s Trenchcoat

The slew of upset-makers Tuesday were Casey Dellacqua (d. (12) Patty Schnyder in three), Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (d. (17) Alize Cornet in two tiebreaks), Vera Dushevina (d. (19) Maria Kirilenko), Evgeniya Rodina (d. (27) Virginie Razzano after getting bageled in the first), and Jie Zheng (d. (30) Dominika Cibulkova).

Posted by Staff @ 1:11 am in Tennis, Wimbledon | 51 Comments »

June 23rd, 2008

Tennis-X Barbs: Grass is Greener for Spaniards…and Slower

New ATP Player Council member and U.S. TV commentator Justin Gimelstob speaking to a D.C. radio show on Anna Kournikova: “Hate’s a very strong word. I just despise her to the maximum level, right below hate. I think she falls into the Marcelo Rios ‘Scumbag’ category….And this whole bluff about her retiring because of her back? She had the yips on her serve, she can’t get her serve on the court. Wait until you see on July 23, she’s gonna be serving 40 miles an hour and I’m gonna be just plugging it down her throat…We do exhibitions together and I’ll mock her, and make fun of her. I’ll just make her know that she’s stupid…I’m sure she’ll rue the day that she has to come here and actually share space with me…I have no attraction to her, because she’s such a douche…I really have no interest in her. I wouldn’t mind having my younger brother, who’s kind of a stud, nail her and then reap the benefits of that.”

Posted by Staff @ 1:23 am in Tennis, Wimbledon | 18 Comments »

June 19th, 2008

5 Things Tennis Could Do to Promote Itself

I allow myself to briefly occupy the mythical Commissioner of Tennis Chair that John McEnroe publicly campaigns for now and again. Johnny Mac campaigned long and hard to be the U.S. Davis Cup captain only to quit after one year, but when should reality ever hurt speculation and offering advice? Here are my 5 (best?) [...]

Posted by Dan Martin @ 11:21 pm in ATP, Clay Season, Fed Cup, French Open, ITF, Tennis, Tennis on TV, TV, WTA Tour | 10 Comments »

June 17th, 2008

Tennis-X Notes: Tursunov Kicked Out of Tournament; Nadal Wimbledon Pick

“After reviewing the situation, the ATP Supervisor has withdrawn Dmitry Tursunov from the singles tournament at the Slazenger Open,” the ATP released in a statement.

Posted by Staff @ 11:13 pm in Tennis | 24 Comments »

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2 Rafael Nadal2 Na Li
3 Roger Federer3 Simona Halep
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Petra Kvitova
5 Tomas Berdych5 Agnieszka Radwanska
6 David Ferrer6 Maria Sharapova
7 Milos Raonic7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 Juan Martin Del Potro8 Angelique Kerber
9 Grigor Dimitrov9 Jelena Jankovic
10 Andy Murray10 Victoria Azarenka
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