February 7th, 2016
Even more than Bulgarian star Grigor Dimitrov skipping his country’s debut ATP event because he wasn’t offered enough appearance money, the Sofia Open will be remembered for top seed Roberto Bautista Agut etching his name in the history books as the event’s first winner.
February 6th, 2016
Last year Nadal broke Ferrer’s three-year hold on the event, beating Monaco in the final…Pulling from the event were Aljaz Bedene, Andreas “Don’t Be A” Haider-Maurer, and Jack Sock…Spaniards have won the singles title for the last seven years…The title-less Nadal is trying to repeat last year when he won his first title of the year in Buenos Aires…Former champs in the field are Nadal (2015), Ferrer (2014-12), Almagro (2011), and Monaco (2007).
January 16th, 2016
Sock said playing deeper into his ilness was like “an out of body experience,” adding, “I don’t feel like I’m really here.”
January 9th, 2016
Top-seeded Sloane Stephens withdrew from the event after the draw was made…Now no Top 30 players in the field…Possible tough starts for (4) Niculescu vs. McHale, and (2) Giorgi vs. Diyas, who found herself seeded as numerous events last year…Bouchard in the lower half ready to meet the No. 8 and 2 seeds early…
January 2nd, 2016
Federer has won the most singles titles of any player in Doha, and is a perfect 3-0 in finals…Ferrer beat Berdych in last year’s final…Nadal, who is playing doubles with Verdasco, has won the most doubles titles of anyone at the event with four (2005,’09,’11,’15)…Former singles champs in the field are Ferrer (2015), Nadal (2014), and Federer (2011,’06-05).
November 1st, 2015
It was the sixth title for Federer this year, and 88th of his career. Nadal dropped to 67-31 in tour finals and 3-3 this year. “Today I was very competitive against one of the best players in the world,” said Nadal. “The match wasn’t far away from me. He played well and I played well too.”
October 25th, 2015
Federer (2014,’11-10,’08-06) is the lone former champ in the field. “I remember I was always very nervous on court because I always wanted to do so well here,” said Federer, who lost to Andre Agassi in the first round in his first appearance in 1998.
October 17th, 2015
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).
August 29th, 2015
Contrary to what commentator Chris Evert says, Serena Williams is the GOAT. She, the Martinas, everyone else is out. But having said that, the odds are against Serena that she is going to win the US Open and complete the calendar year Grand Slam. The pressure build up is too great.
July 25th, 2015
Notes: Time for the tournament sponsored by an online betting site as the tour fights rampant match-fixing…Loaded dirt field…Rafa makes his first appearance since being upset at Wimbledon…Tough starts for (1) Rafa vs. Hot Sauce
July 19th, 2015
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.
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June 7th, 2015
Notes: The tournament makes the switch to grass as part of the tour’s extended grasscourt season…Tough starts for (1) Nadal against the Baghdatis-Rosol winner, and (8) Troicki vs. Coric…Wildcards went to Germans Tommy Haas, Maximilian Marterer and Alexander Zverev…Pulling from the event were Julien Benneteau and Jiri Vesely…The Bryan brothers are the top seeds in doubles…Nadal (2007,’05) is the lone returning former champ in the field.
April 25th, 2015
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.
April 4th, 2015
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).
February 21st, 2015
Nadal a question mark after a cramp-ridden semifinal loss on Saturday at the Rio Open…Not a lot of early challenges besides (7) Andujar opening against Almagro…Wildcards went to Argentines Guido Andreozzi, Renzo Olivo and Horacio Zeballos…David Ferrer beat Fognini in last year’s final…Nadal is making his first appearance in Buenos Aires in 10 years…Ferrer passes on the opportunity to win a fourth consecutive Buenos Aires title in a row…Returning former champs in the field are Almagro (2011), Robredo (2009), and Juan Monaco (2007).