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February 11th, 2014

Murray, Del Potro v Monfils On Tap Wednesday In Rotterdam

Juan Martin del Potro test his ailing left wrist against the red hot Gael Monfils Wednesday in Rotterdam.

Posted by Staff @ 11:03 pm in 2014 Season | 9 Comments »

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 »

February 3rd, 2014

Federer and Swiss Strong, U.S. Stunned in Davis Cup

Andrey Golubev is the hero in the fifth and deciding match, topping Ruben Bemelmens in straight sets. Belgian David Goffin forced a fifth match on Sunday by defeating Mikhail Kukushkin in five sets.

Posted by Staff @ 12:49 am in Davis Cup, Tennis | 13 Comments »

February 2nd, 2014

Haas Leads Zagreb; ATP Previews This Week

Returning champs in the field are Gasquet (2013, ’06), Monfils (2010), and Mathieu (2002)…Gasquet trying to match Pete Sampras (1992-93) as the only back-to-back winner in Montpellier.

Posted by Staff @ 5:01 pm in Tennis | 7 Comments »

January 13th, 2014

Kvitova Toppled, Djokovic Lauds Becker at Australian Open Day 1

“He has accepted my kind request to speak to me in German as much as he can because I would like to refresh my knowledge. I used to speak it,” said a light-hearted Djokovic.

Posted by Staff @ 8:59 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 48 Comments »

January 4th, 2014

Del Potro in Sydney; ATP/WTA Tennis Previews

Notes: Sam Stosur still injured?…Tough draws for (3) Vesnina against the Puerto Rican riser Puig, and (5) Pennetta against the former No. 1 Venus…Venus on the small-tournament guarantee-cash circuit this year?…Wildcards went to Aussies Casey Dellacqua, Olivia Rogowska and Storm Sanders…Storm Sanders is an awesome sports name, period…Pulling from the tournament were Nadia Petrova, Ashleigh Barty and Stefanie Voegele…Vesnina in last year’s final beat Barthel…Returning former champs in the field are Vesnina (2013), Barthel (2012), and Jie Zheng (2005).

Posted by Staff @ 10:52 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

December 29th, 2013

2014 Preview: Novak Djokovic Or Rafael Nadal, Who’ll Finish The Year No. 1?

Sean Randall previews the 2014 season and makes his Grand Slam predictions.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 7:56 pm in 2014 Season, Australian Open, French Open, US Open, Wimbledon | 229 Comments »

December 25th, 2013

2013 Tennis-X Awards: Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams Grab Multiple Honors

Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Gael Monfils took home top honors in the 2013 Tennis-X awards.

Posted by Staff @ 9:51 am in 2013 Season | 135 Comments »

October 26th, 2013

Preview: Gasquet, ATP Players on Hot Seat at Paris Masters

Notes: The final tournament of the year before the year-end championships…Three berths remain at the year-end championships with five players (as of Saturday) still in the running: Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Richard Gasquet, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Milos Raonic…Federer will according to the ATP lock up a spot if he wins the Swiss Open on Sunday…The Top 8 seeds receive first-round byes…Tough starts for (1) Nadal possibly starting against the indoor upset specialist Tursunov, (9) Gasquet vs. the Gulbis-Verdasco winner, (6) Berdych vs. the Monfils-Pospisil winner, (16) Fognini vs. the Llodra-Dimitrov winner, and (4) Del Potro possibly starting against the drug-cleared Cilic…Ferrer beat Janowicz in last year’s final…Nadal is trying to become the first player to win six Masters titles in the same year…Djokovic has won his last two titles entering the event…Returning former champs in the field are Ferrer (2012), Federer (2011), Djokovic (2009), Tsonga (2008), and Berdych (2005).

Posted by Staff @ 7:45 pm in Paris, Tennis | 12 Comments »

October 20th, 2013

Gasquet, Haas, Dimitrov, Halep, Wozniacki Win Tennis Titles

The top-seeded Gasquet’s win has him overtaking Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to move to No. 9 in the Emirates ATP Race to London after his third title of 2013.

Posted by Staff @ 3:14 pm in Tennis | 12 Comments »

October 20th, 2013

WTA Championships Controversy; ATP Basel, Valencia Previews

Controversy came with the end of the season as Kerber received a late wildcard for the Linz tournament, which she won, allowing her to edge Wozniacki for a Top 8 spot. “I do not understand that (the WTA) can suddenly change the draw and allocation of wildcards that way,” Wozniacki said. “There are many things that have been done in an unsportsmanlike and unethical manner. And you can hear from other players. They think it’s so ridiculous.”…

Posted by Staff @ 1:05 pm in Tennis | 9 Comments »

October 12th, 2013

Preview: WTA, ATP in Moscow; Stockholm, Vienna, Lux

Tough starts go to (1) Gasquet vs. either Baghdatis or Evgeny Donskoy, (5) Istomin vs. Russian (WC) Andrey Kuznetsov, and (7) Sousa vs. Stakhovsky…Seeds making their debuts at the event are Gasquet, Sousa and Mannarino…Russians have won the event 14 times since 1990…Last year Seppi beat Thomaz Bellucci in the final…Notable pulls from the event were Nikolay Davydenko (wrist) and Stan Wawrinka…Returning former champs in the field are Seppi (2012) and Tipsarevic (2011).

Posted by Staff @ 6:17 pm in Tennis | 2 Comments »

September 29th, 2013

Djokovic, Nadal Headline China Open in Beijing

Notes: Wildcards went to former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, and China’s Wu Di and Zhang Ze…Interesting first round matches include (1) Djokovic vs. the streaky Rosol (winner to likely face Hot Sauce), Querrey vs. Youzhny (winner to likely face (6) Wawrinka), (3) Ferrer vs. Popsicle, and (7) Haas vs. Hewitt…Wawrinka makes debut at event…Pulling from the event were Marin Cilic (doping suspension), Ernests Gulbis, Jerzy Janowicz (back), and Martin Klizan…Returning champs in the field are Djokovic (2012,’10-09), Berdych (2011), and Nadal (2005).

Posted by Staff @ 12:21 am in beijing, Tennis | 52 Comments »

September 1st, 2013

Federer, Nadal Dominate, Move Closer To QF US Open Showdown; Serena v Sloane Sunday

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal moved a step closer to a Wednesday night showdown at the US Open.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 1:52 am in US Open | 94 Comments »

August 31st, 2013

Tommy Haas Says You Can Win In Your Mid 30s

Tommy Haas says he can still be a factor in his mid 30s.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:00 am in US Open | 2 Comments »

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