October 12th, 2013
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).
September 29th, 2013
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).
September 1st, 2013
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal moved a step closer to a Wednesday night showdown at the US Open.
August 31st, 2013
Tommy Haas says he can still be a factor in his mid 30s.
August 3rd, 2013
Juan Martin Del Potro has won 12 straight matches now in Washington.
August 2nd, 2013
A quick preview of the Montreal draw.
August 2nd, 2013
Juan Martin Del Potro opened his summer hardcourt season Thursday with two wins.
July 27th, 2013
Notes: Three former No. 1s among the seeds…No Williams sisters but plenty of Top 10ers and floaters…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Tough openers for (1) Azarenka after a bye against Pennetta or Schiavone, (4) Vinci after a bye likely against the veteran Mattek-Sands, (7) Ivanovic vs. Cibulkova, (5) Stosur vs. the rolling Lepchenko, and (2) Radwanska after a bye likely vs. the veteran Hantuchova…Wildcards went to American Allie Kiick, France’s Virginie Razzano, and Stosur…Pulling from the event were Marion Bartoli, Kirsten Flipkens, Bojana Jovanovski, Kristina Mladenovic and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova…Martina Hingis and Hantuchova received a wildcard in doubles…Cibulkova beat Bartoli in the final last year…Returning champions in the field are Cibulkova (2012), Radwanska (2011), and Kuznetsova (2010).
July 19th, 2013
Roger Federer is winning with his new racquet, but it isn’t pretty.
July 19th, 2013
Roger Federer and Serena Williams both advanced on the clay today in Europe.
July 17th, 2013
Roger Federer is satisfied after his first match with a new larger racquet.
July 13th, 2013
Notes: Serena gets that fat slice of guarantee money cake, or apparently all the slices, with the No. 2 seed 30 places behind her in the rankings…Serena opens against Sesil Karatantcheva, the former French Open quarterfinalist who served a two-year ban for doping…Wildcards went to Swiss Belinda Bencic, this year’s French and Wimbledon juniors winner, and Swedes Ellen Allgurin and Rebecca Peterson…Tough draws for (5) Dominguez Lino against fellow Spaniard Medina Garriguez, (7) Soler-Espinosa vs. the veteran Razzano, and (2) Halep second round against Pennetta…Pulling from the event were Alexa Glatch, Kaia Kanepi, Magdalena Rybarikova, Yaroslava Shvedova and Venus Williams…Not participating in the event is Polona Hercog, who last year in the final defeated Mathilde Johansson for her second consecutive title…There are no former champs in the field.
July 12th, 2013
Fernando Verdasco eyes a title in Sweden while John Isner and Lleyton Hewitt meet on the grass in Newport.
July 7th, 2013
Notes: Isner beat Hewitt in last year’s final…The former Wimbledon champ Hewitt has failed to raise the Newport trophy in two career appearances so far…15-year-old Stefan “Baby Santoro” Kozlov of Florida receives a wildcard and meets Poland’s Michal Prezysiezny first round…Karlovic is making his first appearance since being sidelined with viral meningitis in April…Tough starts for (1) Querrey vs. Mahut likely in 2nd rd., (6) Matosevic vs. Sock, (5) Roger-Vasselin vs. Karlovic, and (2) Isner vs. Harrison (winner to meet Blake or Adrian Mannarino who went deep at Wimbledon)…Hewitt has not won an ATP title since 2010…Querrey was runner-up in 2009…Blake was a finalist in 2002, and has not made an appearance in Newport since 2005…Three other players (Fabrice Santoro 2008-07, Greg Rusedski 2005-04, Bryan Shelton 1992-91) have won back-to-back titles since the tournament became an ATP event in 1976, and this week Isner will attempt to become the first player ever to win three in a row…Former champs in the field are Isner (2012-11) and fellow American Rajeev Ram (2009).
June 29th, 2013
“It was a fantastic match,” Djokovic said. “I felt great from the start ’til the end. I had that super focus and tried to be out there every point and not allow him to come back in the match or to have any chances. I saw the stats that I won 100 percent of first serves and I served over 80 percent of serves in in the whole match. That was incredible for me. I enjoyed every moment of it, especially at the end…This kind of performance came in the right time for me.”