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October 15th, 2016

Defending Champ Kuznetsova, Djokovic-Killer Bautista Agut Lead Next Week at Kremlin Cup

No Maria Sharapova in Russia as the former No. 1 remains sidelined for doping until April 2017, but Russian fans still get defending champion and former world No. 2 Svetlana Kuznetsova, and on the men’s side Roberto Bautusta-Agut who upset world No. 1 Novak Djokovic today in the semifinals at Shanghai.

Posted by Staff @ 5:34 pm in Moscow, Tennis | 4 Comments »

October 1st, 2016

Kerber, Murray Headline Elite China Open Fields

Nine of the Top 10 players, sans Serena Williams, in the field…Potential tough starts for (3) Radwasnka second round vs. the powerful Makarova, (13) Vinci second round vs. the resurgent Wozniacki, (5) Pliskova vs. Safarova, (15) Pavlyuchenkova vs. (Q) Riske (winner to meet Stosur), (8) Keys second round vs. the winner of Jelena Jankovic and Kristina Mladenovic, and the shaky-of-late (2) Muguruza vs. Begu…

Posted by Staff @ 1:54 pm in China Open, Tennis | 1 Comment »

September 30th, 2016

Berdych, Gasquet Advance To Shenzhen SFs; Khachanov Impresses In Chengdu, Thiem Doesn’t

Semifinals take place Saturday in Asia on the ATP.

Posted by Staff @ 4:30 pm in Asia | No Comments »

September 17th, 2016

US Open Champ Wawrinka in Russia, French in Metz; ATP Previews

The St. Petersburg Open in Russia welcomes US Open champion Stan Wawrinka and three of the Top 10, while the Moselle Open in France features Dominic Thiem and a strong French contingent this week on the ATP World Tour

Posted by Staff @ 7:59 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

August 21st, 2016

Everyone Withdraws from WTA Connecticut; Gasquet Leads Winson-Salem

This tournament has turned into a complete mess with the seeding in chaos as Svetlana Kuznetova withdrew citing a shoulder injury, Johanna Konta pulled with a back injury, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova withdrew citing a back injury, then today (Sunday) Madison Keys injured her neck practicing and withdrew…

Posted by Staff @ 3:34 pm in Connecticut Open, Tennis, Winston-Salem | 2 Comments »

July 22nd, 2016

D.C. Park Police Shut Down A Bernard Tomic-Viktor Troicki Practice [Video]

Bernard Tomic and Viktor Troicki were kicked off their practice court by a park policeman.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 2:39 pm in Videos | 5 Comments »

July 18th, 2016

Isner, Stosur Headline Men’s, Women’s Fields at Washington Citi Open

CITI OPEN Washington, D.C., USA; Surface: hard ADHEREL Men’s Seeds: John Isner, Gael Monfils, Bernard Tomic, Benoit Paire, Steve Johnson, Jack Sock, Alexander Zverev, Sam Querrey, Kevin Anderson, Viktor Troicki, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Grigor Dimitrov, Ivo Karlovic, Gilles Muller, Marcos Baghdatis, Borna Coric Men’s Floaters: none Men’s Notes: No Top 10ers, but three Top 20 players…The [...]

Posted by Staff @ 12:55 am in Tennis | 1 Comment »

June 30th, 2016

Viktor Troicki Had Another Epic Meltdown On Court Today [Video]

Viktor Troicki is one crazy guy.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 7:32 pm in Videos, Wimbledon | 1 Comment »

June 11th, 2016

Federer, Murray Lead Grass Events Next Week at Halle, Queen’s

Notes: Six of the eight seeds have challenging starts with (1) Murray vs. Mahut, (5) Cilic vs. F-Lo, (6) Bautista Agut vs. Querrey, (3) Raonic vs. Kyrgios, (7) Isner vs. Del Potro, and (2) Wawrinka vs. Hot Sauce…The all-Brit wildcard allocation went to Kyle Edmund, Daniel Evans and James Ward…

Posted by Staff @ 6:21 pm in Halle, Queens, Tennis | 172 Comments »

June 5th, 2016

Federer, Del Potro Kick Off Grass Season Amidst Challengers at ATP Stuttgart

Notes: Roger Federer after skipping the French Open with a back injury returns to kick off the grasscourt season at Stuttgart…Federer is the lone Top 10er, but a strong field includes a number of floaters…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Interesting starters include (1) Federer vs. the American top prospect Fritz, (8) Pouille vs. the Aussie Millman (winner to face the Del Potro vs. Dimitrov victor) and (7) Kohlschreiber vs. the French riser Herbert…

Posted by Staff @ 7:56 pm in Tennis | 79 Comments »

April 16th, 2016

Nishikori, Not Nadal, the New King of Clay in Barcelona?; Bucharest; ATP Previews

Nishikori is the two-time defending champion, last year beating Andujar in the final…”I am happy to be back in Barcelona. I feel good and hope to win my third consecutive title here,” Nishikori said…Nadal won the title in eight of nine years prior to that…

Posted by Staff @ 11:30 am in Barcelona, Bucharest, Tennis | 21 Comments »

March 28th, 2016

He Didn’t Win The Point, But This Is A Pretty Incredible Shot From Viktor Troicki [Video]

One of the most amazing shots you will see.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:25 am in Best Shots, Videos | 3 Comments »

February 20th, 2016

Djokovic Heads Dubai, Loaded Field at WTA Doha: ATP/WTA Previews

Pulling from the tournament were Roger Federer (knee surgery) and Janko Tipsarevic…The absent Federer is the two-time defending champ, beating Djokovic in last year’s final…Federer and Djokovic have won the last seven titles between them…Djokovic (2013,’11-09) is the lone former champ in the field.

Posted by Staff @ 4:48 pm in Tennis | 8 Comments »

February 7th, 2016

ATP Weekend Wrap: No Grigor, No Problem for Sofia Debut

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.

Posted by Staff @ 7:15 pm in Tennis | 15 Comments »

February 6th, 2016

All Eyes on Rafael Nadal in Buenos Aires: ATP Previews This Week

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).

Posted by Staff @ 9:59 pm in Tennis | 107 Comments »