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  • Umpire Carlos Bernardes leaves Aussie hotel in ambulance
  • . MELBOURNE, Australia – There are a few positive COVID-19 cases at the downtown Holiday... The post Umpire Carlos Bernardes leaves Aussie hotel in ambulance appeared first on THE ONLY TENNIS SITE.
  • THE ONLY TENNIS SITE | January 20, 4:38 am ET
  • Rash of Coronavirus Cases Poses Early Challenge for the Australian Open
  • With several positive tests among people arriving from abroad, and a strict quarantine, the Australian Open is not going the way organizers expected it would.
  • NYT > Sports > Tennis | January 19, 3:25 am ET
  • Complain or Cope: Australian Open’s bubble threatening to burst
  • The Australian Open is under heavy fire due to the hard quarantine enforced on a quarter of the players affected by COVID-19. Through only a week of qualifying play, tennis’ first major of the year is under heavy fire. It was bound to happen given the current state of the world, but the Australian Open […] Complain or Cope: Australian Open’s bubble threatening to burst - Lob and Smash - Lob and Smash - A Professional Tennis Site -- News, Blogs, Analysis and More
  • Lob and Smash | January 18, 2:44 pm ET
  • Covid Forces ITA Kickoff Weekend Shuffling; Top Seeds Ousted at New Jersey Grade 5; Nakashima Advanc
  • The first restructuring of this coming weekend's ITA Kickoff Weekend, which will determine the seven teams advancing to next month's Team Indoor Championships, took place last month, when Stanford announced its men's and women's teams would not be participating. The Wisconsin women and the Alabama men stepped into their slots, with Pepperdine taking over the hosting duties for the Stanford women
  • ZooTennis | January 18, 2:00 pm ET
  • With 72 Players Now In Full Quarantine, Djokovic Wants Fewer Restrictions
  • Novak Djokovic won't get what he wants.
  • The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | January 18, 10:52 am ET
  • Nick Kygios Calls Novak Djokovic A “Tool”
  • Nick Kyrgios makes his first tweet of 2021 a doozy.
  • The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | January 18, 10:22 am ET
  • The Legend of Australian Tennis: Reminiscing the great Rod Laver
  • With the Australian Open just around the corner, let’s take a trip down memory lane to remember the man who brought greatness to Aussie tennis – Rod Laver. Rod Laver is not only regarded as one of the greatest Australian tennis players of all time, but has even been argued as one of the greatest […] The Legend of Australian Tennis: Reminiscing the great Rod Laver - Lob and Smash - Lob and Smash - A Professional Tennis Site -- News, Blogs, Analysis and More
  • Lob and Smash | January 18, 9:22 am ET
  • 5 of Tennis’ Most Eccentric Players
  • Odd superstitions and taboos are a part of tennis as a sport. Nearly every tennis player has something they consider lucky; a favorite pair of shoes, a particular wristband, or a racket that should have been swapped out a long time ago, but they keep it around because they seem to win when they use […] The post 5 of Tennis’ Most Eccentric Players appeared first on Tennis Connected.
  • Tennis Connected | January 18, 8:46 am ET
  • Fantasy tennis has arrived! PlayFantasyTennis.com
  • Earlier this month, PlayFantasyTennis.com was launched, a website that aims to make tournaments more enjoyable for tennis fans. Their website allows you to create or join a tennis bracket (pool) and track your team’s progress on a live leaderboard.  PlayFantasyTennis.com brings a new twist by approaching fantasy tennis on a tournament by tournament basis. Any […] The post Fantasy tennis has arrived! PlayFantasyTennis.com appeared first on Tennis Connected.
  • Tennis Connected | January 18, 8:32 am ET
  • Welcome to the Australian Open, how ready are you to play tennis?
  • Welcome to Tennis Elbow, the column that looks back on the week that was in the world of tennis. This week, Charles Blouin-Gascon looks ahead at the first Grand Slam of the season. Can you feel it in the air? As we near the rescheduled date for the launch of the first Grand Slam of […] The post Welcome to the Australian Open, how ready are you to play tennis? appeared first on Tennis Connected.
  • Tennis Connected | January 18, 8:32 am ET
  • Auger-Aliassime leaves Nike for adidas to start 2021
  • . MELBOURNE, Australia – Canadian rising star Félix Auger-Aliassime unveiled some fairly significant news on... The post Auger-Aliassime leaves Nike for adidas to start 2021 appeared first on THE ONLY TENNIS SITE.
  • THE ONLY TENNIS SITE | January 18, 5:59 am ET
  • With Positive Tests, Australia’s Summer of Pro Tennis Has a Rocky Start
  • After some passengers on charter flights tested positive for the coronavirus, 72 players will not be allowed to practice for two weeks.
  • NYT > Sports > Tennis | January 17, 11:34 pm ET
  • First 2021 ITF Grade 1 Underway in Ukraine; Top Seeds Brantmeier, Belday Advance at Grade 5 in New J
  • The first ITF Grade 1 tournament of 2021 is underway this week in Ukraine, after those usually held in Costa Rica and Australia were canceled or postponed this year due to the pandemic. The Grade 1 in Ukraine, which was a Grade 1 for the first time last year, features just three Top 100 boys, but 10 Top 100 girls. (At the time of the acceptances for the tournament, in December, the 2002 birth
  • ZooTennis | January 17, 2:00 pm ET
  • Positive tests on landing in Melbourne = a lot of AO grounded players (updated)
  • . MELBOURNE, Australia – There was a best-case outcome from the intricate and expensive transport... The post Positive tests on landing in Melbourne = a lot of AO grounded players (updated) appeared first on THE ONLY TENNIS SITE.
  • THE ONLY TENNIS SITE | January 17, 9:36 am ET
  • Zheng Defeats Fruhvirtova for Fifth ITF WTT Title; Rubin, Chang Win UTR $25Ks in Florida and Califor
  • Eighteen-year-old Qinwen Zheng of China won the last tournament she played, in December of 2020, and the first tournament she's competed in this year, taking the title at the ITF World Tennis Tour $25,000 tournament in Hamburg Germany. Zheng, who won her first three tournaments on clay courts, now has back-to-back titles on indoor hard courts after defeating 16-year-old Linda Fruhvirtova of the
  • ZooTennis | January 16, 2:00 pm ET
  • It’s Getting Messy In Melbourne, 47 Players Quarantined With No Training Ahead Of Australian Open
  • The Australian Open quarantine period has gotten off to a rocky start.
  • The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | January 16, 11:04 am ET
  • The big WTA comebacks at the 2021 Australian Open
  • The first Grand Slam of the year, Australian Open, is set to start in a few weeks. Unlike its traditional January schedule, this 109th edition will take place from 8 to 21 February at Melbourne Park. We won’t see Roger Federer and the 2008 finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the men’s tournament, but WTA has many […] The post The big WTA comebacks at the 2021 Australian Open appeared first on Tennis Connected.
  • Tennis Connected | January 16, 9:10 am ET
  • Positive Covid Tests Confine Dozens of Australian Open Players to Rooms; Division I Personnel Update
  • The charter flights to Melbourne arranged by the Australian Open began arriving yesterday and it wasn't long before the worst case scenario became reality. All of those approved for travel to Australia had to present a negative test before boarding (Tennys Sandgren's exceptional case is explained here), but two positive tests upon arrival, from a flight from Los Angeles and one positive test from
  • ZooTennis | January 15, 2:00 pm ET
  • How Junior Tennis Has Changed During Pandemic; Razeghi and Stoiana Win Manchester Grade 5 Titles; Se
  • Although I wasn't able to cover last month's Orange Bowl in person due to a false positive Covid test, I did talk by telephone to quite a few players during the week, thanks to the efforts of the USTA. While I had that rare opportunity to talk with players, I asked them how they had coped with the long layoff due to the pandemic and what they missed most about competing in major national events
  • ZooTennis | January 14, 2:00 pm ET
  • Korda injects new life into U.S. men’s tennis; Sabalenka unstoppable
  • “We’re just waiting for that speed bump,” Tennis Channel’s Paul Annacone said as he watched Sebastian Korda begin the Delray Beach final on Wednesday afternoon. “But I don’t know if there’s going to be one.” Annacone’s optimism was well-founded. The 20-year-old Korda was having the week of his young life. Over the previous seven days, he had beaten two of his fellow Americans, John Isner and Tommy Paul, in three sets. He had reached his first ATP final. A lanky, easygoing native Floridian, he had become a natural favorite among the Delray fans. And in the opening game of the final
  • Articles by Steve Tignor | January 14, 12:58 pm ET
  • Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams Arrive In Australia
  • Some big stars have reached Adelaide.
  • The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | January 14, 10:50 am ET
  • After Second Positive, Tennys Sandgren Boards Flight To Melbourne
  • How was a positive tennis player was allowed to board a charter flight to Melbourne?
  • The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog | January 14, 10:39 am ET
  • Will Medvedev build on his ATP Finals breakthrough?
  • Daniil Medvedev enjoyed a breakthrough at the end of 2020, triumphing at the ATP Finals in London to put a mark down that he is ready for compete for major honours. The Russian was only playing in the event for the second time of his career, but he rose to the occasion to defeat Dominic […] The post Will Medvedev build on his ATP Finals breakthrough? appeared first on Tennis Connected.
  • Tennis Connected | January 14, 9:51 am ET
  • Andy Murray Tests Positive for Coronavirus
  • Murray reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus just before he was to leave for Melbourne, where strict quarantine rules await all players.
  • NYT > Sports > Tennis | January 14, 9:02 am ET
  • Hubert Hurkacz Wins Delray Beach Open for Second ATP Tour Title
  • Hubert Hurkacz Wins Delray Beach Open for Second ATP Tour Title (January 13, 2021)DELRAY BEACH, FL – Fourth seed Hubert Hurkacz won the Delray Beach Open on Wednesday for his second career ATP Tour title. The man from Poland beat Sebastian Korda 6-3, 6-3 in his Delray Beach debut, the first man from Poland to […] The post Hubert Hurkacz Wins Delray Beach Open for Second ATP Tour Title appeared first on Tennis Panorama.
  • Tennis Panorama | January 13, 7:44 pm ET
  • Sabalenka Captures Third Straight Abu Dhabi Crown
  • Sabalenka Captures Third Straight Abu Dhabi Crown (January 13, 2021) Fourth seed Aryna Sabalenka claimed her third straight Abu Dhabi WTA Women’s Tennis Open on Wednesday with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Veronika Kudermetova of Russia. It’s also her third straight tournament title win, claiming championship trophies in Ostrava and Linz in 2020. “Thank you […] The post Sabalenka Captures Third Straight Abu Dhabi Crown appeared first on Tennis Panorama.
  • Tennis Panorama | January 13, 11:36 am ET
  • ATP Tour – Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 results
  • Last day on the ATP Tour for … awhile.. Delray Beach Open:Location: Delray Beach, Fla.Category:... The post ATP Tour – Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 results appeared first on THE ONLY TENNIS SITE.
  • THE ONLY TENNIS SITE | January 12, 9:30 pm ET
  • AO Men’s qualifying: final round results
  • . It’s the last day in Doha. And the 16 men who survive it will... The post AO Men’s qualifying: final round results appeared first on THE ONLY TENNIS SITE.
  • THE ONLY TENNIS SITE | January 12, 9:19 pm ET
  • Was Pete Sampras the real GOAT? An eye-opening debate
  • Pete Sampras is one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Retiring at just 32, he had already secured 14 Grand Slams and an unforgettable legacy. Pete Sampras was born in 1971, turning pro at the age of 17 and winning his very first Grand Slam at the US Open just 2 years into […] Was Pete Sampras the real GOAT? An eye-opening debate - Lob and Smash - Lob and Smash - A Professional Tennis Site -- News, Blogs, Analysis and More
  • Lob and Smash | January 11, 11:28 am ET
  • Sebastian Korda: Family Ties, Hard Work, and a Career-Best Result
  • Six months ago, Sebastian Korda was nothing more than a youngster with hopes of making it where his dad did. Now, he’s into his first ATP quarterfinal. Not many people knew the name Sebastian Korda six months ago. Some knew his dad, the former 1998 Australian Open champion and ’92 French Open runner-up, but only […] Sebastian Korda: Family Ties, Hard Work, and a Career-Best Result - Lob and Smash - Lob and Smash - A Professional Tennis Site -- News, Blogs, Analysis and More
  • Lob and Smash | January 11, 11:05 am ET
  • Tennis Players Mull Competition or Rest at Start of New Season
  • With the Australian Open looming, the first big decision for 2021 contenders was whether to play in the first tennis tournaments of the year.
  • NYT > Sports > Tennis | January 11, 10:55 am ET
  • Farewell to the “Neighborhood Baby”: Remembering Tom Perrotta
  • Tom Perrotta’s career as the Wall Street Journal’s tennis expert ended far too abruptly when he finally lost a ferocious, four-year battle with brain cancer. As hopeful tennis pros worldwide prepared for the fresh start of 2021, Tom passed away quietly on the morning of January 6 at his home in Brooklyn, N.Y., his wife Rachel Kane and sons Paul and Sean nearby. Perrotta will chronicle the small-scale tragedies and triumphs of athletics no more, but he did land one astonishing blow against the disease before he left us, a “farewell” column that appeared in the Journal in late November. Just how
  • Articles by Peter Bodo | January 11, 9:53 am ET
  • Tom Perrotta, 1976–2021: Words of appreciation for a friend and writer
  • Tom was mad at me. I could tell by the way he was standing in my office doorway. He had positioned himself sideways, as if he couldn’t bear to look straight at me, and one of his legs was bouncing; it seemed like he could barely keep it under control. I had said something sarcastic to him. I can’t remember what it was, exactly, but I remember realizing, as soon as it was out of my mouth, that it was the wrong thing to say. Tom took a step inside the door, and I could see by the strained look
  • Articles by Steve Tignor | January 8, 3:21 pm ET
  • Week in Preview: Tours return in Abu Dhabi, Antalya and Delray Beach
  • It feels good to see a draw again. In a moment of chaos, the brackets bring a small sense of order and logic to our spectating lives. On Tuesday, the first three draws of the new year popped up: One for the women’s event in Abu Dhabi, one for the men’s event in Delray Beach, and another for the men’s event in Antalya, Turkey. None of these are the tournaments that traditionally kick off a new season, but they’re the tournaments we have. In 2021, we have to enjoy every event as it happens, because who knows what’s going to happen,
  • Articles by Steve Tignor | January 6, 9:02 am ET
  • WTA Releases 2021 Provisional Calendar Though Wimbledon
  • WTA Releases 2021 Provisional Calendar Though Wimbledon   (January 5, 2021) The WTA Tour has issued a provisional calendar which has the women’s tour schedule through Wimbledon. Calendar courtesy of the WTA Tour – find the complete provisional calendar here.   The post WTA Releases 2021 Provisional Calendar Though Wimbledon appeared first on Tennis Panorama.
  • Tennis Panorama | January 5, 11:04 am ET
  • Delray Beach Open – Bryan Brothers Win in ATP Champions Tour Debut
  •   Delray Beach Open – Bryan Brothers Win in ATP Champions Tour Debut (January 4, 2021) DELRAY BEACH, FL – The Bryan Brothers, six-time winners of the Delray Beach Open, made their debut on the ATP Champions Tour as retired players on Monday with a straight sets win over Tommy Haas and Jesse Levine 6-4, […] The post Delray Beach Open – Bryan Brothers Win in ATP Champions Tour Debut appeared first on Tennis Panorama.
  • Tennis Panorama | January 4, 11:16 pm ET
  • Tennis players—and fans—will need to take it one day at a time in 2021
  • The subject line of an email I received from the USTA this morning couldn’t have felt more appropriate for the first working day of 2021. “Where American Tennis Players are Competing,” it read. It turns out there are a lot of them in action this week. Twelve U.S. men are in the main draw and qualifying in Delray Beach, which starts on Thursday. Seven U.S. women are in the main draw and qualifying in Abu Dhabi, which starts on Wednesday. In any other year, of course, this type of information would have been highly redundant. Even without checking, tennis fans would have
  • Articles by Steve Tignor | January 4, 3:14 pm ET
  • Djokovic, Nadal lead field for 2021 ATP Cup
  • Djokovic, Nadal lead field for 2021 ATP Cup   ATP Media Release: (January 4, 2021) World No.1 Novak Djokovic and world No.2 Rafael Nadal headline the event as the top-ranked singles players for Serbia and Spain, respectively. In 2020, Serbia defeated Spain 2-1 in a championship clash. This year’s event will be held from February […] The post Djokovic, Nadal lead field for 2021 ATP Cup appeared first on Tennis Panorama.
  • Tennis Panorama | January 4, 11:48 am ET
  • Man for the moment: What Rafael Nadal means to the game, and his fans
  • Rafael Nadal began his 13th victory speech at Roland Garros the way he had begun most of his previous 12. He paid tribute to his opponent, Novak Djokovic. He gave a shout-out to his family and coaching team. He thanked the organizers for staging a tournament that had once seemed certain to be canceled. Other than the fact that Nadal was speaking through a pink mask, it seemed like business as usual for the King of Clay. But as he reflected on what winning another title in Court Philippe-Chatrier meant to him, Nadal gazed around the sleekly renovated yet largely empty arena
  • Articles by Steve Tignor | January 4, 12:00 am ET
  • One bold prediction for the 2021 ATP and WTA seasons
  • Happy New Year and welcome to the 2021 tennis season! After the dust of hardships and setbacks settled, the ATP and WTA look poised to make this upcoming year its best yet. Despite the looming COVID-19 pandemic, the game’s best are ready to suit up for a bounce-back 12 months. Not everything is back to […] One bold prediction for the 2021 ATP and WTA seasons - Lob and Smash - Lob and Smash - A Professional Tennis Site -- News, Blogs, Analysis and More
  • Lob and Smash | January 2, 9:50 pm ET
  • BNP Paribas Open Tennis Tournament Is Postponed due to Coronavirus
  • The BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., hopes to move to later in the year.
  • NYT > Sports > Tennis | December 29, 5:30 pm ET
  • U.S. tennis--alive and (very) well
  • Women Who Serve | December 12, 2:00 pm ET
  • Tennis' lessons learned: The return of the pro game
  • The USTA did a magnificent job creating a bio-secure environment in which the “double in the bubble,” consisting of the Western & Southern Open and the US Open, was played in Flushing Meadows. Though fans were not allowed on site, and the events took place under strict health protocols due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the impaired stretch was an enormous success. It was also an enormously teachable moment, one of many we can mine from the long lockdown and eventual return of pro tennis. So what did tennis learn from its confrontation with the coronavirus over the course of six months?
  • Articles by Peter Bodo | November 13, 12:00 am ET
  • Looking back on a bizarre 2020--my top 10
  • Women Who Serve | November 1, 2:00 pm ET
  • Julia Goerges, tennis's own wonder of German engineering, retires from the sport
  • Women Who Serve | October 21, 3:00 pm ET
  • My French Open top 10
  • Women Who Serve | October 10, 3:00 pm ET
  • No seed? No problem: Iga Swiatek blows the competition away in Paris
  • Women Who Serve | October 9, 3:00 pm ET
  • Feat of Clay: Sharapova found unexpected sanctuary at Roland Garros
  • Maria Sharapova, who retired without fanfare in late February at age 32 after struggling with injuries and eroding form for most of the past two years, was renowned for her droll wit—a talent that stood in stark contrast to her unambiguous, aggressive game. Four years ago, in a press conference to announce that she faced a doping suspension, Sharapova assured reporters that she wasn’t about to declare her retirement in a downtown Los Angeles hotel “with this ugly carpet.” On another occasion, when a reporter attempted to bond with her by revealing that his own daughter also liked the book Pippi
  • Articles by Peter Bodo | April 19, 8:11 am ET
  • French Open preview: Petra Kvitova more than a sentimental favorite
  • Petra Kvitova is no longer haunted by the queasy feeling she sometimes experienced when picking up a racquet with her surgically repaired left hand. She doesn’t scan public places any more, anxiously looking for strangers. She’s gotten over her fear of being alone, something she felt even in the safe confines of a tournament locker room. The memory of the man who invaded Kvitova’s home and severely injured her left, hitting hand in December 2016 will never go away. “I’ve been through many, many things, not really great ones,” the 28-year-old Czech said at this year’s Australian Open, during her runner-up press
  • Articles by Peter Bodo | May 21, 7:57 am ET
  • Indian Wells is known for its doubles. Could the event team with UTR?
  • The Jack Kramer Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, where legendary coaches such as Vic Braden and Robert Lansdorp helped shape the nascent games of Open-era icons including Tracy Austin, Pete Sampras and Lindsay Davenport, added another significant chapter to its legacy last December. It hosted the inaugural California Championships.  The event offered a modest, $30,000 purse. The highest seed was then-ATP No. 33 Steve Johnson; the winner was then-ATP No. 51 Sam Querrey. Mardy Fish and Tommy Haas, whose tournament-playing days are behind them, were among the other notable competitors. What was so historic about it? For one, it was perhaps
  • Articles by Peter Bodo | March 4, 4:03 pm ET


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