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April 8th, 2008

Tennis-X Notes: Euros Sick of U.S.; Gambling Journalists?

The U.S. holds the distinction as having the most fat kids in the world, but India is catching up, so doubles whiz Leander Paes in leaping into action — as a super hero.

Posted by Richard Vach @ 8:05 am in Davis Cup, ESPN, Etienne de Villiers, Gambling, Indian Wells, Injuries, ITF, Lindsay Davenport, Miami, Tennis | 14 Comments »

April 3rd, 2008

Poll: Did You See Federer vs. Roddick on Thursday? Probably Not

If the powers-that-be are trying to raise the popularity of tennis in the U.S., they’re not getting a lot of help from the ATP.

Posted by Richard Vach @ 9:39 pm in American tennis, ATP, ESPN, Etienne de Villiers, Miami, No. 1 ranking, Tennis on TV, TV | 55 Comments »

September 17th, 2007

Bali-hoo for WTA Tour Season-ending Championships: The Biggest Losers

There’s a method to the seeming madness in the WTA Tour announcing a second season-ending tournament to start in 2009 in Bali, Indonesia.

Posted by Richard Vach @ 10:06 pm in ATP, Etienne de Villiers, Larry Scott, Schedule, Tennis on TV, WTA, WTA Tour, Year End | 5 Comments »

July 3rd, 2007

ATP Marketing Geniuses Again Change Tennis Finale

The names conjure up the biggest championships in sports: The Super Bowl, The World Cup, The World Series, The Stanley Cup, golf’s The Masters. In tennis, the year-end championship is more like a quiz show even hardcore fans struggle to keep up with. The man-on-the-street quiz: Q: What is men’s tennis’ year-end championship called? A: […]

Posted by Richard Vach @ 10:35 am in ATP, Etienne de Villiers, Masters Cup, Year-End No. 1 | 10 Comments »

May 31st, 2007

Players Vote to Uphold Back-to-Back Tennis Masters Series

After complaints by world No. 1 Roger Federer and other top players regarding back-to-back weeks of Masters Series events on the ATP calendar, there was a peculiar vote by player representatives to uphold the event’s calendar positions on the planned 2009 schedule. ADHEREL At the ATP Player Council meeting this week during the French Open, […]

Posted by Richard Vach @ 2:30 pm in ATP, Davis Cup, Etienne de Villiers | 10 Comments »

April 19th, 2007

ATP Monte Carlo QF Picks: Punter Alert

Alright Euro-punters and U.S. off-shore tennis betters, you know who you are and probably so does your government — Friday’s picks for quarterfinal play at the Masters Series event in Monte Carlo, where you know a tournament is bringing serious entertainment when they feature Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, AND are in the process of […]

Posted by Richard Vach @ 2:22 pm in Etienne de Villiers, Injuries | 14 Comments »

April 11th, 2007

ATP Does Reverse, Says Slams Bigger Than Tennis Masters Series

Yesterday the ATP’s U.S. media maven, Greg “The Remorseless Eating Machine” Sharko told me that the news that came from a spokesman out of the ATP’s international office in regard to the Masters Series events receiving the same number of ranking points as the Grand Slams under the tour’s new 2009 calendar was incorrect. Shark(o), […]

Posted by Richard Vach @ 3:22 pm in American tennis, Etienne de Villiers, ITF, Masters Cup, Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

April 10th, 2007

ATP Says Tennis Masters Series Will Be Same As Slams

If the ATP, which governs the men’s tour, and the International Tennis Federation (ITF), which governs the four Grand Slam events, had become buddy-buddy over the last few years — even joint-sponsoring the year-ending Masters Cup — that love was lost this week when the ATP announced it would elevate its Masters Series events on […]

Posted by Richard Vach @ 11:32 am in ATP, Davis Cup, Etienne de Villiers, ITF | 15 Comments »

March 2nd, 2007

Tennis Embarrassed Again as ATP CEO Steps In to Make Things Wrong

The difficult-to-follow experimental round robin format on the ATP circuit took a bizarre turn at the Tennis Channel Open in Las Vegas when ATP Chairman Etienne de Villiers stepped in to reverse a rule, putting James Blake into the quarterfinals, then the next day before the beginning of play reversed his decision, sidelining Blake and […]

Posted by Richard Vach @ 6:20 pm in ATP, Etienne de Villiers | 8 Comments »

January 11th, 2007

Aussie Open Draw Breakdown; Davydenko Fined

2007 Aussie Open Preview The list of players injured before the Aussie Open even starts is long, and the list of possible withdrawals from Melbourne, even longer (Rafael Nadal? David Nalbandian? Nikolay Davydenko? Nadia Petrova?), but it’s summer in Australia and the Aussie Open starts Monday (event if Roger Federer says it should be pushed […]

Posted by Richard Vach @ 11:52 pm in Etienne de Villiers, Lindsay Davenport | 19 Comments »

January 10th, 2007

Serena Loses, Venus Pulls from Oz, Davydenko Sydney Slight

Serena Loses, Didn’t Play Well, Yada Yada When a Williams sister loses a match, generally they will say they played poorly or their opponent played far above their level. But apparently both were in effect Wednesday in Hobart, Australia, the site of Serena Williams’ return to tennis where the American, appearing heavier than her Grand […]

Posted by Richard Vach @ 10:54 pm in ATP, Etienne de Villiers, Injuries, Larry Scott | 4 Comments »

January 9th, 2007

Injuries Top-Seeded Again on ATP, WTA Tours

Nadal, Srichaphan, Petrova Injured On Tuesday pro tennis was reminded that injury will again play a prominent role in 2007 when three marquee players retired from matches with various work stoppages, putting their Australian Open campaigns in jeopardy. World No. 2 Rafael Nadal, thwarted in his attempt to gain his first title of the year […]

Posted by Richard Vach @ 11:16 pm in Etienne de Villiers | 2 Comments »

January 2nd, 2007

All Americans Out in 1st Round at Gold Coast

It could be years before you see an American player crack the Top 10 after the retirement of Lindsay Davenport and the endless injuries that constantly seem to sideline the Williams sisters. The struggling state of American women’s tennis was illustrated Monday in the Australian Open warm-up event at Gold Coast where both Americans in […]

Posted by Richard Vach @ 9:47 am in American tennis, Etienne de Villiers, Lindsay Davenport | Comments Off on All Americans Out in 1st Round at Gold Coast

December 21st, 2006

Williams Trial Concludes; ATP, WTA Under Fire

Williams Lie-A-Thon Approaches Finish Line As you attend Christmas parties and do your last-minute shopping, the Williams Family Unhappy Christmas Special continues to be played out in a West Palm Beach, Florida court, with this week’s 11th-hour witness adding to the drama. Lots of lying has gone on in the trial to determine whether poppa […]

Posted by Richard Vach @ 11:12 pm in ATP, Etienne de Villiers, Larry Scott, WTA Tour | 16 Comments »

November 28th, 2006

Higdon Departure Sees Another Key ATP Role Leave U.S.

While a industry source earlier this week said ATP Senior Vice President-Communications David Higdon was leaving the ATP of his own free will, the Tennis Week website today reported Higdon is officially out as a victim of “restructuring” at the tour. “Following a restructuring of the ATP communications and marketing departments, David Higdon has left […]

Posted by Richard Vach @ 10:36 am in ATP, Etienne de Villiers | 2 Comments »