June 26, 2017

Queen’s Club Quotes of the week

Queen’s Club Quotes of the week

By Wendy M. Grossman

Andy Murray, describing how he feels about his form coming into Queen’s with an extra week between clay and grass: I feel, I think, more comfortable. Not just because of how the French went but because of the time between — you know, it’s like getting 10, 11 days after the French Open. It makes a really, really big difference compared with just having — literally, sometimes it was like one or two days. I mean, it was ridiculous, looking back at it, really.

 

Stan Wawrinka, asked before his first Queen’s match about whether he’s thinking about becoming the ninth man to win all four Grand Slams: No, except when people ask me the question. But, no, it’s a long, long way to be there. Win a Grand Slam, it’s tough. It’s really tough. Really difficult. You need to beat so many good players.

 

Milos Raonic, asked about what it would take for him to win a major: Being more emotional and be a bit more, let’s say, abrasive about it and really just go after it, not really try to hold anything back.

 

Thanasin Kokkinakis, asked about his many injuries: I don’t know how I’m going to feel when I’m over 30….A lot of people usually get injuries when they are older. Mine have been switched.

 

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, asked for his list of favorites to win Wimbledon: There is a few guys who are able to do it, who did it in the past. Everybody knows who they are. But they have also some other guys who are able to play well. I think of course about Stan, about the young players like Thiem, Kyrgios, Zverev, and all of those.

 

Nick Kyrgios, asked how he was planning to spend the next few days after retiring from his first match: Dog & Fox.

 

Aljaz Bedene, asked if the first round is the best time to play Andy Murray on grass, while the court is still slick: I would prefer to play him in the final, really, or semi.

 

Kyle Edmund, asked if he could pick two or three key points that would have won him his first-round match against Denis Shapovalov: Well, basically the key points. Some 30-All points would be nice to win.

 

Denis Shapovalov, asked about his match against Kyle Edmund:
The crowd was unbelievable today. It was just fun to be out there.

 

Milos Raonic, asked about his first-round loss to Kokkinakis: I was a bit too passive.

 

Feliciano Lopez, asked about still playing at 35: When I was 30 years old, I thought, okay, I played already a long career, but if I want to still be success, I need to take care of myself. So I started to eat a little bit better, to take care of my body. I have a physio already for eight or nine years traveling with me every week. So I can explain about me, no? I have been, I would say, a little bit more professional in the last five or six years, because I knew the older I get, I have to take more care of myself.

 

Andy Murray, asked why he lost to lucky loser Jordan Thompson in the first round: He played better than me.

 

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, asked why he lost to Gilles Müller in the first round: My opponent. He just played good tennis.

 

Sam Querrey, asked if he derives confidence at Queen’s from the title he won in 2010: You know, I don’t think the win from seven years ago has any effect on how I play today or going forward.

 

Marin Cilic, asked if the top five are the ones who will challenge him most at Wimbledon: It’s tough to say, because you have also Milos who is not in that group, and he had injury during the American tour, so, you know, he’s going to bounce back. He’s always going to play well there. You have guys like Dimitrov, Kyrgios, Zverev. They are all potentially tough players.

 

Feliciano Lopez, asked how he felt about winning the tournament after losing in the final three years ago: I think it’s the best week of my career, I would say. To win this tournament at this stage of my career, I mean, this is so amazing.

I was waiting so long to win this title. Queen’s is the best, I think. Outside of the Grand Slams, this is one of the most special tournaments. You feel the atmosphere here, all over the years, a tradition that this tournament, the players that have won in the past. For me to be here on Sunday holding the trophy, it’s the best feeling I can have.

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“Kind of a Fairytale”- Petra Kvitova Wins Birmingham For First Title Since Knife Attack

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – JUNE 25: Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic poses with the trophy after the Women’s Singles final match against Ashleigh Barty on day seven of the Aegon Classic Birmingham at Edgbaston Priory Club on June 25, 2017 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images for LTA)

(June 25, 2017) In just her second tournament back after six months off tour recovering from hand injuries from a knife attack in her home, Petra Kvitova is the new Aegon Classic Birmingham champion. The two-time Wimbledon champion rallied past Australian Ashleigh Barty 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to win at the Edgbaston Priory Club on Sunday.

Barty is another comeback story. Back in 2014 she left tennis to play cricket. She came back to tennis last year and won her first WTA title in Kuala Lumpur.

For the 27-year-old Kvitova, this was the 20th title of her career, her first grass court trophy since winning Wimbledon in 2014.

“You know, all week the body and the mind is so intense, and today I was kind of nervous before the match and through the first set as well, and I was up and down in the match,” Kvitova said. “And when I didn’t play that many matches, it’s always taking me more energy, I think. But overall I’m very, very happy, of course. I didn’t expect this in my second tournament after my comeback. So yeah, I think it’s kind of a fairytale.

“I think I’ve been through a very difficult time in my life, and it wasn’t about the tennis, but about to come back healthy and alive and move my fingers properly and everything like that. And this is something clearly special. It’s some bonus to have in my life and my career and everything. And that’s what I fight that hard to come back to play tennis. And I always said that I’m not here just to play tennis. I’m here to play my best and to win trophies, like today. So I have to say I’m kind of proud of myself that I did it today.”

 

“It’s so amazing to have Petra back on the court,” noted Barty. “She’s such an inspiration. She’s always been a great champion but I think we appreciate that more now that she’s back playing week-in and week-out. Hopefully she is able to stay healthy and doesn’t have any more issues and I hope she has a really successful season.

 

“I think we have to be very happy with where the game is at. I’ve played some quality tennis and lost to only a couple of great players. So I’m really excited and I can’t wait to get to Wimbledon.”

 

Barty was still a winner on Sunday. She and Casey Dellacqua won their second Aegon Classic Birmingham title 6-1, 2-6, 10-8 win over Hao-Ching Chan and Shaui Zhang.

 

Kvitova takes home $153,515 (USD) in prize money for the title, Barty $81,745 (USD)

 

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Feliciano Lopez Saves A Match Point to Beat Marin Cilic For Queens Club Title

(June 25, 2017) Spain’s Feliciano Lopez saved a match point in the third set tiebreaker to beat Marin Cilic 4-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (8) to win The Queen’s Club title in London on Sunday.

World No. 32 Lopez, who lost the final back in 2014, said it was a tough match and it’s the biggest tournament title of his career.

“It was a very close match. I mean, this is a match I expected, to be honest. Playing against Marin on grass, I knew it was going to be like this. It’s only two, three points at the end that makes the difference.

“First set was a break that he played really well at 5-4. I got broken. Then we went into the tiebreak second set. I played really well there. I played some great points. I won the set.

“And the third set was very equal. I mean, I knew it was going to be another tiebreak. Then it’s one or two points, as I said before.”

“To be honest, when I lost the match points serving for the match, I thought then I’m not gonna make it again. My thoughts were on that match in 2014 where I lost against Grigor (Dimitrov). And it was tough to handle the situation, no? I was just trying to fight. I couldn’t do anything. Those moments where you are so tight, you just fight, you try to put the ball in, that’s it. Try to serve like the best that you can do.

“Serve there is so important. He save one match point with an ace. After I lost the match point I serve another ace. So, yeah, serve is pretty important there.”
“I think it’s the best week of my career, I would say. To win this tournament at this stage of my career, I mean, this is so amazing.

“I was waiting so long to win this title. Queen’s is the best, I think. Outside of the Grand Slams, this is one of the most special tournaments. You feel the atmosphere here, all over the years, a tradition that this tournament, the players that have won in the past. For me to be here on Sunday holding the trophy, it’s the best feeling I can have.”

“Looking at the whole week, it was great tennis for me, ” said former titlist and world No. 7 Cilic. “I have to say maybe one of the best grass-court tournaments for me overall throughout my career, looking at the consistency of my game. I lost my serve only once during the whole week, which is amazing, considering last week I didn’t lose serve in The Netherlands, too. That makes it even better.”

Lopez had a challenging road to the title, beating Stan Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych, Grigor Dimitrov and Cilic.

“I think beating I think four top 10 players in the same week, this is pretty amazing,” Lopez said. “Yeah. It’s also more — not more important, but the fact that I have played these guys this week and be able to beat them, it gives me even more confidence, no? Because sometimes the draw, it becomes open after some of the top guys they lose, but in my case, it was not like this, no? From the very beginning I had the best players in the draw.

“So that gives me a lot of energy for, you know, for the rest of the season.”

Just three weeks ago, Lopez lost to Cilic in straight sets at the French Open.

The Aegon championships is Lopez’s sixth career title, third on grass.

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Roger Federer Wins Ninth Halle Crown

(June 25, 2017) Roger Federer netted a record ninth Gerry Weber Open title beating Germany’s Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-3 on Sunday in Germany.

 

Federer has now won nine Halle trophies, joining him with Rafael Nadal as the only two men in the Open Era who have won more than eight times. Nadal has won 10 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell and Roland Garros titles.

This is fourth title of the year for the Swiss. The 18-time major champion also won the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami events.

 

He has now won 92 tournaments in his career. Federer is now the oldest man to win a grass court tournament.

 

“It’s great to get off to a good start in the finals and then remind yourself that you’ve been playing good tennis all week,” Federer said. “You start swinging freely, things start clicking, you realize your opponent is under pressure and you keep pressuring him.”

“It gives me great confidence. Of course I’m like on ‘Cloud Nine’ right now after the ninth win here in Halle. It’s a wonderful feeling to win here again because I’m not sure if I’ll ever get a chance to win this again so it’s important to enjoy this one.”

 

“I think Roger is playing really, really well,” said the 20-year-old German Zverev who lost in last year’s final. “I think going into Wimbledon he’s going to be probably the favourite to win the whole thing. So credits to him, he played an unbelievable match. Of course I could have played better but he didn’t really let me play my best tennis. He messed with the ball a lot. He played very aggressive… I think he deserved to win.”
“You could have been a bit nicer and allowed me a couple more points,” Zverev joked. Zverev beat Federer in the semifinals of Halle last year.

 

 

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Marin Cilic To Face Feliciano Lopez for Queen’s Club Title

 

Feliciano Lopez

By Wendy M. Grossman

 

LONDON (June 24, 2017) The Queen’s final four consisted of two former champions – Grigor Dimitrov and Marin Cilic – plus former finalist Feliciano Lopez and interloper Gilles Müller. Müller, ranked 26 and the least-known of the four, still has some obvious grass credentials: he’s tallish (6’4″), has a lefty serve, and after reaching the Rosmalen semi-final last week (losing to Alexander Zverev) is at a career high.

 

The English weather, having uncharacteristically baked everyone earlier in the week, reverted to type for the weekend. The first match, Cilic versus Müller, started more than an hour late, and then was interrupted several times by spits of almost-rain. Fortunately, these ended reasonably quickly.

 

The second set was tight and, for Cilic, frustrating. “It was not easy to keep calm after not converting a lot of break points I had in that second set and then losing it,” he said afterwards.” It was the first time anyone had so much as held a break point on the Cilic serve all week. The third was settled by a single break, but it was enough. Cilic went through 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, and went off to get ready for the doubles.

 

In the second match, the players stayed on serve until 5-5, when Lopez grabbed his opportunity after Dimitrov double-faulted to give him a break point. Lopez served the set out with an ace, a service winner, a netted Dimitrov shot, and a return long that landed right between Lopez’s legs.

 

Left-handers have always had some advantage on grass: on the ad side they can hit a swinging serve to the right-hander’s backhand that skids off the grass and forces the receiver too far off court to make it back for the next shot. It’s not the only reason that players like Martina Navratilova, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, and Rod Laver were successful at Wimbledon, but it certainly helped. It clearly still doesn’t hurt, as half this week’s semi-finalists were left-handers.

 

In the second set, a hard-fought game on Lopez’s serve at 1-2 eventually went to Lopez. Dimitrov ran out a quick hold and then it was time for somewhat more vigorous almost-rain and a 45-minute delay. On resumption, Dimitrov took the second set but couldn’t hold the third. Lopez ran out the match 7-5, 3-6, 6-2.

 

Afterwards, Lopez said the court seemed little changed by the variation in the weather. “Conditions were windy a little bit. That’s it. The rest was very similar.” For tomorrow, he said, ” You can imagine how important it is for me to be in the finals of Queen’s at this stage of my career. It is one of the tournaments that you, first of all, you love. I was dreaming to play. When I was younger I was watching Queen’s all the time, and it’s one of those tournaments that you always want to play. For me, it’s so special to be in the finals.”

 

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Tennis Results and Schedules for Birmingham, Halle, London and Mallorca

AEGON CLASSIC BIRMINGHAM – BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
$885,040
JUNE 19 – 25, 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 23, 2017
Women’s Singles – Quarterfinals
[7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE) d [5] K. Mladenovic (FRA) 64 76(5)
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) d C. Vandeweghe (USA) 46 64 00 Retired
L. Safarova (CZE) d [9] D. Gavrilova (AUS) 67(4) 63 76(5)
A. Barty (AUS) d [Q] C. Giorgi (ITA) 52 Retired

Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
S. Mirza (IND) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) d [1] L. Safarova (CZE) / B. Strycova (CZE) walkover
H. Chan (TPE) / S. Zhang (CHN) d S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN) 26 62 10-6

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 2017
ANN JONES CENTRE COURT start 11:30 am
L. Safarova (CZE) vs [7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE)
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs A. Barty (AUS)
H. Chan (TPE) / S. Zhang (CHN) vs R. Atawo (USA) / C. McHale (USA)
S. Mirza (IND) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs [4] A. Barty (AUS) / C. Dellacqua (AUS)

 

Gerry Weber Open
Halle, Germany

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 23 JUNE 2017

Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] R. Federer (SUI) d F. Mayer (GER) 63 64
[4] A. Zverev (GER) d [7] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) 67(6) 76(1) 61
K. Khachanov (RUS) d [WC] A. Rublev (RUS) 76(8) 46 63
R. Gasquet (FRA) d R. Haase (NED) 61 36 61

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) d F. Martin (FRA) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 67(2) 76(6) 10-3
SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 24 JUNE 2017

STADION start 1:05 pm
[1] R. Federer (SUI) vs K. Khachanov (RUS)

Not Before 4:00pm
[4] A. Zverev (GER) vs R. Gasquet (FRA)
After Suitable Rest – A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER) vs [2] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA)

 

Aegon Championships

London, England

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 23 JUNE 2017

Singles – Quarter-finals
[4] M. Cilic (CRO) d D. Young (USA) 64 75
[6] G. Dimitrov (BUL) d D. Medvedev (RUS) 63 36 63
F. Lopez (ESP) d [7] T. Berdych (CZE) 76(5) 67(1) 75 – saved 1 M.P.
G. Muller (LUX) d S. Querrey (USA) 64 76(5)

Doubles – Semi-finals
J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d R. Bopanna (IND) / I. Dodig (CRO) 64 75

SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 24 JUNE 2017

CENTRE COURT start 1:15pm
G. Muller (LUX) vs [4] M. Cilic (CRO)
[6] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs F. Lopez (ESP)
[3] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs M. Cilic (CRO) / M. Matkowski (POL)

 

MALLORCA OPEN – CALVIA, SPAIN
$250,000
18 – 25 JUNE 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 23, 2017
Women’s Singles – Quarterfinals
[2] A. Sevastova (LAT) d [7] A. Konjuh (CRO) 75 16 76(5)
[3] C. Garcia (FRA) d [6] R. Vinci (ITA) 62 76(8)
J. Goerges (GER) d [WC] S. Lisicki (GER) 62 64
C. Bellis (USA) d Kr. Pliskova (CZE) 63 62
Second Round
[3] C. Garcia (FRA) d [Q] J. Cepelova (SVK) 63 67(5) 63

Women’s Doubles – Semifinals
[1] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) d N. Melichar (USA) / A. Smith (GBR) 63 63

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 2017
PISTA CENTRAL start 3:00 pm
J. Goerges (GER) vs C. Bellis (USA)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[3] C. Garcia (FRA) vs [2] A. Sevastova (LAT)
After Suitable Rest – J. Jankovic (SRB) / A. Sevastova (LAT) vs J. Goerges (GER) / X. Knoll (SUI)

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Major Champions Petra Kvitova and Garbine Muguruza Reach Semifinals of Aegon Classic Birmingham

Garbine Muguruza

Major champions Petra Kvitova and Garbine Muguruza Reach Semifinals of Aegon Classic Birmingham

(June 23, 2017)  Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova will take on her friend and Czech Fed Cup team-mate Lucie Safarova in the opening match on the Ann Jones Centre Court on Saturday in Birmingham.

Playing only her second tournament following hand surgery, Kvitova earned a semifinal spot with a 6-4, 7-6(5) win over Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic. Safarova had earlier scored one of the grittiest wins of her career to edge out Daria Gavrilova 6-7(4), 6-3, 7-6(5) in over three hours, saving match points. It marked the second time this week that the Czech had to save match points to advance.

“We practice a lot together. We know each other well from the Fed Cup” said Kvitova of Safarova.  “She’s playing well on the grass. I just think that we know each other well, on the court as well. And sometimes the score looks a bit easier, but it’s not always like that and it’s about a few points in the set. That’s how I think it will be tomorrow as well.”

2016 Roland Garros champion Muguruza progressed to the last four courtesy of a retirement when Coco Vandeweghe became hampered by a left foot injury. Muguruza, from Spain, is seeded sixth in Birmingham and is now the highest ranked player in the draw. She takes on 21-year-old Australian Ashleigh Barty in what will be Barty’s first WTA Premier semifinal.

Murguruza said: “I feel that I’m doing something good because I’m winning and I’m keeping alive in the draw. So I’m happy because I came here early to prepare, and I trained, I put hours (in) there. So I’m happy that what our team thought was going to be good for the tournament is working. So, so far we are proud that it’s working.”

AEGON CLASSIC BIRMINGHAM – BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
$885,040
JUNE 19 – 25, 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 23, 2017
Women’s
Singles – Quarterfinals

[7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE) d [5] K. Mladenovic (FRA) 64 76(5)
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) d C. Vandeweghe (USA) 46 64 00 Retired
L. Safarova (CZE) d [9] D. Gavrilova (AUS) 67(4) 63 76(5)
A. Barty (AUS) d [Q] C. Giorgi (ITA) 52 Retired

Women’s
Doubles – Quarterfinals

S. Mirza (IND) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) d [1] L. Safarova (CZE) / B. Strycova (CZE) walkover
H. Chan (TPE) / S. Zhang (CHN) d S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN) 26 62 10-6

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 2017
ANN JONES CENTRE COURT start 11:30 am
L. Safarova (CZE) vs [7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE)
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs A. Barty (AUS)
H. Chan (TPE) / S. Zhang (CHN) vs R. Atawo (USA) / C. Mchale (USA)
S. Mirza (IND) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs [4] A. Barty (AUS) / C. Dellacqua (AUS)

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British Tennis Player Dan Evans Tests Positive for Cocaine

Dan Evans

(June 23, 2017) Twenty-seven-year-old British tennis player Dan Evans said on Friday that he tested positive for cocaine in April during a news conference which he organized.

The International Tennis Federation established that Evans failed a doping test on April 24 at the Barcelona Open (Press Release is listed below the article). Evans will be provisionally suspended as of June 26.

The 50th-ranked Evans made a statement and did not take questions during his news conference.

“It’s really important you know this was taken out of competition and the context was completely unrelated to tennis.”

“I made a mistake and I must face up to it. I can only deeply apologize from the bottom of my heart.”

 

Tennis Anti-Doping Programme statement regarding Daniel Evans

PRESS RELEASE

23 June 2017

 

Following the statement made by Daniel Evans today, the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (TADP) can confirm the following:

 

  • On 24 April 2017, Mr Evans, a 27-year-old player from Great Britain, provided an anti-doping sample to the TADP in association with his participation in the Barcelona Open, an ATP World Tour event, held in Barcelona, Spain.

 

  • That sample was analysed by a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited laboratory in Montreal, Canada, and was found to contain cocaine and its metabolite. Cocaine is a Non-Specified substance prohibited under category S6 of the 2017 WADA Prohibited List (stimulants), and therefore is also prohibited under the TADP.

 

  • In accordance with Article 2.1 of the TADP, Mr Evans was charged on 16 June with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation.

 

  • Mr Evans has accepted the finding of cocaine in his sample collected on 24 April.

 

  • As positive tests for Non-Specified Substances carry a mandatory Provisional Suspension, Mr Evans will be provisionally suspended with effect from 26 June, under Article 8.3.1(c) of the 2017 TADP, pending determination of the case.

 

The Tennis Anti-Doping Programme is a comprehensive and internationally recognised drug-testing programme that applies to all players competing at Grand Slam tournaments and events sanctioned by the ITF, ATP, and WTA. Players are tested for substances prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency and, upon a finding that an Anti-Doping Rule Violation has been committed, sanctions are imposed in accordance with the requirements of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme and World Anti-Doping Code. More background information on the Programme, sanctions, tennis statistics and related information can be found at www.itftennis.com/antidoping.

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Tennis Results and Schedules for Birmingham, Halle, London and Mallorca

AEGON CLASSIC BIRMINGHAM – BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
$885,040
JUNE 19 – 25, 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 22, 2017
Women’s Singles – Second Round
[Q] C. Giorgi (ITA) d [2] E. Svitolina (UKR) 64 46 62
C. Vandeweghe (USA) d [4] J. Konta (GBR) 61 63
[5] K. Mladenovic (FRA) d S. Zhang (CHN) 64 76(3)
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) d A. Riske (USA) 61 64

Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
R. Atawo (USA) / C. McHale (USA) d [2] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) walkover
[4] A. Barty (AUS) / C. Dellacqua (AUS) d D. Cibulkova (SVK) / G. Muguruza (ESP) 63 61
First Round
[1] L. Safarova (CZE) / B. Strycova (CZE) d J. Cako (USA) / A. Naydenova (BUL) 62 64

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017
ANN JONES CENTRE COURT start 11:30 am
L. Safarova (CZE) vs [9] D. Gavrilova (AUS)
[5] K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE)
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs C. Vandeweghe (USA)
A. Barty (AUS) vs [Q] C. Giorgi (ITA)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
H. Chan (TPE) / S. Zhang (CHN) vs S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN)

Not Before 3:00 pm
After rest – [1] L. Safarova (CZE) / B. Strycova (CZE) vs S. Mirza (IND) / C. Vandeweghe (USA)

 

Gerry Weber Open
Halle, Germany

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 22 JUNE 2017

Singles – Second Round
[1] R. Federer (SUI) d M. Zverev (GER) 76(4) 64
K. Khachanov (RUS) d [3] K. Nishikori (JPN) 32 ret. (Left Hip)
F. Mayer (GER) d [6] L. Pouille (FRA) 67(6) 64 63
[WC] A. Rublev (RUS) d [Q] M. Youzhny (RUS) 60 36 63

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) d R. Bautista Agut (ESP) / D. Ferrer (ESP) 61 64
[2] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) d [Q] A. Begemann (GER) / T. Puetz (GER) 67(7) 76(5) 10-5
F. Martin (FRA) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d [3] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) 76(7) 63

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 23 JUNE 2017

STADION start 12:00 noon
K. Khachanov (RUS) vs [WC] A. Rublev (RUS)
R. Gasquet (FRA) vs R. Haase (NED)
[1] R. Federer (SUI) vs F. Mayer (GER)

Not Before 5:30 pm
[7] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) vs [4] A. Zverev (GER)

Court 1 start 1:00 pm
[1] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) vs F. Martin (FRA) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)

 

Aegon Championships
London, Great Britain

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 22 JUNE 2017

Singles – Second Round
[4] M. Cilic (CRO) d [Q] S. Kozlov (USA) 60 64
S. Querrey (USA) d J. Thompson (AUS) 76(3) 36 63
D. Medvedev (RUS) d [WC] T. Kokkinakis (AUS) 62 62
F. Lopez (ESP) d [Q] J. Chardy (FRA) 61 76(4)

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[3] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d R. Harrison (USA) / M. Venus (NZL) 76(1) 46 10-6
J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d [4] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) 76(4) 46 10-6
M. Cilic (CRO) / M. Matkowski (POL) d [Q] M. Daniell (NZL) / M. Demoliner (BRA) 76(9) 16 10-8

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 23 JUNE 2017

CENTRE COURT start 12:00
S. Querrey (USA) vs G. Muller (LUX)
[4] M. Cilic (CRO) vs D. Young (USA)
[6] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs D. Medvedev (RUS)
[7] T. Berdych (CZE) vs F. Lopez (ESP)

COURT 1 not before 5:00 pm
TBA – R. Bopanna (IND) / I. Dodig (CRO) vs J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA)

 

MALLORCA OPEN – CALVIA, SPAIN
$250,000
18 – 25 JUNE 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 22, 2017
Women’s Singles – Second Round
[2] A. Sevastova (LAT) d V. Lepchenko (USA) 67(2) 61 63
[6] R. Vinci (ITA) d [Q] K. Flipkens (BEL) 64 57 62
[7] A. Konjuh (CRO) d [WC] V. Azarenka (BLR) 61 63

Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
[1] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) d E. Mertens (BEL) / D. Schuurs (NED) 26 63 10-7
N. Melichar (USA) / A. Smith (GBR) d [3] A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) 64 64
J. Jankovic (SRB) / A. Sevastova (LAT) d [4] A. Klepac (SLO) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 36 63 10-3
J. Goerges (GER) / X. Knoll (SUI) d M. Duque-Mariño (COL) / M. Irigoyen (ARG) 36 63 10-8

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017
PISTA CENTRAL start 12:30 pm
C. Bellis (USA) vs Kr. Pliskova (CZE)

Not Before 1:30 pm
[Q] J. Cepelova (SVK) vs [3] C. Garcia (FRA) 36 76(5) 22
[7] A. Konjuh (CRO) vs [2] A. Sevastova (LAT)

Not Before 5:00 pm
J. Goerges (GER) vs [WC] S. Lisicki (GER)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[6] R. Vinci (ITA) vs [Q] J. Cepelova (SVK) or [3] C. Garcia (FRA)

PISTA 2 start 6:00 pm
[1] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) vs N. Melichar (USA) / A. Smith (GBR)

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Former Champions Cilic, Dimitrov and Querrey Advance at Queen’s Club

Marin Cilic

By Wendy M. Grossman

 

LONDON (June 22, 2017) The last couple of days have been dominated by the weather.

 

Britain doesn’t know what to do with itself when the sun comes out. In mid-winter, a touch of the yellow stuff can be enough to make people eat outside. On Wednesday, however, when the temperature officially hit 90F, they just wilted. On the court, despite the grass, it was even hotter, since no shade is provided. A day later, the temperature had dropped 15 degrees and there was cloud cover.

 

Tennis players are supposed to be able to cope – but this is part of why grass requires adaptability. On Tuesday, Milos Raonic noted after losing to Thanasin Kokkinakis that heat changes grass courts: “When it’s a little bit hotter, the court gets a little bit harder, and it sort of bounces up a bit, more like a hard court,” he said. “And it’s a little bit easier to move on, as well.” Not that it helped him.

 

The week’s pattern of rout-the-seeds continued on Wednesday as Gilles Muller’s big left-handed serve eliminated former finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who seemed philosophical and said that for Wimbledon, “I think I have to put maybe a little bit more energy in my game.” This week has been favoring the guy who’s been on grass the longest, and here Tsonga was playing his second grass-court match of the season, while Muller beat Ivo Karlovic last week to take the Rosmalen title.

 

But a week can only take so much excitement. In the rest of Wednesday, Donald Young beat Viktor Troicki 6-3,6-4; Grigor Dimitrov took out qualifier Julien Benneteau 4-6,6-3,6-4; and Tomáš Berdych restored something like normal service by beating qualifier Denis Shapovalov in the tightest and most watchable match of the day, 7-6,6-7,7-5. At 18 and two months, Shapovalov looks hugely promising for the next few months at least: he entertains with his shots, not his antics, and while he doesn’t smile as hugely, he radiates enjoyment reminiscent of Gustavo Kuerten’s breakthrough in 1997. Ranked 193 coming into the event, his two qualifying wins and first round dismissal of Kyle Edmund netted him 45 points; these should move him up into the high 160s. He’s basically been set loose on the tour with nothing to lose. This could be fun.

 

On Thursday, past form continued to assert itself. Marin Cilic defeated qualfier Stefan Kozlov 6-0,6-4; Feliciano Lopez beat Jeremy Chardy 6-1,7-6; Daniil Medvedev beat Raonic conqueror Thanasin Kokkinakis 6-2,6-2; and Sam Querrey took care of Andy Murray’s unexpected toppler, lucky loser Jordan Thompson 7-6,3-6,6-3.

 

And so, left in the draw after all the drama are three of the draw’s original former champions – Dimitrov (2014), Cilic (2012), and Querrey (2010), though only one – Lopez – of its four former finalists (the others were Tsonga, Raonic, and Mahut, who lost in the first round to Medvedev).  Helpfully, these four players are all in separate quarters. Querrey meets Muller; Cilic faces Young; Dimitrov plays Medvedev; and Lopez, in what ought to be the day’s best match-up, takes on Berdych, who hasn’t made much of a showing here in any of his three appearances – but was the 2010 Wimbledon finalist.

 

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