August 31, 2015

Maria Sharapova Withdraws from the US Open

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

(August 30, 2015) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Third seed Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the US Open with a leg injury which kept her out of Toronto and Cincinnati events this summer.

She said on her FaceBook page:

“Unfortunately I will not be able to compete in this years US Open. I have done everything possible to be ready but it was just not enough time. To all my amazing fans, I will be back in the Asian swing in a few weeks and look forward to finishing the year healthy and strong.”

Sharapova will be replaced in the draw by Russian Daria Kasatkina.

The tournament begins on Monday.


US Open 2015 – Schedule for Day 1: Monday, August 31, 2015


US Open 2015

Schedule for Day 1: Monday, August 31, 2015

Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00 AM Start

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) vs. Ana Ivanovic (SRB)[7]

Not Before: 1:00 PM

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Monica Puig (PUR) vs. Venus Williams (USA)[23]

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Novak Djokovic (SRB)[1] vs. Joao Souza (BRA)

Arthur Ashe Stadium 7:00 PM Start



  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Serena Williams (USA)[1] vs. Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Borna Coric (CRO) vs. Rafael Nadal (ESP)[8]


Louis Armstrong Stadium 11:00 AM Start

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Kei Nishikori (JPN)[4] vs. Benoit Paire (FRA)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Marin Cilic (CRO)[9] vs. Guido Pella (ARG)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Coco Vandeweghe (USA) vs. Sloane Stephens (USA)[29]

Not before 5:00 PM

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Illya Marchenko (UKR) vs. Gael Monfils (FRA)[16]


Grandstand 11:00 AM Start

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Marco Cecchinato (ITA) vs. Mardy Fish (USA)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Anna Tatishvili (USA) vs. Karolina Pliskova (CZE)[8]

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Radu Albot (MDA) vs. David Ferrer (ESP)[7]

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Madison Keys (USA)[19] vs. Klara Koukalova (CZE)

Court 4 11:00 AM Start

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Saisai Zheng (CHN) vs. Madison Brengle (USA)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Magda Linette (POL) vs. Urszula Radwanska (POL)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) vs. Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Sam Groth (AUS) vs. Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)

Court 5 11:00 AM Start

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Matthew Ebden (AUS) vs. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)[17]

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Fernando Verdasco (ESP) vs. Tommy Haas (GER)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Belinda Bencic (SUI)[12] vs. Sesil Karatantcheva (BUL)

Court 6 11:00 AM Start

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Sofia Kenin (USA) vs. Mariana Duque-Marino (COL)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Tommy Paul (USA) vs. Andreas Seppi (ITA)[25]

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)[10] vs. Denisa Allertova (CZE)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)[23] vs. Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA)

Court 7 11:00 AM Start

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Jessica Pegula (USA) vs. Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)[30]

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Jeremy Chardy (FRA)[27] vs. Ryan Shane (USA)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Vasek Pospisil (CAN) vs. Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT)

Court 9 11:00 AM Start

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) vs. Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER) vs. Kaia Kanepi (EST)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) vs. John Millman (AUS)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Ana Konjuh (CRO) vs. Tatjana Maria (GER)

Court 10 11:00 AM Start

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Anett Kontaveit (EST) vs. Casey Dellacqua (AUS)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) vs. Feliciano Lopez (ESP)[18]

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Florian Mayer (GER) vs. Martin Klizan (SVK)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) vs. Misaki Doi (JPN)

Court 11 11:00 AM Start

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Katerina Siniakova (CZE) vs. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)[15]

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)[19] vs. Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Irina Falconi (USA) vs. Samantha Crawford (USA)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

LL Daria Kasatkina (RUS) vs. Daria Gavrilova (AUS)


Court 12 11:00 AM Start

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Teliana Pereira (BRA) vs. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)[13]

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Lukas Lacko (SVK) vs. Marcel Granollers (ESP)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Lucas Pouille (FRA) vs. Evgeny Donskoy (RUS)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Kiki Bertens (NED) vs. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO)

Court 13 11:00 AM Start

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Simone Bolelli (ITA) vs. David Goffin (BEL)[14]

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Oceane Dodin (FRA) vs. Jelena Jankovic (SRB)[21]

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Michael Berrer (GER) vs. Tommy Robredo (ESP)[26]

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Vania King (USA) vs. Roberta Vinci (ITA)

Court 14 11:00 AM Start

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Marsel Ilhan (TUR) vs. Radek Stepanek (CZE)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Elina Svitolina (UKR)[17] vs. Elizaveta Kulichkova (RUS)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Polona Hercog (SLO) vs. Zarina Diyas (KAZ)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Elias Ymer (SWE) vs. Diego Schwartzman (ARG)

Court 15 11:00 AM Start

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Joao Sousa (POR) vs. Ricardas Berankis (LTU)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)[31v]s . Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Pablo Cuevas (URU) vs. Dudi Sela (ISR)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Tereza Smitkova (CZE) vs. Andreea Mitu (ROU)

Court 16 11:00 AM Start

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) vs. Bojana Jovanovski (SRB)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) vs. Pablo Andujar (ESP)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Filip Krajinovic (SRB) vs. Alejandro Gonzalez (COL)

Court 17 11:00 AM Start

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Lauren Davis (USA) vs. Heather Watson (GBR)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Milos Raonic (CAN)[10] vs. Tim Smyczek (USA)

  1. Women’s Singles – Round 1

Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)[25] vs. Alison Riske (USA)

  1. Men’s Singles – Round 1

Fabio Fognini (ITA)[32] vs. Steve Johnson (USA)

Men’s Singles Draw

Women’s Singles Draw


2015 US Open Women’s Contender Profiles

serena williams with trophy

(August 30, 2015) Profiles of the top Women’s Singles contenders for 2015 U.S. Open. Note: Grand Slam records for main draw matches only.  – by Jack Cunniff


Serena Williams

2015 Record: 48-2

Grand Slam Record: 280-39

U.S. Open Record: 79-9

U.S. Open Best Result: Won (1999, 2002, ’08, ’12, ’13, ‘14)

Fast Fact: Besides trying to become the 3rd woman to win the calendar year Grand Slam, Serena also trying to become the 3rd player to win five consecutive Grand Slam titles (Graf, 1988-89; Navratilova 1983-84).


Simona Halep

2015 Record: 40-11

Grand Slam Record: 32-21

U.S. Open Record: 7-5

U.S. Open Best Result: 4R (2013)

Fast Fact: Eighty percent of Halep’s 2015 wins have come on hard courts (32-5 on hard, 8-6 on other surfaces).


Maria Sharapova

2015 Record: 34-7

Grand Slam Record: 179-43

U.S. Open Record: 32-9

U.S. Open Best Result: Won (2006)

Fast Fact: Since winning the 2006 U.S. Open, Sharapova has made it past the 4R only once at the event (2012, SF).


Caroline Wozniacki

2015 Record: 34-17

Grand Slam Record: 84-34

U.S. Open Record: 28-8

U.S. Open Best Result: RU (2009, ‘14)

Fast Fact: Between September 2014 – April 2015, Wozniacki reached the finals in 5 of the 14 events she played, but since then she has missed the finals in 9 consecutive events.


Petra Kvitova

2015 Record: 30-10

Grand Slam Record: 71-27

U.S. Open Record: 12-7

U.S. Open Best Result: 4R (2009, ‘12)

Fast Fact: Kvitova lost consecutive 1R matches in Toronto and Cincinnati, the first time since March 2011 that she’s suffered back-to-back 1R defeats.


Lucie Safarova

2015 Record: 31-16

Grand Slam Record: 51-41

U.S. Open Record: 11-10

U.S. Open Best Result: 4R (2014)

Fast Fact: Safarova is currently ranked No. 6 in both Singles and Doubles, giving her the highest combined ranking (12) of any player on tour.


Ana Ivanovic

2015 Record: 21-14

Grand Slam Record: 103-42

U.S. Open Record: 20-10

U.S. Open Best Result: QF (2012)

Fast Fact: In 2015, Ivanovic has defeated only one Top 20 player (Makarova, French Open).


Karolina Pliskova

2015 Record: 42-18

Grand Slam Record: 10-13

U.S. Open Record: 2-2

U.S. Open Best Result: 3R (2014)

Fast Fact: In August, Pliskova became the third player in WTA ranking history to reach the Top Ten without ever having made the 4R of a Grand Slam event (Manuela Maleeva, Catarina Lindqvist).


Garbine Muguruza

2015 Record: 27-15

Grand Slam Record: 23-11

U.S. Open Record: 0-2

U.S. Open Best Result: 1R (2012, ’14)

Fast Fact: Muguruza has a 14-2 record vs. lower ranked opponents at Grand Slams.


Carla Suarez Navarro

2015 Record: 35-17

Grand Slam Record: 47-27

U.S. Open Record: 11-7

U.S. Open Best Result: QF (2013)

Fast Fact: In her last four losses at Grand Slam events, Suarez Navarro has won a total of eighteen games, averaging 4.5 games per match.


Angelique Kerber

2015 Record: 39-15

Grand Slam Record: 52-31

U.S. Open Record: 14-7

U.S. Open Best Result: SF (2011)

Fast Fact: Over the last 5 months, Kerber has compiled a 31-6 record, winning 4 titles in the process.


Belinda Bencic

2015 Record: 33-18

Grand Slam Record: 11-7

U.S. Open Record: 4-1

U.S. Open Best Result: QF (2014)

Fast Fact: Since the French Open, Bencic has defeated 10 of the players seeded at the U.S. Open, including 4 of the top 8 seeds, while compiling a record of 23-5.


Ekaterina Makarova

2015 Record: 23-14

Grand Slam Record: 57-32

U.S. Open Record: 15-8

U.S. Open Best Result: SF (2014)

Fast Fact: She first played a Grand Slam event in 2007, but more than half of Makarova’s Grand Slam match wins (29) have come in the last nine events.


Agnieszka Radwanska

2015 Record: 32-20

Grand Slam Record: 98-37

U.S. Open Record: 17-9

U.S. Open Best Result: 4R (2007, ’08, ’12, ‘13)

Fast Fact: Radwanska has defeated a higher ranked opponent only once in 2015 (def. Pliskova, Eastbourne).


Victoria Azarenka

2015 Record: 29-11

Grand Slam Record: 110-35

U.S. Open Record: 28-9

U.S. Open Best Result: RU (2012, ’13)

Fast Fact: Since 2008, 22 0f the 27 matches Azarenka has lost in Grand Slam events were to players who have reached a Grand Slam final, including 10 losses to Serena Williams.


Venus Williams

2015 Record: 24-10

Grand Slam Record: 227-59

U.S. Open Record: 64-13

U.S. Open Best Result: Won (2000, ’01)

Fast Fact: Venus is appearing in her 68th Grand Slam event, passing Martina Navratilova for the 2nd most appearances in the Open Era; she will become No. 1 in Grand Slam events played if she appears in all four of the majors in 2016 (Amy Frazier, 71),




2015 US Open Men’s Contender Profiles

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

(August 30, 2015) Profiles of the top Men’s Singles contenders for the 2015 U.S. Open. Note: Grand Slam records for main draw matches only.  – by Jack Cunniff



Novak Djokovic

2015 Record: 56-5

Grand Slam Record: 200-34

U.S. Open Record: 50-9

U.S. Open Best Result: Won (2011)

Fast Fact: With his losses to Murray (Montreal) and Federer (Cincinnati), Djokovic lost in consecutive events for the first time in a year (2014 Cincinnati – 2014 Toronto).


Roger Federer

2015 Record: 45-7

Grand Slam Record: 291-48

U.S. Open Record: 72-10

U.S. Open Best Result: Won (2004, ’05, ’06, ’07, ’08)

Fast Fact: With a win in the opening round, Federer will tie Ivan Lendl with 73 match wins at the U.S. Open, 3rd most in Open era history; he could tie for No. 2 with a U.S. Open title (Connors – 97, Agassi – 79).


Andy Murray

2015 Record: 56-9

Grand Slam Record: 150-36

U.S. Open Record: 37-9

U.S. Open Best Result: Won (2012)

Fast Fact: Since 2011, Murray is 83-1 at Grand Slams against opponents ranked outside of the Top Ten (l. Dimitrov, 2014 Wimbledon).


Kei Nishikori

2015 Record: 46-10

Grand Slam Record: 45-23

U.S. Open Record: 13-6

U.S. Open Best Result: RU (2014)

Fast Fact: Nishikori hasn’t defeated a Top 5 player since beating Djokovic in the 2014 U.S. Open Semifinals.


Stan Wawrinka

2015 Record: 36-12

Grand Slam Record: 98-40

U.S. Open Record: 26-10

U.S. Open Best Result: SF (2013)

Fast Fact: Before even playing at the U.S. Open, Wawrinka has won more matches at 2015 Grand Slam events (16) than he has had in any other year of his career.


Tomas Berdych

2015 Record: 42-14

Grand Slam Record: 114-48

U.S. Open Record: 28-12

U.S. Open Best Result: SF (2012)

Fast Fact: After reaching the semifinals in 7 of his first 8 events of the year, Berdych has failed to reach that stage in his last six events.


David Ferrer

2015 Record: 36-9

Grand Slam Record: 128-50

U.S. Open Record: 28-12

U.S. Open Best Result: QF (2007, ‘12)

Fast Fact: When he withdrew from Wimbledon, Ferrer ended his streak of appearances in 50 consecutive Grand Slam events, dating back to the 2003 Australian Open.


Rafael Nadal

2015 Record: 42-14

Grand Slam Record: 196-28

U.S. Open Record: 41-8

U.S. Open Best Result: Won (2010, ‘13)

Fast Fact: Nadal has won 20 of his last 21 matches at the U.S. Open, with his only loss in the last five years coming to Djokovic in the 2011 Final (did not compete in 2012 or 2014).


Marin Cilic

2015 Record: 18-13

Grand Slam Record: 70-29

U.S. Open Record: 20-5

U.S. Open Best Result: W (2014)

Fast Fact: Cilic is the lowest ranked and lowest seeded defending U.S. Open champion in the Open era.


Milos Raonic

2015 Record: 25-13

Grand Slam Record: 41-18

U.S. Open Record: 9-4

U.S. Open Best Result: 4R (2012, ’13, ‘14)

Fast Fact: Raonic reached the quarterfinals in 7 of his first 9 events this year, but has won only two matches in his last three events.


Gilles Simon

2015 Record: 34-18

Grand Slam Record: 65-37

U.S. Open Record: 16-8

U.S. Open Best Result: 4R (2011, ‘14)

Fast Fact: Simon has a 3-15 record vs. Top Ten players at Grand Slam events, but two of those wins have come in the last 4 majors (d. Ferrer, 2014 U.S. Open, d. Berdych, 2015 Wimbledon).


Richard Gasquet

2015 Record: 30-11

Grand Slam Record: 84-43

U.S. Open Record: 21-9

U.S. Open Best Result: SF (2013)

Fast Fact: Of Gasquet’s eleven losses in 2015, nine have been to higher-ranked players, and eight have been to Top Ten opponents.


John Isner

2015 Record: 34-19

Grand Slam Record: 42-29

U.S. Open Record: 17-8

U.S. Open Best Result: QF (2011)

Fast Fact: Isner has defeated only two top ten opponents in the last two years (2-19), and both wins were at 2015 Miami (Nishikori, Raonic).


Kevin Anderson

2015 Record: 35-18

Grand Slam Record: 38-26

U.S. Open Record: 7-5

U.S. Open Best Result: 3R (2010, ’11, ‘14)

Fast Fact: If Anderson wins his opening round match at the U.S. Open, it will be the longest ATP match win streak of his career (6).


Gael Monfils

2015 Record: 31-15

Grand Slam Record: 73-35

U.S. Open Record: 17-8

U.S. Open Best Result: QF (2010, ‘14)

Fast Fact: Before losing to Jerzy Janowicz in the 1R of Cincinnati, Monfils had won 24 consecutive opening round matches (2014 Miami, l. to Garcia Lopez).


Grigor Dimitrov

2015 Record: 26-16

Grand Slam Record: 25-20

U.S. Open Record: 3-4

U.S. Open Best Result: 4R (2014)

Fast Fact: Since defeating Andy Murray in the 2014 Wimbledon quarterfinals, Dimitrov hasn’t defeated a Top 50 opponent at a Grand Slam event.


ESPN US Open Tennis Schedule

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ESPN & the 2015 US Open

Date Time (ET) Event Network(s)
Mon Aug 31 10:45 a.m.

1 p.m.

US Open First Round ESPN3


  6 p.m. US Open First Round ESPN2
Tue Sep 1 10:45 a.m.

1 p.m.

US Open First Round ESPN3


Wed Sep 2 10:45 a.m.

1 p.m.

US Open Second Round ESPN3


  6 p.m. US Open Second Round ESPN2
Thur Sep 3 10:45 a.m.

1 p.m.

US Open Second Round ESPN3


  5 p.m. US Open Second Round ESPN2
Fri Sep 4 10:45 a.m.

1 p.m.

US Open Third Round ESPN3


  6 p.m. US Open Third Round ESPN2
Sat Sep 5 10:45 a.m.

11 a.m.

US Open Third Round ESPN3


Sun Sep 6 10:45 a.m.

11 a.m.

US Open Round of 16 ESPN3


Mon Sept 7 10:45 a.m.

11 a.m.

US Open Round of 16 ESPN3


Tue Sep 8 10:45 a.m.


US Open Quarterfinals ESPN3


Wed Sep 9 10:45 a.m.

11 a.m.

US Open Quarterfinals ESPN3


  8 p.m. US Open Men’s Quarterfinals ESPN2
Thur Sep 10 Noon

7 p.m.

US Open Doubles Matches

US Open Women’s Semifinals



Fri Sep 11 Noon US Open Mixed Doubles Championship ESPN3
  3 p.m. US Open Men’s Semifinals ESPN / ESPN3
Sat Sep 12 Noon US Open Men’s Doubles Championship ESPN3
  3 p.m. US Open Women’s Championship ESPN / ESPN3

ESPN Deportes

Sun Sep 13 Noon US Open Women’s Doubles Championship ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. US Open Men’s Championship Blue Carpet Special ESPN
  4 p.m. US Open Men’s Championship ESPN

Matches will also be streamed on WatchESPN. Tennis Channel will have daily pre-game coverage “Breakfast at the Open” from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and post-match coverage “US Open Tonight” daily.


Petra Kvitova and Kevin Anderson Win Titles Leading into the US Open

Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova

(August 29, 2015) In New Haven, second seed Petra Kvitova defended her Connecticut Open title on Saturday, taking down Czech country woman Lucie Safarova 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-2 in an all-left handed battle.

Kvitova has now won the tournament three times 2012, 2013, 2015, she’s just one title behind Venus Williams behind Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki for the tournament record.

“It’s the first time I’ve defended a title, it’s a really good to have that experience,” said Kvitova.

“It definitely helps with my confidence going to the US Open. I’m looking forward to my next match.”

“I feel terrible, but it doesn’t matter. I will have day off tomorrow.” Kvitova has been recovering from mononucleosis.

“I’m really pleased,” Kvitova said about the win. “I didn’t really come here with a good kind of confidence and game and everything. But everything turned around. I have it again. I’m happy because of the trophy here.”

“She’s a big hitter, so she is putting a lot of pressure on you serving really big,” said friend and Fed Cup teammate Safarova. “It’s kind of hard to break into her serve, and it puts extra pressure on your serve.

For Kvitova, it’s her third title of the year and 17th of her career.

For both women, the next stop will be the US Open which begins on Monday, but both women play their opening round matches on Tuesday.


Kevin Anderson of South Africa returned to the winner’s circle for the first time since 2012 when he beat French qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 7-5 in the Winston-Salem Open final on Saturday.

No. 15 Anderson last won a title in March 2012 at the Delray Beach. This was his third career title on the ATP World Tour

“Coming into the week, I had some high expectations,” Anderson said. “But I was thinking back to my first match against (Kazakhstan’s Mikhail) Kukushkin on Court 2, and not playing the best first set. I had to save a bunch of break points and getting broken, and even breaking my racket.

“But things seemed to click after that – I felt I served very well throughout the week. But as each match progresses and you get closer to the finals, and a chance of winning the tournament, that starts to play in your mind.”

The victory for Anderson breaks a seven-match losing streak in ATP World Tour finals, dating back to Sydney 2013.

“I’ve been in a few finals and come up short, which is always tough. Each final is a different situation, and for some reason it just hadn’t happened for me. Someone has to win and someone has to lose.

“Maybe it’s a bit of an added pressure to be the favourite coming into the final, but [Herbert] has been playing great to get here. In my mind we were completely even before the match.”

“But if feels fantastic to get that win. It’s been a few years since I’ve won a tournament, and it’s definitely something I can look back on and feel happy about.”

“It’s been a very positive week,” Herbert said. “I came here to play some matches; I didn’t expect to play that many matches. But I’m arriving at the U.S. Open with a lot of optimism.”

Herbert came into the tournament through qualifying. “I came here to play some matches, but I didn’t expect to play that much. I’m really happy since it’s the best result of my career. There are no regrets because I think I played a good final, but [Anderson] was better and more experienced today.”


Top US Open Seeds Meet the Media in Flushing Meadows

(August 29, 2015) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY) The top seeds at the 2015 US Open met the media on Saturday ahead of Monday’s start of the last major of the year.

Third seed Andy Murray and second seed Simona Halep spoke to the media in the relaxed setting of Media Garden located behind Arthur Ashe stadium.

Murray was asked about playing the controversial Nick Kyrgios in the first round, which is projected to be a very competitive match for the Scotsman.

“For me it’s just a tennis match,” Murray said. “I go about the match in the best way possible by getting all the things, getting all the tactics, and everything sorted and you know, tailor my practices the next few days around his game style and that’s what I’ll be doing. You don’t obviously pay attention to the other stuff.”

Murray talked about past match-ups with the Australian. Murray holds a 3-0 record against his challenger.

“Every match is a new match. You can learn, obviously, from those previous matches, see what things worked and what things didn’t, but he might come in and do something completely different against me next time, so I need to be prepared for that. He’s quite an unpredictable player so you need to expect that when you go on the court.

Yeah I’ve played well against him, I played good matches, but he’s obviously a top player, you know, just missed out in a seeding here and I’m sure he’ll be one of the top players here in the next few years.

On playing Kyrgios at the US Open: “To be honest, I think he likes playing on big stages. That’s where he’s played his best tennis throughout his career. Last year he’d only won one or two matches outside of Slams in the whole year. This year, his results have been inconsistent but at the Slams he made quarters. In Australia, I played him in the third round at the French and at Wimbledon he was close to reaching the quarters again there. I would expect him to be ready for the match. He gets himself fired up for the big events.”

Simona Halep

Simona Halep

For Romania’s Simona Halep, despite a recent left knee problem, she’s really to go.

“Now, I’m feeling great; I’ve recovered and I’m ready to start.”

“I think in the past I didn’t believe that I had the chance to do great here. Now, I’m feeling better and I’m feeling more confident. I had two great weeks before here and I think it’s going to help me. I’m just going to enjoy it and I’m not going to think about the pressure.

“Actually, I play well when there’s pressure, but not too much.”

Asked she wanted Serena Williams to win the Grand She said:

“If I will not be in the finals, then I want her to win. If I’m in the finals with her, then I want to win.

“I said that because she has a big chance to win all four Grand Slams this year. I think she has enough power to do that, but of course I want to win. I just want to take it match-by-match.


The Media Day interviews moved over to Media Interview Room One as last year’s US Open finalist Kei Nishikori took on the press.

“I think from last year this time I kind of stepped one up and I raised my level after this tournament, so I’m very happy with everything this year. Especially this summer I’ve been playing really well, from Washington and Montreal. I unfortunately got hurt and couldn’t play Cincinnati but still I feel very good physically and also tennis-wise, so very exciting, and it’s going to be a big challenge for me to play this year, again, but I’m very confident.”

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic entered his news conference with a stuffed animal Mickey Mouse, which he sat on the desk.

The Serb is really to take on New York. “Generally I have huge incentive and motivation to play US Open as any other Grand Slam, Djokovic said.”
“These are the events where you want to perform your best. These are the events
where you want to go far and compete for the title. Just being here is a pleasure and of
course as anybody else, I’m excited and looking forward to getting on the court”
Djokovic is coming into the US Open aiming to win his third major of the  year. He won three majors in 2011.
He compared his game in 2011 to now:
“I’m a different person, a different player today than I was in 2011, so it’s kind of hard to
compare tennis-wise. I think physically I’m stronger and I’m able to endure longer than I did in 2011 and maybe there are some slight differences in the game, but generally as you grow older you’re kind of maturing and you’re trying to develop your game and get your game to the highest possible level. I think this season, results-wise (is) pretty close to 2011. What I achieved in 2011 is hard to repeat, so this season is definitely just behind that one. But I don’t usually like to compare myself to any other season because every season brings some new challenges at both professional and private levels so it’s pretty different.”
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Roger Federer is coming off a title in Cincinnati where he played a more aggressively, beating Djokovic in the final, and in some matches returning serves from just behind the service line. The Swiss was asked about this aggressive style game.

“It all starts with the serve, to be quite honest,” Federer said.

If you’re able to hold your serve, I don’t want to say you can do pretty much anything on the return, but chances are it’s in your favor. You don’t know if you’re going to hold most of the serves, but I did that very well last week, so I’m sure that’s where the service helped me, but … after that, as the tournament went on, I decided to keep up aggressive play because it didn’t just start against Murray and Djokovic, I had already been doing it against Bautista and also Kevin Anderson, so from that standpoint I was very happy that I was able to keep it up.”

“If I’m going to do it here, as well, at practice so far conditions definitely allow you to do. I think the ball flies faster here. The surface is slightly different than last week, so a slight adjustment to be done there. I’m just really focused on my first round. It’s really tough to be playing Leonardo Mayer, so I have to come back to reality after the good week I had last week and go from there.”

Federer, a five-time winner at the US Open, last made a final in 2009. He has not come close since and was asked about it.

“On the run I was on, to ‘08 and even ‘09, in the finals, clearly I was hoping for it to be endless, but you know that’s not realistic, and ’10 and ’11 were tough matches in the semis against Novak, “Federer said. “So I came very close.”

“Clearly my focus needs to be not trying to win the tournament right away, that’d be thinking too far ahead. I haven’t been in a finals in this tournament as of late. I came close, but close is not good enough. I’ve tried to build up as we move forward.”

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal comes into Flushing Meadows ranked the lowest he’s been in many years at No. 8. The Spaniard will face a rising star on the ATP tour in Borna Coric in his first round.

“He’s a tough player,” Nadal said. “He’s a young player with a lot of energy and he’s a big competitor. He’s one of the players that is the future of our sport, so it’s a tough one, but I’m playing well. I feel like I’m ready. He’s a complete player with a great serve and a very good backhand. He’s a big competitor. I don’t remember playing him before. It was a tough week for me; I had the surgery the week after. I don’t remember it very well, but I think I played very bad. If he played well then he deserved to win, but hopefully Monday will be a different story.

Nadal says that he’s coming into the tournament with not as much stress.

‘My stress is much less than it was at the beginning of the season,” said the two-time US Open champion. I’m feeling better

myself. As a tennis player, I’m feeling better today than I was a couple of months ago. I’ve worked a lot these last couple of months.

“I know the process; It’s a challenge for me. to find the level of play that I’ve been at a lot of times in my career. I’m practicing great, now it’s time to play that great against the competition. The level of tennis is very close to being back there.”

On getting his confidence back, Nadal said: “To have the confidence back you need to win. If you’re not winning, then you won’t have high confidence. To win you need to play well. To win a lot you need to play very well and have a lot of confidence, and I’m playing well today.”

Nadal also clarified to press that he did not refuse to play with or against Nick Kyrgios in a charity exhibition for John McEnroe’s foundation.

“I was never supposed to play a doubles match,” Nadal explained. “First, I was only supposed to play singles in the exhibition. That was wrong information. Second, I never knew I had to play against Kyrgios; I was told I was going to play Lleyton Hewitt. No one asked me to play doubles with Nick Kyrgios. I was only asked to play a singles match; since Roland Garros I knew that. This story that I was supposed to play a doubles match? I don’t know where that story comes from.”

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Maria Sharapova is coming back from a muscle strain in her leg which kept her out of Cincinnati and Toronto.

“It’s always just the adjustment of being a professional athlete in a sport that requires many weeks out of the year to compete ata high level,” said the 2006 US Open champion. “Don’t always know where some things come from but sometimes you have to make adjustments to be healthy and ready for the big ones. I’ve had to make adjustments throughout the year and it only gets tougher as you get older, of course”


Asked about her preparation for the US Open, the Russian said: I’ve done everything I could to be ready. There’s nothing more that I could have done, so yeah, I hope to be ready.”


Sharapova faces a test in her first round match-up against countrywoman Daria Gavrilova who beat her in Miami.

“Well, obviously she’s a really great player and a tough first round we’ve gone back and forth with our results this year,” Sharapova said. “She beat me in Miami and I had a good win against her in Rome so yeah, she’s a really good opponent.”


Serena Williams held her pre-US Open news conference after the draw on Thursday.

Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama at the US Open


Tennis Results Round-Up


$ 754,163.00
21-29 AUGUST 2015

Singles – Quarterfinals

[2] P. Kvitova (CZE) d [7] [WC] A. Radwanska (POL) 75 64
[3] [WC] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d C. Garcia (FRA) 63 60
[4] [WC] L. Safarova (CZE) d D. Cibulkova (SVK) 67(4) 64 75
[LL] L. Tsurenko (UKR) d [5] K. Pliskova (CZE) 62 62

Doubles – Quarterfinals

[2] R. Kops-Jones (USA) / A. Spears (USA) d A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) 64 76(2)
A. Groenefeld (GER) / J. Larsson (SWE) d [3] H. Chan (TPE) / C. Dellacqua (AUS) 36 64 10-5

Men’s Legends Event

James Blake def. Andy Roddick 7-5, 6-4

Championship – Semifinals

[1] J. Peralta (CHI) / M. Seeberger (USA) d V. Mirzadeh (USA) / J. Witten (USA) 76(6) 76(4)
A. Fisher (AUS) / N. Healey (AUS) d D. Cochrane (GBR) / P. Simmonds (USA) 64 63

Championship – Semifinals

Y. Schnack (USA) / K. Zheltova (BLR) d J. Cao (USA) / D. Spicer (USA) 61 60
M. Jansen (USA) / E. Routliffe (CAN) d A. Anghelescu (USA) / C. Price (USA) 62 62

Championship – Quarterfinals

R. Doverspike (USA) / C. Price (USA) d [1] D. Lao (USA) / J. Wang (USA) 63 60
J. Cako (USA) / J. Kielbowicz (USA) d [Alt] K. Mcnabney (CAN) / M. Seeberger (USA) 62 61
A. Daescu (ROU) / A. Perianu (ROU) d H. Maslau (BLR) / S. Weymar (GER) 64 62
G. Brodsky (USA) / B. Wilson (USA) d D. Boyer (USA) / J. Schiller (AUT) 75 26 10-7

STADIUM start 1:00 pm
WTA – [LL] L. Tsurenko (UKR) vs [4] [WC] L. Safarova (CZE)
WTA – [4] J. Goerges (GER) / L. Hradecka (CZE) vs [2] R. Kops-Jones (USA) / A. Spears (USA)
WTA – C. Chuang (TPE) / C. Liang (CHN) vs A. Groenefeld (GER) / J. Larsson (SWE)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – [3] [WC] C. Wozniacki (DEN) vs [2] P. Kvitova (CZE)

Not Before 8:30 pm
Men’s Legends – J. McEnroe (USA) vs J. Courier (USA)

COURT 2 start 1:00 pm
USONP Women’s Doubles Championship – Y. Schnack (USA) / K. Zheltova (BLR) vs M. Jansen (USA) / E. Routliffe (CAN)
USONP Men’s Doubles Championship – [1] J. Peralta (CHI) / M. Seeberger (USA) vs A. Fisher (AUS) / N. Healey (AUS)
USONP Mixed Doubles – A. Daescu (ROU) / A. Perianu (ROU) vs G. Brodsky (USA) / B. Wilson (USA)
USONP Mixed Doubles – R. Doverspike (USA) / C. Price (USA) vs J. Cako (USA) / J. Kielbowicz (USA)


NEW HAVEN, Conn., August 27, 2015 – Nine teams of family members have won the Connecticut Open Family Classic, which was held on Thursday, April 27, 2015 at the Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies, a WTA event that is part of the Emirates Airline US Open Series that began August 21 and concludes August 29 at the Connecticut Tennis Center.
Teams across nine divisions competed on the same courts as the top WTA pros, and the winners were honored with a trophy presentation on Stadium court before the evening session.
This year more than 1,500 participants competed in more than 75 local events at tennis facilities throughout seven states in order to reach the finals. The event has seen participation dramatically increase over the years as the event added more divisions and expanded into more states.
The winning teams can be found below.
Parent/Child 10u
Manu & Arvin Krishnan (Easton, CT – Trumbull Racquet Club) def. Robert & Elizabeth Lavin (Darien, CT – Oak Hills Tennis Club) 6-1, 6-1
Father/Child 12u
Tom & Amanda Conrod (Sandy Hook, CT – Weston Racquet Club) def. Daniel & Mia Goldstein (Woodbridge, CT – Milford Tennis Club) 6-2, 4-6, 10-6
Father/Child 14u
Steve & Noah Gulla (Madison, CT – Madison Racquet Club) def. David & Sam Feldman (Brookline, MA – Farmington Farms) Walkover
Father/Child 18u
Min & Hao Xu (Ellington, CT – Bristol Park & Rec) def. Brian & Peter Mao (South Windsor, NJ – Manchester Racquet Club) 7-5, 6-4
Victor & Barbara Calaba (New Canaan, CT – Woodway Country Club) def. Greg & Courtney Sansonetti (Stratford, CT – Stratford Tennis Association) Walkover
Mother/Child 12u
Barbara Calaba & Maddy Wilson (New Canaan, CT – Stratford Tennis Association) def. Fern & Jason Loeb (Stamford, CT – Oak Hills Tennis Club) 6-1, 6-3
Mother/Child 14u
Louise & Jordan Soifer (Stamford, CT – Oak Hills Tennis Club) def. Jane Farrington & James Schaffer (Branford, CT  -Pine Orchard Yacht and Country Club) 6-3, 6-2
Mother/Child 18u
Tracy & Eric Nalbandian (Weston, CT – Weston Racquet Club) def. Amy & Henry Johnson (Fairfield, CT – Trumbull Racquet Club) 6-3, 5-7, 10-3
Parent/Child Open
Randy & Rohan Mani (Brewster, N.Y. – Hardscrabble Club) def. Jerzy & Jesse Swieton (Bristol, CT – Bristol Parks & Rec) Walkover


Winston-Salem Open
Winston-Salem, U.S.A.


Singles – Quarter-finals
[2] [WC] K. Anderson (RSA) d [8] B. Coric (CRO) 62 76(1)
M. Jaziri (TUN) d [6] T. Bellucci (BRA) 63 62
[13] S. Johnson (USA) d Y. Lu (TPE) walkover (back)
[Q] P. Herbert (FRA) d P. Carreno Busta (ESP) 46 76(5) 62

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] L. Kubot (POL) / D. Nestor (CAN) d P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 62 63
[3] E. Butorac (USA) / S. Lipsky (USA) d M. Fyrstenberg (POL) / A. Qureshi (PAK) 63 57 10-4
[4] D. Inglot (GBR) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) d [WC] C. Harrison (USA) / R. Harrison (USA) 64 64
S. Groth (AUS) / C. Guccione (AUS) d A. Sa (BRA) / A. Sitak (NZL) 46 76(3) 10-2


STADIUM start 3:00 pm
[Q] P. Herbert (FRA) vs [13] S. Johnson (USA)
[1] L. Kubot (POL) / D. Nestor (CAN) vs [3] E. Butorac (USA) / S. Lipsky (USA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
M. Jaziri (TUN) vs [2] [WC] K. Anderson (RSA)
[4] D. Inglot (GBR) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) vs S. Groth (AUS) / C. Guccione (AUS)


Brad Gilbert Talks US Open Draws with Tennis Panorama News

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(August 27, 2015) NEW YORK, NY – Former pro tennis player coach and current ESPN tennis analyst Brad Gilbert is known for having a unique tennis vocabulary. The former world No. 4 is putting his tennis glossary to good use starring in six Voya Financial-produced videos for social media.


This is the second edition of the “Gilbert’s Glossary” videos that began during Wimbledon received more than four million views. The new campaign includes six new comical video shorts featuring Gilbert.

Voya’s sponsorship of ESPN’s coverage spans the entire duration of the US Open and will air over two weeks — from Aug. 31 through Sept. 13 — across ESPN networks. The agreement features a number of media rights including significant commercial inventory, live Voya “Bench Talk” segments with accompanying graphics and audio mentions, and the debut of 360-degree “freeD” replay technology with Voya on-screen branding.


Gilbert spoke to Tennis Panorama News to talk about the videos and the US Open singles draws which were made on Thursday.

Tennis Panorama News: Let’s talk about the men’s draw first. What were your impressions?

Brad Gilbert: There are about a half a dozen really good popcorn matches in the first round. We’re going to have some intriguing matches.


Definitely Rafa (Nadal) – (Borna) Coric, The bad boy (Nick) Kyrgios versus (Andy) Murray, I think that’s a bad match-up for him anyways. (Thanasi) Kokkinakis versus (Richard) Gasquet.


I think Djoker (Novak Djokovic) got a great draw and down on the bottom (of the draw), I’m not really sure if he had a good draw or a bad draw, if (Roger) Federer is playing the way he did in Cincinnati, I think he’s in store for a big run. It’s been six years since he made a final at the (US) Open. What he showed in Cincinnati was really impressive. I’m looking forward to see if he can bring that in New York.


TPN: Can you predict the winner after seeing the draw today?

BG: No. I will pick a winner in a couple of days. I do it for One thing’s for sure, sometimes you look at a draw, you look at a brutal draw and a couple days later it can open up. So, Serena’s (Williams) draw on paper is brutal, but you never know if she’ll have to navigate all the way through the draw the way it is ‘cause things can change.


Last year was a major surprise (on the men’s tour) with what we had and probably the first time, we had a couple of surprises. We had Stan (Wawrinka) winning (the Australian Open) and (Marin) Cilic (US Open) – I don’t think we are going to see a major surprise like that this year (at the US Open) that’s for sure.


TPN: So do you want to go out on a limb and make a prediction for the women?

BG: No, not yet. I have to think about it for a few more days. I usually fill out 2 or 3 draws. I sit there and scratch through them in my room until I come up with the right one.


TPN: I want to ask you about your new videos that were launched Voya Financial. How much fun was it making them, especially with your unique spin on things.

BG: It was a blast doing them. Obviously Voya is a great company. They had a tremendous team making me look good. And one of the coolest compliments – I had a young kid come up to me and say “Are you that YouTube dude?” (Laughter)


So, I’ve been called a lot about being a coach and playing, the way the kid said it, it kind rang home – like to him it really meant something. I like to have a lot of fun on Twitter, and I like to have a lot of fun, when I do the studio stuff, so I am really happy that Voya gave me a platform to have fun.



Here are two of the videos in “Gibert’s Glossary” campaign for Voya Financial

Videos called Moonball, Flatliner, Fearhand and Dead Let Court will be released during the US Open.

Related article:

Brad Gilbert Talks Tennis “Glossary”

Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama News at the US Open.


Serena Williams has Competitive Quarter in US Open Draw

Serena Williams photo courtesy of the USTA (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Serena Williams photo courtesy of the USTA (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

(August 27, 2015) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – The singles draws were held for the US Open on Thursday. Defending champion Serena Williams, who is seeking to complete the first Grand Slam since Steffi Graf accomplished the feat back in 1988 faces a competitive quarter of her draw. Williams, who is a six-time champion could face US countrywomen in the third and fourth rounds – Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys. Also in Williams’ quarter of the draw is her sister Venus Williams and Belinda Bencic, the 12th seed, who defeated Serena in Toronto just two weeks ago.

”You have Sloane, I seem to play her every tournament,” Williams said to media. ”Madison is playing really well. So is Sloane, actually – she’s playing excellent. So it’s not anything simple or easy to go through.”

Serena could potentially face third seed Maria Sharapaova in the semifinal. The world No. 1 opens her quest for her 22nd major against Russia’s Vitalia Diatchenko ranked 86th in the world.

“I feel like there’s always another record, then there’s always another person to catch up with or to pass.I never really thought I would be in this position where I would even be talking about, you know, records, talking about passing Steffi Graf or even mentioning Margaret Court.

“I mean, I just grew up trying to be the best that I could and do the best that I could. I worked really hard for everything. So to even be mentioned in that conversation is great.

“But like I said, I feel like I don’t put that pressure on myself to do anything here ’cause I’m obviously going to be excited to compete next year and just keep going and have fun.”

Asked about if she thought about her place among the tennis greats, Serena said: “I can’t sit here and say [I’m the greatest]. But I can sit here and say that I’m the greatest player that I’ve been able to be.

“I do read numbers and I do see numbers. I believe in those numbers. I think, you know, different generations and different times have different champions, have different greats, have different levels of players. It’s really difficult to compare, you know, one generation to another, generations several ago. Things change: power, technique, technology. A lot of things have contributed to that.”

“I think being experienced has really helped me a lot, helped me get through a lot of matches. It’s helped me overcome a lot of things. Yeah, it’s been great. I’ve really enjoyed it. I know some matches I got through just on my experience alone, so that’s been really able to help me out.


Potential women’s quarterfinals:

(1)Serena Williams vs. (8)Karolina Pliskova

(3)Maria Sharapova vs. (7)Ana Ivanovic

(5)Petra Kvitova vs. (4)Caroline Wozniacki

(2)Simona Halep vs. (6)Lucie Safarova

Women’s draw


On the men’s side of the draw, top seed Novak Djokovic could face eighth seed Rafael Nadal in a quarterfinal clash in Flushing Meadows. Second seed Roger Federer and third seed Andy Murray are on the other side of the draw. Murray has a potentially extremely competitive opening match against Nick Kyrgios. Nadal also will have all he can handle against Borna Coric in the first round.

Potential men’s quarterfinals:


(1)Novak Djokovic vs. (8)Rafael Nadal

(4)Kei Nishikori vs. (7)David Ferrer

(5)Stan Wawrinka vs. (3)Andy Murray

(2)Roger Federer vs. (6) Tomas Berdych

Men’s draw