July 21, 2017

Keegan Smith and Monica Robinson Win Singles Titles at USTA National Open Hard Court Championships

KEEGAN SMITH AND MONICA ROBINSON CAPTURE SINGLES TITLES
AT USTA NATIONAL OPEN HARD COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS

Smith Earns 2nd Gold USTA Ball After Winning Men’s Doubles Title
San Diego, Calif. – (June 4, 2017) – Top-seeded Keegan Smith looked prepared to begin his collegiate tennis career at UCLA later this fall as he won the men’s singles title at the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships before a large crowd at the Balboa Tennis Club.

The 18-year-old Smith of San Diego (Point Loma) put on a solid performance in the men’s singles final as he defeated fifth-seeded Ryan Seggerman of Coronado, Calif, 6-3, 6-3 in one-hour and 15 minutes. Smith used his powerful serve to his advantage as the champion dropped a total of only six points on his serve during the straight-set victory.

“I was pumped. It was a great match and a great tournament. I’m super stoked at the outcome. It’s a huge confidence boost,” Smith said. “He (Seggerman) has a different style of play. It’s a bit unorthodox. He can hit it big, but he likes the slices and he comes in a lot. I just kept focused every point.”

Smith said he was pleased to have had the opportunity to play a USTA National event close to home. “It’s great. It’s been really cool. It’s in San Diego and it’s such a convenient tournament. I love it. The crowds have been awesome,” he added. “I just want to say thanks to everyone for putting this tournament on.”

Later in the afternoon, Smith finished the day with another USTA gold ball as he teamed with Billy Rowe of Coronado, Calif., to win the men’s doubles championship with a 7-6 (5), 6-1 victory over Seggerman and Timothy Sah of San Diego.

In the women’s singles final, second-seeded Monica Robinson of Valley Center, Calif., rallied to win the title with an entertaining come-from-behind 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over top-seed and defending champion Jessica Failla of Ramona, Calif., that took two-hours and 55 minutes to complete.

For the 22-year-old Robinson, a former tournament champion who just completed her collegiate tennis career at the University of Notre Dame, this week’s tournament singles title was a little bit more special than the one she won back in 2014.

“It just felt great to win that final point. You just feel this relief. You just achieved what you’ve worked for all week,” she said. “This one is pretty special. Being a Notre Dame alumnus and being able to win it again is really special. This is one of my favorite tournaments. The atmosphere is great and we get great crowds. It’s San Diego, you can’t beat this weather.”

For complete final scores and results, along with final draws for each division, please go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=186158

The champions in each division were awarded a USTA gold ball, while the runner-up received a USTA silver ball. There was also be a 3rd/4th place playoff for the USTA bronze ball.  Prize money was distributed to both finalists as well as third and fourth place finishers in each division.


 

USTA National Open Hard Court Championships
Balboa Tennis Club
San Diego
Sunday’s Results

Men’s Singles
Championship
Keegan Smith (1), San Diego, def. Ryan Seggerman (5), Coronado, Calif., 6-3, 6-3

Third Place
Brandon Nakashima (8), San Diego, def. Billy Rowe (7), Coronado, Calif., walkover (injury)

Men’s Doubles
Championship
Billy Rowe (1), Coronado, Calif., and Keegan Smith, San Diego, def. Timothy Sah (3), San Diego and Ryan Seggerman, Coronado, Calif., 7-6 (5) 6-1

Women’s Singles
Championship
Monica Robinson (2), Valley Center, Calif., def. Jessica Failla (1), Ramona, Calif., 2-6, 6-4, 6-1

Third Place
Dominique Schaefer (3), Newbury Park, Calif., def. Jennifer Kerr (5), Carlsbad, Calif., 6-3, 6-1

Women’s Doubles
Championship
Annette Goulak, Oak Park, Calif., and Devon Jack, San Marino, Calif., def. Jessica Failla (1), Ramona, Calif., and Monica Robinson, Valley Center, Calif., 3-6, 7-6 (4), 10-2

Mixed Doubles
Championship
Annette Goulak (3), Oak Park, Calif., and Timothy Sah, San Diego, def. Ryan Seggerman (2), Coronado, Calif., and Hannah Zhao San Diego, 7-5, 6-4

For complete tournament results, go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=186158#&&s=8Results0

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Summary and Results – USTA National Open Hard Court Championships 

 

AFTER RECEIVING FIRST-ROUND BYES, TOP MEN’S SEEDS IN ACTION
ON TUESDAY AT USTA NATIONAL OPEN HARD COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS

Defending Women’s Champion Jessica Failla to Play First Match on Wednesday
San Diego, Calif. – (May 29, 2017) –  After a full schedule of first-round action on Opening Day of the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships at the Balboa Tennis Club, the men’s seeds, who received first-round byes, will take center stage at the tournament on Tuesday.

Top-seeded Keegan Smith of San Diego (Point Loma) will play his first match at 9 a.m. (PDT) against fellow San Diegan Tristen Shaw. Smith, who will begin his collegiate tennis career later this fall at UCLA, captured the California Interscholastic Federation San Diego Section boys’ singles title in 2015 and 2016.

Stefan Menichella, a singles finalist at last year’s USTA National Open Hard Court Championships, is seeded second. The 22-year-old Menichella just completed his senior year at Pepperdine University, where he played four seasons of collegiate tennis. He will face Jadon Clifton of Gilbert, Ariz., at 2 p.m. (PDT).

Two-time men’s defending singles champion Emanuel Mensah of San Diego (Imperial Beach), is seeded fourth. Mensah, a former Davis Cup player in his native country of Ghana, is scheduled to play Spencer Hing of Phoenix at 9 a.m. (PDT).

The top-seed in the women’s singles division is defending champion Jessica Failla of Ramona, Calif., who just completed her sophomore season at USC.  This past season, Failla compiled an overall singles record of 21-7 in helping the Trojans finish 2017 with an overall record of 13-10. After receiving a first-round bye, Failla will play her first match on Wednesday at 11 a.m. (PDT).

The women’s second seed is Monica Robinson of Valley Center, Calif., a former USTA National Open Hard Court singles champion who won the title in 2014. Earlier this month, Robinson finished her senior year at the University of Notre Dame, where she played in the No. 1 position in singles and doubles for the Fighting Irish this past season. On May 15, Robinson was named as the recipient of the prestigious ITA/Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship and Leadership Award for the Midwest Region. She will play her opening match on Tuesday at 10 a.m. (PDT).

Other women’s singles seeds include fourth-seeded Hannah Zhao of San Diego, who won the CIF San Diego Section Girls’ Singles title in 2014 and Jennifer Kerr of Carlsbad, Calif., the CIF San Diego Section Girls’ Singles champion in 2015 and 2016.

For the complete list of seeded players and draws for each division, please go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=186158

Matches will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 30 through Saturday, June 3. The finals are scheduled to begin at noon on Sunday, June 4. (All times are PDT) Admission for spectators is free and open to the public. On-site parking is free.

The champions in each division will be awarded a USTA gold ball, while the runner-up receive a USTA silver ball. There will also be a 3rd/4th place playoff for the USTA bronze ball.  Prize money will be distributed to both finalists as well as third and fourth place finishers in each division.

The USTA National Open Hard Court Championships, which was voted, “2011 Tournament of the Year” by the San Diego District Tennis Association, has had several distinguished participants in past events. U.S. Davis Cup star Jack Sock, who is currently at a career-high No. 14 in the ATP World Tour singles rankings (as of 5/15/17), won the Men’s Singles Championship in 2010. Coco Vandeweghe, a semifinalist at this year’s Australian Open, earned a USTA bronze ball at the 2007 Hard Court Championships. Former WTA touring professionals Gretchen Rush and Ros Nideffer won the Women’s Open Doubles title seven times, while Allison Bradshaw captured the Women’s Open Singles title in 2007.

 

USTA National Open Hard Court Championships
Balboa Tennis Club
San Diego
Monday’s Results

Men’s Singles
First Round
Dustin Goldenberg, Boca Raton, Fla., def. Jared Thompkins, San Diego, 7-6 (1), 6-4
Jesse Ross, Ojai, Calif., def. Arsav Mohanty, Roswell, Ga., 7-5, 6-4
Ferny Avila, San Antonio, def. James Lievers, Escondido, 6-4, 6-3
Danny Ballez, Chula Vista, def. Richard Jackson, Las Vegas, 6-3, 6-4
Raul De La Torre, San Diego, def. Adam Cohen, Scottsdale, Ariz., 6-1, 6-1
Spencer Hing, Phoenix, def. Srikar Kuchibhotla, Lebanon, Ohio, 6-0, 6-1
Kelly Dickson, Temecula, Calif., def. Maxwell Weishan, San Diego, 6-3, 6-2
Andy Chang, Rancho Santa Fe, def. Floyd Penners, Joshua Tree, Calif., 6-4, 6-1
Chris Palacio, El Centro, Calif., def. Keanu Horner, Gilbert, Ariz., 6-0, 6-0
Tristen Shaw, San Diego, def. Rand Hogen, La Jolla, 6-1, 6-0
Ryan Dehmoubed, Cardiff, def. James Miller, Los Angeles, 6-2, 6-0
Pratt Keerasuntonpong, San Diego, def. Jesse Steinberg, Del Mar, 6-0, 6-3
Zac Brodney, Los Angeles, def. Erik Tammaru, San Diego, 6-0, 6-1
Sean Robles, Yorba Linda, Calif., def. Jose Ruvalcaba, San Diego, 6-0, 6-0
Riley Vickers, La Jolla, def. Christopher Daniels, Los Angeles, 6-2, 6-3
Corey Lunsford, Riverside, Calif., def. Thomas Geaney, San Diego, 6-0, 6-0
Arnav Mohanty, Roswell, Ga., def. Rico Gore, Washington D.C., 6-0, 6-0
Jarod Hing, Paradise Valley, Ariz., def. Thiago Barbosa, Glendale, Ariz., 6-4, 6-2
Kevin Karoub, Carlsbad, def. Dimitri Doan, Corona, Calif., 6-1, 6-4
Daniel Lempa, Palm Desert, Calif., def. Todd Marchner, La Jolla, 6-2, 6-0
Yousef Benhamida, San Diego, def. Dion Earl, Mesa, Ariz., 6-0, 6-0
David Sutton, Greensboro, N.C.  def.  Christian Hausman, Los Angeles, 6-3, 6-2
Xavier Smith, Chula Vista, def.  Andrew MacFarlane, San Diego, 6-3, 6-4
Gabriel Evans, San Antonio, def. Teo Ortuno, Spring Valley, 6-1, 6-1
Luis Argote, San Diego, def. Gabriele Boccaccini, La Jolla, 6-0, 6-4
Daniel De La Torre, San Diego, def. Jack Hogan, La Jolla, 6-4, 6-2
Trent Aaron, San Diego, def. Tony Lopez, Kearney, Neb., 6-0, 6-3
Alexander Rushin, Rancho Santa Fe, def. Thomas Tomczak, Glendale, N.Y., default
Ian Ross, Altadena, Calif., def. George Newton, Pass Christian, Miss., default

For complete tournament results, go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=186158#&&s=8Results0

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2017 Roland Garros – Day 3 Men’s Preview

 

2017 ROLAND GARROS

DAY 3 Men’s Preview

Tuesday 30 May

1st Round

 

Andy Murray

Featured matches

 

No. 1 Andy Murray (GBR) v Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS)

No. 3 Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v (Q) Jozef Kovalik (SVK)

No. 8 Kei Nishikori (JPN) v Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS)
No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Renzo Olivo (ARG)
No. 13 Tomas Berdych (CZE) v Jan-Lennard Struff (GER)
No. 15 Gael Monfils (FRA) v Dustin Brown (GER)
No. 18 Nick Kyrgios (AUS) v Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)
Radu Albot (MDA) v Jeremy Chardy (FRA)

 

On court today…

 

  • World No. 1 Andy Murray opens his 2017 Roland Garros campaign in the 2nd match on Court Philippe Chatrier on Tuesday. Murray became only the 3rd British man in history to reach the Roland Garros final last year but, with the Scot struggling for consistency this year, his opponent Andrey Kuznetsov has reason to believe he can cause a huge upset. The No. 1 seed has lost at Roland Garros just once since seeding began here in 1925 – when Stefan Edberg fell to Sergi Bruguera in 1990.

 

  • 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka begins his campaign for a 4th Grand Slam title today when he plays Slovakian qualifier Jozef Kovalik on Court Suzanne Lenglen. Wawrinka has lost in the 1st round here twice before – but No. 152 Kovalik will have to pull off a significant upset if he is to progress. The Swiss has never lost to a player ranked outside the Top 50 at Roland Garros.

 

  • French No. 2 Gael Monfils will attempt to record his 400th Tour-level match-win when he takes on Dustin Brown in the 4th match on Court Suzanne Lenglen. Should he defeat Brown, Monfils will become the 6th Frenchman to reach the 400 match-wins milestone – after Yannick Noah, Fabrice Santoro, Richard Gasquet, Gilles Simon and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

 

  • The only 2 men from African nations in the men’s singles draw – Kevin Anderson of South Africa and Malek Jaziri of Tunisia – face off today in the 2nd match on Court 16. Anderson and Jaziri are the only African men to have played at Roland Garros since South African Wesley Moodie competed here in 2006. The most successful African man at Roland Garros is Morocco’s Hicham Arazi, who reached back-to-back quarterfinals here in 1997 and 1998.

 

 

1 ANDY MURRAY (GBR) v ANDREY KUZNETSOV (RUS)

 

Head-to-head: Murray leads 2-0

2014     US Open          Hard (O)           R32      Murray             61 75 46 62

2016     Beijing              Hard (O)           R16      Murray              62 61

 

A 3rd meeting between the 2 players – and their 2nd at a Grand Slam – but their first on clay.

 

Murray has lost to a player ranked as low as No. 73 today’s opponent at a Grand Slam once before – when he fell to No. 91 Arnaud Clement at the 2005 US Open.

 

MURRAY                                                    v                                                KUZNETSOV

 

30                                                        Age                                                        26

1                                      ATP Ranking (29 May)                                     73

45                                                       Titles                                                        0

179-41                            Career Grand Slam Record                             17-16

34-9                                   Roland Garros Record                                    3-4

646-181                                       Career Record                                          72-86

102-45                                  Career Record – Clay                                    26-32

16-7                                             2017 Record                                              9-11

4-4                                        2017 Record – Clay                                        5-3

23-9                                  Career Five-Set Record                                   3-4

9                                 Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                 0

186-109                              Career Tiebreak Record                                 32-30

6-2                                     2017 Tiebreak Record                                     5-3

 

  • This is MURRAY’S 10th Roland Garros appearance. He has lost in the 1st round here just once before – on his debut in 2006 (l. Gael Monfils)

 

  • Murray is bidding to avoid becoming only the 2nd top seed to lose in the 1st round at Roland Garros since seeding began at Roland Garros in 1925. The only No. 1 seed to lose in the 1st round here since 1925 is Stefan Edberg in 1990.

 

  • Last year here Murray recorded his best Roland Garros performance by reaching the final, where he lost to Novak Djokovic 36 61 62 64. He was the 3rd British man in history – and the first since Bunny Austin in 1937 – to reach the Roland Garros final. He also became the 10th man in the Open Era to reach the final at all 4 Grand Slam events.

 

  • Murray is one of 6 Grand Slam champions to start in the men’s main draw here. Murray won the 2012 US Open title (d. Djokovic) and became the first British man to win the Wimbledon singles title in 77 years in 2013 (d. Djokovic) before winning the title again in 2016 (d. Milos Raonic).

 

  • Murray is bidding to add to his US Open and 2 Wimbledon titles and become the 17th man in the Open Era to win at least 3 of the 4 Grand Slam titles (see Preview page 4).

 

  • Murray is bidding to become just the 2nd British man to win Roland Garros after Fred Perry, who won the title here in 1935.

 

  • Murray warmed up for Roland Garros by reaching the semifinals at Barcelona (l. Dominic Thiem) and the 3rd round at both Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Albert Ramos-Vinolas) and Madrid-1000 (l. Borna Coric). He lost to Fabio Fognini in the 2nd round at Rome-1000 (after receiving a 1st round bye).

 

  • Also in 2017, Murray won his 45th Tour-level title at Dubai (d. Fernando Verdasco). He finished runner-up at Doha (l. Novak Djokovic) but fell in the round of 16 at the Australian Open, where world No. 50 Mischa Zverev became the lowest-ranked player to defeat Murray at a major since No.51 Juan Ignacio Chela at the 2006 Australian Open.

 

  • Murray is seeded No. 1 at a Grand Slam for the 2nd time, having also been seeded No. 1 at this year’s Australian Open. He is the first British man to be seeded No. 1 at Roland Garros since Fred Perry in 1936.

 

  • Murray reached the semifinals of the boys’ singles as top seed at 2005 Roland Garros (l. Marin Cilic).
  • Murray is coached by Ivan Lendl, who won Roland Garros in 1984, 1986 and 1987, and former world No. 121 Jamie Delgado.

 

  • KUZNETSOV is bidding to reach the 2nd round here for the 3rd straight year.

 

  • Kuznetsov’s best Roland Garros performance is reaching the 3rd round in 2015 (l. Rafael Nadal). This is his 5th Roland Garros appearance and his 17th Grand Slam overall. Last year here Kuznetsov fell to Kei Nishikori in the 2nd round.

 

  • Kuznetsov’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the round of 16 at the 2016 Australian Open (l. Gael Monfils). He was the first Russian man to reach the last 16 at the Australian Open since Nikolay Davydenko in 2010.

 

  • Kuznetsov is facing a world No. 1 for the 2nd time. He won just 5 games in his only other match against a world No. 1 – falling to Novak Djokovic 60 61 64 in the 2nd round at the 2015 Australian Open. The highest-ranked player he has defeated is No. 4 Stan Wawrinka at 2016 Miami-1000.

 

  • Kuznetsov warmed up for Roland Garros by reaching his first Tour-level clay court semifinal at Geneva
    (l. Stan Wawrinka). He also reached the quarterfinals at Budapest (l. Paolo Lorenzi), but fell in the 1st round as a qualifier at both Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Tomas Berdych) and Madrid-1000 (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga).

 

  • Also in 2017 Kuznetsov reached the semifinals at Sydney (l. Dan Evans) and the 2nd round at Miami-1000, but went on a 6-match Tour-level losing streak between the 2 events – including falling to Kei Nishikori in 5-sets in the 1st round at the Australian Open.

 

  • Kuznetsov recorded a career-high ranking of No. 39 in April 2016 after reaching the quarterfinals at 2016 Barcelona, but plays here at No. 73.

 

  • Kuznetsov won the boys’ singles title at 2009 Wimbledon, defeating Jordan Cox 46 62 62 in the final. He won 6 singles titles and 4 doubles titles as a junior, reaching a career-high junior ranking of No. 3 in 2009. He lost in the 2nd round of the boys’ singles event here in 2008 and 2009.

 

  • Kuznetsov has never contested a 5-set match at Roland Garros. He has a 3-4 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

 

  • Kuznetsov has been coached by his father, Alexander, since 1997. He also works with Joakim Nystrom. His fitness trainer is Norman Buechter.

 

 

 

3 STAN WAWRINKA (SUI) v (Q) JOZEF KOVALIK (SVK)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

Wawrinka has lost to a player ranked as low as No. 152 today’s opponent at a Grand Slam on 2 previous occasions – falling to No. 163 Nicolas Lapentti in the 1st round at the 2009 US Open and to No. 165 Juan Martin del Potro in the 2nd round at 2016 Wimbledon.

 

WAWRINKA                                                 v                                                    KOVALIK

 

32                                                        Age                                                        24

3                                      ATP Ranking (29 May)                                    152

15                                                       Titles                                                        0

124-45                            Career Grand Slam Record                                0-2

32-11                                  Roland Garros Record                                    0-0

458-260                                       Career Record                                            6-14

166-82                                  Career Record – Clay                                      2-6

19-8                                             2017 Record                                               2-5

5-3                                        2017 Record – Clay                                        0-3

25-20                                 Career Five-Set Record                                   0-0

6                                 Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                 0

189-174                              Career Tiebreak Record                                  4-10

9-4                                     2017 Tiebreak Record                                     2-2

 

  • WAWRINKA is bidding to reach the 2nd round here for the 11th time.

 

  • Wawrinka has lost in the 1st round at Roland Garros on 2 occasions – in 2006 (l. David Nalbandian) and 2014 (l. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez).

 

  • Wawrinka’s best Roland Garros performance is winning the title in 2015, defeating Novak Djokovic 46 64 63 64 in the final. He was the first man to win Roland Garros a year after losing in the 1st round since 2002 champion Albert Costa, who had lost in the 1st round in Paris in 2001.

 

  • Wawrinka, who won the junior title here in 2003, was also the first former boys’ champion to win the title here since Mats Wilander in 1988 and at 30 years 71 days was the oldest male champion since Andres Gomez in 1990.

 

  • Wawrinka has won 3 Grand Slam titles at 3 different majors. He also won the 2014 Australian Open
    (d. Rafael Nadal) and the 2016 US Open (d. Djokovic). At the Australian Open, he was the first player to defeat the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds en route to a Grand Slam title since Sergi Bruguera won 1993 Roland Garros. At the US Open, aged 31 years 167 days, he became the oldest US Open champion since Ken Rosewall in 1970.

 

  • Wawrinka is looking to become the 3rd man in the Open Era to win 3 or more Grand Slam titles after turning 30. Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall are the only men to have won 3 or more Grand Slam titles after turning 30 [see Preview page 8]. He is one of 6 Grand Slam champions to start in the men’s draw here.

 

  • Wawrinka warmed up for Roland Garros by defending his title at Geneva (d. Mischa Zverev) after 3rd round finishes at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Pablo Cuevas) and Rome-1000 (l. John Isner). He lost his opening match at Madrid-1000 (l. Benoit Paire). 7 of his 16 career titles have come on clay.

 

  • Also in 2017 Wawrinka reached his 4th Masters-1000 final at Indian Wells, falling to Roger Federer, the semifinals at both the Australian Open (l. Federer) and Brisbane (l. Nishikori), and the round of 16 at Miami-1000 (l. Alexander Zverev).

 

  • Wawrinka has played in every major since making his Grand Slam debut at 2005 Roland Garros. This is his 13th straight Roland Garros appearance and his 49th consecutive Grand Slam appearance, which puts him in 10th place on the list for the most consecutive appearances at the majors in history.

 

  • Wawrinka is coached by 2000 Roland Garros finalist Magnus Norman.

 

  • Qualifier KOVALIK is bidding to record his first Grand Slam match-win on his Roland Garros debut.

 

  • This is Kovalik’s 3rd Grand Slam appearance. He fell in the 1st round on each of his 2 previous Grand Slam appearances – as a qualifier at the 2016 Australian Open (l. Marco Trungelliti) and as a lucky loser at the 2016 US Open (l. Vasek Pospisil).

 

  • Kovalik was leading Igor Sijsling (NED) 64 when the Dutchman retired due to a left knee injury in the 1st round of qualifying, before defeating Luca Vanni (ITA) 64 64 and Norbert Gombos (SVK) 16 64 63 to qualify for a Grand Slam for the 2nd time in 11 attempts.

 

  • Last year here Kovalik fell in the 1st round of qualifying (l. Andrey Golubev). He also failed to qualify here in 2013.

 

  • Kovalik is bidding to record his 3rd career Tour-level match-win on clay. His only previous wins on clay at Tour-level came in his quarterfinal finish as a lucky loser at 2016 Munich (d. Sijsling, l. Fabio Fognini) and in Slovakia’s Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I second round victory over Hungary in July 2016, when he defeated Marton Fucsovics. He fell in the 1st round at the other 5 Tour-level clay court tournaments he has contested.

 

  • On clay in 2017, Kovalik fell in the 1st round as a qualifier at Buenos Aires (l. Carlos Berlocq), Sao Paulo
    (l. Federico Delbonis) and Munich (l. Jeremy Chardy) in 2017. His best results on clay this year came on the challenger circuit – he finished runner-up at the Rome Challenger (ITA) (d. Marco Cecchinato) and reached the semifinals at the Sophia Antipolis Challenger (FRA) (l. Benoit Paire). 13 of the 20 tournaments he has contested at any level this year have been on clay.

 

  • Kovalik has won 2 career challenger titles – both on clay – at 2014 Meerbusch (GER) (d. Andrey Kuznetsov) and 2016 Napoli (ITA) (d. Arthur De Greef).

 

  • Kovalik’s best result in 2017 is reaching the quarterfinals as a qualifier at Chennai (l. Daniil Medvedev). He defeated world No. 6 Marin Cilic in the 2nd round for the best win of his career – it is the only time he has defeated a Top 70-ranked opponent at Tour-level.

 

  • Kovalik is bidding to record his 7th career Tour-level match-win. His career-best Tour-level results are reaching the quarterfinals as a lucky loser at 2016 Munich and as a qualifier at 2017 Chennai, and the 2nd round as a qualifier at both 2016 Indian Wells-1000 (l. Dominic Thiem) and 2016 Antwerp (l. Pablo Cuevas).

 

  • Kovalik reached a career-high ranking of No. 109 in January 2017 after reaching the quarterfinals at Chennai. He plays here at No. 152.

 

  • Kovalik made his Davis Cup debut for Slovakia in 2016, helping them to a place in last year’s World Group play-offs. He has a 1-2 win-loss record for his country.

 

  • Kovalik is coached by Boris Borgula. His physical trainer is Maros Molnar.

 

 

 

8 KEI NISHIKORI (JPN) v THANASI KOKKINAKIS (AUS)

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

NISHIKORI                                                  v                                                KOKKINAKIS

 

27                                                        Age                                                        21

9                                      ATP Ranking (29 May)                                       –

11                                                       Titles                                                        0

63-29                             Career Grand Slam Record                                4-5

11-6                                   Roland Garros Record                                    2-1

321-150                                       Career Record                                          15-28

69-28                                   Career Record – Clay                                      2-5

20-8                                             2017 Record                                               0-1

8-4                                        2017 Record – Clay                                        0-1

15-6                                  Career Five-Set Record                                   3-2

2                                 Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                 2

94-67                                Career Tiebreak Record                                 12-12

4-4                                     2017 Tiebreak Record                                     0-0

 

  • NISHIKORI is bidding to reach the 2nd round here for the 6th time. He has lost in the 1st round here once before – falling to Martin Klizan in 2014.

 

  • This is Nishikori’s 7th appearance at Roland Garros and his 31st Grand Slam overall. Last year here as No. 5 seed he reached the round of 16 (l. Richard Gasquet)

 

  • Nishikori’s best Roland Garros performance is reaching the quarterfinals in 2015, falling to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 5 sets. He was the 2nd Japanese man to reach the quarterfinals at Roland Garros after Jiri Satoh did so in 1931 and 1933.

 

  • At the 2014 US Open, Nishikori became the first Asian male to contest a Grand Slam final after defeating 3 Top 10 players – Milos Raonic, Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic – in consecutive matches before falling to Marin Cilic in the title match.

 

  • Nishikori’s best result on clay in 2017 is finishing runner-up as top seed at Buenos Aires (l. Alexandr Dolgopolov). He also reached the semifinals at Geneva (l. Mischa Zverev), the quarterfinals at Madrid-1000 (where he gave a walkover to Djokovic due to a right wrist injury) and the 3rd round at Rome-1000 (l. Juan Martin del Potro), but fell in the 1st round at Rio de Janeiro (l. Thomaz Bellucci).

 

  • Also in 2017, Nishikori finished runner-up at Brisbane (l. Grigor Dimitrov). He reached back-to-back quarterfinals at Indian Wells-1000 (l. Jack Sock) and Miami-1000 (l. Fabio Fognini), and the round of 16 at the Australian Open (l. Roger Federer).

 

  • Nishikori has won 11 career singles titles, 2 of which have come on clay – at Barcelona in 2014 (d. Santiago Giraldo) and 2015 (d. Pablo Andujar).

 

  • Nishikori is the highest-ranked Japanese man in ATP World Tour Rankings history (since 1973). He had the nickname ‘Project 45’ as a major goal was to get him to No. 45 in the rankings, which would be one spot better than the highest by any Japanese man (Shuzo Matsuoka). He plays here ranked No. 9, five spots lower than his career-high ranking of No. 4 which he achieved in March 2015 after reaching the final at Acapulco.

 

  • Nishikori plays here seeded No. 8 – his lowest Grand Slam seeding since he was seeded No. 10 at the 2014 US Open. It is his lowest seeding here since 2014, when he was seeded No. 9.

 

  • Nishikori was born in Shimane, Japan, but moved to Florida aged 14. He is coached by Dante Bottini and trains at the Bollettieri Academy. Michael Chang, who won Roland Garros in 1989, joined his team in 2014.
  • KOKKINAKIS is bidding to record his first Grand Slam match-win since 2015 Roland Garros.
  • Kokkinakis is making his first Grand Slam appearance since the 2015 US Open. This is his 2nd Roland Garros appearance and his 6th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Kokkinakis underwent right shoulder surgery on 29 December 2015 and has played just 2 singles matches at any level since then – losing in the 1st round at both the 2016 Rio Olympic Tennis Event (l. Gastao Elias) and at 2017 Lyon (l. Denis Istomin). He made his comeback from shoulder surgery in doubles at 2017 Brisbane, winning his first Tour-level doubles title as a wild card alongside Jordan Thompson, but missed 4 months of the 2017 season with an abdominal strain before returning at Lyon last week.

 

  • Kokkinakis’ best Grand Slam performance is reaching the 3rd round as a wild card on his Roland Garros debut in 2015 (l. Novak Djokovic). He defeated qualifier Nikoloz Basilashvili in the 1st round and came back from 0-2 down to defeat compatriot Bernard Tomic in the 2nd – his only Tour-level match-wins on clay to date.

 

  • As well as reaching the 3rd round here, Kokkinakis’ best performance on clay is winning the title at the 2015 Bordeaux Challenger (FRA) (d. Thiemo De Bakker). He only entered the event after a fire at Rome airport made it impossible for him to get to Rome to contest the Rome-1000 qualifying event.

 

  • Kokkinakis has lost 7 of his last 8 matches at Tour-level. His only win in that time came against Dan Evans in a dead 5th rubber during Australia’s 3-2 defeat to Great Britain in the 2015 Davis Cup semifinals. His last tournament match-win came in reaching the 2nd round at 2015 Winston-Salem (d. Alexandr Dolgopolov,
    Teymuraz Gabashvili).

 

  • Kokkinakis is bidding to end a 3-match losing streak against Top 10 opposition. He has a 0-3 win-loss record against Top 10 players overall. The highest-ranked player he has defeated is No. 13 Ernests Gulbis in the 1st round at the 2015 Australian Open.

 

  • Kokkinakis is unranked but plays here on a protected ranking of No. 81. He reached a career-high ranking of No. 69 after reaching the 3rd round here in 2015.

 

  • Kokkinakis was a successful junior. In 2013 he reached the final of the boys’ singles event at the Australian Open (l. Nick Kyrgios) and the US Open (l. Borna Coric). He won the boys’ doubles title at 2013 Wimbledon with Kyrgios. He did not play the junior event here.

 

  • Kokkinakis is one of 11 Australian players (6 men, 5 women) to have started the main draw here – the most to start the main draw at Roland Garros since 1999, when 12 Australians (9 men, 3 women) started the main draw

 

  • Kokkinakis is coached by Todd Langman and Joel Kerley.

 

 

12 JO-WILFRIED TSONGA (FRA) v RENZO OLIVO (ARG)

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

TSONGA                                                    v                                                       OLIVO

 

32                                                        Age                                                        25

11                                     ATP Ranking (29 May)                                     91

14                                                       Titles                                                        0

112-36                            Career Grand Slam Record                                1-2

27-9                                   Roland Garros Record                                    0-0

409-185                                       Career Record                                          16-23

81-44                                   Career Record – Clay                                    14-17

21-5                                             2017 Record                                              4-11

4-1                                        2017 Record – Clay                                        3-8

15-9                                  Career Five-Set Record                                   1-1

4                                 Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                 0

190-140                              Career Tiebreak Record                                  15-5

8-7                                     2017 Tiebreak Record                                     4-1

 

  • Top-ranked Frenchman TSONGA is bidding to reach the 2nd round here for the 9th successive year.

 

  • Last year here Tsonga reached the 3rd round, where he retired with an adductor injury when leading Ernests Gulbis 5-2 in the first set. This is his 10th appearance at Roland Garros and his 37th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Tsonga’s best Roland Garros performance is reaching the semifinals in 2013 (l. David Ferrer), when he became the 2nd Frenchman in the Open Era to reach multiple semifinals at Roland Garros after Henri Leconte, who reached the last 4 here in 1986, 1988 and 1992. He also reached the last 4 in 2015 (l. Stan Wawrinka).

 

  • Tsonga’s best Grand Slam result is finishing runner-up at the 2008 Australian Open (l. Novak Djokovic). Unseeded he defeated three Top 10 players en route to the final.

 

  • In 9 previous appearances at Roland Garros, Tsonga has lost in the opening round just once – on his Grand Slam debut as a wild card in 2005 (l. Andy Roddick).

 

  • Tsonga warmed up for Roland Garros by winning his first clay court title – and the 15th of his career – at Lyon, defeating Tomas Berdych in the final. He reached the 2nd round at Madrid-1000 before giving a walkover to David Ferrer due to a shoulder injury. He lost his opening match at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Adrian Mannarino).

 

  • Earlier in 2017, Tsonga won back-to-back titles at Rotterdam (d. David Goffin) and Marseille (d. Lucas Pouille). He also reached the semifinals at Montpellier (l. Alexander Zverev) and the quarterfinals at Doha (l. Berdych) and the Australian Open (l. Wawrinka). He lost his opening match at Indian Wells-1000 (l. Fabio Fognini) and missed Miami-1000 due to the birth of his first child.

 

  • Tsonga has never lost to a player ranked as low as No. 91 today’s opponent at a Grand Slam. The lowest-ranked player to have defeated Tsonga at a major is No. 80 Gulbis in the 3rd round here last year.

 

  • Tsonga is a former Top 5 player. He reached a career-high ranking of No. 5 in February 2012 and plays here at No. 11.

 

  • Tsonga had a successful junior career. He won the 2003 US Open boys’ title (d. Marcos Baghdatis) and reached the semifinals at the Australian Open (l. Baghdatis), Roland Garros (l. Brian Baker) and Wimbledon (l. Florin Mergea) the same year. As a result he finished the year at No. 2 in the ITF Junior World Rankings.

 

  • Tsonga is one of 19 Frenchmen to start in the men’s main draw here – the most since 2014, when there were also 19, and the highest representation of any nation.

 

  • Tsonga is coached by Thierry Ascione.

 

  • OLIVO is making his Roland Garros debut today. This is his 3rd Grand Slam appearance overall.

 

  • Olivo is bidding to reach the 2nd round here and equal his best Grand Slam performance. He reached the 2nd round as a qualifier on his Grand Slam debut at the 2016 Australian Open, falling to Federico Delbonis in 5 sets. He fell in the 1st round on his only other Grand Slam appearance – at the Australian Open this year (l. Hyeon Chung).

 

  • Last year here Olivo lost to Christian Lindell in the 1st round of qualifying. He also failed to qualify here in 2013 and 2015. He has qualified for a major on one occasion in 10 attempts, but plays here as a direct acceptance for the first time.

 

  • Olivo has played predominantly on clay in 2017 – 8 of the 11 Tour-level events he has contested were on clay. His best results on the surface were reaching the quarterfinals at Quito (l. Thomaz Bellucci) – the only time he has won back-to-back Tour-level matches this year – and the 2nd round at Sao Paulo (l. Joao Sousa). He fell in the 1st round at Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Monte Carlo-1000, Barcelona, Estoril and Lyon.

 

  • Elsewhere this year Olivo reached the 2nd round at Chennai (l. Mikhail Youzhny) but fell in the 1st round at the Australian Open and Indian Wells-1000 (l. Jiri Vesely).

 

  • Prior to coming here Olivo qualified for Monte Carlo-1000 but fell to Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the 1st round. He also fell in the 1st round at Barcelona (l. Rogerio Dutra Silva), Estoril (l. Taro Daniel) and as a lucky loser at Lyon (l. Karen Khachanov. He failed to qualify at Houston and Rome-1000 and also lost in the 1st round at the Aix en Provence Challenger (FRA).

 

  • Olivo’s 2017 highlight is reaching the quarterfinals at Quito (l. Thomaz Bellucci) – the only time he has won back-to-back Tour-level matches this year. He also reached the 2nd round at Chennai (l. Mikhail Youzhny) and Sao Paulo (l. Joao Sousa), but fell in the 1st round at the Australian Open (l. Hyeon Chung) and Indian Wells-1000 (l. Jiri Vesely).

 

  • Olivo is bidding to end a 6-match Tour-level losing streak. He has not won a match at Tour-level since defeating Inigo Cervantes in the 1st round at Sao Paulo.

 

  • Olivo is aiming to defeat a Top 20 player for the 2nd time on his 4th attempt. His only previous win over a Top 20 player came at 2014 Bastad, where he defeated No. 18 Tommy Robredo in the 2nd round. He has never previously faced a Top 20 player at a Grand Slam.

 

  • Olivo is playing his 40th Tour-level match He has played 31 of his previous 39 Tour-level matches on clay – he has a 14-17 win-loss record on clay at Tour-level and a 2-8 win-loss record on hard courts. He has never played a Tour-level match on grass.

 

  • Olivo reached a career-high ranking of No. 78 on 9 January 2017 after reaching the 2nd round at Chennai. He plays here at No. 91.

 

  • Olivo is coached by Javier Nalbandian and Franco Squillari.

 


 

13 TOMAS BERDYCH (CZE) v JAN-LENNARD STRUFF (GER)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

BERDYCH                                                   v                                                     STRUFF

 

31                                                        Age                                                        27

14                                     ATP Ranking (29 May)                                     47

13                                                       Titles                                                        0

132-53                            Career Grand Slam Record                               3-14

24-13                                  Roland Garros Record                                    1-4

603-313                                       Career Record                                          49-75

157-85                                  Career Record – Clay                                    20-29

22-10                                            2017 Record                                            12-12

9-4                                        2017 Record – Clay                                        8-6

20-8                                  Career Five-Set Record                                   2-4

2                                 Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                 1

209-169                              Career Tiebreak Record                                 21-41

10-4                                   2017 Tiebreak Record                                     0-7

 

  • BERDYCH is bidding to reach the 2nd round here for the 9th time. He is contesting his 14th straight Roland Garros and his 54th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Last year here Berdych reached the quarterfinals for the 3rd time, falling to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in straight sets.

 

  • Berdych has lost in the 1st round at Roland Garros 5 times, most recently in 2013 when he fell to Gael Monfils in 5 sets. He has a 1-5 five-set win-loss record at Roland Garros but has a 20-8 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

 

  • Berdych’s best Roland Garros performance came in 2010 when he broke through to his first Grand Slam semifinal, losing to Robin Soderling in 5 sets.

 

  • Berdych’s best Grand Slam result is finishing runner-up at 2010 Wimbledon. He defeated No. 1 Roger Federer in the quarterfinals and No. 3 Djokovic in the semifinals, before losing to No. 2 Rafael Nadal 63 75 64 in the final.

 

  • Berdych warmed up for Roland Garros by reaching the final at Lyon (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga). He also reached the 3rd round at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Marin Cilic), Madrid-1000 (l. Alexander Zverev) and Rome-1000 (l. Milos Raonic).

 

  • Berdych’s other highlights in 2017 include reaching the semifinals at Doha (l. Andy Murray) and Rotterdam (l. Tsonga), the quarterfinals at Miami-1000 (l. Federer) and the 3rd round at the Australian Open (l. Federer) and Indian Wells-1000 (l. Yoshihito Nishioka).

 

  • Berdych became the 25th player to reach 600 Tour-level match-wins when he defeated Carlos Berlocq in the 2nd round at Rome-1000 earlier this month.

 

  • Berdych has not lost to a player ranked as low as No. 47 today’s opponent at a Grand Slam since falling to No. 109 Monfils in the 1st round here in 2013.

 

  • Berdych is seeded No. 13 here – his lowest Grand Slam seeding since 2010 Roland Garros, when he was seeded No. 15.

 

  • 2 of Berdych’s 13 career singles titles have come on clay – as a teenager at 2004 Palermo (d. Filippo Volandri) and at 2009 Munich (d. Mikhail Youzhny).

 

  • Berdych is a former Top 5 player. He reached a career-high ranking of No. 4 in May 2015, but plays here ranked No. 14.

 

  • Berdych is coached by Goran Ivanisevic – who reached the quarterfinals here in 1990, 1992 and 1994 – and Luka Kutanjac.

 

  • STRUFF is aiming to record his 50th Tour-level match-win today.

 

  • Struff is bidding to end an 8-match losing streak at the majors and record his first Grand Slam match-win since the 2014 US Open. This is his 5th straight Roland Garros appearance and his 15th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Last year here Struff fell in the 1st round as a qualifier (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga). He also lost in the 1st round here on his Grand Slam debut as a qualifier in 2013 (l. Evgeny Donskoy) and as a direct acceptance in 2015 (l. Viktor Troicki).

 

  • Struff is aiming to reach the 2nd round at Roland Garros for the 2nd time and equal his best Grand Slam result. He reached the 2nd round here in 2014 (l. Gael Monfils). He also reached the 2nd round as a qualifier at 2013 Wimbledon (l. Jeremy Chardy) and as a direct acceptance at the 2014 US Open (l. John Isner). He has lost in the 1st round in 11 of his previous 14 appearances at the majors.

 

  • Struff warmed up for Roland Garros by reaching the quarterfinals at Marrakech (l. Philipp Kohlschreiber) and Munich (l. Alexander Zverev). He also reached the 3rd round as a qualifier at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Diego Schwartzman), and the 2nd round as a direct acceptance at Barcelona (l. Roberto Bautista Agut) and as a qualifier at Rome-1000 (l. Sam Querrey). He fell in the 1st round at Geneva (l. Cedrik Marcel-Stebe).

 

  • Struff’s other highlights in 2017 include reaching the 3rd round at Miami-1000 (l. Federico Delbonis) and the 2nd round at Marseille (l. Daniil Medvedev) and Indian Wells-1000 (l. Lucas Pouille). He also reached the final at the Canberra Challenger (AUS) (l. Dudi Sela) but fell in the 1st round at the Australian Open (l. Dominic Thiem).

 

  • Struff is aiming to end a 4-match losing streak against Top 20 players at the majors. He has never defeated a Top 20 player at a Grand Slam. He has a 2-19 win-loss record against Top 20 players overall, having recorded a career-best victory against No. 3 Stan Wawrinka in the 2nd round at 2016 Paris-1000 and defeated No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov in the 2nd round at Monte Carlo-1000 earlier this year.

 

  • Struff won the only 5-set match he has contested on clay, defeating Kamil Majchrzak in the 1st rubber of Germany’s Davis Cup World Group play-off victory against Poland in Berlin in September 2016. He has a 2-4 win-loss record in 5-set matches.

 

  • Struff reached a career-high ranking of No. 44 earlier this month after reaching the quarterfinals at Munich. He plays here at No. 47.

 

  • Struff has entered the men’s doubles event here with compatriot Mischa Zverev. The pair will play French wild cards Gregoire Jacq/Hugo Nys in the 1st round.

 

  • Struff is coached by Carsten Arriens.

 

 

 

 

15 GAEL MONFILS (FRA) v DUSTIN BROWN (GER)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

Monfils and Brown are 2 of the 49 men aged 30 or over to start this year’s main draw.

 

MONFILS                                                    v                                                      BROWN

 

30                                                        Age                                                        32

16                                     ATP Ranking (29 May)                                     76

6                                                        Titles                                                        0

85-40                             Career Grand Slam Record                               7-16

28-10                                  Roland Garros Record                                    1-3

399-227                                       Career Record                                          59-86

110-66                                  Career Record – Clay                                    19-26

8-6                                               2017 Record                                              5-12

0-2                                        2017 Record – Clay                                        1-4

15-12                                 Career Five-Set Record                                   2-3

2                                 Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                 0

160-111                              Career Tiebreak Record                                 35-47

2-1                                     2017 Tiebreak Record                                     4-3

 

  • MONFILS is bidding to record his 400th Tour-level match-win today. He is in 6th place on the list for most Tour-level match-wins by a Frenchman – behind Yannick Noah (482 wins), Fabrice Santoro (470), Richard Gasquet (469), Gilles Simon (415) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (410).

 

  • Monfils is looking to reach the 2nd round here for the 10th time. This is his 11th appearance at Roland Garros and his 41st appearance at a major.

 

  • Monfils’ best performance here – and at a Grand Slam – is a semifinal finish in 2008, where ranked No. 59 he lost to Roger Federer. He also reached the last 4 at the 2016 US Open (l. Novak Djokovic).

 

  • Monfils has lost in the 1st round here on one previous occasion, falling to Guillermo Canas on his Roland Garros debut as a wild card in 2005. He missed the 2016 tournament with a virus.

 

  • Monfils is bidding to record his first clay court match-win of the year. He lost his opening match at both Munich (l. Hyeon Chung) and Madrid-1000 (l. Simon). He withdrew from Monte Carlo-1000 and Rome-1000 with a left knee injury.

 

  • Earlier in 2017, Monfils reached the quarterfinals at Marseille (l. Gasquet) and Dubai (l. Fernando Verdasco) and the round of 16 at the Australian Open (l. Rafael Nadal) and Indian Wells-1000 (l. Dominic Thiem). He withdrew from Miami-1000 with an achilles injury.

 

  • Monfils has not lost to a player ranked as low as No. 76 today’s opponent at Roland Garros since falling to No. 92 Fabio Fognini in 5 sets the 2nd round in 2010.

 

  • Monfils has played 13 of the 27 five-set matches he has contested at Roland Garros. He has a 10-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Roland Garros and a 15-12 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

 

  • Monfils reached a career-high ranking of No. 6 on 7 November 2016, finishing a season inside the Top 10 for the first time. He plays here ranked No. 16.

 

  • Monfils has won 6 career titles, most recently at 2016 Washington. 5 of his titles have come on hard courts but his first Tour-level title came on clay at 2005 Sopot.

 

  • Monfils narrowly missed out on achieving the Junior Grand Slam in 2004 after winning the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon. His preparation for the junior US Open that year was hampered by a knee injury and he lost in the 3rd round to Viktor Troicki. He was named 2004 ITF Junior Boys’ World Champion. Monfils is one of 8 former Roland Garros junior singles champions to start in the men’s main draw.

 

  • Monfils is one of 19 Frenchmen to start in the men’s main draw here – the most since 2014, when there were also 19, and the highest representation of any nation.

 

  • Monfils is coached by Mikael Tillstrom, who reached the round of 16 here in 1994.

 

  • BROWN is bidding to reach the 2nd round and equal his best Roland Garros performance.

 

  • Last year here Brown recorded his first match-win at Roland Garros. As a qualifer, he defeated Dudi Sela in 5 sets in the 1st round before falling to Jack Sock in straight sets. He lost the 1st round on his 2 other appearances here – in 2011 (l. Leonardo Mayer) and 2014 (l. Marinko Matosevic). This is his 4th appearance at Roland Garros and his 17th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Brown’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the 3rd round as a qualifier at Wimbledon in both 2013 (l. Adrian Mannarino) and 2015 (l. Viktor Troicki). At 2015 Wimbledon, he became the first qualifier to defeat Rafael Nadal at a Grand Slam by defeating the No. 10 seed in the 2nd round. He has advanced beyond the 1st round on just 5 of his 16 previous Grand Slam appearances.

 

  • Brown is bidding to end a 4-match Tour-level losing streak and record his 2nd match-win on clay this year. He reached the 2nd round at Houston (d. Juan Monaco, l. Steve Johnson), but fell in the 1st round at all 3 of the other clay court tournaments he entered – Barcelona (l. Bernard Tomic), Munich (l. Mischa Zverev) and Lyon
    (l. Nicolas Kicker).

 

  • Brown’s 2017 highlight is reaching the quarterfinals at Montpellier, where he retired after just one game against Benoit Paire due a lower back injury. He reached the 2nd round at Doha (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga) and Auckland
    (l. Marcos Baghdatis), but fell in the 1st round at the Australian Open (l. Milos Raonic). He also lost in the 1st round at Delray Beach, Dubai, Indian Wells-1000 and Miami-1000.

 

  • Brown is aiming to end a 5-match losing streak against seeded players at the Grand Slams. His only win against a seeded player at a major came at 2015 Wimbledon, when he defeated No. 10 Nadal. Overall, he has a 1-10 win-loss record against seeds at the Grand Slams.

 

  • Brown has won just one of his last 7 meetings with Top 20 opposition. His only win against a Top 20 player since defeating No. 15 Gilles Simon at 2016 Montpellier came at Montpellier again this year, when he defeated No. 7 Marin Cilic in the 2nd round in his most recent encounter with a Top 20 opponent. He has a 7-19 win-loss record against Top 20 opposition overall.

 

  • Brown reached a career-high ranking of No. 64 in October 2016, but plays here at No.76.

 

  • Brown changed nationality from Jamaican to German in October 2010. He was born in Germany but moved to Jamaica when he was 12, before moving back to Europe in 2004.

 

  • Brown’s parents gave him a campervan which he used to travel around European tournaments from 2004-2007.

 

  • Brown has entered the men’s doubles here with Yen-Hsun Lu. The pair face French wild cards Constant Lestienne/Corentin Moutet in the 1st round.

 

  • Brown is currently without a coach.

 

 


 

18 NICK KYRGIOS (AUS) v PHILIPP KOHLSCHREIBER (GER)

 

Head-to-head: first meeting

 

KYRGIOS                                                    v                                           KOHLSCHREIBER

 

22                                                        Age                                                        33

19                                     ATP Ranking (29 May)                                     43

3                                                        Titles                                                        7

26-15                             Career Grand Slam Record                             62-50

4-4                                    Roland Garros Record                                  13-12

93-51                                          Career Record                                        405-314

21-16                                   Career Record – Clay                                 148-112

18-6                                             2017 Record                                            14-11

2-2                                        2017 Record – Clay                                        4-4

4-2                                   Career Five-Set Record                                 16-11

2                                 Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                 2

62-43                                Career Tiebreak Record                              165-161

10-5                                   2017 Tiebreak Record                                    6-10

 

  • KYRGIOS is bidding to reach the 2nd round here for the 4th time. This is his 5th Roland Garros appearance and his 16th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Last year here Kyrgios equalled his best Roland Garros result by reaching the 3rd round, where he fell to Richard Gasquet in straight sets. He also reached the 3rd round in 2015 (l. Andy Murray).

 

  • Kyrgios’ best Grand Slam result is reaching the quarterfinals at 2014 Wimbledon (l. Milos Raonic) and the 2015 Australian Open (l. Murray). At 2014 Wimbledon, ranked No. 144, he defeated world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the round of 16 to become the lowest-ranked player to defeat a world No. 1 at a Grand Slam since No. 193 Andrei Olhovskiy defeated Jim Courier in the 3rd round at 1992 Wimbledon. At the 2015 Australian Open, he became the youngest man to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals since Andrei Cherkasov in 1990.

 

  • Kyrgios warmed up for Roland Garros by reaching the 3rd round at Madrid-1000, where he lost to Rafael Nadal. He lost his opening match at Lyon to Nicolas Kicker. He withdrew from Monte Carlo-1000 (elbow) and Rome-1000 (hip).

 

  • Earlier in 2017, Kyrgios reached the semifinals at Marseille (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga), Acapulco (l. Sam Querrey) and Miami-1000 (l. Roger Federer). He also reached the quarterfinals at Indian Wells-1000, where he conceded a walkover to Federer due to illness, but fell to Andreas Seppi in 5 sets in the 2nd round at the Australian Open.

 

  • Kyrgios is bidding to defeat a Top 50 player at Roland Garros for the first time. The highest-ranked player he has beaten here is No. 51 Radek Stepanek in the 1st round on his debut in 2013. He has lost all 4 of his previous meetings with Top 50 opposition at Roland Garros – falling to No. 12 Marin Cilic in 2013, No. 9 Raonic in 2014, No. 3 Murray in 2015 and No. 12 Gasquet last year.

 

  • Kyrgios won his first 3 career titles in 2016, all on hard courts – at Marseille (d. Cilic), Atlanta (d. John Isner) and Tokyo (d. David Goffin). He has reached one Tour-level final on clay, falling to Gasquet at 2015 Estoril.

 

  • Kyrgios reached a career-high ranking of No. 13 on 24 October 2016. He plays here at No. 19.

 

  • Kyrgios is one of 11 Australian players (6 men, 5 women) to have started the main draw here – the most to start the main draw at Roland Garros since 1999, when 12 Australians (9 men, 3 women) started the main draw.

 

  • Kyrgios was ranked No. 1 in the Junior rankings in January 2013 after winning the boys’ singles title at the 2013 Australian Open (d. Thanasi Kokkinakis). He also won the boys’ doubles title with Kokkinakis at 2013 Wimbledon.

 

  • Kyrgios has played Davis Cup for Australia since 2013. He played in both the World Group first round and quarterfinals this year, going 3-0 in singles rubbers as Australia defeated Czech Republic and USA to advance to the last 4. Australia face Belgium in the semifinals in Brussels in September.

 

  • Kyrgios announced 2001 Roland Garros semifinalist Sebastien Grosjean as his coach earlier this month.

 

  • KOHLSCHREIBER is bidding to reach the 2nd round here for the 9th time. This is his 13th straight appearance at Roland Garros and his 51st Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Last year here Kohlschreiber fell to Nicolas Almagro in the 1st round. He has lost in the 1st round here on 3 other occasions – on his debut in 2005 (l. Almagro), and in 2008 (l. Stan Wawrinka) and 2011 (l. Sam Querrey).

 

  • Kohlschreiber’s best Roland Garros performance is reaching the round of 16 on 2 occasions – in 2009 (l. Tommy Robredo) and 2013 (l. Novak Djokovic).

 

  • Kohlschreiber broke through to his first Grand Slam quarterfinal at 2012 Wimbledon (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga). It was his 33rd Grand Slam appearance which put him in 4th place for the most Grand Slam appearances before reaching his first quarterfinal at the majors. It remains his best performance at the Grand Slams.

 

  • Kohlschreiber warmed up for Roland Garros by reaching the final at Marrakech, where he fell to Borna Coric in 3 sets. He failed to defend his title at Munich, falling in the 2nd round to Horacio Zeballos. He lost his opening match at both Barcelona (l. Hyeon Chung) and Madrid-1000 (l. Grigor Dimitrov).

 

  • Kohlschreiber’s other highlights in 2017 are reaching the quarterfinals at Sydney, where he gave a walkover to Viktor Troicki due to a back injury, and Dubai, where he lost 67(4) 76(18) 61 to Andy Murray despite holding 7 match points in a 31-minute 2nd set tiebreak. At 38 points, it was the joint-longest tiebreak at Tour-level (alongside 5 others) since tiebreak scores were first recorded in 1991. He also reached the 3rd round at the Australian Open (l. Gael Monfils), Indian Wells-1000 (l. Wawrinka) and Miami-1000 (l. Rafael Nadal).

 

  • Kohlschreiber is bidding to defeat a Top 20 player at a Grand Slam for the first time since beating No. 15 John Isner in the 3rd round at the 2014 US Open. He has lost his last 5 matches with Top 20 opposition at the majors and has beaten a Top 20 opponent at Roland Garros on only one occasion – when he defeated No. 4 Djokovic in the 3rd round here in 2009.

 

  • Kohlschreiber has won just one of his last 13 clay court meetings with Top 20 opposition. He defeated No. 15 Dominic Thiem in the final at 2016 Munich to record his first clay court match-win over a Top 20 player since beating No. 18 Tommy Robredo in the 3rd round at 2014 Rome-1000. He has a 20-46 win-loss record against Top 20 players on clay overall.

 

  • Kohlschreiber has won 7 career titles – 5 of which have come on clay. He is a 3-time champion at Munich (2007, 2012 and 2016) and also won on clay at 2014 Dusseldorf and 2015 Kitzbuhel.

 

  • Kohlschreiber is a former Top 20 player. He reached a career-best ranking of No. 16 in July 2012 and finished that year ranked at No. 20 – the only time, to date, that he has ended a year in the world’s Top 20. He plays here at No. 43

 

  • Kohlschreiber has played Davis Cup for Germany since 2007. Germany will play Portugal in the World Group play-offs in Oeiras, Lisbon in September.

 

  • Kohlschreiber is coached by Stephan Fehske.

 

 

RADU ALBOT (MDA) v JEREMY CHARDY (FRA)

 

Head-to-head: Chardy leads 1-0

2017     Indian Wells-1000          Hard (O)           R128    Chardy              76(2) 62

 

A 2nd career meeting for the 2 players, who played at Indian Wells-1000 earlier this year, but their first on clay.

 

                           ALBOT                                                      v                                                     CHARDY

 

27                                                        Age                                                        30

88                                     ATP Ranking (29 May)                                     74

0                                                        Titles                                                        1

1-6                               Career Grand Slam Record                             46-36

0-1                                    Roland Garros Record                                  16-10

36-37                                          Career Record                                        218-220

13-11                                   Career Record – Clay                                    88-77

2-10                                             2017 Record                                            12-11

1-3                                        2017 Record – Clay                                        5-4

3-2                                   Career Five-Set Record                                  10-3

3                                 Comebacks from 0-2 Down                                 1

9-13                                 Career Tiebreak Record                              105-115

3-4                                     2017 Tiebreak Record                                     2-1

 

  • ALBOT is bidding to record his first Roland Garros match-win and equal his best Grand Slam result.

 

  • Last year here on his Roland Garros debut as a qualifier, Albot fell to Benoit Paire in 5 sets in the 1st round. He failed to qualify here in 2014 and 2015.

 

  • Albot’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the 2nd round as a qualifier at 2016 Wimbledon (l. Bernard Tomic) – the only time he has progressed beyond the 1st round at a major in 6 previous attempts.

 

  • Albot is bidding to record his 3rd Tour-level match-win of 2017 His best results this year are reaching the 2nd round on hard courts at Sofia (d. Alexandar Lazarov, l. David Goffin) and on clay at Marrakech
    (d. Nicolas Almagro, l. Benoit Paire). He fell in the 1st round at the 8 other Tour-level events he has contested this year, including at the Australian Open (l. Carlos Berlocq).

 

  • Also on clay in 2017, Albot fell in the 1st round as a direct acceptance at both Barcelona (l. Casper Ruud) and Lyon (l. Gastao Elias), having failed to qualify at Monte Carlo-1000.

 

  • Albot reached a career-high ranking of No. 81 in April after reaching the 2nd round at Marrakech. He plays here at No. 88.

 

  • Albot has played Davis Cup for Moldova since 2007 and is the nation’s most successful player in terms of singles wins and overall wins. 28 of his 36 Tour-level victories have come in Davis Cup.

 

  • Albot is the only player – man or woman – from Moldova to have contested a Grand Slam.

 

  • Albot has won one career doubles title – on clay at 2015 Istanbul with Dusan Lajovic (d. Robert Lindstedt/Jurgen Melzer).

 

  • Albot was a member of the ITF 16 & under Team to Europe in 2005, supported by the Grand Slam Development Fund.

 

  • Albot is coached by Liam Smith.

 

  • CHARDY is bidding to reach the 2nd round here for the 7th consecutive year.

 

  • Chardy has lost in the 1st round at Roland Garros once before – falling to Lleyton Hewitt in 2010.

 

  • Chardy’s best Roland Garros performance is reaching the round of 16 as a wild card in 2008 (l. Nicolas Almagro) and as a direct acceptance in 2015 (l. Andy Murray). This is his 11th appearance at Roland Garros and his 37th Grand Slam overall.

 

  • Chardy’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the quarterfinals at the 2013 Australian Open (l. Murray).

 

  • Chardy warmed up for Roland Garros by reaching the 2nd round at 3 Tour-level events – at Marrakech
    (l. Philipp Kohlschreiber), as a wild card at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Marin Cilic), and as a direct acceptance at Munich (l. Alexander Zverev). He fell in the 1st round at Barcelona (l. Kyle Edmund). He also finished runner-up at the Aix En Provence Challenger (FRA) (l. Frances Tiafoe) before falling in the 2nd round at the Bordeaux Challenger (FRA).

 

  • Chardy’s best Tour-level result in 2017 is reaching the quarterfinals at both Auckland (l. Jack Sock) and Montpellier (l. Zverev) and the 3rd round at Miami-1000 (l. Fabio Fognini). He fell in the 2nd round at the Australian Open (l. Kei Nishikori).

 

  • Chardy’s only career singles title came on clay at 2009 Stuttgart (d. Victor Hanescu). 2 of his 4 career doubles titles have also come on clay – with Lukasz Kubot at 2012 Stuttgart and 2015 Bastad.

 

  • Chardy entered the men’s doubles event here with compatriot Julien Benneteau. The pair will play No. 4 seeds Kubot/Marcelo Melo in the 1st round.

 

  • Chardy has won 6 of his last 7 five-set matches. He has won all 3 of the 5-set matches he has played at Roland Garros and has a 10-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

 

  • Chardy was a prolific junior. He finished 2005 ranked No. 4 in the ITF Junior Rankings after winning the boys’ singles at Wimbledon and finishing runner-up in the boys’ singles at the US Open.

 

  • Chardy is one of 19 Frenchmen to start in the main draw here – the most since 2014 and the highest representation of any nation.

 

  • Chardy has a perfect record in Davis Cup, winning all 5 of the singles rubbers he has contested. He made his first Davis Cup appearance since 2011 this April, defeating Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund to help France to a 4-1 victory over Great Britain in the World Group quarterfinals. France will play Serbia in the semifinals in Lille on 15-17 September.

 

  • Chardy is coached by Benjamin Ebradhimzadeh and 1998 Australian Open semifinalist Nicolas Escude, who reached the round of 16 at Roland Garros in 2004. His physiotherapist is Jean Jacques Peyroutou.

 

****All statistics courtesy of Grand Slam Media and the Internationa Tennis Federation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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U.S. Leads Germany 1-0 in Fed Cup After Outdated Stanza of German Anthem Sung as Day One is Shortened by Rain

U.S. Leads Germany 1-0 in Fed Cup After Outdated Stanza of German Anthem Sung During Opening Ceremony

(February 11, 2017) During the opening ceremonies of day one of the Fed Cup quarterfinal tie between the United States and Germany on Saturday in Maui, Hawaii, a World War II era stanza of the German National anthem was sung.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) issued an apology for the error in a statement:

“The USTA extends its sincerest apologies to the German Fed Cup team and all of its fans for the performance of an outdated national anthem prior to today’s Fed Cup competition,” the release said. “In no way did we mean any disrespect. This mistake will not occur again, and the correct anthem will be performed for the remainder of this first-round tie.”

 

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Germany’s Andrea Petkovic, who lost in the only completed match on Saturday was very upset about the anthem.

I thought it was the epitome of ignorance, and I never felt more disrespected in my whole life,” she said. “I’ve played Fed Cup for 13 years now, and it was the worst thing that has ever happened to me.”

Alison Riske, who defeated Petkovic 7-6(10), 6-2 also commented: “You know what, as it was happening obviously, we have no idea. News got around to us, and it’s extremely unfortunate. We have nothing but respect for the German team.”

“Obviously, that will not happen again.”

Alison Riske

 

For Riske, this was her first singles victory in Fed Cup.

“It mean(s) a lot when you play for your country. I’m always emotional when I talk about America. We’re lucky to be living here and to represent America. Any time we can, it’s a real honor.”

Petkovic was serving for the first set at 5-3, when Riske came back to force a tiebreak. At 3-3 in the tiebreak, play was suspended due to rain.

“I just tried to be the one that was more aggressive in the tiebreaker, because usually that person is the one who’s going to win the tiebreaker.

“Just tried to get out there after the rain break and go after it. Yeah, I did have four set points to win it. After that, I felt like I was in a better place mentally just to have one set under my belt.”

“I was fighting a lot of nerves,” she said after the match.” Like I said, we all want to win for our country, our team, our captain.”

“Considering all the conditions, it was a good quality match in the first set,” said the former top 10 Petkovic.” I just didn’t close it out. Yeah, maybe a little unlucky in few moments; maybe a little also few mistakes that shouldn’t have happened in the important moments.

“Then, as I said, she played fantastic second set.”

Coco Vandeweghe took a 6-3, 3-1 lead over Julia Goerges before rain halted play for the day.

The United States leads Germany 1-0 after the first day of play. They will resume play at 9:30 AM local time. Vandeweghe-Goerges will be completed, followed by reverse singles – Riske against Goerges,  Vandeweghe takes on Petkovic, and then the doubles match- Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Vandeweghe versus Laura Siegemumd and Carina Witthoeft.

The winner of this tie will take on the winner of the Czech Republic- Spain tie the weekend of April 22-23.

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ATP Tennis Results – Montpellier, Quito and Sofia

ATP World Tour 250 
Montpellier, France (+1 hour GMT)
6-12 February 2017 Surface: Indoor Hard
Open Sud de France
Montpellier, France

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 11 FEBRUARY 2017

Singles – Semi-finals
[4] [WC] A. Zverev (GER) d [2] J. Tsonga (FRA) 67(6) 62 64
[3] R. Gasquet (FRA) d B. Paire (FRA) 62 62

Doubles – Semi-finals
A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER) d P. Raja (IND) / D. Sharan (IND) 62 76(1)

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 12 FEBRUARY 2017

COURT PATRICE DOMINGUEZ start 2:30 pm
[3] R. Gasquet (FRA) vs [4] [WC] A. Zverev (GER)
After Suitable Rest – A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER) vs [2] F. Martin (FRA) / D. Nestor (CAN)

ATP World Tour 250 
Quito, Ecuador (-5 hours GMT)
6-12 February 2017 Surface: Clay
Ecuador Open
Quito, Ecuador

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 11 FEBRUARY 2017

Singles – Semi-finals
[3] P. Lorenzi (ITA) d [2] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 61 64
V. Estrella Burgos (DOM) d [4] T. Bellucci (BRA) 76(4) 76(3)

Doubles – Final
J. Cerretani (USA) / P. Oswald (AUT) d [2] J. Peralta (CHI) / H. Zeballos (ARG) 63 21 Retired

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 12 FEBRUARY 2017

STADIUM start 1:00 pm
[2] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 
vs [3] P. Lorenzi (ITA) 


ATP World Tour 250 
Sofia, Bulgaria (+2 hours GMT)
6-12 February 2017 Surface: Indoor Hard
Garanti Koza Sofia Open
Sofia, Bulgaria

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 11 FEBRUARY 2017

Singles – Semi-finals
[2] D. Goffin (BEL) d [4] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) 57 64 76(3)
[3] G. Dimitrov (BUL) d N. Basilashvili (GEO) 61 63

Doubles – Semi-finals
V. Troicki (SRB) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) d M. Fyrstenberg (POL) / M. Klizan (SVK) 36 76(5) 10-8

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 12 FEBRUARY 2017

CENTER COURT start 3:00 pm
V. Troicki (SRB) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) vs M. Elgin (RUS) / A. Kuznetsov (RUS)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[3] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs [2] D. Goffin (BEL)

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Miami Open Announces Player Field

Serena Williams

(February 8, 2017) Miami, FL – The 2017 Miami Open has announced their player field. The event at the Crandon Park Tennis Center will take place March 20- April 2.

The event received its 2017 official acceptance lists and with all 76 of the top ranked men and 70 of the top 73 ranked women currently entered, the Miami Open player field ranks among the best on the tennis calendar.

The player field features a combined 13 major singles champions.

The 2017 ATP acceptance list features 18-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, World No. 1 and three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray, World No. 2 Novak Djokovic, an 12-time Grand Slam winner and the three-time defending Miami Open champion, 14-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal, three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka, and former US Open champions Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic.

The women’s field for 2017 features 23-time Grand Slam champion and eight-time Miami Open winner Serena Williams, seven-time Grand Slam Champion Venus Williams, two-time Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber, Olympic Gold Medalist and Miami native Monica Puig, and reigning French Open champion Garbiñe Muguruza.

Qualifying rounds will be played March 20-21 and will determine 12 additional slots in each singles draw. The Miami Open will also award wildcards to five men and eight women. The main draw begins on Tuesday, March 21 as the women take the court, followed by the first round of the men’s main draw on Wednesday, March 22.

2017 Miami Open – ATP Acceptance List

(as of February 7, 2017)

Name, Country, Rank

Andy Murray, GBR 01

Novak Djokovic, SRB 02

Stan Wawrinka, SUI 03

Milos Raonic, CAN 04

Kei Nishikori, JPN 05

Rafael Nadal, ESP 06

Marin Cilic, CRO 07

Dominic Thiem, AUT 08

Gael Monfils, FRA 09

Roger Federer, SUI 10

David Goffin, BEL 11

Tomas Berdych, CZE 12

Grigor Dimitrov, BUL 13

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, FRA 14

Nick Kyrgios, AUS 15

Roberto Bautista Agut, ESP 16

Lucas Pouille, FRA 17

Ivo Karlovic, CRO 18

Jack Sock, USA 19

Pablo Cuevas, URU 20

Alexander Zverev, GER 21

Richard Gasquet, FRA 22

John Isner, USA 23

Gilles Simon, FRA 24

David Ferrer, ESP 25

Tommy Haas #, GER 25

Pablo Carreno Busta, ESP 26

Sam Querrey, USA 27

Philip Kohlschreiber, GER  28

Gilles Muller, LUX 29

Albert Ramos-Vinolas, ESP 30

Steve Johnson, USA 31

Feliciano Lopez, ESP 32

Bernard Tomic, AUS 33

Mischa Zverev, GER 34

Marcos Baghdatis, CYP 35

Martin Klizan, SVK 36

Viktor Troicki, SRB 37

Juan Martin del Potro, ARG 38

Marcel Granollers, ESP 39

Fernando Verdasco, ESP 40

Joao Sousa, POR  41

Nicolas Mahut, FRA 42

Benoit Paire, FRA 43

Nicolas Amagro, ESP 44

Fabio Fognini, ITA 45

Paolo Lorenzi, ITA 46

Daniel Evans, GBR 47

Federico Delbonis, ARG 48

Florian Mayer, GER 49

Malek Jaziri, TUN 50

Karen Khachanov, RUS 51

Diego Schwartzman, ARG 52

Kyle Edmund, GBR 53

Jiri Vesely, CZE 54

Andrey Kuznetsov, RUS 55

Adrian Mannarino, FRA 56

Robin Haase, NED 57

Tommy Robredo #, ESP 57

Borna Coric, CRO 58

Steve Darcis, BEL 59

Jan-Lennard Struff, GER 60

Yen-Hsun Lu, TPE 61

Ryan Harrison, USA 62

Daniil Medvedev, RUS 63

Jordan Thompson, AUS 64

Juan Monaco, ARG 65

Stephane Robert, FRA 66

Alexandr Dolgopolov, UKR 67

Jeremy Chardy, FRA 68

Horacio Zeballos,  ARG 69

Hyeon Chung, KOR 70

Donald Young, USA 71

Dudi Sela, ISR 72

Gastao Elias, POR 73

Kevin Anderson, RSA 74

Andreas Seppi, ITA 75

Facundo Bagnis, ARG 76

Denis Istomin, UZB 77

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2017 Miami Open – WTA Acceptance List

(as of February 7, 2017)

Name, Country, Rank

Serena Williams USA 01

Angelique Kerber GER 02

Karoilina Pliskova CZE 03

Simona Halep ROU 04

Dominika Cibulkova SVK 05

Agnieszka Radwanska POL 06

Garbine Mugaruza ESP 07

Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 08

Madison Keys USA 09

Johanna Konta GBR 10

Venus Williams USA 11

Elina Svitolina UKR 13

Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 14

Elena Vesnina RUS 15

Timea Bacsinszky SUI 16

Barbora Strycova CZE 17

Caroline Wozniacki DEN 18

Coco Vandeweghe USA 20

Roberta Vinci ITA 21

Samantha Stosur AUS 22

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS    23

Kiki Bertens NED 24

Caroline Garcia FRA 25

Daria Gavrilova AUS 26

Yulia Putintseva KAZ 27

Daria Kasatkina RUS 28

Irina-Camelia Begu ROU 29

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO 30

Kristina Mladenovic FRA 31

Timea Babos HUN 32

Shuai Zhang CHN 33

Anastasija Sevastova LAT 34

Jelena Ostapenko LAT 35

Monica Niculescu ROU 36

Ana Konjuh CRO 37

Laura Siegemund GER 38

Ekaterina Makarova RUS 39

Alison Riske USA 40

Katerina Siniakova CZE 41

Misaki Doi JPN 42

Alize Cornet FRA 43

Christina McHale USA 44

Eugenie Bouchard CAN 45

Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 46

Lucie Safarova CZE 47

Monica Puig PUR 48

Sara Errani ITA 49

Jelena Jankovic SRB 50

Andrea Petkovic GER 51

Shelby Rogers USA 53

Lesia Tsurenko UKR 54

Lauren Davis USA 55

Naomi Osaka JPN 56

Julia Goerges GER 57

Kristyna Pliskova CZE 58

Shuai Peng CHN 59

Yanina Wickmayer BEL 60

Johanna Larsson SWE 61

Sorana Cirstea ROU 62

Viktorija Golubic SUI 63

Pauline Parmentier FRA 64

Annika Beck GER 65

Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 66

Oceane Dodin FRA 67

Louisa Chirico USA 68

Danka Kovinic MNE 69

Lara Arruabarrena ESP 70

Ying-Ying Duan CHN 71

Heather Watson GBR 72

Catherine Bellis USA 73

Kirsten Flipkens BEL 74

Camila Giorgi ITA 75

Kristina Kucova SVK 76

Carina Witthoeft GER 77

Mandy Minella LUX 78

Jennifer Brady USA 79

 

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Powershares Series at Connecticut Open to Feature Blake, Chang McEnroe and Philippousis

TENNIS HALL OF FAMERS MICHAEL CHANG AND JOHN MCENROE TAKE ON FAIRFIELD’S JAMES BLAKE AND DEFENDING CHAMPION MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS IN POWERSHARES SERIES AT 2017 CONNECTICUT OPEN PRESENTED BY UNITED TECHNOLOGIES

 

Tickets For 2017 Connecticut Open Go On Sale In March

 

NEW HAVEN, Conn., February 7, 2017 – Tennis Hall of Fame inductees Michael Chang and John McEnroe will face Fairfield’s James Blake and defending champion Mark Philippoussis in a PowerShares Series event – the circuit for champion tennis players over the age of 30 – at the 2017 Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies, to be held August 18-26, at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale, it was announced today by Tournament Director Anne Worcester.

 

The Connecticut Open Men’s Legends Event, which began three years ago, is an official part of the PowerShares Series. McEnroe, Blake and Philippoussis returned to New Haven in 2016, while Chang will make his New Haven debut in the PowerShares Series. On Thursday, August 24, following the women’s quarterfinal, Chang will play Blake, and on Friday, August 25, following the WTA semifinal, McEnroe will take on Philippoussis, with the winners of each matchup competing in a final on Friday night. The men’s matches will be one set each.

 

The youngest ATP World Tour player to win a Grand Slam Singles Title, Chang returns to New Haven for the first time since 1995. Chang, who earned a career-high ranking of No. 2 in the world, won the 1989 French Open crown at 17 years old and won 34 singles titles on the ATP World Tour. Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2008, Chang is the current coach of World No. 5 Kei Nishikori.

 

“I have fond memories playing in the City of New Haven, and I look forward to coming back and participating in the PowerShares Series at the Connecticut Open,” said Chang. “The Connecticut Tennis Center is a great venue with tremendous fans, and it will be fun to compete against Fairfield native James Blake. Hopefully I can make the final and get a chance against McEnroe or Philippoussis and win the event.”

 

McEnroe, a seven-time Grand Slam singles and nine-time Grand Slam Doubles Champion, will be returning to New Haven for the third consecutive year. McEnroe boasts more than 150 singles and doubles championships in his career, and, in 1984, had one of the greatest seasons in the history of tennis when he won two majors (Wimbledon, US Open), 13 of 15 singles tournaments, and compiled an 82-3 record for the year, the best year-long winning percentage on the ATP World Tour. McEnroe was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999.

 

Blake is a two-time Connecticut Open Champion, earning 10 singles and seven doubles titles on the ATP World Tour. The Fairfield Connecticut native returns to play in the Legends event for the third consecutive year. Philippoussis, a former top 10 player with 11 singles and three doubles titles in his career, returns for a second straight year. The Australian defeated 2017 International Hall of Fame inductee Andy Roddick and Blake to win the PowerShares Series at New Haven last year.

 

“The Legends Event is a fan-favorite at the Connecticut Open, and we strive to welcome some of the greatest players in the history of the game to New Haven each year,” said Worcester. “The Hall of Famers continue to flock to New Haven, as Michael Chang joins John McEnroe this year following 2017 Hall of Fame inductee Andy Roddick’s appearance in last year’s event. James Blake obviously has a huge following in Connecticut and Mark Philippoussis, who won the event last year, can still play electric tennis. We’re extremely happy with this year’s PowerShares Series lineup and look forward to another great event in New Haven.”

 

Fans can guarantee the best to the Legends matches by purchasing a weeklong or multiple session package. 2017 Connecticut Open ticket options include:

 

After Hours (Aug. 21-26) – Every evening session, including all Legends matches, and Saturday afternoon (WTA Finals)

 

Final 4 (Aug. 24-26) – Thursday evening (Quarterfinal/Legends), Friday day and evening (WTA Semifinals/Legends), and Saturday (WTA Finals)

 

Pick 4 (Aug. 20-24) – Choice of four early round sessions including Thursday evening (WTA Quarterfinal/Legends)

 

For those looking to see all 14 sessions of incredible women’s tennis plus both Legends matches, weeklong box seats are available and provide significant savings and a host of benefits.

 

For more information about the 2017 Connecticut Open, including multi-session packages, weeklong box seats, sponsorship packages, hospitality and becoming a volunteer, visit www.ctopen.org or call 203-776-7331. Daily tickets for the tournament will be on sale starting March 20.

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Powershares Series Schedule Announced

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POWERSHARES SERIES FULL SCHEDULE FOR 2017 ANNOUNCED

(February 7, 2017) LOS ANGELES – PowerShares Series Tennis, the circuit for champion tennis players over the age of 30, announced its full 2017 circuit of events starting March 30 in Toronto, Canada.

The 2017 PowerShares Series will also again partner alongside ATP and WTA events in Charleston, S.C., Newport, R.I., Winston-Salem, N.C., and New Haven, Conn. The series of one-night tournaments, featuring two one-set semifinal matches and a one-set final-round match played between tennis legends, will feature for a third straight year players making their own line-calls with the assistance of electronic line-calling.

The full 2017 PowerShares Series schedule, with player fields, is as follows:

* March 30: Toronto, ON (Ricoh Coliseum) – John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish, Mark Philippoussis
* April 1: Charleston, S.C. (Family Circle Tennis Center) – John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, James Blake, Mark Philippoussis
* April 28: Birmingham, AL (Legacy Arena At The BJCC) – John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, Mardy Fish
* May 17: Chicago, IL (UIC Pavilion) – John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, Mark Philippoussis
* July 23 Newport, R.I. (International Tennis Hall of Fame) – Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, James Blake, Mardy Fish
* August 20 Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest University) – Andy Roddick, James Blake, Michael Chang, Mardy Fish
* August 24, 25 New Haven, CT (Yale University) – John McEnroe, Michael Chang, James Blake, Mark Philippoussis
* Lincoln, NE (Pinnacle Bank Arena) – to be announced
* Los Angeles, CA (Sherwood Country Club) – to be announced
* Nashville, TN (Bridgestone Arena) – to be announced

Each PowerShares Series event also features special VIP experiences, including hit-with-the-pros opportunities and special back-stage access. All ticket, experience and event information can be found at www.PowerSharesSeries.com.

Mark Philippoussis won the 2016 PowerShares Series season championship with tournament victories in Memphis, Tulsa, Newport, Winston-Salem and New Haven. Andy Roddick won four events during the 2016 season in St. Louis, Charleston, Los Angeles and Orlando, followed in third place by James Blake, who won titles in Chicago, Portland and Brooklyn. In 2015, Roddick won the PowerShares Series points title in his second year of competing on the series winning a record eight events in Los Angeles, Lincoln, Chicago, Austin, Little Rock, Dallas, Richmond and Minneapolis. The year before in 2014, McEnroe won the points title for the first time in the history of Champions Series tennis by winning events in Kansas City, Indianapolis, Nashville and Charlotte.

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Tennis Channel To Air USA vs. Switzerland Davis Cup Tie; Tennis Channel, Tennis Channel Plus to Cover Six Davis Cup Matchups This Weekend

(February 1, 2017) LOS ANGELES –Tennis Channel will provide complete live coverage of the U.S. Davis Cup team’s first-round competition against Switzerland in Birmingham, Ala., this weekend, with the first match underway Friday, Feb. 3, at 4 p.m. ET. Hall of Fame Captain (and Tennis Channel analyst) Jim Courier will lead the four highest-ranked American men’s singles players – John Isner, Jack Sock, Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey – into battle this weekend.

 

The meeting will consist of two singles matches on Friday, followed by the doubles match Saturday, Feb. 4, at 3 p.m. ET. Tennis Channel’s coverage concludes with the remaining singles play Sunday, Feb. 5, at 12 p.m. ET. Each match is worth one point, with three victories enough to secure a trip to the April quarterfinals to play the winner of this weekend’s Australia and Czech Republic competition.

 

The match-up is one of six carried live in their entirety on Tennis Channel and Tennis Channel Plus this weekend. Beginning Thursday, Feb. 2, television and digital subscribers will be able to watch Davis Cup action between: United States-Switzerland (Birmingham) Australia-Czech Republic (Melbourne, Australia), Japan-France (Tokyo), Croatia-Spain (Osijek, Croatia), Serbia-Russia (Nis, Serbia) and Canada-Britain (Ottawa, Canada). The network will offer live look-ins at the Australia-Czech Republic and Croatia-Spain competitions. Viewers can also catch Davis Cup matches on-demand on Tennis Channel Plus, the digital subscription service available to everyone in the United States, regardless of whether they currently subscribe to the television network. Among the stars set to play Davis Cup this weekend are Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, France’s Richard Gasquet, Australia’s Nick Kyrgios and Britain’s Jamie Murray.

The United States holds a 3-1 record against Switzerland. The most recent meeting between the two nations was in 2012, when the United States beat Switzerland 5-0 in Fribourg, Switzerland. The Swiss team’s sole victory over the Americans came in 2001. However, Switzerland will be without newly crowned Australian Open champion and former World No. 1 Roger Federer, who in 2001 led the team to a 3-2 triumph over the Americans in Basel, Switzerland. The United States, which leads all nations in Davis Cup titles, has clinched the trophy on 32 occasions, the most recent in 2007.

 

As a player, U.S. Davis Cup captain Jim Courier was on the 1992 team that beat Switzerland 3-1 to win the Davis Cup championship. For the 2017 edition, Isner holds 10 career singles titles and recently advanced to the finals at the ATP Masters 1000 in Paris in November before falling to World No. 1 Andy Murray. Sock started off the year by winning his second title at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, and comes into this weekend after an impressive third-round appearance at the Australian Open. Last year, Johnson captured his first ATP singles title at the Nottingham Open in England, and had his best performance at a Grand Slam in the fourth round at Wimbledon before falling to Federer. Querrey teamed up with Johnson at the Geneva Open in Geneva, Switzerland, to win their first doubles title as a pair in May, and enters this weekend’s match-up after falling to Murray in the third round at this year’s the Australian Open.

 

The Swiss team won the Davis Cup title for the first time in 2014 with the help of Federer and current World No. 3 Stan Wawrinka. This year’s team is captained by retired tennis player Severin Luthi and features Marco Chiudinelli, Henri Laaksonen, Adrien Bossel and Antoine Bellier.

 

Tennis Channel’s live Davis Cup coverage is as follows (all times ET):

Thursday, Feb 2:

7 p.m. – Singles Australia v. Czech Republic

9 p.m. – Singles Japan v. France (Tennis Channel Plus)

 

Friday, Feb. 3:

9 a.m. – Singles Croatia v. Spain/Singles Serbia v. Russia (Tennis Channel Plus)

3 p.m. – Singles Canada v. Britain (Tennis Channel Plus)

4 p.m. – Singles United States v. Switzerland

8 p.m. – Doubles Australia v. Czech Republic

10 p.m. – Doubles Japan v. France (Tennis Channel Plus)

 

Saturday, Feb. 4:

10 a.m. – Doubles Croatia v. Spain/Doubles Serbia v. Russia (Tennis Channel Plus)

1 p.m. – Doubles Canada v. Britain (Tennis Channel Plus)

3 p.m. – Doubles United States v. Switzerland

7 p.m. – Singles Australia v. Czech Republic

9 p.m. – Singles Japan v. France (Tennis Channel Plus)

 

Sunday, Feb. 5:

8 a.m. – Singles Serbia v. Russia (Tennis Channel Plus)

9 a.m. – Singles Croatia v. Spain

12 p.m. – Singles United States v. Switzerland/Singles Canada v. Britain (Tennis Channel Plus)

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2016 Wimbledon Men’s Final Tale of the Tape: Andy Murray vs. Milos Raonic

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2016 WIMBLEDON

DAY 13 MEN’S NOTES

Sunday 10 July

Singles Final

 

 

2 ANDY MURRAY (GBR) v NO. 6 MILOS RAONIC (CAN)

 

(Seed) Player Country Age Ranking Best Wimbledon performance Best Grand Slam performance
(2) Andy Murray GBR 29 2 W  13 W US Open 12, Wimbledon 13
(6) Milos Raonic CAN 25 7 FR 16 FR Wimbledon 16

 

2016 Wimbledon sees the 130th staging of The Lawn Tennis Championships, which began in 1877 with Britain’s Spencer Gore defeating compatriot William Marshall 61 62 64 for the inaugural title. This is the 49th staging of The Championships in the Open Era, the first being in 1968 when Australia’s Rod Laver defeated countryman Tony Roche 63 64 62. 2016 Wimbledon is the 194th Grand Slam tournament of the Open Era.

 

Prize money and ATP Ranking points

 

Today’s champion receives £2,000,000 in prize money, while the runner-up collects £1,000,000. In total, the men’s singles prize fund at 2016 Wimbledon is £10,856,000, a 5.1% increase on 2015. The winner is also awarded 2000 ATP Ranking points, with the runner-up receiving 1200.

 

ATP Rankings update

 

Murray will remain at No. 2 in the rankings regardless of the result of the final. If Raonic wins the title, he will rise to No. 5 when the ATP Rankings are released on Monday 11 July:

 

Projected rankings

Position Player ATP Ranking points
1. Novak Djokovic 15040
2. Andy Murray 9395/10195
3. Roger Federer 5945
4. Rafael Nadal 5290
5. Stan Wawrinka 4720
6. Kei Nishikori 4290
7. Milos Raonic 4285/5085
8. Tomas Berdych 3490
9. Dominic Thiem 3175
10. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 2995

 

No. 2 v No. 6

 

The last time the No. 2 seed faced the No. 6 seed in the final at a Grand Slam was at 2009 Wimbledon when No. 2 Roger Federer defeated No. 6 Andy Roddick in 5-sets.

 

Raonic is bidding to become the first No. 6 seed to win Wimbledon since Michael Stich defeated Boris Becker in 1991 – the only occasion in the Open Era that a No. 6 seed has defeated the No. 2 seed in a Grand Slam final.

 

The last No. 6 seed to win a Grand Slam title was Juan Martin del Potro at the 2009 US Open (d. Federer). The last time a No. 2 seed won a Grand Slam title was at the 2013 US Open, when No. 2 Rafael Nadal defeated No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

 

Grand Slam Final debut

 

Raonic is looking to become the 38th man in the Open Era to win their first Grand Slam title in their maiden final. The last man to win a Grand Slam title in their maiden final was Marin Cilic at the 2014 US Open.

 

Murray is making his 11th appearance in a Grand Slam final – but this is the first time he has faced an opponent other than Federer or Djokovic at this stage.

 

Match-win leaders

Raonic is looking to close the gap on Murray in 3rd place on the list for the most match-wins in 2016 so far:

Most wins in 2016*

Rank Player Win-loss
1. Dominic Thiem 48-13
2.

3.

4.

5.

Novak Djokovic

Andy Murray

Milos Raonic

Kei Nishikori

46-4

39-6

37-8

36-11

             *through 2016 Wimbledon semifinals; Players in bold are still active at 2016 Wimbledon

Raonic is also aiming to tie Murray at the top of the list for most grass court wins in 2016 so far:

Most grass court wins in 2016*

Rank Player Win-loss
1. Andy Murray 11-0
2=

 

 

 

Roger Federer

Steve Johnson

Gilles Muller

Milos Raonic

10-3

10-3

10-4

10-1

             *through 2016 Wimbledon semifinals; Players in bold are still active at 2016 Wimbledon

 

Most titles in 2016

 

Murray is one of the 7 men to have won multiple titles this year. In total, 24 male players have won at least one title this year – including Raonic who won at Brisbane.

 

Most titles in 2016

Novak Djokovic             6          Doha, Australian Open, Indian Wells-1000, Miami-1000, Madrid-1000, Roland Garros

Dominic Thiem              4          Buenos Aires, Acapulco, Nice, Stuttgart

Stan Wawrinka             3          Chennai, Dubai, Geneva
Roberto Bautista Agut   2          Auckland, Sofia

Pablo Cuevas               2          Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo

Andy Murray                 2          Rome-1000, Queen’s

Rafael Nadal                 2          Monte Carlo-1000, Barcelona

 

2016 Wimbledon match stats so far…

 

Player Aces Double Faults 1st serve points won 2nd serve points won Break points saved Service games win-loss
Andy Murray 52 6 78% 57% 19/27 85-8
Milos Raonic 154 28 83% 59% 22/27 116-5

 

Head-to-head: Murray leads 6-3

2012            Miami-1000                        Hard (O)           R32      Murray             WO

2012            Barcelona                          Clay (O)            QF       Raonic              64 76(3)

2012            Toronto-1000                     Hard (O)           R16      Raonic              WO

2012            US Open                           Hard (O)           R16      Murray             64 64 62

2012            Tokyo                               Hard (O)           SF        Raonic              63 67(5) 76(4)

2014            Indian Wells-1000              Hard (O)           R16      Raonic              46 75 63

2014            ATP World Tour Finals       Hard (I)             RR       Murray             63 75

2015            Madrid-1000                      Clay (O)            QF       Murray              64 75

2016            Australian Open               Hard (O)           SF        Murray             46 75 67(4) 64 62

2016            Monte Carlo-1000              Clay (O)            QF       Murray              62 60

2016            Queen’s                             Grass (O)         FR        Murray              67(5) 64 63

 

A 10th career meeting for Murray and Raonic. Murray is on a 5-match winning streak against Raonic, and has won both of their meetings at a Grand Slam, including at the Australian Open this year in the only 5-set match the pair have contested. Murray also won their only meeting on grass, in the final at Queen’s this year.

 

This is the first time that the finalists at Queen’s have met in the Wimbledon final since 1988. That year Stefan Edberg defeated Boris Becker in the Wimbledon final to avenge his loss to Becker in the final at Queen’s.

 

                          MURRAY                                       v                                        RAONIC

 

29                                          Age                                          25

6’3”/1.91m                                  Height                                  6’5”/1.96m

2                                    ATP Ranking                                    7

37                                         Titles                                          8

171-39                     Career Grand Slam Record                      57-21

52-9                             Wimbledon Record                             16-5

2 Titles                       Best Grand Slam Result     2016 Wimbledon Finalist

591-171                              Career Record                              244-111

101-17                         Career Record – Grass                         28-14

39-6                                  2016 Record                                  37-8

11-0                            2016 Record – Grass                            10-1

23-7                          Career Five-Set Record                          8-5

9                         Comebacks from 0-2 Down                         1

168-103                      Career Tiebreak Record                       155-93

11-5                           2016 Tiebreak Record                           20-6

 

Road to the Final

MURRAY Time   Time RAONIC
d. (WC) Liam Broady 62 63 64

d. Yen-Hsun Lu 63 62 61

1:43

1:40

1st round

2nd round

1:54

1:58

d. Pablo Carreno Busta 76(4) 62 64

d. Andreas Seppi 76(5) 64 62

d. John Millman 63 75 62 2:11 3rd round 2:16 d. No. 27 Jack Sock 76(2) 64 76(1)
d. No. 15 Nick Kyrgios 75 61 64

d. No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 76(10) 61 36 46 61

1:43

3:54

Round of 16

Quarterfinals

3:03

2:32

d. No. 11 David Goffin 46 36 64 64 64

d. No. 28 Sam Querrey 64 75 57 64

d. No. 10 Tomas Berdych 63 63 63 1:58 Semifinals 3:25 d. No. 3 Roger Federer 63 67(3) 46 75 63
         
total time on court 13:07 (IBM time) 15:04 total time on court

 

  • 2013 champion MURRAY is bidding to win his 2nd Wimbledon – and 3rd Grand Slam – title.

 

  • Murray is bidding to become the first British man to win multiple Wimbledon titles since Fred Perry, who won the title here from 1934-36.

 

  • Murray is bidding to win his 2nd Wimbledon title and become the 12th male player to win multiple Wimbledon titles in the Open Era after Roger Federer (7 titles), Pete Sampras (7), Bjorn Borg (5), Boris Becker (3), Novak Djokovic (3), John McEnroe (3), Jimmy Connors (2), Stefan Edberg (2), Rod Laver (2), Rafael Nadal (2) and John Newcombe (2).

 

  • Murray is bidding to become the 21st man in the Open Era to win 3 or more Grand Slam titles. If he wins, Murray would join Arther Ashe, Jan Kodes and Gustavo Kuerten in winning 3 Grand Slam titles in the Open Era.

 

  • Murray is bidding to end a 3-match losing streak in Grand Slam finals. Just 3 men in the Open Era, Murray included, have lost more Grand Slam finals in a row:

 

Player No. of consecutive Grand Slam final defeats
Ivan Lendl 4 – 1981 Roland Garros, 1982 US Open, 1983 US Open, 1983 Australian Open
Andy Roddick 4 – 2004 Wimbledon, 2005 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open, 2009 Wimbledon
Andy Murray 4 – 2008 US Open, 2010 Australian Open, 2011 Australian Open, 2012 Wimbledon

 

  • Murray is bidding to avoid becoming the first man in the Open Era to lose in the final of the first 3 Grand Slam events of the calendar year. Jimmy Connors is the only man in the Open Era to lose 3 Grand Slam finals in one year – at the Australian Open (l. Newcombe), Wimbledon (l. Ashe) and US Open (l. Manuel Orantes) in 1975. Rafael Nadal is the only man in the Open Era to lose 3 consecutive Grand Slam finals – falling to Novak Djokovic in the final at 2011 Wimbledon, the 2011 US Open and the 2012 Australian Open.

 

  • Murray, who has a 2-8 win-loss record in Grand Slam finals, is looking to avoid losing his 9th Grand Slam final. Just 2 men in the Open Era have lost more Grand Slam finals than Murray.

 

Most Grand Slam finals lost (Open Era)

Ivan Lendl 11
Roger Federer 10
Novak Djokovic

Andy Murray

8
8

 

  • Murray is just the 8th different man in the Open Era to reach the first 3 Grand Slam finals in a calendar year. Rod Laver (1969), Bjorn Borg (1978, 1980 and 1981), John McEnroe (1984), Ivan Lendl (1986), Jim Courier (1993), Roger Federer (2006, 2007 and 2009) and Novak Djokovic (2015) have also achieved the feat.

 

  • If Murray, who has a 171-39 win-loss record at the majors, wins today he will take sole ownership of 10th place on the list for most Grand Slam match-wins in history ahead of Ken Rosewall. He is the leading British man of all-time in terms of Grand Slam match-wins.

                                                     All Grand Slams (all-time)

Rank Player Win-loss
1
2
Roger Federer

Jimmy Connors

307-51

233-49

3 Andre Agassi 224-53
4

5

6

Ivan Lendl

Novak Djokovic

Roy Emerson

222-49

223-35

210-48

7

8

Pete Sampras

Rafael Nadal

203-38

200-30

9

10=

Stefan Edberg

Ken Rosewall

Andy Murray

178-47

171-34

171-39

 

  • By reaching his 11th Grand Slam final, Murray has taken sole ownership of the record for most appearances in a Grand Slam final by a British man (since the Challenge Round was abolished at Wimbledon in 1922):

 

Player Appearances in a Grand Slam final
Andy Murray 11 – US Open 2008, 2012, Australian Open 2010-11, 2013, 2015-16, Wimbledon 2012-13, 2016, Roland Garros 2016
Fred Perry 10 – US Championships 1933-34, 1936, Australian Championships 1934-35, French Championships 1935-36, Wimbledon 1934-36

 

  • By reaching his 11th Grand Slam final, Murray has equalled Stefan Edberg, John McEnroe and Mats Wilander in 14th place on the list for the most Grand Slam finals reached in the Open Era. Only 3 active players have reached more Grand Slam finals than Murray – Roger Federer (27), Rafael Nadal (20) and Novak Djokovic (20).

 

  • By reaching his 3rd Wimbledon final, Murray has equalled Stefan Edberg, John Newcombe and Andy Roddick in 10th place on the Open Era list for most Wimbledon finals reached.

 

  • If he wins today, Murray will close the gap on Novak Djokovic in 6th place on the Open Era list for most Wimbledon match-wins.

 

Wimbledon Win-loss*

Jimmy Connors                         84-18

Roger Federer                          84-11

Boris Becker                             71-12

Pete Sampras                           63-7

John McEnroe                          59-11

Novak Djokovic                         54-9

Andy Murray                            52-9    

Bjorn Borg                                51-4

Stefan Edberg                           49-12

Goran Ivanisevic                       49-14
Ivan Lendl                                 48-14

              *Through the semifinals at 2016 Wimbledon

  • In 2013, Murray became the first British man to win the Wimbledon singles title in 77 years – since Perry in 1936 – after defeating Djokovic 64 75 64 in the final. The triumph, on his 8th Wimbledon appearance, saw him go 2nd on the list for the most attempts before winning the Wimbledon title behind Goran Ivanisevic (14).

 

  • Murray won his first Grand Slam title at the 2012 US Open, becoming the first British man to win a Grand Slam title since Perry at the 1936 US Championships. He defeated Djokovic 76(10) 75 26 36 62 in the final.

 

  • Murray is on a 6-match winning streak in 5-set matches. He has a 23-7 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall and a 4-1 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Wimbledon.

 

  • Murray is on a 11-match winning streak having warmed up for Wimbledon by winning his 5th Queen’s title (d. Milos Raonic), becoming the first man to win 5 titles at the tournament. 7 of his 37 career singles titles have come on grass.

 

  • Murray’s 1st round win over Liam Broady was the first all-British men’s meeting at a Grand Slam since the 2006 US Open when Tim Henman defeated Greg Rusedski in the 1st round. It was the first at Wimbledon since 2001 when Barry Cowan defeated Mark Hilton in the 1st round and Tim Henman defeated Martin Lee in the 2nd round.

 

  • Murray has won 2 singles titles in 2016. As well as winning the title at Queen’s, he also won Rome-1000
    (d. Djokovic). In Grand Slam play this year he reached the final at both the Australian Open and Roland Garros, losing to Djokovic on both occasions. He was the first British man since Bunny Austin in 1937 to reach the Roland Garros final.

 

  • By reaching the 2016 Roland Garros final, Murray joined Jim Courier (won Australian Open and Roland Garros, lost Wimbledon and the US Open) and Fred Stolle (won Roland Garros and the US Open, lost Australia and Wimbledon) as the only 3 men in history to have won 2 of the 4 Grand Slam titles and finished as runner-up at the other 2.

 

  • Murray helped Great Britain to reach the Davis Cup World Group quarterfinals for the 3rd straight time earlier this year. He won both of his singles matches and combined with his brother Jamie to win the doubles in the first round tie against Japan. He has been named in the Great Britain team to face Serbia in the quarterfinals in Belgrade on 15-17 July.

 

  • Murray will defend his singles gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Tennis Event. He will play in the singles and doubles event (with his brother Jamie). It will be his 3rd Olympic Games after 2008 Beijing and 2012 London.

 

  • Murray reunited with Ivan Lendl, an 8-time Grand Slam champion and a finalist here in 1986 and 1987, at 2016 Queen’s. His assistant coach is Jamie Delgado, who played at Wimbledon 23 times (at any level).

 

  • RAONIC is bidding to become the first Canadian man in history to win a Grand Slam title. He would become the 55th different man to win a Grand Slam title in the Open Era and the 150th different man to win a major title in history.

 

  • Raonic is the 2nd Canadian player – man or woman – to reach a Grand Slam final after Eugenie Bouchard, who finished runner-up at 2014 Wimbledon.

 

  • Raonic is bidding to become just the 4th man in the Open Era to win his first grass court title at Wimbledon. Michael Stich (1991), Andre Agassi (1992) and Novak Djokovic (2011) are the only men to have won their first grass court title here.

 

  • Raonic is looking to become the first player outside of the ‘Big Four’ (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Djokovic and today’s opponent) to win Wimbledon since 2002, when Lleyton Hewitt won the title here. He is also the first player outside those 4 to reach the final here since 2010, when Nadal defeated Tomas Berdych.

 

  • Raonic’s compatriot Denis Shapovalov has also reached the boys’ final here. The last time a nation had representation in both the men’s final and the boys’ final at Wimbledon was in 2009 when USA’s Andy Roddick finished runner-up in the men’s event and Jordan Cox finished runner-up in the boys’ event.

 

  • The last time a nation had representation in both the men’s final and the boys’ final at a Grand Slam was at 2014 Roland Garros when Spain’s Nadal won the men’s event and Jaume Munar finished runner-up in the boys’ event. The last time a man and boy from the same nation won a Grand Slam was at 2002 Wimbledon when Lleyton Hewitt won the men’s event and Todd Reid won the boys event for Australia.

 

  • Raonic is bidding to win the Wimbledon title on his 6th appearance here. Arthur Ashe, Stefan Edberg, Jan Kodes and Richard Krajicek all won Wimbledon on their 6th appearance here.

 

  • Raonic is the looking to become the first non-European title winner at Wimbledon since Lleyton Hewitt in 2002. The last non-European man to win a Grand Slam title was Juan Martin del Potro at the 2009 US Open. Roddick was the last non-European finalist here in 2009; Kei Nishikori was the last non-European Grand Slam finalist at the 2014 US Open.

 

  • Raonic plays here at No. 6 – his highest seeding at Wimbledon. His highest Grand Slam seeding came at the 2014 US Open, where he was seeded No. 5.

 

  • Aged 25 years 196 days, Raonic is bidding to become the youngest man to win Wimbledon since Djokovic (aged 24 years 42 days) in 2011. He would be the youngest man to win a Grand Slam title since Djokovic (24 years 252 days) at the 2012 Australian Open.

 

  • Raonic is looking to record back-to-back match-wins against Top 3 opposition for the first time. By defeating No. 3 Federer in the semifinals here, Raonic ended a 5-match losing streak against Top 3 opposition. He has a 5-23 win-loss record against Top 3 opposition overall and a 1-4 win-loss record against Top 3 opposition at the majors.

 

  • Raonic has defeated a Top 10 player on grass for the first time to improve his win-loss record against Top 10 opposition on grass to 1-4.

 

  • Raonic sits in 2nd place on the list for the most tiebreaks won at Tour-level in 2016.

 

Tiebreaks won at Tour-level in 2016

John Isner 22-17
Milos Raonic 20-6
Gilles Muller 18-11
Dominic Thiem 18-13
Sam Querrey 17-11

 

  • Last year here, as No. 7 seed, Raonic fell to Nick Kyrgios in the 3rd round. This is his 6th straight appearance at Wimbledon and his 22nd appearance at a Grand Slam overall.

 

  • By defeating Goffin in the round of 16 here, Raonic recorded his first career comeback from 0-2 down. He also defeated Federer in 5 sets in the semifinals to record his second 5-set match-win at Wimbledon and improve his win-loss record in 5-set matches to 8-5.

 

  • By reaching the final here Raonic has recorded his best Grand Slam performance. His previous best result at a major was reaching the semifinals at 2014 Wimbledon (l. Federer) and at the 2016 Australian Open (l. today’s opponent).

 

  • Raonic’s 2016 highlights also include winning his 8th career title at Brisbane, where he defeated Federer in the final, and finishing runner-up at Indian Wells-1000 (l. Djokovic). He lost in the round of 16 at Roland Garros (l. Albert Ramos-Vinolas).

 

  • Raonic will compete in the singles and doubles (with Vasek Pospisil) at the Olympic Tennis Event this summer after the ITF announced the Rio 2016 entries on 30 June.

 

  • Raonic was born in Montenegro but moved to Canada in 1994. He started playing tennis age 8.

 

  • Raonic added 3-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe to his coaching team at 2016 Queen’s. He also works with former world No. 1 Carlos Moya, who reached the round of 16 here in 2004, and Ricardo Piatti. His fitness trainer is Dalibor Sirola and his physiotherapist is Claudio Zimaglia.

 

****Statistics provided by the ITF and Grand Slam Media

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