October 10, 2015

BNP Paribas Open Tournament Director and COO Steve Simon New CEO of the WTA

Volunteers are celebrated before the start of the Women's Singles Final in Indian Wells, California on Sunday, March 22, 2015. (Photo by Billie Weiss/BNP Paribas Open)

(October 5, 2015) On Monday, the Board of Directors of the Women’s Tennis Association announced a unanimous decision naming Steve Simon, the Tournament Director and Chief Operating Officer of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Tournament, as the new CEO of the women’s tour. Simon will begin his new position immediately and leave his current post at the end of November.

Simon joined the tournament in 1989 in a sponsorship sales role after working with adidas for six years. He became Tournament Director and COO in 2004. At the end of the 2013 tournament, he and the CEO oversaw the vast expansion of Indian Wells.

“I am exceptionally grateful to both Charlie Pasarell and Raymond Moore for the opportunity they gave me more than 25 years ago to work at the BNP Paribas Open,” said Simon through a news release. “I have cherished my time here, and everyone involved with the event – staff, volunteers, players, officials and many more – who have made this event into the exceptional tournament it has become. I am humbled and excited about the opportunity, and leave the tournament knowing that the team in place, under the guidance of Moore and owner Larry Ellison, will continue to excel and keep the BNP Paribas Open as one of the best events in the world.”

“Steve Simon, with his successful career leading one of tennis’ most prestigious tournaments, is the perfect person to run the WTA,” the WTA Board said in a statement. “Steve produced results, pursued excellence and he kept innovating, making the fan experience even better. He has a very clear vision for the sport and is held in high regard by all.”

Simon replaces Stacey Allaster who announced her resignation on September 22.


David Ferrer Wins Malaysian Open, Huey and Kontinen Take Doubles Title


(October 4, 2015) In an all-Spanish final, No. 1 seed David Ferrer won the Malaysian Open defeating Feliciano Lopez 7-5, 7-5 on Sunday in a little over 90 minutes.

“I feel very happy, because I have never played so well at this tournament,” said the 34-year-old. “I played my best match of the week in this final, and my sensations after my elbow injury are now very good. Feliciano is a good tennis player, but an even better person. I wish him all the best for the rest of the season.”

“I think I did what I needed to do in order to beat David, which is to play aggressively,” Lopez said. “After I got the break in the first set, I got broken right away serving with the new balls, which was unusual. David played a lot more consistent after that, and made it difficult for me to win points, to shorten the points.”
With the win which gave him his 25 career ATP World Tour title, Ferrer became the first man from Spain win the Malaysian Open.

In the doubles, second seed Treat Huey and Henri Kontinen won the doubles title over top seed Rajeev Ram and Raven Klaasen  7-6(4), 6-2.

“Despite the score, the match was very close,” Huey said. “Henri hit an unbelievable return for us to come back in the first set. It came down to one or two points and we played well on points that mattered in the end. At some point we will lose a match, but it’d be pretty cool to go undefeated forever.”

For the Filipino-Finnish team, it’s their eighth consecutive win and second title in as many weeks. They captured the title in Saint Petersburg.
“It’s definitely not what we expected when we teamed up two weeks ago,” Kontinen said. “We have been playing well and it’s very important to get along on and off the court.”

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Venus Williams Wins Wuhan Open After Muguruza Retires


Venus wins Auckland

(October 3, 2015) Venus Williams won the Wuhan Open on Saturday when her opponent Garbine Muguruza retired with a left ankle injury while trailing 6-3, 3-0. For the 35-year-old American, this was her 47th career WTA singles trophy.

“I had pain the ankle since yesterday,” said the fifth-seeded Spaniard. “I’ve played a lot of matches and today my body had pain everywhere. I didn’t have much time to recover from yesterday. There is nothing you can do when it’s like this. I guess I didn’t recover.

“I was feeling very tired but I said that I am going to the court even if my leg is, like broken. I woke up saying, “come on, I’m going to play,” but during the match I was like, ‘oh shit, I’m getting tired, my leg is hurting, my ankle is hurting.’ In the first set I had my chances but with Venus it’s hard. If you’re not 100% percent fit you can’t find a way to play against her. “

For the unseeded Williams, this WTA Premier 5 event is her biggest title in five years, since Dubai 2010 and her second tournament victory in 2015. She also won the event in Auckland.

“I feel like everyone else on tour, I work hard, I do my best and as long as you continue to work hard and believe in yourself then you can have the results you want,: Williams said. “That’s exactly what I’ve done and it hasn’t been the easiest road but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t a road worth traveling.

“I didn’t think of quitting but it’s definitely a lot of stress to play when you’re in pain. But for me I focus on everything that I can accomplish and not on what’s bothering me. My opponent wasn’t so lucky today. The pain was just too much for her and I was really sorry to hear that.

“Today, we both play really similar. Maybe experience helped me today. I know today she couldn’t do everything that she wanted to do. She couldn’t feel free and comfortable on the court. Of course it’s not always as exciting playing an opponent who doesn’t feel their best so I hope that she gets better.”

Williams, who is ranked 24th in the world will move up to 14 when the rankings come out on Monday. Muguruza will move to a career high ranking of No. 5.

Next stop for both women will be Beijing.


Serena Williams Withdraws from China Open and WTA Finals

Serena Williams

(October 1, 2015) After a season which saw her win the first three majors of the year, falling two wins short of completing a Grand Slam, Serena Williams has called it quits on the season.

Williams says she is withdrawing from the WTA Finals and the China Open to heal after playing through various injuries during the year.

“This is a very difficult decision, but one ultimately made because of the love of the game. I plan to return to practicing and participating in exhibition matches later this year,” Williams said in an article on the China Open website. “And when I do, I will focus and focus and focus so I can continue my journey in this beautiful game.”

Williams said that she is “taking a proactive step and withdrawing from tournaments in Beijing and Singapore to properly address my health and take the time to heal.”

The 21-time major champion won the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon, but lost in the semifinals of the US Open, missing out on a chance to win the Grand Slam, which would have been the first since 1988.

Williams sealed the year at No. 1 just after the US Open. Williams holds 69 tournament titles and has been No. 1 a total of 260 weeks, tying Chris Evert for third place all-time a few days ago. She’s behind Steffi Graf at 377 weeks and Martina Navratilova at 332 weeks.


Venus Williams Joins 700 (Win) Club

VENUS Williams 700 TPN Wuhan Open

(September 29, 2015) Venus Williams reached another milestone on Tuesday at the Wuhan Open. She won her 700th career WTA Tour match with a 6-4, 6-3 second round victory defeating Germany’s Julia Goerges.

Williams received roses shaped into the number 700 from tournament directors Yi Guoqing and Fabrice Chouquet. She confessed that she was not aware of the upcoming milestone. “I didn’t know.  I’m glad nobody told me before.  I would have been a little bit nervous,” said the 35-year-old American. “Who doesn’t like winning?  You know, that never gets old.”

“I was thinking, ‘How long would it take me to get to 800 now?’ Maybe that was my first thought!

“But it’s been a great 700 wins along the way.”

Venus’ sister, world No. 1 Serena praised her sister on Twitter:

The seven-time major champion won her last Grand Slam event at Wimbledon in 2008. She is the WTA ninth player in the Open Era to reach 700 match wins.


Wuhan Open – Sharapova Retires From Match with Arm Injury; Bouchard Pulls Out of Tournament

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

(September 28, 2015) Maria Sharapova’s comeback after being off the tour since Wimbledon, was derailed when the Russian retired with an arm injury in the third set of her first match at the Wuhan Open. The world No. 3 had not played for three months due to a leg injury.

Sharapova was leading Czech Barbora Strycova 7-6 (1), 6-7 (4), 2-1 when she withdrew from the match.

“I’ve had my share of serious injuries, and I know this is far from it, something I just have to take care of,” she said.

“I was really happy to be back on the court,” said Sharapova. “I’ve gone through the injury and not playing and missing a Grand Slam, going through the rehab, going through training, this is really the moment that you work for. I enjoyed that feeling again.

“That’s why it’s unfortunate to have to stop from that because you always build and you get the rust out and you hope you grow as the tournament goes along, but not in my case this tournament. Of course, it’s not the best way to end for my fans.  But I know that this tournament is here for many years and I will still have the opportunity to come back.”

Canadian Eugenie Bouchard withdrew from the tournament due to the concussion she suffered during the U.S. Open.

In other injury-related news – No. 28 Sabine Lisicki will be taking the rest of the year off to heal her knee.

The German said on social media: “unfortunately my knee is not ready and I will not compete at tournaments this season.”


ATP and WTA Tennis Results Round-Up: Titles for Begu, Radwanska, Raonic and Tsonga

JWTsonga wins Toronto

(September 27, 2015)In a rematch of the 2013 Moselle Open final, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reversed the loss to win his third Metz title and 12th career ATP 7-6 (5), 1-6, 6-2 over countryman Gilles Simon. The match lasted two hours and 17 minutes.

It was Tsonga’s fourth Metz final appearance in five years. Tsonga is now tied with Richard Gasquet for second on the list of French titlists in the Open Era.
“I’m really happy to win again here in Metz,” the champion said. “I like the welcome I get here and to win this year is great. It’s my first of the year and I hope it will continue. It’s a good achievement for me.

“Gilles is very difficult to play against. You need energy with each ball you play against him. He’s a good defender and is always ready to play passing shots. When I play against him it’s always tough.”


Singles – Final
[3] J. Tsonga (FRA) d [2] G. Simon (FRA) 76(5) 16 62

Doubles – Final
[2] L. Kubot (POL) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d [1] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) 26 63 10-7


Milos Raonic

Canadian Milos Raonic won his first title in 14 months, defeating Joao Sousa for the St. Petersburg Open crown.

“It’s such a great feeling to come to St. Petersburg and to be able to win this event,” Raonic said. “It was a great experience overall with the event, the city and the people. This tournament is only going to get better. Word is going to spread about how much the players enjoyed it.

“It would be special [to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals again], especially with the health issues I’ve had. It is something that will require a lot of winning the rest of this year, but I believe I can do it.”

“I think I played my best,” Sousa said. “Of course I feel sad that I couldn’t have the title here. I was really confident that I could beat him today, but he played and served very well in the important moments. I just have to congratulate him for the match.

“This year has been a tough one. It has been my best year, but a tough one as I lost three finals. It’s really, really tough to accept it. But I think I can improve. I’m going to work for it and hopefully I can win the next one.”


Singles – Final
[2] M. Raonic (CAN) d [7] J. Sousa (POR) 63 36 63

Doubles – Final
[1] T. Huey (PHI) / H. Kontinen (FIN) d [2] J. Knowle (AUT) / A. Peya (AUT) 75 63


$ 500,000.00
SEPT 19 – 27, 2015

Singles – Finals

[1] I. Begu (ROU) d [Q] A. Sasnovich (BLR) 63 61

Doubles – Finals

[1] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / A. Klepac (SLO) d [2] K. Bertens (NED) / J. Larsson (SWE) 26 63 10-6

Top seed Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania won 6-3, 6-1  over unseeded Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus to win the Korea Open. Her last WTA title came in Tashkent three years ago.



$ 1,000,000.00
19-27 SEPTEMBER 2015

Singles – Finals

[7] A. Radwanska (POL) d [8] B. Bencic (SUI) 62 62

Agnieszka Radwanska won the Pan-Pacific Open title for the second time with a  6-2, 6-2 victory over Belinda Bencic of Switzerland. Radwanska exacted  some revenge on Sunday – she lost to Bencic in the Eastbourne final earlier this year.

For the winner, it’s her first tournament victory since last year’s Roger’s Cup.


$ 2,513,000.00

Singles – First Round
[12] E. Svitolina (UKR) d [WC] D. Hantuchova (SVK) 64 64
[Q] J. Konta (GBR) d [13] A. Petkovic (GER) 64 75
A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d S. Kuznetsova (RUS) 60 61
V. Azarenka (BLR) d [Q] L. Davis (USA) 62 76(4)
[Q] J. Goerges (GER) d A. Cornet (FRA) 63 63
M. Niculescu (ROU) d [WC] F. Liu (CHN) 61 61
D. Gavrilova (RUS) d T. Pereira (BRA) 62 76(7)
V. Lepchenko (USA) d [WC] S. Zheng (CHN) 64 60
M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) d S. Stosur (AUS) 62 61
C. Vandeweghe (USA) d L. Tsurenko (UKR) 62 26 63
B. Strycova (CZE) d [Q] T. Babos (HUN) 76(9) 62
Doubles – First Round
[5] R. Kops-Jones (USA) / A. Spears (USA) d S. Errani (ITA) / F. Schiavone (ITA) 75 64
A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) / O. Savchuk (UKR) d [WC] C. Liu (CHN) / Z. Yang (CHN) 61 64


CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
A. Dulgheru (ROU) vs [9] A. Ivanovic (SRB)

Not Before 1:00 pm
J. Jankovic (SRB) vs [Q] H. Watson (GBR)
[16] S. Errani (ITA) vs C. Garcia (FRA)

Not Before 6:30 pm
B. Strycova (CZE) vs [2] [WC] M. Sharapova (RUS)
[10] A. Radwanska (POL) vs V. Williams (USA)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
[Q] D. Kovinic (MNE) vs [15] R. Vinci (ITA)
A. Riske (USA) vs S. Stephens (USA)
M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs [8] K. Pliskova (CZE)

Not Before 3:30 pm
E. Bouchard (CAN) vs [11] B. Bencic (SUI)

COURT 3 start 12:00 noon
M. Brengle (USA) vs D. Cibulkova (SVK)
[Q] P. Tig (ROU) vs K. Mladenovic (FRA)
[14] M. Keys (USA) vs M. Rybarikova (SVK)

Not Before 3:30 pm
Z. Diyas (KAZ) vs I. Begu (ROU)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
[6] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) vs C. Liang (CHN) / Y. Wang (CHN)
A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) vs [8] C. Chuang (TPE) / S. Hsieh (TPE)
G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL) vs A. Groenefeld (GER) / C. Vandeweghe (USA)
S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / S. Stosur (AUS) vs C. Dellacqua (AUS) / A. Tomljanovic (CRO)

COURT 5 start 12:00 noon
[7] G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs J. Husarova (SVK) / I. Olaru (ROU)
[Q] M. Duque-Mariño (COL) vs A. Schmiedlova (SVK)
T. Pironkova (BUL) vs C. Giorgi (ITA)


Former USTA President David Haggerty Elected ITF President

January 12, 2012- CTDW Leadership - David A. Haggerty

January 12, 2012- CTDW Leadership – David A. Haggerty

From the ITF: (September 25, 2015) David Haggerty was elected ITF President at the ITF Annual General Meeting in Santiago, Chile on Friday. The 58-year old from the United States succeeds Francesco Ricci Bitti, whose 16-year term as ITF President ends today. Haggerty will serve a four-year term from 2015-19.


Haggerty was elected on the second ballot with 200 votes, over Anil Khanna (IND) with 192 votes. Rene Stammbach (SUI) and Juan Margets (ESP) were eliminated on the first ballot.


Haggerty is an experienced tennis administrator, having held a variety of roles within the United States Tennis Association (USTA) since 2001 and within the ITF since 2009. He served as Chairman, CEO and President of the USTA in 2013-14, and was a Vice President on the ITF Board of Directors in 2013-15. He is a former President of the Tennis Industry Association and a current board member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.


Away from tennis administration, Haggerty had a 30-year career in the racket industry, and is a former Chairman of Head USA, President of Penn Racquet Sports, and President of Dunlop Maxfli Slazenger Sports.


Outgoing president Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “I would like to congratulate David Haggerty on his election as ITF President, and wish him all the best for the future. It has been my pleasure to serve as President for the last 16 years, and I am confident that under David’s leadership, the organisation can continue to grow with the support of the ITF staff and our 210 member nations.”


2016 Davis Cup Draw Announced


From the ITF: (September 23, 2014) The International Tennis Federation has announced the Draw for the 2016 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, which took place on Wednesday evening at the ITF AGM in Santiago, Chile.


Individual draws were made for the 2016 World Group, Americas Zone Group I, Asia/Oceania Zone Groups I and II, and Europe/Africa Zone Group I. The draws for Americas Zone Group II and Europe/Africa Zone Group II will be held following the three remaining Davis Cup play-off ties on 30 October – 1 November.


The 2016 World Group dates are as follows:


World Group first round: 4-6 March

World Group quarterfinals: 15-17 July

World Group semifinals and play-offs: 16-18 September

World Group Final: 25-27 November


2016 Draws


World Group


First round (4-6 March)


Great Britain [s] [c] [*] v Japan

Serbia [s] [c] [*] v Kazakhstan

Italy [c] v Switzerland [s]

Poland [c] [*] v Argentina [s]

France [s] [c] v Canada

Germany [c] v Czech Republic [s]

Australia [s] [c] v USA

Belgium [s] [c] v Croatia
Americas Zone Group I


First round (4-6 March)


Brazil [s] v Bye


Barbados or Uruguay v Ecuador


Chile [c] v Dominican Republic


Colombia [s] v Bye
Asia/Oceania Zone Group I


First round (4-6 March)


India [s] v Bye


Korea, Rep. [c] v New Zealand


Pakistan [c] v China, P.R.


Uzbekistan [s] v Bye
Europe/Africa Zone Group I


First round (4-6 March)


Spain [s] v Bye


Romania v Lithuania or Slovenia


Ukraine [s] v Bye


Portugal [c] v Austria


Russia v Denmark or Sweden


Netherlands [s] v Bye


Hungary [c] v Israel


Slovakia [s] v Bye
Asia/Oceania Zone Group II


First round (4-6 March)


Chinese Taipei [s] [c] v Malaysia


Philippines [s] [c] v Kuwait


Indonesia [s] [c] v Vietnam


Thailand [s] [c] v Sri Lanka


[s] = Seeded nation

[c] = Choice of ground

[*] = Choice of ground decided by lot


The home nation is listed first for each tie.


Belgium to Host Davis Cup Final Against Great Britain on clay in Ghent


(September 23, 2015) The Davis Cup final between Belgium and Great Britain will be played in Ghent indoors on clay. The International Tennis Federation announced that Tennis Vlaanderen has nominated the Flanders Expo to host the 2015 Davis Cup World Group Final November 27-29.


The Flanders Expo is a multi-use indoor arena made up of eight halls. Hall 1, which has a seating capacity of 13,000 will be used for the final


Tennis Vlaanderen President Dirk de Maeseneer said to the ITF: “Ghent will fully support the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final. As the third biggest city in Belgium, it has a lot of experience in hosting top international events, such as the Tour of Flanders, the arrival of the Tour de France in 2007 and the Gymnastics World Championships in 2001 and 2013.”


Great Britain advanced to the final when they defeated Australia 3-2 in Galsgow, with British No. 1 Andy Murray won all three rubbers for his squad – his two singles matches and the doubles with his brother Jamie.

Belgium came back to defeat Argentina 3-2 in Brussels. This will be a rematch of the 1904 Davis Cup final when Britain shutout Belgium 5-0. This will be Belgium’s second final. Great Britain last won the Davis Cup in 1936.

Murray tweeted on Wednesday: