February 14, 2016

ATP Buenos Aires and Memphis Results

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ATP World Tour 250
Buenos Aires, Argentina (-3 hours GMT)
8-14 February 2016   Surface: Clay
 

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 13 FEBRUARY 2016

Singles – Semi-finals
[5] D. Thiem (AUT) d [1] [WC] R. Nadal (ESP) 64 46 76(4)
N. Almagro (ESP) d [2] D. Ferrer (ESP) 64 75

Singles – Quarter-finals
[2] D. Ferrer (ESP) d [8] P. Cuevas (URU) 64 16 63

Doubles – Semi-finals
I. Cervantes (ESP) / P. Lorenzi (ITA) d F. Delbonis (ARG) / A. Molteni (ARG) 76(5) 75

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 14 FEBRUARY 2016

GUILLERMO VILAS start 12:00 noon
[1] J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) vs I. Cervantes (ESP) / P. Lorenzi (ITA)

Not Before 2:00 pm
[5] D. Thiem (AUT) vs N. Almagro (ESP)

 

ATP World Tour 250
Memphis, U.S.A. (-6 hours GMT)
8-14 February 2016   Surface: Hard

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 13 FEBRUARY 2016

Singles – Semi-finals
[1] K. Nishikori (JPN) d [4] S. Querrey (USA) 36 63 63
[WC] T. Fritz (USA) d R. Berankis (LTU) 26 63 64

Doubles – Semi-finals
[4] S. Johnson (USA) / S. Querrey (USA) d [WC] T. Fritz (USA) / R. Harrison (USA) 61 62
M. Fyrstenberg (POL) / S. Gonzalez (MEX) d O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) 67(7) 75 15-13

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 14 FEBRUARY 2016

STADIUM COURT start 1:00 pm
M. Fyrstenberg (POL) / S. Gonzalez (MEX) vs [4] S. Johnson (USA) / S. Querrey (USA)

Not Before 3:00 pm
[1] K. Nishikori (JPN) vs [WC] T. Fritz (USA)

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WTA Taiwan and St. Petersburg Results

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TAIWAN OPEN – KAOHSIUNG, TAIWAN
$ 500,000
8 – 14 FEBRUARY, 2016

RESULTS – FEBRUARY 13, 2016
Women’s
Singles – Semifinals

[1] V. Williams (USA) d [3] Y. Putintseva (KAZ) 75 63
[2] M. Doi (JPN) d [6] S. Hsieh (TPE) 60 62

Women’s
Doubles – Semifinals

[1] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) d C. Hsu (TPE) / Y. Lee (TPE) 63 63
E. Hozumi (JPN) / M. Kato (JPN) d [3] L. Kichenok (UKR) / N. Kichenok (UKR) 61 26 10-7

ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2016
CENTER COURT start 2:00 pm
[1] V. Williams (USA) vs [2] M. Doi (JPN)
[1] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) vs E. Hozumi (JPN) / M. Kato (JPN)

PETERSBURG LADIES TROPHY 2016 – ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
$ 753,000
FEBRUARY 8 – 14, 2016

RESULTS – FEBRUARY 13, 2016
Women’s
Singles – Semifinals

[1] B. Bencic (SUI) d D. Kasatkina (RUS) 64 63
[2] R. Vinci (ITA) d [4] A. Ivanovic (SRB) 75 64

Women’s
Doubles – Semifinals

[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) d [3] A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) 75 67(6) 10-6

ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2016
SIBUR ARENA start 14:00
Doubles Final – [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs V. Dushevina (RUS) / B. Krejcikova (CZE)

Not Before 16:30
Singles Final – [1] B. Bencic (SUI) vs [2] R. Vinci (ITA)

 

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Statement from Governing Bodies of International Tennis on Corruption Allegations

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Statement from Governing Bodies of International Tennis

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 February 2016

 

Terms of Reference announced for Independent Review of Integrity in Tennis.

 

(London, UK, 12 February 2016)  The Terms of Reference and Protocols for the Independent Review of Integrity in Tennis were announced today by the four governing bodies of international tennis ATP, WTA, ITF and the Grand Slam Board. The Independent Review Panel (IRP), established in the Terms of Reference and Protocols, will investigate thoroughly the allegations of corruption in international professional tennis and the effectiveness of existing anti-corruption practices and procedures.

 

The IRP will review the effectiveness and appropriateness of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme (TACP), the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) and the Tennis Integrity Protection Programme (TIPP) and recommend any suggested changes.

 

The IRP will have wide powers including the right to require the production of documents, the right to carry out interviews and to appoint experts, as it considers appropriate.

 

In carrying out the Independent Review, the IRP will engage with all relevant parties. This will not be limited to the stakeholders in tennis and will extend to bodies outside of tennis, including international and state bodies, law enforcement agencies, betting operators and other relevant organisations.

 

While there is no fixed deadline for the IRP to complete its Independent Review, it is expected that the full review will take at least twelve months with the publication of an Interim Report during that time.

 

Following the publication of the Interim Report, there will be a consultation process, through which the stakeholders in tennis, other relevant parties and the public will be able to submit comments on the Interim Report for consideration by the IRP. Following this consultation process, the IRP will produce a Final Report. The governing bodies of international tennis will publish this document and have committed to fund and implement all of the IRP’s recommendations.

 

The Terms of Reference and Protocols have been published on the websites of the Chairman of the IRP Adam Lewis QC; the Solicitors to the IRP, Charles Russell Speechlys; the four Grand Slam Tournaments, ATP, WTA, ITF, and the Tennis Integrity Unit.

 

The IRP, led by Adam Lewis QC, will consist of three members. The additional two members of the panel will be confirmed by the end of February.

Any communications to the IRP should be addressed to Jonathan Ellis, of Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, who is appointed to act as the Solicitor and Secretary to the IRP at TennisIRP@crsblaw.com

 

The Terms of Reference and Protocols are attached and available at:

Background

On 27 January the four Governing Bodies of International Tennis ATP, WTA, ITF and the Grand Slam Board announced an Independent Review of Integrity in Tennis, including allegations of corruption in international professional tennis.

 

Governing Bodies

The Governing Bodies of International Tennis are the ATP, the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association), the ITF (International Tennis Federation) and the Grand Slam Board (representing the Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open).

 

Tennis Integrity Unit

The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU), based in London, has been operating since 2008 as a joint initiative of the Governing Bodies. It is fully funded and all requests for additional funding have always been met.

 

The TIU is operationally independent from the Governing Bodies of Tennis. In protecting the integrity of world tennis, the TIU has a remit that covers:

  • preventing corruption from taking place;
  • educating players and officials by explaining the tactics and approaches used by potential corruptors;
  • investigating any matter of concern that it identifies or that is brought to its attention.
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Juniors Hurricane Black and Carson Branstine to Kick Off BNP Paribas Showdown at MSG on March 8

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From Madison Square Garden: (February 10, 2016) New York, NY –  The BNP Paribas Showdown will once again present two  junior circuit players when Tyra Hurricane Black squares off against Carson Branstine in an opening match presented by HEAD Penn Racquet Sports as part of World Tennis Day at Madison Square Garden on March 8.

 

The future pro stars take to the court to kick off the annual BNP Paribas Showdown featuring the colorful Gael Monfils, world No. 4 Stan Wawrinka, former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and 21-time Major Champion Serena Williams.

 

Born and raised in Boca Raton, Florida, 14 year old, Tyra Hurricane Black is currently ranked No. 86 on the ITF World Junior Ranking.  She won three ITF junior titles in 2015 and reached the finals in the recent 52nd Coffee Bowl in San Jose, Costa Rica.  Additionally, Black helped lead the US team to the finals of the 2015 ITF World Junior Tennis Competition in the Czech Republic.  Her older sister, Alicia Black is a former top-5 world-ranked junior now playing on the pro circuit.

 

Branstine, who started playing tennis at seven years old, is 15 and hails from Orange County, California.  She is currently No. 184 on the ITF World Junior Ranking and holds 26 career singles titles.  She has played in the 2015 US Open Junior Slam and was a member of the USA Team National Junior Team. Additionally, Branstine played on an 18s national team where she went undefeated and was a finalist in the 2015 Plantation ITF.

 

Black and Branstine add to a considerable list of exceptional juniors who have taken to the Madison Square Garden tennis court at the BNP Paribas Showdown including the likes of Francis Tiafoe who turned pro in May 2015 and is said to be one of the prominent young up and coming stars as well as Sloane Stephens who is ranked No. 26 on the WTA Tour and currently representing the United States at the Fed Cup in Hawaii.

 

Previous junior matches featured:

2008: Denis Kudla (15 years old) vs Junior Ore (15)

2009: Sloane Stephens (15) vs Gail Brodsky (17)

2010: Nicole Gibbs (16) vs Sachia Vickery (14)

2014: Tiafoe (16) vs Reilly Opelka (16)

2015: Cori “Coco” Gauff (10) vs Gabriella Price (11)

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BNP Paribas Open – McEnroe Challenge for Charity Players Announced; Sampras Returns

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 (Feb. 10, 2016) Indian Wells, Calif., – The McEnroe Challenge for Charity presented by Masimo, a one-day, free admission special event scheduled for Saturday, March 5, ahead of the BNP Paribas Open, the largest ATP World Tour and WTA combined two-week event in the world, will feature John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Andy Roddick, Pat Cash, Arantxa Sanchez-Vacario, Tracy Austin, Madison Keys and CoCo Vandeweghe, it was announced today by Chief Executive Officer Raymond Moore.
Sampras returns to the tournament for the first time since 2010 when he participated in the “Hit for Haiti” exhibition, which raised more than $1 million for relief efforts in the country following the disastrous earthquakes there. The former World No. 1 and 14-time Grand Slam Singles Champion is a two-time Singles Champion at the BNP Paribas Open, capturing back to back titles in 1994 and 1995. In addition, event namesake John McEnroe returns for the third consecutive year, Andy Roddick, Tracy Austin, Madison Keys and CoCo Vandeweghe return for a second year, while Pat Cash and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario will make their debut at the event.
For the second consecutive year, the event will be played in a team format, with McEnroe and Roddick serving as team captains. The teams will be determined on the evening of Friday, March 4 at the Charity Reception. Each match (men’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, mixed doubles) will consist of one set, with each game won counting as one point towards the team’s cumulative score. No ad-scoring, receiver’s choice (gender to gender in mixed doubles), and a 12-point tiebreak (six-games-all) will be used throughout the event.
In addition, the team captains may substitute a player, male or female, into any match at any time. There will be no limit on the number of substitutions that can be made. If the Team Match is tied at the end of the four matches, a 10-point super tiebreaker will be played to determine a winner. Each player on the team will be required to play at least two points within the super tiebreaker.
Each player and doubles team will represent a designated local charity, and 100 percent of the prize money ($80,000) earned – $15,000 for the winner and $5,000 for the loser of each match – will be donated to the charity the player or team represents. The designated charities will be the Andy Roddick Foundation, Eisenhower Medical Center, Patient Safety Movement Foundation, and the War Casualty Fund.
Masimo returns as the presenting sponsor for the McEnroe Challenge for Charity. Masimo is a global leader in innovative noninvasive monitoring technologies. The company will have a booth/exhibit space on the grounds of the BNP Paribas Open to showcase the MightySat™ fingertip pulse oximeter designed for general wellness and health applications including sports, fitness, and relaxation management.
“Masimo is excited to return as presenting sponsor for the McEnroe Challenge for Charity,” said Joe Kiani, founder and CEO of Masimo and founder of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. “The event is a perfect way to begin the BNP Paribas Open. We look forward to watching some of the best tennis players in the history of the game come together with new rising stars to compete and raise money for four great causes.”
On Saturday, March 5th, the gates will open at 5:00 p.m. and matches will begin at 6:00 p.m. To reserve a complimentary ticket to the McEnroe Challenge for Charity presented by Masimo (limit of four (4) per customer), please visit www.bnpparibasopen.com, call 800-999-1585 or come to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Box Office at 78-200 Miles Avenue, Indian Wells, Calif., 92210.
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Miami Open Player Acceptance List Announced

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MIAMI, Fl. (www.miamiopen.com) – The Miami Open received its 2016 official acceptance lists from the ATP and WTA tours.

All 76 of the top ranked men and 72 of the top 73 ranked women currently entered. The player field includes a combined 16 major singles champions, seven men and nine women all will be on display at the Crandon Park Tennis Center during the event’s two weeks, March 21- April 3.

The 2016 ATP acceptance list features World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, an 11-time Grand Slam winner and the two-time defending Miami Open champion, 14-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal, two-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray, two-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka, and former US Open champions Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic.

The women’s field for 2016 just as fierce, featuring 21-time Grand Slam champion and eight-time Miami Open winner Serena Williams, seven-time Grand Slam Champion Venus Williams, five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova, two-time Grand Slam winner Victoria Azarenka and two-time Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitova and reigning Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber.

Qualifying rounds will be played March 21-22 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 22 as the women take the court, followed by the first round of the men’s main draw on Wednesday, March 23.

2016 Miami Open – ATP Acceptance List

Name, Country, Rank

Novak Djokovic SRB 1

Andy Murray GBR 2

Roger Federer SUI 3

Stan Wawrinka SUI 4

Rafael Nadal ESP 5

David Ferrer ESP 6

Kei Nishikori JPN 7

Juan Martin Del Potro ARG 7 SR

Tomas Berdych CZE 8

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga FRA 9

Richard Gasquet FRA 10

Milos Raonic CAN 11

John Isner USA 12

Marin Cilic CRO 13

Kevin Anderson RSA 14

Gilles Simon FRA 15

David Goffin BEL 16

Roberto Bautista Agut ESP 17

Gael Monfils FRA 18

Dominic Thiem AUT 19

Bernard Tomic AUS 20

Benoit Paire FRA 21

Viktor Troicki SRB 22

Jack Sock USA 23

Fabio Fognini ITA 24

Feliciano Lopez ESP 25

Ivo Karlovic 26

Grigor Dimitrov BUL 27

Jeremy Chardy FRA 28

Steve Johnson USA 29

Thomaz Bellucci BRA 30

Alexandr Dolgopolov UKR 31

Philipp Kohlschreiber GER 32

Joao Sousa POR 33

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez ESP 34

Pablo Cuevas URU 35

Andreas Seppit ITA 36

Leonardo Mayer ARG 37

Borna Coric CRO 38

Tommy Robredo ESP 39

Janko Tipsarevic SRB 39 SR

Gilles Muller LUX 40

Vasek Pospisil CAN 41

Nick Kyrgios AUS 42

Martin Klizan SVK 43

Teymuraz Gabashvili RUS 44

Federico Delbonis ARG 45

Albert Ramos-Vinolas ESP 46

Lukas Rosol CZE 47

Donald Young 48

Adrian Mannarino FRA 49

Aljaz Bedene GBR 50

Jiri Vesely CZE 51

Paolo Lorenzi ITA 52

Andrey Kuznetsov RUS 53

Nicolas Mahut FRA 54

Juan Monaco ARG 55

Victor Estrella Burgos DOM 56

Brian Baker USA 56 SR

Fernando Verdasco ESP 57

Sam Querrey USA 58

Denis Kudla USA 59

Pablo Andujar ESP 60

Marcos Baghdatiss CYP 61

Simone Bolelli ITA 62

Robin Haase NED 63

Pablo Carreno Busta ESP 64

Denis Istomin UZB 65

John Millman AUS 66

Sergiy Stakhovsky UKR 67

Paul Henri-Mathieu FRA 68

Hyeon Chung KOR 69

Alexander Zverev GER 70

Guido Pella ARG 71

Nicolas Almagro ESP 72

Santiago Giraldo COL 73

Daniel Munoz de la Nava ESP 74

Inigo Cervantes ESP 75

Andreas Haider-Maurer AUT 76

2016 Miami Open – WTA Acceptance List

Name, Country, Rank

Serena Williams USA 1

Angelique Keber GER 2

Simona Halep ROU 3

Agnieszka Radwanska POL 4

Garbiñe Muguruza ESP 5

Maria Sharapova RUS 6

Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 8

Petra Kvitova CZE 9

Lucie Safarova CZE 10

Belinda Bencic SUI 11

Venus Williams USA 12

Karolina Pliskova CZE 13

Victoria Azarenka BLR 14

Timea Bacsinszky SUI 15

Roberta Vinci ITA 16

Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 17

Caroline Wozniacki  DEN 18

Jelena Jankovic SRB 19

Ana Ivanovic SRB 20

Elina Svitolina UKR 21

Sara ErraniITA 22

Andrea Petkovic GER 23

Madison Keys USA 24

Sloane Stephens USA 25

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 26

Samantha Stosur AUS 27

Shuai Peng CHN 27 SR

Johanna Konta GBR 28

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova SVK 29

Kristina Mladenovic FRA 30

Ekaterina Makarova RUS 31

Sabine Lisicki GER 32

Daria Gavrilova AUS 33

Irina-Camelia Begu ROU 34

Lesia Tsurenko UKR 35

Alizé Cornet FRA 36

Monica Niculescu ROU 37

Caroline Garcia FRA 38

Annika Beck GER 39

Camila Giorgi ITA 40

Barbora Strycova CZE 41

Alison Van Uytvanck BEL 42

Margarita Gasparyan RUS 43

Teliana Pereira BRA 44

Mona Barthel GER 45

Coco Vandeweghe USA 46

Monica Puig PUR 47

Johanna Larsson SWE 48

Varvara Lepchenko USA 49

Danka Kovinic MNE 50

Timea Babos HUN 51

Anna-Lena Friedsam GER 52

Julia Goerges GER 53

Alexandra Dulgheru ROU 54

Yanina Wickmayer BEL 55

Nao Hibino JPN 56

Petra Cetkovska CZE 56 SR

Madison Brengle USA 57

Eugenie Bouchard CAN 58

Denisa Allertover CZE 59

Karin Knapp ITA 60

Misaki Doi JPN 61

Christina McHale USA 62

Daria Kasatkina RUS 63

Yulia Putintseva KAZ 64

Galina Voskoboeva KAZ 64 SR

Shuai Zhang CHN 65

Dominika Cibulkova SVK 66

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO 67

Zarina Diyas KAZ 68

Kirsten Flipkens BEL 69

Saisai Zheng CHN 70

Lucie Hradecka CZE 71

Kateryna Bondarenko UKR 72

Olga Govortsova BLR 73

Vania King USA 73 SR

About the Miami Open presented by Itaú

The 2016 Miami Open will be played March 21-April 3 at the Crandon Tennis Center in Miami. The two-week combined event is owned and operated by IMG. The Miami Open is one of nine ATP Masters 1000 Series events on the ATP calendar, a Premier Mandatory event on the WTA calendar,

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Same-Gender Tennis Tournament Becomes USTA National Championship Event

during the 2015 same-gender couples' doubles tournament in Palm Springs, California at the Plaza Racquet Club March 8, 2015

during the 2015 same-gender couples’ doubles tournament in Palm Springs, California at the Plaza Racquet Club March 8, 2015

From the USTA: WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., February 10, 2016 – The USTA today announced that the same-gender couples’ doubles tournament, inaugurated last March in Palm Springs, will now become a USTA National Championship event, and will become an annual part of the USTA’s adult competition tennis calendar moving forward.  Last year’s groundbreaking tournament opened the door to new play opportunities for same-gender spouses, those in civil unions, domestic partners, and spousal equivalents, making the USTA’s popular adult competition more diverse and inclusive.  The Plaza Racquet Club will again host this year’s historic event, March 4-6.

 

The tournament’s divisions can be found in the “Family Divisions” categories on Tennislink, and include: Same Gender Female Couples Doubles, Same Gender Male Couples Doubles, Same Gender Female Couples Doubles (Combo Ages 80 Years), Same Gender Female Couples Doubles (Combo Ages 100 Years), Same Gender Female Couples Doubles (Combo Ages 120 Years), Same Gender Male Couples Doubles (Combo Ages 80 Years), Same Gender Male Couples Doubles (Combo Ages 100 Years) Same Gender Male Couples Doubles (Combo Ages 120 Years).

 

In the divisions where no combo age is listed, the players may be of any age.  In divisions where a combined age is defined, the players’ ages must add up to, or be more than, the listed number (ex. 80, 100 or 120) for the team to meet the eligibility requirements for the event.

 

“The USTA is proud to recognize this tournament as an official USTA National Championship event,” said Katrina Adams, USTA Chairman of the Board, CEO and President.  “We were thrilled at the success of last year’s inaugural event, and sincerely hope that giving the event National Championship status will allow it to continue to grow and attract even more same-gender couples to competition. Tennis once again has stepped to the front to break down barriers and ensure that our sport is inclusive and welcoming to all.”

 

“I was thrilled by the announcement of the single-gender couples’ doubles tournament last year, and I’m even more excited now that the USTA has made it a National Championship event,” said Hall-of-Famer Billie Jean King. “It’s another important step forward in leveling the playing field and making tennis more accessible and available to more people.  I’m looking forward to continued growth and success of this event and hope to see a lot more like it in the near future.”

 

“Same gender married couples Nationals is history in the making,” said Nabil Najjar, the Co-Tournament Director of the Palm Springs event.   “The Desert Tennis Association is honored to host such a prestigious event.”

 

St. Louis, Mo., Kansas City, Mo., Oak Lawn, Ill., and West Hollywood, Calif. to also host local same-gender couples doubles events in 2016.

 

For more information on the National Championship in Palm Springs click below:

http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=178416#&&s=0

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127th Annual Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championships To Be Played March 3-6

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Second-oldest tennis event in the U.S. to feature top men’s collegiate players

La Jolla, Calif. – (February 10, 2016) – The 127th Annual Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Tennis Championship, the second-oldest tennis event in the United States, is scheduled to be played March 3-6, 2016 at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, 2000 Spindrift Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037.

Many of the top NCAA Men’s college teams in the country are expected to compete, including Stanford University, University of Southern California, University of California Berkeley, University of California Los Angeles, Georgetown University, Boston College, Furman University, University of California Davis, Boise State University, Pepperdine University, Rice University, University of California Irvine and Villanova University. Plus local teams from San Diego State University, University of San Diego and University of California San Diego.

“We are anticipating an incredible four days of top-flight tennis competition next month. This is a great event for tennis fans who love to watch doubles,” said Tournament Director Bill Kellogg.  “Through the years, the Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Tennis Championship has produced many memorable matches and we’re looking forward to another outstanding tournament.”

Also entering the tournament will be top teaching professionals, promising junior players, college coaches and former tour players, making this one of the most interesting and unusual competitor fields in the country.

The starting time for each day of play will be as follows:  Thursday, March 3 – 3 p.m.; Friday, March 4 – 8 a.m.; Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6 – 9 a.m. All times are PST.  The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club welcomes tennis spectators to view the tournament with free admission. On-site parking is available for a nominal fee.

Live audio play-by-play of the semifinals and final, which are scheduled for Sunday, March 6, will be available on RadioTennis.com.  Tennis broadcaster Ken Thomas will provide the web cast commentary.

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John McEnroe Tennis Academy To Host College Combine June 18th-19th

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(February 9, 2016) – The John McEnroe Tennis Academy (JMTA) announced the inaugural John McEnroe Tennis Academy College Recruiting Combine scheduled for the weekend of June 18th and 19th at SPORTIME Randall’s Island, the NYC home of JMTA. The Combine will give selected rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors the opportunity to showcase their technical and tactical skills, their athletic capabilities and their mental toughness, in front of leading collegiate coaches from around the country.

“With the great success we have had helping to place Academy students in college programs where they are most likely to flourish academically and athletically, the JMTA Combine is a natural progression for us. The Combine will enable us to help a broader group of youngsters, including those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to interact with college coaches in a live showcase of their skills and personalities. My hope is that this first Combine is going shine a light on some of the great tennis talent we are developing here in the greater NYC area, and that future annual Combines will show that we are only just getting started,” said John McEnroe.

Coaches representing all three NCAA Divisions are expected to attend, with commitments from Penn State, Columbia, Amherst, Harvard, Wake Forest and many other top programs. Interested players can apply to participate in the Combine at www.SportimeNY.com/JMTACombine beginning February 8th, with registration closing on March 31st. A limited number of Combine spots are available for boys and girls. JMTA Directors will evaluate each application based upon objective criteria. Those chosen to participate will be informed by no later than April 15th and will be required to pay an entry fee.

Player check-in will begin at 8 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday for boys and girls. Participants will compete in singles and doubles match play throughout both days, with results tracked. Players will also receive athletic performance assessments, mental toughness assessments, and will have ½ hour of their match play recorded and analyzed by Tennis analytics. An integrated recruiting package for each Combine participant will be compiled and made available, digitally, to both the participants and the coaches, at the touch of a button. For further details, go to www.SportimeNY.com/JMTACombine.

“The upcoming college recruiting combine at Sportime is an outstanding concept. Certainly college coaches are looking for tournament results, but they also want to be sure that they are recruiting players that are both physically and mentally tough. And coaches like to meet their future players as early in the process as possible. This combine will be a great way for coaches to interact with a very select group of players and to get a first-hand sense of their tennis skills, as well as their mental and physical capacities. There is no better place than the John McEnroe Tennis Academy to hold this showcase, which should be a real leg-up for East Coast players.” Tony Bresky, Head Men’s Tennis Coach – Wake Forest University.

JMTA students who have gone on to compete on the collegiate level include: current ATP No. 247 and 2014 junior Wimbledon champion Noah Rubin, who was the ACC Player of the Year at Wake Forest University and NCAA singles finalist in 2015; Jamie Loeb, the 2015 NCAA singles champion from the University of North Carolina who also turned pro in the fall; Jessica Golovin, a freshman already making her mark at LSU; and Sabrina Xiong, a freshman at Harvard who was the recipient of the first full scholarship to JMTA in 2010.

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Draws Announced for 2016 Fed Cup Play-offs

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(February 6, 2016)The ITF has announced the draws for the 2016 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II play-offs on 16-17 April:

 

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

 

Russia [s] [c] [*] v Belarus
Spain [c] v Italy [s]
Romania [c] [*] v Germany [s]
Australia [s] [c] [*] v USA

WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

 

Serbia [s] [c] v Belgium
Slovakia [c] v Canada [s]
Poland [s] [c] [*] v Chinese Taipei
Ukraine [c] v Argentina [s]

[s] = seed

[c] = choice of ground

[*] = choice of ground decided by lot

 

The seeds were based on the new ITF Fed Cup Nations Ranking of 8 February.

 

The 2016 World Group and World Group II play-offs will take place alongside the World Group semifinals on 16-17 April. In the semifinals, Switzerland will be at home to Czech Republic, and France will be at home to Netherlands.

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