February 19, 2017

United States Moves into Fed Cup Semis with 4-0 Win Over Germany

 

(February 12, 2017) The United States moved into its first Fed cup semifinal since 2010 by besting Germany 4-0 at the Royal Lahaina Resort in Maui on Sunday.

Rain shortened play on Saturday with the U.S. up 1-0. Prior to play on Sunday, CoCo Vandeweghe won her second match when Julia Goerges retired with a right knee injury, with the American up 6-3, 3-1 when the match was called for rain.

Vandeweghe began the day coming back to beat Andrea Petkovic for the first time 3-6, 6-4, 6-0, capturing the last 10 games after taking a medical time out for heat illness. This clinched the tie for the U.S.

 

“I just think at 4-2 I had 15-40 and I was playing well.” Petkovic said. “I think she served really well in the decisive moments there. She had four first serves and then I played a bad game at 4-3.
 

“I think in tennis it can change so quickly.

 

“Then she was just serving really well in the third set. I never really got any rhythm to begin with. It was difficult for me to find my way or grind my way back into the match then in the third set.”

 

“It’s really a team effort,” Vandeweghe said of the win. “It’s a home tie for a reason. I think that was a big motivating factor for me to come out there and represent my country. I don’t really need much of a reason more to give everything I have out there on the court.

 

“That was kind of it.”

 

She gave credit to the Maui crowd – “ It’s no secret I was feeling like crap out there. I definitely needed a big pick-me-up. I definitely feed off the crowd and my teammates. This is one of the few times we do have teammates.

 

“I think that is definitely what pushed me through the hump for sure.”

 

Singles match D was skipped and in the doubles rubber, the Germany team had to retire, down 1-4 when Laura Siegemund injured her elbow.

 

The U.S. will host the Czech Republic the weekend of April 22-23 at a place to be announced.

 

U.S. Captain Kathy Rinaldi, making her debut as captain this weekend, spoke about the next tie: “Obviously Czech Republic is a very strong, tough team. They have many, many great players. One of our players knows one well.

 

“So, you know, yes. We’re going to enjoy this one. We’re going to look forward to playing them at home and have the home court advantage.

 

“Again, we’ll put together a strong team. I believe in all our American players. They’re doing great. They started off 2017 extremely strong.

 

“Yeah, we’re going to go for it.”

 

 

FINAL RESULTS

 

Saturday, 11:00 a.m. HST      

Singles A:

Alison Riske (USA) def. Andrea Petkovic (GER) 7-6(10), 6-2

Sunday, 10:00 a.m. HST  

Singles B:

Coco Vandeweghe (USA) def. Julia Goerges (GER) 6-3, 3-1, ret.

Singles C:

Coco Vandeweghe (USA) def. Andrea Petkovic (GER) 3-6, 6-4, 6-0

Singles D:

Alison Riske (USA) vs. Julia Goerges (GER) not played

Doubles:

Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Shelby Rogers (USA) def.

Laura Siegemund/Carina Witthoeft (GER)   4-1, ret.

 

 

WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND RESULTS

United States def. Germany, 4-0

Czech Republic def. Spain, 3-2

Belarus def. Netherlands, 4-1

Switzerland def. France, 4-1

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ATP Tennis – Buenos Aires, Memphis and Rotterdam Schedules of Play

Argentina Open
ATP World Tour 250
Buenos Aires, Argentina (-3 hours GMT)
13-19 February 2017 Surface: Clay
SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 13 FEBRUARY 2017

ESTADIO BILLOCH CARIDE start 1:55 pm
Qualifying – [2] D. Lajovic (SRB) vs [6] A. Giannessi (ITA)
Qualifying – M. Gonzalez (ARG) vs [5] G. Andreozzi (ARG)

Not Before 6:45 pm
[WC] L. Mayer (ARG) vs G. Elias (POR)
S. Robert (FRA) vs F. Delbonis (ARG)

ESTADIO 2 start 1:45 pm
Qualifying – [1] R. Dutra Silva (BRA) vs [7] J. Souza (BRA)
F. Bagnis (ARG) / G. Duran (ARG) vs [2] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / P. Cuevas (URU)

Not Before 4:30 pm
[WC] R. Olivo (ARG) / G. Pella (ARG) vs A. Molteni (ARG) / D. Schwartzman (ARG)

ESTADIO 3 start 1:45 pm
Qualifying – [3] J. Kovalik (SVK) vs R. Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP)

Memphis Open
Memphis, USA

SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 13 FEBRUARY 2017

STADIUM COURT start 1:30 pm
Y. Nishioka (JPN) vs G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
[6] A. Mannarino (FRA) vs D. Young (USA)
D. Dzumhur (BIH) vs K. Anderson (RSA)

Not Before 7:30 pm
[WC] C. De Zutter (BEL) / C. Glennon (GBR) vs R. Harrison (USA) / S. Johnson (USA)
[WC] R. Opelka (USA) vs [WC] J. Donaldson (USA)

ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
ATP World Tour 500
Rotterdam, The Netherlands (+1 hours GMT)
13-19 February 2017 Surface: Hard

SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 13 FEBRUARY 2017

CENTRE COURT start 12:30 pm
F. Lopez (ESP) vs [Q] P. Herbert (FRA)
[WC] R. Haase (NED) vs F. Mayer (GER)

Not Before 7:30 pm
[4] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [Q] M. Copil (ROU)
[LL] D. Istomin (UZB) vs [Q] A. Bedene (GBR)

COURT 1 start 3:30 pm
Possible court change – [Q] E. Donskoy (RUS) vs M. Granollers (ESP)

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Alexander Zverev Doubles Up in Montpellier Winning Singles and Doubles Titles

Alexander Zverev

 

(February 12, 2017) Nineteen-year-old Alexander Zverev defeated two-time defending champion Frenchmen Richard Gasquet 7-6(4), 6-3 to win the Open Sud de France in Mopntpellier on Sunday for his second career ATP World Tour title.

Zverev teamed up with his brother Mischa to also win the doubles title. The brothers Zverev defeated Fabrice Martin and Daniel Nestor 6-4, 6-7(3), 10-7 to win their first team title together.

“I’m very happy to win my first title of the year,” Alexander said. Obviously it was a very tough tournament, only one straight-sets match in the whole tournament, today, and it was not an easy one. I think it was a high-level match and I’m happy to get the win.”

 

“It’s great to win singles and doubles. I’m very happy with the way we played. We only dropped one set in the tournament. I think it was a very successful tournament for the Zverevs.”
Alexander becomes the first player to win singles and doubles titles at the same tournament since Lleyton Hewitt did it in Newport in 2014.

 

“It was an amazing week,” said older brother Mischa. “Congrats to my brother, winning singles and doubles for the first time. It’s always special playing doubles with him, especially playing well and winning. I’m really happy. I didn’t expect it.”

 

It’s also the first time a pair of brothers won a doubles title after one of them had won the singles title since Andy Murray did the double with Jamie Murray in Tokyo six years ago.

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Grigor Dimitrov Wins Home Title in Sofia

Grigor Dimitrov

(February 12, 2017) Hometown hero made good in Sofia Bulgaria on Sunday as third seed Grigor Dimitrov raised his 2017 record to 14-1 beating second seed David Goffin 7-5, 6-4 to raise the Sofia Open trophy for his sixth career ATP World Tour and second of the year. The 25-year-old won last month’s tennis tournament in Brisbane.

“This is my most prestigious title,” said the winner. “Winning it at home is a tremendous success for me. I will treasure this title for the rest of my life. It’s something amazing for me.”

“The crowd has been absolutely magnificent throughout the week. I’m more than thankful for their support.”

“Without you (the Bulgarian fans), I could never win this tournament,” Dimitrov said in an on-court interview.

“This title means a lot to me. Today, after the last point, I felt again like a kid playing in front of a home crowd.”

The Belgian Goffin, ranked No. 11 in the world, is now 0-3 against the Bulgarian.

Dimitrov has seen a resurgence this year, reaching the Australian Open semifinals and winning two tournaments this year. His ranking fell to No. 40 last summer. His ranking will jump up to No. 13 on Monday. His highest career ranking was No. 8.

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Victor Estrella Burgos Three-Peats at Ecuador Open

(February 12, 2017) Victor Estrella Burgos saved a match point to win his third straight Ecuador Open by beating the third seed, Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi 6-7(2), 7-5, 7-6(6) on the clay in Quito.

The Dominican tennis player, ranked at 156 in the world, becomes the lowest-ranked singles champion on the ATP World Tour since No. 192 Florian Mayer won in Halle last June.

Estrella Burgos knocked out top seed Ivo Karlovic and fourth seed Thomaz Bellucci to get to the final.

 

“It’s a great achievement for me to win three titles here,” Estrella Burgos said. “The recipe for my success here will be revealed when I retire [laughing], but for sure I’ll come back here next year. I’ll play in Quito every year until I retire.”

“Without any doubt, this final has been the toughest. Paolo doesn’t give away anything because he is a great fighter.”
“I love playing here and I’m sure I’ll be back next year,” said the losing finalist. I loved the crowd and how they welcomed and supported me during the whole week. I am thankful. I’m leaving with an ATP final and that’s very important to me.”

 

The 36-year-old Dominican becomes the first player in ATP World Tour history to win at least three titles at one event and none anywhere else. He also joins a select group of nine active players to have completed a “three-peat” at a tournament, which includes Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Davis Ferrer, Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic, and John Isner.

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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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United States Host Germany in Fed Cup First Round in Maui

Team USA, (Left to right) CoCo Vandeweghe, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Alison Riske, Shelby Rogers, Captain Kathy Rinaldi at the 2017 Fed Cup tie between the United States and Germany in Maui, HI on February 7.

 

 

(February 10, 2017) The United States takes on Germany in the first round of World Group this weekend in Maui. Day one’s schedule includes two singles matches featuring each country’s No. 1 player against the other country’s No. 2 player. Sunday’s schedule features two “reverse singles” matches, where the No. 1 players square off and then the No. 2 players meet, followed by the doubles match.

 

The Royal Lahaina Resort hosts the tie which will lead off with world No. 40 Alison Riske taking on world No. 51 Andrea Petkovic.

 

Riske is playing in her first Fed Cup tie since 2015 and is competing in her second Fed Cup singles match, holding an 0-1 record. Riske peaked at a career-high No. 38 in the world this January after a strong start to 2017, highlighted by reaching her fifth career WTA singles final in Shenzhen and advancing to the third round of the Australian Open. Petkovic is competing in her 14th Fed Cup tie and holds a 12-6 Fed Cup singles record. She peaked at No. 9 in the world in October 2011 when she reached the quarterfinals of three different Grand Slams (Australian Open, French Open, and the US Open). She also advanced to the semifinals of the 2014 French Open. Riske and Petkovic have never faced each other in WTA competition.

 

The second match-up on Saturday will feature the United States’ top player Coco Vandeweghe against German Julia Goerges. Vandeweghe and Goerges have met three times on the WTA Tour, with Goerges holding a 2-1 record over Vandeweghe. Goerges won the last two meetings at the 2015 French Open (in three sets) and in Brussels in 2013. Vandeweghe defeated Goerges in Tokyo in 2010. Vandeweghe is ranked a career-high No. 20 in the world after advancing to the semifinals of the 2017 Australian Open—her career-best Grand Slam result. In Australia, she upset three seeded players, including then-world No. 1 Angelique Kerber, before falling to Venus Williams in the semifinals. Vandeweghe has played in four Fed Cup ties for the U.S., holding a 1-3 record in singles and a 3-0 record in doubles. Goerges is ranked No. 57 in the world and peaked at a career-high No. 15 in the world in April 2012. She holds two WTA titles and advanced to four additional finals. She is playing in her 14th Fed Cup tie and holds a 4-6 singles record in Fed Cup play.

 

Kathy Rinaldi will be making her debut as Fed Cup Captain in this match-up.Rinaldi was named the 19th U.S. Fed Cup Captain on December 8, succeeding Mary Joe Fernandez after eight years at the post. Rinaldi currently serves as Lead National Coach, Team USA – Pro Women for USTA Player Development, focused on helping American pros achieve Top-100 rankings. She has coached the U.S. to multiple junior international team competition titles and coached the U.S. women in the Pan-American Games in 2015. Rinaldi, 49, was ranked as high as No. 7 in the world in singles (May 1986) and No. 13 in the world in doubles (February 1993).

 

The winner of this matchup will advance to face either the Czech Republic or Spain in the World Group Semifinals, held April 22-23, for a chance to compete for the 2017 Fed Cup title. The losing nation will compete in the World Group Playoffs in April to remain in the World Group.

 

Order of Play

Saturday, 11:00 a.m. HST      

Singles A: Alison Riske (USA) vs. Andrea Petkovic (GER)

Singles B: Coco Vandeweghe (USA) vs. Julia Goerges (GER)

 

Sunday, 10:00 a.m. HST  

Singles C: Coco Vandeweghe (USA) vs. Andrea Petkovic (GER)

Singles D: Alison Riske (USA) vs. Julia Goerges (GER)

Doubles:Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Coco Vandeweghe (USA) vs. Laura Siegemund/Carina Witthoeft (GER)

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Weil College Prep and Tennis Academy Announces 18 Seniors Committing To Continuing Their Education and Tennis Careers At Four-Year Colleges and Universities

 

Weil College Prep and Tennis Academy Announces 18 Seniors

Committing To Continuing Their Education and Tennis

Careers At Four-Year Colleges and Universities

 

OJAI, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2017) – Weil Tennis Academy and College Preparatory School Academy Founder and Director Mark Weil has announced that 18 Weil seniors have either signed early National Letters of Intent, or “officially committed” on academic and/or athletic scholarships to continue their education and tennis careers at prestigious NCAA schools around the nation.

 

The students include:

  • Alexis Alvarez (Uruapan, Michoacán, Mexico): University of Washington; Athletic Scholarship.
  • Brandon Lam (Westlake Village, Calif.): Indiana University; Athletic Scholarship.
  • Connor Reardon (Orinda, Calif.): Linfield College (Oregon); Academic Scholarship.
  • Hazuki Ogino (Ashiya, Hyogo, Japan): Ashland University (Ohio); Athletic and Academic Scholarship.
  • Kate McMahon (Fredericksburg, Texas): University of Louisiana – Lafayette; Academic Scholarship.
  • Lola Gorbacheva (West Hollywood, Calif.): UC San Diego; Academic Scholarship.
  • Madison Wolfe (Monument, Colo.): University of Akron; Full Athletic Scholarship.
  • Mana Koitabashi (Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan): University of Northern Colorado; Athletic and Academic Scholarship.
  • Michael Chen (Ningbo, Zhejiang, China): William and Mary College; Academic and Athletic Scholarship.
  • Peter Huang (Beijing, China): University of Rochester.
  • Seira Shimizu (Niiza, Saitama, Japan): Purdue University; Full Athletic Scholarship.
  • Emilio Monroy (Baja, Calif., Mexico): UC Irvine; Scholarship
  • Anastasiya Redkina (Minsk, Belarus): Whitman College; Academic Scholarship
  • David Bogatin (Moscow, Russia): Boston University; Scholarship
  • Chris Grasel (San Paulo, Brazil): Boston College.
  • Nima Movassaghi (Eugene, Ore.): Villanova University
  • Suraj Mahtani (Hong Kong): Skidmore College
  • Nadine Del Carmen (Guam, U.S. Territory); Santa Clara University; Scholarship

 

“We are proud of each and every student who has achieved their dream and goal of continuing their education and tennis careers at such great NCAA universities and colleges,” Mark Weil said. “It goes to show you that hard work does pay off, and we look forward to a great final year with our seniors as they prepare to move on to the next phase.”

 

Since 1997, Weil Tennis Academy and College Preparatory School in Ojai, Calif., has placed 100 percent of its students into top NCAA universities and colleges like Stanford, Duke, UCLA, Brown, Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, Emory, Georgetown, University of Chicago, Pepperdine, Cornell, UC Berkeley, USC and many more, mostly on scholarship. At Weil, the coaches, teachers, students and families are all focused first on college academic and tennis preparation, then finally on aggressive college placement. The goal for every one of our students is to gain admission, study, and compete at the most prestigious colleges and universities in the U.S.

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Taste of Tennis Comes to Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, CA –– AYS Sports Marketing is pleased to announce it will host the popular Taste of Tennis event on Monday, March 6, 2017, at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa. The Taste will feature California native and James Beard Award Winning Chef, Jonathan Waxman and hosted by Chef Chris Mitchum. Taste of Tennis is widely regarded as tennis’ premier “off the court” experience. Key sponsors include: Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort, City of Indian Wells, Tourism Authority of Thailand, North Shore Living Herbs, Voss, ChefWorks & Volkl.

For updates and to purchase tickets, visit www.tasteoftennis.com/iw

 

MIAMI, FL –– AYS Sports Marketing is pleased to announce Citi has joined us as the Title sponsor! The Citi Taste of Tennis will be hosted at W Miami on Monday, March 20, 2017. We are excited to bring the event to Brickell and enjoy a rooftop party! Our premier sponsors include: Citibank, W Miami, Lifeway Kefir, ChefWorks, Voss & Volkl.

To purchase tickets or updates, visit www.cititasteoftennis.com

 

 

New York, NY – AYS Sports Marketing will be hosting our Taste of Tennis events from August 22- 25, 2017. For the past 18 years, Taste of Tennis has
kicked off Tennis in New York City: Meet a player, enjoy cuisine by a celebrity chef, learn how to make a pre-match meal, play ping pong with a pro and more! The events feature incredible talent alongside New York’s culinary and hotel venues. Key Sponsors include: Jamaica Tourist Board,
Lifeway Kefir, ChefWorks, Voss & Volkl.

To purchase tickets or to learn more, visit www.tasteoftennis.com/nyc

 

17th Annual Taste Of Tennis To Feature Rafael Nadal

Second Annual Taste of Tennis Miami Takes Place on March 21, 2016

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