October 28, 2016

Venus Williams, Muguruza, del Potro, Nishikori, Kyrgios and Sock to play BNP Paribas Showdown at MSG

Venus Williams

Venus Williams












New York, NY (October 26, 2016) – The 10th anniversary of the BNP Paribas Showdown will bring past, current and future stars to the Madison Square Garden court for a night of tennis on Monday, March 6, The Madison Square Garden Company and GF Sports announced today.   Juan Martin del Potro, Kei Nishikori, Venus Williams, Garbiñe Muguruza, Nick Kyrgios, Jack Sock and a legends matchup to be named later, will square off in the 10th anniversary edition of the annual tennis showcase.


Del Potro, the 2016 Olympic silver medalist will take on world No. 5 Nishikori, while former world No. 1 Venus Williams will square off against reigning French Open champion, Muguruza.  Kyrgios and Sock, two exciting young stars on the rise, will provide a glimpse of what the future has in store for tennis fans.


Over the course of its decade at Madison Square Garden, the BNP Paribas Showdown has become a must-see event, from superstar Pete Sampras showing a younger Roger Federer he can still play in the inaugural matchup in 2008, to last year’s electrifying performances by Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Stan Wawrinka and Gael Monfils.  The event has also hosted a who’s who in the world of tennis, including: Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Andre Agassi, Ivan Lendl, Mike and Bob Bryan, John and Patrick McEnroe, Maria Sharapova, Kim Clijsters, Victoria Azarenka, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic, Monica Seles and Gabriela Sabatini.


The BNP Paribas Showdown is produced by MSG Sports and GF Sports. Tickets start at $35.00 and will go on-sale Monday, October 31. They can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden box office, online at www.thegarden.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets.  The event will start at 7:00 pm on Monday, March 6.


“Since 2008, playing the Showdown at The Garden has become a ‘must’ amongst the biggest stars in the game, and as we celebrate the 10th Showdown we’re looking forward to another special night of tennis,” said Joel Fisher, executive vice president, Marquee Events/Operations, The Madison Square Garden Company.  “The Showdown has continually entertained thousands of tennis fans and provided many lasting moments.  And, how can we forget Ben Stiller, Rory McIllroy and Redfoo taking to the Garden court? You never know what or who you’ll see when tennis comes to The World’s Most Famous Arena.”


“It is incredible to think this will be our 10th Showdown,” said Showdown creator, Jerry Solomon. “We have been fortunate to have had just about every tennis superstar of the last 30 years play at Madison Square Garden, and this year will be no different, with our compelling slate of great players spanning eras. And we’ll also be including some twists on the traditional tennis format that will allow fans to see more action than ever before in a more compact schedule. On March 6, the BNP Paribas Showdown and The Garden will once again be the place to be for the most exciting tennis.”


Nishikori, currently ranked No. 5 in the world, is the only male Japanese player to ever be ranked in the top 10.  He has compiled 11 singles titles and was a finalist in the 2014 US Open, making him the first Asian player to compete in a Grand Slam singles final.


2009 US Open champion del Potro returns to Madison Square Garden for his second appearance at the BNP Paribas Showdown.  The 6’-6” Argentine, who is playing strong and blazing the comeback trail after three wrist operations that sidelined his career, is currently ranked No. 42 and just recently captured the Stockholm Open for his first ATP Tour title since 2014.

Williams, arguably one of the greatest female players of all time, is a seven-time Grand Slam champion, five-time Wimbledon Champion, four-time Olympic gold medalist, and winner of 49 singles titles.  She is currently ranked No. 15 and will be making her third Showdown appearance.

Current world No. 6 Muguruza beat Serena Williams in the finals of the 2016 French Open to capture her first Grand Slam title.  She holds 10 career singles titles and was runner up at the 2015 Wimbledon Championships. She will make her Madison Square Garden debut as she tries to beat Venus Williams for the first time in four attempts.


Two rising ATP Tour stars, Sock and Kyrgios, will compete in their first ever match-up at Madison Square Garden.  Kyrgios, ranked No. 13, was listed as the No. 1 World Junior in 2013, and has already recorded several top 10 wins, including against world No. 3 Stan Wawrinka at an ATP Masters 1000 tournament earlier this year.  He will play Sock, one of the top-ranked American players at world No. 22.  Sock is a former junior US Open champion and has been in three finals on the ATP Tour.


The BNP Paribas Showdown will apply several new innovative formats currently being experimented in the world of tennis to help speed up the game.  The format enhancements will make the Showdown an even more fast-paced, exciting event for the fans.


The BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden will once again headline a full day of worldwide activities as part of “World Tennis Day,” a global tennis participation effort. All events promote tailoring the game to players 10-and-under with kid-friendly efforts including smaller racquets, lighter balls and modified scoring.


Additional information on the event will be released at a later date.


2016 WTA Finals Singapore: Daily Update and Results


OCTOBER 23 – 30, 2016
Daily Update and ResultsOctober 26, 2016


WTA CEO Steve Simon announced today the launch of WTA Networks, a new digital media and marketing division that will deliver tennis fans the highest-quality, on and off-the-court content available anywhere.

Click here to read more.


  • Kuznetsova Holds Off Pliskova Fightback, into Singapore Semifinals – click here
  • As It Happened: Radwanska Moves Past Muguruza in Singapore Rematch – click here
  • Monica Seles: Second Slam Bigger than First for Kerber, Serena on Course for GOAT – click here
  • WTA Finals Singapore: Live Streaming – click here


[8] Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. [4] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 36 62 76(6)
Click here to listen to Kuznetsova discuss her performance

[2] Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. [5] Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) 76(1) 63
Click here to listen to Radwanska discuss her performance



NB 4:00pm
[3] Simona Halep (ROU) vs. [7] Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)

NB 7:30pm
[1] Angelique Kerber (GER) vs. [6] Madison Keys (USA)


Start 1:30pm
[1] Caroline Garcia/Kristina Mladenovic (FRA/FRA) vs. Julia Goerges/Karolina Pliskova (GER/CZE)

Followed by second singles match
[3] Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Lucie Safarova (USA/CZE) vs. Timea Babos/Yaroslava Shvedova (HUN/KAZ)


WTA to Launch New Digital and Social Platform


From the WTA:


The WTA to Launch New Digital and Social Platform to Take the Fans on Tour

  • Pioneering WTA creates new digital and social content division WTA Networks, working together with The Social Channel
  • Complete transformation of digital and social offering with access to the inner world of women’s tennis, the WTA players and Tour events


SINGAPORE – WTA CEO, Steve Simon, announced today from the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, the launch of WTA Networks, a new digital media and marketing division that will deliver tennis fans with the highest-quality, on and off-the-court content available anywhere. WTA Networks will completely revamp the WTA’s owned and controlled channels, wtatennis.com and branded social channels. The new digital and social content platform, creative look and feel and enhanced user experience will launch on January 1, 2017 at www.wtatennis.com and via a mobile app for Apple and Android smartphones and tablets.

“Today, the WTA is a major sports league and we see this step in our digital and social evolution as transformational, for all involved, especially tennis fans, and are hugely committed to this venture financially,” Simon noted. “We have dedicated a great amount of resources to ensure that the content on the WTA Networks is exceptional and delivers for our players, our partners and our fans. Our goal is simple – take our fans on tour with us and experience the WTA like never before.”

Through innovative digital storytelling, the new WTA Networks venture is poised to create a top destination for tennis news and content, giving fans unprecedented, behind-the-scenes access to star athletes and the inner world of tennis.

The WTA is working with The Social Channel, a leading full-service digital marketing, sales and content development company based in New York City. The company was founded by seasoned digital entrepreneurs including Rob Dwek and Mike McGraw who bring a deep network and extensive experience in digital content creation, social media, technology and brand integration to the team. The shared goal is to drive the development of technology platforms, digital content, social media as well as related partnerships, sponsorship, distribution and sales.

“Our aim is to revolutionize the way women’s tennis is consumed, distributed and monetized and through this relationship with the WTA, we are sure we will do just that”, said Mike McGraw, co-CEO of The Social Channel. “Our deep understanding of the content that builds audiences for major US networks and having worked with some of the biggest names in tennis, we know the sport, the business of tennis, the fans and how brands benefit from leveraging tennis. We are thrilled to be working with the WTA and are certain WTA Networks will be the go-to digital channel for women’s tennis and an ideal partner for brands looking to engage the same target.”

“We are committed to delivering compelling digital and social content to the WTA for the WTA Finals in Singapore and other events,” said Rob Dwek, co-CEO of The Social Channel. “In just the last five days since starting to deliver fresh content from the WTA Finals Singapore, early returns are far exceeding anything we have seen in the history of this event. Video views are up 1551.9%, new users up 20.23%, mobile users up 28.87%, engagement of posts up 239.94%, referrals from social up 65.29% and to date our videos are 11 of the top 15 videos viewed ever on any WTA digital channel.”

The WTA is working with top tier technology companies including Ooyala, Microsoft, Greenfly and Domo to provide a seamless, rich content experience across its websites, mobile apps and social platforms. Furthermore, a brand identity has been developed for the new digital and social division with a logo that aligns with the WTA corporate brand and reflects the nature of the WTA Networks’ core remit.  A tagline “The Pulse of Women’s Tennis” will support the positioning of this new division and its aim to be the primary destination for fans following the tour.

The Social Channel creates and implements innovative digital content and monetization strategies with its clients and partners who have included seven of the top ten tennis players in the world. Learn more about The Social Channel at www.thesocialchannel.com.



ATP World Tour – Basel and Vienna Schedules


Swiss Indoors Basel
Basel, Switzerland
ATP World Tour 500 €2,151,985
Basel, Switzerland (+1 hours GMT)
24-30 October 2016 Surface: Indoor hard


CENTRE COURT start 2:30 pm
M. Baghdatis (CYP) / G. Muller (LUX) vs D. Marrero (ESP) / M. Matkowski (POL)

Not Before 6:45 pm
D. Lajovic (SRB) vs [3] K. Nishikori (JPN)
[4] M. Cilic (CRO) vs M. Youzhny (RUS)

COURT 2 start 1:00 pm
A. Kuznetsov (RUS) vs F. Delbonis (ARG)

Not Before 6:45 pm
[1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs [Q] F. Delbonis (ARG) / G. Pella (ARG)
I. Marchenko (UKR) vs [Q] D. Young (USA)


Erste Bank Open 500
Vienna, Austria
ATP World Tour 500 € 1,884,645 (€ 2,467,310 Total Financial Commitment)
Vienna, Austria (+1 hours GMT)
24-30 October 2016 Surface: Indoor hard


CENTRE COURT start 1:00 pm
A. Seppi (ITA) vs [WC] K. Khachanov (RUS)
[8] I. Karlovic (CRO) vs S. Johnson (USA)

Not Before 4:30 pm
[Q] J. Struff (GER) vs J. Isner (USA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[Q] N. Basilashvili (GEO) vs [2] T. Berdych (CZE)
O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) vs A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) / J. Sousa (POR)

COURT B start 4:30 pm
N. Almagro (ESP) vs [Q] D. Dzumhur (BIH)
N. Monroe (USA) / A. Sitak (NZL) vs [4] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA)


American Catherine Bellis Wins Saguenay National Bank Challenger

CiCi Bellis

CiCi Bellis

Saguenay, October 23, 2016 – It was a final between two of tennis’ brightest rising stars on Sunday with 16-year-old Bianca Andreescu (Mississauga, ON) and 17-year-old American Catherine Bellis going head-to-head for the singles title at the eleventh edition of the $50,000 Saguenay National Bank Challenger.

In the end, it was the older Bellis, seeded first in the tournament, who came away with a 6-4, 6-2 victory to capture the biggest professional title of her career to date. The American played a virtually flawless brand of tennis in the match and throughout the week, going through the draw without losing more than four games in a set.

“I am so happy right now, this is the best day of my career so far,” newly crowned champion Bellis said. “Bianca (Andreescu) had a great week, she played so well to get to the final and I am sure this won’t be the last time we’ll play eachother.”

With the win, Bellis picks up her second title of the season and she will reach a career-high WTA ranking on Monday, improving on her previous best of no. 110.

Despite the loss, Andreescu still enjoyed a strong week in Saguenay, reaching the final in singles and doubles. This was the biggest pro final of her career and she will break into the Top 400 on the WTA rankings for the first time. At 16 years of age, Andreescu is the youngest finalist in tournament history.

“Today wasn’t my best day, but Cici (Bellis) deserves all of the credit, she didn’t let me into the match and made it really tough on me,” Andreescu said. This was still a big week for me, I am proud  about making my first $50,000 Challenger final, especially here at home.”


Juan Martin Del Potro Wins Stockholm; Ymer Brothers win Doubles on Home Soil

Juan Martin Del Potro

Juan Martin Del Potro

(October 23, 2016) Juan Martin del Potro won his first tournament in 33 months on Sunday when the Argentine beat sixth seed, American Jack Sock 7-5, 6-1 for the If Stockholm Open crown. This is his 19th ATP World Tour title. The 2009 US Open winner last won a tournament back in January of 2014, when he claimed the Sydney title.


“I’ve been trying to fix my problems for the past two years and I didn’t expect to win a title at this moment in my career,” Del Potro said. “I am so happy to get the trophy here. It’s motivation for looking forward to the future.

“I don’t really mind the rankings or the numbers. I just want to play better. When I’m 100 per cent I know I can be dangerous.”

“It was a tough match,” the top American man said. “His serve is massive and very tough to read, which put more pressure on my serve. He just played well today. I’ve had a long week here and it might have caught up with me a bit.”


The doubles winners were a pair of hometown heroes, as Swedish brothers Elias and Mikael Ymer won home soil beating Mate Pavic and Michael Venus. They are the first Swedish duo to win in Stockholm since 1998, when Nicklas Kulti and Mikael Tillstrom did it.

“I don’t think me or Mikael expected our first ATP title to come in doubles, especially here in our hometown of Stockholm, “ Elias said. “We had a great time and I really enjoyed playing with my brother.”

“It’s been unreal,” Mikael said. “We clicked really well and played some great doubles. I’m really happy with this win and I’m excited for our future together in doubles.”

Singles – Final
[WC] J. del Potro (ARG) d [6] J. Sock (USA) 75 61

Doubles – Final
[WC] E. Ymer (SWE) / M. Ymer (SWE) d [4] M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL) 61 61

Related article:

Q & A with ATP Rising Star Elias Ymer


2016 WTA Finals Singapore: Daily Update and Results


From the WTA:

SINGAPORE - OCTOBER 21: The 2016 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global returns to Singapore for the third consecutive year with the top women competing for $7 million in prize money from October 23 to October 30. This year's singles field poses with the Billie Jean King Trophy at Merlion Park overlooking Marina Bay in Singapore. Left to Right: Madison Keys (USA), Karolina Pliskova (CZE), Agnieszka Radwanska (POL), Angelique Kerber (GER), Simona Halep (ROU), Garbine Muguruza (ESP), Dominika Cibulkova. The last remaining spot for the final qualifier is yet to be determined. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Madison Keys;Karolina Pliskova;Agnieszka Radwanska;Angelique Kerber;Simona Halep;Garbine Muguruza;Dominika Cibulkova

SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 21: The 2016 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global returns to Singapore for the third consecutive year with the top women competing for $7 million in prize money from October 23 to October 30. This year’s singles field poses with the Billie Jean King Trophy at Merlion Park overlooking Marina Bay in Singapore. Left to Right: Madison Keys (USA), Karolina Pliskova (CZE), Agnieszka Radwanska (POL), Angelique Kerber (GER), Simona Halep (ROU), Garbine Muguruza (ESP), Dominika Cibulkova. The last remaining spot for the final qualifier is yet to be determined. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Madison Keys;Karolina Pliskova;Agnieszka Radwanska;Angelique Kerber;Simona Halep;Garbine Muguruza;Dominika Cibulkova


OCTOBER 23 – 30, 2016
Daily Update and ResultsOctober 23, 2016


Nickelodeon and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles helped kick off Family Day at the Singapore Indoor Stadium today. Defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska, Garbiñe Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and WTA Legends Martina Navratilova and Arantxa Sánchez Vicario all joined in to welcome the fans to Singapore as the week of competition began. The WTA players participated in a “Hit and Giggle” on Centre Court with Navratilova acting as chair umpire, providing great entertainment for the fans and families in attendance. Fans were able to see the players’ personalities come out as they had a live dance-off between players, kids and the Ninja Turtles.


Top players from the Asia-Pacific region traveled to Singapore this week for the WTA Future Stars Tournament. The finalist for U-14 and U-16 had the opportunity to play their championship matches on Centre Court of the Singapore Indoor Stadium. After the finals, WTA Legends Yayuk Basuki and Tamarine Tanasugarn, along with WTA CEO Steve Simon helped award the winners at the WTA Future Stars trophy ceremony. Congratulations to U-14 champion Shiori Ito of Japan and U-16 Violet Apisah of Australia. Also, Alex Eala of the Philippines and Uma Nayar of Malaysia were honored with the 2016 Li Na Inspiration Award during the ceremony.


  • WTA Insider Reacts: Five Takeaways from Halep’s Sensational Start in Singapore – click here
  • World No.1 Kerber Survives Cibulkova Challenge in WTA Finals Opener – click here
  • WTA Finals Snapchat Takeover – click here
  • WTA Finals Singapore: Live Streaming – click here


[3] Simona Halep (ROU) d. [6] Madison Keys (USA) 62 64
Click here to listen to Halep discuss her performance

[1] Angelique Kerber (GER) d. [7] Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 76(5) 26 63
Click here to listen to Kerber discuss her performance


Start 7:30 pm

[2] Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) vs. [8] Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)
[4] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) vs. [5] Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP)



Kuznetsova and Carreno Busta Take Kremlin Cup Singles Titles

Svetlana Kuznetsova

Svetlana Kuznetsova

(October 23, 2016) Svetlana Kuznetsova and Pablo Carreno Busta won the singles titles at the Kremlin Cup over the weekend. The win for Kuznetsova over Daria Gavrilova 6-2, 6-1, clinched the final spot in the WTA Year-End Finals.


“Before the match, when I was warming up, my body hurt,” Kuznetsova said. “I felt tired, I didn’t really know how I was going to play. I concentrated and thought that I had to be over it. Before the match I had the energy and the desire to play. I wanted to show good tennis and I am happy I succeeded. I fought in every match. I tried to win. I had very tough matches because I didn’t felt comfortable with the tennis I played. But I understood I could win even with bad tennis. I leveled up my tennis.”

The men’s sinner Carreno Busta beat Fabio Fognini 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 for his second ATP World Tour crown.


“When you win your first title, it’s a really special one but this one is special also,” said the winner. In both finals, I lost the first set. But then I continued fighting and I continued believing in myself, and at the end, I won the match and the tournament.”
17-23 OCTOBER 2016


Singles – Final

[1] [WC] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d D. Gavrilova (AUS) 62 61


Singles – Final
[6] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) d F. Fognini (ITA) 46 63 62

Doubles – Final
[2] J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) d [PR] J. Knowle (AUT) / J. Melzer (AUT) 75 46 10-5


2016 WTA Player Award Winners Announced

Angelique Kerber

Angelique Kerber

2016 WTA Player Award Winners Announced

  • Angelique Kerber earns “Player of the Year” honors; Garcia/Mladenovic earn “Doubles Team of the Year”
  • Johanna Konta, Naomi Osaka and Dominika Cibulkova also receive honors
  • Simona Halep receives Jerry Diamond ACES Award for her off-court promotional and charitable work

ST PETERSBURG, FL, USA – The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced today the winners of the annual WTA Player Year-End Awards – headlined by Player of the Year, Angelique Kerber, and Doubles Team of the Year, Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic, as well as the Jerry Diamond ACES award, granted to Romania’s Simona Halep.  Players were recognized at The Gala Evening at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.

The 2016 WTA Award winners, as voted by members of the media and one collective fan vote:

Player of the Year: Angelique Kerber (GER)

  • Leads the WTA for most main draw match wins this year (59-17) and tied for most main draw match wins on hardcourt (41-11)
  • 2016 season was highlighted by winning two Grand Slam titles, including her first at the Australian Open, as well as the US Open.  She also successfully defended her title at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix – Stuttgart
  • Qualified for the 2016 WTA Finals in Singapore, currently sitting at the No.1 spot on the Leaderboard
  • Second German to hold the WTA World No. 1 ranking since computer rankings were introduced in 1975 after Graf
  • Advanced to the finals at Wimbledon, the Western & Southern Open – Cincinnati, as well as the Rio Olympics, earning a silver medal
  • Currently leads the WTA for most Top 10 wins for the 2016 season (8-3)

Read more here.

Doubles Team of the Year: Caroline Garcia / Kristina Mladenovic (FRA/FRA)

  • Won their first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros, becoming the first all-French team to reach the French Open doubles final since 1971
  • Took home back-to-back titles at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix  – Stuttgart and the Mutua Madrid Open
  • Made it to their second major final at the US Open; also reached finals at Apia International Sydney, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and China Open – Beijing
  • Qualified for the 2016 WTA Finals Singapore, currently sitting as the No.1 team on the Road to Singapore Leaderboard
Read more here.

Most Improved Player of the Year: Johanna Konta (GBR)
Player who finished inside the Top 100 and showed significant improvement throughout the 2016 season

  • Improved +37 spots from end of 2015 (No.47 to No.10)
  • Won first WTA title at Premier-level Bank of the West Classic – Stanford in first-ever final appearance, defeating Venus Williams in the final
  • Also advanced to first ever Premier Mandatory final at China Open in Beijing (defeated No.6 Pliskova and No.9 Keys en route)
  • Achieved best-ever result at a Grand Slam by reaching the semifinals at Australian Open – first British woman to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since Jo Durie in 1983
  • Reached semifinals at Aegon International Eastbourne and had quarterfinal runs at Abierto Monterrey Afirme, Miami Open, Rogers Cup – Montreal, Rio Olympics and Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open
  • Holds the second most wins over Top 10 players in 2016 (7-5 record)
  • In contention to qualify for 2016 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore
  • Made Top 10 debut (at No.9) on Monday, October 10 – first British Woman to reach Top 10 since Jo Durie in 1982

Read more here.

Newcomer of the Year: Naomi Osaka (JPN) 
Player who made Top 100 debut or notable accomplishments during the 2016 season, and prior to current year, had not played in more than 6 main draw events at tour-level in a single season

  • Ended 2015 season at No.203; currently sits at No.40
  • Made Top 50 debut following breakthrough run to final at Toray Pan Pacific Open – Tokyo in September
  • Defeated two Top 20 players en route to final – No.12 Cibulkova and No.20 Svitolina – before falling to Wozniacki
  • Was first Japanese player into the Tokyo final since Kimiko Date-Krumm in 1995
  • Reached third round at all three majors played in 2016 – Australian Open, Roland Garros and US Open
  • Also advanced to QFs at Abierto Mexicano TELCEL – Acapulco, Brasil Tennis Cup – Florianopolis and Tianjin Open

Read more here.

Comeback Player of the Year: Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)
Player whose ranking previously dropped due to injury or personal reasons and current season’s results helped restore ranking

  • A former Grand Slam finalist at the 2014 Australian Open, fell outside the Top 50 after taking break from tennis to undergo Achilles surgery in February 2015 (missed 3 months)
  • Returned to tour at 2015 Aegon International Eastbourne in June, advancing to third round with a win over No.6 Safarova
  • Ended 2015 ranked No.38, and now sits at a career-high ranking of No.8 (as at October 3, 2016)
  • Qualified for the 2016 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore for the first time in career
  • Season highlights include three titles – at Katowice Open, Aegon International Eastbourne and Generali Ladies Linz, as well as finals appearances at Mutua Madrid Open, Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open and Abierto Mexicano TELCEL – Acapulco
  • Also reached semifinals at Hobart International and Bank of the West Classic – Stanford, and quarterfinals at Wimbledon
  • Posted five Top 10 wins so far in 2016

Read more here.

Jerry Diamond ACES Award: Simona Halep (ROU)

The Jerry Diamond ACES Award is presented to the player who consistently goes above and beyond in promoting the sport of women’s tennis to fans, media, and local communities by performing off-court promotional and charitable activities.

Simona Halep has earned the ACES award for the first time in her career. The Romanian participated in numerous kid’s clinics throughout the globe, charitable activities such as the Charity Day Clinic in Madrid, as well as fan friendly events, including the Sydney Festival, to help bring the game closer to the community.

The Diamond ACES Award was first introduced in 1995, in memory of former WTA CEO Jerry Diamond. Since then, a total of 15 players have won the award: Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Gabriela Sabatini, Amanda Coetzer, Lindsay Davenport, Martina Hingis, Anastasia Myskina, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic, Elena Dementieva, Samantha Stosur, Victoria Azarenka, Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki and now, Simona Halep.

Read more here.

The awards, presented in person to those recipients in attendance at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, are an exclusive Tiffany weave platter in crystal glass.


Rafael Nadal Ends 2016 Season with Wrist Injury

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

(October 20, 2016) Rafael Nadal ended his 2016 season early  with a left wrist injury.

“I am forced to stop and start preparing the 2017 season,” Nadal said on his Facebook page.

“Now it is time to rest and start preparing intensively the 2017 season. I am very saddened for not being able to play next week in Basel since I have a great memory of the tournament and the final played against Roger Federer last year. I won’t be able to compete either in Paris-Bercy, where the crowds and the FFT staff have always treated me so well. Now it is time to rest and start preparing intensively the 2017 season.”


The 14-time major champion ends the year at 39-14 with two titles – Monte Carlo and Barcelona.

19102016-dsc_0284 Nadal academy

On Wednesday, Nadal officially opened the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar in his hometown Manacor.

“Personally it is a very special day because today has been the inauguration of the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar,” said Nadal. “Today is the day when we finally launch something that has taken a lot of years of work and dedication. It will be an unforgettable day for me and also for all the people involved in this project,” he continued. “I still have years of tennis ahead of me there is a future and this academy is part of this future.”

“It’s a dream come true. We hope the kids will enjoy this experience a lot and we want these facilities to be not only a professional success for them but also a great education on the academic and person front.”

“We are doing something very special and to have it here, at home, in Mallorca, in Manacor, is even more special.”

Federer said: “I don’t how many people like Rafa’s calibre have an academy. And it’s also in his hometown. So I see his DNA all around and that is an incredible bonus in my opinion.”

“If you look at this academy, you can see that it is something special where he, his family and friends have been very involved. His work ethic is right there at the top and he can share his values and experience with the kids. It’s only the beginning, but a very, very exciting one.”