December 4, 2016

Federer, Del Potro, Bryans and Others Win 2016 ATP World Tour Awards

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ATP WORLD TOUR, LONDON – Roger Federer, Juan Martin del Potro and Bob and Mike Bryan have been honoured in the 2016 ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon. While the ATP World Tour No. 1 presented by Emirates award is still to be decided in singles between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic and in doubles between Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut and Jamie Murray/Bruno Soares, the other award winners have been announced today.

Federer has been selected by fellow players as winner of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for a 12th time and by fans as the ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon for a 14th straight year. Since 2003, Federer has won a record total of 33 ATP World Tour Awards.

The Bryan brothers also extend their reign in the doubles category for ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon to a record 12th straight year.

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Juan Martin del Potro reclaims honours in the player-voted Comeback Player of the Year category, joining Sergi Bruguera and Tommy Haas as the only individuals to win this award twice. Lucas Pouille has been voted as the Most Improved Player of the Year, edging fellow nominees Daniel Evans, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev, the recipient of last year’s ATP Star of Tomorrow Award presented by Emirates. American Taylor Fritz, 19, succeeds Zverev in this category this season as the youngest player ranked in the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings.

Marin Cilic has been honoured with the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award for off-court philanthropy through his foundation, which supports educational projects and aspires to give young people improved access to education.

Magnus Norman, Stan Wawrinka’s coach, has been chosen by his peers as the winner of the first ATP Coach of the Year Award, which honours the coach who helped guide his player to a higher level of performance during the season.

The trophy ceremonies for the 2016 ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon will take place during the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Official Launch on Thursday night.

Mike Dickson from the Daily Mail is the recipient of the Ron Bookman Media Excellence Award while the ATP Tournament of the Year awards will be announced in 2017.

2016 ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon

ATP World Tour No. 1 presented by Emirates
(determined by Emirates ATP Rankings)
Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic will battle for the year-end No. 1 Emirates ATP Ranking at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Murray rose to the top spot for the first time on Monday after winning his tour-best eighth title of the season, becoming the 26th player in history to be ranked World No. 1. Djokovic has clinched this award four times and this week looks to win his eighth title of the season and sixth at the season finale.

ATP World Tour No. 1 Doubles Team presented by Emirates
(determined by Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings)
A new team will win this award, with Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert & Nicolas Mahut taking a slim lead over Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares into the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Herbert & Mahut have won five titles this season, including Wimbledon and three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles, while Murray & Soares claimed a pair of Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open and US Open.

ATP Star of Tomorrow Award presented by Emirates
(determined by Emirates ATP Rankings)
Taylor Fritz: This category in its fourth year, replacing the player-voted Newcomer of the Year, is awarded to the youngest player in the Top 100 of Emirates ATP Rankings as of 7 November. Fritz, who celebrated his 19th birthday at the end of the October, became the youngest ATP finalist since 2008 when he finished runner-up at the Memphis Open. The California native won 15 tour-level matches and reached a career-high No. 53 in the Emirates ATP Rankings in August. Two other contenders in this category, 18-year-old Frances Tiafoe and 20-year-old Jared Donaldson, finished behind their countryman at No. 102 and No. 108 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

Comeback Player of the Year
(voted by ATP players)
Juan Martin del Potro: The 28-year-old Argentine was previously voted by his peers as the Comeback Player of the Year in 2011 following a successful return from right wrist surgery. He finished back in the Top 10 in 2013, only to be sidelined again – this time by a left wrist injury requiring multiple surgeries. Outside the Top 1000 of the Emirates ATP Rankings early in 2016, del Potro made his return in February with a semi-final effort at the Delray Beach Open and rose to No. 38 by November with a 30-match win effort. Among his season highlights, del Potro beat then-No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal en route to a silver medal at the Rio Olympics, made the quarter-finals of the US Open and won his first tour-level title since 2014 at the If Stockholm Open, securing his return to the Top 50. Julien Benneteau, Ivo Karlovic and Florian Mayer were also nominated in this category.

Most Improved Player of the Year
(voted by ATP players)
Lucas Pouille: The 22-year-old Frenchman continued his steady improvement in his fifth professional season, climbing from a No. 91 Emirates ATP Ranking in February to a career-high No. 15 by the end of 2016. Pouille clinched his first ATP World Tour title in September at the Moselle Open, five months after reaching his first tour-level final at the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy in Bucharest. In between, he reached consecutive Grand Slam quarter-finals at Wimbledon and the US Open and an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. Pouille compiled a 34-22 match record, nearly tripling his match wins total from last season (12-14).

Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award
(voted by ATP players)
Roger Federer: Fellow players voted the Swiss as the winner of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for the 12th time and sixth year in a row. He also won the award six straight years from 2004-09. Andy Murray, 2010 winner Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka were also nominated in this category.

Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year
(awarded by ATP)
Marin Cilic: The Croatian established the Marin Cilic Foundation this year. With a goal of supporting educational projects around the world, the foundation has a special emphasis on giving youth in Croatia improved access to school and university education. “The main focus is to try to help kids as much as we can,” Cilic said upon the Foundation’s formal launch in June. “I want to give something back and also give some opportunities for some people and some kids that don’t have as many possibilities to pursue their dreams.”

ATP Coach of the Year
(voted by ATP coaches)
Magnus Norman: Stan Wawrinka’s coach since 2013, the 40-year-old Swede won in this new category over fellow nominees Gunter Bresnik (Dominic Thiem), Ivan Lendl (Andy Murray), Emmanuel Planque (Lucas Pouille) and Mikael Tillstrom (Gael Monfils). Norman, a former World No. 2 and winner of 12 ATP World Tour titles, guided Wawrinka back to a No. 3 Emirates ATP Ranking and four titles, including his third Grand Slam title at the US Open.

ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon (Singles)
(voted by fans)
Roger Federer: The 35-year-old Swiss has been voted ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon for a record 14th straight year, receiving 56 per cent of all votes cast. Andy Murray finished second, followed by Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori.

ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon (Doubles)
(voted by fans)
Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan: The 38-year-old American twins received 25 per cent of votes to be named the ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon for a record 12th time, edging Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares. Spaniards Feliciano Lopez & Marc Lopez, Frenchmen Pierre-Hugues Herbert & Nicolas Mahut and the Canadian-American duo of Vasek Pospisil & Jack Sock rounded out the top five.

Ron Bookman Media Excellence Award
(awarded by ATP)
Mike Dickson: Dickson has been a tennis correspondent for nearly two decades with the Daily Mail, which has the most visited newspaper website in the world. He has also covered golf, football, rowing and four Olympics Games, and served as the chief cricket writer for nine years. He came up to ‘Fleet Street’ via working as a general news reporter on local newspapers and local radio.

 

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USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships — La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, La Jolla, Calif.

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ENTRY DEADLINE FOR USTA NATIONAL 40 HARD COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS
AT LA JOLLA BEACH & TENNIS CLUB SET FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13
La Jolla, Calif. – (November 9, 2016) – The deadline to enter the upcoming United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Men’s and Women’s 40 Hard Court Championships is Sunday, November 13. The national tennis tournament is scheduled to take place November 28 through December 4, 2016 at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, 2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037.

Competition is slated for men and women in singles, doubles and mixed doubles events for players 40 and over (players must reach or exceed the age of 40 at any time in this calendar year to be eligible). The annual tennis event attracts players from across the U.S., including former touring professionals and the nation’s strongest players in this age group.

Players, who have not entered yet, can register for the tournament at the following link:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170902

“We are expecting an outstanding field of competitors for this year’s USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships,” said Tournament Director Bill Kellogg. “I encourage all interested players to complete their tournament entry as soon as possible before Sunday’s deadline.”

The week-long national tennis tournament will feature both singles and doubles matches starting on Monday, November 28 and the event will continue throughout the week. Also on the agenda is the USTA National Father/Son and Grandfather/Grandson Hard Court Doubles Championships beginning Friday, December 2, with matches concluding Sunday, December 4.

The Father/Son Championship has been held continuously at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club since 1959, and attracts the top father and son tennis teams in the nation.  The Grandfather/Grandson Championship is a relatively new competitive division that started at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club in 2003. Draws will be posted at the Beach Club and will be available via LJBTC.com. There is no spectator admission charge during the tournament and onsite parking is available for a nominal fee.

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ATP World Tour Finals: Djokovic Headlines Day 1, Murray Day 2

 

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Groups
Singles – Group John McEnroe 
[1] A Murray (GBR)
[3] S Wawrinka (SUI)
[5] K Nishikori (JPN)
[7] M Cilic (CRO)
Singles – Group Ivan Lendl 
[2] N Djokovic (SRB)
[4] M Raonic (CAN)
[6] G Monfils (FRA)
[8] D Thiem (AUT)
Doubles – Group Fleming/McEnroe 
[1] P Herbert (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA)
[4] M Lopez (ESP) / F Lopez (ESP)
[5] H Kontinen (FIN) / J Peers (AUS)
[7] R Klaasen (RSA) / R Ram (USA)
Doubles – Group Edberg/Jarryd
[2] J Murray (GBR) / B Soares (BRA)
[3] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA)
[6] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA)
[8] T Huey (PHI) / M Mirnyi (BLR)

ATP World Tour Results
Order of Play – Sunday, 13 November
Afternoon Session 12:00 PM Groups Ivan Lendl & Edberg/Jarryd

[3] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA)

[6] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA)


NOVAK
DJOKOVIC

[2] (SRB)

DOMINIC
THIEM

[8] (AUT)

Evening Session 6:00 PM Groups Ivan Lendl & Edberg/Jarryd

[2] J Murray (GBR) / B Soares (BRA)

[8] T Huey (PHI) / M Mirnyi (BLR)

MILOS
RAONIC

[4] (CAN)

GAEL
MONFILS

[6] (FRA)

ATP World Tour Results
Order of Play – Monday, 14 November
Afternoon Session 12:00 PM Groups John McEnroe & Fleming/McEnroe

[1] P Herbert (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA)

[7] R Klaasen (RSA) / R Ram (USA)

STAN
WAWRINKA

[3] (SUI)

KEI
NISHIKORI

[5] (JPN)

Evening Session 6:00 PM Groups John McEnroe & Fleming/McEnroe

[4] F Lopez (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP)

[5] H Kontinen (FIN) / J Peers (AUS)

ANDY
MURRAY

[1] (GBR)

MARIN
CILIC

[7] (CRO)

ATP World Tour Results
 
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Andy Murray Becomes 26th Player In History To Hold No. 1 In ATP Rankings

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(November 5, 2016) LONDON – More than seven years after he first ranked No. 2, Great Britain’s Andy Murray will take over the No. 1 position in the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday, replacing Novak Djokovic, who has held the top spot since 7 July 2014. Murray will now battle Djokovic for the coveted year-end No. 1 at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

Murray was guaranteed to move to No. 1 for the first time as a result of reaching the BNP Paribas Masters final in Paris on Saturday. Djokovic had been No. 1 for the past 122 weeks since 7 July 2014, and 223 weeks overall. Murray, who has spent 76 weeks at No. 2 since first reaching the mark in 2009, is the first British male to rank No. 1 in the history of Emirates ATP Rankings (since 23 August 1973).

“To get to No. 1 isn’t about today, but it’s about 12 months of tournaments to get to this stage,” said Murray. “The last few months have been the best of my career and I am very proud to have reached No. 1. It has been a goal of mine for the past few years.”

On Monday, at 29 years, 5 months and 23 days, the Dunblane native will be the 26th player in the history of the Emirates ATP Rankings (since 1973) and the second-oldest player (John Newcombe, 30 years, 11 days, on 3 June 1974) to debut at No. 1 in the official rankings in men’s tennis. He is the 15th European player to rank No. 1 and owns the ATP World Tour record for most time between becoming No. 2 and No. 1, having debuted at No. 2 on 17 August 2009.

Murray is tied first with Djokovic on the ATP World Tour with a career-best seven titles in 2016, including his second Wimbledon crown and second Olympic Games gold medal. He also captured two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles (the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, Shanghai Rolex Masters). He has a 73-9 record on the season and is currently riding a 19-match winning streak.

ATP Executive Chairman & President Chris Kermode said, “Andy has shown incredible dedication, determination and hard work in his bid to get to No.1. It’s difficult to think of a player more deserving of this accolade, what is more in one of the toughest eras in the history of our sport. He has had a phenomenal season and fully deserves this latest recognition, which confirms his status as the best player in the world.”

This year, his brother, Jamie Murray, rose to No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings for the first time on 4 April 2016 and held the top spot, in two stints, for a total of nine weeks.

On 8 July, Murray became the second player to qualify for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals to be held at The O2 in London from 13-20 November. It is the ninth straight year that he has qualified for the elite eight-player tournament.

Murray will receive the No. 1 trophy during the Official Launch of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the Cutty Sark, the 19th century tea clipper ship, in London on 10 November.

 

THE NUMBER ONES
Following is a list of the 26 players who have ranked No. 1 in the history of the Emirates ATP Rankings (since 1973):

Player Date Reached Age Tot. Weeks
Andy Murray (GBR) 7 November 2016 29 1
Novak Djokovic (SRB) 4 July 2011 24 223
Rafael Nadal (ESP) 18 August 2008 22 141
Roger Federer (SUI) 2 February 2004 22 302
Andy Roddick (USA) 3 November 2003 21 13
Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) 8 September 2003 23 8
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 19 November 2001 20 80
Gustavo Kuerten (BRA) 4 December 2000 24 43
Marat Safin (RUS) 20 November 2000 20 9
Patrick Rafter (AUS) 26 July 1999 26 1
Yevgeny Kafelnikov (RUS) 3 May 1999 25 6
Carlos Moya (ESP) 15 March 1999 22 2
Marcelo Rios (CHI) 30 March 1998 22 6
Thomas Muster (AUT) 12 February 1996 28 6
Andre Agassi (USA) 10 April 1995 24 101
Pete Sampras (USA) 12 April 1993 21 286
Jim Courier (USA) 10 February 1992 21 58
Boris Becker (GER) 28 January 1991 23 12
Stefan Edberg (SWE) 13 August 1990 24 72
Mats Wilander (SWE) 12 September 1988 24 20
Ivan Lendl (CZE) 28 February 1983 22 270
John McEnroe (USA) 3 March 1980 21 170
Bjorn Borg (SWE) 23 August 1977 21 109
Jimmy Connors (USA) 29 July 1974 21 268
John Newcombe (AUS) 3 June 1974 30 8
Ilie Nastase (ROM) 23 August 1973 27 40

COUNTRIES AT NO. 1
Murray is the 26th player to hold No. 1 in the history of the Emirates ATP Rankings (since 1973) and he is the first male player from Great Britain to hold the top position. Following is a breakdown of the 14 countries at No. 1:

Country No. Players
United States 6 Connors, McEnroe, Courier, Sampras, Agassi, Roddick
Australia 3 Newcombe, Rafter, Hewitt
Spain 3 Moya, Ferrero, Nadal
Sweden 3 Borg, Wilander, Edberg
Russia 2 Kafelnikov, Safin
Austria 1 Muster
Brazil 1 Kuerten
Chile 1 Rios
Czech Republic 1 Lendl
Germany 1 Becker
Great Britain 1 Murray
Romania 1 Nastase
Serbia 1 Djokovic
Switzerland 1 Federer

ATP World Tour 1000 € 3,748,925 (€ 4,300,755 Total Financial Commitment)
Paris, France (+1 hours GMT)
31 October – 6 November 2016 Surface: Indoor hard

BNP Paribas Masters
Paris, France

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 5 NOVEMBER 2016

Singles – Semi-finals
[2] A. Murray (GBR) d [4] M. Raonic (CAN) w.o. (right leg)
J. Isner (USA) d [9] M. Cilic (CRO) 64 63

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) d [8] R. Bopanna (IND) / D. Nestor (CAN) 64 36 10-6
H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) d [6] M. Melo (BRA) / V. Pospisil (CAN) 64 64

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 6 NOVEMBER 2016

COURT CENTRAL start 12:15
DOUBLES FINAL – [1] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) vs H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS)

Not Before 15:00
SINGLES FINAL – J. Isner (USA) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)

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BNP Paribas Open – 2017 Daily Tickets On Sale; New Grounds Pass Starts at $20 + Upgraded Stadium 1 Suites, Concessions & Restrooms

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2017 BNP PARIBAS OPEN DAILY TICKETS AND PACKAGES ON SALE NOW;
NEW GROUNDS PASS STARTS AT $20

Stadium 1 Enhancements Include Upgraded Suites, Concessions & Restrooms

INDIAN WELLS, Calif., November 2, 2016 – Daily tickets and Daily Double packages for the 2017 BNP Paribas Open, the largest WTA and ATP World Tour combined two-week event in the world, to be held March 6-19, are now on sale, it was announced today by Chief Operating Officer Steve Birdwell.

New Ticketing Options

The tournament is introducing a new Grounds Pass, which allows access to all non-reserved seating in Stadiums 2-9, and will range in price from $20-$50 per ticket from March 8-16. The Pass replaces the General Admission ticket, offering an affordable opportunity for fans to watch all the matches in Stadiums 2-9 and engage in fan-friendly activities throughout the site. Stadium 1 now offers two different Loge seating options – Loge and Prime Loge – with tickets ranging from $45 for a Loge seat to $70 for a Prime Loge seat for the Wednesday, March 8 day session to $70 for a Loge seat and $110 for Prime Loge seats for the Championship Weekend (March 17-19). Coachella Valley residents, students, seniors, military and USTA members receive 30 percent off on regular price Prime Loge seats in Stadium 1 for sessions between March 8-16.

Daily tickets for reserved seats in Stadium 2 in the lower bowl, including 100 sections and select 200 sections, begin at $150. Access to some 200 sections in the lower bowl and to all sections in the upper bowl of Stadium 2 is available to any patron holding a reserved ticket or Grounds Pass to the tournament. Daily tickets for reserved seats in Stadium 3 are also available and begin at $90.

A popular package for fans is the Daily Double, which guarantees the same great seat for both day and evening sessions. A wide variety of Series, Mini, Group and Hotel Packages are also available.

Stadium 1 Upgrades To Enhance Fan Experience

The Indian Wells Tennis Garden will feature several improvements for the 2017 BNP Paribas Open. In an effort to enhance the overall fan experience in the second largest tennis stadium in the world, existing Stadium 1 concessions will be upgraded and expanded. Four premium walk-in concessions, similar to Stadium 2, will be added to the main concourse allowing for the introduction of new food concepts and a greater menu variety. In addition, concessions will be created for the second suite level and the upper bowl.

All of the restrooms on the Concourse and second level will be replaced, increasing both the quantity of facilities and integrating the design aspects of Stadium 2 restrooms. Restrooms will also be added to the upper bowl, where there were none previously.

The suites throughout Stadium 1 will be completely renovated. In addition, the existing open air portion of the Concourse level will be covered to allow the suites on the second level to be significantly expanded, and include private restrooms.

To purchase tickets visit www.bnpparibasopen.com, call the Box Office at 800-999-1585, or come to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, 78-200 Miles Avenue, Indian Wells, Calif., 92210.

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Andy Murray Closes the Gap on No. 1 with Vienna Title

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(October 30, 2016)Andy Murray has closed the gap in race for the No. 1 ranking when he won his third straight ATP title at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna on Sunday. The Scot beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 7-6 (6)in the final for his seventh title of the year, 42nd of his career.

Murray can move into the No. 1 spot if he wins next week’s Paris Masters and Novak Djokovic doesn’t reach the final.

“I get a step closer with every win but it’s still a long way from here,” Murray said. “From two to one seems a small jump in a way but it’s the hardest one to make. To go from 100 to 50 is more spots but is a lot easier.”

“I felt like I was controlling the ball a lot better, said Murray. “I think I played my best tennis today of the tournament… Jo fought well and started playing a lot better. He was more aggressive and taking some more chances and making the shots.”

“The tie-break was really, really tight. I think it was a high-level tie-break. There wasn’t really many mistakes… The last few months have been very good.”.

“I’m really happy with my week,” Tsonga said. I played good tennis. I fought until the end, and that’s most important for me… It was nice to play five matches in a row like this. It hasn’t happened to me many times these last couple of months. For me, I think it’s great. It’s always good to play against those [top] players.”

The Scotsman now trails World No. 1 Novak Djokovic by just 415 points in the Emirates ATP Race To London heading into the final week of the ATP World Tour regular season.

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Cilic Beats Nishikori for Swiss Indoors Title

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(October 30, 2016) In a repeat of the 2014 US Open final, Marin Cilic beat Kei Nishikori 6-1, 7-6 (5) to win the Swiss Indoors title in Basel on Sunday.

This is the Croat’s second title of the year and 16th of his career. The world No. 12 also won the Masters title in Cincinnati. The win keeps him in last spot to qualify for the ATP Tour Finals in London.

 

“Today on the court I had really good energy and was quite positive and motivated,” said Cilic. “There were a lot of things at stake for me and looking ahead to the [Emirates ATP] Race To London, this match can decide a lot. I was really motivated to be focused on every point. I was extremely happy and proud with how I help the energy up for those two sets.

“I’m really grateful for my team for giving me good energy and we’re looking to do more and always improve. When you have a week like this, it’s worth more and I’ll definitely enjoy this. It’s the first at the 500 level and now I have trophies from all the different categories. Next week is Paris and it’s another important week for the Race To London and to finish the season well. I hope to play well there.”
“In the second set, I was a little tight,” Nishikori said. “I had a couple set points and couldn’t convert. He played good tennis today.

“It was a good week for me, playing another final. I had some good wins. It will be important to have another good week in Paris and again in London. That will be my last goal of the year.”

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Cibulkova Wins WTA Finals in Debut; Mirza Clinches Year- No. 1 in Doubles

SINGAPORE - OCTOBER 30: Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia poses with the trophy after victory in her singles final against Angelique Kerber of Germany during day 8 of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore at Singapore Sports Hub on October 30, 2016 in Singapore. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 30: Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia poses with the trophy after victory in her singles final against Angelique Kerber of Germany during day 8 of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore at Singapore Sports Hub on October 30, 2016 in Singapore. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

(October 30, 2016) In her debut appearance at the WTA Finals in Singapore, Dominika Cibulkova beat World No.1 Angelique Kerber to win the Billie Jean King Trophy. It’s the biggest title of the Slovak’s career. Cibulkova is a former Australian Open finalist. She’ll move up to No. 5 in the world in the new rankings.

Cibulkova gained a little revenge in the 6-3 6-4 victory in final over No. 1 Angelique Kerber in an hour and 16 minutes on Sunday. The Slovak lost to Kerber in her first round-robin match earlier in the week.

“I have no words, coming here for the first time, the biggest tournament of my life,” said Cibulkova. “I still don’t know how I won. I put the ball over the net and it went in. It’s the happiest moment of my life.”

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SINGAPORE - OCTOBER 25: during day 3 of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore at Singapore Sports Hub on October 25, 2016 in Singapore. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 25: during day 3 of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore at Singapore Sports Hub on October 25, 2016 in Singapore. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Sania Mirza clinched the 2016 WTA Year-End World No.1 Doubles ranking on Sunday for the second straight year.

Mirza won eight titles with three different partners in 2016, winning her third major title at the Australian Open with Martina Hingis. She also won Brisbane International, Apia International Sydney, St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy and the Internazionali BNL d’Italia with Hingis. Mirza paired up with Barbora Strycova winning Cincinnati and the Toray Pan Pacific Open. Mirza also claimed the Connecticut Open title with Monica Niculescu.

“It’s very, very exciting to finish two years in a row as No.1,” said Mirza. “It’s been an incredible year for me again, with seven WTA titles, a Grand Slam and ending the year at the WTA Finals in Singapore. Finishing the year No.1 is amazing – it’s a dream come true and gives me motivation and inspiration to come out and work even harder next year.”

 

The 29-year-old Mirza, became the first Indian woman to reach the No.1 ranking in doubles on April 13, 2015.

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

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CELEBRATION OF TENNIS TO HIGHLIGHT 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF

BNP PARIBAS SHOWDOWN AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN ON

MONDAY, MARCH 6, 2017

 

EVENT TO FEATURE JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO,

KEI NISHIKORI, VENUS WILLIAMS, GARBIÑE MUGURUZA,

NICK KYRGIOS AND JACK SOCK

 

TICKETS ON-SALE MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2016

 

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.

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WTA to Launch New Digital and Social Platform

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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.


ABOUT THE SOCIAL CHANNEL
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.

 

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