July 24, 2016

Victoria Azarenka is Expecting a Child at the End of the Year

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(July 15, 2016) Victoria Azarenka announced on her twitter  that she’s expecting a baby by the end of the year and is withdrawing from all tournaments this year.
“While recovering from my knee injury that I sustained at Roland-Garros, I received news from my doctor that my boyfriend and I are going to become parents at the end of this year,” said Azarenka via twitter. “While I will miss competing in the sport that I love this season, I am excited for all that’s ahead. I have been truly inspired by so many strong female athletes who return to the very top of their sport after having children, and I plan to do exactly that.”

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USTA Names U.S. Olympic Tennis Team

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From the USTA: WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., July 15, 2016 — The USTA, the governing body for the sport of tennis in the United States, today announced the 12-player U.S. Olympic Tennis Team roster for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 5-21.

 

U.S. women’s tennis coach Mary Joe Fernandez nominated six players with four singles entries and two doubles teams. The 22-time Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams will compete in the singles competition along with Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens, both making their Olympic debut, as well as Venus Williams, who will be competing in her fifth Olympics.In doubles, Serena Williams, the reigning singles gold medalist, and sister Venus Williams will look to remain undefeated in Olympic doubles competition as they seek their fourth gold medal (2000, 2008, 2012). They will be joined by first-time Olympians Bethanie Mattek-Sands and CoCo Vandeweghe in the doubles draw.

 

U.S. men’s tennis coach Jay Berger also nominated six players, including four singles entries and two doubles teams. Four American men will make their Olympic debuts, asSteve Johnson, Jack Sock, Denis Kudla and Brian Baker each will play singles. Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, the reigning gold medalists in men’s doubles,will return to the Olympics as a U.S. doubles team, with Johnson and Sock making up the other U.S. doubles pairing.

 

The U.S. will later announce its two teams in mixed doubles – which will be contested at the Olympics for the second time since tennis returned to the Games in 1988 – comprised from among the 12 players already named, once all players are in Rio.

 

The 2016 Olympic Games will be held August 5-21 in Rio with the tennis competition being staged August 6-14 at the Barra Tennis Center. The U.S. has won 21 Olympic medals in men’s and women’s tennis since it returned as a full medal sport in 1988 – more than any other nation.

 

“The USTA is extremely proud of the 12 athletes who have worked countless hours on and off the court to earn the opportunity to represent the United States at the Rio Games,” said Katrina Adams, USTA Chairman, CEO and President. “It’s going to be an exciting time for the eight first-time Olympians and for the four returning gold medalists.  I’m looking forward to watching them compete as they look to claim gold.”

 

Serena Williams, 34, is the reigning singles gold medalist and a three-time gold medalist in doubles (2000, 2008, 2012). She also was a singles quarterfinalist in her only other Olympic singles appearance in 2008. By winning the Olympic gold medal in singles and again in doubles in 2012, Williams became the first player ever to complete the career Golden Slam in singles and doubles (winning all four Grand Slam events and the Olympic gold medal in a career). Williams is a 22-time Grand Slam singles champion, tying  her with Steffi Graf for second on the all-time list, two behind Margaret Court.  Serena also has captured 14 Grand Slam doubles titles and two mixed doubles titles. She is one of six women in history to have held the No. 1 rankings in both singles and doubles simultaneously and finished 2015 as the No. 1 player in the world for the fifth time.  Williams holds a 16-1 record in Fed Cup play, including 13-0 in singles, and she helped the U.S. capture the 1999 Fed Cup title. Williams is ranked No. 1 in the world.

 

Venus Williams, 36, holds four Olympic gold medals and will become the first American tennis player to compete in five Olympic Games. She captured the gold medal in singles in 2000 and won gold medals in doubles with her sister Serena in 2000, 2008, and 2012. She is a seven-time Grand Slam champion, including five Wimbledon titles, and has won 14 Grand Slam doubles titles and two mixed doubles titles. She also has ranked No. 1 in both singles and doubles. Williams posted her first Top 10 season since 2010 last year, winning three WTA titles and reaching the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and US Open. In 2013, she re-entered the Top 20 for the first time since being diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disorder, following the 2011 US Open. Williams is 23-4 in Fed Cup competition, including 19-2 in singles, and she helped lead the U.S. to the 1999 title. Williams is ranked No. 7 in the world.

Keys, 21, will make her Olympic debut on the heels of breaking into the Top 10 for the first time this June, becoming the first American to debut in the Top 10 since Serena Williams in April 1999.  Keys won her second WTA singles title in June at the grass-court Aegon Classic, played in Birmingham in Great Britain. With the title, Keys peaked at No. 9 in the world. Keys advanced to her first career Grand Slam semifinal at the 2015 Australian Open, where she upset No. 4 seed Petra Kvitova and No. 18 seed Venus Williams. This year, Keys reached the fourth round of the Australian Open and the French Open. She captured her first WTA title at the grass-court event in Eastbourne, Great Britain in 2014, and in 2011, she became the youngest player to win a main draw match at the US Open since Nicole Vaidisova in 2005. Keys has played in three Fed Cup ties for the U.S. with a 3-3 overall record (2-2 in singles, 1-1 in doubles). She is ranked No. 11 in the world.

 

Stephens, 23, is making her Olympic debut and has won three WTA titles this year in Charleston, S.C., Auckland, and Acapulco. She won her first WTA title last year in Washington D.C. Stephens’ breakout came at the 2013 Australian Open, where she defeated Serena Williams en route to the semifinals. At 19 years, 10 months, 3 days old, Stephens was the youngest American to reach a Grand Slam singles semifinal since Williams reached the 2000 Wimbledon semifinals at 18 years, 9 months, 8 days old. Stephens also advanced to the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in 2013 to peak at No. 11 in the world that October. Stephens has played in four Fed Cup ties for the U.S., and is ranked No. 23 in the world.

Vandeweghe, 24, is making her Olympic debut and won her second WTA singles title this year in ‘s’Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (she also won that title in 2014). The following week, she advanced to the semifinals of the WTA event in Birmingham, Great Britain, to reach No. 29 in the world. Vandeweghe also has had success in doubles, advancing to the semifinals at the 2015 US Open and the quarterfinals at the 2016 Australian Open. She also won her first WTA doubles title this year in Indian Wells with her Olympic doubles partner Mattek-Sands. Vandeweghe, also a U.S. Fed Cup player, is ranked No. 35 in the world.

Mattek-Sands, 31, is a veteran on the WTA Tour, but is making her Olympic debut. She is ranked in the Top 10 in doubles and swept back-to-back doubles titles in Indian Wells (with Vandeweghe) and Miami (with Lucie Safarova) this year for her 18th and 19th WTA doubles titles. In 2015, Mattek-Sands won the Australian Open and French Open women’s doubles titles (with Safarova) and the French Open mixed doubles title (with Olympian Mike Bryan). At the 2012 Australian Open, Mattek-Sands teamed with Horia Tecau to win her first Grand Slam title in mixed doubles. In singles, Mattek-Sands has played in 14 US Opens and reached the fourth round of Wimbledon in 2008 and the French Open in 2013 for her career-best Grand Slam results. In 2011, she was ranked a career-high No. 30 in the world in singles before being sidelined by a rotator cuff injury. Mattek-Sands holds a 5-0 record in Fed Cup doubles and a 2-6 record in singles, playing in seven ties. She is ranked No. 12 in the world in doubles.

 

Johnson, 26, is making his Olympic debut. He is ranked a career-high No. 29 in the world after winning his first ATP singles title this June in Birmingham, Great Britain. Last year, Johnsonreached his first career ATP final in Vienna in October, while reaching three additional ATP semifinals.Johnson also made his debut for the U.S. Davis Cup Team in 2015 against Uzbekistan, winning the doubles rubber with Sam Querrey after the duo advanced to the US Open doubles semifinals together. Johnson turned pro in 2012 after completing an outstanding college tennis career at the University of Southern California, winning the 2011 and 2012 NCAA singles championships and leading the Trojans to team titles all four years he played for the school. Following USC, Johnson reached the third round of the 2012 US Open, becoming the first reigning NCAA champion to advance to the third round of the men’s singles since Sargis Sargisian in 1995. He is ranked No. 25 in the world.

 

Sock, 23, is making his Olympic debut. He reached the final of the ATP events in Auckland and Houston earlier this year and reached a career-high No. 22 in the world this January. Sock won his first ATP singles title in 2015 in Houston and his career-best Grand Slam result came when he reached the fourth round of the 2015 French Open. Sock also has thrived in doubles, winning the 2014 Wimbledon doubles title and the 2015 Indian Wells crown with Vasek Pospisil and peaking at a career-high No. 6 in the doubles rankings in May 2015. He also reached the doubles quarterfinals of the 2015 French Open and 2016 Australian Open.  Sock made his Davis Cup debut in September 2015 in the World Group Playoff in Uzbekistan, where he won both of his singles matches to keep the U.S. Davis Cup team in the World Group for 2016. Sock also competed in the Davis Cup first round this March in Australia and was named to the team for this year’s quarterfinal against Croatia. He is ranked No. 26 in the world.

 

Kudla, 23, is making his Olympic debut and was one of the last direct entries into the Olympics. Kudlaearned a wild card into Wimbledon in 2015 and reached the fourth round for his career-best Grand Slam singles result. In summer 2015, he reached the semifinals of the Emirates Airline US Open Series event in Atlanta (his best ATP result) and qualified for both Cincinnati and Montreal. This year, Kudla won his first-round match at the Australian Open and won matches at the ATP events in Indian Wells, Miami, Houston, and Madrid. Kudla holds six USTA Pro Circuit singles titles and four doubles titles. He was ranked No. 3 in the world junior rankings and reached the boys’ singles final at the 2010 US Open. He is ranked No. 102 in the world.

 

Baker, 31, used a protected ranking to compete in the Olympics this year. He has played on the professional tennis circuit since 2001 and has had numerous successes, but also numerous injuries. At the 2013 Australian Open, Baker retired in his second-round match due to a knee injury and played in just three more tournaments that year (the last being the US Open), having knee surgery in 2014.  In 2012, Baker reached his first-ever ATP final in Nice, France, and advanced to the fourth round of Wimbledon. He also won three singles titles on the USTA Pro Circuit in 2012, including the $50,000 Challenger in Savannah, Ga., to climb nearly 400 spots in the ATP rankings and into the Top 60. Baker also was a standout junior, peaking at No. 2 in the ITF World Junior Rankings in 2003 after reaching the boys’ singles final at the French Open. He is ranked No. 546 in the world and used a protected ranking to make the Olympic team.

 

Bob and Mike Bryan, 38, will make their fourth consecutive Olympic appearance. The brothers captured a gold medal in men’s doubles at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, as well as a bronze medal in men’s doubles in 2008. Together, they own 16 Grand Slam men’s doubles titles. Bob has won seven mixed doubles titles, while Mike has won four mixed doubles titles, including the 2015 French Open with Mattek-Sands. The Bryans own a record 112 ATP World Tour doubles titles together and ended 2014 as the No. 1-ranked doubles team in the world for a record 10th time in 12 years. Bob and Mike are 24-4 together in doubles when playing for the U.S. Davis Cup team and are the all-time winningest doubles team in U.S. Davis Cup history. They also helped lead the U.S. to the 2007 Davis Cup title. Bob has one additional doubles win in Davis Cup with Mardy Fish in 2010.  Mike has two additional doubles wins in Davis Cup in 2008 and 2012. Bob is ranked No. 3 in the world in doubles, while Mike is ranked No. 4.

 

Venus and Serena Williams are the last American women to win Olympic gold in tennis, with Serena winning the singles gold medal and the sisters capturing the gold in women’s doubles at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Andre Agassi was the last American man to win Olympic gold in men’s singles when he defeated Spain’s Sergi Bruguera in the gold medal match at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. The U.S. has not won gold in mixed doubles since 1988.

 

Tennis was part of the Olympic program from the first modern Olympiad in 1896 until 1924.  After a 64-year hiatus, tennis returned to the official Olympic program in 1988, becoming the first sport to feature professional athletes.

 

Team nominations were made by the USTA’s Olympic Oversight Committee and are subject to approval by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Tennis Federation.

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Draws Announced for Davis Cup World Group Quarterfinals and Zone Group Ties

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(July 14, 2016) The ITF has announced the draws for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group quarterfinals and Zone Group ties taking place on 15-17 July. A total of 28 ties and four zone group events are being held this week.

 

The eight winners of the Zone Group I second round ties will qualify for the 2016 World Group play-offs, alongside the eight World Group first round losers. The Draw for the World Group play-offs will be held at the ITF offices on Tuesday 19 July at 10:00 local time (09:00 GMT).

 

 

WORLD GROUP QUARTERFINALS

 

SERBIA v GREAT BRITAIN

Venue: Tasmajdan Stadium, Belgrade, SRB (clay – outdoor)

 

Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) v Kyle Edmund (GBR)

Dusan Lajovic (SRB) v James Ward (GBR)

Janko Tipsarevic/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) v Dominic Inglot/Jamie Murray (GBR)

Dusan Lajovic (SRB) v Kyle Edmund (GBR)

Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) v James Ward (GBR)

 

ITALY v ARGENTINA

Venue: Circolo Tennis Baratoff, Pesaro, ITA (clay – outdoor)

 

Andreas Seppi (ITA) v Federico Delbonis (ARG)

Fabio Fognini (ITA) v Juan Monaco (ARG)

Marco Cecchinato/Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) v Juan Martin del Potro/Guido Pella (ARG)

Fabio Fognini (ITA) v Federico Delbonis (ARG)

Andreas Seppi (ITA) v Juan Monaco (ARG)

 

CZECH REPUBLIC v FRANCE

Venue: Werk Arena, Trinec, CZE (hard – indoor)

 

Lukas Rosol (CZE) v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)

Jiri Vesely (CZE) v Lucas Pouille (FRA)

Adam Pavlasek/Radek Stepanek (CZE) v Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut (FRA)

Jiri Vesely (CZE) v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)

Lukas Rosol (CZE) v Lucas Pouille (FRA)

 

USA v CROATIA

Venue: Tualatin Hills Tennis Center, Portland, USA (hard – outdoor)

 

Jack Sock (USA) v Marin Cilic (CRO)

John Isner (USA) v Borna Coric (CRO)

Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA) v Ivan Dodig/Marin Draganja (CRO)

John Isner (USA) v Marin Cilic (CRO)

Jack Sock (USA) v Borna Coric (CRO)

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

ROMANIA v SPAIN

Venue: Sala Polivalenta Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, ROU (hard – indoor)

 

Marius Copil (ROU) v Feliciano Lopez (ESP)

Adrian Ungur (ROU) v Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)

Florin Mergea/Horia Tecau (ROU) v Pablo Carreno Busta/Marc Lopez (ESP)

Marius Copil (ROU) v Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)

Adrian Ungur (ROU) v Feliciano Lopez (ESP)

 

UKRAINE v AUSTRIA

Venue: Campa Tennis Club, Bucha, Kiev, UKR (hard – outdoor)

 

Illya Marchenko (UKR) v Dennis Novak (AUT)

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) v Gerald Melzer (AUT)

Denys Molchanov/Artem Smirnov (UKR) v Jurgen Melzer/Sebastian Ofner (AUT)

Illya Marchenko (UKR) v Gerald Melzer (AUT)

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) v Dennis Novak (AUT)

 

RUSSIA v NETHERLANDS

Venue: National Tennis Center, Moscow, RUS (hard – outdoor)

 

Andrey Rublev (RUS) v Robin Haase (NED)

Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) v Thiemo de Bakker (NED)

Aslan Karatsev/Konstantin Kravchuk (RUS) v Wesley Koolhof/Matwe Middelkoop (NED)

Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) v Robin Haase (NED)

Andrey Rublev (RUS) v Thiemo de Bakker (NED)

 

HUNGARY v SLOVAKIA

Venue: Europe Tennis Center, Budapest, HUN (clay – outdoor)

 

Peter Nagy (HUN) v Andrej Martin (SVK)

Marton Fucsovics (HUN) v Jozef Kovalik (SVK)

Marton Fucsovics/Levente Godry (HUN) v Andrej Martin/Igor Zelenay (SVK)

Marton Fucsovics (HUN) v Andrej Martin (SVK)

Peter Nagy (HUN) v Jozef Kovalik (SVK)

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

INDIA v KOREA, REP.

Venue: Chandigarh Club Limited, Chandigarh, IND (grass – outdoor)

 

Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) v Hong Seong Chan (KOR)

Saketh Myneni (IND) v Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR)

Rohan Bopanna/Leander Paes (IND) v Chung Hong/Chung Yunseong (KOR)

Saketh Myneni (IND) v Hong Seong Chan (KOR)

Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) v Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR)

 

UZBEKISTAN v CHINA, P.R.

Venue: Olympic Tennis School, Tashkent, UZB (clay – outdoor)

 

Farrukh Dustov (UZB) v Zhang Ze (CHN)

Denis Istomin (UZB) v Wu Di (CHN)

Farrukh Dustov/Denis Istomin (UZB) v Gong Mao-Xin/Li Zhe (CHN)

Denis Istomin (UZB) v Zhang Ze (CHN)

Farrukh Dustov (UZB) v Wu Di (CHN)

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

BRAZIL v ECUADOR

Venue: Arena Minas Tenis Clube, Belo Horizonte, BRA (hard – indoor)

 

Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) v Emilio Gomez (ECU)

Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) v Roberto Quiroz (ECU)

Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares (BRA) v Emilio Gomez/Roberto Quiroz (ECU)

Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) v Emilio Gomez (ECU)

Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) v Roberto Quiroz (ECU)

 

CHILE v COLOMBIA

Venue: Centro Recreacional de Ejercito Huayquique, Iquique, CHI (clay – outdoor)

 

Nicolas Jarry (CHI) v Santiago Giraldo (COL)

Gonzalo Lama (CHI) v Alejandro Gonzalez (COL)

Nicolas Jarry/Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) v Juan-Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah (COL)

Gonzalo Lama (CHI) v Santiago Giraldo (COL)

Nicolas Jarry (CHI) v Alejandro Gonzalez (COL)

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II SECOND ROUND

 

LITHUANIA v SOUTH AFRICA

Venue: Azuolynas Tennis Centre, Kaunas, LTU (clay – outdoor)

 

Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) v Tucker Vorster (RSA)

Lukas Mugevicius (LTU) v Lloyd Harris (RSA)

Laurynas Grigelis/Lukas Mugevicius (LTU) v Raven Klaasen/Ruan Roelofse (RSA)

Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) v Lloyd Harris (RSA)

Lukas Mugevicius (LTU) v Tucker Vorster (RSA)

 

BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA v TURKEY

Venue: Javna Ustanova Za Sport, Odmor I Rekreaciju, Bihac, BIH (clay – outdoor)

 

Damir Dzumhur (BIH) v Cem Ilkel (TUR)

Mirza Basic (BIH) v Marsel Ilhan (TUR)

Mirza Basic/Tomislav Brkic (BIH) v Tuna Altuna/Cem Ilkel (TUR)

Damir Dzumhur (BIH) v Marsel Ilhan (TUR)

Mirza Basic (BIH) v Cem Ilkel (TUR)

 

BELARUS v LATVIA

Venue: National Olympic Training Centre, Minsk, BLR (hard – outdoor)

 

Ilya Ivashka (BLR) v Martins Podzus (LAT)

Yaraslau Shyla (BLR) v Mikelis Libietis (LAT)

Aliaksandr Bury/Andrei Vasilevski (BLR) v Rudolfs Mednis/Janis Podzus (LAT)

Ilya Ivashka (BLR) v Mikelis Libietis (LAT)

Yaraslau Shyla (BLR) v Martins Podzus (LAT)

 

DENMARK v FINLAND

Venue: Lyngbyhallen, Kongens Lyngby, DEN (carpet – indoor)

 

Mikael Torpegaard (DEN) v Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)

Frederik Nielsen (DEN) v Harri Heliovaara (FIN)

Thomas Kromann/Frederik Nielsen (DEN) v Patrick Kaukovalta/Patrik Niklas-Salminen (FIN)

Frederik Nielsen (DEN) v Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)

Mikael Torpegaard (DEN) v Harri Heliovaara (FIN)

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II RELEGATION PLAY-OFFS

 

LUXEMBOURG v NORWAY

Venue: Tennis Club Cap on Line, Capellen, LUX (hard – outdoor)

 

Alex Knaff (LUX) v Casper Ruud (NOR)

Ugo Nastasi (LUX) v Viktor Durasovic (NOR)

Gilles Kremer/Mike Scheidweiler (LUX) v Viktor Durasovic/Casper Ruud (NOR)

Ugo Nastasi (LUX) v Casper Ruud (NOR)

Alex Knaff (LUX) v Viktor Durasovic (NOR)

 

TUNISIA v BULGARIA 

Venue: Tennis Courts of Cité Nationale Sportive, Tunis, TUN (hard – outdoor)

 

Mohamed Aziz Dougaz (TUN) v Dimitar Kuzmanov (BUL)

Malek Jaziri (TUN) v Alexandar Lazarov (BUL)

Malek Jaziri/Skander Mansouri (TUN) v Aleksandar Lazov/Vasko Mladenov (BUL)

Malek Jaziri (TUN) v Dimitar Kuzmanov (BUL)

Mohamed Aziz Dougaz (TUN) v Alexandar Lazarov (BUL)

 

MONACO v EGYPT

Venue: Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, MON (clay – outdoor)

 

Benjamin Balleret (MON) v Karim-Mohamed Maamoun (EGY)

Romain Arneodo (MON) v Mohamed Safwat (EGY)

Benjamin Balleret/Thomas Oger (MON) v Youssef Hossam/Sherif Sabry (EGY)

Benjamin Balleret (MON) v Mohamed Safwat (EGY)

Romain Arneodo (MON) v Karim-Mohamed Maamoun (EGY)

 

GEORGIA v ZIMBABWE

Venue: Mziuri Tennis Club, Tbilisi, GEO (hard – outdoor)

 

George Tsivadze (GEO) v Benjamin Lock (ZIM)

Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) v Mark Fynn (ZIM)

Nikoloz Basilashvili/Nodar Itonishvili (GEO) v Benjamin Lock/Courtney John Lock (ZIM)

Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) v Benjamin Lock (ZIM)

George Tsivadze (GEO) v Mark Fynn (ZIM)

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II SECOND ROUND

 

PHILIPPINES v CHINESE TAIPEI

Venue: Philippine Columbian Association, Manila, PHI

 

Ruben Gonzales (PHI) v Chen Ti (TPE)

Francis Casey Alcantara (PHI) v Huang Liang-Chi (TPE)

Treat Huey/Jeson Patrombon (PHI) v Hung Jui-Chen/Wang Chieh-Fu (TPE)

Francis Casey Alcantara (PHI) v Chen Ti (TPE)

Ruben Gonzales (PHI) v Huang Liang-Chi (TPE)

 

THAILAND v VIETNAM

Venue: The National Tennis Development Center, Nonthaburi, THA

 

Kittiphong Wachiramanowong (THA) v Nam Hoang Ly (VIE)

Pruchya Isarow (THA) v Thien Nguyen Hoang (VIE)

Sanchai Ratiwatana/Sonchat Ratiwatana (THA) v Dac Tien Nguyen/Minh Tuan Pham (VIE)

Pruchya Isarow (THA) v Nam Hoang Ly (VIE)

Kittiphong Wachiramanowong (THA) v Thien Nguyen Hoang (VIE)

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II RELEGATION PLAY-OFFS

 

KUWAIT v MALAYSIA

Venue: Kuwait Tennis Federation Center, Meshref, KUW (hard – outdoor)

 

Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) v Mohd Assri Merzuki (MAS)

Abdullah Maqdes (KUW) v Syed Mohammad Agil Naguib (MAS)

Mohammad Ghareeb/Abdullah Maqdes (KUW) v Mohd Assri Merzuki/Syed Mohammad Agil Naguib (MAS)

Abdullah Maqdes (KUW) v Mohd Assri Merzuki (MAS)

Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) v Syed Mohammad Agil Naguib (MAS)

 

INDONESIA v SRI LANKA

Venue: Gelora Manahan Tennis Stadium Complex, Surakarta, INA (hard – outdoor)

 

David Agung Susanto (INA) v Harshana Godamanna (SRI)

Christopher Rungkat (INA) v Yasitha De Silva (SRI)

Aditya Hari Sasongko/Sunu-Wahyu Trijati (INA) v Yasitha De Silva/Harshana Godamanna (SRI)

Christopher Rungkat (INA) v Harshana Godamanna (SRI)

David Agung Susanto (INA) v Yasitha De Silva (SRI)

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II SECOND ROUND

 

PERU v MEXICO

Venue: Club Tennis Las Terrazas Miraflores, Lima, PER (clay – outdoor)

 

Mauricio Echazu (PER) v Luis Patino (MEX)

Nicolas Alvarez (PER) v Lucas Gomez (MEX)

Jorge Brian Panta/Juan Pablo Varillas Patino-Samudio (PER) v Santiago Gonzalez/Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX)

Mauricio Echazu (PER) v Lucas Gomez (MEX)

Nicolas Alvarez (PER) v Luis Patino (MEX)

 

EL SALVADOR v VENEZUELA

Venue: Complejo Polideportivo de Cuidad Merliot, Santa Tecla, ESA (hard – outdoor)

 

Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) v Jordi Munoz-Abreu (VEN)

Alejandro Gonzalez (ESA) v Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN)

Marcelo Arevalo/Rafael Arevalo (ESA) v Luis David Martinez/Roberto Maytin (VEN)

Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) v Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN)

Alejandro Gonzalez (ESA) v Jordi Munoz-Abreu (VEN)

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II RELEGATION PLAY-OFFS

 

GUATEMALA v URUGUAY

Venue: Federación Nacional de Tenis de Campo, Guatemala, GUA (hard – outdoor)

 

Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA) v Rodrigo Arus (URU)

Wilfredo Gonzalez (GUA) v Martin Cuevas (URU)

Christopher Diaz-Figueroa/Wilfredo Gonzalez (GUA) v Martin Cuevas/Marcel Felder (URU)

Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA) v Martin Cuevas (URU)

Wilfredo Gonzalez (GUA) v Rodrigo Arus (URU)

 

PARAGUAY v PUERTO RICO

Venue: Court Central Victor Manuel Pecci del Club Internacional de Tenis, Asuncion, PAR (clay – outdoor)

 

Ayed Zatar (PAR) v Sebastian Arcila (PUR)

Diego Galeano (PAR) v Alex Diaz (PUR)

Diego Galeano/Ayed Zatar (PAR) v Sebastian Arcila/Alex Diaz (PUR)

Diego Galeano (PAR) v Sebastian Arcila (PUR)

Ayed Zatar (PAR) v Alex Diaz (PUR)

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Jack Sock Leads Off First Davis Cup Home Tie Against Marin Cilic

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(July 14, 2016) PORTLAND, Oregon – The draw for the USA versus Croatia quarterfinal Davis Cup tie took place in Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland on Thursday.

Jack Sock will lead off play Saturday against 2014 U.S. Open winner Marin Cilic. Cilic comes off a five-set loss in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon to Roger Federer, when the Croatian was leading two sets to none.

For the 23-year-old American Sock, ranked 26th in the world, this will his first Davis Cup tie played in the United States. This is the first time the U.S. has played at home since 2014.

Asked if he felt any added pressure, he said: “I mean, not necessarily any pressure.
“I’m more excited, honestly, to be playing on home soil. I love being a part of the team with these guys. They have a lot more experience than me out here.

“Yeah, I mean, maybe when I go out there, it will be a different feeling than when I played in Uzbekistan and Australia. But more excited than anything to be able to play in front of some home fans, some family and friends. Obviously playing in front of my country and these guys as well.

“Definitely more excited than nervous.”

The second match on Friday pits, No. 1 American John Isner, ranked 16th in the world, against No. 2 and No. 54 in the world, Croatian Borna Coric. They are playing each other for the first time.

The doubles rubber on Saturday will feature Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan of the United States against Ivan Dodigand Marin Draganja of Croatia.

Reverse singles will be played on Sunday with the No. 1’s battling in the first match, followed by the fifth rubber face-off between the No. 2’s.

Croatia comes into the tie having never lost to the United States with a 3-0 record. The U.S. last lost to Croatia in the 2009 World Group Quarterfinal in Porec, Croatia, in which Croatia won 3-2 with Cilic and Ivo Karlovic leading the team. The U.S. also played Croatia in the 2005 World Group First Round in Los Angeles and in the 2003 World Group First Round in Zagreb, Croatia.

The winner of the tie faces the winner of France-Czech Republic in the World Group semifinals.

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Davis Cup Notes and Quotes: USA vs Croatia, Pre-Draw News Conferences

(July 12, 2016) The United States plays host to Croatia in Beaverton, Oregon at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center, July 15-17, on an outdoor hard court in the quarterfinal round of the World Group in Davis Cup. Tuesday saw both teams have pre-draw news conferences.

 

U.S. Captain Jim Courier, John Isner, Jack Sock, Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan took questions from the media about the Davis Cup tie. Here are a few of the highlights from the news conference:

 

On the short turnaround from Wimbledon:

JACK SOCK: Yeah, I mean, obviously we were all in

London for a while, even playing warmup tournaments,

some of the guys.

 

We were all excited to get back in the States for sure.

Our favorite time of the year is to play in front of the

home crowd here in the States.

 

Especially for me, it’s my first home tie. I played two

ties kind of far away. For me, it will be nice to play in

front of a home crowd and be on a team with all these

guys. I think we’re all looking forward to it.

 

Asked if the team could change the trend of not having a Top 10 player and still winning the Cup.

CAPTAIN COURIER: Well, I think Davis Cup is also

pretty unique in that the home-field advantage can play

a big role. We’ve played a lot of tough teams, some

home, but a lot on the road as well.

 

For us to have a chance now to play here against a

tough team in Croatia, and should we get through this

weekend, which we obviously are here to do, and hope

to, we’d have a home match against France or the

Czechs.

 

You pay your dues in Davis Cup. You go on the road

and try and get your wins, but you also earn the

chance to play at home by playing those matches, too.

Draws matter. Team chemistry and makeup matters.

We have four guys here that love to play for their

country. I have a lot of confidence in them as the

captain, which is why we’re sitting here. I believe we

can win this Davis Cup.

 

I think this year is a really good opportunity for us. We

can’t go more than one step at a time, but it certainly

looks promising if we can get through this weekend.

 

On the debate about the Davis cup format and whether it should be changed.

CAPTAIN COURIER: Davis Cup format has been a

discussion point for the players since Open tennis

began. You can go back and get quotes from Stan

Smith on the challenges that the Davis Cup schedule

puts on the players.

 

When you put it in an Olympic year, like this year, you

look at the calendar, you see why Andy Murray and

Novak Djokovic are both declining to play this week for

their countries, and they’re players who typically play a

lot of Davis Cup. You can see why those challenges

still exist in a pretty crowded calendar.

 

The new president of the ITF, Dave Haggerty, was

president of the US Tennis Association. He’s very

progressive, and I think you’ll see change. It will be

incremental change. It won’t come tomorrow. But I

think you’ll see the ball start to roll towards a new look

in Davis Cup that is a little bit more of the times.

You have to remember the Davis Cup started in 1900,

long before the Masters, long before many massive

sporting events like the Ryder Cup.

 

Davis Cup will need to change if it wants to get more

attention. It’s still a wonderful event. It will be a

tremendous event here this weekend. The people in

attendance will absolutely love it. We’ll love it. But

there will be a lot of people on the east coast of

America that won’t be aware that it’s taking place,

which is one of the things that I think a change in

format would bring for Davis Cup, more attention, not to

mention it would make more money, which for the ITF

would do wonders for the growth of the game.

I have a lot of thoughts on it. It’s on the record. You

can look up my comments from years and years and

years ago on Davis Cup. But I’m sitting here because I

love to be a part of it, even in its current format.

Davis Cup succeeds largely in spite of the format, not

because of it.

 

Asked about strategy against Croatia.

CAPTAIN COURIER: Look, it’s pretty clear what our

strengths are. Bob and Mike on the court are just so

complete. They move in sync. They make it very

difficult for other teams to hit winners. They extract a

lot of errors. Bob and Mike will do their normal dance

out there, which is a thing of beauty to watch. It’s been

incredible to be a captain and witness what they’re able

to do for us.

 

Jack and John, although the heights are a little bit

different, the style and the strengths are very similar.

Serves and forehands are the shots. They’re the ones

that will cause opponents to lose sleep.

 

That gives me great comfort as a captain because that

was my bread and butter, too. I think I have a pretty

good understanding of how they need to play and what

they do on the court well.

 

The other team, just to give you a quick overview,

Marin Cilic, big server, solid off both wings on the

ground, moves pretty well for a big guy. Obviously has

tasted sweet success at slams and tasted some

frustration last week at Wimbledon when he had three

match points against Federer.

 

How will that impact him here? We’ll only know come

Friday when he gets back on the court, because that’s

the only way to figure that out.

 

Coric, probably a better backhand than forehand.

Moves well. Very hungry, very professional for a 19-

year-old. He’s a rising star who won the fifth match for

these guys earlier this year. Has good Davis Cup

experience.

 

Not sure what we’ll face doubles-wise. We know Ivan

Dodig is a terrific doubles player. He has been one of

the top doubles players for a long time. So not sure

who he’ll match up with. Not sure what the

composition of their team will be come Thursday when

they have to tell us, because they have another player

named Skugor, who has played for them, who is also

here with them on site. So they have five players.

There is a lot of unknowables right now on the doubles

format. Cilic is a good doubles player. He could find

himself on the court on Saturday, too.

That’s my overview.

 

Asked about what he needs to do to jump up in the rankings.

JACK SOCK: That was an incredible win by Sam(Querrey). I

think everyone sitting here, everyone in this room, is

very happy for him.

 

Yeah, I mean, obviously the consistency from Novak

and those other guys at the top is what separates

them. I mean, they’re doing it week in, week out,

winning a majority of the tournaments, majority of the

slams.

 

Yeah, I mean, the skill level could be very slim and

anyone can kind of beat anyone on any given day. It’s

probably the little things, the preparation and

everything that goes into it, might be a couple levels

better, a hair better. That can make the difference.

For myself personally, obviously everyone here,

everyone’s always trying to improve and do the little

things the best they can. Doing that week in, week out

can only help us. Hopefully that gap will close sooner

than later.

 

JOHN ISNER: Jack said it. It’s about consistency.

Myself and Jack are very capable of having some very

good weeks on the tour, going deep into some big

tournaments. But these guys do it week in and week

out. That’s really what separates them from everyone

else. It’s what makes them the toughest out in tennis.

You know when you step on the court against them,

you’re going to be up against a very high level of talent

and dedication. Also these guys mentally are so

strong and have been doing it for so long, always have

a lot of confidence because they have a lot of wins

behind them.

 

It’s all about being consistent. It’s what those guys do

remarkably well. As Jack eluded to, we see these guys

in the locker room, on the practice courts. They’re

extremely professional. It’s one of the reasons they’re

top in the world, is because they do absolutely

everything right.

 

 

Team Croatia which included Captain also handled questions from the press with Captain Krajan, Marin Cilic, Borna Coric and Ivan Dodig in attendance.

Asked if members of the team remember Croatia winning the Davis Cup in 2005 and how important it was to their country.

BORNA CORIC: I’m the youngest, so I’m going to

answer first.

 

Basically I started playing even more serious when that

happen. I was very young at that time and I wasn’t

sure if I’m going to try to go pro or not. This was big

thing for the Croatia, as well, and also for me.

It gave me some boost to go forward. It was

unbelievable.

 

MARIN CILIC: Generally it has definitely huge impact

on tennis, in general, especially for a country that small

like Croatia. It was one of the country’s best

achievements in the history. So that’s definitely huge.

I think it gave also a little bit of financial help for the

young ones. Obviously winning it, it’s a big thing. It

attracted few more sponsors for the Federation and

obviously gave a little bit more opportunities for the

young ones.

 

We of course would like that it is still a bit more. But at

that time I think for the young ones was pretty good,

and they could, you know, just look up to the best guys

and follow their lead. That’s, for sure, big motivation.

 

Asked if perfect 3-0 record against the US gives the team confidence.

CAPTAIN KRAJAN: I mean, for sure it gives you

confidence when you are playing against somebody

that you are already 3-Love ahead, better than if you’re

3-Love down.

It’s different because it’s different players, different

times. It’s not the same teams. From that side it is

different.

 

Again, probably there is something that suits us playing

States. We are pretty positive about this tie also.

 

Why is the Croatian team so good?

CAPTAIN KRAJAN: I mean, simply they’re good,

they’re very good. You all know Marin, and you know

what he achieved here in the States. I think you all

remember what he did in New York.

 

You know Borna, what kind of potential. He’s one of

the youngest, best players at his age in the world.

Ivan, great singles player, winning slam in the doubles.

I think they all top players in the world. As I said, that’s

why we are strong and we are looking forward for this

tie.

 

Asked about what it feels like to be a

Grand Slam champion.

IVAN DODIG: Yeah, I think it’s really special moment

for every athlete. For us is to win Grand Slam. It’s

obviously like you feel all the work you put into it, it’s in

the end rewarded. I think every player who start to play

tennis, dreaming about big things, is to win Grand

Slam.

 

Me and Marin had this great feeling. I hope I can still

continue in doubles, do some great results. Still I’m

motivate and hope I can get more Grand Slam. As well

for all our guys here, for Marin, Borna, other Marin. I

think we have great potential and will still have great

moments, as well.

 

MARIN CILIC: Tennis is a very difficult sport looking

mentally. You are all year round going up and down

with your emotions. You’re wondering if you are going

to achieve your best potential, if you’re doing the best

things possible for yourself.

 

Obviously winning a Grand Slam is a part for yourself

that you achieve for all your career, all your life.

Everything you’ve put into it is suddenly worth it. For

me, you have different view on tennis, on your career.

You are obviously more relaxed, but as well on the

other side you are more motivated as you know your

potential, as you know what you can do, what you can

achieve.

 

To be especially in this time, in this era with great

tennis players, the ones that are breaking so many

records, it’s definitely very challenging. It carries a

bigger weight to win a Grand Slam. So it’s definitely a

huge, huge motivation for me to continue on this path.

It’s a sign for all the other guys that are not achieving

their best potential yet, you know, that they can see

with hard work, with dedication, you can of course

believe and achieve these big things.

 

 

The Official Draw Ceremony for the U.S. vs. Croatia Davis Cup World Group Quarterfinal will take place at 1:00 p.m. PT on Thursday, July 14, at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland. The ceremony will be open to the public.

Croatia is set to play its tenth tie away from home in its last 11 Davis Cup ties, while the United States is seeking to get back to the semifinals for the first time since 2012. The U.S. last won the Davis Cup in December 2007 in Portland, Oregon.

Singles play begins at 11:30 a.m. PT on Friday, July 15, and Sunday, July 17. Doubles play begins on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. PT. Tennis Channel will have television coverage.

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Davis Cup Quarterfinals and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Tennis Channel

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(July 12, 2016)  LOS ANGELES –Tennis Channel and Tennis Channel Plus will provide complete live coverage of all Davis Cup quarterfinal competition this weekend, including the United States’ battle with Croatia in Portland, Ore. In addition, the network will televise the 2016 International Tennis Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Newport, R.I., on Saturday, July 16, along with live coverage of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships’ quarterfinals, semifinals and finals throughout the weekend. Tennis Channel will also offer live coverage of the men’s tournaments in Bastad, Sweden, and Hamburg, Germany.

The U.S. Davis Cup team will return to Portland for the first time since its Davis Cup title victory over Russia in 2007. Highlighting the match-up, top-ranked American John Isner will face former US Open champion Marin Cilic after having lost to him at Wimbledon two weeks ago. Although Cilic holds a 5-0 record against Isner, the pair have never faced each other in Davis Cup play. Rounding out the United States team is Jack Sock and doubles brothers Bob and Mike Bryan, considered by many to be the greatest doubles team of all time. Tennis Channel will offer live coverage each day beginning at 3 p.m. ET, Friday, July 15; 5 p.m. ET, Saturday, July 16; and 3 p.m. ET, Sunday, July 17 (complete weekend schedule below).

In addition to televising the United States-Croatia Davis Cup matchup, Tennis Channel will offer live looks at the other Davis Cup quarterfinals this weekend. World-whiparound coverage will get underway on Friday, July 15, with the Italy-Argentina competition in Pesaro, Italy; Czech Republic-France battle in Trinec, Czech Republic; and Serbia-Britain play in Belgrade, Serbia. Among the stars set to play Davis Cup this weekend include France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Britain’s Andy Murray, Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro and Italy’s Fabio Fognini.

As part of its world-whiparound coverage, Tennis Channel will air the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Newport live Saturday, July 16, at 12:30 p.m. ET. This year’s inductees include former World No. 1 players Marat Safin and Justine Henin. In addition, 2015 Hall of Famer Amelie Mauresmo will be honored as she was unable to attend last year due to the birth of her child.

Tennis Channel Plus will offer complete, live coverage of the entire ceremony. The network will also be in Newport for live coverage of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships’ quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. American stars set to play in this weekend’s tournament include Steve Johnson, Sam Querrey, Taylor Fritz, Rajeev Ram, Donald Young and Ryan Harrison.

The network will offer live coverage of the men’s tournaments in Bastad, Sweden, and Hamburg, Germany, this weekend as well, as part of daylong telecasts beginning at 5 a.m. ET, Friday, July 15; 7 a.m. ET, Saturday, July 16; and 6 a.m. ET, Sunday, July 17.

Viewers can also catch matches in their entirety on the network’s digital subscription service, Tennis Channel Plus.

Starting times for events within Tennis Channel’s world-whiparound coverage (all time ET):

Friday, July15:
6:30 a.m. – Davis Cup: Italy v. Argentina singles
8 a.m. – Davis Cup: Czech Republic v. France singles
10 a.m. – Davis Cup: Serbia v. Britain singles
1p.m. – Hall of Fame Tennis Championships quarterfinals
3p.m. – Davis Cup: USA v. Croatia singles

Saturday, July 16:
6a.m. – Davis Cup: Czech Republic v. France doubles
9a.m. – Davis Cup: Italy v. Argentina doubles
10 a.m. – Davis Cup: Serbia v. Britain doubles
12:30p.m. – Hall of Fame Tennis Championships Induction Ceremony
2p.m. – Hall of Fame Tennis Championships semifinals
5p.m. – Davis Cup: USA v. Croatia doubles

Sunday, July 17:
6:30 a.m. – Davis Cup: Italy v. Argentina singles
7 a.m. – Davis Cup: Czech Republic v. France singles
9 a.m. – Davis Cup: Serbia v. Britain singles
3 p.m. – Davis Cup: USA v. Croatia singles / Hall of Fame Tennis Championships final

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U.S Open Prize Money Total Rises to Over 46 Million Dollars

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From the USTA:

US OPEN TOTAL COMPENSATION SURPASSES $46 MILLION;

THE RICHEST PURSE IN THE HISTORY OF THE SPORT

Singles Competition Round-by-Round Increases Average 10 Percent;

Doubles Prize Money Increased by 10.5 Percent

Each Singles Champion to Receive $3.5 Million Payout

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., July 12, 2016 – The USTA today announced that the prize money for the 2016 US Open will increase by $4 million, bringing the total purse for the tournament to a record $46.3 million, a 10-percent increase over the 2015 US Open prize money totals. In all, the US Open will provide the richest purse in tennis history at this year’s event.

Both the men’s and women’s singles champions will earn $3.5 million, the largest payout in US Open history. The average increase per round for the singles competition is 10 percent above the 2015 US Open.  Both the men’s and women’s doubles champion teams will earn $625,000, the highest in US Open history, and overall doubles prize money has been increased by 10.5 percent.. The US Open Qualifying Tournament will offer more than $1.9 million in prize money, a 10 percent increase over 2015.

Round-by-round individual prize money for the US Open is as follows:

Singles:                                                                Doubles (each team):

Winner:                  $3,500,000                            Winners:                      $625,000

Runner-Up:              1,750,000                            Runners-Up:                 310,000

Semifinalist:                875,000                            Semifinalist:                   150,000

Quarterfinalist:            450,000                            Quarterfinalist:                75,000

Round of 16:               235,000                            Round of 16:                   40,000

Round of 32:               140,000                            Round of 32:                   24,500

Round of 64:                 77,200                            Round of 64:                   15,150

Round of 128:               43,300

“We are proud that this year’s US Open will offer the richest purse in tennis history,” said USTA Chairman of the Board and President Katrina Adams. “We continue to invest in all aspects of this world-class event to provide the best services and experiences for the players, our fans, and all of the US Open partners.”

This year’s US Open, scheduled for August 29 through September 11—with the US Open Qualifying Tournament beginning on August 23—will feature a number of major enhancements, including a retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium, a new Grandstand Stadium, and a completely redesigned southern campus to ease accessibility and crowding throughout the site.

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NY Empire Special Events: Billie Jean King/Virginia Wade Ceremony, LGBTQ Pride Night, More Announced

 

 

 

Billie Jean King/Virginia Wade Ceremony, LGBTQ Pride Night, Salute To Strong Women Highlight New York Empire Special Events Schedule

Six-Match Home Slate For Inaugural Mylan World TeamTennis Season At Historic Forest Hills Stadium At The West Side Tennis Club Opens July 31

 

NEW YORK, July 12, 2016—An opening-night celebration of all-time tennis greats Billie Jean King and Virginia Wade, LGBTQ Pride Night, Salute to Strong Women and International Night are among the special events on the inaugural New York Empire presented by Citi schedule, July 31 through August 12. The Mylan World TeamTennis squad, coached by Patrick McEnroe, will compete in six home matches at historic Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club.

 

The highlights of each event night include:

  • Sunday, July 31, US Open and WTT Champions King and Wade join the Empire in a pre-match Opening Night Ceremony to launch the team’s inaugural season as it takes on the five-time defending champion Washington Kastles. It is also USTA Eastern night with special discounts for members.
  • Monday, August 1, Former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and the Philadelphia Freedoms visit.
  • Wednesday, August 3, LGBTQ Pride Night, a celebration of this community’s important role in New York City and Mylan WTT, in partnership with Athlete Ally (www.athleteally.com) and The LGBT Community Center of NYC when the Empire take on the Springfield Lasers. The Stonewall Chorale will sing the National Anthem.
  • Tuesday, August 9, Former World No. 1 and Marquee Player Andy Roddick joins the Empire in his first appearance ever at Forest Hills Stadium in a rematch with the Kastles.
  • Thursday, August 11, King heads Salute to Strong Women, a panel discussion with women who make New York great, including Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, athletes, business and philanthropic leaders and representatives from Barnard College and the Girl Scouts of Greater New York sharing their stories for an inspiring evening prior to the Empire’s matchup with the Orange County Breakers.
  • Friday, August 12, International Night, in which the Empire and fans will celebrate Queens, the team’s home town and the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world, as they battle the San Diego Aviators in the final home match of the season. In addition, fans can participate in clinics in several languages, including Russian, Japanese, Spanish and English, prior to the matches.

 

“Each of our special event dates are celebrations of some of the things that make New York and tennis so great,” said Empire General Manager, Colleen Hopkins. “They also serve as a thank you to fans who have expressed so much support for the inaugural New York Empire season.”

 

In addition to marquee player Roddick, the Empire’s full season roster also includes New Jersey resident Christina McHale, whose epic second-round matchup with Serena Williams was one of the highlights of the fortnight at Wimbledon. Rounding out the Empire roster are Guido Pella of Argentina and doubles specialists María Irigoyen, also of Argentina, and Oliver Marach of Austria.

 

Tickets for all home matches are on sale online at www.nyempiretennis.com. VIP ticket packages are also on sale and include Courtside Tables, Front Row Baseline Boxes and Premium Baseline Individual Tickets. VIP packages include access to full food and beverage service, hospitality opportunities with our players and coach, and much more. For full pricing details, general information, or to place an order, email Brian Healey at brian@nyempiretennis.com or call (844) 5-EMPIRE (844-536-7473).

 

Fans can follow the team at www.NYEmpireTennis.com and on Twitter (@nyempiretennis) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/NYEmpireTennis).

 

About the New York Empire

The New York Empire presented by Citi will play their first season at Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club. The restored facility will be configured to seat 2,500 for six home matches from July 31 through August 13. Patrick McEnroe will serve as the coach of the Empire, former US Open champion Andy Roddick will be a marquee player on the team, and New Jersey native and one of the top American women, Christina McHale headlines the roster. The Empire roster also features Guido Pella of Argentina, and doubles specialists María Irigoyen also of Argentina and Oliver Marach of Austria. The stadium hosted the US Open Tennis Championships a total of 60 times, first from 1915 to 1920, and then again from 1924 to 1977. In addition, the finals of the Davis Cup were held at the club 10 times, more than any other venue. Currently, the stadium is also used as a music venue for concerts. Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, and Mumford & Sons headline the 2016 Forest Hills Stadium summer concert series.

 

About Mylan World TeamTennis

The New York Empire is one of six Mylan World TeamTennis teams that will compete in the innovative professional team tennis league for the King Trophy, the championship trophy named after co-founder Billie Jean King. For more information on Mylan WTT, visit www.WTT.com.

 

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Andy Murray Wins Second Wimbledon Title

(July 10, 2016) Andy Murray won his second Wimbledon title on Sunday with a 6-4, 7-6(3), 7-6(2) victory over No. 6 seed Milos Raonic. The world No. 2 has become the first British man since Fred Perry 1934-6 to win multiple Wimbledon titles.

Raonic, Canada’s first player in the Wimbledon final had no answers to in trying to break Murray’s serve. Murray was a wall which Raonic could not penetrate making only 12 unforced errors in the entire match. Raonic was broken once in the match, in the seventh game of the first set.

“This one’s going to sting,” Raonic said of the loss.

Murray, who last won the title back in 2013, was very emotional about the victory, was in tears in his chair after the match. During the trophy presentation, the Scot talked about his feelings.

“Last time, I was so relieved. I felt, just so much stress and pressure and didn’t really get the chance to enjoy it as much,” he said.

“This is the most important tournament for me every year,” Murray said in his on-court interview. I’ve had some great moments here and also some tough losses. The wins feel extra special because of the tough losses. I’m proud to have my hands on the trophy again.

“I played really good stuff today. Milos has had a great few weeks on the grass and had some unbelievable wins. His match against Roger in the semis was a great, great match. He is one of the hardest workers out there, always trying to improve and get better.”

“It’s been a phenomenal two weeks and a phenomenal week just before that at Queen’s,” said the 25-year-old Raonic. I keep plugging away every single day to give myself chances. There’s nothing I want more than to be back here.”

Just three weeks ago, in the Queen’s Club tournament Murray beat Raonic in three tough sets.

Murray is now 7-3 against Raonic.

 

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Serena Williams Wins Wimbledon Title, Tying Steffi Graf with 22 Major Titles

(July 9, 2016) Serena Williams defeated Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 to win her seventh Wimbledon title and her 22nd major to equal the Open Era record of Steffi Graf on Saturday. This match was a rematch of the Australian Open final back in January, this time, Williams won the match.

Margaret court, holder of 24 majors is the all-time leader, as most of her titles came before Open Era began in 1968.

With the win the 34-year-old Williams is the oldest woman to win a major.

Williams reached 21 majors at last year’s Wimbledon. She lost in the semis of the U.S. Open, having won the first three majors of 2015. She fell in the finals of of the first two majors of 2016, the Australian Open and Roland Garros.

The world No. 1 dominated the match with her serving, hitting 13 aces, winning 38 out of 43 points on her first serve. She hit a total of 39 winners (including the aces) with 24 unforced errors, winning a total of 72 points. She was 2 for 6 on break point chances. The American broke the German’s serve in the 12th game of the first set and the eighth game of the second set.

“You know I love playing her,” Williams said during the trophy presentation. “She brings out the best tennis out of me. And off the court she is a great person.”

“It’s been incredibly difficult not to think about (winning major No. 22). I’ve had two tries this year and lost to two incredibly difficult opponents, one is Angelique actually.”

“It makes the victory even sweeter to know how hard I had to work for it.”

“It was really super competitive,” Williams said later on ESPN. “I think the difference was I knew I needed to hold serve today because I really wasn’t feeling her serve well. The conditions were windy, so I absolutely had to hold serve.”

“This court definitely feels like home. In fact I have a match later in doubles!”

It was a double win for Serena as she and her sister Venus went on to win their 14 major doubles title together as well as their sixth Wimbledon title beating fifth seeds Timea Babos of Hungary and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-4. the Williams sisters are now a perfect 14-0 in major doubles finals as a duo

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