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Tennis News & Net Notes for January 29, 2014

Rafael Nadal is scheduled for a medical exam on Monday.

Roger Federer to play Davis Cup against Serbia this weekend

Andy Murray held a media conference call about his participation in the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden.

Andy Murray took to twitter to hold an impromptu Q & A session with fans.

Update on Juan Martin del Potro‘s visit to the Mayo Clinic. He has been prescribed a physical therapy program.

A Danish website says that Caroline Wozniacki has parted ways with her coach Thomas Hogstedt after just 2 tourneys working with him.

World No. 11 Milos Raonic, has pulled out of this weekend’s World Group tie against Japan due to an ankle injury he suffered at the Australian Open.

“Unfortunately I am pulling out of Davis Cup this week. I came to Tokyo believing my ankle would recover but it is not at a level where I feel I can compete or help my team,” said Raonic. “This decision was very difficult to make but I believe in the players on our team and that they can get us the win. With a team scenario the most important part this week is to come out with a team win and I believe this is the best way to do it.”


US Names Keys, Riske, McHale and Davis to Fed Cup Team

Ivan Lendl Holds Court with the Media on Powershares Series Tennis Conference Call

The U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships announced today that 2013 Champion, Kei Nishikori, will return to Memphis to defend his 2013 title.

Syracuse University announced on Wednesday that former pro and women’s tennis coach Luke Jensen has stepped down to pursue other opportunities. Jensen was hired back in August 2006.

Nominations announced for Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II ties

On Tuesday two-time champion Vera Zvonareva advanced at Pattaya Open with her the first win of her comeback after an 18-month absence due to injury. She lost on Wednesday.

Har-Tru Sports will be a domestic sponsor of the U.S. vs. Great Britain Davis Cup by BNP Paribas First Round tie this weekend.

The ITF announced that Steve Ayles will become ITF Executive Commercial Consultant for Asia-Pacific. Ayles has held senior positions in sport for over 17 years, including his most recent position as Director of Commercial for Tennis Australia.

College Matchday to Highlight 22 NCAA Division I Matches in 2014

Results and Schedules:

Paris, France
January 27-February 2, 2014

Results – Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Singles – Second Round

(1) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 60 61
(4) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Klara Zakopalova (CZE) 62 75
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. (7) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) 62 36 63

Singles – First Round
(WC) Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. (5) Simona Halep (ROU) 76(1) 64
Elina Svitolina (UKR) d. (6) Roberta Vinci (ITA) 63 06 75
(8) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. Mona Barthel (GER) 63 46 62
(Q) Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) d. Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 57 75 76(3)

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. (WC) Cornet/Garcia (FRA/FRA) 36 64 105 (Match TB)

Doubles – First Round
(3) Groenefeld/Peschke (GER/CZE) d. Hradecka/Krajicek (CZE/NED) 46 61 119 (Match TB)
Husarova/Rosolska (SVK/POL) d. Voracova/Zahlavova Strycova (CZE/CZE) 06 62 108 (Match TB)

Order Of Play – Thursday, January 30, 2014
Court Central (from 11.00hrs)

1. Elina Svitolina vs. Galina Voskoboeva
2. Yvonne Meusburger vs. Kirsten Flipkens (NB 13.00hrs)
3. Kristina Mladenovic vs. Andrea Petkovic
4. Karin Knapp vs. Sara Errani
5. Babos/Mladenovic vs. Husarova/Rosolska (NB 19.00hrs)
6. Alizé Cornet vs. Petra Kvitova (NB 21.00hrs)

Court 1 (from 13.00hrs)
1. Dushevina/Parra Santonja vs. Niculescu/Zakopalova
2. Jans-Ignacik/Olaru vs. Groenefeld/Peschke

Pattaya City, Thailand
January 27-February 2, 2014

Results – Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Singles – Second Round
(3) Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. Alison Riske (USA) 63 64
(4) Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. (WC) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 60 62
Karolina Pliskova (CZE) d. (Q) Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 46 63 64

Doubles – First Round
(3) Kudryavtseva/Rodionova (RUS/AUS) d. Kania/Solovyeva (POL/RUS) 75 64
(4) Peng/Zhang (CHN/CHN) d. Aoyama/Dulgheru (JPN/ROU) 63 63
Daniilidou/Krunic (GRE/SRB) d. Lertpitaksinchai/Plipuech (THA/THA) 46 62 119 (Match TB)
Chuang/Kumkhum (TPE/THA) d. (WC) Wongteanchai/Wongteanchai (THA/THA) 61 63
Savchuk/Tanasugarn (UKR/THA) d. Chan/Xu (TPE/CHN) 76(5) 75

Order Of Play - Thursday, January 30, 2014
Court 1 (from 15.00hrs)
1. Tadeja Majeric vs. Kimiko Date-Krumm
2. Elena Vesnina vs. Nicha Lertpitaksinchai
3. Alexandra Dulgheru vs. Peng Shuai

Court 2 (from 15.00hrs)
1. Lertcheewakarn/Zvonareva vs. Daniilidou/Krunic
2. Chuang/Kumkhum vs. Hlavackova/Medina Garrigues
3. Date-Krumm/Tomljanovic vs. Kudryavtseva/Rodionova



Tennis News & Net Notes




David Ferrer

Reem Abulleil of Sport360 reports that No. 3 David Ferrer has split with his coach of 15 years – Javier Piles and will be working with Jose Altur beginning the 2014 season.

“I broke my relation with Javier, it was okay, we didn’t have any personal problems. We worked together for many years and we decided to end the coaching relationship,” Ferrer said.



Spanish player Guillermo Olaso has been banned from tennis for five years and fined $25,000 for match-fixing by the Tennis Integrity Unit.

The No. 236th-ranked Olaso was found guilty of three corruption offenses in 2010. The TIU says will not have to serve the final 18 months of his suspension if he repays the $25,000 fine and attends anti-corruption and rehabilitation programs.


Latest Australian Open Withdrawals – Urszula Radwanska has withdrawn due to injury. While Nadia Petrova has pulled out as she lost her mother in a car accident earlier in the month.


Viña del Mar will have three Top 20 players in 2014 with Nicolas Almagro, Fabio Fognini and Tommy Robredo entered in the first tournament of the Latin American Golden Swing.


The ITF announced that the 2014 BNP Paribas World Team Cup, the ITF’s flagship wheelchair tennis team event, will be held in Alphen, Netherlands. The event will be hosted by the Dutch Tennis Federation (KNLTB) at the Nieuwe Sloot Tennis Centre in Alphen from 26 May until 1 June.

The full list of dates and venues is as follows:

27 Feb – 2 Mar  Africa Qualification       Nairobi Club, Nairobi, Kenya
11-14 March      Americas Qualification  Complejo Deportivo de Caguas, Caguas, Puerto Rico

16-19 March      Asia Qualification         Sri Lankan Tennis Association, Colombo, Sri Lanka

29 Mar – 2 Apr  Europe Qualification     Kaya Belek Resport Hotel, Antalya, Turkey
26 May – 1 Jun  Finals                          Nieuwe Sloot Tennis Centre, Alphen, Netherlands


Tennis News Net Notes


(December 1, 2013) A quick look at the recent news in the world of tennis.

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After skipping last year’s Sony Open, the tournament announced that Rafael Nadal would be returning in 2014.

“I was very disappointed that I was not able to attend last year’s tournament and am looking forward to returning in 2014,” said Nadal. “I love to play in Miami because of its beautiful location and tremendous fans support. Miami is an international city, and the diverse crowds that attend the tournament create an unbelievable atmosphere. I am excited to see all my fans in Miami this year.”

The world No. 1 has never won this Masters 1000 event. The Sony Open, which is a combined event, runs from March 17-30 at the Crandon Tennis Center in Miami.



News out of Berlin - Peter Graf, the father of 22-time major champion and former No. 1 Steffi Graf died on Sunday in Mannheim, Germany from cancer. The former coach and manager of his daughter was 75.

The elder Graf was sentenced to three years in jail for tax evasion. He served only one.



Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka will play an exhibition later this month in Thailand.

The event which was announced by the Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand, will be part of the regular invitational event in Hua Hin.


Richard Gasquet

According to sports daily L’Equipe, France’s No. 1 Richard Gasquet has a new coach – former double French Open winner Sergi Bruguera of Spain.

Gasquet and his former coach Riccardo Piatti split during the ATP World Tour finals. Gasquet, told the paper that Bruguera, would begin his coaching duties in February.

Gasquet reached the ATP World Tour finals this year for the first time since 2007.


Milos Raonic

Milos Raonic

ATP top ten Milos Raonic has been named Sportsnet’s 2013 Canadian Athlete of the Year. Sportsnet’s 11th annual Athlete of the Year award was voted on by a panel of contributors from Sportsnet’s TV, radio, web and magazine platforms. Past winners include soccer star Christine Sinclair (2012), figure skater Patrick Chan (2011), and three-time winner UFC champ Georges St-Pierre. In honor of the award, Sportsnet is donating $10,000 to Raonic’s charity of choice.

“It’s a great feeling. There’s an aura around Canadian athletes,” said Raonic. “Whether it’s in the NBA, college sports, figure skating or hockey, there’s a bit more of a spotlight, and I think it’s special to be part of that and to receive this award for 2013 is an honor.”

Raonic is the first Canadian male to crack the top 10 of the world rankings and helping his country’s Davis Cup team to its first tournament semifinal in the Open Era.


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The Financial Times was announced as the first global sponsor of World Tennis Day on March 3, 2014. The arrangement calls for the Financial Times to be presenting sponsor of the World Tennis Day Showdown at Earls Court in London that will feature Andre Agassi vs Pete Sampras and Pat Cash vs Ivan Lendl. The Financial Times will also be the official business publication of the other three World Tennis Day events, including the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden as well as events in Bangkok and Hong Kong.



Martina Hingis

Martina Hingis

Former world No.1 and three-time Australian Open champion Martina Hingis will play a special exhibition at Hobart International 2014.

The 33-year-old will play fellow Swiss and current world No.1 junior Belinda Bencic on January 5, 2014.

The Hobart International will take place at the Domain Tennis Centre from January 5-11 2014.


Tennis News Net Notes for March 21, 2013

Tennis News Net Notes for March 21, 2013

(March 21, 2013) A quick look at the recent news in the world of tennis.

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Former player and recent tennis Hall of Fame inductee Jennifer Capriati is facing stalking and battery charges in regard to an incident which took place on Valentine’s Day in Palm Beach County. Capriati allegedly visited ex-boyfriend Ivan Brannan while working out at the gym and yelled at him and attempted to follow him into the men’s locker room, where Capriati blocked his path and allegedly punched him in the chest.

Capriati has been issued a summons to appear before a judge on April 17.

Brannan told police he broke up with Capriati in 2012 and that she has harassed him and stalked him ever since.




Former No. 1 Justine Henin gave  birth to her first child on Wednesday– a baby girl named Lalie.

The Belgian player who retired from tennis for a second and final time in 2011 posted on her Facebook page:

“We were anticipating this so much, and now it has happened, this afternoon a little fairy arrived to illuminate our lives.”

During her career, Henin won 7 majors and a total of 43 titles along with winning the gold medal in singles at the 2004 Olympic Games.


Tennis News Net Notes for November 26, 2012

(November 26, 2012) – A brief look at recent tennis news.

  • Both Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy had to deny engagement rumors on Monday.  Serena Williams’ hitting partner Sascha Bajin tweeted congratulations on the couple’s engagement which were not true.

See twitter conversation below:

Wow! Just heard that @CaroWozniacki got engaged… Congratulations. Show us the ring. When is the big day planned for?


Can’t believe you started rumors like that! @BigSascha .. Not engaged yet, but you’ll be the first to know if we do!;) hehe


  •  Robin Soderling tells ESPN’s Ravi Ubha that he hopes to return to the tour and that he hasn’t given up yet.

“I don’t want my career to be finished yet,” he said. “I feel I have at least five more years in me. But I still have a lot of things to be thankful for. The [mono] could have happened when I was 18 or 20. I was 27. Up to now, I’ve had a good career.”


  • According to Gossip Extra Jennifer Capriati says that she has not been stalking her ex-boyfriend, former Florida State golfer Ivan Brannan.

Brannan allegedly filed 10 police complaints against Capriati tin 2012

“He’s a real bad person, very dishonest,” Capriati said to Gossip Extra. “One day I’m his girlfriend, the next we’re engaged and then it’s like I never existed. It took him eight months of our relationship to admit to me he had a child. Imagine that… I was just trying to talk to him because he wasn’t returning my calls. There’s no way police should’ve been called. I can’t believe I even have to discuss this! People like me are always the targets of men like him.”


  • Nathalie Tauziat will be asked to resign from the French tennis federation’s management committee after she testified in favor of former coach Regis de Camaret who was sentenced to eight years in prison for raping young female players.



  •  Carsten Arriens was named  Germany’s Davis Cup captain after Patrik Kuehnen quit late last month.


  • LSU’s former women’s tennis coach for 20 years Tony Minnis, has filed a  racial discrimination lawsuit in regard to his recent firing reports  NOLA.com.

Minnis claims that white coaches’ annual  compensation was up to more than $30,000 than him. In addition,  he lists unjust evaluations, false letters of reprimand, unfound write-ups and race-based discrimination in the workplace in the lawsuit.

“I was accused of some really petty things,” Minnis said in a phone interview with NOLA.com Wednesday evening. In one instance, Minnis describes where he was accused of violating NCAA policy when he was used department funds to purchase meals for kids in the tennis program, which had previously not been a violation, Minnis said.

  • Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov announced on his website that he has left the Patrick Mouratoglou Academy and is now with Good to Great Tennis Academy in Sweden, which is run by former pros including Magnus Norman and Nicklas Kulti.



  • The inaugural Miami Tennis Cup will take place November 30th through December 2nd, 2012 at Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, Florida.

The event will feature appearances by US Open Champion and British Olympic Gold Medalist, Andy Murray, French Open Champion Juan Carlos Ferrero, 203 US Open Champion Andy Roddick, John Isner, Nicolás Almagro, and  Alejandro Falla.

The tournament will see all six players competing in a double-elimination tournament format within two round robin groups. Each match will be the best of three sets. The number one seed (Andy Murray) and number two seed (Andy Roddick) will receive an automatic bye in to the semi-final. The remaining four players will be drawn against each other for a place in the semi-final, with the initial matches starting on stadium court at 7:00pm on Friday, November 30th.

A look at Novak Djokovic’s new HEAD racquet ad.


Tennis News Net Notes for October 10, 2012

Tennis News Net Notes for October 10, 2012

Tennis News Net Notes for October 10, 2012


Tennis News Net Notes for September 27, 2012


Serena Williams (illness) and sister Venus (back) have withdrawn from the China Open which begins in Beijing next week.

Mardy Fish has withdrawn from Tokyo and Rafael Nadal has officially pulled out of the Shanghai Rolex Masters.


The Miami Herald reports that the Sony Open wants to upgrade its facilities by promoting  a ballot measure to upgrade the facility and extend the tournament’s lease.


In anticipation of “the Gillette Federer Tour,”  December 6-8, Roger Federer posted a few photos of himself in both a Brazilian volleyball and football (soccer) outfit on his Facebook page.

His South American Tour will hit Brazil, Argentina and Colombia in December. Scheduled to participate are Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Victoria Azarenka, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Thomaz Bellucci, Bruno Soares, Marcelo Melo, Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan.


The Tennessean reported on Wednesday that Vanderbilt University is sanctioning two of its women’s varsity teams – tennis and lacrosse, after an investigation uncovered hazing.



Tennis News Net Notes for September 25, 2012

Rafael Nadal tells European newspapers in interviews on Tuesday that he’s not sure when he’ll be back on tour due to his knee injury.

‘This is a day-to-day thing,” said Nadal. “I can’t predict what will happen.”

Read his interview with Reuters.


Novak Djokovic is set to play an exhibition match against recent International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee, former No. 1 Gustavo Kuerten in Brazil in November. The event will help to open a tennis court in Rocinha

Kuerten is also scheduled to play Roger Federer in an exhibition in December.


Bobby Chintapalli  interviewed Billie Jean King for USA Today on the subject of equal prize money.


Four-time major champion and former World No. 2 Guillermo Vilas told Argentine media on Monday that he is interested in becoming Argentina’s Davis Cup captain in the future.

Current captain Martin Jaite has said that he’ll be back in 2013.

Tennis Canada reports that Canada’s top female player, Aleksandra Wozniak has been diagnosed with an AC joint sprain in her right shoulder, an injury that will keep her out of action for a minimum of six weeks and puts an end to her 2012 season.

“I am keeping a positive attitude in spite of this new injury I suffered recently at the tournament in Quebec City,” said Wozniak. “I was in a good position heading into the last events of the season because I didn’t have a lot of points to defend. It’s unfortunate as I was hoping to improve my ranking (currently no. 43), but I will come back stronger.”

Once the inflammation and pain subsides, Wozniak will begin physiotherapy and physical training in order to be ready for the start of 2013 season. She expects to compete in the first WTA events of the year in Australia in January.


Notes and Quotes from Day 2 of the 2012 French Open

Li Na – Remember Paris, Forget Rome

I was just arrive in Paris.  All of the airport I think I doing well last year and here.  So today I come to center court I was feeling ‑‑ I was walking to the center court, and I saw the national fly, I was behind, and I was thinking about, oh, I did well here last year.  Last year also the last match was playing on center court, and this year first year on center court, as well.

So I was tell myself, okay, wish you can doing better, because, you know, last week, no, maybe one week ago the final in Rome still killing me.  After final I tell everyone don’t talk to me about tennis like three days.  I can’t quiet every second.


Victoria Azarenka on committing 60 unforced errors in her comeback win over Alberta Brianti:

I think it says it all.  Bad days happen.  Unfortunately today I had way more mistakes than I usually do, but, you know, it happens sometimes.

The first match, they’re not easy.  But in the end of the day I still won the match, I manage to go through those 60 mistakes and still win the match.  I think that’s pretty good statistics.

If it would be 60 winners and I would lose that match, or win this match this way, I think that would suck a little bit more.


Balls Banter

Novak Djokovic: Yes, the ball change is obvious.  I think last year they have made that switch with balls, and they were really fast and tough to control with conditions that are present in the Roland Garros, which are a little bit different from other clay court events, and the conditions here are a little bit faster than maybe comparing to Monte‑Carlo or Barcelona or Rome.
But, you know, many players complained a little bit about the speed of the balls last year, so it was really difficult to control.
So this year, they’re a little bit heavier, which I like.  I really don’t have any complaints about it.


Roger Federer:  I think they’re heavy.  I think the balls are heavy.  I think they’re slower than last year.

Conditions here are always faster during the day.  Courts are on the harder side, especially when it’s with good weather like today.  Feels like it’s faster.

I feel the balls are not the fastest ones.  I just think that also is just taking some adjustments to that, because the ball is different here again than the last six, seven weeks for us.

I think that also maybe takes some getting used to, which is normal.  That’s why I’m happy to be through to the second round, having more information on how actually the court and the balls play here.


David Nalbandian: I felt the balls were faster, faster than other years.  They fly more.  They’re more like lively balls.

But on the Suzanne Lenglen Court, usually it’s a court that’s slower than the other courts; whereas, you know, I had the impression that the balls were faster and more difficult to control.



Women’s 30th seed German Mona Barthel reflecting on her loss to American teen Lauren Davis:

Of course I’m a little bit sad about it, but these things happen in life.  That’s the way tennis goes.  You win; you lose.

Yeah, that’s it.


Lauren Davis responding to a reporter’s question about how do people from Cleveland get adjusted to red clay:

Well, I played on indoor hard since I was 16, and this is actually like my third clay court tournament.  I mean red clay.

But, yeah, my game is well‑suited for clay.


Lleyton Hewitt asked about what makes the French Open so special:

Lleyton Hewitt:  (Smiling.)  The scores are in French.  I don’t understand.  I’ve got to look up at the scoreboard to know what the score is.


American in Paris on clay clay or mud it’s all the same

John Isner:  Well, for me, personally, I don’t mind clay.  I don’t care what surface I’m playing on.  I don’t care if it’s mud.

My serve is my serve.  I like to think I’m gonna hold serve a lot.  Whether it’s clay, grass or hard, I’m always gonna have that on my side.

But besides from that, with me, you know, a lot of times the ball bounces higher, which is good for me obviously, with me being so tall.

I hope that a lot of Americans can ‑‑ you know, can do well here.  I know myself and Jesse Levine have won.  I don’t know about anyone else.  I hope we can have a bunch of guys advance after tomorrow.


John Isner – ATP poster boy for going to college

Yeah, I hope kids in high school kinda do look up to me and the path that I personally took.  You know, for me, going to Georgia was 100% the absolute right play for me.  Going there for four years was also the right choice for me.  And, you know, I feel like I made a lot of good decisions throughout my junior career.  Best decision I ever made in my life was going to Georgia.  Wasn’t any other school for me.

Going there for four years, being coached by Coach Diaz was fantastic for me.  I became just a lot stronger physically.  My game got a lot better.  From that I also got a college degree.

It was a very good decision, and I don’t regret it at all.  I mean, I think kids nowadays should at least look at the college route at least for one year at the very minimum.  This game is so physical now.  You don’t see many 18‑year‑old kids inside the top 100, top 50 in the world.  For guys, it takes a little bit longer for, you know, kids, guys, to develop.



Michael Llodra on Strategy: Strategy? No, I have no strategy. Really, you know, serving, moving to the net, I don’t want to give him too much time, and even more for Berdych, you know. If he’s got both feet within the lines, he can hit you so much with his forehand, backhand. He shouldn’t dictate the game.

This is what I will have to do, to be aggressive during the whole match.


Tennis News Net Notes for May 21, 2012



  • The Boston Globe reported early on Monday that the International Tennis Hall of Fame has dropped its investigation of Bob Hewitt.  Almost a dozen women have accused the South African doubles specialist of sexual abuse between the 1970s and the early 1990s when he was their coach and they were underage.


  • Two-time French Open finalist Robin Soderling told media that he’ll be missing the French Open, Wimbledon and the Olympics as he is still recovering from mononucleosis.
  • Other withdrawals from Roland Garros include the USA’s  Mardy Fish, Spaniard Pere Riba, Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas, German Andrea Petkovic, Slovak Daniela Hantuchova, Hungarian Agnes Szavay, and Swiss Timea  Bacsinszky. They are replaced by Spain’s Daniel Gimeno-Traver, Slovenia’s Blaz Kavcic, Italy’s Simon Bolelli, Canada’s Frank Dancevic,  France’s Mathilde Johansson, Ukraine’s Lesai Tsurenko, Spain’s Laura Pous-Tio, and Argentina’s Paula Ormaechea.


  • The French Open Qualifying tournament begins on Tuesday.