April 28, 2017

ATP Tennis – Barcelona and Budapest Results and Schedules

ATP Tennis – Barcelona and Budapest Results and Schedules

Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell
ATP World Tour 500 €2,324,905 (€2,604,340 Total Financial Commitment)
Barcelona, Spain (+2 hours GMT)
24-30 April 2017 Surface: Clay

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 26 APRIL 2017

Singles – Second Round
[1] [WC] A. Murray (GBR) d B. Tomic (AUS) w/o (lower back)
[3] R. Nadal (ESP) d R. Dutra Silva (BRA) 61 62
[5] D. Goffin (BEL) d N. Basilashvili (GEO) 75 60
[6] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d J. Struff (GER) 61 63
[10] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d [Q] C. Ruud (NOR) 76(6) 64
K. Khachanov (RUS) d [11] P. Cuevas (URU) 76(5) 76(5)
[Q] H. Chung (KOR) d [12] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) 63 64
H. Zeballos (ARG) d [15] J. Sousa (POR) 76(3) 75
[16] F. Lopez (ESP) d [WC] A. Montanes (ESP) 62 62

Doubles – First Round
D. Goffin (BEL) / P. Herbert (FRA) d [3] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Granollers (ESP) 36 76(2) 10-7, saved 1 m.p.

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 27 APRIL 2017

PISTA RAFA NADAL start 11:00 am
[LL] Y. Sugita (JPN) vs [7] P. Carreno Busta (ESP)
Not Before 12:30 pm
K. Anderson (RSA) vs [3] R. Nadal (ESP)
[1] [WC] A. Murray (GBR) vs [16] F. Lopez (ESP)
[5] D. Goffin (BEL) vs K. Khachanov (RUS)
[4] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) vs L. Kubot (POL) / M. Zverev (GER)

PISTA 1 start 11:00 am
[4] D. Thiem (AUT) vs D. Evans (GBR)
[8] [WC] A. Zverev (GER) vs [Q] H. Chung (KOR)
Not Before 2:30 pm
[10] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs [6] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)
H. Zeballos (ARG) vs [17] B. Paire (FRA)
After Suitable Rest – [PR] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) vs D. Goffin (BEL) / P. Herbert (FRA)

PISTA 2 start 11:00 am
[1] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) vs F. Mergea (ROU) / A. Qureshi (PAK)
M. Matkowski (POL) / D. Nestor (CAN) vs F. Martin (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA)

 

Gazprom Hungarian Open
ATP World Tour 250 €482,060 (€540,310 Total Financial Commitment)
Budapest, Hungary (-5 hours GMT)
24-30 April 2017 Surface: Clay

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 26 APRIL 2017

Singles – First Round
[2] I. Karlovic (CRO) d D. Dzumhur (BIH) 61 36 64
[4] F. Verdasco (ESP) d [WC] M. Fucsovics (HUN) 76(6) 63
[Q] L. Djere (SRB) d [7] V. Troicki (SRB) 75 62
[Q] A. Bedene (GBR) d. R. Haase (NED) 64 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[4] B. Baker (USA) / N. Mektic (CRO) d [WC] A. Balazs (HUN) / G. Borsos (HUN) 62 76(2)

Doubles – First Round
[2] T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) d R. Harrison (USA) / M. Venus (USA) 63 63
R. Haase (NED) / D. Inglot (GBR) d L. Pouille (FRA) / G. Simon (FRA) 76(5) 61
S. Groth (AUS) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) d B. Coric (CRO) / S. Darcis (BEL) 64 62

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 27 APRIL 2017

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[LL] S. Stakhovsky (UKR) vs [6] P. Lorenzi (ITA)
[3/WC] F. Fognini (ITA) vs A. Kuznetsov (RUS)
[1] L. Pouille (FRA) vs J. Vesely (CZE)
M. Klizan (SVK) vs [Q] B. Fratangelo (USA)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
[1] O. Marach (AUT) / M. Pavic (CRO) vs R. Haase (NED) / D. Inglot (GBR)
S. Groth (AUS) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) vs [2] T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR)
After Suitable Rest – [3] J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) vs P. Lorenzi (ITA) / J. Peralta (CHI)

 

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Maria Sharapova Wins First Match After Serving 15-Month Doping Ban

(April 26, 2017)Maria Sharapova returned to the court on Wednesday after a 15-month absence due to a doping ban. The five-time major winner defeated No. 34 Roberta Vinci 7-5, 6-3 to advance at the Porsche Grand Prix WTA event in Stuttgart.

Sharapova was suspended from the tour for testing positive for the drug meldonium. She had been taking the drug for many years. Her ban was reduced from two year to 15-months.

Maria Sharapova’s Ban Reduced to 15 Months

The 30-year-old was not allowed to set foot on the grounds of the tournament until Wednesday morning for practice, as her suspension ended at midnight.

This was the Russian’s first match since the 2016 quarterfinals of the Australian Open where she lost to Serena Williams.

Sharapova who was given a wildcard into Stuttgart, has also been given wildcards into Rome and Madrid.

“It’s the best feeling in the world,” Sharapova said on court after her “I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time.”

“It’s a journey, and it starts today and I’m looking forward to playing as many matches as I can.”

As for the match itself, Sharapova hit 11 aces, 39 winners and made 21 unforced errors. In her post-match news conference, Sharapova was asked about other people’s comments about her returning to the tour.

“It’s not my job” to think about other people’s comments, she said.

“Words and quotes and articles is not what matters in life, I have learned that very well over the past year.”

“Articles, they go away, that is not life. What matters is what happens on the court.”

“I’m not getting a wild card to receive a trophy. I still have to win the matches and that’s my job.”

Sharapova will face countrywoman Ekaterina Makarova next.

 

Maria Sharapova news conference, begins at the 7-minute mark:

Related Articles:

Maria Sharapova Set to Return From Doping Ban at Stuttgart Tourney

ITF Statement Regarding the Case of Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova Announces She Failed Drug Test at Australian Open

 

PORSCHE TENNIS GRAND PRIX – STUTTGART, GER
$776,000
24 – 30 APRIL 2017

RESULTS – APRIL 26, 2017
Women’s
Singles – Second Round

[4] S. Halep (ROU) d B. Strycova (CZE) 62 63
[Q] A. Kontaveit (EST) d [5] G. Muguruza (ESP) 26 76(1) 61
First Round
[6] [WC] J. Konta (GBR) d [Q] N. Osaka (JPN) 76(5) 36 61
K. Mladenovic (FRA) d M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 64 62
E. Vesnina (RUS) d D. Kasatkina (RUS) 76(2) 62
C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d [Q] T. Korpatsch (GER) 62 64
[WC] M. Sharapova (RUS) d R. Vinci (ITA) 75 63
C. Vandeweghe (USA) d [Q] J. Ostapenko (LAT) 76(3) 76(3)

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

[1] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) d E. Rodina (RUS) / A. Sevastova (LAT) 62 61
L. Kichenok (UKR) / L. Tsurenko (UKR) d R. Olaru (ROU) / O. Savchuk (UKR) 26 64 12-10

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017
CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[8] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [WC] L. Siegemund (GER)
[6] [WC] J. Konta (GBR) vs A. Sevastova (LAT)
[WC] M. Sharapova (RUS) vs E. Makarova (RUS)

Not Before 6:30 pm
[1] A. Kerber (GER) vs K. Mladenovic (FRA)
C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs [2] K. Pliskova (CZE)
N. Broady (GBR) / A. Smith (GBR) vs [3] R. Atawo (USA) / J. Ostapenko (LAT)

COURT 1 start 1:00 pm
E. Vesnina (RUS) vs C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)
A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Stosur (AUS) vs S. Halep (ROU) / A. Rosolska (POL)
After suitable rest – [1] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) vs A. Muhammad (USA) / L. Siegemund (GER)

TEB BNP PARIBAS ISTANBUL CUP – ISTANBUL, TUR
$250,000
24 – 30 APRIL 2017

RESULTS – APRIL 26, 2017
Women’s
Singles – Second Round

[3] I. Begu (ROU) d K. Flipkens (BEL) 61 16 63
[5] S. Cirstea (ROU) d M. Sakkari (GRE) 64 62
[WC] D. Yastremska (UKR) d [LL] A. Kalinskaya (RUS) 61 64
First Round
[1] E. Svitolina (UKR) d [Q] V. Kamenskaya (RUS) 64 06 61
[2] T. Babos (HUN) d [Q] C. Perrin (SUI) 63 62
[6] E. Mertens (BEL) d K. Kozlova (UKR) 64 61
[Q] A. Cadantu (ROU) d N. Hibino (JPN) 26 60 63
[WC] A. Aksu (TUR) d [Q] E. Kulichkova (RUS) 75 61
C. Buyukakcay (TUR) d M. Zanevska (BEL) 62 61

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

D. Jakupovic (SLO) / N. Kichenok (UKR) d [1] S. Hsieh (TPE) / I. Soylu (TUR) 76(5) 62
E. Bouchard (CAN) / K. Flipkens (BEL) d A. Kalinskaya (RUS) / L. Marozava (BLR) 61 63
N. Dzalamidze (RUS) / V. Kudermetova (RUS) d A. Omae (JPN) / R. Voracova (CZE) 62 67(5) 10-6

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017
GARANTI KOZA ARENA start 12:30 pm
[6] E. Mertens (BEL) vs S. Errani (ITA)
[Q] B. Eraydin (TUR) vs [WC] A. Aksu (TUR)

Not Before 5:00 pm
C. Buyukakcay (TUR) vs [2] T. Babos (HUN)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[1] E. Svitolina (UKR) vs [Q] A. Cadantu (ROU)
After Due Rest – T. Babos (HUN) / C. Buyukakcay (TUR) vs M. Duque-Mariño (COL) / A. Mitu (ROU)

COURT 1 start 1:00 pm
J. Cepelova (SVK) vs S. Sorribes Tormo (ESP)
After Due Rest – [WC] A. Aksu (TUR) / D. Yastremska (UKR) vs [4] N. Melichar (USA) / E. Mertens (BEL)

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2017 National Wounded Warrior Tennis Camp To Be Held at Balboa Tennis Club

SIXTH ANNUAL NATIONAL WOUNDED WARRIOR TENNIS CAMP SET FOR
MAY 15-18, 2017 AT SAN DIEGO’S HISTORIC BALBOA TENNIS CLUB

Over 50 U.S. Service Members and Military Veterans Will Participate

San Diego, Calif. – (April 26, 2017) – The sixth annual National Wounded Warrior Tennis Camp will take place Monday, May 15 through Thursday, May18, 2017 at the Balboa Tennis Club located at 2221 Morley Field Dr, San Diego, CA 92104.

Over 50 wounded, ill, and injured service members and military veterans from across the country will participate in the Tennis Camp, which is being hosted by the San Diego District Tennis Association (SDDTA), in collaboration with the United States Tennis Association, Naval Medical Center San Diego, and the Balboa Tennis Club.

The camp, which will offer on-court sessions from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. each day, will focus on helping participants improve their tennis skills through game-based clinics and instruction in an upbeat, fun-filled atmosphere.  The camp also provides emotional benefits and helps with community re-integration.

Fundraising efforts are currently underway to help cover all participants’ airfare, lodging, meals, transportation, tennis equipment and instruction. The San Diego District Tennis Association is accepting contributions through its 501(c)(3) fiscal agent, Tennis Lovers For Charity, which are tax deductable. Checks may be made to “Tennis Lovers for Charity” and mailed to SDDTA, 2221 Morley Field Dr., San Diego, CA 92104.

“This tennis camp continues each year to touch the lives of these special service members and military veterans in such a positive way,” said Steve Kappes, Director of Military Outreach for the SDDTA. “We certainly could not hold this camp without the support of many local and national organizations.”

For more information on the sixth annual National Wounded Warrior Tennis Camp, go to: http://www.sdwoundedwarriortennis.org and www.facebook.com/sdwoundedwarriorstennis.

The camp will be led by Balboa Tennis Club’s Tennis Director, Geoff Griffin, a USPTA-certified teaching professional for over 25 years, and other professional tennis instructors from the club. All have been involved in the club’s Wounded Warrior Tennis Program since its inception in 2009. Support staff from Naval Medical Center San Diego will assist, along with trained volunteers from the tennis community.

About the Wounded Warrior Tennis Program – Since 2009, the Balboa Tennis Club, in collaboration with Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) and the San Diego District Tennis Association, has provided hundreds of free weekly tennis clinics to more than 800 wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans from all the military services as part of NMCSD’s Wounded, Ill, and Injured Wellness Division of its Health and Wellness Department.

These military tennis clinics and tennis camps have been recognized for their excellence and impact by Congressional and local representatives, senior officials from the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs, and the leadership of the United States Tennis Association. They have become the model for similar tennis programs for wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans that have been established at other major military medical centers, Warrior Transition Units, and VA hospitals across the country.

The Wounded Warrior Tennis Program has made a positive impact in the lives of wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans. Therapeutically, tennis has helped them work on eye-hand coordination, balance, ability to transfer weight, endurance, strength, and overall fitness. In addition to the physical benefits, tennis enables them to learn a new sport, promotes socialization, decreases stress and anxiety, and helps with re-integration into the community.

About The Balboa Tennis Club – The Balboa Tennis Club (BTC), which dates back to 1922, was rated as America’s Best Public Tennis Facility by the USTA in 1989. In 2000, the San Diego District Tennis Association named BTC as Club of the Year and in 2003, it received the Outstanding Tennis Facility award from the USTA for large facilities in the United States.

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ATP Tennis – Barcelona and Budapest Results and Schedules

ATP Tennis – Barcelona and Budapest Results and Schedules

Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell
ATP World Tour 500 €2,324,905 (€2,604,340 Total Financial Commitment)
Barcelona, Spain (+2 hours GMT)
24-30 April 2017 Surface: Clay

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 25 APRIL 2017

Singles – Second Round
[4] D. Thiem (AUT) d K. Edmund (GBR) 61 64
[7] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) d A. Seppi (ITA) 64 62
[8] [WC] A. Zverev (GER) d N. Almagro (ESP) 76(4) 46 64
[LL] Y. Sugita (JPN) d [9] R. Gasquet (FRA) 46 63 76(3)
K. Anderson (RSA) d [13] D. Ferrer (ESP) 63 64
D. Evans (GBR) d [14] M. Zverev (GER) 64 64
[17] B. Paire (FRA) d M. Granollers (ESP) 63 76(6)

First Round
B. Tomic (AUS) d D. Brown (GER) 75 46 62
J. Struff (GER) d P. Herbert (FRA) 75 63
[Q] H. Chung (KOR) d D. Istomin (UZB) 64 64
R. Dutra Silva (BRA) d R. Olivo (ARG) 61 61
N. Basilashvili (GEO) d [Q] T. Daniel (JPN) 63 61
K. Khachanov (RUS) d T. Bellucci (BRA) 63 64
H. Zeballos (ARG) d [Q] S. Giraldo (COL) 62 63

Doubles – First Round
[1] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) d R. Bopanna (IND) / P. Cuevas (URU) 76(3) 76(2)
J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) d [WC] J. Munar (ESP) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 64 62

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 26 APRIL 2017

PISTA RAFA NADAL start 11:00 am
[WC] A. Montanes (ESP) vs [16] F. Lopez (ESP)
Not Before 12:30 pm
[1] [WC] A. Murray (GBR) vs B. Tomic (AUS)
R. Dutra Silva (BRA) vs [3] R. Nadal (ESP)
J. Struff (GER) vs [6] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)

PISTA 1 start 11:00 am
[5] D. Goffin (BEL) vs N. Basilashvili (GEO)
K. Khachanov (RUS) vs [11] P. Cuevas (URU)
[10] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs [Q] C. Ruud (NOR)
[4] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) vs L. Kubot (POL) / M. Zverev (GER)

PISTA 2 start 11:00 am
[Q] H. Chung (KOR) vs [12] P. Kohlschreiber (GER)
M. Matkowski (POL) / D. Nestor (CAN) vs F. Martin (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
Not Before 3:00 pm
[15] J. Sousa (POR) vs H. Zeballos (ARG)
D. Goffin (BEL) / P. Herbert (FRA) vs [3] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Granollers (ESP)

Gazprom Hungarian Open
ATP World Tour 250 €482,060 (€540,310 Total Financial Commitment)
Budapest, Hungary (-5 hours GMT)
24-30 April 2017 Surface: Clay

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 25 APRIL 2017

Singles – First Round
[Q] B. Fratangelo (USA) d [5] G. Simon (FRA) 64 61
R. Haase (NED) d [8] D. Schwartzman (ARG) 61 63
J. Vesely (CZE) d B. Coric (CRO) 76(4) 64
A. Kuznetsov (RUS) d R. Harrison (USA) 76(6) 63
[LL] S. Stakhovsky (UKR) d F. Mayer (GER) 64 30 ret. (illness)
[WC] M. Fucsovics (HUN) d M. Youzhny (RUS) 62 62
[Q] A. Bedene (GBR) d [LL] M. Copil (ROU) 75 62

Doubles – First Round
[1] O. Marach (AUT) / M. Pavic (CRO) d N. Monroe (USA) / A. Sitak (NZL) 62 67(6) 11-9
P. Lorenzi (ITA) / J. Peralta (CHI) d V. Troicki (SRB) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) 64 64

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 26 APRIL 2017

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[7] V. Troicki (SRB) vs [Q] L. Djere (SRB)
D. Dzumhur (BIH) vs [2] I. Karlovic (CRO)

Not Before 3:00 pm
[WC] M. Fucsovics (HUN) vs [4] F. Verdasco (ESP)
[WC] A. Balazs (HUN) / G. Borsos (HUN) vs [4] B. Baker (USA) / N. Mektic (CRO)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
R. Haase (NED) vs [Q] A. Bedene (GBR)
B. Coric (CRO) / S. Darcis (BEL) vs S. Groth (AUS) / R. Lindstedt (SWE)
After Suitable Rest – L. Pouille (FRA) / G. Simon (FRA) vs R. Haase (NED) / D. Inglot (GBR)
R. Harrison (USA) / M. Venus (NZL) vs [2] T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR)

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Serena Williams Responds to Nastase’s Comments

Serena Williams

(April 24, 2017) Serena Williams has responded to comments from Tennis Hall of Famer and Romanian Fed Cup Captain Ilie Nastase who made disparaging comments about the skin color of Williams’ baby that she’s expecting in the Fall. Williams is black and her fiance, co-founder of Reddit  Alexis Ohanian is white.

“It disappoints me to know we live in a society where people like Ilie Nastase can make such racist comments towards myself and (my) unborn child,” she wrote on her Instagram.

“I humbly thank the ITF for any consideration given to all the facts in this case. They will have my full support,” the 35-year-old 23-time major champion wrote.

“I have said it once and I’ll say it again, this world has come so far but yet we have so much further to go. Yes, we have broken down so many barriers- however there are a plethora more to go. This or anything else will not stop me from pouring love, light and positivity into everything that I do. I will continue to take a lead and stand up for what’s right.”

Nastase was ejected from the Romania- Great Britain Fed cup tie over the weekend for verbal abuse directed at British player Johanna Konta, British captain Anne Keothavong and the chair umpire. He has also been provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Federation.

This is the full post from her Instagram account:

 

 

 

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USTA Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge Standings

Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge Standings
(as of April 24, 2017)

The Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge continued into its second week with teenager Amanda Anisimova and Tennys Sandgren staying at the top of the leaderboard.

Anisimova, 15, reached her second consecutive USTA Pro Circuit singles final this past weekend at the $60,000 event in Dothan, Ala., earning 48 points. The week prior, she also advanced to the final of the $80,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., to earn 70 ranking points.

Sandgren reached the final of the $100,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger in Sarasota, Fla., yesterday to claim 55 points, falling to fellow American Frances Tiafoe in the final (Tiafoe already received direct entry into the French Open). The week prior, Sandgren also qualified for the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships in Houston to earn 12 points.

USTA Player Development will award a French Open main-draw wild card to one American man and one American woman who earn the most ATP World Tour and WTA Tour ranking points in a series of clay-court events this spring. The challenge began the week of April 10 and concludes the week of May 1.

New this year for the men’s wild card challenge, USTA Player Development will now consider all American results worldwide for the wild card. Therefore, both USTA Pro Circuit tournaments and international ATP Tour and Challenger tournaments on any professional outdoor clay surface (Har-Tru or red) at prize money of $50,000 and above will be included. The women’s wild card challenge will still consist of results earned at USTA Pro Circuit clay-court events over four weeks.

The USTA and the French Tennis Federation have a reciprocal agreement in which wild cards into the 2017 French Open and US Open are exchanged. Only Americans who did not otherwise earn direct entry into the French Open are eligible. In the event of a tie, the player with the best ATP or best WTA singles ranking on Monday, May 8, will be awarded the wild card.

The standings, as of April 24, and future tournaments can be found here (MEN’S STANDINGS; WOMEN’S STANDINGS). Men’s events include points in the main draw and qualifying, while women’s events include points in the main draw only. All players who have received direct entry into the 2017 French Open are not included in the standings. The entry lists for the French Open were released last week.

All USTA Pro Circuit tournaments will be streamed live on www.procircuit.usta.com.

The USTA first used the wild card challenge format for its 2012 French Open wild cards, won by Melanie Oudin and Brian Baker. Oudin and Baker each advanced to the second round at that year’s French Open and subsequently broke into the Top 100. In 2013, Alex Kuznetsov and Shelby Rogers earned the wild cards, with Rogers winning her first-ever Grand Slam singles match at the French Open. In 2014, young American Taylor Townsend and veteran Robby Ginepri received the wild cards, with Townsend becoming a top storyline by reaching the Roland Garros third round. In 2015, young Americans Frances Tiafoeand Louisa Chirico secured the wild cards. Last year, Townsend and Bjorn Fratangelo earned the wild cards, with both players winning their first-round matches.

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The U.S. Defeats the Czech Republic 3-2 to Reach Fed Cup Final Versus Belarus

(April 23, 2017) The United States advanced to its first Fed Cup Final since 2010 by defeating the three-time defending champion Czech Republic, 3-2, on Sunday in a World Group Semifinal tie at Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa Bay.

 

The U.S. clinched the best-of-five match series when doubles world No. 1 Bethanie Mattek-Sands and CoCo Vandeweghe defeated Katerina Siniakova and Kristyna Pliskova, 6-2, 6-3, in a fifth, decisive doubles match in front of 2,756 people.

 

After the two countries came into the day tied, 1-1, following Saturday’s singles matches, world No. 24 Vandeweghe defeated No. 38 Siniakova, 6-4, 6-0, to put the U.S. up, 2-1. Marketa Vondrousova, a 17-year old who won her first WTA title last week, then defeated Lauren Davis – substituted for Shelby Rogers – 6-2, 7-5, to push the tie to the decisive doubles match, a first for the U.S. since 2015, when it lost to Italy in a World Group Playoff.

 

Both countries made substitutions to their doubles teams. U.S. Captain Kathy Rinaldi elected to pair Vandeweghe with Mattek-Sands, while Czech Captain Petr Pala subbed in Siniakova for Denisa Allertova. The victory made Vandeweghe the first U.S. Fed Cup player to win three matches in a single tie since Lindsay Davenport in the 2005 World Group Quarterfinals.

 

“It was an amazing day as a team,” noted CoCo Vandeweghe. “It shows that every point counts in this event, and we all came together when it mattered most. That’s what you expect out of a Fed Cup tie.”

 

U.S. Captain Kathy Rinaldi on reaching the final in her debut in her debut year as captain: “It’s been an unbelievable couple of ties for me. Coco said it well: These girls are amazing. It’s been a lot of fun it’s super special. It’s something that I’ll never forget. Looking forward to the final.”

“I love everything about the role. I knew what I was getting into, and I love it. I love the girls, the competition. Yes, at this level you always have little bumps in the road or what have you, but that’s part of it. And I like that part. I like the challenge.”

 

Asked if she was in contact with Venus and Serena Williams, Rinaldi said: “Well, we just won this and haven’t gotten that far. Yeah, I’ve spoken to Venus and Serena. They’ve been extremely supportive. We’ve had great communication with all the players. That’s part of it as captain. I care about these girls more than

just Fed Cup.

 

“I’m thinking about them for the long run and the big picture as well. You know, that’s great thing about American tennis right now, the exciting part, that we have so many players. These girls have been absolutely amazing. It’s their goal to win a Fed Cup title and I know that.

“It’s actually tough to pick a team because we have so many great players, and I’ve known them since they were so young. I believe in them all.”

 

The U.S. will travel to Belarus, a surprise 3-2 winner over Switzerland, for the Fed Cup Final, Nov. 11-12, at a site and on a surface to be determined by the Belarussians. Rinaldi follows Mary Joe Fernandez as U.S. captains to reach the Final in their debut year. The U.S. team made its last appearance in the Final in 2010, when a team featuring Vandeweghe and Mattek-Sands, lost to Italy, 3-1, in San Diego. The U.S. won the last of its record 17 Fed Cup titles back in 2000.

 

Final results of the tie 

DAY/LOCAL TIME

 

Saturday, 12:00 p.m.

Singles A:             CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) d. Marketa Vondrousova (CZE), 6-1, 6-4

Singles B:             Katerina Siniakova (CZE) d. Shelby Rogers (USA), 6-3, 6-3

 

Sunday, 11:00 a.m.

Singles C:            CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) d. Katerina Siniakova (CZE), 6-4, 6-0

Singles D:            Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) d. Lauren Davis (USA), 6-2, 7-5

Doubles:             Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) / CoCo Vandeweghe (USA)

Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) / Katerina Siniakova (CZE), 6-2, 6-3

 

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Rafael Nadal Wins 10th Monte-Carlo Crown for 50th Clay Court Title, Most in Open Era

(April 23, 2017) Rafael Nadal became the first man to win a singles event ten times, when he defeated countryman Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the Monte-Carlo Masters final on Sunday 6-1, 6-3.

The win not only gave Nadal his 29th Masters title, but his 50th tournament title on clay surpassing Tennis Hall of Famer Guillermo Vilas’ record of 49 clay court championships in the Open Era.

The fourth seeded Nadal has now won an ATP World Tour title for the 14th year in a row. Nadal will also be attempting to win his tenth titles in Barcelona and at the French Open.

“It’s really unbelievable,” Nadal said. “To win 10 times in such an important event like Monte-Carlo is something difficult to describe. Every year has been a different feeling. At the same, it’s always a unique moment every time I have this trophy with me.”

“I feel lucky to keep playing tennis, being healthy all these years and to compete in one of the most beautiful events of the year. Very happy to win another one. It’s a very important day in my career.”

“Nobody likes to play a final and lose 6-1, 6-3.” said Ramos-Vinolas. “But I know how it is. I know that I have another tournament. I have to keep going. I will try to have my feedback with the good things I did this week. Not today, but maybe tomorrow I will be proud of myself, and I will restart again for the next tournament.”

 

It was a career week for Ramos-Vinolas reaching his first Masters final and he’ll be rewarded for it moving into the Top 20 in the rankings.

 

For Nadal, this was his 70th career title.

 

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It’s Official – Serena Williams is Pregnant, Will Be Back in 2018

 

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(April 19, 2017) A spokeswoman for Serena Williams has told multiple media outlets that the 23-time major champion is pregnant, the baby is due in the Fall. Williams posted a photo of herself on Snapchat with the caption: “20 weeks.” She took down the post later in the day.

Williams who is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, was last on a tennis court in late January when she won the Australian Open. She was about two months pregnant at the time.

The spokeswoman also noted that the 35-year-old Williams will be back on the tour in 2018.

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USTA Announces U.S. Teams to Compete in Wheelchair Tennis’ BNP Paribas World Team Cup

U.S. Teams to Compete in Wheelchair Tennis’

Premier International Team Competition, May 1-7, in Sardinia, Italy

 

Junior Team Looks to Retain Title; Quad Team Hopes to Regain Title and

 Women’s Team and Looks to Improve on Last Year’s Result

 

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., April 19, 2017 – The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced the players and coaches who will represent the United States at the 2017 BNP Paribas World Team Cup. The nation’s top wheelchair tennis players will compete against participants from around the globe, May 1-7, at the Baia di Conte and Alghero Tennis Club in Sardinia, Italy.

 

The World Team Cup is the ITF’s flagship wheelchair tennis event, often referred to as the Davis Cup and Fed Cup of wheelchair tennis. The inaugural event was held in California in 1985 involving six men’s teams. The women’s competition began the following year, with quad and junior events introduced in 1998 and 2000, respectively. The event has experienced continued growth since.

 

A total of 40 teams representing 29 countries will take part in the 2017 competition in Sardinia. Teams will compete in the women’s World Group (12 nations), quad event (8 teams) and junior event (8 teams). The event will take place on hard courts. After finishing outside the top twelve at last year’s event the men’s team was relegated to the World Team Cup qualifying event earlier this year in March in Quito, Ecuador.  After finishing as the runners-up to Brazil they will have to wait until 2018 for a shot to win the World Team Cup qualifying event to make it back into the World group. 

 

Representing the U.S. at the 2017 BNP Paribas World Team Cup will be:

 

Women’s Team

Paul Walker (Coach), Lakeland, Fla.

Dana Mathewson, San Diego

Mackenzie Soldan, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Lauren Haneke-Hopps, San Diego

 

Quad Team

John Devorss (Coach), Salem, Ore.

Bryan Barten, Tucson, Ariz.

Nick Taylor, Wichita, Kan.

David Wagner, Hillsboro, Ore.

 

Junior Team

Jason Harnett (Coach), Orlando, Fla.

Conner Stroud, Spindale, N.C.

Joanna Nieh, New York

Nathan Melnyk, New York

 

Head Physio

Jenna Street, Colorado Springs, Colo.

 

Team Manager

Jason Allen, Orlando, Fla.

 

The U.S. junior team will look for the three-peat after winning titles in 2015 and 2016, but it will have to accomplish the feat without a few familiar faces. Returning member Conner Stroud will step into the lead role with his year’s group after Chris Herman and Casey Ratzlaff aged out of the junior division. Newcomers Joanna Nieh and Nathan Melnyk will look to add their names as World Team Cup champions.

 

The quad team will look to regain its title after a fifth-place finish last year. The team will be led by three-time Paralympic doubles gold medalists David Wagner and Nick Taylor and joined by two-time Paralympian Bryan Barten.

 

The U.S. women’s team will be led by 2016 Paralympian Dana Mathewson as it looks to improve on its eighth-place finish from last year.

 

The USTA was officially designated by the USOC as the national governing body for the Paralympic sport of wheelchair tennis in June 2002, becoming the first Olympic national governing body to earn this recognition. As the national governing body for wheelchair tennis, the USTA manages wheelchair tennis in the United States, including the sanctioning of tournaments, overseeing wheelchair rankings, creating and managing a High Performance program for developing elite disabled athletes, and selecting teams to compete internationally for the United States.

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