October 1, 2016

Three Teenagers Move Into Singles Semifinals At Red Rock Pro Open

 

Sofia Kenin

Sofia Kenin

SUMMERLIN (Sept. 30, 2016) – Junior tennis rivals and fellow 17-year-olds Sonya Kenin and Fanni Stollar are each one victory away from a meeting in the final at the eighth annual Red Rock Pro Open being played at the Red Rock Country Club.

 

In the quarterfinals on Friday, Kenin, a USTA wild card from Pembroke Pines, Fla., took three sets to beat former USC All-American Maria Sanchez, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, while tournament qualifier Stollar of Budapest, Hungary, won her sixth match in six days, taking care of Las Vegas’ Jovana Jaksic, 6-2, 7-5.

 

Kenin will face 19-year-old Nadia Podoroska Argentina at 11 a.m. in one semifinal, while Stollar will play top-seeded Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium in a semifinal match to follow.

 

“I knew she had a good serve so I was focused on my return,” said Kenin, who beat Sanchez in their only other career meeting, also in three sets, two years ago in qualifying at the Albuquerque, N.M., $75,000 Challenger when Kenin was just 15 years old. “She’s a pretty aggressive player so I knew I had to move her around and control the points.”

 

Kenin, who is still an amateur and has not turned pro, won her first $25,000 ITF pro tournament in Florida in January, and won the $50,000 Sacramento Challenger in July.

 

Kenin won the USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge to earn a wild card into this year’s US Open, where she faced eventual finalist Karolina Pliskova in the first round. As a junior player, Kenin reached the singles final at the 2015 US Open Junior Championships, the semifinals of this year’s junior US Open and the quarterfinals of 2016 junior Wimbledon. She also won the 2015 USTA Girls’ 18s national title to earn a wild-card berth into the US Open women’s singles draw for her first Grand Slam main draw.

 

In the doubles final set for Sunday at 11 a.m., it will be American Jamie Loeb and Chanel Simmonds of South Africa against Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands and Sanchez.

 

Friday’s Quarterfinal Singles Scores

wc: wild card; q: qualifying;

Sonya Kenin (U.S.) [wc] def. Maria Sanchez (U.S.) [wc], 6-2, 3-6, 6-1

Nadia Podoroska (Argentina) def. Sachia Vickery (U.S.) [8], 6-1, 6-2

Alison Van Uytvanck (Belgium) [1] def. Taylor Townsend (U.S.) [6], 6-1, 6-4

Fanni Stollar (Hungary) [q] def. Jovana Jaksic (Serbia), 6-2, 7-5

Friday’s Semifinal Doubles Scores

Jamie Loeb (U.S.) / Chanel Simmonds (South Africa), def. Jovana Jaksic, (Serbia) / Taylor Townsend (U.S.), 6-4, 6-4

Michaella Krajicek (Netherlands) / Maria Sanchez (U.S.) def. Elise Mertens (Belgium) / Mandy Minella (Luxemboug), [3], 6-3, 7-5

 

Saturday’s Semifinal Singles Schedule

Starting at 11 a.m. on Stadium Court

Sonya Kenin (U.S.) [wc] vs. Nadia Podoroska (Argentina)

Fanni Stollar (Hungary) [q] vs. Alison Van Uytvanck (Belgium) [1]

 

The tournament’s official website is www.RedRockProOpen.com.  Follow along on Twitter @RedRockTennis and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redrockproopen.

 

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Sachia Vickery Beats Defending Champion Michaella Krajicek To Advance to Quarterfinals of Red Rock Pro Open

Sachia Vickery photo by Tracey Lee

Sachia Vickery photo by Tracey Lee

 

SUMMERLIN (Sept. 29, 2016) – For the second time in three days, 21-year-old Floridian Sachia Vickery found herself down a set and 1-4, only to claw her way back and win in three sets at the Red Rock Pro Open taking place at the Red Rock Country Club.

 

On Thursday, Vickery did it against Red Rock Pro Open defending champion Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands, playing more aggressive and taking more chances in the latter stages of the match in a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory.

 

It was sweet revenge for Vickery, who lost a tough three-set match to Krajicek in the second round here last year. Vickery is a Red Rock Pro Open veteran who first played in Las Vegas five years ago when the event was played at Darling Tennis Center and sponsored by Redfoo and his Party Rockin gang.

 

“I liked the way I fought back and competed today,” Vickery said. “I knew what I was doing wrong and was able to turn things around in my first two matches here. I’m feeling my way into this tournament and it’s great to be in the quarterfinals.”

 

Vickery will next face Argentina 19-year-old Nadia Podoroska in the quarterfinals of Friday. Vickery is in Las Vegas with her mother and coach Stefano Vukov of Pro World based in Delray Beach, Fla.

 

Podoroska, one of three teenagers in the final eight, looked impressive in upsetting the No. 2 seeded Mandy Minella from Luxembourg, 6-3, 6-2.

 

A pair 17-year-olds also marched into the quarterfinals as American Sonya Kenin and Fanni Stollar both moved on. Kenin won her first set over Kristie Ahn, 6-3, but Ahn then retired from the match because of an injury. The qualifier Stollar of Hungary needed two tiebreakers to beat Belgium No. 4 seed Elise Mertens.

 

Las Vegas resident Jovana Jaksic of Serbia played composed tennis against former world-ranked No. 27 Laura Robson of Great Britain, taking her out 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-4. Robson has suffered various injuries and is currently ranked No. 225 in the world, while Jaksic is at No. 181.

 

Other Americans advancing to the quarterfinals were former USC All American Maria Sanchez, at age 26 the oldest singles player remaining, who beat fellow American Jamie Loeb, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, and No. 6-seeded Taylor Townsend.

 

Later in the day, Jaksic and Townsend teamed to advance in doubles as the pair beat Robson and American Sophie Chang, 6-4, 6-2. This is the second time in two months that Townsend has paired up with an American as she and Las Vegas’ Asia Muhammad made had a nice quarterfinal run in the US Open last month.

 

Thursday’s Second-Round Singles Scores

wc: wild card; q: qualifying;

Maria Sanchez (U.S.) [wc] def. Jamie Loeb (U.S.), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2

Taylor Townsend (U.S.) [6] def. Sesil Karatantcheva (Bulgaria), 6-0, 7-6 (5)

Sachia Vickery (U.S.) [8] def. Michaella Krajicek (Netherlands), 2-6, 6-4, 6-2

Fanni Stollar (Hungary) [q] def. Elise Mertens (Belgium) [4], 7-6 (7), 7-6 (6)

Jovana Jaksic (Serbia), def. Laura Robson (Great Britain), 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-4

Nadia Podoroska (Argentina) def. Mandy Minella (Luxembourg) [2], 6-3, 6-2

Alison Van Uytvanck (Belgium) [1] def. Marie Bouzkova (Czech Republic) [q], 7-5, 6-1

Sonya Kenin (U.S.) [wc] def. Kristie Ahn (U.S.), 6-3, retired (injury)

Thursday’s Second-Round Doubles Scores

Jovana Jaksic, (Serbia) / Taylor Townsend (U.S.) def. Sophie Chang (U.S.) / Laura Robson (Great Britain), 6-4, 6-2

Elise Mertens (Belgium) / Mandy Minella (Luxemboug), [3] def. Emma Laine (Finland) / Anna Zaja (Germany), 6-1, 6-4

Michaella Krajicek (Netherlands) / Maria Sanchez (U.S.) def. Kristie Ahn (U.S.) / Fanni Stollar (Hungary), walkover

Jamie Loeb (U.S.) / Chanel Simmonds (South Africa), def. Alize Lim (France) / Valeria Solovyeva (Russia), 3-6, 6-2, 10-4

 

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ATP and WTA Results

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Chengdu Open
Chengdu, China
RESULTS – THURSDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER 2016

Singles – Second Round
[1] [WC] D. Thiem (AUT) d [WC] D. Wu (CHN) 64 64
K. Anderson (RSA) d [2] N. Kyrgios (AUS) 36 76(6) 62, saved 2 m.p.
[5] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d Y. Lu (TPE) 76(4) 36 64
[6] V. Troicki (SRB) d M. Baghdatis (CYP) 63 46 62

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) d N. Kyrgios (AUS) / V. Troicki (SRB) 61 64
[4] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / M. Fyrstenberg (POL) d D. Lajovic (SRB) / J. Sousa (POR) 63 64
N. Monroe (USA) / A. Sitak (NZL) d P. Raja (IND) / D. Sharan (IND) 64 63
A. Shamasdin (CAN) / A. Siljestrom (SWE) d R. Bopanna (IND) / J. Nedunchezhiyan (IND) 64 76(4)

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER 2016

STADIUM COURT start 2:00 pm
K. Khachanov (RUS) vs [4] F. Lopez (ESP)

Not Before 4:00 pm
[6] V. Troicki (SRB) vs K. Anderson (RSA)

Not Before 6:30 pm
[3] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs D. Schwartzman (ARG)

Not Before 8:30 pm
[1] [WC] D. Thiem (AUT) vs [5] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)

COURT 1 start 3:00 pm
[1] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) vs N. Monroe (USA) / A. Sitak (NZL)

Shenzhen Open
Shenzhen, China

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER 2016

Singles – Second Round
[1] T. Berdych (CZE) d M. Kukushkin (KAZ) 76(7) 76(4)
[4] B. Tomic (AUS) d [Q] R. Harrison (USA) 64 46 75
[8] J. Vesely (CZE) d I. Cervantes (ESP) 76(2) 63
T. Bellucci (BRA) d [LL] T. Fabbiano (ITA) 76(2) 76(4)

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[3] M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL) d J. Erlich (ISR) / S. Gonzalez (MEX) 64 64
G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / M. Jaziri (TUN) d [4] C. Guccione (AUS) / A. Sa (BRA) 64 57 10-8
F. Fognini (ITA) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) d [PR] P. Andujar (ESP) / R. Gasquet (FRA) 60 61

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER 2016

CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
[Q] M. Zverev (GER) vs [3] R. Gasquet (FRA)
[PR] J. Tipsarevic (SRB) vs M. Jaziri (TUN)

Not Before 5:30 pm
[4] B. Tomic (AUS) vs T. Bellucci (BRA)
[1] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [8] J. Vesely (CZE)

COURT 1 start 2:00 pm
F. Fognini (ITA) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) vs [3] M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL)

Not Before 4:00 pm
After Suitable Rest – G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / M. Jaziri (TUN) vs [2] O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA)

G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / M. Jaziri (TUN) vs [4] C. Guccione (AUS) / A. Sa (BRA)

TASHKENT OPEN – TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN
$250,000
24 SEPTEMBER – 1 OCTOBER 2016

RESULTS – SEPTEMBER 29, 2016
Women’s Singles – Quarterfinals
[9] D. Allertova (CZE) d [2] K. Flipkens (BEL) 75 64
[4] N. Hibino (JPN) d [6] L. Tsurenko (UKR) 76(6) 00 Retired
K. Kozlova (UKR) d S. Voegele (SUI) 63 63
K. Pliskova (CZE) d I. Khromacheva (RUS) 63 64

Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
N. Abduraimova (UZB) / H. Kuwata (JPN) d [1] L. Kichenok (UKR) / N. Kichenok (UKR) 64 64
[4] R. Olaru (ROU) / I. Soylu (TUR) d [WC] P. Merenkova (UZB) / D. Yastremska (UKR) 62 76(2)

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016
CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
K. Kozlova (UKR) vs K. Pliskova (CZE)
[4] N. Hibino (JPN) vs [9] D. Allertova (CZE)

Not Before 13:00
N. Abduraimova (UZB) / H. Kuwata (JPN) vs [3] D. Schuurs (NED) / R. Voracova (CZE)

Not Before 13:30
After Rest Possible Crt Change – [4] R. Olaru (ROU) / I. Soylu (TUR) vs K. Pliskova (CZE) / A. Sadikovic (SUI)

 

 

WUHAN OPEN – WUHAN, CHN
$2,589,000
25 SEPTEMBER-01 OCTOBER 2016

 

RESULTS – SEPTEMBER 29, 2016
Women’s
Singles – Quarterfinals

[9] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d [3] A. Radwanska (POL) 16 76(9) 64
[4] S. Halep (ROU) d [8] M. Keys (USA) 64 62
[10] D. Cibulkova (SVK) d B. Strycova (CZE) 63 36 64
[14] P. Kvitova (CZE) d [11] J. Konta (GBR) 63 64
Third Round
[10] D. Cibulkova (SVK) d [5] K. Pliskova (CZE) 62 62
B. Strycova (CZE) d J. Jankovic (SRB) 16 64 75

Women’s
Doubles – Quarterfinals

[2] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) d R. Atawo (USA) / A. Spears (USA) 63 06 10-4
[5] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) d A. Krunic (SRB) / K. Siniakova (CZE) 63 64
C. McHale (USA) / S. Peng (CHN) d K. Bondarenko (UKR) / C. Chuang (TPE) 64 62
Second Round
C. McHale (USA) / S. Peng (CHN) d [1] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) 36 62 10-2
[2] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) d A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) 36 75 10-8
A. Krunic (SRB) / K. Siniakova (CZE) d [4] M. Hingis (SUI) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) 67(4) 75 10-7
[5] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) d [WC] X. Han (CHN) / L. Zhu (CHN) 64 76(7)
[6] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) d [WC] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) / S. Kuznetsova (RUS) 30 Retired
K. Bondarenko (UKR) / C. Chuang (TPE) d [7] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) 64 46 10-8

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016
CENTRE COURT start 1:00 pm
C. McHale (USA) / S. Peng (CHN) vs [5] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE)

Not Before 3:30 pm
[9] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [10] D. Cibulkova (SVK)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[14] P. Kvitova (CZE) vs [4] S. Halep (ROU)
[6] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) or [3] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) vs [2] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE)

COURT 1 start Not Before 4:00 pm
[6] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) vs [3] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE)

 

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A Pair of First-time ATP Winners as Zverev Takes Down Wawrinka for St. Petersburg Crown and Pouille Wins Metz

 

Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev

(September 25, 2016) The ATP World Tour saw two first-time winners on Sunday. US Open winner and top seed Stan Wawrinka lost to 19-year-old up-and-and-coming German Alexander Zverev in St. Petersburg, while Frenchman Lucas Pouille beat top seed and No. 10 in the world Dominic Thiem to win in Metz, France.

The third seeded Pouille is coming off a successful US Open where he beat Rafael Nadal in the fourth round on his way to the quarterfinals for the first time, where he lost to fellow Frenchman Gael Monfils.

The 22-year-old Pouille, ranked 18th won 7-6 (5), 6-2 to claim the Moselle Open.

 

Louis Pouille

Louis Pouille

 

“I’m very happy with my week, Pouille said after the victory. “Winning a title is a big step, it’s an objective I wanted to achieve this year. It was a well-played final. We both played at a high level.”

 

Dominic Thiem

Dominic Thiem

“I think the first set was a pretty high level from both of us,” said the 23-year-old Austrian finalist. “I should have won the tie-break, but had an easy volley mistake. All in all, he was the better player and had more chances in my service games. He deserved to win today. I think he put pressure on me all the time and was serving really well.

“He’s had an amazing year, reaching the quarter-finals in the last two Grand Slam and semis in the Masters 1000 in Rome. I think we will see him in the Top 10 soon.”

Just two weeks after winning his first US Open title for his third major title, Stan Wawrinka fell victim to the rising 19-year-old Zverev 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.

Zverev snapped the Swiss’ 11 match winning streak in finals in winning his first title. The last time Wawrinka lost in a final was in 2013. The German became the first teenager to win an ATP World Tour title since 2008 when Marin Cilic won in New Haven.

“This victory is something special,” the German said. “I played all the finals well. I lost to Dominic Thiem on clay and I could have won against Florian Mayer on the grass… Now I’m very happy with the win, especially over such a great player like Stan.”

“In the third set I had the initiative and played slice to his left more. I tried to neutralize his massive backhand. I’m satisfied with the win.”

Stan Wawrinka

Stan Wawrinka

“We showed high-quality tennis,” said Wawrinka. “I was struggling in the third set. I had chances but I didn’t manage to convert them. He deserved the win.”

“He is a good player right now. He scored a couple of big wins over top players. It means he is really strong.”

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Wozniacki Holds Off Osaka to Win Tokyo for First Title of 2016

Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki

 

(September 25, 2016) Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki kept her streak of winning at least one tournament a year alive when she fended off a charge by Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka 7-5, 6-3 to win the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo on Sunday. Wozniacki also won the event in 2010.

Wozniacki, coming off having reached the US Open semifinals, has seen her ranking fall due to injuries this year, jumped out to a 5-0 first set lead, before Osaka fought back. She took a medical time out during the first set for a left leg injury which the Dane had taped.

Osaka was playing her first WTA final.

“I just fought for every point and tried to stay aggressive and make her move,” Wozniacki said. “She fought back in the second set so I was just happy to close it out.”

“Injuries happen and you never know when you can be taken out of the game, so I’m just enjoying every minute.”

“I’ve won a tournament every year since 2008 so I’m happy to keep that streak going,” Wozniacki said.

This was the Dane’s career 24th title win. She is currently 28th in the world.

Lara Arruabarrena

Lara Arruabarrena

In other WTA finals over the weekend, Lesia Tsurenko upset defending champion Jelena Jankovic at the Guangzhou Open for her first tour title while Lara Arruabarrena won the Korea Open over Monica Niculescu 6-0, 2-6, 6-0.

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GUANGZHOU INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S OPEN – GUANGZHOU, CHINA
$250,000
19 – 24 SEPTEMBER 2016

RESULTS – SEPTEMBER 24, 2016
Women’s
Singles – Final

L. Tsurenko (UKR) d [2] J. Jankovic (SRB) 64 36 64

Women’s
Doubles – Final

[4] A. Muhammad (USA) / S. Peng (CHN) d [WC] O. Govortsova (BLR) / V. Lapko (BLR) 62 76(3)

 

KOREA OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 – SEOUL, KOREA
$250,000
17-25 SEPTEMBER,2016

RESULTS – SEPTEMBER 24, 2016
Women’s
Singles – Semifinals

[5] M. Niculescu (ROU) d [3] S. Zhang (CHN) 60 64
L. Arruabarrena (ESP) d P. Tig (ROU) 61 62

Women’s
Doubles – Semifinals

[2] K. Flipkens (BEL) / J. Larsson (SWE) d K. Lykina (RUS) / R. Sawayanagi (JPN) 62 62

ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016
CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
[5] M. Niculescu (ROU) vs L. Arruabarrena (ESP)
Award Ceremony
A. Omae (JPN) / P. Plipuech (THA) vs [2] K. Flipkens (BEL) / J. Larsson (SWE)

TORAY PAN PACIFIC OPEN – TOKYO, JAPAN
$1,000,000
17-25 SEPTEMBER 2016

RESULTS – SEPTEMBER 24, 2016
Women’s
Singles – Semifinals

C. Wozniacki (DEN) d [2] A. Radwanska (POL) 46 75 64
[WC] N. Osaka (JPN) d E. Svitolina (UKR) 16 63 62

Women’s
Doubles – Final

[2] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) d C. Liang (CHN) / Z. Yang (CHN) 61 61

ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016
CENTER COURT start 12:00 noon
[WC] N. Osaka (JPN) vs C. Wozniacki (DEN)

 

St. Petersburg

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER 2016

Singles – Semi-finals
[1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d [4] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) 76(8) 62
[5] A. Zverev (GER) d [3] T. Berdych (CZE) 64 64

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] D. Inglot (GBR) / H. Kontinen (FIN) d K. Kravchuk (RUS) / A. Kuznetsov (RUS) 63 60

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 25 SEPTEMBER 2016

CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
[1] D. Inglot (GBR) / H. Kontinen (FIN) vs [PR] A. Begemann (GER) / L. Paes (IND)

Not Before 4:00 pm
[1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs [5] A. Zverev (GER)

 

Moselle Open

Metz, France

 

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER 2016

Singles – Semi-finals
[1] D. Thiem (AUT) d [4] G. Simon (FRA) 46 75 63
[3] L. Pouille (FRA) d [2] D. Goffin (BEL) 76(6) 61

Doubles – Semi-finals
[3] M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL) d C. Fleming (GBR) / S. Lipsky (USA) 76(4) 61

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 25 SEPTEMBER 2016

COURT PATRICE DOMINGUEZ start 1:45 pm
[3] M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL) vs J. Peralta (CHI) / H. Zeballos (ARG)

3:45 pm
[1] D. Thiem (AUT) vs [3] L. Pouille (FRA)

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United States to Host Switzerland in First Round Of Davis Cup in February

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UNITED STATES TO HOST SWITZERLAND  

IN THE 2017 DAVIS CUP BY BNP PARIBAS

WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND THIS FEBRUARY

USTA: WHITE PLAINS, NY, September 22, 2016 — The United States Davis Cup Team will host Switzerland in the 2017 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group First Round, February 3-5, at a site to be determined. The International Tennis Federation announced the draw for the 2017 World Group today in London. Switzerland is seeded No. 5, while the United States is unseeded. The U.S. reached the World Group Quarterfinals this year, defeating Australia in Melbourne in March and falling to 2016 Davis Cup finalist Croatia in July in Portland, Ore.

The United States holds a 3-1 record over Switzerland in Davis Cup competition. The two countries last met in 2012, in a World Group First Round tie played in Fribourg, Switzerland, where the U.S. team of Mardy Fish, John Isner, Mike Bryan, and Ryan Harrison swept Switzerland, 5-0, with a Swiss team comprising of both Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka.   

The United States will host back-to-back Davis Cup and Fed Cup ties next February, as the United States hosts Germany in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group First Round, February 11-12. With these draws, there is the possibility of hosting both reigning US Open singles champions in the United States for Davis Cup and Fed Cup, as Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) and Angelique Kerber (Germany) are each their country’s top players, as well as five-time US Open champion Roger Federer.  

Founded in 1900, Davis Cup is the world’s largest annual international men’s team competition.  The U.S. leads all nations with 32 Davis Cup titles. The United States holds a 216-70 all-time Davis Cup record and owns the longest uninterrupted run in the World Group, dating back to 1989.  Wilson is the official ball of the U.S. Davis Cup team.

For more information, including access to player and historical Davis Cup records, please go to www.usta.com/daviscup or www.daviscup.com. Follow the U.S. Davis Cup Team on Twitter @USDavisCupTeam. For Fed Cup information, visit www.usta.com/fedcup or www.fedcup.com. Follow the U.S. Fed Cup Team on Twitter @USFedCupTeam.

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Draws Made for 2017 Davis Cup

 

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(September 22, 2016) The Draw for the 2017 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas was held at the BNP Paribas offices in London on Thursday.

 

Individual draws were made for the 2017 World Group, Americas Zone Groups I and II, Asia/Oceania Zone Groups I and II, and Europe/Africa Zone Groups I and II.

 

The 2017 World Group dates are as follows:

 

World Group first round: 3-5 February

World Group quarterfinals: 7-9 April

World Group semifinals and play-offs: 15-17 September

World Group Final: 24-26 November

 

The 2016 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final between Croatia and Argentina will take place in Croatia on 25-27 November, with the venue to be confirmed in due course.

 

2017 Draws

 

World Group

 

First round (3-5 February)

 

Argentina [s] [c] v Italy

Germany [c] v Belgium [s]

Australia [c] v Czech Republic [s]

USA [c] v Switzerland [s]

Japan [c] v France [s]

Canada [c] [*] v Great Britain [s]

Serbia [s] [c] v Russia

Croatia [s] [c] v Spain
Americas Zone Group I

 

First round (3-5 February)

 

Brazil [s] v Bye

Ecuador [c] v Peru

Winner of Barbados v Dominican Republic v Chile

Colombia [s] v Bye
Asia/Oceania Zone Group I

 

First round (3-5 February)

 

Kazakhstan [s] v Bye

Chinese Taipei [c] v China P.R.

Korea, Rep. [c] v Uzbekistan

India [s] [c] v New Zealand
Europe/Africa Zone Group I

 

First round (3-5 February)

 

Slovakia [s] v Bye

Hungary v Bye

Netherlands [s] Bye

Bosnia/Herzegovina [c] [*] [^] v Poland

Belarus [c] v Romania

Austria [s] v Bye

Winner of Israel v Sweden v Portugal

Ukraine [s] v Bye

 

Americas Zone Group II

 

First round (3-5 February)

 

Loser of Barbados v Dominican Republic [s] v Paraguay

Guatemala [c] v Mexico [s]

El Salvador [s] [c] v Bolivia

Bahamas [c] v Venezuela [s]
Asia/Oceania Zone Group II

 

First round (3-5 February)

 

Pakistan [s] [c] v Iran

Vietnam [s] [c] [*] v Hong Kong, China

Philippines [s] [c] v Indonesia

Kuwait [c] v Thailand [s]

 

Europe/Africa Zone Group II

 

First round (3-5 February)

 

Loser of Israel v Sweden [s] v Tunisia

Cyprus [c] [*] v Turkey [s]

Madagascar [c] [*] v Lithuania [s]

Georgia [c] [*] v Finland [s]

Latvia [s] [c] [*] v Norway

Denmark [s] [c] v Morocco

South Africa [s] [c] [*] v Estonia

Slovenia [s] [c] Monaco

 

Key
[s] = Seeded nation

[c] = Choice of ground

[*] = Choice of ground decided by lot

[^] = Choice of ground reversed by Davis Cup Committee

 

The home nation is listed first for each tie.

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Constant Lestienne Suspended and Fined for Gambling on Tennis

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From the Tennis Integrity Unit: (September 21, 2016) French tennis player Constant Lestienne has been suspend for seven months and fined $10,000 after admitting to charges of betting on tennis.

 

Half of the period of ineligibility (3 months and 2 weeks) is suspended on condition that he commits no further offences under the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP).

 

$5,000 of the $10,000 fine will be considered paid in full providing Mr Lestienne gives assistance to the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU), which can include anti-corruption education for other players.

 

A TIU investigation secured evidence to confirm that between February 2012 and June 2015, he placed bets on 220 tennis matches through online accounts with Betclic and Pari Mutel Ubain.

 

The investigation was supported by information provided by the Autorité de Regulation des Jeux en Ligne (ARJEL), the French online gambling regulator.

 

None of the bets placed involved matches in which Mr Lestienne was playing.

 

The case was referred to and considered by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer, Jane Mulcahy QC, who delivered the disciplinary Decision.

 

Mr Lestienne, 24, is currently ranked at a career-high 164 in singles.

 

Under the terms of the TACP all players and other Covered Persons are barred from betting on any tennis match. The offence falls under Section D.1.a – No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, wager or attempt to wager on the outcome or any other aspect of any Event or any other tennis competition.

 

The suspension applies with immediate effect and means the player is not allowed to compete in, or attend, any tournament or event organised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of the sport.

 

The Tennis Integrity Unit is an initiative of the Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP and the WTA, who are jointly committed to a zero tolerance approach to corruption in tennis. 

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ITF Launches Next Phase of its International Team Competitions Strategy

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PRESS RELEASE

21 September 2016

 

International Tennis Federation launches the next phase of its international team competitions strategy

 

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) today announced the next phase of its international team competitions strategy. With an emphasis on format changes to Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas at all levels of the competitions, this next phase will also look at innovative new ways to host both finals.

 

The next phase will include:

 

  • The launch of an open bid process to assess fixed host cities for the Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals – a model used by events including the UEFA Champions League Final, Superbowl and European Rugby Champions Cup;

 

  • Further steps towards the introduction of a 16-team World Group for Fed Cup by BNP Paribas via the introduction of a Final Four event;

 

  • A full industry consultation on scheduling alternatives for the 2020 season;

 

  • A review of current match formats used in Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, particularly the current best-of- five-sets approach and scheduling requirements during the week;

 

  • An extensive feasibility study, by the newly created Davis & Fed Cup Taskforce, of format changes below World Group to better support and encourage involvement in both Davis and Fed Cup – particularly by developing tennis nations, and to further increase worldwide interest and viewership;

 

  • A full assessment of current staging options for host venues and cities;

 

  • A review of Junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup including the potential benefits of introducing new age group events;

 

All recommendations will be put to the ITF AGM in August 2017 with all changes requiring a formal vote of approval.

 

The bidding process for National Associations and cities interested in hosting the Finals will begin in December 2016 with the decision on successful bids anticipated to be made in the summer of 2017.

 

 

Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas have enjoyed significant fan growth over the past two years. Fan attendance has risen to 700,000 spectators annually, with the 2014 Davis Cup Final in Lille attracting the largest ever attendance for a recognised tennis match of 27,448 spectators. Broadcast of both events has now reached 3.6 billion households across 156 territories and the ITF has grown its combined social media audience to 1 million worldwide.

 

The draw for the 2017 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas will be made in London on Thursday 22 September. The final of the 2016 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas will be held on 12-13 November at Rhenus Sport stadium in Strasbourg. The final of the 2016 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas will be held on 25-27 November with the venue to be announced shortly.

 

Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in sport, with 135 teams entered in 2016. The competition is 116 years old having been founded in 1900. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the Official Bank of Davis Cup. International sponsors are Rolex (Official Timekeeper), Adecco (Official HR Sponsor) and Betway (Official Betting Sponsor). beIN SPORTS is the Official Global Media Rights Partner. Follow all the action on www.daviscup.com, www.copadavis.com, www.twitter.com/daviscup, www.facebook.com/DavisCupTennis, www.Weibo.com/daviscupofficial and www.DavisCup.tv

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