June 23, 2017

Tennis Results and Schedules for Birmingham, Halle, London and Mallorca

AEGON CLASSIC BIRMINGHAM – BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
$885,040
JUNE 19 – 25, 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 22, 2017
Women’s Singles – Second Round
[Q] C. Giorgi (ITA) d [2] E. Svitolina (UKR) 64 46 62
C. Vandeweghe (USA) d [4] J. Konta (GBR) 61 63
[5] K. Mladenovic (FRA) d S. Zhang (CHN) 64 76(3)
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) d A. Riske (USA) 61 64

Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
R. Atawo (USA) / C. McHale (USA) d [2] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) walkover
[4] A. Barty (AUS) / C. Dellacqua (AUS) d D. Cibulkova (SVK) / G. Muguruza (ESP) 63 61
First Round
[1] L. Safarova (CZE) / B. Strycova (CZE) d J. Cako (USA) / A. Naydenova (BUL) 62 64

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017
ANN JONES CENTRE COURT start 11:30 am
L. Safarova (CZE) vs [9] D. Gavrilova (AUS)
[5] K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE)
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs C. Vandeweghe (USA)
A. Barty (AUS) vs [Q] C. Giorgi (ITA)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
H. Chan (TPE) / S. Zhang (CHN) vs S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN)

Not Before 3:00 pm
After rest – [1] L. Safarova (CZE) / B. Strycova (CZE) vs S. Mirza (IND) / C. Vandeweghe (USA)

 

Gerry Weber Open
Halle, Germany

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 22 JUNE 2017

Singles – Second Round
[1] R. Federer (SUI) d M. Zverev (GER) 76(4) 64
K. Khachanov (RUS) d [3] K. Nishikori (JPN) 32 ret. (Left Hip)
F. Mayer (GER) d [6] L. Pouille (FRA) 67(6) 64 63
[WC] A. Rublev (RUS) d [Q] M. Youzhny (RUS) 60 36 63

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) d R. Bautista Agut (ESP) / D. Ferrer (ESP) 61 64
[2] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) d [Q] A. Begemann (GER) / T. Puetz (GER) 67(7) 76(5) 10-5
F. Martin (FRA) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d [3] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) 76(7) 63

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 23 JUNE 2017

STADION start 12:00 noon
K. Khachanov (RUS) vs [WC] A. Rublev (RUS)
R. Gasquet (FRA) vs R. Haase (NED)
[1] R. Federer (SUI) vs F. Mayer (GER)

Not Before 5:30 pm
[7] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) vs [4] A. Zverev (GER)

Court 1 start 1:00 pm
[1] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) vs F. Martin (FRA) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)

 

Aegon Championships
London, Great Britain

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 22 JUNE 2017

Singles – Second Round
[4] M. Cilic (CRO) d [Q] S. Kozlov (USA) 60 64
S. Querrey (USA) d J. Thompson (AUS) 76(3) 36 63
D. Medvedev (RUS) d [WC] T. Kokkinakis (AUS) 62 62
F. Lopez (ESP) d [Q] J. Chardy (FRA) 61 76(4)

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[3] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d R. Harrison (USA) / M. Venus (NZL) 76(1) 46 10-6
J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d [4] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) 76(4) 46 10-6
M. Cilic (CRO) / M. Matkowski (POL) d [Q] M. Daniell (NZL) / M. Demoliner (BRA) 76(9) 16 10-8

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 23 JUNE 2017

CENTRE COURT start 12:00
S. Querrey (USA) vs G. Muller (LUX)
[4] M. Cilic (CRO) vs D. Young (USA)
[6] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs D. Medvedev (RUS)
[7] T. Berdych (CZE) vs F. Lopez (ESP)

COURT 1 not before 5:00 pm
TBA – R. Bopanna (IND) / I. Dodig (CRO) vs J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA)

 

MALLORCA OPEN – CALVIA, SPAIN
$250,000
18 – 25 JUNE 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 22, 2017
Women’s Singles – Second Round
[2] A. Sevastova (LAT) d V. Lepchenko (USA) 67(2) 61 63
[6] R. Vinci (ITA) d [Q] K. Flipkens (BEL) 64 57 62
[7] A. Konjuh (CRO) d [WC] V. Azarenka (BLR) 61 63

Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
[1] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) d E. Mertens (BEL) / D. Schuurs (NED) 26 63 10-7
N. Melichar (USA) / A. Smith (GBR) d [3] A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) 64 64
J. Jankovic (SRB) / A. Sevastova (LAT) d [4] A. Klepac (SLO) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 36 63 10-3
J. Goerges (GER) / X. Knoll (SUI) d M. Duque-Mariño (COL) / M. Irigoyen (ARG) 36 63 10-8

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017
PISTA CENTRAL start 12:30 pm
C. Bellis (USA) vs Kr. Pliskova (CZE)

Not Before 1:30 pm
[Q] J. Cepelova (SVK) vs [3] C. Garcia (FRA) 36 76(5) 22
[7] A. Konjuh (CRO) vs [2] A. Sevastova (LAT)

Not Before 5:00 pm
J. Goerges (GER) vs [WC] S. Lisicki (GER)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[6] R. Vinci (ITA) vs [Q] J. Cepelova (SVK) or [3] C. Garcia (FRA)

PISTA 2 start 6:00 pm
[1] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) vs N. Melichar (USA) / A. Smith (GBR)

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Former Champions Cilic, Dimitrov and Querrey Advance at Queen’s Club

Marin Cilic

By Wendy M. Grossman

 

LONDON (June 22, 2017) The last couple of days have been dominated by the weather.

 

Britain doesn’t know what to do with itself when the sun comes out. In mid-winter, a touch of the yellow stuff can be enough to make people eat outside. On Wednesday, however, when the temperature officially hit 90F, they just wilted. On the court, despite the grass, it was even hotter, since no shade is provided. A day later, the temperature had dropped 15 degrees and there was cloud cover.

 

Tennis players are supposed to be able to cope – but this is part of why grass requires adaptability. On Tuesday, Milos Raonic noted after losing to Thanasin Kokkinakis that heat changes grass courts: “When it’s a little bit hotter, the court gets a little bit harder, and it sort of bounces up a bit, more like a hard court,” he said. “And it’s a little bit easier to move on, as well.” Not that it helped him.

 

The week’s pattern of rout-the-seeds continued on Wednesday as Gilles Muller’s big left-handed serve eliminated former finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who seemed philosophical and said that for Wimbledon, “I think I have to put maybe a little bit more energy in my game.” This week has been favoring the guy who’s been on grass the longest, and here Tsonga was playing his second grass-court match of the season, while Muller beat Ivo Karlovic last week to take the Rosmalen title.

 

But a week can only take so much excitement. In the rest of Wednesday, Donald Young beat Viktor Troicki 6-3,6-4; Grigor Dimitrov took out qualifier Julien Benneteau 4-6,6-3,6-4; and Tomáš Berdych restored something like normal service by beating qualifier Denis Shapovalov in the tightest and most watchable match of the day, 7-6,6-7,7-5. At 18 and two months, Shapovalov looks hugely promising for the next few months at least: he entertains with his shots, not his antics, and while he doesn’t smile as hugely, he radiates enjoyment reminiscent of Gustavo Kuerten’s breakthrough in 1997. Ranked 193 coming into the event, his two qualifying wins and first round dismissal of Kyle Edmund netted him 45 points; these should move him up into the high 160s. He’s basically been set loose on the tour with nothing to lose. This could be fun.

 

On Thursday, past form continued to assert itself. Marin Cilic defeated qualfier Stefan Kozlov 6-0,6-4; Feliciano Lopez beat Jeremy Chardy 6-1,7-6; Daniil Medvedev beat Raonic conqueror Thanasin Kokkinakis 6-2,6-2; and Sam Querrey took care of Andy Murray’s unexpected toppler, lucky loser Jordan Thompson 7-6,3-6,6-3.

 

And so, left in the draw after all the drama are three of the draw’s original former champions – Dimitrov (2014), Cilic (2012), and Querrey (2010), though only one – Lopez – of its four former finalists (the others were Tsonga, Raonic, and Mahut, who lost in the first round to Medvedev).  Helpfully, these four players are all in separate quarters. Querrey meets Muller; Cilic faces Young; Dimitrov plays Medvedev; and Lopez, in what ought to be the day’s best match-up, takes on Berdych, who hasn’t made much of a showing here in any of his three appearances – but was the 2010 Wimbledon finalist.

 

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Chizkovka Arena in Minsk To Host U.S. vs. Belarus Fed Cup Final November 11-12

 

CHIZHOVKA ARENA IN MINSK TO HOST U.S. VS. BELARUS

FED CUP FINAL IN NOVEMBER

 

USTA – WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (June 22, 2017) – Belarus will host the United States on an indoor hard court at Chizkovka Arena in Minsk, Belarus, in the 2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Final, Nov. 11-12. Chizhovka Arena hosted Belarus’ two other home ties earlier this year.

The U.S. Fed Cup team made its last appearance in the Final in 2010, when a team featuring CoCo Vandeweghe and Bethanie Mattek-Sands lost to Italy, 3-1, in San Diego. The U.S. won the last of its record 17 Fed Cup titles in 2000. Belarus will be competing in its first-ever Fed Cup Final.

U.S. Captain Kathy Rinaldi, who is in her first year as captain, follows Mary Joe Fernandez to make it back-to-back U.S. captains to reach the Fed Cup Final in their debut year.

Earlier this year, the United States swept Germany, 4-0, in the World Group First Round in Maui, Hawaii, then posted a 3-2 semifinal win in April over defending champion Czech Republic in a fifth-and-decisive doubles rubber in Tampa Bay, Fla. Belarus defeated the Netherlands, 4-1, in the World Group First Round, then defeated Switzerland, 3-2, in the semifinals.

The United States holds a 1-0 record over Belarus in Fed Cup competition. The U.S. swept Belarus, 5-0, in the World Group II First Round in February 2012 in Worcester, Mass. The U.S. team for that tie was comprised of Serena and Venus Williams. New world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka was named to the Belarus team for that tie but had to withdraw due to a lower back injury after winning the Australian Open a week prior.

Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with approximately 100 nations taking part each year. The U.S. holds an overall 148-36 record in Fed Cup competition, with a 108-30 record in away and neutral ties.

 

 

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Tennis Results and Schedules for Birmingham, Halle, London and Mallorca

 

 

 

 

 

AEGON CLASSIC BIRMINGHAM – BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
$885,040
JUNE 19 – 25, 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 21, 2017
Women’s Singles – Second Round
[7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE) d [WC] N. Broady (GBR) 62 62
A. Barty (AUS) d [8] B. Strycova (CZE) 63 36 61
[9] D. Gavrilova (AUS) d K. Siniakova (CZE) 75 26 64
L. Safarova (CZE) d N. Osaka (JPN) 62 64

Women’s Doubles – First Round
[2] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) d N. Kichenok (UKR) / O. Savchuk (UKR) 63 61
S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN) d [3] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Y. Xu (CHN) 63 60
H. Chan (TPE) / S. Zhang (CHN) d A. Cornet (FRA) / Y. Putintseva (KAZ) 57 63 10-3
R. Atawo (USA) / C. McHale (USA) d [WC] N. Broady (GBR) / H. Watson (GBR) 62 26 10-7

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017
ANN JONES CENTRE COURT start 11:30 am
[Q] C. Giorgi (ITA) vs [2] E. Svitolina (UKR)
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs A. Riske (USA)
[5] K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs S. Zhang (CHN)
C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs [4] J. Konta (GBR)

COURT 1 start 2:00 pm
[1] L. Safarova (CZE) / B. Strycova (CZE) vs J. Cako (USA) / A. Naydenova (BUL)
R. Atawo (USA) / C. McHale (USA) vs [2] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO)

Not Before 4:30 pm
[4] A. Barty (AUS) / C. Dellacqua (AUS) vs D. Cibulkova (SVK) / G. Muguruza (ESP)

 

 

Gerry Weber Open

Halle, Germany

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 21 JUNE 2017

Singles – Second Round
R. Haase (NED) d [2] D. Thiem (AUT) 63 76(7)
[4] A. Zverev (GER) d P. Kohlschreiber (GER) 63 64
[7] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d [WC] D. Brown (GER) 64 16 76(6)
R. Gasquet (FRA) d B. Tomic (AUS) 63 63

Doubles – Quarter-finals
A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER) d B. Baker (USA) / A. Peya (AUT) 23 ret. (Baker – right shoulder)

First Round
[1] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) d K. Nishikori (JPN) / F. Verdasco (ESP) 64 46 10-8
[3] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) d [WC] D. Brown (GER) / J. Struff (GER) 76(3) 64
[Q] A. Begemann (GER) / T. Puetz (GER) d R. Gasquet (FRA) / L. Pouille (FRA) 63 64

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 22 JUNE 2017

STADION start 12:00 noon
[3] K. Nishikori (JPN) vs K. Khachanov (RUS)
[Q] M. Youzhny (RUS) vs [WC] A. Rublev (RUS)
F. Mayer (GER) vs [6] L. Pouille (FRA)

Not Before 5:30 pm
[1] R. Federer (SUI) vs M. Zverev (GER)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
[1] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) vs R. Bautista Agut (ESP) / D. Ferrer (ESP)
[Q] A. Begemann (GER) / T. Puetz (GER) vs [2] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA)
[3] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs F. Martin (FRA) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)

 

 

 

 

 

Aegon Championships
London, Great Britain

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 21 JUNE 2017

Singles – Second Round
G. Muller (LUX) d [5] J. Tsonga (FRA) 64 64
[6] G. Dimitrov (BUL) d [Q] J. Benneteau (FRA) 46 63 64
[7] T. Berdych (CZE) d [Q] D. Shapovalov (CAN) 76(4) 67(4) 75
D. Young (USA) d V. Troicki (SRB) 63 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
R. Bopanna (IND) / I. Dodig (CRO) d [1] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) 76(2) 46 10-2

First Round
[3] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d G. Muller (LUX) / S. Querrey (USA) 76(4) 61
R. Harrison (USA) / M. Venus (NZL) d F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) 62 64
M. Cilic (CRO) / M. Matkowski (POL) d [LL] N. Monroe (USA) / D. Young (USA) 75 46 12-10, saved 4 m.p.

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 22 JUNE 2017

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[4] M. Cilic (CRO) vs [Q] S. Kozlov (USA)
J. Thompson (AUS) vs S. Querrey (USA)
D. Medvedev (RUS) vs [WC] T. Kokkinakis (AUS)
[Q] J. Chardy (FRA) vs F. Lopez (ESP)

COURT 1 start 12:30 pm
[4] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
After Suitable Rest – M. Cilic (CRO) / M. Matkowski (POL) vs [Q] M. Daniell (NZL) / M. Demoliner (BRA)

COURT 2 start Not Before 5:00 pm
TBA – R. Harrison (USA) / M. Venus (NZL) vs [3] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)

 

 

MALLORCA OPEN – CALVIA, SPAIN
$250,000
18 – 25 JUNE 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 21, 2017
Women’s Singles – Second Round
J. Goerges (GER) d [1] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 61 62
[WC] S. Lisicki (GER) d S. Rogers (USA) 63 64
C. Bellis (USA) d M. Barthel (GER) 46 64 62
Kr. Pliskova (CZE) d [WC] F. Schiavone (ITA) 63 76(7)
First Round
[WC] V. Azarenka (BLR) d R. Ozaki (JPN) 63 46 76(7)

Women’s Doubles – First Round
[1] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) d [WC] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) / S. Sorribes Tormo (ESP) 57 62 10-7
[3] A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) d A. Parra Santonja (ESP) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 62 64
J. Jankovic (SRB) / A. Sevastova (LAT) d J. Moore (AUS) / V. Wongteanchai (THA) 62 75

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017
PISTA CENTRAL start 12:30 pm
V. Lepchenko (USA) vs [2] A. Sevastova (LAT)
[6] R. Vinci (ITA) vs [Q] K. Flipkens (BEL)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[7] A. Konjuh (CRO) vs [WC] V. Azarenka (BLR)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[Q] J. Cepelova (SVK) vs [3] C. Garcia (FRA)

PISTA 2 start 12:30 pm
[3] A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) vs N. Melichar (USA) / A. Smith (GBR)

[1] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) vs E. Mertens (BEL) / D. Schuurs (NED)
After suitable rest – J. Jankovic (SRB) / A. Sevastova (LAT) vs [4] A. Klepac (SLO) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP)

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Bank of the West Acceptance List Includes Muguruza, Azarenka, Sharapova, Keys and Bellis

CiCi Bellis

(June 21, 2017) STANFORD, Calif. – The official WTA acceptance list for the Bank of the West Classic has been announced, and with four major champions, two former World No. 1s and several of the world’s top young players this year’s event will once again feature the best in women’s tennis.

Highlighting this year’s player field will be two of the biggest names in women’s tennis who are making their return to competitive play in the United States.

Five-time major champion Maria Sharapova, who has been granted a main draw wildcard, will be competing in the United States for the first time since March 2015 (Miami Open).  She has won 35 career WTA singles titles and is one of just six women to complete the career Grand Slam.  This will mark Sharapova’s fourth visit to the Bank of the West Classic and her first since 2011. She made the final of the Bank of the West Classic in 2010.

Two-time Australian champion Victoria Azarenka has also been granted a wildcard and will be competing in her first United States event following the birth of her son Leo in December.  Azarenka will be making her fifth appearance at Stanford where she won the singles title in 2010 and the doubles title in 2011.

2016 French Open champion Garbiñe Muguruza will be making her second appearance at Stanford. In 2014 Muguruza teamed with Carla Suárez Navarro to win the Bank of the West Classic doubles title. That year she also advanced to the singles quarterfinals.

Fans will also get the opportunity to see two of the fastest rising stars in American tennis as Madison Keys and Bay Area native CiCi Bellis are scheduled to compete.

Keys had a breakthrough 2016 season, winning her second WTA title, breaking into the World Top 10 and qualifying for the prestigious year-end WTA Championships for the first time in her career.  She ended the year ranked a career-high World No.8.

Bellis, a local product from nearby Atherton, Calif., is the youngest player ranked in the top-50 at just 18 years old. Currently ranked No. 42 in the world she advanced to the quarterfinals of last year’s Bank of the West Classic. As a qualifier at the 2016 US Open she advanced to the third round before falling to World No. 1 Angelique Kerber. Last year she also captured her first WTA title at the $125K Series event in Honolulu.

Other players to watch include 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, American CoCo Vandeweghe, two-time WTA singles titleist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Japanese stars Misaki Doi and Naomi Osaka.

The Bank of the West Classic, a Premier WTA event, features a 28-player singles draw as well as a 16-team doubles draw. The event is owned and operated by IMG and serves as the opening women’s event of the US Open Series.

 

The list of past champions of the event reads like a Who’s Who of women’s tennis including Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Andrea Jaeger, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters.

Log on to www.BankoftheWestClassic.com for more information.

WTA Acceptance List (as of June 19, 2017)

Name, Country, Rank
Garbiñe Muguruza    ESP    14
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova    RUS    17
Madison Keys    USA    18
Ana Konjuh    CRO    28
Coco Vandeweghe    USA    30
Lesia Tsurenko    UKR    34
Timea Babos    HUN    38
Alizé Cornet    FRA    39
Katerina Siniakova    CZE    40
Catherine Bellis    USA    42
Alison Riske    USA    45
Kristyna Pliskova    CZE    46
Misaki Doi    JPN    52
Qiang Wang    CHN    55
Lara Arruabarrena    ESP    60
Naomi Osaka    JPN    61
Natalia Vikhlyantseva    RUS    65
Varvara Lepchenka    USA    67
Francesca Schiavone    ITA    73
Magda Linette    POL    75
Maria Sharapova (WC)    RUS    179
Victoria Azarenka (WC)    BLR    NR

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Petra Kvitova Eases Into Birmingham Quarterfinals

Petra Kvitova photo courtesy of Aegon Classic Birmingham

(June 21, 2017) Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova advanced into the quarterfinals of the Aegon Classic Birmingham with a 6-2 6-2 victory over British No.2 Naomi Broady at the Edgbaston Priory Club on Wednesday.

Kvitova, who was playing only her fourth match since returning to competition, said a relaxed attitude was the key. “I think I do have a clear mind, which is very important for tennis players. Everybody knows forehand and backhand and how to play, but it’s always about a few things in the match. And you can’t learn it. You just need to experience it and then play what comes into mind in that point of the match. And I think I do have a little bit different view of tennis right now. When I’m playing, I’m just a little bit more relaxed, I think, and I’m not as nervous as I was before, even before the matches.”

Broady said: “Petra is one of the best grass court players and it was a really tough match. It’s not necessarily her power, any soft ball or slow ball she nails it and you’ve got no chance.

“In terms of going forward I’m going to watch her and see what she’s doing because she makes you feel so uncomfortable on court and it’s hard to know where to hit it to not give her a winning shot.”

Thursday’s Ladies Day crowd has a packed day of tennis ahead with British No.1 Johanna Konta’s clash with big-hitting American Coco Vandeweghe among the highlights on the Ann Jones Centre Court.

Sixth seed Garbine Muguruza takes on tricky grass-court competitor Alison Riske in another of Thursday’s marquee matches, while talented Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic plays China’s Shuai Zhang for the chance to play Kvitova in Friday’s quarter-finals.

Away from the court, Ladies Day guests can also enjoy live music, food and drinks or visit the Explore Wimbledon attraction in what is forecast to be another sunny – though slightly cooler – day.

 

AEGON CLASSIC BIRMINGHAM – BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
$885,040
JUNE 19 – 25, 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 21, 2017
Women’s
Singles – Second Round

[7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE) d [WC] N. Broady (GBR) 62 62
A. Barty (AUS) d [8] B. Strycova (CZE) 63 36 61
[9] D. Gavrilova (AUS) d K. Siniakova (CZE) 75 26 64
L. Safarova (CZE) d N. Osaka (JPN) 62 64

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

[2] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) d N. Kichenok (UKR) / O. Savchuk (UKR) 63 61
S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN) d [3] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Y. Xu (CHN) 63 60
H. Chan (TPE) / S. Zhang (CHN) d A. Cornet (FRA) / Y. Putintseva (KAZ) 57 63 10-3
R. Atawo (USA) / C. Mchale (USA) d [WC] N. Broady (GBR) / H. Watson (GBR) 62 26 10-7

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017
ANN JONES CENTRE COURT start 11:30 am
[Q] C. Giorgi (ITA) vs [2] E. Svitolina (UKR)
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs A. Riske (USA)
[5] K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs S. Zhang (CHN)
C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs [4] J. Konta (GBR)

COURT 1 start 2:00 pm
[1] L. Safarova (CZE) / B. Strycova (CZE) vs J. Cako (USA) / A. Naydenova (BUL)
R. Atawo (USA) / C. Mchale (USA) vs [2] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO)

Not Before 4:30 pm
[4] A. Barty (AUS) / C. Dellacqua (AUS) vs D. Cibulkova (SVK) / G. Muguruza (ESP)

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USTA Girls’ 16s and 18s National Championships Set for August 5-13 in San Diego

USTA GIRLS’ 16s & 18s NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULED
FOR AUGUST 5-13, 2017 AT SAN DIEGO’S BARNES TENNIS CENTER
18s Singles and Doubles Champions to Receive US Open Main Draw Wild Cards

San Diego, Calif. – (June 21, 2017) – The United States Tennis Association Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships, which will feature the top junior players in the country, will be played August 5-13, 2017 at the Barnes Tennis Center, located at 4490 W. Point Loma Blvd., San Diego, CA, 92107.

Over 400 girls aged 16 and 18 and under will compete for the title of National Champion, as well  as a wild card entry into the Women’s Singles main draw of the US Open (for the 18s Champion) and a wild card into the US Open Junior Championships (for the 16s Champion).  The 18s Doubles Champions will also receive a wild card into the US Open Women’s Doubles main draw.

The USTA has named San Diego resident Lornie Kuhle as the new Tournament Director of the Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships. Kuhle is the current Tournament Director of the ADIDAS Easter Bowl at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif.

“We are working on making significant upgrades and improvements to this year’s event at the Barnes Tennis Center that will not only enhance the tournament experience for players, but for spectators as well,” said Kuhle. “We really want to make these USTA National Championships a fan-friendly event that San Diegans can attend and enjoy a unique tournament atmosphere.”

The Girls’ 16s event will begin on Saturday, Aug. 5 and conclude with the singles and doubles finals on Saturday Aug. 12. The Girls’ 18s tournament will get underway on Sunday, Aug. 6 and conclude with the 18s singles championship on Sunday, Aug. 5. Both divisions will feature 256-player singles draws with the top 32 players receiving a first-round bye. There will also be 128-team doubles draws with the top 16 teams getting first-round byes.

The starting time for each day of the tournament will be announced in July. The Opening Ceremony for the USTA National Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships is scheduled for 5 p.m. (PDT) on Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Barnes Tennis Center.

Early-round tournament matches will also be played at San Diego State University’s Aztec Tennis Center, 5375 Remington Rd., San Diego, CA, 92115 and the Balboa Tennis Club, 2221 Morley Field Drive, San Diego, CA 92104 from Saturday, Aug. 5 through Wednesday, Aug. 9.

Admission and on-site parking at the Barnes Tennis Center is free each day of the tournament. For fans watching matches at SDSU and the Balboa Tennis Club, admission is free. There is a nominal charge for on-campus parking at SDSU. Parking regulations at the university will be strictly enforced. Parking is free at the Balboa Tennis Club.

A player entry list will be available in mid-July. To view the official tournament website, please go to: http://www.ustagirlsnationals.com/.

About USTA Girls’ 16s – 18s Nationals:
The USTA Girls’ 16 & 18s National Championships are the premiere hard court tennis tournaments for amateur and professional American girls aged 18 and 16 and under in the United States. In 2010, both age groups began playing their events concurrently at San Diego’s Barnes Tennis Center. Tournament participants, who represent nearly every state in the United States, have been endorsed by their respective USTA Section or have received USTA special exemptions based on their results in qualifying tournaments, junior rankings, or results on the WTA Tour or International Tennis Federation Junior Circuit.  Past tournament champions include Chris Evert, Tracy Austin, Andrea Jaeger, Zina Garrison, Mary Jo Fernandez, Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport.

About George E. Barnes Family Junior Tennis Center:
The Center is owned and operated by Youth Tennis San Diego. It was built in 1995 and completed in 1997. The $4.5 million junior tennis facility was made possible with generous public and private donations and is named after the lead donor family – the “George E. Barnes Family Junior Tennis Center.” The Center, which is dedicated to the youth of San Diego, offers children 18 and under court priority over adults with advanced reservations.

About Youth Tennis San Diego:
Youth Tennis San Diego is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that has been in existence since 1952.  In 2016, Youth Tennis San Diego was recognized with the USTA Organization Member of the Year Award. The  award  is  given  annually  to  an  organization  that  provides  outstanding  service  to its members and  to the  local  community. YTSD was honored at the 2016 USTA Annual Meeting and Conference at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif.  

The YTSD Mission is:  “To promote the educational, physical, and social development of all youth through organized tennis and educational activities.” Their community programs encourage youth participation, personal integrity, leadership, and competitive spirit in a friendly environment that builds responsible citizens.  YTSD provides thousands of youngsters each year the opportunity to play tennis after school at their neighborhood school. The After School Tennis program provides a safe haven for hundreds of youngsters who are not supervised after school. Through tennis, the children learn the success skills which will give them the confidence and self-esteem needed to confront the negative influences so often found on the streets where they live.

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Novak Djokovic Takes Wildcard Into Eastbourne Tournament

Novak Djokovic

NOVAK DJOKOVIC ACCEPTS AEGON INTERNATIONAL EASTBOURNE WILDCARD

 

(June 21, 2017) Three-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic will take to the grass courts of Devonshire Park for the Aegon International Eastbourne, 23 June-1 July, having accepted a main draw wildcard.

 

World No.4 Djokovic comes into the event as the tournament’s top seed ahead of No.2 Gael Monfils (FRA), No.3 John Isner (USA) and No.4 Steve Johnson (USA). It’s the first time the former world No.1 has played a grass court event between Roland Garros and Wimbledon since 2010.

 

“This will be my first trip to Eastbourne, I have heard great things about the tournament,” said 12-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic. “I am looking forward to fine tuning my grass court game there ahead of Wimbledon.”

 

Tournament director Gavin Fletcher said he was delighted to welcome Djokovic to the Aegon International.

 

“The quality of the men’s and women’s entries is already incredibly high, and the addition of Novak will take the event to an even higher level,” said Fletcher.

 

Djokovic joins an already star-studded line-up that includes world No.15 Gael Monfils, two-time Eastbourne champion Feliciano Lopez, 2010 Wimbledon hero John Isner, and a hat-trick of British stars; Kyle Edmund, Aljaz Bedene and Dan Evans.

 

The Aegon International men’s ATP 250 event runs in parallel to the women’s WTA Premier tournament which this year boasts seven of the world’s top 10 ranked players including world No.1 Angelique Kerber, world No.3 Karolina Pliskova, 2016 champion and world No.6 Dominika Cibulkova, 2009 champion and world No.7 Caroline Wozniacki, and Eastbourne’s own world No.8 Johanna Konta.

 

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Tennis Results and Schedules for Birmingham, Halle, London and Mallorca

 

 

AEGON CLASSIC BIRMINGHAM – BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
$885,040
JUNE 19 – 25, 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 20, 2017
Women’s Singles – First Round
L. Safarova (CZE) d [3] D. Cibulkova (SVK) 57 76(7) 75
[4] J. Konta (GBR) d L. Tsurenko (UKR) 63 76(6)
[5] K. Mladenovic (FRA) d Y. Duan (CHN) 63 76(2)
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) d [Q] E. Kulichkova (RUS) 63 36 64
[7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE) d [LL] T. Smitkova (CZE) 62 63
[9] D. Gavrilova (AUS) d [Q] S. Hsieh (TPE) 64 64
K. Siniakova (CZE) d N. Hibino (JPN) 75 75
S. Zhang (CHN) d M. Linette (POL) 75 75
A. Riske (USA) d D. Vekic (CRO) 62 76(2)
C. Vandeweghe (USA) d C. McHale (USA) 64 62
A. Barty (AUS) d [Q] M. Vondrousova (CZE) 75 76(1)
[Q] C. Giorgi (ITA) d N. Vikhlyantseva (RUS) 63 76(4)

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 2017
ANN JONES CENTRE COURT start 11:30 am
K. Siniakova (CZE) vs [9] D. Gavrilova (AUS)
[WC] N. Broady (GBR) vs [7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE)
[8] B. Strycova (CZE) vs A. Barty (AUS)
L. Safarova (CZE) vs N. Osaka (JPN)

COURT 1 start 11:30 am
S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN) vs [3] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Y. Xu (CHN)
H. Chan (TPE) / S. Zhang (CHN) vs A. Cornet (FRA) / Y. Putintseva (KAZ)
N. Kichenok (UKR) / O. Savchuk (UKR) vs [2] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO)

Not Before 4:30 pm
R. Atawo (USA) / C. Mchale (USA) vs [WC] N. Broady (GBR) / H. Watson (GBR)

 

Gerry Weber Open

Halle, Germany

Singles – First Round
[1] R. Federer (SUI) d *[LL] Y. Sugita (JPN) 63 61
[3] K. Nishikori (JPN) d F. Verdasco (ESP) 67(7) 63 64
[4] A. Zverev (GER) d P. Lorenzi (ITA) 63 62
[6] L. Pouille (FRA) d J. Struff (GER) 16 63 64
[7] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d C. Berlocq (ARG) 60 46 62
M. Zverev (GER) d [Q] L. Lacko (SVK) 64 64
F. Mayer (GER) d B. Paire (FRA) 60 64
K. Khachanov (RUS) d G. Simon (FRA) 62 67(2) 63
[Q] M. Youzhny (RUS) d I. Karlovic (CRO) 63 76(6)
B. Tomic (AUS) d [WC] T. Haas (GER) 64 64
R. Haase (NED) d D. Ferrer (ESP) 36 75 63

Doubles – First Round
[2] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) d G. Monfils (FRA) / G. Simon (FRA) 64 61
R. Bautista Agut (ESP) / D. Ferrer (ESP) d S. Gonzalez (MEX) / M. Pavic (CRO) 75 16 10-6
F. Martin (FRA) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d P. Kohlschreiber (GER) / D. Thiem (AUT) 76(3) 64

*[LL] Y. Sugita (JPN) replaced Y. Lu (TPE) – right arm

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 21 JUNE 2017

STADION start 12:00 noon
R. Gasquet (FRA) vs B. Tomic (AUS)
[7] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) vs [WC] D. Brown (GER)
P. Kohlschreiber (GER) vs [4] A. Zverev (GER)
Not Before 5:30 pm
R. Haase (NED) vs [2] D. Thiem (AUT)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
[1] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) vs K. Nishikori (JPN) / F. Verdasco (ESP)
After Suitable Rest – R. Gasquet (FRA) / L. Pouille (FRA) vs [Q] A. Begemann (GER) / T. Puetz (GER)
After Suitable Rest – [3] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs [WC] D. Brown (GER) / J. Struff (GER)
After Suitable Rest – A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER) vs B. Baker (USA) / A. Peya (AUT)

 

Aegon Championships
London, Great Britain

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 20 JUNE 2017

Singles – First Round
*[LL] J. Thompson (AUS) d [1] A. Murray (GBR) 76(4) 62
F. Lopez (ESP) d [2] S. Wawrinka (SUI) 76(4) 75
[WC] T. Kokkinakis (AUS) d [3] M. Raonic (CAN) 76(5) 76(8)
[4] M. Cilic (CRO) d J. Isner (USA) 75 63
S. Querrey (USA) d [WC] C. Norrie (GBR) 61 64
G. Muller (LUX) d N. Basilashvili (GEO) 64 67(17) 64
[Q] S. Kozlov (USA) d S. Johnson (USA) 36 61 61
V. Troicki (SRB) d J. Tipsarevic (SRB) 57 76(5) 76(6)
[Q] J. Benneteau (FRA) d [WC] J. Ward (GBR) 62 62
D. Medvedev (RUS) d N. Mahut (FRA) 67(3) 64 64
[Q] J. Chardy (FRA) d *[LL] L. Broady (GBR) 64 64

Doubles – First Round
[4] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d G. Dimitrov (BUL) / J. Tsonga (FRA) 76(5) 76(5)
R. Bopanna (IND) / I. Dodig (CRO) d [WC] K. Edmund (GBR) / T. Kokkinakis (AUS) 63 67(5) 10-7

*[LL] J. Thompson (AUS) replaced A. Bedene (GBR) – wrist
*[LL] L. Broady (GBR) 64 64 replaced [LL] P. Herbert (FRA) – back

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 21 JUNE 2017

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
V. Troicki (SRB) vs D. Young (USA)
G. Muller (LUX) vs [5] J. Tsonga (FRA)
[6] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs [Q] J. Benneteau (FRA)
[7] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [Q] D. Shapovalov (CAN)

COURT 1 start 12:30 pm
F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) vs R. Harrison (USA) / M. Venus (NZL)
After Suitable Rest – [LL] N. Monroe (USA) / D. Young (USA) vs M. Cilic (CRO) / M. Matkowski (POL)
G. Muller (LUX) / S. Querrey (USA) vs [3] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)

COURT 2 not before 5:00 pm
TBA – [1] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) vs R. Bopanna (IND) / I. Dodig (CRO)

 

MALLORCA OPEN – CALVIA, SPAIN
$250,000
18 – 25 JUNE 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 20, 2017
Women’s Singles – First Round
[1] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d [WC] S. Sorribes Tormo (ESP) 46 75 64
[3] C. Garcia (FRA) d J. Jankovic (SRB) 64 64
C. Bellis (USA) d [4] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) 63 75
[WC] S. Lisicki (GER) d [5] K. Bertens (NED) 62 36 00 Retired
[6] R. Vinci (ITA) d [LL] S. Errani (ITA) 62 61
[7] A. Konjuh (CRO) d [Q] O. Jabeur (TUN) 76(1) 46 63
J. Goerges (GER) d L. Arruabarrena (ESP) 61 62
S. Rogers (USA) d [Q] B. Haddad Maia (BRA) 76(4) 63
M. Barthel (GER) d [Q] A. Kalinskaya (RUS) 76(6) 64
[WC] F. Schiavone (ITA) d E. Bouchard (CAN) 67(5) 64 63
[Q] K. Flipkens (BEL) d M. Minella (LUX) 36 63 62
[Q] J. Cepelova (SVK) d P. Parmentier (FRA) 62 60
V. Lepchenko (USA) d [Q] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) 36 63 76(4)

Women’s Doubles – First Round
M. Duque-Mariño (COL) / M. Irigoyen (ARG) d [2] T. Babos (HUN) / A. Hlavackova (CZE) 63 75
E. Mertens (BEL) / D. Schuurs (NED) d R. Olaru (ROU) / R. Voracova (CZE) 63 63
N. Melichar (USA) / A. Smith (GBR) d A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) / Y. Wickmayer (BEL) 63 67(6) 12-10

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 2017
PISTA CENTRAL start 12:30 pm
[WC] F. Schiavone (ITA) vs Kr. Pliskova (CZE)

Not Before 1:30 pm
R. Ozaki (JPN) vs [WC] V. Azarenka (BLR) 36 64 54
C. Bellis (USA) vs M. Barthel (GER)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[1] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs J. Goerges (GER)

Not Before 7:00 pm
S. Rogers (USA) vs [WC] S. Lisicki (GER)

PISTA 3 start 12:30 pm
J. Jankovic (SRB) / A. Sevastova (LAT) vs J. Moore (AUS) / V. Wongteanchai (THA)
[3] A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) vs A. Parra Santonja (ESP) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP)

Not Before 3:00 pm
Possible Court Change – [1] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) vs [WC] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) / S. Sorribes Tormo (ESP)

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Topsy–Turvy Tuesday Sees Top Three Seeds Murray, Wawrinka and Raonic Lose at Queen’s Club

Andy Murray

By Wendy M. Grossman

LONDON (June 20, 2017) Many seemingly easy finishing shots are missed in tennis because the player is thinking a split-second ahead to its safe landing. That fractional percentage point of lost concentration can make the difference between the tournament winner and the first-round loser. The smart tennis player learns to focus as much as possible on the now, taught to be mindful before it was a thing.

 

This makes for a serious mismatch between players and the journalists who cover them. Journalists this week are vying to read the tea leaves for prospective Wimbledon winners, while the players are just trying to get through their first-round matches here at Queen’s.

 

By tea time on Tuesday journalists’ ideas had collapsed. Aljaz Bedene withdrew with a wrist injury, leaving Andy Murray to play lucky loser Jordan Thompson, an Australian player so obscure that no one knew anything about him; Milos Raonic, last year’s Queen’s and Wimbledon finalist, was up against Thanasin Kokkinakis, freshly returned from injury; and Stan Wawrinka was facing 2014 Queen’s finalist Feliciano “the grass Spaniard” Lopez.

 

On Sunday, Stan Wawrinka said he wanted only to think about adapting to grass in time for this match, his first round here at Queen’s. But no: how did he think about his chances of becoming the ninth player in history to have won all four Grand Slam titles in a couple of weeks’ time? Wawrinka felt that was a long way away: “To win a Grand Slam is very tough. There are many things to do.” Or becoming number one? That, he suggested, is an even longer way away and much more difficult, if you look at the Race numbers. And then this, re Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray haven’t been displaying particularly good form this year so far, and Rafael Nadal is complaining about his knees…so a better opportunity?

 

“And Roger?” Wawrinka asked, laughing? Um, well, he lost first round at Stuttgart, right? Wawrinka finally conceded that the draw might be more open this year, while still downplaying it as a better chance for him personally.

 

Raonic, who said on Sunday that he needed to be “more exertive energy-wise” when playing last year’s Wimbledon final, dropped his first set in a tiebreak after failing to take advantage of eight break point chances. Twelve games later, he had three set points, the first two on the Kokkinakis serve. The first disappeared into a wide-serve/down-the-line combination, the second to a service winner. At 6-5, on his own serve, Raonic slapped the third set point into the net. It took Kokkinakis three tries to fashion a match point on his own serve – and that one he took to win 7-6,7-6.

 

Despite the vastly different result, Raonic commented afterwards that he didn’t think this match was much different from his first-round match last year. In that match, too, he struggled to take advantage of his opportunities, though he managed to find a path through in a way he didn’t this year. “I wasn’t efficient in those moments,” he said, explaining this. Overall, “I was a bit too passive.” Kokkinakis, jubilant over the “best win of my career”, said his strategy was simple: “Get on top of the point before he can.” Also, he admitted, “A lot of it is hoping  he misses first serves, and he did a couple of those when it mattered.”

 

We were hearing a lot more about Kokkinakis a couple of years ago. Since then, the list of injured body parts reads like an ER inventory of a crash victim: “Obviously the shoulder was the big one. I tore my oblique, I had osteitis pubis, I tore my pec, I had an elbow issue, and I’m still dealing with my groin and shoulder issues, and my back is stiff.” His injury count dates back to the juniors: he missed seven months at 15, and another seven months at 17. A player of this fragility will struggle to win seven best-of-five matches in a row, as Kei Nishikori could tell him. Kokkinakis’ fellow Australian, Nick Kyrgios, similarly dropped his first set to Donald Young after an alarming slip-and-fall, and then retired with a wrist injury.

 

Wawrinka faced the toughest customer, as Lopez was fresh off the Stuttgart final two days ago. Lopez won in two tight sets, 7-6,7-5. Afterwards, Wawrinka said he thought he was serving well, and that for a first match on grass it “wasn’t that bad”.

 

But, Murray! Bidding for his sixth title here, three-time defending Queen’s champion, number one in the world, and defending Wimbledon champion…playing a guy ranked number 90  in the world who only got into the draw by signing in and hanging around just in case. On Sunday, Murray had been talking about how valuable he finds the week between the French Open and Queen’s that debuted last year after 20 years of negotiation.

 

“It’s so much better having the extra week to let your body get used to grass again,” he said. His game, he said, is better now than it was before the French Open but is still far from where he wants it to be. “You have to be doing everything well to win Slams.”

 

Thompson, however, seemed to view the occasion as an exciting lottery win and went all out to celebrate with aces, service winners, and solid play. Murray, who appeared to be in a somewhat sour mood, meanwhile obliged by knocking forehands long, not returning as well as he can at his best, and never taking charge for more than a point or two in a row. Once Thompson took the first set tiebreak, he stayed in charge, winning the contest 7-6,6-2.

 

Murray called the loss “a big blow”. When asked what happened, he said, “He played better than me.”

 

While the loss of the top three seeds leaves giant holes in the draw, it doesn’t leave it without serious grass contenders. There are still three former Queen’s champions left: Sam Querrey (2010), fourth seed Marin Cilic (2012), and Grigor Dimitrov (2014), plus (besides Lopez) former finalists Nicholas Mahut (2007) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (2011, also a two-time Wimbledon semi-finalist), and 2010 Wimbledon finalist Tomáš Berdych. All of their next matches appear to be winnable; the most interesting are Querrey, who plays Thompson next, and Berdych, who faces this season’s dark horse, Denis Shapovalov.

 

It might be worth keeping your eye on that one. Shapovalov is last year’s Wimbledon junior champion. Just two months past his 18th birthday, he has a big serve and a wicked one-handed backhand. Against 44th-ranked Kyle Edmund, he was able to place serves that kicked so high that Edmund, 6’2″, couldn’t reach them. Queen’s is only his fourth ATP tournament, and the first where he qualified instead of getting a wild card – so he’s already won three matches in a row on a surface he never had the opportunity to play on growing up in Canada.

 

Murray’s, Wawrinka’s, and Raonic’s losses all have one thing in common: all pitted top players in their first competitive grass-court match since last year’s Wimbledon against players who had already found this year’s footing. Thompson lost in the second round of qualifying, but he won four matches (the first over Shapovalov) last week at the Surbiton Challenger, where he lost in the final and he’d played (and lost) a qualifying match at ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Shapovalov lost first round in the main draw at Surbiton, but had won three qualifying matches to get there, plus a qualifying match he lost at Nottingham. The same might be said of Federer’s second-round loss to Tommy Haas at Stuttgart: Haas had to play and win his first round, where Federer had a bye.

 

So, two comments. First, Berdych, playing Shapovalov next, has already played two grass-court matches this year, losing to Lopez in the second round at Stuttgart. If Shapovalov wins this match it may really mean something. Second, don’t write off any of these top guys come the first week of Wimbledon. The year so far appears to be Federer’s and Nadal’s, but you can bet neither of them is thinking that far ahead.

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