2015/05/04

Roger Federer Wins 85th Career Title

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(May 3, 2015) Top-seeded Roger Federer won his 85th ATP World Tour title at the inaugural TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open, defeating third seed Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 7-6(11) on Sunday.

The win gave the 17-time major champion a 19th different country in which he has won an ATP World Tour title.

This is the Swiss’ first clay court tournament win since 2012 Madrid.

The Uruguayan, who saved four match points, came into the match after and impressive victory over second seed Grigor Dimitrov in the semifinals.

“I’m very happy,” said Federer. “Of course I’m very proud to be the first champion here at the first-time tournament here in Istanbul. In Turkey, I’ve had a wonderful week. On and off the court I was able to visit the city a little bit, meet a lot of people, enjoyed the crowd support and experience Turkey.”

“It’s been crazy, in a good way, and I hope I can do it again one day. Right now, I’m just happy I was able to win the tournament. It’s always the best feeling for an athlete to be the champion at the end of a long tough week.”

“I felt better on the court yesterday,” said Cuevas. “It’s difficult to face Roger, not only because of his game but also to stay focused on the game and not get distracted. It was a very good experience for me, and I think it will help me in the future.”

The win marks Federer’s third title of 2015, adding to Brisbane and Dubai.

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Munich Final Postponed Until Monday Due to Rain

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(May 3, 2015) The BMW Open final in Munich between Andy Murray and Philipp Kohlschreiber was postponed by rain Sunday with Kohlschreiber leading 3-2.

This is Murray’s first final on and first under coach Jonas Bjorkman, as his main coach Amelie Mauresmo is pregnant.

The rain-plagued tournament saw Friday’s quarterfinals washed out by rain and postponed to Saturday, when both the quarterfinals and semifinals were played.

SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 4 MAY 2015

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[1] A. Murray (GBR) vs [5] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) 23

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
[1] A. Peya (AUT) / B. Soares (BRA) vs [WC] A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER) 11

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Richard Gasquet Claims Estoril Open

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(May 3, 2015) France’s Richard Gasquet defeated Australian Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 6-2 to win the Estoril Open.

The first time the two played each other back at last year’s Wimbledon, Kyrgios saved nine match points and won. This was the Australian’s first ATP World Tour final.

For the fifth seed Gasquet, it was his 12th career title and second of the year after also claiming Montpellier.

The 28-year-old is now tied with Gilles Simon in the number of titles won by a Frenchman in the Open Era, behind Yannick Noah with 23.

“I am really happy with the victory,” Gasquet said. Yesterday it went three sets and today I was more confident and started better. To feel no pain it’s a good thing for me.”

“Playing in my first final, there was definitely a bit of pressure out there,” said Kyrgios. “I thought I had fun out there today as well. I lost, but that’s why he’s a world-class player. He was way too good for me and I need to get better.”

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Karolina Pliskova Wins All-Czech Final in Prague

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(May 2, 2015) In an all-Czech final, top seed Karolina Pliskova came back from a set down to her fourth WTA title by taking down qualifier Lucie Hradecka 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 at the Prague Open on Saturday.

Pliskova survived 17 aces from her opponent for the victory, but hit 8 of her own.

Pliskova had three match point chances at 5-2 in the third set, but did serve out the win.

“It was all about a few points,” Pliskova said afterwards. “I’m really happy I managed to win it.”

She now has four WTA titles, adding to her 2013 Kuala Lumpur, and 2014 Seoul and Linz titles.

“It was very tough to play a Czech girl in the final in front of a Czech crowd,” Pliskova said “Lucie and I are good friends, we practice a lot together at tournaments, and we played Fed Cup together twice, so we know each other pretty well. I didn’t want to beat her, but I had to!”

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Svitolina Wins Marrakech Title

(May 2, 2015) Elina Svitolina won her third career WTA defeating unseeded Timea Babos 7-5, 7-6 (3) in the Grand Prix SAR final in Marrakech on Saturday.

The fourth seed Svitolina remains perfect in finals at 3-0. The world No. 25th other titles came in Baku in 2013 and 2014.

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Teenager Frances Tiafoe Claims USTA French Open Wild Card

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(May 2, 2015) Frances Tiafoe, 17, of College Park, Md., will make his Grand Slam main draw debut after earning a main draw wild card into the French Open by winning the 2015 Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge. Tiafoe, who turned pro in early April and is currently ranked a career-high No. 381 in the world, clinched the wild card on Friday evening by winning his semifinal match at the $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger in Tallahassee, Fla., against fellow American Tennys Sandgren. On Saturday, Tiafoe competed in his first career USTA Pro Circuit Challenger final in Tallahassee against Facundo Arguello, falling in three sets. Tiafoe finished the wild card challenge with 77 points, reaching the Tallahassee final and advancing to the semifinals of the $50,000 Challenger in Savannah, Ga., and the quarterfinals of the $100,000 Challenger in Sarasota, Fla. Tiafoe led the Har-Tru Wild Card Challenge standings throughout the three weeks of the challenge.

 

“I am excited to play in my first career main draw Grand Slam,” says Tiafoe. “This is a big opportunity for me, as it’s a stepping stone for my career. I plan on competing as hard as I can to give myself the best chances to win.”

 

The USTA awards one men’s and women’s singles wild card into the French Open to an American, who may not have otherwise had the opportunity, based on results on the USTA Pro Circuit. The USTA and the French Tennis Federation have a reciprocal agreement in which wild cards into the 2015 French and US Opens are exchanged. USTA Player Development awards the men’s wild card to the player who earns the greatest number of ATP ranking points at a series of USTA Pro Circuit clay-court challengers—$100,000 Sarasota and two $50,000 events in Savannah and in Tallahassee.

 

The women’s Har-Tru Wild Card Challenge concludes next week with the $50,000 event in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla. Louisa Chirico, Katerina Stewart, and Allie Kiick are frontrunners, as Chirico won the $50,000 event in Dothan, Ala., last Sunday and Stewart will be competing in her second consecutive USTA Pro Circuit final tomorrow in Charlottesville, Va., set to face Kiick.

 

Tiafoe won his first USTA Pro Circuit singles title earlier this year at the $15,000 Futures in Bakersfield, Calif. He also reached two additional USTA Pro Circuit singles finals earlier in the year and served as a practice partner for the U.S. Davis Cup team against Great Britain in Scotland this March. Last year, Tiafoe competed in US Open qualifying, but has never competed at any other Grand Slam event.

 

As a junior, Tiafoe ascended to No. 2 in the ITF World Junior Rankings last year and reached the boys’ singles semifinals at the 2014 US Open. He won the prestigious Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships in December 2013 in Plantation, Fla., becoming the youngest Boys’ 18s champion in the 67 years of the event. He also took the title at the 2014 Easter Bowl junior tournament and reached the final of the 2014 USTA International Spring Championships. In 2012, Tiafoe won two significant 14-and-under tournaments (Les Petits As in Tarbes, France, and Teen Tennis in Bolton, England) and helped lead the United States to a gold medal in World Junior Tennis—the premier 14-and-under team competition. He is a product of the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Md., a USTA Certified Regional Training Center, where he is coached by Misha Kouznetsov and Frank Salazar. Tiafoe’s upbringing has been the subject of national attention, as he and his brother, Franklin, practically grew up at the JTCC while their father, an immigrant from Sierra Leone, worked there as a maintenance man.

 

The USTA first used this 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. Last year, young American Taylor Townsend and veteran Robby Ginepri earned the wild cards, with Townsend becoming a top storyline at Roland Garros by reaching the third round.

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Three Americans Headline Tallahassee Semifinals, Race For French Open Wild Card Continues

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By Taylor Crosby

(April 30, 2015) Tallahassee – Three Americans highlight the singles semifinals at the Tallahassee Tennis Challenger, kicking off Friday at 3pm at Forestmeadows Tennis Complex.

It’s an all-American semifinal as 23-year-old Tennys Sandgren and 17-year-old Frances Tiafoe face off.

Sandgren, who was a doubles champion here in 2013, defeated No.3 seed Frank Dancevic, Argentina’s Renzo Olivo, and No.6 seed Bjorn Fratangelo this week in Tallahasse.

Tiafoe is through to his second consecutive Challenger semifinal. The young gun defeated No.1 seed Facundo Bagnis, former FSU No.1 Jean-Yves Aubone, and Ecuador’s Emilio Gomez en route.

Both men are vying to win the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge for a chance to play in the French Open.

18-year-old American Jared Donaldson continues his run for a maiden Tallahassee

Tennis Challenger title as he takes on Argentina’s Facundo Arguello in the semifinals.

Donaldson, who won his first Challenger tour title earlier this year in Maui, won three tough battles en route to the semis, defeating FSU’s No.1 Benjamin Lock in the first round, No.8 seed James McGee in the second, and France’s Vincent Millot in the third.

No.5 seed Facundo Arguello is through to his first semifinal in Tallahassee. The Argentine has qualified for three ATP main draw events this year. He beat three Americans to advance to the semis: Stefan Kozlov, Tommy Paul, and Mitchell Krueger.

The Indian duo of Somdev Devvarman and Sanam Singh booked their spot in the doubles final with a tough 7-6(10), 6-4 win over the Argentinian pair of Facundo Arguello and Andrea Collarini.

Devvarman/Singh are looking for their first Challenger doubles title together.

In 2013, the tournament made a switch from hard courts to Har-Tru green clay, making it the final stop of the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge and joining forces with other USTA Pro Circuit events in Sarasota and Savannah. In the Challenge, the American with the most rankings points in two of the three events earns the U.S. wild card into the French Open. Tiafoe leads the Wild Card Challenge Standings with 47 points. Donaldson follows with 33 and Sandgren has 7.

 

Results – Thursday, April 30

Singles Quarterfinals

Tennys Sandgren (USA) d [6] Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) 6-2, 6-2

[5] Facundo Arguello (Argentina) d Mitchell Krueger (USA) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

Jared Donaldson (USA) d Vincent Millot (France) 6-4, 7-6(4)

Frances Tiafoe (USA) d Emilio Gomez (Ecuador) 6-1, 7-6(2)

Doubles Semifinal

Somdev Devvarman (India)/Sanam Singh (India) d Facundo Arguello (Argentina)/Andrea Collarini (Argentina) 7-6(10), 6-4

Order of Play – Friday, May 1

Center Court – 3pm

Frances Tiafoe (USA) vs. Tennys Sandgren (USA)

Not before 5:30pm

Jared Donaldson (USA) vs. Facundo Arguello (Argentina)

Alex Kuznetsov (USA)/Tennys Sandgren (USA) vs. Dennis Novikov (USA)/Julio Peralta (Chile)

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USTA National Senior Women’s Hard Court Tennis Championships to Take Place May 11-17, 2015 at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club

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La Jolla, Calif. – (April 30, 2015) – The United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Senior Women’s Hard Court Tennis Championships will be played Monday, May 11 through Sunday, May 17 at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, 2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, Calif., 92037.

Events will include both singles and doubles in the 50 and over, 60 and over, 70 and over, 80 and over, and 90 and over age groups. The women’s events are national championships and attract the best players from across the country, making the tournament field of competitors the strongest in the nation in each age division.

“It’s very special to watch senior players at this level compete in a national tournament. Senior tennis competitors have a unique style of play when it comes to setting up points to make that winning shot,” said Tournament Director Bill Kellogg. “With a strong tournament field, we’re expecting a very entertaining week of championship tennis.”

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club welcomes tennis enthusiasts to view the tournament with free admission. On-­site parking is available for a nominal fee. Matches are expected to start Monday, May 11 at 9 a.m., Tuesday, May 12 through Friday, May 15 at 8 a.m., and on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17 at 9 a.m. (All times are PST)

Tournament draws for each division will be posted on Tuesday, May 5 at the following link:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153474#&&s=0

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s 43rd Annual Spring Senior Championships for men will also be played the same week in conjunction with the women’s events. Although the men’s events are not national championships, they will feature many senior players who regularly compete in national tournaments.

The men’s events will include singles and doubles for 60 and over, 65 and over, 70 and over, 75 and over, 80 and over, and 85 and over age groups. Total participation for both the men’s and women’s tournaments is expected to be 300-plus players.

Expected start of play:
Women                                                 Men
Mon.: 50, 60, 70 Singles & Doubles      Tues.: 65 Singles / 70 Singles & Doubles
Tues.: 80 Singles & Doubles                 Wed.: 60 Singles, 65 Doubles, 75 Singles & Doubles
Wed.: 90 Doubles                                 Thurs.: 60 Doubles, 80 Doubles
Thurs.: 90 Singles                                 Fri.: 85 Singles & Doubles

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club began each of these events in the late 1980s and has hosted them each year since then. Designated one of the Top 50 Tennis Resorts in the world by Tennis Resorts Online, the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s reputation as a top tennis destination started in 1942 when it attracted its first major tournament, the Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship.

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Wimbledon Raises Prize Money, Unveils New Facilities at Spring News Conference

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(April 28, 2015) LONDON, UK – Wimbledon unveiled their new facilities as part of their continuing development, along with to top the list of the four Grand Slams in terms of topping the prize money fund for another year.

 

With the work complete under Courts 14 and 15 this year, the tournament’s ball boys and ball girls will have larger dedicated surroundings, as will the world’s press who now have a larger, 24-hour media restaurant and bespoke areas for the photographers.

 

The plan to continually develop grass court tennis really comes into play with the ‘Three Week Gap’ between the end of the French Open, and the start of The Championships.

 

With players in mind, their facilities have also been updated, with larger locker rooms, ice baths and additional physiotherapy and treatment spaces, along with a new restaurant and warm up area.

 

New ATP events have been scheduled in Stuttgart and Nottingham for the ATP with the WTA also debuting an event in Nottingham in the first week, with WTA Birmingham and Eastbourne as Premier events on the calendar.

 

Wimbledon has prided itself on building in significant increases in prize money over the last three years, increasing the prize purse to £26.75m ($40.60 million dollars), a 7% increase from last year.

 

This years Gentleman’s and Ladies’ Singles champions will pocket £1.88m ($2.85 million dollars ), again a 7% increase from 2014. Qualifying and first round losers will also receive an increase this year.

 

The plans for Court 1 continue, with the planning permission for the development having been approved in December 2014. The plans include a retractable roof which should be completed in 2019, with a fixed roof in place by 2018.

 

The Championships will begin a week later than previously, starting on the 29 June – 12 July.

Ros Satar is a British sports journalist based in London and a writer at Livetennis.com.

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Kei Nishikori Defends Barcelona Crown

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(April 26, 2015) Japan’s Kei Nishikori came back from breaks in both sets to defeat Spain’s Pablo Andujar 6-4, 6-4 to defend his title at the Barcelona Open. This is the second title that the world No. 5 has defended this year, he also repeated in Memphis in February. This is Nishikori’s ninth ATP career title.

 

“I’m really happy I’m able to defend the title,” said Nishikori. “I think the second set was extremely tough and I don’t really know how I won it to be honest. Pablo was very aggressive, he kept moving the ball and made me run up and down all the time. I also tried to be aggressive and I think that’s why I won the important points, but I’d say he played better than me.

“I think this victory on clay and in such a difficult tournament gives me a lot of confidence to face the upcoming competitions. It’s just an amazing feeling to win a title. I have to come back to Barcelona.”

 

“I didn’t look to defend my title, just to play my best. I knew that this was a tough tournament with all the Spanish players. I just tried to play my best and now I am really happy.”

 

“It was a great, high-quality final,” Andujar said. “We were both playing well. I played better in the second set and I felt I deserved something more, but what happened was I let some opportunities pass. I believe that I could have won but here we are. I feel I played my best tennis this week.”

 

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