April 26, 2017

ATP Tennis – Barcelona and Budapest Results and Schedules

ATP Tennis – Barcelona and Budapest Results and Schedules

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

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 25 APRIL 2017

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

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

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

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 26 APRIL 2017

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

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

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

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

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 25 APRIL 2017

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

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

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 26 APRIL 2017

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

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

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

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USTA Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge Standings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

just Fed Cup.

 

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

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

 

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

 

Final results of the tie 

DAY/LOCAL TIME

 

Saturday, 12:00 p.m.

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

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

 

Sunday, 11:00 a.m.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

For Nadal, this was his 70th career title.

 

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

U.S. Teams to Compete in Wheelchair Tennis’

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Women’s Team

Paul Walker (Coach), Lakeland, Fla.

Dana Mathewson, San Diego

Mackenzie Soldan, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Lauren Haneke-Hopps, San Diego

 

Quad Team

John Devorss (Coach), Salem, Ore.

Bryan Barten, Tucson, Ariz.

Nick Taylor, Wichita, Kan.

David Wagner, Hillsboro, Ore.

 

Junior Team

Jason Harnett (Coach), Orlando, Fla.

Conner Stroud, Spindale, N.C.

Joanna Nieh, New York

Nathan Melnyk, New York

 

Head Physio

Jenna Street, Colorado Springs, Colo.

 

Team Manager

Jason Allen, Orlando, Fla.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships May 8-14

ENTRY DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR UPCOMING UNITED STATES TENNIS ASSOCIATION NATIONAL WOMEN’S 50-90 HARD COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS
National Tournament to be Played May 8-14, 2017 at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif. – (April 19, 2017) – The deadline to enter the upcoming USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships is Sunday, April 23, 2017. The national senior tennis tournament will be played May 8-14 at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, 2000 Spindrift Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037.

The women’s national tennis championships will include singles and doubles competition in the 50 and over, 60 and over, 70 and over, 80 and over, and 90 and over age divisions. These events are national championships and will attract the best players from across the United States in each age group, making this field of competitors the strongest in the country in each age division.

Players interested in playing in the tournament can register for the event at the following link: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=188290

“Over the years, this tournament has become one of the premier senior women’s tennis events in the country,” said Tournament Director Bill Kellogg. “We are anticipating another great week of high-level senior tennis and we encourage all interested players to enter before Sunday’s deadline.”

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s 45th Annual Men’s Senior Championships will also take place the same week in conjunction with the women’s events, and will include both 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. Although the men’s events are not national championships, they will feature many senior players who regularly compete in national tournaments. Total participation for both the men’s and women’s tournaments is expected to be 300-plus players.

Matches are expected to start Monday, May 8 at 9 a.m., Tuesday, May 9 through Friday, May 12 at 8 a.m., and on Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14 at 9 a.m. (All times are PDT). La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club welcomes tennis enthusiasts to view the tournament with free admission. On-site parking is available for a nominal fee.

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club started each of these events and has hosted them since inception. 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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Radwanska Commits to Connecticut Open, Navratilova to Celebrate 20 years of Women’s Tennis in New Haven

DEFENDING CHAMPION AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA COMMITS TO 2017 CONNECTICUT OPEN PRESENTED BY UNITED TECHNOLOGIES

 

MARTINA NAVRATILOVA RETURNS TO CELEBRATE 20 YEARS OF WOMEN’S TENNIS IN NEW HAVEN 

 

Navratilova To Play Exhibition Doubles Match, Participate In Opening Ceremony Presented By Yale University;
Daily Tickets Now On Sale, Seating In Stadium Streamlined To Simplify Purchasing

 

NEW HAVEN, Conn., April 18, 2017 – Defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska has committed to play the 2017 Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies, while 18-time Grand Slam singles champion Martina Navratilova will return to the tournament to celebrate 20 years of women’s tennis in New Haven. A Premier WTA event that is part of the US Open Series, the 2017 Connecticut Open will be held August 18-26 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale.

 

Radwanska rolled through the field en route to the 2016 Connecticut Open title, defeating three-time champion Petra Kvitova in the semifinals before bouncing Elina Svitolina in the final. The World No. 8 boasts 20 WTA titles and has reached the semifinals at Wimbledon in three of the past five years, including her first Grand Slam final in 2012. Radwanska will make her seventh visit to New Haven.

 

“It’s always special to return to a tournament as the defending champion,” said Radwanska. “I’m excited to come back to New Haven and play in front of the fans there for the seventh time!”

 

Navratilova will participate in the Opening Ceremony presented by Yale University before the Monday, August 21 evening session and play in an exhibition doubles match following the 7:00 p.m. night session match. For one of the two sets, Navratilova will play mixed doubles against Mats Wilander, a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion. Other celebrity participants will be announced at a later date.

 

“The Connecticut Open has long supported women’s tennis at the highest level and has continued to attract a stellar field for two decades,” said Navratilova. “I am excited to come play and to help celebrate 20 years of women’s tennis in New Haven.”

 

“We are thrilled to welcome Aga Radwanska back to New Haven after an amazing run to the title in 2016, and to have Martina Navratilova, one of the greatest players in the history of our sport, headlining our celebration of 20 years of women’s tennis in New Haven,” said Tournament Director Anne Worcester. “Aga is one of most exciting players in the WTA and a fan-favorite on the tour, and Martina is an icon, one of the most important ambassadors in tennis, and the person we know our fans want to see back on court at the Connecticut Open. Between Aga, Martina, Mats Wilander and other WTA stars, it will be an entertaining night for sure.”

 

Fans who want the best seats to the Navratilova Exhibition and PowerShares Series men’s matches (August 24-25), which will feature Tennis Hall of Famers Michael Chang and John McEnroe along with Fairfield’s James Blake and defending champion Mark Philippoussis, can secure them by purchasing a multiple session package. Packages include Weeklong Box Seats (all 14 sessions), After Hours (every evening session and Saturday finals), Final Four (last four sessions which includes PowerShares Series), and Pick Four Flex (choice of four early round sessions).

 

Daily tickets for the tournament are now on sale and seating at the Connecticut Open Tennis Center has been renumbered to streamline the ticket-buying process. The 200 and 100 level sections will now replace the Stadium Box and Courtside Box Seats, respectively. In addition to women’s tennis, fans can also look forward to a week-long festival of food, music, and activities such as ShopRite Kids Day (Sunday, August 20), Young Professionals Night (August 22), Superhero and Princess Day/Night (August 23), and United Technologies Military Appreciation Day (August 26).

 

For more information about the 2017 Connecticut Open and to purchase tickets visit www.ctopen.org

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University of Michigan Wins 2017 USTA Tennis On Campus National Championship

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN CAPTURES

2017 USTA TENNIS ON CAMPUS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

 

The Wolverines overcome a 19-18 deficit to beat the University of California, Irvine, 24-20, at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla.

 

Back row (L to R): Laura Ucrós Téllez, Alex Gruskin, Max Rothman, Kevin Rothstein, Koushik Kondapi

Front row (L to R): Kerry Hu, Arthur Ozga (coach), Chelsea Yu

Photo credit: Camerawork USA

 

Orlando, Fla., April 17, 2017– A new USTA Tennis On Campus national champion was crowned Saturday night in dramatic fashion as the University of Michigan overcame a late deficit to win its first-ever national title, 24-20, over the University of California, Irvine.

 

Down 19-18 heading into the final mixed doubles match, the Michigan duo of Laura Ucrós Téllez and Max Rothman took a commanding 4-0 lead en route to 6-1 championship-clinching win.

 

“I knew Laura and I played great together in the past. We went out there confident. We trust each other and we got the job done,” said Rothman of the final set.

 

One of the match’s early turning points came during women’s singles. Michigan held a 6-2 lead following women’s doubles, but junior Kerry Hu trailed 5-2 to UC-Irvine’s Yoshino Takashimizu. Hu rattled off three straight games, defending five set points, before winning the tiebreak 5-3 to take a 6-5 set win.

 

“Kerry’s effort in singles, for her to come back from 5-2 down and fight off all of those [set] points, it was incredible,” said Michigan’s senior captain Alex Gruskin. “That’s all you can ask from your junior captain. She delivered.”

 

Trailing 12-7, UC-Irvine staged its comeback, winning the men’s doubles set 6-2. Freshman Andy Francis stepped up and secured a thrilling 6-4 win in men’s singles as UC-Irvine took the lead for the first time in the match.

 

But once Ucrós Téllez and Rothman stepped on the court, the result was never in doubt for Michigan. A former talented junior player from Bogota, Colombia, Ucrós Téllez was a member of the University of Michigan varsity team before a knee injury forced her out of the sport in 2014.

 

“I think it’s mind-blowing. A couple months ago I would’ve never thought I would be playing tennis again,” she said. “It was a great opportunity. I’m very very grateful for the team for letting me be a part of it. I’m just extremely happy. I’m back. This is awesome.”

 

Gruskin and Rothman, the men’s double tandem, raised the trophy together.

 

“It’s been three years with this guy. He’s more than a doubles partner, he’s my best friend,” said Gruskin of Rothman. “To lift this trophy with him is an experience of a lifetime. We’ve been working for four years for this. To bring this home as a senior, I couldn’t be happier.”

 

For UC-Irvine, the second place finish was the best result in the team’s history.

 

“In the end we fell short, but I’m extremely proud of my team,” said captain Tommy Luu. “This is the farthest we’ve ever gone in this tournament, especially to be in the finals, it just means so much to us.”

 

“It was, in one word, amazing,” summed up co-tournament director Newlyn Wing of the first Tennis On Campus National Championship held at the USTA National Campus.

 

“It was a great final. Kudos to Michigan. UC-Irvine kept it close the whole time but Michigan was able to pull through. Even in defeat, UC-Irvine was the most gracious the whole time. They are sportsmanship defined in many ways when it comes to Tennis On Campus. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.”

 

The tournament was put on in partnership with NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation; World TeamTennis, and the USTA.

 

Michigan team members include: Alex Gruskin (Franklin, Mich.), Kerry Hu (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Koushik Kondapi (Novi, Mich.), Max Rothman (Los Angeles), Kevin Rothstein (West Bloomfield, Mich.), Laura Ucrós Téllez (Bogota, Colombia), and Chelsea Yu (Canton, Mich.).

 

Championship Match: University of Michigan 24, University of California, Irvine 20

Women’s Doubles: Kerry Hu/Laura Ucrós Téllez (UM) def. Melissa Huang/Kaitlyn Nguyen (UCI) 6-2 (Michigan leads 6-2)

Women’s Singles: Hu (UM) def. Yoshino Takashimizu (UCI) 6-5 (3) (Michigan leads 12-7)

Men’s Doubles: Gabriel Cupino/Tommy Luu (UCI) def. Alex Gruskin/Max Rothman (UM) 6-2 (Michigan leads 14-13)

Men’s Singles: Andy Francis (UCI) def. Koushik Kondapi (UM) 6-4 (UC-Irvine leads 19-18)

Mixed Doubles: Rothman/Ucrós Téllez (UM) def. Cupino/Takashimizu (UCI) 6-1 (Michigan wins 24-20)

 

The USTA Tennis On Campus program features more than 35,000 college students competing nationwide in intramural and intercollegiate coed club play. Since its inception in 2000, Tennis On Campus has grown significantly and today is played on more than 700 college campuses.

 

Developed by the USTA in partnership with NIRSA and World TeamTennis, the Tennis On Campus program gives college students the opportunity to build leadership skills, network in a coed sports environment and compete on a college team without the rigors of playing in a varsity program. With year-round match play and regional and national championship competition, students maintain active and healthy lifestyles through their college years.

Visit the Tennis On Campus website at TennisOnCampus.com for complete results and stories.

 

For photos from the final, click here (photo credit: CAMERAWORK USA). A replay of the full broadcast of the final can be found on YouTube, for downloadable video highlights click here.

 

Past USTA TOC National Champions

2017 – University of Michigan

2016 – Auburn University

2015 – University of California – Berkeley

2014 – University of California – Berkeley

2013 – University of Georgia

2012 – University of California – Berkeley

2011 – University of California – Los Angeles

2010 – University of California – Berkeley

2009 – Duke University

2008 – University of Texas

2007 – Texas A&M University

2006 – Texas A&M University

2005 – Texas A&M University

2004 – Texas A&M University

2003 – University of Florida

2002 – Texas A&M University

2001 – University of North Carolina

2000 – University of North Carolina

 

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Schiavone, Coric, Vondrousova and Johnson win Tennis Titles This Week

Borna Coric

(April 16, 2017) Francesca Schiavone, Borna Coric, Marketa Vondrousova and Steve Johnson claimed titles on the tennis tour this week.

Francesca Schiavone

In her final season on tour, 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone won her eighth career title with a 6-4, 7-5 win over fourth seed Lara Arruabarrena at the Claro Open Colsanitas on Saturday.

The 36-year-old Italian veteran had not won a main tour match all season.

Winning on Bogota ups this former world No. 4 to 168th in the world as she tries to gain direct entry into the French Open.

“I’m not thinking about retirement,” she said. “I’m enjoying tennis.”

 

Borna Coric

Croatia’s Borna Coric saved five match points to win his first ATP World Tour title on Sunday beating German Philipp Kohlschreiber 5-7, 7-6 (3), 7-5 in the Grand Prix Hassan II final. Last year’s finalist became this year’s winner in 2 hours, 38 minutes – the longest final this year according to the ATP.
The 20-year-old Coric is the third first-time winner on the ATP World Tour this year, joining Gilles Muller who won Sydney and Ryan Harrison who claimed the Memphis title.

“I would say that’s my biggest comeback, I’ve never saved five match points,” noted Coric. “Especially in such an important match, I served very well in the big points. It’s an awesome feeling. I didn’t know what to expect when I came here and I wasn’t in the best shape. But I’ve been working very hard the past three or four months and now it’s paying off.”

“It’s one of those days where you have many good opportunities,” explained Kohlschreiber. “It was a big fight and great drama in the end. Losing a match with match points and to be so close to the title is always very difficult. But it was a very good week for me. I played great tennis this week and I’m looking forward to more clay-court matches.”

Steve Johnson survived late cramps to win the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship, besting Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (5) on Sunday at River Oaks Country Club. For the 27-year-old Johnson, this is his second ATP Tour title, he won Nottingham last year.

“A lot goes into cramping. For me today, it was the nerves of trying to close out the title. I haven’t been there enough to feel very comfortable.”

“To win on U.S. soil and win when you’re not feeling great is a testament to my willpower and competitiveness,” Johnson said.”
“My body has just physically run out of gas after this week… I was very fortunate to get out of that.”

“He was playing unbelievably… I’m a little bit sad because I think I could have won, but I’m happy to make another final, Bellucci said”

Johnson beat two former champions on the way to the title, Fernando Verdasco (2014) in the quarterfinals and American Davis Cup teammate Jack Sock (2015) in the semifinals, to reach his third career final.

“Both players were very tired in the third set and we were missing more shots than before,” Bellucci said. “I’m happy for my week but today I am disappointed. I (thought) I could win because I was a little better than him physically. He deserved it more than me.”

Seventeen-year-old Marketa Vondrousova won her first WTA Tour title on Sunday, surprising Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 6-4, 7-6 (6) in the Biel Ladies Open final.

Rankled at 233rd in the world, the Czech captured the first edition of the Swiss indoor hard-court tournament.
The southpaw will be part of the Czech Fed Cup team next weekend as they take on the United States in Tampa, Florida.

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Memphis Open Moving to Long Island’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Starting in 2018

GF SPORTS PARTNERS WITH BROOKLYN SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT

TO MOVE THE MEMPHIS OPEN MEN’S TENNIS TOURNAMENT

TO NYCB LIVE’s NASSAU VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM STARTING IN 2018

 

The Event is one of the Longest-Running North American Tournaments on the ATP World Tour

LONG ISLAND (April 10, 2017) – GF Sports, a live events and sports media entertainment company, has partnered with Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE) to move the Memphis Open men’s tennis tournament to NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, which is located on Long Island in New York. As part of the long-term agreement, the Coliseum, which reopened on April 5 following a nearly two-year, $165 million renovation, will host the tournament for the first time from February 10-18, 2018. The Memphis Open, which was acquired by GF Sports in 2015, is one of the longest-running American tournaments on the ATP World Tour and the only indoor ATP event contested in the United States.

“We are proud to partner with Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment to bring the historic Memphis Open to the new Coliseum,” said Gary Fuhrman, Managing Partner at GF Capital and Board Member of GF Sports. “The spotlight of New York will help to elevate this important tournament and this move is part of GF Sports’ larger goal of re-establishing American tennis as a global powerhouse within the sport.”

“This event diversifies our programming mix at NYCB LIVE’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and further delivers on our promise to bring major sporting events back to Long Island,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment. “I also want to thank Gary Fuhrman and his team for the opportunity to bring world-class tennis to Long Island and for working with Jeff Gewirtz, our Executive Vice President of Business Affairs, to consummate our partnership.”

The New York Metropolitan area has a rich tennis history highlighted by the U.S. Open, one of the most well attended annual sporting events in the world. The arrival of this ATP World Tour event will add another major tennis event to the New York sports calendar, and marks the first time in its 45-year history that the Coliseum will play host to a sanctioned tennis tournament. The event adds to the Coliseum’s growing lineup of top entertainment and sports events following the unveiling of new first-class amenities for fans, performers, and athletes, as part of top-to-bottom renovations, making it Long Island’s premier entertainment destination.

Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman & President, said: “GF Sports has shown a strong commitment to invest in professional tennis with a particular focus on the United States. They have demonstrated their ability to operate ATP tournaments, including the Memphis Open, with the goal of growing the sport. The relocation of the Memphis Open to New York and to the newly renovated Coliseum is consistent with their vision, and will elevate this tournament, with over 40 years of history, to a new level of excellence.”

The Memphis Open is an ATP World Tour 250 event that was established in 1976 and boasts a who’s who in the tennis world as former champions, including Andre Agassi, Björn Borg, Jimmy Connors, Jim Courier, Stefan Edberg, Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe, Kei Nishikori, Andy Roddick and Pete Sampras. In recent years, young American players have emerged at the tournament, including 2017 winner Ryan Harrison and 2016 runner-up Taylor Fritz.

Similar to years past, in addition to showcasing top men’s singles and doubles talent, GF Sports will look to add complimentary entertainment programming to the week-long tournament schedule and establish community platforms and grassroots initiatives to embrace the event’s new home.

Moving the Memphis Open is part of GF Sports’ overall commitment to supporting the growth of American tennis and another step in the company’s expansion as it continues to actively look for investment and acquisition opportunities in sports and entertainment.

GF Sports has a long-term agreement with Lagardère Sports for worldwide television rights to the Memphis Open that will continue at the new home of this event on Long Island. Participants and ticket information for the tournament will be announced at a later date. To stay up to date on all the latest news surrounding the event visit NYCBLIVE.com.

About GF Sports

GF Sports is a live events and sports media entertainment company created by New York-based private equity firm GF Capital. Formed in July 2015, the GF Sports event portfolio includes two of the ATP World Tour’s longest running American tournaments – the Memphis Open and the BB&T Atlanta Open, the world renown BNP Paribas Showdown played at “The World’s Most Famous Arena”, Madison Square Garden, as well as World Tennis Day, the annual and worldwide celebration of the sport of tennis.

GF Capital makes control-oriented, growth capital investments in branded consumer product and media companies, and its investments have included a number of sports and live entertainment companies. These include Repucom, a global leader in sports measurement, evaluation and intelligence, which was sold to Nielsen in 2016; Blue Man Group, the world-renowned entertainment company; and EEM World, a global leader in equestrian event production that owns and operates the Longines Masters. Additionally, GF Capital incubates new and emerging sport concepts utilizing its global perspective to help develop niche sports. In this vein, GF Capital has partnered with the Wolfpack Ninjas, widely known for their performance on the hit series “American Ninja Warrior”, to operate the Wolfpack Ninja Tour. Veteran sport, media and entertainment executive Hank Ratner is a co-investor with GF Capital across the company’s various sports properties.

For additional information, please visit www.gfcap.com.

About Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment

Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE) develops and operates state-of-the-art venues and manages premier sports franchises, delivering dynamic content and experiences for audiences. BSE oversees programming, marketing, sales, and operations for Barclays Center and NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Presented By New York Community Bank, and manages and controls the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and its Development League team, the Long Island Nets, as well as the business operations of the NHL’s New York Islanders.

Barclays Center, which opened on September 28, 2012, offers 17,732 seats for basketball, 15,795 for hockey, and up to 19,000 seats for concerts, and has 101 luxury suites, four bars/lounges, four clubs, and 40/40 CLUB & Restaurant by Tanduay.

NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, is scheduled to reopen April 5, 2017 after extensive renovation. The Coliseum offers 14,500 seats for basketball, MMA and boxing, 13,900 for hockey, up to 16,000 for concerts, and 4,500 seats for its theater configuration. With a focus on emerging businesses, BSE identifies and creates alliances, strategic partnerships and other business opportunities to ensure the success of its assets.

For additional information, please visit brooklynse.com.

About The ATP

The ATP is the governing body of the men’s professional tennis circuits – the ATP World Tour, the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP Champions Tour. With 64 tournaments in 31 countries, the ATP World Tour showcases the finest male athletes competing in the world’s most exciting venues. From Australia to Europe and the Americas to Asia, the stars of the 2017 ATP World Tour will battle for prestigious titles and Emirates ATP Rankings points at ATP World Tour Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, as well as Grand Slams (non ATP events). At the end of the season only the world’s top 8 qualified singles players and doubles teams will qualify to compete for the last title of the season at the ATP Finals. Held at The O2 in London, the event will officially crown the 2017 ATP World Tour No. 1 presented by Emirates.

For more information, please visit www.ATPWorldTour.com.

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