May 27, 2017

ATP World Tour Announces Trial Rule Changes for Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan


From ATP World Tour: (May 16, 2017)ROME – The ATP has announced a series of rule changes and innovations set to be trialled at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan this November. The season-ending tournament will see the world’s top 21-and-Under players of the season competing for total prize money of US$ 1.275 million from 7-11 November.

The rule changes, aimed at creating a high-tempo, cutting-edge, and TV-friendly product, are geared towards attracting new and younger fans into the sport, while at the same time retaining the sport’s traditional fan-base. The following rule changes will be applied in Milan:

–    Shorter Format: First to Four games sets (Tie-Break at 3-All), Best-of-Five sets, with No-Ad scoring

  • Shorter set format designed to increase number of pivotal moments in a match, while the best-of-five set format does not alter the number of games required to win a match (12) from the traditional scoring format. No-Ad scoring will be played (receiver’s choice).

–    Shorter Warm-Up

  • Matches will begin precisely 5 minutes from the second player walk-on, leading to a reduction in down time before the beginning of matches.

–    Shot Clock

  • A shot clock will be used in between points to ensure strict regulation of the 25-second rule, as well as during set breaks, Medical Time-Outs, and the five-minute countdown from the player walk-on to the first point of the match.

–    No-Let Rule

  • The No-Let rule will apply to serves, bringing in an additional element of unpredictability at the start of points.
  • This rule will also remove any ambiguity over let calling from umpires, ensuring the rule is consistent with normal ‘let’ occurrences during regular point exchanges.

–    Medical Time-Outs

  • A limit of 1 medical time out per player per match.

–    Player Coaching

  • Players and coaches will be able to communicate at certain points in the match (to be determined), providing additional content and entertainment value for broadcast. Coaches will not be allowed on-court.

In addition, a ‘free movement’ policy will be applied to the crowd (except behind the baselines) throughout the tournament. The policy will enable fans to move freely in and out of the stadium during matches, providing a relaxed fan-friendly atmosphere and ensuring fans are not restricted entry into the stadium at any time.

The ATP carried out extensive market research and fan surveys across more than 13 different markets through SMG Insight, covering off traditional and emerging tennis markets, as well as light and heavy tennis consumers, prior to determining which rule changes to trial at the inaugural tournament, which will take place at Fiera Milano in partnership with the Italian Tennis Federation and the Italian National Olympic Committee.

Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman & President, said: “We’re excited to be bringing something new to the table with this event. The sports & entertainment landscape is changing rapidly, as are the ways in which fans are consuming our sport. This event is not only about the next generation of players, but also about the next generation of fans. We’ve created this new tournament precisely to allow us to look at some potential new elements, in a high-profile environment. We remain acutely aware of the traditions in our sport, and we will be sure to safeguard the integrity of our product when assessing if any changes should eventually be carried forward onto regular ATP World Tour events in the future.”

Angelo Binaghi, President of the Italian Tennis Federation, said: “We are proud to be at the forefront of innovation and change in tennis through this unique event, with the future stars of the sport that will be making headlines on the biggest stages over the next years. This tournament is all about looking to the future, and we would like to thank the ATP for having the vision and willingness to bring innovation into our sport. We look forward to a successful and exciting first edition of the event in November.”

Away from the court, fans and media attending the tournament will enjoy a fully immersive on-site experience, with a strong emphasis placed on unparalleled fan engagement through digital media, combined with unique player access across the tournament.

The tournament will take place on a singles-only court, featuring the best seven qualified 21-and-Under players of the season, plus one wild card. Taking place over five days, the event starts off with two round robin groups, followed by the semi-finals and final. A third place play-off will also be played by the two losing semi-finalists prior to the final on the last day. The tournament does not offer Emirates ATP Rankings points.


Roger Federer to Skip the French Open

Roger Federer

(May 15, 2017) Roger Federer announced on his web site that he will skip the French Open:

May 15, 2017

Dear Fans,

Regrettably, I’ve decided not to participate in the French Open. I’ve been working really hard, both on and off the court, during the last month but in order to try and play on the ATP World Tour for many years to come, I feel it’s best to skip the clay court season this year and prepare for the grass and hard court seasons. The start to the year has been magical for me but I need to recognize that scheduling will be the key to my longevity moving forward. Thus, my team and I concluded today that playing just one event on clay was not in the best interest of my tennis and physical preparation for the remainder of the season. I will miss the French fans, who have always been so supportive and I look forward to seeing them at Roland Garros next year.



Federer is coming off winning his 18th major, taking the Australian Open title back in January. He also won Masters Series titles at Indian Wells and Miami.

Federer did not play last year’s French Open due to knee surgery.

Federer won his only Roland Garros title in 2009, to complete a career Grand Slam.

More to follow….


Rafael Nadal Wins Madrid Open for 30th Masters Series Title

Rafael Nadal Wins Madrid Open for 30th Masters Series Title

(May 14, 2017) Rafael Nadal won his third straight clay court title on Sunday defeating Dominic Thiem 7-6 (8), 6-4 to win the Madrid Open, for the fifth time in his career for his 72nd overall career crown. With his 30th Masters title win, he equals Novak Djokovic for most Masters 1000 series events.

It’s his 15th straight match win. With 34 matches won on the year, he leads the tour.

The 14-time major champion from Spain will move up in the rankings to No. 4 ahead of Roger Federer. Nadal also leads in the Race to London for the year end tournament title and World No. 1.

“I think it was a tough match since the beginning, especially here in altitude, which is difficult to make breaks against a player like Thiem,” Nadal said. “Returning the ball is difficult, especially when he hits it so high.

“Since the beginning, I was playing with a lot of pressure. Fortunately I managed to come back and break. I think he made an error, so I managed to break again.

“After that, I calmed down. I think I played a good first set. Anything could have happened at the end of the first set. But I think I played well the important points at the end of the first set. I saved a few set points playing some good shots with my forehand. After that I went for it.

“I knew at the beginning of the second set, it was going to be very important. Once you finish a first set like that, it’s normal to lower your level a little bit. I had to play well in the second set. I started with a break, so that was very good towards what I had to do after that.”

It was the 30-year-old’s second straight victory over the 23-year-old, whom he defeated in the final of Barcelona two weeks ago.

“I think it was a good fight out there,” said the Austrian. “I was much, much better and much closer than in Barcelona. I think I already had worse weeks in my life than this one.”

“I gave everything that I could,” Thiem explained. “But there were many or some chances in the first set. But obviously if you want to play a close match, if you want to have a chance winning against Rafa on clay, I mean, you have to play your best. There’s no other way. And, of course, it would be enough against many other players.

“But, I mean, it was a final of a Masters 1000, my first one, against the best player on this surface ever. Sometimes against the best players in the world, you even lose when you play well. That’s the thing in tennis: there’s only one winner.”


Rafael Nadal

“To try to win Roland Garros, you don’t need to be No. 4 or No. 1 or No. 5, what you need is to play tennis very well,” Nadal said. “I don’t think it changes a lot for me. What I’m really happy about is to achieve a title like this here in Madrid. I see myself being able to win important titles and achieve my goals.”


“These last few weeks have been very special. I’m very happy for what I achieved,” Nadal said. “It means a lot to me to win at home, it’s always a special place for me.”

Dominic Thiem

“It was a good fight out there. I was much, much better and much closer than in Barcelona,” Thiem said. “Sometimes against the best players in the world, you even lose when you play well.”


“Of course, it were unbelievable two weeks in Spain: Barcelona and Madrid. I’m going to enjoy the next hours, then I’ll think about Rome. It’s, again, a big and important tournament.

“Now that I did it once, play really well in such a big tournament, next step is to maintain this level to the next week. That’s what I will try.”


Nadal has won three of the tournaments leading into Roland Garros where he hopes to win his 10th title.

“To try to win Roland Garros, you don’t need to be No. 4 or No. 1 or No. 5, what you need is to play tennis very well,” Nadal said.  “This is the situation right now.”

“If I am No. 4 and I played badly, I’m not going to have chances. If I am No. 5 and I play well, I will have the same chances as if I’m No. 4 or No. 5. It’s just circumstantial.

“In my career, being No. 4 or No. 5, I don’t think it changes a lot for me. What I’m really happy about, I really enjoy, is to achieve a title like here in Madrid, to win a title like this.

“Today is a day to be satisfied, to be happy, and to have this trophy. I thought I was going to take it, but apparently it’s going to stay here. After tomorrow, I will think about Rome. That’s everything I’m thinking right now.

“This is a very emotional period of the season. I really enjoy these tournaments. I just try to go for all of them. I try to compete. In Monte-Carlo and Barcelona I did well, same here. I hope to do the same in Rome.”


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Rita Price Wraps Up Singles Title at USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships


Tournament to Conclude on Sunday with Full Schedule of Consolation Matches
La Jolla, Calif. – (May 13, 2017) – Rita Price of Aurora, Colo., used an all-court game to blank Helene Salvetat of Hossegor, France 6-0, 6-0 and capture the 90 and over singles title of the USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

Playing in the round-robin format used in the 90 and over division, the 90-year-old Price defeated Joyce Vanderpol of Blaine, Wash., 6-0, 6-1 earlier in the week.

At the conclusion of the final 90 and over singles match, Price was awarded a USTA gold ball for winning the national championship. Vanderpol received a USTA silver ball for finishing in second place and Hossegor was presented with a USTA bronze ball for third place.

In the 50 and over division, second-seeded Nathalie Herreman-Bagby of Pacific Palisades, Calif., overcame fourth-seeded Shelly Works of San Antonio, 6-4, 6-4 to finish the tournament in third place. Tina Karwasky of Glendale, Calif., the top-seed in the 60 and over division, captured third place with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over fifth-seeded Sherri Bronson of Scottsdale, Ariz.  Both winners were awarded USTA bronze balls.

For complete results and updated tournament draws for each division, please go to:


Rafael Nadal Snaps Seven-Match Losing Streak Against Novak Djokovic to Reach Madrid Open

Rafael Nadal Snaps Seven-Match Losing Streak Against Novak Djokovic to Reach Madrid Open

Rafael Nadal

(May 13, 2017) Rafael Nadal snapped his seven-match losing streak against Novak Djokovic on Saturday, dominating the world No. 2 6-2, 6-4 to reach the final of the Madrid Open. The last time Nadal defeated Djokvovic was in the 2014 final of the French Open.

Djokovic, who was the defending Madrid champion had won 15 straight sets over the four-time titlist. The Serb still leads the head-to-head against the Spaniard 26-24.


For Nadal it’s his 14th straight victory and an ATP World Tour leading 33rd match win on the year.


“I have been playing well,” Nadal said of the win.  “I think it was a great first set. I hit good the forehand in the first set, good the backhand, too. I was serving well.

“When I was playing that well at the beginning, it’s true that I felt for moments under control, and in the second not. In the second, the match was much more equal, and anything could happen.

“It’s true that I played a little bit shorter. I changed less directions in the second set. I needed to play more shots down the line with my forehand.

“But that’s normal, no? An important match for me. That’s it. But in general terms, I think I played a great match.”

Asked about how important it was to break the losing streak against Djokovic, Nadal said: “It’s one more match. What’s important to me is to make it to another final. As years go by, depending on the type of victories, can fulfill you a little bit more or less. As time goes by, what is important is the titles, not the opponents that you have beaten. It’s just the titles that you have won.

“It’s true that some matches are more important than others. But I’m just here to try to make it the best possible way, to play my best tennis, and of course to beat an opponent such as Novak, it gives you a lot of confidence. It shows you you’re working in the right way.

“But it’s just another match. As I said yesterday, it gives me another opportunity to win another title, which is important to me.”


Novak Djokovic

“Rafa was obviously a better player today,” Djokovic said. “He deserved to win. I mean, he was controlling the game from beginning to the end.

“Second set was a bit closer. Maybe I had some chances to be in the lead, 2-All. Was a long game. I lost the break there.

“But, you know, all in all, I did try my best. It wasn’t a very high quality of tennis from my side. I mean, I made a lot of unforced errors, especially first set.

“Just his quality was very high. You know, he managed to do whatever he wanted really, especially in the first set. I was getting a lot of balls back. He was serving well. He was using his court positioning well.

“Today was warmer than last three, four days, so conditions were quite different. The ball was bouncing very high.

“Well, he managed to be better in these kind of conditions.”


Djokovic, who has not so far had a good season by his standards, winning only one tournament this year, and fresh off of parting ways with his coaching team was happy to reach the final four in Madrid. “Well, first of all, it was really good to play in semifinals of big event, and to play against one of the top rivals I have in my life. I haven’t had that feeling in months, so it’s great to feel that.

“It was a positive week, a positive experience. I take, as I say, more positives than negatives into the next week in Rome. As I go along, I hope to continue getting better and getting stronger.

“I felt like I was playing well throughout the week. Today maybe slightly I could have played better. But, again, I just had an opponent that was too good.

“Well, I have to move on. Semifinals is a good result. Hopefully I’ll have another good result in Rome.”


Simona Halep

In the women’s final, defending champion Simona Halep held on to the title with a 7-5, 6-7, 6-2 over Kiki Mladenovic just under three hours.

“I feel great that I could defend this title,” Halep said afterwards. “It means a lot because it gives me confidence for the bigger tournaments.”

There was controversy during the trophy presentation when former player Illie Nastase was on the podium with Halep. Nastase has been banned from all ITF events due to his behavior at Fed Cup.

For the No. 3 seed Halep this was her 14th career title.

“It’s going to be a tough match whoever I face tomorrow,” explained Nadal. “That’s the reality. We’re saying I will be playing against Thiem. He’s No. 3 in the Race, came from the final in Barcelona. He’s young, has a lot of talent. I think the altitude helps him here. The ball bounces high and it’s difficult to control.

“Talking about Pablo, it’s more or less the same. He is doing really well. He played really well in Monte-Carlo, when he beat Wawrinka. Playing really well, then he lost after that. But it was a very tight match, too.

“Whoever is my opponent tomorrow, it’s going to be a very tough match. The only way to win these kinds of tournaments, because you are playing some of the best players in the world, so you have to play at a very high level to be able to beat them.

“This is my goal. This is what I’m thinking right now, to play really well. That’s the only way to be able to have options for tomorrow’s match.”

Nadal will be going for his fifth Madrid title and 30th Masters 1000 crown.


Nadal will tale on Dominic Thiem in the final. Thiem beat unseeded Pablo Cuevas 6-4, 6-4.

“It means a lot to me to play a finals. My first finals in this level,” Thiem said.

“These kind of tournaments are so strong, so it’s amazing for me to go that far. I’m very happy at the moment.”


Thiem lost to Nadal in the final of Barcelona in straight sets two weeks ago.

“I think he played a very, very good match in Barcelona. First set there was I think close. I also played well.

“But obviously even if I’m at my best and he’s at his best on clay, probably he’s the better player. If you see his records on this surface, it’s just amazing.

“But, yeah, tomorrow is a new day. I will try to improve the things I didn’t do that good in Barcelona and then we will see what happens.”


Djokovic and Nadal to Face Off in Madrid Open Semifinal

Djokovic and Nadal to Face Off in Madrid Open Semifinal

(May 12, 2017) Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will meet for the 50th time in their career on Saturday in the semifinal of the Madrid Open Masters on Saturday.  No. 2 Djokovic advanced when his opponent Kei Nishikori withdrew from the tournament with a left wrist injury. The 14-time major winner Nadal defeated David Goffin 7-6(3), 6-2 to reach the final four.

The win for Nadal is his 13th in a row and 32nd on the year, the tour lead in victories. The win for Nadal gives him a lead in the Race to London moving past Roger Federer.

“It’s going to be a very tough match against one of the best players in tennis history,” said Nadal about his upcoming match against Djokovic. “I know that to be able to have chances, I have to give 100%. Well, I think that I’ve been playing at a high level during many weeks. I know tomorrow is going to be a day that either I play really well or I’m not going to have many chances.

“I think I’ve done my homework. Tomorrow is a day to try to give my best. Hopefully I’ll be ready for that.”

Djokovic leads the head-to-head series at 26-23, and has won the last seven straight times since Nadal won the French Open in 2014.

“Tomorrow I’ll try to give my best,” added Nadal. “There are matches that if you play your good tennis, you have chances. If he plays at a good level, he’s going to win.”

Simona Halep

In women’s play, defending champion Simona Halep beat Anastasija Sevastova 6-2, 6-3 to reach her third Madrid Open final.  Halep will play play Kristina Mladenovic in the final. Mladenovic beat her doubles partner Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-4, 7-6 (4) to reach her fourth final of the year.

“She’s such a smart player, all around the court, I feel,” said Mladenovic of her final opponent. “She is developing her game in that way, that style, because she’s not that tall, not that powerful. She’s playing really well tactically.

“She’s moving really well. Her game suits perfectly on clay, I would say. She’s one of the best players, playing extremely well here in Madrid, being the defending champion, always had good results in the past.

“I’m expecting a tough match. Even though I’m leading in our head-to-head, we never played on clay, I think. That’s going to be a brand-new challenge for me, especially that she’s more used to being in a finals of such a big events than me, especially here in Madrid.

“I really have to bring up my best game if I want to (win) to the title.”

“I just want to go there and (play) my game, because if I do, I have a big chance to win,” Halep said.


Singles – Quarterfinals
[2] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [6] K. Nishikori (JPN) walkover (Right wrist pain)
[4] R. Nadal (ESP) d [9] D. Goffin (BEL) 76(3) 62
[8] D. Thiem (AUT) d [LL] B. Coric (CRO) 61 64
P. Cuevas (URU) d A. Zverev (GER) 36 60 64

Doubles – Quarterfinals
[8] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) d [1] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) 64 64
N. Kyrgios (AUS) / J. Sock (USA) d [2] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) 67(5) 76(5) 10-7
[6] N. Mahut (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d [3] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) 64 36 10-7
[4] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) d [7] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Granollers (ESP) 61 64


MANOLO SANTANA start 1:30 pm
WTA – Doubles Final – [5] T. Babos (HUN) / A. Hlavackova (CZE) vs [3] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI)

Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [4] R. Nadal (ESP) vs [2] N. Djokovic (SRB)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – Singles Final – [14] K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [3] S. Halep (ROU)

Not Before 9:30 pm
ATP – [8] D. Thiem (AUT) vs P. Cuevas (URU)

ATP – [8] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) vs [6] N. Mahut (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
ATP – [4] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) vs N. Kyrgios (AUS) / J. Sock (USA)


Ros Nideffer Reaches Fourh Straight 50s Final at USTA National Women’s Harcourt Championships


Four Singles Finals Scheduled For Friday at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif. – (May 11, 2017) – Former touring tennis professional Ros Nideffer continued her dominating play in the 50 and over division of the USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships as she powered her way past fourth-seeded Shelly Works of San Antonio 6-0, 6-0 in semifinal action at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

The 56-year-old Nideffer, a former two-time Wimbledon quarterfinalist who was ranked as high as No. 15 in the world in 1990, advances to the 50 and over singles championship, which is scheduled for 9:50 a.m. on Friday. Nideffer has been unbeatable in the 50s national hard court competition, having won the singles title the last three years in a row and four out of the last five years. She did not enter the tournament in 2013.

Nideffer will meet third-seeded Jean Marie Alpert of Dallas in the 50 and over singles final. The 51-year-old Alpert scored a thrilling come-from-behind 0-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3) semifinal victory over last year’s finalist and second-seed Nathalie Herreman-Bagby. The marathon match, which entertained the large crowd on Court No. 1, took two-hours and 59 minutes to complete.

After losing the first set in 35 minutes, Alpert, a former player and tennis coach at Southern Methodist University, took pace off her shots against the hard-hitting Herreman-Bagby and began playing a counter-punching type game. The strategy paid off in the second set as Albert rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win five of the last six games to win the set and send the match to a deciding third set.

“I tend to be more aggressive out there and hit bigger shots, but I knew if I tried to hit with her, she would get better. I couldn’t play that way with her, that is why I hit a lot of looping balls,” Alpert said.

In the third set, Alpert built a commanding 4-1 lead and looked to be in control, but Herreman-Bagby, a former touring professional, staged a spirited comeback and eventually forced a tiebreak to determine the match.

Alpert recaptured the momentum in the tiebreak as she took a 5-1 lead and minutes later closed out the victory to advance to the final. “I’m so exhausted. It’s a big win for me. I’m so excited. I really wanted to win this match,” said Alpert, who credited her victory to her fitness and endurance.

In the 60 and over division, top-seed Tina Karwasky, the five-time defending champion from Glendale, Calif., fell in the semifinals to third-seeded Susan Wright of Grand Junction, Colo., 6-2, 0-6, 6-3. Wright will play second-seeded Carolyn Nichols of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., in the 60s singles championship on Friday at 11:40 a.m.  Wright fell to Nichols 6-4, 6-3 in the semifinals of the USTA National Women’s 60 Clay Court Championships last month in Baton Rouge, La.

Top-seeded Brenda Carter of Charleston, S.C., advanced to the 70 and over singles final with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over San Diego’s Carol Gay, who was seeded No. 4. Carter will meet in second-seeded Carol Clay of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., for the 70 and over championship at 9:50 a.m. on Friday.

In the 80 and over division, top-seeded Roz King of San Diego defeated fourth-seeded Burnett Herrick of Tarboro, N.C., 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals. King will take on second-seeded Dori Devries of Reno, Nev., in the 80 and over championship on Friday at 11:40 a.m.

For complete results and updated tournament draws for each division, please go to:

The final round-robin singles match in the 90 and over singles division will be played on Saturday at 9 a.m. Rita Price of Aurora, Colo., will play Helene Salvetat of Hossegor, France.

USTA National Women’s 50–90 Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Thursday’s Results

Women’s 50 Singles
Ros Nideffer (1), San Diego, def. Shelly Works (4), San Antonio, 6-0, 6-0
Jean Marie Alpert (3), Dallas, def. Nathalie Herreman-Bagby, (2), Pacific Palisades, Calif., 0-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3)

Women’s 60 Singles
Susan Wright (3), Grand Junction, Colo., def. Tina Karwasky (1), Glendale, Calif., 6-2, 0-6, 6-3
Carolyn Nichols (2), Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. def. Sherri Bronson (5), Scottsdale, Ariz., 6-3, 6-3

Women’s 70 Singles
Brenda Carter (1), Charleston, S.C., def. Carol Gay (4), San Diego, 6-1, 6-4
Carol Clay (2), Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., def. Catherine Anderson (3), Del Mar, Calif., 6-4, 6-0

Women’s 80 Singles
Roz King (1), San Diego, def. (4) Burnett Herrick (4), Tarboro, N.C., 6-1, 6-2
Dori Devries (2), Reno, Nev., def. Kathy Langer (5), Rockwall, Texas, 6-0, 6-2

Women’s 90 Singles
Round Robin
Joyce Vanderpol, Blaine, Wash., def. Helene Salvetat, Hossegor, France, 6-1, 6-1

For complete scores and results, go to:



Lucky Loser Borna Coric Beats No. 1 Andy Murray at Madrid Open

Lucky Loser Borna Coric Beats No. 1 Andy Murray at Madrid Open


Andy Murray

(May 11, 2017) No. 1 Andy Murray lost to lucky loser Borna Coric of Croatia in the third round of the Madrid Open on Thursday 6-3, 6-3. Coric became the first person to reach the quarterfinals as a lucky loser in Madrid. Coric reached the main draw after losing in the qualifying tournament when Richard Gasquet withdrew.

“After one match of the qualies where I lost and I was booking my flight back to home, it is surprise for sure,” Coric said of the win.

“But in last two matches, I’ve been feeling pretty good, like I was feeling good like back in Marrakesh.

“I was expecting to play good, but I was not sure how it was going to end. But I was playing really good today.”

Borna Coric

“It’s a huge win, for sure,” the No. 59 ranked Coric continued. “It’s going to mean to me a lot. Also regarding my confidence, which is very important in tennis, obviously, and especially when you are a player like me. So the confidence does play I would say a very big role in my tennis.

“Also it’s going to help me in my ranking. It’s always easier when you’re a little bit higher in the ranking. I don’t know where this is going to put me exactly, but for sure I’m going to be a little bit higher. I can play now a little bit more, let’s say, free. I don’t need to defend many points. I can only earn points.”


As for Murray, he has failed to make it past the semifinals of the three clay court events in which he has participated this year.

“Well, most things weren’t working particularly well,” Murray said. “Yeah, wasn’t great. I mean, I started the match okay, but when I started to go behind, I didn’t find any way to improve my game or to make it more difficult for him. I just kind of let the same things keep happening, making mistakes very early in a lot of the rallies. I wasn’t building any points really.

“You know, I didn’t help myself sort of find a way into the match to start playing better. That was disappointing because, you know, you’re not always going to play your best tennis, but you can still find ways to make it difficult for your opponent, and I didn’t do that at all today.”

“It actually felt quite similar to the match I played against him in Dubai. You know, he serves well. He moves extremely well. You know, he never gives matches away. He makes a lot of shots. He’s very consistent.

“You know, if you’re not on your game, and he’s moving well, making a lot of balls, he can make it very, very tough for you.”

Coric will play his quarterfinal against Dominic Thiem of Austria, who  saved five match points to beat Grigor Dimitrov 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9).

Novak Djokovic


Defending Novak Djokovic champion beat Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 7-5 to reach the final eight.

“Level was definitely very high today I thought from both players,” said the Serb. “I think Feliciano played really well, especially in the second set. I wasn’t winning too many points on his service games until the last one where I managed to return many balls back in play and then win the match.

“One break was enough, 5-4, 6-5, both sets. But, as I said, it was quite a solid performance from both players, high quality. I was enjoying very much.

“Of course, in the end, you know, 5-All, Love-30, a couple of really long points. I was in trouble, and I managed to get my way out of it, as I said, with some great gets. That pumped me up obviously.

“You know, you’re trying to hold your composure and always find the right balance between pumped up and having great intensity on the court, but at the same time having calm and concentration.”
Djokovic will take on Kei Nishikori next. The 2014 U.S. Open finalist defeated David Ferrer 6-4, 6-3. Nishikori is playing his first tournament since March, he’s been nursing a right wrist injury.

Rafael Nadal

In the night match, Rafael Nadal gave Nick Kyrgios a lesson in clay court play when he demolished the Australian 6-3, 6-1 for his tour leading 31st win of the year.

“I think I played really well tonight,” said the four-time Madrid winner. “Since the beginning of the match, I committed just a few errors. I think I returned the ball very well, even better than normally.

“I think I served very well, committed very few errors. I think I made a step forward compared to yesterday. Of course, to be able to win 6-3, 6-1, whatever the second was, I can’t remember, I think it’s great news. I think it’s not normal to win against an opponent like this because Nick is a really good opponent.”

Nadal will play ninth-seeded David Goffin who won 6-4, 6-2 over fifth-seeded Milos Raonic.

In women’s play Simona Halep, the highest seed left in the women’s draw dismissed Coco Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-1 to reach the semifinals.

“I was a little bit nervous, to be honest, before the match, because she has a big serve,” Halep said.

The Romanian will face Anastasija Sevastova next.

Kristina Mladenovic will play Svetlana Kuznetsova in the other semifinal.

Two-time major winner Kuznetsova stopped Eugenie Bouchard’s run 6-4, 6-0.



Singles – Third Round
[LL] B. Coric (CRO) d [1] A. Murray (GBR) 63 63
[2] N. Djokovic (SRB) d F. Lopez (ESP) 64 75
[4] R. Nadal (ESP) d [16] N. Kyrgios (AUS) 63 61
[9] D. Goffin (BEL) d [5] M. Raonic (CAN) 64 62
[6] K. Nishikori (JPN) d D. Ferrer (ESP) 64 63
[8] D. Thiem (AUT) d [12] G. Dimitrov (BUL) 46 64 76(9) – saved 5 M.P.
A. Zverev (GER) d [11] T. Berdych (CZE) 64 64
P. Cuevas (URU) d B. Paire (FRA) 75 06 61

Doubles – Second Round
[7] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Granollers (ESP) d F. Fognini (ITA) / T. Huey (PHI) 67(4) 75 10-6
[8] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) d [PR] T. Haas (GER) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) 63 64


Singles – Quarterfinals
[3] S. Halep (ROU) d C. Vandeweghe (USA) 61 61
[8] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d E. Bouchard (CAN) 64 60
[14] K. Mladenovic (FRA) d [WC] S. Cirstea (ROU) 64 64
A. Sevastova (LAT) d K. Bertens (NED) 63 63

Doubles – Quarterfinals
[3] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) d A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) 46 63 10-8
I. Begu (ROU) / S. Halep (ROU) d [4] S. Mirza (IND) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) 63 36 10-6
[5] T. Babos (HUN) / A. Hlavackova (CZE) d K. Bertens (NED) / J. Larsson (SWE) 62 64
[WC] A. Parra Santonja (ESP) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP) d [6] L. Hradecka (CZE) / K. Siniakova (CZE) 62 63


MANOLO SANTANA start 12:00 pm
ATP – [6] K. Nishikori (JPN) vs [2] N. Djokovic (SRB)
Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – [3] S. Halep (ROU) vs A. Sevastova (LAT)
Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [9] D. Goffin (BEL) vs [4] R. Nadal (ESP)
Not Before 8:00 pm
WTA – [8] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [14] K. Mladenovic (FRA)
Not Before 9:30 pm
ATP – [LL] B. Coric (CRO) vs [8] D. Thiem (AUT)

ATP – [7] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Granollers (ESP) vs [4] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA)
Not Before 2:30 pm
ATP – P. Cuevas (URU) vs A. Zverev (GER)
ATP – [3] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs [6] N. Mahut (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
ATP – [1] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) vs [8] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP)
ATP – N. Kyrgios (AUS) / J. Sock (USA) vs [2] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA)

ESTADIO 3 start 2:00 pm
WTA – [3] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) vs [WC] A. Parra Santonja (ESP) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP)
WTA – TBA after rest – [5] T. Babos (HUN) / A. Hlavackova (CZE) vs I. Begu (ROU) / S. Halep (ROU)


Djokovic and Nadal Survive Challenges to Reach Madrid Third Round; Bouchard Advances

Novak Djokovic

(May 10, 2017) Novak Djokovic came back from a 0-3 deficit in the third set to get past Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 6-1, 4-6, 7-5, while Rafael Nadal needed just under three hours to win 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-4 over Fabio Fognini to move into the final 16 at the Madrid Open on Wednesday.

Asked about his comeback in the third set Djokovic said:” Well, this was the fourth match on the clay court season for me this year, and all of them went 7-5 or 6-4 in the third set. Every match more or less that I’ve played was quite close, dramatic as well. I guess I’m supposed to be tested in every match on clay.

“From positive side, from that perspective, is good for psychological aspects and mental strength and getting confidence back.

“Obviously when you’re not winning too many matches, you have to build the confidence level. So to win the matches like this definitely helps confidence.

“I thought that for almost two sets I’ve played really well. Had 15-40 two times in the second set to finish off the match in straight sets. But, you know, I didn’t use my opportunities.

“He served well. Then he started to swing through the ball. Four games in a row he played really, really well.

“It’s tough to play Nico on any surface. Especially here where it’s altitude, it played quicker a little bit. He loves playing on clay. He was obviously motivated. He has a lot of strength in his shots, a lot of precision. He can, from both corners, hit equally well.

“If he doesn’t make many mistakes, he can really beat anyone. I could feel his very high quality, especially the end of the second set and the beginning of the third.

“But I hung in there and I knew that eventually I’m going to get my chances and going to get some looks on the second serves. When they’re presented, you know, I was ready to use them, which I did.

“Yeah, it was very challenging conditions, as well. Towards the end, a lot of wind. But all in all, a real test for the first match here.”

This was the 12-time major winner’s first match since splitting with his coaching team last week.

As to the speculation on who his next coach could be:”Well, I mean, I understand that people are trying to speculate and trying to look into the possible coaches and create a list because I was saying I would like to have ideally someone who fits into the profile of a person that was kind of in my shoes before, that has been winning Grand Slams. There are not too many of those kind of champions in the history of the sport. I guess it’s normal that people start coming up with names.

“I can’t talk more than that. I’m going to think about who I want in my team. Right now I don’t have yet anyone. But I think by French Open or after French Open, I already going to have someone.”

Defending Madrid champion Djokovic has just one title this year and has been hampered by an elbow injury.

“I’m still finding my way to that consistency level and quality of tennis that I’m looking for. I’m aware that I’m not playing at my best, but I’m definitely believing in myself and the process. Eventually the game will come together.

“I can take a lot of positives from today, as I say, for almost two sets. I was playing really well, consistently, taking my chances, returning a lot of balls back, serving precisely. I wasn’t making too many, you know, errors on the court. Then I had that four-game period which wasn’t that great. But I managed to recover.

“I try to take positives out of it. I know I can identify things that haven’t gone the way I wanted them in the game. But, you know, it’s normal to expect that sometimes you have those ups and downs. I’m going to try to reduce them as much as I can.

“Four consecutive games lost in this level should not happen because otherwise, you know, you’re going to lose the match. I was very close to lose it, as well. He was up 3-Love.

“But as I’ve said, you know, I’m happy with the way I handled the pressure in those moments, just stayed with him, made him play always extra shot. I did my work in the end of the match. So I’m looking forward to the next round.”

Four-time Madrid winner Rafael Nadal saved 10 break points in the first set and had to break serve as Fognini was serving up 5-4 in the first in a very back-and-forth match on Wednesday.


“I haven’t played bad, I played really bad,” Nadal said criticizing himself in regard to the match.

“Well, I think that even though I played really badly, my attitude has been very positive. My attitude and the will to win today’s match was there. My level of tennis was not so high today, but I managed to make it through the first round. It was uncomfortable.

“I think before it wasn’t so windy, but when I started playing, it was a really awful day. It was really windy.

“It’s true I’ve been through some difficult days with the issue of my ear, which cost me a little bit of general stability. I feel a little bit strange. But it’s something that is getting better day after day.

“Talking about the game in general, it’s quite simple: I think there was a moment where he was playing really well. There was another moment where both of us played really badly. The third set, we leveled up.

“I think we both played better than what we played in the first two sets. This is a positive thing. But that together with a couple of things, you know, it was the first match in altitude, then it was against an opponent that doesn’t give you a lot of rhythm, and the weather today was not really good. Those three things are not good.

“Also another thing I forgot. I was a little bit nervous today because it was the first day I played, and the conditions were completely different to the previous days. That makes the match very different. Luckily I was able to win, and tomorrow I have another opportunity. Hopefully I’m ready to do much better than today.”


Nadal will take on Nick Kyrgios next, who has beaten Nadal before – their first meeting at 2014 Wimbledon.


“He’s a very difficult opponent,” said Nadal. “He’s one of the most difficult players you can play. It’s true that I think on clay he’s a very, very tough player. But perhaps here he’s a little bit less difficult to play.

“But here we have the altitude, and that makes him very complicated. He can be even more complicated than a hard court due to the altitude we have here.

“Let’s see what happens tomorrow. If I play late, the conditions will be a little bit slower. But, well, he’s an opponent that’s going to put a lot of pressure on me. He has a very good serve. He’s very aggressive. I have to try to be very solid with my serve, too. I’m going to try to play at a high rhythm.

“I have to play really well to be able to beat him. I think I’m ready to do that. We’ll see what happens tomorrow. I don’t know what’s going to happen. But I think I’m ready to play well because of things in the past months I’ve been playing really well.”


In women’s play, Eugenie Bouchard backed up her win over Maria Sharapova, when she advanced to the quarterfinals when No. 1 seed Angelique Kerber was forced to retire with a hamstring injury with Bouchard up 6-3, 5-0.

“All in all I’m very pleased 9with the win), Bouchard said. “I felt I started off a little bit off ’cause the conditions were so different. It was cold. It was really windy from one side to the other, a strong wind. The atmosphere was different from my previous match.

“I just at the beginning felt a little bit out of it, a couple loose errors. But then after that, I got myself together and got my rhythm, felt pretty awesome out there.”

“My first-round win gave me confidence. Feeling a bit better in practice coming into this week gave me confidence coming in.

I thought it was very important today to keep moving my feet a lot and accelerate a lot.”

Kerber talked about her injury with media: “I know it’s the left hamstring. I just felt it in the last game. I think it was not the last point, but the point, like, before.”

“Then the last point when I served, I was sure I cannot play more because I’m actually not the person who is retiring so often. When I feel it, it’s something.

“But I hope it’s not too serious. So I will see it in the next hours or days.”

Bouchard will be play two-time major winner Svetlana Kuznetsova next. “She’s playing well, in general right now, ” said the Canadian. “Also I think she ended the year really, really well. It’s going to be a good battle. I’ve practiced with her before, played against her. I’ve always enjoyed it because she gets a lot of balls back, but she also goes for it. We both have just battled.

“I just want to have fun. I just want to enjoy it and just go for it, as usual.”


Singles – Second Round
[2] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [WC] N. Almagro (ESP) 61 46 75
B. Paire (FRA) d [3] S. Wawrinka (SUI) 75 46 62
[4] R. Nadal (ESP) d F. Fognini (ITA) 76(3) 36 64
[5] M. Raonic (CAN) d G. Muller (LUX) 64 64
[6] K. Nishikori (JPN) d D. Schwartzman (ARG) 16 60 64
A. Zverev (GER) d [7] M. Cilic (CRO) 67(3) 63 64
D. Ferrer (ESP) d [10] J. Tsonga (FRA) w/o (shoulder injury)
[11] T. Berdych (CZE) d R. Haase (NED) 76(5) 63
[12] G. Dimitrov (BUL) d I. Karlovic (CRO) 63 75
[16] N. Kyrgios (AUS) d R. Harrison (USA) 63 63
[LL] B. Coric (CRO) d [Q] P. Herbert (FRA) 75 64
P. Cuevas (URU) d N. Mahut (FRA) 57 64 64
F. Lopez (ESP) d G. Simon (FRA) 63 36 76(3)

Doubles – Second Round
[2] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d F. Martin (FRA) / D. Nestor (CAN) 57 62 10-7
[3] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) 63 76(4)
[4] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) d [Alt] B. Baker (USA) / N. Monroe (USA) 63 64
[6] N. Mahut (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d R. Haase (NED) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 76(6) 76(3)


MANOLO SANTANA start 12:00 noon
WTA – C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs [3] S. Halep (ROU)
Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – F. Lopez (ESP) vs [2] N. Djokovic (SRB)
ATP – [1] A. Murray (GBR) vs [LL] B. Coric (CRO)
Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP – [16] N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs [4] R. Nadal (ESP)
Not Before 9:30 pm
WTA – E. Bouchard (CAN) vs [8] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)

ATP – [6] K. Nishikori (JPN) vs D. Ferrer (ESP)
Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – K. Bertens (NED) vs A. Sevastova (LAT)
WTA – [14] K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [WC] S. Cirstea (ROU)
ATP – [12] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs [8] D. Thiem (AUT)
ATP – [PR] T. Haas (GER) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) vs [8] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP)

ESTADIO 3 start 12:00 noon
ATP – [7] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Granollers (ESP) vs F. Fognini (ITA) / T. Huey (PHI)
ATP – [5] M. Raonic (CAN) vs [9] D. Goffin (BEL)
Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [11] T. Berdych (CZE) vs A. Zverev (GER)
ATP – B. Paire (FRA) vs P. Cuevas (URU)

PISTA 4 start 12:00 noon
WTA – A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) vs [3] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI)
Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – [6] L. Hradecka (CZE) / K. Siniakova (CZE) vs [WC] A. Parra Santonja (ESP) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP)
WTA – After rest – [4] S. Mirza (IND) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) vs I. Begu (ROU) / S. Halep (ROU)
WTA – After rest – K. Bertens (NED) / J. Larsson (SWE) vs [5] T. Babos (HUN) / A. Hlavackova (CZE)


Top Seeds Reach Quarterfinals at USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships

Ros Nideffer


Wednesday’s Action to Begin at 8 a.m. (PDT) at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif. – (May 9, 2017) – Ros Nideffer, the top seed in the 50 and over division, and Tina Karwasky, the top seed in the 60 and over division, played near flawless tennis as they easily advanced to the quarterfinals of the USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships on Tuesday at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

Nideffer, a two-time Wimbledon quarterfinalist, is attempting to win the 50s singles title for the fourth consecutive year. In her second-round match, she blanked unseeded Sheila Walker of Washington D.C., 6-0, 6-0.  Nideffer, a 56-year-old San Diego (Rancho Bernardo) resident, will play fifth-seeded Andrea Rice of Bethesda, Md., in Wednesday’s quarterfinals at 9:30 a.m.

Following her professional tennis career, Nideffer continues to enjoy playing tennis at the senior level. The game also helps her stay motivated. “I love to play tennis and I love the challenge of it. Now that I’m on the older end of it (my career) it’s more of a challenge. The players are younger and that motivates me,” she said.

“It’s a way for me to stay in shape and stay fit and healthy. If I have a tournament to play, I’m motivated to exercise and practice,” Nideffer added. “Tennis is a fun way to stay in shape. It’s a lot easier to play tennis than it is running on a treadmill.”

Karwasky of Glendale, Calif., is the five-time defending singles champion in the 60 and over singles division. The 64-year-old looked impressive in her second-round match as she led from start to finish in eliminating San Diego’s Yoko Anderson 6-0, 6-0. Karwasky will face fifth-seeded Andrea Barnes of Palo Alto, Calif., in quarterfinal action at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

In the 70 and over singles draw, top-seeded Brenda Carter of Charleston, S.C., got past unseeded Carmen Almodovar of Bellevue, Wash., 6-1, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals where she will meet fifth-seeded Mary Alice Pisani of Reno, Nev., on Wednesday at 11 a.m.

For complete results and updated tournament draws for each division, please go to:

This week’s USTA Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships feature singles and doubles competition in the 50 and over, 60 and over, 70 and over, 80 and over, and 90 and over age divisions. The tournament, which concludes on Sunday, May 14, has attracted the top senior players from across the United States in each age group.


USTA National Women’s 50–90 Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Tuesday’s ResultsWomen’s 50 Singles
Second Round
Ros Nideffer (1), San Diego, def. Sheila Walker, Washington D.C., 6-0, 6-0
Nathalie Herreman-Bagby (2), Pacific Palisades, Calif., def. Teresa Merklin, Grapevine, Texas, 6-0, 6-1
Jean Marie Alpert (3), Dallas, def. Nancy Abler-Sanchez, San Diego, 6-3, 6-2
Shelly Works (4), San Antonio, def. Diane Ghiron, Encinitas, 6-1, 6-0
Vicki Cosio (5), Palm Desert, Calif., def. Christine Paulsen, Sandia Park, N.M., 6-1, 6-3
Andrea Rice (5), Bethesda, Md., def. Maria Nunez, San Diego, 6-0, 6-1
Lis Andrade, Desert Hot Springs, Calif., def. Camila Gill, San Diego, 6-4, 6-2

Women’s 60 Singles
Second Round
Tina Karwasky (1), Glendale, Calif., def. Yoko Anderson, San Diego, 6-0, 6-0
Carolyn Nichols (2), Rancho Santa Fe., Calif., def. Marianne Saibara, Centerville, Utah, 6-0, 6-0
Susan Wright (3), Grand Junction, Colo., def. Sue Sprague, San Diego, 6-0, 6-1
Leslie Airola-Murveit (4), Portola Valley, Calif., def. Rebecca Wheeler, Mountain View, Calif., 6-0, 6-1
Colleen Clery Ferrell (5), San Diego, def. Mary Firek, Redlands, Calif., 6-1, 6-1
Sherri Bronson (5), Scottsdale, Ariz., def. Susan Davis, San Diego, 6-2, 7-5
Andrea Barnes (5), Palo Alto, Calif., def. Deborah Burgess, Franklin, Wis., 6-1, 6-0
Donna Drosner (5), Whitefish Bay, Wis., def. Leslie Haughney, Henderson, Nev., 6-0, 6-3

Women’s 70 Singles
Second Round
Brenda Carter (1), Charleston, S.C., def. Carmen Almodovar, Bellevue, Wash., 6-1, 6-3
Carol Clay (2), Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., def. Heather Fiscalini, Modesto, Calif.,              6-4, 6-3
Carol Gay (4), San Diego, def. Nell Sale, Santa Fe, N.M., 6-1, 6-1
Carolann Castell (5), Kirkland, Wash., def. Claire Babbitt, San Diego, 6-2, 6-1
Mary Alice Pisani (5), Reno, Nev., def. Sheila Johnson, Peoria, Ariz., 6-3, 7-5
Ann Hunt (5), Hilton Head Island, S.C., def. Judy Nichols, Port Hueneme, Calif., 6-0, 6-1

Women’s 80 Singles
Second Round
Roz King (1), San Diego, def. Sally Bublitz, Winona, Minn., 6-0, 6-0
Dori Devries (2), Reno, Nev., def. Joan Duckering Lake Oswego, Ore., 6-2, 6-0
Carol Wood (3), Rockville, Md., def. Betty Hill, Scottsdale, Ariz., 6-0, 6-0
Burnett Herrick (4), Tarboro, N.C., def. Dolores Beck, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., 6-0, 6-0
Dorothy Matthiessen (5), Pasadena, Calif. def. Claire Zoeller, Santa Fe, N.M., 6-1, 6-0
Lyn Tietz (5), Oak Brook, Ill., def. Ingrid Rehwinkel, Allenwood, N.J., 6-2, 6-2
Mary Lynch (5), Rockport, Texas, def. Laurine Leach, Weston, Mass., 6-1, 6-1
Kathy Langer (5), Rockwall, Texas, def. Barbara Oldfield, Bakersfield, Calif., walkover

For complete scores and results, go to: