June 25, 2016

2016 Wimbledon Seeds Announced

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(June 22, 2016) Wimbledon has announced the seeds for the tournament.

MEN

The seeds are the top 32 players on the Emirates ATP Ranking list, BUT then rearranged on a surface-based system. Since 2002 a seeding committee has not been required for the Gentlemen’s Singles following an agreement made with the ATP. The seeding order is determined using an objective and transparent system to reflect more accurately an individual player’s grass court achievements: The formula is:

  • Take the Emirates ATP Ranking points at 20 June 2016
  • Add 100% of the points earned for all grass court tournaments in the past 12 months
  • Add 75% of the points earned for the best grass court tournament in the 12 months before that

LADIES

The seeding order follows the WTA ranking list, except where in the opinion of the committee, a change is necessary to produce a balanced draw. This year, there have been no changes.

GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES

1 DJOKOVIC, Novak (SRB)

2 MURRAY, Andy (GBR)

3 FEDERER, Roger (SUI)

4 WAWRINKA, Stan (SUI)

5 NISHIKORI, Kei (JPN)

6 RAONIC, Milos (CAN)

7 GASQUET, Richard (FRA)

8 THIEM, Dominic (AUT)

9 CILIC, Marin (CRO)

10 BERDYCH, Tomas (CZE)

11 GOFFIN, David (BEL)

12 TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried (FRA)

13 FERRER, David (ESP)

14 BAUTISTA AGUT, Roberto (ESP)

15 KYRGIOS, Nick (AUS)

16 SIMON, Gilles (FRA)

17 MONFILS, Gael (FRA)

18 ISNER, John (USA)

19 TOMIC, Bernard (AUS)

20 ANDERSON, Kevin (RSA)

21 KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp (GER)

22 LOPEZ, Feliciano (ESP)

23 KARLOVIC, Ivo (CRO)

24 ZVEREV, Alexander (GER)

25 TROICKI, Viktor (SRB)

26 PAIRE, Benoit (FRA)

27 SOCK, Jack (USA)

28 QUERREY, Sam (USA)

29 CUEVAS, Pablo (URU)

30 DOLGOPOLOV, Alexandr (UKR)

31 SOUSA, Joao (POR)

32 POUILLE, Lucas (FRA)

LADIES’ SINGLES

1 WILLIAMS, Serena (USA)

2 MUGURUZA, Garbine (ESP)

3 RADWANSKA, Agnieszka (POL)

4 KERBER, Angelique (GER)

5 HALEP, Simona (ROU)

6 AZARENKA, Victoria (BLR)

7 VINCI, Roberta (ITA)

8 BENCIC, Belinda (SUI)

9 WILLIAMS, Venus (USA)

10 KEYS, Madison (USA)

11 KVITOVA, Petra (CZE)

12 BACSINSZKY, Timea (SUI)

13 SUAREZ NAVARRO, Carla (ESP)

14 KUZNETSOVA, Svetlana (RUS)

15 STOSUR, Samantha (AUS)

16 PLISKOVA, Karolina (CZE)

17 KONTA, Johanna (GBR)

18 SVITOLINA, Elina (UKR)

19 STEPHENS, Sloane (USA)

20 CIBULKOVA, Dominika (SVK)

21 ERRANI, Sara (ITA)

22 PAVLYUCHENKOVA, Anastasia (RUS)

23 JANKOVIC, Jelena (SRB)

24 IVANOVIC, Ana (SRB)

25 STRYCOVA, Barbora (CZE)

26 BEGU, Irina-Camelia (ROU)

27 BERTENS, Kiki (NED)

28 VANDEWEGHE, Coco (USA)

29 SAFAROVA, Lucie (CZE)

30 KASATKINA, Daria (RUS)

31 GARCIA, Caroline (FRA)

32 MLADENOVIC, Kristina (FRA)


GENTLEMEN’S DOUBLES

1 HERBERT, Pierre-Hugues (FRA) / MAHUT, Nicolas (FRA)

2 BRYAN, Bob (USA) / BRYAN, Mike (USA)

3 MURRAY, Jamie (GBR) / SOARES, Bruno (BRA)

4 ROJER, Jean-Julien (NED) / TECAU, Horia (ROU)

5 DODIG, Ivan (CRO) / MELO, Marcelo (BRA)

6 BOPANNA, Rohan (IND) / MERGEA, Florin (ROU)

7 KUBOT, Lukasz (POL) / PEYA, Alexander (AUT)

8 POSPISIL, Vasek (CAN) / SOCK, Jack (USA)

9 INGLOT, Dominic (GBR) / NESTOR, Daniel (CAN)

10 KONTINEN, Henri (FIN) / PEERS, John (AUS)

11 KLAASEN, Raven (RSA) / RAM, Rajeev (USA)

12 HUEY, Treat (PHI) / MIRNYI, Max (BLR)

13 CABAL, Juan Sebastian (COL) / FARAH, Robert (COL)

14 STEPANEK, Radek (CZE) / ZIMONJIC, Nenad (SRB)

15 CUEVAS, Pablo (URU) / GRANOLLERS, Marcel (ESP)

16 PAVIC, Mate (CRO) / VENUS, Michael (NZL)

LADIES’ DOUBLES

1 HINGIS, Martina (SUI) / MIRZA, Sania (IND)

2 GARCIA, Caroline (FRA) / MLADENOVIC, Kristina (FRA)

3 CHAN, Hao-Ching (TPE) / CHAN, Yung-Jan (TPE)

4 MAKAROVA, Ekaterina (RUS) / VESNINA, Elena (RUS)

5 BABOS, Timea (HUN) / SHVEDOVA, Yaroslava (KAZ)

6 HLAVACKOVA, Andrea (CZE) / HRADECKA, Lucie (CZE)

7 MATTEK-SANDS, Bethanie (USA) / SAFAROVA, Lucie (CZE)

8 GOERGES, Julia (GER) / PLISKOVA, Karolina (CZE)

9 XU, Yifan (CHN) / ZHENG, Saisai (CHN)

10 ATAWO, Raquel (USA) / SPEARS, Abigail (USA)

11 KLEPAC, Andreja (SLO) / SREBOTNIK, Katarina (SLO)

12 GASPARYAN, Margarita (RUS) / NICULESCU, Monica (ROU)

13 KING, Vania (USA) / KUDRYAVTSEVA, Alla (RUS)

14 MEDINA GARRIGUES, Anabel (ESP) / PARRA SANTONJA, Arantxa (ESP)

15 ERRANI, Sara (ITA) / KALASHNIKOVA, Oksana (GEO)

16 BERTENS, Kiki (NED) / LARSSON, Johanna (SWE)

 

 

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Wimbledon Preview Conference Call with ESPN’s Chrissie Evert, John McEnroe

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Wimbledon Preview Conference Call with ESPN’s Chrissie Evert, John McEnroe

 

(June 21, 2016) ESPN tennis analysts Chrissie Evert and John McEnroe spoke with media Tuesday to preview Wimbledon, which is exclusive to ESPN starting Monday, June 27.  Highlights of the call are followed by the full transcript.

 

Soundbites

On:  Are nerves the reason Serena is “stuck” on 21 Majors, one short of Graf?

  • I think it has gotten to her a little bit nerve-wise, no doubt about it. Especially against Kerber and against Muguruza, she wasn’t able to dig herself out of the hole like she has in past years, which was surprising to see that, because that’s what she is infamous for. When she’s down, she can get that next gear, that next level, play some great tennis. We didn’t see that in both those matches when she was in trouble. That tells me something is holding her back, and it could be nerves….(that said) In the last few years, she’s been good enough at 60%, 70% to win matches. Now I don’t think it’s going to win matches for her.  The competition has gotten better. They’re less intimidated by her. They have strategy when they go out against her. They’re just not intimidated. They know she’s human.” – Evert

 

On:  A quick look at the top men.

  • “Everyone is chasing Djokovic, there’s no question about it. Everybody else is trying to bridge the gap between Andy and see what else is out there. Rafa not playing, Roger has been struggling to stay healthy for the first time really. Losing to Thiem, Zverev, these guys can see light at the end of the tunnel maybe.  It’s going to be interesting this year, but clearly at the moment these guys have put themselves out here, Andy and Novak, and these other guys have to figure out ways to add to what they’ve got and to bridge this gap.” – McEnroe

On:  The Lendl-Murray Reunion.

  • I think Lendl did more for him than anybody. I think it’s a great combination because Lendl’s strengths are Murray’s weaknesses. Lendl, mentally and emotionally, he managed himself so well on the court. With Andy, that’s been sort of his downfall a little bit in the past, he’s gotten so emotional in these matches.  It was noticeably different when Lendl was coaching him. He was a bit quieter. He seemed to have himself under control a lot more.  I think it’s a great fit. I’m happy for both of them, that they’re working together. Again, that’s the best scenario for Andy Murray right now, to have him in his corner.” – Evert

On: Working with Raonic between the French Open and Wimbledon

  • He’s a great young kid, extremely professional and dedicated.  (My role is to) Try to hopefully help him a bit. I think he’s one of the contenders….. (he) has a big game, obviously got a lot of shots. One of the best serves in the history of tennis. He has a huge forehand.  I think he understands that he needs to be able to use that to his advantage, be more aggressive, take it to people.” – McEnroe
  1. I’d like to talk about Serena. Talk us through, how much do you think this chase for 22 has gotten to Serena, if at all? We saw her stall a little bit for 18 a couple years ago. I just wonder if there’s any correlation to be made, or Serena has put this to the side and trying to do what she always does, which is win the tournament?
    CHRISSIE EVERT: I think it has gotten to her a little bit nerve-wise, no doubt about it. Especially against Kerber and against Muguruza, she wasn’t able to dig herself out of the hole like she has in past years, which was surprising to see that, because that’s what she is infamous for. When she’s down, she can get that next gear, that next level, play some great tennis. We didn’t see that in both those matches when she was in trouble. That tells me something is holding her back, and it could be nerves.

    Saying that, I’ve always said, John can weigh in on this, too, after 30 years old, when you’ve been on the tour for 15, in her case maybe 20 years, you don’t have 100% on days every single match. That’s what she’s experiencing now, in the last few years. In the last few years, she’s been good enough at 60%, 70% to win matches. Now I don’t think it’s going to win matches for her.  The competition has gotten better. They’re less intimidated by her. They have strategy when they go out against her. They’re just not intimidated. They know she’s human. They’ve seen a couple bad losses, a couple nerve-struck losses. There’s a couple different ingredients.  In saying that, Wimbledon is the perfect time for her. I think the surface is tailor made for her game. Power and athleticism, John has said this, is the key to playing on grass.  If she can just focus with each match, her game, she can just play it out, and her game is still the best on grass as any of the other women right now.
    JOHN McENROE: The only thing I would add is obviously for quite a few years it’s been hers to win or lose. Going for the slam, obviously it’s done so rarely, the pressure is amped up that much more. She was trying to tie Steffi. When she lost at the Open, there was a big letdown. She didn’t play much at all. I don’t think she played for three, four months.  She almost pulled out of the Australian. I was extremely surprised, as well as most people, that she lost that. Not as surprised at the French, the way Muguruza was playing.  It’s not easy to try to do what she’s doing, to make history at this stage. Knowing that motivation is an issue at times between the majors has made it a little trickier probably.  There’s not that many people that wouldn’t pick her here. So it is a surface, if she’s playing well, she’ll win the tournament. But I think, as Chrissie said, there’s more days when you’re not playing that well, and that’s where she can get in trouble.

    Q. CoCo Vandeweghe has been playing pretty well on the grass. She reached the quarterfinals last year. Chrissie, how do you see her doing this year? Do you see her reaching the second week and possibly going further than her quarterfinals last year? On the men’s side, for John, del Potro is back after a two-year absence. After seeing him play a couple matches this year, how do you expect him to do at Wimbledon?
    CHRISSIE EVERT: Well, we’re seeing some of her best tennis. Again, I have to say that a lot of it’s because of the surface, grass. As I said before, athleticism and power have a lot to do with her success.  Again, her game is tailor made for the grass also. She doesn’t like the clay. She doesn’t have a lot of patience. She doesn’t like to move a lot. I think the grass accentuates the strengths in her game, which are the big first serve and the fact she can volley. She likes to come into the net and volley.  Craig Kardon I think has done a great job with her.

    You know, it depends on the draw really. It really depends on the draw. When you say, Can anybody make the second week? The draw, the weather conditions…  She’s capable very much. I think the last few tournaments will give her confidence. But, you know, she’s still building I think on the emotional and the mental part of the game, not getting down on herself. She’s such a perfectionist, I think that area can still improve.  Again, this surface is easier on her, shorter rallies, she doesn’t have to stay out there and be patient. She can hit that winner on the third or fourth shot. It just depends on if it’s working that day, she can beat almost anyone. But we’ve seen her with a slew of errors, too.  She’s still an unpredictable player. If she’s going to have any success, it’s going to be on the grass.
    JOHN McENROE: I like Juan a lot, but I’m believing he’s not totally sure of himself with his wrist. I talked to him recently. He says he’s getting better. Hopefully he is. I’m taking his word for it. The guy was 5 in the world at one stage. He battled back to the top 10. He can obviously still play.  He’s got to be able to not just slice his backhand. Obviously even at Queen’s and the week before, I forgot where he was the week before that, Stuttgart or something, he does predominantly do that. So it’s sort of a work in progress.  I think hopefully he’ll get healthy. That’s what it boils down to. He still has got game. He’s had a rough patch. I hope he gets it together. He’s on a protected ranking. He has some opportunities. He’s protected ranking 7, but he doesn’t get seeded. That means he could play anyone in the draw, which wouldn’t be the best thing for some of the top players, but it’s not the best for him either to try to get back to where he sort of deserves to be if he can stay healthy.
    Q. How did he seem to you when you spoke to him?
    JOHN McENROE: He’s obviously been extremely frustrated and upset. He’s been out of the game way too long. He was at 5 in the world, got hurt, then he battled back to the top 10. I think he was 6 or 7 when he got hurt again. 7, that’s his protected ranking. It’s a shame, in a way.  So, you know, I’m reading between the lines. I’m sure he’s still scared, a little worried. I don’t know. He’s tried all different types of surgeries and things. I didn’t get into the exact specifics.  Just as someone who hates to see someone lose a career over getting hurt, it’s sort of unfair when you see good guys get burned by injury. If he does get healthy, I don’t know if he’ll get all the way back to 5 in the world, but he can still do some damage.

    Q. Serena, in the last three slams, she’s lost to first-time slam winners. I wanted to sort of revisit, Chrissie, what you were saying before that to the rest of the field maybe she doesn’t seem invincible anymore. Players are beating her in big matches, and they’re players who have not won a slam before. I also wanted to ask about Andy Murray. He’s right there at all these slams. He won three years ago. How do you see his chance against Novak, if it were to come down to those two?
    CHRISSIE EVERT: As far as Serena, I’ll reiterate, from my observations when I’m calling her matches, I’m seeing these finals, again, it’s twofold. What I’m seeing is the fact that she hasn’t been able to, the last three Grand Slams, get herself into that next gear when she’s in trouble. This is what she’s been famous for in her whole career, especially last year when she was in like, what, nine three-set matches in Grand Slams. It was just incredible to me to see her down a set and a break against an Azarenka, down a set against Safarova, Bacsinszky, and come back. She was able to find that gear and that level. We haven’t seen that.

    But the other thing, maybe even more important than what we’re seeing now, is the belief we’re seeing from other players. That’s what Kerber talked about, that’s what Muguruza talked about. They are starting to believe they can beat Serena. We’ve never seen that in Serena’s career when she’s been dominant. There’s always been a little bit of resistance or a little bit of doubt, and they haven’t been able to play their game aggressively on the big points in the third set, and Serena has been able to.  It’s twofold: it’s Serena and it’s the field having that belief. Again, Kerber, Muguruza have talked about that belief. I think more and more players are finding that belief as Serena loses more and more, she becomes less and less untouchable.  In saying that, it sounds like a negative for Serena. But for her to even be in this position is historical. I believe, along I’m sure with John and other champions, that she still can get that one, which would tie her with Steffi. To me, this is her best shot.

    One thing I didn’t bring up is she did have a big week with Mackie Shilstone last week in Palm Beach. She did go over a lot of fitness. She hasn’t had Mackie really on her team until I believe last year, in the summer of last year. Hopefully that was a green flag saying, I want to go that extra mile, get in better shape for Wimbledon, come visit me. He did work with her. In saying that, that’s a good sign for her.

    Q. John, if you want to talk about Murray?
    JOHN McENROE: I got a firsthand look because I’ve been working with Milos. He was playing great. Andy stepped it up. Like Milos is trying to do with him, he’s trying to do with Novak, bridge that gap a little bit, try to figure out what little bit extra he can do. He’s obviously put himself in position numerous times.

    Novak went into the zone at the French. Andy was playing the best tennis of his life on clay for sure at the French and won the first set, looked great. In ways he’s getting closer. I do think his best chance, if you were to say in terms of surface, I think he’s best suited, just having the crowd more on his side here at Wimbledon. So I think his best chance, not that he can’t beat him at the Open, he beat him in Rome not long ago, but his record has recently not been good.  Novak has handled it tremendously, what he’s been able to do, like Serena. He’s won four in a row. He’s trying to do something that only one or two other people have done. He’s unbelievably consistent and prepared.  I think him adding Ivan, he’s trying to get that little bit extra, just like other players are trying to do the same. We’ll see how it all plays out.  Murray is playing great. He’s a great player, there’s no question about it. But at the moment there’s no question that the level that Novak is at is something that you rarely, if ever, see, that consistency. He’s impenetrable in a way. He’s able to play good offense. It’s a tall order for anyone.
    CHRISSIE EVERT: With Lendl back on the team, I think that’s all a positive. I think that’s going to give also him maybe a little bit more excitement. I think Ivan was so good for him mentally and emotionally more than anything. We maybe have seen a little bit more focus. I just think that’s going to be great.  I agree with John. With him playing at Wimbledon, his home crowd, him playing some of the best tennis of his life, playing more aggressively, and with Lendl back, I think it’s all looking good. It’s about as good as it’s going to get, let’s put it that way. If that’s good enough to win the tournament, so be it. But is that enough? That’s the big question. Djokovic is just playing so great.

    Q. John, sticking with Lendl, what are your thoughts on Murray’s reappointment of him? Do you think he can add that missing ingredient to that rivalry with Djokovic? How much would you enjoy a reunion with him at Wimbledon?
    JOHN McENROE: I just saw him the other day. Milos had a great shot at a set and 3-Love, playing really well. You have to credit him. He seized an opportunity and stepped up. That’s what great players do.  As Milos is trying to do, not just him but others, leave no stone unturned, try to maximize what they have. To me it’s not surprising. It’s not a no-brainer. But I think the fact that his best success was with Ivan, it makes sense to give this another shot given the circumstances.  It doesn’t surprise me. I think it makes people think if you get in someone’s head in any way, whether that can make a difference, whether he makes a difference. We all hope he can make any difference. He’s done an excellent job in the past.

    Everyone is chasing Djokovic, there’s no question about it. Everybody else is trying to bridge the gap between Andy and see what else is out there. Rafa not playing, Roger has been struggling to stay healthy for the first time really. Losing to Thiem, Zverev, these guys can see light at the end of the tunnel maybe.  It’s going to be interesting this year, but clearly at the moment these guys have put themselves out here, Andy and Novak, and these other guys have to figure out ways to add to what they’ve got and to bridge this gap.

    Q. Chrissie, we saw today that Mouratoglou thought it was strange that Murray hired Mauresmo. Do you think we’ll see a top player hire a female coach in the future?
    CHRISSIE EVERT: Who said that? I didn’t hear the first part of that.
    Q. Patrick Mouratoglou said it was strange for Murray to hire a woman as a coach.
    CHRISSIE EVERT: Wow!
    Q. He said it’s strange because they don’t know the men’s game as well as the women’s game.
    CHRISSIE EVERT: Yeah, I disagree with that. Billie Jean was a coach. I think she coached Todd Martin. Both of those players are serve and volleyers, played an aggressive game. I’m sure Mauresmo did a lot of homework. That’s kind of a little bit of a sexist statement.

    In saying that, I think Lendl did more for him than anybody. I think it’s a great combination because Lendl’s strengths are Murray’s weaknesses. Lendl, mentally and emotionally, he managed himself so well on the court. With Andy, that’s been sort of his downfall a little bit in the past, he’s gotten so emotional in these matches.  It was noticeably different when Lendl was coaching him. He was a bit quieter. He seemed to have himself under control a lot more.  I think it’s a great fit. I’m happy for both of them, that they’re working together. Again, that’s the best scenario for Andy Murray right now, to have him in his corner.

    Q. Every now and again there’s the subject of whether the men should go back and maybe play best-of-three sets in the early rounds at Grand Slams. John, I don’t know if you remember, but when you first started playing the US Open in ’77 onwards, the first rounds were played over three sets.
    JOHN McENROE: My memory is not that bad (laughter).
    Q. You’re one of the few that can remember it. Can you remember what the reason was behind it, what you thought of it, and what you think of the principle in general?
    JOHN McENROE: Well, the principle in general to me is that the players are so well-prepared, a lot of them, but especially the top players, with their teams, et cetera, I believe they’re more difficult because there’s such a premium on fitness.  Why don’t you see teenagers win? The breakthrough is harder physically and mentally. You don’t see the success as early. You have to sort of work your way up to that astronomical level of fitness in a way.  These guys to me prefer, even though there’s a stress obviously to playing best-of-five, especially if there’s delays, rain, if you had to do it a couple days in a row, they’re much more difficult to beat in best-of-five than best-of-three.  I would guess that the top players would shy against that, even though I think there’s an argument for it. We used to have 16 seeds and they did it. 32 seeds, you could think to yourself, I’m better than the 33rd player on. So you should be able to handle those people as well.  I think tennis should always think of ways to improve itself. I don’t think the door should be closed on saying that women would never play best-of-five or guys will never play best-of-three. I think it’s something that’s an ongoing discussion.

    I played tennis. Chrissie played for many years. Now we’re doing commentary. You sort of see it from both sides. You can see where the length of the match can be a problem because people’s attention span is much less than what it used to be. I’ve always wondered why at the very least there’s not tiebreakers in the fifth set in majors so there’s at least light at the end of the tunnel for the fans watching on TV or there, or the players.  But these are issues that need to be constantly addressed. The door shouldn’t be closed on that.  If I was coaching Djokovic, and I’m coaching Milos, part of his team right now, I’m not so sure I’d want them to switch it to best-of-three because I think the top guys are tougher to beat, like I said. These guys are extremely well-prepared.

    Q. Can you remember why they tried it in the first place?
    JOHN McENROE: It’s not going to change anytime soon.  I don’t remember why because even I, who was not known for my incredible fitness, I would like to think I was a reasonably fit person, but not quite as fit as these guys, I think it’s a little bit more of a roll of the dice. I did lose in the Round of 16 in the US Open in 1977, my first Open, 6-2, 6-3. It seemed like it happened too fast.  I don’t remember why it was changed other than perhaps the top players decided it would lessen their chances of a loss.

    Q. Do you think Novak Djokovic’s recent accomplishments have not been appreciated the way they should be, not getting as much press as a Roger Federer or somebody else, winning four in a row?
    JOHN McENROE: He’s a better player than I was, but I had a little bit of this because I was trying to break in with Connors and Borg, the top two guys. It was frustrating at times where you felt like people would gravitate or be behind these guys, and you were trying to get that same respect, not only from the players, but the press and fans.  Jimmy brought a lot to the table with his effort, Bjorn had this great aura and look. Roger is the most beautiful player I’ve ever watched. He’s like Baryshnikov. Rafa plays like an updated 21st century Connors, with that intensity, that point is the last point they are ever going to play.  I think people are starting to respect him more and more, to see the astronomical level of consistency he’s had, incredible success week in and week out. At the majors, if you look at his records, he’s approaching Roger’s records, which would seem insurmountable. 20 straight quarters, so many semis in a row. It’s amazing.  People are starting to understand and appreciate him more. He certainly had some of that. Also our sport is bigger where I am now in Europe than it is in the States. Obviously if we had more Americans like we used to with Chrissie and Connors, myself, other people, Pete and Andre, you go down the list, it would be helpful to the interests of our sport obviously if we had Americans.

    We have Serena in the women, but we don’t have that person in the men right now. That’s also an issue. That’s another part of the reason why I think he’s not appreciated as much as he could be.
    CHRISSIE EVERT: I think that Djokovic, like John said, came along in an era where you have two of the most beloved players, two of the most exciting players with a lot of flair in Nadal and in Federer. Nadal and Federer are so different, they had so many classic matches, I think there’s just an aura around their rivalry.  Then Novak came in, no drama, not a lot of flair, just the most dependable and most consistent and efficient player there was. As we see now, this guy quietly could just beat everybody as far as Grand Slam wins. He could just be the greatest of all time if he continues to go at the speed that he’s going.  He’s doing it in a quiet way. Again, there’s no controversy. There’s no drama. You always had that with Federer and with Nadal.  Then you look at Andy Murray. Andy kind of gets lost in the shuffle also because Andy is in an era with three of the greatest players of all time. Andy himself, if he was in any other era, he probably could have been ranked No. 1.  It’s a really exciting time I think for men’s tennis.

    Q. Chrissie, do you see something in Muguruza that could potentially separate her from the pack, where she could become the primary rival for Serena?
    CHRISSIE EVERT: Sure. I mean, I don’t think you say no. I mean, who is going to be next, the next No. 1 player, after Serena is gone? You’ve got to put your money on Muguruza because first of all, you have to have power in today’s game. When I look at the next three, I look at Radwanska, Kerber and Halep. I don’t think either of those three are going to end up No. 1 in the world. They don’t have that sort of overwhelming power. Muguruza does have it, very much like Serena, following in her footsteps.  Muguruza, she still has to mature a little bit. She’s still young. She still has to get probably a little more consistent with her results in the smaller tournaments. But when I look at winning Grand Slams, you’d have to say Muguruza, you’d have to look at Madison Keys, Azarenka, Kvitova, the power players more now more so than the consistent counter-punchers.  Yeah, she’s come a long way. I think she’s going to have a tough Wimbledon. It’s very hard to carry that momentum. Very few people have won the French and Wimbledon back to back, especially at that young of an age. That will be a real curiosity for me if she can carry that momentum and confidence and do well, think about last year reaching the finals, or is she going to have a hard time resetting, especially in dealing with people’s expectations.

    Q. John, you had that Wimbledon run late in your career when you lost to Agassi. Could you relate that to Roger Federer now? What do you see for Federer at this Wimbledon and beyond? Also the movie about you, did you have any input into that, and did you have any thought about the casting for you? And Chrissie, what about Madison Keys and Sloane? What do you expect from them from this tournament and on? What are they capable of achieving here and the rest of this year?
    JOHN McENROE: As far as the movie goes, at this particular point, I’ve had no input. I know they’ve reached out to both my and Bjorn’s agents. Had absolutely no involvement whatsoever in the casting. That’s simple facts. I’ve obviously heard of him, he seems a bit crazy, which may be a good thing. He’s done some good stuff, but I’m not that familiar with him as far as his whole career. That remains to be seen. You never know what could or could not happen.

    As far as your boy Roger Federer, I don’t know. I saw him play the last two events on TV. Clearly he’s trying to position himself here. His best shot, if he’s ever going to do it, would be here. Most people feel that way. Maybe Roger does at this point.  I don’t know exactly where he’s at physically. I mean, to me I think he has a far better chance than I did at that time, I would say, because he’s putting more into it, he’s leaving no stone unturned. He has people around him more so than I did. So I would say from that standpoint, if he were able to, with a little bit of luck, he could go a long way because he’s so comfortable on this surface.  I don’t know exactly his fitness. He’s been struggling to be on a court. In the best-of-five, that’s a different story. He hasn’t played a best-of-five set match for a while. That’s another issue. Other factors will come into it, like the draw, who he plays. All these things come into it.  It’s a little unpredictable. But after the string he had of 65 straight, missing the French, I think you start to say, Okay, how much longer are you going to see Roger around? You have to appreciate each time you see him at a major. He is going to be 35 in August, I believe.
    CHRISSIE EVERT: As far as Madison and Sloane, they definitely are the most talented young Americans that we have. If I take one at a time…Sloane has disappointed us. Our expectations have been higher of Sloane. I think she’s disappointed us in her attitude, if anything. She seems like in the past she hasn’t been as engaged in her matches. She’s received criticism from that.  Tremendous talent. She can do everything. I just think it’s a matter of her putting herself on the line. If she can put herself out there and play aggressively like she knows how to play from the first shot, I think she’s a totally different player. She just in the past has been waiting and kind of assessing her opponent, kind of playing counter-punch tennis. That’s not her game. Her strength is from the first shot stepping in and playing aggressively. If she can do that, she’s hungry to win, she wants to commit herself, I think she definitely could be a top contender.  By the way, she looks better. She’s getting better and better. But maybe she’s going at her own pace. Maybe we’re all trying to rush her.

 

I know we all tried to rush Madison Keys. I’ve known Madison since she was 10 years old. Now I’ve come to the conclusion that in her own time she will win a Grand Slam, but it has to be on her terms. She has to make all the decisions.  I think we’ve seen some signs from her winning Birmingham. We saw it last year when she won Eastbourne. This girl can play on grass. This girl, again, her serve I think matches Serena’s. I think it’s the only serve out there that matches Serena’s as far as power and being a threat, being unreturnable. I’ve always had a lot of confidence in Madison.  I think in her own time, the physical has always been advanced for her, her game, her power. Once the mental and emotional catch up, which I see signs of right now, I think she’s going to win some majors. I don’t have any doubt in my mind.

Q. John, I wondered how much you enjoyed your week at Queen’s and if it’s given you extra appetite for doing more the rest of the year and further ahead? Chrissie, doing a series on great shots of the game, Serena’s serve is obviously very big. Is there anything you could sort of add to that that’s not obvious to the layperson that goes into the production of it?
CHRISSIE EVERT: How was your week, John?
JOHN McENROE: My week was nice. Thank you for asking (laughter).

Actually, I stayed in Europe and went straight over to London from Paris. It was good to sort of spend a week, get a feel for what makes Milos tick. He’s a great young kid, extremely professional and dedicated. (My role is to) Try to hopefully help him a bit. I think he’s one of the contenders. If you told me four months ago there would be six, seven people that could possibly win this, there’s a lot of guys that can beat guys on a given day, but to actually win it, I would put him in the handful of half dozen guys. I think it’s nice from that standpoint to be part of his team.

As far as down the road, I think it always was for me hopefully something that wasn’t going to be for a couple weeks then, “Thank you very much.” Hopefully for him, and it ultimately is up to him, that he’ll be a better player in a year or two years than he is at this moment, even though I think he has a shot at winning it this year.  Obviously from 25 to 29, the next three, four years, I think it’s an opportunity for him to improve. I think he wants to do that. It’s great when you see someone that’s really working hard at maximizing what he’s got.  He’s had a good team around him before. Carlos Moya has done a real fine job when he’s been there. He has other people. Ricardo Piatti has been coaching him as more of a regular thing. I think it would be part of something where I pick and choose. The beauty that’s happened for me the last five years or so with some of the other players like Boris, Ivan was doing it more often, I don’t know how many weeks he’s going to do with Andy now, but if I use the word ‘part-time’, somewhere 10 weeks or less, that’s something that is much more in my wheelhouse, and perhaps it’s for Milos as well because he already has a good team around him.  This is the type of thing where it first started to feel like, Okay, if something nice came along, it’s good. It’s not a 30- or 40-week commitment like a lot of players have with a lot of their coaches.
CHRISSIE EVERT: About John and Raonic, very much like Lendl and Murray, I think Lendl’s philosophy and his strengths really helped Murray. When I look at John’s game, it’s like opposites attract. I think John has so many rare insights into playing grass court tennis, because he played so well.  I think John was known for his touch and his quickness around the court, coming into the net. If John can influence Raonic on any of these things, I think it would be a plus-plus with Milos. When you got with him, I liked it, I liked that combination right away. You can light a fire under him because you are a feisty player.  He’s very much in control out there. Like you said, he’s professional, he’s hard-working. But he needs a little fire and he needs to show. I think just a few little tweaks in his game would make all the difference in the world in him winning Wimbledon. I’m a big fan of that combination.

I’m not kissing your ass either, John.
JOHN McENROE: I appreciate that. Thank you.
CHRISSIE EVERT: I think Serena loads up really well from her leg strength. She uses her leg strength. She loads up well. She springs up, and that just gives her much more acceleration. That plus the racquet head speed is what gives her the power. So it’s that leg strength that probably we don’t talk about as much.  And the toss, it’s always in the same slot. She very rarely has a bad toss. It’s in that same slot where she can go wide or down the T, it’s unreadable.

Q. John, Milos came to the net very well in the beginning of the year at Australia, but there seemed to be differences at Queen’s with the forehand volley. Have you worked on the technical side with him in recent weeks, and if so, could you give some specifics, what your assessment was of him during the matches in Queen’s. And also, you don’t strike me as the kind of guy that is going to have a lot of fun sitting in the chair for three sets or even five. I was wondering how you were handling not having any ability to affect what’s going on on the court as opposed to sitting in the booth where you don’t necessarily have a vested interest in the outcome?
JOHN McENROE: I’m not the guy that can sit still very well in any situation. Certainly when you obviously have lost control, you try to add what you can, try to be helpful to someone before. I’d like to maybe do a lot of standing up than sitting down. Gets your body too stiff from sitting. I’m an energy person. I kind of hope that he can feed off some of my energy and intensity a little bit because that’s the way I am and that’s the way I’m going to be.  Ivan sat there for years and didn’t change his expression. It is certainly a more helpless position, and it’s easy to be the backseat driver: You should have done this, this is how you should do that. You have to be cognizant, or the fact I played for so long, and still try to play, I understand how difficult it is to actually go out there and execute.

As far as the first part of your question, I’m not going to get into the specifics of what we’re doing. I think that Milos is someone that has a big game, obviously got a lot of shots. One of the best serves in the history of tennis. He has a huge forehand.  I think he understands that he needs to be able to use that to his advantage, be more aggressive, take it to people. Exactly what he was doing in Australia, that’s the best I’ve ever seen Milos look, when he was playing down there. That’s sort of the game plan. With or without me that would be, I believe, something that he understands.

You always try to help someone with every part of the game. Just because I’m more of a touch player and have a better volley doesn’t mean that I’m never going to mention about his groundstrokes or serve or whatever. It depends. But obviously an important part of grass court play is to be aware of situations, court positioning. Volleying used to be more important, but I still think it can be important.  I think when you have a guy who is 6’5″ tall, he’s very imposing. If you ever heard me commentate, that’s a bit of a no-brainer. So hopefully he goes out there and is able to perform at the best of his ability and enjoy it. I would take pleasure in that if I could help him in that way.

Q. I noticed last week he was smiling a crazy amount on the court. I wondered if you had anything to do with that at all. He’s usually either stoic or ticked off.
JOHN McENROE: I can’t answer that. You’d probably have to speak to him.  Before I even started working with Milos, I knew him around. I have some people in New York, know people he’s friends with. To me, because I personally wasn’t able to get out on the court and enjoy it maybe at the end of the day as much as I would have liked, yeah, I play with intensity, but sometimes it was negative intensity which sometimes gets a little old. I think if there was one aspect of Roger Federer’s career that I’m jealous of is that it seemed like he really loved being out there, whereas people like myself or Sampras, most people really, are filled with angst, because it is intense and you don’t want to let down and all these other reasons you’re sort of brought up to believe is the case.  Obviously Milos has felt the best way for him to perform is to sort of keep an even keel and not show much emotion, go about it. I don’t think he hired me so I would say, Look, keep exactly the same way. I believe he’ll be a better player when he’s able to express himself more positively.  Murray, you watch Murray, Andy starts screaming at his box, whatever. People prefer he didn’t do that. It could cost him at times, maybe when he played Djokovic, not a lot of guys but a couple guys.  Maybe where Milos would be able to enjoy this. This is tough to do, but there’s great rewards. It is a little bit like, Look, trust me, I’ve been there, I didn’t do as good a job, and hopefully you can have more fun with this and enjoy it.  I believe he can. It’s not something where suddenly you’re going to start acting like Rafael Nadal. Over time, if you look at Novak, I think he’s done a great job of turning lemons into lemonade, things that were going on in the court in the past. Now he uses the crowd better, gets into it. He recognizes the situation, takes advantage of it. That’s a great quality he’s got now. I’d like to see Milos do that, as well.
CHRISSIE EVERT: That’s one thing that Serena is lacking right now, is maybe she should be enjoying the journey and the process a little bit more. She certainly doesn’t appear to be happy all the time on the court.

THE MODERATOR: Chrissie, you have to go, but we’ll take a few more for John on the line. I thank you for your contributions today.
CHRISSIE EVERT: Thank you. Bye, John. See you next week.
JOHN McENROE: Bye, Chrissie.

Q. John, there was an article that Pete Sampras did a while back. It was in the form of a letter to himself as a young player where he reflected on emerging into the game, giving himself a few tips. If you could go back, give yourself a tip or two when you were emerging, what would that be?
JOHN McENROE: Well, it would be to act more like Connors in the sense that he’d lose it and freak out, but he’d have his arm around someone, loving every minute of it, embracing, laughing it off, not thinking if you laughed, you’d lose your intensity. Or make a joke. Sometimes I thought things would be humorous if I said it, I didn’t say it, I said almost the opposite. So just enjoying it on the court more, which is easier said than done.  Certainly the way I played, I was sort of brought up to be really intense, not let down. If you let down, you lose it. God forbid, if you enjoyed it, had fun, your game would drop.  If I had let myself let that happen, I feel like I would have enjoyed it even more, even though when I look back I feel pretty lucky and fortunate. It’s at the time when I was competing to win these majors, perhaps I would have been able to enjoy it more in the later part of my career.

Q. Jimmy was your great rival. He interacted with the crowd, getting the crowd behind him. Did that piss you off? Also, has anyone since Jimmy approached that, had that skill set?
JOHN McENROE: It pissed me off, but I also respected it. I was like, Wow, this guy is like a maestro out here, he can do this. It drove me crazy, but I wish I had done it more myself, so… That’s as simple as that.  I don’t think there’s someone that I’ve ever seen that has controlled the crowd as well as Jimmy Connors, as far as I can see. The game is different now. The challenge system has changed. It’s better for the player. You feel like you’re going to get a second look. That’s comforting.

I think Nadal has played with the type of intensity and exuberance in a way. He didn’t get with the crowd, but he’s just so fired up, like every point is his last point, pump the fist, jump up, being down two sets to love even. He’d hold serve, he’d be screaming. I really respected that, especially a little bit earlier. When you see it a little more often, it’s tougher to do when you’re not winning as much. Even now you see him, even meaningless it’s considered, he still gets fired up.

I don’t think there’s ever going to be someone that lit it up. Kyrgios, he does things where he drives everybody crazy, but he does things where he’s magical in a way. If he actually ever puts a potpourri of things together in a way that it’s going to be difficult to do, because he’s going to need the right people, understand what this is all about, the commitment, all this other stuff. He’s got the type of personality where he could light things up, drive players crazy because of his skill, but also because his ability to sort of interact. He’s doing that when Milos is playing. He’s talking to everybody, always talking, drives you nuts. Some of it can be funny, what he said, some of it can be annoying, some of it can be complimentary. He always seems to be doing something.  You have different sides of the spectrum. But he’s someone that could potentially bring a lot to the table.

Q. John, your thoughts on Eugenie Bouchard’s game heading into Wimbledon? Have you been watching her closely enough to comment?
JOHN McENROE: You know, I haven’t seen her play enough to say for sure. I think because of the unpredictability of grass, in terms of how little people play on it, it would make things more open.  I haven’t seen anything, me personally, from the dozen or so times I’ve seen her play since she had these monumental struggles that would say, Okay, I’m ready to see her break through and make this huge move.  The fact she had a year where she was at the end of majors consistently would lead me to believe that if the right set of circumstances took place, the confidence could start building again.  I don’t see much confidence right now at all. But she’s out there. I think she’s back with Saviano. It’s sort of in a sense what Murray is doing. She clearly had this great one year where it was way better than anything she’s ever done.  It’s a work in progress. To me, I don’t see the confidence right now that would lead me to believe it’s going to be much of a run. Stranger things have happened.

Q. Your relationship with Milos, is it all business or have you become friends with him? What kind of guy is he?
JOHN McENROE: I think Milos is a really class act. I think he’s extremely smart. He’s a guy I knew a little bit from before. I was supportive, because I always try to be supportive of the young guys coming up. I saw something obviously with his serve where you’re like, Oh, my God, this guy has one of the greatest serves in the history of tennis. He’s a respectful guy. He’s very professional and dedicated. I want him to enjoy this more.  So I’d be supportive whether I was working with him or not. I have been because I know some people that are around him, kids of parents that I’m friends with, he’s younger than some of my kids. He has got a place in New York. I’ve seen him a few times not at the US Open or something.  I’m probably a little bit too old that, like, we’re buddies. But any part of a professional relationship, at least for me, you try to figure out what he’s about, what makes him tick. You sort of try to fit in because this is something he’s been doing for a long time, and I’m not going to walk in and go, Now you do it this way.  We had a good week of practice before Queen’s. He played well at Queen’s. He was up a set and 3-Love against Murray. He missed a backhand volley, a challenge, missed by a quarter of an inch to be at 4-1. He was unlucky not to win that game. He should have won the match in straight sets. But he didn’t.

Now we have to get him focused for Wimbledon, obviously which matters quite a bit more. I think hopefully he’s one of the half dozen guys that can win it. He has a good team around him. Carlos Moya I think has done an excellent job. I said earlier in this call, it’s the best I’ve ever seen Milos play, at the Australian, get him back to where he’s a presence, an intimidating one. He’s getting there. Hopefully Carlos will be back here and I’ll be doing commentating mainly. Hopefully I’ll be able to get a chance to be out there and support him. But my professional commitments with ESPN in doing Wimbledon, and some BBC, mainly ESPN, will preclude me from doing too much with Milos. But that was understood before.  Whatever I can do, I’ll be around, want to be supportive, discuss strategy with who he plays, obviously, and that other stuff.

Q. John, I’m obviously obsessed with Andy’s attempts to break into Djokovic’s dominance. Is there a chance he could be more susceptible after completing the career slam or is it more likely he’ll relax and be more formidable?
JOHN McENROE: That’s a good question. That’s a tremendous question that I don’t know the answer to. I would say Andy’s hoping the former takes place.  I doubt that (Novak) is going to let down. I think there may be, if anything, more pressure because he’ll be going for the actual calendar-year slam. This is something monumental. He’s already done something monumental.  He’s in a fantastic space. He’s unbelievably consistent, scary consistent. Andy played well, played a great first set at the French. This guy stepped it up to like a gear that was frighteningly good. It was like taking a body blow, a shot to the stomach. It was hard to recuperate. He made a little bit of a run at the end, but the damage had been done.  This guy, he’s very, very formidable. I think Andy is playing extremely well, actually the best I’ve ever seen him play at the French. First time I thought he had the chance to win it.

He’s as prepared as he possibly can be. I think his chances are better, for reasons I mentioned earlier. The crowd will be much more behind him. I think the game suits him better. He sort of has that cat-and-mouse thing. Novak has gotten much better at that, too.  It’s a tall order, but I think if you said to me he has a better shot of beating Novak at Wimbledon than the French, although he could have done it, I think he’s got a better shot.  He’s positioned himself as well as he possibly can. He hasn’t beaten him in a while. He beat him in Rome. He’s believing more. But that’s certainly another reason why I thought he brought Ivan in.

 

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Vesnina Defeats Defending Champ Bencic in Eastbourne

Elena Vesnina photo courtesy of MiamiTennisNews.com

Elena Vesnina photo courtesy of MiamiTennisNews.com

(June 21, 2016) Third seed and defending champion Belinda Bencic lost to 2013 winner Elena Vesnina 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5) on Tuesday in the second round of the Eastbourne International.

Top seed Agnieszka Radwanska moved on when her opponent Mirjana Lucic-Baroni retired with gastrointestinal illness with the Polish woman leading Radwanska led 6-4, 2-1.

“She was still playing great tennis, very powerful game, very consistent,” said Radwanska. “So I was surprised that something happened to her.”

“Well, very tough conditions today,” Radwanska said. “I think the first day that it was really windy. And with her powerful game, sometimes it’s hard to find a right rhythm from the beginning.

“But, well, is not easy match for the first round as well here. But, well, still happy that I could win that one-and-a-half sets and ready for the next one.”

Second seed Roberta Vinci lost to 2010 champion Ekaterina Makarova 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. A total of ten seeded players lost on Tuesday including fourth seed Timea Bacsinszky, sixth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova and eighth seed Carla Suarez Navarro.

Fifth seed and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova advanced with a straight sets win over Timea Babos.

“I think that I’m kind of feeling that I am playing well, even though I kind of lost some of the matches in a couple of months,” Kvitova said. “But I think it’s pretty good.

“The main thing is to stay healthy, for sure. Otherwise I feel good. I think that the mental side should be a little bit, you know, stronger.”

Caroline Wozniacki is into the third round by dominating seventh seed Samantha Stosur 6-2, 6-1.

“I feel good, said the Dane. “The ankle is feeling good. As long as I’m stable and moving well, it feels good.

“I’m pleased with the way I have been playing. You know, the first match I played quite well, but today I feel I played even better. Hopefully there is more tennis to come.”

 

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$776,878
JUNE 19 – 25, 2016

RESULTS – JUNE 21, 2016
Women’s Singles – Second Round
[1] A. Radwanska (POL) d [Q] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 64 21 Retired (Gastrointestinal Illness)
E. Makarova (RUS) d [2] R. Vinci (ITA) 46 64 63
E. Vesnina (RUS) d [3] B. Bencic (SUI) 76(4) 76(5)
K. Mladenovic (FRA) d [4] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) 61 75
[5] P. Kvitova (CZE) d T. Babos (HUN) 64 76(5)
[Q] K. Bondarenko (UKR) d [6] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) 26 64 75
C. Wozniacki (DEN) d [7] S. Stosur (AUS) 62 61
M. Doi (JPN) d [8] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) 36 64 61
[10] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) d D. Gavrilova (AUS) 62 62
[11] J. Konta (GBR) d L. Tsurenko (UKR) 76(4) 61
[12] D. Cibulkova (SVK) d J. Ostapenko (LAT) 63 63
A. Petkovic (GER) d [13] S. Errani (ITA) 61 36 64
[Q] M. Brengle (USA) d [14] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 64 63
E. Bouchard (CAN) d [15] I. Begu (ROU) 63 61
A. Friedsam (GER) d [16] L. Safarova (CZE) 76(5) 64
[Q] M. Puig (PUR) d [Q] A. Konjuh (CRO) 61 53 Retired  ( Neck Injury )
First Round
[Q] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) d [LL] D. Allertova (CZE) 64 62
[Q] K. Bondarenko (UKR) d Y. Putintseva (KAZ) 62 46 64
A. Friedsam (GER) d [LL] A. Kontaveit (EST) 67(3) 64 64
M. Doi (JPN) d [Q] P. Hercog (SLO) 64 64
D. Gavrilova (AUS) d A. Schmiedlova (SVK) 61 75
[Q] M. Brengle (USA) d [Q] A. Van Uytvanck (BEL) 67(4) 76(4) 62
L. Tsurenko (UKR) d [LL] S. Zhang (CHN) 61 76(3)

Women’s Doubles – First Round
[4] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) d A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) 61 62
D. Jurak (CRO) / A. Rodionova (AUS) d G. Dabrowski (CAN) / D. Kasatkina (RUS) 64 16 10-6
Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN) d C. Chuang (TPE) / C. Liang (CHN) 26 63 10-6

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2016
CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[Q] M. Puig (PUR) vs C. Wozniacki (DEN)

Not Before 1:00 pm
[1] A. Radwanska (POL) vs E. Bouchard (CAN)
[5] P. Kvitova (CZE) vs [11] J. Konta (GBR)
A. Petkovic (GER) vs E. Makarova (RUS)
[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) or [WC] L. Safarova (CZE) / S. Stosur (AUS) vs D. Jurak (CRO) / A. Rodionova (AUS)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
[12] D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs [Q] K. Bondarenko (UKR)
K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs A. Friedsam (GER)
[Q] M. Brengle (USA) vs E. Vesnina (RUS)
M. Doi (JPN) vs [10] Ka. Pliskova (CZE)
After suitable rest – [3] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) vs [PR] A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) or A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO)

COURT 2 start Not Before 1:00 pm
[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs [WC] L. Safarova (CZE) / S. Stosur (AUS)
[PR] A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) vs A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) 36 20  To finish
Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN) vs [4] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ)
[WC] N. Broady (GBR) / H. Watson (GBR) or R. Atawo (USA) / A. Spears (USA) vs S. Errani (ITA) / O. Kalashnikova (GEO) or [2] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE)

COURT 3 start 12:00 noon
[WC] N. Broady (GBR) / H. Watson (GBR) vs R. Atawo (USA) / A. Spears (USA) 57 00  To finish

Not Before 1:00 pm
S. Errani (ITA) / O. Kalashnikova (GEO) vs [2] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) 00  To finish

 

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Top Seed Anderson Advances in Nottingham

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(June 21, 2016) World No. 24 Kevin Anderson needed more than two hours to beat Croatia’s Ivan Dodig 6-3 6-7(5) 6-3 to move into the round of 16 of Nottingham.

“It was a very difficult match out there,” he said. “I was really pleased with the way I stayed patient, as it was tough to lose that second set, but it paid off in the end.”

He’ll next face Fernando Verdasco: “We’ve played a couple of times, he’s one of the best ball-strikers in the game. It’s going to be a tough match but I can take many positives into it from today.”

British No. 4 Dan Evans came back to reach the third round at the Aegon Open Nottingham, beating Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis 2-6 7-6(3) 6-2 to set up a meeting with second seed Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay on Wednesday.

Wednesday’s Centre Court tie against Cuevas will be the first time Evans has made the third round at an ATP World Tour event since February 2014 in Zagreb.

“It was tough one,” the 26-year-old said after his win over Berankis. “He was playing far better than me at the start. I just had to hang in, try and get some momentum in the second set, stay with him. I snuck the tie-break and then I was on top in the third.”

Ahead of his first match against Cuevas, Evans added: “I don’t know him that well at all. It’ll be a good match and good to get back out there again. It’s all good practice for next week. It’s been nice to get two wins so far and hopefully I can get another tomorrow.”

Former World No. 8 Baghdatis came through round two in straight sets against Russian Evgeny Donskoy, continuing his streak in the East Midlands, where he is yet to lose a completed match on what is his fourth appearance at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.

“I feel undefeated here,” the 31-year-old from Cyprus said. “I played the Challenger here twice and the ATP once before. I retired in the first Challenger I played, won the second and then retired last year in semis, so I feel happy and good here

“Every time I come to Nottingham I play good tennis.”

AEGON OPEN NOTTINGHAM – NOTTINGHAM, GBR
€704,805
19-25 JUNE 2016

RESULTS – JUNE 21, 2016
Men’s Singles – Second Round
[1] K. Anderson (RSA) d I. Dodig (CRO) 63 67(5) 63
[2] P. Cuevas (URU) d [Q] S. Robert (FRA) 64 76(3)
D. Sela (ISR) d [3] J. Sousa (POR) 63 76(3)
[4] A. Dolgopolov (UKR) d K. Edmund (GBR) 64 76(5)
[5] S. Querrey (USA) d [Q] E. Escobedo (USA) 64 64
[6] S. Johnson (USA) d J. Millman (AUS) 62 62
[7] A. Seppi (ITA) d M. Jaziri (TUN) 75 63
[8] G. Muller (LUX) d J. Vesely (CZE) 76(2) 62
[9] M. Baghdatis (CYP) d E. Donskoy (RUS) 75 62
M. Youzhny (RUS) d [10] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) 61 64
[11] V. Pospisil (CAN) d D. Dzumhur (BIH) 61 64
A. Mannarino (FRA) d [12] P. Lorenzi (ITA) 62 62
B. Becker (GER) d [13] G. Pella (ARG) 36 61 63
[14] F. Verdasco (ESP) d V. Estrella Burgos (DOM) 61 46 63
[Q] F. Dancevic (CAN) d [15] M. Kukushkin (KAZ) 46 76(4) 76(2)
D. Evans (GBR) d [16] R. Berankis (LTU) 26 76(3) 62
First Round
D. Dzumhur (BIH) d D. Istomin (UZB) 16 76(4) 64

Men’s Doubles – First Round
[2] D. Inglot (GBR) / D. Nestor (CAN) d J. Erlich (ISR) / C. Fleming (GBR) 76(6) 61
R. Lindstedt (SWE) / A. Qureshi (PAK) d J. Knowle (AUT) / M. Matkowski (POL) 63 75
S. Gonzalez (MEX) / S. Lipsky (USA) d [WC] K. Skupski (GBR) / N. Skupski (GBR) 76(1) 63

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2016
CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[5] S. Querrey (USA) vs [9] M. Baghdatis (CYP)
D. Evans (GBR) vs [2] P. Cuevas (URU)
[8] G. Muller (LUX) vs M. Youzhny (RUS)
[1] K. Anderson (RSA) vs [14] F. Verdasco (ESP)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
A. Mannarino (FRA) vs [7] A. Seppi (ITA)
D. Sela (ISR) vs B. Becker (GER)
[Q] F. Dancevic (CAN) vs [4] A. Dolgopolov (UKR)
[11] V. Pospisil (CAN) vs [6] S. Johnson (USA)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
N. Monroe (USA) / A. Sitak (NZL) vs [2] D. Inglot (GBR) / D. Nestor (CAN)
[1] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) vs [WC] J. Marray (GBR) / A. Shamasdin (CAN)
[3] T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) vs O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA)
S. Gonzalez (MEX) / S. Lipsky (USA) vs P. Cuevas (URU) / J. Sousa (POR)

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Tennis Channel’s Nightly Wimbledon Primetime Coverage Begins on June 27

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(June 21, 2016) LOS ANGELES –Tennis Channel will broadcast its ninth straight year of Wimbledon Primetime beginning on the tournament’s Opening Day, Monday, June 27. The network will dedicate more than 200 hours to the event during its three-and-half hour evening show. The program will air every night of the two-week tournament, with encores following immediately, and run throughout the night and into the morning. Tennis Channel will televise 85 first-run Wimbledon Primetime hours in 2016, scheduled to begin the first night of the competition at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Based in the largest on-site studio on the grounds of the historic event, Wimbledon Primetime will feature the incomparable commentary of lead analysts and Hall of Famers Martina Navratilova (@Martina) and Jim Courier. They are joined by fellow Hall of Famers Tracy Austin (@thetracyaustin) and Lindsay Davenport (@LDavenport76). Combined, the women have won a total of 23 Wimbledon Grand Slam titles across singles, doubles and mixed doubles. In addition, Former Wimbledon mixed doubles semifinalist and Coach Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob), and legendary coach Paul Annacone (@paul_annacone), who is known for his guidance of the sport’s all-time best in Pete Sampras and Roger Federer, and more recently with American star Sloane Stephens, will also be a part of the on-air team.

Lead-host Bill Macatee (@BMacatee) has been with the show since its inception in 2008 and returns with his free-flowing conversational approach. He will be joined by fellow host Mary Carillo who will also provide analytic segments, panel discussions and special features throughout the tournament. Along with Macatee and Carillo, Sports Illustrated executive editor and senior writer Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim) will contribute analysis and in-depth essays in his distinctive storytelling style as the tournament progresses. The show provides a nightly look of the day’s action, relaying the biggest news, expert analysis and encore matches from the legendary grass courts of the All England Lawn and Tennis Club. Wimbledon Primetime offers American tennis fans, which are typically at work during live play, a centralized destination for everything that happens at the London-based tournament.

Wimbledon Primetime generally runs in two editions each night of the two-week tournament, from 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m. ET and 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. ET. Heading into the first weekend and second week of the event broadcast times vary slightly, but normally air during the late afternoon Eastern Time. In addition, Tennis Channel will devote seven-and-a-half hours to the All England Lawn and Tennis Club’s highlights program throughout the tournament. This will air 3 a.m-3:30 a.m. the first week of the tournament, Tuesday, June 28-Saturday, July 2, and then from 5 a.m-6 a.m. ET on Sunday, July 3. The second week will feature four hour-long shows, in the early mornings Eastern Time, between Wimbledon Primetime encore broadcasts. For a complete schedule of all Wimbledon coverageplease visit: http://tennischannel.com/tv-schedule/daily-view/.

Tennis Channel will continue with its Grand Slam Staple Racquet Bracket: Wimbledon for the second year. Premiering live Friday, June 24, 8 p.m. ET. The show will look into the Wimbledon draw, featuring 1999 Wimbledon doubles champion Corina Morariu along with commentators James Blake (@jrblake), Steve Weissman (@steve_weissman) and Leif Shiras (@lshirock), assessing the many variables and surprises that could come into play at tennis’ most historic tournament.

Leading up to the tournament, Tennis Channel will air multiple classic Wimbledon matches. In addition, digital subscription service Tennis Channel Plus will air five of the most historic Wimbledon matches in recent memory ahead of the tournament. These include: Bjorn Borg vs. John McEnroe, 1980; Steffi Graf vs. Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, 1995; Lindsay Davenport vs. Venus Williams, 2005; Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal, 2008; Roger Federer vs. Andy Roddick, 2009.

During Wimbledon, Apple and Android users can access Tennis Channel’s Tennis Channel Everywhere app for free, regardless of whether they currently subscribe to the network. The app offers daily updates, highlights, Court Report news, instruction clips and player Bag Check segments. Most viewers who subscribe to the network through a pay-TV provider are able to watch the channel live through their mobile devices whenever and wherever they want, through a TV Everywhere function, at no extra cost. Tennis Channel’s website will host extra content, including “Racquet Bracket,” the network’s free tournament prediction game. Players can get an inside take from Tennis Channel’s analysts during the new Wimbledon draw preview show, Racquet Bracket: Wimbledon. Also, longtime tennis reporter Steve Flink will contribute columns, which will be filed regularly to the Tennis Channel website, www.tennischannel.com.

For more content, Tennis Channel’s social media platforms will offer a multi-platform experience for viewers to stay engaged across the entirety of the tournament. To connect with Tennis Channel, visit: Facebook (www.facebook.com/tennischannel), Twitter (www.twitter.com/tennischannel), YouTube (www.youtube.com/tennischannel), Instagram (http://instagram.com/tennischannel) and Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/tennischannel).

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ESPN Broadcast Schedule for 2016 Wimbledon

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ESPN & WIMBLEDON 2016

Date Time (ET) Event Network(s)  
Mon, June 27 – Sun, July 10

(no play Sun, 7/3)

6:30 a.m. All TV Courts (up to 15), all day; Live@Wimbledon WatchESPN Live
   
Mon, June 27 – Fri, July 1 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Early Round Action ESPN Live
Sat, July 2 7 – 8 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Early Round Action ESPN Live
Sun, July 3 3 – 6 p.m. Highlights of Week One ABC Tape
Mon, July 4 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Round of 16, No.1 Court & others ESPN2 Live
  8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Round of 16, Centre Court ESPN Live
Tue, July 5 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Ladies’ Quarterfinals,

 Centre Court

ESPN Live
  8 – 2 p.m. Ladies’ Quarterfinals, No.1 Court ESPN2 Live
Wed, July 6 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Gentlemen’s Quarterfinals, Centre Court ESPN Live
  8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Gentlemen’s Quarterfinals,

No.1 Court

ESPN2 Live
Thur, July 7 7 – 8 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ladies’ Semifinals ESPN

ESPN Deportes

Live
Fri, July 8 7 – 8 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Gentlemen’s Semifinals ESPN

ESPN Deportes

Live
Sat, July 9 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ladies’ Championship

Gentlemen’s Doubles Championship

Ladies’ Doubles Championship

ESPN

ESPN Deportes

Live
  3 – 6 p.m. Ladies’ Championship ABC Tape
Sun, July 10 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Gentlemen’s Championship

Mixed Doubles Championship

ESPN

ESPN Deportes

Live
  3 – 6 p.m. Gentlemen’s Championship ABC Tape

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ESPN & Wimbledon 2016 – Djokovic Defends Title, Halfway to True Grand Slam
·         First Ball to Last Ball, Exclusive to ESPN
·         Daylong Coverage Totaling 140 Hours on TV – ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC
·         WatchESPN:  1,500 Live Hours from all 15 TV Courts; 3-Box Screen Returns for Semis, Championships
·         “Cross Court Coverage” Returns for Monday-Wednesday the Second Week
·         Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Doubles Championships Live on ESPN on July 9, Mixed Doubles on July 10
·         Serena Defends Crown, the Last Major She Captured, in Quest for Major #22 to tie Graf

 

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, the defending Wimbledon champions, will arrive at the All England Club after very different 12 months and the defense of their titles will play out through the fortnight of ESPN’s exclusive coverage – from first ball to last ball – beginning Monday, June 27.  ESPN will present 140 hours on TV and 1,500 on WatchESPN with action on all 15 televised courts.  The action will climax with the Ladies’ Championship and the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Doubles Championships on ESPN on Saturday, July 9, and the Gentlemen’s Championship on Sunday, July 10, followed by the Mixed Doubles Championship.  By coincidence, that day will be full of championship competition from Europe as following the Wimbledon telecast, ESPN will air the final match of the UEFA European Football Championship 2016 live from Paris.

 

Highlights

  • The first five weekdays, ESPN begins at 7 a.m. ET for daylong coverage (scheduled to end at 4:30 p.m.).  WatchESPN gets started at 6:30 a.m. with all televised courts (up to 15 at a time).
  • On Saturday, July 2, ESPN again begins at 7 a.m., but with the one-hour Breakfast at Wimbledon before another day full of action (scheduled to end at 5 p.m.).
  • On the “middle Sunday,” July 3 – Wimbledon’s traditional annual day of rest – ABC will broadcast a three-hour review of the first week at 3 p.m.  ABC will also present encore presentations of the finals on the day they take place, July 9 and 10, at 3 p.m.
  • “Cross Court Coverage” returns the first three days of the second week, with ESPN starting at 8 a.m. and focused on Centre Court all day while fans will enjoy a “grounds pass” with matches from No.1 Court and elsewhere on ESPN2 beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday, July 4, and at 8 a.m. on July 5 and 6.
  • From Thursday, July 7, to the Championships, all the action is on ESPN, beginning each day with Breakfast at Wimbledon hosted by Hannah Storm (7 a.m. on July 7-8 leading into the semifinals, 8 a.m. on July 9-10, previewing the Championships).
  • ESPN Deportes will air the semifinals and Championships (July 7-10).
  • Saturday, July 9, will feature the Ladies’ Singles Championship along with the Ladies’ and Gentlemens’ Doubles Championship on ESPN with the Gentlemen’s Championship and Mixed Doubles Championship on Sunday.  All other division championships will be available on WatchESPN.
  • WatchESPN will offer the ESPN and ESPN2 telecasts, and a total of 1,500 hours from all 15 televised courts (Centre, Courts 1-3, 5-12, and 16-18.) presented from first ball to last ball each day, with action available on demand afterwards, plus AELTC’s daily Live@Wimbledon.  As in the past, for the semifinals and championships an additional  feed – “Wimbledon Surround” – will be added with three boxes – the primary TV view, plus two more, each focusing on one player.  Select matches each day will be available in Spanish via ESPNDeportes+.

 

The three-box offering on WatchESPN for the semis and championships, Wimbledon Surround, includes angles focused on each player, in addition to the match.

 

  • WatchESPN is accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets, connected devices and smart TVs and available nationwide across all major providers through an affiliated video subscription.

 

The ESPN Tennis Team, the best tennis team in television, at Wimbledon:

  • Darren Cahill, who once reached the US Open semifinals and the Australian Open doubles finals and went on to coach fellow Australian Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi, has worked for ESPN since 2007.  Currently the coach of Simona Halep, he will serve as an analyst for men’s matches.
  • Cliff Drysdale, who was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in July 2013, reached the US Open finals and is a two-time Wimbledon and French Open semifinalist.  He has been with ESPN since its first tennis telecast in 1979.  Drysdale was a leader on the court – a top player for many years who was one of the first to use a two-hand backhand – and off the court, as the first president of the ATP.
  • Chrissie Evert, a Hall of Famer who joined ESPN in 2011, her 18 Major titles include three at Wimbledon.  She recorded the best career win-loss record in history, reached more Major singles finals than any man or woman (34), and reached the semis or better in 34 consecutive Majors (1971-83).  The AP Female Athlete of the Year four times, in 1976 she was the first woman to be the sole recipient of Sports Illustrated’s Sportswoman of the Year.
  • Mary Joe Fernandez, who played in three Major singles finals and won two Majors in doubles, won a Gold Medal in doubles at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics and a Bronze in singles in 1992.  An ESPN analyst since 2000, she leads the United States’ Fed Cup team and coached the 2012 U.S. women’s Olympic team.
  • Chris Fowler, who joined ESPN in 1986 and hosted College GameDay on football Saturdays for 25 years (1990 – 2014), began hosting tennis in 2003, branching out over the years to also call matches. His diverse resume includes hosting World Cup soccer, SportsCenter, college basketball including the Final Four, the X Games and Triple Crown horse racing.  In 2014 he became the lead play caller on ABC’s Saturday night college football, including the new championship game.
  • Brad Gilbert, whose flair and unique nicknames for players has enlivened ESPN’s tennis telecasts since 2004, parlayed his playing career – once reaching the quarterfinals of the US Open and at Wimbledon – into coaching Andre Agassi (six Major titles with Brad), Andy Roddick (US Open victory) and Andy Murray.
  • Jason Goodall will serve as an analyst and again voice features that study the action through statistics and computer graphics, as he does at the Australian Open.  A one-time standout among Juniors in Britain whose career was ended by injury at 21, he later coached Jennifer Capriati as well as ESPN’s Mary Joe Fernandez and Pam Shriver.
  • LZ Granderson, a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine (and formerly a tennis editor) and ESPN.com who has covered the sport for years, will provide his perspective in reports and features.  He often appears on SportsCenter, Outside the Lines and other ESPN programs.  He also works for ABC News as a contributor and has previously worked at CNN and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
  • John McEnroe won seven Major singles championships, including three at Wimbledon, during his storied career, which included 10 more major championships in doubles or mixed doubles.  He also led the U.S. to four Davis Cup titles and won the NCAA’s while attending Stanford.  He has worked the US Open for ESPN since 2009, adding Wimbledon to his ESPN resume this year.
  • Patrick McEnroe, who has worked for ESPN since 1995, was the U.S. Davis Cup captain 2001-2010 and in 2007 the team won its first championship since 1995.  A three-time singles All-American at Stanford – where the team won NCAA titles in 1986 and 1988 – he served as General Manager, USTA Elite Player Development from 2008 – 2015.  He won the 1992 French Open doubles title and reached the 1991 Australian Open semifinals in singles.
  • Chris McKendry returns as host, a role she has filled at all the Majors for ESPN. She joined ESPN in 1996 as a SportsCenter anchor, and later hosted the Little League World Series and X Games.  As of this Spring, she focuses on tennis.  She attended Drexel University on a tennis scholarship.
  • Tom Rinaldi will serve as a reporter and will call matches.  His features and interviews have graced a wide variety of ESPN programs – including SportsCenter, Outside the Lines, E:60 and event telecasts such as Wimbledon, golf’s Majors, college football and more – since 2003, winning numerous Sports Emmy Awards.
  • Hannah Storm, who joined ESPN in 2008 as a SportsCenter anchor, will host Breakfast at Wimbledon leading into the semifinals and Championships.  Previously, she spent five years with CBS’ The Morning Show and for NBC Sports hosted a variety of sports, including Wimbledon.  She also hosts the US Open, and was a producer on two ESPN Films tennis projects:  Unmatched, reviewing the rivalry and friendship between Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, and Venus Vs. about Venus Williams and her fight for gender equity in prize money.
  • Pam Shriver, who started working for ESPN in 1990, long before her Hall of Fame career ended, played in the US Open finals at age 16 (losing to Evert) and three times in the Wimbledon semifinals.  She won 21 Grand Slam titles in women’s doubles (another in Mixed) including five at Wimbledon plus a Gold Medal in doubles at the 1988 Olympics.

 

Surveying the Fields

  • Is there still an ATP “Big Four”?  Is it a Big Five?  Of the last 45 Majors (more than 11 years), five players own every trophy but two:  Roger Federer (17 career Major wins), Rafael Nadal (14), Novak Djokovic (12) and Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka (2 each).  The “Big Four” (all but Wawrinka) comprise 41 of the last 46 Major finalists and 69 of the last 82.
  • Or maybe it’s just a Big One.  Djokovic has captured 11 of the last 22 Majors, reaching the championship 18 times in the last 23, and currently holds all four Major crowns – the first man to do so since Roger Laver won all four in 1969, a true Grand Slam.  Djokovic is halfway to matching that feat, the first man to snag Aussie and French trophies since Jim Courier in 1992.
  • Serena Williams is the defending champion (it was her fourth consecutive Major title), but is “stuck” on 21 Major wins, having fallen just short of tying Steffi Graf’s Open Era record of 22 in New York, Melbourne and Paris.  In that time, there have been three first-time Major winners (Flavia Pennetta, now retired, Angelique Kerber and Garbiñe Muguruza).  Could there be another in London?  A wide-open field makes predictions difficult.  Two-time Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova is always dangerous.  And does Venus Williams (five Venus Rosewater Dishes on her shelf) have one more run in her?
  • Top Doubles Storylines:  The Bryan Brothers (Bob/Mike) have three Wimbledon titles among their record 16 Major doubles crowns, but are 38 and although they reached the final at the recent French Open haven’t won a Major since the 2014 US Open.  In her latest comeback, Martina Hingis has teamed with Sania Mirza to capture three of the last four women’s doubles Major titles.  Also, in mixed doubles Hingis has paired with Leander Paes to win four of the most recent six Majors.

 

MORE TV & DIGITAL MEDIA, AT HOME AND ABROAD

ESPN.com will have previews, reviews, the latest news and videos and more:

  • Courtcast: A multi-tool application with live events via the WatchESPN syndicated player, all-court scoring, match stats, “Scribble Live” conversations, poll questions, rolling Twitter feeds and scrolling bottom line
  • Five Things We Learned: Video series reviewing the top news of the day
  • 60-Second Slice:  Everything from Wimbledon each day in one minute
  • Digital Serve: Daily original videos previewing the next day
  • Baseline Buzz:  Peter Bodo, Greg Garber, Melissa Isaacson and Matt Wilansky weigh in on the hottest topics with a daily, written, roundtable discussion.
  • A special emphasis on Novak Djokovic, as he tries to win his fifth consecutive Grand Slam title and is halfway to a true Grand Slam.

                                                          

espnW.com

  • Complete analysis of the women’s draw when it is announced.
  • Melissa Isaacson will provide on-site coverage for espnW.com (and ESPN.com), including daily columns and analysis of matches.
  • Daily espnW.com analysis segments.
  • Weekly video reports from, discussing play to date.

 

ESPNDeportes.com will provide live scores and draws, in depth news and coverage of Latin American players, columns, blogs, live chats, video, highlights and news, including ESPiando Wimbledon that will recap the day’s play. The site will also feature Slam Central, a special index page dedicated to all four Grand Slams.

 

ESPN Interactive TV, now in its ninth year at Wimbledon, will provide multi-screen coverage with commentary of five matches in addition to ESPN or ESPN2 network programs through the second Monday of the Championships, on WatchESPN and DirecTV.  Fans will also receive interviews, features, press conferences and studio analysis from the All England Club.  Host duties will be shared by Allen Bestwick and Trey Wingo.  Match and studio analysts include former players Jeff Tarango, Chanda Rubin and Fred Stolle, working with Chris Bowers, Doug Adler, and Mark Donaldson. In addition to the video offerings, DirecTV viewers can access results, schedules, draws and other interactive features through the “Red Button” application on their remote. In total, ESPN will provide more than 350 hours of coverage through this unique application.

 

ESPN Classic will cap its month of extensive Wimbledon programming with a 24-hour marathon of 10 matches starting Thursday, June 23, at 7 p.m.  The marathon will start with the 2004 Ladies’ Championship (Maria Sharapova vs. Serena Williams) followed at 8:30 p.m. by the 2007 Gentlemen’s Championship (Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal) and the 2008 Ladies’ Championship between the Williams Sisters at 11:30 p.m.  The marathon will conclude with the 2012 Gentlemen’s Championship (Roger Federer vs. Andy Murray) on Friday at 2 p.m. and the 2013 Gentlemen’s Championship (Andy Murray vs. Novak Djokovic).

 

ESPN International, the home of tennis’ Grand Slam events in Latin America and the Caribbean, will provide live Wimbledon coverage to more than 44 countries and 56 million homes via its television and digital platforms throughout the region.  ESPN’s Spanish language pan-regional networks will offer more than 120 hours of live tennis, focused on the top-ranked players in the world, while the regional networks will focus on players of local nationality. In addition to the live coverage, ESPN will offer daily two-hour encore presentations featuring the best match of the day, as well as daily compact airings of feature matches. In Brazil, ESPN is providing more than 170 hours of combined coverage between its ESPN and ESPN+ networks.  The coverage will be aired via simulcast on WatchESPN – ESPN’s Portuguese broadband service.  ESPN Play – ESPN International’s Spanish- and English-language broadband service in Latin America and the Caribbean – will offer 1,400-hours of live coverage from up to 15 courts simultaneously, covering every point from every camera court; ESPN Play will also offer the Wimbledon Surround “three-screen” service for the Gentlemen’s and Ladies Semifinals and Finals.  ESPN’s Spanish-language commentator team at Wimbledon will include Luis Alfredo Alvarez and Edurado Varela calling matches with analysts Javier Frana and Jose Louis Clerc, along with reporter Nicolas Pereira.

 

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Former Champs Makarova, Vesnina Advance in Eastbourne; Watson Loses

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(June 20, 2016) Former Eastbourne champions, Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina advanced to second round on Monday beating British players. 2010 winner Makarova survived five set points in the first set to beat Tara Moore 7-5, 6-4, while 2013 title holder Vesnina defeated Heather Wartson 6-2, 6-3.

“I definitely didn’t play well today,” Watson said. “I felt really out of timing and slow to the ball.

“But I’m not taking anything away from Elena. She played very well. And when I had my chances to come back and get into the match, she hit an ace or always made her first serve and played well.”

Vesnina will take on defending champion Belinda Bencic next. Bencic had to withdraw from Birmingham during her first round match last week. The Swiss says she’s ready to go.

“I have been doing the physio treatment all day,” she said. “Yesterday I was practicing, so I should be fine. I still tape it a lot, so it’s a little bit hurting but it’s okay.”

Asked about feeling pressure in defending her title, Bencic said: “No. I mean, why would I feel pressure? Of course it’s points, but every time someone is defending points somewhere. So I guess it’s just a normal situation. And I don’t feel any pressure and no expectation because I haven’t played a lot of matches lately.

“I’m just trying to, you know, get the matches in and just keep going. Yeah, just have fun and obviously I’m so glad to be back on the courts, so that’s the most important.”

 

 

AEGON INTERNATIONAL – EASTBOURNE, GREAT BRITAIN
$776,878
JUNE 19 – 25, 2016

RESULTS – JUNE 20, 2016
Women’s Singles – First Round
E. Bouchard (CAN) d [Q] V. Lepchenko (USA) 61 62
[Q] M. Puig (PUR) d [WC] N. Broady (GBR) 61 61
E. Vesnina (RUS) d H. Watson (GBR) 62 63
A. Petkovic (GER) d [LL] S. Zheng (CHN) 57 62 64
E. Makarova (RUS) d [WC] T. Moore (GBR) 75 64

ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2016
CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[5] P. Kvitova (CZE) vs T. Babos (HUN)

Not Before 1:00 pm
C. Wozniacki (DEN) vs [7] S. Stosur (AUS)
After suitable rest – [1] A. Radwanska (POL) vs [LL] D. Allertova (CZE) or [Q] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO)
L. Tsurenko (UKR) or [LL] S. Zhang (CHN) vs [11] J. Konta (GBR)
[WC] N. Broady (GBR) / H. Watson (GBR) vs R. Atawo (USA) / A. Spears (USA)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
[4] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) vs K. Mladenovic (FRA)
To finish 0/3 – A. Schmiedlova (SVK) vs D. Gavrilova (AUS)
E. Makarova (RUS) vs [2] R. Vinci (ITA)
[13] S. Errani (ITA) vs A. Petkovic (GER)
E. Vesnina (RUS) vs [3] B. Bencic (SUI)
[PR] A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) vs A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
[Q] K. Bondarenko (UKR) vs Y. Putintseva (KAZ)

Not Before 12:30 pm
E. Bouchard (CAN) vs [15] I. Begu (ROU)
After suitable rest – [Q] K. Bondarenko (UKR) or Y. Putintseva (KAZ) vs [6] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)
A. Friedsam (GER) or [LL] A. Kontaveit (EST) vs [16] L. Safarova (CZE)
S. Errani (ITA) / O. Kalashnikova (GEO) vs [2] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE)

COURT 3 start 11:00 am
[LL] D. Allertova (CZE) vs [Q] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO)
M. Doi (JPN) vs [Q] P. Hercog (SLO)
[Q] A. Konjuh (CRO) vs [Q] M. Puig (PUR)
[8] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs M. Doi (JPN) or [Q] P. Hercog (SLO)
D. Jurak (CRO) / A. Rodionova (AUS) vs G. Dabrowski (CAN) / D. Kasatkina (RUS)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
L. Tsurenko (UKR) vs [LL] S. Zhang (CHN)
[12] D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs J. Ostapenko (LAT)
A. Schmiedlova (SVK) or D. Gavrilova (AUS) vs [10] K. Pliskova (CZE)
A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) vs [4] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ)

COURT 5 start 11:00 am
[Q] A. Van Uytvanck (BEL) vs [Q] M. Brengle (USA)
A. Friedsam (GER) vs [LL] A. Kontaveit (EST)
After suitable rest – [14] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [Q] A. Van Uytvanck (BEL) or [Q] M. Brengle (USA)
C. Chuang (TPE) / C. Liang (CHN) vs Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN)

Not Before 6:00 pm
TO BE ARRANGED – [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs [WC] L. Safarova (CZE) / S. Stosur (AUS)

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Youzhny, Edmund Advance in Nottingham

Youzhny

(June 20, 2016) Fresh off a Stuttgart quarterfinal, former Top 10 player, Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny won just his fifth first round match this season beating Teymuraz Gabashvili of Ukraine 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the opening round of Nottingham on Monday.

The Russian, who last won an ATP title back in 2013, has bounced back into the top 100 playing Challenger events to raise his ranking.

Great Britain’s Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans will be looking to reach the third round of the Aegon Open Nottingham on a jam-packed Tuesday, with all 17 singles matches and four doubles ties scheduled to go ahead at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.

British No. 3 Edmund, who reached a career-high ranking of 68 after his quarterfinal run at the Aegon Championships at the Queen’s Club last week, will face Ukrainian fourth seed and last year’s Aegon Open semi-finalist Alexandr Dolgopolov, while British No. 4 Evans will be up third on Centre Court against Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis.

After his 6-4, 6-3 win over Czech Lukas Rosol on a rain-interrupted Monday, Edmund said: “He’s a very dangerous player – you don’t know what to expect with him. I played him earlier this year on clay so I knew what his game style was, but grass is very different.

“It was a solid match, I came off feeling very good about my game and how I managed the match.”

Ahead of his match against Dolgopolov, the 21-year-old added: “It will be a tough match. I lost to him in the first round last year at Wimbledon. He’s a very tricky player, not someone who you play regularly in terms of his shot-making. He mixes it up well, slices it a lot, awkward slices.”

Elsewhere top seed Kevin Anderson will begin his campaign against Croat Ivan Dodig, while Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco will take on Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic. Defending champion Denis Istomin and Bosnian Damir Dzumhur will have to play out a final set to decide their first-round tie for the right to play 11-seed Vasek Pospisil, with the score locked at 6-1 6-7(4).

In addition, fifth seed and 2015 Aegon Open runner-up Sam Querrey has an all-American clash with qualifier Ernesto Escobedo first on Court 1, before Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, who reached the semi-final stage in the East Midlands last year and is seeded ninth this year, will play Evgeny Donskoy of Russia.

British wildcards James Ward, Brydan Klein and Alex Ward all lost in the first round.

 

AEGON OPEN NOTTINGHAM – NOTTINGHAM, GBR

€704,805

19-25 JUNE 2016

 

RESULTS – JUNE 20, 2016

Men’s Singles – First Round

I. Dodig (CRO) d [PR] J. Benneteau (FRA) 62 63

V. Estrella Burgos (DOM) d R. Ram (USA) 76(7) 67(4) 62

J. Millman (AUS) d T. Bellucci (BRA) 76(4) 26 62

D. Sela (ISR) d [Q] J. Hernych (CZE) 46 63 62

B. Becker (GER) d J. Thompson (AUS) 62 26 64

M. Jaziri (TUN) d [WC] J. Ward (GBR) 61 36 64

J. Vesely (CZE) d H. Zeballos (ARG) 64 63

M. Youzhny (RUS) d T. Gabashvili (RUS) 46 63 63

[Q] F. Dancevic (CAN) d [WC] A. Ward (GBR) 76(3) 67(3) 62

K. Edmund (GBR) d L. Rosol (CZE) 64 63

[Q] E. Escobedo (USA) d D. Schwartzman (ARG) 60 63

[Q] S. Robert (FRA) d [WC] B. Klein (GBR) 75 64

 

Men’s Doubles – First Round

[3] T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) d M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL) 75 63

N. Monroe (USA) / A. Sitak (NZL) d P. Lorenzi (ITA) / A. Seppi (ITA) 76(5) 76(1)

 

ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2016

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon

[8] G. Muller (LUX) vs J. Vesely (CZE)

D. Istomin (UZB) vs D. Dzumhur (BIH) 61 67(4) 00

[16] R. Berankis (LTU) vs D. Evans (GBR)

[1] K. Anderson (RSA) vs I. Dodig (CRO)

[Q] S. Robert (FRA) vs [2] P. Cuevas (URU)

 

COURT 1 start 11:00 am

[5] S. Querrey (USA) vs [Q] E. Escobedo (USA)

E. Donskoy (RUS) vs [9] M. Baghdatis (CYP)

V. Estrella Burgos (DOM) vs [14] F. Verdasco (ESP)

After Suitable Rest – [11] V. Pospisil (CAN) vs D. Istomin (UZB) or D. Dzumhur (BIH)

 

COURT 2 start 11:00 am

B. Becker (GER) vs [13] G. Pella (ARG)

M. Youzhny (RUS) vs [10] P. Carreno Busta (ESP)

K. Edmund (GBR) vs [4] A. Dolgopolov (UKR)

J. Millman (AUS) vs [6] S. Johnson (USA)

 

COURT 4 start 11:00 am

[3] J. Sousa (POR) vs D. Sela (ISR)

Not Before 12:00 noon

[12] P. Lorenzi (ITA) vs A. Mannarino (FRA)

M. Jaziri (TUN) vs [7] A. Seppi (ITA)

J. Erlich (ISR) / C. Fleming (GBR) vs [2] D. Inglot (GBR) / D. Nestor (CAN)

 

COURT 3 start 11:00 am

R. Lindstedt (SWE) / A. Qureshi (PAK) vs J. Knowle (AUT) / M. Matkowski (POL)

S. Gonzalez (MEX) / S. Lipsky (USA) vs [WC] K. Skupski (GBR) / N. Skupski (GBR)

[15] M. Kukushkin (KAZ) vs [Q] F. Dancevic (CAN)

After Suitable Rest – [1] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) vs [WC] J. Marray (GBR) / A. Shamasdin (CAN)

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Andy Murray Nets Record Fifth Queen’s Club Title on First “Father’s Day”

(June 19, 2016) LONDON – Was Sunday’s match Andy Murray versus Milos Raonic or John McEnroe vs Ivan Lendl? There was a moment…

Leading a set and serving at 3-1 in the second set, Raonic blasted (yet another) first serve and followed it in to the net, where he hit a perfectly formed classical backhand volley deep to Murray’s sideline. Murray immediately raised his arm and Hawkeye was consulted. It was out, by a centimeter or two. A few seconds and a couple of passing shots later, Murray was serving at 2-3 and holding for 3-3, and not long after that it was set-all.

Old-timers were ready with the historical analogy: it was just such a volley that cost McEnroe his only career chance at the French Open title! And he was playing Lendl! And leading by two sets and a break!

All week, Queen’s Club has been playing up the historical potential of this year’s tournament. Eight players have won the title four times: Ritchie, Wilding, Emerson, McEnroe, Becker, Roddick, and…Murray. If Murray wins this year, he’ll break the record. The press areas are adorned with posters of each of the eight players, lest we forget.

Where it seems clear Raonic can use McEnroe’s help is on covering the net. He has, of course, tremendously long arms (sleeve-watchers noted that he’d skipped the one-arm compression sleeve for this match, but it was notable that if he didn’t win the point on the first volley Murray was often readily able to pass him.

Murray broke again in the first game of the third set and held that advantage to 5-3. Raonic saved two championship points with fine serves, and then Murray fashioned a third with another of those passing shots. On the final point, Raonic came in – and couldn’t get his attempted volley over the net.

So Murray has his record-breaking fifth title and a nation hoping that Lendl’s reappearance in the player’s box bodes good things for a few weeks hence. Raonic, in congratulating him, wished him something he felt was more important: his first happy Father’s Day.

By Wendy M. Grossman

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Madison Keys Wins Birmingham for Second Career WTA Crown

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 19: Madison Keys of United States celebrates with the Maud Watson trophy after her victory in the Women's Singles Final on day seven of the WTA Aegon Classic at Edgbaston Priory Club on June 19, 2016 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images for LTA) Used by permission Getty/LTA

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – JUNE 19: Madison Keys of United States celebrates with the Maud Watson trophy after her victory in the Women’s Singles Final on day seven of the WTA Aegon Classic at Edgbaston Priory Club on June 19, 2016 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images for LTA) Used by permission Getty/LTA

(June 19, 2016) American Madison Keys is the new Aegon Classic Birmingham singles champion after an emphatic 63 64 victory over Barbora Strycova at the Edgbaston Priory Club on Sunday.

Victory at the WTA Premier event marked a second grasscourt title on British soil for Keys, who also won the Aegon International Eastbourne in 2014. She was also a quarter-finalist at Wimbledon last year and will go into this year’s Championships as contender after an impressive week in Birmingham.

“I’m feeling pretty good,” said 21-year-old Keys, ranked 16 and seeded seventh in Birmingham. “I think getting this many matches in a row was a huge opportunity that I think that can definitely help me at Wimbledon.

It definitely gives me some confidence and I would love to follow this one up with that. It feels good knowing that a lot of people who have done well here have done well at Wimbledon.”

Strycova had some consolation when she and Karolina Pliskova won the doubles title with a 63 76(1) win over Alla Kudryayseva and Vania King. The doubles final had to be moved indoors mid-match when rain returned at the end of the first set.

“She was too good today,” said Stycova of Keys’ performance in the singles final. “Of course, losing the final is always disappointing. But I played good couple matches and I beat good players on grass.”

Both players paid tribute to the Edgbaston Priory Club grounds team and the immaculate grass courts that they produced for the tournament. Keys took time after the final to thank them in person and pose for a photo with Head of Grounds David Lawrence and his team.

“The groundsmen were amazing. The fact that the court held up as well as it did, considering how much rain we got, just shows how amazing they were and how much hard work they put into this week. They were a huge part of this week.”

Ranking points and prizemoney won:
Keys: $USD146,200 and 470 ranking points
Strycova: $USD77,850 (plus $USD22,810 for the doubles) and 470 ranking points

AEGON CLASSIC – BIRMINGHAM, GBR
$846,000
JUNE 13 – 19 , 2016

RESULTS – JUNE 19, 2016
Women’s Singles – Final
[7] M. Keys (USA) d B. Strycova (CZE) 63 64

Women’s Doubles – Final
Ka. Pliskova (CZE) / B. Strycova (CZE) d V. King (USA) / A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) 63 76(1)

AEGON CLASSIC BIRMINGHAM 2016 BY THE NUMBERS:
37 broadcasters from 150+ territories/markets.
832,552,743 million potential worldwide TV audience
386,646 page views on Aegon Classic Birmingham
2500 (approx.) tennis balls used
64 ballboys and girls from Bishop Challoner Catholic College, Kings Heath, Birmingham
5,000 Nature Valley protein bars
1500 towels
90 umpires, supervisors and line judges from the UK and across the World
70 volunteer stewards
40 groundstaff
35 kilos of coffee
80 litres of organic fruit juice
218 kilos of pasta

Tennis Statistics (up to and including singles final)*
Total is matches played : 73
Total games played : 1783
Total points played: 23 ,062
Total sets played : 169
Total three-set matches : 23
Total tiebreak sets played : 22
Total aces : 537
Most aces by player : Madison Keys with 35
Longest main draw match played  : 2 hrs 50 mins  Rd of 16 Carla Suarez Navarro d Andrea Petkovic 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(5)

*Tennis statistics courtesy of SAP – the official Cloud and Analytics Partner of the WTA

Written by Eleanor Preston

 

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