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Date-Krumm Moves into Pune Final

ROYAL INDIAN OPEN
Pune, India
November 5-11, 2012
$125,000/WTA $125
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Saturday, November 10, 2012
Singles – Semifinals
(5) Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) d. (8) Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) 64 57 64
(7) Elina Svitolina (UKR) d. (6/WC) Andrea Petkovic (GER) 62 75

Doubles – Final
(2) Bratchikova/Kalashnikova (RUS/GEO) d. (4) Glushko/Lertcheewakarn (ISR/THA) 60 46 108 (Match TB)

Order Of Play – Sunday, November 11, 2012
Centre Court (from 18.45hrs)
1. Singles Final: Elina Svitolina vs. Kimiko Date-Krumm

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Petkovic Knocks Out Top Seed in Pune

ROYAL INDIAN OPEN
Pune, India
November 5-11, 2012
$125,000/WTA $125
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Friday, November 9, 2012
Singles – Quarterfinals
(6/WC) Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. (1) Nina Bratchikova (RUS) 62 60
(5) Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) d. (2) Misaki Doi (JPN) 61 64
(8) Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) d. (3) Donna Vekic (CRO) 62 64
(7) Elina Svitolina (UKR) d. Luksika Kumkhum (THA) 67(3) 41 ret. (right rib strain)

Doubles – Semifinals
(4) Glushko/Lertcheewakarn (ISR/THA) d. (1) Birnerova/Klepac (CZE/SLO) 63 64
(2) Bratchikova/Kalashnikova (RUS/GEO) d. Xu/Zhou (CHN/CHN) 63 75


Order Of Play – Saturday, November 10, 2012
Centre Court (from 15.00hrs)
1. Tamarine Tanasugarn vs. Kimiko Date-Krumm
2. Andrea Petkovic vs. Elina Svitolina
3. Doubles Final: Glushko/Lertcheewakarn vs. Bratchikova/Kalashnikova

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ITF Relaunches Tennis Play and Stay Website

 

(November 9, 2012) The ITF announced that it has relaunched the official website of its global participation campaign Tennis Play and Stay: www.tennisplayandstay.com. The new look website is part of the ITF’s overall strategy to redesign its whole family of websites, following on from the relaunch of the official ITF website, and Davis Cup and Fed Cup competition websites.

 

The aims of the new-look Tennis Play and Stay site are to provide additional online resources for national associations, players and coaches; generate greater interest in the campaign; and improve the ease of navigation for visitors who want to start playing tennis.

 

Tennis Play and Stay is the ITF’s global initiative launched in 2007 aimed at increasing tennis participation worldwide. Tennis Play and Stay centres around the slogan of ‘Serve, Rally and Score’ and seeks to promote tennis as an easy, fun and healthy sport. Fundamental to the campaign is the use of slower balls by coaches working with starter players, ensuring that their first experience of tennis is a positive one by serving, rallying and scoring from the first lesson.

 

The new Tennis Play and Stay website provides greater access to information on the campaign and each of its supporting programmes, starting with the Tennis10s initiative that promotes the use of slower and lower bouncing balls, shorter and lighter rackets, and smaller courts to make it easier for children aged 10-and-under to take up the game.

 

The three types of slower balls are intended to be used at different stages of a player’s tennis development. The ‘Red’ ball, made of foam or felt, is 75 per cent slower than a regular yellow ball, and aimed at children aged five to eight on a court sized 12 x 6m. The ‘Orange’ ball is 50 per cent slower and aimed at eight-to-ten-year-olds on a court sized 18 x 6.5m. The ‘Green’ ball is 25 per cent slower and aimed at more advanced nine-to-ten-year-olds on a full sized court.

 

The ITF has also introduced a new National Associations area that will allow each federation to showcase and share information relating to their specific development programmes, bringing all programmes under one website for the first time.

 

There are also sections on competition formats, including supporting resources and embedded videos; health and tennis, including research studies on the physical benefits of tennis; and starter tennis equipment, in which manufacturers can share product information and contact details.

 

The website will further evolve over the coming months, with expanded content, increased functionality and the launch of the new starter adult programme.

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From Favorites to Fatigue – Day Four from the ATP World Tour Finals

By Ros Satar

(November 8, 2012) LONDON – Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan def Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi/Jean-Julien Rojer 7-5, 6-4

Having arrived just in time to watch the Bryan Brothers close out a straight sets win against Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer, the twins were then honoured on court with two ATP awards.

ATP Executive Chairman and President Brad Drewett presented them with the ATP World Tour No. 1 Doubles Team trophy in the 2012 ATP World Tour Awards (sponsored by Moët & Chandon).

The Bryans have won this award for the fourth successive year, and a record eighth time overall (2003, 2005-07, 2009-12).

Also for an eighth time, the popular twins were voted as the ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite.

 

Juan Martin Del Potro def Janko Tipsarevic 6-0, 6-4

Most tennis fans watching the evening singles session on Day four will have had some opinion regarding Janko Tipsarevic’s Bercy retirement, some six points before giving Jerzy Janowicz another extraordinary win.

Usually quite tenacious on court, Tipsarevic had already been handed a bit of a lesson at the hands of Federer in his first round match.

Reportedly unwell prior to the match, during the warm up, Tipsarevic seemed unhappy with the tension in his racquets, and things did not start well for him in the match with an early break for Del Potro.

It looked as though he was struggling to find his range, either at the net or painting the lines.

Whatever the issue was, it really was not working for him, and the set very rapidly got away from him, although the crowd burst into wild applause whenever he got a point.

Another racquet was flung away for restringing, but by this time the set was as good as gone.

The second set saw Tipsarevic trying to take a little more control in his service games, and again was given a rousing cheer for getting a game on the board.

In fact in the second set, it looked as though he was settling down into his game, holding to love in his next service game.

But that was short-lived as he was broken in the fifth game.

All was not bad though, and in a great rally, Tipsarevic dug out a low ball for a fantastic passing shot, hanging in by a single break of serve.

Del Potro played certainly within himself, although the crowd were treated at times to some decent rallies.

“I play[ed] much better than my first match here,” said Del Potro, “[a] win in two sets gives me a chance to go to the next [match].

“I know if I want to beat Roger, I should play much better than today and my first match.”

After the match, Tipsarevic said: “I wouldn’t really blame my loss on the sickness.

“I am generally feeling fine.

The problem was that I was sick and I didn’t play a lot of tennis lately.”

Controversially, though, Tipsarevic tweeted to his followers about having passed the one hour mark one more time, making some twitter tennis followers wonder whether Richard Gasquet, alternate at this event, might have made more of a match of it, if he’d been given the chance to play instead.

The perhaps earlier than expected finish meant that those in the crowd who stayed were treated to Del Potro having a hit and kick about with fellow Argentinean, Sergio Aguero (Manchester City Football Club).

The final Group B round robin matches will be played on Saturday.

Del Potro faces Roger Federer, and Tipsarevic will close out his year against David Ferrer.

Ros Satar is a British Journalist- an IT journalist by day, and a sports journalist in all the gaps in between. She is the co-founder of Britwatch Sports (britwatchsports.com). Follow her on twitter at @rfsatar.

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Martin to Replace Lendl PowerShares Sereis Event in San Jose

NEW YORK, NY (November 8, 2012) — The PowerShares Series has announced that Todd Martin will replace an injured Ivan Lendl in the BILT Champions Showdown to be held at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California on Friday, November 16, 2012.

Martin, a former Davis Cup Champion, will join John McEnroe, Andre Agassi, and Jim Courier in the four-man showdown event. Martin will take on McEnroe in the first semifinal while Agassi and Courier will square off in the second semifinal, with the winners meeting in the championship match.

“I am excited to have the chance to compete in San Jose,” said Martin. “I really enjoy the PowerShares Series and hopefully – just like last season in Minneapolis – I can step in and win one of these events.”

Lendl is suffering from a shoulder injury that will prevent him from competing in San Jose. “I was really looking forward to returning to play in Northern California,” said Lendl. “I have some great memories from playing there at Barry Mackay’s events. I am sure this will be another great night on the PowerShares Series tour and I hope to return to play there in 2013.”

The 2012 PowerShares Series is in action Friday night in Tampa, Florida with the Champions Challenge at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, and will continue in Atlanta, Georgia Saturday night with the Champions Shootout at the Gwinnett Center. of 30, created in 2005 by InsideOut Sports + Entertainment, the New York based firm which is co-owned and operated by former SFX executive Jon Venison and former world No. 1 Jim Courier.

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Clash of the Continents to Feature Tipsarevic, Fish, Nishikori and Monaco

(November 8, 2012) The Clash of Continents  will take place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on November 24th and 25th featuring four tennis stars representing the continents of Asia, Europe, North America and South America.

 

Participating will be World No.9 Janko Tipsarevic, representing Europe, Japan’s Kei Nishikori representing Asia, Mardy Fish playing for North American while Juan Monaco will carry the flag for South America.
With prize money of US$520,000, the continental round-robin format will have the players compete over two days and battle for “Pride, Honor & Glory”.

In addition to the competition between the men, Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia will battle China’s Peng Shuai on Sunday.

 

Alongside the event is the addition of a Tennis Festival at the Kallang Tennis Centre that aims to encourage communities from all walks of life to learn tennis and to lead a healthy active lifestyle through sport.

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A Tale of two British Slam Champions – Day Three of the ATP World Tour Finals


By Ros Satar

(November 8, 2012) LONDON – It certainly was a tale of two Grand Slam Champions on Day Three of the ATP World Tour Finals, London.

Novak Djokovic def Andy Murray 4-6, 6-3, 7-5

At the end of the day session, Andy Murray was not quite able to capitalise on his fast start after taking the first set off World Number 1 Novak Djokovic in just 44 minutes (6-4).

But Djokovic needed no invitation to punish some sloppy play by Murray in the second set, as fans on Twitter commented in wry amusement at his outfit including gold shorts.

Although Murray clawed his way back into contention in the decider, but in the end at key moments in the last few minutes, Djokovic denied Murray’s attempts to win another three set battle.

“The last two minutes of the match probably is what decided it,” said Murray.

“He broke from 15/40, and then I had 15/40 next game and didn’t break.

“You would hope that one game wouldn’t decide the outcome of a whole match.”

Djokovic said: “I didn’t expect anything less other than a tough match that went down the wire and was decided on the last point.”

Jonny Marray/Frederik Nielsen def Daniel Nestor/Max Mirnyi 7-6(3), 4-6, 12-10

Whereas fans had reasonable expectations that Murray would be able to repeat his US Open success against Djokovic, Wimbledon’s wild-card Doubles Champions continued their dream partnership by booking their berth in the Semi-Finals.

Marray and Nielsen started brightly, and stood toe-to-toe with the established pairing of Nestor and Mirnyi, building a commanding position in the first set tie-break.

The brightness faded a little at the start of the second set when a couple of double-faults saw the Wimbledon champions lose the first game of the second set.

They did well to stay within the single break, but the crowd were treated to another of their now thrilling Match Tie-Breaks.

The scoring was nip-and-tuck throughout with the British/Danish team missing their chance to close out match point at 9-8, allowing Nestor/Mirnyi to turn the screw, as they had to save match point at 9-10.

Nestor’s volley sailing long saw the wonder-boys secure themselves a place in the semi-final.

Marray said: “We’re pretty surprised we’re through after two matches.

“We can enjoy the next match really.

“There’s no pressure on us again really.

“It’s really a great situation, I think.”

Neilsen said: “We’re comfortable being here level wise.

“We weren’t here just to make up the numbers.”

 

Tomas Berdych def Jo-Wilfred Tsonga 7-5, 3-6, 6-1

What started out as a match of two men, seemingly intent of beating the fluff out of the tournament tennis balls, resulted in a comfortable deciding set for Berdych, who continued his head-to-head bettering of Tsonga.

Both men came out hitting hard and flat and initially there was little variation from either.

The first set saw Tsonga dig himself out of potentially tricky sands, and at times throughout the match just seemed to be off his range a little.

In fact it looked as though maybe missing the chance to break at three-all was playing on Berdych’s mind in the next game, as it was his turn to tough out his service game.

Tsonga looked to be taking a bit more initiative at the later stages of the first set, and when he put together rallies moving Berdych left and right, it looked as though he had finally got the measure of him.

But carelessness crept back into Tsonga’s game, with Berdych breaking at 5-5, consolidating to take the first set.

Tsonga seemed to come alive, taking the second set with two successive aces, but he was frustrating to watch, even then.

Tsonga failed to capitalise on that momentum, squandering chances to break Berdych in the first game of the final set.

That was all Berdych needed, breaking Tsonga, and holding with conviction to lead 4-1.

Tsonga’s forehand errors made for a shocking graphic shown on screen during the third set, and at 1-4, a break to love meant a quick end to the match.

Berdych sealed the final set 6-1, and Murray fans are getting their calculators out to determine the possible permutations to go further after the round-robin stages.

Ros Satar is a British Journalist- an IT journalist by day, and a sports journalist in all the gaps in between. She is the co-founder of Britwatch Sports (britwatchsports.com). Follow her on twitter at @rfsatar.

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McEnroe, Courier, and Rafter Discuss Anti-Doping Efforts in Tennis

By Amy Fetherolf‏

(November 6, 2012) Since the release of the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s report on how Lance Armstrong gamed the system to avoid testing positive for performance enhancing drugs, many have questioned whether something similar could happen in tennis.

 

Indeed, one of the doctors implicated in the Armstrong case for orchestrating a doping regime for the entire United States Postal Service cycling team also treated tennis players, including Sara Errani and Dinara Safina.

 

When asked about doping in tennis at a PowerShares Series event in Philadelphia, John McEnroe expressed confidence in the International Tennis Federation’s anti-doping program.

 

“I think you can take any sport, but I think it’s as rigorously tested as any sport other than the Olympics that I’m aware of,” McEnroe said. “Maybe more so than any other sport, whether it’s football, basketball. I’ll bet you there’s way more testing and way more stringent testing in tennis than in any of those team sports.”

 

Jim Courier also backed the ITF’s anti-doping program.

 

“We use WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency), and we’re on the Olympic Code, which is a pretty stringent code. Players do out-of-competition testing that’s unannounced. They have to give their whereabouts for one hour of the day, every day of the year. If they’re not where they say they are, that counts as a positive test against them. We have the rules in place. We have, I think, the best drug testing system around that I’m aware of.”

 

“No idea [if it’s a problem in tennis]. I hope to think there’s not,” Patrick Rafter said. “I think there’s always a case here and there, but I don’t think it’s a big problem like cycling was. I hope there’s not an issue, but there’s always the potential.”

 

Though Courier put his support behind the ITF’s testing program, he acknowledged that there was opportunity for players to take advantage of the system.

 

“I think that given the great rewards that are out there in tennis, and given human nature, people will cut corners where you give them leeway to do so. I think you have to put your head in the sand to think that people wouldn’t try and cut corners given what’s on the line if you do well in our sport. Look at Wall Street. People cut corners there because there are great monetary rewards. Anywhere you go in the world, this is human nature. We’re not immune to that. I don’t think we have a problem, but we’re not immune to that.”

 

“Everyone wants to see a situation where there’s a level playing field,” McEnroe said. “So it continues to be something that would be an issue for all sports, I would think.”

Amy Fetherolf‏  was in Philadelphia covering the PowerShares event for Tennis Panorama. She is the founder of the tennis news site Drop Shot Dispatch and a co-founder of the new tennis site The Changeover.  Follow her on twitter at @AmyFetherolf.

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Rafter Rallies Past McEnroe To Win NASDAQ Indexes Cup in Madison Square Garden

(November 5, 2012) NEW YORK, NY– Two-time US Open Champion, Australia’s Patrick Rafter won his second PowerShares Series title in four days by defeating hometown boy John McEnroe, 8-3 in the championship match of the NASDAQ Indexes Cup Monday night at Madison Square Garden. Rafter won last Friday’s event I Philadelphia. Rafter, down 1-3 in the final, won the next seven games to take the match.

 

“It’s just a thrill for me to be back out here competing in front of the fans again,” said Rafter. “I had never played in this building, so what an added thrill, and a dream come true for me. I can’t thank the fans enough for coming out tonight to watch us play, in light of what this part of the country has been through lately. I hope we were able to provide some good entertainment.”

Rafter who promised before the match that he would serve and volley on every chance he could, used his aggressiveness to take down Pete Sampras 6-3 in the first semifinal of the night. Sampras was sporting knee-high socks due to a calf strain.

 

In the second semifinal, New York’s own John McEnroe, zoomed out to a 4-0 lead over Andre Agassi. Agassi eventually gained back the two service breaks to draw even on serve at 4-5, but McEnroe broke him to seal the match 6-4.

 

For Rafter, this was his first time playing in Madison Square Garden. “I’m excited,” he said before the matches began. He said that had attended the Knicks game on Sunday and it made him very nervous. He said that he’d hope to play well and that he did.

The win moves Rafter into a tie for third in the 2012 PowerShares Series rankings with Jim Courier.

Monday Night Scores
Semifinal 1: Rafter def. Sampras, 6-3
Semifinal 2: McEnroe def. Agassi, 6-4
Final: Rafter def. McEnroe, 8-3

UPDATED 2012 POWERSHARES SERIES RANKINGS
1.            McEnroe              1200
2.            Sampras               1100
3.            Courier                 800
Rafter                   800
5.            Lendl                     400
6.            Chang                   200
7.            Agassi                   100
Martin                    100

More to follow

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McEnroe, Courier and Rafter Weigh in on Big Four Debate

By Amy Fetherolf‏

(November 5, 2012) PHILADELPHIA - Ever since 2003 when Roger Federer burst onto the tennis scene and began an era of domination, which now extends to the so-called “Big Four” of Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, and Novak Djokovic, the tennis world has questioned how long it can go on.

As the 2012 tennis season wraps up, with just the World Tour Finals left, that question remains unanswered. Each of the Big Four captured one Slam title apiece this year.

“At some stage, things will change. It’s not a question of if, it’s when,” John McEnroe said at a Philadelphia stop on the PowerShares Series Tour. “But it’s hard to say when exactly that will be. Obviously Nadal’s health is an issue, and Roger’s not getting any younger. I suspect that you’ll see these guys hopefully around for a couple more years.”

Jim Courier expressed admiration for the way the Big Four have sustained their success, winning an astonishing 30 of the last 31 Majors.

“I think what the top four have done has been unprecedented as far as the level of consistency they’ve shown, and the level of dominance they’ve shown over the field,” Courier said.

“I just don’t know how they can keep it up. Honestly, the physical taxation that the game takes from them, the mental toll it takes, all the sponsorship requirements, all the pressure that’s on them to perform every week. I’m in awe of their consistency.”

The second tier of players stands separated from the top four by a Grand Canyon-like gulf. The three strongest contenders, Juan Martin del Potro (the only non-Big Four man to win a Slam since 2005), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and Tomas Berdych, struggle to earn wins over the Big Four. In 2012 against Federer, Djokovic, Nadal, and Murray, Tsonga was 0-7, del Potro was 2-8, and Berdych was 2-7.

“You’ve got guys like del Potro, Tsonga, Berdych, Ferrer,” Patrick Rafter said. “Roger’s not playing like he was five years ago, that’s just a simple fact. He’s still putting himself in contention to win Grand Slams, but he’s not going to be as dominant as he was. And Nadal is having problems as well. You can see Djokovic and Murray certainly hanging around, but Nadal’s a big question mark, and Roger’s slowing down, but I think he’ll still be around in the mix. There’s definitely room for the new guys coming up.”

But Courier was reluctant to write off a few more years of Big Four domination.

“We haven’t seen any cracks in that façade, really,” Courier said. “It’s been again a year where the Big Four won all the Majors, and this year it’s been a true split. So I think it’s even more interesting from that standpoint. Who’s going to wrestle control the way Novak did in 2011? This year was more up for grabs, and Murray certainly has become a bigger part of the competition.”

McEnroe feels that del Potro is the most promising non-Big Four contender to win a Major in 2013.

“If I had to pick one guy that would win a Major if he remains healthy, it would probably be del Potro,” McEnroe said. “He’s won one, so it wouldn’t be a total shock. He’s put himself back in the position to do that. There’s a handful of guys who could do it, and someone’s going to do it, but he’d be the one guy I’d have to pick over anyone else.”

Courier agreed with McEnroe’s sentiment on the Argentinian.

“I love del Potro’s game,” Courier said. “I think he’s one of the few guys who really has the weaponry to stand up against those top four guys on a consistent basis. He needs some good fortune with his health, that’s been a problem for him. If he can stay healthy, I think he certainly has the tools to be in that conversation.”

Amy Fetherolf‏  was in Philadelphia covering the PowerShares event for Tennis Panorama. She is the founder of the tennis news site Drop Shot Dispatch and a co-founder of the new tennis site The Changeover.  Follow her on twitter at @AmyFetherolf.

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