May 27, 2017

Zverev Beats Djokovic to Win Italian Open; Svitolina Stops Halep for Title

Alexander Zverev

(May 21, 2017) Alexander Zverev defeated Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday to win the Italian Open for his first Masters 1000 title. The win, in his first-ever meeting against Djokovic makes him at 20, the youngest Masters tournament winner since Djokovic won Miami 10 years ago in Miami at 19.
“It’s nice to know that I can compete and play and win the biggest tournaments on tour against the biggest players on tour,” Zverev said.
“I’m very happy the way I played,” noted the winner. “Very happy with my performance all week, actually. And especially today, I think today was one of the best matches I ever played maybe.

“You know, I knew I had to be aggressive from the first point on and to the last. It was very important for me to be able to stay this aggressive and don’t let him take over the game.”

“He’s making his mark already,” Djokovic said. “Today winning one of the biggest tournaments – absolutely deserved. Played great, served great. On the other hand, he didn’t get much from my side. I played very poor today. Just couldn’t find any rhythm.”

“He served very well. I just wasn’t able to get any rhythm on my returns. If we would get into a rally, he would smash the ball from the first or second shot… There is no doubt he took time away from me. It happens. If he serves this well and this efficiently, it’s tough to play him on any surface.”

Djokovic also announced that Tennis Hall of Famer Andre Agassi will coach him during the French Open.

Andre Agassi to Coach Novak Djokovic at French Open

Zverev will move up to No. 10 in the world on Monday.


Elina Svitolina wins Dubai title

In women’s action, Elina Svitolina has moved up to No. 1 in the “Road to Singapore” race by beating Simona Halep 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 for her fourth title of the year. She also leads the WTA Tour with 31 match wins this season.

“Every day I’m just trying to work on my mental part, my physical, my tennis,” said the Ukranian. “Everything just came together and I’m very happy that it’s happened in such a big tournament.”

Halep, who won Madrid last week, rolled her ankle near the end of the first set.


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


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

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

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

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

–    Shorter Warm-Up

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

–    Shot Clock

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

–    No-Let Rule

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

–    Medical Time-Outs

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

–    Player Coaching

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Pablo Carreno Busta Wins Estoril Open Crown

Pablo Carreno Busta Claims Estoril Open Crown



(May 7, 2017) Last year’s finalist, is this year’s winner at the Estoril Open. Top seed Pablo Carreno Busta defeated Gilles Muller 6-2, 7-6 (5) to win the title.

Last year Carreno Busta lost to fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro in the final.

The winner ran through the event without dropping a set beating fifth-seeded Tommy Robredo and fourth-seeded David Ferrer along the way.


“It’s my first title on clay, so I’m really happy,” Carreno Busta said It wasn’t an easy match today because of his serve and also the volley, but I was confident with my serve. He served better in the second set, but I played better in the tie-break.”


“My performance was fine in the second set, but I had a really tough time getting into the match in the first set,” Muller said. “He was putting pressure on me and not missing many balls. I think I could have played better, but he was just too good.”

This is the 25-year-old’s first his first title of the season. For the 33-year-old Muller from Luxembourg, he was contesting his first clay court final. Muller will move up to No. 26 in the world.
Ryan Harrison and Michael Venus defeated Spaniards David Marrero and Tommy Robredo to win their first ATP World Tour doubles title as a team.

The win came on Harrison’s 25th birthday.

“Michael has been part of my family for a long time,” Harrison said. “I’ve known him since I was 11 years old. He’s like a brother. I got married last month and he was my groomsmen. We’ve played doubles together, but not at the tour level, so to win with one of your best friends in the world is special.”


Singles – Final
[1] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) d [3] G. Muller (LUX) 62 76(5)

Doubles – Final

R. Harrison (USA) / M. Venus (NZL) d D. Marrero (ESP) / T. Robredo (ESP) 75 62


Alexander Zverev Claims First Title in Home Country

Alexander Zverev Claims First Title in Home Country


Alexander Zverev


(May 7, 2017) Alexander Zverev won his first title on home soil on Sunday beating qualifier Guido Pella 6-4, 6-3 for the BMW title in Munich Germany.


For the third seed Zverev, it’s his second tournament victory of the year and third career title win.


The 20-year-old from Hamburg joined six other players on the ATP World Tour in winning at least two titles this year – Roger Federer (3), Grigor Dimitrov (2), Rafael Nadal (2), Jack Sock (2) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (2).

“I lost the final in Halle last year (to Florian Mayer), which was very painful,” said the winner. “I really wanted to win a tournament in Germany, which I’ve done now and I’m very happy about it. Obviously my first title on clay as well. It’s a great feeling right now.”

“I’m confident. I’m playing well so hopefully I can keep going and play some great tennis in the upcoming weeks.”

Argentine qualifier Pella was playing in just his second ATP World Tour final and was going for his first ATP World Tour title.

“It was an amazing week for me. [I’m] sad that I didn’t win today but I played against a great player, a great champion.”






Singles – Final
[3] A. Zverev (GER) d [Q] G. Pella (ARG) 64 63

Doubles – Final
[3] J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) d J. Chardy (FRA) / F. Martin (FRA) 63 63


Marin Cilic Defeats Milos Raonic to Earn Istanbul Crown for Second Career Clay Court Title

Marin Cilic Defeats Milos Raonic to Earn Istanbul Crown for Second Career Clay Court Title

Marin Cilic

(May 7, 2017) Marin Cilic earned his second career clay court title on Sunday beating Milos Raonic 7-6(3), 6-3 for the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open title.

It’s the Croatian’s 17th career ATP World Tour tennis title and he did it without dropping a set all week. He’ll move up to No. 7 in the rankings next week.

This was Raonic’s first clay court final. The Canadian is back on tour after suffering a hamstring injury back in February.

“I’m on a good track and feeling very well,” Cilic said. “In these last three or four weeks on clay, it’s never easy, but I’m trying to get better with every match. This week was a big one for me and a good sign for the rest of the clay-court season. I hope I can improve in these upcoming three tournaments – two Masters 1000 events and the French Open.”

“The tennis was good and I achieved a lot of the things I would have liked,’ noted Raonic. “Of course I didn’t achieve the ultimate thing, but I got a much better understanding of how I need to play on clay and I got to play four matches. These are all positive things at the end of the day.”


Rafael Nadal Wins 10th Barcelona Open

(April 30, 2017) Rafael Nadal defeated Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-1 to win his 10th Barcelona Open title on Sunday. This is the second straight week that the 14-time major champion has claimed a title for the 10th time, last week it was the Monte-Carlo Masters.

For Nadal this is his 71st career title, 51st on clay and second tournament win of the year.

“It means a lot to me to win 10 titles here in Barcelona as well,” Nadal said after the match. “To win in Barcelona and Monte Carlo gives me a dream start to the clay season.”

“I’m very satisfied. It’s been an emotional day for me,” Nadal said. Playing in front of my crowd and my club and winning a 10th title here is something that’s impossible to even dream of. It’s very special and unique. I played my best match of the tournament this afternoon against probably the toughest opponent in the tournament, so I’m very happy.”.

Thiem, ranked ninth in the world had a good week beating No. 1 Andy Murray in the semifinals.

“He was hitting to my backhand and I couldn’t really come out of it,” said the Austrian. “The next time I play him I have to change something. He didn’t hit many unforced errors and give me any free points. It’s difficult for any player in the world against him.

“I’m not used to playing two of the greatest players in two days. It was a great experience for me. It was two really good days for me and my game.”

In Budapest Frenchman Lucas Pouille won his second ATP World Tour title, beating Great Britain’s Aljaz Bedene for the Hungarian Open crown.
The win snapped Bedene’s streak at 16 matches, which included two ATP Challenger Tour titles this month in Sophia Antipolis and Barletta, and six wins this week as he raced through qualifying to the championship match.

“I feel very happy with the way I started the clay season,” noted the winner. “To win here gives me a lot of confidence for the future. It’s been a great week and it was nice to see the French supporters in the crowd… My goal for the next few tournaments is to be at 200 per cent of my capacity, so I will do everything I can to be ready.”

“I’m a little disappointed because I had problems with my finger and felt uncomfortable hitting my shots,” Bedene said. “I wasn’t close to the level I should be at to beat Lucas, but he was playing really well. It was like everything went in for him… If I’m going to lose to anyone, it should be against someone who is a good player and a good person, which Lucas is.”


Dominic Thiem Stops Andy Murray While Rafael Nadal is a Win Away From 10th Barcelona Title

Dominic Thiem

Dominic Thiem Stops Andy Murray While Rafael Nadal is a Win Away From 10th Barcelona Title

(April 29, 2017) Rafael Nadal will be attempting to win his tenth Barcelona Open on Sunday when he takes on Dominic Thiem.

Last week, Nadal became the first man in the Open Era to win a tournament 10 times when he won Monte Carlo. He’s going for a second “Decima.”
No. 1 Andy Murray lost to the Austrian Thiem 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.

Rafael Nadal defeated Horacio Zeballaos of Argentina in the other semifinal 6-3, 6-4.

For Thiem, this was his first win over Murray, first win over a No. 1 ranked player and he’s reached his first Barcelona final.

“I got three matches in three days against all different players,” Murray said to media. “Feli (Felicano Lopez) uses a lot of slice and variation, (Albert) Ramos-(Vinolas) yesterday is a lefty and today against Dominic (Thiem), who plays with the kick serve and so much spin. To play two hours today after three yesterday, will be good for me.”

“It’s not a surprise that Dominic is in the final,” Nadal told media. “He is one of the best in the world, and he loves clay. At the beginning of the tournament, he was already one of the main favorites to be in the final.”

“He is a player with a lot of power. He imposes a lot on his shots, and if you let him be comfortable, it’s almost impossible to stop him. It’s going to be a difficult match, the type of match where either you play great or you won’t win.”

“It’s the first win (over a World No. 1), so it’s really something special,” said Thiem to media.

“But it’s also the first win over a Top 10 guy this season. There are many positive things to take from today’s match. For me personally, it’s the best victory this year so far.”


Singles – Semi-finals
[4] D. Thiem (AUT) d [1] [WC] A. Murray (GBR) 62 36 64
[3] R. Nadal (ESP) d H. Zeballos (ARG) 63 64

Doubles – Semi-finals
F. Mergea (ROU) / A. Qureshi (PAK) d J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) 63 57 14-12


PISTA RAFA NADAL start 13:00
DOUBLES FINAL – F. Mergea (ROU) / A. Qureshi (PAK) vs [PR] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT)

Not Before 16:00
SINGLES FINAL – [4] D. Thiem (AUT) vs [3] R. Nadal (ESP)



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

Singles – Semi-finals
[1] L. Pouille (FRA) d [6] P. Lorenzi (ITA) 62 75
[Q] A. Bedene (GBR) d [Q] L. Djere (SRB) 62 64

Doubles – Semi-finals
[3] J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) d R. Haase (NED) / D. Inglot (GBR) 63 67(7) 10-3


CENTRE COURT start 1:00 pm
[3] J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) vs [4] B. Baker (USA) / N. Mektic (CRO)

Not Before 3:00 pm
[1] L. Pouille (FRA) vs [Q] A. Bedene (GBR)


ATP Tennis – Barcelona and Budapest Results and Schedules

ATP Tennis – Barcelona and Budapest Results and Schedules

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About GF Sports

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

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

For additional information, please visit

About Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment

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

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

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

For additional information, please visit

About The ATP

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

For more information, please visit


Tennis – Acapulco and Sao Paulo Results


Abierto Mexicano Telcel
Acapulco, Mexico


Singles – Quarterfinals
[6] N. Kyrgios (AUS) d [1] [WC] N. Djokovic (SRB) 76(9) 75
[2] R. Nadal (ESP) d [Q] Y. Nishioka (JPN) 76(2) 63
[3] M. Cilic (CRO) d S. Johnson (USA) walkover (Right Foot)
S. Querrey (USA) d [4] D. Thiem (AUT) 61 75

Doubles – Quarterfinals
[1] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d S. Lipsky (USA) / S. Querrey (USA) 61 63
J. Isner (USA) / F. Lopez (ESP) d [2] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) 62 75
[PR] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Qureshi (PAK) d [WC] S. Gonzalez (MEX) / D. Marrero (ESP) 64 62
O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) d [Q] R. Albot (MDA) / M. Zverev (GER) 75 67(1) 11-9


CANCHA CENTRAL start 4:00 pm
WTA – [5] C. McHale (USA) vs K. Mladenovic (FRA)

Not Before 6:00pm
ATP – [3] M. Cilic (CRO) vs [2] R. Nadal (ESP)

Not Before 8:00pm
WTA – [1] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs [7] L. Tsurenko (UKR)

Not Before 10:00 pm
ATP – [6] N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs S. Querrey (USA)

WTA – [3] D. Jurak (CRO) / A. Rodionova (AUS) vs D. Schuurs (NED) / R. Voracova (CZE)
ATP – O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) vs J. Isner (USA) / F. Lopez (ESP)
WTA – A. Muhammad (USA) / T. Townsend (USA) vs V. Cepede Royg (PAR) / M. Duque-Marino (COL)
ATP – TBA – [1] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs [PR] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Qureshi (PAK)




Brasil Open
Sao Paulo, Brasil


Singles – Second Round
[1] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) d [WC] J. Souza (BRA) 64 62
[3] P. Cuevas (URU) d F. Bagnis (ARG) 62 62
[5] F. Fognini (ITA) d [Q] A. Giannessi (ITA) 76(1) 76(3)
[6] D. Schwartzman (ARG) d G. Melzer (AUT) 62 62

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[PR] S. Bolelli (ITA) / F. Fognini (ITA) d [1] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / P. Cuevas (URU) 60 67(3) 12-10
R. Dutra Silva (BRA) / A. Sa (BRA) d [3] N. Monroe (USA) / A. Sitak (NZL) 76(4) 26 10-6


QUADRA CENTRAL start 12:30 pm
[7] F. Delbonis (ARG) vs [4] J. Sousa (POR)
G. Pella (ARG) vs [2] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)

Not Before 5:00 pm
S. Galdos (PER) / H. Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) vs. [4] M. Daniell (NZL) / M. Demoliner (BRA)

Not Before 6:30 pm
[1] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs [5] F. Fognini (ITA)
[3] P. Cuevas (URU) vs [6] D. Schwartzman (ARG)