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Tennis – ATP Results Round-Up for February 4, 2014

 

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ATP World Tour 250
Montpellier, France  (+1 hour GMT)
3-9 February 2014   Surface: Indoor Hard

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 4 FEBRUARY 2014

Singles – First Round
[Q] A Olivetti (FRA) d K De Schepper (FRA) 46 76(2) 64
A Mannarino (FRA) d [LL] V Millot (FRA) 64 64
D Istomin (UZB) d [Q] M Ilhan (TUR) 64 75
[WC] P Herbert (FRA) d [Q] A Artunedo Martinavarr (ESP) 64 63
[Q] M Gicquel (FRA) d M Llodra (FRA) 64 76(4)

Doubles – First Round

[2] R Junaid (AUS) / A Qureshi (PAK) d D Brown (GER) / A Krajicek (USA) 67(14) 76(5) 10-7
[3] P Hanley (AUS) / J Marray (GBR) d T Gabashvili (RUS) / J Sousa (POR) 75 60
H Kontinen (FIN) / J Nieminen (FIN) d [WC] D Descloix (FRA) / G Monfils (FRA) w/o (Monfils – back)
N Davydenko (RUS) / D Istomin (UZB) d O Nedovyesov (KAZ) / M Przysiezny (POL) 46 64 10-4
[WC] G Rufin (FRA) / G Simon (FRA) d G Kretschmer (GER) / A Satschko (GER) 61 46 13-11

 

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 5 FEBRUARY, 2014

COURT CENTRAL start 12:00 noon
T Kamke (GER) vs J Sousa (POR)
[6] J Nieminen (FIN) vs O Nedovyesov (KAZ)
Not Before 4:00 pm
[5] G Monfils (FRA) vs L Kubot (POL)
Not Before 7:00 pm
N Davydenko (RUS) vs [8] J Benneteau (FRA)
M Przysiezny (POL) vs [7] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
[1] A Begemann (GER) / M Emmrich (GER) vs J Delgado (GBR) / A Siljestrom (SWE)
M Gicquel (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA) vs J Cerretani (USA) / A Shamasdin (CAN)
[WC] G Rufin (FRA) / G Simon (FRA) vs [2] R Junaid (AUS) / A Qureshi (PAK)
T Gabashvili (RUS) vs D Brown (GER)

 

 

ATP World Tour 250

Viña del Mar, Chile  (-3 hours GMT)
3-9 February 2014     Surface: Clay

 

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 4 FEBRUARY 2014

Singles – First Round
D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) d [6] [WC] A Dolgopolov (UKR) 76(4) 36 75
[8] F Delbonis (ARG) d [PR] P Cuevas (URU) 63 64
A Bedene (SLO) d S Robert (FRA) 26 63 63
P Carreno Busta (ESP) d F Volandri (ITA) 60 36 61
[Q] M Alund (ARG) d A Ramos (ESP) 63 64
[Q] T Daniel (JPN) d [Q] T Bellucci (BRA) 63 63
P Lorenzi (ITA) d A Gonzalez (COL) 62 61
S Giraldo (COL) d [Q] R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) 64 62

Doubles – First Round

[1] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) d G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / P Oswald (AUT) 61 63
J Chardy (FRA) / L Dlouhy (CZE) d [4] P Cuevas (URU) / H Zeballos (ARG) 76(5) 62
[WC] C Garin (CHI) / N Jarry (CHI) d C Kas (GER) / A Sa (BRA) 62 64

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 5 FEBRUARY, 2014

CENTRAL start 2:00 pm
L Mayer (ARG) vs [2] T Robredo (ESP)
S Giraldo (COL) vs [4] M Granollers (ESP)
H Zeballos (ARG) vs [WC] G Lama (CHI)
Not Before 7:00 pm
[WC] C Garin (CHI) vs [5] J Chardy (FRA)
D Bracciali (ITA) / P Starace (ITA) vs [WC] G Lama (CHI) / J Saez (CHI)

COURT 1 start 2:00 pm

[7] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs P Lorenzi (ITA)
Not Before 5:00 pm
After Suitable Rest – P Lorenzi (ITA) / F Volandri (ITA) vs F Delbonis (ARG) / L Mayer (ARG)

 

ATP World Tour 250
Zagreb, Croatia  (+1 hour GMT)
3-9 February 2014     Surface: Indoor Hard

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 4 FEBRUARY 2014

Singles – First Round
[Q] M Berrer (GER) d [WC] B Coric (CRO) 64 36 64
D Lajovic (SRB) d [Q] P Krstin (SRB) 62 63
I Karlovic (CRO) d D Brands (GER) 67(4) 75 76(3)
L Lacko (SVK) d J Struff (GER) 64 64
[Q] B Phau (GER) d [WC] A Pavic (CRO) 63 64

Doubles – First Round

[3] J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Knowle (AUT) d [WC] D Marcan (CRO) / N Mektic (CRO) 62 76(3)
[4] M Draganja (CRO) / M Pavic (CRO) d J Huta Galung (NED) / F Moser (GER) 64 64
J Erlich (ISR) / L Rosol (CZE) d T Bednarek (POL) / M Kowalczyk (POL) 61 64
M Demoliner (BRA) / P Raja (IND) d F Cermak (CZE) / M Elgin (RUS) 63 64

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 5 FEBRUARY, 2014

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[6] L Rosol (CZE) vs D Sela (ISR)
A Golubev (KAZ) vs V Hanescu (ROU)
Not Before 2:30 pm
[1] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) vs P Marx (GER) / M Mertinak (SVK)
Not Before 5:00 pm
[5] M Cilic (CRO) vs D Lajovic (SRB)
B Kavcic (SLO) vs [8] I Sijsling (NED)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am

J Hajek (CZE) vs [LL] D Evans (GBR)
[Q] A Kuznetsov (RUS) vs S Stakhovsky (UKR)
After Suitable Rest – [4] M Draganja (CRO) / M Pavic (CRO) vs J Erlich (ISR) / L Rosol (CZE)
M Berrer (GER) / T Haas (GER) vs S Stakhovsky (UKR) / M Youzhny (RUS)
B Becker (GER) / D Brands (GER) vs [2] J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU)
M Demoliner (BRA) / P Raja (IND) vs [3] J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Knowle (AUT)

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Tennis – ATP Results Round-Up for February 3, 2014

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ATP World Tour 250
Montpellier, France  (+1 hour GMT)
3-9 February 2014   Surface: Indoor Hard

RESULTS – MONDAY, 3 FEBRUARY 2014

Singles – First Round
[WC] P Mathieu (FRA) d N Mahut (FRA) 61 30 ret. (flu)

Doubles – First Round
[4] K Skupski (GBR) / N Skupski (GBR) d K De Schepper (FRA) / F Martin (FRA) 64 36 15-13

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 4 FEBRUARY 2014

COURT CENTRAL start 12:00 noon
D Istomin (UZB) vs [Q] M Ilhan (TUR)
Lucky Loser vs A Mannarino (FRA)

Not Before 4:00 pm
M Llodra (FRA) vs [Q] M Gicquel (FRA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
K De Schepper (FRA) vs [Q] A Olivetti (FRA)
[WC] P Herbert (FRA) vs [Q] A Artunedo Martinavarr (ESP)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
D Brown (GER) / A Krajicek (USA) vs [2] R Junaid (AUS) / A Qureshi (PAK)

Not Before 1:30 pm
[3] P Hanley (AUS) / J Marray (GBR) vs T Gabashvili (RUS) / J Sousa (POR)
After Suitable Rest – N Davydenko (RUS) / D Istomin (UZB) vs O Nedovyesov (KAZ) / M Przysiezny (POL)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[WC] D Descloix (FRA) / G Monfils (FRA) vs H Kontinen (FIN) / J Nieminen (FIN)
[WC] G Rufin (FRA) / G Simon (FRA) vs G Kretschmer (GER) / A Satschko (GER)

 

 

ATP World Tour 250
Viña del Mar, Chile  (-3 hours GMT)
3-9 February 2014     Surface: Clay

RESULTS – MONDAY, 3 FEBRUARY 2014

Singles – First Round
[7] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d J Reister (GER) 36 64 64
L Mayer (ARG) d A Haider-Maurer (AUT) 75 75

Doubles – First Round

[2] J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) d P Carreno Busta (ESP) / A Ramos (ESP) 64 64
[3] O Marach (AUT) / F Mergea (ROU) d S Giraldo (COL) / A Gonzalez (COL) 75 57 11-9
D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) / S Robert (FRA) d N Monroe (USA) / S Stadler (GER) 26 62 10-7

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 4 FEBRUARY, 2014

CENTRAL start 2:00 pm
[PR] P Cuevas (URU) vs [8] F Delbonis (ARG)
F Volandri (ITA) vs P Carreno Busta (ESP)
S Giraldo (COL) vs [Q] R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP)
Not Before 7:00 pm
[6] [WC] A Dolgopolov (UKR) vs D Gimeno-Traver (ESP)
[WC] C Garin (CHI) / N Jarry (CHI) vs C Kas (GER) / A Sa (BRA)

COURT 1 start 2:00 pm

P Lorenzi (ITA) vs A Gonzalez (COL)
[Q] M Alund (ARG) vs A Ramos (ESP)
[Q] T Daniel (JPN) vs [Q] T Bellucci (BRA)

COURT 2 start 2:00 pm

A Bedene (SLO) vs S Robert (FRA)
Not Before 4:00 pm
[1] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) vs G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / P Oswald (AUT)
J Chardy (FRA) / L Dlouhy (CZE) vs [4] P Cuevas (URU) / H Zeballos (ARG)

 

ATP World Tour 250
Zagreb, Croatia  (+1 hour GMT)
3-9 February 2014     Surface: Indoor Hard

RESULTS – MONDAY, 3 FEBRUARY 2014

Singles – First Round
[5] M Cilic (CRO) d [WC] M Delic (CRO) 64 64
B Becker (GER) d J Huta Galung (NED) 67(4) 63 76(6) – saved 7 M.P.

Doubles – First Round

[WC] T Androic (CRO) / M Cilic (CRO) d I Karlovic (CRO) / F Skugor (CRO) 67(3) 64 10-7

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 4 FEBRUARY, 2014

CENTRE COURT start 11:30 am
[WC] D Marcan (CRO) / N Mektic (CRO) vs [3] J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Knowle (AUT)
Not Before 2:30 pm
[Q] B Phau (GER) vs [WC] A Pavic (CRO)
Not Before 5:00 pm
[Q] M Berrer (GER) vs [WC] B Coric (CRO)
D Brands (GER) vs I Karlovic (CRO)

COURT 1 start 11:30 am
F Cermak (CZE) / M Elgin (RUS) vs M Demoliner (BRA) / P Raja (IND)
J Erlich (ISR) / L Rosol (CZE) vs T Bednarek (POL) / M Kowalczyk (POL)
D Lajovic (SRB) vs [Q] P Krstin (SRB)
[4] M Draganja (CRO) / M Pavic (CRO) vs J Huta Galung (NED) / F Moser (GER)
L Lacko (SVK) vs J Struff (GER)

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Tennis – ATP Results Round-Up for February 2, 2014

 

 

ATP World Tour 250 $ 426,605 ($ 485,760 Total Financial Commitment)
Montpellier, France (+1 hour GMT)
3-9 February 2014 Surface: Indoor Hard

SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 3 FEBRUARY 2014

COURT CENTRAL start 11:00 am
Qualifying – A Artunedo Martinavarr (ESP) vs V Millot (FRA)
Qualifying – M Gicquel (FRA) vs A Krajicek (USA)

Not Before 2:30 pm
K De Schepper (FRA) / F Martin (FRA) vs [4] K Skupski (GBR) / N Skupski (GBR)

Not Before 4:30 pm
[WC] P Mathieu (FRA) vs N Mahut (FRA)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
Qualifying – A Olivetti (FRA) vs L Giustino (ITA)
Qualifying – M Ilhan (TUR) vs M Teixeira (FRA)

 

ATP World Tour 250 $ 426,605 ($ 485,760 Total Financial Commitment)
Zagreb, Croatia (+1 hour GMT)
3-9 February 2014 Surface: Indoor Hard

SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 3 FEBRUARY 2014

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
Qualifying – M Berrer (GER) vs M Cecchinato (ITA)

Not Before 2:30 pm
Qualifying – A Kuznetsov (RUS) vs M Pavic (CRO)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[5] M Cilic (CRO) vs [WC] M Delic (CRO)
J Huta Galung (NED) vs B Becker (GER)
I Karlovic (CRO) / F Skugor (CRO) vs [WC] T Androic (CRO) / M Cilic (CRO)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
Qualifying – P Krstin (SRB) vs M Fischer (AUT)
Qualifying – D Evans (GBR) or K Beck (SVK) vs B Phau (GER)

ATP World Tour 250 $ 426,605 ($ 485,760 Total Financial Commitment)
Viña del Mar, Chile (-3 hours GMT)
3-9 February 2014 Surface: Clay
SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 3 FEBRUARY 2014

CENTRAL start 2:00 pm
N Monroe (USA) / S Stadler (GER) vs D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) / S Robert (FRA)
P Carreno Busta (ESP) / A Ramos (ESP) vs [2] J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL)
[3] O Marach (AUT) / F Mergea (ROU) vs S Giraldo (COL) / A Gonzalez (COL)

Not Before 7:00 pm
A Haider-Maurer (AUT) vs L Mayer (ARG)
[7] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs J Reister (GER)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
Qualifying – R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) vs J Souza (BRA)
Qualifying – F Arguello (ARG) vs T Daniel (JPN)
Qualifying – G Pella (ARG) vs M Alund (ARG)
Qualifying – T Bellucci (BRA) vs F Bagnis (ARG)

 

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ATP Announces ‘ATP ACES For Charity’ Grant Recipients For 2014

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(January 6, 2014) From the ATP World Tour LONDON — Nine charitable causes, nominated by ATP World Tour tournaments, players and alumni, will receive $15,000 grants through the ATP ACES For Charity programme in 2014.

This year’s recipients include the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, the Al Noor Training Centre For Children with Special Needs, and the Killing Fields To Tennis Courts Foundation. Grants have also been awarded to a number of youth tennis, health and education programmes: the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation in Florida, New York Junior Tennis & Learning, the WimBelemDon Project in Brazil, and the Justin Gimelstob Children’s Fund.

Two causes with extra significance to its nominees, John Isner and Fabio Fognini, have also been selected. The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center successfully treated Isner’s mother, while the Fede Lux Association was established in memory of Fognini’s friend and former ATP player, Federico Luzzi, who passed away aged 28 due to leukaemia.

Entering its fourth year in 2014, the ATP ACES For Charity program is a global initiative aimed at giving back to communities where ATP World Tour events are played, as well as recognising and supporting tournament, player and alumni charitable initiatives. Since 2011, the grant programme has awarded 49 grants totalling more than $530,000 in donations.

Visit the ATP ACES For Charity section on ATPWorldTour.com

The recipients of the 2014 ATP ACES For Charity grants are:

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships: The Al Noor Training Centre For Children with Special Needs provides high quality, professional training to the Special Needs community of Dubai and currently supports more than 280 students of 35 nationalities. It offers a wide range of services, including physical therapy, psychological services, sports and a Work Placement Unit, with a mission of helping individuals realise their potential and integrate into the wider community. The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships annually hosts the children of Al Noor, giving them the opportunity to interact with the players on the court.

Fabio Fognini: The Fede Lux Association, established in memory of Italian tennis player Federico Luzzi, supports research for the treatment and cure of leukaemia. The association was established by Federico’s mother after her son passed away in 2008 at the age of 28, one week after his diagnosis. Fede Lux organises sporting events to raise money in the fight against leukaemia, and also finances domiciliary care for patients and their families. Fabio Fognini, who nominated the charity, is a member of the Honorary Committee, along with fellow Italians Andreas Seppi, Potito Starace, Filippo Volandri, Simone Bolelli and Daniele Bracciali.

John Isner: The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, nominated by John Isner, serves the people of North Carolina and brings together leading physicians and scientists to investigate and improve the prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer. One of the leading cancer centres in the United States, it successfully treated Isner’s mother, Karen, who was told that her cancer was incurable. Isner hosts an annual charity event in North Carolina in support of UNC Lineberger.

Bruce Manson: New York Junior Tennis & Learning (NYJTL), founded in 1971 by Lewis “Skip” Hartman and Arthur Ashe, is the largest non-profit youth tennis and educational programme in the United States. It serves 75,000 New York City kids ages 6-18 with free programmes that help them learn the sport, succeed in school and build self-esteem around the values of perseverance, cooperation, fairness and respect. Nominated by former pro Bruce Manson, the ATP ACES For Charity grant will help fund the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis and Learning, a multi-use facility where children will receive free tennis lessons and academic enrichment.

Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters: The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, nominated by the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, focuses on the practice of sports as a vector for children’s education and development. The Foundation’s priorities include setting up educational projects around water safety, supporting gifted young athletes lacking sufficient resources and supporting sports projects involving children’s education. The ATP ACES For Charity grant will fund the continuation of the Learn to Swim programme, created to save children’s lives, expanding its reach to more schools worldwide.

Leander Paes: The Killing Fields To Tennis Courts Foundation, nominated by Leander Paes, aims to place tennis courts in areas cleared of the landmines planted by the former Khmer Rouge regime, allowing children and adults to play in locations they used to fear. The Foundation also provides tennis specific wheelchairs and prosthetic limbs for amputees, in addition to tennis equipment and training. Paes, a Goodwill Ambassador for the project since 2010, will use the ATP ACES For Charity grant to fund a gala event in Cambodia to present wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs, equipment and also draw international attention to the cause.

Justin Gimelstob: The Justin Gimelstob Children’s Fund provides financial support to a variety of children’s charities in northern New Jersey and the New York metropolitan region, and has raised more than a million dollars since its establishment in 1998. The main beneficiary of the JGCF is The Valerie Fund, which supports comprehensive health care of children with cancer and blood disorders. The Valerie Fund Children’s Centers treat more than 5,000 children annually.

Andre Sa & Bruno Soares: STEPS (Sociedade Tenis Educacao e Participacao Social), supported by Andre Sa and Bruno Soares, runs the WimBelemDon Project, founded in 2000 with a motto of “Educating through Tennis”. Combining tennis lessons, educational workshops, English classes and psychological support in a safe environment, the WimBelemDon Project helps facilitate the development of skills, self-esteem and discipline of at-risk children in Porto Alegre to enable them to participate actively in Brazilian society. Sa and Soares have been actively involved with the project since 2010.

MaliVai Washington: The MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation, established in 1997 in Jacksonville, Florida, promotes academic achievement and positive life skills for youth through the game of tennis. In 2008, the Foundation opened the MaliVai Washington Youth Center, a multiuse facility with tennis courts, a multimedia centre and computer lab, community room, classrooms, fitness centre and more.  The ATP ACES For Charity grant will be used to support Tennis & Tutoring, a daily afterschool youth development programme that includes homework assistance, life skills classes, community service opportunities and tennis lessons.

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Stanislas Wawrinka Reaches Milestone 300th Win

Stan Wawrinka

(January 3, 2014) Stanislas Wawrinka reached his 300th win on the ATP World Tour as he defeated Slovenian Aljaz Bedene 6-2, 6-1 to earn a spot in the semifinals of the Chennai Open on Friday.

The win makes the top seed only the fourth Swiss player to reach 300 wins after Roger Federer (923), Marc Rosset (433) and Jakob Hlasek (432).

“Someone told me before I came to Chennai that I could achieve the milestone this week,” said Wawrinka to ATPWorldTour.com. “It is special, after a long time on the tour, and I am really happy. I was focused on the match, which was not easy.”

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ATP Bangkok Tournament Moves to Shenzhen, China

 

(November 21, 2013) The ATP Board of Directors has approved the relocation of the World Tour 250 event from Bangkok to Shenzhen, China. The tournament will take place September 22-28 at the Shenzhen Longgang Sports Center with more than 20 outdoor match courts.

Alison Lee, ATP executive vice president,on the move: “China has long been a growing market for men’s professional tennis and we’re delighted to strengthen our presence in the region through the addition of this ATP World Tour 250 tournament in Shenzhen. The opportunities for growth in China continue to abound, and we look forward to working with the tournament organizers in delivering a first-class event in 2014. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported the Thailand Open in Bangkok over the past 11 years.”
China thus becomes the first country outside the United States to host ATP World Tour 250, 500 and Masters 1000 tournaments.

A sharp decrease in attendance lead to the relocation of the event since the 2007 retirement of Thailand’s Paradorn Srichaphan

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Chris Kermode Named ATP Executive Chairman & President

 

(November 20, 2013) Chris Kermode as ATP Executive Chairman & President. Kermode begins a three-year term at the helm of the ATP starting on January 1, 2014, and will be based in the ATP’s London office.

Kermode has been involved in tennis for more than 30 years, first as a player, and then most recently serving as Tournament Director of the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club, as well as Managing Director of the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals since 2008.
“It’s a huge honor to have been given the opportunity to lead the ATP during what is unquestionably one of the most exciting periods in the history of men’s professional tennis,” said Kermode. “I look forward to getting started in my new role, and to working very hard together with ATP staff, players, tournaments and partners as we look to harness the full potential of our great sport in years to come.”

Roger Federer, President of the ATP Player Council, said, “On behalf of the players, I am delighted to welcome Chris as our new ATP Executive Chairman & President. Chris has a lot of experience having worked in a number of different capacities in tennis over the years and he has all the attributes required to lead the ATP World Tour forward during this period of unprecedented popularity and success.”

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray said, “I’ve known and worked with Chris for many years and he gets on well with the players. He’s done a great job with Queen’s and the World Tour Finals and I look forward to working with him in his new role.”

Kermode takes over from Brad Drewett, who died in May succumbing to Lou Gehrig’s disease. Drewett served as head of the ATP just a little more than a year.

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Dimitrov Captures Maiden ATP Title with Stockholm Open Win

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(October 20, 2013) For Grigor Dimitrov it was a career day in Stockholm. The Bulgarian won his first ever ATP World Tour tournament when he stunned top seed and world No. 3 David Ferrer 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 for the title. Dimitrov reversed a four-match losing streak before the tournament with his title win.

“It’s one of my biggest wins,” Dimitov said. “To beat a top guy in a final. It’s a great feeling and it’s good for your mental state. You know you can hang with these guys and the next time you play against them, especially in the Grand Slams, you will be better prepared.

“Even if I would have lost the match, the most imporant thing was to test myself to the limits and try to control what I can. This was icing on the cake.

“I’m going to come on court and fight as much as I can. (Success) is never a guarantee. The best thing in tennis is that you have a next week. My goal is to strive to do better and work harder and eventually everything else is going to pay you back.”

The win, under his new coach Roger Rasheed, will push him up to a career-high No. 22 when the rankings come out on Monday.

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David Nalbandian Calls it a Career

 

David Ferrer and David Nalbandian

David Ferrer and David Nalbandian

(October 1, 2013) 2002 Wimbledon finalist David Nalbandian has retired from tennis due to a shoulder injury.

At a news conference on Tuesday, the former world No. 3 said it was a “difficult day,” and said that his shoulder did not respond to treatment well and he would not be able to compete.

“It’s tough because I have to announce my retirement from the sport that gave me so much,” he said to Argentine media. “I’m very grateful.”

Nalbandian reached a career-high No. 3 in the world in 2006, he lost in the 2002 final at Wimbledon to Lleyton Hewitt. He won a total of 11 ATP World Tour singles titles including ATP World Tour Finals in 2005 in Shanghai..

Nalbabdian led Argentina to three Davis Cup finals in 2006, 2008 and 2011 and was a member of the top 10 for five years.

He scheduled to play an exhibition match against Rafael Nadal on November 23 in Buenos Aires.

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Tennis Legends Gather At ‘No. 1 Celebration’ To Commemorate 40 Years Of Emirates ATP Rankings

 

From the ATP World Tour – AUGUST 24, 2013 -NEW YORK — ATP World Tour No. 1s past and present gathered to mark the 40th anniversary of the Emirates ATP Rankings at the ‘No. 1 Celebration’, Friday night at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

Ilie Nastase, who became the first ATP World No. 1 on 23 August 1973, was present to be honoured on the night, along with successors John Newcombe, Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Mats Wilander, Stefan Edberg, Jim Courier, Marcelo Rios, Carlos Moya, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Gustavo Kuerten, Lleyton Hewitt, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Andy Roddick, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

The legends each took part in an on-stage Q&A with Justin Gimelstob and Guy Forget, sharing their experiences of reaching the summit of world tennis, before posing for a group photo with the ATP World Tour No. 1 trophy. Each year-end No. 1 received an engraved replica of the trophy.

No. 1 Celebration  Nadal, Federer

“It’s definitely an ultimate goal for any athlete, not just tennis players,” said current World No. 1 Djokovic. “Growing up, in early childhood, you are inspired to show that love and appreciation and passion towards the sport, and of course there is this big drive – waking up every morning, working so hard, developing skills to be No. 1 in the world. Not many players have achieved that and to sit with fellow champions, it’s an incredible feeling… I’m really honoured to be here.”

Watch Highlights Of No. 1 Celebration

Federer, who held the No. 1 ranking for a record 302 weeks, spoke about sharing the stage with the players who inspired him. “It was very important for me to have someone to look up to. Stefan was one of them, so it’s nice to see you here tonight and all the others players… We’ve put such huge effort in the game, and that’s a platform we can enjoy today. So it’s unbelievable. Thanks for being an inspiration Stefan, all of you here today.”

On a lighter note, a self-deprecating Roddick said, “It is an honour to be the worst player in the room.” Fellow American Courier added, “It’s a great honour to be here among friends. I dreamed of being in this arena, and to be part of this group is mind-blowing.”

Year-End No. 1s  McEnroe, Djokovic

The evening, part of the broader ATP Heritage programme, also included a tribute to former ATP Executive Chairman and President Brad Drewett, who passed away in May following a battle with Motor Neurone Disease. Drewett founded the ATP Heritage programme earlier this year.

“Brad cherished the history of the ATP and men’s professional tennis in general,” said Mark Young, CEO ATP Americas. “Tonight’s celebration is a reflection of that. It was his vision to see all the No. 1 players gathered together as we honoured their achievements.”

The ATP Heritage programme, with the support of its founding partner Rolex, will continue to serve as a platform to celebrate the rich history of the ATP and the remarkable achievements of the world’s greatest players throughout history.

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