August 26, 2016

Official Draw for 2016 Rogers Cup Set in Toronto

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 4 seed Canadian Milos Raonic placed in same half, could face off in the semifinals

From Tennis Canada: Toronto, July 22, 2016 – The official draw for the 2016 Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Toronto was conducted on Friday at Rogers Centre. Canadian star and recent Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic will take on the winner of Yen-Hsun Lu and rising star, 19-year-old Alexander Zverev in his opening match, while top-seeded Novak Djokovic will face either Dimitry Tursunov or Gilles Muller in the second round.

The Top 8 seeds all receive a first-round bye. Djokovic and Raonic have been placed in the same half of the draw, meaning they could meet in the semifinals. En route, Djokovic could see No. 5 seed Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals. The world No. 1 will be aiming to clinch his fourth Rogers Cup title following his wins in 2007, 2011, and 2012. Raonic, a 2013 Rogers Cup finalist, has a potential quarter-final duel with No. 7 seed David Goffin.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka, who was on hand for the official draw, is seeded No. 2 and will anchor the bottom half of the draw. His first match will see him take on the winner of Mikhail Youzhny opposite Stephane Robert. Should the seeds hold, he would face No. 3 seed Kei Nishikori in the semifinals, and No. 6 seed Dominic Thiem in the round of eight. The No. 8 seed is 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic, who is in the same quarter as Nishikori.

There are several exciting first-round duels set to take place over the first two days of main draw play, highlighted by 17-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov challenging No. 11 seed Nick Kyrgios in his Rogers Cup debut. Another teenaged up-and-comer making his first appearance in Toronto is Taylor Fritz of the United States, against big-serving Croatian Ivo Karlovic. Other players in action will include Gael Monfils, John Isner, and next generation star Borna Coric.

Vasek Pospisil’s first-round match will be against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, currently ranked world No. 38. Three other Canadians are in the main draw as well – Frank Dancevic will face Sam Querrey, Steven Diez will be up against Brit Kyle Edmund, and Peter Polansky will take on a qualifier.

Several other Canadians will be competing this weekend for one of seven qualifier positions in the main draw. Felix Auger-Aliassime, Philip Bester, Benjamin Sigouin, and Brayden Schnur will be in action tomorrow, as part of Pizzaville Free Community Weekend this Saturday July 23 and Sunday July 24, with admission free for everyone for the two days.

Click here to view the complete main draw.


Steve Johnson Wins Nottingham for First ATP World Tour Title


(June 25, 2016) American World No. 38 Steve Johnson has won his first ATP World Tour singles title after beating Uruguayan second seed Pablo Cuevas 7-6(5), 7-5 at the Aegon Open Nottingham, where Brit Dom Inglot and Daniel Nestor also claimed their maiden doubles crown as a pairing on Saturday.

No. 6 seed Johnson, who also reached the quarter-finals at the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club last week, dropped only one set throughout the tournament and ousted top seed Kevin Anderson en route to victory at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.

The 26-year-old becomes the second consecutive Aegon Open champion to win a maiden ATP World Tour title in Nottingham after Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin did so in 2015.

“This is definitely the highlight of my career so far, no doubt,” Johnson said. “It feels really good. I’ve had some ups and downs so far this year, some rough patches, and to find my groove here on the grass has been fantastic.

“I had a good week at Queen’s last week and felt pretty comfortable on the grass before coming here. I won the Challenger here in 2013 that got me into Wimbledon for the first time, so Nottingham has a soft spot in my heart.”

Johnson, who lost out to Spaniard David Ferrer after being a set up in his only other ATP World Tour final in Vienna last year, added: “Any time you can be the last guy standing at a tournament, it gives you lots of confidence. I’ve probably tried 80 times and this is the first time I’ve come out a winner, so it’s definitely a great feeling. I’m super happy and pretty tired emotionally – just from stopping and starting in the last couple of days.

“I’ll sleep well tonight and then on Monday comes Wimbledon, so there’s no time to relax. There’s another big tournament right around the corner.”

Johnson goes on to face Tunisian World No. 60 Malek Jaziri in first round of The Championships, Wimbledon next week.

Earlier in the day, Davis Cup-winning squad member Inglot and Canadian veteran Nestor lifted their first trophy together in only their second event as a pair, after they took down top seeds Marcelo Melo and Ivan Dodig 7-5, 7-6(4) in a rain-interrupted final.

The second seeds dropped a match point at 7-5 5-4 moments before play was suspended due to rain, but managed to close it out in dominant fashion to record Nestor’s 89th career ATP World Tour title and Inglot’s second on home soil.

Inglot, 30, said: “It doesn’t get much tougher than playing these guys, so to get a win, against that calibre of team before Wimbledon, was a big confidence-booster.

“We did well to hang in there, especially after the match point and coming out after the rain delay. We came out very fast and that was big for us.”

Nestor, who is the only doubles player to have won over 1000 matches on the Tour, added: “It’s important to get matches in before a big tournament like next week and that was our goal before coming here. It’s great that we were able to do that, and we feel a lot better about our game heading into Wimbledon now.

“We have a tough draw, but we beat some very good teams here and there’s no reason why we can’t do the same there. This was a great tune-up before Wimbledon.”

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RESULTS – JUNE 25, 2016
Men’s Singles – Final
[6] S. Johnson (USA) d [2] P. Cuevas (URU) 76(5) 75

Men’s Doubles – Final
[2] D. Inglot (GBR) / D. Nestor (CAN) d [1] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) 75 76(4)

From the LTA


Cuevas to Face Johnson for Nottingham Title


(June 24, 2016) Steve Johnson of the USA will face Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas in the Aegon Open Nottingham final after defeating Italian No. 7 seed Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-4 on a rain-interrupted day that started with Johnson completing a quarter-final win over top seed Kevin Anderson.


No. 6 seed Johnson – who overcame World No. 10 Richard Gasquet on his way to the quarterfinals at the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club last week – had to win two matches on Friday due to darkness suspending the match with Anderson at 7-6(6), 5-7, 3-4 on Thursday night.


Johnson said: “To come out today and finish the match from yesterday, get the win over Kevin and then come out against Andreas and have a rain delay wasn’t the easiest thing in the world. Fortunately, I came out with good starts in both and was able to get back in the swing of things.”


In his only other ATP World Tour final, Johnson lost out to Spaniard David Ferrer after being one set up at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna last October.


Ahead of facing World No. 25 Cuevas, Johnson added: “I’m going to feel more comfortable. I’m definitely feeling confident, but Pablo’s played an outstanding tournament as well. It’s hopefully going to be a great match and I’m going to be a bit more comfortable in my second final than I was in my first.”


Earlier in the day, Cuevas also reached his first ATP World Tour final on grass after he came from a set down to beat Gilles Muller 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-4 in two hours and two minutes.


It is the third time in the tournament that Cuevas has played a three-set match, having come from a set down against Brit Dan Evans and saving a match point against Marcos Baghdatis in previous rounds.


Cuevas, who has won five career ATP World Tour singles titles including back-to-back crowns on clay earlier this year, said: “I’m so happy to reach my first final on grass. I have played every match with more confidence and today I beat an excellent player on grass. Hopefully tomorrow I will enjoy it too.


Having won only two matches on grass before this week, the 30-year-old added: “I always play more comfortably on clay. I was born playing on clay but this is my first time playing with confidence on grass. Now, having played four matches here, the feeling is good.”


Both men hope to reach milestones on Saturday – Johnson hopes to win his first ATP World Tour title, while Cuevas wants to take home his first grass court trophy.

From the LTA



Cuevas Saves A Match Point, While Anderson – Johnson Match To Resume Friday



From the LTA: (June 23, 2016)Top seed Kevin Anderson and fellow big-hitter Steve Johnson have been made to wait to decide who clinches the last remaining semi-final place at the Aegon Open Nottingham, after bad light forced the suspension of play on Thursday night with the players on serve at 6-7(6) 7-5 4-3.

Their match will resume at 12 noon on Friday, with the winner going on to face No. 7 seed Andreas Seppi later in the day to decide who plays in Saturday’s final at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.

Already through to the last four in the other half of the draw are eighth seed Gilles Muller and World No. 25 Pablo Cuevas, who has reached his first ATP World Tour semi-final on grass after beating Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 6-4 4-6 7-6(8). The second seed Uruguayan saved one match point and came back from 4-0 down in the final set tie-break to prevail over last year’s Aegon Open semi-finalist after almost two and a half hours.

“I’m so happy to win today,” the 30-year-old said. “It was an amazing match. I’ve seen Marcos play a lot on this surface and he’s a big player. I’m happy to reach my first grass court semi-final at this level.”

Earlier in the day, World No. 41 Muller defeated fourth seed Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3 6-4 to continue his fine form on grass, having reached the last eight at the Aegon Championships at the Queen’s Club last week and the final of ‘s-Hertogenbosch the week before.

Luxembourg’s Muller, 33, said: “Today was my best performance of the tournament. If you take aside the start of the second set when I got broken after playing a pretty bad game, the rest of the match was very solid. I didn’t give him many chances to break and I had plenty of chances to break, so overall, it was a good performance.

On his opponent in the last four, Muller added: “Pablo doesn’t like the grass too much but still he is a great player. He’s doing very well, he came back from a big injury two or three years ago, and has been in the top 50 since. It’s going to be a very tough match.”

Meanwhile, Seppi will be waiting to find out the identity of his semi-final opponent after the Italian beat Dudi Sela of Israel 5-7 6-4 6-4 after two hours and two minutes.

On his victory, which seals his place in an ATP World Tour semi-final for the first time in 2016, Seppi said: “It wasn’t easy, especially at the beginning. It was difficult to find the rhythm and there were a lot of mistakes. I think I improved as the match went on and we had some good rallies in the last couple of games. It’s good to win many of them, especially in the end.”

Elsewhere, 2015 Davis Cup squad member Dom Inglot is the last remaining Brit at the Aegon Open as he reached Saturday’s doubles final alongside Canadian Daniel Nestor, getting past Robert Lindstedt and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi 7-6(4) 6-4.



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RESULTS – JUNE 23, 2016

Singles – Quarterfinals

[2] P. Cuevas (URU) d [9] M. Baghdatis (CYP) 64 46 76(8)

[8] G. Muller (LUX) d [4] A. Dolgopolov (UKR) 63 64

[7] A. Seppi (ITA) d D. Sela (ISR) 57 64 64

Doubles – Semifinals

[2] D. Inglot (GBR) / D. Nestor (CAN) d S. Gonzalez (MEX) / S. Lipsky (USA) 76(4) 64


[1] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) d R. Lindstedt (SWE) / A. Qureshi (PAK) 63 67(4) 10-5


CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon

[1] K. Anderson (RSA) vs [6] S. Johnson (USA) 67(6) 75 43

[8] G. Muller (LUX) vs [2] P. Cuevas (URU)

Not Before 2:00 pm

[1] K. Anderson (RSA) or [6] S. Johnson (USA) vs [7] A. Seppi (ITA)

[1] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) vs O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA)


Baghdatis Saves Two Match Points To Reach Nottingham Final Eight

Marcos  Baghdatis

Marcos Baghdatis

(June 22, 2016) Second seed Pablo Cuevas survived Great Britain’s Dan Evans 6-7(4), 7-6(5), 6-4 to set up a Aegon Open Nottingham quarterfinal against Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, while top seed Kevin Anderson is also through to the last eight.

Baghdatis, a semifinalist at the Nottingham Tennis Centre last year, came from a set down and saved two match points before beating 2015 Aegon Open runner-up Sam Querrey 1-6, 7-6(8), 6-4.

Baghdatis, 31, said of his comeback win over Querrey: “I’m really happy I turned it around. I had a very bad first set with a lot of negative things going through my mind. I was feeling very tired and I thought it wasn’t my day out there.

“But I got a bit more positive and started playing better tennis. I’m very happy I found my mindset on court in the second and third sets. I think that’s a big step, and I’m happy that it happened today and not at Wimbledon.”


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RESULTS – JUNE 22, 2016
Men’s Singles – Third Round
[1] K. Anderson (RSA) d [14] F. Verdasco (ESP) 63 76(6)
[2] P. Cuevas (URU) d D. Evans (GBR) 67(4) 76(5) 64
[4] A. Dolgopolov (UKR) d [Q] F. Dancevic (CAN) 63 75
[9] M. Baghdatis (CYP) d [5] S. Querrey (USA) 16 76(8) 64
[6] S. Johnson (USA) d [11] V. Pospisil (CAN) 76(4) 76(1)
[7] A. Seppi (ITA) d A. Mannarino (FRA) 62 63
[8] G. Muller (LUX) d M. Youzhny (RUS) 67(4) 76(4) 63
D. Sela (ISR) d B. Becker (GER) 63 26 64

Men’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
[2] D. Inglot (GBR) / D. Nestor (CAN) d N. Monroe (USA) / A. Sitak (NZL) 64 76(6)
O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) d [3] T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) 64 57 10-5
S. Gonzalez (MEX) / S. Lipsky (USA) d P. Cuevas (URU) / J. Sousa (POR) 63 67(9) 10-8
First Round
[1] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) d [WC] J. Marray (GBR) / A. Shamasdin (CAN) 63 62


CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[8] G. Muller (LUX) vs [4] A. Dolgopolov (UKR)
[9] M. Baghdatis (CYP) vs [2] P. Cuevas (URU)
D. Sela (ISR) vs [7] A. Seppi (ITA)
[1] K. Anderson (RSA) vs [6] S. Johnson (USA)

COURT 4 start 12:00 noon
[1] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) vs R. Lindstedt (SWE) / A. Qureshi (PAK)
S. Gonzalez (MEX) / S. Lipsky (USA) vs [2] D. Inglot (GBR) / D. Nestor (CAN)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am

COURT 3 start 11:00 am


Top Seed Anderson Advances in Nottingham


(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.”

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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

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)


Youzhny, Edmund Advance in Nottingham


(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.




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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)



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)


The Man with the Silver Bowl – Behind the Scenes at The Queen’s Club Draw

By Wendy M. Grossman

1-Queens Club draw Ceremony Wendy Grossman Tennis Panorama News

(June 11, 2016) LONDON, England – “Don’t look,” cautioned the man bearing the silver bowl.

Tennis conspiracy theorists always think tournament draws are fixed. Sometimes – for example, the 1996 US Open, when the players threatened to boycott unless the draw was remade – there are good reasons. In that case, the seedings had been announced after the draw had already been announced, and because they didn’t strictly follow the rankings, there were legitimate questions asked about whether the tournament was favoring American stars. A 2011 study of ten years of men’s and women’s singles Grand Slam draws found that the other Slams did indeed seem to produce random draws, but that that the US Open draws showed anomalies.

More common claims are that the draw is fixed to ease one or another player’s path or that the placing of seeds 3 and 4 is fixed in order to keep a particular pairing apart until the final. Every time a new draw for one of the majors is announced, you’ll find someone in a tennis discussion forum complaining that Roger Federer always gets an easy draw and Rafael Nadal a hard one, or  Novak Djokovic a tough road and Nadal an easy one…or some variation of that with whatever players the poster cares about.

Others would just like to tinker with the rules governing how draws are made. Over the years people have suggested that the semifinal pairings should always be 1-4 and 2-3, or that the entire draw should be remade before the quarter-finals to rebalance the gaps left by defeated seeds. Another favorite suggestion is that the majors should go back to seeding 16 players instead of 32, the rule until 2001. Doing so, the argument goes, would make the early rounds a little more tantalizing. I incline toward this latter idea myself, but it’s unlikely to happen because seeding 32 players was a concession Wimbledon made as part of a settlement of player complaints. The Spanish players were offended by the All-England’s habit of revising the seeding list to take into account past results on grass, which sometimes dropped the Spaniards out of the seeding list. This, they felt, was unfair: sure they often lost in the early rounds, but, they reasoned, they got no reverse consideration at the French Open, where they could be expected to do well but Pete Sampras was still top seed despite his habit of losing in the first two rounds.

2-Queens Club draw Wendy Grossman - portraits

Back to the man with the silver bowl. We are in the Presidents’ Room at Queen’s Club, surrounded by oil portraits, one of which is a dead ringer for Kaiser Wilhelm (it’s actually the Rt Hon Lord of Dalkeith, the club president from 1874 to 1879). The room is full of journalists and various people involved with running either the club or the tournament. (You can easily tell them apart. The people involved with the club are dressed for a cocktail party; tournament staff are wearing sponsored sports stuff; and the journalists look like they’ve been dragged in off the street.) At the front, next to a populated head table is a large screen with a blank 32-slot draw, and a load of numbered plastic tokens. We are introduced to three people who together have bid £250,000 (to be given to a children’s charity) for the right to be here today. Also on hand: Marin Cilic, the 2012 champion of this event. All of this, including the presence of a player, is fairly standard, though the exact mechanics vary.

The ritual begins with slotting the name of the top seed – Andy Murray – on line number 1 and second seed Stan Wawrinka on line 32. Next, the tokens for 3 and 4 are placed in the bowl and Queen’s man in the grey suit asks one of the dignitaries to pick one. This is where “Don’t look!” comes in. The one that is drawn – fourth seed Richard Gasquet – is placed on line 9, and the other, McEnroe-enhanced third seed Milos Raonic, on line 24. That settles the projected semifinal pairings. Next, the tokens for seeds 5 to 8 are placed in the bowl, and the man bowl is offered to three different people to fill the quarterfinal spots. Finally, the rest of the tokens are placed in the bowl, and the man goes around offering it to various people in the audience, even soliciting volunteers. Each person draws out one of the remaining numbers and the team at the front places it in the next empty line of the draw. There are tokens for qualifiers, whose names won’t be known until tomorrow (assuming the rain delay ends in time). These will also be drawn randomly to fill the empty spaces left for them.

As they go, the on-screen board fills in and profiles of the players and their match pairings pop up alongside. Some of the matches sound much tastier than the first round at Wimbledon will be. Cilic, interviewed, noted that the cut-off for the main draw this week was 44, which he thinks is the highest for any tournament on the tour. Murray, seeking his record-breaking fifth title here this year, draws Nicolas Mahut in the first round. Definitely a tough one: Mahut has grass cred. Besides being, famously, the loser in 2010’s three-day first-round Wimbledon encounter with John Isner, he’s a former finalist here who might have won the title but for an unlucky netcord, and recently the world’s number one doubles player. Other first-round contests that catch the eye: Nick Kyrgios versus Raonic sounds like an old-style serving contest; John Isner will have to contend with just-back Juan Martin del Potro; and Cilic faces Feliciano Lopez, the good-on-grass Spaniard who has troubled plenty of players here over the years.

Most draws, while not attended with quite as much ceremony, are pretty much like this: public events, with at least one player, some press, and various others in attendance. While it might be possible to fix the draw somewhere sometime, the intent is to make the process transparent and trustworthy. Conspiracy theorists should look elsewhere.


Queen’s Club Draws

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Nottingham, ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Stuttgart Results and Schedules

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6-12 JUNE, 2016

RESULTS – JUNE 11, 2016
Singles – Semifinals

[1] [WC] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) d [4] M. Puig (PUR) 62 62
A. Riske (USA) d S. Zheng (CHN) 61 75
[1] [WC] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) d [Q] A. Barty (AUS) 76(2) 76(7)
[4] M. Puig (PUR) d [LL] T. Paszek (AUT) 64 63
A. Riske (USA) d A. Kontaveit (EST) 63 63
S. Zheng (CHN) d [Q] T. Moore (GBR) 62 64

Doubles – Semifinals

[4] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Z. Yang (CHN) d N. Broady (GBR) / A. Sevastova (LAT) 64 62
A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Peng (CHN) d Ka. Pliskova (CZE) / Kr. Pliskova (CZE) walkover

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 pm
MIXED DOUBLES EXHIBITION – J. Bates (GBR) / J. Rae (GBR) vs P. Cash (AUS) / A. Keothavong (GBR)

2:00 pm
SINGLES FINAL – [1] [WC] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) vs A. Riske (USA)
DOUBLES FINAL – A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Peng (CHN) vs [4] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Z. Yang (CHN)



4-12 JUNE 2016

RESULTS – JUNE 11, 2016
Singles – Semifinals

[3] K. Mladenovic (FRA) d [1] B. Bencic (SUI) 26 63 64
[6] C. Vandeweghe (USA) d M. Brengle (USA) 64 62

Doubles – Final

[1] O. Kalashnikova (GEO) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) d [4] X. Knoll (SUI) / A. Krunic (SRB) 61 61

Men’s Singles – Semifinals
[7] G. Muller (LUX) d [3] I. Karlovic (CRO) 76(5) 76(4)
[8] [WC] N. Mahut (FRA) d [5] S. Querrey (USA) 67(5) 64 64

Men’s Doubles – Final
M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL) d [3] D. Inglot (GBR) / R. Klaasen (RSA) 36 63 11-9

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
WTA Singles Final – [3] K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [6] C. Vandeweghe (USA)

Not Before 14:00
ATP Singles Final – [7] G. Muller (LUX) vs [8][WC] N. Mahut (FRA)


Mercedes Cup

Stuttgart, Germany (+2 hours GMT)
6-12 June 2016 Surface: Grass


Singles – Semi-finals
[3] D. Thiem (AUT) d [1] R. Federer (SUI) 36 76(7) 64 saved 2 m.p.
[7] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) d [WC] J. del Potro (ARG) 63 64

Doubles – Semifinals
M. Daniell (NZL) / A. Sitak (NZL) d [2] F. Mergea (ROU) / H. Tecau (ROU) 63 76(4)


CENTER COURT start 11:00
Doubles Final – O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) vs M. Daniell (NZL) / A. Sitak (NZL)

Not Before 13:30
Singles Final – [3] D. Thiem (AUT) vs [7] P. Kohlschreiber (GER)


Wawrinka, Thiem, Garcia and Bertens Win Last French Open Warm-up Tournaments

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(May 22, 2016) Defending French Open champion Stan Wawrinka comes into the second major of the year by winning the Geneva Open beating Marin Cilic 6-4, 7-6(11) in the final. This is the Swiss’ 14th career title.

The Geneva title also gives Wawrinka his first career crown in Switzerland. Wawrinka had played for the singles title in Gstaad in 2005 and for the doubles title there in 2004 and 2008 but lost all three times.
“It’s a dream come true to be able to win a title in Switzerland, after all these tournaments and winning Davis Cup, said the world No. 4 and third seed at Roland Garros. “To be able to do it here in Geneva, in the event’s second year is something special. The fans were great. They made a lot of noise today.

“Marin is a great player. Of course he’s had some injury problems of late but he’s the type of player who can always step up against the best in the world. He really ramped up the pressure toward the end, with those set points, so it was nice to be able to finish off the match.”

Kiki Bertens, a qualifier beat Mariana Duque-Marino 6-2, 6-2 to win the Nuremberg tournament on Saturday. Bertens knocked out the top seed, Roberta Vinci in the second round of the German

Caroline Garcia made her country happy on Saturday beating veteran Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia 6-4, 6-1 to win the Strasbourg International for the second title of her career.

Lucic-Baroni played the final of this event 19 years ago against Steffi Graf.

In a battle between up-and-comers on the ATP tour, top seed Dominic Thiem of Austria beat German 19-year-old Alexander Zverev 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 to defend the Nice Open title for his third ATP trophy of the year.

This is Thiem’s 6th career title.

“It’s been an unbelievably great week,” Thiem said. “The first time I had to defend a title and I made it. Maybe I played better in the three matches before this, but a final is always special. You have so much to win and so much to lose. I played a solid third set and I’m really happy. My arm is a little tired, but I will be ok for Roland Garros on Monday.”

The French Open begins on Sunday.