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Tennis – Results and Schedules for Eastbourne and ‘s-Hertogenbosch

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AEGON INTERNATIONAL – EASTBOURNE , GBR

RESULTS – JUNE 18, 2014
WTA Singles – Second Round

[2] P Kvitova (CZE) d V Lepchenko (USA) 61 64
[5] A Kerber (GER) d A Cornet (FRA) 75 16 76(3)
[WC] H Watson (GBR) d [6] F Pennetta (ITA) 67(6) 64 62
[8] C Wozniacki (DEN) d S Stephens (USA) 63 63
E Makarova (RUS) d A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 63 63
C Giorgi (ITA) d [WC] J Konta (GBR) 16 75 75
[Q] L Davis (USA) d D Hantuchova (SVK) 63 63
M Keys (USA) d E Vesnina (RUS) 75 76(9)


WTA Doubles – Quarterfinals

[2] K Peschke (CZE) / K Srebotnik (SLO) d S Aoyama (JPN) / M Niculescu (ROU) 62 63
M Hingis (SUI) / F Pennetta (ITA) d L Huber (USA) / L Raymond (USA) 61 63

First Round
[1] S Errani (ITA) / R Vinci (ITA) d [WC] J Jankovic (SRB) / F Schiavone (ITA) 76(6) 06 10-6
H Chan (TPE) / Y Chan (TPE) d R Kops-Jones (USA) / A Spears (USA) 61 76(5)

ATP Singles – Second Round
[1] R Gasquet (FRA) d B Tomic (AUS) 64 36 63
[3] F Lopez (ESP) d [Q] T Kamke (GER) 76(10) 75
D Istomin (UZB) d [4] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 62 75
J Benneteau (FRA) d [6] G Simon (FRA) 63 64
M Klizan (SVK) d D Young (USA) 76(4) 64
E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d J Nieminen (FIN) 62 76(4)
J Chardy (FRA) d C Berlocq (ARG) 64 75
S Querrey (USA) d *[LL] V Estrella Burgos (DOM) 75 ret. (left leg)

*[LL] V Estrella Burgos (DOM) replaced [2] A Dolgopolov (UKR) – groin

ATP Doubles – Quarter-finals

[1] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) d G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / P Oswald (AUT) 76(5) 62
T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) d [2] L Paes (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) 64 63
[WC] K Skupski (GBR) / N Skupski (GBR) d [3] R Lindstedt (SWE) / M Mirnyi (BLR) 64 67(5) 10-5
[WC] C Fleming (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR) d P Cuevas (URU) / D Marrero (ESP) 63 64

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 19 JUNE 2014

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
ATP – [1] R Gasquet (FRA) vs M Klizan (SVK)
Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – C Giorgi (ITA) vs [8] C Wozniacki (DEN)
WTA – [WC] H Watson (GBR) vs [2] P Kvitova (CZE)
Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – J Chardy (FRA) vs [3] F Lopez (ESP)
ATP – [WC] C Fleming (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR) vs T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am

WTA – E Makarova (RUS) vs [5] A Kerber (GER)
ATP – D Istomin (UZB) vs E Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
ATP – J Benneteau (FRA) vs S Querrey (USA)
Not Before 4:00 pm
WTA – [Q] L Davis (USA) vs M Keys (USA)
WTA – [1] S Errani (ITA) / R Vinci (ITA) vs T Babos (HUN) / S Hsieh (TPE)

COURT 2 start 12:00 noon

WTA – [3] C Black (ZIM) / S Mirza (IND) vs H Chan (TPE) / Y Chan (TPE)
ATP – [1] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) vs [WC] K Skupski (GBR) / N Skupski (GBR)

 

 

TOPSHELF OPEN – ‘S-HERTOGENBOSCH, NETHERLANDS

RESULTS – JUNE 18, 2014
WTA Singles – Second Round
A Beck (GER) d [1] S Halep (ROU) 57 32 Retired (thoracic spine injury)
J Zheng (CHN) d [4] C Suarez Navarro (ESP) 75 01 Retired (lower back injury)
E Svitolina (UKR) d [6] K Flipkens (BEL) 76(4) 64
[8] K Koukalova (CZE) d [Q] M Barthel (GER) 62 76(6)
[Q] C Vandeweghe (USA) d V King (USA) 67(6) 60 21 Retired (thoracic spine injury)
Y Shvedova (KAZ) d [WC] M Krajicek (NED) 76(6) 76(4)

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 18 JUNE 2014

ATP Singles – Second Round
[2] F Verdasco (ESP) d [WC] J Huta Galung (NED) 75 63
[3] R Bautista Agut (ESP) d M Ebden (AUS) 75 76(1)
[6] V Pospisil (CAN) d J Struff (GER) 64 62
[7] N Mahut (FRA) d S Johnson (USA) 62 76(4)
[8] J Melzer (AUT) d [Q] L Lacko (SVK) 57 63 63
[Q] J Sousa (POR) d [Q] M Pavic (CRO) 62 64
B Becker (GER) d D Sela (ISR) 62 75

ATP Doubles – Quarter-finals

[1] J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) d M Draganja (CRO) / F Mergea (ROU) 63 64
[3] M Granollers (ESP) / J Melzer (AUT) d A Begemann (GER) / L Rosol (CZE) 63 64
[4] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) d T Bednarek (POL) / L Dlouhy (CZE) 64 76(8)

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 19 JUNE 2014

CENTRE start 11:00 am
WTA – J Zheng (CHN) vs E Svitolina (UKR)
Not Before 12:30 pm
ATP – [Q] J Sousa (POR) vs [WC] T de Bakker (NED)
Not Before 2:30 pm
WTA – [7] G Muguruza (ESP) vs [Q] C Vandeweghe (USA)
Not Before 4:30 pm
ATP – [8] J Melzer (AUT) vs [2] F Verdasco (ESP)

COURT 1 start 12:00 pm

WTA – A Beck (GER) vs M Rybarikova (SVK)
Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – B Becker (GER) vs [6] V Pospisil (CAN)
ATP – [7] N Mahut (FRA) vs [3] R Bautista Agut (ESP)
WTA-After suitable rest – [3] M Krajicek (NED) / K Mladenovic (FRA) vs [2] A Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Y Shvedova (KAZ)

COURT 2 start 12:30 pm

WTA – [8] K Koukalova (CZE) vs Y Shvedova (KAZ)
WTA-After suitable rest – [1] A Hlavackova (CZE) / J Zheng (CHN) vs [4] M Erakovic (NZL) / A Parra Santonja (ESP)
ATP – B Becker (GER) / O Marach (AUT) vs [2] E Butorac (USA) / R Klaasen (RSA)

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Tennis – Results and Schedules for Eastbourne and ‘s-Hertogenbosch

 

AEGON INTERNATIONAL – EASTBOURNE , GBR
14-21 JUNE 2014

RESULTS – JUNE 17, 2014

WTA Singles – First Round

[2] P Kvitova (CZE) d L Safarova (CZE) 61 57 76(4)
M Keys (USA) d [3] J Jankovic (SRB) 63 63
C Giorgi (ITA) d [4] [WC] V Azarenka (BLR) 46 63 75
[6] F Pennetta (ITA) d [Q] S Hsieh (TPE) 63 63
[Q] L Davis (USA) d [7] S Errani (ITA) 76(5) 62
E Makarova (RUS) d [Q] F Schiavone (ITA) 75 63
[WC] J Konta (GBR) d [Q] B Bencic (SUI) 63 62
D Hantuchova (SVK) d R Vinci (ITA) 75 61
[WC] H Watson (GBR) d T Pironkova (BUL) 36 75 62
V Lepchenko (USA) d S Zhang (CHN) 57 64 61


WTA Doubles – First Round

[2] K Peschke (CZE) / K Srebotnik (SLO) d [WC] J Rae (GBR) / A Smith (GBR) 62 46 10-4
[3] C Black (ZIM) / S Mirza (IND) d [WC] A Kerber (GER) / P Kvitova (CZE) 60 62
T Babos (HUN) / S Hsieh (TPE) d A Rosolska (POL) / S Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 61 62
L Huber (USA) / L Raymond (USA) d J Goerges (GER) / A Groenefeld (GER) 63 57 10-6

ATP Singles – First Round
J Nieminen (FIN) d [7] S Giraldo (COL) 63 67(5) 63
D Young (USA) d [WC] J Ward (GBR) 63 62
E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d [Q] A Kuznetsov (RUS) 63 64
J Benneteau (FRA) d Y Lu (TPE) 62 64

ATP Doubles – First Round

[1] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) d M Kukushkin (KAZ) / Y Lu (TPE) 63 63
[WC] C Fleming (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR) d [4] J Knowle (AUT) / M Melo (BRA) 64 64
[WC] K Skupski (GBR) / N Skupski (GBR) d M Fyrstenberg (POL) / C Guccione (AUS) 64 76(1)
P Cuevas (URU) / D Marrero (ESP) d C Kas (GER) / G Simon (FRA) 63 63
T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) d J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) 63 76(4)

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 18 JUNE 2014

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
ATP – [1] R Gasquet (FRA) vs B Tomic (AUS)
Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – S Stephens (USA) vs [8] C Wozniacki (DEN)
WTA – [6] F Pennetta (ITA) vs [WC] H Watson (GBR)
Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [Q] T Kamke (GER) vs [3] F Lopez (ESP)
ATP – P Cuevas (URU) / D Marrero (ESP) vs [WC] C Fleming (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am

WTA – A Cornet (FRA) vs [5] A Kerber (GER)
ATP – [4] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs D Istomin (UZB)
ATP – [6] G Simon (FRA) vs J Benneteau (FRA)
WTA – V Lepchenko (USA) vs [2] P Kvitova (CZE)
WTA – L Huber (USA) / L Raymond (USA) vs M Hingis (SUI) / F Pennetta (ITA)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am

WTA – C Giorgi (ITA) vs [WC] J Konta (GBR)
WTA – A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs E Makarova (RUS)
ATP – S Querrey (USA) vs [LL] V Estrella Burgos (DOM)
WTA – E Vesnina (RUS) vs M Keys (USA)
ATP – [3] R Lindstedt (SWE) / M Mirnyi (BLR) vs [WC] K Skupski (GBR) / N Skupski (GBR)

COURT 3 start 11:00 am

WTA – [Q] L Davis (USA) vs D Hantuchova (SVK)
Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – D Young (USA) vs M Klizan (SVK)
WTA – [1] S Errani (ITA) / R Vinci (ITA) vs [WC] J Jankovic (SRB) / F Schiavone (ITA)
ATP – J Chardy (FRA) vs C Berlocq (ARG)
ATP – T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) vs [2] L Paes (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am

WTA – H Chan (TPE) / Y Chan (TPE) vs R Kops-Jones (USA) / A Spears (USA)
ATP – E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs J Nieminen (FIN)
WTA – S Aoyama (JPN) / M Niculescu (ROU) vs [2] K Peschke (CZE) / K Srebotnik (SLO)
ATP – [1] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) vs G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / P Oswald (AUT)

 

 

 

Topshelf Open,’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

RESULTS – JUNE 17, 2014
Women’s
Singles – Second Round

M Rybarikova (SVK) d [5] A Petkovic (GER) 64 67(4) 75
[7] G Muguruza (ESP) d Y Meusburger (AUT) 64 61
First Round
[1] S Halep (ROU) d [Q] O Govortsova (BLR) 75 62
Y Shvedova (KAZ) d [2] D Cibulkova (SVK) 62 36 63
V King (USA) d [3] E Bouchard (CAN) 26 63 63
[4] C Suarez Navarro (ESP) d B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 64 62

Women’s
Doubles – Quarterfinals

[3] M Krajicek (NED) / K Mladenovic (FRA) d A Klepac (SLO) / M Torro-Flor (ESP) 64 64
[4] M Erakovic (NZL) / A Parra Santonja (ESP) d M Kirilenko (RUS) / Y Wickmayer (BEL) 63 60
First Round
[1] A Hlavackova (CZE) / J Zheng (CHN) d J Glushko (ISR) / S Klemenschits (AUT) 63 67(3) 10-7

ATP Singles – First Round
[2] F Verdasco (ESP) d P Mathieu (FRA) 26 64 64
[3] R Bautista Agut (ESP) d D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 61 63
[7] N Mahut (FRA) d [WC] K Coppejans (BEL) 63 36 63
[8] J Melzer (AUT) d A Falla (COL) 64 63
[Q] J Sousa (POR) d *[LL] P Lorenzi (ITA) 63 36 63
[Q] M Pavic (CRO) d A Gonzalez (COL) 76(4) 63
J Struff (GER) d L Rosol (CZE) 64 62

*[LL] P Lorenzi (ITA) replaced [1] D Ferrer – illness

Doubles – First Round

[2] E Butorac (USA) / R Klaasen (RSA) d D Bracciali (ITA) / M Pavic (CRO) 67(4) 62 10-4
M Draganja (CRO) / F Mergea (ROU) d J Brunstrom (SWE) / M Emmrich (GER) 62 64
A Begemann (GER) / L Rosol (CZE) d M Ebden (AUS) / D Tursunov (RUS) 67(4) 62 10-8
T Bednarek (POL) / L Dlouhy (CZE) d [WC] D Brown (GER) / H Kontinen (FIN) 76(4) 64
B Becker (GER) / O Marach (AUT) d [Alt] S Fransen (NED) / W Koolhof (NED) 75 63

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 18 JUNE 2014

CENTRE start 11:00 am
ATP – [WC] T de Bakker (NED) vs [5] D Tursunov (RUS)
Not Before 12:30 pm
WTA – [WC] M Krajicek (NED) vs Y Shvedova (KAZ)
Not Before 2:30 pm
ATP – [WC] J Huta Galung (NED) vs [2] F Verdasco (ESP)
Not Before 4:30 pm
WTA – [1] S Halep (ROU) vs A Beck (GER)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – [4] C Suarez Navarro (ESP) vs J Zheng (CHN)
ATP – [8] J Melzer (AUT) vs [Q] L Lacko (SVK)
Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – E Svitolina (UKR) vs [6] K Flipkens (BEL)
ATP – J Struff (GER) vs [6] V Pospisil (CAN)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – [8] K Koukalova (CZE) vs [Q] M Barthel (GER)
ATP – [Q] J Sousa (POR) vs [Q] M Pavic (CRO)
ATP – M Ebden (AUS) vs [3] R Bautista Agut (ESP)
ATP – [7] N Mahut (FRA) vs S Johnson (USA)

COURT 3 start 11:00 am
ATP – T Bednarek (POL) / L Dlouhy (CZE) vs [4] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA)
WTA – [Q] C Vandeweghe (USA) vs V King (USA)
ATP – B Becker (GER) vs D Sela (ISR)
ATP – [3] M Granollers (ESP) / J Melzer (AUT) vs A Begemann (GER) / L Rosol (CZE)

COURT 4 start 12:30 pm
ATP – [1] J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) vs M Draganja (CRO) / F Mergea (ROU)
WTA-After suitable rest – [1] A Hlavackova (CZE) / J Zheng (CHN) vs E Daniilidou (GRE) / E Hrdinova (CZE)
WTA-After suitable rest – D Jurak (CRO) / M Moulton-Levy (USA) vs [2] A Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Y Shvedova (KAZ)

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Monday Tennis Schedules for Eastbourne and ‘s-Hertogenbosch

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Aegon International
Eastbourne, Great Britain
SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 16 JUNE 2014

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
ATP – [5] I Karlovic (CRO) vs J Chardy (FRA)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [1] A Radwanska (POL) vs A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
WTA – S Stosur (AUS) vs [8] C Wozniacki (DEN)

Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – S Querrey (USA) vs [WC] K Edmund (GBR)
WTA – M Hingis (SUI) / F Pennetta (ITA) vs [4] E Makarova (RUS) / E Vesnina (RUS)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – A Riske (USA) vs [5] A Kerber (GER)
ATP – [WC] D Evans (GBR) vs [Q] T Kamke (GER)
ATP – [6] G Simon (FRA) vs [Q] C Guccione (AUS)

Not Before 4:00 pm
WTA – C Garcia (FRA) vs S Stephens (USA)
ATP – [3] R Lindstedt (SWE) / M Mirnyi (BLR) vs J Cabal (COL) / M Matkowski (POL)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – Qualifying – A Tomljanovic (CRO) vs F Schiavone (ITA)
WTA – S Peng (CHN) vs E Vesnina (RUS)
ATP – A Golubev (KAZ) vs B Tomic (AUS)
WTA – After Suitable Rest – A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) / L Safarova (CZE) vs S Aoyama (JPN) / M Niculescu (ROU)

COURT 3 start 11:00 am
WTA – Qualifying – K Pliskova (CZE) vs L Davis (USA)
ATP – D Istomin (UZB) vs M Kukushkin (KAZ)
WTA – A Cornet (FRA) vs B Jovanovski (SRB)
ATP – After Suitable Rest – A Golubev (KAZ) / D Istomin (UZB) vs [2] L Paes (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK)
ATP – After Suitable Rest – S Giraldo (COL) / M Klizan (SVK) vs G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / P Oswald (AUT)

 

 

‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 16 JUNE 2014

CENTRE start 11:00 am
ATP – D Lajovic (SRB) vs [6] V Pospisil (CAN)

Not Before 12:30 pm
WTA – J Cepelova (SVK) vs [WC] M Krajicek (NED)

Not Before 2:30 pm
ATP – I Sijsling (NED) vs [WC] T de Bakker (NED)

Not Before 4:30 pm
WTA – P Hercog (SLO) vs [6] K Flipkens (BEL)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – [7] G Muguruza (ESP) vs [WC] L Kerkhove (NED)
WTA – [Q] M Barthel (GER) vs M Kirilenko (RUS)
ATP – B Klahn (USA) vs [5] D Tursunov (RUS)
ATP – [4] M Granollers (ESP) vs B Becker (GER)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – J Zheng (CHN) vs M Puig (PUR)
ATP – K De Schepper (FRA) vs S Johnson (USA)
WTA – [8] K Koukalova (CZE) vs M Torro-Flor (ESP)
ATP – [1] J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) vs R Bautista Agut (ESP) / A Sa (BRA)

COURT 3 start 11:00 am
WTA – E Svitolina (UKR) vs K Nara (JPN)
ATP – [Q] L Lacko (SVK) vs V Hanescu (ROU)
WTA – M Erakovic (NZL) vs [Q] C Vandeweghe (USA)
ATP – N Mahut (FRA) / B Paire (FRA) vs [4] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
WTA – [Q] J Glushko (ISR) vs A Beck (GER)
WTA – D Cibulkova (SVK) / L Dominguez Lino (ESP) vs [2] A Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Y Shvedova (KAZ)
ATP – M Ebden (AUS) vs [Q] A Mannarino (FRA)
WTA – [WC] D Schuurs (NED) / A Van Uytvanck (BEL) vs D Jurak (CRO) / M Moulton-Levy (USA)

 

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Tennis Reacts to the Passing of Elena Baltacha

(May 5, 2014) Tennis is mourning the passing of Elena Baltacha who died on Sunday after a battle with liver cancer at the age of 30. The former British No. 1 was born in the Ukraine and was a member of  Great Britain’s Fed Cup team and participated in the 2012 Olympics.

Former British No. 1 Elena Baltacha Dies from Liver Cancer

The tennis world took to twitter to express their condolences on Baltacha’s death.

 

 

 

 

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Statement from Nino Severino, Elena Baltacha’s husband:
“We are heartbroken beyond words at the loss of our beautiful, talented and determined Bally. She was an amazing person and she touched so many people with her inspirational spirit, her warmth and her kindness.”

 

Statement from Stacey Allaster, Chairman & CEO of the WTA:
“We are deeply grieved to lose our friend Elena Baltacha in her battle with cancer. Elena’s journey was never an easy one and yet she consistently showed her strength, good humor and indomitable spirit.

“The WTA was blessed to have such a champion compete and represent women’s tennis; Elena passionately represented Great Britain on the world stage and her personal commitment to excellence inspired us all throughout her career to strive for more, to be more, to give more. The loss of this special person will have a significant impact on her fellow competitors who not only respected her, but more importantly, loved her. ‘Bally’ was such a caring human being, always putting others before herself, and a warm, fun person. A shining example of her commitment to looking out for the welfare of others is the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis, which she established so that children from disadvantaged backgrounds could learn to play the game she loved so dearly.

“I am honored that I had the opportunity to know Elena, to call her ‘Bally’ as her friends do. She was a gift that was taken from us too soon; she will be deeply missed. On behalf of the WTA family of players and tournaments, our hearts and prayers go out to her loving and supportive husband Nino, her parents, brother and friends on this terribly sad day.”

 

Statement from the LTA:

Today British Tennis mourns the loss of one of our own. The news of the death of Elena Baltacha, one of the shining lights of British women’s tennis of recent generations, is devastating to everyone who has ever had the privilege to know her, play against her, or call her a friend or teammate.

It leaves a huge hole within our sport. Bally gave new meaning to the word ‘fighter.’ She fought tirelessly during her career against opposition on court, and never gave in to the struggles she endured off it. Forever remembered for her relentless determination, unbelievable drive and a will-power that never ceased to amaze us, it was a pleasure to watch Bally develop into a world class player and become an outstanding role model for everyone in the game.

With her enthusiasm, spirit and passion for life, she was a pure joy to be around, and having recently just got married to her husband Niño Severino, she was embarking on a new chapter in her life. The health issues she battled since her teenage years made what she achieved during her career all the more impressive.

The former British number one represented Great Britain in Fed Cup for over a decade, playing a total of 39 ties. She broke into the world’s top 50 in 2010 and amassed a total of 11 ITF titles. Nobody will ever forget the scenes at Wimbledon two summers ago when Bally found out she had gained a place at the London 2012 Olympic Games. There were tears of joy as she finally realised her lifelong ambition – to become an Olympian. Even after Bally hung up her rackets, she continued to give back to the sport she loved by setting up the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis.

Through this legacy, her passion to support and enable young children to play and enjoy tennis will live on, and British Tennis will endeavour to finish what she started. Thank you Bally, for everything you have done, and congratulations on everything you achieved. We were so fortunate to have you be part of our sport, and we will miss you greatly. Our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time are with Bally’s husband Niño, as well as Bally’s family and close friends.

LTA Head of Women’s Tennis Iain Bates said: “Today we have lost a shining light from the heart of British tennis – a true role model, a great competitor and a wonderful friend. We have so many special memories to cherish, but this leaves a gaping hole for everybody in both British and women’s tennis, and words simply cannot express how saddened we are by this news. All our thoughts are with Niño and the rest of Elena’s family. We will miss you Bal.”

For more information on the ‘Rally for Bally’ which aims to raise funds for the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis, as well as the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, please click here. Thank you so much to everybody who has already kindly donated. Every penny raised will go towards supporting these incredible causes, and if you are able to donate, then please go to www.justgiving.com/RallyForBally or text EBAL60 plus the amount you would like to donate to 70070 (e.g. EBAL60 £10 to donate £10). Thank you.

Today British Tennis mourns the loss of one of our own. The news of the death of Elena Baltacha, one of the shining lights of British women’s tennis of recent generations, is devastating to everyone who has ever had the privilege to know her, play against her, or call her a friend or teammate.

It leaves a huge hole within our sport. Bally gave new meaning to the word ‘fighter.’ She fought tirelessly during her career against opposition on court, and never gave in to the struggles she endured off it. Forever remembered for her relentless determination, unbelievable drive and a will-power that never ceased to amaze us, it was a pleasure to watch Bally develop into a world class player and become an outstanding role model for everyone in the game.

With her enthusiasm, spirit and passion for life, she was a pure joy to be around, and having recently just got married to her husband Niño Severino, she was embarking on a new chapter in her life. The health issues she battled since her teenage years made what she achieved during her career all the more impressive.

The former British number one represented Great Britain in Fed Cup for over a decade, playing a total of 39 ties. She broke into the world’s top 50 in 2010 and amassed a total of 11 ITF titles. Nobody will ever forget the scenes at Wimbledon two summers ago when Bally found out she had gained a place at the London 2012 Olympic Games. There were tears of joy as she finally realised her lifelong ambition – to become an Olympian. Even after Bally hung up her rackets, she continued to give back to the sport she loved by setting up the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis.

Through this legacy, her passion to support and enable young children to play and enjoy tennis will live on, and British Tennis will endeavour to finish what she started. Thank you Bally, for everything you have done, and congratulations on everything you achieved. We were so fortunate to have you be part of our sport, and we will miss you greatly. Our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time are with Bally’s husband Niño, as well as Bally’s family and close friends.

LTA Head of Women’s Tennis Iain Bates said: “Today we have lost a shining light from the heart of British tennis – a true role model, a great competitor and a wonderful friend. We have so many special memories to cherish, but this leaves a gaping hole for everybody in both British and women’s tennis, and words simply cannot express how saddened we are by this news. All our thoughts are with Niño and the rest of Elena’s family. We will miss you Bal.”

For more information on the ‘Rally for Bally’ which aims to raise funds for the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis, as well as the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, please click here. Thank you so much to everybody who has already kindly donated. Every penny raised will go towards supporting these incredible causes, and if you are able to donate, then please go to www.justgiving.com/RallyForBally or text EBAL60 plus the amount you would like to donate to 70070 (e.g. EBAL60 £10 to donate £10). Thank you.

- See more at: http://www.lta.org.uk/News/2014/April/05-05-2014/Elena-Baltacha/#sthash.X7u6N74h.dpuf

Today British Tennis mourns the loss of one of our own. The news of the death of Elena Baltacha, one of the shining lights of British women’s tennis of recent generations, is devastating to everyone who has ever had the privilege to know her, play against her, or call her a friend or teammate.

It leaves a huge hole within our sport. Bally gave new meaning to the word ‘fighter.’ She fought tirelessly during her career against opposition on court, and never gave in to the struggles she endured off it. Forever remembered for her relentless determination, unbelievable drive and a will-power that never ceased to amaze us, it was a pleasure to watch Bally develop into a world class player and become an outstanding role model for everyone in the game.

With her enthusiasm, spirit and passion for life, she was a pure joy to be around, and having recently just got married to her husband Niño Severino, she was embarking on a new chapter in her life. The health issues she battled since her teenage years made what she achieved during her career all the more impressive.

The former British number one represented Great Britain in Fed Cup for over a decade, playing a total of 39 ties. She broke into the world’s top 50 in 2010 and amassed a total of 11 ITF titles. Nobody will ever forget the scenes at Wimbledon two summers ago when Bally found out she had gained a place at the London 2012 Olympic Games. There were tears of joy as she finally realised her lifelong ambition – to become an Olympian. Even after Bally hung up her rackets, she continued to give back to the sport she loved by setting up the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis.

Through this legacy, her passion to support and enable young children to play and enjoy tennis will live on, and British Tennis will endeavour to finish what she started. Thank you Bally, for everything you have done, and congratulations on everything you achieved. We were so fortunate to have you be part of our sport, and we will miss you greatly. Our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time are with Bally’s husband Niño, as well as Bally’s family and close friends.

LTA Head of Women’s Tennis Iain Bates said: “Today we have lost a shining light from the heart of British tennis – a true role model, a great competitor and a wonderful friend. We have so many special memories to cherish, but this leaves a gaping hole for everybody in both British and women’s tennis, and words simply cannot express how saddened we are by this news. All our thoughts are with Niño and the rest of Elena’s family. We will miss you Bal.”

For more information on the ‘Rally for Bally’ which aims to raise funds for the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis, as well as the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, please click here. Thank you so much to everybody who has already kindly donated. Every penny raised will go towards supporting these incredible causes, and if you are able to donate, then please go to www.justgiving.com/RallyForBally or text EBAL60 plus the amount you would like to donate to 70070 (e.g. EBAL60 £10 to donate £10). Thank you.

- See more at: http://www.lta.org.uk/News/2014/April/05-05-2014/Elena-Baltacha/#sthash.X7u6N74h.dpuf

 

The “Rally for Bally” mixed doubles exhibition matches at the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club, the Aegon Classic in Birmingham and the Aegon International in Eastbourne are scheduled to raise money for Royal Marsden national cancer charity and Elena Baltacha Foundation.

 

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Former British No. 1 Elena Baltacha Dies from Liver Cancer

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(May 4, 2014) Former top 50 tennis player Elena Baltacha, lost her battle with liver cancer died Sunday at the age of 30. Just two months after retiring in January, Baltacha  a former British No. 1 was diagnosed with cancer. Baltacha who was a member of Great Britain’s Olympic team in 2012 achieved her  highest ranking, No. 49 in 2010.

 

Statement from Nino Severino, Elena Baltacha’s husband:
“We are heartbroken beyond words at the loss of our beautiful, talented and determined Bally. She was an amazing person and she touched so many people with her inspirational spirit, her warmth and her kindness.”

 

Statement from Stacey Allaster, Chairman & CEO of the WTA:
“We are deeply grieved to lose our friend Elena Baltacha in her battle with cancer. Elena’s journey was never an easy one and yet she consistently showed her strength, good humor and indomitable spirit.

“The WTA was blessed to have such a champion compete and represent women’s tennis; Elena passionately represented Great Britain on the world stage and her personal commitment to excellence inspired us all throughout her career to strive for more, to be more, to give more. The loss of this special person will have a significant impact on her fellow competitors who not only respected her, but more importantly, loved her. ‘Bally’ was such a caring human being, always putting others before herself, and a warm, fun person. A shining example of her commitment to looking out for the welfare of others is the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis, which she established so that children from disadvantaged backgrounds could learn to play the game she loved so dearly.

“I am honored that I had the opportunity to know Elena, to call her ‘Bally’ as her friends do. She was a gift that was taken from us too soon; she will be deeply missed. On behalf of the WTA family of players and tournaments, our hearts and prayers go out to her loving and supportive husband Nino, her parents, brother and friends on this terribly sad day.”

 

Statement from the LTA:

Today British Tennis mourns the loss of one of our own. The news of the death of Elena Baltacha, one of the shining lights of British women’s tennis of recent generations, is devastating to everyone who has ever had the privilege to know her, play against her, or call her a friend or teammate.

It leaves a huge hole within our sport. Bally gave new meaning to the word ‘fighter.’ She fought tirelessly during her career against opposition on court, and never gave in to the struggles she endured off it. Forever remembered for her relentless determination, unbelievable drive and a will-power that never ceased to amaze us, it was a pleasure to watch Bally develop into a world class player and become an outstanding role model for everyone in the game.

With her enthusiasm, spirit and passion for life, she was a pure joy to be around, and having recently just got married to her husband Niño Severino, she was embarking on a new chapter in her life. The health issues she battled since her teenage years made what she achieved during her career all the more impressive.

The former British number one represented Great Britain in Fed Cup for over a decade, playing a total of 39 ties. She broke into the world’s top 50 in 2010 and amassed a total of 11 ITF titles. Nobody will ever forget the scenes at Wimbledon two summers ago when Bally found out she had gained a place at the London 2012 Olympic Games. There were tears of joy as she finally realised her lifelong ambition – to become an Olympian. Even after Bally hung up her rackets, she continued to give back to the sport she loved by setting up the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis.

Through this legacy, her passion to support and enable young children to play and enjoy tennis will live on, and British Tennis will endeavour to finish what she started. Thank you Bally, for everything you have done, and congratulations on everything you achieved. We were so fortunate to have you be part of our sport, and we will miss you greatly. Our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time are with Bally’s husband Niño, as well as Bally’s family and close friends.

LTA Head of Women’s Tennis Iain Bates said: “Today we have lost a shining light from the heart of British tennis – a true role model, a great competitor and a wonderful friend. We have so many special memories to cherish, but this leaves a gaping hole for everybody in both British and women’s tennis, and words simply cannot express how saddened we are by this news. All our thoughts are with Niño and the rest of Elena’s family. We will miss you Bal.”

For more information on the ‘Rally for Bally’ which aims to raise funds for the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis, as well as the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, please click here. Thank you so much to everybody who has already kindly donated. Every penny raised will go towards supporting these incredible causes, and if you are able to donate, then please go to www.justgiving.com/RallyForBally or text EBAL60 plus the amount you would like to donate to 70070 (e.g. EBAL60 £10 to donate £10). Thank you.

Today British Tennis mourns the loss of one of our own. The news of the death of Elena Baltacha, one of the shining lights of British women’s tennis of recent generations, is devastating to everyone who has ever had the privilege to know her, play against her, or call her a friend or teammate.

It leaves a huge hole within our sport. Bally gave new meaning to the word ‘fighter.’ She fought tirelessly during her career against opposition on court, and never gave in to the struggles she endured off it. Forever remembered for her relentless determination, unbelievable drive and a will-power that never ceased to amaze us, it was a pleasure to watch Bally develop into a world class player and become an outstanding role model for everyone in the game.

With her enthusiasm, spirit and passion for life, she was a pure joy to be around, and having recently just got married to her husband Niño Severino, she was embarking on a new chapter in her life. The health issues she battled since her teenage years made what she achieved during her career all the more impressive.

The former British number one represented Great Britain in Fed Cup for over a decade, playing a total of 39 ties. She broke into the world’s top 50 in 2010 and amassed a total of 11 ITF titles. Nobody will ever forget the scenes at Wimbledon two summers ago when Bally found out she had gained a place at the London 2012 Olympic Games. There were tears of joy as she finally realised her lifelong ambition – to become an Olympian. Even after Bally hung up her rackets, she continued to give back to the sport she loved by setting up the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis.

Through this legacy, her passion to support and enable young children to play and enjoy tennis will live on, and British Tennis will endeavour to finish what she started. Thank you Bally, for everything you have done, and congratulations on everything you achieved. We were so fortunate to have you be part of our sport, and we will miss you greatly. Our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time are with Bally’s husband Niño, as well as Bally’s family and close friends.

LTA Head of Women’s Tennis Iain Bates said: “Today we have lost a shining light from the heart of British tennis – a true role model, a great competitor and a wonderful friend. We have so many special memories to cherish, but this leaves a gaping hole for everybody in both British and women’s tennis, and words simply cannot express how saddened we are by this news. All our thoughts are with Niño and the rest of Elena’s family. We will miss you Bal.”

For more information on the ‘Rally for Bally’ which aims to raise funds for the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis, as well as the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, please click here. Thank you so much to everybody who has already kindly donated. Every penny raised will go towards supporting these incredible causes, and if you are able to donate, then please go to www.justgiving.com/RallyForBally or text EBAL60 plus the amount you would like to donate to 70070 (e.g. EBAL60 £10 to donate £10). Thank you.

- See more at: http://www.lta.org.uk/News/2014/April/05-05-2014/Elena-Baltacha/#sthash.X7u6N74h.dpuf

Today British Tennis mourns the loss of one of our own. The news of the death of Elena Baltacha, one of the shining lights of British women’s tennis of recent generations, is devastating to everyone who has ever had the privilege to know her, play against her, or call her a friend or teammate.

It leaves a huge hole within our sport. Bally gave new meaning to the word ‘fighter.’ She fought tirelessly during her career against opposition on court, and never gave in to the struggles she endured off it. Forever remembered for her relentless determination, unbelievable drive and a will-power that never ceased to amaze us, it was a pleasure to watch Bally develop into a world class player and become an outstanding role model for everyone in the game.

With her enthusiasm, spirit and passion for life, she was a pure joy to be around, and having recently just got married to her husband Niño Severino, she was embarking on a new chapter in her life. The health issues she battled since her teenage years made what she achieved during her career all the more impressive.

The former British number one represented Great Britain in Fed Cup for over a decade, playing a total of 39 ties. She broke into the world’s top 50 in 2010 and amassed a total of 11 ITF titles. Nobody will ever forget the scenes at Wimbledon two summers ago when Bally found out she had gained a place at the London 2012 Olympic Games. There were tears of joy as she finally realised her lifelong ambition – to become an Olympian. Even after Bally hung up her rackets, she continued to give back to the sport she loved by setting up the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis.

Through this legacy, her passion to support and enable young children to play and enjoy tennis will live on, and British Tennis will endeavour to finish what she started. Thank you Bally, for everything you have done, and congratulations on everything you achieved. We were so fortunate to have you be part of our sport, and we will miss you greatly. Our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time are with Bally’s husband Niño, as well as Bally’s family and close friends.

LTA Head of Women’s Tennis Iain Bates said: “Today we have lost a shining light from the heart of British tennis – a true role model, a great competitor and a wonderful friend. We have so many special memories to cherish, but this leaves a gaping hole for everybody in both British and women’s tennis, and words simply cannot express how saddened we are by this news. All our thoughts are with Niño and the rest of Elena’s family. We will miss you Bal.”

For more information on the ‘Rally for Bally’ which aims to raise funds for the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis, as well as the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, please click here. Thank you so much to everybody who has already kindly donated. Every penny raised will go towards supporting these incredible causes, and if you are able to donate, then please go to www.justgiving.com/RallyForBally or text EBAL60 plus the amount you would like to donate to 70070 (e.g. EBAL60 £10 to donate £10). Thank you.

- See more at: http://www.lta.org.uk/News/2014/April/05-05-2014/Elena-Baltacha/#sthash.X7u6N74h.dpuf

 

The “Rally for Bally” mixed doubles exhibition matches at the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club, the Aegon Classic in Birmingham and the Aegon International in Eastbourne are scheduled to raise money for Royal Marsden national cancer charity and Elena Baltacha Foundation.

 

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Switzerland, France and Italy Stage Comebacks to Clinch Berths in Davis Cup Semis

(April 6, 2014) France, Italy and the Czech Republic each had to rally from 1-2 down going into Sunday’s play in Davis Cup and each team won their final two rubbers to join the Czech Republic in the semifinals which will take place September 12-14.

France came back from a 0-2 deficit on Friday to beat Germany, closing out the tie on Sunday with wins from Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils. It’s only the eighth time in Davis Cup history that a team has come back from being down two matches to none. They will face the Czech Republic in the semifinals who beat Japan 5-0.

Tsonga dominated Tobias Kamke 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. Tsonga hit 45 winners in the match.

Gael Monfils sealed the win for France, beating Peter Gojowczyk 6-1, 7-6 (0), 6-2. Monfils won the first five games of the match and shut out his opponent in the second set tiebreak.

Team Italy came into Sunday’s play down 1-2. An inspired Fabio Fognini beat Wimbledon champion Andy Murray 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 to level the tie at 2-2. Andreas Seppi completed the comeback by topping James Ward 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.

It will be the first time in 16 years that Italy has reached the semifinals of Davis Cup. Italy has won the Davis Cup only once, back in 1976.

Italy will face Switzerland next.

Stanislas Wawrinka and Roger Federer won their matches on Sunday to seal Switzerland’s win over a game Kazakhstan team 3-2.

Wawrinka leveled the tie at 2-2 with Kazakhstan rallying to beat Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 for his first point of the weekend. The Australian Open champion lost his opening singles match to Golubev and the doubles where he teamed up with Federer. The Swiss did not allow any break points during the match.

For the first time in his career, Roger Federer played a live fifth rubber in a Davis Cup tie. No. 4 Federer held back No.  64 Andrey Golubev 7-6(0), 6-2, 6-

For Switzerland, they have sealed a berth in their first Davis Cup semifinal in 11 years. They’ll play Italy at home for a chance to reach the final.

 

The nations competing in the World Group play-offs which take place the same weekend as the semifinals are:

World Group first round losing nations: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Netherlands, Serbia, Spain and USA.

Zone Group I second round winning nations: Brazil, Croatia, Colombia, India, Israel, Slovak Republic, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

The draw for the play-offs will take place on Tuesday.

Davis Cup Results:

WORLD GROUP QUARTERFINALS

 

CZECH REPUBLIC defeated JAPAN 5-0

Venue: Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, JPN (hard – indoor)

 

Radek Stepanek (CZE) d. Tatsuma Ito (JPN) 67(5) 76(5) 61 75

Lukas Rosol (CZE) d. Taro Daniel (JPN) 64 64 36 46 62

Lukas Rosol/Radek Stepanek (CZE) d. Tatsuma Ito/Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) 64 64 64

Lukas Rosol (CZE) d. Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) 63 36 64

Jiri Vesely (CZE) d. Taro Daniel (JPN) 64 64

 

FRANCE defeated GERMANY 3-2

Venue: Palais des Sports Jean Weille, Nancy, FRA (hard – indoor)

 

Tobias Kamke (GER) d. Julien Benneteau (FRA) 76(8) 63 62

Peter Gojowczyk (GER) d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 57 76(3) 36 76(8) 86

Julien Benneteau/Michael Llodra (FRA) d. Andre Begemann/Tobias Kamke (GER) 61 76(5) 46 75

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) d. Tobias Kamke (GER) 63 62 64

Gael Monfils (FRA) d. Peter Gojowczyk (GER) 61 76(0) 62

 

ITALY defeated GREAT BRITAIN 3-2

Venue: Tennis Club Napoli, Naples, ITA (clay – outdoor)

 

Fabio Fognini (ITA) d. James Ward (GBR) 64 26 64 61

Andy Murray (GBR) d. Andreas Seppi (ITA) 64 75 63

Colin Fleming/Andy Murray (GBR) d. Simone Bolelli/Fabio Fognini (ITA) 63 62 36 75

Fabio Fognini (ITA) d. Andy Murray (GBR) 63 63 64

Andreas Seppi (ITA) d. James Ward (GBR) 64 63 64

 

SWITZERLAND defeated KAZAKHSTAN 3-2

Venue: Palexpo, Geneva, SUI (hard – indoor)

 

Andrey Golubev (KAZ) d. Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) 76(5) 62 36 76(5)

Roger Federer (SUI) d. Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 64 64 62

Andrey Golubev/Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) d. Roger Federer/Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) 64 76(5) 46 76(6)

Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) d. Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 67(4) 64 64 64

Roger Federer (SUI) d. Andrey Golubev (KAZ) 76(0) 62 63

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

BRAZIL defeated ECUADOR 3-1

Venue: Francisco Segura Cano, Guayaquil, ECU (clay – outdoor)

 

Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) d. Julio-Cesar Campozano (ECU) 64 26 64 64

Emilio Gomez (ECU) d. Guilherme Clezar (BRA) 67(3) 64 1-1 ret.

Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares (BRA) d. Gonzalo Escobar/Giovanni Lapentti (ECU) 62 60 63

Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) d. Emilio Gomez (ECU) 64 67(10) 61 61

Julio-Cesar Campozano (ECU) v Guilherme Clezar (BRA) – not played

 

COLOMBIA defeated DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 4-1

Venue: Estadio de Tenis “Alvaro Carlos Jordan”, Cali, COL (clay – outdoor)

 

Santiago Giraldo (COL) d. Jose Hernandez (DOM) 62 46 64 67(3) 62

Alejandro Falla (COL) d. Victor Estrella (DOM) 46 62 57 62 62

Juan-Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah (COL) d. Victor Estrella/Jose Hernandez (DOM) 63 62 64

Peter Bertran (DOM) d. Robert Farah (COL) 26 61 64

Juan-Sebastian Cabal (COL) d. Jose Olivares (DOM) 60 61
ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

UZBEKISTAN defeated CHINA, P.R. 3-2

Venue: Tianjin Tennis Center, Tianjin, CHN (hard – outdoor)

 

Denis Istomin (UZB) d. Zhang Ze (CHN) 64 46 36 63 64

Wu Di (CHN) d. Farrukh Dustov (UZB) 16 76(4) 76(4) 36 97

Farrukh Dustov/Denis Istomin (UZB) d. Gong Mao-Xin/Li Zhe (CHN) 64 62 62

Wu Di (CHN) d. Denis Istomin (UZB) 16 75 63 75

Farrukh Dustov (UZB) d. Zhang Ze (CHN) 62 16 63 67(4) 63

 

INDIA defeated KOREA, REPUBLIC 3-1

Venue: Spo1 Tennis Courts, Busan, KOR (hard – outdoor)

 

Somdev Devvarman (IND) d. Chung Hyeon (KOR) 76(4) 76(3) 64

Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR) d. Sanam Singh (IND) 76(5) 64 64

Rohan Bopanna/Saketh Myneni (IND) d. Lee Hyung-Taik/Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR) 76(4) 57 76(2) 63

Somdev Devvarman (IND) d. Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR) 64 57 63 61

Chung Hyeon (KOR) v Sanam Singh (IND) – not played

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

CROATIA defeated POLAND 3-1

Venue: Torwar Hall, Warsaw, POL (hard – indoor)

 

Marin Cilic (CRO) d. Michal Przysiezny (POL) 61 64 64

Borna Coric (CRO) d. Jerzy Janowicz (POL) 26 62 75 57 64

Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski (POL) d. Marin Draganja/Mate Pavic (CRO) 67(1) 76(4) 46 76(2) 64

Marin Cilic (CRO) d. Jerzy Janowicz (POL) 36 67(5) 64 61 63

Michal Przysiezny (POL) v Borna Coric (CRO) – not played

 

ISRAEL defeated SLOVENIA 3-1

Venue: SRC Marina Portoroz, SLO (clay – outdoor)

 

Amir Weintraub (ISR) d. Blaz Kavcic (SLO) 46 75 63 36 64

Blaz Rola (SLO) d. Dudi Sela (ISR) 63 64 64

Jonathan Erlich/Andy Ram (ISR) d. Blaz Rola/Grega Zemlja (SLO) 76(7) 46 76(5) 63

Dudi Sela (ISR) d. Grega Zemlja (SLO) 62 67(5) 60 62

Blaz Rola (SLO) v Amir Weintraub (ISR) – not played

 

UKRAINE defeated SWEDEN 4-1

Venue: Baltiska Hallen, Malmo, SWE (hard – indoor)

 

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) d. Johan Brunstrom (SWE) 64 64 57 36 1311

Artem Smirnov (UKR) d. Markus Eriksson (SWE) 64 61 62

Johan Brunstrom/Robert Lindstedt (SWE) d. Sergei Bubka/Denys Molchanov (UKR) 76(4) 67(6) 36 64 108

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) d. Markus Eriksson (SWE) 76(5) 76(4) 64

Sergei Bubka (UKR) d. Robert Lindstedt (SWE) 57 76(3) ret.

 

SLOVAK REPUBLIC defeated AUSTRIA 4-1

Venue: Aegon Arena, National Tennis Centre, Bratislava, SVK (hard – indoor)

 

Norbert Gombos (SVK) d. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 64 36 63 64

Lukas Lacko (SVK) d. Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) 76(3) 46 46 62 63

Martin Klizan/Michal Mertinak (SVK) d. Alexander Peya/Dominic Thiem (AUT) 67(4) 36 76(5) 64 64

Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) d. Norbert Gombos (SVK) 76(5) 75

Lukas Lacko (SVK) d. Gerald Melzer (AUT) 46 63 62

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II SECOND ROUND

 

BARBADOS defeated EL SALVADOR 4-1

Venue: National Tennis Centre, St Michael, BAR (hard – outdoor)

 

Darian King (BAR) d. Rafael Arevalo (ESA) 61 63 63

Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) d. Haydn Lewis (BAR) 76 (5) 57 64 76(1)

Darian King/Haydn Lewis (BAR) d. Marcelo Arevalo/Rafael Arevalo (ESA) 26 64 76(9) ret.

Darian King (BAR) d. Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) 60 1-0 ret.

Seanon Williams (BAR) d. Salvador Andres Bolanos (ESA) 62 67(5) 76(8)

 

MEXICO defeated PERU 3-1

Venue: Club Britania Zavaleta, Puebla, MEX (hard – outdoor)

 

Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX) d. Mauricio Echazu (PER) 63 46 76(2) 64

Duilio Beretta (PER) d. Cesar Ramirez (MEX) 26 64 26 61 62

Santiago Gonzalez/Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX) d. Sergio Galdos/Rodrigo Sanchez (PER) 62 61 61

Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX) d. Duilio Beretta (PER) 63 76(2) 46 63

Cesar Ramirez (MEX) v Mauricio Echazu (PER) – not played

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II PLAY-OFF

 

CHILE defeated PARAGUAY 5-0

Venue: Club Palestino, Santiago, CHI (clay – outdoor)

 

Gonzalo Lama (CHI) d. Juan Borba (PAR) 63 60 61

Christian Garin (CHI) d. Gustavo Ramirez (PAR) 46 63 60 63

Jorge Aguilar/Paul Capdeville (CHI) d. Ramon Delgado/Gustavo Ramirez (PAR) 62 64 64

Jorge Aguilar (CHI) d. Juan-Carlos Ramirez (PAR) 64 62

Christian Garin (CHI) d. Juan Borba (PAR) 62 61

 

BOLIVIA defeated GUATEMALA 3-1

Venue: Country Club Cochabamba, Cochabamba, BOL (clay – outdoor)

 

Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA) d. Federico Zeballos (BOL) 76(8) 76(4) 76(4)

Hugo Dellien (BOL) d. Andres Bucaro (GUA) 62 63 75

Hugo Dellien/Federico Zeballos (BOL) d. Andres Bucaro/Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA) 76(3) 75 64

Hugo Dellien (BOL) d. Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA) 63 36 62 46 62

Federico Zeballos (BOL) v Andres Bucaro (GUA) – not played

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II SECOND ROUND

 

PAKISTAN defeated PHILIPPINES 3-2

Venue: Philippine Columbian Association, Manila, PHI (clay – indoor)

 

Patrick-John Tierro (PHI) d. Aqeel Khan (PAK) 75 64 64

Ruben Gonzales (PHI) d. Samir Iftihkar (PAK) 64 63 61

Aqeel Khan/Aisam Qureshi (PAK) d. Ruben Gonzales/Treat Huey (PHI) 75 63 62

Aqeel Khan (PAK) d. Johnny Arcilla (PHI) 46 61 26 63 5-1 ret.

Aisam Qureshi (PAK) d. Patrick-John Tierro (PHI) 62 63 36 64

 

THAILAND defeated KUWAIT 4-1

Venue: The National Tennis Development Centre, Nonthaburi, THA (hard – outdoor)

 

Pruchya Isarow (THA) d. Abdulhameed Alshatti (KUW) 60 60 60

Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) d. Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul (THA) 36 76(8) 76(4) 36 75

Pruchya Isarow/Nuttanon Kadchapanan (THA) d. Hasan Al Mousa/Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) 76(2) 75 63

Pruchya Isarow (THA) d. Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) 62 76(12) 16 61

Warit Sornbutnark (THA) d. Ali Ghareeb (KUW) 63 64

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II PLAY-OFF

 

SRI LANKA defeated VIETNAM 3-2

Venue: The 198 Tennis Club, Da Lat City, VIE (hard – outdoor)

 

Minh-Quan Do (VIE) d. Dineshkanthan Thangarajan (SRI) 63 64 64

Harshana Godamanna (SRI) d. Thien Nguyen Hoang (VIE) 62 63 62

Sharmal Dissanayake/Harshana Godamanna (SRI) d. Minh-Quan Do/Quoc-Khanh Le (VIE) 64 75 63

Thien Nguyen Hoang (VIE) d. Sharmal Dissanayake (SRI) 62 63 64

Harshana Godamanna (SRI) d. Minh-Quan Do (VIE) 63 75 60

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II SECOND ROUND

 

LITHUANIA defeated SOUTH AFRICA 3-2

Venue: Irene Country Club, Centurion, RSA (hard – outdoor)

 

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) d. Jean Andersen (RSA) 63 76(2) 63

Rik de Voest (RSA) d. Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) 76(5) 76(3) 26 76(4)

Jean Andersen/Raven Klaasen (RSA) d. Ricardas Berankis/Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) 36 63 63 76(5)

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) d. Rik de Voest (RSA) 62 64 57 75

Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) d. Ruan Roelofse 76(5) 36 76(3) 64

 

BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA defeated FINLAND 3-2

Venue: Tali Tennis Center, Helsinki, FIN (hard – indoor)

 

Damir Dzumhur (BIH) d. Juho Paukku (FIN) 63 76(4) 64

Mirza Basic (BIH) d. Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) 36 76(3) 36 63 86

Henri Kontinen/Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) d. Mirza Basic/Tomislav Brkic (BIH) 63 76(4) 62

Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) d. Damir Dzumhur (BIH) 75 76(1) 61

Mirza Basic (BIH) d. Juho Paukku (FIN) 36 46 63 75 64

 

MOLDOVA defeated BELARUS 4-1

Venue: Manejul de Atletica Usoara, Chisinau, MDA (clay – indoor)

 

Radu Albot (MDA) d. Dzmitry Zhyrmont (BLR) 62 62 36 62

Maxim Dubarenco (MDA) d. Uladzimir Ignatik (BLR) 75 76(5) 63

Egor Gerasimov/Max Mirnyi (BLR) d. Andrei Ciumac/Andrei Gorban (MDA) 63 62 60

Radu Albot (MDA) d. Egor Gerasimov (BLR) 36 16 63 61 62

Maxim Dubarenco (MDA) d. Dzmitry Zhyrmont (BLR) 76(3) 76(2)

 

DENMARK defeated LUXEMBOURG 5-0

Venue: Hillerod Tennis Klub, DEN (hard – indoor)

 

Martin Pedersen (DEN) d. Ugo Nastasi (LUX) 64 64 61

Frederik Nielsen (DEN) d. Mike Scheidweiler (LUX) 63 64 57 67(5) 61

Thomas Kromann/Frederik Nielsen (DEN) d. Gilles Kremer/Mike Scheidweiler (LUX) 46 64 57 64 62

Frederik Nielsen (DEN) d. Ugo Nastasi (LUX) 64 36 62

Mikael Torpegaard (DEN) d. Christophe Tholl (LUX) 62 63

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

 

MONACO defeated NORWAY 5-0

Venue: Oslo Tennis Arena, Oslo, NOR (hard – indoor)

 

Benjamin Balleret (MON) d. Viktor Durasovic (NOR) 61 62 64

Romain Arneodo (MON) d. Joachim Bjerke (NOR) 76(7) 63 63

Guillaume Couillard/Thomas Oger (MON) d. Stian Boretti/Erling Tveit (NOR) 62 64 63

Benjamin Balleret (MON) d. Joachim Bjerke (NOR) 76(5) 64

Romain Arneodo (MON) d. Viktor Durasovic (NOR) 61 62

 

BULGARIA defeated GREECE 4-1

Venue: Ilioupoli Tennis Club, Athens, GRE (clay – outdoor)

 

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) d. Markos Kalovelonis (GRE) 63 63 60

Dimitar Kutrovsky (BUL) d. Theodoros Angelinos (GRE) 64 63 16 63

Grigor Dimitrov/Dimitar Kutrovsky (BUL) d. Alexandros Jakupovic/Markos Kalovelonis (GRE) 76(4) 62 64

Alexandros Jakupovic (GRE) d. Dinko Halachev (BUL) 76(2) 61

Dimitar Kutrovsky (BUL) d. Charalampos Kapogiannis (GRE) 57 60 61

 

IRELAND defeated EGYPT 3-2

Venue: Castleknock Tennis Club, Dublin, IRL (hard – indoor)

 

James McGee (IRL) d. Karim-Mohamed Maamoun (EGY) 60 63 62

Mohamed Safwat (EGY) d. Sam Barry (IRL) 36 75 75 76(5)

Sam Barry/James Cluskey (IRL) d. Sherif Sabry/Mohamed Safwat (EGY) 62 76(6) 62

James McGee (IRL) d. Mohamed Safwat (EGY) 75 64 63

Mazen Osama (EGY) d. Daniel Glancy (IRL) 76(4) 76(5)

 

MOROCCO defeated CYPRUS 4-1

Venue: Complexe Sportif Al Amal, Casablanca, MAR (clay – outdoor)

 

Sergis Kyratzis (CYP) d. Hicham Khaddari (MAR) 26 62 61 75

Lamine Ouahab (MAR) d. Petros Chrysochos (CYP) 63 64 64

Lamine Ouahab/Mehdi Ziadi (MAR) d. Petros Chrysochos/Rares Cuzdriorean (CYP) 76(6) 61 36 46 64

Lamine Ouahab (MAR) d. Sergis Kyratzis (CYP) 60 60 60

Ayoub Chakrouni (MAR) d. Constantinos Ioannides (CYP) 63 62

 

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Tennis Channel To Cover 2014 Davis Cup Quarterfinals This Weekend

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April 3, 2014 -Tennis Channel will provide exclusive live world-whiparound coverage during this weekend’s quarterfinal competitions in Italy, France and Switzerland, with daylong blocks of comprehensive telecasts Friday-Sunday on Center Court. Similar to the setup used at major events like the US Open, French Open and Wimbledon, Center Court utilizes a central-desk format and seamless coverage of matches playing simultaneously on multiple courts. Coverage will get underway on Friday, April 4, with the Italy-Britain match in Naples, Italy, at 5:30 a.m. ET and alternate between live Davis Cup matches throughout the weekend, including France-Germany competition in Nancy, France, and Switzerland-Kazakhstan play in Geneva, Switzerland, beginning at 7:30 a.m. ET.

Stars set to play in this weekend’s events telecast on Tennis Channel’s Center Court w coverage include France’s Richard Gasquet, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils; Switzerland’s reigning Australian Open champion and World No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka and former World No. 1 Roger Federer; and Britain’s reigning Wimbledon champion and World No. 6 Andy Murray.

Tennis Channel will also feature the women’s Monterrey tournament this weekend.

Coverage on Center Court is as follows (all time ET):

Friday, April 4:

5:30 a.m. – Live Singles #1 Italy v. Britain

7:30 a.m. – Live Singles #1 France v. Germany / Switzerland v. Kazakhstan

8:30 a.m. – Live Singles #2 Italy v. Britain

10:30 a.m. – Live Singles #2 France v. Germany / Switzerland v. Kazakhstan

5 p.m. – WTA Monterrey

Saturday, April 5:

7:30 a.m. – Live Doubles Switzerland v. Kazakhstan

8 a.m. – Live Doubles Italy v. Britain / France v. Germany

6 p.m. – WTA Monterrey

Sunday, April 6:

5:30 a.m. – Live Singles #1 Italy v. Britain

7:30 a.m. – Live Singles #1 France v. Germany / Switzerland v. Kazakhstan

8:30 a.m. – Live Singles #2 Italy v. Britain

10:30 a.m. – Live Singles #2 France v. Germany / Switzerland v. Kazakhstan

7 p.m. – WTA Monterrey

Center Court will air live from the recently unveiled set of Tennis Channel’s Los Angeles-based studio, with hosts Leif Shiras (@LShirock), Brett Haber (@BrettHaber), Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob) and former coach of Pete Sampras and Roger Federer Paul Annacone (@paul_annacone). Live telecasts will include analysis and conversation from the hosts while fans are transported to the best matches at these three quarterfinals, whenever and wherever they occur.

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Murray Beats Querrey to Send Great Britain to the Davis Cup Quarterfinals

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By Vito Ellison, Special to Tennis Panorama News

 

(February 2, 2014) SAN DIEGO – With the Americans’ place in the 2014 Davis Cup World Group on the line, Sam Querrey ran neck and neck with Andy Murray today.  Unfortunately, he only kept pace with the 2-time major champion for two sets. Of those, he won just one. Therein lies the story of the match.  After a valiant effort, Querrey succumbed 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-3 in 2 hours and 54 minutes at Petco Park In San Diego.  Such is the challenge of playing against a member of the modern game’s “Big Four.”

 

“I had some ups and downs definitely,” Querrey said reflecting on the weekend. “Still bummed I lost that first one…but I’m proud of myself for putting it behind me and coming out strong today.” While Querrey was miles more competitive today than he managed to be on Friday versus James Ward, his loss clinched the tie for Great Britain.

 

Andy Murray, all but singlehandedly wiping the negative recent history of British tennis, guaranteed his side their first berth in the World Group quarterfinals for 28 years.  For your reference, Murray is 26 years old.

 

Despite the loss, US captain Jim Courier found positives in his team’s performance.  “We kept our heads together,” he said.  “I was proud of Sam and the way he competed.  I think Donald (Young) got some valuable experience…. Of Course Bob and Mike (Bryan) did that they do so well, which is compete hard and typically get us the win.”

 

Despite the unpredictable way in which the tie ultimately played out: Isner’s injury, Querrey’s flat opening performance and two ruthless displays by Murray, one questionable call may have played a major part in writing the final script, the Americans’ choice of a red clay surface.  Courier defended the choice at every turn throughout the week, pointing to strong prior performances by his squad on the terre battue. For his part at least, Murray was skeptical, “I was surprised they put it on clay, to be honest,” he said, even noting that the surface may have been helped Britain to victory.  “Yeah, obviously, it did have a bearing in the tie, for Sam especially.  I think his best surface is hard courts….I don’t know if they thought I wasn’t going to play because I had problems on clay last year with my back and coming off surgery.  So I don’t know”

 

Oddly enough, the road for the advancing team, Great Britain, on paper at least, becomes presumably easier than that for the losing American squad.  The Brits will play their next World Group tie away versus an Italian team headlined by Andreas Seppi and Fabio Fognini.  The United States, in falling to the World Group playoffs for the first time since 2010, could potentially face three teams headlined by major champions: (Spain, Serbia and Argentina) or our surging neighbor to the north, Canada, just to stay in the World Group for 2015.

 

By Vito Ellison, Special to Tennis Panorama News

Murray’s not quite thinking about the next tie just yet.  Still in the midst of recovery, the Dunblane native is still working his way back to playing his best ball.  “I’m proud of the way I’m playing just now because I had to do a lot of work to get back to where I wanted to be,” said Murray. “I’m still not quite there yet, but winning matches of that length and quality so soon after the surgery is good.”

With a tough challenge behind him and Murray’s mood lightening, he added “I’ll have done 13 weeks consecutively without a break of training and I’m playing tournaments to try and get myself back.  I need a break now, so I’ll take some days off after I get home, because I deserve it.”

 

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Teams On The Edge

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By Vito Ellison, Special to Tennis Panorama News

(February 1, 2014) SAN DIEGO – With the Southern California sun finally making an appearance and a partisan crowd finally making their presence both seen and heard, it was clearly a new day in this US vs. Great Britain Davis Cup World Group tie.  Nonetheless, the American team was still haunted by yesterday’s failures at Petco Park in San Diego.

 

For a doubles pairing that had just kept the American side alive in this Davis Cup, the Bryan Brothers were in no mood for celebrating—or even smiling—about their win today, neither was US Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier.  The Bryans raised their record as a team to 21-4 in the competition on the back of a decisive 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victory over Dominic Inglot and Colin Fleming. Yet, it was clear from the beginning of their press conference that the twins had other things on their minds.

 

“Always feels bad to let the team down,” Bob said.  He was responding to the first question raised.  While the query was about winning this match following two uncharacteristic, five-set Davis Cup losses a season ago, Bryan’s allusion wasn’t lost on anyone.  Bob was as much referencing the still-stinging memories of their 2013 Davis Cup campaign as he was yesterday’s upset loss by Sam Querrey at the hands of James Ward.

 

The Bryans had little mercy on their opponents today, avenging their teammate’s defeat by drawing 45 forced errors from the British pair in a match that didn’t reach the two-hour mark.  Their only hiccup, a loose game on Bob’s serve in the third set, that cost the USA a straight sets triumph. “I think they just take it to you every time,” said Inglot about his opponents. “They always ask a question of you and they’re never going to give you any free points.” “The match can rush away from you,” Fleming added.  “When we got behind in sets, it can become a blur against them.”

 

As uncharitable as the Bryans were on-court, Courier matched in the pressroom.  When asked about Querrey’s chances of springing an upset of 2-time major champion Andy Murray tomorrow, Courier fired with little hesitation, “He’s going to have to play significantly better than he did yesterday to stand a chance.” The British squad, while realistic, wasn’t taking anything for granted.  When asked about Andy Murray’s chances against a player who had just suffered a disappointing loss, another thinly veiled reference to Querrey, British captain Leon Smith stifled the rumor of a smile breaking out on his face and replied “Very good.  Yeah, very good.”

Vito Ellison is in San Diego, California covering the Davis Cup tie between the USA and Great Britain for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his updates on the site’s twitter @TennisNewsTPN, on his personal twitter @vblacklabel. and visit his site Blacklabeltennis.com.

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Expectations, Or The Lack Thereof; Ward Upsets Querrey

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By Vito Ellison, Special to Tennis Panorama News

(January 31, 2014) SAN DIEGO – “Yeah, from London, Arsenal fan, see myself as a pretty normal bloke,” that’s how James Ward described himself to the assembled press following what was a rather abnormal moment in his career.  On a temporary red clay court constructed in the outfield of a baseball field, 175th ranked James Ward stunned No. 49 Sam Querrey 1-6, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in 3 hours and 10 minutes at Petco Park in San Diego.

 

Querrey opened the match in ominous form.  Although he only served 52% in the frame, he stormed to a 6-1 lead in 26 minutes.  This US Davis Cup team’s alpha male was doing the expected versus a presumably outmatched opponent and without much help from his most vaunted weapon.  Asked about moving on from that first set in his post match presser, Ward deadpanned “I thought I couldn’t play much worse than I did in the first set anyway.”

 

With Ward unable to inflict much scoreboard pressure early, he waited for his chances, fully knowing that the situation should ultimately reward him with a few. “They’re one rubber down,” Ward noted. “He’s expected to beat me on paper.  He’s not in an easy position.” After splitting the first six games of the second set though, it looked as if Querrey were about to re-establish his authority on the match. Ward engineered an unlikely comeback from 0-40 down on his serve to hold for 4-3 on serve.  The set went to a tiebreak and it was in that pressure cooker that the big-serving Californian first lost his grip on the match.

 

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It was a topsy turvy affair for the next two sets, Querrey opening the 3rd set strongly, riding newfound momentum to a 6-3 win, backed up by a 4-2 lead in the 4th.  From there, with the expectations shifted back to Querrey, the American, up two sets to one, with a break in the fourth, would only win one more game.  “You know, I think he started to gain some momentum and get some reads on my serve,” Querrey said reflecting on the match.  “You know, kudos to him for making some big shots in the latter part of the match.”

 

The crowd, which had largely been out of the matches all afternoon, in part thanks to Andy Murray’s suffocating victory over Donald Young in the first rubber, began desperately cheering for Querrey to right the ship, but to no avail.  The American No. 1 found himself in a fifth set, a place where he had a 2-7 record; in Davis Cup where he had a 4-6 record.  He wouldn’t improve any of those numbers tonight and his loss leaves the Americans with yet another stat line to try to reverse, 0-2.  The Americans are down 0-2 to Great Britain and will begin trying to take the long road back, starting with the Bryan Brothers tomorrow.  With Murray up next for Querrey, it’ll be the American’s turn to play with no expectations.

 

Vito Ellison is in San Diego, California covering the Davis Cup tie between the USA and Great Britain for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his updates on the site’s twitter @TennisNewsTPN, on his personal twitter @vblacklabel. and visit his site Blacklabeltennis.com.

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