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Stosur, Tomic, Radwanska and Janowicz to Play Hopman Cup

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Jerzy Janowicz

(August 19, 2013) Australia’s top ranked players Sam Stosur and Bernard Tomic  have confirmed they will play at Hyundai Hopman Cup 2014.

 

Current world No.4 Agnieszka Radwanska and Wimbledon semifinalist Jerzy Janowicz are also set to team up as Poland makes its debut at the event.

 

World No.13 Stosur is excited to return to Western Australia for the first time since 2010.

 

“I just wanted to get back to Perth. I thought this year I’d try something different again,” said Stosur, the 2011 US Open champion.

 

“It will be nice to be able to play. You know that you’re going to get three matches … and maybe that’s going to be good for me going into the Aussie Open.

 

“Hopefully that’s going to be the secret formula to me doing well,” added Stosur.

 

Tomic, 20, and the youngest player currently in the top 100, will pair with Stosur as he looks to continue his unbeaten record at Perth Arena.

 

“I had some success there earlier this year so hopefully I can do well again in 2014,” said the world No.42, who recently reached the fourth round at Wimbledon.

 

“The event always attracts strong teams so you know you’re going to get some tough matches against high quality players.

 

“The local crowds love their tennis and it’s always exciting to play in front of them,” added the Queenslander, who won his first ATP singles title in Sydney in January.

 

Radwanska and Janowicz will be looking to make their mark when Team Poland makes its first ever appearance at the event.

 

“I’m really excited to play the Hopman Cup for the first time,” said Radwanska, who holds 12 WTA singles titles at just 24 years of age.

 

“I’ve never played mixed doubles with him [Jerzy] before.  Actually my last mixed doubles match was I think five years ago so that will be fun for sure.”

 

Twenty-two-year-old Janowicz has climbed up the rankings by 73 places to be just outside the top 10 in the past 12 months.

 

“We decided it might be a lot of fun to play together at Hopman Cup,” said Janowicz.

 

Hyundai Hopman Cup Event Director Steve Ayles is delighted with the signing of the top Australian and Polish pairs.

 

“Sam and Bernie, Australia’s highest ranked players, have committed to play this event, which shows the strength and value of the Hyundai Hopman Cup. The players look at the event as a solid starting point for the new season.

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Bartoli and Tsonga to Represent France in Hopman Cup

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(July 16, 2013) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and newly crowned Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli confirmed they will represent France at the Hyundai Hopman Cup, the first team to be announced for the 2014 event.

 

Tsonga, the current world No. 8 and four-time Grand Slam semi-finalist, has chosen Perth to start his season campaign in the New Year.

 

“I’m just really happy to go back and hope I will have some fun like last year,” said Tsonga, who is coached by Australian Roger Rasheed.

 

“It’s the best preparation because it’s the same court as the Australian Open. It’s always really hot there.

 

“I think it’s just unbelievable. I remember last year outside was 40 degrees and inside it was just perfect to play tennis,” Tsonga continued.

 

The popular Frenchman has maintained a Top 10 ranking for four of the past five years and currently holds ten ATP singles titles. He captured his latest in Marseille, France in February and went on to reach the semi-finals of his home Grand Slam, the French Open, in May.

 

Tsonga will pair with the in-form world No.7 Marion Bartoli, hot off her title run at Wimbledon this month.

 

“It’s great to play with Jo, obviously. He’s an awesome player. We have known each other for so many years. I’m sure it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Bartoli said.

 

The 28-year-old blitzed the field at the All England Club less than a fortnight ago, defeating seven opponents without losing a set, to win her first Grand Slam title and the sport’s most prestigious trophy.

 

This will be Bartoli’s second appearance at Hyundai Hopman Cup after she reached the final of the 2012 competition with partner Richard Gasquet before falling short to Czech pair Petra Kvitova and Tomas Berdych.

 

“I really had a blast when I played in Perth. I was really lucky to make the final for my first time and I really enjoyed my time on and off the court.  It’s a great, fun competition to play and I’m so happy to be back.”

 

Bartoli, who has eight WTA singles titles to her name, has only heard good things about playing at Perth Arena.

 

“I’ve heard the new stadium is absolutely amazing, so it’s going to be cool. I’ve heard it’s really like Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne,” she added.

 

Hyundai Hopman Cup Event Director Steve Ayles said the signing of an all-star French line-up was a real win for the event.

 

“To have two Top 10 players such as Tsonga and Bartoli contend this unique ITF mixed teams’ event is very special and will be a fantastic spectacle for tennis fans,” Ayles said.

 

“Bartoli has shown she is a player of incredible talent in recent weeks and we’re excited to welcome her back to Perth. It will be the 18th time in the competition’s history the field has boasted a reigning Grand Slam champion.

 

“Working with the WA Government through Tourism WA and Eventscorp, City of Perth and Tennis West will allow us to not only promote an iconic sporting event but also grow interest and participation in tennis,” Ayles continued.

 

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Kourtin’ Karen’s Tennis News Week in Review

 

(January 7, 2013) NEW YORK, NY –  Kourtin’ Karen’s brief review of the previous week in the world of tennis, on and off-court.

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British Player Hutchins Has Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

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Murray Dedicates win to Hutchins

 

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Walking wounded?

Maria Sharapova withdrew from Brisbane nursing a right collarbone injury

John Isner withdrew from Hopman Cup with a knee injury.

Andrea Petkovic underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in her right knee the result of an injury in her first Hopman Cup match.

 

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Gangnam Style

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Swear I don’t swear

Andy Murray commented that he did not promise not to swear:

 

“I was doing an interview over the phone. I got asked about swearing on the court. I said ‘obviously I don’t mean to do it. I don’t want to do it. Sometimes you get frustrated and you do and obviously I will try to stop.’

“I didn’t make any promises or guarantees that I was going to.

“Then it came out that I’ve said this year I will stop swearing. What I also said was that a lot of players swear on the court and a lot of people say a lot worse things than me – in other languages. It doesn’t get picked up the same.

“So where I would obviously love to stop doing it, I try not to. But I can’t guarantee it.”

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I’m relly boring now

 

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iPhone

Serena and Venus Williams in an iPhone commercial
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Beware of Pedicures

No.  1 Victoria Azarenka blamed “a bad pedicure experience” forced her to pull out before her semifinal match in Brisbane against Serena Williams. Thirty minutes before the match Azarenka said she had undergone a small procedure to correct an ingrown toenail of her right big toe.

 

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Walking with “Sunshine”

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Caroline Wozniacki and boyfriend golfer Rory McIlroy took to Sydney’s Skywalk

 

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The ATP is cracking down on the time taken by players between points this year. Players including Andy Murray  say they agree with the concept but 25 seconds between points is not enough.

 

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On the market, back off the market?

Recently, ESPN’s Darren Rovell “confirmed” that 25 year-old Maria Sharapova is indeed dating 21-year-old Bulgarian player Grigor Dimitrov dubbed “Baby Fed” for his similar playing style to Roger Federer. At the end of last year tennis journalist Colette Lewis reported this on her twitter account. Sharapova had  split up with her fiancé to basketball player Sasha Vujacic back in the spring.

 

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Australain Open Wildcards

Men Women
Wu Di (CHN) Asia Pacific Wildcard Play-off Yuxuan Zhang (CHN) Asia Pacific WildcardPlay-off
Benjamin Mitchell AO Play-off winner Bojana Bobusic AO Play-off winner
Rhyne Williams US Open Reciprocal Madison Keyes US Open Reciprocal
Josselin Ouanna French Open Reciprocal Caroline Garcia French Open Reciprocal
Luke Saville Discretionary Olivia Rogowska Discretionary

 

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Court Coverage

During a a match versus Dustin Brown in Doha, top seed David Ferrer made a hole in the court. Play had to be stopped to fix the court.

 

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Tennis Queen becomes bowling queen

Billie Jean King now the celebrity owner o of the New York City WTT KingPins, joining Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul and former NFL stars Jerome Bettis and Terrell Owens as celebrity owners in the Professional Bowlers Association’s inaugural PBA League.

 

Game, Set, Match and Champions

Serena Williams captures her 47th WTA title by defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-1 to win the Brisbane International in Brisbane, Australia.

Andy Murray defeated Grigor Dimitrov 7-6(0), 6-4 to win the Brisbane International for his 25th ATP World Tour title.

Richard Gasquet rallied from a set and a break down to beat Nikolay Davydenko 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-3 to win the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha.

Li Na beat Klara Zakopalova 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 to win the inaugural Shenzhen Longgang Gemdale Open in Shenzhen, China.

Janko Tipsarevic over surprise finalist Roberto Bautista-Agut 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 to win the Aircel Chennai Open in Chennai, India, his 4th career title.

Agnieszka Radwanska over Yanina Wickmayer 6-4, 6-4 to win the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand

Spain upsets Serbia 2-1 to win the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia.

 

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No. 1 Djokovic is Looking Back, Looking Forward To 2013

Novak Djokovic Abu Dhabi

By Abigail Hinto

(December 27, 2012) ABU DHABI – Coming off one of the most successful seasons a player has ever had on tour in 2011, the question for Novak Djokovic for 2012 was how much would a letdown 2012 be? It’s hard to expect a player to repeat the kind of peak performance Djokovic achieved in 2011, but suffice to say, 2012 was not a disappointing year for him. He defended his Australian Open title, won the ATP World Tour Finals,  three Masters 1000 events and ended the year as world No. 1 again.

In a way, it was impressive the way he was able to maintain his consistency, hold off plenty of challengers, and defend as many points as he did to reclaim the No. 1 position he lost in the middle of the year. Despite the bumps and losses along the way, Djokovic’s mentality through 2012 was most impressive. In fact, in the pre-tournament interview he gave today at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships, he regards his 2012 year as the more successful year psychologically. “I had to face many circumstances on and off court that were not easy. I overcomed [sic] it and right now, I feel relieved in a way because I got another good year,” assessed Djokovic. And ending the year strongly, winning the World Tour Finals, cementing his world No. 1 status, brings an ever-confident Djokovic to the new year.

Djokovic has been working hard in his pre-season training the past three weeks already, where he started with fitness training before gradually increasing the hours spent on the tennis court. Though he feels he’s still not at a 100% the way he was at the end of the season, he knows he’s slowly getting there. Choosing to play two exhibition tournaments, here in Abu Dhabi and later the Hopman Cup is also all part of the plan to get to the Australian Open in peak form. Explaining his decision not to enter any ATP tournaments at the start of the year, Djokovic said he didn’t want to face right away the stress of winning every single match he plays. He wants to take his time working on his game, a luxury they don’t get during the rest of the year. “I feel very fit right now,” adds Djokovic, and just a couple more weeks and he feels he’ll reach his top fitness level and tennis game again. Just in time for his Australian Open title defense.
Abigail Hinto is covering the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi, UAE as media for Tennis Panorama News. Follow her updates on twitter at @TennisNewsTPN.
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Venus Williams and John Isner sign up for Hyundai Hopman Cup

 

Venus Williams and John Isner will represent the USA at Hyundai Hopman Cup, the first to be staged at the spectacular new Perth Arena.

 

“I’ve never been to Perth – I’ve never played the Hopman Cup, so for me it’s going to be a wonderful experience,” said Venus Williams. “I’ve watched it literally every year on TV so now I get to play, I’m very excited.”

 

Former world No.1 Williams is one of the most successful female athletes ever, boasting seven Grand Slam singles titles, second only to sister Serena in active players, and four Olympic gold medals, for singles in Sydney in 2000 and most recently in doubles with Serena at London 2012.

 

With 43 career titles to her name, Williams has enjoyed a recent resurgence to form following a comeback from illness. She reached the semifinals in Cincinatti and quarterfinals in Miami, Charleston and Rome, and with sister Serena hoisted another Wimbledon doubles trophy.

 

Planning his third Hyundai Hopman Cup appearance, world No.10 John Isner is a big fan of the format and the guaranteed three matches the event provides. The 206cm tall Isner is also looking forward to playing mixed doubles with Venus.

 

“For me it’s [Hopman Cup] the perfect way to start the year,” Isner said. “It has the pressure of matches but then it’s not exactly an ATP tournament.
“My previous two partners have been very very small. But Venus is a little bit taller so I’m not going to look like such a giant out there. She’s obviously one of the greatest players ever so I think our team has a good shot to do well,” Isner continued.

 

Isner has enjoyed a tremendous 2012, with highlights including a career high ranking of No.9, and collecting scalps from two of the most invincible players of the era, winning over Roger Federer on clay in a Davis Cup tie against Switzerland, and Novak Djokovic in the semifinal of Indian Wells.

 

He defeated Lleyton Hewitt to take out the title in Newport and also won in Winston Salem. He reached the finals at both Indian Wells and Houston.

 

“The US team is a formidable one with John Isner currently top ten and having a magnificent year, and Venus Williams a former number one and seven-time Grand Slam champion and multiple Olympic gold medal winner,” Event Director Steve Ayles said.

 

“Venus Williams is one of the most high profile sportswomen on the planet, a great athlete and an intriguing personality, and Isner has really made his mark over the past twelve months, as evidenced by his top ten ranking and the ability to take on and win over players such as Federer and Djokovic.

 

“Confirming both Venus and John is a major coup for Hyundai Hopman Cup and we look forward to welcoming them to Perth.

 

“With two highly competitive teams – Serbia and USA – confirmed, Hyundai Hopman Cup is shaping up to be a great event,” Ayles continued.

 

Hyundai Hopman Cup field so far:

 

Team Serbia:                     Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic

Team USA:                          John Isner and Venus Williams

Team Australia:                Bernard Tomic

 

Further Hyundai Hopman Cup team announcements will be made in October.

The Hyundai Hopman Cup is the official mixed teams competition of the ITF. It will take place at the new Perth Arena from Saturday 29 December 2012 to Saturday 5 January 2013.

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Kourtin’ Karen’s Tennis News Scoreboard – Week Ending January 2, 2011

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Happy New Tennis Year 2011 and welcome to Tennis Panorama News!

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Fire Takes Rubin’s Home

The Lafayatte Louisiana home of former World  No.  6 Chanda Rubin was destroyed by fire last week. The likely cause of the fire – lightning.  There were intense thunderstorms the night of the blaze. Rubin was not injured.

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Auf  Wiedersehen

Nicholas Keifer has called it a career- the former world No. 4 wants to spend more time with his family. Keifer has a daughter who is less than a year old.

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Two “Heads” are better than none

Matt Cronin of TennisReporters.net reports that Maria Sharapova will announce her new racquet deal with Head. Sharapova had been playing with Prince racquets.


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Out of the Australian Open

Jie Zheng  is still recovering from wrist surgery.

Alona Bondarenko recently had knee surgery.

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King and Queen of the Hopman Cup Ball

The  twenty-first edition of the round robin exhibition tournament is underway in Perth Australia featuring teams from eight nations.

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Royal Order

Canada’s Daniel Nestor has been appointed t a a member to the Order of Canada. Not only was Nestor commended for his contributions to tennis  but also for his community and charity work.

Game, Set, Match and Welcome to the 2011  Tennis Season!

Action on tap this week includes tournaments in Auckland, Brisbane, Chennai and Doha.

Kourtin’ Karen’s Tennis News Scoreboard takes a brief and sometimes funny look at the week that was in the world of tennis. During the the major tournaments she produces the scoreboard almost daily.

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