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Novak Djokovic Rogers Cup News Conference on August 7, 2012

 

TORONTO – Excerpt from August 7, 2012 news conference with Novak Djokovic at the Rogers Cup in Toronto.Video by Jennifer Knapp

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ATP Newport – Jack Sock Talks About his First Time Playing on Grass

 

 

 

NEWPORT, Rhode Island – American Jack Sock, who received a wild card into Newport, defeated  Russia’s Igor Kunitsyn 7-5, 1-6, 6-4 to win his first ever match on a grass court, second career win on the ATP tour level. Sock spoke to the media after his victory on Monday. Video by Jennifer Knapp

Jennifer Knapp is covering the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport this week, follow her updates on twitter @TennisNewsTPN.

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A Walking Tour of the BNP Paribas Open

A Walking Tour of the BNP Paribas Open

By Jennifer Knapp

 

( march 13, 2012)Welcome to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, home of the BNP Paribas Open since 2000.  Spanning 88 acres, the complex has a total of 11 match and 6 practice courts, paved and has undergone continuous improvements over the past 12 years.  As someone who has attended the tournament since the earlier days at the Hyatt Grand Champions, I can personally vouch for the fact that it gets better and better every year! It’s absolutely beautiful facility and I thought I would take you on a photo tour  starting with the North Entrance gate:

Once you’ve gone through the mandatory bag check, you be heading directly towards Stadium One.  To your right is the BNP Paribas merchandise store, the Emirates hospitality tent and the FILA store. Smack in the middle is one of 2 very popular Corona tents.  There are additional sponsor booths along the walkway as well.

To your left you’ll see the expanded foot court that includes the newly added shade structure, a much needed an appreciated feature added for 2012. The food options are plenty and with a central bar, large screen television and stage, the area is hugely popular with the fans especially on hot, sunny days.

As you make your way towards the stadium, you’ll happen on the primary seating area complete with an exceptionally large screen and plenty of tables and chairs.  It’s a fantastic place to meet up with friends and catch more than one match at time.

To your left and across the way is Stadium 2. It’s the second largest court and the location of many, many great matches.  The master draw board can be found directly adjacent to the court.

(above) Walking towards Stadium 2 from southwest side

 

(above) Walking towards Stadium 2 from northwest side.

 

Stadium 2 is both large and intimate. If that’s possible.  You can sit courtside or enjoy the expanded view that includes the mountains and that ever important breeze.

Behind Stadium Two are Courts 4 -6.  While they are the smallest in terms of available seating , the are perhaps the BEST places to catch a match as you are literally right on top of the action.  If you sit in the front row on either baseline side, you are one step from being on the court.  It’s truly an unbelievable experience.

Making your way past these 3 courts, you end up on the south side near Courts 7 & 8, the newest show courts to add significant seating.  For many years, these two courts had nothing more than the 3 rows of concrete steps on the baseline side and were used primarily for practice.

 

The last court you come to as your make your way around the grounds is Stadium 3, which is directly adjacent to the practice courts.  Not a bad seat in the house and easy access to the bathrooms and water fountain, which are both important in their own way.

 

The view from the inside Stadium 3 equals that of each of the other courts.  There are mountains everywhere!

Immediately next to Stadium 3 are the 4 main practice courts and the infamous grassy playing field where at any time you can see multiple players training and/or a pick up game of footy (soccer).  Word is that the developer didn’t plan on the playing field, but it’s become one of the most popular places onsite.

 

 

With the courts marking the south and east perimeter of the property, there is a huge grassy and now shaded area for fans to enjoy.  When the Tennis Garden first opened in 2000, there was zero shade and no trees but over the past several years, the landscape has totally matured.

One the most popular areas on the grounds  at least for the 21 years and older set is the main Corona tent, situated in the center of the grassy area between Stadiums 1 and 2.

View walking from away from Stadium 2.

View walking towards Stadium 2.

 

After all of that walking, it’s time to head into Stadium One.  The best overall view by far is from the Loge/Grandstand level.  On our way up the stairs, you get an amazing view of the practice courts:

And once you’re up at the top – the view is even better

 

So there you have it!  A walking tour of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.  It’s an absolutely amazing place and well worth the trip! Hope to see you on the grounds next year!

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Around the Grounds at the BNP Paribas Open – Friday, March 9, 2012

 

By Jennifer Knapp

INDIAN WELLS, California- First full day on site  – so many matches (and practices) to see but so little time.   Armed with a fresh camera battery, 8gb memory card and fully charged iPhone, I plotted my plan of attack.   I have a love/hate relationship with the early rounds.  I love the fact that there are so many matches to see any one time but I hate having to make the often times difficult prioritization decisions.  Okay, so I’ll admit that when I think about what I just said, I realize that I am quite lucky to have such a predicament but it really can be quite stressful!   Here it goes!

 

A few minutes after I got settled in the media room, word spread that Feliciano Lopez, David Ferrer and Fernando Verdasco were on the practice courts so I quickly grabbed my camera and headed downstairs.  Before I could get very far, I saw a huge crowd looked up and realized it was Juan Martin Del Potro.  Took a few (blurry) photos and headed over to the grassy area just in time to see Feliciano Lopez kicking around a soccer ball.  More photos.  I spotted Ferrer and Verdasco practicing on the far court and Caroline Wozniacki on the court closest to me. More photos.  Practicing nearby on separate courts were Victoria Azarenka and Janko Tipsarevic. Even more photos before I finally made it to Court 8 for Tommy Haas versus Jarko Nieminen.

 

Tommy Haas

Haas seemed to be in control in the first set but ended up winning it in a tie break – one that he came very close to losing.  He eventually won the match but he cracked at least a few rackets along the way.  Haas has long since been a desert favorite and he didn’t disappoint.  And yes, I took more pictures.

 

Next up was the Novak Djokovic/Viktor Troicki versus Feliciano Lopez/Marcel Granollers match on Stadium One.  It was a very entertaining match but I think the primarily pro-Djokovic/Troicki crowd was quite shocked to see Lopez/Granollers win in straight sets.  No pictures for this one as I was sitting up too high – in the shade – but after a few hours in the direct sun, it was a welcomed relief.

 

Juan Monaco and Rafael Nadal

I made my way back to the practice courts in time to see a huge crowd watching Rafael Nadal and Juan Monaco.  Very little chance of finding any free space, I opted to take photos from the other side and relied on my zoom to make them look much closer than I actually was. 

Also on the practice courts at the same time was Bernard Tomic who was tucked far away from the fans.   I think this might have been his first time in Indian Wells and unfortunately, it was a brief visit as he ended up losing in 3 sets to Gilles Muller.

 

My next destination was Court 2 to watch David Nalbandian and Potito Starace.  It was extremely hot sitting courtside so I took a bunch of photos and headed up to the top of the stands where you have a much better chance of catching a breeze.  The first set was a tight one with Nalbandian taking in in a tiebreak but it seemed like Starace gave up pretty early in the second set and eventually was bageled. Ouch.

 

My Twitter timeline let me know that Victoria Azarenka was in trouble on Stadium 1 so I hightailed it back over there.  The idea the #1 player in the world, riding an unbeaten streak in 2012, could crash out in the first round seemed unthinkable but it came way too close to happening.  Total crowd thriller though and what a match for Mona Barthel.

 

Andy Roddick

Took a quick break to freshen up and got myself situated (in the cafeteria) for the Andy Roddick/Mardy Fish versus Florian Mayer/Jarkko Nieminen match.  Wanted to catch some of the Gael Monfils/Philipp Kohlschreiber doubles but I knew it was going to conflict so I made one of those judgement calls.  Mayer/Nieminen started off with a bang and jumped to an early lead but Roddick/Fish fought back to take the second set and come within only a few points of winning the match. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be.   Managed to catch the last few minutes of Roddick’s news conference and heard him answering questions about his radio show and the Olympics.  

 

Last but not least was the highly anticipated doubles match between Rafael Nadal/Marc Lopez and Nenad Zimonjic/Michael Llodra.  Sat in the photo pit for this one and it was quite a view.  Nadal and Lopez were clearly fired up and seem to play some of their best doubles matches in Indian Wells.  Tonight was no exception as they beat the No. 3 seeds in straight sets.  During the on court interview, Nadal “encouraged” Lopez to speak to the crowd in English but Lopez opted to stick to Spanish.  Great way to end the evening!

 

My next and final task for the day was to complete this write up which I am now finishing after 11:00pm  – 13 hours after my “tennis” day began.  It was an amazing day and Saturday promises to be equally exciting so stay tuned!

Jennifer Knapp is covering the BNP Paribas Open as media for Tennis Panorama News. Follow her updates on twitter @TennisNewsTPN. Follow her personal twitter @Jusbjen.

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Djokovic in Montreal Final as Tsonga Retires with Arm Injury (Videos)

Novak Djokovic

MONTREAL, Canada – Novak Djokovic is in the Rogers Cup final. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga retired from their semifinal match due  to a right arm injury.

The Serbian was leading 6-4, 3-0 when Tsonga retired. Djokoivic is now an amazing 52-1 on the 2011 season with a perfect record on hard courts at 28-0.

Djokivic will be taking on American Mardy Fish in the final on Sunday. Fish  knocked Serbian Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-4 earlier in the day.

Jo-Wilfred Tsonga

Djokovic and Tsonga spoke to the media after the match:

 

Videos by Jennifer Knapp.

Jennifer Knapp is in Montreal covering the Rogers Cup for Tennis Panorama News. She has been following professional tennis for 15+ years and has attended dozens of tournaments around the world. She completed her own personal “Grand Slam” after attending her 1st US Open in 2002 and next on her tennis bucket list is the 2012 Olympics in London. Follow her Montreal twitter coverage this week  on @GVTennisNews. Her personal twitter is @jusbjen.

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Fish Reaches Third Final in Four Weeks With Tipsarevic Win (Video)

Mardy Fish

MONTREAL, Canada – American Mardy Fish has advanced to his third final in four week by taking out Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday at the Rogers Cup.

Fish has won 11 of his last 12 matches. The last time an American won the Rogers Cup was Andy Roddick in 2003.

“I win a lot of matches because I can play a lot of different styles, I think,” said Fish.

“A faster surface like this is going to suit my game perfectly—a hard court where I’ve got my footing pretty good. My serve moves through the court well. You can come in. You can stay back a little bit, as well. But to be this successful, I have to play really well, too, and I’ve done that.”

“I desperately wanted to go into the U.S. Open in the top 10. I’m not sure where this puts me now or if it moves me at all. At least it gives me a little cushion against some of the guys that are coming up.”

Janko Tipsarevic

Tipsarevic reflected on his Rogers Cup performance: “It’s been a great week, you know.  Just playing semifinals in a Masters Series event is a good result for anyone.

“But I really am not happy about the performance today.  I didn’t feel tight before the match or like I didn’t have a feeling that this is the match of my career or something like that.  I felt I was too much focused on fighting for every point rather than being focused on what I need to do on court, you know?

“Even though I was nervous at some points, I felt I had a good fighting spirit.  But the problem was that the ball was just not flying from my racquet.  On the other hand, you had Mardy Fish, who I feel he played a great game from start to finish.

“But it’s really simple, I said it yesterday:  in order to beat Mardy Fish, I needed to play good.  I didn’t play good today, so the result today was 6-3, 6-4.  Very simple.

“But you need to stay focused playing against him from start to finish because he’s not playing, let’s say, like Tomas Berdych, in the same rhythm the whole match.  He can go to the net, stay back, be aggressive, be defensive.  Combining that with a great serve, and I have to say a very good first‑serve return, which he improved so much, he’s definitely a top‑10 quality player.“

Fish will face Novak Djokovic in the Sunday final.

 

Video by Jennifer Knapp.

Jennifer Knapp is in Montreal covering the Rogers Cup for Tennis Panorama News. She has been following professional tennis for 15+ years and has attended dozens of tournaments around the world. She completed her own personal “Grand Slam” after attending her 1st US Open in 2002 and next on her tennis bucket list is the 2012 Olympics in London. Follow her Montreal twitter coverage this week  on @GVTennisNews. Her personal twitter is @jusbjen.

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Bryan Brothers Discuss Career, State of Doubles and the Olympics in Montreal News Conference (Video)

 

 

MONTREAL, Canada - Bob and Mike Bryan won their 702nd career match on Saturday by defeating Tomas Berdych and Florian Mayer 6-2, 6-1 in the Rogers Cup semifinals.  Sunday’s final will mark their ninth final of the 2011 season. The Bryans in their post-match news conference discuss their career, the state of doubles and the Olympics.

 

Video by Jennifer Knapp.

Jennifer Knapp is in Montreal covering the Rogers Cup for Tennis Panorama News. She has been following professional tennis for 15+ years and has attended dozens of tournaments around the world. She completed her own personal “Grand Slam” after attending her 1st US Open in 2002 and next on her tennis bucket list is the 2012 Olympics in London. Follow her Montreal twitter coverage this week  on @GVTennisNews. Her personal twitter is @jusbjen.

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Djokovic Storms into Montreal Semifinals

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic hits a return to France’s Gael Monfils at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Montreal, August 12, 2011. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi(CANADA – Tags: SPORT TENNIS)

 

 

What had the potential to be an exciting night session match went bust. No 1 Novak Djokovic  routed Gael Monfils 6-2, 6-1 to advance to the Rogers Cup semifinal in Montreal.

“On this level, it’s never easy, said Djokovic. You still have to make your points and you still have to make all those winners that I have done tonight.

“I mean, I have played the best match of the tournament, no doubt.  Everything was going well.  I had a difficult game on 2.‑All to hold my serve.  After that, when I made the first break, it was incredible.  9, 10 games in a row.

“I’m happy to see my game is progressing each day.”

The win improves the Serb’s 2011 record to 51-1.  He’ll face Frenchman Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in a semifinal on Saturday.

“Well, we played in Wimbledon, said Djokovic. “The last match was very close, very intense, very important for both of us.  He’s been playing better in last couple of months.  I think he increased his level.  He’s and all‑around player.  He can play pretty well on all surfaces.  He has a big serve.  If he serves well, he can beat anybody.  He showed that in previous couple of tournaments.

“So it’s going to be tough one.  It’s a fast surface.  I need to return well and hope that I can get some chances.”

Fellow countryman Janko Tipsarevic will be joining Djokovic in the semi final round. He upset Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-4. Tipsarevic’s win will place him in the top 20  for the first time when the ATP World Tour rankings come out on Monday.

He comment on his achievement, “it means a lot.  It was a goal.  Two of my goals this season, the beginning of the year, was to finish the year top 20 and to win an ATP title.  The second thing didn’t happen for me yet, even though I was close already two times this year.  I’m happy that the first thing is happening.  The goal is to finish in the top 20.  Everything over that would be a tremendous success.

“I know it’s overrated, but I’m really looking at one match at a time, not thinking about ranking positions at the moment.”

The Serb will face American Mardy Fish in his semifinal match:

“Mardy is a really intelligent player.  He’s a typical example of an all‑around player that can defend, stay back, be passive, but then on the other hand go to the net, play serve and volley and completely mix up the game.

” The goal would be I guess to, of course, serve as I served today and to control his serve.  I feel that I was returning extremely well today.  The tricky part with Mardy is if he feels the other guy is putting a lot of balls back, he goes serve and volley and mixes up and changes the pace and the rhythm of the match which he did tremendously well today in the match against Wawrinka.

“I’m going to focus on me and try to execute the serve and the return part as well as I did today, because the groundstrokes I’m feeling good for a while now.  If I manage to do that, I feel that I have a chance to win.”

Jo-Wilfred Tsonga followed up Thursday night’s upset of Roger Federer by dismissing Spain’s Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-4.

“I was a bit tired today, said Tsonga. “I lacked energy.  The match yesterday took a lot of stamina, and today my energy level was low.  Therefore, I decided to focus on only a number of return games and try to focus on holding my serve.  It was a way for me to save the energy I had left, not playing hard every game.”

Tsonga will be playing Novak Djokovic for a spot in Sunday’s final.

“Last time I played Djokovic in the semifinal of a Grand Slam tournament.  Here I played Almagro in a Masters 1000 quarterfinal.  That time against Djokovic, I believe I played well and Novak just proved he was a great player.  I believe I confirmed my good game in the former match.

” I hope tomorrow I will again confirm my success.”

Video by Jennifer Knapp.

Jennifer Knapp is in Montreal covering the Rogers Cup for Tennis Panorama News. She has been following professional tennis for 15+ years and has attended dozens of tournaments around the world. She completed her own personal “Grand Slam” after attending her 1st US Open in 2002 and next on her tennis bucket list is the 2012 Olympics in London. Follow her Montreal twitter coverage this week  on @GVTennisNews. Her personal twitter is @jusbjen.

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Fish Moves Past Wawrinka to Gain Montreal Semifinals (Video)

MONTREAL, Canada – American Mardy Fish is in into the semifinals of Rogers Cup after beating Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka, 6-3, 6-7 (8), 6-0. Fish discussed the match with the media.

 

Video by Jennifer Knapp.

Jennifer Knapp is in Montreal covering the Rogers Cup for Tennis Panorama News. She has been following professional tennis for 15+ years and has attended dozens of tournaments around the world. She completed her own personal “Grand Slam” after attending her 1st US Open in 2002 and next on her tennis bucket list is the 2012 Olympics in London. Follow her Montreal twitter coverage this week  on @GVTennisNews. Her personal twitter is @jusbjen.

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Djokovic Advances to Montreal Quarterfinals (Video)

MONTREAL, Canada – World No. 1 Novak Djokovic improved his 2011 record to 50-1 by defeating Croatian Marin Cilic 7-5, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals of Rogers Cup. The Serbian is seeking his ninth tournament title this year and his fifth Masters title on the year. Djokovic spoke to the media in his post-match news conference.

Video by Jennifer Knapp.

Jennifer Knapp is in Montreal covering the Rogers Cup for Tennis Panorama News. She has been following professional tennis for 15+ years and has attended dozens of tournaments around the world. She completed her own personal “Grand Slam” after attending her 1st US Open in 2002 and next on her tennis bucket list is the 2012 Olympics in London. Follow her Montreal twitter coverage this week  on @GVTennisNews. Her personal twitter is @jusbjen.

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