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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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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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