August 31, 2015

Tennis News Net Notes for for Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A brief look at the news headlines of the day in the tennis world.

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– Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has announced her retirement from tennis after losing her match to Simona Halep 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 at the Western & Southern Open on Wednesday night in Mason, Ohio.

The 28-year-old Frenchwoman said in a post-match news conference: “I made my dream a reality and it will stay forever with me, but now my body just can’t cope with everything.”

Bartoli said her Achilles, shoulder, hips and lower back hurt when she plays.

“but my body just can’t do it anymore.  I’ve been already through a lot of injuries since the beginning of the year.  I’ve been on the tour for so long, and I really push through and leave it all during that Wimbledon.

“I really felt I gave all the energy I have left inside my body.  I made my dream a reality and it will stay forever with me, but now my body just can’t cope with everything.”

-The United States Tennis Association has called a news conference for Thursday to reveal plans for a makeover for the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Plans include a retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium, along with two other stadiums and a plaza where spectators can view the practice courts.

Nicole Gibbs

Nicole Gibbs

-The USTA has announced the women’s wild cards for the US Open. Spots in the main draw will go to ttwo-time NCAA singles champion Nicole Gibbs, U.S. Fed Cup team member Vania King, rising young Americans Alison Riske, Shelby Rogers and Maria Sanchez and USTA Girls’ 18s national champion Sachia Vickery. Australia’s Ashleigh Barty and France’s Pauline Parmentier also will receive US Open main draw wild cards.

Players receiving 2013 US Open qualifying wild cards are: Jan Abaza, Brooke Austin, a USTA Girls’ 18s National Championships semifinalist; local teenager Louisa Chirico who reached the girls’ singles semifinals at both the French Open and Wimbledon this year; Victoria Duval, the 2012 USTA Girls’ 18s national champion; Allie Kiick, this USTA Girls’ 18s National Championships singles runner-up and doubles champion each of the last two years; local teenager Jamie Loeb, a 2013 Wimbledon junior singles quarterfinalist; Brianna Morgan, a freshman at Florida this year who won her first pro singles title in June; and Taylor Townsend, who made history in 2012 as the first American girl in 30 years to hold the year-end No. 1 world junior ranking.

– According to L’Equipe, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga has withdrawn from the US Open with a knee injury which has kept him off the tour.

Jack Sock

Jack Sock

-Former Top 10 player Fernando Verdasco and up-and-coming American Jack Sock have joined the singles field for the 2013 Winston-Salem Open.

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Mardy Fish and Gael Monfils Withdraw from Montreal

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Mardy Fish

Gael Monfils

Gael Monfils

(August 1, 2013) Montreal – Rogers Cup Tournament Director Eugène Lapierre announced Thursday the withdrawal of world No. 49 Gaël Monfils of France, who injured his ankle in training today, along with Mardy Fish.

“I am frustrated and disappointed that I am unable to come through on the faith that Eugène put in me by giving me a wildcard,” said Monfils. “I sprained my ankle in practice this morning and received treatment before returning to the court to find that it was too painful. My doctor strongly advised me to be careful and take ten days of rest. I am sincerely sorry that I will not be able to play in Montreal.”

The withdrawal of Monfils is to the benefit of young Canadian Filip Peliwo (Vancouver, BC) who will receive the final wildcard for the main draw. The 19-year-old won two junior Grand Slam singles titles last year and finished 2012 as the no. 1 ranked junior player in the world. He will join his compatriots Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, ON), Jesse Levine (Ottawa, ON), Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver, BC), and Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON) in the main draw.

American Mardy Fish also withdrew from the tournament for personal reasons. He will be replaced in the main draw by world no. 65 Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.

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Jo-Wilfried Withdraws From Montreal

 

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

(July 31, 2013) Rogers Cup Tournament Director Eugène Lapierre announced  the withdrawal of world No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France.

“I am sorry that I won’t be able to play in Montreal, a tournament and a city with friendly fans that I really appreciate,” said Tsonga. “I need to continue to rehab my knee that I injured at Wimbledon. I hope to be ready for the U.S. Open at the end of August. I wish everyone a great Rogers Cup and Canada, I will see you soon.”

Tsonga was forced to withdraw from his second round match at Wimbledon because of a left knee injury and has not played a match since June 26. The last time he came to Montreal in 2011, he reached the semifinals before falling to eventual champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia.

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On the Green Carpet – Photos from the 2013 BNP Paribas Open Players’ Party

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Victoria Azarenka and Redfoo

"Austin Powers" and Caroline Wozniacki

“Austin Powers” and Caroline Wozniacki

(March 7, 2013) INDIAN WELLS, California – The BNP Paribas Open held their players’ party at the IW club on Thursday night. The tennis players drove up to the “Green Carpet” in classic cars included  Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Victoria Azarenka, Redfoo, Sloane Stephens, Petra Kvitova, Andy Murray, Ana Ivanovic, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, John Isner, Agnieszka Radwanska, Sam Stosur, James Blake, David Ferrer,  and a host of others including Austin Powers.

Photos by Curt Janka and Maria Noble. Follow Tennis Panorama News’ BNP Paribas Open coverage here and on our twitter @TennisNewsTPN.

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On the Green Carpet – Photos from the BNP Paribas Open Players’ Party

 

INDIAN WELLS, California (March 8, 2012) – The BNP Paribas Open held their players’ party at the IW club on Thursday night. Driving up to the “Green Carpet” in classic cars included the likes of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Victoria Azarenka, Petra Kvitova, Andy Murray, Ana Ivanovic, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, John Isner, Agnieszka Radwanska, Jelena Jankovic, David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez and a host of others.

Photos by Curt Janka and Jennifer Knapp.  Follow Tennis Panorama News’ BNP Paribas Open coverage here an on our twitter @TennisNewsTPN.

 

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Sony Ericsson Open Players Party – Welcome to the Oscars


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by Craig Hickman

Tuesday night, the players chose their fashion-forward best for the “Oscars” of the player party circuit. Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, and Ana Kournikova were the biggest stars of the tennis world in attendance, as well as world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, Fernando Verdasco, and pretty boy Feliciano Lopez, who made one of the photographers weak-kneed.

Robin Soderling
, along with his girlfriend, were among the first to show up and they were already walking out when we arrived. Tomas Berdych and Lucie Safarova were the last to arrive on the red (blue) carpet. An adorable couple close up, their chemistry was palpable. Tomas has always had the look of an angel and Lucie’s baby-doll face was all aglow. I was thrilled to see Anastasia Myskina who arrived with the self-proclaimed “Russian Mob,” led by Svetlana Kuznetsova in another one of her head-scratching get ups.

Mixed in with the players were a few actors, a couple professional gamers, some well-known local DJ’s, and a few mystery men.

Venus Williams arrived about midway through and when Serena Williams wasn’t far behind, it was clear the superstar wasn’t coming. Also noticeably absent was Andy Roddick, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Kim Clijsters.

Tweeting the photos was a stroke of genius suggested by photographer  JD Blom. I was all set to tweet my best descriptions of the outfits when he looked over my shoulder and said, “Just snap a photo.” Ah, technology. I’m not a wizard with the latest toys, so I had no clue you could do such a thing. Once I got the hang of it, it was all over. Would love to do that again someday.

Right before the paparazzi packed up equipment to leave, one of the Getty photographers asked my to identify most of the players he’d just captured for he only recognized a few big names. Who knew?

More photos from the live tweets – here.

On the Red (Blue) Carpet of the Sony Ericsson Open Players Party

Craig Hickman is founder and editor of Craig Hickman’s Tennis Blog He is covering the Sony Ericsson Open for Tennis Panorama News. Follow him on twitter @CraigHickman.  Find his Sony Ericsson Open tweets on @GVTennisNews.

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