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Tennis Legends Gather At ‘No. 1 Celebration’ To Commemorate 40 Years Of Emirates ATP Rankings

 

From the ATP World Tour – AUGUST 24, 2013 -NEW YORK — ATP World Tour No. 1s past and present gathered to mark the 40th anniversary of the Emirates ATP Rankings at the ‘No. 1 Celebration’, Friday night at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

Ilie Nastase, who became the first ATP World No. 1 on 23 August 1973, was present to be honoured on the night, along with successors John Newcombe, Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Mats Wilander, Stefan Edberg, Jim Courier, Marcelo Rios, Carlos Moya, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Gustavo Kuerten, Lleyton Hewitt, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Andy Roddick, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

The legends each took part in an on-stage Q&A with Justin Gimelstob and Guy Forget, sharing their experiences of reaching the summit of world tennis, before posing for a group photo with the ATP World Tour No. 1 trophy. Each year-end No. 1 received an engraved replica of the trophy.

No. 1 Celebration  Nadal, Federer

“It’s definitely an ultimate goal for any athlete, not just tennis players,” said current World No. 1 Djokovic. “Growing up, in early childhood, you are inspired to show that love and appreciation and passion towards the sport, and of course there is this big drive – waking up every morning, working so hard, developing skills to be No. 1 in the world. Not many players have achieved that and to sit with fellow champions, it’s an incredible feeling… I’m really honoured to be here.”

Watch Highlights Of No. 1 Celebration

Federer, who held the No. 1 ranking for a record 302 weeks, spoke about sharing the stage with the players who inspired him. “It was very important for me to have someone to look up to. Stefan was one of them, so it’s nice to see you here tonight and all the others players… We’ve put such huge effort in the game, and that’s a platform we can enjoy today. So it’s unbelievable. Thanks for being an inspiration Stefan, all of you here today.”

On a lighter note, a self-deprecating Roddick said, “It is an honour to be the worst player in the room.” Fellow American Courier added, “It’s a great honour to be here among friends. I dreamed of being in this arena, and to be part of this group is mind-blowing.”

Year-End No. 1s  McEnroe, Djokovic

The evening, part of the broader ATP Heritage programme, also included a tribute to former ATP Executive Chairman and President Brad Drewett, who passed away in May following a battle with Motor Neurone Disease. Drewett founded the ATP Heritage programme earlier this year.

“Brad cherished the history of the ATP and men’s professional tennis in general,” said Mark Young, CEO ATP Americas. “Tonight’s celebration is a reflection of that. It was his vision to see all the No. 1 players gathered together as we honoured their achievements.”

The ATP Heritage programme, with the support of its founding partner Rolex, will continue to serve as a platform to celebrate the rich history of the ATP and the remarkable achievements of the world’s greatest players throughout history.

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Isner and Almagro Win on Day One of Miami Tennis Cup

John Isner

(November 30, 2012) Miami, FL – Attendance grew on stadium court at Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, FL. on Friday evening, as tennis enthusiasts flocked to see some of the world’s best players perform during the night session on day one of the Miami Tennis Cup.

Alejadro Falla, Colombia’s top-ranked player, took to the court against Spain’s Nicolás Almagro, ranked No. 11 in the world. The first set was closer than expected, as Falla put up a hard fought battle from the baseline, after conceding the first set 6-4, lasting well over an hour. His first set spirit diminished during the second set that lasted only 35 minutes, as Almagro demonstrated why he was eleventh in the world, winning 6-1.

“It was tough because every match against Alejandro is complicated,” said Almagro about the left-handed Falla. “I’m quite happy with how I’m playing at the moment and I’m glad to be in the warmth of Miami for the first year of the Miami Tennis Cup. Hopefully the crowds were treated to an enjoyable game.”

Shortly after the tournament’s opening match, the top-ranked American, John Isner, squared away against the former number one player from Spain, Juan Carlos Ferrero. Fans were treated to a thrilling first set that reached a tie-break, that was easily won by Isner 7-2. The second set was a close fought battle, but Isner stepped-up his game to take the second set 6-3.

“I’ve a pleasing 2012, and this is a nice way to round off the year,” said Isner during his post-match press conference. “I’m happy to be competing in the Miami Tennis Cup. It’s a good crowd with some top players competing. I’m looking forward to seeing Andy Roddick play Andy Murray and hope to meet one of them in Sunday’s final.”

Day two of the Miami Tennis Cup will feature the tournament’s headline match between the retired Andy Roddick and the reigning U.S Open and Olympic Champion, Andy Murray, currently ranked number three in the world. The match on Stadium Court starts at 5:00pm and is expected to draw a capacity crowd.

Photos courtesy of Miami Tennis Cup and Getty Images.

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ESPN3 To Broadcast Miami Tennis Cup Featuring Murray and Roddick

(November 27, 2012) ESPN3 will broadcast live coverage of the inaugural Miami Tennis Cup with 12 hours of action Friday, November 30 through Sunday, December 2. Six players will participate in the exhibition tournament featuring recently retired Andy Roddick and reigning US Open champion Andy Murray, winner of the Olympic Gold Medal this summer.

 

The first day of action  will see John Inser, the top-ranked American, versus the recently retired Juan Carlos Ferrero and Nicolas Almagro against Alejandro Falla. The winners will meet Roddick and Murray on the second night with that night’s winners meeting for the championship on Sunday.  The event will take place at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne, home of  the Sony Open.

 

ESPN3.com Schedule

 

Date Time (ET) Event Network
Fri, Nov 30 7 – 11 p.m. Miami Tennis Cup ESPN3
Sat, Dec 1 5 – 9 p.m. Miami Tennis Cup ESPN3
Sun, Dec 2 5 – 9 p.m. Miami Tennis Cup ESPN3

 

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Tennis News Net Notes for November 26, 2012

(November 26, 2012) – A brief look at recent tennis news.

  • Both Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy had to deny engagement rumors on Monday.  Serena Williams’ hitting partner Sascha Bajin tweeted congratulations on the couple’s engagement which were not true.

See twitter conversation below:

Wow! Just heard that @CaroWozniacki got engaged… Congratulations. Show us the ring. When is the big day planned for?

 

Can’t believe you started rumors like that! @BigSascha .. Not engaged yet, but you’ll be the first to know if we do!;) hehe

 

  •  Robin Soderling tells ESPN’s Ravi Ubha that he hopes to return to the tour and that he hasn’t given up yet.

“I don’t want my career to be finished yet,” he said. “I feel I have at least five more years in me. But I still have a lot of things to be thankful for. The [mono] could have happened when I was 18 or 20. I was 27. Up to now, I’ve had a good career.”

 

  • According to Gossip Extra Jennifer Capriati says that she has not been stalking her ex-boyfriend, former Florida State golfer Ivan Brannan.

Brannan allegedly filed 10 police complaints against Capriati tin 2012

“He’s a real bad person, very dishonest,” Capriati said to Gossip Extra. “One day I’m his girlfriend, the next we’re engaged and then it’s like I never existed. It took him eight months of our relationship to admit to me he had a child. Imagine that… I was just trying to talk to him because he wasn’t returning my calls. There’s no way police should’ve been called. I can’t believe I even have to discuss this! People like me are always the targets of men like him.”

 

  • Nathalie Tauziat will be asked to resign from the French tennis federation’s management committee after she testified in favor of former coach Regis de Camaret who was sentenced to eight years in prison for raping young female players.

 

 

  •  Carsten Arriens was named  Germany’s Davis Cup captain after Patrik Kuehnen quit late last month.

 

  • LSU’s former women’s tennis coach for 20 years Tony Minnis, has filed a  racial discrimination lawsuit in regard to his recent firing reports  NOLA.com.

Minnis claims that white coaches’ annual  compensation was up to more than $30,000 than him. In addition,  he lists unjust evaluations, false letters of reprimand, unfound write-ups and race-based discrimination in the workplace in the lawsuit.

“I was accused of some really petty things,” Minnis said in a phone interview with NOLA.com Wednesday evening. In one instance, Minnis describes where he was accused of violating NCAA policy when he was used department funds to purchase meals for kids in the tennis program, which had previously not been a violation, Minnis said.

  • Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov announced on his website that he has left the Patrick Mouratoglou Academy and is now with Good to Great Tennis Academy in Sweden, which is run by former pros including Magnus Norman and Nicklas Kulti.

 

 

  • The inaugural Miami Tennis Cup will take place November 30th through December 2nd, 2012 at Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, Florida.

The event will feature appearances by US Open Champion and British Olympic Gold Medalist, Andy Murray, French Open Champion Juan Carlos Ferrero, 203 US Open Champion Andy Roddick, John Isner, Nicolás Almagro, and  Alejandro Falla.

The tournament will see all six players competing in a double-elimination tournament format within two round robin groups. Each match will be the best of three sets. The number one seed (Andy Murray) and number two seed (Andy Roddick) will receive an automatic bye in to the semi-final. The remaining four players will be drawn against each other for a place in the semi-final, with the initial matches starting on stadium court at 7:00pm on Friday, November 30th.

A look at Novak Djokovic’s new HEAD racquet ad.

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Prince Extends Partnership with David Ferrer

BORDENTOWN, New Jersey, (October 23, 2012) Prince Global Sports, a tennis equipment and footwear company, announced on Tuesday it has renewed a partnership with the second-highest ranked Spanish player, David Ferrer. Ferrer will continue to use Prince’s EXO3 Tour 100 racquet, which propelled him to reach at least the quarterfinals in all four Grand Slams in 2012.

“David has been with Prince for many years, and we are proud to have him on our team. He is one of the most respected players on tour and his work ethic and style of play mirrors what it takes to get to the next level,” said Ken Merritt, Director of Player Development for Prince Global Sports. “Since he started playing with the EXO3 racquet, David has been consistently ranked in the top 5 on the tour. Our goal is to work closely with him to find equipment that can take his game into the top 3.”

Regarded by many as the fittest player on the ATP Tour, Ferrer claimed five ATP World Tour Titles in 2012. “I try to do my best on every point, and win as many matches as possible,” said Ferru, his commonly used nickname. “It is important that I use the best frame for my game – and that has always been Prince. They support me with the best racquets to raise my game.”

Ferrer plays his hometown event, the Valencia Open 500, through the end of the month. The tournament will be extra special for him as he says farewell to his fellow countrymen, and longtime Prince Team member, Juan Carlos Ferrero. A former World Number 1, Juan Carlos has won over 15 career titles, including the 2003 French Open Men’s Singles title. Ferrero announced that he will retire after his last match in Valencia and lost in his last match on Tuesday in the first round to Nicolas Alamgro.

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Ferrero Ends Career with Loss to Almagro in Valencia

Juan Carlos Ferrero called it a career on Tuesday, losing in his last match to Spanish countryman Nicolas Almagro 7-5, 6-3 in the first round at the Valencia Open.

Ferrero is a former No. 1, 2003 French Open winner, 2002 French Open finalist and 2003 US Open runner-up. He won 16 tournaments in his ATP World Tour career and was a part of two winning Davis Cup teams for Spain in 200o and 2004. Ferrero had to deal with many injuries throughout his career.

“Thank you so much for having come to watch my final match and for all the support you gave me during my career,” said Ferrero at the end of his match against Almagro.

“It’s been a long time since I enjoyed myself so much on a tennis court. It was an honor to finish my career playing you, I think you are a great champion,” he said to Almagro.

“I simply want to thank everyone for all their support, not just this year but throughout all the years I have played here, always been a very special tournament for me and this year even more so.”

Ferrero will be joining Almagro’s coaching team on a part-time basis next year.

 

RESULTS – TUESDAY, OCTOBER23 , 2012

Singles – First Round
[1] D Ferrer (ESP) d [Q] O Rochus (BEL) 75 75
X Malisse (BEL) d [2] J Tsonga (FRA) 31 ret. (low back pain)
G Simon (FRA) d [3] J Tipsarevic (SRB) 54 ret. (right shoulder)
[6] N Almagro (ESP) d [WC] J Ferrero (ESP) 75 63
S Querrey (USA) d F Lopez (ESP) 63 76(4)
A Dolgopolov (UKR) d [LL] F Volandri (ITA) 63 76(5)
J Melzer (AUT) d C Berlocq (ARG) 63 63

Doubles – First Round
[1] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) d C Kas (GER) / P Kohlschreiber (GER) 64 62
M Cilic (CRO) / A Sa (BRA) d [3] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) 76(3) 75
D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) d [WC] R Bautista-Agut (ESP) / D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 36 63 10-8
SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 24 OCTOBER, 2012

AGORA start 1:00 pm
M Granollers (ESP) vs [Q] J Hajek (CZE)
[8] M Raonic (CAN) vs G Muller (LUX)
C Berlocq (ARG) / A Dolgopolov (UKR) vs [WC] D Ferrer (ESP) / J Ferrero (ESP)
Not Before 6:00 PM
F Verdasco (ESP) vs [7] M Cilic (CRO)
[WC] L Hewitt (AUS) vs [Q] I Dodig (CRO)

PISTA 1 start 1:00 pm
[5] J Isner (USA) vs D Goffin (BEL)
P Andujar (ESP) / F Lopez (ESP) vs [2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA)
J Melzer (AUT) / P Petzschner (GER) vs M Klizan (SVK) / M Mertinak (SVK)
J Knowle (AUT) / F Polasek (SVK) vs [4] C Fleming (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR)

 

 

RESULTS – TUESDAY, OCTOBER23 , 2012

Singles – First Round
[1] D Ferrer (ESP) d [Q] O Rochus (BEL) 75 75
X Malisse (BEL) d [2] J Tsonga (FRA) 31 ret. (low back pain)
G Simon (FRA) d [3] J Tipsarevic (SRB) 54 ret. (right shoulder)
[6] N Almagro (ESP) d [WC] J Ferrero (ESP) 75 63
S Querrey (USA) d F Lopez (ESP) 63 76(4)
A Dolgopolov (UKR) d [LL] F Volandri (ITA) 63 76(5)
J Melzer (AUT) d C Berlocq (ARG) 63 63

Doubles – First Round
[1] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) d C Kas (GER) / P Kohlschreiber (GER) 64 62
M Cilic (CRO) / A Sa (BRA) d [3] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) 76(3) 75
D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) d [WC] R Bautista-Agut (ESP) / D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 36 63 10-8
SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 24 OCTOBER, 2012

AGORA start 1:00 pm
M Granollers (ESP) vs [Q] J Hajek (CZE)
[8] M Raonic (CAN) vs G Muller (LUX)
C Berlocq (ARG) / A Dolgopolov (UKR) vs [WC] D Ferrer (ESP) / J Ferrero (ESP)
Not Before 6:00 PM
F Verdasco (ESP) vs [7] M Cilic (CRO)
[WC] L Hewitt (AUS) vs [Q] I Dodig (CRO)

PISTA 1 start 1:00 pm
[5] J Isner (USA) vs D Goffin (BEL)
P Andujar (ESP) / F Lopez (ESP) vs [2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA)
J Melzer (AUT) / P Petzschner (GER) vs M Klizan (SVK) / M Mertinak (SVK)
J Knowle (AUT) / F Polasek (SVK) vs [4] C Fleming (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR)

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Gasquet Stuns Murray in Rome

Andy Murray

By Enrico Maria Riva

ROME – Matches usually tell two different stories: Andy Murray versus Richard Gasquet was no exception on Thursday at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. While the Frenchman managed a great victory 6-7(1), 6-3, 6-2, helping him to gear up for the French Open, the Scot showed that he is still struggling on clay. Without coach Ivan Lendl anywhere in sight, Murray played a very confusing match, failing to hold his serve easily most of the time, and spending huge amount of energy battling Gasquet from the baseline.

 

Murray has an excuse, as his back seemed to bother him throughout the match an issue which he admits he has been dealing with since December, but most of all he has to blame himself for the attitude towards the whole match. He reportedly shouted “I hate this game, I hate it!” on one of the too many occasions where he had to deal with repeatedly having to save break points. Murray never found his inner peace during the match, failed to close the first set while up a break at 5-3. Somehow he won the tiebreak but didn’t manage to bring the momentum to his side and let Gasquet dictate the game.

 

Gasquet has been playing very well lately, reaching the final in Estoril and now this Murray victory confirms his progress. The fact that coach Riccardo Piatti is now traveling with him 100%, after Ivan Ljubicic’s retirement, it has given Gasquet more confidence and more stability. Friday he will have to play at his best considering that David Ferrer is in great shape. The early start at Noon doesn’t help either as Gasquet didn’t fail to mention his anger about the scheduling during his news conference”.

 

Big emotions in Rome with Italy’s Andreas Seppi who managed to win another epic match, this time against Stanislas Wawrinka, saving six match points and closing  the match 6-7(1), 7-6(6), 7-6(6) after three hours and 20 minutes. The Italian will now face Roger Federer who took out Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-2, 5-7, 6-1.

 

Another surprise was avoided on Thursday when Novak Djokovic managed to come back from a set down against Juan Monaco 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. The Argentinian showed that he has fully recovered from the Monte Carlo injury and he will be a serious threat in the Roland Garros. Rafael Nadal had no problem whatsoever in dismissing Marcel Granollers with a double 6-1 and David Ferrer prevented Gilles Simon from winning his first set ever on clay against him when he secured the second set tiebreak (6-0, 7-6). Tomas Berdych beat Nicolas Almagro 7-6, 6-3. There was an incident during a match at the Australian Open where the Spaniard involuntarily hit the Czech while volleying at the net. Yet the funniest episode involved the man who watered the court at the end of the set and an unlucky linesman who was soaked during the process.

In the night session Juan Martin Del Potro didn’t put much effort in the match he lost 6-4, 6-1 to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after having been up a break in the first set. Del Potro appeared to be dealing with knee pain.  The Argentinian didn’t appreciate the humidity and the match went quickly. Roger Federer struggled a bit to get rid of Juan Carlos Ferrrero but eventually won 6-2, 5-7, 6-1.

 

In the women’s draw Petra Kvitova needed three sets to beat Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 although she looked relaxed during the vastly deserted news conference. Venus Williams made a giant leap towards the Olympics with her win against Stosur 6-4, 6-3 and Serena Williams secured a big match against Flavia Pennetta disposing of Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3, 6-1. The Italian is the last local woman remaining thanks to her stunning performance against Petra Cetkovska 6-0, 6-1. Roland Garros champion Na Li won against Chanelle Scheepers 7-6, 6-2 and will face Dominika Cibulkova who received a walkover on Wednesday  when Victoria Azarenka withdrew from the tournament with a  shoulder injury. A solid win for Maria Sharapova who trailed early during the match against Ana Ivanovic, saving set points yet still managed to prevail 7-6, 6-3.

 

Enrico Maria Riva is in Rome covering the Internazionali BNL D’Italia for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his twitter updates on @TennisNewsTPN and his personal twitter @EnricoMariaRiva.

Enrico Maria Riva is the tennis columnist for the Italian online newspaper Il Post and also writes for the Matchpoint magazine and for the websites Spaziotennis.com and Thetennisspace.com.

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Ferrero Drives for Title in Stuttgart

Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain serves to Ricardo Mello of Brazil during their match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 2, 2010. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT TENNIS)

 

Former World No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero, currently World No. 85 won his 16th career title on the ATP World tour title winning the Mercedes Cup defeating  Pablo Anjuar 6-4, 6-0. It was only the Spaniard’s third tournament of the year.

RESULTS – SUNDAY, 17 JULY, 2011

Singles – Final
J Ferrero (ESP) d P Andujar (ESP) 64 60

Juan Carlos Ferrero: “It’s been a dream for me this week. This first tournament playing here [after] a very long year at home, practicing zero, so I came here with no goals. Now I am the winner of the tournament. I’m very happy. I take a lot of confidence in myself again. I can believe that I can win tournaments again after the injury. That is the most important thing. The knee responds very well, so everything’s perfect.”

“I started the match very strong, very aggressive all the time with my forehand and with my backhand, and I put a lot of pressure on him all the time. The second I didn’t let my level down, so I stayed motivated all the time and played aggressive till the end.”

Pablo Andujar: “He [played] the best match of the week. I thought I had a chance to beat him before going to the court, but after the first set I started to get a bit nervous because he was not missing, he wasn’t making long rallies, he was fighting every ball, and for me it was difficult. I didn’t stay at that level, and finally he won.”

“I’m playing solid and I played a really good week for me. I lost to a former World No. 1. It’s tough for me, but still I’m happy – happy for him as well because I know he had a tough time [coming back from injury].”

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Kourtin’ Karen’s Tennis News Scoreboard – Week Ending January 9, 2011

15-0

Walking on air water – the 2011 tennis season has begun!


15-15

Back on the bottom

Fresh off of serving a shortened suspension for HGH possession,  Wayne Odesnik  will compete this week in a USTA Pro Circuit Futures event, the $10,000 Plantation Open in Plantation, Florida.


30-15

Planning Ahead

The WTA has announced the 2012 and 2013 calendars 2012_WTA_Calendar 2013_WTA_Calendar


30-30

Marital Mishaps

Stan Wawrinka announced his separation from his wife on twitter this week : “I would like to announce my separation with my wife Ilham Vuilloud. Our main concern now is to look after the best interests and….. education of our daughter Alexia.”

During Thursday’s loss to Andrea Petkovic in Brisbane, Jarmila Groth and her husband Sam were heard cursing at each other during an on -court coaching session. Mrs. Groth’s coach was absent so her husband filled in.  Mrs. Groth was later apologetic and blamed the outburst on the intensity of the match.


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Break point- flu in the desert

Rafael Nadal was battling the flu last week in Doha Qatar and was ousted in the semifinals by Nikolay Davydenko. Nadal intends to delay his travel to Melbourne until he gets over his illness. Despite the flu, he and his partner Marc Lopez won the doubles title at the Qatar Open.


Deuce

In the News this week

Racquet swapping – Maria Sharapova is now with Head, Caroline Wozniacki with Yonex and Ernests Gulbis with Wilson.

Kei Nishkori has signed a five-year sponsorship agreement with a leading Japanese apparel retailer – UNIQLO.

Andy Murray is negotiations for renewing deals with Highland Spring water and the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Former No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo has been named joint director of the WTA Paris Open.

Wilson Racquet Sports Rolls Out Social Media for the Australian Open.

Fed Cup Nominations for Asia/Oceania Zone Group I and II, and Americas Zone Group I announced

2011-12 USTA Board of Directors Takes Office

Expanded and Re-Formatted Champions Series Tennis Circuit to Debut in the Fall


Advantage

Ma-hoot!

With all the injures during Hopman Cup which forced retirements and team withdrawals, a special exhibition match was held with US team Bethanie Mattek -Sands and John Isner facing off against French team Nicolas Mahut and Kristina Mladenovic. Highlight of the quickly organized match – Nicolas Mahut wearing his partner’s dress and Mattek Sands’ socks.

The Hopman Cup was also the scene for a rematch of the combatants in the  longest match in tennis history- John Isner needed just 90 minutes to defeat Nicholas Mahut 6-3, 7-6.


Deuce

“Tweeners” of the Week

Laura Robson

Nicolas Mahut

Another week another between-the-legs shot, this week there were at least three of them – Roger Federer in Doha, Laura Robson and Nicolas Mahut at Hopman Cup.


Disadvantage

Injuries

Out of the Australian Open: Juan Carlos Ferrero, Laura Robson, Paul-Henri Mathieu.


Deuce

A double pleasure is waiting for you….

In a spoof of the old Doublemint Gum spots, the Bryan Brothers are featured in a new ESPN “It’s Not Crazy It’s Sports” promotional campaign.


Advantage

Outfits of the week


From Hopman Cup this week-Bethanie Mattek-Sands wearing what appear to be  pajama pants and Nicolas Mahut in a Lacoste tennis dress.


Game, Set, Match and Champions This Week:

John Isner and Bethanie Mattek-Sands took home the Hopman Cup for the USA.

Greta Arn of  Hungary took Auckland by storm, leveling Maria Sharapova along the way.

Petra Kvitova Czeched out the trophy in Brisbane.

Roger Federer captured the Qatar crown.

Another Swiss in the winner’s circle this week as Stanislas Wawrinka wins his second Chennai title.

Not only was Robin Soderling victorious in Brisbane, but his tournament win has moved him to No. 4 in the rankings leapfrogging Andy Murray.

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