2014/04/19

Statement from Mayo Clinic on Del Potro’s Surgery

(March 24, 2014) 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro underwent surgery on his left wrist on Monday at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Richard Berger of Rochester, Minn., performed the surgery. He who also performed the surgery on Del Potro’s right wrist in 2010.

 

The Mayo Clinic released the following statement:

 

Juan Martin del Potro underwent surgery on his left wrist today at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota by Dr. Richard Berger. During the operation, it was discovered that the damage to his wrist ligaments was worse than expected based upon the high resolution imaging obtained before the surgery. Even so, the surgery went very well and as planned. The damaged ligaments were repaired and reinforced.

The surgery did not require hospitalization and Juan Martin is recovering comfortably. It is expected that he will make a full recovery and on schedule as originally planned. Dr. Berger did note, however, that “Given the degree of damage that was discovered in Juan Martin’s wrist, it is amazing he was able to play at all. It is the result of his passion for the sport, his drive to play well and his strength that he was able to last this long. I can’t wait to see him play at full strength again”.

 

 

Juan Martin del Potro posted post-surgery photo on his Facebook page:

Del Potro in the Hospital

Hola a todos, acá todavía dolorido por la operación. Por suerte salió todo bien.
Muchas gracias por las muestras de afecto de todos ustedes. Acá les dejo una foto con el doctor Berger y con Franco.
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Hi everyone, here I am, still sore from the surgery. Luckily everything went well.
Thank you very much for the nice messages you are sending me. Here’s a picture with Dr. Berger and Franco.

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Juan Martin Del Potro to Have Surgery on His Left Wrist

Del Potro retires

(March 23, 2014) Juan Martin del Potro announced on his Facebook page on Sunday evening that he will be undergoing surgery on his left wrist on Monday, March 24, 2014 . Here is the announcement on his Facebook page:

Estimados amigos,

Les quiero contar que luego de un período de tratamiento médico conservador, en el que probamos alternativas para que pueda ser competitivo en una cancha de tenis, y de nuevos estudios realizados hoy, mi médico Richard Berger decidió operarme para solucionar el problema en la muñeca izquierda. Será mañana, lunes 24 de marzo.

Lógicamente, no es la decisión más fácil ni el momento más feliz de mi carrera. Tengo la experiencia de una situación parecida y sé lo duro que es estar fuera del circuito, las ganas de querer volver, las semanas interminables de recuperación y también lo complicado que es comenzar a pelear por los primeros puestos nuevamente.

Como siempre, les agradezco a los que me manifiestan su apoyo en cualquier parte de la Argentina y el mundo, en los torneos, en la calle o por redes sociales. La fuerza de ustedes y mis ganas serán fundamentales en la recuperación.

Muchas gracias a todos,
Juan Martín

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Dear friends,

I want to tell you that after a period of medical treatment, in which we tried to be competitive on a tennis court, and following new examinations done today, my doctor Richard Berger decided that I should have surgery to fix the problem on my left wrist. It will be tomorrow, Monday, March 24th.

Obviously, it’s not the easiest choice or the happiest moment of my career. I experienced a similar situation and I know how hard it is to be out of the tour, the desire to return, the endless weeks of recovery and how difficult it is to start fighting for the top spots in the rankings again.

As always, thank you to those who express their support in any part of Argentina and the world, during tournaments, on the streets or social networks. The strength you send me and my desire will be crucial during my recovery.

Thank you very much to all,
Juan Martín

Del Potro had withdrawn from the Sony Open last week and the BNP Paribas Open with the same injury – ligament damage in his left wrist. Del Potro also pulled out of the Dubai tournament last week with the same injury.

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“Well, my situation, it’s the same as Dubai,” said the Argentine when he withdrew from Indian Wells.  “The wrist is still bothering me a lot.  I signed up for doubles here to try before singles how I’m feeling, and I played yesterday and I didn’t feel really well.

“I’m not feeling 100%, and I’m not in good conditions to compete and to try and to win the tournament.

“I mean, I always like to feel good and feel the chance to win the tournament, and I’m not feeling that.  The wrist is still bothering me a lot, and my doctors tell me to wait ten more days doing the treatment and do everything possible to play in Miami.

“That’s what is my focus now.  I will have the next ten days for do the same treatment, the same exercises, the same rehabilitation, and try to get in Miami much better than here and see what could happen in that tournament.”

“The problem start in Melbourne,” Del Potro said.  Yeah.  In my first round in Melbourne, yeah.

“And after that match is painful all the time.  I couldn’t spend time without the pain after Melbourne.”

Del Potro underwent  surgery on his right wrist back in 2010, the year after he won his first and only major the US Open and was off the tour for eight months.

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Juan Martin del Potro Withdraws From Sony Open

Del Potro in press 3

 

(March 19, 2014) Juan Martin del Potro has announced on his Facebook page that he is withdrawing from the Sony Open in Miami citing the wrist injury which also took him out of the BNP Paribas Open:

 

Hola a todos de nuevo. Durante estos días me estuve entrenando en el Crandon Park y seguí el tratamiento para intentar jugar en Miami, pero todavía siento dolores en la muñeca y no estoy en forma competitiva para entrar a la cancha. Me siento muy triste porque se trata de un torneo especial para mí por la cantidad de fans argentinos y latinos en general. En los próximos días visitaré a mi médico nuevamente para determinar los pasos a seguir. De corazón, gracias a todos por los mensajes en este momento especial.

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Hi everybody. During these days I was training at the Crandon Park and followed the treatment to try to play in Miami, but I still feel pain in my left wrist and I don’t feel competitive to go on court. It’s a pity because this is a special tournament for me since there are many Latin fans and Argentines in particular. In the next few days I will visit my doctor again to determine the following steps. Sincerely, thanks everybody for the messages in this special moment.

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Del Potro in press

(March 9, 2014) INDIAN WELLS – Sixth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro withdrew from the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday due to ligament damage in his left wrist. Del Potro also pulled out of the Dubai tournament last week with the same injury.

“Well, my situation, it’s the same as Dubai,” said the Argentine.  “The wrist is still bothering me a lot.  I signed up for doubles here to try before singles how I’m feeling, and I played yesterday and I didn’t feel really well.

“I’m not feeling 100%, and I’m not in good conditions to compete and to try and to win the tournament.

“I mean, I always like to feel good and feel the chance to win the tournament, and I’m not feeling that.  The wrist is still bothering me a lot, and my doctors tell me to wait ten more days doing the treatment and do everything possible to play in Miami.

“That’s what is my focus now.  I will have the next ten days for do the same treatment, the same exercises, the same rehabilitation, and try to get in Miami much better than here and see what could happen in that tournament.”

“The problem start in Melbourne,” Del Potro said.  Yeah.  In my first round in Melbourne, yeah.

“And after that match is painful all the time.  I couldn’t spend time without the pain after Melbourne.”

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Day Three Dubai Round-up – Federer Pushed by Stepanek

 

By Florian Heer

(February 26, 2014) DUBAI -The remaining sixteen players all took the court on an action-packed third day at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

The tournament’s three Wild Cards have secured their passage safely to the second round and two of them started Centre Court action on Wednesday. Malek Jaziri and Somdev Devvarman faced each other for the very first time. Despite winning twelve fewer points, the Tunisian edged past Igor Sijsling in the first round, whereas the Indian reached this stage after Juan Martin Del Potro was forced to retire in yesterday’s match. Today’s encounter started in the heat of the early afternoon and lasted for one hour and 34 minutes when Jaziri converted his first match point, firing back twice from a break down, winning 6-3, 7-5.

“Two days of tough matches. I tried to recover from as good as I can from yesterday’s more than two hours-game and I’m happy to gain this important win today,” the world number 137 said. Jaziri made a long jump to accept Dubai’s Wild Card while he was playing an ATP Challenger event in Morelos, Mexico. “I lost there in semis and arrived here on Sunday night after a 24 hours trip taking three different planes. Now I’m in quarterfinals, so I’m very happy,” the Tunisian told about his journey.

On Court 3 the other Wild Card, James Ward, took on Mikhail Youzhny after seeing off another Russian, Teymuraz Gabashvili, in the opening round. This time, however, the Englishman was not able to repeat yesterday’s solid performance. Youzhny took the match 6-1, 7-6 in 95 minutes.

Back on Centre Court third-seed Tomas Berdych stepped into action against Sergiy Stakhovsky. The Czech only lost two points behind his first when he defeated Romanian qualifier Marius Copil yesterday. The Ukrainian advanced into second round, saving all five break points en route to defeating Ivan Dodig in three sets. Berdych extended his winning streak to eight today cruising past Stakhovksy 6-2, 6-1 in only 57 minutes.

“It was a solid win. Today I was working a little more on my return stats than on my service stats. The main focus for the next days is to get my percentage of the first serve back. I’m usually not used to play that much through my second serve or playing a lot of rallies but today I was able to do so,” a confident winner stated afterwards. “Sergiy is a very tough and tricky opponent. Every single point is different. Slices, short balls, deep balls – it’s nothing what I really like but still I was able to manage it very well and I found a good rhythm from the baseline,” Berdych said and is still ambitious to finally win a Grand Slam tournament. “I really don’t mind which one it is. I will really take any of them. I have been in all semi-finals and played one final on the grass, it don’t matter if it clicks in Paris or in New York,” the Czech said.

On Court 1 Philipp Kohlschreiber faced Andreas Seppi for the eight time. The German won the last encounter between the two at Paris’ Masters in three sets and was in total control today as well. The match wasn’t of highest quality. Kohlschreiber set the highlights by converting his set point through a nice forehand winner and also hit a great backhand down the line shot on match point. Two breaks in the first and another two in the second set were enough to advance into the quarterfinals winning 6-3, 6-3 in eighty minutes.

This match should have been followed by the seventh meeting of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Nikolay Davydenko. The Russian, however, had to withdraw due to injury.

 

Five-time Dubai Champion Roger Federer opened the evening session on the main stage by taking on Radek Stepanek for a fifteenth time. The Swiss held a 12-2 head to head record against the Czech before the match with Stepanek’s last victory dated back to the year 2008 in the quarterfinal of the ATP Masters 1000 in Rome. Today it seemed to get all along the expected way in the beginning. The Czech started to hit some unforced errors in the middle of the opening set and Federer broke serve in the sixth and eighth game to take the frame. The Swiss, however, had a shaky start into the second set when he lost his first service game but the world number 48 couldn’t serve the set out either in the twelfth. It followed a tie-break with a couple of close calls and a very inconsistent Federer, which led to a first deciding set in the evening sessions in Dubai this week. The Czech veteran started an entertaining final set in full activity, even dived for the ball and consequently capitalized on his first break point. Although having two game points, the Czech wasn’t able to confirm in the following. Eventually it was Federer, who gained another break to get the turning point of the match underway. The fourth-seed finally advanced into the quarterfinal winning 6-2, 6-7, 6-3 in two hours and eight minutes.

“I wasn’t playing as aggressive as I wanted to, couldn’t find the right balance between offense and defence, no transition games at all,” Federer said afterwards. “Radek did a good job of putting the pressure on me and mixing it up. From that point, it was a really difficult match. I’m very pleased to come through,” the Swiss was visibly relieved.

For the first time, Federer is going to face Lukas Rosol next, who beat Dmitry Tursonov in straight sets 6-4, 7-6 after 88 minutes. “I’m expecting a match without any rhythm, heavy hitting, big serving, taking huge cuts at the ball from the baseline on my serve,” former world number one told about his task tomorrow. “I really remember Rosol’s match when he played Nadal at Wimbledon. I was watching it and I just couldn’t believe it, how he was serving at the end and how he was just running around and doing his thing,” Federer seemed to be impressed by Rosol’s performance back then.

In the final match of the day top-seed Novak Djokovic sought his 30th win in Dubai against the only Spaniard in the main draw, Roberto Bautista-Agut. Both players met once before on the ATP World Tour, exactly one year ago at the same stage here in the desert. Djokovic won in straight sets. The Spanish world number 51 needed about fifteen minutes to find into this match but at this point, he has been already 0-4 down and nine minutes later the opening set was over. The top-seed broke serve in the fifth and seventh game of the second frame to serve out winning 6-1, 6-3 in only 57 minutes. “I have done really well today from the first to the last point,” Djokovic was satisfied afterwards. “There were no major ups and downs, especially with the serve that helped me to win comfortably to gain some free points. Roberto is a quality opponent. He moves really, really fast around the court. He always gives you an extra shot to play but made a lot of winners. I was covering the baseline really well and the surface is quite fast, things happen very quickly,” the Serb said.

Florian Heer travels the tennis tour with a focus on ATP Challenger events and the ITF Futures Circuit.  Follow his twitter account @Florian _Heer.

 

Results
Singles – Second Round
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) d R Bautista Agut (ESP) 61 63
[3] T Berdych (CZE) d S Stakhovsky (UKR) 62 61
[4] R Federer (SUI) d R Stepanek (CZE) 62 67(4) 63
[5] J Tsonga (FRA) d N Davydenko (RUS) W/O (left rib)
[6] M Youzhny (RUS) d [WC] J Ward (GBR) 61 76(3)
[7] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d A Seppi (ITA) 63 63
L Rosol (CZE) d [8] D Tursunov (RUS) 64 76(4)
[WC] M Jaziri (TUN) d [WC] S Devvarman (IND) 63 75

Doubles – Quarter-finals
D Brands (GER) / F Mayer (GER) d J Del Potro (ARG) / R Stepanek (CZE) W/O (left wrist)
T Bednarek (POL) / L Dlouhy (CZE) d L Rosol (CZE) / A Seppi (ITA) 62 64

Doubles – First Round
M Bhupathi (IND) / D Istomin (UZB) d O Marach (AUT) / F Mergea (ROU) 46 63 16-14

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 27 FEBRUARY 2014

CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
[7] P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs [WC] M Jaziri (TUN)
[5] J Tsonga (FRA) vs [3] T Berdych (CZE)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs [6] M Youzhny (RUS)
[4] R Federer (SUI) vs L Rosol (CZE)

COURT 1 start 3:00 pm
Time TBA – [1] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) vs R Bautista Agut (ESP) / I Sijsling (NED)

Not Before 5:00 pm
M Bhupathi (IND) / D Istomin (UZB) vs [2] R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK)

 

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Juan Martin Del Potro Retires from Match in Dubai

Del Potro retires

(February 25, 2014) DUBAI – Juan Martin Del Potro was forced to retire from the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Tuesday with a left wrist injury after losing the first set in a tiebreak to Somdev Devvarman.

 

The No. 2 seed had been suffering with the injury before he arrived in Dubai, and he sought medical advice in the United States following his opening round loss at the Australian Open last month. Del Potro missed most of the 2010 season recovering from wrist surgery. Del Potro won the US Open, his only major in 2009.

 

Although he broke for a 2-0 lead, Del Potro immediately dropped his own serve in the next game and after failing to convert three set points on his opponent’s serve at 6-5 he lost the tiebreak 7-3.

 

“My wrist is hurting a lot and it was really tough to play today and I tried everything, but it’s very difficult play like in these conditions, you know, playing slices or I cannot be the player what I would like to be,” said the Argentine.

 

“It’s hurting all the time, it’s sometimes less and sometimes little more. But it’s hurting, and I have been in contact with my doctor all the time.  He’s trying to keep me motivated to keep playing, but I know what it’s my limit playing on court. Today was enough. I have been doing a big effort to play this tournament, and it was not enough to play what I like to play.”

 

Devvarman said that he realized after a few games that Del Potro was having some pain.

 

“After starting the match, I realized that he wasn’t very comfortable hitting backhands obviously, and I tried to make him hit as many as I could, and he wasn’t really hitting over it, so I knew that he wasn’t happy,” said Devvarman. “I just tried to fight hard and tried my best to make things tough for him, make things easier for me.

 

“Obviously it’s unfortunate, you know, especially for a guy like him. I think he’s been playing really good tennis to be in the top 5, and I wish him nothing but the best and a good recovery.”

 

Del Potro said that he plans to head straight to the Mayo Clinic for another consultation with his physician Dr. Richard Berger, who operated his right wrist surgery.
The next tournament is in the United States, and I have a couple of weeks off before the tournament and I will be there to see the doctor and what advice he will give to me,“ Del Potro said.

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Day One Dubai Round-up

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By Florian Heer

(February 24, 2014) DUBAI – Five of the world’s top ten players headline the 22nd edition of this year’s Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, which started on Monday with the men’s main draw. The 32-man field is led by defending champion Novak Djokovic and five-time winner Roger Federer. The other top-ten players participating this week are Juan Martin Del Potro, Tomas Berdych and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

In the first match on Centre Court qualifier Lukas Lacko faced Dmitry Tursonov for the first time. Lacko is making his third appearance in Dubai and reaching the second round has been his best result so far. The Russian, making his fourth start here, advanced into last year’s quarterfinal where he lost to Berdych. Tursonov also made a strong start into this year’s tournament beating the Slovakian in straight sets 7-6, 6-1.

“I don’t think it was a beautiful match in terms of shot making, especially in the first set,” the Russian said afterwards. “It’s pretty tough to play with a combination of the balls are pretty hard to control and then the courts, which don’t seem very fast. I mean it’s hard to complain when you win, but, you know, I think there are quite a few things that I could have done better today,” Tursonov explained.

In the second round the eighth seed could face either Rosol or Brands. “They both serve very big. Both actually hit pretty big as well. It will be interesting how they play in these conditions,” Tursonov talked about his possible upcoming opponents. He seemed to remain cool today. “Do you think this here is a terrific heat? – You should have been in Melbourne this year,” the Russian laughed.

Out on Court number one Roberto Bautista-Agut took on another qualifier Adrian Ungur. The Spaniard won the last two meetings between the two at ATP Challenger events in Italy and also today the world number 51 from Castellón was in total control of the match winning in only 66 minutes 6-1, 6-3 to set a possible second round clash against Novak Djokovic.

The encounter was followed by the Serb’s first appearance for this year. Djokovic started his doubles campaign by entering the draw through a wild card and teaming up with Carlos Gomez-Herrera. The Serbian-Spanish tandem faced the combination of Tomasz Bednarek and Lukas Dlouhy. Of course the Spanish world number 335, who won two doubles titles with Djokovic’s younger brother Marko on the ITF Future Tour, was the weakest link on court but the world number two didn’t play at his best level either. Djokovic even double faulted during the match tie-break and finally the wild cards lost the encounter 5-7, 6-1, 5-10 after 68 minutes.

Back on Centre Court Andreas Seppi, who has only won one match so far this year against Lleyton Hewitt at the Australian Open took on Florian Mayer. The German is making his first appearance in Dubai since 2011, where he reached the quarterfinals. Mayer is in a good shape this year, opened the season with a semi-final appearance in Doha, where he posted a win over Andy Murray. He also reached the stage of the last sixteen in Melbourne, upsetting Mikhail Youzhny and Jerzy Janowicz before he lost to David Ferrer. Moreover Germany’s number three player contributed a singles victory to the 4-1 win of his country against Spain at the first round Davis Cup tie in Frankfurt this month.

 

Mayer also made a strong start into today’s match breaking his opponent’s serve in the opening game to eventually take the first set after 42 minutes. During the middle of the second frame, however, the German lost his consistency and Seppi broke his serve two times in a row. Mayer seemed to get his rhythm back, gained a 4-1 lead over the Italian in the final set but had to suffer a re-break and lost another service in the eleventh game, which should become the decisive one. In the following, the Italian served out winning 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 in just under two hours.

“Being 1-4 down in the third, and I just tried to keep fighting. I didn’t have so many matches under my belt this year, so I tried to stay in the match and he gave me some chances to come back. It think at 4-3 I played a few good games, a little bit more aggressive. For sure it was an important win for me,” Seppi said about his comeback.

The Italian could face Kohlschreiber in the next round. “We always have some tough matches. The last one was last year in Paris Bercy, where I lost 4-6 in the third set. I know that it can be for sure an interesting match,” the 30-year-old said.

Roger Federer has returned to Dubai for the 11th time. The Swiss has won the title here five times, the last one in 2012 when he defeated Andy Murray in the final. In 2014 Federer has only played two tournaments so far. He opened his season with a run to the final in Brisbane and reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open. Today he took on Benjamin Becker. The German finished last year within the top 100 for the second straight year but has not been able to win a single set against Federer in three previous meetings and same should happen today. It was just “FedExpress” rolling over the German. Federer played in a very attacking style winning the match in only 62 minutes 6-1, 6-4. “I’m extremely happy with today’s match, coming out and playing free tennis like that right off the bat is a good feeling,” the Swiss said afterwards. “I know probably Benjamin has been doing a lot of travelling back and forth, Australia, Europe, America, back to Dubai, back for Indian Wells and Miami, but you’ve got to take advantage of that. I have been here for some time. I had a good preparation and I’m happy it paid off,” he added.

In the final match of the day Philipp Kohlschreiber met qualifier Thiemo de Bakker for the first time. The German is making his sixth appearance in Dubai and has never gone beyond the second round, whereas the Dutchman is making his debut in the desert. This time the seventh-seed from Augsburg made a good start at the tournament. Kohlschreiber broke serve in the seventh and ninth game to gain the opening set in only 31 minutes. The world No. 25 drew first blood in the second set by breaking de Bakker’s service in the second game. The Dutchman was visibly annoyed by his own performance today and his was moaning a lot on the court.

Another service loss by De Bakker in the fourth game and Kohlschreiber was on the winning streak taking the match 6-3, 6-3 in 64 minutes. “At the beginning Thiemo served pretty well but then in the middle of the opening set, I found my way into the match,” the German said. “I was very satisfied with my performance today. For sure it was different to play in the evening today, the balls didn’t bounce that high and the court was maybe a bit slower, which is quite normal on this kind of surfaces. Overall it was very nice and comfortable to play here,” Kohlschreiber added.

Florian Heer travels the tennis tour with a focus on ATP Challenger events and the ITF Futures Circuit.  Follow his twitter account @Florian _Heer.

 

Results for February 24, 2014

Singles – First Round
[4] R Federer (SUI) d B Becker (GER) 61 64
[7] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d [Q] T de Bakker (NED) 63 63
[8] D Tursunov (RUS) d [Q] L Lacko (SVK) 75 61
R Bautista Agut (ESP) d [Q] A Ungur (ROU) 61 63
A Seppi (ITA) d F Mayer (GER) 46 61 75

Doubles – First Round
[2] R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) d [Q] N Davydenko (RUS) / V Hanescu (ROU) 61 57 10-8
J Del Potro (ARG) / R Stepanek (CZE) d [4] I Dodig (CRO) / M Youzhny (RUS) 63 75
T Bednarek (POL) / L Dlouhy (CZE) d [WC] N Djokovic (SRB) / C Gomez-Herrera (ESP) 75 16 10-5


SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 25 FEBRUARY, 2014

CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
[Q] M Copil (ROU) vs [3] T Berdych (CZE)

Not Before 4:00 pm
[WC] S Devvarman (IND) vs [2] J Del Potro (ARG)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs D Istomin (UZB)
[5] J Tsonga (FRA) vs V Hanescu (ROU)

COURT 1 start 2:00 pm
M Przysiezny (POL) vs [6] M Youzhny (RUS)
[1] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) vs [WC] O Awadhy (UAE) / H Janahi (UAE)
T Gabashvili (RUS) vs [WC] J Ward (GBR)
N Davydenko (RUS) vs A Golubev (KAZ)

COURT 2 start 2:00 pm
L Rosol (CZE) vs D Brands (GER)
[WC] M Jaziri (TUN) vs I Sijsling (NED)
J Knowle (AUT) / J Peers (AUS) vs D Brands (GER) / F Mayer (GER)
J Marray (GBR) / D Tursunov (RUS) vs R Bautista Agut (ESP) / I Sijsling (NED)

COURT 3 start 2:00 pm
R Stepanek (CZE) vs M Russell (USA)
I Dodig (CRO) vs S Stakhovsky (UKR)
L Rosol (CZE) / A Seppi (ITA) vs [3] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) )

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Djokovic, Del Potro, Berdych and Federer Meet the Media in Dubai

 

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By Florian Heer

(February 23, 2014) DUBAI – For the 22nd time, the only ATP World Tour 500 event in the Middle East region is taking place in Dubai. The tournament is held at the Aviation Club and its Centre Court with the official name of Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, has a capacity of 5,000 seats. Total prize money will be US-$ 1,928,340.

The draw was announced on Saturday in which defending champion as well as top-seed Novak Djokovic and five-time winner Roger Federer are projected to clash in the tournament’s semifinals. “We have two of the greatest men who have ever played the game once again competing here at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships,” said Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman of tournament owners and organisers Dubai Duty Free. “Their semifinal will be one to savour, but the field here is so strong that neither are guaranteed their place in the final four,” he added.

There is also second-seed Juan Martin Del Potro, who opens his bid for the title against popular wild card Somdev Devvarman. The Argentine could meet 2013 runner-up and recent Rotterdam winner and Australian Open semi-finalist Tomas Berdych in the semifinals. The Czech faces a qualifier in the first round. “With other members of the Top ten in the form of former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, and very in-form Tomas Berdych and the entertaining and highly-talented Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also vying for one of the most coveted trophies on the ATP World Tour, Dubai tennis fans are set to enjoy a fantastic week of top-class action,” said Tournament Director Salah Tahlak.

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Tomas Berdych

On Sunday the event’s top-seeds spoke about the coming week. “Every tournament starts from zero. There will be an opponent already in the first round, who really wants to beat you and plays well,” Tomas Berdych explained. “For me there is also a big change coming from indoors and now playing here outside. I still need time starting to build it up again,” the Czech winner from Rotterdam said.

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Roger Federer

“For me it is key playing point to point from match to match,” fourth-seeded Roger Federer stated. “The tournaments in Brisbane and Melbourne gave me confirmation that the racket switch was a good choice,” the Swiss said. “It’s nice spending time with him and it is also inspiring just to hear him speaking about the game,” Federer added about his partnership with Stefan Edberg. “Clearly we are favourites in the next match,” the Swiss talked about the Davis Cup when Switzerland will face Kazakhstan. “Clearly with Stan (Wawrinka) we have a very good team, although the depth is not quite there. Nonetheless Marco (Chiudinelli), Michael (Lammer) and Henri (Laaksonen) can play good tennis but still it depends a lot on Stan and myself. We will see how the next round goes and it is clearly nice to play at home in Switzerland,” Federer is looking forward to the tie and hopes that a lot of spectators will come to Geneva in April.

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Juan Martin Del Potro

“There are a lot of good players here in the draw. There are Federer or Djokovic, who are also favourites to win the title here,” second-seeded Juan Martin Del Potro said. “Of course I also want to go deep into this tournament. There are high expectations in my country as well and I’m trying to keep within the top-five, top-ten this year and it will be a great season for me,” the Argentine said.

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Novak Djokovic

“I discussed it with my team last year during the Asian swing in September and Marian (Vajda) was actually the one, who suggested to include another coach,” Novak Djokovic said about his partnership with Boris Becker.

“Marian has been travelling for so many year on the tennis tour and he got a little bit tired. He wanted to spend more time with his family. He has two daughters, who also play tennis so the subject came up and we talked about it. We considered different names and Boris was the one, who fitted most to our vision and to that what I want. Next we talked to Boris and there were several months of discussion how we could make this work and eventually he accepted it. Today I’m still excited for having a tennis legend like Boris in my team,” Dubai’s top-seed told the press.

“As a head coach Boris committed to travel a lot of weeks and many tournaments, which is hopefully going to bring me positive results. It’s just the beginning of the season and the Australian Open was a good tournament for us, although I lost in five sets against the champion, somebody who played an incredible tournament of his life. This was a great match to be part of. The year before I won against Stan (Wawrinka), so this is normal. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. It was not because Boris was there instead of Marian, as many people were saying. We are not significantly changing anything in my game. The biggest part where Boris can help me is obviously the mental approach and figuring out certain match situations, as he knows the position on the court.

 

“We are not changing my technique, you will not see me playing with my left and or single-handed backhands,” Djokovic added and laughed. “We do have different games. Boris was a serve and volley player, very strong and muscular. In contrary I’m a player, who stays more at the baseline but I have been working for the last year and a half – also with Marian – trying to use the opportunity that is presented due to my groundstrokes to come to the net and win the point,” the Serb said. “I felt that I have dropped two or three titles in the big tournaments during the last two years, which I could have won. That’s another reason why Boris is here,” Djokovic added.

“After the Australian Open I took some time off. There are more than four weeks between my last official match and Dubai. I only played five matches this year, just practiced for the rest of the weeks and so it will be challenging for me to go out on the courts here. It’s a totally different situation playing matches in front of thousands of people and so I tried to play so many points as possible in the last few days with all the players here,” Djokovic said.

The draw for the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships was completed on Sunday after four qualifiers Adrian Ungur, Lukas Lacko, Marius Copil and Thiemo de Bakker battled their way to victory.

Florian Heer travels the tennis tour with a focus on ATP Challenger events and the ITF Futures Circuit.  Follow his twitter account @Florian _Heer.

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Juan Martin del Potro Says he Won’t Play Davis Cup in 2014

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(February 17, 2014) Former US Open champion and current world No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro announced on Monday he would not be playing Davis Cup tennis for Argentina this year, he released  a statement.

“I will not be playing in the rest of the 2014 Davis Cup season,” said Del Potro.

“In November, I published a letter in which I expressed my disagreement with the hypocrisy surrounding the Davis Cup. Since then, nothing has changed. It has even got worse.”

Read the full translation of the press release here on the BATennisWorld site: http://www.batennisworld.com/del-potro-will-not-play-davis-cup-in-2014/

Argentina lost in the first round of the Davis Cup World group to Italy this year. The last time Del Potro represented Argentina in Davis Cup was back in 2012 in Buenos Aires. Argentina was defeated by the Czech Republic in the semifinals.

 

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Tennis News & Net Notes

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Tennis News & Net Notes for January 29, 2014

Rafael Nadal is scheduled for a medical exam on Monday.

Roger Federer to play Davis Cup against Serbia this weekend

Andy Murray held a media conference call about his participation in the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden.

Andy Murray took to twitter to hold an impromptu Q & A session with fans.

Update on Juan Martin del Potro‘s visit to the Mayo Clinic. He has been prescribed a physical therapy program.

A Danish website says that Caroline Wozniacki has parted ways with her coach Thomas Hogstedt after just 2 tourneys working with him.

World No. 11 Milos Raonic, has pulled out of this weekend’s World Group tie against Japan due to an ankle injury he suffered at the Australian Open.

“Unfortunately I am pulling out of Davis Cup this week. I came to Tokyo believing my ankle would recover but it is not at a level where I feel I can compete or help my team,” said Raonic. “This decision was very difficult to make but I believe in the players on our team and that they can get us the win. With a team scenario the most important part this week is to come out with a team win and I believe this is the best way to do it.”

 

US Names Keys, Riske, McHale and Davis to Fed Cup Team

Ivan Lendl Holds Court with the Media on Powershares Series Tennis Conference Call

The U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships announced today that 2013 Champion, Kei Nishikori, will return to Memphis to defend his 2013 title.

Syracuse University announced on Wednesday that former pro and women’s tennis coach Luke Jensen has stepped down to pursue other opportunities. Jensen was hired back in August 2006.

Nominations announced for Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II ties

On Tuesday two-time champion Vera Zvonareva advanced at Pattaya Open with her the first win of her comeback after an 18-month absence due to injury. She lost on Wednesday.

Har-Tru Sports will be a domestic sponsor of the U.S. vs. Great Britain Davis Cup by BNP Paribas First Round tie this weekend.

The ITF announced that Steve Ayles will become ITF Executive Commercial Consultant for Asia-Pacific. Ayles has held senior positions in sport for over 17 years, including his most recent position as Director of Commercial for Tennis Australia.

College Matchday to Highlight 22 NCAA Division I Matches in 2014

Results and Schedules:

OPEN GDF SUEZ
Paris, France
January 27-February 2, 2014
$710,000/Premier
Hard/Indoors

Results – Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Singles – Second Round

(1) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 60 61
(4) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Klara Zakopalova (CZE) 62 75
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. (7) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) 62 36 63

Singles – First Round
(WC) Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. (5) Simona Halep (ROU) 76(1) 64
Elina Svitolina (UKR) d. (6) Roberta Vinci (ITA) 63 06 75
(8) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. Mona Barthel (GER) 63 46 62
(Q) Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) d. Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 57 75 76(3)

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. (WC) Cornet/Garcia (FRA/FRA) 36 64 105 (Match TB)

Doubles – First Round
(3) Groenefeld/Peschke (GER/CZE) d. Hradecka/Krajicek (CZE/NED) 46 61 119 (Match TB)
Husarova/Rosolska (SVK/POL) d. Voracova/Zahlavova Strycova (CZE/CZE) 06 62 108 (Match TB)

Order Of Play – Thursday, January 30, 2014
Court Central (from 11.00hrs)

1. Elina Svitolina vs. Galina Voskoboeva
2. Yvonne Meusburger vs. Kirsten Flipkens (NB 13.00hrs)
3. Kristina Mladenovic vs. Andrea Petkovic
4. Karin Knapp vs. Sara Errani
5. Babos/Mladenovic vs. Husarova/Rosolska (NB 19.00hrs)
6. Alizé Cornet vs. Petra Kvitova (NB 21.00hrs)

Court 1 (from 13.00hrs)
1. Dushevina/Parra Santonja vs. Niculescu/Zakopalova
2. Jans-Ignacik/Olaru vs. Groenefeld/Peschke

PTT PATTAYA OPEN
Pattaya City, Thailand
January 27-February 2, 2014
$250,000/International
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Singles – Second Round
(3) Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. Alison Riske (USA) 63 64
(4) Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. (WC) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 60 62
Karolina Pliskova (CZE) d. (Q) Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 46 63 64

Doubles – First Round
(3) Kudryavtseva/Rodionova (RUS/AUS) d. Kania/Solovyeva (POL/RUS) 75 64
(4) Peng/Zhang (CHN/CHN) d. Aoyama/Dulgheru (JPN/ROU) 63 63
Daniilidou/Krunic (GRE/SRB) d. Lertpitaksinchai/Plipuech (THA/THA) 46 62 119 (Match TB)
Chuang/Kumkhum (TPE/THA) d. (WC) Wongteanchai/Wongteanchai (THA/THA) 61 63
Savchuk/Tanasugarn (UKR/THA) d. Chan/Xu (TPE/CHN) 76(5) 75

Order Of Play - Thursday, January 30, 2014
Court 1 (from 15.00hrs)
1. Tadeja Majeric vs. Kimiko Date-Krumm
2. Elena Vesnina vs. Nicha Lertpitaksinchai
3. Alexandra Dulgheru vs. Peng Shuai

Court 2 (from 15.00hrs)
1. Lertcheewakarn/Zvonareva vs. Daniilidou/Krunic
2. Chuang/Kumkhum vs. Hlavackova/Medina Garrigues
3. Date-Krumm/Tomljanovic vs. Kudryavtseva/Rodionova

 

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