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Monaco Captures Inaugural Power Horse Cup

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(May 25, 2013) Juan Monaco beat Jarkko Nieminen 6-4, 6-3 on Saturday to win the inaugural Power Horse Cup in Duesseldorf for his first ATP Tour title of the year. It’s the Argentine’s eighth career title.

The Duesseldorf ATP event, replaced the World Team Cup.

For Monaco, this was a good warm up for the French Open which begins on Sunday.

“It’s the best preparation,” Monaco said. I’ve had a great week here, playing a couple of good matches. Especially today I played really well. So I will look forward to keep playing this way in Paris.

“It’s like playing at home in Tandil. I played club tennis here in 2006 and 2007, then I played the World Team Cup two times and we were champions and finalists. There must be something here! I feel very good every time I go on centre court, I feel something special. With this victory today, it’s even more special.”

“We both played pretty well,” Nieminen said. I felt I played my best match of the week, but it wasn’t enough today. I had some chances: he was serving for the [first] set and I had 0/30, I lost a 40/15 lead in the first game of the second set and in the last two games I had chances. He was always there to take his chances. Unfortunately, he played really well today.

“It would have been nice to win the whole thing here, but I made a final on clay for the first time in 10 years. That’s pretty cool for me. My body feels good going into Paris.”

Monaco is the third Argentine winner on the ATP World Tour this year, joining Juan Martin del Potro who captured Rotterdam and Horacio Zeballos who topped Rafael Nadal for the Vina del Mar crown.

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Oz and Ends – Day One at the 2013 Australian Open

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Oz and ends  and bits of news from the Australian Open for January 14, 2013

 

Bagels and breadsticks

Maria Sharapova won her first match of the Australian Open 6-0, 6-0 in 55 minutes over fellow Russian Olga Puchkova. It was her third career “double bagel” in a major tournament. She only needs a double bagel at Wimbledon to complete a “double bagel slam.”

Three women have completed the “double bagel slam” – they are Hall of Famers Chris Evert, Steffi Graf and Monica Seles.

Venus Williams added to the bagel set count with a 6-1, 6-0 demolishing of Kazakhstan’s Galina Voskoboeva.

 

Win streak continues

Agnieszka Radwanska has extended her 2013 win streak to 10 by defeating Australian wild card entry Bojana Bobusic of 7-5, 6-0 on Monday.
Twitter News

Maria Sharapova has officially joined twitterverse. Follow her at @MariaSharapova

[tweet https://twitter.com/MariaSharapova/status/290778598774829058]

 

Tweets of the day

 

 

Lucky Loser is a winner
Tim Smyczek is lucky loser was a winner on Monday with a 6-4, 7-6, 7-5 victory over Ivo Karlovic. The American it into the draw thanks to housemate John Isner who pulled out of the tournament with a right knee injury.

 

Tough day for Aussies

Matthew Ebden, Ashleigh Barty, Olivia Rogowska, Sasha Jones,  John Millman, Lleyton, Hewitt and Casey Dellacqua all exited on day one of Australian Open. Sam Stosur was the only victorious Australian on Monday.

 

Two seeds falls

The 11th seed Juan Monaco was the only seeded played not to win on Monday. The Argentine who withdrew from last week’s Kooyong Classic exhibition tournament with a hand injury was clearly stuggling clearly struggling on the court in his straight set loss to Alex Kuznentsov, was applauded by spectators for not retiring from the match.

Monaco told Reuters: “My leg tightened up at the start of the second set and it was very tough for me,” pointing to his right leg.

On the women’s side Ksenia Pervak  stopped 32nd seed Mona Barthel 7-5, 2-6, 6-4.

Federer out of Davis Cup

Roger Federer will not participate in Switzerland’s first round Davis Cup tie versus the reigning champions, the Czech Republic

 

Five set marathons

[22] Fernando Verdasco def. David Goffin 6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
[10] Nicolas Almagro def Steve Johnson 7-5, 6-7, 6-2, 6-7, 6-2
Edouard Rogers-Vasselin def. Ruben Bemelmans 6-3, 6-7, 2-6, 7-5, 11-9
Daniel Gimeno-Traver def. Lukasz Kubot 6-7, 6-4, 6-0, 4-6, 6-4
[23] Mikhail Youzhny def. Matt Ebden 4-6, 6-7, 6-2, 7-6, 6-3
[28] Marcos Baghdatis def. Albert Ramos 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Roberto Bautista Agut def. Fabio Fognini 6-0, 2-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
[31] Radek Stepanek def. Viktor Troicki 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 7-5;
Brian Baker def. Alex Bogomolov 7-6, 6-3, 6-7, 3-6, 6-2.

 

Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama News

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Clash of the Continents to Feature Tipsarevic, Fish, Nishikori and Monaco

(November 8, 2012) The Clash of Continents  will take place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on November 24th and 25th featuring four tennis stars representing the continents of Asia, Europe, North America and South America.

 

Participating will be World No.9 Janko Tipsarevic, representing Europe, Japan’s Kei Nishikori representing Asia, Mardy Fish playing for North American while Juan Monaco will carry the flag for South America.
With prize money of US$520,000, the continental round-robin format will have the players compete over two days and battle for “Pride, Honor & Glory”.

In addition to the competition between the men, Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia will battle China’s Peng Shuai on Sunday.

 

Alongside the event is the addition of a Tennis Festival at the Kallang Tennis Centre that aims to encourage communities from all walks of life to learn tennis and to lead a healthy active lifestyle through sport.

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Monaco Wins Malaysian Open for Fourth Tournament Win of the Year

 

Argentina’s Juan Monaco captured his fourth tournament of the year by winning a hard fought match against Julien Benneteau of France 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in for the Malaysian Open title.

“I think we played a great match, with a lot of ups and downs,” Monaco said the over three-hour long match. “I got a little nervous when I had chances, but I never gave up, particularly in the 12th game of the first set. He surprised me a little bit with his comeback in the second set. In the final set, I knew I had to be more aggressive and I am happy the way I finished the match.

“I’d like to relax now and enjoy the victory. It isn’t easy to win tournaments, but I will focus on the next challenge and go to Tokyo tomorrow. It has been nice to be in this city and win the trophy. It feels very good. When I win a title, I think of my family and my team, as they believe in me, they have supported me and we have worked hard to win tournaments.”

“I was very focused on this game, because I wanted to win this final, Benneteau. The fans were great; there was a lot of French in the crowd. It was a nice atmosphere and the game was a good level.”

No. 34 Benneteau was trying to become the first player over 30 to win his first ATP title. It was his 199th career ATP World Tour tournament.

World No. 11 Monaco received $153,440 in prize money for his victory, his seventh career tournament win.

RESULTS – SUNDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER, 2012

Singles – Final
[2] J Monaco (ARG) d [7] J Benneteau (FRA) 75 46 63

Doubles – Final
[3] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) d C Fleming (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR) 57 75 10-7

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Pro Am to Benefit Autism Speaks

(KEY BISCAYNE, FL – March 4, 2011)  Sunny Florida and Biscayne Capital welcomes you to attend one of the most awaited for tennis events of the season, the V Annual Tennis Pro-Am scheduled to take place at beautiful Ocean Club Tennis Center in Key Biscayne on March, 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm.

 

This is the fifth consecutive year of the event which has brought tennis stars such as Carlos Moya, Feliciano Lopez, David Ferrer, Andres Gomez and Guillermo Vilas to show their court abilities and to be part of a special event that benefits Autism Speaks, a national non-profit corporation (the entity raises money for the research of Autism, which affects 1 out of 110 children).

 

Amongst the invited professionals to this year’s event are the 2011 women doubles Australian Open winners Gisela Dulko and Flavia Penetta and tennis celebrities Leander Paes, Guillermo Cañas, Juan Monaco, André Sá and Nicolás Lapentti, to name a few.

 

This exclusive event is a tremendous opportunity for tennis enthusiasts to get closer to their favorites and even share the court with them. The tournament is set up in a way that amateurs play side-by-side with tennis professionals on a court-rotating basis. Each amateur has the opportunity to play doubles with or against every professional player invited to the event.

 

And, if you rather be the spectator and share the same passion for the game, attendees have an opportunity to get a close up with these stars at an exclusive Private Cocktail Party that will follow the tournament.  Cocktail Party tickets are sold for $50 each and enable us to help those in need since part of the proceeds of the event will benefit Autism Speaks.

 

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information about participating in the event or purchasing tickets for the Private Cocktail Party, please contact Lighthouse event organizers Nicolas Pereira at 786.269.8266 or Vannessa Serrano at 305.301.6504.

 

 

ABOUT AUTISM SPEAKS: Autism Speaks believes that, working together, the missing pieces of the puzzle will be found.  Autism Speaks is dedicated to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders and aims to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to listen and take action to address this urgent global health crisis.  Autism Speaks. It’s time to listen!

 

ABOUT BISCAYNE CAPITAL: Biscayne Capital’s first priority is helping clients achieve their financial goals by providing flexible, independent and seamless access to a wide spectrum of global financial products and services. Biscayne Capital is led by an eclectic group of top-tier money managers, financial advisors, entrepreneurs and attorneys who have a wealth of hands-on, real-world experience.

 

ABOUT LIGHTHOUSE EVENTS: Lighthouse Events, LLC is an exclusive events planner based in Key Biscayne, Florida. 

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