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Djokovic, Sampras, Fish and the Bryan Brothers Among Those to Particpate in LA Tennis Challenge

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(March 4, 2013) LOS ANGELES – The inaugural LA Tennis Challenge took place on Monday night on the campus of UCLA at the recently renovated Pauley Pavilion. Participating in the event to raise money for charity were world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, Former No. 1 and member of the tennis Hall of Fame Pete Sampras, Bob and Mike Bryan, James Blake, Tommy Haas and former player Justin Gimelstob.

Los Angeles’ ATP World Tour event, the Farmers Classic, their license was sold to Colombian investors who took it to their home country. Former UCLA Bruin Gimelstob wants to keep pro tennis alive in Los Angeles and organized the event.

Singles and doubles exhibition matches took place including Djokovic pairing with his idol Sampras.

Celebrities in attendance included actress Jodie Foster, actor Bruce Willis and actor/comedian and tennis fan Rainn Wilson.

Proceeds from the event are to benefit the Justin Gimelstob Children’s Fund, the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation, the Novak Djokovic Foundation, Call to Cure and the Southern California Tennis Association’s community tennis initiatives.

 

All photos by Maria Noble

 

 

 

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Audi, Esurance and K-Swiss Sign On As Major Sponsors For Los Angeles Tennis Challenge on March 4

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Audi, Esurance and K-Swiss have each singed on as major sponsors for the inaugural Los Angeles Tennis Challenge featuring World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, Mardy Fish, Pete Sampras and Bob and Mike Bryan to be played March 4 at newly renovated Pauley Pavilion.

 

“The LA Tennis Challenge is proud to partner with one of the world’s leading carmakers in the premium and supercar segment,” Gimelstob said. “We look forward to building and growing the LA Tennis Challenge into one of the best sporting and social events in Los Angeles.”

 

Added Fish: “Having Audi, Esurance and K-Swiss as sponsors is a major step in achieving our goals.”

 

Three exhibition pro-set matches will take place beginning at 7 p.m. Djokovic will take on Los Angeles resident Mardy Fish in singles followed by a doubles match pitting Djokovic and his childhood idol Sampras against Southern California natives Bob and Mike Bryan. An opening singles match between two marquee players will be announced shortly.

 

Both Djokovic and the Bryan Brothers are coming off huge wins last month in Melbourne Park solidifying each as No. 1 in the world in singles and doubles. Djokovic won his fourth Australian Open singles title while the Bryans captured their all-time best 13th doubles Grand Slam.

 

“They’re going to be tough,” Mike said of facing the team of Djokovic and Sampras in a first to eight –game pro-set. “Winning a Grand Slam is great, but we have to win in our hometown of L.A. We have to prove to our friends and family that we’re the best.”

 

Watch this quick Bryan twins interview by Tennis Channel broadcaster and event host Justin Gimelstob by clicking on the image and the CTRL key. Or copy and paste this link:

 

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Players will be playing for charity with proceeds from the event benefiting the Justin Gimelstob Children’s Fund, the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation, the Novak Djokovic Foundation, Call to Cure and the Southern California Tennis Association’s community tennis initiatives.

 

“We hope to make the LA Tennis Challenge an annual event, which brings together the community, celebrities and tennis fans to raise money for some very worthy charities and foundations,” Fish said. “It will also grow and promote the sport in Southern California. We hope to establish the LA Tennis Challenge as one of the most important social and sporting events of the year.”

 

The LA Tennis Challenge will be broadcast by Tennis Channel in the United States.

 

To learn more about the LA Tennis Challenge go to www.LATennisChallenge.com. Like the event on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LATennisChallenge and follow on Twitter at @LA10sChallenge. For more information you can email: info@latennischallenge.com.

 

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Andy Roddick, Sloane Stephens Lead World TeamTennis Player Draft

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(February 12, 2013) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Andy Roddick is returning to the tennis
courts this summer.

The former world number one was the top pick in Tuesday’s World
TeamTennis Marquee Draft. Roddick, who first started with Mylan WTT in
2000, will play for the Springfield Lasers. This will be Roddick’s 7th
Mylan WTT season and his first since 2010.

“I first played World TeamTennis when I was just starting out and have
played throughout my career so I’m excited to be back,” said Roddick. “I’ve
always liked the competition and the fan energy. I love being on a team and
am looking forward to playing for the Springfield Lasers this July.”

Sloane Stephens, a young American who is currently ranked No. 17 on the WTA
Tour, was selected by the Philadelphia Freedoms with their first-round pick.
The 20-year-old Stephens first played Mylan World TeamTennis in 2009 as part
of an all-amateur USTA team.

The newest Mylan WTT franchise, Texas Wild, will bring the world’s best
doubles team to their new home court in Irving, Texas. The Wild, who
relocated to Texas this year after 20 seasons in Kansas City, protected the
rights to Bob and Mike Bryan who are back for their 11th season.

Venus Williams, who led the Washington Kastles to their second straight
undefeated season and championship title in 2012, returns to the nation’s
capital for her 10th Mylan WTT season. The three-time champion Kastles will
be taking a 32-match win streak into their 2013 season opener.

Two of the top Americans on the ATP Tour will once again play for the
Sacramento Capitals. The Caps protected their rights to Sam Querrey and
Mardy Fish. Querrey is ranked No. 20 on the ATP Tour and Fish is No. 32.

In a trade completed prior to Tuesday’s draft, the Boston Lobsters acquired
the rights to Mark Philippoussis from the Philadelphia Freedoms.

Teams will complete their lineups next month when the Mylan WTT Roster Draft
is held March 12 in Indian Wells, Calif. Dates for all Mylan WTT matches
will be announced during the week of March 4 when the 2013 schedule is
released.

Each of the eight teams will play 14 matches – seven home, seven away.
Eastern Conference teams are the Boston Lobsters, New York Sportimes,
Philadelphia Freedoms and Washington Kastles. Western Conference teams are
Orange County Breakers, Sacramento Capitals, Springfield Lasers and Texas
Wild.

The eight teams will compete in two conferences during the regular season
which concludes on Wednesday, July 24. The top two teams from both the
Western and Eastern Conference advance to the 2013 Mylan WTT Conference
Championships which will be hosted on Thursday, July 25 by the top-seeded
team in each Conference. The 2013 Mylan WTT Finals will be contested on the
home court of the Eastern Conference Champions.

Mylan WTT Marquee Draft Selections (in Draft order)
1. SPRINGFIELD LASERS: Andy Roddick (1st round selection)
2. TEXAS WILD: Bob and Mike Bryan (1st round protection)
3. BOSTON LOBSTERS: Mark Philippoussis (1st round protection -
acquired rights via pre-Draft trade with Philadelphia Freedoms)
4. PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS: Sloane Stephens (1st round selection)
5. ORANGE COUNTY BREAKERS: no Marquee Player selection
6. NEW YORK SPORTIMES: no Marquee Player selection
7. SACRAMENTO CAPITALS: Mardy Fish (1st round protection); Sam Querrey
(2nd round protection)
8. WASHINGTON KASTLES: Venus Williams (2nd round protection)

Marquee Player Matches (dates TBD when schedule is released in early March;
additional visits could be added before season):

BOSTON LOBSTERS: Mark Philippoussis (3 matches).

NEW YORK SPORTIMES: Visiting players are Andy Roddick (Springfield Lasers)
and Sloane Stephens (Philadelphia Freedoms) for one match each in Albany,
N.Y.

ORANGE COUNTY BREAKERS: Visiting players are Bob and Mike Bryan (Texas
Wild), and Andy Roddick (Springfield Lasers)
PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS: Sloane Stephens (2 home matches). Visiting players
are Bob and Mike Bryan (Texas Wild) and Andy Roddick (Springfield Lasers).
SACRAMENTO CAPITALS: Mardy Fish (2-3 home matches); Sam Querrey (3rd week

of season). Visiting players are Bob and Mike Bryan (Texas Wild).
SPRINGFIELD LASERS: Andy Roddick (1 home match). Visiting player is Sloane
Stephens (Philadelphia Freedoms).
TEXAS WILD: Bob and Mike Bryan (1 home match). Visiting player is Venus
Williams (Washington Kastles).
WASHINGTON KASTLES: Venus Williams (1 home match). Visiting player is Andy
Roddick (Springfield Lasers).

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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, Pete Sampras, Mardy Fish and Bryan Brothers To Play Los Angeles Tennis Challenge on March 4

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Westwood, Calif., (Jan. 17, 2013) – World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, 14-time Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras, former World Top 10 player Mardy Fish and the most successful doubles duo of all time the Bryan Brothers will take part in the inaugural Los Angeles Tennis Challenge at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion on Monday, March 4.

 

Tickets will be available starting Saturday morning, Jan. 19, at 10 a.m., at www.TicketMaster.com, or can be purchased by calling the UCLA Central Ticket Office at 310-825-2101 Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling the event directly at 310-824-1010, ext. 251.

 

The event is being co-hosted by Fish and former ATP World Tour player and Tennis Channel broadcaster Justin Gimelstob. The star-studded night of exciting exhibition matches falls just days before the start of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Calif.

 

“I am very excited about playing professional tennis in Los Angeles for the first time on March 4 at the LA Tennis Challenge,” Djokovic said. “To be playing against my good friend Mardy Fish, and partnering with my childhood tennis Idol, Pete Sampras, against the No. 1 doubles team in the world will be an amazing experience. In addition, to be able to help raise valuable funds for so many wonderful charities in the process will certainly make being at the newly refurbished Pauley Pavilion, the place to be Monday night, March 4th!”

 

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Justin Gimelstob Children’s Fund, the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation, the Novak Djokovic Foundation, Call to Cure and the Southern California Tennis Association’s community tennis initiatives.

 

“It’s going to be an unforgettable night of tennis starring some of the biggest names in the game,” said Gimelstob, a former UCLA All-American in the mid-1990s. “We’re proud to be bringing professional tennis back to Los Angeles and playing the matches indoors at historic and newly renovated Pauley Pavilion.”

 

Three exhibition pro-set matches will take place beginning at 7 p.m. Djokovic will take on Los Angeles resident Fish in singles followed by a doubles match pitting Djokovic and his childhood idol Sampras against Southern California natives Bob and Mike Bryan. An opening singles match between two marquee players will be announced shortly.

 

The Bryan Brothers are very comfortable on the UCLA campus having won an all-time best six doubles titles at the Los Angeles Tennis Center and former home to the Farmers Classic.

 

“We are so thankful that a new professional tennis event will be in Los Angeles,” Mike Bryan said. “Los Angeles is home to us and it is vital that competitive and entertaining tennis is accessible here. The LA Tennis Challenge will grow into the premiere tennis event in Los Angeles, and we are proud to support it.”

 

Added Bob Bryan: “We will need to be sharp in order to beat two legends of the sport. Novak Djokovic and Pete Sampras are going to be a tough team, but we are looking forward to the challenge of playing two of the greatest players of all time.”

 

Djokovic of Serbia is a winner of five Grand Slam titles and the current No. 1 player in the world. Sampras is considered the greatest American champion ever with 14 career Grand Slam singles titles, including seven Wimbledon crowns. Fish has six career ATP World Tour titles to his name and is an Olympic silver medalist. The Bryan twins won gold at the 2012 London Olympics and have won an all-time record 83 ATP World Tour doubles titles.

 

The LA Tennis Challenge will be broadcast by Tennis Channel in the United States.

 

To learn more about the LA Tennis Challenge go to www.LATennisChallenge.com. Like the event on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LATennisChallenge and follow on Twitter at @LA10sChallenge. For more information you can email: info@latennischallenge.com.

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Mardy Fish Withdraws From Australian Open

(November 27, 2012) Reuters reports that Mardy Fish has withdrawn from the Australian Open still recovering from issues in relation to his May heart surgery reports his agent John Tobias on Wednesday.

“The good news is that Mardy’s health is improving and he is back on the court slowing getting back into his regular workouts,” Tobias said in an email to Reuters.

Fish’s last tournament was the US Open when he pulled out of the tournament with heart palpitations before his round of 16 match against Roger Federer.
The current world No. 27, Fish first had a problem with his heartbeat before a Davis Cup rubber in February.

Fish plans to return to action in February for the SAP Open in San Jose.

The Australian Open begins on January 14, 2013.

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James Blake Joins Players In Raising Money To Benefit Those Affected By Hurricane Sandy

( November 12, 2012) James Blake, who currently resides (and grew up) in Connecticut, is helping raise money to benefit those affected by Hurricane Sandy. He’s auctioning off three of his match jerseys featuring his autograph along with those of top American tennis stars Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish and Sam Querrey. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Red Cross.

“Seeing the devastation in areas I grew up around is difficult,” said Blake. “The people of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut are surely resilient, but there’s still room for us all to help. I’ve selected the Red Cross because it does an amazing job on multiple levels; it provides everything from food and blankets to mental health support for those affected.”

The eBay Giving Works auctions last 7 days. Those who want to make a bid can go to:

EBay Jerseys

For more details visit www.JamesBlakeTennis.com

Blake wed long-time girlfriend Emily Snider on Friday, according to People Magazine. The couple have a five-month old daughter named Riley Elizabeth.

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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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Tennis News Net Notes for September 27, 2012

 

Serena Williams (illness) and sister Venus (back) have withdrawn from the China Open which begins in Beijing next week.

Mardy Fish has withdrawn from Tokyo and Rafael Nadal has officially pulled out of the Shanghai Rolex Masters.

 

The Miami Herald reports that the Sony Open wants to upgrade its facilities by promoting  a ballot measure to upgrade the facility and extend the tournament’s lease.

 

In anticipation of “the Gillette Federer Tour,”  December 6-8, Roger Federer posted a few photos of himself in both a Brazilian volleyball and football (soccer) outfit on his Facebook page.

His South American Tour will hit Brazil, Argentina and Colombia in December. Scheduled to participate are Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Victoria Azarenka, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Thomaz Bellucci, Bruno Soares, Marcelo Melo, Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan.

 

The Tennessean reported on Wednesday that Vanderbilt University is sanctioning two of its women’s varsity teams – tennis and lacrosse, after an investigation uncovered hazing.

 

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Fish Withdraws from US Open, Federer Moves into Quarterfinals

September 3, 2012

 

Statement from the US Open Tournament Referee Office

on Mardy Fish’s withdrawal from the 2012 US Open

 

“Mardy Fish has withdrawn from the 2012 US Open due to health concerns. Roger Federer advances to the quarterfinals via a walkover.

 

The Marin Cilic vs. Martin Klizan match will be moved to Arthur Ashe Stadium with a not before 3 pm start time.”

 

September 3, 2012

 

Statement from Mardy Fish on his withdrawal from the 2012 US Open

 

“I regret that I have to withdraw from the US Open for precautionary measures.  I was reluctant to do so, but am following medical advisement.  I had a good summer and look forward to resuming my tournament schedule in the fall.”

 

September 3, 2012

 

Statement from Roger Federer on advancing to the 2012 US Open quarterfinals via a walkover

 

“I am really sorry for Mardy. I just want to wish him a speedy recovery. We all want to see him back on tour soon.

 

It will be a tough match against Tomas.  We have played many times in the past and he has always been a tough opponent.  I will have to continue to serve well and dictate the points.”

 

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Fish Rallies from Two Sets Down to Win at US Open

FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – For only the second time in Mardy Fish’s career he has rallied from a two-set deficit to win a match. The American seeded 23 did that on Thursday in a second round and defeated  Russia’s Nikolay Davydenko 4-6, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-1, 6-2.

“You swing a little bit more freely when you’re down like that.  But, yeah, I mean, I was tight,” said Fish.  “I was nervous.  I wasn’t playing well, and he was.  That’s why I was down two sets to love.”

 

“It’s a big stage obviously just to win on, period.  But to be able to come back like that, especially against a great player, he’s been to the semifinals twice here.  He’s playing great tennis.  His results recently haven’t been where he’s played consistently.  He’s sort of been up and down.  Maybe that’s what I was relying on a little bit, because he was playing great the first two sets.”

Fish missed two months during the year with an irregular heartbeat.

It’s the 10th time in the tournament this year that a man has come back from two sets down to win.

The 30-year-old Fish hit 16 aces during the almost three-and-a-half hour match.

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