November 29, 2015

Li Na Turns the Tables on Laura Robson in Third Round of US Open

10062012 China Open Li Na in press 2

(August 30, 2013) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Last year a feisty No. 89 Laura Robson dismissed Li Na at the US Open in the third round. This year the No. 6 player in the world turned the tables on the young Brit who is the 30th seed, with a 6-2, 7-5 victory on Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday to move into the round of 16.

Li Na dominated, but Robson hurt herself by making 30 unforced to only seven winners on Friday morning.

“I thought she played really well,“ Robson said.  “She didn’t give me too many chances in the rally, so I never felt I got a rhythm going with my groundies.

“It’s always tough.  Yeah, I thought she played a really good match.”

“I’m disappointed about today, for sure, and I thought I could have played a lot better, “ Robson continued.  But, you know, I always knew it was going to be a tough match.

“All in all, I guess it was an average week.”

“Still far away to win the tournament,” said the Chinese No. 1.  “Now just beginning of the second week.  I just in the second week, so still have a lot of matches.  I have to improve myself.

“So, yeah, I will try the best on court.”

Li will play Jelena Jankovic for a place in the quarterfinals.

Agnieszka Radwanska took down Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 7-6 (1) to reach the fourth round at the US Open.

“I’m very happy that I won another match in two sets.” The Polish No. 3 seed said.  “Of course it was tough, two tight sets.  Actually the first one, and the second one, it was just by a couple points.

“But definitely I played very good in the tiebreak.  I was really focused from the beginning, and I just wanted to win the tiebreaker very much.

The third seeded Radwanksa won in 73 minutes. She will play Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova in the round of 16 for a place in the quarterfinals.


Former Nationally Top Ranked Junior and Collegiate Tennis Player and World Ranked Player who lived life in the closet as a Gay athlete and Coach Announces Book and Foundation

By Karen Pestaina

(August 29, 2013) NEW YORK, NY – Former top US Junior, collegiate player and ATP World Tour player Bobby Blair who lived in the closest as a gay athlete announced his upcoming book “Hiding Inside the Baseline,” in addition to hi LBGT foundation at the Roger Smith Hotel on Thursday morning.


In attendance to speak and support Blair were his former coach Nick Bollettieri, LZ Granderson of ESPN, co-author of his book – Barry Buss and friend and former tennis academy classmate Carling Bassett-Seguso and Luke Jensen.


Blair was an American professional tennis player in the 80s and ranked in the top five tennis players in the United States Nationally in the Boys 18 and under, was a member of the 1983 US Junior Davis Cup Team reaching the finals of The USTA Boys 18 and under National Clay Courts Championships in the summer of 1983 where he lost a three-set marathon match to future top 10 player in the world Aaron Krickstein.


Blair was one of the first top-ranked players who were developed at the  Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy.  Blair was an All American at the University of Arkansas in 1986 and was ranked among the top 5 Division One singles players in the United States, a member of the 1986 US Junior Davis Cup College Team and participated in Russia as a member of the American team in the US Goodwill Games.


Blair founded the US Rookie Professional Tennis Team in 1988. In 1990, Blair was hired to serve as the head coach for Billie Jean King for the World Team Tennis Franchise Wellington Aces for the 1990 & 1991 season. In 1992, Blair was hired as head coach and general manager of the World Team Tennis Franchise Tampa Bay Action. In 1992 Blair started his own Tennis Academy with a World Tennis Magazine “collectors edition” feature story “Will Bobby Blair Be The Next Nick Bollettieri?”  Blair was hired in 1996 as a USTA National Coach.

Listen to the news conference below:


Novak Djokovic Named Top Seed at US Open

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From the USTA: FLUSHING, N.Y., August 19, 2013 – The USTA announced today that world No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia, the reigning Australian Open champion and the 2011 US Open champion, has been named the top seed in men’s singles at the 2013 US Open. The 2013 US Open will be played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., August 26 – September 9. The US Open Men’s Singles Championship is presented by Mercedes-Benz USA.


Djokovic, a six-time Grand Slam champion, will be followed by No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal of Spain, the reigning French Open champion and 2010 US Open champion; No. 3 seed Andy Murray of Great Britain, the defending US Open champion and reigning Wimbledon champion; and No. 4 seed David Ferrer of Spain,  a 2012 US Open semifinalist. Five-time US Open champion Roger Federer of Switzerland, will be seeded at No. 7.


For 2013, the US Open followed the Emirates ATP Rankings released today to determine the men’s singles seeds. This is the 12th consecutive year that the US Open will seed 32 players in both singles events.


Djokovic, 26, is 44-8 this year leading up to the US Open. He has reached the US Open final every year since 2010, winning the title in 2011. Djokovic has held the No. 1 ranking for all of 2013.


John Isner will be the highest-seeded American at No. 13, followed by Sam Querrey at No. 26.


The singles draws for the 2013 US Open will be revealed live during an official draw ceremony on Thursday, August 22, at 12 p.m. ET at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The draw will be streamed live on  Defending US Open champions Murray and Serena Williams will make an appearance at the event.


2013 US Open Men’s Singles Seeds


1.    Novak Djokovic, Serbia

2.    Rafael Nadal, Spain


3.    Andy Murray, Great Britain

4.    David Ferrer, Spain


5.    Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic

6.    Juan Martin Del Potro, Argentina

7.    Roger Federer, Switzerland

8.    Richard Gasquet, France


9.    Stanislas Wawrinka, Switzerland

10.  Milos Raonic, Canada

11.  Kei Nishikori, Japan

12.  Tommy Haas, Germany


13.  John Isner, United States

14.  Jerzy Janowicz, Poland

15.  Nicolas Almagro, Spain

16.  Fabio Fognini, Italy


17.  Kevin Anderson, South Africa

18.  Janko Tipsarevic, Serbia

19.  Tommy Robredo, Spain

20.  Andreas Seppi, Italy

21.  Mikhail Youzhny, Russia

22.  Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany

23.  Feliciano Lopez, Spain

24.  Benoit Paire, France


25.  Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria

26.  Sam Querrey, United States

27.  Fernando Verdasco, Spain

28.  Juan Monaco, Argentina

29.  Jurgen Melzer, Austria

30.  Ernests Gulbis, Latvia

31.  Julien Benneteau, France

32.  Dmitry Tursunov, Russia


Rafter Rallies Past McEnroe To Win NASDAQ Indexes Cup in Madison Square Garden

(November 5, 2012) NEW YORK, NY– Two-time US Open Champion, Australia’s Patrick Rafter won his second PowerShares Series title in four days by defeating hometown boy John McEnroe, 8-3 in the championship match of the NASDAQ Indexes Cup Monday night at Madison Square Garden. Rafter won last Friday’s event I Philadelphia. Rafter, down 1-3 in the final, won the next seven games to take the match.


“It’s just a thrill for me to be back out here competing in front of the fans again,” said Rafter. “I had never played in this building, so what an added thrill, and a dream come true for me. I can’t thank the fans enough for coming out tonight to watch us play, in light of what this part of the country has been through lately. I hope we were able to provide some good entertainment.”

Rafter who promised before the match that he would serve and volley on every chance he could, used his aggressiveness to take down Pete Sampras 6-3 in the first semifinal of the night. Sampras was sporting knee-high socks due to a calf strain.


In the second semifinal, New York’s own John McEnroe, zoomed out to a 4-0 lead over Andre Agassi. Agassi eventually gained back the two service breaks to draw even on serve at 4-5, but McEnroe broke him to seal the match 6-4.


For Rafter, this was his first time playing in Madison Square Garden. “I’m excited,” he said before the matches began. He said that had attended the Knicks game on Sunday and it made him very nervous. He said that he’d hope to play well and that he did.

The win moves Rafter into a tie for third in the 2012 PowerShares Series rankings with Jim Courier.

Monday Night Scores
Semifinal 1: Rafter def. Sampras, 6-3
Semifinal 2: McEnroe def. Agassi, 6-4
Final: Rafter def. McEnroe, 8-3

1.            McEnroe              1200
2.            Sampras               1100
3.            Courier                 800
Rafter                   800
5.            Lendl                     400
6.            Chang                   200
7.            Agassi                   100
Martin                    100

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