April 30, 2017

Mladenovic Stops Sharapova’s Stuttgart Run, Siegemund Returns to Final with Win Over Halep

(April 29, 2017) France’s Kristina Mladenovic ended Maria Sharapova’s run in Stuttgart on Saturday. In her fourth match back on the WTA tour since returning from a 15-month doping suspension, the Russian let a set and a break lead slip to the Frenchwoman 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 in a two-hour and 38-minute contest.

 

“I would have loved to have used more opportunities when I was up a set and a break,” said Sharapova. And I think I lost 12 out of the next 14 points. So, I definitely had a bit of a letdown and I think that allowed her to get back in the match and gain confidence and start competing again and I just didn’t keep putting the pressure and I think when you are able to give that to a player, that’s played very well this year it can become very dangerous.”

 

The 19th ranked Mladenovic ousted two-time defending champion Angelique Kerber on Thursday. She’ll take on last year’s finalist German Laura Siegemund in the Porsche Grand Prix final. Siegemund beat world No. 5 Simona Halep 6-4, 7-5.

Laura Siegemund

After her quarterfinal win on Friday, the 23-year-old Frenchwoman, who was not in favor of Sharapova receiving a wildcard into the tournament commented: “In sport nowadays it is also about the media and business. Maria is a big name, who makes people come to watch her.”
“On one hand, I totally understand the tournaments want her in the draw, because she is very famous and they want more attention, which is part of the business.”
“Of course, she is authorized to play tennis again, but why would she get that extra help compared to other players?”

 

Sharapova who came into the tournament with no ranking due to her suspension for using meldonium, will be in need of a wildcard to get into Roland Garros. She will be ranked around No. 260 on Monday.

 

Next stops for the 30-year-old five-time major winner will be Rome and Madrid, where she received wildcards. All of this in preparation for the French Open, if she is able to play the event.
“I’m moving in Europe in the next couple of months and this is what I want to go through,” she said. “I want to go through the matches. I want to see how my body responds, how I feel. I want to feel that match play, I want to feel the tiredness of match play.”
“That’s what I asked for. That’s what I wanted and I’m doing it.”

World No. 49 Siegemund has a 1-0 record against Mladenovic, there only meeting came last year in St. Petersburg.

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Dominic Thiem Stops Andy Murray While Rafael Nadal is a Win Away From 10th Barcelona Title

Dominic Thiem

Dominic Thiem Stops Andy Murray While Rafael Nadal is a Win Away From 10th Barcelona Title

(April 29, 2017) Rafael Nadal will be attempting to win his tenth Barcelona Open on Sunday when he takes on Dominic Thiem.

Last week, Nadal became the first man in the Open Era to win a tournament 10 times when he won Monte Carlo. He’s going for a second “Decima.”
No. 1 Andy Murray lost to the Austrian Thiem 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.

Rafael Nadal defeated Horacio Zeballaos of Argentina in the other semifinal 6-3, 6-4.

For Thiem, this was his first win over Murray, first win over a No. 1 ranked player and he’s reached his first Barcelona final.

“I got three matches in three days against all different players,” Murray said to media. “Feli (Felicano Lopez) uses a lot of slice and variation, (Albert) Ramos-(Vinolas) yesterday is a lefty and today against Dominic (Thiem), who plays with the kick serve and so much spin. To play two hours today after three yesterday, will be good for me.”

“It’s not a surprise that Dominic is in the final,” Nadal told media. “He is one of the best in the world, and he loves clay. At the beginning of the tournament, he was already one of the main favorites to be in the final.”

“He is a player with a lot of power. He imposes a lot on his shots, and if you let him be comfortable, it’s almost impossible to stop him. It’s going to be a difficult match, the type of match where either you play great or you won’t win.”

“It’s the first win (over a World No. 1), so it’s really something special,” said Thiem to media.

“But it’s also the first win over a Top 10 guy this season. There are many positive things to take from today’s match. For me personally, it’s the best victory this year so far.”

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 29 APRIL 2017

Singles – Semi-finals
[4] D. Thiem (AUT) d [1] [WC] A. Murray (GBR) 62 36 64
[3] R. Nadal (ESP) d H. Zeballos (ARG) 63 64

Doubles – Semi-finals
F. Mergea (ROU) / A. Qureshi (PAK) d J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) 63 57 14-12

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 30 APRIL 2017

PISTA RAFA NADAL start 13:00
DOUBLES FINAL – F. Mergea (ROU) / A. Qureshi (PAK) vs [PR] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT)

Not Before 16:00
SINGLES FINAL – [4] D. Thiem (AUT) vs [3] R. Nadal (ESP)

 

 

Gazprom Hungarian Open
ATP World Tour 250 €482,060 (€540,310 Total Financial Commitment)
Budapest, Hungary (-5 hours GMT)
24-30 April 2017 Surface: Clay
RESULTS – SATURDAY, 29 APRIL 2017

Singles – Semi-finals
[1] L. Pouille (FRA) d [6] P. Lorenzi (ITA) 62 75
[Q] A. Bedene (GBR) d [Q] L. Djere (SRB) 62 64

Doubles – Semi-finals
[3] J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) d R. Haase (NED) / D. Inglot (GBR) 63 67(7) 10-3

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 30 APRIL 2017

CENTRE COURT start 1:00 pm
[3] J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) vs [4] B. Baker (USA) / N. Mektic (CRO)

Not Before 3:00 pm
[1] L. Pouille (FRA) vs [Q] A. Bedene (GBR)

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ATP Tennis – Barcelona and Budapest Results and Schedules

ATP Tennis – Barcelona and Budapest Results and Schedules

Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell
ATP World Tour 500 €2,324,905 (€2,604,340 Total Financial Commitment)
Barcelona, Spain (+2 hours GMT)
24-30 April 2017 Surface: Clay

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 28 APRIL 2017

Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] [WC] A. Murray (GBR) d [10] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 26 64 76(4)
[3] R. Nadal (ESP) d [Q] H. Chung (KOR) 76(1) 62
[4] D. Thiem (AUT) d [LL] Y. Sugita (JPN) 61 62
H. Zeballos (ARG) d K. Khachanov (RUS) 64 61

Doubles – Semi-finals
[PR] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) d F. Martin (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 61 61

Doubles – Quarter-finals
J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) d L. Kubot (POL) / M. Zverev (GER) 63 64

PISTA RAFA NADAL start 13:30
[1] [WC] A. Murray (GBR) vs [4] D. Thiem (AUT)
Not Before 16:00
[3] R. Nadal (ESP) vs H. Zeballos (ARG)
F. Mergea (ROU) / A. Qureshi (PAK) vs J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU)

 

Gazprom Hungarian Open
ATP World Tour 250 €482,060 (€540,310 Total Financial Commitment)
Budapest, Hungary (-5 hours GMT)
24-30 April 2017 Surface: Clay

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 28 APRIL 2017

Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] L. Pouille (FRA) d M. Klizan (SVK) 64 63
[Q] A. Bedene (GBR) d [2] I. Karlovic (CRO) 64 63
[Q] L. Djere (SRB) d [4] F. Verdasco (ESP) 26 76(4) 62 – saved 1 M.P.
[6] P. Lorenzi (ITA) d A. Kuznetsov (RUS) 64 64

Doubles – Semi-finals
[4] B. Baker (USA) / N. Mektic (CRO) d [2] T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) 64 62

SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 29 APRIL 2017

CENTRE COURT start 12:45 pm
R. Haase (NED) / D. Inglot (GBR) vs [3] J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL)

Not Before 2:00 pm
[Q] L. Djere (SRB) vs [Q] A. Bedene (GBR)
[1] L. Pouille (FRA) vs [6] P. Lorenzi (ITA)

 

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Tennis Anti-Doping Programme to Introduce Enhanced Measures

Tennis Anti-Doping Programme to Introduce Enhanced Measures

Fromt the ITF: (April 28, 2017) The governing bodies of tennis have approved enhanced measures for the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (the “Programme”) for 2017, including an increase in the volume of testing and a strengthening of the sample storage policy. These enhancements to the Programme, which is a joint initiative between the ATP, Grand Slam Board, ITF and WTA, come into effect on 1 May.

 

The changes will see a significant increase in the volume of testing up to an annual total of 8,000 samples (from 4,899 in 2016). This will include the collection of more urine and blood samples both in-competition and out-of-competition across more events, thus providing greater coverage of professional tennis.

 

The number of players included in the International Registered Testing Pool (IRTP) will increase to approximately 250, with all players subject to testing under the Athlete Biological Passport programme.

 

More samples (up to 50 per cent for top-ranked players) will be placed into long-term storage, allowing reanalysis of those samples, such as when new or more sensitive detection methods become available.

 

To fund these changes, the annual budget for the Programme will be increased by over 50 per cent to approximately $4.5 million in 2017 (excluding administration costs).

 

ITF President David Haggerty said: “On behalf of the partners in the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme, we welcome this strengthening of the sport’s anti-doping efforts. Protecting the integrity of tennis is an ongoing priority of the governing bodies of tennis to ensure that tennis is and remains a clean sport, and these enhancements will make a positive contribution to achieving that priority”.

 

The Tennis Anti-Doping Programme applies to all players competing at Grand Slam tournaments and events sanctioned by the ITF, ATP, and WTA. Players are tested for substances prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency and, upon a finding that an Anti-Doping Rule Violation has been committed, sanctions are imposed under the Programme in compliance with the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Code. More information on the Programme, sanctions, statistics, and related matters can be found at www.itftennis.com/antidoping

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Tennis Channel To Broadcast Roger Federer Match in Seattle on Saturday

 

LOS ANGELES, April 27, 2017 – Tennis Channel will be live in Seattle on Saturday, April 29, at 9 p.m. ET, with Roger Federer’s first match in the city during an exhibition that will feature American star John Isner and Microsoft founder, philanthropist and Seattle resident Bill Gates. The Match for Africa 4 charity exhibition will include singles and doubles competition, a kickoff celebration and fundraising activity, the proceeds of which will benefit the Roger Federer Charitable Fund/Roger Federer Foundation, which promote children living in poverty in Africa.

 

The event will feature a three-set match between Federer and former World No. 9 John Isner. This will mark Federer’s first time playing tennis in Seattle, a city that has not held a men’s professional tournament since 1973. As part of the exhibition, Federer and Bill Gates will team up to take on Isner and lead guitarist Mike McCready of Seattle band Pearl Jam in a one-set doubles match.

 

Tennis Channel’s Mary Carillo will call the action from Seattle’s Key Arena and be joined by Federer’s former coach Paul Annacone (@paul_annacone) and former professional player Mark Knowles (@knowlzee10s) as analysts.

 

Tennis.com – part of Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Tennis Channel family – will stream the opening ceremonies beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET, followed by the entire event live. Tennis Channel’s telecast will begin with the doubles match featuring Federer and Gates against Isner and McCready at 9 p.m. ET. Following the conclusion of the doubles match there will be three-set singles match between Federer and Isner.

 

This is the foundation’s fourth Match for Africa and the first to be located outside of Zurich, Switzerland. Previous installments have featured star players like Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and, most recently, World No. 1 Andy Murray. Proceeds go to the Roger Federer Foundation, which received $1.4 million from The Match for Africa 3 earlier this month.

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Maria Sharapova Wins First Match After Serving 15-Month Doping Ban

(April 26, 2017)Maria Sharapova returned to the court on Wednesday after a 15-month absence due to a doping ban. The five-time major winner defeated No. 34 Roberta Vinci 7-5, 6-3 to advance at the Porsche Grand Prix WTA event in Stuttgart.

Sharapova was suspended from the tour for testing positive for the drug meldonium. She had been taking the drug for many years. Her ban was reduced from two year to 15-months.

Maria Sharapova’s Ban Reduced to 15 Months

The 30-year-old was not allowed to set foot on the grounds of the tournament until Wednesday morning for practice, as her suspension ended at midnight.

This was the Russian’s first match since the 2016 quarterfinals of the Australian Open where she lost to Serena Williams.

Sharapova who was given a wildcard into Stuttgart, has also been given wildcards into Rome and Madrid.

“It’s the best feeling in the world,” Sharapova said on court after her “I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time.”

“It’s a journey, and it starts today and I’m looking forward to playing as many matches as I can.”

As for the match itself, Sharapova hit 11 aces, 39 winners and made 21 unforced errors. In her post-match news conference, Sharapova was asked about other people’s comments about her returning to the tour.

“It’s not my job” to think about other people’s comments, she said.

“Words and quotes and articles is not what matters in life, I have learned that very well over the past year.”

“Articles, they go away, that is not life. What matters is what happens on the court.”

“I’m not getting a wild card to receive a trophy. I still have to win the matches and that’s my job.”

Sharapova will face countrywoman Ekaterina Makarova next.

 

Maria Sharapova news conference, begins at the 7-minute mark:

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Maria Sharapova Announces She Failed Drug Test at Australian Open

 

PORSCHE TENNIS GRAND PRIX – STUTTGART, GER
$776,000
24 – 30 APRIL 2017

RESULTS – APRIL 26, 2017
Women’s
Singles – Second Round

[4] S. Halep (ROU) d B. Strycova (CZE) 62 63
[Q] A. Kontaveit (EST) d [5] G. Muguruza (ESP) 26 76(1) 61
First Round
[6] [WC] J. Konta (GBR) d [Q] N. Osaka (JPN) 76(5) 36 61
K. Mladenovic (FRA) d M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 64 62
E. Vesnina (RUS) d D. Kasatkina (RUS) 76(2) 62
C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d [Q] T. Korpatsch (GER) 62 64
[WC] M. Sharapova (RUS) d R. Vinci (ITA) 75 63
C. Vandeweghe (USA) d [Q] J. Ostapenko (LAT) 76(3) 76(3)

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

[1] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) d E. Rodina (RUS) / A. Sevastova (LAT) 62 61
L. Kichenok (UKR) / L. Tsurenko (UKR) d R. Olaru (ROU) / O. Savchuk (UKR) 26 64 12-10

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017
CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[8] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [WC] L. Siegemund (GER)
[6] [WC] J. Konta (GBR) vs A. Sevastova (LAT)
[WC] M. Sharapova (RUS) vs E. Makarova (RUS)

Not Before 6:30 pm
[1] A. Kerber (GER) vs K. Mladenovic (FRA)
C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs [2] K. Pliskova (CZE)
N. Broady (GBR) / A. Smith (GBR) vs [3] R. Atawo (USA) / J. Ostapenko (LAT)

COURT 1 start 1:00 pm
E. Vesnina (RUS) vs C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)
A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Stosur (AUS) vs S. Halep (ROU) / A. Rosolska (POL)
After suitable rest – [1] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) vs A. Muhammad (USA) / L. Siegemund (GER)

TEB BNP PARIBAS ISTANBUL CUP – ISTANBUL, TUR
$250,000
24 – 30 APRIL 2017

RESULTS – APRIL 26, 2017
Women’s
Singles – Second Round

[3] I. Begu (ROU) d K. Flipkens (BEL) 61 16 63
[5] S. Cirstea (ROU) d M. Sakkari (GRE) 64 62
[WC] D. Yastremska (UKR) d [LL] A. Kalinskaya (RUS) 61 64
First Round
[1] E. Svitolina (UKR) d [Q] V. Kamenskaya (RUS) 64 06 61
[2] T. Babos (HUN) d [Q] C. Perrin (SUI) 63 62
[6] E. Mertens (BEL) d K. Kozlova (UKR) 64 61
[Q] A. Cadantu (ROU) d N. Hibino (JPN) 26 60 63
[WC] A. Aksu (TUR) d [Q] E. Kulichkova (RUS) 75 61
C. Buyukakcay (TUR) d M. Zanevska (BEL) 62 61

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

D. Jakupovic (SLO) / N. Kichenok (UKR) d [1] S. Hsieh (TPE) / I. Soylu (TUR) 76(5) 62
E. Bouchard (CAN) / K. Flipkens (BEL) d A. Kalinskaya (RUS) / L. Marozava (BLR) 61 63
N. Dzalamidze (RUS) / V. Kudermetova (RUS) d A. Omae (JPN) / R. Voracova (CZE) 62 67(5) 10-6

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017
GARANTI KOZA ARENA start 12:30 pm
[6] E. Mertens (BEL) vs S. Errani (ITA)
[Q] B. Eraydin (TUR) vs [WC] A. Aksu (TUR)

Not Before 5:00 pm
C. Buyukakcay (TUR) vs [2] T. Babos (HUN)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[1] E. Svitolina (UKR) vs [Q] A. Cadantu (ROU)
After Due Rest – T. Babos (HUN) / C. Buyukakcay (TUR) vs M. Duque-Mariño (COL) / A. Mitu (ROU)

COURT 1 start 1:00 pm
J. Cepelova (SVK) vs S. Sorribes Tormo (ESP)
After Due Rest – [WC] A. Aksu (TUR) / D. Yastremska (UKR) vs [4] N. Melichar (USA) / E. Mertens (BEL)

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2017 National Wounded Warrior Tennis Camp To Be Held at Balboa Tennis Club

SIXTH ANNUAL NATIONAL WOUNDED WARRIOR TENNIS CAMP SET FOR
MAY 15-18, 2017 AT SAN DIEGO’S HISTORIC BALBOA TENNIS CLUB

Over 50 U.S. Service Members and Military Veterans Will Participate

San Diego, Calif. – (April 26, 2017) – The sixth annual National Wounded Warrior Tennis Camp will take place Monday, May 15 through Thursday, May18, 2017 at the Balboa Tennis Club located at 2221 Morley Field Dr, San Diego, CA 92104.

Over 50 wounded, ill, and injured service members and military veterans from across the country will participate in the Tennis Camp, which is being hosted by the San Diego District Tennis Association (SDDTA), in collaboration with the United States Tennis Association, Naval Medical Center San Diego, and the Balboa Tennis Club.

The camp, which will offer on-court sessions from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. each day, will focus on helping participants improve their tennis skills through game-based clinics and instruction in an upbeat, fun-filled atmosphere.  The camp also provides emotional benefits and helps with community re-integration.

Fundraising efforts are currently underway to help cover all participants’ airfare, lodging, meals, transportation, tennis equipment and instruction. The San Diego District Tennis Association is accepting contributions through its 501(c)(3) fiscal agent, Tennis Lovers For Charity, which are tax deductable. Checks may be made to “Tennis Lovers for Charity” and mailed to SDDTA, 2221 Morley Field Dr., San Diego, CA 92104.

“This tennis camp continues each year to touch the lives of these special service members and military veterans in such a positive way,” said Steve Kappes, Director of Military Outreach for the SDDTA. “We certainly could not hold this camp without the support of many local and national organizations.”

For more information on the sixth annual National Wounded Warrior Tennis Camp, go to: http://www.sdwoundedwarriortennis.org and www.facebook.com/sdwoundedwarriorstennis.

The camp will be led by Balboa Tennis Club’s Tennis Director, Geoff Griffin, a USPTA-certified teaching professional for over 25 years, and other professional tennis instructors from the club. All have been involved in the club’s Wounded Warrior Tennis Program since its inception in 2009. Support staff from Naval Medical Center San Diego will assist, along with trained volunteers from the tennis community.

About the Wounded Warrior Tennis Program – Since 2009, the Balboa Tennis Club, in collaboration with Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) and the San Diego District Tennis Association, has provided hundreds of free weekly tennis clinics to more than 800 wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans from all the military services as part of NMCSD’s Wounded, Ill, and Injured Wellness Division of its Health and Wellness Department.

These military tennis clinics and tennis camps have been recognized for their excellence and impact by Congressional and local representatives, senior officials from the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs, and the leadership of the United States Tennis Association. They have become the model for similar tennis programs for wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans that have been established at other major military medical centers, Warrior Transition Units, and VA hospitals across the country.

The Wounded Warrior Tennis Program has made a positive impact in the lives of wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans. Therapeutically, tennis has helped them work on eye-hand coordination, balance, ability to transfer weight, endurance, strength, and overall fitness. In addition to the physical benefits, tennis enables them to learn a new sport, promotes socialization, decreases stress and anxiety, and helps with re-integration into the community.

About The Balboa Tennis Club – The Balboa Tennis Club (BTC), which dates back to 1922, was rated as America’s Best Public Tennis Facility by the USTA in 1989. In 2000, the San Diego District Tennis Association named BTC as Club of the Year and in 2003, it received the Outstanding Tennis Facility award from the USTA for large facilities in the United States.

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ATP Tennis – Barcelona and Budapest Results and Schedules

ATP Tennis – Barcelona and Budapest Results and Schedules

Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell
ATP World Tour 500 €2,324,905 (€2,604,340 Total Financial Commitment)
Barcelona, Spain (+2 hours GMT)
24-30 April 2017 Surface: Clay

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 25 APRIL 2017

Singles – Second Round
[4] D. Thiem (AUT) d K. Edmund (GBR) 61 64
[7] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) d A. Seppi (ITA) 64 62
[8] [WC] A. Zverev (GER) d N. Almagro (ESP) 76(4) 46 64
[LL] Y. Sugita (JPN) d [9] R. Gasquet (FRA) 46 63 76(3)
K. Anderson (RSA) d [13] D. Ferrer (ESP) 63 64
D. Evans (GBR) d [14] M. Zverev (GER) 64 64
[17] B. Paire (FRA) d M. Granollers (ESP) 63 76(6)

First Round
B. Tomic (AUS) d D. Brown (GER) 75 46 62
J. Struff (GER) d P. Herbert (FRA) 75 63
[Q] H. Chung (KOR) d D. Istomin (UZB) 64 64
R. Dutra Silva (BRA) d R. Olivo (ARG) 61 61
N. Basilashvili (GEO) d [Q] T. Daniel (JPN) 63 61
K. Khachanov (RUS) d T. Bellucci (BRA) 63 64
H. Zeballos (ARG) d [Q] S. Giraldo (COL) 62 63

Doubles – First Round
[1] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) d R. Bopanna (IND) / P. Cuevas (URU) 76(3) 76(2)
J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) d [WC] J. Munar (ESP) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 64 62

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 26 APRIL 2017

PISTA RAFA NADAL start 11:00 am
[WC] A. Montanes (ESP) vs [16] F. Lopez (ESP)
Not Before 12:30 pm
[1] [WC] A. Murray (GBR) vs B. Tomic (AUS)
R. Dutra Silva (BRA) vs [3] R. Nadal (ESP)
J. Struff (GER) vs [6] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)

PISTA 1 start 11:00 am
[5] D. Goffin (BEL) vs N. Basilashvili (GEO)
K. Khachanov (RUS) vs [11] P. Cuevas (URU)
[10] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs [Q] C. Ruud (NOR)
[4] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) vs L. Kubot (POL) / M. Zverev (GER)

PISTA 2 start 11:00 am
[Q] H. Chung (KOR) vs [12] P. Kohlschreiber (GER)
M. Matkowski (POL) / D. Nestor (CAN) vs F. Martin (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
Not Before 3:00 pm
[15] J. Sousa (POR) vs H. Zeballos (ARG)
D. Goffin (BEL) / P. Herbert (FRA) vs [3] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Granollers (ESP)

Gazprom Hungarian Open
ATP World Tour 250 €482,060 (€540,310 Total Financial Commitment)
Budapest, Hungary (-5 hours GMT)
24-30 April 2017 Surface: Clay

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 25 APRIL 2017

Singles – First Round
[Q] B. Fratangelo (USA) d [5] G. Simon (FRA) 64 61
R. Haase (NED) d [8] D. Schwartzman (ARG) 61 63
J. Vesely (CZE) d B. Coric (CRO) 76(4) 64
A. Kuznetsov (RUS) d R. Harrison (USA) 76(6) 63
[LL] S. Stakhovsky (UKR) d F. Mayer (GER) 64 30 ret. (illness)
[WC] M. Fucsovics (HUN) d M. Youzhny (RUS) 62 62
[Q] A. Bedene (GBR) d [LL] M. Copil (ROU) 75 62

Doubles – First Round
[1] O. Marach (AUT) / M. Pavic (CRO) d N. Monroe (USA) / A. Sitak (NZL) 62 67(6) 11-9
P. Lorenzi (ITA) / J. Peralta (CHI) d V. Troicki (SRB) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) 64 64

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 26 APRIL 2017

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[7] V. Troicki (SRB) vs [Q] L. Djere (SRB)
D. Dzumhur (BIH) vs [2] I. Karlovic (CRO)

Not Before 3:00 pm
[WC] M. Fucsovics (HUN) vs [4] F. Verdasco (ESP)
[WC] A. Balazs (HUN) / G. Borsos (HUN) vs [4] B. Baker (USA) / N. Mektic (CRO)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
R. Haase (NED) vs [Q] A. Bedene (GBR)
B. Coric (CRO) / S. Darcis (BEL) vs S. Groth (AUS) / R. Lindstedt (SWE)
After Suitable Rest – L. Pouille (FRA) / G. Simon (FRA) vs R. Haase (NED) / D. Inglot (GBR)
R. Harrison (USA) / M. Venus (NZL) vs [2] T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR)

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USTA Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge Standings

Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge Standings
(as of April 24, 2017)

The Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge continued into its second week with teenager Amanda Anisimova and Tennys Sandgren staying at the top of the leaderboard.

Anisimova, 15, reached her second consecutive USTA Pro Circuit singles final this past weekend at the $60,000 event in Dothan, Ala., earning 48 points. The week prior, she also advanced to the final of the $80,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., to earn 70 ranking points.

Sandgren reached the final of the $100,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger in Sarasota, Fla., yesterday to claim 55 points, falling to fellow American Frances Tiafoe in the final (Tiafoe already received direct entry into the French Open). The week prior, Sandgren also qualified for the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships in Houston to earn 12 points.

USTA Player Development will award a French Open main-draw wild card to one American man and one American woman who earn the most ATP World Tour and WTA Tour ranking points in a series of clay-court events this spring. The challenge began the week of April 10 and concludes the week of May 1.

New this year for the men’s wild card challenge, USTA Player Development will now consider all American results worldwide for the wild card. Therefore, both USTA Pro Circuit tournaments and international ATP Tour and Challenger tournaments on any professional outdoor clay surface (Har-Tru or red) at prize money of $50,000 and above will be included. The women’s wild card challenge will still consist of results earned at USTA Pro Circuit clay-court events over four weeks.

The USTA and the French Tennis Federation have a reciprocal agreement in which wild cards into the 2017 French Open and US Open are exchanged. Only Americans who did not otherwise earn direct entry into the French Open are eligible. In the event of a tie, the player with the best ATP or best WTA singles ranking on Monday, May 8, will be awarded the wild card.

The standings, as of April 24, and future tournaments can be found here (MEN’S STANDINGS; WOMEN’S STANDINGS). Men’s events include points in the main draw and qualifying, while women’s events include points in the main draw only. All players who have received direct entry into the 2017 French Open are not included in the standings. The entry lists for the French Open were released last week.

All USTA Pro Circuit tournaments will be streamed live on www.procircuit.usta.com.

The USTA first used the wild card challenge format for its 2012 French Open wild cards, won by Melanie Oudin and Brian Baker. Oudin and Baker each advanced to the second round at that year’s French Open and subsequently broke into the Top 100. In 2013, Alex Kuznetsov and Shelby Rogers earned the wild cards, with Rogers winning her first-ever Grand Slam singles match at the French Open. In 2014, young American Taylor Townsend and veteran Robby Ginepri received the wild cards, with Townsend becoming a top storyline by reaching the Roland Garros third round. In 2015, young Americans Frances Tiafoeand Louisa Chirico secured the wild cards. Last year, Townsend and Bjorn Fratangelo earned the wild cards, with both players winning their first-round matches.

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The U.S. Defeats the Czech Republic 3-2 to Reach Fed Cup Final Versus Belarus

(April 23, 2017) The United States advanced to its first Fed Cup Final since 2010 by defeating the three-time defending champion Czech Republic, 3-2, on Sunday in a World Group Semifinal tie at Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa Bay.

 

The U.S. clinched the best-of-five match series when doubles world No. 1 Bethanie Mattek-Sands and CoCo Vandeweghe defeated Katerina Siniakova and Kristyna Pliskova, 6-2, 6-3, in a fifth, decisive doubles match in front of 2,756 people.

 

After the two countries came into the day tied, 1-1, following Saturday’s singles matches, world No. 24 Vandeweghe defeated No. 38 Siniakova, 6-4, 6-0, to put the U.S. up, 2-1. Marketa Vondrousova, a 17-year old who won her first WTA title last week, then defeated Lauren Davis – substituted for Shelby Rogers – 6-2, 7-5, to push the tie to the decisive doubles match, a first for the U.S. since 2015, when it lost to Italy in a World Group Playoff.

 

Both countries made substitutions to their doubles teams. U.S. Captain Kathy Rinaldi elected to pair Vandeweghe with Mattek-Sands, while Czech Captain Petr Pala subbed in Siniakova for Denisa Allertova. The victory made Vandeweghe the first U.S. Fed Cup player to win three matches in a single tie since Lindsay Davenport in the 2005 World Group Quarterfinals.

 

“It was an amazing day as a team,” noted CoCo Vandeweghe. “It shows that every point counts in this event, and we all came together when it mattered most. That’s what you expect out of a Fed Cup tie.”

 

U.S. Captain Kathy Rinaldi on reaching the final in her debut in her debut year as captain: “It’s been an unbelievable couple of ties for me. Coco said it well: These girls are amazing. It’s been a lot of fun it’s super special. It’s something that I’ll never forget. Looking forward to the final.”

“I love everything about the role. I knew what I was getting into, and I love it. I love the girls, the competition. Yes, at this level you always have little bumps in the road or what have you, but that’s part of it. And I like that part. I like the challenge.”

 

Asked if she was in contact with Venus and Serena Williams, Rinaldi said: “Well, we just won this and haven’t gotten that far. Yeah, I’ve spoken to Venus and Serena. They’ve been extremely supportive. We’ve had great communication with all the players. That’s part of it as captain. I care about these girls more than

just Fed Cup.

 

“I’m thinking about them for the long run and the big picture as well. You know, that’s great thing about American tennis right now, the exciting part, that we have so many players. These girls have been absolutely amazing. It’s their goal to win a Fed Cup title and I know that.

“It’s actually tough to pick a team because we have so many great players, and I’ve known them since they were so young. I believe in them all.”

 

The U.S. will travel to Belarus, a surprise 3-2 winner over Switzerland, for the Fed Cup Final, Nov. 11-12, at a site and on a surface to be determined by the Belarussians. Rinaldi follows Mary Joe Fernandez as U.S. captains to reach the Final in their debut year. The U.S. team made its last appearance in the Final in 2010, when a team featuring Vandeweghe and Mattek-Sands, lost to Italy, 3-1, in San Diego. The U.S. won the last of its record 17 Fed Cup titles back in 2000.

 

Final results of the tie 

DAY/LOCAL TIME

 

Saturday, 12:00 p.m.

Singles A:             CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) d. Marketa Vondrousova (CZE), 6-1, 6-4

Singles B:             Katerina Siniakova (CZE) d. Shelby Rogers (USA), 6-3, 6-3

 

Sunday, 11:00 a.m.

Singles C:            CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) d. Katerina Siniakova (CZE), 6-4, 6-0

Singles D:            Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) d. Lauren Davis (USA), 6-2, 7-5

Doubles:             Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) / CoCo Vandeweghe (USA)

Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) / Katerina Siniakova (CZE), 6-2, 6-3

 

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