December 1, 2015

Kei Nishikori and Wilson Sporting Goods Extend Partnership

(November 30, 2015) CHICAGO Wilson Sporting Goods Co., and Kei Nishikori announced today a long-term extension to their partnership. Nishikori, the highest ranked Asian tennis player of all time and currently No. 8 ATP ranked, will now play with Wilson racquets for the entirety of his professional tennis career.


“Kei is electrifying to watch, and he embodies all the exciting attributes of the modern tennis player – speed, agility, power, and pure athleticism,” said Hans-Martin Reh, General Manager of Wilson Racquet Sports. “Our partnership with Kei is one of great respect, collaboration and trust, and we are excited that he will continue to be a vital member of our Advisory Staff for many years to come.”


“Wilson has been by my side since I was a young junior, supporting my game, my career and my dreams,” said Nishikori. “Their commitment to me has been incredible. I have been working with the Wilson Tour Team and Wilson Labs group to continuously improve my racket, and I am proud that any tennis player in the world can benefit from that work through the BURN racket line.”


Nishikori became the first Asian player to reach a Grand Slam final in singles at the 2014 US Open. In 2015, he has climbed as high as #4 in the world rankings. Nishikori is currently ranked No. 1 in Japan and No. 8 in the world. He plays with the Wilson BURN racket, strung with Luxilon 4G 125 or Wilson Natural Gut 16 strings.



Czech Republic Rallies to Defend Fed Cup Title

(November 15, 2015) Defending champion Czech Republic rebounded from 1-2 down on Sunday to claim their fourth Fed Cup title in five years in Prague against Russia in the O2 Arena.

In the first match on Sunday, Maria Sharapova put Russia a match away from the Fed Cup crown when she rallied from a set down to defeat Petra Kvitova 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Karolina Pliskova kept the home county’s hopes alive, besting Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-3, 6-4 to level the tie at 2-2.

In the fifth and deciding rubber, the Czech pair of Karolina Pliskova and Barbora Strycova came back against the Russian team Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Elena Vesnina 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to defend the Fed Cup title to win the tie 3-2.

The Czechs with a total of 9 Fed Cup titles, trail only the United States (17) on the all-time list. Russian and the Czech Republic last met in a Fed Cup final in 2011, with the Czech claiming victory 3-2.



Venue: O2 Arena, Prague (hard – indoors)

Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 26 61 61

Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 63 64

Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 36 64 62

Karolina Pliskova (CZE) d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 63 64

Karolina Pliskova/Barbora Strycova (CZE) d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova/Elena Vesnina (RUS) 46 63 62


Fed Cup Final Draw

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(November 13, 2015) The Czech Republic plays host to Russia in Prague this weekend for the Fed Cup title. The Czech Republic and Russia have played each other five times in Fed Cup play, with the Czech Republic leading 3-2 advantage. They last met in the 2011 Fed Cup final when the Czech Republic beat Russia 32 to win its eighth Fed Cup title.

The Czech Republic has won the women’s team event eight times, second behind the United States with 17 titles.

This is the Czech Republic’s 10th Fed Cup Final. They are 8-1 win-loss record in Fed Cup Finals.

Russia hopes to capture its 5th Fed Cup title. They last won the event in 2008 beating Spain in Madrid.




Venue: O2 Arena, Prague (hard – indoors)
Petra Kvitova (CZE) v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)

Karolina Pliskova (CZE) v Maria Sharapova (RUS)

Petra Kvitova (CZE) v Maria Sharapova (RUS)

Karolina Pliskova (CZE) v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)

Lucie Safarova/Barbora Strycova (CZE) v Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina (RUS)


Czech Republic Versus Russia Fed Cup Final Coverage on Tennis Channel This Weekend

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(November 12, 2015) LOS ANGELES Tennis Channel will have exclusive, live coverage of the Czech Republic’s and Russia’s Fed Cup championship in Prague, Czech Republic, this weekend, with comprehensive telecasts Saturday, Nov. 14, and Sunday, Nov. 15. Five-time major winner Maria Sharapova of Russia will face two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova after having recently lost to the Czech star at the WTA Finals two weeks ago. Sharapova has the career upper hand, though, holding a 6-4 record against Kvitova.
The final  between reigning Fed Cup titlist Czech Republic and Russia will consist of two singles matches on Saturday, and two singles matches and the doubles match Sunday. Tennis Channel will carry all matches, beginning at 8a.m. ET on Saturday and 6 a.m. ET on Sunday.
The Czech Republic and Russia have faced each other five times in Fed Cup play, with the Czech Republic holding a 3-2 advantage. The most recent competition between the two countries took place in the 2011 Fed Cup championship, when the Czech Republic upset Russia32to win its eighth Fed Cup title. The Czech Republic, with eight titles, is the second-most successful nation on the all-time list of Fed Cup champions, behind only the United States (17).
Tennis Channel’s Fed Cup Final coverage is as follows (all time ET):
Saturday, Nov. 14:
8a.m. –Live Singles #1
10a.m. –Live Singles #2
Sunday, Nov. 15:
6a.m. –Live Singles #3
11a.m. –Singles #4*
(*Digital-subscription service Tennis Channel Plus will carry the doubles match live following Sunday’s singles play, at approximately 11 a.m. ET)
The Czech Republic enters this weekend’s matchup after an impressive 3-1 semifinal victory over France in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Defending Fed Cup champion Czech Republic has not lost a final since 1986, when it competed as Czechoslovakia. The Czech team is captained by Petr Pala and features Kvitova, Lucie Safarova, Karolina Pliskova and Barbora Strycova.
Russia earned its spot in this weekend’s matchup after an impressive 3-2 victory over Germany in its semifinal round, and is in its first final since 2013. The Russians dominated the mid-2000s with two sets of separate back-to-back championships in 2004 and 2005, and again in 2007 and 2008. Russia’s team is captained by Anastasia Myskina and features Sharapova, Ekaterina Makarova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Elena Vesnina.

Tennis Channel To Air ATP World Tour Finals Live

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(November 12, 2015) LOS ANGELES – Beginning Sunday, Nov. 15, at 7 a.m. ET, Tennis Channel will again become the television home of the annual season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The network’s coverage of the eight-day event between the top-eight singles players and doubles teams in tennis this year will feature live matches throughout the day, followed by 8 p.m.-4 a.m. primetime encores each evening. Tennis Channel will devote close to 60 live hours and more than 120 overall to the most exclusive tournament on the men’s tour, with all 57 matches televised, and all but three of them live.
As men’s tennis crowns its 2015 singles and doubles champions, Tennis Channel’s typical daily lineup begins with a doubles match each morning at 7 a.m. ET, immediately followed by singles play at 9 a.m. ET (a complete schedule is below). The doubles-then-singles format resumes from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. ET, before a primetime recap of the entire day’s matches gets underway at 8 p.m. ET and runs throughout the late night and early morning.
Emmy Award-winning announcer Brett Haber (@BrettHaber) will handle call play-by-play for Tennis Channel during the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, and be joined by analysts Jim Courier and Paul Annacone (@paul_annacone). Both former players, Hall of Famer Courier has guided the United States Davis Cup team as its captain since 2010, while Annacone has become one of the sport’s most renowned coaches for his successes with all-time greats Pete Sampras and Roger Federer.
The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals takes place in London’s raucous O2 Arena at the end of the men’s tennis season, and is reserved for only the top-eight singles and doubles points earners of 2015. Singles players are split into two groups of four, with a guaranteed three matches for each against every other contender in his division. The top two in each group advance to traditional, single-elimination semifinals with the winners playing for the championship on Sunday, Nov. 22.
With doubles following the same format, the round-robin arrangement ensures match after match of top-ranked players, in battles reminiscent of the latter rounds of any of the four majors.
This year’s singles draw reads like a Who’s Who of Grand Slam champions and future Hall of Famers, with: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer and Kei Nishikori. The strong doubles field includes American twins Bob and Mike Bryan – perhaps the greatest ever – as well as Jean-Julien Rojer-Horia Tecau, Jamie Murray-John Peers, Ivan Dodig-Marcelo Melo, Simone Bolelli-Fabio Fognini, Pierre-Hugues Herbert-Nicolas Mahut, Marcin Matkowski-Nenad-Zimonjic and Rohan Bopanna-Florin Mergea.
Following the second singles semifinal Saturday, Nov. 21, Tennis Channel will air a special half-hour interview with women’s tennis star Maria Sharapova. Holding Serve with Maria Sharapova is slated for 5:15 p.m. ET and offers a revealing look at the global phenomenon’s life and career through a candid one-on-one conversation with Haber.
Mobile users can follow all the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals action via the authenticated linear stream on Tennis Channel’s Tennis Channel Everywhere app. Free to everyone in the United States, most Tennis Channel subscribers can simply enter their pay-TV provider credentials and access the network live at no additional cost. The channel’s website,, will feature articles from veteran reporter and author Steve Flink, as well as real-time scoring from London, and can be accessed via mobile device.
Tennis Channel’s 2015 ATP World Tour Finals Schedule: (All matches are live unless otherwise indicated with * for same-day delay)
                 Date                                             Time (ET)                                       Event
Sunday, Nov. 15
7 a.m. -11 a.m.; 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Doubles and Singles Round-Robin Matches
Monday, Nov. 16
7 a.m. -11 a.m.; 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Doubles and Singles Round-Robin Matches
Tuesday, Nov. 17
7 a.m. -11 a.m.; 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Doubles and Singles Round-Robin Matches
Wednesday, Nov. 18
7 a.m. -11 a.m.; 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Doubles and Singles Round-Robin Matches
Thursday, Nov. 19
7 a.m. -11 a.m.; 1 p.m.-3 p.m.; 8 p.m.-10 p.m.*
Doubles and Singles Round-Robin Matches
Friday, Nov. 20
7 a.m. -11 a.m.; 12:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m.; 8 p.m.-10 p.m.*
Doubles and Singles Round-Robin Matches
Saturday, Nov. 21
7 a.m. -11 a.m.; 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Doubles and Singles Semifinals
Sunday, Nov. 16
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; 8 p.m.- 12 a.m.*
Double Final; Doubles and Singles Finals

Bryans, Chung, Djokovic, Federer, Paire & Zverev Honored In 2015 ATP World Tour Awards

(November 11, 2015) ATP World Tour, LONDON — Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Bob and Mike Bryan have been honoured in the 2015 ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon. While the ATP World Tour No. 1 Doubles Team presented by Emirates Award is still to be decided between four teams, all the other award winners have been announced today.

Djokovic receives the ATP World Tour No. 1 award presented by Emirates for a second straight year and fourth time overall, following an unbroken stint at No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings since 7 July 2014.

Federer has been selected by his peers as winner of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for an 11th time and by fans as the Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon for a 13th straight year. Since 2003, Federer has won a record total of 31 ATP World Tour Awards.

The Bryan twins are the recipients of the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award for their off-court philanthropy with their charitable foundation, Bryan Bros, raising money for dozens of beneficiaries. They also take home the Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon for a record 11th time and remain in contention for the ATP World Tour No. 1 Doubles Team presented by Emirates.

The 18-year-old Alexander Zverev wins the ATP Star of Tomorrow Award presented by Emirates for being the youngest player ranked in the Top 100, while players have voted Hyeon Chung as the Most Improved Player of the Year and recognised Benoit Paire as the Comeback Player of the Year.

Players will receive their awards in on-court ceremonies at The O2 throughout the tournament week.

Well-known writer Linda Pearce of The Age (Melbourne, Australia) is the recipient of the Ron Bookman Media Excellence Award while the ATP Tournament of the Year awards will be announced in 2016.

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ATP World Tour No. 1 presented by Emirates
(determined by Emirates ATP Rankings)
Novak Djokovic: The 28-year-old Serbian has become the sixth player to clinch the year-end No. 1 Emirates ATP Rankings on four or more occasions, following in the footsteps of Pete Sampras (six years), Jimmy Connors and Roger Federer (five years), Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe (four years). In 2015, Djokovic reached all four Grand Slams finals (3-1 record), eight ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament finals, winning titles in Indian Wells, Miami, Monte-Carlo, Rome, Shanghai and Paris. He also lifted the Beijing trophy among 14 finals. He comes to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals with a 78-5 match record, the sixth time in eight years he’s reached at least 70 wins.

ATP World Tour No. 1 Doubles Team presented by Emirates
(determined by Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings)
Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan, Jean-Julien Rojer & Horia Tecau, Ivan Dodig & Marcelo Melo, and Jamie Murray & John Peers will battle to finish as the No. 1 duo in the Emirates ATP Rankings at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The Bryans have won the award 10 times overall (2003, ‘05-07, ‘09-14).

ATP Star of Tomorrow Award presented by Emirates
(determined by Emirates ATP Rankings)
Alexander Zverev: This category in its third year, replacing the player-voted Newcomer of the Year, is awarded to the youngest player in the Top 100 of Emirates ATP Rankings as of 9 November. Zverev, who began the season ranked No. 136, broke into the Top 100 on 18 May and reached a career-high No. 74 on 29 June. The 18-year-old German reached the Bastad semi-finals and the Washington, D.C. quarter-finals. He also won one ATP Challenger Tour title at Heilbronn.

Most Improved Player of the Year
(voted by ATP players)
Hyeon Chung: The 19-year-old Korean climbed more than 120 places from No. 173 in the Emirates ATP Rankings at the start of the year, winning four titles on the ATP Challenger Tour in 2015. He also reached the Shenzhen quarter-finals and is currently at a career-high of No. 51.

Comeback Player of the Year
(voted by ATP players)
Benoit Paire:  A knee injury and long months of inactivity in 2014, saw the Frenchman drop out of the Top 150 in the Emirates ATP Rankings but in 2015 he produced a dramatic resurgence. He captured his first ATP World Tour title at Bastad in July to become the first player since Steve Darcis in 2007 to win an ATP World Tour, ATP Challenger Tour and ITF Future title in the same season. He recorded his first Top 5 win over No. 4-ranked Kei Nishikori in the US Open first round and went on to finish runner-up at Tokyo where he beat Nishikori again in the semi-finals. He is currently at a career-high No. 20 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship
(voted by ATP players)
Roger Federer: Fellow players voted the Swiss as the winner of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for the 11th time and fifth year in a row. He also won the award six straight years from 2004-09. Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Kevin Anderson were also nominated in this category.

Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year
(awarded by ATP)
Bob and Mike Bryan: The Californian twins have shown the same commitment to their off-court philanthropy, with their charitable foundation, Bryan Bros, raising money for dozens of beneficiaries. The foundation’s mission is to “support and grow the dreams of children”, which it does by “identifying and supporting charities and causes that help at-risk youth survive and thrive”. Tennis is at the core of what the brothers’ foundation does, as it “promotes the ideals of sport, and tennis in particular, to emphasize the values of hard work, dedication and perseverance”. Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon (Singles)
(voted by fans)
Roger Federer: The Swiss has been voted Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon for a record 13th straight year, receiving 65 per cent of all votes cast. Rafael Nadal finished in second, followed by Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori. Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon (Doubles)
(voted by fans)
Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan: The Bryan twins received 35 per cent of votes to be named the Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon for a record 11th time. Australian Open champions Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini came in as the second most popular duo, followed by Jamie Murray and John Peers in third place.

Ron Bookman Media Excellence
(awarded by ATP)
Linda Pearce: The Melbourne-based sports writer covered her first Grand Slam in 1988. As the long-time chief tennis writer for The Age, she has since covered almost 50 majors, as well as four Davis Cup finals, multiple Olympic Games. She has won multiple media awards as a news and feature writer.


Ivan Lendl, Mardy Fish and Jill Craybas to Coach with USTA Player Development

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Ivan Lendl ©TennisPanorama

From the USTA: (November 10, 2015) – The USTA today announced that eight-time Grand Slam singles champion Ivan Lendl, former world No. 7 Mardy Fish, and former American Olympian Jill Craybas will begin coaching with USTA Player Development as part of its strategy to involve former champions and top American players in the development of current American pros and juniors.


Lendl, Fish and Craybas will work with USTA Player Development on a part-time basis beginning this fall and winter. Lendl began working with a group of top 15- and 16-year old boys at a training camp held last week at Windsor in Vero Beach, Fla., and will continue working with the group through several USTA Pro Circuit and junior tournaments in November and December, and into next year. Fish will help lead several weeks of offseason training at the USTA Training Center – West in Carson, Calif., with a group of professional men. Craybas will begin working with a group of pro women during their offseason training at the USTA Training Center in Boca Raton, Fla.


The coaching partnerships are initial steps in USTA Player Development’s effort to be more deliberate in engaging past champions and former American professionals as coaches, advisors or mentors. In addition to Lendl, Fish and Craybas, USTA Player Development has also worked with or is planning to work with other former and current American pros, including Michael Russell, Brian Baker, Marianne Werdel and Ann Grossman-Wunderlich, among several others.


“We have done this on an informal basis – Andy Roddick, Jim Courier and Billie-Jean King, most notably, have been very generous with their time and willingness to work with our young pros – but we need to be more intentional about our outreach to former champions and top professionals,” said USTA Player Development General Manager Martin Blackman. “They have been in the second week of a Grand Slam or even hoisted the trophy on that final Sunday, and that is invaluable. We need to cultivate a culture that is characterized by a champion’s mindset, and when one of our young women or men spends time with a former champion, it creates a cultural connection that cannot be over-estimated.


“We are just in the beginning stages of our outreach, and there are American champions that we have not yet connected with, but so far the response has been overwhelmingly positive.”


Lendl, 55, is a former world No. 1 who won three US Open, three French Open and two Australian Open titles from 1984-90, and his 94 ATP World Tour titles rank second all-time. From 2012 to early 2014, Lendl coached Andy Murray to his first two Grand Slam singles titles, at the 2012 US Open and 2013 Wimbledon. Fish, 33, climbed to No. 7 in the world in 2011 and won six ATP World Tour titles in his career. He retired following a second-round finish at the 2015 US Open. Midway through his career, Fish committed to a disciplined approach to his conditioning and nutrition, which resulted in his best achievements and career-high ranking. Craybas, 41, played on tour for 18 years and represented the U.S. in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She won one singles title and five doubles titles on tour and won the NCAA women’s singles championship while at Florida in 1996.


Novak Djokovic Three-peats at Paris Masters for Tenth Title of the Year

(November 8, 2015) Novak Djokovic claimed his third straight Paris Masters title, a record fourth overall for his 10 tournament victory of the year when he beat Andy Murray 6-2, 6-4 on Sunday.

The World No. 1 now has 58 titles in his career, 26 in Masters Series 1000 events, two behind record holder Rafael Nadal. The 10-time major champion has set a record for winning six ATP Masters events in a season. He is currently on a 22-match winning streak.

“There was couple of games in the second set where Andy started turning things around, so things could have gone different way as they did maybe yesterday against (Stan) Wawrinka at same stage,” Djokovic said. “But I managed to stay tough. It was, all in all, the best performance of the week, and it came at the right time.”
“Congratulations to Novak,” Murray said after the match. “It’s been a great year for him. It’s been a great week for me – first time past the quarterfinals. That’s progress and I hope to be back next year.”
“I think I was very solid from the very first point, really protecting the baseline, trying to be the one that dictates the play,” said the Serb who is having a career year. “I think in terms of physical and mental ability, I have reached my peak.”

Djokovic is now 21-9 against Murray overall. He’s won 10 of the last 11 head-to-head battles.

Next stop for both Djokovic and Murray will be The O2 Arena in London for the ATP World Tour Finals.

“I’m hoping that I can repeat the kind of performances and success I have had (at the ATP World Tour Finals) in previous years,” Djokovic said. (The O2 Arena) is a great stage for a tennis tournament.”

The ATP World Tour year end event begins on November 15.


With Title Win in Zhuhai, Venus Williams Returns to the WTA Top Ten


(November 8, 2015) Venus Williams ended her 2015 season by reaching the Top Ten for the first time in four years, when the 35-year-old top seed defeated Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 7-6 (6) to win the WTA Elite Trophy on Sunday in Zhuhai.

Williams held off a set point against the Czech in the second set tiebreak and secured the win. For Williams it’s her third WTA trophy of the year, also taking titles in Wuhan and Auckland.

“I’m so excited to win the first trophy in Zhuhai,” Williams said on court after the match. “All the players felt so welcome here and we appreciated all of the enthusiasm. To see every seat filled for every match, that’s all the players and tournament hope for.”

“I was really lucky to win at the end.”

The Zhuhai event had 11 of the top players who did not qualify for last week’s WTA Finals tournament in Singapore which hosted 8 of the top ten players.


Paris BNP Paribas Masters Results

ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Paris, France (+1 hour GMT)
2-8 November 2015 Surface: Indoor Hard


Singles – Semi-finals
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [4] S. Wawrinka (SUI) 63 36 60
[2] A. Murray (GBR) d [8] D. Ferrer (ESP) 64 63

Doubles – Semi-finals
[2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) d [PR] T. Berdych (CZE) / R. Stepanek (CZE) 46 63 10-5
V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) d D. Inglot (GBR) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) 76(6) 61


COURT CENTRAL start 12:15 pm
V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) vs [2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) (Watch Live)

3:00 pm
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)