June 29, 2016

Resale Market Offering Many Deals for 2016 U.S. Open Tickets

(June 27, 2016) The 2016 U.S. Open will officially commence on August 29 in Flushing, New York. The 136th edition of the annual tournament will bring the brightest and most notable stars in professional tennis to Queens for a two-week stay at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, and for those still in need of U.S. Open tickets, the secondary market may be the best route to take.

Following the largest qualifying tournament in event history last week, in which 303 participants battled for rights to play in the last leg of the Grand Slam at Mercy County Park, anticipation has steadily risen for the U.S. Open. Tickets were made available to the general public earlier this month, and since that time have flooded the resale market.

According to online aggregator Razorgator, Session 1 tickets on August 29 at Arthur Ashe Stadium start from $67 each. If hoping to catch first round action for the cheapest prices, however, Session 4 tickets one day later are the least expensive of the tournament at a get-in price of just $34.

Ticket prices won’t be the only deal fans will find at the U.S. Open this year. Arthur Ashe Stadium parking on ParkWhiz.com offers the best deals on parking in independent lots surrounding the venue. Prices start from $15 for each day of the tournament.

In years past, it has been common to see ticket demand increase as the competition heats up. However, prices vary dependent on session in 2016, and tickets to second round sessions can actually be found for cheaper in later sessions. Session 5 tickets own a current get-in price of $73. The final second round session, Session 8, will be held on September 1. The cheapest ticket to that session is now $54.

The third round will be held over four sessions between September 2 and 3. Tickets can be found ranging between $78 and $121 during that time. It will be the Round of 16 that begins to push the needle in terms of ticket pricing, however, as all four sessions own a get-in price above $100. Interestingly enough, the opening sessions of the Round of 16 on September 4 is the cheapest of the Round of 16 at a get-in price of $127.

With the quarterfinal and semifinals rounds held from September 6-9, excitement will be through the retractable roof for the respective Men’s and Women’s Final. Women’s Final tickets for the marquee match on September 10 now start from $124. One day later, Men’s Final tickets at Arthur Ashe Stadium can be found from $181 each.

Novak Djokovic will return to New York after winning the Men’s Final in 2015. Serena Williams’ Calendar Grand Slam bid was put to an end in the Women’s Semifinals by Italy’s Roberta Vinci, who would then fall to Flavia Pennetta in the Final.

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USTA Names 2016 U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis Team

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(June 27, 2016) WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.  – The United States Tennis Association (USTA) and U.S. national wheelchair tennis team coach Dan James today announced the eight players who will represent the United States in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sept. 9-16.

The U.S. will be one of 29 countries, represented by the 100 wheelchair tennis competitors from around the world, vying for gold in the men’s, women’s and quad events. The competition will take place at the Barra Tennis Center, the same venue used for the Rio 2016 Olympic tennis event.

“The USTA is extremely proud of the group of wheelchair tennis athletes who will represent the United States at this year’s Paralympic Games,” said Katrina Adams, USTA Chairman, CEO and President. “These athletes never stop to amaze me in all they can do within their sport. They truly embody the honor of being named a Paralympian. I’m looking forward to watching them compete as they look to claim gold.”

The men’s team will be led by Jon Rydberg (Woodbury, Minn.) and Steve Baldwin (San Diego).

The women’s team will feature Emmy Kaiser (Ft. Mitchell, Ky.), Dana Mathewson (San Diego) and Kaitlyn Verfuerth (Flagstaff, Ariz.).

The quad team, led by three-time doubles gold medalists David Wagner (Hillsboro, Ore.), and Nick Taylor (Wichita, Kan.), will also include second-time Paralympian Bryan Barten (Tucson, Ariz.). Wagner, who is currently the world No. 2 in singles and No. 1 in doubles, will be hoping to capture the illustrious gold medal in men’s quad singles at the Paralympics for the first time. Wagner won silver in singles at the Paralympics in 2004 and 2012.

Direct entries are based on ITF World Rankings from May 23, 2016. Similar to the wild-card rule at other tennis tournaments, the U.S. wheelchair tennis team has been granted Bipartite slots by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Bipartite slots allow the Paralympic event to allocate additional slots to countries competing in the events. Rydberg, Baldwin, Verfuerth and Barten were all granted Bipartite slots to compete in Rio.

Coach Dan James, of Seattle, will be assisted at this year’s Paralympics by assistant coach Jason Harnett, of Irvine, Calif., as well as team leader Emily Sandor, of New York.

This year’s Paralympic Games mark the seventh time wheelchair tennis will be part of the competition, and the fourth time the quad division will be included. The quad team of Wagner and Taylor won consecutive gold medals in doubles at the 2012 Games in London, 2008 Games in Beijing, and 2004 Games in Athens, Greece.

Wheelchair tennis was introduced to the Paralympic program in 1988 as an exhibition event before becoming a full medal sport at the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. Paralympic tennis is an open competition, eligible to those athletes with a mobility-related disability. All competitors must compete in a wheelchair. More than 4,200 elite athletes with physical disabilities from around the world are expected to compete in the 2016 Paralympic Games.

The USTA was officially designated by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) as the national governing body for the Paralympic sport of wheelchair tennis in June 2002, becoming the first Olympic national governing body to earn this recognition. As the national governing body for wheelchair tennis, the USTA manages wheelchair tennis in the United States, including the sanctioning of tournaments, overseeing wheelchair rankings, creating and managing a High Performance program for developing elite disabled athletes, and selecting teams to compete internationally for the United States.

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2016 Wimbledon – Day 1 Men’s Preview

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

2016 WIMBLEDON
DAY 1 MEN’S NOTES
Monday 27 June
1st Round Top Half

 

Featured matches

No. 1 Novak Djokovic (SRB) v (WC) James Ward (GBR)
No. 3 Roger Federer (SUI) v Guido Pella (ARG)
No. 5 Kei Nishikori (JPN) v Sam Groth (AUS)
No. 6 Milos Raonic (CAN) v Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)
No. 9 Marin Cilic (CRO) v Brian Baker (USA)
No. 11 David Goffin (BEL) v (WC) Alexander Ward (GBR)
No. 13 David Ferrer (ESP) v Dudi Sela (ISR)
Kyle Edmund (GBR) v Adrian Mannarino (FRA)
Ricardas Berankis (LTU) v (Q) Marcus Willis (GBR)

On court on Monday

•    Novak Djokovic begins his title defence with a 1st round clash against British wild card James Ward on Centre Court. Djokovic is looking to become just the second man in history to win 5 consecutive Grand Slam titles. Don Budge, who won 6 consecutive Grand Slam events, is the only man to have achieved this feat.

•    7-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer returns to Grand Slam action for the first time since the Australian Open with a 1st round encounter against Guido Pella on Centre Court. The Swiss maestro is looking to add to his 302 Grand Slam victories and close the gap on Martina Navratilova for the most Grand Slam singles wins by a man or woman.

•    Milos Raonic, who has arrived at the All England Club with a 3-time Wimbledon champion in his corner in John McEnroe, will be confident of opening his 2016 campaign with a win when he takes on Pablo Carreno Busta on No. 2 Court. The Spaniard, a clay court specialist, has lost all 4 of the competitive matches he has played on grass at Tour, Challenger, Futures or Junior level.

•    Brits Kyle Edmund, Daniel Evans, Brydan Klein, Alexander Ward, James Ward and Marcus Willis take to the courts today. 9 British men start the main draw here this year – the most since 2006 when there were 10.

•    23 of the 49 men aged 30 or over start this year’s main draw get their Wimbledon campaigns underway today. This is a Wimbledon record for the most 30-somethings in the men’s singles event. The Grand Slam record for most men aged 30 or over is 51 at 2016 Roland Garros.

NO. 1 NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB) v (WC) JAMES WARD (GBR)
Head-to-head: first meeting

Djokovic has not lost to a player ranked as low as No. 177 today’s opponent since he retired due to illness while trailing No. 319 Filip Krajinovic in the quarterfinals at 2010 Belgrade. The only other time he has lost to a player ranked as low as Ward is at 2006 Barcelona, when he fell to No. 178 Daniel Gimeno Traver.

The lowest-ranked player Djokovic has lost to at a Grand Slam is No. 75 Marat Safin in the 2nd round at 2008 Wimbledon.

Ward is playing a world No. 1 for the first time. He has played against Top 10 opposition twice before – losing to No. 8 Fernando Verdasco at 2009 Wimbledon and No. 8 Milos Raonic at 2015 Queen’s. The highest-ranked player Ward has defeated is No. 14 Stan Wawrinka at 2011 Queen’s.

DJOKOVIC    v    WARD

29    Age    29
1    ATP Ranking (20 June)    177
65    Titles    0
221-34    Career Grand Slam Record    3-10
52-8    Wimbledon Record    3-6
730-149    Career Record    25-52
67-15    Career Record – Grass    13-25
44-3    2016 Record    0-2
0-0    2016 Record – Grass    0-2
27-8    Career Five-Set Record    5-3
4    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    1
200-112    Career Tiebreak Record    13-20
12-2    2016 Tiebreak Record    0-0

•    Top seed and defending Wimbledon champion DJOKOVIC is bidding to maintain his record of always reaching the 2nd round here. The last time he lost in the 1st round at any Grand Slam event was at the 2006 Australian Open
(l. Paul Goldstein).

•    The top seed has lost in the 1st round at Wimbledon just once in the Open Era, when Lleyton Hewitt lost to Ivo Karlovic in the opening round in 2003 [see Preview page 8]. This was also the last time the defending champion lost in the 1st round here. Among all Grand Slams, a defending champion has lost in the 1st round just 4 times in the Open Era.

•    Djokovic is bidding to win his 5th straight Grand Slam title and become just the 2nd man in history to win 5 successive Grand Slam events. Don Budge, who won 6 straight Grand Slam events from 1937 Wimbledon – 1938 US Championships, is the only man to achieve the feat.

•    Djokovic is bidding to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold the first 3 legs of the calendar Grand Slam [NB when the Australian Open was played in January].

•    Djokovic is bidding to win his 4th Wimbledon title and move into equal 6th place on the list for the most Wimbledon titles won in history alongside Reggie Doherty, Rod Laver and Anthony Wilding. Just 8 men in history have won 4 or more Wimbledon titles [see Preview page 1].

•    Djokovic is bidding to extend his 28-match Grand Slam winning streak. He has not lost a Grand Slam match since he was defeated by Stan Wawrinka in the 2015 Roland Garros final.

•    Last year here Djokovic won his 3rd Wimbledon title, defeating Roger Federer 76(1) 67(10) 64 63 in the final. He equalled his coach Boris Becker for Wimbledon titles and became the 6th man in the Open Era to win Wimbledon on 3 or more occasions.

•    Djokovic has not played a Tour-level grass court warm-up event before Wimbledon since he played at Queen’s in 2010. He is one of just 7 different men in the Open Era to have won the Wimbledon title without contesting a grass court warm-up event – in 2011, 2014 and 2015.

•    In Grand Slam play so far this year Djokovic equalled Roy Emerson’s record of 6 Australian Open titles and became the 10th man in history to win 6 or more titles at any one Grand Slam event after defeating Andy Murray in the final. He defeated Murray again in the Roland Garros final to become the 8th man in history to complete the career Grand Slam. He was the 3rd man in history to complete a non-Calendar Grand Slam after Don Budge and Rod Laver.

•    Djokovic is bidding to win his 13th Grand Slam title. He has won titles at the Australian Open in 2008 (d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga), 2011 (d. Murray), 2012 (d. Rafael Nadal), 2013 (d. Murray), 2015 (d. Murray) and 2016
(d. Murray), Wimbledon in 2011 (d. Nadal), 2014 (d. Federer) and 2015 (d. Federer), the US Open in 2011
(d. Nadal) and 2015 (d. Federer) and Roland Garros in 2016 (d. Murray).

•    Djokovic has won 6 titles so far this year – at Doha (d. Nadal), the Australian Open (d. Murray), Indian Wells-1000 (d. Milos Raonic), Miami-1000 (d. Kei Nishikori), Madrid-1000 (d. Murray) and Roland Garros (d. Murray) – to extend his streak of winning at least 6 titles every year since 2011. Just 3 of his 65 career singles titles have come on grass – at Wimbledon in 2011, 2014 and 2015.

•    This is Djokovic’s 12th consecutive appearance at Wimbledon and his 47th straight Grand Slam overall, which puts him in joint 8th-place with Guillermo Garcia-Lopez on the list for most consecutive Grand Slam appearances in the Open Era.

•    Djokovic won his 2 singles rubbers to help Serbia defeat Kazakhstan 3-2 in March and reach the Davis Cup quarterfinals. Serbia will play Great Britain in Belgrade on 15-17 July.

•    Djokovic is coached by 3-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker. He has also been coached by Marian Vajda since June 2006. His wider team includes physios Miljan Amanovic and Gebhard Phil-Gritsch.

•    Wild card WARD is bidding to reach the 2nd round at a Grand Slam for only the 3rd time in 11 appearances.

•    Last year here as a wild card Ward recorded his best Grand Slam result by reaching the 3rd round, falling to Vasek Pospisil in 5 sets. He broke into the Top 100 at a career-high No. 89 as a result.

•    Ward is bidding to end a 7-match Tour-level losing streak. He has not won a match at Tour-level since defeating Luca Vanni and Jiri Vesely to reach the 3rd round at 2015 Wimbledon.

•    This is Ward’s 7th Wimbledon appearance and his 11th Grand Slam overall. He has fallen in the 1st round on 8 of his 10 previous Grand Slam appearances, including 4 times at Wimbledon – in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014.

•    In Grand Slam play this year, Ward lost in the 2nd round of qualifying for the Australian Open (d. Peter Polansky,
l. Dennis Novikov) and fell in the 1st round of qualifying for Roland Garros (l. Matteo Donati). He has qualified for a Grand Slam on 2 occasions in 19 attempts – at the 2012 Australian Open and 2014 Roland Garros.

•    Ward warmed up for Wimbledon by reaching the quarterfinals at the Manchester Challenger (GBR) (l. Dustin Brown). He fell in the 1st round as a wild card at both Queen’s (l. Gilles Muller) and Nottingham (l. Malek Jaziri) – the only Tour-level events he has contested in 2016. He failed to qualify at Stuttgart.

•    Ward’s best result in 2016 is reaching Challenger quarterfinals on clay at Tallahassee (USA) (l. Quentin Halys) and on grass at Manchester – the only times he has won back-to-back matches at any level this year.

•    Ward is one of 15 British players (men and women) to start in the singles main draws here – the most since 2006, when there were also 15. There are 9 British men starting the singles draw – the most since 2006 when 10 men started the singles draw here.

•    Ward was part of the Great Britain team that won its first Davis Cup title in 79 years in 2015. Great Britain will travel to Serbia in the World Group quarterfinals in Belgrade on 15-17 July.

•    Ward has entered the men’s doubles here as a wild card with Kyle Edmund. He has only once progressed beyond the 1st round in the doubles event here in 5 attempts – reaching the 2nd round on his Wimbledon debut alongside Alex Bogdanovic in 2009.

•    Ward is coached by Morgan Phillips.

NO. 3 ROGER FEDERER (SUI) v GUIDO PELLA (ARG)
Head-to-head: first meeting

FEDERER    v    PELLA

34    Age    26
3    ATP Ranking (20 June)    51
88    Titles    0
302-50    Career Grand Slam Record    3-8
79-10    Wimbledon Record    0-1
1075-244    Career Record    24-35
147-22    Career Record – Grass    0-3
16-6    2016 Record    13-13
5-2    2016 Record – Grass    0-1
23-19    Career Five-Set Record    2-3
9    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    1
391-214    Career Tiebreak Record    15-22
5-4                              2016 Tiebreak Record    7-10

•    FEDERER is bidding to become the first man in history to win 8 Wimbledon titles. He would become just the second man in history to win 8 titles at the same Grand Slam event. Rafael Nadal became the first man to achieve this feat by winning the 8th of his 9 Roland Garros titles in 2013.

•    At 34 years 336 days, Federer is looking to become the oldest man in the Open Era to win Wimbledon. He would also be the oldest man to win a Grand Slam since Ken Rosewall won the 1972 Australian Open aged 37 years 62 days.

•    Federer is also looking to close the gap on Martina Navratilova for the most Grand Slam singles wins by a man or woman. Navratilova has a 306-49 win-loss record at the Grand Slams, ahead of Federer (302-50), Chris Evert (299-37) and Serena Williams (297-42).

•    Last year here Federer reached his 10th Wimbledon final – and his 26th Grand Slam final overall – but lost to Novak Djokovic in 4-sets.

•    The last time Federer fell in the 1st round at a Grand Slam was at 2003 Roland Garros (l. Luis Horna). He has lost in the 1st round here 3 times, on his debut as a wild card in 1999, in 2000 and as No. 7 seed in 2002.

•    In 2012, Federer equalled William Renshaw and Pete Sampras’s record of 7 Wimbledon titles by winning his 17th Grand Slam title overall (d. Andy Murray). He also won the title at Wimbledon in 2003-07 and 2009.

•    Federer is in 2nd place on the Open Era list for most match-wins at Wimbledon with a 79-10 win-loss record. Jimmy Connors heads the list with an 84-18 win-loss record here.

•    This is Federer’s 18th consecutive appearance at Wimbledon, putting him in 2nd place behind Jimmy Connors, who has 19 consecutive appearances here. Federer is also 2nd to Connors (21) for most total appearances at Wimbledon.

•    Federer holds the Open Era record for the most career grass court titles with 15 titles on the surface. In addition to 7 titles at Wimbledon, his other 8 titles were won at 2003-06, 2008 and 2013-15 Halle.

•    Federer is the most successful active player on grass with a 147-22 career win-loss record.

•    In Grand Slam play this year, Federer reached the semifinals at the Australian Open (l. Djokovic) and withdrew from Roland Garros with a back injury. It was the first time he had missed a Grand Slam since the 1999 US Open and ended his record run of 65 consecutive appearances at the Grand Slams.

•    Prior to coming here Federer failed to defend his title at Halle, losing 76(4) 57 63 to Alexander Zverev in the semifinals.

•    Also in 2016, Federer reached the final at Brisbane (l. Milos Raonic) and the semfinals at Stuttgart (l. Dominic Thiem). It is the first time that he has failed to win a title before Wimbledon since 2000.

•    Federer is one of 49 men aged 30 or over to start this year’s Wimbledon main draw – an Open Era record for the most 30-somethings in the men’s draw here. The Grand Slam record for most men aged 30 or over is 51 – set at 2016 Roland Garros.

•    Federer is coached by former world No. 3 Ivan Ljubicic and Severin Luthi.

•    Lefthander PELLA is looking to record his first Wimbledon – and Tour-level grass court – match-win.

•    Pella has played here just once before in 2013 when he retired at 3-4 down in the 5th set of his 1st round match against Jesse Levine with a right hamstring tear. He failed to qualify here in 2015.

•    Prior to coming here Pella lost to Benjamin Becker in the 2nd round at Nottingham (following a 1st round bye). He has lost his opening round match at all 3 of the grass court events he has contested having also lost in the 1st round at 2013 Queen’s (l. Daniel Evans).

•    Pella reached his first Tour-level final at Rio de Janeiro in February, losing to Pablo Cuevas. He broke into the Top 50 for the first time as a result and reached a career-high ranking of No. 39 in March. He plays here at No. 51.

•    In Grand Slam play this year Pella reached the 2nd round at both the Australian Open (d. Steve Darcis,
l. Feliciano Lopez) and Roland Garros (d. Diego Schwartzman, l. Gilles Simon). This is his 2nd Wimbledon appearance and his 9th Grand Slam overall.

•    3 of Pella’s 4 Grand Slam matches in 2016 have been extended to 5-sets. His victory over Darcis at the 2016 Australian Open was his most recent victory in a 5-set match. Following his losses to both Lopez and Simon, he now has a 2-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

•    Pella is bidding to reach the 2nd round here and equal his best Grand Slam result. As well as reaching the 2nd round at the 2016 Australian Open and 2016 Roland Garros, he also reached the 2nd round at 2013 Roland Garros (d. Ivan Dodig, l. Novak Djokovic).

•    Pella is looking to record his 2nd victory over a Top 10 player in his 4th attempt. The highest-ranked player he has defeated is No. 10 Janko Tipsarevic at 2013 Dusseldorf.

•    Pella has entered the men’s doubles here with compatriot Horacio Zeballos. They will play fellow countrymen Guillermo Duran/Maximo Gonzalez in the 1st round.

•    Pella is coached by Gustavo Marcaccio. His physical trainer is Juan Galvan.

NO. 5 KEI NISHIKORI (JPN) v SAM GROTH (AUS)
Head-to-head: Nishikori leads 1-0
2015     Washington     Hard (O)     QF     Nishikori     64 64

NISHIKORI    v    GROTH

26    Age    28
6    ATP Ranking (20 June)    123
11    Titles    0
52-26    Career Grand Slam Record    7-10
8-6    Wimbledon Record    2-2
276-131    Career Record    35-52
25-18    Career Record – Grass    13-10
33-10    2016 Record    3-11
1-0    2016 Record – Grass    1-2
13-5    Career Five-Set Record    1-0
2    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    0
82-58    Career Tiebreak Record    37-35
9-5    2016 Tiebreak Record    1-9

•    NISHIKORI is making his 8th appearance at Wimbledon and his 28th appearance at a Grand Slam.

•    Last year here Nishikori gave a walkover in the 2nd round with a left calf injury. His best Wimbledon result is reaching the round of 16 in 2014 (l. Milos Raonic). He became the first Japanese man – and the 4th Japanese player overall – to complete a set of round of 16 appearances at all four Grand Slams.

•    Nishikori has lost in the 1st round here on 3 occasions – in 2008 (l. Marc Gicquel), as a wild card in 2010 (l. Rafael Nadal) and in 2011 (l. Lleyton Hewitt).

•    At the 2014 US Open, Nishikori became the first Asian male to contest a Grand Slam final after defeating three Top 10 players – Raonic, Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic – in consecutive matches before falling to Marin Cilic in the title match.

•    Nishikori’s best result in 2016 is winning his 4th straight title at Memphis (d. Taylor Fritz). He also finished runner-up at Miami-1000 (l. Djokovic) and Barcelona (l. Nadal). Nishikori has won 11 career singles titles.

•    Nishikori warmed up for Wimbledon at Halle where he gave a walkover in the 2nd round to Florian Mayer due to a rib injury.

•    Nishikori’s career-best grass court result is reaching the semifinals at 2011 Eastbourne (l. Janko Tipsarevic), the quarterfinals at the 2012 Olympic Tennis Event (l. Juan Martin del Potro), the round of 16 at 2014 Wimbledon and the semifinals at 2015 Halle (l. Andreas Seppi) – the only 4 occasions in which he has won 3 consecutive Tour-level matches on grass.

•    The last time Nishikori lost to a player ranked outside the Top 100 was at the 2013 US Open when he was defeated in the 1st round by No. 179 Daniel Evans. [NB He gave a walkover to No. 192 Mayer at 2016 Halle.]

•    Nishikori is the highest-ranked Japanese man in ATP World Tour Rankings history (since 1973). He had the nickname ‘Project 45’ as a major goal was to get him to No. 45 in the rankings, which would be one spot better than the highest by any Japanese man (Shuzo Matsuoka). He plays here ranked No. 6, two spots lower than his career-high ranking of No. 4 which he achieved in March 2015 after reaching the final at Acapulco.

•    Nishikori plays here seeded No. 5 – his joint-highest seeding at Wimbledon. He was also seeded No. 5 here last year.

•    Nishikori was born in Shimane, Japan, but moved to Florida aged 14. He is coached by Dante Bottini and trains at the Bollettieri Academy. Michael Chang, who reached the quarterfinals here in 1994, joined his team in 2014.
•    GROTH is making his 3rd straight appearance at Wimbledon and his 11th appearance at a Grand Slam. He failed to qualify here in 2009 and 2013.

•    Last year here Groth equalled his best Grand Slam result by reaching the 3rd round (l. Roger Federer). He also reached the 3rd round at the 2015 Australian Open (l. Bernard Tomic).

•    Groth is looking to record only his 4th Tour-level match-win this year. His only Tour-level wins this year came at the Australian Open (d. Adrian Mannarino, l. Andy Murray), Miami-1000 (d. Victor Estrella Burgos, l. Dominic Thiem) and Stuttgart (d. Illya Marchenko, l. Thiem).

•    Groth enters Wimbledon with a 3-11 Tour-level win-loss record in 2016, having lost in the 1st round at 7 of the 10 Tour-level events he has contested. He also lost to John Isner in Australia’s 3-1 defeat to USA in Davis Cup in March.

•    Groth is looking for his career best match-win today. The highest-ranked player he has defeated is No. 14 Feliciano Lopez at 2015 Stuttgart. He has lost all 7 of his previous match-ups with a Top 10 player.

•    Prior to coming here, Groth reached the 2nd round at Stuttgart and the quarterfinals at the Manchester Challenger (GBR) (l. Denis Kudla). He failed to qualify at Queen’s and Nottingham.

•    Groth reached a career-high ranking of No. 53 in August 2015 after reaching the quarterfinals at Washington
(l. today’s opponent). He plays here at No. 123 – his lowest ranking since July 2014.

•    Groth won the only 5-set match he has played – defeating Thanasi Kokkinakis in the 2nd round at the 2015 Australian Open.

•    Groth has entered the men’s doubles here with Robert Lindstedt. They will play Leonardo Mayer/Joao Sousa in the 1st round.

•    Groth reached the Wimbledon Junior boys’ doubles final in 2005 with Andrew Kennaugh (GBR) (l. Jesse Levine/Michael Shabaz).

•    Groth is coached by Ben Mathias.

NO. 6 MILOS RAONIC (CAN) v PABLO CARRENO BUSTA (ESP)
Head-to-head: first meeting

RAONIC    v    CARRENO BUSTA

25    Age    24
7    ATP Ranking (20 June)    45
8    Titles    0
51-21    Career Grand Slam Record    5-11
10-5    Wimbledon Record    0-2
238-111    Career Record    53-74
22-14    Career Record – Grass    0-4
31-8    2016 Record    19-16
4-1    2016 Record – Grass    0-1
6-5    Career Five-Set Record    0-4
0    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    0
151-92    Career Tiebreak Record    23-28
16-5    2016 Tiebreak Record    7-9

•    RAONIC is bidding to maintain his record of always reaching the 2nd round here.

•    Last year here as No. 7 seed, Raonic fell to Nick Kyrgios in the 3rd round. This is his 6th straight appearance at Wimbledon and his 22nd appearance at a Grand Slam overall.

•    Raonic’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the semifinals at 2014 Wimbledon (l. Roger Federer) and the 2016 Australian Open (l. Andy Murray). At 2014 Wimbledon he became the first Canadian man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal after Robert Powell at 1908 Wimbledon.

•    At the Grand Slams in 2016, Raonic became the first Canadian man in history to reach the semifinals at the Australian Open and reached the round of 16 at Roland Garros (l. Albert Ramos-Vinolas).

•    Prior to coming here, Raonic reached his first grass court final at Queen’s (l. Murray).

•    Raonic’s 2016 highlights also include winning his 8th career title at Brisbane, where he recorded his 2nd career win over Federer in the final, and finishing runner-up at Indian Wells-1000 (l. Novak Djokovic).

•    Raonic plays here at No. 6 – his highest seeding at Wimbledon. His highest Grand Slam seeding came at the 2014 US Open, where he was seeded No. 5.

•    Raonic was born in Montenegro but moved to Canada in 1994. He started playing tennis age 8.

•    Raonic added 3-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe to his coaching team at 2016 Queen’s. He also works with former world No. 1 Carlos Moya, who reached the round of 16 here in 2004, and Ricardo Piatti. His fitness trainer is Dalibor Sirola and his physiotherapist is Claudio Zimaglia.

•    CARRENO BUSTA is bidding to record his first Wimbledon match-win.

•    Carreno Busta is bidding to record his first competitive match-win on grass at any level today. He has a 0-4 win-loss record in the grass court matches he has played at Tour, Challenger, Futures or Junior level – with all 4 of those defeats coming at Tour-level.

•    Last year here Carreno Busta fell to Gael Monfils in the 1st round. He also fell in the 1st round on his debut here in 2014 (l. David Ferrer). He lost his opening matches on his only other career appearances on grass at Nottingham in both 2015 (l. Taylor Fritz) and 2016 (l. Mikhail Youzhny).

•    Carreno Busta is making his 3rd Wimbledon appearance and his 12th appearance at a Grand Slam. He has advanced beyond the 1st round on 4 of his previous 11 appearances at the majors.

•    Carreno Busta’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the 3rd round on his US Open debut in 2014 (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga).

•    Carreno Busta’s best result in 2016 is reaching the final at both Sao Paulo (l. Pablo Cuevas) and Estoril (l. Nicolas Almagro).

•    Carreno Busta is bidding to record his first win against a Top 10 opponent on his 10th attempt. The highest-ranked player he has defeated is No. 15 Feliciano Lopez at 2014 Valencia.

•    Carreno Busta’s best surface is clay. He has a 40-43 Tour-level win-loss record on the surface, compared with 13-27 on hard and 0-4 on grass.

•    Carreno Busta reached a career-high ranking of No. 43 in May after reaching the 2nd round as a wild card at Madrid-1000 (l. Gilles Simon). He plays here at No. 45.

•    Carreno Busta has never won a 5-set match. He has a 0-4 win-loss record in 5-set matches and has never contested a 5-set match at Wimbledon.

•    Carreno Busta entered the men’s doubles event here alongside Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. The pair will play No. 12 seeds Treat Huey/Max Mirnyi in the 1st round.

•    Carreno Busta is coached by Samuel Lopez and Cesar Fagueras. His physical trainer is Walter Navarro.

NO. 9 MARIN CILIC (CRO) v BRIAN BAKER (USA)
Head-to-head: first meeting

CILIC    v    BAKER

27    Age    31
13    ATP Ranking (20 June)    595
14    Titles    0
77-32    Career Grand Slam Record    7-10
17-8    Wimbledon Record    3-1
361-199    Career Record    18-35
44-22    Career Record – Grass    4-3
19-13    2016 Record    0-5
3-2    2016 Record – Grass    0-1
23-9    Career Five-Set Record    1-1
4    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    0
134-122    Career Tiebreak Record    19-15
7-12    2016 Tiebreak Record    1-4

•    Last year here CILIC equalled his best Wimbledon result by reaching the quarterfinals, where he lost to Novak Djokovic. He also reached the last 8 in 2014, losing to Djokovic in 5 sets.

•    Cilic won his first major title at the 2014 US Open, defeating Kei Nishikori in the final. He was the first Croatian to win a Grand Slam title since Goran Ivanisevic at 2001 Wimbledon. 6 Grand Slam champions started this year’s men’s main draw.

•    Prior to coming here, Cilic reached the semifinals at Queen’s (l. Andy Murray) but lost to Radek Stepanek in the 2nd round at Stuttgart (following a 1st round bye).

•    In Grand Slam play in 2016, Cilic reached the 3rd round at the Australian Open (l. Roberto Bautista Agut) but fell in the 1st round to Marco Trungelliti at Roland Garros. It was the 7th time he had lost in the 1st round at a major in 34 Grand Slam events. This is his 10th straight Wimbledon appearance and his 35th Grand Slam overall.

•    Cilic’s best result in 2016 is reaching the finals at Marseille (l. Nick Kyrgios) and Geneva (l. Stan Wawrinka).

•    No. 595 Baker is the lowest-ranked player Cilic has faced at Tour-level. The previous lowest-ranked player he has faced was No. 553 Janko Tipsarevic at 2016 Queen’s. The lowest-ranked player to defeat Cilic is No. 221 Marius Copil at 2012 Beijing.

•    Cilic has won 14 career singles titles, most recently at 2015 Moscow (d. Roberto Bautista Agut). Just one of his titles has come on grass – at 2012 Queen’s when he defeated David Nalbandian by default. Cilic was trailing 76(3) 3-4 when Nalbandian was defaulted for unsportsmanlike conduct after kicking the front of a sponsor’s advertising board which struck a linesman’s leg.

•    In 2012 Cilic contested the 2nd longest men’s singles match in Wimbledon history, defeating Sam Querrey 76(6) 64 67(2) 67(3) 1715 in the 3rd round in 5 hours 31 minutes. He has won 5 of his 8 five-set matches at Wimbledon and has a 23-9 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.

•    Cilic reached the quarterfinals of the boys’ singles at 2005 Wimbledon (l. Robin Haase). He finished the year at No. 2 in the ITF Junior Rankings behind Donald Young after winning junior Roland Garros (d. Antal van der Duim) and reaching the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and the US Open.

•    Cilic is coached by 2001 Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic.

•    BAKER is making his first appearance at Wimbledon since 2012, where as a qualifier he reached the round of 16
(l. Philipp Kohlschreiber).

•    Baker’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the last 16 here in 2012. This is his 2nd appearance at Wimbledon and his 11th Grand Slam overall.

•    Baker has had an injury interrupted career. Between November 2005 and July 2011 he had 5 surgeries – left hip surgery in November 2005; a sports hernia surgery in 2006; and left hip, right hip and right elbow surgery in 2008. He played just 2 Challenger events during this period. He took 3 years to fully recover from the elbow surgery and returned unranked in July 2011, winning a Futures event in Pittsburgh.

•    Baker had knee surgery in January 2013 after tearing his lateral meniscus during the 2013 Australian Open, returning to the Tour at 2013 Cincinnati-1000. He also underwent DeNovo NT surgery on his right knee at the end of 2014. He reached a career-high ranking of No. 52 in October 2012 but is currently ranked No. 595. He plays here on a protected ranked of No. 56.

•    Baker returned to the Tour for the first time since the 2013 US Open at the 2016 Australian Open, where he lost in the 1st round to Simone Bolelli. He has lost in the 1st round in the 5 Tour-level events he has played this year and is looking for his first Tour-level match-win since he defeated Denis Istomin in the 1st round at 2013 Cincinnati-1000.

•    Also in 2016, Baker reached the 2nd round at the Savannah Challenger (USA) (d. Tommy Paul, l. Denis Kudla) and the Tallahassee Challenger (USA) (d. Tim Smyczek, l. Noah Rubin). His only other victory this year (at any level) came in the 1st round of qualifying for Houston.

•    Prior to coming here Baker lost to Florian Mayer in the 1st round at Halle. 2016 Wimbledon is just the 4th Tour-level grass court event of Baker’s career. As well as reaching the round of 16 at 2012 Wimbledon and losing in the 1st round at 2016 Halle, he also reached the 2nd round at 2004 Newport (d. Wesley Moodie, l. Jeff Morrison).

•    After undergoing elbow surgery in early 2008, Baker enrolled at Belmont University in Nashville where he began pursuing a business degree while serving as an assistant tennis coach. He completed the degree in May 2015.

•    Baker was a successful junior. He reached a career-high ITF Junior Ranking of No. 2 in June 2003, winning a total of 6 junior singles titles and 3 junior doubles titles. The same year he also reached the quarterfinals at junior Wimbledon (l. Chris Guccione). In 2002, he reached the boys’ doubles final at Junior Wimbledon with Rajeev Ram
(l. Florin Mergea/Horia Tecau).

•    Baker is one of 49 men aged 30 or over to start this year’s Wimbledon main draw – an Open Era record for the most 30-somethings in the men’s draw here. The Grand Slam record for most men aged 30 or over is 51 – set at 2016 Roland Garros.

•    Baker is being coached by his father Steve at 2016 Wimbledon.

NO. 11 DAVID GOFFIN (BEL) v (WC) ALEXANDER WARD (GBR)
Head-to-head: first Tour-level meeting
2012     Le Gosier Challenger     Hard (O)    R16     Goffin     62 36 76(4)

A first Tour-level meeting for these 2 players. Goffin won on a decisive tiebreak when the pair met at the Le Gosier Challenger in 2012.

GOFFIN    v    WARD

25    Age    26
11    ATP Ranking (20 June)    244
2    Titles    0
22-16    Career Grand Slam Record    0-0
5-4    Wimbledon Record    0-0
121-91    Career Record    0-2
11-13    Career Record – Grass    0-1
28-12    2016 Record    0-1
2-1    2016 Record – Grass    0-1
7-3    Career Five-Set Record    0-0
1    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    0
36-39    Career Tiebreak Record    1-2
8-9    2016 Tiebreak Record    1-1

•    GOFFIN is bidding to reach the 2nd round here for the 3rd time.

•    Goffin has lost in the 1st round here on 2 occasions – in 2013 (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga) and 2014 (l. Andy Murray). This is his 5th straight appearance at Wimbledon and his 17th appearance at a Grand Slam overall.

•    Last year here, Goffin recorded his best Wimbledon result by reaching the round of 16 (l. Stan Wawrinka). He was only the 4th Belgian man in the Open Era to reach the round of 16 at Wimbledon after Dick Norman, Xavier Malisse and Olivier Rochus.

•    Goffin’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the quarterfinals at 2016 Roland Garros (l. Dominic Thiem). He was just the 2nd Belgian man to reach the last 8 at Roland Garros after Filip Dewulf (1997-98) and only the 3rd Belgian man in the Open Era to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal after Dewulf and Malisse (2002 Wimbledon).

•    Also in Grand Slam play this year, Goffin reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open (l. Roger Federer). He was the 4th Belgian man to reach the last 16 at Roland Garros and the first since Rochus in 2005.

•    Also in 2016, Goffin reached the semifinals at back-to-back Masters-1000 events at Indian Wells
(l. Milos Raonic) and Miami (l. Novak Djokovic). He plays here on a career-high ranking of No. 11, first achieved after he reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros.

•    Goffin warmed up for Wimbledon by reaching the quarterfinals at Halle (l. Federer) – one of only 4 times in which he has won back-to-back matches on grass at Tour-level.

•    Goffin’s career-best results on grass are reaching the final at 2015 ’s-Hertogenbosch (l. Nicolas Mahut) and the round of 16 at 2015 Wimbledon.

•    Goffin plays here as No. 11 seed – his highest Grand Slam seeding.

•    Goffin was taught to play tennis by his father, who is a tennis coach at the Barchon Club in Liege.

•    Goffin is coached by Thierry van Cleemput and Thomas Johansson. He trains at the Belgian Tennis Federation in Mons.

•    Wild card WARD is looking to record his first Tour-level match-win on his Grand Slam debut.

•    Ward is contesting just his 3rd career Tour-level event. He fell in the 1st round on his only 2 previous Tour-level appearances – as a qualifier at 2013 Stuttgart (l. Fabio Fognini) and as a wild card at 2016 Nottingham (l. Frank Dancevic).

•    Ward plays primarily on the Challenger and Futures Circuits. His career-best result is reaching the semifinals at the 2016 Bangkok Challenger (THA) (l. Sam Barry). Also in 2016, he won the titles at the Turkey F10 Futures
(d. Demian Raab) and the Tunisia F12 Futures (d. Pedro Sousa).

•    Prior to coming here, Ward reached the quarterfinals as a wild card at the Manchester Challenger (GBR) (l. Peter Gojowczyk), but fell in the 1st round as a wild card at both the Surbiton Challenger (GBR) and at Nottingham. He also fell in the 1st round as a wild card in qualifying for Queen’s. He is on a 4-match losing streak on grass at any level.

•    Ward has unsuccessfully attempted to qualify for Wimbledon on 4 occasions. As a wild card, he lost in the 1st round of qualifying in 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015. He has never attempted to qualify for another Grand Slam.

•    Ward reached a career-high ranking of No. 242 earlier this month after reaching the quarterfinals at the Manchester Challenger. He plays here at No. 244.

•    Ward entered the men’s doubles event here as a wild card with Brydan Klein. The pair will play No. 15 seeds Pablo Cuevas/Marcel Granollers in the 1st round.

•    Ward is one of 15 British players (men and women) to start in the singles main draws here – the most since 2006, when there were also 15. There are 9 British men starting the singles draw – the most since 2006 when 10 men started the singles draw here.

•    Ward is coached by Dani Navarro.

NO. 13 DAVID FERRER (ESP) v DUDI SELA (ISR)

Head-to-head: Ferrer leads 2-1
2008    Beijing            Hard (O)    R16    Sela        63 63
2009    Johannesburg        Hard (O)    R32    Ferrer        62 60
2016    ‘s-Hertogenbosch    Grass (O)    R16    Ferrer        64 64

A 4th career meeting between the 2 players, but their first at a Grand Slam. Ferrer won their only previous meeting on a grass court earlier this month in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

Ferrer and Sela are 2 of the 49 men aged 30 or over to start this year’s Wimbledon main draw. This is a Wimbledon record for the most 30-somethings in the men’s singles event. The Grand Slam record for most men aged 30 or over is 51 at 2016 Roland Garros.

FERRER    v    SELA

34    Age    31
14    ATP Ranking (20 June)    71
26    Titles    0
137-53    Career Grand Slam Record    19-33
25-12    Wimbledon Record    4-7
679-324    Career Record    119-160
40-20    Career Record – Grass    20-23
22-13    2016 Record    7-11
1-2    2016 Record – Grass    4-2
20-11    Career Five-Set Record    7-7
4    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    1
153-135    Career Tiebreak Record    52-54
6-4    2016 Tiebreak Record    5-3

•    FERRER is contesting his 13th Wimbledon and his 54th Grand Slam overall.

•    Ferrer has not lost in the 1st round at a Grand Slam event since 2005 Wimbledon, where as No. 17 seed he lost to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. It is the only time he has lost in the 1st round at Wimbledon.

•    Ferrer missed Wimbledon last year with an elbow injury, bringing an end to his run of 50 consecutive Grand Slam appearances. He sits in 7th place on the Open Era list for the most consecutive appearances at the majors.

•    Ferrer’s best Wimbledon result is a quarterfinal finish as No. 7 seed in 2012 (l. Andy Murray) and as No. 4 seed in 2013 (l. Juan Martin del Potro).

•    Ferrer’s best Grand Slam result is reaching the 2013 Roland Garros final (l. Rafael Nadal). He set an Open Era record for most appearances at a major before reaching the final (42).

•    Ferrer warmed up for Wimbledon by reaching the quarterfinals at ’s-Hertogenbosch (l. Gilles Muller) (after receiving a 1st round bye) but fell in the 1st round at Halle (l. Andreas Seppi).

•    Ferrer is one of 24 grasscourt titlists to start in the 2016 Wimbledon men’s main draw. He lifted the trophy at
’s-Hertogenbosch as top seed in both 2008 (d. Marc Gicquel) and 2012 (d. Philipp Petzschner). He has won 26 Tour-level titles overall.

•    At the Grand Slams in 2016, Ferrer reached the quarterfinals at the Australian Open (l. Murray) and the round of 16 at Roland Garros (l. Tomas Berdych). It was his earliest exit at Roland Garros since he fell in the round of 16 in 2011.

•    Also in 2016, Ferrer reached the semifinals at Auckland (l. Jack Sock), Buenos Aires (l. Nicolas Almagro) and Geneva (l. Marin CIlic).

•    Ferrer dropped out of the Top 10 for the first time since October 2010 in May after losing in the 3rd round at Rome-1000 (l. Lucas Pouille),
•    Ferrer has twice lost to a player ranked as low as today’s opponent at Wimbledon – falling to No. 81 Garcia-Lopez in the 1st round in 2005 and to No. 118 Andrey Kuznetsov in the 2nd round in 2014.
•    Ferrer is coached by Francisco Fogues.

•    SELA is bidding to reach the 2nd round here for the first time since 2011.

•    Sela has lost in the 1st round in 5 of his 7 previous appearances at Wimbledon – in 2008 (l. Olivier Rochus), 2010 (l. Mikhail Youzhny), 2012 (l. Ivo Karlovic), 2014 (l. Mikhail Kukushkin) and 2015 (l. Dominic Thiem).

•    Sela’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the round of 16 at 2009 Wimbledon (l. Novak Djokovic). This is his 8th Wimbledon appearance and his 34th appearance at a major overall.

•    At the Grand Slams in 2016, Sela equalled his best Australian Open performance by reaching the 3rd round
(l. Andrey Kuznetsov). He fell in 5-sets to Dustin Brown in the 1st round at Roland Garros. He has a 7-7 win-loss record in 5-set matches but has never played a 5-set match at Wimbledon.

•    Sela warmed up for Wimbledon by reaching the quarterfinals at Nottingham (l. Andreas Seppi) and the 2nd round at ’s-Hertogenbosch (l. today’s opponent). His quarterfinal finish at Nottingham was one of just 3 occasions in which he has recorded 3 straight Tour-level match-wins on grass. He also recorded 3 straight wins on grass in reaching the round of 16 at 2009 Wimbledon and the quarterfinals at 2010 Queen’s.

•    Also in 2016, Sela won the title at the Shenzhen Challenger (CHN) (d. Di Wu) and finished runner-up at both the Happy Valley Challenger (AUS) (l. Taylor Fritz) and the Karshi Challenger (UZB) (l. Marko Tepavac).

•    Sela received a travel grant from the Grand Slam Development Fund in 2001.

•    Sela won his first Tour-level title in doubles at 2016 Istanbul (d. Andres Molteni/Diego Schwartzman) with Flavio Cipolla.

•    Sela entered the men’s doubles event here with Stephane Robert. The pair will play Marcos Baghdatis/Mikhail Youzhny in the 1st round.

•    Sela is coached by Yoav Benzvi.

KYLE EDMUND (GBR) v ADRIAN MANNARINO (FRA)
Head-to-head: first meeting

EDMUND    v    MANNARINO

21    Age    27*
68    ATP Ranking (20 June)    54
0    Titles    0
2-6    Career Grand Slam Record    17-25
0-3    Wimbledon Record    6-5
10-23    Career Record    95-123
3-9    Career Record – Grass    23-19
8-10    2016 Record    18-15
2-2    2016 Record – Grass    5-3
1-2    Career Five-Set Record    3-3
0    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    0
8-11    Career Tiebreak Record    36-54
7-3    2016 Tiebreak Record    2-7
*Turns 28 on 29 June

•    EDMUND is looking to record his first-ever match-win at Wimbledon. He has lost in the 1st round here on his previous 3 appearances – as a wild card in 2013 (l. Jerzy Janowicz), 2014 (l. Andreas Haider-Maurer) and 2015 (l. Alexandr Dolgopolov).

•    Edmund has lost in the 1st round in 5 of the 7 Grand Slam events he has contested. His only Grand Slam match-wins have come at Roland Garros where he reached the 2nd round as a qualifier in 2015, when he defeated Stephane Robert in 5 sets in the 1st round before giving a walkover to Nick Kyrgios with an abdominal injury, and as a direct acceptance in 2016 (d. Nikoloz Basilashvili, l. John Isner).

•    In Grand Slam play this year, in addition to reaching the 2nd round at Roland Garros, Edmund lost in the 1st round at the Australian Open to Damir Dzumhur in 5-sets. He has a 1-2 win-loss record in 5 set matches and has never played a 5-set match at Wimbledon.

•    Edmund’s best results in 2016 have come on the Challenger Circuit. He won the titles at Dallas (USA) (d. Daniel Evans) and Rome (ITA) (d. Filip Krajinovic) and reached the final at Maui (USA) (l. Di Wu). His best Tour-level performance this year is reaching the quarterfinals as a qualifier at Doha (l. Tomas Berdych) and as a wild card at Queen’s (l. Andy Murray).

•    Prior to coming here as well as reaching the quarterfinals at Queen’s, Edmund recorded a 2nd round finish at Nottingham (d. Lukas Rosol, l. Dolgopolov). He plays here on a career-high ranking of No. 68.

•    Edmund was a successful junior player, reaching a career-high ranking of No. 8 in January 2012. He reached the semifinals at the 2011 Junior US Open and 2013 Junior Wimbledon. He had more success on the doubles court, winning the boys’ doubles titles with Frederico Ferreira Silva at the 2012 US Open and at 2013 Roland Garros.

•    Edmund was also a member of the British Junior Davis Cup team, captained by Greg Rusedski, which won the title in San Luis Potosi, Mexico in 2011.

•    Edmund is one of 15 British players (men and women) to start in the singles main draws here – the most since 2006, when there were also 15. There are 9 British men starting the singles draw – the most since 2006 when 10 men started the singles draw here.

•    Edmund has entered the men’s doubles here as a wild card with compatriot James Ward. The pair will play Argentine duo Federico Delbonis/Diego Schwartzman in the 1st round.

•    Edmund is coached by Ryan Jones.

•    Lefthander MANNARINO is looking to reach the 2nd round here for the 5th time. Last year here he lost to Gael Monfils in the 2nd round.

•    Mannarino’s best Grand Slam performance is reaching the round of 16 at 2013 Wimbledon (l. Lukasz Kubot). His 2nd round match against John Isner, which lasted 10 points and 15 minutes, was the second shortest match in terms of games at Wimbledon in the Open Era. Isner retired with a left knee injury with the score at 1-1. This is Mannarino’s 6th Wimbledon appearance and his 26th Grand Slam overall.

•    Prior to coming here, Mannarino reached the quarterfinals at ‘s-Hertogenbosch (l. Ivo Karlovic), the 3rd round at Nottingham (l. Andreas Seppi) and the 2nd round as a qualifier at Queen’s (l. Steve Johnson).

•    Also in 2016, Mannarino reached the semifinals at Nice (l. Dominic Thiem), the quarterfinals at Sofia (l. Roberto Bautista Agut) and Delray Beach (l. Grigor Dimitrov) and the 3rd round at Indian Wells-1000 and Miami-1000. He also won the title at the Noumeau Challenger (CAL) (d. Alejandro Falla).

•    In Grand Slam play in 2016, Mannarino fell in the 1st round at the Australian Open (l. Sam Groth) but reached the 2nd round at Roland Garros (d. Mikhail Kukushkin, l. Milos Raonic).

•    Mannarino reached a career-high ranking of No. 27 in July 2015 after finishing runner-up at Bogota. He plays here at No. 54.

•    Mannarino has a 3-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches. In his most recent 5-set match he won the first 2 sets of his 2nd round match with Andy Murray at the 2015 US Open, before losing 57 46 61 63 61.

•    Mannarino was one of 16 Frenchmen to start in the main draw here – an Open Era record. The previous record was 15 in 2007, 2011 and 2013.

•    Mannarino was one of 17 lefthanded players to start the men’s main draw here. The last lefthander to win the Wimbledon title was Rafael Nadal in 2010.

•    Mannarino has entered the men’s doubles here with compatriot Lucas Pouille. They will face countrymen and top seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut in the 1st round.

•    Mannarino is coached by Erwann Tortuyaux. His fitness trainer is Pascal Supiot.

RICARDAS BERANKIS (LTU) v (Q) MARCUS WILLIS (GBR)
Head-to-head: first meeting

BERANKIS    v    WILLIS

26    Age    25
53    ATP Ranking (20 June)    775
0    Titles    0
9-14    Career Grand Slam Record    0-0
2-3    Wimbledon Record    0-0
77-78    Career Record    0-0
2-10    Career Record – Grass    0-0
7-9    2016 Record    0-0
0-2    2016 Record – Grass    0-0
5-3    Career Five-Set Record    0-0
2    Comebacks from 0-2 Down    0
32-37    Career Tiebreak Record    0-0
1-5    2016 Tiebreak Record    0-0

•    This is BERANKIS’ 4th appearance at Wimbledon and his 15th appearance at a Grand Slam. He is the only player from Lithuania to appear at a Grand Slam event.

•    Last year here, Berankis equalled his best performance at Wimbledon by reaching the 2nd round (l. Marin Cilic). He also reached the 2nd round here on his Grand Slam debut as a qualifier in 2010 (l. Feliciano Lopez).

•    Berankis’ best Grand Slam performance is reaching the 3rd round at the Australian Open in 2011 (l. David Ferrer) and as a qualifier in 2013 (l. Andy Murray).

•    Berankis has not won a Grand Slam match this year. He lost in the 1st round at the Australian Open (l. Alexandr Dolgopolov) and at Roland Garros (l. Nicolas Mahut).

•    Prior to coming here, Berankis lost in the opening round at Halle (l. Malek Jaziri) and in the 2nd round at Nottingham (l. Daniel Evans), having received a 1st round bye.

•    Berankis became the first Lithuanian to reach a Tour-level final as a qualifier at 2012 Los Angeles. Ranked No. 141 he lost to No. 2 seed Sam Querrey in the final.

•    Berankis’ best result in 2016 is reaching the semifinals at Memphis (l. Taylor Fritz). Also this year, Berankis won back-to-back Challenger titles at the Gwangju Challenger (KOR) and the Nanjing Challenger (CHN), defeating Grega Zemlja in both finals.

•    Berankis has a 2-2 win-loss record against British players. His only meeting against a British player in a Grand Slam came at the 2013 Australian Open (l. Murray). He won both of his 2 other meetings with British players in best-of-5-set matches, defeating Evans and James Ward in a Davis Cup tie in 2010.

•    Berankis has lost his last 2 matches against qualifiers, at 2015 ’s-Hertogenbosch (l. Tatsuma Ito) and at 2015 Shenzhen (l. Hiroki Moriya). He won his only previous meeting with a qualifier at a Grand Slam at 2010 Wimbledon
(d. Carsten Ball).

•    Berankis was ITF Junior World Champion in 2007 and finished the year ranked as the No. 1 junior having won the Junior US Open (d. Jerzy Janowicz). He also reached the semifinals at Junior Wimbledon (l. Uladzimir Ignatik) and the Junior Australian Open (l. Brydan Klein).

•    Berankis is coached by Rainer Schuettler, a former world No. 5 who reached the Wimbledon semifinals in 2008, and Dirk Hordorff.

•    Lefthanded qualifier WILLIS is making his Grand Slam – and Tour-level – singles debut.

•    Willis came through the LTA Wimbledon wild card play-offs without losing a set. He defeated No. 3 seed Luke Bambridge 76(8) 76(5), Jonny O’Mara 75 64 and Joe Salisbury 63 64 to earn a wild card into Wimbledon qualifying. Ranked No. 775, he was the last direct acceptance into the play-offs.

•    Willis defeated No. 4 seed Yuichi Sugita (JPN) 16 64 61, Andrey Rublev (RUS) 75 64 and Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 36 75 63 64 in the 3 rounds of qualifying. Willis failed to qualify to play in the singles event here as a wild card in 2009 and 2014, and did not attempt to qualify in 2010-13 or 2015.

•    Willis endured an injury-affected start to the year which limited him to just one tournament in January. As a qualifier he reached the quarterfinals of the Tunisia F1 Futures event (l. Pedro Sousa). He then took up a coaching job while continuing to train and has been playing in German and French tennis leagues.

•    Willis has won a grass-court title. In July 2013, he won the Great Britain F14 Futures (d. Neil Pauffley).

•    Willis has never faced a player ranked as high as today’s opponent. The highest-ranked opponent he has faced is No. 55 Igor Sijsling at the 2014 Nottingham Challenger (GBR). He has won one of his 4 matches against Top 100 players at any level, when he defeated No. 99 Sugita in the 1st round of qualifying here.

•    Willis and No. 791 Albano Olivetti, who also qualified for the main draw here, are the 2 lowest-ranked players to qualify for the men’s singles main draw at a Grand Slam since No. 1,122 Mark Knowles at 1998 Wimbledon.

•    This year there are 15 British players in the men’s and women’s singles’ draws at Wimbledon – the most since 2006 when there were also 15. 8 of them did not use wildcard entry. The last time as many as 8 British players played in the main draw at Wimbledon without using a wildcard was in 1985.

•    9 British men start the main draw here this year – the most since 2006 when there were 10.

•    Willis was ranked No. 15 in the ITF junior rankings in 2008. He reached the 3rd round at Junior Wimbledon in 2007 (l. Gastao Elias) and 2008 (l. Bernard Tomic).

•    Willis is a tennis coach at the Warwick Boat Club.

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Wimbledon Order of Play for June 27, 2016

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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016
INTENDED ORDER OF PLAY FOR MONDAY 27 JUNE

DAY 1 MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2016

CENTRE COURT 1:00PM

GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] v James Ward (GBR)
LADIES’ SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Camila Giorgi (ITA) v Garbine Muguruza (ESP) [2]
GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Roger Federer (SUI) [3] v Guido Pella (ARG)

 

NO.1 COURT 1:00PM

LADIES’ SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Venus Williams (USA) [8] v Donna Vekic (CRO)
GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Sam Groth (AUS) v Kei Nishikori (JPN) [5]
LADIES’ SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Laura Robson (GBR) v Angelique Kerber (GER) [4]

 

NO.2 COURT 11:30AM

GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Kyle Edmund (GBR) v Adrian Mannarino (FRA)
LADIES’ SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Laura Siegemund (GER) v Madison Keys (USA) [9]
GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) v Milos Raonic (CAN) [6]
LADIES’ SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Simona Halep (ROU) [5] v Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK)

 

NO.3 COURT 11:30AM

LADIES’ SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Samantha Stosur (AUS) [14] v Magda Linette (POL)
GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Dudi Sela (ISR) v David Ferrer (ESP) [13]
GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
David Goffin (BEL) [11] v Alexander Ward (GBR)
LADIES’ SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Naomi Broady (GBR) v Elina Svitolina (UKR) [17]

 

COURT 12 11:30AM

GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Marin Cilic (CRO) [9] v Brian Baker (USA)
LADIES’ SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS) v Ana Ivanovic (SRB) [23]
LADIES’ SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Shuai Zhang (CHN) v Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) [12]
GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Gael Monfils (FRA) [17] v Jeremy Chardy (FRA)

 

COURT 18 11:30AM

LADIES’ SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Sabine Lisicki (GER) v Shelby Rogers (USA)
GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) v Gilles Simon (FRA) [16]
GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Daniel Evans (GBR) v Jan-Lennard Struff (GER)
LADIES’ SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Jelena Jankovic (SRB) [22] v Stefanie Voegele (SUI)

 

COURT 4 11:30AM

LADIES’ SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Victoria Duval (USA) v Daria Kasatkina (RUS) [29]
GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Denis Istomin (UZB) v Kevin Anderson (RSA) [20]

 

COURT 5 11:30AM

LADIES’ SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) [25] v Carina Witthoeft (GER)
GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Lukas Rosol (CZE) v Sam Querrey (USA) [28]
GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Diego Schwartzman (ARG) v Robin Haase (NED)
LADIES’ SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Danka Kovinic (MNE) v Mona Barthel (GER)

 

COURT 6 11:30AM

LADIES’ SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Saisai Zheng (CHN) v Maria Sakkari (GRE)
LADIES’ SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Zarina Diyas (KAZ) v Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER)
GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Andreas Seppi (ITA) v Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Malek Jaziri (TUN) v Steve Johnson (USA)

 

COURT 7 11:30AM

GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Nicolas Almagro (ESP) v Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA)
LADIES’ SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) v Denisa Allertova (CZE)
LADIES’ SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Teliana Pereira (BRA) v Varvara Lepchenko (USA)
GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Pablo Cuevas (URU) [29] v Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS)

 

COURT 8 11:30AM

GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Borna Coric (CRO) v Ivo Karlovic (CRO) [23]
LADIES’ SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Lucie Safarova (CZE) [28] v Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)
GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Jack Sock (USA) [27] v Ernests Gulbis (LAT)
LADIES’ SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Misaki Doi (JPN) v Louisa Chirico (USA)

 

COURT 9 11:30AM

LADIES’ SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) v Olga Govortsova (BLR)
LADIES’ SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Nicole Gibbs (USA) v Kirsten Flipkens (BEL)
GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) v Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS)
LADIES’ SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) v Francesca Schiavone (ITA)

 

COURT 10 11:30AM

GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) v Lukas Lacko (SVK)
GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) v Ruben Bemelmans (BEL)

 

COURT 11 11:30AM

LADIES’ SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Jana Cepelova (SVK) v Mariana Duque-Marino (COL)
LADIES’ SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Samantha Crawford (USA) v Paula Kania (POL)
GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Julien Benneteau (FRA) v Illya Marchenko (UKR)
GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Santiago Giraldo (COL) v Gilles Muller (LUX)

 

COURT 14 11:30AM

GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) v Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN)
LADIES’ SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Sara Errani (ITA) [20] v Patricia Maria Tig (ROU)
GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) v Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) [30]
LADIES’ SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Irina Falconi (USA) v Marina Erakovic (NZL)

COURT 15 11:30AM

GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Damir Dzumhur (BIH) v Denis Kudla (USA)
LADIES’ SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Alize Cornet (FRA) v Polona Hercog (SLO)

 

COURT 16 11:30AM

GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) [21] v Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA)
GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) v Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)
LADIES’ SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) v Julia Goerges (GER)

 

COURT 17 11:30AM

LADIES’ SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Kurumi Nara (JPN) v Madison Brengle (USA)
GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Brydan Klein (GBR) v Nicolas Mahut (FRA)
GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Ricardas Berankis (LTU) v Marcus Willis (GBR)

TO BE ARRANGED 1
NOT BEFORE: 5:00 PM
LADIES’ SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Karolina Pliskova (CZE) [15] v Yanina Wickmayer (BEL)
NOT BEFORE: 5:00 PM
LADIES’ SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) v Kiki Bertens (NED) [26]

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ESPN Broadcast Schedule for 2016 Wimbledon

 

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ESPN & WIMBLEDON 2016

Date Time (ET) Event Network(s)  
Mon, June 27 – Sun, July 10

(no play Sun, 7/3)

6:30 a.m. All TV Courts (up to 15), all day; Live@Wimbledon WatchESPN Live
   
Mon, June 27 – Fri, July 1 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Early Round Action ESPN Live
Sat, July 2 7 – 8 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Early Round Action ESPN Live
Sun, July 3 3 – 6 p.m. Highlights of Week One ABC Tape
Mon, July 4 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Round of 16, No.1 Court & others ESPN2 Live
  8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Round of 16, Centre Court ESPN Live
Tue, July 5 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Ladies’ Quarterfinals,

 Centre Court

ESPN Live
  8 – 2 p.m. Ladies’ Quarterfinals, No.1 Court ESPN2 Live
Wed, July 6 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Gentlemen’s Quarterfinals, Centre Court ESPN Live
  8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Gentlemen’s Quarterfinals,

No.1 Court

ESPN2 Live
Thur, July 7 7 – 8 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ladies’ Semifinals ESPN

ESPN Deportes

Live
Fri, July 8 7 – 8 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Gentlemen’s Semifinals ESPN

ESPN Deportes

Live
Sat, July 9 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ladies’ Championship

Gentlemen’s Doubles Championship

Ladies’ Doubles Championship

ESPN

ESPN Deportes

Live
  3 – 6 p.m. Ladies’ Championship ABC Tape
Sun, July 10 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Gentlemen’s Championship

Mixed Doubles Championship

ESPN

ESPN Deportes

Live
  3 – 6 p.m. Gentlemen’s Championship ABC Tape

From ESPN

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June 20, 2016

 

ESPN & Wimbledon 2016 – Djokovic Defends Title, Halfway to True Grand Slam
·         First Ball to Last Ball, Exclusive to ESPN
·         Daylong Coverage Totaling 140 Hours on TV – ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC
·         WatchESPN:  1,500 Live Hours from all 15 TV Courts; 3-Box Screen Returns for Semis, Championships
·         “Cross Court Coverage” Returns for Monday-Wednesday the Second Week
·         Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Doubles Championships Live on ESPN on July 9, Mixed Doubles on July 10
·         Serena Defends Crown, the Last Major She Captured, in Quest for Major #22 to tie Graf

 

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, the defending Wimbledon champions, will arrive at the All England Club after very different 12 months and the defense of their titles will play out through the fortnight of ESPN’s exclusive coverage – from first ball to last ball – beginning Monday, June 27.  ESPN will present 140 hours on TV and 1,500 on WatchESPN with action on all 15 televised courts.  The action will climax with the Ladies’ Championship and the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Doubles Championships on ESPN on Saturday, July 9, and the Gentlemen’s Championship on Sunday, July 10, followed by the Mixed Doubles Championship.  By coincidence, that day will be full of championship competition from Europe as following the Wimbledon telecast, ESPN will air the final match of the UEFA European Football Championship 2016 live from Paris.

 

Highlights

  • The first five weekdays, ESPN begins at 7 a.m. ET for daylong coverage (scheduled to end at 4:30 p.m.).  WatchESPN gets started at 6:30 a.m. with all televised courts (up to 15 at a time).
  • On Saturday, July 2, ESPN again begins at 7 a.m., but with the one-hour Breakfast at Wimbledon before another day full of action (scheduled to end at 5 p.m.).
  • On the “middle Sunday,” July 3 – Wimbledon’s traditional annual day of rest – ABC will broadcast a three-hour review of the first week at 3 p.m.  ABC will also present encore presentations of the finals on the day they take place, July 9 and 10, at 3 p.m.
  • “Cross Court Coverage” returns the first three days of the second week, with ESPN starting at 8 a.m. and focused on Centre Court all day while fans will enjoy a “grounds pass” with matches from No.1 Court and elsewhere on ESPN2 beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday, July 4, and at 8 a.m. on July 5 and 6.
  • From Thursday, July 7, to the Championships, all the action is on ESPN, beginning each day with Breakfast at Wimbledon hosted by Hannah Storm (7 a.m. on July 7-8 leading into the semifinals, 8 a.m. on July 9-10, previewing the Championships).
  • ESPN Deportes will air the semifinals and Championships (July 7-10).
  • Saturday, July 9, will feature the Ladies’ Singles Championship along with the Ladies’ and Gentlemens’ Doubles Championship on ESPN with the Gentlemen’s Championship and Mixed Doubles Championship on Sunday.  All other division championships will be available on WatchESPN.
  • WatchESPN will offer the ESPN and ESPN2 telecasts, and a total of 1,500 hours from all 15 televised courts (Centre, Courts 1-3, 5-12, and 16-18.) presented from first ball to last ball each day, with action available on demand afterwards, plus AELTC’s daily Live@Wimbledon.  As in the past, for the semifinals and championships an additional  feed – “Wimbledon Surround” – will be added with three boxes – the primary TV view, plus two more, each focusing on one player.  Select matches each day will be available in Spanish via ESPNDeportes+.

 

The three-box offering on WatchESPN for the semis and championships, Wimbledon Surround, includes angles focused on each player, in addition to the match.

 

  • WatchESPN is accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets, connected devices and smart TVs and available nationwide across all major providers through an affiliated video subscription.

 

The ESPN Tennis Team, the best tennis team in television, at Wimbledon:

  • Darren Cahill, who once reached the US Open semifinals and the Australian Open doubles finals and went on to coach fellow Australian Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi, has worked for ESPN since 2007.  Currently the coach of Simona Halep, he will serve as an analyst for men’s matches.
  • Cliff Drysdale, who was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in July 2013, reached the US Open finals and is a two-time Wimbledon and French Open semifinalist.  He has been with ESPN since its first tennis telecast in 1979.  Drysdale was a leader on the court – a top player for many years who was one of the first to use a two-hand backhand – and off the court, as the first president of the ATP.
  • Chrissie Evert, a Hall of Famer who joined ESPN in 2011, her 18 Major titles include three at Wimbledon.  She recorded the best career win-loss record in history, reached more Major singles finals than any man or woman (34), and reached the semis or better in 34 consecutive Majors (1971-83).  The AP Female Athlete of the Year four times, in 1976 she was the first woman to be the sole recipient of Sports Illustrated’s Sportswoman of the Year.
  • Mary Joe Fernandez, who played in three Major singles finals and won two Majors in doubles, won a Gold Medal in doubles at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics and a Bronze in singles in 1992.  An ESPN analyst since 2000, she leads the United States’ Fed Cup team and coached the 2012 U.S. women’s Olympic team.
  • Chris Fowler, who joined ESPN in 1986 and hosted College GameDay on football Saturdays for 25 years (1990 – 2014), began hosting tennis in 2003, branching out over the years to also call matches. His diverse resume includes hosting World Cup soccer, SportsCenter, college basketball including the Final Four, the X Games and Triple Crown horse racing.  In 2014 he became the lead play caller on ABC’s Saturday night college football, including the new championship game.
  • Brad Gilbert, whose flair and unique nicknames for players has enlivened ESPN’s tennis telecasts since 2004, parlayed his playing career – once reaching the quarterfinals of the US Open and at Wimbledon – into coaching Andre Agassi (six Major titles with Brad), Andy Roddick (US Open victory) and Andy Murray.
  • Jason Goodall will serve as an analyst and again voice features that study the action through statistics and computer graphics, as he does at the Australian Open.  A one-time standout among Juniors in Britain whose career was ended by injury at 21, he later coached Jennifer Capriati as well as ESPN’s Mary Joe Fernandez and Pam Shriver.
  • LZ Granderson, a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine (and formerly a tennis editor) and ESPN.com who has covered the sport for years, will provide his perspective in reports and features.  He often appears on SportsCenter, Outside the Lines and other ESPN programs.  He also works for ABC News as a contributor and has previously worked at CNN and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
  • John McEnroe won seven Major singles championships, including three at Wimbledon, during his storied career, which included 10 more major championships in doubles or mixed doubles.  He also led the U.S. to four Davis Cup titles and won the NCAA’s while attending Stanford.  He has worked the US Open for ESPN since 2009, adding Wimbledon to his ESPN resume this year.
  • Patrick McEnroe, who has worked for ESPN since 1995, was the U.S. Davis Cup captain 2001-2010 and in 2007 the team won its first championship since 1995.  A three-time singles All-American at Stanford – where the team won NCAA titles in 1986 and 1988 – he served as General Manager, USTA Elite Player Development from 2008 – 2015.  He won the 1992 French Open doubles title and reached the 1991 Australian Open semifinals in singles.
  • Chris McKendry returns as host, a role she has filled at all the Majors for ESPN. She joined ESPN in 1996 as a SportsCenter anchor, and later hosted the Little League World Series and X Games.  As of this Spring, she focuses on tennis.  She attended Drexel University on a tennis scholarship.
  • Tom Rinaldi will serve as a reporter and will call matches.  His features and interviews have graced a wide variety of ESPN programs – including SportsCenter, Outside the Lines, E:60 and event telecasts such as Wimbledon, golf’s Majors, college football and more – since 2003, winning numerous Sports Emmy Awards.
  • Hannah Storm, who joined ESPN in 2008 as a SportsCenter anchor, will host Breakfast at Wimbledon leading into the semifinals and Championships.  Previously, she spent five years with CBS’ The Morning Show and for NBC Sports hosted a variety of sports, including Wimbledon.  She also hosts the US Open, and was a producer on two ESPN Films tennis projects:  Unmatched, reviewing the rivalry and friendship between Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, and Venus Vs. about Venus Williams and her fight for gender equity in prize money.
  • Pam Shriver, who started working for ESPN in 1990, long before her Hall of Fame career ended, played in the US Open finals at age 16 (losing to Evert) and three times in the Wimbledon semifinals.  She won 21 Grand Slam titles in women’s doubles (another in Mixed) including five at Wimbledon plus a Gold Medal in doubles at the 1988 Olympics.

 

Surveying the Fields

  • Is there still an ATP “Big Four”?  Is it a Big Five?  Of the last 45 Majors (more than 11 years), five players own every trophy but two:  Roger Federer (17 career Major wins), Rafael Nadal (14), Novak Djokovic (12) and Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka (2 each).  The “Big Four” (all but Wawrinka) comprise 41 of the last 46 Major finalists and 69 of the last 82.
  • Or maybe it’s just a Big One.  Djokovic has captured 11 of the last 22 Majors, reaching the championship 18 times in the last 23, and currently holds all four Major crowns – the first man to do so since Roger Laver won all four in 1969, a true Grand Slam.  Djokovic is halfway to matching that feat, the first man to snag Aussie and French trophies since Jim Courier in 1992.
  • Serena Williams is the defending champion (it was her fourth consecutive Major title), but is “stuck” on 21 Major wins, having fallen just short of tying Steffi Graf’s Open Era record of 22 in New York, Melbourne and Paris.  In that time, there have been three first-time Major winners (Flavia Pennetta, now retired, Angelique Kerber and Garbiñe Muguruza).  Could there be another in London?  A wide-open field makes predictions difficult.  Two-time Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova is always dangerous.  And does Venus Williams (five Venus Rosewater Dishes on her shelf) have one more run in her?
  • Top Doubles Storylines:  The Bryan Brothers (Bob/Mike) have three Wimbledon titles among their record 16 Major doubles crowns, but are 38 and although they reached the final at the recent French Open haven’t won a Major since the 2014 US Open.  In her latest comeback, Martina Hingis has teamed with Sania Mirza to capture three of the last four women’s doubles Major titles.  Also, in mixed doubles Hingis has paired with Leander Paes to win four of the most recent six Majors.

 

MORE TV & DIGITAL MEDIA, AT HOME AND ABROAD

ESPN.com will have previews, reviews, the latest news and videos and more:

  • Courtcast: A multi-tool application with live events via the WatchESPN syndicated player, all-court scoring, match stats, “Scribble Live” conversations, poll questions, rolling Twitter feeds and scrolling bottom line
  • Five Things We Learned: Video series reviewing the top news of the day
  • 60-Second Slice:  Everything from Wimbledon each day in one minute
  • Digital Serve: Daily original videos previewing the next day
  • Baseline Buzz:  Peter Bodo, Greg Garber, Melissa Isaacson and Matt Wilansky weigh in on the hottest topics with a daily, written, roundtable discussion.
  • A special emphasis on Novak Djokovic, as he tries to win his fifth consecutive Grand Slam title and is halfway to a true Grand Slam.

                                                          

espnW.com

  • Complete analysis of the women’s draw when it is announced.
  • Melissa Isaacson will provide on-site coverage for espnW.com (and ESPN.com), including daily columns and analysis of matches.
  • Daily espnW.com analysis segments.
  • Weekly video reports from, discussing play to date.

 

ESPNDeportes.com will provide live scores and draws, in depth news and coverage of Latin American players, columns, blogs, live chats, video, highlights and news, including ESPiando Wimbledon that will recap the day’s play. The site will also feature Slam Central, a special index page dedicated to all four Grand Slams.

 

ESPN Interactive TV, now in its ninth year at Wimbledon, will provide multi-screen coverage with commentary of five matches in addition to ESPN or ESPN2 network programs through the second Monday of the Championships, on WatchESPN and DirecTV.  Fans will also receive interviews, features, press conferences and studio analysis from the All England Club.  Host duties will be shared by Allen Bestwick and Trey Wingo.  Match and studio analysts include former players Jeff Tarango, Chanda Rubin and Fred Stolle, working with Chris Bowers, Doug Adler, and Mark Donaldson. In addition to the video offerings, DirecTV viewers can access results, schedules, draws and other interactive features through the “Red Button” application on their remote. In total, ESPN will provide more than 350 hours of coverage through this unique application.

 

ESPN Classic will cap its month of extensive Wimbledon programming with a 24-hour marathon of 10 matches starting Thursday, June 23, at 7 p.m.  The marathon will start with the 2004 Ladies’ Championship (Maria Sharapova vs. Serena Williams) followed at 8:30 p.m. by the 2007 Gentlemen’s Championship (Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal) and the 2008 Ladies’ Championship between the Williams Sisters at 11:30 p.m.  The marathon will conclude with the 2012 Gentlemen’s Championship (Roger Federer vs. Andy Murray) on Friday at 2 p.m. and the 2013 Gentlemen’s Championship (Andy Murray vs. Novak Djokovic).

 

ESPN International, the home of tennis’ Grand Slam events in Latin America and the Caribbean, will provide live Wimbledon coverage to more than 44 countries and 56 million homes via its television and digital platforms throughout the region.  ESPN’s Spanish language pan-regional networks will offer more than 120 hours of live tennis, focused on the top-ranked players in the world, while the regional networks will focus on players of local nationality. In addition to the live coverage, ESPN will offer daily two-hour encore presentations featuring the best match of the day, as well as daily compact airings of feature matches. In Brazil, ESPN is providing more than 170 hours of combined coverage between its ESPN and ESPN+ networks.  The coverage will be aired via simulcast on WatchESPN – ESPN’s Portuguese broadband service.  ESPN Play – ESPN International’s Spanish- and English-language broadband service in Latin America and the Caribbean – will offer 1,400-hours of live coverage from up to 15 courts simultaneously, covering every point from every camera court; ESPN Play will also offer the Wimbledon Surround “three-screen” service for the Gentlemen’s and Ladies Semifinals and Finals.  ESPN’s Spanish-language commentator team at Wimbledon will include Luis Alfredo Alvarez and Edurado Varela calling matches with analysts Javier Frana and Jose Louis Clerc, along with reporter Nicolas Pereira.

 

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Steve Johnson Wins Nottingham for First ATP World Tour Title


 

(June 25, 2016) American World No. 38 Steve Johnson has won his first ATP World Tour singles title after beating Uruguayan second seed Pablo Cuevas 7-6(5), 7-5 at the Aegon Open Nottingham, where Brit Dom Inglot and Daniel Nestor also claimed their maiden doubles crown as a pairing on Saturday.

No. 6 seed Johnson, who also reached the quarter-finals at the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club last week, dropped only one set throughout the tournament and ousted top seed Kevin Anderson en route to victory at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.

The 26-year-old becomes the second consecutive Aegon Open champion to win a maiden ATP World Tour title in Nottingham after Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin did so in 2015.

“This is definitely the highlight of my career so far, no doubt,” Johnson said. “It feels really good. I’ve had some ups and downs so far this year, some rough patches, and to find my groove here on the grass has been fantastic.

“I had a good week at Queen’s last week and felt pretty comfortable on the grass before coming here. I won the Challenger here in 2013 that got me into Wimbledon for the first time, so Nottingham has a soft spot in my heart.”

Johnson, who lost out to Spaniard David Ferrer after being a set up in his only other ATP World Tour final in Vienna last year, added: “Any time you can be the last guy standing at a tournament, it gives you lots of confidence. I’ve probably tried 80 times and this is the first time I’ve come out a winner, so it’s definitely a great feeling. I’m super happy and pretty tired emotionally – just from stopping and starting in the last couple of days.

“I’ll sleep well tonight and then on Monday comes Wimbledon, so there’s no time to relax. There’s another big tournament right around the corner.”

Johnson goes on to face Tunisian World No. 60 Malek Jaziri in first round of The Championships, Wimbledon next week.

Earlier in the day, Davis Cup-winning squad member Inglot and Canadian veteran Nestor lifted their first trophy together in only their second event as a pair, after they took down top seeds Marcelo Melo and Ivan Dodig 7-5, 7-6(4) in a rain-interrupted final.

The second seeds dropped a match point at 7-5 5-4 moments before play was suspended due to rain, but managed to close it out in dominant fashion to record Nestor’s 89th career ATP World Tour title and Inglot’s second on home soil.

Inglot, 30, said: “It doesn’t get much tougher than playing these guys, so to get a win, against that calibre of team before Wimbledon, was a big confidence-booster.

“We did well to hang in there, especially after the match point and coming out after the rain delay. We came out very fast and that was big for us.”

Nestor, who is the only doubles player to have won over 1000 matches on the Tour, added: “It’s important to get matches in before a big tournament like next week and that was our goal before coming here. It’s great that we were able to do that, and we feel a lot better about our game heading into Wimbledon now.

“We have a tough draw, but we beat some very good teams here and there’s no reason why we can’t do the same there. This was a great tune-up before Wimbledon.”

AEGON OPEN NOTTINGHAM – NOTTINGHAM, GBR
€704,805
19-25 JUNE 2016

RESULTS – JUNE 25, 2016
Men’s Singles – Final
[6] S. Johnson (USA) d [2] P. Cuevas (URU) 76(5) 75

Men’s Doubles – Final
[2] D. Inglot (GBR) / D. Nestor (CAN) d [1] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) 75 76(4)

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Cuevas to Face Johnson for Nottingham Title

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(June 24, 2016) Steve Johnson of the USA will face Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas in the Aegon Open Nottingham final after defeating Italian No. 7 seed Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-4 on a rain-interrupted day that started with Johnson completing a quarter-final win over top seed Kevin Anderson.

 

No. 6 seed Johnson – who overcame World No. 10 Richard Gasquet on his way to the quarterfinals at the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club last week – had to win two matches on Friday due to darkness suspending the match with Anderson at 7-6(6), 5-7, 3-4 on Thursday night.

 

Johnson said: “To come out today and finish the match from yesterday, get the win over Kevin and then come out against Andreas and have a rain delay wasn’t the easiest thing in the world. Fortunately, I came out with good starts in both and was able to get back in the swing of things.”

 

In his only other ATP World Tour final, Johnson lost out to Spaniard David Ferrer after being one set up at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna last October.

 

Ahead of facing World No. 25 Cuevas, Johnson added: “I’m going to feel more comfortable. I’m definitely feeling confident, but Pablo’s played an outstanding tournament as well. It’s hopefully going to be a great match and I’m going to be a bit more comfortable in my second final than I was in my first.”

 

Earlier in the day, Cuevas also reached his first ATP World Tour final on grass after he came from a set down to beat Gilles Muller 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-4 in two hours and two minutes.

 

It is the third time in the tournament that Cuevas has played a three-set match, having come from a set down against Brit Dan Evans and saving a match point against Marcos Baghdatis in previous rounds.

 

Cuevas, who has won five career ATP World Tour singles titles including back-to-back crowns on clay earlier this year, said: “I’m so happy to reach my first final on grass. I have played every match with more confidence and today I beat an excellent player on grass. Hopefully tomorrow I will enjoy it too.

 

Having won only two matches on grass before this week, the 30-year-old added: “I always play more comfortably on clay. I was born playing on clay but this is my first time playing with confidence on grass. Now, having played four matches here, the feeling is good.”

 

Both men hope to reach milestones on Saturday – Johnson hopes to win his first ATP World Tour title, while Cuevas wants to take home his first grass court trophy.

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2016 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s First Round Head-to-Heads

2016 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s First Round Head-to-Heads (Without Qualifiers)

Singles Head to Head
Career
(Only tour-level main draw matches are counted in head-to-head totals.)
Novak DJOKOVIC v James WARD
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Kyle EDMUND v Adrian MANNARINO
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Lukas ROSOL v Sam QUERREY
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER v Pierre-Hugues HERBERT
Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER LEADS 2 : 0
2014 Halle Grass (O) R16 Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER 6-2 6-4
2016 Stuttgart Outdoor Grass (O) R32 Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER 6-4 6-1

Damir DZUMHUR v Denis KUDLA
TIED 0 : 0
2014 Miami Qualifying Draw Hard (O) R64 Damir DZUMHUR 6-3 6-4

Brydan KLEIN v Nicolas MAHUT
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Dudi SELA v David FERRER
David FERRER LEADS 2 : 1
2008 Beijing Hard (O) R16 Dudi SELA 6-3 6-3
2009 Johannesburg Hard (O) R32 David FERRER 6-2 6-0
2016 ‘s-Hertogenbosch Grass (O) R16 David FERRER 6-4 6-4

David GOFFIN v Alexander WARD
TIED 0 : 0
2012 Le Gosier Challenger Hard (O) R16 David GOFFIN 6-2 3-6 7-6(4)

Nicolas ALMAGRO v Rogerio DUTRA SILVA
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Denis ISTOMIN v Kevin ANDERSON
Kevin ANDERSON LEADS 2 : 0
2013 Sydney Hard (O) QF Kevin ANDERSON 6-4 6-3
2013 Atlanta Hard (O) QF Kevin ANDERSON 6-3 3-6 6-3

Jack SOCK v Ernests GULBIS
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Diego SCHWARTZMAN v Robin HAASE
Robin HAASE LEADS 2 : 0
2013 Hamburg Clay (O) R64 Robin HAASE 7-6(3) 4-6 7-5
2016 Indian Wells Hard (O) R128 Robin HAASE 6-3 6-4

Andreas SEPPI v Guillermo GARCIA-LOPEZ
Andreas SEPPI LEADS 4 : 1
2007 Monte Carlo Qualifying Draw Clay (O) R16 Andreas SEPPI 6-3 6-3
2008 U.S. Open Hard (O) R64 Andreas SEPPI 6-2 4-6 6-2 6-2
2009 Miami Hard (O) R128 Andreas SEPPI 7-6(6) 6-1
2009 French Open Clay (O) R128 Andreas SEPPI 6-3 6-3 6-1
2012 Doha Hard (O) R16 Andreas SEPPI 7-5 6-3
2015 Zagreb Hard (I) FR Guillermo GARCIA-LOPEZ 7-6(4) 6-3

Pablo CARRENO BUSTA v Milos RAONIC
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Roger FEDERER v Guido PELLA
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Daniel EVANS v Jan-Lennard STRUFF
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Evgeny DONSKOY v Alexandr DOLGOPOLOV
Alexandr DOLGOPOLOV LEADS 1 : 0
2009 Astana Challenger Hard (I) R32 Evgeny DONSKOY 6-2 7-6(5)
2016 Barcelona Clay (O) R32 Alexandr DOLGOPOLOV 4-6 7-6(9) 6-4
Gael MONFILS v Jeremy CHARDY
Gael MONFILS LEADS 1 : 0
2008 Marrakech Challenger Clay (O) FR Gael MONFILS 7-6(2) 7-6(6)
2009 U.S. Open Hard (O) R128 Gael MONFILS 6-1 6-4 6-3

Malek JAZIRI v Steve JOHNSON
TIED 0 : 0
2012 Izmir Challenger Hard (O) R16 Steve JOHNSON 6-3 5-7 6-4
2014 Dallas Challenger Hard (I) FR Steve JOHNSON 6-4 6-4

Janko TIPSAREVIC v Gilles SIMON
Gilles SIMON LEADS 8 : 2
2008 Rotterdam Hard (I) R16 Gilles SIMON 7-6(4) 7-6(4)
2011 Miami Hard (O) R16 Gilles SIMON 4-6 7-6(3) 6-2
2011 Cincinnati Hard (O) R32 Gilles SIMON 6-7(3) 6-2 6-3
2012 Monte Carlo Clay (O) R16 Gilles SIMON 6-0 4-6 6-1
2012 Madrid Clay (O) R16 Janko TIPSAREVIC 7-6(3) 5-7 6-1
2012 Bangkok Hard (O) SF Gilles SIMON 6-4 6-4
2012 Tokyo Outdoor Hard (O) R32 Janko TIPSAREVIC 4-6 6-3 6-1
2012 Valencia Hard (O) R32 Gilles SIMON 5-4 RET
2013 Miami Hard (O) R16 Gilles SIMON 5-7 6-2 6-2
2015 Bucharest Clay (O) R16 Gilles SIMON 7-5 6-4

Marin CILIC v Brian BAKER
TIED 0 : 0
2016 Wimbledon Grass (O) R128

Borna CORIC v Ivo KARLOVIC
Ivo KARLOVIC LEADS 1 : 0
2015 Bucharest Clay (O) R16 Ivo KARLOVIC 3-6 6-3 6-4

Pablo CUEVAS v Andrey KUZNETSOV
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Santiago GIRALDO v Gilles MULLER
Gilles MULLER LEADS 1 : 0
2012 ‘s-Hertogenbosch Grass (O) R32 Gilles MULLER 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-3

Julien BENNETEAU v Illya MARCHENKO
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Sam GROTH v Kei NISHIKORI
Kei NISHIKORI LEADS 1 : 0
2015 Washington Hard (O) QF Kei NISHIKORI 6-4 6-4

Dominic THIEM v Florian MAYER
Florian MAYER LEADS 1 : 0
2016 Halle Grass (O) SF Florian MAYER 6-3 6-4

Dmitry TURSUNOV v Joao SOUSA
Joao SOUSA LEADS 1 : 0
2013 Cincinnati Qualifying Draw Hard (O) R16 Dmitry TURSUNOV 6-1 6-4
2013 St. Petersburg Hard (I) QF Joao SOUSA 6-4 6-3

Alexander ZVEREV v Paul-Henri MATHIEU
Paul-Henri MATHIEU LEADS 1 : 0
2014 Braunschweig Challenger Clay (O) FR Alexander ZVEREV 1-6 6-1 6-4
2014 St Remy Challenger Hard (O) R32 Alexander ZVEREV 6-4 6-2
2015 Aix En Provence Challenger Clay (O) SF Paul-Henri MATHIEU 6-4 4-6 7-5
2016 Montpellier Hard (I) SF Paul-Henri MATHIEU 7-6(11) 7-5
2016 Wimbledon Grass (O) R128

Horacio ZEBALLOS v Mikhail YOUZHNY
Mikhail YOUZHNY LEADS 1 : 0
2009 Moscow Hard (I) R32 Mikhail YOUZHNY 6-1 7-6(5)

Benjamin BECKER v Facundo BAGNIS
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Ivan DODIG v Tomas BERDYCH
Tomas BERDYCH LEADS 1 : 0
2011 Chennai Hard (O) R16 Tomas BERDYCH 6-2 6-4
2016 Wimbledon Grass (O) R128

Roberto BAUTISTA AGUT v Jordan THOMPSON
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Mikhail KUKUSHKIN v Martin KLIZAN
TIED 0 : 0
2010 Furth Challenger Clay (O) R32 Mikhail KUKUSHKIN 7-6(6) 7-5

Fernando VERDASCO v Bernard TOMIC
Bernard TOMIC LEADS 4 : 1
2009 Brisbane Hard (O) R32 Fernando VERDASCO 6-4 6-2
2012 Australian Open Hard (O) R128 Bernard TOMIC 4-6 6-7(3) 6-4 6-2 7-5
2014 Stockholm Hard (I) QF Bernard TOMIC 0-6 6-4 7-6(6)
2015 Shanghai Hard (O) R64 Bernard TOMIC 6-3 7-6(3)
2016 Queen’s Grass (O) R16 Bernard TOMIC 6-7(2) 6-4 6-4

Donald YOUNG v Leonardo MAYER
TIED 1 : 1
2012 Winston-Salem Hard (O) R64 Donald YOUNG 4-6 6-3 6-2
2014 Stockholm Hard (I) R32 Leonardo MAYER 6-4 6-4

Stephane ROBERT v Juan Martin DEL POTRO
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Taylor FRITZ v Stan WAWRINKA
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Richard GASQUET v Aljaz BEDENE
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Marcel GRANOLLERS v Victor ESTRELLA BURGOS
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Vasek POSPISIL v Albert RAMOS-VINOLAS
NO MATCHES PLAYED
John ISNER v Marcos BAGHDATIS
John ISNER LEADS 6 : 0
2009 Los Angeles Hard (O) R16 John ISNER 6-3 7-6(11)
2011 Canadian Open Hard (O) R64 John ISNER 6-3 6-4
2011 Winston-Salem Hard (O) QF John ISNER 1-6 6-3 6-4
2011 U.S. Open Hard (O) R128 John ISNER 7-6(2) 7-6(11) 2-6 6-4
2013 Washington Hard (O) QF John ISNER 6-7(5) 6-4 6-4
2015 Atlanta Hard (O) FR John ISNER 6-3 6-3

Taro DANIEL v Juan MONACO
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Inigo CERVANTES HUEGUN v Jo-Wilfried TSONGA
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Nick KYRGIOS v Radek STEPANEK
Nick KYRGIOS LEADS 1 : 0
2013 French Open Clay (O) R128 Nick KYRGIOS 7-6(4) 7-6(8) 7-6(11)

Dusan LAJOVIC v Dustin BROWN
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Federico DELBONIS v Fabio FOGNINI
Fabio FOGNINI LEADS 2 : 1
2011 Madrid Qualifying Draw Clay (O) R32 Federico DELBONIS 3-6 7-6(4) 6-2
2013 Hamburg Clay (O) FR Fabio FOGNINI 4-6 7-6(8) 6-2
2015 Rio De Janeiro Clay (O) QF Fabio FOGNINI 6-4 6-7(10) 7-6(9)
2016 Buenos Aires Clay (O) R32 Federico DELBONIS 6-7(4) 6-4 6-4

Rajeev RAM v Feliciano LOPEZ
Feliciano LOPEZ LEADS 1 : 0
2010 Johannesburg Hard (O) QF Feliciano LOPEZ 7-6(2) 6-3

John MILLMAN v Albert MONTANES
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Liam BROADY v Andy MURRAY
NO MATCHES PLAYED

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ITF Announces Singles Entries for Rio 2016 Paralympic Tennis Event

 

 

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(June 24, 2106) The ITF announced the full list of singles entries for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Tennis Event at the Olympic Tennis Centre in Barra Olympic Park on 9-16 September. A total of 100 players from 29 countries will compete at the venue for six gold medals, with singles and doubles competitions held in men’s, women’s and quad categories. The doubles teams will be confirmed in July, but will comprise those players already contesting the singles events.

 

The men’s singles event will feature 52 players, women’s singles 32 players and quad singles 16 players. The quad event is open to both men and women.

 

The entries are a combination of direct acceptances based on the ITF wheelchair world rankings of 23 May 2016, and Bipartite Commission Invitation places awarded by the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Committee and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Four Doubles World Ranking Allocation places have been awarded in the men’s doubles to ensure the strongest possible competition, with these players also receiving entry into the singles. The men’s and women’s winners of the 2014 Asian Para Games and the 2015 Para PanAm Games have also received a direct entry.

 

Two-time Paralympic singles champion Shingo Kunieda of Japan will defend his men’s title in a strong field that also includes world No. 1 and London 2012 silver medallist Stephane Houdet of France. Australian Open champion Gordon Reid of Great Britain, and Roland Garros champion Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina are among the other leading names.

 

The women’s singles is guaranteed a new champion following the retirement of four-time Paralympic singles gold medallist Esther Vergeer of Netherlands. World No. 1 Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot will look to continue the Dutch dominance of the event, having won bronze and silver respectively at London 2012. US Open champion Jordanne Whiley of Great Britain, and Roland Garros champion Marjolein Buis of Netherlands are also among the entries.

 

There will be a new winner of the quad singles, with world No. 1 Dylan Alcott of Australia heading the entries. American David Wagner, a three-time Paralympic singles medallist, will also be bidding for gold, alongside his compatriot and London 2012 bronze medallist Nick Taylor, with whom he has won three consecutive Paralympic men’s doubles titles.

 

The Paralympic Tennis Event will be played on hard court, with nine match courts and six practice courts, including a 10,000-capacity centre court, and 3,000-capacity second show court. The Olympic Tennis Centre will previously be used for the Olympic Tennis Event on 6-14 August.

 

ITF President David Haggerty said: “Following the most successful Paralympic Tennis Event in history at London 2012, I am confident that this year’s event will be an equally memorable competition. Wheelchair tennis has become one of the most popular Paralympic sports thanks to its outstanding athletes and great personalities, and we are looking forward to a great atmosphere and some fierce competition.”

 

A full list of entries is below.

RIO 2016 PARALYMPIC TENNIS EVENT

COUNTRIES AND PARTICIPANTS

 

MEN’S SINGLES ENTRY LIST

 

Argentina                  Ezequiel Casco, Gustavo Fernandez (PPA), Agustin Ledesma

Australia                   Adam Kellerman, Ben Weekes

Austria                      Nico Langmann, Martin Legner

Belgium                    Mike Denayer (**), Joachim Gerard

Brazil                        Rafael Medeiros, Mauricio Pomme (**), Daniel Rodrigues, Carlos Santos

Canada                      Philippe Bedard (*)

Chile                         Robinson Mendez (*)

China, P.R.                Dong Shunjiang (**), Zujun Wei

Colombia                  Eliecer Oquendo (*)

France                       Frederic Cattaneo, Stephane Houdet, Michael Jeremiasz, Nicolas Peifer

Great Britain              Alfie Hewett, Marc McCarroll, David Phillipson, Gordon Reid

Greece                      Stefanos Diamantis (*)

Hungary                    Roland Nemeth (*)

Israel                         Adam Berdichevski

Italy                           Fabian Mazzei

Japan                        Shingo Kunieda (AP), Takuya Miki, Satoshi Saida, Takashi Sanada

Korea, Rep.               Ho-Won Im (*), Ha-Gel Lee (*)

Malaysia                    Abu Samah Borhan (*)

Netherlands               Tom Egberink, Maikel Scheffers

Poland                      Kamil Fabisiak, Tadeusz Kruszelnicki

South Africa              Leon Els, Evans Maripa

Spain                        Daniel Caverzaschi , Martin De La Puente, Francesc Tur

Sri Lanka                  Upali Rajakaruna (*)

Sweden                     Stefan Olsson, Dan Wallin (**)

Thailand                    Suthi Khlongrua (*)

USA                          Steve Baldwin (*), Jon Rydberg (*)

 

WOMEN’S SINGLES ENTRY LIST

Brazil                        Rejane Candida (*), Natalia Mayara (PPA)

Chile                         Macarena Cabrillana (*), Francisca Mardones

China, P.R.                Hui Min Huang (*), Zhenzhen Zhu

Colombia                  Angelica Bernal (*)

France                       Charlotte Famin, Emmanuelle Morch (*)

Germany                   Sabine Ellerbrock, Katharina Kruger

Great Britain              Louise Hunt, Lucy Shuker, Jordanne Whiley

Italy                           Marianna Lauro

Japan                        Kanako Domori, Yui Kamiji, Miho Nijo

Korea, Rep.               Ju-Youn Park

Netherlands               Marjolein Buis, Diede De Groot, Jiske Griffioen, Aniek van Koot

Russia                       Ludmila Bubnova, Viktoriia Lvova

South Africa              Kgothatso Montjane

Spain                        Lola Ochoa (*)

Thailand                    Sakhorn Khanthasit (AP)

Turkey                       Busra Un (*)

USA                          Emmy Kaiser, Dana Mathewson, Kaitlyn Verfuerth (*)

 

QUAD SINGLES ENTRY LIST

 

Australia                   Dylan Alcott, Heath Davidson (*)

Brazil                        Rodrigo Oliveira (*), Ymanitu Silva (*)

Great Britain              Jamie Burdekin, Antony Cotterill, Andrew Lapthorne

Israel                         Itay Erenlib, Shraga Weinberg

Italy                           Alberto Corradi

Japan                        Shota Kawano, Mitsuteru Moroishi

South Africa              Lucas Sithole

USA                          Bryan Barten (*), Nicholas Taylor, David Wagner

 

(*) Bipartite Commission Invitation place

(**) Doubles World Ranking Allocation place

(AP) Asian Para Games winner

(PPA) Para PanAm Games winner

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On the Purple Carpet – Fashion Shines at WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Caroline Wozniacki attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Caroline Wozniacki attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Garbine Muguruza attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Garbine Muguruza attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Bethanie Mattek-Sands attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Bethanie Mattek-Sands attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Ana Ivanovic attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Ana Ivanovic attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Madison Keys attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Madison Keys attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Laura Robson attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Laura Robson attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Simona Halep attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Simona Halep attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Sloane Stephens attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Sloane Stephens attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Petra Kvitova attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Petra Kvitova attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Heather Watson attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Heather Watson attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Sorana Cirstea attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Sorana Cirstea attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Serena Williams attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Serena Williams attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

 

(June 23, 2016) Tennis superstars and celebrities from the worlds of sport, lifestyle and culture came together at The Roof Gardens, Kensington for one of the most anticipated parties of the summer: the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free.

Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic, Eugenie Bouchard and more walked the “Purple Carpet” in London ahead of The Championships, Wimbledon.

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