September 1, 2015

Tennis Results Round-Up


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21-29 AUGUST 2015

Singles – Quarterfinals

[2] P. Kvitova (CZE) d [7] [WC] A. Radwanska (POL) 75 64
[3] [WC] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d C. Garcia (FRA) 63 60
[4] [WC] L. Safarova (CZE) d D. Cibulkova (SVK) 67(4) 64 75
[LL] L. Tsurenko (UKR) d [5] K. Pliskova (CZE) 62 62

Doubles – Quarterfinals

[2] R. Kops-Jones (USA) / A. Spears (USA) d A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) 64 76(2)
A. Groenefeld (GER) / J. Larsson (SWE) d [3] H. Chan (TPE) / C. Dellacqua (AUS) 36 64 10-5

Men’s Legends Event

James Blake def. Andy Roddick 7-5, 6-4

Championship – Semifinals

[1] J. Peralta (CHI) / M. Seeberger (USA) d V. Mirzadeh (USA) / J. Witten (USA) 76(6) 76(4)
A. Fisher (AUS) / N. Healey (AUS) d D. Cochrane (GBR) / P. Simmonds (USA) 64 63

Championship – Semifinals

Y. Schnack (USA) / K. Zheltova (BLR) d J. Cao (USA) / D. Spicer (USA) 61 60
M. Jansen (USA) / E. Routliffe (CAN) d A. Anghelescu (USA) / C. Price (USA) 62 62

Championship – Quarterfinals

R. Doverspike (USA) / C. Price (USA) d [1] D. Lao (USA) / J. Wang (USA) 63 60
J. Cako (USA) / J. Kielbowicz (USA) d [Alt] K. Mcnabney (CAN) / M. Seeberger (USA) 62 61
A. Daescu (ROU) / A. Perianu (ROU) d H. Maslau (BLR) / S. Weymar (GER) 64 62
G. Brodsky (USA) / B. Wilson (USA) d D. Boyer (USA) / J. Schiller (AUT) 75 26 10-7

STADIUM start 1:00 pm
WTA – [LL] L. Tsurenko (UKR) vs [4] [WC] L. Safarova (CZE)
WTA – [4] J. Goerges (GER) / L. Hradecka (CZE) vs [2] R. Kops-Jones (USA) / A. Spears (USA)
WTA – C. Chuang (TPE) / C. Liang (CHN) vs A. Groenefeld (GER) / J. Larsson (SWE)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – [3] [WC] C. Wozniacki (DEN) vs [2] P. Kvitova (CZE)

Not Before 8:30 pm
Men’s Legends – J. McEnroe (USA) vs J. Courier (USA)

COURT 2 start 1:00 pm
USONP Women’s Doubles Championship – Y. Schnack (USA) / K. Zheltova (BLR) vs M. Jansen (USA) / E. Routliffe (CAN)
USONP Men’s Doubles Championship – [1] J. Peralta (CHI) / M. Seeberger (USA) vs A. Fisher (AUS) / N. Healey (AUS)
USONP Mixed Doubles – A. Daescu (ROU) / A. Perianu (ROU) vs G. Brodsky (USA) / B. Wilson (USA)
USONP Mixed Doubles – R. Doverspike (USA) / C. Price (USA) vs J. Cako (USA) / J. Kielbowicz (USA)


NEW HAVEN, Conn., August 27, 2015 – Nine teams of family members have won the Connecticut Open Family Classic, which was held on Thursday, April 27, 2015 at the Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies, a WTA event that is part of the Emirates Airline US Open Series that began August 21 and concludes August 29 at the Connecticut Tennis Center.
Teams across nine divisions competed on the same courts as the top WTA pros, and the winners were honored with a trophy presentation on Stadium court before the evening session.
This year more than 1,500 participants competed in more than 75 local events at tennis facilities throughout seven states in order to reach the finals. The event has seen participation dramatically increase over the years as the event added more divisions and expanded into more states.
The winning teams can be found below.
Parent/Child 10u
Manu & Arvin Krishnan (Easton, CT – Trumbull Racquet Club) def. Robert & Elizabeth Lavin (Darien, CT – Oak Hills Tennis Club) 6-1, 6-1
Father/Child 12u
Tom & Amanda Conrod (Sandy Hook, CT – Weston Racquet Club) def. Daniel & Mia Goldstein (Woodbridge, CT – Milford Tennis Club) 6-2, 4-6, 10-6
Father/Child 14u
Steve & Noah Gulla (Madison, CT – Madison Racquet Club) def. David & Sam Feldman (Brookline, MA – Farmington Farms) Walkover
Father/Child 18u
Min & Hao Xu (Ellington, CT – Bristol Park & Rec) def. Brian & Peter Mao (South Windsor, NJ – Manchester Racquet Club) 7-5, 6-4
Victor & Barbara Calaba (New Canaan, CT – Woodway Country Club) def. Greg & Courtney Sansonetti (Stratford, CT – Stratford Tennis Association) Walkover
Mother/Child 12u
Barbara Calaba & Maddy Wilson (New Canaan, CT – Stratford Tennis Association) def. Fern & Jason Loeb (Stamford, CT – Oak Hills Tennis Club) 6-1, 6-3
Mother/Child 14u
Louise & Jordan Soifer (Stamford, CT – Oak Hills Tennis Club) def. Jane Farrington & James Schaffer (Branford, CT  -Pine Orchard Yacht and Country Club) 6-3, 6-2
Mother/Child 18u
Tracy & Eric Nalbandian (Weston, CT – Weston Racquet Club) def. Amy & Henry Johnson (Fairfield, CT – Trumbull Racquet Club) 6-3, 5-7, 10-3
Parent/Child Open
Randy & Rohan Mani (Brewster, N.Y. – Hardscrabble Club) def. Jerzy & Jesse Swieton (Bristol, CT – Bristol Parks & Rec) Walkover


Winston-Salem Open
Winston-Salem, U.S.A.


Singles – Quarter-finals
[2] [WC] K. Anderson (RSA) d [8] B. Coric (CRO) 62 76(1)
M. Jaziri (TUN) d [6] T. Bellucci (BRA) 63 62
[13] S. Johnson (USA) d Y. Lu (TPE) walkover (back)
[Q] P. Herbert (FRA) d P. Carreno Busta (ESP) 46 76(5) 62

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] L. Kubot (POL) / D. Nestor (CAN) d P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 62 63
[3] E. Butorac (USA) / S. Lipsky (USA) d M. Fyrstenberg (POL) / A. Qureshi (PAK) 63 57 10-4
[4] D. Inglot (GBR) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) d [WC] C. Harrison (USA) / R. Harrison (USA) 64 64
S. Groth (AUS) / C. Guccione (AUS) d A. Sa (BRA) / A. Sitak (NZL) 46 76(3) 10-2


STADIUM start 3:00 pm
[Q] P. Herbert (FRA) vs [13] S. Johnson (USA)
[1] L. Kubot (POL) / D. Nestor (CAN) vs [3] E. Butorac (USA) / S. Lipsky (USA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
M. Jaziri (TUN) vs [2] [WC] K. Anderson (RSA)
[4] D. Inglot (GBR) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) vs S. Groth (AUS) / C. Guccione (AUS)


Brad Gilbert Talks US Open Draws with Tennis Panorama News

Brad Gilbert Voya

(August 27, 2015) NEW YORK, NY – Former pro tennis player coach and current ESPN tennis analyst Brad Gilbert is known for having a unique tennis vocabulary. The former world No. 4 is putting his tennis glossary to good use starring in six Voya Financial-produced videos for social media.


This is the second edition of the “Gilbert’s Glossary” videos that began during Wimbledon received more than four million views. The new campaign includes six new comical video shorts featuring Gilbert.

Voya’s sponsorship of ESPN’s coverage spans the entire duration of the US Open and will air over two weeks — from Aug. 31 through Sept. 13 — across ESPN networks. The agreement features a number of media rights including significant commercial inventory, live Voya “Bench Talk” segments with accompanying graphics and audio mentions, and the debut of 360-degree “freeD” replay technology with Voya on-screen branding.


Gilbert spoke to Tennis Panorama News to talk about the videos and the US Open singles draws which were made on Thursday.

Tennis Panorama News: Let’s talk about the men’s draw first. What were your impressions?

Brad Gilbert: There are about a half a dozen really good popcorn matches in the first round. We’re going to have some intriguing matches.


Definitely Rafa (Nadal) – (Borna) Coric, The bad boy (Nick) Kyrgios versus (Andy) Murray, I think that’s a bad match-up for him anyways. (Thanasi) Kokkinakis versus (Richard) Gasquet.


I think Djoker (Novak Djokovic) got a great draw and down on the bottom (of the draw), I’m not really sure if he had a good draw or a bad draw, if (Roger) Federer is playing the way he did in Cincinnati, I think he’s in store for a big run. It’s been six years since he made a final at the (US) Open. What he showed in Cincinnati was really impressive. I’m looking forward to see if he can bring that in New York.


TPN: Can you predict the winner after seeing the draw today?

BG: No. I will pick a winner in a couple of days. I do it for One thing’s for sure, sometimes you look at a draw, you look at a brutal draw and a couple days later it can open up. So, Serena’s (Williams) draw on paper is brutal, but you never know if she’ll have to navigate all the way through the draw the way it is ‘cause things can change.


Last year was a major surprise (on the men’s tour) with what we had and probably the first time, we had a couple of surprises. We had Stan (Wawrinka) winning (the Australian Open) and (Marin) Cilic (US Open) – I don’t think we are going to see a major surprise like that this year (at the US Open) that’s for sure.


TPN: So do you want to go out on a limb and make a prediction for the women?

BG: No, not yet. I have to think about it for a few more days. I usually fill out 2 or 3 draws. I sit there and scratch through them in my room until I come up with the right one.


TPN: I want to ask you about your new videos that were launched Voya Financial. How much fun was it making them, especially with your unique spin on things.

BG: It was a blast doing them. Obviously Voya is a great company. They had a tremendous team making me look good. And one of the coolest compliments – I had a young kid come up to me and say “Are you that YouTube dude?” (Laughter)


So, I’ve been called a lot about being a coach and playing, the way the kid said it, it kind rang home – like to him it really meant something. I like to have a lot of fun on Twitter, and I like to have a lot of fun, when I do the studio stuff, so I am really happy that Voya gave me a platform to have fun.



Here are two of the videos in “Gibert’s Glossary” campaign for Voya Financial

Videos called Moonball, Flatliner, Fearhand and Dead Let Court will be released during the US Open.

Related article:

Brad Gilbert Talks Tennis “Glossary”

Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama News at the US Open.


Serena Williams has Competitive Quarter in US Open Draw

Serena Williams photo courtesy of the USTA (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Serena Williams photo courtesy of the USTA (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

(August 27, 2015) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – The singles draws were held for the US Open on Thursday. Defending champion Serena Williams, who is seeking to complete the first Grand Slam since Steffi Graf accomplished the feat back in 1988 faces a competitive quarter of her draw. Williams, who is a six-time champion could face US countrywomen in the third and fourth rounds – Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys. Also in Williams’ quarter of the draw is her sister Venus Williams and Belinda Bencic, the 12th seed, who defeated Serena in Toronto just two weeks ago.

”You have Sloane, I seem to play her every tournament,” Williams said to media. ”Madison is playing really well. So is Sloane, actually – she’s playing excellent. So it’s not anything simple or easy to go through.”

Serena could potentially face third seed Maria Sharapaova in the semifinal. The world No. 1 opens her quest for her 22nd major against Russia’s Vitalia Diatchenko ranked 86th in the world.

“I feel like there’s always another record, then there’s always another person to catch up with or to pass.I never really thought I would be in this position where I would even be talking about, you know, records, talking about passing Steffi Graf or even mentioning Margaret Court.

“I mean, I just grew up trying to be the best that I could and do the best that I could. I worked really hard for everything. So to even be mentioned in that conversation is great.

“But like I said, I feel like I don’t put that pressure on myself to do anything here ’cause I’m obviously going to be excited to compete next year and just keep going and have fun.”

Asked about if she thought about her place among the tennis greats, Serena said: “I can’t sit here and say [I’m the greatest]. But I can sit here and say that I’m the greatest player that I’ve been able to be.

“I do read numbers and I do see numbers. I believe in those numbers. I think, you know, different generations and different times have different champions, have different greats, have different levels of players. It’s really difficult to compare, you know, one generation to another, generations several ago. Things change: power, technique, technology. A lot of things have contributed to that.”

“I think being experienced has really helped me a lot, helped me get through a lot of matches. It’s helped me overcome a lot of things. Yeah, it’s been great. I’ve really enjoyed it. I know some matches I got through just on my experience alone, so that’s been really able to help me out.


Potential women’s quarterfinals:

(1)Serena Williams vs. (8)Karolina Pliskova

(3)Maria Sharapova vs. (7)Ana Ivanovic

(5)Petra Kvitova vs. (4)Caroline Wozniacki

(2)Simona Halep vs. (6)Lucie Safarova

Women’s draw


On the men’s side of the draw, top seed Novak Djokovic could face eighth seed Rafael Nadal in a quarterfinal clash in Flushing Meadows. Second seed Roger Federer and third seed Andy Murray are on the other side of the draw. Murray has a potentially extremely competitive opening match against Nick Kyrgios. Nadal also will have all he can handle against Borna Coric in the first round.

Potential men’s quarterfinals:


(1)Novak Djokovic vs. (8)Rafael Nadal

(4)Kei Nishikori vs. (7)David Ferrer

(5)Stan Wawrinka vs. (3)Andy Murray

(2)Roger Federer vs. (6) Tomas Berdych

Men’s draw




Robby Ginepri Retires from Tennis

Robby Ginepri

(August 27, 2015) McLean, Va. – American Robby Ginepri announced his retirement from tennis on Thursday after 14 years on the ATP World Tour.

Ginepri won three titles on the ATP World Tour and reached a career-high singles ranking of 15 in the world. In 2005, Ginepri recorded a personal high in match wins (37) and had a run to the semifinals of the US Open where he won three consecutive five set matches before going the distance and losing to Andre Agassi. During his career, the Kennesaw, Ga. resident reached the fourth round or better at all four majors and represented the U.S. in Davis Cup (2004 and 2009) and in the Olympics (2008).


“Although every athlete knows this day will eventually come, it doesn’t make the decision to retire any easier,” said the 32-year-old Ginepri. “To play tennis as a profession and compete on the biggest stages around the world is a privilege, and I will forever be grateful to have had the opportunity.”


Ginepri will continue to stay involved with the game through the Ginepri Performance Tennis Academy, located at the Olde Towne Athletic Club in Marietta, Ga.


2015 US Open Seeds Announced

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

(August 25, 2015) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – The USTA has announced the seeds for the 2015 US Open which begins on August 31st. Going for the Grand Slam is top seed Serena Williams for the women and Novak Djokovic aiming for his third major of the year is the No. men’s seed.


2015 US Open Women’s Singles Seeds


1.    Serena Williams, United States

2.    Simona Halep, Romania

3.    Maria Sharapova, Russia

4.    Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark

5.    Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic

6.    Lucie Safarova, Czech Republic

7.    Ana Ivanovic, Serbia

8.    Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic

9.    Garbiñe Muguruza, Spain

10.  Carla Suarez Navarro, Spain

11.  Angelique Kerber, Germany

12.  Belinda Bencic, Switzerland

13.  Ekaterina Makarova, Russia

14.  Timea Bacsinszky, Switzerland

15.  Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland

16.  Sara Errani, Italy

17.  Elina Svitolina, Ukraine

18.  Andrea Petkovic, Germany

19.  Madison Keys, United States

20.  Victoria Azarenka, Belarus

21.  Jelena Jankovic, Serbia

22.  Samantha Stosur, Australia

23.  Venus Williams, United States

24.  Sabine Lisicki, Germany

25.  Eugenie Bouchard, Canada

26.  Flavia Pennetta, Italy

27.  Alizé Cornet, France

28.  Irina-Camelia Begu, Romania

29.  Sloane Stephens, United States

30.  Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia

31.  Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia

32.  Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, Slovakia


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2015 US Open Men’s Singles Seeds


1.    Novak Djokovic, Serbia

2.    Roger Federer, Switzerland

3.    Andy Murray, Great Britain

4.    Kei Nishikori, Japan

5.    Stan Wawrinka, Switzerland

6.    Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic

7.    David Ferrer, Spain

8.    Rafael Nadal, Spain

9.    Marin Cilic, Croatia

10.  Milos Raonic, Canada

11.  Gilles Simon, France

12.  Richard Gasquet, France

13.  John Isner, United States

14.  David Goffin, Belgium

15.  Kevin Anderson, South Africa

16.  Gael Monfils, France

17.  Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria

18.  Feliciano Lopez, Spain

19.  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France

20.  Dominic Thiem, Austria

21.  Ivo Karlovic, Croatia

22.  Viktor Troicki, Serbia

23.  Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain

24.  Bernard Tomic, Australia

25.  Andreas Seppi, Italy

26.  Tommy Robredo, Spain

27.  Jeremy Chardy, France

28.  Jack Sock, United States

29.  Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany

30.  Thomaz Bellucci, Brazil

31.  Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Spain

32.  Fabio Fognini, Italy



Althea Gibson Week 8/25-29: TPN Talks to ALTHEA Filmmaker Rex Miller

Photo of Althea Gibson and Millicent Miller courtesy of Rex Miller

Photo of Althea Gibson and Millicent Miller courtesy of Rex Miller

(August 24, 2015) NEW YORK, NY – With the celebration of what would have been Althea Gibson’s 88th birthday on August 25, it’s Althea Gibson Week. This week not only commemorates her accomplishments at the US Open, where she won singles titles in 1957 and 1958, but also the national broadcast debut of the documentary film ALTHEA, on PBS’ American Masters, Sept. 4th, 2015 at 9 p.m., with an encore on WNET, New York on the morning of the US Open men’s final on September 13th.


All over the New York City area, special screenings of the film will be taking place, before its broadcast television debut.


Tennis Panorama had the chance to speak with ALTHEA filmmaker Rex Miller about what this week means to him. Miller’s mother played with and against Gibson.


“For me it’s all about Althea, and our team, we call ourselves “team Althea,” Miller said.

“I was fortunate enough to get great people fired up about this project, they’ve put up a lot of work and personally my biggest enthusiasm comes from the film. We are going to be having four events in Harlem this week, and that’s real exciting because that’s where Althea grew up. We had a goal of helping althea get re-recognized. We wanted to take her to icon status, that may or may not happen, I think she deserves that. But to have her recognized, especially in Harlem is just awesome, in Queens and Long Island as well.


“Althea’s story to me is important on several levels,” Miller said.

“For the tennis fan, obviously it’s a tennis story, and a sports story. But it’s also a civil rights story because Althea achieved all of this in the early 50’s. I mean she broke the color barrier in 1950, then she went on to win the US Nationals, Forest Hills and Wimbledon in 1957 and 58. This is the time of Emmitt Till, Rosa Parks and lynchings in the south. Long before Arthur Ashe, long before Martin Luther King.

“She really was heroic in having to break down barriers during this time, way back in the early 50s. She overcame all of these obstacles and her achievements span across many areas.


“Not only did she breakthrough in tennis, she also played pro golf – the first female African American to be on the LPGA tour.


“She sang at the Wimbledon Ball, on the Ed Sullivan Show live. She was in a John Wayne film, directed by John Ford.” Gibson also made an album. On top of all of this, Gibson also earned a college degree at Florida A&M.


“She’s a role model for kids today of any ethnic group,” Miller said. “So her story is important.”


There is also an outreach component to the film in which many schools have had screenings of the film which have been successful. “It has worked so well that we are working with our various outreach partners, including the USTA and setting screenings over the next year.”

“We also plan on renovating two Black history tennis sites” – the backyard courts of Dr. Hubert Eaton in Wilmington, NC and tennis Hall of Famer Dr. Robert W. Johnson of Lynchburgh, VA who coached Arthur Ashe.


For more information about the film Follow on twitter at


Here is a list of scheduled events for Althea Gibson Week:

Aug 25 : Harlem Junior Tennis & Education program

The Harlem Junior Tennis & Education Program will host a viewing of the Althea at the Harlem Armory where Althea trained and competed. Katrina Adams, Dante Brown, Directors. Filmmaker Rex Miller will join the audience for a Q/A following the screening.

For more info please visit


DATE: Tuesday, August 25 2015

TIME: 1:00pm to 3:00pm

LOCATION: Harlem Armory – 40 West 143rd Street NY, NY 10037

TICKETS: Open to all – Please RSVP (212) 491-3738


Aug 25 : Films at the Schomburg

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Presents AMERICAN MASTERS, ALTHEA: Remarks by Neal Shapiro, President & CEO WNET and Michael Kantor, Executive Producer, American Masters, excerpts from the film, a discussion and reception with  The Honorable David N. Dinkins, Art Carrington, and director Rex Miller. Talk-back with guests following the screening.

For more info please visit Films at The Schomburg


DATE: Tuesday, August 25 2015

TIME: 6:00pm to 9:00pm

LOCATION: The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture , Langston Hughes Auditorium – 515 Malcolm X Boulevard NY

TICKETS: Seating Limited Registration Required



Aug 26 : Queens Day at the museum

The Queens Museum presents the Queens Premiere of ALTHEA, as part of Queens Day at the US Open.

For more info Queens Museum/


DATE: Wednesday, August 26, 2015

TIME: 6:30pm

LOCATION: Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park Queens, NY 11368

TICKETS: RSVP or (718) 592-9700


Aug 27: US Open Draw Ceremony


DATE: Thursday, August 27 2015


Aug 27: ImageNation Cinema Foundation presents a screening of ALTHEA.

Doors open at 6:30pm / Screening at 7pm, Q&A with director Rex Miller to follow.

Free! $5 suggested donation.

Please visit to learn about the #iLoveSoulCinema crowdfunder.


ImageNation’s RAW SPACE,

2031 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., New York, NY 10027

(bet. 121st & 122nd)


Aug 28 : The West Side Tennis Club, Forest Hills

The West Side Tennis Club, Forest Hills, hosts a screening of ALTHEA. Reception and outdoor screening on the grass courts just after sunset. Visit the legendary site of Althea’s groundbreaking 1950 match against Louise Brough, and her 1957/58 US National titles. In the shadow of the grand old stadium, built in 1923 and recently renovated, the film will be viewed after sunset on a 20′ screen. Cocktails available beforehand. Q&A with director Rex Miller to follow. For more info Forest Hills


DATE: Friday, August 28 2015

TIME: 8:00pm

LOCATION: The West Side Tennis Club – 1 Tennis Pl, Forest Hills, NY

TICKETS: Open to public, please RSVP as seating is limited

(718)268-2300 Ext 115  Attn: Bob Ingersole


Aug 29 : The Jungle: Re-dedication of courts

The David Dinkins Tennis Club at The Jungle presents, “A re-dedication of the Althea Gibson and Sydney Llewellyn courts at The Jungle public courts”, 7th Avenue and 150th St., Harlem, in honor of those who have contributed to the Jungle’s legacy. This year’s inductees will be David Dinkins and tennis great Bob Ryland. The ceremony will start at 10:00 AM. It will be followed by a party for kids and their parents, in conjunction with our weekly “Free 10 and Under Family Tennis/Reading Program.” All are welcome!

For more info please visit The David Dinkins Tennis Club


DATE: Tuesday, August 29 2015

TIME: 10:00am

LOCATION: The Jungle public courts – 7th Avenue and 150th St., Harlem NY, NY

*Parking is available up the school’s ramp next to the park at 7th Avenue and 150th St.

TICKETS: FREE – All are welcome!


Aug 29 : Long Island Premiere

Long Island Premiere screening of ALTHEA, presented by the Gold Coast Film Festival. Q&A with director Rex Miller to follow.

This premiere is sponsored in partnership with the USTA Eastern Long Island Region.

For more info please visit Gold Coast International Film Festival


DATE: Saturday, August 29 2015

TIME: Doors 7:00pm; Screening 7:30pm

LOCATION: Soundview Cinemas, Port Washington, NY

TICKETS: Regular $15 / Student $10




Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama


Related article:

Althea Gibson Documentary Project “Althea” Selected for Film Festivals


ATP Completes Review Into Kyrgios Incident, Releases Statement


(August 24, 2015)

News Release

24 August 2015


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA — The ATP has announced that Nick Kyrgios has been found to have committed the player major offence “Aggravated Behavior” after a review of his comments made during his second round match against Stan Wawrinka at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, Canada, on 12 August 2015.

The ATP has imposed a further fine of US$25,000 as well as a suspension for a period of 28 days from any ATP sanctioned event. However, the fine and suspension are withheld on the condition that, over the next six-month period, ending 24 February 2016, the player:

1)     does not incur any fines for verbal or physical abuse at any ATP sanctioned tournament, or;

2)     does not accumulate fines totalling more than US$5,000 for any other offences at ATP sanctioned tournaments.

Once the player has met those conditions the penalties will be formally dismissed. If the conditions are not met the penalties will be invoked after any appeals process is exhausted.

The ATP review analysed information gathered from various sources on-site and also included a submission on behalf of the player.

In handing down the finding, Gayle David Bradshaw, Executive Vice President, Rules & Competition, said: ‘This incident was egregious and reflected poorly on our sport. Nick has expressed regret, and the best result would be that he learns a lesson from this incident and that he understands he is responsible to the Tour and to fellow players for both his actions and his words. It is with these factors in mind I feel he should have the opportunity to ‘earn’ his way out of additional sanctions.”

Kyrgios had already been fined the on-site maximum of US$10,000 for the offence. In addition, he received a US$2,500 fine for Unsportsmanlike Conduct related to a comment made to a ball person during the match.


Danny Riggs, Grandson of Bobby Riggs, Wins Triple Crown at USTA Grass Court National Open Championships

Danny Riggs photo by Larry Riggs

Danny Riggs photo by Larry Riggs

NEWPORT, R.I. – Aug. 23, 2015 – Seventy-six years after his grandfather Bobby Riggs won the  triple crown at the 1939 Wimbledon Championships, Danny Riggs pulled off the same feat this week at the USTA Men’s Grass Court National Open Championships.


Playing at the site of the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I., where his grandfather was inducted in 1967, Riggs ran through the draws as the top-seeded player in the singles, doubles and mixed doubles to capture three USTA gold balls.


“At the beginning of the day I thought about it, definitely,” said Riggs, who repeated the singles title he won last year. “After I won the first in singles I tried not to think about it because I didn’t want the added pressure.”


Riggs, 22, started his collegiate career at Cornell University where he played for two season before transferring to Division II Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., where he is studying hotel management. Riggs and his parents reside in nearby Pompano Beach, Fla.


“My dad always talks to me about my grandfather, and what a great player he was.” Riggs said. “It’s an honor and a privilege to do something he did, even though it can’t compare to something like winning Wimbledon.”


Riggs was coached all week by his father Larry, a former men’s coach at Pepperdine University.


In singles, Riggs beat Harvard University’s Conor Haughey in the final, 6-3, 6-4. In doubles, Riggs and Mario Becerra beat the No. 2-seeded team of Andy Chang and Alan Chang from Ranch Santa Fe 7-6 (4), 6-0. In mixed doubles, Riggs and his girlfriend Alina Jane De Alcantara beat a pair from Winter Haven, Fla., Alex Bose and Jennifer Myers, 6-2, 6-1.

Written by Steve Pratt


Roger Federer and Serena Williams Defend Cincy Tennis Titles


(August 23, 2015) Serena Williams and Roger Federer became the first women’s and men’s champions to defend their Cincinnati titles since the lat 1930s on Sunday. Williams defeated new No. 2 player Simona Halep 6-3, 7-6(5) for her second Western and Southern Open crowns while Federer stopped top ranked Novak Djokovic 7-6(1), 6-3 for his seventh.

Federer prevented Djokovic from claiming the only Masters 1000 title he has never won.

“The fifth time I’ve been in the title (match) and never won this title, so I guess I have to wait for Roger to retire,” Djokovic said. “I’ve been coming back each year wanting it more.”

“I really hope you can win here someday,” Federer told Djokovic during the trophy ceremony. “He deserves it. C’mon, so close.”

The win puts the 34-year-old Swiss back up to No. 2 in the world and gives him his 24 Masters title and 87th career tournament title. He is 7-0 in Cincinnati finals.

“I think I moved well,” Federer said. “I was explosive moving forward. Volleys were good. I think from the baseline was hitting my forehand very well. I was serving very well this week, don’t get me wrong, but I still think there was a little bit more room for improvement on the serve. I wasn’t always hitting all spots as perfect as I was hoping it to be. In practice I didn’t feel this good, to be quite honest.

“This has always been a good week for me. I think the volunteers make a wonderful tournament with the tournament director, and it’s very fan friendly as well. I get in touch a lot with the fans this week. It’s just a nice venue. Great center court. Good atmosphere. Good court speed for me. So many things for me to like about it.  Those are the reasons I’m sure I play well here.”

“Well, it’s the sport,” the Serbian said of the loss. “You can’t win all the time. I won many matches this year. Of course it’s disappointing at this stage to reflect on the match. Could have done some things better, but I lost to a better player, no question about it. I have to deal with it. US Open is around the corner, and I have to already turn the next page. Hopefully I can do well there.”

Serena Williams heads to New York’s U.S. Open trying to become the first player since Steffi Graf in 1988 win a Grand Slam.

“I’m ready,” Williams said. “I don’t care if I win or lose or break even. I’m ready to start it, get it over with, and be done and go on to the next event. But I’m so ready for New York. Let’s go, right?”

“I know you can do four,” Halep said to Williams during the trophy ceremony.

2012 US Open champion Andy Murray clinched the 2015 Emirates Airline US Open Series men’s title with Roger Federer’s victory over Novak Djokovic in the final of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Murray, who also won the Emirates Airline US Open Series title in 2010, will attempt to set a record for the largest payout in tennis history at the US Open – $4.3 million ($3.3 million for winning the US Open and a $1 million bonus for winning the US Open as Emirates Airline US Open Series champion).


Connecticut Open Results and Schedule


$ 754,163.00
21-29 AUGUST 2015


Qualifying Singles – Second Round

Qualifying – [3] L. Tsurenko (UKR) d M. Duque-Mariño (COL) 64 75
Qualifying – [4] R. Vinci (ITA) d A. Mestach (BEL) 62 63
Qualifying – [5] C. Witthoeft (GER) d A. Hlavackova (CZE) 64 62
Qualifying – [6] M. Rybarikova (SVK) d K. Kanepi (EST) 64 16 62
Qualifying – [10] J. Larsson (SWE) d L. Chirico (USA) 62 62
Qualifying – [13] C. Mchale (USA) d [WC] L. Robson (GBR) 26 76(5) 63
Qualifying – [14] A. Beck (GER) d I. Falconi (USA) 63 62
Qualifying – [15] P. Hercog (SLO) d A. Mitu (ROU) 64 64
Qualifying – [16] O. Govortsova (BLR) d M. Puig (PUR) 62 63
Qualifying – M. Linette (POL) d E. Vesnina (RUS) 75 62
Qualifying – [Alt] O. Savchuk (UKR) d M. Erakovic (NZL) 46 63 75
Qualifying – Y. Putintseva (KAZ) d E. Kulichkova (RUS) 60 61
First Round
Qualifying – M. Linette (POL) d [7] A. Dulgheru (ROU) 60 67(1) 64
Qualifying – [13] C. Mchale (USA) d M. Gasparyan (RUS) 75 61
Qualifying – E. Vesnina (RUS) d M. Doi (JPN) 61 75

Championship – Quarterfinals

[1] M. Pecotic (CRO) d [Alt] H. Reese (USA) 63 60
[2] J. Witten (USA) d V. Pham (USA) 61 60
[4] F. Corwin (USA) d M. Libietis (LAT) 46 75 00 Retired
H. Maslau (BLR) d J. Hagar (USA) 16 63 62
First Round
[1] M. Pecotic (CRO) d T. Whitehurst (USA) 62 63
[2] J. Witten (USA) d H. Craig (USA) 62 63
[Alt] H. Reese (USA) d T. Larson (USA) 64 10 Retired
V. Pham (USA) d J. Kielbowicz (USA) 76(5) 60

Championship – Quarterfinals

[2] J. Cako (USA) d G. Brodsky (USA) 64 64
[3] A. Weinhold (USA) d M. Mccray (USA) 75 67(5) 76(4)
[4] J. Elie (USA) d S. Chang (USA) 64 62
J. Elbaba (USA) d A. Nelson (USA) 63 60

STADIUM start 12:00 noon
WTA – D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs T. Pironkova (BUL)
WTA – Z. Diyas (KAZ) vs I. Begu (ROU)
WTA – B. Strycova (CZE) vs C. Giorgi (ITA)
WTA – [WC] L. Davis (USA) / A. Riske (USA) vs [PR] I. Falconi (USA) / L. Robson (GBR)

GRANDSTAND start 12:30 pm
WTA – Qualifying – [6] M. Rybarikova (SVK) vs [13] C. Mchale (USA)
WTA – Qualifying – [5] C. Witthoeft (GER) vs [16] O. Govortsova (BLR)

Not Before 3:30 pm
WTA – L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / A. Klepac (SLO) vs C. Chuang (TPE) / C. Liang (CHN)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – Qualifying – [3] L. Tsurenko (UKR) vs Y. Putintseva (KAZ)
WTA – Qualifying – [15] P. Hercog (SLO) vs [14] A. Beck (GER)
WTA – Qualifying – M. Linette (POL) vs [Alt] O. Savchuk (UKR)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – Qualifying – [4] R. Vinci (ITA) vs [10] J. Larsson (SWE)

Not Before 12:00 pm