Atlanta Open Tuesday Wrap


(July 22, 2014) ATLANTA – It was college night here at Atlantic Station!  There were Panthers, Owls, Yellow Jackets, and Bulldogs – Oh My!  At the USTA Family Zone, Kennesaw State University, Georgia State, and Georgia Tech mascots all helped to promote tennis this afternoon with some fun and games for fans.  The University of Georgia Pep Band serenaded the crowd with some tunes and tried to fire them up for the evening.

Speaking of UGA, in his news conference this afternoon, former Bulldog John Isner elaborated on his college experience; “I wouldn’t be where I am today.  Coach Diaz was so instrumental to me!  It was perfect.  There’s no hurry at 17, 18 years old to get out on the tour.”  He feels that almost every young player could benefit from the experience of playing in college and being part of a team experience.  When asked about multiple withdrawals and the pressure of being the marquee name in the tournament, Isner said, “It’s disappointing not to have those guys in the field this year.  It’s a very tough field.  I hope the fans come out as they always do.”  He went on to talk often being the last American standing in tournaments and that he doesn’t he feel any special pressure.  “It’d be better if we had more guys with more success.”  He’s really looking forward to the hard court season and indicated it was critical to his year.  Atlanta gets that all started in a place where he likes the surface and it is just an hour down the road from Athens where he spent four great years.  He will take on another tour veteran in his second round match.  It will be a match with lots of local interest, as local Robby Ginepri came through in three sets today.

Ginepri took on Sergiy Stakhovsky.  The first set was a tight affair, as Ginepri let a few nerves help Stakhovsky earn a break at two all.  He had a few chances to break back, as Stakhovsky had six double faults, most to the ad court in the opening set alone, but Ginepri finally drew even and earned his way into a tie break.  He owned the breaker, closing it out 7-3.

Ginepri served to open the second set and was broken early.  Stakhovsky ran out to a 4-0 lead with another break and it looked like Ginepri was ready to concede the set when Stakhovsky got a little loose and Ginepri got one of the breaks back.  It almost looked as if Stakhovsky was trying to extend the set to tire Ginepri, though he finally hung on to force the third set.

Turned out it was Ginepri who was saving himself.  He called on his veteran poise and settled in, winning all of the points on his first serve in the deciding set.  He never faced a break point.  It did not hurt that he converted all of his break points and 9 of Stakhovsky’s 10 second serve points.

The feature match was a decidedly collegiate affair.  A few players from Kennesaw State University, Georgia State University, and Georgia Tech tossed a few shirts into the crowd to get everyone fired up.  After some loud barking, University of Georgia great and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker came out to do the coin toss for the Lukas Lacko v Nathan Pasha match.  Pasha is a player for Coach Manuel Diaz at Georgia.  He had a very good year, but had been taking some time off to rest and only got word four days ago that he had a wild card.  Despite some nerves, Pasha came out serving hard with a 135 MPH ace in the first game.  Unfortunately, he was soon broken and the set was Lacko’s, 6-2.  The second set was a much more even affair until Pasha earned a break to put him up 5-3, serving for the set.  Four double faults undid what he had earned and Lacko got a firm handle on the doorknob that Pasha could not find and slammed the door shut for a 6-2, 7-5 win.  Pasha showed lots of game and lots of promise.

In other action, Ryan Harrison fell to Tim Smyczek 6-0, 6-2.  Harrison was broken on his first two service games and never got on track.  Reports indicate he is dealing with some sort of foot injury.  Blisters, a stress fracture, and a broken foot have all been speculated, though no confirmation on any of those was available.  He has partnered with Robby Ginepri and they already completed their first round match, so a withdrawal would certainly be another disappointment for the tournament.

In other first round action, Marinko Matosevic made short work of Victor Estrella Burgos 6-0, 6-2.  John Patrick Smith fell to Illya Marchenko 6-4, 6-4.  Jack Sock beat Alejandro Gonzalez for the first time of the day 6-2, 6-4.  Rajeev Ram lost to Denis Istomin 6-1,6-4 and Benjamin Becker beat Mattew Ebden 6-4, 6-2.

The evening concluded with an entertaining doubles match on stadium court.   Colombians Alejandro Conzalez and Juan-Carlos Spir took on Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock.  Unfortunately for Gonzalez, he couldn’t take advantage of the second chance.  Sock earned an early break with an outlandish overhead off a smash.  Yes, an overhead off of a smash – the ball was slammed into the court so hard it came down like a lob and Sock timed it right back forcing a volley error.  That was all they needed to claim the set, as the only other break point was saved by Pospisil/Sock.  The second set only had 4 break points, with Pospisil/Sock saving both of theirs while converting one of the Colombians’ pair.  The final point of the match had a short delay, as a ball girl was the recipient of a rather hard Sock service fault.  It was one very well earned tattoo and rewarded with the ball autographed.  Sock apologized profusely, but play continued and they closed it out 6-4, 6-4.

Wednesday’s play will feature Sam Querrey facing Dudi Sela for the 7 PM match.  Here is the rest of the order of play:

STADIUM start 2:00 pm
[3] C Guccione (AUS) / J Smith (AUS) vs J Erlich (ISR) / R Ram (USA)
[Q] M Venus (NZL) vs J Sock (USA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[9] S Querrey (USA) vs D Sela (ISR)

AJC GRANDSTAND start 2:00 pm
N Barrientos (COL) / V Estrella Burgos (DOM) vs S Ratiwatana (THA) / S Ratiwatana (THA)
[Q] I Marchenko (UKR) vs [4] V Pospisil (CAN)
After Suitable Rest – M Ebden (AUS) / Y Lu (TPE) vs [2] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA)

COURT 3 start 3:00 pm

[7] Y Lu (TPE) vs [LL] A Kuznetsov (USA)
L Lacko (SVK) or [WC] N Pasha (USA) vs [6] D Istomin (UZB)


Monday Dispatch from Atlanta – Withdrawals Provide Opportunities


By Herman Wood

(July 21, 2014) ATLANTA- Qualifying wrapped up on Monday in Atlanta at the BB&T Open, with the weather finally cooperating. Qualifying dodged rain all weekend, with the second round ending up under the lights last night.  Unfortunately, the qualifying matches today were almost an afterthought with the main draw withdrawals.

Radek Stepanek withdrew due to an injury over the weekend.  He posted on his twitter account “Sad to pull out of the @BBTatlantaopen this week but had fun talking to the media here and signing some autographs :)” along with a picture of a young fan.  Gael Monfils and Richard Gasquet also withdrew, leaving the tournament in a bad spot.  Of the 24 players entered in qualifying, seven will make the main draw, apparently with one directly advancing to the second round.

There was some other ball played this afternoon, with Wimbledon doubles champ Jack Sock getting some basketball tips from Atlanta Hawk Demarre Carroll at a hoop set up by the team just off the USTA YouthTennis court.  Turned out Carroll got schooled in a game of HORSE.  Sock returned the favor with a tennis lesson for Carroll on the court afterwards and then had a press conference with his Wimbledon partner, Vasek Pospisil.  The two will be the top seed in the doubles draw.

Young Americans have quite an opportunity with the withdrawals.  Scheduled matches today feature world number 61 Sam Querrey playing number 64 Steve Johnson.  Official opening ceremonies will follow and lead into local Donald Young playing Dudi Sela.  Another local, Robby Ginepri, will team up with Rhyne Harrison to take on the British duo of Ken and Neal Skupski in the opening round of doubles once the singles match concludes.


Herman Wood is in Atlanta covering the BB&T Open action from around the grounds for Tennis Panorama News, follow him on twitter at https://twitter.com/hermanewood.


Wozniacki Captures Istanbul Title


(July 20, 2014) In a match-up between the top two seeds, Caroline Wozniacki destroyed second seed Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-1 in 67 minutes on Sunday to win the Istanbul Cup. The title gave the Dane her first tournament victory of 2014.

Wozniacki said:”I’m happy to have won my 22nd WTA title – it’s a great feeling! I’m happy how the final went today. I served well and pushed her around the court, and I really dictated the match.”

“I tried to play aggressively like always but made a lot of mistakes, Vinci said. “It’s tough to play like that against Caroline because she puts everything back in the court, and it was tough for me to stay in the rallies today. But I’m happy with my week and Caroline just played much better than me.”

World No. 15 Wozniacki has captured at least one title each year since 2008. She has 22 tournament wins in her career.

The 24-year-old Wozniacki has the fourth-most WTA titles among active players, trailing Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova.


Leonardo Mayer Wins First ATP Title with Upset Over Top Seed David Ferrer

By Florian Heer


(July 20, 2014) HAMBURG – Sunday’s final at Hamburg saw top-seed David Ferrer and Leonardo Mayer clash for the second time with the Spaniard having won their only previous meeting in s’Hertogenbosch two years ago.

Sunday’s match was an even affair with a couple of close rallies. Ferrer took the opening set after 58 minutes but lost his service in the fourth game of the second and also a bit of his rhythm. Consequently, Mayer took the match the distance in the seventh game. The Argentine showed an impressive performance with big serves – a lot fired with more than 200 km/h (124 mph) – solid groundstrokes with good length and some hard hitting forehands. The world No. 46 from Buenos Aires fully deserved his maiden title on the ATP World Tour and eventually emerged victorious after two hours and 20 minutes winning 6-7 (3), 6-1, 7-6(4).

“Leonardo was simply better today in the entire match,” Ferrer said. “I was a bit nervous in the important moments and he played more aggressively than me.”

“It was a positive week but I’m sad because I lost the final. I will go back home now and have a rest for a few days before I’ll prepare for the hard court season starting in Toronto and Cincinnati,” the Spaniard said.

Leonardo Mayer

The winner was understandably overwhelmed. “Today is a very special day. So far, I haven’t really realized that I won the match. This is simply unbelievable. I really wanted to win the match. Still on court, I called my girl-friend, my family and my team, who was watching the final on TV,” Mayer told the media in Spanish, as he is still too shy to speak in English. “I promise that I will take a teacher with me next year that I can answer the questions in English. I am able to speak but I’m nervous and I do not feel comfortable,” the Argentine added. “Tomorrow I’ll fly back to Argentina and then I am going to play the US Open,” Mayer said about his upcoming schedule.

In the doubles final the team of Marin Draganja and Florian Mergea beat the tournament’s top-seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares in straight sets winning 6-4, 7-5 in 78 minutes taking their maiden title as a tandem on the ATP World Tour. “We beat a very, very good team today. We were happy to enter the draw and gaining the title here is amazing,” Draganja was happy afterwards.

Earlier the day, tournament director Michael Stich spoke to the media about the 108th edition am Rothenbaum. “We’re very satisfied with this week. With David Ferrer, we had a top-ten player in our field, who made it into the final to face the first Argentine here since Juan Mónaco, which is a very interesting affair. Of course, I would have loved to see the defending champion Fabio Fognini staying a bit longer in the tournament but that’s sports,” the former Wimbledon champion said.

“In the future we will try to present the fans a mixture of top players and the new younger generation. I think there will be generation change on the ATP World Tour and we will see new Grand Slam Champions like Dimitrov or Raonic maybe in two years’ time. That’s why we also made a long-term contract with Alexander Zverev to play here in Hamburg for the next five years. Nonetheless, it will remain our own demand to present players ranked within the top-3,” Stich told and added that around 60,000 spectators came to the venue this year.


Florian Heer travels the tennis tour with a focus on ATP Challenger events and the ITF Futures Circuit.  Follow his twitter account @Florian _Heer.


Barthel Tops Scheepers for Swedish Open Title

(July 20, 2014) In a battle between tow unseeded players, Mona Barthel beat Chanelle Scheepers 6-3, 7-6 (3) to win the Swedish Open on Sunday.

For the 61st ranked German, it’s her third WTA career title, her first on clay.

“It’s been an amazing week for me,” said the 24-year-old, “I cannot believe I won the title! It was like a perfect week for me. I was fighting a lot – in some matches I was behind, and I was just fighting for every point. I’m just happy everything worked out. I love this tournament so much.”

This was the first WTA tournament since Hobart in January 2009 in which no seeds made the quarterfinals. This was the second final in tournament history featuring two unseeded players.


WTA Results for July 19, 2014


$ 250,000.00
14-20 JULY 2014

RESULTS – JULY 19, 2014
Singles – Semifinals

[1] [WC] C Wozniacki (DEN) d K Mladenovic (FRA) 62 63
[2] R Vinci (ITA) d [Q] A Konjuh (CRO) 64 62

Doubles – Semifinals
M Doi (JPN) / E Svitolina (UKR) d [4] J Husarova (SVK) / K Jans-Ignacik (POL) 67(4) 63 10-6

CENTRE COURT start 2:30 pm
DOUBLES FINAL – M Doi (JPN) / E Svitolina (UKR) vs O Kalashnikova (GEO) / P Kania (POL)

Not Before 5:00 pm
SINGLES FINAL – [1] [WC] C Wozniacki (DEN) vs [2] R Vinci (ITA)


$ 250,000.00
14 – 20 JULY 2014

RESULTS – JULY 19, 2014
Singles – Semifinals
C Scheepers (RSA) d J Cepelova (SVK) 75 62
M Barthel (GER) d S Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 62 46 75

Doubles – Semifinals
A Klepac (SLO) / M Torro-Flor (ESP) d [WC] J Larsson (SWE) / R Peterson (SWE) 62 64

CENTER start 12:00 noon
J Rae (GBR) / A Smith (GBR) vs A Klepac (SLO) / M Torro-Flor (ESP)

Not Before 2:00 pm
C Scheepers (RSA) vs M Barthel (GER)


World Team Tennis Results for July 18, 2014


Mylan World TeamTennis – Results for Friday, 7/18

(Home teams in capital letters)

FINAL RESULTS – All matches complete:


Texas Wild def. AUSTIN ACES 23-12

Men’s Singles – Alex Bogomolov Jr. (Wild) def. Andy Roddick (Aces) 5-3

Men’s Doubles – Treat Huey\Andy Roddick (Aces) def. Alex Bogomolov Jr.\Aisam Qureshi (Wild) 5-3

Mixed Doubles – Anabel Medina Garrigues\Aisam Qureshi (Wild) def. Marion Bartoli\Treat Huey (Aces) 5-1

Women’s Doubles – Anabel Medina Garrigues\Darija Jurak (Wild) def. Marion Bartoli\Vera Zvonareva (Aces) 5-2

Women’s Singles – Anabel Medina Garrigues (Wild) def. Vera Zvonareva (Aces) 5-1


PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS def. Boston Lobsters 25-14

Men’s Singles – Frank Dancevic (Freedoms) def. Rik de Voest (Lobsters) 5-4

Women’s Doubles – Liezel Huber\Taylor Townsend (Freedoms) def. Megan Moulton-Levy\Sharon Fichman (Lobsters) 5-2

Mixed Doubles – Liezel Huber\Marcelo Melo (Freedoms) def. Megan Moulton-Levy\Scott Lipsky (Lobsters) 5-2

Women’s Singles – Taylor Townsend (Freedoms) def. Sharon Fichman (Lobsters) 5-2

Men’s Doubles – Frank Dancevic\Marcelo Melo (Freedoms) def. Rik de Voest\Scott Lipsky (Lobsters) 5-4


SPRINGFIELD LASERS def. Washington Kastles 24-10

Men’s Doubles – Ross Hutchins\Michael Russell (Lasers) def. Bobby Reynolds\Leander Paes (Kastles) 5-2

Women’s Doubles – Raquel Kops-Jones\Olga Govortsova (Lasers) def. Anastasia Rodionova\Shelby Rogers (Kastles) 5-1

Mixed Doubles – Ross Hutchins\Olga Govortsova (Lasers) def. Leander Paes\Anastasia Rodionova (Kastles) 5-1

Women’s Singles – Anastasia Rodionova (Kastles) def. Olga Govortsova (Lasers) 5-4

Men’s Singles – Michael Russell (Lasers) def. Bobby Reynolds (Kastles) 5-1




Eastern Conference MP W L PCT MB
x – Washington Kastles 10 7 3 0.700 0.0
Philadelphia Freedoms 10 6 4 0.600 1.0
Boston Lobsters 9 1 8 0.111 5.5
Western Conference MP W L PCT MB
San Diego Aviators 10 6 4 0.600 0.0
Texas Wild 11 6 5 0.545 0.5
Springfield Lasers 10 5 5 0.500 1.0
Austin Aces 10 4 6 0.400 2.0

x = clinched playoff spot

y = clinched #1 seed in conference


Next Matches: 7/19/2014

San Diego Aviators @ AUSTIN ACES, 1:00 PM CDT

Washington Kastles @ BOSTON LOBSTERS, 6:00 PM EDT

Springfield Lasers @ TEXAS WILD, 7:30 PM CDT


Estrella Burgos Stuns Top Seed Gasquet in Bogota


(July 18, 2014) Victor Estrella Burgos reached his first ATP World Tour-level semifinal when he upset top seed Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-4.

Esrealla is the Dominican Republic’s No. 1 player and became the first from his country make the Top 100 back in March.


Singles – Quarter-finals
[8] V Estrella Burgos (DOM) d [1] R Gasquet (FRA) 63 64
[2] I Karlovic (CRO) d J Wang (TPE) 63 76(6)
[WC] B Tomic (AUS) d [3] V Pospisil (CAN) 64 64
[4] R Stepanek (CZE) d [6] A Gonzalez (COL) 64 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals

[WC] C Salamanca (COL) / E Struvay (COL) d [1] V Pospisil (CAN) / R Stepanek (CZE) w/o (Stepanek – hamstring)
[3] S Groth (AUS) / C Guccione (AUS) d S Ratiwatana (THA) / S Ratiwatana (THA) 76(5) 75
N Barrientos (COL) / J Cabal (COL) d V Estrella Burgos (DOM) / A Mannarino (FRA) 75 64
A Shamasdin (CAN) / D Sharan (IND) d M Demoliner (BRA) / P Raja (IND) 62 64


CAMPO CENTRAL start 1:00 pm
[4] R Stepanek (CZE) vs [2] I Karlovic (CRO)

Not Before 3:00 pm
[8] V Estrella Burgos (DOM) vs [WC] B Tomic (AUS)
[WC] C Salamanca (COL) / E Struvay (COL) vs N Barrientos (COL) / J Cabal (COL)

CAMPO 1 start 1:00 pm
[3] S Groth (AUS) / C Guccione (AUS) vs A Shamasdin (CAN) / D Sharan (IND)


Caroline Wozniacki Reaches Istanbul Semis




(July 18, 2014) Top seed Caroline Wozniacki moved into the semifinals of the Istanbul Cup on Friday, extended to three sets by Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic – 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.

“I’m happy with the way I’ve been serving this week and it definitely helped me out there today,” Wozniacki told WTAtennis.com. “Karolina is a tough opponent and she always gives me a lot of trouble.

“I knew it was not going to be easy.”

$ 250,000.00
14-20 JULY 2014

RESULTS – JULY 18, 2014
Singles – Quarterfinals

[1] [WC] C Wozniacki (DEN) d [8] K Pliskova (CZE) 61 36 62
[2] R Vinci (ITA) d [6] K Nara (JPN) 60 62
[Q] A Konjuh (CRO) d [4] E Svitolina (UKR) 64 16 61
K Mladenovic (FRA) d F Schiavone (ITA) 36 63 75

Doubles – Semifinals
O Kalashnikova (GEO) / P Kania (POL) d V Solovyeva (RUS) / A Tatishvili (USA) 67(4) 64 12-10

CENTRE COURT start 4:00 pm
M Doi (JPN) / E Svitolina (UKR) vs [4] J Husarova (SVK) / K Jans-Ignacik (POL)

Not Before 6:00 pm
[Q] A Konjuh (CRO) vs [2] R Vinci (ITA)

Not Before 8:00 pm
[1] [WC] C Wozniacki (DEN) vs K Mladenovic (FRA)


$ 250,000.00
14 – 20 JULY 2014

RESULTS – JULY 18, 2014
Singles – Quarterfinals
J Cepelova (SVK) d [Q] Y Putintseva (KAZ) 64 75
C Scheepers (RSA) d L Arruabarrena (ESP) 62 46 63
M Barthel (GER) d K Kanepi (EST) 62 76(4)
S Soler-Espinosa (ESP) d A Panova (RUS) 63 62

Doubles – Semifinals
J Rae (GBR) / A Smith (GBR) d [PR] A Amanmuradova (UZB) / S Vogt (LIE) 63 63

CENTER start 1:00 pm
J Cepelova (SVK) vs C Scheepers (RSA)
M Barthel (GER) vs S Soler-Espinosa (ESP)
[WC] J Larsson (SWE) / R Peterson (SWE) vs A Klepac (SLO) / M Torro-Flor (ESP)



Nicolas Almagro Withdraws from the U.S. Open


(July 18, 2014) Spain’s Nicolas Almagro has withdrawn from the U. S. Open which begins on August 23  in Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York.

The world No.  27 Spaniard has not been on the court since retiring from his first round match at the French Open in May due to a left foot injury.

The 28-year-old also missed Wimbledon.