November 26, 2015

WTA Finals – Sharapova Rallies While Halep Dominates in Opening Wins

By Ros Satar

(October 25, 2015) SINGAPORE –

Simona Halep [1] d Flavia Pennetta [7]

Halep fist pump-001

Any doubts over Halep’s fitness was dispelled pretty much in an instant (well, at least in the first 25 minutes) as the Romanian scampered around as well as she has ever done, to wrap up the first set over the last Slam title winner of the year in just 25 minutes without dropping a game.


Halep, who has struggled in the past with the variety and finesse that an on-form Pennetta has to offer, could seemingly do nothing wrong in the first set, as Pennetta struggled to find any way into the match.


The second set saw a lot more attacking play from the Italian as Halep maybe faltered ever so slightly, not quite finding the lines but having no trouble with the wide open space behind them.


But Pennetta admitted that she just was not on point to take her chances today as Halep set down a marker that her run to the finals last year was no fluke.


She admitted: “The second set was much better. I was trying to find something more, to be more aggressive, and I was more close and I have my chance. I didn’t make it.”


Of course the beauty of the round robin format is you live to fight another day. While Pennetta has been to the season ending finals before, winning with doubles partner Gisela Dulko in 2010, this was her first (and of course last) shot at the singles.


“I think I have to recover a little bit, to have more energy, to be more aggressive, and that’s going to be my goal for the next match for sure.”


For the Romanian – if she can keep up that level of aggression, she will be targeting her first win over Maria Sharapova.


She said: “I was well‑prepared and I knew how to play against her. I was expecting that she’s going to play the same like in US Open, and I knew how to adapt the game. So I was solid. I was smart‑aggressive, I can say. I didn’t use overpower. I just opened the court and I tried to finish the point.”


Halep started quickly last year, stunning Serena Williams in the round-robin stages before succumbing in the final on her debut. She admitted that last year she was just happy to be there, but if she plays throughout the early stages like she did today, she has to be a favourite to win at the end of next Sunday.



Maria Sharapova [3] d Agnieszka Radwanska [5] 4-6 6-3 6-4

Sharapova gets ready to serve

If Halep was speedy, we knew we were in for the long haul as Maria Sharapova and Agnieszka Radwanska embarked upon games that were almost half as long as the first set of Halep/Pennetta.


Sharapova looked to be a little rusty – something that she probably expected having not gotten through a full match since her semifinal defeat by Serena Williams this summer at Wimbledon. Fist-pumping battling, it was left to Radwanska to pull out the ninja tricks with some outstanding shot-making to keep herself in contention as they both had their chances to make a break, neither being able to convert.


After a quick start in the second set by Sharapova, they seemed to be back to their old dueling ways as Radwanska righted the ship to get back on the board at 1-3. But by now the bit was between the Russian’s teeth as she leveled the match to set up a decider, and more importantly to answer the question about how match-ready she was.


The first advantage in the decider went to Sharapova in a hold just shy of 14 minutes followed by a break to put Radwanska firmly on the back foot. By now looking spent, it was as much as she could do to stay in contention as Sharapova faltered once after breaking to serve out the match for the first time, before finally grinding out the win, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.


Radwanska had to admit this was the one that got away, after the match: “I think she is just kind of player that even that she didn’t play for couple months, she’s always ready to play matches and always in shape to play really good match.


“I think we always playing three hours match in Championships, so I’m not surprised.


“I think it was really good match. I didn’t really use my chances. Couple of off games that I just slip away a little bit.”


“Even when you lose you have chances to go for it. Of course no easy matches here, so I’ll be very happy to play the same tennis that I was playing today and we’ll see.”


For Sharapova, the relief of having completed her first match since July was palpable.


She explained: “I’ve had a lot of starts and stops, and I was just really thrilled that despite not playing these last few months and not playing my best tennis, I was facing an opponent that obviously deserved a spot in tournament and has had a really great last few months, and I just felt like I was able to take myself to another level physically, which I didn’t exactly expect that I would be able to.


“I know we have pretty long ones. I know a lot of you look forward to them. I do, too. I really do enjoy playing against her. I feel like those are some of the matches that I like to watch on TV, when different styles of games clash against each other. Becomes that bit of a cat and mouse game.”


Play will continue on Monday with both Garbiñe Muguruza taking on Lucie Safarova in the evening session, followed by Petra Kvitova and Angelique Kerber.


Ros Satar is a British sports journalist covering tennis, and can also be found at Britwatch Sports.


All Access at the WTA Finals

The 2015 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global returns to Singapore for the second consecutive year with the top women competing for $7 million in prize money from October 23 to November 1. This year's singles field poses with the Billie Jean King Trophy in front of the National Gallery Singapore. Left to Right: Flavia Pennetta (Italy), Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland), Maria Sharapova (Russia), Simona Halep (Romania), Garbiñe Muguruza (Spain), Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic), Angelique Kerber (Germany) and Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic). Credit: Getty Images.

The 2015 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global returns to Singapore for the second consecutive year with the top women competing for $7 million in prize money from October 23 to November 1. This year’s singles field poses with the Billie Jean King Trophy in front of the National Gallery Singapore. Left to Right: Flavia Pennetta (Italy), Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland), Maria Sharapova (Russia), Simona Halep (Romania), Garbiñe Muguruza (Spain), Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic), Angelique Kerber (Germany) and Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic). Credit: Getty Images.

By Ros Satar


(October 24, 2015) SINGAPORE – With the draw out of the way, it was time for the stars of this year’s WTA Finals to meet the press, after a week of frenzied calculations of who may or may not make the cut.


With World No. 1 Serena Williams’ absence, the field is possibly one of the most open in recent times, with an all-European cast, with three debutantes (Garbiñe Muguruza, Flavia Pennetta and Lucie Safarova), and a frenetic sprint to the finish for the last spots.

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First up on the scene was Petra Kvitova, who clinched the title on her debut in 2011. It has been an up and down year for the Czech, who still has the Fed Cup final to go before she can call time on her season.


Kvitova took the brave move to take a couple of months off the spring hard-court swing, citing exhaustion and later it emerged she had been struggling with mononucleosis so to qualify for the WTA Finals was an achievement worth smiling about.


She said: “To qualify again after what was a tough year for me, I’m really satisfied that I made it again. In the beginning of the year if somebody told me that I’m going to qualify, I’m not really going to believe them. I hope that next year will be a bit boring.”


The fourth seed heads up a trio of lefties that have all wound up in the White Group, and felt that despite the lack of the World No. 1, the field was ready to put on a good show.


“I know that we are missing Serena. I think she needed the time off so it’s good for her. Of course she is a great champion and probably for many people she is one of the greatest player. So they are probably a little bit sad she isn’t here.


“But I think it’s still a great draw and a great two groups. I think you’re going to see great tennis from everyone here.”


Simona Halep

Simona Halep

Top seed Simona Halep is thankfully out of the leftie group, but has the challenge of Maria Sharapova in hers and feels ready to tackle the 2004 champion and get her first win over her.


Halep said: “I never beat her, but maybe I will have the chance here. I just want to play match by match, everyone is playing tough here. We are the best eight players in the world so every match is like a final. I have nothing to lose. I have no expectations.”


Halep stunned Williams last year in the Round Robin stages before meeting her again in the final, on her debut last year. With three players making their debut this year, she felt like the field could be wide open this year.


She continued: “A few players are coming very strong. Muguruza – she’s coming very strong. She’s strong, she’s a strong player. She can win many matches, many important tournaments, Radwanska, is coming back again. She’s playing well, Pennetta won US Open, for the first time.


“So of course she will give everything she has because she said she’s going to retire so she has nothing to lose anymore. It’s my second year playing the WTA Finals so I have nothing to lose too because last year I had great result. So I think everyone can win the title.”


Agniezska Radwanska

Fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska is another player who has had a tough year, but in a spurt towards the end of the year picked up pace to qualify fifth for the WTA Finals.


“Of course, beginning of the year was tough. To be honest, I didn’t really change much. I was practicing the same. It’s just during the matches, something didn’t work. I couldn’t really play my best game during the matches.


“[The] grass court season I think gave me much more confidence on court. That was kind of a click out there. I was playing much better, feeling much better on court than beginning of the year. It was still not too late to be here, to make much more points in the second part of the season.”



The wait was possibly more nail-biting for Angelique Kerber, who was relying on the results of others to make the cut.


“You know, of course it’s better if you have it in your hands. But at the end, I was waiting and watching a little bit on the live score how the other is playing.


“At the end I did everything I could this year to be here. Of course, I’m proud that I qualified at the end. It was I think the most toughest and closest to qualify at the end.”


For Muguruza – it is her singles debut, having made the doubles event here last year, and she will be contesting both this year. Since winning her highest profile tournament to date in Beijing, she has been in Singapore preparing for this tournament, and the challenges of playing both the singles and doubles.


“I think is very tough to play singles and doubles, especially when you are really in high rankings because every match you play, you really need to be 100%. Obviously playing singles and doubles makes you more tired. You have to spend more hours in the side practicing, talking and thinking. But I enjoy playing doubles with Carla (Suarez Navarro). We said two years ago, Carla, let’s play doubles and see what happens.


“We are playing Masters again, it’s amazing. I think it helps me a lot, doubles, as a better player, to learn things. So far I’m enjoying singles and doubles, but it’s hard, really hard.”


Flavia Pennetta

Flavia Pennetta

After Flavia Pennetta triumphed in New York, winning her maiden slam and then announcing this would be her last year in tennis, she acknowledged that once she had a chance to make the cut, she would fight for it.


But she was very clear – this is her final tournament as a player, and while she emphatically shut down the thought of becoming a coach to at least a senior player, the thought of perhaps shaping how stars of the future are made appealed.


She said: “That thing is going to be something that I like to do, more to just explain them how it is the life. I mean, now I feel there is a lot of pressure [on] the young children to become champions. I think there is a right time for everything.


“They need to be a child. They need to have fun. They don’t have to be professional at 10 years old. I mean, they have so much time in the life. Why to rush too much? Now I think they are really push from the sponsor, from the family, from everyone. Before was more relaxing everything. Now they want it too much, so early.”


Lucie Safarova

Lucie Safarova

In fact Pennetta is not the only player who has found success a little later in her career, with Lucie Safarova joining the cast of players this year, following her run to the final of the French Open.


“I’ve been improving through last couple years already. I’ve been climbing the rankings. It hasn’t been as fast as some other players jump there. But the more I really enjoy it, I’m thankful for it.”


She will be partnering Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the doubles.


Pride of place in terms of the day’s procession of players was 2004 champion Maria Sharapova. One of only two players here who won on their debut, it has been an up and down year for the Russian, who battled with injury throughout the US hard court season and only took to the court after Wimbledon for the first time in Wuhan, where she had to retire in her opening match.


Sharapova might avoid the ‘group of lefties’ but with little match play and even with no nemesis Williams in the mix, and the prospect of the Fed Cup final ahead, there are plenty of challenges enough this week in Singapore.


She said: “Considering I haven’t played much, it doesn’t change much for me. I think, as I said before, it’s not so much who I’m playing against or what my record is than it is about me being out there and staying healthy and working my way through the matches.


“I feel there’s definitely been a big mix of a few players that have done extremely well at certain times of the year and not so in other parts of the year. Besides Serena, the consistency has been lacking, that’s for sure.


“Of course, there are definitely names that have been around, a younger generation that we always believed would come through, is proving to show that. There are also players that have had great potential around my age that have come through and done extremely well, and even older. There’s been a mix of everything this year.”


Sharapova will be part of the opening day’s line-up, playing on the opening night against Radwanska. Earlier in the day the WTA Rising Stars final will take place, and will be followed by Halep v Pennetta.


Monday’s schedule will see Muguruza kick off the White Group matches against Safarova while Kvitova and Kerber take the night match honours.


Play on Sunday begins at 11am with Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Safarova v Muguruza/Suárez Navarro.


Ros Satar is a British sports journalist covering tennis, and can also be found at Britwatch Sports.


BNP Paribas Open Tournament Director and COO Steve Simon New CEO of the WTA

Volunteers are celebrated before the start of the Women's Singles Final in Indian Wells, California on Sunday, March 22, 2015. (Photo by Billie Weiss/BNP Paribas Open)

(October 5, 2015) On Monday, the Board of Directors of the Women’s Tennis Association announced a unanimous decision naming Steve Simon, the Tournament Director and Chief Operating Officer of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Tournament, as the new CEO of the women’s tour. Simon will begin his new position immediately and leave his current post at the end of November.

Simon joined the tournament in 1989 in a sponsorship sales role after working with adidas for six years. He became Tournament Director and COO in 2004. At the end of the 2013 tournament, he and the CEO oversaw the vast expansion of Indian Wells.

“I am exceptionally grateful to both Charlie Pasarell and Raymond Moore for the opportunity they gave me more than 25 years ago to work at the BNP Paribas Open,” said Simon through a news release. “I have cherished my time here, and everyone involved with the event – staff, volunteers, players, officials and many more – who have made this event into the exceptional tournament it has become. I am humbled and excited about the opportunity, and leave the tournament knowing that the team in place, under the guidance of Moore and owner Larry Ellison, will continue to excel and keep the BNP Paribas Open as one of the best events in the world.”

“Steve Simon, with his successful career leading one of tennis’ most prestigious tournaments, is the perfect person to run the WTA,” the WTA Board said in a statement. “Steve produced results, pursued excellence and he kept innovating, making the fan experience even better. He has a very clear vision for the sport and is held in high regard by all.”

Simon replaces Stacey Allaster who announced her resignation on September 22.


Wuhan Open – Sharapova Retires From Match with Arm Injury; Bouchard Pulls Out of Tournament

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

(September 28, 2015) Maria Sharapova’s comeback after being off the tour since Wimbledon, was derailed when the Russian retired with an arm injury in the third set of her first match at the Wuhan Open. The world No. 3 had not played for three months due to a leg injury.

Sharapova was leading Czech Barbora Strycova 7-6 (1), 6-7 (4), 2-1 when she withdrew from the match.

“I’ve had my share of serious injuries, and I know this is far from it, something I just have to take care of,” she said.

“I was really happy to be back on the court,” said Sharapova. “I’ve gone through the injury and not playing and missing a Grand Slam, going through the rehab, going through training, this is really the moment that you work for. I enjoyed that feeling again.

“That’s why it’s unfortunate to have to stop from that because you always build and you get the rust out and you hope you grow as the tournament goes along, but not in my case this tournament. Of course, it’s not the best way to end for my fans.  But I know that this tournament is here for many years and I will still have the opportunity to come back.”

Canadian Eugenie Bouchard withdrew from the tournament due to the concussion she suffered during the U.S. Open.

In other injury-related news – No. 28 Sabine Lisicki will be taking the rest of the year off to heal her knee.

The German said on social media: “unfortunately my knee is not ready and I will not compete at tournaments this season.”


2016 Davis Cup Draw Announced


From the ITF: (September 23, 2014) The International Tennis Federation has announced the Draw for the 2016 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, which took place on Wednesday evening at the ITF AGM in Santiago, Chile.


Individual draws were made for the 2016 World Group, Americas Zone Group I, Asia/Oceania Zone Groups I and II, and Europe/Africa Zone Group I. The draws for Americas Zone Group II and Europe/Africa Zone Group II will be held following the three remaining Davis Cup play-off ties on 30 October – 1 November.


The 2016 World Group dates are as follows:


World Group first round: 4-6 March

World Group quarterfinals: 15-17 July

World Group semifinals and play-offs: 16-18 September

World Group Final: 25-27 November


2016 Draws


World Group


First round (4-6 March)


Great Britain [s] [c] [*] v Japan

Serbia [s] [c] [*] v Kazakhstan

Italy [c] v Switzerland [s]

Poland [c] [*] v Argentina [s]

France [s] [c] v Canada

Germany [c] v Czech Republic [s]

Australia [s] [c] v USA

Belgium [s] [c] v Croatia
Americas Zone Group I


First round (4-6 March)


Brazil [s] v Bye


Barbados or Uruguay v Ecuador


Chile [c] v Dominican Republic


Colombia [s] v Bye
Asia/Oceania Zone Group I


First round (4-6 March)


India [s] v Bye


Korea, Rep. [c] v New Zealand


Pakistan [c] v China, P.R.


Uzbekistan [s] v Bye
Europe/Africa Zone Group I


First round (4-6 March)


Spain [s] v Bye


Romania v Lithuania or Slovenia


Ukraine [s] v Bye


Portugal [c] v Austria


Russia v Denmark or Sweden


Netherlands [s] v Bye


Hungary [c] v Israel


Slovakia [s] v Bye
Asia/Oceania Zone Group II


First round (4-6 March)


Chinese Taipei [s] [c] v Malaysia


Philippines [s] [c] v Kuwait


Indonesia [s] [c] v Vietnam


Thailand [s] [c] v Sri Lanka


[s] = Seeded nation

[c] = Choice of ground

[*] = Choice of ground decided by lot


The home nation is listed first for each tie.


Belgium to Host Davis Cup Final Against Great Britain on clay in Ghent


(September 23, 2015) The Davis Cup final between Belgium and Great Britain will be played in Ghent indoors on clay. The International Tennis Federation announced that Tennis Vlaanderen has nominated the Flanders Expo to host the 2015 Davis Cup World Group Final November 27-29.


The Flanders Expo is a multi-use indoor arena made up of eight halls. Hall 1, which has a seating capacity of 13,000 will be used for the final


Tennis Vlaanderen President Dirk de Maeseneer said to the ITF: “Ghent will fully support the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final. As the third biggest city in Belgium, it has a lot of experience in hosting top international events, such as the Tour of Flanders, the arrival of the Tour de France in 2007 and the Gymnastics World Championships in 2001 and 2013.”


Great Britain advanced to the final when they defeated Australia 3-2 in Galsgow, with British No. 1 Andy Murray won all three rubbers for his squad – his two singles matches and the doubles with his brother Jamie.

Belgium came back to defeat Argentina 3-2 in Brussels. This will be a rematch of the 1904 Davis Cup final when Britain shutout Belgium 5-0. This will be Belgium’s second final. Great Britain last won the Davis Cup in 1936.

Murray tweeted on Wednesday:


WTA CEO Stacey Allaster Announces Retirement


(September 22, 2015) The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has announced the transition of its long-term chair and CEO, Stacey Allaster, effective October 2, 2015. Allaster joined the WTA in January 2006 as its president and in July 2009 was promoted to chair and CEO.

Allaster: “It’s been a privilege to lead the organization that Billie Jean King founded and to have worked with the world’s best female athletes, dedicated tournament promoters and passionate and professional WTA team members. For 25 years I have dedicated my professional life to the sport and I’m proud of the work I leave behind.”

“But the recent loss of my brother-in-law and the ATP’s CEO, Brad Drewett, has provided a personal wake-up call about life, family and priorities and it is time for me to shift some time and energy that way. When I joined the WTA my goal was to leave the organization on a stronger footing and I feel a humble sense of pride in what we have all accomplished here. I have focused on what it means to be a champion and I have tried to be a strong role model for women to encourage success in the sports industry.” Official statement from the WTA below:

WTA Statement

More to follow……



International Tennis Federation to Elect New President at 2015 ITF Annual General Meeting


From the International Tennis Federation: (September 22, 2015) The ITF will elect its new President at the 2015 ITF Annual General Meeting in Santiago, Chile on Friday 25 September. The AGM programme will be hosted by the Chilean Tennis Federation at the Santiago Marriott Hotel on 23-25 September, with over 280 delegates, partners and staff from National Associations, Regional Associations, Foundation Members and Recognised Organisations.

The following four candidates are standing for the position of ITF President for a four-year term from 2015-19. The new President will replace outgoing ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti, who has decided to step down after 16 years in office.


David Haggerty (USA)

Anil Khanna (IND)

Juan Margets Lobato (ESP)

Rene Stammbach (SUI)


Elections will also be held for the new ITF Board of Directors for a four-year term from 2015-19. The following 26 candidates are standing for 13 positions on the Board:


Katrina Adams (USA)

*  Tarak Cherif (TUN)

Martin Corrie (GBR)

Goran Djokovic (SRB)

*  Sergio Elias (CHI)

Ismail El Shafei (EGY)

Jose Luis Escanuela Romana (ESP)

Luisanna Fodde (ITA)

Rodolfo Garcia Muriel (MEX)

Bernard Giudicelli (FRA)

*  Jack Graham (CAN)

*  David Haggerty (USA)

*  Stephen Healy (AUS)

*  Anil Khanna (IND)

Ulrich Klaus (GER)

Thomas Koenigsfeldt (DEN)

Jorge Lacerda da Rosa (BRA)

Celia Patrick (NZL)

Aleksei Selivanenko (RUS)

*  Rene Stammbach (SUI)

Predrag Stojcevic (CRO)

Marina Tauber (MDA)

Stefan Tzvetkov (BUL)

Ayda Uluc (TUR)

Bulat Utemuratov (KAZ)

Karin van Bijsterveld (NED)

* Incumbent Board Member


The Draw for the 2016 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas will be held during the AGM at the Santiago Marriott Hotel on Wednesday 23 September at 19:00 local time (22:00 GMT). At Friday’s AGM, nations will also vote on the introduction of fifth set tiebreaks in Davis Cup starting in 2016.


Ahead of the formal AGM, Regional Association meetings will be held on Wednesday, while Key Issues sessions will take place on Thursday. Awards for Services to the Game will also be presented during the week.


The ITF is the world governing body of tennis and beach tennis, responsible for the rules of both sports and maintaining the integrity of tennis. The ITF is the owner and rightsholder of the two largest annual international team competitions in sport, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, and manages the Olympic Tennis Event on behalf of the IOC. The ITF’s highly regarded Tennis Development Department oversees the development of tennis worldwide and, through its Science and Technical Department, monitors both equipment and technology. Its Officiating Department oversees the education and advancement of officials worldwide. The ITF organises over 1,000 weeks of men’s and women’s professional tournaments on the ITF Pro Circuit and manages the ITF Junior Circuit and team competitions, the ITF Beach Tennis Tour, the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Tour and the ITF Seniors Circuit. The ITF also manages the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme on behalf of the sport and is a partner in the Tennis Integrity Unit. Visit,,



Belgium and Great Britain Advance to Davis Cup Final; Davis Cup Results for September 20, 2015

(September 20, 2015) The ITF has announced the final results for the Davis Cup World Group semifinals, World Group play-offs and Zone Group ties taking place on 18-20 September.


Belgium will host the 2015 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final against Great Britain on 27-29 November, after Belgium defeated Argentina 3-2, and Great Britain defeated Australia 3-2 in the semifinals. The deadline for confirmation of the Final venue is Monday 28 September.


Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Japan, Poland, Switzerland and USA will all contest the 2016 World Group after victories in the World Group play-offs. The eight losers of the World Group play-offs, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, India, Netherlands, Russia, Slovakia and Uzbekistan, will all contest their respective Zone Group I competitions in 2016.


The Draw for the 2016 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas will be held during the ITF AGM in Santiago, Chile on Wednesday 23 September at 19:00 local time (22:00 GMT). The Draw will be streamed live on [Note: it may not be possible to hold all the Zone Group draws for the Americas and Europe/Africa as there are still further ties to be played in these regions.]


The seeds for the 2016 Davis Cup Draw will be announced on Monday 21 September. The top two seeds in the 2016 World Group will be the two finalists from 2015, while the remaining seeds will be based on the new Davis Cup Nations Ranking of 21 September.





Venue: Emirates Arena, Glasgow, GBR (hard – indoor)


Andy Murray (GBR) d. Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) 63 60 63

Bernard Tomic (AUS) d. Daniel Evans (GBR) 63 76(2) 67(4) 64

Andy Murray/Jamie Murray (GBR) d. Samuel Groth/Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 46 63 64 67(6) 64

Andy Murray (GBR) d. Bernard Tomic (AUS) 75 63 62

Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) d. Daniel Evans (GBR) 75 64



Venue: Forest National, Brussels, BEL (hard – indoor)


David Goffin (BEL) d. Federico Delbonis (ARG) 75 76(3) 63

Leonardo Mayer (ARG) d. Steve Darcis (BEL) 76(5) 76(1) 46 63

Carlos Berlocq/Leonardo Mayer (ARG) d. Ruben Bemelmans/Steve Darcis (BEL) 62 76(2) 57 76(5)

David Goffin (BEL) d. Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 63 62 61

Steve Darcis (BEL) d. Federico Delbonis (ARG) 64 26 75 76(3)






Venue: R.K.Khanna Tennis Stadium, New Delhi, IND (hard – outdoor)


Lukas Rosol (CZE) d. Yuki Bhambri (IND) 62 61 75

Somdev Devvarman (IND) d. Jiri Vesely (CZE) 76(3) 64 63

Adam Pavlasek/Radek Stepanek (CZE) d. Rohan Bopanna/Leander Paes (IND) 75 62 62

Jiri Vesely (CZE) d. Yuki Bhambri (IND) 63 75 62

Somdev Devvarman (IND) v Lukas Rosol (CZE) – not played



Venue: Palexpo, Geneva, SUI (hard – indoor)


Stan Wawrinka (SUI) d. Thiemo de Bakker (NED) 26 63 46 63 75

Roger Federer (SUI) d. Jesse Huta Galung (NED) 63 64 63

Thiemo de Bakker/Matwe Middelkoop (NED) d. Marco Chiudinelli/Roger Federer (SUI) 76(7) 46 46 64 61

Roger Federer (SUI) d. Thiemo de Bakker (NED) 63 62 64

Henri Laaksonen (SUI) d. Tim Van Rijthoven (NED) 76(11) 63


ITALY defeated RUSSIA 4-1

Venue: Sports Palace ‘Baikal-Arena’, Irkutsk, RUS (hard – indoor)


Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) d. Simone Bolelli (ITA) 76(2) 61 63

Fabio Fognini (ITA) d. Andrey Rublev (RUS) 76(8) 62 62

Simone Bolelli/Fabio Fognini (ITA) d. Evgeny Donskoy/Konstantin Kravchuk (RUS) 75 26 76(5) 76(2)

Fabio Fognini (ITA) d. Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) 76(4) 63 76(5)

Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) d. Konstantin Kravchuk (RUS) 64 76(3)


USA defeated UZBEKISTAN 3-1

Venue: Olympic Tennis School, Tashkent, UZB (clay – outdoor)


Denis Istomin (UZB) d. Steve Johnson (USA) 61 36 76(5) 67(3) 75

Jack Sock (USA) d. Farrukh Dustov (UZB) 75 63 62

Steve Johnson/Sam Querrey (USA) d. Farrukh Dustov/Denis Istomin (UZB) 63 62 62

Jack Sock (USA) d. Denis Istomin (UZB) 62 26 64 64

Farrukh Dustov (UZB) v Steve Johnson (USA) – not played


JAPAN defeated COLOMBIA 3-2

Venue: Club Campestre, Pereira, COL (clay – outdoor)


Santiago Giraldo (COL) d. Taro Daniel (JPN) 64 63 36 16 64

Kei Nishikori (JPN) d. Alejandro Falla (COL) 76(3) 76(1) 75

Juan-Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah (COL) d. Yoshihito Nishioka/Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) 67(4) 62 63 62

Kei Nishikori (JPN) d. Santiago Giraldo (COL) 64 62 76(3)

Taro Daniel (JPN) d. Alejandro Falla (COL) 76(3) 63 62



Venue: Centro Nacional De Tenis Parque Del Este, Santo Domingo, DOM (hard – outdoor)


Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM) d. Dustin Brown (GER) 64 57 76(3) 76(5)

Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) d. Jose Hernandez-Fernandez (DOM) 61 63 61

Philipp Kohlschreiber/Philipp Petzschner (GER) d. Victor Estrella Burgos/Jose Hernandez-Fernandez (DOM) 63 62 63

Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) d. Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM) 64 61 62

Benjamin Becker (GER) d. Roberto Cid (DOM) 64 76(4)


CROATIA defeated BRAZIL 3-1

Venue: Costao do Santinho Resort, Florianopolis, BRA (clay – outdoor)


Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) d. Mate Delic (CRO) 61 64 36 64

Borna Coric (CRO) d. Joao Souza (BRA) 64 76(5) 61

Ivan Dodig/Franko Skugor (CRO) d. Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares (BRA) 60 36 76(2) 76(3)

Borna Coric (CRO) d. Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 62 46 76(4) 40

Joao Souza (BRA) v Mate Delic (CRO) – not played


POLAND defeated SLOVAKIA 3-2

Venue: Gdynia Arena, Gdynia, POL (hard – indoor)


Martin Klizan (SVK) d. Michal Przysiezny (POL) 64 64 64

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) d. Norbert Gombos (SVK) 76(1) 64 67(5) 62

Lukasz Kubot/Marcin Matkowski (POL) d. Andrej Martin/Igor Zelenay (SVK) 63 64 64

Martin Klizan (SVK) d. Jerzy Janowicz (POL) 63 76(4) 63

Michal Przysiezny (POL) d. Norbert Gombos (SVK) 63 64 64





SPAIN defeated DENMARK 5-0

Venue: Odense Idrætshal, Odense, DEN (hard – indoor)


Rafael Nadal (ESP) d. Mikael Torpegaard (DEN) 64 63 62

David Ferrer (ESP) d. Frederik Nielsen (DEN) 61 75 62

Rafael Nadal/Fernando Verdasco (ESP) d. Thomas Kromann/Frederik Nielsen (DEN) 64 36 76(4) 64

Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) d. Frederik Nielsen (DEN) 63 64

David Ferrer (ESP) d. Mikael Torpegaard (DEN) 61 63



Venue: Siemens Arena, Vilnius, LTU (hard – indoor)


Ricardas Berankis (LTU) d. Vladyslav Manafov (UKR) 64 62 62

Illya Marchenko (UKR) d. Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) 60 61 67(5) 46 63

Illya Marchenko/Denys Molchanov (UKR) d. Ricardas Berankis/Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) 76(4) 67(3) 64 62

Illya Marchenko (UKR) d. Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 75 62 62

Marat Deviatiarov (UKR) d. Lukas Mugevicius (LTU) 61 63





CHINA, P.R. defeated THAILAND 5-0

Venue: The National Tennis Development Centre, Nonthaburi, THA (hard – outdoor)


Ze Zhang (CHN) d. Warit Sornbutnark (THA) 61 60 60

Di Wu (CHN) d. Pruchya Isarow (THA) 76(6) 62 62

Mao-Xin Gong/Zhe Li (CHN) d. Sanchai Ratiwatana/Sonchat Ratiwatana (THA) 76(6) 26 76(3) 10  ret.

Ze Zhang (CHN) d. Pruchya Isarow (THA) 64 61

Zhe Li (CHN) d. Warit Sornbutnark (THA) 61 60






Venue: National Tennis Centre, St. Michael, BAR (hard – outdoor)


Darian King (BAR) d. Ivan Endara (ECU) 64 64 62

Emilio Gomez (ECU) d. Haydn Lewis (BAR) 61 76(1) 64

Gonzalo Escobar/Emilio Gomez (ECU) d. Darian King/Russell Moseley (BAR) 63 64 61

Darian King (BAR) d. Emilio Gomez (ECU) 75 76(3) 61

Gonzalo Escobar (ECU) d. Seanon Williams (BAR) 62 61 60






Venue: Clube de Ténis de Viana, Viana do Castelo, POR (clay – outdoor)


Egor Gerasimov (BLR) d. Joao Sousa (POR) 06 16 62 62 64

Gastao Elias (POR) d. Uladzimir Ignatik (BLR) 63 76(3) 75

Gastao Elias/Joao Sousa (POR) d. Sergey Betov/Max Mirnyi (BLR) 76(3) 46 63 67(5) 63

Joao Sousa (POR) d. Uladzimir Ignatik (BLR) 61 61 64

Egor Gerasimov (BLR) d. Rui Machado (POR) 67(3) 61 64



Venue: Bulgarian National Tennis Center, Sofia, BUL (clay – outdoor)


Peter Nagy (HUN) d. Dimitar Kutrovsky (BUL) 64 60 63

Marton Fucsovics (HUN) d. Dimitar Kuzmanov (BUL) 63 61 61

Tihomir Grozdanov/Aleksandar Lazov (BUL) d. Marton Fucsovics/Levente Godry (HUN) 26 76(3) 64 46 61

Marton Fucsovics (HUN) d. Aleksandar Lazov (BUL) 63 64 62

Dimitar Kuzmanov (BUL) d. Gabor Borsos (HUN) 62 67(2) 62






Venue: Ulusal Tenis Egitim Merkezi Tennis Club, Izmir, TUR (hard – outdoor)


Aqeel Khan (PAK) d. Jui-Chen Hung (TPE) 57 64 61 64

Jimmy Wang (TPE) d. Samir Iftikhar (PAK) 63 62 60

Aqeel Khan/Aisam Qureshi (PAK) d. Chieh-Fu Wang/Jimmy Wang (TPE) 62 63 36 63

Chieh-Fu Wang (TPE) d. Aqeel Khan (PAK) 67(2) 62 76(5) 16 63

Aisam Qureshi (PAK) d. Jui-Chen Hung (TPE) 76(3) 46 64 63





CHILE defeated VENEZUELA 5-0

Venue: Club Palestino, Santiago, CHI (clay – outdoor)


Gonzalo Lama (CHI) d. Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) 64 61 75

Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) d. Jordi Munoz-Abreu (VEN) 64 63 63

Christian Garin/Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) d. Luis David Martinez/Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) 76(0) 64 76(2)

Juan Carlos Saez (CHI) d. Miguel Angel Este (VEN) 63 62

Gonzalo Lama (CHI) d. Jordi Munoz-Abreu (VEN) 61 63




Jack Sock Clinches Spot in the 2016 Davis Cup World Group for USA

Jack Sock

Jack Sock

(September 20, 2015) U.S. rookie Jack Sock clinched the decisive tie in the Davis Cup World Group playoff win over Uzbekistan with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Denis Istomin on Sunday.

“To get two wins and play solid matches for me gives me a lot of confidence, especially after New York and having to pull out and retire there,” said the world No. 29 Sock. “It was a low point and that was my favorite tournament of the year. It’s tough to go out that way. This will give me a lot of confidence for the rest of the year.”


“Obviously going in, I knew he may be a little tired Sock said of his match against of his match against No. 62 Istomin. “He had a long match with Stevie on Friday. He played some great tennis. I was able to come in, execute, and get it done in four sets. But I am most happy about being able to represent the USA and help out as much as I can. Clinching today feels good. I just tried to stick to what I do best and I was able to come through.”


“For a rookie to win two singles points in his debut is a very, very good effort,” US Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier said. “It was a great effort by all the guys. Obviously, Jack stepped up on Friday when we needed it most. We were down 1-0 and he came out and played some solid tennis and really throttled Dustov. Today, we knew it would be a tougher match-up. Closing out a tie is never easy, even for a veteran. For Jack to come through in his debut was very impressive.”


With Sock’s second win this weekend, the U.S. clinches a spot in the World Group for 2016.

“One of the challenges here was bringing a team with very little experience,” Courier said. “One of the great things as we come out of this tie now is that these guys have had a taste of Davis Cup. We have more options at our disposal, which is important for the U.S. team. We need to have as many options for surfaces as we will face. I think we are at a better spot at the end of this year than we probably were at the end of last year.”


The 2016 Davis Cup Draw will be held in Santiago, Chile, on Wednesday, September 23, at 19:00 local time (6:00 p.m. ET). The seeds will be announced on Monday, September 21, and based on the new ITF Davis Cup Nations Rankings as of September 21. The draw will be live streamed on