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Duckworth and Inglis win wildcards into Australian Open 2016

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(December 20, 2015) Top seed James Duckworth was awarded a wildcard into the men’s singles main draw of Australian Open 2016 following Benjamin Mitchell’s withdrawal, in the Australian Open Play-off final, due to the birth of his first child.

 

Maddison Inglis defeated Arina Rodionova 6-4, 6-2, to win her spot in the women’s singles main draw in January.

 

Bradley Mousley and Jess Moore  defeated Canberra duo James Frawley and Alison Bai 4-1 , 4-0 at the Win a Wildcard final, earning themselves a place in the mixed doubles event.

 

Australian Open 2016 wildcards

Men’s singles Women’s singles
James Duckworth (NSW) Australian Open Play-off Maddison Inglis Australian Open Play-off
Lleyton Hewitt (SA) Discretionary wildcard Priscilla Hon 18/u Australian Championships
Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) Asia Pacific Wildcard Play-off Tammi Patterson Australian Pro Tour
Noah Rubin (USA) US Open Reciprocal Han Xinyun (CHN) Asia Pacific Wildcard Play-off
Roland Garros Reciprocal Samantha Crawford (USA) US Open Reciprocal
Three discretionary wildcards TBC Roland Garros Reciprocal
  Two discretionary wildcards TBC
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USTA Eastern Junior Awards Gala

Junior player Matthew Gamble receives his award from Justin Gimelstob and Katrina Adams at the Junior Awards Gala on Day 1 at the US Open.

Junior player Matthew Gamble receives his award from Justin Gimelstob and Katrina Adams at the Junior Awards Gala on Day 1 at the US Open.

By Dave Gertler

(August 25, 2014) FLUSHING MEADOWS – The achievements of USTA Eastern juniors in tournaments over the last 12 months, and the dedication of their families, was celebrated at the Billie Jean King USTA National Tennis Center before the first ball was struck at the US Open on Monday, at the 2014 Junior Awards Gala. Future stars of American tennis gathered to hear guest speakers, including former professional player and current Tennis Channel broadcaster Justin Gimelstob, honor the achievements of 30 junior players, as well as present awards to the top three in each age group.

 

“As you see out there today, for the next 15 days, this is an incredible sport,” said Gimelstob, “This sport challenges you in a way physically, mentally, tactically, emotionally, that almost nothing else can compete with, in an individual way. To find enjoyment in that, you’re a unique bunch.”

 

First Vice President of the USTA, and former world No.8 doubles player Katrina Adams, also praised the dedication of the kids and their families. While the complete list of award-winners from each age group is listed below, there were a small group of players who won awards in multiple age categories.

 

“I play every day, try to get better every day,” said Matthew Gamble, who was the top achiever in the 16s Boys category, as well as third overall in the 18s. “It’s a big part of my life.” Gamble cites the interaction with other players as an important part of the sport for him, saying, “Lately I’ve done more and more team events, so the team aspect and just playing your best, giving 100%.”

 

The junior from Rochester doesn’t want to stop here. While his favorite player, Rafael Nadal, was absent from the US Open this year, perhaps Gamble might one day find himself facing his idol at his home slam. “I obvioiusly want to play college tennis,” said Gamble, “And then after college, I’m gonna try to go pro and make it on the pro tour.”

 

The USTA Eastern Section, based in White Plains, N.Y., is a not-for-profit community service organization whose mission is to promote and develop the growth of tennis. The section encompasses all of New York State, Northern New Jersey and Greenwich, Conn. It is one of 17 geographic sections of the United States Tennis Association, the governing body of tennis in the United States, and supports more than 49,000 members.

 

Exceptional players recognized at the Awards Gala:

 

Boys’ 10s:

1. Ty Switzer (New York, N.Y.)
2. Evan Wen (Morristown, N.J.)
3. Julian Wu (Tenafly, N.J.)

Girls’ 10s:

1. Stephanie Yakoff (Fort Lee, N.J.)
2. Amaya Goulbourne (Pelham, N.Y.)
3. Hailey Stoerback (Saint James, N.Y.)

Boys’ 12s:

1. Billy Suarez (Huntington, N.Y.)
2. Jeffrey Fradkin (New York, N.Y.)
3. Ronan Jachuck (Slingerlands, N.Y.)

Girls’ 12s:

1. Rosie Garcia Gross (New York, N.Y.)
2. Gabriella Price (Montebello, N.Y.)
3. Alexa Noel (Summit, N.J.)

Boys’ 14s:

1. Sean Wei (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.)
2. Ronan Jachuck (Slingerlands, N.Y.)
3. Michael Sun (Livingston, N.J.)

Girls’ 14s:

1. Rachel Lim (Braircliff Manor, N.Y.)
2. Lea Ma (Dix Hills, N.Y.)
3. Anna Brylin (Short Hills, N.J.)

Boys’ 16s:

1. Matthew Gamble (Webster, N.Y.)
2. Brenden Volk (Dix Hills, N.Y.)
3. Jordan Benjamin (Fairport, N.Y.)

Girls’ 16s:

1. Stephanie Schrage (Millburn, N.J.)
2. Rachel Lim (Braircliff Manor, N.Y.)
3. Sabrina Xiong (Fresh Meadows, N.Y.)

Boys’ 18s:

1. Daniel Grunberger (Great Neck, N.Y.)
2. Daniel Kerznerman (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
3. Matthew Gamble (Webster, N.Y.)

Girls’ 18s:

1. Katharine Fahey (Fair Haven, N.J.)
2. Sabrina Xiong (Fresh Meadows, N.Y.)
3. Rima Asatrian (Tenafly, N.J.)

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Sloane Stephens Walks the Runway During Fashion Week in New York City

 

Tennis Player Sloane Stephens, actress Brittany Snow, and Austin Mahone plays the highly anticipated Just Dance 2014, due out in October at the Just Dance with Boy Meets Girl fashion show, Thursday, September 12, 2013, in New York City.(Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision for Just Dance/AP Images)

Tennis player Sloane Stephens, actress Brittany Snow, and Austin Mahone plays the highly anticipated Just Dance 2014, due out in October at the Just Dance with Boy Meets Girl fashion show, Thursday, September 12, 2013, in New York City.(Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision for Just Dance/AP Images)

(September 12, 2013) NEW YORK, NY – To celebrate the launch of Just Dance 2014 on October 8, 2013, Just Dance partnered with Boy Meets Girl during New York Fashion Week to create a completely Just Dance 2014-inspired collection that channels the energy and feel of the game. World No. 13 Sloane Stephens was one of models for the Just Dance with Boy Meets Girl show at STYLE 360 on September 12 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City.

 

Actress Brittany Snow, fashion designer Stacey Igel, Sloane Stephens walks the runway at STYLE360 during the Just Dance with Boy Meets Girl fashion show on Thursday, September 12, 2013, in New York City. The collection is inspired by the style, look and energy of the new and highly anticipated Just Dance 2014, due out in October.(Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision for Just Dance/AP Images)

Actress Brittany Snow, fashion designer Stacey Igel, Sloane Stephens walks the runway at STYLE360 during the Just Dance with Boy Meets Girl fashion show on Thursday, September 12, 2013, in New York City. The collection is inspired by the style, look and energy of the new and highly anticipated Just Dance 2014, due out in October.(Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision for Just Dance/AP Images)

Updated September 28, 2013

After U.S. Open, Stephens Stays for Fashion Week

By KAREN PESTAINA

Most of the players who participated at the United States Open have already left New York and have scattered across the globe, with some of the men playing Davis Cup ties this weekend and the women off to play tournaments in Quebec City and Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

But Sloane Stephens, the 20-year-old American ranked at a career-high No. 13, remained to be a part of Fashion Week. Stephens walked the runway Thursday night at the Just Dance With Boy Meets Girl fashion show at STYLE360 at the Metropolitan Pavilion, modeling the designs of Stacy Igel.

“I’m really excited because I’ve never walked in a fashion show before, so this is new for me,” Stephens said before the show.

She practiced her runway walk by pacing the hallways while in New York.

So what is more nerve-racking for Stephens: walking a runway during Fashion Week or playing on center court at a major?

“I think it’s two different types of nervousness,” Stephens said. “On center court, it’s like, ‘Let’s play already, I just want to get to it.’

“Before a show, it’s nervousness, like ‘I don’t want to do it.’ But I’m excited, I think I’ll be proud of it obviously, it’s something I’ve never done before. So I might be up there saying I want to do it again or I might be like – I’m never doing that again. Hopefully I will have a good experience and want to do it again.”

Stephens, who has appeared in Vogue and Teen Vogue, was named one of Vogue’s Style Stars in December. She does feel some pressure living up to that reputation.

“A little bit, but I don’t really go places where people would like see me and say like, ‘What is she wearing?’ ” Stephens said. “So that’s a good thing.”

She added, “I try to look cute all the time.”

Stephens spoke about her relationship with fashion, which mostly involves spending money on it.

“I love to shop, I love to see new things,” she said. “I obviously have a lot of free time when I’m on the road. It gives me something to do. I can look up all types of designers. You have the Internet, you have everything. It’s definitely something that has been built into my life because it’s something I could do to waste a lot of time. And it’s fun, so it definitely has taken a big part of my life because it’s something I really like to do.”

Asked about whether she would like to have her own place in the world of fashion, she said: “I’m thinking about it, but obviously it’s really tough. Fashion is very judgmental. It’s something where you have to be careful. I have a long way to go before I can be a designer. I’d love to one day, but we’ll see.”

Stephens is within striking distance of the top 10 with a chance at qualifying for the year-end WTA Championships in Istanbul. She is in 11th place in the race to Istanbul.

“I did not find out until yesterday that I had a chance to be in the year end; that’s pretty cool,” she said. “I’m excited. I’d love to make year end, and obviously being 13 this week is pretty good and will try to get better.”

“I need 200 points to get there,” she said as she prepares to play the Asian swing of the tour. “Four tournaments with no points to defend. It’s looking pretty good, and obviously, first, first, first and first would be my ideal. I’m just going to try to keep playing well and have fun. It’s obviously a little bit of pressure trying to reach a goal, being really close, but I think I’ll do fine.”

After a third-round victory in the Australian Open in January, Stephens said that she gave herself a fashion reward of Jimmy Choo shoes.

Will Stephens give herself some sort of a fashion purchase as an incentive to make the top 10?

“I’ll probably go on vacation somewhere nice by myself,” she said. “I shop every day, so every day is a gift and a surprise.

“Love when I come to New York; I do all my shopping, I spend too much money. I’ve already bought all my gifts for the rest of the year two weeks ago.”

Article was originally posted on the New York Times’ website:

After U.S. Open, Stephens Stays for Fashion Week

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Djokovic Becomes Second Player To Qualify For 2013 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals

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From the ATP: (August 19, 2013) LONDON Novak Djokovic will attempt to retain his title at the 2013 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, after becoming the second singles player to qualify for the event, to be held at The O2 in London from 4-11 November. He has secured his place at the season finale for the seventh straight year.

“[Being defending champion] adds a little bit of extra expectation and pressure,” said Djokovic. “Knowing that I can play that well on the centre stage gives me enough reason to believe that I can do it again. That is something that inspires me to prepare well and perform my best.”

The 26-year-old Serbian joins Spaniard Rafael Nadal as the first players to qualify for the event, having amassed sufficient Emirates ATP Rankings points to secure himself a place among the world’s Top 8 singles players in London. He has captured titles this season at the Australian Open, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, and also finished runner-up at Wimbledon.

Djokovic won the season-ending title in 2008 (d. Davydenko), when the event was held in Shanghai, and again last year with victory over Roger Federer. “My favourite memory is winning the title in 2012, when I won all five of my matches and I played some of my best tennis,” said Djokovic. “It was the best way to finish the season.”

Djokovic has ranked No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings for 95 weeks, including the past 44 weeks. He first became No. 1 on 4 July 2011, following his first Wimbledon title.

The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals has welcomed more than a million fans to The O2 arena over the past four years, establishing itself as the biggest indoor tennis tournament in the world since moving to London in 2009. Tickets to the tournament, which takes place from 4-11 November, can be purchased at: www.BarclaysATPWorldTourFinals.com.

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals – The Contenders
(Based on the calendar-year Emirates ATP Race To London standings as of Monday, 19 August 2013.).

Singles
Pos. Name YTD Points
1. R. Nadal (ESP) 9,010
2. N. Djokovic (SRB) 6,770
3. A. Murray (GBR) 5,430
4. D. Ferrer (ESP) 4,540
5. J. M. del Potro (ARG) 3,320
6. T. Berdych (CZE) 3,225
7. R. Federer (SUI) 2,875
8. J. Tsonga (FRA) 2,455
9. S. Wawrinka (SUI) 2,205
10. R. Gasquet (FRA) 2,045

 

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