Defending Champion Maria Sharapova Falls to Qualifier Camila Giorgi at Indian Wells

Camila Giorgi

Camila Giorgi

(March 10, 2014) INDIAN WELLS – Qualifier Camila Giorgi stunned defending BNP Paribas Open champion Maria Sharapova 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in the third round on Monday. The win marked the first time that the 22 year-old Italian ranked at 79th in the world wan a match over a top five player. For Sharapova it was her first loss to someone ranked below the top 30 since 2013 Wimbledon.

It was very far from a clean match from the Russian who committed 58 unforced errors to Giorgi’s 48 and hit 9 double-faults to the Italian’s 11. There were a total of 15 breaks of serve during the match.

“I did not play a good match at all, and, you know, I started very poorly,” Sharapova said.  “Never played against her, but she’s someone that doesn’t give you much rhythm.  She’s quite aggressive, but some shots she hits incredible for a long period of time.  Sometimes they go off a bit.

“But, you know, if I’m speaking about my level, it was nowhere near where it should have been.”

“It was really good match,” Giorgi said.  “I think so.  I mean, wasn’t too consistent, but was great.”

“It was good because I was in the point in a good moment.  It was really important even, but just in the third set was really important to do it, so I was happy.’

“When I’m in the court I don’t think about the crowd,” Giorgi said answering a questions about her possible nerves during the match.  I just try to play my game and just keep going.

“If something, even if I miss, I just still going.  I’m going my game.  I don’t change it.”

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Sharapova despite all of the errors, still had chances to win. At 4-4 in the final set the Russian was broken over a disputed line call. Her shot was called long and she raised her arms, which the chair umpire thought was a challenge, which showed the ball as out. Sharapova debated with the umpire and questioned who made the out call. The umpire disagreed and Sharapova was broken.

“Just because I heard the call from her box rather than from the line judge first, which wasn’t right at the beginning,” Sharapova said.  “Then I asked her why that happened and she thought I challenged the ball, which I have no problem admitting if I challenged a call.

“Then she went with it and I had no challenges left.  It’s not a big deal, but, I mean, I have no problem admitting if I challenged a call.  I’m not sure why she wouldn’t believe me if I wasn’t challenging it actually.  But I guess I was giving, you know, the hand gesture just because I had the out call from the sidelines rather than from the line judge.

“She says that the crowd has nothing to do with the match.  And, yes, he did call the ball out before the line judge did, but that’s just external interference and that has nothing to do.  Just have to keep playing, which is fine.

“And then she thought by doing that I was challenging the call, so…”

As for her opponent, Sharapova said: “I think if she played at this level for a consistent period of time I don’t think she’d be a qualifier here.  I think that’s pretty obvious for everyone in this room.

“But that’s the thing with tennis, is that ‑‑ and I have said it so many times ‑‑ you’ve got to bring this type of tennis when you’re playing on center court or when you’re playing on Court 18.  And especially when you’re just moving up and when you’re just getting that confidence and you’re playing well in Grand Slams, you’ve got to back it up.

“It’s a big challenge.  It really is.  Consistency is a big factor.  But if she keeps it up, I mean, if she can play like that on a consistent basis, I mean, she will be a good player.”

Giorgi also commented about her consistency in order for her to be a seeded player at events down the line.

“I think so I need to keep going, to play tournaments and be more consistent, to play more, because last year wasn’t like this for problems, injury.

“But I think is more important to play many matches and get to be with these kind of matches that will help lot to my game.

“I was trying to just play my game, and maybe I accelerate more than the other set.  I just play more aggressive.  I think this was the point.”

Sharapova will see her ranking fall to No. 7 and possibly to No. 8 if Petra Kvitova makes the quarterfinals.

Giorgi will play countrywoman Flavia Pennetta in the round of 16.

More to follow…..



Wawrinka Dominates, Federer, Li Also Advance



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(March 10, 2014) INDIAN WELLS – Australian Open Men’s champion Stanislas Wawrinka dominated Andreas Seppi 6-0, 6-2 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday.

“Today was amazing match,” said the world No. 3.  “Can’t complain.  “Playing that great, it’s good.  That level, depends a little bit who you play, but I’m really, really happy with my match today.

“I’m moving really well, and every time I can play aggressive it makes a difference.”

Asked if he plays to reach No. 1, the top Swiss player said:

“No.  I’m too far away from No. 1.  I’m really far.  Look at the ranking.  Look at Rafa and Novak are there since many years.  They are winning minimum two Grand Slam a year, making final, semifinal, winning Masters 1000.

“But I know my level.  I know that I can play great tennis this year.  I never won a 500.  Never won a 1000 tournament.

“We’ll see.  I’m not thinking at all to be No. 1.  I’m just trying to improve, trying to win every match.  We will see.  I’m not expecting to win a Grand Slam but I did it, so anything can happen.”

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Swiss No. 2 Roger Federer needed to win a pair of tiebreaks to stop Dmitri Tusunov, closing the match out with an ace.

Federer said that he’s having a better year this year.

“I feel different this year,” Federer said. “Now I feel like I’m in a good place. Zen on the court. Even if I won 6 and 6 today, I just feel like I was calm. Those are the moments where you feel there is confidence around somewhere.”

Federer changed to a new racquet with a bigger head this year and the 17-time major champion updated the press corps o how he feels about it.

“It’s good.  I’m very happy.  I mean, I’m not really thinking of it, so that’s a major step in the right direction.  That’s the best you can ask for when you change racquets.

“Then you hope that success follows.  That’s happened, too.  That’s why basically ‑‑ I had a meeting with Wilson this week looking to see if there is any small changes coming up or if that’s how I’m going to keep it right now.

“So we’re just looking to see what’s going to happen the next sort of month or so.  I’m really happy about how it’s playing, how it’s given me extra power, easier power, just easier to play with it day in and day out.  And I think have the spin necessarily, but have the control there, too.

“I must say I’m overall very happy, and it’s exciting to play with a new racquet after so many years.”


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Top seed Li Na defeated Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-4 to reach the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open.

“At least I can win the last point, and still, how do you say, stay on tournament,” Li said.

“You know, always tough, because first time to be the top seed in a big tournament and never have, how do you say, experience before.

“So it’s very tough to hang in there, especial beginning the tournament start.”


Seeds Tomas Berdych, Jo Wilfried Tsonga and Sara Errani Fall

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Bautista Agut

(March 9, 2014) No. 4 seed Tomas Berdych fell to Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.

“It is tough opponent, but, you know, first of all I need to say that he really handled the tough situation today really well,” the Czech said.

“But secondly, more important to me that anything I touched today was basically bad and was wrong.  So really, you know, just to recap it, definitely my worst match that I had this year.  That’s it, you know.



“That’s another experience.  That’s another way of the tennis, also.  It’s not only about winning.  So, yeah, just learned I need to learn from those mistakes that I did and just keep going.



Ninth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also fell to French countryman Julien Benneteau 6-4, 6-4.


Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard put out No. 10 seed Sara Errani 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the fourth round of a WTA Premier event for the first time in her career.

The 20-year-old outhit her top ten opponent 36 to 10 in total winners. She’ll face will next face Romania’s Simona Halep, the world No. 7.

“She’s definitely improved a lot,” Bouchard said of her next opponent.  “I think she’s a really good, solid player.  I’m excited to play her.  I’m looking forward to playing against her game and seeing what it’s like and, you know, still focusing on my game and doing what I need to do.”


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The lone American man left standing John Isner beat Russia’s Nikolay Davydenko 7-6 (5), 6-3.

“It was a very good start.  I was happy with how I played.

“You know, I felt my intentions were good out there.  I played well.  I created a lot of opportunities for myself on return, and that’s really all I can ask for.

“So as far as that goes, very happy.  Could have been a little bit cleaner, but all in all, I thought I played well.  I served extremely well.  You know, stayed aggressive for the most part.

“Happy to be through.  These conditions are very good for me.”

As to being the only US male left in the singles draw, the 6 foot 10 Isner said he does not feel any additional pressure: “No, I don’t.  I guess yesterday wasn’t a great day for our American men.  But, you know, selfishly I’m just worried about myself, really.  I certainly want all those guys to do well.

“But at the same time, it’s not my concern at all.  My concern is myself and just trying to keep moving forward and keep getting better and get back to where I want to be.”


Juan Martin del Potro Withdraws From Indian Wells with Wrist Injury

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(March 9, 2014) INDIAN WELLS – Sixth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro withdrew from the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday due to ligament damage in his left wrist. Del Potro also pulled out of the Dubai tournament last week with the same injury.

“Well, my situation, it’s the same as Dubai,” said the Argentine.  “The wrist is still bothering me a lot.  I signed up for doubles here to try before singles how I’m feeling, and I played yesterday and I didn’t feel really well.

“I’m not feeling 100%, and I’m not in good conditions to compete and to try and to win the tournament.

“I mean, I always like to feel good and feel the chance to win the tournament, and I’m not feeling that.  The wrist is still bothering me a lot, and my doctors tell me to wait ten more days doing the treatment and do everything possible to play in Miami.

“That’s what is my focus now.  I will have the next ten days for do the same treatment, the same exercises, the same rehabilitation, and try to get in Miami much better than here and see what could happen in that tournament.”

“The problem start in Melbourne,” Del Potro said.  Yeah.  In my first round in Melbourne, yeah.

“And after that match is painful all the time.  I couldn’t spend time without the pain after Melbourne.”


BNP Paribas Open Special Events At 2014 Tournament

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif., Feb. 28, 2014 – A wide variety of fan-friendly events are slated for the 2014 BNP Paribas Open, the ATP World Tour and WTA combined two-week event in the world to be held March 3-16, at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.


The Tennis Channel will once again feature a half-hour lead-in show before each day’s play (Thursday, March 6-Thursday, March 13, 10:30-11:00 a.m.) live from their news desk and displayed on the Stadium Plaza video wall. Hosted by Brett Haber and Hall of Famer Tracy Austin, Live at the BNP Paribas Open will feature news updates, guest interviews and conversation about what can be expected in the day ahead. As the hub of Tennis Channel’s tournament coverage throughout the day, the desk will feature regular appearances by celebrities, players and the network’s on-air team which, beyond Haber and Austin, includes Jim Courier, Mary Carillo, Lindsay Davenport, Justin Gimelstob, Leif Shiras and Mark Knowles.


On Saturday, March 1, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden will host BNP Paribas Open Kids Day, boasting a fun day of activities on and off the court. Featuring ATP World Tour and WTA professional player appearances, the event will also include on-court clinics and is free to the general public.


New to 2014 is “Serve It Up,” where lucky fans will have a chance to come on Main Stadium court and meet a player before the matches start. In addition, throughout the tournament, sponsors will engage fans to win prizes such as Indian Wells spa and dining certificates or Esurance t-shirts.


One of the annual events that fans look forward to is Salute to Heroes Night presented by the City of Indian Wells. On Friday, March 7, a special ceremony recognizing veterans, military personnel, police and firemen will be conducted following the first evening session match. During the day a USO tribute with the Swing Dolls and a Bob Hope look alike will entertain fans.


On Emirates Day, Saturday, March 8, fans can participate in the “Emirates Airline Ball Flight” on Main Stadium where they can win prizes including tickets to the finals or round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to Dubai.


On the middle and final weekends (March 8-9, 15-16 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.), BNP Paribas will continue its tennis ball recycling program with Rally, Roundup & Recycle. The first 1,000 fans that bring six or more used tennis balls to the North side of the Superwall in the Plaza will receive one free can of new Penn tennis balls.


The Tennis Garden Village will come alive each night with live music and entertainment from Thursday, March 6-Friday, March 14. Kicking things off will be the greatest doubles team in the history of the game and defending BNP Paribas Open Doubles Champions – Bob and Mike Bryan. The Bryan Brothers Band will hold an exclusive performance featuring Michael Johns from American Idol, Jim Bogios from Counting Crows and Southern Californian singer/songwriter George Holdcroft.


Four nationally-ranked collegiate squads visit the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday, March 15–Sunday, March 16, as Baylor, California-Berkeley, Illinois and Tulsa compete in the Oracle Collegiate Tennis Challenge. Play begins at 9 a.m., and is free for fans with BNP Paribas Open tickets or event credentials for the respective date.


When fans are out on the grounds, they can shop for the latest tennis fashions from Fila in their retail store, including the new Heritage Collection designed by Ginny Hilfiger and debuting exclusively on March 6. If it’s equipment they are after, look no further than Tennis Warehouse and its demo court, featuring the latest racquets from HEAD and other top brands.


For the full event calendar visit: http://www.bnpparibasopen.com/Events/Calendar-of-Events.aspx


BNP Paribas Open Launches New App For iPhone & Android


BNP Paribas Open Launches New App For iPhone & Android

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App Features Live Streaming of Four Courts (On-Site Only), Live Stats, Match & Practice Courts Schedules, Find Your Seat Feature, Photos, Videos, News & More;
BNP Paribas Open Radio Returns Along With Live Streaming Via TennisTV.com

Indian Wells, Calif., Feb. 27, 2014 – The BNP Paribas Open, the most-attended ATP World Tour and WTA tennis tournament in the world to be held March 3-16, 2014 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, has launched an app for iPhone and Android and will offer free Wi-Fi throughout the site during the event, it was announced today by Steve Simon, tournament director.

The app, now available in the respective app stores, will offer features such as live streaming of up to four broadcast courts (only on-site); promotional notifications; live stats of all matches; match and practice court schedules; a “find your seat” feature for both Stadium 1 and the new Stadium 2; a site map to help fans find food, shopping and more at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden; photos and videos showing on-court action and exclusive footage; and news, blogs and social media content.

The tournament will also offer free Wi-Fi throughout the site during the tournament, enabling patrons to reliably utilize the app, stream match action, and capture and share content via social media. Two mobile device charging stations have also been installed, with one under each shade structure in the Tennis Garden Village.

The BNP Paribas Open app is going to enhance the fan experience on-site and beyond,” said Simon. “We recognize that by providing site-wide, reliable and free Wi-Fi we can deliver a way for people to consume the event through their mobile devices, and also share that experience through social media channels to friends, family and more.

In addition, BNP Paribas Open Radio will return to provide fans from across the globe the opportunity to listen to live play-by-play commentary of Stadium Court matches from Wednesday, March 5 through the finals on Sunday, March 16 at www.bnpparibasopen.com. The service, which will also be part of the apps, will be brought to fans by the BBC commentary team of Russell Fuller, Philip Studd, Nick Lester and Gigi Salmon. Colorful match analysis will be provided by Mary Pierce, Mark Woodforde, Jimmy Arias, Corina Morariu, and more.

Live streaming powered by TennisTV.com, the official live streaming website of the ATP World Tour and WTA, starts Thursday, March 6 and fans will be able to see live and on demand coverage of over 100 matches from the BNP Paribas Open in HD, including on mobile devices and tablets through the TennisTV apps for iPad, iPhone and Android. In addition, the tournament will be available on ESPN3, ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a 24/7 destination that delivers thousands of global sports events annually via WatchESPN.

For more information please visit www.bnpparibasopen.com.


BNP Paribas Challenge Tournament Begins Today

INDIAN WELLS, Calif., Feb. 24, 2013 – The 2014 BNP Paribas Challenge, the pre-qualifying event for the Tournament, begins today and will run through Saturday, March 1, boasting the largest draw in the event’s history with more than 200 participants seeking wildcard berths into the BNP Paribas Open Qualifying tournament, held March 3-5 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Samantha Crawford and Nicole Gibbs highlight the American talent in the women’s draw. Crawford qualified for the 2012 U.S. Open Main Draw and also captured the Junior Girls singles title that year and Gibbs is a two-time NCAA Champion currently No. 196 in the WTA rankings.
Ksenia Pervak of Russia turned pro in 2007 and reached a career-high ranking of No. 39 in 2011 after winning her first and only WTA title in Tashkent and reaching the finals in Baku. She has finished in the WTA top 150 four times in the last five years.
Other notable women in the draw include 2013 US Open National Playoff Winner Mayo Hibi of Japan and WTA top 150 ranked player Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic.
The men’s side features 2012 BNP Paribas Challenge winner and former UCLA standout Dennis Novikov. Other noteworthy players include Daniel Kosakowski, who won the event in 2011 and has a career-high ATP World Tour ranking of 230, and Nicolas Meister, who currently stands at No. 366.
In 2013, Rik De Voest and Gabriela Dabrowski won the pre-qualifying tournament.
Matches will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, February 24 – Wednesday, February 26, and 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 27 – Friday, February 28. The women’s final will be on Saturday, March 1 at Noon followed by the men’s final. All matches will be played at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, are open to the public and free of charge.
For more information and to view the men’s and women’s Challenge draws, visit www.bnpparibasopen.com.

BNP Paribas Open Player Entry Lists Released: McEnroe Challenge for Charity to Unveil New Stadium 2

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(January 22, 2014) Indian Wells, Calif., – The BNP Paribas Open to be held March 3-16, 2014 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, has released its entry lists, which are highlighted by 11 former BNP Paribas Open Champions and 15 Grand Slam Champions, it was announced today by Steve Simon, tournament director.


In addition, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden and the BNP Paribas Open will unveil its new Stadium 2 and site expansion with the McEnroe Challenge for Charity presented by Esurance on Saturday, March 1. This one-day special event benefiting local charities will feature free admission and multiple Grand Slam Champions John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Peter Fleming and Rick Leach. McEnroe will play Courier in a best of three sets singles match (Super Tie-Break played for the third set), followed by McEnroe and Fleming playing Courier and Leach in a nine game doubles pro-set. Each player and doubles team will represent a designated local charity, and 100 percent of the prize money earned – $40,000 for singles ($25,000 for the winner, $15,000 for the loser) and $40,000 for doubles ($25,000 for the winning team, $15,000 for the losing team) – will be donated to the charity the player or team represents.


The announcement of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open entry lists kicks off a six week countdown to the beginning of the tournament when more than 300 of the world’s best players will descend on Indian Wells and compete for more than $ 10 million in prize money, and the right to hoist the prestigious trophies. In addition, the Hawkeye line-calling technology, which is on all main draw match courts at the tournament, will be added for the qualifying rounds.


On the men’s side, the entry list includes World No. 1, 13-time Grand Slam Champion and defending BNP Paribas Open Champion Rafael Nadal (2007, 2009, 2013), six-time Grand Slam Champion and World No. 2 Novak Djokovic (2008, 2011), World No. 4 and defending Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray, and four-time BNP Paribas Open Champion, 17-time Grand Slam Champion and World No. 6 Roger Federer (2004-2006, 2012). In addition, all the remaining top 10 ranked players are entered, along with two-time Grand Slam and BNP Paribas Open Champion Lleyton Hewitt (2003, 2004).



On the women’s side, the entry list includes World No. 1, 17-time Grand Slam Champion, and two-time BNP Paribas Open Champion Serena Williams (1999, 2001), two-time Grand Slam Champion and World No. 2 Victoria Azarenka (2012), and defending BNP Paribas Open Champion, four-time Grand Slam Champion, and World No. 3 Maria Sharapova (2006, 2013). Other former BNP Paribas Open champions on the list include World No. 8 Jelena Jankovic (2010), World No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki (2011), Ana Ivanovic (2008) and Daniela Hantuchova (2002, 2007). In addition, all the remaining top 10 ranked players are entered as well.


“We are very excited to showcase our new site expansion, including the new Stadium 2, to our fans, sponsors, players and media with the McEnroe Challenge for Charity presented by Esurance,” said Simon. “While it is too soon to know whether she will play or not, we are pleased to see Serena’s name on the entry list. Based on her comments at the Australian Open we know playing in the tournament is something she is thinking about.”

The remaining spots in the draws will be filled with winners of the Qualifying tournament (March 3-5) and Wildcards, which will be announced in the coming weeks.


The Stadium 2 gates will open for the McEnroe Challenge for Charity presented by Esurance at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, and will give 8,000 fans the opportunity to take in the spectacular site expansion that includes a new East entrance and Walk of Palms, an additional shade structure with video walls, four more practice courts and three highly anticipated restaurants, including the renowned Nobu. At approximately 6:30 p.m. a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on court in Stadium 2 with live entertainment, and matches will begin at 7:00 p.m.


To reserve a complimentary ticket to the McEnroe Challenge for Charity presented by Esurance (limit of four (4) per customer), purchase tickets for the tournament, or for more information please visit www.bnpparibasopen.com or call the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Box Office 800-999-1585 or 760-200-8000.


ITF Futures Schwieberdingen


By Florian Heer

(January 12, 2014) The season on the ITF Future Circuit has started in Schwieberdingen, a town with 12.000 inhabitants in the southwest of Germany. Seven years ago architect Heinz-Werner Maden – nicknamed Mickey – established the event with the intention to offer a stage for his two ambitious sons to play a professional tournament. The elder one, Yannick, who recently graduated from a college in the United States, made it into the main draw this year but lost in second round. Today the venue is owned by tennis coach David King from Philadelphia, who also runs a tennis academy in the area. Maden still supports him as co-tournament director organizing the Südwestbank Tennis Grand Prix, which is endowed with prize money of US-$ 10.000.

It is one of the rare professional tournaments, which is still played on carpet. Therefore it suits perfectly big servers. One of them is world number 567 Fabrice Martin. The Frenchman was the tournament’s runner-up in 2013 and also made it into this year’s final beating third-seeded Nils Langer in the quarterfinal and another German in person of Andreas Mies in the semis. In Sunday’s final the two meter-man from Bayonne had to face top-seed Bastian Knittel. The world number 270 defeated with Michael Lammer and Yann Marti two Swiss in a row to reach the final. The 30-years-old German lives in the region and was supported by the about 200 spectators attending the match.

Knittel had the better start, broke serve in the very first game, hit solid groundstrokes and had a high first service percentage by himself. Consequently the German veteran closed the set out in the tenth game. In the second frame the match became an even affair, dominated by the service games from both players. The only break point was also set point and Martin capitalized on it through a great backhand return winner in the twelfth game.

The match went the distance and Knittel, who played his first tournament due to a knee injury since the ATP Challenger in Como last August, started to breathe heavier in the middle of the final set. The German produced a couple of double faults and he consequently lost his serve in the sixth game. Martin only had to hold his service games in the following and finally converted his first match point after two hours winning 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 to gain his fifth Future career title.

“I started a bit nervous today by losing my first service game. However, I knew that I had to stay concentrated, not to get frustrated and I used my only break point chance in the second set. In the final set Bastian started to serve a bit shaky but I stayed focus and played my game,” Martin reflected the match. “I hope that this will not remain my only title this year,” the Frenchman said. “For the last couple of years I have always won one title but in 2014 it should become at least one more,” Martin laughed. “I will play two more Futures in Germany and then I will go to Montpellier, which is my home tournament. I hope that I can improve a bit in terms of ranking to get into the Australian Open next year,” he told us about his goals for the season.

Knittel was also quite satisfied with his performance today. “I simply ran out of steam in the final set,” the German admitted. “I broke his service once and it is so hard to gain another break. Of course I am disappointed but this is not the end of the world,” Knittel seemed to be quite relaxed afterwards. “This year I will still play two more tournaments and after the ATP Challenger in Heilbronn I will end my career,” the 30-year-old said. “I simply had too many injuries in the past and you have to be at 100 percent playing the Tour and I don’t feel able to be there physically as well as mentally. From April on I will work as a head coach in Bad Friedrichshall,” Knittel told us about his further plans.

The doubles competition went in favor of the team of Jac Adaktusson & Dimitar Kutrovsky, who won the final against second-seeded Poles Blazej Koniusz & Mateusz Kowalczyk. Next week the Future tour moves on to Stuttgart-Stammheim, only about twenty kilometers away from Schwieberdingen.


ATP Bangkok Tournament Moves to Shenzhen, China


(November 21, 2013) The ATP Board of Directors has approved the relocation of the World Tour 250 event from Bangkok to Shenzhen, China. The tournament will take place September 22-28 at the Shenzhen Longgang Sports Center with more than 20 outdoor match courts.

Alison Lee, ATP executive vice president,on the move: “China has long been a growing market for men’s professional tennis and we’re delighted to strengthen our presence in the region through the addition of this ATP World Tour 250 tournament in Shenzhen. The opportunities for growth in China continue to abound, and we look forward to working with the tournament organizers in delivering a first-class event in 2014. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported the Thailand Open in Bangkok over the past 11 years.”
China thus becomes the first country outside the United States to host ATP World Tour 250, 500 and Masters 1000 tournaments.

A sharp decrease in attendance lead to the relocation of the event since the 2007 retirement of Thailand’s Paradorn Srichaphan