May 3, 2016

USTA Launches Online Audition for Children to Audition to Perform at 2016 US Open

 

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., April 19, 2016 – The USTA today announced that it has launched a nationwide online audition as part of its 10th annual US Open anthem audition. A select number of submissions will be chosen to participate in a call-back that will be held in New York City on June 28, with those selected earning the chance to perform “America the Beautiful” live in Arthur Ashe Stadium during the 2016 US Open.

For the second consecutive year, the audition age will be extended to children 14 years of age or younger to submit an online audition performance. Previously, the casting call was only open to those 12 and under. The USTA first launched an open casting call in 2006.

“We are gearing up for an electrifying US Open with many exciting features for our fans, and we look forward to this year’s talented anthem singers to add to the joy and fun we have traditionally enjoyed,” said Gordon Smith, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, USTA. “There’s plenty to look forward to this summer, and the USTA is proud to once again welcome another group of anthem singers to one of the biggest stages in sports.”

To submit an audition, children 14 years of age or younger as of Sept. 11, 2016, must upload a recorded version of themselves performing all or a portion of “America the Beautiful” a cappella to usopen.org/anthemauditions by May 13. All entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges from the music and entertainment industry.

A select number of contestants from the online submissions will be invited to participate in an in-person call-back audition in New York City on June 28. There, participants will be asked to perform all or a portion of “America the Beautiful” a cappella individually in front of the judges.

Winners selected from the call-back audition will perform “America the Beautiful” live during the night sessions at the 2016 US Open, which will be held Aug. 29 to Sept. 11.

The USTA will make its final singer selections in early July. Those selected will receive a US Open gift bag and tickets to their performance session. For more information on the online audition, including the official rules, log on to www.USOpen.org/anthemauditions.

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USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships Entry Deadline Is April 24

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(April 20, 2016) La Jolla, Calif. – The deadline to enter the upcoming USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships is Sunday, April 24. The national senior tennis tournament will take place May 9-15 at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, 2000 Spindrift Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037.

The women’s national championship will include both singles and doubles in the 50 and over, 60 and over, 70 and over, 80 and over, and 90 and over age groups. These events are national championships and will attract the best players from all over the country in each age group, making this field of competitors the strongest in the country in each age division.

Players interested in playing in the tournament can register for the event at the following link: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170897

“We are expecting an outstanding field of competitors for this year’s championships,” said Tournament Director Bill Kellogg. “These senior players have a unique style of play that will make for a spectacular week of entertaining tennis.”

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s 44th Annual Men’s Senior Championships will also take place the same week in conjunction with the women’s events, and will include both singles and doubles for 60 and over, 65 and over, 70 and over, 75 and over, 80 and over, and 85 and over age groups. Although the men’s events are not national championships, they will feature many senior players who regularly compete in national tournaments. Total participation for both the men’s and women’s tournaments is expected to be 300-plus players.

The start times for each day of the championships are as follows:

Monday, May 9 — 9 a.m.
Tuesday, May 10 through Friday, May 13 — 8 a.m.
Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 — 9 a.m.
(All times are PDT)

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club welcomes tennis enthusiasts to view the tournament with free admission. On-site parking is available for a nominal fee. Draws will be posted at the Beach Club and will be available via LJBTC.com.

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Denis Pitner Found Guilty of Offenses under Code of Conduct for Officials

 

(April 20, 2016) The International Tennis Federation announced today that tennis official Denis Pitner, of Croatia, has had his ITF officiating certification suspended for a period of ten years after being found guilty of offences under the Code of Conduct for Officials.

 

Mr Pitner was found guilty by an ITF Disciplinary Panel of the following charges, laid under the 2015 and 2016 editions of the Code of Conduct for Officials, contrary to Articles A13 and B1 of the 2015 Code and Articles A14 and B1 of the 2016 Code:

 

  • Failure to notify the United States Tennis Association of the suspension of his White Badge certification;

 

  • Misrepresentation to the Qatar Tennis Federation that he held a current White Badge certification in his application to officiate at the 2016 Qatar Open;

 

  • Receipt of payment for officiating at the 2016 Qatar Open at the rate applicable for a White Badge official;

 

  • Misrepresentation to the Lawn Tennis Association that he held a current White Badge certification in his application to officiate at The Championships Wimbledon;

 

  • Failure to report the violations set out above.

 

The ITF Disciplinary Panel noted that Mr Pitner had previously had his White Badge and Chair Umpire Certification suspended for the period 1 August 2015 until 31 July 2016, and these further violations of the Code had all occurred within a period of six months from the suspension of his White Badge.

 

The Panel determined that Mr Pitner would have his ITF officiating certification suspended for ten years with immediate effect, which means that that he is unable to officiate at Grand Slam tournaments and events organised or sanctioned by the ATP, WTA and ITF until 19 April 2026.

 

The Code of Conduct for Officials applies to all Certified Officials working at ATP, Grand Slam, ITF and WTA events. The current Code is listed under the under the ITF Duties and Procedures for Officials and can be viewed online here

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Barcelona, Bucharest, Istanbul and Stuttgart Results and Schedules

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Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell
Barcelona, Spain

RESULTS – MONDAY, 18 APRIL 2016

Singles – First Round
[WC] A. Montanes (ESP) d R. Carballes Baena (ESP) 63 63
[Q] R. Stepanek (CZE) d S. Giraldo (COL) 64 75
I. Cervantes (ESP) d [Q] F. Skugor (CRO) 63 64
T. Gabashvili (RUS) d N. Almagro (ESP) 16 76(3) 62 – saved 2 M.P.
A. Zverev (GER) d [Q] J. Struff (GER) 64 63
M. Jaziri (TUN) d H. Chung (KOR) 63 64
[Q] K. Khachanov (RUS) d A. Bedene (GBR) 36 63 76(2) – saved 1 M.P.
E. Donskoy (RUS) d F. Bagnis (ARG) 75 76(5)
V. Estrella Burgos (DOM) d M. Kukushkin (KAZ) 36 62 62

Doubles – First Round
[2] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d B. Paire (FRA) / V. Troicki (SRB) 62 61
L. Kubot (POL) / M. Matkowski (POL) d R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) 63 75

Draws

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 19 APRIL 2016

PISTA CENTRAL start 11:00 am
P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs D. Istomin (UZB)

Not Before 1:30 pm
M. Granollers (ESP) vs D. Munoz de la Nava (ESP)
[5] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) vs [Q] K. Khachanov (RUS)
A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs [WC] J. Munar (ESP)

PISTA 1 start 11:00 am
[Q] M. Fucsovics (HUN) vs E. Gulbis (LAT)
E. Donskoy (RUS) vs [11] A. Dolgopolov (UKR)
F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) vs E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) / N. Zimonjic (SRB)
[6] [WC] B. Paire (FRA) vs T. Gabashvili (RUS)

Not Before 6:00 pm
[1] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) vs [WC] P. Cuevas (URU) / M. Granollers (ESP)

PISTA 2 start 11:00 am
R. Ram (USA) vs M. Youzhny (RUS)
[Q] P. Cachin (ARG) vs I. Dodig (CRO)
T. de Bakker (NED) vs [WC] E. Ymer (SWE)
[13] J. Chardy (FRA) vs V. Estrella Burgos (DOM)

PISTA 3 start 1:00 pm
[Q] O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) vs D. Nestor (CAN) / R. Stepanek (CZE)
T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) vs R. Lindstedt (SWE) / A. Peya (AUT)

 

BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy
Bucharest, Romania

RESULTS – MONDAY, 18 APRIL 2016

Singles – First Round
[6] G. Pella (ARG) d [WC] A. Ungur (ROU) 75 62
K. Edmund (GBR) d L. Rosol (CZE) 76(4) 76(5)
D. Dzumhur (BIH) d [WC] M. Copil (ROU) 61 36 62
T. Daniel (JPN) d [Q] M. Linzer (AUT) 62 60

Doubles – First Round
[2] E. Butorac (USA) / S. Lipsky (USA) d [WC] V. Cornea (ROU) / V. Hanescu (ROU) 62 63
[4] J. Erlich (ISR) / C. Fleming (GBR) d R. Haase (NED) / A. Qureshi (PAK) 67(3) 76(7) 10-6
F. Delbonis (ARG) / P. Lorenzi (ITA) d G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / J. Knowle (AUT) 63 63

Draws

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 19 APRIL 2016

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
D. Lajovic (SRB) vs L. Pouille (FRA)
[5] M. Baghdatis (CYP) vs M. Cecchinato (ITA)
[Q] A. Setkic (BIH) vs F. Verdasco (ESP)
C. Guccione (AUS) / A. Sa (BRA) vs [WC] M. Copil (ROU) / A. Ungur (ROU)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
[7] P. Lorenzi (ITA) vs D. Schwartzman (ARG)
[Q] A. Arnaboldi (ITA) vs R. Haase (NED)
[Q] R. Albot (MDA) vs [8] P. Mathieu (FRA)
G. Pella (ARG) / L. Rosol (CZE) vs M. Draganja (CRO) / M. Pavic (CRO)

COURT 4 start 12:00 noon
A. Mannarino (FRA) vs D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP)
I. Marchenko (UKR) vs D. Sela (ISR)
[3] G. Duran (ARG) / M. Gonzalez (ARG) vs W. Koolhof (NED) / M. Middelkoop (NED)

 

TEB BNP PARIBAS ISTANBUL CUP – ISTANBUL, TURKEY
$250,000
17-24 APRIL, 2016

RESULTS – APRIL 18, 2016
Women’s
Singles – First Round

[5] D. Kovinic (MNE) d K. Nara (JPN) 63 63
[6] N. Hibino (JPN) d [WC] D. Yastremska (UKR) 26 64 63

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

[2] O. Kalashnikova (GEO) / J. Larsson (SWE) d [WC] A. Aksu (TUR) / M. Sezer (TUR) 62 64
C. Mitu (ROU) / I. Soylu (TUR) d L. Kuncikova (CZE) / K. Stuchla (CZE) 63 36 11-9
L. Pous-Tio (ESP) / R. Voracova (CZE) d E. Gorgodze (GEO) / A. Vasylyeva (UKR) 61 60

Women’s
Qualifying Singles – Second Round

Qualifying – [1] M. Sakkari (GRE) d [11] M. Georges (FRA) 60 62
Qualifying – [4] K. Kucova (SVK) d [8] M. Erakovic (NZL) 64 63
Qualifying – [5] S. Cirstea (ROU) d B. Eraydin (TUR) 75 63
Qualifying – [6] M. Zanevska (UKR) d [7] T. Martincova (CZE) 61 31 Retired – right thigh injury
Qualifying – R. Jani (HUN) d [10] J. Lu (CHN) 75 63
Qualifying – M. Melnikova (RUS) d N. Abduraimova (UZB) 64 61

ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2016
GARANTI KOZA ARENA start 12:30 pm
[1] A. Schmiedlova (SVK) vs [Q] M. Sakkari (GRE)

Not Before 3:00 pm
C. Buyukakcay (TUR) vs [Q] M. Melnikova (RUS)

Not Before 5:30 pm
[WC] A. Aksu (TUR) vs [Q] R. Jani (HUN)

Not Before 8:00 pm
[Q] S. Cirstea (ROU) vs [3] L. Tsurenko (UKR)

COURT 1 start 12:30 pm
T. Pironkova (BUL) vs A. Sasnovich (BLR)
[Q] M. Zanevska (UKR) vs [8] J. Larsson (SWE)
[7] K. Bondarenko (UKR) vs O. Govortsova (BLR)

Not Before 5:00 pm
B. Eraydin (TUR) / P. Monova (RUS) vs [3] X. Knoll (SUI) / D. Kovinic (MNE)

COURT 2 start 12:30 pm
K. Knapp (ITA) vs S. Hsieh (TPE)
A. Krunic (SRB) vs A. Sevastova (LAT)
J. Glushko (ISR) vs [Q] K. Kucova (SVK)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[4] V. Ivakhnenko (RUS) / L. Marozava (BLR) vs N. Dzalamidze (RUS) / V. Kudermetova (RUS)

Draws

 

 

PORSCHE TENNIS GRAND PRIX – STUTTGART, GER
$759,000
18-24 APRIL 2016

RESULTS – APRIL 18, 2016
Women’s Singles – First Round
T. Babos (HUN) d S. Lisicki (GER) 76(4) 63
[WC] A. Friedsam (GER) d J. Konta (GBR) 63 63

Women’s Doubles – First Round
B. Krejcikova (CZE) / K. Siniakova (CZE) d G. Dabrowski (CAN) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 62 36 10-4

Women’s Qualifying Singles – Third Round
Qualifying – L. Chirico (USA) d [1] C. Giorgi (ITA) 63 63
Qualifying – [3] L. Siegemund (GER) d [7] P. Hercog (SLO) 64 63
Qualifying – [5] C. Witthoeft (GER) d [4] A. Konjuh (CRO) 63 64
Qualifying – O. Dodin (FRA) d [6] Kr. Pliskova (CZE) 63 63

ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2016
CENTER COURT start 12:00 noon
[5] P. Kvitova (CZE) vs [Q] L. Chirico (USA)

Not Before 2:00 pm
[LL] C. Giorgi (ITA) vs A. Beck (GER)
[Q] L. Siegemund (GER) vs A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)

Not Before 6:30 pm
[Q] C. Witthoeft (GER) vs A. Ivanovic (SRB)
[7] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs [Q] O. Dodin (FRA)

Not Before 9:00 pm
[PR] A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) vs [4] R. Atawo (USA) / A. Rosolska (POL)

COURT 1 start Not Before 4:00 pm
After suitable rest – [WC] A. Beck (GER) / R. Vinci (ITA) vs [WC] S. Lisicki (GER) / L. Safarova (CZE)
After suitable rest – J. Konta (GBR) / L. Siegemund (GER) vs [2] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA)

Draws

 

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Rafael Nadal Wins Ninth Monte-Carlo Crown

 

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(April 17, 2016) Rafael Nadal won his 28th Masters title and 68th career crown, claiming his ninth Monte-Carlo tournament by beating Gael Monfils 7-5, 5-7, 6-0 on Sunday.  He is now ties with Novak Djokovic for the all-time lead in Masters Series titles. It’s the 14-time major champion’s first title since last July, when he won on the clay in Hamburg.

Nadal stands just one clay court title away from tying tennis hall of famer Guillermo Vilas in total clay court crowns at 49.

 

“It was a very important week for me,” said the Spaniard. I feel much better than I did last year. The victory here confirms that I’ve been better. Monte-Carlo is one of the most important places in my career and it’s so special to win here after three years.

“Winning nine times here is unbelievable, and competing well two weeks in a row is something positive.”

“I knew (Nadal) was confident,” Monfils said. “He’s a great champion and puts more into it at the right moments. You’re just submissive to his power. Suddenly in the third set, he increased his power and I just couldn’t cope.”
“I know I worked hard to have this trophy with me,” Nadal said to media. “I am enjoying this moment. Is emotional moment after some tough moments. But that’s part of the life, is part of the sports in general.

“Very happy today. I hope and I believe that this week, Indian Wells, this week, two tournaments in a row, playing at a very high level, I think that’s so important. That’s what I needed.

“I said the first day when I arrived here in the first press conference that I needed matches in a row, I need weeks in a row competing at the highest level. I already have two weeks in a row competing at the highest level.

“Today winning nine times here is something unbelievable for me. Outside of that, that is something so special. Compete well two weeks in a row is something so positive. Another chance next week in Barcelona, I going to try my best again.”

 

“Have been working hard,” Nadal continued. “I have been working hard since long time ago. Last year have been a tough year in terms — I don’t want to talk anymore, I said enough about the nerves, I was nervous during the matches.

“Is work every day to slow down that, no? Is not going like this, going like this (indicating up and down). It’s not something that stays here and disappears. It’s the work of every day.

“The victories help. Still not 100% perfect, but still is much, much better of everything.

“I don’t have that feeling I had last year on court. Very happy for that. In terms of tennis, I am playing better. It’s obvious.

“I was able to raise the level, increase my level yesterday in the second and in the third, and today again in the third. That’s something I missed a lot the last period of time. Before when the match was coming tough, I was able to increase. This week I was able to do it.

 

 

 

In men’s doubles Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut won their third ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown in a row winning Monte-Carlo over Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares 4-6, 6-0, 10-6.

“We have been very humble on the court during the last month and a half,” Herbert said. “After losing the first set, we could have been overwhelmed in the second. But we weren’t. We kept fighting. That means in the long-term, we can be consistent day after day.”

“We were playing well and we also had some luck,” Muhat explained. “When you win matches, you’re more confident and you’re able to relax when you play the important points. It can turn a match around, especially in the (match) tie-break.”

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April 17 Fed Cup Results

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(April 17, 2016) The final results for the 2016 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals, and World Group and World Group II play-offs taking place on 16-17 April.

France will host Czech Republic in the Fed Cup Final on 12-13 November. In the semifinals, France defeated Netherlands 3-2 in Trelaze, while Czech Republic overcame Switzerland by the same scoreline in Lucerne.

Belarus, Germany, Spain and USA all won their World Group play-offs and will join Czech Republic, France, Netherlands and Switzerland in the 2017 World Group.

Belgium, Chinese Taipei, Slovakia and Ukraine all won their World Group II play-offs, and will join the four World Group play-off losing nations, Australia, Italy, Romania and Russia, in 2017 World Group II. The four World Group II play-off losing nations, Argentina, Canada, Poland and Serbia, will contest their respective Zone Group I events in 2017.

The draw for the 2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas will be held at the ITF AGM in Zagreb, Croatia on Monday 20 June. The top two seeds in the 2017 World Group will be the 2016 finalists, while the remaining seeds will be based on the ITF Fed Cup Nations Ranking of 18 April.

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

 

CZECH REPUBLIC defeated SWITZERLAND 3-2

Venue: Messe Luzern, Lucerne, SUI (hard – indoor)

Barbora Strycova (CZE) d. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 60 62

Viktorija Golubic (SUI) d. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 36 64 64

Karolina Pliskova (CZE) d. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 64 62

Viktorija Golubic (SUI) d. Barbora Strycova (CZE) 36 76(6) 61

Lucie Hradecka/Karolina Pliskova (CZE) d. Viktorija Golubic/Martina Hingis (SUI) 62 62

FRANCE defeated NETHERLANDS 3-2

Venue: Arena Loire, Trélazé, FRA (clay – indoor)

 

Kiki Bertens (NED) d. Caroline Garcia (FRA) 64 62

Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. Richel Hogenkamp (NED) 62 64

Kiki Bertens (NED) d. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 75 64

Caroline Garcia (FRA) d. Arantxa Rus (NED) 63 64

Caroline Garcia/Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. Kiki Bertens/Richel Hogenkamp (NED) 46 63 63

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

 

BELARUS defeated RUSSIA 3-2

Venue: Small Sports Arena “Luzhniki”, Moscow, RUS (clay – indoor)

 

Darya Kasatkina (RUS) d. Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) 63 36 61

Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) 62 63

Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Darya Kasatkina (RUS) 62 57 63

Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) d. Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) 46 61 75

Darya Kasatkina/Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. Olga Govortsova/Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 64 62

 

SPAIN defeated ITALY 4-0

Venue: Club de Tennis Lleida, Lleida, ESP (clay – outdoor)

 

Garbine Muguruza (ESP) d. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 76(4) 60

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) d. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 61 61

Garbine Muguruza (ESP) d. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 62 62

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) v Francesca Schiavone (ITA) – not played

Anabel Medina Garrigues/Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) d. Karin Knapp/Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 11  ret.

 

GERMANY defeated ROMANIA 4-1

Venue: Sala Polivalenta Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, ROU (clay – indoor)

 

Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) 62 63

Simona Halep (ROU) d. Andrea Petkovic (GER) 64 67(5) 64

Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Simona Halep (ROU) 62 62

Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Monica Niculescu (ROU) 06 76(1) 63

Annika Beck/Julia Goerges (GER) d. Irina-Camelia Begu/Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) 67(5) 76(4) [10-7]

 

USA defeated AUSTRALIA 4-0

Venue: Pat Rafter Arena, Brisbane, AUS (clay – outdoor)

 

Madison Keys (USA) d. Daria Gavrilova (AUS) 64 62

Christina McHale (USA) d. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 36 61 75

Coco Vandeweghe (USA) d. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 26 75 64

Daria Gavrilova (AUS) v Christina McHale (USA) – not played

Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Coco Vandeweghe (USA) d. Daria Gavrilova/Arina Rodionova (AUS) 61 64

WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

 

BELGIUM defeated SERBIA 3-2

Venue: Aleksandar Nikolic Arena (Pionir Hall), Belgrade, SRB (clay – indoor)

 

Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) d. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 64 76(8)

Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Jovana Jaksic (SRB) 75 60

Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) 16 75 86

Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. Ivana Jorovic (SRB) 76(8) 64

Jovana Jaksic/Nina Stojanovic (SRB) d. Ysaline Bonaventure/An-Sophie Mestach (BEL) 46 60 [10-5]

 

SLOVAKIA defeated CANADA 3-2

Venue: AEGON Arena, Bratislava, SVK (clay – indoor)

 

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Francoise Abanda (CAN) 46 63 61

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) d. Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 64 46 64

Francoise Abanda (CAN) d. Jana Cepelova (SVK) 75 62

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 62 60

Sharon Fichman/Charlotte Robillard-Millette (CAN) d. Jana Cepelova/Tereza Mihalikova (SVK) 63 06 [10-8]

 

CHINESE TAIPEI defeated POLAND 4-1

Venue: OSiR Hala Widowiskowo-Sportowa, Inowroclaw, POL (hard – indoor)

 

Hsu Ching-Wen (TPE) d. Paula Kania (POL) 63 64

Magdalena Frech (POL) d. Lee Ya-Hsuan (TPE) 46 60 62

Lee Ya-Hsuan (TPE) d. Paula Kania (POL) 26 63 97

Hsu Ching-Wen (TPE) d. Magdalena Frech (POL) 62 46 63

Chan Chin-Wei/Chuang Chia-Jung (TPE) d. Klaudia Jans-Ignacik/Katarzyna Kawa (POL) 62 76(1)

 

UKRAINE defeated ARGENTINA 4-0

Venue: Campa Tennis Club, Bucha, Kiev, UKR (hard – outdoor)

Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) d. Maria Irigoyen (ARG) 61 61

Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) d. Nadia Podoroska (ARG) 61 64

Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) d. Maria Irigoyen (ARG) 60 63

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Fed Cup: U.S. defeats Australia 4-0 to Advance to World Group in 2017

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(April 17, 2016) The U.S. now moves back to competing in the World Group next year by beating Australia, 4-0, in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Playoff on an outdoor clay court in Pat Rafter Arena at the Queensland Tennis Centre in Brisbane, Australia.

In the first match of the day, world No. 36 CoCo Vandeweghe came from a set down to beat world No. 26 Samantha Stosur, 26, 75, 64, in two hours and 18 minutes to clinch the victory for the United States. The win was also the first in her Fed Cup singles career for Vandeweghe who now moves to 1-3. Vandeweghe also moved her lifetime record to 4-1 against Stosur.   The U.S. team is now 3-1 when Coco takes the court.  The Christina McHale-Daria Gavrilova match was not played.

“Well, I mean Sam’s a phenomenal player and I actually really enjoy playing against her because she is that phenomenal player,” said Vandeweghe.  “This is the first time we ever played on clay, so I mean, all the other surfaces were quicker, hardcourts or grass.  So I knew this would be more well suited for her game, she’d be more comfortable than I would be.  But you know, I still stuck to my game plan of trying to implement my game to her before she could definitely get me off balance and that’s pretty much what I try to do against her most of the time when we play.”

 

“Well that was the first Fed Cup singles win that I’ve ever had,” she said.  “The first time I ever played was in a final and I really didn’t rise to the occasion too well, I was – I think I was like 18 or something the first time I played and, you know, that was really disappointing for me as a player and also as a player representing the United States.  So, I mean I think it’s such a privilege to play for the United States and I think it’s always been my No.1 goal to play for my country and to make the Olympic team eventually more so than Grand Slams and stuff like that.  It was just the way I was raised.

 

In the dead doubles rubber, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and CoCo Vandeweghe faced Daria Gavrilova and Arina Rodionova.  Daria and Arina were substituted for Casey Dellacqua and Samantha Stosur.  In the end, Mattek-Sands and Vandeweghe won the match, 61, 64, in one hour and 17 minutes.  With the victory Mattek-Sands and Vandeweghe remain undefeated as a doubles team.  In Fed Cup, Mattek-Sands moved her doubles record to 5-0 record while Vandeweghe moved to 3-0.

 

“No the whole team is MVP, they all did their part, they all contributed,” said United Stated Fed Cup captain Mary Joe Fernandez.  “I always say the first match kind of gives you the momentum, I always say the first match is critical.  So Madison got us off to such a great start.  Hooray. And then Christina picked it up and played really, really well and fought so hard towards the end of the match, and then Coco today came back, a set and 2-love down, and you know, fought as well.  So it was an amazing effort to turn that match around and the doubles went great too.  So I couldn’t be more proud of each and every one of them.”

The U.S. remains undefeated at 22-0 when leading after the first day of play (since the World Group format was instituted in 1995). The U.S. also improves to 10-12 all-time in Fed Cup ties played on the road, and holds an overall 146-36 record.  The victory also moves the Fed Cup teams record to 11-3 in matches played in Australia/New Zealand.

With the victory, the U.S. advances to the World Group in 2017. The 2017 Fed Cup draw will be made in mid-November after the World Group Finals.

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Taylor Fritz and Jared Donaldson to compete in Hall of Fame Tennis Championships

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NEWPORT, R.I., April 15, 2016 – Taylor Fritz, an 18-year-old American standout who is currently ranked world No. 69, has committed to the player field of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. Rhode Island native Jared Donaldson, also a rising star on the ATP World Tour and currently ranked inside the world top-150 will return to Newport for the second straight year. Additionally, a wild card for the Qualifying Draw has been granted to another rising star young American – eighteen-year-old Reilly Opelka, the 2015 Wimbledon Boys Champion, who, at 6’11”, brings a powerful game.
The tournament, which is the first stop of the U.S. summer season for pro tennis, will be hosted on the historic grass courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, July 10 – 17. Additional players will be announced in the coming weeks.
“The U.S. is enjoying a resurgence in men’s tennis and that will be on full display in Newport this summer. Taylor Fritz is on a meteoric rise that is unmatched, and reminiscent of Andy Roddick’s climb. Jared Donaldson continues to move up the steep ladder of professional tennis and is the second highest ranked American teen. At 6’11”, Reilly Opelka is a special talent capable of making an incredible impact at any moment,” commented Todd Martin, Tournament Director of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships and CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Topping off the ATP action, on Sunday, July 17, the event offers a unique opportunity to see tennis legends back in action at PowerShares Legends Newport, a special one-day tournament. Former world No. 1 Marat Safin has been added to the PowerShares player field, which will also feature Andy Roddick, James Blake, and a fourth player to be named. It’s a particularly special weekend for Safin to compete, as the two-time Grand Slam tournament champion will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on the day prior – making him the first Russian to ever be inducted.
Martin commented, “We have a unique experience at the Hall of Fame. Fans have the opportunity to see some of our sport’s biggest legends back in action again, while also watching the next generation work towards building their resumes – striving to one day become Hall of Famers themselves.”
Tickets for the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, as well as the PowerShares event and the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony are on sale now on www.HallofFameTennisChampionships.com.

ABOUT THE PLAYERS
After finishing last season as the world No. 1 junior and being named the ITF Junior World Champion, Taylor Fritz has quickly ascended the Emirates ATP Rankings. In the past 15 months, the 18-year-old has jumped from world No. 1,151 to his current position of world No. 69, making him the highest ranked American teenager. Fritz, who was the 2015 US Open Boys Champion, kicked off the 2016 season by winning his third ATP Challenger title at the Happy Valley event. In February, as a wild card entry, he advanced to the final at the Memphis Open (lost to Kei Nishikori). He followed that up with a run into the quarterfinals at Acapulco. At Memphis, he became the youngest American to reach an ATP final since Hall of Famer Michael Chang did so in 1989, and also the second-fastest American ever to reach an ATP final, doing so in just his 3rd career ATP tournament.
Rhode Island native Jared Donaldson, age 19, will make his second appearance at his hometown event, following his Newport debut last summer where he made it to the second round. Donaldson is currently ranked world No. 144 and he is one of just four American teens in the world top-200. Last year, Donaldson won his first ATP Challenger level event in Maui. Last month, he was a semifinalist at the ATP Challenger level event in Dallas, and he advanced to the main draw via qualifying for the Miami Open, an ATP World Tour 1000 level event.
Eighteen-year-old Reilly Opelka has been granted a Wild Card into the Qualifying Draw of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. Opelka won the 2015 Wimbledon boys’ singles title, and he was runner up in doubles. Last week at the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships in Houston, Opelka gained entry into his first career ATP World Tour main draw as a lucky loser after Dustin Brown’s withdrawal. He lost in the first round to world No. 35 Sam Querrey. In doubles at the same event, he won his first ATP World Tour doubles match (w/Tommy Paul), defeating Nick Monroe and Ken Skupski, 76(6) 46 10-4. At 6″11′, Opelka will be tied with Ivo Karlovic, a frequent Newport competitor, as the tallest player on the ATP World Tour.
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Murray to Face Nadal in Monte-Carlo Semis; Federer Falls to Tsonga

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(April 15, 2016) Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal posted decisive victories and will play each other in the semifinals of the Monte-Carlo Masters on Saturday. Roger Federer returning to the court for the first time since his knee surgery in February fell to Jo-Wilfred Tsonga. Tsonga will play fellow Frenchman Gael Monfils in the other semifinal.

No. 5 Nadal dominated No. 3 Stan Wawrinka 6-1, 6-4 while No. 2 Murray destroyed Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-0.

“If I play like I did today, I’ll have a chance,” said Murray.

“Rafa, especially on this court, he plays great on clay obviously, but on this one in particular, his record is incredible. I think he’s maybe only lost one or two matches in his life here. So, yeah, it’s a great test for me this early on in the clay season.

“I’ll go into the match with confidence having managed to win against him in Madrid on the clay last year, and having played a really good match today.

“I look forward to it.”

 

“I’ll have to play a great match, but also a smart match as well,” Murray explained. “I need to be intelligent on the court, go in with a very good idea of what I want to do in the points.

“So, yeah, that’s the most important thing, to have a good game plan and be smart on the court. Against Rafa on this surface, he has the ability to get you to sort of play – I don’t know what the word is – but he gets you to go for more than you should because he’s so consistent.

“He hits a lot of height on the ball, a lot of spin. He can make you go for winners from uncomfortable positions. You have to not allow that to happen. You need to try and stay calm, be patient. I’ll try to do that.”

Nadal broke Wawrinka’s serve four times to reach his 11th Monte-Carlo semifinal. The Swiss broke his racquet in the fifth game of the first set to the boos of spectators. Wawrinka said he was disturbed by all of the noise coming from the restaurant above the court.

“You wonder whether people are coming to have lunch or to watch tennis. I don’t believe they saw a lot of the match. I think they also drank a lot of alcohol.” Wawrinka said. “When you don’t play well and you’re not in your match, it can bother you.”

“Anyway, it was not a good day for me today,” Wawrinka said. “I really need to work on two or three things that I want to improve. I have two weeks, or a bit more, before I go to Madrid. I will try to prepare well during that period.”

I believe today it was more of a concentration issue or mentally that I had a problem. I struggled. I rushed at the beginning. This is something you pay for against Rafa.”

“The real thing is every day is a different story,” Nadal said. “Yesterday I played against an opponent that he was playing so good, in my opinion. Is true that my serve probably was a little bit better today than yesterday. But both days I think I played good, no?

“Stan today, I think the last three games of the first set, that’s the only moment that he didn’t play well. Obviously he played with too many mistakes.

“But in the beginning of the match and in the second set was a good match, in my opinion. Both played good points.

“I think he played with more mistakes than me. But is true at same time he is going more for the shots all the time. When you want to play this way, very aggressive, you can have mistakes.

“I think I played good. I defended well. I moved well. When I had the opportunity, I was trying to have the control of the point with my forehand and with my backhand, too.”

Nadal plays Murray for a place in the final. The Spaniard has a 16-6 record against the Scot.

“He played a great match today,” Nadal said. “We’ll see. I need to be ready to play the way I am playing the last two matches. If I am able to do it, I hope to have my chances.

“He always was a good clay court player, no? He played semifinals of French Open twice or three times, I don’t know.”

Federer was two points away from defeating Tsonga at 6-3, 2-6, 5-4 with the Frenchman serving, but could not close.

“Yeah, I mean, I think it had definitely some twists and turns,” said Federer. “I’m not sure how come. Maybe we were both a bit up and down. We had a couple of games here and there that we kind of gave each other on the serve. Kind of hung onto it, me in the first, him in the second.

“Third was close all the way through. Maybe had a small chance the first game maybe. The game I got broken is a tough game to get broken on because I think I had three forehands that I’m in good position, and I end up losing all three points. It’ll a tough break to get.

“You know, it was a good tournament, a good match, exactly what I was hoping for and more, so I’m very happy.”

“It was a good match. It was nice to play an intense match. I’m happy how the body reacted. So many good things this week. It’s all positive for me.

“I know where I’m at now. I hope my knee and my body is going to be okay the next couple of days. If I’m good, I might go practice tomorrow as well just to get the body into maybe a rhythm of playing maybe four days straight at a very intense level. If I feel like I need a break, the team tells me to rest, I’ll do that tomorrow.

“Things are really good right now. Of course, it was unfortunate because I had my chances. But this tournament, really doesn’t matter at all if I missed or not those chances.”

 

“It’s always special to play against him, especially on court, because you have all the crowd against you,” said Tsonga. “Wherever you play, if it’s in France or not, it’s tough to play against him because you have him, the crowd and all the monument around him.

“Yeah, it’s always special to win against Federer.”

“I was expecting a difficult match, and that is exactly what happened. He was very reactive, he was running well. From the start, I thought he was very fast.

“But I was able to turn it around. He dropped his level a little bit and I was able to come back into the match and end up winning. It’s good for me.”

 

As for playing fellow Frenchman and friend Gael Monfils next: “You feel a bit more worried against him. Before, he had his own way. Now, he changed. But it’s still him.

“He’s certainly improved in a number of things, but it’s still him. I don’t really know what to expect. I’ll go on the court doing what I’m used to doing: trying to be aggressive, serving well. Gael is just the way he is. He is him. It’s good.”

“There’s not a real favorite (in the match), “ Tsonga said. “It’s going to be an interesting match. It’s difficult to say who will be the favorite.”

“It’s going to be a big match for several reasons,” Monfils said. “First, Jo has a game that I have trouble with. I was able to beat him once, but he was coming back from an injury.

“Another time I beat him, too. He was injured in Montpellier. I can’t say I really beat him.

He gives me many problems. It’s always the case when I play against very aggressive players. There are different kinds of aggressive players. A real aggressive player is difficult for me.

“Tomorrow the match will be different. I will need to find a solution to push him back and to try to stop him dominating the rallies.

“I’m sure 100% that he will try to be very aggressive. He will not want long rallies. He will want to use his forehand as much as he can, and he will be very aggressive on my second serve.

“So if I have a slight advantage in this match, it’s because I know what he’s going to do. He’s going to play aggressively. I don’t believe I’m wrong.”

“I think it’s going to be explosive.”

 

 

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 15 APRIL 2016

Singles – Quarter-finals
[2] A. Murray (GBR) d [10] M. Raonic (CAN) 62 60
[8] J. Tsonga (FRA) d [3] R. Federer (SUI) 36 62 75
[5] R. Nadal (ESP) d [4] S. Wawrinka (SUI) 61 64
[13] G. Monfils (FRA) d [LL] M. Granollers (ESP) 62 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) d T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) 64 64
[3] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) d D. Inglot (GBR) / A. Murray (GBR) 64 36 12-10
[4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d [6] R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU) 62 63
J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) d H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) 64 64

SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 16 APRIL 2016

COURT RAINIER III start 11:00 am
[4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs [2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA)

Not Before 1:00 pm
[5] R. Nadal (ESP) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)

Not Before 3:30 pm
[13] G. Monfils (FRA) vs [8] J. Tsonga (FRA)
J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) vs [3] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA)

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Fed Cup Draws Announced for World Group Play-offs and World Group II Play-offs

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(April 15, 2016) The ITF has announced the draws for the 2016 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals, and World Group and World Group II play-offs taking place on 16-17 April.

Three Fed Cup Zone Group events are also taking place this week: Asia/Oceania Zone Group II in Hua Hin, Thailand (11-16 April); Europe/Africa Zone Group II in Cairo, Egypt (13-16 April); and Europe/Africa Zone Group III in Ulcinj, Montenegro (11-16 April).

The four winners of the World Group play-offs will qualify for the 2017 World Group, with the losers contesting 2017 World Group II. The four winners of the World Group II play-offs will qualify for 2017 World Group II, with the four losers contesting the 2017 Zone Group I events. The draw for the 2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas will be held at the ITF AGM in Zagreb, Croatia on Monday 20 June.

 

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

 

SWITZERLAND v CZECH REPUBLIC

Venue: Messe Luzern, Lucerne, SUI (hard – indoor)

 

Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) v Barbora Strycova (CZE)

Viktorija Golubic (SUI) v Karolina Pliskova (CZE)

Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) v Karolina Pliskova (CZE)

Viktorija Golubic (SUI) v Barbora Strycova (CZE)

Timea Bacsinszky/Martina Hingis (SUI) v Denisa Allertova/Lucie Hradecka (CZE)

 

FRANCE v NETHERLANDS

Venue: Arena Loire, Trélazé, FRA (clay – indoor)

 

Caroline Garcia (FRA) v Kiki Bertens (NED)

Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) v Richel Hogenkamp (NED)

Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) v Kiki Bertens (NED)

Caroline Garcia (FRA) v Richel Hogenkamp (NED)

Alize Cornet/Pauline Parmentier (FRA) v Cindy Burger/Arantxa Rus (NED)

 

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

 

RUSSIA v BELARUS

Venue: Small Sports Arena “Luzhniki”, Moscow, RUS (clay – indoor)

 

Darya Kasatkina (RUS) v Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR)

Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) v Victoria Azarenka (BLR)

Darya Kasatkina (RUS) v Victoria Azarenka (BLR)

Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) v Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR)

Elizaveta Kulichkova/Elena Vesnina (RUS) v Olga Govortsova/Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR)

 

SPAIN v ITALY

Venue: Club de Tennis Lleida, Lleida, ESP (clay – outdoor)

 

Garbine Muguruza (ESP) v Sara Errani (ITA)

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) v Roberta Vinci (ITA)

Garbine Muguruza (ESP) v Roberta Vinci (ITA)

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) v Sara Errani (ITA)

Anabel Medina Garrigues/Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) v Karin Knapp/Francesca Schiavone (ITA)

 

ROMANIA v GERMANY

Venue: Sala Polivalenta Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, ROU (clay – indoor)

 

Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) v Angelique Kerber (GER)

Simona Halep (ROU) v Andrea Petkovic (GER)

Simona Halep (ROU) v Angelique Kerber (GER)

Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) v Andrea Petkovic (GER)

Alexandra Dulgheru/Monica Niculescu (ROU) v Annika Beck/Julia Goerges (GER)

 

AUSTRALIA v USA

Venue: Pat Rafter Arena, Brisbane, AUS (clay – outdoor)

 

Daria Gavrilova (AUS) v Madison Keys (USA)

Samantha Stosur (AUS) v Christina McHale (USA)

Samantha Stosur (AUS) v Madison Keys (USA)

Daria Gavrilova (AUS) v Christina McHale (USA)

Casey Dellacqua/Samantha Stosur (AUS) v Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Coco Vandeweghe (USA)

 

WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

 

SERBIA v BELGIUM

Venue: Aleksandar Nikolic Arena (Pionir Hall), Belgrade, SRB (clay – indoor)

 

Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) v Kirsten Flipkens (BEL)

Jovana Jaksic (SRB) v Yanina Wickmayer (BEL)

Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) v Yanina Wickmayer (BEL)

Jovana Jaksic (SRB) v Kirsten Flipkens (BEL)

Ivana Jorovic/Nina Stojanovic (SRB) v Ysaline Bonaventure/An-Sophie Mestach (BEL)

 

SLOVAKIA v CANADA

Venue: AEGON Arena, Bratislava, SVK (clay – indoor)

 

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) v Francoise Abanda (CAN)

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) v Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN)

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) v Francoise Abanda (CAN)

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) v Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN)

Jana Cepelova/Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) v Sharon Fichman/Charlotte Robillard-Millette (CAN)

 

POLAND v CHINESE TAIPEI

Venue: ORiR Hala Widowiskowo-Sportowa, Inowroclaw, POL (hard – indoor)

 

Paula Kania (POL) v Hsu Ching-Wen (TPE)
Magdalena Frech (POL) v Lee Ya-Hsuan (TPE)
Paula Kania (POL) v Lee Ya-Hsuan (TPE)
Magdalena Frech (POL) v Hsu Ching-Wen (TPE)
Klaudia Jans-Ignacik/Katarzyna Kawa (POL) v Chan Chin-Wei/Chuang Chia-Jung (TPE)

 

UKRAINE v ARGENTINA

Venue: Campa Tennis Club, Bucha, Kiev, UKR (hard – outdoor)

 

Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) v Maria Irigoyen (ARG)

Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) v Nadia Podoroska (ARG)

Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) v Maria Irigoyen (ARG)

Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) v Nadia Podoroska (ARG)

Lyudmyla Kichenok/Olga Savchuk (UKR) v Maria Lourdes Carle/Guadalupe Perez Rojas (ARG)

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