March 30, 2017

McEnroe Academy Scholarship Tryouts April 8-9 at Randall’s Island

SPORTIME and the John McEnroe Tennis Academy Present Seventh Annual Scholarship Tryout and Athletic Scouting Combine at SPORTIME Randall’s Island, Saturday-Sunday, April 8-9

Tryout for Aspiring Tennis Players, Ages 6-16; Athletic Scouting Combine for Talented Young Athletes With Little or No Tennis Experience, Ages 5-10

Expanded To Two Days For 2017

SPORTIME/JMTA Coaches will Award Full and Partial Scholarships to Selected Tryout and Combine Participants for the 2017-18 Season at SPORTIME Randall’s Island.

New York, March 28, 2017– For the seventh consecutive year, young hopefuls from across the tri-state area will be out in force at SPORTIME Randall’s Island, the John McEnroe Tennis Academy’s (JMTA) flagship location, on Saturday and Sunday, April 8-9, as SPORTIME and JMTA coaches seek to discover untapped tennis and athletic talent.


The goal of both the Tryout and the Athletic Scouting Combine is to award full or partial scholarships to SPORTIME and JMTA programs at SPORTIME Randall’s Island, starting in fall 2017. The event is a joint initiative of SPORTIME/JMTA and the Johnny Mac Tennis Project (JMTP). A 501(c)(3) charity, JMTP changes young lives by removing the economic and social barriers to success through tennis. Offering free tennis programs and scholarships to under-resourced kids and dedicated athletes from the NY Metropolitan area, JMTP provides a pathway to success through competitive tennis, often leading to college scholarships, careers in the industry and, for a few, professional tennis careers.
Open only to players with tennis experience, ages 6-16, the Tryout will take place on Saturday, April 8 from 5:15 PM – 9:00 PM, with check-in at 5:00 PM. Participants will be evaluated by a Selection Committee, consisting of SPORTIME/JMTA directors, coaches and leaders, including Lawrence Kleger, JMTA Co-Director, and Patrick McEnroe, who recently joined JMTA as Lawrence’s Co-Director. The Tryout will include tennis and athletic drills and point/match play.


“The tryout and combine have become ‘can’t-miss’ events for aspiring young tennis players and athletes at various skill levels,” said JMTA Co-Director Lawrence Kleger. “It’s part of our mission to make tennis available to any talented player, regardless of financial means. We’re looking forward to a great weekend and an opportunity to meet new talented athletes.”


The Athletic Scouting Combine is open to kids, ages 5-10, with little or no tennis experience, who currently excel in other sports and/or who demonstrate an above-average athletic skill set. The Combine will be held from 2 – 4:30 PM on Sunday, April 9. The Combine is publicized throughout SPORTIME Randall’s Island’s neighboring communities, including East Harlem and the South Bronx. Children who have participated in the JMTP’s school and community-based programming are encouraged to attend. Participants will engage in a variety of physical tests and games, designed by SPORTIME/JMTA coaches, to assess objective, measurable capacities such as speed, strength, agility and hand-eye coordination. Other attributes such as attitude, concentration, energy and competitive spirit will be considered in the awarding of scholarships.


Scholarship winners for both the Tryout and the Athletic Scouting Combine will be notified at a later date.


SPORTIME Randall’s Island is located at One Randall’s Island, in Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan. For more information, parents of interested players/athletes can email or visit


Proper athletic attire, including footwear, is required. Participants will have access to locker room and shower facilities. Water will be available on court. Cafe will be available on-site. SPORTIME Randall’s Island features a full-service pro shop, as well as professional stringing services. Registrants can visit for online registration or to print and submit via postal mail, online form or fax.


LTA Names Davis Cup Squad; Andy Murray Sidelined with Injury

(March 28, 2017) The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has today named the Great Britain squad to contest the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group quarter-final against France from April 7-9, 2017 at the  Kindarena, Rouen, France.


The Aegon GB Davis Cup Team, which will be led by captain Leon Smith, will comprise of:

  • Kyle Edmund (S-45)
  • Dan Evans (S- 43)
  • Jamie Murray (D-7)
  • Dominic Inglot (D-45)

Speaking on the announcement, Aegon GB Davis Cup Captain Leon Smith said: “In Dan and Kyle we have two Top-50 singles players who are improving all the time on the tour and both with games capable of upsetting higher ranked opponents. Jamie and Dom once again combine as our doubles team and will draw much confidence after performing so well recently to win key rubbers against Serbia and Canada to defeat Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil.

“This is a team with significant Davis Cup experience now and these guys have all stepped up and delivered performances at the very top of the competition. Not having Andy in the side is obviously a big loss to our team but most importantly we all wish him well for a speedy recovery back to full health and fitness. I know that he would really want to be here with the rest of the team.

“Facing France in a Davis Cup tie is a tough test for any group of players and this Rouen quarterfinal will be no exception. They have the strongest depth of squad by far, out of any nation in the competition.

“The dedication of our fans is something special. This was demonstrated most recently by the incredible support we received in Ottawa. For me and all of the players they feel very much part of this team.”


Tara McGregor-Woodhams, Head of Brand and Sponsorship Aegon UK, added: “We wish Leon and all of the Aegon GB Davis Cup team the very best of luck against France.  We are so proud to support the team, especially during this historic period for British tennis. Leon and his team delivered a remarkable victory against France at The Queen’s Club in 2015 and we look forward to another thrilling encounter between these two great tennis nations.”


Great Britain and France are meeting for the 22nd time and for the second time in three years. The previous meeting, in their 2015 championship winning year, saw Great Britain triumph 3-1 in a memorable encounter at The Queen’s Club, London.


The winners of the tie will face either Serbia or Spain in the semifinals from September 15-17, 2017. For further information please go to


Miami Open Tennis – Monday Results, Tuesday Schedule

$6,993,450 (ATP)
$6,993,450 (WTA)
20 MARCH – 2 APRIL, 2017



Singles – Third Round
[1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d M. Jaziri (TUN) 63 64
[4] R. Federer (SUI) d [29] J. del Potro (ARG) 63 64
[8] D. Goffin (BEL) d D. Schwartzman (ARG) 46 63 75
[10] T. Berdych (CZE) d [24] G. Muller (LUX) 63 64
[12] N. Kyrgios (AUS) d [17] I. Karlovic (CRO) 64 67(4) 76(2)
[14] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d [22] S. Querrey (USA) 36 62 63
[16] A. Zverev (GER) d [18] J. Isner (USA) 67(5) 76(7) 76(5)
A. Mannarino (FRA) d B. Coric (CRO) 64 26 76(3)

Doubles – Second Round
N. Monroe (USA) / J. Sock (USA) d [1] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) 36 76(5) 10-8
B. Baker (USA) / D. Nestor (CAN) d [2] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) walkover
[6] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) d J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) 64 36 11-9

Singles – Fourth Round
[1] A. Kerber (GER) d [Q] R. Ozaki (JPN) 62 62
[2] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) d [15] B. Strycova (CZE) 61 64
[4] S. Halep (ROM) d [14] S. Stosur (AUS) 46 75 62
L. Safarova (CZE) d [4] D. Cibulkova (SVK) 76(5) 61
[11] V. Williams  (USA) d [7] S. Kuznetsova RUS) 63 76(4)
[12] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d [6] G. Muguruza (ESP) 76(1) 00 Retired
[10] J. Konta (GBR) d L. Arruabarrena (ESP) 75 61
[26] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) d [WC] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) 75 64

Doubles – Second Round
[3] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) d T. Babos (HUN) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 16 61 10-4
[4] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Peng (CHN) d S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN) 57 60 12-10
[5] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) d [PR] A. Barty (AUS) / C. Dellacqua (AUS) 62 63



STADIUM start 11:00 am
ATP – F. Delbonis (ARG) vs [2] K. Nishikori (JPN)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [26] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs [2] Ka. Pliskova (CZE)
ATP – [5] R. Nadal (ESP) vs N. Mahut (FRA)
ATP – [4] R. Federer (SUI) vs [14] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)

Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – [12] C. Wozniacki (DEN) vs L. Safarova (CZE)

Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – [12] N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs [8] D. Goffin (BEL)

GRANDSTAND start 10:50 am
ATP – F. Fognini (ITA) vs D. Young (USA)
ATP – [13] J. Sock (USA) vs [Q] J. Donaldson (USA)
ATP – [10] T. Berdych (CZE) vs A. Mannarino (FRA)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – [1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs [16] A. Zverev (GER)

COURT 1 start 1:00 pm
WTA – [3] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) vs [6] V. King (USA) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ)
WTA – G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Y. Xu (CHN) vs L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / C. Liang (CHN)
WTA – S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [4] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Peng (CHN)
ATP – N. Monroe (USA) / J. Sock (USA) vs [7] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Granollers (ESP)


Roger Federer Beats Juan Martin del Potro at Miami Open

(March 27, 2017) No. 4 seed Roger Federer moved into the fourth round of the Miami Open on Monday afternoon with a 6-3, 6-4 win over No. 29 seed Juan martin del Potro.

A break in each set secured the victory for the Swiss, the first time he’s played the Argentine since 2013.

“I felt like I was in control and I was able to generate more chances than he did,” noted the world No. 6.

“I mean, a little bit out of nowhere I felt like he got his chances, but maybe because I dropped my level ever so slightly and gave him few easy points, and that’s how he sort of got more chances on my serve.

“So I feel like I earned it more. I was more the aggressor. It was more on my racquet, and I like it that way.

“But, again, if he would’ve broken back in the first and would he have broken back in the second, we might still be playing and things would be very, very different right now.

“I thought it was a good match.”

Juan Martin Del Potro

“Well, it’s not easy play against Roger because he has good forehand, good backhand, slice, dropshot, everything,” said the 2008 U. S. Open champion.

“But think I did my best, and I had chance in both sets and I couldn’t take it. He played well in the break point moments, and I think that was the only difference of the match.”

Federer will match up against 14th seed Roberto Bautista Agut, who beat Sam Querrey.

“I respect Bautista Agut a lot,” Federer said. “He competes so well point for point, day in day out, and he plays ton of tournaments, and he’s really just match tough.”

“I have a really good record against Roberto. I hope I can use my variation to really make him feel uncomfortable.

“Looking forward to backing it up tomorrow now. It’s not something I’m actually used to, playing back-to-back days. So I hope my body is going to be fine tomorrow.

“That’s why definitely it was key also today not to waste too much energy.”

Alexander Zverev saved three match points to defeat John Isner 6-7(5), 7-6(7), 7-6(5).

In a battle between two former Miami Open champions, No. 11 seed Venus Williams defeated seventh seed Svetlanta Kuznetsova 6-3, 7-6(4). Williams saved two set points in the second set.

Angelique Kerber

No. 1 Angelique Kerber has reached the elite 8 in Miami. The two-time major champion beat Risa Ozaki 6-2, 6-2.

Caroline Wozniacki is also in the the quarters. Garbine Muguruza retired after the first set after feeling dizzy and having stomach pain.

Wozniacki, the 12th seed, will play former French Open finalist Lucie Safarova, who stunned fourth seed Dominika Cibulkova 7-6, 6-1.

Third seed Simona Halep avoided the upset, coming back from a set, 2-5 and a match point to beat Samantha Stosur. Also moving into the quarterfainls were 10th seed Johanna Konta and 26th seed Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

Karolina Pliskova

In an all-Czech battle, Karolina Pliskova beat occasional doubles Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-4.


More to follow


Miami Open Tennis – Sunday Results, Monday Schedule

$6,993,450 (ATP)
$6,993,450 (WTA)
20 MARCH – 2 APRIL, 2017


Singles – Third Round
[2] K. Nishikori (JPN) d [25] F. Verdasco (ESP) 76(2) 67(5) 61
[Q] J. Donaldson (USA) d [3] M. Raonic (CAN) walkover
[5] R. Nadal (ESP) d [26] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) 06 62 63
[13] J. Sock (USA) d J. Vesely (CZE) 63 76(0)
N. Mahut (FRA) d G. Pella (ARG) 64 63
F. Fognini (ITA) d J. Chardy (FRA) 36 64 64
D. Young (USA) d B. Paire (FRA) 76(2) 64
F. Delbonis (ARG) d J. Struff (GER) 76(5) 61

Doubles – Second Round
[3] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d [WC] N. Kyrgios (AUS) / M. Reid (AUS) 63 64
[4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d P. Lorenzi (ITA) / J. Sousa (POR) 60 63
[7] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Granollers (ESP) d G. Muller (LUX) / S. Querrey (USA) 64 67(5) 10-6
M. Cilic (CRO) / N. Mektic (CRO) d J. Isner (USA) / S. Johnson (USA) 75 63
[PR] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) d A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER) 46 64 10-8

Singles – Third Round
[1] A. Kerber (GER) d S. Rogers (USA) 64 75
[3] S. Halep (ROU) d [Q] A. Kontaveit (EST) 63 60
[7] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d [Q] T. Townsend (USA) 64 62
L. Arruabarrena (ESP) d [8] M. Keys (USA) 75 75
[10] J. Konta (GBR) d P. Parmentier (FRA) 64 60
[11] V. Williams (USA) d [Q] P. Tig (ROU) 63 60
[14] S. Stosur (AUS) d S. Peng (CHN) 46 63 75
[Q] R. Ozaki (JPN) d J. Goerges (GER) 76(5) 63

Doubles – Second Round
A. Klepac (SLO) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d [1] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) 64 61
[2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) d A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) 60 62
[6] V. King (USA) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) d D. Jurak (CRO) / A. Rodionova (AUS) 75 62
S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) d [7] R. Atawo (USA) / H. Chan (TPE) 06 75 10-1


STADIUM start 11:00 am
WTA – [15] B. Strycova (CZE) vs [2] K. Pliskova (CZE)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [6] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs [12] C. Wozniacki (DEN)
ATP – [4] R. Federer (SUI) vs [29] J. del Potro (ARG)
ATP – [18] J. Isner (USA( vs [16] A Zverev (GER)

Not Before 7:30 pm
ATP – [1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs M. Jaziri (TUN)

Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA – [11] V. Williams (USA) vs [7] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
ATP – [10] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [24] G. Muller (LUX)
ATP – [22] S. Querrey (USA) vs [14] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)

Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – [1] A. Kerber (GER) vs [Q] R. Ozaki (JPN)
ATP – [12] N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs [17] I. Karlovic (CRO)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – D. Schwartzman (ARG) vs [8] D. Goffin (BEL)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – L. Safarova (CZE) vs [4] D. Cibulkova (SVK)
ATP – A. Mannarino (FRA) vs B. Coric (CRO)
WTA – [26] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs [WC] B. Mattek-Sands (USA)
WTA – [10] J. Konta (GBR) vs L. Arruabarrena (ESP)
WTA – [3] S. Halep (ROU) vs [14] S. Stosur (AUS)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
ATP – [6] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) vs J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU)
ATP – B. Baker (USA) / D. Nestor (CAN) v [2] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA)
WTA – [PR] A. Barty (AUS) / C. Dellacqua (AUS) vs [5] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI)
ATP – [1] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) vs N. Monroe (USA) / J. Sock (USA)


Rafael Nadal Rallies To Reach Fourth Round at Miami Open; Venus Williams Advances

Rafael Nadal

(March 26, 2017) Rafael Nadal rebounded from a shutout set on Sunday to beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 0-6, 6-2, 6-3 to reach the fourth round at the Miami Open.

“He was doing everything good,” Nadal said of his opponent. “So that’s sport, as I said hundred of times, is easy, and when somebody is playing the way that he was playing the first set, what have to do is lose the set because he was playing too good. That’s it.

“Then match is long, and positive thing is I hold very well the pressure this afternoon after a very tough first set. I resisted well the first few games on the second, and then I think I played a great second and third set.”

This was Nadal’s 1000th career match , putting him at No. 11 on the all-time list.

“1000 matches is a lot of matches obvious and good news, because that says that I am having a long career. That’s something important, especially that during a lot of years I heard that I going to have a short career. So it’s something important for me.

“Yes, during the match was good feelings to have a comeback like I had today. The first match I remember very well because it was at home in Mallorca. It was my first victory on the ATP. Was a great feeling.”

Nadal will play Nicolas Mahut for a spot in the quarterfinals.

Nadal said: “He’s playing great, no? He had already couple of great victories here. He’s a very dangerous opponent. His serve is huge and he’s able to play so aggressive, hitting the ball very, very early and going to the net very often.

“So he’s a player that I need to be quick and trying to be very solid with my serve, because I know that probably I don’t going to have a lot of options on the return, no?”

The fifth seeded Nadal is seeking his first Miami Open title, having reached the final four times.


Kei Nishikori

No. 2 seed Kei Nishikori beat No. 25 Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (2), 6-7 (5), 6-1 in two hours and 44 minutes. The man from Japan failed to close out the match in straight sets, holding a match point in the ninth game of the second set.

“I knew it’s going to be a tough one,” Nishikori said. Fernando is very solid player. He has great serve and great groundstrokes. I knew it’s going to be a long rallies.

“But it was a little bit shame when I was up a break both sets, first and second sets, and went to 7-6 both sets. That was something I made some mistakes when I was up a break.

“But in the third set I was very focused. Even though after first and second was tough, tough sets, I was try to play more energy, and I think everything was working well in the third set.

“So, yeah, it was tough one, but I’m very happy to win today.”


No. 3 seed Milos Raonic was forced to pull out of the tournaments with a right hamstring injury, which has sidelined him for most of the last month.

“It’s related to the previous injury I sustained almost four weeks ago, if not a little bit more than four weeks ago, in Delray. It’s the same muscle in the hamstring up high,” said the Canadian..

“It got progressively worse after my first round, after practicing yesterday, and it seemed like it was not possible for me to compete today without putting myself at significant risk.”


Venus Williams

The 36-year-old Venus Williams moved into the round of 16 with a 6-3, 6-0 win over qualifier Patricia Maria Tig.

“I love South Florida,” she told the crowd after her win “It’s really home.”

The 11th seed and three-time Miami champion was asked about the potential relocation of the tournament. Williams lives 100 miles away from Key Biscayne in Palm Beach Gardens.

“It hasn’t been easy. I’m very biased. I would love it to stay here because it’s been a staple of my life just as a child coming here and being from South Florida. I would love it to happen, and hopefully it’s in the cards.”

Per the Miami Herald, the Dolphins owner is interested in buying the tournament.
“He loves tennis, I love tennis, so, mmm, let’s keep it in South Florida,” Williams said. Yeah. If it works, I would love that.”

The seven-time major champion will play No. 7 seed and 2006 Miami Open winner Svetlana Kuznetsova.

No. 1 player Angelique Kerber needed to rally from breaks in both sets to beat American Shelby Rogers 6-4, 7-5.

No. 8 seed Madison Keys lost to unseeded Lara Arruabarrena 7-5, 7-5.

Other seeded winners: No. 3 Simona Halep, No. 10 Johanna Konta and No. 14 Sam Stosur.



Fanselow defeats Klahn to capture USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas title


CALABASAS, Calif., — Whether it was his serving, baseline attack or return game, Sebastian Fanselow of Germany could do little wrong during Sunday’s championship match of the USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas.


The 25-year-old Fanselow, a former standout at Pepperdine who now resides in Los Angeles, played almost flawlessly in defeating Bradley Klahn of Poway, Calif., 6-3, 6-2 at the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center. Fanselow, who needed a little more than an hour to win the match, faced only one break point and won 75 percent of the points when putting his first serve in play.


Fanselow, who joins other notable stars like Michael Chang and Mark Philippoussis to win at Calabasas, secured his third ITF Futures title this year. It’s a trend Fanselow hopes can continue.


“I think 2017 has been a great year so far for me,” said Fanselow, whose other two tournament victories came in Jakarta, Indonesia in February. “By the wins you pick up you gain confidence. My confidence level now is very high.”


Fanselow, ranked No. 386, entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed and did not drop a set in his four matches. He maintained that high level of play on Sunday.


I felt I was able to execute fairly well and make (Klahn) feel uncomfortable for most of the match,” Fanselow said. “I think the biggest thing with him is to get his serve back and put as many balls in the court as possible off the return. I felt I was able to do that and once I got into the rally I had a bit of the upper hand today.”


The loss marked the second time Klahn has finished as the runner-up at Calabasas. The former Stanford star lost in the 2013 final to Sanam Singh of India.


For the 763rd-ranked Klahn, who was granted a wild card into the event, it was a disappointing loss following four impressive wins to reach the final. The 26-year-old left-hander, who was once ranked No. 63 in the world in 2014 and has played in the U.S. Open three times, is starting to find his winning form after missing most of the 2015 and 2016 seasons due to back surgery.


“I wasn’t able to get into my game plan like I had been in my previous four matches,” said Klahn as he spoke to the crowd just before the awards ceremony.


Klahn did bounce back from losing in the singles final to capture the doubles championship later in the afternoon. Playing alongside fellow American Connor Smith, the No. 4 seeds defeated No. 2 seeds Farris Fathi Gosea of Great Britain and Alex Lawson of the United States 6-4, 6-7 (5, 10-5.



Sunday’s Singles Final


Sebastian Fanselow (4), GER def. Bradley Klahn, USA (wc) 6-3, 6-2.


Sunday’s Doubles Final

Bradley Klahn, USA / Connor Smith (4), USA def. Farris Fathi Gosea, GBR / Alex Lawson (2), USA, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 10-5.


Miami Open Tennis – Friday Results, Saturday Schedule


$6,993,450 (ATP)
$6,993,450 (WTA)
20 MARCH – 2 APRIL, 2017


Singles – Second Round
[2] K. Nishikori (JPN) d K. Anderson (RSA) 64 63
[3] M. Raonic (CAN) d V. Troicki (SRB) 63 75
[5] R. Nadal (ESP) d D. Sela (ISR) 63 64
J. Chardy (FRA) d [7] M. Cilic (CRO) 64 26 63
G. Pella (ARG) d [9] G. Dimitrov (BUL) 63 76(4)
D. Young (USA) d [11] L. Pouille (FRA) 62 64
[13] J. Sock (USA) d Y. Nishioka (JPN) 24 Retired
F. Delbonis (ARG) d [15] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) 16 75 62
J. Vesely (CZE) d [19] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 76(5) 46 63
J. Struff (GER) d [20] G. Simon (FRA) 61 61
B. Paire (FRA) d [21] P. Cuevas (URU) 75 60
N. Mahut (FRA) d [23] S. Johnson (USA) 64 57 64
[25] F. Verdasco (ESP) d [Q] E. Escobedo (USA) 76(9) 75
[26] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) d T. Fritz (USA) 75 36 76(4)
[Q] J. Donaldson (USA) d [28] M. Zverev (GER) 64 64
F. Fognini (ITA) d [30] J. Sousa (POR) 76(8) 26 63

First Round
M. Jaziri (TUN) d A. Dolgopolov (UKR) 76(4) 00 Retired
[WC] T. Bellucci (BRA) d S. Robert (FRA) 76(5) 62

Doubles – First Round
[PR] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) d [5] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) 63 75
[WC] N. Kyrgios (AUS) / M. Reid (AUS) d R. Bopanna (IND) / P. Cuevas (URU) 75 36 10-7
M. Cilic (CRO) / N. Mektic (CRO) d D. Schwartzman (ARG) / H. Zeballos (ARG) 36 63 10-7
P. Lorenzi (ITA) / J. Sousa (POR) d [WC] A. Rublev (RUS) / M. Ymer (SWE) 76(4) 61
A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER) d D. Thiem (AUT) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) 64 63
B. Baker (USA) / D. Nestor (CAN) d O. Marach (AUT) / M. Pavic (CRO) 67(3) 76(4) 11-9

Singles – Second Round
[3] S. Halep (ROU) d N. Osaka (JPN) 64 26 63
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) d C. Mchale (USA) 06 76(6) 64
[7] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d M. Minella (LUX) 62 62
[8] M. Keys (USA) d V. Golubic (SUI) 61 62
[10] J. Konta (GBR) d [Q] A. Sasnovich (BLR) 62 67(5) 64
[WC] A. Tomljanovic (CRO) d [13] E. Vesnina (RUS) 36 64 75
[14] S. Stosur (AUS) d [WC] A. Barty (AUS) 64 64
[15] B. Strycova (CZE) d J. Larsson (SWE) 46 63 76(3)
S. Cirstea (ROU) d [19] A. Sevastova (LAT) 76(4) 36 63
S. Peng (CHN) d [21] C. Garcia (FRA) 64 60
[Q] P. Tig (ROU) d [22] K. Mladenovic (FRA) 76(4) 62
P. Parmentier (FRA) d [24] T. Babos (HUN) 67(1) 62 60
[Q] T. Townsend (USA) d [25] R. Vinci (ITA) 63 62
L. Arruabarrena (ESP) d [28] I. Begu (ROU) 36 64 63
S. Rogers (USA) d [31] D. Kasatkina (RUS) 64 57 60
[Q] A. Kontaveit (EST) d [32] E. Makarova (RUS) 67(1) 62 62

Doubles – First Round
[1] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) d [WC] J. Jankovic (SRB) / T. Townsend (USA) 64 61
[5] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) d L. Hradecka (CZE) / K. Siniakova (CZE) 57 75 10-7
D. Jurak (CRO) / A. Rodionova (AUS) d C. Mchale (USA) / A. Rosolska (POL) 75 16 10-8
A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) d S. Errani (ITA) / M. Niculescu (ROU) 64 63


STADIUM start 11:00 am
ATP – [1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs H. Zeballos (ARG)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [6] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs [30] S. Zhang (CHN)
ATP – [4] R. Federer (SUI) vs [Q] F. Tiafoe (USA)

Not Before 4:30 pm
WTA – K. Flipkens (BEL) vs [4] D. Cibulkova (SVK)

8:00 pm
ATP – R. Haase (NED) vs [29] J. del Potro (ARG)

Not Before 9:30 pm
WTA – S. Cirstea (ROU) vs [12] C. Wozniacki (DEN)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
WTA – [17] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [WC] B. Mattek-Sands (USA)
ATP – [22] S. Querrey (USA) vs [PR] T. Robredo (ESP)
ATP – [18] J. Isner (USA) vs [WC] T. Bellucci (BRA)
ATP – B. Coric (CRO) vs [6] D. Thiem (AUT)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – [12] N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs D. Dzumhur (BIH)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – [27] D. Ferrer (ESP) vs D. Schwartzman (ARG)

Not Before 12:30 pm
ATP – [10] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [WC] A. Rublev (RUS)
WTA – [5] A. Radwanska (POL) vs [26] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO)
ATP – Y. Lu (TPE) vs [16] A. Zverev (GER)
WTA – [27] Y. Putintseva (KAZ) vs [2] Ka. Pliskova (CZE)
ATP – [3] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs F. Martin (FRA) / M. Matkowski (POL)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – [WC] A. Tomljanovic (CRO) vs L. Safarova (CZE)
ATP – [Q] D. King (BAR) vs [8] D. Goffin (BEL)
ATP – M. Jaziri (TUN) vs [31] F. Lopez (ESP)
ATP – [Q] M. Kukushkin (KAZ) vs [14] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)
ATP – J. Isner (USA) / S. Johnson (USA) vs [8] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) 00

COURT 7 start 11:00 am
ATP – A. Seppi (ITA) vs [24] G. Muller (LUX)

Not Before 12:30 pm
ATP – [32] P. Lorenzi (ITA) vs A. Mannarino (FRA)
WTA – [15] B. Strycova (CZE) vs [Q] J. Cepelova (SVK)
ATP – A. Kuznetsov (RUS) vs [17] I. Karlovic (CRO)
WTA – K. Bertens (NED) / J. Larsson (SWE) vs [6] V. King (USA) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ)

COURT 8 start 11:00 am
ATP – T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) vs [4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – O. Kalashnikova (GEO) / A. Muhammad (USA) vs [2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)
ATP – D. Inglot (GBR) / F. Mergea (ROU) vs [2] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA)
ATP – A. Qureshi (PAK) / G. Simon (FRA) vs N. Monroe (USA) / J. Sock (USA)
WTA – [PR] A. Barty (AUS) / C. Dellacqua (AUS) vs M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) / C. Vandeweghe (USA)

COURT 9 start 11:00 am
WTA – [8] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) vs G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Y. Xu (CHN)
X. Knoll (SUI) / A. Krunic (SRB) vs S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN)
WTA-After Suitable Rest – [WC] A. Tomljanovic (CRO) / H. Watson (GBR) vs T. Babos (HUN) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
ATP – A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) / F. Verdasco (ESP) vs [7] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Granollers (ESP)
[3] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) vs D. Schuurs (NED) / R. Voracova (CZE)

COURT 10 start 11:00 am
ATP – J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs V. Troicki (SRB) / M. Venus (NZL)
ATP – [1] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) vs J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL)
ATP – [6] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) vs [PR] T. Haas (GER) / L. Pouille (FRA)
WTA – [7] R. Atawo (USA) / H. Chan (TPE) vs S. Stosur (AUS) / S. Zhang (CHN)

COURT 5 start 3:00 pm
WTA – [WC] N. Osaka (JPN) / M. Puig (PUR) vs [4] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Peng (CHN)



Rafael Nadal Begins Another Quest for First Miami Title; Venus Williams Wins Late Night Match

Rafael Nadal

(March 24, 2017) Rafael Nadal began his quest for his first Miami Open with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Israel’s Dudi Sela on Friday at the Miami Open in Key Biscayne, Florida.


The Spaniard is playing in this tournament for the 13th time in his career. Although the 14-time major winner has never taken home the Miami trophy, he’s been a finalist four times – in 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2014 coming within two points of the title against Novak Djokovic.


“I think I was four times in the final. Probably I should win the first one.”

“Then I have another good chance, but I was in the final against Novak (Djkokovic).


“6-5, 15-30, didn’t happen,” Noted the fifth seed, and the other two finals I didn’t play very well, no?”
“I think probably even if I was not in the final, the year that I was closer to win was the year that I got injury against (Andy) Roddick in that semifinals. Was winning – never easy against Andy, no – but I have the match a little bit under control and I get injury of my knee, no, and then I lost in three sets.

“I was playing great that year. I thought that was my year. But in tennis is always the same. Life the same. “You have opportunities. If you don’t convert these opportunities, then it’s tough, no?

“But I am still playing tennis and I am still here fighting for the things that motivates me. My motivation is play enough well to have chances here.”


The top two players in the world, combining for 8 Miami titles, will give someone else a chance to win this year as both six-time champion Djokovic and two-time champion Andy Murray, withdrew with right with elbow injuries.


Venus Williams

In the women’s field, 23-time major champion Serena Williams pulled out of both Indian Wells and Miami with a knee injury, but older sister Venus, the 11th seed opened her tournament with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Beatriz Haddad Maia in the last match on center court during evening session.


Top seed Angelique Kerber bested Ying-Ying Duan 7-6(3), 6-2 while third seed Simona Halep also advanced with three-set win over Naomi Osaka 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.


Sixth seed Garbine Muguruza saved a match point to get past Christina McHale 0-6, 7-6(6), 6-4 in match which carried over to Friday when rain suspened the match on Thursday night.


“I think I had a second chance probably with the rain and stuff,” said Muguruza.

“It was a very — it had everything in the match. She started playing well the first set yesterday and I think my game was not exactly how I wanted to be of I was missing by a little and then she was not missing at all.

‘Then I just forgot about it. I woke up today and said, Hey, this is not over. Went to the court, I fight, and I got it again.”
Last week’s winner at Indian Wells, was an upset victim on Friday. Elena Vesnina, seeded 13th lost her second-round match to wildcard Ajla Tomljanovic 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.


Vesnina’s Russian countrywoman, seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova who lost to Vesnina in the Indian Wells final, moved into the third round with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Mandy Minella.


Other seeds losing on Friday included: [19] Anastasija Sevastova, [20] Carla Suarez Navarro, [21] Caroline Garcia, [22] Kristina Mladenovic, [24] Timea Babos, [25] R. Vinci, [28] I. Begu, [31] D. Kasatkina and [32] Ekaterina Makarova.

American qualifier Taylor Townsend, ranked 111th in the world defeated No. 25 Roberta Vinci 6-3, 6-2.


Upsets on the men’s side included: [7] Marin Cilic, [9] Grigor Dimitrov, [11] Lucas Pouille, [15] Pablo Carreno Busta, [19] A. Ramos-Vinolas, [20] Gilles Simon, [21] Pablo Cuevas, [23] Steve Johnson, [28] Mischa Zverev and [30] Joao Sousa.


Kei Nishikori

Second seed Kei Nishikori beat Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-3 to reach the third round. So did third seed Milos Raonic, playing his first event since late February when a right leg injury put him on an injury hiatus.


“I have to be very happy with just the outcome, that I was able to get the win today, that I have another chance to play in two days,” said the Canadian.

“Hopefully I can continue to progress throughout this tournament.”


“I’ve prepared the best I can for this tournament,” Raonic said. “I’m not necessarily in the best position right now, but fortunately it’s a long tournament. Doesn’t mean things can’t change and I can’t get better throughout this event.”


Top seed McDonald rolls into semifinals at USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas

CALABASAS, Calif., — Mackenzie McDonald’s performance at this week’s USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas has been flawless for the most part, however the young American sputtered just briefly in his quarterfinal match on Friday afternoon.


McDonald, the No. 1 seed at the $25,000 Futures event, nonetheless had little trouble dispatching unseeded Daniel Nolan of Australia 6-2, 6-4 despite losing his serve in consecutive games. All in all it was another solid performance from the 21-year-old Californian, who has dropped just 11 games in his three matches.


Nolan felt pressured by McDonald from the opening game as the former UCLA standout took charge and eventually broke his 20-year-old opponent the first three times he served en route to grabbing a 5-0 lead. McDonald dropped serve trying to close out a 6-0 first set and in his first service game of the second set, but righted the ship and secured the victory in one hour and 12 minutes.


McDonald moves on to face No. 4 seed Sebastian Fanselow, a 6-3, 6-4 winner over No. 8 seed Jared Hiltzik, in Saturday’s semifinals. Fanselow, a former standout at Pepperdine, has also won his first three matches in straight sets.


Fanselow, a 25-year-old from Germany, raced to a 3-0 in the first set to take control and eventually got the key break he needed in the fifth game of the second set.


One of Friday’s closest matches involved wild-card entrant Bradley Klahn against a qualifier, Karue Sell of Jaragua du Sul, Brazil. Klahn, a former Stanford standout, prevailed 7-6 (2), 6-4.


Klahn and Sell put on a serving clinic in the first set, a set which saw both players never face a break point. Klahn proved the better player in the tiebreaker as the 27-year-old Californian took a 3-0 lead and finally win it 7-2.


Sell, who upset No. 2 seed Calvin Hemery of France on Wednesday, generated only one break-point opportunity in the match but failed to convert. Klahn only had two break-point chances, but cashed in on the first one he generated in the third game of the second set to create the lead he needed and secure his spot in the semifinals.


Klahn’s opponent in his Saturday semifinal will be No. 6 seed Marcos Giron, who defeated No. 3 seed Tommy Paul of Boca Raton, Fla., 6-4, 6-4. Giron, from nearby Thousand Oaks and the 2014 winner of this event, served 77 percent on his first serves and converted three of his 11 break-point chances.


There were also four quarterfinal doubles matches on Friday, highlighted by Americans Gonzalez Austin and Nathaniel Lammons knocking out No. 1 seeds Sergey Betov of Belarus  and Luis David Martinez of Venezuela 6-4, 7-5.


The No. 2 seeds, Farris Fathi Gosea of Great Britain and Alex Lawson of the United States, advanced to the semifinals with a 6-1, 7-6 (4) win over Americans Brandon Anandan and Clay Thompson.




Friday’s Quarterfinal Singles Scores

wc: wild card

Bradley Klahn, USA (wc) def. Karue Sell, BRA, 7-6 (2), 6-4.

Mackenzie McDonald (1), USA def. Daniel Nolan, AUS, 6-2, 6-4.

Sebastian Fanselow (4), GER def. Jared Hiltzik (8), USA, 6-3, 6-4.

Marcos Giron (6), USA def. Tommy Paul (3), USA, 6-4, 6-4.



Friday’s  Quarterfinal Doubles Scores

Bradley Klahn, USA / Connor Smith, USA def. Henry Craig, USA / Miles Seemann, USA, 6-4, 6-1.

Farris Fathi Gosea, GBR / Alex Lawson (2), USA def. Brandon Anadan, USA / Clay Thompson, USA, 6-1, 7-6 (4).

Gonzalez Austin, USA / Nathaniel Lammons, USA. def. Sergey Betov, BLR / Luis David Martinez (1), VEN, 6-4, 7-5 Marcos Giron, USA / Julian Lenz, GER def. Benjamin Hannestad, DEN / Hunter Reese, USA,  6-4, 7-5.


Saturday’s events include the semifinals along with a USTA Junior Team Tennis Kid’s Tennis Carnival from 10:30 a.m. to noon.