February 13, 2016

Defending Champion Sofia Kenin Headlines Orange Bowl


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., November 30, 2015 – Defending champion and US Open girls’ finalist Sofia Kenin (17, Pembroke Pines, Fla.) headlines a talented Girls’ 18s field at next week’s Metropolia Orange Bowl that includes 2015 Grand Slam junior champions Dalma Galfi (US Open; Hungary), Sofya Zhuk (Wimbledon; Russia) and Tereza Mihalikova (Australian Open, Slovakia), along with a surplus of top American prospects. The 69th Metropolia Orange Bowl, featuring hundreds of premier 18-and-unders from around the world, will be played December 7-13 at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Fla.


Regarded as the longest-running international junior tennis tournament in the world, the Orange Bowl features singles and doubles competition for boys and girls in 18-and-under and 16-and-under divisions. It will be played on clay – the surface on which it was played from 1947 to 1998 – for the fifth straight year. Boys’ and Girls’ 18s qualifying begins on Sat., Dec. 5.


A Girls’ 18s field teeming with talent could very well yield rematches of several 2015 junior Grand Slam singles finals – Galfi and Kenin are both entered, as are Mihalikova and Australian Open finalist Katie Swan, of Great Britain. Top American juniors such as 2014 Orange Bowl Girls’ 18s finalist Ingrid Neel (17, Rochester, Minn.), Top-10 world-ranked junior Usue Arconada (17, College Park, Md.), 2015 Wimbledon quarterfinalist Michaela Gordon (16, Los Altos Hills, Calif.), 2014 US Open semifinalist Caroline Dolehide (17, Hinsdale, Ill.), 2014 USTA Girls’ 16s National Champion Kayla Day (16, Santa Barbara, Calif.), and Claire Liu (15, Thousand Oaks, Calif.), the youngest player in the Top 600 of the WTA rankings, are also expected to compete.


The Boys’ 18s field features talented international prospects, such as 2015 US Open doubles champion Felix Auger-Aliassime, of Canada, 2014 Orange Bowl Boys’ 18s finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas, of Greece and Casper Ruud, of Norway. Top college-bound American boys, such as TCU recruit Alex Rybakov (18, Coral Springs, Fla.) and Georgia recruit Nathan Ponwith (17, Scottsdale, Ariz.), join the next wave of U.S. prospects in this year’s field, led by 2014 Boys’ 16s champion Sam Riffice (16, Roseville, Calif.).


Metropolia returns for the third year as title sponsor of the Orange Bowl. A multinational organization with sectors in finance, infrastructure projects, information technology and sports business, Metropolia has its United States headquarters in Miami and formed a partnership to help operate the full-service Tier One Tennis Academy in Coral Gables, Fla.

The Orange Bowl returned to clay in 2011 for the first time since 1998, when it moved from the clay courts at Flamingo Park in Miami Beach to the hard courts of its previous location at the Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne. Many players compete in the Eddie Herr junior championships in Bradenton, Fla., the week prior to competing in the Orange Bowl.


Founded by Eddie Herr in 1947, the Orange Bowl quickly became one of the premier international junior events in the world and an annual showcase for the global scope of the game.  Players from more than 50 countries have competed in the tournament, and champions have emerged from 28 different nations.  A number of Orange Bowl champions have used the occasion to announce plans to turn professional.


Past winners of the Orange Bowl 18-and-under singles titles include: Chris Evert (1969, 1970), Bjorn Borg (1972), John McEnroe (1976), Ivan Lendl (1977), Gabriela Sabatini (1984), Mary Joe Fernandez (1985), Jim Courier (1987) and Anna Kournikova (1995). Roger Federer (1998), Elena Dementieva (1998), Andy Roddick (1999), Vera Zvonareva (2000, 2001), Marcos Baghdatis (2003), Nicole Vaidisova (2003) and Caroline Wozniacki (2005) all won the event on hard courts.


For more information on the 2015 Orange Bowl, visit www.orangebowltennis.org.


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Tennis Channel and USTA Form Digital-Subscription Partnership

Tennis Channel and USTA Form Digital-Subscription Partnership
USTA to offer Members and Other Tennis Enthusiasts Exclusive Discount Opportunity for Network’s Premium Tennis Channel Plus Streaming Service
NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES, November 30, 2015 -Tennis Channel and the United States Tennis Association (USTA) – the governing body of tennis in the United States – have formed a digital-subscription partnership centered on the channel’s Tennis Channel Plus service.
Beginning today, the USTA is Tennis Channel’s exclusive Tennis Channel Plus partner during the holiday season, now through December 31. In this period, USTA members are able to take 25-percent off Tennis Channel Plus‘ $79.99 annual subscription. Additionally, non-members who want to purchase the OTT service through the USTA are able to save 20-percent on an annual subscription.
The partnership will resume May 1 through June 5, during the lead-up to the French Open in late May. Of Tennis Channel Plus‘ year-round content, a significant lineup of live, multi-court coverage is available during the French Open.
Tennis Channel will support the USTA with an online video promo and creative elements to use in its membership outreach.
“This is a great opportunity for Tennis Channel and the USTA to put Tennis Channel Plus in front of other fans who want even more tennis than we can fit on TV,” said Adam Ware, senior vice president, head of digital, Tennis Chanel. “I can’t think of a better audience for Tennis Channel Plus than USTA members.”
Launched during the 2014 French Open, Tennis Channel Plus is available to everyone in the United States, regardless of whether they currently subscribe to Tennis Channel. The premium digital-subscription service offers exclusive content unavailable on the linear television network, including more than 650 live matches from more than 50 events. Among these are the French Open, Australian Open, Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Hopman cup, and numerous ATP and WTA tournaments. Beyond live coverage, Tennis Channel Plus features archived original network programming, highlights and thousands of hours of on-demand classic matches.
Tennis Channel and the USTA have worked together in various capacities since the channel first appeared on air in 2003. In addition to network coverage at a number of events it governs, the USTA made a financial investment in Tennis Channel in 2006. Tennis Channel currently produces a three-hour daily morning show from Arthur Ashe Stadium during the US Open, the largest tournament in tennis, as well as encore late-night match coverage throughout the event.

Ivan Lendl, Mardy Fish and Jill Craybas to Coach with USTA Player Development

Ivan Lendl ©TennisPanorama

Ivan Lendl ©TennisPanorama

From the USTA: (November 10, 2015) – The USTA today announced that eight-time Grand Slam singles champion Ivan Lendl, former world No. 7 Mardy Fish, and former American Olympian Jill Craybas will begin coaching with USTA Player Development as part of its strategy to involve former champions and top American players in the development of current American pros and juniors.


Lendl, Fish and Craybas will work with USTA Player Development on a part-time basis beginning this fall and winter. Lendl began working with a group of top 15- and 16-year old boys at a training camp held last week at Windsor in Vero Beach, Fla., and will continue working with the group through several USTA Pro Circuit and junior tournaments in November and December, and into next year. Fish will help lead several weeks of offseason training at the USTA Training Center – West in Carson, Calif., with a group of professional men. Craybas will begin working with a group of pro women during their offseason training at the USTA Training Center in Boca Raton, Fla.


The coaching partnerships are initial steps in USTA Player Development’s effort to be more deliberate in engaging past champions and former American professionals as coaches, advisors or mentors. In addition to Lendl, Fish and Craybas, USTA Player Development has also worked with or is planning to work with other former and current American pros, including Michael Russell, Brian Baker, Marianne Werdel and Ann Grossman-Wunderlich, among several others.


“We have done this on an informal basis – Andy Roddick, Jim Courier and Billie-Jean King, most notably, have been very generous with their time and willingness to work with our young pros – but we need to be more intentional about our outreach to former champions and top professionals,” said USTA Player Development General Manager Martin Blackman. “They have been in the second week of a Grand Slam or even hoisted the trophy on that final Sunday, and that is invaluable. We need to cultivate a culture that is characterized by a champion’s mindset, and when one of our young women or men spends time with a former champion, it creates a cultural connection that cannot be over-estimated.


“We are just in the beginning stages of our outreach, and there are American champions that we have not yet connected with, but so far the response has been overwhelmingly positive.”


Lendl, 55, is a former world No. 1 who won three US Open, three French Open and two Australian Open titles from 1984-90, and his 94 ATP World Tour titles rank second all-time. From 2012 to early 2014, Lendl coached Andy Murray to his first two Grand Slam singles titles, at the 2012 US Open and 2013 Wimbledon. Fish, 33, climbed to No. 7 in the world in 2011 and won six ATP World Tour titles in his career. He retired following a second-round finish at the 2015 US Open. Midway through his career, Fish committed to a disciplined approach to his conditioning and nutrition, which resulted in his best achievements and career-high ranking. Craybas, 41, played on tour for 18 years and represented the U.S. in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She won one singles title and five doubles titles on tour and won the NCAA women’s singles championship while at Florida in 1996.


Hawaii to Host Fed Cup for the First Time as USA Faces Poland in February


From the USTA : WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., October 20, 2015 – The USTA announced that the Holua Tennis Center at Holua Resort at Mauna Loa Village in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, has been selected as the site for the 2016 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II First Round between the United States and Poland, February 6-7.  Fed Cup is the world’s largest annual international team competition in women’s sport with approximately 100 nations taking part each year.


The best-of-five match series begins on Saturday, February 6, with two singles matches. It is followed by two reverse singles matches and the doubles match on Sunday, February 7. Matches will be played on an outdoor hard court.  U.S. Fed Cup Team Captain Mary Joe Fernandez will select the four players to represent the United States no later than ten days prior to the event. Poland is likely to be led by Agnieszka Radwanska, currently ranked No. 6 in the world.


This is the first time that Hawaii will host Fed Cup, becoming the 16th state to host this prestigious competition. Hawaii hosted Davis Cup, the men’s equivalent to Fed Cup, in Kohala Coast at the Mauna Lani Racquet Club in the 1992 World Group First Round, where the U.S. team of Andre Agassi, John McEnroe and Pete Sampras swept Argentina, 5-0. Hawaii also hosts a $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit men’s Challenger in mid-January in Maui and will be joined by a $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit women’s event that same week in Maui in 2016.


“We are thrilled to bring Fed Cup to Hawaii, as the USTA continues to grow the game of tennis in communities nationwide,” said Katrina Adams, USTA Chairman of the Board, CEO, and President. “Kailua Kona will create a one-of-a-kind atmosphere for Fed Cup and is a perfect location for our players. We look forward to Hawaii fans filling the stands and coming out to cheer Team USA to victory.”


The winner of this match advances to the World Group Playoff, held April 16-17, to compete for a spot in the 2017 World Group. The losing nation will play in the World Group II Playoff in April to remain in World Group II in 2017. The U.S. will compete in World Group II in 2016 for just the third time since the World Group format was instituted in 1995. (The U.S. also competed in the World Group II in 2012 and 2015; it has competed in the World Group all other years.)


The United States holds a 3-0 record over Poland in Fed Cup. The U.S. last faced Poland in the 1990 World Group First Round in Atlanta, sweeping the tie, 3-0. The U.S., who also faced Poland in 1974 and 1980, has never lost a point in Fed Cup to Poland. This will be the United States’ first home tie since 2014 in St. Louis, as the team competed on the road against Argentina and Italy this year.


Tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, December 11. The USTA has partnered with the USTA Hawaii Pacific Section and the Hawaii Tourism Authority to bring this event to Kailua Kona, while the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay will be the host hotel.


“We are all excited about the opportunity to host the Fed Cup here in Hawaii,” said Ron Romano, USTA Hawaii Pacific Executive Director. “We look forward to extending our Aloha Spirit to the players and everyone involved so they have a memorable experience.”


“We are honored that Hawai‘i was selected to serve as the host site for the Fed Cup,” said George D. Szigeti, HTA president and CEO. “Tennis is a globally popular sport and hosting this prestigious international event will elevate awareness of Hawaii as a premier sporting destination. We look forward to welcoming and sharing our Aloha spirit with players, fans and their families.”


The site selection is subject to final approval by the International Tennis Federation. Tennis Channel will present live daily coverage of the World Group II First Round.


Former USTA President David Haggerty Elected ITF President

January 12, 2012- CTDW Leadership - David A. Haggerty

January 12, 2012- CTDW Leadership – David A. Haggerty

From the ITF: (September 25, 2015) David Haggerty was elected ITF President at the ITF Annual General Meeting in Santiago, Chile on Friday. The 58-year old from the United States succeeds Francesco Ricci Bitti, whose 16-year term as ITF President ends today. Haggerty will serve a four-year term from 2015-19.


Haggerty was elected on the second ballot with 200 votes, over Anil Khanna (IND) with 192 votes. Rene Stammbach (SUI) and Juan Margets (ESP) were eliminated on the first ballot.


Haggerty is an experienced tennis administrator, having held a variety of roles within the United States Tennis Association (USTA) since 2001 and within the ITF since 2009. He served as Chairman, CEO and President of the USTA in 2013-14, and was a Vice President on the ITF Board of Directors in 2013-15. He is a former President of the Tennis Industry Association and a current board member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.


Away from tennis administration, Haggerty had a 30-year career in the racket industry, and is a former Chairman of Head USA, President of Penn Racquet Sports, and President of Dunlop Maxfli Slazenger Sports.


Outgoing president Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “I would like to congratulate David Haggerty on his election as ITF President, and wish him all the best for the future. It has been my pleasure to serve as President for the last 16 years, and I am confident that under David’s leadership, the organisation can continue to grow with the support of the ITF staff and our 210 member nations.”


Baughman Wins Claremont Club Pro Classic

Baughman and McDonald by Steve Pratt

Baughman and McDonald photo by Steve Pratt

By Steve Pratt

CLAREMONT, Calif., (Sept. 20, 2015) – Deiton Baughman wouldn’t admit that winning his third career USTA / ITF Pro Circuit title was any easier than the first two, but did express that he was glad Sunday’s $10,000 Futures singles title came with a lot less hours logged on court.


Baughman needed three sets to defeat Mackenzie McDonald on a hot Sunday, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, to win the 20th annual Claremont Club Pro Classic, a USTA Pro Circuit $10,000 Futures event that took place at the Claremont Club and was attended by USTA Pro Circuit Director Brian Earley, who recognized the event for 20 outstanding years.


Baughman, a 19-year-old pro from Carson, Calif., didn’t need to win a third set during his four wins and run to the final. Back in January on the clay in Sunrise, Fla., Baughman had to come back to win after losing the first set in his final four matches, and did the same in his final two matches to win his second Futures event ($15,000) in Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina in June.


“It was kind of nice to have my second Pro Circuit title in the States come that way and not to have to play a three-set match till the final,” Baughman said after receiving the $1,440 first-place check and 17 valuable ATP points. “After I lost the first set I just had to remind myself mentally that I’ve been in this situation before this year and been able to get it back down a set and a break or whatever.”


After dropping the first set 6-2, Baughman played more aggressive and focused getting an early break for a 3-0 lead. But down 1-4, McDonald was able to hold and break to get back to 3-4 on serve but Baughman promptly broke right back for 5-3 and then served out the second set.


“I had four break points against me in the first two (service) games in the first set,” Baughman said. “He just outplayed me. I just told myself I’m not playing terrible, he’s playing great and all I can do is raise my level.”


Baughman began the third set with a huge break of serve and continued to serve well hitting a huge ace to win the eighth game and go up 5-3 after being down love-30.


McDonald said the service game was the key to the match. “I thought my serve kind of decreased as the match went on, and I started to think about that,” said McDonald, a 20-year-old UCLA junior from Piedmont, Calif., playing in his first Pro Circuit final. “I thought I played really good tennis this week. I was really happy with a lot of things I did. I got to play five matches and I just have to keep getting better. I’m going to keep working on my serve.”


Baughman concluded: “I don’t feel like we both played our best. I look at my match in the quarterfinals against Gonzales (Austin) and his match in the semis yesterday against Collin (Altamirano) and they were just 10 times as better as this. Sometimes you get that in a final.”


Sunday’s Final Singles Result:

Deiton Baughman, U.S. (2), def. Mackenzie McDonald, U.S., 2-6, 6-3, 6-3


Final Doubles Result:

Jean-Yves Aubone, U.S. / Gonzales Austin, U.S. (2), def. Junior Ore, U.S. / Hunter Nicholas, U.S. (1), 7-5, 3-6, 10-6

For more information, check on the web at:www.procircuit.usta.com, www.claremontclub.com; Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Claremont-Club/236147226396


Prize Money/Points – $10,000 Men


SINGLES:                   Prize Money                Points

Winner                         $1,440                         17

Runner-up                   $848                            9

Semifinalist                 $502                            5

Quarterfinalist             $292                            2

Round of 16                $172                            1

Round of 32                $104                            —


DOUBLES:                 Prize Money (per team)

Winner                         $620

Runner-up                   $360

Semifinalist                 $216

Quarterfinalist             $128

Round of 16                $0


Claremont Past Champions


Year    Winner                                    Runner-Up

2014    Dennis Nevolo                        Salvatore Caruso (ITA)

2013    Marcos Giron (USA)               Dennis Novikov (USA)

2012    Daniel Kosakowski (USA)      Prakash Amritraj (IND)

2011    Steve Johnson (USA)             Darian King (BAR)

2010    Gary Sacks (RSA)                 Devin Britton (USA)

2009    Matej Bocko (SVK)                 Bradley Klahn (USA)

2008    Tigran Martirosyan (ARM)      Adriano Biasella (ITA)

2007    Carsten Ball (AUS)                 Robert Yim (USA)

2006    Dudi Sela (ISR)                       Sascha Kloer (GER)

2005    Benedikt Dorsch (GER)         Tyler Cleveland (USA)

2004    Bobby Reynolds (USA)          Huntley Montgomery (USA)

2003    Glenn Weiner (USA)               Jimy Szmymanski (VEN)

2002    Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)         Raven Klaasen (RSA)

2001    Marq Foster (USA)                 Huntley Montgomery (USA)

2000    Geoff Abrams (USA)              Daniel Andersson (SWE)

1999    Ryan Wolters (USA)               Jordan Kerr (AUS)

1998    Ville Liukko (FIN)                    Michael Mather (USA)

1997    Ofer Sela (ISR)                       Daniele Bracciali (ITA)

1996    Glenn Weiner (USA)               Cecil Mamiit (PHI)



Year     Winner

2014    Jeff Dadamo (USA) – Dennis Nevolo (USA)

2013    Carsten Ball (AUS) – Daniel Garza (MEX)

2012    Devon Britton (USA) – Reid Carleton (USA)

2011    Alexandre Lacroix (FRA) – Sanam Singh (IND)

2010    Taylor Fogleman (USA) – Chris Kearney (USA)

2009    Brett Joelson (USA) – Ashwin Kumar (USA)

2008    Marcus Fugate (USA) – Nima Roshan (AUS)

2007    Nikita Kryvonos (USA) – Michael McClune (USA)

2006    Ryler DeHeart (USA) – Dennis Zivkovic (USA)

2005    K.C. Corkery (USA) – James Pade (USA)

2004    Nick Rainey (USA) – Brian Wilson (USA)

2003    K.C. Corkery (USA) – James Pade (USA)

2002    Chris Magyary (USA) – Mirko Pehar (USA)

2001    Sebastien Jaeger (GER) – Alexander Waske (GER)

2000    Levar Harper-Griffith (USA) – Robert Kendrick (USA)

1999    Mark Loughrin (USA) – Ryan Wolters (USA)

1998    Simon Larose (CAN) – Jocelyn Robichaud (CAN)

1997    Lars Hjarrand (NOR) – Ross Loel (USA)

1996    Sascha Bandermann (GER) – Glenn Weiner (USA)



UCLA’s Mackenzie McDonald Advances at the Claremont Club Pro Classic

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By Steve Pratt

(September 18, 2015)  CLAREMONT, Calif., – It was only six days ago that Mackenzie McDonald was being watched by hundreds of ardent fans at one of the most iconic venues in all of tennis as he won three matches and captured the second annual American Collegiate Invitational played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.


The Claremont Club is a long way from Flushing, Queens, in New York City, but McDonald’s winning ways continued regardless as the 20-year-old UCLA junior advanced to the semifinals of the Claremont Club Pro Classic, a USTA Pro Circuit $10,000 Futures event, on Friday.


The unseeded McDonald beat Pac-12 rival and tournament qualifier Tom Fawcett, 6-2, 6-4, to improve his career record to 4-0 against the Stanford sophomore. The two previous wins came at the No. 1 position during the past dual-match season with McDonald eking out a close 7-6 (6), 6-7 (6), 10-8 win in mid-April in a Stanford team victory, 4-2.


“We played twice last year during the college season and once before in a pro event,” said McDonald, who is currently taking three courses this quarter in Westwood. “I’ve had some success against him but it’s always a battle.”


McDonald will face 19-year-old University of Virginia sophomore Collin Altamirano in the second Saturday semifinal, not before 11:30 a.m. Altamirano had an easy time beating Mexico’s Daniel Garza, the No. 5 seed, 6-2, 6-0.


McDonald said Altamirano got the better of him in three sets at the Junior U.S. Open in 2013, the same year Altamirano won the Boys’ 18s Nationals at Kalamazoo, Mich.


McDonald chose not to enter the new ITA Oracle Masters event, a first-time event taking place at the Malibu Racquet Club this weekend and said pro events will be his focus this fall, and not college events.


“More pro tournaments, definitely,” said McDonald, who will do two more Futures in SoCal before heading up north to his hometown area and play the Challengers there.


In the other semifinal, the only remaining seeded player in singles, 19-year-old Deiton Baughman, will take on former Pepperdine All-American Sebastian Faneslow in the first match on at 10 a.m.


Just like McDonald, the player he beat in the final of the U.S. Open ACI also came into Claremont on a New York high as recent Vanderbilt graduate Gonzales Austin of Miami teamed with Jean-Yves Aubone to win the doubles title on Friday. The No. 2-seeded team beat the top-seeded team of Junior Ore and Hunter Nicholas, 7-5, 3-6, 10-6.


Friday’s Quarterfinal Singles Results:

Mackenzie McDonald, U.S., def. Tom Fawcett, U.S. (q), 6-2, 6-4

Collin Altamirano, U.S., def. Daniel Garza, Mexico (5), 6-2, 6-0

Sebastian Faneslow, Germany, def. Ernesto Escobedo, U.S., 6-3, 7-5

Deiton Baughman, U.S. (2), def. Gonzales Austin, U.S., 6-3, 6-2


Friday’s Final Doubles Result:

Jean-Yves Aubone, U.S. / Gonzales Austin, U.S. (2), def. Junior Ore, U.S. / Hunter Nicholas, U.S. (1), 7-5, 3-6, 10-6


Claremont Club Pro Classic Quarterfinals will have SoCal Ties

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By Steve Pratt

CLAREMONT, Calif., (Sept. 17, 2015) – There was a distinct Southern California feel in the air during Thursday’s play at the Claremont Club Pro Classic as four of the eight singles winners who moved into the quarterfinals have SoCal ties.


Carson’s Deiton Baughman, UCLA junior Mackenzie McDonald, West Covina’s Ernesto Escobedo and former Pepperdine star Sebastian Faneslow each recorded Round of 16 wins and moved on at the USTA Pro Circuit $10,000 Futures tournament taking place at the Claremont Club.


The No. 2-seeded Baughman turned professional a year ago. He recorded his second consecutive straight-set win beating Northern California resident Farzin Amiri, 6-3, 6-4. Baughman is one of those players who can remember just about every junior opponent he’s faced, and sometimes even the score. “We played in the first round of the Easter Bowl a few years back and I beat him 1 and 6,” Baughman said. “So I knew a little bit of what to expect. I knew he’d fight.”


Both Baughman and Amiri are just 19 years old, and were two of six of the final 16 players who started the day that are age 19, with two others age 20.


Baughman, who was weighing a college scholarship to USC before he turned pro, said he hasn’t regretted his decision. “It did happen to me a lot last year, especially when I would lose early,” he admitted of having second thoughts about not going to college. “But you can’t base everything on one match. I’ve always wanted to go pro so I said, ‘Let’s just do it.’


Baughman made his decision while still age 17 about 18 months ago. He said young U.S. juniors who have turned pro like Tommy Paul, Reilly Opelka, Frances Tiafoe and Taylor Fritz have at times come to him for advice on that big decision.


“I was training at the USTA and had a chance to spend time with some of those guys, and they would ask me about it,” he said. “At 17, I can afford to take a loss here or there, but it’s a lot tougher to do a 23 or 24. When you’re 17 or 18, the guys on the pro tour don’t have any respect for you, so you kind of learn to battle.”


He added: “I think guys like Tommy and Reilly and Frances made the decision on their own, but here I was 18 who had turned pro and they were looking at me. I had a good start to my year and they saw that. It was basically me, Jared (Donaldson), Ernesto (Escobedo) and Stefan (Kozlov) who were the only ones of note who had turned pro in the past five years. So now you have a group who just this year have decided to turn pro like Frances, Michael Mmoh, Tommy, Reilly, and now Taylor who turned pro, and it all happened right after me and Jared turned pro last year. I feel like being around those guys full-time like I was last year really influenced their decision. We now have a strong group of American teenagers who can put American tennis back on the map.”


McDonald also won in straight sets on Thursday, as did Escobedo. The 23-year-old former Pepperdine star Faneslow won the battle of Germany as he beat Azusa Pacific qualifier Jan Meyer, 6-3, 6-2. Faneslow enjoyed living in Malibu so much, he stuck around for an extra year to be the volunteer assistant coach in 2014.


In Friday’s doubles final, Jean-Yves Aubone and Gonzales Austin will face Junior Ore and Hunter Nicholas.


Thursday’s Round of 16 Singles Results:

Tom Fawcett, U.S. (q), def. Jean-Yves Aubone, U.S. (3), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

Mackenzie McDonald, U.S., def. Hunter Nicholas, U.S., 7-5, 7-5

Sebastian Faneslow, Germany, def. Jan Meyer, Germany (q), 6-3, 6-2

Collin Altamirano, U.S., def. Martin Redlicki, U.S. (q), 6-4, 3-6, 6-0

Daniel Garza, Mexico (5), def. Junior Ore, U.S. (q), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

Deiton Baughman, U.S. (2), def. Farzin Amiri, U.S., 6-3, 6-4

Gonzales Austin, U.S., def. Tyler Hochwalt, U.S., 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-2

Ernesto Escobedo, U.S., def. David Wilczynski, U.S. (q), 6-3, 6-1


Thursday’s Semifinal Doubles Results:

Jean-Yves Aubone, U.S. / Gonzales Austin, U.S. (2), def. Sebastian Faneslow, Germany / Alejandro Moreno Figueroa, Mexico, 6-2, 3-6, 10-6

Junior Ore, U.S. / Hunter Nicholas, U.S. (1), def. Mackenzie McDonald, U.S. / Martin Redlicki, U.S. (4), 6-3, 6-4


In His Own Words – Novak Djokovic After Winning the 2015 US Open

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Novak Djokovic

Press Conference

N. DJOKOVIC/R. Federer

6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You played the all time Grand Slam champion tonight; you might be playing with the greatest generation of players ever, and you’re dominating them. How do you feel about that?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m dominating, but I definitely am very proud of all of the achievements. You know, winning Grand Slam is very special for any tennis player when you are dreaming of becoming a professional tennis player. When you are kind of finding that inspiration, motivation, these are the tournaments you dream of winning.

So to actually relive these moments again after 2011 it’s quite incredible. To win against one of the biggest rivals, as you said, all-time Grand Slam champion, somebody that, you know, always keeps on fighting till the last point, keeps making you play an extra shot, yeah, all these things now are very special to me.

Obviously I owe a great gratitude to my team and for making sure I can perform as well as I did, you know, all these years. And tonight is a night that I will definitely remember for a long time.

Q. It’s been said by players and analysts that Roger is playing arguably the best tennis of his career. He played you so well tonight; pushed you back against the wall. Seems like when it was there you came up with your best tennis and your tenth Grand Slam victory. What did it mean to get through this match tonight and what does this accomplishment mean to you?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, it’s been an incredible season. I’m very fortunate to experience a great success this year.

The season is not over, but the Grand Slam is over. The biggest tournaments that I have played this year, as anybody else, and I won three out of four. It’s more than I could ask for, definitely.

Of course I do have lots of expectations and high ambitions whenever I’m approaching the Grand Slams or any other tournament, but, you know, now actually sitting down here with this trophy and reflecting on what I have achieved, it’s quite incredible.

So I’m definitely very satisfied and proud of that. As you said, you know, he played great tennis throughout the entire year. I think as the season was going by he was elevating his game. He was improving. Now he came up with a different shot, as well, the shot that nobody has ever seen.

And it’s been working well also against me in Cincinnati and also here. He’s just not going away. He’s not dropping his level too much. You know, I was saying on the court that he’s always going to be out there making you play your best if you want to win.

So that’s who Roger is. That’s why he has won so many Grand Slam titles.

And I knew that coming to the court. I knew he’s going to be aggressive. He’s going to try to disrupt my rhythm, and he’s going to put a lot of variety in his game. slice, chip and charge, come to the net, serve and volley. Which he did.

But I was ready for it. I was ready for the battle. That’s what it was. Three hours, 20 minutes. We pushed each other to the limit, as we always do.

It’s an ultimate challenge that I can have now winning against Roger back to back finals in Wimbledon and here, US Open. It’s tremendous. I’m really, really proud of it.

Q. Everybody was always talking about your magic 2011. This year you made not just the slams winning but also a final which you didn’t do in 2011. What can you say it’s more difficult now to do a repeat, I mean, to do a second time than the first one? And also, I appreciate the fact that at the end of the ceremony you didn’t say anything about the public. Because today the crowd was against you as I have never seen any — only Davis Cup maybe some matches. It was, I guess, very, very difficult. Can you say something about that?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, the first question, yes. I think it’s definitely more difficult to repeat something like that than actually doing it for the first time again. I’m a different player, a different person today than I was 2011.

As a father and a husband, you know, experiencing different variety of things in my life, it’s completely different approach to tennis today.

I feel more fulfilled. I feel more complete as a player today than I was in 2011. Physically stronger, mentally more experienced, and tougher, as well. Trying to use the experience from before into every match that I play, and especially the big ones like today.

You know, I think being in the situation before helped me to understand particular obstacles that are on the way and how I need to overcome them, which I did tonight.

And regarding the crowd, look, I mean, you know, there was a lot of support for Roger. There was some for me. I mean, for sure, I tried to focus on the ones that were supporting me.

But I can’t, you know, sit here and criticize the crowd. On the contrary, you know, I think it’s logical to expect that a great player and a champion like Roger has the majority of the support anywhere I play him. You know, I would say super majority of places around the world are going to give him that support.

Now, percentage-wise, more or less, I don’t know. I’m not there to judge who is supporting more or less. I’m there to play tennis.

I accept the fact. You know, everybody has a choice to support a player that they want to support, and he absolutely deserves to have the support he does because of all the years and success that he had and the way he carries himself on and off the court. No question about it.

Me, I’m there to earn the support, and hopefully in the future I can be in that position.

Q. Do you think your resilience again made the difference?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Just being mentally tough and trying to hang in there and play point by point. Obviously much easier said than done. As I was saying before, I was aware that he was going to come out with a clear game plan to pressure me and come to the net and, you know, mix up and come second serve, come to the net, as well.

Just, you know, take out time from me. Because I like to have a little bit more time. That’s my style of game. He likes one, two, three shot points. He loves to play quick.

You know, you could feel the momentum was switching from my side to his side for, I think, all the way till the end of the third. It was anybody’s game. It was really even.

When I managed to break at 4-All and managed to hold after saving couple break points in 5-4 and winning the third set, that obviously gave me a huge wind in the back, and I managed to play really well after that.

5-2 serving, I thought, Okay, now this is the time to finish it off, but it wasn’t. He showed once again why he’s competing in such a high level for so many years.

Again, he never stepped back, and he always made me play an extra shot, extra shot, kept pushing. Yeah, I was fortunate to come up with some big serves when I needed to. You know, serve was not really a strong link tonight for me, but in the important moments I got a couple of free points in the last game on serve, and that’s what matters.

Q. You made an interesting comment the other day where you said you like to be in a creative spirit all the time. It can’t be easy for anyone to be out there, 23,000 people are howling, and not so much for you. Within yourself, how do you set that creative spirit to retain your focus and block out the crowd and do whatever you have to do?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, look, I mean, if we had this conversation maybe five years ago, you know, situation would be probably different. Because as I said, I’m a more experienced player and I have been in these situations before. I have played Roger over 40 times, and a lot of times in final stages of Grand Slams.

I know how that feels, you know, regarding the crowd and support and everything. With that on my mind, I came on the court aware that this is going to be the, you know, reality. There’s not much I can do about it. You know, I just need to try to focus on what I need to do and my game plan and try to execute it in the best possible way. That’s where I keep my focus.

Obviously, you know, over the course of, you know, three hours 20 minutes match, you do have some, you know, ups and downs in concentration. You do let sometimes certain things to distract you. But it’s important to get back on the course and go back to basics and why you are there and what you need to do.

So, you know, obviously it’s…

Sorry. You like my voice? I mean, is it calming you down? Getting is you in the zen state? I’m sorry. (To the guy sleeping.) We just woke him up.

So as I was saying, yes, basically, you know, to keep your focus, whatever is happening outside of the dimensions of the court is basically not in your hands.

I mean, the crowd gets into it. You interact with players, especially here in New York. Every Grand Slam has something unique about it. New York is about night session. You know, music, entertainment, crowd interaction. It’s part of the show. It’s part of what we do, and that’s why this tournament is so special.

You come here knowing that this is going to — you know, this is what is waiting for you. And plus, if you’re playing Roger who is a crowd favorite anywhere he goes, especially here, it’s a reality you have to face.

Q. Today in this final, you visited the net; not as many as Roger, but you won 66% of those. The same percentage as Roger. How do you qualify in general terms your game, net, today and all over the tournament? Your expectations for the future on this side?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I’m not as natural, I would say, going to the net like Roger is, but I have been working on that part of my game with Boris on board. Of course was a fantastic serve and volley, you know, net player, great volleys.

So we are trying to, you know, kind of always find room for improvement in my game, something that we can work on. Net game is definitely a part of my game which can be improved.

So, you know, I know my game is based on the baseline. I’m a baseline player. But I give myself a lot of opportunities with good shots from baseline, and I don’t come to close it out in the net. That’s what I have been trying to do.

Again, it’s not easy to come to the net many times against Roger who is standing on the line. Whether he’s offensive or defensive, he’s always more or less baseline. He picks up half volleys, plays very quick, and doesn’t give you much time.

I have been pretty pleased with the way I played on the net today. I thought it was okay.

Q. Someone asked you about the spill you took?

Q. What happened there? Can you describe what it was? What was hurting? Obviously elbow, knee, hand.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes, it was a three-hour wait, first of all, rain delay, warming up, cooling down, eating, not eating, you know, figuring out what’s going on, will we get on the court at all tonight or not?

So finally we did, and there was still a little bit of moisture on the court I think from the rain and a bit of humidity and so forth.

That’s what happened. I think third or fourth game I slipped and hurt myself, but it was luckily nothing that was major that could, you know, be of concern for — I needed two, three games really to kind of regroup after what has happened, but it was just an impact, just the fall itself.

But, you know, the scratches I have all over the body, it’s just they are wounds basically. I didn’t twist anything. I didn’t, you know, hurt anything.

Q. New York, obviously Stefan Edberg always said this was a difficult test. He said he hated it at first and then it gave him something he didn’t know about himself. Obviously this has been a tougher one to win for you in finals, but you solved it. What’s been tough on you about New York? How have you worked your way through it to understand this tournament and unique challenge?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, as you said, you know, I have played before tonight’s final five finals. I have lost four and won one.

A couple of finals, ’12 and ’13 I thought I could have won, but again, lost to Nadal and Murray, two great players. Went down to the wire a couple of points that decided a winner.

Tonight was another match that was decided by few points. That’s what happens. You know, Grand Slam finals really are no clear favorites, especially if you’re playing against biggest rivals.

As I was answering before, I can’t really find a particular reason why I have not been so successful in the finals here as I am maybe in Melbourne, for example, or Wimbledon.

But I’m glad that this tradition of losing in finals is broke now. (Laughter.) Yeah, hopefully I can have more chances to fight for a trophy.

Q. Roger says that you’ll obviously win more Grand Slams if you remain healthy and obviously hungry. How hungry are you? And is 17, 18 anywhere in your sights?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, we got two to double digits now, and I’m so, you know, obviously flattered and honored to be a part of elite group of players, legends of our sports to manage to win this many Grand Slam trophies in their lives and careers.

So to be just mentioned alongside them is truly something special. I’m 28. I have always valued the care for my body, and, you know, my mind and had this holistic approach to life. I always thought this is utmost importance for my tennis.

I will continue on with the same kind of lifestyle, same kind of approach. I think that kind of approach brought me to where I am today. Hopefully this kind of approach will give me longevity and that I can have many more years to come, and as I said, many more opportunities to fight for these trophies.

That’s why I’m playing this sport, you know, because, first of all, I enjoy it, I love it, have passion for it, and then, you know, fight for the biggest trophies.

As long as there is this flare in me I will be coming back and bore you guys with my answers in the press conference.

Q. Can I ask a little show business question from Scotland? Was there an actor, Gerard Butler in your box tonight? How did you guys meet? What’s your relationship? You were embracing very warmly at the end.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes, well, we know each other for several years and we are good friends. So he happened to be in the city last couple of days, so I invited him to come. It’s very nice of him to be there and show me support.

Funny enough, I actually sent him a photo and a message last night. I was watching 300 movie, and so one of the things when I went to my box, when I embraced all my family and team, when I looked at him I said, This is Sparta. It felt great. That’s one of the most inspiring movies I watched.

So actually, yeah, he’s a very cool guy.

Q. We felt maybe from Scotland he would be a Murray fan.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: He is, but I was not playing Murray. He thought it was appropriate to come to this match.

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In His Own Words – Roger Federer After 2015 US Open Final Loss

227 Federer in press 1-001


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Roger Federer

Press Conference

N. DJOKOVIC/R. Federer

6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You played an outstanding match. You were playing so well. Is there consolation in that, or just disappointment that you weren’t able to maybe convert some of those break points and come away with a win?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, there is definitely consolation it’s been a great stretch all the way for many months now.

Also to receive the crowd support that I did receive. I don’t consider that normal. I always say. Say like it feels like you’re winning, as well, but I felt like I was sort of up in the score, they kept me going, and that’s definitely one of the reasons I still keep playing, because of these moments, goose bump moments. It’s great.

Yeah, surely I am very disappointed. Like you said, I had my chances on my racquet. I should never been down in the score the way I was. But Novak did a great job of fending them off, and, you know, all of that.

It was a tough night, but still, I don’t know, thrilling at the same time.

Q. Was the third set the key of this match? Seemed in the third you were maybe a bit better than him.
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, third and fourth, really.

Q. He seemed to find another gear. When you had those break opportunities, it was like he just elevated. Is that sort of the key to his…
ROGER FEDERER: I didn’t feel that way, to be quite honest. I had too many break chances. Of course some of them I could have done better, should have done better, you know, all these things.

Surely he didn’t give me much, you know, and all that, that’s for sure, but still I should have done better.

Q. The rain delay and the change of start time, did that disrupt you?
ROGER FEDERER: No. I mean, that’s part of the game. That’s what we do. I felt like they communicated well enough with us what was going on.

Yeah, I mean, the good thing is when there is a rain delay at this stage of the tournament, I mean, obviously there is some pressure involved. At the same time, wherever you are it’s very quiet rather than first match of the tournament where it’s just like a thousand people everywhere where you can’t even get two square meters for yourself.

Q. The year has not ended and you have already reached the last two Grand Slam finals. So how do you match these results? Of course it’s always better to win, but how do you match these achievements compared to your expectations and targets and goals at the beginning of this year?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, I am playing a good year, you know. I’m playing good tennis. I am happy with where my level is at. I’m able to be, you know, consistent, very consistent.

I’m able to beat the best players regularly. Cincinnati obviously was a great feeling beating world No. 1 and world No. 2 in the same week. I don’t think I have done that before.

And then of course it’s also disappointment. Lost too many times in finals. But at the same time, I did win my tournaments, the ones I was supposed to. The one I got I was very got happy the way I was playing. Year’s not over yet. I usually do have a strong finishes to the season, and I hope I can do that again.

Q. The crowd was incredibly in favor of you. I’m wondering if that’s ever difficult emotionally, if you’re confused why no one is cheering for the other guy?
ROGER FEDERER: No. I take all the positives for myself, I must say. I don’t want to say comfortable, but it’s just so nice to feel that, you know, that they want you to get back in the match, they want you to win. They enjoy what they’re seeing. Feels like they’re getting their money’s worth.

I guess it’s entertainment to some extent, as well. It was a great battle, and I’m happy the people stayed after the rain delay and that they were right there when I needed them to the very, very end.

So of course there is a just a letdown and disappointment that I couldn’t push it 5-All, and then who knows what happens?

I should have never been down in the first place two sets to one and 5-2. That was a bummer there.

Q. With the half roof, was it louder than you have ever heard? Different noise at night now with the crowd?
ROGER FEDERER: Hard to say. They were unbelievable tonight. Were they better than ever? Possibly.

Was it louder than ever? Maybe. It was unreal.

But I have heard loud New York crowds before. (Smiling.) Yeah.

Q. You said something interesting on court. You said that a match like tonight’s match, you learned so much about your tennis and yourself. I know you just stepped off court, but can you reflect a little bit about that and what you did learn?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, usually you learn more when you lose just in the sense that you analyze them harder, deeper at times. Not always. Sometimes you just walk away and you forget about it.

But, you know, I think in especially best of five set matches, ones that exceed two-and-a-half, three-and-a-half hours, you go through some ups and downs naturally. You can’t play two perfect points every single time. Naturally you’re going to have to battle.

That’s where you learn a lot about your game, about your attitude, about your fitness. This is, I think, the longest match I have played all season. It was very interesting to see for me how I coped with it.

I’m very happy I had no problems, and I’m happy I’m putting in the hard work, you know, obviously aside from the matches, because the matches I have played this year have been really quick. I won’t see another best of five match some time except for next weekend.

Yeah, so I’m happy that I’m able to stay at a great level of play for a long period of time, because I’m match tough and I have worked very hard in the offseason, as well.

Q. (Indiscernible.)
ROGER FEDERER: I’m feeling confident doing it, you know. I think it was the right game plan. Just execution sometimes was missing in some crucial moments. But other than that, I think I played a good match.

Maybe I haven’t played this offensive for a very long time, and that’s maybe the reasons, as well, why maybe I was slightly shaky when it came to the crunch on the break points. Who knows?

Q. I didn’t hear the first question, but 19 break points out of 23 you missed; many with the forehand. Normally when we look at your stats your forehand is always the winning point. Tonight you were probably playing better on the backhand. Am I right? Am I wrong? How do you feel? How was it in your opinion?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah. A lot of opportunities miss the. If it’s backhand, forehand, volleys, it doesn’t really matter at the end of the day.

I know why I lost the match very clearly the moment I sat down at 5-2 down in the fourth or after the match was over.

So something I will work on, and keep moving forward, you know. It’s no problem for me.

Q. When you say you know why you lost the match, is it just because of those mistakes or the reason why you made those mistakes?
ROGER FEDERER: Because of the mistakes I made. I have to get better at that. It’s just pretty simple.

Q. How well would you say Novak is playing now? How many majors…
ROGER FEDERER: I didn’t hear the end.

Q. How many major titles do you think he can win? He has 10 now.
ROGER FEDERER: I think he’s playing very well. Are you kidding me? I think he’s doing really well. He’s having a wonderful season, like in 2011. He’s just really consistent. Seems like there are not many guys that can hang with him, don’t have the tools or dare to go forward, or they aren’t dare to serve and volley against him because he’s so good on the return. Which he is. He’s perfected his game on the hard courts, no doubt about it.

He was always a great clay-court player, and because he moves as well as he does, he’s solid and consistent now on the grass.

To say the least, it’s very impressive. He’s having unbelievable career. You know, I think everybody knows that he knows that, as well. Tonight is another example of that.

Clearly he can win many of them. He already has a ton, so obviously he’s got to stay healthy and all that stuff and hungry, but obviously you would think he will win more after tonight.

Q. You did the SABR, of course. You were successful on four and didn’t win four. Pretty good. My question is: He obviously came up with some responses to it. How did you feel about how it went tonight and his response?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I think it worked very well, and I’m sure I will use it more in the future against him and many others. It was a really interesting last few months or so looking at that tactic.

If you look at the points you probably have to win, you have to play them perfectly. So could have won even more so. Who knows? Maybe I should have played even more of it. I did get many more looks on the second serve as the match went on.

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