2014/07/24

Antalya to Host BNP Paribas World Team Cup Wheelchair Tennis Event

worldteam cup

(January 15, 2013) The ITF announced that the 2013 BNP Paribas World Team Cup, the ITF’s flagship wheelchair tennis team event, will be held in Antalya, Turkey. The event will be staged on the clay courts of the Club Ali Bey Manavgat on the Turkish Riviera on 20-26 May.

 

The World Team Cup is the ITF’s flagship wheelchair tennis event, often referred to as the Davis and Fed Cups of wheelchair tennis. The initial event took place in California in 1985 involving six men’s teams. The women’s competition began the following year, with quad and junior events introduced in 1998 and 2000 respectively. Due to the increased number of teams wanting to take part, the ITF introduced regional qualifying for the men’s and women’s events in 2012.

 

Teams from over 50 countries will take part in the 2013 competition. Four regional qualifying events will determine the six men’s and four women’s teams to join the direct entries in the finals in Antalya. In Antalya, teams will contest the men’s World Group (12 nations), men’s World Group 2 (12 nations), women’s World Group (12 nations), quad event (8 teams) and junior event (8 teams).

 

The full list of dates and venues is as follows:

 

17-20 January Africa Qualification Nairobi Club, Nairobi, Kenya
16-19 February Asian Qualification Sri Lanka Tennis Association, Colombo, Sri Lanka

1-5 March European Qualification Kaya Belek Resort Hotel, Antalya, Turkey

13-16 March Americas Qualification Roger Scott Tennis Centre, Pensacola, FL, USA
20-26 May Finals Club Ali Bey Manavgat, Antalya, Turkey

Antalya is hosting the event for the second time having previously staged the World Team Cup in 2010. The resort has a long history of hosting major ITF events and will also stage the ITF Seniors World Team and Individual Championships in 2013.

 

BNP Paribas became title sponsor of the event in 2012 in a five-year agreement that runs through 2016. The company’s long-term agreement with the ITF also includes sponsorship of Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup, and the biennial Worldwide Coaches Conference and regional coaches workshops.

Share

Almagro, Radwanska, Schiavone Nab Titles before the French Open Begins

On the eve of Roland Garros Nicolas Almagro, Agnieszka Radwanska and Francesca Schiavone won titles on Saturday.

Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland captured her 10th career title by capturing the Brussels Open defeating Simona Halep of Romania 7-5, 6-0.

 

“On clay I think I need longer to warm up, not just the five minutes before the match,” said Radwanska.  “At the end I won nine games in a row – it was a good comeback, I think. And it’s always great to win a tournament.”

“I’m happy to get some good preparation in ahead of the French Open.”

It’s Radwanska’s third title of the year.

 

Nicolas Almagro ended Bryan Baker’s career week by winning his second Nice title defeating the American 6-3, 6-2.

“I played my best tennis in two years here,” the Spaniard said. “I am very happy with my serve and my forehand. I moved on the court very, very well. Today, was one of those matches you want to keep in your mind for the rest of the season, because I couldn’t have played much better. Today was amazing. I am happy with my form, my tennis and my team. We will aim to keep working hard, so I play, in future, as I did today.

“He(Baker) lost the final today, but he is back, he is playing very good. I think if he plays as he did this week, then he will win many, many tournaments.”

The 216th-ranked Baker’s 15 –match clay win streak was broken, but it was his most successful week as a pro making his first main tour final. Baker who has a wildcard to play the French Open was off the tour for almost six years after five before coming back to tennis last July.

“It was a really tough match, Baker said. He always seems to play pretty well. He didn’t make many unforced errors and I think he seemed to have a high first serve percentage. He wasn’t just trying to get them in, he was going for a lot. I was struggling to return his serve. I didn’t feel like I played that poorly. I was a little sore and a little tired, but he was definitely the better player. I should have changed where I stood in the court [to return serve]. I should have returned further back to give him another look. I did it at the end of the second set and it worked better. It was tough out there and he played really well.

“It was a great week. Every time you go onto court you want to win. I am a competitor, I hate losing. But, when you look at the week as a whole, it has been an unbelievable week. I hoped to qualify at the start of the week and win a match or two, before going to Roland Garros. Obviously, I did much better than that. I think even in the qualifying, I felt as if I was playing pretty well. I won my three matches easily and knew I was playing good tennis.”

Francesca Schiavone captured his first tournament since winning the 2010 French Open when she defeated Alizé Cornet 6-4, 6-4 for the Strasbourg title.

“In this tournament, in the most important moments, I was there,” Schiavone said. “It has been a long time since I’ve felt that. It’s a great feeling and I want to keep going this way. I’m happy again. I’m feeling the sensation of fighting and feeling the pain, and enjoying my game again.”

 

Serbia wins the World Team Cup

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 26 MAY, 2012

Round Robin – Final Tie
J Tipsarevic (SRB) d T Berdych (CZE) 75 76(8) (SRB 1, CZE 0)
V Troicki (SRB) d R Stepanek (CZE) 26 64 63 (SRB 2, CZE 0)
J Tipsarevic (SRB) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d T Berdych (CZE) / F Cermak (CZE) 63 61 (SRB 3, CZE 0)

Janko Tipsarevic: “We both played very solid. I was a bit lucky at the end of both sets. In the second set, his string broke on a very important point, but I felt I deserved to win. I was the better player today in the crucial moments of the match.”

On winning in Dusseldorf for the second time: “I feel great. First of all because Serbia proved that we have a strong team even without our No. 1 player, Novak [Djokovic]. Viktor and I played great tennis. We didn’t lose one singles match here and this just gives us more confidence for the French Open.”

Viktor Troicki: “I would say that it was not such a great match from both of us. It was more tactical. I knew he was a bit more tired than me. I was using that and at the end I played good. I also want to thank Janko. He won all of his matches and he helped me a lot today with the pressure. I also want to thank Nenad and Miki. It was great.”

Share

World Team Cup – Friday Results, Saturday Schedule

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 25 MAY, 2012

Round Robin – Red Group
L Mayer (ARG) d R Stepanek (CZE) 67(4) 75 64 (ARG 1, CZE 1)
F Cermak (CZE) / R Stepanek (CZE) d C Berlocq (ARG) / L Mayer (ARG) 64 46 10-3 (CZE 2, ARG 1)

Round Robin – Blue Group
J Tipsarevic (SRB) d P Kohlschreiber (GER) 64 36 75 (SRB 2, GER 0)
P Petzschner (GER) / C Kas (GER) d M Jankovic (SRB) / N Zimonjic (SRB) 64 64 (SRB 2, GER 1)
A Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) d L Zovko (CRO) 64 62 (RUS 1, CRO 1)
I Kunitsyn (RUS) / D Tursunov (RUS) d I Dodig (CRO) / L Zovko (CRO) 26 63 10-3 (RUS 2, CRO 1)

SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 26 MAY, 2012

CENTER COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
T Berdych (CZE) vs J Tipsarevic (SRB)
R Stepanek (CZE) vs V Troicki (SRB)
CZE vs SRB Doubles

Share

World Team Cup – Thursday Results, Friday Schedule

ATP World Tour 250
Düsseldorf, Germany 
May 20-26, 2012
Surface: Clay

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 24 MAY, 2012

Round Robin – Red Group
T Berdych (CZE) d C Berlocq (ARG) 61 67(2) 63 (CZE 1, ARG 0)
R Harrison (USA) d T Ito (JPN) 62 76(5) (USA 1, JPN 0)
J Blake (USA) / R Harrison (USA) d T Ito (JPN) / B Sato (JPN) 46 60 10-3 (USA 2, JPN 0)
G Soeda (JPN) d A Roddick (USA) 75 76(4) (USA 2, JPN 1)

Round Robin – Blue Group
V Troicki (SRB) d F Mayer (GER) 76(6) 63 (SRB 1, GER 0)
I Dodig (CRO) d I Kunitsyn (RUS) 76(0) 64 (CRO 1, RUS 0)

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 25 MAY, 2012

CENTER COURT 1 start 1:00 pm
J Tipsarevic (SRB) vs P Kohlschreiber (GER)
R Stepanek (CZE) vs L Mayer (ARG)
SRB vs GER Doubles
CZE vs ARG Doubles – Possible Court Change

CENTRE COURT 2 start 1:00 pm
A Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) vs I Karlovic (CRO)
RUS vs CRO Doubles

Share

World Team Cup – Wednesday Results, Thursday Schedule

ATP World Tour 250
Düsseldorf, Germany 
May 20-26, 2012
Surface: Clay

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 23 MAY, 2012

Round Robin – Red Group
F Cermak (CZE) / R Stepanek (CZE) d A Roddick (USA) / R Harrison (USA) 76(5) 57 10-8 (CZE 3, USA 0)
C Berlocq (ARG) d G Soeda (JPN) 63 64 (ARG 2, JPN 0)
J Brzezicki (ARG) / J Chela (ARG) d T Ito (JPN) / B Sato (JPN) 67(3) 61 10-7 (ARG 3, JPN 0)

Round Robin – Blue Group
D Tursunov (RUS) / I Kunitsyn (RUS) d M Jankovic (SRB) / N Zimonjic (SRB) 75 76(6) (SRB 2, RUS 1)
P Kohlschreiber (GER) d L Zovko (CRO) 62 76(2) (GER 2, CRO 0)
C Kas (GER) / P Petzschner (GER) d I Dodig (CRO) / L Zovko (CRO) 64 16 10-3 (GER 3, CRO 0)

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 24 MAY, 2012

CENTER COURT 1 start 1:00 pm
V Troicki (SRB) vs F Mayer (GER)
T Berdych (CZE) vs C Berlocq (ARG)
A Roddick (USA) vs G Soeda (JPN)
USA vs JPN Doubles – Possible Court Change

CENTRE COURT 2 start 1:00 pm
R Harrison (USA) vs T Ito (JPN)
I Kunitsyn (RUS) vs I Dodig (CRO)

Share

World Team Cup – Tuesday Results, Wednesday Schedule

ATP World Tour 250
Düsseldorf, Germany 
May20-26, 2012
Surface: Clay


Results – Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Round Robin – Red Group
T Berdych (CZE) d A Roddick (USA) 61 62
R Stepanek (CZE) d J Blake (USA) 62 61
L Mayer (ARG) d T Ito (JPN) 64 64

Round Robin – Blue Group
J Tipsarevic (SRB) d A Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) 61 63
V Troicki (SRB) d D Tursunov (RUS) 63 62
F Mayer (GER) d I Dodig (CRO) 61 61

Schedule – Wednesday, May 23, 2012

CENTER COURT 1 start 1:00 pm
P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs I Karlovic (CRO)
C Berlocq (ARG) vs G Soeda (JPN)
GER vs CRO Doubles
ARG vs JPN Doubles – Possible Court Change

CENTRE COURT 2 start 1:00 pm
SRB vs RUS Doubles
CZE vs USA Doubles

Share

World Team Cup – Monday Results, Tuesday Schedule

ATP World Tour 250
Düsseldorf, Germany  (+2 hours GMT)
20-26 May, 2012     Surface: Clay

 

Results – Monday, May 21, 2012

Round Robin – Red Group
T Berdych (CZE) d G Soeda (JPN) 61 36 61
F Cermak (CZE) / R Stepanek (CZE) d T Ito (JPN) / G Soeda (JPN) 62 76(4)
C Berlocq (ARG) / J Chela (ARG) d J Blake (USA) / R Harrison (USA) 76(2) 64

Round Robin – Blue Group
J Tipsarevic (SRB) d L Zovko (CRO) 60 60
I Dodig (CRO) / L Zovko (CRO) d V Troicki (SRB) / N Zimonjic (SRB) 76(5) 76(4)
F Mayer (GER) d I Andreev (RUS) 62 76(7)
C Kas (GER) / F Mayer (GER) d I Kunitsyn (RUS) / D Tursunov (RUS) 64 36 10-8

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 22 MAY, 2012

CENTER COURT 1 start 1:00 pm
F Mayer (GER) vs I Dodig (CRO)
T Berdych (CZE) vs A Roddick (USA)
J Tipsarevic (SRB) vs A Bogomolov Jr. (RUS)
R Stepanek (CZE) vs J Blake (USA)

CENTRE COURT 2 start 1:00 pm
V Troicki (SRB) vs D Tursunov (RUS)
L Mayer (ARG) vs T Ito (JPN)

 

Share

World Team Cup – Sunday Results, Monday Schedule

ATP World Tour 250
Düsseldorf, Germany  (+2 hours GMT)
20-26 May, 2012     Surface: Clay

RESULTS – SUNDAY, 20 MAY, 2012

Round Robin – Red Group
T Ito (JPN) d R Stepanek (CZE) 36 64 64
C Berlocq (ARG) d A Roddick (USA) 62 62
L Mayer (ARG) d R Harrison (USA) 64 57 63

Round Robin – Blue Group
V Troicki (SRB) d I Dodig (CRO) 63 76(3)
P Kohlschreiber (GER) d A Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) 60 62

SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 21 MAY, 2012

CENTER COURT 1 start 1:00 pm
F Mayer (GER) vs I Andreev (RUS)
J Tipsarevic (SRB) vs I Karlovic (CRO)
GER vs RUS Doubles
SRB vs CRO Doubles – Possible Court Change

CENTRE COURT 2 start 12:30 pm
C Berlocq (ARG) / J Chela (ARG) vs J Blake (USA) / R Harrison (USA) 76(2) 41 – Possible Court Change

Not Before 1:00 PM
T Berdych (CZE) vs G Soeda (JPN)

Not Before 3:00 PM
CZE vs JPN Doubles

Share

World Team Cup – Sunday Schedule

ATP World Tour 250

Düsseldorf, Germany  (+2 hours GMT)
20-26 May, 2012     Surface: Clay

 

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 20 MAY, 2012

CENTER COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs A Bogomolov Jr. (RUS)
C Berlocq (ARG) vs A Roddick (USA)
V Troicki (SRB) vs I Dodig (CRO)
ARG vs USA Doubles – Possible Court Change

CENTER COURT 2 start 12:00 noon
L Mayer (ARG) vs R Harrison (USA)

Not Before 2:30 PM
R Stepanek (CZE) vs T Ito (JPN)

Share

US Quad Team Brings Home Wheelchair Tennis World Team Cup Championship

The U.S. quad wheelchair tennis team of Nick Taylor, 31, of Wichita, Kan., David Wagner, 37, of Hillsboro, Ore., and Bryan Barten, 37, of Tucson, Ariz., led the U.S. to the 2011 World Team Cup title, defeating Israel 2-1 in the final. The U.S. quad team defeated Israel in the World Team Cup final for the second consecutive year. It was also the team’s seventh World Team Cup crown. The nation’s top wheelchair tennis players competed against participants from around the globe, April 25–May 1, on the hard courts of the University of Pretoria in Pretoria, South Africa.

 

In the opening rubber, Israeli No. 2 Noam Gershony upset world No. 4 Taylor 6-3, 6-2, to give Israel the early lead. The U.S. then leveled the match when world No. 1 Wagner needed just 63 minutes to beat Shraga Weinberg 6-3, 6-3. In the deciding doubles rubber, Wagner and Taylor, who are Paralympic gold medal winners, defeated Gershony and Boaz Kramer 6-2, 6-0, to capture the title for the U.S.

 

“We are ecstatic over our victory,” said Taylor. “This is the biggest event of the year for me personally and being part of the winning team is a real honor.”

 

The U.S. women’s team, led by Emmy Kaiser, 19, of Fort Mitchell, Ky., Dana Mathewson, 19, of San Diego and Kaitlyn Verfuerth, 25, of Tucson, Ariz., finished in eighth place in the women’s division. In World Group 2 play, the U.S. men’s team defeated Thailand, 2-0, in a Promotion/Relegation match that put the U.S. into World Group 1 next year. The men’s team consisted of Paul Moran, 44, of Northfield, Ill., Jon Rydberg, 33, of Oakdale, Minn., and Stephen Welch, 38, of Southlake, Texas. The U.S. Junior Team, led by Shelby Baron, 16, of Honolulu, Ryan Nelson, 16, of Sandy, Utah, and Katherine Stuteville, 17, of Colleyville, Texas, finished fifth in the junior division.

 

Often referred to as the wheelchair tennis equivalent of pro tennis’ Davis Cup and Fed Cup competitions, the World Team Cup tournament brings the world’s best wheelchair tennis players together to compete for national pride in one of the world’s premier tennis team events. More than 200 players from more than 30 nations participated in the 2011 event in South Africa.

 

The USTA was officially designated by the USOC as the national governing body for the Paralympic sport of wheelchair tennis in June 2002, becoming the first Olympic national governing body to earn this recognition.  As the national governing body for wheelchair tennis, the USTA manages wheelchair tennis in the United States, including the sanctioning of tournaments, overseeing wheelchair rankings, creating and managing a High Performance program for developing elite disabled athletes, and selecting teams to compete internationally for the United States.

Share