Kristina Mladenovic was surely the heavy favorite to beat Kurumi Nara for a spot in the Citi Open semis. But the striking French woman lost badly 63 6l. After the match Mladenovic was devastated. She marched all the way to the last practice court corner – which is in view from the back of our press tent – and she promptly broke two Wilson Stream racquets, one was badly mangled. And Kiki was clearly crying with her head in a towel. Her coach, also a tall woman, was trying to talk with her or berate her, it was hard to tell from our distance across the court. But Kiki partly had her back to her while sitting in her chair, and was waving her arm at her, as if saying Just shut up.Continue to read full article...
Milos Raonic was pinpoint accurate especially with his serve, taking down Lleyton Hewitt 76 76.
Raonic blasted eight aces in the first two games, and eventually eighteen for the first set. After the match Raonic asked ATP stat maven Greg Sharko if it’s a one-set ace record.
With less artillery but more savvy, Hewitt scrapped and hung in there and forced two tiebreaks but he faltered early in both, coughing up vital mini breaks with two makeable forehand misses in the second set tiebreak. The first one evoked a shriek “Noooooooo,” from the still super feisty Aussie.Continue to read full article...
Andy Roddick seemed to spend most of his tennis career peeved, peeved at reporters, peeved at linespeople, peeved at umpires, peeved at Djokovic or Federer or Vince Spadea in their San Jose match where Andy got peeved with Vince giving a fist pump after winning the second set. No one in pro tennis did peeved […]Continue to read full article...
Watching Jack Sock practice on the day of a match is more entertaining than some live pro matches. Sock is an entertainer, who likes to have fun and enjoy the sport and the moment.
Today, in the early afternoon Sock was hitting with Isner, before his early evening showdown with Raonic on stadium court (Isner later lost in a third set tiebreak to Steve Johnson, double faulting at 6-6).Continue to read full article...
Benoit Paire and Dr. Ivo Karlovic had a marathon battle. The good doctor prevailed on a chilly DC night on the far out court 76 67 76. The fun began in the second set breaker where Paire saved a handful of match points and finally eked the set out after Ivo double faulted at eleven all. Paire roared a a few ferocious comeons and fist pumps. He really really wanted this one.
The third set was a dandy, they battled again all the way to a tiebreak.Continue to read full article...
I arrive around 3. Hewitt is hitting with Istomin. Paire and Matosevic are with players I can’t identify.
The Citi Open layout has changed a lot since I was last here about five years ago with Dan. More courts, newer courts. Kuznetsova is on stadium but most of the fans are walking around watching practices.Continue to read full article...
CITI OPEN – WASHINGTON DC, USA
USD 1,654,295.00 (ATP)
USD 250,000.00 (WTA)
28 JULY – 3 AUGUST 2014
RESULTS – JULY 27, 2014
Qualifying Singles – Second Round
Qualifying – R Ginepri (USA) d S Groth (AUS) 64 64
Qualifying – Y Sugita (JPN) d [Alt] A Carter (USA) 60 61
Qualifying – R Ram (USA) d E Gomez (ECU) 64 76(2)
Qualifying – I Marchenko (UKR) d M Copil (ROU) 67(3) 76(4) 64
Qualifying – A Kuznetsov (USA) d [WC] J Arconada (ARG) 36 61 60
Qualifying – J Donaldson (USA) d S Bangoura (USA) 63 61
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Arguably the most accomplished active American male tennis player, outside the Bryan Brothers and John Isner, Jack Sock revealed his sudden breakout success this year, on the ESPN panel with Patrick McEnroe, Brad Gilbert and Darren Cahill, following his Atlanta quarterfinal win vs. Lukas Lacko.
By Peter Bean Hawkins
As a current Federal Government professional and “part-time” aspiring writer I
had the good fortune to link up with author and friend Scoop Malinowski and
assist in his media coverage at this years edition of the Citi Open in
Washington D.C. It has been a great experience watching the professionalism in
the media room with various media and tournament personnel working the event. A
top 20 ATP event bolstering a strong field loaded with top 20 talent, the event
offers a chance to see players physically fresh on their journey through the
summer US OPEN series.
I’m reading Tennis.com in the wee hours of the morning, can’t sleep again, maybe I got too much sun at the Yankees game today. And I’m enjoying Bodo’s piece about the South and the Atlanta event. And after the article, I look down at the comments and I see this exchange:Continue to read full article...