Vienna is bolstered by having David Ferrer and Andy Murray as the top two seeds. Also competing back on the main tour will be Victor Estrella Burgos who has played two Challengers since his sensational run at the US Open, where the 34 year old first time main draw entry reached the third round, falling to Milos Raonic 676767. Austrian upstart Dominic Thiem is also playing his home and favorite tournament.Continue to read full article...
First Tennis Memory: “I used to follow my brother Alex around to lessons. And it was a big deal if I could hit the ball over the fence. I was really happy when I could hit the ball over the fence.”
Tennis Inspirations: “Right now, David Ferrer. Between him and maybe Lleyton Hewitt.”Continue to read full article...
Shanghai Masters results:
Dimitrov d. Istomin.
Gasquet d. Chardy.
Lu d. Granollers (3 sets).
Karlovic d. Cilic (3 sets)
Monaco d. J. Sousa
Isner d. P. Andujar (3 sets)
Status: 33 year old veteran retired from ATP this week. Won two ATP singles titles (Munich, Palermo), earned $4.7 million in career prize money, even has a clay court win over Nadal, 62 62, also won the 2004 French Open doubles title with Malisse. Reached career high ATP ranking of #24 in Oct. 2005. First […]Continue to read full article...
First tennis memory: “Playing in the rain with my dad (Andrei). When it was raining we kept playing with soft balls. Really good memory.”
Tennis inspirations: “My dad. Probably Federer. He’s a complete player.”Continue to read full article...
Status: Former Wimbledon champion. Winner of 22 ATP singles titles, nine doubles, and nearly #20,000,000 in career prize earnings. Reached ATP World Tour career high ranking of #2. Olympic bronze medalist in singles and doubles in ’92. Reached final of French Open doubles in ’90 (with Korda) and ’99 (with Tarango). Won Davis Cup with Croatia in 2005 and Hopman Cup in ’95. Currently coaches US Open champion Marin Cilic.
DOB: September 13, 1971 In: Split, Yugoslavia
Residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco
First Tennis Memory: “Oh, it was a long time ago. When I picked up the racquet and I got to play. Best memory.”Continue to read full article...
This is another of the weeks during the tennis season where you look at some results and say, “Are you serious?” Usually the phrase is “Are you kidding?” but in tennis, because of Johnny Mac, it’s “Are you serious?”
Look at some of these results:
The guy with the hardest name in tennis to spell, Przysiezny, beat Tsonga 7-6 in the third
Stan Wawa continues his odd season losing to Ito in straight setsContinue to read full article...
Some big events in Asia in Tokyo and Beijing, the return of Rafa Nadal, but I’m most intrigued by the first round match up at the Sacramento Challenger today between wildcard sixteen year old Stefan Kozlov vs. struggling American Ryan Harrison.Continue to read full article...
This photo seems to show some flaws in the Harrison forehand.Continue to read full article...
Oh, what it would be like to be in the Napa Valley, 100 miles north of San Francisco, this week for the little tennis tournament up there. Such intrigue, such scenery, such wine! Sam Qball Querrey is playing in the event. Marcos Bagdhatis, Marcos Giron, the NCAA champ, Mike Ironman Russell, Ryan Harry Harrison and Denis Kudla. But the first-round match I’m most interested in is between a 27-year-old Irishman who just made waves at the US OPEN AND a 18-year-old Swede (yes, I said Swede, because there hasn’t been a top Swedish player or any kind of Swedish player since Andrea Vinciguerra, no I meant Robin Soderling, I just like writing Andreas Vinciguerra), named Ymer Elias.Continue to read full article...