Found May 30, 2013 on Tennis Grand Stand:
Not even rain could stop the world No. 1 today, much less Guido Pella. For the second time in three days, inclement weather limited the action in Paris.  This rewind tilts more towards the women’s side, which featured more headlines and more matches overall. ATP: Match of the day:  In a sequel to the Battle of the Sexes between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, Mother Nature confronted a host of ATP players today and defeated most of them.  Fewer than half of the scheduled men’s matches finished on Thursday. Gold star:  Probably aware of the rain clouds overhead, Novak Djokovic lost no time in disposing of Guido Pella in 86 minutes.  The world No. 1 lost just four games and gains a timing advantage over rival and semifinal opponent Rafael Nadal, who never took the court because of the rain. Silver star:  Grigor Dimitrov reaches the third round of a major for the first time, dispatching home hope Lucas Pouille in straight sets.  Granted, Dimitrov would have had nobody to blame but hi...

Gencic, Djokovic's first coach, dies

Jelena Gencic, who was Novak Djokovic's first coach, has died. She was 76. Serbia's Tennis Federation says Gencic died on Saturday. The cause of death was not given. Gencic, who represented Yugoslavia at tennis and handball, picked Djokovic as an exceptional talent when he attended her tennis camp in Serbia at age six. She coached him for five years. ''I asked...

Djokovic's first coach Gencic dies

Jelena Gencic, who was Novak Djokovic's first coach, has died. She was 77. Serbia's Tennis Federation says Gencic died Saturday. The cause of death was not given. Gencic, who represented Yugoslavia at tennis and handball, picked Djokovic as an exceptional talent when she led a tennis camp in Serbia in the 1990s. ''I asked him what he wants to become when he grows...

7 for 7? Novak Djokovic's got a new footwear deal with adidas.

As the saying goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. And so it is with Novak Djokovic who has changed apparel contracts like a chameleon over the past 5 + years, first adidas, then Sergio Tacchini, now UNIQLO. His shoes however have stayed the same all the way through, without contract. “The adidas Barricade is my favorite shoe. I have been wearing it for many...

Djokovic Gets Through Rain Delays to Demolish Pella

(May 30, 2013) Through the rain delays, Novak Djokovic made quick work of Argentina’s Guido Pella 6-2, 6-0, 6-2 to move into the third round of the French Open on Thursday. The win sets up a clash with rising star Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria. Djokovic lost to Dimitrov in the second round of the Madrid [...]

Azarenka, Stephens advance in Paris

Former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka overcame a slow start and 10 double-faults Saturday to rally past Frenchwoman Alize Cornet 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 and reach the fourth round of the French Open. Seeded third, Azarenka advanced despite being broken six times. She blew an easy overhead to lose the first game of the final set, then swept the last six games thanks to relentless baseline play that...

Azarenka through to second round

Victoria Azarenka waited until the fourth day of the French Open for her opening match, then showed she's eager to continue.

Azarenka Through to Second Round of the French Open

(May 29, 2013) No. 3 seed Victoria Azarenka finally completed her first match on the fourth day of the French Open. Rain washed out her match on Tuesday. The two-time Australian Open champion defeated Elena Vesnina of Russia 6-1, 6-4. “I felt like I’m one of the last ones to start,” said the Belarusian of [...]

French Open Results for May 30, 2013

ROLAND GARROS Paris, France May 26-June 9, 2013 Red Clay/Outdoors   Results – Thursday, May 30, 2013 Women’s Singles – Second Round (3) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Annika Beck (GER) 64 63 Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) d. (6) Li Na (CHN) 57 63 62 (7) Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Peng Shuai (CHN) 64 63 (9) Samantha [...]

Roland Garros Rewind: Federer, Azarenka, Serena Cruise, Monfils Leads French Parade on Day Four

Azarenka made her Roland Garros 2013 debut today after a four-day wait. Profiting from more cooperative weather, Roland Garros produced a Day 4 replete with action.  Here’s the review of how it all went down. ATP: Match of the day:  Ah, the French in Paris.  Sometimes they dazzle, sometimes they implode, sometimes they puzzle, and sometimes they do all three.  Julien Benneteau...

The Kids Are All Right

2012 girls’ champion Annika Beck gave Victoria Azarenka all she could handle in the second round of Roland Garros on Thursday. Where have all the kids gone? Martina Hingis won each of her five major titles before the age of 20. Try to keep track of the number of times that Ted Robinson mentions ‘Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon at 17′ in her matches and you’re bound to lose...

This kid has his own tennis academy in his backyard!

photo via Edward Linsmier for The Wall Street Journal A recent article in the Wall Street Journal shares the story of 12-year-old Adam Neff, an aspiring professional tennis athlete.  What makes his story unique is that his parents, Guy and Ann, have built a personal and private tennis academy, on their five acre estate in Florida, for Adam to train.  The academy includes a clay...

Roland Garros Day 6: Links Roundup with Nadal, Paire, Djokovic, Isner and more

Roland Garros Roundup takes you through the Slam’s hot stories of the day, both on and off the court. Tommy Robredo after his win over Gael Monfils Shot of the Day: Newly-resurgent Spaniard Tommy Rebredo collapses on the court from exhaustion after his 3 hour 46 minute match against Frenchman Gael Monfils. Robredo came back from two sets down to win it 2-6, 6-7(5), 6-2, 7-6(3...

2013 Roland Garros – Day Seven Schedule of Play

  Roland Garros 2013 Schedule for Day 7: Saturday, 1 June 2013   Court Philippe Chatrier 11:00 AM Start Time Women’s Singles – 3rd Round Alize Cornet (FRA) [31] vs. Victoria Azarenka (BLR) [3] Women’s Singles – 3rd Round Jie Zheng (CHN) vs. Maria Sharapova (RUS) [2] Men’s Singles – 3rd Round Rafael Nadal (ESP) [...]

French Open Results for May 28, 2013

    ROLAND GARROS Paris, France May 26-June 9, 2013 Red Clay/Outdoors Results – Tuesday, May 28, 2013 Women’s Singles – First Round (9) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) 60 62 (13) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 76(8) 46 75 (16) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 61 64 (18) [...]

Roland Garros Fast Forward: Azarenka, Sharapova, Stosur, Nadal, Gasquet and More Highlight Day 7

Will Nadal start looking more like the King of Clay? While Yeshayahu Ginsburg focuses his spotlight on the marquee clash between Novak Djokovic and Grigor Dimitrov, this article focuses on nine other matches to watch as the first week concludes in Paris. WTA: Alize Cornet vs. Victoria Azarenka:  The champion in Strasbourg last week, Cornet has won seven straight matches in her home...
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