Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal to Headline U. S. Open

White Plains, N.Y., July 17, 2014 – The USTA announced that world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and defending champion Rafael Nadal lead the men’s singles field for the 2014 US Open Tennis Championships. The field features six former US Open champions, including Djokovic (2011), two-time champion Nadal (2010, 2013), five-time champion Roger Federer (2004-08), Andy Murray (2012), Juan...
Via Tennis Panorama
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Drake Says He’ll ‘Chop Down’ Tennis Player Who Slandered His Music

Uh-oh, Drake is angry and in his feelings over a tennis player. Here’s the twist though, it’s not Serena. Meet 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios aka the kid who trounced Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon. In the post match interview, when discussing a bad set which almost cost him the match Kyrgios made a tongue-in-cheek remark about Drake’s music being the cause. The quip was innocent and...
Via BlackSportsOnline
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal, Bryans Qualify For 2014 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals

ATP World Tour -LONDON – Rafael Nadal will return to London this November in an attempt to capture his first career season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals title. Nadal joins three-time champion Novak Djokovic as the first two singles players to qualify for this year’s season finale, to be held at The O2 from 9-16 November. Nadal has qualified for the elite eight-player...
Via Tennis Panorama
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Rafael Nadal Beat Roger Federers Grand Slam Record

Rafael Nadal collapsed onto the red clay at Roland Garros for a ninth time this spring after defeating heavy favorite Novak Djokovic to claim the French Open title. Despite Nadal’s winning record in Paris, he’d been plagued by injuries over the past few years, and tennis fans had started to wonder if he could continue competing with Djokovic and Andy Murray. Now, after winning...
Via BlackSportsOnline
12 days ago  |  Discuss

SIGHTING: Tennis ballers by the water!

 After a tough Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal stole some time away in Ibiza and brought along some questionable fashion decisions. Monochromatic pink was very hit or miss with the Rafantics. I'm not even sure what to call this look. Ana Ivanovic has been looking relaxed on vacation even though she's currently without a coach. Good sign I guess. It's funny she's trying to...
Via Down the Line!
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal’s #WIMBJUGGLEDON – Wimbledon 2014

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Via Detroit Sports Nation
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Tennis: Rafael Nadal Ousted at Wimbledon

(Photo by Alexisrael via wikimediacommons.org) There’s been another upset written in the books at Wimbledon, and it played out like the story of David and Goliath. The players this time is tennis giant Rafael Nadal of Spain, and a young Austrailian by the name of Nick Kyrgios. When both men took to the court, I don’t think anyone saw this defeat coming, let alone in the way...
Via Tha Sports Junkies 101
20 days ago  |  Discuss

WIMBLEDON: Rafael Nadal Losing to Nick Kyrgios not as Shocking as it Looks. Losing to Roger Federer Would be the Shock

  Nick Kyrgios is just 19 years old. He isn’t ranked in the top 140. As of a week ago, he’d won just one match this year above tennis’ minor leagues. He didn’t earn his way into Wimbledon, but instead got in with a freebie, a wildcard. And of course, the No. 1 player hadn’t lost in a major to anyone outside the top 100 in 22 years. So people are seeing Rafael Nadal’s...
Via Greg Couch on Tennis
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Nick Kyrgios hits tweener winner against Rafael Nadal (Video)

19-year-old Australian Nick Kyrgios beat No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal in the fourth round at Wimbledon Tuesday, and shots like this one proved that things were going his way. After taking the first set 7-6, Nadal was serving at 3-3 in the second and up 40-0 when he caught Kyrgios on the run. After trying […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Nick Kyrgios’ Between-The-Legs Shot Against Rafael Nadal Was Telling

Nick Kyrgios' between-the-legs shot against Rafael Nadal was very telling. Here's video of the incredible winner.
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal Upset at Wimbledon by Nick Kyrgios

  This seems to be the year of stunners at Wimbledon. Rafael Nadal ranked #2 was defeated in the Round of 16 by unranked Nick Kyrgios of Australia. MAJOR UPSET! 19-year-old Australian Nick Kyrgios defeats Rafael Nadal 7-6, 5-7, 7-6, 6-3 to advance at @Wimbledon. pic.twitter.com/yB5GGKPDJr — FOX Sports Live (@FOXSportsLive) July 1, 2014 To add insult to injury, the final serve...
Via BlackSportsOnline
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Roger Federer wants Rafael Nadal called for time violations

Roger Federer believes the rules should be applied equally to all players when it comes to time violations, and that includes Rafael Nadal. Federer talked last week about the time rules at Wimbledon and had a response when informed that Nadal was averaging 25 seconds in between points during a match Thursday against Lukas Rosol. […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Watch Rafael Nadal juggle a tennis ball on his racket 406 times

If you ever wanted to see Rafael Nadal juggle a tennis ball on his racket frame an astounding 406 times, this is the video for you!In a feat aptly called Wimbjuggledon, Nadal executes the challenge with one important task in mind: don't let the tennis ball touch the ground.His bid to bounce the ball for eternity is squashed after 406 successful bounces.Via For the Win
Via Bush League Chronicle
22 days ago  |  Discuss

ESPN’s John McEnroe mocks fans who spelled out “N-A-D-L”

On Saturday during Rafael Nadal’s match at Wimbledon, a group of fans decided to grab a row of seats to spell out “Vamos NADAL” to show their support for the Spaniard. The idea was good, but the execution was bad when one fan failed to show up and they spelled out “Vamos NADL” instead. This did not escape the attention of ESPN tennis announcers Chris Fowler and John McEnroe...
Via Awful Announcing
22 days ago  |  Discuss

After a Slow Start, Nadal Cruises Past Kukushkin at Wimbledon

  #451370944 / gettyimages.com (June 28, 2014) WIMBLEDON – While rain suspended play on the outer courts on Saturday, under the roof at Centre Court, No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal dropped the first set for the third striaght match, but rebounded for a 6-7(4), 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 win over Mikhail Kukushkin to reach the last 16 at Wimbledon. In the opening set the Kazakh, played powerful...
Via Tennis Panorama
24 days ago  |  Discuss

WIMBLEDON: Rosol busted, Kyrgios rises, and Cornet goes full-on Cornet

Although he preferred to say otherwise, Rafael Nadal exacted revenges on Lukas Rosol for the shock defeat he suffered in the same round (second) on the same court (Centre) two years ago. Little did Rafa know that the Czech had other ideas up his Lotto sleeve. On a changeover Lukas purposefully used his racquet to knock down one of the Spaniard’s water bottles. As any tennis fan...
Via Down the Line!
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Not Again, Once Again

To the uneducated observer, tennis is a simple sport — just whack the ball and keep it within the painted white lines. Thock! Thock! Thock! Thock! The sport is easily pigeonholed as a genteel pursuit in which fans seated on the sides of a stadium turn their heads — left, right, left, right — as the ball is hit back and forth. Polite clapping follows the winner. The chair umpire...
Via Bloguin Best
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal Bounces Back to Knock Out Lukas Rosol at Wimbledon

#451257990 / gettyimages.com   (June 26, 2014) WIMBLEDON – Rafael Nadal rallied from a set and a break down to stop Lukas Rosol 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-4. Lukas Rosol burst on the scene when he upset Nadal in five sets in the second round of Wimbledon back in 2012. The Czech picked up where he left off two years ago taking the first set 6-4, using his powerful serves and groundstrokes...
Via Tennis Panorama
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal Tops Klizan for 700th Win

(June 24, 2014) Rafael Nadal recovered from a first set loss to earn his first match win at Wimbledon since 2012 with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 win over Martin Klizan. The world No. 1, but seeded No. 2 entered special company on Tuesday afternoon becoming the 11th player in the Open Era to earn his 700th career win. “Well, was a positive match for me,” Nadal said.  “First thing...
Via Tennis Panorama
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Wimbledon preview: get ready for green and white

It’s that time of year again. Get ready for strawberries and cream, preposterously outlined linesman jackets and chair umpire microphones that look as if they need to be biopsied. Oh, and those Slazenger balls that are supposedly hard as bricks, and the charming way that the grass around the baseline starts out a shade of green befitting summer and slowly erodes into the dull brown...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Dustin Brown Stuns No. 1 Rafael Nadal in Halle

#450493630 / gettyimages.com   (June 12, 2014) Just four days after winning his ninth Roland Garros title, world No. 1 Rafael Nadal fell in his opening match at the Gerry Weber in Halle, Germany to German wild card No. 85 Dustin Brown 6-4, 6-1 in 58 minutes. With the victory, Brown becomes the lowest-ranked player to beat a No. 1 player since No. 98 Mardy Fish beat Roger Federer...
Via Tennis Panorama
June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Novak Djokovic Partied With Blow-Up Doll For His Bachelor Party

After his four-set loss to Rafael Nadal at the French Open Final, Novak Djokovic, who recently got engaged to the lovely Jelena Ristic back in September, let off some steam in Ibiza for his bachelor party with his best mates. Djokovic’s party, which included a blow-up and the Macarena dancing, probably turned out exactly how he wished it would.  [Photos: Snapper […] The...
Via Diehardsport
June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Nike crafts Rafael Nadal statue from French Open clay (Video)

In honor of top-ranked men's tennis star Rafael Nadal winning his fifth consecutive French Open tournament title (and ninth overall), Nike Tennis has crafted a statue in Nadal's image made from the clay at Roland Garros. Photo via Twitter /@RafaelNadal.The only thing missing is the strings on the racket, which obviously would have been next to impossible. Nonetheless, very...
Via Holdout Sports
June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Nike has Rafael Nadal statue made from French Open clay

Last Sunday, Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic to claim his fifth consecutive French Open championship and ninth overall. Of the 67 matches he’s played at the French Open, Nadal has won 66 of them and he’s on a current run of 35 straight match wins. Basically, Rafael Nadal owns the clay courts of Roland Garros, […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Can Nadal triumph at Wimbledon?

Rafael Nadal is sure to start as one of the bookmakers’ favourites for this year’s Wimbledon Championship.While this should come as no surprise for a player who already has two Wimbledon Men’s Singles trophies to his name and an astonishing 13 Grand Slam titles in all, a third win on grass will be a tough test. Record breaker There is little doubt that Majorcan-born Rafael...
Via The Sports Bank
June 10, 2014  |  Discuss
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