The 2014 tennis year in review

Consistency may be the name of the game but a quick look at tennis in 2014 seems to prove otherwise. This year showed a departure from the big name tennis players and allowed players outside the top ranks to break through. There wasn’t a dominant player in 2014; no one player on the men or women’s side of the game won multiple grand slam titles. But there was a dominant country...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Who Will Win The 2015 Australian Open?

A look back at a game-changing 2014 ATP season and a look forward at the favorites and contenders for next year’s Australian Open. The 2014 season may be over but tennis fans are already speculating about the first Grand Slam of next year, The Australian Open. In 2014 fans witnessed the first signs of decline within the dominance of the Big 4 over the ATP tour. The Big 4 ...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Davis Cup finals: The Swiss finally take a stand

The Davis Cup finals are underway and after two days of play in Lille, France, the Swiss are well on their way to winning a title. Dominant play by Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka took the neutrality out of Switzerland and put them on the offensive. Despite many concerns coming into the competition, Switzerland has done remarkably well. They lead the French 2-1 and with a win...
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals: Djokovic claims title just by stepping onto the courts

Roger Federer fought hard to earn a place in the 2014 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals championship match, but his body did not allow him to compete for the title. As Djokovic found out Sunday, it does pay to show up. In a bizarre twist of events, Federer withdrew from the 2014 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals championship match with a back injury. Federer is the ultimate class act...
November 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals: Federer to face Djokovic in a Wimbledon rematch

The only player standing in Roger Federer’s way of a 7th Barclays ATP World Tour Final title, is Novak Djokovic. Federer barely survived his semifinal encounter against fellow countryman Stanislas Wawrinka, but now all eyes are on the prize. The semifinals, as promised, provided an unbelievable display of tennis. Djokovic defeated Nishikori 6-1 3-6 6-0 in one hour and 27 minutes...
November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals: Next up, the semifinals

The round robin stage of Barclays ATP World Tour Finals concluded Friday afternoon. Roger Federer, Kei Nishikori, Novak Djokovic, and Stanislas Wawrinka will all be moving on to play for the title in London starting Saturday. By remaining undefeated in the round robin stage, Djokovic clinched the yearend #1 ranking. However, Federer looked as sharp as I’ve seen him all season and...
November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals: Early dominance in group A

Round robin match play for Group A of the ATP World Tour Finals began Monday as Stanislas Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic crushed the competition. Djokovic was expected to win, and he did, but the real story here is in Wawrinka’s performance. Berdych went into his match with Wawrinka as the favorite to win, but things did not turn out as expected. He won 95 percent of points on his...
November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals: What to Expect

On the eve of the last tournament of 2014, the draws have been posted and each player is gearing up to play their final matches of the season. The first Group B matches will be played on Sunday, followed by the Group A matches on Monday. Group A consists of Kei Nishikori, Andy Murray, Roger Federer, and Milos Raonic, while Group B consists of Stanislas Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych, Novak...
November 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Who Can Break Through In 2015 In Men’s Tennis?

While men’s tennis has been largely dominated by four men over the past decade, there were signs this year that other players are beginning to make a mark as far as the top level of the game is concerned. Both Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic won Grand Slam tournaments in 2014 and they were not the only ones to make a serious impact on the men’s tennis scene. With Rafael Nadal constantly...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Wawrinka and Federer: Swiss tennis double threat

Stanislas Wawrinka A week into the last grand slam tournament of the year, the Swiss tennis players look as sharp as the cheese their country is famously associated with. Roger Federer dispatched of Marinko Matosevic in a straight sets win on Tuesday, all while debuting his new Jordan inspired tennis shoes. And Stanislas Wawrinka rolled through his first round match against Jiri...
August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Stan Wawrinka tells apparently ‘drunk’ fan at U.S. Open to ‘Shut up, man!’ (video)

Australian Open champ Stan Wawrinka had a rough go of it during a late-night match against Thomaz Bellucci, once yelling at himself and later yelling at a fan he deemed to be “drunk.” The No. 3-seeded Wawrinka ultimately prevailed in a match that went into the wee hours of Thursday morning, beating the 91st-ranked Bellucci […] The post Stan Wawrinka tells apparently ‘drunk’...
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

US Open Seeds For Both Men And Women Announced

How do your favorite tennis stars rank? Check out the list that was released today.  The seeds for the women goes as follows: 1. Serena Williams2. Simona​ Halep3. Petra Kvitova4. Agnieszka Radwanska5. Maria Sharapova6. Angelique​ Kerber7. Eugenie​ Bouchard8. Ana Ivanovic The seeds for the men goes as follows: 1. Novak Djokovic2. Roger Federer3. Stanislas Wawrinka...
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August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Anderson Ousts Third Seed Wawrinka in Toronto

Stan Wawrinka By Dave Gertler   (August 7, 2014) TORONTO – Big-serving South African Kevin Anderson has made the most of relatively cold and gusty conditions to upset 3rd seed Stanislas Wawrinka in their Rogers Cup round-of-16 match on Thursday. This is the second straight win Anderson has had over Wawrinka since the Swiss 29-year-old won the Australian Open in January.   ...
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August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

PHOTO OP: Stanole takes Toronto

We've had Fedal, Rafole, and now we can add Stanole to the mix. Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic have had EPIC (and I don't use that word lightly 'round these here parts) battles on-court, which is a prerequisite for a tennis portmanteau. They've also created a social media storm in Toronto together, posting pics of their bromance before and after their first round doubs match. Speaking...
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August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Wimbledon semis set, Federer resurgent

The weekend drama is set at the All England Club, and Wimbledon has not failed to deliver some serious doses of drama and unpredictability. Shortly after my last piece went up on this site, perennial favorite turned occasional disappointment Serena Williams lost in the third round to Alize Cornet of France. Coupled with the exit of John Isner on the men’s side, there were zero...
July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Approach Shots: Getting to Know Tennis Umpire Ali Nili

#154058541 / By Wendy M. Grossman (June 14, 2014) LONDON – “To be close to professional tennis,” says Ali Nili, in explaining his motivation for working as a tennis umpire. Nili is an Iran-born US citizen and one of the ATP’s cadre of ten full-time umpires. This makes him as much of an elite member of his profession as the players whose matches he oversees...
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June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Quotes of the week from the Aegon Championships at The Queen’s Club

  Quotes of the week from the Aegon Championships at The Queen’s Club   By Wendy M. Grossman   #450554474 / (June 14, 2014) LONDON – Feliciano Lopez, asked if he regrets learning to play the very unSpanish game of serve and volley: “God gave me this serve when I was really young, so I have to take advantage of it.”   #450604076 /
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June 14, 2014  |  Discuss

After the Clay, a Pain in the Grass

  #450550284 / By Wendy Grossman   (June 13, 2014) LONDON – The most spectacular day of tennis every year is the first day of Queen’s Club. The day before is the French Open final, the culmination of months of looking at crushed-brick courts and players knocking the burnt-orangey dust out of the treads on their shoes. The next morning the courts are bright...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

So long, Stan! Wawrinka exits early in Paris

Well, so much for that. Stanislas Wawrinka is out, an unceremonious first-round exit in Paris, to 39th-ranked Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain. Not only did he lose, but he looked terrible doing it, getting broken twice in the third set and then bageled (losing the set 6-0) in the decider. Earlier, I said that he probably had the easiest path to the later rounds, and that quarter...
May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

It Gets Early Late Out There

In an attempt to describe the experience of playing left field at Yankee Stadium during the World Series and its October afternoons, Yogi Berra said, “It gets late early out there.” For Stanislas Wawrinka, this was no October afternoon, but a late May evening in Paris during the longest days of the year. It was a long day for Wawrinka, to be sure. What was supposed to be a springtime...
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May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

It Gets Early Late Out There

In an attempt to describe the experience of playing left field at Yankee Stadium during the World Series and its October afternoons, Yogi Berra said, “It gets late early out there.” For Stanislas Wawrinka, this was no October afternoon, but a late May evening in Paris during the longest days of the year. It was a long day for Wawrinka, to be sure. What was supposed to be a springtime...
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May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Wawrinka Changes His Name To Stan

World No.3 Stanislas Wawrinka has asked the ATP to officially call him 'Stan'. Wawrinka’s manager, Lawrence Francopan, told the “Tages-Angzieger”, (Translated) “Stanislas is long and bulky in the written form, also not easy to pronounce. There was always confusion. Furthermore him anyway call all, ‘Stan the Man.’” It's unclear whether Stan has changed...
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May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Wawrinka Stunned by Thiem at Madrid Open

  #488465583 /   (May 6, 2014) Twenty-year-old Dominic Thiem had the biggest win of his pro tennis career on Tuesday night when he defeated Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the second round at the Madrid Masters. For the qualifier it was his first top 10 win. Wawrinka was last year’s losing finalists in Madrid.   “I didn’t have...
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May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Stan Wawrinka Tops Roger Federer for Monte Carlo Masters Title

(April 20, 2014) World No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka stopped Swiss countryman Roger Federer 4-6, 7-6(5). 6-2 to win the Monte Carlo title, his first ever Master Series title. It was just Wawrinka’s second win over Federer in 15 meetings, the first came in the third round of Monte Carlo in 2009. “It’s always special to play Roger,” Wawrinka said. “We know it’s always a strange...
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April 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Swiss Countrymen Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka to Meet in Monte Carlo Final

(April 19, 2014) It will be an all-Swiss battle for the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters crown on Sunday as Roger Federer beat an injured defending champion Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka stopped David Ferrer to set up the final. Federer who came in as a wild card defeated Djokovic 7-5, 6-2. Djokovic was dealing with a wrist injury since the beginning of the tournament and it was...
Via Tennis Panorama
April 19, 2014  |  Discuss
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