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Donald Young Reaches Citi Open Quarterfinals

Donald Young photo by Christopher Levy @tennis_shots By Dave Gertler (July 31, 2014) WASHINGTON, DC – Donald Young has bounced back from a four-match losing streak to find redemption at the Citi Open this week, where today’s win over Denis Istomin places him in his second ATP quarterfinal of 2014. “I had to fight some nerves, and it’s tough to play an opponent who you can...
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Raonic Set to Take on Hewitt in Round of 16 match at Citi Open

Milos Raonic   By Dave Gertler (July 31, 2014) WASHINGTON, DC – Last year’s Citi Open in Washington, D.C. played a crucial role in the lead-up to what would be Milos Raonic’s first appearance in a Masters 1000 final. At the time, he was still ranked outside the top 10, had never made it past the round of 16 at a major, and promptly bowed out to Australian journeyman Marinko...
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Dominican Journeyman Victor Estrella Burgos Sets Sights on Career High Ranking as he Topples Eighth Seed Feliciano Lopez at Citi Open

By Dave Gertler   (July 30, 2014) WASHINGTON, DC – Victor Estrella Burgos, the Dominican journeyman who broke into the top 100 for the first time in March, will celebrate his 34th birthday with a new career-high ranking, after claiming the scalp of the Citi Open’s eighth seed, beating Feliciano Lopez 7-6, 6-4 on Wednesday.   With no breaks of serve in the first set, Lopez served...
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Wrist injury puts Rafael Nadal's U.S. Open defense in question

Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the upcoming Masters 1000 tournaments at Toronto and Cincinnati with a right wrist injury. In a statement published by The New York Times, the 14-time Grand Slammer flew to Spain to have an MRI done, and based on his doctor's recommendations, will have to "be out of competition for at least 2-3 weeks." The timing puts his participation...
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Rafael Nadal Withdraws from Rogers Cup

Susan Mullane – USA Today Sports One of the brightest stars in tennis, Rafael Nadal is being forced to withdraw from the Rogers Cup in early August due to a right wrist injury. Nadal captured the Rogers Cup last year, a tournament that many consider to be the ‘next in line’ in terms of prestige after the four majors. This news is coming after Nadal had a poor showing in this...
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Lisicki Sets New MPH Record For Serve

((HT: ESPN))Sabine Lisicki pulled this off yesterday in her match against Ana IvanovicThe old record was Venus Williams' at 129MPH in the 2007 US Open
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Sabine Lisicki Breaks The Record For Fastest Serve In History

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Rafael Nadal Withdraws from Toronto and Cincinnati with Wrist Injury

  (July 30, 2014) World No. 2 Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from both the Rogers Cup in Toronto and the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati due to a right wrist injury.   “I’m extremely disappointed that I am unable to defend my Rogers Cup title this year,” said Nadal through a Rogers Cup press release. “I was looking forward to coming there and playing again in Toronto...
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Isner Among th Top Seeds in Action at Citi Open on Wednesday

John Isner By Dave Gertler (July 30, 2014) WASHINGTON, DC – The top seeds in the men’s draw at the Citi Open are all in action today, and with defending champion Juan Martin Del Potro still recovering from injury, as well as the pre-tournament withdrawal of would-be No.3 seed Grigor Dimitrov, fifth seeded American John Isner might be sensing the opportunity to finally raise the...
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VIDEO VAULT: Sabine Lisicki throws downs a 131 mph serve and sets new record

During her opening round match against Ana Ivanovic in Stanford, Sabine Lisicki served a 131 mph bomb that the WTA tour certified as the fastest recorded serve in history. The former record was 129 mph held Venus Williams.It was certainly a phenomenal consolation prize since Boom Boom ended up losing the match in straight sets.
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Kristina Mladenovic Stuns Citi Open Top Seed Lucie Safarova

Lucie Safarova photo by Christopher Levy @Tennis_Shots By Dave Gertler   (July 29, 2014) WASHINGTON, DC – It’s still only the first round, but the Citi Open women’s draw is now without a defending champion or a No. 1 seed. Top seed at the Washington, D.C. event, Lucie Safarova, has been eliminated in the first round by French world No. 78 Kristina Mladenovic.  This upset...
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Serena Williams, Azarenka, Bryan Brothers and More To Headline First-Ever Taste of Tennis Week

    August 20, 2014 – August 23, 2014   Press Release: NEW YORK, NY (July 29, 2014) – AYS, the creators and producers of the Taste of Tennis, New York’s premier pre-US Open experience, announced today the first-ever Taste of Tennis Week will take place from August 20th – August 23th, 2014 in New York City.  In addition to the renowned Taste of Tennis Gala, Taste of Tennis...
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Will the U.S. Open Series mark a return to form for Andy Murray and Victoria Azarenka?

Andy Murray and Victoria Azarenka aren’t as different as it might seem from the outside. They both own two majors, and won one title in 2012 and another in 2013 (the U.S. Open and Wimbledon for Murray and two Australian Open championships for Azarenka). Both of them prefer the firm footing of a hard court. They can be, eh, vocal when playing - he to his baller box and she to basically...
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Citi Open Set to Begin

Milos Raonic (R) poses for a “selfie” on Saturday at the Citi Open. Photo by Christopher Levy @tennis_shots By Dave Gertler (July 28, 2014) The Citi Open in Washington D.C. is the only North American fixture on an 11-event ATP World Tour 500 series calendar. The defending men’s champion is Juan Martin del Potro, who hasn’t completed his rehab from left-wrist surgery in time...
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Washington Kastles Four-Peat at WTT Champions

Photo of 2014 Mylan WTT Champion Washington Kastles attached – photo credit Camerawork USA. (front row – Anastasia Rodionova, Martina Hingis, Leander Paes, Bobby Reynolds; back row – Mylan WTT CEO/Commissioner Ilana Kloss, Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein, Kastles coach Murphy Jensen and Mylan WTT co-founder Billie Jean King). SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (July 27, 2014) – The Washington...
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Qualifier Cuevas Wins Umag

  #452778886 / gettyimages.com (July 27, 2014) Pablo Cuevas won his second ATP World Tour title in three weeks, taking the Umag title as a qualifier with a 6-3, 6-4 over second seed Tommy Robredo. Cuevas claimed his singles title in Bastad earlier in the month. Cuvas had to play the semis and the finals in the same day. In the semifinals, he defeated top seed Fabio Fognini 6...
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Svitolina and Peng Grab WTA Titles This Week

  #451088176 / gettyimages.com (July 27, 2014) Elina Svitolina defended her title at the Baku Cup in Azerbaijan beating 2012 champion Bojana Jovanovski 6-1, 7-6 (2). It’s the first time the tournament’s history that a player has defended her title. The Ukrainian 19-year-old is the first teenager to win multiple WTA titles since Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova won three titles...
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Isner to Meet Sela in Atlanta Open Final

John Isner By Herman Wood (July 26, 2014) ATLANTA – Young American Jack Sock took on veteran John Isner on Saturday at the BB&T Open in the first singles semifinal.  Hotlanta certainly was up to the nickname.  Conditions were compared to this year’s Australian Open, when players were understandably concerned.  The difference?  In Atlanta, the humidity combined with the...
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Quarterfinal day at the BB&T Atlanta Open

    John Isner By Herman Wood (July 25, 2014) ATLANTA – Americans and best buddies Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey got things going on Friday.  Yes, they already played- each other.  On Friday, they took on Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky in doubles.  It was a tight match, with the American pair winning 7-6 (2), 7-5.  On an interesting strategic note, Querrey lined up in...
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Top Two Gstaad Seeds Mikhail Youzhny and Marcel Granollers Fall

  Fernando Verdasco By Florian Heer (July 25, 2014) GSTAAD – Welcome to Gstaad – a town, which is considered by many people as the real Switzerland. Its local population is equal parts people and cows. Indeed, Gstaad’s direct vicinity has around 7,500 permanent residents alongside around 7,500 cows. Despite becoming an increasingly popular winter and summer tourism destination...
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John Isner Saves Two Match Points in Win over Robby Ginepri

By Herman Wood (July 24, 2014) ATLANTA – It was a showdown of Americans with local ties tonight at the BB&T Atlanta Open.  Former University of Georgia standout, top ranked American, and number one seed John Isner took on local Robby Ginepri, from just up I-75 in Marietta, now Kennesaw.  It was their fourth meeting, with Isner holding the edge, 2-1. Ginepri, currently ranked...
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Lucky Loser Thiemo de Bakker Knocks Out Second Seed Kevin Anderson in Atlanta

Thiemo de Bakker By Herman Wood (July 24, 2014) ATLANTA – Play began on Thursday at 4 PM in Atlanta, just ahead of the usually scheduled afternoon summer thunderstorms.  Thiemo de Bakker and Kevin Anderson were on court holding serve through 3-all until the stadium got a bit loud- thunder and distant lightning.  De Bakker took heed and stepped up his returns to get a break for...
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Common Dishes On Serena Williams

Common and Serena Williams haven't been an item since 2010, but that hasn't stopped the rapper from continuing to talk about her.                                                              According to tennis.com , Common has once again spoken to the media about Serena. In his latest ramble, he mentions the beef he has with Drake, which...
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VIDEO VAULT: Del Potro back hitting backhands, Raonic practicing with Serena and Nestor

There were a couple of videos that made the rounds today and they were pretty noteworthy. The first one shows Juan Martin del Potro hitting backhands. He's basically pushing the ball to protect his surgically repaired left wrist. It's a start. I, personally, can't wait for the BIG LUG to return. #biglugluv y'all. Milos Raonic was practicing today in Toronto and brought...
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Atlanta Starts to Heat Up with Querrey Upset

  Sam Querrey By Herman Wood (July 23, 2014) ATLANTA – It was a typical Atlanta day at the BB&T Atlanta Open – hot and humid! In first round action, Yen-Shun Lu out-held American Alex Kuznetsov 6-4, 6-4.  There were a total of fifteen break points in the match with four converted. In doubles action, Chris Guccione partnered with fellow Brit John-Patrick Smith to get by...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss
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