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On The Go: Olympic Edition with Roberta Vinci

OTGT caught up with Roberta following her 2nd round win in the Connecticut Open. She's had quite a year and despite fantastic doubles results with Sara Errani in the past, she's 100% committed to singles and is very happy to finally be ranked in the Top 10.
Via Onthegotennis
7 hours ago

WATCH: Billie Jean King talks 2016 US Open

Tennis legend Billie Jean King joins SNY's Daily News Live to discuss this year's US Open, World Team Tennis, Serena Williams, and more.
Via SNY
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pete Sampras: This guy may be next great US tennis player

Everyone’s waiting for the next great American men’s tennis player to emerge, even Pete Sampras. And Pistol Pete has the guy in mind — 18-year-old, slingshot-serving, recently married Taylor Fritz. Sampras endorsed Fritz as having the best shot of the current crop, which also includes 18-year-old Frances Tiafoe. Last summer, when Sampras played an exhibition...
Via New York Post
22 hours ago

Petra Kvitova tops Eugenie Bouchard in Connecticut Open

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Defending champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic advanced to the Connecticut Open quarterfinals, beating Canada's Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-2 on Wednesday night. Kvitova, the two-time Wimbledon winner and a bronze medalist in the Rio Olympics, won 10 straight games after falling behind 3-1 in the first set. She will face Ekaterina Makarova of Russia....
Via Associated Press
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dynamic Doubles Duo: Federer, Nadal to team up in Laver Cup

NEW YORK (AP) Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal say they plan to play doubles together when the Laver Cup debuts next year. With a combined 31 major titles, Federer and Nadal have committed to the inaugural event, which is an attempt to create a tennis version of golf's Ryder Cup. Named for Australian tennis great Rod Laver, the competition was first announced in January. A team...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

How Billy Jean King’s pushing team tennis in NYC

Billie Jean King said she has asked Olympic tennis officials to consider the team format of World Team Tennis in the future. She hasn’t gotten far. For now she will have to settle for Friday’s championship match in Forest Hills between the San Diego Aviators and Orange County Breakers. It is the first time WTT...
Via New York Post
1 day ago

Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic seeded No. 1 for U.S. Open

NEW YORK -- Serena Williams is the No. 1 seeded woman for the U.S. Open after barely holding on to the top spot in the rankings, and Novak Djokovic is No. 1 among the men.Neither Williams nor Djokovic has played a match since early exits at the Rio Olympics. Williams later said she was dealing with a right shoulder problem, while Djokovic said his left wrist was sore.Williams could...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Ageless Dominance Of Serena Williams And Novak Djokovic

This article also appears in ESPN The Magazine’s September 5 issue.Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic just keep getting better with age. Upsets in Rio aside, both are poised to dominate their younger competition at the U.S. Open, which starts Aug. 29.With Serena and Venus Williams still so prominent, it can feel like little has changed in the past 15 years of women’s tennis....
Via FiveThirtyEight
2 days ago

Gibbs on tennis: Karolina Pliskova wins Cincinnati, saves Serena’s No. 1 ranking

I thought there might be a lull in tennis this week after the insanely emotional week in Rio, but boy was I wrong. Before the Olympics could even officially end, the WTA Tour picked things right back up on another continent without missing a beat at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Serena Williams took a wildcard to the tournament at the last minute, but then pulled...
Via Excelle Sports
3 days ago

How great really is Serena Williams?

At this point, Serena Williams just continues to build upon her legacy as an almost thirty-five year-old. Despite a poor showing at the Olympics this year, she has still amassed a gold in singles and three in doubles.  These are only her Olympic achievements, as her WTA career has many titles to boast. As of Aug. 2016, Serena possesses seventy-one WTA singles titles including twenty...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

No medal, no problem: Nadal's Olympic showing still golden

On July 6, 2008, I stayed up until nearly 2 a.m. in the den of my grandmother’s Long Beach home – a house she’s owned on Pacific Avenue for the entirety of my life. The wood floors were recently re-done, but the creak on the floor next to the tower holding myriad picture frames still existed. If I got up to use the bathroom, there was a chance I’d wake someone up. So I sat...
Via Yardbarker
7 days ago  |  Discuss

U.S.' Mattek-Sands/Sock edge out Williams/Ram for mixed gold

In a close all-American mixed doubles final, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock edged past opponents Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram to win gold. With this victory, Mattek-Sands earned her first Olympic medal. It is the second medal for Sock, who won mens doubles bronze earlier this week. The finals first set saw Williams and Ram edge out Mattek-Sands/Sock in a tiebreak, 7(7)-6(3...
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram advance to mixed doubles Gold Medal Match

Venus Williams may have been shut out of the womens singles and doubles competition, but she could still earn gold in mixed doubles alongside countryman Rajeev Ram. The team won their semifinal match on Saturday against the Indian team of Mirza/Bopanana. In lieu of a third set, mixed doubles competitions have a tiebreak that goes to 10; the American duo won 2-6, 6-2, 10-3. Her wide...
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Police investigating tennis player poisoned at Wimbledon

Police in London are investigating the case of a teenage tennis player who withdrew from her match at Wimbledon last month after falling ill, and they suspect she was poisoned -- possibly with rat urine. 18-year-old Gabriella Taylor, a British junior player, retired during the second set of her quarterfinals match in the girls' tournament after falling ill. She was down 4-6, 1-1...
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Novak Djokovic sheds tears after Olympic ouster

Tears of sadness streamed down Novak Djokovic’s face after the No. 1-ranked player in the world was upset by Juan Martin Del Potro in straight sets in the Olympics. It was the second consecutive time he has failed to reach the final, and this was his reaction upon leaving the court. You can see Djokovic shaking his head in disgust, with a few tears as well. Djokovic started...
Via The Sports Daily
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Gustavo Kuerten to replace Pelé as Olympic cauldron lighter

The Rio Games appear to have found their new Olympic cauldron lighter. According to a report by Reuters on Friday, Brazilian tennis great Gustavo Kuerten has been selected to light the cauldron at the Olympic opening ceremony. BREAKING: Brazil tennis great Gustavo Kuerten to light Olympic cauldron at #Rio2016 opening ceremony - report. https://t.co/a1bv6VwIzq — Reuters Top...
Via Larry Brown Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss
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