May 26 10:07pm The Grandstand
The draw is out and the qualifiers have been placed, so it is time to make full tournament predictions for the French Open. Will Rafael Nadal regain his title as the King of Clay? Will Novak Djokovic go back-to-back? Join the fun in the comments section with your own picks! [...] The post French Open full tournament picks appeared first on The Grandstand.
May 26 5:09pm BBC Sport | Tennis | World Edition
Petra Kvitova says she has already won her biggest fight by returning to action at the French Open following a knife attack at her home.
May 26 3:08pm The Grandstand
The last two ATP-level matches prior to the French Open will take place on Saturday. A marquee Lyon final pits Jo-Wilfried Tsonga against Tomas Berdych, while Stan Wawrinka is trying to defend his Geneva crown at the expense of Mischa Zverev. [...] The post Finals previews and predictions: Tsonga vs. Berdych, Wawrinka vs. Zverev appeared first on The Grandstand.
May 26 2:08pm The Grandstand
Although this one is not as lopsided as, say, Indian Wells was, the French Open is no exception to the recent rule of lopsided draws. The oddsmakers’ top three French Open favorites—Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Dominic Thiem—all find themselves in the bottom half of the bracket. [...] The post 2017 French Open draw analysis: Nadal, Djokovic again on same side appeared first on The Grandstand.
May 26 11:17am BBC Sport | Tennis | World Edition
Heather Watson's bid to qualify for the main draw of the French Open ends in a final-round 6-0 6-3 defeat to Dutchwoman Richel Hogenkamp.
May 26 10:56am The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog
Sean Randall previews the French Open men's draw.
May 26 9:30am The Grandstand
The French Open draw ceremony took place on Friday afternoon in Paris and for the third consecutive year, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are in the same half of the bracket. It is the fifth straight time when mathematically possible (not the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds) that Nadal and Djokovic have landed on the same side. [...] The post French Open draw revealed appeared first on The Grandstand.
May 26 9:12am BBC Sport | Tennis | World Edition
London Fire Brigade said 20 firefighters were called to the fire at the All England Tennis Club.
May 26 8:45am NYT > Tennis
Kvitova has not played competitively since being stabbed, which left her with serious injuries to her left playing hand.
May 26 7:25am BBC Sport | Tennis | World Edition
Andy Murray will play Andrey Kuznetsov in the French Open first round, while Johanna Konta plays Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei.
May 26 7:00am NYT > Tennis
No Frenchwoman has won the French Open since 2000, and with instability at the top of the women’s game, there is ample room for childhood dreams to come true.
May 25 11:10pm The Grandstand
With a wide open women’s field marked more by who’s not in Paris rather than who is, this year’s French Open looks even more confusing and intriguing in terms of who will lift the Coupe de Suzanne Lenglen in two weeks time. Thomas Cluck previews the women's tournament. [...] The post A look at the women’s favorites and dark horses at Roland Garros appeared first on The Grandstand.
May 25 7:00pm Tennishead
The draw ceremony took place in Paris on Friday and the world No.2 will need to survive a challenging section which includes Lucas Pouille and Dominic Thiem if he wishes to set-up a semi-final clash with rival Rafael Nadal. Nadal, who is bidding to complete ‘La Decima’ - an historic tenth title in Paris, will open up his campaign against erratic Frenchman, Benoit Paire. The Spaniard has landed in a fairly soft section of the draw but he could meet Milos Raonic or Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals. Andy Murray has been reportedly struggling with illness again this week and he is unlikely to feel much better after glancing at his section of the draw. The former finalist will begin against Andrey Kuznetsov and he could play Juan Martin Del Potro in a blockbuster third round match. If the world No.1 is to reach the final once again, then he could also have to overcome Tomas Berdych, Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka. Gael Monfils against Dustin Brown and Alexander Zverev versus Fernando Verdasco are the standout first round matches. In the women’s draw, Garbine Muguruza will begin her title defence against the 2010 winner, Francesca Schiavone. The Spaniard, who has struggled with injuries for much of the campaign, could also find Kristina Mladenovic, Dominika Cibulkova and Angelique Kerber blocking her path to the final. The world No.1 could hardly been given a tougher first round assignment. Kerber, who lost in the first round in Paris last year, will take on the dangerous Russian, Ekaterina Makarova, and she will need to be alert to avoid the upset. The German is projected to meet Svetlana Kuznestova in the quarter-finals. In the other half of the draw, tournament favourite and injury doubt, Simona Halep, will launch her bid to win her first Grand Slam title against Jana Cepelova from Slovakia. The Romanian could encounter Elina Svitolina - who she met in the Rome final last week - at the quarter-final stage. Czech world No.3 Karolina Pliskova, who is in the same quarter as Johanna Konta, will play Saisai Zheng in her first match of the tournament. The 25-year-old is projected to meet Halep in the semi-finals. The French Open will also see the welcome return to action of two-time Wimbledon champion, Petra Kvitova. It is six months since the 26-year-old was stabbed in the hand by an intruder at her home, but she is no...
May 25 7:00pm Tennishead
The All England Lawn Tennis Club has announced today that show court matches at the Wimbledon Qualification event held in Roehampton will be streamed on their website. The BBC and Eurosport will also provide live coverage in the UK. Spectators who purchase tickets for the event will be able to watch the action unfold on a big screen and also enjoy the comforts of a new stand. Ring beams have also been installed on two courts, with a further 10 to be added in 2018, which will allow for inflatable court covers in the case of inclement weather. Tickets for The Championships Qualifying Competition will go on sale at noon on Monday 12 June. An allocation of up to 1,000 tickets per day, priced at £5 each, will be for sale online only via Ticketmaster on a first come, first served basis. ...
May 25 2:55pm NYT > Tennis
Without Roger Federer and Serena Williams, these players may seize the spotlight, including one who beat Rafael Nadal on clay and one who won a French Open doubles title last year.
May 25 2:53pm NYT > Tennis
Described as “a very special player,” the American will be the youngest to play singles in the French Open since 2005. And she has her sights set high.
May 25 1:49pm The Grandstand
Top two seeds Milos Raonic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will continue their Lyon campaigns on Friday. Spots in the title match will be at stake when they go up against Tomas Berdych and Nikoloz Basilashvili, respectively, during semifinal action. [...] The post Lyon SF previews and predictions: Tsonga vs. Basilashvili, Raonic vs. Berdych appeared first on The Grandstand.
May 25 12:47pm NYT > Tennis
A trainer in Douglas Brunt’s new novel levels accusations against Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and others that are likely to leap off the pages into a public debate.
May 25 12:02pm The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog
Why are Andy Murray's serving numbers down this year?...
May 25 11:48am The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog
Brad Gilbert takes the new Andre Agassi-Novak Djokovic coaching relationship.
May 25 11:21am The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog
Will Petra Kvitova play the French Open?...
May 25 11:06am The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog
Novak Djokovic and Andre Agassi in their first public practice.
May 25 10:45am The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog
London will stay home to the ATP Finals through 2020.
May 25 7:30am BBC Sport | Tennis | World Edition
British number two Heather Watson needs to beat Richel Hogenkamp on Friday to reach round one at Roland Garros after defeating Tereza Smitkova.
May 25 4:57am BBC Sport | Tennis | World Edition
Australian Open venue Margaret Court Arena will not be renamed despite the 24-time Grand Slam champion's opposition to same-sex marriage.
May 25 2:00am NYT > Tennis
Even some beloved parts of the French Open’s site will be demolished to build one of the world’s most avant-garde tennis sites.
May 24 7:00pm Tennishead
tennishead takes a closer look at five title contenders: Novak Djokovic left Roland Garros last year as the undisputed world No.1 after becoming the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four majors at once. The Serbian appeared to be at the peak of his powers after his emotional win in the French capital, but his level of play has dropped considerably since. It has been a turbulent 12 months for the 30-year-old - on and off the court - but his decision to appoint Andre Agassi as his coach on a trial basis could prove to be a masterstroke. Djokovic now has his childhood idol in his corner, and that could just be the boost he needs to reignite his dwindling flame. A rejuvenated Rafael Nadal arrives in Paris with ‘La Decima’ on his mind. The ‘King of Clay’ is chasing an unprecedented tenth French Open title and he is the overwhelming favourite to add another major to his haul. The Spaniard, who leads the ATP Race to London, has been in scintillating form this year and he is once again a force to be reckoned with - especially on his beloved clay. Nadal has performed with ferocious intent in recent months and his famous lefty forehand has been back to its destructive best. Last year’s finalist, Andy Murray, has struggled with injury and illness this year. It has been a stop-start campaign for the world No.1, and he has suffered numerous shock defeats and early exits. It was hoped that the clay-court season would help the Scot rediscover his rhythm and range however he has looked uncomfortable with the red dirt beneath his feet. With confidence low and his serve still not firing on all cylinders after an elbow complaint, Murray will need to be vigilant in the early rounds. Stan Wawrinka bludgeoned his way to the Roland Garros title in 2015 and he becomes a different animal at Grand Slams. The 32-year-old often fails to find his intensity at regular ATP Tour events, but he can never be counted out at the majors. The uncompromising Swiss is a sight to behold when in full-flow. The best-of-five set format appears to suit the US Open champion and he has the firepower necessary to overcome any player in the field. Dominic Thiem showed just why he has been widely tipped to become the next dominant force on clay when he thundered his way past a helpless Nadal in Rome last week. It was a jaw-dropping display of unrele...
May 24 7:00pm Tennishead
It has also been announced that the event has been renamed the Nitto ATP Finals after the Japanese company agreed a four-year deal to become the new title sponsor. The week-long season finale, which will take place in November, has been held at the O2 Arena since 2009 and it has proved to be a hit with players and spectators. “We’re delighted to extend our stay in London and to have Nitto come on board as title sponsor over the next four years,” said Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman and President. The defending champion and world No.1, Andy Murray, said: “The crowds throughout the week for both the singles and doubles are second to none, and that makes this one of the most special events for the players. It’s an amazing atmosphere and a great tournament to cap off the year.”...
May 24 4:08pm TENNIS EXPRESS
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May 24 3:55pm Moo's Tennis Blog
The second Slam of 2017 will begin on Sunday in Paris with the French Open taking centre stage for the next two weeks. In all my time of following the WTA, I cannot remember such a wide open field with a long list of contenders, but no stand-out name. I’m excited to see who will…...
May 24 3:15pm Blog – Brain Game Tennis
So, you want to be No. 1 do you? Here’s your formula… G’day from Austin! I like to reverse-engineer tennis coaching. I like to start at the end to know all that I can about the destination I am trying to get to. I like to start with a thorough investigation of the final result.
May 24 12:16pm Tennis | For The Win
Here’s some stuff you may not have known about Roland Garros.
May 24 11:41am TENNIS EXPRESS
Summer is heating up, and hopefully your tennis game is too! Keep your cool on the court with these bold colors from Athletic DNA, Babolat, and Polo Ralph Lauren. Almost everyone has heard of Polo and any tennis player can...
May 24 8:38am BBC Sport | Tennis | World Edition
World number four Simona Halep says she has only a 50-50 chance of being fit for next week's French Open.
May 24 1:15am TENNIS.com - Podcast
With Serena out—and, for now, Maria, Vika and Petra on the outside—there's more uncertainty in the women's game than ever. We take a deep dive into the WTA to assess the landscape, determine French Open favorites and predict the tour's future.
May 23 7:00pm Tennishead
The absence of established stars - Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka - has left the door ajar for a new champion to emerge. tennishead takes a closer look at five leading contenders for the title: Defending champion, Garbine Muguruza, returns to the scene of her greatest triumph. Twelve months ago on a dreich Paris afternoon, the 23-year-old blasted her way past Serena Williams to become the first Spanish female to win Roland Garros since Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in 1998. Muguruza‘s career-defining success was meant to be the catalyst for further glory, but she has failed to enter the winner's circle since. Indifferent form, a steady flow of niggling injuries and a tempestuous relationship with her coach, Sam Sumyk, have all contributed to her recent struggles. It is doubtful that Muguruza, who has retired in four matches already this season, has the fitness levels necessary to survive the rigorous demands of a major tournament. Simona Halep feels her recent upturn in fortunes is partly due to a temporary split from her coach Darren Cahill. The 25-year-old bagged a Premier Mandatory title in Madrid two weeks ago and she believes her short time away from the Australian helped her become mentally stronger. It was proving to be a highly productive clay-court season for the Romanian until the moment she rolled her right ankle in Rome last weekend. Such a restrictive injury could damage the aspirations of the tournament favourite - who is famed for her unrivalled movement and defensive capabilities on her preferred surface. Elina Svitolina is the consummate professional and she has been the star performer this season. She has won four titles and leads the race to the WTA’s showpiece event in Singapore later this year. The world No.6 is not known for her shotmaking prowess but she is a tenacious competitor with an excellent all-round game. She has made a noticeable effort to become more proactive in baseline exchanges this year, and her forehand has markedly improved. Angelique Kerber may be the current world No.1, but she has been out-of-sorts for much of the season. The 29-year-old appears to still be feeling the effects of a gruelling 2016 campaign that saw her become a double Grand Slam champion. A player of the German’s calibre can never be counted out, though, and unlike the majority of the top 20 se...
May 23 7:00pm Tennishead
Zverev announced his arrival on the world stage with a nerveless display to defeat Novak Djokovic on Sunday and claim his maiden Masters title at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. The 20-year-old is the first player born in the 1990s to capture a Masters trophy and he is the youngest winner of a blue-ribbon event since Djokovic tasted victory at the Miami Open in 2007. Zverev, who entered the top 10 for the first time on Monday, has been propelled further into the media spotlight after his breakthrough success in Rome, but he is unlikely to be sidetracked in his inexorable quest to become the next dominant force in the sport. In the modern game, to contend for the biggest prizes a player must have significant firepower, and Zverev is laden with heavy artillery. He possesses a thunderous serve, a meaty forehand and a wondrous backhand, but perhaps his greatest asset is his strength of character. The 6'6" German has already shown in his short career that he is a born-winner. His ability to deliver under pressure is exceptional and his unwavering self-belief will only assist his cause as he bids for further glory in the months and years ahead. Zverev has made significant progress in 2017 however he is far from the finished article. He is currently ranked a lowly 29th in the return games won category and he will need to improve his efficiency in the forecourt if he wishes to become a more rounded performer. Since Juan Martin Del Potro and his ferocious forehand burst onto the scene in 2008, there has been a dearth of young talent. Many analysts have suggested that the physical nature of the modern game is primarily why the youth have struggled to prosper, but Zverev’s recent success throws doubt on this assumption. The German should be a source of inspiration for other young players. He has shown his peers what can be achieved and it will be fascinating to see if the likes of Nick Kyrgios, Borna Coric and Hyeon Chung can follow his example. The next step for Zverev is to make an impact at a Grand Slam. He has yet to go beyond the third round of a major and he will now be expected to make the second week of Roland Garros. Despite his productive week in Rome, clay remains the German’s weakest surface and he may have to wait until Wimbledon or the US Open to show just why he appears destined to become a multiple Grand Slam c...
May 23 6:51pm The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog
Will the Novak Djokovic-Andre Agassi partnership pay off?...
May 23 4:37pm The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog
Sean Randall has an early preview of the French Open.
May 23 1:52pm
When a player starts out on their tennis journey, it’s nearby impossible to predict what the final results will look like. Tennis technique doesn’t only relate to what the racket does during the shot but also the body and feet. … Continue reading → The post Is there such a thing as “Perfect Tennis Technique”? appeared first on Tennis blog. Advice from tennis experts.
May 23 6:03am BBC Sport | Tennis | World Edition
Petra Kvitova is on track to play at Wimbledon less than seven months after suffering a career-threatening hand injury.
May 22 7:16pm NYT > Tennis
Roger Federer, 35, is following a route his peers say they wouldn’t follow, but it is a move others have used to better their chances at Wimbledon.
May 22 7:00pm Tennishead
The two-time champion at the All England Club has not played since being stabbed by a knife-wielding intruder in her home city of Prostejov last December, but she has now penciled in a comeback date. “She is on track for Wimbledon,” her spokeswoman told Reuters. "She will make a last minute decision this week about Roland Garros." It remains unlikely that Kvitova will make the jaunt to Paris to compete at the French Open, which starts on Sunday, however she will be determined to return in time for the grass-court season - her favourite time of the year.
May 22 12:34pm TENNIS EXPRESS
The Djoko-Switch Novak Djokovic Switches Brand Allegiances from Uniqlo to Lacoste Novak Djokovic shocked the tennis world when he announced his switch from Uniqlo to Lacoste. Changing brands is like changing identities. While Djokovic hasn’t necessarily been playing poorly...
May 22 11:30am The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog
How did Novak Djokovic persuade Andre Agassi to return to tennis?...
May 22 10:54am The Grandstand
The worst-kept secret of the last two weeks was confirmed by Novak Djokovic on Sunday: Andre Agassi is his new coach. For how long remains to be seen, but the partnership will begin at least on a trial basis at the upcoming French Open. [...] The post Djokovic brings on Agassi as coach, at least for Roland Garros appeared first on The Grandstand.
May 22 10:48am Heavy Topspin
In the Episode 8 of the Tennis Abstract Podcast, Carl Bialik and I survey the men’s and women’s fields in Rome and consider what last week’s top-tier events have to tell us about Roland Garros. We touch on Alexander Zverev’s maiden Masters title, the mixed signals of Dominic Thiem’s and Novak Djokovic’s tournaments, the rise … Continue reading Podcast Episode 8: Zverev’s Title, Emerging WTA Favorites, and a New Match Format...
May 22 10:20am BBC Sport | Tennis | World Edition
Former world number one Victoria Azarenka is planning to play at Wimbledon as she returns to tennis following the birth of her son.
May 22 6:00am Universal Tennis
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May 21 8:55pm The Grandstand
Despite being sandwiched in between multiple Masters 1000 events and a Grand Slam, a pair of 250-point tournaments on this week's schedule boast surprisingly outstanding draws. Among those taking the court in Lyon and Geneva are Milos Raonic, Nick Kyrgios, Juan Martin Del Potro, and Stan Wawrinka. [...] The post Lyon and Geneva previews and predictions appeared first on The Grandstand.
May 21 7:00pm Tennishead
The 27-year-old, who gave birth to her son Leo in December, has not played since the first round of last year’s French Open. Azarenka was not expected to make her comeback until the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford later this summer, but the two-time Australian Open champion feels she is ready to return action ahead of schedule. "My training has been progressing well and I feel ready to start competing again - plus Leo kind of said he wants to see London and Wimbledon," Azarenka announced on Twitter. "I will be finalising my schedule before Wimbledon in the coming days and I plan to play one of the grass-court events before Wimbledon." There are a number of grass-court tournaments in the build up to The Championships and Azarenka could return in Nottingham, 's-Hertogenbosch, Birmingham, Mallorca or Eastbourne. Azarenka will use her protected ranking of world No.6 to gain entry into the draw at the All England Club and her return will add another dimension to the women’s game. The Belarusian will not be competing at Wimbledon to make up the numbers, though, and she will be eager to make an impression. For much of the season there have been a number of shocks and surprises in the WTA as the top players have struggled for consistency, however, the return of Azarenka - and five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova - will add intrigue to the women's game. Azarenka, who is currently training hard in Minsk, may not have won a grass-court tournament in her career but she has reached the last four at Wimbledon on two previous occasions. The 27-year-old will be amongst the leading contenders to compete for the famous Venus Rosewater Dish and she will be eager to take full advantage of Serena Williams’ absence. ...
May 21 2:57pm NYT > Tennis
“I have to beat Serena to win a Grand Slam” — that common belief doesn’t apply these days. Who’s the favorite now?...
May 21 2:26pm The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog
I never like to give up during the match, Halep said afterwards. I don't want to stop the matches. So I just wanted to try to win the second set...At 5-3 in the second set, I turned to hit an inside-out forehand, I felt it again. That's why I called [the trainer] to tape it, because I was scared not to do something worse. ...
May 21 1:52pm The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog
He served very well, Djokovic surmised. I just wasn't able to get any rhythm on my returns. If we would get into a rally, he would smash the ball from the first or second shot.
May 21 1:40pm NYT > Tennis
Djokovic has struggled since winning at Roland Garros last year, and has revamped his support team. Agassi has never coached before.
May 21 1:15pm BBC Sport | Tennis | World Edition
World number two Novak Djokovic says Andre Agassi will be his new coach after the Serb loses in the Italian Open final to Alexander Zverev.
May 21 12:38pm The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog
Andre Agassi is back in tennis.
May 21 12:37pm The Grandstand
Alexander Zverev scored the biggest win of his career on Sunday afternoon, taking down Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3 in the final of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia. Zverev did not face a single break point while triumphing in one hour and 21 minutes. [...] The post Zverev upsets Djokovic in Rome for first Masters 1000 title appeared first on The Grandstand.
May 21 12:16pm BBC Sport | Tennis | World Edition
German Alexander Zverev stuns world number two Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-3 to win the Italian Open.
May 21 10:16am Moo's Tennis Blog
Rome concluded on Sunday with a fourth title for Elina Svitolina in another three set finale on the WTA tour in 2017. This post brings together the highlights from the tournament including a recap of the final and links to the best points, media and plenty more. All previous Match Points tournament summaries from 2016 and 2017 can be…...