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Tennis Tuesday: News Roundup

This Week’s Tournament:
Western & Southern Open – Cincinatti, OH

Last Week’s Winner:
Rogers Cup – Sascha Zverev

Denis Shapovalov Soars to #67
There is nothing like the support of the home crowd!  Denis Shapovalov, an 18-year-old Canadian who turned pro last year, strongly announced his arrival by reaching the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.  Denis is the youngest player to reach the semifinals of a Masters 1000 event.  His route to the semis included stunning defeats of Rafael Nadal, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(4) and Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 7-6(4).  Denis’ ranking also soared from #143 to #67.

Sascha Zverev Wins 2nd Masters 1000 Title
#NextGen star Sascha Zverev won his 2nd masters title of the year in Montreal over the weekend.  Sascha was impressive all week, and defeated Roger Federer in the final 6-3, 6-4.  The win is Sascha’s 10th match win in a row, after capturing the Citi Open title in Washington, D.C. last week.  Sascha is now up to a career high of #7 in the world, and will be seeded even higher at the US Open as both Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic have had to shut their seasons down early due to injury.

Roger Federer Withdraws from Cincinatti
After reaching the finals of yet another tournament this year, Roger Federer announced his withdrawl from the Western & Southern Open in Cincinatti.  Federer had tweaked his back during the Rogers Cup in Montreal, and hopes that the rest will help him be in good shape for the US Open, which starts in just 2 weeks.

Nadal to Return to #1 in the World
Rafa was on track to reach a possible return to #1 in the world in Montreal last week, before being shocked by the young Canadian Denis Shapovalov.  Roger Federer and Rafa were set to face off for the #1 spot this week, pending their results in Cincinnati.  However, Federer’s injury withdrawl means that Rafa will regain the #1 ranking next week for the first time in 3 years.  VAMOS!

Tommy Paul Earns US Open Wildcard
20-year-old American Tommy Paul has had an outstanding run so far this Summer, and his efforts have earned him a wild card into the US Open!   Tommy made it to the Quarterfinals in both Atlanta and Washington, D.C., where he lost a close, thrilling 3-set match against Kei Nishikori.  We’re looking forward to seeing Tommy back in NY!   He made it into the main draw previously as a qualifier in 2015.

Why Don’t We Added to Arthur Ashe Kids Day Lineup
The lineup for this year’s Arthur Ashe Kids Day, the annual concert & festival that kicks off the US Open, just got even more amazing!  Your new favorite boyband, Why Don’t We, will be performing as a part of the stadium show alongside New Hope Club, Alex Aiono, Sofia Carson & more!   AAKD is on Saturday, August 26th on the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens.  In addition to the concert, there will be free activities and performances all over the grounds.  Tickets to the AAKD stadium show are on sale now. Not in NYC? You can catch the show on ESPN on August 27th!

Tennis Tuesday: News Roundup

This Week’s Tournaments:
BB&T Atlanta Open – Atlanta, GA, USA
Swiss Open Gstaad – Gstaad, Switzerland
German Tennis Championships – Hamburg, Germany

Last Week’s Winners:
Tennis Hall of Fame Championships – John Isner
SkiStar Swedish Open – David Ferrer
Plava Laguna Croatia Open – Andrey Rublev

Andy Roddick, Kim Clijsters Inducted Into Tennis Hall of Fame
Andy Roddick was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame over the weekend in Newport, Rhode Island along with Kim Clijsters, Steve Flink, and Vic Braden.  As expected, Andy’s induction speech was equal parts poignant, charming, reflective, and funny, and reminded  us why we fell in love with tennis in the first place (and how much we miss Andy on tour!)   We loved Andy’s stories about how much he loved tennis from a young age and what a fan he was of all the players that came before him.  We’ll always be grateful to our tennis hero, Andy Roddick!  Watch Andy’s full speech below and have some tissues ready.

Jack Sock Goes Esquire
The latest issue of Esquire features a story on Jack Sock.  He mentions looking up to newly minted Hall of Famer, Andy Roddick.  “Sock grew up a Roddick fan (“being from Nebraska, it was hard not to be, plus I liked the Reebok Pumps and visor and the Backstreet Boys frosted tips”)”  We think Jack should bring this look back.  Check out the story here!

US Open Series Is Underway!
It’s hard to believe that the US Open starts in just over a month.  The US Open Series kicked off yesterday in Atlanta, with several tournaments coming up throughout the US & Canada leading up to the last slam of the year at the end of August.  Lots of young American players are in action in Atlanta this week.

Andrey Rublev Wins First Title in Croatia
19-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev won his first title over the weekend in Croatia.  Rublev entered the tournament as a lucky loser, having lost in the last round of qualifying, and played his way to the title.  Don’t forget that Rublev used to be in a One Direction cover band, Summer Afternoon.

Roger Federer Joins Arthur Ashe Kids Day Lineup
Big news!  Roger Federer will be joining the stadium show at Arthur Ashe Kids Day this year.  The show, on August 26th, will feature some of your favorite players along with performances by Sofia Carson, New Hope Club, Alex Aiono and more.   Tickets are on sale now!  Get all the details here.

Alex Aiono, New Hope Club & More To Headline 2017 Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day

Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day is always one of our favorite events of the year!   The all day event is a celebration of our two loves: music and tennis!    AAKD kicks off the US Open in festive style every year in NYC, with activities like face painting, tennis skill tests, jugglers, and more.  There is also a concert and the chance to watch the pros practice up close!

The stadium show in Arthur Ashe Stadium features some of the hottest rising stars in music alongside top tennis players in an event that is part concert, part tennis skill, and all fun!   AAKD always has a knack for booking the next big thing.  Past performers have included Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, The Vamps & more.  This year’s show will feature performances by co-host and headliner Alex Aiono, Sofia Carson, New Hope Club, Jack & Jack, and Saving Forever.    Everyone’s favorite djoker, Novak Djokovic, will make an appearance as well.

Tickets for the stadium show start at just $10 and are on sale now!

2017 Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day Performers
Alex Aiono
New Hope Club
Sofia Carson
Jack & Jack
Saving Forever

Tennis Players
Novak Djokovic

Arthur Ashe Kids Day 2017
Saturday, August 26th
gates open at 9:30am
Arthur Ashe Stadium – Flushing, NY
Buy Tickets

Be sure to follow AAKD & Secret Fangirls for more updates!

Tennis Tuesday: News Roundup

This Week’s Tournaments:
Antalya Open – Antalya, Turkey
Aegon international – Eastbourne, Great Britain

Last Week’s Winners:
Gerry Weber Open – Roger Federer
Aegon Championships – Feliciano Lopez

Wimbledon Qualifying Underway
It seems like the grass season just started, but we’re already almost to the third slam of the year!  Wimbledon qualifying play started yesterday in London.  Last year’s surprise qualifier, hometown favorite Marcus Willis, is playing through the qualifying draw this year.   We’d love to see him back in the main draw!  Other players we have an eye on include Stefanos Tsitsipas, Taylor Fritz, Alex de Minaur, and Quentin Halys.

Dan Evans Admits Positive Test for Drug Use
One British player who will not be playing in Wimbledon this year is Dan Evans, who held a press conference last week to announce that he failed a drug test in April for cocaine use.  No word yet on his punishment and how long it will be.

Feliciano Lopez Wins Queen’s Club
Feliciano joined the 35 and up title winners club over the weekend when he won the title at the Aegon Championships in London.   He defeated Marin Cilic in the final 4-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(8).  “Deliciano” turns 36 in September and is back into the top 30 of the ATP World Tour rankings with the title.  Vamos!

US Open Arthur Ashe Kids Day Tickets On Sale
Tickets for the US Open and for Arthur Ashe Kids Day are on sale now!  The lineup for AAKD will be announced in July, but you are guaranteed to see some of the hottest new artists perform during the stadium show (past performers include Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Jonas Brothers, Forever In Your Mind, Justin Bieber, and many more) alongside your favorite tennis players.  Head over to the Arthur Ashe Kid’s Day website for tickets and more info and stay tuned for the lineup!

Tennis Tuesday: News Roundup

This Week’s Tournaments:
Gerry Weber Open – Halle, Germany
Aegon Championships – London, England

Last Week’s Winners:
Mercedes Cup – Lucas Pouille
Ricoh Open – Gilles Muller

Félix Auger-Aliassime Wins 1st Challenger Title
16-year-old Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime has been on the rise since he decided to transition from his successful junior career to turn pro in 2017.  Félix won his first title on the ATP Challenger Tour in Lyon, making him among the youngest titlist in challenger history.  He’s in good company – other young titlists include Rafael Nadal, Michael Chang and Novak Djokovic.  The win places Félix in the top 250 of the ATP World Tour Rankings, the youngest player to enter the top 250 since Juan Martin del Potro in 2005.

Lucas Pouille: A Man for All Surfaces
Lucas Pouille won his 2nd title of 2017 on the grass court in Stuttgart over the weekend.  Lucas now has 3 titles: 1 on grass, 1 on clay, and 1 on hardcourt.  Allez!

Rafael Nadal Wins Inagural “Thirsty Tennis Twitter Slam”
Rafa defeated his biggest rival of 2017, Dominic Thiem, in yet another final this season.   Rafa & Domi made it to the finals of the “Thirsty Tennis Twitter Slam,” a fan voted slam that had some tough match ups.  We love how it was run like a real slam, with a qualifying draw, an order of play and everything.  Vamos Rafa!

 

Tennis Tuesday: News Roundup

This Week’s Tournament:
Mercedes Cup – Stuttgart, Germany
Ricoh Open – s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

Last Week’s Winners:
Roland Garros – Rafael Nadal

Together again. This time: 10. 🏆 #ATP #tennis #RG17 #Nadal 📸: @gettyimages

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Rafa Wins “La Decima”
Rafael Nadal made history by winning Roland Garros for a record 10th time.  Rafa made it through the entire tournament without dropping a set, defeating Stan Wawrinka in the final 6-2, 6-3, 6-1.  He is the first man in the open era to win 10 titles at a Grand Slam, and is now second on the all-time Grand Slam titles list with 15.

#CHAMP10N

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Ryan Harrison & Michael Venus Win Roland Garros Doubles
2017 has been quite a turnaround for Ryan Harrison, who admitted he had been on the brink of quitting tennis altogether just a few months ago.  He won his first ATP World Tour singles title earlier this year in Memphis and made it back into the top 50. Harrison teamed up with his close friend and best man Michael Venus for doubles at Roland Garros, making it all the way to the finals.  They faced off against fellow American Donald Young & Santiago Gonzalez for the title, winning 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-3.  Now Ryan can add grand slam champion to his list of accomplishments this year!

GRAND. SLAM. TITLE.

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Grass Season Is Here!
The tennis world moves from clay to much quicker grass courts this week, with tournaments in Germany and the Netherlands.  Roger Federer is also back in action this week in Stuttgart, after skipping the entire clay court season.  The grass court season is by far the shortest on the tennis calendar – Wimbledon qualifying starts in just 2 weeks!

Tennis Tuesday: Roland Garros Week 2

This Week’s Tournament:
Roland Garros – Paris, France

Roland Garros 101
Where to Watch: Tennis Channel and NBC
Tournament Dates:  May 28 – June 11
Time:  Play starts daily at 5am EST
Social Media: #RG17 @RolandGarros

Rafa Celebrates 31st Birthday
Rafa has been celebrating his birthday at Roland Garros for many years now, as it usually falls about halfway through the tournament.  He celebrated his 31st birthday on June 3rd, with lots of support from fans as he goes for a record 10th title.

Quarterfinals Set
We’re down to the final 8!   Quarterfinal action starts today in Paris.  Rafael Nadal is taking on Pablo Carreño Busta while Dominic Thiem will face Novak Djokovic.   Wednesday will see Stan Wawrinka vs Marin Cilic and Andy Murray vs Kei Nishikori.

Sportsmanship Highlight of Week 1
One of the biggest stories of the first week of Roland Garros was the sportsmanship and compassion on display.   Juan Martin del Potro comforting Nicolas Almagro when he had to withdraw with a knee injury.  Horacio Zeballos carrying David Goffin’s bag off court when he suffered a nasty fall, tearing muscle in his ankle.  Dominic Thiem offering comforting words to Stevie Johnson at the net after the loss of his father.  It’s wonderful to see and one of the many reasons why we love this sport.