This Week’s Tournaments:
Memphis Open – Memphis, TN, USA
ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament – Rotterdam, Netherlands
Argentina Open – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Last Week’s Winners: Open Sud de France – Sascha Zverev
Garanti Koza Sofia Open – Grigor Dimitrov
Ecuador Open – Victor Estrella Burgos
Grigor Dimitrov Wins Hometown Tournament
Grigor won the Sofia Open, the first ATP World Tour tournament he’s played in his home country. He defeated David Goffin in the final, 7-5, 6-4, in front of an enthusiastic hometown crowd. The 12,000 capacity arena was sold out for the finals, with the Bulgarian fans out in full force to support Grigor. The win is Grigor’s 2nd title of the season, and brings his record for the year to 14-1. Let’s go Grisha!
Sasha Zverev Takes Singles & Doubles Titles In Montpellier
#NextGen star Sascha is also having a great 2017 so far. He just won the 2nd singles title of his career at the Open Sud de France, defeating hometown favorite Richard Gasquet, 7-6 (4), 6-3, in the final. Sascha then teamed up with his brother, Mischa Zverev, to win the doubles title, with a victory over Fabrice Martin and Daniel Nestor. This is the first time an ATP player has won both the singles and doubles titles in the same tournament since Lleyton Hewitt in 2014. The win also puts Sascha up to a career high ranking of #18 in the world, and at #1 in the #NextGenATP Race to Milan.
Toni Nadal To Step Down as Rafael Nadal’s Coach
The tennis world was shocked over the weekend when it was announced that Rafa’s uncle and longtime coach, Toni Nadal, would be stepping down at the end of 2017. Toni has worked with Rafa for most of his life and for his entire professional career to date. Carlos Moya joined Rafa’s coaching team before the start of this season. Toni will no longer travel with Rafa and will instead focus on training emerging players at the recently opened Rafa Nadal Academy in Majorca.
This Week’s Tournaments:
Chengdu Open – Chengdu, China
Shenzhen Open – Shenzhen, China
Lucas Pouille Wins 1st Title in Metz
Pouille has had a terrific year so far – he reached the quarterfinals of both Wimbledon and the US Open, where he defeated Rafael Nadal. The 22-year-old Frenchman just hit another milestone and won his first ATP World Tour Title at the Moselle Open in Metz, France, defeating #1 seed Dominic Thiem in the final 7-6(5), 6-2. Pouille is now #16 in the rankings and on the rise. Allez!
Alexander Zverev Wins St. Petersburg Open
19-year-old Sascha Zverev became the first teenager to win an ATP title since Marin Cilic in 2008. Zverev defeated Stan Wawrinka to win his first title in St. Petersburg 6-2, 3-6, 7-5. It’s fun to see another #NextGen player on the rise and we’re looking forward to seeing much more from him in the future!
2017 Davis Cup Draw Revealed
The draw for the 2017 Davis Cup was held last week in London. First round action will take place from February 3-5, with some intriguing matchups. Stay tuned for site selection announcements in the coming weeks. (We’re hoping we can make it to USA vs. Switzerland!)
Argentina vs Italy
Germany vs Belgium
Australia vs Czech Republic
USA vs Switzerland
Japan vs France
Canada vs Great Britain
Serbia vs Russia
Croatia vs Spain
In the meantime, we still have the Davis Cup Finals coming up November 25-27, with Argentina taking on Croatia in Zagreb.
Last week marked the official start of the clay season, with Federico Delbonis defeating Borna Corcic in the finals in Marrakech, and Juan Monaco defeating 2015 winner Jack Sock at the Men’s Clay Tournament in Houston. The Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters is underway, which is one of the most beautiful stops on the tour. It’s worth tuning in for the views alone!
This Week’s Tournament:
Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters – Monte Carlo, Monaco
Earlier this season, the ATP World Tour announced their roster of #NextGen players. We thought we’d introduce you to each of the players – Secret Fangirl style. We highly suggest keeping up with your faves on social media.
Taylor Fritz (USA)
Instagram: @taylor_fritz Twitter: @taylor_fritz97 Fritz, a California native, has been on a roll since winning the US Open Juniors title in 2015, rising to #69 in the rankings. He reminds us of a young Pete Sampras, whom Fritz got to practice with on his 18th birthday. #MERICA.
Frances Tiafoe (USA)
Also on the #MERICA squad is Frances Tiafoe, from Maryland. After a big win over fellow American Taylor Fritz in Indian Wells, Tiafoe got to practice with his idol, Juan Martin del Potro. Tiafoe’s inspirational story is definitely worth a read.
Borna Coric (CRO)
Twitter: @borna_coric Coric has made it to 2 finals already in 2016, and is the youngest player in the top 50. Coric has a tattoo on his forearm that says “there is nothing worse in life than being ordinary” and likes to show off his yoga poses on Instagram.
Alexander Zverev (GER)
Instagram: @alexzverev123 Alexander Zverev, AKA Sasha, had a great week in Indian Wells, taking out Grigor Dimitrov and pushing Rafael Nadal to 3 tough sets. He also has an adorable dog, Lovik, who gets his own credentials!
Nick Kyrgios (AUS)
Twitter: @NickKyrgios Love him or hate him, Nick keeps things interesting on the court. He’s a talented player and you never know what he’ll do next – even take a mid-match selfie.
Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS)
Twitter: @TKokkinakis We’ve missed Thanasi out on tour this year, as he’s recovering from shoulder surgery. He was present at the AUS-USA Davis Cup tie in March, and gets an A+ for cheerleading for his squad all weekend (and rocking some frosted tips). We hope he’s back on court soon!
Elias Ymer (SWE)
Twitter: @eliasymer Ymer qualified for all 4 grand slams in 2015. His father is a professional long-distance runner and while he hoped Elias would follow in his footsteps, he found tennis instead.
Yoshihito Nishioka (JAP)
Twitter: @yoshihitotennis Nishioka has been off to a great start in 2016, reaching the Quarterfinals in Memphis and the 4th round in Miami, taking out Feliciano Lopez on the way.
Hyeon Chung (SKR) Instagram: @hyeon519 Chung hails from South Korea and trained at the IMG Academy in Florida. Fun fact: he started tennis because his parents were told it could help his eyesight. While he’s become one of the top teenagers on the tour, he still rocks glasses!