Qualifying for Roland Garros starts in 2 weeks (!!) and all of the sport’s top stars are in Spain this week grinding it out on the red clay. Here’s our roundup of the tennis news to know this week.
This Week’s Tournaments: Mutua Madrid Open – Madrid, Spain
Juan Martin del Potro Continues Comeback
Del Potro scored the biggest win of his comeback earlier today in Madrid, taking out one of the hottest players on tour right now, Dominic Thiem, in straight sets. The win clearly meant a lot to an emotional Del Po. WE’RE NOT CRYING YOU ARE.
Roger Federer Pulls Out Of Madrid Open
Federer has pulled out of yet another tournament in 2016, this time with a back injury. It’s hard to believe he’s only been able to play in 3 tournaments this season. We hope he’ll be back on tour soon!
Diego Schwartzman Wins 1st ATP World Tour Title The 22-year-old Argentine rallied from behind to take out Grigor Dimitrov in the finals of the TEB BNP Paribas Instanbul Open. His route to the final also included taking out the #1 seed Bernard Tomic.
Grigor Dimitrov’s On Court Meltdown
Speaking of Dimitrov, he had an epic meltdown in that final against Diego Schwartzman. We haven’t seen one this bad in a long time. After frequently breaking his strings throughout the match, he smashed his racquet with the 3rd offense leading to loss of the game and therefore the match. While we certainly can’t support his lack of sportsmanship in this case, haven’t we all had one of those days?
USA-Croatia Davis Cup Tie Announcement Coming Soon!
We’ve been very (im)patiently waiting for the location of the Davis Cup tie between the US & Croatia coming in July. According to the Davis Cup Twitter, an announcement should be coming later this week. Stay tuned! Jack Sock is ready with his #Merica Babolat gear.
All eyes are on the California desert as the first Masters 1000 event of the season is taking place this week in Indian Wells. The BNP Paribas Open is one of our favorite tournaments of the year to watch.
This Week’s Tournament
BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, CA
The Americans have been making a splash at the tournament so far. 18-year-old Francis Tiafoe, one of the ATP World Tour’s #NextGen stars, was impressive in taking out Taylor Fritz and then playing a close match against world #18 David Goffin. He may have lost but the match proved he could go toe-to-toe with a top 20 player. Pittsburgh native Bjorn Fratangelo was also impressive in his match against Novak Djokovic, taking the first set 6-2 (no easy task) and fighting until the very end. Be sure to catch fellow Americans John Isner, Sam Querrey, Stevie Johnson and Jack Sock in action today.
Jack Sock For President
Babolat launched a brilliant new campaign with the rising American star Jack Sock that we can totally rally behind. Watch his “campaign” video below and make sure you sign up for a “S.O.C.K” at JackSockForPresident.com to show your support for #SockIn16! We’re looking forward to a showdown between Jack and Dominic Thiem later today. Let’s rally, America.
Grigor Dimitrov Hot Shot
Grigor lost in the 2nd round to another #NextGen player, Alexander Zrevev. (We don’t want to talk about it.) But not before hitting this crazy leaping behind the back shot. Teach us your skillz.
Nadal vs Verdasco
Verdasco may have beaten Rafa in the 1st round of the Australian Open earlier this year, but there’s no bad blood between the two. The teamed up for doubles in Indian Wells, loosing to the Bryan Brothers in an entertaining match. They’ll face off against each other again today, 3rd on Stadium 1. Will Rafa get revenge?