This Week’s Tournaments:
Erste Bank Open 500 – Vienna, Austria
Swiss Indoors Basel – Basel, Switzerland
Juan Martin del Potro Wins First Title Since 2014
Delpo won the first title of his 2016 comeback at the If Stockholm Open in Sweden. He defeated Jack Sock in the final 7-5, 6-1. With the win, Delpo is back in the top 50 (where he belongs!). Impressive considering Delpo started 2016 ranked 1041. Welcome back!
Richard Gasquet Wins Inaugural European Open
Gasquet won his 14th career title at the new 250 ATP tournament in Antwerp, Belgium. 2016 has been an up and down year for Gasquet, who battled some injuries. The title is his second of the year and puts him up to #18 in the race to London.
Thiem Dominates Tie Break Tens in Vienna
Homeboy Dominic Thiem won the Tie Break Tens exhibition in Vienna, kicking off the Erste Bank Open. The event featured round robin play, with each “match” consisting of one 10-point tiebreak. Thiem defeated Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, Tommy Haas, and Goran Ivanisevic en route to the final, where he played against Andy Murray in a winner-take-all tiebreak. Wimbledon hero Marcus Willis was also in lineup, playing entertaining tiebreaks against Murray and Ivanisevic.
Rafael Nadal Ends 2016 Season Early
After struggling with a wrist injury for the second half of the season, Rafa officially shut down his 2016 season last week. We’re looking forward to a well rested and healthy Rafa next year!
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.
This Week’s Tournaments:
Moselle Open – Metz, France
St. Petersburg Open – St. Petersburg, Russia
2016 Davis Cup Final Set
After a drama filled weekend, it will be Argentina taking on Croatia in the Davis Cup Final in November! Juan Martin del Potro defeated Andy Murray in the 1st rubber in Argentina’s tie against Great Britain, in a match that lasted over 5 hours. (And Delpo made us cry. Again). The tie went to a decisive 5th rubber, with Leonardo Mayer defeating Dan Evans to win the tie for Argentina (and Delpo). Marin Cilic was Croatia’s MVP, winning his 2 singles matches and the doubles against the French #1s, Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.
2017 Davis Cup Draw on September 22nd
Since this year’s final is set, it’s time to get excited about next year! The World Group playoffs were also completed over the weekend, with 16 nations in the draw. Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain and the USA will be drawn against the 8 seeded nations below:
3. Great Britian
4. Czech Republic
Dominic Thiem Leads Moselle Open Field
The #1 seed and #1 in our hearts, Dominic Thiem, is back in action this week at the Moselle Open in Metz, France. We last saw Thiem forced to retire in his match against Del Potro at the US Open with a knee injury, so we’re hoping he’s fully recovered and fit to play. Other players in action in Metz include Benoit Paire, Dustin Brown, Nicolas Mahut, and Gilles Simon.
Stan The Man Returns in St. Petersburg
Stan Wawrinka is playing his first tournament since winning the US Open in New York. He leads a strong field in St. Petersburg that includes Milos Raonic, Sascha Zverev, and Tomas Berdych.
This Week’s Tournaments:
Aegon Open – Nottingham, England
Wimbledon Qualifying – London, England
Lleyton Hewitt Receives Wimbledon Doubles Wildcard
We knew Lleyton couldn’t stay away from tennis for too long! While he officially retired from singles at this year’s Australian Open, Lleyton has since suited up for Davis Cup doubles and he was just given a wildcard into Wimbledon. Lleyton is teaming up with fellow Aussie Jordan Thompson in doubles. Get your “c’mon!” cheers ready.
Dominic Thiem Hot Shots
Thiem has pretty much been a highlight reel lately. Check out some of his hot shots from Halle. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, we are so on board #TeamThiem.
Herbert/Mahut Win Queen’s Club Title
The French duo picked up their 4th title of the season at the Wimbledon warm up. We’re hoping to see them team up at both Davis Cup in July and the Olympics in August. ALLEZ!
Andy Murray Wins Record 5th In London
Murray couldn’t have asked for better prep for Wimbledon. With coach Ivan Lendl back on his team, Murray defeated Milos Raonic in a 3 set final. He became the first man to win a 5th Queen’s Club Title.
Sascha Zverev Beats Roger Federer In Halle
Thiem isn’t the only young gun to have defeated Federer this season – 19-year-old Sascha Zverev took out Federer in 3 sets in the semi-finals in Halle. We’re excited to see more from this #NextGen player this season!
We’re just a week away from Wimbledon qualifying! Which means we’ve arrived to the two 500 level grass court tournaments, in Halle and London. The Queen’s Club draw is particularly STACKED. Isner vs Del Potro, Kyrgios vs Raonic & Lopez vs Cilic are all 1st round matches. But could we get a little sunshine? Please? We’re pretty sure we’ve had rain delays every single day for the last month.
This Week’s Tournaments:
Gerry Weber Open – Halle, Germany
Aegon Championships – London, England
Dominic Thiem Wins 4th Title of 2016
Thiem continues to impress in 2016, and took home his 4th title of the season in Stuttgart. He defeated Roger Federer on the way to his first grass court title. Thiem has now won a hard court, clay court and grass court title in 2016, making him only the 9th active player to do so in the same year. With the win Thiem surpasses #1 ranked Novak Djokovic in match wins this year – Thiem has 45 while Djokovic has 44.
Nicolas Mahut Wins 3rd Ricoh Open Title
Mahut is currently the #1 ranked doubles player in the world (usually teaming up with Pierre-Hugues Herbert), and he just added another grass court singles trophy to his name. This is the third time Mahut has won the title in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
Keep Up With The #NextGen
The ATP launched a dedicated #NextGen site, so you can keep up with all of your fave players! Check it out here. Taylor Fritz started a diary reflecting on his big year. Fritz also had the chance to play with his dream doubles partner, Juan Martin del Potro in Stuttgart last week.
Thanasi Kokkinakis Delays Return To Tour
Kokkinakis was due to return this week, with a wildcard into the Aegon Championships in London, but he has pushed back his return to the tour. He’s been out all of 2016 recovering from shoulder surgery, and will be out at least through Wimbledon. We’re hoping he’ll be back in action for the US hard court swing this Summer!
After a rainy couple of weeks, we made it through the clay court season and a history making Roland Garros. Fittingly, the sun started to shine down on center court just minutes after the final point was played. The tour has already shifted to the grass court season, with Wimbledon just 3 weeks away.
This Week’s Tournaments
Mercedes Cup – Stuttgart, Germany
Ricoh Open – s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Novak Djokovic Wins 4th Consecutive Major
Djokovic finally won his first Roland Garros title, completing a career grand slam in the process. He also won his 4th consecutive major, and is the first player to win 4 consecutive majors since Rod Laver in 1969. No doubt he has his eyes on completing the calendar slam this year!
Feliciano Lopez & Marc Lopez Win Men’s Doubles
Spain did not have a men’s singles champion this year, especially after the withdrawl of Rafa Nadal. But Spanish players took home both the men’s doubles and women’s singles titles! It was heartwarming to see veterans Lopez/Lopez (no relation) win a slam – the first for Feliciano and the second for Marc. The Spainards are also the 6th different team to win a slam in the last 2 years.
Dominic Thiem Enters Top 10
Thiem continues to build on his impressive season. He advanced to the Semi-Finals in Roland Garros, before losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic. As a result, Thiem jumped to #7 in the world. We’re sure we’ll be seeing him climb even higher. We love his big game and his attitude and are #TeamThiem all the way.
It’s been an eventful week at Roland Garros since we last checked in … even with play being pretty much canceled 2 days in a row. We’re doing an anti-rain dance so we can watch some tennis tomorrow! (Or at least so the 4th round matches can get finished?)
Rain Rain, Go Away
Monday, May 29th was a complete washout, with all match play canceled for the first time since 2000. Tuesday wasn’t much better, with a stop and go day, players got in just over 2 hours of play. And unfortunately things aren’t looking much better for the rest of this week. Djokovic took the rain in stride, carrying an umbrella sourced from the crowd in 1 hand and his racquet in the other.
Nadal Withdraws With Wrist Injury
We can’t even talk about this still. After looking strong in his first 2 matches, Nadal called a press conference where he announced his withdrawal from the tournament due to a left wrist injury. Not the best way to celebrate his big 30th birthday, on June 3rd! Get well soon Rafa!!
Bottom-Half Quaterfinals Set
Richard Gasquet was impressive in taking out Kei Nishikori in the 4th round, reaching his 1st Roland Garros quarterfinal as the last Frenchman standing in singles. He’ll take on Andy Murray, while defending champ Stan Wawrinka will take on Albert Ramos-Vinolas. The top half will catch up. Some day.
Wawrinka Hits With Ballkid
One of the reasons we love Stan – he stayed warmed up during a medical time out to hit with a ballkid. He totally made this kid’s day/year/life!