This Week’s Tournaments:
ASB Classic – Auckland, New Zealand
Apia International Sydney – Sydney, Australia
Last Week’s Winners:
Brisbane International – Grigor Dimitrov
Qatar ExxonMobil Open – Novak Djokovic
Aircel Chennai Open – Roberto Bautista Agut
Hopman Cup – France (Richard Gasquet & Kiki Mladenovic)
Grigor Dimitrov Wins First Title Since 2014
It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly 3 years since Grigor Dimitrov won his last title, at Queen’s Club in 2014. That same year he reached the top 10 for the first time, and made it to the semi-finals a at Wimbledon. It’s been a tough couple of years for Grigor, who has been working hard to get back in top form. He started 2017 in commanding fashion, taking out 3 top 10 players (Dominic Thiem, Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori) on his way to the Brisbane title. He also took one of the cutest and most excited trophy winning photos of all time. More of this in 2017, please!
Dominic Thiem Hits The Beach
One of the hardest working men in tennis, Dominic Thiem, hit the “beach” in Sydney ahead of the tournament there this week. Our dream job would be planning and supervising these ATP player field trips during tournaments. Where can we sign up? (Also someone please take Grigor back to a zoo while he’s in Australia so we get more of this)
James Blake Wins 2016 Powershares Season Finale in Brooklyn
Professional tennis made it’s return to Brooklyn for the first time since 1935 on a snowy Saturday night at the Barclays Center. James Blake won the Powershares QQQ Cup, the last event on the 2016 Champions Tour. James defeated Andy Roddick in the first semi-final, breaking Andy in the final game of the set. (Andy’s serve is still on point in case you were wondering). John McEnroe beat Jim Courier 6-3, before losing to James in the final. The final set was an entertaining battle of the New Yorkers, with an energetic crowd cheering on both players.
Taylor Fritz Expecting First Child
Tennis Channel just casually mentioned that Taylor Fritz is expecting his first child any day now! Fritz wed his longtime girlfriend Raquel Pedraza over the Summer. Congrats Taylor and Raquel!