This Week’s Tournament:
BNP Paribas Masters – Paris, France
It’s hard to believe we’ve already made it to the last tournament of the regular season of the ATP World Tour! The tour wraps up this week in Paris, with 2 more spots on the line for a spot in the World Tour Finals happening later this month in London. Marin Cilic moved up to the 9th position after winning the title in Basel Last week, with Dominic Thiem just ahead at #8. The year end #1 ranking is also on the line in Paris as Andy Murray closed in on current #1 Novak Djokovic by winning the title in Vienna last week.
Jack Sock Wins Doubles in Basel
American Jack Sock won his 2nd doubles title of the year, this time with partner Marcel Granollers. This was Jack’s 4th final (singles and doubles) since the end of the US Open. Jack Sock for President!
BNP Paribas Showdown 2017 Lineup Announced
2017 marks the 10 year anniversary of the BNP Paribas Showdown. The annual event, held at Madison Square Garden, features the top names in tennis facing off in an exhibition match in celebration of World Tennis Day. This year’s event features Venus Williams vs Garbine Mugaruza, Jack Sock vs Nick Kyrgios, and Kei Nishikori vs Juan Martin del Potro. The showdown is March 6th 2017 at MSG and tickets are on sale now!
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.
The official kickoff to the US Open is the annual Arthur Ashe Kids Day, a festival full of great music, tennis players, and fun activities on the grounds of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. There’s nothing we love more than tennis and music, so naturally it’s one of our favorite events of the year! This year’s event, on August 29th, will feature headliners American Authors. Other musical guests include Bea Miller, Kalin & Myles, Jacob Whitesides, and Natalie La Rose. Tennis players include Novak Djokovic and 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic, with more to be announced!
US Open Arthur Ashe Kids Day
August 29th at 1pm
Stadium Show Lineup
Kalin & Myles
Natalie La Rose
Stay tuned for more artist and athlete announcements! Outside of the main show in Arthur Ashe Stadium, the grounds at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center are filled with fun activities! Everything from face painting to tennis drills to watching the pros practice up close.
Watch the video for American Authors’ latest single, “Go Big Or Go Home.”
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