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:
Davis Cup – Round 1
Last Week’s Winners:
Henri Kontinen & John Peers
Bethanie Mattek-Sands & Lucie Safarova
Abigail Spears & Juan Sebastian Cabal
Roger Federer Defeats Rafael Nadal To Win 18th Major Title
We got the dream final we’d all been hoping for since the draw came out: Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal! It was the first time they’ve played against each other in a slam final since 2011. The 5-set match was thrilling from start to finish, with Federer winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. The surprising final was especially sweet considering both players had been sidelined with injuries just months ago. It’s wonderful seeing both players back on tour and on top of the game! We’re looking forward to the rest of the season.
The Bulgarian fans were out in full force throughout the Australian Open, cheering on Grigor Dimitrov through the Semifinals. Grigor was very impressive in his run to the Semis. He pushed Nadal to 5 sets in one of the best matches of the tournament. We’re glad to see Grigor playing at such a high level again, and can only hope this leads to a great season for him!
Mischa Zverev Reaches Career High Ranking
Zverev was a name heard frequently over the last two weeks, but it wasn’t talk of the 19-year-old #NextGen star Sascha Zverev. His older brother, 29-year-old Mischa Zverev, reached the Quarterfinals of a slam for the first time, defeating current #1 Andy Murray in the process. He lost to eventual champion Roger Federer in the Quarterfinals, but Mischa is now at a career high ranking of #35.
Davis Cup Round 1 Action
We’re already going through tennis withdrawl with the Australian Open ending. Lucky for us, the 2017 Davis Cup gets underway this weekend, with first round ties happening around the world February 3-5. Make sure you tune in and cheer for your favorite teams!
World Group Round 1: (host country in bold)
Argentina vs Italy
USA vs Switzerland
Germany vs Belgium
Australia vs Czech Republic
Japan vs France
Canada vs Great Britain
Serbia vs Russia
Croatia vs Spain
This Week’s Tournament:
Australian Open – Melbourne, Australia
Where to Watch: ESPN and WatchESPN
Tournament Dates: January 16 – January 29
Time: Play starts at 7pm EST
Social Media: #AusOpen @AustralianOpen
Upsets Down Under
It has been an eventful first week at the Australian Open! It’s everything we could have asked for in the first slam of the year, and we hope it’s a good sign for the rest of the season. Both of last year’s finalists, #1 Andy Murray and #2 Novak Djokovic, lost before the Quarterfinals. Murray, a 5-time Australian Open finalist, was defeated by Mischa Zverev in the 4th round. Novak Djokovic, a 6-time Australian Open champion, lost to Denis Istomin in the 2nd round. It’s great to see other players breaking through along with some familiar favorites back from injury: Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
Andy Roddick & Kim Clijsters Elected to Tennis Hall of Fame
The International Tennis Hall of Fame announced the Class of 2017 today! Andy Roddick and Kim Clijsters will be inducted in the recent player category, along with Paralympic medalist and wheelchair tennis champion Monique Kalkman-van den Bosch, journalist Steve Flink, and instructor Vic Braden. We are so thrilled for Andy Roddick – he is 100% the reason we started watching and playing tennis, and we can’t thank him enough. He may only have 1 slam title to his name, but he stayed consistently at the top of the game for over a decade, and never stopped working. The induction ceremony will take place on July 22nd, during the International Tennis Hall of Fame Championships in Newport, Rhode Island. We can’t wait for Andy’s speech!
Bryan Brothers Announce Retirement from Davis Cup
Bob and Mike Bryan announced via Instagram that they will be stepping down as active members of the US Davis Cup team. The Bryan Brothers have a 24-5 record in Davis Cup ties, and received the ITF’s Davis Cup Commitment Award for participating in over 20 ties. This announcement means that Captain Jim Courier will need to pick a new team ahead of the USA-Switzerland tie in the first round, February 3-5. Lucky for us, we have lots of great doubles players to pick from including Jack Sock, John Isner, Sam Querrey, and Stevie Johnson.
The World Needs an ATP Boyband
Grigor Dimitrov, Roger Federer, and Tommy Haas formed the hottest new boyband, #NOTNSYNC. We’ve been saying for ages that there needs to be a boyband made up of ATP World Tour players. Maybe just work a little more on the harmonies?