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!
Tennis players are always chasing the sun and now that the weather is getting nicer in NYC, we can’t wait to play outside this Summer! It’s been a busy week in the tennis world so let’s get right to our Tennis Tuesday round up.
This Week’s Tournaments:
Barcelona Open BancSabadell – Barcelona, Spain
BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy – Bucharest, Romania
Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut Win Monte Carlo
The French duo won their 3rd straight Masters 1000 title of the season, securing themselves the #1 ranking in doubles in the process. We love watching these two play and are thrilled to see them playing so well. Also, see below one of the cutest post-match photos ever taken.
Rafael Nadal Reclaims Monte Carlo Title
The King of Monte Carlo won the title for the 9th time, defeating Dominic Thiem, Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray on the way to the finals. The final between Rafa and Gael Monfils was one of the best matches of the year so far. We hope both of them can carry the momentum to Roland Garros!
World Team Tennis Schedule Announced
The WTT schedule was announced last week, including matches with marquee players Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish, and Caroline Wozniacki. We can’t wait to catch the New York Empires at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, including a match with both Andy and March August 9th! Check out the full schedule at WTT.com. Check with your local team as tickets go on sale this week! And remember…Don’t fall asleep on a plane with Andy Roddick or Mardy Fish.
The clay season is officially underway, with the tennis world shifting to the red dirt until the big finale at Roland Garros in June.
This Week’s Tournaments:
US Men’s Clay Court Championship – Houston, TX USA
Grand Prix Hassan II – Marrakech, Morocco
Americans In Action In Houston
The US Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston is the only ATP clay court event in North America. Most of the US men are in action this week – John Isner, Jack Sock, Stevie Johnson, Sam Querrey lead the pack along with rising stars Francis Tiafoe, Tommy Paul, and Reilly Opelka.
Indian Wells-Miami Double Winners
Winning the Indian Wells and Miami double is one of the toughest tasks in tennis. This year, 5 of the 6 champions in Indian Wells also took home titles in Miami. Novak Djokovic won the double for a record 3rd year in a row. Victoria Azarenka was the first women’s singles player to pull off the double since Kim Clijsters in 2005. The French duo Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut continue to impress and added the 2 Masters 1000 titles to their growing list. American Bethany Mattek-Sands teamed up with Lucie Safarova this time to win Miami.
Davis Cup Venue Announcements
We’ve been (im)patiently waiting for news on where the next Team USA tie will be since they booked their spot in the quarterfinals in March. Per the Davis Cup Twitter, the venue for the USA vs Croatia tie happening in July will be announced on April 25th! (fingers crossed for an East Coast spot!)
John Isner Splits with Coach Justin Gimelstob
Justin Gimelstob announced in a statement on his website he will no longer be working with top American John Isner for personal reasons. The pair worked together for just over a year. We’re looking forward to seeing who John adds to his team.
This week the tour moves to the East Coast, with Miami Open action starting on Wednesday. Enjoy this last hardcourt tournament in North America before the tour moves to Europe for the clay season!
This Week’s Tournament
Miami Open – Miami, FL USA
Novak Djokovic Wins BNP Paribas Open
Djokovic captured a record 5th title in Indian Wells. It was one-way traffic in the men’s final, mostly due to opponent Milos Raonic’s recurring injury, but also due to Djokovic’s outstanding play.
Pierre-Hugues Herbert & Nicolas Mahut Win Indian Wells Doubles
P2Hugz and Nico had an incredible week, winning their first Masters 1000 title as a team. (yes team, not squad ahem tennis commentators…) They defeated “Team North America” in the finals, AKA American Jack Sock and Canadian Vasek Pospisil. We’re big fans of both these teams and happy to see them continue to do well!
World Team Tennis Draw March 25
We already know that Andy Roddick will be leading the New York Empires in WTT this Summer in Forest Hills (best news ever). The WTT draw on Friday will reveal the rosters for all of the teams in the league. Stay tuned to WTT.com!
header photo via the Miami Open