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Tennis Tuesday: News Roundup

This Week’s Tournament:
BNP Paribas Open – Indian Wells, CA

Last Week’s Winners:
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships – Andy Murray
Abierto Mexicano Telcel – Sam Querrey
Brasil Open – Pablo Cuevas

World Tennis Day Hits MSG
Madison Square Garden hosted the 10th Anniversary of the BNP Paribas Showdown last night, in celebration of World Tennis Day.  This year’s showdown featured Team Americas vs Team World, played in a modified World Team Tennis format.  Captain Andy Roddick led Team Americas, with Jack Sock, Venus Williams, and Juan Martin del Poetro.   Captain Lleyton Hewitt led Nick Kyrgios, Kei Nishikori, and Garbiñe Mugaruza for Team World.

The event featured 6 sets of Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Mixed Doubles, and Men’s Doubles, with each game counting toward the team’s overall score.   We loved the team format, especially as tennis is mostly an individual sport.  It was a fun night watching so many great competitors on court in a more relaxed setting.  There were trick shots, tweeners, and “ole, ole, ole, ole, Delpo, Delpo” cheers all night long.  In the end, Team World defeated Team Americas 29-24.

Sam Querrey Wins 9th Title in Acapulco
Sam Querrey just had one of the best weeks of his career.  He won his first ATP 500 level tournament in Acapulco in style, taking out 3 top-20 players on the way.  Sam was impressive all week, defeating David Goffin, Dominic Thiem, and Nick Kyrgios en route to the final against Rafael Nadal.   Sam defeated Rafa 6-3, 7-6(3), in a  It was Sam’s first victory over Rafa, and Rafa’s first career loss in Acapulco.  Acapulco has one of our favorite trophies of the year – and doesn’t Sam look so natural in that hat?

Brasil Open Features Ball Dogs
Ball kids are an important part of any tennis tournament – they couldn’t run without them.  The Brasil Open in São Paulo is the first to feature ball dogs!  The dogs, from 2 local non-profit shelters, chase down and retrieve balls from all over the court.  They also help promote local shelters and adoption.  We love this idea and would love to see more tournaments get involved!

Indian Wells Announces Wild Cards
Wild Cards were announced for the BNP Paribas Open, which kicks off this Wednesday in Indian Wells.  Bjorn Frantangelo, who nearly defeated Novak Djokovic in IW in 2016, received entry along with #NextGen Americans Frances Tiafoe, Taylor Fritz, Stefan Kozlov, and Reilly Opelka.   The draw will be announced at 3pm local time today.   Fingers crossed they don’t all end up playing each other in the first round!   Make sure you tune into to the tournament, which starts on Wednesday, March 8th on ESPN.

Tennis Tuesday: Olympics

This Week’s Tournaments
Olympic Games – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Abierto Mexicano – Los Cabos, Mexico

Del Potro Upsets Novak Djokovic At The Olympics
Juan Martin del Potro, still making his comeback from another wrist surgery, defeated #1 Novak Djokovic in an emotional 1st round match at the Olympics.  By the end of the match, which Delpo won 7-6 (4), 7-6(2), he was crying, Djokovic was crying, WE WERE ALL CRYING.  Also, shout out to the Argentinian Men’s handball team for rescuing Delpo from an elevator before his match!


Nadal Makes His Olympic Comeback

Rafael Nadal finally got the chance to carry the flag for Spain in the Opening Ceremony, after being sidelined with injury in 2012.   Rafa is playing in the men’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles this year.  Vamos!


Nick Kyrgios Wins BB&T Open in Atlanta

After lots of drama with the Australian tennis federation as to whether or not he’d be able to play in the Olympics, Kyrgios decided to opt out of this year’s games.  Instead, Kyrgios made the most of his time by playing in the BB&T Open in Atlanta, defeating 3-time winner John Isner in the final.

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Sam Querrey Goes GQ

He’s so trendy now.

Tennis Tuesday: Wimbledon

Wimbledon 101
Where to watch:  ESPN and WatchESPN.com
Main draw play runs daily through the finals on Sunday, July 10th
Social Media: #Wimbledon @Wimbledon

Marcus Willis’ Dream Run
If you’ve been following Wimbledon coverage at all, no doubt you’ve heard about Marcus Willis.  The British tennis instructor, ranked 772 in the world, played his way through pre-qualifying AND qualifying, and won his 1st round main draw match.  Willis had been on the brink of quitting tennis earlier this year, and was once nicknamed “Cartman” for being so out of shape.  With the win, Willis has earned £50,000 in prize money and the right to face Roger Federer in the 2nd round on Centre Court.  Anything is possible!

Seeds Out on Day 1
While there were some dramatic wins, there weren’t too many upsets on day 1.  Of the seeded players: #20 seed Kevin Anderson, lost a tough 5 set match to Denis Istomin.  Gael Monfils, playing his first match since Rome, lost to countryman Jeremy Chardy.    Pierre-Hugues Herbert took out the #21 seed Phillip Kohlschreiber in 4 sets.  Pablo Cuevas lost in 5 sets to the Russian Andrey Kuznetsov.

State of the Union
American men went 3 for 6 on Monday, with Jack Sock, Sam Querrey and Stevie Johnson advancing to the 2nd round.  Taylor Fritz, the youngest player in the men’s draw, takes on Stan Wawrinka today while the top American John Isner faces Marcos Baghdatis.  Donald Young, Dennis Novikov, and Rajeev Ram are also in action.

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Tennis Tuesday: Roland Garros Week 1

After a rainy start, we made it through the 1st round of Roland Garros!  Here’s what you might have missed.

Roland Garros 101
Where to watch:  Tennis Channel and Tennis Channel Plus, NBC
Main draw play runs daily through the finals on Sunday, June 5th.
Social Media: #RG16 @rolandgarros

Murray, Wawrinka Survive Scares
Both Andy Murray and defending champ Stan Wawrinka were pushed to 5 sets in their opening round matches.  Murray’s 37-year-old opponent Radek Stepanek, who made it through qualifying, was impressive but couldn’t cross the finish line.  If Wawrinka had lost, it would have been the 1st time the defending champion lost in the 1st round at Roland Garros.

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Matchy matchy #RG16

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Seeds Out In Round 1
Marin Cilic, Fabio Fognini, Kevin Anderson, Phillip Kohlschreiber, and Stevie Johnson all lost their opening round matches.   And while he’s not seeded at this tournament, another disappointing loss from Grigor Dimitrov to Victor Troicki in 5 sets.

Nadal Off To Winning Start
Rafa was impressive in his defeat of Australian Sam Groth 6-1, 6-1, 6-1, in just 80 minutes.  And he just casually hit this tweener winner.

2nd Round Matches To Watch
We’re looking forward to Jack Sock vs Dustin Brown and Borna Coric vs Bernard Tomic.

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Raw emotion. #RG16

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#Merica Status Update
Jack Sock, John Isner and Bjorn Frantangelo all advanced to the 2nd round.   Stevie Johnson, Sam Querrey, Taylor Fritz, Brian Baker are all out of singles action.

Roof Coming in 2020
With the US Open debuting its completed roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium this year, Roland Garros will be the only slam without a roof.  Not for much longer!  Tournament directors announced they will have a roof on Court Philippe Chatrier by 2020.  While this is great for rain delays, how about some stadium lights so players don’t have to stop when it gets dark? (while rain is frequent, it does get dark every single night…)

Doubles Action Starts Wednesday
There are lots of doubles matches on the schedule for Wednesday, including reigning US Open champs and hometeam Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.  Mahut has a chance of reaching the #1 ranking in doubles during Roland Garros.  #ALLEZ  Other pairs to watch include the Bryan Brothers, who just won the title in Rome, and Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey, who just won their 1st title as a team in Geneva.

Tennis: The Ultimate Secret Fangirl Sport

We aren’t big on sports, but we do LOVE tennis!  The first grand slam of the year kicked off last week in Melbourne, Australia in record-high temperatures of 107F and up.  Now that’s HOT but not nearly as hot as some of the men that play tennis.

We could tell you all the reasons why we love the sport, but instead just enjoy some photos of our favorite young players.  And if you aren’t a secret fangirl of tennis yet, this just might be enough to convince you to tune in for week 2 of the Australian Open.

1.  Grigor Dmitrov
The 22 year old Bulgarian, dating Maria Sharapova, just made it to the 4th round of a slam for the 1st time in his career.  We’re hoping to see more of Grigor in the 2nd week, especially if it means him sharing more photos like this:
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2. Ryan Harrison
Or, as we like to call him “Chino,”  thanks to his uncanny resemblance to one Ryan Atwood of The OC.  The 21-year old Louisiana native, is also really great at Twitter and has a self-confessed love of the song “Call Me Maybe.”  He can call us anytime.
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3. Milos Raonic
Hypothetically, Milos would be the Seth Cohen to Ryan “Chino” Harrison, but technically he is not.  The 6-foot-5 Canadian does have a fast serve to rival Cohen’s quick wit.
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4.  Jack Sock
The 21-year old American has on edge over his fellow players – he an already call himself a Grand Slam champion, after winning the Mixed Doubles trophy with Melanie Oudin in 2011.  He also has an awesome name – “Advantage, Sock.”
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5.  Quisner
Just look at these lovable dorks and occasional doubles team.  Americans John Isner and Sam Querrey are bearing the flag of US Men’s tennis, following Andy Roddick’s retirement in 2012. (WE MISS YOU ANDY!!)
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The Australian Open is airing now on ESPN and the Tennis Channel nightly from 7pm EST, with Men’s Quarterfinal action in play today.   The Men’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday, January 26th.