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Tennis Tuesday: News Roundup

This Week’s Tournament:
St. Petersburg Open – St. Petersburg, Russia
Moselle Open – Metz, France

France & Belgium Headed to Davis Cup Final
Team France made it back to the Davis Cup Final for the first time since 2014.  With the insane amount of talented French players, we think they are long overdue to hold the Davis Cup trophy!  Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, Lucas Pouille, Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nico Mahut helped the team get the win in their semi-final against Serbia.  They’ll take on Belgium in the finals, who defeated Australia in a close and dramatic 5th rubber.  The 2017 Davis Cup Final will be held in November in Lille.  Allez!

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Laver Cup Kicks Off on Friday
The inaugural Laver Cup starts this Friday, September 22nd from Prague.  The 3 day event will see Team World taking on Team Europe in a new team format, led by captains John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg.   There will be 3 singles matches and 2 doubles match per day of competition.  All sets will be the best out of 3 sets, with the 3rd set being decided as a 10 point tiebreaker if sets are split.    The matches are weighted by day, with Sunday’s matches counting the most toward the overall team score.   We’ll definitely be tuning in to see how this plays out and to see if Rafa & Federer will team up for doubles!   They also unveiled an all-black tennis court for the occasion because #aesthetic.

Team World: Sam Querrey, John Isner, Nick Kyrgios, Jack Sock, Juan Martin del Potro* and Denis Shapovalov.  *Del Potro was replaced by Frances Tiafoe.

Team Europe: Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem, Sascha Zverev, Tomas Berdych, and Marin Cilic.

This new team competition hopes to become an annual event, with the 2018 Laver Cup to be held somewhere in the United States. Laver Cup will air in the US on Tennis Channel.


ATP #NextGen Finals Unveil New Innovations

Another new event on the tennis calendar is the ATP #NextGen Finals.  Like the ATP World Tour Finals, the #NextGen Finals invite the top 8 players under 21, based on their points accumulated throughout the year.   Sascha Zverev is currently holding the top spot in the race to Milan, followed by Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov.   The event will unveil a few new “innovations” to the traditional tennis tournament.  The latest is that there will be no linesmen on the court – all lines will be called electronically using hawkeye.

This adds to the previously announced changes of having short 1st to 4 game sets, shorter warm ups, a shot clock to enforce time between serves, playing let serves, a limit on medical time outs, and player coaching.  While we’re excited to see the future #NextGen of men’s tennis at the event, let’s hope this isn’t a preview of the #NextGen of tennis tournament rules that take away from the game itself.

Richard Gasquet Wins Challenger in Poland
Richard has had a difficult 2017, as he’s been trying to recover and make his way back from a variety of injuries.   Richard played a tournament at the challenger level last week, the Pekao Szczecin Open in Poland, and won the title!  We’re hoping the win will help get Richard back on track.

Sundays @lecoqsportif #backsoon #tennislife #lecoqsportif

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Jack & Jack, Why Don’t We, & Alex Aiono & More Headline Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at the US Open

The 2017 US Open started with a bang on Saturday at the annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day Celebration.  AAKD is a celebration of music and tennis, in honor of the late tennis legend Arthur Ashe.  Proceeds from the event benefit the USTA Foundation and the National Junior Tennis & Learning Network (NJTL).  We love coming to this event every year because they have a knack for booking the hottest up and coming artists in music before they hit it big!  (Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber, Backstreet Boys, Demi Lovato, Britney Spears are just a few of AAKD’s past performers!)


This year’s Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day also served as the official launch of Net Generation, the USTA’s new program to help inspire the next generation of tennis players.  Net Generation provides a fun, kid-friendly format to help younger players get into the game.  The next generation of American players including Frances Tiafoe, Claire Liu, Cici Bellis, & Jarden Donaldson, helped show off just how easy it can be!


Saving Forever, made up of 3 brothers from Chicago, got the stadium show started by rocking the house with their new single “Million Ways.”  Their high-energy performance featured dozens of dancers on court on Arthur Ashe Stadium getting down to their blend of perfect pop-rock sounds that just make you wanna dance!  Watch our interview with Saving Forever here!


New Hope Club, fresh off their Summer tour with Sabrina Carpenter, played their new single “Start Over” along with their hit “Fixed.”   The guys were thrilled to be playing their first ever stadium show!


What makes AAKD so fun is that it’s all about music AND tennis!   This year featured tennis icons Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Venus Williams & 2016 US Open Champion Angelique Kerber.  The players competed in a skills competition to see how many targets they could hit on the forehand and backhand side, with each target hit raising money for their individual charity.  One lucky participant from the NJTL also got to join the players on court and he had SKILLS – he hit almost as many targets as Roger Federer!


Sofia Carson, who co-hosted the event with Alex Aiono, took to the stage to perform her brand new single “Ins and Outs” for the first time.  Sofia’s powerful voice carried throughout the stadium and brought down the house!


One fun fact we learned this week is that pop duo Jack & Jack used to play doubles together in high school!  We’re sure they had a major fangirl moment when they realized they would get to perform on court on the legendary Arthur Ashe Stadium!  We love that their performance took place on opposite sides of the net, as if they were playing a match.  We wish we could have seen them put their tennis skills to the test!  Watch our interview with Jack & Jack here!


The screaming and excitement in the stadium for boyband Why Don’t We started the moment the boys hit the red carpet before the show even started.  It hit an all-time high during their performance of “Something Different” and “Taking You.”  Fans throughout the 23,000 capacity stadium were loudly singing along to every word and cheering as loud as possible.   We imagine this was what it was like at AAKD in 1998 when the Backstreet Boys performed!


As we said, AAKD always have a knack for booking future stars.  Judging by the crowd’s reaction, look out for much more from Why Don’t We soon!  We wouldn’t be surprised to see them headlining their own stadium tour one day.  The boys took the time to answer fan questions and assured that they are hard at work on their upcoming album!  Watch our interview with Why Don’t We here!


Co-host Alex Aiono brought down the house to wrap up the show.  He gave everyone a sneak peak at his brand new single, “Falling,” which is coming out on September 15th!   The multi-talented Alex played the guitar during “Falling” before launching  into his hit single “Hot 2 Touch,”  getting everyone in the stadium to dance along.  As his co-host Sofia pointed out, Alex had actually performed on the grounds on the festival stage back in 2012!  We loved seeing Alex graduate to the main stage!   Watch our interview with Alex Aiono here!

This year’s AAKD was a blast from start to finish, with one of the strongest lineups we’ve ever seen.  We’re already counting down to AAKD 2018!   But for now, we’ll enjoy being at the US Open for the next two weeks.


Make sure to check out our interviews from Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day with Alex Aiono, Jack & Jack, Why Don’t We, Saving Forever & Spencer Sutherland!  Head over to Secret Fangirls on YouTube to watch them all!


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SecretFangirls.com Interview Jack & Jack

Jack & Jack first met back in kindergarten, instantly bonding over the fact that they were wearing the same shirt and had the same name!  They eventually started creating music together and have come to be known for their perfect blend of pop and rap.  Jack Gilinsky brings the hooks while Jack Johnson brings the verses.  They just dropped a brand new EP, “Gone,” which brings their music to a new level.

We spoke up with Jack & Jack before their performance at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day in NYC.   Who would they pick as their doubles partner?  What would they pick as their walk-on song?   Watch our interview below and find out.

Pick up a copy of Jack & Jack’s new EP, “Gone,” on iTunes now!

Be sure to follow Jack & Jack & Secret Fangirls for more updates!

SecretFangirls.com Interview Alex Aiono

Alex Aiono gained a big following by creating flipped versions of pop songs, showing off his vocal, production, and guitar playing skills.  His “One Dance” mash up alone has over 58 million views!  Alex has dropped a few singles this year including “Work The Middle” and “Question.”  We love his energetic pop sound that makes you just want to get up an dance!  “Hot 2 Touch,” his song with Felix Jaehn & Hight, is our pick for one of the best songs of the Summer.

We caught up with Alex before his big day co-hosting and performing at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at the US Open in NYC.  Alex told us about his new single, which drops September 15th, what his walk-on song would be, and who he would totally fangirl over.  Watch our interview below and get to know Alex!

Pick up a copy of Alex’s single “Hot 2 Touch” with Felix Jaehn & Hight on iTunes now!

Be sure to follow Alex Aiono & Secret Fangirls for more updates!

SecretFangirls.com Interview Saving Forever

There is always something special about a band of brothers!  From Hanson to Jonas Brothers to AJR, some of the most talented acts of all time have been a trio of brothers.  Saving Forever are the latest brotherly trio to emerge out of Chicago.  Kavah, Khaden & Kye Harris, all between the ages of 13 and 16, caught the attention of L.A. Reid and are working on their debut EP on Epic Records.   The band was so impressive that they were signed after one showcase!

Saving Forever taught themselves how to play instruments by covering classic rock songs in their living room.  Their influences range from Jimi Hendrix to Fall Out Boy to DNCE, and you can hear them all in Saving Forever’s funky rock sound!  The band was recently selected as Elvis Duran’s Artist of the Month and performed on the TODAY show in August.

We spoke with Saving Forever before their performance at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day in NYC.  They got the show off to a rocking start with the funky bass line in their new single, “Million Ways.”  Watch our interview below and get to know Kavah, Khaden & Kye!

Pick up a copy of Saving Forever’s new single “Million Ways” on iTunes now!

Be sure to follow Saving Forever & Secret Fangirls for more updates!

SecretFangirls.com Interview Spencer Sutherland

Spencer Sutherland has been having a breakthrough year!  He made it to the finals of the Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star competition,  thanks to the dedication of his fan base.   Spencer was selected as Elvis Duran’s Artist of the Month and made his national TV debut on the TODAY show.   His new single, “Selfish,” has been climbing up the charts since it was released.  We love his signature blend of R&B and pop music!

Spencer was one of a few performers selected to perform on the Festival Stage hosted by Radio Disney during Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day in NYC.  We spoke with Spencer after his performance and found out what fans can look forward to from him next, and what boyband’s album he’d take with him on a road trip!  Watch our interview below and get to know more about Spencer!

Pick up a copy of Spencer’s new single “Selfish” on iTunes now!

Be sure to follow Spencer Sutherland & Secret Fangirls for more updates!

Tennis Tuesday: News Roundup

This Week’s Tournament:
Winston-Salem Open – Winston-Salem, NC
US Open Qualifying – New York, NY

Last Week’s Winner:
Western & Southern Open – Grigor Dimitrov

Tennis Stars View the Eclipse
We just really wanted to post this photo of Rafa, who was in NYC practicing for the US Open when the eclipse came through.  Enjoy.

US Open Qualifying Underway
It’s hard to believe we’ve already made it to the last slam of the year. The US Open is officially underway, with qualifying action underway today.  If you’re in NYC, the qualifying tournament is free and open to the public and you’ll get a chance to see rising stars and veterans alike fighting their way for a spot in the main draw.  The tournament is held on the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, through this Friday, August 25th.   Players to watch include Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Reilly Opelka, Casper Ruud, and more.

Charging into round two of quallies #ComingForYou #DontStopFighting #Nikecourt @nikecourt

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Grigor Dimitrov Wins 1st Masters 1000 Title
Grigor has long been hailed as the next big thing in tennis, but was never able to breakthrough at a Masters 1000 or Slam (except his lone Wimbledon Semi-Final) until now.  Grigor made it to his first Masters Final and was able to capture the Western & Southern Open after defeating Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 7-5 in the final.   We hope both players can keep their momentum through the US Open!

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Arthur Ashe Kids Day is Saturday 8/26!

One of the greatest days of the year in music and tennis is almost here!   New Hope Club, Why Don’t We, Alex Aiono, Jack & Jack and more will be performing during the stadium show at AAKD this year.  Even better, they’ll be joined by tennis pros Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer, Venus Williams, Jared Donaldson & more!  Tickets are on sale now and start at $10.  Don’t miss out!