This Week’s Tournaments:
Antalya Open – Antalya, Turkey
Aegon international – Eastbourne, Great Britain
Last Week’s Winners:
Gerry Weber Open – Roger Federer
Aegon Championships – Feliciano Lopez
Wimbledon Qualifying Underway
It seems like the grass season just started, but we’re already almost to the third slam of the year! Wimbledon qualifying play started yesterday in London. Last year’s surprise qualifier, hometown favorite Marcus Willis, is playing through the qualifying draw this year. We’d love to see him back in the main draw! Other players we have an eye on include Stefanos Tsitsipas, Taylor Fritz, Alex de Minaur, and Quentin Halys.
Dan Evans Admits Positive Test for Drug Use
One British player who will not be playing in Wimbledon this year is Dan Evans, who held a press conference last week to announce that he failed a drug test in April for cocaine use. No word yet on his punishment and how long it will be.
Feliciano Lopez Wins Queen’s Club
Feliciano joined the 35 and up title winners club over the weekend when he won the title at the Aegon Championships in London. He defeated Marin Cilic in the final 4-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(8). “Deliciano” turns 36 in September and is back into the top 30 of the ATP World Tour rankings with the title. Vamos!
US Open Arthur Ashe Kids Day Tickets On Sale
Tickets for the US Open and for Arthur Ashe Kids Day are on sale now! The lineup for AAKD will be announced in July, but you are guaranteed to see some of the hottest new artists perform during the stadium show (past performers include Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Jonas Brothers, Forever In Your Mind, Justin Bieber, and many more) alongside your favorite tennis players. Head over to the Arthur Ashe Kid’s Day website for tickets and more info and stay tuned for the lineup!
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.
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!