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Strycova trips Konta, into Pan Pacific quarters

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 11:02am
Strycova trips Konta, into Pan Pacific quarters

Federer, Nadal could play doubles at Laver Cup

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 9:56am
Federer, Nadal could play doubles at Laver Cup

Laver Cup FAQ: What you need to know about tennis' newest event

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 9:56am
Laver Cup FAQ: What you need to know about tennis' newest event

Seoul Open: Ostapenko into QFs

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 9:42am
Seoul Open: Ostapenko into QFs

Vote For #NextGenATP Shining Shot In Q3

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 9:23am

As they battle to secure their place in Milan at the end of the year, with fewer than 50 days to go, the #NextGenATP stars have been lighting it up on the ATP World Tour and ATP Challenger Tour with an array of hot shots.

ATPWorldTour.com has chosen the best five and now it’s up to you, the fans, to decide which is the best hot shot from a #NextGenATP player in the third quarter of the season.

Click through to watch the Top 5 and cast your vote!

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Amazon Prime Video To Deliver Next Gen ATP Finals Coverage

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 7:07am

ATP and ATP Media today announced that Amazon Prime Video is now an official streaming partner of the ATP World Tour. The new deal covers the worldwide distribution of the Next Gen ATP Finals through Amazon Prime Video.

Starting in 2017, Amazon will have worldwide OTT rights (excluding China), and the full exclusive rights in the U.S., to distribute the Next Gen ATP Finals, outside of ATP’s OTT channel, Tennis TV. This new event, held in partnership with the Italian Tennis Federation and the Italian National Olympic Committee, takes place from 7-11 November in Milan and will showcase the very best men’s tennis players aged 21-and-Under, as well as introducing many new innovations to the game.

The deal, which expires at the end of 2018, includes a commitment from Amazon to show all Next Gen ATP Finals matches produced by ATP Media. ATP has also produced three documentaries that will air on Amazon Prime Video. The documentaries take fans behind the scenes, tracking many of the #NextGenATP players as they battle to make the cut for the inaugural event later this year. As well as giving fans unique access, the documentaries also feature exclusive interviews with some of today’s top players, who offer their insights into the future stars of the sport.

This deal will provide an international reach for this new and innovative tournament providing a global audience for the tennis stars of the future.

Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman & President, said: “Innovation is at the heart of everything we’re doing with the Next Gen ATP Finals, and the way in which we present and broadcast the event is central to that. Our agreement with Amazon will give this year’s inaugural tournament in Milan an international reach in a digital space that is only becoming increasingly important in the world of sport & entertainment.”

“We know live sports attracts a passionate fan base, many of whom are Prime members," said Greg Hart, Vice President of Amazon Video. “We are thrilled ATP has awarded distribution rights to Amazon, showing their commitment to streaming live sports.”

Stuart Watts, COO ATP Media, added: “The synergies between a global brand such as Amazon and the future of our sport being showcased at the Next Gen ATP Finals are clear for all to see. This is an exciting deal that will not only bring great coverage for the Next Gen ATP Finals but will also offer a huge boost to the global reach of tennis.”

Simon upset by Gojowczyk at Moselle Open

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 7:06pm
Simon upset by Gojowczyk at Moselle Open

Judge in J. Blake case briefly closes courtroom

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 7:01pm
Judge in J. Blake case briefly closes courtroom

Resilient Broady reaches quarterfinals

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 5:15pm
Resilient Broady reaches quarterfinals

Peng crashes out while Zhang shines

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 5:14pm
Peng crashes out while Zhang shines

Broady, Dzumhur Into St. Petersburg QFs

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 4:26pm

Qualifier Liam Broady and Damir Dzumhur both booked their places in the St. Petersburg Open quarter-finals on Wednesday.

British qualifier Broady saved a break point at 4-4 in the second set, before winning eight straight games to overcome Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, the Antalya Open runner-up, 2-6, 6-4, 6-0 to advance to an ATP World Tour quarter-final for the first time.

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Dzumhur, last month’s Winston-Salem Open finalist, had his serve broken three times, but managed to get the better of Marcos Baghdatis 6-4, 7-6(4) in one hour and 38 minutes. Dzumhur, currently at a career-high World No. 55 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, is 24-7 at all levels since 19 June.

Earlier in the day, two #NextGenATP players, Croatia’s Borna Coric and Daniil Medvedev of Russia, both made first-round exits but not without putting up a fight. Coric is currently in fifth position in the Emirates ATP Race To Milan for one of eight spots at the Next Gen ATP Finals from 7-11 November, while Medvedev is in seventh.

World No. 56 Coric, who won his first ATP World Tour title at the Grand Prix Hassan II in April (d. Kohlschreiber), lost to eighth-seed German Jan-Lennard Struff 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 in one hour and 43 minutes. World No. 62 Medvedev, a runner-up at the Aircel Chennai Open in January (l. to Bautista Agut), recovered from a 2-5 deficit in the second set against Italy’s Thomas Fabbiano before losing 7-6(4), 7-5 in one hour and 33 minutes.

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Mahut Shuts Down Shotmaker Brown In Metz

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:57am

Veteran Frenchman Nicolas Mahut continued his push to break back into the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings with a 6-1, 7-6(4) first-round win over German shotmaker Dustin Brown at the Moselle Open in Metz, France, Wednesday.

The current World No. 107 slipped out of the Top 100 for the first time in more than two years in July but put himself back within range by winning five matches at the US Open to come through qualifying to reach the third round for the second consecutive year.

Mahut first played the Moselle Open in 2003. He is a two-time semi-finalist at the event (2013, 07) and has reached the quarter-finals the past two years. To reach the quarters again, he must beat lucky loser Kenny De Schepper, who claimed a main-draw slot when top seed Pablo Carreno Busta withdrew. (Mahut lost to the Spaniard in the third round at Flushing Meadows earlier this month.)

The 35-year-old has won one title in each of the past two seasons (both in 's-Hertogenbosch). His four career titles (and six finals appearances) have all come on grass.

Mahut's doubles partner, Pierre-Hugues Herbert, did not enjoy the same success Wednesday, beaten 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-2 by fifth seed Mischa Zverev. The German serve/volley was clutch in key moments, saving 10 of 12 break points faced while converting five of his 10 chances on the Frenchman's serve.

Zverev next faces Swiss Henri Laaksonen, a 7-5, 6-2 winner over French wild card Paul-Henri Mathieu. Zverev is currently No. 27 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, just two places off his career-high mark of No. 25. He recently reached the fourth round of the US Open.

German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk enjoyed an upset 6-4, 7-6(4) win over two-time former champion Gilles Simon, who paid the price for putting just 45 per cent of first serves into play. Gojowczyk next meets the winner of third-seeded Frenchman Lucas Pouille and Romania's Marius Copil.

Sibiu Challenger Day Two Highlights 2017

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 9:30am
Watch highlights from Tuesday at the Sibiu Open, as top seed Cedrik Marcel Stebe and NextGenATP Casper Ruud advance to the second round. Video courtesy of Sibiu Open.

Seoul Open: American Ahn upsets Maria

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 7:49am
Seoul Open: American Ahn upsets Maria

Muguruza, Pliskova reach Pan Pacific quarters

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 5:45am
Muguruza, Pliskova reach Pan Pacific quarters

Zopp Surging In Comeback Behind 29-2 Run

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:05pm

Twenty-nine wins in 31 matches. It’s a run most players could only dream of.

For Jurgen Zopp, the dream has become a reality. The culmination of five years of hard work and dedication, Estonia’s most successful player is thriving once again in his bid to return to the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings.

Amidst a litany of injury setbacks, including back ailments and an abdominal tear, Zopp struggled to find his footing after reaching a career-high of No. 71 in 2012. Confidence was low and consistent success was hard to find. But that all changed in an instant in July. Hovering just inside the Top 500, Zopp would produce a magical run.

Four consecutive Futures events resulted in three titles and a final finish and he would kick off the month of September with an impressive return to the ATP Challenger Tour, notching his first title in three years in Alphen, Netherlands. With two days of torrential rain testing players’ patience, Zopp claimed seven wins as a qualifier to lift the trophy. He defeated former World No. 5 Tommy Robredo in the final at the Tean International.

“I didn’t even expect to get to the semis,” Zopp said, reflecting on his title run in Alphen. “I just took it match by match. I had a tight first round in the main draw, and then won 7-5 in the third in the second round. It could have gone either way. If somebody had told me I would win that week, I wouldn’t have believed it, but when you keep trying and keep pushing yourself, you might get lucky. I think this is what happened. I have had the level to play with those guys, but many times things don’t come together. This time though it really worked out well.”

In total, the Estonian has amassed a 29-2 record over the past two months, culminating with a run the semi-finals at the prestigious Challenger stop in Szczecin, Poland just last week. Most importantly, his flurry of wins has also yielded a significant boost in the Emirates ATP Rankings, soaring nearing 300 spots to No. 194.

A speechless Zopp attempted to explain his staggering run.

“Five years ago, I got to the Top 100 and then I started struggling with my back injury. I was out seven months, and then I played five months off and on, and then I was out six months again. I was struggling pretty much for one-and-a-half years. Now I’ve been fine for almost three years, but this year I had a little tear on my abdominal.

“In July, I just started winning. To be quite honest, I can’t point my finger at something specific. I went to play a $25k Futures in Germany and I managed to win that week. I think that was the key, to win that first week.”

As the wins continue to pile up, Zopp is refusing to be complacent in his work ethic. With new coach and former Finnish player Kim Tiilikainen joining his team in July, he believes he is still striving to discover his top level. The Top 100 is within reach once again and the 29-year-old’s journey is far from over.

“He has been a good mental support and now knowing that I am not alone has helped also,” Zopp said about Tiilikainen’s impact. “We haven’t really tried to work or make something really better, but it is a better feeling when you are not alone traveling and you have someone who is responsible for you and taking care of you.

“This year it didn’t start off good because of injury, but it’s been getting better. Tennis isn’t about how you feel with your forehand, or how good you feel you are moving. Sometimes it is difficult to understand tennis. I think maybe if you ask my coach he would say I am playing close to the Top 100 level. I am beating the guys around there and these past weeks I definitely played at that level. We will see if I can keep it up the next six months or next 12 months. That is the key I believe.”

With the 2017 season nearing the end, returning to the Top 100 is a lofty goal, but one that Zopp will not back down from. However, all numbers aside, he plans to make the most of his hot streak as he goes to play in the ATP Challenger Tour events in Ortisei, Italy and Ismaning, Germany.

“[Top 100] is always the goal, but I try not to think about it too much, because when you think about the numbers too much it might affect you. In tennis, if you get too emotional and want something too much, the emotion might get in the way of your game and performance. I just try to do my job and play my level. We will see what happens.”

Broady beats Gulbis in St Petersburg

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 5:46pm
Broady beats Gulbis in St Petersburg

St. Petersburg 2017

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 4:45pm

Metz 2017

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 4:44pm

Gasquet falls in Moselle Open; Busta withdraws

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 4:41pm
Gasquet falls in Moselle Open; Busta withdraws