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Murray v Nishikori Wednesday Preview

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 10:40am
Singles alternate David Goffin helps to preview the Andy Murray v Kei Nishikori group stage match Wednesday.

Andy Murray Reflects On Historic Nishikori Win

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 10:08am
Watch as Andy Murray talks about his marathon victory over Kei Nishikori, the longest match at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals since records began. Watch live tennis at

Tsonga Soars Into Semis In 2011 London Finale Classic Moment

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 4:31am
In this Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Classic Moment, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga overcomes Rafael Nadal en route to the 2011 semi-finals. Watch live tennis at

Fritz ATP Star of Tomorrow ATP Awards 2016

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 3:34am
After finishing the year as the youngest player in the Top 100, 19-year-old American Taylor Fritz is named the ATP Star of Tomorrow presented by Emirates in the 2016 ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët and Chandon.

Lucas Pouille Most Improved Player ATP Awards 2016

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 3:34am
Lucas Pouille’s run into the Top 20 of the Emirates ATP Rankings makes him the Most Improved Player of the Year in the 2016 ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët and Chandon.

Del Potro Comeback Player Of The Year ATP Awards 2016

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 3:34am
Argentine Juan Martin del Potro beams in from his native Tandil to accept Comeback Player of the Year honours for a second time in the ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët and Chandon.

Norman ATP Coach Of The Year ATP Awards 2016

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 3:33am
Magnus Norman, coach of Stan Wawrinka, accepts his trophy after being voted by his peers as recipient of the inaugural ATP Coach of the Year award in the 2016 ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët and Chandon.

Bryan Brothers Fans Favourite Doubles Team ATP Awards 2016

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 3:33am
Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan have been voted Fans' Favourite presented by Moet & Chandon for the 12th time.

Cilic Arthur Ashe Humanitarian ATP Awards 2016

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 3:33am
Marin Cilic receives the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award for his work in promoting youth education through his eponymous foundation in the ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët and Chandon.

Federer Fans Favourite Sportsmanship ATP Awards 2016

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 3:18am
Roger Federer accepts his trophies as winner of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award and Fans' Favourite presented by Moët and Chandon in the 2016 ATP World Tour Awards.

Thiem Djokovic Advance On Tuesday In London Highlights

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 1:25am
Watch highlights of Dominic Thiem and Novak Djokovic advancing on Tuesday at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London. Watch live matches at Photo: Peter Staples / ATP World Tour

Dodig/Melo React To London 2016 Tuesday Win

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 12:29am
Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo reflect on a clutch win for them at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals on Tuesday.

Raonic Blasts Backhand Past Djokovic In London

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 12:24am
Milos Raonic blasts a backhand past Novak Djokovic at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals on Tuesday in London. Watch live matches at Getty Images photo.

Djokovic Beats Raonic, Qualifies For SFs

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 12:06am

Novak Djokovic became the first player to reach the semi-finals at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals after he defeated Milos Raonic 7-6(6), 7-6(5) on Tuesday for his second match win in Group Ivan Lendl.

If Djokovic goes on to win the title, he will claim year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. The Serbian now has 11,180 points – 70 more points ahead of Andy Murray (11,110), who will play his second round-robin match against Kei Nishikori on Wednesday.

The 29 year old, who had been No. 1 for 122 consecutive weeks until 7 November, is now 29-10 at the season finale, where he is looking to capture a fifth straight trophy – and a record-equalling sixth crown overall. He will conclude his group matches against first-time qualifier Gael Monfils.

"It was a very close match," said Djokovic. "I think very few points separated us tonight. It really could have gone either way. I was fortunate to get through the first set tie-break. I was down very early in both tie-breaks tonight. But I just managed to stay committed and put pressure on his second serves... Again, two tie-breaks against a big server is a great win and great confidence boost."

Second seed Djokovic drew on his big match experience to grind out the first set. Fourth seed Raonic was composed throughout the early exchanges, aggressive with his forehand to keep Djokovic on the move. The five-time champion was forced to saved one break point in the opening game, and recovered from 15/40 in the third game. By contrast, Raonic lost just eight points through to the tie-break, the pair’s seventh in competition.


The Canadian mis-timed a volley that could have given him a 4/1 lead, but spurred Djokovic into action with four straight points. By pinpointing Raonic’s backhand, Djokovic drew his opponent to the net before striking a perfectly timed lob for 6/5 – his first set point opportunity. Raonic held firm, gaining an error from Djokovic. But he subsequently snatched at a forehand, and then struck his second double fault to gift Djokovic the 64-minute set.

The second set was frenetic. Djokovic capitalised on Raonic’s letdown to break in the first game, although Raonic regrouped to level the score with a break to 30 for 2-2. Djokovic’s quick hands on the baseline in response to Raonic’s thunderous serve and forehand garnered another opening, and the Serbian later looked on course for his second straight love hold for a 5-3 lead. But an inexplicable lapse in concentration saw Raonic will four straight points from 0/30 for the break.

Raonic tightened up his game and finally created a set point chance with Djokovic serving at 5-6, 30/40. But with the court open, he snatched at a forehand down the line. Djokovic subsequently recovered for the tie-break, a tense affair. Djokovic clinched his one opportunity when Raonic hit a backhand wide for his 63rd match win of 2016. The best match of the week lasted two hours and 15 minutes.

"I had a couple of looks on his second serves midway through, towards the end of both tie-breaks, which helped obviously to get into the rally," said Djokovic. "I knew once I get into the rally, I have a better chance to win the point. But I should have done my job earlier, to be honest. I'm not very pleased to drop my serve twice against Milos, especially the second time. I was 4-3, 30/0, then I just made four pretty bad unforced errors. Credit to him for really hanging in there, putting pressure, being aggressive, especially from the forehand."

Raonic admitted, "I believe all the break points, except for maybe the set point at the end, he put in a first serve every single time. I believe when he had his break points, I didn't put in one. I think it's those little things that make a difference... Those moments he stepped up and played well. I just maybe hesitated a little bit too much. But overall I created a lot of opportunities. I did a lot of good things. A lot of things to be proud of."

Raonic, who beat Monfils in his first group match on Sunday, will next play eighth seed Dominic Thiem, with the winner qualifying for the semi-finals. The 25-year-old Canadian, who reached this year’s Wimbledon final, is now 51-16 (31-10 on hard) in 2016.

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Daily Snapshot: London Day Three

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 11:58pm
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Missed a moment of the action from Tuesday at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals? Here is your executive summary:

1) Djokovic First Into Semi-Finals

World No. 2 and four-time defending champion Novak Djokovic is the first player to move into the final four of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, saving a set point in the second set to prevail in a highly competitive 7-6(6), 7-6(5) win over fourth seed Milos Raonic. With a 2-0 record this week, the Serbian now holds the lead in Group Ivan Lendl and moves to 21-1 at The O2 since 2012. Read Match Report

The win also means his battle with Andy Murray for year-end World No. 1 continues to heat up. Djokovic is guaranteed to finish this year at the top of the Emirates ATP Rankings if he wins the title this week. Read Battle For No. 1 Explained

2) Monfils Shows Off His Wheels 

Gael Monfils may have lost to Dominic Thiem in three sets on Tuesday, but showed he still has plenty of energy left at the end of the season with some impressive court coverage and a brilliant passing shot. Read Match Report

3) Quote Of The Day

"I never felt unbeatable, and I never will. First of all, it's not my mindset. I did have certain periods of my career, especially in the past five years, when I was dominating the play, winning many tournaments in a row, matches in a row. You can't think that's going to be the case always, though. But knowing that I have done [a 43-match win streak] helped me to do maybe half of that a few times. I guess even 10, 15, 20 matches in a row is pretty good. I'll accept that." – Djokovic, responding to whether he’s ever felt unbeatable in his career.

4) Cilic Gives Behind-The-Scenes Insight

In the newest edition of Backstage Pass, World No. 7 Marin Cilic revealed which player spends is the biggest prankster and who spends the most time on their hair before a match.

5) Murray/Soares March On

Second seeds Jamie Murray/Bruno Soares are now 2-0 at The O2 after an impressive 6-3, 6-4 win over third seeds Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan. The pair didn’t face a break point en route to clinching victory in 61 minutes. Read Match Report

Sixth seed Ivan Dodig/Marcelo Melo picked up their first win of the tournament with a tight 7-5, 6-4 win over eighth seeds Treat Huey/Max Mirnyi. Huey/Mirnyi drop to 0-2 this week. Read Match Report

Player Blog: Why Cilic Saw 'The Book of Mormon' In London

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 11:19pm

The tennis is incredible at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The Top 8 players in the world. Thousands of screaming, passionate fans. The ideal way to end a season on the ATP World Tour.

But it's not everything for the players in London. To stay fresh, we have to have a life outside of The O2 as well.

I'm lucky that I have an adventurous team around me, including my coach Jonas Bjorkman, who also enjoy taking in the sites of a city. For instance, earlier during our stay here, we visited the Prince of Wales Theatre and saw the “Book of Mormon”. I always love a good show, and a good friend of Jonas' had recommended the musical, so we took his advice.

We were glad we did. It was great. We laughed, immersed our minds in something else and enjoyed some good, quality time with friends. What can be better?

Throughout my 11-year career, I've learned that you cannot be all tennis, all the time. For one, the days start to look awfully alike. You go to the site and practise or play. You get something to eat. You head back to the hotel.


So you have to have a balance, a diversion. That's why I always try to find time to explore the cities we visit during the season. Some days it doesn't work out. I might have a late, exhausting match, and although I had wanted to visit that nice restaurant in the heart of the city, I'll try to go another night.

I'm always glad, though, when I can sneak out and visit a good coffee shop or a fun establishment. I'm not picky, either: A walk in the park works, too.

That's why I've seen the “Phantom Of The Opera” and loved the “The Lord of The Rings” movies. That's also why, a few years ago, when my team and I were in New York for the US Open, we headed to Broadway and took in my all-time favourite show, “The Lion King”. Its impressive production. Its talented cast. Its uplifting message. That play, like all good theatre, stays with you.

I've also come to appreciate theatre, including “The Phantom Of The Opera”, because I see how it's similar to tennis. Thousands of people coming to watch talented performers who, under the lights, exhaust every ounce of energy they have because of their passion for the craft.

It's really admiring, and I hope my fans feel the same way when I take the court.

Marin Cilic spoke with Jonathon Braden

Gardnar Mulloy: 1913-2016

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 9:07pm

Gardnar Mulloy, who passed away on 14 November aged 102, was one of the last links to the pre-Second World War tennis circuit. The American rubbed shoulders with royalty – including Queen Elizabeth II, President Bill Clinton and movie stars, but lived his entire life in a modest three-bedroom Miami home. The remains of the original family court can still be seen in the backyard. paid tribute to Mulloy on the occasion of his 100th birthday in November 2013, and reproduces the piece below.

Gardnar Mulloy is celebrating his 100th birthday today.

He’s the first International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee to reach the age milestone and shuffles around now using a walking frame, much to his frustration. But his mind remains just as sharp as the decisive volleys, dipping service returns and well-placed smashes he started striking as an amateur on the international tennis circuit of the 1930s.

Mulloy was 11 when his father, Robin, built a tennis court in the backyard of the family home in Spring Garden, Miami. "I played [American] football and baseball in the city, before my father got me into tennis," Mulloy told "Eventually, we won the U.S. National Father & Sons’ title three times. I enjoyed competing, but when I grew up it was considered a ‘sissy’ sport in the United States."

Mulloy was not disheartened. He didn't stop playing tennis for the next 84 years. "Tennis is the only sport where you are constantly involved – running, hitting the ball and receiving it. That is why I competed at the highest level for so long and continued as a senior. It’s a wonderful sport."

Tony Trabert, the President of the International Tennis Hall of Fame who has known Mulloy since 1948, told, "He was very fit and the strongest thing he ever drank was milk. He always marched to his own drum. We first played one another at the US Nationals in 1949, when I was 19 and he beat me in four sets. In 1954, we met again on a Denver clay court when he was 41, and I beat him in five sets! We still speak once a month. His passion for tennis remains undimmed."

Looking back on a lifetime of memories, Mulloy believes that "Tennis was just as popular in the past, but the sport has completely changed. Prize money has sky rocketed and there are plenty of multi-millionaires. We played for peanuts. Everybody says that the players of today are better than years gone by, but that’s nonsense.

"Racquets, tennis balls and equipment development has changed the sport. But tennis ball covering is very thin now. Prior to World War II, the inner core was made of pure grey rubber, but due to the wartime demand for rubber, manufacturers substituted a black synthetic rubber substance and made the core thinner. It made the tennis ball faster in play, and, as we have seen over the past two decades, the number of players going to the net has decreased.

"If former generations – players such as Bill Tilden, Bobby Riggs, Jack Kramer and Rod Laver – competed with the same equipment against the likes of [Rafael] Nadal, [Novak] Djokovic, [Andy] Murray and [Roger] Federer, they would still dominate at every tournament."

So would he enjoy competing on the ATP World Tour in 2014?

"I prefer the older days,” admitted Mulloy, who admires Federer's all-court game. "But you cannot overlook the money today."

During his top-flight tennis career, the lithe and athletic Mulloy maintained an interested following at every appearance. His nonchalant attitude and biting humour always caused great interest among the galleries. But his career could well have ended with the outbreak of war in Europe, which closed down world tennis. In 1939, he was 26 years old and a graduate manager at the University of Miami.

"When I hit the big time, World War II began, right at the peak of my age and ability," said Mulloy, who, at the time, had recently completed a law degree to appease his father. "People often forget my war service. I wanted to get into the Air Force, but they weren't taking anyone over the age of 25. I got a break on a U.S. Naval course as a ’90-day wonder’, meaning a four-year programme was crammed into three months of training. I ended up becoming a tennis instructor, but I wanted to go to sea."

Through sheer persistence and hard work, Mulloy ended up as a Lieutenant and a Commanding Office of a Landing Ship Tank: the U.S.S. LST 32, leading a crew of 13 officers and 154 men. "It took three or four years away from me, but I was proud to serve my country at four different battles – landing in harm’s way," said Mulloy. Launched on 12 July 1943, Mulloy led the California-built ship into action at beachheads in Anzio, Salerno, southern France and northern Africa. For one particular act of heroism he earned the U.S. Navy Medal of Commendation.

By the start of 1945, Mulloy's taste for tennis had returned, when the U.S. Navy Department posted him on a tour of Eastern seaboard hospitals with 52-year-old Tilden. He started to organise his own exhibitions with Alice Marble, Vincent Richards, Tilden and others. Only then did he consider staging a comeback on the international amateur circuit. "I recall people thought I was mad, but I wanted to play Davis Cup," said Mulloy. "I dedicated myself to getting back on the circus." He was 32 and married to his high school sweetheart, Madeleine – "the kindest most beautiful girl in the world" – with whom he raised two daughters, Diane and Janice. Sadly, Madeleine passed away in 1993, after 55 years of marriage.

Mulloy was one of the world’s best doubles players of the 1940s and 1950s, compiling a 5-9 record in Grand Slam championships finals that included four titles at the US Nationals with Bill Talbert. As a 43 year old, nicknamed 'The Grand Old Man Of Tennis', he picked up the 1957 Wimbledon title with Budge Patty. To put that feat in perspective, Leander Paes won his third US Open title at the age of 40 this year, in tandem with Radek Stepanek. Mulloy was also a singles runner-up to Frank Sedgman at the US Nationals in 1952, the year he was judged to be ranked World No. 7. He also lifted the Davis Cup trophy on three occasions.

He continued to play at Grand Slam championships until 1971, when he was 57, before devoting himself to senior competition. ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said, "Gardnar Mulloy is one of the iconic figures of ITF Seniors tennis. A three-time Davis Cup champion, he played an important role in the early development of veterans tennis, and has been a loyal and enthusiastic supporter ever since. In 1996, we were pleased to name our new men's 80-and-over team competition after him, and it is fitting that he celebrates his 100th birthday in the ITF's own centenary year."

This weekend, Mulloy will celebrate with his second wife, Jacqueline, whom he married in 2008, and friends at their house, where he has lived for more than 60 years.

"I don't smoke or drink and I watch my diet very carefully," admitted Mulloy, a vegetarian. "But if I played today, I would need to cheat as I can’t maintain my balance. So I use a walker.

"However, if Wimbledon – still the world’s premier event – invited me to compete once again, I would be there in a flash!"

Happy Birthday, Gar. Enjoy the party.

Djokovic Vs Raonic London 2016 Preview

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 9:02pm
Singles alternate David Goffin gives his expert opinion on the Tuesday evening singles match between Novak Djokovic and Milos Raonic at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

Backstage Pass: Raven Klaasen/Rajeev Ram

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 8:57pm
Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram reveal which of their fellow Barclays ATP World Tour Finals competitors are the messiest in the locker room and who has the best dance moves.

Murray/Soares React To Second Group Win London 2016

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 8:53pm
Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares discuss their strong performance after beating the Bryans to go 2-0 in round robin play at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.