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Isner Looks Ahead To His Washington Return

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 11:34am
John Isner returns to the site of some of the best experiences of his career, at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. Watch live tennis

Gerald Tested In Jurgen Melzer Quiz At Kitzbuhel 2016

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 11:07am
Gerald Melzer gets tested about how much he knows about his brother's career at the Generali Open in Kitzbuhel. Jurgen Melzer watches on...

Dimitrov Guesses Correctly On Forehand Hot Shot Washington 2016

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 11:06am
Dan Evans plays right into Grigor Dimitrov's forehand in Washington and the Bulgarian makes him pay. Watch live tennis at

Youzhny Features On Opening Day At Gstaad 2016

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 9:44am
Look back on Day 1 in Gstaad, featuring Mikhail Youzhny in first-round action. Video courtesy of J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad

Kavcic Enjoying Loss Of Thought In Injury Comeback

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 7:25am

After undergoing foot surgery at the beginning of the year, Blaz Kavcic believes his best tennis is still yet to come.

The 29-year-old from Slovenia was sidelined for seven months after surgery on his right foot, which involved having his sesamoid bone removed. Kavcic returned to the ATP Challenger Tour last month and quickly picked up where he left off. In just his fifth tournament back, he finished runner-up at the $75,000 event in Winnipeg, Canada, where he narrowly lost in three sets to Go Soeda of Japan.

“I’ve had three surgeries on my feet in the past three years,” said Kavcic. “I’m just happy to finally be healthy now.”

The veteran had to endure tough matches against some of the rising stars in the game to make it to the championship match. Kavcic defeated #NextGen star Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan in the semi-finals, but acknowledged that “he made it to the Top 100 [of the Emirates ATP Rankings] last week. I know how it was when I did it for the first time. This is the big goal in tennis, so when you make it, you get a little bit relaxed.”

In his opening round, Kavcic was pushed to a third-set tiebreak by 15-year-old Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime. Multiple rain delays and the inspired play of his opponent left Kavcic with all he could handle, but he was full of praise after the match for the teenager.

“For a 15 year old, he’s one of the best guys in the world for sure,” said Kavcic. “I hope he’ll work hard because he’s really talented. He has nice shots and a good serve for his age.”

Kavcic is looking to continue his run of form at this week’s $50,000 ATP Challenger Tour event in Binghamton, New York, where he squares off in the opening round against Hiroki Moriya of Japan. Now that he’s injury-free, the Slovenian is looking to make it back to the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings.

“My body’s feeling better. It’s much easier to play now,” said Kavcic. “I don’t have to think about where to hit the ball and it just comes automatically like it did before. It’s a good feeling.”

Gaio Becomes Newest Italian Success Story In Challengers

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 7:12am

Italy has enjoyed a string of ATP Challenger Tour winners in the past month, including Paolo Lorenzi and Marco Cecchinato, but a new face in Federico Gaio has added himself to the winner’s circle.

The 24 year old won his maiden ATP Challenger Tour title on home soil at last week’s $50,000 event in San Benedetto, Italy. A backed-up schedule from rain throughout the week forced Gaio to play both his semi-final and final on Sunday, but he responded strongly by winning both matches in three sets.

“The public helped me a lot! The atmosphere is always fantastic here,” said Gaio. “It’s a very nice tournament with a great atmosphere and organisation. A lot of people are watching the matches, so I’m very happy to come here every year.”

His win was even more surprising because Gaio has struggled to find consistency in 2016, falling either in qualifying or the first-round in 12 of the 15 ATP Challenger Tour events he’s played this year. But Gaio said the hard work he has been putting in on the practice court finally showed in San Benedetto.

“I’ve worked so much on my tactics,” he said. “I’ve done a lot work with my technique also, but obviously it’s very important to know where you have to play!”

Gaio is hoping to keep his win streak at home for another few days at this week’s $50,000 ATP Challenger Tour event in Recanati. He has a tough opening round against Evgeny Donskoy of Russia, but he admitted regardless of what happens when they take the court, he knows his game is moving in the right direction.

“I’m just very happy now. Winning last week is a good step for my career and it’s a confirmation of the work I’m doing every day with my team. So knowing I’m going the right way is the most important thing,” said Gaio. “I want to try and finish the year close to the Top 100 [in the Emirates ATP Rankings], but the main thing for me is to always keep improving day by day.”

Zverev Visits National Building Museum Washington 2016

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 6:29am
Alexander Zverev visits the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, with WTA player Sloane Stephens for an iceberg exhibition.

Fritz Leads #NextGen Stars In Washington

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 3:50am

A pair of #NextGen stars kicked off their Citi Open campaigns in winning style on Monday, with Taylor Fritz and Jared Donaldson tasting first-round success. Fritz – the youngest player in the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings and in strong contention for the ATP Star Of Tomorrow presented by Emirates – posted a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Israel’s Dudi Sela on Stadium Court.

The 18-year-old World No. 67 sent down 11 aces and staved off all seven break points on his way past the 31 year old to set up a clash with fellow #NextGen star, seventh seed Alexander Zverev.

Donaldson won his third straight match, after winning through qualifying, defeating Frenchman Vincent Millot 5-7, 6-2, 6-4. It was the 19 year old’s first ATP World Tour victory of the season and he will next take on Millot’s compatriot, No. 4 seed Benoit Paire.

Frenchman Adrian Mannarino ended another American #NextGen star's bid, however, downing 18 year old wild card Frances Tiafoe 7-6(4), 7-5. Mannarino claimed 81 per cent of first-serve points and broke twice in the narrow victory to set up a second-round meeting with American fifth seed Steve Johnson.

In other matches, Japanese World No. 93 Yuichi Sugita had a tougher time of it finding a way past 2014 finalist Vasek Pospisil. The World No. 93 bounced back to steal a 1-6, 6-2, 7-6(4) victory over the Canadian and will face #NextGen star Borna Coric in the second round.

“In the first set, I made a lot of mistakes and could not get a good feel for my groundstrokes. Moving back a bit and focusing on my first serve made a big difference,” Sugita said. “I'm always learning. I enjoy moving on the court, even in the hot conditions here. I can run until the end of any match, so that's my weapon.”

Sela Runs Fritz All Over The Court Washington 2016

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 2:53am
Dudi Sela makes Taylor Fritz cover nearly the entire court during their first-round match at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. Watch live tennis at

Sela Runs Fritz All Over The Court Washington 2016

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 2:53am
Dudi Sela makes Taylor Fritz cover nearly the entire court during their first-round match at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. Watch live tennis at

Perfect Start For Aussie Trio

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 2:17am

John Millman, James Duckworth and Jordan Thompson made it an ideal three from three for the Australians on the first day’s play at the Citi Open in Washington on Monday. Fresh from a career-best third-round Grand Slam showing at Wimbledon, Millman carried his form to the first tournament on the US hard court swing, downing local hopeful Denis Kudla 7-5, 6-0.

The 27-year-old hit five aces on his way past Kudla, reeling off the last seven games of the match to book a second-round showdown with 2010 finalist Marcos Baghdatis. The last time the pair met, Baghdatis prevailed in a five-set battle in the second round at Wimbledon in 2015. Qualifier Duckworth inflicted more pain on the Americans, taking down Tim Smyczek 7-5, 6-1.

It was Duckworth’s third win in a row, having come through qualifying. He claimed 76 per cent of his first-serve points and was never broken. The win sets up a clash with top seed and three-time runner-up John Isner.

Thompson became the third Australian to advance in straight sets. The World No. 90 in the Emirates ATP Rankings overcame Victor Estrella Burgos 6-3, 6-2. Thompson, 13 years the Dominican’s junior, won 88 per cent of first-serve points in little more than an hour to set up a second round meeting with 11th seed Alexandr Dolgopolov.

In other matches, 22-year-old Bjorn Fratangelo claimed an all-American battle with Alex Kuznetsov, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 to book a second round match against another of his countrymen, Sam Querrey. Brit Dan Evans built on his third-round run at Wimbledon to see off German Benjamin Becker 6-2, 6-1.

Evans Rips Forehand Hot Shot Washington 2016

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 1:47am
On the run, Brit Daniel Evans blasts a forehand up the line against Benjamin Becker. Watch live tennis at

Before Washington, Zverev Talks About Federer Win 2016

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 1:46am
German Sascha Zverev looks back at his 2016 so far as he prepares to play at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. Watch live tennis at

Monfils Feeling Better Ahead of Washington 2016

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 1:45am
After missing time because of an illness, Gael Monfils is feeling healthy again ahead of the Citi Open in Washington. Watch live tennis at

Marco Chiudinelli Savors Home Sweet Switzerland Gstaad 2016

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 1:44am
Marco Chiudinelli looks to enjoy his time at the J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad in Switzerland, his home country.

Kids Have Their Day In Kitzbuhel 2016

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 1:43am
Kids play tennis, plank and enjoy the gorgeous scenery as part of Kids Day at the Generali Open, an ATP World Tour 250 event, in Kitzbuhel, Austria.

Mayer Rolls, Bedene's Birthday Spoiled In Umag

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 8:42pm

Argentine Leonardo Mayer won 10 of the final 12 games against home favourite Nikola Mektic to move into the second round 7-5, 6-2 on Monday at the Konzum Croatia Open Umag.

Mayer was down 3-5 in the first set and Mektic was serving, but the 29-year-old Buenos Aires resident broke Mektic twice to take the first set. He'd break him two more times in the second set to win their first meeting in one hour and 27 minutes.

Mayer, who reached a career high No. 21 in the Emirates ATP Rankings last year, entered the clay on Umag at No. 117. The 2014 Hamburg titlist has had to withdraw from four tournaments this season because of tendonitis in his serving shoulder. He next will face second seed Joao Sousa. Mayer won their prior meeting in 2014 on clay in Portugal.

Serbian qualifier Nikola Cacic spoiled Aljaz Bedene's 27th birthday by upsetting the Brit 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and 27 minutes. The 25-year-old Cacic, No. 761 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, next will face third seed Jeremy Chardy of France.

In the lone doubles contest, second seeds American Nicholas Monroe and Kiwi Artem Sitak swept Croat wild cards Dino Marcan and Ante Pavic 6-2, 6-1.

Khachanov Reflects On Kitzbuhel First Round Win 2016

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 4:50pm
NextGen star Karen Khachanov reacts to his first-round win on Monday in Kitzbuhel.

Khachanov Kicks Off Kitzbuhel Campaign

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 4:23pm

#NextGen star Karen Khachanov made a memorable debut at the Generali Open in Kitzbuhel on Monday as he defeated qualifier Filippo Volandri 6-2, 6-4 in 69 minutes.

The 20-year-old Russian broke serve five times as he beat Volandri, 14 years his senior, for a clash with second seed Philipp Kohlschreiber. It marked Khachanov’s fourth tour-level win of the season and first since April, when he reached the second round in Istanbul.

"I think in some moments I wasn't really focused, that's why at the beginning of the first set I lost my serve,” said Khachanov. “Then in the second set it was the same. So I didn't play maybe the way I wanted to, but in the end the most important thing is to win, and I'm happy to go through.

"I'm enjoying the tournament so much, it's such a nice view here. It's amazing to be in this event. It's well organised, the hotel, the club. It has a big history, this tournament, so I'm really happy to be here."

In an all-Spanish contest, qualifier Daniel Gimeno-Traver ousted seventh seed Inigo Cervantes 6-4, 6-4. Another Spaniard advanced as Daniel Munoz de la Nava dismissed Michael Berrer 6-3, 6-3.

Igor Sijsling notched his 50th tour-level win as he defeated qualifier Kenny De Schepper 7-5, 6-2 in 72 minutes.

Fritz Millman Evans Highlights Washington 2016

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 3:44pm
Taylor Fritz, John Millman and Dan Evans all posted straight-sets victories in the first round of the Citi Open in Washington. Watch live tennis at