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Fognini, Gulbis Reach Gstaad QFs; Lopez Falls

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 10:58am

Fabio Fognini will face another mercurial talent Ernests Gulbis on Friday in the J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad quarter-finals. Gulbis, who continues his return to consistent form, leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head 4-1, but the pair has not met since October 2014.

Fognini, competing in Gstaad for the first time since losing in the first round of qualifying 10 years ago, saved 11 of 15 break points to beat Norbert Gombos 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 for a place in his fourth ATP World Tour quarter-final (or better) of the year.

World No. 310 Gulbis advanced to his first ATP World Tour quarter-final since October 2015 at the Erste Bank Open (l. to Johnson in SFs), with a 7-6(10), 3-6, 6-4 win over fifth seed and last week’s Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag runner-up Paolo Lorenzi in two hours and 39 minutes. Former World No. 10 Gulbis required eight set point opportunities to clinch the first set and saved two set points at 5/6 and 7/8 in the tie-break.

Yannick Hanfmann, currently No. 170 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and contesting just his seventh tour-level match, struck 13 aces to knock out third seed and defending champion Feliciano Lopez 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-1 in one hour and 49 minutes. Hanfmann, who recovered from 15/40 at 5-5 in the first set, also reached the BMW Open by FWU quarter-finals as a qualifier in May (l. to Bautista Agut).

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Kicker Delight With Paire Win At Hamburg 2017

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 8:18am
Nicolas Kicker reacts to beating fifth seed Benoit Paire at the German Tennis Championships 2017 on Thursday. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Wednesday Snapshot At Cortina Challenger 2017

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 4:04am
Watch Wednesday highlights and an interview with Gerald Melzer at the ATP Challenger Tour event in Cortina, Italy. Video courtesy of Internazionali di Tennis di Cortina.

Kohlschreiber Beats Simon To Reach Hamburg QF 2017

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 1:58am
Philipp Kohlschreiber talks about his big win against Gilles Simon on Thursday at the German Tennis Championships 2017 in Hamburg. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Sock Ambushes Isner Press Conference

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 9:28pm

Top seed Jack Sock and second seed John Isner are in opposite halves of the draw at the BB&T Atlanta Open, but the two friends found themselves up close during Isner’s press conference on Wednesday night.

Isner was ready to take a few questions after his win over Vasek Pospisil, but was surprised to find the first one came from a “reporter” with the the Kansas City Star. After answering a question from Sock about the recent change in his game plan, the top seed noted that “like at Shanghai doubles, you’re returning well.” (Sock and Isner teamed up this past October to take the title at the Shanghai Rolex Masters).

“I had a partner who was average in Shanghai last year,” joked Isner. “I had to carry him, so I had to put him on my back and play very well. That partner remains nameless.”

Sock plays his opening match against Dudi Sela on Thursday night and Isner will square off against Lukas Lacko in the quarter-finals on Friday. 

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Stars Make The Most Of Hamburg, Gstaad And Atlanta

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 6:35pm

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German Tennis Championships 2017 - Hamburg, Germany 

Hamburg native Tommy Haas visited the Elbphilharmonie (Elbe Philharmonic Hall), a concert hall in Hamburg with his family over the weekend. The Elbphilharmonie is one of the largest and most acoustically advanced concert halls in the world.  

“Hamburg is an absolutely special place for me, no question about that. I was born and raised here. I started playing tennis here in the tennis club when my dad was teaching tennis. So everything for me really began here," said Haas.

Philipp Kohlschreiber assisted with the draw ceremony at Kaisergalerie

Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Pablo Cuevas, Gilles Simon, Daniel Altmaier, #NextGenATP player Karen Khachanov and Haas all participated in Media Day.

Florian Mayer, Jiri Vesely, Maximilian Marterer and Haas took part in the Pro-Am.

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J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad - Gstaad, Switzerland

Roberto Bautista Agut met with some of his youngest fans during Kids’ Day. 

Mikhail Youzhny and Radu Albot are among the players who participated in the Pro-Am.

Joao Sousa, Henri Laaksonen and Marco Chiudinelli mingled with sponsors and signed autographs for fans.

BB&T Atlanta Open - Atlanta, Georgia 

Gilles Muller had a hit with Weather Channel meteorologist Paul Goodloe.

John Isner met with Harlem Globetrotters member Kris “Hi-Lite” Bruton and received a personal jersey with the No. 1 on it.

Bob Bryan visited the Georgia Aquarium with his family.

#NextGenATP Americans Taylor Fritz and Reilly Opelka assisted in the tournament draw ceremony and participated in a Q&A during a charity fundraiser for the YMCA.

Fritz also visited the GT Baseball Field and tried his hand at a different sport.

Isner Continues Atlanta Dominance

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 6:00pm

Second seed and three-time BB&T Atlanta Open champion John Isner always finds a way to bring his best tennis to Georgia, and his Wednesday night match against Vasek Pospisil was no exception. The American won 40 of his 44 service points to record a convincing 6-3, 6-4 victory and book a spot in the quarter-finals.

"I love coming back here," said Isner. "I'm very comfortable here and enjoy playing this event, so I'm very fortunate this tournament keeps coming back every year."

Isner prevailed in Atlanta in 2013-2015 and finished runner-up in 2010, 2011 and 2016. He improves to 24-4 at this event with the win over Pospisil. 

Next up for Isner is Lukas Lacko, who scored the upset of the day in defeating sixth seed and Atlanta native Donald Young 6-3, 6-1. Lacko didn't face a break point in the match and is through to his third quarter-final in Atlanta (2010, 2014)

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#NextGenATP American Tommy Paul is through to his first ATP World Tour quarter-final after posting an upset 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-3 win over Malek Jaziri. The 20 year old rallied from 1-3 down in the deciding set to secure the win in two hours and 18 minutes.

“It’s definitely a good feeling. I was playing ITF Futures events a month ago and now I’m in the quarter-finals here, so it’s pretty crazy,” said Paul. “I’m excited to get out there again on Friday and keep riding this confidence.” 

Paul, currently No. 291 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, came through qualifying and has won four consecutive three-set matches this week. He opened his main draw campaign with a first-round win over seventh seed and fellow #NextGenATP player Hyeon Chung of South Korea.

The American has jumped over 100 spots in the Emirates ATP Rankings over the past month. He's enjoyed success stateside this season on the ATP Challenger Tour, posting semi-final finishes in Savannah and Winnetka.

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Awaiting Paul in the last eight is third seed Gilles Muller, who weathered a stern challenge from qualifier and #NextGenATP Frenchman Quentin Halys to advance 6-4, 6-7(1), 6-3. Muller, competing in his first tournament since defeating Rafael Nadal to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals, hammered 20 aces and won 87 per cent of his first-serve points to prevail in two hours and 14 minutes.

“It feels good to win. The most important thing is to be ready to start all over again every day. It’s not like players are just going to give it to me because I made the quarter-finals at Wimbledon You have to work hard,” said Muller. “I am ready to do that now. I am going to wake up every day and try to do my best. At the end of the day, there is a good chance I will win a few matches.”

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Harrison/Venus Upset In Opening Round 

Andres Molteni and Adil Shamasdin defeated second seeds and Roland Garros champions Ryan Harrison and Michael Venus 6-4, 0-6, 10-7. Next up in the quarter-finals for Molteni/Shamasdin are Wesley Koolhof and Artem Sitak.

Chung and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan needed 67 minutes to defeat the brother duo of Jack Sock and Eric Sock 6-3, 6-4. Their reward is a quarter-final showdown with top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan.

Tribute: Zimonjic Celebrates 700th Doubles Match Win

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 4:25pm

Twenty-three years into his professional career, the body may creak a bit, but the mind of Nenad Zimonjic remains ambitious. A long-time custodian of doubles and its promotion, Zimonjic is a fervent and proud ambassador. Today, in his 42nd year, the Serbian has become the 10th player to record 700 doubles match wins (or more).

The feat encompasses an 18-year span from his first tour-level match win with Nebojsa Djordjevic in a Davis Cup zonal tie in May 1995 to his 700th victory today with Marcin Matkowski in the German Tennis Championships 2017 first round (d. Berlocq-Schwartzman).

“It’s nice to play in Hamburg again, for the first time since 2012, and to achieve the 700th match win in a country of such rich tennis tradition,” Zimonjic told ATPWorldTour.com. “It means a lot to join this ‘Club’, it’s a lot of wins and I want to thank all my partners over the years.”

DOUBLES MATCH WINS LEADERS (Since 1973)

Player Career Doubles Match Record Career Titles 1) Daniel Nestor (CAN) 1,050-456 91 2) Mike Bryan (USA) 1,041-327 115 3) Bob Bryan (USA) 1,027-324 113 4) Todd Woodbridge (AUS) 782-260 83 5) Mark Knowles (BAH) 744-381 55 6) Max Mirnyi (BLR) 743-414 49 7) Leander Paes (IND) 741-420
54 8) Sherwood Stewart (USA) 728-357 52 9) Jonas Bjorkman (SWE) 712-307 54 10) Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) 700-396
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Zimonjic started playing tennis in Belgrade at the age of nine under a bubble, at two clubs with a total of five courts, often at 11 o’clock at night. "It was freezing cold because that was the only time we could get a court and there were a lot of travel restrictions," Zimonjic remembers.

For many years, ‘Zimo’ competed as a singles and doubles player, and whilst the Serbian remains proud of his four ATP Challenger Tour titles and his lone Top 10 win over then No. 6-ranked Andre Agassi at 2004 St. Pölten in Austria, it is on the doubles court where he continues to build his legacy.

Zimonjic has ranked among the finest doubles players of the past 13 years, a product of dedication, commitment and longevity, and, most importantly, desire to adapt and evolve. In 10 of the past 12 years he has ranked among the Top 15 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings – including one year-end No. 1 finish in 2008.

“The reason why I still play is definitely because I love the sport and I love tennis,” said Zimonjic. “I still enjoy it and enjoy playing in front of big crowds and having the best opponents on the other side of the net. I love being part of this incredible generation, where tennis has been at the highest level. I love the life and travelling. I would love to keep playing as long as I can, as long as my body lets me.”

Whilst Zimonjic has played successfully with Leander Paes, Fabrice Santoro and Michael Llodra, his greatest achievements came with Canada’s Daniel Nestor between October 2007 and November 2010, when the pair took the team game to new heights in their battles with Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan. Fans still fondly remember how the 2008 Nitto ATP Finals – one of two year-end tournaments that Nestor and Zimonjic won (also 2010) – and the year-end No. 1 went down to the wire with the American twins.

“For three years, we were meeting in a lot of big finals, and it was either us winning the title or them winning the title,” Bob Bryan told ATPWorldTour.com. “In 2008, 2009 and 2010, doubles tennis was pretty much dominated by us and them. We consider him probably one of the two or three biggest rivals of our career.”

During that period, Nestor and Zimonjic captured three crowns (2008-09 Wimbledon, 2010 Roland Garros) from six Grand Slam championship finals and went 22-10 in title matches. Overall, the team won 26 titles – from their first at the 2001 Open Sud de France in Lyon (d. Eagle/Stolle) to the 2014 Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome (d. Haase/F. Lopez).

“We know we always have to bring our best stuff against him, because he always does the same against us,” Mike Bryan told ATPWorldTour.com. “He's stood the test of time. He's seen a lot of generations pass, and he's still out here, 20 years later, which is pretty cool. The longevity is pretty awesome.

“It's amazing to see. Now guys are lasting until 40, which was unheard of 10 years ago, so he's kind of set the bar – him, Nestor and Leander – for us to look up to and try to shoot for that mark.”

Zimonjic has harnessed a powerful serve with precise volleys, and an amazing backhand return, to first rise to No. 1 on 17 November 2008. He stayed at the top of the team game for 50 weeks over five stints (through to August 2010) and to date has won 54 titles (54-37 final record). In an age where doubles strategy is often determined by the dexterity of singles players competing alongside experienced doubles exponents, 41-year-old Zimonjic remains ambitious.

“The key for me now is to get back into the Top 30 in order to have a regular partner,” said Zimonjic, who is currently at No. 48 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings. “It would be a great honour to play once with Roger [Federer] or Rafa [Nadal] for one week, but I don’t have any plans to stop yet. I’m having too much fun playing the sport I love.”

 

Ferrer Maintains Run Of Form In Hamburg

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 3:33pm

David Ferrer completed first-round action on Wednesday at the German Tennis Championships 2017 by beating Hamburg debutant Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in just over two hours. Eighth seed Ferrer, who reached the 2014 final (l. to L. Mayer), captured his 27th tour-level title and third crown at the SkiStar Swedish Open (d. Dolgopolov) on Sunday. The 35-year-old Spaniard will now face Argentinean Federico Delbonis in the second round.

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Elsewhere, Jiri Vesely worked his way past Fernando Verdasco, who experienced his third straight first-round loss in Hamburg, in a 7-6(7), 6-7(0), 6-3 win over two hours and 45 minutes. The pair resumed at the start of the third set after rain postponed the match on Tuesday. Vesely now plays Argentinean Horacio Zeballos.

Aljaz Bedene cruised past lucky loser Jose Hernandez-Fernandez, a replacement for Rogerio Dutra Silva, in a 6-1, 6-2 win over 69 minutes. Bedene contested his second ATP World Tour final as a qualifier in Budapest at the Gazprom Hungarian Open (l. to Pouille) in April.

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Florian Mayer, playing at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament for the 12th time, became the first player into the quarter-finals after the German 2011 semi-finalist beat Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. Last week, Kuznetsov reached his third ATP World Tour semi-final of the year in Båstad (l. to Dolgopolov). Mayer will face sixth seed Diego Schwartzman of Argentina, who advanced to his sixth quarter-final of the season by outlasting Cedrik-Marcel Stebe 1-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Highlights Ferrer, Vesely Advance In Hamburg 2017

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 3:32pm
Watch highlights of David Ferrer and Jiri Vesely advancing on Wednesday at the German Tennis Championships 2017 in Hamburg. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: Hamburg sports & entertainment GmbH.

Goffin Saves Four M.P. In Gstaad

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 1:15pm

Top seed David Goffin fended off four match points – three consecutively – to claim his opener at the J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad, beating Moldovan Radu Albot 2-6, 7-6(7), 7-6(7) on Wednesday. Goffin, who reached the Gstaad final in 2015, was down 3/6 in the third-set tie-break but reeled off three consecutive points to get to 6/6.

Albot then held another match point at 7/6, but Goffin won the final three points to reach the quarter-finals at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament in Switzerland. The Belgian also saved 14 of 17 break points. He will next meet Dutchman Robin Haase. The sixth-seeded Haase, who finished runner-up in 2013 and 2016, did not face a break point in a 7-5, 7-5 win over Thiago Monteiro of Brazil.

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Swiss Henri Laaksonen came back to defeat two-time former champion Thomaz Bellucci. Laaksonen first held a match point at 5-4 in the second set, when Bellucci served at 30/40. Bellucci recovered and went on to take a 5-2 lead in the decider, but the Brazilian won just four points in the next five games as World No. 95 Laaksonen wrapped up a memorable 7-6(2), 6-7(4), 7-5 win. Bellucci captured the Gstaad title in 2009 as a qualifier (d. Becker) and in 2012 (d. Tipsarevic).

Earlier in the day, Roberto Bautista Agut lost just nine service points in a 6-4, 6-3 second-round victory over French qualifier Gleb Sakharov in 84 minutes. The second-seeded Spaniard will next face Denis Istomin, who hit 11 aces and lost only four service points in a 40-minute 6-3, 6-1 victory.

Paolo Lorenzi endured a tense wait for a place in the second round. The fifth seed, who reached last week’s Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag final (l. to Rublev), beat Marco Chiudinelli 7-6(2), 6-2. Lorenzi failed to convert three set points at 5-2 and two at 5-4, but he finally sealed his sixth set point chance in the tie-break. The Italian will next challenge Ernests Gulbis, who knocked out qualifier Daniel Brands 6-4, 6-4 in 82 minutes.

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Schwartzman Delivers Hot Shot To End 42-Shot Hamburg Rally 2017

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 12:56pm
Watch Diego Schwartzman deliver a Hot Shot to end this 42-shot rally at the German Tennis Championships 2017 in Hamburg. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Ferrer Battles To Advance In Hamburg 2017

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 12:01pm
David Ferrer talks about his first-round win at the German Tennis Championships 2017 on Wednesday. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Mayer At Full Stretch In Hamburg 2017 Hot Shot

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 9:51am
Watch Hot Shot as Florian Mayer, at full stretch, recovers against Andrey Kuznetsov to strike a winner in Hamburg on Wednesday. Watch live matches at TennisTV.com. Photo: Carolin Thiersch

Djokovic Ends 2017 Season Due To Elbow Injury

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 8:32am

Novak Djokovic announced on Wednesday that he will miss the rest of the 2017 ATP World Tour season in order to recover from a right elbow injury.

The World No. 4 admitted after his Wimbledon quarter-final loss to Tomas Berdych earlier this month that he had been feeling pain in his elbow for the past 18 months.

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In a Facebook Live broadcast, and also via his official website, Djokovic admitted, "My elbow is hurt due to excessive playing, and it troubles me constantly when serving, and now when hitting my forehand as well. Unfortunately, such injuries are often encountered in a professional sport, and I am very proud of the fact that I have been free from serious injuries during all these years.

"All the doctors I’ve consulted, and all the specialists I have visited, in Serbia and all over the world, have agreed that this injury requires rest. A prolonged break from the sport is inevitable. I’ll do whatever it takes to recover. I will use the upcoming period to strengthen my body and also to improve certain tennis elements that I have not been able to work on over the past years, due to a demanding schedule. Five months may seem long from this point, but I’m sure they will pass quickly because there is so much I want to do.

"Another important moment is coming, we will become parents for a second time. My wife, Jelena, and I are expecting our second child, and we are preparing to welcome a new family member. These are things that fill me with greatest happiness and delight. I’m confident I will be ready for start of the new season."

The Serbian ends 2017 with a 32-8 match record, including two ATP World Tour titles at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in January (d. Murray) and the Aegon International last month (d. Monfils). He has won 68 career titles, for No. 7 on the Open Era title leaders’ list.

 

Schwartzman Fights Back On Wednesday In Hamburg 2017

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 1:59am
Diego Schwartzman talks about his comeback win on Wednesday at the German Tennis Championships 2017. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Spaniards Set Up Båstad Re-Match; Khachanov Saves 2 M.P.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 12:21pm

Defending champion Albert Ramos-Vinolas set up a repeat of last year’s all-Spanish final at the SkiStar Swedish Open on Thursday. Ramos-Vinolas beat Verdasco 6-3, 6-4 in the 2016 title match, but is 2-4 overall in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.

Second seed Ramos-Vinolas, now 10-4 at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament, twice came within a point of trailing Thiago Monteiro by a set and 3-5, but rallied for a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 second-round victory in two hours and 10 minutes. Earlier in the day, sixth seed and 2013, 2016 finalist Fernando Verdasco broke serve five times in a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Facundo Bagnis.

#NextGenATP Karen Khachanov, the leader of six Russians in the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings, saved two match points in a hard-fought victory. The fifth seed saved match points at 4-5 and 5-6, both on Ad-Out points, in a 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-3 win over Latvia's Ernests Gulbis in two hours and 38 minutes. It was his 11th clay-court match win of 2017 (his 19th overall).

Khachanov, currently at a career-high No. 33, is through to his fourth ATP World Tour quarter-final (or better) this season, which is highlighted by a semi-final run at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle (l. to Federer). Former World No. 10 Gulbis, who rose 241 spots as a result of reaching the Wimbledon third round (d. del Potro in 2R, l. to Djokovic), hit 16 aces and lost just nine of his first-service points.

Khachanov will now face Alexandr Dolgopolov, who lost five of his first-service points and withstood 14 aces from Horacio Zeballos' racquet in a 6-4, 6-4 win over 89 minutes.

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Swedish Wild Cards Deny Zimonjic Milestone Win
Swedish brothers Elias Ymer and Mikael Ymer denied Nenad Zimonjic his 700th doubles match win. The Ymers recovered from a 3-5 deficit in the second set to beat Zimonjic and David Marrero 7-5, 7-6(3) in 87 minutes for a place in the semi-finals.

Sascha's Star Is Rising Fast Uncovered

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 12:02pm
ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot talks to Sascha Zverev about the huge progress he has made in 2017, highlighted by winning his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Rome.

Players Visit Rose Island Newport 2017

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 7:49am
Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski take a trip to Rose Island and play mini-tennis while enjoying views of the Narragansett Bay Video courtesy Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open

Stars Soak Up Tennis History In Newport

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 12:36am

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SkiStar Swedish Open - Bastad, Sweden

Home hopes and #NextGenATP Swedes Elias Ymer and Mikael Ymer took a ride through the city in open cars, throwing out tennis balls with autographs to fans.

All players and a host of tennis legends attended the players’ party held at Norvikken restaurant to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the tournament.

Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag - Umag, Croatia

Borna Coric, Andrey Rublev and Marc Polmans attended a Next Gen ATP Q&A with journalists at the NextGen Arena.

David Goffin participated in a live chat and virtual car racing experience.

Benoit Paire took his skills to the water for paddleboard tennis against Polmans.

Dell Technologies Hall Of Fame Open - Newport, Rhode Island

Stefan Kozlov and Taylor Fritz competed in a paddle board race and narrowly managed to avoid falling in the chilly water in Newport. Watch

Ivo Karlovic, Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Bjorn Fratangelo, Rajeev Ram, Michael Mmoh and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski attended the draw ceremony.

Ram, Fratangelo and Denis Kudla performed in this trivia contest about Andy Roddick and Kim Clijster, two of this year's inductees to the Tennis Hall of Fame. Watch

Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Kwiatkowski went by boat to Rose Island, a beautiful nature preserve with a lighthouse, where they took in scenic views of Narragansett Bay and played mini-tennis on the grass overlooking the water.

Leander Paes, Rajeev Ram and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi took a tour of the International Tennis Hall of Fame led by Newport tournament director and Hall of Fame CEO Todd Martin. Qureshi won an interactive trivia contest among the three players, Ram put on a headset and did play-by-play of a Novak Djokovic vs. Rafael Nadal match, and Paes was presented with the racquet he donated after winning the 1998 Newport singles title.