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Raonic Gives Back In Basel 2016

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 5:34pm
Milos Raonic gives back to youth in Basel while in town for the Swiss Basel Indoors. Watch live tennis at

Angelique Kerber reveling in newfound success

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 4:41pm
Angelique Kerber reveling in newfound success

Ferrer Bids To Retain Vienna 2016 Title

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 3:58pm
David Ferrer looks ahead to the Erste Bank Open 500 and his bid to retain the title at the ATP World Tour 500 tournament. Watch live tennis at

Jamie Murray Receives OBE From The Queen At Buckingham Palace

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 3:30pm

Jamie Murray made a special trip back from Vienna to London to receive his OBE at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.

The Scot was commemorated for his services to tennis and charitable work at the investiture ceremony. Murray received his OBE from Her Majesty The Queen and was joined at Buckingham Palace by his wife, Alejandra, and parents, William and Judy Murray.

“It was a great privilege to receive this honour from The Queen,” said Murray. “It was an amazing experience and my first time at the Palace.

“It wasn’t something I expected so it came as a shock to me. You never think about these things when you are playing, but it is really nice to be recognised for your achievements.”

Murray had arrived in Vienna on Sunday, in case he and Bruno Soares had been scheduled to play their first-round match at the Erste Bank Open on Monday. With their first-round match then slated for Wednesday, the Scot flew home to collect his OBE, before returning to Vienna later on Tuesday, travelling straight to the airport from the Palace.

Murray made history earlier in the year when he became the first British male to reach No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings. He and Soares have won two Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open and US Open this season and are chasing the coveted year-end No. 1 spot in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings. They will begin their Vienna campaign against John Isner and Scott Lipsky on Wednesday.

Behind The Scenes At Antwerp 2016

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 2:42pm
ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot goes behind the scenes at the inaugural 2016 European Open in Antwerp.

Emirates ATP Race To London Update 24 October 2016

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 2:35pm
See the latest standings in the Emirates ATP Race To London as of 24 October 2016.

Focused Murray Ready For No. 1 Bid

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 1:54pm

Andy Murray knows full well the hurdles he must overcome if he is to replace Novak Djokovic as the World No. 1 over the next few weeks. He is only 915 points behind Djokovic (10,600) in the Emirates ATP Race to London.

There are multiple scenarios, however Murray’s best chance to become the 26th player in ATP World Tour history to attain the top spot over the next few weeks is if he captures the Erste Bank Open 500 and BNP Paribas Masters titles. Because then Djokovic would need to reach the Paris final to hold onto No. 1.

See All The Scenarios For No. 1

The Emirates ATP Race To London will mirror the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday, 7 November, following the conclusion of ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris. Djokovic has spent a total of 222 weeks at No. 1 in three stints, including his current run of 121 consecutive weeks. The 29-year-old Murray is bidding to become the oldest first-time No. 1 since John Newcombe, at 30 years of age, on 3 June 1974.

“This would be my best chance to finish No. 1,” said Murray, at the Erste Bank Open 500 in Vienna. “But I’m still far from doing that, as Novak has a pretty big points lead. He normally plays extremely well on indoor hard courts and has played great in London, whereas I haven’t played so well there – in fact I’ve struggled a little bit. I will need to make some improvements, if I want to get close to doing that.”

Murray has compiled a 65-9 match record on the 2016 season, including six titles from 10 finals. He is 52-5, since losing to Rafael Nadal in the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters semi-finals on 16 April.

“When you talk about getting to No. 1, it’s not about individual tournaments, but a 12-month period,” said Murray. “I want to be consistent and get to the latter stages of as many tournaments as possible. I’ve done that over the past few months and obviously I will try to do that over the next few tournaments. It’s not about one event, it’s about a total season of 17-18 tournaments. It’s whoever performs best over them, who will get there. Right now, that’s Novak, but I will try my best to get there.”

Murray’s coach, Ivan Lendl, had won 33 tour-level titles prior to becoming No. 1 for the first time on 28 February 1983. Murray, who has spent a total of 75 weeks at No. 2 during his career, recorded his 41st title triumph at the Shanghai Rolex Masters earlier this month.

“Anyone, at what they do, would obviously love to get there,” said Murray. “A few years ago, I’d never won a Grand Slam. I was always getting asked, ‘When are you going to win a Grand Slam?’ It wasn’t so much about getting to World No. 1. Now that I’ve won a few Grand Slams, for myself it would be a nice thing to achieve and for my team too. A lot of my team has worked with me since the start of my career on the tour.

“The past few months have gone extremely well for me. I will try to do my best at these next few tournaments and give it all I’ve got to get there.”

Kerber beats Halep for 2-0 start at WTA Finals

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 1:47pm
Kerber beats Halep for 2-0 start at WTA Finals

Angelique Kerber distancing herself from the Singapore field

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 10:51am
Angelique Kerber distancing herself from the Singapore field

Tecau/Rojer, Matkowski/Marrero Advance In Basel

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 11:40pm

Top seeds Horia Tecau and Jean-Julien Rojer advanced to the quarter-finals of the Swiss Indoors Basel on Monday with a 6-3, 3-6, 10-3 win against Argentines Federico Delbonis and Guido Pella. Tecau/Rojer hadn't played together since their fourth-round match at the US Open because Tecau had been out with a foot injury.

They won the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals last season and are trying to qualify for the year-end championships again this year. Tecau/Rojer are currently in ninth place in the Emirates ATP Doubles Race To London, 295 points behind eighth-placed Treat Huey and Max Mirnyi. The top eight doubles teams at the end of the season will qualify for the year-end championships, to be held 13-20 Nov. at The O2 in London.

View The Emirates ATP Doubles Race To London

Tecau and Rojer might have a direct chance to make up some ground in the Basel quarter-finals. If Huey/Mirnyi win their first-round match, they'll face Tecau/Rojer.

David Marrero and Marcin Matkowski also won in Basel, beating Marcos Baghdatis and Gilles Muller 7-5, 6-7(6), 10-1.

In Vienna, Oliver Marach and Fabrice Martin beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Joao Sousa 6-2, 7-6(4) in 98 minutes. Marach/Martin currently sit in 11th place in the Emirates ATP Doubles Race To London, 285 points behind the No. 10 team, Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.

Fourth seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo advanced 6-4, 6-4 against Nicholas Monroe and Artem Sitak.


Nishikori Feeling Healthy In Basel 2016 English

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 11:06pm
Kei Nishikori talks about his improved health on Monday after his first-round win at the Swiss Indoors Basel. Watch live tennis at

Nishikori Feeling Healthy In Basel 2016 Japanese

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 11:05pm
Kei Nishikori talks about his improved health on Monday after his first-round win at the Swiss Indoors Basel. Watch live tennis at

Bautista Agut Looking For Another Good Run In Vienna

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 10:47pm
Roberto Bautista Agut will try to make another deep run in Vienna this week. Watch live tennis at

Thiem Talks About Playing At Home Tournament Vienna 2016

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 10:46pm
Third seed Dominic Thiem talks about playing at home this week at the Erste Bank Open 500 in Vienna. Watch live tennis at

Youzhny Hot Shot Goes Past Cilic In Basel

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 10:45pm
Mikhail Youzhny passes Marin Cilic at the Swiss Indoors Basel for a winner. Watch live tennis at

Berdych Delivers Surprise At End Of 31 Shot Rally

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 10:45pm
Tomas Berdych delivers a surprise at the end of a 31-shot rally in Vienna. Watch live tennis at Photo: Bildagentur Zolles KG.

Murray Discusses The Battle For No 1

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 10:41pm
Andy Murray talks about the battle for the No. 1 spot in the Emirates ATP Rankings. Watch live tennis at

Basilashvili Upsets Berdych In Vienna Highlights

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 10:35pm
Watch highlights of John Isner and Ivo Karlovic advancing and Nikoloz Basilashvili upsetting Tomas Berdych at the Erste Bank Open 500 in Vienna. Watch live tennis at Photo: Bildagentur Zolles KG.

Basilashvili Discusses First Top 10 Win In Vienna

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 10:33pm
Nikoloz Basilashvili discusses his big upset against Tomas Berdych at the Erste Bank Open 500 in Vienna. Watch live tennis at

Schnitzel With The Stars

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 8:29pm

Too many cooks in the kitchen? Not when the ATP World Tour stars in Vienna for the Erste Bank Open 500 swapped their tennis gear for chef hats and aprons as they learned to make the perfect Wiener Schnitzel.

David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez, Lucas Pouille, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan took their places behind the stovetops in an exclusive cooking class at the Plachuttas Gasthaus Zur Oper. The pros donned their personalised aprons and hats and each took on a particular role in making the schnitzel: slicing the veal in a rainbow cut, pounding the meat, covering it in flour and seasoning, dipping it in beaten eggs and bread crumbs, then finally deep frying and serving up the meal.

“I never did this before,” said Ferrer. “It’s difficult but it’s nice. It was a good experience. Maybe in the future I can cook it.”

“It was cool that they got us all decked out in chef gear,” said Bob Bryan, who taste-tested his own schnitzel. “It didn’t make us better chefs but we looked good.”

“My wife’s going to be very proud of me for cooking a meal… she’s going to be ecstatic when she sees this,” added Mike Bryan.

The players were all given certificates to celebrate their cooking class and were invited to stay for a special three course dinner along with their family and friends. No confirmation on whether or not the courses included their personally made Wiener Schnitzel!

But Lopez ultimately ended his experience optimistically, saying “I wish I could be the best cook in the world because I love food.”