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Murray's out of Brisbane, considering surgery

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 8:46am
Andy Murray has pulled out of the Brisbane International due to a hip injury and has announced on social media that he is considering surgery.

Murray Makes Heartfelt Statement To Fans

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 6:52am

Andy Murray has released a heartfelt statement to his social media followers after withdrawing from the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp on Tuesday.

The two-time champion at the Queensland event was hoping to make his long-awaited return to the ATP World Tour this week after a hip injury has seen him spend six months on the sidelines. Murray, who hasn’t played a competitive match since July 2017 at Wimbledon, apologised to the tournament and fans before providing an update on the status of his injury via Instagram.

“Firstly I want to apologise [to the tournament] for withdrawing at late notice and to everyone who wanted to come along to watch me play. The organisers couldn't have been more understanding and supportive and I'll always remember that," said Murray.

“I've obviously been going through a really difficult period with my hip for a long time and have sought council from a number of hip specialists. Having been recommended to treat my hip conservatively since the US Open I have done everything asked of me from a rehab perspective and worked extremely hard to try get back on the court competing.”

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Murray revealed he had not been happy with his level when playing practice sets against fellow players in Brisbane and now has to take time to assess his options moving forward with the injury.

“I have to reassess my options," said Murray. "Obviously continuing rehab is one option, giving my hip more time to recover. Surgery is also an option but the chances of a successful outcome are not as high as I would like, which has made this my secondary option and my hope has been to avoid that. However this is something I may have to consider but let's hope not.”

The former World No. 1 revealed how the injury lay-off has affected him mentally and given him a greater understanding of how much he loves the sport.

“The little kid inside me just wants to play tennis and compete," he added. "I genuinely miss it so much and I would give anything to be back out there. I didn't realise until these last few months just how much I love this game. Every time I wake up from sleeping or napping I hope that it's better and it's quite demoralising when you get on the court it's not at the level you need it to be to compete at this level.”

Other players reached out to Murray on his social media post to send their best wishes.

"Andy, we miss you and we hope to see you back soon! Get well my friend!" World No. 1 Rafael Nadal wrote.

"Andy, thank you for genuinely sharing your thoughts and emotions with everyone," Novak Djokovic wrote. "I can imagine how bad it feels. We all send you support and strength to get through this tough circumstances. God Bless."

With short term decisions to be made as the Australian Open looms large, Murray revealed he will soon make a decision on his participation at the first Grand Slam of 2018. “I'm going to be staying in Australia for the next couple of days to see if my hip settles down a bit and will decide by the weekend whether to stay out here or fly home to assess what I do next.”

Competitive Hewitt Falls Just Short in Doubles Return

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 5:43am

Lleyton Hewitt made a surprise return to the ATP World Tour at the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp on Tuesday.

Teaming up with compatriot Jordan Thompson in doubles, his first tour-level event since 2016 Wimbledon, the Australian pairing lost a tight first-round encounter as Grigor Dimitrov and Ryan Harrison emerged victorious 6-3, 1-6, 10-5. Dimitrov and Harrison were clinical down the stretch, managing to win five of eight points on return in the Match Tie-break.

The Bulgarian-American duo will next meet another Australian team, as Nick Kyrgios and Matt Reid rallied from a set down to defeat fourth seeds Marcus Daniell and Dominic Inglot 4-6, 6-1, 10-7.

No decider was needed for Leonardo Mayer and Horacio Zeballos who took just 52 minutes to race into the second round. The all-Argentine team punished their opponents Diego Schwartzman and Mischa Zverev on every second serve return (12/12) on their way to a comfortable 6-2, 6-0 victory.

At the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha, the seeded pairs in action moved through with little difficulty.

Second seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic, who in 2017 won the title in Stockholm and advanced to the Wimbledon final, cruised past two-time Doha winner Daniel Nestor and his partner, Philipp Oswald, 6-2, 6-2 in their 51-minute season opener. The Austrian-Croatian pair did not face a break point in the match.

Ivan Dodig and Fernando Verdasco, the fourth seeds, were broken twice but still beat 2007 Doha champion Nenad Zimonjic and his partner, Florin Mergea, 6-1, 6-4. 

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Highlights Edmund Beats Shapovalov At Brisbane 2018

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 5:33am
Watch highlights of Kyle Edmund versus Denis Shapovalov at the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp on Tuesday. Video courtesy Tennis Australia. Visit www.BrisbaneTennis.com.au for more video. Playback not available in Australia. Photo: Getty Images

Kyrgios Looks to Jump Start 2018 In Brisbane

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 5:18am
Nick Kyrgios is looking for a deep run at the Brisbane International to give him momentum for a big season in 2018. Clip includes footage from Tennis Australia.

Injury scare for Sock at Hopman Cup

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 2:39am
World No.8 Jack Sock was forced to retire during his Hopman Cup clash with Japan's Yuichi Sugita after injuring his hip during the first set of his men's singles clash.

Nadal (knee) to return for Aussie Open tuneup

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 8:17pm
Rafael Nadal will make his return from a knee injury in the Tie Break Tens event in Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open.

Refreshed Fed arrives for Australian summer

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 3:04pm
Revitalised after a fortnight's family holiday in the Maldives, Roger Federer has arrived in Australia ready to embark on his milestone 20th year on the professional tennis tour.

Serena returns to tennis with exhibition loss

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 3:00pm
Serena Williams, who hadn't played a competitive match since winning last year's Australian Open, lost an exhibition match against Jelena Ostapenko on Saturday.

Hyeon Chung ready to ditch obscurity for tennis fame

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 2:50pm
He doesn't dabble in social media and doesn't do much else to garner attention, but if Hyeon Chung keeps up his winning ways, he'll have no choice but to live a life of fame.

Best of 2017: PRANK! Harrison Tricks Dimitrov In Press

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 10:50am

In this edition of ATPWorldTour.com's Best of 2017 series, Ryan Harrison plays a prank on Grigor Dimitrov as he tees him up for an extremely awkward interview after a win at the Nitto ATP Finals.

FedEx Performance Zone: Best By Surface 2017

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 10:10am

The ability to quickly adjust to different surfaces and conditions is a necessity on the 64-tournament circuit. Here's a look at some of the best performers in 2017 by surface this year:

Clay Courts (minimum 10 matches)
'King of Clay' Rafael Nadal recorded historic 10th titles at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell and at Roland Garros. He also won a fifth Mutua Madrid Open trophy and now has a record 53 red dirt crowns. Dominic Thiem also excelled, compiling a 24-5 (.828) mark on the surface (1-2 record in finals).

Player W-L Record Winning % Rafael Nadal 24-1 .960 Dominic Thiem 24-5 .828 Albert Ramos-Vinolas 22-13 .629 Pablo Carreno Busta 20-9 .690 Diego Schwartzman 17-12 .586

Hard Courts (minimum 10 matches)
Roger Federer won five of his seven titles on hard courts in 2017, including his fifth Australian Open and three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crowns. David Goffin, who recorded the most hard-court match wins this season, contested five hard-court title matches (2-3 record) for a .717 winning percentage.

Player W-L Record Winning % David Goffin 43-17 .717 Roger Federer 40-4 .909 Rafael Nadal 40-9 .816 Grigor Dimitrov 39-11 .780 Damir Dzumhur 33-16 .673 Jack Sock 33-16 .673

Grass Courts (minimum 5 matches)
Federer reigned supreme on the grass, lifting his ninth Gerry Weber Open title and a record eighth Wimbledon crown. His lone loss on mown lawns came to Tommy Haas at the Mercedes Cup, following a two-month absence from competitive play. Marin Cilic, who fell to Federer in the Wimbledon final, also finished as runner-up in his third Queen's Club Championships final (l. to Lopez).

Player W-L Record Winning % Roger Federer 12-1 .923 Marin Cilic 12-3 .800 Gilles Muller 11-2 .846 Feliciano Lopez 9-2 .818 Alexander Zverev 9-3 .750

Indoors (minimum 10 matches)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won three indoor crowns at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, the Open 13 Marseille and the European Open from four finals (Erste Bank Open 500). The Frenchman has an 11-8 mark in indoor finals (16-12 overall). Goffin and Grigor Dimitrov, who contested the title match at the Nitto ATP Finals, also performed strongly.

Player W-L Record Winning % Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 21-5 .808 David Goffin 20-8 .733 Grigor Dimitrov 15-3 .833 Damir Dzumhur 15-4 .789 Nikoloz Basilashvili 12-4 .750

Venus, other driver cleared in fatal June crash

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 8:52pm
A Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, police report released Wednesday cleared Venus Williams and Linda Barson in the June 9 accident that fatally injured Barson's 78-year-old husband, Jerome.

Miami Open To Touch Down At New Venue In 2019

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 3:10pm

The Miami Open presented by Itau will move to a new home in 2019.

IMG, an Endeavor company, announced on Wednesday that the tournament will be relocating to Hard Rock Stadium in 2019, aiming to bring an unparalleled fan experience, improved player amenities, ample parking, as well as an extended fan base to the tournament. Construction on the new tennis facilities will begin in 2018.

The Miami Open presented by Itau's last event at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne, where it has enjoyed a successful 32-year run, will begin in March. Miami Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez will work closely to develop this reimagined event.

“The Miami Open belongs in Miami,” said WME and IMG Co-President Mark Shapiro. “We’re grateful to have amazing partners in Stephen, the Miami Dolphins organisation, Mayor Gimenez and above all the people of Miami who have been supporting the Miami Open for decades. While we’re looking forward to creating the new Miami Open experience at Hard Rock Stadium, our priority is to make the last edition of the Key Biscayne event the best it’s ever been.”

Ross is also happy to keep the tournament in South Florida.

“We are extremely excited that the Miami Open, a global entertainment event, will remain in our community,” Ross said. “We are committed to bringing a best-in-class experience alongside IMG to all of the players, fans and partners that will take part in this global affair. The opportunity to showcase the best tennis in the world in Hard Rock Stadium, a venue that brings together the best of culture, art and entertainment, will be an amazing experience for everyone involved.”

The move to Hard Rock Stadium will allow the Miami Open presented by Itau the freedom and flexibility to grow and innovate the event with improved infrastructure, upgraded amenities, expanded space and parking. The event will have 30 show and practice courts; a tennis oasis with the largest video screen of any tennis event; a sponsorship village with expanded and upgraded entertainment spaces; permanent retail facilities; improved Wi-Fi, media facilities, locker rooms and fitness space for players and tennis staff. The tournament’s sponsors will enjoy state-of-the-art hospitality options, improved activation areas, additional opportunities for brand exposure and access to new markets north of Miami-Dade County.

The centerpiece of the move will be a new Centre Court, which will showcase a 14,000-seat stadium within Hard Rock Stadium. Ross has invested more than $500 million into Hard Rock Stadium over the years, which boasts a state-of-the-art shade canopy, four giant high-definition video boards, new seats closer to the action, concourses, restrooms and retail outlets throughout the entire facility, and new premium spaces that raise the caliber for luxury within a sports facility.

The 2018 Miami Open presented by Itau, the second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event of the season, will be played from 19 March-1 April. Roger Federer is the defending champion.

Less Basketball & More Tennis For Kyrgios In 2018

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 11:35am

There has never been a question about Nick Kyrgios’ talent. But now the Australian is more determined than ever to make the most of it and continue his rise up the ATP World Tour. He will debut in the main draw of the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp, which will take place from 31 December through 7 January.

“I’m training much harder in the gym, so hopefully my body gets stronger and I can go deeper into tournaments on a more consistent basis,” Kyrgios said. “I’m taking much better care of my body now, and I feel like I’m giving myself the best possible chance of winning tennis matches. My hip isn’t troubling me and I’m being more disciplined with my rehab, so hopefully the hard work starts to pay off.”

The right-hander was hampered by a hip injury toward the end of the 2017 season, losing in the first round of three of his final four tournaments before ultimately cutting his campaign short after the European Open in Antwerp. The three-time ATP World Tour champion has been open about spending time on the basketball court for fun despite having some niggles.

“Playing lots of basketball wasn’t great for my body, people have told me that and I’m now starting to listen,” Kyrgios said. “So I’m feeling fit, healthy and as motivated as I have for a while. I feel much more ready to go and play good tennis than I did this time last year. I’ve also improved my diet, all the things you need to do to be at your best.”

Kyrgios got a practice session in on Wednesday at Queensland Tennis Centre, the home of the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp. He last appeared in Brisbane five years ago, losing in the first round of qualifying against compatriot James Duckworth.

The 22-year-old is plenty familiar with the facility ahead of his first main draw appearance at the tournament.

“I’ve also trained here in the off-season in the past, so I feel very comfortable out here,” Kyrgios said. “It’s a great tournament with a very strong field again this year, so I’m very excited. It’s great preparation for the Australian Open, but I’m not thinking about the A.O. or any other tournament at the minute. I’m just focused on getting my year off to a good start here in Brisbane.”

Other players competing in the event include Rafael Nadal, the No. 1 player in the Emirates ATP Rankings, Andy Murray and Nitto ATP Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov, who won in Brisbane last season.

Kyrgios's most recent appearance was at a charity exhibition against Juan Martin del Potro on 15 December in Argentina. The Australian donated $100,000 of his appearance fee straight to his NK Foundation, which strives to both increase access to and provide sport to underprivileged & disadvantaged youth.

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While Kyrgios has not set any goals or completed his full schedule for 2018 just yet, he is excited about doing two things in particular.

“My main goals are just to stay healthy and play as much tennis as I can,” Kyrgios said.

New Miami site touts more space, amenities

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 11:05am
While the Miami Open is giving up its picturesque island setting for suburban sprawl, the tournament's new home will include a 13,800-seat showcase court in the Dolphins' stadium and 29 permanent outer courts, with the largest seating 5,042 spectators.

Best Of 2017: At Home With Rublev In Moscow

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 10:07am
In this edition of ATPWorldTour.com's Best of 2017 series, Next Gen ATP star Andrey Rublev invites ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot to meet his family in Moscow and take a trip down memory lane.

Still going strong: Venus wins our 2017 WTA MVP by a hair

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 9:58am
It came down to a final-set tiebreaker, but Venus Williams' performances at the Grand Slams made her our 2017 WTA MVP.

Nadal or Federer: Who was the men's MVP of the 2017 season?

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 9:58am
Nadal or Federer? Federer or Nadal? In a year in which they dominated the game, who is our choice for the 2017 MVP?

Djokovic, Kyrgios to launch new tennis format

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 9:13pm
Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios, along with six other male players, will compete in the Tie Break Tens, as part of their Australian Open preparations.