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Tennis stars Roger Federer and Serena Williams light up Met Gala

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 7:48pm
Tennis stars Roger Federer and Serena Williams light up Met Gala

Munich 2017

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 6:55pm

Kohlschreiber Begins Defence of Munich Crown

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 5:10pm

Three-time champion Philipp Kohlschreiber started his attempt for a fourth BMW Open by FWU title with a 6-4, 6-3 victory against #NextGenATP player Casper Ruud on Tuesday in Munich. The 33-year-old German broke the 18-year-old Ruud four times in the 68-minute win.

“The start was a bit shaky but after that I think I was in very good control, and in the end I think it was a good win for me,” Kohlschreiber said.

The Augsburg native is making his ninth straight tournament appearance and 13th overall (28-9 record). Kohlschreiber won titles in 2007, 2012 and last year, and reached the final in 2013 and 2015.

Five of Kohlschreiber's seven career ATP World Tour titles have come in Germany, and he boasts a match record of 109-57 (.657) in Germany, compared to 295-255 (.536) elsewhere. “It's always good to come back to where you know you're going to play good tennis,” he said.

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The fifth seed will next face Argentine Horacio Zeballos, who outlasted Italian Andreas Seppi 5-7, 6-2, 7-5.

#NextGenATP player Hyeon Chung of South Korea continued his strong play of late, downing German wild card Maximilian Marterer 7-6(10), 4-6, 6-3. The 20-year-old Chung qualified and reached his third career ATP World Tour quarter-final last week at the the Barcelona Banc Open Sabadell before falling to eventual champion Rafael Nadal.


Chung is among the 21-and-under players looking to qualify for the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals, to be held 7-11 November in Milan. The right-hander is currently in fourth place in the Emirates ATP Race To Milan. He will next play top seed Gael Monfils.

Sixth seed Mischa Zverev converted four of six break points to beat countryman Dustin Brown 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-3. Zverev landed 70 per cent of his first serves in the first-round victory and will next meet Slovakian Martin Klizan, who prevailed against Argentine Nicolas Kicker 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

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Elias Ymer Visits Ethiopia

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 5:07pm
ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot joins Elias Ymer and his father on a special visit to Ethiopia, where Elias explored his heritage and where his family came from.

Challenger Chronicles: Denis Shapovalov

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 4:26pm
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As I sat in my hotel room in Guadalajara after my final loss to Mirza Basic, I thought about the missed opportunity of winning my second straight Challenger title. I was exhausted by a long seven weeks of constant travel and tournament play. I missed my family and being home. The grind of the pro tour that I dreamed about all my life had led me to face the reality of what it takes to be here and succeed. 

I talked to my coach Martin Laurendeau, who is also Canada’s Davis Cup captain, and texted my mom Tessa, who has been my coach for all my life through my ups and downs. After a few short sentences of encouragement, they helped put things in perspective. They made me focus on the positives of what I’ve been able to accomplish on the tour in such a short period of time. 

I then texted my sponsor who is now my manager, Andrzej Kepinski, to talk about the match, and I will never forget his response: "Big congratulations, awesome tournament and awesome run leading up to this tournament. You competed and carried yourself like a seasoned pro and you should be proud of yourself”.  With all my supporters being excited for me and my success at reaching another final on the ATP Challenger Tour, I realized that as much as I'm driven to perfection when I play, with my desire to win every point and every match, sometimes I'm too hard on myself.

My first ATP Challenger tour title in my home country here in Drummondville. Special thanks to…

Denis Shapovalov (@denis_shapo) March 19, 2017

I started thinking how much I love what I'm doing and how lucky I am to have such great opportunities that tennis brings me. Suddenly, the loss in the final wasn't so upsetting. Mirza played great and deserved to win. I had a dream run of an ITF Futures title and semi-final in early March, which led me to my first Challenger title at home in Drummondville the following week, and then the final in Guadalajara. 


I reminded myself of my unbelievable run last year, winning Junior Wimbledon, beating Nick Kyrgios at the Rogers Cup and cracking the Top 250 [of the Emirates ATP Rankings], and that the second half of the season was more difficult than I expected in trying to transition to being a full-time pro. The year culminated in an ankle injury that kept me from training and competing for two months. At the time of the injury, I put on a brave face for the world, but deep inside I felt anxious and I lost a lot of confidence. Added to that was the pressure of the new responsibility that came to me by being fortunate enough to sign endorsement contracts with incredible companies like Nike and BioSteel, who put their trust in me. 

Even though all my sponsors came on board telling me that they are supporting me long term and it will take some time to grow into a successful player on the ATP Challenger Tour and eventually the ATP World Tour, I felt the obligation to perform right away; to make them feel they made the right decision sponsoring me. 

At the beginning of the year, I went to Australia to train for a few Challengers. In Adelaide, I defeated Pierre-Hugues Herbert, which was my second career win over a Top 100 player. This gave me back the confidence and helped me believe that I could compete with the top guys. 

With that win and countless hours of hard work during training, I earned a spot on the Davis Cup team, which is always a huge honour to me. Representing my country has always been a dream to me and being called to a starting team for the first time in my life was a dream come true. That magic moment of playing in front of the sold-out home crowd in Ottawa, against Great Britain, turned into the worst nightmare imaginable in a split second. As those who follow tennis know, in a moment of stress and anger, after being broken by Kyle Edmund in the third set, I tried to hit the ball out of the stadium and unintentionally hit chair umpire Arnaud Gabas in the face. 

The most immediate aftermath is still a blur to me. I was in shock and sick with worry that I injured Arnaud. In the following days, I needed to face up to my stupid action and realized how quickly life can change. I let a lot of people down, including my country, Davis Cup teammates, supporters, and fans. I knew I couldn't undo what happened, so the only thing left was to face my mistake and work on never letting this happen again. I stayed in touch with Arnaud to check on his recovery and he has been incredibly gracious and understanding. I think through this terrible incident we've become friends. I hope that in the future he will agree to umpire one of my matches. 

As I stayed in my hotel room in Guadalajara, after speaking with my family, my coach, my manager and my friends, it occurred to me again that the Davis Cup incident was probably the most maturing experience for me since turning pro. It made me focus on my game and on the mental aspect of competing, which in turn brought me these latest results. Through it all, I found out who my true friends are and gained new friends as well. It motivated me to work even harder to succeed and just enjoy all these new experiences.

At the time, it was hard to imagine I would be standing with my first Challenger trophy just one month later in Drummondville. I have amazing memories from my time at that tournament. It all started there last year, when I won my first match on the Challenger Tour and reached the semis. To come full circle and win my first title there is very special. The crowd gave me so much energy all week and that experience is something I will never forget, no matter where this journey takes me. I love this game and can't wait to get on the court every waking day. I hope I can compete here for years to come.

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Challenger Chronicles III: Jason Jung
Challenger Chronicles IV: James McGee

Masters Champion Garcia, Nadal Meet In Barcelona

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 3:46pm

Sergio Garcia chose the right year to make his debut visit to the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.

The 2017 Masters champion watched countryman Rafael Nadal march towards history in the Spanish city. Garcia witnessed Nadal win his quarter-final match on Friday against #NextGenATP player Hyeon Chung and then had the privilege of meeting and chatting with the 30-year-old from Mallorca in the players' lounge after the quarter-final.


On Sunday, Nadal beat Dominic Thiem in straight sets to win his 10th Barcelona title. Garcia was invited to the historic tennis tournament by good friend and fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut.

Nadal and Garcia, who's been a professional golfer since 1999, plan to meet again during Wimbledon, where Nadal will be going for his third title at the All England Club. Garcia also will be in the region, preparing for the British Open.


Emirates ATP Rankings 2 May 2017

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 3:18pm
See the latest Emirates ATP Rankings as of 2 May 2017.

Elias Ymer Explores Ethiopian Heritage On Visit To Addis Ababa

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 2:54pm

Elias Ymer was born in Sweden to Ethiopian parents. As one of the young stars in contention to qualify for the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, the 21-year-old Elias has the privilege of travelling the world as a tennis player, seeing some of the most affluent cities.

But the down-to-earth Swede is only too aware of the life he could have led, had his parents not left war-torn Ethiopia in the 1980s to start a new life in Sweden. In a Hollywood-style twist, his parents, despite having grown up in neighbouring areas of Addis Ababa, did not meet until they both found their own way to Sweden.

“To leave their country, and go to another country to start a new life, that’s warrior stuff,” says Elias. “That’s mental strength.”

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Last month, Elias returned to Addis Ababa with his father, Wandwosen Yemer, to see his parents’ hometown. It was only his third visit to the East African country, his first in five years, and it was with a newfound maturity that he could appreciate how different his life could have been.

For one thing, he likely would have been a runner. Famed for its long-distance runners, Ethiopia boasts the male world record holder in the 5,000 and 10,000 metres, Kenenisa Bekele. Wandwosen Yemer was a keen runner, and it was running trophies that adorned the shelves in the Ymer family home as Elias and his two younger brothers grew up.

During the trip, Elias and his father ran together at Bekele’s running club in the hills outside Addis Ababa, visited Addis Mercato – the biggest open market in Africa – and spent time with Elias’ grandmother and great grandmother. ATP World Tour Uncovered chronicles their journey. 

Home Favourite Elias Chases Down Everything In Estoril 2017

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 2:32pm
Portugal's Gastao Elias chases down everything before hitting a drop shot winner against Tunisia's Malek Jaziri on Monday at the Millennium Estoril Open. Photo and video courtesy the Millennium Estoril Open.

Portugal's Elias Rips Forehand Winner On Match Point In Estoril 2017

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 2:32pm
Watch Portugal's Gastao Elias clinch his opener on Monday at the Millennium Estoril Open. Photo and video courtesy of the Millennium Estoril Open.

Elias Ymer In Ethiopia 2017

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 2:29pm

Kvitova returns to court after attack

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 1:21pm
Kvitova returns to court after attack

Tomic Secures Comeback Win In Istanbul

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 9:34pm

Sixth seed Bernard Tomic won nearly 75 per cent of his service points to secure his fourth victory of the season on Monday, beating lucky loser Mohamed Safwat of Egypt 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 in just under two hours at the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open.

Tomic improved to 2-1 on clay this year and will face Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva, who needed more than two hours to defeat Italian qualifier Riccardo Bellotti 3-6, 7-6(1), 6-0.


Czech Jiri Vesely earned his first victory against Spaniard Marcel Granollers 7-5, 2-6, 6-4. Granollers had led their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 2-0. Vesely will next face eighth seed Steve Darcis of Belgium, who dismissed Israeli Dudi Sela 7-5, 6-4.

Russian Mikhail Youzhny also moved into the second round in Turkey, fending off Turkish wild card Cem Ilkel 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Robredo, Elias Make Winning Starts In Estoril 2017 Highlights

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 7:54pm
Watch highlights as Tommy Robredo celebrates a birthday victory, while the Portuguese contingent gets off to a strong start with wins for Gastao Elias and Frederico Ferreira Silva on Monday in Estoril. Video courtesy Millennium Estoril Open

Top seed Pliskova crashes out of Prague Open

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 6:21pm
Top seed Pliskova crashes out of Prague Open

All hail the King of Clay, Rafael Nadal

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 1:16pm
All hail the King of Clay, Rafael Nadal

Nadal wins Barcelona Open title for 10th time

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 12:41pm
Nadal wins Barcelona Open title for 10th time

Siegemund wins hometown title in Stuttgart

Sun, 04/30/2017 - 3:04pm
Siegemund wins hometown title in Stuttgart

Tennis entities to step up anti-doping efforts

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 2:02pm
Tennis entities to step up anti-doping efforts

Maria Sharapova's return may be biggest test yet

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 3:59pm
Maria Sharapova's return may be biggest test yet