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The remarkable recovery of Petra Kvitova

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 5:49pm
The remarkable recovery of Petra Kvitova

NextGenATP Altmaier Enjoying Antalya Beach Vibe 2017

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 4:55pm
NextGenATP Daniel Altmaier is enjoying his time at Antalya, where he won his first tour-level match on Tuesday.

Ramanathan Stuns Thiem In Antalya

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 3:20pm

Qualifier Ramkumar Ramanathan of India scored one of the biggest upsets of the year on Tuesday at the Antalya Open, shocking top seed Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals.

“I just gave it my best and was serving well out there. Two or three points can often make the difference on grass,” said Ramanathan. “It’s a good start for my career, but it’s just a start. Hopefully I can keep it going.”

The World No. 222 in the Emirates ATP Rankings broke Thiem three times and won the last five games of the match to reach his second ATP World Tour quarter-final and score the biggest win of his career. Ramanathan had only played six ATP World Tour main draws prior to this week, with four coming at home in Chennai. He reached the quarter-finals there in 2016 and the second round in 2014. The Indian player also advanced to his first ATP Challenger Tour final this April in Tallahassee.

“It was a tough start to the year for me because I was one out (of the qualifying draw) for the Australian Open, so I went back home to train for a few weeks,” said Ramanathan. "I think that helped me a lot, though, and the Challengers that I played in the U.S. made me stronger. “

Thiem will head back to the drawing board after posting a 1-2 record on grass so far this year. He lost to Robin Haase last week in the second round at Halle.

Awaiting Ramanathan in the quarter-finals is Marcos Baghdatis, who survived Carlos Berlocq 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

Third seed Fernando Verdasco, who scored a convincing 6-3, 6-4 win over Steve Darcis. He'll play Adrian Mannarino in the last eight after the Frenchman defeated Egyptian qualifier Mohamed Safwat 6-4, 6-4.


#NextGenATP German Daniel Altmaier recorded his first ATP World Tour main draw win by outlasting Victor Estrella Burgos in a marathon 7-5, 6-7(8), 7-6(5) match. Altmaier missed a match point opportunity at 8/7 in the second-set tie-break, but hung tough by rallying from 2/4 down in the deciding-set tie-break for the win.

“It’s the biggest win of my career. I can’t describe it,” said Altmaier. “I had to refocus after missing the match point, but I wanted to fight out there. I really enjoyed it.”

The 18 year old moved into the main draw as a lucky loser when fellow #NextGenATP player Hyeon Chung withdrew due to a left ankle injury. Altmaier, currently No. 252 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, qualified for his first ATP World Tour main draw last month in Geneva. He also reached the semi-finals of the ATP Challenger Tour event this January in Bangkok.

Next up for Altmaier is local favourite Marsel llhan, who advanced when Martin Klizan was forced to retire at 6-6 in the first set.

In other first-round matches, Janko Tipsarevic dismissed South African lucky loser Lloyd Harris 7-5, 6-3. Andreas Seppi moved on after defeating Polish qualifier Kamil Majchrzak 6-2, 7-6(1).


Robert Lindstedt and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi moved past their first round by defeating Rogerio Dutra Silva and Paolo Lorenzi 6-3, 7-6(1). Awaiting them in the quarter-finals are Nicholas Monroe and Artem Sitak.

Fourth seeds Leander Paes and Adil Shamasdin survived Wesley Koolhof and Matwe Middelkoop 3-6, 7-5, 11-9. Next up for them in the last eight are Carlos Berlocq and Joao Sousa, who moved past Turkish wild cards Sarp Agabigun and Altug Celikbilek 6-3, 7-5.

Philipp Petzschner and Alexander Peya also moved into the quarter-finals with a 6-4, 7-6(1) win over Marcus Daniell and Marcelo Demoliner. Petzschner/Peya will face Jonathan Erlich and Nikola Mektic, who prevailed over third seeds Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky 6-4, 6-4.

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Thiem & Ilhan Take In Antalya History

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 2:58pm
Top seed Dominic Thiem and Turkish player Marsel Ilhan take in the history of Antalya as they visit the Aspendos amphitheatre on Monday. Photo: Gokhan Taner

Djokovic Made To Wait By Eastbourne Rain

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:17pm

Heavy rain at Devonshire Park in Eastbourne, venue of the Aegon International, meant that fans could only watch under 10 minutes of play on Tuesday.

Vasek Pospisil was serving at 0-1, 15/30 against World No. 4 Novak Djokovic when rain began to fall at 11:22 a.m. local time. Top seed Djokovic is competing at a grass-court event prior to Wimbledon for the first time since the 2010 Aegon Championships.


Elsewhere, Ryan Harrison leads sixth seed Mischa Zverev 2-1 and Thomas Fabbiano has won the opening game against fellow qualifier Franko Skugor.

Organisers of the ATP World Tour 250 tournament finally called off play for the day shortly before 5 p.m. local time.

Wimbledon Qualifying Washed Out

Day 2 of Wimbledon qualifying was also a washout, with none of the second-round qualifying matches on Tuesday making it on court due to ongoing showers.

All of these matches will take place on Wednesday, with eight #NextGenATP players scheduled to bid for a place in the final round of qualifying. View the full order of play here.

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Serena says she was shocked by pregnancy

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:03pm
Serena says she was shocked by pregnancy

Halle 2017 Uncovered

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:10am
ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot goes behind the scenes at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, featuring an interview with Roger Federer.

Wozniacki: 'If I don't look like a supermodel, that's OK'

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:09am
Wozniacki: 'If I don't look like a supermodel, that's OK'

Emirates ATP Rankings Update 26 June 2017

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:05am
See the latest Emirates ATP Rankings as of 26 June 2017, after the Aegon Championships in London and the Gerry Weber Open in Halle.

London Queens 2017 Uncovered

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:05am
ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot goes behind the scenes at the Aegon Championships at The Queen's Club in London, the ATP World Tour 500 Tournament of the Year for 2016.

No. 701: 'Hope that I would win' vs. Serena

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:08am
No. 701: 'Hope that I would win' vs. Serena

Serena fires back; McEnroe stands firm in call

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 8:45pm
Serena fires back; McEnroe stands firm in call

Qualifier Safwat Saves 5 MP, Marach Notches 300th Win

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 7:29pm
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Egyptian qualifier Mohamed Safwat saved five match points in the Antalya Open first round against Cem Ilkel, beating the home hope 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(7) on Monday. A second-round clash against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino awaits the 26-year-old Turkish player.

Top seed Dominic Thiem will open his campaign in Antalya against Ramkumar Ramanathan in the second round after the Indian qualifier defeated Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-3, 6-4. Second seed Paolo Lorenzi will face Radu Albot in his opener. The Moldovan beat Joao Sousa 7-6(2), 6-2.

Carlos Berlocq scored an upset win over No. 6 seed Viktor Troicki. The Argentine saved 11 of the 15 break points he faced to win 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. Marcos Baghdatis, a 6-2, 6-1 winner over Nikoloz Basilashvili, and Yuichi Sugita, who beat Matthew Ebden 6-1, 6-3, also advanced.

Oliver Marach scored his 300th doubles match win when he and partner Mate Pavic, the second seeds, beat Victor Estrella Burgos and Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-2.

Lindstedt Interviews Thiem & More At Antalya Party 2017

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 7:17pm
Robert Lindstedt is your host as he interviews top seed Dominic Thiem, Joao Sousa and Marsel Ilhan at the player party at the inaugural Antalya Open.

Djokovic Ready To Switch It Up In Eastbourne

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 6:38pm

Novak Djokovic hasn’t played an ATP World Tour event on grass leading into Wimbledon since 2010, but he’s ready to try something new in hopes of a big run at the Aegon International in Eastbourne. 

After more than a decade at the top of the sport, Djokovic’s tournament schedule has reflected that of a man who thrives on routine and familiarity. But in his first visit to Eastbourne, the Serbian has already been enjoying the tournament amenities and charm of this seaside town.

“It's great to visit a new place and be part of a new event. We more or less have the same schedule each year, so I don't get to experience that too often,” said Djokovic. “There are a lot of matches and a lot of people coming out to watch and support the players. You can feel the appreciation for tennis that they have here. They love this event, so it's obviously a pleasure to be here.”


Comparatively short on match play compared to recent seasons, Djokovic took a late wild card and believes the on-court time this week can only benefit him. The World No. 4 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, who plays qualifier Vasek Pospisil in his opening round, has never won a grass-court event outside of Wimbledon. He reached the Queen’s Club final in 2008 (l. Nadal) and Halle in 2009 (l.Haas).

"I was fortunate to have lots of matches and lots of success in the first part of the year over the years, especially on the clay courts and always reaching the final stages of Roland Garros. And because of the old schedule, we had a week less (on grass), which was a bit challenging obviously coming from the slowest to the fastest surface in the sport. It's a big shift in only a few days,” said Djokovic. “I knew I wanted to play one this year, but thought Queen's and Halle would be too early for me. That's the reason why I came to Eastbourne. And it's a new place, so it does give me that extra motivation to be here."

Djokovic won’t have Andre Agassi in his camp for Eastbourne, but the 1992 Wimbledon champion will be with him at SW19 for as long as he remains in the tournament. The Serbian believes they got off to a positive start in their coaching arrangement for Roland Garros and is eager to see it continue.

“The eight or nine days that we spent together at Roland Garros were very valuable for me to get to know him and learn from him. We shared a lot of experiences on and off the court. Having him around is not only great for myself, but also for tennis,” said Djokovic. “I can see how much he cares about the game and how much he knows it. It was very interesting to hear his perspective on tennis before and now, how he analyses my game and what he sees with things to improve moving forward. I'm just looking forward to spending as much quality time with Andre as I can.” 

Willis Moves Closer To Another Wimbledon Dream Run

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 6:01pm

Last year’s Wimbledon fairytale story Marcus Willis moved closer to another round of heroics on Monday, advancing into the second round of qualifying on along with eight #NextGenATP players.

The Brit took time off from his tennis coaching job last year to play Wimbledon pre-qualifying and earned a wild card into the qualifying draw. He then qualified for the main draw and won his first-round match before falling to Roger Federer on Centre Court.

This year in Roehampton, Willis produced more memorable moments with a qualifying wild card by scoring a 7-5, 7-5 win over 31st seed Andrej Martin of Slovakia. Next up for him is a fellow British wild card in Liam Broady.

In an all-#NextGenATP battle, Elias Ymer of Sweden defeated Duckhee Lee of South Korea 6-3, 6-2. It was Ymer’s first match on grass since qualifying for the Wimbledon main draw two years ago.

“If I’m playing a top-ranked guy, I really don’t know what to expect. But the (#NextGenATP) guys, I’ve seen (Duckhee) since I was 12, so it’s kind of a family kind of feeling. You relax more,” said Ymer to “It feels like it’s on my level if I’m playing one of the young guys.”


#NextGenATP player Stefanos Tsitsipas scored the upset of the day by defeating second seed Santiago Giraldo of Colombia 2-6, 6-4, 6-3. The 18 year old from Greece will take on Yannick Hanfmann of Germany in the next round.

Fifth seed Andrey Rublev continued his grass-court prowess with a convincing 6-3, 6-3 victory over Joao Domingues of Portugal. The 18-year-old #NextGenATP Russian reached his first ATP World Tour quarter-final last week in Halle.

Other #NextGenATP players to move into the second round of qualifying are 12th seed Stefan Kozlov of the U.S., 19th seed Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan, 21st seed Taylor Fritz of the U.S., 25th seed Quentin Halys of France and Alex de Minaur of Australia.

All second-round qualifying matches will be completed on Tuesday. View full Monday results here.

Djokovic: I'm 'grateful' to have Agassi with me

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 5:00pm
Djokovic: I'm 'grateful' to have Agassi with me

Young, Anderson Reach Eastbourne Second Round

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 4:21pm

American Donald Young advanced with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over local hope Kyle Edmund on Monday at the Aegon International to set a second-round clash with compatriot Jared Donaldson. The #NextGenATP player saved one match point at 4-5, 30/40 in the deciding set of a 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-5 victory over eighth seed Diego Schwartzman in two hours and 47 minutes.

Former World No. 10 Kevin Anderson struck 11 aces and won 24 of his 26 first-service points to beat Thomaz Bellucci 6-3, 6-1 for a second-round match against seventh seed Richard Gasquet or #NextGenATP American Frances Tiafoe.

Top seed Novak Djokovic will open his Eastbourne campaign against qualifier Vasek Pospisil, who reached the second round with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Jiri Vesely. Robin Haase, who defeated Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 7-6(4), and Bernard Tomic, who topped Norbert Gombos 7-6(3), 6-3, also advanced.

Cameron Norrie claimed his first victory on the ATP World Tour, a 6-4, 7-6(4) win over Horacio Zeballos. “It feels great… I couldn't be more excited to have won my first match at the ATP level,” said the Brit, who will take on second seed Gael Monfils in the second round. “It was quite nice to know I didn't play my best today. It's nice to know that I can hang with these guys even if I'm not playing my best tennis. I can just build on that.”

"He's nailed it!"

How good is this winner by @cam_nozza? #AegonInternational #hotshot

— British Tennis (@BritishTennis) June 26, 2017

In doubles, top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan reached the quarter-finals with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Donald Young and Nenad Zimonjic, while Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Matt Reid ousted third seeds and Roland Garros champions Ryan Harrison and Michael Venus 6-3, 3-6, 10-7.

Watson stuns Cibulkova at Eastbourne

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 4:08pm
Watson stuns Cibulkova at Eastbourne

Angelique Kerber, Milos Raonic hoping for an 11th-hour turnaround

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 2:01pm
Angelique Kerber, Milos Raonic hoping for an 11th-hour turnaround