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Anderson Helps Raise More Than $100,000 At Charity Event

  • Posted: Dec 17, 2018

Anderson Helps Raise More Than $100,000 At Charity Event

Bryan Brothers, Sandgren and Grosjean among ATP players who pitched in

Kevin Anderson helped raise more than $100,000 last weekend at his inaugural Grand Slam Cause For the Paws, supporting South Florida dog rescue Dezzy’s Second Chance and Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas Alliance.

The idea came about in Januar 2017, when Anderson had to miss the Australian swing due to injury. The South African and wife, Kelsey Anderson, were eating lunch one day in Florida just after practice when Kelsey saw a dog that caught her attention.

“A few weeks later, we adopted her, and since then we’ve really gotten close with the rescue,” said Anderson of ‘Lady Kady’, the dog the Andersons adopted from Dezzy’s Second Chance. “That’s why a weekend like this so exciting for us.”

On Saturday, former player and comedian Michael Kosta hosted a question-and-answer session, and there was also a live auction. Former ATP star Sebastien Grosjean and WTA players Eugenie Bouchard and Shelby Rogers also attended. Rain delayed the tennis portion of the event, but there was plenty of action on Sunday at the Boca Grove Plantation Tennis Center, as Anderson and American Tennys Sandgren faced Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan.

Grosjean, Sandgren, Kosta, Anderson, Rogers, Bouchard
Sebastien Grosjean, Tennys Sandgren, Michael Kosta, Kevin Anderson, Shelby Rogers and Eugenie Bouchard.
“This was a great event,” Mike Bryan said. “It had a great turnout, raising a lot of money for some unbelievable causes. He helped us out with our event a few days ago and we’re happy to help him. He’s one of the nicest guys on Tour, does a lot for charity, so it was a pleasure playing him in the exhibition.”

Everyone involved backed the special causes. Anderson has posted on social media about the importance of reducing single-use plastics, reusing safe plastics and recycling.

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“Hats off for what they’re doing,” Bob Bryan said. “We’re happy to support whenever we can. He’s done so much for us, he’s a great friend of ours and we’ll be doing this event for a lot of years.”

Sandgren gave credit to the effort the Andersons put into the event, and was happy to do whatever he could to offer his support.

“Kevin and Kelsey are awesome people and they do a lot of great work, and they’ve worked so hard to get this charity event running. So when he asked me to participate, I didn’t even think twice about it,” Sandgren said. “The fact that there are two great causes that we’re fighting for here — for dogs getting a second chance and for the ocean’s health and renewable plastics — I think it’s fantastic. I think both of these causes are great and I’m excited to be helping out.”

While the event is over, there are still time left in and online auction in which fans can bid on items signed by the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, and more, with all proceeds going to charity.

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Best of 2018: First-Time Winners Part 2

  • Posted: Dec 17, 2018

Best of 2018: First-Time Winners Part 2

ATP World Tour Season In Review: First-Time Winners

Continuing our Season In Review series, pays tribute to the first-time winners of the 2018 season. In part two of our two-part series, we look at the year’s final six first-time winners.

Mischa Zverev – Eastbourne [First-Time Winner Spotlight] 
Employing an exclusive serve-and-volley gameplan, Mischa Zverev turned back the clock to take his first ATP World Tour title at the Nature Valley International in June. Zverev lifted his maiden trophy on the grass of Eastbourne with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Lukas Lacko, sprinting forward and slicing and dicing his way to the crown after one hour and 37 minutes.

It was a long time coming for then 30-year-old Zverev, who dropped as low as No. 1067 in March 2015 after dealing with a series of injuries.

“It feels amazing,” said Zverev. “It was definitely one of the emotional moments in my life… I always wanted to win at least a title. For many years I didn’t believe in myself. I didn’t think I was going to do it, especially when I was ranked No. 1100.

“But thank God I have my family and my brother and the whole team, my wife who is always telling me, ‘No, you can achieve things, you can do big things. Just believe in yourself, work hard, and it’s going to pay off one day.’ Luckily I have them and luckily I was able to listen to them, believe in myself, and just keep working and wait for it. Finally, I’m here. It’s incredible.”


Matteo Berrettini – Gstaad [First-Time Winner Spotlight] 
Prior to arriving in Gstaad, Matteo Berrettini had never reached a tour-level quarter-final. But after beating three seeded opponents in five matches at the J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad, the Italian lifted his first ATP World Tour trophy.

Berrettini saved two set points in a tense first set before clinching the only break of the match to beat Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6(9), 6-4 in one hour and 45 minutes. The 22-year-old Gstaad debutant, who also captured his maiden tour-level doubles trophy at the event, won each of his 49 service games en route to the title, navigating his way past fourth seed Andrey Rublev, eighth seed Feliciano Lopez and second-seeded Bautista Agut along the way.

“[It was an] unbelievable week,” said Berrettini. “I think I played the best tennis of my life and I am really happy.” 


Nikoloz Basilashvili – Hamburg [First-Time Winner Spotlight] 
Having trailed 3-5 in the third set of his final-round qualifying match, it seemed unlikely that Nikoloz Basilashvili would reach the main draw at the German Tennis Championships 2018 presented by Kampmann. But that did not stop the World No. 81 from making national history.

After rallying from behind to qualify for the ATP World Tour 500 event, the Georgian navigated his way past three Top 40 players to become the first man from his nation to capture an ATP World Tour title. Basilashvili defeated two-time Hamburg titlist Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 0-6, 7-5 in the championship match to rise to No. 35 in the ATP Rankings, setting another Georgian record.

“What a match today. I’m extremely tired, I played seven matches. I literally gave, in every match, my heart,” Basilashvili said on court after the victory. “I’m pretty sure every player worked so hard for this, but it’s an unbelievable moment for me.”

Yoshihito Nishioka – Shenzhen [First-Time Winner Spotlight]  
Just 18 months after tearing his left ACL at the 2017 Miami Open presented by Itau, Yoshihito Nishioka became the sixth qualifier to win a tour-level title in 2018 at the Shenzhen Open, beating Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-5, 2-6, 6-4.

“I believe this is the beginning,” said Nishioka. “[Now I will] try to win [ATP World Tour] 500 and [Masters] 1000 events… This is a very happy [moment] and I believe I can win more.”

Nishioka, who saved two match points at 7-6(5), 3-6, 4-5 (15/40) against Denis Shapovalov in the second round, won 61 per cent of second-serve return points and withstood 12 aces from Herbert to lift his first tour-level trophy after two hours and 20 minutes.


Stefanos Tsitsipas – Stockholm [First-Time Winner Spotlight] 
#NextGenATP Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas made history at the Intrum Stockholm Open. The 20-year-old, who had reached championship matches in Barcelona and Toronto earlier in the season, defeated qualifier Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-4 to become the first Greek to capture an ATP World Tour title.

Tsitsipas dominated on serve, winning 80 per cent of his service points and saving the only break point he faced. The No. 3 seed dropped the second set of his opening-round match against John Millman, but then won seven consecutive sets to emerge victorious in the Swedish capital.

“Of course I feel happy because I’m the first Greek [to win a title]. Hopefully many Greek players can achieve something like this. I would be super happy to see them achieve something like this in the future,” Tsitsipas said. “Representing my country at such high-level tournaments, being the first Greek to crack the Top 100 is very, very special for me.”

Kyle Edmund – Antwerp [First-Time Winner Spotlight] 
After opening the season in style with a surprise run to the Australian Open semi-finals, Kyle Edmund became the final first-time winner of the 2018 season at the European Open in Antwerp. The British No. 1 claimed his maiden tour-level crown in dramatic fashion, defeating Frenchman Gael Monfils 3-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(4) after two hours and 27 minutes.

If there was any doubt that the moment meant a lot to the British No. 1, Edmund broke down into tears as he walked over to celebrate with his team after crushing a forehand winner down the line to clinch the milestone victory.

“I’m obviously very happy. A lot of hard work goes into this. So it’s just emotional,” Edmund said on court. “You always remember this one. Gael made me work for it today, that’s for sure, so credit to him. I’m just so happy.”

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Nadal, Federer Dominate The Break Points Better Than Anyone

  • Posted: Dec 17, 2018

Nadal, Federer Dominate The Break Points Better Than Anyone

Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers shows how the two all-time champions make their money when a lot is on the line

Rafael Nadal was the king of break points in 2018.

The 32-year-old Spaniard finished the season at No. 2 in the ATP Rankings with a 45-4 record, including five titles. He also earned more than $8.6 million dollars in prize money. Nadal’s outstanding performance in the crucible of break points – both when serving and receiving – was a major reason.

An Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers analysis of Nadal on break points in 2018 uncovered that he finished second best on tour this year with break points saved, and third best with break points converted.

Rafael Nadal: 2018 Season
No. 2:
Break Points Saved = 70.46% (198//281)
No. 3: Break Points Converted = 45.57% (216/474)

The following analysis combines break points saved when serving along with converting break points when receiving into one number. As you will see from the table below, which includes the best 10 players in this combined metric, Nadal’s separation on break point is evident.

2018 Season: Combined Total – Break Points Saved & Converted



Break Points Saved

Break Points Converted

Combined Total


Rafael Nadal





Roger Federer





Pierre-Hugues Herbert





Steve Johnson





Pablo Carreno Busta





Kei Nishikori





Borna Coric





Roberto Bautista Agut





Adrian Mannarino





Gael Monfils




Roger Federer finished second best with the combined total (110.37), which helped power the Swiss to an end-of-season ATP ranking of No. 3. He also spent six weeks at No. 1 earlier in the year.

Gael Monfils finished 10th best in the combined totals list, and actually finished first in Break Points Converted for all players on tour in 2018, winning 46.42 per cent (149/321). Steve Johnson was the tour leader in Break Points Saved, at 70.75 per cent (208/294).

Nadal and Federer both had an outstanding win rate on break points in 2018.

2018: Nadal & Federer – Percentage of Break Points Played


Total Points Played

Break Points Played

% of Break Points

R. Nadal




R. Federer




The illustrious careers of both Nadal and Federer have been built around winning the big points, and 2018 was no exception.

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Davis Cup: Sebastien Grosjean named France captain for next two seasons

  • Posted: Dec 17, 2018

Former world number four Sebastien Grosjean has been named captain of France’s Davis Cup team for the next two seasons.

Grosjean was part of the French team that beat Australia to win the Davis Cup in 2001.

The 40-year-old won four ATP Tour titles before retiring in May 2010.

Amelie Mauresmo was initially appointed to replace Yannick Noah but she withdrew earlier in December to coach compatriot Lucas Pouille.

France were beaten 3-1 by Croatia in November’s Davis Cup final.

“It’s a great pride to be named captain because I’ve always been very attached to this event,” Grosjean added.

“I am going to work now to take up this magnificent challenge.”

Next year the Davis Cup’s format will be replaced by an 18-nation World Cup-style event, to be held in Madrid in November 2019.

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