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Troicki Beats Paire To Reach Antalya Quarter-finals

  • Posted: Jun 26, 2019

Troicki Beats Paire To Reach Antalya Quarter-finals

Serbian to face Kecmanovic on Thursday

Viktor Troicki recorded his biggest match win for 21 months on Wednesday for a place in the Turkish Airlines Open Antalya quarter-finals. The Serbian qualifier knocked out top seed and World No. 32 Benoit Paire of France 7-6(4), 7-6(5) in one hour and 40 minutes.

“Those were some of the toughest conditions I’ve ever played in,” Troicki told ATPTour.com. “I’m very happy that I got through and managed to win in two sets. I also want to thank the crowd for showing up and supporting us. [The heat was] tough for the players and for the fans as well.”

The former World No. 12, who missed three months of last season due to a back injury and competes this week at No. 193 in the ATP Rankings, notched the last Top 20 win of his career over then No. 16-ranked John Isner in October 2017 at the Rolex Shanghai Masters.

The 30-year-old Paire, winner of ATP Tour titles this year at the Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakech (d. Andujar) and at the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Lyon (d. Auger-Aliassime), hit 11 aces and won 29 of his 34 first-service points against Troicki.

Troicki will next play Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic, who knocked out sixth-seeded Frenchman Ugo Humbert 6-4, 7-5 in 86 minutes.

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Eastbourne: Johanna Konta loses to Ons Jabeur in third round

  • Posted: Jun 26, 2019

British number one Johanna Konta’s final tournament before Wimbledon ended in defeat by world number 62 Ons Jabeur in the third round at Eastbourne.

Konta had led by a break in the first set before the Tunisian fought back to win 6-3 6-2.

French Open semi-finalist Konta has failed to transfer this season’s clay-court success on to grass, losing in the Birmingham second round last week.

Konta is the 19th seed for Wimbledon, which starts on Monday.

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Konta lets match slip away on greasy court

The start of the match had been delayed by around half an hour because of rain at Eastbourne and, when they came back on, the players had a brief discussion at the net about whether the surface was playable.

Konta wiped her hand on the grass and asked Jabeur what she thought, with the Tunisian shrugging but raising no objection.

The Briton got off to a good start, holding to love in her first service game before breaking for 3-2. But Jabeur broke back in the next game and grew in confidence.

Konta seemed tentative on the surface – as if not quite trusting that the court was dry enough – and she was punished for it by the Tunisian.

The Briton’s serving, which powered her through a clay-court season where she reached two WTA finals and the last four at Roland Garros, was below par – she won 60% of first-serve points and just 29% of second-serve points. That first figure had been well over 80% in recent weeks.

“I think the rain brought me luck and the win,” said Jabeur, who will face Alize Cornet for a place in the semi-finals. Frenchwoman Cornet beat China’s Zhang Shuai 6-2 6-2.

“I like the way I played. I like to make crazy shots. The crowd are very fair. Konta is a great player and has inspired me in the past. I hope the crowd can come with me now.”

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World number two Nadal seeded third for Wimbledon

  • Posted: Jun 26, 2019

World number two Rafael Nadal has been seeded third for Wimbledon this year behind top-ranked Novak Djokovic and world number three Roger Federer.

It means the Spaniard, rather than eight-time winner Federer, is likely to be in the same half of the draw as Djokovic and thus in line to face the defending champion in the semi-finals.

The women’s seedings reflect the world rankings, so Serena Williams is 11th and Britain’s Johanna Konta 19th.

The 2019 championships begin on Monday.

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Nadal said it “doesn’t seem right” when asked about his likely seeding behind Federer.

Last year’s finalist and world number eight Kevin Anderson is seeded fourth, and John Isner moves up to ninth after his run to the 2018 semi-finals.

Anderson’s elevation to fourth seed means Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas all drop down one position in the seedings compared to their world ranking.

Britain’s Kyle Edmund, the world number 31, is the 30th seed while British duo Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski are 10th seeded 10th in the men’s doubles.

French Open champion Ashleigh Barty tops the ladies’ seedings for the first time at a grand slam, with Naomi Osaka second and defending champion Angelique Kerber fifth.

The women’s seedings follow the WTA ranking list but changes can be made for a ‘balanced draw’, which is the reason seven-time champion Serena Williams – ranked 183rd before last year’s championship – was seeded 25th in 2018.

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Wimbledon 2019 Seeds Announced

  • Posted: Jun 26, 2019

Wimbledon 2019 Seeds Announced

Seeds announced for the grass-court major

The All England Lawn Tennis Club committee has announced the 32 singles seeds and 16 doubles seeds for The Championships at Wimbledon, which begins on Monday, 1 July.

Eight-time former champion Roger Federer, currently No. 3 in the ATP Rankings, has been promoted to second seed ahead of 2008 and 2010 titlist Rafael Nadal, the World No. 2. Novak Djokovic, who came into last year’s tournament as the World No. 21, is top seed and will be attempting to add to his 2011, 2014-15 and 2018 Wimbledon crowns. Last year’s runner-up and No. 8-ranked Kevin Anderson is among the top four singles seeds, while 2017 finalist and World No. 18 Marin Cilic is 13th seed.

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Since 2002, The Championships has employed a unique seeding system, where they take into account previous results over a two-year period on grass courts.

• Take the ATP Ranking points on 24 June 2019
• Add 100 per cent of the points earned for all grass court tournaments in the past 12 months
• Add 75 per cent of the points earned for the best grass court tournament in the 12 months before that

The singles main draw ceremony takes place on Friday.

Singles Seeds [ATP Ranking]1. Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] 2. Roger Federer (SUI) [3] 3. Rafael Nadal (ESP) [2] 4. Kevin Anderson (RSA) [8] 5. Dominic Thiem (AUT) [4] 6. Alexander Zverev (GER) [5] 7. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) [6] 8. Kei Nishikori (JPN) [7] 9. John Isner (USA) [12] 10. Karen Khachanov (RUS) [9] 11. Daniil Medvedev (RUS) [13] 12. Fabio Fognini (ITA) [10] 13. Marin Cilic (CRO) [18] 14. Borna Coric (CRO) [14] 15. Milos Raonic (CAN) [17] 16. Gael Monfils (FRA) [15] 17. Matteo Berrettini (ITA) [20] 18. Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) [16] 19. Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) [21]
20. Gilles Simon (FRA) [25] 21. David Goffin (BEL) [23] 22. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [19] 23. Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) [22] 24. Diego Schwartzman (ARG) [24] 25. Alex de Minaur (AUS) [29] 26. Guido Pella (ARG) [26] 27. Lucas Pouille (FRA) [28] 28. Benoit Paire (FRA) [32] 29. Denis Shapovalov (CAN) [27] 30. Kyle Edmund (GBR) [31] 31. Laslo Djere (SRB) [30] 32. Dusan Lajovic (SRB) [33]

Doubles Seeds
1. Lukasz Kubot (POL) / Marcelo Melo (BRA)
2. Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL)  / Robert Farah (COL)
3. Raven Klaasen (RSA) / Michael Venus (NZL)
4. Mate Pavic (CRO) / Bruno Soares (BRA)
5. Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) / Horia Tecau (ROU)
6. Nikola Mektic (CRO) / Franko Skugor (CRO)
7. Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA)
8. Henri Kontinen (FIN) / John Peers (AUS)
9. Maximo Gonzalez (ARG) / Horacio Zeballos (ARG)
10. Jamie Murray (GBR) / Neal Skupski (GBR)
11. Nicolas Mahut (FRA) / Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
12. Rajeev Ram (USA) / Joe Salisbury (GBR)
13. Kevin Krawietz (GER) / Andreas Mies (GER)
14. Oliver Marach (AUT) / Jurgen Melzer (AUT)
15. Dominic Inglot (GBR) / Austin Krajicek (USA)
16. Robin Haase (NED) / Frederik Nielsen (DEN)

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Wimbledon: When Is The Draw & More

  • Posted: Jun 25, 2019

Wimbledon: When Is The Draw & More

All about the grass-court Grand Slam tennis tournament

Since 2003, only four players — Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray — have won the Wimbledon singles title. All eyes will be on the quartet again at The Championships in 2019, with Djokovic, Nadal and Federer leading the chase for the singles title and Murray continuing his comeback by playing doubles.  

Djokovic made an emotional run to his fourth Wimbledon title last year at The All England Club, a triumph that lifted the Serbian back into the Top 10 and helped him propel to an year-end No. 1 finish in the ATP Rankings. “It took me many tournaments, but I couldn’t pick the better place, to be honest, in the tennis world to peak and to make a comeback,” he said. 

Two-time champion Nadal will come to Wimbledon on a 12-match winning streak after celebrating his first two titles of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome and at Roland Garros. Eight-time champion Federer will also enter the grass-court major with momentum after clinching his 10th title at last week’s NOVENTI OPEN in Halle.

Murray, who in 2013 became the first British male singles champion since Fred Perry in 1936, will focus his efforts on doubles as he teams up with Pierre-Hugues Herbert. In his first tournament back from hip surgery, Murray capped off a dream week with Feliciano Lopez at The Queen’s Club by winning the Fever-Tree Championships title.

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Here’s all you need to know about Wimbledon: when is the draw, what is the schedule, where to watch, who won and more.  

Established: 1877

Tournament Dates: 1-14 July 2019

Chief Executive: Richard Lewis

Draw Ceremony: Friday, 28 June at 10:00am, at The All England Club

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Schedule (View On Official Website)
* Qualifying: Monday, 24 June – Thursday, 27 June
* Main draw: Daily play begins at 11:00am on outside courts, 1:00pm on Centre & No. 1 Courts from Monday, 1 July
* Doubles final: Saturday, 13 July
* Mixed doubles final: Sunday, 14 July
* Singles final: Sunday, 14 July at 2:00pm

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Venue: The All England Lawn Tennis Club
Main Court Seating: 15,000

Prize Money: £17,769,000   

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Honour Roll (Open Era)
Most Titles, Singles: Roger Federer (8)
Most Titles, Doubles: Todd Woodbridge (9)
Oldest Champion: Roger Federer, 35, in 2017
Youngest Champion: Boris Becker, 17, in 1985
Lowest-Ranked Champion (since 1979): No. 125 Goran Ivanisevic in 2001
Most Match Wins: Roger Federer (95)

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2018 Finals
Singles: [12] Novak Djokovic (SRB) d [8] Kevin Anderson (RSA) 62 62 76(3)  Read & Watch
Doubles: [7] Mike Bryan (USA) / Jack Sock (USA) d [13] Raven Klaasen (RSA) / Michael Venus (NZL) 63 67(7) 63 57 75  Read & Watch

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Did You Know… Since the first Championships in 1877, Wimbledon has grown from its roots as a garden-party tournament to a Grand Slam tournament with a following of millions around the world. The only Slam contested on grass continues to honour many long-standing traditions, including a strict dress code for competitors, the eating of strawberries and cream and royal patronage.

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Wimbledon qualifying 2019: Naomi Broady out, but Samantha Murray and Gabriella Taylor through

  • Posted: Jun 25, 2019
Wimbledon qualifying
Venue: Bank of England Sports Centre, London Dates: 24-27 June
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Britain’s Naomi Broady lost in Wimbledon qualifying, but compatriots Samantha Murray and Gabriella Taylor advanced to the second round.

American Kristie Ahn beat wildcard Broady, 29, 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-4), while Taylor won 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 against France’s Chloe Paquet.

Murray, 31, faltered in the second set but eventually claimed a 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 victory against China’s Peng Shuai.

Former Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki beat Timea Babos 6-3 3-6 6-3.

Broady, now ranked 352 in singles, was not the only Briton to fall on the first day of women’s qualifying, with Eden Silva, Emma Raducanu, Naiktha Bains, Maia Lumsden and Francesca Jones all defeated in the opening round.

World number 362 Murray will face Cristina Bucsa in the second round and Taylor will play 12th seed Ysaline Bonaventure.

Lisicki, who reached the final at the All England Club in 2013, will take on Ankita Raina in the next round.

The 16 players who make it through three rounds of qualifying will earn a place in the Wimbledon main draw.

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Andy Murray & Marcelo Melo beaten in doubles at Eastbourne International

  • Posted: Jun 25, 2019

Andy Murray fell to a first defeat since starting his comeback in doubles in the first round of the Nature Valley International at Eastbourne.

Murray and Brazilian Marcelo Melo lost 6-2 6-4 to Colombian top seeds Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal.

The Briton struggled on serve at Eastbourne, being broken three times out of four.

Murray had won the doubles alongside Feliciano Lopez at Queen’s last week in his first tournament since hip surgery.

They defeated Farah and Cabal in the first round of that tournament but the Colombian pairing were always in control at Devonshire Park.

Murray ‘most likely’ to play mixed at Wimbledon

Murray will now head to Wimbledon, where he will partner Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the men’s doubles.

After Tuesday’s defeat, he told BBC Sport that he was “most likely” to also play mixed doubles at SW19 but is a little concerned about the wear and tear on his body.

The Scot, 32, had thought he might not play again before hip resurfacing in January left him “pain free”.

“I spoke to some of the doubles players the last few days about why they don’t always play mixed and they just said they had some situations where the weather has not always been so good,” he said.

“And because doubles is best of five [sets], and you play with the advantage scoring, you can get backed up and end up playing four matches in two days. I just need to be certain that my body’s ready for that. So I’ll chat to my team a bit about that and decide probably by the end of tomorrow, I would imagine.”

Murray is yet to finalise a potential partner for the mixed, having been turned down by singles world number one Ashleigh Barty and Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic.

He added: “I’ve spoken to a few of the players the last few days about it, so there’s a few kind of lined up and I said I would let them know in the next couple of days.”

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First setback since return

Three-time Grand Slam singles champion Murray surpassed his own expectations by winning the men’s doubles title at Queen’s alongside Lopez, but his partnership with Melo did not gel so well.

Murray was broken in the opening game and although he and Melo immediately brought up four break points on Farah’s serve, the British-Brazilian pairing could not convert any of them. They would be their only break points of the match.

A Murray volley into the net gave up another break and the Colombians comfortably wrapped up the set.

The Briton was broken to love in the third game of the second set and although he held serve at the fourth attempt, there was to be no comeback.

“They just played a lot better than us today. They got off to a quick start and deserved to win,” said Murray.

Farah and Cabal will play British pairing Dan Evans and Lloyd Glasspool in the quarter-finals.

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'It doesn't seem right' – Nadal concerned about Wimbledon seeding

  • Posted: Jun 25, 2019
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Venue: All England Club Dates: 1-14 July
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World number two Rafael Nadal says “it doesn’t seem right” that he could be seeded behind world number three Roger Federer at Wimbledon.

Wimbledon seeding is different from the other Grand Slams in that it does not always follow world rankings and is affected by grass-court performances.

It means Federer may be seeded ahead of Nadal, who could be in the same half of the draw as Novak Djokovic.

“It’s just Wimbledon that does it,” said 12-time French Open winner Nadal.

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Speaking to Spanish TV station #Vamos, Nadal added: “If everyone did it, I think it would be appropriate or correct. Either way, being second or third seed, I have to play at the best level to aspire to the things I aspire to.

“It is better to be second than third, but if they consider that I have to be third, I will accept.”

Wimbledon seedings will be announced on Wednesday and Nadal, 33, is likely to be behind defending champion Djokovic and eight-time winner Federer, who won his 10th title at the grass-court tournament in Halle last week.

The Spaniard lost in the Wimbledon semi-finals to world number one Djokovic last year but had not made it past the fourth round in his five previous appearances.

Nadal’s viewpoint was supported by Djokovic, who played at the Boodles exhibition event at Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire on Tuesday.

“It’s their rules and you have to respect it, although it’s a little bit surprising to be honest,” said Djokovic.

“Roger is the greatest of all time and has won the most Wimbledon titles of any player in history and if any player deserves it it’s him, but at the same time it’s Nadal that he is taking over (from as) the second seed.”

If he is seeded third, Nadal might have to beat Djokovic to reach the final.

The world’s top 32 players will be seeded, but the order may not follow that of the world rankings.

Wimbledon’s system favours grass-court specialists – taking a player’s ATP ranking points, doubling the points earned at grass-court tournaments in the past year and adding on 75% of the points earned on grass the previous year.

The women’s seedings follow the WTA ranking list but changes can be made for a “balanced draw”, which is why Serena Williams, ranked 183rd before last year’s tournament, was 25th seed in 2018.

The 2019 tournament begins on Monday.

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Farah/Cabal Gain Revenge Against Murray In Eastbourne

  • Posted: Jun 25, 2019

Farah/Cabal Gain Revenge Against Murray In Eastbourne

Colombians looking to win third title of 2019 this week

Andy Murray will not win back-to-back grass-court doubles titles to kick off his 2019 comeback.

Top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah avenged their opening-round loss to eventual Fever-Tree Championships titlists Murray/Feliciano Lopez on Tuesday at the Nature Valley International in Eastbourne. The Colombians breezed past Murray/Marcelo Melo 6-2, 6-4.

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Murray was broken to start the match but the pairing had four consecutive chances to break, from 0/40, the next game. Cabal/Farah, however, saved all four break points and were efficient throughout the opening-round contest, winning 83 per cent (10/12) of their second-serve return points. The reigning Rome and Barcelona champions will next meet Brits Daniel Evans/Lloyd Glasspool.

Fourth seeds Dominic Inglot/Austin Krajicek beat Nicholas Monroe/Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 7-5 and will next play Marcus Daniell/Wesley Koolhof, who beat Brit brothers Ken Skupski/Neal Skupski 7-5, 7-6(10).

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Ben McLachlan/Frederik Nielsen saved five of six break points and advanced past Juan Ignacio Londero/Cameron Norrie 6-3, 6-7(1), 10-5. McLachlan/Nielsen will next meet third seeds Fabrice Martin/Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who beat Brit wild cards Scott Clayton/James Ward 6-2, 6-0.

Rohan Bopanna/Pablo Cuevas also made the quarter-finals, beating Marco Cecchinato/Dusan Lajovic 6-2, 7-5 and will next face second seeds Maximo Gonzalez/Horacio Zeballos.

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New Tournament, Same Winning Feeling For Simon

  • Posted: Jun 25, 2019

New Tournament, Same Winning Feeling For Simon

Frenchman stays hot on the grass

Sixth seed Gilles Simon showed little wear and tear as he won the fifth of his past six matches on Tuesday at the Nature Valley International in Eastbourne.

Simon dismissed American qualifier Tennys Sandgren 7-5, 6-1, breaking five times to make the second round of the ATP 250 event. The 34-year-old Frenchman fell in the final of the Fever-Tree Championships, an ATP 500, on Sunday to Spain’s Feliciano Lopez. Simon will next meet Chilean Nicolas Jarry, who beat Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas 6-1, 7-6(4).

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Italian Thomas Fabbiano will next meet second seed Laslo Djere after pushing past Brit qualifier James Ward 2-6, 6-3, 6-1. #NextGenATP Brit Jay Clarke also fell in three sets, losing to Argentine lucky loser Juan Ignaco Londero, who made the fourth round at Roland Garros, 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-3. Londero will next meet fifth seed Fernando Verdasco of Spain.

Two other Brits, however, found a way through to the second round. ASB Classic champion Cameron Norrie won 82 per cent (40/49) of his first-serve points and beat France’s Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 7-6(4), and wild card Daniel Evans beat Moldovan Radu Albot 7-6(2), 6-2. Norrie will next play compatriot and third seed Kyle Edmund.

“Grass-court tennis is just one or two points, and the last two matches I’ve played have been really, really tight. It’s good learning for me, and I definitely have to embrace these short points when I’m playing big servers,” Norrie said.

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Evans will face Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert, a 5-7, 7-6(8), 6-4 winner against American Denis Kudla. “It was a big fight against a very good grass-court player,” Herbert told ATPTour.com. “I was down 1-4, balls for 1-5, I don’t really know how I managed to come back. I saved two match points too, so I’m happy to come through. It was a hard match.”

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