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ATP Stars Pay Tribute To Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki

  • Posted: Apr 11, 2019

ATP Stars Pay Tribute To Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki

Zverev, Isner and Roddick celebrate NBA legends on social media

Some of the biggest names in tennis turned their attention to basketball as NBA stars Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki played the final games of their careers on Wednesday.

Alexander Zverev, John Isner and Andy Roddick paid tribute to them on social media. Zverev has cited Wade as his favourite athlete and had the chance to meet the Miami Heat shooting guard during the 2018 Miami Open presented by Itau.

“Thank you @dwyanewade for everything you have done not only for the sport of basketball, but the world of sports in general,” wrote Zverev in a lengthy Instagram tribute. “Showing the way for so many young kids from all over the world [and] that if you have the determination, the passion, the will and the hard work, you can achieve anything no matter where you come from… I just want to say thank you as a fan, as a fellow athlete and as a kid who always admired you and followed you your whole career.”

Roddick, who traded groundstrokes and jump shots with Wade at the 2010 Miami Open, tweeted “Tip of the cap to @dwyanewade. Was my favorite player for most of my adult life…cheers, and happy post-career my friend!”

Isner, an avid basketball fan and friend of fellow Dallas resident Nowitzki, tweeted video of the German’s last shot and wrote “What a freakin legend,” adding a goat emoji. Nowitzki is a tennis fan himself and has made several appearances at the ATP Challenger Tour event in Dallas. Isner and Roddick have also participated in Nowitzki’s charity tennis event in Dallas.

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Zverev is next scheduled to compete at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, while Isner will make his clay-court debut this season at the Mutua Madrid Open.

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Munar Stuns Zverev In Marrakech

  • Posted: Apr 11, 2019

Munar Stuns Zverev In Marrakech

Three-time former champion Andujar also advances

Spain’s Jaume Munar upset World No. 3 Alexander Zverev for the biggest win of his career on Thursday at the Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakech. The Spaniard, who reached the semi-finals of the 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals, stunned the top seed 7-6(1), 2-6, 6-3 for his first Top 10 victory (1-3).

“Sascha is a great player and this is a magical moment for me,” Munar said. “I’m very happy. I feel very well here and this victory means a lot to me.”

The Spaniard broke the 10-time ATP Tour titlist four times in the match and saved all three break points faced in the third set. Munar, at a career-high No. 60 in the ATP Rankings, will play in his fifth ATP Tour quarter-final against Benoit Paire.

The Frenchman reached his fifth quarter-final in sixth appearance at the ATP 250 tournament, overcoming countryman Pierre-Hugues Herbert, the eighth seed, 6-4, 6-2 in 76 minutes. He won 29 of his 32 first-service points.

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Defending champion Pablo Andujar of Spain saved two set points in the first set en route to a 7-6(6), 6-4 victory over seventh seed and 2017 runner-up Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany for a place in the quarter-finals. The three-time Marrakech champion (2011-2012, 2018) recovered from 3/5 down in the first set and from 4/6 in the tie-break.

Czech Jiri Vesely is one match win away from reaching the Marrakech semi-finals for the fourth time (2015-17) after a 6-3, 6-4 win over Juan Ignacio Londero of Argentina in one hour and 39 minutes. He has a 2-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head lead against Andujar, his next opponent.

Melzer/Skugor Upset Second Seeds

Jurgen Melzer and Franko Skugor defeated second seeds Rohan Bopanna and Dominic Inglot 6-3, 6-7(2), 10-7 to reach the last four in Marrakech and ensure that all the semi-finalists are unseeded teams. Melzer/Skugor will play Leander Paes and Benoit Paire for a place in the final.

Matwe Middelkoop and Frederik Nielsen rallied to beat Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies 1-6, 6-4, 10-8. Next up for Middelkoop/Nielsen in the semi-finals are Simone Bolelli and Malek Jaziri.


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When Is The Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters Draw? Schedule, History, Tickets & More

  • Posted: Apr 11, 2019

When Is The Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters Draw? Schedule, History, Tickets & More

All about the ATP Masters 1000 tennis tournament in Monte-Carlo

The Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters is the first of three ATP Masters 1000 tournaments played on clay. Held at the picturesque Monte-Carlo Country Club, the history has a long tradition of champions, led by Spain’s Rafael Nadal, who has won 11 titles at the event, including an Open Era record eight straight between 2005-2012.

Nadal will open his 2019 clay-court campaign in Monte-Carlo, and is joined in the field by past champions Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka, and the likes of Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, Kei Nishikori and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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

Established: 1897

Tournament Dates: 14-21 April 2019

Tournament Director: Zeljko Franulovic

Draw Ceremony: Friday, 12 April at 6:30pm

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Schedule (View On Official Website)
* Qualifying: 13-14 April from 11am
* Main draw: Sunday, 14 April – Friday, 19 April from 11am. Saturday, 20 April at 11:30am.
* Doubles final: Sunday, 21 April at 11:30am
* Singles final: Sunday, 21 April at 2:30pm 

How To Watch
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Venue: Monte-Carlo Country Club
Main Court Seating: 10,300

Prize Money: € 5,207,405 (Total Financial Commitment: € 5,585,030)  

Tickets On Sale: Buy Now

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View Who Is Playing, Past Champions, Seeds, Points & Prize Money Breakdown

Honour Roll (Open Era)
Most Titles, Singles: Rafael Nadal (11)
Most Titles, Doubles:
Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan (6)
Oldest Champion: Rafael Nadal, 31, in 2018
Youngest Champion: Mats Wilander, 18, in 1983
Lowest-Ranked Champion (since 1979): No. 37 Thomas Muster in 1992
Most Match Wins: Rafael Nadal (68)

2018 Finals
Singles: [1] Rafael Nadal (ESP) d Kei Nishikori (JPN) 63 62   Read & Watch
Doubles: [4] Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) d [3] Oliver Marach (AUT) / Mate Pavic (CRO) 76(5) 63  Read & Watch

Hashtag: #rolexmcmasters
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Instagram: @rolexmontecarlomasters

Did You Know…  The annual Player Revue takes place during the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters. Stars of the ATP Tour set aside their inhibitions to entertain their friends, family and fellow players in a series of sketches, poking good-humoured fun at life on tour and showing off their singing and dancing talents. Take a look back at the Player Revues: 2018 | 2017 | 2016

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At 23, Laslo Djere Is Without Parents, But Not Without Hope

  • Posted: Apr 11, 2019

At 23, Laslo Djere Is Without Parents, But Not Without Hope

If you believe and you try really hard, better times will come

You’re supposed to be calm and confident before the biggest moment of your life, right? I was not. I was a bundle of nerves.

Was I really playing in my first ATP Tour final, only two months after one of the worst days of my life?

I wasn’t nervous because of doubts – I thought I could win my first ATP Tour title. But when I walked onto centre court in Rio, with the sun shining and the fans cheering, my mind was everywhere.

What are my parents thinking? What would they say to me? Is my dad, the man who had been there for every step of my career, pleased? It didn’t matter how many times I tried to refocus on the present, I couldn’t bring myself to completely focus on the match.

All my life, my parents and I had worked for this moment. Since I was , my dad had taught me so much about tennis – always traveling with me, teaching me, helping me. Until a few months ago, nearly every memory I had about the sport starred my father.

But life changes quickly, and I’ve had to learn to appreciate everything, including opportunities as rare as a final at the ATP 500 level.

From the back of the court, I steadied my thoughts and focused on my routines. “Felix Auger-Aliassime to serve,” Mohamed Lahyani, the chair umpire, said.

Even with all my nervous energy, I had a measure of peace about the final. I knew that, even though my parents weren’t in the stadium that night, they were watching.

<a href=''>Laslo Djere</a>
Djere had never reached an ATP Tour final before Rio in February. (Photo: CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)


My father, Caba, had no dreams of having a professional tennis player as a son. He loved football and played for the local club in Senta, my hometown in Serbia.

But when I was five, his passion for tennis made him want to learn how to play. My dad had watched the icons of my early childhood – Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and Goran Ivanisevic, from neighboring Croatia – and had become a dedicated fan.

The day he started to learn, I did, too. I walked with him to the clay courts, and they gave me a racquet and a ball, and I hit against the wall.

Eventually, I started to practise and, after about two years of working with a coach and my father, they saw that I was quite good. I liked it as well, so my dad and I started traveling to tennis tournaments all across my country.

At least three weekends a month, we’d drive across Serbia, to Belgrade, Novi Sad, Pančevo, Kraljevo, Subotica and Kikinda. My dad would drive and I’d lie in the back, sleeping. We’d stay Saturday, Sunday and, if I made the final, Monday.

When you’re a kid starting in a sport, wins mean more to you than they should, and losses hurt more than you can imagine. But my dad always tried to keep me level. He’d console me when I lost and encourage me when I won.

My childhood, however, wasn’t all about tennis. I can remember when I was really little, visiting my grandmother’s, my mom’s mom.

My grandmother would always knead dough and make pasta, and when we visited, she would give my sister, Judit, and I a piece of dough – but like play-doh – so we could play along. We’d knead, cut and fold the “dough”, but never eat it. I didn’t know it at the time, but, during those trips, my love for baking was born.

My tennis career, by the time I was 15, was also progressing. Then I found out my mom, Hajnalka, had cancer. It had started in her colon, and by the time she was diagnosed, in November 2010, the cancer was already metastatic.

Seventeen months later, she died. She was 44. I was 16 and without a mom.

<a href=''>Laslo Djere</a> and his sister Judit
Djere and his sister, Judit, have always been close. (Photo: Laslo Djere)


In Rio, neither Felix nor I had played our best in the first set. But after five breaks, I settled down and added one more to take the first set.

My early play matched my pre-final feelings. I was happy to have a chance to play in my first final because, for sure, it will affect my career. My ranking will go up, and if I win, my goal will be accomplished. But I couldn’t quite feel relaxed.

This is why I work with a sports psychologist. We speak about different situations that can come up during a match, how I’m feeling and how I can work to stay in the moment.

For example, if I feel distracted, I’ll tell myself a keyword or go through a routine that will bring me back to the present. Or if I feel fear, I’ll try to find out why I’m feeling that way.

Usually I feel scared or worried because I’m not in the present moment – I’m thinking about what the consequences might be if I lose.

But, because of my psychologist’s help, I can quickly – in a matter of a seconds – return to the present.

I went through this process multiple times in all my matches in Rio, including when I played Dominic Thiem, a matchup that made my coach cringe.

He felt like I was playing so good in practice and was sad that I’d have to play Thiem, one of the best players in the world. But, as I’ve tried to do all of my life, I looked at it positively. Maybe this was a good moment to play the top seed.

Three matches later, I was in the Rio final, and after 41 minutes, as I sat down for the break, I could breathe a little easier.


In 2017, five years after my mom died, I was having the best year of my career. Our new family of three – my dad, sister and I – had managed to recover from losing my mom, and on the court, I had never played better.

I made five ATP Challenger Tour finals, and won one of them, my first Challenger title. My ranking had jumped almost 100 spots. For the first time, I was set to finish the year inside the Top 100.

I felt like all the work my coaches, my dad and I had done was paying off. Although my dad was never officially my “coach”, he was always helping me like a coach would and guiding my career.

He laid out my schedule, and together, we’d sit down and decide which tournaments I’d play and when.

He handled the travel logistics, buying airplane tickets or deciding the best way to get there. He came to most of my matches, too. I can still see him pumping his fist when I played the 2017 Roland Garros qualifying.

I always felt his support when he was there, but even when he couldn’t come, I knew he was watching. After a match, I’d open up my phone and, win or lose, the first thing I’d see would be a text message from him.

Great work!” “Very good job!” “Congrats!” he’d say if I won.

If I lost, he’d encourage me: “Your game is good, just continue, everything is alright.”

To end my 2017 season, I lost in qualifying at the Rolex Paris Masters. I headed home for the beginning of my off-season, a period of relaxation before heavy training. I was so grateful to be able to spend time with my sister and father.

But after a few days, we learned everything was changing again. My dad had cancer. Colon cancer. The same as my mother. The dreaded thoughts raced into my head once more: Why is this happening to me? Why are things going like this? As if losing one parent wasn’t enough?

The pain stayed with me for weeks, months. It never completely goes away, to be honest.

But, this time, I also felt something different. I felt a big responsibility to my sister and father. My dad was the head of the family, and I was next in line, so I had to be strong. I had to be there for them.

The tennis life – with constant travel and matches – is complicated enough, but the next 13 months were a blur.

I was practising and traveling just as much, and when I got home, I wanted to rest, but I tried to go to the doctor with my dad or research his diagnosis or make phone calls about it.

I wanted to try to help him as much as I could to show him love and support. I wanted to spend time with him and sit next to him. I gave everything I could, at least, I hope so.

The worst part about that terrible time was that it ended. My dad went through radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Nothing worked. He died in December 2018. He was 55.

And here I was, 23, without parents.


You never know what you’re going to feel when your dream comes true. You spend hours thinking about the moment, envisioning yourself winning the final point and lifting the trophy. But how will it feel?

The moment Felix hit a forehand into the net on my fifth championship point, I felt relief.

I dropped my racquet, covered my face, puffed out my chest. I couldn’t believe what was happening. I pointed to the sky, where my parents were watching.

<a href=''>Laslo Djere</a> beats Auger-Aliassime to win the <a href=''>Rio Open presented by Claro</a>
Djere wins his first ATP Tour title in Rio. (Photo: CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

Jumping around on court and waving to the crowd, I could feel my eyes well up. The trophy ceremony followed.

I want to dedicate this trophy to my parents. I lost my mom seven years ago so I want to dedicate this one to her,” I said, as the crowd showed me so much support. “And also to my dad, I lost him two months ago… My parents had the biggest impact on me, and because of them I am who I am today.”

The response since I first shared my story has been overwhelming. People, including my countryman Novak Djokovic, supported me on Twitter – so I heard, I’m not on Twitter yet – and others shared nice words in person, including Nick Kyrgios, who, the first time he saw me in Indian Wells, came up from behind me and gave me a big hug. 

I didn’t plan on mentioning my parents during the ceremony, but I feel a responsibility to share my story. I felt strong enough to push through their deaths, and I hope that I can be an example for others who are going through tough times.

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If you believe and you try really hard, better times will come, and you can achieve amazing things if you are strong enough. If I can do it, then I’m sure anybody can do it.

I think of my parents every day. They shaped who I am, inwardly – how I treat people, how I go about my days – and outwardly – what I do with my time.

I play tennis because of my dad, and I relax through baking – cinnamon buns, apple crumble and chocolate brownies with almonds are some of my favourites – because of my mom’s side of the family.

Good has come out of my struggle. I know my purpose in life. I have to play tennis and continue the work my family started with me 20 years ago.

Although, because I’ve been through so much, I sometimes feel as if I’m 50 years old, I know that I’m not the unluckiest person on Earth. Many other people struggle and have problems. It’s not easy for anyone.

I just have to continue my life. I miss my dad’s text messages after matches, and I miss my mom’s love and support. Life would be easier with them.

But I know that my time will also come. We are not here forever, not one of us, and I just want to use the time while I’m here in a positive way and do as much good as I can.

I will see my parents again, whether I want to or not. But while I’m here, I just want to make sure I give all that I can and make them proud.

– as told to Jonathon Braden

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Think You're Gonna Break Rafael Nadal From 0/30? Read This First…

  • Posted: Apr 11, 2019

Think You’re Gonna Break Rafael Nadal From 0/30? Read This First…

Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers shows how Nadal is especially dominant at the start of games

Divide and conquer. The way to win big battles is to cut them up into smaller, more manageable ones. It’s also an ideal way to understand the constricting pressure Rafael Nadal applies at the beginning of a game against his opponents on clay courts.

An Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers analysis of Nadal competing in just the first two points of the game when serving and returning at the five biggest European clay-court events uncovers that he is almost unstoppable if he creates early separation.

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The five tournaments are the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, the Mutua Madrid Open, the Internazionali BNL d’Italia and Roland Garros.

Nadal played all five events from 2015-2018 but withdrew in the Round of 32 of Roland Garros in 2016 with a left wrist injury. Nadal has won 80 titles in his career, with these five tournaments representing 58 per cent (46) of that total.

Rafael Nadal 2015-2018 / Career


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1. Nadal Serving: First Two Points Of The Game
In the past four years at these five events, Nadal has astonishingly lost serve only 12 times out of 424 service games when leading 30/0.

It’s the next best thing to automatic, and here’s where the battle gets even harder for his opponents. After playing just two points on serve, Nadal is more likely to be at 30/0 than either of the other two scores.

Nadal: Point Score Probability After Two Points Serving
30/0 = 46% (424/921)
15/15 = 43% (393/921)
0/30 = 11% (105/921)

Nadal is still well in command when serving at 15/15, holding 83 per cent (324/392) of the time. Even from the perilous position of 0/30, Nadal is still effectively in break-even territory, rallying to hold 49 per cent of the time.

Rafael Nadal: Percentage Of Holding Serve






78% (67/86)

50% (13/26)

98% (79/81)


89% (57/64)

50% (9/18)

95% (69/73)


81% (57/70)

41% (7/17)

98% (79/81)


80% (48/60)

42% (5/12)

97% (61/63)

Roland Garros

85% (95/112)

53% (17/32)

98% (124/126)


83% (324/392)

49% (51/105)

97% (412/424)

2. Nadal Retuning: First Two Points Of The Game
While Nadal was more favoured to lead 30/0 after two points played when serving, his opponents are far more likely to lose one of the opening two points against the Spaniard when he is returning.

Nadal: Point Score Probability After Two Points Returning
15/15 = 55% (458/831)
0/30 = 25% (211/831)
30/0 = 19% (162/831)

Nadal forces his opponents to 15/15 55 per cent (458/831) of the time, instantly spiking the pressure metre. What’s fascinating is that his opponents slipped to 0/30 25 per cent (211/831) of the time, which was more often than they enjoyed a 30/0 lead, just 19 per cent (162/831) of the time.

The end result is that Nadal navigates himself to 30/0 when serving more than twice as much (46% to 19%) as his opponents.

Rafael Nadal: Percentage Of Breaking Serve






40% (37/92)

85% (39/46)

20% (10/49)


44% (38/87)

76% (29/38)

8% (2/26)


35% (33/93)

70% (19/27)

4% (2/48)


35% (22/63)

62% (18/29)

15% (6/39)

Roland Garros

54% (67/123)

80% (57/71)

12% (8/68)


43% (197/458)

77% (162/211)

17% (28/162)

Nadal’s most eye-popping return stat is that he has broken serve at Roland Garros 54 per cent (67/123) of the time when his opponent has served at 15/15 in the past four years. The game is just beginning, but Nadal’s hidden edge to break serve is already in full swing.

Playing Nadal in any of these five events is a monumental challenge. He boasts a career win percentage of 92 per cent (317/343) during the European clay-court swing, and he has suffered just nine losses there in the past four years.

Giving Nadal an early lead in the game makes winning it nearly impossible. Playing boldly against Nadal early in the game to grab the initial score advantage certainly has its merits.

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Garin Saves 5 M.P. To Upset Chardy

  • Posted: Apr 11, 2019

Garin Saves 5 M.P. To Upset Chardy

Chilean reaches second ATP QF

Chile’s Christian Garin saved five match points to make his second ATP Tour quarter-final on Wednesday at the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston.

The 22-year-old right-hander was down 3-5, ad out, four times in the third set against Jeremy Chardy. Yet every time, Garin forced the game back to deuce.

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The second-seeded Chardy had one more match point in the tie-break, at 7/6, but Garin erased that opportunity as well and clinched his second match point to advance 3-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(6).

The Frenchman was plagued with unforced errors, including 13 double faults, one of which gave Garin the break at 3-5 in the third. Chardy donated two more double faults in the third-set tie-break.

Both players had their chances, though. For the match, 32 break points were faced.

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Garin made his first ATP quarter-final, semi-final and final in February at the Brasil Open in Sao Paolo (l. to Pella). He will next meet Swiss qualifier Henri Laaksonen, who beat American Ryan Harrison 6-4, 7-5.

Spain’s Marcel Granollers, 2008 champion, made his first ATP quarter-final since July in Newport, when he lost to eventual champion Steve Johnson. Granollers converted all five break points and dismissed Aussie Bernard Tomic 6-1, 6-2 in only 47 minutes. Granollers will next face American Reilly Opelka or #NextGenATP Norwegian Casper Ruud.

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