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Bryans To Host Birthday Celebration On Instagram Live

  • Posted: Apr 29, 2020

Bryans To Host Birthday Celebration On Instagram Live

Twins plan two-hour social media party

In celebration of their 42nd birthdays, Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan will host an Instagram Live session with special guests from the worlds of tennis and music on Wednesday.

The American twins, who own 119 tour-level trophies as a team, will be joined by ATP Tour stars Andy Murray, John Isner, Sam Querrey, Jack Sock, Kevin Anderson, Steve Johnson and Gustavo Kuerten. Tennis United co-host Bethanie Mattek-Sands and two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka will also join the fun on Bob Bryan’s Instagram account from 2-4pm Eastern time.


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The event, which will aim to benefit the Inspiring Children’s Foundation, will also feature appearances from music stars Jewel, James Valentine of Maroon 5, Brett Dennen and Redfoo.

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Murray: 'Everyone Has Got Their Excuses'

  • Posted: Apr 29, 2020

Murray: ‘Everyone Has Got Their Excuses’

Brit to meet Schwartzman in semi-finals

A confident Andy Murray continued his unbeaten start to the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro on Wednesday, cruising past Alexander Zverev 6-1 to reach the semi-finals of the innovative gaming tournament.

“I am just much better than the other guys,” teased a jovial Murray. “That’s just the reality.”

The two-time Madrid champion, who improves to 4-0 this week, has lost just two games in four matches to reach the last four. In Group 1, Murray defeated Benoit Paire 3-1 and scored 3-0 victories against Rafael Nadal and Denis Shapovalov.

Zverev struggled to cope with Murray’s skill throughout the contest, played on Tennis World Tour’s Manolo Santana Stadium. The 2018 champion, who ends his campaign with a 2-2 record, even changed his controller during the match in an attempt to reverse his fortunes.

“When I played Rafa, he was saying that I had been practising so much and today the controller was wrong with Zverev. Everyone has got their excuses, but the reason is I am just better than them,” joked Murray.

Murray will meet Group 2 winner Diego Schwartzman, who beat Fabio Fognini 6-3, for a place in the championship match. Before the tournament, Murray practised with Schwartzman and referred to the Argentine’s level as ‘terrible’.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas ended David Ferrer’s virtual return to ATP Tour action in Wednesday’s second quarter-final, beating the two-time Madrid semi-finalist 6-2. The World No. 6 fired a backhand winner down the line to end Ferrer’s run and join Murray with a 4-0 record this week.

Tsitsipas will face David Goffin for a spot in the final. The Group 4 winner raced past Paire 6-0.

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Djokovic Loses ‘Caveman’ Look After Lockdown Haircut

  • Posted: Apr 29, 2020

Djokovic Loses ‘Caveman’ Look After Lockdown Haircut

World No. 1 shares positive haircut review

“Not too bad”.

That was the verdict of Novak Djokovic after receiving a much-needed haircut from his wife, Jelena, during lockdown.

Setting up her own makeshift barbershop in front of the hallway mirror, Jelena provided her Twitter followers with a video summary of her work on the 79-time tour-level titlist’s locks.

Djokovic’s three-word review is high praise. The Serbian famously used the same phrase to describe winning his 15th Grand Slam title after a straight-sets victory against Rafael Nadal in the 2019 Australian Open final.

Perhaps Jelena has found herself a new post-lockdown career.

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Agassi Celebrates 50th Birthday

  • Posted: Apr 29, 2020

Agassi Celebrates 50th Birthday

Former World No. 1 turned educator hits milestone birthday

It’s hard to believe that the rebel with a mullet, who once wore denim-lycra shorts and played tennis with great flair, has today turned 50 years.

When the sport was looking for a new star, Agassi, with his two-toned shoulder length hair, thunderous forehands, but no volley, came onto the scene. His rise from a Nick Bollettieri protégé to the Top 10 of the FedEx ATP Rankings was meteoric — No. 310 on his Stratton Mountain debut in August 1986 to a year-end No. 3 in 1988.

As a marketing dream, his every move quickly fell under the spotlight. Tipped for early success, he finally made a breakthrough in 1992, in the unlikely setting of Wimbledon, away from early successes on hard or clay courts, for the first of his eight major championships.

Agassi played first-strike tennis, looking to end points as quickly as possible. But under the guidance of Brad Gilbert, for eight years from 1994, the American’s game matured and he learned to dictate play from the baseline, with accurate groundstrokes — almost identical in strength. He wore down his opponents with his superior conditioning and depth of shot, particularly off return of serve.

The change brought him to No. 1 for the first time on 10 April 1995, a year he compiled a 73-9 match record and shaved his head. While a gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics was a further high point, a right wrist injury resurfaced and, combined with off-court personal issues, he memorably dropped to No. 141 on 10 November 1997.

Many doubted he’d get back to his peak performance days, but Agassi returned. In better physical shape, he became the fifth of eight men in the sport’s history to complete a career Grand Slam at 1999 Roland Garros, a result that soon took him to No. 1 again and also the beginning of a relationship with former WTA World No. 1 Steffi Graf, his wife of 18 years. A second US Open trophy helped him finish the year in top spot for the first time.

With greater stability, he won three further Australian Open crowns (2000-01, 2003), rose to No. 1 on two occasions in 2003 at the age of 33 (a then record) and was idolised by a new generation, who universally respected him through to his playing retirement. Following his emotional and heartfelt speech at the 2006 US Open, when one way of life came to an end, Agassi slipped seamlessly into another.

As an eighth-grade dropout, his lack of quality education had long bothered the Las Vegan. So, at the age of 23 in 1994, he was savvy enough to prepare for the next two-thirds of his life, with the establishment of the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education.

While Agassi always enjoyed tennis work, he was indifferent to the scoreboard — winning and losing matches. But by using education to create choices for current and future generations, he found a way to keep going in a 21-season playing career, by also becoming a venerable educator. Agassi Prep, now an education model in Las Vegas, opened in 2001, and, to-date, the American has deployed more than $650 million nationally for 79 new schools.

While he has returned as a coach to Novak Djokovic and, most recently, Grigor Dimitrov, it is as a father to two teenage children, Jaden Gil and Jaz Elle, and as an inspirational educator, that he is most proud.

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Tsitsipas On 2019 Estoril Title: 'This Means A Lot To Me'

  • Posted: Apr 29, 2020

Tsitsipas On 2019 Estoril Title: ‘This Means A Lot To Me’

Relive the Greek’s first clay-court ATP Tour title

Entering the 2019 Millennium Estoril Open, Stefanos Tsitsipas had lost five of his previous nine matches. The Greek was trying to find his footing on the Portuguese clay. He had already cracked the Top 10 of the FedEx ATP Rankings, but the rising star was trying to push even higher.

Little did the Greek know that he would do more than find his footing — he’d set a path towards the best season of his young career.

Tsitsipas only dropped one set en route to his first clay-court ATP Tour title, defeating Uruguayan magician Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 7-6(4) in the final.

“You really have to fight hard and give your soul out on the court. This title means a lot to me. It’s on clay, it’s one of my preferred surfaces,” Tsitsipas said. “It’s nice to have completed the clay-hard court title [sweep] that I’ve been fighting for. Next is grass, or maybe even more clay-court titles this year, that would be wonderful.”

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Tsitsipas revealed after the match that Cuevas was one of the players he looked up to. The trick-shot master had put on a show all week in Estoril, but he had few answers for the Greek.

Tsitsipas looked to be cruising to the title, up a break and serving at 4-3 in the second. But the 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals champion lost his way and was broken for the first time in the match during a stretch of nine consecutive points won by Cuevas. Tsitsipas saved a set point at 4-5, Ad-Out, however, and the two traded breaks until the tie-break, where the Greek regained his level.

“I was very calm. I stayed aggressive, stayed motivated, didn’t think too much,” Tsitsipas said. “He didn’t get into my head after he broke me back in the second set. That was kind of frustrating, but I kept fighting, kept believing that I can still win it in two sets.”

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The triumph gave Tsitsipas plenty of momentum, which he harnessed masterfully with runs to the final of the Mutua Madrid Open and the semi-finals of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. Before 2019, Tsitsipas had won one total main draw match in Madrid and Rome.

“I’ve been building my game. It hasn’t been an easy transition from hard to clay this year,” Tsitsipas said. “I’ve been trying to play as many matches as I can before the big events start.”

That paid dividends. Although Tsitsipas’ 2019 season might be remembered for his charge to the title at the Nitto ATP Finals, he also proved that he is a force to be reckoned with on clay. A lot of the confidence that allowed him to make those big ATP Masters 1000 runs could be credited to his run in Estoril.

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Federer's Ruthless Run To 2003 Munich Glory: 'I Never Had A Chance'

  • Posted: Apr 29, 2020

Federer’s Ruthless Run To 2003 Munich Glory: ‘I Never Had A Chance’

Relive the Swiss’ lone Munich run

Roger Federer has competed in Munich just once on the ATP Tour, in 2003. The Swiss certainly made his visit count.

Only 21 at the time, Federer arrived in Germany for his first clay-court action of the season. In 2002, the Swiss showed he was capable of doing well on the surface, winning the Hamburg title. But Federer lost in the first round at 2002 Roland Garros, and clay was not his favourite surface.

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That didn’t show in Munich, though. Federer won the title without dropping a set, clinching his third of seven tour-level titles in 2003.

“Clay is not my favourite surface and I’m surprised to be playing so well after just a few weeks of training,” Federer said after defeating Jarkko Nieminen 6-1, 6-4 in the final, according to Reuters.

Federer’s Road To The 2003 Munich Title

 Round  Opponent  Score
 R32   Zeljko Krajan  6-4, 6-3
 R16  Raemon Sluiter  6-4, 6-3
 QF  Mikhail Youzhny  6-2, 6-3
 SF  Stefan Koubek  6-2, 6-1
 F  Jarkko Nieminen  6-1, 6-4

Federer only lost serve twice from the quarter-finals on, and both those service games came against Nieminen. But his return game made that moot, as the rising star won more than 54 per cent of his return points against his Finnish opponent.

“Congratulations to Roger, he was by far the best player the whole week. It was tough. I had to play so well every point just to have a chance,” Nieminen said. “Today, I never had a chance.”

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Throughout the tournament, Federer’s return was his biggest weapon. In his five straight-sets victories, the champion won a combined 49 per cent of his return points.

Federer’s Munich run set the stage for a strong effort the next week at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, where he made the final. In the semi-finals there, Federer beat Juan Carlos Ferrero, who would win Roland Garros that year.

Even though Federer suffered another early exit in Paris, he’d enjoy a breakthrough season, winning his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon and the Tennis Masters Cup.

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Resurfaced: 'It Won't Get Easier. I'll Only Get Better'

  • Posted: Apr 29, 2020

Resurfaced: ‘It Won’t Get Easier. I’ll Only Get Better’

In the fifth instalment of’s ‘My Point’ series, Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas writes about the struggles his country has faced and why he’s motivated to make Greek tennis history

Editor’s Note: is resurfacing features to bring fans closer to their favourite players during the current suspension in tournament play. This story was originally published on 17 September 2018.

It was as if we were landing in Hell. Everywhere we looked, we saw fire.

About 10 years ago, my family and I were returning from a winter vacation in Paris. We were 30, maybe 40 kilometres away from the airport when everyone on the plane started yelling and staring out the windows.

It was dark, so we couldn’t see a lot, but what we did see scared me more than anything ever has: Attica, a region of Athens, was burning.

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We hadn’t been informed before the flight that the airport was surrounded by fire, so questions raced through our minds: Where were we going to land? Would we even be landing?

Eventually, we did land, and then we drove back home, away from the flames. I remember seeing fire on both sides of our car. We turned on the TV and every channel showed the same thing: Attica on fire.

Up until July, I had never felt more pain for my country.


Greece is who I am. I bleed blue. I don’t understand how some guys don’t feel that way about their country. Are you kidding me? Everyone should be proud of where they come from. Πάμε! (Come on!)

It’s easy to love Greece, though. We have the most amazing, richest language that allows you to express yourself so well. We have the landscape, the water, the beaches, the history. We have friendly citizens everywhere you go. I’m in love with my country.

That’s why it hurt so badly to see fires destroying Athens 10 years ago, and why it hurt so much two months ago to see and read about the fires affecting hundreds more people, including my good friend Alex, or Alexandros, Caldwell.

We were best friends as kids and played at the Greek nationals together, from the eight and unders to the 14 and unders. I felt lucky to know Alex. It’s not often you find such nice kids with whom you can trust and be true friends.

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Now he and his family live in the northeast part of Athens, where fires have done terrible things, burning through forests and killing dozens of people. And that’s where he was in July, waiting for his mom to pick him and his sister up so they could escape the fires. Alex was running around the house, trying to grab all of their stuff. But they didn’t have time. The fire was too close.

They drove to the beach and when Alex opened the door, flames rushed to his face. He started sprinting to the water. All around him was horror: People on fire, screaming in terror, running to the water. Alex and his family made it past the rocks and to the water, but too many others didn’t.

After hearing his story, I was devastated. It was one of the worst things that I’ve ever heard in my life.

The only way I could show Alex love and appreciation for how he managed to overcome everything was the Facebook fundraiser we did, when we raised three times the amount of money we hoped to get. To everyone who helped, thank you.


Alex, like me, doesn’t get back to Greece as often as he’d like. He plays tennis at Radford University in the U.S. Maybe we got along so well because we’re different from so many other Greeks. We have discipline.

I have many cases of friends and people who I know could have played tennis at a high level, but they weren’t committed. They missed home too much or couldn’t stand the travel.

From an early age, I knew that travelling and spending time away from my country would be my biggest challenge in tennis. But I’ve learned to love travelling. I embrace it. It expands your horizons. You meet new people and see new places.

I also know that I have to travel. To achieve my dreams, I have to stay at hotels most of the year and come back to Greece only every few months. But that’s my job, and even though I don’t always want to do it, I do, which takes discipline, a trait that I have thanks to my mixed background.

My father is Greek, and my mother is Russian. My father focused on the technical aspects of my game – developing my one-handed backhand, my net skills and helping me always take the ball early.


My mother focused on the discipline. She wasn’t strict, exactly. I’ve seen strict tennis parents. She was very demanding, in a good way. She always demanded that I do my best. “Do your job and be satisfied that you are out on the court doing what you love,” she would tell me.

I used to cry a lot when I lost matches. Other times I reacted even worse. Sometimes I would just freak out and run away from my parents and hide somewhere so they could never find me. I felt so embarrassed, so ashamed of my performance that I couldn’t face them, or anyone.

I’d hide behind cars for one hour, sometimes one hour and a half. My parents would look for me and call out my name but I refused to show my face. I hated losing. It felt like the end of the world.

My mom used to try to calm me down. “It’s all right. It just takes time. Try to do better the next time.”

When I was a kid, tennis was everything to me. My dad travelled with me. He, like my mom, isn’t a regular parent. He quit his job when I was 12 to help me achieve my dreams. That takes guts. How many dads would take such a risk?

But people who do well in sports have to have that something different, no matter if it comes from your mom, your dad or your coach. The Greek team that won Euro 2004? They had that something.

They didn’t want to, they simply didn’t want to be who everyone else was – they wanted to go out and explore the world and be the best at what they did. They made our country so proud.


I always know I’m on court for a reason – to complete a job and make something at its finest. I’m super hungry to win matches and get up in the ATP Rankings, to be the best in my country. Pressure about leading Greece? Never.

It’s very motivating to be the one who can create history in Greece and have kids look up to me later. They, like my parents did after my early losses, can be the ones chasing after me and shouting my name. I can inspire them and be the leader of tennis in Greece.

When I think about the victims of the fires, it makes me even more thankful for everything that I have and all the opportunities that await. It makes me so motivated to work hard to achieve the most that I can.

It won’t get easier. I’ll only get better.

– as told to Jonathon Braden

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