Archive for November, 2011

30
Nov
11

10th Mark Knowles Celebrity Tennis Tourney set for this weekend.

Bahamian tennis star Mark Knowles is pleased to announce the annual Mark Knowles Celebrity Tennis Invitational will be held on 1-4 December 2011 at the Atlantis Resort & Casino by Presenting Sponsor, MDC-Partners, and organized by the Mark Knowles Management Group (MKMG).

This year’s featured players are Andy Roddick, Xavier Malisse, and Sabine Lisicki with some additional stars to be announced at a later date. The organizers plan to hold a Pro/Am doubles tournament for Platinum sponsors, a Pro Exhibition and an opportunity for top Bahamian junior tennis players to interact with the visiting professionals.

The Mark Knowles Celebrity Invitational was established in 2001, its mission to raise funds supporting a range of local children’s charities on the islands. Past beneficiaries have included The Sassoon Pediatric Heart Foundation, The Cancer Society, The Association of the Physically Disabled, The Children’s Emergency Hospital, The Boy Scouts of Bahamas, The Special Olympics and scholarships for promising junior tennis players. Through the generous support of sponsors, fellow tennis players and of course, the fans, proceeds have saved lives and provided important opportunities for a number of individuals. 2010 marked the tenth anniversary of the event and pushed total contributions to over $650,000. Proceeds enabled Knowles to endow a local hospital with its first children’s heart defibrillator – in the past, child cardiac arrest patients had to rely on the usage of an adult defibrillator. Previous projects have included emergency heart surgery for a baby girl, 12 days in age; the remodeling of cancer recovery rooms; and funding for a Special Olympics tennis player, who recently won a medal at the World Games.

 

 

 

30
Nov
11

“I’m still only 23, but I don’t think I will be able to play again.” says Tatiana Golovin.

Tatiana Golovin captured two WTA titles, reach another five finals, even win a Grand Slam title, in mixed doubles at the 2004 French Open (with countryman Richard Gasquet). She had a knack for beating Top 10 players – she scored 13 victories over the elite in those four years (six in 2007 alone). She finished 2007 at No.13 in the world, peaking at No.12 early in 2008. But just as she about to crack the Top 10 herself, it all stopped. “I was at the top of my game,” the 23-year-old said. “In 2007 I had those two finals in Stuttgart and Zürich in the fall, I was beating top players, and I almost finished the year in the Top 10. I was really focused in the off-season to prepare for Australia. I was enjoying myself and moving towards my potential. “At the time I never thought I would stop six months later. It took a long time to figure out what was wrong, but they found it was a chronic back inflammation, and there’s no treatment. The last tournament I went to was the Olympics in Beijing in 2008, but I was too unsure about my back and couldn’t play.

“I’ve been doing things I couldn’t do on the tour. I’ve been spending more time with my family, which I couldn’t do with all the travelling. I have a house in the south of France, I have my dog there. I can hang out with friends more. I have more time to myself. I love learning – I went back to school last year, and next year I’m going back again. I’m taking courses in media and politics, a nice background for when I’m older and want to get involved in more areas.”It took me a year or two to start living again. Leaving tennis left a big hole in my life – it was a really big shock for me. But I feel I’m finally finding my way again.”

Golovin’s preferred career of choice is obvious, however. “When you’re born into the tennis world, nothing can compare to that,” she said. “You won’t get the same feelings and emotions you get when you play in front of a crowd, win a big match, win a tournament, see all your fans, just going to practice in the morning… actually the thing I miss most is just going out on the court and practicing hard and sweating, and going home so tired from the workout. “I can’t get that at all now. It’s really difficult to just go for a run.”

 

 

30
Nov
11

Argentina could upset the Spaniards for their first Davis Cup win.

 

This Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final is a very sensitive one for the Argentines. For so long have they been fighting for that elusive title, so close were they to achieving it in 2008, and so clear is their determination to get it in their fourth chance here in Seville.   And never before have they been so well prepared. “All the players have been making a big effort over the last three weeks,” says Vazquez. “They have sacrificed their normal schedule and devoted energy to this tie. I’m very proud of them.” Adding, “This is the best group we have in Argentina. The five players here are the five I want to have.”

Argentina’s captain Tito Vazquez is playing his cards very close to his chest and he is wise to do so. With the Spanish team all set in their line-up – with the regular crew of Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer in the singles and Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco for doubles – Vazquez was reticent to give the game away when interrogated in Tuesday’s press conferences. At his disposal: world No. 11 Juan Martin del Potro, the in-form Juan Monaco, Davis Cup bloodhound David Nalbandian, and the all-rounders Juan Ignacio Chela and Eduardo Schwank. Who will play what will not be revealed until Thursday.

While Nadal and Ferrer were running the hard courts down at last week’s ATP Tour World Finals in London, the Argentines have been working hard on clay, training in Barcelona before arriving altogether in Seville on Friday. Neither Del Potro nor Nalbandian have played a competitive match since October, and it’s only Monaco who can bring a recent surge in success to the party, having finished runner-up in Valencia and a quarterfinalist at the Paris Masters. Collectively they may be out of match practice per se, but that could end up in their favour when the weekend unfolds. “We are practicing well and doing the best we can, preparing to play whatever we have to play,” a laidback Nalbandian told the media. “And me, every day I’m feeling better and better.”

 

29
Nov
11

Murray will start his assault on the Australian summer of tennis at the Brisbane International.

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The Scotsman has signed up for the event starting on New Year’s Day at Queensland Tennis Centre. Murray said he was looking forward to making his first visit to the state. “With a quality field, it is the perfect way to begin my Australian campaign,” Murray said. He is another big-name signing for the event, which runs until January 8 and serves as ideal preparation for the Australian Open from January 16.

Brisbane International tournament director Cameron Pearson was thrilled to add Murray’s name to an already impressive line-up for 2012, which includes Sam Stosur, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Kim Clijsters and Ana Ivanovic. “Andy will join Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova in their debut year at the Brisbane International and I am sure all three will be fan favourites with the Queensland public,” Pearson said.

Murray suffered a setback in his bid to win the season-ending ATP Tour Finals in London overnight, when he was beaten by Spain’s David Ferrer 6-4, 7-5 in their round-robin match.

 

 

 

28
Nov
11

2011 record breaking season for Djokovic finally comes to an end.

The 2011 season is completed with the last night’s final of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London. Novak Djokovic finishes this unbelievable year as the world no.1 to become the 16th different player to finish as no.1 in the history of the ATP Rankings (since 1973). The 24-year-old Serbian star has had a historic season with a 70-6 match record (21-4 record vs top 10 players) and 10 titles – three Grand Slams, five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophies, Dubai (500) and Belgrade (250). Nole is at the top with 13,675 points, 4100 points more than second-ranked Nadal, and 5,505 more than Federer in third place.

Top 10 as of Monday, November 28:

1. Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 13.675

2. Rafael Nadal (Spain) 9,575

3. Roger Federer (Switzerland) 8,170

4. Andy Murray (Great Britain) 7,380

5. David Ferrer (Spain) 4,880

6. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) 4,335

7. Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) 3,700

8. Mardy Fish (USA) 2,965

9. Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) 2,595

10. Nicolas Almagro (ESP) 2,380

*Davis Cup final (December 2-4) results might change the final ranking standings of no.10 Nicolas Almagro and no.11 Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG). Nole will take a well deserved rest and then start preparing for 2012 season in which he will face big challenges – a great number of points to defend and keeping the position no.1.

“Hey everybody! Season is officially over for me. Wanted to thank you ALL for such a great support and so many wonderful wishes. I wish I could have been in better form for the last tournament but as I said before – everything happens for a reason. I am more than happy with everything that me and my team have achieved this year, and I will treasure and value this experience forever. Now I will rest well and soon start with preparations for season 2012. Once again, thank you for being my fans and friends, having your support throughout the year was a very important “ingredient” of the “winning formula” ;). “ 

Novak will open new season at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, the exhibition event bringing the world’s top players to the Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex at Zayed Sports City on December 29-31. Nole will play his first match on Thursday, December 29, at 15.00 CET, against Frenchman Gael Monfils.

27
Nov
11

Roger Federer wins his record sixth Barclays ATP World Tour Final.

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Roger Federer labelled his record sixth Barclays ATP World Tour Finals title one of the biggest achievements of his career as he once again finished the season on the highest of notes. In a repeat of 12 months ago, the 30-year-old completed an unbeaten week at London’s O2 Arena, pocketing a cheque for £1million and pulling clear of Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras, with whom he shared the previous record of five titles. He certainly did not have things all his own way today against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, though, the Frenchman pegging Federer back in the second set and forcing him to dig deep in the decider before coming through 6-3 6-7 (6/8) 6-3.

Federer, who also became the oldest winner of the title, said: “I’ve been trying to block it out for the entire tournament, the entire time I’ve been here in London. “I just tried to recuperate from Basle and Paris and hopefully get through the round-robin stages. So now it’s finally a reality that I’ve been able to win six World Tour Finals. It’s an amazing feeling. I know it’s one of my greatest accomplishments.”

27
Nov
11

Roger Federer will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

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Roger Federer will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals on Sunday after the Frenchman defeated Tomas Berdych 6-3 7-5. Earlier, defending champion Federer had seen off David Ferrer 7-5 6-3 to move into his 100th career final and to within one win of a record sixth title at the tournament.

It will be the third meeting in two weeks between Federer and Tsonga after the Paris Masters final and a group match here, both of which were won by the Swiss. It was an impressive performance from Tsonga and he will surely fancy his chances of repeating his stunning Wimbledon quarter-final win. The world number six, who had lost his only previous match against Berdych in Beijing last month, said: “It’s incredible. Today I was really tight, perhaps for the first time like this in my career. It’s been an amazing week, I will enjoy the final and try to play my best against Roger.”

The defending champion extended his winning streak to 16 matches and made it nine victories in a row at the end-of-season showpiece, while the result means he will retake third place in the rankings from Andy Murray next week. It was not a vintage display from Federer, who was edgy in the first set in particular despite having won all his previous 11 meetings with Ferrer, but once he had secured the crucial break in the 11th game the outcome never seemed in doubt.

 

 

 

26
Nov
11

Berdych’s new hot girl friend captures the spotlight at the O2 arena.

She is Ester Satorova, a hot fashion model from the Czech Republic. Ester was born in 1992 and she is 5 feet and 9 inches or 175 cm tall. She is a Blue eyed hottie with Light brown hair.Being a fashion model, the measurements are very important, and her (US) 33-23-35 ; (EU) 84-60-90 measures are ‘hot’!

 

25
Nov
11

Here’s what has to happened for Djokovic to make the semifinal.

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David Ferrer, who has already qualified for the semi-finals, is the only player not to lose a set this week and after overcoming negative head-to-heads against his first two opponents this week, Murray and Djokovic, he can come into this match with some extra confidence. The Spaniard is 5-2 lifetime against Berdych, winning their past four meetings (and winning both of their hard court meetings as well). This match will be the ultimate decider of who will become the last player to qualify for the semi-finals at the year-end finale:

1.  If Ferrer defeats Berdych, Djokovic will qualify.

2. If Berdych defeats Ferrer and Djokovic loses (vs. Tipsarevic), Berdych will qualify.

3. If Berdych defeats Ferrer and Djokovic defeats Tipsarevic, Berdych will qualify unless Djokovic won his match in straight sets and Berdych was pushed to three sets before winning (in which case Djokovic qualifies).

Ferrer’s 63 61 win over Djokovic on Wednesday not only qualified him for the semi-finals, it was the equal-most lopsided win over a No. 1 in 28 and a half years – in a completed match, and in terms of games lost (in March 1983, Ivan Lendl lost a match, 61 62 – since then, nine times have players lost only four games in beating a No. 1, Ferrer’s win over Djokovic being the ninth time since then it has happened).

 

 

25
Nov
11

Tsonga moves into the semifinals with a win over Nadal.

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Rafael Nadal was knocked out of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the group stage as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga powered his way to a 7-6 (7/2) 4-6 6-3 victory over the world number two at London’s O2 Arena. Nadal’s thrashing at the hands of Roger Federer on Tuesday had put him into a straight shoot-out with Tsonga for the second semi-final place and, although he levelled the match in the second set, there was no denying the Frenchman in the decider. Nadal had taken a month off prior to the tournament with next weekend’s Davis Cup final against Argentina in mind, and he certainly lacked his usual sharpness. Tsonga played a superb match, though, to reach the semi-finals for the first time, and he said: “I just played amazing. It was not easy for me to come here against Rafa but I did it tonight and I’m very happy.” As well as a place in the semi-finals to play for, there was also something to prove for Nadal after his 6-3 6-0 thumping by Federer two nights ago.

While the scoreline was largely down to Federer being in a zone even Nadal cannot reach, the Spaniard’s cause was not helped by a lack of penetration on his serve and groundstrokes that has betrayed a lack of confidence at times this season. Tsonga, with his explosive shots and aggressive intent, would provide a real test on the relatively fast surface, some pundits even making him the favourite. And the Frenchman was certainly quick out of the blocks, testing Nadal’s famous defences from the off. It did not take long for them to wobble, Tsonga forcing two break points in the fourth game, but he could not take either.

Tsonga beat Nadal most recently at Queen’s this summer, one of only two wins he had managed in eight meetings prior to today, and it was all the world number two could do to keep pace in the early stages here.




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