Month: April 2014

John McEnroe Tennis Academy Creating Big Tennis In The Big Apple

By Randy Walker @TennisPublisher   New York City is certainly seen as one of the world’s “Tennis Hotspots” considering it is the epicenter of American tennis at the end of each summer when it hosts the U.S. Open. However, the Big Apple has an even better reputation as a 12-month-a-year hub for tennis with the increased success and attention being paid to the John McEnroe Tennis Academy. Located on Randall’s Island, just in the shadow of Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the John McEnroe Tennis Academy features 20 courts – 10 hard and 10 green clay all available for 12-months a… Read More

Vero Beach, Florida Is A Haven For Tennis

By Randy Walker @TennisPublisher   One of the unsung hot spots for tennis in the United States is Vero Beach, Florida. Located nearly equi-distant between Orlando and West Palm Beach, Vero Beach was for years known as the Spring Training ground for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball, but is now being more known for its tennis, especially since the Dodgers left “Dodgertown” in 2008 to conduct its Spring Training in Arizona. Most of the tennis activity in town takes place in active programs at 13 private clubs around the town, including The Moorings (www.TheMoorings.com) The River Club… Read More

Roland Garros Through The Eyes of Bud Collins

When tennis fans think of the grandest stages in the sport, Paris and the French Championships at Roland Garros ranks high on the list. Bud Collins, the Hall of Fame journalist and master chronicler of tennis, gives fans a snapshot look at the history of the French Championships in this excerpt from his newly-updated third edition version of his famous book THE BUD COLLINS HISTORY OF TENNIS, available here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1937559386/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_ctDrtb11FQD5Y72N   Crimson clay has made the French Championship distinctive, the lone major contested on the footing beloved by dirt-kicking Europeans and Latin Americans. For 46 years (1928–74), Stade Roland Garros… Read More

Nadal, Djokovic rivalry not trendy but enduring

By Steve Keating MIAMI (Reuters) – While Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal may be the most trendy rivalry in men's tennis, the most enduring may be top ranked Nadal and Novak Djokovic, who clashed for the 40th time on Sunday in the final of the Sony Open. Any final featuring the world's two top ranked players automatically qualifies as significant but Nadal and Djokovic have elevated their clashes to something special. Despite Sunday's loss, Nadal continues to hold a slight edge, 22-18, in their head-to-head meetings, 20 of the matches having come with a title on the line, including six… Read More

Djokovic routs Nadal to win fourth Miami title

Six-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic claimed his fourth Miami Masters crown with a dominating straight sets win over world number one Rafael Nadal on Sunday. Second seed Djokovic cruised to a 6-3, 6-3 win in the men's final of the combined ATP and WTA Tour hardcourt tournament. "I played a great match everything was working really well," Djokovic said. Djokovic, who benefitted from two walkovers, didn't drop a set winning his third Miami title in four years and fourth in total to add to triumphs in 2007, 2011, and 2012.

Tennis-Hingis returns to winner's circle in Miami

* First title since 2007 * Hingis hopes to play more doubles (Adds quotes) By Steve Keating MIAMI, March 30 (Reuters) – Martina Hingis made a winning return when the Swiss player and German partner Sabine Lisicki claimed the Sony Open doubles title on Sunday with a 4-6 6-4 10-5 over Russian duo Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina. The title was the 33-year-old Hingis’s first since winning the doubles in Doha in 2007. Since retiring in 2007, Hingis, a former world number one, has flirted with a doubles comeback. Last year the winner of five singles and nine doubles grand… Read More

Williams beats Li to claim seventh Miami title

By Steve Keating MIAMI (Reuters) – Proving there is no place like home, world number one Serena Williams swept past China's Li Na 7-5 6-1 in the final of the Sony Open on Saturday, collecting a record seventh win on the Miami hardcourts. Williams, who lives an hour's drive from the Tennis Center at Crandon Park and considers the tournament her home event, treated the second ranked Li like an unwelcome guest, needing just two hours on a steamy center court to collect her 59th career title, the $787,000 winner's purse pushing her career earnings over $55 million. In 14… Read More