Sacramento Pro Circuit Challenger – Sacramento, CA, USA

$ 100,000.00
27 SEPT – 5 OCT 2014

Singles – First Round

[5] D Kudla (USA) d [WC] C Altamirano (USA) 61 61
R Williams (USA) d L Sorensen (IRL) 46 76(3) 76(2)
[WC] S Kozlov (USA) d R Harrison (USA) 61 36 63
J McGee (IRL) d R Ginepri (USA) 64 61

Doubles – First Round

[PR] A Hubble (AUS) / J Smith (AUS) d [4] [PR] S Bangoura (USA) / T Sandgren (USA) 61 64
T de Bakker (NED) / W Koolhof (NED) d T Fabbiano (ITA) / L Vanni (ITA) 63 64
A Kuznetsov (USA) / V Mirzadeh (USA) d [WC] A Halebian (USA) / D Novikov (USA) 57 64 10-2

Qualifying Singles – Third Round

Qualifying – E Quigley (USA) d T Fabbiano (ITA) 63 67(2) 63
Qualifying – L Broady (GBR) d A Ritschard (SUI) 64 60
Qualifying – M Giron (USA) d N Langer (GER) 63 67(9) 76(4)
Qualifying – D Kutrovsky (BUL) d M Frank (USA) 62 63

Qualifying Doubles – Second Round

Qualifying – [1] L Broady (GBR) / J Thompson (AUS) d [2] S Bader (AUT) / E Elliott (USA) 76(5) 16 12-10

COURT 1 start 10:00
[PR] J Millman (AUS) vs [PR] T Sandgren (USA)
J Smith (AUS) vs [3] B Klahn (USA)
J Thompson (AUS) vs [2] T Smyczek (USA)

Not Before 16:30
[1] S Querrey (USA) vs K Edmund (GBR)

COURT 7 start 10:00
[WC] B Fratangelo (USA) vs [8] F Dancevic (CAN)
[WC] D Nguyen (USA) vs A Kuznetsov (USA)
[6] P Polansky (CAN) vs W Odesnik (USA)
J Donaldson (USA) vs [7] T de Bakker (NED)
J Cluskey (IRL) / J McGee (IRL) vs [PR] M Reid (AUS) / J Statham (NZL)

COURT 6 start 10:00
[Q] E Quigley (USA) vs [Alt] E Ymer (SWE)
A Bolt (AUS) vs [Q] M Giron (USA)
[Q] L Broady (GBR) vs L Vanni (ITA)
[4] M Russell (USA) vs [Q] D Kutrovsky (BUL)

Brengle Dominates Larcher De Brito To Capture Red Rock Pro Open Singles Title

SONY DSCSUMMERLIN (Sept. 28, 2014) – Breaking into the top 100 is the goal of any professional tennis player, and it’s a place Madison Brengle is likely headed to for the first time on Monday once the WTA ranking are released.


Missing among all the great headlines at the Red Rock Pro Open in Las Vegas this week was how the 24-year-old worked her way through the draw without dropping a set, including a dominating performance on Sunday in a 6-1, 6-4 final win over rival Michelle Larcher De Brito of Portugal to capture the $7,600 winner singles check at the USTA Women’s $50,000 Pro Circuit event played at the Red Rock Country Club.


But more importantly than the cash, the Dover, Del., native is also the welcome recipient of 80 valuable WTA points. The points will likely be enough to leap-frog the No. 4 seeded and currently No. 110 world-ranked Brengle into the top 100.


“Everyone wants to be in top 100 because that gets you right into the Grand Slams; that’s why we’re playing,” Brengle said. “I’ve been working really, really hard back home with my coaches so it just kind of solidifies the work I’ve been putting in. It’s just makes you want to keep going and getting better.”


The 21-year-old No. 8-seeded Larcher De Brito held a 5-2 career head-to-head over Brengle coming into the match, including the only time the two had met in a final. But several unforced errors early on allowed Brengle to get up early on Larcher De Brito and win the first set easily, 6-1.


“We’ve played so many times before,” Brengle said. “Michelle is such a fighter out there and she doesn’t give you anything. What she does so beautifully is she can re-direct the ball and she has really good control of it. So I had to play as solid as I could and keep the ball deep and move it around a lot.


“She really moved the ball around great yesterday against Anna (Tatishvili).”


Brengle did not face a seeded player on her way to the final, but beat players who, unlike Larcher De Brito, rely on a power game.


“I played some big hitters like (Julia) Boserup, (Samantha) Crawford and (Nicole) Vaidisova and they were all knocking the cover off the ball,” Brengle said. “So I had to play a little more defense this week, and I had to track down a lot of balls.”


Brengle has played Las Vegas before, but knows the goal is to not return here, but instead be a regular on the WTA Tour and play bigger events like former Las Vegas Pro Circuit players Lauren Davis, Sorana Cirstea, Varvara Lepchenko and CoCo Vandeweghe have.


“I’m older now and hopefully a little bit wiser,” she said. “As you get older you know what works for you preparation wise and my fitness is better than it’s ever been.


“I just have to keep going and keep improving. I really do enjoy playing and I have a great time out there.”


In the doubles final it was the No. 2-seeded team of Veronica Cepede Royg of Paraguay and Maria Irigoyen of Argentina taking out local Las Vegas resident Asia Muhammad and former USC All-American Maria Sanchez, 6-3, 5-7, 11-9 in a entertaining super tiebreaker.


The packed crowd of more than 400 enjoyed the matchup of the tournament’s top-two seeded teams. The winners from South America will split the $2,786 first-place check while the runners-up take home $1,393.


“This is the largest crowd out for a doubles match I’ve ever seen in Las Vegas,” Muhammad told the crowd after her match. “It was a really great week and I hope we keep this pro event in Las Vegas for years to come.”




Madison Brengle (USA) [4] def. Michelle Larcher De Brito (POR) [8], 6-1, 6-4


Veronica Cepede Royg (PAR) / Maria Irigoyen (ARG) [2] def. Asia Muhammad (USA) / Maria Sanchez (USA) [1], 6-3, 5-7, 11-9


Premier sponsors include: Lotus Broadcasting, Cox Communications, Adidas, WG Communications Group, Storage One, USTA Nevada, Agent Atleta, LLC., Samoa Artesian Water, Marquis Aurbach Coffing, Equilibrium-Vaga, Las Vegas Golf & Leisure, Darren Cahill and


The tennis website was the official host and sponsor of the Red Rock Pro Open Player party.


Support sponsors included: Marty Hennessy Foundation, Approach Tennis, Marcy Saxe Realty One, Farmers Insurance agent Richard Sacca, Guild Mortgage Company, Rachel’s Kitchen, Allstate Insurance agent Dwain Frazier, Ryan Wolfington, Raymond James agent Dan Jackson, Northern Trust, The Massage Advantage, Dr. Steve Kozmary.


The Red Rock Pro Open is a USTA women’s $50,000 Pro Circuit Challenger tournament encompassing a 32-player field in singles and 16 doubles teams.


The tournament’s official website is Follow along on Twitter @RedRockTennis and on Facebook at


About the USTA Pro Circuit

With approximately 90 tournaments hosted annually throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. The USTA launched its Pro Circuit 34 years ago to provide players with the opportunity to gain professional ranking points, and it has since grown to become the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, offering nearly $3 million in prize money. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed in cities nationwide. Mardy Fish, Maria Sharapova, John Isner, Caroline Wozniacki, Sam Querrey, Li Na and Andy Murray are among today’s top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.


About Red Rock Country Club

Red Rock Country Club is nestled beneath a towering red mountain, caressed by cool mountain breezes and offering luxurious amenities in a private haven. The club provides the perfect escape in one of the most breathtaking natural settings in Las Vegas. There are two Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Courses, and another sister course called Siena, designed by master architects Brian Curley and Lee Schmidt. The main clubhouse is the social hub of the club, a 44,000-square-foot area that features the Oasis Grille with an outdoor terrace and spectacular views of the Arnold Palmer courses. The majestic Red Rock Mountains and the lights of the Las Vegas Strip are visible, as well. Private rooms are available for social events, weddings and banquets as well as a stately Board Room with private garden patio for entertaining and private meetings. The tennis complex consists of nine lighted, hard surface tennis courts including an impressive stadium court for competition. The Red Rock Spa offers an array of services designed to make you feel pampered. Members can relax and unwind with a full menu of treatments including massages, facials, body wraps and scrubs, waxing and, our ever popular manicure and pedicure services. Red Rock also offers an athletic center, three swimming pools and spa services.

Guangzhou (Tues): Zheng & Cirstea Through, Illness Forces Bartoli Out

Guangzhou, China
September 17-22, 2012

Results – Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Singles – First Round
(LL) Chang Kai-Chen (TPE) d. (1) Marion Bartoli (FRA) 43 ret. (gastrointestinal illness)
(2) Zheng Jie (CHN) d. Chan Yung-Jan (TPE) 53 ret. (dizziness)
(3) Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. (Q) Hu Yue-Yue (CHN) 62 75
(4) Urszula Radwanska (POL) d. Melinda Czink (HUN) 76(1) 62
Mathilde Johansson (FRA) d. (6) Monica Niculescu (ROU) 75 62
(7) Peng Shuai (CHN) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 76(3) 60
(8) Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. Alexandra Panova (RUS) 63 11 ret. (heat illness)
Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) d. Nina Bratchikova (RUS) 75 63
Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. (Q) Zarina Diyas (KAZ) 75 62
(Q) Nudnina Luangnam (THA) d. Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) 67(5) 64 62
(WC) Zheng Saisai (CHN) d. Julia Cohen (USA) 76(1) 75
(WC) Duan Ying-Ying (CHN) d. (Q) Luksika Kumkhum (THA) 62 61

Doubles – First Round
(1) Gajdosova/Niculescu (AUS/ROU) d. Savinykh/Xu (RUS/CHN) 61 75
(3) Tanasugarn/Zhang (THA/CHN) d. Sema/Sema (JPN/JPN) 61 62

Order Of Play – Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Centre Court (from 15.00hrs)
1. Bojana Jovanovski vs. Chanelle Scheepers
2. Peng Shuai vs. Nudnina Luangnam
3. Laura Robson vs. Zheng Jie (NB 18.00hrs)
4. Babos/Minella vs. Yan/Zhang (NB 19.00hrs; after suitable rest)

Court 2 (from 15.00hrs)
1. Alizé Cornet vs. Olga Govortsova
2. Duan Ying-Ying vs. Sorana Cirstea (NB 16.30hrs)
3. Cornet/Parmentier vs. Luzhanska/Zheng (NB 17.30hrs; after suitable rest)

Court 3 (from 15.00hrs)
1. Chang Kai-Chen vs. Hsieh Su-Wei
2. Urszula Radwanska vs. Mandy Minella
3. Hsieh/Hsieh vs. Kumkhum/Wongteanchai (NB 17.00hrs; after suitable rest)

Court 4 (from 16.00hrs)
1. Zheng Saisai vs. Mathilde Johansson
2. Liang/Tian vs. Han/Liu

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Davis Cup Results

The ITF has announced the latest results for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinal and play-off ties as well as zone group ties taking place on 14-16 September.

Live scoring for all World Group ties will be available on the official Davis Cup website and throughout the weekend. In addition, the English and Spanish websites will both feature reports, photographs, blogs and audio interviews from all the ties. A Communications department representative will be available at the ITF headquarters in London from 09:00 GMT on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to assist with any media enquiries.


Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest annual international team competition in sport with 123 nations entered in 2012. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the Official Bank of Davis Cup. International sponsors are HP (Official Technology Sponsor), Rolex (Official Timekeeper) Hugo Boss (Official Men’s Fashion Clothing Sponsor), Adecco (Official HR Sponsor) and NH Hoteles (Official Hotel). Wilson Sporting Goods (Official Ball) is an international partner. The 100th Davis Cup Final will take place on 16-18 November at the start of the ITF centenary celebrations in 2013.


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SPAIN leads USA 2-0

Venue: Parque Hermanos Castro, Gijon, ESP (clay – outdoor)


David Ferrer (ESP) d. Sam Querrey (USA) 46 62 62 64

Nicolas Almagro (ESP) d. John Isner (USA) 64 46 64 36 75

Marcel Granollers/Marc Lopez (ESP) v Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA)

David Ferrer (ESP) v John Isner (USA)

Nicolas Almagro (ESP) v Sam Querrey (USA)




Venue: Parque Roca, Buenos Aires, ARG (clay – outdoor)


Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) d. Radek Stepanek (CZE) 64 64 62

Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. Juan Monaco (ARG) 61 46 16 64 64

Carlos Berlocq/Eduardo Schwank (ARG) v Ivo Minar/Lukas Rosol (CZE)

Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) v Tomas Berdych (CZE)

Juan Monaco (ARG) v Radek Stepanek (CZE)






Venue: National Tennis Centre, Astana, KAZ (clay – indoor)


Denis Istomin (UZB) d. Evgeny Korolev (KAZ) 63 46 62 06 63

Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) d. Farrukh Dustov (UZB) 62 64 36 76(5)

Andrey Golubev/Yuriy Schukin (KAZ) v Farrukh Dustov/Denis Istomin (UZB)

Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) v Denis Istomin (UZB)

Evgeny Korolev (KAZ) v Farrukh Dustov (UZB)



AUSTRALIA level with GERMANY 1-1

Venue: Rothenbaum Stadium, Hamburg, GER (clay – outdoor)


Bernard Tomic (AUS) d. Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (GER) 26 63 64 76(4)

Florian Mayer (GER) d. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 75 63 62

Benjamin Becker/Philipp Petzschner (GER) v Chris Guccione/Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)

Florian Mayer (GER) v Bernard Tomic (AUS)

Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (GER) v Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)


ISRAEL leads JAPAN 2-1

Venue: Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, JPN (hard – outdoor)


Go Soeda (JPN) d. Dudi Sela (ISR) 62 64 36 64

Amir Weintraub (ISR) d. Tatsuma Ito (JPN) 63 62 64

Jonathan Erlich/Andy Ram (ISR) d. Tatsuma Ito/Yuichi Sugita (JPN) 57 63 63 61

Tatsuma Ito (JPN) v Dudi Sela (ISR)

Go Soeda (JPN) v Amir Weintraub (ISR)



Venue: Royal Primerose Tennis Club, Brussels, BEL (clay – outdoor)


Steve Darcis (BEL) d. Michael Ryderstedt (SWE) 63 76(3) 60

David Goffin (BEL) d. Andreas Vinciguerra (SWE) 64 63 75

Ruben Bemelmans/Olivier Rochus (BEL) v Johan Brunstrom/Michael Ryderstedt (SWE)

David Goffin (BEL) v Michael Ryderstedt (SWE)

Steve Darcis (BEL) v Andreas Vinciguerra (SWE)




Venue: Uniprix Stadium, Montreal, CAN (hard – outdoor)


Vasek Pospisil (CAN) d. Izak van der Merwe (RSA) 63 64 64

Milos Raonic (CAN) v Nikala Scholtz (RSA) 75 64 75

Daniel Nestor/Vasek Pospisil (CAN) v Raven Klaasen/Izak van der Merwe (RSA)

Milos Raonic (CAN) v Izak van der Merwe (RSA)

Vasek Pospisil (CAN) v Nikala Scholtz (RSA)




Venue: Harmonia Tenis Clube, Sao Jose do Rio Preto, BRA (clay – outdoor)


Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) d. Igor Andreev (RUS) 62 61 ret. (right shoulder)

Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) d. Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) 63 46 60 76(4)

Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares (BRA) v Alex Bogomolov Jr./Stanislav Vovk (RUS)

Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) v Igor Andreev (RUS)

Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) v Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS)



ITALY leads CHILE 1-0

Venue: Tennis Club Napoli, Napoli, ITA (clay – outdoor)


Andreas Seppi (ITA) d. Guillermo Hormazabal (CHI) 75 61 62

Fabio Fognini (ITA) v Paul Capdeville (CHI) 26 62 67(6) 61 1-1 match suspended due to darkness

Simone Bolelli/Daniele Bracciali (ITA) v Jorge Aguilar/Paul Capdeville (CHI)

Andreas Seppi (ITA) v Paul Capdeville (CHI)

Fabio Fognini (ITA) v Guillermo Hormazabal (CHI)




Venue: Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, NED (clay – outdoor)


Roger Federer (SUI) d. Thiemo de Bakker (NED) 63 64 64

Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) d. Robin Haase (NED) 63 36 63 76(4)

Robin Haase/Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) v Roger Federer/Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)

Robin Haase (NED) v Roger Federer (SUI)

Thiemo de Bakker (NED) v Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)





ECUADOR leads PERU 2-0

Venue: Club Lawn Tennis de la Exposicion, Lima, PER (clay – outdoor)


Emilio Gomez (ECU) d. Duilio Beretta (PER) 57 62 63 64

Julio Cesar Campozano (ECU) d. Mauricio Echazu (PER) 76(6) 63 64

Duilio Beretta/Sergio Galdos (PER) v Julio Cesar Campozano/Roberto Quiroz (ECU)

Duilio Beretta (PER) v Julio Cesar Campozano (ECU)

Mauricio Echazu (PER) v Emilio Gomez (ECU)





Venue: CLTA Tennis Stadium, Chandigarh, IND (hard – outdoor)


Yuki Bhambri (IND) d. Daniel King-Turner (NZL) 36 06 62 64 62

Vishnu Vardhan (IND) d. Jose Statham (NZL) 62 67(5) 64 62

Divij Sharan/Vishnu Vardhan (IND) v Daniel King-Turner/Michael Venus (NZL)

Yuki Bhambri (IND) v Jose Statham (NZL)

Vishnu Vardhan (IND) v Daniel King-Turner (NZL)





FINLAND level with ROMANIA 1-1

Venue: Sala Sporturilor “Horia Demian” Cluj, Cluj-Napoca, ROU (hard – indoor)


Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) d. Victor Crivoi (ROU) 75 61 62

Marius Copil (ROU) d. Harri Heliovaara (FIN) 36 64 62 64

Florin Mergea/Horia Tecau (ROU) v Jarkko Nieminen/Timo Nieminen (FIN)

Marius Copil (ROU) v Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)

Victor Crivoi (ROU) v Harri Heliovaara (FIN)






Venue: Aegon Arena, Bratislava, SVK (hard – indoor)


Martin Klizan (SVK) d. Gastao Elias (POR) 36 62 76(4) 62

Joao Sousa (POR) d. Lucas Lacko (SVK) 64 64 63

Michal Mertinak/Filip Polasek (SVK) v Gastao Elias/Joao Sousa (POR)

Martin Klizan (SVK) v Joao Sousa (POR)

Lucas Lacko (SVK) v Gastao Elias (POR)






Venue: Centro Español Inc. Santiago de los Caballeros, DOM (clay – outdoor)


Victor Estrella (DOM) d. Daniel Garza (MEX) 64 62 62

Jose Hernandez (DOM) d. Cesar Ramirez (MEX) 62 67(6) 75 46 63

Henry Estrella/Victor Estrella (DOM) v Santiago Gonzalez/Bruno Rodriguez (MEX)

Victor Estrella (DOM) v Cesar Ramirez (MEX)

Jose Hernandez (DOM) v Daniel Garza (MEX)





Venue: Gelora Bung Karno Tennis Stadium, Jarkarta, INA (hard – oudoor)


Christopher Rungkat (INA) d. Francis Casey Alcantara (PHI) 76(3) 62 36 60

Treat Huey (PHI) d. Elbert Sie (INA) 64 62 63

Christopher Rungkat/Elbert Sie (INA) d. Ruben Gonzales/Treat Huey (PHI) 46 63 76(5) 62

Christopher Rungkat (INA) v Treat Huey (PHI)

Elbert Sie (INA) v Francis Casey Alcantara (PHI)





LATVIA level with UKRAINE 1-1

Venue: Liepajas Olimpiskais Centrs, Liepaja, LAT (hard – indoor)


Ernests Gulbis (LAT) d. Sergei Bubka (UKR) 46 63 64 62

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) d. Andis Juska (LAT) 63 64 64

Ernests Gulbis/Deniss Pavlovs (LAT) v Illya Marchenko/Denys Molchanov (UKR)

Ernests Gulbis (LAT) v Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR)

Andis Juska (LAT) v Sergei Bubka (UKR)




Venue: Miejski Osrodek Sportu i Rekreacji, Lodz, POL (hard – indoor)


Lukasz Kubot (POL) d. Dzmitry Zhyrmont (BLR) 61 64 62

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) d. Uladzimir Ignatik (BLR) 76(4) 62 63

Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski (POL) v Alexander Bury/Max Mirnyi (BLR)

Lukasz Kubot (POL) v Uladzimir Ignatik (BLR)

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) v Dzmitry Zhyrmont (BLR)


David Cup Draw To Be Held On Sept. 19

The ITF announced that the Draw for the 2013 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas will be held at the London offices of title sponsor BNP Paribas on Wednesday 19 September at 11:00 local time (10:00 GMT).

A total of 130 nations have entered the 2013 competition, with the top 16 nations contesting the World Group and the other nations taking part in one of three regional zones: Americas, Asia/Oceania and Europe/Africa.

The line-up for each group in 2013 will be confirmed after this weekend’s Davis Cup ties on 14-16 September, which include the two World Group semifinals, eight World Group play-offs and eight zone group ties. In the World Group semifinals, Spain host USA in Gijon, and Argentina are at home to Czech Republic in Buenos Aires.

The seeds for the 2013 Davis Cup Draw will be based on the latest ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking of Monday 17 September, although the two finalists in 2012 will automatically be the top two seeds in the 2013 World Group.

Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest annual international team competition in sport. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the Official Bank of Davis Cup. International sponsors are HP (Official Technology Sponsor), Rolex (Official Timekeeper) Hugo Boss (Official Men’s Fashion Clothing Sponsor), Adecco (Official HR Sponsor) and NH Hoteles (Official Hotel). Wilson Sporting Goods (Official Ball) is an international partner. The 100th Davis Cup Final will take place on 16-18 November at the start of the ITF centenary celebrations in 2013. Follow all the action on and

Hit Like Maria with HEAD YouTek IG INSTINCT

Maria Sharapova has a comeback year in 2011. And she did by using the Head YouTek IG INSTINCT.

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There are two types of the instinct. The MP and the S with the s having a 660 cm2 compared to 645 cm2 for the MP. The S is also 30 grams lighter checking in at 270g.

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Inside The US Open Coming Out Later This Year

“After the epic Wimbledon match, Nadal hugged his parents,shook the hand of Federer’s father in the players’ box and shook the hands of the Spanish Crown Prince Felipe in the royal box.After beating Federer in straight sets in the final at Roland Garros in June, Nadal said he limited his celebration out of respect for his opponent.” p. 36.

That quote from Inside The US Open will be replicated with much more as one of our writers, Richard Kent will be updating his well received book on the ins and outs of the Open after this year’s event.

Kent will again focus on ballboys, referees, juniors, senior players, broadcasters,etc. in providing the reader with a true inside look at the greatest sporting event in the world.

The update is due out in December, 2011.

Q & A With Rafael Nadal

Q.  What are your thoughts about being here during a hurricane, and how will you spend your time?

RAFAEL NADAL:  I don’t know what’s going on, I think.  Nobody knows exactly what’s going on, no?

But having the club closed, all the places in Manhattan will be closed, so not much.  Just stay in the hotel.  Maybe watch some films.  But we will see what’s going on.  I never had an experience with a hurricane.  Is something new.

I think is very bad for the city, for the weekend, for everybody.  But, you know, that’s a new experience, and not enjoyable experience, but we know how is when is hurricane.


Q.  How are the fingers?

RAFAEL NADAL:  Much better.  I am able to practice with normal conditions.


Q.  Bandages?  No bandages or anything?

RAFAEL NADAL:  Bandages, yes.  The skin is still very thin, but it’s fine.


Q.  A lot of people have said you’ve been stymied, you’ve been flummoxed by Djokovic this season.  I mean, do you feel like if you possibly meet him in the US Open this week or next week that you have good chance against him?

RAFAEL NADAL:  Well, I am here.  You know, I am here at the start of the tournament and you start to talk about a match against Djokovic.  I have to win a lot to play Djokovic.  And probably him, too.  He’s not in the final yet.

I am focused on try to play well and try to have very good practice this week.  That’s what I am doing.  And the good chances against Djokovic, those chances always depends how I am playing, how he’s playing.  Not talking about here, talking in general.

After we will see, no?  I think I played a fantastic year this year.  I had a lot of victories all the year; I am not happy about how I played against him.


Q.  Could you talk about exactly what happened to your fingers?  You got burned in Cincinnati at some restaurant, right?

RAFAEL NADAL:  Yeah, I get burned in a Japanese restaurant.  Probably, you know, the Teppanyaki grill was there, probably the plate.  When I arrived at the restaurant the plate was there, so probably the plate stayed there for a long time.  Not inside the grill.  Something like this away to the grill.

You know, when they put the food, I tried to put the plate closer to me and was obviously very hot.  (Smiling.)

Q.         So your pointing finger and two fingers?

RAFAEL NADAL:  Two fingers.


Q.  Can you tell us a little bit about this book?  Was it important for you to do something like this?

RAFAEL NADAL:  Well, it is something that we decided to do.  Was the really first autobiography I was able to do.  Was a good opportunity to work with John Carlin.  We had a very good feeling together.  He speaks in Spanish, too, so it makes a little bit easier everything to talk about the emotion and to talk about, you know…

I think it was a fantastic experience.  I talk a long time with him and remember a lot of things that you normally usually don’t think about the past, no?  So when you start to talk you remember, yeah, few moments of your career, few moments when you were a kid.  Was interesting and I had fun, and hopefully the book will like to the people.


Q.  In the book where you talk about your parents’ separation, it seemed like it came out of the blue for you, that you did not realize that they were having any troubles.  Is that right?

RAFAEL NADAL:  I didn’t understand that very well.

(Translation.)  You know, what happened there was ‑‑ but in the book ‑‑ I never talk about my personal things in the press, but, you know, all the changes in your life needs a little bit of time.  That’s what happened.

So after a little bit of time I was perfect, but, you know, at the beginning it’s tough.  But, you know, I am not the only one who has the parents divorcing in one moment of my life.  Only thing is that Mallorca the family is very important, you are very close of the people that your friends, your family.  So any change in this part, these people close to you, affects you, no?

That’s happened.  That’s past.


Q.  I understand how it affected you.  What I don’t understand is how you did not see problems between your mother and father.  You did not notice problems between your mom and dad?

RAFAEL NADAL:  I know the problems, but anyway, I gonna repeat you, I don’t want to talk about that now.


Q.  How does it feel to come here after having you won it last year?  Do you see the tournament different?  Is it less pressure because you won it once?

RAFAEL NADAL:  The emotions probably are a little bit different, because when you come back after the victory of last year the emotions are higher.  Of course, it was the last Grand Slam for me to complete all four.  Was very, very nice moment of my career, one of the biggest moments of my career.  That makes the comeback a little more special.

But if we talk about the goal, is the same.  Play well, try to arrive to the final rounds.  That’s the same, no?

Pressure?  I don’t feel extra pressure.  I am happy about how I did.  I didn’t play very well during the summer, but I am practicing much better here.  So we’ll see.


Q.  Have you been surprised this year by the turnaround, where before it was you and Roger for so long at the top, and now all of a sudden ‑ Djokovic didn’t come out of nowhere, but he really has jumped up very quickly this year.  Have you been surprised by that change?

RAFAEL NADAL:  Djokovic didn’t arrive this year, no?


Q.  But he was not playing at the level that you were…

RAFAEL NADAL:  He was No. 3 of the world for three years.  That’s not bad.


Q.  But he only won one slam.

RAFAEL NADAL:  Only one, and most of the people never won one.

For me is a little bit strange about the people here from tennis talks about Djokovic, about his big new improvement.  Djokovic was here before, no?  Djokovic played fantastic before.  He had fantastic potential to be where he is today.

He’s doing great.  He’s playing without injuries.  He’s playing very solid, the mental, the tennis.  What he’s doing is something very difficult to repeat.

For me surprise?  I think for everybody surprise see a player that he’s not losing.  He’s only lost two matches during all the year.  For everybody surprising, but for me is no surprise that Djokovic is No. 1.  For me is not a surprise that Djokovic is able to win Grand Slams, because he’s very good.

That’s not from six months ago.


Q.  Two questions:  One, you’re 25 years old.  Does it feel strange to have a book about your life at 25?  And second, you seem like generally a pretty private person.  What did you want to tell?  What did you want to accomplish with this book?

RAFAEL NADAL:  Well, I am lucky.  25 years old and I enjoyed a lot of experiences in my life.  You never know if you can have another book in the future, but I felt it’s a good time to have that one.

Is a little bit of the history of my life.  Is a little bit of the history how I am where I am today.  Just open a little bit more of my life to them, to the fans, to the people who support me, the people who are interested about me.

For me, you know, now I am a little bit more open with the fans with the Twitter with the Facebook, and now with the book.  So I am trying to be more connected with them, and that’s probably a good way to do it.


DUBAI – By reaching the semifinals at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, Caroline Wozniacki will return to the top of the WTA Rankings on Monday, February 21, 2011.  Wozniacki will surpass the current WTA World No.1 Kim Clijsters who ascended to the top of the rankings last week for the fourth time in her career.  Wozniacki is projected to hold the top spot for at least four weeks through March 20, 2011.  In addition to finishing the 2010 season as the World No.1 ranked player, she held the top ranking for a total of 18 consecutive weeks prior to being overtaken by Clijsters.

Only the 10th player to end the season as the World No.1 since the WTA ranking system was introduced in 1975, Wozniacki became the first player from Denmark to reach the top ranking.  Wozniacki had a career-best season in 2010, capturing a WTA-leading six titles including the China Open (Beijing), the Toray Pan Pacific Open (Tokyo), and the Rogers Cup (Montreal).  She also won the MPS Group Championships (Ponte Vedra Beach), the e-Boks Sony Ericsson Open, the Pilot Pen Tennis at Yale (New Haven) and reached the final of the year-end WTA Championships, falling to Clijsters in three sets.  Playing her first Grand Slam as a World No.1, Wozniacki reached the semifinals of the Australian Open earlier this year, losing to China’s Li Na.


Steffi Graf (GER) August 17, 1987 377
Martina Navratilova (TCH/USA) July 10, 1978 332
Chris Evert (USA) November 3, 1975 260
Martina Hingis (SUI) March 31, 1997 209
Monica Seles (YUG/USA) March 11, 1991 178
Serena Williams (USA) July 8, 2002 123
Justine Henin (BEL) October 20, 2003 117
Lindsay Davenport (USA) October 12, 1998 98
Amélie Mauresmo (FRA) September 13, 2004 39
Dinara Safina (RUS) April 20, 2009 26
Tracy Austin (USA) April 7, 1980 21
Kim Clijsters (BEL) August 11, 2003 20
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) October 11, 2010 19
Jelena Jankovic (SRB) August 11, 2008 18
Jennifer Capriati (USA) October 15, 2001 17
Maria Sharapova (RUS) August 22, 2005 17
Ana Ivanovic (SRB) June 9, 2008 12
Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (ESP) February 6, 1995 12
Venus Williams (USA) February 25, 2002 11
Evonne Goolagong (AUS) April 26, 1976 2

Chart as of February 21, 2011 / * Total weeks at No.1; can be non-consecutive

Dulko and Pennetta Win Women’s Doubles Crown

Top seed in Women’s Doubles Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta took the women’s double’s crown at the 2011 Australian Open, 3-6 7-5 6-1 over Victoria Azarenka and Maria Kirilenko in 131 minutes.

The duo won seven titles last year but this was their first Grand Slam crown.

“Last year was a great year, this year we are starting really good,” said Pennetta, who lost in single’s in the fourth round to Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova.

The win means Dulko will remain the No. 1 Women’s Doubles player in the world with Pennetta staying at No. 2.