Italian Andreas Seppi entered Friday’s third-round match with Roger Federer with an 0-10 record against the world number two from Switzerland. He changed that and caused the biggest upset of the 2015 Australian Open so far, ousting Federer 6-4, 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-6(5) to move into the fourth-round.
After being on the brink of elimination in her second-round match on Wednesday, second-seeded Maria Sharapova avoided that situation on Friday as the Russian cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over 31st seeded Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan.
John Isner fired 28 aces and was nearly automatic (91 percent) on his first serve points to move past Austria’s Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-4, 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-4 and advance into the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday.
In one of the most intriguing second-round matches in recent Grand Slam history, it was the unseeded Victoria Azarenka who came out on top, defeating the eighth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the Australian Open’s third round.
World number one Novak Djokovic won the first nine games of his second-round match on Thursday on his way to a clean 6-0, 6-1, 6-4 victory over Russian Andrey Kuznetsov to advance at the Australian Open in Melbourne.
The 2015 spring season shifts into high gear on Jan. 23-25 for the Seventh Annual ITA Kick-Off Weekend. One-hundred-twenty teams—60 men's and 60 women's—will compete across the country for berths in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in February.
Taylor Fritz and Michael Mmoh, two of the Top 10 juniors in the world, will headline the Americans playing in the Australian Open Junior Championships, set to begin this weekend, Jan. 24-31, in Melbourne.
Rafael Nadal won the final two sets to narrowly escape a second-round contest with Tim Smyczek, beating the American qualifier 6-2, 3-6, 6-7(2), 6-3, 7-5 to advance into the third round of the Australian Open.
It's time to pick up the remote and switch from the Travel Channel to the Tennis Channel to dream of basking in hot weather again. Sorry, not sorry but I have little sympathy for those experiencing another "heat alert" in Sydney. It's better than a polar vortex.
As reported in New York Tennis Magazine (from an ITA press release), the ITA Intercollegiate Tennis Association Operating Committee is re-submitting its dual match format proposal to shorten college tennis matches after a decisive vote, a move explained as "a powerful indication of the group's commitment to adopt creative and innovative measures to enhance the sport of tennis during this time of seismic change in collegiate athletics."
The holidays mean different things to different people. If your a national tournament player, parent or coach, Thanksgiving can be a day spent at a tennis club, with turkey at the hotel restaurant or at a nearby Applebee's.
Fourteen-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal criticized Spain's female Davis Cup captain Gala Leon for feeding a "false and absurd" debate. He said, "It seems strange to me as Davis Cup captain that instead of seeking union and harmony between players, captains and federations, she has incited and fed a debate that is totally false and absurd."
Evert, Austin, Capriati, Davenport, Williams, Williams, Bellis? Not quite yet, but 15-year-old CC Bellis, TR Blue Chip and rising sophomore, Class of 2017 has the best chance to ascend to become the next great American since Serena.
In the first three months of 2013 the ATP challenger tour will be testing out a new rule, the elimination of the service let. Though there are no immediate plans to implement this rule in a broader scope there is no question that this is the first attempt at doing just that. Would this potential change be a positive thing for the sport? I think so.
The stance you use when hitting the ball determines the concentration needed concerning your shoulder turn. If you hit in the more conservative closed stance, where there is a turn step and hit, the shoulders will naturally turn sideways because the left leg (if right handed) is pointed toward the net.
When playing doubles, we are positioned many times during the match at the service line, or we are attacking forward toward the net, in both cases, we are subject to low, oncoming shots that require us to pick the ball up off a short hop, that’s the half volley.