epa03605871 Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns the ball to Juan Martin Del Potro from Argentina during the semi final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis ATP Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 01 March 2013. EPA/ALI HAIDER |
The celebrities will come out prior to the LA Tennis Challenge at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion tonight. Stars including Luke Wilson, Evan Handler, Jodie Foster, Kyle Rudolph, Greg Germann, Tim Olyphant, Kaley Cuoco and Keenan Ivory Wayans plus others are scheduled to walk the red carpet at 5:30 prior to the exhibition.
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, US Davis Cup player Mardy Fish, the all-time winnings doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan, former top 4 player James Blake, No. 18 Tommy Haas, former No. 1 Pete Sampras as well as Tennis Channel broadcaster and event promoter Justin Gimelstob.
Three exhibition pro-set matches will take place beginning Djokovic will take on Los Angeles resident Mardy Fish in singles followed by a doubles match pitting Djokovic and his childhood idol Sampras against Southern California natives the Bryans. Blake will face Haas.
American Donald Young continued his strong start to 2015, reaching his third quarter-final of the season as he defeated Colombian Alejandro Gonzalez 6-3, 6-2 on Thursday at the Delray Beach Open by The Venetian® Las Vegas.
Defending champion Roger Federer helped ring in the Year of the Goat as he launched the Chinese New Year celebrations at Burj Al Arab on Thursday, ahead of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, which begins Monday, 23 February.
Toward the end of the first set of this, there were surely overworked staffers here saying, "Why are you putzing around, David Ferrer? We don't need another three hour match!" (This followed Joao Souza's marathon.) They needn't have worried.
More than two months after Neil Harman, the long standing Tennis Correspondent of The Times of London was suspended on charges of plagiarism, Daily Tennis News understands his employment with the newspaper has been formally terminated.
Rafael Nadal, who lost to Tomas Berdych in the Australian Open quarterfinals, returned to his winning ways with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Thomaz Bellucci in round one of the Rio Open on Tuesday. Nadal dropped serve twice in the opening set without saving a break point, but he raised his level in the second to finish the job in one hour and 31 minutes.