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.
Bernard Tomic is looking leaner and meaner--in the tennis sense, of course--at the beginning of this 2015 season. Combine the result of what appears to be a more determined work ethic with Tomic's favorite time of the year (the Australian summer) and you have a man who can do serious damage at this week's Brisbane International.
Novak Djokovic has already played four matches this week--two in singles and two in doubles at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open. Rafael Nadal, also in Doha, has already played three (one in singles and two in doubles). Roger Federer, on the other hand, has not yet taken the court at the Brisbane International.
After a quarter century of questionably-successful exploits, the USTA Player Development (PD) division is, once again, making a change. Patrick McEnroe no longer sports the PD crown, and the National Board has begun the search for a successor. Having spent the last two decades watching regime after regime take the PD division’s reigns – only to drop them a few years later after effecting policies that have yet to produce a US Champion – I’m inclined to offer some thoughts...
I DON'T REMEMBER HOW OLD I WAS THE FIRST TIME I HEARD SOMEONE SAY "IT'S THE BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE" BUT SINCE THAT TIME, IT HAS BEEN TOO MANY TIMES TO COUNT. I ALWAYS THOUGHT THE "BEST SEAT' IN THE HOUSE WAS THE BATHROOM. WE ONLY HAD ONE SHARED BY FOUR PEOPLE.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the Australian Open runner-up seven years ago and always one of the most popular players from overseas at Melbourne Park, has today officially withdrawn from the upcoming 2015 event because of an inflamed forearm.