The 10th China Open confirmed that Rafael Nadal will play in Beijing for the first time in four years. Held at the National Tennis Center September 22-October 6, the combined WTA-ATP tournament is the final premier mandatory stop on the WTA calendar, and an ATP 500.
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seven years ago and always one of the most popular players from overseas at Melbourne Park, has today officially withdrawn from the upcoming 2015 event because of an inflamed forearm.
Rafael Nadal has thrown grave doubts over his participation in the Australian Open after two humiliating performances that have demonstrated he is functioning well below 100% fitness with the year’s first Grand Slam tournament just 11 days away.