Hello Tennis Buddies Kids & Parents!
Well wouldn’t you know it. We live in one of the sunniest areas in the nation and it wants to rain. Ugh. Keep your eyes on the website, I will provide an update. it is suppose to rain tonight and slightly throughout the day. Courts may be wet in the morning and rain continuing throughout the day on Saturday. Worse case scenario we move Saturday matches off until next Saturday, 11/8, and hope the rain goes away for this Sundays matches, 11/2. Anyhow, I’ll check it out in the morning and let you know.
See you all on the courts!
Tomas Berdych sealed his spot at the ATP finals for the fifth straight year after rallying to beat Kevin Anderson and reach the semifinals of the Paris Masters on Friday.
DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) -- The ATP tournament in Duesseldorf has been canceled due to lack of funding.
Garbine Muguruza moved a step closer to the semifinals by beating favorite Flavia Pennetta of Italy 0-6, 6-1, 6-1 in the group stage at the season-ending WTA Tournament of Champions on Thursday. ''I went to the court really nervous,'' Muguruza said adding that she had picked ''the wrong strategy'' against Pennetta. ''I had to change something, and then my coach gave me some advice that worked.'' Muguruza will wrap up her round robin schedule on Friday against Alize Cornet of France who stayed alive in her bid for a semifinal spot by defeating top-seeded Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 6-1, 6-4. ''I tried my best tennis, but it is not possible for me to play at my highest level right now.'' The No. 11 in the WTA ranking lost her opening game on Wednesday in staright sets to Garbine Muguruza.
Despite being one of the smallest players on the Tour, Kei Nishikori's performances are not going unnoticed at home. Nishikori, who is bidding to become the first Asian-born player to qualify for the season-ending ATP Finals, is enjoying a breakthrough season in which he claimed four titles and reached the U.S. Although he lost in straight sets to Marin Cilic at Flushing Meadows, the 5-foot-10 player's popularity reached new heights following his excellent run in New York. ''It's been big change, especially in Japan,'' Nishikori said after beating local favorite and former champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 at the Paris Masters on Thursday.
Andy Murray clinched a spot in the ATP Finals on Thursday after beating Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets at the Paris Masters and then sent a message to his critics by scribbling ''bad year'' on a courtside television camera. Following a tumultuous year that saw him change coach and recover from a serious back injury, Murray booked his spot at the season-ending tournament in London by reaching the quarterfinals at the Palais Omnisports with a 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 9 seed Dimitrov. I don't tend to do that often, but, look, it's been a hard year, a tough year, but it hasn't been a bad year.'' Up next for Murray will be top-ranked Novak Djokovic, who withstood 12 aces before extending his unbeaten record against Gael Monfils to 11-0 with a 6-3, 7-6 (2) over the Frenchman. Second-seeded Roger Federer kept the pressure on Djokovic in their battle for the year-end No. 1 spot, easily beating French qualifier Lucas Pouille 6-4, 6-4 to set up a meeting with Milos Raonic.
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- Garbine Muguruza's perfect serve helped her to a surprise 6-2, 6-1 victory over top-seeded Ekaterina Makarova of Russia in the group stage at the season-ending WTA Tournament of Champions on Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Roger Federer's longtime agent is branching out beyond tennis.
Caroline Wozniacki started having nightmares of being rolled off the New York City Marathon course in a wheelchair. So going into Sunday's race, Wozniacki has never covered more than about 13 miles. On Saturday, Wozniacki lost in a third-set tiebreaker to top-ranked Serena Williams in Singapore in the semis of the WTA Finals. Always considered one of tennis' fittest players, she figured she could squeeze in enough extra running to add to what she already did in her tennis training.
PRAGUE (AP) -- Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova will lead the Czech Republic and Angelique Kerber will play for Germany in next week's Fed Cup final.
Roger Federer was made to fight all the way by local favorite Jeremy Chardy before reaching the third round of the Paris Masters on Wednesday, while Andy Murray moved one match away from qualifying for the ATP Finals. Federer could have sealed a quicker win but Chardy, who beat him on clay at the Rome Masters earlier this season, saved two match points at 5-4 in the second set before forcing a decider with a stunning crosscourt forehand winner. ''As the match went longer, the better I actually started to play and created more opportunities.'' The 33-year-old Federer arrived in Paris undefeated in his past 12 matches on the back of consecutive titles in Shanghai and Basel, trailing top-ranked Novak Djokovic by 490 points. With 2,500 points up for grabs between Paris and at the ATP Finals in London, Federer is looking to clinch the year-end top spot for a record-equaling sixth time.
Dominika Cibulkova, Carla Suarez Navarro and Flavia Pennetta were straight-sets winners at the start of the season-ending WTA Tournament of Champions on Tuesday. Second-seeded Cibulkova of Slovakia defeated eight-seeded Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 6-3, 7-6 (6) in round robin play in the Sredets group. Cibulkova said she was happy with her game because of ''the right tactics,'' but added that ''everyone who is here is a good player, so I just have to keep doing the right thing to keep winning.'' In the group's other match, Spain's Suarez Navarro overcame fourth-seeded Andrea Petkovic of Germany 6-0, 6-4. In the second, she broke twice for a 5-2 lead before Petkovic rallied for a comeback, getting to 5-4, but Suarez Navarro served out to seal the set at 6-4.
In his first match since the birth of his first child, defending champion Novak Djokovic stayed on course to finish the season as No. 1 by defeating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-4 in the second round of the Paris Masters on Tuesday. The top-seeded Djokovic took a 5-1 lead in the first set and broke his German opponent in the opening game of the second. ''Very good match considering the fact that I didn't play indoors for a year,'' Djokovic said. It was a pretty tough couple of weeks.'' Fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, Fernando Verdasco of Spain and Kevin Anderson of South Africa also reached the third round.