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US Open 2014: Interviews, Results, Draws and OoP

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TENNIS US OPEN 2014 – Al the results, draws, order of play and the interviews from Flushing Meadows for the last Grand Slam of 2014

Results

Order of Play

Men’s Singles Draw

Women’s Singles Draw

Men’s Doubles Draw

Women’s Doubles Draw

Interviews

08.09.14

Cilic: “It means everything. It’s just a huge accomplishment for myself and for my team”

Nishikori: “I didn’t expect nothing coming here. Yeah, there is so many positive things for sure”

07.09.14

S. Williams: “I just could never have imagined that I would be mentioned with Evert or with Navratilova”

Wozniacki: “I had a game plan in mind. I tried to push her back, but that really didn’t work for me”

Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan

06.09.14

Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina

Martina Hingis and Flavia Pennetta

Cilic: “I was absolutely playing the best tennis of my life”

Goran Ivanisevic: “You saw everything. It was the best match of his life”

Federer: “It’s fairly simple: I think Marin played great”

Nishikori: “I just started playing points few days ago before the tournament. I didn’t even know if I should come”

Djokovic: “I think he just played better in these conditions than I did”

05.09.14

Chang: “If he beats Djokovic, Kei can win the tournament”

S. Williams: “Definitely wasn’t sure I’d be here. So I’m just elated”

Makarova: “She’s hitting so early the ball, so it’s always tough to be more aggressive than she is”

David Brewer tournament director

Wozniacki: “Health is more important. I just was hoping that she was going to be okay”

Peng: “Start from the leg. The front, the back, and then it was my back. Horrible”

04.09.14

Pennetta and Hingis: “We had a tough draw. We have never thought to rise the final”

Federer: “It’s just unbelievable to win matches like this at slams”

Monfils: “Suddenly he start to mix everything. You know, that’s why he’s the greatest player”

Cilic: “It angered me how all the process went because it was not fair to me”

Berdych: “I start pretty terribly. Then obviously was really tough to catch up”

03.09.14

Heinze Gunthardt

Wawrinka: “What’s happen he start to play better. He start to be more aggressive”

Nishikori: “I always love to play five sets. I think I have good records for winning third or fifth sets”

Djokovic: “Andy started to go for his forehand more in last couple of years since he started working with Ivan”

Murray: “I’d say definitely physically he was fresher”

S. Williams: “I always ask my dad why wasn’t I a lefty?”

Pennetta: “Just go on the court and try your best. You don’t have so many things to do”

Azarenka: “Can I play better? Absolutely. Will I doubt that I can play on a higher level? No chance”

Makarova: “I felt that I’m ready. I’m feeling good my game and believe in myself”

02.09.14

Wozniacki: “I had a game plan in mind, and I just went for my shots”

Errani: “She’s very good. She don’t miss a ball”

Federer: “Monfils has a wonderful serve, really, which nobody really talks about because of his athletic movement”

Cilic: “I’m serving much better. That allows me to have more opportunities”

Monfils: “For me tennis is a sport, you know. It’s not a job”

Dimitrov: “I did a lot of unforced errors, especially with my forehand”

Shuai: “I almost stopped playing like three or four years is really tough with the mentally”

Bencic: “Today I really didn’t play my best, but I can take definitely so much positive out of this tournament”

01.09.14

Nishikori: “It’s going to bring confidence for sure for the next round. Really tough five sets”

Raonic: “I wish I could have been let’s say more efficient in many aspects”

Azarenka: “I just really try to focus on each day at a time. I don’t look back of how tough it was”

Krunic: “I just enjoyed the moment and I tried to stay in the moment as much as I could”

Wawrinka: “I have no problem with him. What’s happen on the tennis courts, you have to keep it there”

Bouchard: “I was feeling very light headed and dizzy on the court. Just seeing things a little blurry”

Murray: “I don’t feel like I’m that far away from playing my best tennis”

Makarova: “It was really help for me also because I had some time to recover. It was kind of good medical timeout”

Murray: “I don’t feel like I’m that far away from playing my best tennis”

Djokovic: “Obviously when I won second set I wanted to get the job done in three”

S. Williams: “I can run down any ball on the court. But, if I don’t have to move as much, that’s fine with me”

Pennetta: “I like the city all the time. When I get to New York, I feel much better”

Dellacqua: “I’m obviously disappointed for that loss. But overall I’m happy with where I’m heading”

31.08.14

Art Seitz’s images from days 5, 6 & 7

Bencic: “The last 12 months were really great for me. I improved my ranking always”

Dimitrov: “Obviously that wasn’t the best part, changing the court”

Monfils: “I’m cool. As usual. Still the same. Hanging around. No coach. I’m happy”

Federer: “It almost never happened to me that they would take me off before it started raining, but it was the right decision”

Wozniacki: “I make the right decisions at the right moment. And I enjoy playing”

Sharapova: “ It was warm, it was windy, but we’re in New York; it’s summertime”

Errani: “I don’t serve very fast. Of course you see that. It’s difficult for me”

Lucic-Baroni: “Everything I have done so far I absolutely earned it, and I’m very proud of it”

30.08.14

Pennetta

Murray: “The wind swirls a lot on that court. It can be windy on Ashe, but normally it goes in one direction”

Krunic: “I kicked out Djoko from the quiet room in the gym before my match with Madison”

Kvitova: “I knew a little bit what she’s playing, but I didn’t really expect how she played so well”

Djokovic: “This is where I want to play my best tennis. I haven’t done as well in leadup tournaments”

Hingis: “Who would have that Mirjana Lucic with all she had to come through to beat Halep”

Azarenka: “Feel different. As I always say, I don’t look too much in the past”

29.08.14

Sharapova: “I’m not someone that doesn’t look at the draw. I enjoy watching matches occasionally when I have some free time”

Federer: “The difference between 142mph and 147mph, there’s none really. Once you pass the 135 everything is just really fast”

Groth: “I was trying not to get caught up in the whole Roger act out there”

Gulbis: “Late in the third I thought that I pulled something. Then I started to cramp afterwards”

V. Williams: “I think she just played one of the best matches of her life”

Errani: (AUDIO) “5 all in the tie-break I made that volley, unbelievable”

Lucic-Baroni: “After so many years to be here again, it’s incredible. I wanted this so bad”

Halep: “After I had 5-2 and the two set points, she came back really well. Everything was in for her”

Bencic: “Obviously it was Martina (Hingis) which I was looking up to, and I was also practicing by her mom”

Tomic: “My hip’s a little bit not in shape. I’m feeling it inside”

Shuai: “I need to be more courage, be more like stronger, and then try my best”

Jankovic: “I wake up in the morning, and I’m excited. I want to go out there and hit balls”

28.08.14

Art Seitz’s images from day 4

Listen to Robredo talk in spanish to Ubaldo about his match against Bolelli

Bellis: “This whole experience has been unbelievable, like mind-blowing”

Djokovic: “I have nothing to complain about, I wanted to get my job done as quick as possible”

Murray: “I hope I feel better every day now. I felt fine the last couple days”

Estrella Burgos: “People from Dominican, I think they are in the party now”

S. Williams: “I’ve had three tries to get to 18. Hopefully I’ll get there one day”

Kyrgios: “To have gone to the third round, having beaten some quality opponents, feels good”

Pliskova: “I think I played one of my best matches this year”

Ivanovic: “it’s very disappointing. It’s never easy to finish, and especially this early”

Querrey: “Serve felt good, forehand felt good, I was making the right decisions”

Azarenka: “I don’t expect. I just play. That’s what’s important”

27.08.14

Art Seitz’s and Melchiorre Di Giacomo’s images of day 3

Sharapova: “I’m healthy enough to compete at this level. That’s the most important thing for me”

Gulbis: “I completely swap his rhythm and his vision of the court”

V. Williams: “Finally I did something I couldn’t do the last couple years. That’s good stuff.”

Wawrinka: “I was serving big. I was moving really well and taking the ball early”

Wozniacki: “She wasn’t an easy opponent. She’s young and hungry”

Berdych: “It’s a tough opponent, a big challenge. The conditions were extremely tough today”

Hewitt: “I was ready for the match today, but in the end he was just too good”

Shuai: “Two times almost stop playing. So it’s really lucky I’m still here”

Radwanska: “I didn’t play bad today. I think it was just her day”

26.08.14

Art Seitz’s images from day 2

Bellis: “I’m feeling amazing. I’m still speechless. I’m still in shock about that match”

Listen to the interview to CiCi’s father

S. Williams: “We offered to play five sets many times. They don’t want the women to play five sets”

Federer: “Jordan was just my hero of all sports. That’s what he was for me growing up”

Kvitova: “I’m just glad I can play New Haven”

Bouchard: “I want to kind of get on a roll and keep the momentum going”

Ivanovic: “The confidence is on a high level. I had a great season behind me”

Nishikori: “Just start play points couple of days ago. Still I was playing almost same level as usual”

Stosur: “I think I served well; tactically used the right serve at the right time”

25.08.2014

Art Seitz’s images from Day 1

Djokovic: “Last three weeks actually, Toronto and Cincinnati, were a bit tough emotionally”

Sharapova: “I think you feel the goosebumps when you go out on a night match on Arthur Ashe”

Tommy Robredo talks about Spanish success

Murray: “I don’t know exactly why it happened today. I need to just try and find out what went wrong”

V. Williams: “To have a great family behind me and a sister on tour, for me that’s the best part”

Kyrgios: “It was just an outburst, and hopefully I will be able to control that the next time”

24.08.2014

Djokovic: “I’m feeling better and better as the days go by”

Federer: “I believe in rest in a huge way. Whenever I get a chance to rest, I do”

Murray: “I lost to guys who had won the events, and had quite big opportunities”

S. Williams: “I think Ashe would be really proud to see so many young African-American players”

Sharapova: “As the weeks progress, I’m certainly feeling better”

Bouchard: “Definitely proud of how I have come such a long way in a short time”

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Jack Draper Wins In Stuttgart, Potentially Faces Andy Murray in Round Two

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Jack Draper – ATP Monaco di Baviera 2024 (foto via Twitter @atptour)

Britain’s Jack Draper tight first round win headlined the opening day’s results at the Boss Open 2024 in Stuttgart – and possibly faces a second-round match with Andy Murray who takes on Marcos Giron tomorrow.

Less than 24 hours from the last ball being hit at Roland Garros, the ATP Tour had already switched surfaces onto the grass, and 22-year-old Draper was well tested but ultimately came through in two tie-breakers over Sebastian Ofner.

The sixth seed’s 7-6, 7-6 win contained just one break of serve each, both coming in the second set, as serve dominated proceedings on the faster grass courts in Germany.

While the Austrian won 75% on his first serve, Draper won a whopping 89% behind his first delivery as well as hitting eight aces. These kind of service stats will surely take him far during the grass court season.

“I thought it was a really good match,” Eurosport quoted Draper saying after his match. 
“Both of us played really clean tennis, executing really well.
“When it came down to it, I’m glad I competed really well and got over the line – it’s good to be back on the grass as well.”

There were also wins for Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann who won 6-3, 6-3 over wildcard Henri Squire, while compatriot Dominik Koepfer won in three sets over China’s Zhizhen Zhang 4-6, 7-6, 7-6. 

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Carlos Alcaraz Still Owns A Magical Racket

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The legend of Carlos Alcaraz and his magical racket lives on.

The 21-year-old Spaniard executed one magical shot after another with his racket and legs  Sunday afternoon in the French Open final. That bit of magic spelled defeat for Germany’s Alexander Zverev.

This was a final to remember, one of the great matches of all the Grand Slams. It just wasn’t in the cards for the 26-year-old Zverev to finally win a Grand Slam title.

HE HAD IT, THEN HE DIDN’T

Both players seemed to play a game of “he had it and then he didn’t.”

Alcaraz appeared to have everything under control in the first set, but Zverev rushed through the second set and then made a comeback from 5-2 down in the third set to win five straight games.

Zverev had everything going for him when he started the fourth set with a two-set advantage. It appeared that all the 6-6 Zverev had to do was to continue playing his masterful game of big serves and mighty ground strokes.

But Zverev couldn’t get started in the fourth set until he was down 4-0. So much for a smooth and easy ride to a Grand Slam title. By then, the magic of Alcaraz was heating up.

MAGIC OF ALCARAZ HEATING UP

Zverev still had his chances, even when he fell behind 2-1 in the fifth set. He had to feel pretty good about his chances when he took a triple break point lead against Alcaraz’s serve and appeared ready to even the set at 2-2. Even after Carlos came up with a winner to bring the  game score to double break point.

Zverev still was ready to even the entire match.

That’s when everything seemed to go haywire for the German, while all the while, Alcaraz was able to repeatedly come up with his magical shots as the Spaniard made critical shots that looked almost impossible to make.

ALCARAZ HEADED FOR GREATNESS

Everything for Zverev was lost in the magical racket of Alcaraz.

What was then initially called a game-ending Alcaraz double fault and a 2-2 deadlock quicky reversed itself and Alcaraz stayed alive by winning the next three points while taking a 3-1 advantage.

Zverev did get back to a 3-2 deficit and had a break point in the sixth game, but that was it for the hopes of Zverev. The last two games went rather easily in favor of Alcaraz to wrap up a 6-3, 2-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 victory for Alcaraz.

That moved the Spaniard to a higher level of success on the ATP Tour. He became the youngest man to win Grand Slam titles on all of the different surfaces, clay, grass and hard courts.

Carlos Alcaraz and his magical racket appear to be headed for greatness.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award  for print media. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at Jamesbecktennis@gmail.com. 

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Tsitsipas Brothers Hit With Trio Of Fines At French Open

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Stefanos Tsitsipas and his brother Petros have been fined more than 20,000 euros for multiple violations of the coaching rules at this year’s French Open. 

The brothers received a financial penalty during three different matches that they played in. Two of those were in the second and third rounds of the men’s doubles tournament. Furthermore, Stefanos was also penalised during his singles quarter-final match against Carlos Alcaraz, which he lost in straight sets. According to French newspaper L’Equipe, all three of those fines were issued as a result of coaching rules being broken.

Ironically, coaching is allowed during matches at the French Open but certain rules must be followed. ‘Verbal’ coaching can only be issued from the coaches and their team if they are sitting in the designated player’s box. Instructions must be limited to a few words and can only be given if the player is in the same half of the court as their coach. Although non-verbal coaching is allowed regardless of what side the player is on. Finally, players can’t start a conversation with their coach unless it is during a medical break, a bathroom break or when their opponent is changing clothes.

However, the Tsitsipas brothers have been found in violation of these rules, which is likely due to their animated father in the stands who is also their coach. Apostolos Tsitsipas has been given coaching violations in the past at other events, including the 2022 Australian Open. 

The value of the fines are €4,600 and €9,200 for the Tsitsipas brothers in the doubles, as well as an additional €7,400 just for Stefanos in the singles. In total, the value of their fines is €21,200. However, the penalty is unlikely to have an impact on the duo whose combined earnings for playing in this year’s French Open amount to roughly €495,000. 

So far in the tournament, the highest single fine to be issued this year was against Terence Atmane who hit a ball out of frustration that struck a fan in the stands. Atmane, who later apologised for his actions, managed to avoid getting disqualified from the match. Instead, he was fined €23,000. 

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