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Williams And Djokovic Crowned ITF World Champions

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TENNIS – The ITF has announced that World Number 1 players Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are the 2014 ITF World Champions. Djokovic has been named Men’s World Champion for the fourth time in his career. Williams has claimed this honour for the fifth time. US doubles twins Mike and Bob Bryan have been name ITF Doubles World Champions for the 11th time in 12 years. Italian close friends Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci have been honoured as ITF Doubles World Champions for the third time in a row. Diego Sampaolo

 

The ITF selection is based on the results during the year, but gives a special weight to the Grand Slams, the Davis Cup and the Fed Cup.

The ITF World Champions will receive their awards at the ITF World Champions Dinner during the Roland Garros in Paris.

Novak Djokovic won his seventh Grand Slam title at Wimbledon last July and won seven ATP titles (Indian Wells, Miami, Rome, Wimbledon, Beijing, Paris Bercy and the ATP Finals in London). He reached the final at the Roland Garros where he lost to Rafael Nadal and the semifinal at the US Open. Djokovic joins a list of four players who claimed the ITF World Champion title which includes Ivan Lendl, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer.

Serena Williams has been named ITF World Champion for the fifth time. She clinched her 18th Grand Slam title at the US Open equalling Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert. She won six more titles (Brisbane, Rome, Miami, Cincinnati, Stanford and the WTA Championships in Singapore). Williams has become the oldest player to be named an ITF Singles World Champion

“I am so honoured to be named ITF World Champion for the fifth time. This was a year of challenges and triumphs. To win another Grand Slam and retain my year-end World Number 1 ranking is an accomplishment I am so proud of. I am grateful to have the support of the tennis community. I am looking forward to 2015”, said Serena Williams

Bob & Mike Bryan by Art Seitz

Bob & Mike Bryan by Art Seitz

Mike and Bob Bryan, who won their 16th Grand Slam and their 100th overall title at the 2014 US Open. The US twins won ten titles in 2014 (Delray Beach, Indian Wells, Miami, Houston, Monte-Carlo, Cincinnati, US Open, Shanghai, Paris Bercy and the ATP World Finals in London) taking their total to 103 ATP titles and finished runner-up to Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil at Wimbledon .

“The 2014 season was one of our best seasons on tour and it’s one we will fondly remember. We look forward to the awards dinner in Paris and sharing the stage with all the other world champions”, said Mike Bryan

Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci by Fabrizio Maccani

Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci by Fabrizio Maccani

Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci completed the Career Grand Slam by winning at Wimbledon last July. They also won the Australian Open and reached the final at the Roland Garros and finished co-ranked Number 1 on the WTA Doubles Ranking.

“We are happy to be Women’s Doubles World Champions for the third consecutive year. It is a great pleasure and honour to have finished the year as number one in the doubles ranking again. Our goal is to defend the Australian Open and Wimbledon”, said Errani and Vinci.

Cici Bellis by Art Seitz

Cici Bellis by Art Seitz

Catherine Cici Bellis, who grabbed the headlines last summer when she beat Dominica Cibulkova at the US Open at the age of 15, is the second US player to be crowned as the Girls World Champion and the youngest world champion since 2006. She won four singles titles and capped the season with the Orange Bowl title last week. She led the US Junior team to the Fed Cup Junior title

“It was my goal to be the year-end Number 1 from when I started playing in the juniors. I am ecstatic that I was able to reach the milestone as a 15-year-old. It is an honour to be in such a great company with all of the amazing and legendary juniors before me”, said Cici Bellis.

Andrey Rublev won his first Grand Slam Junior title at the Roland Garros and clinched the singles bronze and the doubles silver at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing. He is the first Russian player in any category to be crowned ITF World Champion.

“Serena Williams is one of the toughest competitors of all time. Novak Djokovic’s performances at the biggest events make him a deserving winner. Bob and Mike Bryan’s remarkable achievement is a testament to their continued drive and determination. Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci have shown the importance of teamwork both on and off the court”, said ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti

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Cameron Norrie ‘Happy’ With Performance After Extending Winning Run Against Kyrgios

Cameron Norrie spoke about his confidence after reaching the last eight in Atlanta.

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Cameron Norrie is satisfied with his recent performances after reaching the Atlanta quarter-finals.

 

The in-form Brit extended his winning streak to five matches after defeating Nick Kyrgios in Atlanta.

Norrie eased to victory with a 6-1 6-4 win in a match which saw three breaks of serve from the Brit to make the last eight.

After winning his maiden title in Los Cabos, Norrie now is starting to feel confident in his game.

In his post-match interview the world number 29 insists that he is happy with his level as he continues his great season, “It’s very nice to be back here in Atlanta,” Norrie explained.

“It’s good to have Nick back… really enjoyed the match and really happy with my level. It’s cool to be playing at this level and [I am] happy and satisfied to be getting some wins. I’m enjoying my tennis.”

Next for Norrie will be Emil Ruusuvuori as he looks to continue his momentum and solidify his status as the man to beat in US hard court swing.

The other quarter-finals will see Los Cabos finalist Brandon Nakashima take on Jordan Thompson, Taylor Fritz will face fellow American Reilly Opelka.

While five-time champion John Isner will face Christopher O’Connell in the last eight with the American serving 49 aces in two matches so far.

Play will begin at 17:00 BST while Norrie’s match will likely take place at 20:00 BST.

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‘Probably Gonna Quit’ – Tennys Sandgren Blasts Performance After missing Out On Olympic Medal

The tennis star described his fourth place finish as ‘dog s**t.”

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Former Australian Open quarter-finalist Tennys Sandgren said he is close to retiring from tennis after missing out on a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

 

Sandgren and doubles partner Austin Krajicek fell in straight sets to the New Zealand pairing of Michael Venus and Marcus Daniell, who are the first tennis players from their country in over 100 years to win a medal. The loss is a frustrating outcome for the American who wasn’t afraid to express how he felt after the match. Tokyo was the ninth doubles tournament Sandgren has played in this year.

“I mean, who f*ing cares you know, what do I have to show for it? We have a good week and fourth place is dog s**t.” He told the Olympic News Service.

Speaking straight after his loss, the highly emotional 30-year-old then cast doubt on his future in the sport. He is currently ranked 82nd in the world and has a win-loss record of 6-14 so far this year. However, he is yet to reach a quarter-final in singles.

I’m probably gonna quit. That might be my last match. I’m close, yeah, I’m close.” He replied when asked about his career.

As for if he would have done anything different in the bronze medal match, Sandgren replied ‘not to have been so bad.’ He also expressed disappointment that the tennis tournament took place behind closed doors. Prior to the Olympics, organisers decided to hold all events in Tokyo without fans due to a surge of COVID-19 cases in the city.

“It would have been a great event with fans,” he via via teamusa.org. “Playing on an outside court without fans, I mean, you might as well be playing in Idaho in the middle of nowhere.”

Sandgren and Krajicek were America’s last chance to win a medal in the tennis competition. It is the first time the country has failed to win any medal since tennis returned as an Olympic event in 1988.

“There’s not much you can say about that except it’s pretty, pretty devastating to lose that one. You know, give yourself a chance to get a medal and then to lose those two (matches – including the men’s doubles semifinal) is tough, but you have to give those guys credit today. They played well.” Krajicek concluded.

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Updated Entry List For Washington

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The US Open Series is ready to get to the heart, with the historic tournament of Washington D.C.

 

The Citi Open in Washington, the only ATP tournament to be contested next week, will follow Atlanta in the American summer tour. The event has been taking place on hard-courts since 1969, when Thomaz Koch from Brazil won the first edition defeating Arthur Ashe in the final.

Rafael Nadal, who has received a Wild-Card, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Alex De Minaur will be the first three seeded players. Jannik Sinner, Aslan Karatsev, Karen Khachanov and the defending champion Nick Kyrgios are committed to play as well, while Milos Raonic and John Isner have withdrawn. Denis Kudla, Brandon Nakashima and Feliciano Lopez will play with a Wild-Card.

NEWS: Karen Khachanov (who is playing the Olympics) has pulled out from the tournament; Mackenzie McDonald takes his place in the main draw.

NEWS: Aslan Karatsev has withdrawn, he has been replaced by Colombia’s Daniel-Elahi Galan.


ATP 500 Washington (DC, USA), entry list:
OUT Shapovalov, Denis (CAN)
Auger-Aliassime, Felix (CAN)
De Minaur, Alex (AUS)
OUT Hurkacz, Hubert (POL)
Auger-Aliassime, Felix (CAN)
Dimitrov, Grigor (BUL)
OUT Raonic, Milos (CAN)
Sinner, Jannik (ITA)
OUT Karatsev, Aslan (RUS)
Evans, Daniel (GBR)
OUT Khachanov, Karen (RUS)
Opelka, Reilly (USA)
OUT Isner, John (USA)
Norrie, Cameron (GBR)
Bublik, Alexander (KAZ)
OUT Ramos-Vinolas, Albert (ESP)
Fritz, Taylor (USA)
Millman, John (AUS)
Paire, Benoit (FRA)
Kecmanovic, Miomir (SRB)
Korda, Sebastian (USA)
Harris, Lloyd (RSA)
Paul, Tommy (USA)
Nishikori, Kei (JPN)
Querrey, Sam (USA)
Tiafoe, Frances (USA)
Nishioka, Yoshihito (JPN)
OUT Pella, Guido (ARG)
Kyrgios, Nick (AUS)
OUT Koepfer, Dominik (GER)
Pospisil, Vasek (CAN)
Giron, Marcos (USA)
Popyrin, Alexei (AUS)
Sandgren, Tennys (USA)
OUT Munar, Jaume (ESP)
OUT Kwon, Soonwoo (KOR)
(SE)
WC Nadal, Rafael (ESP)
WC Sock, Jack (USA)
WC Nakashima, Brandon (USA)
WC Lopez, Feliciano (ESP)
(WC)
OUT (WC)
Alternates:
IN Gerasimov, Egor (BLR)
IN Johnson, Steve (USA)
IN Ruusuvuori, Emil (FIN)
IN Thompson, Jordan (AUS)
IN Ivashka, Ilya (BLR)
IN Berankis, Ricardas (LTU)
OUT Monteiro, Thiago (BRA)
IN Seppi, Andreas (ITA)
IN Duckworth, James (AUS)

IN Anderson, Kevin (RSA)
OUT Daniel, Taro (JPN)
OUT Kukushkin, Mikhail (KAZ)

OUT Martinez, Pedro (ESP)
IN McDonald, Mackenzie (USA)
IN Galan, Daniel Elahi (COL)
IN Kudla, Denis (USA)

Alt.1 Uchiyama, Yasutaka (JPN)
Alt.2 Bonzi, Benjamin (FRA)
Alt.3 Sousa, Joao (POR)
Alt.4 Zapata Miralles, Bernabe (ESP)
Alt.5 Seyboth Wild, Thiago (BRA)


ATP 500 Washington, qualifying:
OUT Ivashka, Ilya (BLR)
OUT Thompson, Jordan (AUS)
OUT Duckworth, James (AUS)

OUT Ruusuvuori, Emil (FIN)
OUT Johnson, Steve (USA)
OUT Berankis, Ricardas (LTU)
OUT Seppi, Andreas (ITA)
OUT Ymer, Mikael (SWE)

OUT McDonald, Mackenzie (USA)
OUT Kudla, Denis (USA)
OUT Daniel, Taro (JPN)

OUT Bonzi, Benjamin (FRA)
OUT Galan, Daniel Elahi (COL)
OUT Sugita, Yuichi (JPN)
OUT Anderson, Kevin (RSA)

Uchiyama, Yasutaka (JPN)
Wolf, J.J. (PR, USA)
(WC)
(WC)
(WC)
(WC)
Alternates:
IN O’Connell, Christopher (AUS)
IN Broady, Liam (GBR)
IN Donskoy, Evgeny (RUS)
IN Brooksby, Jenson (USA)
IN Gunneswaran, Prajnesh (IND)
IN Cressy, Maxime (USA)
IN Marchenko, Illya (UKR)
IN Gomez, Emilio (ECU)
IN Jung, Jason (TPE)
IN Ofner, Sebastian (AUT)
IN Ymer, Elias (SWE)
IN Soeda, Go (JPN)
IN Mmoh, Michael (USA)
IN Escobedo, Ernesto (USA)
IN Kokkinakis, Thanasi (AUS)
IN Fratangelo, Bjorn (USA)
IN Krueger, Mitchell (USA)

IN Ito, Tatsuma (PR, JPN)
Alt.1 Eubanks, Christopher (USA)
Alt.2 Ramanathan, Ramkumar (IND)
Alt.3 Torpegaard, Mikael (DEN)
OUT Sock, Jack (USA)
Alt.4 Purcell, Max (AUS)
Alt.5 Ebden, Matthew (AUS)

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