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Andy Murray, Roger Federer And Serena Williams Included In Wimbledon Entry Lists

Some familiar faces will be making a long-awaiting return at the tournament this year.

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The provisional entry lists for the upcoming Wimbledon Championships have been announced with the potential return of some of the sports biggest stars following their absence from the tour.

 

In the men’s draw, Andy Murray has been included in the field. The former world No.1 hasn’t played a match on the tour since his run to the quarter-finals at SW18 last year. Murray has been sidelined from the tour due to a hip injury, which required surgery in January. The Brit is aiming to return to action at the Start of June by playing in Rosmalen prior to the Fever-Tree Championships in London.

Roger Federer will be bidding to win a record ninth Wimbledon title. Like Murray the world No.2 is missing the clay season with the goal of returning next month. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are also down on the entry list.

Two players who will miss next week’s French Open, Milos Raonic and Hyeon Chung, are also down to play in the grass-court major. Raonic is currently dealing with a knee injury. Meanwhile, Chung has been sidetracked due to a persistent ankle injury.

Serena Williams will feature in the women’s draw as speculation mounts if she will be seeded in the tournament. The seven-time champion missed the event last year due to pregnancy. It will be her 18th appearance in the main draw of the tournament. To date, she has won 86 out of 96 matches played at SW19.

Maria Sharapova is set to return venue for the first time in three years. She missed the 2016 tournament due to a doping suspension and then withdrew from last year because of a muscle injury. It was at Wimbledon, where Sharapova won her first major title at the age of 17 back in 2004.

Every member of the top 20 are currently set to play at Wimbledon this year in the women’s draw.

The Wimbledon championships will get underway on July 2nd. Garbine Muguruza and Federer are the reigning champions in the singles competitions.

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Entry Lists For Houston, Marrakech LIVE

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The clay court season is going to start as two ATP 250 tournaments are set to take place in Houston and Marrakech. 

 

The U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships and the Grand Prix Hassan will be played from the 8th to the 14th of April. USA’s Steve Johnson and Spain’s Pablo Andujar and the defending champions.

ATP Houston (TX, USA, Clay Outdoor), entry list:
OUT Isner, John USA 9 
2 Chardy, Jeremy FRA 33
3 Johnson, Steve USA 36
4 Fritz, Taylor USA 46
5 Querrey, Sam USA 57
6 Opelka, Reilly USA 58
7 Cuevas, Pablo URU 59
8 Norrie, Cameron GBR 64
9 Kudla, Denis USA 68
10 McDonald, Mackenzie USA 71
OUT Kyrgios, Nick AUS 72 
OUT Nishioka, Yoshihito JPN 75 
13 Thompson, Jordan AUS 79
14 Tomic, Bernard AUS 83
15 Sandgren, Tennys USA 84
16 Karlovic, Ivo CRO 89
17 Klahn, Bradley USA 90
18 Garin, Christian CHI 92
19 Harrison, Ryan USA 93
20 Dellien, Hugo BOL 95
21 Garcia-Lopez, Guillermo ESP 103
22 WC Fratangelo, Bjorn USA 122
23 WC Rubin, Noah USA 146
24 WC Tipsarevic, Janko SRB 383
25 [Q]
26 [Q]
27 [Q]
28 [Q]
Alternates:
IN Lorenzi, Paolo ITA 106 
IN Ruud, Casper NOR 108 
OUT Carballes Baena, Roberto ESP 111 
IN Granollers, Marcel ESP 115 
1. Ymer, Elias SWE 117
2. Maden, Yannick GER 119
OUT Monteiro, Thiago BRA 120 
OUT Trungelliti, Marco ARG 121
3. Laaksonen, Henri SUI 122
4. Polansky, Peter CAN 123

 

ATP Houston (TX, USA, Clay Outdoor), qualifying:
OUT Ruud, Casper NOR 98 
OUT Lorenzi, Paolo ITA 107 
OUT Granollers, Marcel ESP 111 
OUT Fratangelo, Bjorn USA 122 
5 Laaksonen, Henri SUI 128
6 Bublik, Alexander KAZ 131
7 Polansky, Peter CAN 138
OUT Bolt, Alex AUS 140 
OUT Rubin, Noah USA 146 
10 Eubanks, Christopher USA 150
11 Krueger, Mitchell USA 170
12 Quiroz, Roberto ECU 172
13 Giron, Marcos USA 173
14 Ward, James GBR 177
15 [WC]
16 [WC]
Alternates:
IN Koepfer, Dominik GER 182 
IN Ofner, Sebastian AUT 184 
IN King, Darian BAR 191
IN Krstin, Pedja SRB 192 

IN Clarke, Jay GBR 196 
OUT Donaldson, Jared USA 197
IN Paul, Tommy USA 202 
OUT Arevalo, Marcelo ESA 203 
1. Young, Donald USA 212
2. Smith, John-Patrick AUS 213

 

ATP Marrakech (MAR, Clay Outdoor), entry list:
OUT Carreno Busta, Pablo ESP 20
2 Edmund, Kyle GBR 27
3 Simon, Gilles FRA 30
4 Kohlschreiber, Philipp GER 31
5 Verdasco, Fernando ESP 32
6 Djere, Laslo SRB 37
OUT Sousa, Joao POR 38 
OUT Kukushkin, Mikhail KAZ 39
9 Herbert, Pierre-Hugues FRA 40
OUT Millman, John AUS 44 
11 Jaziri, Malek TUN 45
OUT Dzumhur, Damir BIH 50
OUT Berrettini, Matteo ITA 56
OUT Auger-Aliassime, Felix CAN 60
15 Munar, Jaume ESP 61
16 Haase, Robin NED 62
17 Humbert, Ugo FRA 63
18 Paire, Benoit FRA 65
19 Londero, Juan Ignacio ARG 66
20 Bedene, Aljaz SLO 69
21 Daniel, Taro JPN 70
22 Zverev, Mischa GER 76
OUT Hurkacz, Hubert POL 77 
24 Andreozzi, Guido ARG 80
25 Delbonis, Federico ARG 81
26 WC Zverev, Alexander GER 3
27 WC Fognini, Fabio ITA 18
28 [WC]
29 [Q]
30 [Q]
31 [Q]
32 [Q]
Alternates:
OUT Krajinovic, Filip SRB 82 
IN Fabbiano, Thomas ITA 85 
IN Kovalik, Jozef SVK 85PR 
IN Ramos-Vinolas, Albert ESP 86 
OUT Darcis, Steve BEL 90PR 
IN Andujar, Pablo ESP 91 
IN Stebe, Cedrik-Marcel GER 93PR 
IN Vesely, Jiri CZE 96 
OUT Marterer, Maximilian GER 97
IN Ivashka, Ilya BLR 98
IN (Lucky Loser)

 

ATP Marrakech (MAR, Clay Outdoor), qualifying:
OUT Ramos-Vinolas, Albert ESP 86 
OUT Andujar, Pablo ESP 88 
OUT Vesely, Jiri CZE 100 
OUT Istomin, Denis UZB 102
5 Sonego, Lorenzo ITA 106
OUT Ivashka, Ilya BLR 110 
OUT Trungelliti, Marco ARG 114 
8 Ymer, Elias SWE 116
9 Barrere, Gregoire FRA 120
OUT Kovalik, Jozef SVK 121 
OUT Gerasimov, Egor BLR 135 
12 Moutet, Corentin FRA 136
13 Menendez-Maceiras, Adrian ESP 141
14 Bagnis, Facundo ARG 142
15 [WC]
16 [WC]
Alternates:
IN Berlocq, Carlos ARG 143 
OUT Bolelli, Simone ITA 147 
OUT Martinez, Pedro ESP 158 
IN Hanfmann, Yannick GER 160 
OUT Lestienne, Constant FRA 164 
IN Davidovich Fokina, Alejandro ESP 181 
IN Vatutin, Alexey RUS 201 
OUT Arevalo, Marcelo ESA 203 
IN Karlovskiy, Evgeny RUS 230 
OUT Kavcic, Blaz SLO 234
IN Krawietz, Kevin GER 242
IN Troicki, Viktor SRB 247

IN Benchetrit, Elliot FRA 274

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COMMENT: At Indian Wells, the Lucky Loser Is Not So Lucky Against Milos Raonic

A new kid surprises, maybe gets to the third round, but then he plays the big names.

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Miomir Kecmanovic (photo by chryslène caillaud, copyright @Sport Vision)

By Art Spander

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — The description, “Lucky Loser,” seems an oxymoron; army intelligence, jumbo shrimp, lucky loser. Except this is tennis, not the military or crustaceans.

 

And tennis is a sport in which love means nothing — getting shut out — so anything goes, including at times a qualifying loser into the main draw.

One of those in this BNP Paribas Open was a 19-year-old from Serbia, Miomir Kecmanovic (no, I don’t know why Serbs, Croats, Russians, Spaniards, French and Austrians can play and Americans can’t).

Kecmanovic finally was eliminated Thursday, as you would imagine when a guy ranked 130th in the world meets up with the guy ranked 14th, who three years ago was ranked third and was a Wimbledon finalist, Milos Raonic.

Yes, Kecmanovic was the loser, and this time not so lucky — except by getting to the quarter-finals he earned $182,000. Raonic, with his big serve, scored a 6-3, 6-4 victory.

When you’re not exempt, as in one of the top money winners, you try to get into a tournament through qualifying. Kecmanovic did try. And failed, if barely, getting beaten in a third-set tiebreaker.

Depressed? That’s an understatement; this led to an overreaction. He was going to quit the sport. Then he came to a realization. “You’re like, ‘OK, you don’t know anything else in life, so you’ve got to stick to this,’” he said.

Someone eligible inevitably withdraws. At the BNP it wasn’t someone, it was three people, all because of injuries, Kevin Anderson (the 2018 Wimbledon finalist), Pablo Carreno Busta and Grigor Dimitrov.

Kecmanovic had a bye in the first round, then won three matches, the last when Yoshihito Nishioka retired because of a bad back after losing the first set. Lucky? Perhaps, but this time Kecmanovic wasn’t a loser.

Nine lucky losers have been ATP tournament winners since 1978, the most recent Marco Ceccinato at the Gazprom Hungarian Open in April 2018. He didn’t have to play against someone as competent as the 28-year-old Raonic, who now has reached the BNP semis a fourth time.

“I think the conditions are good for me, especially when the sun’s out,” said Raonic. ”The court heats up a little bit. There is a good amount of jump on the court. This year it’s a little bit slower than the previous years, but it allows me to take a few more swipes at a few more shots, and I can do different things with my serve that I need to get ahead in the point.”

Raonic was born in what was then Yugoslavia, but when he was 3 years old his parents, both engineers, emigrated to Canada where Milos, now 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds — if that sounds like a basketball player, well, he took part in an NBA All-Star celebrity game — was introduced to tennis.

He had been introduced briefly, during a match in Australia, to Kecmanovic.

“I played him in Brisbane after — I wasn’t aware until they mentioned it today that he was the Lucky Loser,” said Raonic. “But he beat, fairly handily, Leonardo Mayer down there. That was a tough match.

“Today I knew it was going to be tough. He’s won his last three matches against good players.”

Against a better player, Kecmanovic didn’t win. That is usually what happens in tennis. A new kid surprises, maybe gets to the third round, but then he plays the big names. On Kecmanovic’s side of the draw are Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

To borrow a lyric, the road gets tougher.

But Kecmanovic has a few dollars now to bankroll himself. And he has success in a tournament that most players consider just a notch below the four Grand Slams.

“I knew he had nothing to lose,” said Raonic, “and I had to be real.”

If that means taking the match seriously, well, anyone skilled enough to qualify for the main draw of any ATP tournament, whether as a Lucky Loser or not, is world-class. These guys, and on the other side, these women, are great athletes, top to bottom. Or they wouldn’t be on tour.

“Guys bring their best tennis at the beginning of the year,” said Raonic, alluding to the BNP and Miami, which last a week and half as compared to the weeklong events, “because guys have a lot of time. Nobody is really rushing. It’s tough to do it here.”

Even when you get lucky.

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Entry List For Indian Wells LIVE

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The BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells will take place from the 4th to the 17th of March.

 

The Master 1000 event will be played on the hard courts of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in California, starting with a qualifying tournament. The defending champion Juan Martin Del Potro has withdrawn with a knee injury.

 

ATP Master 1000 Indian Wells (CA, USA, Hard), entry list: 
1 Djokovic, Novak SRB 1
2 Nadal Rafael ESP 2
3 Federer, Roger SUI 3
4 Zverev, Alexander GER 4
OUT Del Potro, Juan Martin ARG 5 
6 Anderson, Kevin RSA 6
7 Cilic, Marin CRO 7
8 Thiem, Dominic AUT 8
9 Nishikori, Kei JPN 9
10 Isner, John USA 10
11 Khachanov, Karen RUS 11
12 Coric, Borna CRO 12
13 Fognini, Fabio ITA 13
14 Edmund, Kyle GBR 14
15 Tsitsipas, Stefanos GRE 15
16 Schwartzman, Diego ARG 16
17 Raonic, Milos CAN 17
18 Cecchinato, Marco ITA 18
19 Medvedev, Daniil RUS 19
20 Basilashvili, Nikoloz GEO 20
21 Dimitrov, Grigor BUL 21
22 Goffin, David BEL 22
23 Carreno Busta, Pablo ESP 23
24 Bautista Agut, Roberto ESP 24
OUT Chung, Hyeon KOR 25
OUT Gasquet, Richard FRA 26
27 Shapovalov, Denis CAN 27
28 Verdasco, Fernando ESP 28
29 De Minaur, Alex AUS 29
30 Simon, Gilles FRA 30
31 Pouille, Lucas FRA 31
32 Kohlschreiber, Philipp GER 32
33 Monfils, Gael FRA 33
34 Johnson, Steve USA 34
35 Seppi, Andreas ITA 35
36 Chardy, Jeremy FRA 36
37 Millman, John AUS 37
38 Fucsovics, Marton HUN 38
39 Tiafoe, Frances USA 39
40 Klizan, Martin SVK 40
41 Sandgren, Tennys USA 41
42 Mannarino, Adrian FRA 42
43 Jaziri, Malek TUN 43
44 Sousa, Joao POR 44
45 Jarry, Nicolas CHI 45
46 Lajovic, Dusan SRB 46
47 Dzumhur, Damir BIH 47
48 Ebden, Matthew AUS 48
49 Querrey, Sam USA 49
50 Fritz, Taylor USA 50
51 Struff, Jan-Lennard GER 51
52 Kyrgios, Nick AUS 52
53 Mayer, Leonardo ARG 53
54 Berrettini, Matteo ITA 54
55 Herbert, Pierre-Hugues FRA 55
56 Kukushkin, Mikhail KAZ 56
57 Berdych, Tomas CZE 57
58 Haase, Robin NED 58
59 Wawrinka, Stan SUI 59
60 Copil, Marius ROU 60
61 Paire, Benoit FRA 61
62 Kudla, Denis USA 62
63 Gojowczyk, Peter GER 63
64 Ramos-Vinolas, Albert ESP 64
65 Pella, Guido ARG 65
66 Lopez, Feliciano ESP 66
OUT Bedene, Aljaz SLO 67
68 Norrie, Cameron GBR 68
69 Nishioka, Yoshihito JPN 69
70 Zverev, Mischa GER 70
71 Marterer, Maximilian GER 71
72 Thompson, Jordan AUS 72
73 Karlovic, Ivo CRO 73
OUT Pospisil, Vasek CAN 74 
75 Carballes Baena, Roberto ESP 75
76 Hurkacz, Hubert POL 76
77 Andreozzi, Guido ARG 77
78 Klahn, Bradley USA 78
79 Munar, Jaume ESP 79
80 WC Young, Donald USA 214
81 WC Opelka, Reilly USA 89
82 WC Donaldson, Jared USA 115
83 WC Auger-Aliassime, Felix CAN 60
84 WC Djere, Laslo SRB 37
85 [Q]
86 [Q]
87 [Q]
88 [Q]
89 [Q]
90 [Q]
91 [Q]
92 [Q]
93 [Q]
94 [Q]
95 [Q]
96 [Q]
Alternates:
IN Delbonis, Federico ARG 80 
IN McDonald, Mackenzie USA 81 
IN Daniel, Taro JPN 82 
IN Harrison, Ryan USA 83
IN Ivashka, Ilya BLR 84
OUT Andujar, Pablo ESP 85
1. Gulbis, Ernests LAT 86
2. Rublev, Andrey RUS 87
3. Tomic, Bernard AUS 88
4. Tipsarevic, Janko SRB 88PR

 

 

ATP Master 1000 Indian Wells (CA, USA, Hard), Qualifying:
1 Londero, Juan Ignacio ARG 69
2 Krajinovic, Filip SRB 70
3 Albot, Radu MDA 79
OUT Ivashka, Ilya BLR 80
5 Gulbis, Ernests LAT 84
6 Fabbiano, Thomas ITA 86
7 Tomic, Bernard AUS 87
8 Humbert, Ugo FRA 88
OUT Opelka, Reilly USA 89
OUT Harrison, Ryan USA 92 
OUT Garin, Christian CHI 93
12 Donskoy, Evgeny RUS 94
13 Gunneswaran, Prajnesh IND 97
14 Harris, Lloyd RSA 98
15 Rublev, Andrey RUS 99
OUT Auger-Aliassime, Felix CAN 103
OUT Sock, Jack USA 104 
18 Berankis, Ricardas LTU 105
19 Istomin, Denis UZB 106
20 Kovalik, Jozef SVK 107
OUT Granollers, Marcel ESP 110
22 Lorenzi, Paolo ITA 111
23 Maden, Yannick GER 112
24 Trungelliti, Marco ARG 114
OUT Donaldson, Jared USA 115
26 Ymer, Elias SWE 116
27 Fratangelo, Bjorn USA 117
28 Polansky, Peter CAN 118
29 Menendez-Maceiras, Adrian ESP 121
30 Popyrin, Alexei AUS 123
31 Kecmanovic, Miomir SRB 124
32 Bolt, Alex AUS 126
33 Ramanathan, Ramkumar IND 128
34 Ruud, Casper NOR 129
35 Lacko, Lukas SVK 130
OUT Kokkinakis, Thanasi AUS 132
37 Bemelmans, Ruben BEL 134
OUT Bachinger, Matthias GER 139
39 Ito, Tatsuma JPN 141
40 Rosol, Lukas CZE 142
41 Jung, Jason TPE 143
42 Laaksonen, Henri SUI 146
43 Evans, Daniel GBR 147
44 [WC]
45 WC Giron, Marcos USA 207
46 WC Wolf, Jeffrey John USA 286
47 WC Song, Evan USA 319
48 [WC]
Alternates:
IN Zopp, Jurgen EST 151 
IN Rubin, Noah USA 152 
IN Quinzi, Gianluigi ITA 153 
IN Vanni, Luca ITA 155 
OUT Novak, Dennis AUT 157
IN Majchrzak, Kamil POL 158
IN Krueger, Mitchell USA 160
IN Gerasimov, Egor BLR 161
IN King, Darian BAR 164
IN Eubanks, Christopher USA 166
IN Uchiyama, Yasutaka USA 172
1. Caruso, Salvatore ITA 173

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