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Roger Federer reclaims world No. 1 ranking Roger Federer is back at No. 1 in the ATP rankings, once again swapping spots with Rafael Nadal. Federer's title at the grass-court tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, last week pushed him up from No. 2 on Monday. Nadal dropped down from No. 1 after sitting out last week following his 11th French Open championship earlier in the month.
Roger Federer reveals private conversation with Rafael Nadal In press conference at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart on Sunday a few minutes after he won the title beating the Canadian Milos Raonic in the final, Roger Federer revealed an interesting thing about his private conversation with his rival Rafael Nadal happened one week ago, probably via text messages.
Andy Murray makes shock Nick Kyrgios revelation ahead of Queen's showdown The former world No1 will be back on a court in a competitive match for the first time after 342 days of misery when he takes on the mercurial Australian in the first round of the Fever Tree Championships at Queen's Club. Murray has not played competitively since Wimbledon last year because of hip problems which required surgery in January.
Fuzion 100 Ilkley Trophy 18 June 2018 Day one of the main draw gets underway at a blustery Fuzion 100 Ilkley Trophy: 18 June 2018. It was blue skies and a fair breeze for players at the Fuzion 100 Ilkley Trophy today as the final rounds of qualifying started to make way for the main draw at the Yorkshire Ilkley Lawn Tennis and Squash Club.
Wilson Pro Staff Rf 97 Autograph Racket Athlete-Brand Collaboration Creates an Iconic Design…Finally Giving the "Tuxedo" Its Shirt CHICAGO, June 18, 2018 - Wilson Advisory Staff Member and tennis icon Roger Federer and Wilson Sporting Goods Co., revealed today the new Pro Staff RF 97 Autograph racket.
Suarez Navarro shock exit in Mallorca Carla Suarez Navarro crashed out of the opening round of the Mallorca Open on Monday, suffering defeat to compatriot Lara Arruabarrena. Arrubarrena clinched the first set 6-4, before Suarez Navarro fought back to a tiebreak in the second before eventually falling out 7-6 in the final set.
Thiem, Nishikori among winners in Halle Seeded players Dominic Thiem, Roberto Bautista Agut and Kei Nishikori all came through their first-round matches at the Gerry Weber Open on Monday. The third-seeded Thiem hit 19 aces as he defeated Russian qualifier Mikhail Youzhny 7-6, 6-2 to advance to a second-round meeting with Yuichi Sugita.
Defending Doubles Champs Survive In London Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares were fully tested at the Fever-Tree Championships on Monday, saving seven of nine break points to oust Frenchmen Adrian Mannarino and Fabrice Martin 4-6, 7-6, 10-8. The defending champions have won their opener at The Queen's Club in each of their three appearances as a team.
Barty: Nottingham triumph a 'full circle moment' NOTTINGHAM, Great Britain - For Ashleigh Barty, it was always going to be Nottingham. Read more: Barty holds off Konta to win Nottingham title. WTATennis.com's Stephanie Livaudais caught up with the 22-year-old after her big win to discuss what makes this surface so special for the Australian.
Monday's Set Points, WTA Birmingham: Rybarikova eases past Ka. Pliskova, Mladenovic up next in R2 The main draw for the 2018 Nature Valley Classic started on Monday. I'm still not fully into the tennis having missed most of the tennis at work and then a bit of evening baking and watching the football. This post is a sweeping summary of Monday's action.
Nick Kyrgios makes terrific claim about Andy Murray Nick Kyrgios must not be so happy about facing Andy Murray in the Queen's opening round on Tuesday. In press conference, the Australian player was asked about what his reaction when he saw the draw on Saturday last week: 'I just smiled, obviously I'm excited.
Pliskova falls hard in Wimbledon tuneup Karolina Pliskova left spectators puzzling yet again why her powerful game has never translated to grass-court glory when she lost in the first round of the Wimbledon warmup at Birmingham on Monday. The 6-foot-1 Czech with the superbly steep serve. and who appeared to have the world at her feet when she became No.
WTA Tennis - Birmingham Results and Schedule Birmingham, Great Britain. Singles - First Round. Rybarikova d Ka. Pliskova 62 63. Mladenovic d K. Siniakova 16 62 64. Osaka d K. Boulter 61 62. Gavrilova d D. Cibulkova 63 76. Doubles - First Round. Babos / K. Mladenovic d A. Barty / C. Vandeweghe 76 63.
Epic Rally: Marterer vs Sugita - 2018 Halle Nine, but it was worth the wait. ð#GerryWeberOpen pic.twitter.com/q2FMLjsVKg Maximialin Marterer and Yuichi Sugita played a crazy rally at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle on Monday. The German player won this point thanks to an amazing tennis, hitting several volleying shots and also slipping.
Roger Federer Needs 10th Halle Title To Stay Atop Rankings The 36-year-old took back the top ranking form Rafael Nadal for the second time this season on Monday, but, according to the ATP, has to win a record 10th Halle crown if he is to enter Wimbledon on the top world ranking.
Wilson Sporting Goods and Roger Federer Debut New Pro Staff RF 97 Autograph Racket CHICAGO, June 18, 2018 - Wilson Advisory Staff Member and tennis icon Roger Federer and Wilson Sporting Goods Co., revealed today the new Pro Staff RF 97 Autograph racket.
Stan Wawrinka ousts Cameron Norrie at Queen's; Marin Cilic, Sam Querrey cruise Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka made light work of Britain's Cameron Norrie in the opening round of the Queen's Club grasscourt tournament on Monday, winning 6-2 6-3.
ATP Queen's: Stan Wawrinka is back! Wins for Cilic, Muller and Querrey A three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka has dropped to 261st spot in the rankings after failing to defend the points for the final at Roland Garros and we have to go back to August 2003 to find him ranked so low!
Novak Djokovic makes big revelation about Andy Murray's mental status Is it not real?' And then 50 per cent of the time you're thinking about your tactics and what you have to execute. If you don't have mental clarity on the court, especially on grass where everything happens very quickly, it's very difficult to play.' ALSO READ: Nick Kyrgios can win Wimbledon, says Roger Federer.
Britt McHenry is rumored to be dating polarizing tennis star Britt McHenry appears to be off the market. The former ESPN reporter and conservative commentator seems to be smitten with tennis pro Tennys Sandgren, as the rumored couple first went public on Instagram earlier this month. "Cheering for you is easy @tsandgren7.
Queen's 2018: Is pre-Wimbledon tennis championship on TV? What channel is Queens on? The Queen's tournament - which also goes by the Fever Tree championships - commences two-weeks before Wimbledon. Qualifying matches began on Saturday June 16 and Sunday June 17. Main matches officially take place from Monday June 18 to Sunday June 24.
Arruabarrena ousts Suárez Navarro in all-Spanish battle MALLORCA, Spain - Lara Arruabarrena knocked out No.5 seed Carla Suarez Navarro in straight sets to kick of her grass season with a win at the Mallorca Open. No.80-ranked Arruabarrena made good on a wildcard into the main draw to win 6-4, 7-6 in just under an hour and a half.
Queens 2018: Is Andy Murray playing at Queens or is he injured? Andy Murray will play in the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen's Club this week. The grass court championship in west Kensington started on Monday and runs until June 24. Murray is up third on Centre Court on Tuesday where he faces Australian Nick Kyrgios in the first round.
ATP Halle: Dominic Thiem and Kei Nishikori are off to winning start Two years ago in Stuttgart Thiem won their only match in the deciding set and it was a solid battle today as well, at least in the opening set where Dominic saved two set points in the 12th game.
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