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Published May 11, 2015 zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzWeek of May 4-10, 2015

Tournament

Classification

Semifinals

Final

Champion

Mutua Madrid Open
May 02 - May 09, 2015
Madrid, Spain
Defending singles champion: Maria Sharapova
Premier
$4,185,405
Clay
SINGLES
[4] Petra Kvitova (CZE) d [1] Serena Williams (USA) 6-2, 6-3

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d [3] Maria Sharapova (RUS) 6-2, 6-4
[4] Petra Kvitova (CZE) d Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)
6-1, 6-2
Petra Kvitova
     
DOUBLES
C Dellacqua / Y Shvedova (AUS/KAZ) d [7] B Mattek-Sands / L Safarova (USA/CZE) 7-5, 3-6, 10-7
[3] G Muguruza / C Suarez Navarro (ESP/ESP) d K Mladenovic / K Pliskova (FRA/CZE)
6-1, 3-6, 10-6
C Dellacqua / Y Shvedova (AUS/KAZ) d [3] G Muguruza / C Suarez Navarro (ESP/ESP)
6-3, 6-7(4), 10-5
C Dellacqua / v Y Shvedova (AUS/KAZ)
WTA Tour
   

Tournament

Classification

Semifinals

Final

Champion

Mutua Madrid Open
May 02 - May 09, 2015
Madrid, Spain
Defending singles champion: Rafa Nadal
Masters 1000
$4,185,405
Clay
SINGLES
(3) Rafa Nadal (ESP) d (6) Tomas Berdych (CZE) 7-6(3), 6-1
(2) Andy Murray (GBR) d (4) Kai Nishikori (JPN) 6-3, 6-4
(2) Andy Murray (GBR) d
(3) Rafa Nadal (ESP) 6-3, 6-2
Andy Murray
     
DOUBLES
(5) M Matkowski / N Zimonjic (POL/SRB) d F Lopez / M Mirnyi (ESP/BLR) 6-3, 6-7(5), 10-7
R. Bopanna / F. Mergea (IND/ROM) d M. Granollers / (6) M. Lopez (ESP/ESP) 6-7(4), 6-3, 11-9
R. Bopanna / F. Mergea (IND/ROM)
d (5) M Matkowski / N Zimonjic (POL/SRB) 6-2, 6-7(5), 11-9
R. Bopanna / F. Mergea (IND/ROM

ATP World Tour
   

WTA Women's Tennis Rankings

No.
SINGLES

POINTS
 

No.
 DOUBLES

POINTS

1
Williams, Serena

10156
 

1
Mirza, Sania

7660

2
Halep, Simona

7115
 

2
Hingis, Martina

6560

3
Sharapova, Maria

6915
 

3
Errani, Sara

6545

4
Kvitova, Petra

6670
 

3
Vinci, Roberta

6545

5
Wozniacki, Caroline

4940
 

5
Black, Cara

5605

6
Bouchard, Eugenie

4063
 

6
Makarova, Ekaterina

5400

7
Ivanovic, Ana

3905
 

6
Vesnina, Elena

5400

8
Makarova, Ekaterina

3465
 

8
Peng, Shuai

5252

9
Petkovic, Andrea

3315
 

9
Mladenovic, Kristina

4970

10
Carla Suárez Navarro

3250
 

10
Hsieh, Su-Wei

4935

ATP Men's Tennis Rankings

No.
SINGLES

POINTS
 

No.
 DOUBLES

POINTS

1
Djokovic, Novak

13845
 

1
Bryan, Bob

11070

2
Federer, Roger

8645
 

1
Bryan, Mike

11070

3
Murray, Andy

7130
 

3
Melo, Marcelo

5890

4
Raonic, Milos

5160
 

4
Popisil, Vasek

5815

5
Berdych, Tomas

5140
 

5
Zimonjic, Nenad

5210

6
Nishikori, Kei

5040
 

6
Sock, Jack

5140

7
Nadal, Rafael

4990
 

7
Dodig, Ivan

5125

8
Ferrer, David

4310
 

8
Lopez, Marc

5000

9
Wawrinka, Stan

3575
 

9
Benneteau, Julien

4970

10
Cilic, Marin

3360
 

10
Granollers, Marcel

4940

 

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Women's Tour

Petra Kvitova at the Mutua Madrid Open
Photo of Petra Kvitova: WTA / Mutua Madrid Open (www.wtatennis.com)

  • Petra Kvitova, the first player to beat Serena Williams this year, had no problems taking the Mutua Madrid Open crown by crushing Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 6-2. Kvitova hit 33 winners in 66 minutes, an average of one winner every two minutes and moved up in the rankings from 15 to 6. Kuznetsova had taken the 2014 champion Maria Sharapova out in the semifinal 6-2, 6-4.
  • Going into the clay season we were basically only eying Serena Williams, Simona Halep and Maria Sharapova as favorites for the French Open, but World No.4 Petra Kvitova just won Madrid. Is she now also a favorite at Roland Garros?
  • Tough luck for Sloane Stephens. Having to face Serena Williams in the second round of any tournament is like running into a freight train, it seems. 6-4, 6-0 for Serena. Ouch! Sloane had no weapon against the World No. 1.
  • Victoria Azarenka has a hard time climbing back into the Top 20. After a hard fought win over Venus Williams in Madrid, and an easier win over the Australian Ajla Tomljanovic, she, too, had to battle Serena Williams. It was a long match but Serena prevailed 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-6(1). Azarenka now ranked
  • How come Eugene Bouchard can't close out a match after winning the first set 6-0? She lost in 3 against Czech Barbora Strychova and extended her losing streak to now 6 matches.
  • Andrea Petkovic seems to have a knack for finding bad food. After back-to-back semifinals in Miami and Charleston, Petkovic withdrew in the 2nd round at the Mutua Open with "Gastroenteritis." This wasn't the first time she had troubles with food poisining. We recommend: Travel with a food tester.
  • World No. 5 Caroline Wozniacki had a great start in Madrid, with a third round win over Agnieszka Radwanska. However, Maria Sharapova stopped her 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in the quarters.
  • Coaching Serena Williams has made "Mastermind" Patrick Mouratoglou one of the biggest success stories in tennis teaching circles recently. However, being her lover may not be so advantagous for his coaching job. The World No. 1 looked tired losing to Petra Kvitova in the semis in Madrid. "I was very slow off the mark. After my serve I wasn't moving as well as I should have. You know, I wasn't in it. I wasn't Serena today. I think that was the main thing."
  • World No. 2 Simona Halep was stunned in Madrid, losing 7-6(6), 6-3 in the first round to unseeded French woman Alizé Cornet. Ouch!
  • Ion Tiriac, Romanian billionaire and current owner of the Mutua Open in Madrid, has a problem with Romanian politician Corneliu Vadim Tudor. After Tiriac insisted that Simona Halep call him Ion and not Mr. Tiriac, Tudor suggested he only wanted to sleep with her.
  • Guess who's ranked no. 1 on Forbes list of most powerful Polish showbusiness stars? Agi Radwanska!

Men's Tour

Andy Murray playing Davis Cup in San Diego
Photo of Andy Murray: Rich Neher

  • No. 2 seed Andy Murray did it! Stunned no. 3 seed Rafa Nadal on clay in his home country 6-3, 6-2 at the Mutua in Madrid. That was actually Murray’s first victory over Nadal on clay (1-6 record). He earned his 10th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy and received 1000 Emirates ATP Rankings points. Prize money: $799,450
  • After Novak Djokovic withdrew from Madrid after winning Monte Carlo, citing fatigue and the need to be with his family, Rafa Nadal was the clear favorite to win this Masters 1000 event a fifth time.
  • Rafa Nadal drops in the Emmirates ATP rankings to World No. 7 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday. Happens to be the first time in 10 years that Rafa is not ranked in the Top 10.
  • After his win in Madrid, Andy Murray signed off on the camera lense with 'marriage works'. Since marrying long-time girlfriend Kim Sears last month, he has enjoyed his best ever start to a clay-court season. The Scot is now 9-0 with his back-to-back victories in Munich and Madrid.
  • No. 1 seed Roger Federer skipped Miami to prepare for the clay court season. After a first round bye in Madrid he had to look at 22 aces in a hard fought 2 hour 37 minutes and 3 tie break sets against "no fear" (unseeded) Nick Kyrgios. Kyrgios was victorious 6-7(2), 7-6(5), 7-6(12) but lost his third round match against John Isner.
  • Tomas Berdych had a good run at this year's Mutua Open with wins over Richard Gasquet, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and John Isner. But it was Rafa Nadal who stopped him cold 7-6(3), 6-1 in what was Berdych's seventh semifinal match in eight tournaments.
  • Our own Southern California boy Steve Johnson started well with a 3 set win over qualifier Alejandro Gonzalez, but Rafa Nadal proved too much for him, taking him out 6-4, 6-3 in the next round.
  • Grigor Dimitrov had a run similar to Tomas Berdych. After wins over Donald Young, Fabio Fognini (ret.) and Stan Wawrinka, he lost to Rafa Nadal 6-3, 6-4 in the quarters.
  • No. 4 seed Kei Nishikori went all the way into the semis by beating David Goffin, Roberto Bautista Agout and David Ferrer, but Andy Murray was too determined to meet Rafa Nadal in the finals and win a clay court tournament. He overpowered Nishikori 6-3, 6-4.
  • Roger Federer had issues with Kyrgios and the chair umpire after what he thought was a bad call that let him to drop 5 points in the second set tiebreaker.
  • The winners of this year's Wimbledon men's singles titles will take home £1.88million after officials announced a 7% rise in the tournament's prize fund. That's approx. $2.9 million. Holy smokes!
  • The ATP is to review the scheduling of matches after Andy Murray's meeting with Philipp Kohlschreiber in the Madrid Open began at 01:12 am local time.
  • World number six Milos Raonic has withdrawn from next week's Rome Masters and is a major doubt for the French Open because of foot surgery, the Canadian said on Saturday.

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  • Twitter @Petra Kvitova - Happy International Mothers Day! And special love to my mom.
  • Instagram serenawilliams (after her semifinal loss to Kvitova in Madrid) - Stride Forward (Fan blessedcw replied "Hole savings lost betting on you yesterday ): thanks"
  • Twitter @andreapetkovic - Seeing what Andy Murray's doing made me think: Anybody up for marriage around here? (maybe after I'm over my food poisoning though)
  • Twitter @andreapetkovic - Guys, calm down. I'm not even talking love. CAN'T A GIRL JUST HAVE A SIMPLE ARRANGED MARRIAGE AROUND HERE! Geez.
  • Twitter @djokernole - Wishing all Mothers a very special day and express my great appreciation for everything you do #HappyMothersDay
  • Twitter @djokernole - Awww this is too cute! Love it! #djoker http://youtu.be/bpl-cAAUj3o
  • Twitter @MariaSharapova - Unconditional love every single day. #HappyMothersDay #FlashbackFrenchOpen pic.twitter.com/rp9sGpluFp
  • Twitter @rogerfederer - Hola Madrid ?????????? pic.twitter.com/QvIKFxeeSZ
  • Twitter @vika7 - Play tennis w/ me in Malibu! Help me support @TheRainCatcher and bid @charitybuzz! http://chrty.bz/1GibdAC #GetBidding
  • Twitter @andy murray - Congrats to @AljazBedene on the challenger win in Rome today... Seems to be playing some good ball since he got his British citizenship
  • Twitter @NickKyrgios - Blessed to play one of my childhood heroes in Roger Federer. Blessed to get the win tonight 7-6 6-7 7-6 (14-12).
  • Twitter @SJohnson_89 - Happy Mother's Day to this beautiful lady!! Thank you for all you have done to make me the person I am today!! pic.twitter.com/etABpbu1PV
  • Twitter @milosraonic - I will be undergoing surgery to repair a nerve in my right foot. I withdrew from Rome to be ready to compete as soon as possible.
  • Twitter @AnaIvanovic - Despite the result today, I really enjoyed playing in Madrid. I feel like I am on the right path again and I am determined to do even better
  • Twitter @tennistv - Racquet obliteration! Grigor #Dimitrov smashes this one up good. http://tnn.is/live #MMOPEN15
  • Twitter @zbrain - Grigor Dimitrov has the best racquet smashing skills I've ever seen. Great follow through, good racquet head speed, maximum damage!!
  • Twitter @livetennis - Nadal looks as through he has his groove back. Do you agree?
  • Twitter @tsonga7 - Despite my T-shirt, this is my first training in Madrid @MutuaMadridOpen with Luca Vanni. Forza!
  • Twitter @JohnIsner - Life is good when you can golf cart to practice with coach @justingimelstob. #neighborhoodpractice
  • Twitter @MirzaSania - You have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life..
  • Twitter @SkySportsTennis - WATCH: Inspired by Stan Wawrinka wearing pink, who are the best and worst dressed players? http://bit.ly/1dbe4C8
  • Twitter @CaroWozniacki - Not the result I had hoped for today. Still a decent week. Lots of positives to take with me for the upcoming weeks. Rome see you soon!
  • Twitter @Venuswilliams - Book @carla_birnberg: Progress trumps perfection 4 healthy living on YOUR terms! #wycwyc?http://bit.ly/1y0Z8Kj . pic.twitter.com/OKO2Kfz2EM
  • Twitter @mzemek - POINT! A point good enough to make Fabio Fognini look like a decent human being for once.
  • Twitter @TomPerrotta - Come on Fabio Fognini, you can do better than that--so many racket throws, and you haven't broken one!
  • Twitter @pmouratoglou - Well done @jimchardy for another win in doubles with #kevinanderson. How flexible is that wrist hitting a forehand ? http://fb.me/7u30AeSIB
  • Twitter @bubi1990 - Donald Young is maybe bad on clay,but 6-2,6-O for Andrey Kuznetsov at Geneva qualies is just too bad result.
  • Twitter @StefMylesTennis - @rosso_neri Most federations are like that. See: Kohlschreiber/German Fed. The suits always want to prove they're more imp. than the players


INTERNAZIONALI BNL D'ITALIA
Rome, Italy
May 11 - May 17

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - WTA: Premier - ATP: Masters 1000
Prize Money: $2,428,490
Surface: Clay
Draw: 64

WTA SINGLES SEEDS
1 Williams
2 Halep
3 Sharapova
4 Kvitova
5 Woznizcki
6 Bouchard
7 Ivanovic
8 Makarova
9 Kerber
10 Suárez Navarro

WTA DOUBLES SEEDS
1 Hingis/Mirza
2 Hsieh/Pennetta
3 Babos/Mladenovic
4 Garcia/Srebotnik
5 Mattek-Sands/Safarova

ATP SINGLES SEEDS
1 Djokovic
2 Federer
3 Murray
4 Nadal
5 Nishikori
6 Berdych
7 Ferrer
8 Wawrinka
9 Cilic
10 Dimitrov

ATP DOUBLES SEEDS
1 Bryan/Bryan
2 Dodig/Melo
3 Rojer/Tecau
4 Matkowski/Zimonjik
5 Granollers/Lopez

DEFENDING SINGLES CHAMPIONS
WTA: Serena Williams
ATP: Novak Djokovic

DEFENDING DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
WTA: Kveta Peschke + Katarina Srebotnik
ATP: Daniel Nestor + Nenad Zimonjic

Patrick Rafter?

Patrick Rafter is Australia's Davis Cup Captain
Photo of Patrick Rafter: Business Review Weekly (Australia)

Patrick Michael "Pat" Rafter (born 28 December 1972) is an Australian former World No. 1 tennis player. He twice won the Men's Singles title at the US Open and was twice the runner-up at Wimbledon. His Grand Slam results: Singles Champion at US Open 1997, 1998. Doubles Champion at Australian Open 1999.

Rafter was born in Mount Isa, Queensland, and is third-youngest in a family of nine children. He began playing tennis at the age of five with his father and three older brothers.

Rafter donated half of the prize money from his 1997 and 1998 US Open wins to the Starlight Children's Foundation; he attempted to do so anonymously in 1997 but was unsuccessful. He has created his own charity organisation that raises funds for children's causes each year. Rafter also supports animal rights and the work of animal liberation groups such as makeitpossible.com.

Since his retirement, Rafter has gone on to become an underwear model for Bonds, a brand ambassador for the Mantra Group of hotels and a successful businessman. His net worth is greater than US-$20 million.

In honour of Patrick Rafter the 5,500 seat centre court of the Queensland Tennis Centre in Brisbane, Australia was named Pat Rafter Arena. In 2002, he won the Australian of the Year award. This created some controversy as he had spent much of his career residing in Bermuda for tax purposes. He was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame and inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2006.

In April 2004, Rafter married his girlfriend Lara Feltham (with whom he had a son, Joshua) at a resort in Fiji. Their daughter, India, was born in May 2005.

In October 2010 he was announced as the next Davis Cup captain for Australia.

On January 12, 2014 Rafter, aged 41, announced that he would be partnering with current Australian number one Lleyton Hewitt in the doubles draw of the 2014 Australian Open. The comeback, however, was short-lived as the pair went down in straight sets to Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen in the first round.

After 5 years as captain Rafter stepped down in January of 2015 and started his current position as Tennis Australia performance director.

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