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INTERNATIONAUX DE STRASBOURG
MAY 17 - MAY 23, 2015
STRASBOURG, FRANCE

vMay 17-23, I2015
vStrasburg, LFrance

IDefending Isingles Ichampion:
Monica Puig

IInternational
IPrize Money: I$226,750
ISurface: Clay

ISINGLES
IK. Mladenovic d V. Razzano
6-3, 1-2(ret)

I[3] S. Stosur d S. Stephens
6-1, 0-0(ret)

[[3] S. Stosur d K. Mladenovic
3-6, 6-2, 6-3
I[3] S. Stosur

 
ITournament IDirector: Denis INaegelen

 Draw:
S-32 D-16

 

IDOUBLES
I[1] C. Chuang/C. Liang d [3]
R. Kops-Jones/T. Townsend
3-6, 6-3, 10-6

I[2] N. Kichenok/ S. Zheng d
[4] J. Rae/A. Smith6-1, 5-7,
10-3

I[1] C. Chuang/C. Liang d
[2] N. Kichenok/ S. Zheng
4-6, 6-4, 12-10
I[1] C. Chuang/C. Liang

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NÜRNBERGER VERSICHERUNGSCUP
MAY 17 - MAY 23, 2015
NÜRNBERG, GERMANY

vMay 11-17, L2015
vNürnberg, tGermany

IDefending Isingles Ichampion:
tEugenie tBouchard

IPremier
IPrize Money: I$226,750
ISurface: Clay

ISINGLES
I[6] K. Knapp d L. Arruabarrena
6-0, 6-2

I[4] R. Vinci d [2] A. Kerber wo.

[[6] K.Knapp d [4] R. Vinci
7-6(5), 4-6, 6-1
I[6] K. Knapp

 
ITournament IDirector:
ISandra Reichel
 Draw:
S-32 D-16

IDOUBLES
I[4] L. Arruabarrena/R. Olaru d
E. Bogdan/E.Hrdinova 6-2, 6-3

I[2] H. Chan/A.Medina Garrigues d O. Kalshnikova/E. Rodina
6-2, 7-6(6)

[2] H.Chan/A.Medina Garrigues
d [4] L. Arruabarrena/R. Olaru
6-4, 7-6(5)
[2] H.Chan/A.Medina
Garrigues

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Open de Nice
Côte d’Azur

MAY 17 - 23, I2015
Nice, France

IMay 17-23, t2015
INice, France

IDefending Isingles Ichampion:
IErnests Gulbis

ITier: 250
IPrize Money: I€ 439,405
ISurface: Clay

ISINGLES
I[4] L. Mayer d B. Coric 6-4, 6-3

ID. Thiem d [2] J. Isner 7-6(5), 6-3

[D. Thiem d L. Mayer
6-7(8), 7-5, 7-6(2)
ID. Thiem

 
I  Draw:
S-28 D-16
IDOUBLES
[1] J. Rojer/H. Tecau d G.
Duran/M. Gonzalez 6-3, 7-5

M. Pavic/M. Venus d
M. Emmrich/A. Siljestrom
6-2, 7-6(7)
IM. Pavic/M. Venus d
[1] J. Rojer/H.Tecau
7-6(4), 2-6, 10-8
IM. Pavic/M. Venus

ATP Tour
   

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Geneva Open
MAY 17 - MAY 23
Geneva, ISwitzerland

IMay 11-17, t2015
IGeneva, ISwitzerland

IDefending Isingles Ichampion:
IInaugural

ITier: 250
IPrize Money: I€ 439,405
ISurface: Clay

ISINGLES
I[6] J. Sousa d F. Delbonis
6-3, 2-6, 6-4

IT. Bellucci d S. Giraldo
6-3, 6-4

[T. Bellucci d J. Sousa
7-6(4), 6-4
IT. Bellucci

 
 Draw:
S-28 D-16

IDOUBLES
IR. Klaasen/Y. Lu d
[4] T. Huey/S. Lipsky 7-6(3), 6-3

[2] J. Cabal/R. Farah d
A. Bury/D. Istomin 4-6, 6-2, 10-8

I[2] J. Cabal/R. Farah d
R. Klaasen/Y. Lu 7-5, 4-6, 10-7
[2] J. Cabal/R. Farah

ATP Tour
   

 

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Women's Tour

INTERNATIONAUX DE STRASBOURG

SINGLES DRAW- Australian Wild Card Stosur wins 7th WTA Title


Photo: Chryslere Caillaud

  • No. 1 seed and world ranked 16 Madison Keys (USA) played fellow American Christina McHale in round 1 and had few problems in straight sets 6-4, 6-3. The next round was a different story, though, when Croatian player (and Florida resident) Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, world ranked no. 70, took her to 3 sets. Keys survived a first set scare before fighting back and advancing to the round of eight 4-6, 7-6(3), 7-6(0). Unfortunately, she had to withdraw because of an elbow injury, giving French player Kristina Mladenovic a walkover into the semifinals. Keys called the withdrawal a precautionary measure ahead of the French Open. Unseeded Mladenovic beat French player Virginie Razzano in the semis 6-3, 1-2(Ret), which took her into the finals against no. 3 seed Sam Stosur (Australia),who took the Championship title 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.
  • No. 2 seed (and WC) Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) took out Ecuador-born American Irina Falconi 7-6(6), 6-3 in round 1 and Chinese player Saisai Zheng 6-3, 6-3 in round 2, before meeting American Sloane Stephens in the quarters. Not quite clear why she had to retire in ther quarterfinal match against Stephens at 1-6, 0-0(ret), but it gave the unseeded American a ride into the semis against Sam Stosur. Her hopes to win a clay court title ended here when the Australian advanced into the final 6-3, 3-6, 6-0.
  • CHAMPION No. 3 seed Sam Stosur (Australia, world ranked 26) entered the tournament as a Wild Card and left it with the Championship title and a nice check. Her march through the draw was interesting starting with round 1 where she disposed of 2014 Champion Monica Puig (Puerto Rico) 6-0, 6-3, before getting a walkover win inround 2 with Lesia Tsurenko (Ukraine) withdrawing because of back problems. Her quarterfinal match against unseeded Croatian-born Australian Ajla Tomljanovic was tougher but despite her opponent's 14 aces she triumphed 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. In the semis Stosur needed another 3-setter to beat Sloane Stephens 6-3, 3-6, 6-0. The final against unseeded French rising talent Kristina Mladenovic was another tough 3-setter, as she rallied from a set down to claim her seventh WTA title
  • No. 4 seed Alizé Cornet (France) had a disappointing tournament after beating unseeded Chinese hopeful Qiang Wang 6-3, 6-3 in round 1 and then losing to unseeded Russian Elena Vesnina 6-3, 0-6, 3-6.
  • No. 5 seed Zarina Diyas (Kazakhstan) lost in round 1 to unseeded American Alison Riske 5-7, 6-4, 1-6. Riske went on to lose to finalist Kristina Mladenovic in round 2.
  • No. 6 seed American Coco Vandeweghe had a good start against unseeded French player Oceane Dodin 7-6(3), 7-5, but fellow American Sloane Stephens was too much for her in round 2. The 22-year-old Stephens lost only five points on her first serve and broke once in each set to seal a 6-3, 6-4 win over Vandeweghe.
  • No. 7 seed Madison Brengle (USA) was completely outmatched in the first round 6-1, 6-1 loss to unseeded Australian Ajla Tomljanovic.
  • No. 8 seed Mona Barthel (Germany) had an unfortunate first round start as she had to retire at 2-6, 5-5(ret) to French player Virginie Razzano due to wrist injury.
  • Best Qualifier: all lost in first round
  • Best WC: Sam Stosur, Champion
  • FINALIST Best unseeded: Kristina Mladenovic, Finalist

DOUBLES DRAW - Top seeds battle it out and Chinese/Taiwanese team wins

Top seeded Chia-Jung Chuang (Taiwan) and Chen Liang were marching all the way into the final playing two rounds of tough 3-setters, and so were the second seeded team of Nadiia Kichenok (Ukraine) and Saisai Zheng (China). And 3 sets they played in the final with Chia-Jung Chuang/Chen Liang winning 4-6, 6-4, 12-10. Chuang and Liang set up their second match point at 11-10 and this time Zheng hit her return long to hand the top seeds the victory, Chuang’s 21st WTA Tour doubles title.


NÜRNBERGER VERSICHERUNGSCUP

SINGLES DRAW- Italian Karin Knapp storms to take the crown

Photo: Getty Images

  • No. 1 seed Andrea Petkovic (Germany) unfortunately retired with a thigh injury during her opening match against Yulia Putintseva, the qualifier from Kazakhstan. The injury plagued German top seed had to retire at 0-5 in the first set.
  • No. 2 seed Angelique Kerber (Germany) had a promising first 2 rounds by beating Swedish qualifier Rebecca Petersen 7-5, 6-4, and Czech Republic player Klara Kukalova 6-1, 7-6(2). Japanese player and qualifier Misaki Doi gave her no problems in the quarters as Kerber continued to delight her home fans and moved on 6-2, 6-3. However, she had to withdraw before her semifinal match against no. 4 seed Roberta Vinci citing back problems and setting up an all-Italian final.
  • No. 3 seed Sabine Lisicki (Germany) reached the second round by beating Spanish player Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-4, 7-5. But another Spaniard, Lara Arruabarrena, was too tough for Lisicki by defeating the German 6-2, 6-7(3), 7-6(3). Soler-Espinoza went all the way into the semifinal and lost there to Karin Knapp, the eventual Champion.
  • FINALIST No. 4 seed Roberta Vinci (Italy) had a relatively easy couple of matches and a walkover win in the semis. First she destroyed Russian Vitalia Diatchenko 6-1, 6-1. Then she annihilated Czech Republic player Tereza Smitkova 6-2, 6-1. Japanese player Kurumi Nara, the no. 7 seed, was a bigger challenge for Vinci who needed 3 sets to beat her 6-1, 1-6, 6-4, paving the road for an all-Italian final after the walkover win against Germany's Kerber in the semis. The 32-year-old Vinci, who appeared to tire in the final set, missed out on her 10th career title, while the 48th-ranked Knapp celebrated her second.
  • No. 5 seed Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Slovakia) had one of the worst opening days in her tennis carreer by losing to Japanese qualifier Misaki Doi 2-6, 1-6. World no. 112 destroyed world no. 51.
  • CHAMPION No. 6 seed Karin Knapp (Italy) had a dream tournament and ideal warm-up for the French Open. On her way to the final she took out German Wild Card Antonia Lottner 6-2, 7-5, then another German, Ana-Lena Friedsam 6-1, 6-3, followed by Kazakhstan qualifier Yulia Putintseva 6-2, 6-4 and Spaniard Lara Arruabarrena 6-0, 6-2. In the final Knapp forced 17 break points and converted seven — three of those in the final set — to beat her Italian compatriot 7-6(5) 4-6, 6-1 in 2 hours, 6 minutes.
  • No 7 seed Kurumi Nara started slow with a 7-5, 5-7 6-2 win over Slovak player Polona Hercog. The next round was easier as she defeated Swiss player Stefanie Voegele 6-3, 6-4. However, in the quarters she found Roberta Vinci to be an insurmountable challenge as the Italian defeated her in 3 sets 6-1, 1-6, 6-4.
  • No. 8 seed Carina Witthoeft (Germany) made it into the quarters via Alison Van Uytvanck (Belgium) 6-7(2), 6-3, 6-3 and Russian Evgeniya Rodina 6-1, 6-2. But then Spaniard Lara Arruabarrena sent her packing in a quick match 6-0, 6-4.
  • Best Qualifier: Yulia Putintseva and Misaki Doi both reached the quarters.
  • Best WC: Ana-Lena Friedsam, second round

DOUBLES DRAW - Hu

Both finalists didn't have to face any seeded teams on their way to the end match. No. 2 seeds Hao-Ching Chan (Taiwan) and Anabel Medina Garrigues (Spain) had the upper hand 6-4, 7-6(5) in a dramatic but relatively quick match against no. 4 seeds Lara Arruabarrena (Spain) and Ralua Olaru (Romania). In the tiebreak, in which Chan and Medina Garrigues rallied from 4-1 down to win six of the final seven points, the Taiwanese/Spanish team completed the victory, Chan’s sixth WTA Tour doubles title.




Men's Tour

Open de Nice Côte d’Azur

SINGLES DRAW- Unseeded Dominic Thiem wins first ATP title


Photo: ATP World Tour

  • No. 1 seed Gilles Simon withdrew because of neck injury.
  • No. 2 seed John Isner (USA) had a good, deep run into the quarters after defeating first fellow American Steve Johnson 7-5, 6-3 and then Dusan Lajovic from Serbia, who had taken out American Jack Sock in 3 sets, 7-6(3), 6-4. Isner crashed out in the semis as he suffered a straight set defeat to Austrian's Dominic Thiem. SkySports writes, "Thiem capitalised on his opponent's weak second serve to carve out 11 break points, converting one in the first set and, crucially, one in the second which went unanswered to seal victory." Unseeded Thiem had taken out defending Champion Ernests Gulbis in the quarters and went on to win the title against Leonardo Mayer.
  • No. 3 seed Ernests Gulbis (Latvia) could not repeat his 2014 success. After a hard fought round two 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 win over Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, Austrian Dominic Thiem took him out 6-2, 6-4 in the quarters.
  • FINALIST No. 4 seed Leonardo Mayer from Argentina, ranked no. 24 in the world, had a fabulous run in Nice this year. Wins over French Wild Card Lucas Pouille 6-4, 6-0, Spaniard Juan Monaco 6-3, 6-4, and Croatian Coric Borna 6-4, 6-3 carried him into the final aganst Dominic Thiem where he lost in 3 sets.
  • No. 5 seed Bernard Tomic did not have a good time in Nice. The Australian who won just once in five clay-court tournaments in the lead-up to the French Open, withdrew after going down 6-2 in the first set to world No 269 Gianni Mina from France. It was not immediately clear why he retired.
  • No. 6 seed Nick Kyrgios (Australia) had an unfortunate start this year. His first round match against Russian Mikhail Kukushin went ok 7-6(5) 6-2. The two-time grand slam quarter-finalist was trailing Dominic Thiem of Austria in round two 4-3 when he called it quits, refusing to take any risks three days out from the start of the year's second major in Paris.
  • No. 7 seed Jack Sock (USA) lost in the first round 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 to Dusan Lajovic from Serbia.
  • No. 8 seed Juan Monaco (Argentina) took out French player Benoit Paire 6-4, 6-2 in round 1 and unseeded American Sam Querrey 6-2, 6-3 in round 2. The quarter final match against fellow Argentinian Leonardo Mayer did not go so well. Mayer won 6-3, 6-4.
  • Best Qualifier: Gianni Mina (FRA), round 2
  • Best WC: Lucas Poille (FRA), round 2
  • CHAMPION Best unseeded: Dominic Thiem. Austrian's world no. 42 had an unbelievable run at the 2015 Nice Open. After defeating Victor Estrella Burgos (Dominican Republic) 7-6(5) 6-2 in round 1 and getting a 4-3(ret) win against Australian hot shot Nick Kyrgios, he took out defending champion Ernests Gulbis (Latvia) 6-2, 6-4 in the quarters and then American John Isner 7-6(5) 6-3 in the semis. In the final he held his nerves to win his first ATP tour title as he completed a tight 6-7 (8), 7-5, 7-6 (2) victory over fourth-seeded Leonardo Mayer. ESPN wrote, "Thiem hit seven aces and fended off all six break points to come out on top of a nearly-three hour match at the French Open warm-up tournament."

DOUBLES DRAW - Unseeded team Pavic/Venus edge top seed for Nice title

Mate Pavic and Michael Venus upset the top seeds to win the Open de Nice Côte d’Azur doubles title. Pavic, of Croatia, and Venus, of New Zealand, broke on two of their five opportunities and saved five of the nine break points they faced to edge Jean-Julien Rojer (Netherlands) and Horia Tecau (Romania) 7-6(4), 2-6, 10-8


Geneva Open

SINGLES DRAW- Unseeded Brazilian Tomaz Belluzzi victorious


Photo:www.tomazbellucci.com

  • No. 1 seed Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) came off a semifinal loss to Roger Federer in Rome and a quarterfinal win over Rafa Nadal in Madrid and was looking to win his first ATP World Tour title on home soil. After a hard fought win over Czech Republic qualifier Lucas Rosol 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 he was stopped in the quarters 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-4 by world no. 74 from Argentina, Federico Delbonis.
  • No. 2 seed Marin Cilic (WC) from Croatia had a hard time winning 4-6, 7-6(7), 6-1over 18 year old Russian Wild Card Andrey Rublev, world ranked #229. The match must have taken a lot out of him and he lost in the quarters 7-5, 6-3 to Colombian Santiago Giraldo.
  • No. 3 seed Pablo Andujar from Spain was able to get into the quarters with a 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-2 win over French qualifier Adrian Mannarino. However, the eventual finalist Joao Sousa from Portugal took him out 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(6), saving four match points in the third set tie-break.
  • No. 4 seed Benjamin Becker (Germany) was not able to prevail against Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas and lost 7-6(2), 6-2 in round 2.
  • No. 5 seed Andreas Haider-Maurer (Austria) had another short run in an ATP tournament, losing to Russian Andrey Kuznetsov 6-2, 6-4 in the first round.
  • FINALIST No. 6 seed Joao Sousa (Portugal) had a dream tournament in Geneva. In round 1 he defeated Brazilian Joao Souza (!) 7-5, 6-3. In round 2 he took out Austrian old timer Jürgen Melzer 6-4, 6-4 and had to face Spaniard Pablo Andujar, the no. 3 seed who had a rollercoaster year so far, in the quarters. The match was a complete thriller and Sousa won it 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(6), saving four consecutive match points while he was down 2-6 in the third. On he went to play Argentinian Federico Delbonis in the semis. Delbonis came of a big win ousting no. 1 seed Stan Wawrinka in 3 in the quarters. Sousa needed one hour and 52 minutes to win 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. In the final the world no. 50 Sousa met unseeded world no. 60 Tomaz Bellucci from Brazil and this took the crown with a straight set 7-6(4), 6-4 victory under very windy conditions.
  • No. 7 seed Marcos Baghdatis from Cyprus had to play the eventual champion Tomaz Bellucci in the first round. The former world no. 8 (now 58) could not prevail and lost 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-3 to the Brazilian.
  • No. 8 seed Mikhail Youzhny from Russia took out young German Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6(2), 7-6(5) in round 1before crashing out 6-4, 6-4 to Colombia's Santiago Giraldo 6-4, 6-4 in round 2. Giraldo went on to beat no. 2 seed Marin Cilic 7-5, 6-3 in the quarters and lost to Tomaz Bellucci in the semis.
  • Best Qualifier: Lucas Rosol and Andrey Kuznetsov, round 2
  • Best WC: Andrey Rublev, round 2
  • CHAMPION Best unseeded: Tomaz Bellucci, champion. The Brazilian beat the sixth-seeded Joao Sousa 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 to claim his fourth ATP World Tour crown and first since prevailing on the clay at Gstaad in 2012. The 27-year-old Bellucci improved to 4-2 in his career ATP finals, while Sousa fell to 1-3 in finals.

DOUBLES DRAW - Hard working no. 2 seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah unstoppable

Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, both from Colombia, had nothing but long 3-setters to get in the final against unseeded Raven Klaasen (South Africa) and Yen-Hsun Lu (Taiwan). Here, too, a 3-set battle was needed to win their fourth ATP World Tour team title for the Colombians at the inaugural Geneva Open. The 'Colombian Power' prevailed 7-5, 4-6, 10-7 in one hour and 40 minutes, converting on two of 11 break point chances and saving three of five of their own.

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French Open 2015

Qualifiers who made it into the singles main draw (May 19-21, 2015)

MEN WOMEN
N.BASILASHVILI (Georgia)
I.SIJSLING (Netherlands)
A.ARNABOLDI (Italy)
E.YMER (Sweden)
T.DANIEL (Japan)
L.VANNI (Italy)
Y.NISHIOKA (Japan)
C.LINDELL (Sweden
T.PEREIRA (Brazil)
V.CEPEDE ROYG (Paraguay)
S.KARATANTCHEVA (Bulgaria)
O.ROGOWSKA (Australia)
P.MARTIC (Croatia)
A.GLATCH (USA)
J.KONTA (Great Britain)
D.PFIZENMAIER (Germany)

WTA Women's Tennis Rankings

No.
SINGLES

POINTS
 

No.
 DOUBLES

POINTS

1
Williams, Serena

9361
 

1
Mirza, Sania

7940

2
Sharapova, Maria

7710
 

2
Hingis, Martina

6955

3
Halep, Simona

7360
 

3
Errani, Sara

6090

4
Kvitova, Petra

6760
 

3
Vinci, Roberta

6090

5
Wozniacki, Caroline

4940
 

5
Mladenovic, Kristina

5740

6
Bouchard, Eugenie

3888
 

6
Black, Cara

5515

7
Ivanovic, Ana

3655
 

7
Makarova, Ekaterina

5340

8
Suárez-Navarro,Carla

3645
 

7
Vesnina, Elena

5340

9
Makarova, Ekaterina

3510
 

9
Peng, Shuai

5252

10
Petkovic, Andrea

3310
 

10
Hsieh, Su-Wei

5025

ATP Men's Tennis Rankings

No.
SINGLES

POINTS
 

No.
 DOUBLES

POINTS

1
Djokovic, Novak

13845
 

1
Bryan, Bob

10170

2
Federer, Roger

9235
 

1
Bryan, Mike

10170

3
Murray, Andy

7040
 

3
Melo, Marcelo

5890

4
Berdych, Tomas

5230
 

4
Popisil, Vasek

5815

5
Nishikori, Kei

5220
 

5
Lopez, Marc

5510

6
Raonic, Milos

4800
 

6
Sock, Jack

5500

7
Nadal, Rafael

4570
 

7
Granollers, Marcel

5450

8
Ferrer, David

4490
 

8
Dodig, Ivan

5125

9
Wawrinka, Stan

3845
 

9
Benneteau, Julien

4880

10
Cilic, Marin

3370
 

10
Tecau, Horia

4840

 

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  • Twitter @stumped4aduck - Here's my look back at Martina Hingis' two-decade career, and renaissance in doubles. Column for @FirstpostSports - http://www.firstpost.com/sports/crafty-cunning-devastating-french-open-provides-another-chance-savour-martina-hingis-2256280.html
  • Twitter @EVincentelli - @parabasis @PippinParker I'm rooting for Andy Murray, Simona Halep and Agnieszka Radwanska so I'm bracing myself for disappointment.
  • Twitter @thequote - You have to believe in yourself when no one else does that makes you a winner right there. – Venus Williams
  • Twitter @jackson_moss - The casting directors for 50 Shades Of Grey really dropped the ball. When I was reading the books, I pictured Michael Cera & Venus Williams.
  • Twitter @NickKyrgios - The tennis world is full of great athletes and then out on his own is the best, @Gael_Monfils #Bro #Respect
  • Twitter @hotdog6969 - Gael Monfils couldn't play in Geneva this week due to tax reasons...http://www.genevaopen.ch/webnew/gael-monfils-je-veux-jouer-a-geneve/
  • Twitter @IMGTennis - @tsonga7 graces cover of @MensHealthMag in France. http://www.menshealth.fr/avant-premiere-tsonga-en-une-du-prochain-mens-health/ … #Tsonga
  • Twitter @4TheTennis - I've decided that the Clippers are the Fabio Fognini's of the NBA post season.
  • Twitter @rolandgarros - It'll be all-American battle Monday as Venus Williams & Sloane Stephens face off for 1st time. http://rg.fr/3WIiCw
  • Twitter @TennisReporters - Nadal could face Djokovic in quarters, tough on both of them. Venus Williams will face Sloane Stephens in 1st round. Brutal but thrilling
  • Twitter @linzsports - The local news is covering the French Open’s security breach. I guess I should just be happy they’re talking tennis when it isn’t Isner?
  • Twitter @MardyFish - Atta Boy Stevie Johnson! #FrenchOpen
  • Twitter @jon_wertheim - Sunday Money: here's a day one column/baguette from #RG2015 : http://on.si.com/1PFNuBX
  • Twitter @christophclerey - Ernests Gulbis, into 2d round at French Open after rotten stretch, confirmed he's back with coach Gunter Bresnik
  • Twitter @SkySportsTennis - Stan Wawrinka slams official website for French Open: http://bit.ly/1eoiXI6
  • Twitter @judmoo - https://youtu.be/dB7RhQNj8bo perfect way to begin ur French Open viewing. Watch The Three Racqueteers starring Rafa, Novak, Fed +. Andy. Genius.
  • Twitter @SI_Tennis - #RG15 Fashion Preview: It’s Paris. Of course it matters. Nike: http://on.si.com/1PyUmkx. Adidas: http://on.si.com/1IPAgND
  • Twitter @Dimonator - Wawrinka just split up from his wife, Ilham. Now the French Open is making him play Ilhan in the first round. That is some epic trolling.
  • Twitter @christophclarey - Amelie Mauresmo & the French Open usually ended in tears. Can she help Andy Murray to a happier ending? My piece http://nyti.ms/1ekg4rX
  • Twitter @TennisworldUSA - Roger Federer: ´I Thought About Retiring After the Davis Cup Final´ bit.ly/1dlyEzR
  • Twitter @GuyKawasaki - Clever way to pick up tennis balls http://bit.ly/1HDXPr7
  • Twitter @TomPerrotta - Would the French Open leave Paris? Good one from @christophclarey on the tournament's messy expansion plan: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/23/sports/tennis/nerves-fray-over-new-french-open-stadium-plans.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0
  • Twitter @BillieJeanKing - Quote from @taylorswift13: feminism is the most important movement that you could embrace, it’s just basically another word for equality.
  • Twitter @TennisAustralia - Happy birthday to Aussie #tennis legend John #Newcombe. From all of us at TA, we hope you have a fabulous day! ??????
  • Best Twitter photo from @DjokerNole - Guess where I'm headed now?


  • Twitter @NovakFanClub - I like more @Bryanbrothers @Bryanbros choice to which concert to go than @DjokerNole #maroon5 > #acdc https://instagram.com/p/3FKgBJp1cH/
  • Twitter @SportsCenter - Fan makes his way onto French Open court to take selfie with Roger Federer…& Federer isn’t happy about it. http://es.pn/1HDjAKw
  • Twitter @NickMcCarvel - It was a no good, very bad day for tournament officials at the French Open. My @USATODAYsports story: http://usat.ly/1Kt4mZo #RG15



FRENCH OPEN
MAY 19 - June 7, 2015
Roland Garros, Paris, France

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - Grand Slam
Prize Money: $15,980,135
Surface: Clay
Tournament Director: Gilbert Ysern
Draw: S-128 D-64

SINGLES SEEDS
1 Serena Williams (USA)
2 Maria Sharapova (RUS)
3 Simona Halep (ROU)
4 Petra Kvitova (CZE)
5 Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
6 Eugenie Bouchard (CND)
7 Ana Ivanovic (SRB)
8 Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)
9 Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)
10 Andrea Petkovic (GER)
11 Angelique Kerber (GER)
12 Karolina Pliskova (CZE)
13 Lucie Safarova (CZE)
14 Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
15 Venus Williams (USA)
16 Madison Keys (USA)
17 Sara Errani (ITA)
18 Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)
19 Elina Svitolina (UKR)
20 Sabine Lisicki (GER)
21 Garbine Muguruza (ESP)
22 Barbora Strycova (CZE)
23 Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)
24 Shuai Peng (CHN)
25 Jelena Jankovic (SRB)
26 Samantha Stosur (AUS)
27 Victoria Azarenka (BEL)
28 Flavia Pennetta (ITA)
29 Alize Cornet (FRA)
30 Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)
31 Caroline Garcia (FRA)
32 Zarina Diyas (KAZ)

DOUBLES SEEDS
1 Hingis/Mirza
2 Makarova/Vesnina
3 Babos/Mladenovic
4 Hsieh/Pennetta
5 Muguruza/Suarez-Navarro
6 Kops-Jones/Spears
7 Mattek-Sands/Safarova
8 Garcia/Srebotnik
9 Hlavackova/Hradecka
10 Kudryavtseva/Pavlyuchenkova
11 Chan/Zheng
12 Dellacqua/Shvedova
13 Krajicek/Strycova
14 Knapp/Vinci
15 Rodionova/Rodionova
16 Jans-Ignacik/Klepac

DEFENDING SINGLES CHAMPIONS
Maria Sharapova

DEFENDING DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Shuai Peng / Su-Wei Hsieh

 
FRENCH OPEN
MAY 19 - June 7, 2015
Roland Garros, Paris, France

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - Grand Slam
Prize Money: $15,980,135
Surface: Clay
Tournament Director: Gilbert Ysern
Draw: S-128 D-64

SINGLES SEEDS
1 Novak Djokovic (SRB)
2 Roger Federer (SUI)
3 Andy Murray (GBR)
4 Tomas Berdych (CZE)
5 Kei Nishikori (JPN)
6 Rafael Nadal (ESP)
7 David Ferrer (ESP)
8 Stan Wawrinka (SUI)
9 Marin Cilic (CRO)
10 Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)
11 Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
12 Gilles Simon (FRA)
13 Gael Monfils (FRA)
14 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
15 Kevin Anderson (RSA)
16 John Isner (USA)
17 David Goffin (BEL)
18 Tommy Robredo (ESP)
19 Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)
20 Richard Gasquet (FRA)
21 Pablo Cuevas (URU)
22 Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)
23 Leonardo Mayer (ARG)
24 Ernests Gulbis (LAT)
25 Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
26 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
27 Bernard Tomic (AUS)
28 Fabio Fognini (ITA)
29 Nick Kyrgios (AUS)
30 Adrian Mannarino (FRA)
31 Viktor Troicki (SRB)
32 Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
DOUBLES SEEDS
1 Bryan/Bryan
2 Pospisil/Sock
3 Dodig/Melo
4 Granollers/Lopez
5 Rojer/Tecau
6 Bolelli/Fognini
7 Matkowski/Zimonjic
8 Peya/Soares
9 Bopanna/Mergea
10 Nestor/Paes
11 J.Murray/Peers
12 Cuevas/Marrero
13 Draganja/Kontinen
14 Herbert/Mahut
15 Garcia-Lopez/Roger-Vasselin
16 Cabal/Farah

DEFENDING SINGLES CHAMPIONS
Rafa Nadal

DEFENDING DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Julien Benneteau / Edouard Roger-Vasselin

 

Virginia Wade?

Sarah Virginia Wade, OBE (Order of British Empire) (born 10 July 1945) is a British former professional tennis player. She won three Grand Slam singles championships and four Grand Slam doubles championships, and is the only British woman in history to have won titles at all four Grand Slam tournaments. She was ranked as high as No. 2 in the world in singles, and No. 1 in the world in doubles. She won the women's singles championship at Wimbledon on 1 July 1977, in that tournament's centenary year, and was the last British tennis player to have won a Grand Slam singles tournament until Andy Murray won the US Open in 2012. She remains the last British female to have won a Grand Slam singles title. After retiring from competitive tennis, she coached for four years and has also worked as a tennis commentator and game analyst for the BBC and Eurosport.

Wade's tennis career spanned the end of the amateur era and the start of the open era. In 1968, she scored two notable firsts. As an amateur, she won the inaugural open tennis competition — the British Hard Court Open at Bournemouth (her birthplace). She turned down the US$ 720 first prize. Five months later, she had become a professional and captured the women's singles championship at the first US Open (and the prize-money of $6,000)($40,691 today), defeating Billie Jean King in the final.

Wade's second Grand Slam singles championship came in 1972 at the Australian Open. There, she defeated the Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley in the finals 6–4, 6–4.

Wade won at Wimbledon, England, in 1977. It was the sixteenth year in which Wade had played at Wimbledon, and she made her first appearance in the final by beating the defending champion Chris Evert in a semifinal 6–2, 4–6, 6–1. In the finals, she faced Betty Stöve. Not only was 1977 the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Wimbledon Championships, but it was also the 25th year of the reign (the Silver Jubilee) of Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen attended the Wimbledon championships for the first time in a quarter-century to watch the final. Wade beat Stöve in three sets to claim the championship, nine days before her 32nd birthday. Wade received the trophy from Queen Elizabeth, and the audience at Centre Court burst out into a chorus of "For She's a Jolly Good Fellow!" to celebrate her triumph.

Wade also won four Grand Slam women's doubles championships with Margaret Smith Court – two of them at the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament, one at the Australian Open, and one at the French Open. The 24 times that Wade played in the women's singles tournament at Wimbledon is an all-time record.

Over her career, Wade won 55 professional singles championships and amassed $1,542,278 dollars in career prize money. She was ranked in the world's top 10 continuously from 1967 to 1979. Her career spanned a total of 26 years. She retired from singles competition at the end of the 1985 tennis season, and then from doubles at the end of 1986.

Since 1981, while she was still playing, Wade has been a reporter on tennis events for the BBC. In 1982, Wade became the first woman to be elected to the Wimbledon Committee. In 1986, Wade was honoured with the distinction of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). In 1989, Wade was also inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island.

The Virginia Wade web site states, "Currently living between London and New York, Virginia enjoys the theatre and classical music." She also lists clients there: BBC Sport, Dunlop, Barclays Bank, EuroSport, K-Swiss, Rolex.

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