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Published July 20, 2015

zzWeek of July 13 - 19, 2015  

Tournament

Info

Classification

Semifinals

Final

Champion

Bucharest Open
July 13-19
Bucharest, Romania
Defending Isingles Ichampion:
Simona Halep
(ROU)
Tier:
International
IPrize Money: v$226,750

ISurface:
Clay

SINGLES

(1) S.Errani (ITA) d (3)
(3) M.Niculescu (ROU) 5-7, 6-1,
6-2

(7) A.Schmiedlova (SVK) d
P.Hercog (SLO) 6-4, 6-3

(7) A.Schmiedlova (SVK) d (1) S.Errani (ITA) 7-6(30, 6-3

 
ITourn. Director vJeno Marky  Draw:
S-32, D-16

DOUBLES

(4) O.Kalashnikova (GEO) /
D.Schuurs (NED) d K.Bondarenko
((UKR) / E.Hrdinova (CZE) 2-6,
6-0, 10-6

A.Mitu (ROU) / P.Tig (ROU) d (3) R.Olaru (ROU) / A.Tatishvili (USA) 7-5, 4-6, 10-5

(4) O.Kalashnikova
(GEO) / D.Schuurs (NED)
vd A.Mitu (ROU) / P.Tig (ROU)
6-2, 6-2

WTA Tour
   

Tournament

Info

Classification

Semifinals

Final

Champion

Collector Swedish Open
July 13-19
Bastad, Sweden
Defending Isingles Ichampion:
Mona Barthel
(GER)
Tier:
International
IPrize Money: v$226,750

ISurface:
Clay

SINGLES

(7) Johanna Larsson (SWE) d Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) 6-4, 6-2.

(4) Mona Barthel (GER) d Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) 6-3, 6-2

(7) Johanna Larsson (SWE) d (4) Mona Barthel (GER) 6-3, 7-6(2)

 
ITourn. Director vNina
Wennerstrom
 Draw:
S-32, D-16

DOUBLES

T.Maria (GER) / O.Savchuk (UKR) dL.Arruabarrena (ESP) / B.G.Vidagany (ESP) 6-1, 6-4

(4) K.Bertens(NED) / J.Larsson (SWE) d M.Barthel (GER) / L.Siegemund (GER) 3-6, 6-3, 12-10

(4) K.Bertens(NED) /
J.Larsson (SWE)
d T.Maria (GER) / O.Savchuk (UKR) 7-5, 6-4

WTA Tour
   

Tournament

Info

Classification

Semifinals

Final

Champion

Hall of Fame Tennis Chmpionships
July 13-19
Newport, Rhode Island
Defending Isingles Ichampion:
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)
Tier: 250
IPrize Money: I$549,230

ISurface:
Grass

SINGLES

Rajeev Ram (USA) d John-Patrick Smith (AUS) 6-4, 7-6(4)

(2) Ivo Karlovic (CRO) d (4) Jack Sock (USA) 7-6(3), 6-4

Rajeev Ram (USA)
(SRB)
d (2) Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 7-6(5), 5-7, 7-6(2)

ITourn. Director vTodd Martin  Draw:
S-32 D-16

DOUBLES

N.Monroe (USA) / M.Pavic (CRO) d F.Martin (FRA) / P.Raja (IND) 4-6, 7-6(6), 10-6

(3) J.Marray (GBR) / Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK) d A.Krajicek (USA) / Rajeev Ram (USA) 6-7(4), 6-2, 10-6

(3) J.Marray (GBR) / Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK) d N.Monroe (USA) / M.Pavic (CRO) 4-6, 6-3, 10-8

ATP Tour
   


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Women's Tour

Bucharest Open - Bucharest, Romania
Bucharest, ROMANIA
Jul 13 - Jul 19
 

SINGLES DRAW - Schmiedlova edges Errani for the Bucharest title


Schmiedlova Photo: WTA


Errani Photo:Getty Images

WTA Rising Star Anna Karolina Schmiedlova got some revenge for a loss in the Rio de Janeiro final on Sunday, edging Sara Errani to win the BRD Bucharest Open title. After scraping out a marathon one-hour-and-13-minute first set in a tie-break, the No.7-seeded Schmiedlova broke away from 3-all in the second set to finish off the No.1-seeded Errani, 7-6(3), 6-3. She broke the former French Open finalist at love to close it out after two hours and seven minutes.

Great show by unseeded Polona Hercog (MON) who took out no. 6 seed Smitkova in R1 and destroyed Tig and Krunic before falling to Schmiedlova in the Semis 6-4, 6-3.


Photo: WTA

  • FINALIST 1 Sara Errani (ITA). R1: Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR) 6-2, 7-6(2). R2: Shahar Peer (ISR) 7-6(5), 6-2. Q: Anna Tatishvili (USA) 6-2, 6-3. S: (3) Monica Niculescu (ROU) 5-7, 6-1, 6-2. F: (7) Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) 6-7(3), 3-6.
  • 2 Roberta Vinci (ITA). R1: Timea Babos (HUN) 6-2, 6-1. R2: Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) 1-6, 1-6. Vinci out in R2.
  • 3 Monica Niculescu (ROU). R1: (WC) Ana Bogdan (ROU) 6-2, 5-7, 6-2. R2: Teliana Pereira (BRA) 6-2, 6-3. Q: Andreea Mitu (ROU) 4-6, 6-0, 6-2. S: (1) Sara Errani (ITA) 7-5, 1-6, 2-6. Niculescu out in the Semis.
  • 4 Julia Goerges (GER). R1: Daria Kasatkina (RUS) 7-6(4), 6-4. R2: Danka Kovinic (MNE) 4-6, 7-6(8), 2-6. Goerges out in R2.
  • 5 Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU). R1: Shuai Zhang (CHN). R2: Anna Tatishvili (USA) 2-5, ret. Dulgheru out in R2.
  • 6 Tereza Smitkova (CZE). R1: Polona Hercog (SLO) 2-6, 5-7. Smitkova out in R1.
  • CHAMPION 7 Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK). R1: (Q) Reka-Luca Jani (HUN) 6-1, 6-2. R2: Denisa Allertova (CZE) 6-1, 6-2. Q: Danka Kovinic (MNE) 6-2, 6-2. S: Polona Hercog (MON) 6-4, 6-3. F: (1) Sara Errani (ITA) 7-6(3), 6-3. CHAMPION.
  • 8 Annika Beck (GER). R1: Andreea Mitu (ROU) 6-1, 3-6, 3-6. Beck out in R1.
  • Best Qualifier: All out in R1
  • Best WC: Sorona Cirstea (ROU) and Patricia Marie Tig (ROU) - R2
  • Best Unseeded: Polona Hercog (MON) - Semis

DOUBLES DRAW - Kalashnikova / Schuurs successful in Bucharest

(4) Oksana Kalashnikova (GEO) / Demi Schuurs (NED) d Andreea Mitu (ROU) / Petricia Maria Tig (ROU) 6-2, 6-2

No.4 seeds Oksana Kalashnikova and Demi Schuurs cruise past the Romanian wildcard pairing of Andreea Mitu and Patricia Maria Tig, 6-2, 6-2. The defending champions Bogdan/Catandu lost in R2 to the no. 3 seeds Olaru/Tatishvili.

 


Collector Swedish Open
July 13-19, 2015
Bastad, Sweden
 

SINGLES DRAW - Swedish no. 1 Johanna Larsson wins Singles (and Doubles) title


Larsson Photo: Frederic Berggren


Barthels Photo: TennisTips.Co.UK

Swedish No.1 Johanna Larsson scored the first WTA title of her career on home turf, winning the Collector Swedish Open in Bastad by beating defending champion Mona Barthel 6-3, 7-6(2) to win the Collector Swedish Open. En route to the final Larsson had taken out no. 3 seed Strykova in the Quarters and Putintseva in the Semis.

The biggest news of the week at the tournament was probably Serena Williams competing, winning her first round match on Wednesday before having to withdraw from the event on Thursday due to an elbow injury. WTA writes, "The World No.1's presence alone though, fresh off an historic fourth straight Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, was huge news all week."

  • 1 Serena Williams (USA). R1: (Q) Ysaline Bonaventure (BEL) 6-2, 6-1. R2: Klara Koukalova (CZE) wo.(elbow injury) Williams out in R2.
  • 2 Samantha Stosur (AUS). R1: Julia Glushko (ISR) 6-1, 6-1. R2: Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) 6-7(5), 0-6. Stosur out in R2.
  • 3 Barbora Strycova (CZE). R1: Grace Min (USA) 6-4, 6-2. R2: Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) 6-4, 6-1. Q: (7) Johanna Larsson (SWE) 2-6, 3-6. Strycova out in the Quarters.
  • FINALIST 4 Mona Barthel (GER). R1: Kiki Bertens (NED) 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-3. R2: (Q) Maryna Zanevska (UKR) 6-0, 6-0. Q: (WC) Rebecca Peterson (SWE) 6-1, 7-6(3). S: Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) 6-3, 6-2. F: (7) Johanna Larsson (SWE) 3-6, 6-7(2).
  • 5 Carina Witthoeft (GER). R1: Jana Cepelova (SVK) 6-2, 3-6, 4-6. Witthoeft out in R1.
  • 6 Katerina Siniakova (CZE). R1: Yuliya Beygelzimmer (UKR) 6-2, 6-4. R2: (WC) Rebecca Peterson (SWE) 5-7, 6-7(6). Siniakova out in R2.
  • CHAMPION 7 Johanna Larsson (SWE). R1: Richel Hogenkamp (NED) 6-1, 6-3. R2: Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER) 6-3, 7-5. Q: (3) Barbora Strycova (CZE) 6-2, 6-3. S: Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) 6-4, 6-2. F: (4) Mona Barthel (GER) 6-3, 7-6(2). CHAMPION
  • 8 Tatjana Maria (GER). R1: Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) 4-6, 1-6. Maria out in R1.
  • Best Qualifier: Alize Lim (FRA) and Maryna Zanevska (UKR) - R2
  • Best WC: Rebecca Peterson (SWE) - Quarters
  • Best Unseeded: Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) and Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) - Semis

DOUBLES DRAW - Larsson / Bertens win the title in Bastad

[4] Johanna Larsson (SWE) / Kiki Bertens (NED) d Tatjana Maria (GER) / Olga Savchuk (UKR) 7-5, 6-4


Photo: WTAangels

Singles Champion Johanna Larsson (SWE) also became the first player this year to sweep both singles and doubles titles at a WTA event. As part of the No.4-seeded team with Kiki Bertens, Larsson beat Tatjana Maria and Olga Savchuk in another tight two-setter in the doubles final, 7-5, 6-4.


 


Men's Tour

Hall of Fame Tennis Championships
July 13-19, 2015
Newport, Rhode Island
 

 

SINGLES DRAW - Ram Upsets Karlovic For Second Newport Crown


Ram Photo: Jennifer Carter

Karlovic Photo: Jennifer Carter

Rajeev Ram won his second ATP World Tour title in Newport, beating second seed Ivo Karlovic 7-6(5), 5-7, 7-6(2) at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships on Sunday. The unseeded American, who had an incredible run at the 2015 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, saved one match point to oust top seed John Isner in the first round and saved two match points to beat fifth seed Adrian Mannarino in the quarter-finals. Ram is the second player to win an ATP World Tour title having saved a match point (also Denis Istomin, Nottingham).

  • 1 John Isner (USA). R1: Rajeev Ram (USA) 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-7(8). Isner out in R1.
  • FINALIST 2 Ivo Karlovic (CRO). R1: Illya Marchenko (UKR) 7-6(4), 6-7(6), 6-4. R2: Malek Jazini (TUN) 6-4, 7-6(4). Q: Dustin Brown (GER) 7-6(3), 6-3. S: (4) Jack Sock (USA) 7-6(3), 6-4. F: Rajeev Ram (USA) 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-7(2).
  • 3 (WC) Bernard Tomic (AUS). R1: John-Patrick Smith (AUS) 3-6, 5-7. Tomic out in R1.
  • 4 Jack Sock (USA). R1: (PR) Radek Stepanek (CZE) 6-2, 6-0. R2: Lukas Lacko (SVK) 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-4. Q: (Q) Jan Hemich (CZE) 01(ret). S: (2) Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 6-7(3), 4-6. Sock out in the Semis.
  • 5 Adrian Mannarino (FRA). R1: (WC) Tommy Haas (GER) 6-7(5), 7-6(1), 6-4. R2: Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 1-6, 6-3, 6-2. Q: Rajeev Ram (USA) 6-2, 6-7(8), 6-7(2). Mannarino out in the Quarters.
  • 6 Sam Querrey (USA). R1: Matthew Ebden (AUS) 7-6(3), 7-6(1). R2: Dustin Brown (GER) 2-6, 6-4, 4-6. Querrey out in R2.
  • 7 Steve Johnson (USA). R1: Michael Berrer (GER) 6-7(6), 6-1, 6-1. R2: Tasuma Ito (JPN) 6-4, 6-4. Johnson out in R2.
  • 8 Tim Smyczek (USA). R1: (Q) Jan Hemich (CZE) 3-6, 4-6. Smyczek out in R1.
  • CHAMPION Rajeev Ram (USA). R1: (1) John Isner (USA) 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(8). R2: Yuichi Suguita (JPN) 6-4, 6-3. Q: Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 2-6, 7-6(8), 7-6(2). S: John-Patrick Smith (AUS) 6-4, 7-6(4). F: (2) Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 7-6(5), 5-7, 7-6(2). CHAMPION
  • Best Qualifier: Jan Hemich (CZE) - Quarters
  • Best WC: All out in R1.
  • Best Unseeded: Rajeev Ram (USA) - Finals

DOUBLES DRAW - Murray / Qureshi unstoppable in Newport

[3] Jonathan Murray (GBR) / Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK) d Nicholas Monroe (USA) / Mate Pavic (CRO) 4-6, 6-3, 10-8


Photo: Jennifer Carter

Jonathan Marray of Great Britain and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan, seeded third, came from one set down to secure the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships doubles title 4-6, 6-3, 10-8 against the unseeded duo of American Nicholas Monroe and Croatian Mate Pavic.



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WTA Women's Tennis Rankings

SINGLES: Petra Kvitova moved up 1 notch. In Top 100 we see Schmiedlova move from 60 to 44
and Johanna Larsson from 72 to 46.
DOUBLES: No movement

 

No.
SINGLES

POINTS
 

No.
 DOUBLES

POINTS

1
Williams, Serena

13191
 

1
Mirza, Sania

9510

2
Sharapova, Maria

6490
 

2
Hingis, Martina

8865

3
Halep, Simona

5151
 

3
Makarova, Ekaterina

7050

4
Kvitova, Petra

5000
 

3
Vesnina, Elena

7050

5
Wozniacki, Caroline

4910
 

5
Mattek-Sands, Beth.

6175

6
Ivanovic, Ana

3835
 

6
Šafárová, Lucie

5916

7
Radwanska, Agnieszka

3560
 

7
Black, Cara

5289

8
Šafárová, Lucie

3515
 

8
Mladenovic, Kristina

5060

9
Muguruza, Garbine

3365
 

9
Pennetta, Flavia

4605

10
Suárez-Navarro,Carla

3285
 

10
10
Kops-Jones, Raquel
Spears, Abigail

4565
4565

ATP Men's Tennis Rankings

SINGLES: No change in the Top 10. We can see the biggest moves outside of the Top 10, like Jack Sock up 8 to 31,
Leonardo Mayer down 17 to 39, and Rajeev Ram up 75 to 86.
DOUBLES: Fognini and Mergea trade places.

 

No.
SINGLES

POINTS
 

No.
 DOUBLES

POINTS

1
Djokovic, Novak

13845
 

1
Bryan, Bob

10710

2
Federer, Roger

9665
 

1
Bryan, Mike

10710

3
Murray, Andy

7840
 

3
Melo, Marcelo

7710

4
Wawrinka, Stan

5790
 

4
Dodig, Ivan

7440

5
Nishikori, Kei

5525
 

5
Tecau, Horia

7130

6
Berdych, Tomas

5140
 

6
Rojer, Jean-Julien

5680

7
Ferrer, David

4325
 

7
Fognini, Fabio

4645

8
Raonic, Milos

3810
 

8
Mergea, Florin

4520

9
Cilic, Marin

3540
 

9
Zimonjic, Nenad

4420

10
Nadal, Rafael

3000
 

10
Bopanna, Rohan

4340

 

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NÜRNBERGER GASTEINLADIES 2015
Jul 20 - Jul 26, 2015
Bad Gastein, Austria

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - International
Prize Money: $226,750
Surface: Clay
Tournament Director: Sandra Reichel
Draw: S-28 D-16

SINGLES SEEDS

  • 1 Sara Errani (ITA)
  • 2 Sam Stosur (AUS)
  • 3 Karin Knapp (ITA)
  • 4 Carina Witthoeft (GER)
  • 5 Lucie Hradecka (CZE)
  • 6 Julia Goerges (GER)
  • 7 Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK)
  • 8 Katerina Siniakova (CZE)

Plus: Johanna Larsson (SWE),

DOUBLES SEEDS

  • 1 Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) / Lucie Hradecka (CZE)
  • 2 Alicja Rosolska (POL) / Laura Siegemund (GER)
  • 3 Andreja Klepac (SLO) / Aleksandra Krunic (SRB)
  • 4 Janette Husarova (SVK) / Katerina Siniakova (CZE)

Plus: Julia Goerges (GER) / Petra Martic (CRO)

LAST YEAR SINGLES CHAMPION
Andrea Petkovic (GER)

LAST YEAR DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Karolina Pliskova (CZE) / Kristyna Pliskova (CZE)

 

TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup
Jul 20 - Jul 26, 2015
Istanbul, Turkey

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - International
Prize Money: $226,750
Surface: Hard
Tournament Director: Stefan Tzvetkov
Draw: S-28 D-16

SINGLES SEEDS

  • 1 Venus Williams (USA)
  • 2 Elina Svitolina (UKR)
  • 3 Jelena Jankovic (SRB)
  • 4 (WC) Alize Cornet (FRA)
  • 5 Camila Giorgi (ITA)
  • 6 Daria Gavrilova (RUS)
  • 7 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
  • 8 Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL)

Plus: Barthel, Hantuchova, Wickmayer, Flipkens, Schiavone, Cibulkova, Vinci

DOUBLES SEEDS

  • 1 Andrea Hlavackova / Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
  • 2 Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) / Alexandra Panova (RUS)
  • 3 Oksana Kalashnikova (GEO) / Nadila Lichenok (UKR)
  • 4 Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS) / Olga Savchuk (UKR)

Plus: Pliskova/Tatishvili, Schiavone/Soylu, Buyukakcay/Jankovic

LAST YEAR SINGLES CHAMPION
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)

LAST YEAR DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Misaki Doi (JPN) / Elina Svitolina (UKR)


 

KONZUM CROATIA OPEN UMAG
July 20 - 26, 2015
Umag, Croatia

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - 250
Prize Money €439,405
Surface: Clay
Tournament Director: Lawrence Frankopan
Draw: S-28 D-16

SINGLES SEEDS

  • 1 Gael Monfils (FRA)
  • 2 Roberto Bautista Agut ESP)
  • 3 Andreas Seppi (ITA)
  • 4 Dominic Thiem (AUT)
  • 5 Fabio Fognini (ITA)
  • 6 Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)
  • 7 Borna Coric (CRO)
  • 8 Martin Klizan (SVK)

Plus: Marcel Granollers (ESP), Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT)

DOUBLES SEEDS

  • 1 Marin Draganja (CRO) / Henri Kotinen (FIN)
  • 2 Dominic Inglot (GBR) / Philipp Petzschner (GER)
  • 3 Mariusz Fyrstenberg (POL) / Santiago Gonzalez (MEX)
  • 4 Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) / Marcel Granollers (ESP)

Plus: Bautista Agut / Marrero, Mamata / Monfils, Lorenzi / Seppi

LAST YEAR SINGLES CHAMPION
Pablo Cuevas (URU)

LAST YEAR DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Frantisek Cermak (CZE) / Lukas Rosol (CZE)

 

CLARO OPEN COLOMBIA
JULY 20 - 26 2015
Bogota, Colombia

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - 250
Prize Money $683,515
Surface: Hard
Tournament Director: Manuel Mate
Draw: S-28 D-16

SINGLES SEEDS

  • 1 Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
  • 2 Bernard Tomic (AUS)
  • 3 Adrian Mannarino (FRA)
  • 4 Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM)
  • 5 Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)
  • 6 Sam Groth (AUS)
  • 7 Malek Jaziri (TUN)
  • 8 James Ward (GBR)

Plus: (WC) Radek Stepanek (CZE), Rajeev Ram (USA)

DOUBLES SEEDS

  • 1 Treat Huey (PHI) / Rajeev Ram (USA)
  • 2 Sam Groth (AUS) / Chris Guccione (AUS)
  • 3 Mate Pavic (CRO) / Michael Venus (AUS)
  • 4 Jonathan Marray (GBR) / Aisam-Ui-Haq Qureshi (PAK)

Plus: Roger-Vasselin / Stepanek, Fleming / Ward

LAST YEAR SINGLES CHAMPION
Bernard Tomic (AUS)

LAST YEAR DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Chris Guccione (AUS) / Sam Groth (AUS)


 

SKISTAR SWEDISH OPEN
JULY 20 - 26 2015
BASTAD, SWEDEN

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - 250
Prize Money €439,405
Surface: Clay
Tournament Director: Christer Hult
Draw: S-28 D-16

SINGLES SEEDS

  • 1 David Goffin (BEL)
  • 2 Tommy Robredo (ESP)
  • 3 Pablo Cuevas (URU)
  • 4 Juan Monaco (ARG)
  • 5 Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
  • 6 Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)
  • 7 Jeremy Chardy (FRA)
  • 8 Jerzy Janowicz (POL)

Plus: Nicolas Almagro (ESP), Ernests Gulbis (LAT)

DOUBLES SEEDS

  • 1 Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL) / Robert Farah (COL)
  • 2 Jeremy Chardy (FRA) / Lukasz Kubot (POL)
  • 3 Nicholas Monroe (USA) / Artem Sitak (AUS)
  • 4 Johan Brunstrom (SWE) / Robert Lindstedt (SWE)

Plus: Bellucci / Souza, Istomin / Robert

LAST YEAR SINGLES CHAMPION
Pablo Cuevas (URU)

LAST YEAR DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Johan Brunstrom (SWE) / Nicholas Monroe (USA)

 

Cliff Drysdale?

Photo: (from left) International Tennis Hall of Fame, ESPN

HISTORY (from the International Tennis Hall of Fame)

CITIZENSHIP: USA
BORN: May 26, 1941 (74)
PLACE OF BIRTH: Nelspruit, South Africa
PLAYED: Right-handed

Whenever the name Cliff Drysdale is mentioned, the word “voice” immediately comes to mind, and it applies to Drysdale in several grammatical ways, as a noun, verb and adjective. Drysdale has been the “voice” of tennis for more than 30 years at ESPN. As the President of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) from 1972-74, he “voiced his discontent” with how touring pros were being treated by the International Tennis Federation, which led to the 1973 Wimbledon boycott. As a tennis announcer par excellence, Drysdale’s has a soft, smooth and comforting “voice,” the authoritative broadcaster on ESPN’s tennis coverage since 1979.

As a player, activist and broadcaster, Drysdale has been the “voice” of tennis for nearly five decades, and in all three capacities, no one has represented the game with more dignity, grace and distinction than the man from Nelspruit, South Africa. While Drysdale’s playing career isn’t loaded with major championships, throughout his 12-year amateur and professional career, he was known as a competitive and combative “tough out,” a threat to win any tournament he entered.

Drysdale won his first championships at the 1963 and 1964 Dutch Open, defeating Roy Emerson (6-3, 6-4, 6-2) and Brazilian Thomaz Koch, 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5, respectively. He captured the 1965 German Open Tennis Championships played in Hamburg, defeating Yugoslav Boro Jovanovic in four sets, 6-2, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Drysdale won five titles in the Open Era, his first coming in July 1968 at Gstaad Switzerland, where he thumped Tom Okker of the Netherlands, 6-3, 6-3, 6-0. His next two titles, both earned in the 1971 season, came over Rod Laver in Miami (6-2, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4) and Illie Nastase in Brussels, Belgium (6-0, 6-1, 7-5). Defeating that pair proved Drysdale had the mettle to compete against the world’s finest. He was a semifinalist as the French Open twice (1965, 1966), falling to eventual champion Fred Stolle and Hungarian Istvan Gulyas, respectively. Those same two years, Drysdale knocked on Wimbledon’s championship doors, another loss coming to Stolle in 1965 and American Ralston in 1966.

Drysdale nearly placed his name in the U.S. National Championship record books in 1965 when as the No. 8 seed he advanced to the finals with a terrific run through the draw. He swept Vic Seixas in the fourth round, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 and played a rousing five-set match against Ralston in the quarterfinals, coming back from 2-0 sets down to earn a clutch 2-6, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 8-6 victory. In the semifinals, Drysdale squared off against Mexico’s greatest player ever in Rafael Osuna, a player who could match Drysdale for clever and tactical play, but the South African was superior that afternoon, winning 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 6-1. His opponent in the final, No. 4 seed Manuel Santana from Spain, had long voiced his disdain for playing on any surface that wasn’t artificial. He bellowed that “grass is for cows,” but in the championship match against Drysdale, it suited him nicely, registering a 4-6, 12-10, 6-3, 6-4 victory.


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Drysdale garnered his sole major title in doubles, teaming with Brit Roger Taylor to win the 1972 US Open, defeating the formidable Aussie pair of John Newcombe and Owen Davidson, 6-4, 7-6, 6-3. In doubles competition, Drysdale advanced to the Wimbledon semifinals in 1974 and 1977.

Drysdale was a pioneer of the two-handed backhand, a stroke rarely seen until he brought it to fruition in the 1960s. “I used to say I have a forehand side and a suicide,” Drysdale told USA Today in July 2013, “because the backhand was the only side that could do some damage. I was ambidextrous. That, I think, was the big reason for me to use the two-hander. We didn’t have coaches at the time. We played it off the cuff. If anybody had brought a coach into the locker room in my best era, the rest of us would have laughed him out of town. I wish I had known that it was the stroke of the future. I did not realize that. I considered myself to be like an enigma, because I was really the only successful singles player of my era that used the two-handed backhand.”

The stroke paid dividends: Drysdale was ranked in the world Top 10 between 1965 and 1971 and rose to No. 4 in 1965, finished his amateur and Open Era career with 35 singles and 24 doubles titles. Drysdale played 45 Davis Cup matches for his native South Africa from 1962 to 1974, leading his country to the 1974 championship, though in default when India withdrew. He compiled a 32-12 record in singles and a 3-2 mark in doubles.

Drysdale was an original member of the “Handsome Eight,” a collection of players who were signed by Lamar Hunt in 1968 to play in the newly formed World Championship Tennis series. Playing amongst a group that included Nikola Pilic, Butch Buchholz, Dennis Ralston, Pierre Barthes, Roger Taylor, John Newcombe and Tony Roche, Drysdale advanced to the WCT finals in 1971, 1972 and 1977. On two occasions he advanced to the Grand Prix Championship Series final, losing in Boston to Ken Rosewall in 1971 (6-4, 6-3, 6-0) and in Las Vegas against Newcombe in 1972 (6-3, 6-4),

Drysdale has quipped that he was a “locker room politician.” As his playing career wound down, Drysdale found himself increasingly interwoven with the dynamics of professional tennis, and was instrumental along with Jack Kramer and Donald Dell in founding the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), serving as the organizations first president from 1972-74. It was during his presidency that Drysdale led the 1973 Wimbledon boycott that saw 91 players withdraw from competing, including 13 of the top 16 seeds. The unified group was protesting the suspension of Yugoslav Nikola Pilic, who had reportedly refused to play Davis Cup. Longtime tennis journalist Bud Collins put the decision into historical perspective, writing, “The boycott made the ATP. The players’ message to the ITF was clear: they were finally united in an organization to influence their own destiny.”

There are few broadcasters who have the on-air elegance and smooth, comforting voice: that Drysdale brings to ESPN’s tennis coverage. He has been the lead announcer for ESPN since the cable network broadcast its first match – a Davis Cup meeting between the United States and Argentina – on September 14, 1979. “He could talk a lion into becoming a vegetarian,” said Rod Laver when describing Drysdale’s silky smooth on-air persona.


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STATS

Top Ranking
World No. 4 (1965)

Grand Slam Results
1972 US Open Men’s Doubles Champion (with Roger Taylor)

Career Titles
59

Career Record
Overall Record: 497-346
Singles Record: 308-186
Doubles Record: 189-160

Davis Cup
Member of the South African Davis Cup Team 1962-1974
Member of the 1974 South African Championship Davis Cup Team
Overall Record: 35-14
Singles Record: 21-12
Doubles Record:3-2

Contributions to Tennis
President of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) from 1972-74

GRAND SLAM BEST RESULTS

TITLES
1 Doubles

Singles
Australian Open: QF (1971)
French Open: SF (1965), SF (1966)
Wimbledon: SF (1965), SF (1966)
US Open: F (1965)

Doubles
Australian Open: 1R (1971)
French Open: 3R (1973)
Wimbledon: SF (1974), SF (1977)
US Open: W (1972)

TODAY

Drysdale remains one of the most respected figures in the game. In 2011, the esteemed tennis journalist Steve Flink wrote, “Drysdale has long been one of the chief voices of reason and intelligence in the world of tennis. If the various political factions in the sport could ever agree on a Commissioner, he would get my vote in an instant. Drysdale knows the inner workings of tennis as well if not better than anyone, and he followed the US Open off court developments closely.”

His broadcasting resume includes all four majors – the Australian Open (since 1984), French Open (1986 – 1993 and since 2002), Wimbledon (since 2003) and the US Open (since 2009). In addition, for many years ESPN’s coverage of the U.S. Davis Cup team provided many memorable moments. Drysdale worked the John McEnroe – Mats Wilander Davis Cup match in St. Louis in 1982. The telecast, including their marathon six-and-one-half-hour battle, lasted 9 hours and 17 minutes.

In addition, since 2001 he has operated Cliff Drysdale Tennis, a full-service tennis management company. It specializes in tennis program development, daily tennis operations and management for resorts, hotels and private tennis clubs; design and construction consultation for companies interested in building world-class tennis facilities and unrivaled tennis educational programs, clinics and retreats.


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