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Published August 3, 2015


Photo of the Week: Teliana Pereira and her mother
after winning the title at the Brasil Tennis Cup

zzWeek of July 27 - August 2, 2015  

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2015 JIANGXI
WOMEN'S TENNIS OPEN
JUL 27 - AUG 02
NANCHANG, CHINA
Last year Isingles Ichampion:
Shuai Peng
(CHN)
Tier:
125K
IPrize Money: v$115,000

ISurface:
Hard

SINGLES

(1) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d Xinyun Han (CHN) 6-1, 6-2

Kai-Chen Chang (TPE) d Jia-Ling Lu (CHN) 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-4

(1) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d Kai-Chen Chang (TPE) 6-3, 7-6(6)

 
ITourn. Director vAdam Yun  Draw:
S-28 D-16

DOUBLES

(3) K.Chang (TPE) / S.Zheng (CHN) d (2) X.Han(CHN) / K.Zhang (CHN) 6-7(5), 6-4, 10-8

(1) C.Chan (TPE) / Y.Wang (CHN) d M.Kato (JPN) / K.Takahata (JPN) 6-2, 6-4

(3) K.Chang (TPE) / S.Zheng (CHN) d (1) C.Chan (TPE) / Y.Wang (CHN) 6-3, 4-6, 10-3

WTA Tour
   

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BAKU CUP
JUL 27 - AUG 02
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN
Last year Isingles Ichampion:
Elina Svitolina
(UKR)
Tier:
International
IPrize Money: v$226,750

ISurface:
Hard

SINGLES

Patricia Maria Tig (ROU) d (1) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 6-3, 6-2

Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) d (2) karin Knapp (ITA) 6-3, 5-7, 6-3

Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) d Patricia Maria Tig (ROU) 6-3, 5-7, 6-0

 
ITourn. Director vLeila Meshki  Draw:
S-28, D-16

DOUBLES

(1) M.Gasparyan (RUS) / A.Panova (RUS) d Z.Yang (CHN) / L.Zhu (CHN) 4-6, 6-2, 10-7

(2) V.Diatchenko (RUS) / O.Savchuk (UKR) d K.Lykina (RUS) / P.Monova (RUS) 7-5, 7-5

(1) M.Gasparyan (RUS) / A.Panova (RUS) d (2) V.Diatchenko (RUS) / O.Savchuk (UKR) 6-3, 7-5

WTA Tour
   

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BRASIL TENNIS CUP
JUL 27 - AUG 01
FLORIANOPOLIS, BRAZIL
Last year Isingles Ichampion:
Klara Koukalova
(CZE)
Tier:
International
IPrize Money: v$226,750

ISurface:
Hard

SINGLES

(4) Teliana Pereira (BRA) d Anastasija Sevastova (LAT)
6-3, 7-5

(3) Annika Beck (GER) d (5) bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) 7-6(8), 4-6, 6-3.

(4) Teliana Pereira (BRA) d 3) Annika Beck (GER) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1

 
ITourn. Director vRafael Westrup  Draw:
S-28, D-16

DOUBLES

(4) A.Beck (GER) / L.Siegemund (GER) d (1) M.Minella (LUX) / M.Torro-Flor (ESP) 6-2, 6-4

(2) M.Irigoyen (ARG) / P.Kania (POL) d M.Melnikova (RUS) / L.Pous-Tio (ESP) 6-4, 6-2

(4) A.Beck (GER) / L.Siegemund (GER) d (2) M.Irigoyen (ARG) / P.Kania (POL) 6-3, 7-6(1)

WTA Tour
   

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BB & T ATLANTA OPEN
JULY 27 - AUGUST 02 2015
ATLANTA, GA, USA.
Last year Isingles Ichampion:
John Isner (USA)
Tier: 250
IPrize Money: I$659,070

ISurface:
Hard

SINGLES

(1) John Isner (USA) d Denis Kudla (USA) 4-6, 6-2, 7-5.

(5) Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) d Gilles Muller (BEL) 6-7(4) 6-3, 7-6(4)

(1) John Isner (USA) d (5) Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) 6-3, 6-3

ITourn. Director vPeter Lebedevs  Draw:
S-28 D-16

DOUBLES

(1) B.Bryan (USA) / M.Bryan (USA) d C.Eubanks (USA) / D.Young (USA) 6-2, 6-4

C.Fleming (GBR) / G.Muller (BEL) d (3) Eric Butorac (USA) / A.Sitak (AUS) 6-3, 5-7, 10-3

(1) B.Bryan (USA) / M.Bryan (USA) d C.Fleming (GBR) / G.Muller (BEL)
4-6, 7-6(2), 10-4

ATP Tour
   

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SWISS OPEN GSTAAD
JULY 27 - AUGUST 02 2015
GSTAAD, SWITZERLAND
Last year Isingles Ichampion:
Pablo Andujar
(ESP)
Tier: 250
IPrize Money: I€494,310

ISurface:
Clay

SINGLES

(1) David Goffin (BEL) d (5) Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 6-4, 6-2.

(3) Dominic Thiem (AUT) d (2) Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
6-3, 6-7(5), 6-3

(3) Dominic Thiem (AUT) d (1) David Goffin (BEL) 7-5, 6-2

ITourn. Director vJeff Collet  Draw:
S-28 D-16

DOUBLES

(3) O.Marach (AUT) / A.Qureshi (PAK) d (1) M.Granollers (ESP) / M.Lopez (ESP) 6-3, 4-6, 10-6

Aliaksandr Bury (BLR) / D.Istomin (UZB) d (4) J.Knowle (AUT) / P.Oswald (AUT) 6-4, 3-6, 10-3

Aliaksandr Bury (BLR) / D.Istomin (UZB) d (3) O.Marach (AUT) / A.Qureshi (PAK) 3-6, 6-2, 10-5

ATP Tour
   

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BET-AT-HOME OPEN - GERMAN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
JULY 27 - AUGUST 02 2015
HAMBURG, GERMANY
Last year Isingles Ichampion:
Leonardo Mayer
(ARG)
Tier: 500
IPrize Money: I€1,407,960

ISurface:
Clay

SINGLES

(1) Rafa Nadal (ESP) d Andreas Seppi (ITA) 6-1, 6-2

Fabio Fognini (ITA) d Lucas Pouille (FRA) 6-2, 7-6(2)

(1) Rafa Nadal (ESP) d Fabio Fognini (ITA) 7-5, 7-5

ITourn. Director vChrister Hult  Draw:
S-32 D-16

DOUBLES

(3) J.Murray (GBR) / J.Peers (AUS) w.o.

J.Cabal (COL) / R.Farah (COL) d (2) A.Peya (AUT) / B.Soares (BRA) 3-6, 6-1, 10-6

(3) J.Murray (GBR) / J.Peers (AUS) d J.Cabal (COL) / R.Farah (COL)
2-6, 6-3, 10-8

ATP Tour
   


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Women's Tour

2015 JIANGXI WOMEN'S TENNIS OPEN
JUL 27 - AUG 02
NANCHANG, CHINA

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SINGLES DRAW - Jankovic Captures Nanchang Title


Photo: Lin Bin

Photo: ITF

Jelena Jankovic won her first title of the year on Sunday, edging Chinese Taipei's Chang Kai-Chen - her fifth straight opponent from the Asia-Pacific - to conquer the Jiangxi Women's Tennis Open in Nanchang, the first of six WTA 125K Series events this season.
Jankovic showed impressive form by winning all of her matches in 2 sets. The fact that her oppinent, however, had to go through 3 tough 3-setters from R2 to the Semis may have had a hand in her loss to the Serb.


Photo: Lua Zaohong

  • CHAMPION 1 (WC) Jelena Jankovic (SRB). R1: Riko Sawayanagi (JPN) 6-2, 6-1. R2: Chang Liu (CHN) 6-3, 6-1. Q: (5) Ying-Ying Duan (CHN) 7-6(3), 6-0. S: Xinyun Han (CHN) 6-1, 6-2. F: Kai-Chen Chang (TPE) 6-3, 7-6(6) CHAMPION
  • 2 Saisai Zheng (CHN). R1: Junri Namagita (JPN) 4-6, 2-6. Zheng out in R1.
  • 3 Qiang Wang (CHN). R1: Su Jeong Jang (KOR) 6-3, 6-2. R2: Xinyun Han (CHN) 6-7(0), 3-6. Wang out in R2.
  • 4 Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE). R1: Kai-Chen Chang (TPE) 3-6, 3-6. Hsieh out in R1.
  • 5 Ying-Ying Duan (CHN). R1: (Q) Alison Bai (AUS) 6-2, 6-1. R2: Ling Zhang (HKG) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. Q: (1) (WC) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 6-7(3), 0-6. Duan out in the Quarters
  • 6 Lusika Kumkhum (THA). R1: Na-Lae Han (KOR) 5-7, 3-6. Kumkhum out in R1.
  • 7 Yafan Wang (CHN). R1: (Q) Kyoka Okamura (JPN) 6-1, 6-1. R2: (Q) Erika Sema (JPN) 6-2, 6-2. Q: Kai-Chen Chang (TPE) 3-6, 6-1, 4-6. Wang out in the Quarters.
  • 8 Fangzhou Liu (CHN). R1: Shuai Zhang (CHN) 6-1, 6-4. R2: Miyu Kato (JPN) 6-0, 6-2. Q: Xinyun Han (CHN) 7-5, 2-6, 1-6. Liu out in the Quarters.
  • FINALIST Kai-Chen Chang (TPE). R1: (4) Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) 6-3, 6-3. R2: Kai-Lin Zhang (CHN) 3-6, 6-1, 6-3. Q: (7) Yafan Wang (CHN) 6-3, 1-6, 6-4. S: Jia-Jing Lu (CHN) 3-6, 7-6(3), 7-6(3). F: (1) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 3-6, 6-7(6).
  • Best Qualifier: Erika Sema (JPN) - R2
  • Best WC: (1) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) -
  • Best Unseeded: Kai-Chen Chang (TPE) -

DOUBLES DRAW - No. 3 seeds Chang / Zheng Take the Title in Nanchang

(3) Kai-Chen Chang (TPE) / Saisai Zheng (CHN) d (1) Chin-Wei Chan (TPE) / Yafan Wang (CHN) 6-3, 4-6, 10-3.


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Singles runner-up Kai-Chen Chang (TPE)
Chang didn't leave empty-handed. Seeded No.3 with WTA Rising Star Zheng Saisai, she beat No.1 seeds Chan Chin-Wei and Wang Yafan in a match tie-break in the doubles final, 6-3, 4-6, 10-3.

 


BAKU CUP
JUL 27 - AUG 02
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN

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SINGLES DRAW - Margarita Gasparyan Wins Baku Singles and Doubles Championship


Photo: Bakhtiar Gurbanow


Photo: Bakhtiar Gurbanow

Margarita Gasparyan and her gorgeous one-handed backhand won an all-WTA Rising Star final against Patricia Maria Tig to win the first WTA title of her career at the Baku Cup.

A day earlier, the two upstarts - Gasparyan unseeded, Tig a qualifier - took out the Top 2 seeds in the semifinals of the International event, Tig beating No.1 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Gasparyan No.2 seed Karin Knapp - and both of them brought their very best with the title on the line, too. Gasparyan toughed it out in impressive wins over Cibulkova, Knapp, and Tig. The Romanian had to go through qualifying and 4 rounds including the no. 1 seed to get into the final.


Photo: WTA

  • 1 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS).R1: Elizaveta Kulichkova (RUS) 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(4). R2:Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) 3-0(ret.). Q: Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 6-1, 6-3. S: (Q) Patricia Maria Tig (ROU) 3-6, 2-6. Pavlyuchenkova out in the Quarters.
  • 2 Karin Knapp (ITA). R1: Stefanie Voegele (SUI). R2: Anett Kontaveit (EST) 6-1, 6-0. Q: Alexandra Panova (RUS) 6-1, 7-6(4). S: Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) 3-6, 7-5, 3-6. Knapp out in the Semis.
  • 3 Dominika Cibulkova (SVK). R1: Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) 3-6, 5-7. Cibulkova out in R1.
  • 4 Kurumi Nara (JPN). R1: (Q) Olga Savchuk (UKR) 3-6, 2-6. Nara out in R1.
  • 5 Bojana Jovanovski (SRB). R1: Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) 6-7(6), 5-7. Jovanovski out in R1.
  • 6 Lesia Tsurenko (UKR). Withdrawn.
  • 7 Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS). R1: (Q) Nigina Abduraimova (UZB) 6-3, 6-4. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 4-6, 5-7(5). Diatchenko out in R2.
  • 8 Francesca Schiavone (ITA). R1: Donna Vekic (CRO) 4-6, 2-6. Schiavone out in R1.
  • CHAMPION Margarita Gasparyan (RUS). R1: (3) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 6-3, 7-5. R2: (Q) Zhaoxuan Yang (CHN) 6-4, 6-4. Q: Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) 6-3, 6-2. S: (2) Karin Knapp (ITA) 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. F: (Q) Patricia Maria Tig (ROU) 6-3, 5-7, 6-0 CHAMPION
  • FINALIST (Q) Patricia Maria Tig (ROU): R1: (Q) Olga Ianchuk (UKR) 6-4, 6-2. R2: Olga Savchuk (UKR) 7-5, 6-4. Q: Donna Vekic (CRO) 6-3, 6-2. S: (1) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 6-3, 6-2. F: Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) 3-6, 7-5, 0-6.
  • Best Qualifier: Patricia Maria Tig (ROU) - Finalist
  • Best WC: Oleksandra Korashvili (UKR) - R2
  • Best Unseeded: Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) - Champion

DOUBLES DRAW - Russian Team Gasparyan / Panova Win Doubles Title in Baku

(1) Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) / Alexandra Panova (RUS) d (2) Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS) Olga Savchuk (UKR) 6-3, 7-5


Photo: www.bakucup.az

Singles Champion and no. 1 seed Margarita Gasparyan alongside Alexandra Panova beat No.2 seeds Vitalia Diatchenko and Olga Savchuk in the final, 6-3, 7-5.


BRASIL TENNIS CUP
JUL 27 - AUG 01
FLORIANOPOLIS, BRAZIL

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SINGLES DRAW - No. 4 Seed Pereira Makes History at Home in Brazil


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Photo: Adrian Dennis, AFP, Getty Images

Teliana Pereira came alive from 1-all in the third set to beat WTA Rising Star Annika Beck and conquer her home tournament, the Brasil Tennis Cup in Florianopolis.
Earlier this year, by winning the Claro Open Colsanitas in Bogotá, Pereira became the third Brazilian in the Open Era to win a WTA title, after Maria Bueno (who won three) and Neige Dias (who won two). A Brazilian winning in Brazil is even rarer, though. Pereira is just the second Brazilian in the Open Era to win a WTA title in Brazil - Dias achieved the feat once, doing it over in Guaruja in 1987.


Photo: Brasil Tennis Cup

  • 1 Tatjana Maria (GER). R1: (WC) Maria Fernanda Alves (BRA) 6-2, 6-3. R2: Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor (ESP) 3-6, 1-6. Maria out in R2.
  • 2 Ajila Tomljanovic (CRO). R1: (Q) Laura Pous-Tio (ESP) 7-5, 7-6(6). R2: Tereza Martincova (CZE) 1-6, 6-4, 1-6. Tomljanovic out in R2.
  • FINALIST 3 Annika Beck (GER). R1: (WC) Carolina M. Alves (BRA) 6-1, 6-2. R2: Alize Lim (FRA) 6-1, 6-3. Q: Gabriela Ce (BRA) 6-3, 6-3. S: (5) Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) 7-6(8), 4-6, 6-3.
  • CHAMPION 4 Teliana Pereira (BRA). R1: Maria Irigoyen (ARG) 6-7(3), 6-3, 7-5. R2: Risa Ozaki (JPN) 6-4, 6-1. Q: (7) Laura Siegemund (GER) 6-3, 7-5. S: Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 6-3, 7-5. F: (3) Annika Beck (GER) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1. CHAMPION
  • 5 Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA). R1: Mandy Minella (LUX) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4. R2: Ana Bogdan (ROU) 6-2, 6-3. Q: Tereza Martincova (CZE) 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-1. S: (3) Annika Beck (GER) 6-7(8), 6-4, 3-6. Mattek-Sands out in the Semis.
  • 6 Louisa Chirico (USA). R1: Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 1-6, 4-6. Chirico out in R1.
  • 7 Laura Siegemund (GER). R1: Marina Melnikova (RUS) 6-2, 6-1. R2: Elitsa Kostova (BUL) 6-3, 6-1. Q: (4) Teliana Pereira (BRA) 3-6, 5-7. Siegemund out in the Quarters.
  • 8 Paula Kania (POL). R1: (Q) Susanne Celik (SWE) 6-4, 6-1. R2: Gabriela Ce (BRA) 2-6, 6-7(7). Kania out in R2.
  • Best Qualifier: All out in R1
  • Best WC: All out in R1
  • Best Unseeded: Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) - Semis

DOUBLES DRAW - Battl

(4) Annika Beck (GER) / Laura Siegemund (GER) d (2) Maria Irigoyen (ARG) / Paula Kania (POL) 6-3, 7-6(1)


Photo: WTA

Singles finalist Annika Beck won't leave Florianopolis empty-handed. On Friday she won the doubles title. Seeded No.4 alongside fellow German Laura Siegemund, she rallied from 3-1 down in the second set - and saved set point in that second set - to edge No.2 seeds María Irigoyen and Paula Kania, 6-3, 7-6(1). It was Beck's first WTA doubles title, while Siegemund won her second WTA doubles title.


 


Men's Tour

BB & T ATLANTA OPEN
JULY 27 - AUGUST 02 2015
ATLANTA, GA, U.S.A.

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SINGLES DRAW - Isner Wins Third Atlanta Title In A Row


Photo: The Guardian


Photo: Kevin Cox, Getty Images

American John Isner swept aside Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus in the final of the BB&T Atlanta Open 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday, winning the tournament for the third year in a row. (ATP)
Both finalists had to go through tough 3-setters in the Semis, but Isner was the fresher player and beat Baghdatis relatively easily 6-3, 6-3 in the Final.


Photo: Ron Angle, ATP Worldwide

  • CHAMPION 1 John Isner (USA). R1: Bye. R2: Radek Stepanek (CZE) 7-6(3), 7-6(7). Q: Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 7-6(5), 6-4. S: (Q) Denis Kudla (USA) 4-6, 6-2, 7-5. F: (5) Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) 6-3, 6-3. CHAMPION
  • 2 Vasek Pospisil (CAN). R1: Bye. R2: Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-4. Q: (5) Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) 4-6, 6-7(5). Pospisil out in the Quarters.
  • 3 Jack Sock (USA). R1: Bye. R2: R2: (Q) Denis Kudla (USA) 6-7(6), 3-6. Sock out in R2.
  • 4 Adrian Mannarino (FRA). R1: Bye. R2: Go Soeda (JPN) 2-6, 4-6. Mannarino out in R2.
  • FINALIST 5 Marcos Baghdatis (CYP). R1: (Q) Austin Krajicek (AUS) 6-4, 6-0. R2: Sam Groth (AUS) 7-5, 3-6, 6-3. Q: (2) Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 6-4, 7-6(65). S: (7) Gilles Muller (BEL). F: (1) John Isner (USA) 3-6, 3-6.
  • 6 Steve Johnson (USA). R1: Lukas Lacko (SVK) 6-1, 6-7(3), 6-2. R2: Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 4-6, 2-6. Johnson out in R2.
  • 7 Gilles Muller (LUX). R1: Donald Young (USA) 6-2, 6-1. R2: (Q) Jared Donaldson (USA) 6-3, 6-2. Q: Go Soeda (JPN) 7-5, 6-1. S: (5) Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)
  • 8 Benjamin Becker (GER). R1: (SE) Michael Berrer (GER) 7-5, 0-0(ret). R2: Dudi Sela (ISR) 5-7, 3-6. Becker out in R2.
  • Best Qualifier: Denis Kudla (USA) - Semis
  • Best WC: All out in R1.
  • Best Unseeded: Ricardas Berankis (LTU), Dudi Sela (ISR) and Go Soeda (JPN) - all out in the Quarters

DOUBLES DRAW - Bryans Capture 107th Title In Atlanta

(1) Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) d Colin Fleming (GBR) / Gilles Muller / (BEL) 4-6, 7-6(2), 10-4


Photo:Ron Angle, ATP Worldwide

Americans Bob and Mike Bryan defeated Colin Fleming of Great Britain and Gilles Muller of Luxembourg in the final of the BB&T Atlanta Open 4-6, 7-6(2), 10-4 on Sunday. With the win, the Bryans secured their 107th title and fourth of the year (Delray Beach, Miami and Monte-Carlo) (ATP).
The twins' dad Wayne Bryan will be proud, no doubt.



SWISS OPEN GSTAAD
JULY 27 - AUGUST 02 2015
GSTAAD, SWITZERLAND

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SINGLES DRAW - Thiem Wins Second Consecutive Title by Beating Goffin in Gstaad


Photo: Valeriano Di Domenico


Photo: www.tennisz.hu

Dominic Thiem continued his run of summer dominance on the ATP World Tour, capturing his second consecutive title with a 7-5, 6-2 win over David Goffin at the Swiss Open Gstaad (ATP).
Thiem became the fourth player born in the 1990s to win three or more ATP World Tour titles, joining Milos Raonic (6), Grigor Dimitrov (4) and Bernard Tomic (3). He enters next week's Generali Open-Kitzbuhel as the top seed on home soil.


Photo: ATP Worldwide

  • FINALIST 1 David Goffin (BEL). R1: Bye. R2: (Q) Horacio Zeballos (ARG) 6-1, 6-1. Q: (6) Joao Sousa (POR) 6-7(7), 6-4, 7-6(1). S: (5) Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 6-4, 6-2. F: (3) Dominic Thiem (AUT) 5-7, 2-6.
  • 2 Feliciano Lopez (ESP). R1: Bye. R2: (Q) Julian Reister (GER) 2-6, 6-4, 6-1. Q: (8) Santiago Giraldo (COL) 7-6(4), 6-4. S: (3) Dominic Thiem (AUT) 3-6, 7-6(5), 3-6. Lopez out in the Semis.
  • CHAMPION 3 Dominic Thiem (AUT). R1: Bye. R2: Federico Delbonis (ARG) 6-3, 6-4. Q: (7) Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. S: (2) Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-3. F: (1) David Goffin (BEL) 7-5, 6-2 CHAMPION
  • 4 Pablo Andujar (ESP). R1: Bye. R2: Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 7-5, 6-2. Q: (5) Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 6-3, 4-6, 1-6. Andujar out in the Quarters.
  • 5 Thomaz Bellucci (BRA). R1: Kimmer Coppejans (BEL) 6-2, 6-3. R2: (PR) Stephane Robert (FRA) 6-3, 6-2. Q: (4) Pablo Andujar (ESP) 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. S: (1) David Goffin (BEL) 4-6, 2-6. Bellucci out in the Semis.
  • 6 Joao Sousa (POR). R1: (WC) Henri Laaksonen (SUI) 6-2, 7-5. R2: Denis Istomin (UZB) 6-7(6), 6-3, 7-6(4). Q: (1) David Goffin (BEL) 7-6(7), 4-6, 6-7(1) Sousa out in the Quarters.
  • 7 Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP). R1: Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) 6-1, 6-2. R2: Robin Haase (NED) 7-6(3). 6-4. Q: (3) Dominic Thiem (AUT) 4-6, 6-3, 2-6. Carreno Busta out in the Quarters
  • 8 Santiago Giraldo (COL). R1: Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) 6-3, 6-2. R2: Marsel Illhan (TUR) 6-2, 6-3. Q: (2) Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 6-7(1), 4-6. Giraldo out in the Quarters.
  • Best Qualifier: Julian Reister (GER) and Horacio Zeballos (ARG) in R2
  • Best WC: All out in R1
  • Best Unseeded: Marsel Illhan (TUR), Federico Delbonis (ARG), Robin Haase (NED), Stephane Robert (FRA), Dusan Lajovic (SRB), Denis Istomin (UZB), all in R2

DOUBLES DRAW - Unseeded Bury/Istomin Win Gstaad Doubles Title

Aliaksandr Bury (BLR) / Denis Istomin (UZB) d Oliver Marach (AUT) / Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK) 3-6, 6-2, 10-5


Photo: Valeriano Di Domenico

Aliaksandr Bury and Denis Istomin prevailed 3-6, 6-2, 10-5 over Oliver Marach and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi to claim the Swiss Open Gstaad doubles crown. (ATP)
The Belarusian/Uzbeki pair saved six of the seven break points they faced to defeat the third seeds in 83 minutes.


BET-AT-HOME OPEN - GERMAN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
JULY 27 - AUGUST 02 2015
HAMBURG, GERMANY

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SINGLES DRAW - Wildcard Nadal beats Fognini for Hamburg Title


Photo: BBC


Photo: Times Union

Rafael Nadal wins his 47th ATP World Tour clay-court title by beating Fabio Fognini 7-5, 7-5 to win the bet-at-home Open in Hamburg. The Spaniard improved to 67-29 in ATP World Tour finals as he exacted revenge on the Italian, who defeated him twice this year in Rio de Janeiro and Barcelona.
The 29-year-old Mallorcan extended his streak of having won at least one European ATP World Tour clay-court title each year since 2004.


Photo: ATP Worldwide

  • CHAMPION 1 (WC) Rafa Nadal (ESP). R1: Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 3-6, 6-1, 6-1. R2: Jiri Vesely (CZE) 6-4, 7-6(2). Q: (5) Pablo Cuevas (URU) 6-3, 6-2. S: (4) Andreas Seppi (ITA) 6-1, 6-2. F: (8) Fabio Fognini (ITA) 7-5, 7-5. CHAMPION
  • 2 Tommy Robredo (ESP). R1: (WC) Alexander Zverev (GER) 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-2. R2: Benoit Paire (FRA) 6-2, 3-6, 5-7. Robredo out in R2.
  • 3 Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP). R1:Boma Coric (CRO) 6-3, 6-4. R2: Aljaz Bedene (GBR) 6-7(2), 6-7(7). Bautista Agut out in R2.
  • 4 Andreas Seppi (ITA). R1: Martin Klizan (SVK) 6-2, 6-4. R2: Florian Mayer (GER) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Q: Simone Bolelli (ITA) 0-0(wo). S: (1) Rafa Nadal (ESP) 1-6, 2-6. Seppi out in the Semis.
  • 5 Pablo Cuevas (URU). R1: Diego Schwartzman (ARG). R2: Jerzy Janowicz (POL) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. Q: (1) Rafa Nadal (ESP) 3-6, 2-6. Cuevas out in the Quarters.
  • 6 Juan Monaco (ARG). R1: Ernests Gulbis (LAT) 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-3. R2: (Q) Lucas Pouille (FRA) 1-6, 5-7. Monaco out in R2.
  • 7 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP). R1: (WC) Jaume Munar (ESP) 1-2(ret) Garcia Lopez ret in R1.
  • FINALIST 8 Fabio Fognini (ITA). R1: Jeremy Chardy (FRA) 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-4. R2: Albert Ramos- Vinolas (ESP) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Q: Aljaz Bedene (GBR) 6-4, 7-5. S: (Q) Lucas Pouille (FRA) 6-2, 7-6(2). F: 1 Rafa Nadal (ESP) 5-7, 5-7.
  • Best Qualifier: Lucas Pouille (FRA) - Semis
  • Best WC: (1) Rafa Nadal - CHAMPION
  • Best Unseeded: Simone Bolelli (ITA), Aljaz Bedene (GBR), Benoit Paire (FRA) - Quarters

DOUBLES DRAW - Murray/Peers Hold Off Colombian Forces to Win the Title in Hamburg

(3) Jamie Murray (GBR) / John Peers (AUS) d Juan Sebastian Cabal / Robert Farah (COL) 2-6, 6-3, 10-8


Photo: BBC

Jamie Murray and John Peers maintained their strong run of form in claiming the bet-at-home Open doubles title on Sunday, their sixth team crown on the ATP World Tour.

The third-seeded British-Aussie duo rallied past the Colombian Power of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 2-6, 6-3, 10-8 after 75 minutes. Firing five aces and converting on one of four break chances, they improved to 2-3 in ATP World Tour finals this year.

 


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WTA Women's Tennis Rankings

SINGLES: None of the Top 10 players played last week. The biggest movement in the Top 100
were Annika Beck from 68 to 53 and Margarita Gasparyan from 112 to 71. Patricia Maria Tig
climbs from 154 to 115. We also see Bethanie Mattek-Sands go from 115 to 100.
DOUBLES: None of the Top 10 players played last week.

 

No.
SINGLES

POINTS
 

No.
 DOUBLES

POINTS

1
Williams, Serena

12721
 

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

3765
 

6
Šafárová, Lucie

5916

7
Radwanska, Agnieszka

3560
 

7
Black, Cara

5289

8
Šafárová, Lucie

3515
 

8
Mladenovic, Kristina

5060

9
Muguruza, Garbine

3320
 

9
Pennetta, Flavia

4605

10
Suárez-Navarro,Carla

3285
 

10
10
Kops-Jones, Raquel
Spears, Abigail

4565
4565

ATP Men's Tennis Rankings

SINGLES: Rafa Nadal moved up one spot due to his win in Hamburg.
DOUBLES: Simone Bolelli moves from 11 to 9 and Rohan Bopanna falls out of the Top 10.

 

No.
SINGLES

POINTS
 

No.
 DOUBLES

POINTS

1
Djokovic, Novak

13845
 

1
Bryan, Bob

10870

2
Federer, Roger

9665
 

1
Bryan, Mike

10870

3
Murray, Andy

7840
 

3
Melo, Marcelo

7710

4
Wawrinka, Stan

5790
 

4
Dodig, Ivan

7395

5
Nishikori, Kei

5525
 

5
Tecau, Horia

6810

6
Berdych, Tomas

5140
 

6
Rojer, Jean-Julien

6810

7
Ferrer, David

4325
 

7
Fognini, Fabio

4780

8
Cilic, Marin

3495
 

8
Mergea, Florin

4520

9
Nadal, Rafael

3410
 

9
Bolelli, Simone

4510

10
Raonic, Milos

3400
 

10
Zimonjic, Nenad

4420

 

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BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC
STANFORD, USA
AUGUST 03 - AUG 09

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - Premier
Prize Money: $665,900
Surface: Hard
Tournament Director: Vickie Gunnarson
Draw: S-28 D-16

SINGLES SEEDS

  • 1 (WC) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
  • 2 (WC) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
  • 3 Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)
  • 4 Karolina Pliskova (CZE)
  • 5 Angelique Kerber (GER)
  • 6 Andrea Petkovic (GER)
  • 7 Madison Keys (USA)
  • 8 Elina Svitolina (UKR)

Plus: Date-Krumm, Lisicki, Bellis

DOUBLES SEEDS

  • 1 Hao-Ching Chan (TPE) / Yung-Jan Chan (TPE)
  • 2 Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP
  • 3 Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN) / Alicja Rosolska (POL)
  • 4 Raquel Kops-Jones (USA) / Maria Sanchez (USA)

Plus: Barthel / Lisicki, Krunic / Petkovic

LAST YEAR SINGLES CHAMPION
Serena Williams (USA)

LAST YEAR DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) / Garbine Muguruza (ESP)

 

CITI OPEN
WASHINGTON, DC, U.S.A.
AUGUST 03 - AUG 09

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

SINGLES SEEDS

  • 1 Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)
  • 2 Sam Stosur (AUS)
  • 3 Belinda Bencic (SUI)
  • 4 Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)
  • 5 Alize Cornet (FRA)
  • 6 Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)
  • 7 (WC) CoCo Vandeweghe (USA)
  • 8 Zarina Dyas (KAZ)

Plus: Watson, Stephens, McHale, Brengle

DOUBLES SEEDS

  • 1 Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) / Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
  • 2 Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) / Arina Rodionova (AUS)
  • 3 Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) / Anfreja Klepac (SLO)
  • 4 Belinda Bencic (SUI) / Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)

Plus: Begu / Vandeweghe, Falconi / Niculescu

LAST YEAR SINGLES CHAMPION
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)

LAST YEAR DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN) / Shuko Aoyama (JPN)


 

GENERALI OPEN
KITZBUHEL, AUSTRIA
AUGUST 03 - 08 2015

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - 250
Prize Money: €494,310
Surface: Clay
Tournament Director: Jeff Collet
Draw: S-28 D-16

SINGLES SEEDS

  • 1 Dominic Thiem (AUT)
  • 2 Andreas Seppi (ITA)
  • 3 Fabio Fognini (ITA)
  • 4 Martin Klizan (SVK)
  • 5 Juan Monaco (ARG)
  • 6 Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)
  • 7 Jiri Vesely (CZE)
  • 8 Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)

Plus: Souza, Haider-Maurer, Haase, Almagro, Melzer

DOUBLES SEEDS

  • 1 Dominic Inglot (GBR) / Robert Lindstedt (SWE)
  • 2 Andre Begemann (GER) / Lukasz Kabot (POL)
  • 3 Mariusz Fyrstenberg (POL) / Santiago Gonzalez (MEX)
  • 4 Jürgen Melzer (AUT) / Philipp Petzschner (GER)

Plus: Knowle / Oswald, Haase / Kontinen, Souza / Vesely, Almagro / Berlocq

LAST YEAR SINGLES CHAMPION
David Goffin (BEL))

LAST YEAR DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Henri Kontinen (FIN) / Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)

 

 

 

CITI OPEN
WASHINGTON, DC, U.S.A.
AUGUST 03 - 09 2015

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - 500
Prize Money $1,753,020
Surface: Clay
Tournament Director: Jeff Newman
Draw: S-48 D-16

SINGLES SEEDS

  • 1 Andy Murray (GBR)
  • 2 Kei Nishikori (JPN)
  • 3 Marin Cilic (CRO)
  • 4 Richard Gasquet (FRA)
  • 5 Kevin Anderson (RSA)
  • 6 Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)
  • 7 Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
  • 8 John Isner (USA)
  • 9 Viktor Troicki (SRB)
  • 10 Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
  • 11 Berbard Tomic (AUS)
  • 12 Vasek Pospisil (CAN)
  • 13 Sam Querrey (USA)
  • 14 Pablo Cuevas (URU)
  • 15 Jack Sock (USA)
  • 16 Leonardo Mayer (ARG)

Plus: Young, Haas, Johnson, Hewitt, Harrison

DOUBLES SEEDS

  • 1 Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA)
  • 2 Ivan Dodig (CRO) / Marcelo Melo (BRA)
  • 3 Rohann Bopanna (IND) / Florin Mergea (ROU)
  • 4 Marcin Matkowski (POL) / Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)

Plus: Groth / Hewitt, Johnson / Querrey, A.Murray / Nestor, Pospisil / Sock

LAST YEAR SINGLES CHAMPION
Milos Raonic (CAN)

LAST YEAR DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Jean-Julien Tojer (FRA) / Horia Tecau (ROU)



Björn Borg?

Photo: International Tennis Hall of Fame

HISTORY (from the International Tennis Hall of Fame)

CITIZENSHIP: Sweden
BORN: June 6, 1956 (59)
PLACE OF BIRTH: Sodertaljie, Sweden
PLAYED: Right-handed

Björn Borg was a rock ‘n roll star draped in tennis clothes.

His massive appeal, based not only on his extraordinary tennis ability, but on his good looks and shy manner, made him a worldwide tennis teen idol. “He was like the Beatles for God’s sake,” said Ingrid Lofdahl-Bentzer, a close Borg friend.

Borg polarized tennis in the 1970s. Known as the “ice man” for his frosty temperament on court – never, ever letting his opponent get a hint of what was boiling inside him – Borg was the epitome of cool. Everything from the way he walked onto the court, to his long brown hair that flowed to his shoulders, to the headbands he always wore, to his Donnay racquet that featured a longer leather handle to accommodate his two-handed backhand, created hysteria.

He was tennis’ biggest drawing card. It was called “Borgmania.”

You’d have to search sporting annals long and hard to find an athlete in any sport that rose to meteoric heights like Borg, an 11-time major singles champion in just seven years (1974-81), who dramatically stunned and shocked the tennis world by retiring at age 26. Even in such a short time span, Borg left an indelible legacy on tennis history. He won six French Open championships (second best in history behind Rafael Nadal’s nine) and a record four consecutively (1978-81). Borg dominated Wimbledon like no other player since Willie Renshaw did when he won six straight championships (1881-1886), capturing five consecutive titles from 1976 to 1980, his five-set marathon victory over John McEnroe in 1980 considered the greatest tennis match in history. Borg’s five titles at Wimbledon are the third highest in history behind Pete Sampras and Roger Federer who have seven each.

Borg’s name stands alone in a half dozen all-time best tennis records: He won 89.8 percent of his Grand Slam matches; won three of his 11 major titles without losing a set (1976 Wimbledon, 1978 French, 1980 French), captured three consecutive channel slams (French and Wimbledon) from 1978-80 and had 14 consecutive victories in major semifinals. At Wimbledon, his 92.7 winning percentage based on a 51-4 record from 1973-81 won’t likely ever be broken, nor will his 41 consecutive match winning streak achieved from 1976-81. He reeled off a 49-2 (96 percent) winning streak at the French Open, second best to Nadal, a position he firmly holds.


Photo:Vintage Sports Pictures

He was born in Sodertaljie, an industrial town 20 miles outside of Stockholm. His tennis career began inauspiciously. His father had won a table tennis tournament when Borg was age 8. In the options of available prizes, young Bjorn asked his father to choose a tennis racquet. The very next day he was playing tennis with his friends and said he “loved the game from the beginning … from the first ball [I] hit.” A garage door was Borg’s first opponent; he would spend hours pounding the ball against an object that would become as unyielding as the Swede himself. Borg’s parents never pushed him into competitive tennis, it was solely his decision. “When I was eight or nine years old, I had two dreams,” Borg said. “One to be part of the Swedish Davis Cup team and the second to play on Wimbledon Centre Court.”

Dreams do come true. He achieved both. Five Wimbledon Gentlemen Singles Championships would follow and in 1975 Borg led his small Nordic country to the Davis Cup championship at Kings Hall in Stockholm, the very same venue where he began playing tennis, with a 3-2 victory over Czechoslovakia. It was the first time in the 75 year history of the Davis Cup that a country other than Britain, France, Australia or the United States had won the cup.

The unorthodox strokes that enamored Borg to worldwide audiences were rooted in his game from the outset, and caught the attention of the Swedish Tennis Federation. While his strokes lacked style, his footwork was extraordinary. In 1971 at age 15, Borg connected with longtime coach and mentor Lennart Bergelin, who as Davis Cup captain, selected the scrawny and athletically raw teenager to play on Sweden’s Davis Cup team the following year. Bergelin, who passed away in November 2008, was an integral part of Borg’s stardom. In 1972, prior to Davis Cup play, Borg made his presence known by winning the prestigious Orange Bowl in Miami over Vitas Gerulaitis in the boys’ under-18 final.

In 1973, as the No. 6 Borg made his professional debut at Wimbledon, losing in a five-set quarterfinal match to Brit Roger Taylor. Less than a year later, at the 1974 French Open, Borg became the youngest champion in history, when as an 18-year-old he defeated Spain’s Manuel Orantes in devastating fashion after dropping the first two sets, 2-6, 6-7, 6-0, 6-1, 6-1, to become the youngest titlist in French Open history. Compatriot Mats Wilander swiped that distinction as a 17-year-old in 1982, and then was surpassed by a younger Michael Chang in 1989. It was the first of six championships for Borg in Paris, the second coming consecutively in 1975 when as the No. 1 seed he throttled Argentine Guillermo Vilas, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4. Borg reeled off four straight French Open championships in 1978, 1979, 1980 and 1980. He defeated Vilas again in 1978 (6-1, 6-1, 6-3), Victor Pecci of Paraguay in 1979 (6-3, 6-1, 6-7, 6-4), Vitas Gerulaitis in 1980 (6-4, 6-1, 6-2) and Ivan Lendl in a five-set struggle in 1981 (6-1, 4-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1).

Borg’s heavy topspin forehand and two-handed backhand became the craze. Everyone from recreational players to touring pros tried to emulate the style – not only in Borg’s stroke production, but how he comported himself on court with a controlled, emotionalist demeanor – but no one could come close. “He had this thing about him that was inexplicable,” said John McEnroe in the HBO documentary McEnroe/Borg: Fire & Ice. “I don’t what it is, why it is, but is it. Certain people have this incredible aura that I can’t explain without having to do anything. It’s like he got into his superman outfit … I did try in practice just for the hell of it, to be like that (re: Borg’s stoic disposition), but I couldn’t do it in practice, so I wasn’t going to waste my time in a match trying to be like he was. I felt like letting things out was healthier than keeping things in.”

Said Borg, “They (my opponent) didn’t really know what I was thinking or how I was feeling, if I am laughing or crying or disappointed or happy, they don’t know that because I kept it all to myself. That didn’t mean I wasn’t boiling inside, but I would never let anyone see that.”

Borg’s western grip, which he used on both sides, was unnatural, but it produced wicked topspin. The grip limited his volleying proficiency, though he often released his left hand when at net, but made his baseline game explosive. His topspin groundstroke game was potent and forceful – his backhand resembling a hockey slap shot – and a Borg hit ball would jump off the court like it was on fire and looking for water. While other pros dabbled in topspin play, Borg turned it into an art form on every single shot. No one strung their racquets as tightly as Borg: they had a distinct musical ping when strung to his demanding perfection. The small and thin 15-year-old filled out proportionally as an 18-year-old, his shoulders strong and broad, his legs thick and muscular. He played with stamina and endurance, and when combined with his steely focus, made Borg virtually unbeatable, which his statistical records confirm. “I want to win every single point from the first minute to the last minute,” Borg said. “When I am playing, I am 100 percent serious.”

Borg took that stern approach to new levels at Wimbledon, where he became a five-time champion from 1976-81. The surface wasn’t natural for Borg in his first foray in 1973, but he adapted quickly. His first title in 1976 was impressive, 6-4, 6-2, 9-7 over Ilie Nastase, who assessed Borg’s game by saying, “We’re playing tennis, and he’s playing something else.” Borg disposed of Jimmy Connors (3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4) in 1977 and again in 1978 (6-2, 6-2, 6-3). He defeated the big-serving Roscoe Tanner in 1979 (6-7, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4) and in 1980 defeated McEnroe, who was playing in his first-ever Wimbledon final, in an epic match, the greatest of all time suggest the experts, 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7 (16-18), 8-6. The 34-point tiebreaker that decided the fourth set, saw McEnroe thwart off five match points and Borg stave off six set points himself before McEnroe prevailed to force a fifth set.

“There’s a magic when our names are mentioned together,” said McEnroe “We brought tennis to a place it wasn’t at before.”
“It’s a match I will remember for the rest of my life,” Borg said of the 4 ½ hour classic.


Photo: Daily Mail

In 1981, Borg was attempting to erase the 100-year Wimbledon record held by Renshaw and win his sixth straight. He and McEnroe played another match for the ages in the finals, but outcome was reversed, McEnroe winning, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-4.

Borg had long said that, “winning is the most beautiful thing for a tennis player. It doesn’t matter how much you win, you’re so happy, it’s a wonderful feeling. You just feel like you’re at the top of the mountain. It’s like a dream.” But when Borg lost to McEnroe on July 4 1981, it marked the last great day of his reign, though he would advance to the finals of the US Open that year, a major he failed to win in four championship match appearances. Losing had never rested easily with Borg, but when he lost to McEnroe, he displayed a disturbing and uncharacteristic shrug. “When you lose you should get disappointed, because it’s not good to say to yourself, ‘I don’t really care, what’s the big deal, I lost in this final, but that’s what exactly what happened to me. I lost in the big final and didn’t really care that I lost, and that’s not me. After that I realized that what’s happening to me.”

Borg’s magic had dissipated, the years of stress, sacrifice and travel had taken its toll and he succumbed to burnout. He took three months off in attempts to rekindle his fire, but it had been doused. He played a string of exhibition matches and only one tournament in Monte Carlo throughout 1982. On January 23, 1983 while traveling in Bangkok, he announced his retirement at age 26. Borg fleeted with comebacks in 1991, 1992 and 1993, but all to no avail.

When Borg retired from tennis in 1983 after a decade on the tour, he held the Open Era record for most major championships with 11 (tied with Rod Laver) and a mark that has since been surpassed by Nadal and Sampras (14) and current holder Federer (17). He ranked first in major final appearances (16) and currently sits in fifth position all-time. His 141-16 (89.8 percent) match record is nearly two percent better than Nadal’s, a record Borg has held for nearly three decades. He won two major titles in the same season three times, tied for second best all-time with Sampras. His eight-year streak of winning at least one major title currently ranks second with Sampras and Federer. On clay, Borg won 93 percent of his matches (second best), 89 percent on grass (third best) and 85 percent on hard courts (sixth best).


Photo: Daily Mail

Borg won 64 career tournament championships (sixth best) in 88 final appearances and compiled a 609-127 record, which on percentage (83 percent) ranks second best in history. He was the ITF champion from 1978-80 and the ATP Player of the Year from 1976-80. Those distinctions cemented his place among the all-time greats, and didn’t need affirmation, but Borg received it when in his 1979 biography Jack Kramer had already listed the Swede among his 21 all-time great players. Although Borg, who rose to No. 1 in the world in August 1977, never won the US Open in ten attempts or Australian Open (only entered once in 1974), outsiders made more of those “failures” than Borg. “I didn’t lie awake at night wondering why I didn’t win at Flushing Meadows,” he said. “That just wasn’t going to happen.”

The Björn Borg Story was published in 1975 and fellow Hall of Famer Eugene Scott wrote Borg’s autobiography, My Life and Game in 1980.

In a May 6, 1991 Sports Illustrated article, the ever-articulate Arthur Ashe put Borg’s career in perspective, saying, “I think Björn could have won the US Open. I think he could have won the Grand Slam. But by the time he left, the historical challenge didn’t mean anything. He was bigger than the game. He was like Elvis or Liz Taylor or somebody.”



STATS

Top Ranking
World No. 1 (1977)

Grand Slam Results
11-time major champion and five time finalist

Career Titles
68

Career Record
Overall Record: 697-188
Singles Record: 609-107
Doubles Record: 88-81

Davis Cup
Member of the Swedish Davis Cup Team 1972-1975, 1978-1980
Member of the 1975 Swedish Championship Davis Cup Team
Overall Record: 45-11
Singles Record: 37-3
Doubles Record: 8-8

GRAND SLAM BEST RESULTS

TITLES
11 Singles

Singles
Australian Open: 3R (1974)
French Open: W (1974), W (1975), W (1978), W (1979), W (1980), W (1981)
Wimbledon: W (1976), W (1977), W (1978), W (1979), W (1980)
US Open: F (1976), F (1978), F (1980), F (1981)

 

 

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From Wikipedia---

Retirement
Upon retirement, Borg had three residences, a penthouse in Monte Carlo, not far from his pro shop, a mansion on Long Island, New York and a small island off the Swedish coast. Borg later bounced back as the owner of the Björn Borg fashion label. In Sweden his label has become very successful, second only to Calvin Klein.

Failed comeback
In the early-1990s, Borg attempted a comeback on the men's professional tennis tour. In doing so, he grew his hair out as it had been when he retired and returned to using a wooden racket; he had kept his hair cut and used modern graphite rackets in exhibitions he played during the later 1980s. Borg, however, failed to win a single match. He faced Jordi Arrese in his first match back, again at Monte Carlo but without practising or playing any exhibition matches, and fell in two sets. In his first nine matches, played in 1991 and 1992, Borg failed to win a single set. He fared slightly better in 1993, taking a set off his opponent in each of the three matches he played. He came closest to getting a win in what turned out to be his final tour match, falling to Alexander Volkov.

In 1992 Borg, aged 35, using a Donnay Graphite Midsize racket strung at 85 lbf tension, defeated John Lloyd, 37, at the Inglewood Forum Tennis Challenge. Borg later joined the champions tour, returning to shorter hair and using modern rackets.

Personal life
Borg married Romanian tennis pro Mariana Simionescu in Bucharest on 24 July 1980. The marriage ended in divorce in 1984. He fathered a child by the Swedish model Jannike Björling, and he was married to the Italian singer Loredana Bertè from 1989 to 1993. He narrowly avoided personal bankruptcy when business ventures failed.

Memorabilia preserved
In March 2006, Bonhams Auction House in London announced that it would auction Borg's Wimbledon trophies and two of his winning rackets on 21 June 2006. Several players then called Borg in an attempt to make him reconsider. Jimmy Connors and Andre Agassi volunteered to buy them to keep them together, and according to Dagens Nyheter – who had talked to Borg – McEnroe called from New York and asked, "What's up? Have you gone mad?" The conversation, paired with Connors and Agassi's plea, eventually persuaded Borg to buy out the trophies from Bonhams at an undisclosed amount.


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Tournament abbreviations

WC
= wildcard (given by the tournament to a player that could not get in on their ranking, or did not enter in time.

PR = protected ranking. This is used when a player has been out for a certain period of time due to injury (I think it's at least 6 months) and their ranking slips down to where they wouldn't get in on their current ranking.

Q = Qualifier.

A = Alternate. Used in qualifying when a player withdraws before their first match. Also used in main draw if there was no qualifying draw and the draw was full before the player withdrew.

LL = Lucky loser. A player that loses in qualifying (usually the final round unless none of the final round losers sign the lucky loser list) and gets into main draw when a main draw player withdraws before their first match.

SE = Special exempt. A player who signed into qualifying of a tournament, but was still playing in the previous week's tournament at the time the qualifying draw was done. This player can get a special exempt into the main draw the following week.

 

 

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