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BNP PARIBAS
WTA FINALS SINGAPORE
OCT 22 - NOV 02
Last yearIsingles champion: Serena Williams (USA) Tier - International
Prize Money: $7,000,000
Surface: Hard

SINGLES

Petra Kvitova (CZE) d Maria Sharapova (RUS 6-3, 7-6(3)

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-5

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d Petra Kvitova (CZE) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 d

Tournament Director: Melissa Pine Draw:
Round Robin, 2 flights

DOUBLES

M.Hingis (SUI) / S.Mirza (IND) d H.Chan (TPE) / Y.Chan (TPE) 6-4, 6-2

G.Muguruza (ESP) / C.Suarez (ESP) d A.Hlavackova (CSZ) / L.Hradecka (CZE) 7-6(6), 6-0

M.Hingis (SUI) / S.Mirza (IND) d G.Muguruza (ESP) / C.Suarez (ESP) 6-0, 6-3

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SWISS INDOORS
BASEL, SWITZERLAND
OCT 26 - NOV 01 2015
Last yearIsingles champion: Roger Federer (SUI) Tier - 500
Prize Money: €1,575,295
Surface: Hard

SINGLES

(1) Roger Federer (SUI) d Jack Sock (USA) 6-3, 6-4

(3) Rafa Nadal (ESP) d (5) Richard Gasquet (FRA) 6-4, 7-6(7)

(1) Roger Federer (SUI) d (3) Rafa Nadal (ESP) 6-3, 5-7, 6-3

Tournament Director: Roger Brennwald Draw:
S-32 D-16

DOUBLES

(3) J.Murray (GBR) / J.Peers (AUS) d D.Inglot (GBR) / R.Lindstedt (SWE) 7-5, 1-6, 12-10

A.Peya (AUT) / B.Soares (BRA) d (2) JJ.Rojer NED) / H.Tecau (ROU) 6-3, 7-6(5)

A.Peya (AUT) / B.Soares (BRA) d (3) J.Murray (GBR) / J.Peers (AUS) 7-5, 7-5

ATP Tour
   

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Final

Champion

VALENCIA OPEN
VALENCIA, SPAIN
OCT 26 - NOV 01 2015
Last yearIsingles champion:
Andy Murray (GBR)
Tier - 250
Prize Money: €537,050
Surface: Hard

SINGLES

Joao Sousa (POR) d Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 6-4, 6-4

(7) Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) d Steve Johnson (USA) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6

Joao Sousa (POR) d (7) Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

Tournament Director: Juan Carlos Ferrero Draw:
S-32 D-24

DOUBLES

(4) F.Lopez (ESP) / M.Mirnyi (BLR) d J.Knowle (AUT) / O.Marach (AUT) 6-1, 3-6, 10-6

E.Butorac (USA) / S.Lipsky (USA) d C.Guccione (AUS) / A.Sa (BRA) 7-6(4), 7-6(3)

E.Butorac (USA) / S.Lipsky (USA) d (4) F.Lopez (ESP) / M.Mirnyi (BLR) 7-6(4), 6-3

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Women's Tour

BNP PARIBAS WTA FINALS SINGAPORE
SINGAPORE
OCT 22 - NOV 02


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SINGLES DRAW - Radwanska conquers Kvitova and Singaporea Ostapenko (LAT) 6-2, 6-2

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d Petra Kvitova (CZE) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3


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Agnieszka Radwanska edged Petra Kvitova in a thriller to win the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global - the biggest title of the former World No.2's career.
It was a true underdog story - not only did she leave the US Open three spots out of even qualifying for the event, but after battling just to make it into the field, she was a longshot just to make the final four, having lost her first two round robin matches against Maria Sharapova and Flavia Pennetta.
But a win over Simona Halep in her third round robin match and a little help from Sharapova took her to the semifinals, and she pulled off another surprise there, grinding past Garbiñe Muguruza in three dramatic sets - her first victory over the Spanish WTA Rising Star in five attempts this year.
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TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - Tour Championships
Prize Money: $7,000,000
Surface: Hard
Tournament Director: Melissa Pine
Round Robin, 8 players, 2 flights
LAST YEAR SINGLES CHAMPION
Serena Williams (USA)
LAST YEAR DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Cara Black (ZIM) / Sania Mirza (IND)

SINGLES

Seeded
Position

RED GROUP

Country

1
Simona Halep

ROU

3
Maria Sharapova

RUS

5
Agnieszka Radwanska

POL

7
Flavia Pennetta

ITA
Simona Halep d Flavia Pennetta
Maria Sharapova d Agnieszka Radwanska
Maria Sharapova d Simona Halep
Flavia Pennetta d Agnieszka Radwanska
Agnieszka Radwanska d Simona Halep
Maria Sharapova d Flavia Pennetta
6-0, 6-3
4-6, 6-3, 6-4
6-4, 6-4
7-6(5), 6-4
7-6(5), 6-1
7-5, 6-1

RED GROUP

FINAL STANDINGS
1 Maria Sharapova (RUS)
2 Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
3 Simona Halep (ROU)
4 Flavia Pennetta (ITA)

Seeded
Position

WHITE GROUP

Country

2
Garbine Muguruza

ESP

4
Petra Kvitova

CZE

6
Angelique Kerber

GER

8
Lucie Safarova

CZE

Garbine Muguruza d Lucie Safarova
Angelique Kerber d Petra Kvitova
Garbine Muguruza d Angelique Kerber
Petra Kvitova d Lucie Safarova
Garbine Muguruza d Petra Kvitova
Lucie Safarova d Angelique Kerber
6-3, 7-6(4)
6-2, 7-6(3)
6-4, 6-4
7-5, 7-5
6-4, 4-6, 7-5
6-4, 6-3

WHITE GROUP

FINAL STANDINGS
1 Garbine Muguruza (ESP)
2 Petra Kvitova (CZE)
3 Lucie Safarova (CZE)
4 Angelique Kerber (GER)

SEMI-FINAL

FINAL

CHAMPION
Petra Kvitova (CZE) d Maria Sharapova (RUS 6-3, 7-6(3)
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-5
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d Petra Kvitova (CZE)
6-2, 4-6, 6-3

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)

DOUBLES

Seeded
Position

RED GROUP

Country

1
Martina Hingis / Sania Mirza

SUI / IND

4
Timea Babos / Kristina Mladenovic

HUN / FRA

6
Raquel Kops-Jones / Abigail Spears

USA / USA

7
Andrea Hlavackova / Lucie Hradecka

CZE / CZE

Hingis/Mirza d Kops-Jones/Spears
Hlavackova/Hradecka d Babos/Mladenovic
Hingis/Mirza d Hlavackova/Hradecka
Babos/Mladenovic d Kops-Jones/Spears
Hingis/Mirza d Babos/Mladenovic
Kops-Jones/Spears d Hlavackova/Hradecka
6-4, 6-2
6-2, 6-1
6-3, 6-4
7-6(5), 6-2
6-4, 7-5
6-3, 3-6, 1-0

RED GROUP

FINAL STANDINGS
1 Martina Hingis / Sania Mirza
2 Andrea Hlavackova / Lucie Hradecka
3 Timea Babos / Kristina Mladenovic
4 Raquel Kops-Jones / Abigail Spears

Seeded
Position

WHITE GROUP

Country

2
Beth. Mattek-Sands / Lucie Safarova

USA / CZE

3
Hao-Ching Chan / Yung-Jan Chan

TPE / TPE

5
Caroline Garcia / Kaatarina Srebotnik

FRA / SLO

8
Garbine Muguruza / Carla S. Navarro

ESP / ESP

Mattek-Sands/Safarova d Muguruza/Suarez Navarro
Chan/Chan d Garcia/Srebotnik
Chan/Chan d Mattek-Sands/Safarova
Muguruza/Suarez Navarro d Garcia/Srebotnik
Muguruza/Suarez Navarro d Chan/Chan
Garcia/Srebotnik d Mattek-Sands/Safarova
6-3, 7-6(1)
6-4, 7-6(5)
6-2, 6-2
7-5, 6-2
7-5, 6-4
6-2, 3-0

WHITE GROUP

FINAL STANDINGS
1 Garbine Muguruza / Carla S. Navarro
2 Hao-Ching Chan / Yung-Jan Chan
3 Caroline Garcia / Kaatarina Srebotnik
4 Beth. Mattek-Sands / Lucie Safarova

SEMI-FINAL

FINAL

CHAMPION
M.Hingis (SUI) / S.Mirza (IND) d H.Chan (TPE) / Y.Chan (TPE) 6-4, 6-2
G.Muguruza (ESP) / C.Suarez (ESP) d A.Hlavackova (CSZ) / L.Hradecka (CZE) 7-6(6), 6-0
M.Hingis (SUI) / S.Mirza (IND) d G.Muguruza (ESP) / C.Suarez (ESP)
6-0, 6-3
Martina Hingis (SUI) /
Sania Mirza (IND)

DOUBLES DRAW - Hingis & Mirza storm to WTA finals titlena Ostapenko (LAT) 6-2, 6-2

Martina Hingis (SUI) / Sania Mirza (IND) d Garbine Muguruza (ESP) / Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) 6-0, 6-3


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Forty-eight hours after being officially crowned 2015's best doubles team, Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza underlined their dominance of the field with an emphatic victory over Garbiñe Muguruza and Carla Suárez Navarro in the final of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.
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Men's Tour

SWISS INDOORS BASEL
BASEL, SWITZERLAND
OCTOBER 26 - NOVEMBER 01 2015


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SINGLES DRAW - Federer Denies Nadal for seventh Basel crownJelena Ostapenko (LAT) 6-2, 6-2

(1) Roger Federer (SUI) d (3) Rafa Nadal (ESP) 6-3, 5-7, 6-3


Photo: ATP - Peter Staples


Photo: ATP - Peter Staples


Roger Federer ended a three-and-a-half year drought against Rafael Nadal on Sunday at the Swiss Indoors Basel, claiming a seventh title in his hometown 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.
After a 21-month wait, Federer and Nadal renewed their storied rivalry on the indoor hard courts of the ATP World Tour 500 event, with the Swiss winning for the first time since the 2012 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Competing in a record 12th final on home soil in Basel, he added a seventh trophy, a feat he has also achieved at four other tournaments in his career (Wimbledon, Halle, Dubai, Cincinnati).
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Photo: ATP - Peter Staples

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier 500
Prize Money: €1,575,295
Surface: Hard
Tournament Director: Roger Brennwald
Draw: S-32 D-16
LAST YEAR SINGLES CHAMPION
Roger Federer (SUI)
LAST YEAR DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Vasek Pospisil (CAN) / Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)

SINGLES SEEDS

  • CHAMPION 1 Roger Federer (SUI). R1: Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 6-1, 6-2. R2: Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. QF: (8) David Goffin (BEL) 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. SF: Jack Sock (USA) 6-3, 6-4. F: (3) Rafa Nadal (ESP) 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 CHAMPION
  • 2 Stan Wawrinka (S3 Rafa Nadal (ESP)UI). R1: Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 6-3, 6-7(2), 4-6. Wawrinka out in R1
  • FINALIST 3 Rafa Nadal (ESP). R1: Lukas Rosol (CZE) 1-6, 7-5, 7-6(4). R2: Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. QF: (7) Marin Cilic (CRO) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. SF: (5) Richard Gasquet (FRA) 6-4, 7-6(7). F: (1) Roger Federer (SUI) 3-6, 7-5, 3-6
  • 4 Kevin Anderson (RSA). R1: Borna Coric (CRO) 6-3, 6-2. R2: Donald Young (USA) 2-6, 6-7(6). Anderson out in R2
  • 5 Richard Gasquet (FRA). R1: Jiry Vesely (CZE) 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-4. R2: Dominic Thiem (AUT) 7-6(1), 6-4. QF: Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 6-4, 6-7(2), 7-6(6). SF: (3) Rafa Nadal (ESP) 4-6, 6-7(7). Gasquet out in the Semis
  • 6 John Isner (USA). R1: Ernests Gulbis 6-3, 6-4. R2: Jack Sock (USA) 6-7(5), 3-6. Isner out in R2
  • 7 Marin Cilic (CRO). R1: (WC) Marco Chiudinelli (SUI) 6-3, 7-6(3). R2: Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) 6-3, 6-1. QF: (3) Rafa Nadal (ESP) 6-4, 3-6, 3-6. Cilic out in the Quarters
  • 8 David Goffin (BEL). R1: Andreas Seppi (ITA) 306, 6-4, 6-4. R2: (Q) Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 6-4, 6-3. QF: (1) Roger Federer (SUI) 3-6, 6-3, 1-6. Goffin out in the Quarters
  • Best Qualifier: Adrian Mannarino (FRA) and Dusan Lajovic (SRB) - both in R2
  • Best WC: All out in R1
  • Best Unseeded: Jack Sock (USA) - Semis

DOUBLES DRAW - Peya/Soares Capture Basel Doubles Crown

Alexander Peya (AUT) / Bruno Soares (BRA) d (3) Jamie Murray (GBR) / John Peers (AUS) 7-5, 7-5


Photo: ATP - Peter Staples




Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares gave their Barclays ATP World Tour Finals bid a big boost on Sunday as they captured their second title of the season at the Swiss Indoors Basel. The Austrian/Brazilian duo defeated Jamie Murray and John Peers 7-5, 7-5 in the final.
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Men's Tour

VALENCIA OPEN
VALENCIA, SPAIN
OCTOBER 26 - NOVEMBER 01 2015


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SINGLES DRAW - Sousa denies Bautista Agut in Valencia

Joao Sousa (POR) d (7) Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4


Photo: Valencia Open


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Joao Sousa defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday to capture the Valencia Open title. The Portuguese secured his second ATP World Tour title (2013 Kuala Lumpur) by upending his Spanish opponent in two hours and six minutes. He earned 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points and €97,700, while Bautista Agut received 150 points and €51,450.
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TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - 250
Prize Money: €537,050
Surface: Hard
Tournament Director: Juan Carlos Ferrero
Draw: S-28 D-24
LAST YEAR SINGLES CHAMPION
Andy Murray (GBR)
LAST YEAR DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) / HoriaTecau (ROU)

SINGLES SEEDS

  • 1 David Ferrer (ESP) - withdrawn
  • 2 Feliciano Lopez (ESP). R1: Bye. R2: Steve Johnson (USA) 4-6, 6-7(3). Lopez out in R2
  • 3 Bernard Tomic (AUS). R1: Bye. R2: Pablo Cuevas (URU) 6-3, 3-6, 4-6. Tomic out in R2
  • 4 Fabio Fognini (ITA). R1: Bye. R2: (Q) Mischa Zverev (GER) 2-6, 6-7(3). Fognini out in R2
  • 5 Benoit Paire (FRA). R1: (LL) NorbertK) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. R2: Joao Sousa (POR) 3-6, 6-2, 3-6. Paire out in R2
  • 6 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP). R1: Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. R2: (Q) Taro Daniel (JPN) 6-3, 6-4. QF: Steve Johnson (USA) 5-7, 4-6. Garcia-Lopez out in the Quarters
  • FINALIST 7 Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP). R1: (WC) Nicols Almagro (ESP) 7-6(1), 4-6, 6-4. R2: (WC) Andrey Rublev (RUS) 6-2, 6-3. QF: (Q) Mischa Zverev (GER) 6-4, 6-3. SF: Steve Johnson (USA) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6. F: Joao Sousa (POR) 6-3, 3-6, 4-6
  • 8 Jeremy Chardy (FRA). R1: Aljaz Bedene (GBR) 6-3, 2-6, 1-6. Chardy out in R1
  • CHAMPION Joao Sousa (POR). R1: Gilles Muller (LUX) 7-6(9), 6-3. R2: (5) benoit Paire (FRA) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. QF: Pablo Cuevas (URU) 6-4, 6-4. SF: Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 6-4, 6-4. SF: (7) Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 CHAMPION
  • Best Qualifier: Daniel Brands (GER) and Mischa Zverev (GER) - both in Quarters
  • Best WC: Andrey Rublev (RUS) - R2
  • Best Unseeded: Joao Sousa (POR) - CHAMPION


DOUBLES DRAW - Butorac/Lipsky Earn Doubles Crown In Valencia

Eric Butorac (USA) / Scott Lipsky (USA) d (4) Feliciano Lopez (ESP) / Max Mirnyi (BLR) 7-6(4), 6-3


Photo: Valencia Open / Lea Weil

Americans Eric Butorac and Scott Lipsky captured their second ATP World Tour team title on Sunday as they upset fourth seeds Feliciano Lopez and Max Mirnyi 7-6(4), 6-3 in the final of the Valencia Open. "They're a tough team," said Butorac after the victory in 75 minutes. "They serve really big and play aggressive tennis. So we knew we had to absorb powerful serves and then be very good on our service games. We served really well and played a very good tie-break in the first set. It was a great week all round."
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WTA Women's Tennis Rankings as of Nov 2, 2015

SINGLES: Few changes in the Top 10. Venus Williams knocking on the door at 11.
DOUBLES: Vesnina and Chan trading places in Top 10.

 

No.
SINGLES

POINTS
 

No.
 DOUBLES

POINTS

1
Williams, Serena

9945
 

1
Mirza, Sania

11355

2
Halep, Simona

6060
 

2
Hingis, Martina

11355

3
Muguruza, Garbine

5200
 

3
Mattek-Sands, Beth

7450

4
Sharapova, Maria

5011
 

4
Šafárová, Lucie

6866

5
Radwanska, Agnieszka

4500
 

5
Dellacqua, Casey

5835

6
Kvitova, Petra

4220
 

6
Shvedova, Yaroslava

5720

7
Pennetta, Flavia

3621
 

7
Chan, Yung-Jan

5570

8
Šafárová, Lucie

3590
 

8
Vesnina, Elena

5275

9
Kerber, Angelique

3590
 

9
Mladenovic, Kristina

5095

10
Bacsinszky, Timea

3133
 

10
Makarova, Ekaterina

4585

ATP Men's Tennis Rankings as of Nov 2, 2015

SINGLES: Nadal moving up to 6and Gasquet to 9 while Raonic falls out of the Top10 t0 14.
DOUBLES: Melo took over the Bryans and is new no. 1. Dodig moves up 2 to no. 4

 

No.
SINGLES

POINTS
 

No.
 DOUBLES

POINTS

1
Djokovic, Novak

15785
 

1
Melo, Marcelo

8390

2
Federer, Roger

8250
 

1
Bryan, Bob

7540

3
Murray, Andy

8070
 

3
Bryan, Mike

7540

4
Wawrinka, Stan

6585
 

4
Dodig, Ivan

6085

5
Berdych, Tomas

4730
 

5
Tecau, Horia

6040

6
Nadal, Rafael

4630
 

6
Rojer, Jean-Julien

6040

7
Nishikori, Kei

4440
 

7
Jamie Murray

5770

8
Ferrer, David

3945
 

8
John Peers

5680

9
Richard Gasquet

2715
 

9
Nicolas Mahut

5225

10
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

2545
 

10
Fabio Fognini

5165


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HUAJIN SECURITIES WTA ELITE TROPHY
ZHUHAI, CHINA
NOV 03 - NOV 08

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - Tour Championship
Prize Money: $2,150,000
Surface: Hard
Tournament Director: Peter Johnston
Draw: Round Robin, 12 players, 4 flights

SINGLES

GROUP A GROUP B
Venus Williams (USA)
Madison Keys (USA)
Saisai Zheng (CHN)
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP
Elina Svitolina (UKR)
Andrea Petkovic (GER)
GROUP C GROUP D
Karolina Pliskova (CZE)
Sara Errani (ITA)
Jelena Jankovic (SRB)
Roberta Vinci (ITA)
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)

DOUBLES

  • Not available yet as of Monday morning, Nov. 2

LAST YEAR SINGLES CHAMPION
New event

LAST YEAR DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
New event

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATP WORLD TOUR MASTERS
PARIS, FRANCE
NOV 02 - NOV 08

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - 1000
Prize Money: €3,288,530
Surface: Hard
Tournament Director: Guy Forget
Draw: S-52 D-24

SINGLES SEEDS

  • 1 Novak Djokovic (SRB)
  • 2 Andy Murray (GBR)
  • 3 Roger Federer (SUI)
  • 4 Stan Wawrinka (SUI)
  • 5 Tomas Berdych (CZE)
  • 6 Kei Nishikori (JPN)
  • 7 Rafa Nadal (ESP
  • 8 David Ferrer (ESP)
  • 9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
  • 10 Richard Gasquet (FRA)
  • 11 Kevin Anderson (RSA)
  • 12 Marin Cilic (CRO)
  • 13 John Isner (USA)
  • 14 Gilles Simon (FRA)
  • 15 Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
  • 16 David Goffin (BEL)

Plus: Karlovic, Monfils, Fofnini, Tomic, Sock, Dimitrov, Chardy

DOUBLES SEEDS

  • 1 Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA)
  • 2 Ivan Dodig (CRO) / Marcelo Melo (BRA)
  • 3 Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) / Horia Tecau (ROU)
  • 4 Jamie Murray (GBR) / John Peers (AUS)
  • 5 Pierre-Hugues Herbert (
  • 6 Simone Bolelli (ITA) / Fabio Fognini (ITA)
  • 7 Mercin Matkowski (POL) / Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)
  • 8 Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Florin Mergea (ROU)

Plus: Pospisil/Sock, Butorac/Isner, Nadal/Paes, Berdych/Stepanek, Fleming/A.Murray

LAST YEAR SINGLES CHAMPION
Novak Djokovic (SRB)

LAST YEAR DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Mike Bryan (USA) / Bob Bryan (USA)


Stefanie Graf (from the International Tennis Hall of Fame)
CLASS OF 1970

CITIZENSHIP: Germany
BORN: June 14, 1969 (46)
PLACE OF BIRTH:
Brühl, Germany
PLAYED: Right-handed
ENSHRINED: 1970


Photo: International Tennis Hall of Fame


With a record 22 major singles titles and heralded as the only player to win the "Golden Grand Slam," capturing all four majors and an Olympic Gold Medal in the same year, Steffi Graf laid claim to being anointed the greatest women's player in history.

While Margaret Court owns the record for most major titles (24), no female player since the advent of the Open Era in 1968 won more majors than the versatile Graf, who accumulated championships regardless of playing surface and placed a stranglehold on the world No. 1 ranking for 377 cumulative weeks, the longest reign of any male or female player in history. For a women's record 186 consecutive weeks - from August 17, 1987 to March 10, 1991 - Graf was atop the world's charts. Starting with the 1987 French and lasting until the 1990 French, Graf advanced to 13 consecutive major singles finals, winning nine of them. On tennis' biggest stages at Wimbledon, the Australian, French and US Open, Graf was a finalist 31 times, compiling a 282-34 record; a 90 percent clip.


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With her devastating inside-outside forehand, perhaps the best and biggest single shot the women's game has ever witnessed, Graf carved out a dominant stretch of excellence not likely to be surpassed: She holds the record for the longest consecutive stretch ranked in the world Top 2 - 10 years, 3 months, 1 week - stretching from March 2, 1987 to June 8, 1997.

Graf compiled a 902-115 (.887) career singles match record, just percentage points away from all-time leader Margaret Court (.914) and Chris Evert (.901). Her 107 career titles rank right below Navratilova (167) and Evert (157). Graf was the International Tennis Federation World Champion a record seven times (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996) and honored as the WTA Player of the Year eight times (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996). Following her fourth of five championships at the 1995 US Open, Graf became the only player male or female player in history to win each of the four major singles titles at least four times. Four times in her career she won three of the four majors contested in a given year (1989, 1993, 1995, 1996).


Photo: Found on SteffiGraf.net

Graf captured the Australian Open four times (1988, 1989, 1990, 1994); the French six times (1987, 1988, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1999), Wimbledon seven times (1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996) and the US Open five times (1988, 1989, 1993, 1995, 1996). She lost ten or less matches at each major (47-6 Australian; 87-10 French; 75-8 Wimbledon; 73-10 US Open),

When she retired in 1999, winning her sixth French and advancing to the Wimbledon Ladies Championship final that year, the German nicknamed the "Fraulein Forehand" for her devastating trademark shot, had made a compelling case as the women's best ever. Only four other players in history had achieved a calendar year Grand Slam (Maureen Connolly, Court, Don Budge and Rod Laver twice). She had earned $21,895,277 in career prize money. In head-to-head competition against players also ranked No. 1 the world during her 17-year career, Graf posted an 87-41 record. Against No. 2 ranked players she was a remarkable 42-5; 100-23 versus No. 3; 94-6 against No. 4 and 28-6 versus No. 5. Cumulatively, she was 440-91 against 57 players ranked the world top 10, never losing a match to 21 of them, and only once to 12 others.


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In her 32 trips to a major singles final, Graf faced Spain's Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario in major singles finals seven times, going 5-2. Seles was an opponent in six major finals and the duo spilt at 3-3. Graf and Navratilova faced each other six times and Graf had the advantage, 4-2.

"Steffi Graf is the best all-around player," said Evert, the Hall of Famer whose name is always mentioned as one of the all-time greatests. "Martina won more on fast courts and I won more on slow courts, but Steffi came along and won more titles on both surfaces."

Like many European players who achieved stardom on the professional tour, Graf was taught how to hit a tennis ball at an extremely young age. Her father Peter began teaching his daughter at age 3. Focused and driven to become a champion, Graf hit the junior tournament circuit with abandon, becoming a European Champion in both the 12-and-18s in 1982. She turned professional in 1982, at age 13, and her carefully developed maturation was keenly managed by her father and coach Pavel Složil, limiting the number of tournaments she entered and astutely grooming her all-court game. There was no discernable difference between Graf's playing styles or court demeanor, whether she played on hard, grass or clay courts. "She played like a robot, like a machine, no emotions … strong with a stone face," said fellow German Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, who won eight WTA tour singles titles during her career, but was 2-12 versus Graf.


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Graf had the athletic skills necessary to become a champion. She had what her competitors said was the best footwork in the game. She was immensely fit due to a structured and rigorous training schedule that made her strong, fast and quick, her legs being a weapon themselves. She attacked the ball on the rise, lifting herself off the ground - and nearly out of her shoes - to pound her forehand drive. Her timing was impeccable, honed with hours of serious practice time. Graf's mental toughness and desire to win gave her an edge few could match. She said that the game's top players helped her raise her level, but the true competitor was herself.

Her professional career began modestly in October 1982 with a 6-4, 6-0 loss at Stuttgart, Germany against 20-year-old Tracy Austin, who had won the US Open in 1979 and 1981. The following year Graf played her first full professional season in schedule that was carefully monitored by her father. The first of her 107 tour victories came on April 13, 1986 when the 16-year-old Graf defeated Chris Evert at the Family Circle Cup in Hilton Head, South Carolina, 6-4, 7-5. A superstar in the making was unleashed and over the next four years Graf won 46 WTA Tournaments, her finest season coming in 1989 when she captured 14 tiles.

For the women's tour, Graf's ascent to greatness was produced at a slow burn, then turned red hot. She captured her first major championship at the French Open in 1987, defeating Navratilova 6-4, 4-6, 8-6. In 1988 and 1989, Graf was the most dominant player in the world, winning seven of the eight majors contested (lost in the 1989 French Open final) and adding the 1990 season won eight of 12 major titles, was a finalist in three majors and a semifinalist at Wimbledon. Her cumulative record placed her in rarified space: She was 78-4 in major tournament play those three years. In winning the 1988 Grand Slam and Olympic Gold medal, Graf dispatched Chris Evert at the Australian (6-1, 7-6), Natasha Zvereva at the French (6-0, 6-0), Navratilova at Wimbledon (5-7, 6-2, 6-1), Gabriela Sabatini at the US Open (6-3, 3-6, 6-1) and Sabatini at the 1988 Games in Seoul (6-3, 6-3). Graf made a bid to capture back-to-back Olympic Gold Medals at the 1992 Barcelona Games, but was defeated by upstart Jennifer Capriati.

"She was just dominating," Mary Joe Fernandez explains. "She was winning her matches so fast. People went out against Steffi knowing they were going to lose, it was a just a matter of how long you were able to keep her out there."

Photo: Found on SteffiGraf.net

If not for the upset defeat to 17-year-old Sánchez -Vicario at the 1989 French Open, a match that she led 5-3 in the third, Graf would have claimed back-to-back calendar Grand Slams. At the Australian she toppled Helena Sukova (6-4, 6-4), took Wimbledon for a second straight time over Navratilova (6-2, 6-7, 6-1) and defended her US Open crown over Navratilova (3-6, 7-5, 6-1).

While Graf had to deal with assorted injuries from 1991-1996, particularly early in the tour season which forced her to miss three Australian Opens, she was still winning major titles at a regular rate. Three straight Wimbledon's were won from 1991-93. The 1993 season saw her flirt with another potential Grand Slam as she took all but the Australian (4-6, 6-3, 6-2 loss to Monica Seles). She won three of four majors in both 1995 and 1996 (injuries forcing her to withdraw from the Australian). It wasn't until the 1997 season that Graf's knees and back began to flare up enough to affect her play. She missed winning a major for the first time in 10 years and saw another rising young player in the mold of Seles, Czech Martina Hingis, take her spot as the world No. 1 ranked player. Graf battled through those injuries, closing out her career in 1999 with a French Open title at age 30, and appropriately over Hingis who became her heir apparent, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. Her final major tournament appearance came in the 1999 Wimbledon final where she fell to Lindsay Davenport, 6-4, 7-5.

Graf's retirement in 1999 coincidentally came when other celebrity athletes also closed out their careers, including Michael Jordan, John Elway, Wayne Gretzky, Barry Sanders and fellow German star Boris Becker. "I have done everything I wanted to do in tennis," Graf said. "Right now, I'm perfectly fit. This is no way about injuries." In the year of her retirement, Graf was named the Greatest Female Tennis Player of the 20th Century by a panel of tennis experts assembled by the Associated Press. At the annual ESPN ESPY Awards, she earned the Female Sports Award of the Last Decade.

Her monstrous career included playing seven years on the German Fed Cup team where she compiled a 20-2 singles record and led the team to champions in 1987 over the United States and 1992 over Spain. Four times in her illustrious career Graf won the season-ending Virginia Slims Tournament in Madison Square Garden (1987, 1989, 1993, 1995). Although doubles was clearly not Graf's specialty, she dabbled in the competition enough to win the 1988 Wimbledon Ladies Doubles Championship alongside Gabriela Sabatini (the duo were finalists at the 1986, 1987 and 1989 French). She also won 11 WTA titles and compiled a 173-72 record doubles record.

Even before her career concluded, Graf had her eye of the future. In 1991 she founded The Steffi Graf Youth Tennis Center in Leipzig, Germany. She is also the Founder and active Chairperson of Children for Tomorrow, a non-profit foundation with the goal of implementing and developing projects to support children who have been traumatized by war or other crises. (Scroll down for details)

In 2001 she married fellow Hall of Famer Andre Agassi, making them one of only two married couples enshrined into the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum.


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Photo: Found on SteffiGraf.net

While the debate will remain as to whom was the best female player in history, in March 2012, the Tennis Channel chose Graf as the greatest in its list of 100 greatest players of all time.

http://steffi-graf.net


STATS

Top Ranking
World No. 1 (1987)

Grand Slam Results
23-time major champion, 12-time finalist

Career Titles
118

Career Record
Overall Record: 1073-187
Singles Record: 900-115
Doubles Record: 173-72

WTA World Tour Championships
Winner 1987, 1989, 1993, 1995, 1996

Olympics
Winner of the Women's Singles Exhibition Tennis Tournament at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games
Gold Medal in Women's Singles at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games
Bronze Medal in Women's Doubles at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games (with Claudia Kohde-Kilsch)
Silver Medal in Women's Singles at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games

Fed Cup
Member of the German Federation Cup Team 1986-1987, 1989, 1991-1993, 1996
Member of the German Championship Federation Cup Team 1987, 1992
Overall Record 28-4
Singles Record 20-2
Doubles Record 8-2

GRAND SLAM BEST RESULTS

TITLES
22 Singles | 1 Doubles

Singles
Australian Open: W (1988), W (1989), W (1990), W (1994)
French Open: W (1987), W (1988), W (1993), W (1995), W (1996), W (1999)
Wimbledon: W (1988), W (1989), W (1991), W (1992), W (1993), W (1995), W (1996)
US Open: W (1988), W (1989), W (1993), W (1995), W (1996)

Doubles
Australian Open: SF (1988), SF (1989)
French Open: F (1986), F (1987), F (1989)
Wimbledon: W (1988)
US Open: SF (1986), SF (1987), SF (1988), SF (1989)

Retirement

CHILDREN FOR TOMORROW is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1998 by Stefanie Graf with the goal of helping children and families who are victims of war, persecution and violence. The Foundation offers children help in processing traumatic experiences of violence and "psychological rebuilding".
Since 2011, CHILDREN FOR TOMORROW has had their own headquarters on the grounds of University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf, which serves both as outpatient clinic and coordination for all projects worldwide.
Funding is used in cooperation with hospitals in Uganda, Eritrea and Kosovo to provide child psychology on site. In addition to the local project work, CHILDREN FOR TOMORROW provides funds for an outpatient clinic for refugee children at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf.

MISSION
According to UNHCR there are currently almost 44 million people on the run worldwide - the majority of refugees come from Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia. Almost half of all the refugees are children and adolescents. Most have experienced violence or the loss of their parents or relatives and often suffer in consequence from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, insomnia and nightmares.
CHILDREN FOR TOMORROW uses their financial resources for the healing of these traumas. The Foundation provides psychotherapeutic treatments to the children and also offers psycho-social services in addition to therapies. All Foundation projects are designed to work long term. CHILDREN FOR TOMORROW aims to promote the psychological reconstruction of these children, because the mental health of a child is a fundamental building block for their development and the peaceful coexistence of a society.

 

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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