2019 Tennis Thread


per the AP:

American Danielle Collins beat seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams 7-5, 7-6 (5) in the opening round of the Wuhan Open on Sunday.

Williams controlled the match early, going up 5-3 in the first set before dropping nine games in a row. A major turning point occurred when Williams failed to convert two set points while up 5-4 in the first.

After falling behind 0-5 in the second set, Williams stormed back to force the tie-break, which Collins won 7-5.

"I didn't really play great the entire way through so I wasn't too happy with my performance even though I got the win, but I was happy to pull it out and sometimes you have to win ugly," said Collins.

Collins has now won both of her encounters with Williams, her previous win coming in last year's Miami quarterfinals.


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American Sofia Kenin beat former U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2 in the final of the Guangzhou International on Saturday for her third WTA singles title of the year.

Kenin won her first singles title of 2019 on the hardcourts of Hobart, Australia in January, and added her second on grass in Mallorca in June.

Stosur, who won the U.S. Open in 2011, was looking to win her first WTA title since Strasbourg in 2017.


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It's amazing how quickly the Laver Cup has overtaken Davis Cup as far as fan interest and excitement goes.

Team Europe Retains Laver Cup Title

Alexander Zverev won the final match for Team Europe in last year's Laver Cup and put in a repeat effort on Sunday in Geneva. The German defeated Milos Raonic 6-4, 3-6, 10-4 to complete a successful title defence for the home team.

Team Europe defeated Team World 13-11 after three exciting days of play and has won the Laver Cup crown in all three years of the competition. Each winning team member will also receive $250,000.

“It was an unbelievable weekend. Those guys [Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal] were screaming at me in the locker room before the Match Tie-break, saying this is how I could turn my season around. Without all of these guys on the bench, I couldn’t have done it,” Zverev said. “This is very special, especially playing in front of those guys and having them trust me to play the last match.”

Federer kept Team Europe's title defense alive with a 6-4, 7-6(3) victory over John Isner. Federer leads Isner 8-2 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry and has won both of their Laver Cup singles matches. The Swiss is undefeated (6-0) in singles at this event, while Isner dropped to 2-4.

”I’m very excited. What an atmosphere and what a match. I’m thrilled that I was able to give something back to the team after a tough Match Tie-break (in doubles) earlier today,” Federer said. “Team Europe has been amazIng. They’ve fought so hard and played so well.”

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Go Federer!!


Coco Gauff breaks into top 100, makes first tour quarterfinal

American teenager Coco Gauff is set to break the world's top 100 for the first time after reaching her maiden WTA tour quarterfinal at the Linz Open in Austria on Wednesday.

Gauff, 15, progressed to the quarterfinals after her opponent, Kateryna Kozlova of Ukraine, retired when trailing 6-4, 4-6, 0-2, becoming the youngest player to reach a WTA quarterfinal since Sesil Karatantcheva of Bulgaria in January 2005.


Go Coco!!


Teenage star Gauff reaches maiden WTA final

American teenage sensation Coco Gauff reached the first WTA final of her career on Saturday as the 15-year-old beat Andrea Petkovic 6-4, 6-4 in the last four in Linz.

Gauff, who burst onto the scene with a run to the Wimbledon last 16 earlier this year, is the youngest woman to make a WTA final since Nicole Vaidisova won the Tashkent title in 2004.

"This is definitely unreal, my first final on the WTA," said Gauff, who only got into the main draw in Austria as a lucky loser. "Linz is my special place.

"Not even in juniors did I ever get into something as a lucky loser -- now I'm in the final.

"I've had a lot of luck and happiness here."

The current world number 110 is set to climb to at least 80th in the rankings next week. She will face either 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko or Russian eighth seed Ekaterina Alexandrova in Sunday's final.

"This is crazy," Gauff added after winning in 92 minutes. "I thought I was out in qualifying and now I'm here.

"This was one of the highest-level matches I've played. Andrea hit a lot of winners and put pressure on me.

"I was fighting for every point, even at break points down, I just tried to get the serve in and make her play a point."


Go Coco!!


'After all these years': Roger Federer bursts into tears after 10th Basel title

Roger Federer couldn’t hold back the tears after securing a record-extending 10th title at his home event in Basel on Sunday.

Federer clinched a record-extending 10th Swiss Indoors championship with a crushing 6-2 6-2 victory over Aussie yoiung Alex de Minaur.

The 38-year-old has now won 103 career singles titles to be six shy of Jimmy Connors' all-time record - and exactly 100 more than de Minaur, who, at 20, is barely half the age of the 20-times grand slam champion.

"I was really hoping that Roger was going to get sick of winning here and give someone else a chance," de Minaur said.

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Go Federer!!


This is crazy. Per SI:

What an incredible coincidence
I literally cannot believe what happened in this minor league tennis match yesterday.

Michael Mmoh took on Darian King in ATP Challenger Tour action (the second-highest level of tennis in the U.S.) in Charlottesville, Va., and was disqualified after hitting a line judge with his racket.

Trailing in the second set, Mmoh lost a point and responded by throwing his racket at the wall behind him. It struck the line judge in the leg and the man stayed down on the ground for several minutes.

This is where things get weird, though. You can hear in that video that one of the announcers says “It’s happened again in Charlottesville.” What he means is that King, Mmoh’s opponent, was disqualified from a match five years ago for doing the very same thing at the very same tournament.


If I’m a line judge, I’m refusing to work that tournament ever again.


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Wow Jack Sock will fall completely out of the ATP rankings after failing to record a singles win in 2019 including Challenger events.

It’s going to be a long, hard road for Jack Sock if he wants to rejoin the world’s Top 10. On Monday, the former world No. 8 will drop out of the ATP ranking system entirely. Aside from his Laver Cup victory over Fabio Fognini, Sock has yet to win a singles match in his injury-plagued 2019 season.

Sock turned pro in 2010 and very quickly rose to the top of the men’s game. He experienced immediate Grand Slam success in mixed doubles, winning the US Open title with Melanie Oudin in 2011. Sock won the 2014 Wimbledon Championships with Vasek Pospisil, and partnered with Mike Bryan to win the 2018 Wimbledon and US Opens. He's also a two-time Olympic medalist, winning the gold in mixed doubles with Bethanie Mattek-Sands and the bronze in men’s doubles with Steve Johnson at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

He reached his career high No. 8 singles ranking after a sensational end-of-season run in 2017, winning the Rolex Paris Masters and making a semifinal appearance at the ATP World Tour Finals in London. Those are the points that will push him out of the rankings after going 0-7 in ATP action (including Challengers).

Sock was one of, if not the, most accomplished American junior tennis players in recent history. Throughout his junior career, he won a staggering 23 gold balls—the “trophy” for winning a USTA Level 1 National Championship. Sock went a perfect 80-0 playing high-school tennis, leading his team to four consecutive state titles.

For the most part, Sock experienced nothing but success throughout his entire life. This is undoubtedly the most adversity Sock’s tennis has faced. Despite the grim outlook, Sock remains confident that he will return to the top of the game, where he clearly belongs.


Go USA!!


Bryan brothers to bow out after 2020 U.S. Open

Bob and Mike Bryan, the greatest doubles pair in the history of tennis, have announced they will end what they describe as a "magical ride" in 2020 after one more crack at the U.S. Open.

The 41-year-old Californian twins, famous for their trademark chest-bump celebration, will bid farewell at Flushing Meadows, scene of their Grand Slam debut in 1995.

Playing almost exclusively with each other throughout their 25-year careers, the Bryans captured a professional era record 118 titles, including 16 Grand Slam titles, 39 ATP Masters 1000s and the ATP Finals title four times.

The Bryans also won Olympic gold at London 2012 and were part of the U.S. Davis Cup-winning team in 2007.

Mike claimed two more Grand Slam titles with Jack Sock in 2018 after Bob was sidelined with a hip injury.

"Mike and I chose to finish our 2019 season after the U.S. Open, even knowing there was a strong chance we'd qualify for the ATP Finals," Bob said in an ATP statement on Wednesday.

"After much discussion, we decided that it would be best to rest our minds and strengthen our bodies in preparation for 2020 which will be our final season on the ATP Tour.

"For the last 21 years, we have been so grateful for the opportunity to live out our dreams of playing professional tennis. It has truly been a magical ride."


Go Bryan Brothers!!