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31.01.2017

#RogerFederer #RafaelNadal #AustralianOpen

Roger Federer won his 18th Grand Slam title and first for five years with a thrilling five-set victory over Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final 2017.

The 35-year-old Swiss won 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 to claim his fifth Melbourne title and extend his lead at the top of the all-time men's major winners' list.
Nadal, 30, remains tied in second with Pete Sampras on 14 Grand Slams following his first final since 2014.
Federer's previous major title came at Wimbledon in 2012.
"I've been coming here for almost 20 years now," he said. "I've always enjoy it. "Thanks again for everything, to everybody. I hope to see you next year. If not, this was a wonderful run here and I can't be more happy to win."

 

10.01.2017

Australian Open Legends Tournament

Rafa's new couch is leading the legends team

Former world No.1 and the newest addition to Rafael Nadal’s coaching team Carlos Moya will lead the star-studded field at Melbourne Park in the Australian Open Legends Tournament.
 
Also new to the field in 2017 is Australian Open singles finalists Todd Martin (USA) andMary Joe Fernandez (USA) and Australian Open doubles champions Fabrice Santoro (FRA)Jacco Eltingh (NED) and Paul Haarhuis (NED).
They will be joined by Henri Leconte (FRA), Pat Cash (Vic), Goran Ivanisevic (CRO), the Swedish contingent of Jonas Bjorkman and Thomas Johansson, Mansour Bahrami (FRA), Michael Chang (USA), Wayne Ferreira (RSA) and Aussie favourites Mark Philippoussis (Vic),Todd Woodbridge (NSW), Mark Woodforde (SA) and Wayne Arthurs (Vic).
Joining Fernandez in the women’s field is Aranxta Sanchez-Vicario (ESP), Barbara Schett(AUT), Iva Majoli (CRO), Lindsay Davenport (USA), Martina Navratilova (USA), Nicole Bradtke (Vic) and Rennae Stubbs (NSW).








Season 2017

Will Federer and Nadal come back to the Top 10 this year? 
'It's never easy to come back at a very high level ' Leconte said. 'It's hard for anyone! Even if you are Roger Federer. This year we will still see Djokovic, Murray, Wawrinka and Raonic winning tournaments and other players as well like Dominic Thiem. Hopefully Federer and Nadal will play major tournaments because we need them. You have to realize one thing: when these guys retire, it will be difficult for tennis sport as two characters are missing. 








 

 

21.10.2016

Royal Albert Hall, London 2016

You’re also playing this year at Champions Tennis. What’s been your favorite memory of playing at the Royal Albert Hall?

I’m lucky that I’ve gotten to play there many times. The atmosphere and the acoustics are unbelievable. It’s like you’re in a theater. I’ve had some great matches there against John McEnroe and against other players as well. It’s just the place to be at that time of the year.

Do you find it easier to build friendships on the Champions Tour than in your playing days?

Of course. It’s much more relaxed because we have nothing to prove anymore, but we still have good tennis and good competition.

We know you like to entertain the fans, but does the competitiveness still come out in your matches?

We always try to do the best we can, to win and produce some good tennis. But I’m mainly just happy to be able to play and be healthy. It’s much more fun than it used to be.

16.09.2016

Australian Open 2017

What happened to Djokovic and what is the outlook for the next Grand Slam in 2017?

With the 2016 Grand Slam calendar officially at an end, the ATP number 1 Novak Djokovic will shift his focus now towards the 2017 Australian Open in January.

He has plenty of time to prepare between now and January 2017.

This type of bad run isn't unusual for Djokovic, as he won just one single Grand Slam title in 2014 before winning 3 titles in 2015.

He hasn't been healthy for much of the second half of 2016, which may have had something to do with him struggling in major tournaments.

Djoker dropped out of the Cincinnati Open following his loss at the Summer Olympic Games with a wrist injury. He was not 100 percent well at the U.S. Open 2016.

The 12-time Grand Slam champion has a good chance for raising his level of play Down Under. He has won the tournament five of the past six years.

Nole will be the favorite heading into the 2017 Australian Open. See you down under in January!

 

 

12.09.2016

US Open 2016

Already assured of the No. 1 ranking, things got even better for Germany's Angelique Kerber at the US Open.
Kerber beat Karolina Pliskova in a thriller, 6-3 4-6 6-4, to win the US Open and claim her second grand slam title of 2016.

Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka beat world number one Novak Djokovic with a scintillating display to win his first US Open and third Grand Slam title. Wawrinka, seeded third, won 6-7 (1-7) 6-4 7-5 6-3 to add the US title to his 2014 Australia Open title and his French Open triumph last year. Serbia's Djokovic made a strong start but struggled physically as the final entered a fourth hour in New York.
 

10.09.2016

Angelique Kerber the new world number 1

Angelique Kerber’s dream has become reality. She replaces American Serena Williams as the new number 1 in the tennis rankings. She is the 2nd German 19 years after Steffi Graf.

07.09.2016

US Open 2016
Serena Williams now has the most major match wins in the Open Era passing Roger Federer.

Henri Leconte NYC & US Open

Welcome to Flushing Meadows


The fourth Grand Slam of the year is certainly the hardest . The courts are close to the La Guardia Airport and an aircraft taking off or landing every two minutes. It is almost impossible to hear the sound of the serve. This was the case when I played there as a youngster,  today it's become a lot better. I remember a match Jimmy Connors against John McEnroe. They were always waiting for the right moment between the thundering of  the aircrafts to serve. What a bullshit.

 

Back to the U.S. Open. Arthur Ashe is one of the largest stadiums and it takes very long to get from one side to the other ... But at the Australian Open , it 's almost worse. And everywhere the smell of hot dogs and hamburgers. Plus the noise from the audience , especially in the evenings. "Hey Johnny , do you like another beer ? " And all of that during the match , when you have to serve. This is the usual madness . You will want to shoot the ball into their faces . But , you have to control yourself. The crowd continues to dance , sing and laugh the whole evening. But , I must say though , I loved playing there in this crazy atmosphere in the evening. When I think back, I get goosebumps. This stage inspires you or they will kill you .

 

Let's talk about the surface. It requires physically a lot, it is not good for your back and your knees. One must be prepared and already in super shape to survive it injury free. Imagine you're playing against Rafael Nadal over five sets plus the heat ...

 

If you have the opportunity to come to New York you must see the U.S. Open! Take the first plane and come, I am waiting for you!

 

Voila , that was my little story of the U.S. Open. It was always difficult for me and sometimes hell. Today I 'm really just glad and happy to come here to soak up the atmosphere and to report to you about it.

See you soon!

 

17.08.2016

US Open is the last of four grand slams in a calender year and this year’s tournament will be played through Monday, 28th August to Sunday, 11 September 2016. Serbian Novak Djokovic will defend his mens title while Italian Flavia Pennetta will defend women singles crown. US Open authorities has announced the tournament schedule while they also revealed extensive TV coverage of this year’s tournament worldwide.

ESPN will be the host broadcaster and their live feed will be used around the world in different regions with local coverage. ESPN will continue to broadcast live on TV with their extensive coverage of all six courts plus they will also make live streams available via there official mobile app and through their website. But what channels are broadcasting the US Open live in other parts of the world ?

 

US Open Tennis 2016 TV Channels Worldwide: So ESPN will continue to broadcast live action of US Open in USA while below is the list of channels broadcasting in your part of the world.

US Open 2016 
COUNTRY

CHANNELS
United Kingom

SkySports (extensive coverage) & British EuroSport (only main-court match)
USA

ESPN (exclusive rights in the US and will broadcast through all platforms including mobile/online streams)

Australia
FoxSports (exclusive rights from 2013 to 2016)

Canada 
TSN (English coverage), RDS (French coverage)

Europe
EuroSport 1 & 2 (Eurosport will continue to broadcast US Open and many countries, list will be published closer to US open start dates)

Middle-east
beIN Sports (available in all middle-easter countries and in some parts of north africa
India
TEN Sports (had the rights for 2015 and its unclear whether they still have the rights of 2016 event

Mexico
Sky Mexico (to have live coverage of US open in Mexico and some neighbour north american countries like Panama, Puerto Rico etc)

Spain
EuroSport (Usual coverage on EuroSport with spanish commentary)

South America
ESPN (ESPN Latin covers all four grand slams live on TV in most South American countries except Brazil)

Brazil
SporTV (selected matches) also available on ESPN Latin America
South Africa
SuperSports
Russia
NTV+ & EuroSports
France
EuroSports (EuroSport set to continue their coverage of US open with in France as they enter last year of their current deal)

Germany
EuroSports (Available on EuroSport 360 and the current rights deal run through 2017)

Japan
Wowow (exclusive rights in Japan for US Open)

New Zealand
SKY NZ (Sky has tv rights contract with three of the grand slams including US Open. Only Wimbledon is broadcasted on TVNZ)

 
 
Pacific 
Sky NZ (Sky also broadcast live Tennis Grand Slams live in all pacific countries like Samoa, Tonga etc)