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October 08, 2012

Hometown Hero: Kei Nishikori Wins in Tokyo


Nishikori

With his three set triumph over Canadian, Milos Raonic, 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-0 to win the Japan Open in Tokyo, twenty-two year old, Kei Nishikori, further elevated his star status in Japan.  Nishikori became the first Japanese player to win the title in the forty-one year

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October 06, 2012

Tennis Country's 2012 Third Quarter Highlights - Men


Fireworks

Tennis Country’s snapshot of the memorable moments on the men’s pro tennis tour during the Third Quarter…

•    Greatest Accomplishment:
o    Andy Murray (finally) coming through to win two “majors”, i.e. a Gold Medal on the grass courts at Wimbledon in 2012 London Olympics and the singles title at the 2012 U.S. Open

•    Biggest Disappointment:

o    Rafael Nadal withdrawing from the Olympics and U.S. Open because of a knee injury

•    Major Surprise:
o    Andy Roddick announcing in the middle of the 2012 U.S. Open that it would be his last tournament before he retired

•    Fresh New Face:
o    Twenty-three-year old, left-hander, Martin Klizan, the 2006 French Open Junior Boys’ champion from the Slovak Republic stunned Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the U.S. Open and went on to reach the round of 16.  He subsequently won his first title in Russia and reached a career-high ranking of 33rd.

October 01, 2012

Tennis Country's 2012 Third Quarter Highlights - Women


fireworks

Tennis Country’s snapshot of the memorable moments on the women’s pro tennis tour during the Third Quarter…

•    Greatest Accomplishment:
o    Serena Williams winning Wimbledon, a Gold Medal in singles and doubles with sister, Venus Williams, as well as the 2012 U.S. Open title

•    Biggest Disappointment:
o    2011 French Open champion, Li Na, 2011 Wimbledon champion, Petra Kvitova, and 2011 U.S. Open champion, Samantha Stosur, did not reach a Grand Slam final in 2012

•    Major Surprise:
o    Kim Clijsters losing early in singles, doubles AND mixed doubles (with partner Bob Bryan) in her final U.S. Open/tournament before retiring for the last time

•    Fresh New Face:
o    British hope, left-handed eighteen-year-old, Laura Robson, a former Wimbledon Junior Girls’ Champion won the Silver Medal in Mixed Doubles at the 2012 London Olympics with Andy Murray, upset Kim Clijsters and Li Na at the U.S. Open reaching the round of 16 and then reached her first final in Asia

September 26, 2012

Where is the Swiss Tennis Boom?


Roger Federer

Switzerland has had two players ranked Number One in the past couple decades, i.e. Martina Hingis and Roger Federer, but yet their success does not appear to have sparked a tennis boom in their country.  There is only one woman, i.e. Romina Oprandi, ranked in the

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September 24, 2012

Tennis Players Are Wealthiest Athletes in Many Countries


Money
A recent article in ESPN magazine which listed the top-earning athletes by country illustrated yet again that tennis pros earn a lot of money.  For example, as the following highlights from the list reflect, tennis pros are also often the top-earning athletes in their

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