The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has announced its annual awards, naming Novak Djokovic the Men’s World Champion for the fourth time, while Serena Williams was named the Women’s World Champion for the fifth time in her career.
The USTA Pro Circuit, the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2014 by featuring 87 events, awarding nearly $3 million in total prize money and seeing several American players produce notable results.
Lincoln, Neb. native Jack Sock will miss the Australian Open after undergoing hip surgery, he said in a tweet Thursday. The 22-year-old is the fourth-highest ranked American, and concluded 2014 ranked 42nd in the world.
The USTA has announced that the 2014 USTA National Winter Championships will be held Dec. 27-Jan. 2 in the Scottsdale and Tucson, Ariz., area, drawing the top boys and girls nationwide in the 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s age divisions. The players competing in this tournament are vying for the title in the last national tournament of the 2014 season.
The seventh ranked player in the world Tomas Berdych has announced who is coach will be for the 2015 season. The Czech, who reached the ATP Finals semifinals in November, has hired Andy Murray’s former coach Dani Vallverdu.
The ITA Division I Operating Committee moved to re-submit its dual match format proposal to the NCAA Division I Tennis Committee for the 2015 NCAA Division I Team Championships during its final meeting of 2014. This decisive vote (25 yes, 0 no, 9 abstentions)—supported by the USTA and the USTA's Athletic Directors Advisory Council—is a powerful indication of the group's commitment to adopt creative and innovative measures to enhance the sport of tennis during this time of seismic change in collegiate athletics.
Players travel from all over the world to compete for the Orange Bowl junior championship. This year’s champions didn’t have to come far at all. Stefan Kozlov and Sofia Kenin, both from nearby Pembroke Pines, Fla., won the Boys and Girls 18s Singles titles at the Metropolia Orange Bowl Tennis Championships, held at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center, the first American sweep of the Orange Bowl 18s singles titles since 2004 when both Timothy Neilly and Jessica Kirkland were crowned champions.
The 2015 Australian Open will feature the “deepest and strongest” field in the tournament’s history, as all of the top 100 ranked players on the men’s side and 99 of the top 100 on the women’s side will be in Melbourne, Australia for the season’s first Grand Slam, according to the official Australian Open Web site.
The ATP has announced that there will be significant prize-money increases on the World Tour over the next four years, and will surpass $100 million for the first time ever in 2015. It says that prize money could reach $135 million by 2018.
As reported in Long Island Tennis Magazine (from an ITA press release), the ITA Intercollegiate Tennis Association Operating Committee is re-submitting its dual match format proposal to shorten college tennis matches after a decisive vote, a move explained as "a powerful indication of the group's commitment to adopt creative and innovative measures to enhance the sport of tennis during this time of seismic change in collegiate athletics."
The holidays mean different things to different people. If your a national tournament player, parent or coach, Thanksgiving can be a day spent at a tennis club, with turkey at the hotel restaurant or at a nearby Applebee's.
Fourteen-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal criticized Spain's female Davis Cup captain Gala Leon for feeding a "false and absurd" debate. He said, "It seems strange to me as Davis Cup captain that instead of seeking union and harmony between players, captains and federations, she has incited and fed a debate that is totally false and absurd."
Evert, Austin, Capriati, Davenport, Williams, Williams, Bellis? Not quite yet, but 15-year-old CC Bellis, TR Blue Chip and rising sophomore, Class of 2017 has the best chance to ascend to become the next great American since Serena.
In the first three months of 2013 the ATP challenger tour will be testing out a new rule, the elimination of the service let. Though there are no immediate plans to implement this rule in a broader scope there is no question that this is the first attempt at doing just that. Would this potential change be a positive thing for the sport? I think so.
In doubles, points end fairly quickly due to the fast nature of the game itself-singles can be a very different story. Let’s go over a few ways to end some points more quickly and get you off the court sooner.