January 15, 2015
By Andrew Eichenholz

Heading into the 2015 Australian Open, there are many storylines with a great deal of unpredictable endings in store for the upcoming year. One great of the game proved to the world that age is no barrier in 2014, while another raised questions on just how many times he could get up from a knockout punch. In the women’s game, young stars are reaching the horizon, with the superstar looking to maintain her reign.

January 15, 2015
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

Juan Martin del Potro’s run at the Sydney International tournament came to an end on Thursday as the defending champion fell to Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin in the semifinals.

January 15, 2015
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

Petra Kvitova exacted some revenge on Thursday as the world number four from the Czech Republic beat Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova 7-5, 6-1 to advance to the Sydney International final.

January 14, 2015
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

World number four Petra Kvitova received a scare from Australian wild card Jarmila Gajdosova, dropping the first set only to recover for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 quarterfinal victory. Kvitova was trailing 4-3 on her serve in the third set when the Czech held, won four straight points on Gajdosova’s serve to break and then held again to close out her opponent, winning in just over two hours.

January 14, 2015
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

The results at the Sydney International and Heineken Open tournaments were not kind to the top seeds of each respective tournament on Wednesday as the day saw a number of surprises. First in Sydney, Juan Martin del Potro continued his comeback season with another victory, coming back from a set down to knock off top-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

January 13, 2015
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

The ATP has announced significant efforts to enhance the ATP Challenger Tour, including further increases in prize money. The ATP Challenger Tour comprises approximately 150 tournaments each year and serves as a springboard for players to compete on the ATP World Tour.

January 13, 2015
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

Argentinean Juan Martin del Potro won his first match since last February, knocking off Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-3, 7-6(4) at the Sydney International on Tuesday.

January 13, 2015
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

World number three Simona Halep has withdrawn from the Sydney International tournament with gastroenteritis, the Romanian announced on Tuesday.

January 12, 2015
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

Two days after falling to Venus Williams in the ASB Classic title match, world number eight Caroline Wozniacki retired from her first-round match against Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova at the Sydney International tournament with a wrist injury.

January 12, 2015
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

Roger Federer became the third person in tennis history to record 1,000 career match wins on Sunday, defeating Canadian Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-4 in the Brisbane International final. He joins Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl as the only players to reach the 1,000-win mark.

January 12, 2015
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

Maria Sharapova edged Ana Ivanovic 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3 to win the Brisbane International on Saturday. The world number two fought back from a set down to upend the Serbian and capture her 34th career title.

January 9, 2015
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

The top four seeds at the Brisbane International have advanced to the tournament’s semifinals, after the field of eight was cut down to four on Friday. The field’s top seed, Roger Federer, made quick work of his quarterfinal opponent James Duckworth. 

January 9, 2015
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

The Shenzhen Open’s two top seeds were on court at the Chinese tournament’s semifinals on Friday, but only one of them was able to make it through to the final. Top-seeded Simona Halep disposed of WTA Rising Star Saisai Zheng 6-2, 6-3, winning five of the eight break point chances she had to wrap up the victory in less than an hour and a half.

January 9, 2015
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

The Brisbane International title match will feature a rematch of the 2008 Australian Open final, as top-seeded Russian Maria Sharapova will take on second-seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia.

January 9, 2015
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams both booked a ticket to the title match of the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand on Friday, but one seemed to have a much easier time than the other.

January 8, 2015
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

Roger Federer made his 2015 debut on Thursday and got everything that he could handle from 153rd ranked Australian John Millman. The Swiss had to battle back from a set down to move past Millman 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 and reach the Brisbane International quarterfinals.

January 8, 2015
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

If you are a tennis purist, someone who enjoys serve and volleys and long rallys, then Thursday’s Qatar Open quarterfinal match between world number one Novak Djokovic and seventh-seeded Ivo Karlovic was not for you.

January 8, 2015
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

The United States’ duo of Serena Williams & John Isner needed to beat the Czech Republic 3-0 in order to reach the Hopman Cup finals on Saturday. The Americans did just that, sweeping all three matches on Thursday at the international mixed-doubles competition.

January 8, 2015
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

Maria Sharapova continued her hot start to the 2015 season, rolling into the Brisbane International semifinals with a convincing 6-1, 6-3 victory over seventh-seeded Carla Suarez-Navarro in Thursday’s quarterfinal matchup.

January 7, 2015
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

World number one Novak Djokovic has not missed a beat since his outstanding play in the second-half of last year, and early on in 2015 he seems to still be the cream of the crop on the men’s tour.

January 7, 2015
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

In what was supposed to be a bounce back season for American Sloane Stephens, 2015 has not started exactly how the 21-year-old would have liked. After cruising in her first-round opener, she was eliminated in the second-round of the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand by fellow American Lauren Davis.

January 7, 2015
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

The USTA has announced that the 36th season of the USTA Pro Circuit launches this week with two men’s events in Florida and California—the $10,000 clay-court men’s Futures in Plantation, Fla., and the new $15,000 hard-court men’s Futures in Los Angeles. Next week, the women’s season begins with a $25,000 event in Plantation.

January 6, 2015
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

Playing in neighboring countries, both Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki began their 2015 seasons on Tuesday. Although one was in Brisbane, Australia and the other was in Auckland, New Zealand, both rolled over their respective opponents with convincing straight-set victories.

January 5, 2015
By Andrew Eichenholz

James McGee is finding his way in the world of professional tennis. With recent success on the Challenger Circuit, which acts as a second tier for those trying to either break onto the big stage or cling to a career, he has risen to a career high in the rankings, breaking into the top-200 in the world.