Wimbledon 2015 Trophy Winners

Novak Djokovic

In Wimbledon Championships, 2015 final Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer 7-6. 6-7. 6-4, 6-3 to claim his third Wimbledon title and ninth Grand Slam title overall. By lifting the title, Djokovic has tied the number of Wimbledon trophies won with his coach Boris Becker.

 Serena Williams beat Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 6-4 in ladies’ singles final match to win her third Grand Slam title of the year.

 Jean-Julyien Rojer and Horia Tecau lifted the trophy in the gentlemen’s doubles category, after beating Jamie Murray and John Peers 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 in the final.

Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza

 In the category of ladies’ doubles at Wimbledon 2015, Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza defeated Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-7, 7-6, 7-5 in the final match.

 Mixed doubles category was won by Leander Paes and Martina Hingis, who defeated Timea Babos and Alexander Peya 6-1, 6-1 to lift their second Grand Slam trophy of the year.

 Boys’ singles category of Wimbledon Championships 2015 was won by Reilly Opelka, who defeated Mikael Ymer 7-6, 6-4 in the match for the title.

 Sumit Nagal and Ly Hoang Nam defeated Reilly Opelke and Akira Santillan 7-6, 6-4 and lifted the trophy in boys’ doubles competition of Wimbledon 2015.

 When it comes to girls’ competitions, Sofya Zhuk won the singles category by defeating Anna Blinkova 7-5, 6-4.

 Dalma Galfi and Fanny Stollar won girls’ doubles trophy, after winning against Vera Lapko and Tereza Mihalikova 6-3, 6-2 in the final match.

 Gentlemen’s invitation doubles of Wimbledon 2015 was won by Goran Ivanisevic and Ivan Ljubicic, who won against Wayne Ferreira and Sebastian Grosjean 6-3, 1-6, 10-5 in the final.

 Jacco Eltingh and Paul Haarhuis defeated Guy Forget and Cedric Pioline 6-4, 6-4 in the final of senior gentlemen’s invitation doubles.

 Ladies’ invitation doubles were won by Magdalena Maleeva and Rennae Stubbs, who beat Martina Navratilova and Selima Sfar 3-6, 7-5, 10-8 in the final match.

In the wheelchair events, Gustavo Fernandez and Nicolas Peifer defeated Michael Jeremiasz and Gordon Reid 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 in the final match of men’s doubles of Wimbledon championships 2015.

Wheelchair ladies’ doubles were won by Jordanne Whiley and Yui Kamiji, who defeated Jiske Griffioen and Aniek Van Koot 6-2, 5-7, 6-3.

Tennis Stars of Current Era

Milos Raonic

Stan Wawrinka – This Polish Tennis superstar has proved his mettle multiple times currently ranked at number 4th. He has won eight titles in total throughout his career till date. His current titles include Chennai Open 2015, ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (Outdoor/Clay) , Australian Open  (Outdoor/Hard) , Chennai  (Outdoor/Hard) 2014, Oeiras  (Outdoor/Clay) 2013, Chennai  (Outdoor/Hard) 2011, Casablanca  (Outdoor/Clay) 2010 and Umag  (Outdoor/Clay) in 2006

Kei Nishikori – Japanese Tennis superstar ended 2014 season as the highest ranked Asian in ATP World Tour History posting 54 wins that is a career high for the player till date. Till date he has earned titles Tokyo  (Outdoor/Hard) , Kuala Lumpur  (Indoor/Hard) , Barcelona  (Outdoor/Clay) , Memphis  (Indoor/Hard), Memphis  (Indoor/Hard), Tokyo  (Outdoor/Hard) and Delray Beach  (Outdoor/Hard)

Milos Raonic –  Canadian player who has become the first player to end the season by getting in the top 10 ranks after winning a personal best 49 matches and earning the 6th title in the ATP 500 level in Washington. Till date he has won Washington  (Outdoor/Hard),  Bangkok  (Indoor/Hard) , San Jose  (Indoor/Hard), San Jose  (Indoor/Hard) , Chennai  (Outdoor/Hard) and San Jose  (Indoor/Hard).

Marin Cilic – The Croatian player ended the season as the number 9th player and earned over 50 titles for the first time in his career and achieving 4 titles along with the 1st Grand Slam at US Open. Till date he has (4) Moscow  (Indoor/Hard) , US Open  (Outdoor/Hard) , Delray Beach  (Outdoor/Hard) , Zagreb  (Indoor/Hard), (1) Zagreb, (2) Umag  (Outdoor/Clay) , London / Queen’s Club  (Outdoor/Grass), (1) St. Petersburg  (Indoor/Hard), (2) Zagreb  (Indoor/Hard) , Chennai  (Outdoor/Hard), (2) Zagreb  (Indoor/Hard) , Chennai  (Outdoor/Hard) and (1) New Haven  (Outdoor/Hard).

David Ferrer – Spanish Number 2 just behind Nadal remained in top 10 for the 5th straight year and 6th overall. Titles that he won include (1) Doha  (Outdoor/Hard), 2014 (1) Buenos Aires  (Outdoor/Clay),2013 (2) Buenos Aires  (Outdoor/Clay) , Auckland  (Outdoor/Hard),2012 (7) ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris  (Indoor/Hard) , Valencia  (Indoor/Hard) , Bastad  (Outdoor/Clay) , s-Hertogenbosch  (Outdoor/Grass) , Acapulco  (Outdoor/Clay) , Buenos Aires  (Outdoor/Clay) , Auckland  (Outdoor/Hard).

Grigor Dimitrov – This Belgium player ended his season with 11 spot posting career best of 50 matches. Currently his titles include 2014 3) London / Queen’s Club  (Outdoor/Grass) , Bucharest  (Outdoor/Clay) , Acapulco  (Outdoor/Hard), 2013 (1) Stockholm  (Indoor/Hard).

Jo-Wilfred Tsonga – For consecutive 7th year this French player has finished top 15, winning the second career ATP Masters 1000 title in Toronto. His titles include 2014 (1) ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Canada (Outdoor/Hard), 2013 (1) Marseille  (Indoor/Hard), 2012 (2) Metz  (Indoor/Hard) , Doha  (Outdoor/Hard), 2011 (2) Vienna  (Indoor/Hard) , Metz  (Indoor/Hard).

Ernest Gulbis – Gulbis is a Lavatian player who has finished in the 20th spot in the season end winning a career high of 41 matches. His titles include 2014 (2) Nice (Outdoor/Clay) , Marseille  (Indoor/Hard),2013 (2) St. Petersburg  (Indoor/Hard) , Delray Beach  (Outdoor/Hard), 2011 (1) Los Angeles  (Outdoor/Hard), 2010 (1) Delray Beach  (Outdoor/Hard).

Feliciano Lopez – Lopez is ranked as number three after Nadal and Ferrer in Spain and for the first time this year took a ranking within number 15th. Currently he has 2014 (1) Eastbourne (Outdoor/Grass), 2013 (1) Eastbourne (Outdoor/Grass), 2010 (1) Johannesburg (Outdoor/Hard), 2004 (1) Vienna (Indoor/Hard).

Roberto Bautista Agut – This year has been best for Agut in which he ended his season end of best 15 from 59. Agut has bagged titles including 2014 (2) Stuttgart (Outdoor/Clay), s-Hertogenbosch (Outdoor/Grass).

Kevin Anderson – Anderson is the first South African to play for back to back Top 20 after Wayne Ferreira from 1994-96. His single titles include 2012 (1) Delray Beach (Outdoor/Hard), 2011 (1) Johannesburg (Outdoor/Hard).

Tommy Robredo – Robredo finished this season in the Top 20 for the 7th time. The player has earned titles and recent ones include  (2) Umag  (Outdoor/Clay) , Casablanca  (Outdoor/Clay), 2011 (1) Santiago  (Outdoor/Clay),2009 (2) Buenos Aires  (Outdoor/Clay) , Costa Do Sauipe  (Outdoor/Clay), 2008 (1) Bsstad  (Outdoor/Clay)           .

John Isner – Isner is the American tennis superstar who finished the Top 20 for the fifth consecutive year. 2014 (2) Atlanta  (Outdoor/Hard) , Auckland  (Outdoor/Hard), 2013 (2) Atlanta  (Outdoor/Hard) , Houston  (Outdoor/Clay), 2012 (2) Winston-Salem  (Outdoor/Hard) , Newport  (Outdoor/Grass), 2011 (2) Winston-Salem  (Outdoor/Hard) , Newport  (Outdoor/Grass), 2010 (1) Auckland  (Outdoor/Hard).

Fabio Fognini – He is the only Italian tennis player after Corrado Barazzutti in 1977-78 to finish in top 20 for the second straight year. His titles include 2014 (1) Vina del Mar  (Outdoor/Clay), 2013 (2) Hamburg  (Outdoor/Clay) , Stuttgart  (Outdoor/Clay).

Gael Monfils – Monfils got to finish in Top 20 for the first time after 2011 and overall this was the fifth time when he managed to stay under the top 20. Monfils has claimed titles including 2014 (1) Montpellier (Indoor/Hard), 2011 (1) Stockholm (Indoor/Hard), 2010 (1) Montpellier (Indoor/Hard), 2009 (1) Metz (Indoor/Hard), 2005 (1) Sopot  (Outdoor/Clay).

Gilles Simon – The French tennis player sneaked into the top 25 for the sixth time in seven years and also entered ATP Masters 1000 final for the second time in Shanghai during the October tournament. Simon holds the titles such as 2013 (1) Metz (Indoor/Hard), 2012 (1) Bucharest (Outdoor/Clay), 2011 (2) Hamburg  (Outdoor/Clay) , Sydney  (Outdoor/Hard),2010 (1) Metz  (Indoor/Hard), 2009 (1) Bangkok  (Indoor/Hard) among others.

David Goffin – He achieved the status of highest ranking player in Belgium with a yearend high of no 22 and won total of 24 matches in the season which also happens to be Goffin’s personal best. His titles include 2014 (2) Metz  (Indoor/Hard) , Kitzbühel  (Outdoor/Clay).

Philipp Kohlschreiber – KOHLSCHREIBER has bagged the fourth ATP title on home soil in Düsseldorf in May and for the third consecutive year has finished in the Top 25. He has bagged titles such as 2014 (1) Dusseldorf (Outdoor/Clay), 2012 (1) Munich (Outdoor/Clay), 2011 (1) Halle  (Outdoor/Grass).

Julien Benneteau – Benneteau in the French tennis player who has achieved the year end ranking of number 25 following his entry in the 1st ATP Masters 1000 SF in Cincinnati and a runner up show in Kuala Lumpur. His titles include 2014 (1) Kuala Lumpur  (Indoor/Hard),2013 (2) Kuala Lumpur  (Indoor/Hard) , Rotterdam  (Indoor/Hard), 2012 (2) Kuala Lumpur  (Indoor/Hard) , Sydney  (Outdoor/Hard),2011 (1) Winston-Salem  (Outdoor/Hard).

Tennis in Olympics 2012

Tennis in Olympics

Tennis is now a part of Olympics Games program as a full medal sport since the 1988 and has been played in every Olympic Games since then. After being a part of Summer Olympic games in the inaugural 1896 game, the tournament was scrapped due to disagreement between the International Lawn Tennis Federation and the International Olympic Committee due to federation allowing the amateur players to compete.

In Olympic Games the lawn for Tennis tournament keeps on changing. In 1984 the tournament was played hard court for every game. In 1992, however the Olympics and in the 2012 Olympics the court was kept of grass. Some players are good at playing clay courts and others prefer hard court and therefore it keeps on changing.

In 2012, tennis tournament in Olympics was held in London at the All England Club in Wimbledon from 28 July to August 5th. This was the first Olympics tournament that was played on the grass court after the re-inclusion of tennis in the Olympics. International Olympics Committee and the International Tennis Federation organised as well as supervised the tournament under the Association of Tennis professional tours. All matches of the tournament were played as best of three sets and finale was played as best of fives sets. In order to declare a winner tie-breaks were used in all the three sets , except during the finale of five sets.

Records

Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro clashed against each other on August 2012 in the semi-finals on August 3, 2010 and played to break the tie for record 4 hours 26 minutes, scoring 19-17. Apart from being the longest singles tennis match in the history of the Olympics, it also set the record for being the longest single match in the Open era, outpacing the Nadal versus Novak Djokovic in the 2009 Madrid Masters that lasted for 4 hours 3 minutes.

William sisters created record in the tournament by winning the third gold medal in doubles and becoming the first players in male or female in tennis history to win four golds, doubles or singles by achieving the top spot in 2000, 2008 and 2012 along with Venus clinching away 2000 women’s singles and Serena winning 2012 medal in singles.

Winners (Men)

Britain superstar Andy Murray won the gold by defeating Roger Federer in three sets of 6–2, 6–1, 6–4. Argentine Tennis sensation Del Potro clinched the Bronze medal defeating Djokovic by 7-5, 6-4.

Winners (Women’s singles)

Women singles was held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon from 28 July to 4 August 2012. It would be unfair to mention the biggest upset of the tournament that was created by Chinese Tennis player Li Na who defeated Wimbledon finalist and Polish International Tennis sensation Agnieszka Radwańska in three close but straight sets.

Serena Williams, American professional tennis player and Russian tennis heartthrob Maria Sharapova played into the finals for their Career Golden Slam. Williams won the medal and became only the second women to win Career Golden Slam after Steffi Graf. Not only this, William also got the honour of becoming first tennis player, male or female, to hold a career Golden Slam in both singles and doubles. Sharapova was the silver medallist and Belarus Tennis player Victoria Azarenka won the Bronze medal

Men Doubles

American star brothers Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan took home the Gold medal in the tournament, winning over France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Michaël Llodra. Bryan brothers have achieved the Golden Slam, only the second men’s double team to achieve the feat.

Women Doubles

Serena Williams and Venus Williams once again defended their titles in the tournament by defeating Czech Republic’s Andrea Hlaváčková and Lucie Hradecká.

Important Tennis Tournaments

ATP Tennis tour

In the game of Tennis tournament structure is always based on the gender (male/female) and total no of players. Usually tournament consist of Men (singles, doubles and mixed doubles), women (singles, doubles and mixed doubles). The groups of players are made according to the age limits like upper and lower age groups for youngsters, seniors respectively like Les Petits & many others.
Some tournaments disable people like Deaf and Wheel chair tennis.
ATP World Tour Finals (Top 8)
ATP World Tour Final is also called Barclays ATP World Tour Finals because of the sponsorship. In November of every year, this tournament is held London (Arena. It is played on hard courts of indoor. These finals are basically the ending of the championships of the ATP World Tour which consist of the top 8 players (Singles) and teams (Doubles). These players and teams are ranked by the ATP.
In the ATP World Tour Finals, the two groups are of the top eight players. These groups have to play 3 rounds against other to reach into the semi finals and then semi finals on the basis of their best record. The winners of the finals Champion and are ranked with 1500 points.
Grand Slam (GS) tournaments:
The GS Tournaments are most important all over the world which consists of US Open, Wimbledon, Australian Open and French Open. The ITF synchronizes and arranges these tournaments every year.
These tournaments require the finance at a large scale and also offer the large prize money to the winners at the end of the events. The number of the players in this tournaments are limited as 128.
Men GS tournaments play matches set of Best of Five and the women Best of three. In GS Tournaments the juniors and wheelchairs tennis tournaments are held combined with their own peculiarity e.g. At Wimbledon , it is necessary for players to wear white and a famous tennis player Agassi who didn’t play tennis at Wimbledon because of its white dress condition.
Australian Open:
The Australian Open is held in January at Melbourne, Australia. In 1905, Australian Open tournament was held. It is first tournament among the all 4 tournaments of GS events. It includes the Singles, Doubles and Mixed doubles (Men) and Singles, Doubles, Mixed doubles (Women) and championships of Juniors and exhibition and wheelchair and other events. Australian Open tournaments are played on indoor hard courts because of wet weather or heats.
French Open:
The French Open tennis tournament held in Paris. It starts on end of May and start of June. This tennis tournament is clay court tournament all over the world. It is ranked at no 2 in the GS tournaments. French Open tournament is a largest tournament of clay court that ends in the clay court of spring season. French tournament is most required tournament all over the world because of the 5 set of Singles (Men) and no tiebreak.
Wimbledon:
Wimbledon or British Open tennis tournament is a very old, most important and biggest tournament. This tournament is held in London. It was first started in 1877. Wimbledon tournament is played on the grass, that’s why it is called lawn tennis. This tournament starts in end of the June and start of the July every year. It is consists of Men and woman’s singles matches.
Wimbledon‘s dress code is white and it is necessary to wear the white. Wimbledon’s Court‘s roof is retractable to save the time of the players in term of rain.
US Open Tennis Championships:
The US Open is a modern form of old tennis tournament which was started in 1881. It is ranked as 4th in the GS Tournaments list. This game is hard court tennis game and includes tiebreak except the last set of the game. US Open starts in the end of August and start of September with the period of two weeks every year. These weeks comes earlier and past than Labor Day. The US Open tournament includes 5 different championships of men (Singles) & women ((Singles), men (doubles) and women (doubles), and men (mixed doubles) women (mixed doubles), wheelchair tournament, senior tournament, junior tournament,.
USTA a non-profit organization that own this US Tennis Championship and manage these tournaments ‘events every year. Their ticked are very costly which help USTA to promote the US Open.
ATP 1000 series:
In 1990 the ATP 1000 started as the tour of ATP with carrying the Grand Prix series of 1790 to 1989. From 1993 to 1999, the events of the ATP Championship were held for one week for 3 years of the beginning. This series was named as Tennis Masters Series. In 2004, the name of the series was replaced as ATP Masters Series.
The ATP1000 series is held in North America, Europe, and Asia. It gives the players more ranking points than other tournament of all over the world but not more than GS tournaments. ATP 1000 series consists of 9 tournaments in all. Winning each of these adds 1000 points to the winners tally hence the name. The tournaments included in this series are Indian Wells, Paris, Cincinnati, Shanghai, Madrid, Miami, Monte Carlo, Rome and Canada Masters Open.
ATP World Tour 500 series:
Grand Prix Super Series’ new name is ATP World Tour 500 series. It was also called as Championship Series. This tennis tournament comes after the ATP 1000 series and the all 4 GS tournaments. This tournament for men is ranked as 3rd highest tier.
The ATP World Tour 500 series consists of 11 tournaments, 500 points of ranking for wining the singles champion events. Tournaments draws for singles are 56, 48 & 32 and 16 and draws for doubles are 24. It has the condition for the players who leads, must enter in as a minimum of 4 events of 500 series if they don’t fill the condition, they get 0 scores against their shorts. Tournamnts included in this tier are: Basel, Rotterdam, Tokyo, Memphis, Dubai, Washington, Acapulco, Beijing, Barcelona, Valencia and Hamburg open.
ATP World Tour 250 series:
The ATP World Tour 250 series started in 2009 by ATP. It is the continued series of the ATP World Tour and ranked as the lowest tier of ATP tour. It consists of total number of 40 tournaments 250 points of ranking for winning the single tournament. It tournaments draws for singles are 32 & 28 and for double are 16. AEGON championship draws for singles are 56 and for doubles are 24. Important tournaments of this series include: Nice, Chennai, Sydney, San Jose, Halle, Queens, New Port and Stuttgart open.
2nd Tier Tennis:
Before 2009, ATP Challenger Tour was called ATP Challenger Series. Men’s tennis of top tier is called the ATP World Tour. The 2nd tier of men’s tennis is Challenger Tour, the 3rd tier of men’s tennis tournaments is the ITF Men’s Circuit and final tier of men’s tournaments is international competition. The ATP manages the ATP Challenger and the successful players with enough points for ranking in ATP Challenger and become qualified for the entry of ATP World Tour tournaments.
Ranking points and prize money award:
ATP Challenger Tour awards the players with grand prize money. Maximum prize money is $35,000 and minimum is $150,000 plus accommodation & food
Hospitality is provided according to the players ranking points like 75 points to 125 points for $35 and $150 respectively.
ATP level tournaments give the winners maximum $400K prize money and 250 points to 2000 points.
The point of the players are totaled on the previous rankings of the 52 weeks and given week. If a player got 400 points in previous 52 weeks, his rank would be approximately at 100th position. 200 points for 200th position, 100 points for 350th position and 50 points for 500th.
3rd Tier Tennis:
The ITF Men’s Circuit is tennis tournament series which is owned and managed by the ITF. It signifies the lowest step of the men’s tennis ranking. ITF tournaments include the ranking of the ATP which helps in the progress of the younger players’ for the ATP Challenger Tour fully. Therefore, every tennis player has to spend the time in the Men’s Circuit. This ITF Men’s Circuit is a satellite based and provides the flexibility to the players and held for more than four weeks. In the end of 1990, the ITF brought the new feature for over time tournaments and its ratio greater than before till 2007. After the elimination of satellites, players won the titles of careers and improved their ranks through the feature tournaments. Futures tournaments include singles and doubles and held for one week. In 2008, the prize money for tournaments was USD 10, 000 or USD 15, 000. And for some tournament accommodation facility is also provide to the players.

WTA Tournaments:
WTA stands for Women’s Tennis Association which was established in 1973. The founder of WTA was Billie Jean King. It is world wide women’s tennis player tour and also the part of the ATP.
Categories of tournaments:
In 2009, the current WTA tournament formation was introduced. Leading Tournaments were formed from the combination of earlier events 1st tier 1 & 2nd tier and International Tournaments were formed with the combination of 3rd tier and 4th tier.
Total no of 4 GS tournaments
End year championships which is the champion of WTA Tour
Premier Mandatory is formed with combination of 4 tournaments of male tennis players and held in Miami, Beijing, Indian Wells and Madrid.
International tournaments include 31 tournaments and its prize money for each tournament is USD 220,000. These tournaments held in Bali. Now, it is held in Sofia and its prize money is USD 600,000.
Premier tournament includes the 10 events and its prize money is maximum USD 600,000 and minimum USD 1 million. Prize money
Challenger tournaments started in 2011, with 3 tournaments and prize money of USD 125,000.
WTA Championship
This is a tennis tournament which is held yearly for women tennis player at the end of the year. This championship is held for the highest ranking players. Many things about WTA championship have been changed since 1972 like city, total number of players and month of the tournament. In 2003 the rules about the player is that two groups are made of 8 players and 4 for doubles.
The WTA Tournament is the most important tournament and placed on 5th position of GS tournaments It prize money is very large and points for ranking are after the GS tournaments.
Martina Navratilova is the famous and top player of WTA Championship with 8 titles of singles and 12 titles of doubles.
Fed Cup:
Fed Cup is most important competition among women tennis players. It was introduced in 1963 as a celebration of the ITF’s 50th Anniversary. It was named as Federation Cup. Seeding decision for four nations in world cup is made according to Fed Cup rules.
In the Zonal Group, teams are divided in pools , then they will play in one round against each other. There are always 2 teams which are encouraged and promoted from Africa Group I and Europe Group of the world cup of that year and form America group 1 one team is gone to the world cup.
Davis Cup:
The Davis Cup is the most important and famous men’s international tennis event. ITF manages the Davis Cup Championship. It is held yearly in which teams are playing for their countries to make a big success against their competitors. The Davis Cup championship was started in 1900. At that time it a great challenge between American team and British team.
From 2007 total no of 137 countries participated in this championship tournament. USA has been most successful in the Davis Cup Championship history who has won total 32 tournaments with 29 times runners up. Australia is on 2nd number by winning 28 tournaments at 4 events against New Zealand with 19 time runners up. The current title holder of Davis Cup is the Czech Republic won the title against Spain. Every year 16 best teams from all over the world are selected to participate and play for the Davis Cup. Countries that lose the 1st round have to play against the continental zones. Teams who win World Group enter the quarter finals. Countries win more 3 ties to claim of Davis Cup Champions.

Tennis Tournaments: Mercedes Cup, UNICEF Open and Swedish Open

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Mercedes Tennis Cup

Tennis Tournaments: Mercedes Cup
The Mercedes Cup is held in Germany. It’s a part of ATP World Tour 250 series, played on clay court. It has been played since 1916. The tournament is famous because number of top tennis legends have played in the tournament. Between 1970 and 1989, it was a part of Grand Prix Tennis circuit. The winner of the tournament gets a Mercedes car in addition to 450,000 pounds in prize money. Although many players have had amazing performances during the course of this tournament, Thomas Muster from Australia has been the most famous one. He won two titles in a row in 1995 and 1996.
Tennis Tournaments: Unicef Open
UNICEF Open is sponsored by UNICEF as a part of its initiative to make life better for struggling and deprived children. The tournament is held in Netherlands each year and is a part of WTA and ATP tour. It is played on grass and the prize money is $398,250. However, the tournament offers smaller prize for women which is $220,000.
Tennis Tournaments: Swedish Open
Swedish Open is held every year in Sweden. It is a part of ATP World Tour. The tournament started back in 1948. Famous players in its history include Eric Surgess, Llie Nastase, Mats Wilander, and Bjorn Borg. Eric Won three consecutive titles in its first three years. It was also a women’s tournament until the sale of Nordea Nordic Light Open. When the sale happened, the women’s games were moved to Bastad, where Collector Swedish Open Women have introduced a tournament of their own. The prize money for Swedish Open is $450,000.

Tennis Tournaments: U.S. Men’s Clay Court, Monte Carlo Masters, Barcelona Open and Serbia Open Tennis Tournaments

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Clay Court Tennis

U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship
US Men’s Clay Court Championship started back in 1910 and has been held annually under ATP tour since then. The tournament matches are played on clay court, as apparent from its name.
Western Lawn Tennis Association has been showing special interest in tournament’s promotion ever since the tournament started. The reason behind such strong promotion is to promote tennis on clay courts in Texas. The Association stresses on populating clay courts since they are cheap to build and maintain compared to grass courts. Moreover, the games can go lengths when played on clay courts, unlike grass courts where games usually end quite quickly. The popularity of the tournament and clay tennis can be judged from the fact that the first ever game played here attracted over 5000 people.
The tournament has shifted venues over the course of time, moving to Cincinnati Tennis Club in 1914 and then coming back to its original venue. The tournament has also remained under Grand Prix Tennis Tour for 19 years.
Now a days, the tournament is held in Houston, Texas at River Oaks Country Club. The tournament hasn’t only been part of Gran Prix Tennis but it has also been part of ATP World Tour 500 series. The tournament has a prize money of $500,000.
Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters Tennis Tournament
Monte Carlo Rolex Masters is held annually in Roquebrune Cap Martin, France. The tournament is sponsored by Rolex and has a prestigious place among men’s professional tennis tournaments. This tournament is a part of ATP tour of Masters Series.
The tournament started back in 1897 and has been an open tournament for long. It became a part of Grand Prix Championship Series during 1970s and remained in it until 1989.
Professionals players don’t have to play the tournament mandatory since they have the choice to elect this tournament to play.
The most successful player in the tournament is Rafal Nadal who won seven consecutive titles from 2005 to 2011. The prize money for the tournament is 2,750,000 pounds.
Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament
Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament started 60 years ago and continues to maintain its authority in professional tennis ever since. The annual Barcelona Annual Tournament is played on clay and has a prize money of 1995,000 pounds. The tournament is a part of ATP world tour 500 series. It holds high place among important events in Spain, whether sports related or entertainment related. The most successful player has been Rafal Nadal who has won the tournament six times during his career.
Serbia Open Tennis Tournament
Serbia Open Tennis Tournament is included in ATP world tour as 250 series. It is held in Serbia and is the first Serbian tennis tournament. Before Serbia Open, no tennis tournaments were ever held in the country. The first event started in 2009.
Novak Djokovic hosts this tournament. He is one of the top tennis players the region ever produced and that is how he is contributing back to his country. The tournament director is Goran, who is also Djokovic’s uncle. Djokovic has won the tournament twice.
The tournament is a part of ATP World Tour 500 series and is played on outdoor clay surface. Tournament has a prize money of 450,000 pounds.

Tennis Tournaments: PBZ Zagreb Indoor, Movistar Open, SAP Open, ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament

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PBZ Zagreb Indoor

PBZ Zagreb Indoor Tennis tournament
PBZ Zagreb Indoor tennis tournament was the first European tournament in tennis history. The tournament is played on hard surface in indoor court. The tournament is placed in 250 series of ATP World Tour. The tournament is held in Croatia and has a prize money of € 398,250. The tournament has finance of roughly € 450,000.
Movistar Open Tennis Tournament
Movistar Open is an ATP World Series tournament featuring men’s tennis. The tournament was included in ATP Internal series in 1998 and 2000. It remained in there for next eight years till 2008. Now it is a part of ATP World Tour 250 series. The tournament is played on outdoor clay court with prize money of $496,000. The tournament draws are at 32M, 32Q, and 16D.
For the first time, the tournament was played in 1993. The tournament faced plenty of problems throughout its time, being delayed in 1999 and relocated in 2001 and again in 2010. The tournament is currently held in Santiago.
Although the tournament used Round Robin but organizers faced plenty of problems with that and reverted to 32 players schema. Many top players started playing in this popular tournament after change in its format.
SAP Open Tennis Tournament
SAP Open is among the oldest men’s tennis tournaments in the US. The tournament is held in San Jose, California, each year. It remained a part of Grand Prix tennis circuit from 1970 to 1989. After this, the tournament was included in ATP World Series and remained part of it until 1997. It was then included in ATP International Series where is remained until 2008. Now it is included in ATP World 250 series.
The tournament is played indoor on hard court. The tournament uses Round Robin draws and has a prize money of $600,000.
SAP Open was first played in 1889 and it was known as Pacific Coast Championship back in those days. The tournament included men and women competition from the beginning. It continued during WWII.
The tournament has plenty of names, usually these were its official names at some point in time. These include Sybase Open, Volvo, Fireman’s Fund, Redwood Bank, and Transamerica Open.
ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament
ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament is one of the biggest tennis events in Netherlands. The tournament falls in ATP World 500 series. It remained a part of Grand Prix tennis circuit until 1989. This indoor tournament is played on hard court and is also known as WCT.
The tournament started in 1974 with capacity for 46,000 spectators. The number increased later on and now it stands at 100,000. The tournament has a prize money of 310,000 Euro.
The tournament was covered by media giant AVRO when it first started. As of now, the tournament is broadcasted in over 170 countries and receives active coverage in numerous international sports magazines.

Tennis tournaments: Qatar, Medibank International, Heineken Open and South Asian Tennis Open

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Qatar Tennis Open

Qatar Tennis Tournament:
Qatar Tennis tournament provides a great opportunity to players from Qatar to show off their talent at the biggest stage. The players are not just given a chance to complete against the best in the world but they also receive huge prize money for their achievements in the tournament. Qatar Tennis Tournament promotes tennis so that it can become popular game in the country. The tournament is held by Qatar Tennis Federation in 1984 through the efforts of Issa Ghanem Al Kuwari. He was also the first elected president of Qatar Tennis Federation.
In 1987, the tournament invited top tennis clubs to play their tennis here. As of now, Al Saad, Al Rayyan and Al Arabi are playing here. Qatar Tennis Federation and the tournament itself has encouraged number of players to take up tennis as professional sport, helping the country produce more and more tennis players. The tournament holds men’s as well as women’s matches to provide equal opportunities to both the genders. The total prize money of the tournament is $1110,250.

Medibank International Tennis Tournament:
The Medibank International tournament is played in famous Olympic Park in Sydney. The tournament has few other names including New South Wales Open. Since Medibank is the major sponsor of the tournament, it is known with its name internationally.
The Medibank International is the oldest tennis tournament in the history of the game. The tournament started back in 1885 when colonial officials were looking to find tennis players in different colonies. That was the reason that this tournament was initially held. After its substantial success, it became a regular event in tennis calendar. Even the team selection for Davis Cup depends heavily on the player’s performances in the tournament. The tournament has been a part of Grand Prix Tennis Tour from 1970 to 1989. The entire arena has 15 outdoor hard courts. The tournament has a prize money of $600,000.

Heineken Open Tennis Tournament:
Heineken Open is help in Auckland, New Zealand under the supervision of Association of Tennis Professionals. It is one of the largest events in tennis.
This tournament started when Auckland Tennis started building permanent tennis courts in 1920. Local funds put in effort and collected plenty of funds for establishing new courts. For next 30 years, local tennis enjoyed the courts as it played local matches throughout these years. In 1981, local tennis tournaments started giving chance to men as well as women. However, International Series started in the courts in 1998 and stayed that way till 2008. After that, the tournament became ATP World Tour 250 event. The tournament has prize money of $436,000

South Asian Tennis Open:
South Asian Tennis Open is a hard court tournament played in the outdoors. This professional tournament started as a part of Grand Prix circuit and eventually became part of 250 tennis series event. The tournament is held in Johannesburg each year.
The tournament has a finance of $500,000 and prize money of $443,500. The tournament had issues with ATP tour but returned to its status after 13 years. The court can hold up to 6000 fans during matches.

Tennis Tournaments: Sony Ericsson, Paribas, Delray Beach and Abierto Mexicano Telcel Open

by on December 28, 2012
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Sony Ericsson Open

Tennis Tournaments: Sony Ericsson Open

Sony Ericsson Open, also known as Miami Masters, is annually held in Miami and is sponsored by Sony Ericsson. The tournament holds men’s as well as women’s matches in outdoor hard court. The tournament is held every March.

Previously, the tournament was called Lipton International Players Championship due to its sponsors. It remained a part of Grand Prix Championship from 1985 to 1990. When the sponsors changed, the tournament was also renamed to Sony Ericsson to represent its new sponsor. In 2002, the tournament was sponsored by NASDAQ and named accordingly. However, in 2007, it was again sponsored by Sony Ericsson, which resulted in change of its name back to Sony Ericsson Open. The tournament has $20 million in sponsor money and is considered one of the largest tournaments in tennis.

The tournament has prize money of $3,645,000 and has ATP World Tour draws of 96S, 32D, and 48Q. The 2010 event is being sponsored by Head, Penn, Fila, Miami.com, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Bacardi, LAN, Mercedes Benz, Heineken, and SAP apart from Sony Ericsson who is the major sponsor.

Tennis Tournaments: Paribas Open

BNP Paribas Open is sponsored by BNP Paribas (French Bank) and is held each year in Indian Wells, the reason it’s also known as Indian Wells Masters. This Masters 1000 event for men’s is a Mandatory event for women’s tournament. The tournament has been a part of Grand Prix Championship from 1974 to 1990. The tournament has 136 players grid, including 96 players for singles matches.

The Paribas Open is thought o as a leading Grand Slam in the world. The matches are played on outdoor hard court and has world’s second biggest stadium. The tournament has prize money of $4,500,000 and has draws of 96S, 32D and 48Q.

The men’s tournament had a different name previously when it was called American Airlines Tennis Games. It was also called Congoleum Classic in 1980s. Another name for the tournament was Pilot Pen Classic.

The tournament also holds a separate women’s tournament, which was called Indian Wells as well as Virginia Slims during different times. The tournament was even called Matrix Essentials Even Cup during early 1990s. However, in 2000s, the tournament was renamed to Pacific Life Open.

Tennis Tournaments: Delray Beach Open

Delray Beach Open is also known as International Tennis Championship (ITC). The tournament was included in ATP World Series in 1993 and it remained that way until 1997. Later on, the tournament was transferred to ATP International Series. A couple of years later, the tournamnet was included in ATP World Tour.

Although the tournament is held in Delray Beach, Florida, it was not the same always. From 1993 to 1998, the tournament was held in Coral Springs.

The tournament was originally played on Red Clay but it was shifted to outdoor hard court in 2000. The draw measurements are 32S, 12Q and 16D. The tournament has a prize money of $500,000. With 82000 seats, Delray Beach provides perfect entertainment to tennis lovers during the tournament. Sponsors like PNC Bank, The Palm Beach Post and Porsche proudly host the tournament each year.

Tennis Tournaments: Abierto Mexicano Telcel Open

Abierto Mexicano Telcel is held in Acapulco , Mexico and is a part of ATP tour as well as WTA tour. The tournament achieved ATP status in 1993 while it got the WTA status in 2001. The tournament has was originally played in Mexico City but then shifted to Acapulco. The tournament uses outdoor clay surface.

The tournament has a prize money of $1,226,500 in prize money and hosts ATP with draw 32S, 16Q and 16D while WTA has draws at 32M, 32Q and 16D.

Tennis Tournaments: Brisbane International Championships, Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and Dubai Duty Free Championships

by on December 28, 2012
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Brisbane International Championship

Tennis Tournaments: Brisbane International Championships

Brisbane International Championship is associated with Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). The championship center is in Australia and has hard court. The tournament is held just before Australian Open each year.

The tournament started back in 1970s when Grand Prix Tennis circuit thought of introducing tennis in Queensland. The tournament was originally to start a South West Pacific Season. The tournament started hosting professional matches in 1972 on an outdoor grass court. However, the tournament moved to a hard court later.

In 2011, number of international brands sponsored the tournament. These include Ticketek, Seven Network, Wilson, Nestle, Heineken, Sirromet Wines, Virgin Blue, Panasonic and Powerade among many others. The price money in 2011 was increased from $93,000 to $125,000.

Tennis Tournaments: Regions Morgan Keegan Championships 

The Regions Morgan Keegan Championship is held in Memphis, USA each year. The tournament has become men’s ATP tour but it was a part of Grand Prix tennis circuit from 1976 to 1989. The tournament was previously known as St. Jude Championship, US Indoor Championship, and Volvo Championship.

The tournament has number of sponsors but Regions Financial is the only major sponsor. Major outside sponsors include CA Media, Coca Cola, Cellular South, Clos Du Bios, and Scnukcs. On the other hand, the tournament supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as supporting charity.

The tournament has a prize money of $757,000 and draw of 32S, 16D, and 16Q. The tournament is held in Memphis each year.

Tennis Tournaments: Dubai Duty Free Championships 

Dubai Tennis Championship, also known as Barclays Dubai Championship and Dubai Duty Free Championship is organized by Dubai Duty free and Barclays. The tournament is played on outdoor hard court, arranging both male and female tournaments. The biggest supporter of the tournament is Rashid Al-Maktoum, who is also vice-president of the tournament committee.

The tournament is held at Aviation Club Tennis Centre and only high officials, VIPs, and players are allowed inside the club. The tournament has a prize money of $2,000,000 and has draws of 56M, 32Q and 16D. Men’s tournament falls under 500 series whereas women’s tournament falls under premier category.

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