Top 6 best rivalries in Tennis

Rivalries define sports and Tennis freaks will define these rivalries from recent times for you. Some top tennis rivalries always puts that extra ounce of emotion and competitiveness in a game which makes it unforgettable and timeless for the fans. They earnestly wait for that game in the entire season which sends the temperatures soaring in every part of the World. The tennis freaks present you with the best rivalries in Tennis in recent times.


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Top 6 most money making male and female players in Tennis in recent times

Tennis is a tough game to play, but it comes with its own rewards. Tennis freaks took a look at the most money making Tennis players in recent times. Here, we present you with the most money making players in Tennis across the World. This list incorporates both male and female players.

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Top 5 most handsome male and most attractive female players in Tennis

Tennis is one of the most popular games in the World, with millions of fans who are eager to visit each and every part of the world to watch their favourite Tennis players in action. There are some players who make this game even more attractive. Some tennis playing men are so handsome that the fan following drools over them. Some of the female tennis players are saucy hot! Tennis freaks present for you some of the most handsome male and most attractive female players around the Globe. Here is a list of top 5 most attractive female players in Tennis recent times.

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Grand Slam winners and runner ups of 2010-2017

Tennis Grand Slam winners and runner ups of 2010-2017

Tennis is one of the best and most popular sports now-a-days.  Here are the Grand Slam winners and runners ups of 2010-2017.

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Popular female tennis players of current era

by on April 16, 2015
in Famous/Best Tennis players

Simona Halep

Simona Halep – Halep is a Romanian tennis player who holds third spot currently in the World ranking.  She made her place in top 50 for the first time in the year 2012, top 20 in August 2013 and then reached top 10 in January 2014.  Year to date she has bagged one WTA single title and in her career till now title totals to nine.

Petra Kvitova – Czech superstar is best known for her mighty left handed shots and variety. Kvitova has in her kitty two career single titles including two Grand slam titles at Wimbledon. He current WTA ranking is 4th  and winning 1 year to date WTA Title and total of 15 in career till now.

Agnieszka Radwanksa –  The Might and thoroughly skilled player from Poland is current number 6th and achieved career highest ranking of number 2 in 2012.  In her career till date she has clinched 14 titles and year to date has failed to win any.

Angelique Kerber – Kerber is a German player and is of Polish origin. She has won three titles in singles and eleven singles and three doubles on the ITF tour during her career.  In singles, Kerber is ranked 10th in the World and in doubles she holds the 407th rank.

Ekaterian Makarova – This player belongs to Russia and holds number 2 spot in the country at present. Makarova reached to number 10 spot in January 2015 which is also her career high ranking. Her current worldwide ranking is number 9 and doubles ranking is 8th.  Year to date Makarova has won no titles and in her career till now she has won 2 titles in all.

Dominika Cibulkova – Cibulkova who belongs to Slovakia is popular for her quick and aggressive style of shots. Currently, she is at number 18 spot in World and in doubles her ranking is 221. There are four WTA single titles with Cibulkova and year to date there is none. She has qualified for four careers in all four Grand slam tournaments.

Flavia Pennetta – She is Italian professional player and became first woman from Italy to be ranked in top 10 female single players along with first Italian player to be number one in doubles. At present she is number 14th in the WTA ranking and at number 10 position in the doubles. Till now in his career she has won 10 titles and year to date she has not won any title.

Andrea Petkovic – The German tennis player is a baseliner whose best shot is forehand and prefers to play on the clay court. Petkovic holds 12th spot in the career singles at WTA ranking and in doubles she ranks to 58. In her career till now she has won 5 titles and year to date she has not win any title yet.

Sara Errani – The skilled Italian player is the current number 2 Italian player. Errani’s favourite shot is forehand and favourite surface is clay court.  In singles WTA ranking Errani is at 13th spot and in doubles she ranks number 1st. she has bagged total 7 titles in her career and year to date has not won any.

Lucie Safarova – Professional Czech player is fond of playing on the clay court. Safarova has won 5 WTA career titles in singles and 5 in doubles. The admirer of Steffi Graf and Lindsay Devenport is number 15th in the WTA ranking for singles and in doubles she holds 22nd position. Born on February 4, 1987 she has once reached the quarterfinals of Australian Open in 2007.

Carla Suarez Navarro – This Spanish tennis player loves to play on the clay court and fond of hitting crosscourt backhand shot. In her WTA single career she has won one title till now and 1 in doubles. In singles WTA ranking she stands on 17th spot and in doubles she holds 15th spot. Her career highest ranking is 14th which she attained on September 16th, 2013.

Alize Cornet – Cornet is a French professional player, who has bagged total of four single titles in WTA tour during her career and two double titles in WTA tour. Her favourite surface is clay and favourite shot is backhand. She holds 19th rank in the singles WTA tour and 170 in doubles. Her most popular performances are defeating number 1 as well as 18 times Grand slam winner Serena Williams three times.

Garbine Mugurza – A Venezuelan-Spanish professional tennis player who holds the ranking of 24th in the singles and 18th in doubles assigned by the Women’s tennis association. In her career has won single title. Muguruza is known for her aggressive shots and her favourite surface is hardcourts. Favourite shot of Muguruza is serve.

Samantha Stosur – Popularly known as Sam, Stosur is an Australian player who was formerly holding number one ranking for consecutive 61 weeks. At present she holds 25th spot and in doubles she is on the 64th spot. Stosur has won 6 career titles in her WTA career till now and 24 double titles.

Shuai Peng – She is a Chinese professional player to attain the ranking of number 1 in the WTA doubles by the Women’s Tennis association. Peng’s favourite surface is hard court and favourite shot is forehand. Peng is still to win any single titles although she has won 17 titles in doubles. Peng has immense stamina and prefers to play with both hands and takes flat shots.

Karolina Pliskova – This Czech tennis player has won 3 WTA career titles till now and 4 double titles. She has achieved 22nd spot assigned by WTA in singles and 41 spot in doubles. Her best single ranking was number 20 that she achieved on January 19th 2015.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova – A Russian tennis star who has won various junior grand slam championships. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova reached her career high ranking of Number 13th on July 4th 2011. Her favourite shot is forehand down the line and favourite court is surface clay court. In singles she holds 39th rank and in doubles it is 34. In her career till now Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has won 7 titles ad in doubles she has won total of 4.

Barbora Zahlavova Strycova – She is a professional tennis player who achieved her career high ranking of number 23 on 19th January 2015 and holds current single ranking of 23. In doubles she holds ranking of 26.  Till now in her career Barbora Zahlavova Strycova has won 1 WTA single titles and in doubles she has bagged 17 titles.

Sabine Lisicki – Lisicki is a German professional player and achieved a breakthrough in her career when she qualified for the Wimbledon Championship. Her current WTA ranking is 28 and in doubles she has ranking of 43. In WTA single titles she has won 4 titles and in doubles she holds 4 titles in total.

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 Grand Slam winners 2011-2014

Novak Djokovic

Tennis Grand Slams tournaments are the most important annual tennis events held. Also called Majors, these tournaments offer the maximum ranking points, prize money and public and limelight. These are the most important tournaments in the career of any tennis player to reach him or her on the highest echelons of Tennis.

The Australian Open is held on the hard courts and so are US tournaments. French Open is played on Clay court and Wimbledon is played on the Grass courts.

Australian Open 2011

Novak Djokovic won the Australian Open for the second time along with wining the Grand Slam title. Before 2011, he won the tournament in 2008 whereas Andy Murray made it to the finals but lost the title at the hands of Djokovic with 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.

In the women’s singles finals Kim Clijsters of Belgium clinched away the title and it happened  to be his first Australian Open title scoring 3–6, 6–3, 6–3. In the finals she played against LiNa of China and defeated her. Meanwhile Li Na was the first Asian to enter finals of any Grand slam.

In Men’s doubles, Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan  took away the title by Mahesh Bhupatinand Leander Paes in two straight sets of 6-3, 6-4. Gisela Dulko of Argentina and Flavia Pennetta of Italy won over Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) / Maria Kirilenko (Rus) 2–6, 7–5, 6–1.

Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia and Daniel Nestor of Canada bagged the title against Yung –Jan Chan of Taiwan and Paul Hanley of Australia 6–3, 3–6, 10–7.

2012

Men’s single champion ship was taken by Novak Djokovic, defeating Rafael Nadal.

Women’s single title was bagged by Belarus Tennis star Victoria Azarenka defeating Maria Sharapova.

Men’s Double – Leander Paes of India and Radek Stepanek of Czech Republic

Women’s double – Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia and Vera Zvonareva of Russia

2013

Men singles title bagged by Novak Djokovic and runner up was Andy Murray

Women’ single clinched by Victoria Azarenka of Belarus beating Li Na of China

Men’s double title was bagged by Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan

Women’s double title was won by Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci

2014

In men singles title was clinched by Stanislas Wawrinka defeating Rafael Nadal  scoring  6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

In Women singles Li Na won over Dominika Cibulkova by 7-6(3), 6-0

In Men’s doubles Lukasz Kubot/Robert Lindstedt defeated Eric Butorac/Raven Klaasen by 6-3, 6-3

In Women’s double Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci won over Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina scoring 6-4, 3-6, 7-5

French Open 2011

Spanish Tennis Maestro won French Open 2011 defeating Roger Federer of Switzerland, clinching away the title for the sixth time.

Chinese emerging player Li Na surprised everyone by bagging the title beating Francesca Schiavone of Italy by 6–4, 7–6.

In doubles Max Mirnyi (Belarus) / Daniel Nestor (Canada) won over Juan Sebastian Cabal (Columbia)/ Eduardo Schwank (Argentina).

Andrea Hlavackova (Czech Republic) / Lucie Hradecka (Czech Republic) won over Sania Mirza (India) / Elena Vesnina (Russia).

2012

Men singles – Rafa Nadal (ESP) won over Serbian star Novak Djokovic (SRB) scoring 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5

Women Singles – Maria Sharapova (RUS) clinched the title defeating Sara Errani (ITA) with 6-3, 6-2

Men Double was taken by Max Mirnyi (BLR) / Daniel Nestor (CAN) defeating Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) with 6-4, 6-4

Sara Errani (ITA) / Roberta Vinci (ITA) won over Maria Kirilenko (RUS) / Nadia Petrova (RUS) winning with 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

2013

Rafael Nadal won over David Ferrer scoring 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in Men’s single

Serena Williams won over Maria Sharapova by 6-4, 6-4

Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan defeated Michael Llodra/Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 4-6, 76-4, 4-6, 7-6(4)-6(4)

Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina won over Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci with 7-5, 6-2

2014

Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic scoring 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4

Maria Sharapova bagged the title defeating Simona Halep with 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-4

Women doubles – Shuai Peng/Su-Wei Hsieh won over Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci with 6-4, 6-1

Men Doubles –-Julien Benneteau/Edouard Roger-Vasselin won over Marcel Granollers/Marc Lopez winning series with 6-3, 7-6(1)

US Open

2011

In men Novak Djokovic (SRB) defeated Rafael Nadal (SPN) with 6–2, 6–4, 6–7(3–7), 6–1

In Women Samantha Stosur (AUS) defeated Serena Williams (USA) with 6–2, 6–3

In Doubles Women – Liezel Huber (USA) / Lisa Raymond (USA) won over Vania King (USA) / Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) with 4–6, 7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–3).

In Men doubles Jürgen Melzer (AUS) / Philipp Petzschner(GER) won over Mariusz Fyrstenberg (POL) / Marcin Matkowski (POL) with 6–2, 6–2.

2012

In Men’s singles Andy Murray (GBR) won over Novak Djokovic (SRB) with 7-6(10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2

In Women’s singles Serena Williams (USA) won over Victoria Azarenka (BLR) scoring 6-2, 2-6, 7-5

In Women’s double Sara Errani (ITA)/Roberta Vinci (ITA) defeated Andrea Hlaváčková (CZE)/Lucie Hradecká (CZE) with 6-4, 6-2

In Men’s single Sara Errani (ITA)/Roberta Vinci (ITA) won over Andrea Hlaváčková (CZE)/Lucie Hradecká (CZE) with 6-4, 6-2

2013

Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic with 6–2, 3–6, 6–4, 6–1

Serena Williams won over Victoria Azarenka scoring 6–2, 3–6, 6–4, 6–1

In Women’s double Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Hradecka won over Ashleigh Barty/Casey Dellacqua 6–7(4), 6–1, 6–4

In Men’s double Leander Paes/Radek Stepanek won over Alexander Peya/Bruno Soares with 6-1, 6-3

Wimbledon

2011

In Men Novak Djokovic (SRB) won over Rafael Nadal (SPN) with 6–4, 6–1, 1–6, 6–3.

In Women Petra Kvitová (CZR) won over Maria Sharapova (RUS) with 6–3, 6–4

In Women’s double Květa Peschke (CZR) / Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) won over Sabine Lisicki (GER) / Samantha Stosur (AUS) with 6–3, 6–1

In Men’s double Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) defeated Robert Lindstedt (SWE) / Horia Tecău (ROM) with 6–3, 6–4, 7–6(7–2)

2012

In Men’s singles Roger Federer (SUI) won over Andy Murray (GBR) with 4–6, 7–5, 6–3, 6–4

In Women’s single Serena Williams (USA) defeated Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) with 6-1, 5-7, 6-2

In Women’s double Serena Williams (USA) / Venus Williams (USA) won over Andrea Hlaváčková (CZE) / Lucie Hradecká (CZE) with 7-5, 6-4

In Men’d double Jonathan Marray (GBR) / Frederik Nielsen (DEN) won over Robert Lindstedt (SWE) / Horia Tecău (ROM) with 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 6-3.

2013

In Men’s single Andy Murray bagged the title winning over Novak Djokovic with 6–4, 7–5, 6–4

In Women single Marion Bartoli won over Sabine Lisicki with 6-1, 6-4

In Women’s double Peng Shuai/Hsieh Su-Wei won over Ashleigh Barty/Casey Dellacqua with 7-6(1), 6-1

In Men’s double Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan defeated Ivan Dodig/Marcelo Melo with 3–6, 6–3, 6-4, 6-4.

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.

Winners Of ATP Challenger Tour Finals 2011-2014

by on April 16, 2015
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ATP Challenger

ATP Challenger Tour Finals is held at the end of each year where top seven players compete against each other and one of the players is invited from the country where the tournament is being held. There are total of eight players who are divided in two groups with four players each and play round-robin matches against the other players in the second group. Those players with the best record from both the groups advance to the semi-finals with the winners, playing in the final against each other to determine the champion.

From 2011 to 2014 these tournament has been held in Sao Paulo. In 2011- 2012, tournament was held on the Indoor hard surface at Ginasio do Ibirapuera. In the year 2013, the ATP Challenger Tour Finals was held on the Outdoor Clay Court and in 2014 it was again held on the Indoor clay at the Esporte Clube Pinheiros.

Final 2014

In the finale, Schwartzman played against Brazilian wild card entry Guilherme Clezar winning the two straight sets 7-5, 6-4.  During the match Schwartzman outsmarted Clezar winning the match in 73 minutes. Schwartzman, who is at present the 77 in World ranking earned 110 ATP ranking points and also won prize money of US-$ 84,900. He is the only second Argentine after Guido Pella to win the final of ATP Challenger Tour finals. Schwartzman can rightly be said as the deserving player of this award winning the title in 2014 and winning most number of matches with total of 48 throughout the year.

Finale 2013

Filippo Volandri of Italy won finale of ATP Challenger Tour in the year 2013 over Alejandro Gonzalez in three rounds with 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. Volandri won match total in just 52 minutes and won his 12th trophy on the Challenger trophy. Volandri has become the ninth active player to win the award. The Italian who also held No 25th spot once won $84,900 with the title and adds 110 points taking him inside the Top 70 of the Emirates ATP rankings for the first time after April last year. Runner up Gonzalez also received $46,200 for his run to the final and achieved the status of sixth Colombian born player to enter in the Top 100 earlier in the week.

Finale 2012

Argentina player Guido Pella who defeated Adrian Ungur, sixth seeded player winning three sets with 6-3, 6-7(4), 7-6(4). Pella has entered the Top 100 for the first time in the South African Airway ATP Rankings for the first time. At present Pella is 124th seeded and enhanced 4-0 record in ATP challenger Tour finals in 2012 adding one more to his winning streak including in Salinas, Manta and Campinas

Finale 2011

German player Cedrik-Marcel Stebe won the match against Dudi Sela of Israel in 2011 winning two straight sets with 6-2, 6-4.  Stebe is a very versatile player and has other talents like he is a pianist, drummer, golfer and also a footballer. Stabe is the newest shining star and one of the fastest achiever in ATP World Tour in the past 15 months.

ATP World Tour 500 And The Players Who Have Set The Record

by on April 16, 2015
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ATP World Tour 500

ATP World Tour 500 series is the third most significant tier of men’s tennis tournament behind four Grand Slam tournaments, and the ATP World Tour Masters 1000. ATP World Tour 500 is also known as ATP International Series Gold and the Championship series. Within the series there are total of 13 tournaments with different draws of 32, 48 and 56 singles and 16 and 24 for doubles. Total ranking point is 500 that champion of single tournament should achieve. All leading players should have played at least four 500 tournaments out of which any one should be after the US Open tournament. The score of the player will be zero if he could not play total four or failed to play in one after the US Open.

Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal stands as the topmost record holder with highest number of the record for most number of singles with single titles of 15 and in doubles the record is held by Nenad Zimonjic holding 12 trophies in all. Juan Martin del Potro, Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker won the maximum trophies in a calendar year totalling with four.

Rafael Nadal

Nadal is the shining star in the Tennis world and currently ranked at number 3 in the World. He has got the honour of the finest clay court player ever and is popularly called, “The King of Clay”. Nadal is superb in all court and this is the sole reason why he is being considered as one of the best all rounder, tennis world has come. His fans regard him as the best player of all time. In his career until now this Spanish star has won total of 14 Grand Slams titles, clinching gold medal in Olympic 2008 in singles. He also holds record of 27 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and a record 15 ATP World Tour 500 Tournaments. Nadal reached the peak of his performance in 2010 when he became the seventh player in history and youngest amongst the four players in the Open Era to win career Grand Slam.

Additionally he is the only second one after legend Andre Agassi to race through the single Career Golden Slam. He also got Laureus World Sportsman of the year in 2011.

Nenad Zimonjic

This Serbian player was ranked as number one in 2008 doubles and at present holds the seventh spot in the World.  Zimonjic is the only player from Serbia after Slobodan Živojinović to hold the number one title in the World. Zimonjic is remembered for his two best performance till date when in 2004 he scored win over none other than Andre Agassi in St Polten followed by win over Nicolas Kiefer in 2005 on the grass of Halle. What makes it more exciting and worth is that both were first round victories. In his career Zimonjic has played as member of Serbia Davis team, after being member of Yugoslavia Davis Cup team and Serbia and Montenegro Davis Cup team. As a member of Serbian player he has played both singles and doubles and in the year he also played in the capacity of captain of the national team.

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