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.
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 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.
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
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
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).
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.
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
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)
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.
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
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
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)
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
Serena Williams and Venus Williams once again defended their titles in the tournament by defeating Czech Republic’s Andrea Hlaváčková and Lucie Hradecká.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
ATP World Tour Final or Barclays ATP World Tour Finals is a tournament held for the professional men tennis players every year in the month of November at the O2 Arena in London, United Kingdom. This tournament is generally the last in the series of Association of Tennis professionals World Tour and top eight single players face each other in this series along with the double teams of the ATP rankings. Started in 1970, this tournament is highly popular amongst the all tennis fans and tennis playing Nations. In singles reigning champion is Novak Djokovic and doubles trophy is defended by Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan.
This tournament differs from other series in a way that this is not a direct knock-out and instead eight players are divided into two groups of four and compete against the players of other groups, playing three round robin matches. Till date not a single player has got play semi-finals after losing more than one round-robin match. As of now the tournament is held in the general format of creating groups of four players and advancing into the semi finals and final. However, few years have been exceptions when this tournament walked over with surprising decisions. For instance in 1970-71, the winner was decided by taking out the best performed player after robin round with no semi finals and finals. In the years 1982, 1983 and 1984 there was 12 players knock out tournament without any round robin matches. Similarly in 1985, 16 player knock out was held with no round robin match. In this tournament, winners are given maximum 1500 rankings points, with each round-robin loss, 200 points are deducted from that amount.
Roger Federer is one player that holds most number of records in single tournament with total of six. Generally the tournament is named after the sponsors of the tour but from 1990-2008 competition was non-sponsored. However, IBM sponsored the singles portion of the events. Barclays PLC started sponsoring the tournament in 2009. In 2009 the tournament was renamed to the ATP World Tour Finals and is played in London from 2009 to 2013. After 2012, organisers took extension of another two years up to 2015. Previously double and single tournaments were organised separately, but now they are held together running in the same week and also at the same location.
ATP World Tour is considered as one of the most important indoor tennis tournaments on the World tournament. But here also there are few exceptions when this event has been organized outdoor as well during 1974 Melbourne & 2003-2004 after modifying the conditions of play and keeping it in control on the ground as well as illumination system. Here is the price list of top 5 players and their prize money:-
Rank Player YTD Singles Doubles Career
- David Ferrer $195,000 $195,000 $0 $24,928,109
- Berdych, Tomas $102,675 $102,675 $0 $20,152,143
- Vesely, Jiri $92,595 $91,530 $1,065 $797,125
- Troicki, Viktor $80,730 $80,730 $0 $4,739,091
5. Federer, Roger $80,000 $80,000 $0 $88,691,538
Greatness of any tennis match results from combination of tennis excellent, excitement, memorable moments and tight competition. All these four elements were present in many matches of the world’s most prestigious tennis even, Wimbledon. However we have chosen some of the best Wimbledon finals for your delight.
1. Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal, 2008
The rivalry of Federer and Nadal has been the highlight of this decade. They have faced each other at all tennis formats and have provided much needed entertainment to spectators. In 2007, Federer’s five set victory over Nadal was considered the best. However right after an year in 2008, the two maestros faced eachother in the final again which was considered the greatest match ever played in Wimbledon. They played classic tennis for four hours and 48 minutes, the longest final in Wimbledon history. Nadal was victorious with a splendor of 6-4, 6-4, 6-7(5-7), 6-7(6-8), 9-7.
2. John McEnroe v Bjorn Borg, 1980
It was the fourth set tie breaker in 1980 Wimbledon finals that took 22 minutes and 34 points between Borg and McEnroe. The match offered plenty of intrigue because of contrasting styles and personas of Borg and McEnroe. The resilience of Borg in winning the 5th set 8-6 was another addition to the match’s lore.
3. Patrick Rafter v Goran Ivanisevic 2001
It was all about Goran Ivanisevic who became the first player to win Wimbledon based on wild card entry. The match see sawed as Rafter was invincible. In the 16th game of the final set, Rafter saved three match points but Ivanisevic capitalized on fourth winning 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 2-6, 9-7.
4. Venus Williams v Lindsay Davenport 2005
This match lasted for two hours and 45 minutes. Venus Williams was victorious over Lindsay Davenport with a score of 4-6, 7-6, 9-7. It wasn’t just the length of match that made it a significant Wimbledon final but it was the fact that Davenport was No. 1 at that time and she was beaten by Venus who at that time was ranked No. 14 for Wimbledon. Venus became the lowest-seeded female player to win it.
5. Steffi Graf v Arantxa Sanchez 1995
This women’s final in 1995 witnessed 32 point game in the third set. The rivalry between Graf and Sanchez was exciting as they had already exchanged world No.1 ranking six times before this match. The most critical moment of the match was when Vicario served at 5-5. The 11th game ended in 2 minutes and included 13 deuce but eventually Graf turned out victorious.
In Flushing Meadows of the US tennis courts, some of the greatest tennis players have entertained spectators with their exquisite game. Some tennis matches in the open era of US Open are still recalled for offering the best possible sports entertainment. Speaking of which, 2011 US Open semifinal between Roger Federer and Djokovic has been a recent addition to a list of some of the finest tennis matches. We have come up with a list of most memorable tennis match of US Open. The rankings given to these matches have been based on the star power, drama of the match and the significance of the contest.
1. Andre Agassi v Pete Sampras, 2001
This quarterfinal of 2001 US Open featured everything a tennis fan could want. Two greatest American tennis players who already owned 21 Grand Slam singles titles between them met for the 32nd time. The contest was extremely close throughout the match. There was not a single service break in this fantastic match. Sampras finished off his 6-7(7-9), 7-6(7-2), 7-6(7-2), 7-6(7-5) victory at 12:14am. Best part was that a crowd of 23,033 at Arthur Ashe Stadium remained in attendance till the end.
2. Chris Evert v Martina Navratilova, 1984
Navratilova’s 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in this match has to be the most compelling win in her career. In 1983, Navratlova had beaten Evert 6-3, 6-1 in the US Open finals and had continued her 12 straight times win against Evert. This match was the 61st meeting between these two rivals. Although Evert used a lot of variety in her game style but she somehow managed to fall again.
3. Steffi Graf v Monica Seles, 1995
It was the most dramatic match between Monica Seles and Steffi Graf where Steffi was victorious 7-6, 0-6, 6-3. Steffi was facing immense pressure due to her personal life issues. Also, Graf had to spend time in a hospital before this match for MRI that was performed on her aching foot. In a tie-break of first set, Graf won the set but Seles dominated the second set very convincingly and won the set in just 27 minutes. However Graf responded with her best tennis in the third set to claim the match.
4. Jimmy Connors v John McEnroe, 1980
Connors and McEnroe, the greatest American tennis players, never really liked each other and had their own attitudes. McEnroe was leading 6-4, 5-4 when Connors took control of the match and won 11 straight games eventually leading two sets to one and 2-0 in the 4th set of this match. McEnroe was about to win on the match point in fourth set but Connors responded with big strokes to tie the match. In the fifth set, McEnroe at one point lost control of his racket and was fined $250. This set went to tie-breaker and eventually McEnroe won the match.
5. Roger Federer v Nova Djokovic, 2011
It has to be the most memorable match and easily recalled too. Djokovic played his greatest clutch shots to beat Roger Federer 6-7, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 in the 2011 US Open semifinals.