ATP World Tour Final

by on April 16, 2015
in ATP Tour

ATP Tour Finals

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

  1. David Ferrer                          $195,000         $195,000         $0                    $24,928,109
  2. Berdych, Tomas                     $102,675         $102,675         $0                    $20,152,143
  1. Vesely, Jiri                              $92,595           $91,530           $1,065             $797,125
  2. Troicki, Viktor                       $80,730           $80,730           $0                    $4,739,091

5. Federer, Roger              $80,000           $80,000           $0                    $88,691,538

Greatest Wimbledon finals in the history of tennis

by on September 6, 2014
in Grand Slam: Wimbledon

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

Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal

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

Borg Mcenroe

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

patrick rafter and ivanesvic  final

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

venus williams v davenport  wimbledon

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

graf v sanchez

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.

Memorable tennis matches of US Open

by on September 3, 2014
in Grand Slam: US Open

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

sampras v agassi us open

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 v evert us open

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

sles and graf us open

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

mcenroe v connors

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

fderer v djokovic us open

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.  

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History of Tennis at Olympics

by on November 6, 2012
in Uncategorized

Andy Murray Tennis Olympics

History of Tennis at Olympics

Tennis (lawn tennis) was part of the inaugural 1896 Summer Olympic Games program, but since then it was dropped from the 1924 Summer Olympics onwards. Then, after two appearances as a demonstration sport, it returned back as a full medal sport in the 1988 Summer Olympics and has been played in every edition of the Games since then on. In 1896, 1900, 1904, 1988, and 1992, semifinal losers were given bronze medals. Other than these years, a play-off match for the bronze medal was staged. From the 2004 Athens Olympics onwards results of the Olympics count towards both the ATP and WTA world rankings.

Events of Tennis at Olympics

Tennis was first time contested as a Summer Olympic sport in the 1896 Games which were held in Athens. In the inaugural event, only 2 tournaments were played: men’s singles and men’s doubles. Women were only allowed in beginning to compete in singles and mixed doubles tennis events at the Olympic Games in 1900. Between the era of 1928 and 1988, tennis was not included as an official Olympic program. However Demonstration tennis events took place twice, first in 1968 and later in 1984. It was reinstated as a medal sport in 1988.

Record Holders of Tennis at Olympics

Kathleen McKaneGodfree is the all-time record holder for having most medals in tennis at Olympics, with one gold, two silvers, and two bronzes medals and Reginald Doherty and Venus Williams are the all-time record holders for having most Olympic Tennis gold medals with having three gold medals a piece. Four tennis players have yet earned four medals: Doherty (who sits on top of the table for overall medals table with having 3 gold and 1 bronze), Charles Dixon with one gold, one silver, two bronze, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario and Gunnar Setterwall both with two silver, two bronze medals. There are 8 Americans who have earned two or more gold medals; while a further 10 athletes from other countries have achieved this particular feat, including 6 from Great Britain and 2 from France.

 

 

Australian Open winners and runner-ups (female): From 1990-2000

Martina Hingis

Three names are to be seen the most during Australian Open Tennis era of 1990-2000. Steffi Graf, Monica Seles and Martina Hingis were the rising and shining stars of that time in the world of tennis. Monica Seles along with her game gained much popularity as she was stabbed by the crazy fan of Steffi. Martina Hingis charmed the crowed with her game and beauty and won the three consecutive Australian Open titles as well. Details of 1990-2000 female winners and runner-ups of Australian Open are below:

Australian Open Tennis- 1990

  • Australian Open winner (female): Steffi Graf
  • Australian Open runner-up (female): Mary Joe Fernandez

Australian Open Tennis- 1991

  • Australian Open winner (female):  Monica Seles
  • Australian Open runner-up (female): Jana Novotna

Australian Open Tennis- 1992

  • Australian Open winner (female): Monica Seles
  • Australian Open runner-up (female): Mary Joe Fernandez

Australian Open Tennis-1993

  • Australian Open winner (female): Monica Seles
  • Australian Open runner-up (female): Steffi Graf

Australian Open Tennis- 1994

  • Australian Open winner (female): Steffi Graf
  • Australian Open runner-up (female): Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario

Australian Open Tennis-1995 

  • Australian Open winner (male): Mary Pierce
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario

Australian Open Tennis- 1996

  • Australian Open winner (female): Monica Seles
  • Australian Open runner-up (female): Anke Huber

Australian Open Tennis-1997

  • Australian Open winner (female): Martina Hingis
  • Australian Open runner-up (female): Mary Pierce

Australian Open Tennis-1998

  • Australian Open winner (female): Martina Hingis
  • Australian Open runner-up (female): Conchita Martinez

Australian Open Tennis- 1999

  • Australian Open winner (female): Martina Hingis
  • Australian Open runner-up (female): Amelie Mauresmo

Australian Open Tennis- 2000

  • Australian Open winner (female): Lindsay Davenport
  • Australian Open runner-up (female): Martina Hingis

Australian Open winners and runner-ups (female): From 1970-1979

Australian Open winners and runner-ups female,  From 1970-1979, Evonne Goolagong Court

Although Evonne Goolagong Court ruled the 70’s era of Australian Open but along with time, some other female tennis players took over the court with winning the title number of times. Greatest female tennis player Steffi Graf won the Australian Open title four times and won three of them consecutively. Along with her, Monica Seles is a four time Australian Open winner with winning three times consecutively. At times, you do wonder where those legendary players have gone. For this reason, we are bringing you their success. Here are the 1970-1979 Australian Open female winners:

Australian Open Tennis- 1970

  • Australian Open winner (female): Margaret Smith
  • Australian Open runner-up (female): Kerry Melville

Australian Open Tennis- 1971

  • Australian Open winner (female):  Margaret Smith
  • Australian Open runner-up (female): Evonne Goolagong

Australian Open Tennis- 1972

  • Australian Open winner (female): Virginia Wade
  • Australian Open runner-up (female): Evonne Goolagong

Australian Open Tennis-1973

  • Australian Open winner (female): Margaret Smith
  • Australian Open runner-up (female): Evonne Goolagong

Australian Open Tennis- 1974

  • Australian Open winner (female): Evonne Goolagong
  • Australian Open runner-up (female): Chris Evert

Australian Open Tennis-1975

  • Australian Open winner (male): Evonne Goolagong
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Martina Navratilova

Australian Open Tennis- 1976

  • Australian Open winner (female): Evonne Goolagong
  • Australian Open runner-up (female): Renata Tomanvoa

Australian Open Tennis-1977

  • Australian Open winner (female): Kerry Reid
  • Australian Open runner-up (female): Dianne Fromholtz

Australian Open Tennis-1978

  • Australian Open winner (female): Chris O’Neil
  • Australian Open runner-up (female): Betsy Nagelsen

Australian Open Tennis- 1979

  • Australian Open winner (female): Barbara Jordan
  • Australian Open runner-up (female): Sharon Walsh

Australian Open winners and runner-ups (male)- From 2000-2011

Roger Federer, Australian Open winners and runner-ups male, From 2000-2011

What is the first name that pops up in mind when you talk about tennis in the last decade? Yes, he is none other than Roger Federer, the greatest male tennis player of all time. Not only he holds the record of winning the most number of Grand Slams (16) but he has also tied a record of winning the most number of Australian Open tennis championships. The winning streak of Roger Federer in Australian Open faced resistance from the two famous tennis players Rafael Nadal and Djokovic. Let us have a look on the winners and runner-ups of 2000-2011:

Australian Open Tennis- 2000

  • Australian Open winner (male): Andre Agassi
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Yengeny Kadelnikov

Australian Open Tennis- 2001

  • Australian Open winner (male):  Andre Agassi
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Arnaud Clement

Australian Open Tennis- 2002

  • Australian Open winner (male): Thomas Johannson
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Marat Safin

Australian Open Tennis-2003

  • Australian Open winner (male): Andre Agassi
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Rainer Schuettler

Australian Open Tennis- 2004

  • Australian Open winner (male): Roger Federer
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Marat Safin

Australian Open Tennis-2005

  • Australian Open winner (male): Marat Safin
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Lleyton Hewitt

Australian Open Tennis- 2006

  • Australian Open winner (male): Roger Federer
  • Australian Open runner-up (male):  Marcos Baghdatis

Australian Open Tennis-2007

  • Australian Open winner (male): Roger Federer
  • Australian Open runner-up  (male): Fernando Gonzalez

Australian Open Tennis-2008

  • Australian Open winner (male): Novak Djokovic
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Australian Open Tennis- 2009

  • Australian Open winner (male): Rafael Nadal
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Roger Federer

Australian Open Tennis-2010

  • Australian Open winner (male): Roger Federer
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Andy Murray

Australian Open Tennis-2011

  • Australian Open winner (male): Novak Djokovic
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Andy Murray

Australian Open winners and runner-ups (male)- From 1960-1969

Roy Emerson and Rod Laver, Australian Open winners and runner-ups male, From 1960-1969

Australian Open tennis tournament is the first Grand Slam of the year that is played in the last fortnight of January. It is a hard court tournament and played at the Melbourne Park. Over the last decades, the greatest tennis players, both male and female have displayed tremendous talents and played some extraordinary games at the Australian Open tournament. Some have ruled the court over an extended period of time making it impossible for other players to penetrate the consistent win cycle. In the male category, famous male tennis players Rod Laver and Roy Emerson ruled the hard court Australian Open. Here are the winners and runner-ups (male players) of Australian Open from 1960-1969:

Year 1960- Australian Open Tennis

  • Australian Open winner (male): Rod Laver
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Neale Fraser

Year 1961- Australian Open Tennis

  • Australian Open winner (male): Roy Emerson
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Rod Laver

Year 1962: Australian Open Tennis

  • Australian Open winner (male): Rod Laver
  • Australian Open runner-up (male) Roy Emerson

Year 1963: Australian Open Tennis

  • Australian Open winner (male): Roy Emerson
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Ken Fletcher

Australian open Tennis: 1964 

  • Australian Open winner (male): Roy Emerson
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Fred Stolle

Year 1965: Australian Open Tennis

  • Australian Open winner (male): Roy Emerson
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Fred Stolle

Year 1966: Australian Open Tennis

  • Australian Open winner (male): Roy Emerson
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Arther Ashe

Year 1967: Australian Open Tennis

  • Australian Open winner (male): Roy Emerson
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Arthur Ashe

Year 1968: Australian Open Tennis

  • Australian Open winner (male): Bill Bowrey
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Juan Gisbert

Year 1969: Australian Open Tennis

  • Australian Open winner (male): Rod Laver
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Andres Gimeno


US Open Winners and Runner-ups (Male) – from 2010-2000

Roger Federer vs Andy Roddick, US Open Winners and Runner-ups Male, from 2010-2000

US Open is one of the four tournaments of Grand Slam. The ultimate ruler of this era is beyond doubt Roger Federer, from Switzerland, yet winning the title five consecutive times from 2004-2008, which makes him the ultimate ruler of this era. Other prominent name is of USA tennis player Andy Roddick, who won the title back in 2003 and was runner up in 2006. The current U.S Open champion, a famous Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal is also in the list of U.S Open top players.  Another big name which has started dominating the circuit is of the Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic. The list of male winners and runner-ups of U.S Open Tennis Championship during 2010-2000 is as follow:

Year 2010-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-2010: Rafael Nadal
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-2010: Novak Djokovic

Year 2009-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-2009: Juan Martin del Potro
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-2009: Roger Federer

Year 2008-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-2008: Roger Federer
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-2007: Andy Murray

Year 2007-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-2007: Roger Federer
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-2007: Novak Djokovic

Year 2006-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-2006: Roger Federer
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-2006: Andy Roddick

Year 2005-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-2005: Roger Federer
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-2005: Andre Agassi

Year 2004-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-2004: Roger Federer
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-2004: Lleyton Hewitt

Year 2003-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-2003: Andy Roddick
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-2003: Juan Carlos Ferrero

Year 2002-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-2002: Pete Sampras
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-2002: Andre Agassi

Year 2001-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-2001: Lleyton Hewitt
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-2001: Pete Sampras

Year 2000-U.S Open Tennis

  • U.S Open winner (male)-2000: Marat Safin
  • U.S Open runner-up (male)-2000: Pete Sampras

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