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#ThisWeekInTennis recaps the previous week's tennis action through news reports, player tweets, press snippets, tennis writing, rankings, and podcasts.
- Andy Murray finished his 2016 campaign in style, capturing the ATP World Tour Finals to secure the year-end number one ranking. The win capped a stellar second half of the season for Murray, winning Wimbledon, Olympic gold, Beijing, Shanghai, Vienna, Paris, and now London.
- Novak Djokovic showed glimpses of his 2016 best form at the ATP World Tour Finals but was unable to clinch the year-end #1 ranking, losing in straight sets to Andy Murray in the final.
- Milos Raonic finsihes 2016 ranked world #3. The Wimbledon finalist lost a three-and-a-half hour semifinal to Andy Murray and also took Novak Djokovic to two tiebreaks in round robin play.
- Year-end top 10: 1) Murray 2) Djokovic 3) Raonic 4) Wawrinka 5) Nishikori 6) Cilic 7) Monfils 8) Thiem 9) Nadal 10) Berdych.
- Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares finish the year as the top ranked doubles team on the ATP Tour.
- Henri Kontinen and John Peers captured the year-end doubles crown at the ATP World Tour Finals.
- Roberta Vinci and Francesca Schiavone both confirmed they will continue to play on the WTA Tour in 2017.
- Venus & Serena Williams had courts in Compton, California dedicated in their honour. The sisters also announced the Yetunde Price Resource Center.
- Angelique Kerber celebrated her career-best season by having lunch with U.S. President, Barack Obama.
- Ekaterina Alexandrova beat Caroline Garcia to win the Limoges title.
- The ATP Tour announced a ‘Next Gen’ finals for 21-and-under players beginning in 2017.
- After the best season of her career, Karolina Pliskova splits with coach Jiri Vanek.
- Amelie Mauresmo steps down as France's Fed Cup captain, is pregnant with second child.
- The Czech women won the Fed Cup tournament for the fifth time in six years and third consecutive year.
- The final tennis event of the season is on deck as Argentina battles Croatia for the Davis Cup title.
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For these and other stories, #ThisWeekInTennis recaps last week's tennis action through news reports, player tweets, tennis writing, rankings, and podcasts.
- Andy Murray is the new ATP Tour world #1. Murray becomes the 26th player to hold the top ranking the same week that he claimed his 14th career Masters title. The tournament win was Murray's eighth on the year and fourth in as many starts.
- Novak Djokovic ceded his top ranking to Andy Murray after the Paris Indoor Masters event. This week marks the first time since July 7, 2014 that someone other than Djokovic sits atop the ATP Tour rankings.
- Petra Kvitova closed her 2016 season in style by winning the WTA Elite Trophy event in Zhuhai. Kvitova enjoyed a successful Asian Swing winning both Zhuhai and Wuhan, while also making the quarterfinals in Beijing. The Czhech player will end the season ranked #11.
- Elina Svitolina capped a solid stretch after the U.S. Open with a run to the finals in Zhuhai (SF-Tokyo, SF-Beijing, SF-Moscow).
- John Isner rises nine places in the ATP rankings to #19 after reaching the final of BNP Paribas Masters in Paris. Isner is once more the top ranked American.
- Johanna Konta secured a year-end top ten ranking with her opening match win over Sam Stosur in Zhuhai. Konta, who ended 2015 ranked #46, will begin the 2017 season as the world #10.
- Reilly Opelka won his first career Challenger title in Charlottesville.
- Roger Federer (#16) exits the ATP top 10 for the first time since 2002.
- David Ferrer (#21) falls out of the ATP top 20 for the first time since July, 2009.
- Gael Monfils heads into the season-ending event in London boosted by reaching a career high ranking at #6.
- As per Todd Woodbridge, Nick Kyrgios has completed his three-week suspension from the ATP Tour.
- Steffi Graf made a rare appearance on the tennis circuit in her capacity as ambassador at the Zhuhai Elite Trophy event in Zhuhai
- The draw for the ATP World Tour Finals in London is out. The eight-man field is divided into two groups; the McEnroe group features Murray, Wawrinka, Nishikori, and Cilic, while the Lendl group consists of Djokovic, Raonic, Thiem, and Monfils.
- However, Milos Raonic is doubtful to participate after suffering a right quadriceps injury. If he is unable to compete, Tomas Berdych is next in line to take his place. Rafael Nadal, who qualified at #8, will not participate.
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As the 2016 tennis season heads towards the finish line, take a look back at the last week of action with #ThisWeekInTennis, recapping the action through news reports, press snippets, player tweets, tennis writing, rankings, and podcasts.
- Dominika Cibulkova won the WTA Finals in Singapore for the biggest title of her career. Apart from a new career high ranking at #5, Cibulkova finishes the year having won the most WTA singles titles of any player (four). Her seven finals on the year is second only to world #1, Angelique Kerber.
- Andy Murray won the third consecutive event in which he's entered, this time claiming the title in Vienna, Austria. The Andy Murray #1 ranking watch is officially on as the Brit has a chance of finally claiming the top ranking this week in Paris.
- Marin Cilic boosted his chances of qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals by winning last week in Basel. He moves to #9 in the Race to London after beating Kei Nishikori 6-1 7-6. The title was also the first ATP 500 crown of Cilic's career.
- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga made the finals in Vienna before losing to Andy Murray. The Frenchman also announced he will become a father in the new year.
- Svetlana Kuznetsova had herself a banner two weeks. After winning in Moscow to qualify for the WTA Finals at the last minute, Kuznetsova reached the semifinals of the year-end event, and got a lot of media attention when she gave herself a haircut mid-match against Radwanska.
- Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina won the doubles title at the WTA Finals in Singapore. The pair also took Olympic gold in Rio.
- Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis returned as a doubles team at the WTA Finals, bowing out in the semifinals. While the pair were unable to defend their title from a year ago, Mirza will end 2016 as the #1 ranked doubles player on the WTA Tour.
- Nick Kyrgios has agreed to receive treatment from a sports psychologist in order to reduce his suspension from the ATP Tour.
- Jack Sock and Marcel Granollers teamed to win the doubles event in Basel. Sock, whose singles results have been on the uptick lately (final in Stockholm, quarters in Shanghai), has been even better in doubles; he's made the final of his last three events, winning two.
- Both Serena and Venus Williams have been confirmed for the 2017 edition of the ASB Classic in Auckland to start the year.
- WTA year-end top 10 is settled: 1) Kerber 2) Williams 3) Radwanska 4) Halep 5) Cibulkova 6) Pliskova 7) Muguruza 8) Keys 9) Kuznetsova 10) Konta
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For these and other stories from the past week in the tennis world, #ThisWeekInTennis provides a recap through news reports, player tweets, tennis writing, rankings, and podcasts.
- Svetlana Kuznetsova defended her Kremlin Cup title from 2015 to book the eighth and final spot at the WTA Finals in Singapore, the sixth time Kuznetsova has qualified for the event in her career.
- Juan Martin del Potro defeated Jack Sock to win in Stockholm and claim his first ATP title in 33 months.
- Pablo Carreno Busta won the second title of his career -- and this year -- when he beat Fabio Fognini in the Moscow final. As for the Italian, Fognini had these words to say to Carreno Busta while accepting his runner-up trophy.
- Monica Niculescu turned in a surprising 6-4 6-0 win over Petra Kvitova in the Luxembourg final for the 3rd title of her career.
- Richard Gasquet won the inaugural event in Antwerp, beating Diego Schwartzman in the final for his second title of 2016.
- Rafael Nadal announced he will shut it down for the rest of the 2016 season. He will no longer compete in Basel or Paris, nor will he travel to London for the World Tour Finals should he still qualify.
- In happier news for Nadal, the Spaniard opened his tennis academy in Mallorca, enlisting the help of Roger Federer for the event.
- Jurgen Melzer is now only the second active player to score at least 300 match wins in both singles and doubles (Stepanek). Melzer went on to win
- Daria Gavrilova, beaten finalist in Moscow, is enjoying the most successful stretch of her career. Gavrilova rises 13 spots to #24 in the latest WTA rankings and is four spots behind Sam Stosur for Australian #1.
- Kyle Edmund cracks the top 40 for the first time in his career after a semifinal showing in Antwerp.
- With Kuznetsova's Moscow win, Jo Konta will not qualify for the WTA Finals. However, she did win the WTA Most Improved Player title.
- The Zhuhai WTA Elite Trophy field of 12 is set. Defending champion, Venus Williams, will not participate.
- Swedish brothers Elias and Mikael Ymer won their first ATP doubles title, on home turf in Stockholm.
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3:00 Kyrgios suspension: warring camps
7:25 Is Nick's perceived apathy the reason so many people are mad?
12:00 What to make of the counselling option? What is the state of mental health in tennis?
21:30 The Swiftian/Trumpesque Media Victory Tour of Maria Sharapova ... where good taste went to die
26:30 James takes you through the details of the Sharapova appeal decision
33:30 Tennis legends invite Maria to WTT charity event, all is forgiven
38:00 Serena's fall swing: Disney World, Color Purple, Formation, NOT Singapore
41:30 Singapore lineup and scenarios
43:00 Big ups to Cibulkova, Wozniacki, Kvitova, Radwanska, Konta, Keys
47:30 Men's fall standouts: Dimitrov, RBA, Murray - can Murray get to no. 1?
51:30 Talking down the Novak slump chatter
54:00 Our faves Venus and Rafa are struggling
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Meanwhile, Andy Murray won his second tournament on the trot and Caroline Wozniacki captured her second title in a month. Shuai Peng and Dominika Cibulkova were the other titlists last week. Peng, once ranked as high as #14, won the first title of her career, while Cibulkova clinched a spot at the WTA Finals in Singapore. If you've missed any of the recent action, #ThisWeekInTennis recaps the last week of tennis through tweets, press conferences, articles, podcasts, and rankings.
- Andy Murray continued his tear through the Asian swing with his second title in as many weeks in Shanghai. The world #2 now finds himself within striking distance of Novak Djokovic for the top spot in the ATP rankings, 2415 points behind the Serbian.
- Caroline Wozniacki won the 25th WTA title of her career last week in Hong Kong. The 26-year-old, ranked #74 entering the U.S. Open, continues her resurgence after having won in Tokyo as well last month.
- Dominika Cibulkova wins her third title of 2016 in Linz and qualifies for the WTA Finals in Singapore.
- Serena Williams announced her withdrawal from the WTA Finals in Singapore.
- Shuai Peng won the first WTA singles title of her career in Tianjin. Known for playing with two hands off both wings and making the U.S. Open semifinals in 2014, Peng rises 74 spots to #108 in the latest WTA rankings. She also teamed with Christina McHale to win the doubles title in Tianjin.
- Days after the biggest title of his career, Nick Kyrgios had the biggest meltdown of his career in Shanghai. The fallout: Kyrgios hasbeen suspended by the ATP Tour for eight weeks and fined twice to the tune of $42,500.
- Prior to Serena Williams' withdrawal from the WTA Finals, the eight qualifiers appeared to have been decided. With the world #1's withdrawal, Jo Konta, Suarez Navarro, and Svetlana Kuznetsova all remain in the running for the eighth and final spot.
- Rafael Nadal lost his opening match in Shanghai to Viktor Troicki. The top-ranked Spaniard cast doubt on his participation in ATP events for the remainder of 2016 in his post-match press conference.
- Jack Sock and John Isner won the Shanghai doubles title
- Sania Mirza reaches 80 consecutive weeks as world #1 in doubles.
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Amidst the Sharapova frenzy, tennis crowned three high-profile champions last week in Andy Murray, Agnieszka Radwanska, and Nick Kyrgios. It was a big week overall for Brits in tennis; in addition to Murray's title, Jo Konta cracks the top 10 for the first time, while Kyle Edmund makes his maiden leap into the top 50. If you've missed any of the recent action, #ThisWeekInTennis recaps the last week of tennis through tweets, press conferences, articles, podcasts, and rankings.
- Andy Murray won the China Open for the 40th ATP title of his career. Moreover, Murray becomes just the 16th player in the Open Era to capture 40 career ATP titles.
- Agnieszka Radwanska won her 20th career WTA title in Beijing, beating Jo Konta in straight sets. Radwanska is only the fourth active player to win at least three Premier Mandatory titles.
- Johanna Konta becomes only the fourth British woman to crack the WTA top 10 after reaching the final in Beijing. Konta is also the first British woman to do so since 1984.
- Nick Kyrgios beat David Goffin in the final of the Japan Open to win his third title of 2016 and his career.
- Grigor Dimitrov, once ranked as high as #8 in the world, saw his ranking fall to #40 in July this year. With his finals appearance in Beijing, the Bulgarian is now ranked #18.
- David Goffin has held steady in the rankings between 11-20 since May of 2015, rising as high as #11 for seven weeks in the middle of 2016. His finals run in Tokyo leaves him at #12, some 650 points behind Thiem at #10.
- Frances Tiafoe is the fourth teenager ranked inside the ATP top 100 after winning his second ATP Challenger Tour title in Stockton. Tiafoe joins Zverev, Coric, and Fritz.
- Rafael Nadal won the 11th doubles title of his career, alongside Pablo Carrreno Busta. Meanwhile, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova won their third event in a row on the WTA Tour.
- Zhang Shuai received a wildcard into the WTA Elite Trophy event in Zhuhai. For a look at the current contenders for the year-end event, click here.
- Serena Williams, off the WTA Tour until the WTA Finals, made an appearance alongside Beyonce onstage at the final concert of the singer's Formation World Tour.
- The second edition of Tie Break Tens will take place in Austria on October 23.
- WADA issued a statement regarding the reduction of Sharapova's suspension while Sharapova's legal team may be readying to sue the ITF.
- The USTA announced that Mary Joe Fernandez will relinquish her role of Fed Cup captain.
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If you've missed any of the recent action, #ThisWeekInTennis recaps the last week of tennis through tweets, press conferences, articles, podcasts, and rankings.
- Petra Kvitova won her second Wuhan Open last week, beating world #1 Angelique Kerber along the way. Kvitova overcame six opponents in six days to claim the title: Ostapenko, Svitolina, Kerber, Konta, Halep, and Cibulkova in the final.
- With her run to the final in Wuhan (her 5th of the season), Dominika Cibulkova rises four spots to #8 in the new WTA rankings.
- Tomas Berdych won the Shenzhen Open in his second tournament back from missing the U.S. Open due to appendicitis. After reaching the semifinals last week in St. Petersburg, Berdcych's title run leaves him just 330 points behind Rafael Nadal for the final spot in the ATP World Tour Finals.
- Karen Khachanov won the first ATP title of his career. The 20-year-old vaults 46 spots to #55 and is the ninth first time winner on the ATP Tour this season.
- Serena Williams took to Facebook to share a personal story with her nephew, and vows 'I won't be silent" when it comes to race in America. Williams will also kick off her 2017 season in Auckland at the ASB Classic.
- In failing to defend her title from 2015, Venus Williams (R16 loss) exits the WTA top 10, falling six spots to #13.
- Novak Djokovic withdrew from Shanghai citing an elbow injury.
- Kristyna Pliskova won her first WTA title at the Tashkent Open and jumps 34 spots to a new career hight #66 in new WTA rankings.
- The doubles team of Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarovaclaimed the title in Wuhan, beating Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova in the final. Team "Bucie" also qualified for Singapore with the title.
- A big life change for Kimiko Date-Krumm. Recovering from injury, the 46-year-old still has her sights set on another comeback.
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- Caroline Wozniacki won her first WTA title in 18 months. The former world #1 entered the U.S. Open ranked #74. However, a semifinal run in New York, coupled with this Tokyo title, vaults her back to #22 in this week's rankings. Her Tokyo triumph also means Wozniacki has won a WTA title in nine consecutive seasons.
- Lucas Pouille scored the first ATP title of his career beating Dominic Thiem in the Metz final. Pouille rises to #16 in the rankings while Thiem notched his 6th ATP final of 2016 (four titles).
- Alex Zverev was another first time titlist on the ATP Tour, beating U.S. Open champion Stan Wawrinka to win the St. Petersburg trophy.
- Lesia Tsurenko defeated defending champion Jelena Jankovic in the Guangzhou final. Jankovic also reached the semifinals in doubles alongside Martina Hingis.
- In one of the more bizarre scorelines you will see in a final, Lara Arruabarrena scored two bagels against Monica Niculescu in Seoul: 6-0 2-6 6-0.
- Serena Williams announced her withdrawal from all remaining tournaments in the 2016 season save for the season-ending Singapore Championships.
- Naomi Osaka cracks the WTA top 50 for the first time after making the Tokyo final.
- The French Tennis Federation extended Benoit Paire's suspension until February 2017.
- Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova won their second title together from three starts. Mirza has now won eight doubles titles in 2016 and remains the #1 ranked doubles player on the WTA Tour.
- A story that's still developing: Tennis TV will stream only ATP matches in 2017 as the WTA has decided to package their matches separately.
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- More from the Davis Cup: Andy Murray and Juan Martin del Potro played a five-set, five-hour marathon to open the Great Britain/Argentina semifinal tie.
- A Russian hack of WADA revealed medical information of several top tennis stars, including the Theraputic Use Exemptions (TUEs) granted to Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Rafael Nadal, Petra Kvitova, and others.
- The hack prompted swift responses from the ATP, WTA, Venus Williams, and Rafael Nadal.
- CiCi Bellis forgoes her Stanford scholarship and opts to turn pro instead.
- U.S. Open ratings are in and the numbers represent a decline for both the men and women's finals over 2015.
- Current Wimbledon Junior champ, Denis Shapovalov, won his first ever Davis Cup match in straight sets.
- The Battle of the Sexes happened 43 years ago.
- The ITF confirms Varvara Lepchenko failed a doping test (meldonium), but will face no sanctions.
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#ThisWeekInTennis returns after a two week hiatus to recap all you may have missed during the fortnight of tennis at the U.S. Open. Below you will get a rundown of what happened with some of tennis' biggest stars through tweets, press interviews, articles, podcasts, and rankings.
- Angelique Kerber beat Karolina Pliskova in three sets to capture her second major title of the year, days after securing the WTA #1 ranking.
- Wawrinka won his first U.S. Open and third major of his career. Wawrinka is now 3-0 in Grand Slam finals and 11-0 in his past 11 ATP Tour finals.
- Karolina Pliskova followed up her Cincinnati title with a run to the U.S. Open final. Over the course of those two events, she scored five top 10 wins: Kuznetsova, Muguruza, and Kerber in Cincinnati, and the Williams sisters in back-to-back matches at the U.S. Open.
- Novak Djokovic came up short in his quest for a 13th major title, losing in four sets to Stan Wawrinka. His path to the final was one of the more unusual ones you'll ever see.
- Monfils continued his consistent 2016 campaign by reaching his first semifinal at the U.S. Open. The match, a four-set loss to Novak Djokovic, was the cause of much consternation due to unusual tactics used by the Frenchman.
- Serena Williams lost her #1 ranking to Angelique Kerber when Karolina Pliskova beat her in the semifinals. Williams' streak of consecutive weeks at #1 ended at 186 weeks, tied with Steffi Graf for the most all-time.
- Caroline Wozniacki turned in her best major performance in exactly two years by reaching the U.S. Open semifinals. After falling to #74 prior to the tournament, Wozniacki re-enters the top 30 (#29) after winning five matches in Queens.
- Lucas Pouille scored the biggest win of his career when he beat Rafael Nadal in the fourth round. The Frenchman also obtains a new career high ranking at #18, cracking the ATP top 20 for the first time in his career.
- Andy Murray, fresh off a Wimbledon win, Olympic gold, and a runner-up finish in Cincinnati, entered the U.S. Open as the man most likely to challenge Novak Djokovic for the title. However, Murray was unable to get past Kei Nishikori in the quarterfinals, losing in five sets.
- Anastasija Sevastova retired from tennis in 2013 due to a series of injuries. After mounting a comeback in 2015, Sevastova reached the first Slam quarterfinal of her career before suffering an injury in a lopsided loss to Wozniacki.
- Juan Martin del Potro followed his silver medal at the Rio Olympics with a quarterfinal run at the U.S. Open. Moments before he lost that match against Stan Wawrinka, the New York crowd created one of the most emotional moments of the event.
- Venus Williams held and saved match points against Karolina Pliskova in the fourth round before losing to the eventual finalist in a third set tiebreak.
- Kei Nishikori reached the second Slam semifinal of his career (2014 U.S. Open final) before falling to eventual champion, Stan Wawrinka, in four sets.
- Women's Doubles : Safarova/Mattek-Sands; Men's Doubles: Murray/Soares; Mixed Doubles: Siegemund/Pavic
- Felix Auger-Aliassime and Kayla Day are your Boys and Girls Junior singles champions.
2:00 James talks about his time in Cincinnati: rain, mud, and calzones
13:30 James' encounters with famous people
16:00 Jonathan's experience as press in Cincinnati
24:30 Applebee's changes their hours .... late night in Mason, Ohio
33:45 Pliskova def. Kerber, salvages Serena's no. 1 ranking
39:45 Women's doubles final - Mirza/Strycova def. Hingis/Vandeweghe
45:25 Interview with doubles no. 1 Sania Mirza
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- Marin Cilic returns to the ATP top 10 after winning his first Masters 1000 title. The Croat's win in Cincinnati will also guarantee him a top 8 seed at the U.S. Open with the absences of Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych.
- Karolina Pliskova won the WTA title in Cincinnati, beating Angelique Kerber 6-3 6-1. Pliskova also beat Muguruza 6-1 6-3 in the semifinals en route to the biggest title of her career.
- Angelique Kerber came within one win of supplanting Serena Williams as WTA #1. Needing to get past Karolina Pliskova in the final, Kerber mustered only four games.
- Sania Mirza's first tournament apart from Martina Hingis ended with her hoisting the winner's trophy alongside Barbora Strycova. With the title, Mirza retains her #1 ranking while Martina Hingis falls one spot to #2.
- Grigor Dimitrov twice led by a break in the third set of his semifinal against Marin Cilic. Although the Bulgarian was unable to get the job done, his strong showing in Cincinnati boosts him 10 spots in the rankings to #24.
- Milos Raonic was one win away from assuming the #3 ATP ranking. With his straight sets loss to Murray in the semifinals, Raonic stays put at #6.
- Tomas Berdych announced his withdrawal from the U.S. Open, citing appendicitis.
- Vera Zvonareva and Nicole Vaidisova talked about what's been going on with them lately.
- As of September 1, an amendment to the tennis anti-doping program will now make provisional suspensions public with immediate effect.
Svetlana Kuznetsova sat down with The Body Serve Tennis Podcast after her third round win at the 2016 Western and Southern Open in Mason, Ohio. The two-time Grand Slam champion was fresh off wins over Alison Riske and Timea Bacsinszky. Kuznetsova would go on to lose to eventual champion, Karolina Pliskova, in the quarterfinals.
- Her thoughts on being in control of her career
- Whether she's obsessive about the rankings
- On playing Serena and their relationship
- Playing a sport where losing is such a big part of life on tour
- Changes she'd make to tennis if she were Tennis Commissioner
- Which tennis player she'd pull out of retirement
- Her favourite TV to watch
- Which music diva best encapsulates her #TennisDivas
Here are a few snippets of the interview, with the full audio available on the next episode of The Body Serve. In the meantime, listen to our interview with Svetlana Kuznetsova.
On her split with Martina Hingis:
We had a great 17, 18 months together, but sometimes you just have to move on and both of us thought that it was the right time. And I'm so glad that we both felt the same way, because we can sit across each other and still go for a dinner or something like that and it's still absolutely fine.
I've known Barbora for a long time, we've known each other literally from juniors. So, many many years and we just never happened to play together. And obviously you try and look for someone who can complement your game and I felt like she could. It just worked out, timing worked out.
I've done everything that's close to my heart, and whether it's been criticized at times, I've always done everything that I feel is right in my heart, that's how i function.
We come from a family of two girls and we've never had a feeling that my parents wanted a boy or that we were deprived of a son . . . we've always been treated as equally, I never felt like if I was a boy I would have different rules in my house . . . whatever I do believe, a lot of it, has come from them. And they've helped me become the strong person that I am.
Amazing. These are honours that you obviously don't really dream of, these are things that just happen. Sometimes it does feel surreal and does feel like it's a dream, but I've been very blessed to be able to be noticed not just on the tennis court but off it as well.
After losing the opening set 6-1, Nadal called for the trainer. He explained after the match that his arm was tired and he felt discomfort in his elbow and shoulder. But, Nadal insisted the distress he felt was a natural result of playing so much tennis since the Rio Olympics, particularly after an extended period of inactivity.
"You know, two months and a half without competing, and especially without practicing, and then do what I did in the Olympics, come here, different balls, too much," he said. "I came here; I tried. I tried to do the right things to be ready, but obvious that I was not ready today."
Nadal went on to explain that the arm trouble he experienced against Coric was not related to the bothersome wrist that forced his withdrawal from Roland Garros mid-tournament. Nadal was also unambiguous about the current state of his wrist.
"The wrist is still the same. I said too many times already, spoke too many times about the wrist. The wrist is still bothering me but is a process that I need to pass and a process that I need to go through," he explained.
Nadal pushed back against the idea he needed rest in order for his wrist to fully heal. He told reporters that "with more rest the wrist will not go better. The wrist needs to adapt again to the game, needs to adapt again to hit the ball."
As for why he was unable to challenge Coric on the scoreboard, Nadal praised the play of his opponent.
"Coric didn't give me many chances. He was playing his serve huge, and from the baseline he didn't miss a lot. So I need to be in better shape to compete against this kind of match. Was not the day to do that. Even like this I tried to the end."
In the second set, Coric served for a 6-1 5-0 lead over the 14-time Grand Slam champion, before Nadal rallied to win three games. In the end, Nadal says his body paid the price for the mileage put on it by playing so much tennis at the Olympics. He simply had run out of gas.
Nadal did not know his immediate plans after the early loss in Cincinnati. He said he would decide with his team whether to stay in Mason for a few days or fly to New York, site of the U.S. Open beginning August 29th.
When asked whether he would be taking a few days off from practice, Nadal said "probably, yes. I think I need to recover emotionally, physically, and especially I need to give some rest to the wrist, the arm, to everything, no?"
"Even if I am not arriving here with the best possibilities because I played 23 hours in seven days . . . I am here to try my best and I am here to play at the highest level that I could," said Nadal.
After not playing any tennis for almost six weeks with an immobilized wrist, Nadal's participation at the Olympics was in doubt up to the last minute. But, Nadal is confident that his wrist has withstood the pressure of the Olympic grind.
"Looks like after a marathon for me in Olympics that the wrist resisted, so that's a great news for me."
Having just returned from serious injury and then playing so many hours on court in Rio, Nadal's decision to play in Cincinnati came as a surprise. But, according to the Spaniard, playing Cincinnati was always part of his schedule, the health of his wrist permitting. Still, Nadal acknowledges that his task in Cincinnati will be a difficult one.
"Cincinnati is Masters 1000. It's a big event . . . I am not arriving here with the best possibilities because I played 23 hours in seven days and my body is a little bit tired, it's obvious that's going to be tough."
The world #5 begins his quest for a second Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati (2013) in good spirits, still thrilled about the Olympic gold medal he won alongside Marc Lopez in doubles last week.
"The gold in doubles was amazing. Win a medal is always very, very special, but especially doing with one of my best friends is even more special, no?"
When asked if there was any advice he would give his younger self to prepare for the career he would go on to have, Nadal offered "you need to accept that if you are not lucky you're going to have injuries, and you need to be prepared for that."
Nadal is not looking for a strong result in Cincinnati to build confidence; he is happy with the current state of his game.
"I know I was ready this year to have a strong results in Grand Slams. I get injury. I was unlucky," he said. "But I feel competitive again. I feel with the right motivation. I don't have anymore the feelings I had last year. It's something that don't worries me much, no?"
The 14-time Grand Slam champion has reached a point in his career where results don't matter as much as the journey. For Nadal, the most important thing for him in tennis right now is to "enjoy" and be happy with what he's doing. But, Nadal is not resigned to a tennis life without winning Grand Slams.
"I believe that I going to keep having chances to win Grand Slams in the future if I am healthy. I have the right confidence that that can happen."
Rafael Nadal begins his Cincinnati campaign Wednesday evening against Pablo Cuevas in the second round, with Nick Kyrgios his potential opponent in the third round.
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Volume 32 of #ThisWeekInTennis looks back at Olympic tennis from Rio de Janeiro, recapping the happenings through player tweets, press, articles, rankings, and podcasts.
- Monica Puig turned in the performance(s) of her career, stringing together a series of upsets on her way to Olympic singles gold in Rio. Puig's gold medal was the first ever for Puerto Rico at the Olympics.
- Andy Murray won a second consecutive Olympic gold medal, beating Juan Martin del Potro in a four-hour final in Rio. He also had a quick response for John Inverdale when the BBC presenter said Murray was the first tennis player with two Olympic gold medals.
- Juan Martin del Potro scripted one of the feel good stories of 2016, turning his opening round upset of Novak Djokovic into a silver medal. The former world #4 previously won a bronze medal at the London Games in 2012.
- Rafael Nadal began his Rio campaign amidst uncertainty as to whether he would be fit enough (wrist) to compete. The Spaniard won doubles gold alongside Marc Lopez, and reached the semifinals in singles, losing to del Potro and then to Nishikori in the bronze medal match.
- Venus Williams earned a record 5th Olympic medal in tennis when she won a silver medal alongside Rajeev Ram in mixed doubles. The pair were twice a point from losing their first match, but rallied to reach the final against Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock.
- Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova won the women's doubles gold medal. The Russian team, winners the previous week in Montreal, beat Martina Hingis and Timea Bacsinszky in the final.
- At the Hall of Fame Championships in mid-July, Ivo Karlovic became the oldest ATP singles champion since 1979. The 37-year-old scored another title last week in Los Cabos.
- Sania Mirza issued a statement regarding her split with Martina Hingis. The top ranked doubles player clarified rumours of a rift between the two and stated they will compete together at the WTA Finals in Singapore.
- Police are investigating whether British tennis player, Gabriella Taylor, was poisoned with rat urine at Wimbledon.
Thiem concedes, "it was a matter of fatigue and also a little bit of wrong planning by myself and some wrong decisions especially after Roland Garros."
The back-to-back grass events right after the French Open -- in Stuttgart and Halle -- are the ones Thiem pinpoints as potential errors in his schedule.
"After Paris, I could have pulled out of at least one grass court tournament and maybe it would be better," he said.
Despite winning Stuttgart and making the semifinal in Halle, Thiem could only manage a second round showing at Wimbledon. He would go on to lose his first match at his next two appearances, at home in Austria, and then in Toronto.
Still, Thiem has scripted an impressive season in 2016: he is 4-1 in ATP Tour finals and has made at least the quarterfinals in 10 events. In early June, he cracked the ATP top 10 for the first time in his career. For his part, the current world #9 knows the heft of the achievement.
"I want to keep my spot in the top 10, very tough to get there and I think also very very tough to stay there, so now my goal is to stay as long as possible in the top 10."
As for whether reaching the top 10 has changed anything for Thiem on or off the court, he said, "I'm the same person and I will always be the same person. I won't change only because I am top 10. I mean, it's nice and it was a big goal but still I'm still the same person like a couple years ago."
Thiem did note one difference since reaching the upper echelon of the men's game: "Maybe a little bit more interest in my person, but from myself nothing changed."
Thiem, the #8 seed in Cincinnati, gets a bye in the first round before playing either Malek Jaziri or John Millman in the second. Thiem is 0-2 in two prior appearances at the Western and Southern Open.
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Volume 31 of #ThisWeekInTennis will take a look back at the big winners and losers in tennis last week and get you primed for week two of Olympic tennis.
- Top seeds upset at the Olympics: Djokovic, V. Williams, Muguruza, Tsonga, Bacsinszky, Radwanska.
- High profile doubles teams losing early: Williams/Williams, Mahut/Herbert, Garcia/Mladenovic, Murray/Murray.
- Novak Djokovic suffered a shock first round loss to Juan Martin del Potro at the Olympics. When the match was over, the two shared an emotional embrace at net, with both players shedding tears before leaving the court.
- Nick Kyrgios made the most of his decision to skip the Rio Olympics by winning the title in Atlanta last week. Kyrgios dethroned three-time defending champion John Isner in the final.
- Irina-Camelia Begu won her third WTA title, beating Timea Babos in the Florianópolis final.
- Ying Ying Duan scored the first WTA title of her career, overcoming a set and a break deficit to beat Vania King in the Nanchang final.
- John Isner, who opted to try for a four-peat in Atlanta instead of the Olympic Games, reached the finals before losing to Nick Kyrgios in two tiebreak sets.
- Reilly Opelka jumps 442 spots in the latest ATP rankings after reaching the semifinals in Atlanta. He defeated Kevin Anderson and Donald Young before losing to Isner.
- Denis Shapovalov followed up his second round showing at the Rogers Cup with a quarterfinal run at the Challenger event in Granby. The young Canadian also announced he will no longer play junior events.
- Frances Tiafoe won the Challenger event in Granby, Canada. The title was Tiafoe's first Challenger win of his career; the young American jumps 26 spots in the rankings to #123.
- Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza have called time on their doubles partnership.
- Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic lost their opening round doubles match. The pair had to scramble at the last minute to comply with tournament rules stating both players must wear the same colours. Garcia took to Twitter afterward to voice her displeasure with the French Federation for failing to alert the pair of the rules beforehand.
- Rafael Nadal says his wrist is still not fully healed, but he has entered all three events at the Rio Olympics.
- Venus Williams suffered first round losses in both singles and doubles. The 36-year-old American will partner Rajeev Ram in the Mixed Doubles event.
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Celebrate our 50th episode with us! This one is jam packed - catching up with the past few weeks of tennis, telling you about our adventures at Rogers Cup Toronto, reviewing the Serena doc, performing a dramatic reading, and taking a tennis quiz!
:30 Hey! It's Episode 50!
4:00 Big news: Huge announcements from Vika and Roger
9:00 Recent winners: Konta, Karlovic, Monfils, Deliciano, etc.
12:30 Talking about being on-site at Toronto - where's all the free stuff?
17:00 Up and coming Canadians
22:30 Dimitrov on the right track?
25:45 We saw a LOT of Gael Monfils
36:45 Checking in on the women, in Montreal - Halep, Keys, Kerber, Sveta, etc.
43:30 #SeeWhatHadHappenedWas: Nicole Gibbs draws Coco's ire
49:15 Let's talk about Serena, the documentary - BJK, the Conga, USO heartbreak, Venus has jokes, and much more
1:08:00 Dramatic Reading: Favorite lines from the Serena documentary
1:10:00 James takes the Fast Quiz
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Volume 30 of #ThisWeekInTennis recaps the 2016 Rogers Cup, presenting player tweets, press quotes, ranking movers, tennis writing, and podcasts from Toronto and Montreal.
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- Novak Djokovic won his fourth Rogers Cup title and 30th Masters 1000 title of his career. Playing for the first time since his third round loss to Sam Querrey at Wimbledon, Djokovic improved to 51-4 in 2016 and won his seventh title of the year.
- After retiring in last year's final in Toronto, Simona Halep went the distance this time around, defeating Madison Keys in straight sets. Her path to the title included wins over Gavrilova, Pliskova, Kuznetsova, Kerber, and Keys.
- Madison Keys re-enters the WTA top 10 after making her third final of 2016. She previously won Birmingham and lost in the Rome final to Serena Williams.
- Kei Nishikori made the third Masters 1000 final of his career and second of 2016 last week in Toronto. As was the case in Miami, Nishikori lost in straight sets to Novak Djokovic.
- Gael Monfils followed his title in Washington, D.C. with a run to the semifinals in Toronto, losing in straight sets to eventual champion, Novak Djokovic. The result bumps the Frenchman three spots in the ATP rankings to #11.
- Roger Federer is out for the rest of the year. The 17-time Grand Slam champion will rehabilitate the knee on which he had surgery after the 2016 Australian Open.
- Stan Wawrinka made the semifinals in Toronto, losing in straight sets to Kei Nishikori. He also announced his withdrawal from the Olympics.
- Denis Shapovalov, 2016 Wimbledon junior champion, scored the upset of the tournament in Toronto when he beat Nick Kyrgios in the first round. The 17-year-old cracks the ATP top 300 for the first time in his career at #291.
- Bob and Mike Bryan, defending Olympic doubles champions, have also withdrawn from the upcoming Rio Olympics.
- Vasek Pospisil announced a split with his coach. Meanwhile, longtime doubles partner Jack Sock announced he will be paring back the amount of doubles he plays to focus on his singles career.
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As both tours head to Canada and players ready themselves for the Olympics in Rio, #ThisWeekInTennis, recaps all the tennis happenings from the last week: winners, player tweets, rankings, articles, and podcasts.
Stanford: Johanna Konta, Washington WTA: Yanina Wickmayer, Washington ATP: Gael Monfils, Umag: Fabio Fognini, Gstaad: Feliciano Lopez, Kitzbuhel: Paolo Lorenzi, Bastad: Laura Siegemund
- Johanna Konta beat Venus Williams in Stanford to win her first WTA title. The top ranked British woman rises four spots in the latest WTA rankings to #14.
- Gael Monfils improved on his 5-19 record in ATP finals when he beat Ivo Karlovic for the title in Washington, D.C. The Frenchman saved match point in the second set en route to the biggest win of his career.
- Yanina Wickmayer won both the singles and doubles titles at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C.
- Venus Williams came within a set of claiming the 50th singles title of her career. The top seed in Stanford moves up one spot to #6 in the latest WTA rankings.
- Dominika Cibulkova reached the semifinals in Stanford before losing to eventual champion, Johanna Konta. The result bumps Cibulkova two spots in the WTA rankings, matching her career high of #10.
- Ivo Karlovic was one point from winning back-to-back titles on the ATP Tour. The winner last week in Newport, Karlovic fell in the Citi Open final to Gael Monfils.
- Serena Williams withdrew from the Rogers Cup in Montreal citing an inflamed shoulder.
- Nicole Vaidisova has called time on her comeback to tennis.
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Bucharest: Simona Halep, Gstaad: Viktorija Golubic, Bastad: Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Hamburg: Martin Klizan, Newport: Ivo Karlovic
- Simona Halep scored a double bagel win over Sevastova in the final of the Bucharest Open. This title was Halep's second on the year and 13th of her career.
- The Davis Cup semifinals are set: Croatia, France, Argentina, and Great Britain will compete in September.
- Team USA squandered a 2-0 advantage versus Croatia in the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup to bow out of the 2016 event.
- Ivo Karlovic, 37, becomes the oldest titlist on the ATP Tour since 1979.
- The International Tennis Hall of Fame inducted Justine Henin, Amelie Mauresmo, and Marat Safin over the weekend at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, Rhode Island.
- Victoria Azarenka created the biggest news of the week when she announced her pregnancy, as well as her plans to return to the WTA tour.
- This week saw a slew of withdrawals from the Rio Olympics: Simona Halep, Milos Raonic, Tomas Berdych, Karolina Pliskova. These most recent withdrawals add to an already depleted field in the upcoming Games.
- Kiki Bertens won five singles matches in three days on her way to the final in Gstaad. Bad weather limited the event to just over three full days of play. Bertens eventually had to withdraw from the doubles semifinals because of the added work.
- Patty Schnyder played her first tour level match since 2011 in Gstaad, Switzerland. The 37-year-old took the opening set from world #92 Katerina Siniakova before losing 6-2 5-7 4-6.
- Pablo Cuevas lost in the Hamburg final to Martin Klizan, but cracks the ATP top 20 for the first time in his career.
- According to Stuart Fraser: "Rafael Nadal has won his appeal to the ITF to play in the Rio Olympics after failing to meet eligibility requirements."
- A rush of tennis weddings over the past 10 days as Dominika Cibulkova, Ana Ivanovic, Tsvetana Pironkova, and Taylor Fritz all walked down the aisle.
- Sania Mirza celebrated the launch of her autobiography, "Ace Against the Odds."