Canada to play for Junior Davis Cup supremacy for second straight year

October 1, 2016

Defending champions to face Russia for title

Toronto, October 1, 2016 – Canada’s Junior Davis Cup team is one victory away from claiming its second consecutive title following a 2-1 defeat over the United States in the semifinals of the under-16 world championships on Saturday. Defending Junior Davis Cup champions, the squad has advanced into the final in Budapest where it will take on Russia.

Against the Americans, Canada came back from a 0-1 deficit as Nicaise Muamba fell in the opening match 7-5, 6-1 to Sangeet Sridhar. Felix Auger-Aliassime, the only holdover from the 2015 team, then evened up the tie at one match apiece thanks to a straightforward 6-3, 6-1 triumph over Sebastian Korda in just over an hour.

In the deciding doubles duel, Auger-Aliassime – the junior world No. 2 and reigning Junior US Open champion – paired up with Chih Chi Huang. With a close and exciting 5-7, 6-2, 10-5 victory opposite Korda and Sridhar, Auger-Aliassime and Huang secured the win for their country.

Canada will now go for gold for two years in a row against Russia on Sunday morning on the outdoor clay courts of Budapest. Live streaming and scoring is available on the ITF junior website.

In 2015, Auger-Aliassime, Denis Shapovalov, and Benjamin Sigouin captured Canada’s first-ever Junior Davis Cup title. That same week, Canada’s under-16 girls won bronze at Junior Fed Cup. At this year’s event, the Canadian Junior Fed Cup team, featuring Bianca Andreescu, Isabelle Boulais, and Layne Sleeth, will be competing for fifth place against Czech Republic on Sunday.

Khachanov reaches first ATP World Tour Final in Chengdu; Berdych to face Gasquet for Shenzhen title

October 1, 2016

CHENGDU OPEN—CHENGDU, CHINA

Semifinal results:

(5) Albert Ramos-Vinolas DEFEATS (3) Grigor Dimitrov 76(6) 16 76(3)
Karen Khachanov DEFEATS (6) Viktor Troicki 63 75

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SHENZHEN OPEN—SHENZHEN, CHINA

Semifinal results:

(1) Tomas Berdych DEFEATS Thomaz Bellucci 62 75
(3) Richard Gasquet DEFEATS Janko Tipsarevic 62 41 (RET)

ATP World Tour 2016 Singles Draws for Beijing and Tokyo

October 1, 2016

The ATP World Tour 2016 singles draws for Beijing and Tokyo can be found at the links below.

Link: Beijing draw.

Link: Tokyo draw.

Thiem upset in Chengdu quarterfinals; Berdych reaches Shenzhen semifinals

September 30, 2016

CHENGDU OPEN—CHENGDU, CHINA
Quarterfinal results:

(5) Albert Ramos-Vinolas DEFEATS (1) Dominic Thiem 61 64
(3) Grigor Dimitrov DEFEATS Diego Schwartzman 46 64 63
Karen Khachanov DEFEATS (4) Feliciano Lopez 63 64
(6) Viktor Troicki DEFEATS Kevin Anderson 63 76(4)

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SHENZHEN OPEN—SHENZHEN, CHINA

Quarterfinal results:

(1) Tomas Berdych DEFEATS (8) Jiri Vesely 76(1) 36 62
(3) Richard Gasquet DEFEATS Mischa Zverev 76(4) 76(2)
Thomaz Bellucci DEFEATS (4) Bernard Tomic 62 62
Janko Tipsarevic DEFEATS Malek Jaziri 76(6) 62

Thiem advances in Chengdu, Kyrgios upset by Anderson; Berdych advances in Shenzhen

September 29, 2016

CHENGDU OPEN—CHENGDU, CHINA

Second-round results:

(1) Dominic Thiem DEFEATS Di Wu 64 64
Kevin Anderson DEFEATS (2) Nick Kyrgios 36 76(6) 62
(5) Albert Ramos-Vinolas DEFEATS Yen-Hsun Lu 76(4) 36 64
(6) Viktor Troicki DEFEATS Marcos Baghdatis 63 46 62

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SHENZHEN OPEN—SHENZHEN, CHINA

Second-round results:

(1) Tomas Berdych DEFEATS Mikhail Kukushkin 76(7) 76(4)
(4) Bernard Tomic DEFEATS Ryan Harrison 64 46 75
Thomaz Bellucci DEFEATS Thomas Fabbiano 76(2) 76(4)

Australian Open: Beyond the Gates

September 28, 2016

by: Grand Slam Tennis Tours

Australian Open: Beyond the Gates

As a group that takes people to tennis events all over the world, we have a clear understanding of what it means to the local economies when a tournament comes into town. Simply: it means a lot, though not all cities feel the impact in the same way.  While New York proudly embraces its role as host to the biggest tennis event in the world, it’s not a city that bats an eye when a global event comes into town. New York such an absorptive sponge that it simultaneously hosts NYC Fashion Week, the US Open, countless concerts and pro sports events, and even while you’re literally riding the #7 train out to Flushing Meadows you can still run into people who will look at you and ask, “What tennis tournament?”

The Melbourne Embrace

The Australian Open, however, is a different story. Melbourne is a tale of absolute consumption and city-wide obsession. During those two great weeks in January, good luck finding a bar that doesn’t have a tennis-themed drink special and three screens devoted to Rod Laver Arena, MCA and HiSense, respectively. The streets and parks fill up with tennis fans and artists and open-air concerts, all entirely aware and in tune with the hard-court event taking place around them. Magazines and newspapers are covered in all things Aussie Open, with full sections dedicated to the play and other sections to the show and excitement that whirls around it.

Concert at Australian OpenConcert at Australian Open

By the Numbers

Tennis is a game of artistry that lends itself to numbers, and tennis tourism can be approached in a similar way. Sure, it’s our passion for the game that sends us across the world and it’s the moments big-stage brilliance that capture our hearts. However, just as we discuss tennis in terms of first-serve percentages and break points converted, tourism is a business measured by room nights and table reservations.

Aussie Open Attendance Chart

Last year the Australian Open welcomed approximately 720,000 in attendance (which, at $200/ticket is a cool $144 Million in ticket revenue) and, more modestly, we brought approximately 250 guests to Australia. If we give some thought to the impact of GSTT guests it helps us to imagine the scale of the tournament as a whole:

  • Flights from the US to Melbourne average $1,500 = $375,000
  • 450 hotel nights at The Langham, at $500/night = $225,000
  • Assuming a humble meal average of $60/day, for 14 days = $210,000
  • Nearly all our guests leave with official souvenirs. One Jumbo Autograph ball, a hat and a t-shirt totals $60. = $15,000
  • Australia’s beautiful excursions aren’t free, and if we account for 200 individual excursions, averaging $1,000 = $200,000

We’ll stop here, because very quickly our 250 guests have contributed nearly one million dollars towards an economy that isn’t their own, and if you count this writer’s penchant for drink and some fancy new shoes, it’s probably more like one million two hundred and fifty.

The numbers are estimates, of course, and the point is that the importance of tennis reaches far beyond the matches on court and the organization who runs the event. Or, for that matter, those who operate tours to take you there. The impact is felt far up the Yarra Valley at the wineries and farms, across the Bass Strait in Tasmanian eco-lodges and down the street at Bond Store Café, who help you start your day with an eggs benedict and a mean cup of espresso.

The Tour Keeps Spinning

The good news, of course, is that tennis travels constantly, leaving a trail of financial growth wherever it goes. Melbourne and the rest of Down Under gets some love in January, but then the other eleven months take us everywhere from tourism capitals like London and Paris, to small, beautiful clubs like the Houston US Men’s Clay Court Championships in River Oaks, and finally to tennis frontiers like Takshent, Uzbekistan where, as I write, Kristyna Pliskova, sister of US Open Finalist Karolina Pliskova, is currently on-court against Karumi Nara in the 2nd Round.

It’s a beautiful, global tour we all support and we’d love to take you wherever it is you’d like to go.

Dimitrov reaches quarterfinals Chengdu; Goffin upset in Shenzhen by Jaziri

September 28, 2016

Chengdu Open—Chengdu, China

Second-round results:

(3) Grigor Dimitrov Defeats Dusan Lajovic 76(1) 64
(4) Feliciano Lopez Defeats Juan Monaco 63 75
Diego Schwartzman Defeats (8) Paolo Lorenzi 60 64
Karen Khachanov Defeats Adrian Mannarino 36 63 61

First-round results:

(6) Viktor Troicki Defeats Casper Ruud 63 76(4)
Marcos Baghdatis Defeats Pablo Carreno Busta 67(5) 76(5) 76(5)
Di Wu Defeats Konstantin Kravchuk 63 62

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Shenzhen Open—Shenzhen, China

Second-round results:

Malek Jaziri Defeats (2) David Goffin 76(2) 36 62
(3) Richard Gasquet Defeats Andrew Whittington 61 60
Janko Tipsarevic Defeats (6) Benoit Paire 60 67(5) 75
Mischa Zverev Defeats (7) Fabio Fognini 76(3) 64

First-round results:

Thomas Fabbiano Defeats Yoshihito Nishioka 36 63 64

Khachanov advances in Chengdu; Paire wins in Shenzhen

September 27, 2016

Chengdu Open—Chengdu, China
First-round results:

Karen Khachanov Defeats (7) Joao Sousa 76(3) 63
(8) Paolo Lorenzi Defeats John Millman 64 36 61
Kevin Anderson Defeats Jordan Thompson 62 64
Dusan Lajovic Defeats Federico Delbonis 16 63 64
Yen-Hsun Lu Defeats Radek Stepanek 63 64
Adrian Mannarino Defeats Denis Kudla 64 67(2) 64

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Shenzhen Open—Shenzhen, China

First-round results:

(6) Benoit Paire Defeats Nikoloz Basilashvili 67(5) 75 63
(8) Jiri Vesely Defeats Pablo Andujar 62 76(8)
Thomaz Bellucci Defeats Gastao Elias 63 63
Inigo Cervantes Defeats Akira Santillan 62 76(5)
Ryan Harrison Defeats Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 75 64
Malek Jaziri Defeats Stephane Robert 63 76(5)
Mikhail Kukushkin Defeats Lukas Rosol 63 67(2) 76(4)
Janko Tipsarevic Defeats Ze Zhang 76(3) 64

Monaco advances in Chengdu; Fognini wins in Shenzhen

September 26, 2016

CHENGDU OPEN—CHENGDU, CHINA

First-round results:

Juan Monaco DEFEATS Hiroki Moriya 61 62
Diego Schwartzman DEFEATS Rajeev Ram 64 75

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SHENZHEN OPEN—SHENZHEN, CHINA

First-round results:

Fabio Fognini DEFEATS Dudi Sela 64 61
Andrew Whittington DEFEATS Luca Vanni 26 76(10) 62
Mischa Zverev DEFEATS CHN Zhe Li 62 63

Live Streaming for the ATP World Tour 2016 Events in Chengdu and Shenzhen

September 26, 2016

Live Streaming for the 2016 ATP World Tour Event in Chengdu and Shenzhen can be found at the link below.

Link: Tennis TV (best quality)

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