2016 Miami Open to feature top player fields

February 10, 2016

Miami Open Player Field Once Again Unrivaled on Tour

The hottest ticket in tennis returns to Miami featuring the best players in the world.

MIAMI, Fl. (www.miamiopen.com) – The Miami Open, the most glamorous event on both the men’s and women’s tours, will once again be bringing the brightest stars in tennis to the Crandon Park Tennis Center for a two-week sports and entertainment spectacle that has become the place to be in Miami each spring. The event received its 2016 official acceptance lists from the ATP and WTA tours and, once again, the line-up is unrivaled among tour events.

With all 76 of the top ranked men and 72 of the top 73 ranked women currently entered, the Miami Open player field ranks best on the tennis calendar. The player field includes a combined 16 Grand Slam singles champions, seven men and nine women, so whether you are looking to see a future Hall of Famer, a multiple Grand Slam champion, or a rising star, all will be on display at the Crandon Park Tennis Center during the event’s two weeks, March 21- April 3.

Tickets to the 2016 Miami Open are on sale now and can be purchased by phone (305-442-3367) or online at www.miamiopen.com. An exhilarating two weeks of tennis, fashion, food and fun conclude with the women’s final on Saturday, April 2 and the men’s final on Sunday, April 3.

Individual session tickets start at just $31 and packages begin at only $136. Don’t miss the chance to be a part of the most glamorous event on both tours.

The 2016 ATP acceptance list features World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, an 11-time Grand Slam winner and the two-time defending Miami Open champion, 14-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal, two-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray, two-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka, and former US Open champions Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic.

The women’s field for 2016 just as fierce, featuring 21-time Grand Slam champion and eight-time Miami Open winner Serena Williams, seven-time Grand Slam Champion Venus Williams, five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova, two-time Grand Slam winner Victoria Azarenka and two-time Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitova and reigning Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber.

The Miami Open is more than just a tennis event. Located in one of the world’s most beautiful vacation destinations with a diverse fan base and exquisite dining and luxury shopping offerings, the Miami Open has an energy and excitement that is uniquely Miami.

Qualifying rounds will be played March 21-22 and will determine 12 additional slots in each singles draw. The Miami Open will also award wildcards to five men and eight women. The main draw begins on Tuesday, March 22 as the women take the court, followed by the first round of the men’s main draw on Wednesday, March 23.

2016 Miami Open – ATP Acceptance List

Name, Country, Rank

Novak Djokovic SRB 1

Andy Murray GBR 2

Roger Federer SUI 3

Stan Wawrinka SUI 4

Rafael Nadal ESP 5

David Ferrer ESP 6

Kei Nishikori JPN 7

Juan Martin Del Potro ARG 7 SR

Tomas Berdych CZE 8

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga FRA 9

Richard Gasquet FRA 10

Milos Raonic CAN 11

John Isner USA 12

Marin Cilic CRO 13

Kevin Anderson RSA 14

Gilles Simon FRA 15

David Goffin BEL 16

Roberto Bautista Agut ESP 17

Gael Monfils FRA 18

Dominic Thiem AUT 19

Bernard Tomic AUS 20

Benoit Paire FRA 21

Viktor Troicki SRB 22

Jack Sock USA 23

Fabio Fognini ITA 24

Feliciano Lopez ESP 25

Ivo Karlovic 26

Grigor Dimitrov BUL 27

Jeremy Chardy FRA 28

Steve Johnson USA 29

Thomaz Bellucci BRA 30

Alexandr Dolgopolov UKR 31

Philipp Kohlschreiber GER 32

Joao Sousa POR 33

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez ESP 34

Pablo Cuevas URU 35

Andreas Seppit ITA 36

Leonardo Mayer ARG 37

Borna Coric CRO 38

Tommy Robredo ESP 39

Janko Tipsarevic SRB 39 SR

Gilles Muller LUX 40

Vasek Pospisil CAN 41

Nick Kyrgios AUS 42

Martin Klizan SVK 43

Teymuraz Gabashvili RUS 44

Federico Delbonis ARG 45

Albert Ramos-Vinolas ESP 46

Lukas Rosol CZE 47

Donald Young 48

Adrian Mannarino FRA 49

Aljaz Bedene GBR 50

Jiri Vesely CZE 51

Paolo Lorenzi ITA 52

Andrey Kuznetsov RUS 53

Nicolas Mahut FRA 54

Juan Monaco ARG 55

Victor Estrella Burgos DOM 56

Brian Baker USA 56 SR

Fernando Verdasco ESP 57

Sam Querrey USA 58

Denis Kudla USA 59

Pablo Andujar ESP 60

Marcos Baghdatiss CYP 61

Simone Bolelli ITA 62

Robin Haase NED 63

Pablo Carreno Busta ESP 64

Denis Istomin UZB 65

John Millman AUS 66

Sergiy Stakhovsky UKR 67

Paul Henri-Mathieu FRA 68

Hyeon Chung KOR 69

Alexander Zverev GER 70

Guido Pella ARG 71

Nicolas Almagro ESP 72

Santiago Giraldo COL 73

Daniel Munoz de la Nava ESP 74

Inigo Cervantes ESP 75

Andreas Haider-Maurer AUT 76

*****

2016 Miami Open – WTA Acceptance List

Name, Country, Rank

Serena Williams USA 1

Angelique Keber GER 2

Simona Halep ROU 3

Agnieszka Radwanska POL 4

Garbiñe Muguruza ESP 5

Maria Sharapova RUS 6

Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 8

Petra Kvitova CZE 9

Lucie Safarova CZE 10

Belinda Bencic SUI 11

Venus Williams USA 12

Karolina Pliskova CZE 13

Victoria Azarenka BLR 14

Timea Bacsinszky SUI 15

Roberta Vinci ITA 16

Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 17

Caroline Wozniacki DEN 18

Jelena Jankovic SRB 19

Ana Ivanovic SRB 20

Elina Svitolina UKR 21

Sara ErraniITA 22

Andrea Petkovic GER 23

Madison Keys USA 24

Sloane Stephens USA 25

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 26

Samantha Stosur AUS 27

Shuai Peng CHN 27 SR

Johanna Konta GBR 28

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova SVK 29

Kristina Mladenovic FRA 30

Ekaterina Makarova RUS 31

Sabine Lisicki GER 32

Daria Gavrilova AUS 33

Irina-Camelia Begu ROU 34

Lesia Tsurenko UKR 35

Alizé Cornet FRA 36

Monica Niculescu ROU 37

Caroline Garcia FRA 38

Annika Beck GER 39

Camila Giorgi ITA 40

Barbora Strycova CZE 41

Alison Van Uytvanck BEL 42

Margarita Gasparyan RUS 43

Teliana Pereira BRA 44

Mona Barthel GER 45

Coco Vandeweghe USA 46

Monica Puig PUR 47

Johanna Larsson SWE 48

Varvara Lepchenko USA 49

Danka Kovinic MNE 50

Timea Babos HUN 51

Anna-Lena Friedsam GER 52

Julia Goerges GER 53

Alexandra Dulgheru ROU 54

Yanina Wickmayer BEL 55

Nao Hibino JPN 56

Petra Cetkovska CZE 56 SR

Madison Brengle USA 57

Eugenie Bouchard CAN 58

Denisa Allertover CZE 59

Karin Knapp ITA 60

Misaki Doi JPN 61

Christina McHale USA 62

Daria Kasatkina RUS 63

Yulia Putintseva KAZ 64

Galina Voskoboeva KAZ 64 SR

Shuai Zhang CHN 65

Dominika Cibulkova SVK 66

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO 67

Zarina Diyas KAZ 68

Kirsten Flipkens BEL 69

Saisai Zheng CHN 70

Lucie Hradecka CZE 71

Kateryna Bondarenko UKR 72

Olga Govortsova BLR 73

Vania King USA 73 SR

Baghdatis advances in Rotterdam; Fritz wins in Memphis; Monaco victorious in Argentina

February 9, 2016

ABN AMRO WORLD TENNIS TOURNAMENT—ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

First-round results:

Marcos Baghdatis DEFEATS (4) David Goffin 61 57 76(5)
Gael Monfils DEFEATS Ernests Gulbis 64 64
Hyeon Chung DEFEATS Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 57 64 64
Martin Klizan DEFEATS Tommy Robredo 62 67(5) 63
Philipp Kohlschreiber DEFEATS Julien Benneteau 64 64
Gilles Muller DEFEATS Andreas Seppi 46 76(2) 64

*****

MEMPHIS OPEN—MEMPHIS, TN, U.S.A.

First-round results:

(7) John Millman DEFEATS Austin Krajicek 63 67(3) 75
Ricardas Berankis DEFEATS Dudi Sela 67(5) 62 75
Taylor Fritz DEFEATS Michael Mmoh 63 64
Marcel Granollers DEFEATS Malek Jaziri 61 63
Henri Laaksonen DEFEATS Matthew Ebden 61 30 (RET)

*****

ARGENTINA OPEN—BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

First-round results:

(5) Dominic Thiem DEFEATS Pablo Carreno Busta 60 36 63
Federico Delbonis DEFEATS (6) Fabio Fognini 67(4) 64 64
(8) Pablo Cuevas DEFEATS Albert Ramos-Vinolas 75 62
Gastao EliaS DEFEATS Daniel Munoz De La Nava 46 64 61
Dusan Lajovic DEFEATS Facundo Arguello 767 63
Paolo Lorenzi DEFEATS Pablo Andujar 26 75 62
Juan Monaco DEFEATS Marco Cecchinato 61 63
Renzo Olivo DEFEATS Facundo Bagnis 76(9) 75

Wilson appoints new regional commercial director for its racquet sports business in the USA, Canada and Latin America

February 8, 2016

CHICAGO, FEBRUARY 8, 2016 - Wilson Sporting Goods Co., announced today Michael (Mickey) Maule has joined the organization as its new Regional Commercial Director, Racquet Sports, Americas. Previously, Maule served as National Sales Manager, USA, for Babolat. Prior to his time at Babolat, he worked as a Territory Manager for Prince.

”We are thrilled to welcome Mickey to Wilson. He is incredibly passionate about tennis and highly experienced and talented in the areas of business and channel development, product lifecycle management, and in strategic and assortment planning, said Bertrand Blanc, Global Commercial Director of Wilson Racquet Sports. “Importantly, his vision for the Americas aligns with our key business drivers. He is committed to building strong relationships with the specialty channel, and to leading a selective distribution strategy that will differentiate Wilson in the marketplace.”

“As a tennis player, former coach and industry advocate, I am excited to join the Wilson team. In many ways, I feel like I am coming home,” said Maule. “My very first racket was a Wilson one, and I have tremendous respect for this brand. I am joining a strong global team and Americas organization that is passionate about and focused on winning with consumers and the market. I am energized by the opportunities we have to accelerate the growth of Wilson in the USA, Canada and Latin America.”

Maule was an ATP ranked professional tennis player in 1990-1993 and won the ITF Men’s 40 and over doubles World Championship in 2012. He previously worked with Wilson as an Advisory Staff Member. Maule also led Northern Illinois University’s tennis team as head coach and served as assistant head coach at Northwestern University.

Cilic progresses in Rotterdam; Kudla advances in Memphis; Dolgopolov ousted in Argentina

February 8, 2016

ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament—Rotterdam, Netherlands

First-round results:

(2) Marin Cilic Defeats Denis Istomin 76(5) 64
Ivan Dodig Defeats (7) Benoit Paire 63 76(4)
Borna Coric Defeats Thiemo De Bakker 76(9) 46 63
Nicolas Mahut Defeats Teymuraz Gabashvili 64 76(4)
Jiri Vesely Defeats Lukas Rosol 64 62

*****

Memphis Open—Memphis, TN, U.S.A.

First-round results:

(5) Denis Kudla Defeats Rajeev Ram 64 62
Illya Marchenko Defeats (6) Sam Groth 76(4) 76(2)
Mikhail Kukushkin Defeats Luca Vanni 64 76(4)
Yoshihito Nishioka Defeats (Jared Donaldson 63 64

*****

Argentina Open—Buenos Aires, Argentina

First-round results:

Diego Schwartzman Defeats (7) Alexandr Dolgopolov 57 64 63
Nicolas Almagro Defeats Albert Montanes 63 63
HSantiago Giraldo Defeats Inigo Cervantes 61 75

Previewing Milos Raonic’s Spring 2016 New Balance kit

February 8, 2016

by: Nima Naderi

Playing some of the best tennis of his career thus far in 2016, Milos Raonic is on course to challenge for every event on the calendar this season.

In addition to his trademark sleeve on his right arm, Raonic has also debuted a well coordinated ensemble to rock during the first quarter of the year. Decked out in the all-new Men’s Impulse Tourament Crew in aviator with impulse (orange), the Canadian will complete his look with the Men’s Impulse Tournament Short in aviator (navy) with impulse orange. Fitting true to size, both apparel pieces provide moisture wicking fabric, laser perforations in areas of perspiration, and the NB logo the left chest and hem.

Moving onto the Raonic’s footwear, the MC 996v2 D provides the same specs as the 2015 model with the new colour pop of orange, navy blue and white. Key features of the shoe are: a full foot TPU cage for better breathability and support, REVLite midsole technology for lightweight and durability for all-court movement and finally the NDurance One Year durability guarantee (the best in the business) make the MC 996v2 D a great choice for tournament players who are seeking a speed oriented shoe.

Weighing in at 15.6 ounces and requiring no break in period, the MC 996v2 D is also available in E2 width. Priced at $109.95 US, you can pick Raonic’s latest on-court shoe at TennisWarehouse.com.

Gear Time: Previewing the 2016 Wilson Burn FST 99S

February 8, 2016

by: Nima Naderi

If you’re looking for a fresh new racket to begin your 2016 campaign, the Wilson Burn FST 99S should be at the top of your list for rackets to try.

Boasting an interesting string pattern of 18×17, the Burn FST 99S will have you ripping through groundstrokes in no time, while providing the necessary spin needed to keep your unforced error count on the down low. Featuring a head light feel to racket, similar to that of Head Graphene XT Extreme MP A, the Burn FST 99S provides tremendous racket head speed on groundstrokes and serves, courtesy of the 72 stiffness index of the frame that will give you the required MPH from the back of the court.

A new tech feature in the Burn line is the introduction of the optional handle inserts to provide optimal leverage on two handed backhands (called X2 Ergo Technology). This latest tech from Wilson will be a welcome feature for two-handed backhand players looking for a more beefed up feel for their non-dominant hand.

For a power-packed frame, the Burn FST 99S is seen by a surprisingly thin beam. The result of the thinness of the beam allows players to take big cuts at the ball but not overhit as much as they would with a thicker beamed racket in the same category. Coming in at 11.1 ounces strung, the Burn FST 99S could use a little more control when volleying at the net but the balance attained when hitting returns and groundstrokes on the run make this an overall great choice for intermediate to advanced players.

Priced at $249 US, the Burn FST 99S is now available for purchase at TennisWarheouse.com.

Live Streaming for the 2016 ATP World Tour events in Rotterdam, Memphis and Buenos Aires

February 8, 2016

Live Streaming for the ATP World Tour events in Rotterdam, Memphis and Buenos Aires can be found at the link below.

Tennis TV (best quality)

Gasquet defends Montpellier title; Bautista Agut wins Sofia Open; Estrella Burgos captures second straight Quito title

February 7, 2016

OPEN SUD DE FRANCE—MONTPELLIER, FRANCE

No. 1 seed Richard Gasquet defended his Montpellier title on Sunday, defeating countryman Paul Henri Mathieu 7-5, 6-4. Needing one hours and 48 minutes to seal his eighth career title, Gasquet hit two aces and won 77 percent of his first serve points. Gasquet, who was playing in his first event of the year, will next see action at the Rotterdam event in The Netherlands as the tournament’s top seed once again.

*****

GARANTI KOZA SOFIA OPEN—SOFIA, BULGARIA

Top seed Roberto Bautista Agut rolled to his second torunament victory of 2016 after he disposed of Serbian Viktor Troicki 6-3, 6-4 in Sofia, Bulgaria on Sunday. The Spaniard, who improved to 12-2 on the season, captured the fourth tournament title of his career. Bautista Agut and Troicki will next see action at the Rotterdam event in The Netherlands.

*****

ECUADOR OPEN QUITO—QUITO, ECUADOR

Defending champion Victor Estrella Burgos made it two titles in a row in Quito, Ecuador on Sunday, dismissing Thomaz Bellucci 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-2. Turning 36 on Monday, Estrella Burgos overcame the loss of the first set to upend his higher seeded opponent. Hitting eight aces and winning 74 percent of his first serve points, Estrella Burgos broke serve on two occasions and improved to 2-0 against Bellucci in lifetime meetings.

Gasquet reaches Montpellier final; Troicki into Sofia final; Bellucci makes Quito Championship match

February 6, 2016

Open Sud de France—Montpellier, France

Semifinal results:

(1) Richard Gasquet Defeats Dustin Brown 16 64 63
Paul-Henri Mathieu Defeats Alexander Zverev 76(1) 75

*****

Garanti Koza Sofia Open—Sofia, Bulgaria

Semifinal results:

(1) Roberto Bautista Agut Defeats (6) Gilles Muller 76(5) 64
(2) Viktor Troicki Defeats (7) Martin Klizan 46 63 75

*****

Ecuador Open Quito—Quito, Ecuador

Semifinal results:

(3) Thomaz Bellucci Defeats (6) Paolo Lorenzi 36 62 63
(5) Victor Estrella Burgos Defeats (7) Albert Ramos-Vinolas 62 76(5)

ATP World Tour 2016 Draws for Rotterdam, Memphis and Buenos Aires

February 6, 2016

The ATP World Tour 2016 Draws for Rotterdam, Memphis and Buenos Aires can be found at the links below.

Link: Rotterdam draw.

Link: Memphis draw.

Link: Buenos Aires draw.

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