Of the many tournaments this week, Stuttgart definitely had the spotlight and if you had the little known provider, beING, you got to see the return of Maria Sharapova. And of course, Tennis Channel had Nadal…
- Porsche Tennis Grand Prix (Stuttgart/Clay/Premier) [Draw]
- TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup (Istanbul/Clay/International) Draw
- Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell (Spain/Clay/500) [Draw]
- Gazprom Hungarian Open (Budapest/Clay/250) [Draw]
Top Moments This Week:
5a. When Sinclair Broadcast Group, announced its acquisition and alignment of tennis assets, expectations were low. Less than two months in, the benefits are clear. Tennis.com, Tennis magazine, and Sinclair’s Tennis Channel, seemingly have a clear mission statement: promoting the sport of tennis.
Tennis Channel. TENNIS Magazine. Tennis Industry. TENNIS.com These broadcast, print and digital voices of the game converged under one umbrella. They joined forces in order to tell more compelling stories, better inform you about what’s important in the sport, and report on the players and places that matter—including those players and places that don’t have a voice. –Ed McGrogan
Rafael Nadal, has won an all-time record nine French Open titles. Nadal won four consecutive titles from 2005 – 2008 and an open era record of five consecutive titles from 2010 – 2014. Wikipedia
- Christopher Clarey’s, With Baby in Tow, Victoria Azarenka Returns to Tennis and Her Roots.
- The Telegraph exclusively reports, Maria Sharapova to be given qualifying not main draw French Open wildcard
- Sports TV consumption is changing as the flagship organization, ESPN, has layed-off over 100 people. The journalists and on-air personalities took to twitter with grace.
- In her first press conference after defeating Roberta Vinci, Sharapova said “I am not an individual that’s angry or bitter.”
- A photo gallery of Sharapova’s first day.
- SI’s Jon Wertheim calls Sharapova’s behavior unseemly while Deadspin’s Laura Wagner believes that Sharapova is an annoying brand not a vile cheater. .
- Before her semi-final win Mladenovic played down Sharapova’s controversial wildcard.
- Tennis Channel broadcast The Match for Africa 4, an exhibition match that will benefit the Roger Federer Foundation.
- Out since withdrawing in Miami with a hamstring injury, Raonic eyeing a comeback in Istanbul.
Projected Winners This Week:
- Stuttgart – final Mladenovic vs, Siegemund; Mladenovic in three sets.
- Istanbul – final Svitolina vs. Bertens; Svitolina in two competitive sets.
- Barcelona- final Nadal vs. Thiem; Nadal in two sets, one with a tiebreak.
- Hungary Open- final Pouille vs. Beden; Pouille in two sets, one a breadstick.
Winners This Week:
- Stuttgart- Siegemund wins her second title, defeating Mladenovic 1-6, 6-2, 6-7. The German wildcard had a long week with big wins (Zhang, Kutnetsova, Pliskova, Halep, Mladenovic) to drive away with the Porsche. This is how much home pride can help your game; this year she was 5-9 wins before this tournament. She now has two titles Bastad 2016 and this one; she did reach the final last year as well.
- Istanbul- Svitolina defeated Bertens 6-2, 6-4.
- Barcelona- Nadal defeated Thiem 6-4, 6-1.
- Hungary- Pouille defeated Beden 6-3, 6-1.
Next Week 5/1:
Most players will be resting next week preparing for Madrid in two weeks.
- GP SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem (Morocco/Clay/International)
- J&T Banka Prague Open (Prague/Clay/ International)
- BMW Open by FWU (Munich/Clay/250)
- Millennium Estoril Open (Portugal/Clay/250)
- TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open (Turkey/Clay/250)
What were your top tennis moments this week?