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The 2014 US Open: Things We’ll Miss (& Things We Won’t)

0Yes, we know that the U.S. Open is still going. But with the women’s final obviously going to Serena, and with the men’s final freeing up our need to watch tennis on Monday night, it’s time to publish this piece now… and move on to something much more exciting… like college football… or raking the leaves.

It seemed like it was going to be one of those Grand Slams where the losers were the real winners. When it still appeared that the usual top players were going to make it to the finals, we savored the also-rans who dropped out along the way — Gael Monfils, in particular (who wouldn’t love to have seen a Nishikori vs. Monfils final?), and Aleksandra Krunic.

Then, the unexpected finally happened. We ended up with two first-time finalists in Men’s singles. I guess that good news, isn’t it — even if one of them (Cilic) is a convicted doper?

True, CBS was probably so upset that tennis fans might just have to stream it online next year, but the excitement for those fans was palpable. Who would have imagined that, after Wawrinka’s big win at this year’s Australian Open, the last big final of the year would also end with a new name at the top?

But, in general, 2014 has been one of the duller U.S. Opens in recent memory. Roland-Garros and Wimbledon are so much more inherently exciting to watch than the U.S. and Australian Opens these days. Why? It seems obvious that the “natural surfaces” of Rolland-Garros (clay) and Wimbledon (grass) lend themselves to more compelling and higher quality matches than the hardcourt tournaments (especially when it comes to women’s tennis). While we’re on the subject, how about returning to wooden racquets to really test the players’ gamesmanship? Now, that I’d buy more than just a Grounds Pass to see.

And so, we bid farewell to the 2014 U.S. Open… some of it we will miss (like the kettle corn popcorn), and some of it we hope never to encounter again (like the prices for the kettle corn popcorn).


Things we won’t miss:

- The terrible (random and dull) TV coverage of most American players’ matches.

- Milos Raonic’s ridiculous one-armed shirt.

- Spectators who do not “take their seats quickly” when the players are waiting.

- Articles from cranky old guys (like Bill Dwyer in the Los Angeles Times) that do everything they can to dismiss the next generation of American tennis stars.

- Victoria Azarenka’s terrible singing voice (not that her tennis shreiking voice is any better)

- The USTA official looping announcements stating that seating is limited in Louis Armstrong Stadium, with Louis being mispronounced. (Mr. Armstrong pronounced his name “Lewis,” not “Loo-ee”).

- The humidity. Oh, and the same old celebrities (what do they do — haul them out of Madame Tussaud’s on 42nd St.?)


- Patrick McEnroe as head of player development for the United States Tennis Association.

- Milos Raonic’s lizard-like tongue.

- Ridiculous articles like the one from Juliet Macur in the New York Times calling for men to only play three out of five sets, in order to “spare the men from trying to push themselves.”

- The Peng vs. Wozniacki match (and the way that women’s matches don’t adhere to the same rules as men’s matches).

- The media (the “it’s gonna be a long, long time before there is an important US tennis player again” narrative is just as tired as seeing corporate commercials featuring Andy Roddick and John McEnroe in 2014.


Things we will miss:

- Kei Nishikori. Who ever expected he would be the one to provide most of the entertainment value during week two?

- The chance to see some decent play up close on the outer courts (especially from Borna Coric, Victor Estrella Burgos, Nicole Gibbs and Jared Donaldson).

- 27-year-old James McGee, the Irish No 1 who showed stunning determination to navigate his way through qualifying and earn his first appearance in the main draw of a grand slam.

- Gael Monfils’ continual ability to entertain while impressing with incredible skill.

- 15-year-old CiCi Bellis, who beat 12th-seed Dominika Cibulkova.

- Some very competitive wheelchair tennis (especially from Shingo Kunieda and Gustavo Fernandez).

- Australian rising star Nick Kyrgios. Plain and simple. But we all know he’ll be back! After all, he’s the guy who said, of New York: “It’s awesome. I’m going to get scorched in Melbourne, but it’s my favorite Grand Slam.”


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2Here we go again. Just when the tennis world is in New York City, the good old New York Times comes out with tennis coverage that is embarrassing in its attempt to ignore the beauty of the sport while fulfilling the newspaper’s ongoing, dismal, politically correct agenda. What is it with our national obsession to “fix” things that aren’t broken, while making things worse in the meantime?

I’m talking, of course, about the ridiculous article written by Juliet Macur, titled “Aching For Change in an Unequal Sport,” in which she argues that, “a new best-of-three rule would spare the men from trying to push themselves beyond what is most of the time necessary.” Yeah, why should these guys (each desiring the $3 million top prize) have to “push themselves”? Of course, the article was accompanied with endless photos of these poor players writhing in agony. It’s just another example of the NY Times politicizing a non-issue.

Apparently, Macur brings the same wisdom to whatever sport she gets paid to do a hatchet job on. As her Times bio states, she has written features “on a variety of other subjects, including coyote hunting in Oklahoma…” Let me take a wild guess here — whatever she wrote on that subject won’t turn Manhattanites into enlightened subjects on all sides of the hunting debate. Surprise, surprise. This is the same Juliet Macur who, in June, wrote a NY Times piece calling for time limits on the American institution of baseball. Her sensitivity to the male athlete is so progressive, it is regressive. She is to sports what Obama is to United States exceptionalism; they both adhere to a “less is more” policy. Her big gripe against tennis? Well, she has many, which kind of makes one wonder why she’s the one covering it for a city that sells out the largest tennis stadium in the world in the first place. Oh, that’s right — it’s the NY Times.

The theme of the Macur piece is that women’s players get equal prize money, so why shouldn’t they play equal sets? She labels the difference a sexist relic of the 1950s and proposes to limit the men’s game to three set matches. Ok, I partly agree with this one. Let’s make the women play a real Grand Slam: three-out-of-five sets. Then they can stop the baseless claim that they deserve equal prize money while not playing an equal number of games (the women play 40 percent less tennis). Or how about playing by the same rules? (Earlier this week, women players were allowed to have an extra break of 10 minutes between the second and third sets, while the men did not.)

But that will never happen. (Television would probably stop showing women’s tennis altogether if it were forced to broadcast five sets of it.) And neither should the diminishment of the men’s game; it isn’t broken.

The possibility of an upset isn’t unheard of when playing five sets. That’s why Juan Martin del Potro will forever be a US Open titleholder, winning the 2009 U.S. Open final over Roger Federer, who claimed the first two sets. For the most part, the stronger player (that day) will triumph in the five-setter. If you took the notion to eliminate five-setters to its logical NY Times politically correct end conclusion, then we should just play the last two points of a match, since so many of the five-setters come down to that last couple of points in a tiebreak. I mean, why bother making people play and watch so much tennis, right?

Well, guess what? Even though players don’t wear white at the US Open, and even though there is far too much emphasis on selling alcohol and keeping fans awake with annoying rock music between games (and then trying to quiet the crowds for play) — tradition matters. The men have played a best-of-five at Wimbledon since its creation in 1877. The tradition of tennis doesn’t need to be uprooted simply because by the time Macur got to the court to view Ivan Dodig’s match, he was retiring due to cramping. He was one of a number whose physical stamina got the best of them in the first few rounds. It happens, and it will continue to happen. It’s a sport of stamina and physical conditioning. Not every player is equal and not every player will get a trophy. Now heres your $32,000 check for losing the first round. Get over it.

The Grand Slams are a big deal. The fact that they require a physically, mentally and technically more-demanding game make it so. Nothing succeeds like success. The best example in the past decade is the Federer-Nadal rivalry. It is probably responsible for all those spectators, who could care less about tennis most of the year, who shell out big bucks to sit in the lousy seats of Arthur Ashe Stadium. When they appear on opposite sides of the net, those two tennis champs transcend the sport. Their ability to raise the level of the game is what makes being a US Open champion special.

Unfortunately for the women, with their two-out-of-three set matches, there is nothing unique about playing in a Grand Slam. It’s just another two-out-of-three stop on the seemingly endless WTA tour. When was the last totally compelling women’s Grand Slam final? Probably back in 2005, when Venus Williams defeated Lindsay Davenport 9-7 in the third set. It’s special for them because they say it’s special.

Unexpected comebacks, epic matches that end in the next calendar day, matches that build dramatic tension as they change momentum, fans that stay emotionally involved in a match even though their favorite player may have already lost the first set (or two)… Fans getting their money’s worth… Borg-McEnroe in ’80, Federer-Nadal in ’08… these would all be missing in Juliet Macur’s vision of the US Open.

Such stupidity will pass: for only two weeks out of the year, while the U.S. Open is going on some place that is a 45-minute subway ride from its headquarters, the New York Times pretends to care about tennis. We should just be glad that no one really reads the New York Times anymore, anyway.

New York Times writer Juliet Macur must have hated this incredible 11 hours, 5 minute Wimbledon match.

New York Times writer Juliet Macur must have hated this incredible Wimbledon match.

About the author: Greg Victor writes about tennis, is on no one’s payroll and has a Master’s degree in Gender History.

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At This Point, The US OPEN Semifinalists Just Might Be…

quarterfinalistsAs usual, it’s all about The Big 3: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. And since it’s 2014, we’ll throw Stan Wawrinka in there as the Rafa replacement (who won’t be playing in this year’s US Open, due to a wrist injury).

But what if (and I know, it’s a big “if”) something unexpected happens? What if there is an early upset or two and tennis fans are allowed to show their enthusiasm for players outside the usual top 3? Who might they be, these surprise players, at this year’s US Open (which begins on Monday)?

With Nadal out, Djokovic slightly distracted from imminent fatherhood, and Federer’s chances of winning becoming slighter with each passing year, maybe this year’s US Open will find a couple of new finalists. At least that might create a little excitement in what has become an all-too-predictable sport.

Let’s take a look at the possibilities, one quarter of the men’s main draw at a time… (click here to view the men’s singles draw)

This is Novak Djokovic’s quarter. With the challenges ahead of him, it is also the quarter that has been much discussed in the past few days. Eventually, Novak will face John Isner… Then, he would face Andy Murray or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals. Djokovic has been beaten by all 3 of these players. This Open just might be the opening that Andy Murray is hoping for. He hasn’t won a tournament since Wimbledon a year ago, but it might just be time for another title.

Keep your eye on: the No. 1 American, John Isner. The opportunity to make it to the final at the US Open is in Isner’s capability, if all the circumstances line up correctly (and this year things are lining up nicely for him).

The third-round match to watch for: John Isner vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber (of Germany). If Isner can break his challenging record against Kohlschreiber, anything is possible for Isner.

The First Quarter Surprise Semifinalist just might be: JOHN ISNER.

This is Stan Wawrinka’s quarter. If you’re a fan of the Canadian top player, then you’ll think this is Milos Raonic’s quarter. The truth is, it’s possibly many players’ quarter, depending on who is in “the zone” over the next week and a half.
The third highest seed in this quarter is Kei Nishikori (No. 10), who will likely face a strong opponent in American Jack Sock in the second round. The fourth highest seed here is Tommy Robredo (No. 16), but it is unlikely Robredo will defeat Wawrinka.

Keep your eye on: Australia’s Nick Kyrgios. He is a player with passion and heart and nothing to lose… always a threatening blend at a Grand Slam. In general, this is quarter presents the greatest opportunity for a surprise semifinalist.

The second-round match to watch for: Jack Sock vs. Kei Nishikori. Everything has fallen into place for Sock’s game in 2014. He has put in the smart, hard work on a consistent basis; his mind and his body have made the type of progress indicating that Sock is ready to make a significant run in the next 2 weeks.

The Second Quarter Surprise Semifinalist just might be: JACK SOCK

With Rafael Nadal out of the picture, the third quarter is pretty much nobody’s to claim. Still, there are several formidable possible semifinalists here, including David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych, Ernests Gulbis, Lleyton Hewitt and Marin Cilic. The first-round match between Berdych and Hewitt promises to be one of the most exciting showdowns early in week number one.

Keep your eye on: top South African player Kevin Anderson. Like Isner, Anderson is a player with exceptional height and booming serve. Anderson has never gone beyond the fourth round in a Grand Slam, but he has reached the last 16 on five occasions.

The second-round match to watch for: Kevin Anderson vs. Jerzy Janowicz.

The Third Quarter Surprise Semifinalist might just be: KEVIN ANDERSON

Federer. What more can one say?

The only other story in the fourth quarter in Grigor Dimitrov.

Keep your eye on wild-card entry — 17-year-old American Jared Donaldson, who plays Gael Monfils in the first round. Part of the thrill of the US Open is getting a sneak preview on the outer courts of a player you’ll likely be seeing in Arthur Ashe Stadium in a few years. For my money, Jared Donaldson just might be one of those players.

The Fourth Quarter (Not-So-Surprising) semifinalist might just be: ROGER FEDERER

Jared Donaldson in the junior boys' singles at the US Open Junior Championships in 2013.

Jared Donaldson in the junior boys’ singles at the US Open Junior Championships in 2013.

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The ‘PopSocks’ Tennis Doubles Dream Team Maintains Their Perfect Record

1American Jack Sock and Canadian Vasek Pospisil achieved yet another victory as a doubles team on Tuesday. It was their eleventh win, out of eleven matches played, so far. Not a bad percentage, especially for a team that had never played together previous to their championship-achieving win at Wimbledon last month. After Wimbledon, they went on to compete in, and win, the Atlanta Open doubles championship, propelling them into a top-10 Emirates ATP Doubles Team Ranking (they are currently No. 9).

This time it was a 7-5, 6-2 doubles against Rohan Bopanna of India and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.


Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil face the fifth-seeded team of Radek Stepanek (CZE) and Leander Paes (IND) in round two of the doubles draw on Wednesday. That’s a team the Western Hemisphere duo defeated in the semi-finals on their way to the Wimbledon championship, so there’s a realistically good chance they will only add to their perfect record.


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BB&T Atlanta Open Final Results: Sock& Pospisil in Doubles, Isner in Singles

American Jack Sock and Canadian Vasek Pospisil, the pair who recently won the Wimbledon doubles title, are 2-for-2 as a team as far as tournaments go, after defeating Steve Johnson (USA) and Sam Querrey (USA) 6-3, 5-7, 10-5 to win the BB&T Atlanta Open title on Sunday. Another way of putting it is that they now have a 10-and-0 match winning streak.

Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil receiving their trophy at the BB&T Atlanta Open

Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil receiving their trophy at the BB&T Atlanta Open

This is the first time that the two reached an ATP doubles final together. But it won’t be the last, that’s for sure. You can count on seeing them partner up at the Rogers Cup in Toronto (Pospisil’s home turf) as well as the upcoming Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati and the U.S. Open in New York.

In Atlanta heat and humidity into the 90s, 24-year old Pospisil and 21-year old Sock were ahead in the second set 5-2, before 24-year old Johnson and 26-year old Querrey won the last five games to force a tiebreaker. But the Sock-Pospisil partnership kicked things up and earned the title.

As for the singles title, there is little surprise that it went to John Isner. the defending champion.


RESULTS – JULY 27, 2014

 Singles – Finals

[1] J Isner (USA) d D Sela (ISR) 63 64

Doubles – Finals

[1] V Pospisil (CAN) / J Sock (USA) d S Johnson (USA) / S Querrey (USA) 63 57 10-5

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It’s An All-American BB&T Atlanta Open Semifinal: Jack Sock Vs. John Isner

banner_semiIn almost perfect tennis-playing conditions at the BB&T Atlanta Open, American Jack Sock defeated Lukas Lacko of Slovakia in straight sets, 7-6(6), 6-2, in a quarterfinal match. It was the first meeting between the two players. With Sock being broken early in the first set, it showed how sometimes it takes even the strongest a player a few games to figure out how to best approach the opponent across the net. The match started slowly for Sock, but when it mattered, at 5-4 in the first set, Sock dug down deep and chipped some returns back and started to gain control of things. Ultimately, Lacko had one shaky forehand too many in the first set tie-break, allowing Sock to earn a first-set victory. From then on, Sock maintained the momentum and displayed the variety in his game that so many have overlooked for so long while focusing on his lethal forehand. Sock effected three consecutive breaks in the second set, winning the match in one hour and 20 minutes.

The Sock vs. Lacko quarterfinal meeting just might be a preview of the upcoming (September 12-14) Davis Cup match in Chicago — a meeting between the USA and Slovakia. Let’s hope that Jim Courier was tuned to ESPN2 to see the result tonight in Atlanta.

Sock’s quarterfinal victory brings him to a semifinal where he will face fellow American, and world number 12, John Isner. Isner defeated Marinko Matosevic of Australia in quarterfinal action, with a score of 7-6, 6-4. Isner has played Sock four times thus far, with Isner winning three of those matches. While that may indicate that Isner has the upper hand, it should be noted that Sock defeated Isner 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the quarterfinals of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, R.I., a mere two weeks ago. The Atlanta semifinal match will be the third time they’ve faced each other this year. The two are frequent practice partners at home in Tampa, Florida, as well as on the ATP tour.

Top-seeded Isner’s biggest challenge may not be Sock’s drop shots; it may be the stifling heat and humidity of the hot Atlanta July afternoon. Scheduled to begin at 3:00pm (and airing live on ESPN2), the match will commence at the peak of the day’s heat, which is predicted to reach into the 90-degree range. In the quarterfinal, there were many times when Isner looked like he was ready to throw in the towel. The 6’ 10” Isner moved ponderously between points and gasped for air after long rallies. Whether or not the quick turnaround between the quarterfinal and the semifinal will allow John Isner’s body enough time to repair remains to be seen. But, then again, if I remember correctly from last year’s tournament here in Atlanta, Isner seems to play his best when he is fighting the heat.

As for Jack Sock… it’s amazing what having to figure out how to get a Wimbledon trophy back home will do for one’s confidence (Sock and partner Vasek Pospisil won the 2014 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Doubles title). Sock has never looked better on the court. His physicality and his mental game are at an all-time high. Sock is the epitome of potential-being-fulfilled, and the confidence he is showing could make for a very exciting U.S. Open this year.

Isner and Sock, Sock and Isner. On Monday morning, they will officially be the top two USA players in the ATP rankings. Two great players, two reasons to watch some exciting tennis on Saturday afternoon. In this case, it’s American tennis fans who win.

RESULTS – JULY 25, 2014

 Singles – Quarterfinals

[1] J Isner (USA) d [8] M Matosevic (AUS) 76(8) 64

D Sela (ISR) d [4] V Pospisil (CAN) 75 16 62

J Sock (USA) d L Lacko (SVK) 76(6) 62

B Becker (GER) d [LL] T de Bakker (NED) 64 62

 Doubles – Quarterfinals

S Johnson (USA) / S Querrey (USA) d [2] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) 76(2) 75

N Barrientos (COL) / V Estrella Burgos (DOM) d [3] C Guccione (AUS) / J Smith (AUS) 75 36 10-6

STADIUM start 12:30 pm:
K King (USA) / M Venus (NZL) vs S Johnson (USA) / S Querrey (USA) 

Not Before 3:00 pm:
[1] J Isner (USA) vs J Sock (USA) 

Not Before 8:00 pm:

D Sela (ISR) vs B Becker (GER) 

[1] V Pospisil (CAN) / J Sock (USA) vs N Barrientos (COL) / V Estrella Burgos (DOM)


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Thiemo de Bakker

BB&T ATLANTA OPEN – Thursday Results & Friday Schedule

Thiemo de Bakker

Thiemo de Bakker

Thiemo de Bakker is making the most of his lucky loser opportunity at the BB&T Atlanta Open as he upset the No. 2 seed and world No. 17, Kevin Anderson, 6-4, 7-5 to advance to Friday’s quarterfinal, when he will take on another unseeded player in Benjamin Becker of Germany. De Bakker retired in his final qualifying match but moved on to the main draw based on his ranking.

While one of the top seeds fell on Thursday, the No. 1 seed and defending champion, John Isner survived a scare from Marietta resident and veteran Robby Ginepri.

Isner relied on his serve and forehand to eek out a 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5 win. The defending champ once again saved two match points in the deciding set, and broke serve when Ginepri netted a cross-court backhand in the eleventh game of the final set. Isner then slammed four straight aces to close out the match.

In the featured quarterfinal doubles match of the evening, the No. 1 seeded team of Vasek Pospisil (CAN) and Jack Sock (USA) defeated Benjamin Becker (GER) and Frank Moser (GER), 6-4, 6-1.

RESULTS – JULY 24, 2014
Men’s Singles – Second Round
[1] J Isner (USA) d [WC] R Ginepri (USA) 46 76(5) 75
[LL] T de Bakker (NED) d [2] K Anderson (RSA) 64 75
B Becker (GER) d [7] Y Lu (TPE) 64 63
[8] M Matosevic (AUS) d T Smyczek (USA) 64 75

Men’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
[1] V Pospisil (CAN) / J Sock (USA) d B Becker (GER) / F Moser (GER) 64 61

STADIUM start 12:00 noon
[3] C Guccione (AUS) / J Smith (AUS) vs N Barrientos (COL) / V Estrella Burgos (DOM)
S Johnson (USA) / S Querrey (USA) vs [2] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA)

Not Before 4:00 pm
[1] J Isner (USA) vs [8] M Matosevic (AUS)

7:00 pm
J Sock (USA) vs L Lacko (SVK)

Not Before 9:00 pm
D Sela (ISR) vs [4] V Pospisil (CAN)

AJC GRANDSTAND – Not Before 6:30 pm
B Becker (GER) vs [LL] T de Bakker (NED)

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Jack Sock (Photo: Bill Kallenberg/BB&T Atlanta Open)

BB&T ATLANTA OPEN — Wednesday Results & Thursday Schedule

Jack Sock (Photo: Bill Kallenberg/BB&T Atlanta Open)

Jack Sock (Photo: Bill Kallenberg/BB&T Atlanta Open)

Jack Sock, the 21-year old American, ranked No. 72 in world, became the first player to reach the quarterfinals on Wednesday at the BB&T Atlanta Open. He defeated qualifier Michael Venus of New Zealand, 6-4, 6-2 in the round of 16.

In a post-match meeting with the media, Sock said that even after his recent success on the grass courts of Wimbledon (where he and partner Vasek Pospisil won the Gentlemen’s Doubles championship) and Newport (where he reached the singles semifinal), he is feeling just as comfortable as ever on the American hardcourt. His recent performances have not only supplied him with the challenging opponents that are necessary for his development as a player, but they’ve also given Sock one of the qualities that only comes from winning — confidence. Need proof? How about this? In the match Sock not only won 93% of his first serve points, but saved each break point opportunity against him.

Sock agreed: “I won some matches at the French, Wimbledon was a great showing for me, Newport winning three matches and two matches here so far, so confidence is probably the highest it has ever been.”

Sock faces Lukas Lacko (SVK) in the quarterfinal. In his match today, Lacko defeated No. 6 seed Denis Istomin (UZB) 5-7, 6-1, 6-4.

The television schedule for the remainder of the tournament is as follows:
Thursday, 7/24/14
4:00pm-10:00pm (The Tennis Channel)

Friday, 7/25/14…
4:00pm-6:00pm (ESPN2)
7:00pm-9:00pm (ESPN2)
9:00pm-11:00pm (The Tennis Channel)

Saturday, 7/26/14
3:00pm-5:00pm (ESPN2)
8:00pm-10:00pm (The Tennis Channel)

Sunday, 7/26/14
4:00pm-6:00pm (ESPN2)
(All times Eastern Daylight Savings Time)

RESULTS – JULY 23, 2014

 Singles – Second Round:
[4] V Pospisil (CAN) d [Q] I Marchenko (UKR) 75 63

L Lacko (SVK) d [6] D Istomin (UZB) 57 61 64

D Sela (ISR) d [9] S Querrey (USA) 62 64

J Sock (USA) d [Q] M Venus (NZL) 64 62

First Round:
[7] Y Lu (TPE) d [LL] A Kuznetsov (USA) 64 64

 Doubles – Quarterfinals:
K King (USA) / M Venus (NZL) d [WC] R Ginepri (USA) / R Harrison (USA) walkover

First Round:
[2] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) d M Ebden (AUS) / Y Lu (TPE) walkover

[3] C Guccione (AUS) / J Smith (AUS) d J Erlich (ISR) / R Ram (USA) 36 63 10-6

N Barrientos (COL) / V Estrella Burgos (DOM) d S Ratiwatana (THA) / S Ratiwatana (THA) 67(2) 63 10-8


STADIUM start 4:00 pm:
[LL] T de Bakker (NED) vs [2] K Anderson (RSA)

Not Before 6:00 pm:
[1] J Isner (USA) vs [WC] R Ginepri (USA) 

Not Before 8:00 pm:
T Smyczek (USA) vs [8] M Matosevic (AUS)

start 4:00 pm:

[7] Y Lu (TPE) vs B Becker (GER) 

[3] C Guccione (AUS) / J Smith (AUS) vs N Barrientos (COL) / V Estrella Burgos (DOM) 

[1] V Pospisil (CAN) / J Sock (USA) vs B Becker (GER) / F Moser (GER) 

S Johnson (USA) / S Querrey (USA) vs [2] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA)


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BB&T ATLANTA OPEN – Tuesday Results & Wednesday Schedule

It was Jack Sock victory day at the BB&T Atlanta Open on Tuesday. Sock won both his singles and doubles first round matches. The featured evening doubles match offered Atlanta’s tennis fans the chance to see Sock alongside his Wimbledon champion doubles partner, Canadian Vasek Pospisil. The No. 1 seeds defeated the Columbian doubles team of Alejandro Gonzalez and Juan-Carlos Spir 6-4, 6-4.

Tim Smyczek also cruised through his first-round matches earlier Tuesday. Sock defeated Colombian Alejandro Gonzalez 6-2, 6-4 in 66 minutes, while Smyczek needed just 53 minutes to complete a 6-0, 6-2 rout of fellow American Ryan Harrison.

The 21-year-old Sock, who reached his first ATP World Tour semi-final two weeks ago in Newport, will next face 349th-ranked qualifier Michael Venus of New Zealand. Smyczek, 26, will meet eighth-seeded Marinko Matosevic. The Australian also recorded a 6-0, 6-2 victory Tuesday, dismissing last week’s Bogota semi-finalist Victor Estrella Burgos in 43 minutes.

Marietta, Georgia’s Robby Ginepri set a second-round clash with top seed and defending champion John Isner after recording his first tour-level win in more than a year on Tuesday at the BB&T Atlanta Open.

The 31-year-old finished strongly against Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky, 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-0, as he converted all three of his break point chances in the decisive set. It marked Ginepri’s first match win in ATP World Tour main draw action since reaching the Houston quarter-finals in April 2013.

Dutch lucky loser Thiemo de Bakker will face No. 2 seed and returning finalist Kevin Anderson in the second round after defeating Canadian qualifier Steven Diez 6-1, 6-2. Sixth seed Denis Istomin also advanced, defeating American lucky loser Rajeev Ram 6-1, 6-4.

RESULTS – JULY 22, 2014
Men’s Singles – First Round
[6] D Istomin (UZB) d [LL] R Ram (USA) 61 64
[8] M Matosevic (AUS) d V Estrella Burgos (DOM) 60 62
[WC] R Ginepri (USA) d S Stakhovsky (UKR) 76(3) 36 60
T Smyczek (USA) d [WC] R Harrison (USA) 60 62
J Sock (USA) d A Gonzalez (COL) 62 64
L Lacko (SVK) d [WC] N Pasha (USA) 62 75
[Q] I Marchenko (UKR) d [Q] J Smith (AUS) 64 64
B Becker (GER) d M Ebden (AUS) 64 62
[LL] T de Bakker (NED) d [Q] S Diez (CAN) 61 62

Doubles – First Round
[1] V Pospisil (CAN) / J Sock (USA) d A Gonzalez (COL) / J Spir (COL) 64 64
K King (USA) / M Venus (NZL) d D Sharan (IND) / D Young (USA) 61 36 11-9
S Johnson (USA) / S Querrey (USA) d D Istomin (UZB) / M Matosevic (AUS) 75 64

STADIUM start 2:00 pm
[3] C Guccione (AUS) / J Smith (AUS) vs J Erlich (ISR) / R Ram (USA)
[Q] M Venus (NZL) vs J Sock (USA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[9] S Querrey (USA) vs D Sela (ISR)

AJC GRANDSTAND start 2:00 pm
N Barrientos (COL) / V Estrella Burgos (DOM) vs S Ratiwatana (THA) / S Ratiwatana (THA)
[Q] I Marchenko (UKR) vs [4] V Pospisil (CAN)
After Suitable Rest – M Ebden (AUS) / Y Lu (TPE) vs [2] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA)

COURT 3 start 3:00 pm
[7] Y Lu (TPE) vs [LL] A Kuznetsov (USA)
L Lacko (SVK) vs [6] D Istomin (UZB)

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BB&T ATLANTA OPEN – Monday Results

$ 647,675.00
JULY 21 – 27, 2014

RESULTS – JULY 21, 2014
Singles – First Round
[9] S Querrey (USA) d S Johnson (USA) 76(3) 75
D Sela (ISR) d D Young (USA) 63 60

Doubles – First Round
[WC] R Ginepri (USA) / R Harrison (USA) d [4] K Skupski (GBR) / N Skupski (GBR) 46 63 11-9
B Becker (GER) / F Moser (GER) d [WC] K Lovett (USA) / B O’Shaughnessey (USA) 62 60

Qualifying Singles – Third Round
Qualifying – S Diez (CAN) d T de Bakker (NED) 67(5) 20 Retired
Qualifying – I Marchenko (UKR) d A Kuznetsov (USA) 63 36 63
Qualifying – M Venus (NZL) d R Ram (USA) 57 63 75
Qualifying – J Smith (AUS) d K King (USA) 62 61

STADIUM start 2:00 pm
T Smyczek (USA) vs [WC] R Harrison (USA)
[WC] R Ginepri (USA) vs S Stakhovsky (UKR)
D Sharan (IND) / D Young (USA) vs K King (USA) / M Venus (NZL)

Not Before 7:00 pm
L Lacko (SVK) vs [WC] N Pasha (USA)
[1] V Pospisil (CAN) / J Sock (USA) vs A Gonzalez (COL) / J Spir (COL)

AJC GRANDSTAND start 2:00 pm
[LL] R Ram (USA) vs [6] D Istomin (UZB)
J Sock (USA) vs A Gonzalez (COL)
[Q] J Smith (AUS) vs [Q] I Marchenko (UKR)
S Johnson (USA) / S Querrey (USA) vs D Istomin (UZB) / M Matosevic (AUS)

COURT 3 start 1:00 pm
V Estrella Burgos (DOM) vs [8] M Matosevic (AUS)
[Q] S Diez (CAN) vs [LL] T de Bakker (NED)
M Ebden (AUS) vs B Becker (GER)

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