Top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan reached their sixth men's doubles semifinal in Flushing with a 6-3, 7-5 win over the Polish duo of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski. They will meet No. 12 seeds Marcel Granollers and Tommy Robredo of Spain next.
In women's doubles action, No. 6 seeds Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova stunned top seeds Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, earning a berth in the semifinals against No. 9 seeds Cara Black and Anastasia Rodionova.
Four Spaniards took the court on Day 9 of the US Open, and two of them - Fernando Verdasco & David Ferrer - combined to produce the match of the tournament, a five-set thriller decided by a tie-break, 7-4, in favor of Verdasco.
In other action, Stanislas Wawrinka ended Sam Querrey's run in five sets, Mikhail Youzhny booked a spot in the quarterfinals in a four-set win over Tommy Robredo, and Rafael Nadal concluded a late-night affair against compatriot Feliciano Lopez in straight sets.
On the women's side, two berths in the semifinals were on the line, and a pair of familiar faces stepped up and delivered.
Defending champion Kim Clijstersfaced down her sternest test of the tournament and passed with flying colors in a three-set win over No. 5 seed Samantha Stosur, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.
Two-time US Open winner Venus Williams continued to display fine form, defeating 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone in straight sets, 7-6(5), 6-4. Venus and Clijsters will meet in a blockbuster women's semifinal on Friday.
Top Seeds Breeze through Labor Day
The women's quarterfinals are now set at the 2010 US Open as top seed Caroline Wozniacki, No. 7 Vera Zvonareva, Dominika Cibulkova and Kaia Kanepi earned the final spots on Day 8 in Flushing Meadows.
Wozniacki defeated 2006 champion Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-4 to continue the pursuit of her first major title while Cibulkova upset 2004 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, Kanepi upset No. 15 Yanina Wickmayer and Zvonareva defeated Andrea Petkovic to reach the quarters.
On the men's side, No. 2 Roger Federer rolled over Jurgen Melzer, No. 3 Novak Djokovic eliminated American Mardy Fish 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 while No. 5 Robin Soderling defeated Albert Montanes 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 and No. 17 Gael Monfils ousted his countryman Richard Gasquet in straight sets.
The US Davis Cup team that will play in Bogota, Colombia September 17-19 will be Mardy Fish, Sam Querrey, John Isner, and Ryan Harrison.
The city of Charleston, S.C., was named the winner of the USTA’s “Best Tennis Town” in its second annual search, designed to identify and reward the American communities—from small, rural towns to large, urban metro areas and everywhere in between—that best exemplify the passion, excitement, spirit and impact that tennis brings to the local level.
Representatives from the top three vote-getting communities in contention for “Best Tennis Town”—Charleston, Atlanta, Ga., and Richmond, Va.—were all in attendance. The city of Atlanta, the first runner-up to Charleston, will take home $50,000 from the USTA for their local tennis programs, and second runner-up Richmond will receive $25,000.
Named as one of the nation’s top-10 best cities for strong infrastructure, attractive economy and savvy urban planning last year by Forbes Magazine, the city has more than 13,000 local tennis players who take to the courts every year, including more than 7,500 who play USTA League tennis. In addition, the city houses more than 580 tennis courts within its 485 square mile radius, and is home to the annual Family Circle Cup women’s pro event.
In addition to Charleston, S.C., Atlanta, Ga., and Richmond, Va., the other seven towns selected as finalists received an honorable mention and $2,000 worth of tennis equipment: Beaverton, Ore.; Clearwater, Fla.; Delray Beach, Fla.; Manchester Center, Vt.; Rome, Ga.; Rosemount, Minn.; and Snow Hill, N.C
Forbes Lists Top 10 Tennis Money Makers
Forbes.com has listed the top 10 highest-paid tennis players. The rankings are based on players' prize money, endorsements, exhibitions and appearance fees over the past 12 months without taxes or agent's fees deducted. Interestingly, the genders are evenly split with five men and five women. Also of note is that despite her struggle with form over the past two years and a plunging ranking that only recently has she seemed able to reverse, Ana Ivanovic has still been pulling in the dollars.
Their top 10 is:
No. 1 Roger Federer
Income: 43 million U.S. dollars
Main Sponsors: Nike, Credit Suisse, Gillette
No. 2 Maria Sharapova
Income: 24.5 million U.S. dollars
Main Sponsors: Nike, Prince, Tiffany
No. 3 Rafael Nadal
Income: 21 million U.S. dollars
Main Sponsors: Nike, Kia Motors, Babolat
No. 4 Serena Williams
Income: 20 million U.S. dollars
Main Sponsors: Nike, Hewlett-Packard, Kraft
No. 5 Venus Williams
Income: 15 million U.S. dollars
Main Sponsors: Wilson, American Express, Kraft
No. 6 Andy Roddick
Income: 14 million U.S. dollars
Main Sponsors: Lacoste, Lagardere
No. 7 (tie) Novak Djokovic
Income: 10 million U.S. dollars
Main Sponsors: Sergio Tacchini, Head, FitLine
No. 7 (tie) Andy Murray
Income: 10 million U.S. dollars
Main Sponsors: Adidas, Head, RBS
No. 9 Ana Ivanovic
Income: 7 million U.S. dollars
Main Sponsors: Adidas, Yonex, Rolex
No. 10 Jelena Jankovic
Income: 5 million U.S. dollars
Main Sponsors: Anta, Orbit
The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour has calculated that Venus Williams has the most wins among active players at the US Open, but she has a very long way to go if she is to catch the all-time leader, Chris Evert. In fact Venus, who last won the event in 2001, would have to win every one of her matches at the Open up until 2015 and then reach the semifinals in 2016 to overtake her.
The figures up to and including the second round this year for the top five active players are:
1 - Venus Williams: W/L 56/9, Winning percentage: 86
2 - Serena Williams: W/L 52-8, Winning percentage: 87
3 - Elena Dementieva: W/L: 38-12, Winning percentage: 76
4 - Justine Henin: 35-7, Winning percentage: 83
5 - Kim Clijsters: 32-5, Winning percentage 86
Figures for the all-time leaders are:
1 - Chris Evert: W/L 101-12, Winning percentage: 89
2 - Martina Navratilova: W/L 89-17, Winning percentage: 84
3 - Steffi Graf: W/L 73-10, Winning percentage: 88
4 - Lindsay Davenport: W/L 62-16, Winning percentage: 79
5T - Venus Williams: W/L 56-9, Winning percentage: 86
5T - Arantxa Sanchez Vicario: W/L 56-15, Winning percentage: 79
Perhaps the announcement came a day too early and in hindsight the Lawn Tennis Association could be accused to wishful thinking but Paul Annacone has quit his role as head of British men's tennis early to exclusively coach Roger Federer and avoid a possible conflict of interest with Andy Murray’s Grand Slam aspirations.
As reported in Tennis News, Annacone initially intended to honor his commitments with the LTA until the end of the year while at the same time taking on coaching commitments with world no.2 Federer who wants to take his collection of major titles beyond the 20-mark.
Internal discussions at the LTA stressed a growing concern that Murray could well face Federer in next Sunday’s Men’s Singles Final at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. However Stanislas Wawrinka put paid to those hopes with his four sets win in the third round.
Annacone, 47, took up his LTA role in 2006 and announced in May that he would step down when his contract expired. LTA player director Steven Martens said: "Paul was always going to be moving on in November. But we were aware we would need to keep it under constant review to avoid any potential conflict of interest.
"I would like once again to thank Paul for all he has done for British tennis. He leaves insisted: "Sure, it [the roles with Federer and the LTA] looks like a conflict of interest. But if you look at what my agreement says and what the situation is with my employment and my role at the LTA, it isn't."
Britain’s newly appointed Davis Cup captain Leon Smith who also fills the role of Head of Men’s Tennis at the LTA was Murray’s coach during the Scot’s formative years. He said: “Even if we had finished everything (with Paul), he's still going to have the advice to give Federer against Andy in the final, it makes no difference whether he's working for us or not at this moment in time. I don't see a problem with it at all.”
Annacone, has previously worked with Pete Sampras and Britain’s former leading player Tim Henman, previously.
Andre Agassi, Thelma Coyne Long, Christine Truman Janes, Mike Davies and Fern Lee "Peachy" Kellmeyer have been nominated for induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Voting for the 2011 ballot will take place over the next several months, culminating with an announcement in early 2011 to reveal the Class of 2011 Inductees. The Class of 2011 Induction Ceremony will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. The Ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, an ATP World Tour event.
Recent Player: Andre AgassiEligibility criteria for the Recent Player Category is as follows: active as competitors in the sport within the last 20 years prior to consideration; not a significant factor on the ATP or WTA Tour within five years prior to induction; a distinguished record of competitive achievement at the highest international level, with consideration given to integrity, sportsmanship and character.
Andre Agassi, 40, of Las Vegas, Nevada, held the No. 1 singles ranking for 101 weeks, and is regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, as well as one of the premier athletes of his generation. Agassi achieved a career singles record of 870-274, winning 60 titles, including four at the Australian Open, two at the US Open, and one victory each at the French Open and Wimbledon. Within his 60 tournament wins, he captured 17 Masters 1000 events. In 1990, he won the season-ending ATP World Tour Championships. Agassi earned a Gold Medal at the 1996 Olympics, by taking the Singles title in Atlanta. A member of two winning American Davis Cup teams (1990, 1992), Agassi achieved a career record of 30-6 in Davis Cup play for the United States. Agassi's passionate performances, non-traditional apparel and style, and extraordinary skill made him one of the most iconic athletes in the history of the game. He is credited for reviving the popularity of the game and inspiring a generation of tennis players.
Master Player Category: Thelma Coyne Long, Christine Truman Janes
Eligibility criteria for the Master Player Category is as follows: Competitors in the sport who have been retired for at least 20 years prior to consideration; a distinguished record of competitive achievement at the highest international level, with consideration given to integrity, sportsmanship and character.
Thelma Coyne Long, 91, of Sydney, Australia, had a remarkable career of more than 20 years (1935-1958), in which she captured a total of 19 Grand Slam tournament titles, including championships in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. In 1952, she achieved a career-best ranking of No. 7. That same year, she completed an Australian triple by sweeping the singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles at the Australian Championships.
In May 1941, during World War II, Long joined the Red Cross as a transport driver and worked in Melbourne, Australia. In February 1942, she joined the Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS) and rose to the rank of captain in April 1944. In recognition of her efforts throughout World War II, she was awarded both the Australian War Medal and Australian Service Medal for 1939-45.
Upon her retirement, Long began coaching junior players in New South Wales. Long was inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in 2002.
Christine Truman Janes, 69, of Essex, England, UK, was ranked among the world's top ten from 1957-1961 and again in 1965, attaining a career-best ranking of No. 2 in 1959. Janes made it to the semifinals or better at all four Grand Slam events. In 1959, she captured the French Championships Singles title, and in 1960, she won the Australian Championships Doubles title with 1978 Hall of Fame Inductee Maria Bueno.
Janes was the British junior champion in 1956 and 1957. She made her Wimbledon debut in 1957, at age 16, and reached the semifinals, where she lost to Althea Gibson.
Janes was a member of the victorious British Wightman Cup team in 1958, 1960, and 1968, and was a team member from 1957-1963, 1967-1969, and 1971. In 1958, she was heralded for a remarkable victory when she defeated reigning Wimbledon champion Althea Gibson in the Wightman Cup and helped bring the Cup back to Great Britain after 21 consecutive defeats by the United States. Additionally, she was a member of the British Fed Cup team in 1963, 1965 and 1968.
In 2001, Janes was honored as a Member of the British Empire and was awarded an MBE for services to sport. Janes worked as a commentator for BBC Television and Radio for 31 years.
Contributor Category: Mike Davies, Fern Lee "Peachy" Kellmeyer
Eligibility criteria for the Contributor Category is as follows: Exceptional contributions that have furthered the growth, reputation and character of the sport, in categories such as administration, media, coaching and officiating. Contributor candidates do not need to be retired from their activities related to the sport to be considered.
Mike Davies, 74, originally from Swansea, Wales, UK, is a tennis promoter and administrator whose immense contributions range from introducing the colored tennis ball and colored apparel to the sport to forging some of the first, highly successful television/tennis contracts, paving the way for the future of the sport.
From 1968-1981, Davies served as Executive Director of World Championship Tennis, when he was at the forefront of staging tournaments and selling sponsorships and television rights, thereby creating a platform for professional tennis to expand into large stadiums and major cities. In 1981, Davies moved on to serve as the Marketing Director and then Executive Director for the Association of Tennis Professionals (later known as the ATP).
Fern Lee "Peachy" Kellmeyer, 66, of Wheeling, West Virginia, has been a driving force behind the development of women's tennis for the majority of her life and, in many ways, dedicated her life to laying the foundation for generations of young women to achieve success. Kellmeyer became involved in the game as a talented junior player, went on to be a star collegiate athlete, and then launched an administrative career in tennis. She has been instrumental in the growth of the game and has played a critical role in improving rights for female athletes. Kellmeyer currently serves as Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Operations Executive Consultant. She is also a member of the ITF Fed Cup Committee and oversee the WTA's alumni program to ensure that past players and tournament directors remain engaged in the Tour that they helped build.
During her career with the WTA Tour, Kellmeyer has led the Tour's operations, player and tournament relations and has been at the center of all major policy decisions. During her tenure, prize money on the WTA Tour has increased from $309,000 in 1973 to more than $85,000,000 in 2010, and the number of WTA Tour events has increased from 23 domestic tournaments to 53 events in 33 different countries. Attendance at WTA Tour events has increased dramatically with nearly 5 million in-stadium fans annually, and television exposure has increased with hundreds of millions of homes receiving more than 6,000 hours of international TV coverage on an annual basis.
McEnroe to Stand Down as Davis Cup Captain
After spending the last decade as the United States’ Davis Cup captain, Patrick McEnroe has decided to stand down from the job. Within just minutes of the New Yorker announcing his resignation, electioneering to become his replacement had begun with four distinct candidates; Jim Courier, Todd Martin, Brad Gilbert and Jay Berger.
McEnroe will bow out as captain after the upcoming World Group play-off tie against Columbia in Bogata (September 17-19) when he hopes a line-up of John Isner, Sam Querrey, Mardy Fish and teenager Ryan Harrison will be strong enough to preserve U.S. status in the competition’s elite level which extends unbroken back to 1988.
The 44 year-old, who succeeded his elder brother John as U.S. captain, cited his reasons for resigning as wanting to concentrate on his roles as the United States’ Tennis Association’s General Manager of the Player Development Program and prominent face of ESPN’s tennis coverage. He also wants to dedicate more time to his family; wife Melissa Errico and daughters Victoria Penny, Juliette and Diana.
“Obviously it's mixed emotions for me because of what Davis Cup has meant to me for 10 years, to the players that have supported it," said McEnroe, who captained the long standing U.S. team of Andy Roddick, James Blake and the Bryan brothers to the Davis Cup title in 2007, so ending the nation’s longest ever period without victory that stretched back to 1995.
"But I feel now is a good time for a transition, and I can focus on my professional energies, player development, and obviously will still be very involved with the team and who plays on the team and supporting the guys that are part of the team."
In terms of ties won, McEnroe is the second most successful captain in American history. He currently boasts a 16-9 record and victory in Columbia will put him just one win behind all time leader Tom Gorman.
McEnroe is clearly held with high regard by the USTA hierarchy and Jim Curley, the USTA's chief professional tournaments officer, said: “Patrick changed the culture of Davis Cup in the United States, creating a true team environment and a sense of camaraderie that the U.S. has never before seen. He has been a champion of the competition in every sense of the word, and elevated the stature of the event in this country."
Courier was the first of the potential candidates to throw his name into the ring. During his broadcasting duties for CBS at the US Open he said: “Davis Cup means the world to me.
“At some point in my life I certainly hope to have that seat. I'm definitely interested in the job so hopefully they will give me a call and we'll chat about it.”
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