The United States Tennis Association announced the list of men players granted direct entry into the upcoming 2010 U.S. Open. Along with the expected names of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Roddick, the biggest surprise was the listing of defending champion Juan Martin Del Potro. Del Potro, who is still out of action from the ATP Tour due to his recovery from wrist surgery, has said several times this spring he is not sure if will play the Grand Slam tournament in favor of a November return to the game. But recent events may have changed all that. Continue reading
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Although Juan Martin Del Potro was not expected to play at Wimbledon next week, rumors did circulate that the Argentine star was making a faster than expected recovery from wrist surgery and might be able to take part in the U.S. hardcourt season coming up. That does not look to be the case after the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles confirmed today that Del Potro has withdrawn from playing there. Despite this, the tournament boasts an impressive field with a Grand Slam champion and two former champions as well. Continue reading
The LA Tennis Open Presented by Farmers Insurance Group, is one of the longest running sporting events not just in Southern California but in the entire United States. To put it into context, the first year the Masters golf event was held in 1934 was the LA Tennis Open’s tenth year of operation. During the tournament’s history, many of the game’s greatest players including Rod Laver, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi have won the event.
This year current stars, including Juan Martin del Potro, are committed to playing. And with Del Potro’s recent wrist surgery and recovery, Los Angeles could be the first event back for the defending U.S. Open champion. Adjusting the Net recently spoke to the event’s tournament director, Bob Kramer, to find out what fans can expect. Continue reading
In a statement first released through DyN and then reported by the Spanish version of ESPN.com, Juan Martin del Potro finally broke his silence over his ongoing wrist injury while addressing recent rumors of suffering from panic attacks. Del Potro confirmed that during his visit to the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Richard Berger, a noted specialist, recommended surgery on Del Potro’s wrist which will take place today. Continue reading
It’s no big secret that Juan Martin Del Potro continues to deal with an ongoing wrist injury that has forced him out of play since the Australian Open. But as the tennis community waits to hear on when the winner of last’s year’s U.S. Open will officially return, the actual communication of his progress is turning into its own news story as the past weeks have been filled with rumors, off the record confessions and varying stories on what is actually going on. In fact, the sloppy way Del Potro and his team are managing the media side of this injury could end up doing more damage to the star than his tender wrist. Continue reading
Who is Michael Russell? Even most diehard tennis fans may not be familiar with the veteran American player who advanced into his first ever ATP tour quarterfinals at the SAP Open today with a 6-4, 7-5 win over another veteran, Belgian Xavier Malisse.
Known as “Wheels” on tour due to his never say die attitude on court, Russell, once a top-ranked junior and NCAA player has found most of his success in Challenger events where last year he won three titles. Currently ranked #78, his last big stage match was at this year’s Australian Open where he lost in the first round to Juan Martin del Potro.
Of course this being December, everyone is taking a look back at the year that was. Here’s my brief look back at the best in tennis for 2009.
Player of the Year – Kim Clijsters.
Yes I know Roger Federer had an amazing year, again, but Kim Clijsters’s title run at the U.S. Open was the story of the year not only for her exceptional play but also that it highlighted, unfairly perhaps, the lack of depth in the women’s game right now. If Clijsters had not won the Open, I doubt Justine Henin would have returned as she too senses an opportunity for more glory. Clijsters’s win in New York was a “tour-changer” and its impact will be felt in 2010 regardless how well Clijsters does next year.
Best Men’s Match of the Year. – Roger Federer vs. Andy Roddick – Wimbledon Men’s Final.
Ok so this wasn’t quite the epic that Federer vs. Nadal was last year, but it certainly had it’s share of drama especially the fifth set “serve-off” that Federer barely won thus eclipsing Roddick’s dream of a Wimbledon title. One wonders if Roddick still thinks about that missed backhand volley that could have given him a two set to love lead in the match, but the respect Roddick earned worldwide will certainly be with him next year. (I know some would say Nadal vs. Verdasco in the Australian Open Semis was “the” match, but I have to give the edge here just because it was for the Wimbledon title.)
Best Women’s Match of the Year – Serena Williams vs. Elena Dementieva – Wimbledon Semifinals.
What impressed me the most was the ball striking in this one as the ladies hit the ball harder than any men’s match I’ve ever seen. Dementieva was oh so close to taking out the top seed but Serena’s perseverance not only paid off by winning this match, and then the finals against sister Venus, but did a lot to cement Serena as the female player of the decade.
Comeback Players of the Year – Svetlana Kuznetsova and Nikolay Davydenko.
I know people are expecting Kim Clijsters here but let’s face it, “Sveta’s” win at the French Open was a bit unexpected as many had already written her off as a one Slam wonder. Her consistent play throughout the year indicated that Sveta was hungry for more glory and I expect her to do well in 2010. As for Davydenko, many had forgotten him at the beginning of the year and his substandard play during the Slams. But his late season run including wins at Shanghai and the Barclays ATP Finals proved he was always in the mix.
Rising Star of the Year – Juan Martin Del Potro.
With his total beatdown of Rafael Nadal in the semis of the U.S. Open and then his amazing five set win over Roger Federer in the finals, Del Potro emerged from the pack of contenders to become “the” contender for Roger’s crown in 2010. How he handles his newfound fame, considering his rather shy nature, remains to be seen but do not count Delpo for any title next year.
And finally a special thanks to those players who retired this year including Marat Safin, Amelie Mauresmo, Fabrice Santoro and Ai Sugiyama. All of them brought their own unique gifts, spins and personalities to a game that desperately needs more players like them. I wish them all the best in their new lives.